A Rising Force unveil video for title track of album ‘Undertow’ and sign two-year deal with Dark Star Records

A Rising Force unveil video for title track of album ‘Undertow’ and sign two-year deal with Dark Star Records

Minnesota, USA based rockers A Rising Force consisting of frontman Mark Westlund, drummer Lane Allen, bassist Brian Lorenson and guitarist Leni DiMancari will be re-releasing their debut album Undertow via Dark Star Records on February 18, 2022. The group has unveiled a video for the album title track and announced a new two-year deal with Dark Star Records. Undertow was originally released via HighVolMusic on May 7, 2021. Unfortunately, HighVolMusic‘s principal Bill Chavis (along with his wife Lori Chavis) both passed away due to Covid complications in September 2021.

Track List for Undertow:
01. Undertow
02. Love And War
03. Crushed
04. Freaks
05. Black Eyed Suzy
06. Yesterdaze Hell
07. Giza
08. War Machine
09. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
10. Retribution

Michael Brandvold Marketing‘s press release indicates (with slight edits):

A Rising Force is an all-original Minnesota rock act that announce they have signed a new 2 album deal with Dark Star Records / Sony / Universal and will re-release their first album “Undertow” on February 18, 2022. The third single for the title track “Undertow” was released on December 17th, with a brand new music video that has a memorial to their late record company President and friend Bill Chavis and can be viewed below:

“We were incredibly excited to be a part of the Dark Star / Sony / Universal family. There were three labels interested in picking the band up after the untimely passing of Bill and Lori Chavis from HighVolMusic. After navigating the legal challenges and getting an artist release from our current contract, we settled on the label we felt that would best serve the band. We are looking forward to our future relationship, and getting out on the road to promote our new music” — Leni DiMancari, Guitarist

Photo courtesy of Michael Brandvold Marketing

Undertow is the title track and name of their latest release, and this song has it all, awesome drum and bass grooves, killer guitar riffs, double harmony guitar leads, hard rock vocals and even chants “Hey” “Hey” yeah, this song just rocks, hands down. — Jeffrey A. Swanson / President of Dark Star Records

A Rising Force’ signed their initial record deal with HighVolMusic in December of 2020 in the middle of a pandemic. The band collectively have had multiple albums released over the years, MMA nominations & awards, and national and international touring backgrounds. Their debut CD ‘Undertow’ was originally released in May of 2021, and spawned three singles including “Love And War”, “Crushed” and “Yesterdaze Hell”.

Over 2021, the band has performed to over 20,000 fans and sold out of the first pressing of the album Undertow. Guitarist Leni DiMancari became part of the ESP artist roster, and bassist Brian Lorenson became endorsed by DNA bass amps.

Both “Crushed” and “Yesterdaze Hell” from the album reached the 97 Underground top ten, charting at #2 and #5 for the entire month of August. Unfortunately, the untimely death of their record company President and Vice President Bill and Lori Chavis to Covid 19 put the release of their next single and video for the title track “Undertow” and the band’s future on hold, forcing the band to navigate through the legal challenges of retaining full ownership of their assets and rights to their music back.

They are currently in pre-production for their next studio album to be released in the late Spring of 2022. The music is guitar-driven commercial hard rock combined with 4-part harmonies, and all fronted by an arena rock lead vocalist.”