Bleeding Gods Release First Single and Music Video!

Recently, Nuclear Blast proudly announced the signing of Dutch epic death/black metallers BLEEDING GODS and the release of their upcoming album Dodekathlon. This new record will be a concept album and is scheduled to be released on January 12th, 2018! Today, the band presents their first single with it’s corresponding music video to the song“From Feast To Beast”.

Main man and guitarist Ramon Ploeg comments the song and the video, directed by Sebastiaan Spijker“We are really proud to launch our first single ‘From Feast To Beast‘ from the new album Dodekathlon upon you! The track is about catching the Erymanthian Boar and bring it back alive to King Eurystheus. This was Hercules’ 4th labor of the series of 12 episodes concerning his penance for slaying his son, daughter and wife Megara (more info see below). Sebastiaan did an awesome job directing the video, which only shows some band shots. It is a real joy to work with him and he has a good and fast communication, which we like. We hope you will enjoy the video as much as we do!”

Primitive Race Share “Dancing On The Sun” in Honor of Late Front-Man, Chuck Mosley

On November 3rd, Primitive Race released their compelling Alternative Rock album Soul Pretender, with vocals handled by Chuck Mosely (Faith No More, Bad Brains, Cement, VUA), music by Erie Loch (LUXT, Blownload, Exageist), Mark Gemini Thwaite (Peter Murphy, Tricky, Gary Numan), Bass and song-writing from founding member Chris Kniker, and drums by Dale Crover (The Melvins). On November 9th, Chuck Mosley died after many years battling addiction, making the long awaited album the legendary front-man’s swan song. In honor of Chuck, the band has chosen to share his favorite track off of the album, “Dancing on the Sun,” and to donate 100% of 2018 album sales to MusiCares to benefit substance abuse treatments for artists battling addiction.

Says Chuck’s long-time friend Chris Kniker:
“I wasn’t prepared for any of this. Most only knew Chuck Mosley as the former singer of Faith No More; to me was a friend with whom I had formed a special bond over the past 17 years. Chuck was funny, witty, charismatic, and charming in a way that was only Chuck. He was truly one of a kind. Chuck inspired Mark, Erie, and I, and I knew we did the same for him. He felt we had created something that allowed him to grow as an artist. He was thrilled and honored to be playing on a record with Dale Crover. I was just happy to know that we made a record that I enjoyed; a group of friends creating something together. I am sure that Chuck would want us all to learn and grow from his struggles. Addiction is a horrible burden to bare for the afflicted and their loved ones. If you are or know someone who needs help don’t be afraid to ask.”

“When I listened to the music, ideas just came pouring out,” Mosley had previously stated. “I couldn’t say no to doing the record. When we completed the first few tracks, I found myself wishing I had written them. Not just the lyrics…just good heavy riffs and grooves really sucked me in. The melodies and words came super easy with this music. Even though it’s a whole different vibe it brought out a side of me I haven’t experienced since writing with Faith No More.”

In tribute to their fallen friend and bandmate, the band are streaming Mosley‘s favorite song off the album, “Dancing On The Sun“, below. You can help out with Mosley‘s final expenses at GoFundMe.

The Faceless Perform New Music In Petaluma, California…Video Steaming

In the video below The Faceless perform new music @ The Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, California 11/29/17 with Aethere, Obelisk & Hemotoxin.

The Faceless is a technical death metal band based out of Los Angeles, California. The band consists of Michael Keene on lead guitar and vocals, Ken Sorceron on lead vocals, Justin McKinney on guitar, and Chason Westmoreland on drums. The Faceless is known for pushing musical limits and experimenting with things that other metal bands have not dared to venture into, such as saxophone solos, industrial sounds, and even a sample of a crying baby. The Faceless’ music has influenced an entire generation of bands and is unanimously adored by the metal community.


A Foreign Affair Release Official Music Video for “Passing Through”

Sacramento Alternative Rock Band A Foreign Affair has released the Official Music Video for their single, “Passing Through.”  A Foreign Affair is an alternative rock band based out of Sacramento California. This dynamic group offers clean guitar verses accompanied by electronic nuances and hard hitting choruses. All the while vocalist Alex Strobaugh belts emotionally driven melodies to soothing hooks that soar over the bands instrumentally driven music.

Alex Strobaugh – Vocals
Jared Cambridge – Guitar/Synth
Nick Blevins – Guitar
Jordan Hoover-Bass/Vocals

How To Deal With Groupies.

Groupies have been entertaining band members for years. Groupies are the fans that follow a ban place to place and try to find ways to gain a connection to a band member and yes most of the time it’s sexual. Most define groupies as women but there are male groupies that follow bands. Here is how to deal with groupies and not be an utter douche bag. Don’t be that band.

1. Groupies are human beings looking for a connection to heal their broken emotions. A band can inspire many. Followers will fight till their bloody over someone disrespecting their favorite band. I’ve seen it. Groupies are no different. They look to you as someone who has spoken to their heart and helped them deal with emotional pain. Not all groupies are after your fame or money but are looking to fulfill that whole in their heart that you music cannot. It may not be true love but it’s a kind of love when someone runs away from responsibility to follow you 6 months on tour. It can be problematic and it can be obsessive. Some of these people just want to derive a true friendship with you regardless of sexual connection. They want to be apart of your experience and want you to be apart of theirs. These are human beings with feelings and probably going through some kind of emotional hell to be able to debase themselves around you so treat them with respect and be mindful of their feelings. Don’t treat them like trash and use them and dispose of them. Be honest let them know how you are and what you expect from this. Don’t play with their hearts or make them feel less than you because no one is less than anybody. This brings me to my next point.

2. Not all groupies are there for you to fuck. Sometimes they want to learn from you and get to know who you are as an individual. They are so inspires and created an idea that you are this amazing being so they are interested in getting to know the real you. Yes there are the girls/guys who just wanna have you as a notch on their belt but relatively this would be discussed prior or at least it should be. They want to befriend and help you with your issues and relate to you in some way. They feel attached to you so it’s up to you to place your boundaries firmly and not let anything get muddled up where lines are crossed and people can get hurt. Sometimes people can get hurt because they think it’s possible to be something more than a tour plaything.

3. Groupies can SAY No. Coming backstage does not relinquish any personal right to their bodies and make them your hole to fuck. It doesn’t matter if she’s drunk and giving you screw me eyes all night. If it comes down to it, and even in the middle of it, if she says no fucking stop. I know it’s confusing but feelings can change at any point of a night. Intimidating or pressuring a girl to get you off makes you an asshole whether she’s a groupie or not. Bottom line of she looks like she doesn’t wanna do it and you have to push it on her you leave her the fuck alone. You are not her keeper and you must respect people. A fan loves you enough to want to get close and follow you I believe they deserve not to get hurt.

Nikki Knight is here to let you know the happenings in the hardcore metal and punk scene from Sac to RVA. I hope you enjoy this article there is so much more to come. Please support your local scene and touring bands. Keep watching videos and stay up to date on articles for all your music needs here at Capital Chaos TV.

Watain and Destroyer 666 Announce 2018 North American Tour

In February next year Watain will return doing the first full tour for TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE, together with their brothers from Destroyer 666 as well as some very special guests to be announced later. Spread the word!

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North American Tour 2018 with
Deströyer 666
plus special guests

FEB 23 Montreal, QC, Le National
FEB 24 Quebec City, QC, Imperial Bell
FEB 25 Toronto, ON, Opera House
FEB 26 Pittsburgh, PA, Rex Theater
FEB 27 Indianapolis, IN, Emerson Theater
FEB 28 Detroit, MI, St. Andrews Hall
MAR 02 Chicago, IL, Metro
MAR 03 Minneapolis, MN, Studio B
MAR 04 Kansas City, MO, Riot Room
MAR 05 Denver, CO, Gothic Theater
MAR 06 Salt Lake City, UT, Metro Music
MAR 07 Boise, ID, Knitting Factory
MAR 09 Calgary, AB, The Palace
MAR 10 Edmonton, AB, Starlite
MAR 12 Vancouver, BC, Rickshaw Theatre
MAR 13 Seattle, WA, Studio Seven
MAR 14 Portland, OR, Hawthorne Theatre
MAR 16 San Francisco, CA, DNA Lounge
MAR 17 Los Angeles, CA, Fonda
MAR 18 Phoenix, AZ, Club Red
MAR 20 Austin, TX, Barracuda
MAR 21 Dallas, TX, Gas Monkey
MAR 23 Atlanta, GA, Heaven
MAR 24 Tampa, FL, Orpheum
MAR 25 Jacksonville, FL, Mavericks
MAR 27 Greensboro, NC, Blind Tiger
MAR 28 Baltimore, MD, Sound Stage
MAR 29 Philadelphia, PA, TLA
MAR 30 Boston, MA, Sinclair
MAR 31 New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre

Tickets available from 1 December.

JINJER Announce North American Tour With Cradle Of Filth!

No rest for the wicked! Through their unique and heavy sound, over the top live performances and the mesmerizing voice of singer supreme Tatiana, the Ukraine based band JINJER have quickly become one the most talked about names in the heavy metal landscape today. Since the release of their Napalm Records debut “King Of Everything”, they have kept a steady touring schedule including a main support slot on ARCH ENEMY’s Eastern European tour and more recently a very successful headline run of the United Kingdom. Already setting their sights on 2018, JINJER have just announced a North American tour as special guests for CRADLE OF FILTH! This marks the JINJER’s first time playing on North American soil.

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Eugene, bassist for JINJER had this to say: We’re not only excited about playing North America for the first time EVER but also about touring with legends Cradle Of Filth, whom we grew up listening to and have a lot of respect for. Being able to watch them every night and throw down to new crowds is like a dream come true. Our fans have asked us many times to tour there and it feels great to finally give them a chance to catch us live!

Make sure to catch JINJER’s North American debut together with Cradle of Filth on the following dates:

03/29/18 TX – Dallas / House Of Blues
03/30/18 TX – Houston / House of Blues
03/31/18 TX – Austin / Come And Take It Live
04/02/18 FL – Ft. Lauderdale / Revolution Live
04/03/18 GA – Atlanta / Buckhead Theatre
04/05/18 PA – Philadelphia / Theatre Of Living Arts
04/06/18 MD – Baltimore / Baltimore Soundstage
04/07/18 NY – New York / Irving Plaza
04/08/18 MA – Worcester / The Palladium
04/10/18 QC – Montreal / Corona Theatre
04/11/18 ON – Toronto / The Opera House
04/12/18 MI – Detroit / St. Andrew’s Hall
04/13/18 IL – Joliet / The Forge
04/14/18 MN – Minneapolis / Music Hall Minneapolis
04/16/18 CO – Denver / The Summit Music Hall
04/17/18 UT – Salt Lake City / Rockwell At The Complex
04/19/18 CA – Los Angeles / The Belasco Theater
04/20/18 AZ – Phoenix / The Van Buren
04/21/18 CA – San Diego / House Of Blues
04/22/18 CA – San Francisco / The Fillmore

NE OBLIVISCARIS – “Urn” (Season of Mist)

Founded in the Australian coastal city of Melbourne, Ne Obliviscaris took the inspiration for their name from the proud motto of Argyll, Scotland’s Clan Campbell which means “forget not”. From the start, this collective of exceptional musicians made it clear that they did not intend to follow any trends or walk on well-trodden paths.

Ne Obliviscaris had just released a new album in October, “Urn” via Season of the Mist. I gave it a listen and I found it quite interesting. I have never heard of this band before so I was heavily interested in checking it out. Formed in 2003, Ne Obliviscaris (pronounced; Nay Ob-li-vis-kar-is) hit the live scene February, 2006 to widespread critical acclaim throughout Australia with many hailing their unique sound, intense live shows and talented line-up.

This melodic metal band from Australia has some good points. I liked the industrial vibe of mixing the light and the dark. It felt like Placebo meets Abbath in a kind of way. It gave me the feeling of Frankenstein and his monster created a metal band. The clean singer and violinist ,Tim Charles, gives a heavenly peaceful sound in contrast to the chaotic demon like growls of Xenyor. I must say some of the songs fell flat in conveying the emotions of the heavier parts but it still painted beautiful dark pictures in my mind. The album opener “Libera (Part 1) – Saturnine Spheres” and third track “Intra Venis” are two of my faves off this record.

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I found it very interesting the way the violin, heavy guitar and drums blended together to give it a dark Victorian feel. The contrast between the singers sold it for me I just wish Xenyor pulled more emotion into his powerful voice instead of at time’s falling flat. They both are very talented and I will be checking out their previous albums because now I want to catch up and be prepared for what they will have next. If you haven’t checked out their album please do. I am quite sure you will find it interesting and it will draw you in with its hypnotically vibrant sound and dark tone. Please keep following Capital Chaos TV and I for your music news and reviews. please check out my next Coast to Coast review where I bring you the best from Sacramento and Richmond VA, two of my home towns.

Check out Ne Obliviscaris, on the remaining dates of their tour with Allegaeon and grab a copy of their new album, online here or at a record store near you.

28 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
29 – Ft. Worth, TX – Rail Club
30 – Houston, TX – Acadia Live

1 – Austin, TX – Come & Take It Live
3 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
4 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room


Author: Nikki Knight

Exhumed “Death Revenge” in Richmond, Virginia – Live Show Review

Hey there, it’s Nikki Knight bringing you once again, a review of another awesome Metal show! This time it is Gore Metal God’s Exhumed with Arkaik, Disintegrated & Loud Night at Strange Matter in Richmond, Virginia. Allow me walk you through my awesome night full of metal, moshing and mayhem.

First to hit the stage was Loud Night, and yes they were indeed loud and awesome. The guitar riffs and bass were amazing. The drummer pounded the drums as if to pound away flesh. The music was great and high energy. The vocalist had a powerful voice and took control of the crowd. He made us laugh in between songs. This was a definite good choice to have them open this show

After a smoke break, and a little praying to the booze God’s that someone offers to buy my broke ass a beer (successful), Disintegrated came on to the stage. This is an awesome grindcore band. The fast rhythm of the drums, pummeling your face, took off with the excellent riffs of the guitar and bass. The lead singers vocals were deep and guttural. The power in his voice, vibrated through out the whole crowd. They didn’t take too long, in between songs to get started on the next one. It was like rapid attack of mosh worthy grindcore metal. I truly enjoyed their set.

Next up was Riverside, California’s Arkaik. They have a new album “Nemethia” that came out on Unique Leader Records in September. Definitely check them out because they are not ones to miss. The technicality of the guitarists riffs, were amazing and so fast you can hardly see their fingers. The crowd ate them up and so did I. The vocalist had very strong and powerful range. He kept checking in on the audience maintaining our full focus. He introduced a few new songs, and I will be honest I am interested in this new album and I haven’t even heard the first ones. This show has made me a fan.

Now for the part we had been waiting for, Exhumed. On this tour they are introducing their 6th album on Relapse Records, “Death Revenge”, which is a concept album, that takes place in the late 1820s in Edinburgh, Scotland and tells the macabre tale of a series of brutal murders where the victims’ cadavers were sold to anatomists, amid a grisly underground trade of grave-robbery. The show opens up with the eerie “Death Revenge Overture”, red lights and low billowing fog setting the tone. A masked mad scientist, comes out on stage to get the crowd ready, as the band is getting together on stage. Matt Harvey brings the songs to life with his voice and creates a feeling of chaotic wonderment. The band works well together bouncing off each others energy. The sound of the guitars bass and drums, along with the vocals create a fun filled environment. The mosh pits were rolling as a drunk girl, hops up on stage, partying it up, as the band continues to play and we’re quite patient with her as security helped her off the stage. I helped keep her busy moshing, with having her almost knock me over.

Then the masked man came back with a chainsaw wielding it through the crowd as everyone cheered. He then put some sort of electric helmet on the guitarist ,and electrocuted him as he played a solo riff, and came back to life, with the masked man handing him a beer, because of course beer helps heal that sort of thing. As the set progressed, more people started to move around and mosh, people were so in awe, a very memorable new friend screamed “I would suck dick for this band!”. Near the end of the set, the masked man pulls out this coffin, and opens it up revealing a dead body. He takes the head and sprays the front row with blood. After the last song people kept clamoring for more so they did two encore songs. I did not want this show to end. Be on the look out for tour dates near you, and definitely check out their new release, “Deaths Revenge” currently availble at all of your favourite music outlets.

Image may contain: 4 peopleCheck out Exhumed, on the remaining dates of this tour, with Arkaik and grab a copy of their new album, online here or at a record store near you.
11/27/2017 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
11/28/2017 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
11/29/2017 Sonia’s – Boston, MA
11/30/2017 Fuzebox – Albany, NY
12/01/2017 Buzzbin – Canton, OH
12/02/2017 Pike Room – Detroit, MI
12/03/2017 Northside Yacht – Cincinnati, OH
12/04/2017 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
12/05/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL
12/06/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
12/07/2017 Vaudeville Mews -Des Moines, IA
12/08/2017 89th Street – Oklahoma City, OK

Set list….Death Revenge Overture, Defenders of the Grave, Lifeless, Decrepit Crescendo, Casketkrusher, Torso, Limb from Limb, Dead End, Night Work, Waxwork, Unspeakable, Distorted and Twisted to Form, Coins Upon the Eyes, As Hammer to Anvil, Open the Abscess

I’m here to let you know the happenings in the hardcore metal and punk scene from Sac to RVA. I hope you enjoy this article there is so much more to come. Please support your local scene and touring bands. Keep watching videos and stay up to date on articles for all your music needs here at Capital Chaos TV.

80’s Thrash label giant Combat Records to relaunch in 2018

So we have a huge announcement to make. And, for once, that is really, truly, an understatement. We have teased this for a while, but now the cat is officially coming out of the bag. Most of you will remember Combat Records as one of the seminal thrash labels of the 1980s, their most prominent artist being, of course, Megadeth (the COMBAT imprint appeared on all MEGADETH releases through COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION.) Combat was also home to Helstar, Circle Jerks, Exodus, Nuclear Assault, and many more of the most influential Metal and Punk bands of all time.

After a handful of ownership changes and weird attempted reboots, COMBAT went dormant in the early 2000s, the catalog got absorbed by SONY, and the label itself ceased to exist. In 2016, Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, with his partner Thom Hazaert from EMP Label Group, did the due diligence to research and acquire the intellectual property for the COMBAT RECORDS brand, and bring it home to the EMP family.

With the UTMOST respect to the legacy of the past, COMBAT will relaunch in 2018 as an imprint of EMP LABEL GROUP, releasing not only new releases from classic Thrash and Metal artists, but as a home for new and up and coming artists as well. It is an honor and a privilege to resurrect one of the World’s most recognized and beloved Metal brands, that has been such an instrumental and important piece of David’s history and legacy.

This is really only HALF the story, as we have secured some releases from mind-blowing legendary artists that we are dying to announce.. Look for a full press release coming later this week with more details, info on some releases, etc. But all things in good time. Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare for COMBAT. Via EMP Label Group

Hopsin Releases 8th Album ‘No Shame” & “ILL Mind of Hopsin 9” Music Video

300 recording artist, Hopsin has released his 8th studio album, No Shame, which is available at all digital music retailers and streaming services here.

No Shame is a visionary compilation of 17 tracks recorded and produced by Hopsin. Leading up to the exciting album release, Hopsin has released numerous music videos like “The Purge” and “Witch Doctor” for his fans, who have been inquiring about the rapper 2 year-long break from the music industry.

One of hip-hop’s most talked about lyricist celebrated the release of No Shame by hosting 6 listening parties, in 6 different places around the world, within 6 days. Hospin greeted fans from Amsterdam (11/16), London (11/17), New York (11/18), Toronto (11/19), Denver (11/20), and Los Angeles (11/21) with an exclusive listen to the album and a mind-blowing performance.

No Shame marks Hopsin’s first release in since his widely acclaimed 2015 album, Pound Syndrome. Since Pound Syndrome, Hopsin has evolved as a man and came to terms with his past and this new album reflects that.

No Shame is filled with internal conversations and self-acceptance. Hopsin kicks with “Hotel In Sydney.” He’s in conversation with a police officer, as he relives his devastating arrest in Australia. Hopsin’s fans most anticipated release, “ILL Mind of Hopsin 9,” is an ode to his 10 month-old so, whom he has never met before. Hopsin’s anger is reduced to a calmness, he is vulnerably honest with his choices and aims to change their strained relationship. An unexpected track from Hopsin, who is usually satirical and passionately loud is “Marcus’s Gospel ft. Michael Speaks,” referring to his real name ‘Marcus,’ he dislikes his public and private persona. Throughout No Shame, Hopsin shares his struggle with adapting to his current ‘miraculous’ reality.

Hopsin peels back his truth on No Shame and delivers nothing short of a compelling body of work that walks his fans and new listeners through his own trials and tribulations. No Shame is available now on all streaming platforms and the music video for “ILL Mind of Hopsin 9” is out now!

Kirk Windstein of Crowbar Interviewed in Sacramento, California

In the video below, Kirk Windstein of Crowbar talks musical heroes, new Crowbar music, past record label experiences, playing with Overkill and more with Iron Serbian of Capital Chaos TV on their recent stop in Sacramento, California.

Crowbar is an American heavy metal band formed in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1990. Through infusing a slow, low-keyed, brooding doom metal sound with hardcore punk aggression, they pioneered sludge metal alongside other bands of the New Orleans heavy metal scene such as Eyehategod, Soilent Green, Acid Bath, and Down.

Russian Progressive Rockers STARSOUP Streaming New Song

Russian progressive rockers STARSOUP have released new single “Your World is Dead,” a track from forthcoming album Castles of Sand. You can stream it below.

STARSOUP will release sophomore album Castles of Sand digitally on November 20 and on CD December 1 via Metalism Records.

After inspiring debut album Bazaar of Wonders (2013, Sublimity Records), the band took a break due to leader Alexey Markov taking part in his other projects DISTANT SUN (power/thrash metal) and GARAGE DAYZ (Metallica S&M Tribute Show).

But the long wait will be worth it! Castles of Sand is even more eclectic than the debut album with thrash metal, soft rock, progressive, folk and singer-songwriter tracks mixed together. The album will certainly appeal to the fans of QUEENSRYCHE, PAIN OF SALVATION and CIRCLE II CIRCLE.

There will be two versions of the CD available: a standard jewel case with 12-page booklet and a deluxe digipack with 24-page color booklet, a STARSOUP guitar pick, and stickers. The CD versions also include two bonus tracks (“Light Up the Stars” and “Road to Sunset”). Digital pre-orders are available here on iTunes.

EXHUMED To Begin US Headlining Tour This Week; Death Revenge Out Now

Gore metal maniacs EXHUMED will kick off their US headlining tour this week. Set to begin November 15th and run through December 8th, the trek follows the band’s recent performance at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest. Support will be provided by Arkaik. See confirmed dates below.

EXHUMED will be touring in support of latest full-length, Death Revenge. The band’s sixth full-length sees them tread into ambitious new territory with their first concept album: a musical melodrama in thirteen parts based on shocking true events. Death Revenge takes place in the late 1820s in Edinburgh, Scotland and tells the macabre tale of a series of brutal murders where the victims’ cadavers were sold to anatomists, amid a grisly underground trade of grave-robbery. Recorded with producer Jarrett Pritchard (Goatwhore, Eternal, Gruesome), Death Revenge takes the band’s signature gore-drenched, death metal mayhem to theatrical and ghastly new depths.

EXHUMED w/ Arkaik:
11/15/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
11/16/2017 The Garage – Ventura, CA
11/18/2017 Beauty Bar Las Vegas, NV
11/19/2017 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
11/21/2017 Alamo City Music – San Antonio, TX
11/22/2017 White Oak – Houston, TX
11/24/2017 Club 529 – Atlanta, GA
11/25/2017 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
11/26/2017 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
11/27/2017 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
11/28/2017 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
11/29/2017 Sonia’s – Boston, MA
11/30/2017 Fuzebox – Albany, NY
12/01/2017 Buzzbin – Canton, OH
12/02/2017 Pike Room – Detroit, MI
12/03/2017 Northside Yacht – Cincinnati, OH
12/04/2017 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
12/05/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL
12/06/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
12/07/2017 Vaudeville Mews -Des Moines, IA
12/08/2017 89th Street – Oklahoma City, OK

MASQUED Guitarist Eric Halpern Interrogated

A sextet of musicians from the Houston, Texas area, Masqued contains some veterans within the underground metal scene, especially to those who follow power, progressive or thrash. Guitarist Eric Halpern has ties to Helstar, Destiny’s End, and Leatherwolf, drummer Jon Allen with Testament, Sadus, and Dragonlord, plus bassist Shane Dubose and keyboardist Adam Rawlings spent time with Eric in Z-Lot-Z. Masqued is the latest foray together, rounding out the lineup with second guitarist Drew Creel and vocalist Steffany Johnston. Via Dead Rhetoric.

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

Music was always around my house with radio and vinyl records. My step-dad played guitar, so that got me started at an early age. I got more into rock and metal from friends in school.

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

Like I said, I started on guitar at home with my step-dad. I don’t play any other instruments.

What was the Houston 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?

When I arrived here in 1989, the rock scene was really good. All of the live music clubs were packed every weekend. I really liked STRIDE back then. Now, I’m not as much into the local scene, so it’s hard to say.

How would you best describe your sound?

American progressive power metal.

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

The first music, I don’t even remember. But I have bought many Priest, Sabbath, Accept and Maiden records!

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

My biggest show probably was playing Bang Your Head festival with Helstar. I was nervous then, but normally are not.

Is commercial rock radio dead?

I don’t listen to it, so I don’t know. lol

Favorite songs on the new album and why?

Probably ‘Hypnotize’ is my favorite. I like the chorus hook and the vocals and riffs that change up through out the song.

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

The Call

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

We are not really a political band, but I think the lyrics touch on various topics that include politics and social issues.

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What was the process of putting the songs in order?

We just tried to find an order that flows well.

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

I personally don’t have any, but certainly would be interested in them. An Ibanez or Mesa endorsement would be wonderful! Shane recently picked up a DNA bass amp endorsement. Some of the other guys have endorsements, but I’m not sure who has what, so I won’t speculate.

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

I’d love to tour with Priest, but we may be a bit late for that. ha ha I’d like to meet and talk with Glenn Tipton, Tony Iommi and Steve Vai.

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

I don’t want to speculate on my funeral, but as for albums…..Mercyful Fate – Don’t Break the Oath, Accept – Restless and Wild, and one of my favorite guitar albums – Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush – What’s Next?.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

I’d like to say thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope the fans enjoy our new CD and just know that we all really appreciate the support!!

TWIZTID Presents New Label Showcase Album, “Year Of The Sword”

It’s no secret that 2017 has been a huge year for Twiztid and their massive underground label empire, Majik Ninja Entertainment. From signing huge rappers like Young Wicked and L.A.R.S. (Bizarre of D12 and King Gordy), to representing at New York Comic Con and even announcing their own pop culture convention, Astronomicon, Majik Ninja is truly changing the game, expanding outside of the music world into crossover culture while growing more indisputable every minute.

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And let us not forget one of the biggest accomplishments of them all – each and every album that has been released via Majik Ninja Entertainment in 2017 has hit the charts. Every. Single. One.

In celebration of this year’s accomplishments and the underground’s brightest music stars, Twiztid and Majik Ninja Entertainment are giving back to supporters just in time for the holidays with the release of their upcoming full-length label showcase album, Twiztid Presents: Year Of The Sword. This isn’t a compilation album of days of old – featuring tracks that have already been out for a year – this is 14 brand new, blazing tracks of MNE rappers joining together on each track, all available on one album.

Twiztid Presents: Year Of The Sword features every single currently signed Majik Ninja Entertainment artist – including L.A.R.S., Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Young Wicked (and AMB), The R.O.C., Boondox, G-Mo Skee, Lex The Hex Master, Gorilla Voltage, and of course, Twiztid. What’s more, this is a double disc album including an entirely separate bonus disc including a brand new track from each artist/group signed on MNE.

Twiztid Presents: Year Of The Sword is available for pre-order now via digital retailers here (disc one only) and can be ordered in physical format (discs one and two) along with several exclusive bundles here. A few tracks are already available digitally as instant-grats, so make sure to take a look below to see which ones you can get with a digital buy.

MORBID ANGEL – “Kingdoms Disdained” (Silver Lining Music)

Anybody remember Illud Divinum Insanus? The total departure of Morbid Angel’s genre defining sound that set the blue print for countless death metal bands to follow. Well throw that shit out of the window, because Morbid Angel is BACK! Not just back for putting out another album, but back to remind everyone that they are kings of death metal. Kingdoms Disdained is an album that from the first tack, “Piles Of Little Arms”, that just kicks you’re ass in the best way a death metal album can. With the departure of David Vincent doing his Outlaw Country thing, Steve Tucker is right back where he belongs. His vocals sound great on this album and it’s good to hear him back in the fold.

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As much as it is refreshing to hear Steve Tucker growl his way through this album, it’s even better to hear Trey Azagthoth do what he does best, which is come up with insane riffs that is like putting on an old jacket that you’ve missed for so long. Scott Fuller on drums does a good job trying to replace the shoes that can never be replaced with the departure of Pete Sandoval. This album screams redemtion, and we love it!

From the blistering album opener “Piles Of Little Arms”, to the closer “The Fall of Idols”, this album truly is a great Morbid Angel album. Some standout tracks are “Fear No Master”, “Piles Of Little Arms”, and “From The Hands Of Kings”. The only filler, or weak song on this album, is “Garden Of Disdain”, which to me has a liittle to much of a hardcore vibe to it. Other than that singular stand alone track, this truly is a return form for the Tampa Bay death legends. Songs such as, “Declaring New Law”, to “The Pillars Crumbling”, there is something there for die-hard Morbid Angel fans who lost “faith” in the band with the release of their last album. So throw out Illud Divinum Insanus” and grab ahold of “Kingdoms Disdain” and let yourself go to the good ole days when Morbid Angel were the trendsetters of this often overlooked genre. Welcome back Morbid Angel, about fucking time!!!!!!


Author: John Adams

ALTERBEAST Announce 2018 Release Date For Feast Album

Sacramento, Ca based tech death powerhouse ALTERBEAST have returned with their highly anticipated sophomore album Feast, which will see a February 23rd release date via Unique Leader Records. The nine track offering was engineered and mixed by Zach Ohren (Immolation, Fallujah, Carnifex) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, Ca and mastered by John Scrip at Massive Mastering.


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Feast showcases ALTERBEAST’s most interesting material to date. With their distinctive mix of old school melodic shred and blistering, modern death metal the band has unleashed an album that will keep fans headbanging from start to finish. With a newfound confidence and songwriting prowess honed through years of touring, Feast is the sound of a band truly coming into their own.

Says founding guitarist Andrew Lamb of the effort, “I’ve never been more proud of a record then I am with Feast. We poured our hearts, souls, hate, and malice into this album, and I think it really shows. With the addition of Michael’s ‘take no prisoners’ vocals, and Alex Bent’s ‘Beast-Mode’ style drumming; Feast is hands down our best album yet, and it will remind everyone that Wolftang Clan ain’t nothin’ to fuck with.”
Vocalist Michael Alvarez adds, “When listening to the rough pre production I was immediately blown away at the how awesome the songs were! Both Andrew and Alex really killed it, inspiring me to deliver some of the best vocal tracks I have ever recorded!” I’m truly honored to have taken part on this record and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we enjoyed writing and recording it!”
Feast pre-orders + lyric video to be announced in the coming weeks.
FEAST track listing:
1. Welcome to Your Doom
2. The Maggots Ascension
3. Black Flame Illumination
4. Feast
5. Vile Skin Posession
6. Apex Night Eclipse
7. Coffin Crescendo
8. Where Dead Angels Lie (Dissection Cover)
9. Upon the Face of the Deep



New Entire Performance Video Of Tombs Live In Crockett, California

Video of TOMBS’s entire Crockett, California performance can be seen below. Brooklyn, New York’s TOMBS are currently on a near-three-week run of US dates supporting Crowbar. The trek began on November 11th and runs through December 1st, the band’s latest trek follows their recent mini tour with 1349 and labelmates Goatwhore leading to their performance at this year’s edition of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest. Additional support will be provided by Incite and Tricounty Terror on select shows. See all remaining dates below.
TOMBS w/ Crowbar, Incite:

11/20/2017 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
11/21/2017 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
11/22/2017 The Pin – Spokane, WA
11/24/2017 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO ^

11/25/2017 Lucky’s Tavern – Lincoln, NE ^
11/26/2017 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA ^
11/27/2017Reggie’s – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s ^
11/28/2017 Frankie’s – Toledo, OH ^
11/29/2017 Castle Theater – Bloomington, IN ^
11/30/2017 The Outpost – Kent, OH ^
12/01/2017 The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN ^
^ w/ Crowbar, Incite, Tricounty Terror

Coast To Coast: Sacramento, California To Richmond, Virginia

It’s me Nikki Knight, here again to review some bands for Capital Chaos TV. With Spewline Productions, I have had the opportunity, to meet some really great people and bands. I started in Sacramento, California and now I’m here in Richmond Virginia. I have had the opportunity to check out both scenes, so I decided I will start letting both coasts know about up and coming artists from both scenes.

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Sacramento is home to many different kinds of music, and punk is huge in the scene. Killer Couture is a great electronic punk band, with a heavy industrial sound and true hardcore vocals and energy. Front man Seth Draven brings high energy and powerful vocals, set to the sound of synthesizers, with Captain Hook laying down on various pieces of metal, creating the chaotic ambiance that makes you want to dance and mosh. Killer Couture has been playing a lot of shows and had one recently with Cory Feldman & The Angels . I watched them grow, as I booked them with Spewline Productions and I am a very proud punk mama. Check out their band camp here of you haven’t heard of them yet. Don’t Miss out!!

Richmond Virginia, like Sacramento has a huge and diverse local music scene, along with a giant art community. Home of Gwar and poet Edgar Allan Poe, the influences you can find are never ending. A few days ago I lucked out and got to see a Toxic Moxie show. They call themselves disco punk and they are awesome as fuck! They have a feel that makes me think of a mixture of TSOL and Bikini Kill. Their vocalist, Sera Stavroula, has a super strong voice and she commands the stage with it. Harley Kordella on synthesizer/bass keeps the melody flowing and had me enchanted the whole entire time. Justin Shear on guitar shredded beautifully as Danny Crawford kept the beat. It was high energy and very engaging. There was not a dull moment. Keep an eye on these guys! Check out their website here page.

From coast to coast and from my old home town to the new; I bring you Awesome bands to put on your gotta see list and gotta playlist. We gotta support our local artists and local scene. Keep reading, there is more to come, when I introduce you next, to more of my favorites.

New Entire Performance Video Of CROWBAR Live In Crockett, California

Video of Crowbar’s entire Crockett, California performance can be seen below. Also on the line up were Tombs & Incite. Crowbar had announced a new tour coming late this fall, bringing along Tombs and Incite as support and featuring Tricounty Terror at a few select shows. Remaining dates are as follows.

11/20 Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
11/21 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/22 Spokane, WA @ The Pin
11/24 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep w/ Tricounty Terror
11/26 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews w/ Tricounty Terror
11/28 Toledo, OH @ Frankies w/ Tricounty Terror
11/29 Bloomington, IN @ Castle Theatre w/ Tricounty Terror
11/30 Kent, OH @ The Outpost w/ Tricounty Terror
12/1 Clarksville, TN @ The Warehouse w/ Tricounty Terror


KREATOR Reveal Record Store Day’s Black Friday Picture Disc

German thrash titans KREATOR partnered with Record Store Day to release a black Friday Exclusive. On November 24th, a limited edition (1,000 copies) of “Hail To The Hordes” on picture disc vinyl will be available EXCLUSIVELY at your local indie record stores!

To find a participating retailer in your area, Check out the following websites:

“Hail To The Hordes” is off the bands highly-acclaimed 14th album, Gods Of Violence. It was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Jens Bogren (OPETHAMON AMARTHKATATONIA) who also mixed the record at renowned Fascination Street Studios. Mastering was also completed at Fascination Street Studios by Tony Lindgren.

KREATOR is uniting with Swedish heavy metal heroes and label mates SABATON for the ultimate North American co-headlining trek. The 24-date tour kicks off on Thursday, February 8. 2018 at The Van Buren in Phoenix, Arizona and will make stops in Los Angeles, Montreal, and Philadelphia before concluding at Jannus Landing in Tampa, Florida on March 10th.

Nuclear Blast’s Symphonic and Thrash metal artists collide for an unforgettable experience filled with high energy and extradorniary musicianship.

SABATON will be touring in support of their highly-acclaimed eighth album, The Last Stand. Check out the the lyric video for “Sparta” which chronicles the story of the most iconic last stands battle of Thermopylae.

KREATOR is touring in support of Gods Of Violence which entered the world charts at #16. Watch the music video for ‘Satan Is Real’ on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

Dates for the 2018 SABATON & KREATOR North American co-headlining tour are:
02/08/2018 The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
02/09/2018 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
02/10/2018 The UC Theater – San Francisco, CA
02/12/2018 Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
02/13/2018 Showbox – Seattle, WA
02/14/2018 The Vogue Theater – Vancouver, BC CANADA
02/16/2018 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB CANADA
02/17/2018 The Palace – Calgary, AB CANADA
02/19/2018 Revolution – Boise, ID
02/21/2018 The Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
02/22/2018 The Truman – Kansas City, MO
02/23/2018 The Myth – Minneapolis, MN
02/24/2018 Orpheum – Madison, WI
02/26/2018 20 Monroe – Grand Rapids, MI
02/27/2018 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
03/01/2018 The Phoenix – Toronto, ON CANADA
03/02/2018 Metropolis – Montreal, QC CANADA
03/03/2018 House of Blues – Boston, MA
03/04/2018 The Paramount Theater – Huntington, NY
03/06/2018 The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
03/07/2018 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
03/08/2018 The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
03/09/2018 Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA
03/10/2018 Jannus Landing – Tampa, FL

Robert Vigna of Immolation “You’re going to have to atone for those sins for sure, no doubt about that.”

In the video below Robert Vigna of Immolation talks 2018 tour plans, the current state of death metal, the old days of tape trading, zines and more with Iron Serbian of Capital Chaos TV

On the current women coming forward about sexual harassment and assault climate….

“I’m definitely not oblivious to it, its like wildfire now, stuff like that happens, at least now it’s starting to come out, you know what I mean. Obviously its not a good thing, its a crazy..that particular industry seems to be right now, alot of its in the entertainment industry, its a crazy industry. Alot of whats coming out right now is in the Hollywood industry, the big boys ya know. it is what it is. You’re going to have to atone for those sins for sure, no doubt about that.”

On 2018 tour plans…

“We are probably looking to do possibly another support one early next year and then probably for our 30th anniversary we’re planning on doing something towards the end of the year, hopefully here and in Europe to kind of like go through like a headline tour kind of celebrating the 30th anniversary. That’s the plan right now.”

New York death metal giants, Immolation, are pleased to announce they will be touring the United States again this November in support of their critically acclaimed release, Atonement.

“We are very excited to announce that we will be hitting the road here in the States in November,” commented vocalist/bassist Ross Dolan. “We will be supporting the legendary Mayhem from Norway, and along with Black Anvil, we are looking forward to bringing a show that’s extreme and dark to all the fans. It is an honor for us to be sharing the stage with the band that truly pioneered the Norwegian Black Metal scene and can’t wait to get out there once again! See you all in November!”

Immolation w/ Mayhem, Black Anvil remaining tour dates.
Fri/Nov-17 San Diego, CA – The Observatory Northpark
Sat/Nov-18 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda
Sun/Nov-19 Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre
Tue/Nov-21 Austin, TX – Mohawk
Wed/Nov-22 Houston, TX – White Oak
Fri/Nov-24 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
Sat/Nov-25 Jacksonville, FL – Mavericks
Sun/Nov-26 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
Mon/Nov-27 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
Tue/Nov-28 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
Thu/Nov-30 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
Fri/Dec-01 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage
Sat/Dec-02 New York, NY – Irving Plaza

Cavalera Conspiracy Premiere Video For ‘Spectral War’

Bow your heads down to the Cavalera brothers, and a heavy release day to the thrash metal legends! Today the brand new album ‘Psychosis‘ by CAVALERA CONSPIRACY has been released on Napalm Records, but to celebrate this very special day, the band has now also unleashed an official music video for the track ‘Spectral War‘!

Says Max Cavalera:
Our new video “Spectral War” was directed by the great tattoo artist, Paul Booth. It focuses on the idea of manipulating war through the ages! I’m very excited for the release of “Psychosis!” Death/Thrash Metal is back to set the world on fire!!!”

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 and teamed up with guitarist Marc Rizzo in 2006 to form CAVALERA CONSPIRACY: A bold testament to the talent and power this band possess together. An invigorating mixture of speed and aggression, finest thrash power and the fiercest riffage!

Psychosis‘ is the fourth installment from the most lucent export of Brazil: The Thrash Metal-masters dive deep into the mire of human panic and anxiety states. This is the soundtrack to your worst sickness, a most sinister Thrash-psychoses that rip the scabs from old wounds.

With ‘Psychosis‘ CAVALERA CONSPIRACY are able to reanimate the intensity of the good old 80s thrash, black and death metal. These brothers have outlived all the crazy eras of metal and remain more stable and frightening than ever! ‘Psychosis‘ is terrific, in the truest sense of the word. You won’t find any thrash metal on the planet that could boast more brutal!

CANNIBAL CORPSE lands on international charts with new album, ‘Red Before Black’!

CANNIBAL CORPSE recently released their new album, ‘Red Before Black’, via Metal Blade Records; for their efforts, the band has now entered the international charts! See below for all positions:

Germany #16
Czech Republic #24
Austria #29
Switzerland #29
France #75

Top 200 Current Albums #21 (USA)
Hard Music Albums #2 (USA)
Independent Albums #4 (USA)
Rock Albums #5 (USA)
Top 200 # 95 (USA)

Top 200 Charts #20 (Canada)
Hard Music Charts #1 (Canada)
Digital Music Charts #38 (Canada)

To preview and purchase ‘Red Before Black’, please visit:

Many words come to mind when you hear the name CANNIBAL CORPSE, but one truly defines the soon-to-be thirty-year death metal veterans: Unstoppable. Produced by Erik Rutan (Hate EternalGoatwhore), Red Before Black serves to not only reiterate this but to once more raise the stakes, making it very clear who sets the standard when it comes to always compelling music that is equally brutal and complex. Moreover, the band have pushed themselves again, ensuring that it stands out from their catalog. “Throughout our career we’ve tried to improve the precision of both our musical execution and our album production, while still maintaining full-on aggression. ‘Red Before Black’ continues in that direction, but might go even further on the aggressive side of things. It’s definitely precise, but it has a rawness to it that goes beyond anything we’ve done recently,” asserts bassist Alex Webster. “We really worked super hard crafting these songs, practicing them, and getting them where we wanted to be more so than on any of our previous albums,” adds drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz. “And as Alex said, musically I think it’s the most raw sound we’ve had – and at the same time I think it’s our most focused, tightest and catchiest record.

“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!” Capital ChaosTV

In support of ‘Red Before Black’, CANNIBAL CORPSE will head out overseas in early 2018 for a European trek with The Black Dahlia MurderNo Return, and In Arkadia. See below for all dates.

w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, No Return (Feb. 9-25), In Arkadia (Feb. 27-Mar. 18)
Feb. 9 – Hannover, Germany – Musikzentrum
Feb. 10 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Feb. 11 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers
Feb. 12 – Stockholm, Sweden – Klubben
Feb. 13 – Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
Feb. 15 – Kolding, Denmark – Godset
Feb. 16 – Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan
Feb. 17 – Geiselwind, Germany – Music Hall
Feb. 18 – Bochum, Germany – Matrix
Feb. 20 – Kassel, Germany – 130bpm
Feb. 21 – Prague, Czech Republic – Palac Aropolis
Feb. 22 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Majestic Music Club
Feb. 23 – Munich, Germany – Backstage
Feb. 24 – Magdeburg, Germany – Factory
Feb. 25 – Stuttgart, Germany – im Wizemann
Feb. 27 – Geneva, Switzerland – L’Usine
Feb. 28 – Milan, Italy – Live Club
Mar. 1 – Grenoble, France – Belle Electric
Mar. 2 – Toulouse, France – Le Metronum
Mar. 3 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27
Mar. 4 – Madrid, Spain – Penelope
Mar. 6 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 2
Mar. 7 – St. Etienne, France – Le Fil
Mar. 8 – Caen, France – Cargo
Mar. 9 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Mar. 10 – Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik
Mar. 11 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Dynamo
Mar. 13 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
Mar. 14 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
Mar. 15 – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
Mar. 16 – Bristol, UK – Bierkeller
Mar. 17 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
Mar. 18 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
Mar. 19 – Dublin, Ireland – Tivoli*
Mar. 20 – Limerick, Ireland – Dolan’s Warehouse*
Mar. 22 – Belfast, Ireland – Limelight 2*
*= no The Black Dahlia Murder

A Perfect Circle Debut “The Doomed” Video

A Perfect Circle, who recently released “The Doomed,” the first new music to be heard from the band’s expected 2018 album, return with an accompanying video for the “apocalyptic” (Rolling Stone)

The video, which was directed by Jeremy Danger and Travis Shinn, arrives as the band is in the final two weeks of their North American tour. A Perfect Circle also recently announced their first European tour in fourteen years (dates below).

Upon arrival of “The Doomed”, Maynard James Keenan said: “Fourteen years have passed since we released eMOTIVe. A new release is long overdue. In light of this current difficult and polarized social, spiritual and political climate, we artist types need to open our big mouths and share the light a little louder.”

“Years of life experience has brought our music to this moment,” offered Billy Howerdel. “We know where we came from. Deeply connected to the path we’re on.”

A Perfect Circle have signed a worldwide recording deal with BMG and are working with producer Dave Sardy on the follow-up to 2004’s eMOTIVe.

Purchase or listen to “The Doomed” at this link:

Tour dates:

November 17 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center

November 18 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center

November 19 Highland Heights, KY BB&T Arena

November 21 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre

November 22 Grand Rapids, MI The DeltaPlex Arena

November 24 Chicago, IL UIC Pavilion

November 25 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

November 28 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena

November 30 Vancouver, BC PNE Coliseum

December 1 Seattle, WA Key Arena

December 2 Portland, OR Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum

December 4 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena

June 1 Nürburgring, Germany Rock Am Ring

June 2 Nuremberg, Germany Rock Im Park

June 5 Stockholm, Sweden Fryshuset

June 6 Oslo, Norway Spektrum

June 8 Aarhus, Denmark Northridge Festival

June 9 Helsinki, Finland Sideways Festival

June 12 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo Manchester SOLD OUT

June 13 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT
June 14 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT

June 17 Berlin, Germany Zitadelle

June 20 Zurich, Switzerland Halle 622

June 23 Esch-Sur-Aizette, Luxembourg

June 26 Paris, France Olympia SOLD OUT

June 28 Madrid, Spain Download Festival Madrid

June 29 Barcelona, Spain Be Prog! My Friend Festival

July 1 Verona, Italy Rock The Castle

The band’s current line-up is Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer), Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide), James Iha (Tinted Windows, ex-Smashing Pumpkins), Jeff Friedl (Puscifer, The Beta Machine) and Matt McJunkins (Eagles of Death Metal, The Beta Machine).

Soulfly and Nile Announce U.S. Co-Headlining Tour

Metal icons SOULFLY and Egyptian themed technical death metal champions and label mates NILE are proud to announce their 2018 From The Amazon To The Nile co-headlining U.S. tour! The 35-date trek kicks off at Diamond Pub and Billiards in Louisville on April 26th and will make stops in Atlanta, Cleveland, and West Hollywood before ending on May 24th in Houston, Texas.

SOULFLY guitarist/vocalist Max Cavalera states“From the Amazon to the Nile, it’s gonna rage!”

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring NILE fans in the States a last round of touring supporting the “What Should Not be Unearthed album”, comments NILE founding member KARL SANDERS.“Teaming up with SOULFLY is going to make for a killer package sure to please Metal Fans.

‘2018’ coincidentally also happens to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka release, so we are likely going to playing some not-heard-in-years material from that classic recording as well as fan favorites from our entire catalog ,and of course tracks from our latest release, What Should Not be Unearthed. Metal will Take Place!”  

SOULFLY‘s latest album, Archangel features a slew of guests including Todd Jones (NAILS), Matt  Young (KING PARROT), Richie Cavalera (INCITE)Igor Cavalera (LO DY KONG), and Anahid (M.O.P.). Watch the lyric video for “Soomites” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

NILE is touring in support of their latest release What Should Not Be Unearthed. Watch the official lyric video for “Evil To Cast Out Evil” on the Nuclear Blast Youtube Channel.

Brian Kingsland and Brad Parris of Nile talk touring, new Nile music and the replacing of original vocalist/guitarist Dallas Toler-Wade with Todd Owens of Capital Chaos TV during their recent stop @ Silms in San Francisco, California while on tour opening for Overkill.

Tickets for the tour are now on sale at  All other outlets will have the tickets available for purchase on Friday, November 17 at 10 a.m. local time.

Confirmed dates for the 2018 From The Amazon To The Nile co-headlining U.S. tour are:
04/17/2018  Diamond Pub and Billiards – Louisville, KY
04/18/2018  Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
04/19/2018  The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
04/21/2018  The Chance- Poughkeepsie, NY
04/22/2018  Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
04/24/2018  The Firmament – Greenville, SC
04/25/2018  Orpheum – Tampa, FL
04/26/2018  Kelsey Theater -West Palm Beach, FL
04/27/2018  The Masquerade -Atlanta, GA
04/28/2018  The International – Knoxville, TN
04/29/2018  The Muse – Wilmington, NC
05/01/2018  Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA
05/02/2018  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
05/03/2018  Token Lounge – Westland, MI
05/04/2018  Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
05/05/2018  Oddbody’s – Dayton – OH
05/06/2018  The Forge – Joliet, IL
05/07/2018  Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
05/08/2018  The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
05/09/2018  Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
05/10/2018  Hermans Hideaway – Denver CO
05/11/2018  Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
05/12/2018  Diamondz Event Center – Jerome, ID
05/13/2018  Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
05/14/2018  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland. OR
05/16/2018  The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
05/17/2018  Whiskey a Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
05/18/2018  City National Grove – Anaheim, CA
05/19/2018  Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
05/20/2018  El Rey Theater – Albuquerque, NM
05/22/2018  Trees – Dallas, TX
05/23/2018  Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
05/24/2018  White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX

Vans Warped Tour Announce The End

The Warped Tour is a traveling Rock festival that has toured the United States (including 3 or 4 stops in Canada) annually each summer since 1995. It is the largest traveling music festival in the United States, and is the longest-running touring music festival in North America. The first Warped Tour took place in 1995, and the skateboard shoe manufacturer Vans became the main sponsor of the tour starting with the second tour in 1996, when it became known as the Vans Warped Tour. Although Vans has continued to be the main sponsor and lend its name to the festival, other sponsors have also participated, with stages or other aspects of the festival sometimes being named after them.

“2018 will be the final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour. We cannot thank you enough for making Warped Tour the highlight of your summer for the past 23 summers. For one final run – we will see you on the road and in the pit!” Via Facebook

“I have been a very lucky person to have traveled across the country and sometimes around the world as one of the founders and producers of the Vans Warped Tour. Today, with many mixed feelings, I am here to announce that next year will be the final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour. I sit here reflecting on the tour’s incredible history, what the final run means for our community, and look forward to what’s to come as we commemorate the tour’s historic 25th anniversary in 2019.

In 1995, I had already worked many years in the music business, including spending four summers on the Lollapalooza tour, and I thought, ‘for one summer I would like go out and put on my own show’ mixing music and action sports. With the support of so many people, I have now spent the last 23 summers bringing that show to a city near you. We have brought that show to over 11 million people around the world and watched that same world change while doing so.

I have been proud to work with so many artists who have grown to be some of the largest stars in the world. Countless bands have played in hot parking lots and through summer storms for you at some point.

Bands like Quicksand, Sublime, L7, No Use for A Name and No Doubt jumped on in the very first year.

Touring many summers with my friends and peers like – Pennywise, Social Distortion, NOFX, Bad Religion, The Descendents, Less Than Jake, Dropkick Murphy’s, The Bouncing Souls, Rancid, Flogging Molly, Anti-Flag and The Offspring are just some of my fondest memories. More include, having Blink-182 travel on my bus in 1997 when the world opened up to them and made them the superstars they are today.

The Vans Warped Tour was the platform to witness the rise of pop punk with Sum 41, Simple Plan, MXPX, New Found Glory and Good Charlotte.

The birth of Emo – with bands like Thrice, Thursday, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, The Starting Line, Motion City Soundtrack and Jimmy Eat World.

Fast-forward to the summer in 2005 when TRL and Warped Tour helped launch the careers of Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and Avenged Sevenfold.

I witnessed Warped alumni like The Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, No Doubt and even Kid Rock play the Super Bowl. I’ve even had the pleasure of seeing Green Day play the Rose Bowl.

More recently, I’ve watched bands start out on a small stage and work their way up to the main stages by meeting as many fans as possible and continuing to hone their craft while on the tour. Bands like Paramore, A Day To Remember, Sleeping With Sirens, Pierce The Veil, Echosmith, Motionless in White, Black Veil Brides, Every Time I Die, Neck Deep, Beartooth and so many more.

What has always made me proud was when I read that Warped was the most diverse show of the summer where you could find Eminem and Ice-T on the same stages as Sevendust, Pennywise, and 7 Seconds.

I am so grateful to have worked with more than 1,700 bands over the last 23 summers. I wish I could thank every band that has played the tour.

The Vans Warped Tour has become the community I had always hoped for. We have worked with over 90 non-profits each summer shining a light on new and growing groups giving our community the resources they need to connect with people who can help them, but also encourages our community to help each other.

To Write Love on Her Arms, Music Saves Lives, Feed The Children Now, Keep a Breast, Hope For The Day, Canvas Foundation, Living The Dream and A Voice for the Innocent have built their organizations from the Warped Tour parking lots across the country. This even inspired me to start my own foundation Unite the United.

The work we do each summer on “give back days” has become part of our DNA. My brain is etched with the image of the church ladies after Katrina serving beans and rice to The Casualties with their upright mohawks, finding a common ground where no one was judging anyone. Then finding out the only working business in the county seemed to be the moonshine still and the locals showing up with a crate to share with the crew later that evening.

The long hot days that ended around a BBQ with food, drink and more music are some of the best times. Enjoying the days off, taking people jet boating, house boating, river rafting and sometimes even skydiving. I witnessed lifelong friendships being made, sparks of romance that led to ‘Warped weddings,’ and unfortunately now, more notices of passings where a proper good bye was not able to be said.

I want to thank my supportive family who has been through the highs and lows, Darryl Eaton at CAA, Steve Van Doren and Vans, Kate, Julie, Allison and Steph. My hard ass working crew who puts that show up and down each day, the sponsors which without them this tour would not happen, the bands and their crews, the promoters who took a risk on us at the beginning and continue to be supportive.

It will be bittersweet each morning when I see the sun rise and then watch it set knowing that this will be the last time I get to witness it from that exact spot.

Though the tour and the world have changed since ’95, the same feeling of having the ‘best summer ever’ will live on through the bands, the production teams, and the fans that come through at every stop.

The enduring spirit of the Vans Warped Tour remains as bright as ever, continuing to inspire creativity and ambition in new and exciting ways as we prepare for a 25th anniversary celebration in 2019.

I truly look forward to seeing as many of you as possible during this final cross country run, and getting to thank you for your support on this wild adventure. Until then, take care and be safe.” – Kevin Lyman (Founder of the Vans Warped Tour)”

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Crosson Interrogated “Better bury me with some Stryper albums… just in case I’ve been a bad boy!!”!

CROSSON fuses the theatrics of KISS with the catchy choruses and bid harmonies of Queen / The Darkness while delivering a seen to be believed stage show.

Their new release “Spreading The Rock and Roll Disease” was mixed by legendary producer / engineer Duane Baron (Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Poison) and European metal producer extraordinaire Mikko Karmila (Nightwish, Edguy, Stratovarius)

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

Believe it not, my first instrument was the piano accordion (Greek father !!) who was devastated when at 16 I gave it up to focus on the electric guitar… The house was never the same after the BOSS distortion pedal and Amplifier shook the walls of the house!! I was into KISS from a young age (.. you wouldn’t know by the way we look!!). However once I saw Iron Maiden’s Run To The Hills on MTV, I quickly jumped on the metal train. My first gig was Iron Maiden and after seeing all the fire, smoke and monsters it was an epiphany.

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

I guess I just wanted to be Paul Stanley. It was a natural progression. My brother could listen to a song and play it straight away. I’d try and work something out and ended up with something completely different which led down the path of writing music. Funny how ones weaknesses can actually lead to strengths in other areas!!

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

Years ago the Metal / Rock scene was much bigger than it is today. Every weekend you could see a different metal band playing in different venues. There were Glam Bands like the Candy Harlots (who have now been laid to rest) Nowadays, thanks to venues like Franky’s and The Bald Faced Stag, it is keeping the genre alive.
I’m actually listening to a lot of European bands at the moment like Kissin Dynamite, Crystal Ball, H.E.AT, Shakra, Crazy Lixx, Vega, The treatment, StOp! sTop!, Axxis to name a few.

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

I may look wild in all the regalia, bit I actually don’t do drugs and drink very little (one or 2 drinks socially and that’s about it) . I train at the gym and swim 6 days a week and do hot Bikrim yoga 3 times a week. Most of the creative juices flow late in the evening in the studio when I get into a zone!

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How would you best describe your sound?

CROSSON’s music can be described as Theatrical Melodic Glam Rock with catchy choruses and gig harmonies!!

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

I understand it from a venues owner point of view. They have bills and staff to pay and they can’t afford to have 10 people in the audience. Unless bands have good managers, they really need to go out there and bust their guts to get people to see them. Its marketing and as such should be treated just as importantly as the music and the image. A crappy band that promotes themselves will be more successful than a great band that nobody knows about. Social media is really accessible and bands should use this avenue.

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

… As a youngster it was ABBA and Bay City Rollers (showing my age now!!! ), then I discovered KISS and just had to get the entire back catalogue. I’d spend my school holidays going to 2nd hand record stores and picking out CD’s and Vinyl on anything that looked slightly rock and Metal.

DIY forever or signing with a label at first opportunity?

CROSSON is still DIY as far as putting the product together (music, image, videos etc.) . This way we still own our masters and everything associated with it. We have a licencing deal with a Metalapolis Records in Germany who press, distribute and market the album throughout Europe.
Its wasn’t easy getting a deal. I literally had to hop on a plane to the other side of the world to meet with the label to show I was serious. However, when this album was completed I wouldn’t settle until we got a deal.

My advice is to be patient and go out and shop your product when you have everything in place i.e. well produced great songs, a great image and some good videos. It makes it much more appealing to a label to knowing they don’t have to develop an artists from scratch.

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

Probably have to say an outdoor festival in Sydney a while back. I’m always nervous but as long as I’m well prepared and rehearsed the nerves tend to dwindle a bit. While others tend to have a few drinks before a show I prefer to stretch and get into a mental state. .. Once I’m up there though, I tend to just get into auto pilot and do what I was born to do. I’d love to have my own personal masseur on tour like Jon Bon Jovi does ………one day!!! J

Is commercial rock radio dead?

I think streaming like Spotify and online Metal radio programmes are the thing at the moment. I love the fact that within a few seconds I can listen to whatever album I like.Online metal shows I learn about so many new bands!

Favorite songs on the new album and why?

My favourite tracks are All About The Music, Lies & Take Another Shot. For me , these are they catchiest tunes. That being said others like Taxman, Spreading The Rock N Roll Disease and Rip Out My Heart.

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

There is a new song called Never Give Up, which will be on the next album due for release in 2018. Its the add lobbing at the end singing “Never Give Up , Never Give In, when it’s tough … follow your dream”… Sends a shiver up my spine every time!!

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

None at all. CROSSON is about fun and uplifting music. I’m an entertainer not a politician.

What was the process of putting the songs in order.

Spreading the Rock N Roll Disease was always going to be an opener due to its strength and its also the album title. With the others I put the strongest ones at the beginning and also close on a high note . That’s why we put Rise as the last tune.

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

Would love to have some more guitars hanging off the wall… my wife would kill me though!! Due to the cost of touring, some indorsements to carry the burden of putting a CROSSON show together would be great… Anyone out there reading this… feel free to contact us J !!!!

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

It would be great to open for KISS, Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi as these were my childhood heroes etc. We are grateful for whoever takes us on board and it’s a blessing playing to whoever wants to see us!!

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

Oh Boy, this interview is getting dark J !!! .. Better bury me with some Stryper albums… just in case I’ve been a bad boy!!!

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

Thanks to you Iron Serbian for having us and congrats on the great work you are doing at Capital Chaos and for defending the faith and keeping the genre alive and kicking!!!

To be updated on all things CROSSON, please feel free to visit here on Facebook (give us a big like) & here on Youtube!

PILE OF PRIESTS – “Tenebrous Labyrinth” (Unsigned)

Tenebrous Labyrinth, the latest EP from Denver CO, Pile of Priests starts off with a four count on the snare (thank you Death is Your Saviour by Kreator!) followed by a quick frenzy of a kick-lead blast beat section featuring a unique guitar riff that almost sounds to be floating in a storm with a higher-pitched note progression. The title track is a good indicator of what the listener is in store for with Tenebrous Labyrinth. Varying feels within the metal genre spectrum, tight playing from all three musicians, interesting musical choices that flow throughout each of the song structures, good production, and killer vocals.

The bass provided by Patrick Leyn, my second favorite produced element in the mix is keeping the low-end working well by gluing the guitar riffs in a lower octave and supporting the heaviness vibe providing the overall feel of many of the sections. The bass tone cuts through the mix quite well, and when the band cuts out for moments for bass breaks it puts a smile on my face. It’s always a plus for me when I hear a metal band not afraid to feature their bassist, because they are an integral part of any band and when done right can provide another deep level of tonal phrasings, harmonies, and the thickness every band requires to get the full spectrum of sounds.

Drumming-wise, Evan Knight’s playing is very tight and features phrasings that compliment what the guitars and bass are playing melodically by providing the groove and feel for the many different sections of each song. There are choices made on the drums that provide interesting variations to the main feels that aren’t always in the fills between different sections of the songs that help keep the listener engaged throughout the entirety of each track.

The guitar parts provide the necessary metal stamp for each song but don’t stop there. To simply put the guitars as a genre identifier would do injustice to metal’s main instrument (generally speaking). Evan Salvador is playing kickass riffs while making some sick chord progressions and melodies (Interglacial Departure I’m thinking of!). I love the outro to that song with the counter of the earlier heaviness lying in the lower dynamics, clean tone guitars and meditative vibe.

The delivery of the vocal lines, again by Evan Salvador, stand out as the EP’s best produced element. They are providing the low gruff tone of many death metal vocalists but at the same time with a slightly closer listen, the words can be understood! This is a huge plus for me when you can actually hear the words of a singer and the lyrics make sense from a storytelling point of view. Good tone with these as well, the layered harmonies on some of the lines brings back some Deicide style vocal moments for me.

Overall, check out Tenebrous Labyrinth from Pile of Priests due out on November 24th 2017 because it kicks ass all around!…….


Author: Derek Bean

Portland Hardcore Punk Brutalizers Cliterati Unveil “Burn” Video

CLITERATI – the Portland, Oregon-grown hardcore punk unit featuring Poison Idea, Voetsek, and Murderess alumni – is pleased to unveil the visual accompaniment to “Burn,” taken from their self-titled EP. For the colorful clip, CLITERATI teamed up with Sign Of The Beast Burlesque for the film short Pizza Sluts as part of the Metalesque Fest, the world’s first and only festival dedicated to heavy metal and burlesque!
Issues Punknews, “‘Burn’ is sixty-seconds of RIPPING hardcore. Vocalist Ami Lawless screams about wanting to destroy everything while the band slams forward in a hybrid d-beat/Poison Idea attack. What a masher! If that wasn’t vicious enough, the video just might burn out your eyes… In the vid, some poor pizza delivering schmuck drops off an order at the house of two vixens before he is lured inside. From there… well… there’s flesh mutilation via pizza cutter, sacrifices, vomiting, and an appearance by Satan herself…”
CLITERATI is a band who believe in equality through inclusion. We are queer, straight, people of color, and white,” relays screamer Ami Lawless. “Our influences include the bands Doom, L7, and Bolt Thrower, with a healthy dose of Pacific Northwest d-punk. This band was brought together by Amelia Collins and we continue in loving memory of her vision to bring a breath of fresh air to Portland punk. These five rippers are the result of spending many hours in a dark dank Portland basement while smoking copious amounts of weed. Hopefully these songs will make you wanna get your clit in the pit.”

Top 5 Ways How NOT To Kill Your Local Scene

I have been booking shows for a few years now and I’ve seen my scene back home in Sacramento flourish but I can see other things that are happening everywhere that could potentially cause us to diminish. Please let me advise you on what not to do to keep your scene going.


Sure it’s great to see your big name favorites but they had to start somewhere just like your local band you see playing at your local punk house or bar. This is a no duh piece of logic. For you to have new music you must be open minded to your local bands. if you have not gone to a local show you are missing out!! There is so much great music often over looked because a big named band is in town. In no shape or form am I telling you that you are an asshole for wanting to go see your favorite band but why not save $100 bucks and save the beer money and check out your local acts. Trust me Green Day will not miss the money as to where a local band with DIY integrity still in tact is struggling to keep their merch and tour money going. You may be missing the next big thing and so might the world of you don’t support local artists and go to their shows and speak of their awesomeness. Plus there is nothing like being around a real punk show in a tiny room with a bunch of drunken jolly fuckers ready to mosh with you share a few beers and give you the sense of kinship that I feel you can’t find anywhere else. I miss my Sacramento punk haven Cass De Chaos and all my buddies I met there. It’s one of the best parts of my life and it could be one of yours but your missing it by not looking into your FaceBook local event page and checking out these kinds of shows


There is probably nothing more annoying to me than not being able to bring a younger friend who is itching to get into their first punk show but then get carded at the door, ” Sorry kid can’t let ya in “. It’s beyond me why we keep losing all age venues when we need the young crowds to carry and spread our scenes music to all their friends and have them learn about both what’s new and some older bands that make our music scene so great. 21+ shows do have good booze and no you don’t have to deal with that one kid that thinks Black Vail Brides is the most hard core band they ever heard but I implore you to believe me when I say that is not true for many of our young punks and metal heads. Even if it is it’s our job as elder punks to show them good shit. I myself am a late bloomer and started going to shows way late but of it wasn’t for my friends that sat me down and let me hear good quality punk and metal bands and expand my library of music I would not be as happy as I am today. Please if you do not have any all age venues MAKE ONE. Get together and figure out houses willing to host a show or find a center or restaurant that is willing to do a show. Check into veterans halls or anywhere! It’s not easy you have to keep noise complaints from happening if you don’t properly set up notice with neighbors or don’t set up your pad to keep sound inside. I will discuss how to sound proof your shed or basement and how to keep out door shows from getting too crazy and avoid getting the police called in a future article. This also helps underage bands get the experience they need to prosper and if you book it at your house you may have a little laundry money after paying off your bands.


Sure, being a local musician or promoter you are probably not rolling in the dough. You want to make sure you can get a cut to cover expenses for promoting or setting up the show but don’t be that dick that keeps a majority of the money and then makes 3 bands split $30 bucks. It is insanely difficult to be a struggling musician trying to keep your band in gas money and keep any instruments or props (costumed bands like mine have the extra expense) in good shape. They spend weeks practicing and making sure they get as many people to come see the show they deserve to be paid. Let’s not forget merch most bands use their last pennies to make patches, Cds and vinyls, stickers and shirts to help aide their efforts. So please if you go to a show and like a band get some of their stuff. It would be a cool memento that you can look back at and you can see if they ever tour with Gwar later. However if it’s a benefit show ask the bands how much they are willing to give of their cut for the cause.


Hey I have done it a few times where my friends band helps me get in for free but mind you I have been helping promote bands and keep the scene going so it’s not as bad as the guy who NEVER does anything to earn getting in free. They don’t share or promote your event to your friends. They don’t pay for their own beer. Definitely won’t help load in or out and won’t stay for every band. This person is only in for a free good time. There are usually at least 2 per band at every show. This takes away money to pay the bands and the promoter and definitely doesn’t help pay the venue. If we want good shows we have to have people willing to pay. “Money is For Posers Man!!!!” No money is to keep bands playing dude! So bands if you know someone like this please tell them they have to attract help bring more paying people in or help film clips of the bands to promote future shows or tell them no! However free shows are a good promotional tool to get people out for the next paid event


” Ah hey it’s their job I’m not good at that kind of thing I’m too busy”
Fuck that! No more excuses. You guys have people you want to hear your music and friends who aren’t going shit on Friday and Saturday nights. Get up and spread the damn word. Social media is one of the best and new ways of promoting new music and new shows. Make a post with a link to your music and the event page spread it everywhere regardless of it being in the right facebook group and invite everyone even people you think might not be interested. Who knows your Grandma may be proud of how you sodomize puppets on stage or sing about how our government is fucked. The promoters tirelessly share to ever online forum and social edit page they can and some maybe posting flyers. Do what you can! print the flier go to bars and other shows and pass them out. If your doing a show on Friday with a band that has one going on Saturday announce that shit! Go to your local college radio and tell them about your show and maybe see if they will play a few tracks. It takes everyone apart of shows to keep our scene going.

There is so much good music you can find in your local scene and on everyone else’s local scenes. Support it! If you are tired of played out mainstream bullshit or wanna see what’s new get out there. Next article I’m going to be discussing bands I recommend from my home town Sacramento and bands o recommend in my new home in Richmond VA. Don’t miss it they could be playing sometime and somewhere near you.

Nikki Knight writes for Capital Chaos TV and promotes events through Spewline Productions and currently based out of Richmond, Virginia.

KUBU’s 3rd Birthday Brings Free New Mobile Radio App

Access Sacramento’s community radio station KUBU 96.5 FM today turns three years old, and announces the availability of a free mobile app, making it easier than ever to listen to the station on phones and other mobile devices.

The “KUBU 96.5FM” app allows easy listening to the radio shows created by public access community producers on KUBU 96.5 FM, “The Voice of Sacramento.”

“K-U-B-U is the only station where You can Be-You on the radio,” said Don Henkle, Access Sacramento’s Board of Directors’ Chairman. “We’re so excited all of the shows created by our volunteer radio producers can now be heard so easily no matter where listeners might be.”

The free app is available for iPhones from the Apple App Store and for Android phones and other mobile devices from the Google Play Store.
“Best of all, you will be able to easily hear the station anywhere you have internet connectivity,” said Shane Carpenter, KUBU Radio Programming Director. “In addition to being able to hear it on the radio in your car, when you leave the coverage area, you will be able to hear it without interruption.”
KUBU is a low-power FM radio station broadcasting in the Sacramento midtown area since the station’s jump to over-the-air radio Nov. 13, 2014 as an extension of the cable-audio broadcasts from Access Sacramento since 1987. To listen to KUBU on your computer, push HERE.
“What better time to release this new app than on KUBU’s three-year over-the-air birthday,” said Gary Martin, Access Sacramento Executive Director. “We’re still streaming from the website for computers, but now it’ll be just a button-push to hear the station on the new app.”
More information about KUBU will be added into the app over the months ahead, including a daily program schedule and profiles of the local program producers.
Access Sacramento’s KUBU has 72 regular community programs with more than 100-hours of original non-commercial programming every week. Programming includes a wide variety of music, interview, public affairs and religious shows, plus broadcasts of regularly scheduled meetings of the Sacramento City Council, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission.
Access Sacramento provides training to members who want to create their own radio and television shows. Radio classes are two-hours each on four consecutive Tuesdays, starting on the first Tuesday of the month.
For more information about Access Sacramento or KUBU, call 916-456-8600.
[Note: the Apple version of the KUBU app is only available when connected to the App Store by iPhone or iPad and is not visible in the App Store for computers.]
Access Sacramento is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation with primary funding from the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission.

New Video of Core 10 feat. ex Korn drummer David Silveria live in Orangevale, California

Core 10 featuring Korn drummer David Silveria @ The Boardwalk in Orangevale, California 11/10/17 can be seen below. Also on the bill were locals D1, Terra Ferno, Malcom Bliss & Among The First.

Core 10’s prolific lineup, with their pedigree of experience from nu metal pioneers to hip hop royalty to respected musicians developed from the legendarily-strong and influential West Coast music scene, have been melding their unique stew and honing their chops, away from prying eyes. They are now ready to unleash their vision upon an audience hungering for an alternative to the assembly-line polish currently crowding the charts.

Denver Doom-Bringers In The Company Of Serpents Kick Off Mini West Coast Tour 

Denver doom duo IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS will bring their rituals to the stage on a mini West Coast tour with Phoenix, Arizona stoner metallers Goya. The journey will run from November 10th through November 21st. See all confirmed dates below.

This band’s latest live expedition marks the temporary return of founding drummer JJ Anselmi. “JJ and I initially formed the band together in 2011,” notes vocalist Grant Netzorg, “and he has graciously offered to step in for this tour, as [drummer] Joe [Weller Myer] and his wife just had their first baby and the timing of the tour just wouldn’t work with the commitments of fatherhood. We will be playing mostly material from our new record Ain-Soph Aur, but will also be breaking out favorites from previous releases, including some material from the self-titled debut that JJ and I recorded together years ago.”


11/10/2017 Palo Verde – Phoenix, AZ
11/11/2017 Til 2 Club – San Diego, CA
11/12/2017 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
11/14/2017 Elbow Room – San Francisco, CA w/Botanist
11/15/2017 The Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
11/16/2017 Old Nick’s Bar – Eugene, OR
11/17/2017 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
11/18/2017 Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
11/19/2017 Highline – Seattle, WA
11/21/2017 Hi Dive – Denver, CO

 self-released the stunning Ain-Soph Aur full-length earlier this year. Captured at Flatline Audio in Denver by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Khemmis, Cephalic Carnage), the six-track offering takes its name from the three veils of negative existence which precede the manifestation of the material universe in the philosophy of Hermetic Qabalah, a Western esoteric tradition involving mysticism and the occult. The phrase translates to “Limitless Light,” and is emblematic of the Qabalistic concepts which are central to the record.


Rising Fusion Guitarist JASON KUI Reveals Extensive “Rigged” Video

Renowned Hong-Kong based fusion guitarist/composer JASON KUI – who combines modern metal, hard rock, funk and ballad influences while integrating rock lead techniques and compelling melodies – released his diverse debut album, Absence of Words, in mid-October via Prosthetic Records. Absence of Words is available to order here:

Today, JASON KUI and Gear Gods have teamed up to reveal a new “Rigged” video, where Kui showcases his impressive collection of guitars and other gear used on Absence of Words and during his live performances.

Outside of his solo work, JASON KUI performs as a session and touring guitarist who has worked with many well-known artists throughout Hong Kong and China, and credits iconic guitarists Eddie Van Halen, John Petrucci and Andy Timmons as major influencers. Kui started his career as a sideman at the age of 23, and has played countless shows at the Coliseum, Hong Kong’s largest venue which seats 12,500. He recently finished a two-year world tour as lead guitarist for Eason Chan, the legendary Hong Kongsinger.  The 135-show tour included venues in China, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA, including Madison Square Garden. The two finale shows were performed at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium to sellout crowds totaling 100,000 people.

Kui’s new album, Absence of Words, was mixed and mastered in New York by Matthew Sim at Germano Studios and Alex Psaroudakis at Sterling Sound and features several other guest musicians, including one of the most in-demand bassists in Hong Kong, Chan Siu Kei, as well as American modern metal drum virtuoso, Anup Sastry. Sastry played on all the tracks on the album and his unique, modern sound and incredible techniques are recognizable in every song.
Absence of Words track listing:
  1. Polarized
  2. Reactive Impulse
  3. Morning Breeze (featuring Rafa De la Garza)
  4. Dance of Awakening (The Spirit)
  5. Squeaky Switch
  6. Now! You! Know! (featuring Josh Smith)
  7. Moving On

‘68 Announces Fall Headlining Tour With Stolas, Whores and Alistair Hennessey

If you thought Atlanta-based rock duo ‘68 would be taking a break for the holidays, think again. Due to high demand, ‘68 will be touring across the US for the remainder of 2017. With only a one-month gap between their current tour with The Bronx and Plague Vendor, the band plans to kick off their Fall headlining tour at Slidebar in Fullerton, CA on November 8th. Joining them will be prog-rock outfit Stolas and heavy indie-rock band Alistair Hennessey on the first leg. Beginning November 30th, ‘68 will continue the second leg of the tour with co-headliners/noise rockers Whores. and support from Alistair Hennessey.

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w/ Stolas, Alistair Hennessy
November 8 – Fullerton, CA – Slidebar
November 9 – Van Nuys, CA – White Oak
November 10 –Bakersfield, CA – Jerry’s Pizza
November 11 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
November 12 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
November 14 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
November 16 – Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
November 18 – Newport, MN – Opinion Brewing CO.
November 19 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s
November 22 – Birmingham, AL – The Syndicate Lounge

w/ Whores, Alistair Hennessy
November 30 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar
December 1 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive
December 2 – Margate, FL – O’Malley’s
December 3 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth
December 5 – Jacksonville, FL – Nighthawks
December 6 – Columbia, SC – New Brooklyn Tavern
December 7 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
December 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
December 9 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
December 10 – Cambridge, MA – Sonia
December 12 – Canton, OH – Buzzbin Art & Music Shop
December 13 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hoosier Dome
December 14 – Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
December 15 – Memphis, TN – Growlers
December 16 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
December 17 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade *No AH*

The two-piece released their video for “Eventually We All Win” this month. The video, directed by ​​Oleg Rooz, is a montage of footage taken while on their headlining world tour earlier this year. “Eventually We All Win” has become a fan favorite since the release of their latest record and was noted as a top pick by Alternative Press and Exclaim! who asserted​​: “The two-minute flirt of a track will hook longtime fans with a taste of vintage Scogin, but offers enough novelty to compel first-timers, too.”


Tribulation Reveal New Album, “Down Below” Out January 26 via Century Media Records

“Down Below” is the title of TRIBULATION’s much anticipated upcoming studio album, which is set to be released on Century Media Records on January 26, 2018.


Preceding the album release, TRIBULATION are issuing a brand-new 7” EP on December 22 entitled “Lady Death”. The EP will include the album’s debut track, “Lady Death”, as well as the B-side piece entitled “Skärselden”. This fine item comes adorned by beautiful artwork (as seen above) crafted by TRIBULATION guitarist Jonathan Hultén and is limited to 1500 copies worldwide in the following versions, available for pre-order starting TODAY:

Black vinyl: limited to 700 copies, available at various mailorder stores
Clear vinyl: limited to 100 copies, exclusively available at Century Media’s mailorder
Transparent-red vinyl: limited to 200 copies, sold by Tribulation on their upcoming tours
Transparent-orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies, available at various mailorder stores
Dark-green vinyl: limited to 300 copies, available at Tribulation’s band store via King’s Road.

Pre- order here or here.

Video Premiere: Wastewalker – “Fleshwounds”

We’re honored to bring you the premiere of Wastewalker’s new music video “Fleshwounds” (watch below). This song is from the band’s crushing debut album Funeral Winds which was released one year ago November 8th, 2016

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Official statement from John Abernathy (guitarist, lyricist): “With this music video, we wanted to give a close up intimate feel of being at one of our local shows – whether you’re up front headbanging, in the pit, or just raging with us at the bar. Lyrically the song is a big fuck you to any outside negativity that comes from doing music – especially extreme music – such as online trolls, critics, judgement from family, etc. At the end of the day “tis just a fleshwound!” We are still going to be making music, playing shows, traveling the world and meeting/partying with fans. The album’s been out 1 year exactly and we show no signs of slowing down, thanks for all the support!”

Funeral Winds is available via all digital retailers. AppleBig Cartel

Full Set Of Possessed @ Bloodstock Open Air Streaming

Professionally filmed video footage of POSSESSED’s performance at this year’s Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 11-13 at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom, can be seen below.

POSSESSED frontman Jeff Becerra told Antihero Magazine that the band’s upcoming studio album, which will be their first full-length effort since 1986’s “Beyond The Gates”, will contain “some really fucking good death metal. I’m really happy with a lot of the tracks,” he said. “I’m still writing in the process; I’m writing a lot of music, writing all of the lyrics, of course. I’m also collaborating with [new POSSESSED members] Daniel [Gonzalez, guitar] and Claudeous [Creamer, guitar]. We’re working together hard to create something that we really like. We’re hoping that translates well to other people and beyond. We’re hoping people like it. If they don’t, then fuck them.” Via Blabbermouth

Mausoleum sign to Horror Pain Gore Death Productions

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions have signed zombie cult Death Metal ghouls Mausoleum and are set to release the deadly double CD collection entitled “Cadaveric Displays From The Funeral” December 1st. Below is the official description:

The morbid coffin of MAUSOLEUM has been opened and out from its foetid confines lurks… “Cadaveric Displays From The Funeral”! This abhorrently horror-choked two disc collection is the final word in that Johnstown, Pennsylvania doom-horde’s ‘Zombiecult Death Metal’ gospel. It scrapes from their dreadful and disgusting slab 2003’s “Cadaveric Displays Of Ghoulish Ghastliness” and 2011’s “Back from the Funeral”, 7” tracks, demo and live recordings, and worshipful cover tributes to those vile elder gods, AUTOPSY and IMPETIGO. You will puke out your mortal guts as you attempt to swallow all of this utter monstrosity of 31 tracks, clocking in at over 2 hours! Buy Now or BEWARE…


Disc 1: The Main Course

Cadaveric Displays Of Ghoulish Ghastliness
1. Flesh Fiends
2. Entombed In The Womb
3. Absolution For The Living Dead
4. Cadaveric Displays Of Ghoulish Ghastliness
5. Regurgitated Rebirth
6. Mortal Extinction
7. Horrifying World Of Disembodied Souls
8. Tombs Of The Blind Dead
9. Destined To Fester (Autopsy cover)

Back From The Funeral
10. Doomed In The Desecrated Cemetary
11. Dead Walkers
12. Radioactive Resurrection
13. Raped Within The Casket
14. Brains (I Must Eat Your Fucking Brains!)
15. Consumed By The Deceased
16. The Baron Of Terror
17. Back From The Funeral
18. Graveyard Shift

Disc 2: Deadly Desserts

The Singles
1. Radioactive Resurrection (Demo Version)
2. Pile And Burn
3. Intense Mortification (Impetigo cover)
4. The Curse Of The Tomb

Previously Unreleased Live Tracks
5. Pagan Saviour (Autopsy cover – Recorded in Brooklyn, NY November 19th 2011)
6. Consumed By The Deceased (Recorded in Cleveland, OH 6/2/2012)
7. Evil Dead (Death cover – Recorded in Pittsburgh, PA 6/3/2012)

Eating Your Fucking Brains Live
8. Doomed In The Desecrated Cemetary
9. Raped In The Casket
10. Brains (I Must Eat Your Fucking Brains!)
11. Entombed In The Womb
12. Tombs Of The Blind Dead
13. Dead Walkers

BRUJERIA joined by “Orange Is The New Black” star on current U.S. Tour

Extreme metallers BRUJERIA are currently on tour in the United States supporting their recently released fourth full-length album, Pocho Aztlan. Joining them on stage every night on vocals is a very special new member; “Orange Is The New Black” star Jessica Pimentel.  “Nos llego una bruja nueva al senario,” commented the band. “Les presento la Bruja Encabronada!”

Check out BRUJERIA performing in Sacramento, California in the video below.

Adds Pimentel:
“Es un honor unirme con estos legendarios hombres de misterio y será mi placer embrujarte y abrir tus ojos a las problemas del mundo que me tienen encabronada.”

Listen to Jessica performing guest vocals on Origin’s cover of BRUJERIA‘s “Revolucion”, here.

Catch BRUJERIA with POWERFLO (feat. members of CYPRESS HILLFEAR FACTORYBIOHAZARD and DOWNSET) and San Antonio-based punkers PIÑATA PROTEST at a city near you. Remaining dates are as follows:

11/08/17 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
11/09/17 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
11/10/17 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In
11/11/17 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
11/12/17 – Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard
11/14/17 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Ayers Event Center
11/15/17 – San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box
11/16/17 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
11/17/17 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
11/18/17 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/19/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theater

Pocho Aztlan is the band’s first release since Brujerizmo was released in 2000 via Roadrunner. It was recorded over the course of many years and at several studios around the globe. The end result was mixed by Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATHTHE EXPLOITED).


This years Aftershock has came and went and I wouldn’t be surprised if Discovery Park is still feeling tremors. The annual two day music festival seems to get better and better each year. This years line up was pretty diverse, ranging from metal icon Ozzy Osbourne, industrial metal legends Nine Inch Nails, and all the way to up and coming rock band Greta Van Fleet and metal upstarts Power Trip. Throw in a little Tech N9ne and Run the Jewels, and there was something for everybody this year. If Maryln Manson didn’t have a stage prop fall on him forcing him to cancel his set, it would have been one of the most stacked lineups Aftershock has put together.

Saturday saw Discovery Park slowly turn into a mass of black shirts as the festival kicked off. Greta Van Fleet was scheduled to be one of the early performers, but they were delayed, luckily they made it later that day and treated the crowd to some great rock and roll. If you’ve never heard of Greta Van Fleet, check them out if you like Led Zeppelin, you’ll love this band. French metal band Gojira was another stand out band on Saturday playing to a huge crowd with huge mosh pits. I’m sure they earned a few more fans after crushing Aftershock. Stone Sour played a solid set, but the performance was just kinda flat and forgettable. A Perfect Circle took the stage and Maynard James Keenan played his usual game of hide and seek with the crowd. Singing a lot of the set lurking in the background APC fans ate it up. As APC’s set concluded, it was time for the night’s closer NIN. Clearly the days biggest draw, Nine Inch Nails delivered an awesome performance. Playing a virtual greatest hits live, playing songs from “Head Like a Hole” to the sets closer “Hurt”, and through a thick layer of smoke from the fog machine, he completely gave the fans everything they could’ve asked for.

As good as Saturday was, Sunday was even better. Bands like Beartooth, Of Mice and Men, and Them Evils, the day kicked off with some great metal. Nu-Metal upstart band DED came out and gave the fans a fresh take on some Nu-metal (not a bad band if you can look past the part of working with douchebag Fred Durst). Starset was a band alot of people were looking forward to seeing, donning space suits and the drummer inside a clear cube, their self described sound as “cinematic” rock makes sense. As new a band as Starset is, Suicidal Tendencies kept it old school. Mike Muir and the boys showed everyone why they’ve been around since the early 80’s. With Mike Muir running around the stage and his in between song banter, it was a reminder of just how integral Suicidal has been to the undergound punk/metal scene. Chris Jericho’s metal band Fozzy gave the fans a reminder of what good ole heavy metal should be like. Female fronted metal bands In This Moment and Halestorm proved that girls rock just as hard, if not harder than the guys. If you’ve never had an opportunity to see Steel Panther, I highly recommend it. The mixture of comedy in between songs and 80’s glam metal gave the fans a fantastic show, and showed everyone they are here to stay. Power Trip came up and decimated the crowd as their mixture of old school hardcore and thrash metal poured through Discovery Park. The night’s co-headliner Five Finger Death Punch came through and delivered a solid set, with Ivan Moody sounding powerful on vocals.

As killer a lineup as Sunday was, majority of the crowd was there for Ozzy Osborne. The Metal icon took the stage as night descended on Discovery Park, for a perfect setting to let Ozzy’s classic songs to tear through the fans. With Zakk Wylde back on guitar, Ozzy’s songs sounded great. He moved around the stage and engaged the crowd like few can do. Ozzy played of course his many classic songs and even threw in the Black Sabbath song “Fairies Wear Boots”. Zakk Wylde performed in his typical minutes long solo’s, that of course shredded, and drummer Tommy Clufetos played an intense drum solo. All in all it was a fantastic set led by a legendary frontman.

Aftershock 2017 ended up being a fantastic festival that truly had something for everybody. With food ranging from Korean BBQ to fish tacos, pulled pork sandwiches to fried shrimp, from bands like Gojira to Tech N9ne, from Ozzy Osbourne to Power trip, I don’t see how anyone could complain about the lineup. They even had information booths like Heavy Grass for all your weed smoking needs and information, to Dyin 2 to Live, which informs people about the importance of early Cancer detection. Of course there are going to be people who didn’t like the parking, or the walking, or waiting for a drink, prices are too high, or whatever. I hope those people that complain could just truly appreciate the two day music festival for what it offers to music fans and that is two days of great music around even greater people. If Afterschock 2017 is any indication of what is to come in the future, then I say “Bring it the fuck on.”  John Adams

Brand New Music From Sacramento’s “Cemetery Legacy”

Check out “Blood For Blood” by Cemetery Legacy streaming below! Be sure to come check them out at The Boardwalk in Orangevale, California on December 2nd with Dissident Aggressor, West Coast Fury & Unprovoked Continue reading

Jordon Terrell of Hollywood Undead Interviewed at Aftershock Festival 2017

In the video below, Jordon “Charlie Scene” Terrell of Hollywood Undead talks playing Aftershock, Tom Petty & Johnny Cash influence, dream tour package, American politics, new music and more with Iron Serbian @ Aftershock Festival 2017 in Sacramento, California.

Hollywood Undead’s new album FIVE has debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #22 and #7 on the Top Current Albums Sales Chart.  The album is the band’s fifth Top 25 debut overall.
The number five holds a deep significance. We have five senses. Five points adorn a star. Five represents man in theology. For the five members of Hollywood Undead—Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Funny Man, and Danny—the digit perfectly encapsulates their fifth full-length offering—FIVE [Dove & Grenade Media/BMG].
The band are currently in the middle of a North American tour in support of FIVE.  Tickets and VIP Packages for all shows are on sale now.  For all U.S. headline shows, Butcher Babies will serve as direct support.  European dates will begin on January 24th in Glasgow, UK at the O2 Academy.
11/7     Winnipeg, MB                        Burton Cummings Theatre*
11/8     Fargo, ND                               Sanctuary Events Center
11/10   Omaha, NE                             Sokol Auditorium
11/14   Milwaukee, WI                       The Rave
11/15   Grand Rapids, MI                   20 Monroe Live
11/17   Rochester, NY                        Anthology
11/18   Portland, ME                           Aura
11/19   Albany, NY                            Upstate Concert Hall
11/21   Stroudsburg, PA                     Shreman Theater
11/22   Worcester, MA                       The Palladium
11/24   Sayreville, NJ                          Starland Balloom
11/25   Lancaster, PA                          Freedom Hall
11/26   Baltimore, MD                        Rams Head Live!
11/28   Knoxville, TN                         The Mill And Mine
11/29   Memphis, TN                          The New Daisy Theatre
12/1     St. Louis. MO                         Delmar Hall
12/2     Kansas City, MO                    The Truman
12/3     Oklahoma, OK                        Diamond Ballroom
12/5     Lubbock, TX                           Lonestar Pavilion
12/6     Albuquerque, NM                   Sunshine Theater
12/7     Tucson, AZ                             Club X’s
1/24     Glasgow, UK                          O2 Academy Glasgow
1/25     Manchester, UK                      Manchester Academy
1/26     Birmingham, UK                    O2 Academy Birmingham
1/27     Norwich, UK                          The LCR – UEA
1/29     London, UK                            KOKO
1/30     London, UK                            KOKO
2/1       Utrecht, NL                             TivoliVredenburg
2/2       Luxembourg City, LU             Den Atelier
2/3       Weisbaden, DE                       Schlachtof
2/4       Cologne, DE                           Palladium
2/6       Antwerp, BE                           Trix
2/7       Paris, FR                                 Élysée Montmartre
2/8       Zurich, CH                              X-TRA
2/9       Bologna, IT                             Zona Roveri
2/10     Munich, DE                            TonHalle
2/13     Budapest, HU                         Akvárium
2/14     Linz, AT                                  Posthof
2/16     Prague, CZ                              Forum Karlín
2/17     Warsaw, PL                            Klub Stodoła
2/18     Wroclaw, PL                           Centrum Koncertowe A2 
2/19     Berlin, DE                               Huxleys Neue Welt
2/20     Hamburg, DE                          Docks
2/22     Copenhagen, DK                    VEGA
2/23     Gothenburg, SE                      Tradgarn
2/24     Stockholm, SE                        Fryshuset
2/26     Tampere, FI                             Pakkahuone
2/27     Helsinki, FI                             Ice Hall Black Box

Salems Lott reveal music video for “You Can’t Hide From the Beast Inside”

Hollywood-based visual hard rock front runners SALEMS LOTT have released a new video for the track “You Can’t Hide From the Beast Inside” from their album Mask Of Morality. With the recent release of part one of their new two-part album series, Mask Of Morality, the band delved into socially-conscious themes on individualism, values, morality and current politics. Check out the brand new music video for “You Can’t Hide From The Beast Inside”

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Directed by Ian Moore and produced by UWOWI, the video features an original interpretation of a cult classic originally featured in the classic Horror film “Fright Night”. The video depicts the dangers of succumbing to darker temptations in contrast to sublimating and accepting those same “beastly” aspects of humanity and channeling them into creativity.

Salems Lott Band Line-Up:

Monroe Black – Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar
Jett – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Kay – Lead Bass, Vocals
Tony F. Corpse – Drums

Metal Allegiance Returns to Anaheim For Their Annual Metal Assault!

METAL ALLEGIANCE has announced that they’ll be returning to their second home of Anaheim, California at the House of Blues on Thursday, January 25th for their annual January metal assault! This year marks the introduction of Bobby Blitz (Overkill) and John Bush (Armored Saint / ex-Anthrax) to their ranks in addition to the surprise guests they are known for.

The night will also feature the core four – David Ellefson, Alex Skolnick, Mark Menghi, and Mike Portnoy – who are taking a short break from recording their second full-length album. Joining them on stage is Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL), Gary Holt (SLAYER/EXODUS), Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT) and Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA).

The night will be sponsored by Musicians Institute and Murder in the Front Row Book and forthcoming documentary and will include direct support from Nuclear Blast Entertainment label mates WEDNESDAY 13. Opening the night are SUPERFIX and a special Musician’s Institute formed band.

General admission tickets for the night will go on sale on Friday, October 27th at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT and can be purchased here!

VIP packages that include the following will also be available:
Early access into the venue
Exclusive pre-show meet and greet with members of METAL ALLEGIANCE
Includes photo opportunities and autograph signing
Collectible tour poster
METAL ALLEGIANCE 16oz pint glass
Official meet & greet laminate
Crowd free access to the merch booth
Purchase your VIP packages on Friday, October 27th at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT and can be purchased here!

Mark Menghi comments “SoCal should prepare for a full thrash assault. We’ve assembled a band that includes some of the Bay area’s finest mixed in with the East Coast thrash attack while adding a sprinkle of L.A. and a dose of Brazil. This show is going to be a no-frills, no-bull shit throw down. With all that’s going on in the world, down to our personal lives, a statement needs to be made and thrash is in all of our hearts, so no better place to do it than with our friends in Southern California.”

“We’ve been doing METAL ALLEGIANCE shows in Anaheim at the end of January almost every year and it is always THE metal event of the year” comments Mike Portnoy. “Each year the show gets bigger and better and I look forward to another metal extravaganza in January!”

The January gathering of METAL ALLEGIANCE friends in Anaheim has become an annual tradition, with each concert promising a special lineup and set list that’s different from before,” comments Alex Skolnick. “This time around, we have an abundance of fresh original material to add to the mix, as well as familiar classics, and it’s always a fun time. Join us if you can!”

John Bush comments, “Real excited that I’m jamming with the METAL ALLEGIANCE guys for the upcoming show at the House Of Blues. I’m breaking my cherry! See you all there.”

David Ellefson states, “It’s time for our annual Metal summit in Anaheim” With new songs and album in the works we’re looking forward to bringing the tribe back together to celebrate all things Metal in January!”

“I always look forward to playing with all my brothers and sisters involved in METAL ALLEGIANCE. But! The show that I look forward to playing with them the most every year is The METAL ALLEGIANCE show in January in Anaheim!
Always an amazing set!
Always special guests!
And always a guaranteed unforgettable night for everyone on stage, and in the crowd!
Once again I am honored, and excited to once again be a part of it!” comments Mark Osegueda.

“I’m very happy to jam with MA again in January 2018″ comments Andreas Kisser. “Always great vibes with amazing musicians and playing the music that inspired all of us to be metal warriors today! A lot of fun! Long Live Metal Allegiance!”

“We are really excited and looking forward to being a part of this year’s METAL ALLEGIANCE show in January 2018” comments Wednesday 13. “This will be such a different audience for us, and we are excited to be included alongside such legendary musicians. It’s gonna be a great show

Guitarist John Abernathy of Wastewalker ” Its really the poor and the rich that need to battle it out in this country.”

Wastewalker was formed from the ashes of ex-Sumerian Records Sacramento CA heavy hitters Conducting From the Grave. The band is the brainchild of main CFTG songwriter/lead guitarist John Abernathy. (Via Sputnik Music)

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

My earliest memories of liking music were listening to Vanilla Ice and Kris Kross around Kindergarten age. I grew up in elementary school mainly liking rap, such as Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and my favorite act Bone Thugs n Harmony. Then around 7th grade I was at my aunt and uncles house and my older cousin Matt was playing a bunch of Slayer, Pantera, and Metallica riffs on guitar and I thought it was pretty cool. I wasn’t even really into rock yet, let alone metal. He let me borrow the Black Album and said that was entry level, a Hypocrisy album and said that was intermediate, and a Cannibal Corpse album and said that was advanced and said I might not like it. I actually loved reading along with the lyrics because I was a huge Brotha Lynch fan and the Cannibal Corpse lyrics made his horrorcore lyrics sound like Disney music. I was kind of a dark morbid kid.

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

My interest in guitar came from seeing my cousin Matt play, and I used a self teaching book he had to learn how to read tabs when I was over at his house. I asked for a guitar for Christmas of 7th grade and my parents got me a Hamer Slammer series telecaster (quite the metal starter guitar lol!) that came with a tiny bass amp from a pawn shop. Within an hour after opening presents, using tabs I got online and printed out, I had learned the intro riff to One by Metallica. I remember my parents being pretty blown away like “wow you taught yourself how to play that?” Over the years I’ve gotten good at bass, as its more or less the same as guitar, and I’ve learned piano a little bit and drums just from dicking around on my drummers kits over the years. My desktop drumming and air drumming on my chest and thigh have gotten to expert levels over the years from explaining what beats I want my drummers to play.

Were you forced to go to church as a youth, if so were you an altar boy or participate in some other ways?

Thankfully never! My parents never tried to sway my brother and I in any way, and go figure – we both turned out Athiest. My family lived in Alabama for a year and the neighborhood kids my brother and I played with thought it was weird we didn’t go, so we went a few weekends and I got over it pretty fast. I think I just wanted to sleep in on the weekends, wake up and play Turbo Grafx 16 (we were poor!). Hell I still do! Must be why I’m a career musician, I didn’t really get outta bed till almost noon today after rocking with Virvum, Depths of Hatred, and Vale of Pnath last night.

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?

When I first started going to local shows I was 14 and an all local show of numetal bands such as Luxt, The Council, Theend, Inruin could pack out the Colonial Theater (like a 500 cap room for those not in the know). All from flyering, pre Myspace days even (daymn I’m gettin old!) Metalcore started taking over around age 17 for me and my favorite local band was With Passion. It was kinda wild when I ended up getting Jeff from With Passion to join my dumb as of yet unnamed band at the time, which grew into Conducting From the Grave. Now my favorite local bands are The Odious Construct, The Kennedy Veil, and Flub.

How did the band form and how did the band name come about? How did the band meet and how long did it take to finalize this lineup? How stable is the current lineup?

I wanted to name the band Wastelander and the idea stemmed from my love for post apocalyptic stuff (shows like The 100, games like Fallout). However I saw that was taken already, and I racked my brain and thought “hey Wastewalker has a nice ring to it, and its pretty much the same thing.” Most of the material is all composed and structured by me, lyrics included but getting live members wasn’t too difficult. I had Nate (guitarist) come over to buy 1 of my 7 strings and I had already played in his band Sepsis with Cam before. I said “hey CFTG is probably gonna be booking some farewell gigs pretty soon because everyone doesn’t want to commit enough time to it and wants to kinda move on with adult life, so I have these songs I was working on for future CFTG but I think I’m gonna call it something else. I was thinking of maybe doing vocals and playing guitar like Arsis or Necrophagist, since dealing with frontmen problems had been the bane of Conducting From the Grave’s existence.” I showed him the demos I tracked on Cubase and he said “dude I’m 100 percent down to play for this. and hey now we both have the same guitar!” Jackson from CFTG wanted to play bass but he was moving 2 hours away for college and I’ve learned my lesson with that in CFTG having members in far away cities is a headache. Joel (bass) heard about the band and put his hat in the ring for bass and hes a guitarist originally, which is what I wanted because I find they learn riffs faster. I think Justin (drums) also heard about it and contacted me. As far as Cam (vocals) goes, I knew he was going through being removed from Alterbeast, and I decided doing vocals while playing would just be too difficult for me and my lows suck horribly, so I asked if he wanted to do vocals and he of course was on board, being that we were such good friends already. He lived with me at my dads for a while actually, so hes like adoptive brother. As far as stability I don’t see anyone leaving, although its understood that if any tour opportunities come along and someone can’t do them I will find fill ins and make shit work. It’s like Ratcheck or Ricos roughnecks on Starship Troopers – “You’re it until you’re dead or I find someone better.” Although I feel like I found the best already though, and I feel fortunate these guys wanna play music with me.

You most recent record Funeral Winds came out 2016, how did the writing process and recording process differ from your former bands like Conducting From The Grave & With Passion? What kind of obstacles did you have to overcome to get it out?

With Passion was too many cooks in the kitchen, which is why that album I was involved on (What We See When We Shut Our Eyes) has 10000 riffs per song and “bad” structure. We all wrote in a room and had 3 guitar writers contributing riffs. Conducting From the Grave was a little more focused as far as me writing most of the stuff, but we still wrote as a band at first. As time went on and I got into Cubase, and people had 1000 excuses for cancelling practice always, more and more material was just written completely by me sitting at the computer and programming drums as I tracked riffs. Thats pretty much how its done with Wastewalker, but the new album I’ve been collaborating with Justin a lot on drums which has been quite refreshing. There weren’t many obstacles really, I learned how to audio engineer in Cubase and thats been a huge help. Justins a major professional so the first rehearsal we had with him he already ran through everything first take from learning the programmed drums. We were almost going to be corner cutting assholes and have the record be very well velocity edited MIDI Superior Drummer drums, but after jamming with Justin once, me and Nate were like “yooo we gotta book a few extra days with Zack Ohren, we need dem real drumz on this shit boi!”

How soon can we expect new Wastewalker music. Will it be a continuation of the first album. Will you be releasing it on cassette and vinyl. Do you own a cassette player, are cassettes silly? Will it be released DIY or is there label interest? Will you be recording cover songs for the new album?

I get 3 months of unemployment every year at my temp agency, so I’m going to treat finishing the next album like a full time job during that time, and that time is starting January. There are already 3 songs, 2 of which have lyrics. I might do a preproduction recording and release 1 song just to hype up a winter tour. Not 100 percent sure yet. By Summer the next album will be out, maybe fall at the latest. My truck has a cassette deck. I use it all the time – with an 8th inch Aux converter thingie haha. I’m not anti label, but no one has really expressed interest, and I kinda dig seeing the band grow organically and keeping all my royalties but if the right offer came along I’d bite. No plans for a cover song but who knows?

What other bands are you in?

None anymore, I’ve realized the hard way I have to whole ass 1 band instead of half ass a bunch of side projects. I barely even rap anymore because of this as well, Wastewalker takes all my free time. I occasionally fill in for Hoods still.

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

Nah not really. Helpful for partying after the show and cutting loose and whatnot I suppose. But definitely just detracts from working on music. If I didn’t drink socially I’d probably enjoy gigging a little less because I get social anxiety, although no one would guess because I mask it pretty well. By drinking.

How would you best describe your sound?

Thrashy melodic death metalcore. Some shit that will make you want to mosh but you might also hum and think “where the fuck is this melody from?”

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

No, I don’t have a problem selling tickets as long as I’m not required to give the venue a certain amount. I’ll take a few bucks per whatever we sell whether its 40 bucks or 300 bucks. Buying your own tickets because of some quota the promoter has is where it becomes pay to play. I’m old school though I’ll still stand outside the line of a big Ace of Spades show and hand out flyers like I’m still some bright eyed bushy tailed 19 year old kid that thinks his band is gonna make it, and not the thirty something has been wash up that I probably am! Flyering is my preferred method of promotion.

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

Anything I really like I buy on the Google Play store usually. I buy shirts of bands at shows if I really dig them, and CDs from the show. But almost never do I buy CD’s from the store these days.

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

Alice in Chains unplugged album was the first album I remember buying money I earned from working. I think I bought Aenima by Tool twice because my boom box ate the first tape. That was so long ago though so maybe it wasn’t Tool?

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

All Shall Perish took us on tour 3 times when I was in Conducting From the Grave and not only did we vibe well with their fanbase and sell a ton of merch, we also got along with them. Ben Orum is one of the raddest dudes in the world, and thats why I print all Wastewalker merch through his company I love the Suicide Silence guys too, especially their merch guy Joe. He was Light This City’s merch guy on my first tour ever with them in 2005 and he rode in our van quite a bit, along with their guitarist because we rolled with open beers and LTC wasn’t down with that. Such rebels we were! lol. fucking losers really looking back haha. It’s funny how being a stepdad now has changed my perspective. I’d probably yell at 19 year old me. I loved touring with the Arsis dudes too, man… too many bands to list really because I generally get along with everyone and have a good time.

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

Final show of the Kataklysm/All Shall Perish tour in Kataklysm’s hometown of Montreal. They were filming a music video and the show was sold out with over 1600 people. I don’t get nervous, I’d call it more eager to get it over with. The anxiety of waiting to play is real, and its not for fear of not doing well – it’s just that I know I can’t truly relax until my job is done as an entertainer.

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

I think no matter what shit show is going on, life will keep going on and it won’t affect me all that much. People said all the same shit about Bush and Obama, I think Trump is just a notch worse, but ultimately no civil war is going to happen. It wouldn’t surprise me if an assassination occurred though. But then we would have Pence who actually scares me a little more than the rest. I probably shouldn’t talk about assassination so I better leave a disclaimer – I in no way encourage or endorse that! Because big brother is watching. Just ask our singer Cam, he went to Juvy for 6 months as a 14 year old punk rock kid with a green Mohawk for saying on a message board he wanted to blow up the white house.

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

Well there are only 2 full finished thus far but I’m extremely happy with my chorus and structure work thus far. I’ll give a lyrical snippet from a prechorus / chorus section: “Deliver us unto innocent ignorant bliss, every grain of sand that falls from this hour glass is a bless-ed eternity, Come daybreak we will bask in the afterglow, go back to normal life, no one has to know. I’m melting into you, you’re melting into me, Everything makes sense, we were meant to be. I was a wanderer doomed to roam, now it all makes sense, I am home.”

What kind of references or influences do you take from other mediums? Is there any particular book, or other artists that you are inspired by?

Video games like Fallout come to mind, but mostly my inspiration lyrically is from real life experiences and I try to make parallel metaphorical stories.

Could you please explain the title, Immortal, I Create?

That song is about me being creative forever, no matter what the method, even if I have to go out on my own (i.e. Conducting From the Grave breaking up and me doing Wastewalker as more of a solo project) and moving forward, crushing anything in my path that stands in my way. Whether that be record labels, band members, shitty promoters etc “I’ve made something from nothing, I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again, stand in my way and rest assured you’ll be torn to shreds” proceeds to shred dueling solo section lol – Basically I’m going to do this music shit immortally, and live on forever though what I’ve created.

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

I think actually Immortal I create, just because it starts at a tempo that lends its self to rocking out pretty hard and the riff is really easy to play and kinda intentionally sloppy. Plus I like doing the backup vocals on the strummy part before the breakdown “You can’t take this away from me I’ll rage against your apathy, I won’t become the mortal man the world says I have to be, I’ll bow out from this stage of blasphemy, but mark my words you haven’t seen the last of me” I think it brings out a lot of emotion for me live because it was essentially written going through the well of emotions that came along with Conducting From the Grave calling it quits, which was such a large part of my life for 12 years.

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

The title Funeral Winds is a song about income inequality and disgustingly rich people that hoard their money and have no problem paying peasant wages. People like the Papa Johns CEO for instance. Fuck that guy. Fuck civil war between the right and the left or Trump vs Hilary, its really the poor and the rich that need to battle it out in this country. And the voice of the masses of poor people scraping by needs to be heard, loud and clear.

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

It’s mostly all me, but Nate contributed a lot of input on harmonies and some structure here and there and wrote his own solos. Cam wrote the lyrics for Hazmat birth about struggles with addiction. I draw inspiration from living life, making mistakes and being human.

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

Mostly me sitting at the computer with my guitar until a skeleton of a song demo is tracked. Then we get together in our rehearsal spot and try to jam it and pitch ideas for what could make it better or worse as a full band. Then eventually 19 revised demos later we have a finished song. RIP my hard drive space.

Top 5 albums or songs released this year so far?

Well when I was at my old job last year, I could listen to music all day so I was much more on game. I’m super behind on what has come out this year now because the Apple warehouse I work at makes us lock our phones up before going in. The new Arkaik jams hard, The Kennedy Veil’s album is great, new Black Dahlia Murder was as usual solid as fuck. Darkest Hour’s latest album came out this year right? Or was it late last year? I really liked that album, it had a great raw grit to the production and songwriting. Relentless Mutation by Archspire did what I though it was going to do too – make me wanna sell my guitar and go be a fluffer on porn sets or something because obviously I aint shit as a musician. Same with that Virvum album, but I think that came out 2016 too.

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

Dean guitars sort of I think? We (me and Jeff from Conducting From the Grave) are still listed on their site but they haven’t responded to my emails in years nor have they sent me guitars. I got Toontrack to give me Superior Drummer for free by throwing my big “I was signed to Sumerian records, who wants to touch me” dick around, as per suggested by Zack Ohren. So bascially just Toontrack and Dean Guitars. I think Dean will start to holler back once Wastewalker starts touring regularly. If not I’d love to get Ibanez or ESP.

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

Resurrect Dimebag and tour with Pantera. But in the realm of reality, I’d love to go back out with All shall Perish if/when they finally get going again. Black Dahlia Murder and Revocation would also be bucket list bands to tour with. I’d love to pick Dave Davidsons brain about his process and just trade licks and jam a little bit.

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

Play “In the Dirt” by Twisted Insane/Charlie Ray So many lines resonate with me in that song and it has such a dark vibe, I tear up and get goosebumps every time I hear it “So imagine, if I never had the music and I never was equipped with the wrath to use it like I do when I’m lucky enough to pay a bill while you niggas make a mill with your wack acoustics”. And I’ll take The Last Demon by Twisted Insane, Far Beyond Driven by Pantera, and Deja Entendu by Brand New. Vast array of emotions from hawrd to sawft all in my coffin, although I’ll be dead so I won’t be able to feel shit, not even the gnawing of the worms and maggots. Matter of fact I’m going to donate my body to science anyways, so just ask what those creepy fucks that are going to be cutting me up wanna listen to!

What does metal mean to you?

It’s family at this point. I love all my friends I’ve made in the metal scene. Going to shows, playing shows and writing aggressive music is the best release from the bullshit of regular life imaginable.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

Be on the lookout for a Kickstarter campaign to launch in the next few months for a table top card and dice game tentatively titled “Wastewalker Battle Arena”. In a nut shell, you have a squad of 5 character cards and your battling in an arena for entrance into a post apocalyptic fallout shelter for the amusement of its leader, as opposed to wandering the nuclear wastes. You have a hand full of cards with special abilities for each character and you battle other players until there is only 1 player left. Shout out to Mikey Hood, without you the underground metal and hardcore scene wouldn’t be what it is today in Sacramento, shout out to Ricky Trigga and First Unit productions for putting on shows, same goes out to Chris Somel and the Atlantean Collective. Shouts out to High House, we need to do a proper show there soon with our full lineup! Too many names to list but basically just know that if you have helped put on a show, from the door people/security to the persons signing the contract to pay the headliners, to the sound guys – everyone in the scene I just want to say thank you so much for helping me do what I’ve done for almost 15 years. And most importantly the fans, I know its cliche but your praise and support keeps me motivated to push forward and keep doing this, despite it costing me a ton of blood sweat and tears over the years. As far as dirty jokes, I heard this on a movie called Middle Man yesterday and it stuck with me: “Whats the hardest part about cutting up a dead body? …. The bones!” \M/