Sacramento’s Slaves To Open Day 2 Of Graspop Metal Meeting In Belgium

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Slaves is playing this amazing festival next year! Get your tickets now!

The Sacramento-based band features Jonny Craig (Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa) , an artist who has built a name and reputation for himself but is now branching out with his new band SLAVES.

Slaves features Craig’s unique, critically acclaimed voice, which is drenched with emotion and rich with soul, all the while leaving you salivating for more.

“Men have been enslaving men for as along as we’ve had gods to hide behind,” Craig said. “Every man is a slave to what we love — whether it be women, drugs, music or sports. Through art we are all equals.”

Motörhead’s Lemmy Dead at 70

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Motorhead frontman Lemmy has died at the age of 70, after being told he was suffering an aggressive form of cancer.

The vocalist and bassist was told he was suffering from cancer on Boxing Day, and he’s reported to have succumbed to the disease around 4pm on December 28 (Monday).

Motorhead say in a statement: “There is no easy way to say this. Our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favourite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made its way down the street, with his family.

“We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness – there aren’t words.

“We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please, play Motorhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music loud. Have a drink or a few. Share stories. Celebrate the life this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. He would want exactly that.”

Sacramento’s Helion Prime To Release Self Titled Debut In February 2016

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Sacramento, California up and coming science fiction power metal band HELION PRIME self titled debut album is scheduled for an independent release on February 15, 2016 and can be pre-ordered now as either a physical or digital copy at the band’s BandCamp 

All pre-orders will be able to immediately download the album’s new single “Into the Black Hole” featuring a guest guitar solo from Jeff Teets of Allentown, Pennsylvania progressive metal band Mindmaze.

Helion Prime – “Helion Prime” album tracklist:

1. Into the Alien Terrain
2. The Drake Equation
3. Life Finds a Way
4. Into the Black Hole
5. A Place I Thought I Knew
6. Keep What You Kill
7. Ocean of Time
8. Moon-Watcher
9. Apollo (The Eagle Has Landed)
10. Live and Die On This Day

“Everyone in Helion Prime is very excited to finally be able to announce the release date for our debut album. We appreciate every single one of you for being patient and dealing with the ups and downs of making this album. This has been a long journey but we feel that we have created a very strong album and that the wait will be worth it. We can’t express enough how much you all mean to us and we hope you enjoy this album as much as we do. A huge thank you to every fan, friend, family member who has helped make this possible. You are all amazing.”

For the latest band news and show dates, visit the official HELION PRIME website  and Facebook page:

Heather Michele – Vocals
Jason Ashcraft – Guitars
Jeremy Steinhouse – Bass
Justin Herzer – Drums

Brand Spankin New Music From Through The Eyes Of The Dead

Pre production track from the band’s as of yet untitled EP due out in 2016! www.TTEOTD.com for more updates. Pre production was recorded and mixed by John Boyce of Sylar Sound Studios in Bensalem, PA

“We’ve been working our asses off on this new material and it’s showing to be some of our best yet. Please share it and let us know what you think in the comments. Keep in mind this is pre production, we will deliver the real thing to you in 2016”.

Act Of Defiance Winter Tour Includes Stops In Sacramento, Fresno and More

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Thu-Jan-28 Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
Fri-Jan-29 Bakersfield, CA @ The Gate
Sat-Jan-30 Fresno, CA @ Audie’s Olympic Tavern

Tue-Feb-02 Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge
Thu-Feb-04 Portland, OR @ Dante’s
Fri-Feb-05 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Sat-Feb-06 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw
Mon-Feb-08 Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
Tue-Feb-09 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
Fri-Feb-12 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Sat-Feb-13 Lombard, IL @ Brauer House
Sun-Feb-14 Indianapolis, IN @ The Headquarters
Tue-Feb-16 Newport, KY @ Southgate House

Sacramento Sci Fi Heavy Metal Powerhouse Dire Peril Attempt Indiegogo Campaign And Live Show Fundraiser To Fund Debut Release

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Dire Peril, a band from Sacramento, started by Jason Ashcraft to combine his love for heavy metal and Sci-Fi. Now with John Yelland on vocals, and the help of many great musicians they will be embarking on our debut journey.

All who contribute to a perk will receive all perks below. (For example: if you purchase a $15 perk you will also receive the $5 and $10 perk. However, some items do not apply.)

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Their goal is to raise $2,500. This will help them immensely in reaching their ultimate goal. The album will be mixed by Carlos Alvarez of Dirty Viking Audio Productions. The album will be mastered in France by Tower Studios (responsible for such bands as Ayreon, and Megadeth)

They are offering limited edition perks through this campaign, as well as a raffle. Those who donate $25 or more will automatically be entered into the raffle. You can donate as many times as you like and each time you do your name will be re-entered in the raffle. The raffle will include a collection of Sci-Fi Films that relate to each song on the album. The movies in the set will be:

Predator

Predator 2

Predators

The Day the Earth Stood Still (Original)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (Remake)

Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers 2

Starship Troopers 3

Total Recall (Original)

Total Recall (Remake)

Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy

The Forbidden Planet

The Thing From Another World

The Thing (1982)

The Thing (2011)

Pitch Black

Chronicles of Riddick

Dark Fury

Riddick

Enemy Mine

2001: A Space Odyssey

2010: The Year We Make Contact

Benefit Show For Jonathan McKenzie featuring Sacramento Area Bands White Knuckle Riot, Chernobog And More…

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A benefit show for the son of Kelly Brown. Jonathan McKenzie was taken from this world and his family in a senseless act by yet to be caught criminals. This event is being held to help the family with unexpected expenses due to the young age in which his life was struck

$5 donation at the door, donation raffle and more to help support.

White Knuckle Riot
Chernobog
Last of Us
For All I’ve Done
Nova Sutro

The Word Alive charges into 2016 with new album + headline tour announcement‏

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Phoenix, AZ’s The Word Alive are set to take 2016 by storm, armed with their pummeling new album Dark Matter, and a North American headline tour this February / March.
Set to release March 18, 2016, Dark Matter is the band’s fourth full-length is now available for physical pre-order at WeAreTheWordAlive.com, with digital pre-orders set to launch January 8th alongside their new single “Trapped.” Check out a clip of “Trapped” below, album artwork, and full track list.
Lead singer Telle Smith explains, “Dark Matter is the result of our most in-depth writing and recording session we’ve done, and is something we consider to be our most dynamic and expansive album to date. This record completely defines and expresses who we are, and where we are going, taking the listener to the darkest and most honest places our band has dared to venture.”
The Word Alive has also announced a North American headline tour in support of Dark Matter, featuring support from Fit For A King, and Out Came The Wolves,to launch in San Diego, CA at SOMA on February 19th.
THE DARK MATTER TOUR w/ The Word Alive, Fit For A King, and Out Came The Wolves
Feb 19 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
Feb 20 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Feb 21 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Feb 23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
Feb 24 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
Feb 26 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
Feb 27 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Feb 28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
Mar 1 – St Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
Mar 2 – Cleveland, OH@ Agora Theatre
Mar 3 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
Mar 4 – Millvale, PA @ Mr Small’s Theatre
Mar 5 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
Mar 6 – Toronto, ON @ MOD Club
Mar 8 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
Mar 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Mar 10 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Mar 11 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Mar 12 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Mar 13 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
Mar 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Mar 15 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
Mar 16 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
Mar 18 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
Mar 19 – Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown
Mar 20 – Grand Prairie, TX @ QuikTrip Park

New Music From Obscura

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It has been five years since the release of OBSCURA’s universally acclaimed Omnivium album. Now the progressive metal masters return with their strongest and most dynamic release to date. The aptly named Akróasis (Greek for “hearing” or “listening”) draws on all the various elements of OBSCURA‘s signature sound and combines those qualities into a cohesive and mind-blowing whole. The band has just shared a new track, “Sermon Of The Seven Suns”.’

Produced by the band and V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence), Akróasis is eight songs diverse enough to serve as a near-comprehensive introduction to all of extreme metal. Packed to the gills with virtuosic musicianship, compelling themes, and airtight songwriting, Akróasis will undoubtedly breathe new life into death metal, progressive metal and beyond.

If you dig the Akróasis title track, “Sermon of the Seven Suns” will surely melt your face. “’Sermon of the Seven Suns,’ the opening track of our fourth album Akróasis, perfectly blends all sides of Obscura, past and present,” says Obscura frontman Steffen Kummerer

Puscifer Announces Money $hot – Round 2 Tour; Dates Begin March 17‏

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Jerome, Ariz., Dec. 21, 2015 – Puscifer return to the ring on March 17 as the band launches the Money $hot – Round 2 tour, kicking off at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, Calif.  Additional dates will be announced in early January.

Maynard James Keenan said of the live performance, “This show is so much more than just a band regurgitating songs. This is a multi-media performance unlike anything you’ve ever witnessed. There are those who know, and there are those who will know soon enough.” Guitar player/producer Mat Mitchell added, “Round 1 was a blast for us, looking forward to more bone breaking fun in Round 2!”

Puscifer kicked off the Money $hot – Round 1 tour the day after the release of Money $hot, playing the Monster Mash Festival on Nov. 1 with the next six weeks spent trekking from coast-to-coast presenting sold out performances that marry the concept of concert and theater. The Kansas City Star, in a live review, said “not much emerges from the music world these days that feels genuinely unique, but Puscifer’s Money $hot tour qualifies. Each component of the show was first-rate: the sound mix, the videos, the musical performance and the theatrics. It all added up to a show that was as memorable as it was unique.”

Money $hot was released on Oct. 30 via Keenan’s Puscifer Entertainment. The album landed at #1 on Billboard’s Independent Music chart, #2 on the Alternative Albums chart and #30 on the Top 200. In a four star review, Revolver Magazine described the album as “a meditative and hypnotic – not to mention wholly engaging – offering” and both Crave and Kerrang placed the release on their year end, best of lists, with Crave saying, “The yin and yang of masculine and feminine energy interweave a pulsing eroticism that curls itself around the mind like one of Keenan’s many grapevines.”

Tour dates:

March 17 Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center
March 18 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
March 20 Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak Center
March 22 Omaha, NE Orpheum Theatre
March 23 Minneapolis, MN Northrop Auditorium
March 25 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
March 26 Grand Rapids, MI Devos Performance Hall
March 28 Rockford, IL Coronado Theatre
March 29 Indianapolis, IN Old National Centre – Murat Theatre
March 30 Columbus, OH The LC Indoor Pavilion
April 1 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
April 2 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
April 4 Akron, OH Akron Civic Theatre
April 5 Buffalo, NY Center for the Arts
April 6 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
April 8 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium
April 9 Huntington, NY The Paramount
April 10 Reading, PA Santander Performing Arts Center
April 12 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
April 13 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
April 16 Providence, RI Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

Luchafer open on all dates.