Ice Nine Kills channel Freddie Kruger for ‘The American Nightmare’ music video

Ice Nine Kills have not been shy about making their music videos as cinematic as they can get; just take a look at the video for “The Fastest Way to a Girl’s Heart is Through Her Ribcage” or anything from Every Trick in the Book. On Thursday (June 28), the Massachusetts-founded band returned with their A Nightmare on Elm Street-inspired music video for “The American Nightmare.” Just like the trailer the band released earlier in the week, the clip begins with frontman Spencer Charnas visiting a psychiatrist after his former shrink conveniently drops him by email.

As the video continues, Charnas explains how he has been suffering from nightmares where a teenager, who happens to look like the psychiatrist’s receptionist, is being followed by an evil entity while teenagers in her town are dying. As the band performs, the new tune, the clip switches between the quartet performing the song and the teenager being followed by a shadowy figure that looks a lot like Freddie Kruger.

The clip concludes with a black screen and the words “The Nightmare Continues Friday, July 13th, 2018” displayed across it. Since the band has already confirmed in interviews that the new record will be inspired by horror films, it’s safe to assume that the next song will be inspired by Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th franchise.

Check out the music video for “The American Nightmare” above.

“The American Nightmare” will be featured on Ice Nine Kills’ forthcoming album, The Silver Scream. The new album, the band’s fifth studio record, is set to be released on Oct. 5 through Fearless Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently available here.

In support of the new songs, the four-piece is currently on the final Vans Warped Tour. Those tour dates can be found here.

Listen: Ice Nine Kills drop ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ inspired song

Ice Nine Kills fans have been patiently waiting for new music from the band for a while, but now, it looks like things are about to change. On Tuesday (June 19), the Massachusetts-founded band announced the upcoming release of their fifth studio album. Titled The Silver Scream, the new record is due out Oct. 5 through Fearless Records.

Taking to social media, the group posted the forthcoming album news while also letting fans know that there will be a lot more to the new set of tunes. “The Silver Scream is going to be MORE than just an album,” the band wrote on Twitter.

Within 24 hours of the band’s announcement, fans were already beginning to pass along theories about what this record’s theme might be. Most fans came to the conclusion that The Silver Scream will be highly influenced by horror films, hence its name. Taking inspiration from horror films for the new album is not much of a stretch for the four-piece; their last record was influenced by literature.

In conjunction with the new album announcement, the band also unleashed the new record’s lead single, “The American Nightmare.” If fan speculations are correct, then it would appear that the newly released song is influenced by Wes Craven’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street”; just take a look at the single’s artwork which features Freddy Krueger’s iconic red and green stripped sweater.

Listen to “The American Nightmare” above.

The Silver Scream will be the follow-up to 2015’s Every Trick in the Book.

In support of the new album, the band will embark on the final Vans Warped Tour this summer.

This trek will also mark the band’s first tour without longtime drummer, Conor Sullivan. Earlier this week, the band announced Sullivan’s departure. Filling in Sullivan’s vacancy will be former Affiance member, Patrick Galante.

Ice Nine Kills drummer exits band

When Ice Nine Kills take the stage this summer on the final Vans Warped Tour, fans may notice a missing member. On Thursday (June 14), the Massachusetts-founded band announced the departure of longtime drummer Conor Sullivan. Taking to social media, the band unveiled the news, stating that Sullivan had decided to leave the group to pursue other musical interests and projects.

“After nearly ten years of working together and creating wonderful music and memories, our creative musical roads have taken us in different direction,” the remaining members posted in a joint statement.

In the same letter, the band announced that Patrick Galante (ex-Affiance) will take over their drum kit during the band’s trek on Warped Tour this summer.

“While it won’t be easy, filling his shoes on this summer’s final Vans Warped Tour will be our good friend Patrick Galante.”

The remaining members did not further elaborate on whether Galante’s stint will be solely for the upcoming tour or if he may become an official member of the lineup.

Earlier this year, Ice Nine Kills revealed that they were in the process of working on the follow-up to 2015’s book-centric album Every Trick in the Book. Last year, the band surprised fans by releasing a one-off single titled “Enjoy Your Slay” based off Stephen King’s The Shining.

Motionless in White to bring back the ‘Graveyard Shift’ tour in 2018

Just when you thought that Motionless in White may take some time off to relax, the band is ready to show fans that there is no such thing in rock and roll. On Monday (Dec. 11), the Pennsylvania-based band announced plans to head out on the second leg of their North American “Graveyard Shift” tour. The second leg of the excursion will kick off on Feb. 20 at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento and wrap up a little over a month later on March 25 at Cargo in Reno, Nevada.

Hitting the road alongside Motionless in White will be special guests Every Time I Die, Chelsea Grin, and Ice Nine Kills. VIP and pre-sale tickets are currently available on the band’s website here while general ticket sales will begin this Friday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. local time.

Back in September, the five-piece kicked off the first leg of the “Graveyard Shift” tour which found them performing in cities across the United States throughout the months of September and October. At the time, the Amity Affliction and Miss May I opened for the quintet during the at-the-time month-long trek.

Much like the first leg of the tour, the “Graveyard Shift” tour will be in support of Motionless in White’s recently released record, Graveyard ShiftGraveyard Shift was released in May of 2017 through Roadrunner Records and reached the number 27 spot on the Billboard 200 chart as well as the number five spot on the Top Rock Albums chart and the top spot on the Top Hard Rock Albums chart.

Graveyard Shift is the follow-up to the band’s 2014 release, Reincarnate. For now, the complete itinerary for the “Graveyard Shift” tour can be seen below.

MOTIONLESS IN WHITE’S 2018 GRAVEYARD SHIFT TOUR:

Feb. 20 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
Feb. 21 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Feb. 22 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Feb. 23 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater
Feb. 24 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Feb. 25 – Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theater
Feb. 27 – Clive, IA – 7 Flags Event Center
Feb. 28 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
March 2 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
March 3 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
March 4 – Providence, RI – The Strand
March 6 – Portland, ME – State Theater
March 7 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
March 8 – London, ON – London Music Hall
March 9 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
March 10 – Columbus, OH – Express Live
March 11 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
March 13 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note
March 14 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
March 15 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon
March 17 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick Centre
March 19 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
March 20 – Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre
March 22 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
March 23 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
March 24 – Boise, ID – Revolution
March 25 – Reno, NV – Cargo

Ice Nine Kills drop their ‘Shining’ inspired new song

Back in March, Ice Nine Kills asked fans to decide which literary classic they would like the final chapter of their Every Trick in the Book era to be. The novels selected, according to vocalist Spencer Charnas, were the top two stories fans had repeatedly asked songs to be written about. The choices in the poll were Stephen King’s “The Shining” and Robert Bloch’s “Psycho.” As it turns out, the story about the Overlook Hotel’s winter caretaker and his downward spiral into madness as he, and his family, inhabit the notorious hotel came out victorious.

On Friday (May 26), the Massachusetts-founded band released the lyric video for their new song, “Enjoy Your Slay.” The over-four-minute clip features prominent images from the 1980 film as the backdrop for the “Shining” inspired lyrics. Watch the lyric video for “Enjoy Your Slay” above.

As if the images that are taken directly from the film and the song’s title weren’t enough of a nod to the classic, the new tune has another connection to the film. The special guest vocalist on the track is none other than [The Shining director] Stanley Kubrick’s grandson, Sam Kubrick. According to a press release from the band, Ice Nine Kills met Kubrick when they were touring alongside his band, the Shield. Being fans of Kubrick’s vocals, as well as his connection to the film, the band asked him to perform on the song.

“On our tour of the U.K. last fall, we became great friends with his [Kubrick’s] band Shields, whose technical prowess and dynamic songwriting blew us away. Being a big fan of their band and Sam’s vocals, we knew his inclusion on the song would provide a strong connection to the story’s legacy,” explains Charnas. “His performance undeniably adds a layer and depth to the composition that is truly chill inducing.”

But having images, a title, and a personal connection to the film wasn’t enough for the Boston four-piece. The band’s decision to release the new song towards the end of May just so happened to coincide with the 37th anniversary of the film’s release; The Shining was originally released in the United States on May 23, 1980. In addition to the film’s anniversary, King’s novel recently celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this year. “Enjoy Your Slay” is currently available on iTunes and Spotify.

Ice Nine Kills channels ‘Animal Farm’ for new video

Over the past few days, the guys from Ice Nine Kills have been teasing fans about their latest music video. On Tuesday (March 28), the Massachusetts-based band unveiled their theatrical clip for “The Nature of the Beast”; the opening track off Every Trick in the Book. Like all the other songs on the album, “The Nature of the Beast” is based on a literary classic. The record’s opening track was inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm which helped shape the premise of the music video.

Much like the band’s previous videos for songs off Every Trick in the Book, (“Communion of the Cursed” and “Hell in the Hallways”), the video seems like it would find a better home on a big screen as opposed to a small computer/laptop monitor and/or phone screen.

“This video marks the third and final chapter of the video trilogy that began in fall 2015 with ‘Communion Of The Cursed.’ We pick up right where the ‘Hell In The Hallways’ video ended last spring, continuing to follow the character Kevin as he navigates through the sinister side of the literary classics that inspired our Every Trick in the Book album,” frontman Spencer Charnas explained to Alternative Press about the new clip.

“This song, ‘The Nature Of The Beast,’ is a tribute to George Orwell’s classic allegorical novel Animal Farm. The message of that book seems particularly relevant, given the dangerous political climate which engulfs our country at the moment.”

Watch the almost five-minute clip for “The Nature of the Beast” above.

Ice Nine Kills released Every Trick in the Book back in December of 2015 and has been touring behind the release. Currently, the four-piece is in the middle of their tour with Chelsea Grin. Tonight, the bands will perform at Joe’s Grotto in Phoenix, Arizona. The complete list of remaining tour dates can be seen below.

ICE NINE KILLS TOUR DATES:

3/28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
3/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
3/31 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
4/1 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Conservatory
4/2 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
4/4 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
4/5 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
4/6 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
4/7 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
4/8 – Toronto, ON @ The Hard Luck
4/9 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theater
4/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
4/12 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
4/13 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
4/14 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
4/15 – Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete’s
4/16 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Heaven
4/18 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
4/19 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
4/21 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown
4/22 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
4/23 – Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
4/25 – Kansas, City, MO @ Aftershock Live
4/26 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
4/28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

Ice Nine Kills to headline the ‘Hell in the Hallways’ tour

Ice Nine Kills may be wrapping up their final days on the 2016 Vans Warped Tour, but don’t expect the group to take a massive break right after. On Wednesday (Aug. 3), the Massachusetts-based band unveiled plans to head out on the “Hell in the Hallways” tour. The fall tour, named after their latest single, will be sponsored by Alternative Press and will feature performances by Secrets, Sylar, Cover Your Tracks, and Out Came The Wolves.

“Following up our run on Warped Tour with a US headlining tour is exactly what the INK fans need,” explains vocalist Spencer Charnas. “With the theme of this tour directly relating to our last Carrie-inspired music video, this will be more than just a show, it will be an experience.”

“We’re really excited to be presenting the ‘Hell in the Hallways’ tour with this roster of great bands,” begins Alternative Press CEO and founder Mike Shea. “This is going to be a pretty crazy tour! We’ve seen Ice Nice Kills just blow up this summer on Warped and these shows are going to be hot, packed and loud!”

The across-country tour will kick off on Sept. 9 at Lost Horizon in Syracuse, NY and will wrap up a little over a month later on Oct. 16 at Champs in Lemoyne, PA. VIP tickets for the tour will go on sale beginning Friday, Aug. 5 while general admission tickets will go on sale Monday, Aug. 8. The official poster for the tour and the complete tour itinerary can be seen below.

THE HELL IN THE HALLWAYS TOUR DATES:

09/09 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
09/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
09/11 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
09/13 – St Louis, MO @ Fubar
09/14 – Chicago, IL @ The Wire
09/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
09/16 – Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
09/17 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
09/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Billboard Live!
09/28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Blue Phoenix
09/30 – Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
10/01 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
10/02 – Houston, TX @ Walters
10/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/05 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
10/06 – Margate, FL @ O’Malley’s
10/07 – St Petersburg, FL @ Local 662
10/09 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
10/11 – Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club
10/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
10/13 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
10/14 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
10/15 – Freehold, NJ @ GameChanger World
10/16 – Lemoyne, PA @ Champs

“Hell in the Hallways” is featured on Ice Nine Kills’ latest album, Every Trick in the Book.

Fearless Records to Re-Release ‘Punk Goes Pop Volume 6’

Fearless Records released the newest edition of their Punk Goes… series back in October, and now the record label has revealed plans to re-release the record this Summer.

The Punk Goes Pop Volume 6 reissue will include all of the tracks that were on the original release such as August Burns Red’s cover of “Wrecking Ball,” Knuckle Puck’s cover of “Chocolate,” State Champs’ cover of “Stay The Night,” and many more.

The difference with this new version of the record is the inclusion of three additional tracks that were not found on the 2014 release. The three additional tracks are: PVRIS’ cover of Sia’s “Chandelier,” Ice Nine Kill’s version of Maroon 5’s “Animals,” and lastly, I Prevail’s take on Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.”

Check out the video for I Prevail’s cover of “Blank Space” below.

The Punk Goes Pop Volume 6 re-release will be available, digitally, on June 23.

South by So What? Reveal Fifth Installment

The new year is right around the corner and the people behind Texas’ South By So What? are making sure that they close out 2014 with a new reveal before 2015 kicks off.

For months the festival which will be celebrating its eighth year in existence, have been releasing the names of many of the artists who will be making the trek to Grand Prairie in mid-March for the weekend-long festival.

Now, South By So What? have revealed the fifth installment of their line-up which includes artists such as Circa Survive, La Dispute, Ghost Town, Ice Nine Kills among many more.

Funny enough, Ice Nine Kills will be in the middle of a tour with Motionless in White when they are scheduled to appear at the festival while La Dispute and Title Fight will begin their own joint tour the day right after their appearance.

Check out the newly added acts to the line-up below.

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SOUTH BY SO WHAT? FIFTH REVEAL:

Adaliah
Balance And Composure
Barrier
Bent Life
Chon
Circa Survive
Close Your Eyes
Emmure
Everyone Like Cathleen
Famous Last Words
Fine Fine Titans
Fire From The Gods
Ghost Town
Gift Giver
Ice Nine Kills
Kublai Khan
La Dispute
Modern Pain
Power Trip
Set It Off
Silent Planet
Stray From The Path
Title Fight
Traitors
Unity
Vulgar Display
Within The Ruins
Wolves At The Gate

Motionless in White to Go “Beyond the Barricade” with 2015 Tour

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Motionless in White have just announced plans to head out on a massive tour next year. The Pennsylvania-based band will be heading out on the “Beyond the Barricade Tour” with Ice Nine Kills and For Today beginning on Feb. 20 in Lancaster, PA at the Chameleon Club.

The North American trek will visit several cities in both the United States and Canada before wrapping up on March 29 in Philadelphia at the Theatre of Living Arts.

One of the many stops will include their previously confirmed appearance at South by So What? at the QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, TX on March 21.

Check out the flyer for the tour as well as the dates below.

THE BEYOND THE BARRICADE TOUR DATES:

Feb 20 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Feb 21 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
Feb 22 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Feb 24 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Feb 27 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
Feb 28 – St Louis, MO @ Ready Room
Mar 2 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
Mar 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
Mar 6 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Mar 7 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rio Theatre
Mar 8 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Mar 10 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
Mar 18 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
Mar 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Kapone’s
Mar 21 – Grand Prairie, TX @ QuikTrip Park
Mar 24 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Mar 25 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
Mar 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts

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Motionless in White released their third studio record, Reincarnate back in September through Fearless Records.