6/22/2021

Melodic Death Metal Unit HIRAES Drops Third Single, “Eyes Over Black” + Official Video

[photo credit: Lisa Ulferts]

Melodic Death Metal Unit HIRAES (ex-Dawn Of Disease) Drops Third Single and Official Video for “Eyes Over Black”

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Debut Album, Solitary, out this Friday, June 25 via Napalm Records

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German based melodic death metal unit HIRAES will finally unleash their highly anticipated sonic monster with ultimate strength and drop their debut album, Solitary, this Friday, June 25 via Napalm Records!

Today, to stir the anticipation even more, the powerhouse combining the full force of all four instrumentalists formerly of Dawn Of Disease (Lukas Kerk, Oliver Kirchner, Christian Wösten and Mathias Blässe) with the powerful vocals of Britta Görtz (Critical Mess, Ex-Cripper) sets free its third exciting melodic death emergence with razor-sharp single, “Eyes Over Black”HIRAES' explosive new offering smashes in with catchy hooklines and immediately marks a sonic reminiscence of late In Flames. The song comes along with a powerful music video, shot in a crushing live set-up to demonstrate the inexorable strength of the band even more and gives a glimpse of what fans can expect when HIRAES are finally be able to smash stages worldwide!

HIRAES on “Eyes Over Black”:
“Aren't we all starving for live concerts during this pandemic? With our brand new video for 'Eyes Over Black' we want to capture this feeling of being on stage again as well as giving you an insight of the energy and intensity that our future live shows will bring to the audience. We cannot wait to finally get back on stage and present our powerful, catchy and monumental songs from our debut album "Solitary". Until the time finally comes again, enjoy "Eyes Over Black" and hope with us that we will see each other on the road pretty soon!”

Get in the mood for some blazing live vibes and watch the video for
“Eyes Over Black” HERE


HIRAES already established its own remarkable identity built upon a smashing femme vocal attack, intense melodies and charging guitars, led by guitarist Lukas Kerk as main songwriter. An atmospheric, instrumental intro introduces the album opener “Shadows Break'', whilst showcasing the impressive vocal onslaught of seasoned frontwoman Britta Görtz shortly after. “Grain Of Sand” sets the next exclamation mark while delivering an unrelenting attack of smashing riffs along with an inexorable vocal performance, followed by standouts such as brutal “1000 Lights” and fast-twitching title-track “Solitary”, proving that HIRAES don’t decelerate for a second.

This massive melodic death metal assault leaves no scope for weakness and serves an exciting take on the genre with hymnlike melodies, enthralling drums and guitar riffing as well as breathtaking hooklines. Topped with the distinctive and versatile performance of Britta Görtz, this powerful new formation and its debut, Solitary, is a must have for fans of bands like InsomniumAt The Gates, Arch Enemy and Amon Amarth.

HIRAES say about the album:
“Our debut album Solitary is the result of the collaboration of five musicians who burn with passion for melodic death metal. With its incredible emotional energy, it will captivate fans of the genre in no time. Hymn-like melodies and catchy riffing meet versatile drumming and the very varied growls of our singer Britta. The result is a unique blend of the best that melodic death metal has to offer. Rounded off by stunning sound, refined at Fascination Street Studios under the direction of Jens Bogren, and strong artwork by Costin Chioreanu, we are really more than satisfied with our first album. We can't wait to finally present Solitary to the metal community on June 25, 2021!”

Order the hard-hitting debut album Solitary NOW!


Solitary Tracklisting:
1. Shadows Break
2. Under Fire
3. Grain Of Sand
4. 1000 Lights
5. Eyes Over Black
6. Outshine
7. Solitary
8. Strangers
9. Running Out Of Time

Solitary will be available in the following formats:
- 1 LP Gatefold SILVER
- 1 LP Gatefold BLACK
- 1 CD Jewel Case
- Digital Album

[1 LP Gatefold SILVER]

HIRAES are:
Britta Görtz - vocals
Lukas Kerk - guitars
Oliver Kirchner - guitars
Christian Wösten - bass
Mathias Blässe - drums

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Shadows Fall Reunion Show Set For 12/18


SHADOWS FALL ANNOUNCE REUNION SHOW

BAND TO TAKE THE STAGE AT THE PALLADIUM IN WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18

UNEARTH, DARKEST HOUR, WITHIN THE RUINS, SWORN ENEMY, + CARNIVORA TO APPEAR

The mighty SHADOWS FALL, who were at the forefront of the New Wave of American Metal scene that dominated the '00s, will reunite to play a one-off show at The Palladium in Worcester in their native Massachusetts. The show is set for Saturday, December 18, 2021.

Unearth, Darkest Hour, Within the Ruins, Sworn Enemy, and Carnivora are also set to appear. Watch the show trailer here.

"As the wise prophet D.L.R. once said, 'I HEARD YA MISSED US, WE'RE BACK,'" says singer Brian Fair. "I couldn't be more excited to be getting back onstage with my brothers in Shadows Fall and there is no room I would rather do it in than The Palladium in Worcester. It has been six years since we last played a show and we are ready to unleash the fury like Yngwie."

He continues, "We have been trying to find a way to jam together and play live for a little while now and the planets have finally aligned, schedules worked out, and with the help of a ton of our good friends, we were able to pull it off. This is the only show we have planned so shine up your dancing shoes, stretch out your neck, crack a brew, and get your ass to Massachusetts!"

Fair finishes, "[Guitarists] Matt [Bachand] and Jon [Donais] started this band 25 years ago and it still amazes me that the music we made allowed us to travel the world, share the stage with legends, and put out a ton of records that I will always be proud of. This show is a way for us to celebrate the music and thank all of the people that supported us through the years and helped us live the dream. I can't wait to rage through songs from our entire catalog with a bunch of metalhead Massholes maniacs! I've said it before and i'll say it again — there ain't no party like a Shadows Fall party."

Fans can expect a sweaty, high energy, full-on metallic throttle from start to finish.

SoundRink VIP tickets go on sale on Wednesday, June 23 at 10am local time. The local pre-sale is set for Thursday, June 24 at 10am with the promo code "WEEEE." The regular on-sale is set for Friday, June 25 at 10am local time.

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6/21/2021

Anette Olzon Announces New Solo Album "STRONG" Coming September 10, 2021 Via Frontiers Music SRL


 ANETTE OLZON ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO ALBUM "STRONG"


COMING SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 VIA FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL

FIRST SINGLE & VIDEO, 'PARASITE' OUT TODAY

Current The Dark Element (and ex-Nightwish) vocalist Anette Olzon is set to release her new solo album, "Strong" via Frontiers Music Srl on September 10, 2021. Today, fans can get their first listen to new music with the release of the single and video for the track 'Parasite'. Watch the video HEREhttps://youtu.be/eEbQWMOPBO0


Pre-order/save "Strong" on CD/LP/Digital HEREhttps://orcd.co/anettestrong

“'Parasite' is a song about those who create disaster in this world with their lies, their schemes, their greed and hate. Hiding their intentions behind a respectable facade,” says Anette Olzon of the albums' first single. “Living in a world of a bit of chaos with a pandemic, crazy politics, violence, social media behavior and people venting their opinions upon others all the time is the foundation behind the idea of the lyrics for the album. Musically, I wanted a much heavier album, yet with strong melodies and took my inspiration from bands I like such as Dimmu Borgir and In Flames,” she continues.

This will be Anette's second solo album, following 2014's "Shine," and offers a harder, faster musical offering compared to the debut. More importantly, "Strong" stakes a claim for Anette’s well-deserved standing as one of the world's top female metal vocalists.
 
The music for "Strong" was written and composed together with acclaimed Swedish guitarist and producer Magnus Karlsson. Together, Anette and Magnus managed to create an outstanding collection of songs which showcase Anette’s enormous vocal range alongside Karlsson’s incendiary riffs. The songs are heavy, but still quite melodic and contemporary in their approach to the genre style. Additionally, "Strong" is mixed by Jacob Hansen (Pretty Maids, Volbeat, The Dark Element, etc.).
 
All in all, “Strong” is an album that masters the borders between heaviness and hookiness, all while showing an artist who doesn't rest on her laurels, but heads boldly into the future.


Tracklist:
1.  Bye Bye Bye
2.  Sick Of You
3.  I Need To Stay
4.  Strong
5.  Parasite
6.  Sad Lullaby
7.  Fantastic Fanatic
8.  Who Can Save Them
9.  Catcher Of My Dreams
10. Hear Them Roar
11. Roll The Dice
 
LINE-UP:
Anette Olzon - Vocals
Magnus Karlsson - Guitars
Anders Köllerfors - Drums
Johan Husgafvel – Bass

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Originally founded in Naples, Italy in 1996 by Serafino Perugino and his father Fernando as a distribution company, Frontiers has developed into one of the premiere independent rock labels in the world. Synonymous with quality music from across a broad spectrum of rock genres, the label has worked with multiple genre heavyweights and fan favorites. Aside from providing a home for classic artists from the '70s and '80s, the label has also become home to a wealth of young, up and coming talent that, with a savvy and forward thinking A&R and marketing approach, will be developed into the future of rock and metal. With a deep commitment to and passion for THE MUSIC and the artists who create it and massive global distribution, sales, marketing, and publicity channels, Frontiers is the premiere home for established and emerging rock artists. Head Office: Naples, IT | U.S. Office: Philadelphia, PA

Halestorm Announce Fall 2021 Headline Tour Dates


HALESTORM ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL FALL 2021 HEADLINE TOUR DATES

BAND ALSO TOURING ARENAS WITH EVANESCENCE THIS FALL

Grammy-winning rock powerhouse HALESTORM have announced a slate of headline tour dates and a handful of rescheduled shows to take place this fall. The band is also touring arenas this November and December on a co-headline run with Evanescence, in addition to appearing at several key festivals. All upcoming Halestorm tour dates are below. Mongolian folk rock sensation The HU appear on several dates, which is particularly exciting since singer/guitarist Lzzy Hale guests on The HU's "Song of Women."

Pre-sale tickets (save for the Nashville and Joliet dates, which are already on sale) will be available tomorrow, Tuesday, June 22 at 10am local time. The regular on-sale is slated for Friday, June 25 at 10am local time. Get tickets here

Halestorm are currently holed up at Rock Falcon Studios, working diligently on their upcoming fifth album (and follow up to 2018's Vicious) with Nick Raskulinecz. The band recently released their rendition of The Who's "Long Live Rock" in conjunction with the documentary of the same name. Hale just completed filming of the inaugural season of Hit Parader's new music competition show NO COVER, appearing as a celebrity judge alongside Alice Cooper, Bishop Briggs, Gavin Rossdale, and Tosin Abasi. Recent Halestorm press highlights include Forbes, Psychology Today, Refinery 29, Alternative Press, Good Day New York, KTLA, and more. 

NEW HALESTORM HEADLINE + FESTIVAL DATES: 
7/30 — York, PA — York State Fair^
8/14 — Council Bluffs, IA — KIWR River Riot^
8/31 — Syracuse, NY — NY State Fair^
9/1 — Buffalo, NY — Art Park@        
9/3 — Kansas City, MO — Azura Amphitheater@
9/4 — Camdenton, MO — Ozarks Amphitheater@
9/5 — Pryor, OK — Rocklahoma^
9/8 — Asheville, NC — Thomas Wolfe Auditorium~
9/9 — Danville, VA — Blue Ridge Rock Festival^
9/11 — Nashville, IN — Brown County Music Center*#
9/12 — Mansfield, OH — Inkcarceration^
11/4 — Boise, ID — Revolution Center%
11/17 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Union&
12/8 — Joliet, IL — Rialto Square Theatre*+
*Rescheduled Date
^Festival/Fair
@With The HU + Cory Marks
~With The HU
#With Crobot
%With Rival Sons + Dorothy
&With Plush
+With Lillith Czar

EVANESCENCE + HALESTORM TOUR DATES:
11/5 — Portland, OR — Veterans Memorial Coliseum
11/7 — Seattle, WA — Climate Pledge Arena
11/9 — San Jose, CA — SAP Center at San Jose
11/12 — Las Vegas, NV — The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas - The Chelsea
11/13 — San Diego, CA — San Diego State University - Viejas Arena
11/15 — Phoenix, AZ — Arizona Federal Theatre
11/20 — Fort Worth, TX — Dickies Arena
12/2 — Duluth, GA — Gas South Arena
12/5 — Saint Louis, MO — Saint Louis University - Chaifetz Arena
12/11 — Detroit, MI — Little Caesars Arena
12/12 — Cincinnati, OH — Heritage Bank Center
12/14 — Pittsburgh, PA — University of Pittsburgh - Petersen Events Center
12/15 — Newark, NJ — Prudential Center
12/17 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
12/18 — Worcester, MA — DCU Center

ABOUT HALESTORM:
Halestorm is comprised of Lzzy Hale [vocals + guitar], Arejay Hale [drums], Joe Hottinger [guitar], and Josh Smith [bass]. Together they have toured extensively clocking a staggering 2,500 live performances to date with a diverse variety of artists including: Eric Church, Joan Jett, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top and Evanescence. Most recently, the band scored a 2019 Grammy nomination for "Best Rock Performance" for their song  "Uncomfortable," marking their second nomination after their 2013 win for "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance." Loudwire named Lzzy their "2018 Rock Artist of the Year," and two years prior, she was named the "Dimebag Darrell Shredder of the Year" at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. Both Halestorm and their 2012 LP The Strange Case of… were certified Gold, further evidencing Halestorm's massively supportive fanbase. Halestorm have also made history with "Love Bites (So Do I)," the hit single from The Strange Case of… which ascended to No. 1 at Active Rock radio in the U.S., making Halestorm the first-ever group with a female vocalist to earn the top spot on the format. The band's latest album Vicious is out now.

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6/14/2021

Superdeep (Review)

Director: Arseny Syuhin
Writers: Samuel Stewart Hunter (English adaptation), Arseny Syuhin
Cast: Milena Radulovic, Sergey Ivanyuk, Nikolay Kovbas, Vadim Demchog, Kirill Kovbas
Year: 2020
Min: 113

Anya (Milena Radulovic), a Russian expert on infectious diseases, is called to help with a deep, underground, and massive Soviet research facility, named Kola Superdeep. She goes in with a team to find out what has happened there, since they haven't heard from the stationed team. What they discover is a deadly and contagious, fungal organism that infects the body and spreads all over it, mutating the host's body into hideous and grotesque forms. And, if it ever got out would ravage the world.

Superdeep is a Russian sci-fi/ horror movie from director, co-writer Arseny Syuhin that is very loosely based on the real life Soviet Kola Superdeep Borehole. This body horror and contingent flick is in English, which should help to please those that hate reading subtitles. The movie is also a monster film and takes in elements from Alien, Aliens, and The Thing. Unfortunately, it never reaches the quality of any those movies.

To its advantage, it is a very good looking movie. The cinematography by Hayk Kirakosyan is gorgeous. Particularly beautiful are the cinematic shots of the snow covered environment outside of Superdeep. The film, overall, has some good production values helping to enhance the visual appeal of the film. 

The acting is decent enough. Though, it is the absolutely gorgeous Milena Radulovic who is given the most to do. As lead character, Anya, she provides us with a strong and likable performance, and, at the very least, we care what happens to her. Unfortunately, the other characters are somewhat thinly written and harder for us to give a flying fuck what occurs to them.

The gore is definitely alright. But, it is the body horror aspect that gives the movie its most horrific visuals. The FX are good, and while it takes an hour and a half for us to see the monster, it does look cool. At least as much as we are able to see of it, hanging a nightmarish appearance to it that pleased this creature lover.

The movie's biggest problem is its pacing. And, at an hour and fifty-three minutes it feels terribly overlong. It stretches the thin plot to its maximum capacity. A simple story in a film like this isn't inherently bad, witness similarly themed flicks. But, when stretched out in the manner that it is here, it does the movie no favors.

There is a really cool concept here. One that even if not the freshest, was enough to keep me intrigued, at least at the start of the film. But, the flick ultimately drags. I kept thinking something exciting would happen, but it never really does. One of the movie's most potentially thrilling scenes, involving Anya and extreme heat, is dragged out so much that it takes away any of the nail-biting power it should have had. The movie simply never takes full advantage of its own premise and doesn't give us the suspense, intensity, action, or horror that this story should have. 

Superdeep is, from a purely technical aspect, competently made. The film has good production values and solid FX. The acting is mostly just OK, though lead Radulovic is quite good. The idea of this infectious and deadly contingent is an interesting one and feels quite relevant to today's world. Unfortunately, it never reaches its full potential. The movie is dragged out and way too long, for its own good. It also lacks any real tension or suspense. Superdeep will begin streaming exclusively on Shudder this Thursday, June, 17, 2021.



6/07/2021

Tomorrow Night: Live Watch & Virtual Panel for Shudder's Premiere of George A. Romero's "The Amusement Park"!



New York, NY – June 7, 2021 – To celebrate the premiere of the George A. Romero’s “lost” and restored film, The Amusement Park, Shudder is hosting a live watch followed by a virtual panel on the film and its place within the pioneering independent filmmaker’s influential body of work.

The screening will be available to Shudder members via the Shudder TV feed in the U.S. and Canada on Tuesday at 8:05pm ET, as well as on demand to Shudder members worldwide. Immediately following at 9pm ET on Shudder TV and on Shudder’s YouTube channel, the panel “Reviving Romero’s The Amusement Park” will feature a conversation between Suzanne Desrocher Romero, founder and president of the George A. Romero Foundation; award-winning horror author and educator Tananarive Due (Horror Noire); author Daniel Kraus, who completed Romero’s posthumous novel, The Living Dead; Fangoria editor-in-chief Phil Nobile Jr.; and Sandra Schulberg, president and executive director of IndieCollect who supervised the film’s 4K restoration. The panel will be moderated by Shudder curator Samuel Zimmerman. Fans are encouraged to join the conversation with @Shudder during the film and panel using the hashtag #TheAmusementPark.

Recently discovered and restored 46 years after its completion, The Amusement Park stars Martin’s Lincoln Maazel as an elderly man who finds himself disoriented and increasingly isolated as the pains, tragedies and humiliations of aging in America are manifested through roller coasters and chaotic crowds. Commissioned by the Lutheran Society, the film is perhaps George A. Romero’s wildest and most imaginative movie, an allegory about the nightmarish realities of growing older, and is an alluring snapshot of the filmmaker’s early artistic capacity and style and would go on to inform his ensuing filmography.

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5/17/2021

Psycho Goreman (Review)

Writer/ Director: Steven Kostanki
Cast: Nita-Josee Hanna, Owen Myre, Matthew Ninaber, Steven Vlahos, Adam Brooks
Year: 2020
Min: 95
 

Two siblings, Mimi (Nita-Josee Hanna) and Luke (Owen Myre), are playing a lively game of CrazyBall. Mimi wins, so Luke, naturally, has to bury himself alive. He doesn't finish digging the hole, though, as he finds an alien gem. Mimi takes it with her. Soon, an evil and destructive alien being, known as the Archduke of Nightmares, from the planet Gigax, rises from the ground. He has been imprisoned on Earth, after an unsuccessful attempt at trying to destroy the universe. He moves into an old, abdonanded factory, killing a group of thieves who live there. The monstrous alien being has incredible strength and powers, including the ability to horribly alter the body of his foes. The next day the siblings find the monster, and he threatens to kill them. But, Mimi has the gem, which mean she has control over him. 

As such gets him to join on all the fun, including dressing up, learning how to play and joining in on crazy ball, and teaching him how to talk in a "cool" manner. She also renames him Psycho Goreman or PG for short. But, in the meantime, Pandora, of the religious zealot (AKA religious assholes), alien race known as the Templars, takes human form and goes to Earth to kill PG. The Templars enslaved PG's people and are the ones who imprisoned him., on Earth. 

Psycho Goreman is a Canadian sci-fi/ horror/ comedy. It's written and directed by Steven (The Void co-director) Kostanki, who comes from cult production company Astron-6 (The Editor, Father's Day, etc.). It definitely has that companies humor style. And, like those movies is filled with homages to other genre flicks. It was originally going to premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival, but alas COVID-19 shot those plans to shit. It did eventually play other festivals and came to the movies and video on demand, early this year. It begins streaming exclusively on Shudder on May 20, 2021.

The best and most simple way to describe this movie is as fun. In fact, from the moment its super cool prologue comes on it sets up what will be an absolute good time to be had. Thanks to Kostanki's writing and directing the movie is wonderfully imaginative. Honestly, if you are sick of derivative, unoriginal dreck then this fucker is for you! It is so fucking funny, that watching it, almost made me spit my coffee out! I love the type of humor that this movie has, for example when Mimi says that "Grandma is in hell forever", I was fucking dying! It simply so much fun that I had a smile on face, if not outright laughing my ass off, throughout its running time. As a matter of fact, I haven't laughed this fucking hard in ages.

In some ways, it plays like a cooler, meaner, gore drenched ET, as the kids "befriend" and hang with PG. It also plays as a tribute to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, including a great homage scene, wherein the kids teach PG to say "Frig off!"! As a matter of fact on top of the ET and T2 influence, it also throws in Power Rangers (especially when comes to the look and feel of the monsters) with the splatter comedy of Dead Alive and Evil Dead 2

It's gore content is bloody and over-the-top. There is a truly a double decapitation that had me jumping for joy. Other splatter highlights include: an exploding and squished heads, face ripping, broken bones, and more. This excellent makeup FX work also comes into play with cool, but at times purposely cheesy, looking monsters and alien beings. One of my favorite creatures in the film, is Alasdair, a formerly normal, human kid, who Mimi likes. But, when he shows no interest Mimi sets PG's powers on him and he turns into a giant, walking brain! I fucking love that! 

The movie is oddly cute, at times, but in a manner that will sicken you make you wanna barf from the saccharin content. But, rather this comes from a natural likability. It even throws in fun moral lessons that one might get from watching 80s cartoons. The movie even has a kick ass heavy metal song at the end. This pretty much seals it as one of the most motherfucking cool movies in recent memory. 

The acting is quite good, with Nita-Josee Hanna being especially awesome as Mimi. Her character is so funny and a total asshole, brat, that, as such, she is one of the most awesome kids in horror in many a moon. Matthew Ninaber does a great job in playing the psychical side of P, while Steven Vlahos does an excellent job providing the monster's voice. Combined they do a great job in bringing him to life. He is a great character and needs to be some future sequels. I hope he becomes the next horror icon!

Holy shit is Psycho Goreman ever a complete and utter blast to watch! The flick is utterly hilarious, that I laughed so hard, that I fucking cried! It is completely gore drenched and manages to play homage to various sci-fi and horror movies, as well allusions to kids shows from years past. The acting is solid, especially from Hanna as Mimi, who is best kid in horror in forever. PG is such fun monster, that he better get some more adventures. The cool and fun looking practical FX are another plus.  This resulting film is one of the best horror comedies since Happy Death Day. As a matter of fact, it is definitely an early contender for one of the best horror movies of 2021!





5/10/2021

Halestorm + Evanescence Announce Fall 2021 Arena Tour!


 Evanescence and Halestorm are returning to the concert stage in the U.S. this fall. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will kick off Friday, November 5th, in Portland, OR, and take the bands to arenas across the country before wrapping up in the Northeast right before the holidays.

General on-sale begins Friday, May 14th at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Limited VIP packages will be available for purchase that include premium seating, access to attend Evanescence's Soundcheck followed by a moderated Q&A with the band, exclusive merchandise items, and more. A May 12th presale exclusively open to top Spotify listeners of both Evanescence and Halestorm will precede the general on-sale.

The tour will bring together two of the top women in rock — Amy Lee and Lzzy Hale — for a truly badass experience night after night. Close friends as well as close collaborators, just last year, Lzzy performed back-up vocals on Evanescence's "Use My Voice," and Amy joined Lzzy on a new version of Halestorm's "Break In." In addition to new music and the biggest hits from both women, the shows will highlight their personal bond and the music that's come of it.

Amy Lee said, "Words can't express how excited we are to go back on tour with our friends and rock out again. We've been building this new music in isolation for over a year and dreaming of what it will be like to finally play it live, and to experience it together with our fans for the first time. We can't wait to see you there!"

Lzzy Hale said of the upcoming tour, "We have all been mourning the loss of live music, and patiently waiting, looking toward an uncertain future. Finally the future looks bright and I can't think of a better way to break the silence than with our dear friends in Evanescence. I can only imagine how it will feel to step on stage again night after night, and reconnect with all of the fans whom I've missed so much. Get ready for intense emotions, loud performances, and a newly exhilarated energy unlike any tour we've experienced in the past. Looking forward to seeing you all!"

This Thursday, May 13th, fans can get a sneak peek of Evanescence playing live during their "Driven to Perform" Cooper Tire livestream concert, which features songs from their recently released Top Rock Album, The Bitter Truth, along with older favorites. Register for the free livestream concert here. And watch Evanescence perform their new single "Better Without You" on The Kelly Clarkson Show today on NBC (check local listings). 

The Bitter Truth debuted in March as the #1 Current Rock and Alternative album in the U.S., and the band will bring audiences a high-octane rock energy to match the album, which The LA Times hailed as their "fiercest songs to date." Consequence of Sound said of The Bitter Truth, "Amy Lee and company triumphantly return … and it's certainly worth the wait," and the shows with Halestorm this winter will further prove it. 

Dates below with more to be announced soon. For the latest ticket and VIP information, please visit here

Grammy-winning Halestorm are currently in Rock Falcon Studios, working diligently on their upcoming fifth album (and follow up to 2018's Vicious) with Nick Raskulinecz. The band recently released their rendition of The Who's "Long Live Rock" in conjunction with the documentary of the same name. Hale just completed filming of the inaugural season of Hit Parader's new music competition show NO COVER, appearing as a celebrity judge alongside Alice Cooper, Bishop Briggs, Gavin Rossdale, and Tosin Abasi. She also hosts A Year in Music for AXS TV; Season 4 premiered last week. The vocalist also appeared on the theme song for the Netflix film Thunder Force along with Corey Taylor, Scott Ian, and more. Recent Halestorm press highlights include Forbes, Psychology Today, Refinery 29, Alternative Press, Good Day New York, KTLA, and more. For additional news, tickets, and VIP package information, visit here.

EVANESCENCE + HALESTORM TOUR DATES:
Fri, Nov 5 - Portland, OR - Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Sun, Nov 7 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena
Tues, Nov 9 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center at San Jose
Fri, Nov 12 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas - The Chelsea
Sat, Nov 13 - San Diego, CA - San Diego State University - Viejas Arena
Mon, Nov 15 - Phoenix, AZ - Arizona Federal Theatre
Sat, Nov 20 - Fort Worth, TX - Dickies Arena
Thu, Dec 2 - Duluth, GA - Infinite Energy Arena
Sun, Dec 5 - Saint Louis, MO - Saint Louis University - Chaifetz Arena
Sat, Dec 11 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
Sun, Dec 12 - Cincinnati, OH - Heritage Bank Center
Tue, Dec 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - University of Pittsburgh - Petersen Events Center
Wed, Dec 15 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Fri, Dec 17 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
Sat, Dec 18 - Worcester, MA - DCU Center


Evanescence Photo Credit: Nick Fancher


ABOUT EVANESCENCE:
Two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning Evanescence has made an impact on people around the world. The group's 2003 landmark debut album Fallen laid the foundation spending 43 weeks on the Billboard Top 10 and selling more than 17 million copies worldwide. Debut single and global hit "Bring Me to Life" reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and marked their first U.K. #1 hit single. The equally popular "My Immortal" peaked at #7 in the U.S. and U.K. Following multiple worldwide tours, The Open Door came next, which went on to sell more than five million copies followed by the self-titled Evanescence, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Charts. Evanescence lead singer-songwriter and pianist Amy Lee, bassist Tim McCord, drummer Will Hunt, lead guitarist Troy McLawhorn, and guitarist and backing vocalist Jen Majura went down both very new and familiar paths for their fourth and most ambitious release to date, Synthesis, in 2017 via BMG. The symphonic effort scored four Billboard #1s, debuting atop the Independent, Alternative, Rock, and Classical Album Charts. Evanescence launched their worldwide "Synthesis Live" tour in October 2017 combining their intense live performances and timeless songwriting with a powerful live orchestra. The Bitter Truth, out now on BMG, is Evanescence's fourth studio album.


Halestorm Photo Credit: Jimmy Fontaine/Atlantic


ABOUT HALESTORM:
Halestorm is comprised of Lzzy Hale [vocals + guitar], Arejay Hale [drums], Joe Hottinger [guitar], and Josh Smith [bass]. Together they have toured extensively clocking a staggering 2,500 live performances to date with a diverse variety of artists including: Eric Church, Joan Jett, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top and Evanescence. Most recently, the band scored a 2019 Grammy nomination for "Best Rock Performance" for their song  "Uncomfortable," marking their second nomination after their 2013 win for "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance." Loudwire named Lzzy their "2018 Rock Artist of the Year," and two years prior, she was named the "Dimebag Darrell Shredder of the Year" at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. Both Halestorm and their 2012 LP The Strange Case of… were certified Gold, further evidencing Halestorm's massively supportive fanbase. Halestorm have also made history with "Love Bites (So Do I)," the hit single from The Strange Case of… which ascended to No. 1 at Active Rock radio in the U.S., making Halestorm the first-ever group with a female vocalist to earn the top spot on the format. The band's latest album Vicious is out now.

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