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Municipal Waste – Prevented From Flying To UK

US crossover thrashers MUNICIPAL WASTE were yesterday prevented from flying from their hometown in Richmond, Virginia to play a series of festival shows in the UK. The band appeared at the check-in desk for their US AIRWAYS flight US3224, but were stopped from boarding, with the reason given being due to “heightened security measures.”

Undeterred, and eager not to disappoint their UK fans at their upcoming Reading and Leeds festival shows, MUNICIPAL WASTE rescheduled their flight for today and are expected to arrive in the UK today, August 24th and head directly to their first show in Exeter.

The band will greet their British audience with extra-intensity at what are sure to be raw and energy-fuelled performances at this weekend’s Carling Festival, and will air songs from their 2005 Earache release Hazardous Mutation. They are also due to meet fans at an in-store signing session at 5pm at Exeter’s Solo Records on August 24th.

Meldrum – To Support Motorhead for 5th Time – November/December Germany Tour

MELDRUM have been invited to support MOTORHEAD for the fifth time. This time the band will hit Germany in November and December., and are set to deliver “a kickass show with some new songs in their baggage”. Dates for the trek can be found here.

Evergrace – Signs Deal with Ulterium Records – Music, Tracklisting Available

Ulterium Records are very proud to announce the signing of the Swedish heavy metal band EVERGRACE to the label. The self titled debut album is scheduled for a September 30 release.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. The escape
2. Life has just begun…
3. Enough is enough
4. Alive
5. Plastic ideals
6. I am you
7. Ulterior world
8. World of nothingness
9. I am sorry for you Part I
10. I am sorry for you Part II (Hold on)

The album is mixed by Per Ryberg (Morgana Lefay, Tad Morose, Bloodbound etc.) and all artwork is created by Mattias Norn (Evergrey, Kamelot, Sabaton etc.).

The first track of the album; ‘The Escape’ can be downloaded here:

Wolf – Prepare to Release “The Black Flame” on October 3 in North America

Swedish traditional metal act WOLF will see the North American release of the band’s fourth album, ‘The Black Flame,’ on October 3 through Prosthetic Records. The band’s previous record, ‘Evil Star,’ along with its back catalog, was also licensed for North American release through Prosthetic in early 2004. Details on The Black Flame’s tracklisting, artwork, and release details for the North American release can be found at the Prosthetic Records website.

The band also offers an update on preparation for the debut music video from ‘The Black Flame,’ for the album’s opening song “I Will Kill Again,” via the official WOLF website:

“Hi, all. We’re at the house (haunted of course) in the town off Ume in Sweden recording the video for the song ‘I Will Kill Again’ from the upcoming album. Director Owe R Kill Lingwall (Nocturnal Rites) is doing his very best to make us look evil (that means he’s doing nothing, cause we’re already evil). Tormentor [bassist Mikael Goding] is happy cause Westham kicked Charlton’s arse. Axeman [guitarist Johannes Losbck] is happy cause he likes metal. Hammershark [drummer Tobias Kellgren] is happy cause he’s getting paid tomorrow and Viper [vocalist/guitarist Niklas Stllvind] is not happy cause he’s being tortured by the Killer. And yes…Celtic Frost rules.”

Dirty Rig – Set to Tour the UK With Disarm This September

New York City’s DIRTY RIG will be chugging out some tour dates in the UK starting on September 13th in Wolverhampton, England. The band has just released a CD/DVD titled “Rock Did It” through Escapi Music (Ryko/Warner Brothers). This is DIRTY RIG’s first UK tour and they will be sharing the stage and stealing beers from England’s own DISARM.

“The reviews and reaction have been amazing over there. The shows should be one out of control party after another. I look forward to swimming across the English Channel when we get there.”  says Buckshots about their upcoming visit.

DIRTY RIG just received a perfect 5K review in the August 5th issue of Kerrang! Magazine.

The band was also just interviewed by Ralph Sutton of The Tour Bus on WDHA and performed an acoustic version of “Drunk Again.” The Tour Bus is syndicated on 57 cities throughout the United States and online at www.thetourbus.com. Enjoy the whole interview and have a listen here.

Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Necrophagist – More Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been released for CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s headlining North American tour with DYING FETUS, NECROPHAGIST, and UNMERCIFUL:

November 10 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
November 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
November 13 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
November 14 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
November 15 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
November 16 – Buffalo, NY @ The Buffalo Icon
November 17 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
November 18 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
November 19 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
November 20 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
November 21 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
November 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theater
November 24 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
November 25 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
November 26 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
November 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
November 28 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxay Theatre
November 29 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre w/ Job For A Cowboy
December 1 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
December 2 – Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
December 3 – Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Ballroom
December 5 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
December 6 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
December 7 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room

HORSE The Band – New Song Posted Online

HORSE THE BAND have posted a new song, “AntiPizza,” from their highly anticipated Pizza EP over at their official MySpace page.

Megadeth – “United Abominations” Pushed Back To 2007

Billboard.com reports:

The next MEGADETH album has a title — “United Abominations” — but that’s about it for the time being.

“We’re putting the finishing touches on it,” reports group leader Dave Mustaine, who’s also preparing for the Sept. 6 start of the second Gigantour traveling heavy metal festival. “We’ve got a little more work before it’s finished, but it should be out some time next year.”

Mustaine says an initial Oct. 31 release date for the album, MEGADETH‘s first as part of a new deal with Roadrunner Records, was “wishful thinking,” and both the group and label felt a 2007 release was preferable to November or December of this year.

The singer/guitarist says the album, which he’s producing with Jeff Balding, “has a lot of variation on it. It’s got some surprises, but there’s a really old-school vein to it, I would say.” The group has been careful not to rush the album, either, holding sessions in London, Los Angeles and Nashville since earlier this year.

“We’re taking our time with this one,” Mustaine says. “It’s a great feeling to make a record and not have our feet held to the fire. One of my heroes growing up was KISS, but they really frustrated me ’cause they would put out a record just about every year. I couldn’t figure that out. I pretty much have a cycle of about 18 months to 24 months between records. I just can’t put them out any quicker than that and feel comfortable about them.”

This being MEGADETH, there will be some political underpinnings to the songs on “United Abominations.” The title, in fact, comes from Mustaine‘s feelings about the United Nations’ “failure to perform,” particularly in crisis situations. “I was watching TV and saw the trucks that said ‘UN’ on them and said, ‘Man, you are so uncool, ineffective, anything,” he explains. “I thought, ‘Wow, I’ve got to run with this. I got it — United Abominations, ’cause it’s an abomination what they’re doing!”

Mustaine expects MEGADETH to tour heavily in support of “United Abominations,” perhaps into 2008.

The Banner – Announce Break Up

THE BANNER vocalist Joey Southside has posted the following message explaining the group’s decision to disband:

“The saddest thing I’ve ever had to do is announce that THE BANNER is no more. After 7 years of playing, writing and recording I’ve decided its best for the band to simply put it to bed. Some of the members have decided that the fulltime touring lifestyle just isn’t for them and I cant blame them. THE BANNER  has gone through a zillion member changes since the its inception but the current line-up was what I most felt “THE BANNER” should be, with perhaps the inclusion of Garrett. I’d like to thank all the bands we played with especially FOLLY, MODERN LIFE IS WAR, GETREAL, HIMSA, DEATH BY STEREO, THE BREAKOUT, MERMAID IN A MANHOLE , MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, THE SLEEPING, BURN THE TYRANT, SENSES FAIL, ENSIGN, SHATTERED REALM and god only knows who else, I’m not thinking too clearly right now as I’m quite shitfaced. I’m reasonably sure Chris, Mike and Ian are all going back to school and I’ll be continuing doing the comic books and concentrate on my new band WOLVEZ. Anyway again thank you to all the kids and people who have supported us over the years, all the people who have gotten us shows or fed us or let us sleep at their homes on tour. Thanks to Blackout, Warmachine and Ferret records for all their help and thanks to our families and girlfriends for putting up with the bullshit. I personally want to thank all the Jersey kids who have stuck by us from the beginning, I appreciate it more than you’ll ever know or I could ever tell you with words. Your support was a lot more than I deserved.”

Killswitch Engage – New Album Title, Release Date Revealed

The following article was originally posted over at MTV.com:

Metal bands seldom claim they’ve gone soft when they have fresh material coming down the pipe. Whatever they’ve been working on recently is always, without fail, the “heaviest thing” they’ve ever had a hand in.

And sure, New England metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are no different but at least they’ve got a sense of humor about it.

“It’s the softest thing we’ve ever done,” teased bassist Mike D’Antonio from a cell phone in England, where this weekend, the Ozzfest veterans will be taking the stages of the Reading and Leeds festivals. “They were calling us metalcore for a long time, and now we’re going to have to add another word like emo metalcore. We’ll need to create yet another genre, and people will start wearing dresses after listening to this thing.”

Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.

KILLSWITCH‘s forthcoming album, As Daylight Dies, is going to be, according to D’Antonio, “f—ing metal in full force.” But the band didn’t head into the studio with any specific intentions to turn up the heavy meter and churn out an LP that’d make 2004’s The End of Heartache seem like a walk through the daisies.

“There was really hardly any thought put into it at all,” he recalled. “It just came out and we hadn’t written in so long that everyone had a lot to contribute. It felt more like the sessions for [2002’s] Alive or Just Breathing, where everyone was contributing, and everyone had a say. That is more, to me, what the KILLSWITCH style is. But, it is the typical line that everyone gives you that this is a heavier album but it kind of is. It’s definitely way heavier. There are still the melodic choruses here and there, and there’s a lot to latch onto. But it’s heavy.”

As Daylight Dies is the result of more than a month and a half in the studio with KILLSWITCH guitarist and one of metal’s “it” producers, Adam Dutkiewicz (UNDEROATH, ALL THAT REMAINS). Dutkiewicz will also be mixing the record, which is due November 21. D’Antonio said the disc will feature a dozen songs, including “This Is Absolution,” “For You” and the title track, which kicks things off.

D’Antonio says he doesn’t have any expectations for the album, but As Daylight Dies could end up propelling KILLSWITCH into the mainstream. “We shall see,” he said. “It’s time to buy a house.”

Fans won’t find any special guests on As Daylight Dies; Heartache, which has sold more than 410,000 copies, featured an appearance by erstwhile frontman Jesse Leach, who left the band in 2002. “With that, we really just wanted to show everybody that there were no hard feelings and we still love the guy,” D’Antonio explained. “On this one, we didn’t want to use anybody else. We wanted it to be just us a stripped-down KILLSWITCH. And, that’s what we did: We stuck to our guns.” D’Antonio, who designs the band’s album art, said several picture frames met their demise for As Daylight Dies, all in the name of KILLSWITCH.

“There’s going to be a lot of shattered glass on the cover,” he said. “I bought a ton of frames, glued them to a blackboard and smashed them all over my apartment. There are still glass shards all over the rug. The cover’s kind of a dark and light idea the real dark side of life and the real light side. It’s sort of a face on one side, with the other half being the KILLSWITCH skull.”

D’Antonio said the band plans to spend the rest of the year touring, and hopes to be on the road for much of ’07. “We’ve got several places that we’ve never been to before coming up,” he explained. “We’re going to do an Alaska date for the first time ever, and we’re really excited for that we’re totally going to go on a polar-bear-riding trip. We’ll be heading over to Japan and then Australia and New Zealand, and on the way back we’re hitting Hawaii. So life is pretty rough.”

And in November, KILLSWITCH will step out for a U.S. headlining run, but exact dates are still being hammered out for that trek.

D’Antonio also recently finished working on Reborn to Kill Again, the forthcoming album from the reunited OVERCAST, featuring himself and SHADOWS FALL frontman Brian Fair. He said the band has signed a deal, but that he can’t reveal with which label yet. The Dutkiewicz-produced LP, which is due in May, “came out way better than anyone had anticipated,” D’Antonio said.

Adam just did the most amazing job with Brian‘s vocals, with the thick guitars,” he said. “The songs just have this whole new life to them and everyone who’s heard it has really, really loved it and actual OVERCAST fans will really appreciate some of the little intros that we do and different intricacies here and there. I think our fans are going to dig it a lot.”

Melt-Banana – Plans For 2006 Revealed

MELT-BANANA have posted the following message via the band’s official newsletter:

“This year, MELT-BANANA [will] play a lot of shows in Japan!
It seems that we won’t tour abroad, and instead of that, we [will] play many shows in Japan. In August we are planning to go to play in northern part of Japan, which is called Tohoku-chihou, and in the fall, we have a plan to go to Kyoto and Osaka, which is called Kansai-chihou, and after that, we may go to the northern island of Japan, which is called Hokkaido, and of course many shows in Tokyo too, about 2 shows in every month.

Shows in abroad will be next year.”

Japanese dates and information can be found on the band’s official MySpace page.

Billboard Top 200 – Chart Rundown for Metal/Rock/Alternative

Below are the Top Billboard 200 Charts for this week’s rundown in rock/alternative/metal:

#12 – BREAKING BENJAMIN – Phobia @ 50,208
#19 – HINDERExtreme Behavior @ 35,452 
#27 – RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS –  Stadium Arcadium @ 28,841 
#28 – STONE SOURCome What(ever) May @ 28,124 
#30 – THE FRAY – HOW TO SAVE A LIFE @ 26,836
#38 – AFIDecemberunderground @ 21,049 
#41 – BLUE OCTOBER – Foiled  @ 19,893 
#44 – SLAYER – Christ Illusion @ 17,702 
#49 – BUCKCHERRY15 @ 15,899 
#50 – SNOW PATROL – Eyes Open @ 15,728

Look for LAMB OF GOD to debut next week!

Abhorrent Advice column now online!

SMNnews is happy to announce the launch of our brand new “Abhorrent Advice” column! Our two experts, Ross Sewage of IMPALED and Anthony West of XXX MANIAK, team up to give you practical, honest, and heart felt advice you wont find anywhere else. You can check out the column’s debut at it’s temporary home at our official MySpace page.

Lamb of God – NewAlbum Available For Streaming In Its Entirety

You can now stream LAMB OF GOD‘s entire new album, Sacrament, over at their official MySpace page.

Gwar, The Red Chord, Municipal Waste – More Tour Dates Released

More tour dates have been released for GWAR‘s upcoming tour with THE RED CHORD and MUNICIPAL WASTE:

October 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory  
October 14 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium  
October 15 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom  
October 16 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa  
October 17 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s  
October 20 – Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners  
October 22 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda  
October 23 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House 
October 29 – Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue Theatre
November 1 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues  
November 3 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre  
November 4 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Th./Church  

Deicide – The Inquest Begins- Ask Steve Asheim and Glen Benton Anything

Controversy seems to surround DEICIDE at every turn of the road. Ever wonder what the real deal is? DEICIDE’s founding members, singer/bassist Glen Benton and drummer Steve Asheim, want to answer your questions and give you insight into the DEICIDE machine of darkness. To enter, formulate a pressing question for DEICIDE and email it along with your contact information (Name, Address, Phone Number, Return Email) to: DEICIDEINQUEST@yahoo.com

On Friday, August 25, five questions will be picked and if your question is picked you will win a Limited Edition Box Set of DEICIDE’s new release, “The Stench of Redemption”. Answers will be posted next week, so be as creative as possible. Don’t miss this opportunity to put DEICIDE on inquisition and be sure to get your copy of “The Stench of Redemption”at the US and UK Earache webstore out today, August 22.

Vaeda – Debut Album Now Streaming on AOL

VAEDA’s debut album “State Of Nature” is available to stream on AOL at the link below: 

http://music.aol.com/artist/vaeda/820909/main

 The album hits stores tomorrow, August 22.

Soulfly – Marc Rizzo Helps Raise $4,000 for Charity

SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo’s benefit for the Garden Academy for autistic children in his home state of New Jersey raised almost $4,000 towards the new school which is opening this September. The benefit show was held at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ this past Sunday, September 20th. Just because the concert is over doesn’t mean the school still doesn’t need your help. If you would like to donate to this very worthy cause, please visit gardenacademy.org

Army of Anyone – feat. ex-STP, Filter – Shooting Video for 1st Single Tomorrow in LA – Looking for Fans!

ARMY OF ANYONE will shoot their video for “Goodbye” the first single off their debut album tomorrow, August 22, in LA.  The official release date for their debut has been set for November 14.

Here are the details of the shoot:
 
 Where: Downtown Los Angeles, CA

 Bob Hope Patriotic Hall
 1816 South Figueroa Street
 Los Angeles, CA 90015
 Telephone: (213) 744-4827
 
 When: Tuesday, August 22nd
 Time:  Between 2pm-10pm PST
 Parking: Fans should park in the parking lot across the street from-
 
 LA Mart
 1933 S. Broadway (just west of Washington)
 Los Angeles, CA 90007
 – walk to intersection of Washington and Broadway
 – Turn left on Washington and walk 3 blocks to Figueroa St.
 – Turn right on Figueroa St. and walk 200 yards
 – $7 Parking Fee

–  Be between 18 and 30 and bring an ID!

Sign up at http://www.armyofanyone.com/videoshoot

Isis – Comment On Upcoming Tour With Tool

The following article was originally posted over at MTV.com:

ISIS frontman Aaron Turner isn’t stupid. He knows his band is certain to get booed by TOOL fans when ISIS head out on the road with Maynard James Keenan‘s collection of avant-metal cohorts. But that’s not going to stop Turner from trying to open up a few minds.

“You’re bound to have a larger meathead contingency in your audience when you open for a band as big as TOOL, and we’re very aware of the fact that a good portion of the people at these shows will be bored to tears or perhaps even angry while we’re playing,” said Turner, who also owns Los Angeles-based Hydra Head Records. “There’s also a good chance a lot of ’em won’t even be there and will be finding their seats as we’re finishing up our set. In one way, we’re really excited about it, but in another way, we’re realistic about it too.

TOOL are definitely the biggest band we’ve ever toured with, but I don’t feel like it’s ultimately going to change things for us that much,” he continued. “The hope is that we’ll gain some new fans. But there’s no delusions that by doing this tour we’re going to come out on the other side being a much more popular band. Most smaller bands that open for a bigger band are likely to gain some new fans, but they’re just as likely to be heckled off the stage.”

ISIS  who got together more than eight years ago are a monstrous, thick and spiritual assemblage of musical experimentalists whose sound contains elements of heavy metal, punk and hardcore. Their complex compositions make them a perfect fit for the TOOL trek, which winds down September 29 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

“We’ve done tours with a wide array of bands with the intent of trying to capture a really eclectic audience,” Turner said. “I think that any band that has a style even slightly outside the box or a little bit difficult in some way or another, those types of bands which I see ISIS as being are more likely to garner a really hard-core following, because it takes a person who’s willing to dig beneath the surface to find out about these bands and get intimate with their music. That kind of listener’s more prone to a more devoted, almost slavish obsession with a band.”

While on the road with TOOL, ISIS will be promoting a pair of new releases: the band’s debut DVD, “Clearing the Eye,” which will be in stores September 26, and In the Absence of Truth, the follow-up to 2004’s Panopticon, slated for release this Halloween. (“We picked a good date to release a heavy metal record, I guess,” Turner laughed.) The DVD contains live footage the band started culling back in 2000. “It’s the stuff we felt was most representative of us as a band and our evolution over the last few years,” the singer said.

Releasing a provocative, cerebral metal album at this time is a smart move for ISIS. With records from MASTODONSUNN 0))), BOTCH and THE MARS VOLTA (not a metal band, but certainly an outfit metalheads revere) on the not-so-distant horizon, Turner said he considers ISIS part of a movement, perhaps even a revival of progressive rock and metal.

“Metal has been alive and well in the underground forever, and occasionally it pops its head up into the mainstream,” he said. “Right now is just one of those times when it’s got some more mainstream visibility. We’re not ashamed to take advantage of that. But that’s not to say that we’re compromising ourselves or doing things differently than we have in the past. This is what we like to do. If we can absorb some of the trickle-down from these other bigger bands that are getting noticed at the moment and turn new listeners on to what we’re doing, we’re certainly going to capitalize on that.

“We want to be the kind of band that demands a certain amount of attention to really grasp the full effect of what we’re going for,” he added. “The way we approach our writing and the way we record, we purposely bury a lot of elements deep in the mix, so it’s like little subtleties and nuances that are unearthed after repeat listens.”

After ISIS finish TOOL‘s North American trek, they’ll probably head over to Europe with the band, again in a support role for a monthlong tour. Turner said ISIS also plan to travel to Japan and Australia for some live dates and are working on organizing a U.S. headlining run for either late fall or early 2007.

And believe it or not, ISIS may even have a new album already recorded, one that came together almost accidentally. The band has been rehearsing with Montreal producer/electronic musician Tim Hecker, who remixed several of ISIS‘ tracks for 2005’s Oceanic: Remixes/Reinterpretations.

“We’ve been recording everything that we’ve been playing together,” Turner said. “It was all largely improvised but based on some really basic premises and parameters. That might actually end up turning into another record for us.”

Archaeopteryx – New Songs Posted Online

New York City’s ARCHAEOPTERYX‘s have posted three new songs from their split with STAY FUCKED over at their official MySpace page.

Deicide, Desolation – More Fall Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for DEICIDE‘s upcoming rescheduled fall tour, which is now taking place with DESOLATION:

October 14 – Huntington, WV @ Monkey Bar
October 15 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
October 19 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Down Under
October 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ North Six (Deathtoberfest 2006)
October 22 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
October 24 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti  
October 25 – Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques  
October 26 – Toronto, ON @ Big Bop  
October 29 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium  
November 1 – Topeka, KS @ The Static Barr  
November 3 – Aurora, CO @ Hubba’s Pub
November 7 – Sacramento, CA @ The Kennel Club
November 8 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
November 10 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go  
November 11 – Scottsdale, AZ @ The Venue of Scottsdale  
November 12 – El Paso, TX @ Chics  

Necro – Los Angeles Show Announced

Brooklyn based “death rapper” NECRO has announced another tour date:

September 8 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Igor Cavalera
September 9 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar w/ Igor Cavalera
September 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Henry Fonda Theater

Also performing will be ILL BILL, DANNY DIABLO, and SABAC.

Bullets and Octane – Third Video Diary Online – Backstage Antics and More

Here is the 3rd installment of BULLETS AND OCTANE’s Weekly Tour Videos. In this edition, fans get to see more backstage antics and learn what the guys really listen to when driving in the van:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeZFkRE316U 

 You can catch BULLETS AND OCTANE on the Family Values Tour.

Nonpoint – Video for Current Single ‘In the Air Tonight’ Now Online

NONPOINT‘s video for their current single “In The Air Tonight” has made it’s way online and can be found on the Bieler Bros Media Player.  The video features clips from the Miami Vice movie as well as performance  footage shot in Miami, Florida with director Darren Doane.