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REVIEW: Silverstein – ‘I Am Alive In Everything I Touch’

Artist: Silverstein
Album: I Am Alive In Everything I Touch
Genre: Rock

If any of us outlast Silverstein in the music business then there truly is no God and we are all doomed.

Having survived over a decade in the scene, not to mention the coming and going of numerous musical trends, Silverstein have once again reaffirmed their place atop the hard rock hierarchy with I Am Alive In Everything I Touch. Both heavy and soft, the album offers a diverse showcase of the seasoned band’s proven chops, as well as a smattering of new ideas to keep things …

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EDITORIAL: Of Mice & Men Come Full Circle

It seems that with every minute, rock and roll group Of Mice & Men are becoming more and more relevant to the music scene. The question is, however, in what way? Any Warped Tour fanatic of early 2010-2012 can vouch for the band’s incredible growth as they reigned over the metalcore scene, one tour at a time. Yet now, with the release of their newest record Restoring Force, along with their reissue Full Circle, they have easily left this platform behind them, diving into a style that’s poised to launch them into mainstream music–or it’s a style they’ve …

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UTG PREMIERE: Actor Observer – “Steel Yourself” (Video)

Today is a good day, my friends. After years of being one of our favorite bands to promote, Actor Observer have joined forces with UTG to share the exclusive world premiere of their new video.

Oh, you don’t know Actor Observer? That’s not exactly okay, as they are without a doubt one of the most promising young bands to exist in the last decade, but for the sake of moving things along we will go ahead and give you a pass (this time). The band is currently preparing to release their new album, The Longer Now, on March 10. …

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UTG PREMIERE: Bornstellar – ‘Self Destruct’ EP

Less than a year after coming together in the name of rock and roll, Bornstellar have written and recorded a killer EP that demands your full attention.

It’s hard to know what to write about Bornstellar that hasn’t already been said in a dozen other articles found here on UTG. Founded in December 2013, this hard rock outfit hail from South Carolina with a sound that blends elements of hard and alternative rock with just enough mainstream magic in the mix to have broad appeal. Their new release, the Self Destruct EP, features five great tracks that will have you …

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Best Video Of The Week? Nice Hooves Unleash “Warpaint Is Not A Mask”

Nice Hooves are a band that I have known existed for less than three hours, but I am quickly becoming a fan of their frenzied take on the place where modern hard rock meets punk.

Today, Nice Hooves released the official video for their latest single, “Warpaint Is Not A Mask.” It’s the type of song that offers the kind of in-your-face take on rock that made bands like The Refused a household name, only this time it’s channeled through a slew of post-Y2k influences that give the entire production a nice modern edge. In fact, one UTG writer described …

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UTG PHOTOS: Black Label Society & Down (5/10/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer, Derek Scancarelli, to Best Buy Theater in New York City to photograph The Revolver Golden Gods Tour on May 10, 2014.

Over 2,000 members of the BLS New York Chapter gathered Saturday night for a sold-out evening of metal music. The stacked lineup included Black Label Society, Down, Devil You Know and Butcher Babies.

It was satisfying seeing the proud display of heavy music in Times Square. Tourists passing by and looking at the sold-out marquee for the likes of Zakk Wylde and Phil Anselmo is just as satisfying to watch as …

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STREAM: Cities And Years – “Situations” And “Buried”

Over a month ago, we posted a small teaser from Michigan heavy rock band Cities And Years, where they had teased to us all a small glimpse of some new music. Well today is a very lucky day for everyone, as they have released not one, but two brand new tracks to the music world. These tracks take a progressive leap forward from their past EP, TRUTH, and fans of Comeback Kid, AFI, and Sum 41 will instantly get attached to Cities And Years.

You can stream their two newest tracks, called “Situations” and “Buried,” right after the …

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UTG TV: Twelve Foot Ninja Celebrate Their Revolver Golden Gods Award

“Flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down,” reads a Snapple cap I’ve just exchanged with Stevic, lead guitarist of Twelve Foot Ninja. He’s mildly interested and certainly exhausted. In our brief walk together it became clear how intellectual and curious his mind really was. By this point, he was mainly concentrated on the speculative conversation that we’d been having over dinner with the band members and Zach from Metal Insider.

Over pizza we discussed everything from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight to Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper; but that was the least exciting part of our night. …

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MUSIC VIDEO: Relief In Sleep – “Sleepwalker”

If you need some hard rock music in your life, then Relief In Sleep may be a band you want to check out. They recently signed to Imminence Records, and will be releasing their self-titled full length album via the label on April 1. One of the singles off the album is titled “Sleepwalker,” and today the group is proud to finally reveal the music video for it. You can check out the visuals for yourself by taking a look below.

You can pre-order a digital copy of their album by heading on over to Bandcamp. When you pre-order …

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Lionfight Release “Uncle Ben” Music Video

Just a week after releasing their debut EP, Chicago rock outfit Lionfight have released a brand new music video.

Built around a single performance, “Uncle Ben” showcases that eye-catching stage presence of Lionfight against bright lights and dark backdrops. The track is essentially a riot set to music, and the energy shown from the members in the clip is fittingly frantic. You can view the video below.

We featured a track-by-track with Lionfight earlier this month. Click here to learn the story behind their debut EP.

Speaking of that new release, anyone interested in learning more about Lionfight’s music can …

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Motley Crue Confirm ‘Final Tour,’ Reveal Routing

Motley Crue held their highly-anticipated news conference in Los Angeles this afternoon, and as expected they announced plans to embark on their final tour later this year.

Dubbed ‘The Final Tour,’ Motley Crue’s last run together will see them visiting arenas around the globe over the course of several months. The aging metal outfit will kick things off this summer with a July 2 performance in Grand Rapids, then proceed to visit many cities around the nation before taking their show overseas. Alice Cooper will serve as direct support.

The tour dates for Motley Crue’s final run were …

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UTG TV: Ice-T Q&A At CBGB Music & Film Festival

“When it’s all said and done, no ones gonna remember what I had. They’re going to remember what I said,” proclaims Ice-T. “If you tell the truth, it will always be relevant.”

The past month has been a serious onslaught of concerts, film screenings, press events, and more for the New York City area. Between CMJ and CBGB’s you couldn’t walk ten feet without finding another great exposition of artistic integrity.

One event UTG was fortunate to sit in on was an intimate press conference with notorious rapper, actor, and entrepreneur, Ice-T. He discussed everything you could imagine. The reunion …