Northern Ghost Hits You In The Feels

Band releases new single
     “Clouds” is the band’s fourth single off their debut record, “Happy : Sad : Depressed : Suicidal.” Each single has corresponded with the different emotions in the title with “Clouds” representing the concept of suicide. McVaney shared, “Overall, it is supposed to be an uplifting song, but when you look at the lyrics, a lot of moments of sadness and loneliness emerge. Mixing those words in with a track gives off a more upbeat and hopeful vibe, ultimately giving the song a kind of bittersweet emotion that, to me, is a familiar feeling that a lot of us experience.”
     Northern Ghost’s compositions are more than just music; there is a story behind every song. At first listen,”Clouds,” has catchy guitar riffs, infectious vocals, and seems like a feel good type of song.  However, when you focus on the lyrics, they express the clarity of deeper meaning behind the song.
       Northern Ghost is out on the road on the Tragic Hero Records Tour with Dead Rabbitts, I Set My Friends on Fire and SET TO STUN. “Happy : Sad : Depressed : Suicidal” will be out on July 7th and is now available for pre-order on iTunes.
“We’re often told not to feel sad, but if we’re never sad, can we ever truly appreciate happiness?”
-McVaney
Listen to “Clouds” Now​​​​​​​
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I Set My Friends on Fire Extends Their Summer Plans

Band announces new dates on upcoming tour
     2017 has been a busy year for I Set My Friends on Fire and the band shows no signs of slowing down. They have been touring non-stop internationally, over the U.S, and recently, are a part of the first ever Tragic Hero Records Tour. Without even taking a break, the band kicks off the Arsonists Get All The Girls “The Game of Life” ten year anniversary tour.
     With all the excitement surrounding the anniversary tour, I Set My Friends on Fire is thrilled to announce the second leg that hits the East Coast and extends their summer of touring. Guitarist Nate Blasdell shared, “We’re stoked to bring this tour back home and play for our friends and family.”
     The “Game of Life” tour kicks off on July 15 in Victorville, CA with Arsonists Get All The Girls, Kingdom of Giants and West Cliffs and the full tour wrapping up on August 27th in Santa Cruz, CA. Select dates will also features Conquer Divide and Circuit of Suns.
     AGATG’s 2007 release of “The Game Of Life” spread like a virus among fans all over and established the bands presence as innovators of heavy experimental music. Earlier this year AltPress.com included AGATG in a gracious write up mentioning that “A decade later, The Game Of Life is still an absolute blast to journey through.” The music comes matched with the bands sheer brutality on stage, which fans can certainly anticipate on the upcoming tour.

Metal Gets Hip Hop Makeover

Dead Rabbitts team up with Whitney Peyton
     Craig Mabbitt is no stranger to dabbling in different genres. Working on multiple projects, such as  Dead Rabbitts and Escape The Fate, he normally stays close to the hardcore and metalcore scenes. However, Mabbitt is not afraid to experiment and puts a hip hop spin on “Dead Again” with a feature from Whitney Peyton.
     The close friends have shared the stage together in the past, so a musical collaboration was something both wanted to pursue. As Mabbitt shares, “It’s really great having Whitney on the track. She brings a whole new element to the song and I love her part. Do yourself a favor and check her out if you haven’t already!”
     The two blend perfectly together on the remix and Peyton’s feature elevates the song to a whole new level. Both musicians are highly respected in their genres, making crossings of these two worlds something special. Peyton explained, “I love fusing rock with rap, and if you’re going to do to it, go big by collaborating with a band fronted by one of the most renowned talents in the industry, Craig Mabbitt. The Dead Rabbitts are a force to be reckoned with and I’m just happy to be part of the storm!”
     The original track is off the Dead Rabbitt’s highly anticipated sophomore record, “This Emptiness”, who will be headlining the first ever Tragic Hero Records Tour that also features I Set My Friends on Fire, SET TO STUN and Northern Ghost. The tour kicks off tonight in Austin, TX and wraps up on 7/15 in Fullerton, CA.

The Power of Music

A message from Northern Ghost
     (Cleveland, OH) No matter what anyone goes through, there is a song that fits perfectly to any situation you are in, or any emotion you are feeling. The songs that make your good mood better; the ones that spark a memory of a loved one; or arguably most important; the music that is there when you feel like no one else is.
    Northern Ghost knows how powerful music can be and makes it evident in their new single, “Purge.” Depression is something that affects so many, but can sometimes be swept under the rug and never talked about again. Touching on this sensitive topic, Vocalist Tony McVaney shared the message behind the song, “This is an emotion too many people feel too often and suppress more than they want to. However, we want people who listen to the single to know there can be change. There is hope, and as lonely as they might feel, they’re really never alone.”
     The track is also influenced by the current state of society in politics, technology, media and the relationship each one has on people today, inevitability affecting our well being. It leaves one to reflect on their own life and poses the questions, “What have I done to make sure my small part of the world and relationships with the people in my life are taken care of?” and “Do I deserve the life I have?”
     “Purge” is the third single off Northern Ghost’s debut album, “Happy : Sad : Depressed : Suicidal” (out July 7). The band kicks off the release with a run on the Tragic Hero Tour with Dead Rabbitts, I Set My Friends on Fire and SET TO STUN. This is the first ever label branded tour that starts tonight in Austin, TX and wraps up on 7/15 in Fullerton, CA.
    McVaney also had an important message for listeners, “If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, it’s okay to ask for help. Through a friend, family member, a hotline, anything, the best way of moving on and getting past it is to just talk about it. There are people who care. We care.”

The Northern Packs Their Bags

Band announces Summer tour
     The Northern has received a tremendous reaction to their Tragic Hero Records label debut album, “Solstice.” The band looks forward to playing the songs live as they hit the road on the “Summer Solstice Tour” that kicks off in August.
     While members of the band have toured in the past, this tour will be the first run for them collectively. Featuring another Canadian band, The Parallel. The Northern Guitarist Eric Leblanc shared, “We are looking forward to hitting the road with our close friends in The Parallel and cannot wait to bring a great live show to everyone that has been supporting Solstice since its release. We are very excited to see some old friends and make a lot of new ones.”
     The Northern is an innovative blend of metalcore and djent along with clean vocals that are often times reminiscent of ERRA vocalist, Jesse Cash. It is the band’s diverse influences that mesh together perfectly to create a sound that is all their own.
     ‘Solstice’ is out now and can be picked up at Merchbucket.
8/4 Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
8/5 Windsor, ON @ The Dominion House
8/6 London, ON @ Rum Runners
8/7 Guelph, ON @ Dstrct
8/18 Midland, ON @ Maple Valley Sports Bar
8/10 Barrie, ON @ Foxx Lounge
8/11 Quebec City, QC @ La Source De La Marinere
8/12 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
8/13 Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo

In Dying Arms Back on the Road Again

Band will tour this August
     In Dying Arms is ready to hit the road again as they head out with their good friends in Denihilist this August. The two bands have a history of touring together as they were both a part of the Blackwater Tour last fall. Vocalist Orion Stephens explains, “We had a blast with our boys in Denihilist last summer and have been in talk of doing another run ever since.”
     In addition to the already stacked line up, God Of Nothing will be opening for the tour. Every show will be a night of heavy music and as Stephens shared, “We’re just ready to destroy at this point.”
     Recently, Stephens channeled his inner Corey Taylor, as the band did a cover of Slipknot’s “My Plague” which is special to Stephens as the band was a personal influence growing up, especially with his vocal style. The track has received an overwhelming response and the band has hinted that you may just hear it this Summer on the road!
8/4 Gaithersburg, MD @ Raw Ink Tattoo
8/5 Skysville, PA @ The Big Run War Memorial
8/6 Kent, OH @ The Outpost
8/7 Detroit, MI @ The Ritz
8/8 Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
8/10 Bedford, IN @ Eagles 654 Entertainment
8/11 Newport, KY @ The Thompson House
8/12 Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St.
8/13 Norfolk, VA @ TBA

Orion Stephens Channels His Inner Corey Taylor

In Dying Arms releases Slipknot cover
     Growing up, In Dying Arms Vocalist, Orion Stephens, listened to a wide variety of  heavy music. Being said, even at a young age, Slipknot was always one of his favorites. When Stephens started focusing on perfecting his vocalist abilities, he gathered inspiration from Slipknot Frontman, Corey Taylor.
     When it came time for In Dying Arms to decide which song they would cover, the choice to do “My Plague” was an easy one. As Stephens shared, “We’ve always wanted to do a cover of a band we all grew up listening to, and Slipknot came up with ease.”
     In Dying Arms has been a familiar name in the deathcore scene for almost ten years now and shows no signs of stopping. Being released in 2016, their Tragic Hero Records debut album, “Original Sin,” hit the Billboard charts and received an overwhelming response to the record out on the road. All while, staying busy in the studio, In Dying Arms is preparing for a summer tour (details to be announced soon).