Atriach Announce US Headline Tour Dates

Ritualistic, apocalyptic noisemakers ATRIARCH have announced headlining US tour dates for this upcoming October. Continue reading “Atriach Announce US Headline Tour Dates”

Chronologist Launch “Cartographer” Visualizer Video Off of Debut LP

Spending a considerable amount of time on the road in support of their debut full length Cartographer in 2016 as well 2017, Chronologist shared the stage with some of the top names in the heavy metal industry. Continue reading “Chronologist Launch “Cartographer” Visualizer Video Off of Debut LP”

Skott Shares New Track “Remain.”

Today, Scandinavian songstress Skott shared a brand new track titled “Remain,” the flipside to her current single “Mermaid.” Continue reading “Skott Shares New Track “Remain.””

Screamking Vocalist Joe Lawson Interviewed

On October 23rd 2011 ScreamKing made it’s debut performance opening for Canadian Metal Legends Anvil at Club Landing in South Bend, IN. Throughout 2012 the band spent the year writing material for  their first undertaking and entered Divine Underground Studios  to record and produce their first full length album entitled “Evilibrium”.  The band also released their first official music  video for the song “Deathwitch”.

Since the release of “Evilibrium” ScreamKing has shared the stage with Metal acts: Anvil, Raven, DSG  (David Shankle Group), Metal Church and Helstar to name a few.  Once again entering Divine Underground Studios after spending 2016 writing and recording the follow up to “Evilibrium”.  ScreamKing will release their second full length album that will be making waves throughout the Metal World entitled: “Tyranny of the Sea”, again produced and mixed by Rafael Hernandez and Joe Lawson, with mastering by Jon Scrip of Massive Mastering and featuring artwork from Chicago legendary artist Drake Mefestta.

How did you first get into music? Who turned you onto Rock/Metal?

I have loved music as long as I can remember, my Mother even wrote in my baby book that Joey loves to sing, so really it has been my passion since birth. My cousin Jeff Parsons turned me onto Rock and Metal music with bands like Wasp, Motley Crue, Metallica, Megadeth, etc…

How did you become a vocalist? Are you proficient in any other instruments?

I started off playing guitar then while in High school a band needed a singer, they heard me singing some old Motley Crue and asked me to join the band, I’ve been singing ever since. No I am not proficient in any other instruments although I do play a little guitar and piano.

What was the local scene in Illinois like in the beginning, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?

The scene was really good years ago, a lot of great bands and talented people, support for bands was great and so was the pay. Bands I aspired to be like were national level bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, King Diamond, etc…. some of my favorite local bands from the early years for me was Tyrants Reign, Slauter Xstroyes. Favorite local bands now probably I would say are: Divinity Compromised, Reign, Wrath and Scars of Armageddon.

Has there been times when drugs and alcohol were beneficial to the band?

No, in my experience drugs and alcohol have only destroyed and derailed bands from growing and achieving success.

How would you best describe your sound?

I would describe ScreamKing as a Hybrid Heavy Metal band that incorporates elements of multiple genres into our sound from Power Metal to Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Progressive Metal and Classical Metal.

Is doing ticket pre-sales the same thing as pay to play?

It depends on how it is done, if a band feels it is in their best interest to play a show where they are required to sell tickets and the band gets at least a percentage of the ticket sales and its a higher profile show such as opening for a big national act then I say go for it.

What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once?

First two albums I owned were AC/DC: Back in Black and Van Halen: 5150. I have bought Judas Priest Painkiller 3 times.

DIY forever or signing with a label at first opportunity?

Depends on the deal offered, the question all bands need to ask themselves concerning a label is what is the label going to do directly for your band that you cannot do for yourself? Also of course to get everything in writing and make sure you understand what you are getting into. DIY is much easier now and a lot of bands are doing things themselves these days and if you are able to do that and be successful at it then more power to those bands.

What’s the biggest show you have played so far and do you still get nervous before a gig?

Biggest show I ever played was at the St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul Minnesota. Yes I always still get a bit nervous before shows but its a good nervous and I feed on it like a rabid dog!

Is commercial Rock radio dead?

I’d say no, it has changed formats and styles but you still hear it across the country on many different stations.

Favorite songs on the new album and why?

For me I’d have to say End of the World because its one of the most challenging songs vocally I’ve ever recorded and I’m quite proud of how it turned out. Cannibals of Sacrifice maybe as well because it was just such a different vocal approach in certain parts and it has a Merciful Fate/King Diamond vibe to it in parts also that I really love. Faith Weapon because of all the layering of vocals, the lyrical content and the song really packs a punch!

Out of all your songs which one touches you the most when you perform it?

Syrena, a song I wrote about my daughter.

Are there any political or social issues hidden in Screamking songs?

Nothing political, but social issues for sure a few.

What was the process of putting the songs in order?

Once we finished recording and mixing all the songs we try different orders and burn a bunch of cds and see what seems to work the best and go from there.

What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want?

We are currently endorsed by Granger amps. There are several other company’s that the band are looking at and talking to about possible endorsements so I don’t want to mention any names until that all is worked out then we will make announcements in regards to all of that.

Bands you would love to tour with and musicians or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?

A few bands that I personally would love to tour with would be: Testament, Overkill, Death Angel, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Denner Shermann, Accept. I would like to meet Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson and soak up all the knowledge and advice I could from them.

Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?

Heart of a Champion and End of the World by ScreamKing. 3 albums to take with me would be the 3 full releases I’ve sang on so far. Thanks for the great questions and head over to www.screamkingofficial.com and pick up the new Tyranny of the Sea record and checkout our great merch while your there!

 

 

Watch Dead Cross Perform Live In Sacramento, California

Capital Chaos TV has uploaded video footage of DEAD CROSS‘s entire August 29 performance at Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California. Check it out below.

DEAD CROSS is the Southern California outfit featuring drummer Dave Lombardo (ex-SLAYERSUICIDAL TENDENCIESMISFITS) and singer Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE).

The self-titled debut album from DEAD CROSS, which is rounded out by bassist Justin Pearson (THE LOCUSTRETOXHEAD WOUND CITY) and guitarist Michael Crain (RETOXFESTIVAL OF DEAD DEER), was released on August 4 via Ipecac Recordings. The effort was helmed by producer Ross Robinson, who has previously worked with KORNDEFTONESSEPULTURA and LIMP BIZKIT, among others, and was mastered at Golden Mastering in Ventura, California.

Patton told Rolling Stone that he got involved with DEAD CROSS after reaching out to Lombardo to see if he could release the band’s album on Ipecac. After getting a text from the drummer asking him to join the group, “my jaw dropped,” the singer said. “I was like, ‘Who, me? Hmm …’ And I think it took like all of 30 seconds, but in a sarcastic way, I’m like, ‘Yeah, of course. I can do this. Are you sure you want me?’ So I kind of second-guessed him a little bit. And he said, ‘Man, you’d be our dream vocalist.’ And then it was just a matter of logistics. I decided to record it here in my basement, which is fitting. It shouldn’t sound too polished.”

Allegaeon announces North American tour with Ne Obliviscaris

Allegaeon will be touring in support of their latest release, Proponent for Sentience. Produced by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation), the album is a musically complex, intelligent, and absorbing concept record that can rightfully sit alongside the true greats of the medium. Continue reading “Allegaeon announces North American tour with Ne Obliviscaris”

Interview with ETERNAL VOYAGER guitarist Brian Blake

Eternal Voyager is a U.S. heavy power metal band influenced by the likes of Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Hammerfall, Gamma Ray, Amon Amarth, Ensiferum. Iron Maiden and Stratovarius from the Twin Cities area in Minnesota.

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