Day in Rock Report for 08/05/2016

Today's Day in Rock Stories

Spencer Sotelo Leaves From First To Last Amid Skrillex Rumors

Spencer Sotelo confirmed via Twitter that he is no longer singing for From First To Last. This follows speculation that the group may be reuniting with Sonny Moore (aka Skrillex).

Sotelo tweeted on Thursday, "I'm not going to be singing with FFTL anymore. We did Dead Trees for fun and didn't really plan on anything further than that."

He originally confirmed the news of his departure while responding to fans on Twitter. He was asked if he was done with the band and he responded, "Yessir".

Another fans tweeted "please tell me you are still going to do vocals for from first to last. Dead Trees helped me so much." and he responded, "I found out the same way you did. Guess not."

Sotelo won't have to worry about keeping busy as his other band Periphery just released the new studio album "Periphery III: Select Difficulty".

Skrillex sparked the reunion rumors after he premiered a new song on his radio show this past Saturday that many believe was a new From First To Last track.

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Guns N' Roses Expand Setlist For Dallas Concert

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses brought their reunion tour to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on August 3rd and videos of several of the song performances have been posted online.

The Not In This Lifetime run sees the trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan perform with a lineup that includes guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese, and drummer Frank Ferrer.

The expanded 25-song set featured the "Chinese Democracy" rarity "Sorry", which was first performed by the reunited lineup in Philadelphia, PA on July 14th.

It's the fourth tune from the 2008 album that the group has played in 2016, alongside "This I Love", "Better" and the title track. Check out the videos from the show here.

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Panic! At The Disco Premiere Cover Of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

(Radio.com) Panic! At The Disco fans know all to well the Las Vegas band covers Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' like no other. It's almost a staple in their live shows. Now, Panic! has finally released a proper recording of the 1975 smash hit as part of the Suicide Squad soundtrack.

"Oh man, I was just so ecstatic," Brendon Urie said to Zane Lowe of being asked to be part of the soundtrack. The film's producers had asked Urie to come to the studio and watch a few pieces of the movie after asking him to take part in the soundtrack. Urie explained that he watched about half of the film which pumped him up to record "Rhapsody."

"All the scenes I saw were incredible and it just made me more inspired, and that was even before I record the studio version! So that fueled exactly how the studio version went. Man, it's just so epic!" Listen to a portion of the track along with his interview with Zane Lowe here.

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Jason Newsted Announces Live Dates For The Chophouse Band

On the heals of his announcement that he is going acoustic, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has revealed a handful of live dates for The Chophouse Band.

The series of shows will kick off on September 2nd in Crystal Bay, NV and also includes several additional stops in California including performances in Santa Cruz, Mill Valley, Napa and Sebastopol.

Earlier this month, Newtsted explained via an online video his change in musical direction from metal to acoustic. He said via Metal Hammer, "After 30 years of playing heavy music, I've been around the globe about five times. I've already climbed that mountain. We got Grammy awards, the Hall Of Fame and all those different things. That's as far as you can go in that kind of music. It's someone else's turn to have fun in that music now."

He added: "I can't play like Slipknot now. Those guys are heavier and faster than I could ever dream of playing now. This is how I can play, and this is what I'll do for the rest of time." See the upcoming tour dates here.

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Dallas Taylor's Bandmate Overwhelmed By Fan Support After Crash

(Metal Hammer) Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster bassist Brad Lehmann says the band are overwhelmed by the support shown for stricken frontman Dallas Taylor.The vocalist remains in the trauma unit at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, after suffering serious injuries in a quad bike crash this week.

The 36-year-old Taylor is still unconscious, with medical staff particularly concerned by bleeding on the brain and a blood clot in his carotid artery. An operation to repair a number of broken bones in Taylor's arm was a success, Lehmann says.

Lehmann tells Metal Hammer: "It really is heartening to see how the rock community comes together at a time like this. Sometimes on social media there can be a lot of squabbling between bands and fans, but when something like this happens we really come together." Read more here.

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Alice Cooper Says Rock Stars Should Stay Out Of Politics

(Metal Hammer) Alice Cooper says rock stars should stay out of politics as it's "the worst idea ever." The shock rock icon recently launched a spoof manifesto to become President of the United States and British Prime Minister, with 10 pledges including adding Lemmy to Mount Rushmore and renaming Big Ben after the late Motorhead frontman, a ban on selfies and getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC.

But when asked what he really feels about rock stars getting involved in politics, Cooper tells the new Metal Hammer: In Residence On Spotify: "I absolutely hate it. It's the worst idea ever.

"First of all, why do people think rock stars know more than they do? That is the biggest fallacy in the world - if anything we're dumber. We're not smarter than anybody else. I mean, why do you think we're rock stars?

"Trust me, we don't read magazines you don't read. Nobody calls us up and gives us as inside information on politics. We know less than you do. If I watch TV it's Family Guy.

"Rock'n'roll was built to go as far away from politics as you could get. When my mum and dad talked about who to vote for, I'd go in the other room and put on the Beatles or Rolling Stones - and I'm still like that." Read more here.

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David Bowie and Radiohead On Mercury Prize Shortlist

(Classic Rock) David Bowie's Blackstar and A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead are on the shortlist for the 2016 Mercury Prize. Organizers today named the 12 acts in the running for the top prize at the 25th annual Mercury awards ceremony, with Bat For Lashes and The 1975 among the other nominees.

Bowie released Blackstar - his 25th album - on his 69th birthday this year. He died two days later, on January 10, of liver cancer which he kept secret from everyone but his family and closest friends.

Producer Tony Visconti described the record as Bowie's "parting gift" to his fans. Radiohead's ninth album, A Moon Shaped Pool, was released on May 8. Read more here.

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Phil Anselmo To Sing For Eyehategod At Upcoming Shows

(Metal Hammer) Phil Anselmo will fill in for Eyehategod frontman Mike Williams at two upcoming gigs. The former Pantera and current Down and Superjoint singer Anselmo will act as guest vocalist for Eyehategod at Southport Music Hall in New Orleans on August 19 and at the seventh annual Gwar B-Q in Richmond, Virginia, on August 20.

Williams has had to step back from live duties due to unspecified health issues. He says: "Due to some recent very important health issues I am dealing with, I would like to announce that Philip H Anselmo will be filling in for me at two special Eyehategod gigs.

"Phil has my full blessing for these shows and with all forces willing, I will return to the stage as soon as I am physically able." Eyehategod and Anselmo have a relationship going back years. Read more here.

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65daysofstatic Streaming Full New Album Online

(Prog) 65daysofstatic have made their new album No Man's Sky: Music For An Infinite Universe available to stream in full ahead of its official release. The album is out on August 5 and is the soundtrack to sci-fi video game No Man's Sky, which was developed by UK-based indie studio Hello Games.

The band say: "Being involved with No Man's Sky is as unlikely as it is exciting. Two years of our lives have disappeared into a black hole and we've been spat out into another dimension.

"The project has pushed us to explore new processes and techniques, to rethink our relationship with our own music and to essentially soundtrack every narrative thread of a 'choose your own adventure' novel that exists only in our minds.

"We're really proud of the results, and can't wait to release the album and play it live." Read more and check out the stream here.

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New Nine Inch Nails Music Reports Based On Hoax

It turns out that the speculation that Nine Inch Nails would be releasing a new track called "Dive and Slam" next month was based on a hoax, according to Kobalt Music Group.

The hoax reportedly began when a Reddit user posted a doctored image that was claimed to have come from Kobalt Music Group's database showing a September 16th release date for the track.

Kobalt also addressed the rumor by telling Billboard, Kobalt Music dismisses any claims related to a recent hoax where falsified information and images of a fictitious Nine Inch Nails release were posted on the web."

NIN leader Trent Reznor also quickly shot down the new music claim by tweeting "Not true."

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Of Mice & Men Want Fans Help For New Video

(Metal Hammer) Of Mice & Men need fans to get involved in the creation of the upcoming video for their track Real. They're asking their Ampersand fan club members to answer the question, "What makes you feel real?" by writing their response down on a white poster with a black felt pen. Applicants must then get someone to film them holding up the sign to the camera.

Of Mice & Men also want seven fans to be professionally filmed holding their signs at the upcoming video shoot in Portland, Oregon. Candidates are asked to send a recent photo of themselves with their name and age to talent@vilasentertainment.com and the successful candidates will be contacted about the shoot.

The band recently announced a run of album release shows in September. Tickets are bundled with copies of their upcoming fourth album Cold World, which can be pre-ordered on MerchNow. It's due out on September 9. Read more here.

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Slayer Announce Logo Shaped 'You Against You' Vinyl

(Classic Rock) Slayer will release their single You Against You on vinyl cut into the shape of their band logo. The track from their latest album Repentless will arrive on limited edition picture disc on September 9. It will also include a live version of War Ensemble from their 2014 Wacken Open Air festival performance.

Slayer guitarist Kerry King recently admitted that the future of the band is "very unclear" as frontman Tom Araya appears to be considering retirement.He said: "He's very unclear. That's just how he is. I don't know if he likes holding his cards in his pocket or what.

"I don't have an answer. I'm holding off a lot of things I want to do at home, just because I don't know if I'm going to be working in two years. I'm going to be working, hopefully in Slayer. What else am I going to do?" Read more here.

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Gov't Mule Streaming Full Tel-Star Sessions Online

(The Blues) Gov't Mule have made their archival release The Tel-Star Sessions available to stream in full. The record features the band's first demo recordings from 1994. It was meant to be a one-off project for Allman Brothers Band singer and guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody, but it quickly spawned a big audience.

Haynes tells UCR: "We had no designs on being a real band that stays together and makes a second record and a fifth record and a 10th record and tours year after year. We were just doing something for the fun of it.

"Our intention was to put out a really inexpensive, experimental low-budget record. We went into the studio with our own money and recorded these nine songs, which were virtually the only songs we knew at that time.

"There was starting to be an audience and more of a demand for what we were doing, and the feeling within the band was really strong. We were creating all of the time and I was writing more and more new material.

"It just felt like we were growing so quickly that we decided to not limit the repertoire to just those handful of songs and have the first record include a bunch of the newer stuff that I was writing as well." Read more and check out the stream here.

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Pete Townshend Releasing Classic Solo Concert On DVD

(Classic Rock) The Who guitarist Pete Townshend will launch his DVD Face The Face, which was filmed at his Cannes solo concert in France in 1986, on September 16.

Townshend has also shared a teaser clip of him performing the title track alongside David Gilmour, Peter Hope-Evans and his Deep End band on German TV show Rockpalast.

They were touring in support of Townshend's solo concept album White City: A Novel at the time. The DVD is described as "a fascinating and compelling release. Pete Townshend and the band deliver an outstanding performance that showcases him as a solo artist as distinct from his work with The Who." Watch the video clip and read more here.

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90 Percent Of Nirvana's 'Nevermind' Sound Due To Grohl Says Vig

(Radio.com) Producer and Garbage drummer Butch Vig opened up about working with Nirvana for their sophomore studio album Nevermind in late July, and he credits Dave Grohl with helping bring the band's sound together.

In a new interview with Ultimate Guitar, Vig said, "They called me at the 11th hour to go out to LA so I didn't really have any preproduction time." Having worked with the band a year prior before Grohl joined the band, he was familiar with how they operated. But things all changed with Grohl in the picture.

Vig credited Grohl, who he called "an incredible drummer." When it came to "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Grohl really blew him away. "I just kept pacing around the room and going, 'Oh, my god. This sounds f--' amazing.' Dave is an incredible musician. He really is. People always say, 'How'd you get that sound on Nevermind? and 90 percent of it is Dave Grohl. It's just how Dave plays and he's just so, so powerful." Read more here.

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Bob Weir Announces New Solo Album 'Blue Mountain'

(Radio.com) The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir hasn't released a solo album in 10 years, and it's been 30 years since his last album of 100 percent new music. Through his legendary touring career jamming through interpretations of classics has taken priority.

Nevertheless, Weir will release a solo album--of all new material--titled Blue Mountain on September 30th. The project has been gestating for a while. Last year Weir discussed his collaborators:

"The idea came from Josh Kaufman and his circle of friends, particularly Josh Ritter," Weir told Relix. "It's, for the most part, all new songs. I've been working with Josh Ritter a fair bit on some ideas, and I'm going to also drag in John Barlow and Gerrit Graham as well."

Weir will hit the road for a short run of solo dates in support of the new album in October. Check out the Blue Mountain track listing, and Weier's fall dates here.

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Delain Streaming New Song 'The Glory And The Scum'

(Metal Hammer) Delain have released a lyric video for their song The Glory And The Scum. The track is lifted from their upcoming fifth album Moonbathers. It's due out on August 26.

Moonbathers features a guest appearance by Arch Enemy singer Alissa White-Gluz on opener Hands Of Gold, and also includes a cover of Queen's Scandal. The album artwork and tracklist can be viewed below.

The band said: "We have never had so many milestone events in one year. The release of our EP Lunar Prelude, our fifth studio album Moonbathers, our upcoming 10 year anniversary celebrations and there is still more to come.

"All of this while playing our most heavy touring year ever. We are on a roll, and our new album Moonbathers is here to embody that. We hope you will enjoy this new effort and join us on our endeavours, making 2016 the biggest year for Delain ever." Check out the song and read more here.

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The Misfits Will Deliver At Reunion Shows Promises Jerry Only

(Classic Rock) Jerry Only says the Misfits understand what fans expect from their upcoming reunion shows, also starring Glenn Danzig and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein - and he's vowed they'll deliver.

Just two appearances have been confirmed under the banner of 'The Original Misfits,' at Denver's Riot Fest on September 2-4 and Chicago's Riot Fest on September 16-18.

But Only believes there's more to come after the trio play together for the first time since 1983. He tells 97.9 The Loop: "We're a legendary act. We need to live up to what people conceive us to be. The beauty of it is, Glenn's in great shape and my brother looks like freakin' Hercules. I've dropped about 20 pounds. I rehearse the set about three times a night. It's going to be us on top of our game." Read more here.

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KISS Scooby-Doo Movie More Important Than New Album

(Classic Rock) KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer has used the band's 2015 tie-in with Scooby-Doo to illustrate that there might be "more important things to do" than make a new album.

He says the feature Scooby-Doo And KISS: Rock And Roll Mystery, featuring the members' own voices along with a brand-new track, did a better job of extending their audience than recording a follow-up to 2012's Monster might achieve.

Thayer tells I'm Music: "That's the unfortunate state of the record business these days. It's harder to make the decision to record, because with all the time and effort and resourced that go into doing it, in almost all cases, it doesn't pay off any more. People aren't buying music in a general sense. It becomes kind of a waste of time."

He adds that "it's nice to have an outlet" for creativity, but continues: "It's almost like there are more important things to spend your precious hours of the day doing.

"We did this crazy Kiss and Scooby-Doo thing last year, and I know it's a kid's thing - but in terms of attracting new, young fans it's astounding what things like that can do for your career." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Yashin Breaking Up Amid 'Cut-Throat' Music Business

(TeamRock) Scottish rock outfit Yashin have announced their split, blaming the "cut-throat" music business for their demise. Their third album The Renegades was only released in February and Yashin were due to hit the road with Vampires Everywhere and Firstborn for a UK tour in September and October.

Those dates have been cancelled, but Yashin say a handful of farewell shows will be announced soon. The band had this to say: "This is a moment in time we never wanted to come but unfortunately it has arrived, which means Yashin is no more.

"The music industry is a cut-throat business at the best of times and despite our best efforts, passion and commitment it has dissolved everything we used to love about being in this band.

"We'd like to take this opportunity to thank every person who has ever been a fan of our band and everyone we have worked with, because of you we have really lived our dream and accomplished some incredible things.

"Selling out tours, being in the charts, touring with our heroes, signing a major record deal, playing in amazing cities, award nominations, having dedicated fans - the list goes on. We love you and can't thank you enough." Read more here.

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David Draiman Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Disturbed

(Metal Hammer) Disturbed frontman David Draiman has recalled feeling "out of place" at his audition for the band 20 years ago this week - and how the meeting resulted in their first song being written.

He remembers being dressed as a "stoner" while his future bandmates "looked like they were from Skid Row." The encounter took place after he saw a notice in a Chicago music publication.

Draiman says: "I went to an audition for a band whose ad I'd seen. I walked into their rehearsal spot on the south side - and the guys looked like they were from Skid Row.

"All wearing faded, drayed, acid-washed jeans, flannel shirts - halfway open, of course - long, feathered and flowing hair, and Converse All Stars no laces, with the tongues out.

"I could not have felt more out of place. I was wearing jean shorts, yes, jean shorts, sandals and a plain white t-shirt, in full 'north side Chicago stoner' mode." Read more here.

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The Cadillac Three Release Video Of 'The South' From Abbey Road

(Classic Rock) The Cadillac Three have released a video featuring their performance of The South at London's iconic Abbey Road Studios. The track appears on second album Bury Me In My Boots, on sale today.

The trio previously launched an Abbey Road performance video of Graffiti, which followed an official video that was also filmed in London. Drummer Neil Mason recently said of the follow-up to their 2012 self-titled debut: "It's just real songs - I try to write about what nobody else is writing about at the time. I'm real proud of it."

The Cadillac Three are currently touring North America, with UK and Europe dates to follow in November. See the dates and check out the new video clip here.

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Nick Cave Announces 'One More Time With Feeling' Film Premiere

(TeamRock) Nick Cave will launch the movie One More Time With Feeling on September 8. The one-night-only film premiere will accompany the release of the Aussie singer's upcoming 16th album Skeleton Tree - giving fans the first chance to hear the record before it hits shelves the following day.

Overseen by director Andrew Dominik, the project has grown from a performance-based concept into a movie partly inspired by the death of Cave's teenage son Arthur after he fell from a cliff last year. It includes interviews and footage which "delve into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album.

"The result is fragile, raw and a true testament to an artist trying to find his way through the darkness." One More Time With Feeling has also been filmed in black-and-white, color and in 3D. Read more and watch the trailer for One More Time With Feeling here.

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Iron Maiden Release Killers Themed Ring

(Metal Hammer) Iron Maiden have teamed up with London jewelers The Great Frog to release the third of four official silver rings featuring the band's mascot Eddie.

The collaboration previously resulted in jewellery showing Eddie's Powerslave and Piece Of Mind guises, with the latest version based on Derek Riggs' cover artwork from Maiden's 1981 album Killers.

Designer and The Great Frog owner Reino Lehtonen-Riley tells TeamRock: "Killers is arguably one of the most recognised heavy metal album covers of all time. A truly sinister depiction of Eddie at his gruesome finest, brandishing a blood-soaked axe has always been my favourite of the maiden album covers.

"Eddie has a mischievous, maniacal grin which is quite disturbing. I really hope I have captured the essence and done it justice - quite a task as I think this is Derek Riggs' finest work." Read more here.

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Slipknot's Sid Wilson Plays The Riddler In Hail The Villains Video

(Metal Hammer) Slipknot Sid Wilson is seen as comic-book villain The Riddler in a rap video. He appears alongside Necro, Mr Hyde and others in the Batman-themed promo for Reel Wolf track Hail The Villains.

Wilson is seen solving a Rubik's Cube while asking the audience a series of riddles via placards, including: "What kind of room has no doors or windows?

"I am the end of every place, the end of time and space - what am I? What tastes better than it smells?" The promo is described as "a fan tribute to those infamous characters that have inspired generations of storytellers." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Jon Reynolds' Generation, Love

Jon Reynolds released his brand new EP "Generation, Love" today (Aug 5) and to celebrate we asked him to tell us the story behind the title track to the effort. Here is the story:

Without trying create any pomp or circumstance, I would just like to say that "Generation, Love" is about current prejudice. Once upon a year and a half ago, my wife worked for unnamed company in a suburb city of Nashville. At the time, I was attempting to develop a blues-rock sound for my first solo project. That project game to a grinding halt when my wife had to report sexual harassment from one of her co-workers, who happened to be the top sales rep in her company. My wife's job was to maintain the accounts he had gained, so her job was heavily reliant on his opinion of her. Over a two-month period, my wife went from feeling sexually harassed, to being forced to confront the man by her boss - without HR - to being told she just misunderstood the man, to being demoted, to being put on probation - still having to work with the man who harassed her.

All the while, I spent many hours sitting in the car outside of her office waiting for the bad news that inevitably would come at 5:00 PM sharp. After months of stress and frustration, my wife was more or less forced to quit. It was relieving, but still incredibly unfair. She was forced out because her boss (who was a female) didn't want to risk losing her star salesman over sexual harassment and was willing to ignore it in order to protect profits. Although the immediate problem was solved, I felt like something had to be done to seek justice, and a lawsuit could have taken up to two years.

However, something I could do was to write about it. I ditched the blues-rock idea. I chose a more soothing, innocent sound. Why? Most evil in the world doesn't announce itself. Most prejudice doesn't come in bright, white sheets or with burning crosses. It looks normal - many times innocent. That thought reminded my of the early '60s pop melodies from bands like The Zombies. Those songs had such an ethereal, sweet sound to them, you would have never guessed most the time they were about sex. I wanted that misdirection in my music. It reflected reality.

But my topic, my lyrics, my actual content - I wanted that to be hard-hitting truth. "Generation, Love" talks about how our generation, and the generation before us, regularly chooses hate and prejudice as their "go to" reaction in conflicts and interactions. I chose to broaden the topic from just sexism to racism as well since the two are undeniably related and because I had seen such racist tendencies throughout my time in the South. We still see walls. We still see prejudice. We still see hate.

My message is clear: it is time for this generation to step up socially, because the last generation has failed. We risk allowing the same prejudice tendencies to rule our point of view if we do not take an active, aggressive stance to stomp out prejudice first in our own lives, and second throughout our culture. My wife and I cannot change what happened. But, I can try to use that experience to stop it from happening again. We live in a world of prejudice, sexism, and racism - fact. Either we actively fight it, or we subconsciously allow it to spread. This song fights it.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the EP right here!

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