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May 23, 2011

Chelsea Grin Announce Release Of New Album "My Damnation" July 19th - Preorder Bundles Available Now

CHELSEA GRIN ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM, "MY DAMNATION" AVAILABLE IN-STORES & ONLINE JULY 19TH
"MY DAMNATION" PRE-ORDER BUNDLES AVAILABLE NOW IN UP T0 14 DIFFERENT CONFIGURATIONS


With a confirmed July 19th release date just a few weeks away, Chelsea Grin's highly anticipated new album, My Damnation, is available now for preorder at Merchnow.com. The band's sophomore effort (to be released via Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie) is available in 14 different pre-order bundle configurations offering a variety of different items. All pre-order bundles include a physical CD plus a digital download of the full album delivered on release day. Each bundle also offers an instant gratification download (upon purchase) of the album's brutal title track, "My Damnation". The bundles offer a series of different merch options including Chelsea Grin t-shirts, jerseys, shorts, and a previously unreleased messenger bag baring the band's signature logo. All preorder bundles are available for purchase now at http://new.merchnow.com/catalogs/chelsea-grin

"My Damnation is coming! We are excited to announce the preorder of our new record on MerchNow. We asked our fans on Facebook what they'd want and we got a lot of great feedback, so we wanted to make sure there was something for everyone," said guitarist Jaek Harmond.

Produced by Zeuss (The Acacia Strain, Hatebreed, The Red Chord), My Damnation is a more direct and diverse assault featuring Chelsea Grin's signature guttural vocals, whiplash-inducing breakdowns, and Middle Eastern-flavored melodies. Guitar-wise, the team of three have upped the chops and widened their palette. Nowhere is this more evident than on the meditative classical acoustic guitar piece "Kharon." "It's completely crazy," Dan says enthusiastically, "No one expects that but our guitarists love classical guitar." The album's final track, "All Hail the Fallen King," is a special track for the band as it features Whitechapel vocalist Phil Bozeman trading verses with Alex. The 10 track album has a conceptual bend to it, based loosely on being condemned to hell and finding your way out to salvation. The band recently filmed a music video for "My Damnation" with director Ramon Boutviseth (All That Remains, Trivium) that will premiere soon.

Chelsea Grin has received numerous accolades from fans and press alike including acoveted Alternative Press "AP Recommends" column and a #2 spot in the September 2010 AP Readers Chart. The band toured throughout 2010-2011-highlights have been jaunts with Whitechapel, For Today, 2010's Thrash & Burn tour, and the 2011 Bamboozle Festival. The band released their first full length album, Desolation Of Eden, as the debut band on the newly formed Artery Recordings label in February 2010. The Salt Lake City based band is Alex Koehler (vocals), Michael Stafford (guitars), Jack Harmond (guitars), Dan Jones (guitars), David Flinn (bass) and Andrew Carlston (drums).

Artery Recordings is the label home to The Artery Foundation and an imprint of independent label Razor & Tie, whose roster now includes Chelsea Grin, Vanna, Attila, I Declare War, A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Close To Home, The Crimson Armada and Casino Madrid. A management company since 2004, The Artery Foundation has a knack for finding diamonds in the rough and nurturing them into worldwide prominence. Some of their recent artists flooding the Billboard charts have included Top 40 releases with The Devil Wears Prada and Attack Attack!, Top 100 releases with Alesana and Breath Carolina and additional artists such as Asking Alexandria, Jonny Craig and Dance Gavin Dance.

May 20, 2011

All That Remains Tour As Main Support To Hollywood Undead

All That Remains will head out this summer as main support for Hollywood Undead starting on July 9th in Ft Wayne, IN and ending on August 7th in Knoxville, TN. ATR will also be included in the lineups of several radio festivals this summer, including Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma. The band's latest video for their second single "The Last Time" can be viewed HERE.The song is on the way to become the band's fourth Active Rock radio hit.

Massachusetts hard rockers All That Remains (ATR) have spent the last year on the road (in the US and Europe) in support of their latest release, For We Are Many, which debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 chart last October and has already sold over 120,000 albums. ATR's first single, "Hold On," spent nearly 7 months on the Active Rock charts, 3 1/2 in the Top 10 and peaking at #7. The band is a mainstay on Active Rock radio charts and their music videos are frequently played on MTV2, FUSE, and shows like Headbangers Ball. All That Remains have sold over 750,000 albums and 1,000,000 tracks to date. Outburn recently declared, "If there was ever any question as to whether ATR deserved to be considered among the melodic metalcore elite, For We Are Many will dispel any lingering doubts once and for all." ATR has performed with top artists including Bullet For My Valentine, Disturbed, As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Slipknot and more, as well as the following festivals: Warped, Mayhem, Ozzfest, Soundwave, and Rock On The Range.

May 19, 2011

The Summer Set To Release New Studio Album "Everything's Fine" July 19th

THE SUMMER SET TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM EVERYTHING'S FINE JULY 19TH
First Single "Someone Like You" Available Now on iTunes Fan Album Pre-orders Available at thesummersetband.com
Band To Tour With We The Kings This Summer


The Summer Set will release their highly anticipated new album, Everything's Fine (Razor & Tie) on July 19th. The 11 track album was recorded in Los Angeles with super-producer John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, Jonas Brothers, Switchfoot, Andrew W.K.). The first single, "Someone Like You," is now available on digital service providers - to purchase it now click here on iTunes http://bit.ly/TSSSLY

Everything's Fine veers into previously unchartered territory and greatly expands on The Summer Set's upbeat guitar pop sound, last heard on their 2009 debut album Love Like This. The energetic group that roused up audiences on the Vans Warped Tour last year showcases their signature pop muscles and will surprise listeners on some songs with a stripped down sound. Everything's Fine tells the story of about a band that started as teenagers but has since grown into adulthood - and faced some uncertainty along the way. It also distinctly sets the mood for what follows, a loosely-based diary of a relationship from beginning to end. Even the band's new logo and single art sad face is a hint that there are several new sides to the group (PERSONALIZE AND SHARE TSS NEW LOGO HERE).

"The title is a bit sarcastic," admits guitarist John Gomez. "Our first record was just one emotion. Everything's Fine is yin and yang. We've had some ups and downs recently, some breakups, some general trials and tribulations. This is a record that says we're young, but growing up and experiencing new things. So in a way, it's optimistic, too."

Everything's Fine is also available for preorder on thesummersetband.com in a variety of tiered bundles specially created by the band. An additional preorder bundle will be available on the Glamour Kills website (www.glamourkills.com) on Tuesday, May 24th.

The band spent this past Spring on a national tour with All Time Low and Yellowcard (A fan generated video for "Someone Like You" from the tour is available for viewing here. The Summer Set will the hit the road again both overseas in the UK and Japan, and in the States this summer as direct support to We The Kings on the Friday Is Forever Tour getting underway on July 10th in Eureka, Missouri - dates below.

Most recently, The Summer Set's infectious brand of delightfully crafted pop songs have been seen and heard on both MTV's Jersey Shore and The Hard Times of RJ Berger and most notably, ABC's Dancing with the Stars - where singer Brian Dales' ex-girlfriend (actress Chelsea Kane) danced to the band's first hit, aptly named, "Chelsea."

The Arizona based The Summer Set is Brian Dales (vocals), John Gomez (guitar), Stephen Gomez (bass), Josh Montgomery (guitar) and Jess Bowen (drums). Formed as teenagers, the band released their first full length album, Love Like This (Razor & Tie) in 2009. The Summer Set has quickly become a phenomenon throughout the independent music scene, being named one of the 100 Artists To Watch by Alternative Press in 2010 with vocalist Dales featured on the cover, and what appeared to be a never-ending two years of successful tours with high profile artists including All Time Low, Never Shout Never, and Cartel, as well as being part of the AP Tour, Vans Warped Tour, Bamboozle and Hoodwink Festival.

May 16, 2011

Vanessa Carlton Announces US Tour Dates, Single "Carousel" Available Now

VANESSA CARLTON SETS US TOUR DATES: CONSECUTIVE SOLD-OUT NIGHTS AT JOE'S PUB/NYC FOLLOWING
"CAROUSEL" SINGLE RELEASE (AVAILABLE NOW ON ITUNES)" READIES "CAROUSEL" VIDEO
New Album RABBITS ON THE RUN Out On June 21st, 2011


Singer-songwriter Vanessa Carton announces a series of upcoming US tour dates in support of her much-anticipated June 21st album, Rabbits On The Run (Razor & Tie). The tour includes two sold-out nights at Joe's Pub, on Sunday, June 26th and Monday, June 27th. No stranger to the road, Carlton's tour will hit major cities including Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco and LA..

Lead single "Carousel," the album's opening track, is a lyrical and lilting stunner, soon to be accompanied by a video which closely illustrates and beautifully captures the song's mood. It was directed by Jake Davis (Flyleaf, My Chemical Romance) and will be made available shortly. "Carousel" impacts radio on June 20th and is now available on all digital service providers-- purchase from iTunes vanessacarlton.com

Rabbits on the Run, Vanessa Carlton's fourth studio album, was produced by Steve Osborne (U2, B-52's, KT Tunstall) and was recorded in the UK at Peter Gabriel's world-renowned Real World Studios. The album returns to a different era of music-making: ten intimate, evocative songs, recorded directly to tape with her close-knit team of collaborators including Steve Osborne, Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket, and Ari Ingber of The Upwelling (all playing on the album). Part inspired by two books: Richard Adams' Watership Down and Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time, Rabbits on the Run is by far the most honest and uncompromised album she has recorded to date, revealing a striking departure and an exciting snapshot in the evolution of this exquisite storyteller and inventive musician. Songs include the 70's-sun-drenched "Dear California," the lush "Carousel" and the bold "I Don't Want to Be a Bride." Fans can pre-order the album now at Amazon.com HERE.

Three Grammy nominations, three studio albums, platinum sales and a collection of hit songs are some notable results of a fruitful career thus far for Vanessa Carlton. She first exploded onto the scene in 2002 with her stunning debut Be Not Nobody, and world-wide hit single "A Thousand Miles." Vanessa Carlton first began playing the piano as a toddler, continuing on an artistic road with her attendance at the School of American Ballet in New York, a path she would eventually abandon in favor of songwriting. While studying at Columbia University in New York City, Carlton was signed to Interscope Records and has since released three albums featuring songs such as "A Thousand Miles," "White Houses," and "Nolita Fairytale." Carlton's music has resonated with audiences of all ages world-wide and she continues to inspire an increasingly loyal fan base. Vanessa Carlton is managed by Career Artist Management (CAM).

May 10, 2011

Madina Lake Signs with Razor & Tie - New Album Out This Fall

MADINA LAKE SIGNS WITH RAZOR & TIE
Band Plays U.K. Download Festival On June 12th And Joins The Vans Warped Tour Beginning June 29th
New album, World War III Out This Fall


Razor & Tie is excited to announce the addition of Madina Lake to its expanding rock roster. The band has completed work on its new studio album, World War III, set to be released in the Fall of 2011. Prior to the release of the new record, Madina Lake will join the likes of Linkin Park, Disturbed, Bullet For My Valentine, The Gaslight Anthem and others on June 12, 2011 on the main-stage of U.K.'s Download Festival at Donington Park. Also beginning June 29th, the band will join this summer's the Vans Warped Tour.

The past few months for Madina Lake have been tumultuous to say the least. Last June, Madina Lake bassist Matthew Leone was hospitalized after intervening in a domestic violence incident in Chicago involving a man beating his wife. In critical condition, Leone's injuries included a fractured skull, broken jaw and a swollen brain as doctors removed one-third of his skull while waiting for the swelling in his brain to go down. Local musicians and supporters pulled together to raise money for Matthew's hospital bills with The Smashing Pumpkins playing a benefit show in Chicago raising over $80,000. A lot of uncertainty followed, with doubts that Madina Lake would ever play together again. Fortunately, Matthew's recovery in the last year has been nothing short of miraculous.

On April 23rd 2011, the band made a triumphant return in sold-out homecoming show in Chicago.
Watch interviews with the band from the event HERE:
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/madina-lake-120234014.html
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8090772

"Razor & Tie has always been one of those labels we wished we signed from day one. Being fans of bands like Norma Jean and Saves The Day, the label's had an heir of diversity, credibility and mystique that always made it so intriguing. Not to mention, Razor & Tie has achieved success with artists spanning several genres which is a testament to the passion they have for what they do. After the tumultuous year we've had, it's an honor and a privilege to be partnering up with them to release what is Madina's most profound and significant record to date," said Nathan Leone of Madina Lake.

Madina Lake's new album will be the the third and final installment of their concept trilogy, World War III which continues the Leone brothers' tales of a metaphorical universe. Pouring their life experiences into their songs, Madina Lake set out to release three album which would congruently tell the story of Madina Lake, a small town of their own creation, which would also serve as the canvas for a much larger message. The first chapter, 2007's From Them, Through Us, to You (Roadrunner Records), introduced the town set in the 1950's and the story is focused on the town socialite (Adalia), who goes missing, and the reaction the town's inhabitants have - a commentary on society's obsession with celebrity and materialism. The second chapter, 2009's Attics to Eden (Roadrunner Records), continued the search for the missing socialite while introducing other characters to the world outside Madina Lake as well as exploring Adalia's journey. The album dove into the psychological aspects of the society and what truly separates and degrades humanity when elements of greed, lying, cheating, violence, power struggles and insecurity are displayed. In the final chapter, World War III, concludes with the discovery of Adalia and an epic battle of good and evil that mirrors human internal struggles with self.

"In a way we made this record subconsciously. So much was going on around us that we didn't have the energy to over think it. At the same time we knew how important it would ultimately become in our lives so every single moment counted. It's by far our heaviest record to date both sonically and emotionally," explains Nathan Leone.

Over the years, Madina Lake has toured with Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, Paramore and Gym Class Heroes, in addition to taking part on several runs of the Vans Warped Tour. Madina Lake is Nathan Leone (vocals), Matthew Leone (bass, vocals), Mateo Camargo (guitars, programming) and Daniel Torelli (drums).

Madina Lake is the latest addition to the independent label Razor & Tie's expanding music roster that includes such artists as All That Remains, Norma Jean, Chelsea Grin, Saves The Day, Vanessa Carlton, Nicole Atkins, The Summer Set and many more. The New York City-based label is one of the fastest growing independent record companies in the United States, and has garnered both Platinum sales and Grammy awards in its 20-year history.

May 03, 2011

Vanessa Carlton Single "Carousel" Available Now on iTunes

VANESSA CARLTON SINGLE "CAROUSEL" AVAILABLE NOW ON ITUNES - BUY IT HERE
New Album RABBITS ON THE RUN Out On June 21st, 2011 Carlton To Perform Two Sold Out Nights At Joe's Pub New York City In June


Today singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton releases her first single, "Carousel," from her much-anticipated forthcoming album Rabbits on the Run (Razor & Tie). The song is now available on all digital service providers - purchase from iTunes HERE. Share this news on Facebook and unlock a free stream of "Carousel" as well, visit www.vanessacarlton.com. Rabbits on the Run is set for release this Summer on June 21st and fans can pre-order the album now at Amazon.com HERE. Carlton will perform a pair of sold out shows at the New York City intimate venue, Joe's Pub, on June 26th and 27th and full tour will be announced soon. Vanessa Carlton also recently completed a video with Jake Davis (Flyleaf, My Chemical Romance) for "Carousel" and the video will be made available shortly.

Vanessa Carlton's fourth studio album, Rabbits on the Run, was produced by Steve Osborne (U2, B-52s, KT Tunstall) and was recorded in the UK at Peter Gabriel's world-renowned Real World Studios. The album returns to a different era of music-making: ten intimate, evocative songs, recorded directly to tape with her close-knit team of collaborators including Steve Osborne, Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket, and Ari Ingber of The Upwelling (all playing on the album). Part inspired by two books: Richard Adams' Watership Down and Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time, Rabbits on the Run is by far the most honest and uncompromised album she has recorded to date, revealing a striking departure and an exciting snapshot in the evolution of this exquisite storyteller and inventive musician. Songs include the 70's-sun-drenched "Dear California," the lush "Carousel" and the bold "I Don't Want to Be a Bride."

Three Grammy nominations, three studio albums, platinum sales and a collection of hit songs are some notable results of a fruitful career thus far for Vanessa Carlton. She first exploded onto the scene in 2002 with her stunning debut Be Not Nobody, and world-wide hit single "A Thousand Miles." Vanessa Carlton first began playing the piano as a toddler, continuing on an artistic road with her attendance at the School of American Ballet in New York, a path she would eventually abandon in favor of songwriting. While studying at Columbia University in New York City, Carlton was signed to Interscope Records and has since released three albums featuring songs such as "A Thousand Miles," "White Houses," and "Nolita Fairytale." Carlton's music has resonated with audiences of all ages world-wide and she continues to inspire an increasingly loyal fan base. Vanessa Carlton is managed by Career Artist Management (CAM).

May 02, 2011

Norma Jean Premiere Video For "Bastardizer"

NORMA JEAN PREMIERE VIDEO FOR "BASTARDIZER"


The video for "Bastardizer," the second single off Norma Jean's critically acclaimed album Meridional will exclusively debut today, May 2nd on Alternative Press. See below to view. The video was directed by Brooks Jones and shot at the band's rehearsal space in Atlanta with additional footage shot in New York City. "Matt Mitchell [cinematographer] and I drove 15 hours from New York to Atlanta," said Jones. "We've been Norma Jean fans for years, so the opportunity to direct a video for a song like 'Bastardizer' was a dream come true."

Click HERE or http://www.altpress.com/aptv/video/norma_jean_bastardizer_altpress_exclusive to view Bastardizer.

"We had a lot of fun shooting this video. It's really just us, in our practice space, where we have written most of our records," said vocalist Cory Brandan. "No special effects, just us jamming. It's one of our favorite songs from the new record, so it was a perfect choice for the next video."

Norma Jean will head out on their headlining "Explosions II Part Deux" tour this May with support from After The Burial and Motionless In White. The tour will kick off in Orlando on May 5th at Club Firestone and conclude in their home state of Georgia in August on June1 1st.

Norma Jean also recently performed on FUEL V's "The Daily Habit," performing their song "Leaderless and Self Enlisted" off of Meridional. View Norma Jean's performance HERE or http://www.fuel.tv/norma-jean-leaderless-and-self-enlisted/

Norma Jean released their fifth album, Meridional, to critical acclaim in July 2010. The five-piece metal band from Atlanta has previously released four records prior to Meridional, selling over 400,000 albums. The Grammy-nominated band is known for their aggressively artful sound which was once again delivered in their sethingly raw album, Meridional. Alternative Press called the album "Norma Jean's first true masterpiece" and named it one of the Top 10 Essential Albums of 2010 along with naming Brandan Best Vocalist in their MVR's (Most Valuable Rockers) of 2010.