INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival Announces Massive 3-Day Line Up

The wait is over! The INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival has announced the massive line-up scheduled to perform at its second annual event, set to feature colossal rock headliners Shinedown, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch! Quickly becoming one of the nation’s premier rock festivals, INKCARCERATION – taking place this year on July 12, 13 and 14 at the historic Ohio State Reformatory, a.k.a. Shawshank Prison, in Mansfield, OH – will feature over 30 bands on two outdoor stages, 70 tattoo artists, reformatory tours, gourmet food trucks, the best drinks and for the first time, the haunted house attraction, Escape from Blood Prison!

This year’s electrifying line-up also includes +Live+, Taking Back Sunday, Seether, Skillet, I Prevail, Starset, Red Sun Rising, Motionless in White, Fozzy, Buckcherry, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Andrew W.K., P.O.D., Stabbing Westward, Light the Torch, From Ashes to New, Smile Empty Soul, Eyes Set To Kill, Awake at Last, The Funeral Portait, Kerbera, Raven Black, Beyond Unbroken, Rivals, Impending Lies and The Everyday Losers, plus special performances by The Monster Dolls.

Field, Camping and VIP tickets are on sale NOW via here!

Once again, INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival will take place at one of the most unique festival settings in the country – the Ohio State Reformatory. Considered one of the most haunted buildings in the country and the setting of the 1994 cinematic classic/IMDB’s highest rated movie of all time, The Shawshank Redemption (celebrating its 25th anniversary his year), the Reformatory is centrally located about an hour away from Cleveland, Columbus, and Canton/Akron, Ohio and within a three-hour driving distance of Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, northern West Virginia, Michigan and southern Ontario. This is the perfect destination festival! Additionally, INKCARCERATION features tent and RV camping for a true outdoor festival experience! See below for more details.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon regarding tattoo artists, gourmet food trucks, and more!

INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival promoters promise an epic year. “Building off such a strong inaugural year, we are so stoked to give our fans even more in year two. With Billboard chart-topping bands such as Shinedown, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch leading the way, tattoo artists from around the globe, and the historic backdrop of the haunted Shawshank Prison, INKCARCERATION 2019 will be the don’t miss rock event of the summer in the Midwest!”

It’s Halloween in July at INKCARCERATION 2019!

Mentioned above, Escape from Blood Prison is the annual Halloween haunted house attraction hosted at the historic Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, OH. It typically runs from the end of September through early November every year, but INKCARCERATION will make this spooky attraction available for festival goers to experience all weekend long in 2019! Once Blood Prison takes over the reformatory, the enormous facility is filled with bloodthirsty inmates waiting for victims to enter and try and make it through the facility alive!

“It’s an honor to be able to open the doors of Blood Prison a couple months early and give the guests of INKCARCERATION a few scares in July! The warden, his family and the Blood Prison inmates are all excited to meet the fans at INKCARCERATION,” says Vic Amesquita, manager of Blood Prison.

Jennifer Black Gets Shocked At Monster Energy Aftershock

The 7th annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival, once again took place this month and our roving reporter Jennifer Black was there to witness the fun.

Monster Energy Aftershock Closes 2018 Festival Season Expectations were high for Danny Wimmer’s seventh, and fourth straight sold-out, Monster Energy Aftershock Festival on October 13 and 14 in Discovery Park in Sacramento. Early Saturday, Hyro the Hero’s energy and overall rock rap performance won over the primarily hard rock and heavy metal crowd. Soon after, Jose Mangin of SiriusXM hosted Aftershock’s celebration to honor Pantera and Hellyeah drummer Vincent (Vinnie) Paul Abbott’s life a metal all-star tribute featuring members of Korn, Godsmack, Shinedown, Deftones, Gwar, Act of Defiance, and others. The highlight of the set for most Vinnie Paul fans was hearing Pantera classics performed live. While some reveled in “A New Level”, others were mesmerized by Sully Erna of Godsmack and Jonathan Davis of Korn performing Pantera’s “Walk” with its unmistakable riffs that resonated across the festival grounds.

 

Immediately following the Vinnie Paul tribute, Sevendust blew fans away on a different stage. I particularly loved hearing Jonathan Davis perform his first Black Labyrinth single, “What It Is” live again. Fan favorites Shinedown and Godsmack consistently got rave reviews from fans, 311 was solid, Gwar entertained all who watched them perform, and Deftones captivated Aftershock once again. To say that Aftershock 2018 started off strong would be an understatement. In addition to great, live music, Aftershock offered the F.Y.E. Fan Experience and The Music Experience, which sponsored Aftershock artists meet and greets and signings.

The Take Me Home nonprofit animal rescue and Heavy Grass booths provided break time options for animal and weed lovers. The trees and festival grounds were sprinkled with art, and Aftershock always offers food truck choices. I decided to try the renowned Cousins Maine Lobster truck this year—the lobster bisque and lobster roll were to die for. Sunday, which sold out rapidly due to System of a Down headlining, closed the festival as it began, with a mix of genres. Amigo the Devil made my morning with his surprisingly dark lyrics that truly do complement his folk rock sound. Fans couldn’t get enough of Dorothy, Black Veil Brides, Bullet for My Valentine, and Seether, but Slash won the Sunday afternoon crowd with his guitar mastery. Incubus, Alice in Chains, and Everlast did a great job thrilling the swelling evening crowd, but the overwhelming festival favorite was System of a Down, who slayed. I’ve seen them headline our arena and headline Ozzfest, but the energy of Sunday night will forever mark my memory. What more could we ask for?

 

 

Photos and words by Jennifer Black

 

Louder Than Life Festival Cancelled Due To Heavy Rains

Dear Louder Than Life fans,

It is with deep regret that we inform you that this weekend’s Louder Than Life festival has been canceled due to unsafe conditions resulting from ongoing rain and flooding at the festival site—Champions Park. After carefully inspecting the grounds and infrastructure this evening, the City and we have determined that it is no longer possible to make the festival site safe in time for this weekend.

We appreciate the outpouring of support from our fans, the numerous offers to come out and help, and the herculean efforts of the City of Louisville in trying to make the festival happen. The one thing we will never sacrifice is the safety of our fans, bands, staff and patrons.

Before making the decision to cancel the festival, we looked at every option, from moving the event to another location to breaking the event up into smaller events in various venues. Unfortunately, it’s not logistically possible, and the weather is just not cooperating. It is not safe to attempt to move equipment, and replacement equipment is not available.

We are so proud of this year’s festival experience that included incredible music, a showcase for Louisville’s great food scene, and of course an unparalleled offering of Kentucky bourbon, and more. We’re so disappointed to not get the chance to share all of this with you. This year’s Louder Than Life was going to be the momentous experience you all deserve.

We will be back next year even bigger and better, and look forward to continuing our relationship with our incredible fans and this great city.

As a result of this cancellation, DWP will be offering full refunds for all ticket, official hotel and camping package purchases.

For those who purchased via Front Gate Tickets via internet or phone, orders will be processed automatically. Please allow up to 3 weeks for charges to be processed.

For any further questions or assistance, please email info@dwpresents.com. Via Louder Than Life

Aftershock Artist Spotlight: Amigo The Devil

If you’ve ever heard a room full of people yelling “I hope your husband dies” in a some harmoniously sloppy, drunken unison, you’ve probably stumbled into an AMIGO THE DEVIL show. Danny Kiranos, better known to the masses as his musical counterpart AMIGO THE DEVIL, has been challenging the expectations of traditional folk, country music purists, and rock/extreme metal fans alike with his morbid, dark, yet oddly romantic take on folk that has amassed a dedicated and cult like fan-base.

Today, AMIGO THE DEVIL has premiered the electric, rock-driven new track, “Everyone Gets Left Behind” – featuring Prophets of Rage drummer Brad Wilk and its streaming below.

Everything Is Fine was produced by Ross Robinson (Korn, Glassjaw, At The Drive In) and features drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Prophets of Rage) sitting in on the entire recording session. The album was recorded at Valentine Studios, a time capsule untouched since the 70’s with all the original gear and atmosphere. Everything was recorded, mixed and mastered to tape to capture an absolute and pure brutal honesty.
AMIGO THE DEVIL will be embarking on a national tour in support of the new record. Despite being armed with only his vocals and a banjo/acoustic guitar, the live show is worlds away from what people expect of a folk show. Loaded with sing-alongs and an unsuspecting dose of humor to make otherwise grim topics accessible for fans of every genre, the songs remain deeply rooted in the tradition of story-telling that seems to be slipping away from the human condition. It is a must see show this Fall! Check out tour dates here or see below.
AMIGO THE DEVIL Tour Dates:
North America:
09/22 – St. Augustine, FL – Sing Out Loud Fest
09/28 – Salt Lake City, UT – Crucial Fest
10/13 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Fest
10/14 – Sacramento, CA – Discover Park
10/18 – Houston, TX – White Oak
10/19 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
10/20 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
10/22 – Mesa, AZ – The Nile
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
10/24 – San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
10/25 – Tustin, CA – Marty’s on Newport
10/26 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
10/27 – SLO – Sweet Springs Saloon
10/28 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
10/30 – Denver, CO – Marquis
10/31 – Denver, CO – Marquis
11/01 – Kansas City – Riot Room
11/02 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
11/03 – Pontiac, MI – Sanctuary
11/04 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
11/05 – Toronto, ON, CANADA – Sneaky Dee’s
11/07 – Pittsburgh, PA- The Funhouse
11/08 – Rochester, NY – Flour City Station
11/09 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
11/10 – Brooklyn, NY – St.Vitus
11/11 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
11/13 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
11/14 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
11/15 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
11/16 – Ashville, NC – The Mothlight
11/17 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
11/18 – Orlando, FL – Soundbar

Aftershock Artist Spotlight: Monster Magnet

March of 2018 saw the release of the latest Monster Magnet masterpiece “Mindfucker” (Order and Stream The Album) on Napalm Records. Following three exclusive Northeastern US shows, the band headed across the pond for a European headline tour. Now they are ready to return to North America for a full headline tour this Fall. Continue reading “Aftershock Artist Spotlight: Monster Magnet”

Concert Photo Review: Born Of Osiris at Ace Of Spades

Born Of Osiris @ Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California on Summer Slaughter 2018

All photos courtesy of Jennifer Black @ Black J Photo

Born Of Osiris, performed at Ace of Spades in Sacramento on Thursday, August 9 as part of the Summer Slaughter Tour. Nikon shooter Jennifer Black was there to capture the action.

*Set list*

Machine
Divergency
Bow Down
The Other Half of Me
Throw Me in the Jungle
Brace Legs
Empires Erased
Silence The Echo
The Sleeping and the Dead
Abstract Art

ForceFest 2018 full lineup announced.

The Force Fest is a festival focused on the different aspects of Rock and Metal. This festival was born in Mexico City in 2012, under the slogan of providing an alternative to all the public of Mexico City and the south of the country who were unable to travel to Guadalajara to attend the Hell & Heaven Fest for different reasons , but that nevertheless generated a great demand for shows of this type.

After being held on 2 occasions in Mexico City, Live talent organizing company of the event, decides to change venues with the Hell & Heaven fest and move the Force Fest to Guadalajara in 2015 obeying issues of production, marketing and logistics .
In this way the Force Fest arrived in Guadalajara becoming the 2nd largest Heavy music festival in the country.

The festival has had several of the greatest legends of extreme music in the world, bands like Judas Priest, Sepultura, Soulfly, Anthrax, Carcass, Overkill, Pod, Angra and the last presentation in Mexico of the legendary Motorhead.

The Force Fest will once again move from time to time to the State of Mexico looking for what it always dreamed, a 2-day Open Air Festival where the public could experience a complete camping area, more than 12 hours of continuous music, multiple stages and 2 days of Festival, This 2018 the Force Fest returns stronger than ever.