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THE INFINITE STAIRCASE TO OPEN FOR THE WINERY DOGS

On October 29th The Infinite Staircase will be opening for Richie Kotzen (Poison, MR.BIG), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) & Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold) – otherwise known as The Winery Dogs!

This concert is 105.5 WDHA’s ‘Haunted Low Dough Show’ & Tickets are already on sale! If you buy them before October 1st they’re only $10.55!

Purchase Your Tickets Here:
http://www.axs.com/events/244341/the-winery-dogs-tickets?skin=starland

VANITY MUSIC GROUP TO DISTRIBUTE BLACKLIST UNION’S ‘TIL DEATH DO US PART

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(25 July 2013 – Los Angeles, CA) Hollywood based hard rockers Blacklist Union will have their latest album, ‘Til Death Do Us Part available in physical retail outlets on 30 August via a distribution deal with Vanity Music Group and iDC Distribution. Produced and mixed by Chris Johnson (Buckcherry, Evanescence, Goldfinger, etc) and recorded at Skip Saylor Recording and The Village in Los Angeles, CA. The album takes the listener on a dark, disturbing and exhilarating run through songs like “Alabama Slammer” (a tragic love story that started off beautifully only to have a bitter crash and burn at the end), “I Do” (a song about “waking up after having your head in your ass for years,” says frontman, Tony West) and the album’s title track (about loving and living your life to the fullest before we all “cross over”)

“This is a great opportunity for us,” says frontman, Tony West.  “We released the album ourselves towards the end of last year but it was really just sold through our website and other online stores, as well as iTunes.  Now, it gives us another reason to get back out on the road, which is what we love the most.  It’s just great that album is available in physical stores now.”

Blacklist Union is looking to take to the road once again by early fall.

THE INFINITE STAIRCASE RELEASE NEW SINGLE FEATURING MEMBERS OF SEVENDUST, TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA AND MORE

(25 July 2013 – Staten Island, NY) The Infinite Staircase, comprised of brothers Lenny & Jeff Cerzosie, have released their first single since February’s Top 40 Mainstream Rock Radio Single “The Pride” which features Zakk Wylde, Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One) & John “JD” DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain). The new single, “The Things We’ve Done” (a nod to The Infinite Staircase’s debut album ‘The Things We Do’), features in addition to the band’s recording drummer Morgan Rose, fellow Sevendust bandmate Lajon Witherspoon, Savatage/Trans-Siberian Orchestra guitar virtuoso Chris Caffery and Cycle Of Pain keyboardist Troy Cromwell.Released via The Infinite Staircase, Inc./ Vanity Music Group the single is currently available for $.99 on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/things-weve-done-feat.-lajon/id678317107) Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E55CE46/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img) & CDBaby (http://www.cdbaby.com/AlbumDetails.aspx?AlbumID=theinfinitestaircase) and will be available at all other digital retailers over the coming days and weeks. A teaser video has been posted to the band’s Official Youtube Page and can be seen here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVQ88BRR9NI

In the meantime, a lyric video is expected to debut within the next week or two and an official music video is also in the making.

The Things We’ve Done” comes as the band readies to release their long awaited new Ep, No Amends.

No Amends was recorded at Architekt Music, the state of the art recording facility in Butler, New Jersey where Sevendust recently tracked ‘Black Out The Sun.’ It was mixed by house engineer Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Call Me No One) and mastered by UE Nastasi (Lamb Of God, Panic! at the Disco) at Sterling Sound in New York. The Ep will be released this fall via The Infinite Staircase, Inc. / Vanity Music Group. and will feature collaborations with a slew of musicians including Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Clint Lowery (Sevendust), John “JD” DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain), Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) & Sean “Memphis” Hennesy (Candlebox, The Gracious Few) amongst others.

 

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THE NEW BLACK 7

Head on over to www.kwwr.com and check out New Country at Noon featuring The New Black 7!  The station is in the city of Mexico, MO (just outside of Columbia) so that would be noon CST – go check it out!

SEVENDUST’S LAJON WITHERSPOON & CLINT LOWERY TO GUEST ON THE INFINITE STAIRCASE’S NEW EP

tis with lajon(5 July 2013 – Staten Island, NY) On the heels of the recently announced collaboration with Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra guitar virtuoso Chris Caffery, New York-based outfit, The Infinite Staircase (comprised of brothers Lenny and Jeff Cerzosie), have added a few more recognizable names in the hard rock and heavy metal community to their already “rock star-studded” forthcoming Ep; this time in the form of the album’s producer/drummer Morgan Rose’s longtime bandmates, both Sevendust’s guitarist Clint Lowery and frontman, Lajon Witherspoon.

Lowery plays on the track “Can’t Control It”, while Witherspoon sings alongside The Infinite Staircase frontman Lenny Cerzosie on “Just To Meet You There” and what has now been confirmed as the forthcoming new single, “The Things We’ve Done”.

These collaborations mark the finishing touches on the band’s forthcoming as yet untitled Ep, which is expected to be released in late summer or early fall with the first single hitting radio within the next few weeks.

The Infinite Staircase has made a habit in recent years of collaborating with some of the most respected musicians in hard rock and heavy metal. In 2009, the band’s debut album ‘The Road Less Taken’ featured guest appearances by Blues Saraceno (Poison) and Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon). Saraceno also mixed the record.

In 2012 the band began work on their follow-up with Sevendust and Call Me No One drummer Morgan Rose at the helm, producing as well as taking charge behind the kit. Early sessions brought in collaborations with Sean Memphis Hennesy (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), John “JD” DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) and Troy Cromwell (Cycle Of Pain).

Then, on October 22nd, 2012 came Hurricane Sandy and The Cerzosie brothers found themselves organizing an All-Star collaboration to raise money for the victims of the storm; a collaboration which consisted of, in addition to Morgan Rose and JD DeServio, Guitar God Zakk Wylde and Candlebox frontman Kevin Martin. What resulted was “The Pride”, a melodic mid-tempo rocker with blazing solos and screeching vocals which spent 6 weeks on America’s Music Charts’ Mainstream Rock Radio Top 40 with it’s highest ranking being #27.

“The Pride” was released digitally on February 5th, 2013 via Vanity Music Group with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Carl Vincent Bini Memorial Foundation. The song was recorded at Architekt Music, the state of the art recording facility in Butler, New Jersey where Sevendust recently tracked ‘Black Out The Sun’. It was mixed by house engineer Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Call Me No One) and mastered by Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes) at West Side Music in New Windsor, New York. The song is available via digital retailers such as iTunes, Amazon & Google Play, or a limited edition CD Single can be purchased via theinfinitestaircase.bigcartel.com.

MONGREL PREMIERES VIDEO FOR “C AND 1/2” VIA REVOLVERMAG.COM

(18 June 2013 – Boston, MA) Massachusetts based aggressive rock band  Mongrel will premiere the video for their new single, “C and 1/2” via the highly influential revolvermag.com on 18 June.  “C and 1/2” is the followup to the band’s prior successful “Bored To Death” video.

Produced by guitarist Adam Savage and bassist Michael Ariza, the video was filmed by Ariza, Christopher Tejada and Integra Photography. The video was edited in-house as well by bassist Ariza. The band filmed the video on the streets of Salem, MA, at the Middle East Nightclub in Cambridge MA and a small corner store in Danvers, MA.  Savage describes, “I came up with the concept of doing a video for this song based around a ‘cookie-monster’ type character a while back but until our new bassist Mike (Ariza) joined up with us it just wasn’t meant to be. The concept evolved into a messed up origins type video in a way and really lets Mike’s personality show. We even brought in our old bassist for the video to further the ‘origins’ plot line as well as a repeat appearance by alt-goth model Blu as a continuation from our last video…We just had too much fun making this honestly and there was so much great footage we didn’t get to use that we’re planning on making a behind the scenes documentary later this summer to share some of that with everyone. Just classic stuff !! We hope everyone else will get a sense of the fun we had with this.”

The video can be viewed on the Revolver site here: http://www.revolvermag.com/news/exclusive-mongrel-premiere-new-music-video-c-a-12.html

C and 1/2” comes from Mongrel’s newest album Reclamation, released digitally in September of 2012 via THC:Music and to brick and mortar outlets in May of 2013 through Vanity Music Group.

THE INFINITE STAIRCASE, ZAKK WYLDE, KEVIN MARTIN, MORGAN ROSE & JD DESERVIO DEBUT MUSIC VIDEO FOR “THE PRIDE”

jdinfinite(16 May 2013 – Staten Island, NY) The Official Music Video for “The Pride” Featuring Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, ex- Ozzy Osbourne), Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), John “JD” DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) & The Infinite Staircase, the song written and recorded for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, is now streaming at this location:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htf9cW6jAuo&feature=share&list=PL-18UXAop4N9vpjihk9re3Zak1tK0H26j

The video was directed by Ralph E. Savercool lll, a musician/filmmaker from Middletown, New Jersey who briefly filled in as The Infinite Staircase’s drummer following The Black Label Bash Tour in 2009. He has built up a name for himself over the years playing in local and regional acts such as Whole In One, Room 237, Stone Playground & The Rear View. He also has a predominant movie review column at www.facebook.com/SavesSceneReview

For more information on Ralph go to:
www.facebook.com/Ralph.savercooliii or www.YouTube.com/rsavercool

While the video for “The Pride” will be available for download soon, an online store, theinfinitestaircase.bigcartel.com has been launched in the mean time where you can purchase a limited edition CD single that features the song, the music video and two special previews of the forthcoming new releases by The Infinite Staircase including demo clips of their new Ep with Morgan Rose as well as clips of their covers Ep with John “JD” DeServio.

Among other items being offered, you can also purchase a limited amount of drum heads used by Morgan Rose in the studio and signed by Rose and brothers Lenny & Jeff Cerzosie. All proceeds from sales of items pertaining to “The Pride” are being donated to the Carl Vincent Bini Memorial Foundation.

The Pride” was released digitally on February 5th, 2013 via Vanity Music Group with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Carl Vincent Bini Memorial Foundation.

The song was recorded at Architekt Music, the state of the art recording facility in Butler, New Jersey where Sevendust recently tracked ‘Black Out The Sun’ and The Infinite Staircase continue to record their new album with Morgan Rose. It was mixed by house engineer Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Call Me No One) and mastered by Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes) at West West Side Music in New Windsor, New York.

The Pride” spent 6 weeks on America’s Music Charts’ Mainstream Rock Radio Top 40 with it’s highest ranking being #27.

The Infinite Staircase plans to release their follow-up single, “Just To Meet You There”, in June. The song features, in addition to Rose on drums, Sean “Memphis” Hennesy of Candlebox and The Gracious Few on guitar and Cycle Of Pain’s Troy Cromwell on Keyboards.

The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund was founded in honor of Firefighter Carl V. Bini, a member of the FDNY tragically taken during 9/11. The fund’s mission is to memorialize the heroism of its fallen hero by providing aid to those who so desperately need it now and in the future.

VANITY TO DISTRIBUTE MONGREL’S ‘RECLAMATION’ (THC-MUSIC)

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(10 May 2013 – Boston, MA) The Boston based, rock-punk-metal crossover band Mongrel have been receiving great reviews for their recent album Reclamation and now have secured US physical distribution for the album. Reclamation (THC-Music/Vanity Music Group) is now available through US retailers via IDC Distribution on the heals of their recent UK brick & mortar distribution deal through Code7. Reclamation was recorded and mixed by Jim Foster (POD, Nullset, Sully Erna)  and has received great coverage in the UK in magazines such as Big Cheese, Vive Le Rock, Terrorizer, and Metal Hammer! In the US the album’s first single/video “Bored to Death” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZiczkduf2E) hit number 41 on the CMJ Radio Charts and has received play on Faction/Sirius XM,  Mood network (formerly DMX), and stations such as WAAF, KNAC, and WSOU.

Mongrel is about to begin filming a video for the song “C & 1/2” which is expected to premier sometime in June. Further info about the video has not yet been released. Mongrel recently announced the addition of new bassist Michael Ariza who joined singer Jessica Sierra, guitarist Adam Savage, and drummer Mike Hogan back in March. Reclamation was first released to digital outlets such as iTunes/Amazon in the US on 25 September 2012 by THC-Music (home of American Head Charge, Oedipus, Attika7, etc).

THE NEW BLACK 7 TEAMS UP WITH TODAY’S COUNTRY TO LAUNCH DEBUT VIDEO

(12 March 2013 – Des Moines, IA) Midwestern country rockers The New Black 7 have released the brand new video for “Crazy All Over Me” via the Today’s Country website. The video can be viewed at http://bit.ly/Y7yi0P

Directed by Rickey Moore for Rosendbard Films and shot primarily on location at J Carter’s Bar and Grill in Temecula, CA and throughout southern California, the storyline of the video loosely follows the song’s lyrics, which, according to singer/ guitarist, Tory Stoffregen reflect “my tongue in cheek lifelong enthusiasm for women of questionable sanity.”

The New Black 7 have recently released their new mini album, Hangovers & Heartbreak digitally and regionally and will have a national release in late April via Vanity Music Group and the band recently had a successful run of Midwestern dates.

The single for “Crazy All Over Me” can be purchased on iTunes at: http://bit.ly/T2UmwR

“THE PRIDE” FEATURING ZAKK WYLDE, KEVIN MARTIN, MORGAN ROSE, JD DESERVIO & THE INFINITE STAIRCASE DEBUTS AT #30 ON ROCK RADIO

(28 February 2012 – Staten Island, NY) “The Pride” Featuring Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, ex- Ozzy Osbourne), Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), John “JD” DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) & The Infinite Staircase, the song written and recorded for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, has debuted at #30 on America’s Music Charts’ Rock Radio Chart for the week of 2/19/13 – 2/26/13. (Can be seen here: http://americasmusiccharts.com/index.cgi?fmt=R5&rtmref=americasmusiccharts)

In lieu of the song’s recent success and growing demand from the public, the single’s release, previously an iTunes exclusive, will now expand to other digital service outlets including amazon.com, Rhapsody, eMusic, deezer and Google music amongst others.

In the mean time, you can still preview and download “The Pride” here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pride-feat.-zakk-wylde-morgan/id598185653

“The Pride” was recorded at Architekt Music, the state of the art recording facility in Butler, New Jersey where Sevendust recently tracked ‘Black Out The Sun’ and The Infinite Staircase continue to record their new album with Morgan Rose. It was mixed by house engineer Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Call Me No One) and mastered by Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes) at West West Side Music in New Windsor, New York.

The song was released via Vanity Music Group and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Carl V. Bini Memorial Foundation for distribution to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

A music video, being directed by Ralph Savercool lll, is also in the works with details on its release expected soon.

The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund was founded in honor of Firefighter Carl V. Bini, a member of the FDNY tragically taken during 9/11. The fund’s mission is to memorialize the heroism of its fallen hero by providing aid to those who so desperately need it now and in the future.

PRE-ORDER “THE PRIDE” FEATURING ZAKK WYLDE, KEVIN MARTIN, MORGAN ROSE, JD DESERVIO & THE INFINITE STAIRCASE ARTWORK REVEALED

(1 February 2013 – New York, NY) “The Pride” Featuring Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), John “JD” DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) & The Infinite Staircase, the song written and recorded for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, is now available for Pre-order on iTunes with the official release date set for February 5th, 2013.

(Pre-order the song here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pride-feat.-zakk-wylde-morgan/id598185653 )

“The Pride” was recorded at Architekt Music in Butler, New Jersey with engineer Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Call Me No One) at the helm and was mastered by Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes) at West West Side Music in New Windsor, New York.

“The Pride” will be released as an iTunes exclusive via Vanity Music Group and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Carl V.Bini Memorial Foundation for distribution to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

A music video is also in the works with details on its release expected soon.

The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund was founded in honor of Firefighter Carl V. Bini, a member of the FDNY tragically taken during 9/11. The fund’s mission is to memorialize the heroism of its fallen hero by providing aid to those who so desperately need it now and in the future.

Coverart designed by Michelle Volpe

ALL STAR PROJECT SET TO RELEASE HURRICANE SANDY CHARITY SINGLE, “THE PRIDE”

(15 January 2013 – Staten Island, NY) The project comprised of the NY based band The Infinite Staircase along with Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ex-Ozzy Osbourne), Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few) and John “JD” DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) has completed work on the single, which is now called “The Pride.”

Co-writer, singer and guitarist, Lenny Cerzosie explains the meaning of the song title and the process in which he and vocalist, Kevin Martin took to get to that conclusion. “In terms of the writing process and the meaning behind “The Pride”, which the coolest thing about it to me is that it was written by all of us, it was a group effort and where I see where it started was Kevin, being the one who technically is not necessarily from the area but has very close ties and of course it touched home to him, but he said “tell me what you guys experienced, tell me what you guys saw, tell me what you guys heard, tell me what really went on, what people didn’t see, what did you guys see, the home, your neighborhood. Everything that we were saying, he’s just jotting down ideas…we had a whole bunch of ideas. He had a couple of pages full of just ideas, whether it be the names, different things, the topics we wanted to touch; One of the main topics was about how the streets, the beach came all the way to the major boulevards. The streets and our home and our memories, those are all the main topics, the things that Kevin felt, that we all felt, those were the things to talk about. Kevin really took charge of, well let’s now put these things in some kind of order. We were talking about the chorus. So we were talking about the flooded streets and what the chorus has to be, it has to be the hope part. He’s like “These are our streets, this was our home” And I said, you know what, that’s awesome but what about “These are our streets. This IS our home.” ‘Cause even though it’s washed away, it’s still our home. He was like “Yeah, you’re right! Let’s do that!” It kind of flowed where he said, “Yeah, we are the pride.” And I said “Yeah, because New York, New Jersey, Philly, you know, we’re all about the pride” – he’s like “Yeah, but I’m talking about the lion’s pride, like the lion’s den. Forget FEMA and Red Cross and everybody else- that we take care of our own. We’re here for a reason. We are the lion’s den, the lion’s pride, that’s what it’s about. It’s the roar. It’s the pride.” I thought that was very cool. I think in the end, that’s going to be what really touches everybody; that we’re all in this together. This was a group effort and we’re all going to take care of our own and each other and that’s what the song really comes down to, it’s all about the pride.”

The track was recorded with Mike Ferretti at Architekt Music in Butler, NJ where Sevendust recently wrapped the recording of their new album, ‘Black Out The Sun’ and The Infinite Staircase continue to work on their new album.

“The Pride,” originally set for release on January 8 is now slated for a release date of February 5 through Vanity Music Group. Jeff Cerzosie of The Infinite Staircase explains “We wanted to get this out there as quickly as possible but also didn’t want to sacrifice quality for speed. Getting everyone together on this project and bringing in the right charitable organization while trying to ensure that we deliver something worthy of those who have suffered and lost everything was something that we all felt very strongly about. After all, we’re hoping to change at least a few lives through this project and to do that, everything needed to be perfect.”

It will be released as an iTunes exclusive and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Carl V.Bini Memorial Foundation for distribution to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“Living on the Jersey shore my entire life, I was mortified at the after effects of Hurricane Sandy,” says JD DeServio.
“It was heart breaking to see all the lives that were affected throughout the tri-state area. Hopefully the song we recorded will benefit some of those unfortunate people. God bless.”

Lenny Cerzosie – “Since we are talking in terms of the pride, the lion’s pride, the lion’s den type of mentality, it’s nice to know that the Carl V. Bini Memorial Foundation is based on the idea of a hero from 9/11. To work with a foundation like that, that’s already something that of course anybody, especially a New Yorker, would be proud to be a part of, it’s nice to know that we have 100% confidence that all of the money that’s going to be raised is going to go directly to people who need it and it’s not a corporate entity where money’s going to be laundered here and there and the other way. The musicians involved did not take a penny, did not ask for a penny, did not expect a penny, some of us even took pennies out of our pockets to make this happen. It’s great to work with a foundation like this. They’re so excited. They’re on board with us. It’s great to work with guys like this who are open to the musicians that are involved. It’s not corporate BS. It’s a sincere movement, a sincere group and I think in the end that’s what’s going to make this project successful; that everybody involved is 100% sincere and 100% authentic and that’s what’s going to make all the difference.”

The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund was founded in honor of Firefighter Carl V. Bini, a member of the FDNY tragically taken during 9/11. The fund’s mission is to memorialize the heroism of its fallen hero by providing aid to those who so desperately need it now and in the future.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE CRASH STREET KIDS

Merry X Mas Everyday sung by The Crash Street Kids

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ZAKK WYLDE AND MEMBERS OF SEVENDUST, CANDLEBOX AND BLACK LABEL SOCIETY JOIN THE INFINITE STAIRCASE TO RECORD SONG FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANE SANDY

(11 December, 2012 – (New York City, NY)   Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ex-Ozzy Osbourne), Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), John “JD” Deservio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) and New Yorkers, The Infinite Staircase will be teaming up to write and record a song in an effort to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy

Architekt Music, the state of the art recording facility where Sevendust recently tracked ‘Black Out The Sun’ and The Infinite Staircase continue to record their new album, located in Butler, New Jersey, has, along with recording engineer Mike Ferretti, graciously agreed to donate their services to help make this project come to fruition.

The song will be released, as an iTunes exclusive, via Vanity Music Group on 8 January 2013.

Each musician involved in this project has very close ties to the New York and Jersey area, having either grown up there, having very close friends and family who currently live there, or in the cases of JD DeServio and Lenny and Jeff Cerzosie of The Infinite Staircase, still residing in the storm damaged areas.

This storm has touched the lives of so many…Everyone’s hearts are in the right place.

Heading into the studio this week, expect more details on this project and its release to be announced shortly.

Zakk Wylde and John “JD” DeServio just came off a very successful run of shows in both Canada and South America with Black Label Society who have recently announced that a new DVD, titled ‘Unblackened’ will be recorded in 2013. JD has also been producing projects on the side as well as continuing work on the next Cycle Of Pain album.

Kevin Martin has been touring non-stop with Candlebox in support of their most recent release, ‘Love Stories And Other Musings,’ with plans to continue touring in support of the album in 2013 as well as the possibility of releasing new material with The Gracious Few, his other project with fellow Candlebox cohort Sean “Memphis” Hennesy and Chad Taylor, Chad Gracey and Patrick Dahlheimer of Multi-Platinum band Live.

Morgan Rose certainly has had his hands full in 2012 forming a new project with fellow Sevendust brethren Clint Lowery, called Call Me No One, whose debut album, ‘Last Parade’ was released June 5th on 7Bros Records which was followed by a tour as well as a Sevendust tour. Rose has also had his hand involved with producing many projects, not to mention writing and recording a brand new Sevendust record, ‘Black Out The Sun,’ which is set to be released on March 26th, 2013.

The Infinite Staircase has been busy recording their first new album of original material, since 2009’s ‘The Road Less Taken,’ with Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One) producing and playing drums on it as well as recording a collection of cover songs with John “JD” DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) titled ‘The Dead Cricket Sessions,’ both expected to be released some time in the beginning of 2013. In addition to Rose, the album of new material also features collaborations with Black Label Society & Cycle Of Pain’s JD DeServio, Sean “Memphis” Hennesy of Candlebox and The Gracious Few as well as Troy Cromwell from Cycle Of Pain. The band promises more collaborations to be announced in the near future.

THE NEW BLACK 7 TO RELEASE NEW MINI ALBUM ON VANITY MUSIC GROUP

(Des Moines, IA – 11 December 2012)  Iowa based Southern Rock newcomers The New Black 7 will release their new mini album, Hangovers & Heartbreak on 22 January 2013 through upstart label Vanity Music Group.

 

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“THE PRIDE” – HURRICANE SANDY CHARITY SINGLE

When tragedy strikes, the natural impulse is to lend a hand and do what you can do to help the affected persons ease back into normal everyday life. It’s just part of the human condition. However, when tragedy strikes your hometown and surrounding communities the ‘lending a hand” ethic takes a massive upswing and you immediately jump into high gear to get back to a sense of normalcy and peace of mind.

Such was the case with brothers Jeff and Lenny Cerzosie from the Staten Island, NY hard rock band The Infinite Staircase. Jeff recalls, “It was crazy. It still is. I mean, the devastation, the loss; you feel powerless. We were the lucky ones. My girlfriend’s uncle was trapped in his attic for almost 20 hours. Just him, his girlfriend and his cat. His neighbors were dead and he was surrounded by water and debris. We knew he was there but couldn’t do anything to help.”

Jeff Cerzosie soon jumped into action in another way, enlisting their friends Zakk Wylde and John “JD” DeServio from Black Label Society, Morgan Rose from Sevendust and Kevin Martin from Candlebox. Jeff also adds, “We’ve been friends with Kevin since 2005 when I reached out to him via Myspace about headlining a concert for Multiple Sclerosis that my family and I had put together on Staten Island. He was getting married about a week after the show, and still, he didn’t even hesitate to say ‘yes’ to me. That’s just the kind of guy he is.”

With everyone eager to help, all egos were checked and they set about to the task at hand. The only problem was, they had one shot and only one shot. What should they do, record a cover? Write an original song from scratch? A few cover songs were thrown into the mix and the project members began discussing The Rolling Stones’ “Salt Of The Earth” as the track to cut. (Everyone felt, not only is it a great song, but it’s a song that speaks to the hard working people or as Kevin Martin would say it’s “very New York/New Jersey.” Ultimately, everyone decided that a new song would be the way to go “Anyone can do a cover song and try and raise money for a cause. But we wanted to make a statement. We wanted to let the people who were hit by this storm know that they weren’t alone and that the music community cared about what was happening and they wanted to try and help in their own way.” and they set about putting together the track which would come to be known as “The Pride” Lenny Cerzosie says, “We (Kevin and Lenny) were talking about the chorus. So we were talking about the flooded streets and what the chorus has to be. It has to be the hope part. He’s like ‘These are our streets, this was our home’ And I said, ‘you know what, that’s awesome but what about These are our streets. This IS our home.’ ‘Cause even though it’s washed away, it’s still our home. He was like ‘Yeah, you’re right! Let’s do that!’ It kind of flowed where he said ‘Yeah, we are the pride.’ And I said ‘Yeah, because New York, New Jersey, Philly, you know, we’re all about the pride’ – he’s like ‘Yeah, but I’m talking about the lion’s pride. Like the lion’s den. Forget FEMA and Red Cross and everybody else – that we take care of our own. We’re here for a reason. We are the lion’s den, the lion’s pride, that’s what it’s about. It’s the roar. It’s the pride.'”

The musicians entered Architekt Music in Butler, NJ, where Sevendust had recently finished work on ‘Black Out The Sun” and The Infinite Staircase was in the midst of recording their new album. Studio owners George Roskos, Kurt Wubbenhorst and Engineer Mike Ferretti were more than happy to get involved in something that had also affected them and hit so close to home…
Lenny Cerzosie had actually written a song entitled “Slowly At Least“, which The Infinite Staircase and Morgan Rose had already begun recording for their forthcoming new album. With time short and schedules changing, it was Kevin Martin who, after hearing the demo cut of the song, thought the music would serve as the perfect arrangement for this project. With some fine tuning, melodic realizations and an intimate lyric writing session, everyone was involved and everyone was passionate about the song that was being created.

The Pride” is a melodic harnessing of emotions that tells a story and carries with it a strengthening message of resolve and perseverance. It instills a feeling of honor and unity. Melodic, with an edge, “The Pride” is everyone at their best, because that’s what the communities effected by this storm deserve. It is a culmination of everyone’s musical offerings in a melting pot where not one talent overshadows another. Everyone serves their just cause and purpose.

SILENCER’S ‘THE GREAT BEAR’ OUT TODAY! FULL ALBUM STREAM ON BLISTERING.COM

Colorado metallers Silencer have released their third full length effort, The Great Bear, through Vanity Music Group. The band, who throughout their career, have released a series of Ep’s, full length and compilation albums in the thrash realm have fallen back on their 70’s and 80’s influences for The Great Bear.  “We were aiming to bring a bit more rock back into metal without sacrificing any punch; things like big choruses and hooks as opposed to our previous works’ all out intensity and such,” says frontman and guitarist, Keith Spargo. “We were definitely influenced by concept albums such as Rush’s ‘2112’ and Queensryche’s ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ (among others) in putting together our story. This album musically is more denim, spikes, spit and vodka than anything we’ve done.”

Conceptually, Silencer takes a look at the U.S-Soviet space race of the 1950s/1960s and asks some “what if” questions:
“Lyrically, we rewind back to space race era Soviet Russia, and we chose to take a fictional turn towards what would have happened if the Russians chose to one-up the American’s moon landing by going somewhere further,” says Spargo. “We tell the story from the Russian perspective, and try to capture the mentality of a union that could mobilize their entire population to achieve a goal, and also from the perspective of a member of this mission. This sort of story almost wrote itself, and its mood lent us to write some more straightforward yet very heavy tracks. It’s definitely more thematic than prior releases, but aims to get to the point and tell a large story fairly efficiently.”

The Great Bear will be streaming in full all week at Blistering

The album can be purchased on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-great-bear/id565997574

5 QUESTIONS WITH SILENCER!

Chad Bower from about.com has Silencer give a rundown of the band’s history, the concept behind The Great Bear, upcoming tour plans and more.  Check it all out here

FREE DOWNLOAD OF SILENCER’S NEW TRACK, “I AM THUNDER!”

Pure Grain Audio is hosting a free download of the Silencer track, “I AM Thunder!,” taken from the band’s upcoming album, The Great Bear.  You can grab it here