It's been known for a while that Motionless In White would be releasing a new album sometime this year. However, we currently had no idea when that would be.
Yesterday, they finally told us that Graveyard Shift is set to be released on May 5! To go with this information, they also released another single, "Eternally Yours." You can listen to it below, and read what Motionless In White said about it when they posted the new track.
"Today we are elated to release to you our new track “Eternally Yours.” We are incredibly proud of this song, much like our previous single “570,” we feel it embodies the heart and soul of Motionless In White. Demonstrating many aspects of the evolution of the band thus far, while standing firm on the foundation we have built with our preceding records. It is collectively one of our favorite tracks of the bands entire discography. While having previously planned to release our forthcoming album, Graveyard Shift, in the winter of 2017, we are also very happy to announce that after much discussion and planning with our new label home, Roadrunner Records, May 5th 2017 will be the moment we finally get to unveil to you what we have worked so hard on throughout all of 2016. Knowing how much passion and care has gone into the creation of this album, we can assure you that it will be worth the wait. Until then, please enjoy "Eternally Yours" and all of what’s to come along the way to May 5th."
Surely some pre-order information is coming soon, but meanwhile, get excited because they're on The End Of The World tour with Falling In Reverse right now. You can also catch them at several festivals coming up this spring such as Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, and Rock On The Range! For more information, please visit MIW's official website or the respective festival websites.
Last month Falling In Reverse released a new song called, "Coming Home" which was a very different track for them. They actually only had a couple other songs that even slightly resembled it.
Today they released another song and confirmed that "Coming Home" was actually the title track for their upcoming fourth studio album. The album will be released on April 7, and to go with this announcement was a new song and pre-order information.
When asked about the album, Ronnie was quoted saying, “It’s a huge left turn. It sounds like nothing we’ve ever done. Every song is very vibey, There’s more feeling in it instead of a lot of metal.”
Just by what we're hearing out of "Coming Home" and "Loser", Ronnie spoke the complete truth and we cannot wait to hear this album. The two songs are completely different in lyrics and style, and I think fans will be very intrigued. "Loser" has a familiar vibe that FIR has had from day one, yet also had a brand new twist to it. We highly recommend listening to it.
As previously stated, pre-orders are available. You can get the album on its own for $12, or get a bundle with a T-shirt, flannel, or raglan. All three even, if you want! Autographed copies are also available, and merch in promotion of the album is being sold separately for those interested. Please head on over to King's Road Merch to see everything to do with that.
We also recommend you go on over to FIR's website, as they have a lot coming up. Not only are they releasing this album, but they are on tour now through February 12 with Issues. Then just after that, they go back on the road, but this time with Pierce The Veil and Crown the Empire. They also will be performing at a few of the festivals happening this Spring, such as Carolina Rebellion, Rock USA and Chicago Open Air festival. For more information on those, please visit the respective festival websites.
Every day, people have an impact on this world. Some of it lasts for an extremely long time, and they live to tell their stories for decades to come. Some however, are not so fortunate. Some sadly make their mark on this world, and are taken away from the living that love them.
The reason I'm talking about this might not deeply impact some, but it should bring awareness to all. Here in Southwest Florida, there is a pretty tight-knit community of up and coming musicians that are known and loved by many. One of the most well known ones in this area has been a metal band called Nine Mile Drive. This band have always been legendary in the area, drawing in crowds from all over the surrounding areas. This band has also been through several hardships that have shaken the community.
The area is experiencing yet another one, and this one is really shaking everyone up. The band's frontman, Christopher "JC" Dwight just passed away from Glioblastoma Multiforme, which is a very aggressive, and incurable form of brain and spinal cancer. This came on fairly suddenly, which means JC was luckily not suffering overly long. That doesn't change the impact his passing has caused on his family, friends and the entire community.
“It is with heavy hearts that we inform you our brother, Christopher JC Dwight, has left his body but not our thoughts and memories,” the band wrote. “JC cared deeply for everyone that he has ever come in contact with as well as everyone he hasn't.
“He would wish for all of us to keep our spirits up and wear our smiles and know that he's still with us. His kind heart and strength of character has impacted so many of us, and will continue to be an inspiration. JC has lived an amazing life and is now free to run with the wolves. #weloveyou #rip.”
I didn't know JC personally, but have a few memories that are now almost haunting to me. The very first time I met him, he insisted I stick with him and the rest of Nine Mile Drive for safety. This was in 2012, at the State Theater in Saint Petersburg, FL. I used to manage a band called Remedy X (formerly known as We're All Virus), and had lost them at the venue. This was the first time I had ever been out of town with the band, and I had never been in Saint Pete. So, I was visibly concerned, and lost.
JC noticed and approached me, asking if I needed some help. I explained who I was, and that I was looking for Remedy X. He knew exactly who I was talking about, and suggested I wait with them until the band returned. He also made sure to introduce himself, and the rest of the band to make me feel safer.
That's the only real direct memory I have of JC that wasn't brief at several shows at various venues, such as Rack Em' Billiards or the Cigar Bar. What really sticks with me was his stage presence. This man could capture a room with his voice. Any time Nine Mile Drive would be performing, hundreds would gather, and surely shared similar thoughts to myself.
I can't tell you how many times I've seen Nine Mile Drive perform, but I can say every time I found myself thinking, "If any band is going to get out of Fort Myers -its Nine Mile Drive. They're going somewhere." Nine Mile Drive, among several others, can make you forget you're in a pool hall or small bar downtown.
I am so thrilled that they got to experience their dreams, and impacted so many, together as a bad. The community has really pulled together on this, and I'm so thankful for that. Chris Monaco, the band's manager and a very close friend, started a GoFundMe to raise money to help his family out with medical expenses. As of right now, they have raised over $11,000 which is absolutely incredible, but unfortunately there's still a lot to go. The goal is to reach $20,000, and everyone's hopeful to help out in this unbelievably difficult time.
I highly encourage you to donate or at least share the link. I can't imagine what his family is going through anyways, let alone having to figure out how to pay for everything. They shouldn't even have to, not after such a massive loss.
Someone else has also started a foundation in his name to raise awareness and funds for research on Glioblastoma. It may be incurable now, but perhaps with enough research, it won't take so many of lives far too soon. For more information on that please visit the Christopher Dwight Foundation on Facebook.
My heart goes out to everyone over this, and I can only hope that JC is rocking out with other legends that have passed on such as The Rev from Avenged Sevenfold, or Kurt Cobain. I'm sure Heaven sounds amazing, as it's filled such such talent that was taken from this world far too soon.
Rest in Peace, JC. You may be gone from this world, but you're never going to be forgotten.
Today the tickets went on sale for A Perfect Circle's upcoming, headlining tour. The tour begins on April 7, and goes through May 7, with support from Prayers!
Below is a list of all the tour dates, including festivals that happen during the tour.
April 7 & 8 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl
April 10 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
April 11 San Diego, CA Open Air Theatre
April 13 San Francisco Bill Graham Civic
April 14 Reno, NV Reno Event Center
April 15 Salt Lake City Maverik Center
April 17 Denver, CO 1st Bank Center
April 19 Kansas City, MO Starlight Amphitheatre
April 20 St. Louis, MO Chafietz Arena
April 22 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
April 23 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre
April 25 Austin, TX HEB Center at Cedar Park
April 26 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum
April 27 Houston, TX Smart Financial Center
April 29 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville
April 30 Ft. Myers, FL Fort Rock Festival
May 2 Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 3 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
May 5 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion
May 7 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
For further information, please head on over to A Perfect Circle's official website, and the respective festival websites.
Today Def Leppard announced a tour that's filled with the classic rock goodness that's sure to make you feel like you're back in the 80's.
Starting on April 8, and going all the way through June 25. During the tour will be several festivals that do not include their support, which is Poison and Tesla, but all of the dates can be seen below.
Tickets go on sale January 21, aside from a couple of the dates, which are marked by asterisks. Festivals that are happening during this tour are Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rocklahoma, and River City Rockfest.
For more information, please visit Def Leppard's official website, along with the respective festival websites.
Motionless in White made a pretty big announcement today. As they are preparing for a tour and an album release, they also are losing a member. Josh Balz, the band's keyboardist, has announced his departure. He is leaving on good terms though, please be sure to read his statement and theirs below!
Motionless In White posted their statement on their Facebook, and Josh shared his on Twitter.
He's very clearly learned a lot and we're very happy for his happiness. Motionless in White seems to feel the same!
" MIW fans,
As of today, we regret to announce that after 10 years of time spent with the band, through the highest of highs and lowest of lows, Josh Balz will be departing from Motionless In White.
After many discussions and time spent searching within himself over the past year, Josh has come upon many discoveries of who he now is as a person, and what is truly important to him regarding his future. We respect and whole heartedly understand his decision, and while we are sad to see him go, wish him nothing but great things in the future with his family and pursuing his new dreams and business endeavors. For more information from Josh directly, please visit his twitter @Joshbalz.
Regarding our touring schedule, we will be performing on the rapidly approaching “The End Is Here Tour” exactly as planned, now with a keyboardist to fill in. We will also be playing every show around the globe that we have announced thus far and continuing to tour strongly onward after what has previously been announced.
Regarding our new upcoming record, “Graveyard Shift”, everything is also still exactly as planned, and will be releasing this year on Roadrunner Records.
Thank you, Josh, for your years of dedication in helping MIW become something we only dreamt of being when the band started. It has truly been a pleasure to have shared the road with you and to have so many amazing stories and memories to look back on through it all. You will be missed.
Fans are sad to see him go, as is the band but he's clearly doing this for good reasons. As for the band contiuning on, as they said, they're still moving on and clearly have his blessing.
Motionless In White embarks on their The End is Here tour with Falling In Reverse this Friday -Friday the 13th, no less! You can also catch them at several festivals coming up this spring such as Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, and Rock On The Range! For more information, please visit MIW's official website or the respective festival websites.
Another annual festival has been announced! We were all waiting for it to come in, just like all the other festivals. Rocklahoma happens every year in Pryor, OK and is pretty massive. This year its happening on May 26, 27, and 28, and shares a similar yet still different lineup to many other festivals happening this spring.
This year's headliners include Def Leppard, Soundgarden, The Offspring, and Stone Sour. They have support from Three Days Grace, The Cult, Pierce The Veil, The Pretty Reckless, Buckcherry, Fuel, In Flames, Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Metal Society, Fozzy, Starset, Nothing More, Dinosaur Pile Up, Black Stone Cherry, Red Sun Rising, and many, many more!
For the full lineup, and ticket information be sure to head on over to the official Rocklahoma website! Weekend tickets go on sale today at 10am CST and begin at $107. The price will steadily go up to $197 for the entire weekend, so get your tickets now while they're still cheaper!
Is this not anywhere near your area? Fret not, because this is just one of many festivals happening around the US and perhaps one of those is closer to you. All the festivals have similar, yet different lineups, as we already stated, so there's a chance you won't have to miss out! Festivals happening this year are Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, Northern Invasion, and the River City Rockfest!
Be sure to check them out to see all of their lineups, and to see which one is nearest to you. For us, that is Fort Rock, and we are hopeful to be covering it for the third year in a row this year! To support that, we are posting an album review for a different Fort Rock artist every single day, and due to the similar lineups, this applies to parts of all the festivals around the country. So, be sure to check back here on Immortal Music to see what's new every single day.
Starting on February 12, I Prevail will be touring around the US with Wage War, Islander and Assuming We Survive.
All of the tour dates are below, and that's just beginning of the fun for I Prevail.
After I Prevail leaves there, they will have a couple weeks of downtime before heading over to Australia to perform five dates. After that, begins the US festival season! I Prevail will be performing at Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville and Carolina Rebellion. For further information, please head on over to I Prevail's website, or the respective festival websites!
With a very heavy heart, Austin Carlile announced his departure from Of Mice And Men. As many are well aware, Austin has Marfan Syndrome and has been struggling quite a bit this year. He's been in and out of the hospital, and has had at least one heart surgery that I recall this year alone. The poor man has suffered a lot, and now thanks to this illness is unable to scream, which is his role in Of Mice And Men. He said the band is continuing on as a four piece, so assumably Aaron will be taking over as the singer.
He gave a very touching, and beautiful statement regarding the whole thing, which I encourage you to read below.
"I never thought in a million years i would be sitting in Costa Rica writing this. I never thought I would start a successful band. I never thought I'd open for Marilyn Manson and Slipknot for an entire summer. I never thought I would go on a world tour with Linkin park and sing ‘Faint' on stage with them all around the globe, I never thought I‘d become friends with Mike Shinoda and he'd help me write songs for an album of ours that sat at the number 4 spot on the Billboard top charts. I never thought I would befriend bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, and Korn. I never thought i would sing 'Ball Tongue' on stage with Korn. I never thought my band would play, much less headline Warped Tour, play giant radio festivals all over the world with some of my favorite artists, or tour in Germany, or anywhere in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Chile, Canada, the United Kingdom, Scotland, Holland, Norway, or Italy, etc. The first time i ever left the States was because of this band that I started in a tiny barred window studio apartment... I never thought people would ask to take selfies with me inside the Roman Collesium, on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or even the mall I worked at in Ohio where Of Mice And Men was born eight years ago with the help of my friends in Though She Wrote. Kameron Bradbury now in Beartooth on guitar, recording our first song together in a local studio for just $50. I never thought putting the song "Seven Thousand Miles For What" on MySpace would reach over a million plays in a week, and that I'd sign a record contract of my own just days later. I never thought i‘d pack my things up and drive to California for the first time to find permanent band members. I never thought all my wildest dreams and more would eventually come true...
"I also never thought my fibrostic connective tissue disorder marfan syndrome would cause touring to be so hard and painful for me. I always thought the pain would get better one day, or that i would get better too. But this never happened, that day has still yet to come. From multiple surgeries, caused from touring over multiple years, and after cancelling a European tour half way through, this October 2016 finally brought me to my knees. My greatest fear had become a reality... I had 3 tears in my dual sac surrounding my spinal cord, and we discovered that every time I would push down to scream spinal fluid would rush though the tears which was causing me the violent pain every time I'd perform. It was causing my muscles to seize up, and body to contort on stage, and making me lethargic and sore every hour of the day. My doctors and team of specialists had warned me for years of the detriment of my career to my health, but I pushed through anyways. I always pushed through. I had to push through. This is what I love, music is where i found myself. But these 3 tears in my spine, plus a fourth that occurred the year prior, were signs that i was absolutely not able to scream anymore. My team advised me that if I continued to do so, it would cause "permanent and irrevocable damage to my spinal cord and nervous system." After learning this I realized that I had to step away from Of Mice And Men. No longer able to scream most of our old material, or continue to scream on anything new, I cannot continue on. This has been the hardest thing that has happened in my life for a very long time, but thankfully the band, my family, and closest friends stand behind me and understand. They have all personally seen how much pain I have had to endure and especially the past 2 years as my spine was tearing apart but I kept going, I gave it my all, and cannot express this enough.
"The band will now still continue on just the four of them, and I wish them the best of luck without me heading into 2017. I will be here in Costa Rica, where I have now moved, continuing to heal, rest, and write. I will not stop playing music, I am still able to sing and I'm hungry for what is next to come even though I have no idea what that may be. I feel God placed me at this cross roads for a reason, and with the closing of one door, another will open. I'm taking this as an opportunity to grow closer to him, as he is the reason I never gave up or ended my life years ago while facing my various troubles. I have decided to listen to my specialists, and God telling me it's time to do something new. I have to do this for myself, my health, my body. I'm so thankful my spinal injuries weren't worse for I could have easily been paralyzed permenantly. I have now made the choice to use my life, my story, and my voice for his glory. To help show his love and grace I have experienced first hand to anyone else searching for the same hope. Of Mice And Men offered hope to thousands, but there is no true hope unless through Jesus Christ (yashua). I have now dedicated my life to sharing this with the world, which needs it so badly right now more than ever.
"Some ask how I am not mad at God for taking ali. This from me and putting me through so much pain and loss... My answer is simple: it is my path to follow, my story, and my life is not my own, but a gift from god in the first place. This seems like the perfect opportunity for me to use my story to hopefully inspire others who have experienced pain, hurt, depression or loss in their own lives. We all have our stories, we all have certain things we have overcome. We have done this together, you helped make my dreams come true, and I want to thank you all for the immense support over the years. Now I must do what i have to.
"I wanted to keep this news in 2016, because 2017 is going to be a new year, with new chapters. Remember your days are like pages, chapters unread, you have to keep going, keep turning, keep reading... Because your book has no end. Just like the ampersand tattoo on my thumb, we will not fade. You are in my heart and I‘m ready to start a new journey with all of you remaining by my side. I can do nothing alone, and I'm grateful I won't have to because of you.
"Thank you. To everyone who has ever been a fan or a part of Of Mice And Men, from the start, Kameron, Joey, Luke, Ethan, Jared, Jaxin, Phil, Aaron, Joel, Justin, Jon, Shayley, Tino, and Alan, for everything, thank you. Here's to 2017.
God bless! X -Austin Carlile"
Austin Carlile is truly one of the most heartfelt and sweet people in the music industry, and we hope he finds some comfort at some point. This illness, along with thousands of others, are simply terrible, and nobody deserves to deal with such a thing. It impresses me how incredibly greatful and supportive he is, even through all of this.
Mastodon originally formed in 1999, and originally had a female singer. This changed by 2000, but they just got word that she unfortunately passed away.
They have decided to do a fund raiser to help give her a proper memorial, and help the family out in this difficult time. As it stands right now, they've already earned just over $8,000 and the amount is ever growing.
There was not much said in regards of how she passed, but they said it happened on December 23. When they shared the fundraiser on December 26, they stated, "Yesterday we received the very sad news that Jessica Saner, our good friend, and sister to Mastodon's original singer, Eric Saner, passed away unexpectedly on Dec 23rd. This is a link to the gofundme account set up to help the family with funeral costs. Thank you in advance for your generosity."
If you would like to donate, please click here. If nothing else, please share and help them out through this difficult time.
These are just some of the happenings in the music world. There will always be something that Immortal Music did not cover, but here are just some events.