Phil Anselmo Chats About His Latest Back Surgery And Working With Kerry King Of Slayer

“I’m about to undergo the second back surgery tomorrow [January 31] to clean up one more little nagging issue that has been dragging my ass down for the last decade,” he explains. “My sciatica has just been driving me fucking bananas ever since the nerves reconnected about four months after the main surgery. It’s a small surgery compared to the first one — no overnight stay at the hospital or anything like that — but once I get this done, we can start accepting shows and get back to fucking work again.”

“You know, someone shot me an email the other day saying there’s been murmurs online about me and Kerry jamming together. And you know everything you read on the Internet is always a hundred percent true. [Laughs] But the real truth is I haven’t talked to Kerry since Jeff Hanneman passed away. I will say this, though: I’m on the worst side of life expectancy now, so for me to close any doors would be just flat out foolish. [Laughs] If Kerry King wants to do a record and it sounds cool, my door is always open.” Read more @ Revolver

Obituary Announce North American Headline Tour with Pallbearer

Death metal legends OBITUARY have announced an early Summer North American headline tour with support from Pallbearer, Skeletonwitch and Dust Bolt. The tour begins May 2nd in Atlanta, GA and ends June 3rd in Miami, FL. A full list of confirmed tour dates is available below.

OBITUARY comments on the tour:

“We are stoked about our North American tour and super excited to be back at the headlining spot. We have been very fortunate to be a part of some killer tours for our last few US/Canada runs as support to Carcass, Cannibal Corpse and Kreator but that came with limits on time and production value. Now it’s time to bust out the Big Guns, dig deep into our musical pockets and pull out some oldies but goodies!!

With 10 studio albums and over 100 songs in our catalog these days, it’s never easy choosing a set list and always causes some serious discussions and arguments amongst the band members so we are turning to the fans on this one. We want to hear from YOU what songs we should play and since everyone has their favorites we are really looking forward to hearing what you guys think. This should be fun, entertaining and interesting so make sure to comment on our social media pages with your top picks……Ready. Set. GO!!!!!!!!”

— All Dates May 02 – June 03 w/ Pallbearer, Skeletonwitch and Dust Bolt —

May 02 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
May 03 Greensboro, NC The Blind Tiger
May 04 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
May 05 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
May 06 Boston, MA Sinclair
May 08 Toronto, ON Opera House
May 09 Montreal, QC Club Soda
May 10 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
May 11 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
May 12 Detroit, MI Majestic
May 13 Chicago, IL Metro
May 15 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
May 16 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
May 18 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
May 19 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Music Hall
May 21 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
May 22 Seattle, WA El Corazon
May 23 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
May 25 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
May 26 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
May 27 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
May 29 Austin, TX Barracuda
May 30 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
May 31 Houston, TX Scout Bar
Jun 01 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
Jun 02 Orlando, FL The Haven Lounge
Jun 03 Miami, FL The Ground

Spider Rockets To Release Long-Awaited New Album, January 26th

New Jersey’s Spider Rockets are set to release their fifth full-length album ‘Along Came A Spider,’ January 26th via P-Dog Records.  Today, the artwork and track listing have been revealed. Check out the lyric video for the first single entitled “Sick”  streaming below.

“We have always done things our way and ‘Along Came A Spider‘ continues that tradition.  It’s our own brand of rock that evolves, twists and turns regardless of what the current trend is generating,” says lead singer, Helena Cos.
Spider Rockets hit the studio for their fifth full-length release, this time with producer Dan Malsch (Framing Hanley, Tantric, and Doro). ‘Along Came A Spider takes the group’s songwriting philosophy one step further with lush production coupled with the group’s distinct brand of unapologetic in-your-face sound and attitude.
Spider Rockets‘ previous release, ‘Bitten,’ was named one of the Top 10 Hard Rock Albums of 2012 by MetalOdyssey.com.  On rock radio cage matches,Spider Rockets triumphed over respectable heavy hitters like Five Finger Death Punch, Pennywise, Hellyeah, and others. Also, the group’s track, “Going Down,” became WWE darling, Charlotte Flair’s (daughter of the legendary Ric Flair), walk-out and victory theme song during her 2014 season.
‘Along Came A Spider‘ Track Listing:
1. Rip Your Heart Out
2. Love it When You’re Wrong
3. Adore
4. Drama Gore
5. Hey Hey
6. Burn
7. At Odds
8. Heartbreaker
9. Come to Me
10. Losing It
11. Sick

Valhalla Lights To Release “My Gracious Highway” April 6th

Valhalla Lights … are Ange Saul (vocals), George Christie (guitar), Brent “Badger” Crysell (bass) Deon Driver (drums). They are set to release their debut album “My Gracious Highway” April 6th in North America.  Today the artwork and track listing have been revealed.  Pre-order the album HERE.
Listen to the first single from the album “Hammer The Witch” streaming below.
George, Brent and Deon have been playing together for 17 years and were the backbone of legendary Australian stoner rock band FORT which appeared on the main stage of Splendor in the Grass festival where they played to 10,000 people, did national tours with Clutch (2x tours), Kyuss LivesFu ManchuBrant Bjork, Grinspoon, Nebula and shows with Monster MagnetHelmet, the Black Keys, COG, Shihad (NZ), Tumbleweed, and The Hard Ons.
Joining the powerhouse trio is vocalist Ange Saul who has played numerous festivals across the globe with her previous band The Black Lullaby.  Since Ange joined Valhalla Lights,  they have recently played shows with Sebastian Bach from Skid Row and Gilby Clarke from Guns n Roses
Valhalla Lights is all about quality vintage instruments and tube driven amps played at high volume, catchy riffs that stick in the mind, thumping drums and crashing cymbals, all put together to create a wall of sound…  and powerful and melodic vocals cutting through to sit over the top.
Hailing from the beautiful township of Byron Bay on the East Coast of Australia, a small surfing community and a place that is at the center of an extinct volcano and is known for its natural fresh air, stunning beaches, rich volcanic soil and dramatic landscape that has been gouged out by hot molten lava…  Valhalla Lights music can be summed up as. being… explosive, hard edged melodic rock… something that you might even call…   Volcanic Rock!  This Volcanic Rock has already received its fair share of radio airplay stateside with more to come!

THE DAMNED RELEASE FUTURISTIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘STANDING ON THE EDGE OF TOMORROW’

Legendary British band, The Damned have released a video today for new single, ‘Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow’ taken from their new album, Evil Spirits’, scheduled for release on Search And Destroy / Spinefarm Records on April 13th. Their first new album in a decade.

The single is “an optimistic song even though it is about a dark subject, in a world obsessed by ‘self’,” explains legendary frontman Dave Vanian, who also directed the video. “This is a cry for humanity to recognize its humanity, before it’s too late. There is a strong influence of Joe Meek here: ‘Telstar’ was a glorious song about the opportunities of the future. I’d like to think that ‘SOTEOT’ reflects a similar sentiment.”

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival​ ​Expands To Include Events Across The Western U.S

Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE) and Brew Ha Ha Productions are pleased to announce the expansion of the acclaimed Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito to include additional dates in Sacramento, Denver, Albuquerque, Tucson, Auburn, and Portland during April and May of 2018. Sabroso also returns to the scenic Doheny State Beach in Southern California on Saturday, April 7 from 1:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (VIP Entry at Noon). Each date of the 5th annual taco and craft beer celebration features a music lineup headlined by Orange County, CA-based The Offspring, along with SoCal’s PennywiseMe First And The Gimme Gimmes, The Vandals, Against Me!, Lit, Unwritten Law, Street Dogs, Los Kung Fu Monkeys, and more will perform on select dates. Visit www.SabrosoTacoFest.com for music lineup details.

Produced by California’s most successful and respected craft beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions and premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), most dates of Sabroso will also feature craft beer tastings (until 4:00 P.M.) from some of the best breweries in the country. The region’s top chefs and restaurants will serve delectable tacos and attendees can enjoy Lucha Libre style wrestling, lawn games, contests, and more. Beer tastings will vary by city according to local alcohol laws and restrictions.

Dexter Holland of The Offspring said, “Tacos and craft beer are two of The Offspring’s favorite things! We’re excited to be bringing Sabroso to new cities in 2018! See you at the shows!”

Sabroso offers craft beer from some of the best, top-awarded breweries in the nation and pairs them with some of the tastiest tacos in the region. It’s truly an experience unlike anything seen before,” Sabroso co-producer Cameron Collins of Brew Ha Ha Productions said. “The festival will offer everything from savory carne asada and carnitas to delicious fresh fish tacos, and of course, craft beer favorites like IPAs, pale ales, stouts, lagers and more!”

During VIP early entry tastings (from Noon – 4:00 P.M.), and general admission tastings (from 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.), craft beer lovers that are 21+ can sample over 100 craft beers from the finest breweries in the nation. Tastings will feature tons of local favorites, with an initial list of well-known breweries including Avery Brewing, Pizza Port Brewing Company, Three Weavers, Abnormal Beer Co., Artifex, and Modern Times in Dana Point; New Glory Craft Brewery, Seismic Brewing Co., Heretic Brewing Company, The Bruery, AleSmith, and Avery Brewing in Sacramento; Oskar Blues Brewery, Melvin Brewing, Upslope Brewing Company, Renegade Brewing Company, Avery Brewing, and Great Divide Brewing Co. in Denver; Avery Brewing, Kaktus Brewing Co., Bosque Brewing Company, and Great Divide Brewing Co. in Albuquerque; The Shop Beer Co., Avery Brewing, Barrio Brewing Co., Crooked Tooth Brewing, Grand Canyon Brewing Company, and Stone Brewing in Tucson; 7 Seas Brewing, Wingman Brewers, Avery Brewing, Harmon Brewing Co., Melvin Brewing, Silver City Brewery, and Wet Coast Brewing Co. in Auburn; and Modern Times, Avery Brewing, AleSmith, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Ecliptic Brewing, and 2 Towns in Portland.

At each festival date, the taco creations will compete for the coveted Sabroso “Best Of Show,” awarded by a panel of highly acclaimed and pre-selected food judges.

Attendees are also invited to sample all flavors of Gringo BanditoDexter Holland of The Offspring’s top rated hot sauce—during the event.

Lucha Libre style wrestling stars from across the globe will take to the ring battling for the title of Sabroso Champion. There will be multiple qualifying wrestling matches throughout each festival day and one final championship match at each show.

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito runs from 1:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (VIP Entry at Noon). Tickets for all dates of Sabroso go on sale Friday, January 26 at 10:00 A.M. local time at www.SabrosoTacoFest.com and start at just $29.00 in some markets and $39.50 in others. For each ticket purchased, $0.50 will be donated to a charity in the local festival market.

The VIP Lounge + Early Entry Ticket includes (1) festival admission ticket with craft beer tastings, music festival access, VIP entry lane with one hour early entry for craft beer tastings (21+), VIP lounge access with exclusive craft beer tastings and special taco vendors, VIP bathrooms, and VIP commemorative laminate.

The 2018 Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito dates are as follows:

Saturday, April 7 – Dana Point, CA – Doheny State Beach
Sunday, April 8 – Sacramento, CA – Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo
Saturday, April 28 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Sunday, April 29 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Saturday, May 5 – Tucson, AZ – Rillito Park Racetrack
Saturday, May 12 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Sunday, May 13 – Portland, OR – Portland Meadows

The Offspring and Pennywise perform at every show. Support lineups vary by city.

At last year’s sold out Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA, 8,500 attendees gathered under the California sunshine for an afternoon of complimentary craft beer tasting with over 40 of the best breweries from Southern California and beyond, gourmet street tacos and more. Lucha Libre style wrestlers competed throughout the day as the waves of the Pacific crashed behind their beachside ring, and professional eaters, including world champion Takeru Kobayashi, took to the stage before The Offspring’s performance for the 7th Annual Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge. While runner-up Molly Schuyller, European champion Jesse Pynnönen, and others devoured tacos at an astonishing pace, Kobayashi stole the show by downing 159 tacos in 10 minutes – shattering his own 2015 record of 144 tacos.

The festival producers encourage attendees to drink responsibly.

Sponsors for Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito include Gringo Bandito, Avery Brewing, Rockstar Energy Drink, Chronic Tacos, Milagro Tequila, Cosmic Fog and many more.

Dead Meadow Announce New Album “The Nothing They Need” and Spring Tour

Dead Meadow are happy to announce they will be releasing a new album, The Nothing They Need (Xemu Records), on March 2, 2018. Today they share the album’s first single, “Keep Your Head” which perfectly exemplifies the band’s unique marriage of Sabbath riffs, dreamy layers of guitar-fuzz bliss, and singer Jason Simon’s melodic croon.

In support of The Nothing They Need, Dead Meadow will be touring the US with dates kicking off March 2 and hits, among others, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, and Chicago before concluding at Levitation in Austin, TX on April 26. Further, Dead Meadow will be playing in Los Angeles at Orpheum (Night on Broadway) on January 27. The full tour is listed below and tickets are on-sale now.

TOUR DATES
1/27 Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum (Night on Broadway)
3/02 Tucson, AZ @ Flycatcher
3/03 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
3/04 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
3/05 Ft Worth, TX @ City Tavern
3/06 San Antonio, TX @ Period Modern
3/07 Houston, TX @ White Oak
3/08 Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern
3/09 Nashville, TN @ Springwater
3/10 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
3/11 Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse
3/13 New Orleans, LA @ Santos
3/14 Pensacola, FL @ Chizuko
3/15 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
3/16 Miami, FL @ Gramps
3/17 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
3/18 Jacksonville, FL @ Nighthawks
3/20 Wilmington, NC @ Reggie’s 42nd Street
3/21 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
3/22 Raleigh, NC @ Kings
3/23 Washington D.C @ Black Cat
3/24 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
3/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
3/26 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
3/28 Boston, MA @ Sonia
3/29 Quebec City, QC @ la Source de La Martinière
3/31 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
4/01 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
4/03 Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx
4/04 Chicago, IL  @ Beat Kitchen
4/05 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
4/06 Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
4/07 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban
4/08 Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
4/26 Austin, TX @ Levitation