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Cat Dail Fight For Love

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Submitted by Kim Muncie

Human beings have a way of overly complicating their interpersonal relationships the same way that a lot of artists and music snobs have a way of over-complicating something as simple and divine as a song. Sometimes when we’re in love, we forget how to just shut up and enjoy each other’s little looks and come hither gestures that brought us together in the first place. And sometimes when a performer goes into the studio, for whatever reason, they forget that they’re doing something that they’re passionate about, that they’d ultimately do for free, instead of a job. Critics like myself are so ridiculously removed from the realities of the art world that our ridiculing seems a little trite when you juxtapose it with the blood and sweat that goes into actually creating something. Cat Dail is committed to breaking through all of the jabbering back and forth between the talking heads that act like a steel jacket over the ever-spirited freewheeling nature of the musicians themselves. Her new record Fight For Love throws a big middle finger to those in the indie media who have suggested that you can’t merge harmonies from R&B, folk and rock to create something fresh without inevitably coming off like a cheap hybrid. This record is for the haters, but more importantly, it’s for an audience that just might be ready to take in her aesthetic in its fully realized form.

Black Label Society Debuts Trampled Down Below

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Black Label Society, led by American guitar icon, Zakk Wylde, has released another new music video today, this time for the single, Trampled Down Below. The video was directed by Dan Sturgess, and filmed at the world famous Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, London during the band's tour there earlier this year.

Black Label Society recently soared into the charts with their new LP, Grimmest Hits, via Entertainment One (eOne). The LP landed at #4 on the Billboard Current Charts, the highest charting LP since Order Of The Back released back in 2009. Grimmest Hits reached #1 on the Billboard Hard Music, #1 Independent, and #2 Rock Charts.

Black Label Society will resume their headline tour through North America this summer with Corrosion of Conformity beginning next month through the end of August, with stops in Toronto and Montreal in August. Support on select dates will come from Eyehategod. Tickets are on sale now. See below for a complete routing.

Edenn Releases Debut Single ‘Thinking’

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

From the age of 12, he dreamt of becoming a filmmaker and subsequently began writing feature films that astonished his peers.

By 2010, Edenn moved to Europe. In Brussels, he obtained his master's degree in journalism, a job he currently practices in Paris where he now lives. Although bursting with talent, Edenn went through a time of uncertainty and confusion before finding clarity in his multi-faceted path. It was during this period that he says he found his motto: "close your eyes and follow your instinct". That’s exactly what he did when he chose music.

“I decided to get into music after a long period of hard work and with some hesitation because I have a lot of skills in fashion design and writing screenplays for movies. It was hard for me to decide from where to begin,” he says. “I wrote my debut song ‘Thinking’ after a show that I made with a friend of mine in a small theater in Paris. During the show the public was so happy, they were singing together with me. I was very touched by the way they reacted to my song so I decided to write a song to thank them. The crowd was so enthusiastic about my performance I couldn’t sleep that night so I started composing “Thinking”.

To date, Edenn has written more than 300 songs. “It was hard to choose this song amongst the 300 others I now have in my repertoire, but I chose this one as my debut international release because this is the one which best expresses the love story between my music fans and I.”

Moe Green’s Eye: Wasted

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Submitted by Kim Muncie

In blissful sarcasm and epic riffs that draws us back to the heyday of giant grungy guitars, Moe Green’s Eye comes bursting through the noise and into center stage of the indie rock spectrum with their new single “Wasted,” out now everywhere music is sold. “Wasted” is blowing up the indie community from coast to coast, but it all started with the mammoth buzz they’ve been generating in the New York City club circuit. If you’re living on the island right now, this is probably not the first time that you’ve heard of Moe Green’s Eye, and if they keep the pace they’re setting with this latest track, it certainly won’t be the last.

Tom Proctor and the A-Listers Working Man

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Submitted by Eileen Shapiro

No stranger to the stage and screen, one of The Guardians of the Galaxy", Tom Proctor will be releasing his singing/songwriting album debut entitled, "Working Man" worldwide on June 15th, 2018. The record was recorded at the famous Dark Horse Recording Studios, home of artists such as Taylor Swift and Matchbox 20, Tim McGraw, amongst others. The album is a conglomerate of story-telling majesty, heart filled passion, and orgasmic drama, from a man that's lived a fast and furious life thus far.

Tom Proctor can tell you tales of his life for the next 30 years without taking a breath. He's been a stuntman, has trained horses, has been in over 250 full contact fights and aside from films has also appeared on major TV. His love for song and story began at a young age through encouragement from his grandmother Marie. Although he played the drums already, after winning a guitar in an arm wrestle he realized the calming effect of the strings. Many of his songs are written on a whim or in a dream, or through a psychic revelation. Most have a story behind the story of the song, and all are genre-defying. 

"They're not country, they're not rock then what are they? They are songs. If you're listening to it and trying to categorize it you would be wasting your time, but if you listen with your heart, you'll have a good day" (Tom Proctor)

The Refusers: Disobey

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Submitted by Michael Saulman

Seattle’s The Refusers are going to make some serious waves with their third studio release Disobey. The nine-song collection is another politically inclined entry in the band’s discography since first forming in 2010, but they are better than ever before at mixing their political messaging with appealing musical arrangements crackling with rock and roll spirit. Their musical excellence will allow many to enjoy the album that might otherwise disagree with the opinions of the band’s main songwriter Michael Belkin. It’s essentially a populist message the band pumps out, but they know how to shift gears without ever sacrificing a musical identity obviously meaning a great deal to them. The production frames the package in a physical package that has equal parts intelligence and attitude bubbling up from every line in the track. This new album will further solidify the band’s position as one of the most individualistic rock acts working today.

Sleepy Zuhoski: Better Haze

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Submitted by Mark Druery

We are immediately confronted with Sleepy Zuhoski’s talents when listening to his debut studio album Better Haze. The first song of twelve, “Asleep for a Year”, invokes a side of Sleepy Zuhoski’s musical character recurring throughout the album and his woozy, slightly hallucinatory vocal is an ideal fit for the lyrical and musical mood. The folk influences informing this cut are obvious from the first but never clichéd. Those same influences exert a hold over the second song “Sour” with a focus on a cleaner presentation, specifically on the vocal, but greater clarity from the instruments as well. Zuhoski’s vocal phrasing deserves to be singled out for his skilful invocation of the song’s sentiment. “Muscle Memory” is one of my favourite Zuhoski performances and the understated musical arrangement accomplishes much without ever straining for effect. It’s one of the more completely realized numbers on Better Haze.

Sarah Patrick: The Woman I Am

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Submitted by Johnathon Klee

With a harmonious, symphonic bend of strings and simple, reverberating strums of an acoustic guitar, Sarah Patrick’s new full-length LP The Woman I Am opens with a bit of an old-fashioned kick that is slightly reminiscent of some of our favourite country artists of the late 1980’s. Through her lyrics, she writes a declaration to the world; this is who I am, what I stand for, and no one is going to contain the woman that I am. Her straight-forwardness doesn’t stop there; “That’s the Way Love Goes” follows a similar cue, calmly dismissing cares and concerns over what could, or should, have been in favour of a much simpler, relaxed outlook on the future to come. The electric guitars sparkle with a certain poppy luminosity, but this doesn’t feel overly pushy when it comes to striking a haunting note. “I’m Right Here” and the slow song “To Stay” share a common cordiality that if not accompanied by traditional country song structures, could possibly make for intriguing a cappella.

As It Is Unveil The Wounded World on Fearless Records

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As It Is, have announced the release of their new album, The Great Depression, (out August 10th on Fearless Records) with new single, The Wounded World.

Speaking of the track and the accompanying video, frontman Patty Walters says, "The Wounded World is a commentary on the polarised and volatile modern reality, which we’ve allowed. The video depicts a not-so-distant dystopia, where present-day headlines and technologies are displayed in exhibits as the warning signs of an impending disaster. I feel that we as a society have embodied a destructive habit of talking without listening, surrounding ourselves with alternative facts and headlines, totally void of open-mindedness or empathy. Despite the labels and beliefs that all too often divide us, we are one people, and we’re all to blame.”

AN INTRODUCTION TO 'THE GREAT DEPRESSION' FROM PATTY:

“The Great Depression is about the societal romanticisation of depression, the disrepair of present-day human connection, told through the story of a man who finds himself face-to-face with Death. This album is about asking questions rather than offering answers, exploring the lines where consolation and glorification collide and asking if art is too subjective to offer a universal solution.

Avatar Country Out Now

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Citizens! If the message hasn't been clear enough already, the King of Kings above all Kings ruling in the realm of Kings has decided to speak directly to his flock and let them know that The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country! 

This beautiful truth shall shine upon the faces of those who follow the Majestic March to Immortality in the latest and greatest so-called "Music Video" with the Mighty Conqueror of Hearts and Land Alike and His orchestra, AVATAR.

Directed by long-time collaborator, Johan Carlén, this is the third music video we've heard from the King with Avatar from His new record titled, Avatar Country.

AVATAR released their seventh, and most Royal, full length, Avatar Country earlier this year via Entertainment One. The LP debuted at #2 Indie, #4 Hard Music, #8 Rock, and #25 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

Critics praised the release as well. New Noise Magazine said Avatar Country was "the culmination of the group’s evolution into a singular powerhouse, a trip into the heart of what makes metal so distinctively powerful."

Loudwire called the opening track, Glory To Our King sounds like, "it could’ve come straight off of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club, a warm and over the top introduction to the rest of the album." And finally, Metal Injection called Avatar Country "a wonderful ride."

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