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Lions At The Gate (Ex-Ill Niño) Debut “Drain” Music Video, Set August Release For Their Debut Album “The Excuses We Cannot Make”


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Lions At The Gate, who are comprised of several former members of Ill Niño, will release their debut album “The Excuses We Cannot Make” on Friday, August 25th. That record was both produced and mixed by Kile Odell (Fozzy, Motionless In White).

A music video for the new single “Drain” accompanies today’s album news, with the video for it having been directed by Vicente Cordero (Black Veil Brides, Cradle Of Filth). Speaking on that new single, frontman Cristian Machado stated:

“‘Drain‘ is a song about regret and time. There was a time in my life when I wished I could turn back the clock and take all the lessons I’ve learned with me. Many times I wondered if I’d made the right decisions in my own life. Years ago, I lost a family member whom I loved dearly with all my heart. We held her until the very last breath that she took.

That was such a life-changing experience, it truly made me see things a lot differently. Sadly, so many years I wasted leading up to that moment, thinking that time would never run out. The regret I felt was so intense, it opened my eyes wider than ever before and led my heart to change. I carry the memory daily, still.

Thank God I am now, finally, realizing that perhaps I am not defined by the mistakes I’ve made, I am defined by the lessons I’ve learned in-house. I can apply them to my life now. In the end, it was worth it all.”

As for the album, he offered:

“The topics on this record were deeply personal to me and spoke a lot about the personal struggle that I was going through at the time with the separation from my [now previous] band, a divorce, a custody dispute, and being slandered publicly with lies, but overall wanting a message of persistence and forgiveness… The instrumental [of the album] was already great.

We tracked 1 to 2 songs a day, and [never once did I think] to go back to re-record anything. Everyone in the band has a chance to express themselves creatively, writing individually, but then we all come together to record the album as a unit. In this kind of environment, everyone in the band gets some solitary creativity and then has a chance to speak their mind about all the ideas occurring throughout the entire recording process.”

The Excuses We Cannot Make” track listing:

01 – “Not Even Human
02 – “The Climb
03 – “Find My Way” (feat. Tatiana Shmayluk of Jinjer)
04 – “Drain
05 – “Bed of Nails
06 – “Scapegoat
07 – “Vultures
08 – “The Ledge
09 – “Losing Hope
10 – “Digital Sea
11 – “My Apology

Pre-orders for the album are available at this location. The band will soon be out on the road with Nita Strauss on the following summer tour:

06/13 Nashville, TN – Exit/ In
06/14 Atlanta, GA – The Loft
06/15 Greensboro, NC – The Hangar 1819
06/17 New York, NY – The Meadows
06/18 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
06/19 Mechanicsburg, PA – Lovedrafts
06/21 Harrison, OH – The Blue Note
06/22 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
06/23 Angola, IN – The Eclectic Room
06/24 Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre
06/25 Madison, WI – The Majestic Theatre
06/26 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
06/28 Denver, CO – The Bluebird Theater
06/29 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
06/30 Boise, ID – Neurolux
07/01 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
07/02 Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
07/03 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
07/05 Sacramento, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
07/06 Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go
07/08 Las Vegas, NV – The Space
07/09 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
07/11 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
07/12 Dallas, TX – Trees
07/13 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
07/14 New Orleans, LA – The Parish at House of Blues

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