I’ll be 100% honest and say that I don’t really know the work of Canadian progressive metal band Protest The Hero that well. Actually? Scratch that. I don’t know their stuff at all. I had heard of the band many times but I just never got the itch to check them out. Then earlier this year the band announced an IndieGoGo campaign to record their fourth studio album and they reached that goal in 30 hours. Ultimately they ended up with nearly three times their original goal, reaching a massive $341K. At that point, I began to get a bit curious. After all, a band doesn’t accumulate that kind of donation without doing something right…right?
Well, I got a chance to get a taste of the band recently when the band released “Clarity”, their first single from their upcoming album Volition, which comes out October 29th via Razor & Tie. I hit ‘Play’ because I just had to know if that $341K went to good use and sat back to hear just what exactly was so special about these guys. The song ended and I promptly hit ‘Replay’. When it ended again, I hit ‘Replay’ again. I think I listened to the song about six or seven times in a row before I could move on to whatever else it was that I had to do.
To put it simply, I was hooked. While I still haven’t gone back in the band’s career (if you’ve got some favorite tracks, leave them in the comments below), I’m not extremely excited for their future. But let me stick around on current affairs and explain just what it is about “Clarity” that has me so into it. READ MORE
Nonpoint has released an official video for “I Said It”, which comes from their recently released self-titled album. The video was directed by Ramon Boutisveth (All That Remains, For Today, P.O.D.) and shot in Madison, WI at the Majestic Theater. You can watch the video below.
Nonpoint’s Elias Soriano comments, “It’s been a long time since I’ve had this much fun on a video shoot – especially since we had a chance to shoot it in one of our favorite towns to play Madison, Wisconsin. Put your mouthguards in and protect your neck folks. This one’s a swinging fist to the grill.”
The band will also be hitting the road with Candlelight Red and Digital Summer. All tour dates can be seen below. READ MORE
Jamie Hanks, former vocalist for death metal band Those Who Lie Beneath, has been officially announced as the singer of Razor & Tie band I Declare War. Hanks had been filling in on vocals since July and the band went ahead and decided to make everything kosher by bringing him on.
I Declare War last released Malevolence (review here
) and previous vocalist Jonathan Huber gave us his Top 10 Horror Movies, which you can check out here
All That Remains will release For We Are Many, one of the most anticipated metal album on the year, on October 12th through Prosthetic Records / Razor & Tie. The album was recorded this spring at Zing Studios in Massachusetts and produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, who also handled This Darkened Heart and The Fall of Ideals. Vocalist Phil Labonte told Revolver Magazine in their August issue, “Fans of Overcome won’t be disappointed, but the disc will also offer new twists and turns.” 2008′s Overcome, All That Remains’ last studio album, has sold nearly 240,000 copies to date, debuting at #16 on the Billboard 200, and yielding the Top 10 active rock smash “Two Weeks.”
While fans wait for the new album, they fan find several of their favorite songs from the band’s latest album Overcome on the Rock Band Network for the Xbox Marketplace. The songs that are now available for download are “Days Without,” “Undone,” and “Forever In Your Hands.”