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SPIRITBOX are from Victoria, British Columbia – Canada and formed together after splitting from the eccentrically iconic metal band iwrestledabearonce in 2017.

This track will be featured on their debut album, “Eternal Blue“, which is set to drop on Friday, September 17th.

According to a press release, vocalist Courtney LaPlante says of the song:

“I think this is the most scared I’ve been to put out a song, because I realize as we continue to release music in single format, listeners can start to assume what kind of band we are, and are alarmed when we do not meet those assumptions. I want to continue to showcase the fluidity that is inherent in heavy music, and even though this is just one part of a full body of work that may not sound exactly like this song, it is a song that we love and are obsessed with. I celebrate variation. 

‘Secret Garden’ is exciting to me, for this reason. I’m scared but excited, like I’m about to hit the big drop on a roller coaster, and I’m fully embracing that.”

Spiritbox will also perform on-board the Shiprocked Cruise which KCAL is trying to send you to by qualifying you for the KCAL Getaway to Shiprocked!

Enjoy & share! –Frank_O

Light The Torch guitarist Francesco Artusato called in to talk about their new album “You Will Be The Death Of Me” (out now). Here’s what we talked about:
New Album “You Will Be The Death Of Me” & Pandemic (0-5)
Alex Rudinger on Drums? (5-7)
Album Production and Sequencing (7-9)
Additional Album vocals (9-10)
Terrence Trent D’Arby “Sign Your Name” cover (10-11)
KSE, ABR, LTT at Riverside Municipal Auditorium (11-12)
opening for Mark Morton’s solo tour (12-14)
Car Accident (14-18)
Mandatory Metallica (18-end)

FROM ASHES TO NEW is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania & have been active since 2013.

This track features Johnny 3 Tears of Hollywood Undead is coming off their latest E.P.: “Quarantine Chronicles Vol. 1,” which is already out.

According to a press release, the band said of the new EP:

“We’re excited to share this collection of songs with everyone. It captures both the darkness and hope we found in the solitude of the past year. Through releasing this three-part project we hope it helps to move us all forward as we continue creating new music and celebrating live shows with everyone again this summer. See you all soon!”

From Ashes To New will also perform on-board the Shiprocked Cruise which KCAL is trying to send you to by qualifying you for the KCAL Getaway to Shiprocked!

Enjoy & share! –Frank_O

Photo by: Travis Shinn

SEVENDUST are from Atlanta, Georgia & formed together in 1994.

This song’s coming off the band’s latest album: “Blood & Stone” which is already out.

Sevendust will also be performing on-board the Shiprocked Cruise which KCAL is trying to send you to by qualifying you for the KCAL Getaway to Shiprocked!

Enjoy & share! –Frank_O

’68 hail from Atlanta, Georgia & formed together in 2013.

This track is featured on their latest album: “Give One Take One,” which is already out.

According to a press release, guitarist & vocalist Josh Scogin says of the album:

“Of all the music I’ve created over the years, this album holds some of my very favorite moments, lyrically, musically, and even mentally; I travel down several roads that are equal parts therapeutic to get off my chest and terrifying to share with the world. I believe you can feel the tangible joy that music gives each of us in this album; Nick captured the explosive and implosive nature that keeps ’68 moving forward. You can hear the passion and the sincerity that Nick, Nikko, and I have for the art of creating sounds. I’m so proud of this album and humbled by the journey that it took to get here. And if I’m honest, the vast majority of my thoughts are circled around the hope that we will be able to perform these songs live one day soon.”

’68 will also be performing on-board the Shiprocked Cruise which KCAL is trying to send you to by qualifying you for the KCAL Getaway to Shiprocked!

Enjoy & share! –Frank_O

Jonas Kungen Jarlsby, from left, John Alfredsson, Johannes Eckerstrom, Henrik Sandelin, and Tim Ohrstrom of Avatar pose at the Louder Than Life Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

AVATAR formed in Gothenburg, Sweden & have been active since in 2001.

This track is featured on their latest album: “Hunter Gatherer” & is already out.

The music video to this track is introduced by frontman Johannes Eckerström, who says:

“The human soul can be found within a single cell – it’s like how the essence of a painting can be seen in a single brush stroke. Our drive to force our will upon the world is shackled, as no thought is truly free. Freedom can only exist in a state of chaos – and chaos breeds in the pits of conflict, searching for slaves under the whip of infallibility. We enter this room – within, a child that never was is taken, as faceless beings re-imagine the future. The birth of a giant… with a frozen heart.”

Avatar will also be performing on Wednesday, October 6th at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, as well as on-board the Shiprocked Cruise which KCAL is trying to send you to by qualifying you for the KCAL Getaway to Shiprocked!

Enjoy & share! –Frank_O

 

Angels & Airwaves are So.Cal. natives hailing from San Diego & were formed in 2005 by former Blink-182 guitarist: Tom Delonge after Blink went on hiatus.

This song will be featured on their upcoming album: “Lifeforms” which will be dropping on September 24th.

According to a statement, frontman: Tom Delonge said of the new track:

“In a music world that seems to be absent guitars, angst, and emotional authenticity, I felt it was important to lead with a song that mirrors the post-hardcore days of my youth, where the power of the music creates that feeling we once had as teenagers, where we wanted to break something and change the poisonous environment within our broken homes. These emotions create us. This song shows the seductive nature of an intense love built with that baggage from our youth, from being born into an imperfect household.”

Angels & Airwaves have also announced a new show happening on November 6th at the Palladium in Hollywood.

Enjoy & share! –Frank_O

Movements bassist Austin Cressy called in to talk about their new album “No Good Left To Give” (out now) as well as their appearance at the “Sad Summer Festival” at the Grove of Anaheim on 8/7/21. Here’s what we talked about:
“No Good Left To Give” (0-4)
music videos for “Moonlight Lines” and “Skin To Skin” (4-6)
Sad Summer Festival (6-8)
RIP Warped Tour (8-10)
Mandatory Metallica (10-11)
Advice to start playing Bass (11-end)

Free tickets to Sad Summer Festival inside the KCAL Nation contest

DYING WISH hail from Portland, Oregon & formed together in 2018.

In less than two years after their formation, DYING WISH was anointed by the extreme metal press as one of “5 Bands You Need To Know”(Revolver) and a “Band To Watch In 2020″(Dead Press).

This is the title-track to their upcoming debut album: “Fragments of a Bitter Memory,” which is due out on October 1st.

Dying Wish will also be going on tour along with Motionless In White, but have not announced a So.Cal date yet.

Enjoy & share! – Frank_O

Ayron Jones hails from Seattle, Washington. His songwriting is filled with raw emotion & in 2020, was considered by many to be the new sound of Seattle.

This track is featured on his latest album: “Child of the State,” which is already out.

According to an interview with LOUDWIRE.com, Ayron had this to say of the song:

“That song was initially sent to me by Nathan Barlowe and for me it was more of a translation, right? They had the first verse and the chorus in the song, singing in the second verse and then kind of an out, but for me I needed to be able to put my personality into the song. That was the live element that I wanted to bring to the table, especially cause the title is ‘Supercharged.’ It could be done in a really corny way where you had all these really electronic elements to the fray. But I think for me it was really more about being supercharged and explosive.”

Ayron will also be performing at the 2nd night of this year’s Aftershock Festival in Sacramento.

Enjoy & share! –Frank_O

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