the new release date in September 6, not August 23 as originally indicated in the press release I sent out last month.  That just gives us more time to play with!

12 STONES is Paul McCoy (vocals), Eric Weaver (guitars), Justin Rimer (guitar), Michael McManus (drums).  ONLY HUMAN is being released on the Executive Music Group label via Fontana/Universal.  The band joined forces once again with producer Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Skillet, Saliva), who had previously worked with 12 STONES on 2007’s ANTHEM FOR THE UNDERDOG, which was inspired by the effects of Hurricane Katrina on their hometown of New Orleans.  “Bulletproof” is the album’s first single–mixed by Mike Shipley (Green Day, 30 Seconds To Mars)—which will impact radio next month although it’s getting early spins at stations such as

KXXR (Minneapolis), KMYZ (Tulsa), WIIL (Chicago), KILO (Colorado Springs), WJJO (Madison), KDJE (Little Rock), KFMA (Tucson) and WWBN (Flint).  A video is currently in the works. is the band’s website and

is the band’s Facebook page.


HM covers from over the years

HM Magazine Turns 35

In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.


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Comrades 2020

Becoming Comrades

The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.


Photo by Quinsey Sablan

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Tigerwine 2020

A Disparate Vintage

On Tigerwine's latest, 'Nothing is for You,' vocalist and lyricist Trobee departs from the band's last effort as a concept record to write about an array subjects. Notably, Trobee tackles his evolution from rigid belief system to an acceptance and understanding of other ideas: "Through touring and becoming close with those very people I was taught to be afraid of, I realized how untrue it all is."


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