The Ocean To Kick Off US West Coast Live Takeover

Germany’s premier progressive/post-metal collective, THE OCEAN, is returning to North America for a near-two-week run of live takeovers. Set to run from October 30th through November 9th, the band will be joined by North and The Gorge. The West Coast trek includes a stop in Las Vegas Halloween night to share the stage with Napalm Death. See all confirmed dates below and view the tour trailer.

10/30/2016 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ w/ North
10/31/2016 LVCS – Las Vegas, NV w/ Napalm Death, North
11/01/2016 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA w/ North, The Gorge
11/02/2016 Ash Street Saloon – Portland, OR w/ North, The Gorge
11/03/2016 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA w/ North, The Gorge
11/04/2016 The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA w/ North, The Gorge
11/05/2016 Old Nick’s – Eugene, OR w/ North, The Gorge
11/06/2016 Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA w/ North, The Gorge
11/08/2016 Brick By Brick  -San Diego, CA w/ North, The Gorge
11/09/2016 Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ North, The Gorge
THE OCEAN‘s most recent releases include a split EP entitled Transcendental with Japanese post-rock legends Mono, as well as their critically-acclaimed last album, Pelagial (2013), which was hailed as the group’s, “most ambitious record to date” (HeavyBlogIsHeavy). Over the course of the crushingly massive record, “tender piano interludes get stomped on by Mastodon-shaped footprints, lush strings work next to bulldozing double-kick work, and, at the end, the submarine crashes at Melvins tempos” (Spin). To purchase Pelagial, visit THIS LOCATION.

Jethro and Erik of Altered Perceptions talk new album, tour plans, gear and more

Jethro and Erik of Altered Perceptions talk new album, tour plans, gear and more with Iron Serbian of Capital Chaos TV.

Ever since their inception in 2013, Altered Perceptions has made remarkable progress. On their latest album, Transcend/Revert, AP combines elements of djent, deathcore and downtempo to deliver a relentless assault on the senses. They’ve released two singles, Transcend and Dark Matter, as well as two albums, Void and Transcend/Revert, available on Bandcamp.

Cloaked in all black with masks to obscure their identity, their captivating stage presence leaves the audience in a state of shock and awe by playing punishing downtuned riffs while explosive drums propel the band forward at breakneck pace, all while anguished vocals weave their way in and out of the beautifully chaotic tapestry of the instrumentals. Altered Perceptions is a band that will leave indelibly its mark on the modern metal scene.

Entombed A.D. launch video for “Dead Dawn;” North American tour dates announced.

A deadly dawn is spreading across the land as Entombed A.D.. drops a horrifying new video for the title track off their newest album, Dead Dawn. Zombies will attack, so hold on to your brains!

Guitarist Nico Elgstrand comments on the video: “Finally a serious video without the usual nonsense often associated with Metal these days. This one has depth and a very important message that we think is overlooked in today’s media climate. Anyone with half a brain will stop with whatever they’re doing and realize that we must take a stand against these unjust accusations that metal is for stupid people, that’s simply not true and this video we think portrayed it beautifully!

Enjoy this fine release that will leave you enchanted and content that you’re a thinking individual with exquisite taste and that Entombed A.D. is telling it like it is, uncensored and amazingly with superior subtlety and finesse!!”

In addition to the new video, ENTOMBED A.D., announced another North American tour for January 2017 with special guests FULL OF HELL and TURBID NORTH! This tour follows ENTOMBED A.D.’s European headlining dates kicking off tomorrow with VOIVOD, LORD DYING, BARREN WOMB and MORBID EVILS. All dates below.

Bassist Victor Brandt comments: “We are really happy to announce both our new video for the track Dead Dawn and also that we are coming back for another tour in North America! We have bands Full of Hell and Turbid North with us, so even more reasons to come to the shows.

Until then we are hitting the road with Voivod, Lord Dying, Barren Womb and Morbid Evils tomorrow, so see you in the pit and/or at the bar!”


Dead Dawn European Tour 2016
10.26.2016 – Taubchenthal, Leipzig, DE *
10.27.2016 – White Trash Ballroom, Berlin, DE *
10.28.2016 – Alibi Club, Wroclaw, PL *
10.29.2016 – Progesja, Warsaw, PL *
10.30.2016 – Nova Chmelnice, Prague, CZ *
10.31.2016 – Arena, Vienna, AT *
11.01.2016 – Barba Negra, Budapest, HU *
11.02.2016 – Ortobar, Ljubljana, Sl *
11.03.2016 – Dagda Club, Borgo Priolo, IT *
11.04.2016 – Backstage, München, DE *
11.05.2016 – LEAFMEAL Festival, Dortmund, DE ***
11.06.2016 – Patronaat, Haarlem, NL *
11.08.2016 – Chango, Madrid, SP *
11.09.2016 – Bikini, Barcelona, SP *
11.10.2016 – Athanor, Albi, FR *
11.12.2016 – Petit Bain, Paris, FR **
11.13.2016 – Fleece, Bristol, UK **
11.15.2016 – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, IR **
11.16.2016 – Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK **
11.17.2016 – Underworld, London, UK **
11.18.2016 – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, DE **
11.19.2016 – Doornroosje, Nijmegen, NL **
11.20.2016 – O13, Tilburg, NL **
11.21.2016 – Markthalle, Hamburg, DE **
11.22.2016 – Voxhall, Aarhus, DK **
11.23.2016 – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, DK **
11.24.2016 – Markhalle, Hamburg, DE **
11.25.2016 – Club Cann, Stuttgart, DE **
11.26.2016 – K19, Kassel, DE **
11.27.2016 – Aladin, Bremen, DE **
11.28.2016 – Göta Källare, Stockholm, DE **
* opener: Barren Womb
** opener: Morbid Evils
*** with Avatarium, Voivod, Secrets Of The Moon, etc.

Dead Dawn US Tour 2017
01.06.2017 Boston, MA – Once Ballroom
01.07.2017 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
01.08.2017 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
01.09.2017 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
01.10.2017 Chicago, IL – Reggies
01.11.2017 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
01.12.2017 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
01.13.2017 Denver, CO – The Roxy
01.14.2017 Albuquerque, NM – Sister Bar
01.16.2017 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
01.17.2017 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
01.18.2017 San Francisco, CA – Slims
01.19.2017 Sacramento, CA – Starlite Lounge
01.20.2017 Portland, OR – Dante’s
01.21.2017 Seattle, WA – Highline
01.22.2017 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw

UFO and Saxon Announce Spring US Tour – The British Invasion 2017!

Rock legends UFO have announced a US tour with very special guests Saxon, beginning March 9 in Houston, TX and continuing into early April.

UFO, with their long standing line up of Phil Mogg (Vocals), Paul Raymond (Keyboards / Guitar), Andy Parker (Drums), Vinnie Moore (Guitar) and Rob De Luca (Bass), are back in the US after a phenomenally successful sold out tour in early 2016. They are currently working on their 22nd studio album after the last studio release A Conspiracy of Stars in 2015.

SAXON are touring on their latest release Battering Ram together with the new double live album set Let Me Feel Your Power (out October 28 in North America), both on the UDR Music label. After great success with both US headline shows and dates with Judas Priest over last few years, the band are back as part of this great package. SAXON are Biff Byford (Vocals), Paul Quinn (Guitar), Nigel Glockler (Drums), Doug Scarrett (Guitar) and Tim “Nibbs” Carter (Bass).

UFO’s Phil Mogg states, “We are polishing the guitars, cleaning up the drums, I have a new front tooth, and our crew have bought themselves fresh mascara, some new tunes, and an airline ticket to the USA, to be joining our old pals SAXON on what will be a celebrational tour of all our favorite places. Look forward to seeing you there! Kisses, UFO.”

SAXON’s Biff Byford adds, “It’s great to be back on the road with UFO. The last time we toured together was in the 80’s so it should be fun and a unique package for the fans. See you in March. Keep the faith.”

Special guest on all shows is Jared James Nichols.

UFO & SAXON US Tour Dates:
March 9 – Houston, TX / SCOUT BAR
March 10 – Dallas, TX / GAS MONKEY LIVE
March 11 – San Antonio, TX / ALAMO CITY MUSIC HALL*
March 14 – San Diego, CA / HOUSE OF BLUES
March 15 – San Francisco, CA / THE INDEPENDENT
March 16 – Los Angeles, CA / BELASCO
March 18 – Anaheim, CA / THE GROVE
March 19 – Las Vegas, NV / HOUSE OF BLUES
March 21 – Denver, CO / SUMMIT CONCERT HALL
March 24 – Sioux City, IA / ANTHEM @ HARD ROCK CASINO
March 26 – St. Charles, IL / ARCADA THEATER
March 28 – Cleveland, OH / HOUSE OF BLUES
March 29 – New York, NY / BB KINGS
March 30 – New York, NY / BB KINGS
April 1 – Jim Thorpe, PA / PENN’S PEAK
April 2 – Allston, MA / BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL

*SAXON to close

SAXON: Let Me Feel Your Power Pre-Order:

‘Rush | Time Stand Still’ Rocks U.S. Cinemas on November 3 Only, Featuring Exclusive Bonus Content and Narration by Paul Rudd

In partnership with Concord Music Group and ole, Fathom Events is set to bring an epic one-night cinema event with legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame recipients, Rush, to fans nationwide with “Rush | Time Stand Still” on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. local time. This event, narrated by Paul Rudd, provides an intimate look into the band’s sold-out final (“R40”) tour and the unique relationship Rush has with their devoted fans. With more than 40 million records sold worldwide and countless sold-out tours, Rush – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart – remains one of the most popular, inventive and influential groups in rock history, and this event is a night for their passionate and loyal fans to celebrate their storied career.
In addition to the documentary, fans will also view exclusive extras including Rush | A Salute to Kings – a 20-minute in-depth discussion with Gene Simmons (KISS), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) and the band’s producer Nick Raskulinecz, as they share their unique stories about Rush at home and away for over 40 years.
Tickets for “Rush | Time Stand Still”can be purchased beginning Friday, October 7, online by visiting Fathom Events here or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 430 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
In 2015, Rush went out for a 40th anniversary tour. At the time the R40 tour was rumored to be their last tour – an end to Rush’s life on the road together. “Rush | Time Stand Still” follows this farewell journey. Exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the band and crew throughout the tour provide the raw and vivid emotional undertones of this feature-length film. At its core are Rush’s devoted fans, and their undying devotion and quirky sense of ownership are on full display as the R40 tour comes to a crescendo at the “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles. Personal stories highlight the importance Rush holds in their lives and the lasting impressions of their extensive catalog. For Rush, they are quick to acknowledge the role their fans have played in their success, which makes the reality that this might be the last so difficult. Candid interviews with Lee, Lifeson and Peart bring “Rush | Time Stand Still” to an emotional conclusion for a band who built their career the old-fashioned way; one show at a time.
“Rush are in the pantheon of the all-time greatest rock and roll groups,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said. “‘Rush | Time Stand Still’ brings the behind-the-scenes story of their R40 tour to the big screen. The cinema’s big sound/screen experience is the best environment to bring Rush’s legions of fans together for this personal celebration of one of the biggest classic rock bands of all time.”

Aftershock 2016: Metal, Mayhem and Monster Energy

Monster Energy Aftershock returned with a blast to Discovery Park with a line up that included fan favorites Slayer, Ghost, Meshuggah, Max and Igor Cavalera, The milder weather compared to the blistering 105 degrees and up of the two previous years made for much more enjoyable outdoor experience that even bringing a sweater for the evening performances made sense.



One dollar packs of cigarettes, courtesy of signing your life away to Newport and Camel through their virtual reality air conditioned trailers, made for a cooler climate during the warmer temperatures of the day. Reasonably priced scrumptious sweet potato garlic fries at Drewskis Hot Rod Sandwiches and lobster rolls at Cousins Maine Lobster. The biggest draws and longest lines we experienced were for the pizza trucks such as localy based Smokin Hot Pizza with  lip smackin’ goodies like the apple pie dessert pizza pie, yummy.

The three stages this year, were far enough apart as to not to trample on each others sound waves. The Monster Energy stage having the most production with massive video walls on each side of the stage that headliners Avenged Sevenfold and Tool really took advantage of with stunning visuals.
The big concern of course this year was entrance and exit to the venue which was nightmare last year at Gibson Ranch. Premium parking which was basically parking on the grounds was sold out well in advance of the date but shuttle service from a few miles aways was provided as well as drop off points for Uber and Lyft on the boat launch side relieved all of the headache of last year.


Zakk Sabbath, brought us former Ozzy Osbourne lead axeman Zakk Wylde, note for note Black Sabbath renditions with a short but powerful set including Children Of The Grave, Snowblind, Supernaut, War Pigs and Faires Wear Boots on the Capital stage, which just happened to be directly under Insterstate 5. Though the sound was excellent throughout you could feel the rumblings of the vehicles overhead as the War Pigs wall of sound pulverized all in attendance.



It seemed a much more adult, blue collar crowd in attendance were in delight with with the older acts such as Korn, Disturbed, Slayer and Primus. Overall a smashing success for the event organizers and money well spent for all 46.000 ragers in attendance

Words and Pictures by Zoran Theodorovic

Vyces featuring former members of Breaking Benjamin Debut EP Devils Stream Available

Los Angeles, California Independent Hard Rock Band Vyces are stream their debut EP Devils today on The premiere can be heard here

The debut EP out now was produced by Augustus Cryns (Stitched Up Heart, XO Stereo, The Dead Rabbits and Westfield Massacre) and can be purchased on iTunes here. The band is currently co-headlining the HELLRZZR Tour with Invidia and White Knuckle Riot with remaining dates listed below.

10/26 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s
10/27 – Austin, TX – Texas Mist
10/28 – Abilene, TX – My Place
10/29 – San Leon, TX – 18th St Pier
10/30 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
11/1 – Oklahoma City, OK – Thunder Alley
11/2 – Salina, KS – Paramount Bar
11/3 – Omaha, NE – Shamrocks
11/4 – Newport, MN – Opinion Brewing Company
11/5 – Chippewa Falls, WI – EveryBuddys
11/6 – Dubuque, IA – The Venue
11/8 – Peoria, IL – Limelight Sound Bar
11/9 – Madison, WI – The Red Zone
11/10 – Green Bay, WI – TBA
11/11 – Cudahy, WI – The Metal Grill
11/12 – Crest Hill, IL – Bada Brew
11/13 – Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
11/14 – Kansas City, MO – Davey’s Uptown
11/15 – Wichita, KS – The Lizard Lounge
11/16 – Denver, CO – Hermans Hideaway
11/17 – Casper, WY – Hall of Champions
11/18 – Idaho Falls, ID – Hitt Event Center
11/19 – Garden City, ID – Eclypse
11/20 – Sacramento, CA – The Boardwalk