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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Austrian death/black metal commandos Belphegor have released a lyric video for "Gas Mask Terror," a track off the band's upcoming tenth studio album Conjuring The Dead, due out in North America on August 5th. Conjuring The Dead was recorded at Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida with Eric Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Agnostic Front, Malevolent Creation). The album is the follow-up to 2011's Blood Magick Necromance and is the first studio album since frontman and guitarist Helmuth's near death experience which forced the band to cancel several tours.
on Jun 30, 2014
Menace, the new band from Mitch Harris (Napalm Death, Meathook Seed), have premiered a video for the track "Drowning in Density." This song is taken from the group's debut album, Impact Velocity, which features contributions from such well known heavy rock musicians as Derek Roddy (drums), Fred Leclercq (bass), Nicola Manzan (violin, cello, viola), Shane Embury (bass), and Russ Russell (producer and navigator of paradoxology). The band previously released three videos (for the tracks "I Live With Your Ghost," "Painted Rust" and "To the Marrow"). Both "Painted Rust" and "To The Marrow" were created by contemporary artist and "Ukraine's Got Talent" winner Kseniya Simonova. Simonova, has been featured on international television numerous times for her method of using sand to paint in the video medium.
on Jun 29, 2014
From the increasingly fertile DIY scene of Louisville, Kentucky emerges White Reaper, an incandescent power trio who is ready and willing to blow out eardrums far and wide. The band - formed by Tony Esposito (vocals/guitar) and twin brothers Nick (drums) and Sam Wilkerson (bass) - combines sparkling hooks and fluid, fluttering rhythms to create psychedelia-tinged garage punk that make heads bob without sacrificing an ounce of sonic bite. Having cut their teeth playing a number of raucous local and regional shows that left everyone's ears ringing and no pores devoid of sweat, the group is ready to unleash their eponymous debut EP, a six-song blitzkrieg that traces the band's present and future.
on Jun 29, 2014
Get a behind the scenes look as Close Your Eyes preps, sets up, and completely takes over the stage at this year’s Vans Warped Tour with their latest music video, “Line In The Sand.” The title track from their 2013 release, Line in the Sand demonstrates positive hardcore at its finest; catchy riffs, gang vocals, crowd participation, and a passionate message delivered with endless and uplifting energy. Commenting on Line in the Sand, guitarist and founding member Brett Callaway said "I think this is far and away the best complete set of songs we have ever put together for an album." Vocalist, Sam Robinson, adds, "We have a really diverse record here. The message is positive and the performances are strong."
on Jun 29, 2014
In time for the festival season of 2014, the heroic fantasy power metallers Gloryhammer, with frontman Christopher Bowes, present a compelling, fantastic new live video. Gloryhammer is the new project formed by Christopher Bowes, the mastermind behind pirate-metal sensation Alestorm, with a desire to explore the more symphonic and epic side of metal. The band's debut concept album Tales from the Kingdom of Fife, released in March 2013, is telling a story based in an alternate-history medieval Scotland, where magic and dark sorcery reigns supreme.
on Jun 29, 2014
Successfully performing 500+ shows and collecting over 100,000 miles during multiple tours across Canada, the UK, and once in the States, Double Experience offers a no-frills, no prisoners, no holds-barred live show that has music nerds wanting more.
on Jun 28, 2014
"Oxygonical" by Autocatalytica. Try saying that really fast three times. Autocatalytica is a "psycho-maniacal spazzgazm of progressive-math-metal mayhem." We really couldn't have said it any better ourselves.
on Jun 28, 2014
North Carolina's The Ghost Of You has just released their brand new single featuring Zach Norman of Beyond Our Eyes. The single, entitled "This House Is Not My Home," is expected to be featured on the band's forthcoming EP that will drop in the latter half of 2014 while the band continues to tour the East Coast and play regional shows. The Ghost Of You plays a brand of progressive metalcore that brings technical riffing with heart breaking lyrics. The band has a constantly evolving live sound that is consistent with that of the national acts they have played with such as Veil Of Maya, Vildhjarta, Structures, Northlane, Here Comes The Kraken, Chimaira, Iwrestledabearonce, Reflections and many more.
on Jun 28, 2014
Chicago punks Knuckle Puck are premiering a new music video for "No Good." The clip was directed by Eric Teti (Modern Baseball, Man Overboard). The band (who were recently named one of the Top 10 New School Pop-Punk Bands You Need to Know by Billboard Magazine) recently wrapped their stint on Man Overboard's "The Heart Attack Tour" and will be out supporting Senses Fail on the "Let It Enfold You 10 Year Anniversary Tour" this Fall. Joining them on the trek will be No Bragging Rights.
on Jun 28, 2014
Alabama shoegazers Wray have released the video for their first single, "Apacheria" which is off of their debut self-titled album. Wray's shimmering, headphone-ready tones owe much to Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, and even The Cure, but without the crippling self-absorption of chillwave, dream pop, or whatever all the sad bastards are listening to this week. It's music for an audience, for a rock show. It's got a beat and you can dance to it. Check it out!
on Jun 27, 2014
Successfully performing 500+ shows and collecting over 100,000 miles during multiple tours across Canada, the UK, and once in the States, Double Experience offers a no-frills, no prisoners, no holds-barred live show that has music nerds wanting more.
on Jun 27, 2014
PVRIS has just debuted their bold and though provoking music video for "St. Patrick." A lot has been happening lately with the female-fronted alternative rock band, originally from Massachusetts.
on Jun 27, 2014
Los Angeles ska-punk band The Interrupters premiered a video today for their track "Family" featuring Tim Armstrong of Rancid from their debut self-titled album. Bound by their rebel spirit and deep love for 2 tone, The Interrupters make super-high-energy ska-punk that's equal parts catchy and confrontational. Produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong, the band's self-titled debut for Hellcat Records sees front woman Aimee Interrupter, guitarist Kevin Bivona, bassist Justin Bivona, and drummer Jesse Bivona spitting out lyrics that take on matters as thorny as martial law and Big Brotherism while churning out rocksteady rhythms and snarly guitar riffs. After teaming up with Armstrong - whom Kevin got to know while taking over as touring keyboard player for The Transplants in 2005 - The Interrupters and Tim wrote and recorded all of their debut in a matter of days. "Working with Tim, nothing ever gets overthought - it's like lightning in a bottle," says Kevin, adding that many of the songs on The Interrupters were captured in one take.
on Jun 27, 2014
Philly punk/emo rock outfit, Reward, have just released their new EP Painted Desperation. The band's new music video for the track "Hooked" is also premiering today. Reward vocalist and senior member (ringing in at only 20 years old) Rob Blackwell says about the track: "On the surface, it's really just about my cousin who has down syndrome. I have never once seen him upset or unhappy for more than maybe three seconds at a time. He wakes up and is simply excited to live and be alive. He thoroughly enjoys every moment and that is amazing and inspiring to me. So in this song I wanted to honor his mind and express my mourning for his window of opportunity, but to juxtapose it with how much I love and admire him for cherishing every day and every moment." Composed of five high school and college aged guys, Reward is crafting intelligent and introspective music far beyond their years. The new album Painted Desperation is a collection of five songs that draw comparison to fellow East Coast flannel bands like Balance And Composure, and Title Fight.
on Jun 26, 2014
Thee Idea Men is a blues rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who want you to both hear and download their song "Natural Gravitation".
on Jun 26, 2014
Wings Denied has premiered a brand new lyric video for the song "The Machinist." The song showcases the Washington D.C. outfit's organic approach to progressive metal, seamlessly blending soaring vocals with distinct technicality. It's a sound exemplified on the group's debut full-length, Mirrors For A Prince, recorded by Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, Scale The Summit). In regards to the meaning of the song, vocalist Luka Kerecin shares: "'The Machinist' is a tongue-in-cheek criticism of the direction we, as a society, are headed-i.e. false sense of morality, lack of comradeship and overall decay of inherent human values. These have become acceptable, and in some instances encouraged. We are easily manipulated, much like machines and our machinists do with us as they please, discarding us once we've served our purpose- but it doesn't matter as long as you have that new iPhone you've always wanted."
on Jun 26, 2014
Mention the name Violent Soho to anyone in Australia and you'll likely be met with a huge "HELL FUCK YEAH!" in response. That's because the Brisbane-based alternative rock band has truly started a fire in their homeland, with their latest album Hungry Ghost peaking at #6 on the Australian charts and lead single "Covered In Chrome" quickly taking over the airwaves. Some may recall Violent Soho from their 2010 self-titled album released on Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth's label, Ecstatic Peace! Records. It took some time being back home for frontman Luke Boerdam and his bandmates – James Tidswell (guitar/vocals), Luke Henery (bass) and Michael Richards (drums) – to realize that all of that touring and experience had given them a new perspective on their music. "It was a process of figuring out what we did like," Luke explains, "rather than concentrating on what we used to do. We've changed and grown as people, so the music we were writing needed to reflect that. Whatever excited us, those are the songs that we went with."
on Jun 26, 2014
DevilDriver are in the home stretch of their current North American tour supporting the band's latest release Winter Kills and have released another lyric video, this time for the album track "Gutted." Winter Kills hit charts all over the world upon its release last Summer, with some of the band's best chart numbers to date. In North America, Winter Kills came in at #32 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart (the band's highest chart debut ever), #3 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart, #10 on the Billboard Rock Chart, and #13 on the Billboard Independent Chart. One of the standout tracks on Winter Kills was the band's groundbreaking cover of the AWOLNATION hit single "Sail." The song has become a staple of the band's live set as well as a fan favorite.
on Jun 26, 2014
Hard rock and metal fans across the globe can now check out Kobra And The Lotus' new video for "Soldier." The track is taken from the explosive hard rockers' new studio album, High Priestess.
on Jun 26, 2014
Orlando hardcore band, Clear Convictions, has released a new music video for their single, "Counter Culture" this past weekend which comes from the band's 2013 self-release, titled A Past That Attempts To Define Me. With Tony Rosairo as the band's new lead vocalist, the five piece wanted to give a sneak peak to their fans on the changes made. "I know that old CC fans have been curious to see how the band will sound without Danny being the one doing the vocals. So we decided to take a song from our last EP for me to re-record all the vocal parts. "Counter Culture" was the best choice. This song is so energetic and fun to perform; I really hope people can see that in this video," says Rosairo.
on Jun 25, 2014

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