Norma Jean, ERRA, Silent Planet, Etc. Added To August Burns Red’s “Christmas Burns Red” Shows

August Burns Red have revealed the artists that will be joining them at this year’s “Christmas Burns Red” shows. Here’s the dates and lineups:

12/16 Lancaster, PA – Freedom Hall (feat. August Burns Red, Norma Jean, Silent Planet, Phinehas, Becoming The Archetype, and Earth Groans)
12/17 Lancaster, PA – Freedom Hall (feat. August Burns Red, ERRA, Shadow Of Intent, Brand Of Sacrifice, Invent Animate, and Convictions)

Left To Suffer, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Etc. Drop Off Kentucky Irate Fest

More bands have decided to pull out of the upcoming Kentucky Irate Fest. Among them are: Left To Suffer, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Kaonashi, Born A New, Downswing, Boundaries, Summoning The Lich, Kingz & Thieves, The Behest Of Serpents, The Delirium Effect, Inferious, Fight From Within, and more. This news comes after Isolator, Artica, Belushi Speed Ball, Wake Up In Tsunami, etc. previously dropped off the event.

The cancellations came about due to buy-on practices, ticket selling quotas, and more. On top of that, Until The Dead Walk were also dropped from the festival and their tour with Filth after vocalist Ren Young was accused of rape by Sero\\tonin vocalist Melissa George. Young was reportedly an investor in the festival, so the troubling allegations are playing a role in the departures as well.

Several bands issued statements:

Left To Suffer:

“In light of recent events we feel like it’s in our best interest to back out of Kentucky Irate Fest. We are sorry to anyone who planned on coming out to see us. We promise we will be back and can’t wait to be back on the road this coming fall. Love you all ❤️”

The Last Ten Seconds Of Life:

“We will not be performing at Kentucky Irate Festival on 8/26 We will still be announcing the new line up next weekend”

Born A New:

“it’s time. we hate to do it, but unfortunately due to recent events and how it’s all unfolded over this past week, we’ve made the decision to also respectfully back out of Kentucky Irate Fest. we did everything within our control to try and make a born a new set happen, but this is for our best interest. we are deeply sorry to all who planned on hanging with us and catching our set. we promise to make it up to y’all, we will be back Louisville. we love y’all 💙”

Downswing:

“We will no longer be performing at Kentucky Irate Fest. Unfortunately this means we will have to cancel our surrounding tour dates as well due to logistical issues. We are so incredibly sorry to anyone that was looking forward to seeing us and to all of the bands/promoters playing or putting on the shows we had booked around this festival. We’re extremely disappointed and angered by the events we have learned about this past week. It’s a shame that something like a heavy music fest meant to unite a scene has done the complete opposite”

The Kentucky Irate Fest is currently scheduled to go on as planned at The MG Prime Entertainment Complex in Louisville, KY on August 26-28. Organizers issued the following statement:

“A lot of misinformation is out there about our festival. Below is a list of CONFIRMED bands to still be performing at Irate Festival (the agents and managers have confirmed their involvement still with our festival). Yes, our venue is behind a Marathon gas station, it is a 2 acre lot that has plenty of room for stages. Yes, we have stages and a full sound team. Yes, we have a high end backline being provided. Yes, we have the same food trucks. YES, our festival is still happening. New set times will be released in the coming days. Sorry for all the drama and issues surrounding our festival, but we promise you it will still be an amazing event!

Friday:

Slaughter to Prevail
Impending Doom
The Browning
Jason Paige
Entheos
Dead/Awake
Alukah
Reminitions
Snake Father
3DR
Yosemite in Black
Detest the Throne
Fathom

Saturday:

Rivers of Nihil
Oceano
Traitors
Bury your dead
Rose Funeral
Visceral Disgorge
In Dying Arms
Convictions
Falsifier
Filth

Sunday:

Norma Jean
Madball
Cane Hill
Evergreen Terrace
Tallah
VCTMS
The Convalescence
BodyBox
Heartsick
Weeping Wound
Yung Mosh
Actus Reus”

[via The PRP]

Norma Jean Premiere “A Killing Word” Video

Norma Jean have premiered a new video for their new song “A Killing Word.” This track is from the band’s new album “Deathrattle Sing For Me,” which will officially be released tomorrow (August 12).

Vocalist Cory Brandan commented:

“Failure can lead to being done. Old school vibes. The ending of this song is a riff I wrote in 2009. Nothing about it is different from when it was written. I tried to use it on many songs since then but it never seemed to work. The main thing I found was that It was less about the riff and more about the double kick part under it. We felt like it was time to pull it out of the vault along with some other ideas. This song has a fairly basic song structure at its core and the bridge was left open until we hit the studio. We just let Jeremy go nuts. He added modular synths and other sounds. – There might be 20 different versions of various parts throughout this track and they’re all completely different songs dating back to 2008-09. So, to me this one is meant for fans of NJ, new and old. We weren’t trying to reinvent the wheel or anything. Just wanted to write a rad song.”

Norma Jean Announce September Shows With Islander

Norma Jean have announced some September shows with Islander. Here’s the dates:

09/09 Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans
09/10 Virginia Beach, VA – Scandals Live
09/11 Columbia, SC – Brookland Tavern
09/13 Memphis, TN – Growlers
09/21 Little Rock, AR – Revolution Room
09/22 New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall

Norma Jean Premiere “Sleep Explosion” Video

Norma Jean have premiered a new video for their new song “Sleep Explosion.” This track will appear on the band’s new album “Deathrattle Sing For Me,” which is set to be released on August 12.

Vocalist Cory Brandan commented:

“Destruction is a variant of completion. We were nearing the end of a tour in January 2022, after a series of house shows. It was a couple of months before we started writing ‘Deathrattle Sing For Me‘ when I first heard the demo for this song. [Guitarist] Grayson [Stewart] texted it to me.

I looked at my phone and saw the mock title ‘Valentine’s Day Ass Beater.’ Immediately, I put on headphones and listened. Why hadn’t I heard this yet? It just got me so excited to start writing.

We were staying with a friend that night and I opted to sleep in the van so I could listen to this song over and over. I pretty much wrote all the vocals for it that night and not much of it changed.

I think sometimes we might think that we’ve spent so much time on something that we have to continue on the same path. Behind the music, I believe that changing your mind is freeing and we should be prepared and excited to do it anytime we want.

Changing my mind is one of my favorite super powers. 24 hours and a new beginning!”

More Bands Added To 2022 Kentucky Irate Fest

More bands have been added to this year’s Kentucky Irate Fest. The event will take place at the MG Prime Entertainment Complex in Louisville, KY on August 26-28 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

August 26: Slaughter To Prevail, Impending Doom, The Browning, Jason Paige/Belushi Speed Ball, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Sea Of Treachery, Entheos, Earth Caller feat. Misstiq, Dead/Awake, Summoning The Lich, Alukah, Savage Existence, In Gloom, Snake Father, Tactosa, Yosemite In Black, Gallifrey Falls, Reminitions, The Behest Of Serpents, Sero//tonin, WhatDrivesTheWeak, Wretched Idol, Fathom, Kings And Thieves, Eulogy In Blood, and Grave Friends.

August 27: Rivers Of Nihil, Oceano, Traitors, Bury Your Dead, Rose Funeral, Kaonashi, In Dying Arms, VCTMS, Convictions, Worm Shepherd, Filth, Scumfuck, Falsifier, Born A New, Until The Dead Walk, Autumn Lies Buried, Peelingflesh, Snuffed On Sight, Waste, My Own Will, Mutilation Barbecue, Cell, Divisive, Of The Fallen, Hollow Valley, Wake Up In Tsunami, and Cohen.

August 28: Norma Jean, Madball, Cane Hill, Palisdades, Evergreen Terrace, Boundaries, Tallah, Enox, Rvnt, Weeping Wound, The Convalescence, Guerrila Warfare, Bodybox, Downswing, Somewhere To Call Home, Yung Mosh, Inferious, Pieced Up, Foxbat, Isolator, Fight From Within, Actus Reus, A Rumor Of War, The Delirium Effect, The Earth Laid Bare, Artica, Wave Painter, and 3DR.

Norma Jean Premiere New Song “Spearmint Revolt”

Norma Jean have premiered a new song titled “Spearmint Revolt.” This track is from the band’s new album “Deathrattle Sing For Me,” which will be released on August 12.

Vocalist Cory Brandan commented:

“There is no editing stage. Every edit is a new creation, and some songs write themselves. This song was thrown out, retrieved, reworked, and thrown out again a few times. After almost abandoning it completely, it wasn’t the song that needed to change — but our view of what kind of song it truly was.”

There is a lot of [guitarist] Grayson [Stewart] on this album, and I’ve never seen him more determined to make a statement than with what he writes than with this track. This song ended up coining a new common phrase in the Norma Jean camp: ‘It had to be off the album before it could be on it.’ Abandoning this song forced us to make it work in a much more desperate way.

The title and chorus lyrics are a tribute to the ’90s music we grew up with and how some bands would make some of their heaviest songs and name them something that forces you to view it differently. It seemed fitting for what this song went through, and it ended up naming the album: ‘Deathrattle Sing For Me‘.”

Guitarist Grayson Stewart added:

“I wanted this song to be an example of how much ground Norma Jean can cover within a single song — while still making it sound cohesive.”

Norma Jean Seek Extras For Music Video Shoot In Atlanta, GA, Announce August Dates

On July 8, Norma Jean will be filming a music video for one of the songs off their new album “Deathrattle Sing For Me” (out August 12) in Atlanta, GA. Notably, the group are inviting fans to star as extras in the clip. You can find more information regarding that HERE. In other news, the band have also announced some August shows with Idle Threat:

08/13 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
08/14 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro
08/23 Roswell, NM – Liberty Theater (no Idle Threat)
08/25 Lincoln, NE – 1867
08/26 Iowa City, IA – Gabes
08/27 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag

Norma Jean Premiere “Call For The Blood” Music Video

Norma Jean have premiered a new video for their new song “Call For The Blood.” This track is from their new album “Deathrattle For Me,” which will be released on August 12.

Vocalist Cory Brandan Putman said the following:

“Accept that everything is a draft/ It helps to get it done. We banded together to make this record and to me, this song is the rallying cry. Composed by my brother, [co-producer] Matthew [Putman], this song was written around a single idea, altered heavily in post, and then mimicked by us.

The studio and post-production elements acted as an instrument. The experimentation and the process behind this track was a major point of inspiration for many other things we ended up doing throughout Death Rattle Sing For Me.

I feel like Matthew wrote this song with my voice in mind and I wanted to do something very unique over it. Dangerous rock ‘n’ roll! Blast it!”

Matthew added:

“‘CFTB’ was one of the first songs where I felt like we were establishing a personality for the album. Even though it was constructed in the studio from manipulated ideas we captured during a ‘riff vomiting’ session with Grayson [Stewart, guitars], it still has a very raw, live energy.

The samples were all chosen in a very deliberate way for how they colored the story behind the song (rebellious unity). There is nothing random about ‘CFTB’; every sound has meaning.

This is one of my all-time favorite vocal performance from Cory, where he proves once again why he’s one of the best of his generation.”

Cory also commented on the album:

“This record was really about banding together. It embodies the camaraderie of our brotherhood in Norma Jean. At the time, we needed something to do, and we wrote these songs for our own souls. The record was necessary to keep me alive in a very literal sense. It’s a deeper place.”

“Deathrattle Sing For Me” Track Listing:

01. “1994”
02. “Call For The Blood”
03. “Spearmint Revolt”
04. “Memorial Hoard”
05. “Aria Obscura”
06. “Any%”
07. “Parallella”
08. “W W A V V E”
09. “A Killing Word”
10. “Penny Margs”
11. “el-roi”
12. “Sleep Explosion”
13. “Heartache”

Ghost, Mudvayne, Ice Cube, Etc. Added To 2022 Blue Ridge Rock Festival

More bands have been added to this year’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival. The event will take place at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia on September 8-11 and the updated lineup can be found below.

Lineup:

  • Slipknot
  • Disturbed
  • Ghost
  • Mudvayne
  • Ice Cube
  • 3 Doors Down
  • A Day To Remember
  • Halestorm
  • Lamb Of God
  • Alice Cooper
  • Tenacious D
  • Falling In Reverse
  • I Prevail
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • Seether
  • Gojira
  • Underoath
  • New Found Glory
  • Pennywise
  • Skillet
  • Anthrax
  • Pierce The Veil
  • Killswitch Engage
  • Hollywood Undead
  • In This Moment
  • Motionless In White
  • Ice Nine Kills
  • Daughtry
  • Jelly Roll
  • Down
  • Nelly
  • Saliva (feat. Josey Scott)
  • Nothing More
  • Theory Of A Deadman
  • Sevendust
  • Wage War
  • Pop Evil
  • Badflower
  • Knocked Loose
  • Candlebox
  • Starset
  • Black Veil Brides
  • Thrice
  • Sleeping With Sirens
  • Insane Clown Posse
  • In Flames
  • GWAR
  • John 5
  • God Forbid
  • Apocalyptica
  • Spiritbox
  • Grandson
  • Fever 333
  • Puddle Of Mudd
  • The Amity Affliction
  • We Came As Romans
  • Bad Wolves
  • Kittie
  • Hatebreed
  • Silverstein
  • Queensrÿche
  • Shadows Fall
  • Story Of The Year
  • All That Remains
  • 3OH!3
  • Baroness
  • Buckcherry
  • Hoobastank
  • Hinder
  • Electric Callboy
  • Bad Omens
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Enter Shikari
  • Fit For A King
  • Memphis May Fire
  • Whitechapel
  • Zero 9:36
  • Suicide Silence
  • Slaughter To Prevail
  • Demon Hunter
  • Saving Abel
  • Adelitas Way
  • The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  • Attila
  • Nonpoint
  • Hawthorne Heights
  • Lacuna Coil
  • From Ashes To New
  • The Union Underground
  • Chelsea Grin
  • Red
  • Mushroomhead
  • Powerman 5000
  • The Plot In You
  • Alien Ant Farm
  • Lacey Sturm
  • Dayseeker
  • Texas In July
  • Stick To Your Guns
  • Counterparts
  • A Skylit Drive (original lineup)
  • Cold
  • Sion
  • ERRA
  • Bleeding Through
  • The Acacia Strain
  • Crazy Town
  • Municipal Waste
  • Butcher Babies
  • Comeback Kid
  • Fit For An Autopsy
  • Terror
  • Fire From The Gods
  • Stray From The Path
  • Tetrarch
  • Attack Attack!
  • Nita Strauss
  • Unearth
  • Darkest Hour
  • Norma Jean
  • Kublai Khan
  • Smile Empty Soul
  • The Word Alive
  • Silent Planet
  • Crowbar
  • Otherwise
  • Twiztid
  • Point North
  • Jeris Johnson
  • Project 86
  • Upon A Burning Body
  • Redlight King
  • Icon For Hire
  • Palisades
  • Siamese
  • Holding Absence
  • Hollow Front
  • Orbit Culture
  • Vended
  • Close Your Eyes
  • (hed)p.e.
  • Emo Nite Brooklyn
  • Solence
  • Brand Of Sacrifice
  • Dying Wish
  • Alpha Wolf
  • The Dead Daisies
  • Blacktop Mojo
  • Islander
  • Small Town Titans
  • Traitors
  • Varials
  • Left To Suffer
  • Zao
  • He Is Legend
  • SeeYouSpaceCowboy
  • Afterlife
  • Sleep Token
  • No Resolve
  • Any Given Sin
  • The Lonely Ones
  • GFM
  • Vampires Everywhere!
  • Get The Shot
  • Silvertung
  • Vangogo
  • Burden Of The Sky
  • Dying Oath
  • Kings County
  • Lansdowne
  • Relent
  • Hollow Intent
  • Velvet Chains
  • Dead Fervor
  • Next Attempt
  • The Other LA
  • Frame 42
  • Two Sides Of Me
  • Last Nights Villain
  • Braincell
  • Preacher
  • We Demand Parachutes
  • Plainview
  • Noble Poets
  • Crystal Cages