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When I bestowed a perfect 5/5 rating upon DEMON HUNTER's phenomenal new record, EXTREMIST back in March, I pegged the album's closer as a potential new addition to my seasonal playlist for Fall - deeming "Heart of a Graveyard" a "poppy, yet spooky surprise." For Day 15 of 31 Days of Halloween, I'm making good on that, highlighting a song that probably wasn't written with the sinister season in mind, but one that just fits so well. Stream "Heart of a Graveyard" below, and be sure to grab EXTREMIST(Amazon | iTunes) - out now on Solid State Records. 

WWE AmbassadorOn October 28, 2K Games will release the much-anticipated WWE 2K15, the latest game to feature the WWE Superstars and Divas in all of their digital glory. While the game hits just in-time for Halloween, fans won't have to wait quite as long to get a taste of the bangin' soundtrack - one curated by WWE Superstar John Cena, who also graces the cover of the game. Set for release on October 21st, pre-orders have just gone live on iTunes, with the full tracklisting revealed this morning on twitter by Cena himself. Take a look...

For the past few years, the crew over at Roma Music Group has been releasing lullaby albums based on the biggest names in music through their Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star line - a collection that I've covered extensively here on THE ROCK FATHER. What had been flying under my radar until recently is a line of tributes they've been releasing by the MIDNITE STRING QUARTET. Now, string tributes are nothing new, but the library that Roma has assembled here is impressive. Already, they have releases based around DEFTONES, METALLICA, PANTERA, SLIPKNOT, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and more - with albums based on the works of ADELE, PARAMORE, FALL OUT BOY, PANIC AT THE DISCO, RADIOHEAD and more due out within the next few weeks. Take a look at the rundown of what's out, all available on iTunes and Amazon.

After emerging from hiatus last year with a new album that was recorded in secret, FALL OUT BOY has kept listeners engaged with a constant stream of videos and live dates. Now, the band has sprung yet another surprise, with the announcement of a new single called "Centuries" that will arrive digitally this Tuesday... or perhaps even Monday, September 8th in some parts of the world. Pre-orders are up now on iTunes, which lists 9/9 as the official release date. Are you curious?

What a great day this has been. FAITH NO MORE, my favorite band of all-time, has officially announced that their first album since 1997's ALBUM OF THE YEAR will be released in April of 2015. This is HUGE news, and the first single will be released via Record Store Day's Black Friday event (11/28/14) when a limited-edition (5,000 copies) 7" vinyl of the song "Motherf**ker" hits the streets. Can I line up for this now?

I'm gonna hop in the DeLorean and take you back to an era well more than a decade ago at this point - an era where pop-punk reigned, with labels like Drive-Thru and Fearless cranking a steady output of Warped Tour-ready acts, and bands like NEW FOUND GLORY, BLINK-182, GOOD CHARLOTTE, SUM 41 and SIMPLE PLAN were topping the charts. Riding that wave were a ton of bands that never quite made the same impact, but on local and regional levels were carrying the torch high for melodic rock with anthemic, sing-along choruses. Here in Northern Illinois, I'd once crossed paths with a band called THE BRUCE CHI AFFAIR (I did a video for them), who later evolved into FINAL ROUND (who I also did a video for). FINAL ROUND was great at what they did, but like many bands, they hit a few snags with members both moving or even passing on (their late drummer D-Max even played with yours truly on an EP back in '04). Over the years, FINAL ROUND never really went away, but now they're officially back on the map with the release of IT ENDS WITH US BOTH RIGHT HERE, which hit iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp this week. Stream the full album below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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