How Does Music Affect Our Behavior and Life Habits?

Music, drink, and food have always been connected, but only recently scientists have decided to examine in more detail the connection between our senses and our subconscious, on the one hand, and the influence of music and food on them, on the other.

We can connect the influence of music to people’s habits by examining an interactive chart displaying the 20 songs that have spent the most time at No. 1 in 22 countries in the last decade, as well as the different characteristics of each track. Exactly the characteristics of the songs, such as tempo and energy, have the biggest influence on how listeners feel. Better we feel about some song, better are chances it will top the chart in our country, and more influence it will have on our lives.

What Kind of Motivation Do Lower Tones Give Us?

Lower tones encourage us to eat healthily. When we decide to have dinner at our favorite restaurant, we often don’t pay attention to the music that’s playing in the background. The quieter the music (everything below 55 decibels), the greater our concentration on choosing a healthy and nutritious meal. Quiet music and a calm atmosphere encourage us to focus on ourselves and enjoy our dinner.

For example, by looking at the above-mentioned interactive chart, we can come to a conclusion that countries in which people more enjoy while heaving a meal, i.e. who are more relaxed with lower average energy scores of the songs proving popular, were South Africa (58/100), the UK (61/100), and Portugal (61/100). The song with the lowest energy in this chart was Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” which topped the charts in Sweden for eight weeks, scoring just 5 out of 100 on the scale.

Influence of Tones on Healthy Living

Music encourages us to burn more calories. It has been scientifically proven that energetic music encourages movement and dance. That’s why we always make such playlists when we walk, run, or work out in the gym. There’s no way music won’t move you when you hear, say, Latino rhythms.

Spain is the country where fans preferred more energetic tunes with an average energy score of 81 out of 100. Carlos Vives and Shakira’s hit “La Bicicleta” proved to be the most energetic song in its chart (94/100). So, it seems that Spaniards burn their calories in a jiffy…

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Music and Appetite

Harmonious tones for better appetite. If you have a problem with an appetite or you never have enough time to eat in peace, music can help you solve this problem as well. Prepare a healthy dinner, full of vitamins, and play a track from the classical repertoire or ballad. Make sure the tones are harmonious and soothing – and enjoy.

According to this, the Portuguese have an enormous appetite. It was found that Portugal has the slowest tempo in its No. 1 songs at just 104 BPM. Drake’s hit “God’s Plan” is the slowest song in their chart at just 77 BPM.

Higher Tones – Tastier Beer

The connection between the taste of beer and the melody of different musical genres is the subject of interest of a large number of neuroscientists. They discovered that our senses are interconnected in a very specific way that can give us an answer to the question – how does our favorite beer “sound”?

Research conducted 4 years ago showed that fans of this beverage associate high tones with a sweeter taste of beer, while it gets a bitter taste if we listen to lower tones and more penetrating bass. It’s interesting that experimental jazz and dissonant tones, for example, cause a sensation of acidity when consuming beer.

Translated into music genres, that would mean that lighter beers go better with pop music, while darker beers go better with heavy metal.

Heavy Metal Legend DEE SNIDER Reveals Music Video for Live Version of “I Am The Hurricane”

Headbang at Home with the “I Am The Hurricane” Live Music Video HERE

New Live Album & DVD/Blu-Ray, For The Love of Metal Live,
out July 31, 2020 via Napalm Records | Pre-Order HERE

[Photo Credit: John Raptis]
Experience electrifying DEE SNIDER concert moments and more from your home!
Legendary heavy metal frontman, actor and radio personality DEE SNIDER recently announced the July 31, 2020 release of For The Love Of Metal Live, a larger than life live album and DVD/Blu-Ray set available via Napalm Records.

Music lovers around the world are craving the return of live concert experiences, and For The Love Of Metal Live isjust the thing to keep live music where it belongs – with the fans! Combined behind-the-scenes footage, various detailed interview clips, insightful personal commentary and electrifying live performances make this release an entertaining experience that every heavy metal fan needs in their collection.

Today, DEE SNIDER has revealed a new live video cut from For The Love Of Metal Live – featuring his energetic performance of “I Am The Hurricane”! The seductive, metallic first notes of the track combine with ominous guitar-driven atmosphere as DEE SNIDER dominates the powerful lyrics of the track – denying opposition at his every turn and leaving doubters in his wake. The track takes on a whole new level of confidence in its live setting, as it transforms into an even more heartfelt rallying cry to all to rise above hostility.

DEE SNIDER says about “I Am The Hurricane” Live:
“If there is ever a repeated message in my songs it’s this: Stand up, fight back, don’t take any sh*t from anybody, and f*ck anybody who gets in your way or tries to put you down. It’s a message that constantly needs to be reinforced in us all, myself included. “I Am the Hurricane” is that reinforcement!”
Watch the For The Love Of Metal Live version of 
“I Am The Hurricane” 
HERE
The For The Love Of Metal Live DVD/Blu-Ray and accompanying live album (available in various formats, see below) features audio captured from several DEE SNIDER festival performances worldwide – from the United States to Europe, Australia and beyond. In addition to tracks from Snider’s solo catalog like “I Am The Hurricane” and “For The Love Of Metal”Twisted Sister favorites such as “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, and even a cover of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”, the audio portion of For The Love Of Metal Live also features a brand new original studio track, “Prove Me Wrong” – a thrashing, confident metal hit.

Check out the recently released lyric video for “Prove Me Wrong” HERE.
Select audio editions and the DVD/Blu-Ray also feature additional bonus live material and personal footage, with the DVD/Blu-Ray including even more special bonus interview content. The interviews feature Snider himself discussing his famed PMRC hearing, opening for Motörhead and more. DEE SNIDER fanatics won’t want to miss For The Love Of Metal Live!
Pre-Order For The Love Of Metal Live HERE 
DEE SNIDER says about the state of live music in 2020:

“While live entertainment has been curtailed for now, we cannot let the spirit of live entertainment die within us. Any music I’ve ever loved and listened to, I always imagine what it would be like live. When I was young and couldn’t go to shows, all I had was what I thought the bands would be like live. We must keep our desire to see and hear the great new music out there in concert, because that’s its true habitat.  Bands on stage with fans cheering them on in the audience is the way the rock gods intended it to be.”

For The Love Of Metal Live Track Listings:

Digital Album
1. Lies Are a Business                              
2. Tomorrow’s No Concern                              
3. You Can’t Stop Rock ’N’ Roll               
4. The Beast                                                     
5. American Made                                            
6. Under the Blade                                          
7. The Kids Are Back                                         
8. Become the Storm                             
9. We’re Not Gonna Take It                             
10. I Am the Hurricane                                     
11. Burn In Hell                                                 
12. I Wanna Rock                                                       
13. For the Love of Metal                                 
14. Highway To Hell                                         
15. Ready to Fall                                              
16. The Fire Still Burns                            
17. Roll Over You                                              
18. Prove Me Wrong   
 
CD
1. Lies Are A Business
2. Tomorrow’s No Concern
3. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
4. The Beast Live
5. American Made
6. Under The Blade
7. The Kids Are Back
8. Become The Storm
9. We’re Not Gonna Take It
10. I Am The Hurricane
11. Burn In Hell
12. I Wanna Rock Live
13. For The Love Of Metal
14. Highway To Hell
15. Prove Me Wrong
 
DVD/Blu-Ray
1. Lies Are A Business
2. Pain of Traveling (Interview)
3. Tomorrow’s No Concern
4. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
5. New Record (Interview)
6. The Beast
7. American Made
8. Under The Blade
9. Song Writing (Interview)
10. The Kids Are Back Live
11. Become The Storm
12. We’re Not Gonna Take It
13. WNGTI (Interview)
14. I Am The Hurricane
15. Burn In Hell Live
16. Rock of Ages (Interview)
17. I Wanna Rock
18. For The Love Of Metal
19. AC/DC (Interview)
20. Highway To Hell
21. Credits
22. Ready To Fall (Bonus Track)
23. The Fire Still Burns (Bonus Track)
24. Roll Over You (Bonus Track)
25. Suzette (Interview)
26. Hearing (Interview)
27. Strangeland (Interview)
28. Lemmy (Interview)
 
For The Love Of Metal Live will be available in the following formats:
-Deluxe Earbook Edition: CD, Bonus CD, DVD, Blu-Ray & 7″ Single with Lyric etching – Limited to 500 copies worldwide
-Shirt & Deluxe Earbook Edition Bundle – USA Napalm Webstore Only
-8 Page Digipack with Sleeve (CD, DVD, Blu Ray)
-8 Page Digipack with Sleeve (CD, DVD, Blu Ray) & Shirt Bundle
-2LP Black Gatefold & DVD
-2LP Black Gatefold & DVD & Shirt Bundle – USA Napalm Webstore Only
-2LP Silver Gatefold & DVD – Limited to 200 copies worldwide (Napalm Webstores Only)
-2LP Silver Gatefold & DVD & Shirt Bundle – USA Napalm Webstore Only
-Digital Full Length Album
Shirt & Deluxe Earbook Edition Bundle – USA Napalm Webstore Only

STEEL PANTHER RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “LET’S GET HIGH TONIGHT” FROM THEIR DAYS AS THE BOY BAND F.P.C. (FOUR PUMP CHUMPS)

Steel Panther’s Concert To Save The World Is A Global Success With Fans And Critics Alike – Future Livestreams Being Considered

People know the all too famous stories of ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys, O-Town and countless others that rose to the top of the pop charts. The one band that got away from Lou Pearlman (the man behind their success) was the little-known boy band F.P.C. (Four Pump Chumps). The band was known for their infectious tracks that combined more rock sensibilities than the usual pop music of the more known boy bands of the day. The band started to get some notoriety with one of their early songs “Let’s Get High Tonight” that almost got them a meeting with Pearlman. The meeting never happened and Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxx, and Stix Zadinia would eventually ditch the choreography for a return to spandex and hair spray as the now world-famous Steel Panther. 

The song has found a new life on the band’s latest release Heavy Metal Rules and the F.P.C. (Four Pump Chumps) version can be seen here: https://youtu.be/W2FQM2j8Lss

The new video release comes on the heels of the band’s first ever live stream concert they played on June 7th. The virtual Concert To Save The World was a global success amongst critics and fans alikeThe concert aired from The Drum Channel Studio at Drum Workshop in California that featured full stage production, multiple cameras, crowd noise and special guest appearances by Rudy Sarzo and Rob Riggle. Tickets cost just $15.00 with proceeds going to benefit Heavenly Pets Animal Rescue (the location that hosted the band’s recently announced All Day Kitty Cam) and Live Nation’s Crew Nation Fund (benefitting all touring personnel affected by the Covid-19 pandemic). Journalists from Loudwire, Ultimate-Guitar, The Oakland Press and numerous others checked out the stream live, and spoke favorably of the 105-minute concert event. Steel Panther is currently in deep internal discussions and planning to figure out a time for another livestream and more information will be made public as soon as it is available.  

Steel Panther recently announced their newest guitar pedal – The Butthole Burner. Made in the USA, the latest distortion pedal from the collective brain trust features the exact same circuit as the now infamous Pussy Melter pedal. The limited production run Butthole Burner will retail for $199.99.  Not immune to the effects of the current Covid-19 pandemic as their partying has come to a stop because drug dealers are not classified as essential personnel, Steel Panther has set up an interest free 4-month payment plan for all self-quarantined musicians that might want to purchase The Butthole Burner. Also, anyone that purchased the original Melter or last year’s Poontang Boomerang delay pedal will receive 10% off their purchase. Fans must be logged in to their Panther store account and use the code “Melter10” to receive the discount.

Anyone who orders TheButthole Burner will be entered for a chance to win a limited number of “Golden Tickets” that comes with Penis Chili Pepper seeds (so purchasers can grow their own butthole burner peppers at home) and a $50 gift certificate to the band’s merch store.

Pre-orders for The Butthole Burner are now available here: https://bit.ly/buttholeburner.

Steel Panther are currently sitting home practicing social distancing and self-gratification thanks to the Coronavirus. The band is planning to return to the road during some month that will kick off in some city with some other bands once the world returns to normal. More information for all things Steel Panther can be found at www.steelpantherrocks.com

ABOUT STEEL PANTHER:  For the uninitiated, Steel Panther was formed in 2000 and is comprised of Michael Starr (lead singer), Satchel (guitarist), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums). Hailing from Los Angeles, the epicenter for rock n’ roll in all its debauchery and glamour, Steel Panther has established themselves as the world’s premier party band, melding hard rock virtuosity with parody and criminally good looks. Steel Panther is a global phenomenon with four full-length albums, touring across the world, platinum-level You Tube status and high-profile television appearances such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, Larry King Now, and FOX NFL Sunday.  Rolling Stone avowed, “There’s a reason Steel Panther have transcended their origins as a cover band playing the Sunset Strip,” while Metal Sucks declared, Steel Panther’s concept is genius…their songwriting is…preposterously snappy – and relatable.”

MUSHROOMHEAD Releases Cinematic Post-Apocalyptic Music Video for New Track “The Heresy”

Watch the Official Music Video for “The Heresy” HERE

Eighth Full-Length Album, A Wonderful Life,Out June 19 via Napalm Records |Pre-Order HERE

[Photo: Behind the scenes at the “The Heresy” music video shoot!]

Foster the future and nurture the landStitches and sutures, divisions in sandMass evacuations, Sanctions for land It’s time we stand for somethingWalking hand and hand

Top-charting heavy rock/metal machine MUSHROOMHEAD recently made their prodigious return with the announcement of their upcoming full-length oeuvre, A Wonderful Life – the eighth release of their benchmark career – scheduled for release on June 19, 2020 via Napalm Records.

A Wonderful Life clocks in at a whopping 70+ minutes with its four bonus tracks – leaving a total of 17 stellar compositions in its wake for fans to devour. Today – after impacting at Active Rock radio with the first of those compositions to be released, the single “Seen It All”, and garnering over a million views on its accompanying music video in only a matter of weeks – the band has dropped another official music video for a new track “The Heresy”, released last week to the acclaim of fans and critics alike.

Hair-raisingly dynamic and socially-inclined, “The Heresy” is a melodic, haunting rally cry featuring the stunning lead vocals of Ms. Jackie, which were recorded at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London. The new music video sees the band continue their tradition of releasing cinematic music videos of the highest quality, this time taking place inside of a post-apocalyptic bunker! Vocalist J Mann described the track as, “The soundtrack to a dystopian delirium, cinematic and surreal!”

MUSHROOMHEAD mastermind and drummer/percussionist Skinny says about the video:

“We wanted to do something a little more thought-provoking this time around. With the current state of the world going to Hell in a hand basket, we wanted to incorporate something that delivered the swift transportation of certain doom. The manufacturing of war power and the stockpiling of faith. The willful destruction of the past, the future, and ultimately humanity.”

Watch the new official music video for “The Heresy” HERE:

Pre-Order A Wonderful Life HERE 

Available in several enticing formats (see HERE), A Wonderful Life is accented by the sharp production of band mastermind/drummer Skinny, as well as the standout mixing prowess of Matt Wallace (Faith No More3 Doors Down), also recognized for his work on the band’s standout album, XIII.

At its start, an ominous choir invites the listener into A Wonderful Life – introductory track “A Requiem For Tomorrow” smoothly shifts into an industrial-metal inspired, grooving punch to the gut juxtaposed with a melodic, synth-laden chorus. This sets the stage for stocky, chant-worthy anthems such as “Seen It All” and hair-raising, politically-inclined tracks like “The Heresy” and “Carry On”, both featuring the sinister multi-voice attack of new full-time vocalist Ms. Jackie and returning longtime vocalist J Mann, with an extra strike from aforementioned new vocalist Mr. Rauckhorst on the latter. Tracks like “What A Shame”“I Am The One” and “Madness Within” will prove a treat for new and diehard MUSHROOMHEAD fans alike – providing the macabre inspiration followers have come to crave with a weighty dose of galloping drums and bone-rattling guitars, to boot. 

MUSHROOMHEAD attacks track after track with a refreshed focus, delivering a carefully-curated selection of certified future hits. A Wonderful Life re-cements the band’s position as one of the most consistently impactful heavy bands of our generation.

[Photo Credit: Abe Robinson at blind 7 Photography]

A Wonderful Life Tracklist: 

1. A Requiem for Tomorrow

2. Madness Within

3. Seen it All

4. The Heresy

5. What a Shame

6. Pulse

7. Carry On

8. The Time has Come

9. 11th Hour

10. I am the One

11. The Flood

12. Where the End Begins

13. Confutatis

14. To the Front (Bonus Track)

15. Sound of Destruction (Bonus Track)

16. Another Ghost (Bonus Track)

17. Lacrimosa (Bonus Track) 

A Wonderful Life will be available for purchase in an array of formats (click HERE) – including digital, CD digipak, and black or multi-colored vinyl – as well as in exciting bundle arrangements featuring limited edition skateboards and cover art t-shirts. Plus, all first edition vinyl pressings of A Wonderful Life include a cardboard punch out MUSHROOMHEAD mask. Hurry, many formats are available in limited quantities and are going fast!

[Cover Art: Gus Fink]

Stay tuned for more coming soon from MUSHROOMHEAD

MUSHROOMHEAD is:

Mr. Rauckhorst – Vocals

J Mann – Vocals

Ms. Jackie – Vocals

Dr. F – Keyboards & Bass guitar

Tankx – Guitar

Stitch – Keyboards & Samples

Diablo – Drums/Percussion

Skinny – Drums/Percussion

CRO-MAGS RELEASE NEW MUSIC VIDEO “FROM THE GRAVE” Featuring PHIL CAMPBELL.

“In The Beginning” New Album Coming June 19th – Pre-Orders Available Now

2019 saw the CRO-MAGS crushing the masses with the release of their first pieces of music in 19 years. Today, the legendary hardcore pioneers have released a music video for the previously released single “From The Grave,” featuring former Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell. The band’s first full length album in 20 years, titled In The Beginning, will be available on June 19th via Mission Two Entertainment.

Watch “From The Grave” @ Revolver.

“The idea for the video is that I’m rising from the grave and going on a mission…like I came back from the dead to become the Grim Reaper himself,” explains CRO-MAGSfounder, bassist and vocalist Harley Flanagan on the clip. “I think anybody who knows the history of this band and of my life will get it. It starts off at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, where I will be buried with my family and in-laws. In the opening shot, the grave I’m in front of is actually my mother’s.”

As CRO-MAGS toured with Motorhead in 1986, Flanagan adds, “Phil is one of my favorite guitarists of all time and I still can’t believe I have him playing on one of my songs! I am so honored. The footage of Phil was shot by his son Todd Campbell at his recording studio in Wales, UK.” 

“From The Grave” is the second video following last year’s “No One’s Victim,” which was the CRO-MAGS first music video in 27 years.

In The Beginning will be released on June 19, 2020 on CD, limited edition yellow or red cassettes, and the following vinyl formats:

Yellow/orange/black sunburst

Transparent orange w/ yellow splatter

Orange Crush

Ultra-clear w/ orange and yellow splatter (Indie retail exclusive)

Pre-orders are available here.

Launch Music Conference & Festival Rescheduled for July 23rd – July 26th, 2020 in Lancaster, PA

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The 12th annual LAUNCH Music Conference has been rescheduled for July 23-July 26 due to the recent global pandemic.

Statement from LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival organizers:

These new dates are both in an abundance of caution, and with an abundance of hope 🙂

This is a crazy time we are all living through. Uncertainty seems to be at the center of our lives. We are proceeding with this timeframe, with a true spirit of positivity, and in the sincerest hope that life will be liveable the way we had all come to know and love, by July.

Because no one really knows where we will be, with respect to gatherings, over the next couple months, we are concurrently organizing a virtual version of LAUNCH 2020.

Should we find that 3+ months from now, we’re still not quite out of the woods, LAUNCH will be fully prepared to stage the entire event; daytime live panels and Q&A, mentoring, and nighttime festival performance schedule, in real time, on the web.

We will broadcast the virtual version either way!If you have made hotel arrangements through http://www.launchmusicconference.com/where-to-stay , your reservation is good for the new dates.

In the event that the in-person rendition of the event is canceled, attendees will be fully refunded on lodging, of course. People can continue to make your lodging arrangements through www.launchmusicconference.com/where-to-stay.

LAUNCH Founder & Director, Jeremy Weiss, states:

“What we are facing…we will adapt to. We will not lose contact with each other, or commitment to our craft. One way or another (or both!), we will come together July 23rd-26th, 2020. We will forge new relationships, and reinforce current ones. We will tweak older ideas, and introduce new best practices. We will think, and grow; bond, and not break.

LAUNCH is a community, and our mission will continue!”+++++Now entering its TWELFTH year, LAUNCH Music Conference has redefined what a start-up music conference could be, bringing together musicians, music industry professionals and music lovers from all over the world to downtown Lancaster, PA, for a weekend of instruction, networking, and entertainment. Showcasing artists ranging from Grammy-nominees to high school upstarts, from regional touring acts to major label veterans.

LAUNCH has attracted a wide swath of respected, relevant industry experts who speak on panels, mentor musicians and attend conferences, from label reps to booking agents to managers, instrument sponsors, publicists, and manufacturers– In short: every type of contact a working artist needs in order to function in the current music business landscape.

The mission of LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival is to serve aspiring musicians and industry professionals from across the country & around the world, employing the expertise of an array of elite industry professionals, while maintaining unparalleled low pricing for all attendees, even FREE attendance for those who submitted for performance consideration.

Each year LAUNCH Music Conference strives to redefine what a music conference can be, bringing together musicians and industry professionals for a weekend of instruction, networking and entertainment.

LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival is only made possible by the support of our many generous brand partners, including Bud Light, Stella Artois, Goose Island, Bon & Viv, Reverbnation, City of Lancaster, PA, Atomic Design, PRS Guitars, GHS Strings, York College, D’Addario, SoundRink, SJC Drums, and more.Despite its historically low attendance fees, LAUNCH is repeatedly ranked as one of the Top 5 music conferences in the world.

We have grown exponentially since the pilot year in 2009.Past performers and panelists include Atreyu, August Burns Red, Dredg, The Early November, Emarosa, Felice Brothers, Foxy Shazam, Ice Nine Kills, Meaghan Trainor, Panic! At The Disco, Rusted Root, Twenty One Pilots, Whitechapel, Holly Williamsand more.

Former panelists include Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Randy Nichols (Force Management), Talinda Bennington (320 Changes Direction), Mike Mowery (Outerloop Management), Vince Edwards (Metal Blade Records), Lou Plaia (ReverbNation), Nick Storch (Artist Group International), David Silbaugh (Milwaukee Summerfest) Kyla Lombardo (Firefly Festival, Riot Fest)and many more.

2020 Single-Day, Weekend and VIP passes are available for purchase at www.LaunchMusicConference.com.Bands/artists/media/industry can also register, submit to perform and book lodging atwww.LaunchMusicConference.com.

Alt-Rock Icons COLD Release New Music Video for Standout Anthem “Quiet Now”

Watch the Haunting “Quiet Now” Music Video HERE
 
Impacting at Rock Radio Now
 
New COLD Album, The Things We Can’t Stop, Out Now | Order HERE

[Photo Credit: Carl Timpone]
Music fans around the world all agree, it’s a little too “Quiet Now”. With bands losing their ability to bring live shows to fans, arts events coming to a complete standstill, and it feeling nearly silent as people remain safe inside their homes, now more than ever, it’s important for musicians to keep the music alive.
 
Gold-certified alt-rock icons COLD are doing just that with their heartfelt new track, “Quiet Now” – one of the standout anthems found on their latest Billboard-charting album and Napalm Records debut, The Things We Can’t Stop, out now. Coming at a time that loss is keenly felt and silence is at its most deafening, today, the band has revealed the haunting new visual for the track in the form of a brand new music video that will leave viewers with chills. 
 
As reflected in the video, vocalist Scooter Ward has stated that “Quiet Now” was initially inspired by the profound silence a person senses around them during or after a deep loss. The song was originally dedicated to a Cold Army member who had experienced such loss – but has taken on more meaning during these trying times.
 
Scooter Ward adds:
“I had written the song, “Quiet Now,” for a Cold Army member and dear friend, who had dealt with the loss of a family member during the recording of our new album. A photo was sent to me, of him and his father holding hands while his father was in the hospital… that photograph is what inspired the song. I knew the concept for the video needed to express the intense emotion of the song.
 
I contacted Patrick Huven from Ghost Motel and filmmaker Alex Schroer to direct and produce the video. I had previously watched their video for a song called “Hush” that they had created and loved the eeriness of it and their aesthetic. Patrick and I got together on the concept for the video being a mother mourning the loss of her child in solitude. We felt nothing could be more painful… the silence of it all. Not hearing the little sounds of a loved one who is no longer there.
 
However, the only problem was that he lives in Germany, and the distance would be an obstacle. We ended up shooting the story for the video in Germany and then my part here in the states. I reached out to our dear friend and amazing photographer, Dave Jackson, to film and direct my solo part. We filmed it in his studio in Wisconsin. The end result of the two merging together ended up being seamless and powerful.
 
With our world now being on lockdown and everyone experiencing their own levels of solitude, and a bit of silence, and with music being the conduit that holds us together, we felt now was the time to release the song. People are going through serious loss because of this on many levels, and music sometimes helps during these moments. Our hopes are that a song can maybe help people feel not so alone in it all. Our hopes are that with music, perseverance, and the determination that is within us to overcome, things can be somewhat back to normal again soon.
 
We love you all. Stay healthy and follow the guidelines to ensure your safety. Our hearts are with you.”
 
Cure the silence and watch the new music video
for “Quiet Now” HERE
While online, keep the music playing and check out Breaking Benjamin’s emotive new track, “Far Away”, featuring Scooter Ward. Breaking Benjamin vocalist Benjamin Burnley recently stated in an Instagram post that in his youth, he was inspired by Ward, who brought “Far Away” to what it needed to be. See for yourself and check out the “Far Away” music video HERE.
 
The past year has been transcendent for COLD – peaking with the successful release of The Things We Can’t Stop, subsequent singles “Shine”, “Without You”, “The Devil We Know” and “Run”, and a North American comeback tour boasting several sold out shows. Billboard said it best: “Cold is heating up for a new era…”
 
Stay tuned for more news in the world of COLD, coming soon!
 
Order COLD’s new album, The Things We Can’t StopHERE

HATEBREED Set To Perform at LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival on Saturday, May 2nd 2020 at Chameleon Club in Downtown Lancaster, PA

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Event Being Held April 30-May 3, 202015+ Hours of Panels, One-on-One Industry Mentoring, 170+ Live Performances Across All Genres, on 12 Stages Over Three Nights

Submit to perform, register to attend, and book your stay now at LaunchMusicConference.com

LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival has announced the addition of metal/hardcore giants HATEBREED to the list of performers slated to appear at this year’s event. The GRAMMY® nominated quintet will play on Saturday, May 2nd 2020 at Chameleon Club in Downtown Lancaster, PA.

LAUNCH director and founder Jeremy L. Weiss says, “The LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival parent company, The CI Companies, has had the pleasure of producing Hatebreed shows several times over the last couple decades. They are a colossal force in Metal & Hardcore music, and a big-time personal favorite! Easily some of the best dudes in the business, to boot. Love what they add to LAUNCH, and how this year’s event has such incredible musical diversity, and choice for attendees, top-down!”

Tickets now available at: http://bit.ly/LMCF20ALL.

The announcement follows on the heels of the previously-announced addition of SmokepurppThe Juliana Theory and more to the list of artists performing.

Celebrating its 12th year, The LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival will once again take over Historic Downtown Lancaster April 30-May 3, 2020.
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About HATEBREED:

With steadfast determination, drive, and dedication, Hatebreed have cemented themselves as one of heavy music’s strongest institutions. Since 1994, the Connecticut quintet—Jamey Jasta [vocals], Chris Beattie [bass], Wayne Lozinak [guitar], Frank Novinec [guitar], and Matthew Byrne [drums]—has risen to the ranks of hardcore and heavy metal elite with a GRAMMY® Award nomination, main stage slots on festivals, and countless fans worldwide.

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Third Annual INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival Announces Daily Lineups

Ohio’s Rock Event of The Summer is Back July 10-12, 2020 at the Historic Ohio State Reformatory

Headliners Include Limp BizkitWeezer and Blink-182

The third annual INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival has revealed the daily lineups for its three-day event, scheduled for July 10, 11 and 12 at the famous Ohio State Reformatory, a.k.a. Shawshank prison, in Mansfield, OH.

As previously announced, Limp BizkitWeezer and Blink-182 will headline a diverse lineup featuring over 40 bands on two outdoor stages. In addition to music, INKCARCERATION Festival will host 60 tattoo artists, reformatory tours, gourmet food trucks, the best drinks, camping and the return of the popular haunted house attraction Escape from Blood Prison.

INDIVIDUAL DAILY LINE-UPS: 

Friday July 10:

Limp Bizkit

Papa Roach

Steel Panther

Candlebox

Atreyu

All That Remains

We Came As Romans

Escape the Fate

The Aquadolls

Stitched Up Heart

Paralandra

MissYou

Saving Escape

Saturday July 11:

Weezer

Haelstorm

Underoath

Badflower

Static-X

Puddle of Mudd

New Politics

Emmure

Stick to Your Guns

New Years Day

September Mourning

Along Came a Spider

Dead Engine

Mollo Rilla

Sunday July 12: 

Blink-182

Mastodon

Hollywood Undead

Falling in Reverse

The Devil Wears Prada

Attila

Cold

Carnifex

Band-Maid

Damn Nation

A Killer’s Confessions

Sink the Ship

Single day tickets are now available, starting at just $65, and two-day tickets are available for $139. Weekend Field Passes, which include three-day General Admission, Field Passes to the concert for the entire weekend and self-guided reformatory tours, start at just $220. See below for additional ticket information.

Ohio State Reformatory’s historic building and grounds provide a perfectly eerie setting for the INKCARCERATION Festival. The massive, awe-inspiring locale is recognized as not only one of the most haunted reformatories in the country, but also as the filming location for multiple Hollywood films. The most famous of these films is the 1994 cinematic classic and IMDB highest rated movie of all time, The Shawshank Redemption, starring Hollywood legends Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins

Once again, it will be Halloween in July at the INKCARCERATION Festival as Escape from Blood Prison makes an early appearance. The annual Halloween haunted house attraction typically runs from the end of September through early November at the Ohio State Reformatory, but this spooky experience will be open all weekend long for festival goers. Once Blood Prison takes over the reformatory, it is filled with bloodthirsty inmates waiting for victims to enter and try to make it through the facility alive.

The Ohio State Reformatory is centrally located, about an hour away from Cleveland, Columbus and Canton/Akron, and within a three-hour driving radius of Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati, Youngstown, parts of West Virginia and Michigan, making it the perfect destination festival! Tent and RV camping packages are available on the grounds. Nearby hotel and ticket combo packages are also available.

TICKETS:Single day tickets start at just $65. Two day General Admission tickets are just $139. Weekend Field Passes include three-day General Admission, Field Passes to the concert for the entire weekend and self-guided reformatory tours that start at just $189.

Attendees can further accent their experience with a Weekend VIP Pass, which starts at just $369. This pass includes: VIP wristband, Field Passes for the entire weekend, self-guided reformatory tours, air conditioned VIP lounge with seating and tables, free lunch and dinner catering each day, access to locker storage and cell phone charging, private bar and game area and outdoor lounge, an elevated covered grandstand, and dedicated Hydration Station, flushable restrooms and portable restrooms, entrance to the event and the Reformatory.

Tickets are available at https://inkcarceration.frontgatetickets.com/

CAMPING:Weekend Camping Packages are available for both tents and RVs. General Weekend Tent Camping starts at $199 and includes 1,000 square feet of space for up to four people, access to the A/C Camping Lounge, optional breakfast, lunch and drinks available for purchase, dedicated shuttles to and from the festival, re-entry during the festival via the camping shuttles, live entertainment after the festival, access to Camping Hydration Station, and access to showers and restrooms. There are five different lots available within the grounds. General Weekend RV Camping starts at $299 and includes the same amenities as Tent Camping plus hookups for electric and water. Admission to the festival is not included in Weekend Camping Packages and must be purchased separately.

Hotel and ticket combination packages are also available. All tickets, including Field, VIP, Hotel Packages and Camping, may be purchased at www.inkcarceration.com/tickets.

In its second year, INKCARCERATION Festival nearly tripled the inaugural year’s attendance numbers, drawing 45,000 fans from nearly all 50 states, and worldwide as far as New Zealand. INKCARCERATION Festival has been awarded Mansfield’s prestigious Tourism Award of Excellence, and has been recognized by the United States House of Representatives, Ohio Senate, State of Ohio Representatives and Congressional Proclamation.

For more information, visit www.inkcarceration.com.

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LAMB OF GOD Releases First New Music in Five Years, “Checkmate,” from Upcoming Self-Titled Album, Due Out May 8

 Watch the Video for “Checkmate” Now via lamb-of-god.com 

Pre-Order Lamb Of God at http://lambofgod.lnk.to/LOG

LAMB OF GOD has revealed a brand new single and video, “Checkmate,” from the band’s first release in five years and the first to feature new drummer Art Cruz. The self-titled Lamb Of God is due out May 8 via Epic Records.

Watch “Checkmate” now at: http://lamb-of-god.com.

“‘Checkmate’ brings together all the components of the LAMB OF GOD sound that we’ve been developing over the last two decades, but with the ambition and ferocity that comes with the start of a new chapter for our band,” says guitarist Mark Morton. “Re-energized and reignited, this is LAMB OF GOD 2020. We’ve never been more excited.”

The fact that the band’s eighth studio effort would warrant ‘self-titled’ status is a testament to the band’s pride and satisfaction with these songs and this period in their creativity.

“Putting only our name on it is a statement,” Blythe says. “This is LAMB OF GOD. Here and now.” 

A true collaboration between all members of the band, LAMB OF GOD’s eighth studio album is an amalgam of each individual’s contributions, blended to create a singular style. Guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler fuel the album with a mountain of riffs, taking what Lamb of God are known for, and unbelievably, upping the ante to new levels. The rhythm section of John Campbell, looming large as a rhythmic shadow, and drummer Art Cruz, who makes his studio debut with LAMB OF GOD here on this record, underpin the proceedings with passion, sweat and expansive dynamics. Vocalist D. Randall Blythe is as angry, insightful, and informed as ever. Never one to shrink from facing the darker aspects of our nature head-on, Blythe delivers with no punches pulled, and as only he and Lamb of God can in 2020.

In celebration of the release of “Checkmate” and the announce of the new album, LAMB OF GOD will appear at a special show at the House of Vans in Chicago on February 14. The event is free and fans can RSVP beginning at 12 noon CST today at HouseOfVans.com The event will include a photography exhibit featuring photos from D. Randall Blythe that will be included in the new LAMB OF GOD album artwork. Harm’s Way will open the show.

In the midst of writing the ten songs that appear on Lamb Of God, the group hit pause on the works-in-progress to man the stage as main support Slayer’s “The Final Campaign.” After months of playing their best-known songs nightly, LAMB OF GOD returned to the new tracks and began to work with longtime producer Josh Wilbur (Korn, Megadeth, Gojira, Trivium). Special guests Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) and Chuck Billy (Testament) also make appearances on Lamb Of God.

Lamb Of God pre-orders are available at http://lambofgod.lnk.to/LOG.

Lamb Of God tracklisting:

1. Memento Mori

2. Checkmate 

3. Gears

4. Reality Bath

5. New Colossal Hate

6. Resurrection Man

7. Poison Dream (feat. Jamey Jasta)

8. Routes (feat. Chuck Billy) 

9. Bloodshot Eyes

10. On The Hook

The Richmond, Virginia, quintet propelled heavy metal into the new millennium two decades ago with the prophetically titled New American Gospel. They followed with 2003’s As the Palaces Burn, which made the Rolling Stone list of the Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. Ashes of the Wake, released in 2004, was the first LAMB OF GOLD album to be certified gold by the RIAA, as was 2006’s Sacrament, which also made a Top 10 Billboard 200 chart debut. In 2009, LAMB OF GOD released Wrath, their first with Wilbur at producer, and earned the number one album spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock, Rock, and Tastemaker charts, with a number two position on the Billboard 200. 

Those number one positions were repeated with 2012’s Resolution, which swung effortlessly between thrash, traditional metal, sludgy doom, with flashes of crust punk swagger and bravado. LAMB OF GOD’s last album, VII: Sturm und Drang (2015) made its debut on the Billboard 200 at number three and finished number 2 in the world charts, reaching Top 5 in five countries and six addition Top 15 positions.

In 2020, LAMB OF GOD is re-energized and unrelenting, ready to lay claim to the metal throne.

LAMB OF GOD tour dates:

2/14- Chicago, IL @ House of Vans *Headline show

European tour with Kreator and Power Trip:

3/27 – Stockholm, SE @ Fryshuset Arenan

3/28 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum Black Box

3/30 – Oulu, FI @ Club Teatria

3/31 – Helsinki, FI @ Ice Hall Black Box

4/2 – Kraków, PO @ Tauron Arena

4/3 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle

4/4 – Oberhausen, DE @ Turbinenhalle

4/5 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Kulturzentrum Schlachthof

4/7 – Zurich, CH @ Samsung Hall

4/8 – Munich, DE @ Zenith

4/9 – Ludwigsburg, DE @ MHP Arena

4/11 – Hamburg, DE @ Sporthalle

4/14 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz

4/15 – Madrid, ES @ Sala Riviera

4/17 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix

4/18 – Saarbrücken, DE @ Saarlandhalle

4/19 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique

4/21 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy Bristol

4/22 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy

4/23 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow

4/24 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham

4/25 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton 

5/9 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Welcome to Rockville *US Festival

LAMB OF GOD is:

D. Randall Blythe – Vocals

Mark Morton – Guitar

Willie Adler – Guitar

John Campbell – Bass

Art Cruz – Drums

TESTAMENT Announces New Album Titans Of Creation & Release Music Video For “Night Of The Witch”

Pre-Order Available Here: https://nblast.de/TestamentTOC

The time has arrived for legendary bay area thrash metal giants TESTAMENT to unleash new thunder to the masses and reveal their thirteenth studio album, Titans Of Creation, which will be released on April 3 via Nuclear Blast.

Today, the band releases the lyric video for the first single, “Night Of The Witch” here: youtu.be/cF2hIrXq2ss

Chuck Billy comments, “It has been months since the final mixing of ‘Titans Of Creation’ and we are eager for fans to hear it. We feel that we put a lot into this record and at the end of the day it is a TESTAMENT record that stands on its own. We are very proud of ‘Titans Of Creation.’”

“’Night Of The Witch’ uses old school lyrics about witches chanting in the moonlight and casting spells. The beauty of this song is that I worked Eric’s vocals into the chorus. I wanted to incorporate him as he does Dragonlord and this song was a perfect match. It is a heavy song and a great way to introduce everyone to ‘Titans Of Creation.’”

Titans Of Creation was produced by Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson while Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios handled co-producing, recording and engineering. Andy Sneap was responsible for the mixing and mastering of the album. Eliran Kantor stepped up once again to create a new masterpiece of artwork for the cover of this release.

Titans Of Creation will be available in the following formats:

  • CD Digipak
  • Light Blue Cassette (Limited to 250)
  • DLP + CD Mail-order Box Set (Limited to 1500)
  • Includes Earth Element Vinyl
  • Vinyl
  • Fire Element Edition Vinyl (Limited to 2150)
  • Air Element Edition Vinyl
  • Water Element Edition Vinyl
  • Blue Vinyl (Limited to 500; Retail)
  • T-shirt
  • TS+ DLP bundle

Pre-order your copy of Titans Of Creation in the format of your choice here: https://nblast.de/TestamentTOC

Pre-save the album on Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer: nblast.de/TESTAMENTpreSave

Below is the track listing:

  1. Children Of The Next Level
  2. WWIII
  3. Dream Deceiver
  4. Night Of The Witch
  5. City Of Angels
  6. Ishtar’s Gate
  7. Symptoms
  8. False Prophet
  9. The Healers
  10. Code Of Hammurabi
  11. Curse Of Osiris
  12. Catacombs

Just as the elements of this planet thrive within all living creatures, each musician in TESTAMENT represents a necessary component of this latest musical creation. Still filled with a massive and unstoppable energy since their last release, TESTAMENT has taken their style to the next level and present an album that is loyal to the roots of traditional thrash metal while still including the alluring, brilliant and progressive ingredients they are known for.

TESTAMENT is:

Chuck Billy | Lead Vocals

Eric Peterson | Rhythm/Lead guitar & Vocals

Alex Skolnick | Lead Guitar

Steve Di Giorgio | Bass guitar

Gene Hoglan | Drums

Best wireless Headset for music and office work

In the event that you as of now just spend more than 5-10% of your day on the telephone while getting a remote headset for some different assignments for performing various tasks, this is a simple and successful path for you to build your efficiency anyplace. ۔ 1 day at generally 10% (or a greater amount of) the manner in which you are at present working. On the off chance that you are thinking about purchasing a remote headset however you don’t have a clue whether the remote is directly for you, set aside the effort to stop and think about a portion of the advantages of picking a remote headset over wired. Notwithstanding the need to stress over tapping the headset wire or expelling it coincidentally, remote headsets permit you opportunity of development that you would never do while associating straightforwardly to the equipment. If you want to get the awesome and attractive headset to work properly then review here.

There are basically four different types of wireless headsets that they are

Digital Enhanced Carded Telecommunication (DECT) 

Utilized are for checked prepared telephone frameworks. The most generally utilized profile for DECT is the Nonexclusive Access Profile (Hole). The Whole profile is utilized to empower correspondence between any whole empowered DECT base station and its remote handset.  Through this uniform profile, developers such as Plant Electronics, Ecotone and Jabra have developed wireless headsets that can pair directly with GAP-enabled DECT telephones.

Sony WH-1000XM3

It is the best and one of the astonishing commotion dropping headset for the two purposes with respect to office work and furthermore for music. This enables anybody with a DECT headset to match with their home or office DECT phone and appreciate remote correspondence utilizing a remote headset instead of a handheld recipient.  

2.4 GHz headsets 

This is a radio recurrence (RF) remote unit intended to work. This is an open recurrence for remote gadgets anyway different frameworks use it, (for example, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, remote LAN) which can mess obstruction up. Since the 2.4 GHz headset works at various frequencies, the headset requires an extra base unit to speak with the third phone base unit.

The headset communicates with the base unit and the base unit communicates with the telephone base unit (landline). An automatic handset lifter with some 2.4 GHz system can be used to allow the handset to be lifted wirelessly by pressing a button on the wireless headset.

Bluetooth headset

This has become a typical remote profile for remote cell phone headsets. Bluetooth likewise works at 2.4â GHz recurrence like Wi-Fi however since it is intended for low force utilization, its transmission extend is negligible.

The Savi 8220

It is actually a binaural wireless headset that connects to desk top telephone, computer, softphone and the cell phones. It is actually a way that allows people to select the best communication and effective working performance. While using Savi 8220 you can enjoy the music when you feel good.

The Apple AirPods Pro

It is the best and one of the stunning headsets we have and it is extremely reasonable as well. In general best decision is this to utilize while working in office or for getting a charge out of the music.

We should utilize all options

This alternative, when utilized related to a multi-point Bluetooth headset, enables you to utilize the equivalent Bluetooth headset to convey between versatile, phone and PC, utilizing Bluetooth innovation. Full remote correspondence can be utilized to offer work area arrangements. Presently the best producer of top notch remote headset for practically any remote correspondence needs.

DEMONS & WIZARDS RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR DEBUT SINGLE “DIABOLIC”

III SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 21, 2020 VIA CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE

Coming on the heels of the recent announcement that DEMONS & WIZARDS will release their first album in 15 years III on February 21, 2020, the band is back to unveil the music video for their debut single “Diabolic.” The newest musical opus showcases the sound that fans have come to love from the band. The just released music video borrows stylistic elements from the album cover to tell the time old tale of good vs evil with Hansi Kürsch and Jon Schaffer as the main characters. Watch the video for ‘Diabolic’, which was created by iCODE Team here: https://youtu.be/frMkdkCV2D0.

Hansi Kürsch states: “‘Diabolic’ for sure is a musical statement and its message is very clear and precise: We take no prisoners! We had a hard time figuring out a proper opener to ‘III,’ but when ‘Diabolic’ took shape, we realized it was the perfect introduction to the album!”

Jon Schaffer adds: “This song is a sequel to ‘Heaven Denies’ and it is dark, heavy, vicious,melodic, and totally atmospheric, everything I love about songwriting and making records in eight minutes! ‘Diabolic’ has the right attitude to make a strong statement as the first song that people will hear after 15 years!”

DEMONS & WIZARDS is one of the most legendary collaborations in the history of heavy metal, uniting the talents of Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) and Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) who are friends for nearly three decades.

DEMONS & WIZARDS musically embodies both musician’s stylistic trademarks and has resulted so far in two hugely celebrated studio albums, Demons & Wizards and Touched by the Crimson King. Both records have been reissued in 2019 on time with the group’s extremely successful return to the world’s stages. Now, the band presents III, a stunning monument of dynamic and powerful heavy metal that simply has all you would expect from these iconic musicians! III is epic, melodic, crushingly heavy, atmospheric, and all in between. 65 minutes of heavy metal mastery! III can now be pre-ordered in a variety of luxurious and limited formats: https://demonswizards.lnk.to/III.

The track-listing for III is:

01. Diabolic

02. Invincible

03. Wolves In Winter

04. Final Warning

05. Timeless Spirit

06. Dark Side Of Her Majesty

07. Midas Disease

08. New Dawn

09. Universal Truth

10. Split

11. Children Of Cain

The III recording line-up consists of:

Hansi Kürsch – Lead & Backing Vocals

Jon Schaffer – Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Bass Guitar, 6 and 12 string Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Guest Musicians on III:

Brent Smedley – Drums

Jim Morris – Additional Guitars, Backing Vocals

Jake Dreyer – Additional Guitars

Ruben Drake – Bass

Thomas Hackman, Olaf Senkbeil, John Jaycee Cuipers, Zakery Alexander, Jeff Brant, Todd Plant, Jerome Mazza – Backing Vocals

PA’dam chamber choir – Classical Choir

Top 3 Wireless Headphones For Music Lovers

Are you in need of a wireless headphone with the highest reputation for its audio quality? Well, fortunately, you’ve just landed on the right page. We so much understand you are a music lover, and if not, you love using headphones for other listening purposes – which are entirely mindful of you. It could be Skype, receiving phone calls, among many others.

Specifically here, we are going to dwell on the wireless version of these high-end headphones you can’t afford to miss if you genuinely love music. The current market has plenty of brand model that as a newbie in this sector, you might find some difficulty making your best choices out of. It is not always that those headphones with premium features as well do have the quality sound you are looking for. Sometimes it is the opposite of that. 

In this guide, however, we want to enlighten you about the top 3 best headphone models you can trust and find best for listening to any of your favorite music. Our selection here bases on the device’s functionality, structural design and above all, affordability. Keep reading for more information.

1. Sony WH-1000XM3

Wireless surround-sound headphones with a classy design you want

Sony 1000X headphone series has been a dominating model in the 2019 market. The most enticing fact about this device is not only its superstructural design but the highly effective technology it uses to ensure quality sound production. These comprise a combination of Sony’s proprietary LDAC tech and superb wireless codecs – aptX. Another is of noise-cancellation, which is equally sufficient.

Despite not being so much of an improvement from the Sony’s initial Sony WH-1000XM2 model, the WH-1000XM3 still dominates over its main rival, the Bose QC35 II.  Its major pioneering feature its rival lacks is the Quick Attention mode. The features allow quick turning down of music to enable you to perceive the surrounding noise without necessarily removing off the headphones. 

Its packed features and great-sounding make it a suitable headphone for traveling, jogging, receiving calls, among many others. 

Key features and specifications

Digital noise cancellation: This feature keeps you tuned to the game by canceling all the distracting surround sounds.

Voice Assistant: It has touch-activated Alexa, enabling voice access to information, music, and so on.

Quick Attention Mode: This feature helps turndown music for easy perception of the surrounding sounds. It works when you cover the right ear cup. 

Smart Listening: It ensures you get the best noise cancellation by adjusting the ambient sound that matches your activity. 

Touch Controls: Touch controls eases operation management in the use of this headphone.

Long-life battery: Lasts up to 30-hours on a single charge
Weight: 275 grams
Drivers: 40mm
Wireless range: 30 feet

Pros
Comfortable to wear
Touch operated
Noise cancellation technology
Long-life battery
Handy

Cons
Fragile hinges

2. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Best fitting wireless headphone with a comprehensive wireless range

If you do not prefer Sony or any other top headphones model, here is a better alternative with equally best sound quality. As a music lover, you won’t be disappointed the high-end Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 which rates among the top models in the current market. 

Its most outstanding features are noise cancellation technology and a long-life battery. Bose is the real deal headphone when looking for can’s appeal, flexibility and capable of use. Better than the Sony’s WH-1000XM3, model this Bose product produces more fantastic sound from its well-balanced soundstage and maintains a highly effective noise cancellation effect. 

Despite being more expensive than the Sony WH-1000XM3, Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 also have some inferior features like lesser battery life, which discredit it as well.

Key Features and Specifications

Noise cancellation technology: The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 allows up to 11 levels of noise cancellation options. The technology limits distractive noises and lets in ambient sounds.
Optimized Google Assistant: You can issue voice commands through a Google Voice assistant control button.
Alexa: It works with a simple button push
20-hours long-life battery
Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 0.64 lbs (289g)
Drivers: 40mm
Driver type: Dynamic
Wireless range: 100 meters (330 feet) 

Pros
Alexa technology
Noise cancellation technology
Comfortable to wear
Wireless
Lightweight
Wide wireless coverage
Google assistant optimization

Cons
Pricey
Battery life needs improvement

3. Jabra Elite 85H

Super high-end design for ultimate performance

A quality headphone designed to endure long life, provide ultimate comfort, and above all offer great performance is the Jabra Elite 85H. It is one great model giving lots of competition to top Sony and Bose headphones dominating today’s market. 

With its relatively high-frequency response of 10-20kHz and dynamic driver type, this stylish device produces such high-end sound quality suitable for all kinds of music in your playlist. Better than any of the best Bose or Sony models, this headset comes with up to 36-hours long-life battery. Meaning, you can have then all day long playing your favorite music with no interruptions on charge.

It is an ideal model you can carry along while going for a tour in areas with less power availability or if you will be too busy to let it charge. Other competitive models might have more extensive wireless range, more significant than its 10m; however, still it bears other superior features that keep it in the top list. 

Key Features and Specifications

Noise cancellation technology: The Jabra Elite 85h Wireless Headphones allows no distractive noise from your environment interrupts your listening. The experience is same whether receiving calls or listening to your music.

SmartSound Audio technology: This technology uses your personalized audio strategy to choose for you the type of music you would wish to listen to. It is a more automated procedure that involves analysis of your environment. 

Long-life battery: On a single charge, the battery can last up to 36 hours.

Water Resistant: With this device, you can go to any environment. It is certified water and rain resistant headphone featuring nano-coating of the interior components. Also, it lacks those pesky wires being a Bluetooth wireless headphone.

Acoustic design: Closed
Weight: 296 grams
Frequency response: 10-20 kHz
Battery life: 36 hours
Drivers: 40mm
Driver type: Dynamic
Wireless range: 10m (33ft.)

Pro
Leading battery life
Quality ANC performance
Comfortable
Water-resistant
Noise cancellation technology

Cons
Its high-end codecs lack support

Conclusion

Take your time to analyze these three headphones and find out which best suits your use. A golden tip to remember is to always buy from reliable suppliers. Otherwise, you might risk buying counterfeit products that may not offer you measuring performance as any of these three. 

Concert Review: Hugh Jackman – The Man. The Music. The Show.

 

  • HUGH JACKMAN – THE MAN, THE MUSIC.  THE SHOW.
  • The United Center – Chicago, Illinois
  • October 11, 2019

Most people know Hugh Jackman as the claw sprouting X-man known as Wolverine.  And if that’s all they know him as, shame on them.  True fans know him as the Oscar-nominated, Tony Award winning actor whose been singing and dancing for years.  And it was those fans that were in attendance at the United Center in Chicago as Jackman continues his very successful tour.

The show kicked off with a rousing performance of “The Greatest Show,” followed by “Come Alive,” both from the very popular film “The Greatest Showman.”  While performing, Jackman noticed a fan holding up a sign stating it was her birthday.  He very graciously bent down to give her a hug as well as take a selfie with her.  He then noted that it was technically his birthday already in Australia (he turned 51 on October 12).  While addressing the audience he noticed a young boy down below in the floor audience who was dressed up like Jackman in “The Greatest Showman.”  He climbed off the stage to say hello to the boy and received a huge hug from the boy.  Returning to the stage, he explained how his first stage musical was “Beauty and the Beast,” then proceeded to perform the song “Gaston.”

He shared some information about his wife of 23 years and then sat down at the piano to play (and sing) “All the Way.”  After a medley saluting New York City he told a story about how he had worked on “The Greatest Showman” for eight years before it was made.  He also noted how there had been multiple workshops for the film and that Keala Settle had participated in all of them.  He then introduced Ms. Settle, who pretty much brought the house down with a rousing rendition of “This is Me.”  After performing a song from her upcoming album, Jackman returned to the stage and closed the first act with a few numbers from “Les Miserables,” accompanied by an enthusiastic group of singers and dancers.

The second act opened with a clip of Jackman receiving the Tony Award for his portrayal of songwriter and performer Peter Allen in “The Boy from Oz.”  Jackman took to the stage AS Peter Allen and sang a few of the songs Allen had written/co-written in his career.    The amazing dancing continued as he performed a song – “A Million Dreams” – which included sign language which was part of the choreography.  Between numbers, Jackman continually told great stories and would occasionally wander into the audience to greet concert goers.  At one point, he addressed the audience as honestly as I’ve ever head a performer, thanking all in attendance for not only supporting him but for taking the tine and spending the money to do so.  This is a man who not only appreciates his fans but goes out of his way to let him know so.

A couple of Aboriginal songs, complete with Didgeradoos helped close the show, along with Jackman doing a moving version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”  All in all, it was an amazing night with an amazing talent!

Mr. Jackman’s tour is continuing throughout North America.  To see if he’s coming to your town, click HERE!

SET LIST

The Greatest Show, Come Alive, Gaston, All the Way, New York, New York/On Broadway/Empire State of Mind, This is Me, Harder, Valjean’s Soliloquy/I Dreamed a Dream/One Day More, Not the Boy Next Door, Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)/Don’t Cry Out Loud/ I Honestly Love You/ Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage/ I Go to Rio, Tenterfield Saddler, A Million Dreams, Luck Be a Lady/ Singin’ in he Rain/ I Got Rhythm/Steppin’ Out With My Baby/ Sing Sing Sing, 42nd Street/Thunderstruck, Art Song, Inhibition, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, From Now On, Once Before I Go