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The JOURNEYS ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARDS, FUELED BY MONSTER ENERGY Makes Triumphant Return to Cleveland for its Fourth Year

#APMAs Trends Worldwide on Twitter and Facebook for Fourth Consecutive Year, Reaching #1 Overall on Twitter and #1 Overall Broadcast on Twitch.


CLEVELAND, OH – The 2017 Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards Fueled By Monster celebrated its fourth year with a stellar lineup of presenters, an array of spirited performances and the evidence that rock music in all its myriad sounds and subcultures remains as vibrant as ever. This year’s APMAs took place last night (July 17, 2017) in the venerable KeyBank State Theatre, located in Cleveland’s renowned theater district, where a capacity crowd immersed themselves in a genuine award show setting, with the venue’s magnificent features further heightening the excitement of the evening. In addition to the joy felt by those experiencing the show in the intimate setting of the State, the excitement went international via a worldwide broadcast via Amazon Music and Twitch.

Hosted by Black Veil Brides and Andy Black frontman Andy BiersackAPMAs v.4 was a feast for the eyes and ears of those tuning in. Starting with a high-spirited version of “Good Time” by All Time Low (whose wisecracking guitarists Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat emceed the show’s two previous years), the event went straight vertical from there, powered by an array of inspired performances. This year’s selection of once-in-a-lifetime collaborations were Japanese rock ambassadors ONE OK ROCK teaming up with Goldfinger frontman John Feldmann on”I Was King”; New Years Day-led by AP‘s sultry red carpet co-host Ash Costello-showed that sisters were doing it for themselves with some help from Halestormfrontwoman Lzzy Hale on a cover of “Only Happy When It Rains” by alt-rock icons Garbage. Fearless Records’ Punk Goes… series came to life when Grayscale performed a cover of Justin Bieber (“Love Yourself”) before enlisting State Champs’ Derek DiScanio to rock out Sean Mendez’ “Stitches.” Plain White T’s performed a dialed-down acoustic version of their 2005 hit “Hey There, Delilah,” while metal mavericks Nothing More also left their amps off for a compelling three-song set that included “Go To War,” “This Is The First Time (Ballast),” and a compelling version of Skrillex’s “First Of The Year.” Things heated up once again when The Pretty Reckless threw some fire with “Hangman”; Pierce The Veil delivered a rousing performance of “Circles,” as well as a stirring cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”; brooding rockers Starset captivated the crowd with “Satellite”; and Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness visited “Cecilia And The Satellite” and other moments in his career from his days in Something Corporate (“I Woke Up In A Car”) and Jack’s Mannequin (“Dark Blue”). Wiseguy savants Waterparks essentially wrote pop-punk’s next chapter with “Stupid For You,” Dance Gavin Dance revved up the crowd with “Betrayed By The Game,” while Sleeping With Sirens enlisted a youth choir to perform “Legends,” the first single from their impending album.”

The APMAs keeps to the beat of culture, which is why the event featured a powerful “drum explosion” from three of music’s finest drummers: Adrian Young of DREAMCAR and No DoubtSum 41‘s Frank Zummo and very special guest Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots. The trio brought the house down with a dazzling display of impeccable musicianship and show-biz flash. Not to be outdone though, show host Biersack and his wife Juliet Simms delivered a heartrending performance of international superstar Adele’s “When We Were Young.” While rock and punk were the order of the night, the APMAs repped the city’s hip-hop cred in a big way, with a tough performance from old-school avatars Bone Thugs (“1st Of Tha Month,” “Crossroads,” “Coming Home”) and electrifying next-gen prime mover Machine Gun Kelly (“Gunner,” “Let You Go”).

This year’s set of honorary APMAs “Skullys” included the introduction of the new Influencer award, which was given to musical polymath John Feldmann for his multi-faceted and highly storied career working with artists across all genres. Icon Award recipient Laura Jane Graceof Against Me! was recognized for her advocacy in the transgender community, promoting awareness and cultural understanding. After receiving this year’s honorary Icon award from PVRIS’ Lynn Gunn and Mina Caputo of NYC metal unit Life Of Agony, Grace took the stage with Against Me! for some life-affirming versions of “I Was A Teenage Anarchist” and an amazing medley including “Delicate, Petite And All The Things I’ll Never Be,” the Supremes’ 1964 hit “Where Did Our Love Go,” and “True Trans Soul Rebel” – two of which featured passionate, crowd-stirring duets with Caputo.


Nü-metal progenitors Korn were given the Vanguard award for their significant influence in the realm of heavy music. This year’s Philanthropic Grant award sponsored by Hopeless/Sub City was given to Cassie Wilson, the founder of Half Access, whose organization (halfaccess.org) supplies information regarding various music venues’ ability to accommodate disabled patrons. Wilson was brought to the stage by Dan Campbell, frontman for strident pop-punk outfit, The Wonder Years.
Music fans may view encore presentations of the show via Amazon for a limited window of 72 hours. Go to music.amazon.com/apmas to watch the entire show before 7 p.m. ET, July 20.
For recaps and other show information, visit www.altpress.com/apmas.
See below for the full list of all the APMAs 2017 award winners:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR presented by Monster Energy: PANIC! AT THE DISCO
ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by JourneysMisadventures, PIERCE THE VEIL
SONG OF THE YEAR presented by Epitaph RecordsANDY BLACK, “We Don’t Have To Dance”
BEST MUSIC VIDEO presented by JourneysSTATE CHAMPS, “Losing Myself”
BEST GUITARIST presented by PRS GuitarsJordan Buckley, EVERY TIME I DIE
BEST DRUMMER presented by Guitar Center, Remo and SJC Drums: Frank Zummo, SUM 41
BEST LIVE BAND presented by Eleven Seven MusicFALLING IN REVERSE
BEST HARD ROCK BAND presented by Metal Blade Records and Blacklight Media: THE PRETTY RECKLESS
PHILANTHROPIC GRANT presented by Sub City/Hopeless Records: Cassie Wilson of Half Access, presented by Dan Campbell of the Wonder Years.
Alternative Press acknowledges the awesome city of Cleveland for its support of its fourth annual award show. We are grateful for the immeasurable kindness and support from all the local companies, city organizations and music fans who attended. AP is proud to call Cleveland home, and it is committed to strengthening the city’s reputation as the rock capitol of the world.
The APMAs is produced by Mike Shea, Joe Scarpelli, Allyson Vecchione and Amber Funk.


Arch Enemy Announce “The World Is Yours”

Although, I didn’t know that they were the ones to tell people that. Sweet! Thanks guys!

ARCH ENEMY have risen once again and are ready to accelerate at full force as they unleash the masterful new single, “The World Is Yours”, taken from their forthcoming album, “Will To Power”, due out on September 8 via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS worldwide.

Mastermind Michael Amott comments, “We’ve been hard at work on the new album for a while now and we’re proud to present the first taste of new Arch Enemy music in over three years with our new single and video, ‘The World Is Yours’! This was the first song I wrote for the upcoming ‘Will To Power’ album and Daniel (Erlandsson, drums) helped me arrange and finish it up. One of many songs we co-wrote and co-produced this time around. We had a blast recording together with the full band in the south of Sweden and then mixing with Jens Bogren, who did a superb mix and mastering – in my opinion even surpassing the epic sound on our previous record, ‘War Eternal’. People that have heard this song in particular are saying it’s got the classic anthemic Arch Enemy vibe going on, and I think they might be right about that… Looking forward to playing it live on stage later this summer!”

Directed by Patric Ullaeus, the massive debut track can be heard and seen here: https://youtu.be/lk2-bgwA0Ro

The World Is Yours” will be offered as an instant download with all digital pre-orders and is also available on all streaming platforms.

You can find all physical and digital formats here: http://willtopower.centurymedia.com

“Will To Power” promises to be the ultimate statement of heavy metal supremacy and will mark the first album the band have recorded with their current line-up — ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ (Vocals), MICHAEL AMOTT (Guitars), JEFF LOOMIS (Guitars), SHARLEE D’ANGELO (Bass), and DANIEL ERLANDSSON (Drums). The album was co-produced by AMOTT and ERLANDSSON, while being mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren.

Following the immense critical acclaim from their anthem-laden triumph of 2014, “War Eternal”, ARCH ENEMY will continue to bring their thunderous live performances to fans worldwide on the “Will To Power 2017 International Tour” this fall, followed by a busy summer making appearances across the European festival market. The first leg of the tour will stretch across Eastern Europe from September 15 to October 11 with direct support from Jinjer. Further dates across Europe and North America are soon to be revealed. See below for a full listing of upcoming shows!


Summer festivals 2017

15.07.2017 Gefle Metal Festival, Gavle, Sweden

04.08.2017 Rock Pod Kamenom Festival, Snina, Slovakia

05.08.2017 Ostrave v Plamenech, Ostrava, Czech Republic

07.08.2017 Festival Di Majano, Majano, Itlay

08.08.2017 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria

10.08.2017 Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain

11.08.2017 Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal

12.08.2017 Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

13.08.2017 Bloodstock Open Air, Walton-On-Trent, UK

“Will To Power Tour 2017” w/ special guest Jinjer

15.09.2017 Music Hall, Innsbruck, Austria

16.09.2017 Posthof, Linz, Austria

17.09.2017 Cvetlicarna, Ljubljana, Slovenia

18.09.2017 Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia

20.09.2017 Quantic Club Open Air Stage, Bucharest, Romania

21.09.2017 Universiada Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria

22.09.2017 Piraeus 117 Academy, Athens, Greece

23.09.2017 Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki, Greece

25.09.2017 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia

26.09.2017 Progresja, Warsaw, Poland

27.09.2017 Loftas, Vilnius, Lithuania

29.09.2017 Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia

30.09.2017 Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia

01.10.2017 The Circus, Helsinki, Finland

03.10.2017 Re:Public, Minsk, Belarus *

04.10.2017 Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russia *

06.10.2017 Otdyh, Novosibirsk, Russia *

08.10.2017 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia *

10.10.2017 Yotaspace, Moscow, Russia *

11.10.2017 Zvezda, Samara, Russia *

*without Jinjer

Tickets for all shows are available here: www.archenemy.net

Japanese Instrumental Rockers “Mono” Announce Tour Down Under

Japanese instrumental rock outfit MONO are returning to Australian shores this November in a tour presented by Bird’s Robe and TheMusic.com.au. In celebration of ten years since their debut visit to Australia, the band will visit Adelaide for the first time EVER in their history, as well as returning to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne & Perth.

Ten years on from their debut Australian tour, this visit follows their 2016 album “Requiem for Hell” and will feature the band playing music that spans their entire catalogue across a close to two hour show.

MONO was originally formed in 1999 – their unique approach of blending orchestral arrangements and shoegaze guitar noise in their music has been held in extremely high regard; so much so, that the band’s musicianship was praised by British Magazine NME: “This is music for the Gods”. One of the most monumental live memories of the band was a special set of shows with a 23-piece orchestra in New York, Tokyo, London and Melbourne.

Their annual world tour consists of around 150 shows. The band has now visited over 55 countries and proudly holds the stake of being one of the most internationally successful bands in Japan. Among their fans, they are revered as one of the best live bands in rock.

After releasing 10 successful albums including a live album with New York orchestra, the band received the highly regarded award “The Marshall Hawkins Awards: Best Musical Score – Featurette” from the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema for their collaborative short film “Where We Begin” in 2015.

In 2016, the band recorded their 9th album “Requiem For Hell” with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio, Chicago and was released worldwide on Oct 14, 2016. The album was accompanied by a feature documentary documenting the band’s history through to the current day.

Having cemented their place amongst their post-rock and shoegaze contemporaries such as Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, My Bloody Valentine and Mogwai, MONO are nonetheless peerless in terms of their incendiary live performances. Returning once again to our shores, this tour is a very special celebration of MONO’s affinity with Australia, the scene of some of their greatest shows.

Check out their video for the song “Requiem From Hell“.


The Triffid

Manning Bar

Max Watt’s


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MammothFest 2017 – The Line Up

MAMMOTHFEST is currently an indoor hard rock and metal festival. This year the event will be held at it’s new home, The Arch in Brighton across the three days. This is set to be the most immense event yet, back for the fifth round following the success of previous years with a mighty line-up of over 50 ACTS! Past bands include: Onslaught, Feed The Rhino, Textures, Venom Inc, Ingested, Martyr Defiled, Entombed, Sylosis and Savage Messiah.

The full line up/themes and arrangements of this huge event are as follows:


THE ARCH – 187-193 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 1NB

MAIN STAGE – Rotting Christ (UK Exclusive), Tsjuder (UK Exclusive) The Infernal Sea, Vehement.

SECOND STAGE – Ethereal, Heathen Deity, Necro Nautical

VIP STAGE – The Crimson Brigade, Deitus


THE ARCH – 187-193 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 1NB

MAIN STAGE – Fleshgod Apocalypse (UK Exclusive), Dragged Into Sunlight, Akercocke, Lawnmower Deth, Meta-Stasis, Abhorrent Decimation, Death Remains, Bleed Again, Kill All The Gentlemen

SECOND STAGE – No Raza, Warcrab,  Ascaris, Materia, Damaj, Synaptik, Devil Wants Her Swagger Back, Hole In The Sky, Gutteral Carnage

VIP STAGE – Seething Akira, Lagerstein


THE ARCH– 187-193 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 1NB

MAIN STAGE (STONER / DOOM) – Amenra (UK Exclusive),  Vodun, OHHMS, Patrick Walker (40 Watt Sun),  Telepathy, Grave Lines, Wren, Haast’s Eagled, Kurokuma, Kalloused,  Urne, Solleme

SECOND STAGE (RIKSTOCK) – Core of iO, Vigil, Thermit, Rotten Foxes, Negative Measures,  This Is Turin, Thuum,  Confronted, Pensevor, Mutually Assured Destruction,

VIP STAGE – Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters

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Technical Post Hardcore “Faces Of Eve” Announce Debut Album

Talented youngsters FACES OF EVE are delighted to announce their debut self-titled LP, due August 25.

To coincide with the announcement, the band have streamed their new single ‘Dreamcatcher’. First premiered via Punktastic, you can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TQdcZZ3H_c


FACES OF EVE are a band who stand above their peers in the British progressive metal scene. Melding elements of technical post-hardcore, metalcore, and tech metal, the young band are back with their Faces of Eve LP.

Reminiscent of Exit TenEmarosa, and Coheed and CambriaFACES OF EVE are led by Benjamin Black’s expressive clean vocals, and backed by the band’s wickedly tight and furiously frenetic rhythm section. Unafraid at times to demonstrate a more pop and soulful sound, the band have a full-range of emotion on display on this fine debut.

Recorded with Timfy from Hacktivist, the band are certainly not slacking. A co-headline run with Lincoln tech-metallers Borders completed in the Spring; FACES OF EVE then went on to a short headline run at the end of June, along with a show supporting Drewsif Stalin in London. A further headline tour is pending for late summer.

A band who’ve previously played alongside Holding AbsenceNapoleonCrazy TownMartyr DefiledSlaughter To Prevail and more, FACES OF EVE could well be a band to watch in future.

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Fort Fest Cancelled!? 

It is with great regret that the organisers of Fort Fest have had to cancel the 2017 event. 

Despite the strong line up featuring Pulled Apart By HorsesRolo TomassiToploaderFort Hope,Normandie and many more, the three-day festival as Scald End Farm in Bedfordshire will not be taking place on 4-6 August due to low ticket sales.

Jon Hewitt said on behalf of organisers The Fort Records: “We are deeply saddened that we have had to cancel Fort Fest. After a very promising start last year, ticket sales have been extremely disappointing and there was no prospect of us being able to deliver the festival that we had planned or that everyone involved deserves. We would like to apologise to everyone who has bought tickets and to the bands and traders that supported Fort Fest.  Full refunds will, of course, be forthcoming this week.”

All ticket holders will be refunded with the next seven days.

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Tour Postponement 

Due to employee strikes at New York’s John Foster Kennedy Airport, American Rock outfit Red Jumpsuit Apparatus have announced that their UK tour with Veridian has been postponed until December. 
Keep an eye out here for when those dates are announced. If you still fancy seeing Veridian, you can still see them this summer at the dates below. 

21.07 Reading, The Dome (BBC Introducing)
23.07 Gloucester, Amplified Festival
05.08 Newbury, Corn Exchange 
06.08 Bedford, Fort Fest 

14.08 Southampton, Joiners (w/ Rory Indiana)
15.08 Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms (w/ Rory Indiana)
16.08 Leicester, The Shed (w/ Rory Indiana) 
17.08 Birmingham, Subside (w/ Rory Indiana)
18.08 Edinburgh, Opium (w/ Rory Indiana)
19.08 Cheltenham, Summerfest (w/ Rory Indiana)
20.08 Bridgwater, Cobblestones (w/ Rory Indiana)
21.08 London, Thousand Island (formerly Upstairs @ The Garage) (w/ Rory Indiana)

01.10 Manchester, Deadbolt Festival 
14.10 Plymouth, Turbulence Festival

They also have a brand new video out for their new single “Ink” which you can also check out below.