Album of the Week: Breaking Benjamin’s Saturate

I can still remember hearing “Polyamorous” for the first time. I was kind of obsessed with Breaking Benjamin when Saturate was released.

5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#21)

1. Kempo Slice

Hip hop/alternative from Alabama. For fans of Eminem, Three 6 Mafia, Logic, etc. Kempo recently released Kempin’ Ain’t Easy (download available here), and he has been hinting that new music is on the way! Check out “Gumptown Blues,” which features Mike Bama, and “They Say.”

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2. Shallow Side

Rock from Alabama. For fans of Default, Tantric, Theory of a Deadman, etc. Shallow Side released their Origins EP in July and are currently touring; you can visit their Facebook for dates. Since I’ve been a fan for a while, I am going to share two of my favorites from Shallow Side: “My Addiction” and “Out of Reach.”

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3. Firmament

Progressive/alternative rock from Ohio. For fans of The Mars Volta, Coheed & Cambria, A Perfect Circle, etc. Firmament’s first full-length album, Spirit of Place, is available on such outlets as Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play. Hear “Bilateral” and “As One Watches the Rain” now!

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4. YOU!

Alternative rock/”gunk” from London. For fans of Blur, Green Day, Radiohead, etc. YOU! is booking shows and have upcoming dates in Warwickshire and Camden. Visit their official site for a full list and updates from the band. YOU! shared their first official music video for a track entitled “Selfish” back in June. Listen to it and “A Bird’s Prey” below.

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5. State of Illusion

Rock music from South Carolina. For fans of Breaking Benjamin, 10 Years, Cold, etc. State of Illusion will be playing the Blue Ridge Rock Festival, which takes place Labor Day weekend. Their album Aphelion is available through the official page and most digital retailers. Check out “Blind” and “Find Yourself.”

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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#15)

1. Sisters Doll

A rock band from Australia. For fans of Poison, Thin Lizzy, the New York Dolls, etc. Sisters Doll just re-launched their single “Strutt,” and their album All Dolled Up is available now. Check out “Strutt” and “Good Day To Be Alive.”

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2. Sinful Lilly

Alternative/Hard rock from Kentucky. For fans of Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Wednesday 13, etc. Sinful Lilly has a few upcoming shows with Beasto Blanco, and they recently released their single “Wait Your Turn.” You can get their album, Moment of Clarity, on their official site. Sinful Lilly have also contributed to tributes for Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, and more.

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3. Daze of June

Melodic Metal/Hardcore from Denmark. For fans of Five Finger Death Punch, All That Remains, Killswitch Engage, etc. Daze of June will be supporting Northlane on August 15th. Listen to “It Stays” and the title track from their album Heart of Silver.

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4. AsFireFalls

Hard Rock/Electronic/Post-Hardcore from Idaho. For fans of Asking Alexandria, Blessthefall, I See Stars, etc. AsFireFalls is currently on the road. They will be playing JoshuaFest this year. Here are “World in Grey” and “Glass Skeleton.”

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5. Silent Theory

Hard rock from Idaho. For fans of Breaking Benjamin, Trivium, Tremonti, etc. Silent Theory will be playing Rockin’ on the River in Clarkston, WA, on July 28th. Their newest album, Delusions, is available on iTunes. Check out “Watch Me Burn” and “Fragile Minds.”

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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#12)

1. Stone Horses

An alternative rock band from Maryland. For fans of Jack White, The Black Keys, Highly Suspect, etc. Stone Horses has a show at Baltimore Soundstage on July 13th. Check out their first official video, “Reckless Ways.”

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2. Hand of the Tribe

A hard rock/metal band from Massachusetts. For fans of Sevendust, HellYeah, Godsmack, etc. Hand of the Tribe has recently been getting airplay on Rock Rage Radio. Listen to “Everything Is Love” and “Moonwalk” now.

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3. Gravitation

A hard rock, female-fronted band from North Carolina. For fans of New Year’s Day, Halestorm, Evanescence, etc. Gravitation has a few upcoming shows, the dates of which you can find on their Facebook. Here are “The Other Side” and “Breathe.”

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4. Within the Grey

A hard rock/metal band from Illinois. For fans of Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Five Finger Death Punch, etc. Within the Grey just released three new tracks, all of which are available on Spotify. Listen to “Take The Blame” here:

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5. Thrillchaser

An alternative pop/rock band from Rhode Island. For fans of CHVRCHES, Fun, Hozier, etc. Thrillchaser just released their debut album, A Lot Like Love. Check out the title track and “Like That.”

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Tour Announcements!

I woke up to several tour announcements this morning, and I am excited!

1. Starting at the end of this month, Amerakin Overdose will be bringing The Great Amerakin Tour 2018 to several cities. Here’s a full list of dates:

2. Mushroomhead is headlining the first inaugural Summer of Screams Tour. The other acts vary by date. The Browning and Psychostick will be accompanying them from 8/17 to 8/31. Kissing Candice, Unsaid Fate, and Voodoo Terror Tribe will be openers from 8/17 to 8/30. Earthcaller is on the bill from 8/31 to 9/15, and Powerman 5000 from 9/2 to 9/15.

3. Godsmack and Shinedown are extending their tour into the fall and adding Asking Alexandria to the lineup! (They have From Ashes to New during the summer.) Tickets go on sale Friday, June 8th.

Dates:

  • 9/21/2018 – Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, SC
  • 9/22/2018 – Greensboro Coliseum Complex – Greensboro, NC
  • 9/24/2018 – Von Braun Center – Huntsville, AL
  • 9/26/2018 – BancorpSouth Arena – Tupelo, MS
  • 10/2/2018 – Swiftel Center – Brookings, SD
  • 10/5/2018 – Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark – Billings, MT
  • 10/7/2018 – Spokane Arena – Spokane, WA
  • 10/9/2018 – Taco Bell Arena, Boise State University – Boise, ID
  • 10/10/2018 – Angel of the Winds Arena – Everett, WA
  • 10/11/2018 – Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum – Portland, OR

4. The lineup for Louder Than Life in Louisville, Kentucky, has been released! Bands include Avenged Sevenfold, Limp Bizkit, Breaking Benjamin, Godsmack, Shinedown, Tremonti, Black Stone Cherry, Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, Billy Idol, Asking Alexandria, Blacktop Mojo, and more. The three-day festival will take place September 28th through the 30th.

5. Cane Hill, King 810, and The Last Ten Seconds of Life are touring in July and August. Dates below:

5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#4)

After saying I would feature anyone who followed me or liked a post, I got quite the response. I love it because it’s given me a lot of good music to listen to! The result is that I’m going to start posting these blogs twice a week instead of just on Sundays.

1. Amongst Thieves

A post-hardcore band from the UK. For fans of Asking Alexandria, Bring Me the Horizon, etc. Their debut self-titled album is available now, via YouTube, Spotify, and iTunes. For a taste, check out “The Golden Ratio.”

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2. Unveil

A female-fronted dark rock band from Canada. For fans of Evanescence, The Birthday Massacre, and Halestorm. Their new album, The Deep Sleep, is available now on iTunes and on their official site.

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3. Black Rose Reception

A hard rock band from Indiana. They have a classic rock/metal vibe. For a good preview of the band, check out their ReverbNation page, and watch this…

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4. The Edge of Reason

A post-hardcore/emocore/rock band from Germany. There are definite punk vibes to go with the hard rock and melodic vocals, not unlike the latest from Asking Alexandria and Bullet For My Valentine. Their album Broken But Not Torn is available on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, and Bandcamp. Check out “Is She Worth It?”

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5. BrokenRail

A rock band from my home state of Alabama. For fans of Breaking Benjamin, Sevendust, Shinedown, etc. BrokenRail is working on their third release. For now, give “Walk Again” a chance.

And my personal favorite, “Insanity.”

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April 2018 Album Releases

4/2

  • EXID: Do It Tomorrow
  • Oh My Girl: Banana Allergy Monkey
  • Pentagon: Positive

4/3

  • The Boyz: The Start

4/4

  • BTS: Face Yourself
  • Winner: EVERYD4Y

4/5

  • Saba: Care For Me

4/6

  • Cardi B: Invasion of Privacy
  • Eels: The Deconstruction
  • Kali Uchis: Isolation
  • Kylie Minogue: Golden
  • Manic Street Preachers: Resistance is Futile
  • Thirty Seconds to Mars: America
  • Tina Arena: Quand tout Recommence
  • Flatbush Zombies: Vacation in Hell
  • Lil Xan: Total Xanarchy
  • Gucci Mane: Eskimo Boys, Vol. 1
  • Famous Dex: Dex Meets Dexter
  • E-40 and B-Legit: Connected and Respected
  • Royce 5’9″: Book of Ryan
  • Alison Wonderland: Awake
  • Blackberry Smoke: Find a Light
  • Bleed From Within: Era
  • David Lee Murphy: No Zip Code
  • Dusted: Blackout Summer
  • Gin Wigmore: Ivory
  • Goat Girl: Goat Girl
  • Rainbow Kitten Surprise: How to: Friend, Love, Freefall
  • Soft as Snow: Deep Wave
  • Underoath: Erase Me
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Sex & Food
  • Young Galaxy: Down Time

4/13

  • Breaking Benjamin: Ember
  • Gurrumul: Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)
  • Tinashe: Joyride
  • Carnage: Battered, Bruised, and Bloody
  • Peewee Longway: Spaghetti Factory
  • A Place to Bury Strangers: Pinned
  • Brazilian Girls: Let’s Make Love
  • Chrome Sparks: Chrome Sparks
  • Jason Aldean: Rearview Town
  • Jim Jones: Wasted Talent
  • Mackenzie Nicole: The Edge
  • Mouse on Mars: Dimensional People
  • Settle Your Scores: Better Luck Tomorrow
  • The Damned: Evil Spirits
  • This Curse: From the Darkest of Places

4/20

  • Kimbra: Primal Heart
  • Mya: TKO (The Knock Out)
  • A Perfect Circle: Eat the Elephant
  • Pennywise: Never Gonna Die
  • Samantha Jade: Best of My Love
  • Ashley Monroe: Sparrow
  • Brothers Osborne: Port Saint Joe
  • Donovan Woods: Both Ways
  • Drinks: Hippo Lite
  • From Ashes to New: The Future
  • Lord Huron: Vide Noir
  • Old Crow Medicine Show: Volunteer
  • Post Animal: When I Think of You in a Castle
  • Smoke DZA: Not For Sale
  • TesseracT: Sonder

4/27

  • Anne-Marie: Speak Your Mind
  • Godsmack: When Legends Rise
  • Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer
  • Kasey Chambers and the Fireside Disciples: Campfire
  • Youngboy, Never Broke Again: Until Death Call My Name
  • The Armed: Only Love
  • Boys of Fall: Chasing Lonely
  • Dr. Dog: Critical Equation
  • Giraffes? Giraffes!: Memory Lame
  • Homewrecker: Hell is Here Now
  • Sink the Ship: Persevere
  • Twin Shadow: Caer
  • Willie Nelson: Last Man Standing

New Year, New Music

It is only the fifth day of 2018 and already, we’ve had multiple tracks from some of our favorite bands/artists.

1. Judas Priest: “Lightning Strike”

2. Breaking Benjamin: “Red Cold River”

3. A Perfect Circle: “Disillusioned”

4. Cane Hill: “It Follows”

5. Crashdïet: “We Are the Legion”

This was actually posted on December 30th. Still, I included it because the song is the debut of new singer Gabriel Keyes 🎶

6. Justin Timberlake: “Filthy”

7. Slaves: “Patience is the Virtue”

Obviously this is not a comprehensive list of every single released this week, but it’s a good place to start!