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August Burns Red To Record Live Album/DVD
AUGUST BURNS RED have conquered nearly everything that has come before them, creating three captivating albums and laying waste to an army of imitators in the process. As the band’s album sales figures near the quarter-million mark (241,000+ and counting) – spearheaded by 2009’s Constellations, an album that bowed at #24 on the Billboard Top 200 – ABR look to conquer yet another frontier: the live album/DVD. The band will be performing at hometown venue Warehouse 54 on June 4th, with the concert being recorded and filmed for a live CD/DVD to be released later this year through longtime label home SolidState Records. “We’re stoked to have an opportunity to release a live album and DVD, and it only makes it better that we’ll be able to do so in our hometown in front of the people that have been behind us since the beginning,” explains guitarist JB Brubaker. “Even though this is a hometown show for us,” continues Brubaker, “we encourage anyone who wants to travel to come, see how we get down at home, and be a part of this DVD!” Constellations, the band’s 3rd album, has been a critical success in the metal world, helping AUGUST BURNS RED to not only become one of the forerunners in the current metal scene, but also break out and reach newer fanbases. The album has sold in excess of 74,000 copies and has been lauded by tastemaking publications such as Revolver, AP, Outburn and more, further solidifying ABR’s stature. Advance tickets for this one-night performance are available by calling CI Records – (717) 391-7865 Mon-Fri 11am-6pm

As I Lay Dying Streaming New Stuff
AS I LAY DYING premiered their first single, Beyond Our Suffering, from The Powerless Rise on Liquid Metal (Sirius 27, XM 42). Along with the premiere, fans also could hear Liquid Metal’s Jose Mangin interview guitarist Nick Hipa. Beyond Our Suffering is available NOW on iTunes. The Powerless Rise iTunes pre-order has been launched today with an exclusive bonus track, Paralyzed – fans can check that out HERE. THE POWERLESS RISE marks the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed fourth album An Ocean Between Us which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Rock Chart, earning the group a Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance” alongside metal heavyweights Slayer and King Diamond. For the new album, the group re-teamed with producer Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage and mixer Colin Richardson who they’d previously worked with on An Ocean Between Us.

Seabird Debut New Video
The new music video for Seabird’s “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” is debuting today exclusively with the online home of the popular Seventeen magazine, Seventeen.com. The band’s single was also recently used on an episode of CBS’ Ghost Whisperer. After touring with Switchfoot earlier this year, Seabird just wrapped up their tour with Myspace Record’s Sherwood and Black Gold and Reece. They will also join NEEDTOBREATHE and Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers on the road later this month. Cincinnati-based Seabird comprises brothers Aaron (vocals/keys) and Ryan (guitar) Morgan as well as Preston Lane (drums) and Brandon Weaver (bass). The band signed with Credential Recordings in late 2007 and released its debut label project,‘Til We See The Shore, June 24, 2008. A collaborative effort with producers Jacquire King (Modest Mouse, Kings Of Leon, Tom Waits, Switchfoot) and Allen Salmon (Mute Math, This Beautiful Republic), the album received phenomenal national publicity, featured on episodes of “Numb3rs,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and promos for ABC’s 12-time Emmy-nominated series, “Pushing Daisies.” Their latest, Rocks Into Rivers, was produced by Paul Moak at the Smoakstack in Nashville, and Matt Hales at Ocean Studios in Los Angeles. The band was also recognized by its hometown as “Artist of the Year” at the 2008 Cincinnati Entertainment.
For more information on Seabird & their tour dates, visit:
myspace.com/seabird

Free Song From I Am Terrified
The Birmingham-based quintet I AM TERRIFIED is a study in contrasts, always zigging when you thought you saw a zag coming. After six years of constant performing and forceful sonic development, the blazing rock band served up their debut self-titled 6-track EP from Gotee Records as compelling documentation of their unique, spirit-driven journey. 2009 proved to be a banner year for IAT with their single “Falling on Everlasting” reaching #9 most requested video on TVU and the follow up single “To the Service” reached #18 most requested single on RadioU. I AM TERRIFIED is currently finishing up the final few touches on their debut full length album… but this summer they’re going to hit the road hard by sharing the stage with Newsboys, Skillet, Red and Family Force 5! Download the free song from I Am Terrified here.

X-Sinner News
Following on the success of their last release “World Covered In Blood” on Image Records – X-Sinner readies themselves for another round in the studio later this year after they blast their way through Europe this spring and summer first headlining The Elements Of Rock Festival in Switzerland and then performing at the Legends Of Rock show in Germany. The working title for the new album is “Sinner’s Xtreme” and promises to be a grinding hard hitter. Image Records is currently strategizing how the new release will actually be released since it has determined that over 30,000 illegal downloads of World Covered In Blood have been done online through various illegal file sharing sites. The label utililized web search reporting/tracking tools such as Google Alerts among others to locate and identify many of the illegal sites. “As soon as they get shut down many of these sites pop up a short time later under a new name” says Image CEO Dorn Reppert. “We figure about $180,000 U.S.(wholesale) has been stolen through free downloads. Unfortunately, that’s a lot of lost income for the band and for us as their label and is one of the reasons the band will not be doing a full U.S. tour even though the album was a hit. We’ve considered doing an all digital release via online stores like i-Tunes to help curb the losses on the next one but that won’t solve the problem – only delay it some.”

Green River Ordinance Launch Headlining Tour
Following the success of 2009’s Out of My Hands debut and its first single, “Come On,” Green River Ordinance launch a headlining tour that will not only benefit their many fans, but also five charities chosen specifically by each band member. On the road supporting the second single, “On Your Own,” Green River Ordinance is spreading the word about their thehopeGROs.com site and aiding their charities of choice—including Autism Speaks, charity: water, Freedom Is Not Free, Nuru International, and International Justice Mission–via the sales of downloaded music. GRO explains the motivation behind thehopeGROs.com: “This is the heart and soul of the band. We play music for a reason. Not just to be rock stars, not just to play music, not just to make money. We play music to reach out… and to use our gifts to push back the darkness in the world.” On thehopeGROs.com, the band chose 10 of its rare songs from previous recordings and demos (no longer available to purchase anywhere else), and 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of those songs go a charity of a band member’s choice–as selected by each consumer. The goal is to raise $100,000 for the collective group of charities in 2010.
Tour Dates:
4/24 – Dallas, TX
4/26 – Denver, CO
4/27 – Salt Lake City, UT
4/28 – Boise, ID
4/30 – Seattle, WA
5/01 – Portland, OR
5/03 – San Francisco, CA
5/04 – Modesto, CA
5/06 – West Hollywood, CA
7/23 – Louisville, KY
8/05 – Rock Springs, WY
8/22 – Des Moines, IA
8/30 – Cottleville, MO

Bread of Stone Starts New Ministry
Ben and Bill Kristijanto, founders of Bread of Stone recently visited their homeland, Indonesia to do mission work with Scavengers (people surviving from trash). Little did they know, the tugging at their heart that would happen. As they worked with their hands helping people, the command that God gave to take care of your own, came to light – thus forming “The Light Project.” “The Light Project was something we started to reach out to the Muslim community in Indonesia,” said Ben Kristijanto, lead singer. “We are working in partnership with a local church in Surabaya to help spread the love of Christ one community at a time, by helping them with every day necessities such as food, transportation, and to just be there as a family in Christ. Our visit there was nothing short of wonder. They have shown us how Jesus truly is the answer for us all. Even with having no worldly possession, the people there feels as though they have everything.” Going above and beyond in their giving to support the ministry of working with the Scavengers, Bread of Stone believes they are called not to ask their fans for support, instead, the band will donate an extra 10% from all of their merchandise sales. Bread of Stone is partnering with Christ in Action, a 501c3 organization that will monitor all the donated funds for “The Light Project.”
For more information on Bread Of Stone, visit:
breadofstone.com

New Klank Album
The new KLANK release titled NUMB…Reborn are available for download now here. f you are a fan of Electronic Industrial Techno Groove Metal you will NOT be disappointed!!!! NUMB…Reborn features 15 tracks of the classic KLANK sound with guest appearances from Jim Chaffin, Larry Farkas and Michael Phillips. Stand out tracks like Broken, The Rules, Don’t Count Me Out and Blind are here along with 3 killer remixes!!! Please pass the word along to all your friends and fellow music heads. Download your copy and experience the Heavy Dancy Electronic Grooves of KLANK. See for yourself how KLANK is where the Mosh Pit meets the Dance Floor!!!
For more information on Klank, visit:
facebook.com/klank

To Speak Of Wolves Unleash New Track
Freshly signed to Solid State Records, TO SPEAK OF WOLVES are starting to mark their territory with the release of the lead track from their forthcoming debut, Myself < Letting Go. The track, ‘Darkness Often Yields the Brightest Light’ is representative of the brutal yet melodic soundscapes that TO SPEAK OF WOLVES are bound to become known for, and is available to be streamed today on the band’s MySpace page. Mixed by metal mastermind Jason Suecof (ALL THAT REMAINS, AUGUST BURNS RED, TRIVIUM), Myself < Letting Go careens wildly between road-rash riffage and soaring, arena-worthy choruses. Rick Jacob’s vocals hammer and haunt, vaulting seamlessly from sky-high melodies to visceral screams. “It’s a good mix between catchy choruses and heavy parts,” says guitarist Corey Doran of the album. “It’s also very raw and dirty sounding, but still clean.” Previously members of already established touring bands, TO SPEAK OF WOLVES seem to have been bound together by something bigger than themselves, gravitating towards one another through the most unlikely of circumstances. A chance meeting at the Cornerstone music festival, a phone call in a bowling alley, a recommendation from a local video producer – one by one, the members fell in line according to some cosmic script. That dichotomy – the polished sound of seasoned musicians, the unhinged rage of a hungry, unproven band – is part of what makes TO SPEAK OF WOLVES so compelling. The band has toured relentlessly since just a week and a half after its inception, hitting the road with some of the most recognized names in its genre, from Emery to Underoath (fronted by WOLVES drummer Phil Chamberlain’s brother, Spencer), but has refused to be grandfathered into the big leagues. This is a hardworking band that is going to earn every accolade and every fan by fighting like the savage beast it’s named after. With the release of Myself < Letting Go on May 18th, TO SPEAK OF WOLVES are ready to sink their fangs into the national music scene. The Rocketboys Release Debut
The Rocketboys have pre-released their debut full-length album, “20,000 Ghosts”, on vinyl ONLINE ONLY. For a limited time, you will receive a live CD/DVD combo and a disc of unreleased tracks with every vinyl order. You can order the item at our online store. You will receive the vinyl within 3 to 5 business days, and a digital download code for the album when you purchase it on vinyl. At the bottom, there’s a description of “20,000 Ghosts”. About “20,000 Ghosts”: “20,000 Ghosts” is The Rocketboys’ debut full-length release. Recorded in Austin, TX, over three months in the spring of 2009, it displays a new range of diversity and maturity, while maintaining the pop-sensibility that fans have come to love in The Rocketboys’ signature sound. It finds the balance between a light, drum-driven brand of indie rock and deeper, more atmospheric moments coupled with lyrics and melodies you can’t get out of your head. The album was engineered by Louie Lino (Nada Surf, Matt Pond PA), mastered by Alan Douches (Sufjan Stevens, Animal Collective) and features artwork from “Dark Was The Night” artist, Ryan Feerer.

Damien Jurado Announce US Tour
In order to create a live reproduction of the grandiose recordings of his upcoming record, Saint Bartlett, Damien Jurado enlisted eight musicians from Seattle band Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground to join him on tour as The Saint Bartlett Band. The resulting concerts will be unlike anything Damien Jurado fans have seen before – the songs done justice with an orchestra adding violin, cello, tuba, french horn and keys. Richard Swift, Damien’s Secretly Canadian Soul Brother, talented filmmaker and producer/engineer of Saint Bartlett, has provided us with a couple of album trailers to get officially stoked. Check them out at our vimeo here and here.
Tour Dates:
5/29 – Seattle, WA
6/02 – Boise, ID
6/03 – Salt Lake City, UT
6/04 – Denver, CO
6/05 – Lincoln, NE
6/06 – Des Moines, IA
6/07 – St. Paul, MN
6/08 – Milwaukee, WI
6/09 – Chicago, IL
6/10 – Louisville, KY
6/11 – Cincinnati, OH
6/12 – Indianapolis, IN
6/13 – Bloomington, IN
6/14 – Columbus, OH
6/15 – Cleveland, OH
6/16 – Cambridge, MA
6/17 – New York, NY
6/18 – Brooklyn, NY
6/19 – Philadelphia, PA
6/20 – Arlington, VA
6/21 – Charlottesville, VA
6/22 – Asheville, NC
6/23 – Nashville, TN
6/24 – Birmingham, AL
6/26 – Austin, TX
6/28 – Phoenix, AZ
6/29 – San Diego, CA
6/30 – Los Angeles, CA
7/01 – Visalia, CA
7/02 – San Francisco, CA
7/03 – Portland, OR
To pre-order the new album, visit:
scdistribution.com/cat/scd_catalognew.php?action=set_site_id&site_id=3

Amber Pacific’s New Album Hits
Amber Pacific’s incredible new album, Virtues, is in stores and available digitally everywhere. Virtues marks the tremendous return of AMBER PACIFIC’s creative, hook-laden and infectious pop-songwriting ability. Virtues, is a refreshing blend of everything you have come to love from AMBER PACIFIC. But, the songs are catchier, the songwriting is more developed and after a few listens you will want to instantly sing along. If you are a fan of Blink 182, Green Day and Jimmy Eat World, discover the fun, yet mature, pop-punk anthems that make up on Virtues. This could easily become your soundtrack to the summer.

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