Aaron Willschick

Aaron Willschick

President, Editor (Toronto, ON, Canada)
- Hey all, I’ve been the President of PureGrainAudio since it started all the way back in the early spring of 2005. What started as a hobby to help expose myself to some new music has turned into pretty much a second job. I love rock music, particularly alternative and hard rock, but mostly I just love good music. It could be blues rock, acoustic, classic, it just has to be good!
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While Red Fang wrap their way across the U.S. on their Autumn tour, the rising rock group have released the video for "Blood Like Cream," directed by Whitey McConnaughy. Actor/comedian Fred Armisen ("Portlandia," "Saturday Night Live") joins in the fun with the beer-loving Portland-based band. "Blood Like Cream" is the first single off their new album Whales and Leeches. "I love Red Fang and I had the best time doing the video," says Fred Armisen. "It was fun for me to do and Whitey was a total pleasure to work with, too." Released October 15 on Relapse Records, Whales and Leeches debuted at #66 on the Billboard Album Chart, marking the group's highest sales week and first debut in the Top 200.
on Dec 15, 2013
Disinterred British extreme metal legends Carcass, in cooperation with Metallica guitarist Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEviL, have released the music video for the track "Unfit for Human Consumption." Directed by Glenn Maguire, the song comes from Carcass' recent chart-toping and critically acclaimed release, Surgical Steel. Surgical Steel is the band's first studio release since their 1996's Swansong. Joining guitarist Bill Steer and vocalist/bassist Jeff Walker in the band's current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (Aborted, Trigger The Bloodshed) and guitarist Ben Ash (Pig Iron, Desolation, Liquefied Skeleton).
on Dec 15, 2013
Led by Epica guitarist and songwriter Mark Jansen, Dutch symphonic death metal band Mayan have released a lyric video for the song "Faceless Spies" from their second studio album, Antagonise, due out in North America on February 4th. Mayan mastermind Jansen comments: "'Faceless Spies' is the last track on the album and deals about governments spying on their people, not only for safety reasons but also in order to control them." About the album's theme, he adds: "It's about the current state of the world in which a small group of elites have all the power and try to dominate humanity. The tension is rising and the outcome yet unknown." Antagonise was recorded at Sandlane Studio with producer Joost van den Broek (Revamp, Stream of Passion). Guests on the album include, Floor Jansen (Nightwish, Revamp), Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion), and Greek virtuoso violinist Dimitris Katsoulis.
on Dec 15, 2013
From San Diego, California, post-hardcore band Secrets released a brand new music video for "How We Survive." The track is off the band's latest albums, Fall Figures, released this past July. This is the follow-up to their debut full-length The Ascent, released in January of 2012 to rave reviews. Secrets has toured heavily since the release of The Ascent, supporting such as Sleeping With Sirens, Attack Attack! and Escape The Fate.
on Dec 14, 2013
With "Lost Track Of Time" starting to make appearances in best of 2013 lists, MTNS have followed up the release of their debut EP Salvage by releasing a video clip for title track. With such ambient and relaxing sounds, it's nearly impossible to picture Brisbane band MTNS arriving on the scene as boldly as they have. Releasing their first track "Lost Track Of Time" to the world in early July, it quickly garnered almost 40,000 plays on SoundCloud. MTNS has been picking up support slots from the likes of Wolf And Cub, Andy Bull, Pigeon, and Tigertown, taking them across the country several times. Having only played a handful of live concerts, MTNS once again surprised audiences with their unique, captivating and unexpectedly commanding live performance, showcasing their ability to create an expansive hybrid of tones, beats, lyrics, and textures.
on Dec 14, 2013
Swedish hard rock trio Kamchatka has launched their new music video for "Tango Decadence," the first single from the upcoming album, The Search Goes On, out this February. "Having played a lot of Swedish folk music together with the rock and blues music, I thought it was time for Kamchatka to have their take of a proper tango, so here you have 'Tango Decadence,'" Kamchatka singer/guitarist Thomas "Juneor" Andersson told Guitar World. Kamchatka is currently putting the finishing touches on its fifth studio album at its own Shrimpmonkey Studios in Varberg, Sweden with bassist/vocalist Per Wiberg (Candlemass, ex-Opeth, Spiritual Beggars) handling production.
on Dec 14, 2013
Toronto's Dinosaur Bones has shared a new video for "Dreamer's Song," produced by Southern Souls. The band is currently in the midst of their first U.S. tour in support of their album Shaky Dream, which came out in August. The band's combination of dark brooding pop, grandiose hooks and flourishing rhythmic drone has garnered them critical praise worldwide, and the evolution of their sound is evidenced by the ten tracks that comprise Shaky Dream.
on Dec 13, 2013
For Today have released the video for the title track to their new record Fight The Silence. The video for "Fight The Silence" was directed by Daniel Davison (August Burns Red, The Chariot, Manchester Orchestra, Norma Jean). "Fight The Silence" has a strong social message and proceeds from the sale of this song and forthcoming album will go to support the A21 Campaign to help shine a light on the issue of human trafficking. The band will work to raise funds via the album and touring to continue the global effort to rescue and rehabilitate those who have been victimized and to oppose and prosecute those who are responsible for the buying and selling of other human beings. For Today was recently announced as one of the first five acts confirmed for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour.
on Dec 12, 2013
Pittsburgh-based pop punk trio The SpacePimps have premiered the official music video for the single “Party Foul” off their recently released full-length album Eternal Boy. The Spacepimps have seen a busy 2013, and are looking to end the year on a high note with their first music video since “2003” in 2010. Along with releasing the new video this year, The Spacepimps saw the release of their 3rd studio album since 2006 in Eternal Boy and toured China for the first time – as the band’s success in Asian markets continues having sold nearly 3,000 albums in Japan and China combined. The new video – directed by Machine Crew Media and shot in Mars, Pennsylvania – features a college fraternity setting with some classic blow-up doll shenanigans and an overall good time. The SpacePimps will take a short break from touring leading into 2014, and plan to be back out on the road in the spring.
on Dec 12, 2013
Coinciding with the streaming of the second track from their upcoming album Men of Honor, Adrenaline Mob have released a lyric video for the track "Come On Get Up." As previously reported, the band will stream a track a week in the album's sequence up until the release date of February 18, 2014. Men of Honor was produced by vocalist Russell Allen and guitarist Mike Orlando and is their first world wide release on Century Media where the band was previously signed only for Europe.
on Dec 12, 2013
A Loss For Words debuted their new video for "The Kids Can't Lose" this week. The track can be found on the band's latest release, Before It Caves. In a behind the scenes video, frontman Matty Arsenault chats about the message of the song; being at a point in your life when you want to give up, but finding hope through another person. You can watch that play out for yourself in the new video.
on Dec 12, 2013
Vista Chino, the band formed by John Garcia and Brant Bjork that continues the legacy of Kyuss, have completed work on a video for the song "Sweet Remain." Taken from their album Peace, the video was directed by Dale "Rage" Resteghini (Hatebreed, Sevendust, Trivium). Rising from the desert sands that birthed Kyuss Lives, Vista Chino's sound is instantly familiar. With the trademark soulful vocals of John Garcia, the song writing and production of Brant Bjork (drums) and the fuzz-laden riffage of imported guitarist Bruno Fevery, Vista Chino's debut is one of the year's most anticipated heavy rock albums. A new band born of a storied past, right now it's about these players playing these songs.
on Dec 11, 2013
British rock is only looking stronger by the day and as female fronted Everybody Looks Famous slam their latest single "Thoughts" across the airwaves this Winter it is no wonder why this ever growing market is becoming the World's hottest talking point. After a series of successful U.K. tours with some of the most exciting emerging punk rock bands in the U.K., E.L.F. are now regulars at some of the biggest music venues up and down the U.K. Everybody Looks Famous have recently released their highly anticipated debut album Fuel To Fire which received a series of promising reviews and only confirms the bands growing hold on the punk rock music scene.
on Dec 11, 2013
Metal icons Soulfly have made available their new music video for the track "Bloodshed." The track comes from the group's latest album Savages, which was released this past October and also features Cavalera's son Igor (Lody Kong) on guest vocals. "The song is about the absurdity of the human condition in territories plagued by bloodshed all over the world," commented Max Cavalera. "Not just recent events like Iraq, but also historical conflicts such as the U.S. Civil War, World Wars I and II, etc."
on Dec 11, 2013
Detroit-based prog metal band Imminent Sonic Destruction has released a new video for their song "Breaking Through." This live, thirteen minute epic video was recorded in 2012 at the band's album release show at The Magic Bag in Ferndale, Michigan. Last month ISD completed the search to replace drummer Pat DeLeon, who left the band earlier this year. After several auditions, they have tapped Dan Chapa (Switchline, Rockstar) to be the new member of ISD. Following a successful North American tour with Pain of Salvation and Kingcrow, Imminent Sonic Destruction began working on new music. The departure of DeLeon sidetracked this effort temporarily, and the band shifted their focus to finding a drummer who had the right mix of personality, humor and talent to take over the job. Chapa turned out to be all of those things, as well as an imposing physical specimen at 6'7" tall. The band is now hard at work on the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2012 debut CD, Recurring Themes, which was produced by Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Sepultura).
on Dec 11, 2013
Germany's most vile and rancid death metallers, Deserted Fear, have released the official music video for "Nocturnal Frags," taken from their 2012 release, My Empire. The video was shot during the 2013 festival circuit and includes live footage from Party San, Summer Breeze, Extremefest and Nuckstock Open Air. Influenced by the death metal spirit of the early 90s, Deserted Fear takes murderous command on this brutal and catchy mix of classic American and Scandinavian death metal on My Empire. My Empire was released in September 2012 and also saw a vinyl release this past March.
on Dec 11, 2013
Clockwork Noise are a five-piece band from Dublin, Ireland. The band has written an album about Whethermachines - organic devices possessing the ability to absorb information, assess its merit, and act accordingly. "The Tourists" is the second single taken from the album, the first being "Advocate." The video for "The Tourists" was shot in first person POV by vocalist Robert Maguire, in various locations around Ireland towards the end of the Summer. It involved a lot of walking, driving, and swimming. The band is fascinated by juxtaposition - the marriage of quiet and loud, classical and contemporary, pretty and ugly, chaos and order. Their music ties these contradictions into an abundance of emotion and variation, tension and release. The latest single "The Tourists" is a culmination of these ideas.
on Dec 10, 2013
Grimsby-based hardcore punks The Departed are pleased to share the video for latest single "Memories Last." Recently completing a UK tour support slot with New York punks Biohazard, the single is taken from their second full-length album Steal The Crown. The Departed are as vicious and compelling on record as they are live, with support slots alongside massive hardcore names like Terror, Pay No Respect, Dead Swans, Defeater, More Than Life, and Your Demise sealing the deal on the quintet's credentials. Latest full-length album Steal The Crown builds on the success of previous release Remnants and is hewn from the Northern boys' anger and aggression of a world sick to the teeth of being downtrodden.
on Dec 10, 2013
Dead Letter Circus have debuted the new video for "I Am," the group's latest single from the album The Catalyst Fire. The video, which was filmed in the band's home city of Brisbane, Australia, was directed by Simon Smith and is the sequel to their last video for the song "Lodestar." "We are super pumped to unveil the video for our next single 'I Am,'" says vocalist Kim Benzie. "The clip, penned by myself and Director Simon Smith is the sequel to the clip for 'Lodestar'. Set in the possible future where people are being systematically divided, emotionally and spiritually in an almost factory farm way, we follow the journey of the boy as he awakens the sleeping mass and confronts their faceless masters."
on Dec 10, 2013
Sirens & Sailors has premiered a new video for the song "Straightjacket," directed by Josiah Moore. The song comes from the group's debut album, Skeletons. Skeletons was recorded and mixed by Carson Slovak (August Burns Red) and Grant Mcfarland (Affiance) and mastered by Troy Glessner (August Burns Red, Silverstein). Formed in 2005, Sirens & Sailors is a five piece band which has quickly become one of the most exciting groups rising out of the East coast with their jaw dropping live performances and catchy lyrics.
on Dec 10, 2013

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