Now that our "Best of 2012" feature is up on the website, over the next week or so we will be highlighting some of the lists from staff and our friends in bands, the industry, etc. So check out some featured lists in the replies and don't forget you can browse all the lists here (including the staff's Top 30 here).
Killswitch Engage will release their sixth album, Disarm the Descent, on April 2nd via Roadrunner Records. The first single, "In Due Time," will be available on February 5th.
1) The Hell In Me
2) Beyond the Flames
3) New Awakening
4) In Due Time
5) A Tribute to the Fallen
6) The Turning Point
7) All That We Have
8) You Don't Bleed for Me
9) The Call
10) No End in Sight
12) Time Will Not Remain
We're giving away a pair of tickets to the Philly Takeover Show at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on January 12th. Philadelphia-based acts will take the stage at the legendary NJ venue. Want to win a pair of tickets? Head to the event page and say "AP.net sent me here!" and the first person to do that wins a pair of tickets.
We're really excited to be sponsoring the Rise Again Fest in Reading, PA. The show includes Major League, Giants At Large, Post Season, and more. The event is February 23rd and tickets can be found here. More bands to be announced soon and more details can be found in the replies. In addition, be on the lookout for a contest or two for this.
Head to the replies to stream a new song from London hardcore outfit Grappler entitled "The Best Have Formed A Crown." The track is taken from the band's six-track EP Everything I've Ever Feared, which due on April 8th through Dog Knights Productions. Track listing is below.
Track Listing 1) The Best Have Formed a Crown
2) Stories of Madness, of Violence
5) I'm Everything I've Ever Feared
Head over to Socratic's AP.net profile to hear a new song entitled "A Better Place Is Waiting." It's one of two new tracks from the band that will appear on Broken Heart Records' Unsigned/Unrest. The compilation features new, rare and previously unreleased material from such artists as Over It, House of Fools, Mike Felumlee, The Agony Family, Kut U Up and more. It will be released on February 12th. All proceeds are being donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, so pre-order the CD here.
I can't say enough about how impressed I am with Owel's debut album. It's definitely a stand out and great way to start 2013. We're lucky enough to bring you a premiere of another song from the band. It's called "Burning House" and you can stream it on their AP.net profile and in the replies. If you like Sleeping at Last, Gates or Athletics, this will be right up your alley. Give the song a listen and let us and the band know what you think in the replies.
Owel (formerly Old Nick) will release their self-titled debut on January 18th. You can check out the album artwork in the replies and the track listing below. Be sure to check out their new song we're premiering on the site tomorrow as well.
03) Burning House
04) Death in the Snow
05) Nothing's Meant
07) Once the Ocean
08) Unforgiving Tide
10) Field Mouse
This week on the Self Promotion Forum I happened across George Gadd, a folk punk singer songwriter from Birmingham, UK. Sounding a little like a looser version of Frank Turner, George Gadd will easily strum his way into the hearts of many with his simple instrumentation, catchy tunes and intelligent lyrics. He's just released a Christmas covers EP featuring covers of The Front Bottoms, Japandroids and more and all of his music is available as 'name your price' on his Bandcamp. Interested in being a part of the Self-Promotion Spotlight? It's easy, just sign up for an AbsolutePunk.net account and post in the Self-Promotion forum.