Igor and Max Cavalera Interviewed @ Aftershock Festival 2016

Metal Correspondent Gene Gaona of Capital Chaos TV probes Igor & Max Cavalera @ Aftershock Festival 2016 October 23rd, 2016 – Sacramento, California

On if playing this album now brings back any good memories from shows or gigs in the past?

Igor: It’s cool to see kids that weren’t even born when we did this record for me that’s super special because it does show how an album like this it has like the test of time and it’s just not fashion. The songs mean a lot to a lot of people.

Max: “Like Igor says, there a feeling of nostalgia you know that it’s so cool doing this, but at the same time its new to cause we’ve never done a whole record like this before so it has a new feeling to it. It’s just not going back in time; it’s actually something right now new for the moment”

Obituary Share Live Version of “Visions In My Head”

Death metal legends Obituary have shared a new live song from their forthcoming new release Ten Thousand Ways To Die. “Visions In My Head” (from the band’s Relapse debut Inked In Blood) was recorded live at Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD and has premiered via music hub Guitar World.


Ten Thousand Ways To Die is a special two-song single containing a pair of brand new studio tracks plus a bonus live set of twelve classics and fan favorites from the band’s storied catalog. Recorded in eleven different cities during the band’s highly successful 2015 Inked In Blood world tour, the live tracks capture the incredible performances of a band that has stood atop the death metal pantheon for almost 30 years. Ten Thousand Ways To Die is sure to satisfy new and die-hard OBITUARY fans alike and will quench the bloodthirst of listeners until the band’s new album drops in Spring 2017. Ten Thousand Ways To Die is out this October 21 on CD/Digital. Physical packages and digital pre-orders are available here.

Additionally, the band is about to embark on a fall European tour, The Battle of the Bays, with support from Exodus, Prong and King Parrot. The tour kicks off next Friday, October 21st in Hannover, Germany.

Monster Energy Aftershock Brings Over $10 Million In Economic Impact, Charitable Giving To A Local Non-Profit, And Farm-To-Fork Giveaways

With a spend well over $1 million with local businesses, and an economic impact to the community that exceeds $10 million, this weekend’s Monster Energy Aftershock music festival at Discovery Park has made an additional impact on the Sacramento community with an announced $10,000 charitable donation to Stanford Settlement in Natomas.



“Giving back to the community is a high priority for us and we’re always looking for ways to engage in local causes,” says Danny Hayes, CEO of Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP), producers of Monster Energy Aftershock. “Stanford Settlement is doing great work with youth and others in the neighborhoods around Discovery Park and we’re happy to be able to contribute to their efforts.”


New for 2016, Monster Energy Aftershock has embraced Sacramento as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital and will distribute local produce to festival attendees on both days of the event.  Working closely with Sacramento distributor Produce Express, Monster Energy Aftershock has sourced produce from Stillwater Orchards in Courtland, Larson’s Apple Barn in Apple Hill, and Windmill Vineyards in Woodland; the produce will be distributed to festival attendees free of charge.


“More than half of Aftershock’s audience comes from outside of Sacramento and we’re thrilled that those visitors will be exposed the abundance of fresh food that’s grown in this region,” says Mike Testa, COO of Visit Sacramento. “When you look at the thousands of hotel rooms generated, the $1 million plus spend on local businesses, and the charitable contribution that DWP donates to this market, it’s easy to understand why Monster Energy Aftershock is Sacramento’s most valuable music festival.”


Recognized as California’s biggest rock festival, the fifth annual Monster Energy Aftershock is led by iconic bands Tool (in a rare U.S. festival appearance) and Avenged Sevenfold. The festival boasts a lineup of 35 bands on three stages plus the Juxtapoz Make Your Mark Graffiti Zone, and more onsite experiences that are designed to engage fans with all aspects of the rock and roll culture.

Monster Energy Aftershock is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Louder Than Life, Northern Invasion, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Chicago Open Air, and more. In February of last year Danny Wimmer Presents announced that it had received funding from the United Auburn Indian Community, operator of the Thunder Valley Casino and Resort.      



Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center is a not-for-profit social service organization serving the North Sacramento, California neighborhoods where opportunities are limited. The mission of the agency is to help build healthy communities through individual, family and neighborhood services. Its goal is to provide programs, services and opportunities that will enhance the lives of disadvantaged and disenfranchised individuals and families. Program emphasis is placed on those whose opportunities and capabilities are limited by personal, social or economic circumstances. Stanford Settlement offers a variety of critical programs and services, for residents of the Gardenland/Northgate, North Sacramento, and Natomas communities. From After School Groups and Summer Day Camp for children, a Teen Center program for youth, and a comprehensive Senior Center, there is something for everyone.

Dark Tranquility launch video for “Forward Momentum”!


Gothenburg melodic death metal pioneers, DARK TRANQUILLITY just released a video for the song “Forward Momentum”. The video was filmed in the far North of Sweden near Kiruna by Vesa Ranta (ex-Sentenced, The Man-Eating Tree drummer) and directed by Harri Haataja. Vesa Ranta and DARK TRANQUILLITY already share a long history. Niklas Sundin created the cover artwork for the Sentenced album Crimson back in the year 2000 and both bands toured together shortly after. In 2008 DARK TRANQUILLITY honored their friends with a cover version of “Broken” on the 20th Anniversary compilation of their label Century Media.

North American fans can catch the band live this fall/winter. Dates below. A European tour in early 2017 will be announced soon!

DARK TRANQUILLITY US tour dates with Swallow The Sun, Enforcer and Starkill
11.04.2016 The Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY
11.05.2016 Palladium Upstairs, Worcester, MA
11.06.2016 Trocadero Theater, Philadelphia, PA
11.07.2016 The Filmore, Silver Spring, MD
11.08.2016 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY
11.09.2016 Foufonues Electriques, Montreal, Canada
11.10.2016 Le Cercle, Quebec, Canada
11.11.2016 Mavericks, Ottawa, Canada
11.12.2016 The Opera House, Toronto, Canada
11.13.2016 Token Lounge, Westland, MI
11.14.2016 The Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
11.15.2016 The Agora Theatre & Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
11.16.2016 Park Street Saloon, Columbus, OH
11.19.2016 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN
11.20.2016 Fubar, Saint Louis, MO
11.22.2016 Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
11.25.2016 Rickshaw Theatre, North Vancouver, Canada
11.26.2016 El Corazon, Seattle, WA
11.27.2016 Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
11.28.2016 PBJ’s, Reno, NV
11.29.2016 Slim’s, San Francisco, CA
11.30.2016 City National Grove, Anaheim, CA
12.01.2016 Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
12.02.2016 LVCS, Las Vegas, NV
12.03.2016 Club Red, Mesa, AZ
12.05.2016 Trees, Dallas, TX
12.06.2016 Cine El Rey, Mcallen, TX
12.07.2016 Scout Bar, Houston, TX

Wacken Metal Battle USA Launch Submissions For One Champion To Play At Wacken Open Air

For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the world along with winning multiple prizes (prizes info). For the first time ever, Wacken Metal Battle USA is coming to America for its inaugural year and will be hosting qualifying rounds in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia (more may be announced). The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2017 festival taking place from August 3rd – 5th.

Submissions for Metal Battle USA will begin October 21st and end on December 2nd at 11:59pm EST. Band submissions can be made here.


All bands, that wish to participate in the Metal Battle, must read the following rules and guidelines. Bands who send in an application automatically agree to the rules and terms.

Your band doesn’t have a deal and isn’t about to sign to a label in the near future.
Your band can easily play a 25 minute set consisting of your own songs. (No Covers). Full set performance time is 25 mins.
PA, lighting, and sound engineer will be provided for all bands.
Backline arrangements TBA.
The bands must bring their own instruments such as guitars, bass, drum breakables, keyboards and effect pedals and may also bring and use their own guitar amps.
To keep the changeover times as short as possible, bands with left handed drummers will play as first or last band. All bands have to follow the directions given by the promoters or stage manager.
Semi playback is not allowed. All bands must play live. Background orchestrations are ok as long as all vocals, guitars and bass are live. Intros / interludes are also ok.
Jury of respected music industry folk will decide the winners each night.
If a band overruns its allotted performance-time, then the band-members should be aware of the fact that in this case their sound will be faded out. The running order for the concert will be released a few days before the event takes place.


The Pine Box Boys: The Feast Of Three Arms By Bay Area Horrorbilly/Bluegrass Bandits Album Out This Week

This week, San Francisco’s horrorbilly/bluegrass bandits THE PINE BOX BOYS will issue their fifth full-length The Feast Of Three Arms. Ahead of its officially-declared street date, the band now serenades the public with the ill-omened wares of the album through an exclusive stream at Metal Underground.
Over the course of four prior albums, San Francisco’s THE PINE BOX BOYS have charted the course of a killer named Willie who, accompanied by a rogue’s gallery of other nefarious types, slashed a bloody career across the south and westward to the territories. On their fifth album, The Feast Of Three Arms, the murder balladeers introduce us to Willie’s cousin, Jubal with No Last Name, and his quest to kill the man that did his mama wrong. This detailed tail is delivered through seventeen movements, with Raww leading each ballad with a spoken oration, setting the scene for each subsequent musical segment of this ominious tale to unfold. Recorded at Coast Recording and mixed at Discrete Recording, both in San Francisco, the album features guest fiddle by Alisa Rose and keys by Nigel Pavao, and artwork by Tabitha “Stabitha” Lahr.
THE PINE BOX BOYS have also posted several new live performances surrounding the release of The Feast Of Three Arms, including a hometown record release show for the album at San Francisco’s The Elbo Room on November 4th. Additional gigs include a show this Saturday, October 5th in Sacramento, October 29th in McKinleyville, and November 5th in Oakdale, with additional outings being plotted.
10/29/2016 Six Rivers Brewery – McKinleyville, CA
11/04/2016 The Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA *Record Release Show
11/05/2016 Knights Ferry General Store Saloon and Grill – Oakdale, CA

Conversations at the Q! Interviews with The Sawyer Family and Beefcake The Mighty of Gwar.

I had an awesome time at this years 7th annual GwarBq, I really enjoyed being there and hanging out with everyone. I was lucky enough to snag an interview with some of the bands. I got to interview a really cool up and coming band The Sawyer Family and then I got to interview Beefcake the Mighty (Jamison Land) of Gwar

I had the pleasure of interviewing an up and coming band that has been around for awhile. They are The Sawyer Family and they have dubbed themselves as a stoner rock band from the 7th dimension. I gave them a listen and they definitely have a great vibe and music definitely gives a sense of chill that I wouldn’t mind taking a few tokes to while listening to. I had a a full interview with the whole Sawyer Family but sadly along with some personal pictures and my video of the Gwar interview. Luckily I was able to reconnect with Judge Jarod Sawyer and have a second interview.


Sawyer Interview

Me: Thanks again for the opportunity!! So is this your first Q? How does it feel to be playing the Q?

Judge /Guitar and Vocals : We played the Brutal Brunch last year in the park across from Gwar Bar, but this is our first main event. It was great to be able to play on the Slaughterama Stage this year among such esteemed company. I just wish I could have seen all of the bands, but there’s only so much time in one day. We had a blast.

Me: .what are your influences?

Judge: We’re all over the map on this one. When we’re writing, we don’t really try to emulate any style. Zack could write a melody based on classical music, then I’ll add reverbed out, sixties style soul rhythm guitar and Dennis will throw in some funky Prince licks or a shredding Slash solo. Kyle can do whatever he wants, beating the shit out of those drums. And then the song will evolve anyway into something entirely different.

We listen to everything. One day, it could be Slayer, then The Stones, then Queens of the Stone Age, The Stooges, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Black Sabbath. Really anything. I don’t think any musician should get trapped in a genre, though it’s sometimes an easy trap to fall into.

Me: Any new project in the works?

Judge: We’re currently writing new material and preparing for our 2nd European tour, TBA. We hope to be ready for the studio again within a year.

We have plenty of ideas which may or may not come to fruition. New merch ideas, a possible instrumental seven inch… a movie about Steven Seagal…

Me: If you plan to tour will you be hitting Sacramento and what can people expect from your shows??

Judge: We make it through Sacramento from time to time. Being from the West Coast, that’s an easy stop, but with Winter on its way, the mountains out here are always a wild card.

As for what to expect from the shows, we’re not too big on theatrics. We just want to create the atmosphere with the sound, keep the energy level up and be as tight as possible.

Me: Bonus round Any cool GwarBq stories from the past? Have you met Oderus?

Judge: Maybe we met Oderus in a dream. Perhaps not..

Thanks again to Judge Sawyer and the Sawyer Family for an awesome opportunity to get to know them and their music! Please check them out on facebook!


Now to the part everyone was waiting for! It was a short interview and we didn’t have much time. I was so nervous as I was ushered in to a busy press room where Beefcake and other members of Gwar were being interviewed all at once. In the humid heat of Richmond Va regular humans were melting away so I knew that Beefcake was boiling in his own juices in his heavy armor. I was told to make it quick so I did my best. I knew to be prepared for fun rude remarks and a verbal manhandling but I didn’t quite get that.

Me: “Hi Im Nikki Knight from Capital Chaos TV and Im here with Beefcake the Mighty of Gwar! Im so excited to meet you!!”

Beefcake: “Hi whatever”

Me: So have you heard any new news from your home Planet Cholesterol?

Beefcake: “No! We are stuck where have you been??”

Me: “I know. Just thought you guys got free during Lust in Space so maybe you might again. So how many hopeless Bohab lives are you estimating to kill this Q?”

Beefcake: “17”

Me: “So you guys came out with Arctic Snow Vodka, so how do you like it?”

Beefcake: “Straight…”

Me: “There are many people who look up to you and want to kill and slay onstage. Is there any advice you would like to give them?”

Beefcake: “I really don’t care its about me.”

Me: Thanks so much for your time …

Words by Nikki Knight – Live Photo’s by Brian Mcdonald