Levi Vinci of Sour Diesel “My dog Rufus, never lets anything get him down”

Sacramento’s Sour Diesel combine elements of hard rock, metal, and hip hop to create a unique 7 string groove they call Pot Metal. Lead guitarist Levi Vinci took some time between shredding and bong rips to answer some of our questions.

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

It was my mom, she would have Pantera or White Zombie playing in the car on the way to take me to Elementary Christian school, haha.

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

It was in 6th grade (12 years old) at my school they opened up some art classes and I chose guitar .

Have you always been creative?

Yeah In some way shape or another. Being ADHD makes you want to do a lot of stuff..at once.

How did Sour Diesel come about?

In 2006ish my friend (our drummer) decided we didn’t want to let our instruments go to no use . So we started at his jamming and have been there ever since. We also have another jam spot in Colusa/Williams, where the other half of the band lives.

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

After my mom took me too my first concert in like 95 (Red Hot Chili Peppers) I fell in love with that instrument ,even more so when I seen Pantera live.

Who are some of your influences? Which of your influences can we hear in your guitar playing and your music?

My influences range from a lot of different people/bands . A good friend of mind who is no longer here Mr. C . Taught me a lot about life at an early age and it has always stuck with me. I can play pool thanks to him. Dimebag would be a huge influence , dude was a shredder as well as a really nice and funny guy. Oh and my dog Rufus , he’s always happy. He never lets anything get him down. Oh and Bob Ross is cool also.

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 out it was in the late 90’s with my punk band “Ginu Force” and that was hella kool to be playing shows with bands like Final Summation, Broken Society ,FYH ,Team Karate Warehouse and many more. Some of my Favorite local bands now are Horseneck , Kill The Precedent,Dog Party, Malcom Bliss , MC Rut. There’s a lot more I’m forgetting.

What makes a good Sour Diesel song?

I think it takes the whole band to be on that certain vibe and connect. Basically feel it and lock it in.

How soon can we expect some recorded music from Sour Diesel?

I’d say by April 20th

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

N2 Deep’s “Back to the Hotel ” single and Green Day’s “Dookie”

What would you say is your greatest musical achievement?

Being able to have this band stick together after 12 years.

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

Twitch Angry. Green Jello/Jelly were pretty cool, I got to hang out with Mike from Suicidal Tendencies when I was 12 when they played Eldorado Saloon back in the day, hella chill ass dude. Alien Ant Farm may have been the biggest band besides HED PE that we have played with and both were cool times.

What can we expect from Sour Diesel in 2019

A lot more of kool lighting FX and lasers at our shows,if the venues allow them haha. We’re also writing some new songs as well as getting this 2nd album done. It should be pretty dope.

You’re on a desert island and only have three albums to listen to for the rest of your life, what are they and why?

Man that’s a hard question. I’m going to say off the bat, Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power , Faith No More- Angel Dust , Deftones -White Pony

KAMELOT Announce 2019 North American Tour

What was originally announced as a one off performance has now become a full blown North American tour! KAMELOT are pleased to announce the second North American Leg of “The Shadow Tour”. Dates begin September 10th in Silver Spring, MD and run through October 12th in Tampa Bay, FL. Support on the tour will come from Sonata Arctica and Battle Beast. A complete list of dates can be found below.

“We’re very excited to announce we’re bringing “The Shadow Tour” back to North America again for another round. On the previous tour we missed some of our favorite cities due to logistics, we demanded to return to North America as soon as possible and visit these great cities, adds Guitarist Thomas Youngblood. Completing this amazing lineup is the addition of Finland’s Sonata Arctica and Battle Beast. Don’t miss this amazing package and once in a decade lineup.”

KAMELOT are touring in support of their latest album, The Shadow Theory, which is out NOW via Napalm Records.

The band’s latest music video for the song MindFall Remedy” chronicles live footage taken from KAMELOT‘s North American tour and offers just a glimpse of what you can expect when the band takes the stage. The video can be seen below.

“The Shadow Tour” 2019:
9/10: Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
9/11: Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
9/13: Worcester, MA @ Palladium
9/14: New York. NY @ Terminal 5
9/15: Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
9/16: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
9/18: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
9/19: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
9/20: Cleveland, OH @ Agora
9/21: Chicago, IL @ Patio Theatre
9/23: Minneapolis/St. Paul. MN @ Amsterdam
9/24: Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
9/25: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
9/26: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
9/28: Edmonton, AB @ The Ranch
9/29: Calgary, AB @ The Gateway
10/1: Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub
10/2: Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
10/4: San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts
10/5: Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
10/6: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
10/8: Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
10/9: St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
10/11: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/12: Tampa Bay, FL @ Jannus Live

VIOLATION WOUND and SURGIKILL unveil a gory new split EP.

Oakland, California-based VIOLATION WOUND is violent punk band fronted by guitarist/vocalist Chris Reifert (Autopsy, Abscess, Death) alongside bassist Joe Orterry and drummer Matt O’Connell. Forged in a beer and whiskey-soaked basement in June of 2013, VIOLATION WOUND honors the raw, dirty, and pissed off ways of the genre’s original innovators, while carving out a path to call their own.

Following releases through Horror Pain Gore Death, Peaceville, Tankcrimes and more, and a long line of splits with the likes of Blizzard, Fleshreaper, Deathgrave, Ruin, Cliterati through Tankcrimes, for this split, VIOLATION WOUND cranks out a singular intense track, “Resist! Deny! Defy!,” which was recorded and mixed at Earhammer Studios in Oakland by Greg Wilkinson. Driven to manufacture 100% real punk rock, fueled only by aggression and punishing riffs, fans of Toxic Narcotic, Zeke, and Fear pay heed.

With members strewn throughout Ohio and Kentucky, SURGIKILL features vocalist Stevo do Caixao of the legendary Impetigo alongside vocalist Vanessa Nocera (Cauldron Burial, Vaultwraith, Wooden Stake), bassist Zdenka Prado (Estuary), guitarist/drummer Ash Thomas (Crusicied Mortals, Estuary, ex-Acheron), vocalist William Sievers, and vocalist/guitarist Billy Nocera (Vaultwraith, ex-Scaremaker). Following releases through F.D.A. Records, No One Records, and others including prior splits on Selfmadegod Records, SURGIKILL here surges forth with another slab of heavy and dark old-school death metal influenced by Impetigo, Autopsy, Incantation, Terrorizer, and the like. The song “Post-Carnage Mishap” was recorded at Frequenscream Studios, engineered by Ash Thomas.

The EP is bound in cover art by Caleb Dickenson conceptualized by Stevo do Caixao, insert artwork by Putrid, layout and design by Justin Stubbs (Enfcoffination), and comes in two 7” vinyl variants, with 100 pressed on green wax and 400 on black.

Amberian Dawn Premiere New Music Video!

That’s what Finnish symphonic metal masters are all about! With their latest opus “Darkness Of Eternity” they definitely brought in some light into this world.

Just in time to their upcoming tour run with Italian act Lacuna Coil this November, the band centered around mastermind Tuomas Seppälä and singer supreme Capri, have unveiled a new music video for the re-mastered song “Cherish My Memory”.

Get in the right tour mode & watch the video below.

Concert Photo Review: Insane Clown Posse at Ace Of Spades


Insane Clown Posse brought their “Hallowicked Traveling Freak Show” to Ace Of Spades in Sacramento on October 22nd, 2018. Nikon shooter Jennifer Black was there to capture

All photos courtesy of Jennifer Black @ Black J Photo.

Set list.
In Yo Face, Hokus Pokus (Headhunta’z Remix), Welcome to the Show, Hey Vato, Dead Body Man, In My Room, We Belong, Halloween on Military Street, Assassins, Birthday Bitches, Terrible, Yellow Bus,Fuck the World, Cotton Candy, Let’s Go All the Way, Tilt-A-Whirl, Who Asked You, If I Was a Serial Killer

Clutch – Book of Bad Decisions (Weathermaker Music)

Maryland’s Clutch, return to the recorded music scene, with their twelveth album, “Book Of Bad Decisions”. The fourth being, on their own label, imprint Weathermaker Music.
With fifteen tracks of bluesy, funky stoner rock, Clutch serves us up a platter of juicy goodness. With a wide array of instruments, ranging from Hammond B3 organs, vibraphones, saxophones to trumpets and trombones. It appears, that the band is taking us on a not too distant, trip through time with their Americana hard rockin’ sound.
On a “A Good Fire” vocalist and occasional guitarist Neil Fallon takes an almost Volbeatesque vocal approach to the bass heavy groove that carries on in the fine tradition of the Clutch that we all have grown to love.

WHITECHAPEL To Kick Off 10 Years Of Exile US Tour Next Week

WHITECHAPEL will kick off their 10 Years Of Exile US tour next week. Commemorating the tenth anniversary of their critically-lauded This Is Exile full-length, the tour — which stretches from November 1st through December 16th — will see the bandperform the record in its entirety alongside other songs from their catalog. Support will be provided by Chelsea Grin, Oceano, and Slaughter To Prevail. WHITECHAPEL‘s 10 Years Of Exile tour serves as the final bout of shows before returning to the studio to finish recording their upcoming new full-length, due in the Spring of 2019 via Metal Blade Records. See all confirmed dates below.
WHITECHAPEL w/ Chelsea Grin, Oceano, Slaughter To Prevail:
11/01/2018 Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
11/02/2018 Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY
11/03/2018 One Centre Square – Easton, PA
11/04/2018 Fete Ballroom – Providence, RI
11/05/2018 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
11/07/2018 Canal Club – Richmond, VA
11/08/2018 V Club – Huntington, WV
11/09/2018 Oddbodys – Dayton, OH
11/10/2018 The Firmament – Greenville, SC
11/12/2018 Georgia Theater – Athens, GA
11/13/2018 The Abbey – Orlando, FL
11/16/2018 Civic Music Hall – Toledo, OH
11/17/2018 The Rave II – Milwaukee, WI
11/18/2018 Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN
11/20/2018 Delmar Hall – St. Louis, MO
11/21/2018 Royal Grove – Lincoln, NE
11/23/2018 Wave – Wichita, KS
11/24/2018 Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
11/25/2018 Aggie Theater – Ft. Collins, CO
11/27/2018 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
11/28/2018 The Pin – Spokane, WA
11/29/2018 Showbox At The Market – Seattle, WA
11/30/2018 Diamondz Event Center – Jerome, ID
12/01/2018 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
12/02/2018 Domino Room – Bend, OR
12/04/2018 Senator Theater – Chico, CA
12/05/2018 The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
12/06/2018 Bryder’s – Bakersfield, CA
12/07/2018 Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA
12/08/2018 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
12/09/2018 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
12/12/2018 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
12/13/2018 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
12/14/2018 Growler’s – Memphis, TN
12/15/2018 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
12/16/2018 The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, TN

Defiatory Release New Music Video Teaser Trailer For ‘King In Yellow’

Umeå, Sweden’s fast rising thrash diehards, Defiatory, have released a teaser video clip for their forthcoming music video for the track ‘King In Yellow,’ which is taken from their sophomore full length, Hades Rising, which was released back in May via Black Lion Records.
The ‘King In Yellow‘ video was once again produced by Erik Engbo at Standard Film Team. Check out the teaser trailer for ‘King In Yellow‘ below.
Defiatory are born out of a direct influence of the Bay Area Thrash movement. The band based their style around a mix of early Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Exodus with a modern twist to create their own brand of circle pit inducing Thrash. Their recently released album, Hades Rising, showcases what the band brings to the thrash titan table, which you can stream and purchase here.

SODOM Release Trailer for New EP and MTV Headbangers Ball Tour!

Attention all Sodom-fans, there’s a number of exciting news coming in November from Tom Angelripper & Co!
The band will release their new single and video for “One Step Over The Line” on November 2nd.
This is a live version from the Rock Hard Festival and the song is the bonus track of the digital version of the new EP “Partisan” (https://Sodom.lnk.to/partisan), which will be released on November 23rd. And on top of that, SODOM will take part in the MTV Headbangers Ball Tour 2018, starting November 30th in Leipzig, Germany! You can watch the trailer below.

UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS and GRAVEYARD Announce “Peace Across the Wasteland” Co-Headlining North American Tour

UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS and GRAVEYARD are teaming up next March for the “Peace Across the Wasteland” co-headlining North American Tour.  The tour kicks off March 6th in Philadelphia, PA and runs through March 30th in Toronto, ON.  Twin Temple will provide support through the March 16th date in San Francisco, CA.  On March 18thDemob Happy will join the tour for the rest of the run.  A complete list of dates can be found below.  Pre-sales start this Wednesday October 24th and the official public on-sale is this Friday October 26th

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