California Based Sicarius Inks Deal With M-Theory Audio

Like a merciless dagger onto the scene arrives Sicarius (meaning contract killer or assassin) with an ultra-violent black metal assault. Founded 3 years ago, Sicarius pays homage to classic black metal bands while injecting a modern high-velocity method that has seen the band signed to M-Theory Audio.

Sicarius photo

“I witnessed Sicarius perform at a small show featuring some other M-Theory Audio acts including Helsott and Empyrean Throne,” explains M-Theory Audio label head Marco Barbieri. “I was unfamiliar with the band previously but within minutes of taking the stage the group commanded my attention. Not only with their look, but more so for their performance which was raw, violent and reckless. The ‘danger’ aspect is something that escapes most rock and metal these days, but with Sicarius I was intrigued which ultimately lead to this signing.”

“We at Sicarius are absolutely thrilled to be a part of the M-Theory team and to work with a leader of such a high caliber like Marco. The man is a visionary to say the least, and has worked with countless black metal acts that have influenced Sicarius in many facets,” explains guitarist Argyris.

He goes on to say, “Since forming this outfit the biggest goals have been to write music that we want to listen to, and to carry the torch of the classic bands from the late ‘80s / early ‘90s such as Rotting Christ, Mayhem, Bathory and Gorgoroth. We hold the utmost respect and confidence in this label and the team that operates it. After meeting with Marco I am very privileged to share our vision for Sicarius under the banner of M-Theory Audio and together unleash uncompromising black metal violence upon the world.”

Witness these upcoming Sicarius live events:

8/18 The Union – Los Angeles, CA w/ Marduk, Incantation & Abysmal Dawn
8/24 The Bancroft – Spring Valley, CA w/ Panzergod
9/30 Extermination Fest – The San Antonio Rose – Vernon, CA

Black Map Debut “Ruin” Music Video

Rock act Black Map have debuted an all new music video for their track “Ruin,” today from their all new LP released earlier this year. “The lyrics are from the perspective of someone who thinks they see the world collapsing around them,” says vocalist/bassist Benjamin Flanagan, “and wondering the whole time what the true nature of their reality is.”

The video was directed by Frank Door and the second video we’ve seen from the power trio’s new LP In Droves.

Flanagan continues, “When we shot the video it was important to have something with tension and unnerving to match the subject matter of the song. We shot the footage all in one long day at Mt. Davidson in San Francisco. The actor is a 6 year old kid Frank found who got to run around the woods wielding an axe in a giant custom crow mask. This video will probably mark the only time in our career you will ever see anyone in Black Map wearing make up.” 

Black Map released In Droves back in March via Entertainment One (eOne). The band has been steadily touring all summer on headliner dates, festival dates and support dates on the Chevelle tour.  Black Map recently performed a highlighted set at Chicago Open Air earlier this month, and will perform at Rock Allegiance, Louder Than Life, Houston Open Air and Aftershock festivals scheduled for later this year.

Bl ack Mapcreates music driven by the pulse of their early genesis as a trio who packed itself into a rehearsal room with pure intentions, a 12-pack and a boundary-smashing lack of prohibitions or rules. Their commitment is to each other, to what feels right; to meditation on big riffs that lurch and churn, dripping with atmosphere, powering bold and evocative statements.

The band is the union of three established Northern California rock musicians, driven by a shared dedication to big riffs, big drums and powerful, straight-ahead, all enveloping rock n’ roll. Black Map consists of the versatile voice and walloping bass groove of Ben Flanagan (Trophy Fire), the wall-of-sound big riff histrionics of guitarist Mark Engles (dredg) and the unstoppable driving force and tasteful skill of drummer Chris Robyn (Far).

A few songs became a few shows and an EP which begat a debut album, …And We Explode(2014), which featured the buzzy single, “I’m Just the Driver.” The metaphorical “black map” of the band’s steadily building catalog and dedicated following led them to secure live performance spots alongside the mighty Chevelle, multi platinum rockers Bush, Circa Survive, and Highly Suspect in addition to multiple club shows as a headlining act.

Songs like “Run Rabbit Run,” “Foxglove,” “No Color,” and “White Fence” are united in a lyrical exhortation toward staunch individuality in the face of soul-crushing conformity. These are songs that challenge listeners to focus on what makes them unique as people, to shake off the gloomy dystopian results of mass groupthink, to actualize and harness one’s own humanity.

As they continue forward, ever united in that original pureness of intentionality, Black Map covers bigger ground. Bursts of ambience and mellow contemplation compliment the broadly shaped melodic noise. Unafraid experimentation gives way to a strong dichotomy, to new elements, all within that original structure of Black Map’s monster riffing.

Sonic treasure hunters who study Black Map will find themselves transported to the spirit of the early 90s rock resurgence, when bands jettisoned the superficial fluff of the previous decade without wandering too far into dense pretension and delivered authentic and heavy music. Black Map combine flourishes of beauty alongside the bombast and a modern sensibility that nevertheless will not sacrifice its raw realness.

Jason McMaster of Broken Teeth Interviewed

Broken Teeth formed in Austin, Texas, in 1999 when vocalist Jason McMaster (Watchtower and Dangerous Toys) recruited former members of Dangerous Toys, Dirty Looks and Pariah for a side project that allowed band members to have some fun indulging their dirty rock influences including AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Circus of Power and The Four Horsemen.

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

My brothers, as well as my neighborhood friend’s record collections had a huge influence upon me when I was young. Dusiverung all of the classic rock and pre Metal influences , would take serious enough hold on me, to shape my own music and art.

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

I became a singer by default maybe accident. One of my first bands had bad auditions, and the drummer and I just kind of took over the microphones. My first instrument is bass, and along the way, I picked up guitar and basic drums. It has helped in my writing.

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

Austin music has always been good. All styles. There was not much heavy music to see in 1980 when I got here, but that changed in a short couple if years. By mid eighties, punk and metal were rampant. Fave bands were Agony Column, The Offenders, Militia. Crimson Devils, Zero Percent.

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

No benefit from “spirits” other than recreation or relaxation. I have used for influence if my art.

How would you best describe your sound?

The idea was to write fun songs in a certain vein of blues rock, or, sound like AC/DC, either way, was fine with me. The sound has evolved only in the way that more influences shine through now more than our other records.

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

The venue sells tickets, pre sale means weeks or months prior to show day. Pay to play is clubs giving printed tickets to local bands to sell. Sometimes the bands get to keep the money, sometimes its only for incentive. The more tickets they sell, the better chances of getting paid, and more opening slots for bigger acts.

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

The first records I bought were early Elton John and Queen records. When available on cd, I bought them all again. I will probably buy them all again one day. Mainly Elton, Rock of the Westies, and Captain fantastic, Queen-News of the World, A Night at the Opera and Day at the Races.

How has it been signing to the EMP label so far?

Its cool, that those guys have a deal for bands they like to put out their wares. Sure we get to say we work with Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, but, it’s more than that. they care about whats going on without being there with you in the studio saying”thats not gonna work for us”. All EMP artists have 100% control. The label has been easy going and happy to have us from the start.

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

I do sometimes get nervy, but I use it to throw into the songs. Making sure to not over excite, its like a pitcher can throw out his arm at warm up, ya gotta slide into the game. The biggest show Broken Teeth has played is a few thousand on a cruise ship.

Is commercial rock radio dead?

Commercial means its a product, and if all involved are pushing the hell out of it, and throwing money at it, and promoting it prior and during its release, it means that if that’s happening to a lot of artists all at one time, means commercial anything is not dead. The clincher on my side of it is, even though i am sorta in the bizness’,I don’t listen to the radio.

Favorite songs on the new finished album and why?

Four on the Floor and Sinful are faves for sure, cool weird lyrics i came up with almost randomly that worked in the end. Kinda like mixing a drink, or a smoothie, lots of random ingredients can tell a really cool story. But some truth to life lyrical moments of the record would be the song. “Borrowed Time”. check it out.

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

Sinful, its about fans doing and being who they feel they are supposed to be, and then all of a sudden feeling alienated, all because theyre expressing themselves when someone comes up with a reason why its a bad idea, when it has nothing at all to do with them.

Are there any political or social issues hidden in Broken Teeth songs?

I would say yes, but not deliberate to any current situation. Very vague to political stance. But believe me there is alot of ‘tell how you really feel’ moments in there, through out.

What was the process of putting the songs in order?

It’s all about flow. I sometimes worry about if songs are in the same key, they should not be next to one another in the running order, but sometimes that’s what the flow of the record calls for, a fast ripper in key of E can sounding cool winding down into a slow boogie slide even in the same pitch.

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

No endorsements, i would endorse any name brand gear if it doesnt suck.

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

AC/DC, Aerosmith, Elton John, Brian May.

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

See answers to question number 7, so in essence any of those.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?


American Wrecking Company’s ‘Everything and Nothing’ coming August 18

Pavement Entertainment has inked a deal that will see the August 18 release of Everything and Nothing, the new album from Washington’s American Wrecking Company.

American Wrecking Company is a fusion of many influences from Metal, Punk, Rock and everything in between. The camaraderie and mutual love for making music, AWC lays down infectious rhythms, choruses and face-pounding verses. The music combined with a stage presence seldom matched, American Wrecking Company leaves fans with an insatiable appetite for more.

The band is comprised of founder Jeff Bloomfield, who is endorsed by Spector and considered one of the “heaviest bassists” around. Randy Bebich (rhythm guitar) and Ben Reynard (rhythm & lead) are both endorsed by DBZ Guitars and Diamond Amps. The duo is known for their highly creative approach and excellent twin-guitar attack. Drummer Dylan Hickey brings an intense and positive energy to the mix. Vocalist T.J. Cornelius rounds out the lineup with a voice that calls upon the legends of metal who came before him.

The band has opened shows for Hatebreed, Fear Factory, Motorgrater, Act of Defiance and Mushroomhead; and has toured extensively across the western portion of the U.S. American Wrecking Company is a machine that delivers an entertaining and “can’t be missed” live performance.


Australia’s King Parrot To Release Ugly Produce This Fall Via Housecore Records

Australia’s unhinged extreme metal villains King Parrot return with their third and finest long player to date in the form of Ugly Produce.
Set for release in North America on September 22nd via Housecore RecordsUgly Produce is a ten-track feast of distinctively punishing and powerful anthems. Recorded at the infamous Goatsound Studios in Melbourne, Australia and produced by Blood Duster’s Jason Fuller, this is no walk in the park on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Ugly Produce is a twisted, cantankerous ride through an outback graveyard, high on PCP, wreaking of animal feculence.
Ugly Produce mixes the raw fury of debut album Bite Your Head Off and mashes it with the twisted sophistication of their ARIA-nominated follow-up Dead Set. Ugly Produce reaches new heights in abrasive songwriting and serves up an odious pile of repulsive flavors you wouldn’t want to find on your local fruit and vegetable shelves,” issues vocalist Matt “Youngy” Young. “It’s a repugnant harvest of gnarled and nasty grind, death metal, thrash, and punk rock and it’s more caustic than ever.”

Guitarist Mick Michaels of Corners Of Sanctuary Interviewed

Hailing from Philadelphia, New Wave of Traditional American Heavy Metal band Corners of Sanctuary (COS) formed in 2011 with a desire to bring back the sounds of Classic Heavy Metal. Corners of Sanctuary has performed with many notable artists including: Saxon, Anvil, Stryper, U.D.O., Butcher Babies, Grim Reaper, Tracii Guns, Saving Abel, Tim “Ripper” Owens, David Shankle (Manowar), Tantric, Marc Rizzo of Soulfly, Green Jello, Act of Defiance, Britney Fox and Damon Johnson among others. Guitarist Mick Michaels took some time away from slaying dragons to enlighten us on all things Corners of Sanctuary.


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

Mick Michaels: Several family members played instruments. My older brother and grandfather played guitar. My grandfather also played in the Philadelphia string bands playing the banjo and accordion among other instruments. Around the age of seven I wanted to play the drums. After what seemed like a long campaign on selling the idea of me getting a drum set, my parents finally broke down and bought me a four-piece Ludwig blue-sparkle jazz kit. It was awesome and I wish I never sold it. My father was a big Beatles fan as well as Ritchie Valens fan. My older brother was into bands like Black Sabbath, Kiss, Rainbow, Zepplin and Deep Purple – this was my first introduction to early Metal.

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

MM: I played the drums for about five years until I decided to make the switch to guitar. I had always dabbled with the guitar but nothing that would constitute that I actually played. Being that my brother was already heavily involved in music and working with bands playing guitar, I am sure this was a major factor which affected my decision to go to guitar. But I also started to realize that songwriting for me seemed easier with the guitar than on the drums… it made more sense and seems to be the thing I was looking for. I still play some drums but not at a level where I could sit in with a band for a full set. I play bass and a little bit of keyboards. I play just well enough where I can lay some recorded tracks in a pinch if needed.

What was the local scene in Philadelphia like in the beginning, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now? 

MM: As history shows, Philadelphia was a hot spot for music. Many famous artists are from the area: Patti LeBelle, Frankie Avalon, The Roots, Pink, Hall and Oats, Cinderella, Jim Croce… Dick Clark’s American Bandstand was produced here in the early days. A lot of energy and soul lives in Philly, especially with regards to music. For Rock and Metal there were so many cool places to play or go see bands back in the 80’s, The Empire, the Galaxy, Rock n Roll Ridge, Bonnie’s, The Silo… hell, even local roller rinks had bands perform. It was a cool time. Back in the mid 80’s my favorite local Philly band was World War III. Johnny Dee from Britny Fox and Doro played drums in that band. They were awesome and embodied that next level sort of attitude and delivery. Britny Fox was also big on the local scene in the later 80’s after Cinderella was signed. They were a really cool band to see live during that time.I remember local music being very inspiring. There was so much raw energy and excitement. Every show was electric… going to a local venue like the ones I previously mentioned was like going to the Spectrum or some major concert venue… it was always an event. The fact that people keep creating music and write songs, put bands together and go out and perform is inspiring. Without them there would be no scene at all.

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

MM: Never. Doesn’t exist for us… never has, never will… the music is all we need.

How would you best describe your sound?

MM: We are a modern take on the Classic Metal sound… The New Wave of Traditional American Heavy Metal.

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

MM: I don’t feel they are the same thing. Pre-sales are no different than what your favorite pro band does when they come into town for a show. Tickets are made available prior to a show to ensure people will be in the audience. Selling tickets has always been part of the game. Just these days, bands get far less of a cut even with the same amount of work. Selling tickets should motivate a band to spread the word and reach new audiences. It’s hard and adds to the constant struggle a band faces to stay positive and stay noticed. But we must ask ourselves… do we want to play to no one? Do we want to rely on people just showing up? It’s a gamble.

The pay to play thing is a buy on scheme plain and simple, and seldom, if ever, do you get a kick back. Even with the pre-sales, bands usually get some percentage back per ticket. Major acts are doing the tour “buy ons” with many of the supporting bands. Bands buy on a tour package to ultimately get exposure but have to cover all their own expenses. If they are lucky, merch sales are their only means of looking to balance things out. The money paid to get on the tour goes directly into the headlining band’s pocket. It’s crazy but it’s happening, and is part of today’s industry.

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

MM: I remember buying a 45 of “Shout it Out loud” from Kiss in the 70’s. The B-side was “Sweet Pain”. I have bought a lot of Kiss records over the years. I had stuff on vinyl which I later bought on cassette, to later buy on CD and more recently bought again on vinyl. It’s not uncommon to have multiple copies of a release in different formats.

DIY forever or signing with a label at first opportunity?

MM: That’s a catch 22 question… and no matter how you answer it, someone will always have something to say. First off, who wouldn’t want to make it to the big time and be a success? If you have a favorite band or artist, then chances are they done did the deal. So signing with a big label for your run at that chance is a no brainer. But there is so much more involved that even people outside of the music industry have come to learn. Ownership and control is what it comes down to and that is what will dictate how and where the money goes. Without that, the artist always ends us owing.

Being DIY comes with its own set of pros and cons. All the ownership and control is yours to keep, but so is all of the work and expense. This comes down to the ability to be creative, be flexible and to keep swinging. Being DIY builds character and integrity. But it also involves being a band or artist that others want to work with and like to work with, otherwise it can be lonely.

After all these years, I have come to terms with if given a shot at the big time, I am more than comfortable signing over one album of material to make that happen. If it doesn’t work out, I can always go back to writing albums for myself. Better to love and lost than to never have love at all. J Let the judgment begin!

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

MM: The biggest show we have played so far was opening for UDO this past February. It was amazing. We received a call two days before asking if we would be willing to do the show. Of course we said yes without hesitation. But we didn’t get the green light until about 3pm Friday afternoon and the show was the following night. We were the only support band and the place was packed. Though we didn’t know how packed until we hit the stage. We had arrived earlier in the day for a sound check and all, and then went out for some dinner. We were escorted in and out through the back of the building, never really seeing what was happening out front. The place went black, we were being introduced as we made our way to the stage and the lights kick on and at that moment we realized how real this was. It’s like a bolt of lightning hitting you. All you can do is play. I absolutely still get nervous before shows. I think it is normal, healthy and demonstrates that I am alive and that I still care.

Is commercial rock radio dead?

MM: I don’t believe so. Commercial rock has always found its way onto Pop oriented stations… and Pop has always added in some form of rock to give themselves an edge. I don’t think rock is dead… it’s just been laying low and preparing itself for the next big change over. Music, like anything else, is a cycle. If you wait around long enough everything makes a comeback. Be patient. Rock is forever.

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

MM: We are currently working on our new album “The Galloping Hordes”. All the songs have something that I am connected to by my favorite song on the album is definitely a track titled “If You Dare”. For me it is just flat out rockin’… straight forward, driving Heavy Metal that I know and love. The song’s about standing up to all those who oppose you because of jealousy or hatred towards what you have accomplished. To me I find the song inspirational and a reminder that there will always be people looking for you to fail. It is up to us to prove them wrong.

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

MM: I would have to say “Only One”. This was the very first song written when Corners of Sanctuary formed. The song was co-written by Mad T and myself and originally appeared on COS’ first EP “Forgotten Hero”. The song was then rerecorded for another EP a couple of years later but has never been on one of our albums. However, “Only One” has been a part of our live set from the very beginning and will most likely remain an essential part of the show.

Are there any political or social issues hidden in Corners of Sanctuary songs?

MM: We write a lot about war and battle and how it affects those who are involved. I guess there can be some subtle political commentary included but we tend to see it more as a social awareness message to what is going on in the world.

We also tend to write about self-empowerment and overcoming odds. The simple message is that we are all capable of so much more and we should all strive to be the best we can be. Not to sound like a recruitment commercial, but people tend to give up way too easily and way sooner than they should without ever really trying. Quitting is way too easy but is becoming more of a norm. Life is gonna throw a lot stuff at us, we shouldn’t add to it by just letting it come at us without a fight.

What was the process of putting the songs in order.

MM: Placing songs in a particular order for an album is based on flow and continuity. For me the order is very important. It has more to do with the beginning and ends of tracks than anything else. Like watching a TV show where the action is halted at a commercial break or at a cliffhanger. We are left with wanting more… and the next song, the right song, can provide that. This is of course unless song order dictates a theme or story line… then there can be no deviation.

I realize, however, that in today’s market most people don’t even care about song order let alone download complete albums. But since the CD format is still available, as well as the rising interest in vinyl and cassette tapes making such a comeback, to me song order is still relevant and a vital part of how the album is delivered and received. Song order can make all the difference.

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

MM: Currently the band has a number of really great endorsements including Von York Strings USA, Sinister Guitar Picks, Coldcock Whiskey, George L’s Guitar Cables, Metal Babe Mayhem Clothing (who is also sponsoring our West Coast tour this November), Explore Apparel, FUNctional Accessories, Tuned Up Brewing Company (where COS has a signature line of craft beers), Cooper Groove Drumsticks, The Sweet Spot Drum Dampeners and Fireplant Guitars. It is so cool to have companies believe in what you are doing enough so that they are willing to attach their name to yours and mutually work to foster a relationship and to build a brand. We are truly grateful for their confidence and support.

James and I would love to get an endorsement deal with Carvin for amps.
I know James would like to have a deal with Hohner Basses… and it would be cool to have a relationship with either B.C. Rich Guitars or ESP Guitars. I have been playing both for quite a number of years.

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

MM: We would love the opportunity to be able to tour with Judas Priest or Accept, even Kiss!
Who wouldn’t? These are bands we grew up with… would be an amazing dream come true to say the least. It would also be cool to tour with Disturbed… actually I’m pretty sure we would tour with anyone if asked.

I personally would like to meet Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Paul Stanley and Jon Bon Jovi. These artists have been very inspiration to me as a songwriter and performer. All of them had to work to reinvent themselves multiple times and each time came back stronger than before, at least from my point of view. There are definitely lessons to be learned from these gentlemen.

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

MM: Would love to have the theme to the Godfather played at my funeral… and while they are lowering me down into the ground, the theme to Rocky.

Three albums I would l take to the grave with me…
Judas Priest “Stained Class”,
Paul Stanley’s 1978 solo album,
and the new Corners of Sanctuary album “The Galloping Hordes”

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?
MM: Thank you Capital Chaos TV for taking the time to speak with me. It was a pleasure.

Also want to thank all our families, friends and fans for their constant support…we would not be able to do what we are doing without you all. We are extremely grateful.

The band has been very fortunate over the last several years to find an audience. It’s humbling and it’s inspiring. So much on the horizon…we have a new album we are planning to release later this year and a West Coast tour happening in November. Plus, look for some new singles dropping as well as several other cool things coming. We are extremely excited and look forward to seeing the fans and making new friends along the way. COSnROLL!

Shattered Sun Streaming Entire New Album

The Texas mob recently released a pair of videos ahead of the album’s release, “Hollow Chains,” and “Burn it Down.” Shattered Sun’s first tour in support of The Evolution Of Anger finds them joining the 2017 Vans Warped Tour beginning July 26 outside of St. Louis, MO, and rounding out the tour on its final date in Pomona, CA on August 6. Fall tour details will be announced soon.

SHATTERED SUN on Vans Warped Tour 2017


26 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

27 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre

28 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion

29 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center

30 – Houston, TX @ NRG Park


1 – Las Cruces, NM @ NMSU Intramural Field

4 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

5 – San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium

6 – Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex