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December 23, 2011

For Today Announce Nationwide Headlining Tour

New Full-Length Album Slated For Release In 2012

(New York, NY) - Christian metalcore band For Today are kicking off 2012 with the nationwide headlining "Fight The Silence Tour" presented by HK Army and Substream Magazine. The tour kicks off on March 10th and will make stops throughout the country including the Never Say Never Fest, SXSW and New England Metal & Hardcore Festival before concluding on April 22nd. The tour features additional support from A Skylit Drive, Stick To Your Guns, MyChildren MyBride and Make Me Famous. Full tour dates will be announced soon. Click HERE to watch a tour video with more info on the "Fight The Silence Tour."

For Today will also team up with several social justice organizations and sponsors to help raise money and awareness to help their cause. The mission statement of the Fight The Silence Tour is as follows: "There is no more revolutionary force on earth than a group of young people who are united and focused on one common goal. It's our heart's desire to provide a platform and a venue for the initiation of a scene-wide culture shift. The blind have lead the blind for too long now, so we issue this charge to all who will stand with us: It's time to change this system, not to fit in to it. You were born to fight the silence."

For Today will enter the studio on January 6th with producer Will Putney to begin working on their fourth full-length album to be released via Razor & Tie in Spring 2012. Putney (Lamb Of God, Suicide Silence) previously worked on For Today's Breaker, their 2010 release.

For Today formed in 2005 and has since released one EP and three full-length albums. The hardcore-influenced metal band is known for their non-stop touring, high energy live performance, and unrelenting message. Having played over 1000 shows in five continents, For Today has toured with Emmure, We Came As Romans, Winds of Plague, The Devil Wears Prada. The band headlined the Scream The Prayer Tour 2010 with Maylene and The Sons of Disaster and also was on the Motel 6 Rock Yourself to Sleep Tour with We Came As Romans this past year. To date, For Today has sold over 65,000 albums in North America. As forthcoming about their faith as they are about their musical prowess, For Today have become widely known as one of modern metal's most technically proficient bands. For Today is Mattie Montgomery (lead vocals), Ryan Leitru (lead guitar, vocals), Brandon Leitru (bass), Michael Reynolds (rhythm guitar), and David Morrison (drums, percussion).

December 13, 2011





(New York, NY) - Hit The Lights' new album Invicta (Razor & Tie) is now available for pre-order in a variety of different fan bundles. The album set for release on January 31st 2012 was produced by Machine (Four Year Strong, Armor For Sleep, Cobra Starship) and Mike Sapone (Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Crime in Stereo). A variety of different tiers are now available for preorder, including different selections of t-shirt, vinyl, and CD combinations - available at

The Invicta EP is available now on iTunes and features three songs from the highly anticipated Invicta full length album. When purchased on iTunes here, fans will be able to "complete my album" on January 31st.

Hit The Lights just wrapped a successful headline tour and will head as direct support to D.R.U.G.S. on a nationwide tour in January and February of 2012 in support of Invicta. The tour will start on January 12th in Cleveland, OH and make stops nationwide before concluding in Grand Rapids, MI on February 26th. The tour will also feature support from Like Moths To Flames and Sparks The Rescue. Hit The Lights lead vocalist Nick Thompson said, "I think the tour with D.R.U.G.S. is the perfect fit for us when Invicta is released. It's going to be a great opportunity to play some of our new material, and we're really looking forward to touring with those guys. We're looking forward to playing in front of a new audience, as well as our longtime fans and supporters." Full tour dates below.

Formed in 2003, HTL has released two full length albums This Is a Stick Up... Don't Make It a Murder (2006) and Skip School, Start Fights (2008) and two EPs Coast to Coast (2009) and Until We Get Caught (2005). Having played nearly one thousand shows, Hit The Lights has toured with Paramore, New Found Glory, All Time Low, Motion City Soundtrack, Cobra Starship, Bayside, and Chiodos. The band was featured on the Alternative Press Tour with 3!oh3, The Maine, and Family Force 5 as well as two successive summers on the Vans Warped Tour, once as headliners of the Smartpunk stage. To date, Hit The Lights has sold over 112,000 albums in North America. Nick Thompson (lead vocalist) has been featured on the cover of Alternative Press and the magazine raved about the band on their last EP "Hit The Lights on their way to becoming one of the genre's brightest stars, while at the same time helping hone the band's blend of heavier-but-still-melodic pop-punk." Hit The Lights is Nick Thompson (Vocals/Guitar), Omar Zehery (Guitar), Dave Bermosk (Bass/Vocals), Kevin Mahoney (Guitar) and Nate Van Dame (Drums).

D.R.U.G.S. (Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows) was formed in late 2009 by Craig Owens. The band is comprised of Owens (lead vocals), Aaron Stern (drums), Nick Martin (guitar/vocals), Matt Good (guitar/vocals) and Adam Russell (bass). Their debut self-titled album was released in February 2011. The band headlined the 2011 Spring Alternative Press Tour and played main stage on the 2011 Vans Warped Tour throughout the full multi-city summer festival.

Jan 20 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Jan 21 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
Jan 22 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
Jan 23 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
Jan 24 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
Jan 25 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
Jan 27 - Charlotte, NC - Amo's Southend
Jan 28 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
Jan 30 - Orlando, FL - The Social
Feb 2 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
Feb 3 - Austin, TX - Emo's East
Feb 4 - Dallas, TX - The Door @ The Prophet Bar
Feb 18 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
Feb 19 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
Feb 21 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
Feb 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
Feb 25 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
*with D.R.U.G.S., Like Moths To Flames, Sparks The Rescue



December 09, 2011


Winning Design Will Be Become P.O.D.'s Official New Logo

(New York, NY) - In anticipation of their forthcoming new 2012 studio album, P.O.D. are reaching out to fans to ask for help in designing their official new band logo. The design contest is launching through Talenthouse where fans can submit their original designs through January 3rd.
Voting will be open from January 4th - January 10th with the winner set to be announced on January 25th. There will be a total of three contest winners. Visit to enter:

P.O.D. will select one grand prize winner who will receive $500. The winner's design will be incorporated into P.O.D.'s official merchandise and marketing materials. Their logo will also become the band's official logo on all of their social media outlets and VIP ticketing. The band will select a first prize runner up whose logo will be displayed on P.O.D.'s Facebook page and also receive VIP tickets to a concert. A "People's Choice" winner will be selected by voters via Talenthouse and have their logo displayed on P.O.D.'s Facebook page and will also receive VIP tickets to a concert.

P.O.D. (Payable on Death) formed in 1992 has logged a remarkable array of achievements, including worldwide sales exceeding 10 million, a series of chart topping radio hits, and an unprecedented four #1 MTV videos. With a 15-year career under their belts, P.O.D has released seven studio albums, received three Grammy Award nominations, contributed to numerous motion picture soundtracks, and toured the world over many times. With their third studio album, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, they achieved their initial mainstream success - the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 2000. Their following studio album, Satellite, continued the band's success with the hit singles, "Alive" and "Youth of the Nation," pushing it to go triple platinum. The band's line-up consists of vocalist Sonny Sandoval, drummer Wuv Bernardo, guitarist Marcos Curiel, and bassist Traa Daniels.

February 25 - Speaking Rock Entertainment Center - El Paso, TX
April 6 - Easterfest - Queens Park - Toowoomba QLD, Australia
April 8 - Strawberry Jam Music Festival - Albany, Australia
April 10 - Wellington Town Hall - Wellington, New Zealand
April 11 - Logan Campbell Centre - Auckland, New Zealand

December 07, 2011


New Chelsea Grin EP Coming This Summer

European Tour Confirmed This Winter with Asking Alexandria

(New York, NY) - Van's Warped Tour today unveiled metal band Chelsea Grin as one of the first five acts confirmed for next year's touring festival. Chelsea Grin will perform the entire nationwide run, from June 16th through August 20th . Other bands announced for the tour include Bayside, Sleeping With Sirens, Memphis May Fire, and The Silver Comet. Chelsea Grin will have a new EP available this summer that will be available at all 2012 Vans Warped Tour dates. Tickets are available HERE for the Van’s Warped Tour.

Chelsea Grin will be heading out on tour this winter with Asking Alexandria and Bless The Fall on a two month trek around Europe, hitting venues from the UK to Italy. They are currently out as direct support to Winds Of Plague on the nationwide Thrash & Burn tour (full tour dates below).

Chelsea Grin's latest album, My Damnation (Artery Recordings / Razor & Tie), debuted at #64 on the Billboard Top Album Charts and has sold 18,800 records since its July 19th release. 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.

Chelsea Grin has received numerous accolades from fans and press alike including a coveted Alternative Press "AP Recommends" column and a #2 spot in the September 2010 AP Readers Chart, and Revolver named them a "Band To Watch" in the September/October 2011 issue of the magazine. My Damnation received rave reviews:

"True headbangers will revel in the squeals and the musical battery that the band inflicts." - Outburn
"My Damnation is an insane and brutal ride that is perfect for those days where you need to just let loose." - AMP
"Smashing together the macabre intensity of death metal with the chugging, technical gymnastics of metalcore, Utah's Chelsea Grin brutalize listeners with their punishing sophomore effort, My Damnation." - AllMusic
"My Damnation raises the bar by virtue of exploring elements of doom, death, and black metal." - Consequence Of Sound

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. 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.


Dec 7 - Sauget, IL - Pops
Dec 8 - Tulsa, OK - Marquee Theater
Dec 9 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Dec 10 - Dallas, TX - Unsilent Night Fest
Dec 11 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
Dec 12 - Corpus Christi, TX - House of Rock
Dec 13 - Austin, TX - Emo's East
Dec 14 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
Dec 15 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
*with Winds Of Plague, As Blood Runs Black, For The Fallen Dreams, Upon A Burning Body, In The Midst Of Lions, Like Moths To Flames, Volumes

Jan 10 - Dublin, Ireland - The Academy
Jan 12 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
Jan 13 - Newcastle, Australia - Academy
Jan 14 - Manchester, UK - Ritz
Jan 15 - Leeds, UK - Met University
Jan 16 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Jan 19 - Cardiff, UK - Solus
Jan 20 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall
Jan 21 - London, UK - Forum
Jan 22 - Bristol, UK - Academy
Jan 23 - Portsmouth, UK - Pyramids
Jan 25 - Paris, France - Divan du Monde
Jan 26 - Brussels, Belgium - Box / AB
Jan 27 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
Jan 28 - Cologne, Germany - Essigfabrik
Jan 29 - Hamburg, Germany - Marketthalle
Jan 30 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Amanger Bio
Jan 31 - Garda, Sweden - Brew House
Feb 1 - Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben
Feb 3 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club / Huxleys
Feb 4 - Chemnitz, Germany - AJZ
Feb 5 - Numburg, Germany - Hirsch
Feb 6 - Pragque, Czech Republic - Lucerna Music Bar
Feb 8 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Halle / Werk
Feb 9 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
Feb 10 - Milan Mi, Italy - Tunnel Club
Feb 11 - Zurich, Switzerland - Complex
Feb 12 - Stuttgart, Germany - Die Rohre
Feb 13 - Frankfurt Am Main, Germany - Batschkapp
Feb 15 - Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg - Kulturfabrik
Feb 16 - Strasbourg, France - Laiterie
Feb 17 - Lyon, France - Ninksai Kao
Feb 18 - Saint Ave, France - Echonova
*with Asking Alexandria, Bless The Fall, With One Last Breath

Dates HERE

December 06, 2011



New Studio Album Coming In Spring 2012

(New York, NY) - Adestria is the latest band to join the Artery Recordings roster, the joint venture between The Artery Foundation and Razor & Tie. The San Diego band is the tenth addition to the Artery Recordings family. Adestria recently finishing recording their first full length record with producer Nick Sampson (In Fear and Faith). Their debut Artery Recordings record will be released in Spring of 2012. Fans can get a sneak peek of what to expect from the new album today by watching a studio update from Adestria HERE.

Adestria have already begun making a name for themselves in the metalcore world. Alternative Press Magazine selected Adestria as the #5 Unsigned Band prior to their signing with Artery Recordings. The young band (ages 18-21 years) have also already toured extensively, including stints with new label mates Vanna and Close To Home as well as with bands In Fear and Faith and A Loss For Words. Adestria is Matthew Alan Anderson (vocals), Christopher Ray Hardison (bass), Michael Jason Yanez (drums), Russell George Klein Jr. (guitar), Brian Kimble Stump (guitar) and Michael Anthony Colasardo (keys). The band is managed by Mike Milford and Ramin Niroomand of The Artery Foundation.

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.

December 05, 2011

I Am War Joins Razor & Tie Label & Publishing Rosters


Newly Formed Act Features Alex Varkatzas (From Atreyu) And Brandan Schieppati (Of Bleeding Through)

Demo Of New Track "The Poisoning" Available Now For Streaming

Debut Album Due For Release In Spring 2012

(New York, NY) - Razor & Tie announces the addition of newly formed, Orange County, CA based act, I Am War to its label and publishing rosters. I Am War joins Razor & Tie for an exclusive, multi-album, North American deal. The band is led by Atreyu front man Alex Varkatzas (on vocals) and Brandan Schieppati (on guitar and vocals). I Am War is currently writing and demo'ing new material which will encompass their brutal debut album set for release in spring of 2012.

"Brandan and I are extremely happy to sign with Razor & Tie. We feel like they fully understand the musical intentions of I Am War, and we couldn't be more excited about our future. I am personally looking forward to making the most extreme record I have ever been a part of. We are looking forward to creating an album filled with super aggressive, heavy, energetic metallic, raw, punky hardcore. The kind of music that boils your blood and inspires you to get up and move," says Alex Varkatzas.

I Am War have posted a new demo version of "The Poisoning," a track they've recently been working on. To listen, please click here:

As a member of Atreyu, Alex Varkatzas sold over 1.7 million albums and toured extensively the world over. His music has been featured on numerous soundtracks including Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Underworld: Evolution and on the Madden NFL video game. Brandan Schieppati of Bleeding Through has sold over 300,000 albums worldwide and played in numerous bands since beginning his music career in 1999.

I Am War is the latest addition to independent label Razor & Tie's rock roster which currently includes All That Remains, For Today, Saves The Day, P.O.D, Such Gold, Norma Jean, Chelsea Grin, Nonpoint, Attila, Hit the Lights, and more to be announced shortly. 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.

December 02, 2011


Song Recorded and Performed By Country Superstar Blake Shelton

Barnes To Release New Album In 2012

Label Celebrates Three Additional Grammy Nominations

(New York, NY) - Razor & Tie artist Dave Barnes has received his first Grammy nomination for Best Country Song for "God Gave Me You," as performed by Blake Shelton. Barnes' and Shelton's versions of the song have sold over one million singles to date. Blake Shelton's "God Gave Me You" has spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Country Singles Chart, with three weeks at number one and is his fastest rising single to date.

Razor & Tie celebrates three more Grammy nominations with Best World Music Album - Ladysmith Black Mambazo Songs From A Zulu Farm and Best Musical Theater Album for distributed label, Ghostlight Records', Anything Goes and The Book Of Mormon.

Razor & Tie Co-Owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam commented, "We have been proud to work with Dave Barnes for five years and he is an extraordinary artist and writer. Dave's songs are personal and universal and touch people in a very special way. This nomination is well deserved and reflects Dave's commitment to quality and honesty."

Nashville-based Dave Barnes wrote and recorded "God Gave Me You" originally for his 2010 release What We Want, What We Get. Blake Shelton decided to record a version of the song after hearing Barnes' version on the radio and soon after added it to his eighth studio album released in 2011, Red River Blue. Shelton recently explained to AOL's The Boot, "That song came on and I almost had to pull the truck over. It was one of those moments for me where I felt like I was hearing that song at that moment for a reason. I actually got on iTunes and downloaded the song as I was driving home. I probably listened to it 20 times before I got home that day, and I called [my producer] Scott Hendricks and said, 'Man, I found a song I want to cut.' There was never a question, I never looked back after that. I knew it was going to be a pivotal song for the album."

Dave Barnes will release his fourth studio album for the Razor & Tie label in early 2012. The album (details soon to be announced) was produced by John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, Lifehouse, Goo Goo Dolls, Switchfoot, Andrew W.K., Jonas Brothers, Pink). Dave Barnes last album What We Want, What We Get debuted at #59 on the Billboard top 200 album chart in 2010 and #15 on the digital albums chart. Barnes has sold over 155,000 albums to date and over 510,000 individual song downloads-update. He is currently on tour and will tour in 2012 as well. Barnes has previously toured with notable acts including John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Bonnie Raitt, and One Republic as well as festivals such as Bonnaroo. His music has been featured in television shows such as CW's "Life Unexpected," Disney's "Suite Life On Deck," ABC's "Brothers And Sisters" and WB's "Summerland," as well as the films Employee Of The Month and My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

Dave Barnes is no stranger to having his music plucked by country singers as Billy Currington re-recorded Barnes' radio hit "Until You" for Currington's 2010 release. Barnes' work has been performed by other artists including Marc Broussard, Kelly Clarkson, Bethany Dillon, to name a few. Barnes has been recognized by the industry as a rising songwriter. Billboard Magazine touted, "Many of the best pop songwriters come out of Nashville, and Dave Barnes is one such singer/scribe now building momentum." Dave Barnes is signed to leading independent label Razor & Tie and is administered by Razor & Tie Music Publishing.