New Video of Rebel Holocrons Live In Sacramento, California

In the video below REBEL HOLOCRONS perform their classics @ Blue Lamp– Sacramento, California – December 4th, 2019 on the bill were VIQUEEN,THE LIVING AND DANGER INC. (Filmed by Zoran Theodorovic)

 

King Diamond announces new DVD/Blu-ray, ‘Songs For The Dead Live’

On January 25th, King Diamond will release a new DVD/Blu-ray, Songs For The Dead Live, via Metal Blade Records. A new video “Sleepless Nights (Live at The Fillmore)” can be seen below.

There is only one King Diamond, and for more than thirty years the great Dane has been dropping classic albums and putting on shows fans remember for the rest of their lives. Perhaps the only downside to having such a formidable catalog is that there are just too many great songs to fit into a single set. However, you would be hard-pressed to find a fan who wouldn’t want to hear 1987’s seminal Abigail in its entirety, and Songs For The Dead Live captures this, twice, and in very different locales. Boasting eighteen songs per set, each of the two shows – Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting in June 2016 and Philadelphia’s Fillmore in November 2015 – feature a brace of classic King Diamond and Mercyful Fate tracks including “Welcome Home,” “Halloween,” and “Eye Of The Witch” before launching into Abigail. The performances of the all-star lineup of musicians, comprising of guitarists Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead, bassist Pontus Egberg and drummer Matt Thompson, are absolutely ferocious, hammering home every single moment.

Captured on film by director Denise Korycki for Wild Wind Studios, she worked closely with King on every aspect of filming, and throughout the viewer finds themselves front and center as the shows unfold. This includes some inventive camera placement, such as riding in on the back of the wheelchair as it is wheeled out to “Out From The Asylum” at the start of the show, or looking up from the coffin at the commencement of Abigail opener “Funeral”, which adds an extra dimension to proceedings. Naturally, the theatricality that has become synonymous with King Diamond is there in full force, making for an even more immersive experience. The gothic stage set and the participation of actors playing out certain scenes tying into the songs definitely increases the drama and the sense of complete disconnect from the trappings of reality, ensuring that the shows remain riveting from start to finish.

While the setlists are virtually identical, the drastic difference in the two venues make for distinctly different atmospheres. The sweeping, epic scale of Graspop and the virtual sea of baying metalheads makes for a particularly thrilling spectacle, King holding them all in the palm of his hand. The Fillmore show is immediately more intimate, and rather than a mixed bag of metal lovers drunk on a weekend of the heavy stuff, the audience is comprised entirely of the King Diamond devout, screaming back every word, their love for their hero bleeding from every frame. Songs For The Dead Live gives those who missed out on seeing these shows in the flesh a chance to vividly experience them, offering so much deeper an experience than your run of the mill live DVD.

Graspop Metal Meeting track-listing
01. Out from the Asylum
02. Welcome Home
03. Sleepless Nights
04. Halloween
05. Eye of the Witch
06. Melissa
07. Come to the Sabbath
08. Them
09. Funeral
10. Arrival
11. A Mansion in Darkness
12. The Family Ghost
13. The 7th Day of July 1777
14. Omens
15. The Possession
16. Abigail
17. Black Horsemen
18. Insanity

The Fillmore track-listing
01. Out from the Asylum
02. Welcome Home
03. Sleepless Nights
04. Eye of the Witch
05. Halloween
06. Melissa
07. Come to the Sabbath
08. Them
09. Funeral
10. Arrival
11. A Mansion in Darkness
12. The Family Ghost
13. The 7th Day of July 1777
14. Omens
15. The Possession
16. Abigail
17. Black Horsemen
18. Insanity

New Video Of Suffocation Live In Oakland, California

In the videos below watch SUFFOCATION perform their classic tracks “Effigy Of The Forgotten” and “Surgery Of Impalement” at the Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, CA on November 4th, 2018. SUFFOCATION recently up their final North American tour with original vocalist Frank Mullen.

Mullen went on to issue the following statement:
“Hello my friends –  so this is it, after 30 years of being a part of this amazing band, which I have had the opportunity to tour the world and bring our music to the sickest fans on the planet, it has come to this time – I bid you a farewell.

“I would like to thank first and foremost, all of my brothers in SUFFOCATION who I have shared the stage with over the years. We have had the sickest of times on the road, and recorded some of the sickest fucking music the planet has ever heard. Secondly I want to thank ALL OUR FANS AND FRIENDS WORLDWIDE, who have helped make this journey possible by supporting us unconditionally. None of this would have been possible without you. So in closing, I will miss you all. This has been the craziest ride of my life and I would not change a thing! Until we meet up again take care, stay brutal and I look forward to the next chapter.

 

Concert Photo Review: WEDNESDAY 13 – November 23rd 2018

WEDNESDAY 13 recently performed at Holy Diver. Nikon shooter Jennifer Black was there to capture the excitement. The Duke of Spook WEDNESDAY 13, continued to support his highly successful Condolences release by embarking on a North American tour this fall. Several dates included performances with legendary guitarist JOHN 5 and shock-rocker DAVEY SUICIDE

Commented mainman WEDNESDAY:

“We’re really excited to be hitting the road this fall. Doing the first week with JOHN 5 should be nothing short of a MONSTER show, and we’re super stoked. We’re also really excited to be touring Canada, as this will be our first time with this many dates. Looking forward to playing some new places and performing for all of our Canadian fans. We will be wrapping up the tour on the West Coast at the world famous Whisky a Go-Go right before we head to the studio to record the follow up to Condolences. Looking forward to seeing everyone on tour!”

Condolences was released on June 2, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (HATEBREED, ROB ZOMBIE). Artwork was created by Travis Smith (OPETH, KATATONIA, NEVERMORE).

 

Watch UNEARTH Perform In Sacramento

In the video below UNEARTH perform “My Will Be Done” and other classics @ Holy Diver – Sacramento, California – November 28th, 2018..also on the bill were FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, THE AGONY SCENE & I AM.

UNEARTH released their new album “Extinction(s)” on November 23rd via Century Media Records. In support of the album, UNEARTH hit the road this November with Fit For An Autopsy. The first leg of the tour had The Agony Scene and Traitors rounding out the package. This leg of the tour began tonight with a sold-out show in Brooklyn, NY and ran through November 18th. The second leg of the kicked off November 19th in Cincinnati, OH. Again, they are on the road with Fit For An Autopsy and The Agony Scene. I AM joined the tour on November 23rd. A complete list of remaining dates can be found below.

11/30: Los Angeles, CA @ Union
12/1: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red

New Videos Of Ghost Live In Sacramento, California

In the video below, Swedish rockers Ghost perform a few tracks, from their most recent releases at Community Center Theater – Sacramento, California – November 13th 2018.

In a recent interview with Sacramento News & Review, frontman Tobias Forge said.. “In the last 50 years now, ever since [Anton] LaVey and pop-cultural Satanism, when that rose in the latter of the part of ’60s with the Church of Satan, and Black Sabbath and Black Widow and Coven and that sort of hippie Satanism, which at the end of the day, heavy metal, black metal, all that is based upon that cultural Satanism. … I grew up with that. … So from that point of view, I would definitely say that culturally, I am definitely, for lack of better way of putting it, I’m a devil-liking kind of guy. But … I wouldn’t sacrifice a baby to a half-ram that I believe to be living in the underground. … And I would never ever encourage anyone to do that.”

 

Full set set…

Act 1
Ashes
Rats
Absolution
Idolatrine
Ritual
Con Clavi Con Dio
Per Aspera ad Inferi
Devil Church
Cirice
Miasma (Papa Nihil on saxophone solo)
Jigolo Har Megiddo (Acoustic)
Pro Memoria
Witch Image
Life Eternal

Act 2
Masked Ball (Jocelyn Pook song)
Spirit
From the Pinnacle to the Pit
Majesty
Satan Prayer
Faith
Year Zero
Spöksonat
He Is
Mummy Dust
If You Have Ghosts (Roky Erickson cover) (with band introductions)
Dance Macabre
Square Hammer

Encore:
Monstrance Clock
The Host of Seraphim

Psychostick Drummer Alex “Shmalex” Dontre – “It’s a black hole and a distraction machine.”

They’re back!!! The kings of comedy rock PSYCHOSTICK have a new album out now called “DO” and it only took four years to follow their extremely fan loved “IV: Revenge of The Vengeance”. And it wasn’t because they were lazy… NO! But because these geniuses of blending comedy, metal, heavy rock and the occasional spoof cover have been super busy releasing viral videos and touring the world.

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

My caretakers, what you would call an “alien hive” were big on appropriating music from various planets. They would implement them into our own catalog, much like the Spotify database here on Earth, but far, far stranger. As for metal, we used metal and graphite alloys for our ships for a while, but now it’s mostly energy fields.

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

I started playing along to the sound on gravitational waves recorded over millennia and sped up to the 3:30 radio format. I was probably just hitting 3,000 by then…I think that translates to about 12 in Earth years.

How did you become a drummer? Are you proficient in any other instruments? Have you always been creative/destructive?

I first start drumming by flinging asteroids at uninhabited planets. It’s way more fun than using a wimpy slingshot.

Were you forced to go to church as a kids, if so were you altar boys or participate in some other ways?

My hive doesn’t worry about the whole Earthling “my god is better than your god” thing, so no. Thank goodness.

How did Psychostick come about? Where did you develop the name? Where is it derived from? What other band names were considered?

Psychostick was assigned to us in the Great Hive Name Assigning in the Earth year of 2000! Think the assignment in the book, The Giver, but with aliens.

Your new album DO has you once again as a free agent, were their restrictions placed on the band by Rock Ridge that are no more as an independent artist?

Nope. Rock Ridge was always great to us. We just wanted to try something new.

You recently wrapped up a tour with Downtown Brown, how do you like winter tours compared to the summer? Did you get to play and visit any strange new places on this run.

The tour itself with Downtown Brown and Danimal Cannon was great! But winter tour conditions inherently suck because it’s cold and often dangerous traversing the mountains in a big van.

What motivates you, to keep releasing new music in the age of sharing and stealing? Does it dampen your creativity at all knowing that all of your hard work will be just given away possibly weeks prior to its official release date?

You question is inherently biased by calling it “stealing.” The Internet allowed Psychostick to emerge and achieve success in a way that would have been impossible prior to 1999 and Napster. Just remember, religious leaders resisted the printing press because it took power away from the church. Composers resisted the phonograph because they assumed it would make live shows irrelevant. The movie industry hated VCRs and one rep compared them to the “Boston Strangler.” Instead, repeated rentals bring in more money than strictly movie tickets. Adapt or die.

How much time do you spend on social media a day? Which do you hate the most but can’t live without? Which do you like and why?

Ugh, as little as possible. It’s a black hole and a distraction machine. I like being able to see what bands are up to, but the increasing rate of obnoxious ads are quickly driving me away.

What are the plans for 2019 and beyond?

Visit my friends on Europa.

Dirty jokes, shout outs and final thoughts?

Be nice to your planet. The Hive won’t appreciate a pigsty when it finally gets here to enslave the humans.