CKY, Slaves, Royal Thunder, Awaken I Am

The Sacramento-based band features Jonny Craig (Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa) and Alex Lyman (Hearts and Hands), two artists who've built a name and reputation for themselves in their respective projects, but are now branching out creatively with Slaves.

Slaves will release their debut album this summer via Artery, but the band has shared a 70-second teaser, which provides both an audio and visual keyhole look into the process and the project. It should tide fans over for now. The teaser can be watched below.

It's a birds-eye view of Slaves in the studio. Craig's unique, critically acclaimed voice, which is drenched with emotion and rich with soul, powers the clip and offers just the right taste of what's to come, all the while leaving you salivating for more.

"Men have been enslaving men for as along as we've had gods to hide behind," Craig said. "Every man is a slave to what we love — whether it be women, drugs, music or sports. Through art we are all equals."

Slaves will also embark on their first tour this May. More details regarding the trek will be announced soon.

Royal Thunder

Royal Thunder is an Atlanta based, four-piece, progressive rock/metal, alternative band founded by lead guitarist Josh Weaver in 2006. After going through some lineup changes, Mlny Parsonz (bass/vocals) joined the group in 2007. Together, the two added drummer Lee Smith whom Weaver and Parsonz had played with in a previous band, and then last but not least Josh Coleman (rhythm guitar) was added to the fold.

Royal Thunder self-recorded and released a seven song EP in late 2009 before signing with renowned independent label, Relapse Records, who re-issued the EP in 2010. The band quickly gained critical praise, being described as "Led Zeppelin astride a psychedelic unicorn" by NPR.org and "Black Math Horseman or Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde, fronting Black Sabbath." by Brooklyn Vegan.

Royal Thunder is set to release their proper full-length debut entitled 'CVI' via Relapse Records in the spring of 2011. 'CVI' is a sultry, southern, hard rock thinker of an album that is an absolute must have for fans of the Atlanta and Savannah hard rock scenes (Mastodon, Baroness, Kylesa, Black Tusk, etc). Royal Thunder have crafted an unforgettable, truly soulful sound with 'CVI'.

With a hard-hitting, hypnotic live show that is more of a ritual than a rock concert, the four piece has been capturing audiences with their passionate performances, sharing the stage with a range of artists including Scott Kelly of Neurosis, Wovenhand, Birds of Avalon, Kylesa, and many more. Keep this band on your radar in 2012 and beyond.

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