Morbid Angel, Terrorizer, Autopsy, Decrepit Birth And More Confirmed For Maryland Death Fest 2017

and here we go with the first round of confirmed bands for MDF XV!

Acid King
Akercocke (UK) – Exclusive U.S. appearance!
Autopsy
Behexen (Finland) – Exclusive U.S. appearance!
Brodequin
Decrepit Birth
Dopethrone
Embalmer
In The Woods… (Norway) – Exclusive U.S. appearance!
Iron Lung
Kerasphorus
Macabre
Morbid Angel (with Trey Azagthoth and Steve Tucker)
Nightbringer
Nordjevel (Norway)
Sargeist (Finland) – Exclusive U.S. appearance!
Siege
Terrorizer (World Downfall set)
Usurper

A limited amount of early bird (4-day) passes go on sale today at 11 am EST. If you don’t get one of these before they sell out, more 4-day passes will be released at a later date.
More bands will be announced soon!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maryland-deathfest-2017-tickets-26276287082

Clutch Fall Dates Announced With Kyng & Zakk Sabbath

Clutch continues their Psychic Warfare World Tour 2016. Headline tour dates for September-October are in. The group will be heading back on the road this Fall headlining another leg of their US tour. Supporting the tour will be Zakk Sabbath and Los Angeles based metal band Kyng. Including 2 festival appearances, the trek will begin in Buffalo, NY at the The Town Ballroom on September 28th and conclude in Worcester, MA at The Palladium on October 30th.

Clutch lead vocalist Neil Fallon commented “We are pleased to announce that this Fall Clutch will be hitting the road again in the U.S.. This time with Zakk Sabbath and Kyng. Clutch toured with Black Label Society a few years back and it was a blast – and no doubt, this one will be a blast as well. We hope to see you all there!”
Psychic Warfare is the latest and eleventh studio effort from Clutch. The disc debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, No. 2 on the Billboard Independent, No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock and Billboard Rock charts. On Record Store Day this past April 16th Clutch released a limited edition numbered etched vinyl 12 inch that included two previously unreleased tracks from the Psychic Warfare sessions: “Mad Sidewinder” and “Outland Special Clearance”. Psychic Warfare was produced by longtime producer Machine (Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die).
Zakk Sabbath, bring their take on Black Sabbath songs on the road for the first time ever. The band features guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens Of The Stone Age). Kyng, the Los Angeles based metal trio, will be supporting their 3rd release and follow up to 2014’s Burn The Serum.

Clutch, Zakk Sabbath, Kyng 2016 Tour Dates
09/28 – Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
09/30 – Lakewood, NJ @ First Energy Park – Rock Carnival *
10/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
10/02 – Louisville, KY @ Champions Park – Louder Than Life *
10/04 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
10/05 – Atlanta, GA @ The Buckhead Theatre
10/07 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre Street Stage
10/08 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live
10/10 – Little Rock, AR @ Metroplex
10/11 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
10/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
10/16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
10/18 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
10/20 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
10/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/22 – Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
10/24 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note ** NO Zakk Sabbath
10/25 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
10/27 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
10/28 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
10/29 – Clifton Park, NY @Upstate Concert Hall
10/30 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

Skeletonwitch Announce U.S. “Curse Of The Dead Tour” With Iron Reagan, Oathbreaker

SKELETONWITCH are excited to bring new material from their forthcoming August 19 release “The Apothic Gloom” to fans across the U.S. this fall suceeding a headlining Canadian trek  as they have just announced  dates for the “Curse of the Dead 2016” tour sponsored by Noisey. Featuring direct support from Iron Reagan, Oathbreaker, Gatecreeper (9/29-10/18) and Homewrecker (10/19-10/30), the tour will span just over four weeks starting in Asheville, NC and ending in Richmond, VA. A complete listing of dates can be found below.
 Guitarist Scott Hedrick chimed in stating, “Stoked to finally announce this! We’ve got new tunes to play and a killer group of bands to shred with. Love this lineup from top to bottom. See you all soon.”  
“CURSE OF THE DEAD” TOUR DATES
9/28 Asheville, NC – Mothlight #
9/29 Atlanta, GA – The Earl ^
9/30 Savannah, GA – The Jinx ^
10/1 Tampa, FL – Crowbar ^
10/2 Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic ^
10/4 New Orleans, LA – Siberia ^
10/5 Houston, TX – White Oak ^
10/6 Dallas, TX – RBC ^
10/7 Austin, TX – Barracuda ^
10/9 Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge ^
10/10 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick ^
10/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy ^
10/12 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge ^
10/14 Portland, OR – Panic Room ^
10/15 Seattle, WA – Highline ^
10/17 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar ^
10/18 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater ^
10/19 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room &
10/20 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews &
10/21 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock &
10/22 Chicago, IL – Subterranean &
10/23 Indianapolis, IN – 5th Quarter &
10/25 Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo &
10/26 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts &
10/28 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus &
10/26 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery &
10/30 Richmond, VA – Hardywood Brewery &
# with Iron Reagan & Oathbreaker & All Hell
^ with Iron Reagan & Oathbreaker & Gatecreeper
& with Iron Reagan & Oathbreaker & Homewrecker

Beastmaker Announces North American Tour Supporting Monolord

BEASTMAKER hail from the unlikely locale of Fresno, California. Sweating profusely in a parched no man’s land about three and a half hours northeast of Los Angeles, the city isn’t exactly a cultural mecca-and yet it’s the birthplace of Hollywood outsiders and weirdos like Sid Haig, Slim Pickens and director Sam Peckinpah. Still, it suffers from an unsurprising dearth of musicians interested in heavy rock.
BEASTMAKER released their debut Lusus Naturae earlier this year via Rise Above Records.  Lusus Naturae is available to order HERE.  In support of their new album BEASTMAKER will be returning to the road in North America this summer.  The band will be providing direct support to Monolord and Sweat Lodge will open.   The tour begins August 5th in Seattle, WA and runs through September 10th in Vancouver, BC.  A complete list of dates can be found below.
Says front man Trevor Church regarding the upcoming with Monolord, “We are bringing sin to the lower 48 and Canada. Limited clear green vinyl and exclusive tour design t-shirts. Everyone will go home with the mask of Satan!”

Though Church had the concept for BEASTMAKER as far back as 2006, it wasn’t until he and drummer Andres Alejandro Saldate, a.k.a. Juan Bonham, hooked up with bassist John Tucker in 2014 that the band was fully realized. “I was really inspired by old bands and metal,” Church explains. “From the Zombies to Slayer, from Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons to Black Sabbath. I was really into NWOBHM and what bands like Witchcraft are doing now. After many failed attempts and at least five bands in between, we found John and finally had a solid lineup.”
BEASTMAKER‘s lyrical landscape is awash in imagery from midnight movies and the dark arts, but that’s only part of the picture. “I like to make up stories,” Church says simply. “I use horror movies and the occult as influences but rarely directly. For instance, ‘Mask of Satan’ is me paying homage to the great horror film Black Sunday very directly.  On the other hand, ‘You Must Sin’ is about a woman longing for love and finding it in the most bizarre place, but John will tell you it’s a political song. I like to think that people come up with their own interpretations of what the songs mean and let their minds run free.”
BEASTMAKER:
8/5: Seattle, WA @ Neumos
8/6: Seattle, WA @ The Shakedown
8/8: San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
8/9: Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room
8/11: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
8/12: Scottsdale, AZ @ The Rogue Bar
8/13: Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
8/15: Ft Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
8/16: Austin, TX @ Sidewinder (Outside)
8/17: Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
8/18: San Antonio, TX @ Korova
8/19: New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
8/20: Tampa, FL @ Orpheum Theater
8/21: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Kreepy Tiki
8/22: Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
8/23: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
8/24: Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
8/26: Baltimore, MD @ Windup Space
8/27: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
8/28: Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
8/30: Allston, MA @ Great Scott
8/31: Montreal, QC @ Turbohaus
9/1: Toronto, ON @ Coalition
9/2: Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
9/3: Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
9/4: Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
9/5: Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
9/6: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
9/7: Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
9/8: Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge
9/9: Portland, OR @ Ash Street Station
9/10: Vancouver, BC @ The Astoria

Epica Announce The North American Principle Tour With Fleshgod Apocalypse

Dutch symphonic metal heavyweights EPICA will return this fall for The North American Principle Tourin support of their upcoming album The Holographic Principle which will see a worldwide release on September 30th through Nuclear BlastEPICA will be joined on this trek by Italian symphonic death metal kings FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, Russian pagan warriors ARKONA and their good friends inTHE AGONIST. The first three dates will see Germany’s XANDRIA as a replacement for ARKONA. Tour kicks off on November 4th in Quebec City and will conclude on December 3rd in Worcester, MA.

EPICA’s front woman Simone Simons commented on the tour:
“The time has finally come to visit North America again. We are super excited to show you guys our kick-ass new material of which we are extremely proud! We hope to welcome you all to experience The Holographic Principle extravaganza!”

11/04/2016 Imperial Theater – Quebec City, QC **
11/05/2016 Corona – Montreal, QC **
11/06/2016 Phoenix Concert Hall – Toronto, ON **
11/08/2016 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
11/09/2016 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/11/2016 Amsterdam Event Center – Saskatoon, SK
11/12/2016 Marquee – Calgary, AB
11/13/2016 The Ranch – Edmonton, AB
11/15/2016 Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
11/16/2016 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
11/18/2016 Social Hall – San Francisco, CA
11/19/2016 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
11/20/2016 Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel – Las Vegas, NV
11/22/2016 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
11/23/2016 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
11/25/2016 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
11/26/2016 Empire Control Room – Austin, TX
11/28/2016 State Theater – St Petersburg, FL
11/29/2016 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/01/2016 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
12/02/2016 Webster Hall – New York, NY
12/03/2016 Palladium – Worcester, MA
** with XANDRIA replacing ARKONA

Armored Saint announces USA tour dates with Queensryche, Midnight Eternal

Following their upcoming summer/fall tour dates, the mighty Armored Saint will head back out on the road this November/December as direct support to Queensryche! Midnight Eternal will also join this USA trek, making this one bill not to be missed!

Vocalist John Bush comments: “Armored Saint is looking forward to doing some shows this winter with Queensryche. They’re an incredible band and great guys. Plus it’s a great match for the fans. We did some shows together in Europe last summer and the gigs were awesome. There are some cities in America that Saint hasn’t played in years. Some over a decade! I’m sure people are very excited that we’re finally coming. It’s about time. We’ll kick some ass. Get ready!!!”

See below for all upcoming dates!

Armored Saint tour dates
July 14 – London, UK – Underworld
July 16 – Barcelona, Spain – Rock Fest Barcelona @ Parc de Can
July 28 – Brande-Hornerkirchen, Germany – Headbangers Open Air
July 29 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Saarmageddon @ Messegelande
July 30 – Essen, Germany – Nord Open Air
Oct. 8 – Tokyo, Japan – Loud Park Festival

Armored Saint tour dates
w/ Queensryche, Midnight Eternal
Nov. 15 – Showbox At The Market – Seattle, WA
Nov. 16 – Ace of Spaces – Sacramento, CA
Nov. 18 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Nov. 22 – Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
Nov. 23 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Nov. 25 – Clicks – Tyler, TX
Nov. 26 – Trees – Dallas, TX
Nov. 29 – Mavericks at the Landing – Jacksonville, FL
Nov. 30 – Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Dec. 1 – The Cuban Club – Tampa, FL
Dec. 2 – The Music Farm – Charleston, SC
Dec. 3 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Dec. 4 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
Dec. 6 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Dec. 7 – Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
Dec. 8 – Diesel Concert Lounge – Chesterfield, MI
Dec. 9 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
Dec. 11 – Limelight – Peoria, IL
Dec. 13 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
Dec. 14 – Kanza Hall – Overland Park, KS
Dec. 15 – The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO

The Melvins Debut “Hideous Woman” Video

The Melvins, who wrapped up their latest European tour over the weekend, debut a video for “Hideous Woman” from their recently released album, Basses Loaded (Ipecac Recordings).

The video for the single Stereogum dubbed an “intense, off-kilter riffer” was directed by David Hall.

The 12-song album, which premiered via MLB.com, features six bass players: Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Redd Kross’ Steve McDonald, Butthole Surfers’ J.D. Pinkus, Big Business’ Jared Warren, Mr. Bungle/Fantomas’ Trevor Dunn (aka Melvins Lite) and Melvins’ drummer Dale Crover swapping the drum kit for bass in the Melvins 1983 iteration.

The Melvins return to U.S. highways this summer, launching a seven-week tour on Aug. 3 in Las Vegas. The touring line-up features Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Steve McDonald.

U.S. tour dates:

August 3 Las Vegas, NV Backstage Bar & Billiards
August 4 Flagstaff, AZ The Green Room
August 6 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
August 7 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
August 9 Sioux Falls, SD The District
August 10 Fargo, ND The Aquariaum (Dempsey’s Upstairs)
August 13 Eau Claire, WI Eaux Claires Music Festival
August 14 Rock Island, IL Rock Island Brewing Company
August 15 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
August 16 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
August 17 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
August 18 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
August 19 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre
August 20 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
August 22 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar
August 23 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
August 24 Buffalo, NY Iron Works
August 26 Syracuse, NY The Westcott Theater
August 27 Northampton, MA Pearl Street
August 28 Hamden, CT The Ballroom at the Outer Space
August 29 Providence, RI Fete Ballroom
August 31 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
September 1 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
September 3 Cookeville, TN Muddy Roots Music Festival
September 5 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
September 6 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend
September 7 Charleston, SC Music Farm
September 8 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
September 10 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
September 11 Jackson, MS Duling Hall
September 12 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
September 13 Little Rock, AR Metroplex
September 14 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
September 15 Oklahoma City, OK The ACM @ UCO Performance Lab
September 16 Norman, OK Opolis
September 17 Austin, TX The Sidewinder
September 18 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger
September 20 El Paso, TX Lowbrow Palace
September 21 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
September 24 Long Beach, CA Music Tastes Good Festival

New Burn Halo Live In Sacramento Quality Footage Now Streaming

Burn Halo with new singer, ex-Trackfighter frontman TJ Chopela blaze @The Boardwalk with White Knuckle Riot DEDVOLT @ Hatriot be sure to catch the band when they come to your town while on tour all this summer…..
06/27 Lewiston, ID – 3rd Wheel
06/30 Las Vegas, NV – The Dive
07/03 Albuquerque, NM – Co-Op
07/06 Wichita Falls, TX – Iron Horse Pub
07/08 Tulsa, OK – Vanguard
07/10 Lincoln, NE – Vega
07/13 Bloomington, IL – Castle Theater
07/14 Berwyn, IL – Wire
07/15 Dayton, OH – Rockstar Pro Arena
07/19 Kent, OH – The Outpost
07/20 Niagara Falls, NY – Evening Star
07/21 Syracuse, NY – Station 88
07/22 Gates Center, NY – Pineapple Jacks
07/23 Cranston, RI – 1150 Oak Bar
07/25 New York, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall
07/26 North Hampton, PA – Gin MIll
07/28 Halethorpe, MD – Dead Fish Cantina
07/30 Stanhope, NJ – Stanhope House
08/03 Charlotte, NC – The Rabbit Hole
08/04 Greensboro, NC – Shriners
08/05 Hickory, NC – Wizard’s Saloon
08/06 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
08/07 Jacksonville, FL – Piper’s
08/12 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
08/13 Augusta, GA – Sky City
08/15 Fayetteville, NC – Drunk Horse Pub
08/17 Knoxville, TN – Open Chord
08/18 Johnson City, TN – The Hideaway
08/25 Russellville, KY – The Climb
08/26 San Leon, TX – 18th Street Pier
08/28 Oklahoma City, OK – Thunder Alley
09/01 Omaha, NE – Shamrocks
09/03 Alcove, WY – Sunset Bar & Grill
09/04 Part Falls, ID – Cruisers
09/11 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven

 

Burn Halo have  \hit the road again for Wolves of War Tour. This time  with a new lead singer.  They announced their new lead singer, T.J. Chopelas on their Facebook Page:

After many tough conversations and careful consideration, we have decided to move forward without our frontman James Hart. As a band, we want to continue to tour and make albums on a full time basis. Where James is at in his life and career, he was no longer able to make the same commitment the rest of us were willing to make. We completely understand and respect his decision to step away and have his full support to continue on with Burn Halo. Our long time friend T.J. Chopelas will be taking over as the new lead singer for Burn Halo. We are excited for the future and looking forward to seeing all of our fans on the road this summer. We love you all and appreciate your continued support.

REVOCATION Debut Lyric Video For “Crumbling Imperium”

Having delivered five killer albums boasting some of the most potent, technical and abrasive metal unleashed over the last decade, it would be easy for REVOCATION to sit back and rest upon their laurels. However, with their constant drive to push their sound ever forward and refusal to compromise their integrity, this could never be the case – and Great Is Our Sin is their most dynamic, boundary-pushing and weighty release to date.
Today REVOCATION has unleashed third blistering track from Great is Our Sin.

Great is Our Sinis slated for a July 22nd release date via Metal Blade Records.  The first song track streaming from the album entitled “Communion” is streaming now at http://www.metalblade.com/revocation Pre-order your copy of Great is Our Sin in exclusive bundle packages there as well!
When it came time for the follow up to 2014’s Deathless the quartet had their work cut out for them, and their response to the challenge is a record that grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go. Never forcing anything, the songs that would comprise Great Is Our Sin came together organically, and while the members being spread all around North America would have been an impediment to some, REVOCATION drew strength from it.
Reuniting with producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Bleeding Through), who also helmed Deathless and 2012’s Teratogenesis EP, the record packs the requisite punch, yet retains the organic feel with which it was conceived.  Known for their technical prowess, the band remained dedicated to upping the ante without ever losing sight of the importance of good songwriting.
Regardless of the state of the world, nothing is going to slow REVOCATION down any time soon. Whilst the lineup has changed over the ten years the band has been in existence, Davidson’s passion has never waned, and they are arguably sounding better than ever as they look toward the future. “We can’t wait to bring these songs out on the road and perform them for different audiences all over the world. Great Is Our Sin is a new chapter for the band, and collectively we feel that it is our defining record to date.”
In support of Great Is Our Sin, REVOCATION will be hitting the road this summer as part of the Summer Slaughter tour alongside Cannibal Corpse, Nile, After the Burial, Suffocation, Carnifex, Krisiun, Slaughter to Prevail and Ingested.  The tour kicks July 23rd in Orlando, FL and runs through August 21st in Atlanta, GA.  A complete list of dates can be found below.
 
Great Is Our Sin Track Listing:
1. Arbiters of The Apocalypse
2. Theatre of Horror
3. Monolithic Ignorance
4. Crumbling Imperium
5. Communion
6. The Exaltation
7. Profanum Vulgus
8. Copernican Heresy
9. Only the Spineless Survive
10. Cleaving Giants of Ice
 
REVOCATION Line-up
David Davidson – Guitars / Vocals
Dan Gargiulo – Guitars / Vocals
Brett Bamberger – Bass / Vocals
Ash Pearson – Drums
Summer Slaughter Tour 2016:
7/23: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
7/24: Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
7/26: Knoxville, TN @ The International
7/27: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
7/28: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
7/29: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
7/30: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
7/31: Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Theatre
8/2: Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
8/3: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
8/5: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
8/6: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
8/8: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
8/10: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
8/11: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
8/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
8/13: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
8/15: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
8/16: Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room
8/17: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
8/19: Richmond, VA @ The National (B4BQ)
8/20: Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s By The Sea
8/21: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

Cult Death Metal band MERCYLESS release new single

The legend is back!

The one and only MERCYLESS, one of the cultest Death Metal acts ever to emerge from France, the one that released the two classic albums “Abject Offerings” (Vinyl Solution, 1992) and “Coloured Funeral” (Century Media, 1993), the one that relentlessly toured Europe with the likes of DEATH (RIP, Chuck), ASPHYX, UNLEASHED, TIAMAT or more recently LOUDBLAST, that one band is back with a new FREE digital single, “Altered Divination” ahead of the October 7th release of its new full-length, “Pathetic Divinity”.

Featuring a brand new song, “My Name Is Legion“, produced at Psykron studio (PUTRID OFFAL) and mastered at Conkrete studio (OTARGOS…), and a raw “official bootleg” 2014 live recording of the 1992 classic “Substance of Purity”, the single is a foretaste of things to come any unholy Death Metal fan should get right now!

Hear the roar of the horde sharpening its weapons preparing for a new battle against everything holy!

Dead Horse Trauma, needs your help!‏

Dead Horse Trauma, the national rock powerhouse hailing from Des Moines, IA is accepting donations to fix their tour vehicle. Their van, nicknamed “Building 7” and trailer were totaled in an accident. They are reaching out for help to continue their tour. The band was traveling from Boise, ID to their next gig in Lewiston, ID when a pickup missed it’s turn, slammed on the brakes, and lead to a chain­ reaction collision.

Link for donations: DHTtour.com/help

Dead Horse Trauma recently completed the recording for their upcoming album, Life (to be released later this year), and are traveling with a whole arsenal of new music for live debut. DHT’s new album was recorded with internationally ­renowned producer Rick Lander of Crisis Lab Studios (Picayune, MS) and clearly showcases the growth and maturation of the relentlessly ­touring juggernaut.

The group has teamed up w/ sponsors COLDCOCK WHISKEY and ERNIE BALL to bring one whopper of a tour package. This phase of the cleverly­named “Cock ‘n’ Ball Rock Tour 2016” features DHT with support from Barstow, CA’s finest, Chrysalis, and White Knuckle Riot from Sacramento, CA. Tickets are available via the band’s website DHTtour.com.

Full Tour schedule: w/ Chrysalis

6/22 | Lewiston, ID ­ 3rd Wheel

6/23 | Richland, WA ­ Emerald of Siam

6/24 | Spokane, WA ­ The Pin

6/25 | Seattle, WA ­ Studio Seven

6/26 | Portland, OR ­ Rock Hard PDX w/ Chrysalis, White Knuckle Riot

6/28 | Ashland, OR ­ Club 66

6/29 | Chico, CA ­ The Tackle Box

7/01 | Santa Ana, CA ­ Malones

7/02 | Oakdale, CA ­ The Battered Beaver

7/03 | San Diego, CA ­ TBA

7/06 | Los Angeles, CA ­ Skinny’s NoHo

7/07 | Barstow, CA ­ Pit Stop

7/09 | Albuquerque, NM ­ The Co­Op

7/10 | Farmington, NM ­ Studio 18 7/12 | Grand Junction, CO ­ TBA

7/13 | Pueblo, CO ­ Rainbow Bar

7/14 | Denver, CO ­ City Hall Events Center

7/15 | Hutchinson, KS ­ The Rusty Needle

7/16 | Des Moines, IA ­ Woolys

Embryonic Devourment European Tour 2017 To Hit Netherlands Death Fest

Embryonic Devourment has also been added to The Netherlands Death fest and European tour w Malignancy in 2017 !!! Stoked! They will be celebrating Aug 13th at The Red Hat so get your asses down there! Their old singer Johnny Helvete has rejoined the band after 10 plus years missing in action and this will b his first show back with the band – support the underground.

Black Swan Theory release Official Video for “My Way”‏

Canadian Heavy Pop band Black Swan Theory has released the high energy music video for their newest single, “My Way.” While the single was produced and mixed by producer Erik Ron, the band members directed and shot the impressively spirited music video themselves.

Catch Black Swan Theory Live:
07/08 @ Piranha Bar Montreal, Quebec
08/13 @ Rock Fest pour la santé mentale L’épiphanie, Canada
08/19 @ Parlee Beach Music Festival Beaubassin East, Canada

When long time friends and ex Face First members Benjamin Taillefer, Gabriel Choquette, and Guillaume Morin decided to team up with Montreal Karaoke superstar Daphné Elty and producer ex Prototype-A member P-A Bédard, you know that something is about to explode.Working together since 2012, the band has quickly established itself on the Montreal music scene with their big live sound and their energetic performance finishing 2nd in the biggest band contest in Canada. “They demolished the scene of the Cafe Campus with their legendary ardour and they put a disproportionate party in the room…” – omniumdurock.tv “Daph adds a nice pop flavour to our Rock-punk-métal riffs” says Benjamin. “People have rarely met a person like her. Everyone loves Daph, her energy and her i-don’t-give-a-f*ck attitude is contagious.” “What you notice first about the band is female vocalist Daph L-T. Her attention grabbing fashion could be distracting enough to not notice anything else. Luckily, its not. The voice that blast out of her lips is powerful and it is obvious from the get-go that this lady mean business. In fact, the whole band is, with slick arrangements and a believable vibe that make their magnetic set truly exciting to watch.” – theradiostation.blog.com Their first E.P is produced by bass player P-A Bédard and recorded by guitarist Benjamin- Pierre Taillefer and Bédard “We Clearly know where we are going with BST since day 1”, say Bédard. Over you sets the tone for the E.P, its heavy, loud and melodic. That’s exactly what we’re all about!

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Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder Interviewed In Sacramento, California

The Black Dahlia Murder recently toured the USA in support of Abysmal, which was named one of the best albums of 2015 by Metal Sucks, Metal Injection, Metal Insider, among many others. As an added treat, they also played their first full-length, Unhallowed (2003), in its entirety during the trek — and performed at intimate venues across the country that hadn’t seen the band since their debut was released! Capital Chaos TV were honored to have a sit down chat with original vocalist Trevor Strnad at their May 12th  Sacramento stop @ The Boardwalk.

 

A: So Abysmal and Unhallowed I understand are a part of the plan, will you be playing both at every show this tour?

T: Yes we’ve been starting with Unhallowed, we do it front to back right from the beginning of the show starting with the intro like from the cd and stuff, so total throwback retro set. And then after that we stop for like 2 seconds, run the intro to the new record, play Receipt and then a bunch of other stuff too, a few new songs and a few more old sprinkled in there as well. It’s been really cool man, very successful. People have been excited about the whole Unhallowed thing coming back. We have a lot of people coming out the woodwork I haven’t seen in a long time too, which is really cool for me like just going down memory lane a lot, for me and Brian in particular being the original guys, having been there. But it’s really awesome hearing the songs sounding how they do now. I knew it would be. We are much tighter players than we were then. When we did that record we were just babies, we hadn’t even left the state. I think we were really reaching to play a lot of that stuff, and you can tell. It’s not the tightest record ever recorded. I like it still for what it was, I like the songs and hearing them now with these musicians, is just really I love it. It’s been really fun. Ya its cool, there’s one side of the coin where you’re like are we doing this already? Doing retro stuff? Are we that old? Are we the Eagles, like what’s going on? Especially it’s such a popular thing right now to be playing your cool album, the one they like. It kinda feels kinda like weak sauce to jump on that, but also the fans like it. They like it so much so it’s been cool.

A: I want to ask about your fans. Back in 2000 and then now, do you notice a change in the energy, in the demographic of your crowds or the fans that have been following you?

T: I think it’s gotten just more broad. When we first took off on tour and stuff, I imagined that we would just fit kinda in, in the death metal world you know, like be playing with Origin and stuff all the time. But they just didn’t see us like that, we had short hair, we looked kinda weird, we were nerds. I had these thick glasses and stuff. I just think we started to appeal to a bunch of different things. Different factions of the underground like, punk kids. And when I look in the crowd now I still see every kind of person. It’s an eclectic mix. That’s the reason we get to be on tour and be a self-sufficient band whereas death metal is not commercial music. There’s only a couple of bands that get to survive from their touring that play death metal, we’re very fortunate. But part of it has been this ability to crossover. People can’t quite pin point what we are and it seems like there’s always a genre fight online every time you look at any YouTube of us, it just follows us you know what I mean? Who gives a crap, as long as they like it, that’s the way I look at it. As long as they like us, I don’t care what they’re calling us. To me its death metal, it’s always been and that’s what it’s influenced by. I do see how it’s kind of transcended this glass ceiling that I thought, I never saw any of this coming as far as getting on Ozzfest, and then those kind of big out door festivals like Mayhem, I never predicted that for us. I thought we would just be playing shows strictly with death metal bands so I’m thankful for how it’s all played out. It’s been awesome. To have this be my entire life, it’s my dream. I hated school, fucking hate work, ya know I don’t look at this as work.

A: Do still like touring even though you’ve been doing it a long time? Is it still as exciting as it was, or is it more patterned behavior?

T: Oh ya, it’s hard. You have to kind of make a pattern out of it or it will make you crazy. Like it becomes so tiresome to just be on the road and be unpredictable all the time. There’s a big difference between how we do it, going to hotel rooms, compared to crashing at some weirdo’s place every night. I miss that though, you know I miss when it was good but I don’t miss when it was bad. I don’t miss going ok, sorry the place isn’t even finished, there’s no carpet and there’s ferrets running around. Is that cool? And also it’s 3 am and I got these 20 dudes that want to party with you. So I don’t miss that. And then there’s times we’re sleeping somewhere and the other roommate comes home and they don’t know we’re there and we’re not supposed to be there and then some big fight breaks out, not a physical fight but we get kicked out. So I don’t miss that part, but I miss when it was fun. Like meeting a lot of people.

A: Tell me about your lineup right now, who is performing in the band tonight?

T: We have Mr. Brian Eschbach, he’s the other original member, on rhythm guitar. Still here. He’s the other original with me. We’ve been in the band 15 years now I think. It’s crazy; I can’t believe it’s gone that far. We have Alan Cassidy on drums; he’s been on the last two records so he’s like old news to us now. And we’ve played hundreds and hundreds of shows with him and Max as well, the bass player. He (Max) used to play with Despised Icon, used to play with this band Goratory, huge fan of brutal death metal. He was a good friend of the bands beforehand so it was really natural bringing him in, he’s been here several years too. We’ve got the new fish, Brandon and it’s awesome. He’s incredibly good, incredibly professional. Basically when Ryan was leaving the band he warned us like a year in advance so we could work together to make it seamlessly, he helped us find Brandon and they both came from the same band Arsis. He still plays with Arsis and Cannibal Corpse. He’s so young and so hungry to tour and play that we’ll get off the road and he’ll be out with those guys. Its total mayhem with that guy. Ya know he’s 23, he’s young and virile and ready to rock, I was there one time. I just turned 35 the other day and I just feel like now I’m seeing in black and white. I’ve been judging myself like am I supposed to wear these anymore? Vans shoes? I’ve definitely suspended a juvenile time in my life, I guess, kind of like where I was so quiet and reserved and tight lipped in school, and such a pushover kind of person. This is where I found my strength. Meeting so many like minded people and that’s been the best part of it all for me is kind of the escape from reality that it’s been. To have this awesome thing and to put our energy into it so hard and see it come back in spades with fans and their dedication. It’s been my dream realizing I’m still keeping it alive with Brian, he’s really smart. He’s the number crunching last word, he’s the boss man, he’s the dad of the band. He’s the shit. Every band needs that dude that is the last word, the last call. But he’s also awesome and fair, it’s a democracy in this band. Were still kind of hazing Brandon, we haven’t really jumped him in yet. So he’s just suspended in limbo, doesn’t know his status or what’s going on. He knows he’s doing good obviously, it’s plain to see. He’s so fucking good. He’s really exciting on stage; it’s really cool to have someone like that on stage. He stage dives with his guitar on. He’s the perfect guy for Ryan to choose, so it’s all a family affair this whole thing. I got nothing but love for Ryan, for everything he did for us. We wrote a lot of great songs together, we played a lot of great shows and tours. I understand that as soon as we got him, he had a kid. He came literally from the kid’s birth to record and start playing with us. So I knew that there a shelf life but also that said a whole lot about his dedication. He was always so down for us and a great dad too. We always knew there would be a point where he had to go home and it just came. It was sad; we all had a few tears. Cause were best friends. With a lot of bands, they’re just hired guns or just fill the role. The only reason I can stay sane is everybody in this whole thing from tour manager down to everybody is just cool, good to be around. You have to be a positive person to live in that burgundy piece of crap over there. You just lay in there like a human sardine next to everybody. We have the seats pulled out and we just have two mattresses and were like a can of sardines. But they are my best friends and that’s why this has been possible. Why it’s been so fun. Why we’re so positive too is we’re in cahoots man. Everybody’s cool. We just kinda celebrate the victories. We’ve been on a very awesome incline this entire time. We’ve been so fortunate in these times when it’s hard to sell records. When it’s so over saturated with other bands. Somehow were still here even though were getting older and that’s exactly the goal was to survive and be a lifer band like Cannibal Corpse that survives the comings and goings of trends. Napalm Death you see still kicking. Bands from the first generation of death metal are still trucking and killing it. Obituary is amazing. There’s so much reason to just keep trucking. That’s a big inspiration to me is the old school. I love so many different factions of metal and so many different corners, different sounds. All different stuff even outside of death metal. But my heart is with old school death metal for sure.

A: Is there anything else you would like to include or say to your fans?

T: Were still out here. We’re still trucking. Come see us, we’ll have a blast. I think people from the outside think negatively about a death metal show like it must be a bunch of people trying to hurt each other but it’s fun man. It’s a family affair; it’s a lot of love. Its people appreciating a very niche kind of music, so you kind of have this automatic respect for people that are there, no matter what they look like, no matter anything about it. Its nerd music dude. Hello, we like fantasy! We like D&D and all that. Its metal. Were happy to be among our fellow freaks so come on down and have a great time with us.

 

Spin Kicks And Other Dance Techniques With Winds Of Plague In Fresno, California

Ok let’s get one thing straight right out of the gate, I’m a Thrasher and will always be a Thrasher. Going in to my trip to see Winds of Plague at Strummers in Fresno on 06/19 I knew I would be out of my element, possibly the oldest person there, and see something I have never seen before. All those things couldn’t have been truer.

I now believe I have an understanding of what Deathcore is. Take the wonderful sounds of your traditional Death Metal, mix them with the slow heavy break downs of Hardcore and there you have it. But Winds of Plague have added a twist, they have a keyboard player. So if you take those three things and add them up you really have something kind of unique.

Winds of Plague took to the stage around 10:00 p.m. after a few opening bands got the crowd loosened up and ready to go. And let me tell you what, they lived up to their name. It was dark, loud and brutal. The intimate crowd that gathered there that night went in to a frenzy of what I can only explain as violent interpretive dance. With an onslaught of flying kicks, spinning back fists, super punches and elbow smashes being thrown the “dance floor” wasn’t a safe place for the casual Metal fan to be. I have seen and been in some really great Mosh pits over the years, and occasionally people get hurt, this Deathcore show had quit a few bleeders there that night and this old Thrasher was not one of them. But those young people in the Hardcore scene loved it!

Johnny Plague’s vocals from the first growl had the crowd eating out of his hand. I was really impressed with how well he sounded live. Anybody can sound good on a record; but he was powerful and heavy all the way through. The band was also fierce and incredibly diverse. For the amount of tempo changes they go through within a song they didn’t missed a beat or riff from what I could tell that night. Now for the twist, let’s speak of Alana the keyboard player. Keyboards in Metal may sound odd, but it works. Her keyboards fit in like a hand in glove. Haunting, creepy and at time classical sounding tones were pumped out of that keyboard and she sounded amazing.

Johnny at the end of the night told the crowd this was a “testing the waters” type of tour and the response has been all positive. If Winds of Plague has been out of the scene for a bit it doesn’t look like they have lost a step. This band has a little bit of everything in it, I heard aspects of Death Metal, Hardcore, some Thrash riffs and even the occasional Classical. I’m a Thrasher at heart, but first and foremost I am a Metal fan. And this Metal fan hopes that Winds of Plague continue to work on their craft and I look forward to hearing new music from them soon.
Review by Gene A. Gaona Photo by @girlwolf

Islander Reveal New Album and Music Video

ISLANDER has announced details behind Power Under Control, their upcoming new album set for release on August 5th, 2016. Rolling Stone is debuting the first video and album’s commencing track “Darkness.” Power Under Control features the recording debut of official members Arin Ilejay (ex-Avenged Sevenfold) and J.R. Bareis (Love And Death), further proving ISLANDER are a part of rock’s DNA as much as their contemporaries.

ISLANDER founding member and vocalist Mikey Carvajal was joined by Love And Death/Korn wunderkind guitarist J.R. Bareis in 2015, leading the band on a powerful new path. The seeds of this relationship were planted during 2014’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest, when word of ISLANDER’s explosive performances quickly spread to the tour’s headliners Avenged Sevenfold and Korn – who flocked to watch the band almost daily. Bareis, who was then guitar tech for Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch, soon found himself in the role as ISLANDER’s new guitar player. Shortly thereafter, ISLANDER recruited bassist Zeke Vasquez (ex-ForeverAtLast), and newly exited Avenged Sevenfold skinsman Arin Ilejay became a permanent fixture snapping sticks and cymbals behind the kit.

“Power Under Control is a concept album dealing with several characters,” Carvajal explains. “The songs stand on their own, but are meant to be listened in the same way that a book is to be read. If someone were to skip the chapters in a book, the story may be exciting, but a lot of the meanings would be lost. If the listener wants to understand the meaning of each song, they can better be understood when listening as a whole rather than treating this as a buffet.”

On the leadoff track, Carvajal says, “’Darkness’ is the first song on the record and really sets the mood for where our character is in their life. It’s a song about indulging in anything and everything that makes them feel good for a moment, regardless of the outcome. Sadly, this is where our character is at in ‘Darkness’.”

In February of 2016, ISLANDER again partnered with producer Cameron Webb (Motorhead, Alkaline Trio) at NRG Studios, and over the next eight weeks the newly ignited foursome got to work on Power Under Control, recording twelve original tracks showcasing the quartet’s deeper complexion. Another familiar face in the fold is Bad Brains frontman HR on the anthemic sing-along “Think It Over.”

ISLANDER will immediately hit the road in support of Power Under Control, kicking things off at the Chicago Open Air Pre-Party on July 14th. Additional dates will be announced next week.

ISLANDER ON TOUR

July 14 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall (Open Air Pre-Party)

July 16 – Oshkosh, WI – Ford Festival Park (Rock USA Festival)

Watch John Carpenter Perform Live In Oakland, California

Influential science fiction and horror filmmaker John Carpenter is currently on his first national tour as a musician. Carpenter is performing selections from his two albums, 2015’s Lost Themes and this year’s Lost Themes II as well as several of the iconic soundtrack themes from across his career.

For his 1978 film Halloween Carpenter created his own soundtrack compositions and was influenced by Goblin’s darkly brooding music for Dario Argento’s Suspiria and Mike Oldfield’s hauntingly delicate themes for William Friedkin’s The Exorcist. Except that Carpenter equaled the power of both of those artists in his own work, he scored the soundtracks to virtually all of his films, and established a high standard for music for film that forever changed the way future directors contracted and otherwise created music in horror and science fiction cinema.

Lost Themes I and II represented Carpenter’s first official foray as a musical artist without the music being tied to a specific film. Notably, both albums were issued by Sacred Bones, an imprint started by former Denverite Caleb Braaten who used to be employed at Twist & Shout Records before moving to New York City.

Atriarch Announce West Coast Tour With Sabbath Assembly‏

Portland blackened doom rock quartet ATRIARCH has just announced a new run of West Coast dates with multi-state psychedelic/doom force Sabbath Assembly (featuring current and ex-members of Gorguts, Wolves In The Throne Room, Kayo Dot, and more). The tour kicks off this July 25th and will see the bands performing throughout Washington, Oregon, and California for a week’s worth of dates. A full list of shows is available below.

Following two well-received records on Seventh Rule and Profound Lore, ATRIARCH made their debut for Relapse in 2014 with the acclaimed full-length An Unending Pathway. Their finest moment yet, the album blends death rock, doom, black metal, punk and psychedelic drone/noise, and was widely recognized by publications including Pitchfork, Noisey, Exclaim, and many more. Stream An Unending Pathway in full via ATRIARCH’s Bandcamp page here.

***All Dates With Sabbath Assembly***

Monday, July 25th, Seattle WA, The Highline
Tuesday, July 26th, Olympia WA, Obsidian
Wednesday, July 27th, Portland OR, The Panic Room
Thursday, July 28th, Sacramento CA, Starlite
Friday, July 29th, Los Angeles CA, Complex
Saturday, July 30th, Oakland CA, Church of the Buzzard
Sunday, July 31st, Grants Pass OR, The Haul (Atriarch only)

The Fame Riot Signs with Another Century. Releases Music Video for “Heart Stray”‏

Hailing from Tacoma, WA The Fame Riot features over the top, fabulous brothers, Liz Scarlett and Shazam “Tea Time” Watkins. Influenced by four decades of rock, pop, electronica, disco, and everything in-between, they are what you would expect if you bottled up the fun and energy of raging summer parties, and threw in some flippant Hollywood glam. The group is thrilled to announce their signing to Another Century and to celebrate, have released the music video for their infectious single, “Heart Stray.” Filmed throughout parts of Washington state, the colorful video provides a perfect look into The Fame Riot’s addictive, tongue-in-cheek persona.

Century Label Group President Don Robertson states, “I am thrilled to announce we have signed Tacoma, Washington’s The Fame Riot to Another Century. Being from the Northwest and starting my career in the explosion of the Seattle music scene really makes me appreciate how much talent is still to be found back home. Robert Kampf (Century Label Group Global CEO) and I first saw Liz and Shazam in their last band after a friend tipped me off and we instantly saw that these two are hands down stars and we wanted to sign them on the spot but they wanted to continue to develop and find their sound. Fast forward four years and I heard about The Fame Riot. When I found out it was their new band and heard the new songs, we knew we must finally work together! The first single ‘Heart Stray’ is an infectious sing along and the video for it only begins to show the personality these guys have.”

“The Fame Riot is ecstatic to be working closely with this team of true believers,” adds Shazam Watkins. “The Fame Riot and Another Century are spliced together in order to deliver our artistic endeavors into the ears of the unawakened. Another Century hath indeed found the long lost Stradivarius, and our alliance shalt result in a virtuous tsunami of frequency and power, to accelerate our minds into this New Millenia.”

New Brutality From Brain Drill

Brain Drill welcomes new singer Travis Morgan (ex Atheist) as their new vocalist. “He busted out all of the vocals to our new album in one day and on that note THE ALBUM IS FINALLY FINISHED” !! The album will be titled BOUNDLESS OBSCENITY. You can now view the album art and a track from the listing below.
BOUNDLESS OBSCENITY (track listing)
1. Binary Fate
2. Departed in Decay
3. Boundless Obscenity
4. Aberrant Mutation
5. Domain of Ruin
6. Steadfast Horror
7. Cerebral Degeneration
8. Infinite Oblivion

Lord Dying Announce Headlining US Tour‏

Sludge/thrash road dogs LORD DYING have just announced another run of US dates in their near-constant touring schedule! The “In Sight Of Days Sinking” tour will see the band pummeling cities across the US for over a month along. Support will come from Black Fast and Child Bite, as well as from Toxic Holocaust frontman Joel Grind’s synthwave solo project on select dates. A full list of dates is available below.

LORD DYING released their sophomore album Poisoned Altars via Relapse last February to widespread critical acclaim from publications including Metal Hammer, Revolver, Metal Injection, and many others, and have been on the road in support of the album ever since its release. Stream Poisoned Altars in full via the band’s Bandcamp page here, and watch the band’s video for the album’s title track .

***Dates With Black Fast, Child Bite, and Joel Grind***

Aug 19 Portland, OR The Panic Room^
Aug 20 Seattle, WA Highline^
Aug 21 Spokane, WA The Pin!^
Aug 22 Boise, ID The Shredder^
Aug 23 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Bar^
Aug 24 Denver, CO The Marquis Theater^
Aug 25 Omaha, NE Lookout Lounge^
Aug 26 Cave-In-Rock, IL Full Terror Assault Open Air^
Aug 27 Detroit, MI El Club^
Aug 28 Lakewood, OH The Foundry*^
Aug 30 Pittsburgh, PA The Smiling Moose*
Aug 31 Rochester, NY Bugjar*
Sept 1 Albany, NY Trickshots*
Sept 2 Boston, MA Great Scott*
Sept 3 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus Bar*
Sept 4 Washington DC The Pinch*
Sept 5 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie*
Sept 6 Chesapeake, VA Riffhouse Pub
Sept 7 Raleigh, NC The Pour House
Sept 8 Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
Sept 9 Orlando, FL The Haven
Sept 10 Tampa, FL Crowbar
Sept 11 Miami, FL Churchill
Sept 12 Jacksonville, FL 1904
Sept 13 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Sept 15 New Orleans, LA Siberia*
Sept 16 Houston, TX Walters*
Sept 17 Austin, TX Dirty Dog Bar*
Sept 18 Fort Worth, TX Tomcats West*
Sept 20 Lubbock, TX Depot Obar Live*
Sept 22 Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock*
Sept 23 Los Angeles, CA White Oak Music*
Sept 24 Las Vegas, NV The Dive Bar*
Sept 27 San Francisco, CA The DNA Lounge*
Sept 28 Eugene, OR Old Nick’s Pub*
Sept 29 Bend, OR 3rd Street Pub*

Sacramento Burger Battle 2016

15 local restaurants and chefs will cook up their best burgers as they compete for the judges vote and the people’s choice vote at this epic charity burger cook-off event of the year.

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At this ages 21 and over event, attendees will get to sample all the burgers, sides and desserts, enjoy beer and wine (and soft drink) tastings as well as live music in beautiful downtown Sacramento.

The event runs from 7pm-10pm. VIP ticket holders get in 1 hour earlier at 6pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance, *NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE EVENT*. TICKET AND VALID PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY.

Tax deductible ticket price INCLUDES all burgers, a chance to vote for your favorite, sides, desserts, drinks, collectible tasting glass, and live music. All proceeds from the event are donated to the local chapter of the CCFA – Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

Only a limited amount of tickets will be sold.

You’ll be able to sample delicious burgers from these 15 fine Sacramento area restaurants (to be announced soon) visit Sac Burger Battle

Warfather Announces Artwork and Track List for ‘The Grey Eminence’‏

WARFATHER has released the artwork and track listing for forthcoming sophomore album The Grey Eminence. The album will be released September 16 on Greyhaze Records. Pre-order it at this location.
Featuring Steve Tucker (MORBID ANGEL), WARFATHER’s highly anticipated follow-up to debut album Orchestrating the Apocalypse, was produced by Death Metal icon and studio wizard Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, ex-MORBID ANGEL).
The collaboration marks the first time Tucker and Rutan have worked together since MORBID ANGEL’s Gateways to Annihilation. Tucker had this to say about the results:
“I am extremely excited for the release of The Grey Eminence. I feel that this album is one of the best things that I have ever been a part of! Erik Rutan did an amazing job on the production and the songs speak for themselves!” 
 
 Producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, ex-MORBID ANGEL) added:
 
“Recording with Steve and the guys on the new Warfather album has been fantastic! It has been a blast to be working on this monster album in the studio once again with my great friend and former band mate. The songs are heavy as hell and just outright awesome. We have some great tones and performances.”
 
The Grey Eminence Track List:
1. Orders of the Horde
2. Headless Mean Can No Longer Speak
3. Judgement, The Hammer
4. For Glory or Infamy
5. The Dawning Inquisition
6. Heedless Servant
7. Carnage of the Pious
8. Grey Eminence
9. Fair and Final Warning

Toddy & Squiz of King Parrot share their thoughts on things and stuff.

Tweakers, weed & Purification by Fire with Todd “Toddy” Hansen & Andrew “Squiz” Livingstone-Squires of King Parrot catch them on tour with all this month with Voivod Child Bite & Psycroptic on select dates..


June 15th: Calgary, AB @ Dickens
June 16th: Edmonton, AB @ Starlight Room
June 17th: Regina, SK @ The Exchange
June 18th: Winnipeg, MB @ Good Will Social Club
June 19th: Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
June 21st: London, ON @ Call the Office
June 22nd: Hamilton, ON @ This Ain’t Hollywood (King Parrot/Child Bite)
June 24th: Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck (King Parrot/Psycroptic/ChildBite)
June 25th: Montebello, QC @ Amnesia Rockfest
June 26th: Quebec City, QC @ La Source De La Martiniere
June 27th: Burlington, VT @ Nectar’s (King Parrot/Child Bite)
June 28th: Somerville, MA @ ONCE Summerville (King Parrot/Child Bite)
June 29th: Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus (King Parrot/Child Bite)

Valient Thorr Debut Lyric Video For “No Count Blues”‏

They came from Venus to destroy the cities. VALIENT THORR is a wild ass Rock N Roll band said to hail from inside of the planet Venus. Since crash landing on Earth in the year 2000, they’ve played well over 1500 shows all over the world. They’ve toured with visionaries from Motörhead and Joan Jett to contemporary heroes like Mastodon, Gogol Bordello, and Clutch. Since 2005 they have put out six full-length records and two seven inches! And just so you don’t think we’re blowing smoke, look them up! This is only the cusp of the feats of greatness this hard working, sweat drenched band has accomplished!

Old Salt will be released on July 29th; this is their first album for Napalm Records debut and seventh full-length release. Old Salt is the highly anticipated follow up to 2013’s Our Own Masters.

Today the band has released a lyric video for the first single from Old Salt entitled “No Count Blues”.

“Alahoyus Thorriors! If you pre-order the album today you get an instagrab of one of the tracks today! It’s called “No Count Blues”. It’s a fast paced jam meant to help you shake off that feeling you get sometimes when the worlds beating you down. Shake it up & shake it out! .
-Valient Himself

In support Old Salt, VALIENT THORR will be hitting the road in North American on the “15 Years on Earth Tour”. The tour stops tomorrow June 15th in San Diego, CA and runs through July 13th in Baltimore, MD.

Old Salt Track Listing:
1. Mirakuru
2. Lil Knife
3. Cut And Run
4. No Count Blues
5. The Trudge
6. Worm Up
7. Spellbroke
8. Linen Maker
9. The Shroud
10. Looking Glass
11. Jealous Gods

VALIENT THORR
15 Years on Earth Tour w/ Pears, and Hammer Fight

6/15: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
6/16: Glendale, CA @ Complex
6/17: Reno, NV @ Shea’s Tavern
6/18: Sacramento, CA @ Starlight Lounge
6/19: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
6/20: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
6/22: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon Lounge
6/23: Vancouver, BC @ SBC
6/24: Edmonton, AB @ Starlight Room
6/25: Calgary, AB @ Palomino Smokehouse
6/27: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
6/30: Fort Wayne, IN @ Brass Rail
7/01: Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
7/02: Columbus, OH @ Shrunken Head
7/03: Ferndale, MI @ Zeke’s
7/05: Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
7/06: Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
7/08: Buffalo, NY @ The Studio at Waiting Room
7/09: Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
7/10: New Haven, CT @ Café Nine
7/11: Brooklyn, NY @ Black Bear Bar
7/12: Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
7/13 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage

Incisus Vocalist Jimbo Patton Joins Aethere

 

Hey everyone as you know we recently entered the studio and recorded a new full length (more on that later) and we are pleased to announce that Jimbo Patton from Incisus is our new vocalist! If you have seen us in the last 3 months or so you’ve seen him perform live with us. He is a perfect fit personality wise and has helped us achieve the new sound we’ve been striving for! Come check him out later this week at our shows with Winds of Plague, Rings of Saturn & Enterprise Earth Thursday in Santa Cruz and Saturday in Petaluma! Via Aethere Facebook

 

Venom Inc. Issues Statement on Orlando Attack‏

The Demoliton Man Tony Dolan, frontman for Venom Inc., who are currently on tour in North America, has issued a statement regarding the tragic attack in Orlando earlier today.

“Currently we are touring North America again. The diversity of people makes me feel proud to be a citizen of the world in the most amazing countries that have a real pride in who they are and what they stand for! Yet still this terror over religious affiliations exist. We get stopped from playing a shown ’cause we are satanic, but now a murderous spree happens in Florida where innocent people are killed for doing nothing more than being in a land that holds true value on freedom. It could be despairing and my heart goes to those dead and their families. Humans create such atrocities but we cannot and must not give in to terror…fear is hiding away….let them feel the wrath of our strength! An eye for an eye…but innocents must not be the target. That would serve to make us like them and WE are more than that.”

Comprised of the founding members and main songwriter from the legendary Venom, Venom Inc. is carrying the name forward with the integrity and merciless aural assault that made Venom the forefathers of an entire genre. Mantas, Abaddon and The Demolition Man kicked off their second North American tour this year  with two shows in New York City. Remaining tour dates are as follow:
6/12/16 Sun. Brauerhouse, Lombard, IL
6/13/16 Mon. Rock Island Brewing Co., Rock Island, IL
6/15/16 Wed. 3 Kings Tavern, Denver, CO
6/17/16 Fri. Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
6/18/16 Sat. Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
6/20/16 Mon. Star Theater, Portland, OR
6/22/16 Wed. Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA
6/23/16 Thur. Whisky, West Hollywood, CA
6/24/16 Fri. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
6/25/16 Sat. Brick by Brick, San Diego, CA
6/26/16 Sun. Rebel Lounge, Phoenix, AZ
6/27/16 Mon. Grizzly Hall, Austin, TX
6/28/16 Tue. Trees, Dallas, TX
6/29/16 Wed. Walters, Houston, TX
6/30/16 Thur. Siberia, New Orleans, LA
7/1/16 Fri. The Haven, Winter Park, FL
7/2/16 Sat. Ground Zero, Spartanburg, SC

A tribute to the great Paul Kantner from Jefferson Airplane/ Jefferson Starship live stream available..

Sunday June 12 @ The Haight Ashbury Street Fair – Stanyan Stage 

Steaming Live In Concert At This Location Below – 12:45 to 5PM PST

Stanyan Stage
11:00-11:36 – GREG DALE & THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON
11:50-12:30 – WAVES OF SILVER
12:45-1:45 – THE DAVE NELSON BAND (with BARRY SLESS, PETE SEARS, JOHN MOLO, MOOKIE SIEGEL)
2:00-3:00 – QUICK SILVER MESSENGER SERVICE (DAVID FREIBERG’S)
3:15- 5:15 – JEFFERSON STARSHIP w/ FAMILY & FRIENDS

Kurdt Vanderhoof of Metal Church Interviewed In San Francisco

Kurdt Vanderhoof of Metal Church talks early days of Metal Church, his transition from punk to metal, the pros and cons of the music industry in the digital age and more with Iron Serbian of ZODD & Capital Chaos TV

Kurdt Vanderhoof of Metal Church shares his thoughts on opening up for Metallica on New Years Eve 1985

Hammers Of Misfortune reveals details for new album ‘Dead Revolution’‏

On July 22nd, West Coast progressive heavy metallers HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE will release their sixth full-length, ‘Dead Revolution‘, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE enlisted Nick Dumitriu (Vhöl, Ritual Chamber) to produce this record, utilizing a vintage Trident board and minimizing digital processing. The result is a warm, sharp sound that harkens back to productions like John Leckie’s treatment of Pink Floyd’s Meddle or David Hitchcock’s master work in Camel’s Mirage. For a preview of ‘Dead Revolution‘ – and to pre-order the album in various formats!

Recorded at Light Rail Studios in San Francisco, CA, ‘Dead Revolution‘ is more varied than its predecessor (2011’s acclaimed ‘17th Street‘), by using different tones, and delving into heavier, darker territory. With tracks like the stupendous “The Precipice”, the raging “Flying Alone”, and the riff-organ fest that is “Dead Revolution“, HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE have found a way to indulge their progresssive and psychedelic tendencies while remaining decidedly metal. That’s not to say Dead Revolution is without its slow-burners: “Here Comes the Sky” pivots off a Pink Floyd axis (think “A Pillow in the Wind”) – with its soft strums, careful vocal interplay, and delicate percussion – before jettisoning into traditional heavy metal motifs. “Of course, every song stands out to me,” says principal songwriter and guitarist John Cobbett. “I’ve no idea how listeners will react to them. ‘The Velvet Inquisition’ is probably one of the most ambitious compositions we’ve ever recorded. I was trying some different writing methods and the results are…interesting. ‘Days of ’49’ is an attempt to repurpose an old traditional folk song, which is new for us.

See below for the official track-listing, and stay tuned for more news coming soon!

Dead Revolution‘ track-listing
1. The Velvet Inquisition
2. Dead Revolution
3. Sea of Heroes
4. The Precipice (Waiting for the Crash…)
5. Here Comes the Sky
6. Flying Alone
7. Days of ’49

HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE line-up:
John Cobbett – guitar
Will Carroll – drums, percussion
Sigrid Sheie – organ, piano
Leila Abdul-Rauf – guitar, vocals
Joe Hutton – vocals
Paul Walker – bass

American Head Charge North American Tour Dates Announced

Shoot AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE’s 2013 EP marked the band’s rebirth, but now it`s time to do the full-length tango! Get ready for their fourth album: Tango Umbrella!

“Let All The World Believe” is the first track from the new album.

We touched upon different directions. Our influences come from the early 90s, Ministry, Tool, PJ Harvey and so forth. We cover a lot on Tango Umbrella. If people dig it – Cool. If not: Go F Yourself,” says the band of the new song.
AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE Live
5/12: Cuadhy, WI @ The Metal Grill
5/13: Eau Claire, WI @ Hipps Pub
5/14: Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory
5/15: Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew
5/16: Toledo, OH @ Realm
5/17: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
5/18: Columbus, OH @ The Summit
5/19: Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
5/21: Manchester, NH @ Jewel
5/22: Amityville, NY @ Revolution
5/24: Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
5/25: Halethorpe, MD @ Fish Head Cantina
5/26: Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse Pub
5/28: Orlando, FL @ The Haven
5/29: Tampa, FL @ Oprheum
5/31: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
6/1: San Antonio, TX @ Fitzgeralds
6/2: Dallas, TX @ Trees
6/3: Abilene, TX @ The Patio
6/4: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
6/5: Oklahoma City, OK @ Thunder Alley
6/7: Gallup, NM @ The Juggernaut Music
6/8: Scottsdale, AZ @ The Rogue Bar
6/9: Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey a Go Go
6/10: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
6/11: Las Vegas, NV @ Dive Bar
6/12: Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
6/13: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
6/14: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
6/15: Spokane, WA @ The Palomino Event Center
6/16: Billings, MT @ Pub Station
6/17: Denver, CO @ Hermans Hideaway
6/18: Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
6/19: Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
6/20: St. Joseph, MO @ The Loft
6/21: St Louis, MO @ The Firebird
6/22: Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s Grill and the Reverb
6/23: Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
6/24: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
6/25: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre

Sodom to Release New Album Decision Day Scheduled For August 26th via SPV/Steamhammer‏

Tom Angelripper is proud and excited to announce the release of the new SODOM album Decision Day for August 26th 2016. Together with his two comrades-in-arms, guitarist Bernemann and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald, Angelripper spent four months at the studio honing the new SODOM material. The result is a hard-as-nails, diverse thrash metal offering on the subject of D-Day, the day in June 1944 when the troops of the Western Allied forces landed in Normandy to liberate mainland Europe from the scourge of Nazi Germany. Songs such as ´Belligerence`, ´Decision Day` and ´Strange Lost World` present the SODOM front man once more as a historically well-versed contemporary witness and critical observer of current international events. Decision Day was produced by Cornelius ´Corny` Rambadt, sound engineer and drummer with Angelripper’s side project Onkel Tom.

The new release is bound to cause a stir, not least thanks to its impressive artwork courtesy of none other than Joe Petagno. As well as having worked for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, Petagno is also Motörhead’s favored graphic designer and has created legendary album covers such as Overkill, Orgasmatron and Another Perfect Day. Angelripper: “I was surprised and proud to learn how familiar Joe is with SODOM, immediately bringing up associations of our ´Knarrenheinz` when we talked about the artwork. For a Motörhead fan like myself, this cover is an absolute dream come true.”

Track Listing
1.In Retribution
2. Rolling Thunder
3. Decision Day
4. Caligula
5. Who Is God?
6. Strange Lost World
7. Vaginal Born Evil
8. Belligerence
9. Blood Lions
10. Sacred Warpath
11. Refused To Die
12. Predatory Instinct (bonus track for vinyl and iTunes edition)

 

Sacramento’s The Alpha Complex Added To Dirtfest 2016 Line Up Featuring Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed And Many Others..

The Alpha Complex is a five piece hard rock metal band from Sacramento, Ca. The band was formed in September 2012 and features former members of shock rock sensation Motograter.

 

Dirt Fest is an unrivaled experience in the heart of Mid-Michigan. With performances over the years from Adam Gontier, Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, Alien Ant Farm, All That Remains, Silverstein, Mayday Parade, Every Time I Die, as well as Michigan born bands like Pop Evil, Wilson, For The Fallen Dreams and The Black Dahlia Murder and hundreds of others, Dirt Fest stays on the cutting edge of new talent while bringing the best established acts as well.

As a one day event, Dirt Fest boasts well over 50 acts of various genres over multiple outdoor stages at The Birch Run Expo Center every year. Banana 101.5 FM hosts the Dirt Fest with promoters Matt Dalton and Andy Dalton. Founder Matt Dalton started the Dirt Fest as a small outdoor music party which quickly grew into Mid-Michigan’s ONLY long-running and large scale music festival of its kind which continues to reach a growing audience each year.

Killswitch Engage
Asking Alexandria
Hatebreed
Trivium
Attila
Bury Your Dead
Wilson
Walls of Jericho
Soil

Beyond Threshold
Psychostick
Heartsick
It Lies Within
The Convalescence
Below The Tide
6 Prong Paw
Ira Hill

The Alpha Complex
Wrvth
Paralandra
Death of the Party
Deveraux
Harlow
Five Hundredth Year
Myths and Legends
Dystopian I
Hyngd
As We Divide
Oour Dying Day
Sydetrakt
After the Minor

Child Bite, King Parrot & Voivod North American Tour In Full Rage

The manic noise rock merchants in Detroit’s CHILD BITE kicked off an epic run of live takeovers earlier this month in support of their recently-issued Negative Noise full-length. The live debauchery (which included first-time shows in Mexico), continues with a stretch of shows opening for the mighty Voivod alongside labelmates King Parrot as well as additional one-off shows scattered during and following the tour’s conclusion.

CHILD BITE w/ Voivod, King Parrot:
5/19/2016 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
5/20/2016 The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
5/21/2016 Barracuda – Austin, TX
5/23/2016 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
5/25/2016 Aggie Theatre – Ft. Collins, CO
5/26/2016 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
5/27/2016 Liquid Joes – Salt Lake City, UT
5/28/2016 Vinyl / Hard Rock Café – Las Vegas, NV
5/30/2016 The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
5/31/2016 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
6/01/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
6/02/2016 The Whisky A Go Go – Los Angeles, CA
6/03/2016 The Underground – Santa Ana, CA
6/04/2016 Strummers – Fresno, CA
6/07/2016 The Ritz – San Jose, CA
6/08/2016 Slims – San Francisco, CA
6/09/2016 WoW Hall – Eugene, OR
6/10/2016 Dante’s- Portland, OR
6/11/2016 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
6/12/2016 Distrikt – Victoria, BC
6/13/2016 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
6/15/2016 Dickens – Calgary, AB
6/16/2016 Starlight Room – Edmonton, AB
6/17/2016 The Exchange – Regina, SK
6/18/2016 Good Will Social Club – Winnipeg, MB
6/19/2016 Crocks – Thunder Bay, ON
6/21/2016 Call The Office – London, ON
6/22/2016 This Ain’t Hollywood – Hamilton, ON **
6/24/2016 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON w/ Psycroptic **
6/25/2016 Amnesia Rockfest – Montebello, QC
6/26/2016 La Source De La Martiniere – Quebec City, QC
6/27/2016 Nectar’s – Burlington, VT **
6/28/2016 Once – Somerville, MA **
6/29/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY **
6/30/2016 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA **
** w/ King Parrot (no Voivod)

Negative Noise is out now on Housecore Records. The traumatizing, forty-seven-minute offering was produced by label head Philip H. Anselmo, mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer), and is where the Venn diagram of Black Flag, Voivod, and The Jesus Lizard truly overlaps. With twelve tracks of the bands distinct brand of chaotic, noisy apocalyptic sound Negative Noise represents all the weirdness that has made CHILD BITE so great over their hard years on the road.

Aftershock 2016 Line Up Revealed With Headliners Tool, Slayer, Avenged Sevenfold & Korn

The 5th annual Monster Energy Music #Aftershock lineup has been UNLEASHED! This MASSIVE lineup features Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer,Korn, Primus, Disturbed, Meshuggah, Puscifer, Chevelle, The Pretty Reckless, Ghost, Anthrax and many many more! All tickets, VIP, hotel packages and parking passes on sale tomorrow at noon pst! The earlier you buy the more you save!
www.aftershockconcert.com

An awe-inspiring, momentous music lineup led by iconic bands Tool (in a rare U.S. festival appearance) and Avenged Sevenfold has been unveiled for the fifth annual Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK, which returns to Sacramento, California’s Discovery ParkSaturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23.

California’s biggest rock festival will feature over 35 bands on three stages at DiscoveryPark, conveniently located near downtown Sacramento, where the American and Sacramento Rivers meet. The current daily music lineup for Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK is as follows:

 Saturday, October 22: Tool, Slayer, Primus, Meshuggah, The Pretty Reckless, Anthrax, Baroness, Face To Face, Deafheaven, Motionless In White, Avatar, American Sharks, Whores, Twelve Foot Ninja, The Shrine, Aeges, Big Jesus

 Sunday, October 23: Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Disturbed, Puscifer, Chevelle, Ghost, Parkway Drive, The Amity Affliction, Zakk Sabbath, Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Ignite, Some Fear None, Silver Snakes

“We’re excited to give fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Primus, Slayer, Korn, Disturbed and the rest of this great lineup all together during this special weekend. Discovery Park is such a unique venue that allows us to put on an experience on a grand scale, but in an intimate setting that sets AFTERSHOCK apart,”says Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK founder and producer Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents.

 Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 8 at Noon PT atwww.AFTERSHOCKConcert.com. Tickets are limited and will go fast. Fans are encouraged to buy early so they don’t miss out on the chance to see so many iconic rock bands at one American festival. See below for details.

 In 2015, a sold-out crowd of 45,000 was in attendance at Monster Energy AFTERSHOCKto experience the best hard rock, metal and alternative artists, along with gourmet food trucks and extensive onsite experiences. Loudwire.com called the festival “one of the nation’s premier music events.” Elsewhere, Johnny Firecloud of CraveOnline.com noted, “…Aftershock has found a new thread, and the way they’re approaching the festival ecosystem may just defibrillate the soul of rock fests in America. They’re mixing vibrant alt rock colors into what was typically a monolithic skull-and-crossbones metal template of black on black, side-stepping the big-box corporate model and building peripheral excitement through on-site activities, enhanced Gourmet Man Food attractions and more” (February 18, 2016).

 Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 8 at Noon PT atwww.AFTERSHOCKConcert.com. Tickets and VIP packages will initially be priced as follows (increasing in the coming weeks): 

  • General Admission Weekend: $149.50
  • General Admission Single Day: $89.50
  • GA Weekend 4-Pack: $476.00
  • VIP Weekend: $279.50
  • VIP Single Day: $154.50
  • VIP Zippo 2-Packs: $679.00 (includes VIP amenities + 2 Monster Energy Aftershock2016 commemorative Zippos)

VIP passes include: VIP entrance lanes into venue, shaded VIP hang area with seating for dining, seated and standing viewing area of main stage South (left), video screens featuring live feed from main stages inside VIP hang area, upgraded food and drink selections (for purchase), dedicated VIP restrooms, and a commemorative Monster Energy Aftershock2016 laminate.

 Specially priced hotel + festival ticket packages make planning for Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK as easy as possible. Visit http://aftershockconcert.com/tickets/#post-2994 for more info. Discounted online hotel rates are also available through Curadora at:https://curadora.com/events/aftershock-2016-44293b99/.

 

Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK is also offering a Park & Ride shuttle program this year, since parking at Discovery Park is extremely limited. Each Park & Ride ticket includes parking for your vehicle at Sleep Train Arena and a non-stop shuttle directly to the festival site. Festivalgoers are encouraged to carpool to Sleep Train Arena and save. For pricing and more details, visit www.AFTERSHOCKConcert.com.

 

 

Lawsuit Filed Against Rock & Roll Star Eddie Money By His Longtime Drummer Glenn Symmonds

Rock & Roll legend Eddie Money has been accused of lewdly, sexually harassing the fiancé of his former, long-time drummer and best friend, Glenn Symmonds, including calling her a “dirty little girl,” placing his thumb through his zipper and waiving it at her like a penis, repeatedly telling Mr. Symmonds he wanted to have sex with her, attempting numerous open mouth kisses against her will, and forcibly grabbing her by the arm and dragging her into a bathroom stall, where Mr. Money put his arms around the fiancé and blocked her exit.

These allegations were made in a First Amended Complaint recently filed in a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought by Mr. Symmonds. The case, Symmonds et al. v. Money et al., is currently pending in the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles County, Case No. BC620563.

The First Amended Complaint, filed on May 20, 2016, adds Mr. Symmonds’ fiancé, Tami Landrum, as a plaintiff, and alleges 22 causes of action, including sexual harassment; harassment based on age, disability, and medical condition; discrimination based on age, disability, and medical condition; retaliation; wrongful termination; defamation; and battery, assault, and false imprisonment.

No trial date has yet been set in the case.

“Rock stars are not above the law,” said Mr. Symmonds’ lead trial attorney Lawrance Bohm of the Bohm Law Group, which took over Symmonds’ representation after his case was transferred from Sacramento County to Los Angeles County. “Eddie Money has to play by the same rules as every other employer in the State of California. Tami and Glenn had a right to be free of harassment and retaliation at work. We are going to hold Eddie Money accountable for his malicious and reprehensible conduct.”

For nearly four decades, Mr. Symmonds was a drummer – off and on – for Eddie Money’s band, touring the country, and performing at hundreds of live shows. Unfortunately, this long time relationship ended after Mr. Symmonds decided to stand up to the fading superstar’s enormous ego and illegal, out-of-control behavior.

According to Mr. Symmonds’ legal team, the Bohm Law Group, the lawsuit against Eddie Money epitomizes the titles of many of his hit songs. At this point in his career, Money truly has “No Control,” “trouble” has become his adopted middle name, and he’s about to take “The Big Crash.” He’s been running with the devil, losing control everywhere, and is no longer in any position to buy “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Money does not “Walk on Water” – he is no angel, and has made a number of illegal moves he will soon regret. Money should “Think Twice” about what he has done in regards to his relationship with Symmonds and his financé Landrum. It’s just a matter of time before he’ll be “Shakin’” and found guilty. But “Don’t Worry”- as Glenn Symmonds knows – you “Can’t Keep a Good Man Down.”

Says Mr. Symmonds, “Never in a million years could I have anticipated the ending to this story. Eddie Money was more than an employer to me – he was my close friend for over 40 years. I’m suing him because I have been overworked, underpaid, harassed, slandered, ridiculed and humiliated. It came to the point where he was shredding my very character while we were live on stage. This has damaged my health, demeaned my career, and jeopardized my relationship with my fiancé, Tami. It came to a point where enough was enough, and I had to take drastic measures against Eddie to put a stop to his destructive actions. I take great pride in my profession, my positivity, and my pay-it-forward attitude. I felt I could no longer allow my integrity, my spirit, my fiancé, my family, and myself to be treated by my former colleague and friend in such a despicable manner.”

Adds Ms. Landrum, “I’ve been an Eddie Money fan since I was just a kid. Working for him, and touring with his band, was a dream come true for me. However, actually getting to know the ‘real Eddie Money’ became completely devastating for me. I guess it’s true what they say: be careful what you wish for. I’m beyond sad to learn that Eddie Money’s ‘Got No Control’ are not just the lyrics to a song, but an actual confession of his true character.”

According to Mr. Symmonds’ attorney Bradley Mancuso, “When you read the long list of abusive treatment Glenn was forced to endure, especially while fighting for his life against cancer – and to hear about the horrible sexual harassment his fiancé Tami suffered at the hands of a famed rock star, it all just breaks your heart. Glenn and Tami are such wonderful people, and they deserved to be treated better. We look forward to getting them the justice that is warranted in this case.”

ABOUT THE CASE:

Mr. Symmonds is being represented in his case against Eddie Money by Lawrance Bohm, Bradley Mancuso, and Brandon Ortiz of the California-wide Bohm Law Group, a renowned law firm – with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego – which has achieved numerous successes protecting and defending civil and workplace rights.

The First Amended Complaint alleges as follows:

** In the final years of his employment with Eddie Money and his business, Eddie Money Entertainment, Inc., Mr. Symmonds was the subject of constant ridicule and harassment by Mr. Money, due to his disabilities of bladder cancer and a back injury. Mr. Money would often mock Mr. Symmonds while performing live on stage for his urinary incontinence (caused by chemotherapy), and would refuse Mr. Symmonds the basic dignity of being allowed to change clothes before running Mr. Money’s merchandise booth after shows.

** Mr. Symmonds responded by doing what everyone who works for Mr. Money does: he kept his mouth shut and took the abuse. Additionally, during this time, Mr. Money also constantly made vulgar sexual advances toward Mr. Symmonds’ girlfriend, Tami Landrum. A married man, Mr. Money, according to the complaint, simply could not control himself, blatantly revealing to Mr. Symmonds that he wanted to have sex with Ms. Landrum.

** The final straw in the Money/Symmonds relationship broke when Mr. Money forcibly grabbed Ms. Landrum by the arm before a concert in May 2015, and dragged her into a bathroom, where he put his arms around her and blocked her exit. After a struggle, Ms. Landrum managed to escape – and then alerted Mr. Symmonds, who confronted Mr. Money, demanding that he leave her alone.

** Mr. Symmonds, possibly the first and only employee to ever stand up to Mr. Money during the rocker’s long and fabled career, was fired two weeks later. Ms. Landrum, who helped design Eddie Money themed products – and who ran Mr. Money’s merchandise booth — was also “laid off.” After the wrongful terminations, Mr. Money began to viciously spread lies on Facebook that Mr. Symmonds was sending hecklers to his concerts, and had “dried drunked” himself out of a job – “Dried Drunked” is a term used by members of 12-step programs to describe someone who is acting like they are still an active addict, even though they are sober.

** The false and defamatory statements made by Mr. Money following these troublesome incidents have ruined Mr. Symmonds’ music career, with Mr. Money continuing to harass and torment Mr. Symmonds to this day, a year after their split.

ABOUT GLENN SYMMONDS:

Glenn Symmonds is best known as the longtime drummer who brought the big beat for legendary rocker Eddie Money, but that’s just the icing on the cake. He is a multi-faceted musician in the truest sense. His solo performances are a unique experience that showcases his mastery of the acoustic guitar, along with his uncanny, lyrical storytelling. The prose of his heart, intertwined with the chords of his soul, captures his audiences and takes them on an unprecedented musical journey.

His current touring production “Beautiful Detours” is delighting audiences in living rooms and small clubs across the country. Mr. Symmonds has long enjoyed a natural rapport with his audiences that is hard to match, whether tugging at heartstrings or tickling a funny bone. He has the ability to get his crowds singing along one minute, laughing out loud the next, and then holding back tears—all accompanied by the skillful strums of his guitar.

Mr. Symmonds has been a professional, touring musician for 30-plus years, giving him an exceptional level of experience that sets him apart. When combined with his innate ability to entertain and engage a roomful of people, the result is a unique, live music performance that has his audiences begging for more. Who needs “Two Tickets to Paradise,” when you can get an all-access pass for a “Beautiful Detour?”

Mr. Symmonds, who began his musical journey as a session drummer throughout the ‘70’s and 80’s, has recorded and toured with such diverse artists as Automatic Man, Coke Escovedo, Etta James, Dave Mason, Juice Newton, Duncan Sheik and The Untouchables, just to name a few. He refers to the Eddie Money Band as his “day job,” with live performances on over 100 tour dates a year.

However, Mr. Symmonds’ passion remains playing his guitar and singing his songs. A natural storyteller and entertainer, his music features folk roots, reggae melodies, and country and pop influences from such artists as Tom Petty, John Hiatt, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Bob Dylan. When he’s not on the road, Mr. Symmonds can be found in his studio writing, recording, and mentoring; spending some time in Missouri with his son Marley; or somewhere under the California sunshine. Please see: http://www.glennsymmonds.com/

ABOUT EDDIE MONEY:

Born Edward Mahoney into a large Irish Catholic family in Brooklyn, and raised in Plainedge on Long Island, Eddie Money moved to Berkeley, California, and became a regular performer at area clubs, where he secured a recording contract with Columbia. Later in the 1970s, he charted with singles such as “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Money continued his successes and took advantage of the MTV music video scene in the early 1980s with his humorous narrative videos for “Shakin” and “Think I’m in Love,” but his career began to fail after several unsuccessful releases in the mid-1980s. This decline in his record sales was accompanied by his struggles with drug addiction.

Money made a comeback in 1986, and returned to the mainstream rock spotlight with the album “Can’t Hold Back.” The album’s Ronnie Spector duet “Take Me Home Tonight” reached the Top 10, as did the hit “I Wanna Go Back.” Money followed the album with another Top 10 hit, “Walk on Water” (1988), but his Top 40 career ended following the #21 placement of “I’ll Get By” in 1992.

During the 1990s and 2000s, Money continued to release numerous compilation albums, along with several additional albums featuring new material. To help combat his drug addition, Money joined a 12-step program in 2001, and has said of his addiction, “I came to the realization that I didn’t really need [it] for my quick wit.”

Today, Money still tours regularly, often accompanied by other prominent rock acts from the 1970s and 1980s. He has also made several television appearances on American sitcoms

Burn Halo Announce New Tour Dates, Band Member‏

BURN HALO have announced a sizeable batch of new tour dates today along with a new singer, ex-Trackfighter frontman TJ Chopelas, replacing former 18 Visions frontman James Heart.
BURN HALO released WOLVES OF WAR last year via eOne Music and was produced, engineered and mixed by Fred Archambault (AVENGED SEVENFOLD).

WOLVES OF WAR, the first Burn Halo album through the California band’s new deal with eOne Music, burns with a fire akin to the brutal-but-melodic juxtaposition of New Wave Of American Heavy Metal standard-bearers Killswitch Engage, the neo-Guns N’ Roses attack of Avenged Sevenfold, and the dark ambience of HIM. Fans who adored Burn Halo singles like “Save Me” and “Tear it Down” will be fall in love with Burn Halo all over again, even as longtime Eighteen Visions acolytes will delight in their throwback power.

Burn Halo has built a sizable and strongly devoted following, touring the world with Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Escape The Fate, Static-X, Saliva, Puddle Of Mudd, Tantric, Adema and many more trailblazers and rock n’ roll hit makers.

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Roseville Music in the Park Concert Schedule

 

June 12th – The Pettybreakers – A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

July 4th – Capitol Pops – A patriotic tribute after the 4th of July parade

July 10th – Wonderbread 5 – A great party band that covers all genres

August 14th – Decades – A favorite from last year.  Classics from the 40’s to now.

September 11th – Mumbo Gumbo – Everyone’s favorite cajun dance band.  A Music in the Park traditon for many years.

Royer Park is located  at 190 Park Dr, Roseville, CA

Enjoy free family friendly entertainment at Royer Park in Roseville. Music in the Park takes place on select Sunday evenings during the summer. A special Monday lunchtime show is scheduled for July 4th and will feature the Capitol Pops

Death Angel’s “The Evil Divide” storms U.S. Billboard Top 100 chart‏

San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, have debuted at #98 on the U.S. The Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of just over 6,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales with their new album The Evil Divide. Other chart positions include:

#33 Current album charts (U.S.A.)
#4 Hard Music (U.S.A.)
#8 Hard Music (Canada)
#74 Top Music (Canada)

Comments vocalist Mark Osegueda:
“We would like to thank everyone out there who contributed to the success of our first weeks sales of The Evil Divide! An album we worked very hard on, and are very proud of! Thank you for keeping our passion and dreams alive! The music industry is not for the meek, and we appreciate you all for continually instilling strength in us to give it our all, and give you our best!”

DEATH ANGEL‘s eighth studio album, The Evil Divide, worldwide on May 27, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was once again recorded at AudioHammer studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof(TRIVIUM, DEICIDE), who previously worked on 2010’s Relentless Retribution and 2013’s The Dream Calls For Blood. Mastering duties were handled by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York City. Artwork was created by Bob Tyrrell.

Three decades into their celebrated career, DEATH ANGEL remain as hungry as ever.

As a result, uncompromising urgency and unpredictability define the Bay Area thrash quintet’s eighth full-length album, The Evil Divide [Nuclear Blast]. The group—Mark Osegueda [vocals], Rob Cavestany [lead guitar], Ted Aguilar [guitar], Will Carroll [drums], and Damien Sisson [bass]—satiate the appetite for buzzsaw speed riffs, double bass mayhem, and scorching vocals over the course of ten new anthems.

The Evil Divide stands out as the culmination of thirty-plus years of music for DEATH ANGEL. It kicked off with legendary debut, The Ultra-Violence, in 1987. The classic Frolic Through The Park began to cement their legacy and even earned the distinction of landing on Loudwire’s list of the “Top Ten Thrash Albums NOT Released by The Big 4.” The group broke up following 1990’s Act III only to reunite in 2004 on Art of Dying for the next generation.

In 2008, DEATH ANGEL teamed with producer Nick Raskulinecz [Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Rush, Mastodon] for Killing Season recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606. In 2010, Relentless Retribution boasted a cameo from virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela, while 2013’s The Dream Calls For Blood bowed at #72 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 5,400 copies first-week and earning the group’s first-ever entry onto that respective chart.

Beyond continued public praise from the likes of James Hetfield of Metallica and Robb Flynn of Machine Head, the band’s music has popped up everywhere from Carl’s Jr. commercials to Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. Their fire burns brighter than ever in 2016.

Power metallers Dragonforce poised to release a comprehensive career-spanning “Best Of” in July

DRAGONFORCE, the Grammy-nominated power metallers, are poised to release a comprehensive career-spanning “Best Of” – the first time the UK band has presented this kind of historical “chapter & verse” collection.

Killer Elite – The Hits, The Highs, The Vids is scheduled for an July 23rd release through Spinefarm Records. The 22-track set -two hours and 30 minutes of music, featuring both studio and live material, with promo clips added to the Deluxe set- fully showcases the ambition, variety and skill of the group’s musical output, now taking in six studio albums; elements of thrash, speed and power metal are spread across accelerated rockers and more measured, melodic offerings.

It encompasses everything, from their biggest hit, “Through The Fire And Flames,” a staple inclusion on several best-selling video games (i.e. Guitar Hero) and recently used as the basis of a U.S. mockumentary featuring the band and Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey through “Dawn Over a New World,” a ballad harking back to the early years.

With latest recruit, singer Marc Hudson, now having two studio albums under his belt (2012’s The Power Within and 2014’s Maximum Overload), Killer Elite… is the chance for new fans to familiarize themselves with glories past and for long-standing supporters to revel in the attention to detail of a multi-format package balancing audience faves with compositions close to the collective DRAGONFORCE heart…

Guitarist Herman Li, who started the group in 1999 with fellow shredder Sam Totman, says, “The aim of this release is to give a strong flavor of everything we’ve recorded so far, and I like to think it shows a lot of diversity. Certainly, we tried to make it as broad-based as possible. Since Marc joined the band (replacing original frontman ZP Theart), we’ve actually released some of our speediest songs and some our most melodic compositions, too. DRAGONFORCE isn’t just about the relentless tempos and the flashy solos; ultimately, it’d the feel of the music that counts…

The release will be available in the following formats:
* 2 CD package (The Hits, The Highs)
*Deluxe Special Digi-Pack Edition, including a DVD featuring all of the band’s promo clips (The Hits, The Highs, The Vids)
*Digital download (The Hits, The Highs)
The band has also set to work on the follow-up to Maximum Overload at Fascination Street studios in Sweden with producer Jens Bogren; this new record is provisionally scheduled for a mid-March 2017 release with a world tour to follow.
DRAGONFORCE will be headlining the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta on Wednesday September 7 and a special “up close and personal” show at St. Vitus in Brooklyn on Saturday, September 10.
At both shows the band will be playing a “Best Of” set to reflect the tracklisting of the Killer Elite album.
Fans can pre-order the album at the following locations:

Crematory Interview With Guitarist Rolf Munkes

Anniversary time! For 25 years now, Germany’s leading gothic metal act Crematory have enthralled their countless fans at home and abroad. Since the band was founded in 1991, they have released twelve studio albums, in addition to a number of live recordings, singles, EPs and compilations. A proud record which is about to reach new heights with Crematory’s upcoming thirteenth studio album Monument. Their latest recording is scheduled for global release on Steamhammer/SPV on 15 April 2016 and will mark an unmistakable return to metallic toughness by the band from Mannheim. Infinitely more strongly than on its predecessor Antiserum (2014), the twelve tracks on Monument are based on brute guitar riffs and hard-as-nails drum grooves, replete with sinister keyboard hooks and that mix of growls and clear vocals – some in English, some in German – that is so typical of this band. The group’s fans will be thoroughly delighted with Monument and its dynamic sound.

Felix Stass – vocals
Rolf Munkes – guitar
Tosse Basler – guitar
Harald Heine – bass
Markus Jüllich – drums
Katrin Jüllich – keyboards

 

CCTV . 25 years of Crematory as a band and you’ve been in the band for about a year?

Rolf Munkes – guitar….I’ve been in the band for about 9 months or so.

How did you get involved with the band?

Rolf Munkes – I’m a producer these days and for 3 years I’ve done almost nothing live, just a couple of things here and there, i really love producing and last winter i thought i really love to be in a new band, as luck would have a friend told me Crematory me had an opening for a guitarist and i know they are living not far from my house so i reached out to the guys, did some rehearsals, i recorded some stuff for them and after a couple of days it was clear and that was it.

You did a video for ravens calling?

Rolf Munkes – we did 2 new videos so far around one month ago for misunderstood the first song on the new album and ravens calling which came out on the album release date and we will shot another video for a 3rd song but i have no idea when this will come out.

How well received has the new album been?
Rolf Munkes – as far as i see really great lots of great comments, the band as well as the label are really happy with the effort.

Are there any magazines or writers you look to for information on music to purchase?
Rolf Munkes – its really tough to find something new and attractive i listen to alot of older stuff and music outside of the genre, about 2 years ago i heard a cd by the band Shinedown and i really fell in love with it, such great music i have two albums by them, its just one hit after another the songwriting is really outstanding

Favorite songs on the new Crematory album?
Rolf Munkes – there is a difference between playing a song and listening to a song, sometimes times you hear a song and its just ok but when you play it its wow its much better and the same could be said in reverse, we have decided to play live six songs from the twelve on the new release, which i think is quite a lot. I love ravens calling because the singers doing a really excellent job on that and Falsche Tränen is also very good.

You have been playing guitar since you were 12.
Rolf Munkes – I started towards the end of 12 almost 13

Are you still involved with Razorback and Empire
Rolf Munkes – I founded the bands, wrote all the music and most of the lyrics, right now they are just not active bands, the last release from empire was 2007, we would love to go on but circumstances and the market was not supporting for those kinds of songs, it ws tough. Ive been in contact with a guy who promised he would find a label for the band and great music and I could get the line up back and i would love to but its tough, the money is not there like it used to be that you would need to make a good production, so its no use to do it with a $1000 and release a poor product

You use Gibson Explorers with Crematory but throughout your career you have used mainly Fender Stratocaster
Rolf Munkes – I played strats up until the early 2000’s around 2004 i got my first explorers and i have my strats to mostly as back ups, spares. i really fell in love with the explorer guitar for a couple of reasons, but most importantly they are when I’m standing they hang at the right position for my body to play, the strat leans off to the left. It feels really comfortable its like leaning against a bar.

What are your thoughts on the industry today with streaming, downloading etc.
Rolf Munkes – i see we are still in a progressive change, the markets will tell us where to go, people are fed with up with music that is very sterile and inorganic, i thing more organic stuff is coming back, I think we are still at the starting of the digital age and i have no idea. I still see in the studio people using old traditional ways of recording and a lot of taking advantage of both digital and good sounding analog gear.

How relevant was Prince in your musical life.
Rolf Munkes – I’ve never really been much of a Prince fan, more of a Michael Jackson fan. The Beatles were really a big influence on my life, i remember having cassettes from The Beatles and listening to them endlessly. The Beatles pretty much did everything that has needed to done in music, you can find everything in their music.

FourChords: Play Guitar Instantly With Free Trial

FourChords Guitar Karaoke app, currently revolutionizing guitar playing lessons, has just released its latest version. This innovative app, downloaded by more than a million users worldwide, has been designed to be the fastest way to learn to play your favorite songs on the guitar without the need to read music or know any theory. Forget air-guitar start real-guitar with your FREE trial now.

Many people would love to learn to play the guitar and take part in all the fun. Using the Fourchords app, budding guitarists can quickly play their choice of more than 1500 songs, whether they be rock, metal, country, jazz, pop or traditional. Tracks from One Direction, Adele, Coldplay, Iron Maiden, Johnny Cash, Oasis and The Beatles are available, with more being added every week. Imagine downloading the latest hit from your favorite artists and playing it to friends minutes later; picture their reaction!

‘With FourChords we want to get people playing, and enjoying, music as quickly as possible,’ said Paula Lehto, CMO of Musopia. ‘The app breaks down popular songs from all genres into four simple chords, displaying them in a karaoke style. This Instant Play MethodTM can quickly take budding guitarists through each level of learning and getting them to what we call the ‘Campfire level’ – good enough to play for a sing-a-long!’

The latest version of Fourchords, the only guitar app with the Instant Play MethodTM, comes with: –

• Simplified chords for every song
• Easy Strum patterns
• Adjustable Tempo control
• Karaoke style lyrics
• Improved visuals
• Three different skill levels
• New Learning badge system
• Helpful videos from http://www.JustinGuitar.com
• Added support for iOS 9 devices, Bluetooth speakers and headphones
• Bonus! Free chromatic guitar tuner

It can be easy to be discouraged when learning to play the guitar. Not anymore. Fourchords is a fun, fast, flexible digital personal guitar teacher in your pocket, which will have you playing guitar in minutes. Check out FourChords at fourchords.com, also available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Start your FREE trial now!

New Video From Doom Metal Faction Castle Undraped Canadian Dates Announced‏

Welcome To The Graveyard is the forthcoming new full-length from West Coast doom metallers, CASTLE. Captured by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Eyehategod, Ommadon et al) at Type Foundry Studios in Portland, Oregon this past Winter, the eight-track offering will see official July 15th via Ván Records.

“The song ‘Hammer And The Cross’ commands a lot of space and we wanted to find a location to match its starkness,” elaborates vocalist Elizabeth Blackwell of the clip. “We filmed the video at an old, abandoned dairy farm north of Toronto in the middle of February in Canada. The cold, swirling imagery is a perfect complement to the hypnotic doomy sounds of the song. It was a successful collaboration with our director and a lot of fun to make.”

CASTLE:
6/15/2016 Yucca Tap – Phoenix, AZ
6/16/2016 The Sandbox – El Paso, TX
6/17/2016 Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
6/18/2016 Rudyards – Houston, TX
6/19/2016 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
6/20/2016 New World Brewery – Tampa, FL
6/21/2016 Burro Bar – Jacksonville, FL
6/22/2016 The Jinx – Savannah, GA
6/23/2016 Reggies – Wilmington, NC
6/24/2016 Maryland Doom Fest – Frederick, MD
6/25/2016 Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH
6/26/2016 5th Quarter – Indianapolis, IN
6/27/2016 Skeletunes – Ft. Wayne, IN
6/28/2016 Vaudeville – Des Moines, IA
6/29/2016 O’Leaver’s – Omaha, NE
6/30/2016 Flux Capacitor – Colorado Springs, CO
7/01/2016 Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
7/02/2016 Chateau le Punk – Las Vegas, NV
7/17/2016 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA #
7/19/2016 Mission Tobacco – Riverside, CA  #
7/20/2016 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA #
7/21/2016 Hi Water Mark – Portland, OR #
7/22/2016 Funhouse – Seattle, WA  #
7/23/2016 The Palace Lounge – Missoula, MT #
7/24/2016 Railyard – Billings, MT #
7/26/2016 Reggies – Chicago, IL *
7/27/2016 High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI *
7/28/2016 Franks Power Plant – Milwaukee, WI  *
7/29/2016 Shakespeare Pub – Kalamazoo, MI *
7/30/2016 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI *
7/31/2016 Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA *^
8/01/2016 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH ^
8/02/2016 Rockin Buffalo Saloon – Buffalo, NY ^
8/03/2016 Geno’s – Portland, ME ^ w/ Hessian
8/04/2016 Ralph’s – Worcester, MA ^ w/ Pilgrim
8/05/2016 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY ^ w/ Pilgrim
8/06/2016 The Fire – Philadelphia, PA ^ w/ Pilgrim
8/07/2016 TBA – Washington, DC
8/08/2016 Riffhouse Pub – Chesapeake, VA
8/09/2016 Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN
8/10/2016 The End – Nashville, TN
8/11/2016 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
8/12/2016 The Grotto – Ft. Worth, TX
8/13/2016 The Lost Well – Austin, TX
8/14/2016 The Elbow Room – Wichita, KS
8/16/2016 The Underground – Santa Fe, NM
8/17/2016 The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
8/18/2016  Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
8/19/2016 The Merrow – San Diego, CA
8/20/2016 The Complex – Los Angeles, CA

8/27/2016 Doom Over T.O. Fest – Toronto, ON

9/07/2016 Katacombes – Montreal, PQ

9/08/2016 Envol at Macadam Fest – Quebec City, PQ

9/09/2016 Panic Room – St. John, NB

9/10/2016 Gus Pub – Halifax, NS

9/11/2016 Baba’s – Charlottetown, PEI

9/12/2016 Capitol Complex – Fredericton, NB

9/13/2016 Ti-Petac – Trois Rivieres, PQ

9/14/2016 House Of Targ – Ottawa, ON

9/16/2016 Black Pirates Pub – Thunder Bay, ON

9/17/2016 King’s Hotel – Winnipeg, MB

9/18/2016 TBA – Saskatoon, SK

9/19/2016 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB

9/20/2016 Fernando’s – Kelowna, BC

9/21/2016 The Office Pub – Kamloops, BC

9/22/2016 Funky Winkerbeans – Vancouver, BC

9/23/2016 Logans Pub – Victoria, BC

9/24/2016 Palomino – Calgary, AB

9/26/2016 The Club – Regina, SK

9/28/2016 New American – Sault Ste. Marie, ON

9/29/2016 Call The Office – London, ON

# w/ Disenchanter
* w/ Brimstone Coven
^ w/ Blizaro

 

Epica To Release Holographic Principle In September

Holland’s greatest symphonic metal band, EPICA, have finally put the last touches on their new upcoming studio album entitled The Holographic Principle. Once again it’ll be released worldwide viaNuclear Blast Records. The album was produced with Joost van der Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities. Mixing was handled by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, DESTRUCTION). The cover artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann (www.heilemania.de).

The band commented:
“Our highly anticipated seventh studio album is a fact. The Holographic Principle feels to us like a true treasure, created by us all with blood, sweat and tears of joy. In the past year we have worked very hard to write and record this special album. We are all very eager to share it with you! Join us on our new musical journey.”

To celebrate the release of EPICA’s brand-new record fittingly, the band will be playing on their ownEpic Metal Fest at the 013 in Tilburg, NL on Saturday, October 1st. They invited KATATONIA, their label mates FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE and (also landsmen) TEXTURES to take part in this special event. Additionally, STREAM OF PASSION, THE AGONIST, MAYAN, MYRATH, EVIL INVADERS and last but not least OFF THE CROSS will be attending EPICA’s release show. On Saturday 15th October the Brazilian edition of Epic Metal Fest will take place in Sao Paulo. PARADISE LOST, FINNTROLL, XANDRIA and THE OCEAN will join EPICA for this first edition.

Members Of Dragonlord, Discordia & Death Angel Perform In Sacramento As From Hell

Watch FROM HELL featuring members of Discordia DragonLord Death Angel & Duran Duran Duran perform their smash hit “Ascent from Hell” @ The Boardwalk

FROM HELL is a heavy metal horror concept band in which each recording is intended to be its own horror story. The first one called “Ascent From Hell”, is about a corpse that wakes up in Hell and finds out he must go back to earth to find his soul that still lives on inside the body of a priest and drag it back to Hell.

For this first recording, metal icons Paul Bostaph from Slayer on drums, Steve Smyth from Nevermore on lead guitar and Damien Sisson from Death Angel on bass were recruited to make this record happen. This recording is diabolically epic, and heavy as Hell! Every song is different from the next covering many genres of metal from thrash metal and black metal to death metal and doom metal. This album is as dynamic as metal can be! Also participating in this recording is Phil Bennett of the iconic rock band Starship, playing piano on the track Dead Reckoning and a 22-piece choir, The Pacific Mozart Ensemble on four other tracks. Establishing new ground, this record has the first recorded blast beat by Paul Bostaph, orchestrated with shredding guitar solos from Steve Smyth and heavy melodic & syncopated bass by Damien Sisson.

Produced by George Anderson and Steve “Snake” Green, guitar player from Skinlab, a Century Media recording artist, this recording is a theatrical 70 minutes long with segues in between each song to give additional detail to this horror story. Once the music starts, it never stops until the end.

Vicious Rumors To Release New Album Concussion Patrol August 26th on SPV/Steamhammer‏

VICIOUS RUMORS Concussion Protocol proves yet again … as pioneers of power metal, they remain driven to consistently innovate and forge new paths into ever-expanding musical territory. Known worldwide for their high-energy shows and top quality musicianship … VICIOUS RUMORS is perhaps the most versatile band of the heavy metal genre.

Their debut releases on Shrapnel Records, Soldiers of The Night (which was also the full length recording debut of metal guitarist extraordinaire Vinnie Moore) and Digital Dictator – are unanimously considered to be full-on metal classics, by both fans and reviewers worldwide. Vicious Rumors three subsequent releases on Atlantic Records (and the companion MTV videos, which landed in regular rotation on ´Headbanger’s Ball`) served to cement their reputations in heavy metal music history. Countless tours, eleven studio and three live albums later – it is now well beyond question that the band will never fail to deliver a relentless, driving energy and commitment to excellence. Their major festival appearances at events like Bang Your Head, Rock Hard and Wacken Open Air over the years have left no doubt – this is a band who is not satisfied to simply rest on their laurels.
The stage is now set, and Aug 26th 2016 is the date to mark on your calendar – the worldwide unveiling of what will no doubt be remembered as a milestone release for both the band and the genre, Concussion Protocol.  Not simply a “return to form” , the production team of Juan Uteaga (Testament) and band leader Geoff Thorpe has been solidifying their working relationship for the past ten years, and has deftly zeroed in on the new strengths of a fully re-vitalized band – that now features newcomer Nick Holleman on vocals, Tilen Hudrap on bass and Thaen Rasmussen on guitar … alongside veteran guitarist Geoff Thorpe and drummer Larry Howe … as well as  guest appearances by some long time Vicious Rumors friends: guitarists Steve Smyth and Brad Gillis .
Consider yourself forewarned – Concussion Protocol will simultaneously explode out of the gate with the passion & fire of a newly galvanized band – and the maturity in writing and performances that can only come from the most seasoned metal outfits. The songs run the gamut: the melodic power of´Take It Or Leave It`, the brutality of ´1000 Years`, and the haunting ´Circle Of Secrets` will take you on a sonic roller coaster ride of pure, unadulterated, cutting-edge metal adventure – and will demonstrate yet again – Vicious Rumors will place no limits on their creative inspirations. Of course, true to form – there`s the shredding guitar solos, melodic and powerful vocals, double bass drum thunder, bass guitar madness, and the thought provoking songs that are all part of the historical band sound – yet somehow, amazingly – Vicious Rumors still expertly traverses both known and yet unknown metal territory.
“Concussion Protocol” will be released through SPV/Steamhammer onAugust 26th, 2016 as a digipak version (incl.poster), 2LP gatefold red vinyl edition and download.
Track Listing:
1. Concussion Protocol 4:56
2. Chemical Slaves 05:50
3. Victims Of A Digital World 04:13
4. Chasing The Priest 04:13
5. Last Of Our Kind 03:56
6. 1000 Years 03:39
7. Circle Of Secrets 05:04
8. Take It Or Leave It 03:23
9. Bastards 04:40
10. Every Blessing Is A Curse 04:14
11. Life For A Life 06:11

Redwood Metal Fest 2016 To Feature Hatchet, Potential Threat, Angerhead And Others Once Again For Free

RWMF!! Free!! ALL AGES!! Out doors at Alex Thomas Plaza in Ukiah Ca. starts at 1230pm, with vendors, food
This years lineup includes:
HATCHET


POTENTIAL THREAT


ANGERHEAD
THE WHITETRASH SUPERSTARS
IRON ASSAULT
ANISOPTERA
HAND OF FIRE
FROM THE RUINS
SKULLHENGE

More info hyo!