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‘Long Way To The Top’ Documentary Now Available On Digital Outlets

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The house lights dim and the crowd surges forward. Moments ago the crowd was loud and boisterous; now, they are hushed. It’s a special brand of reverence saved up for this once in a lifetime event. Together they experience the show. The band takes the stage. The lights pulse, the drums kick, the bass pumps, the guitar wails, and the singer croons; its magic. There is a sweaty goodbye and the fans are left with an unforgettable night. But what happens to the band after they strike the set? Long Way To The Top, a new rock documentary that recently digital outlets, takes you on the road with professional musicians to look at the highs and lows of living the dream.

While newcomers The Sword, Grizfolk and David Ramirez hold center stage through musical performances and looks behind the scenes of their tours, other interview subjects include members of Def Leppard, Weezer, Phantom Planet, Limp Bizkit, Nine Inch Nails and more. As director Rob Montague stresses, “It’s important to showcase every genre of music. Though one band may consider themselves heavy metal and another pop, the journey they take is the same. It’s just the details that are different.”

Montague and his producers really clicked with metal band The Sword, recognizing a driven and commitment to their art, “They are a blue collar band, living on the road.” Producer Taylor Wallace, who is an event manager for the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater and other venues, agrees, noting, “The Sword is a band that takes the time to talk to their fans and savor the crowd every show. They’re in it for the music.”

Formed in 2003 and hailing from music capital, Austin, TX, the heavy metal band is currently celebrating the release of their album Low Country. 2012’s Apocryphon debuted at #17 on the Billboard Top 200, marking their highest entry on the chart. Since first emerging with 2006’s Age Of Winters, the group has been extolled by everyone from Rolling Stone and The Washington Post to Revolver and Decibel. Metallica personally chose them as support for a global tour, and they’ve earned high-profile syncs in movies including Jennifer’s Body and Jonas Åkerlund’s Horsemen.

Three years in the making, Long Way To The Top is a story about the trials and tribulations of working musicians, with heavy emphasis of life on the road. From unexpected tour line-ups, to unforgiving weather, the undying love of their fans, to their unsympathetic landlords; LWTTT presents an uncompromising, behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it is really like being a career musician in our modern era.

Says film co-producer Thom Hazart (also responsible for day to day operations for powerhouse independent record label EMP Label Group) says, “I watched Rob and Taylor work on this film for years, with the kind of determination I can barely even fathom. At the end, it is such an accurate and intimate look at the heart of the independent touring musician. I recommend anyone to check it out.”

The film initially screened at the 39th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival, Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, and Skyline Indie Film Festival. It was nominated for Best Documentary at NewFilmmakers and won Best Rock Documentary at the Albuquerque Film Festival before signing with Quiver.

The title was discovered by VP of Business Development Steve Bulzoni and Manager of Quiver, Sean Flanagan as part of a new Quiver acquisition initiative, recently highlighted in Variety Magazine. “The market place is being flooded with titles that fail to find the passion and support they require from their distributors,” says Sean Flanagan, Marketing & Sales Manager of Quiver, “If we can combine the passion that motivates our filmmakers with the powerful tools and relationships that a company like Premiere Digital holds, we have the chance to do something empowering and special.” Together they use the transparency and considerable tools created by Premiere Digital to assess the viability of titles in the digital realm before offering that further artistic partnership to their clients.

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Horisont’s New Album ‘About Time’ Out Now

The record is available as Special Edition Digipak, Jewel Case CD (US only), Gatefold LP and as digital album.

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Swedish Hard Rock outfit Horisont have released their new album About Time. The record is available as Special Edition Digipak (EU only), Jewel Case CD (US only), Gatefold LP and as digital album.

The LP is available in the following vinyl colors:

Black vinyl – unlimited
Lilac vinyl – limited to 200 copies (exclusively at Bengans)
Clear vinyl – limited to 100 copies (exclusively at CMDistro): SOLD OUT
Silver vinyl – limited to 200 copies (exclusively at Green Hell)
Transparent Green vinyl – limited to 200 copies (exclusively at Nuclear Blast)
Yellow vinyl – limited to 300 copies (US only)

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Dallas Rockers Adakain To Record And Tour Before Rocklahoma Appearance

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Texas Hard Rock Faves Adakain will be headed to LA for one week to track two new songs that were written after their first Mid-West/West Coast headline tour last fall. The band will be using producer and well-known RA frontman Sahaj Ticotin, who has produced and written music for Stitched Up Heart, Starset, and Sevendust. The band has also revealed that they’ll be using mixing guru Ben Grosse (Sevendust, Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin) for the final mastering and mixdown. Look for both songs to appear on a remastered and re-released version of the band’s 2015 self-released debut Never Coming Home which will be released in May and feature a few well-known musical guest appearances this time around.

The band is then set to launch into a two-week headliner stint around the Texas/Oklahoma area mid-February and then in March, frontman/guitarist Ryan Ray, Corey Goodwin (guitar/vocals), KC Jenkins (bass/vocals), and Dan Johnson (drums) will embark on a two-month, Spring co-headlining tour whose lineup will be officially announced in the coming weeks. That tour will lead to the band’s performance spot at this year’s tour Rocklahoma Axis Entertainment Stage.

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Ded Release Apocalyptic Vision Of The World With ‘FMFY’ Video

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Phoenix Rockers Ded have released an apocalyptic vision of the world with the new video for “FMFY.” The band will be kicking off their 2017 touring schedule with a KUPD sponsored show on February 9 ay Pub Rock in Scottsdale, AZ.

The driving rocker is visually intense, with scenes of riots, violence and war interspersed with a powerful live performance against a stark backdrop of a run-down house.

Vocalist Joe Cotela says, “‘FMFY’ is a song that’s loosely inspired by Matthew McConaughey’s character Rust from the show True Detective. Although pretty extreme at times, a lot of his thoughts and ethos resonated with me and made me think about the human race and our programming. We’re programmed to be selfish and hopeful; and yet how hypocritical we are in the process of judging others and standing on our soapbox’s screaming our ‘important’ point of view.”

Cotela goes on to say, “I wanted to include myself in this by saying ‘Fuck me’ as well because I wanted to take a stance of true honesty without the self-righteousness of separating myself from whom I’m condemning. I am a part of all of these flaws and I contribute to the problem in my way. The important thing here is that I am attempting to be conscious of who and what I am while a lot of other people have no problem being complacent… They are on auto-pilot inside their little self-made narratives of ‘Who I am.’ We want to wake people up a bit with ‘FMFY.’ We hope these intense images in the video get that point across and make people think”.

DED was born in the music scene of Phoenix, Arizona and has been together for two years. Band members Joe Cotela (vocals), David Ludlow (guitar), Kyle Koelsch (bass), and Matt Reinhard (drums) developed a friendship and ultimately a musical partnership that mixes horror and dark imagery to develop a familiar, yet unique sound that sets them apart from other bands.
The band’s work ethic, drive, and dedication led them to record an EP that quickly made the rounds of the music industry, and started a buzz that opened doors. Using that as a springboard, the band hit the road and toured with Beartooth, Asking Alexandria, Atreyu, Every Time I Die, Upon a Burning Body, The Acacia Strain, John 5, Powerman 5000, and Insane Clown Posse among others.

Their touring helped grow awareness in the business and brought them to the attention of producer John Feldmann (Disturbed, Blink-182, Beartooth). Their collaboration with Feldmann culminated in the band signing with Jordan Schur at Suretone Records – who discovered and grew the careers of platinum rock acts Staind and Limp Bizkit, among others. Suretone will be releasing their debut album in May of 2017.

Upcoming Tour Dates (more to be announced in March):

Feb. 9th – Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ (KUPD Presents)
Feb. 16th – Hard Rock Live – Las Begas, NV (Radio Contraband Convention)
May 6th – Carolina Rebellion – Charlotte, NC
May 19th – 21st – Rock On The Range – Columbus, Ohio
May 26th – 28th – Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
July 16th – Chicago Open Air Festival – Bridgeview, IL

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Dool Unveils New Song ‘Golden Serpents’

The band will release its debut album, “Here Now, There Then,” on February 17 via Prophecy Productions.

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Holland’s most notorious rock musicians have gathered to form Dool, a dark rock band featuring bassist Job van de Zande and drummer Micha Haring from celebrated cult rockers The Devil’s Blood and the country’s most infamous rock singer, Ryanne van Dorst. The band will release its debut album, Here Now, There Then, on February 17 via Prophecy Productions.

Rounded out by guitarists Nick Polak (Gold) and Reinier Vermeulen (The New Media), Dool radiates an undeniable raw energy and has created a distinct and dynamic sound right from the start. On the strength of its captivating debut single, “Oweynagat”, and a red hot live performance at Roadburn 2016, Dool has quickly become a hotly-tipped buzz band in underground circles. Here Now, There Then was recorded with longtime The Devil’s Blood producer Pieter Kloos and proves all advance praise to be more than justified. The album of supreme songwriting and remarkable musical diversity, Here Now, There Then blends classic hard rock, gothic pop and psychedelic metal in an ever-surprising manner. Carried by infinite, hypnotic guitar lines, Dool hits every pressure point, striking with the deadly precision of a venomous asp.

Here Now, There Then is about dreaming, ambition and will,” says Ryanne van Dorst. “The album is about breaking boundaries and behavioral patterns while destroying stigmas. It is a mantra for whoever needs it and in any way one chooses to use it. It is the shadow lands between fantasy and reality. A fairy tale in a concrete background.”

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Edenbridge Release Video Trailer For New Album ‘The Great Momentum’

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The Austrian symphonic metal act Edenbridge have released a new video trailer for the forthcoming album The Great Momentum.

The Great Momentum will be released February 17, 2017 through SPV/Steamhammer as 2CD digi (bonus CD with instrumental versions), 2LP gatefold (golden vinyl), Boxset (only Europe – incl. 2CD digi, 2LP, poster, sticker, button, patch, mousepad, handsigned photocard), download and stream.

The Great Momentum track listing:

1. SHIANTARA (5:51)
2. THE DIE IS NOT CAST (5:15)
3. THE MOMENT IS NOW (4:21)
4. UNTIL THE END OF TIME (4:36)
5. THE VISITOR (5:54)
6. RETURN TO GRACE (5:13)
7. ONLY A WHIFF OF LIFE (3:44)
8. A TURNAROUND IN ART (7:32)
9. THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL (12:18)

LIVE 2017

02.-06.02. “70.000 Tons Of Metal” Cruise (https://70000tons.com/)
24.2. A-Traun – Spinnerei
26.2. A-Wien – Szene

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