Concert Images: Greta Van Fleet @ Aftershock 2017

Greta Van Fleet courtesy of Zoran Theodorovic


Discovery Park – Sacramento, California

Josh Kiszka

Sam Kiszka & Danny Wagner

Josh Kiszka

Sam Kiszka

Greta Van Fleet

Sam Kiszka & Danny Wagner

Josh Kiszka


Solanum Lead Guitarist/Vocalist Joe Arellanes Interrogated

Solanum is a Thrash Metal Band from Sacramento, CA. Solanum formed in 2010 by members Udi (Guitar), Dustin Cooknick (Drums), Joe Arellanes (Lead Guitar and Vocals) and Jason McLeod (Bass). The band recorded their first demo titled Solanum that is available here and at all of their shows. ‘The Rotting’ ‘Echoes of the Dead’ & ‘Hurry up and Die’ are usually part of the bands set list. The continuous show playing led to opening act opportunities for national touring bands such as Destruction, Kreator, Testament, Soulfly, Metal Church, Warbringer, Havok and more. Solanum continues to thrash the Sacramento and surrounding areas while working on their debut album. Lead guitarist and vocalist Joe Arellanes, took some time out of his busy schedule, holy diving, to answer our silly questions.

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

I grew up around music, whether it be on road trips with my family or just running errands with my mom on weekends. We always had music on. I got into metal when I was in middle school and I started skating.

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

I picked up guitar shortly after I started high school, started a band with my buddies and they needed a vocalist, so I guess out of necessity. I kinda had a knack for it, I suppose. And no, I’m not proficient in any other instruments.

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?

Its kinda hard to say what the local scene was like, I was so young at the time I don’t really remember. I loved Times of Desperation and Psychosomatic. Master Leather Daddy ruled too. I miss Black Mackerel! As far as local bands now, I really like the Kennedy Veil, The Odious Construct and am very glad that Psychosomatic is still shreddin’. There’s so much local talent these days, it hard to keep up!

Has there been times when drugs and alcohol were beneficial to the band?

Haha no!

How would you best describe your sound?

I would say that we’re thrash. We may dip our toes in the death metal realm but only slightly.

Is doing ticket pre-sales the same thing as pay to play?

Not if you don’t have to BUY the tix first. If you’re getting a cut of the total amount of sold tix then I guess its about how much footwork you’re willing to put in.

Do you still buy cds or mostly use streaming sites? Which do you use?

I do both. I use spotify for convenience, but I buy CD’s to support people I enjoy.


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

The first music I bought was the self titled System Of A Down album, before that I was a radio guy. And I bought just about the entire Death catalog again after they remastered it…. Worth every cent!

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

Well pretty much any bigger band that came through Starlite was usually pretty cool. The guys in Black Fast were way cool and so were the guys in Black breath. Our last show at starlite was really cool and the guys in Decrepit Birth were AWESOME!

Joe on stage with Decrepit Birth for their rendition of the Death classic “Crystal Mountain”

Whats the biggest show you have played so far and do you still get nervous before a gig?

We got the pleasure of opening for Suicidal Tendencies a few years back, that was the biggest. Sold out ace of spades. Testament was right up there too.

Does the current political climate in America scare you or make hopeful? Do you see a possible civil war on the horizon?

I don’t know if it scares me, I feel like those in power really don’t give a shit about anyone other than whomever is lining their pockets, until its reelection time, then we’re buddies I guess? And no I don’t see civil war of any type on the horizon, if you believe what you see on Facebook or in the media, you’re the fucking problem.

Favorite songs on the new as yet to be finished album and why?

That’s a tough one. Probably our song “Dawn of Extinction” because its just a badass tune. Its a bit more “progressive” (I use that word VERY lightly) that most of the other stuff, but its super cohesive still.

Out of all your songs which one touches you the most when you perform it?

Maybe our song “One Foot in the Grave” because it’s super musical with quite a bit of harmony, and the guitar solo has a lot of feel to it.

Are there any political or social issues hidden in Solanum songs?

Absolutely. I wouldn’t say they’re hidden, or if they are they’re not well hidden haha.

Who does the songwriting for the band? Where is inspiration found?

We all contribute to the process, its kind of absurd how easy those guys are to get along with, no egos no bullshit. We just wanna make music we’d want to listen to. As cliche as it sounds, inspiration can come from anywhere.

What is the writing process like and the putting of songs in order?

Either Udi or I will come to practice with ideas, show it to the guys, get a yay or nay and build from there. We still haven’t figured out the song order for the album haha. That’ll be an argument for when the album is done

Top 5 albums or songs released this year so far?

In no particular order
Havok- conformicide
Mastodon- Emperor of sand
Iron Reagan- Crossover Ministry
Kreator- Gods of Violence
The Black Dahlia Murder- Nightbringers

What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want?

I have no endorsements but I’d love to get one from ESP and Peavey.

What kind of gear is making the Solanum live sound?

Peavey heads and Marshall cabs.

Bands you would love to tour with on a dream tour package and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?

Probably Havok and Black Fast. There’s really too many to name.

Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?

Song: Perennial Quest byDeath
Albums: Megadeth – Rust in Peace, Death – Symbolic and … Queens Of The Stoneage – Like Clockwork

What does metal mean to you?

I love metal, its pure unfiltered passion. Raw primal energy at its finest. Its a release and an escape.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

I just want to say that I appreciate everything that people have done to support Solanum over the years. Its been so awesome to be a part of something special! So thank you!

Catch Solanum November 4th with Hatriot, Psychosomatic and Severpull @ The Blue Lamp in Sacramento.

Hed Pe live at Ace Of Spades

Hed PE perform @ Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California 10/03/17 with openers Dope, Glug, D One

You think you know me but you don’t know shit

You get the black eye and the big fat lip

You get so mad
See me get high

If you so pissed
Go ahead and slit your wrists

Flick on your clitoris and pull on yours tits
and what not

I pull your pony tail
and find the spot



Gina And The Eastern Block Release New NSFW Music Video

Coming off the heels of a successful 31-city summer tour with In This Moment and Motionless In White that saw vocalist Gina Katon perform the Gina And The Eastern Block song Sippin’ On A Forty while fronting her hard-rock burlesque group Little Miss Nasty, the Los Angeles-based alternative rockers are ready to serve up new music to her many newly-minted fans.

Originally formed in 2012 by record producer Marc Jordan (The Cult, Slash, The Mowglis, Stitched Up Heart, Bleached,) GINA AND THE EASTERN BLOCK are known for captivating live shows and sexy, swagger filled songs. Likened to a cross between Iggy Pop and Marilyn Monroe, lead vocalist Gina Katon fronts the band with her unique talent and blazingly sexy persona. Former Marilyn Manson bass player, Fred Sablan, is also part of the lineup.

Catch them live in LA on
October 20 – Los Angeles – Viper Room with Little Miss Nasty
November 13 – Los Angeles – The Roxy Theater with Steel Panther
And in Vegas on
December 8 – Las Vegas – Beauty Bar with Bullets And Octane

Their brand new single, “Big Black Van,” released via Rockitsessions, is the follow-up to the sexy “Sippin On A Forty.”  Both singles were released in 2017, following 2016’s “Get Gone,” a song that legendary BBCRadio1 Rock Show host Daniel Carter calls “sassy and even more sassy”.

Death Rattle lead guitarist Ryan VanderWolk Interrogated

With one listen it’s pretty clear, New England groove thrash group Death Rattle exude classic early millennium NWOAHM and northeastern groove through and through – channeling groups like Shadows Fall, Lamb of God and Hatebreed while breathing in new life and authenticity.
Death Rattle is currently supporting the release of their new album Volition, on their upcoming tour supporting The Convalescence, Wings Denied and Shaping The Legacy. Death Rattle will appear on dates running from October 21 in Placerville, CA through November 18 in Englewood, OH. See below for a full list of tour dates featuring Death Rattle below.

Death Rattle lead guitarist Ryan VanderWolk  took some time to talk with Iron Serbian of Capital Chaos TV about things and stuff.

How did you first get into music?

Who turned you on to Rock/metal? Generally our older brothers, Dad’s and uncles showed us our first tastes of heavy music that we fell so much in love with.

We’re you forced to go to church as kids and did you participate? Choir? Altar boys?

Barring Jimmy we all were at some point. Trey was in a youth group for instance, and Chris was heavily urged to go to church until he made his confirmation. These are practices we do not take part in today and haven’t since we were young.

Were you Jocks or stoners in high school?

Trey and Kevin were heavy into sports, Kevin played football, Trey played soccer, Football and basketball. It’s safe to stay most of us were stoners but not all of us haha.

How did you become a vocalist, bassist, drummer, guitarist, and are you proficient at any other instruments?

Trey our vocalist was originally a bass player for a Led Zeppelin cover band, the singer got fired Trey stepped in and became a vocalist and has been ever since. Kevin has interest to learn bass and borrowed one from a friend when he was young. Jimmy wanted to play music but sucked at drums so he learned guitar and became proficient. Chris was interested in Drumming since very young and his parents bought him his first kit when he was 12. I myself (Ryan) gained the interest after my brother started playing. For Christmas when I was 14 my Dad bought me my first guitar which was my brother’s guitar that helped him upgrade to a guitar he wanted more.

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What was the local scene in where you are like in the beginning? Was there a particular band you aspired to be like? Favorite local bands back then? Favorite local bands now?

The local scene was much better when we were growing up than there is now. Most of us grew up in Massachusetts where there were tons of shows. When I was 12 I attended a metal show at a place called the Elks lodge in Hyannis Ma and it was my first time ever going to a local show. It was a blast. I discovered a Band called “Interfere” which I loved and got their CD. I still know that album from front to back to this day. It was called “Bruce in the disco tent” haha some of my favorite local bands from our area are Carnivora, Pathogenic, and the River Neva.

How did the band form and how did the band name come about?

Ryan Met Chris at a Lamb of God show in Boston May 12th, 2009. They exchanged phone numbers and 4 months later formed the band that would become Death Rattle. Ryan threw out the name after looking at the back of Pantera’s “Reinventing the Steel” guitar book. No name after that was really presented and eventually it just stuck.

How would you best describe your sound?

I would say we are a groove metal band with a touch of death metal, touch of thrash metal.

Does the current political climate in America scare you or make hopeful?

It is a very decisive time politically, but I truly feel that it still comes down to the people and not the politicians.we need to as a group Handle ourselves better in this world.

Was 9/11 and inside job and do you have a theory on chemtrails?

Well if you switch your car insurance to Geico you could save 15% or more.

How important are presales for a band as opposed to letting a promoter do all the work?

Every scenario is different which lends itself to different conclusions on this. I can say that doing pre sales has done very well for us in the past up until the recent past as well. I think a team effort with all hands on deck is what makes great shows.

What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once on different formats?

Trey -cassette he bought a Michael Jackson tape with money he earned from washing dishes at around age 6!
Kevin- Alice in chains self titled CD. Age 10
Jimmy- limp Bizkit- 3 dollar bill y’all. CD. Age 8
Chris- Rob Zombie- hillbilly deluxe. Age 11
Ryan- Metallica Reload-CD age 12

Whats the biggest show you have played so far and do you still get nervous before a gig?

Our Mayhem Fest Dates in 2013 in Mass and CT were our biggest to date. There always a little bit of nerves before every big show, but that’s the rush! If there isn’t any nervousness then there is no more fun in it!

Is radio dead and do you listen to any local radio shows?

Terrestrial radio my not be what it one was but there is Sirius XM and Internet radio to take it’s place. We don’t listen to any local radio stations except for Sports radio.

How has the recent suicides of famous musicians affected you and do you have a theory on them?

Not so much directly as we aren’t die hard fans of those that have passed recently, but we are fans nonetheless, but it does present some questions that need answers. Things that range from if metal/rock musicians suffer from a form of CTE similar to football players from thrashing about and headbanging, to is there a connection with creativity and depression?

When can we expect some new recorded music and what is your writing process like?

That is undetermined as we will start the wrong process after we return home from this tour. Our new Album “Volition” is set for release Oct 20th.
The writing process is a very focus driven time and it is ever changing. We start with some guitar riffs and work on things until it becomes a don’t, then we voraciously fine tune until we are happy.

Out of all your songs which one touches you the most when you perform it?

“Sentenced to Hell” off of our upcoming album “Volition” is the song we are most Involved in as a Band. It is also the first song we started writing for the New album.

Where do you see the band in 5 years?

Hopefully continuing to do what we love and play our brand of metal. Hopefully with much growth as well.

What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want? What gear is bringing us the Death Rattle sound?

We use a vast array of gear. Currently running ENGL artist edition amps and a custom buil5 Krankbass rig. Jimmy plays Esp and Jackon guitars. I play (Ryan) Washburn and Dean Dimebag models. Kevin plays Ibanez and Esp basses. Chris is currently playing a custom Mapex drum kit. We would like to acquire more endorsements. Mainly drum and cymbal endorsement. We currently have deals with Krank amps, In tune guitar picks. DR strings etc.

Bands you would love to tour with and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?

A top 5 want for us to possibly tour with would be Lamb of God, Gojira, Devildriver, Soilwork, Killswitch Engage.

Top 5 albums or songs released this year so far?

The Haunted-Strength in numbers
Scour-Self titled That’s all we can think of!

Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave or cremation?

Metallica-Fade to black
Lamb of God-Ashes of the wake
Pantera-The great southern trendkill
Metallica-And Justice for all..

Whats the rest of 2017 look like for Death Rattle?

We are releasing out new album “Volition” and supporting it with a full U.S. tour with “The Conavalescence”. When we return home we begin work on the next album!

What does metal mean to you?

Metal is everything to us. It’s our way of life, our way of healing, our way of feeling. The force that drives us. The ultimate release.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

Thank you Capital Chaos for having us! We really appreciate it!

New Oblivion Music with Eddie of Suicide Silence

The Path Towards… is the anticipated new full-length from extreme metal unit OBLIVION. On the eleven track recording, OBLIVION — featuring within its ranks internationally-acclaimed composer and Antagony founder Dr. Nick Vasallo on vocals and bass, All Shall Perish and Antagony founder Ben Orum on guitar, thrash veteran guitarist Ted O’Neill, and drum virtuoso Luis Martinez formerly of The Zenith Passage — has composed a record that’s darker, heavier, and even more eclectic than critically-lauded debut, Call To Rise.
Composed by Vasallo early this spring, the record boasts an all-star lineup of guest artists including Karl Sanders (Nile, guest songwriter), Eddie Hermida (Suicide Silence/All Shall Perish, guest vocals), Enrico H. Di Lorenzo (Hideous Divinity, guest vocals), and Carlos Saldana (Connoisseur, guest vocals). The album also marks Ben Orum’s and Nick Vasallo’s first time collaborating on music since Antagony’s debut in 2001. With precise and intricate guitar solo work by O’Neill and legendary performances by Martinez, OBLIVION forges ahead stronger than ever with The Path Towards…

Arch Enemy Debut New Music Video for Single, “The Race”

Having just completed a successful run of dates across Eastern Europe on the “Will To Power International Tour”, extreme metal giants ARCH ENEMY are back with another ripping single from their recently released album, “Will To Power”, with the music video single for “The Race”.

Founding member Michael Amott commented: “This was actually the last song written for the ‘Will To Power’ album. Listening through all the material we had up to that point we agreed that the album needed one more song that would be a relentless and fast paced counterpoint to some of the more epic compositions we already had. We sent Alissa the music and she came up with a thought provoking set of lyrics with an intense vocal arrangement that complemented the music perfectly. We’ve been having a blast playing this song on the current tour and we had our video director Patric Ullaeus come out to capture the mayhem at our recent show in Helsinki, Finland… Enjoy ‘The Race’!

Showcasing their “trademark blend of heaviness and memorable melodies” (Loudwire), ARCH ENEMY‘s latest critically-acclaimed effort, “Will To Power”, is out now via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS worldwide. Marking the first recording to feature legendary guitarist Jeff Loomis (Nevermore), “Will To Power” was co-produced by Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson while being sent to Jens Bogren (Opeth, At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir) for mixing and mastering.
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ARCH ENEMY will bring their “utterly enchanting melodies and savage riffs” (Metal Injection), to audiences across North America later this month as they join Trivium for a co-headlining tour from October 27 to December 6 featuring support from While She Sleeps and Fit For An Autopsy. The band will continue to spread their power in early 2018 as they have announced a Winter tour with Wintersun, Tribulation and Jinjer across Western Europe. Full dates can be found listed below. Tickets are available at

10/27    Orlando, FL – House of Blues &
10/28    Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade &
10/29    Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore &
10/31    Baltimore, MD – Soundstage &
11/1    Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero Theater &
11/3    New York, NY – Playstation Theater &
11/4    Worcester, MA – The Palladium &
11/5    Montreal, QC – Metropolis &
11/7    Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall &
11/8    Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre &
11/10    Sioux City, IA – Anthem At Hard Rock &
11/11    Kansas City, MO – The Truman &
11/12    Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall &
11/14    Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater &
11/15    Milwaukee, WI – The Rave &
11/17    Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall &
11/18    Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex &
11/20    Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre &
11/21    Edmonton, AB – Union Hall &
11/23    Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater &
11/24    Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo &
11/25    Portland, OR – Roseland Theater &
11/27    Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades &
11/28    San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom &
11/29    Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern &
12/1    Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater &
12/2    Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater &
12/4    Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live &
12/5    San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall &
12/6    Houston, TX – Warehouse Live &
1/12    Munich, DE – Tonhalle ^
1/13    Stuttgart, DE – LKA Longhorn ^
1/15    Zurich, CH – Komplex ^
1/17    Milan, IT – Alcatraz ^
1/18    Lyon, FR – Transbordeur ^
1/22    Toulouse, FR – Le Bikini ^
1/23    Paris, FR – Bataclan ^
1/24    Antwerp, BE – Trix ^
1/26    Oberhausen, DE – Turbinenhalle ^
1/27    Geiselwind, DE – Music Hall ^
1/29    Hamburg, DE – Grobe Freiheit ^
1/31    Malmo, SE – KB ^
2/2    Stockholm, SE – Arenan ^
2/3     Gothenburg, SE – Tradgarn ^
2/5    Berlin, DE – Huxleys ^
2/6    Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof ^
2/7    Saarbrucken, DE – Garage ^
& with Trivium, While She Sleeps & Fit For An Autopsy
^ with Wintersun, Tribulation and Jinjer