The Chariot Joins Scream The Prayer Tour
Georgia’s THE CHARIOT is pleased to announce that they will be joining this year’s SCREAM THE PRAYER TOUR, also featuring Norma Jean, Sleeping Giant, War Of Ages, Close Your Eyes, Texas In July, I The Breather, The Great Commission, As Hell Retreats, and Sovereign Strength. Tour dates have not been announced yet, so stay tuned for updates on shows in your area! The band recently announced a brief upcoming run through Ontario, Canada with Every Time I Die and The (bleep) Hotlights. The tour begins in Ottawa, ON on May 23rd and runs through May 28th in Howell, MI for Bled Fest 2011 featuring Norma Jean, I Am The Avalanche, and more. See below for all upcoming tour dates. THE CHARIOT released their most recent album Long Live on GOOD FIGHT MUSIC on November 22nd, 2010. Long Live is the band’s fourth full-length album to date.
5/23 – Ottawa, ON
5/24 – Kingston, ON
5/25 – Kitchener, ON
5/26 – Toronto, ON
5/27 – London, ON
5/28 – Howell, MI

Red Gets Dove Award
Hard rock band RED garnered its fourth career GMA Dove Award in the category of Rock Recorded Song for “Start Again” from its GRAMMY nominated Innocence & Instinct project. This is RED’s third win in the field of Rock Recorded Song, which this year included additional nominees Satellites and Sirens, Disciple, tobyMac, and Switchfoot. The band has won previously in this category for “Breathe Into Me” (2007) and “Lost” (2009). Innocence & Instinct, released Feb. 10, 2009, has been a powerhouse album for the band. RED’s sophomore project, the record garnered first-week sales of nearly 40,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which made it the No.15 best-selling album on Billboard’s Top 200 chart that week. It also reached the No. 5 spot on iTunes Overall Albums chart. To date, Innocence & Instinct has scanned more than 260,000 units. This marks the album’s second Dove Award win after talking the Rock Album Of The Year title at last year’s ceremony. Nashville-based rock outfit RED, made up of Michael Barnes (vocals), Anthony Armstrong (guitar) Randy Armstrong (bass) and Joe Rickard (drums), has logged an impressive 1,300 + live shows since releasing its debut album End Of Silence in 2006. Since the emergence of the band’s GRAMMY nominated debut, which has scanned more than 400,000 units to date, RED has delivered two Top 10 Active Rock singles, three Top 10 Mainstream Rock singles and ten consecutive No. 1 hits at Christian radio. In addition, the band has maintained a near-constant presence on the road, performing alongside notable rock names such as Hinder, 3 Doors Down, Creed, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Godsmack, Sevendust, Drowing Pool, Flyleaf, Seether, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Saving Abel, Staind, Third Day, Switchfoot, Skillet and others. Rave reviews for the band’s live shows and albums have been featured in top media outlets including USA Today and Billboard.
Most recently, RED’s Until We Have Faces (Feb. 1, 2011) was the highest debut in the country with the No. 2 spot on the coveted Billboard Top 200 its first week out. Additionally, the project claimed the No. 1 spots on the following Nielsen SoundScan charts: Current Hard Music, Current Rock Music, Current Alternative, Christian Rock, Current Contemporary Christian Album and Record Label Independent charts.

Times Of Grace Join Underoath On Illuminato(u)r
Open your mind and your eyes, hard rock fans! You are about to be illuminated this summer, thanks to the “Illuminato(u)r,” a brand new road trek featuring some of the best and, well, brightest bands in the scene! Underoath will headline “Illuminato(u)r,” with support provided by a stellar lineup that includes Times of Grace, Stray From the Path and Letlive. Multi Grammy nominated, globally successful and acclaimed heavy rock group Underoath was transformed by the arrival of new drummer Daniel Davison. Underoath – Tim McTague (guitars), Spencer Chamberlain (vocals), Grant Brandell (bass), Chris Dudley (keyboards) and James Smith (guitars) — recently released the album Ø (Disambiguation) that emphatically surpasses, in terms of craftsmanship and cohesion, its predecessors, which combined have sold well over 1 million copies.
Times of Grace is a new project featuring Killswitch Engage guitarist (and super producer) Adam Dutkiewicz, who reteams with original KsE vocalist Jesse Leach. Their debut, The Hymn of a Broken Man, finds the duo capitalizing on their past chemistry and creating something entirely new and exciting. Outburn called the album “unequivocally one of the finest records you’ll hear this year….a truly stunning achievement,” handing it a 10 out of 10 rating! Underoath guitarist Tim McTague said, “We are super excited to be touring with Times of Grace, Stray From the Path and Letlive. This is one of the better musical packages we have put together in a long time and think across the board it will be a great experience.” Times of Grace vocalist Jesse Leach also commented, “I have always admired what Underoath does. I am quite pleased to have the honor to share the stage with a band that has pushed boundaries and maintained integrity all of these years. I believe on and off stage this will be a tour to remember. It’s a great mix of music and spirit not to be missed.” The tour winds through the country for a little over a month, kicking off on July 5th in Raleigh, North Carolina and wraps on August 12th in Columbus, Ohio.
Tour Dates:
7/5 – Raleigh, NC
7/6 – Allentown, PA
7/7 – Farmingdale, NY
7/8 – Sayreville, NJ
7/10 – Hartford, CT
7/11 – Portland, ME
7/12 – Clifton Park, NY
7/13 – Baltimore, MD
7/15 – Louisville, KY
7/16 – Sauget, IL
7/18 – Little Rock, AR
7/20 – Bloomington, IL
7/21 – Toledo, OH
7/22 – Syracuse, NY
7/26 – Grand Rapids, MI
7/27 – Milwaukee, WI
7/28 – Cedar Falls, IA
7/29 – Lawrence, KS
7/30 – Omaha, NE
8/1 – Colorado Springs, CO
8/3 – San Antonio, TX
8/5 – Whitehouse, TX
8/7 – New Orleans, LA
8/9 – Nashville, TN
8/10 – Asheville, NC
8/11 – Richmond, VA
8/12 – Columbus, OH

Family Force 5 On Road With New EP
Family Force 5 embark on TOURtantula with special guests Stereo Skyline, Swimming with Dolphins and Since Forever. Band releases limited edition EP titled ‘lll’ (pronounced ‘three’) only available on their online store and on the Tourantula tour.
‘III’ Track Listing:
1) Dang Girl
2) Wobble
3) You Got It
To get up close and more personal then usual with the band fans are invited to attend ARACHNOCOUSTICA, a pre-show event that includes an acoustic set by Family Force 5, a meet-n-greet with the band and an autographed VIP laminate. Later on in the evening the band will plug-in and give the crowd a taste of what they can expect from FF5’s upcoming summer CD release, this tour will be the first time the new tracks will be premiered in front of an audience. Later this summer see the band on Van’s Warped Tour 11 from July 20 – August 14. New CD out summer 2011.

Dynasty Releases New Song
Dynasty has released a new song from their upcoming Strike First debut Truer Living with a Youthful Vengeance. Go have a listen to “Way of the Wolf” here and then get entered to win a pair of custom Dynasty Nikes by pre ordering the new album. The band will be releasing Truer Living…, mixed and mastered by Paul Miner (H2O, Terror, Ignite), on May 24. Dynasty will be out promoting the new album with Call To Preserve on CTP’s farewell tour this summer, dates TBA.

Alice Cooper Gets “Golden God” Award
The 3rd annual REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS presented by Epiphone– America’s only hard-rock and heavy-metal award show–announced this year’s winners recently at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. Highlights from the REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS will be broadcast on VH1 Classic on Saturday, May 28. Revolver will release a special Golden Gods issue of the magazine on May 24. The full list of winners and presenters for the 3rd ANNUAL REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS is as follows:
1) Hunted: The Demon’s Forge® Golden God Award: Alice Cooper (presented by Rob Zombie)
2) Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award: Mötley Crüe (presented by Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour.)
3) Honorary Headbanger Award: William Shatner (presented by Scott Ian of Anthrax and The Damned Things and comedian Brian Posehn)
4) Epiphone® Best Guitarists Award: Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance of Avenged Sevenfold (presented by Robb Flynn of Machine Head and Wayne Static of Static X)
5) Drum Workshop® Best Drummer Award: Mike Portnoy for his work with Avenged Sevenfold (presented by Vinnie Paul of Pantera/HellYeah)
6) Best New Band Award: Black Veil Brides (presented by
7) Duff McKagan of Loaded/Velvet Revolver/Guns N’ Roses)
8) Most Metal Athlete Award: Skateboarder Mike Vallely (presented by Chino Moreno of Deftones)
9) Rockstar Energy® Best Vocalist Award: M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold (presented by Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless and Sebastian Bach)
10) Samson/Zoom® Best Live Band Award: Rammstein (presented by Charlie Benante of Anthrax and Mike Portnoy)
11) Eagle Rock® Comeback of the Year Award: Murderdolls (presented by David Coverdale of Whitesnake)
12) Affliction® Album of the Year Award: Avenged Sevenfold (presented by Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez of Alice in Chains)

Hope For The Dying Release Debut
Hope for the Dying has released their Facedown debut Dissimulation which is striking a chord with reviewers everywhere. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this album yet, please do! Their ability to transcend the genre is impressive… – lmpmagazine Dramatic, intense guitar-driven metal. The arrangement of symphonic elements throughout the album are dramatic, moving and emotionally charged. – thenewreview.net The entire album flows perfectly from beginning to end. Dissimulation is one of the best metal albums to come around in a while. – jesusfreakhideout.com If you haven’t heard of Hope for the Dying, then you should. – indievisionmusic.com Do not overlook this Facedown gem. This is new, this is different. – hopecore.com Dissimulation is available now from Facedown Records.

The Beckoning Release Videoclip
A homemade videoclip for the song “Withered” by the Christian Gothic Metal band THE BECKONING.The song and video are meant as a tribute to the persecuted Church worldwide. e.This is my band that I have with my wife.We are grateful for the opportunity to use the blessed gift of music to honor our Lord Jesus Christ and pay tribute to our brethren suffering for the sake of The Gospel. God bless!

Hyland’s Debut Hits
One of Tooth & Nail Records’ most promising new signings, Hyland, is released their label debut on May 3rd. Their debut, Weights & Measures, was showcased with multiple hometown release shows in Minneapolis, MN. Following their release, Hyland hit the road on the Mother May I tour with Abandon Kansas and Wavorly starting May 13th through June 4th. Check out their Facebook for dates and details in a city near you. On Memorial Day weekend, Hyland will join the pop-sensation Plain White T’s for the JOURNEY’s Backyard BBQ – May 28th. The JOURNEY’S Backyard BBQ is a free event for all ages, and is held in five major cities across the nation May-June. More details and schedule here.

Sojourn Music Release “The Water and the Blood”
It is significant that Sojourn has released their new indie Christian album, The Water and The Blood: The Hymns of Isaac Watts two days after Easter. Their seventh recording is timed perfectly to appreciate, reflect, and find more meaning in the sacred holiday. The Water and The Blood: The Hymns of Isaac Watts takes you through hymns that have a distinct Roots/Americana feel to them while communicating a universal message to their audience. Musicians with backgrounds in jazz, country, pop, and punk rock came together for a common cause while seeking to serve the Church with meaningful contemporary music. Since launching in 2000, Sojourn Music has recorded 7 albums of original music, including the critically-acclaimed album Before the Throne. Sojourn’s music is very powerful. The members of the band come from a church with three campuses in Louisville, with 2500+ people gathering on Sundays for worship. The musicianship on The Water and The Blood: The Hymns of Isaac Watts is exceptional, which gives their message more of a universal touch point for those that have not been exposed to their unique brand of Christian artistry. Every word is felt on the recording because the vocals are on par with the music, making for a touching blend of spirit compelled with the belief that a positive message simply cannot be ignored. The Water and The Blood: The Hymns of Isaac Watts is available on CD, Digital format and vinyl LP. “We’re excited to release this new collection of hymns. It’s music that comes from a real sense of community and faith, connecting emerging generations from the 300-year-old work of the father of the English hymn. We can’t wait to introduce you to Isaac Watts,” states Michael Cosper, Pastor of Worship and Arts for Sojourn Community Church.

MCMB Members Start Clothing Company
Robert Bloomfield and Matthew Hasting of the band MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE are proud to announce the launch of their very own clothing company, VICIOUS WORLD. “We were very picky about the designs we wanted,” comments Matthew Hasting. “We want to make people think. Question everything around you. The world we live in is full of corruption. Whether you want to be or not, we are all apart of this vicious world.” VICIOUS WORLD started with both founders wanting another avenue of creative expression and also being upset with how shirts never fitted them correctly. As a result, you have perfectly fitted garments with killer designs and slogans such as “It’s A Vicious World After All,” and “’Til Death Do We Art.” Creating a new and refreshing design that caters to youth culture is something that both Robert Bloomfield and Matthew Hasting aspire to. VICIOUS WORLD will be manufacturing a limited edition line of new shirts and the full line can be viewed here.
For more information on VICIOUS WORLD, please visit these sites:

Peter Furler To Release Solo Album
With multiple GRAMMY nominations and Dove awards, “Songwriter of the Year” nods and musical talent that has driven the sales of five RIAA Certified Gold records, over seven million albums sold and 25 No. 1 songs, Peter Furler returns to music after ending his long tenure in 2009 as the lead singer of newsboys, the band he founded in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia. Refreshed and reawakened to the joy of music, Furler steps out with his first solo album, ON FIRE, releasing June 21 on Sparrow Records. After amicably leading newsboys through its transition to the current lineup, Furler stepped away from non-stop touring, sold much of what he owned – cars, home, his shares in Inpop Records, a label he’d co-founded in 1999 that launched the careers of such notables as Newworldson, Mat Kearney and Shane & Shane, among others, etc. – moved to the Gulf of Florida and took time to reflect, express himself through visual art, surf and play music just for pure enjoyment. “I didn’t have a clue what I was doing next,” Furler reflects. “I’d been doing 100-plus shows a year, writing, then finishing a record for more than a decade. It was good, but it was a merry-go-round that was never going to stop. “Artistically and creatively, I began to see that God didn’t make the horse to win at the races, but for his pleasure – to watch it run,” continues Furler. “I had a definite yearning to get back to nature, to express myself creatively, to do something just for the joy of it.” Although initially not planning to release any of the new music created during this time, the result of this redefining period led to the most joyful and uplifting music of Furler’s career. “The songs never really stopped. They kept coming,” Furler says. “I’d take a long walk, and a song would come into my head… There is a fire shut up in my bones that I have not been able to hold in since I was a child. For me, I find its release through melody and testimony.” Furler’s music has always been about making a difference and leaving the listener encouraged, and with these new songs comes a sense of confidence like he has never experience before as a singer. Music fans are already catching a glimpse of the rejuvenated Furler as his first radio single from ON FIRE, “Reach,” is already a Billboard hit single that continues to rapidly gather national airplay. “We all need to be reminded that God is personal,” Furler says as “Reach” struck a very personal chord with him. “The One who created the heaven, the One who is everywhere and all knowing yearns deeply for us… He cares for us individually, where we are.” Writing, producing, recording and singing such international classics as “He Reigns,” “Shine,” “Something Beautiful” and “It is You,” Furler is one of Australia’s biggest exports of any musical genre. With a raw honesty and ability to turn a rock show into a deep worship experience, Furler is a favorite on the touring circuit. He has collectively performed to over 15,000 Muslims in Morocco, for the Pope during World Youth Day, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at a 9/11 service for U.S. military leaders at the Pentagon, at a New Age festival on the shores of Galilee in Israel, and rocked the punters at an outback pub in Australia. As one of the most successful, award-winning artists today continues his musical journey, more information on the new album and upcoming tour plans will be revealed soon.

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