Spotlights Join Quicksand and Glassjaw for July Tour

Spotlights, the ethereal-meets-heavy rock trio who continue Ipecac Recordings’ legacy of championing unique and artistically captivating rock bands, will join post-hardcore heavyweights Quicksand and Glassjaw for a two-week U.S. trek before rounding out the month with doom outfit, Pallbearer.


The tour announcement arrives as the band prepares for a hometown show this Saturday at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus, celebrating the release of Hanging By Faith, a five-song addendum to their Ipecac full-length debut from late last year, Seismic. The EP includes a stirring rendition of The Cure’s “Faith” as well as the cinematic song, “The Hanging (Hang Us All)”

Spotlights tour dates:

June 30 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus +

July 7 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot ++

July 8 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall ++

July 9 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater ++

July 10 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room ++++

July 11 Denver, CO The Ogden Theatre ++

July 12 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex ++

July 14 Portland, OR Roseland Theater ++

July 15 Seattle, WA Showbox ++

July 17 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom ++

July 18 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades ++

July 20 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory ++

July 22 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren ++

July 24 Austin, TX Mohawk ++

July 26 Hamden, CT The Outer Space +++

July 27 Syracuse, NY The Lost Horizon +++

July 28 Cambridge, MA Middle East +

July 29 Philadelphia, PA Voltage Lounge +

July 31 Amityville, NY Amityville Music Hall +++

  • = headlining date

++ = w/Quicksand and Glassjaw

+++ = w/Pallbearer & SUMOKEM

++++ = w/Extinction A.D.

Spotlights is a Brooklyn-based trio featuring married couple Mario and Sarah Quintero alongside drummer Chris Enriquez. The band released Seismic in the fall of 2017 via Ipecac Recordings. Revolver said the outfit “balances delicate atmospherics” and “crushing sounds” on the Aaron Harris (ISIS/Palms) produced release, while Loudwire noted Spotlights’ knack for “letting songs breathe, taking their time in building up a track’s strength and beauty simultaneously.”. Treble Zine named the album one of the Top 20 metal releases of 2017, saying “Seismic is an atmospheric sludge odyssey that lives up to the earth-moving implications of its title.”

Glanville – First Blood (Fat & Holy Records)

Formed by childhood friends Philipp Michel and René Hofmann, Glanville is a brand new heavy rock band from Germany. Having played in groups like Wight, Foh, The Earwix and Milking the Goatmachine, Hofmann and Michel are experienced musicians and quickly wrote some songs that demanded to be played by a real and full-grown band in front of a crowd.

The search for the right partners took more than a year, but finally the line-up was completed with the entrance of Peter-Philipp Schierhorn (Fallen Tyrant) on bass, Thomas Hoffmann (Bushfire) on drums, and Chris West (Trippy Wicked, Stubb and Landskap) on second guitar.

Looks like heavy metal is still very much alive. I don’t mean the classic metal bands putting out material. Don’t get me wrong, i love when Maiden or Priest come out with new material, but what about new bands making heavy metal in 2018? German heavy rockers Glanville have shown that they got what it takes to carry the heavy metal torch. First blood has managed to bring a fresh sound to the table, and its pretty damn good. The cover art itself makes me want to listen to it. Right away the opening track “God is Dead”, pulls me in. First, because of the name of the song. Secondly because of the killer riffs and amazing vocal work. The flexibility of the vocal range is impeccable. The way the music carries its melodies with the guitar and the bass of the drums gives it that classic, yet unique heavy sound. Its as if I’m hearing the riffs from Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden.

There is a similar sound in the riffs that brings you back to the heavy metal days. I love the polished sound of the bass as well. This is truly something you would show someone that says dumb shit like “heavy metal is dead” or “ Its all dad metal”. Glanville have shown on EVERY song on this album that heavy metal is very much alive. There is honestly not one song that I don’t enjoy on here. My favorite song on the album is “Durga The Great”. The best way I can describe this song is…well imagine that Ronnie James Dio did vocals for Iron Maiden. Its a pretty big thing to compare Glanville to Maiden and Dio, but honestly they executed everything to perfection on their debut. I am going to spend my money on this band’s music. I advise you all do the same. 9.5/10

God Is Dead
Dancing On Fire
Durga The Great
Time To Go


Author: AJ Guzman

Relapse Contamination Tour Featuring Dying Fetus, Incantation, Gatecreeper and Genocide Pact Announced

Relapse Records is excited to announce the return of the Relapse Contamination Tour headlined by death metal heavyweights DYING FETUS with support from label-mates INCANTATIONGATECREEPER and GENOCIDE PACT! The tour will kick off September 19th in Flint, MI and travel through 35 cities across North America, ending October 29th in London, ON. All confirmed dates are available below. Continue reading

ASHRR Release Official Music Video for Dark Synth Masterpiece

Newly formed, unique musical collective ASHRR, made up of Singer – Songwriter Steven Davis and Artist / Producers Ethan Allen and Josh Charles, is slowly creeping onto the music scene with a huge history and incredibly polished avant-garde aesthetic in the form of debut single, “Medicine Man.” Streaming below, “Medicine Man” was directed by William Morrison and is the first taste of the trio’s upcoming, debut EP. Continue reading

Concert Photo Review: Slayer at Papa Murphy Park – Sacramento

Slayer Slaughters Sacramento One Last Time

All photos courtesy of Conrad Melendez @ action photography by conrad


Lamb Of God




Void Vator Release  Music Video for “Until It’s Gone” and Announce Summer 2018 Tour

Los Angeles, CA based heavy metal rock band VOID VATOR has announced their SOUTHWEST 2018 TOUR. Launching July 19th in Las Vegas, the tour will wind through Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico before winding down Phoenix on July 28th. The band has also released the official music video for “Until it’s Gone,” off of their 2017 released, debut EP, Dehumanized. “Until it’s Gone” is the new Void Vator music video that showcases the Los Angeles quartet’s high energy rock and metal show. Void Vator will be bringing their show on the road this summer 2018 on the Southwest Express tour from LA to Houston and back.”


New Video From Psychedelic Fuzz/Heavy Rock Troupe Black Elephant

Cosmic Blues, the impending new full-length from Italian psychedelic fuzz/heavy rock troupe BLACK ELEPHANT, will see release next month via Small Stone. In advance of its release, One would be hard-pressed to come up with a better descriptor for BLACK ELEPHANT‘s Cosmic Blues full-length than the title of the album itself. Based in Savona, Italy, the four-piece have conjured ghosts of ’70s heavy fuzz and ’90s riff mongering offering up a sonic brew that’s both potent and thoroughly modern.

Leaving their own tracks in the footsteps of bands like Small Stone’s own Isaak, BLACK ELEPHANT hits a new level of craft with Cosmic Blues, and if the righteous drive of opener “Cosmic Soul,” the flowing progression of the LP that ensues, and the name they’ve given the whole affair are anything to go by, they know it for sure. All the better

INCITE Announces “Burn and Shred” North American Headline Tour Dates

Heavy metal purveyors INCITE are thrilled to announce their upcoming North American “Burn & Shred” headline tour, featuring support from Aethere (8/10-9/8) and Lody Kong (9/14-9/28). The two-leg tour will begin on August 10 in Austin, TX and visit several major North American cities, ending on September 28 in the band’s hometown of Phoenix, AZ. Tickets will be available via each individual venue. See below for all current tour dates, and stay tuned for more dates coming soon!

Vocalist Richie Cavalera says, “Were fired up to be hitting every corner of North America on what will be our most extensive headline tour yet! Bringing the metal with us will be Aethere and Lody Kong, so come rage with us. You might even hear a new song or two! Keep it heavy and get ready to “Burn & Shred”!

INCITE also just finished the recording process on their next full-length album, which is set to be released soon. Fans should stay tuned for more information on the impending release. Cavalera says, “The new album is a wrap! It’s all about keeping it brutal for all the metalheads. We’ve got an album full of ragers – it’s definitely heavy as sh*t with some new surprises in the guitar shredding department, and our special guest vocalists – which you’ll hear about soon – killed it. We’re pumped to release this album to the world.”

INCITE Burn & Shred Tour
Leg One w/ Aethere
8/10 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
8/11 – Dallas, TX – Curtain Club
8/13 – Lawrence, KS – Replay Lounge
8/14 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
8/16 – Lansing, MI – Mac’s Club
8/17 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
8/19 – Rochester, NY – Bugjar
8/21 – Portland, ME – Geno’s Rock Club
8/22 – Providence, RI – Alchemy
8/23 – Manchester, NH – The Jewel
8/24 – Montague, MA – RPM Fest
8/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar
8/26 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
8/28 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
8/29 – Raleigh, NC – The Maywood
8/30 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Purgatory)
9/04 – New Orleans, LA – Santos
9/07 – Cave In Rock, IL – Full Terror Assault *
9/08 – Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
*no Aethere

Leg Two w/ Lody Kong
9/14 – San Diego, CA – Space Bar
9/16 – Oakland, CA – Elbo Room Jack London
9/17 – Sacramento, CA – Blue Lamp
9/19 – Portland, OR – High Water Mark
9/20 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon (Funhouse)
9/22 – Boise, ID – The Shredder
9/25 – Denver, CO – Streets of London
9/27 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
9/28 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red

REBEL WIZARD announce full length album, Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response

The prolific heavy negative wizard metal warlock REBEL WIZARD returns with another brew of fuzzed out black metal and classic NWOBHM.

On the forthcoming new album titled Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response, REBEL WIZARD masterfully captures fantasy and ferocity, spanning the gamut of artfully selected metal influence while simultaneously bulldozing limits with mind bending guitar virtuosity and adrenalized melodies. Each song is a unique state-altering experience, equal parts terrifying and utterly mesmerizing.

Descend into the underworld of extreme metal sorcery with the first album track, “The prophecy came and it was soaked with the common fools forboding” premiering now below.

Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response Tracklist 
1. Persisting as it does
2. The prophecy came and it was soaked with the common fools forboding
3. High mastery of the woeful arts
4. Drunk on the wizdom of unicorn semen
5. The poor and ridiculous alchemy of Christ and Lucifer and us all
6. Mother Nature, oh my sweet mistress, showed me the other worlds and it was just fallacy
7. Majestic mystical burdens
8. Healing the chakras with heavy negative wizard metal
9. Voluptuous worship of rapture and response
10.Exhaustive glory

Formed in 2012 by NKSV, REBEL WIZARD acts on instinct and has absorbed the impact of over thirty years of various metal mysticisms to create an intoxicating sound rooted in black metal, splattered in thrash, baptized by NWOBHM and exacerbated with an epic dose of power metal.

Matt Harvey of Gruesome “We are a Death tribute, homage, worship, whatever you want to call it band.”

In the video below Matt Harvey of GRUESOME talks new Solo movie, clubs versus festivals, gear and Death with Hayden Johnson of Capital Chaos TV. Less than four short years into their career, death metal defenders of the old GRUESOME — featuring current and former members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation, etc. — returns with its second full-length sermon, Twisted Prayers. Continue reading

QUOR Release Official Lyric Video for “Raising The Dead”

Heavy Rock band QUOR has released the official lyric video for “Raising The Dead,” off of their January 25th released EP, The Way We Are. With art and animation by Svitlana Reinish, “Raising The Dead” originally premiered on Loudwire.

The concept for the track came from a walk through a shallow burial ground in Ireland, “There was an impact left from the image of the bones laying under the rock patches covering the graves. It made me wonder what those old bones might want to say to us from the grave. How would they view their own actions in life differently now? How would they advise the living to live?” – QUOR

What is QUOR? Something you should hear, you should feel, and should tell your closest friends about. QUOR is a quiet difference of styles and dynamics that follow no rules of the rock/metal/punk genres, but still stands as a whole, consistent within itself. Something new and fresh. Every song is an epic ride, a storied tale. Subtle and furious in groove; hooked for days in harmony. Will you find yourself uttering a line or two caught deep inside your head? To where will it take you? The answer is yours but the outcome is always the same. By listening to QUOR, you will arrive into awesomeness. Bold but true.

Eric “A.K.” Knutson and Michael Gilbert of Flotsam and Jetsam “Hookers and cocaine, no it all went to recording costs and our budgets for touring.”

In the video below, Eric “A.K.” Knutson & Michael Gilbert of Flotsam and Jetsam talk metal, favorite thrash songs, new Flotsam and Jetsam music, surviving the 80’s, what lead to Michael Gilbert joining the band and more with Zoran Theodorovic @ Holy Diver in Sacramento, California June 12th, 2018

On whether they able to spend record company advance money irresponsibly? Continue reading

Rod, Kent and Ben of Mordant Rapture “Take the bull by the horns…and fuck it.”

The Artisan Era recently announced the upcoming July 13th release of Mordant Rapture’s debut EP, The Abnegation. The Abnegation is a five-song whirlwind of symphonic and blackened technical death metal influenced by the grandiose nature of film scores and also by groups such as Spawn of Possession, Emperor, Necrophagist, and Dissection. Active since 2013, The Abnegation will be the group’s first release, due in part to Mordant Rapture laboring for years writing and re-inventing themselves until satisfied with songs they considered top-notch.

How did you first get into music? Who or what turned you onto metal?

Kent: I remember going to a friend’s house–I was just starting middle school so I was like 11yrs old–where he showed me Metallica and Megadeth. I loved the aggression and catchiness of their stuff, but it wasn’t until about 8th grade that another friend turned me onto Rammstein and Nine Inch Nails, which blew my mind. Around the beginning of high school I befriended some metal heads and we got into Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir. I was completely converted from then on, looking for darker and heavier stuff that led me down the path towards death metal and beyond.

Rod: Firstly thank you for the interest and interview, I think like many of us I started with Megadeth, Metallica, Black Sabbath but I will always remember me coming home from a trip to Mexico with my first guitar in hand and having my cousin play Crystal Mountain by Death on that classical, and from then on I was hooked. My brother had Cannibal Corpses’ “Vile” album and I went through that a couple times, then delved into more black metal and by then I was lost to the genre. The perfect storm.

Ben: As far as influences to metal I grew up during the big boom of new, excuse me, NÜ metal. I got into Korn in 4th grade, thats when issues came out and falling away from me was the gateway. I remember thinking “Here to stay” by Korn was the peak of heavy, and it won’t ever be topped. Then Slipknot came along with “Iowa.” I eventually got an electric guitar one year and started learning songs by ear and I just kept going deeper down the rabbit hole as I got older and eventually found my way to death and black metal. Spawn of possession ruined a lot of bands for me, in a good way of coarse.

What got you started playing music and how old were you?

Ben: This makes question makes me feel old haha. I actually got introduced to guitar completely by chance. In 6th grade I didn’t fill out my elective form and was put into a mariachi class, and that’s really the first time I picked up a guitar.

Kent: The father of the kid who showed me Metallica was a hobbyist musician that had guitars, synths, and a decent computer–things I didn’t have access to at the time–so I went over to his house almost everyday to learn guitar and to try laying down some song ideas. By my 14th birthday, my parents were sick of me begging for a guitar so they bought me a Fender Stratocaster that I still own to this day.

Rod: Emperor, Dissection, Cradle of Filth (don’t care what anyone says they’re still sick) Dimmu Borgir, these among others are what inspired me to want to make music. I believe I was 12 or 13.

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

Ben: It actually all started with Byron Leon, currently in Enigma (amazing band). He asked me to join a project he had started with David Arnold (awesome drummer). David was involved in another project with Kent at the time called “Octoclops”. From there David and I began writing material and Kent originally joined in on bass and we had Ryan Mcnatt (also now in Enigma) on second guitar. The material was much different back then, actually it sounded nothing like current Mordant Rapture. As time went on Byron and Ryan formed Enigma, David moved out of the country, Kent, Myself, and our previous vocalist Richard Slate decided to push forward and continue creating. The sound continued to grow and change as we wrote more and more. Rodrigo originally joined on bass and eventually replaced Richard on vocals after Richard had to step back from the project. Then the three us decided to write all new material to put together this EP. The song that kinda was the turning point for us direction-wise is “Natal trophies,” the closer of the ep. It’s the oldest song but that was the turning point for us to push forward with the symphonic tech death sound. In the pre production phase, our recording engineer Cody Funtes (Rapture Recordings) got us in touch with Josh Miller to record the drums for this EP.

Kent: In short, Mordant Rapture implies that the intense pleasures people pursue or hope to experience, whether in this life or beyond, is hopelessly circumstantial, laughably ephemeral, and ultimately just a cruel joke.

What was your 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?

Kent: The local metal scene in San Jose has always struggled to really coalesce into something substantial, which might be why I’ve been in so many projects in completely different genres. But I had felt the calling of Black Metal and Death Metal for so many years, so joining MR gave me the chance to write and play what I really wanted. But within the first year of forming, we were playing shows with an almost completely different lineup and a more chaotic grind/tech style with no symphonic stuff, so we’ve come a long way in refining our sound. One of my favorite local acts that we played with a few times back then was called Behold the Desecration, not just I go way back with my boys Kevin Wilson and Brian Mojica (the former working on solo material and the latter currently in Wolf King), but because these guys had sick songs and killed it on stage. As of right now some of my favorite local acts are Enigma, Aethere, Arcane Existence, Crepuscle, Symbiotic, Cold Claw. These guys and gals work extremely hard to turn their creativity to fruition. The level of dedication and passion I’ve seen from the members in these bands is really something I admire and I can’t wait to share the stage with all of them.

Rod: I was a late addition to the game within the Bay Area scene due to me being a transplant from Salinas but I quickly befriended many around here and the scene in the South Bay is such melting pot of amazing musicians they ultimately inspire us to be better.

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

Rod: For me coming from a city with very little extreme metal sorta forced me to pick up any instrument I could get my hands on. Early in my youth I had a two piece band where I played drums and sang at the same time while writing lyrics and guitars with a buddy of mine, it wasn’t so much a choice to be a vocalist but rather a matter of circumstance where I needed to fill that role. I also mess around with synthesizers here n there.

What makes a good Mordant Rapture song?

Kent: We can’t usually tell when the song is going to be really good until we import the midi information containing the orchestral stuff into realistic-sounding VSTs and then jam the riffs over the backing tracks. If the intended effect on our ears is immediately present sonically and compositionally, we push on and on until the full “skeleton” of the whole song is done so that Rod can start composing the lyrical element and trying out vocal arrangements, all of which are integral to fleshing out and rewriting sections. The bottom line is, if the song hasn’t undergone at least 10 versions, it isn’t good enough for us!

Rod: I think it’s finding that balance of trying to jam all of our influences into the track without it being too obvious, subtlety is key but also pushing it beyond our own capabilities, ultimately we write these songs for us and if people think they’re good then that’s awesome.

Who are some of your influences? Who can we hear in your music?

Rod: For me lyrically it’s Danny Filth for sure; The man is a lyrical genius. Ihsahn from Emperor, Helmut of Belphegor, Nergal of Behemoth there are too many to name, all of Black Metal/Death Metal when it comes to the vocals and lyrics. I have to do this music justice.

Kent: Since getting into metal, I have always been drawn to specific sections of songs by Emperor from a compositional standpoint, but I try to incorporate some of my favorite tech riffs by Spawn of Possession, Necrophagist, and Beneath the Massacre while throwing in melodic tremolo-picked melodic lines in the vein of Dimmu’s and Cradle’s older material.

What was the first music you bought, what was the first concert you saw, where was it and with who?

Kent: The first album I bought was “…And Justice for All” by Metallica. The first concert ever for me was Tool. I went to see them at the Event Center in Downtown San Jose, California, with the kid and his dad from which I starting learning how to play music.

Rod: I was fortunate enough to have an older brother that had a huge CD wallet with so much music so it’s hard to pin point the first, but a memorable purchase for me was my sister driving me to Warehouse music where I went to buy headphones but ended up buying “In Defiance Of Existence” by Old Man’s Child and she bought me the headphones since I spent all I had on the cd. It’s the little things. Ozzfest 04’ with the bro, cousin, a few friends–it was awesome! Best lineup ever! Change my mind!

Ben: the First album I ever bought was System of a down’s self titled. Remember Tower Records? Those where the days, I remember being nervous about the parental advisory stickers but the girl with dreads behind the counter thought I looked old enough. Thanks dreadlock girl. The first concert I ever went too was the very first Project Revolution with Korn, Linkin Park and most importantly, Snoop Dogg himself. Me and a big group of friends went, when we got there this dude, no shirt, bad tattoos, 2 good teeth left, we all know this guy he’s at every show, he ran up to the mini van before we could finish spilling out and yelled “ who the fuck wants a shirt??” I asked if he had change and before I could finish he spat “FUUCK YEA I GOT CHANGE”. So I bought my first concert shirt before even getting in. It might just be the touch of nostalgia but I’ve never seen a place fog up faster then when Snoop Dogg got on, and at the time I wasn’t ironically a Snoop fan I was really stoked to see him, not let down at all. Then Korn came on, the mosh started, I made quick friends with some big cholo looking dudes and we wrecked. Super good times.

What can we expect from a live Mordant Rapture show?

Kent: In the words of my friend Sam, we’re gonna “take the bull by the horns…and fuck it.”

Rod: A couple of guys having a lot of fun playing music

Ben: lots of notes and lots of Jagermeister

How would you like to be remembered?

Rod: By our music; I’m a man of few words but I got a lot to say

Kent: As dudes that live and breathe Yngwie Malmsteen’s mantra: “more is more.”

Ben: I want people to say “that dude was hung”. Oh and something something sick band something something.

Do you still buy cd’s and records or mostly use streaming sites? Which sites do you use?

Rod: As of late mostly streaming site iTunes, Apple Music, YouTube.

Kent: I buy digital albums on iTunes cuz I still rock an old school iPod since my current phone doesn’t have a headphone jack. I don’t trust myself not to lose the expensive adapter and I just prefer the sound of my B&O H6 headphones over anything wireless anyways. I sound like a snob…

Ben: I love running down to the record store and buying cd;s still. I still buy albums just for having cool cover art. Or I’ll buy a bands album I’ve heard about and never listened too. I like taking that shot in dark and getting blown away by a new band. Plus I find albums just mean more to me if I physically own it rather then just look at my phone with a picture of the cover on it. I still use streaming sites for on the go but I mostly listen to cd’s still.

Top 5 albums or songs released in the last 12 months and all time?

Rod: Slugdge, Inferi, Møl, Cradle, Ihsahn all released awesome albums in the last year. All Time is really hard to say, “In defiance of Existence” still holds up for me.

Kent: Slugdge, Inferi, Arkhon Infaustus, Rivers of Nihil, and Archspire had some great releases in the last 12 months. Of all time I think “Welkins to the Anthem at Dusk” by Emperor is my #1, followed by (in no particular order) “Epitaph” by Necrophagist, “Spiritual Black Dimensions” by Dimmu Borgir, “Cruelty and the Beast” by Cradle of Filth, “Maree Noire” by Beneath the Massacre, “Incurso” by Spawn of Possession, “Souls to Deny” by Suffocation, “Orthodoxyn” by Arkhon Infaustus

Ben: Inferi’s – Revenant
Artificial Brain’s – Infrared Horizon
Slugdge’s – Esoteric Malacology
Igorrr – Savage Sinusoid
Favorite album of all time is still Spawn of possession’s Incurso, favorite song of all time being Apparition

What does rock n roll mean to you?

Rod: Letting go and being in a state of happiness playing some tunes with the fellas

Kent: That’s the interesting thing about metal: it has it’s roots in “rock n roll” and has its parallels at its core–rebelliousness, rawness, controlled chaos, and its subjection to demonization by more conservative mindsets in society throughout history. However, times change and music seems to fragment and congeal, expand and contract, evolve and devolve all at once. Some of the most technically precise players exist today, and creativity seems to flourish now more than ever, but that is a result of technology, capitalism, and the fact there are more people on this planet showing off and competing with each other than there were say, in the 60s, when those amazing players that blazed the trails for us faced different challenges, and this makes sense when you consider that they are products of such a different time. I still dig the classics like Queen, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, and others, but it’s kinda hard for me personally to speak on what rock n roll really means in 2018. When it comes to metal, I see it as a “standing on the shoulders of giants” kind of thing; I think we as metal musicians in this day and age have our work cut out for us, and in many ways more so than the “rock gods” of the old days, as it were, but we should never under appreciate their work and their influence. I think any musician today can and should be critical of historical musical roots, but should do so with an openness and with intent to improve his and her craft, to push the genre forward or sideways or both, but never hold it back.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

Kent: Shout out to Josh Slater and all of Aethere for putting up with the mess we make in the practice studio! Special shout out to Cody Fuentes of Rapture Recordings, as we couldn’t have pulled this EP off without his ingenuity and passion for what he does day after day; another special shout out to Rich Slate III, as one of the OG members of Mordant Rapture, he was there with us through thick and thin and helped lay the foundation for us to build ourselves up as musicians and as a band; Of course, shout out to Malcolm of Inferi and The Artisan Era for giving us the opportunity to unleash hell; finally, thanks to all my friends and family for the massive support throughout my life and have been patiently waiting for this particular release for so long! It’s worth it, I promise!

Ben: Just want to thank anybody that’s taking the time to check us out. There’s a lot of amazingly talented bands out there these days and for anybody thats taking the time out of their day to give us a listen we would like to give the most sincerest thanks to.

Rod: Huge thanks to Malcolm and the rest of the Artisan Era crew for giving us the opportunity every band wishes for in helping us spread our music, but also to all the people on social media for sharing our music they’ve had nothing but the nicest things to say which considering we’re talking about the internet is sort of an anomaly these days so Thank you.

Helion Prime: “Terror Of The Cybernetic Space Monster” Out August 31st via AFM Records!

Helion Prime and their mascot – the mighty Saibot – return with their sophomore effort ‘Terror Of The Cybernetic Space Monster’. The album consists of nine brand new tracks – with the seventeen minute monster title song marking a stunning finale. The Sacramento (California) based power metal band’s new piece of work was mixed and mastered at LSD studio by Lasse Lammert (known for his work with bands like Alestorm and Gloryhammer). HELION PRIME continues their theme of blending science fiction with science fact.

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Founder Jason Ashcraft comments: “I wasn’t sure where I was going when writing this album. As fans who follow us closely know, it’s been a bumping two years for us since the release of our debut. We are back and fully inspired. This album focuses more on human nature and our battle with the good and evil within ourselves. I did not plan this when starting the album but that is where it naturally evolved. I am very pleased with the result and hope you are all as equally excited.”

This album will mark the first time the full band line up is joined together on a release. This also marks the debut of Sozos Michael on vocals.

Sozos remarks on the subject: “Working on this album has been an incredibly rewarding experience. While Jason had a clear vision as to what this album would shape up to be as the principal songwriter, he was always open to my ideas on vocal lines and lyrics. Our collaboration went very smoothly and it definitely shows on the final product.”

Jason also comments on the audition of Sozos: “He is the kind of singer I have always dreamed of working with. Not only are his vocal skills top notch but he understands and knows what the music needs. Writing together for this album was a breeze and I hardly had to ask for any rewrites. Often he would send me ideas that was exactly what I was thinking. I am thrilled to work with someone like that and can’t wait to see what we accomplish together.”

The cover art was once again done by Marc Whisnant, who was already responsible for the artwork of the band’s self-titled debut album, which was released via Divebomb Records in early 2016 before AFM Records signed the band to a worldwide deal and re-issued “Helion Prime” almost exactly a year after its initial release. Press hailed the album as a breath of fresh air in the power metal scene and called it one of the most innovative power metal records in a long time.

MR. BIG Releases Live Video of “Alive and Kickin”

MR. BIG have launched a new live video for the song, “Colorado Bulldog” taken from their upcoming release “Live From Milan”.  Watch the video below.

Following the release of their 2017 album, “Defying Gravity”, MR. BIG set out on a trek that took them all over the world to promote the new release in a live setting. Anyone who has ever had the distinct pleasure of seeing the band live knows that the virtuoso musicianship and incredible vocals are on full display in this setting. By this time, drummer Pat Torpey’s battle with Parkinson’s Disease had been made public, but Pat toured with the band regardless and sat behind the drum kit for select songs, while also providing background vocals and percussion on other tracks when Matt Starr was taking his turn on the kit. Captured at a stop in Milan, IT, “Live From Milan” has a track listing that will surely satisfy long-time and newer fans of the band, and of course contains bass and guitar solos from the always entertaining and awe inspiring Billy Sheehan and Paul Gilbert, respectively.

Ghost’s Critically Acclaimed Album Prequelle Lands At #3 On Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart

“Fiendishly fun and brilliantly subversive” Revolver
“Ghost are packing arenas because they’ve found the middle of the Venn diagram between metal toughness, arty self-indulgence and pop musicality.” Rolling Stone
“The performance is nothing short of showstopping.” Pitchfork
Grammy® Award-winning band Ghost’s critically acclaimed fourth sacred psalm Prequelle has debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #2 Top Current Album, #1 Rock, and #2 Vinyl, with 65,653 albums sold.
Prequelle also debuted at #1 in Sweden, Norway, and Finland, #1 at Rock in the UK, and in the Top 10 overall in the UK, Germany (#2), France (#4), Australia, and Mexico. This follows over 25,000 album pre-orders (the highest in their career), over 5 Million pre-release streams of first single “Rats”, and the announcement of their first ever headline arena dates. “Rats” is currently #4 at Active Rock Radio, and was the #1 National Rock Song of the Week (Music Choice).
Additionally, Ghost today announced a massive North American fall tour including their previously announced headline arena dates at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA and Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY that will kick off on November 1 in Chicago, IL and wrap on December 15 in Brooklyn, NY. Pre-sale tickets for the tour will be available beginning June 12 at 10:00am local time and general tickets will be available to the public beginning June 15 at 10:00 am local time HERE. VIP packages will be available HERE. A complete list of upcoming live dates can be found below.
Released on June 1, Prequelle is available digitally and physically via Loma Vista Recordings nowHERELimited edition merch bundles are available exclusively in the Ghost Shop HERE. Ghost is currently featured on five collectible covers of Revolver Magazine’s June/July issue, which is available now HERE. Read the story online HERE. On June 14, Ghost will join legendary metal band Candlemass to honor Metallica by performing one of their songs as members Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo are presented with the Polar Music Prize by the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf.
Ghost announced Prequelle (pronounced prē-KWELL) alongside the album’s lead single “Rats” on April 13, 2018 and introduced fans to the band’s new singer Cardinal Copia. Watch his ascension to frontman in Prequelle Chapters 1-3 HERE. Last month, the band treated fans to an early listen of the album’s second song “Dance Macabre” with the first-ever Instagram Stories song premiere. With over 5 million streams in three weeks, the track is the band’s fastest streaming song to date. Lyrically, Prequelle delves into the plague, the apocalypse, and dark ages. The entire body of work is also a snapshot of the world in which we live in on a daily basis, brought to life through an emotive, enlightening, and riveting body of songs.
Prequelle follows Ghost’s third studio album, Meliora, and its accompanying EP Popestar, which elevated the Swedish rock band into the pantheon of the greatest rock bands on earth and resulted in a Grammy® Award for ‘Best Metal Performance’. Meliora debuted at No. 1 at Independent Retail, No. 2 at Rock, and in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart, selling over a quarter million copies globally. The band made their network television debut performing the album’s lead single “Cirice” on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Popestar debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums chart and produced an Active Rock chart topper with “Square Hammer”.
Ghost Live Dates
June 15, 2018 – Brétigny-Sur-Orge, France – Download Paris
June 21, 2018 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop
June 23, 2018 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhall
July 12, 2018 – Viveiro, Spain – Resurrection Fest
July 14, 2018 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Dynamo Metal Fest
July 19, 2018 – Oslo, Norway – Valle Hoven, supporting Guns N’ Roses
July 20, 2018 – Nordfjordeid, Norway – Malakoff Festival
August 03, 2018 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
August 05, 2018 – Colmar, France – Foire Aux Vins
October 26, 2018 – Tulsa, OK – Cox Business Center Ballroom
October 27, 2018 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
October 29, 2018 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
October 30, 2018 – Indianapolis, IN – The Murat Theatre
November 01, 2018 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
November 02, 2018 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center – Theatre
November 03, 2018 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
November 04, 2018 – Ames, IA – Stephens Auditorium
November 06, 2018 – Omaha, NE – Orpheum Theater
November 08, 2018 – Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium
November 09, 2018 – El Paso, TX – Abraham Chavez Theatre
November 10, 2018 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
November 12, 2018 – San Diego, CA – Spreckels Theatre
November 13, 2018 – Sacramento, CA – Sacramento Community Center Theater
November 15, 2018 – San Jose, CA – City National Civic Center
November 16, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
November 17, 2018 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
November 19, 2018 – Midland, TX – Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
November 20, 2018 – Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall
November 21, 2018 – New Orleans, LA – Orpheum Theatre
November 23, 2018 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts – Walt Disney Theater
November 24, 2018 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater
November 25, 2018 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
November 27, 2018 – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center
November 29, 2018 – Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre
November 30, 2018 – Atlanta, GA – Roxy Theatre
December 01, 2018 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
December 02, 2018 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
December 04, 2018 – Richmond, VA – Dominion Energy Center
December 05, 2018 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
December 07, 2018 – Laval, QC – Place Bell
December 08, 2018 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
December 10, 2018 – Baltimore, MD – The Hippodrome
December 11, 2018 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater
December 13, 2018 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
December 14, 2018 – Boston, MA – Wang Theatre
December 15, 2018 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

Photo credit: Mikael Eriksson

The Gen X Summer Tour featuring Buckcherry Announces Live Stream Pay Per View Of July 3rd Show

The Loudwire Gen X Summer Tour, which features BuckcherryPODLit, and Alien Ant Farm, have partnered with events company, Anrgirl Powered by vVents Music Entertainment, to broadcast the July 3rd show in Miramar, Florida as an exclusive live stream pay per view event. The show will feature an HD quality interactive live stream featuring full performances from all four bands. Continue reading

Quality Full Set Video Of Railgun Live In Sacramento, California

In the video below Railgun perform a full set set of tongue in cheek thrash metal live in Sacramento, California June, 7th, 2018 @ Cafe Colonial. Railgun is a hard hitting, Thrash/Power Metal band hailing from Long Beach CA. Their relentless speed and intensity has been electrifying audiences since their founding in 2014. Railgun’s goal is to bring the power of true metal back into today’s metal scene. Continue reading

Burak Gundogdu of LostPray on Metal “Aggression, excitement, power and the energy. It makes me feel alive.”

LostPray is a Traditional Heavy / Thrash / Progressive Metal Band, formed by two Turkish and two Ukrainian musicians, based in one of the most artistic spots on the planet; Odessa / Ukraine. It was the summer time of 2013, where it was possible for these musicians from different nations to show their abilities on a professional level, and recorded their first full-length album; THAT’S WHY. The 8 song album easily made it to the hearts of thousands of people. Continue reading

Dance Gavin Dance Share New Video For “Count Bassy”

Rise Records and American rock quintet Dance Gavin Dance are excited to present the music video for “Count Bassy,” the fourth track to be released from its highly anticipated, forthcoming studio album titled Artificial Selection. Helmed by director and animator Mount Emult (who also directed the band’s “Summertime Gladness” music video), “Count Bassy” is another intense musical, and visual, journey consistent with the tone of the band’s new body of work. Check out the music video for “Count Bassy” below. Continue reading

Igorrr announces North American tour in support of Ministry and Carpenter Brut

France’s Igorrr have confirmed that they will embark on a support tour of North America in late 2018 in support of their latest album and Metal Blade Records debut, ‘Savage Sinusoid‘. The shows will be headlined by American industrial juggernaut Ministry with additional support from synthwave cessations Carpenter Brut. Continue reading

Glass Lungs To Release Debut Album “Impermanence” June 29th

Glass Lungs are set to release their debut, “Impermanence” independently on June 29th.   The album was recorded alongside producers Mike Watts and Frank Mitaritonna (The Dear Hunter, Glassjaw, Hail The Sun).  Continue reading

Sacramento’s CHRCH To Kick Off US Tour

Sacramento’s favorite doom practitioners CHRCH will kick off a short run of live dates next week. Set to commence on June 11th in Fullerton, California and run through June 21st in Reno, Nevada, the journey includes performances with Body Void, Trapped Within Burning Machinery, Ugly, Hist, Bird Violence, and The Ditch And The Delta on select shows as well as a stop at Austin Terror Fest June 16th with Exhorder, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Come To Grief, Cough, and many more. CHRCH’s latest journey follows a recent European jaunt with Fister. Additionally, the band will take on a week-long west coast trek supporting Yob and Acid King this September. See all confirmed dates below.

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Guitarist James Cundiff of Sacramento’s Anarchy Lace’s “I love Sacramento’s music scene – plain and simple.”

Sacramento’s Anarchy Lace’s music is a cross between the raw, angry honesty of garage punk, throw in some melodic guitar leads and a little Southern rock!
Guitarist James Cundiff plays lays down the rhythm guitar licks like a man on a mission with no mercy coming.



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

After high school , I wanted to be a recording engineer so I called a few studios and asked for a tour to see how it was done. Moon Studios’ David Houston gave me a tour of his studio and I saw firsthand how it was done. I was so blown away , I worked there and earned myself recording time which I used to record my first songs in 1982.
I grew up listening to country music, my best friend and I used to work irrigating alfalfa fields in southern Arizona in 1972 – 75 and in 1974 one Sunday early in the morning I heard “Stairway to Heaven” for the first time and bang! I wanted to learn everything about Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and the British bands that i could. Continue reading

Jungle Rot Reveal New Track, Album Details

Maximum violence has been JUNGLE ROT‘s battle-cry since their inception and it’s proven again on ‘Fearmonger,’ the lead track from their tenth and most vicious album to date, the self-titled Jungle Rot, set for release on July 20, 2018. “Expect a beatdown if you aren’t prepared,” promises bassist James Genenz. As the album hits shelves, JUNGLE ROT will hammer audiences as they return to the road with Havok and Extinction AD starting July 23 in St. Paul, MN. Continue reading

CAST THE STONE, Featuring Members of Misery Index, ex-Cattle Decapitation and Scour, Premiere Lyric Video For New Track “As The Dead Lie”

American death/black metallers with a Swedish touch, CAST THE STONE, premiere the first single “As The Dead Lie”, taken from their recently announced six-track EP “Empyrean Atrophy”, which is due for release on Agonia Records on August 31st. The track comes with a lyric video designed by Scott Rudd Film (OpethRings Of Saturn). Watch the lyric video below.

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Trivium Embarking On Headline Tour With Avatar + Light the Torch This Fall

Trivium will continue their wildly successful The Sin and The Sentence World Tour with another leg of North American dates this fall. The band will hit the road on a headline run this October. The bill will feature very special guest Avatar and Light the Torch. The 25-date trek kicks off on October 3 in Tampa, Florida and runs through November 3 in Berkeley, California, with several stops in Canada. All Trivium tour dates are below, including their summer 2018 U.S. tour dates and festival appearances.

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Revocation announces North American headlining tour with Exhumed, Rivers Of Nihil, Yautja

This September/October, Revocation will head out on the road for their first North American headlining tour in several years, with Exhumed, Rivers Of Nihil, and Yautja as support.

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Australian hardcore act EARTH CALLER has announced tour dates that will bring them to the U.S. for the first time. The band will support The Summer of Screams Tour, Scream Factory & Dread Central, featuring MUSHROOMHEAD and POWERMAN 5000 from August 31st through September 15th. Tickets go on sale Wed. June 6th at 12 pm EDT. Continue reading

Quality Full Set Video Of OF FEATHER AND BONE Live In Sacramento, California

In he video below Denver death metal trio OF FEATHER AND BONE perform a full live set of dual guttural onslaught atop an ever flowing stream of grime-caked riffs and PW’s whirlwind of blasts and d-beats, in Sacramento, California June, 3rd, 2018

OF FEATHER AND BONE last week began their widespread North American tour supporting their recently-released devastating debut album Bestial Hymns Of Perversion, out now through Profound Lore Records. Continue reading

Lewis de Jong of Alien Weaponry Admits “When I was younger I did just kind of yell into the mic.”

Teenage Te Reo metal band Alien Weaponry are New Zealand’s rising musical stars. With a career that started when the band members were just 10 and 12 years old, they supported hard rock icons Devilskin when they were 12 and 14, opened for the legendary SHIHAD a year later, and in 2016 took the top prize in two of the country’s major music competitions – Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Pacifica Beats.

In September 2017, they won the prestigious APRA Maioha award for their song ‘Raupatu’ – a thrash metal commentary on the 1863 act of parliament that allowed the colonial government to confiscate vast areas of land from the indigenous Māori people. On 16 November, they took their places among NZ’s musical elite as nominees at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

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

My brother Henry and I grew up on all kinds of music, we were drawn to metal because of the rawness and passion I guess. Continue reading