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”
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.
The Other Half of Me
Throw Me in the Jungle
Silence The Echo
The Sleeping and the Dead
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.
UK grind kings Napalm Death and death metal legends Entombed A.D.and Vader have been added to Damnation Festival.
The heavyweight trio top a solid bill which already boasts exclusive sets by Ihsahn, Batushka, Celeste and Mourning Beloveth as well as performances by the likes of Anaal Nathrakh, The Ocean and NeObliviscaris, hosted over four stages at Leeds University Union on Saturday, November 3.
Heavy riff worshippers OHHMS, progressive black metallers A Forest Of Stars and emerging hardcore outfit Leeched also join the bill.
The line up so far is: Napalm Death, Ihsahn, Entombed A.D., Vader, Anaal Nathrakh, Batushka, The Ocean, NeObliviscaris, Celeste, Rosetta, Ghost Bath, Mourning Beloveth, Saor, Fukpig, Arabrot, Caligula’s Horse, A Forest of Stars, Mol, Insanity Alert and Leeched, with six bands still to be announced for the 14th edition of the festival.
Tickets, priced £43, are on sale now from damnationfestival.co.uk
I have been grateful enough to attend many a Warped. From when I was a younger adult drinking myself into oblivion and taking grass naps, to now as a 41 year old hippie smoking cannabis and taking grass naps. Vans Warped tour represents all those demographics that your Mom and Dad warned you about: the goths, the emos, the punks, the metal heads, the stoner’s, the thrashers. What your Mom and Dad didn’t know, unless they were totally cool, was that going to a Warped concert is like a right of passage. It’s an opportunity to crowd surf. A chance to party with your peers. It’s a day of freedom and musical expression. So to Kevin Lyman, I thank you for what you have done for the past 24 years.
Our day started as any other Warped adventure. We left with enough time but arrived late AF. Not because we lagged, but because traffic was horrendous. After a 5 ½ hour drive, we made it safely to the Shoreline and the hysteria continued. Myself and my partner in crime Zoran Theodorovic made our way to the check in booth as always do. Doing music media has given us the chance to interview some amazing musicians and we look forward to going backstage to connect each year. This year however, the girls working the VIP/Volunteer booth didn’t seem to be enjoying the day or their jobs at all,which is unfortunate considering its a freaking SOLD OUT SHOW and everyone is stoked to be there. Long story short, we got zero interviews for the first time in our attending. I was not able to go backstage at all and my partner was only given photo access, but we are a local company that uses videos and Youtube as our forum to help promote music. When things like this happen, you make the best of it and let’s be honest, we were still at the very last Vans Warped at Shoreline. You can’t be mad at that. So we went our separate ways, me to wander and watch and him to take photos.
Again, let me remind whoever is reading this that I am NOT YOUNG! I may look 23 (cough cough) but I am very much 41 so that of course will be a factor in my opinion. Truthfully, I waited in lines more than I watched bands. Lines to park. Lines to get in. Lines to the bathroom. Lines to get water. Lines to get food ( I gave up on that one after 20 minutes in the hot sun). Perhaps it was the MASSIVE amount of people who showed up for the last hurrah, which is a beautiful thing. But it seemed like the venue and workers were just not prepared. Still I found water being sold for $3 which at a concert is a BLESSING. And I saw seas of people having a great time, even if it meant sitting under big rigs for shade. That’s the beauty of music,the killer vibe.
I got to rock out to My Children My Bride.
I felt goosebumps when Unearth performed.
Senses Fail lead singer came out in a rocking ass pink jumpsuit and the BEST energy.
Simple Plan straight PACKED the grass and arena area. It was during this set that I saw the most displays of public affection and I am not gonna lie, it got me good in the feels. I love love.
Every Time I Die…..what can I say about these dudes that hasn’t been said. They kill. Every fucking time. They slay each set they play like its their first and they’ve been rocking for 20 years. Not only did they dedicate to those fans who have seen them at Ace of Spades in Sacramento and The Boardwalk in Orangevale, they did a song tribute to Vinnie Paul. Goosebumps returned.
The Used closed out the night, with colorful smoke bombs, rainbow sign, and encouragement from Bert to be who you are. The crowd surfing was real.
I’d have to say the band that impressed me most because I’ve never seen them before and this woman’s message literally could NOT be ignored was Sharptooth and lead singer Lauren Gashan. She reminded me of a 90’s feminist rocker only this chick was about equality. She was about telling her story, no matter how personal it was, or how uncomfortable it may make you. You have to respect someone who fights for what they believe in. Lauren spoke aggressively about rights for LGBT, trans, non binary and bi sexual individuals. She reached out to those who have been a victim of rape or sexual assault. And she advocated for mental illness, an issue that needs to be talked about. I salute you Lauren. I am grateful that my daughters have a woman like you as a role model and voice.
All in all, Vans Warped Tour rocked. Despite the lines and crowds, it was exactly the way it needed to be: chaotic and hot. Full of people who love music, who have no other agenda but to rock and to rock as hard as they can. Well done……Words by Amber Rose and pictures by Zoran Theodorovic
Western Canada’s decibel breaking heavy metal festival LOUD AS HELL has put together a digital sampler available for FREE download from some of this year’s performing bands.
This year’s 2018 edition of LOUD AS HELL features over 40 bands from across Western Canada and beyond that includes headliners New Jersey’s deathcore titans FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, Vancouver tech death giants ARCHSPIRE, Regina’s progressive melo-death masters INTO ETERNITY plus many more that will rage across the Dinosaur Downs Stampede Grounds in Drumheller, AB from August 3rd to 5th.
Also announced are second stage acoustic performers Kris Schulz, Kyle Pullan, Jesse Valstar Project along with a burlesque show from Hazzardous Material plus clinics presented by Into Eternity guitarist Tim Roth and Ninjaspy bassist Tim Parent. All will be showcased as entertainment during main stage change overs.
The last two years of the festival has sold out and headbangers from across country are urged to get their tickets now. All weekend passes includes camping on the Dinosaur Downs Stampede Grounds.
Weekend Passes are available at this link here.
Loud As Hell 2018 Line Up:
Thursday, August 2nd LAH Kick Off Party @ Neighbours Corner Pub
Concrete Funeral (Calgary, AB)
World War Waiting (Calgary, AB)
Benevolent Like Quietus (Calgary, AB)
Friday, August 3rd @ Dinosaur Downs Stampede Grounds
Vantera (Vancouver, BC) (After Party Set)
Archspire (Vancouver, BC)
The Kennedy Veil (Sacramento, CA)
Sarah Longfield (Wisconsin)
Stab Twist Pull (Calgary, AB)
Burning Effigy (Calgary, AB)
Tessitura (Edmonton, AB)
Hammerdrone (Calgary, AB)
Red Cain (Calgary, AB)
Saturday, August 4th @ Dinosaur Downs Stampede Grounds
Ninjaspy (Port Coquitlam, BC)
West Of Hell (Vancouver, BC)
Greybeard (Calgary, AB)
Neck Of The Woods (Vancouver, BC)
Hazzerd (Calgary, AB)
Revenger (Vancouver, BC)
Black Friday (Edmonton, AB)
Cell (Winnipeg, MB)
Culled (Edmonton, AB)
Citizen Rage (Calgary, AB)
Juliet Ruin (Edmonton, AB)
Grizzlyhawk (Humboldt, SK)
Irradiation (Kelowna, BC)
ChaosBeing (Calgary, AB)
Widows Peak (Calgary, AB)
Sunday, August 5th @ Dinosaur Downs Stampede Grounds
Fit For An Autopsy (New Jersey, USA)
Into Eternity (Regina, SK)
Eye Of Horus (Edmonton, AB)
Inverted Serenity (Winnipeg, MB)
Arrival Of Autumn (Grande Prairie, AB)
Odinfist (Armstrong, BC)
Orchestry (Vancouver, BC)
Galactic Pegasus (Vancouver, BC)
Detherous (Calgary, AB)
The Myopia Condition (Red Deer, AB)
Breaking The Silent (Edmonton, AB)
Throne Of The Dead (Prince George, BC)
The Rekkening (Vancouver, BC/Montreal, QC)
Dethgod (Morley, AB)
Illyrian (Calgary, AB)
Saturday tickets are still available! Don’t miss out on your chance to rock at Aftershock! Tickets won’t last much longer; get yours now to see all the incredible artists on Saturday, October 13th.
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