50,000 Fans Converge On Sacramento’s Discovery Park For Performances From Nine Inch Nails And Ozzy Osbourne

The sixth annual Monster Energy Aftershock brought 50,000 rock and metal fans to a sold out Discovery Park in Sacramento, CAon Saturday, October 21 & Sunday, October 22 for a massive weekend of music that included performances from legends Nine Inch Nails and Ozzy Osbourne (recently reunited with guitarist Zakk Wylde for the first time in over a decade), plus A Perfect Circle (who premiered their new song “The Doomed,” the first new track in four years), Five Finger Death PunchRun The JewelsStone SourMastodon, and more than two dozen others.

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[photo by Sam Shapiro]

In addition to music, California’s biggest rock festival featured artist signings and meet & greets at the Monster Energy Experience and The Music Experience, charities Take Me Home animal rescue (which featured a special appearance by guitarist Gary Holt of thrash legends Slayer and Exodus) and Dyin 2 Live / Fxck Cancer, plus the Caduceus Wine Garden, nearly two dozen food vendors from the capital region and beyond, the interactive Juxtapoz Make Your Mark Art Zone, activations from Coors Light and Heavy Grass, and more.

Monster Energy Aftershock concluded the Fall For All festival series, which kicked off with Louder Than Life (Sept. 30 & Oct. 1 in Louisville, KY) and also included Monster Energy Rock Allegiance (Oct. 7 in Camden, NJ). For more on Fall For All, visit: www.TheFallForAll.com.

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, Louder Than Life, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Bourbon & Beyond, Chicago Open Air, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Northern Invasion, and more.

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Sponsors for Monster Energy Aftershock include: Monster Energy, Coors Light, The Music Experience, Thunder Valley, Take Me Home, Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live, Heavy Grass, BlackCraft Cult, Ace of Spades, Roadrunner Records, Century Media, Razor & Tie, Fearless Records, Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards, Zippo, CHRGR, California’s Finest and Juxtapoz.

For more on Monster Energy Aftershock, visit:

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Concert Images: Power Trip @ Aftershock 2017

Power Trip @ Aftershock  courtesy of Zoran Theodorovic

10/21/17

Discovery Park – Sacramento, California

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Nick Stewart

 

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Blake Ibanez

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Riley Gale and Chris Whetzel

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Chris Whetzel

Nick Stewart

Be sure to catch Power Trip on their upcoming tour with Cannibal Corpse, dates below.

* w/ Cannibal Corpse, Gatecreeper
# w/ Cannibal Corpse, Blanck Mass
11/03/2017 Mavericks – Jacksonville, FL *
11/04/2017 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL *
11/05/2017 Saturn – Birmingham, AL *
11/06/2017 New Daisy Theater – Memphis, TN *
11/08/2017 Trees – Dallas, TX *
11/09/2017 White Oak – Houston, TX *
11/10/2017 The Mohawk – Austin, TX #
11/12/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ *
11/13/2017 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA *
11/14/2017 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA *
11/15/2017 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA *
11/17/2017 Neumos – Seattle, WA *
11/18/2017 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR *
11/19/2017 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID *
11/20/2017 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT *
11/22/2017 Summit – Denver, CO *
11/24/2017 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL *
11/25/2017 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI *
11/26/2017 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH *
11/28/2017 Royale – Boston, MA *
11/29/2017 Stage 48 – New York, NY *
11/30/2017 TLA – Philadelphia, PA *
12/01/2017 Broadberry – Richmond, VA *
12/02/2017 The Throne Theater – Wilmington, NC *
12/03/2017 Pete’s – Greensboro, NC *
12/05/2017 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY *
12/06/2017 Exit/In – Nashville, TN *
12/07/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA *
12/08/2017 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL *
12/09/2017 One Eyed Jack’s – New Orleans, LA
05/27/2018 Modified Ghost Festival – Vancouver, B.C.

Tom Gabriel Fischeron on Martin Eric Ain

“I have had to draft a disconcerting number of obituaries in recent years, mourning the loss of individuals who were either very close to me or of distinct importance to my life. But this obituary is by far the most difficult one to write.

“The sands of time will never run, for an immortal dead man”
Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, “Visions Of Mortality”, 1984, lyrics by Martin Eric Ain.

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Martin Eric Ain. 18. July 1967 – 21. October 2017

Because Martin Eric Ain was unique beyond any description.

Martin was a part of me, and I was a part of him. Our lives were intertwined in a symbiosis that, at times, almost resembled a marriage, and yet our relationship was of an intricate nature and frequently fraught by disagreements. We both had a substantial impact on the development of each other’s path, and we both owed the escape from the fetters of the environment that defined our teenage years to each other’s existence.

I first met Martin around the time Hellhammer recorded the Triumph Of Death demo in 1983, when Steve Warrior and I would spend our Saturday nights at the then popular “Heavy Metal discos”. One of these events was called Quo Vadis, and it took place where Martin’s lived, in the village of Wallisellen, Switzerland. When I interviewed him for my second book, In September of 2007, Martin recalled:

“The first time I saw Tom and Steve Warrior, they were part of a group of four or five metal fans, headbanging in unison while the non-metal crowd stood around them in a circle, staring. They walked as a leather-clad wall, and everybody got out of their way. It radiated power and violence, and I was extremely impressed.

We were in awe of these guys. They had arrived wearing sunglasses, and their jackets were covered with logos and patches of obscure bands which we had never heard of. They wore boots, leather jackets, bullet belts, studded armbands, and even studded gaiters. They all had long hair and were three or four years older than us and therefore obviously further along than we were. It totally blew our minds. It was like seeing members of Motörhead or Judas Priest standing in front of us. They looked like an album cover.

All of a sudden, there was a radical band within our field of existence. My parents were scared that Tom would seduce us into a life of alcohol abuse, drugs, and other illegal activities. They never recognized the actual threat which emanated from him. Just like so many people, they failed to recognize the power of this music. They perceived heavy metal as some asinine phase, as mere noise; they thought that nobody would ever take any of this seriously. They completely missed the fact that the music led to a radicalization inside of me and to the desire to define my life with music.”

Martin and I soon began to develop a close friendship. We spent uncounted nights discovering music together, discussing books, history, religion, occultism, or art, and then one of us would have to either bicycle or walk home to his own village, through pitch black forests at some ungodly hour. Martin’s intelligence, horizon, and vision were truly remarkable. I suppose it was only a question of time before we would begin to create music together, but Martin initially lacked the confidence and hesitated. Instead, he adopted the alias of “Mart Jeckyl” and began to support Hellhammer in a managerial role, supplying us with memos that detailed how we could improve our concept, image, and lyrics. He was only 16 at the time!

By the time Hellhammer produced the final demo that resulted in our first record deal, Martin was a co-author of some of our lyrics and sang some backing vocals on it. And then he finally became the bassist for good. The development of the group became fierce, and only five months later, we felt the need to drastically expand the scope of our alliance by starting from scratch, with a new project. This was the birth of Celtic Frost, during the night from May 31 to June 1, 1984.

Martin was one of the very few people who were prepared to embark on this journey with me, uncompromisingly and against significant opposition, unlike many others who only supplied hollow talk and then withered away. Completely self-thought, Martin became a superb and vastly original bassist with an almost uncanny ability to learn songs very quickly. And even though he initially wrote hardly any music, his many other contributions to the group were just as important. Celtic Frost’s uniqueness depended heavily on our creative collaboration, as I would inadvertently – and foolishly – prove a few years later. In the course of the 34 years we knew each other, we would jointly experience and survive just about any situation one might be able to imagine, not least the destruction of Celtic Frost – twice!

The partnership with Martin Eric Ain was instrumental in enabling me to fulfil my ardent teenage dream of becoming a musician. Determining Martin’s own deeper motivation to pursue this quest is more difficult, however. I think his was more a sense of rebellion against the surroundings in which he grew up, and once this was accomplished, the musical path no longer had the same importance to him. He subsequently became a very intuitive and thriving entrepreneur and embarked on ventures that often were blatantly at odds with the values he so fervently stood for during his youth.

It was much the same after we reunited Celtic Frost in 2001, recorded the triumphant Monotheist album, and toured the world. Whereas Martin had initially agreed with me that the reunion would be a long-term venture, he confided to me towards the end of the tour that he felt we had sufficiently proven ourselves, and that he did not see a necessity for another album, at least not in the foreseeable future. Moreover, he was weary of the strains of touring and maintaining a band in a vastly changed modern musical landscape versus the comparatively comfortable and lucrative life he led in Zurich managing clubs and bars. His attention was already elsewhere, and I realized that the reunion for him, again, had served a different purpose.

Martin had a complex personality, coloured by contradictions and indulgence (and I am sure he would describe me exactly the same). He frequently accused me of exorbitance (and undoubtedly had a point), and yet he himself pursued immoderation, if on different levels. He knew, of course, and once labelled his acquisitiveness “pathological”. He resorted to verboseness to mask insecurities and his discomfort about revealing too much about his emotions. He was the best and most amazingly generous friend anybody could wish for, as those fortunate enough to know him closely will confirm. And yet, in an interview published in Switzerland in January of 2010, he himself asserted: “I don’t like people who embark on ego trips that end up hurting others, although I cannot deny being guilty of exactly such behaviour.”

He would often choose the path of least resistance or refrain from taking a side instead of acting decisively to quench the mounting band-internal conflicts. He watched Celtic Frost’s protracted and painful self-destruction, only to tell me, a month after my exit from the group, that if he would have spoken up, the band could have been saved. But by that time, Martin had grown so tired of the dysfunctional group that I became convinced he was secretly relieved that I left, because it spared him of having to quit himself. But I often had the feeling that part of him felt a nagging sense of guilt ever since.

I am no stranger to the passing of a beloved human being, and death itself is not an abstract or intimidating concept to me. But the fact that a friend of such profound significance has irrevocably been taken from his life is exceptionally painful. I am very glad that I instigated the Celtic Frost reunion in 2001, and that I thus was granted to experience Martin as a newly mature and astonishingly capable musician and songwriter. Notwithstanding the strenuous work involved, touring the world with him one final time was a privilege. In fact, every minute spent in Martin’s company was a privilege, and this includes our last meeting over coffee, a short time before his death.

Martin’s passing affects me deeply. The world will never be the same without him. His death signifies the end of an era, both for our music and on a profoundly personal level. I, the older one, had always subconsciously expected him to survive me and become the custodian of the legacy we created together. The shock about his untimely death, the pain, and the sense of loneliness and loss are unbearable and insurmountable.

Martin, I will miss you deeply until my days, too, will come to an end.”

– Tom Gabriel Fischer

DESTRUCTION: ‘Thrash Anthems II’ Medley Released

German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION will release their new “best-of-old-school” album, “Thrash Anthems II”, on November 10 via Nuclear Blast. An official medley of songs that will appear on the disc can be streamed below.

In 2007, DESTRUCTION proved how successful re-recording some of their timeless classics and re-imagining history could be. Tracks like “Frontbeast”, which was only ever released on a demo back in 1983, have been included on the forthcoming release. Fans will also be pleased to hear that Schmier has lent his vocals to the track “Rippin You Off Blind”. The original song features on the CRACKED BRAIN album.

The follow-up to 2007’s Thrash Anthems is ready to rock the metal world and shows how fans can be part of both a band’s history and future. For Thrash Anthems II, DESTRUCTION called upon on their loyal fans through PledgeMusic to help them create the record and contribute to the band’s epic history

Mastermind Schmier states:
“As it is a part of our past to relaunch classic songs from our history with a fresh face and we had many demands on a »Thrash Anthems« continuation, we decided to do a second part of this re-animation of classic 80s DESTRUCTION material. For us it was important to chose the tracks with the fans and first when NB did not wanna do the album we decided to do a pledge campaign to raise the fonds for the production together with the die-hards.

Thrash Anthems II – Track Listing:

01. Confused Mind
02. Black Mass
03. Frontbeast
04. Dissatisfied Existence
05. United By Hatred
06. The Ritual
07. Black Death
08. The Antichrist
09. Confound Games
10. Rippin’ You Off Blind
11. Satan’s Vengeance
Bonus Track:
12. Holiday in Cambodia (DEAD KENNEDYS Cover)

This stunning artwork was created by acclaimed artist Gyula from Hungary, who has also created artwork for ANNIHILATORGRAVE DIGGERSTRATOVARIUSTANKARD and many more.

Concert Review: GWAR at The National in Richmond, Virginia

October 20th here in Richmond, hundreds of Bohabs flocked to The National for Gwars start of their ‘Blood of the Gods” tour. This is the same day as the release of their album, of the same name fans, were anxiously clamoring for. For those of you who have never been to a Gwar show, or are patiently awaiting their ticket date in their city, I’m here to paint you a very bloody picture.

US Bastards start off the show. The lead singer is Gwar slave Brent Purgason. They were high energy thrash punk and had a way of keeping the pit going. I was a part of that pit and it did go crazy. They are a definite must see and are on the rise here in Richmond. California friends please check them out.
Doyle came on the stage right after. The band is named after the guitarist that was formerly a member of the Misfits. This was my first time seeing them play onstage. I was shocked to see, Doyle himself was not the lead singer, but nonetheless they had a great set. Many were disappointed, that there were too many slow songs and no Misfit covers, but I had a fun time listening and watching them play.

Now Ghoul truly entertained me. I was sucked into their story line, which now is kinda blurry to me, since I had a few pre-show beers and a few hits of a weed oil vape. In spite of that, Ghouls characters were amazing, and their deaths were even better. There is no wonder why they were invited, to play before Gwar. I suggest you catch a Ghoul show whenever you can.

Now for what all you bohabs are waiting for. Gwar’s set started off with a video playing on two screens on stage, talking about how America has finally found a way to best Gwar. Two soldiers come on stage, looking to ensure that they have finally killed Gwar, and of course they did not. They were quickly beheaded. I won’t give too much away, but they are introduced to a new boss from Glomco, and had to fight a series of villains. I must say many of the songs, I did not like as much in my last review, were much better with the visuals onstage. Blowthar (Michael Bishop) did great, and though my heart yearns for Oderus (Dave Brockie), and his deep and sexy voice, I can appreciate Blowthar. The song that hit me the most is Phantom Limb, a song dedicated to Oderus. It was a great night. You are in for a bloody treat.

All in all Gwar did a great show. Mike Derk’s Balsac the Jaws of Death is fighting a serious bone marrow disease and doing what he loves the most to get through it. Please show your support and register to donate bone marrow and donate money for medical help at this site. Show your support. He’s been playing for the fans forever and I wish him the fastest recovery and better health. Nikki Knight

Set List: War on GWAR, Hail, Genocide!, I’ll Be Your Monster, Death to Dickie Duncan, Saddam a Go-Go, Womb With A View, Crushed by the Cross, Viking Death Machine, Bring Back the Bomb, El Presidente, Swarm, Meat Sandwich, The Sordid Soliloquy of Sawborg Destructo, Mr. Perfect, The Morality Squad, Fuck This Place, Phantom Limb, If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)

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Catch Gwar on the remaning dates coming soon to you’re town!

10/26: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
10/27: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
10/28: Worcester, MA @ Palladium
10/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
10/31: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
11/1: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
11/2: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom* (Stonecutters Open)
11/3: St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s
11/4: Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock
11/5: Lawrence, KS @ Granada
11/7: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/8: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid
11/9: Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatoon Events Center
11/10: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
11/11: Calgary, AB @ The Palaces
11/13: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
11/14: Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/15: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
11/17: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/18: Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club
11/19: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/21: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
11/23: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
11/24: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/25: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11/26: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
11/28: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
11/29: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live

Concert Photo Review: Fozzy @ Aftershock 2017

Fozzy @ Aftershock 10/21/17 – Discovery Park – Sacramento, California

Fozzy performed at Aftershock Festival in Sacramento on October, 21st 2017. Canon shooter Zoran Theodorovic was there to capture the action.

 

 

Igorrr plot debut North American tour for 2018

France’s Igorrr have confirmed that they will embark on a brief tour of North America in early 2018 in support of their latest album and Metal Blade Records debut, Savage Sinusoid. The shows include stops in Montreal, New York, Mexico City, and more. The complete listing of dates can be found below.

Igorrr spent their summer on tour with performances in Israel and Turkey, as well as shows all over Europe in clubs and at notable fests: Dour Festival, Hellfest, UK Tech Fest, Brutal Assault, and more. For a preview of the group’s unique brand of sonic maelstrom, check out their Dour Festival performance in its entirety below.

Igorrr‘s Gautier Serre comments on the upcoming tour: “This will be our first time in America and we have no idea how people will react to our music, this is very exciting, we cannot wait to blast some harpsichord and accordion in the American continent!”

Due to high demand, more vinyl has been pressed and made available for Savage Sinusoid. European imported pale blue marbled vinyl is available in limited quantities at Indiemerch here:indiemerch.com

Igorrr tour dates
w/ Spotlights

Jan. 31 – Montreal, QC – Petit Campus
Feb. 1 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
Feb. 2 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
Feb. 3 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Feb. 4 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Feb. 6 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
Feb. 9 – Mexico City, MX – Circo Volador*
Feb. 10 – Guadalajara, MX – C3 Stage*
Feb. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex*
*=no Spotlights