BTBAM vocalist Tommy Rogers premieres new music video "Sleep Shake"
January 27, 2011
Tommy Rogers, lead vocalist, keyboardist and founding member of the award-winning North Carolina progressive rock band Between The Buried And Me (also BTBAM) will release a solo album titled Pulse on February 1 via Metal Blade Records. The versatile front man and multi-instrumentalist, who not only self-produced the record, but also arranged, composed and played all instruments on the recording, will use the pseudonym Thomas Giles (his given middle name) as his moniker for the project. Today, Popmatters premieres "Sleep Shake", the first music video from the album, which was also filmed and edited by Rogers. Check out the Popmatters premiere of "Sleep Shake" now at this location.

Recorded with Jamie King at The Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, NC, Thomas Giles’s Pulse is a challenging rock record designed so that the parts build up to a larger, cinematic-like structure where everything from production to arrangements to lyrics to album art is carefully crafted towards a unified purpose. Testing the limits of what he can do naturally with his voice, Rogers’ strikingly beautiful falsetto and dynamic range conjures tales of anxiety, collapse, end-times and strength against swelling, heart-lifting arrangements and pristine backdrops of ambient loops, digital burbles, analog hiss and woozy drones. Exploring combinations of the outré genres of both post-rock and glitch, the music's emotionally resonant yet textural sounds draw reference to artists such as NIN, Radiohead, Muse, The Verve, Beck and Spiritualized, balancing both rock and electronic impulses.

"Creating this album was a very unique experience for me," comments Rogers. "I honestly never thought I would get a lot of this music recorded. This record was a way for me to step back, focus on simplified song structures and really build off of melodies. Even though I love fucking my throat up by screaming, it was very nice to sit back and chill out a bit. I named the record "Pulse" because it is a collection of thoughts and experiences I've had through the years. It's a very personal record and I hope the songs help people evaluate their lives and make the best of their time here. Find your pulse."
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Upon A Burning Body Post New Video For “Intermission” Online
January 27, 2011

The San Antonio, TX based quintet, Upon A Burning Body, certainly knows how to how to deliver the goods live. Their sheer intensity and wild dynamic could be best compared to a classic Pantera show with an overall enthusiastic party vibe that keeps the bodies flying and pits moving at all times. This band definitely brings the pain and if you haven't had the opportunity to witness them live then you better click on the link below now to see what you are missing. This crushing new video for the track, “Intermission,” was recently shot at White Rabbit in their hometown with acclaimed director Scott Hansen (A Day To Remember, Alesana, The Ghost Inside).

Danny (vocals) states: “This video was so much fun to shoot in our hometown and in the White Rabbit. A special shout out to all the people who came out so early and made the video look as awesome as it does. It was a pleasure getting to work with Scott again. He is an awesome dude and so easy to work with. We are able to collaborate ideas and make it all come to life, which I love. We look forward to seeing your comments.”

“We just got off the 'Contaminating The Coast' tour with Oceano, For The Fallen Dreams, The Great Commission and I The Breather. It was an awesome tour that we were very happy to be a part of. We got to see some familiar faces, as well as meet a lot of new people that are now part of our family. We would like to thank Oceano for taking us out and having a blast with us. We will be on the road the greater part of this year, so check out the Facebook page and come rage with us. We promise you it will be a night to remember.”

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Periphery Announce New Icarus Lives EP Details and Release Info
January 26, 2011

There is no doubt that Periphery are innovators and they continue to raise the bar of originality upon the release of their much anticipated new Icarus Lives EP, which is now officially set for an April 19th release. This offering features a brand new unreleased track, a series of remixes and video clips. Its official track listing and explanation as to how this EP came together is below.

Thomas Murphy (bass) states: “Hello to all of our fans out there. We wanted to let you in on some exciting news! We will be releasing our second effort in the form of The Icarus Lives EP later this spring. We like to think of it as a supplement to our first album. It will contain a version of 'Icarus Lives!' with newly recorded vocals and the fantastic music video by Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci of Killswitch Productions, alongside several remixes of the song by the band, winner of our Icarus remix contest (Pete Graves from the UK) and a special guest to be named at a later date. We have also included a tweaked version of our song 'Jetpacks Was Yes' and the brand new music video by Eric Haviv at FUGO studios.

“In addition, the songs 'Captain On' and 'Eureka' (available only through digital download until now) will be made available in physical format with newly re-recorded vocals. To sweeten the deal, we have added a new song, 'Frak the Gods,' to give our fans a taste of whats to come as we enter the studio later this year to record our second full length. As you can tell, we tried to make this EP worth your time and money. We have put a ton of time into these songs to deliver to you an exciting and polished product. Thank you for all the support and hopefully see you out on the road.”

On March 3rd, Periphery makes their much anticipated return to North America alongside Fair To Midland and Scale The Summit. This five-week trek is going to be a monster and see below to view the entire touring itinerary. Also, the group's visually stunning masterpiece for the track, "Jetpacks Was Yes," can be viewed now exclusively at the link below. The video was produced by Eric Haviv, Richard Webb, and Brandon Morris of FUGO Studios ( Click on the link below now to check it out.

The Icarus Lives EP - Official Track Listing
New groove (instrumental)
Icarus lives
Icarus Lives - Fan/Contest Winner Remix
Icarus Lives - Zedd Remix
Icarus Lives - Bulb Remix
Jetpacks was Yes v2.0
Captain on
Frak the gods

Periphery w/Fair To Midland, Scale The Summit
3/3 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
3/4 Dallas, TX @ Trees
3/5 Austin, TX @ Emo's Inside
3/6 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's Sports Cafe
3/8 Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
3/9 Victorville, CA @ VVEC
3/11 West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go-Go
3/12 Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry's Pizza
3/13 Sacramento, CA @ Aces of Spades
3/15 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
3/16 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
3/17 Spokane, WA @ The A Club
3/18 Boise, ID @ The Venue
3/20 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
3/21 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
3/23 Cedar Falls, IA @ The Wheelhouse
3/24 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
3/25 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
3/26 Madison, WI @ The Annex
3/28 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
3/29 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
3/30 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
4/1 Hartford, CT @ The Webster Underground
4/2 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
4/3 Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
4/6 New York, NY @ Santos Party House
4/7 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
4/8 Knoxville, TN @ The Cider House
4/9 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
4/10 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/12 New Orleans, LA @ The Parish - House of Blues
4/13 Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's
4/14 Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
4/15 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory

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Rotten Sound: Debut Video For “Self”
January 26, 2011

Rotten Sound has posted a video for the track “Self”, taken from their forthcoming album Cursed, online now at this location. The “Self” video was filmed by Rami Kallio at Rotten Sound’s show at Vastavirta in Tampere, Finland. The video uses the album version of “Self” that features guest vocals from VICTIMS’ Johan Eriksoon. Rotten Sound has previously posted the track “Plan” from Cursed online via the band's MySpace and Facebook pages.

Cursed will see its worldwide (excluding Finland) release on March 15th via Relapse Records on CD, LP and digitally. The CD is available for pre-order now at this location and a deluxe digital version that includes two bonus tracks and digital booklet is available for pre-order at iTunes. Cursed, the follow-up to 2008's Cycles, was recorded at Nordic Audio Labs. Lyrically, the 16-track album is themed around the six curses of mankind.

Rotten Sound will kick-off a North American tour next week, touring as part of “The Finnish Metal Tour 2” featuring Finntroll, Ensiferum, and Barren Earth. This five-week tour begins on January 31st in Orlando, FL and concludes in early March in Raleigh, NC. Rotten Sound will be keeping an active tour diary during the tour via the band’s blog.

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Abysmal Dawn: ‘Leveling The Plane of Existence’ Streaming Online
January 26, 2011

Abysmal Dawn are currently streaming their forthcoming album Leveling The Plane of Existence in its entirety online now at Leveling The Plane of Existence will see its North American release next Tuesday, February 1st, and is available for pre-order at this location. A deluxe digital version of the album, which includes four bonus tracks and digital booklet, is also available for pre-order at iTunes.

Additionally, the Decibel Magazine blog has posted an exclusive look at the making of Leveling The Plane of Existence’s artwork. The blog features sketches and commentary from artist Par Olofsson (EXODUS, IMMOLATION, IMMORTAL, THE FACELESS) and can be accessed here.

Abysmal Dawn will embark on the first North American tour in support of Leveling The Plane of Existence starting in late February. Abysmal Dawn will be teaming up with Kataklysm, All Shall Perish, Decrepit Birth and more for this four-week tour that will kick-off on February 24th in Cleveland, OH. The band has also confirmed a local headlining show for January 18th at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim.

ABYSMAL DAWN tour dates:

Feb. 21 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep

Feb. 22 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews

Feb. 23 La Porte, IN The Warehouse

***All dates from February 24 thru March 20 w/ KATAKLYSM, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, more***

Feb. 24 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s

Feb. 25 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club

Feb. 26 Detroit, MI Harpo’s

Feb. 27 St. Paul, MN Station 4

Feb. 28 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre

March 2 Edmonton, AB Starlite

March 3 Kelowna, BC Lake City Bowl

March 4 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre

March 5 Seattle, WA Studio Seven

March 6 Portland, OR Branx

March 8 Hollywood, CA The Whisky

March 9 San Diego, CA Soma

March 11 Amarillo, TX El Cien

March 12 Dallas, TX Trees

March 13 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit

March 15 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre

March 16 Raleigh, NC Volume 11

March 17 Springfield, VA Jaxx

March 18 Columbus, OH Alrosa Villa

March 19 Niagara Falls, NY Evening Star Music Hall

March 20 Montreal, QC Club Soda

March 21 Manchester, NH Rocko’s

March 22 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar & Grill

March 23 Wheeling, WV Yesterday’s

March 24 Louisville, KY Expo Five

March 26 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory

March 27 Lubbock, TX Tequila Jungle

March 29 Phoenix, AZ Clubhouse

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