Islander Reveal New Album and Music Video

ISLANDER has announced details behind Power Under Control, their upcoming new album set for release on August 5th, 2016. Rolling Stone is debuting the first video and album’s commencing track “Darkness.” Power Under Control features the recording debut of official members Arin Ilejay (ex-Avenged Sevenfold) and J.R. Bareis (Love And Death), further proving ISLANDER are a part of rock’s DNA as much as their contemporaries.

ISLANDER founding member and vocalist Mikey Carvajal was joined by Love And Death/Korn wunderkind guitarist J.R. Bareis in 2015, leading the band on a powerful new path. The seeds of this relationship were planted during 2014’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest, when word of ISLANDER’s explosive performances quickly spread to the tour’s headliners Avenged Sevenfold and Korn – who flocked to watch the band almost daily. Bareis, who was then guitar tech for Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch, soon found himself in the role as ISLANDER’s new guitar player. Shortly thereafter, ISLANDER recruited bassist Zeke Vasquez (ex-ForeverAtLast), and newly exited Avenged Sevenfold skinsman Arin Ilejay became a permanent fixture snapping sticks and cymbals behind the kit.

“Power Under Control is a concept album dealing with several characters,” Carvajal explains. “The songs stand on their own, but are meant to be listened in the same way that a book is to be read. If someone were to skip the chapters in a book, the story may be exciting, but a lot of the meanings would be lost. If the listener wants to understand the meaning of each song, they can better be understood when listening as a whole rather than treating this as a buffet.”

On the leadoff track, Carvajal says, “’Darkness’ is the first song on the record and really sets the mood for where our character is in their life. It’s a song about indulging in anything and everything that makes them feel good for a moment, regardless of the outcome. Sadly, this is where our character is at in ‘Darkness’.”

In February of 2016, ISLANDER again partnered with producer Cameron Webb (Motorhead, Alkaline Trio) at NRG Studios, and over the next eight weeks the newly ignited foursome got to work on Power Under Control, recording twelve original tracks showcasing the quartet’s deeper complexion. Another familiar face in the fold is Bad Brains frontman HR on the anthemic sing-along “Think It Over.”

ISLANDER will immediately hit the road in support of Power Under Control, kicking things off at the Chicago Open Air Pre-Party on July 14th. Additional dates will be announced next week.


July 14 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall (Open Air Pre-Party)

July 16 – Oshkosh, WI – Ford Festival Park (Rock USA Festival)

Watch John Carpenter Perform Live In Oakland, California

Influential science fiction and horror filmmaker John Carpenter is currently on his first national tour as a musician. Carpenter is performing selections from his two albums, 2015’s Lost Themes and this year’s Lost Themes II as well as several of the iconic soundtrack themes from across his career.

For his 1978 film Halloween Carpenter created his own soundtrack compositions and was influenced by Goblin’s darkly brooding music for Dario Argento’s Suspiria and Mike Oldfield’s hauntingly delicate themes for William Friedkin’s The Exorcist. Except that Carpenter equaled the power of both of those artists in his own work, he scored the soundtracks to virtually all of his films, and established a high standard for music for film that forever changed the way future directors contracted and otherwise created music in horror and science fiction cinema.

Lost Themes I and II represented Carpenter’s first official foray as a musical artist without the music being tied to a specific film. Notably, both albums were issued by Sacred Bones, an imprint started by former Denverite Caleb Braaten who used to be employed at Twist & Shout Records before moving to New York City.

Atriarch Announce West Coast Tour With Sabbath Assembly‏

Portland blackened doom rock quartet ATRIARCH has just announced a new run of West Coast dates with multi-state psychedelic/doom force Sabbath Assembly (featuring current and ex-members of Gorguts, Wolves In The Throne Room, Kayo Dot, and more). The tour kicks off this July 25th and will see the bands performing throughout Washington, Oregon, and California for a week’s worth of dates. A full list of shows is available below.

Following two well-received records on Seventh Rule and Profound Lore, ATRIARCH made their debut for Relapse in 2014 with the acclaimed full-length An Unending Pathway. Their finest moment yet, the album blends death rock, doom, black metal, punk and psychedelic drone/noise, and was widely recognized by publications including Pitchfork, Noisey, Exclaim, and many more. Stream An Unending Pathway in full via ATRIARCH’s Bandcamp page here.

***All Dates With Sabbath Assembly***

Monday, July 25th, Seattle WA, The Highline
Tuesday, July 26th, Olympia WA, Obsidian
Wednesday, July 27th, Portland OR, The Panic Room
Thursday, July 28th, Sacramento CA, Starlite
Friday, July 29th, Los Angeles CA, Complex
Saturday, July 30th, Oakland CA, Church of the Buzzard
Sunday, July 31st, Grants Pass OR, The Haul (Atriarch only)

The Fame Riot Signs with Another Century. Releases Music Video for “Heart Stray”‏

Hailing from Tacoma, WA The Fame Riot features over the top, fabulous brothers, Liz Scarlett and Shazam “Tea Time” Watkins. Influenced by four decades of rock, pop, electronica, disco, and everything in-between, they are what you would expect if you bottled up the fun and energy of raging summer parties, and threw in some flippant Hollywood glam. The group is thrilled to announce their signing to Another Century and to celebrate, have released the music video for their infectious single, “Heart Stray.” Filmed throughout parts of Washington state, the colorful video provides a perfect look into The Fame Riot’s addictive, tongue-in-cheek persona.

Century Label Group President Don Robertson states, “I am thrilled to announce we have signed Tacoma, Washington’s The Fame Riot to Another Century. Being from the Northwest and starting my career in the explosion of the Seattle music scene really makes me appreciate how much talent is still to be found back home. Robert Kampf (Century Label Group Global CEO) and I first saw Liz and Shazam in their last band after a friend tipped me off and we instantly saw that these two are hands down stars and we wanted to sign them on the spot but they wanted to continue to develop and find their sound. Fast forward four years and I heard about The Fame Riot. When I found out it was their new band and heard the new songs, we knew we must finally work together! The first single ‘Heart Stray’ is an infectious sing along and the video for it only begins to show the personality these guys have.”

“The Fame Riot is ecstatic to be working closely with this team of true believers,” adds Shazam Watkins. “The Fame Riot and Another Century are spliced together in order to deliver our artistic endeavors into the ears of the unawakened. Another Century hath indeed found the long lost Stradivarius, and our alliance shalt result in a virtuous tsunami of frequency and power, to accelerate our minds into this New Millenia.”

New Brutality From Brain Drill

Brain Drill welcomes new singer Travis Morgan (ex Atheist) as their new vocalist. “He busted out all of the vocals to our new album in one day and on that note THE ALBUM IS FINALLY FINISHED” !! The album will be titled BOUNDLESS OBSCENITY. You can now view the album art and a track from the listing below.
1. Binary Fate
2. Departed in Decay
3. Boundless Obscenity
4. Aberrant Mutation
5. Domain of Ruin
6. Steadfast Horror
7. Cerebral Degeneration
8. Infinite Oblivion

Lord Dying Announce Headlining US Tour‏

Sludge/thrash road dogs LORD DYING have just announced another run of US dates in their near-constant touring schedule! The “In Sight Of Days Sinking” tour will see the band pummeling cities across the US for over a month along. Support will come from Black Fast and Child Bite, as well as from Toxic Holocaust frontman Joel Grind’s synthwave solo project on select dates. A full list of dates is available below.

LORD DYING released their sophomore album Poisoned Altars via Relapse last February to widespread critical acclaim from publications including Metal Hammer, Revolver, Metal Injection, and many others, and have been on the road in support of the album ever since its release. Stream Poisoned Altars in full via the band’s Bandcamp page here, and watch the band’s video for the album’s title track .

***Dates With Black Fast, Child Bite, and Joel Grind***

Aug 19 Portland, OR The Panic Room^
Aug 20 Seattle, WA Highline^
Aug 21 Spokane, WA The Pin!^
Aug 22 Boise, ID The Shredder^
Aug 23 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Bar^
Aug 24 Denver, CO The Marquis Theater^
Aug 25 Omaha, NE Lookout Lounge^
Aug 26 Cave-In-Rock, IL Full Terror Assault Open Air^
Aug 27 Detroit, MI El Club^
Aug 28 Lakewood, OH The Foundry*^
Aug 30 Pittsburgh, PA The Smiling Moose*
Aug 31 Rochester, NY Bugjar*
Sept 1 Albany, NY Trickshots*
Sept 2 Boston, MA Great Scott*
Sept 3 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus Bar*
Sept 4 Washington DC The Pinch*
Sept 5 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie*
Sept 6 Chesapeake, VA Riffhouse Pub
Sept 7 Raleigh, NC The Pour House
Sept 8 Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
Sept 9 Orlando, FL The Haven
Sept 10 Tampa, FL Crowbar
Sept 11 Miami, FL Churchill
Sept 12 Jacksonville, FL 1904
Sept 13 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Sept 15 New Orleans, LA Siberia*
Sept 16 Houston, TX Walters*
Sept 17 Austin, TX Dirty Dog Bar*
Sept 18 Fort Worth, TX Tomcats West*
Sept 20 Lubbock, TX Depot Obar Live*
Sept 22 Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock*
Sept 23 Los Angeles, CA White Oak Music*
Sept 24 Las Vegas, NV The Dive Bar*
Sept 27 San Francisco, CA The DNA Lounge*
Sept 28 Eugene, OR Old Nick’s Pub*
Sept 29 Bend, OR 3rd Street Pub*

Sacramento Burger Battle 2016

15 local restaurants and chefs will cook up their best burgers as they compete for the judges vote and the people’s choice vote at this epic charity burger cook-off event of the year.

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At this ages 21 and over event, attendees will get to sample all the burgers, sides and desserts, enjoy beer and wine (and soft drink) tastings as well as live music in beautiful downtown Sacramento.

The event runs from 7pm-10pm. VIP ticket holders get in 1 hour earlier at 6pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance, *NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE EVENT*. TICKET AND VALID PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY.

Tax deductible ticket price INCLUDES all burgers, a chance to vote for your favorite, sides, desserts, drinks, collectible tasting glass, and live music. All proceeds from the event are donated to the local chapter of the CCFA – Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

Only a limited amount of tickets will be sold.

You’ll be able to sample delicious burgers from these 15 fine Sacramento area restaurants (to be announced soon) visit Sac Burger Battle