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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Catch Fire Release Debut EP ‘The Distance I Am From You’

Released 5 February 2016 via Rude Records, The Distance I Am From You’ is Catch Fire’s bouncy debut. A posi pop-punk proposition formed earlier this year from the ashes of local heroes, Layby, guitarist Tim Bell declares enthusiastically: “We have a burning desire to write and play music. It’s really as simple as that. I don’t think any of us can see ourselves doing anything other than this.” The good news is, with their debut E.P The Distance I Am From You boasting bangers as infectious as lead single and future floor filler, ‘Bad Behaviour’, and the soaring, emo- tinged ‘Anaesthetic’, it’s not likely that the lads of Catch Fire (rounded off by vocalist Miles Kent, guitarist/ vocalist Neal Arkley, drummer Ash Wain and bassist Joseph Ryan Askew) will need to consider doing anything else, anytime soon.

Teaming up with rising European label Rude Records (Set It Off, Zebrahead, Blood Youth, Light Years, Knuckle Puck) for the release, the band are also making their mark on the touring circuit. Forthcoming dates include:

05.02.16 – Mansfield, Intake (Release Show) 06.02.16- Birmingham, House Show 07.02.16- Sheffield, Riverside 01.04.16- Manchester, Zoo 02.04.16- Wrexham, Rewind 03.04.16- Sheffield, The hop 04.04.16- Birmingham, Wagon & Horses

We would be remiss to not highlight that the Notts quintet do not take their name from The Hunger Games franchise. No, that would be daft. Rather, their moniker was inspired by guitarist Neal Arkley and his, ahem, hair colour. “Neal is ginger, and there isn’t a day that goes by where we don’t verbally assault him for it” says Tim. “Neal walked into practice one day, and Ash said “Neal, I think your head’s caught fire”. That’s it. Band name sorted” Dubious nomenclature aside, Catch Fire are primed for an explosive year, with The Distance I Am From You the ideal

Catch Fire ‘The Distance I Am From You’ Track Listing:

1. Introspective Pt I 2. Bad Behaviour 3. Anaesthetic 4. Introspective Pt II

‘The Distance I Am From You’ released February 5th 2016. Get it now:


VICTIMS: Stockholm Crust Icons Premiere "Walls" From Tankcrimes-Bound Sirens LP At Decibel Magazine

Sirens is the forthcoming new full-length from long-running Stockholm hardcore crust troopers, VICTIMS. Set for official detonation on April 15th via Tankcrimes Records, the band's first full-length since 2011's acclaimed A Dissident LP was tracked at Studio Gutterview by Fred Estby (Dismember, At The Gates, Refused), mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright (Iron Reagan, Nails, Integrity), and features the expected white-knuckled surges of angst as well as some more expansive elements throughout the album, all enshrouded in a barbed-wire vocal delivery, packed with unstoppable gang-chants and inescapable hooks.

In advance of its release today Decibel Magazine offers up opening track "Walls" for public ingestion. Notes drummer Andy Henriksson of the track, "It was one of the first songs we wrote for the album and its darkness set the tone for how the rest of the album would progress."

Witness "Walls" at THIS LOCATION.

As a precursor to the release of Sirens, VICTIMS will storm the West Coast North American populations on a short but punishing live trek. Running from March 24th through April 1st, the Swedish marauders will kick off the tour with two shows with Napalm Death and Melt Banana in Santa Ana and San Diego, then blaze a path north through Los Angeles, Oakland, Eureka, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. Portland will get a double-dose of VICTIMS on this run as the band has been confirmed to join that city's appearance of the Decibel Magazine Tour 2016 with Abbath, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch, and Tribulation on March 31st. VICTIMS is also confirmed for several European Summer festivals including Hellfest, Temples Fest and more, with additional tour dates to be announced in the coming weeks.


3/24/2016 Observatory - Santa Ana, CA w/ Napalm Death, Melt Banana 3/25/2016 Casbah - San Diego, CA w/ Napalm Death, Melt Banana 3/26/2016 Los Globos - Los Angeles, CA 3/27/2016 Metro - Oakland, CA w/ Brainoil 3/28/2016 VFW - Eureka, CA 3/29/2016 Black Water - Portland, OR 3/30/2016 Highline - Seattle, WA 3/31/2016 Roseland - Portland, OR @ Decibel Tour w/ Abbath, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch, Tribulation 4/01/2016 Astoria - Vancouver, BC 6/17-19/2016 Hellfest - Clisson, FR 6/02-05/2016 Temples Fest - Bristol, UK

To even the most pedestrian fan of d-beat hardcore/crust punk, VICTIMS is undeniably one of the genre's kings, their name as synonymous with the genre as Anti-Cimex, Wolfpack/Wolfbrigade, From Ashes Rise, and the like. Through an exceptionally solid but not overcrowded discography since their 1997 inception, through labels like Havoc Records, Deathwish, Tankcrimes and more the band has yielded five prior LPs, and a variety of EPs, having shared platters on splits with the likes of From Ashes Rise, Kylesa, and Acursed. In the fourteen years that have passed since those early days of rehearsals in Nypan, VICTIMS has toured internationally, heavily focused on Europe and the US extensively. Along the way they've experienced highs and lows, seen lineup changes and personal tragedy, they've been robbed in Italy and hospitalized in the USA. They've also played with a host of great bands, touring with the likes of Coliseum, Rotten Sound, Trap Them and The Ocean, Municipal Waste, Black Breath, and countless others, and undoubtedly made some life-long friendships. Today, VICTIMS stands as one of the most respected bands of the underground punk and hardcore community.

INCITE Announces U.S. Tour Dates with DevilDriver, Holy Grail and Hemlock

Outspoken heavy metal purveyors INCITE have been very busy wrapping up their current European tour with Soulfly and King Parrot and gearing up for the impending release of their new album Oppression via Minus Head Records (April 22). The band is thrilled to add another conquest to their spring schedule - a full U.S. tour in support of headliners DevilDriver, also featuring Holy Grail and Hemlock. Beginning on April 27th in Las Vegas, NV, the tour will hit 17 cities before coming to an end in San Diego, CA on June 18th (the tour package takes a break mid-May). See below for all upcoming tour dates and get your tickets here.

Remaining INCITE European Tour Dates with Soulfly and King Parrot:

2/24 Dresden, Germany @ Scheune 2/25 Prague, Czech Republic @ Roxy Club 2/26 Katowice, Poland @ Mega Club 2/27 Wroclaw, Poland @ Alibi 2/28 Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof 3/1 Luxembourg @ Atelier 3/2 Gent, Belgium @ Vooruit 3/3 Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Doornroosje 3/4 Aarhus, Denmark @ The Train 3/6 Oslo, Norway @ John Dee 3/7 Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser strand 3/9 Helsinki, Finland @ Nosturi 3/10 Joensuu, Finland @ Kerubi 3/11 St. Petersburg, Russia @ Glavclub 3/12 Moscow, Russia @ Yotaspace

INCITE U.S. Tour Dates with DevilDriver, Holy Grail and Hemlock:

4/27 Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl 4/29 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory 4/30 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven 5/1 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory 5/3 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre 5/5 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room 5/6 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave 5/7 Detroit, MI @ Harpos 5/8 Flint, MI @ Machine Shop 5/9 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts 5/10 Nashville, TN @ Exit/IN 5/11 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache 6/13 Columbus, OH @ Park Street Saloon 6/14 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar 6/16 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater 6/17 Window Rock, AZ @ Window Rock Sports Center 6/18 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick

Of course, fans will be able to hear songs from INCITE's new album Oppression on the tour! Produced by Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicide Silence, Every Time I Die) at Omen Room Studios in Garden Grove, CA during the fall of 2015, Oppression will deliver a level of ferocity, groove, and darkened melody unlike ever before. The album features guest vocals from Connor Garrity of All Hail the Yeti and Jose Mangin of Sirius XM Liquid Metal.

Oppression is available for pre-order now via the INCITE Bandcamp page.

Radio Legend LOU BRUTUS Three-peats As "Best Nationally Syndicated Rock Radio Host"

Rock Radio stalwart LOU BRUTUS has again been voted Best Nationally Syndicated Host in America by voters in the Rock Radio Awards sponsored by Radio Contraband.

Winners were announced Friday, February 12, 2016 during an awards ceremony at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Brutus was host of the event, opening the festivities with an original song dedicated to all of the nominees entitled "If I Don't Win My Award Tonight (You Can All Go F**k Yourselves)." He was backed on the tune by Houston, TX based band Hounds of Jezebel.

It was the third year for the Best Nationally Syndicated Host category and Brutus has won on each occasion. Jesse James Dupree, lead singer of the band of Jackyl as well as star of the television series Full Throttle Saloon, handed him the award. Other rockers at the ceremony included Pop Evil, Wolfmother, and Stitched Up Heart.

Upon accepting the award Brutus said, "The only thing that has ever truly mattered to me in life is music. Without music, life itself is impossible. People come and go, but a great song remains loyal to you forever. I have killed for music. I am willing to kill for it again."

LOU BRUTUS is renowned for his twenty years of national syndication hosting hardDrive and hardDriveXL, heard on over 100 radio stations in the United States and Europe,as well as his work on other national radio platforms. He has been the first to introduce listeners nationally to Slipknot, Sevendust, Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, Halestorm, Godsmack, and countless other artists. Additionally, he is lead singer for the bands GRUMPY OLD PUNKS and DEAD SCHEMBECHLERS, as well as being a noted photographer.

This July, LOU BRUTUS will return as host of Rock Fest in Cadott, WI. The three day festival will feature Slipknot, Alice in Chains, Hollywood Vampires, Five Finger Death Punch, Marilyn Manson, and dozens of other bands. The producers of Rock Fest said, "We are honored to welcome Lou Brutus back to our stage. His listeners travel from all over the country to join him here and revel in his love of music. His decades of adventures in the Rock world have made him a living legend." Special Edition Brutus merchandise by Dirtbag Clothing will be available exclusively at the festival.

LOU BRUTUS is currently working on two books. The first is a coffee table book of his concert memorabilia collection entitled "One Man - Two Thousand Concerts: The Greatest F*cking Collection of Rock Show Sh*t in History". The second is a book of his adventures in music entitled "SONIC WARRIOR: My Life As A Rock and Roll Reprobate - Tales of Sex, Drugs, and Vomiting At Inopportune Moments". D4EO Literary Agency represents him in the book world.

Army of the Universe Release Official Music Video & Heavy Hitting, Multigenre 'Magic EP + Remixes'

International Industrial trio Army of the Universe has released their long anticipated Magic EP + Remixes. Featuring 3 original tracks, "The Magic", "Really?", and "Acid Flows", as well as remixes from Bass heavyweights Gosteffects and Deorro, The Magic includes a range of electronic flavors for both Industrial enthusiasts and dance music fans.

Buy Army of the Universe's Magic EP + Remixes Online

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The new Magic EP + Remixes by Army Of The Universe is a tasteful sampler to anticipate the band's upcoming album (summer 2016).

Army Of The Universe was founded in 2008 by Electronic Dance producer Trebla (aka Albert Vorne) and lead singer Lord K. In 2010, guitar player Dave Tavecchia joined the band and one year later Chris Vrenna (NIN, Marilyn Manson, Tweaker) co-produced their first album Mother Ignorance (Metropolis Records). Army Of The Universe’ sound is made of analog synths and blade guitars, speeding around the echoes of 80's vibes and 90's industrial, throughout the underground of Brit's school electronica, new wave and techno beats.

The band and their debut album Mother Ignorance have been considered one of the newest and most exciting surprises throughout both the industrial and rave scenes. Between 2011 and 2014 the band toured North America and Europe for over 80 shows, including several DJ set gigs, a mix of dark underground sounds with live vocal performances. In the meanwhile The Army released one more EP on Metropolis Records, Until The End followed by a second album, The Hipster Sacrifice, and a new single, "Uniforms", in 2014. Their experimentation also landed the band on Dim Mak Records for Kill The F* DJ EP and the single "PNKRZ!"

AUTHOR & PUNISHER: Second Leg Of North American Live Takeover With Weedeater Confirmed

AUTHOR & PUNISHER, led by one-man industrial doom enigma, Tristan Shone, will haul its steel through the motorways of North America this Spring as direct support for Weedeater. Shone's latest excursion commences with the previously announced dates which run from March 14th and through April 3rdand include a performance at this year's edition of SXSW in Austin. The tour, presented by MetalSucks, picks up again on May 6th and will stretch through May 27th. Additional support will be provided by Today Is The Day and Lord Dying. No city is safe. The journey follows AUTHOR & PUNISHER's recent near-three-week march through Europe.

AUTHOR & PUNISHER w/ Weedeater, Today Is The Day, Lord Dying:

3/14/2016 Earl - Atlanta, GA 3/15/2016 Siberia - New Orleans, LA 3/16/2016 Fitzgeralds - Houston, TX * no Lord Dying 3/17/2016 Korova - San Antonio, TX 3/18/2016 SXSW - Austin, TX 3/21/2016 Sister - Albuquerque, NM 3/22/2016 Club Red - Mesa, AZ 3/24/2016 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA 3/25/2016 Viper Room - Los Angeles, CA 3/26/2016 Oakland Opera House - Oakland, CA 3/27/2016 Ash St Saloon - Portland, OR 3/28/2016 Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC 3/29/2016 Highline - Seattle, WA 3/31/2016 3 Kings Tavern - Denver, CO 4/01/2016 Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS 4/02/2016 Gabes - Iowa City, IA 4/03/2016 Hi Tone - Memphis, TN 5/06/2016 New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC 5/07/2016 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC 5/08/2016 Hideaway - Johnson City, TN 5/09/2016 5th Quarter - Indianapolis, IN 5/11/2016 Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI 5/12/2016 The Demo - St Louis, MO 5/13/2016 Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA 5/14/2016 Rock Island Brewing Co - Rock Island, IL 5/15/2016 Reggies - Chicago, IL 5/17/2016 Outpost - Kent, OH 5/18/2016 Pike Room - Pontiac, MI 5/19/2016 Mavericks - Ottawa, ON 5/20/2016 Hard Luck - Toronto, ON 5/21/2016. Petite Campus - Montreal, QC 5/22/2016 ONCE Ballroom - Boston, MA 5/23/2016 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY 5/24/2016 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA 5/27/2016 Hardywood Brewery - Richmond, VA

AUTHOR & PUNISHER, named, "one of the most prolific acts in aggressive music," by Noisey, continues to tour in support of latest full-length Melk En Honing, released last year via Housecore Records. The record was listed among Decibel Magazine's Top 40 Albums Of 2015 and continues to astound listeners globally.

After leaving a career as a mechanical engineer in Boston to focus on art and sculpture, Tristan Shone, the creator and sole artist behind AUTHOR & PUNISHER, moved west to pursue his MFA in Southern California. In the metal and machine shops of University of California, San Diego, Shone forged a relationship with design, sound and fabrication that ultimately yielded AUTHOR & PUNISHER's first music and mapped the journey away from traditional instrumentation towards custom made, precision machinery. Shone used his technical knowledge, along with his artistic background to create what Wired Magazine has hailed as his own "special brand of doom metal." Shone's high fidelity drone is thick and pulsating, laying a sonic lead blanket over your core, lingring only as long as it needs, regrouping or intensifying with pounding live rhythms and vocals. The sound builds up anxiously but always rewards with a hint of hope in the form of epic sonic phrases leaving you feeling exhausted but satisfied.

The custom devices that drive AUTHOR & PUNISHER begin mostly as big chunks of aluminum and steel that are worked into all manners of wheels, throttles, pedals, and masks to manipulate sound live. Shone's electromechanical arsenal and physical approach to live production become to heavy music what Survival Research Laboratories was to live, unscripted performance art.

All aspects of the AUTHOR & PUNISHER sound begin with physical movement, limbs struggling in unison to coordinate a wall of electronic rhythm and oscillation, ultimately conditioned by an organic and loose quality absent of sequencing and plastic perfection. AUTHOR & PUNISHER performances are a real amalgamation between man and mechanisms. They are direct, physical, heavy experiences that have amassed praise and intrigue from a wide array of audiences. Pitchfork styled him "immediate but mysterious," Stereogum described his "chilling, unrecognizable form," and NPR hails him as "a thrill [who] fires on all cylinders."

AUTHOR & PUNISHER's Melk En Honing is available now via Housecore Records. Order your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

Anton Kellner & The Lone Stars Share Album 'Understand' a Day Ahead of Release

Stream Understand Exclusively at Exclaim! HERE

With the release of their sophomore album Understand [out 2/26/16]on the way, Alternative-Folk/Americana outfit Anton Kellner & The Lone Stars partnered with Exclaim! to give fans an exclusive first-listen at the album in full. Understand was produced by Anton Kellner and Nolan Perry, mixed and mastered by Nolan Perry. Here is what Anton Kellner had to say about the release:

"Understand is a dark journey into the unknown. A diary of sorts, tying together strands of daily struggles and emotions but from the outside-in...For once, nothing that I have written on this album is personal. They are all separate stories about real people and their drastic situations that I have witnessed over the years. This album was written entirely by me. No collaborations, no special guests. We took a lot of risks with it, and dared to step into stories that were outside our comfort level. We are very proud of the end result, and truly believe that this is simply "our album." - Anton Kellner

Coastal California is the home of singer/songwriter Anton Kellner, who performs with his band under the moniker "Anton Kellner & The Lone Stars". After touring the circuit for quite some time in his prior band Holding Onto Hope (Come&Live Records), Kellner released his successful debut album entitled You Were The Fire. The album was released on July 29th, 2014 and had much critical acclaim among the press & his fans. You Were The Fire was produced by Nolan Perry (The Mighty Fine), with additional mastering handled by Eric Boulanger (OneRepublic, Plain White T's). Kellner has landed 3 successful PR campaigns, extensive shows up & down the coast, two music videos, and numerous musical collaborations, such as with Louis Diller (HolyChild/Glassnote Records), Elle Puckett (Poema), Tim Brennan (June/Victory Records), Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday/The Color Fred). Anton Kellner & The Lone Stars' sophomore album, Understand, features Anton Kellner (vocals, acoustic/electric guitar, piano, organ), Nolan Perry (bass), Josh Lucas (drums, percussion), and Scott Poley (pedal steel, additional electric guitar), with additional vocals by Sierra English.

Until Anton Kellner & The Lone Star's sophomore album Understandbecomes available on 2/26/16, head to Exclaim! to stream the tracks in full. Follow the band for updates, new music, and more.

Understand: Tracklisting

01. Understand 02. Notions 03. Broke 04. Losing Your Blood 05. Should Be 06. Drive Me Down 07. It's Been a Lifetime



From Ashes To New have unveiled a sneak peak into the making of their latest single video for 'Through It All'. Watch it here:

Following the release of their debut EP ‘Downfall’, FROM ASHES TO NEW are set to release their debut album ‘Day One’ on Friday 26th February on Better Noise Records/Eleven Seven Music on.

‘Through It All’ is the first single to be taken from the forthcoming album. Check out the main video here:

Tracklisting for 'Day One'

Land Of Make Believe Farther From Home Lost And Alone Shadows Through It All Face The Day Downfall Breaking Now Every Second Same Old Story You Only Die Once

More on FATN:

Hailing from Lancaster, Pennsylvania; the sextet features double front-men Matt Brandyberry (responsible for the relentless twisting verses) and Chris Musser (delivering razor edged vocals) and they are already dealing in the sort of arena-ready anthems that will make you want to kick your 9-5 into the middle of next week.

Fuelled by the monotony of dead end jobs in a small, post-industrial blue collar town, FATN have written a collection of gut mangling tracks blending rap, rock, metal and riffs to create a dynamic aural antidote to the modern life grind. “When we were recording the album, we were all holding down full time jobs,” explains Musser

“To put it bluntly, there’s a lot of ‘Fu*k you’ on this album,” laughs Brandyberry. “A lot of stuff about shitty relationships, about working hard for something and people telling you can’t do it, about never accepting that things are just ‘beyond you’. We’re not the cool band from LA or New York or any of those places, we’re six regular guys from a regular place but that is in our favor, not against us. We understand what it’s like.”

With a US arena tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach already under their belt and a record deal along side some of the best known rock acts out there, From Ashes To New look set to take their message to a bigger stage they could have ever imagined.


Guitar icon ZAKK WYLDE today has debuted an all new single titled "Sleeping Dogs" from his forthcoming solo LP. Artwork, created by Wylde and long-time collaborator John Irwin, is being revealed today along with 14-song track listing. "Sleeping Dogs" will also be available as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the album on iTunes will get the single immediately.

Pre-order Book Of Shadows II HERE.

Zakk Wylde will release Book Of Shadows II in UK/Europe/Australia/NZ on April 8th, 2016 via Spinefarm Records, his first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favourite.

The fearlessly introspective melancholy and melody of Book of Shadows helped to make its follow-up one of Rolling Stone’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2016. As fierce and diverse as his work in Black Label Society and as large as his accomplishments as lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne have been, Book of Shadows II offers an even richer look into the spirit and psyche of one of the most beloved pillars of the hard rock community. Brand new tracks like “Sleeping Dogs,” “Tears of December,” “Darkest Hour,” “Harbors of Pity,” and “The King” are bold proclamations of intense feeling and powerful catharsis.

Zakk Wylde’s powerful pipes, mayhem-inducing charisma, mischievous humour, and instantly recognizable pinch-harmonic driven blues based histrionic guitar shredding have made him the world’s most beloved American Guitar Hero.

Keeping up with his road dog reputation Wylde has accumulated over the decades, he is treating 2016 no differently. Having just wrapped up a successful stint on the 2016 Axes and Anchors Cruise, Wylde wasted no time in announcing a run of European dates for May 25th through June 19th in support of Book of Shadows II. The tour – including headline shows & festival appearances – will see Wylde perform music from his extensive catalogue and vast spectrum of hits, with full band accompaniment.

Tour dates:

05.25 UK, London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire 05.26 France, Paris, Cabaret Sauvage 05.27 Netherlands, Haarlem, Philharmonium 05.28 Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Den Atelier 05.29 Switzerland, Zurich, Komplex 457 05.31 Germany, Stuttgart, Theaterhaus 06.01 Austria, Linz, Posthof 06.03 Poland, Lodz, Wytwornia 06.04 Czech Republic, Plzen, Metalfest Open Air 06.06 Slovenia, Ljubljana, Kino Siska 06.07 Croatia, Zagreb, Tvornica Club 06.09 Italy, Milan, Teatro Degli Arcimboldi 06.10 France, Grenoble, La Belle Electrique 06.11 France, Bordeaux, Le Rocher de Palmer 06.13 Spain, Madrid, La Riviera 06.14 Spain, Barcelona, Sala Barts 06.15 Spain, Bilbao, Santana 27 06.17 Belgium, Dessel, Graspop Metal Meeting 06.18 Germany, Munich, Circus Krone 06.19 Germany, Nuremberg, Serenadenhof

Book of Shadows II Tracklist:

1. Autumn Changes 2. Tears of December 3. Lay Me Down 4. Lost Prayer 5. Darkest Hour 6. The Levee 7. Eyes of Burden 8. Forgotten Memory 9. Yesterday's Tears 10. Harbors of Pity 11. Sorrowed Regret 12. Useless Apologies 13. Sleeping Dogs 14. The King