Gus G. Debut Album ‘I Am The Fire’ Out March 18th

Gus G

Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and Firewind frontman Gus G. has announced his debut solo album ‘I Am The Fire’ is set for a March 18th release in North America. The album will be released internationally on Century Media Records, and will come out March 17th in Europe.

The music video for the LP’s first single ‘My Will Be Done’. featuring Mats Levén, can be viewed below.

Gus G. remarked about the song and album: “I hope you all enjoy the first taste of things to come. ‘My Will Be Done’ is a cool rock track with a modern edge to it… Looking back, I can’t believe all the great musicians that got on board for this album. Everybody brought in their unmistakable style and talent and they really lifted the songs! Check it out and enjoy the music!”

Scorpions ‘Holiday’ Live Video

Scorpions 'Holiday' live music video

Scorpions are out with the live performance video for ‘Holiday’, which was recorded during the German rock band’s stripped-down concerts that became their forthcoming CD/DVD and Blu-Ray release, ‘MTV Unplugged’, but does not appear on any configuration of the releases. ‘MTV Unplugged’ is due out in North America on January 21st and features new acoustic versions of their best-loved classic hits, as well as five brand new songs. ‘MTV Unplugged’ will be available in North America as a deluxe CD + DVD package and as a Blu-Ray, and is being released in 50 countries. Watch it below the cut. (more…)

Eskimo Callboy ‘We Are The Mess’ Video

Eskimo Callboy 'We Are The Mess' music video

Eskimo Callboy are out with the music video to their new single ‘We Are The Mess’, the title track off the German metalcore band’s second album, out January 10th on Redfield Records. Eskimo Callboy are Sebastian “Sushi” Biesler”, Kevin Ratajczak, Daniel Haniß, Pascal Schillo, Daniel Klossek and David Friedrich, Watch it via YouTube below.

The Illumination Debut Album ‘Departures’ Out October 1st

The Illumination

The Illumination (ex-From Atlantis) announced that their debut full length album ‘Departures’ will be hitting stores October 1st on InVogue Records. The album’s first single ‘Separations’ is available now on iTunes and all other digital outlets. The Rhode Island band are Michael Florio (vocals), Rod Pires (guitar/vocals), Steve Almon (guitar), Rob Lundy (bass) and Thomas Crosby (drums).

Check out a stream of the new single via Youtube below.

The Illumination 'Departures'

Paramore Perform ‘Still Into You’ On ‘Conan’

Paramore trio

After performing ‘Still Into You’ on the Teen Choice Awards and taking home the award for ‘Choice Rock Group’, Paramore recently performed the single again on ‘Conan’ as part of the TBS show’s Summer Music Series. Watch it via YouTube below.

Outline In Color Heading To Studio To Record Standby Records Debut

Outline In Color

Outline in Color have signed with Standby Records. The Tulsa, Oklahoma band’s debut on the new label is expected to be released in Summer 2014. Commenting on the news, bassist Michael Skaggs said, “We are really excited to get into the studio again! We’ve been working on new jams for a while now, and are stoked to share them with the world. We will be recording with Drew Fulk, who has been a fan of us since nearly the beginning. We couldn’t be happier to be working with someone that is as excited about the project as we are.”

Outline in Color formed in 2010, self-releasing their first self-titled EP that same year. The project sold over 7,000 digital copies. The group then added clean vocalist K.C. Simenson before recording their debut LP, ‘Jury of Wolves’.

Check out the band’s signing video via YouTube below.

Polar Bear Club New Album ‘Death Chorus’ Out This Fall

Polar Bear Club

Rise Records has signed Rochester, New York post-hardcore band Polar Bear Club to their roster. The band has been active since 2005 and has steadily climbed the ranks of their genre. Polar Bear Club have released three albums, most recently 2011’s ‘Clash Battle Guilt Pride’, and has toured around the world with Gaslight Anthem, Rise Against and Bad Religion. Look for their new LP, ‘Death Chorus’, in stores this fall. ‘Death Chorus’ was produced by Will Yip at Studio 4. View the band’s signing video and upcoming tour dates below.

Polar Bear Club and Taking Back Sunday Tour Dates:
Oct 11 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Oct 12 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Oct 13 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
Oct 14 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
Oct 16 – Pittsburg, PA – Stage AE
Oct 17 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Oct 18 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater
Oct 19 – Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre
Oct 20 – 2013 Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
Oct 22 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
Oct 23 – Omaha, NE Sokol – Upstairs
Oct 25 – Melbourne, FL – Downtown
Oct 26 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Hall
Oct 27 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
Oct 29 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
Oct 30 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Oct 31 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
Nov 1 – Louisville, KY – Expo Five
Nov 2 – Myrtle Beach, SC – HOB
Nov 3 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
Nov 5 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
Nov 6 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
Nov 7 – Long Island, NY – The Emporium

Skillet Discuss New Album ‘Rise’, Band Name Origin

Skillet Walmart singing

Skillet performed a special live acoustic set for Walmart Soundcheck in support of their latest album ‘Rise’. The Memphis, Tennessee rock group also sat down for an interview, discussing current events, experimenting with their sound, and the making of their ninth studio album.

On Their Sound: “We are a hard rock band. What Skillet does is we combine the very aggressive sounds and aggressive performances with…almost like pop song structures.”

On New Album Inspiration: “The idea for the album rise came from everyday events that all of us watched on TV. There’s always another tragic thing happening but I wanted to make a record that people could rock out to but would also say yes, all these terrible things are happening, but let’s find that we can rise above all of this stuff that is holding us captive and all the darkness that we see.”

On How the Band Got Its Name: “It was actually my pastor funny enough. He said, ‘You know what the band is? It’s like taking all these different ingredients out from other bands and throwing it all in a big skillet. You should call the band Skillet, that would be funny.'”

Check out clips of their live set mixed with the interview at Check out additional pictures after the cut. (more…)

Paramore ‘Still Into You’ Video Behind The Scenes

Paramore 'Still Into You'

A behind the scenes look at the making of the music video for Paramore’s new single ‘Still Into You’, from the Franklin, Tennessee rock group’s self-titled fourth album, has been posted online. The clip features commentary from Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis and Taylor York.

Explaining the songwriting process, Hayley said, “When we got to the chorus, I remember asking Taylor, is this too poppy? I feel like can I do this? Can I say it like this or can I sing it like this? I just remember Taylor being like, ‘Do you like it?’. I was like, ‘I love it!’ Then he said, ‘Who cares, just do it anyway’. That’s sort of a testement to how the entire writing and recording process went. If we liked something and we believed in it, then we did it. We haven’t backed down because it was different.”

Watch the clip via YouTube below and check out a few more pictures from the video set after the cut.


‘If I Lose Myself’ Is About Ryan Tedder’s Fear Of Flying

OneRepublic 'If I Lose Myself' behind the scenes

OneRepublic is out with behind the scenes footage from their ‘If I Lose Myself’ music video, where Ryan Tedder, flanked by his bandmates Zach Filkins, Brent Kutzle, Drew Brown and Eddie Fisher, talked about the meaning of the song featured on their upcoming third studio album ‘Native’ (Interscope).

“‘If I Lose Myself’ even though it sounds like this euphoric let’s go crazy tonight song, it’s actually about my buried, latent fear of flying and going down on an airplane, waking up on an airplane and finding out you’re actually going down, and having that moment of sheer panic, looking out the window, seeing your life pass before you, and then somehow finding comfort in the fact that the person sitting next to you is experiencing the same traumatic event,” Tedder explained. “If it’s someone you know or you love then it’s like, well, at least if I lose myself at least it’s with you by your side. It’s kind of a morbid concept, but that’s truthfully where the song came from. But it feels like it’s a celebration of the moment, so in a way that’s what it is. Celebrate now because you only have 60 seconds left.”

As for the concept of the Michael Mueller directed video, Tedder said, “I don’t want to give too much away, other than to say the video storyline was inspired by ’12 Monkeys’ and one of the scenes from ‘The Matrix’, follow the white rabbit. Of course the end, we wanted to have this experience where we’re in the middle of a flash mob kind of concert, but it’s not a typical concert because we’re actually part of the crowd.”

Watch it via VEVO below.