Track(s) of the Day Tuesday: PANOPTICON Into the North Woods, BLACK TONGUE In The Wake Ov The Wolf, PROTEST THE HERO Yellow Teeth, and SEVDALIZA That Other Girl

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After missing the first few weeks of 2017, we’re finally back with one of our favorite segments, “Track of the Day Tuesday”!  Usually, every Tuesday we post about what track you absolutely need to listen to today and why.  Since we had a slow start to the new year, we decided to make up for lost time and give you FOUR tracks that you need to give a listen to today!  Unfortunately, all of the songs, except for “That Other Girl”, are metal tracks, so there isn’t much diversity in the group.  However, each track and artist listed is fantastic and I highly suggest you give each song a listen today!  Here is our largest “Track of the Day Tuesday” segment ever!

First I want to discuss American Black Metal act, Panopticon’s, “Into the North Woods”.  Panopticon is one of the US based Black Metal groups that I have heard nothing but positive reviews about, but have continued to procrastinate with giving them a listen.  In fact, I first heard about how phenomenal Panopticon’s “Autumn Eternal” was through CountBlagorath’s Youtube channel.  After finally giving the Black Metal band a listen I can agree with all the hype that Panopticon is a fantastic band.  Despite only hearing a few projects by the Minnesota based band, it is obvious to any listener that their musical ability and skill in songwriting surpasses the standards set by modern Black Metal.  If you love melodic Black Metal with heavy folk influences, then you not only have to check out “Into the North Woods”, but the entire “Autumn Eternal” album.  Panopticon might be one of the greatest American Black Metal bands of all time, and I highly suggest you don’t sleep on this group like I did!

Next up on the list of tracks you need to listen to today is Black Tongue’s “In The Wake Ov The Wolf”.  If you’re familiar at all with the deathcore band, Infant Annihilator, then you will know that after the departure of Dan Watson, guitarist and drummer Eddie Pickard and Aaron Kitcher, went on to form a separate, downtempo deathcore group called Black Tongue.  Black Tongue, in the 3 years of being a full time band, have already seen an immense amount of success in the metal community and in their own songwriting.  Releasing 2 EPs and a full length record titled “The Unconquerable Dark”, Black Tongue have begun to solidify themselves as a prominent leader in the continuously growing sub-genre that is downtempo deathcore.  As you might have guessed, I also slept on their full length record despite the fact that I absolutely loved their fist two releases.  After finally checking out “The Unconquearable Dark” I cannot stop listening to the entire 2015 album.  That being said, this is a record you need to give a listen to as well, and I suggest you start off with the track “In The Wake Ov The Wolf”.  “In The Wake Ov The Wolf” was one of the first singles released off the debut full length and it has easily become one of the catchiest songs on the entire record.  I know it might be hard to imagine downtempo, beat down deathcore to be labeled as “catchy”, but the leads and chord progressions heard, especially in the chorus, are absolutely addicting and get stuck in your head immediately after listening to the entire track.  If you are not familiar with the new Black Tongue album, or the sub-genre they write in general, “In the Wake OV The Wolf” is the perfect place to start.

For those who have been reading the blog for the last few months you will remember that I wrote a blog post about the upcoming August Burns Red tour.  Last year, Lancaster’s own, August Burns Red, announced that they would do a North America tour performing “Messengers” for its 10th anniversary.  Recently, the 10 year Messengers tour went through Denver, Colorado and I was able to attend the show!  Of course, the concert itself was phenomenal, but what truly stuck out was actually Protest the Hero’s performance.  Once again, Protest the Hero was another band I heard great things about but never thought to give their discography a listen.  However, I was completely and absolutely blown away by their seamlessly flawless performance.  Every song was perfectly crafted with face melting riffs, intricate drumming, and (for a lack of a better term) impressive vocals that made me listen to the Canadian group non-stop for days after the show.  So far I can say that “Yellow Teeth” is my favorite track by Protest the Hero.  The high pitched vocals cry out as a speedy instrumental section burns through chugging and melodic shredding riffs.  If you want to be blown away by insane musicianship, then stop reading this post right now, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and listen to “Yellow Teeth” by Protest the Hero and enjoy one of the best Modern Progressive Metal acts.

Finally, the last track I want to share with you today is an experimental pop track by the Iranian upcoming pop artist, Sevdaliza.  Sevdaliza’s music, and the music videos that accompany her catalog, are mesmerizing to put it simply.  Sevdaliza’s approach to her songwriting and how she visually portrays these tracks is something that not only makes her unique, but will also allow her to reshape and change the genre of experimental pop completely.  There isn’t a single bad place to start when first listening to Sevdaliza, but I must say that Sevdaliza’s “That Other Girl” is one of her masterpieces so far and is a track that you must listen to, regardless of what other songs by the Iranian pop artist you’ve heard so far.  Plus the 2000s-esque style of animation featured in the music video for “That Other Girl” is not only trippy, but extremely nostalgic and entertaining.  I guarantee I’ll be writing a lot more about Sevdaliza in the future, so if you really enjoy this track stay tuned and I’ll be sure to post about other songs in her discography.

Of course, every song mentioned is attached below.  I know this is a lot to take in all at once, but these four songs are tracks you absolutely need to give a listen to today.  The “Track of the Day Tuesday” segment is a segment I greatly enjoy writing and the staff here at Erik’s Album Reviews is extremely glad that we can continue this segment into 2017.  Check out the songs mentioned below, let us know what you think of the tracks, and of course, let us know what songs you would like to see featured on future installments to “Track of the Day Tuesday”!

 

Panopticon’s “Into the North Woods”:

Black Tongue’s “In The Wake Ov The Wolf”:

Protest the Hero’s “Yellow Teeth”:

Sevdaliza’s “That Other Girl”:

Breaking News: Kanye West Extends Saint Pablo Tour By Adding More North American Dates

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Since August, Kanye West has been performing on the Saint Pablo Tour, which is intended to promote his latest album, “The Life of Pablo”.  The tour has recently seen an expansion, which will now be running until his New Year’s Eve show in Brooklyn and features stops in both cities he recently played in for the first wave of the Saint Pablo Tour, and cities he has yet to perform in.

The tour made headlines this year not for the material he was playing, but for how Kanye himself would put on these shows.  On the Saint Pablo Tour, Kanye stands on a “hovering” platform literally above his fans with a grid of stage lights beaming down on him.  This essentially creates a very intimate concert environment with the floor/mosh pit of fans being separated from Kanye by only a few feet.  This idea of a stage setup is absolutely genius and in return causes the Saint Pablo Tour to be a show I cannot miss, and you shouldn’t miss it either for that matter!

The picture above is one of the awe inspiring images that have surfaced online from one of the concerts on the tour.  A list of dates for this second wave of shows is attached below.  Also if the video below filmed by a fan in the crowd at the Dallas date of the Saint Pablo Tour doesn’t give you goosebumps and makes you want to go to this show, then I honestly don’t know what will.  This tour will probably be the greatest tour of 2016, and one of the best shows you will go to ever, and if you don’t believe me, then ask the thousands of people who have attended the tour so far and have said nothing but positive things about this electric performance by Kanye.  All tickets for the second wave of the show go on sale Friday so make sure you pick up your ticket then and get excited for the next stage in the Saint Pablo Tour featuring Kanye West.

10-19 Seattle, WA – KeyArena
10-22 & 23 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
10-25, 26, & 27 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
10-29 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
11-01-02 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
11-17 San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose
11-19 Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
11-22 Fresno, CA – SaveMart Center
11-23 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
11-26 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
11-28 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
12-01 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
12-02 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
12-04 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
12-06 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
12-08 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
12-09 Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
12-11 Albany, NY – The Times Union Center
12-13 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
12-15 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
12-16 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
12-18 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
12-20 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
12-22 Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
12-27 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
12-28 Boston, MA – TD Garden
12-30 & 31 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

Breaking News: Apparently Brendon Urie Performed “It Remembers” With Every Time I Die

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As mentioned earlier, Every Time I Die’s latest album, “Low Teens”, features an extremely catchy and addictive track called “It Remembers” that includes guest vocals from Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie.  I personally didn’t know that the two groups were fans of each other, so I was surprised to see they recorded a song together.

ETID has been playing “It Remembers” often on tour this month  and last night they played a show in Los Angeles.  Apparently, Brendon Urie was at the concert and got on stage to perform with Every Time I Die.  The short video of his singing with the band is posted below and I highly suggest you watch it!  It’s obvious after watching the video that Brendon Urie is a huge fan of ETID and his massive fandom for the band can be seen through his brief, yet electric performance.  Of course Brendon and Every Time I Die also sound amazing while performing “It Remembers”.  Urie even took to Twitter after the show to express his gratitude towards ETID for allowing him to accomplish his dream of playing a show with them.

Like previously stated, the video of the show in LA last night is posted below and the blog I wrote about Brendon Urie being announced as a guest vocalist on “Low Teens” is also attached, along with the music video for “It Remembers”.  The album review for “Low Teens” is almost finished and should be posted on the site in the next few days!

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