Rainbow Bar and Grill Patio Dubbed “Lemmy’s Lounge”

Heavy rock legends MOTÖRHEAD, in collaboration with West Hollywood’s famous Rainbow Bar and Grill on the Sunset Strip, have agreed to dedicate their patio to Lemmy Kilmister and re-name it ‘Lemmy’s Lounge’ in memory of rock’s greatest frontman. It is a fitting gesture from the Rainbow, as when Lemmy wasn’t touring or recording, the majority of his waking hours were spent on said-patio. There is already a life size bronze statue immortalizing Lemmy at The Rainbow, which attracts fans from all over the world, and Lemmy’s Lounge will allow hardcore fans and casual patrons alike to sample the wares and atmosphere that Lemmy loved so much.

To celebrate Lemmy’s Lounge, Roxy owner Nic Adler and Goldenvoice’s Paul Tollett have kindly agreed to allow the painting of a celebratory mural commemorating the life of Lemmy and MOTÖRHEAD on the side wall of the Roxy, opposite Lemmy’s Lounge and statue.

MOTÖRHEAD’s management are seeking a local LA muralist painter that is interested in the opportunity to provide their services to paint this immortal artwork in celebration of our fallen hero’s life. Interested parties should fill the form at lemmyslounge.com to submit their resume.

The closing date for submissions is December 24, 2016.

Any other inquiries please email info@lemmyslounge.com.

The 1982 US Festival w remastered music and never-before-seen footage in “The US Generation”

On a blistering hot, Labor Day weekend in 1982, about an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, The Ramones, B52’s, Talking Heads, and The Police all took the stage in front of over 100,000 fans. The Police were in mid-tour for Ghosts in the Machine and as Stewart Copeland recollects: “we were whip-cracking hot – and we scorched Southern California”. The next day, Eddie Money, Santana, The Cars, The Kinks, Pat Benatar, and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers rocked to an even larger crowd. Sunday morning, The Grateful Dead took the stage bright and early – billed as “Breakfast in Bed with the Grateful Dead“, and they were followed by a lineup that included Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band and Jackson Browne.  Fleetwood Mac closed the show. This was The 1982 US Festival.

“The US Festival was financed by Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple,” says Glenn Aveni, of Icon Music TV, an indie filmmaker who has produced and directed music documentaries on John Entwistle, The Clash, and Les Paul.  “It was produced by Bill Graham. The 350,000 fans that were there still consider it a highlight of their concert-going lives. Yet for all its talent, and for all its influence and innovation, the US Festival is not so readily remembered, because there never was a film about it… Until now.”

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“The 1982 US Festival executed. They did it right, and showed it could be done right, setting the stage for future mega-shows from Live Aid to Bonnaroo and Coachella,” says Gregg Perloff of Another Planet, who was with Bill Graham Presents at the time and was interviewed for the film.

“Prior to The US Festival in 1982”, adds Aveni “No multi-day outdoor permit had been issued by any municipality since 1969 – the year of Woodstock and Altamont, both of which had serious operational difficulties and safety issues. If not for this event, who knows if and when other events would have occurred.”

Free water and shade tents were everywhere. The stage was the largest yet seen, and the sound was powered by 400,000 watts. There was a tech pavilion under 5 air-conditioned tents, stocked by Woz and his friends with the latest gadgets and some prototypes of what was yet to come. They even piped music over satellite feed into the USSR – crossing The Iron Curtain.
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“It’s a great untold story full of awesome music, amazing anecdotes and larger than life personalities,” adds Aveni. The US Generation documentary is a blend of music, archival footage, and interviews with the crowd and with performers. Besides Perloff and Hart, there are insightful present-day interviews with Stewart Copeland (The Police), Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Eddie Money, Marky Ramone, Kate Pierson (B-52’s), and Wozniak himself, all speaking fondly and candidly about the event. Among those interviewed archivally are Sting, Pat Benatar, David Byrne, Ric Ocasek, Carlos Santana, and DaveDavies, along with Woz and Graham. The film also covers how the event was conceived, and regales with the on-site hijinks, challenges, and lively battles between Graham and Woz.

The Kickstarter campaign is offering the first copies of the film, in digital download, DVD, and Blu Ray, with options for extra music, and added celeb commentary. “We’ve gone to town on these Rewards,” says Aveni. “If you love classic rock and have pined for something new, here you go.”
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Filmmaker Aveni lived and worked for many years in LA and now resides in the Milwaukee area where he grew up. He is available for interviews.

Metallica, Soundgarden, Amon Amarth To Rage At Rock On The Range 2017

An unprecedented lineup has been announced for the 11th annual Rock On The Range, May 19, 20 and 21 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH. 

Rock legends Metallica, Soundgarden and Korn will each headline one night of America’slargest and most-acclaimed rock festival. Overall, Rock On The Range 2017–fueled by Monster Energy–will feature over 50 bands performing on three stages, plus rock’s favorite comedians in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, The Music Experience, art installations, and unique onsite activities during the three-day weekend.

Rock On The Range 2017 presale and layaway tickets, as well as limited numbers of new Weekend Field VIP tickets and Premier (hotel and camping) Packages, are on sale now at www.RockOnTheRange.com.

The Rock On The Range music lineup includes: Metallica, Soundgarden, Korn, The Offspring, Volbeat, Primus, Bush, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Seether, Coheed & Cambria, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, Amon Amarth, Pierce The Veil, Sum 41, Skillet, Dillinger Escape Plan, In Flames, Gojira, Biffy Clyro, Motionless In White, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, Deafheaven, Zakk Sabbath, Rival Sons, The Amity Affliction, Attila, Norma Jean, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, I Prevail, Turnstile, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Red Fang, Dorothy, Kyng, Radkey, As Lions, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Sylar, Fire From The Gods, Badflower, Wage War, Goodbye June, Cover Your Tracks, DED, Bleeker, Royal Republic, Mother Feather, Aeges and One Less Reason.

The ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent will feature sets from nationally known comediansplus Columbus’s top comedy talent. The full comedy lineup will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Jonathan Davis of Korn comments, “Rock On The Range is the pinnacle rock festival in America. I always feel that in the crowd and can’t wait for our headline set in May. We’re gonna come at you with everything we’ve got — expect a few surprises!

 Dexter Holland of The Offspring says, “Great lineup at Rock On The Range this year. The Offspring can’t wait to finally be part of it all.”

 After our record breaking Ten Year Anniversary it was high time to raise the bar and have the world’s best rock bands jump over it. We couldn’t be more honored to have Metallica and Soundgarden at Rock On The Range! But why stop there? To have bands such as Korn, Volbeat, Primus, Papa Roach, The Offspring and so many more truly makes this year’s ROTR our best one yet. May 19-21 can’t come soon enough,” says Gary Spivack, ROTR co-executive producer for Danny Wimmer Presents.

 

In 2016, tickets for Rock On The Range sold out over two months in advance, marking the fourth consecutive advance sell-out for Rock On The Range — so fans are encouraged to buy early and save. Each ticket price level has a limited amount of tickets available, so fans can save more by buying earlier. Ticket prices will automatically move to the next price level once an allotment sells out, beginning at the presale.

 Weekend Field, new Weekend Field VIP, Weekend Stadium, and a limited number of Weekend Stadium 4-Packs are available for purchase now. The ROTR layaway option also allows purchasers to split the ticket cost into four monthly payments. A ROTR presale password to purchase the following tickets can be found on the festival’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages:

  • Weekend Field VIP: starting at $349.50* + fees
  • Weekend Field GA: starting at $199.50* + fees
  • Weekend Stadium GA: starting at $99.50* + fees
  • Weekend Stadium GA Ticket 4-Pack: $380.00 + fees

* Phase One prices listed

*** Ticket prices automatically move to the next price level once the allotment sells out ***

 

Those looking for an expanded festival experience are invited to purchase Premier Hotel Packages (which include festival tickets and t-shirts) or Camping Packages.

 

For an even more exclusive Rock On The Range opportunity, fans can purchase the new Uber Ranger Glamping Package for four people, which includes amenities such as a Luxury RV on a double campsite at the Ohio Expo North Campground (May 18, 19, 20, 21), a dedicated concierge with golf cart shuttle, 4 Weekend VIP Field Admission Tickets, a backstage tour, access to the stadium club (with catered lunch and dinner), access to the Side Stage Viewing Platform, access to the VIP Lounge, and more. Full details can be found here :http://rockontherange.com/tickets_camping.html.

The general onsale is Friday, December 2 at 10:00 AM EST. Beginning at that time, tickets will be available at www.RockOnTheRange.com, at Ticketmaster locations and the MAPFRE Stadium Box Office.

 Rock On The Range celebrated its 10th year in 2016 – and after a decade of setting the standard for American rock festivals, the crown jewel of the World’s Loudest Month showed no signs of slowing down with 120,000 “Rangers” from around the globe descending on MAPFRE Stadium. In 2016, the festival received awards of recognition from both Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the City Council, as well as a resolution from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners acknowledging the over $140 million in economic impact the festival has contributed to the city over its 10-year existence.

Rock On The Range is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, AEG Live, and MAPFRE Stadium.

Rock On The Range is supported by our rockin’ sponsors: Monster Energy, Bud Light, and Zippo. These partners, along with many others, will feature interactive experiences, artist meet & greets, and other unique fan engagement opportunities throughout the festival.

Detroit City Featuring Too $hort – “Freeky” // Out Now On Planes

Watchful eyes have already noticed Detroit City’s work with productions for the likes of Sage The Gemini and the newly re-united Cool Kids. Now they’ve joined forces with hyphy legend Too $hort to bring you the housey and x-rated “Freeky.”

With Mike Dunn’s full blessing, Detroit City flips his classic “Freaky MF,” blending soulful house vibes seamlessly with Too $hort’s sexual lyricism. “Freeky” is a track that’s as likely to stick in your head as turn your cheeks red; a must-have for DJs and fans of the club, a modern spin on a timeless classic.

Detroit’s global reputation as a city of musical innovation is unparalleled. There is no place like it. As such, a crew of anonymous artists is coming together under the name Detroit City, paying homage to their founders’ geographical roots in The D, as well as the sound and culture that influenced their own styles. Blending elements of hip-hop, house, and funk, Detroit City seeks to obliterate the walls separating club, rap, and pop scenes.

The goal is forging a new international scene of diversity, one that celebrates underdogs and outcasts, pitched against and amongst the backdrop of the legendary clubs and DJs that brought us together in the first place.

Old is new again in a sample-based culture that increasingly disregards age, race, and status distinctions, and this ethos is central to the collective. Also central is the idea of consent and collaboration – in a scene dominated by the theft of ideas, Detroit City actively collaborates with originators of sounds, songs, and styles, bringing their love and passion back into present and future focus.

The masks donned by Detroit City are intentional to their form, removing gender, race, and sexuality from the equation in an otherwise image-obsessed and fueled culture.

Detroit City, much like the real place, is about the music.

Deth Crux Added To The Power Of The Riff Pre-Party With Excel, and Despise You

As the December Los Angeles-based THE POWER OF THE RIFF closes in, the coordinators of the gathering have added an additional day of mayhem to the event, with a pre-party show leading off the festivities.

The new pre-party for THE POWER OF THE RIFF will take place Friday, December 16th, with three new Southern California acts confirmed for the shredding. Venice crossover icons EXCEL will be headlining the show, in support of the recent reissue of their blazing second album, The Joke’s On You. Also added to the party are Inglewood power violence squad DESPISE YOU as well as local Los Angeles death-punk sect DETH CRUX.
Saturday, December 17th will feature a headlining set by Cascadian black metal artisans, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM playing Los Angeles for the first time in years, as well as long-running death metal masters INCANTATION, Chicago post-metal outfit PELICAN, the debut performance of hardcore supergroup BLOODCLOT — comprised of John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Todd Youth (Warzone, Murphy’s Law), Joey C. (Queens Of The Stone Age, B’last), and Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age, Dwarves) — Olympia-based punk freaks GAG, Oakland death metal warriors NECROT, and Ohio death/black/crust newcomers, and recent Southern Lord signees CRYPT ROT.
Sunday, December 18th will be dominated by NEUROSIS making a special return to LA to headline the event. The rest of the evening sees Southern California metal/hardcore trio NAILS making their first live appearance since the band went on hiatus several months ago, Bay-Area post/sludge act KOWLOON WALLED CITY, Arizona death faction GATECREEPER, Los Angeles’ own hardcore-punk savages OBLITERATIONS, and Southern Lord-signed blazing hardcore outfit LIES.

The Kennedy Veil Begin Tracking New Album

Sacramento, CA’s modern death metal extremists, The Kennedy Veil, have entered Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA to begin tracking their as-yet-untitled follow up to their crushing debut album, Trinity of Falsehood. Drummer Gabe Seeber finished up tracking drums earlier this week, with guitar, bass and vocal tracking due in the weeks to come. The forthcoming album will see a release in Spring 2017 via Unique Leader Records.

The Kennedy Veil recently made their live debut with new vocalist, Monte Barnard (ex-Alterbeast, ex-Thy Art Is Murder) at the helm, on October 15, 2016 at the Zombie Ball in Lake Tahoe, CA supporting heavy hitters Cattle Decapitation (Metal Blade).
The Kennedy Veil had a successful year in 2015, touring alongside death metal heavyweights like Psycroptic, Vital Remains and black metallers Necronomicon. The Kennedy Veil also shot their first music video for the track ‘King of Slaves,’

Produced by Nick Botelho at NB Recording in Santa Rosa, California, Trinity Of Falsehood is the band’s most technically precise, conceptually captivating and indisputably brutal material to date. Trinity of Falsehood can be streamed in it’s entirety at this location.

WRVTH Release “Cease To Exist” Video

Atmospheric tech death collective WRVTH today issues the confounding video accompaniment to the track “Cease To Exist” via Decibel Magazine. The tune comes by way of the band’s self-titled full-length release via Unique Leader Records.
Elaborates bassist Taylor Preston of the fiery clip, “We decided to work with Cory Davis of Yellowbox Films again for ‘Cease To Exist,’ as we loved the work he did for our music video ‘Malaise.’

This song is the closing track to our self-titled release and it is fitting as it is also our closer for the year, musically speaking. As far as the creation goes, we wrote every part of the music to fit the lyrics. We put all our heads together to form something that we all felt was as fitting as it was meaningful. Even though the song has a seemingly straightforward interpretation, this song means something very different for every person in the band. We didn’t write the song with a mindset of writing something relatable, in fact the events that inspired the song are all very specific and personal to each of us. We gave Cory the lyrics and artistic freedom to form a visual representation of the emotions in this song based on his own interpretation and the feelings the song may incite.”

Solitude – Reach for the Sky – Music Review

Going in to this review of SOLITUDE’s album entitled “Reach for the Sky” released in North America through the Test Your Metal Records label I had no expectations because I knew little to nothing of this band hailing from Tokyo, Japan. Turns out I was pleasantly surprised and it’s a solid Metal album with a ton of classic influences.

SOLITUDE was formed in 1996 as I before mentioned in Tokyo by members Takamasa “Mad” Ohuchi on Drums, Toru Nishida on Bass, Akira Sugiuchi on Vocals and Shingo Ida on Guitars. Their previous releases were all through the Japanese label Spiritual Beast which distributes throughout the Orient such classic metal from artists such as RAVEN, DIAMOND HEAD also AGENT STEEL and include SOLITUDE’s 2001’s “Virtual Image”, 2009’s “Brave the Storm” and a 2015 previous release of this album “Reach for the Sky”

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With a North American release date of November 25th a few things were made very clear to me after a few listens that these dudes from Japan can jam. I couldn’t help but hear the influences of Saxon, Motorhead and maybe even some Accept and definitely Iron Maiden.

The first tack is called “Venoms Angel” and it starts off with a nice mellow acoustic intro followed by a really  thrashy build up with the double bass drums leading you in to a classic heavy metal rhythm like the days of old. “Venoms Angel”was a great way to start off this album because the riffs are good enough to hook any young or old school metal head.

The title track “Reach for the Sky” is a little bit slower paced but really hit home and it took me a bit to figure out why. The guitars are on fire on this song with really broad sweeping solos and solid rhythms backing them up. I enjoyed this track a lot and it finally clicked why it sounded so good, “Reach for the Sky” is a song that could have been released on any number of classic Iron Maiden albums. It has that classic Maiden sound, the tones, the feel and the arrangement are all thee. (Notice I didn’t mention the vocals….keep reading)

My favorite track from this album is “You Got My Mind”. Akira Sugiuchi vocals are in the same vein as the late great Lemmy Killmister and the majority of this song has Motorhead’s finger print all over it. Akira sounds so close to Lemmy especially on this track it is ridiculous, and the drums have a real Phil “Philthy” Animal energy to them. If you took an average metal fan and played this song for them and asked the question “who is this” 9 out of 10 would probably say Motorhead, it is that good. This song also has a few unexpected time changes in it which once again have a real Maiden anthem feel to it.

SOLITUDE is a really solid metal band and “Reach for the Sky” is a well produced album. Listening to new music or albums can be hard at times for people like me; we all get stuck in our ways and tend to close our minds to anything new. But an album like “Reach for the Sky” has something so familiar about it your ears and brain forget you’re listening to something new. It has been a long time since I could sit and listen to a new album from an unfamiliar artist in its entirety and enjoy it, until now. Congratulations to SOLITUDE and their album “Reach for the Sky”, you have made it into my music rotation. Really good stuff guys! **Gene A. Gaona**

Devilskin Release Official Music Video

Popular New Zealand based hard rock band Devilskin has released the Official Music Video for the second single off of their second studio album, “Pray”. The video was directed by Tim Van Dammen on location in Hamilton, New Zealand, with the album recorded at Modern World Recording studio in the UK with Producer Clint Murphy (with whom they recorded their No 1, Platinum selling debut album We Rise). Be Like the River is available to stream on Spotify and Google Play, and download on iTunes.


We are beyond excited to be releasing our new studio album Be Like The River on November 11th. The title comes from a lyric of ours ‘Be like the river and cut through the stone’, the message is about reaching your goals through perseverance and unwavering determination. It has been an incredible journey so far for Devilskin and we feel this album really encapsulates and represents our evolution as a band, as songwriters and as people. – Devilskin

Vesta Collide Sign With Attila Frontman’s Stay Sick Recordings

Stay Sick Recordings, the label owned and operated by Attila frontman Fronz, has signed Vesta Collide. The band will release New Obsession on January 20, 2017.

Pre-orders for New Obsession are now live via iTunes and MerchNow.

New Obsession Track Listing:
1. Witching Hour
2. Empty Bodies
3. I Can’t Sleep
4. Pretend
5. The Lights
6. Away From Here
7. Hallucination
8. Waste Away
9. Monster Blood
10. Time Won’t Keep What’s Left Of Us
11. Faithless Tongue

Kreator Release Official “Gods Of Violence” Music Video

German thrash titans KREATOR have released the music video for the title track of their upcoming album, Gods Of Violence 

If you dare to watch the grueling uncut version of the video, check it out here

KREATOR singer/guitarist and main songwriter Mille Petrozza comments: “We have prepared an amazing video trilogy with Grupa13 for our new album. We believe that they are among the most creative artists when it comes to surreal video art. The story line is linked to our album concept and the first clip visualizes the birth of the KREATOR demon.”

The exclusive North American cover was created by renowned artist Marcelo Vasco (SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY, HATEBREED).

KREATOR mastermind Mille Petrozza comments, “‘Gods Of Violence’ was the first song I wrote for this album and it stuck to me as the title track. It contains everything KREATOR is known for and it will blow your minds. Promise!”

Gin Wigmore Premieres Official Video For “Dirty Mercy.

Today, New Zealand artist Gin Wigmore premiered her official video for her latest single ‘Dirty Mercy,’ the first track and video from her highly anticipated forthcoming album due for release in 2017.

Gin explains, “I made sure I came out swinging with this one. I had always wanted to write a song with this sort of energy. A little trashy, kinda pissed off, whilst still retaining my love for a solid melody. Dirty Mercy is a song that really represented where my head was at when I first began this venture into my next album.”

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“Dirty Mercy” was written and recorded in LA and was co-written with Marc Orrell (Dropkick Murphys) and Steve Rusch (Blood To Bone, Metallica, Kendrick Lamar). As per her award winning third album “Blood to Bone”, which featured the stunning singles “Written In The Water” and “New Rush”, Gin once again stepped into the role of co-producer of her new release working with Grammy nominated producer/engineer Rusch.

“LET IT RIDE” TOUR DATES

11/19 – Corona Capital Festival – Mexico City

11/23 – Hi Ho Lounge – New Orleans, LA

11/25 – The Social – Orlando, FL

11/26 – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL

11/28 – Vinyl – Atlanta, GA

11/29 – New Breckland Tavern – West Columbia, SC

12/02 – Hi-Tone Cafe – Memphis, TN

12/03 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO

12/05 – Deluxe @ Old National Center – Indianapolis, IN

12/06 – A&R Music Bar – Columbus, OH

12/07 – The Club @ Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA

12/09 – The Hollow – Albany, NY

For more information and tickets go to:
http://ginwigmore.com

Power Trip on tour w/ Napalm Death and The Black Dahlia Murder ‘Nightmare Logic’ coming 2017 on Southern Lord

Following their recent tour with Madball, and performances at Mexico’s Off Limits Festival and Arizona’s Southwest Terror Fest, POWER TRIP prepares to head back out on the road next week, joining the likes of Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Pig Destroyer, Abnormality, and more.
Additionally, POWER TRIP has completed the anxiously anticipated full-length follow-up to their 2013-released Manifest Decimation LP, and is preparing to assault the masses with Nightmare Logic in early 2017, once again through Southern Lord. Stand by for more info on the upcoming album in the coming days.
Next week will see POWER TRIP touring the eastern half of the US, as they meet up with the current tour featuring Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Abnormality, playing shows in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, New York, Greensboro, Atlanta, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas between November 12th and 21st. Pig Destroyer will also play the Baltimore, Boston, and New York shows.
POWER TRIP Live Dates:
 
11/12: Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA #
11/13: Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD *
11/14: Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA *
11/15:Les Poisson Rouge – New York, NY *
11/16: Arizona Pete’s – Greensboro, NC #
11/17: Masquerade – Atlanta, GA #
11/19: Numbers – Houston, TX #
11/20: Red Box – San Antonio, TX #
11/21: Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX #
# – w/ Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Abnormality
* – w/ Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, The Black Dahlia Murder, Abnormality
Since the release of Manifest Decimation in mid-2013, POWER TRIP has become an underground staple in the US metal/hardcore scenes, the album unloading a caustic, stomping brew of old-school crossover, unloaded through merciless tones, presented with relentless energy. The band has toured relentlessly across the planet with the likes of Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Negative Approach, Turnstile, Backtrack, Mizery, Eyehategod, Foreseen HKI, Bane, Off!, and having performed with literally countless others, in addition to pummeling audiences at major festivals all over the US, Europe, and beyond.

Scott Shiflett of Face To Face Interviewed @ Aftershock 2016

“I dropped out of high school with a bass in my hand” Scott Shiflett of Face To Face

Metal Correspondent Gene Gaona of Capital Chaos TV wraps of his interview with Scott Shiflett of Face To Face @ Aftershock Festival 2016 October 23rd, 2016 – Sacramento, California,

Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK made its triumphant return to Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 22 & 23, celebrating its fifth year with a sold-out crowd of 50,000 over two days in California’s capital city. With 35 bands on three stages, Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK’s genre-spanning lineup was packed with rock and metal legends, newcomers, and rising stars. Fans were treated to a rare U.S. festival performance from Tool on Saturday, an electrifying festival-closing set from Avenged Sevenfold on Sunday, plus Slayer, Korn, Primus, Disturbed, Puscifer, Meshuggah, and many more.

Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, LOUDER THAN LIFE, Northern Invasion, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Chicago Open Air, Houston Open Air, and more.

Sponsors for Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK included: Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, Coors Light, The Music Experience, El Jimador Tequila, Keep Golf Metal, Sound Exchange, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Fxck Cancer, Take Me Home, KHTK, 98Rock, California Finest, Dimple Records, Juxtapoz, SoHo Concessions and more.

Test Your Metal Records Signs Signs Vancouver Thrashers Terrifier

Test Your Metal Records is proud to announce its next signing of Vancouver, BC thrashers TERRIFIER for the release of their next album ‘Weapons of Thrash Destruction’ set to be released in January 2017.  The release will be the follow up to their previously unleashed 2013’s Metal or Death (EP) and 2012’s Destroyers of the Faith. The thrashers have already set their scene ablaze sharing the stage with such as bands as Havok, Destruction, Exmortus, Anvil, 3 inches of blood, Holy Grail, Dismembered, Suffocation, Into Eternity, Striker, Ghost Ship Octaivius, Crowbar, Cauldron, Cryptopsy and Battlecross.

TYM founder Grant Truesdell comments:

“Get ready for some of the best thrash metal and virtuoso shredding I’ve heard in a long time! Terrifier are paving the way for the ‘New Wave of Thrash Destruction’. Be prepared for some in your face, balls to the wall thrash metal!!”

Sacramento’s Korean Fire Drill To Release New Album At The End Of November

Created by members of some of Sacramento’s hardest working local bands, Korean Fire Drill (because Chinese was already taken), also known as KFD, started off as 3 guys jamming out their first 3 songs on the first day they met. Coining the band’s name along with the motto HALFASS IS BADASS, KFD had immediately and unknowingly set out to become California’s go to Comedy Hard Rock act.
KFD released their debut, full length album, rightfully titled Halfass Is Badass in 2014. Every song has the appearance of an excellent “rock out” song until you actually look at the lyrics and see what they’re really talking about; songs about temples to simply damaging your manhood in your zipper.

Two years into their adventure KFD recruited local veteran Lydia Gavinto be their 4th member, and on many occasions KFD also recruits Go Go Dancer Chelsea Boac to dance it out during their sets. Every show KFD puts on is a new adventure, since every time they go on stage they utilize different costume themes and props; they’ve gone on as Ghostbusters, Nuns, Average Joes Gym, Mario Bros, South Park, and many more.
KFD is getting ready to release their sophomore, self produced, album More Badass Than Half Ass, featuring 8 explosive and diverse originals, 4 fantastic covers/remakes, 12 skits, and 1 secret track, all complete with artwork to fit by the band as well. Leading the charge, unexpectedly, is their Hard Rock charged rendition of Tupac and Dr. Dre’s “California Love”. Once again, not realizing they’re doing it, KFD is about to embark on conquering the U.S and beyond. KFD is always a very upbeat, powerful, and party filled band great for stages large and small.

New Years Day at Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, California

New Years Day is an American rock band formed in 2005 in Anaheim, California. After building a reputation through promotion on the social networking website MySpace, the band released their debut EP in 2006. Their debut album My Dear followed in 2007. The band’s second full length effort, Victim to Villain came out nearly six years after their debut. Their third album, Malevolence was released on October 2, 2015. It peaked at #45 on the Billboard 200, the band’s highest charting.

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New Years Day led by the charming and last remaining original member Ashley Costello returned to Sacramento this weekend to a floor capacity crowd as part of a package that included headliners Crown The Empire, Bless The Fall and new up and comers Light The Sky and Too Close To Touch. It was the fourth day of The Retrograde Tour and the band were happy to be back at the Ace of Spades where they have a frantic following. Opening the set with the first track Kill or Be Killed off their new Century Media Records album Malevolence, they had their young soldiers in a raised cellphone camera frenzy.

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It was the first Sacramento appearance of new members Joshua Ingram and Frankie Sil who put in a rousing acrobatic performance. The rest of the set included gems from the last two record which the fans were more than happy to hear live. A long line of fans eagerly waiting at the merch booth following their performance, to meet the group, buy goods and take pictures with their idols was a good sign of a well received set. See below for remaining tour dates.

Nov-8 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – http://bit.ly/2b12lK1
Nov-9 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall – http://ticketf.ly/2bcXKDx
Nov-11 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater – http://tktwb.tw/2bcpqGJ
Nov-12 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room – http://ticketf.ly/2b5xCbF
Nov-13 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge – http://tktwb.tw/2aWVPne
Nov-14 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom – http://bit.ly/2bewHF8
Nov-16 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre – http://tktwb.tw/2b3wtC0
Nov-18 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House – http://ticketf.ly/2as0ugC
Nov-19 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall – http://bit.ly/2b1bK2H
Nov-20 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium – http://ticketf.ly/2aGSBm1
Nov-21 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage – http://ticketf.ly/2b1byAQ
Nov-22 – New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza – http://livemu.sc/2b6dKYZ
Nov-23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts – http://bit.ly/2aGDK9V
Nov-25 – Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club – http://ticketf.ly/2b8QWXN
Nov-26 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Live – http://ticketf.ly/2aYxJYj
Nov-27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Heaven) – http://bit.ly/2aFG4vG
Nov-29 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution – http://bit.ly/2ayndaw
Nov-30 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum – http://ticketf.ly/2aS1gA7
Dec-2 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar – http://ticketf.ly/2b5uHzJ
Dec-3 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall – http://ticketf.ly/2aZUyer
Dec-4 – Dallas, TX @ The Door – http://ticketf.ly/2arXrF2

Nov-26 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Live – http://ticketf.ly/2aYxJYj
Nov-27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Heaven) – http://bit.ly/2aFG4vG
Nov-29 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution – http://bit.ly/2ayndaw
Nov-30 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum – http://ticketf.ly/2aS1gA7
Dec-2 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar – http://ticketf.ly/2b5uHzJ
Dec-3 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall – http://ticketf.ly/2aZUyer
Dec-4 – Dallas, TX @ The Door – http://ticketf.ly/2arXrF2

Moscow Power Thrashers Distant Sun to Release ‘Into the Nebula’

Moscow Power Thrashers DISTANT SUN will release their sophomore full-length album Into the Nebula digitally on November 18 via Metalism Records. The album will also be released as a deluxe digipak CD in December. The CD version comes with bonus track “Who’s to Blame,” a fun musical departure that has more in common with classics like “Dr. Feelgood” and “Kickstart My Heart.”

Following 2015 debut Dark Matter, the new album features a lethal combination of traditional European metal and American style aggression. The lyrics deal with the famous sci-fi and fantasy sagas of Frank Herbert’s Dune and  J.R.R.Martin’s A Game of Thrones,  as well as D&D, and Magic: The Gathering (tabletop games).  Into the Nebula is sure to appeal to fans of MEGADETH, ANNIHILATOR, ICED EARTH and BLIND GUARDIAN.

CD Pre-order     iTunes:    Distant Sun

Dischordia premiere “The Ruin” (ft. Black Crown Initiate’s James Dorton)

Oklahoma City based progressive death metal trio Dischordia still have a few weeks to go before their second full-length, Thanatopsis, drops on Friday, November 25th through Rogue Records America. In the interim, the band partnered with Heavy Brog Is Heavy today to premiere a blistering new track called “The Ruin”.

The song showcases a dynamic blend of influences and elements that bring to mind groups such as Ion Dissonance, Gorguts, Decapitated, and Meshuggah. It also features a plethora of beastly growls from none other than Black Crown Initiate vocalist James Dorton towards the tail end portion of the song.

Beartooth Announce ‘The American Nightmare Tour’ with Bring Me The Horizon and Underoath

Columbus, OH hard rock band Beartooth have announced they will be joining The American Nightmare Tour this spring, supporting Bring Me The Horizon and Underoath. The tour kicks off on March 10th in Houston, TX and keeps the band on the road until April 8th, wrapping up in Las Vegas, NV. Prior to the tour, Beartooth will be crossing the pond for a headlining tour in Europe throughout November and December with already SOLD OUT dates in Colonge, Berlin, Leipzig, and Leeds. Tickets go on sale Friday November 11th at 10am local time. A full list of dates can be found below.

Beartooth’s new album, Aggressive (Red Bull Records), debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart and No. 3 on the Billboard Rock Chart earlier this summer. Alternative Press called it “a compelling statement for the validity of heavy rock music in 2016,” and Kerrang! declared “This is a record positively fueled by aggression, bolstered by its sense of injustice and raised high on an instinctual need to prove its heavyweight pedigree. The sound of a band showing their strength.”

“The American Nightmare Tour” dates:

Mar. 10 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
Mar. 11 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
Mar. 13 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
Mar. 14 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
Mar. 17 – Montreal, QC – Stade Uniprix
Mar. 18 – Lowell, MA – Tsongas Center
Mar. 20 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
Mar. 22 – Philadelphia, PA – The Liacouras Center
Mar. 24 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Mar. 27 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
Mar. 28 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre
Mar. 29 – Broomfield, CO – 1STBANK Center
Apr. 01 – Seattle, WA – Wamu Theater
Apr. 03 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
Apr. 06 – Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Expo Hall
Apr. 07 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Apr. 08 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint

 

Hour Of Penance Announce New Album Due January 2017

Like clockwork, Italian death metallists’ Hour Of Penance are ready to release their seventh full length album, “Cast the First Stone”, through Prosthetic Records on January 27, 2017. The follow-up to 2014’s critically acclaimed effort “Regicide”, “Cast the First Stone” was recorded at Kick Recording Studio by bassist, Marco Mastrobuono. Hailed as “an authoritative force in extreme death metal” by Metal Sucks, Hour Of Penance is one of the most productive bands in the metal genre, releasing a album every two years. Artwork for the album, as seen above, was completed by Gyula Havancsak. 
 
Giulio Moschini, lead guitarist and songwriter goes into more detail on the album, “Sonically speaking , this is the best sounding album we’ve ever recorded. We really worked hard on this, listening to the album countless times before finally delivering the masters to Prosthetic Records. It was definitely worth the wait and we’re 100% satisfied by the great work Marco has done behind the mixing desk. We’ve literally spent weeks trying different mic techniques, hardware and preamps;  all trying to avoid plug-in technologies as much as we could. We wanted our album to sound more dynamic and I think that we’ve achieved that 100%.
 
Regarding the concept of the album, vocalist Paolo Pieri says it revolves around the idea that the injustices suffered during the Crusades and Colonialism do not justify the chain of hate that propagandizes the destruction of the West. Pieri expands on this, “I believe that the political situation in recent years has brought to light again a millennial conflict between West and East. Events like the terrorist attack at the Bataclan, where we only played a few months before the massacre, have influenced the lyrics on this record very much. It does not matter who has thrown the first stone, but who first evolved his ideology to seek peace and coexistence instead of war to the bitter end.”
The official track listing is as follows:
1.       XXI Century Imperial Crusade
2.       Cast the First Stone
3.       Burning Bright
4.       Iron Fist
5.       The Chains of Misdeed
6.       Horn of Flies
7.       Shroud of Ashes
8.       Wall of Cohorts
9.       Damnatio Memoriae
 
Since releasing 2012’s acclaimed “Sedition”, which Decibel lauded as a “hyper-blasting, inhuman, machine-like attack,” HOUR OF PENANCE has annihilated fans worldwide with its fiery exuberance, playing well over 200 gigs alongside such acts as Behemoth, Skeletonwitch, Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Devildriver, Psycroptic, Misery Index, Deicide, Belphegor, Nile and Krisiun.

Daniel aka. White Devil of Die Young Interviewed

Die Young who hail from the longhorn state of Texas are a hardcore band that formed sometime in 2002. In the course of being banned from Canada–twice and  denied entrance into Romania have managed to release ten slabs in various forms be it full length CDs and 7 inch splits with the likes of Invade and Generations. With a new full length “No Illusions” on Good Fight Entertainment, the storm no longer awaits.

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It’s Gene with Capital Chaos TV.

I’m Daniel, and I sing on stage, but generally I am the riff-writer and rhythm guitarist in the studio, too.

What got you started in music and how old were you?

I’d say the roots of my inspiration in rock music were in 4th or 5th grade, when I started listening to popular alternative bands on the radio then. Stuff like The Offspring (when Smash came out), Pearl Jam (Vs. album), Smashing Pumpkins (Siamese Dream), Nirvana (Nevermind and In Utero) and Alice in Chains (Dirt). I remember those were all big albums for me at that age, and they were my inspiration to want to start playing guitar. I remember I asked my dad for a guitar on my 11th birthday. He got me a Peavey Predator ha ha. Soon after I was getting into Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Slayer, White Zombie, all that. Then even Machine Head, Sepultura, a lot of 90s Roadrunner Records metal bands, and I started to try to learn how to play everything I could, but I’d say I mainly started learning to play Metallica songs. It was another 8 years or so before I’d even attempt to be the vocalist of a band. My roots always came from playing guitar.

Biggest musical influences?

For sure it’d have to be Metallica as a kid. They were the biggest inspiration on guitar. When you’re young it’s the solos that really stand out, but once you’re older and into the songwriting foundations of music more so than the glitter of solos, you realize that their rhythm section is/was really the root of the magic on those classic albums. But as I got older and got more into underground music I took in a lot of very different types of influences. For example, even though Die Young sounds almost nothing like them, I’d say Bad Religion will always be one of my biggest influences. Vocally-speaking, I have probably found the most influence from 90s metallic hardcore bands like Earth Crisis, Catharsis, Ringworm, and All Out War. I love how all those guys growl and distort their voices, but it is still more accessible than death metal. Speaking of death metal, Tomas Lindberg’s work on Disfear’s albums and that latest At the gates are true inspirations for me. So nasty sounding.

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What would you compare the style and sound of Die Young to?

I think we pull a lot from all the names and genres I’ve mentioned, well perhaps aside from the 90s grunge bands ha ha. But essentially we’re a 90s hardcore band that fits somewhere on the spectrum between bands like Earth Crisis and Sick of it All, full of both metal/thrash and punk influences. We’ve got some classic metal moments which nod to old Metallica and Slayer, because I believe those influences are nearly impossible to avoid when writing metal-influenced music.

The new album No Illusions, what went in to the writing process? Lyrically and musically? One or two guys do the writing or was it a group effort?

The lyrics all came from me, and they were very personal on a lot of levels. A lot of the lyrics tackle the absurdity of certain social and political issues, but it all filtered through my feelings about them–my cynicism and criticism. The title track was partly inspired by a former guitarist of ours who toured with a lot about 11-12 years back who lived with some mental illness issues and died of a drug overdose around the time our Chosen Path record came out in 2014, so there are quite a few songs which I began writing soon afterward, especially on the last half of the record that talk about existential issues, reasons for living contrasted against reasons for wanting to die, and struggling with the pain of human consciousness. In a way, the social and political type issues addressed in the first half of the record weave into the more personal and emotional response to it all that is really driven home on the last half of the record. For me the political is personal, and the personal can be very political. They are not two separate worlds necessarily, as they both make up our perception of the reality we live in.

Musically, I basically come up with the main guitarists riffs and compositions of songs, but Mike and I really worked on fleshing the songs out together, and I’ll let him fill you in more on the process of that.

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What’s the Metal scene like in Texas?

I’m personally more involved in the hardcore scene by default. I feel like Mike ought to be able to describe the metal scene more clearly than I can.

Best and worst part of touring?

Best part is easily getting on stage and doing what you love every night. The runner-up to that is seeing the beusitful landscapes of the world and being a food tourist with your friends. Worst parts, haha, for me at this age (almost 34) are being away from my wife, my dogs and cats, and then screwing up my eating and gym schedules. The bottom line is always that doing what you love requires some sacrifices, so for me, at this point in my life, I try to find the balance between the good and the bad.

First show you ever attended?

I’m going to have to say when the Offspring toured on Smash in 1994. They had Quicksand and No Use for a Name opening. I was 12 and it was amazing. My buddy’s dad was best friends with some of the King’s X guys in Houston, and they got us backstage passes to that show, so to meet some of my favorite bands as a 12 year old was a really exciting thing. I remember eating chips with Walter Schreifels, not having any clue at the time of his involvement in the 1980s hardcore scene, bands like Gorilla Biscuits or even Youth of Today, which I’d later become such a big fan of. He was such a down to earth guy, him and all of the Quicksand guys. The Offpsring’s room was overcrowded with fans, so they saw us young kids hanging around backstage and offered us some of their catered snacks. I still have a signed copy of The Offspring’s Ignition from that show too ha ha.

You’re on a desert island and only have three album to listen to, what are they and why?

Oh man….so, being that it’d be the serene backdrop of a desert island, I wouldn’t want to disturb the peace of it all, unless I was working out. So I’d have to say Loreena McKennitt’s “Live at the Alhambra” album for its mystical ambiance and pagan folk songs with a nomadic flare. Great desert music. Chuck Ragan’s “Feast or Famine” or maybe even “Gold Country,” both for the feel good vibes of it, totally fitting for living the simple life. Then for working out, maybe doing pull-ups on a tree-branch or atlas-stone type carries with actual stones, I’m going to have to go with one of my favorite metal albums, “Broken Glass” by Crowbar. Best album for lifting heavy shit.

Dream tour, you get to go on tour with two other bands, who are they?

Honestly, probably just the two bands who got me into hardcore in the first place: Earth Crisis and Sick of it All.

Catch Die Young tomorrow night Nov 6 – Austin, TX @ Sound on Sound Festival w/ Carcass, Baroness, Young Thug

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Brian and Karl of Diamond Head Interviewed in San Francisco

Metal Correspondent Todd Owens of Capital Chaos TV probes Brian Tatler & Karl Wilcox of Diamond Head on their influence on Metallica, new Diamond Head, touring North America versus touring Europe and more @ Slims – San Francisco, California 11/02/16


Diamond Head are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976 in Stourbridge, England. The band is recognized as one of the leading members of the new wave of British heavy metal and is acknowledged by thrash metal bands such as Metallica and Megadeth as an important early influence.
On 5 December 2011 Brian Tatler and Sean Harris joined Metallica onstage at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco to celebrate Metallica’s 30th Anniversary. Together they played “The Prince”, “It’s Electric”, “Helpless” and “Am I Evil?”. Brian and Sean also took part in a group encore of Seek and Destroy.

Abnormality launches video for “Cymatic Hallucinations”

Currently on tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, and Power Trip in the USA, Massachusetts-based extreme metal outfit Abnormality has just launched a video for “Cymatic Hallucinations”, taken from their critically acclaimed album, Mechanisms of Omniscience. Produced, directed, and edited by Jim Foster (red13media.com).

Jim Foster comments: “As we embarked on our second video together, my goal was to portray Abnormality‘s intense energy on a large scale while bringing their concept of a ‘trip’ into the darkness of the mind into a reality. And as always, Metal Blade is incredibly supportive in letting bands and directors see their visions through.”

Abnormality tour dates
w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer (Nov. 13-15), Misery Index (Nov. 1-11), Power Trip (Nov. 12-21)
Nov. 1 – Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
Nov. 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Nov. 3 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
Nov. 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
Nov. 5 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Nov. 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Depot
Nov. 8 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Nov. 9 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Nov. 10 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Nov. 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
Nov. 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Nov. 13 – Baltimore, MD @ Sound Stage
Nov. 14 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Nov. 15 – New York, NY @ Les Poisson Rouge
Nov. 16 – Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete’s
Nov. 17 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Nov. 18 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
Nov. 19 – Houston, TX @ Numbers
Nov. 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box
Nov. 21 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
Nov. 22 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone *
*= The Black Dahlia Murder, Abnormality only

The Revival brings you The Road Rage To Revival Tour Featuring Dead Horse Trauma with The Alpha Complex

Des Moines, Iowa Metal band Dead Horse Trauma have announced The Road Rage To Revival Tour with Sacramento, California band The Alpha Complex that features former Motograter and Riven vocalist, Michael “Angel” Woodruff. Following a handful of solo dates, the tour will begin on November 29th at Skinny’s Lounge in North Hollywood, California with a stop in Sacramento @ The Blue Lamp and conclude on December 17th at BFE Rock Club in Houston, Texas.

Recently DHT released their official music/lyric video for their single “Left Unsaid” from the upcoming album Life.

Dead Horse Trauma is a 5-headed war machine dedicated to infecting the masses with procedures and tactics used by our world to feed us the lies we are spoon-fed since before we can crawl. It’s the exposure of the perversity and falsities we are subliminally directed by. It’s your wake-up call, or the means to your end.

Dead Horse Trauma w/ The Alpha Complex:

11/29 | Skinny’s Lounge – North Hollywood, CA
11/30 | TBA – Tulare, CA
12/02 | Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
12/03 | Sparks Lounge – Sparks, NV
12/04 | Tackle Box – Chico, CA
12/05 | Broken Spoke Western Saloon – San Jose, CA
12/06 | TBA -Bakersfield, CA
12/07 | Blacklight District Lounge – Long Beach, CA
12/10 | Wild West Metal Fest – Tuscan, AZ
12/11 | TBA – Gallup, NM
12/13 | TBA – Albuquerque, NM
12/14 | My Place- Abilene, TX
12/15 | Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX
12/16 | Clicks Live – Tyler, TX
12/17 | BFE Rock Club – Houston, TX

Danny Worsnop Premieres ‘Mexico’ Video

Danny Worsnop, the newly-returned frontman for UK metalcore pioneers ASKING ALEXANDRIA, has released the first single and video from his upcoming debut solo album, ‘The Long Road Home’.

The official video for “Mexico” was filmed with director Blake Judd and sees the singer escaping from the toils of life with the help of sunshine, sexy cars, ice cold beer and some scantily-clad companions.

Danny Worsnop comments: “The new single, Mexico, came out of nowhere for me.  I was on tour with my rock act We Are Harlot, in a bar in Columbus, Ohio and that first verse just jumped right out of my eighteenth glass of Jameson and right into my mind.  Knowing my brain, I immediately excused myself and waited for the lightning to strike.  I then proceeded to pace outside the bar singing into my phone until the song was done, which was probably about 20 minutes later.

“I had the video in my head from that exact moment and was very excited to realize it.  I had already written the treatment when I was introduced to Blake Judd, with whom I worked at getting what was in my mind onto film.  He was very open to letting me take the reins which was very important to me, and we are already discussing what we’re doing together next.

“The song was so much fun to write, record, and film, which is appropriate as however much it is in ways about being exhausted and done with one’s reality, it is at its core a fun, upbeat song about letting loose.  Something we all need to do every once in a while.

Get more Danny Worsnop news and info:

Official site – http://thesnop.com
Twitter – http://twitter.com/dannyworsnop
Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/snoptropolis

Relapse Records Launches Free 2016 Sampler

Relapse Records has released their free annual label sampler showcasing the label’s eclectic roster and featuring a track from every 2016 releases in addition to songs from brand new signings to look forward to next year. The 40-song sampler is available for free download and streaming via Bandcamp at this location. From death metal and grindcore to experimental and electronic music, there is something for every listener!

Relapse 2016 Sampler Tracklisting:

1. Red Fang – Flies

2. Obituary – Ten Thousand Ways To Die

3. Death – Zombie Ritual (Remastered)

4. Gatecreeper – Craving Flesh

5. Gruesome – Forces Of Death

6. Obscura – Akróasis

7. Ulcerate – Extinguished Light

8. Sumerlands – Seventh Seal

9. Inter Arma – Transfiguration

10. Nothing – ACD (Abcessive Compulsive Disorder)

11. S U R V I V E – Wardenclyffe

12. The Album Leaf – Between Waves

13. Boris – Farewell

14. True Widow – Entheogen

15. Horseback – Shape of the One Thing

16. Myrkur – Onde Børn (Live)

17. Magrudergrind – Relentless Hatred01:41

18. Weekend Nachos – Dust

19. Gadget – Violent Hours (For A Veiled Awakening)

20. Brain Tentacles – Kingda Ka

21. Ringworm – Snake Church

22. Black Tusk – God’s On Vacation

23. Wrong – Entourage

24.Cough – The Wounding Hours

25.Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Not A Daughter

26.Inverloch – Distance Collapsed (In Rubble)

27.Seven Sisters Of Sleep – The Curse That Is

28.Graves At Sea – War Master

29.-(16)- – The Absolute Center of a Pitch Black Heart

30. Lycus – Solar Chamber

31. Bloodiest – Mesmerize

32. Tombs – Deceiver

33. The Obsessed – Be The Night (Demo)

34. Integrity – Deathly Fighter

35. Ilsa – Cult of the Throne

36. King Woman – Shame (Live Audiotree Session)

37. Pentagram – Forever My Queen (Remastered)

38. Opprobrium – Voices From The Grave

39. Davie Allan – Buzz Saw Effect

40. Cloakroom – Big World

Superjoint- Caught Up In The Gears Of Application

I’m in the minority of people who think Superjoint is Philip H. Anselmo’s best band to date, yes even better than Pantera.  This Philip fronted band had me at the first chords of the original groups initial offering in 2002  “Use Once and Destroy” and followed that up on 2003’s release named “A Lethal Dose of American Hatred”. So here we are now in 2016 on the eve of Superjoint’s new release “Caught Up In The Gears Of Application” with a new line up, no Ritual in the name and very high expectations.

With a line up consisting of founders Philip H. Anselmo, Jimmy Bower (Down, Eyehategod), Kevin Bond (Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver) being joined by drummer Jose “Blue” Gonzalez (Warbeast, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) and bassist Stephen Taylor (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Woven Hand, 16 Horse Power) this group picks up where the initial band left off 13 years ago.

Right out of the gate the first track entitled Today and Tomorrow comes out swinging. This heavy groove based song is a stop and go of heaviness. With a healthy supply of “F” bombs in the chorus the best way to sum up this track is angry.

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Jumping ahead to track 4 the title track Caught Up In The Gears Of Application, this song is pure old school sounding Superjoint. After a minute or so of being pummeled by Jimmy and Kevin with some really fast riffs it breaks down and in comes some great “dirty” sounding Southern style Metal grooves. The combination of Blue and Stephen on the slower parts of this song are some of the best grooves I have heard in a long time. This track is a perfect blend of speed and heaviness.

Track 7 is called Asshole and it is my favorite. To me this song is a perfect Superjoint song and I have already put it up  with some of my favorite previous releases. Heavy, groovy, crunchy and powerful, this song has it all. If you like a good old fashion circle pit with multiple gears, this is the song for you.

Having listened to this album probably ten times in the last twenty four hours a few things really stand out to me. “Caught Up In The Gears Of Application” has a heavy punk influence mixed with a Southern Metal sound. Philip H. Anselmo gruff vocals are still one of the best in metal period. Jimmy and Kevin’s guitars are steady and consistent and have just enough twang on them you can practically smell the swamps of Louisiana. And finally I’m a sucker for a good rhythm section, it’s the back bone to any great sound and Blue and Stephen are pure Metal magic together on this album.

“Caught Up In The Gears Of Application” is a really solid mix of different sounds, speeds and influences and has a little bit of everything for everyone. As a fan of Philip and any incarnation of this band, I can say wholeheartedly my high expectations have been met and I can’t wait for these Dudes to get on the road and support their latest release live.  (Multiple Nor Cal stops would be nice!)

Superjoint will bring their venom to the stage for their official record release show on November 12th, 2016 in Dallas, their only US appearance of the year. Tickets are on sale now!
11/12/2016 Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX w/ Tombs, Warbeast, Wolvhammer, Protest [tickets]

  Gene A Gaona