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My Ransomed Soul discussed with us about themselves and their debut efforts not that long ago. Since then, they have released more works, played shows, toured and continue to do this never ending cycle of creating music. Thus they are upon their latest efforts to date called "Trilateral". In which frontman vocalist Brendan Frey talks of it and the plans for them in the future.


1. Introduce yourself; tell me what you do in My Ransomed Soul.

Brendan: My name is Brendan Frey and I am the vocalist and lyricist for the band.

2. What's the story behind "Monarch" and why was it chosen as a single and video?

Brendan: “Monarch” was written about the over reach of government control into the lives of individuals. I believe that this is a growing problem not only internationally, but in the United States as well. It's far too easy to develop a blind sense of patriotism. There is nothing wrong with having pride in your nation or culture, but there is no excuse for ignoring the corruption that exists within the powers that be. The song is prompting listeners to take a look at the current system with a skeptical eye and to ask tough questions. If there is anything I want to do with my lyrics is to get people to really think. We chose "Monarch" as our single because we felt it embodied the overall feeling of "Trilateral".

3. What's your favorite song on the album right now?

Brendan: It would most likely be a toss-up between “Monarch” and “Mockingbird”. In my opinion these songs are two of the most aggressive tracks on the album.

4. What's your take on "Trilateral" as a whole?

Brendan: The album really reflects a lot of my own personal views about politics, human nature, and spirituality. These are topics that I am extremely passionate about. Musically the album is very aggressive and straight forward. I believe it has a feeling of raw energy while maintaining a polished sound.

5. Is it important for you to paint visual pictures with the songs?

Brendan: To an extent, yes. I want to get people thinking with every song. It's not so much a visual depiction but more of a push for people to think about tough topics.

6. What would be the cinematic equivalent of "Trilateral"?

Brendan: I really can’t think of a cinematic equivalent. I feel like some of the music would fit great in a politically themed movie.

7. How has the band’s sound evolved from "Falsehoods" to "Trilateral"?

Brendan: I think we really focused a lot more on song structure this time around. "Falsehoods" was like the foundation for us finding our sound while "Trilateral" was an opportunity for us to solidify our ideas. "Trilateral" has a much more aggressive and passionate vibe overall. We also were album to resume working with our producer Chris Galvez. I think having a chance to work with him again made for a much more naturally experience since we already had developed a working relationship during "Falsehoods".

 8. Was your songwriting and recording process any different than usual for this CD?

Brendan: We spent a lot more time writing the songs on this album than we did on previous albums. When we recorded "Falsehoods" we only had two months in order to meet label deadlines. Since this was a completely independent project we had more time to just focus on being creative. Our producer Chris Galvez also was a lot more hands on this time around. He was really instrumental in helping us perfect the sound we were looking to acquire.

As far as the recording process, we actually recorded the whole album in my basement. Chris brought his mobile recording setup to my home and turned my basement into a studio. We recorded day and night for about two weeks. After we finished tracking and editing we sent the recording sessions to Brian Hood at 456 Recordings for reamping, mixing, and mastering.

9. Did you get the album you wanted? Is everything on there or were there some things that were just impossible to pull off?

Brendan: We are actually extremely happy with the outcome of the album. We ended up cutting a few songs in the end but we are happy with the material that actually made it to the album.

10. Is there any story or concept behind the title "Trilateral"?

Brendan: “Trilateral” is related to ancient symbolism, secret societies, and its connection to ruling powers throughout history.  If anyone does a little bit of research on the term they can get a general idea of the concept behind it.

11. Is it a concept album?

Brendan: Trilateral is not a concept album, but instead covers a wide variety of topics including politics, human nature, and spirituality.

12. What are your expectations for the CD?

Brendan: We consider this to be our best material to date and would really like to be able to share it with as many people as possible.  We expect to reach a larger and more diverse audience with this release.

13. What are your upcoming show and tour plans?

Brendan: We are actually doing a short weekend tour with In Dying Arms in February and various other shows booked from now through April.

14. Anything else you’d like to say or promote?


Brendan: It’s not easy self-releasing an album and we really put a lot of time and effort into this release. Any support, even in the smallest way, can be extremely helpful.  Please make sure to pre-order the new album at myransomedsoul.bandcamp.com.
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Lord Dying have released a video for the song "Poisoned Altars". Check it out HERE.
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Hirax has released a new video for the song "Hellion Rising". HIRAX vocalist Katon W. De Pena comments on the making of their new music video for "Hellion Rising" from the album Immortal Legacy:

 "The new HIRAX video "Hellion Rising" is a visual thrash metal experience. We filmed on location in the historic Battery Bunkers built in 1942 hidden in the hills of San Pedro, California.  This is our second video directed and produced by Donovan Vim Crony. The scenery is the perfect backdrop for HIRAX's brand of intense thrash metal.  No green scenes, fake production or props were used in the making of this high definition video / film. The release will coincide with the announcement of our upcoming European tour / concert dates 2015.  We are very excited to hit the road again and play our music for all the die hard, European, thrash metal maniacs!"

Check it out HERE.
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The 2015 ‪Take Action Tour‬ presented by Sub City will feature Memphis May Fire, Crown The Empire, Dance Gavin Dance & Palisades. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit our friends LIVING THE DREAM Foundation! VIP tickets are available now and general on sale is this Friday! Find out more and hear a special message from Matty of Memphis May Fire at www.takeactiontour.com! Check out the list of dates below.

TOUR DATES:

Mar 10 Expo Five Louisville, KY
Mar 11 Cone Denim Greensboro, NC
Mar 13 Underbelly Jacksonville, FL
Mar 14 Polish American Club Vero Beach, FL
Mar 15 Sidebar Theater Tallahassee, FL
Mar 16 New Daisy Theatre Memphis, TN
Mar 19 House of Rock Corpus Christi, TX
Mar 22 Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, OK
Mar 24 Jake’s Sports Cafe Lubbock, TX
Mar 25 Tricky Falls El Paso, TX
Mar 27 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
Mar 28 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
Mar 29 Ventura Theater Ventura, CA
Mar 31 Strummer's Fresno, CA
Apr 01 B-Ryder’s Bakersfield, CA
Apr 02 Senator Theatre Chico, CA
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The Vans Warped Tour returns for the summer with a TON of acts to be a part of it! Check out the list of acts HERE and the dates below.

TOUR DATES:

JUNE 19 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
JUNE 20 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
JUNE 21 Ventura, CA Seaside Park - Ventura County Fairgrounds
JUNE 23 Mesa, AZ Quail Run Park
JUNE 24 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
JUNE 25 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheater
JUNE 26 Houston, TX Reliant Park - Main Street Lot
JUNE 27 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
JUNE 28 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
JULY 01 Nashville, TN Tennessee State Fairgrounds
JULY 02 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
JULY 03 St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park
JULY 04 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
JULY 05 Orlando, FL Tinker Field
JULY 07 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
JULY 08 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live
JULY 09 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
JULY 10 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
JULY 11 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
JULY 12 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
JULY 14 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
JULY 15 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC
JULY 16 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
JULY 17 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
JULY 18 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
JULY 19 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
JULY 21 Scranton, PA The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
JULY 23 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
JULY 24 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
JULY 25 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
JULY 26 Shakopee, MN Canterbury Park
JULY 27 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
JULY 28 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
JULY 29 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
JULY 30 Bonner Springs, KS Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
AUGUST 01 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State fairpark
AUGUST 02 Denver, CO The Pepsi Center
AUGUST 05 San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium
AUGUST 07 Portland, OR Portland Expo Center
AUGUST 08 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater
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Casket Creatures have released their new video for "Get Killed, Motherfucker!" It was shot and directed by Luke Godfrey from the Chambers of Horror. The band says "We cannot thank him and his crew enough for all their hard work involved with this project and going the extra mile. We are grateful to call them friends! We also have to thank our cast for putting up with us outside in the cold for hours as well! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!" Check it out HERE.
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The Ghost Inside will be heading out on their own headlining tour called the "Out of Control" tour. Joining them will be The Acacia Strain, Gideon, and In Hearts Wake. Check out the list of dates below.

TOUR DATES:

3/13 - Fresno, CA - Strummers
3/14 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
3/15 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
3/17 - Murray, UT - Murray Theater
3/18 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
3/19 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada
3/20 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly's
3/21 - Palatine, IL - Durty Nellie's
3/23 - Lansing, MI - The Loft
3/24 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe at Old National Centre
3/25 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five
3/26 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Altar Bar
3/27 - Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room
3/28 - Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon
3/29 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
3/30 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met
4/01 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
4/02 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
4/03 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
4/04 - Jacksonville, FL - Southeast Beast
4/06 - Corpus Christi, TX - House of Rock
4/07 - Odessa, TX - Far West Event Center
4/09 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
4/10 - Mesa, AZ - Nile Theater
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After their last release "The Gift Of Life" (2013) and a tour which led them through all Europe, USA, South Africa and Russia, the Dreamshade boys are now back with a new and powerful single entitled “Dreamers Don’t Sleep” and a new tour!

The track, produced by Dreamshade & Jacob Hansen, will be digitally released worldwide on March 2nd 2015 through Japan's Zestone Records and it will be presented with a new video directed by Andrea Todaro.

Fernando (Guitars, Vocals, Songwriting) comments: “Dreamers Don’t Sleep will give you a little taste of the new sound we are currently experimenting in the studio and it represents for us a bridge between “The Gift Of Life” and what our new chapter will be like."

Kevin (Vocals) comments:  "We always want and love to add new elements to our sound:  This single is very positive and energetic. We want to dedicate it to all the "Dreamers" who are supporting us everyday.

Dreamers Don’t Sleep is an invite to never give up on your dreams and to stop having fear of what you may not accomplish, because you could seriously regret it one day. Dreaming is what makes us alive and real, it's a very personal experience. Each of us is a Dreamer is his/her own way and has fantasies, ideas and thoughts which are stuck in our hearts and minds. We are shaping our Future everyday: it's about choices, big or small, we all make along the way."

TOUR DATES:

16.03.2015 GER Wiesbaden @ Schlachthof w/Tenside | EUROPEAN TOUR
17.03.2015 GER Köln @ Underground w/Tenside | EUROPEAN TOUR
18.03.2015 GER München @ Backstage w/Tenside | EUROPEAN TOUR
19.03.2015 AUT Wien @ Arena w/Tenside | EUROPEAN TOUR
20.03.2015 CZ Praha @ Modrá Vopice  w/Tenside | EUROPEAN TOUR
21.03.2015 GER Berlin @ K17 The Club w/Tenside | EUROPEAN TOUR
22.03.2015 GER Hamburg @ Hafenklang w/Tenside | EUROPEAN TOUR
04.04.2015 CH Basel @ Sommercasino | SWISS TOUR
18.04.2015 CH Lugano @ Studio Foce w/Anewrage | SWISS TOUR
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Halestorm have released a new video for the song "Apocalyptic". Check it out HERE.
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In the music scene no matter the music genre at hand, artists and bands come and go in the every changing world of evolving music. In the case of metal and it's scene of go getters like Antagonist, who have been around for quite sometime as it is. Have been doing their thing for a while now and have most recently been writing and recording for a Self-Titled EP release out soon. Plans to follow of course with shows and perhaps touring as well. Frontman vocalist/guitarist Carlos Garcia and drummer Orlando Garcia or "Lond" discusses the band's past, present, and future.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Lond: We started in my garage in Whittier, CA early November 1998, Carlos had been jamming with Marcus Hill (bass) and David Zamora (guitar) so when I came in the picture the original line up was solidified. Shortly after David was no longer in the band and it wouldn't be until late 2002 we would fill the 2nd guitar slot with Matt Lopez, not long after Marcus was replaced by Paul Salem, we recorded 2 albums together and in 2009 Roland Leonard and Nick Reyes joined us on guitar and bass, respectively.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Lond: Our original guitarist David suggested the name, it was one of his vocabulary words for English class, we dug it, sounded punk, sounded metal, it just sounded perfect.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Lond: We are based out of Whittier, CA east of downtown Los Angeles, when we started in '98 there was no local scene we knew of, eventually enough bands came around and we had a strong scene in Whittier during the peak of Skateland a local skating rink that would host local bands, they tore it down sometime around 2004 or 2005, after that we never had a solid venue (Red Cross, Moose Lodge, Studio Danza, Green Tuetle, Fenix 5-4 RIP) but plenty of amazing bands are from the area: Exmortus, Infinite Death, Plague Vendor, Unscarred, Zombie Eating Horse just to name a few.

4. How would you describe your style?

Lond: We have always been a metal based band, that's what brought us together, Carlos and I have lots of roots in punk and hardcore, so naturally we are directly influenced by both styles, we've been called "Metalcore" but I would say hardcore influenced metal is more accurate.

5. Who are your musical influences?

Carlos: Anything before the year 2002, seriously.  I grew up with all types of music playing in my house, from traditional Mexican to early 90s alternative to gangsta rap, and then discovered punk rock and metal with the help of some older neighborhood kids when I was like, 9 and 10 years old. You can't limit yourself.  But at the same time, there is tons of music out there that is pure shit.

6. What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Carlos: They've always been about social issues, social injustice, racism, questioning our leadership, calling out institutions like law enforcement, politicians, Christianity, religion in general.  Of course there are a lot of personal themes, inner turmoil, personal demons, stuff like that.  Especially on the new EP, we've really focused on the social aspect.  There's still some really personal stuff in there, I'm actually calling myself out a lot, being as blatantly honest about myself and the stuff I struggle with daily.  But the social aspect is what we're focused on the most.

7. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)

Carlos We've always been an original band, since day one we've been writing our own songs, and even now we're already writing new music (besides the EP we just finished).  The process is different every time around, but usually Roland and I will come up with some riffs or a sort of skeleton of the song, bring it into the rehearsal space and just jam it out with the others.  Lond and Nick throw in their suggestions, we tweak the songs, continue playing them and they just naturally evolve.  We'll try them out live before we've recorded them, and they get tweaked even more after that.  

8. Why are you no longer signed with Prosthetic Records? Are you in search of a new label or will you be taking the DIY approach?

Carlos: I'm actually not exactly sure why. We got dropped but I think it was due to our inactivity after our last release "World in Decline".  We were still booking tours on our own, and we just weren't making enough money to live and pay bills so we had to come home, get full time jobs.  And of course once that happened, we couldn't really tour anymore.  It happens, some bands could make a living off this life, a majority can't.  But we still love writing and playing music and we'll continue doing it until we can't anymore.  Whether it's DIY or if another label wants to put out the new EP, we haven't really decided yet. We definitely wouldn't be opposed to a label helping us release it, though.
9. What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?

Carlos: Well, we could only hope they dig us or are interested in us.  We've always been pretty selfish in the sense that we write music for ourselves and we just hope other people dig it, too.  Not to be too big headed, but I think we've always been a solid band.  We're hard workers and we never take anything for granted.  If you offer us a show, we'll probably play it.  We just love playing music, getting up on stage and giving it our all every time, whether it's in front of 10 people or 1000 people. We wouldn't still be a band after 16 years if we didn't love doing it.  We're like roaches, we'll never go away!  And I think we've always been really honest, we're just music fans that got lucky enough to play music ourselves.  We've made tons of friends with fans, promoters, people in the scene just because we've always been no bullshit. I think that mutual respect is so important and has really helped us throughout the years.

10. How would you say the mixing and studio time went for this EP?

Carlos: We decided to record our new EP with an old friend of ours, Rollie Ulug.  He did our "Samsara" EP and "An Envy of Innocence" album years ago, and we always had a great time recording with him.  When we decided we were going in a new direction with the music, he was the first person that came to mind.  We wanted to really strip everything down, much shorter songs, less melody and more riffing, simpler songs in terms of structure.  Basically, we wanted to take it back to our punk rock/hardcore roots.  We wanted it to be really fast and aggressive and in your face, and Rollie is a guy who really gets that.  So when we got in the studio and he heard the songs for the first time, he was immediately as stoked as we were to record.  This time we spent a bit more time on tracking vocals, which is something we've never done before.  As far as mixing, we trusted Rollie to make it sound rad.  He sent us various mixes over a few weeks, we'd send him notes and he'd tweak the mix according to that.  After about 3 mixes, it was done, and now we just want to put it out there!

11. It's been five years since the release of "World in Decline". Why such a long time period between releases?

Carlos: Like I said before, we were a bit inactive after we released World in Decline.  We did a long tour with Wretched and Diskreet, and we came home and realized we weren't making ends meet. And we were burnt out, which doesn't help.  So we've been home, working our jobs, one of us had a baby.  I went back to school, and that program took about 2 years.  We were still playing shows, writing a little bit.  But finally around a year or so ago, we buckled down and started coming up with ideas, then the writing came, and now we have the EP.  I hate to keep bringing it up, but after being in a band for 16 years, sometimes the spark isn't always super bright.  We did our own things for a while, but the spark really came back and we're really proud of the music that's come from it.

12. How would you say the new EP compares to your previous records?

Carlos: We really stripped things down a bit.  Took away the melodic side and just wrote a lot of riffs.  Again, we were trying to keep it simple and go back to our roots.  We didn't have to try so hard to make it pissed off, there's enough going on in the world and in our communities.  So lyrically, the songs pretty much wrote themselves.  If you've followed us for a while, you'll definitely be able to tell the difference.

13. Can you say how many songs will be on it?

Lond: 6 songs total.

14. Are there any surprises or any collaborations on the EP?

Lond: I think the whole EP is a surprise to all our friends and followers that have stuck by us over the last few years since we've done anything relevant, we actually have my good friend and Zombie Eating Horse band mate on a guest vocal spot and our buddy Rollie who produced the EP rips a chaotic little piece of shred on a track also, I'm stoked on it.

15. What will this EP be called and will there be a concept to go with it or is there a concept to deal with it's title?

Carlos: The EP is self-titled, "Antagonist".  We tried to stay away from the self-titled thing before, but I think this time around it's very fitting thematically.  And actually, there is a loose concept to the EP.  Basically, when I first started coming up with rough ideas about what I wanted the EP to be about, I thought of the idea of a man writing various journal entries about things in his life that led him to where he is now.  At the end of it, you realize he's been institutionalized and he's writing these entries in his cell, room, whatever you want to call it.  Then I realized that's pretty much the plot to "Catcher in the Rye," hahaha.  Which makes sense, it's one of my favorite books.  I even threw in a JD Salinger quote or two in there, haha.  So I went that route, started writing about issues that really affect me, that make me livid, but also issues that we as a band feel are important.  And there are some personal demons I talk about in there, too.  So, it's not a "proper" concept album, but it's the closest we've gotten so far.

16. Could you describe the EP's artwork and who designed it?

Lond: We have yet to touch on artwork, we have a few ideas and a few people in mind to help us, create what it may be but nothing official at this moment.

17. Have you been road testing any of the new material? If so, how have audiences reacted to the new material?

Lond: Definitely, after 5 years without any new material, we took the songs to the stage almost immediately. At our most recent show we played the whole EP front to back and it was one of the best reactions we've had in a really long time, especially for our new material, the songs are meant for a live setting, lots of energy and aggression.

18. When can we expect the new EP to be released?

Carlos: We're not exactly sure when we're going to put it out.  We have a few things to handle first, and then we'll probably put a song online.  We haven't decided whether to release it ourselves or to have a label put it out, so we'll see what happens.  Either way, we hope to post a track within the next month.  We'll keep everyone posted on social media (facebook, twitter, instagram).

19. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Carlos: We're just going to continue to play shows as often as possible, get all our ducks in a row for the release of the new EP, and we'll see what happens. We're already writing new songs, so the writing will continue as well.  It's been a while but we want to get the ball rolling again, and I think we still have a lot left in the tank.

20. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Anywhere heavy metal albums are sold should have Antagonist in stock (i.e. iTunes, Google play, Pandora). Make sure to follow us on social media (facebook.com/antagonistmetal, instagram.com/antagonistmetal, twitter.com/antagonistmetal), where we'll be updating frequently about the release of our upcoming EP!
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Mass Hyponsis has released a new video for the song "Codex Alimentarius". Check it out HERE.
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The Agonist has released a new video for "My Witness, Your Victim". Check it out HERE.
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