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Flyleaf + Drowning Pool To Showcase New Vocalists on 2013 U.S. Tour

Facebook: Flyleaf / Facebook: Drowning Pool Two rock bands will put their newly chosen singers vocalists on display when they team up for a 2013 tour. Earlier this year, Flyleaf announced that Kristen May would front the band, taking over for Lacey Sturm who left after recording of the group’s ‘ New Horizons ‘ album. Meanwhile, Drowning Pool are touring in support of their first album with new frontman Jasen Moreno . The as-yet-untitled disc just yielded the single ‘ Saturday Night .’ The trek launches Feb. 21 in Philadelphia and runs for a full month through March 24. Flyleaf guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya says, “We’re excited for everyone to experience Kristen May’s powerful and inspiring voice as she joins us onstage.” Bassist Pat Seals adds, “I can’t wait for these new songs to happen live for both longtime and new fans.” Drowning Pool guitarist CJ Pierce adds about the tour, “We’re excited as hell to get back out on the road and hang with our fellow Texas rockers Flyleaf. We’ve done some radio shows together in the past but this will be our first real run together. I know Flyleaf has a great new lineup and some amazing new tunes. We’ll be playing a killer mix of songs from our catalogue and some new tunes as well. Looking forward to rocking out with everyone.” In addition to ‘Saturday Night,’ Drowning Pool also served up a preview track called ‘One Finger and a Fist’ during the WWE Slammy Awards earlier this week. The song is available as a free download for a limited time here . Get it now. Flyleaf / Drowning Pool 2013 North American Tour: 2/21 — Philadelphia, Pa. — TLA 2/22 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Altar Bar 2/23 — Hartford, Ct. — Webster 2/24 — Allentown, Pa. — Crocodile Rock 2/27 — Huntington, N.Y. — Paramount 2/28 — New York, N.Y. — Irving 3/1 — Asbury Park, N.J. — Asbury Park 3/2 — Silver Spring, Md. — Fillmore 3/5 — Cincinnati, Ohio — Bogart’s 3/6 — Cleveland, Ohio — House of Blues 3/8 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — The Intersection 3/9 — Detroit, Mich. — St. Andrews Hall 3/10 — Chicago, Ill. — House of Blues 3/14 — Denver, Colo. — The Summit Music Hall 3/15 — Salt Lake City, Utah — ITV 3/16 — Boise, Idaho — Knitting Factory 3/17 — Spokane, Wash. — Knitting Factory 3/19 — Reno, Nev. — Knitting Factory 3/21 — Anaheim, Calif. — House of Blues 3/23 — Tempe, Ariz. — The Marquee 3/24 — Tucson, Ariz. — Rock [button href=”http://loudwire.com/flyleaf-animated-video-call-you-out/” title=”Next: Watch Flyleaf’s ‘Call You Out’ Video” align=”center”]

Digital Summer vs. Flyleaf – Cage Match

Facebook: Digital Summer / A&M/Octone Records Digital Summer have another victory under their belt as they beat out New Medicine in the last Cage Match, but will they be able to continue on this glorious path after they face today’s challengers? Flyleaf take the matchup by story with their brand new single ‘Call You Out’ off of their third studio album ‘ New Horizons .’ This album is the final disc that features vocalist Lacey Sturm, who recently left the group. Bassist Pat Seals has already announced that Kristen May, formerly of the group Vedera, will perform with the band on future tour dates. So will Digital Summer snag another win with their latest track ‘Forget You’ or will Flyleaf soar to triumph with ‘Call You Out.’ Get in on the action and vote for your favorite track below! (This Cage Match will run until Friday, Nov. 9, at 8AM ET. Fans can vote once per hour! So come back and vote often to make sure your favorite song wins!) Listen to Digital Summer, ‘Forget You’ Listen to Flyleaf, ‘Call You Out’ ? Sorry, you need to have javascript running to see this poll. ? Email Me When Cage Match Winners Are Announced Enter your email address below to receive the Loudwire newsletter, which will include notification of the daily winner of the Cage Match, as well as our top stories of the day. Email Rules of Cage Match: Fans can vote once per hour for their favorite song. If a song remains the reigning champ for five straight cage matches, it is retired to the Loudwire Cage Match Hall of Fame. With so many great songs out there, we have to give other bands a chance!

Flyleaf, ‘New Horizons’ – Album Review

A&M/Octone ‘New Horizons’ is the third studio album from Flyleaf , and the final one for vocalist Lacey Sturm. Just a few days before the album’s release, it was announced Sturm would be leaving the band and would be replaced by Kristen May. Sturm explained her departure. “I am very thankful to have recently become a mom to one of the greatest blessings of my life, my son Jack. You may have also heard that we recently lost our brilliant sound engineer, Rich Caldwell, in a devastating car accident. Now, more than ever, I understand the phrase Memento Mori. I understand that, for me, living life to the fullest in this season means to step down as the lead singer for Flyleaf.’ Sturm is exiting on a high note with ‘New Horizons.’ It’s packed with melodic and catchy rock and hard rock. It’s also a focused effort, just 11 songs clocking in at 36 minutes. That’s considerably shorter than 2009‘s ‘Memento Mori,’ which had an expanded edition that was an hour long. The brevity on ‘New Horizons’ works to Flyleaf’s advantage. The filler is minimal, and it’s always good to leave them wanting more. There’s a variety of styles on the album as well, giving it plenty of diversity. The title track is straight ahead pop/rock, very accessible and instantly memorable. As with Flyleaf’s previous albums, Howard Benson produced ‘New Horizons.’ He has worked with bands such as Halestorm ,  Skillet and Three Days Grace , and knows how to blend pop hooks with guitar based rock. Tracks like ‘Call You Out’ have a bit of a Halestorm vibe, with Sturm singing more aggressively. The harder-edged tracks are where guitarists Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartmann excel. Flyleaf approach metal territory with ‘Green Heart,’ which is probably the most aggressive track they have done. The guitar duo is able to shift smoothly from gritty riffs on that song to more shimmering tones on mellower songs such as ‘Cage on the Ground.’ Sturm’s strongest performance is on ‘Freedom.’ She transitions from earnest to aggressive and back again, showing both vulnerability and attitude. Her voice has a unique and distinctive sound, which will be hard to replace. ‘New Horizons’ ( available at iTunes ) is a bittersweet album for Flyleaf fans. Sturm’s exit is a bitter pill to swallow, but the band has delivered some of the strongest songs of their career. It’s a great legacy for Sturm, and provides ample hope for for the future of the group. ?

Flyleaf Announce Release Date for Upcoming Album ‘New Horizons’

A&M/Octone Records After debuting the title track several weeks ago right here on Loudwire, Flyleaf have announced that release date for their latest album ‘New  Horizons’ will be Oct. 30 via A&M/Octone Records. The second single ‘Call You Out’ is now available, as well (listen below). “’Call You Out’ was one of the first songs written during the ‘New Horizons’ sessions,” says bass player Pat Seals. “The stomping opening verse evolved over time into this aggressive but very calculated track that closes with Sameer using chaotic guitar sounds to sort of burn it to the ground – engages you all the way through.” Seals also spoke with Loudwire about the title track and the theme of the album. “A lot of the album is different [musically] from the song [‘New Horizons.’] I think, lyrically, [that song] is indicative of the rest of the record. It’s all about rebirth and how you embrace new horizons. It’s about letting go of old things and embracing the future. Sonically, it’s a pretty good spectrum of variety.” ‘New Horizons’ is Flyleaf’s first album since 2009′s ‘Memento Mori.’ The band took a break after singer Lacey Sturm had a baby in 2011, then regrouped earlier this year. They entered the studio with producer Howard Benson ( Halestorm , Papa Roach ) and recorded ‘New Horizons’ in just six weeks. Seals says the process for this album went really smoothly. “Even though the length of time between albums was longer — three years — the process itself felt a little shorter and easier and it felt like the songs were coming out of us instead of us trying to make them come out. Before, we were it felt more deliberate. These had more of a flow.” Flyleaf – ‘New Horizons’ Track Listing 1. ‘Fire Fire’ 2. ‘New Horizons’ 3. ‘Call You Out’ 4. ‘Cage On The Ground’ 5. ‘Great Love’ 6. ‘Bury Your Heart’ 7. ‘Freedom’ 8. ‘Saving Grace’ 9. ‘Stand’ 10. ‘Green Heart’ 11. ‘Broken Wings’ Listen to Flyleaf – ‘Call You Out’

Flyleaf Singer Lacey Sturm Exits Band

A&M/Octone Big news out of the Flyleaf camp today, as longtime lead singer Lacey Sturm has announced her departure from the band. The news comes right before the group’s final album with Sturm, ‘New Horizons,’ will arrive in stores and online on Oct. 30 via A&M/Octone Records. Bassist Pat Seals has already announced that Kristen May, formerly of the group Vedera, will perform with the band on future tour dates to promote ‘New Horizons.’ “When listening to ‘New Horizons,’ I would hope that fans would be able to lose themselves in the story of each of these songs and form their own connections to them—as we have in the band,” Seals added. “There is a great deal of our souls laid bare on this record, and I feel like it really comes through on the tracks.” Here’s the official statement Pat Seals on Sturm’s departure: As Flyleaf begins this new cycle to introduce our third record New Horizons, we feel our fans should know that Lacey has stepped down as lead vocalist of the band.  Her statement below expresses her reasons for leaving.  In order to continue on with ‘New Horizons,’ Sameer, Jared, James, and myself have selected Kristen May, formerly of Vedera, to assume lead vocal duties for future tour dates.  We are excited for this new chapter in the history of Flyleaf, and hope that our fans will accompany us as we continue on this journey to bring hope and inspiration through our music.  We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years and we are looking forward to playing for you again soon. This is what Sturm has to say about her departure: I have been beyond blessed to be in Flyleaf for the past ten years, touring with 4 amazing men and the Flyleaf crew, whom I love like my flesh and blood family. They have all given so much.  It took everyone on our team to make the beauty in Flyleaf possible. I am honored to have met so many wonderful people who love Flyleaf music all over the world. Your incredible stories continue to inspire me. I am very thankful to have recently become a mom to one of the greatest blessings of my life, my son Jack. You may have also heard that we recently lost our brilliant sound engineer, Rich Caldwell, in a devastating car accident. Now, more than ever, I understand the phrase Memento Mori. I understand that, for me, living life to the fullest in this season means to step down as the lead singer for Flyleaf. I wish the best to Jared, Pat, Sameer and James and I know that as I continue to pursue the highest heights of what I am created for, it will free them all to pursue that for themselves too. The guys will continue to tour and write music together.  I’m so very grateful that they are able to do what they desire and that there is a beautiful and talented, warm hearted girl like Kristen May to sing for them. Because of this, you will all get a chance to see a new Flyleaf show and support the new album. As I take this first step on a new journey, I pray that each one of you would pursue your highest calling with reckless abandon as well, understanding that sometimes the fullness of life comes in doing things that are only understood by you, God, and the special people God has put in your life that truly love you for you… not for what you do, but for who you are.  I love you guys so much and in many ways, I will stay in touch. May God bless you all with healthy hearts, full of courage to weather the journey to your own ‘New Horizons.’ [button href=”http://loudwire.com/flyleaf-bassist-pat-seals-talks-upcoming-album-new-horizons-more/” title=”Read Our Recent Interview With Flyleaf’s Pat Seals” align=”center”]

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