Janus experienced great success with their 2009 debut album, 'Red Right Return,' but the band's new album, 'Nox Aeris,' reveals how far they've come.

Due out on March 27 on REALID Records, through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group, the album should help propel Janus to the top of the melodic-rock heap. "'Nox Aeris' is Latin for night air and references the plague years [hence the plague doctor mask on the single art]. The man made fear of believing that the night air itself in swamps and the city ghettos could give you the plague epitomizes the darkness that consumed these people," vocalist David Scotney told Noisecreep.

"Message-wise, this record is dark but cathartic and it approaches a sense of healing but from the opposite side the first record does. If the first record is the lighter side of the two Janus faces this record is the darker one. It reflects all we struggled with and overcame as a band."

'Nox Aeris' is already gaining steam, with its first single, 'Stains,' getting spins throughout the States. The song explores what can happen when you don't follow your heart, the marks left on your spirit when you become someone you're not. "It embodies what I was trying to say on the record," says Scotney, "it's a dark point of view, but represents a cathartic process of self-healing."

Listen to 'Stains' From Janus


In 2012 touring news, the Janus' first round of tour dates will be with Chevelle and Middle Class Rut starting Feb. 24 in Grand Rapids, MI. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

'Red Right Return' came out in September 2009 on REALID Records and spawned the Top 10 Active Rock hit, 'Eyesore.' They spent months on the road touring with Chevelle, Sick Puppies, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Halestorm, Five Finger Death Punch, and Alice in Chains. Janus also sold-out numerous headlining shows of their own, appeared on MTV's 'Headbangers Ball' and performed in the biggest rock festivals in the U.S., including Rock on the Range.

Check out Janus with Chevelle and Middle Class Rut at any of the following stops:

Fri 2/24 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room

Sat 2/25 Fort Wayne, IN Piere's

Sun 2/26 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre

Tue 2/28 Portland, ME State Theater

Wed 2/29 New York, NY Irving Plaza

Fri 3/2 Providence, RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel

Sat 3/3 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues

Mon 3/5 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live

Tue 3/6 Norfolk, VA The Norva

Thu 3/8 Knoxville, TN Valarium

Fri 3/9 Nashville, TN Marathon Music

Sat 3/10 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre

Sun 3/11 Springfield, MO Gillioz Theatre

Tue 3/13 Wichita, KS Cotillion Ballroom

Wed 3/14 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium

Fri 3/16 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom