Alice Cooper, Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Etc. To Judge Upcoming Music Competition Show “No Cover”

Alice Cooper, Bishop Briggs, Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders) will be serving as judges on Hit Parader’s new show “No Cover.” That program will find bands playing original music for a chance to win “a six-figure recording contract with Sumerian Records, booking agency representation from UTA, management from the Shelter Music Group, high-profile festival slot(s) via Danny Wimmer Presents, studio time at Nightbird Recording Studios, new gear from Gibson, brand endorsements, licensing opportunities and more.”

The first season of “No Cover” will be filmed at the Troubadour and The Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, CA and artists that wish to participate can apply via nocovershow.com. However, they will be required to pay a fee that ranges from $99 to $499. The following was said about that:

“The above options are a chance of a lifetime and requires a fee, no different than submitting to SXSW or other music/film competitions. These events take a lot of personnel and resources.”

A press release continued:

“Entries are open to the general public and musicians will submit their original songs, photos and videos for the show’s producers to select from. Once bands are selected, our celebrity judges will grade these artists on three key factors: originality, presence and songcraft.”

All of the judges also commented:

Alice Cooper:

“I can’t wait for ‘No Cover‘. To me, a band really isn’t a band unless they are writing their own material, and if you know anything about me you know that I have a very high standard for not only the songs but also the performance. I’m looking for the band who has it all – the one who can not only write it and play it, but perform it and make me BELIEVE it.”

Bishop Briggs:

“I am beyond excited to be a judge on ‘No Cover‘! Songwriting is such a therapeutic outlet for me to express myself so I cannot wait to dig deep and learn more about each person who gets on that stage.”

Gavin Rossdale:

“I’m thrilled to be part of ‘No Cover‘ – what a talented panel of artists to be collaborating with We’ve seen the shows singing the hits -finally the chance to find a real band with their own sound and their own vision. I hope we catapult some great artists into the spotlight.”

Lzzy Hale:

“I’m beyond excited to join my friends, peers and fellow rockers as a judge for Hit Parader’s music competition TV show ‘No Cover‘. I hope that my passion and experience will help to inspire and encourage these young bands to carve out their own path in this world.”

Tosin Abasi:

“I’m really looking forward to being on this incredible panel of judges. It’s the first time I’ve seen a show like this that actually connects with the music I’m into. This is going to be rad!”

Watch DragonForce, Animals As Leaders, & Polyphia Members Perform “Through The Fire And Flames”

DragonForce guitarist Herman Li and bassist Alicia Vigil recently performed “Through The Fire And Flames“ with Animals As Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi and Polyphia guitarist Tim Henson as part of “RazerCon.” You can see footage of that below:

[via The PRP]

Animals As Leaders, Trivium, All That Remains, Etc. Members Take Part In Jared Dines’ “Djent 2020” Medley

YouTuber/musician Jared Dines has shared a new “Djent 2020” medley. The video, which can be seen below, features: Andrew Baena (Carcosa), Alain Ibrahim (Turbulence), Andrew Tkaczyk (The Ghost Inside, etc.), Berried Alive, Charlie Robbins (Artificial Language, Syncatto), Cole Rolland, Drewsif Stalin, Felix Martin, I Built The Sky, Ichika Nito, Jason Richardson (All That Remains), Joshua Travis (Emmure), Kmac, Manuel Fernandes, Matt Heafy (Trivium), Misha Mansoor (Periphery), Nik Nocturnal, Rabea Massaad (Dorje), Steve Terreberry, and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders).

[via The PRP]

Animals As Leaders Tease New Music

Animals As Leaders have been working on new music as of late. Periphery’s Misha Mansoor has been involved in the sessions and he shared the following teaser:

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New material is fittin to be 🔥

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[via The PRP]

Animals As Leaders Re-Sign With Sumerian Records, Tosin Abasi Revealed As “Air Shredder” For “Bill & Ted Face The Music”

Animals As Leaders have re-signed with Sumerian Records and are currently working on a new album. With this news, the band have also revealed that guitarist Tosin Abasi’s riffs will be featured throughout “Bill & Ted Face The Music” as part of the “air guitar” moments. That film will be released on August 28.

Guitarist Javier Reyes said the following about re-signing with Sumerian Records:

“We are happy to announce that Animals As Leaders has re-signed to Sumerian Records. We have known the folks at Sumerian for years on both a personal and professional level and it honestly feels great to continue our journey together. Sumerian has been an integral part in the growth of Animals As Leaders, even before we ever signed to Sumerian. We look forward to working together with Sumerian for the next few years to continue growing our brands and legacies.”

Abasi continued:

“I’ve seen the birth and ascension of Sumerian Records to one of the most important labels in modern metal and beyond. Animals as Leaders is stoked to be continuing our journey with them.”

Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen also commented:

“I have known Tosin and Javier longer than anyone else in the music business. We came up together as kids in DC figuring it out with the most DIY, take no prisoners approach we could. They have both played big parts in my life and career. I can honestly say my path could have ended up very differently had I not become so close with them when we were rookies.

I am honored to continue our relationship on an artist/label level and couldn’t be more proud to have Animals As Leaders on the Sumerian roster. They are one of the most influential groups of our generation in this world of music. As for Matt G, he is a true G. As for his alter ego Dirty D, I am not at liberty to comment.”

As for the “Bill & Ted” news, Abasi added:

“I’m thrilled to be part of the ‘Bill & Ted’ universe. Most excellent!”

Jonathan Leahy, music supervisor for “Bill & Ted Face The Music,” also issued a statement:

“Getting the right guitarist to handle Bill and Ted’s air-shredding was one of my top priorities from the very beginning. The director asked me, ‘What does shredding sound like in 2020?’ and my answer was, ‘It sounds like Tosin Abasi.’ Tosin’s virtuosity is mind-blowing and he leads the vanguard of modern players who push the limits of what’s capable on electric guitar. Everything about his approach, from the compositions to the techniques to the physical instrument itself, seems like it arrived via time machine from the future.”

“Bill & Ted Face The Music” director Dean Parisot added:

“When Jonathan Leahy suggested Tosin Abasi for ‘Bill & Ted’, I have to admit my first response was, ‘Are you kidding? Absolutely! But will he even do it?’ Miraculously, he did, and as expected, he blew us all away! Absolutely brilliant virtuosity and musicianship, an artist of the highest caliber, and a very nice man. I still can’t believe he did it. So so grateful he did.”

Notably, Animals As Leaders will also appear on the “Bill & Ted Face The Music” soundtrack as guests on a new Wyld Stallions song.

Lamb Of God, Mastodon, Animals As Leaders, Etc. To Be Featured On “Bill & Ted Face The Music” Soundtrack

The track listing has been revealed for the soundtrack to the latest installment in the “Bill & Ted” series, “Bill & Ted Face The Music.” The effort will be released alongside the movie on August 28 and it will feature Lamb Of God, Mastodon, Animals As Leaders, and more.

Track Listing:

01. Big Black Delta – “Lost In Time”
02. Alec Wigdahl – “Big Red Balloon”
03. Weezer – “Beginning Of The End” (Wyld Stallyns Edit)
04. Cold War Kids – “Story Of Our Lives”
05. Mastodon – “Rufus Lives”
06. Big Black Delta – “Circuits Of Time”
07. POORSTACY – “Darkest Night”
08. Lamb Of God – “The Death Of Us”
09. FIDLAR – “Breaker”
10. Culture Wars – “Leave Me Alone”
11. Blame My Youth – “Right Where You Belong”
12. Wyld Stallions – “Face The Music” (feat. Animals As Leaders and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah)
13. Wyld Stallions – “That Which Binds Us Through Time: The Chemical, Physical And Biological Nature of Love; an Exploration of The Meaning of Meaning, Part 1”

The first single, Weezer’s “Beginning Of The End” (Wyld Stallyns Edit), can be found below:

Animals As Leaders Announce Livestream Concert

Animals As Leaders have announced a special virtual concert. The show will stream live via Sumerian Records‘ Facebook and YouTube accounts on July 9 at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT.

Dance Gavin Dance, Animals As Leaders, Issues, Etc. Tour Postponed To 2021

Dance Gavin Dance have postponed their tour with Animals As Leaders, Issues, Veil Of Maya, and Wolf & Bear once again. The trek is now set to take place in spring 2021.

Tour Dates:

03/11 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
03/12 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
03/13 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
03/15 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
03/17 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
03/18 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
03/19 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
03/22 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
03/23 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
03/25 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
03/26 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
03/27 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/28 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/30 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
03/31 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
04/01 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
04/02 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
04/03 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
04/04 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
04/06 Toronto, ON – Rebel
04/07 Columbus, OH – Express Live!
04/08 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
04/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
04/10 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
04/12 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Ballroom
04/13 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
04/14 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
04/16 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre
04/17 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
04/19 Salt Lake City, UT – Union Event Center
04/21 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
04/22 Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
04/24 Sacramento, CA – Papa Murphy’s Park (‘Swanfest‘)

Dance Gavin Dance commented:

“It may come as no surprise, but we unfortunately need to postpone The Afterburner Tour and Swanfest until spring 2021. Current tickets will be valid for the newly announced dates. If you have further questions about your tickets please contact the original point of purchase.

We are looking forward to seeing you next year! In the meantime, stay safe, and keep your eyes open for any DGD related activity.”

Watch First Trailer For “Paradise City” TV Series

A trailer for the first season of “Paradise City” has been released online. The show, which is a spin-off of the 2017 film “American Satan,” features: Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria), BooBoo Stewart, Bella Thorne, the late Cameron Boyce, Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Sirens), Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God), Juliet Simms, Sid Wilson (Slipknot), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.), Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders), Jose Mangin, and more. Here’s an official synopsis:

“The lives of a rock star with ties to the occult and a young rookie kid who idolizes him collide through their broken homes built by the music business.”