SNAFU: Detroit Hardcore Thrash/Punk Unit To Release Exile//Banishment Full-Length March 26th Via Life After Death Records; New Track Streaming + Preorders Available

[Photos by Brian Sheehan / LGRDMAN]

“Conjuring old Sepultura and early Slayer vibes, ‘Choking Game’ offers a dark look into the world of mental illness, drug addiction, and depression so often overlooked in today’s society.” — SNAFU

Stream / Share SNAFU’s “Choking Game” HERE.

Hardcore thrash/punk unit SNAFU (Situation Normal All Fucked Up) will unleash their Exile//Banishment full-length on March 26th via Life After Death Records. 

Spawned from the ruins of Detroit, Michigan, SNAFU self-released their debut full length, Fear The Future, in 2013. Later distributed by Profane Existence, the songs bore a raw punk expression of raging cynicism and the destructive nature of mankind. Further honing their artistry, 2015’s Present Day Plague LP stayed true to their aggressive raw punk roots while working in elements of thrash and grind. Punknews crowned the record, “the soundtrack for the apocalypse.” Glacially Musical concurred, further likening the work to a, “violent trip through a post-apocalyptic landscape of human decadence.” 

This year, amidst plague, governmental corruption, and widespread societal suffering, the band spews forth the seething sounds of their third full-length, Exile//Banishment. Tracked and produced by Phil “Landphil” Hall (Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, Iron Reagan etc.) and twin brother Josh “Hallhammer” Hall (Cannabis Corpse) at Blaze Of Torment Studios in Richmond, Virginia, mixed by Adam Shepard, and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust), Exile//Banishment is the band’s heaviest, darkest, and angriest affair yet focusing on personal frustrations and the hopeless future of humanity. 

“I’ve been good friends with Phil and Josh for a couple years now,” reveals guitarist/vocalist Scott Curnow. “We’ve gigged with all of their bands multiple times and I sometimes crew for Waste and Iron Regan; we’ve also toured with Cannabis Corpse. Phil has always given me advice and tips on how to help SNAFU to be more successful. So when we were getting ready to record a mutual friend was like, ‘hey, doesn’t Phil and Josh track all of their own bands? You should hit them up,’ and sure enough they were down. It was great having them there. Josh gave a lot of input when it came to the drums and Phil lent some great ideas on guitar parts and some solos. This album has basically been finished since May 2020 and with the pandemic we didn’t really know what to do with it or how to go about releasing it.” 

In advance of the release of Exile//BanishmentSNAFU delivers “Choking Game” for public feasting, noting of the track, “Conjuring old Sepultura and early Slayer vibes, ‘Choking Game’ offers a dark look into the world of mental illness, drug addiction, and depression so often overlooked in today’s society.”   

Stream SNAFU’s “Choking Game” at THIS LOCATION.

Exile//Banishment, which features artwork by Vladimir Chebakov, will be released on CD, cassette, and digital formats.

Find preorders at THIS LOCATION.

Exile//Banishment Track Listing:

1. Eyes Of Your God

2. Closed Casket Habits

3. The Pear Of Anguish

4. Choking Game

5. Bring Suffering

6. Wake Of Vultures

7. Monarch

8. No Rites (For The Less Dead)

9. Soil Of Blood

10. Amazing Waste

11. Exile & Banishment  

SNAFU:

Scott Curnow – guitar, vocals

Rian Staber – guitar, vocals

Patrick “El Toro” Saldivar – bass, vocals

Mike Jurysta – drums

DOWN Celebrates Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Of NOLA Full-Length With Exclusive Livestream August 29th

Band To Perform Iconic Album In Its Entirety + Portion Of Ticket Proceeds To Benefit United Houma Nation

[photo by Danin Drahos] 

This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of DOWN‘s 1995-released, now classic debut, NOLA. Plans for select shows featuring vocalist Philip Anselmo, guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein, drummer Jimmy Bower, and bassist Pat Bruders performing the record in its entirety were sidelined due to the global pandemic. In its wake, the band is pleased to announce an exclusive livestream later this month!  

Fittingly dubbed The Quarter Century Throwdown, the high production, multi-camera event will take place August 29th at 6:00pm EST using cutting-edge streaming technology to create a one-of-a-kind virtual concert experience. The show will be rebroadcast August 30th at 6:00pm EST until September 1st at 6:00pm EST.

Comments the band, “DOWN was a simple band started by friends with a love of heavy music and the songs on the NOLA album were magic from the first rehearsal. We’re extremely grateful to be celebrating the NOLA record with a live stream that the world can see. Watch the show and plug in through your loudest stereo! We love y’all!”  

Livestream tickets and packages are available at THIS LOCATION with additional merch designs available HERE

10% of ticket sales will be donated to the United Houma Nation (UHN), a state-recognized tribe of approximately 17,000 members residing within a six-parish (county) service area encompassing 4,570 square miles. The six parishes — Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, St. Mary, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines — are located along the Southeastern coast of Louisiana. Within this area, distinct tribal communities are situated among the interwoven bayous and canals where Houmas traditionally earned a living. Although by land and road these communities are distant, they were historically very close by water. However, boat travel is no longer a viable option due to the effects of coastal erosion, which has left these waterways either nonexistent or impassable and, in many cases, completely open water that requires larger vessels for safe travel. The tribe today is presented with the unique challenges of preserving and maintaining its culture and way of life when the land is disappearing. The United Houma Nation is committed and dedicated to doing exactly that. 

In addition, 10% of proceeds raised from a special, limited DOWN/United Houma Nation t-shirt will also be donated to the UHN. For preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.   

With a collective resume encompassing Pantera, Corrosion Of Conformity, Crowbar, EyeHateGod, and so many others, DOWN puffed out its first haze of sonic smoke from the belly of gritty old New Orleans in September of 1995 with the release of NOLA. At that moment, they instinctively summoned something akin to a ritual. The record was largely credited with introducing the sound of underground New Orleans metal – “slow, super-heavy, doomsday guitar riffs stamped with Anselmo’s trademark bellow,” as described by NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune – to a worldwide audience. By October of 1995, NOLA peaked at number 57 on the Billboard 200 and remained on the chart for six straight weeks. The album spawned four singles: “Stone The Crow,” “Lifer,” “Temptation’s Wings,” and “Bury Me in Smoke.” “Stone The Crow” would move on to achieve commercial success when it reached number 40 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, becoming DOWN‘s first top 40 song. Twenty-five years later, there’s still no mistaking those gargantuan riffs, swamp blues leads, crashing drums, and hypnotic howls for absolutely anybody else under the sun.

Sum 41 Announce Seventh Full-Length Album “Order In Decline” Due Out July 19 Via Hopeless Records

First Single “Out For Blood” Streaming Now

Legendary rock icons SUM 41 have announced their seventh full-length album, Order In Decline, will be released July 19, 2019 via Hopeless Records. Looking back at the band’s storied 23+ year career, this record is undoubtedly Sum 41’s heaviest and most aggressive album to date, while also being their most dynamic and raw.

During three years of relentless touring surrounding the band’s massive comeback record 13 Voices, frontman Deryck Whibley was feverishly putting together song ideas that would eventually become Order In Decline. Within three weeks of returning home, the majority of the music for the new album was written and then it was time for lyrics.

Unconsciously, Whibley saw lyrics reflecting his reactions to seeing the pervasive division, racism and hate around the world, even more so punctuated by the repulsive social and political turmoil invading his own home nations of the United States and Canada. “The last thing I wanted to do was write a social or political protest record, and Order In Decline is not that,” Whibley clarifies. Instead, Order in Decline is a burst of uninhibited feeling, a page out of his journal, a window into his soul that reflects on extremely personal and vulnerable events, because as he confesses, “It’s also very hard not to have feelings about everything that’s going on in the world.”

Armed with the most honest and personal songs of his career, Whibley poured everything he had into the album. Producing, engineering, and mixing the album in his home studio, he pain-stakingly crafted and fine-tuned each song, highlighted by fast and full riffs, guitar solos from lead guitarist/backing vocalist Dave Brownsound, harmonious chords from guitarist Tom Thacker, and the heavy, heart-thumping rhythm section of bassist/backing vocalist Cone McCaslin and drummer Frank Zummo.

Today’s announcement unleashes the highly anticipated first single and video for “Out For Blood.” It is the epitome of a Sum 41 track, featuring anthemic and echoing vocals, an insane guitar solo and never-ending energy that will captivate you from the very beginning. Fans can stream the music video for “Out For Blood” at http://sum41.com/.

Order In Decline: Track Listing

1. Turning Away
2. Out For Blood
3. The New Sensation
4. A Death In The Family
5. Heads Will Roll
6. 45 (A Matter Of Time)
7. Never There
8. Eat You Alive
9. The People Vs…
10. Catching Fire

Order In Decline is available for pre-order now at http://smarturl.it/OrderInDecline. Fans who pre-order digitally will receive an auto-grat download of “Out For Blood.”

Later this month, Sum 41 will be hitting the road and delivering an up close and personal show, through intimate club venues across the United States while on the No Personal Space Tour. The upcoming tour kicks off on April 30th in San Antonio, TX and features support from California-based Assuming We Survive. In addition to these dates, the band will perform at a number of United States Air Force Bases throughout the US.

Special VIP Packages for the No Personal Space Tour are available and include a Q&A with lead guitarist/backing vocalist Dave Brownsound and bassist Cone McCaslin. Limited tickets remain and are on sale now at http://www.sum41.com/tour.

Sum 41 will also be co-headlining the inaugural Rockstar Energy Drink DISRUPT Festival this Summer on select dates throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, head to https://rockstardisrupt.com/.

Upcoming Sum 41 North American Tour Dates

April 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairpark

April 28 – Tempe, AZ – Big Surf Waterpark

April 30 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger

May 1 – Dallas, TX – Cambridge Room

May 2 – Houston, TX – Bronze Peacock

May 4 – Orlando, FL – The Abby

May 5 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Culture Room

May 6 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall

May 8 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues Parish

May 12 – Nashville, TN – Basement East

May 14 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

May 19 – Charlotte, NC – Underground

May 21 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre

May 22 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

May 24 – Cleveland, OH – Phantasy

May 25 – Detroit, MI – Shelter

May 26 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

July 12 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*

July 13 – Thornville, OH – Legend Valley*

July 14 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*

July 15 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*

July 17 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre*

July 20 – Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheater presented by Mercury Insurance*

July 23 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre*

July 24 – Boise, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheatre*

July 26 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre*

July 27 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion*

July 28 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater*

September 29 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival

* – Rockstar Energy Drink DISRUPT Co-Headline Festival Dates

Ted Nugent Announces New Full-Length Album Titled “The Music Made Me Do It”

Multi-platinum guitar legend Ted Nugent announces a new full-length album.
THE MUSIC MADE ME DO IT, due out Friday, November 9th via Round Hill Records.

The effort is Nugent’s first studio album in four years. The album features Greg Smith (Billy Joel, Alice Cooper, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow) on bass, Jason Hartless (Joe Lynn Turner, Mitch Ryder) on drums, and the Motor City Madman himself on lead guitar and vocals. Accompanying the CD is a Bonus DVD, LIVE AT FREEDOM HILL, an electrifying full-length concert captured at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

In advance of the album’s release, Nugent has just released the live music video for title track, “The Music Made Me Do It”. The video was shot at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California during Nugent’s summer tour and showcases the raw energy of his legendary live performances, offering a taste of the new studio material he recorded over the last year for the upcoming album, THE MUSIC MADE ME DO IT. To access the full album, THE MUSIC MADE ME DO IT, please click here. Please consider the album for feature and review coverage. Ted Nugent is available for interviews, please let me know if you would like to set something up.

Ted Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock n’ roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums and performing in excess of 6,700 (and counting!) high-octane live shows. As a budding musician, Nugent was strongly influenced by Chuck Berry and Bo Diddly, and knew he wanted to pursue that type of sound and attitude. Early bands, The Royal Highboys, and The Lourds, paved the way for the Amboy Dukes – and their psychedelic JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE MIND kicked young Ted’s career into hyper drive. The axe maniac soon broke out as a solo artist, where the guitarist’s prodigious talent, earshattering volume and over-the-top stage antics quickly earned him the moniker of Motor City Madman.

Cranking out hits like CAT SCRATCH FEVER, JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED, FREE FOR ALL and the iconic STRANGLEHOLD, Ted Nugent garnered international acclaim and truly hit his stride, becoming one of the top-grossing tour acts in America. His no-holds-barred career now spans six decades of multi-platinum hits. The ultimate Road Warrior, touring and recording continue at Ted’s breakneck pace. Nugent and his inimitable sound have been featured on VH1’s Behind the Music, A & E’s Biography and more. He was recently named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive. For more information, please visit www.tednugent.com.

Chart-Topping Rap Duo TWIZTID to Drop New Full-Length Album “The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s” on January 27, 2017

Chart-Topping Rap Duo TWIZTID to Drop New Full-Length Album The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s on January 27, 2017

A TWIZTID First: Supporters Exclusively Surprised with New Album Details via The Green Book Re-Issue Booklet, Out Last Friday

PLUS: The Green Book Vinyl Includes Download Card for New Single “Are You Insane Like Me?”

The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s Pre-Orders Begin Black Friday 2016 via www.TwiztidShop.com

Supporters of 11-time Billboard chart-topping rap duo TWIZTID were treated to a special surprise when opening the booklets of their pre-ordered The Green Book re-issues that were delivered on last Friday’s release date of August 19th – the title and release date of TWIZTID’s upcoming 12th release, entitled The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s was revealed! The new full-length album will be the duo’s second released via their own Majik Ninja Entertainment label and pre-orders will go live on Black Friday – November 25, 2016 via www.TwiztidShop.com. The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s will hit stores on January 27, 2017.

TWIZTID recently announced their massive 2016 fall tour, the “Spooktacular Horror Show”, beginning on September 28 in Minneapolis, MN and visiting 30+ cities before coming to a close on Halloween night in Sauget, IL. The “Spooktacular Horror Show” tour will feature special guests Mac Lethal, Zodiac Mprint (Blaze and The R.O.C.), Lex The Hex Master, Menage 2 Sobriety and Godz Of Kaos. See below for currently confirmed “Spooktacular Horror Show” dates.

Tickets and VIP Packages are on sale via www.Twiztid-Shop.com. VIP Packages include a pre-show Meet and Greet with TWIZTID, Zodiac Mprint and Lex The Hex Master. They also include a VIP pass, 24×36 poster, hat pin, Majik Ninja Entertainment sampler, Get Twiztid CD, Mutant Remixed And Remastered CD, TWIZTID live DVD and three black and white 8×10 promotional photos that VIP’s can get signed by TWIZTID at the VIP Meet and Greet.

TWIZTID on the “Spooktacular Horror Show” 2016 Fall Tour

9/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze

9/29 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room

9/30 & 10/1 – Denver, CO @ The Roxy Theatre

10/2 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

10/4 – Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk

10/6 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Union Nightclub

10/7 – Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS

10/8 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre

10/9 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

10/10 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Farmers Market Event Center

10/11 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

10/12 – New Orleans, LA @ Southport Hall

10/13 – Marietta, GA @ The 120 Tavern and Music Hall

10/14 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry

10/15 – Boonsboro, MD @ Boonsboro Event Center

10/16 – Worcester, MA @ Worcester Palladium

10/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

10/18 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Music Hall

10/20 – Buffalo, NY @ Vpub at The Villager

10/21 – Morgantown, WV @ Mainstage Morgantown

10/22 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Theatre

10/23 – Newport, KY @ Madison Theater

10/24 – Clarksville, TN @ The Warehouse

10/25 – Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse at the International

10/26 – Columbus, OH @ The Alrosa Villa

10/27 – Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub and Billiards

10/28 – Kokomo, IN @ Front Row Live

10/29 – Chicago, IL @ Portage Theater

10/30 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre

10/31 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s

In addition to the new album details, supporters who bought the The Green Book re-issue vinyl edition were treated to a digital download card featuring the first single off of The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s, entitled “Are You Insane Like Me?” The track will be available for streaming soon.

The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s will feature 12 all new tracks, primarily produced by longtime TWIZTID producer Seven. However, the new album features four tracks with a clear hard rock influence – a crossover genre TWIZTID has successfully dabbled in for over a decade. The four aforementioned tracks were produced by famed goth rock frontman Davey Suicide and his keyboardist Needlz. An official tracklisting will be revealed soon.

TWIZTID states, “We’re blessed to still be putting out records… I like to think that’s because we put out good music that continues to entertain and amaze. This new record is another level of our continuous evolution. We are the question marks!”

The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’sproducer Davey Suicide adds, “Needlz and I have been writing songs together for five years now. So when TWIZTID mentioned they wanted to have a rock industrial aesthetic in this album, we were pumped to contribute our musical influences to this.”

 

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Sarah Miles talks about her first full-length album “One”

Sarah Miles is a singer/songwriter who has just released her first full-length album via Rock Ridge Music titled “One”. Media Mikes had the pleasure of talking with Sarah recently about the new album and what first drew her to music.

Adam Lawton: Can you tell us what first interested you in music?
Sarah Miles: I grew up in a pretty musical family. It was something I was always surrounded by starting at a very young age. I sang in choirs and a cappella groups all through high school and college. In high school was when I got my first guitar and around that same time is when I started writing music as well. I also started doing some performing on my own. The more I started doing that the more I started to realize that music was something that I wanted to do full time. I went to college while still doing music on the side and after I finished college I moved to New York and have been doing music ever since.

AL: What was it like working on your first full length album?

SM: It was an awesome experience. I had released two EP’s prior to this on my own which was a lot more difficult as I didn’t have a fan base yet so the music was just kind of there. With this new album I have been around now for awhile doing shows and I got myself a manger to help with things as well. I released the album through Rock Ridge Music so I had a lot more support and backing with this release which was very exciting. The actual recording process for the album was really cool as I worked with a great producer by the name of Dave Pittenger. The recording took almost a year and I had been writing for about two years. It was a very long process but totally worth it because I was able to pick out my favorite songs. Everything was really cool and I got to meet a ton of great musicians along the way.

AL: Having taken so long during the writing process was it hard to pick out or reconnect with some of the songs during the recording process?
SM: It was definitely tough. Even while I was recording the album I was still writing. You are always changing as is your music so it was certainly a challenge. I tried to pick out songs that all worked together and which had similar themes which made things a little bit easier. Things were certainly tough but I am happy with the choices I made.

AL: What is your standard approach for writing a song?
SM: Usually I start on the guitar. I will pick out some chords I really like and just play them over and over again. From there I may come up with a melody and then the lyrics come second. There are times when that can be different though. If I am writing about a specific thing that happened to me or was something I saw things may be reversed. Typically I start with the melody and go from there.

AL: You have a quite a few YouTube video. Do you plan to make any for songs off of “One”?
SM: I am going to be doing a video for the song “Standup” which I am super excited about. I am shooting it this month along with a video for a cover song as well. There is certainly going to be things to check out in the near future.

AL: Can you tell us about some of the live shows you have coming up?
SM: I have a few shows booked right now and I am hoping to book some more in the New York area soon. I live in New York so I do have a couple NY and Philadelphia shows already booked. I will also be doing some college shows throughout the east coast which will be a lot of fun. I am also looking in to doing web shows. This is something I am really excited about doing. I just did my first one a few weeks ago and I the idea of my fans being able to watch me from wherever they are is really cool.