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Lions At The Gate Announces New Album Details; Debuts Album’s Latest Single, Video; Announces New Live Dates

June 7 — Hard rock super group Lions at the Gate debuted its latest single and video this week.

The band premiered its latest single, ‘Drain‘ and the song’s companion video Wednesday. The song and its video are the sixth from the band’s forthcoming album, The Excuses We Cannot Make, which the band announced Wednesday, is scheduled for release Aug. 25.

The album’s track listing — complete with links to each of the album’s singles — is noted below:


  1. Not Even Human
  2. The Climb
  3. Find My Way (ft. Tatiana Shmayluk)
  4. Drain
  5. Bed Of Nails
  6. Scapegoat
  7. Vultures
  8. The Ledge
  9. Losing Hope
  10. Digital Sea
  11. My Apology

The musical arrangement featured in Lions at the Gates’ new single is a rich melodic hard rock ballad whose contemplative verses and more powerful choruses make for a familiar style approach and sound. The overall presentation is easily comparable to works from the likes of The Veer Union, Sevendust and many other similar bands of that ilk.

According to front man Cristian Machado, the song’s lyrical theme is a contemplative statement that came from personal experiences.

“‘Drain’ is a song about regret and time,” Machado said. “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.”

He continued, “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.”

The video for the band’s new single features the band performing its new single in a church setting. Machado performs his part in the church’s confessional booth while the band performs collectively in the church’s sanctuary.

In other news, Lion at the Gate is scheduled to join Nita Strauss on tour this summer starting Tuesday in Nashville, TN. The acts’ nearly month-long tour is scheduled to run through July 12 in Houston, TX and also features stops in cities, such as Bloomington, IN; Greensboro, NC and Portland, OR.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

Summer Storm North American Tour 2023 Dates

Jun 13 – Nashville, TN @ Exit / In

Jun 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft

Jun 15 – Greensboro, NC @ Hangar 1819

Jun 17 – New York, NY @ Meadows

Jun 18 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

Jun 19 – Mechanicsburg, PA @ Lovedrafts

Jun 21 – Harrison, PA @ The Blue Note

Jun 22 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop

Jun 23 – Angola, IN @ The Eclectic Room

Jun 24 – Bloomington, IN @ The Castle Theatre

Jun 25 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre

Jun 26 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room

Jun 28 – Denver, CO @ Blue Bird

Jun 29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro

Jun 30 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux

Jul 1 – Portland, OR @ Hawthrone Theatre

Jul 2 – Vancouver, WA @ Rickshaw

Jul 3 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

Jul 5 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s

Jul 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky

Jul 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Space

Jul 9 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

Jul 11 – Dallas, TX @ Trees

Jul 12 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

More information on Lions at the Gate’s new single, video, album and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at: