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


Discovery Park – Sacramento, California

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Riley Gale and Chris Whetzel

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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.

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

Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black

Death metal is alive and well in 2017 and if you don’t believe me, then just listen to the new Cannibal Corpse album, Red Before Black.  Even being the 14th studio album the death metal legends have put out, it still sounds as fresh and brutal as ever.  The first few seconds of the albums intro, “Only One Will Die”, will let you know exactly what you are about to experience.  Whether you’ve been a fan from day one, or are just discovering the band, there’s something for everyone on this record.  The plodding slow grind of the albums first single, “Code Of The Slasher”, is like taking a belt sander to the face of the undead.

While songs like “Firestorm Vengeance” and “Corpus Delicti” have thrashy guitars that really wouldn’t be out of place on a record like Slayer’s classic “Reign in Blood”.  George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher lays down great vocal patterns, while the guitar duo of death metal veterans Pat O’Brien and Rob Barrett just crush this album with riff after riff.  The drumming is nothing great nor terrible.  It drives the songs without being overly fancy, like any good death metal drummer should.  Paul Mazurkiewicz has set the bar for how a death metal drummer should play.  Alex Webster is an ageless wonder, he plays bass like few death metal bassists do, and this is a good thing.  Another one of the good things about this record is the song lengths.

  With the longest song, Code Of The Slashers at 4:46, this album doesn’t have much time for filler.  Straight to the point, get in, kill everything, and leave.  The way good death metal should be. So do yourself a favor, new and old fans alike.  Buy this album, play it loud and bang your head! – John Adams

Be sure to catch Cannibal Corpse on their upcoming tour with Gatecreeper & Power Trip

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 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 Tarheel – Jacksonville, 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


Concert Photo Review: Steel Panther @ Aftershock 2017

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

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





Doom Metallers Bell Witch To Kick Off North American Tour  

Seattle doom metallers BELL WITCH will kick off a North American tour with Denver doom trio Primitive Man this week. The journey begins on October 24th in Salt Lake City, Utah and runs through November 19th in Mesa, Arizona. From there, the band will take a short break before joining French doom metalists/labelmates Monarch! for a stretch of live dates from December 1st in Vancouver, British Columbia through December 7th in Los Angeles, California with more performances to be announced in the coming days. Additionally, BELL WITCH will bring their devastating odes to the stages of Roadburn Festival 2018 in Tilburg, The Netherlands. The band will perform two sets, the first on Saturday April 21st at the 013 venue and Sunday, April 22nd at Het Patronaat recreating Mirror Reaper in its crushing entirety. See all confirmed dates below.
BELL WITCH will be touring in support of their breathtaking Mirror Reaper full-length, released last week via Profound Lore. Engineered and mixed by veteran producer Billy Anderson (Swans, Sleep, Neurosis), the duo of Dylan Desmond (bass, vocals) and Jesse Shreibman (drums, vocals, organ),Mirror Reaper delivers one continuous, eighty-three-minute piece unfolding as a single track. While retaining the immense weight of their previous releases, Mirror Reaper sees the band explore the more meditative, melancholy, and introspective aspects to their sound through the introduction of long, lonely organ passages and the return of vocalist Erik Moggridge (Aerial Ruin), offering a prominent presence.
BELL WITCH w/ Primitive Man:  

10/24/2017 Diabolical Records – Salt Lake City, UT * no Primitive Man
10/25/2017 Hi Dive – Denver, CO
10/26/2017 O’Leavers – Omaha, NE
10/27/2017 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
10/28/2017 Rock Island Brewery – Rock Island, IL
10/29/2017 The New Dodge – Hamtramck, MI
10/30/2017 Ace Of Clubs – Columbus, OH
10/31/2017 Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA
11/01/2017 Coalition – Toronto, ON
11/02/2017 Bar Le Ritz – Montreal, QC
11/03/2017 Geno’s – Portland, ME
11/04/2017 Cop Frat – Oneonta, NY
11/05/2017 ONCE – Boston, MA
11/06/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
11/07/2017 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
11/08/2017 The Meatlocker – Montclair, NJ
11/09/2017 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
11/10/2017 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
11/11/2017 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
11/12/2017 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
11/13/2017 White Water Tavern – Little Rock, AR
11/14/2017 Growlers – Memphis, TN
11/15/2015 Santos –  New Orleans, LA
11/16/2017 Lost Well – Austin, TX
11/17/2017 Ridgelea Lounge – Fort Worth, TX
11/19/2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ w/ Thra, Ceremented * no Primitive Man
w/ Monarch!:
11/30/2017 Cobalt – Vancouver, BC * Bell Witch only
12/01/2017 Highline – Seattle, WA
12/02/2017 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
12/03/2017 Old Nick’s – Eugene, OR
12/05/2017 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
12/06/2017 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
12/07/2017 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
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4/21/2018 013 @ Roadburn – Tilburg, NL
4/22/2018 Het Patronaat @ Roadburn – Tilburg, NL

New Entire Performance Video Of Brujeria Live In Sacramento

BRUJERIA‘s legend has proliferated for nearly three decades. When the band first emerged from the sunbaked hellscape of Los Angeles in 1989, the city was on the brink of chaos. Daryl Gates ruled the LAPD with an iron fist, overseeing a legion of blue-suited stormtroopers who cracked brown and black skulls at every opportunity. Continue reading

Concert Images: Greta Van Fleet @ Aftershock 2017

Greta Van Fleet courtesy of Zoran Theodorovic


Discovery Park – Sacramento, California

Josh Kiszka

Sam Kiszka & Danny Wagner

Josh Kiszka

Sam Kiszka

Greta Van Fleet

Sam Kiszka & Danny Wagner

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Deuce (ex-Hollywood Undead) “Here I Come” Music Video From Sophomore Album “Invincible”

Portland based and Los Angeles bred rapper, producer and singer DEUCE has announced that his latest album, Invincible, will be released via Better Noise Records on December 1st. The masked musician is vying for immortality with 14 new tracks, representing his next natural step from his 2012 debut solo album, Nine Lives – which sold 100,000 units, received 33 million views on YouTube, and featured the hit single “America”. Invincible can be pre-ordered on iTunes HERE.

Recorded in both Los Angeles and Portland, the recording process brought out polarizing emotions. “The material we did in L.A. was a little angrier,” Deuce explains, “In Portland, it got more mellow and hip-hop. I think you can hear the difference.”

Invincible includes “World On Fire”, “Bitch This Is It”, and the lead single “Here I Come” (out now on Better Noise Records) – which features eerie keys, chugging guitar, and an unshakable hook, “Until I die, I’m never fucking done.”

“Here I Come” is now available for streaming HERE.

Solanum Lead Guitarist/Vocalist Joe Arellanes Interrogated

Solanum is a Thrash Metal Band from Sacramento, CA. Solanum formed in 2010 by members Udi (Guitar), Dustin Cooknick (Drums), Joe Arellanes (Lead Guitar and Vocals) and Jason McLeod (Bass). The band recorded their first demo titled Solanum that is available here and at all of their shows. ‘The Rotting’ ‘Echoes of the Dead’ & ‘Hurry up and Die’ are usually part of the bands set list. The continuous show playing led to opening act opportunities for national touring bands such as Destruction, Kreator, Testament, Soulfly, Metal Church, Warbringer, Havok and more. Solanum continues to thrash the Sacramento and surrounding areas while working on their debut album. Lead guitarist and vocalist Joe Arellanes, took some time out of his busy schedule, holy diving, to answer our silly questions.

How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?

I grew up around music, whether it be on road trips with my family or just running errands with my mom on weekends. We always had music on. I got into metal when I was in middle school and I started skating.

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

I picked up guitar shortly after I started high school, started a band with my buddies and they needed a vocalist, so I guess out of necessity. I kinda had a knack for it, I suppose. And no, I’m not proficient in any other instruments.

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

Its kinda hard to say what the local scene was like, I was so young at the time I don’t really remember. I loved Times of Desperation and Psychosomatic. Master Leather Daddy ruled too. I miss Black Mackerel! As far as local bands now, I really like the Kennedy Veil, The Odious Construct and am very glad that Psychosomatic is still shreddin’. There’s so much local talent these days, it hard to keep up!

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

Haha no!

How would you best describe your sound?

I would say that we’re thrash. We may dip our toes in the death metal realm but only slightly.

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

Not if you don’t have to BUY the tix first. If you’re getting a cut of the total amount of sold tix then I guess its about how much footwork you’re willing to put in.

Do you still buy cds or mostly use streaming sites? Which do you use?

I do both. I use spotify for convenience, but I buy CD’s to support people I enjoy.


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

The first music I bought was the self titled System Of A Down album, before that I was a radio guy. And I bought just about the entire Death catalog again after they remastered it…. Worth every cent!

Who have been some of your favorite bands you’ve hung out with and shared the stage with?

Well pretty much any bigger band that came through Starlite was usually pretty cool. The guys in Black Fast were way cool and so were the guys in Black breath. Our last show at starlite was really cool and the guys in Decrepit Birth were AWESOME!

Joe on stage with Decrepit Birth for their rendition of the Death classic “Crystal Mountain”

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

We got the pleasure of opening for Suicidal Tendencies a few years back, that was the biggest. Sold out ace of spades. Testament was right up there too.

Does the current political climate in America scare you or make hopeful? Do you see a possible civil war on the horizon?

I don’t know if it scares me, I feel like those in power really don’t give a shit about anyone other than whomever is lining their pockets, until its reelection time, then we’re buddies I guess? And no I don’t see civil war of any type on the horizon, if you believe what you see on Facebook or in the media, you’re the fucking problem.

Favorite songs on the new as yet to be finished album and why?

That’s a tough one. Probably our song “Dawn of Extinction” because its just a badass tune. Its a bit more “progressive” (I use that word VERY lightly) that most of the other stuff, but its super cohesive still.

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

Maybe our song “One Foot in the Grave” because it’s super musical with quite a bit of harmony, and the guitar solo has a lot of feel to it.

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

Absolutely. I wouldn’t say they’re hidden, or if they are they’re not well hidden haha.

Who does the songwriting for the band? Where is inspiration found?

We all contribute to the process, its kind of absurd how easy those guys are to get along with, no egos no bullshit. We just wanna make music we’d want to listen to. As cliche as it sounds, inspiration can come from anywhere.

What is the writing process like and the putting of songs in order?

Either Udi or I will come to practice with ideas, show it to the guys, get a yay or nay and build from there. We still haven’t figured out the song order for the album haha. That’ll be an argument for when the album is done

Top 5 albums or songs released this year so far?

In no particular order
Havok- conformicide
Mastodon- Emperor of sand
Iron Reagan- Crossover Ministry
Kreator- Gods of Violence
The Black Dahlia Murder- Nightbringers

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

I have no endorsements but I’d love to get one from ESP and Peavey.

What kind of gear is making the Solanum live sound?

Peavey heads and Marshall cabs.

Bands you would love to tour with on a dream tour package and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?

Probably Havok and Black Fast. There’s really too many to name.

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

Song: Perennial Quest byDeath
Albums: Megadeth – Rust in Peace, Death – Symbolic and … Queens Of The Stoneage – Like Clockwork

What does metal mean to you?

I love metal, its pure unfiltered passion. Raw primal energy at its finest. Its a release and an escape.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

I just want to say that I appreciate everything that people have done to support Solanum over the years. Its been so awesome to be a part of something special! So thank you!

Catch Solanum November 4th with Hatriot, Psychosomatic and Severpull @ The Blue Lamp in Sacramento.

Hed Pe live at Ace Of Spades

Hed PE perform @ Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California 10/03/17 with openers Dope, Glug, D One

You think you know me but you don’t know shit

You get the black eye and the big fat lip

You get so mad
See me get high

If you so pissed
Go ahead and slit your wrists

Flick on your clitoris and pull on yours tits
and what not

I pull your pony tail
and find the spot



Gina And The Eastern Block Release New NSFW Music Video

Coming off the heels of a successful 31-city summer tour with In This Moment and Motionless In White that saw vocalist Gina Katon perform the Gina And The Eastern Block song Sippin’ On A Forty while fronting her hard-rock burlesque group Little Miss Nasty, the Los Angeles-based alternative rockers are ready to serve up new music to her many newly-minted fans.

Originally formed in 2012 by record producer Marc Jordan (The Cult, Slash, The Mowglis, Stitched Up Heart, Bleached,) GINA AND THE EASTERN BLOCK are known for captivating live shows and sexy, swagger filled songs. Likened to a cross between Iggy Pop and Marilyn Monroe, lead vocalist Gina Katon fronts the band with her unique talent and blazingly sexy persona. Former Marilyn Manson bass player, Fred Sablan, is also part of the lineup.

Catch them live in LA on
October 20 – Los Angeles – Viper Room with Little Miss Nasty
November 13 – Los Angeles – The Roxy Theater with Steel Panther
And in Vegas on
December 8 – Las Vegas – Beauty Bar with Bullets And Octane

Their brand new single, “Big Black Van,” released via Rockitsessions, is the follow-up to the sexy “Sippin On A Forty.”  Both singles were released in 2017, following 2016’s “Get Gone,” a song that legendary BBCRadio1 Rock Show host Daniel Carter calls “sassy and even more sassy”.

Death Rattle lead guitarist Ryan VanderWolk Interrogated

With one listen it’s pretty clear, New England groove thrash group Death Rattle exude classic early millennium NWOAHM and northeastern groove through and through – channeling groups like Shadows Fall, Lamb of God and Hatebreed while breathing in new life and authenticity.
Death Rattle is currently supporting the release of their new album Volition, on their upcoming tour supporting The Convalescence, Wings Denied and Shaping The Legacy. Death Rattle will appear on dates running from October 21 in Placerville, CA through November 18 in Englewood, OH. See below for a full list of tour dates featuring Death Rattle below.

Death Rattle lead guitarist Ryan VanderWolk  took some time to talk with Iron Serbian of Capital Chaos TV about things and stuff.

How did you first get into music?

Who turned you on to Rock/metal? Generally our older brothers, Dad’s and uncles showed us our first tastes of heavy music that we fell so much in love with.

We’re you forced to go to church as kids and did you participate? Choir? Altar boys?

Barring Jimmy we all were at some point. Trey was in a youth group for instance, and Chris was heavily urged to go to church until he made his confirmation. These are practices we do not take part in today and haven’t since we were young.

Were you Jocks or stoners in high school?

Trey and Kevin were heavy into sports, Kevin played football, Trey played soccer, Football and basketball. It’s safe to stay most of us were stoners but not all of us haha.

How did you become a vocalist, bassist, drummer, guitarist, and are you proficient at any other instruments?

Trey our vocalist was originally a bass player for a Led Zeppelin cover band, the singer got fired Trey stepped in and became a vocalist and has been ever since. Kevin has interest to learn bass and borrowed one from a friend when he was young. Jimmy wanted to play music but sucked at drums so he learned guitar and became proficient. Chris was interested in Drumming since very young and his parents bought him his first kit when he was 12. I myself (Ryan) gained the interest after my brother started playing. For Christmas when I was 14 my Dad bought me my first guitar which was my brother’s guitar that helped him upgrade to a guitar he wanted more.

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What was the local scene in where you are like in the beginning? Was there a particular band you aspired to be like? Favorite local bands back then? Favorite local bands now?

The local scene was much better when we were growing up than there is now. Most of us grew up in Massachusetts where there were tons of shows. When I was 12 I attended a metal show at a place called the Elks lodge in Hyannis Ma and it was my first time ever going to a local show. It was a blast. I discovered a Band called “Interfere” which I loved and got their CD. I still know that album from front to back to this day. It was called “Bruce in the disco tent” haha some of my favorite local bands from our area are Carnivora, Pathogenic, and the River Neva.

How did the band form and how did the band name come about?

Ryan Met Chris at a Lamb of God show in Boston May 12th, 2009. They exchanged phone numbers and 4 months later formed the band that would become Death Rattle. Ryan threw out the name after looking at the back of Pantera’s “Reinventing the Steel” guitar book. No name after that was really presented and eventually it just stuck.

How would you best describe your sound?

I would say we are a groove metal band with a touch of death metal, touch of thrash metal.

Does the current political climate in America scare you or make hopeful?

It is a very decisive time politically, but I truly feel that it still comes down to the people and not the politicians.we need to as a group Handle ourselves better in this world.

Was 9/11 and inside job and do you have a theory on chemtrails?

Well if you switch your car insurance to Geico you could save 15% or more.

How important are presales for a band as opposed to letting a promoter do all the work?

Every scenario is different which lends itself to different conclusions on this. I can say that doing pre sales has done very well for us in the past up until the recent past as well. I think a team effort with all hands on deck is what makes great shows.

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

Trey -cassette he bought a Michael Jackson tape with money he earned from washing dishes at around age 6!
Kevin- Alice in chains self titled CD. Age 10
Jimmy- limp Bizkit- 3 dollar bill y’all. CD. Age 8
Chris- Rob Zombie- hillbilly deluxe. Age 11
Ryan- Metallica Reload-CD age 12

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

Our Mayhem Fest Dates in 2013 in Mass and CT were our biggest to date. There always a little bit of nerves before every big show, but that’s the rush! If there isn’t any nervousness then there is no more fun in it!

Is radio dead and do you listen to any local radio shows?

Terrestrial radio my not be what it one was but there is Sirius XM and Internet radio to take it’s place. We don’t listen to any local radio stations except for Sports radio.

How has the recent suicides of famous musicians affected you and do you have a theory on them?

Not so much directly as we aren’t die hard fans of those that have passed recently, but we are fans nonetheless, but it does present some questions that need answers. Things that range from if metal/rock musicians suffer from a form of CTE similar to football players from thrashing about and headbanging, to is there a connection with creativity and depression?

When can we expect some new recorded music and what is your writing process like?

That is undetermined as we will start the wrong process after we return home from this tour. Our new Album “Volition” is set for release Oct 20th.
The writing process is a very focus driven time and it is ever changing. We start with some guitar riffs and work on things until it becomes a don’t, then we voraciously fine tune until we are happy.

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

“Sentenced to Hell” off of our upcoming album “Volition” is the song we are most Involved in as a Band. It is also the first song we started writing for the New album.

Where do you see the band in 5 years?

Hopefully continuing to do what we love and play our brand of metal. Hopefully with much growth as well.

What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want? What gear is bringing us the Death Rattle sound?

We use a vast array of gear. Currently running ENGL artist edition amps and a custom buil5 Krankbass rig. Jimmy plays Esp and Jackon guitars. I play (Ryan) Washburn and Dean Dimebag models. Kevin plays Ibanez and Esp basses. Chris is currently playing a custom Mapex drum kit. We would like to acquire more endorsements. Mainly drum and cymbal endorsement. We currently have deals with Krank amps, In tune guitar picks. DR strings etc.

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

A top 5 want for us to possibly tour with would be Lamb of God, Gojira, Devildriver, Soilwork, Killswitch Engage.

Top 5 albums or songs released this year so far?

The Haunted-Strength in numbers
Scour-Self titled That’s all we can think of!

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

Metallica-Fade to black
Lamb of God-Ashes of the wake
Pantera-The great southern trendkill
Metallica-And Justice for all..

Whats the rest of 2017 look like for Death Rattle?

We are releasing out new album “Volition” and supporting it with a full U.S. tour with “The Conavalescence”. When we return home we begin work on the next album!

What does metal mean to you?

Metal is everything to us. It’s our way of life, our way of healing, our way of feeling. The force that drives us. The ultimate release.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

Thank you Capital Chaos for having us! We really appreciate it!

New Oblivion Music with Eddie of Suicide Silence

The Path Towards… is the anticipated new full-length from extreme metal unit OBLIVION. On the eleven track recording, OBLIVION — featuring within its ranks internationally-acclaimed composer and Antagony founder Dr. Nick Vasallo on vocals and bass, All Shall Perish and Antagony founder Ben Orum on guitar, thrash veteran guitarist Ted O’Neill, and drum virtuoso Luis Martinez formerly of The Zenith Passage — has composed a record that’s darker, heavier, and even more eclectic than critically-lauded debut, Call To Rise.
Composed by Vasallo early this spring, the record boasts an all-star lineup of guest artists including Karl Sanders (Nile, guest songwriter), Eddie Hermida (Suicide Silence/All Shall Perish, guest vocals), Enrico H. Di Lorenzo (Hideous Divinity, guest vocals), and Carlos Saldana (Connoisseur, guest vocals). The album also marks Ben Orum’s and Nick Vasallo’s first time collaborating on music since Antagony’s debut in 2001. With precise and intricate guitar solo work by O’Neill and legendary performances by Martinez, OBLIVION forges ahead stronger than ever with The Path Towards…

Arch Enemy Debut New Music Video for Single, “The Race”

Having just completed a successful run of dates across Eastern Europe on the “Will To Power International Tour”, extreme metal giants ARCH ENEMY are back with another ripping single from their recently released album, “Will To Power”, with the music video single for “The Race”.

Founding member Michael Amott commented: “This was actually the last song written for the ‘Will To Power’ album. Listening through all the material we had up to that point we agreed that the album needed one more song that would be a relentless and fast paced counterpoint to some of the more epic compositions we already had. We sent Alissa the music and she came up with a thought provoking set of lyrics with an intense vocal arrangement that complemented the music perfectly. We’ve been having a blast playing this song on the current tour and we had our video director Patric Ullaeus come out to capture the mayhem at our recent show in Helsinki, Finland… Enjoy ‘The Race’!

Showcasing their “trademark blend of heaviness and memorable melodies” (Loudwire), ARCH ENEMY‘s latest critically-acclaimed effort, “Will To Power”, is out now via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS worldwide. Marking the first recording to feature legendary guitarist Jeff Loomis (Nevermore), “Will To Power” was co-produced by Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson while being sent to Jens Bogren (Opeth, At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir) for mixing and mastering.
Get your copy today at: http://willtopower.centurymedia.com/.

ARCH ENEMY will bring their “utterly enchanting melodies and savage riffs” (Metal Injection), to audiences across North America later this month as they join Trivium for a co-headlining tour from October 27 to December 6 featuring support from While She Sleeps and Fit For An Autopsy. The band will continue to spread their power in early 2018 as they have announced a Winter tour with Wintersun, Tribulation and Jinjer across Western Europe. Full dates can be found listed below. Tickets are available at www.archenemy.net.

10/27    Orlando, FL – House of Blues &
10/28    Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade &
10/29    Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore &
10/31    Baltimore, MD – Soundstage &
11/1    Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero Theater &
11/3    New York, NY – Playstation Theater &
11/4    Worcester, MA – The Palladium &
11/5    Montreal, QC – Metropolis &
11/7    Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall &
11/8    Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre &
11/10    Sioux City, IA – Anthem At Hard Rock &
11/11    Kansas City, MO – The Truman &
11/12    Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall &
11/14    Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater &
11/15    Milwaukee, WI – The Rave &
11/17    Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall &
11/18    Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex &
11/20    Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre &
11/21    Edmonton, AB – Union Hall &
11/23    Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater &
11/24    Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo &
11/25    Portland, OR – Roseland Theater &
11/27    Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades &
11/28    San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom &
11/29    Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern &
12/1    Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater &
12/2    Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater &
12/4    Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live &
12/5    San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall &
12/6    Houston, TX – Warehouse Live &
1/12    Munich, DE – Tonhalle ^
1/13    Stuttgart, DE – LKA Longhorn ^
1/15    Zurich, CH – Komplex ^
1/17    Milan, IT – Alcatraz ^
1/18    Lyon, FR – Transbordeur ^
1/22    Toulouse, FR – Le Bikini ^
1/23    Paris, FR – Bataclan ^
1/24    Antwerp, BE – Trix ^
1/26    Oberhausen, DE – Turbinenhalle ^
1/27    Geiselwind, DE – Music Hall ^
1/29    Hamburg, DE – Grobe Freiheit ^
1/31    Malmo, SE – KB ^
2/2    Stockholm, SE – Arenan ^
2/3     Gothenburg, SE – Tradgarn ^
2/5    Berlin, DE – Huxleys ^
2/6    Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof ^
2/7    Saarbrucken, DE – Garage ^
& with Trivium, While She Sleeps & Fit For An Autopsy
^ with Wintersun, Tribulation and Jinjer

Heavy Metal Masters TRAUMA Announce Upcoming West Coast Performance Dates

Bay Area thrash vets TRAUMA announced their long-awaited comeback earlier this summer, and are set to hit the road next month on a brief headline tour, with dates being added as the kickoff nears. Four dates have been confirmed, and more are to be announced. See below for all confirmed upcoming dates and stay tuned for more being added each day:
TRAUMA U.S. Performance Dates w/ Local Support:
11/17 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
11/25 – Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
11/30 – Hollywood, CA @ Whisky a Go Go
12/2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
TRAUMA founder/vocalist Don Hillier says,”TRAUMA is thrilled to be going back out to play live shows with our exciting new lineup.  We are looking forward to seeing our West Coast fans!”
Listen to TRAUMA‘s recently released new track, “The Rage”, produced by guitarist Joe Fraulob, via Soundcloud, or stream the track via Spotify. The track will be featured on the band’s upcoming third album, which they are recording right now with producer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, M.O.D.).
TRAUMA was born in California’s Bay Area in 1980, a crucial year for metal music. It was within that fertile musical climate that TRAUMA developed a sound evoking the electric energy in the air around them. Donny Hillier consumed a steady diet of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath and shared a love of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden with original guitarist Mike Overton. And of course there was TRAUMA‘s legendary early bassist, Cliff Burton.
TRAUMA is highly revered by those in-the-know as an important evolutionary entity in the intersection of traditional heavy metal, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and the more melodically minded classic rock influenced bands on the Sunset Strip. TRAUMA is responsible for the much sought after classic ’80s album, Scratch and Scream, featuring killer cuts like “The Day All Hell Broke Loose” and “Lay Low.” Three decades passed before the reconfigured band reemerged in support of a re-mastered edition of their debut and delivered its 2015 follow-up,Rapture and Wrath.
With reverence for the past but eyes sharply focused on the future, TRAUMA entered 2017 preparing new material for what is certain to be a landmark third album, staying true to the signature sound that came before but with a very modern edge. Soaring melodies and fierce riffs collide in TRAUMA‘s new songs – equal parts sharp, fierce, grandiose, and theatrical. Since their formation, they’ve assembled the strongest elements of seemingly disparate strains of metal, with passion and proficiency. Instantly familiar vocals and melodies merge with modern riffage in theTRAUMA of today – a band that stands renewed and reinvigorated with a new lineup of seasoned players functioning as a supergroup assemblage centered around a classic nucleus.
In addition to the new inclusion of former Testament bassist Greg Christian, TRAUMA co-founder/vocalist Donny Hillier and longtime TRAUMA drummer Kris Gustofson put together a monstrous lineup of amazing players. Guitarist Joe Fraulob is a former member of multiplatinum hard rockers Danzig and Deconstruct, and Steve Robello played guitar in Dublin Death Patrol – the Bay Area supergroup formed by the singers of Exodus and Testament – and was also formerly with the group Heist.

Abe and Frank From Deftones’ Guide To Sacramento

As a guide for those visiting Sacramento for this weekend’s Monster Energy AftershockRevolver teamed up with Abe Cunningham and Frank Delgado from Deftones to highlight some of the great restaurants and gay bars that their hometown has to offer. Tickets still available here.

Moonspell Release New Song – “Evento”

There’s only one metal band that is able to hit official album charts on #1 in their home country Portugal, while they belong to the worldwide pioneers of dark art: Naturally and for the first time ever, Moonspell’s brand new album ‘1755‘ comes and is sung in portuguese. Set for release on November 3rd 2017 on Napalm Records, this record will outclass all standards you have ever heard from Moonspell before!

Now the band premieres a new lyric video for the song ‘EVENTO‘ ( english: ‘Event’ ), vocalist Fernando Ribeiro informs us:

“Bury the dead. Take care of the living”. Is one of the most famous quote of Marquis of Pombal (Sebastião José Carvalho e Melo), the minister of the King who together with the crowds of Lisbon and his engineers rebuilt a new Lisbon from the ashes and ruins of the old in just one year time. Event talks about fate, a dialogue built between the narration of the day and the state of mind of Lisbon’s inhabitants and the all powerful choir telling me to be still and accept God’s will. This conflict and the desacralisation of Lisbon is one of the most interesting aspects of this accursed day. A fight that allowed Portugal to step out finally from the Middle Ages and make the country’s entry into Enlightenment.”

1755 comes out November 3 and you can pre-order the album here.

Lady Beast’s ‘Vicious Breed’ Coming November 17 on Cruz Del Sur Music 

Cruz Del Sur Music is proud to announce the November 17 release of Vicious Breed from Pittsburgh’s NWOBHM-inspired upstarts LADY BEAST. The album was produced by Jason Jouver.  Karl Dahmer is credited with the album’s cover art. A lyric video for album track “Every Giant Shall Fall” is available below.
Recorded at +/- Studios in Pittsburgh under the supervision of Jason Jouver, Vicious Breed is LADY BEAST‘s most dynamic album to date. Sporting a wide variety of moods and flavors, the record features the speedy title track, downright heavy “Lone Hunter”, the balladry of “Always With Me” and the straight-up rock of “Get Out of My Way.” Guitarist Twiz states matter-of-factly: “I’m probably most proud of the songs on this than I am of other stuff I’ve written.
“I am very proud of the melodies and lyrical content on this album,” adds Levine. “I have a bit of a formula when I start writing lyrics. The music and feel of the song obviously help the direction I turn, but also I like to have a skeleton of the same idea for each album. The song of an epic story, the hopeful song, the metal ripper, etc. Each is important as it builds the album as a whole. On Vicious Breed, we have our first ballad, on which it will be fun to slow it down and have people hear a different side of us.”
Stocked with soaring twin-guitar harmonies, headstrong vocals, pounding tempos and would-be classic metal anthems, Vicious Breed is LADY BEAST’s coming out party. With the support of Cruz Del Sur, it’s only appropriate LADY BEAST have their sights set on conquering the international metal scene. Beware…your town may be the next to feel the strike of the beast!
For an Italian label, Cruz Del Sur Music has long dug into the fertile musical grounds of the of Pennsylvania. The label’s first-ever signing was melodic metal heroes Pharaoh, who since 2003, have remained one of Cruz Del Sur’s flagship bands. Classic doom merchants Argus and melodic thrashers Crown The Lost soon followed, giving the label an American flavor to go along with its heavily-stocked European roster. Therefore, it’s no surprise one of the label’s latest signings also comes from the great state of PA: Pittsburgh’s LADY BEAST.
Vinyl LP Pre-order: http://tinyurl.com/y8tjc3sc


Track Listing:
1. Seal the Hex
2. Lone Hunter
3. The Way
4. Always With Me
5. Get Out
6. Every Giant Shall Fall
7. Sky Graves
8. Vicious Breed

Sharp/Shock Channel Punk Energy of The Jam/Stiff Little Fingers.

“Troublemaker” is the third video from Sharp/Shock’s debut album, Unlearn Everything, released earlier this year on Alkaline Trio’s label, Heart & Skull Records.

sharp shock 2017

It’s a tale of forbidden love, clashing youth cultures, set against the band’s sonic backdrop of teenage rebellion……… with a twist. “Troublemaker, troublemaker, the trouble I would make with you.”

“It’s Mods vs. Rockers, Romeo & Juliet with a wink and a nod to Kenneth Anger and Robert Mapplethorpe,” explains director Scott Parker. “We picked the locks of Studio 606 and shot the video while the Foo Fighters were off playing Glastonbury.”

Sharp/Shock’s sound is exactly what you might expect from two Brits, Davey Warsop (vocals/guitar) & Dan Smith and one San Diego native, Korey Kingston (drums), who grew up on bands like The Jam and Stiff Little Fingers and now are submersed in the California sun and the sounds of The Descendents and early Green Day.

Davey might be known to some via his former bands Beat Union and Suedehead, while Dan has made a name for himself as a world-class tattoo artist (and through his regular appearances on the TV show LA Ink) as well as through his former band, The Dear and Departed.

The band has played shows with the likes of Descendents, TSOL, The Vandals, Tiger Army, Rise Against, Dreamcar, The Jesus and Mary Chain
and has appeared at Punk Rock Bowling and Revfest.

Catch Sharp/Shock live on the west coast supporting The Interrupters & SWMRS

10/13 Seattle , WA
10/14 Portland, OR
10/15 Boise, ID
10/16 Salt Lake City, UT
10/18 Las Vegas, NV
10/19 Mesa, AZ
10/21 Santa Barbara, CA
10/22 Santa Ana, CA
10/24 Fresno, CA
10/25 Sacramento, CA
10/26 Santa Cruz, CA
10/27 Los Angeles, CA
10/28 Berkeley, CA
10/29 San Diego, CA

Interview with Donald Tardy of Obituary

In our recent interview with OBITUARY drummer Donald Tardy, he commented on the band’s original record label, Roadrunner Records, which released six studio albums by the group between 1989 and 2005. “It’s a subject that none of the band members really like talking about,” Tardy said. “We signed to Roadrunner a long time ago at a very early age, and they know that we signed the worst contracts on the planet, so we have no rights to any of those albums. We don’t have any say-so. I don’t think they’re even being printed anymore — like, a young metalhead, I don’t think can even find it in the store, a real copy of it. We went to Roadrunner and said, ‘Can’t we just simply negotiate and figure out — can’t I get my albums back to the band?’ They wanted no part of even the discussion. Sadly, OBITUARY has no power of what happens with those early albums.”

He continued: “We were very young, just like a lot of bands. We’re not the only ones on Roadrunner that say the same exact thing. It’s sad that we got talked into horrible deals, and we signed our lives away, but when you’re a sixteen-year-old kid and you’re looking at a multi-album contract, you’re just like, ‘That’s amazing — I’m going to be in a band!’ Little did we know, thirty years later, we still can’t get the rights back to it. Roadrunner owns it forever.”

Cattle Decapitation To Kick Off Headlining Tour With Revocation

CATTLE DECAPITATION will headline the MetalSucks and Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents: The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings, featuring Revocation, Full Of Hell, and Artificial Brain as support. The journey begins October 10th in Los Angeles, California and will run through November 21st in San Francisco, California. Tijuana, Mexico’s mad doctors of gore, Thanatology, replace Full Of Hell as support on the first three dates. See below for all confirmed shows.

MetalSucks And Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents:
The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings
CATTLE DECAPITATION w/ Revocation, Full Of Hell, Artificial Brain:
10/10/2017 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA * ^
10/11/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA * ^
10/12/2017 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ * ^
10/13/2017 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
10/14/2017 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
10/15/2017 Diamondz Event Center – Jerome, ID
10/16/2017 Bossanova – Portland, OR
10/17/2017 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/18/2017 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
10/20/2017 Starlite – Edmonton, AB
10/21/2017 Dickens – Calgary, AB
10/22/2017 The Exchange – Regina, SK
10/23/2017 Park Theater – Winnipeg, MB
10/24/2017 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
10/26/2017 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/27/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL
10/28/2017 Madison Live – Covington, KY
10/29/2017 Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
10/31/2017 Opera House – Toronto, ON
11/01/2017 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
11/02/2017 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
11/03/2017 Once Ballroom – Boston, MA
11/04/2017 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
11/05/2017 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
11/06/2017 Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
11/08/2017 Shaka’s – Virginia Beach, VA
11/09/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/10/2017 The Haven – Orlando, FL
11/11/2017 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
11/13/2017 Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA
11/14/2017 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
11/15/2017 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
11/16/2017 89th St Collective – Oklahoma City, OK
11/17/2017 Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
11/18/2017 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
11/19/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
11/20/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
11/21/2017 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
* = no Full Of Hell
^ = with Thanatology
CATTLE DECAPITATION will be touring in support of their most recent full-length, 2015’s The Anthropocene Extinction.

New Video Of Hed PE Live In Sacramento, California

G-punk innovators (HED)Pe teamed up with Industrial Metal Veterans DOPE for their The Monster High Tour 2017 with metal rockers Ill Niño on select dates. Video from the Sacramento stop can be found streaming below.

Hope Hed PE tour

“I’m really excited about this tour” says Edsel Dope. “We have never done a proper USA Tour with (HED)Pe, or Ill Niño, so this should be a really cool experience for the fans and for all of us…Me and Jared from Hed Pe are already talking about doing some collaborations before and during the tour…

“We’ve continued to add to our production to each and every tour” Edsel says with a smile.. “The show is almost out of hand at this point”

“I am anticipating that this will be the last Dope tour for a little while” says Edsel…”Once it is over, I want to focus on finishing up the next Dope album before we hit the road again…I am looking forward to seeing of our fans and friends out there this Fall…”

“Hell yea brother! Me and Edsel are gonna bring one hell of a party to your city, so y’all can bring the weed” Says Jared Gomes..

Remaining dates are…

10/14 @ The Machine Shop – Flint , MI
10/15 @ The Agora – Cleveland, OH
10/16 @ Diesel – Pittsburgh, PA
10/17 @ Evening Star Concert Hall – Niagra Falls, NY
10/18 @ Fish Head Cantina – Halethorpe, MD
10/19 @ Whiskey Barrel – Laconia, NH *
10/20 @ Claddagh – Lawrence, MA *
10/21 @ Fete Ballroom – Providence, RI *
10/22 @ The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ *
10/23 @ The Reverb – Reading, PA *
10/24 @ Arizona Pete’s – Greensboro, NC
10/25 @ 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
10/26 @ The Abbey – Orlando, FL
10/27 @ Kelsey Theater – West Palm Beach, FL
10/28 @ Orpheum – Tampa, FL
10/30 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
10/31 @ St. Fitzgerald’s – San Antonio, TX
11/01 @ Trees – Dallas, TX
11/02 @ Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
11/03 @ The Coliseum – Lawton, OK
11/04 @ Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
11/05 @ Top Deck – Farmington, NM
11/06 @ Marquis Theatre – Tempe, AZ
11/07 @ Adrenaline – Las Vegas, NV
11/08 @ The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
11/09 @ Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
* Ill Niño Appearing

Shallow Ground guitarist/vocalist Keith Letourneau Interrogated

Hailing from Meriden Connecticut, Shallow Ground is a thrash metal band originally formed back in the mid-nineties. Comprised of like-minded individuals with a passion for playing loud, aggressive, brain-rattling music, the band is aiming to spread its brand of thrash metal to the masses. After taking a few years off, the band came back together in 2009 to record their self-titled EP. In 2013, they signed a deal with Killer Metal Records (KMR) from Germany and released their full-length debut cd, The End Of Everything.
In 2015 they went back into the studio to record their 2nd CD on KMR. This time, they recorded at Dexter’s Lab with Nick Rage of Toxic Holocaust and Jasta fame, who recorded and produced this CD entitled Embrace the Fury, which came out Nov 13th 2015.

In early 2016, Shallow Ground re-signed to KMR. 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the band with plans for new music, big shows, and an all-out assault on the ears of old-school thrash metal fans everywhere!

How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?

Black Sabbath and Kiss got me started.

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

Oh god no, lol. I’m a guitar player that happens to be the vocalist. That’s all I am.

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

Connecticut has a good metal crowd from hard core to death metal its all here. Favorite local bands from way back are Sonick Plague & CFI, 2 of my favorite Connecticut thrash bands. Sonick plague is still at it an just as good as ever. There are a ton of bands here. If I must single one out at the moment, it would be Crossing Rubicon they have that 80’s metal feel.

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

LOL, not really. It has caused nothing but trouble. And I can’t deal with drug addiction In a band I’m playing in.

How would you best describe your sound?

Thrash Harvey balls out Thrash

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

Sometimes when you have to sell 50 tix to a gig for the touring band to get paid and you get $1 a tix at 25 a tix sucks.

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

Kiss Alive and Alive 2. I wore them out and I have bought them 3-4 times. SOD and others from albums then to cassette then cd. Not I tunes

DIY forever or signing with a label at first opportunity?

We are signed to Killer Metal Records (KMR) from Germany.

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

I cant remember the biggest crowd. But I get nervous before every show.

Is commercial rock radio dead?

For me it is all classic rock same song same time of day.

Favorite songs on the new as yet to be finished album and why?

Once Again off Embrace The Fury is my favorite off last cd. from the upcoming new one will I think it will be “3lbs Down”.

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

Black Rose. just a fun tune to play.

Are there any political or social issues hidden in Shallow Ground songs?

Hidden no, it’s in plain site to see, “Class Warfare”. The name says it all.

What was the process of putting the songs in order?

Coin flip.

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

For amps – Randall. For guitars I have Strictly 7 guitars, which are awesome, awesome guitars. Just killer.

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

Overkill, Slayer, Exodus and any quality thrash band. band I would love to tour with, not really as I have meet a bunch of them and played on the same bill as them.

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

The music when Darth Vader comes out of the shuttle in the original Star Wars movie. I want that blaring as they push my casket down the isle.

SOD – Speak English or Die
Pink Floyd – The Wall
Kiss – Alive 2

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

No but thank you so much for getting Shallow Ground out there. Benjamin from Online Metal Promo is as good as they come. Thanks again be safe and thrash.

Finding Joseph I: The HR From Bad Brains Documentary

Paul “HR” Hudson is the voice of punk/hardcore pioneers and Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame nominees Bad Brains, one of the most influential bands to rise out of the 1980’s. With Bad Brains, HR harnessed the fiery potential of melding punk rock, reggae, dub, jazz-fusion, metal, and funk into a kaleidoscopic art form centered around his faith in Rasta. HR’s uplifting ethos – P.MA. (Positive Mental Attitude) – has cast a light amidst dark defiance, and inspired everyone. From the start, HR shined with charisma and positivity. His vocals were soulful and tribal, hitting us deep in our spiritual core. In performance he gave it all, from stage diving off monitors to his signature back flip. He is a punk prophet, and his legacy resonates today as it was nearly four decades ago. Finding Joseph I, The HR From Bad Brains Documentary chronicles the life, career and struggles of this iconic living legend.
This is a complex picture of a complex man. It shares his explosive artistry as well as his uphill battle with ailing mental health. In this revealing documentary, HR’s peers and fellow musicians share their stories and firsthand experiences with the tumultuous singer. HR’s own interviews find him digging deep to discuss his life, philosophies, and career. Directed By James Lathos and produced by Small Axe Films with Executive Producer Jay Mohr, Finding Joseph I features never-before- seen archival footage, photography, and exclusive interviews with HR, Earl Hudson (Bad Brains/Brother), Ras Michael, Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat/Fugazi), members of Sublime, Deftones, Fishbone, Cro-Mags, The Wailers, Living Colour and more. It also features original music from Miguel Happoldt (Sublime / Long Beach Dub All Stars) and Aaron Owens (Hepcat).
10/12 & 14 – Seattle @ Grand Illusion
10/17 & 18 – New Orleans @ Zeitgeist Arts Center
10/28 – Los Angeles @ Regent Theater ***HR and Lathos in attendance***
10/18 – London @ Komedia Picturehouse Brighton
10/19 – London @ Tramshed Cinema – Cardiff
10/21 & 22 – Switzerland @ Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival 2017
10/22 – Washington D.C. @ Lincoln Theater
10/26 – Chicago @ Brew View
10/27 – Barcelona @ IN-EDIT Festival
11/25 – Philadelphia @ PhilaMOCA
TBD – Brooklyn @ Nitehawk Cinema
Pre-order the DVD at MVDshop.com or on Amazon
James Lathos is a film maker and author living in Florida. He makes his documentary debut with Finding Joseph I: The HR From Bad Brains Documentary. Previously, he wrote the definitive tome, Finding Joseph I: An Oral History of H.R. From Bad Brains with co-author Howie Abrams (Lesser Gods). This oral history is the first fully authorized biography of the enigmatic front man.

RAM releases video for new single, “On Wings Of No Return”

Swedish heavy metallers RAM will release their striking new album, Rod, on November 3rd via Metal Blade Records! In anticipation of this release, RAM have now unleashed a full production video for the 2nd single, “On Wings Of No Return.”

RAM comments: “We assembled the same team that worked on the ‘Flame of the Tyrants’ video, to present this macabre tale of unhealthy fandom, the countryside, digestion of biohazardous waste, chainsaws and family! The song is another RAM neckbreaker that we are certain will become a live classic!”

RAM comments about Rod: “We are very proud to release our fifth studio album entitled ‘Rod’. On this album for the first time ever we wrote a conceptual story over 6 songs, something that we always wanted to do but never got right. This album contains probably our most epic moments to date but it is still definitely Heavy Metal Tyranny!”

Rod track-listing
1. Declaration of Independence
2. On Wings of No Return
3. Gulag
4. A Throne at Midnight
5. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 1: Anno Infinitus
6. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 2: Ignitor
7. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 3: The Cease to Be
8. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 4: Voices of Death
9. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 5: Incinerating Storms
10. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 6: Ashes

RAM line-up:
Oscar Carlquist: Vocals
Morgan Pettersson: Drums
Harry Granroth: Guitar
Martin Jonsson: Guitar

Vänlade Vocalist Brett “Blackout” Scott Interrogated

Vänlade is a heavy metal band with roots in Kansas City, Kansas. Over the past several years, the band has forged its brand of fast, heavy, and highly melodic music with an intense passion and energy. The band’s classic influences are worn proudly, yet Vänlade’s music is no clone or throwback. Soaring vocals, shredding dual-guitar acrobatics, and a tight, driving rhythm section are the band’s calling card. In Vänlade’s music, pure power, speed, and melody triumph over today’s metal trends of angst and dissonent chugging.

The band has released their debut album, “Iron Age” and have completed production on their up and coming sophomore album, “Rage Of The Gods.”

How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?

I got into music from the local classic rock station and listening to bands my Dad liked such as Foreigner, Boston, Ted Nugent, Styx, etc. Those are still many of my favorite bands. I went from there into Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Dio and that sort of thing early on in high school.

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

I really just got into it because Vanlade was seeking a vocalist in 2009 and I was close friends with the band at the time. My technical musical knowledge was pretty slim at the time, but I guess I had a knack for melody and I seemed to have the right direction in mind. I play just a little bit of guitar, drums and keyboard as well.

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

When we started, the local bands we looked up to were Ancient Creation, Meat Shank, and Stonehaven. We now have the Meat Shank guitarist/vocalist, Vince, in our band. The underground metal scene here is small, but it’s very loyal and friendly.

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

We come up with and forget all of our best ideas while drinking!

How would you best describe your sound?

We seem to fall in the “traditional metal” revival camp that’s been going on lately, although I think our style is faster and more technical than many of those bands. We have a lot of Metallica/Megadeth influence in our guitars, which adds a little fire to the music. Our goal is to balance melody and intensity. You could call it US power metal, or speed metal, although we don’t aim to lock ourselves into any single category.

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

I mean, in a roundabout way, it is. I can understand local promoters needing that little bit of insurance though, when I’m sure they end up out of pocket a lot of the time. I’m just not sure it’s the right way to go about it. It’s more akin to selling girl scout cookies to your aunts and uncles than actually drawing crowds and building a fanbase, and it pushes a lot of actually good bands away. I don’t think there is a 100% correct answer to the problem.

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

I think the first CD I bought with my own money was a Twisted Sister greatest hits. And I know I’ve bought two copies of both Fates Warning “Parallels” and King Crimson’s first album. I ended up giving the second King Crimson CD to a friend when I realized I didn’t actually lose the first one!

DIY forever or signing with a label at first opportunity?

Neither. We’ve had plenty of offers and have worked with several different distribution labels. Our last release was released independently but we’re always open to discussion from a label.

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

I don’t think we really get nervous. Biggest gig? That’s a tough one, but Frost and Fire II and Legions of Metal both come to mind.

Is commercial rock radio dead?

It’s definitely not of high quality these days, but I don’t know if you could say it’s dead. It’s just difficult to find anything that doesn’t suck. Luckily, that’s what the internet is for.

Favorite songs on the new as yet to be finished album and why?

We have a track called Highway Hounds that we are about to record as a single. We’ve also been playing a song called Ghost Dance that I think is going to be a really strong track.

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

Hail the Protector always gets us our best crowd reaction. It’s got a really good heavy riff and sing along chorus that seems to resonate with people.

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

The Rage of the Gods album was a concept album. It was largely a statement about the corruption of power.

What was the process of putting the songs in order?

For that album, we first made an outline for a story we wanted to present through the music. It’s basically a post apocalyptic fantasy story. We created each track around a segment of that story and it helped us draw the feel we wanted with each song.

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

There are plenty of bands we’d love to do a tour with. We’ve made a lot of friends on our tours and at the different festivals we’ve played around the country. If I had to throw out a name, Skelator is one of our longest and best contacts and we would have a blast touring with them.

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

Funeral songs: Dust in the Wind by Kansas, Feel Flows by the Beach Boys, and Take it to the Limit by the Eagles

3 albums to take to my grave: Long Live Rock and Roll by Rainbow, 2112 by Rush, and Thundersteel by Riot

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

There once was a man from Nantucket who went to facebook.com/vanlade and gave us a like. He also found us on most major streaming services and kept up with our tour schedule. Oh, and I think he came in his ear at the end of the poem.

Blue Pills Release “Bliss” Live Performance Video

Sweden based blues rockers Blue Pills have announced to release their first ever DVD/Blu Ray, entitled Lady In Gold Live In Paris, on November 3, 2017. See cover below this message.

The release features the band sold out performance at Le Trianon in Paris, France on October 30, 2016 in front of 1.200 euphoric fans.

Today the band release their performance of the song “Bliss” from said release.

Commented the band: “We are stoked to share with you that we will release a live record/ DVD which was recorded and filmed during our show in Paris at le Trianon last October on the ‘Lady in Gold Tour’. We decided to do this because we want to share our live experience with all our fans and also those fans who might have never had the chance to see us live. The live interpretation of our songs differs a lot from the studio record versions. We would call it a bit more rock’n roll, more heavy, more jam parts, more psychedelic parts – simply another experience . Playing live is what we’ve always enjoyed most. In no other situation can you connect as deep with your fans. We tried to catch the magical moments and emotions of the live atmosphere on DVD/ record for your living rooms, cars and wherever you will rock out to it. Paris was chosen because it means a lot to us to play in this beautiful city and also ‘Le Trianon’ is one of the most beautiful venues in Europe – this needed to get shared with you!“

Lady In Gold Live In Paris will include the following tracks:
1. Lady In Gold
2. Little Boy Preacher
3. Bad Talkers
4. Won’t Go Back
5. Black Smoke
6. Bliss
7. Little Sun
8. Elements And Things
9. You Gotta Try
10. High Class Woman
11. Ain’t No Change
12. Devil Man
13. I Felt a Change
14. Rejection
15. Gone So Long

The band will soon embark on an extensive tour through Norway as well as tour the UK supporting label mates BLACK STAR RIDERS and Sweden supporting legendary rockers EUROPE.

04.10. N Trondheim – Byscenen
05.10. N Oslo – Rockefeller
07.10. N Konsberg – Energimolla
12.10. N Bergen – Hulen
13.10. N Haugesund – Flytten
14.10. N Stavanger – Folken
09.12. N Porsgrunn – Rip/Sort & Bla Scene

Coming Under Heavy Fire Tour 2017
08.11. UK Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
09.11. UK Edinburgh – Queen’s Hall
10.11. UK Warrington – Parr Hall
12.11. UK Hull – University of Hull
14.11. UK Middlesborough – Empire
15.11. UK Sheffield – o2 Academy
16.11. UK Leicester – o2 Academy
18.11. UK Cambridge – The Junction
19.11. UK Portmouth – Pyramids
05.12. S Umea – Idun Teatern
06.12. S Stockholm – Annexet
07.12. S Gothenburg – Liseberghallen

The band’s most recent record, Lady In Gold, was produced by Don Alsterberg (GRAVEYARD, DIVISION OF LAURA LEE, JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ, JERRY WILLIAMS) featuring cover art by Marijke Koger-Dunham (THE BEATLES, CREAM) was released August 5, 2016

Getcha’ Pull! “Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over” DVD/CD to be Released via Metal Blade Records

With 2006’s Dimevision Vol 1: That’s The Fun I Have, fans of Dimebag Darrell and his work with Pantera and Damageplan were afforded the chance to see into the world of the legendary guitarist. Compiled from the many, many hours of video footage captured between the mid-80s and his later years, it was a funny, touching and poignant memorial.

Metal Blade Records is thrilled to announce the release of Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over – another true celebration of the man and how he lived his life – on November 24, 2017. Pre-orders are available via Metal Blade here. The DVD/CD set – which will include more raw footage, true gems and classic Dimebag moments – will also include five previously unreleased demos, picked from a vast catalog Dimebag accrued since longtime girlfriend Rita Haney gave him his first 4-track in 1984.

Beginning today at 3:33pm Texas Central “Dime Time”, a PledgeMusic campaign was launched to support the release of the set. There, you can also view an official Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over trailer. In addition to acting as a pre-order for the set, the PledgeMusic campaign includes an assortment of rare items to buy, including props and costumes that belonged to Dimebag and that you can see in his home videos/Dimevision volumes, rare stage clothing, and other merchandise. Visit the PledgeMusic page here.

Going into making Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over, Rita Haney worked in collaboration with Daryl “Bobby Tongs” Arnberger, who was not only one of Dimebag’s closest friends both on and off the road, but also worked as an official videographer for Pantera, Damageplan and a plethora of A-list musicians, from Slipknot to Dolly Parton, along with film editor Rob Fenn. After cataloguing hundreds of tapes, they chose 43 segments to create Dimevision Vol. 2.

Arnberger explains, “As we all watched, we envisioned certain segments and ideas coming to life in my head, and rather than it serving as a memorial, this second DVD is more about the vision Dime had in his head for this footage, what he actually wanted it to become. This one is more uplifting, funny, and it stays 100% true to his idea for Dimevision.”

Fans of the original know that this way of life involved a lot of whiskey, an insane amount of fireworks and a contagious desire to have fun – and like its predecessor, the title is also drawn from the words of the man himself. Having a habit of latching onto a saying or a phrase, this soon became part of his particular dialect, affectionately dubbed ‘Dime-bonics’. “It comes from something he was saying a lot in 2003 and 2004,” Haney recalls. “He’d call from the road and he’d say ‘man, I’m beat up out here, but that’s the highs and lows of rock and roll. You gotta roll with it or get rolled over.'”

“He had a unique way of seeing things, and he always lived with a video camera,” adds Haney. “No matter where we went he was always capturing what was going on, and myself and others around him were filming a lot too. In putting out these videos I just want people to see the way he was, 24/7. What you saw on stage and backstage, that was how he lived.”

Unsuspecting visitors to the couple’s home were regularly drawn in – memorable segments involve girl scouts selling cookies and Dimebag experiencing an “interesting” CPAP machine fitting – and events as mundane as taking a friend to get a pedicure become hilarious, thanks to his particular way of seeing the world. As endlessly entertaining as Dimebag was, there were of course other, deeper sides to his personality, which are also reflected in both volumes. Haney adds, “There were some really touching, deep, heavy and emotional moments in the first one, where he’s talking about himself to the camera while in the shower. Filming himself like that was something he did a lot, and you’d have no clue until you’re looking through the tapes and come across them, and when you do the goosebumps crawl all over you. People that love and know Darrell are going to be touched by what he has to say, because it’s him telling you for the first time.”

As for his included demos, Dimebag not only wrote down the lyrics and dates of everything he recorded but also his thoughts on it at the time, which Haney will also be sharing with fans. However, she’s quick to point out that no one should expect high production standards (“It’s called a 4-track for a reason!”) and that these are not ‘lost’ Pantera tracks. “These songs come from his off-time, it was entertainment to him – one of them was even inspired by a George Michael solo record coming out back in the 80s!” she laughs. “But he loved making music and he appreciated all kinds of music, whether he was making a joke of it or not, it still caught his ear, and I hope people can enjoy these songs for what they are and the spirit they were made in.”

With so much footage left over, fans can rest assured that as fulfilling as Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over is, there’s still a lot to look forward to. Haney says, “We hope to make [Dimevision] an annual thing. It will all depend on if the fans want it and support it!”

For more information visit the Metal Blade Records landing page here: http://www.metalblade.com/dimevision

Black Label Society and Corrosion of Conformity Announce North American Tour

Black Label Society have announced a hefty batch of North American tour dates today spanning coast to coast in support of their recently announced all new LP, Grimmest Hits. Support will come from legends Corrosion of Conformity on all dates. Select tour dates will see support from EYEHATEGOD and Red Fang. A full list of tour dates can be seen below.

12/27: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
12/29: Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel &Casino
12/30: Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
12/31: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub
1/02: Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
1/03: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
1/04: Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
1/05: Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
1/07: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
1/08: Montreal, QC @ M Telus
1/09: Toronto, ON @ Rebel
1/10: Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
1/12: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
1/13: Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
1/14: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
1/15: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
1/17: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
1/18: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
1/19: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
1/20: Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
1/26: St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
1/27: Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
1/28: Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
1/29: Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
1/31: New York, NY @ PlayStation Theater
2/01: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
2/02: Portland, ME @ Aura
2/03: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
2/05: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
2/06: Akron, OH @ The Goodyear Theater at East End
2/07: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
2/08: Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom Club Stage
2/09: St. Paul, MN @ Myth Live
2/11: Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians Event Centre
2/12: Edmonton, AB @ The Ranch Roadhouse
2/14: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
2/16: Grande Prairie, AB @ Bowes Event Center at Revolution Place
2/17: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
2/19: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
2/20: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
2/21: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
2/23: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
2/24: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
2/25: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
2/27: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

Dec 29 – Jan 20

Red Fang
Jan 26 – Feb 9

Feb 11 – Feb 27

TERROR UNIVERSAL Updates “Make Them Bleed” Release Date, Announces Tony Campos and John Moyer as Album Guests

Masked horror metal band Terror Universal – featuring current and former members of Ill Nino, Soulfly, Upon A Burning Body and Machine Head – recently announced their signing with Minus Head Records, as well as the completion of their debut full-length album, entitled Make Them Bleed. Originally announced as an October 2017 release, the album will now be released on January 19, 2018. Continue reading

Dawn Of Morgana Guitarist Jared Deaver Interviewed

Dawn of Morgana is a Symphonic Metal band hailing from the Sacramento Bay Area. Originally featuring Jack Gibson of Exodus on bass guitar (Jack has since been replaced by bassist Marcel Eaton due to overwhelming obligations with Exodus) and front woman Aleen Nova who lends her incredible talent and vast vocal range giving fans of Nightwish, Epica, Leaves Eyes and similar bands something to look forward to! The band stays true to their death metal, thrash metal and symphonic style roots but utilizes the memorable chorus patterns and tempo changes fans expect to keep them wanting more!

How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?


I started listening to bands like Slayer, Testament, Exodus etc. My older brother started me off hat direction.


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


I always liked the guitar parts in metal music and wanted to learn to play them. I started at 12 years old but I don’t play any other instruments.


What was the local scene in Brentwood / Sacramento / Bay Area like in the beginning, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?


The Bay Area thrash scene was killer back in the day. I also tried to emulate the local bands that had success.


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


No. I have never been involved in either and have been lucky enough to work with mostly sober players.


How would you best describe your sound?


Symphonic metal similar to Nightwish, Epica and Delain with a death metal twist.


Do you think having to do ticket pre-sales is the same thing as pay to play?


Yea, either way you have to come up with the money.


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


Decide’s – Deicide album was my first death metal album. I have purchased numerous bands albums more than once.


DIY forever or signing with a label at first opportunity?


Depends on what the label is offering and how much they want to take. It can be beneficial or detrimental.


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


We played in front of about 100 people in Concord at Red House. I still get a little nervous but I am pretty confident in our ability these days which makes it easier.


Is commercial rock radio dead?


Commercial? No, that’s all there is. Underground radio is pretty much dead though.


Favorite songs on the new album and why?


Victory or Valhalla is one of my favorites so far. It’s a very victoriously Viking inspired anthem.


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


Probably Innocence Lost. It’s all about the birth of my daughter and her being diagnosed with cancer.


Are there any political or social issues hidden in Dawn of Morgana songs ?


No. We try to stay away from those topics.


What was the process of putting the songs in order?


Technology was a big part of it. I used superior drummer and protocols to write and record a lot of the demo ideas.


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


We are endorsed by Nady wireless systems and SP Custom guitars. I would still like to get something for Sarah and Cory to help with their costs.


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


Nightwish would be a good one for us to go out with.


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


Funeral would be Embers Fade by us and three albums would be Megadeth’s – Rust in Piece, Obituary’s Cause of a Death and Death’s – Human.


Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?


Go check us out online!


Check out Dawn Of Morgana at their website here.

New Video Of Exodus Live In Sacramento, California

Bay Area thrash metal kings Exodus have collided with the Florida death metal godfathers from Obituary for another epic “Battle of the Bays” this fall. The two American legends went to war in Europe last year and are currently bringing the Battle to America this time with support from Power Trip and Dust Bolt.

The co-headlining tour kicked off September 14th in Durham, NC and ends on October 15th in Baton Rouge, LA. Tickets are still on sale and a listing of remaining dates is available below.

Oct 08 San Diego, CA The Observatory North Park
Oct 10 Tucson, AZ The Rock
Oct 11 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
Oct 12 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
Oct 14 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger *
Oct 15 Baton Rouge, LA The Varsity Theater +

^ Obituary, Exodus, Dust Bolt ONLY
* Obituary, Power Trip, Dust Bolt ONLY
+ Obituary, Dust Bolt ONLY

Exodus perform their classics Deranged, Fabulous Disaster, A Lesson in Violence, Blacklist, War Is My Shepherd & Bonded by Blood @ Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California 10/03/17 with openers Obituary & Dust Bolt in the video steaming below.

Doyle live at DNA Lounge

Doyle courtesy of Scott Martin


DNA Lounge – San Francisco, California

Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein embarked on the “Mad Monster Tour” featuring his band Doyle

Heads crushed, watch them turn into dust
there’s a black cloud forming and its covering both of us

the serpent seeks and finds a suitable home
she drags him out of the hole
and sucks him down into oblivion

i am the soul of the beast that you seek
she is all i adore
the queen of the whores

Crowbar Announces NEW Headlining Tour Dates

Tombs To Support
11.11.17 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
11.13.17 Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar*
11.14.17 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick*
11.15.17 West Hollywood, CA – Whiskey a Go Go*
11.17.17 Reno, NV – Hard Rock*
11.19.17 Eugene, OR – Old Nick’s*
11.20.17 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom*
11.21.17 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven*
11.22.17 Spokane, WA – The Pin*
11.24.17 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
11.25.17 Lincoln, NE – Duffy’s Tavern
11.26.17 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
11.27.17 Chicago, IL – Reggies
11.28.17 Toledo, OH – Frankies
11.29.17 Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre
11.30.17 Kent, OH – The Outpost
12.01.17 Clarksville, TN – The Warehouse

* = No Tri County Terror

Enslaved Unveil Stunning Music Video For “The River’s Mouth”

In exactly one week from today, black avant-garde Norwegians ENSLAVED will finally unleash their new album E and prove that for a band with more than 25 years of history, they are still reinventing themselves. While the 10-minute-long opening track “Storm Son” gave fans a taster of what to expect from the new album, the single “The River’s Mouth” reveals a heavier and more harsh side of the 14th full-length release. Watch the official video for “The River’s Mouth”, which was once again created byJosh Graham (SOUNDGARDEN, NEUROSIS).

Songwriter and guitarist Ivar explains: “‘The River’s Mouth‘ is a quite heavy track, drawing both on our rock roots and of course the foundation of everything awesome: mid-80s, mid-paced Bathory. It also includes some odd space-rock in the choruses and the end part – finally BATHORY and HAWKWIND met. I like the energy of this song a lot – both Cato and new-kid-on-the-chopping-block Håkon is doing such a great job with the psychedelic parts, the chorus and the ending. What a drive! The end sounds like travelling at insane speed through wormholes. The theme here is your relationship with the “future”, as we describe it: The sensation of time moving along is a construction of our brains – physics claims all time to already have been “rolled out”; try wrapping our brains around that one! So the future would be, speaking in tabloid; a piece of land we just haven’t arrived at yet. But it is already here. The song is about acting in tandem with your future self which already arrived at this “future island” – do not sit and wait, make sure you lay the ground for what is to happen in the future, now!”

Junkyard Tour Dates and New Music Video

Junkyard’s third full length studio album, High Water (released April 21, 2017) made huge waves upon release, selling out of initial pressings and cracking Billboard’s Top 25 Hard Rock Album Sales Chart. Fans and critic’s agree the album, the band’s first in full length 26 years, is among the strongest rock records released in 2017. Just as Festival and club dates in the UK and US wrapped in August, Little Steven’s Underground Garage snagged the first single, “Faded” as the Coolest Song in the World (week of Sept. 17).

JUNKYARD’s upcoming tour dates:

11/24 – Santa Ana, CA @ Diegos (ALL AGES w/ Mink Daggers & Cornfed Project)
11/25 – Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline Sports Bar & Grill
12/29 – Seattle, WA @ Venue TBA
12/30 – Portland, OR @ Venue TBA
2/11-16/18 – Miami to Jamaica @ Monsters of Rock Cruise
2/16/18 – Cocoa Beach, FL @ 80’s in the Park Festival
2/17/18 – Atlanta, GA @ 37 Main (18+)
The music video “CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH”, shot in various locations in US and UK, can be viewed below.

Cavalera Conspiracy Unleash ‘Insane’ Lyric Video

The brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera formed the legendarily trailblazing heavy metal band SEPULTURA as teenagers together in 1983. Across six studio albums the Brazilian punishers perfected the art of darkness and extreme music with thrash classics such as Beneath the RemainsArise andChaos AD, while exploring the underbelly of third world political issues and broadening the genre’s horizons with an exploration of indigenous culture, culminating with the landmark Roots album in 1996.

A decade after Max left SEPULTURA and meanwhile released seven successfull records with SOULFLY, the two brothers got back together in 2006 to form CAVALERA CONSPIRACY: A bold testament to the talent and power these two possess together. An invigorating mixture of speed and aggression, finest thrash power and the fiercest riffage!

Now it’s time to get ready for one of the most heaviest and hotly anticipated metal records of 2017, when the mighty CAVALERA CONSPIRACY will strike back this Fall:  ‘Psychosis‘ will be coming out on November 17th on Napalm Records!

Reckless Kelly Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of their Debut Album

The album is now available for pre-order in the form of a limited edition “Tape Baking Bundle” that includes the Millican 20th Anniversary Remastered for vinyl double LP with unreleased bonus tracks, a digital download card, Millican CD, Millicananniversary T-shirt and a Millican Koozie. Starting on October 20 all of these products will be available individually via Reckless Kelly’s merch website rkmerch.com.
“Twenty years flew by like it was nothin’, and then all of a sudden, there we were, back at Arlyn Studios listening to the masters on two inch tape,” explains Willy Braun. “When we made Millican we never thought to release it on vinyl. Cassettes were still being phased out, CDs were the new big deal, and we’d just heard about this thing called ‘the internet.’ Now that ironically, vinyl is the new big deal, we’ve decided that Millican deserves a place in the record collection. It was, after all, recorded to tape, (something that only the cool cats were doing at the time) so it seems fitting to have an all analogue version available for the die hards.”
“Twenty years flew by like we were standing still, but after all this time, this album remains the cornerstone of that signature RK sound,” said Willy Braun. “We never wanted to label it, and we never really knew what to call it so if anyone asks, just tell em’ we sound like Millican.”
Last year, Reckless Kelly released their 9th studio album Sunset Motel to great acclaim. The album debuted at #12 on the Billboard Americana/Folk Albums Chart and hit #1 on the Texas Regional Radio Report Chart and #7 on the Americana Radio Chart. The album was embraced by CONAN’s TeamCocoBillboardRolling Stone Country and many more.
1) Back Around
2) Walton Love
3) It’s All Over
4) I Still Do
5) Black & White
6) Waitin’ On The Blues
7) Hatax
8) Hey Say May
9) Drink Your Whiskey
10) Baby’s Gone Blues
11) Time Bomb
12) Wild Western Windblown Band
13) Millican

Beefcake the Mighty of GWAR Interviewed “I would Vajazzle her to death.”

The story of GWAR is carved across the history of this barren and hopeless planet, but GWAR themselves are not of this world… their story begins in the deepest reaches of outer space. Long ago, the beings who would become the rock band GWAR were part of an elite fighting force, the Scumdogs of the Universe. For eons, they served as thralls to a supreme being known only as the Master. But one by one, each future member of the band earned a glaring reputation for being an intergalactic fuck-up.
The Blood of Gods is the first GWAR album without the band’s fallen leader, Oderus Urungus. The title of the album refers to the loss of Oderus and the struggles and triumphs that produced the new sound of the band. Born of adversity, The Blood of Gods is a sonic scar… a question asked and answered… Death cannot kill GWAR. Nothing can. GWAR LIVES MOTHERFUCKERS!
Hi, I’m Nikki Knight from Spewline Productions reporting for Capital Chaos TV. I wanna thank you Beefcake the Mighty for your time out of tour busy schedule of killing and defiling villagers to answer a few Questions. So this is your first album without Oderus did you take any inspiration from him to write any of the songs?? Any communication with the otherside? 
Beefcake: This is our first album without Oderus at the Helm. We miss him very much, and he will always have an influence on us. In fact I was under the influence for the entire recording process.
You were recently on Warped Tour were you at all upset you weren’t the most offensive band due to the Dickie’s big kicked off the tour?
Beefcake: No. the Dickies aren’t offensive at all. Actually, the most offensive band on Warped Tour turns out to be Hawthorne Heights! I was completely offended that they make sad children listen to that stuff! Eww!
Gwar have killed and slain many assholes throughout your time here on this shitty planet. Who would you kill next and how??
Beefcake: The next thing I plan on killing is the Shoney’s Buffet down on Route 5. Then I would probably Kill Jennifer Love Hewitt. I would Vajazzle her to death.
Who in Gwar is the biggest diva? It has to be someone right?
Beefcake: Blóthar is definitely the biggest Diva. It turns out he accidentally ate Donna Summers and has been that way ever since.
In a time where everyone is far too sensitive and are easy to offend how do you guys keep yourselves able to do what you do? Does it make it easier for you or worse?
Beefcake: Well, I would disagree. It seems like everyone is WAY LESS sensitive now. I mean, yeah, people bicker and argue over dumb shit on the internet and threaten to kill each other, but they do that while jacking off to midget donkey fisting while also watching snuff films on the nightly news.  GWAR is having a hard time offending anyone now a days and it makes me sad 😦
Any advice for the little monsters and mutants wanting to do what you guys do?
Beefcake: Don’t bother. You can never be a living space god, unless you are synthetically engineered for it. The best you can do is take lots of drugs like us. 
So you are going to have a show in Sacramento on Nov 19th for those in Sacramento who may have never been to a Gwar concert what do they have in store for them?
Beefcake: Death. I think for this show, I’m gonna take a giant blood piss in the Sacramento River until it completely overwhelms your outdated Central Vally levees and watch your pitiful city float away down to the bay. 
Thank you so very much for this opportunity to talk with you. I hope you guys have a good time in my hometown Sacramento and you flood the town with bodily fluids like a Kardashian with daddy issues like Oderus would want you to do.

Brutalizing California Death Metal Unit The Kennedy Veil Premieres “Godslaughter”

Imperium is the impending new full-length from brutalizing California death metal unit THE KENNEDY VEIL. Slated to drop on October 20th via Unique Leader Records, the eight-track offering was produced, mixed, and mastered by Zack Ohren (Animosity, Suffocation, All Shall Perish et al) at Castle Ultimate Productions, features guest appearances by Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder, Sven de Caluwé of Aborted, and Dickie Allen of Infant Annihilator, and comes swathed in the cover art of Robert Cook.
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In advance of its release, today MetalStinks is hosting the official premiere of opening crusher, “Godslaughter.”
Issues the band, “The opening lyric of ‘Godslaughter’ simply states, ‘reclaim death.’ To us, it is a statement of remaining true to what the genre was built from, while still bringing our own ideas of modern death metal into the fold. From blast beats to slow, heavy parts, ‘Godslaughter’ has something that we think all fans of the genre can sink their teeth into.”
In related news, THE KENNEDY VEIL will embark upon the Bloodletting North America tour featuring Origin, Archspire, Defeated Sanity, Visceral Disgorge, and Dyscarnate. The trek — sponsored by MetalSucks and Indiemerch — will begin October 20th in Kansas City, Missouri and run through November 18th in Denver, Colorado. See all confirmed dates below.

THE KENNEDY VEIL: Bloodletting North America Tour w/ Origin, Archspire, Defeated Sanity, Visceral Disgorge, Dyscarnate:  
10/20/2017 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10/21/2017 Club Garibaldi – Milwaukee, WI
10/22/2017 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
10/232017 The Token Lounge – Westland, MI
10/24/2017 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
10/25/2017 Bungalow – Manchester, NH
10/26/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – New York, NY
10/27/2017 Stanhope House – Stanhope, NJ
10/29/2017 Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC
10/31/2017 Groundzero – Spartanburg, SC
11/01/2017 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
11/02/2017 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/03/2017 Walters – Houston, TX
11/04/2017 The Shrine – Tulsa, OK
11/05/2017 The Curtain Club – Dallas, TX
11/06/2017 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
11/07/2017 Jake’s Sports Cafe – Lubbock, TX
11/08/2017 Rockhouse Bar – El Paso, TX
11/09/2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
11/10/2017 Gideon’s Hall – Upland, CA
11/11/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
11/12/2017 The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
11/13/2017 Rock Hard PDX – Portland, OR
11/14/2017 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
11/15/2017 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
11/17/2017 Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
11/18/2017 The Roxy Theatre – Denver, CO

Dope live at Ace Of Spades

Dope perform @ Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California 10/03/17 with openers Hed PE, Glug, D One


Dope 10/03/17 @ Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, California

All photos by Zoran Theodorovic

Death, drugs, guns, sluts

Spoon fed hate and countless scars

I play the cards I was given
I survive for a living

Get you high for a living

I never gave a fuck
And I’m not gonna
Start with YOU!

Death, drugs, guns, sluts
God damn all of us

Sex, drugs, blood, lust
God damn all of us

You’ll be the death of me and then you’ll eat my soul
Tortured habitually I let you take control

I can’t explain it baby
You spread your wings, I start to prey
Got to believe me baby
Don’t fly away

Loincloth Issues “Bestial Infernal” Video

Virginia/North Carolina-based instrumental metal ministers LOINCLOTH have issued an official video for “Bestial Infernal,” the track hailing from the outfit’s final LP Psalm Of The Morbid Whore, which was issued last week through Southern Lord.

Packing nine new passages into a half-hour assault, Psalm Of The Morbid Whore‘s white-knuckled twists wrench in one’s gut like a rusted blade. As with their 2012-released Southern Lord debut LP,Iron Balls Of SteelLOINCLOTH returned to Pershing Hill Sound in Raleigh, North Carolina to record with Greg Elkins, while mastering was handled by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Corrosion Of Conformity, Sunn O))), Obituary) at Audiosiege. Join LOINCLOTH in their final hour of worship.
LOINCLOTH is a culmination of years of worshiping at the altar of the riff. Psalm Of The Morbid Whore arrives with the promise of absolute pummel! Guitarist Tannon Penland and drummer Steve Shelton (Confessor) return with their twisted brand of instrumental metal on the forthcoming Psalm Of The Morbid Whore, this time around also enlisting the infernal hands of Tomas Phillips on bass, who collaborated with Penland in experimental outfit Gauchiste for their self-titled 2012’s release through Little Black Cloud Records. Penland, Shelton, and Phillips were joined by guitarist Craig Hilton who contributed to composition and live sonic assaults on tour with Sunn O))) and more.

The Black Dahlia Murder launches new single, “Kings of the Nightworld”, online.

This Friday (October 6th), The Black Dahlia Murder will release their eighth full-length,Nightbringers, via Metal Blade Records – which has already become the best-selling direct-to-consumer pre-order in the label’s storied history! For a preview of Nightbringers, the new single, Kings of the Nightworld.

Rather than meticulously plan things out or stick rigidly to any kind of template, when it comes to writing, The Black Dahlia Murder prefer to let things happen organically. In the hands of guitarist Brian Eschbach – who co-founded the band with front-man Trevor Strnad in 2001 – and new recruit Brandon Ellis (Arsis, ex-Cannabis Corpse), Nightbringers is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic The Black Dahlia Murder, resulting in a collection that shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. While Strnad explores a variety of themes and ideas with his lyrics, they are united by the album’s title, which embraces a tenet that has been central to The Black Dahlia Murder‘s output since the very beginning. “Death metal and nighttime are synonymous to me,” Strnad explains. “We are the rulers of the darkened hours that the Christian good fears. A lot of archaic ideas that are still upheld – such as marriage and monogamy – came from Christianity, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, and to me, death metal has always been bucking that. It’s ‘being-the-villain music’, because we’re the enemy of Christianity, the enemy of all that is good and traditional. Death metal is for free thinkers, it’s for showing people the path to inner strength and operating on your own will, instead of being told what to do and living in fear, and songs like the title track and ‘Kings Of The Nightworld’ are about leading a legion of awakened minds into battle.”

Nightbringers track-listing
1. Widowmaker
2. Of God and Serpent, Of Spectre and Snake
3. Matriarch
4. Nightbringers
5. Jars
6. Kings of the Nightworld
7. Catacomb Hecatomb
8. As Good as Dead
9. The Lonely Deceased




Septicflesh Announces North American Co-Headline Tour with Dark Funeral, Support from Thy Antichrist

Greek orchestral death metallers, Septicflesh, released their 10th studio album, Codex Omega, on September 1st via Prosthetic Records. Next February and March, the band will bring their latest auditory onslaught on the road. The band has announce their upcoming North American co-headline tour with Swedish black metal legends Dark Funeral. Support will come from Thy Antichrist. Dates are set to be announced soon, so stay tuned.

The band says, “We’re returning to North America in Feb / March 2018 to support our new album Codex Omega, and with us, Swedish lords of the black Dark Funeral will co-bill the event to make it one of the most memorable packages to hit North America in very long time. Also also supporting the tour is Colombian/Texan black metal outfit Thy Antichrist… are you mortals ready? Dates coming soon…”

Codex Omega is available as a 2CD set, on purple wax vinyl as well as a US indie retail store exclusive on white wax vinyl, and on all digital outlets. Orders can be made at this location.

Codex Omega was produced by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Dimmu Borgir) and features 10 tracks of their trademark blend of mystical atmosphere, relentless death guitar riffing and pale melodies. Lyrically and musically, Codex Omega is by far the most infernal release from Septicflesh to date. As a bonus, the CD and vinyl LP will come with an extra disc comprised of three orchestral tracks, once again featuring the Filmharmonic Orchestra of Prague.

Codex Omega official tracklisting:

Disc One:

“Dante’s Inferno”
“3rd Testament (Codex Omega)”
“Portrait Of A Headless Man”
“Enemy Of Truth”
“Dark Art”
“Our Church, Below The Sea”
“Faceless Queen”
“The Gospels Of Fear”

Disc Two:

“Martyr Of Truth”
“Dark Testament”
“Portrait Of A Headless Man” (Orchestral Version)

“Portrait of a Headless Man” video:


Broken Hope Release New Music Video For Single,”Blast Frozen”

Broken Hope recently released their seventh studio album, Mutilated And Assimilated, via Century Media Records. The album pays tribute to John Carpenter’s classic film, The Thing, and John W. Campbell Jr’s short story, Who Goes There.

Broken Hope have now released a video for the album track “Blast Frozen”, filmed at the Underworld in London, England. Watch below:

Marquis of Vaudeville Unleash Alice In Wonderland Styled Music Video “We’re All Mad Here”

Propelling the entire world into a melodic vortex, Marquis of Vaudeville emits an extraordinary sound that spirals listeners on an utterly imaginative, musical merry-go-round. With imagination at its core, their theatrical flair intertwines progressive, carnival-esque, punk-cabaret stylings with timeworn elements of the old world and newfangled innovation. Dubbing their sound and style as “melodic mischief,” the band is thrilled to announce their forthcoming album, The Tragic Valentine,due out this Halloween via Knotwright Lane Records. The Tragic Valentinewas produced by the members of Marquis of Vaudeville, engineered and mixed by Bryan Geddie and Marquis of Vaudeville, and mastered by Derek Taylor. The band had this to say about the new record:

“The Tragic Valentine is essentially a tragic love story told through 13 songs – somewhat our own ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ with elements of mystery, magic, intrigue, & revolution. Although each song has an underlying theme that fits within the story, they also stand alone with their own individual meaning. The story ties in with the hourglass symbol that we’ve put together for the album cover (Artist: Senyphine). It represents love/loss, life/death, light/dark.”

Following their single release, “The Dreaming,” a song depicting the human desire to find the love of one’s life veiled behind a telling of The Sandman, they are thrilled to unleash a brand new track. Today the band has partnered with Artist Direct to release “WE’RE ALL MAD HERE” MUSIC VIDEO which was produced and directed by the band. The Alice in Wonderland-themed song as detailed by the band is “on the surface about spiraling downward and out of control.” They continue:

“The song presents a glimpse of mental illness and losing one’s mind while touching on being lost, but not alone – as everyone is a little crazy in their own way. The song also slips in a third sliver of meaning with social commentary about the ‘us vs. them’ mentality between governments/1% and the people of the world – as in, it’s the greedy, warmongering politicians in charge who are making the world a maddening place to live.

We knew the video had to be fantastical, but at the same time have a grounding in reality. That’s why we went with masquerade masks and all practical effects as opposed to full creature costumes and computer-generated effects. The video was 100% conceived, directed, funded, filmed, and edited by the band. It was a completely independent effort, and our fans helped with characters and costumes. We filmed over 3 states: Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma, at about 10 different locations. When we were finished filming and finally piecing together the puzzle of various footage, we knew we had shot something singularly remarkable. In the end, the video turned out to be precisely what we had envisioned – so do enjoy our twisted take on Alice in Wonderland with “We’re All Mad Here.””

Black Label Society Debut “Room of Nightmares” Video

Black Label Society have debuted their brand new music video for the first single from Grimmest Hits titled “Room Of Nightmares” which debuted first on SIRIUSXM Octane last week, directed by long time collaborator Justin Reich.

Black Label Society will release their tenth full length titled Grimmest Hits on January 19, 2018 via Entertainment One (eOne). The new effort will be the highly anticipated follow up to Billboard Top 5 charting titles Catacombs of the Black Vatican (2014) and Order of the Black (2010). In-between then and now, Zakk Wylde released Book of Shadows II, the long awaited follow up from his 1996 solo debut of the same name, which debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

“Room Of Nightmares” is available on all digital service providers and streaming services today. The track is also an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the album on iTunes now will receive “Room of Nightmares” as an instant download.

Wylde, now reunited with Ozzy Osbourne after an eight year break, has played a handful of dates with whom he refers to as “the boss,” with no signs of slowing down. The reunion kicked off over the summer with a highlighted performance at CHICAGO OPEN AIR with high profile festivals like LOUDER THAN LIFE and OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST on deck to close out the year.

One part invading horde and all parts traveling carnival party, Black Label Society traverses the world powered by caffeine and cacophony. BLS engages and inspires audiences everywhere they go, on every radio dial they burn, inviting all comers to join in and participate in their brotherhood and sisterhood of hard rock and vigor.

Now ten studio albums deep, with solo records, Ozzy shows, and Zakk Sabbath tours all kicking ass simultaneously, Black Label Society rides ever forward, fist held high.

GWAR – The Blood Of Gods – Metal Blade Records – Release Date October 20, 2017

Gwar been slaying and spewing on millions ever since their first show at P.B. Kelly’s in 1985 and throughout their career the unforgettable and irreplaceable Dave Brockie had many different influences and always experimented with their sound. Three years after his tragic passing his ocean of bohabs (gwar fans) have mourned and been looking to the rest of the band to help them carry on. Now after two Gwarbq’s and new looks at Warped Tour they are now soon to be releasing a new album. Blood Of The Gods.

There are many songs on this album like “Fuck This Place” and “EL Presidente” that seem to be follow ups to Lust in Space and Sadam A GO GO. This brings upon some nostalgia of the past. “Phantom Limb” is a song dedicated to Oderus/Dave Brockie and you cant help but think of what Oderus might’ve said back. I can see memories flow in the forefront of my mind about Dave/Oderus . There are many good songs on this album but some like ” I’ll Be Your Monster” and “Death to Dickie Duncan” fall a bit flat to me and doesn’t give me the feeling Gwar usually does. Honestly I can say that the album is ok and I do like a few of the songs although I still feel like there is something missing.

Not to sound like a whiney bohab but it honestly is missing the feel Oderus used to give the songs when he performed them. Blothar has amazing vocals and there is nothing wrong with his job at all I just feel like this is something that is difficult to assimilate to. Oderus had a more raw and aggressive sound that showed his range from low guttural growls to clean smooth notes sustained and held lengthy strides that bounce back and forth to our amazement and Blothar has a very clean high pitched voice and has a great growl like a roar Its very different in delivery of the sound and is still something I’m sure many bohab’s will enjoy.

1. “War on Gwar” 7:21
2. “Viking Death Machine” 4:15
3. “El Presidente” 4:21
4. “I’ll Be Your Monster” 3:09
5. “Auroch” 4:05
6. “Swarm” 4:33
7. “The Sordid Soliloquy of Sawborg Destructo” 4:07
8. “Death to Dickie Duncan” 3:39
9. “Crushed By the Cross” 3:57
10. “Fuck This Place” 5:08
11. “Phantom Limb” 6:10
12. “If You Want Blood (You Got It)” (AC/DC cover)

Released October 20, 2017
Recorded 2015–2017
Length 55:50
Label Metal Blade Records
Producer Ronan Chris Murphy


Author: Nikki Knight