LUCIFER STAR MACHINE release video for “The Void”

Swedish hard rock/punk band LUCIFER STAR MACHINE have released a video for their song “The Void.” The track is taken from their upcoming release The Devil’s Breath which will be released via The Sign Records on April 3rd. Watch the video below. Continue reading

Exiled From Grace – “A show of strength in belief in oneself and one’s own individuality.”

Exiled From Grace are a hot, young new metal band from Sacramento, California! Their debut EP “Tragedy” is out now on iTunes, Spotify, and other digital music platforms! The band members include John Timmons (Vocals), Gerard Aguilar III (Bass), Molly Wallace (Drums), Dru Wallace (Guitar) Alex Lovato (Guitar).

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

John Timmons: My dad listened to a lot of classic rock like Bruce Springsteen and the Eagles, so he would pretty much be playing one of their cassettes every time I was in his truck with them so that was sort of when the seeds were planted I guess. But it wasn’t til around middle school that I started getting into heavier music, and from that it just snowballed into metal, then Deathcore, then wanting to play and perform.

Gerard Aguilar III: I joined the school marching band in 7th grade and soon discovered bands like Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria.

Molly Wallace: Playing Rock Band was what originally got me into music when I was younger and going to Warped Tour is what really got me into metal.

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

John: I was 11 or 12 when I bought my first bass because the only kids I knew in a band in my town needed a bassist.

Dru Wallace: When I was 7, I used to play Guitar Hero 3 and I loved the songs on there so I started learning them on real guitar.

Alex Lovato: I saw the movie School of Rock and got a guitar the Christmas I turned 8. After that I started playing live with my dad and grandfather.

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

John: One of the early projects I was in had a vocalist who wanted to play bass so he asked me to hop on vocals instead. I would also say Marilyn Manson had a big influence on my desire to be a frontman. I am differing levels of proficient in just about every instrument present in this band, mainly so that I can contribute in some way to the writing process rather than just lyrics. No, I would say that I’ve grown exponentially as a musician just in the last two and a half years that I’ve been playing with G. He’s helped me grow into a much better and more capable player all around.


How did Exiled From Grace come about? Where did you develop the name? Where is it derived from?

John: I joined a project G was already apart of and we found that we clicked personally and musically, so after not long we had split with the other members and formed EFG out of that. As for the name, we were sitting in my garage spit-balling names and it was between that or an homage to an As I Lay Dying record. It really is meant to represent people who feel outcasted from society’s typical outlets of happiness and finding the courage to create their own happiness outside of society’s norms. And then subsequently, wearing that “mark” as a show of strength in belief in oneself and one’s own individuality.

What is the plan for recording new music, where, when and with who will be recording you? Will there be bonus tracks, cover songs, vinyl and cassette?

John: We’re currently finishing up the writing/demoing of our full-length with Randy Saelee, the guy who did our EP. We will be recording the official tracks with him and another engineer based out of the Bay Area. As for the rest, you’ll have to find out when we unveil the record!

Who are your original influences and who are your current inspirations and admiration’s local and or national?

Dru: Sworn In.

What makes a good Exiled From Grace song?

John: Heaviness, grooves, and aggression. Everything else is sort of whatever we’re feeling in the moment of writing it or the feel of the song based on the lyrics I have written.

Molly: Anything you can break a limb in the mosh pit to.

What kind of references or influences do you take from other mediums? Is there any particular book, or other artists that you are inspired by?

G: I watch Lords of Dogtown often and it always makes me right tuff riffs.

John: I read a lot of classic/modern literature and I often get ideas based off some of the themes or phrases prevalent in the novels.

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?

Alex: Don’t ask me that question.

John: More then I care to admit because I’m constantly on there promoting us. And I hate all of them.

Top 5 albums or songs released in the last 12 months?


The Agony Cycle EP – Betrayer
Eternal Nightmare – Chelsea Grin
Deathwish – Within Destruction
Come Hell – Dead Crown
World Demise – Falsifier

You’re on a desert island and only have three albums to listen to for the rest of your life, what are they and why?

John: Antichrist Superstar by Manson (best album of all time in my opinion)
Spite’s Self-Titled
Women and Children Last by Muderdolls

What does metal mean to you?

John: To me, it basically just means a community of people who all enjoy really heavy and aggressive music because they’ve all been at a point in their lives in which the music has helped them pull themselves out of whatever problem they were dealing with, and because of that there is this culture of respect around each other, like we all know we’ve all gone through similar shit and there’s a sort of familial connection that comes with that.

What does the rest of 2018 have in store for Exiled From Grace?

John: We have a show on September 15th with Alestorm and then one on the 10th of November with Goatwhore and The Casualties. And besides that, we’ll be continuing to finish up our record which should be released sometime next year.

DUST BOLT To Join “The Battle Of The Bays” Tour With Exodus and Obituary

German power four-piece DUST BOLT released their third album Mass Confusion in July 2016 via Napalm Records.  (Order Here)
After some flight delays and visa issues, DUST BOLT will finally travel to North America for the first time ever and join Obituary and Exodus on the “The Battle of the Bays” Tour.  DUST BOLT will join the tour tomorrow September 27th in Columbus, OH and will take part in the remainder of the tour, which runs through October 15th in Baton Rouge, LA.
The guys cannot wait to start the tour:
“Guess who´s back? Presumed dead almost smashed but we have been resurrected and back on track. We are stoked to finally join the “The Battle of the Bays” Tour and get our asses over to the United States to support one of the craziest and best lineups we have seen in a while! Obituary, Exodus, Power Trip and DUST BOLT will kick ass all together on the second half of the tour, starting in Columbus Ohio on September 27th. We had some really bad luck with cancelled flights and multiple visa issues – BUT all of that does not matter anymore, because we have never been so ready to get out on tour and play some fucking music! United States, Battle of the Bays – here we come! Expect more than 300 percent each night. This tour is a dream come true for us. We have nothing to lose, but tons of energy to give. Check out the tour dates, catch us live, bring a friend and prepare to get smashed.”
It’s only been six years since Southern Germans DUST BOLT won the W:O:A Metal Battle 2011 – six years the band has used to transform themselves from hot newcomers into national thrash heroes with their debut Violent Demolition! These Bay Area aficionados dropped their third full length Mass Confusion in July 2016. Relentless touring plus constant fine-tuning of the typical DUST BOLT sound have finally paid off: the old school songwriting is focused and free of ballast weight, yet despite all the rage and aggression there is still plenty of breathing space for melodic guitar work, gang shouts and ten ton grooves.
Dust Bolt W/Obituary, Exodus and Powertrip
9/27: Columbus, OH @ Park Street Saloon
9/28: Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National Center
9/29: Joliet, IL @ The Forge
9/30: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
10/1: St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
10/3: Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
10/4: Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater
10/6: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades*
10/7: Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom*
10/8: San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
10/10: Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
10/11: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/12: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
10/14: San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger*
10/15: Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theater +
10/16: Gainesville, FL @ High Dive +

Hatchet Perform Classics In Sacramento, California

Hatchet perform their smash hits “In Fear We Trust” & “Signals Of Infection”  @ Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, California 10/01/16

Hatchet is an American thrash metal band from San Francisco , California that was founded in of 2006.
The band was formed in 2005 by guitarist Julz Ramos and drummer Dave “Slave” value. This was followed by weekly samples in which they could develop the first songs. A short time later came guitarist Sterling “McFly” Bailey to fill. After a few more samples came as a singer Marcus “Tormentor” churches to tape. Although the band had not yet found a suitable bassist, they already played the first concerts throughout California. Later came as bassist Kirchen’s longtime friend Lou “Sheepdog” Bianco joined the band. Now with full band, the group played more gigs in the San Francisco Bay Area .


Killswitch Engage Joel Michael Stroetzel discusses his new favorite Killswitch songs to play live and more…

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Guitarist Joel Michael Stroetzel of Roadrunner Records recording artists Killswitch Engage discusses his new favorite Killswitch songs to play live, new pedals and guitars, the incident involving former singer Howard Jones and an unruly fan the last time the band played Sacramento, California on The End of Heartache Tour @ The Colonial Theater with Riot Doll Thea Iverson of


Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody and Primal Fear North American Assault Begins April 26th


On April 26th, the creators of Cinematic Metal, Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY, will embark on the highly anticipated 2016 North American Co-Headlining tour with German power metallers, PRIMAL FEAR. The tour launches in Hartford at the Websters Theater, hits four Canadian cities as well as Chicago, Los Angeles, and Baltimore, before concluding at Mod Club in Toronto, Canada.

“We are all extremely excited and looking forward to playing a memorable show in NEW YORK on April 28, 2016”, commented Luca Turilli. “It will be a true honor to co-headline that special evening with our friends of PRIMAL FEAR. And that will be just the beginning, as the two bands will bring their glorious music across US from the east to the west coast. Many more dates will be announced in 10 days. Stay tuned!”

The band will tour in support of their latest album, Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus released by Nuclear Blast.

Dates for the 2016 LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY and PRIMAL FEAR co-headlining tour are:
4/26/2016  Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
4/28/2016  Stage 48 – New York City, NY
4/29/2016  Altar Bar – Pittsburgh. PA 
4/30/2016  Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
5/01/2016  Token Longue – Detroit, MI
5/03/2016  Concord Music HallChicago –
5/04/2016  Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
5/05/2016  Granada Theater – Kansas City, MO
5/06/2016  Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
5/08/2016  El Corazon – Seattle, WA
5/09/2016  Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC CANADA
5/11/2016  The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
5/12/2016  The Grove – Los Angeles, CA
5/13/2016  LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
5/14/2016  Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
5/15/2016  Club Red – Phoenix, AZ 
5/17/2016  Trees – Dallas, TX
5/18/2016  Scout Bar – Houston, TX
5/20/2016  The Haven – Orlando, FL 
5/21/2016  Orpheum – Tampa, FL
5/22/2016  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/24/2016  Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
5/25/2016  Upstate Concert Hall – Albany, NY 
5/26/2016  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
5/28/2016 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
5/30/2016  Club Soda – Montreal,QC 
5/31/2016  Imperial – Quebec City, QC CANADA
6/01/2016  Mod Club –
Toronto, ON CANADA


Sacramento Punk Legends Twitch Angry Interviewed In Sacramento, California

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Lance TwitchAngry Shults of Twitch Angry shares his love for law enforcement and other hot and tasty goodies with Iron Serbian of Capital Chaos TV @ The Boardwalk in Orangevale, California….be sure to catch the band on their upcoming tour with Richie Ramone of the Ramones


Exodus Vocalist Joins Hatriot Onstage At Norcal Tattoo And Music Festival

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Hatriot featuring special guest vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza of Exodus perform their smash hit “Heroes Of Origin” @ Nor Cal Tattoo & Music Festival – Sacramento California also on the bill Death Angel, Death Division, Flotsam & Jetsam and others… April 9th, 2015

Hatriot is an American thrash metal band formed in 2010 by singer Steve “Zetro” Souza (currently the lead singer of Exodus) and guitarist Kosta Varvatakis. They were joined by Justin Sakagawa on guitar and Souza’s sons, drummer Nick Souza and bass guitarist Cody Souza (No Morals). They are under contract with Massacre Records.

They released a four-song demo in 2010 and their first full length album, Heroes Of Origin, in 2013. The band released their second album, Dawn of the New Centurion, in 2014. They have toured with and supported such acts as Testament, Sabaton, Accept, D.R.I., Saxon, and Death Angel

Interview with Atreyu at Ace Of Spades

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know who Atreyu is. Voted #4 best album of 2015 by OC Weekly, 6 albums, and shows all over the world. These guys have been kicking ass for over 15 years and the anticipation was present for their Christmas Vacation Tour with Falling In Reverse, From Ashes to New and Assuming We Survive. What happened over the course of 12 hours in Sacramento was a day for the books.
When I was told the interview was confirmed for Friday night at Ace of Spades, I was utterly excited. I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with Brandon at Aftershock last year, and I was in high hopes of another awesome conversation. Questions prepared, outfit picked out, and the day was off to a start. Headed to work at Bonehead Tattoos & Piercing downtown, listening to the new album Long Live that was released Sept of this year. Only this work day would be different, as Alex Varkatzas, lead vox, would be guest tattooing. Upon greeting him and hanging throughout the day, I came to the solid conclusion that not only is dude a completely talented artist, but he’s a really cool cat. We had fun, and the fact that his presence was a secret made it even more exciting. As show time neared, my anxiety grew. Wondering is everyone in Atreyu as down to earth as Alex and Brandon? And the answer to that question is a very loud YES.
As soon as I arrived at Ace I was greeted by the tour manager Reid. Escorted onto the tour bus and introduced to Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel who I would be chatting with. The atmosphere chill, the mood light. And so it begins.

Amb Pirate: Long Live is awesome. What songs from the new album will you be playing on this tour?

Dan: Long Live, pretty much ones we’ve made videos for.

Travis: A Bitter Broken Memory

Dan: Do You Know Who You Are?

And is there any personal favorites you’re playing on this tour, any songs that speak to you?

Dan: A Bitter Broken Memory is pretty cool, it’s fun to play. It’s got a good energy to it. The vibes really cool and there’s a big dual lead part in the middle that’s pretty epic that me and Travis get to treat ourselves too.

Travis: I like Long Live. Just for the sole fact that it’s fun to play.

Considering you’ve been playing since 1999, and have fans following you for more than 15 years, how does that feel? And where do you see yourselves in 15 more years?

Dan: Crawling around the stage, dribbling all over ourselves.

Travis: Wearing depends.

Dan: Except that’s what we do now. So it’s gonna be the same basically 15 years from now. A lot of dribbling and leaking ourselves.

Do you have any fans that you keep in touch with since day freaking one?

Dan: A little bit here and there.

Travis: There’s definitely familiar faces that have been around for years.

Dan: A lot of our friends. Those were kind of our first fans, our friends.

Speaking of friends, Sacramento clearly loves you. Is there any place in town that you’ve found that you like here that maybe you would recommend to a touring band?

Dan: We went to sushi a couple of times. Can’t remember the name of the place though.

Travis: I did have my think it was my 25th or 26th birthday in Sacramento. But that’s bout all I can tell you, cause I don’t remember much else. (Laughter) There was cake. A then it got eaten. And then it ended up everywhere. I have a lot of fond memories of Sacramento.

What has this tour been like? With Falling In Reverse, From Ashes to Now and Assuming We Survive?

Travis: It’s been a good mix of bands. Cause each band is completely different from the others. We’ve always liked doing tours like this, cause we gain more fans doing that; kind of broadening our horizons as well as the audience because there’s a lot of kids out in the audience probably don’t know who we are. Maybe heard of us but have no idea what we sound like or what we do on stage. So that’s a definite benefit.

Dan: Its fun. It’s a very eclectic crowd cause it’s a very eclectic group of bands. And for us and as well as the people who come to the shows it gives all these people to learn about new bands that probably wouldn’t normally go out and see if it was just that genre of music or whatever. Us in particular, were the heaviest band on the bill. So we get to kinda shine in that right. Everybody else has their own thing to ring to the table but we get to bring that extra bit of energy which is kinda of our thing. Gives us an extra platform to stand on.

What are your plans for Christmas? Will you be able to take it off and be with your families?

Travis: I got a lot of shopping to do. (Laughter)

Besides shopping, what else do you have planned?

Travis: Not much, just hanging around. The Holidays around my family are pretty low key. No big hoopla or anything. Meet up, hang out for a while, exchange gifts. That’s about it.

Dan: Kinda little big family stuff. A few of us get together. Do the whole she bang. Not too many young kids around at this point in time, so it’s more of an adult hangout.

Does that put pressure on you?

Dan: More so just to get people gifts. (Laughter)

Dan: I’m not married yet. My girlfriends pretty young. I have some time.

What does Atreyu have planned for 2016?

Dan: Touring even more. A bunch of tentative stuff lined up. Starting Feb were gonna do some sort of headliner, hitting a bunch of markets that we haven’t really gotten to it. Down south. From there some international stuff. Might be doing some warped tour, a little bit of it. If there’s a date out here we’ll probably be there.

Did you guys do Aftershock this year? I know we saw you in 2014.

Dan: No not this year, Brandon’s other band Hell or Highwater played this year

Do you have anything else you would like to say to anyone who will read this article?

Travis: Thank you. (Drops the mic}.

I had a prime spot to watch the show, and there are so many words I could use to describe what Atreyu did to Sacramento. They left their mark, that is for damn sure. Alex came out to the crowd several times, letting fans sing into the mic. The interaction was there, the energy was there, and you could hear the chant of their songs from long time Atreyu lovers throughout the venue. Maybe they weren’t headlining, but they sure stole the show. Sacramento is grateful for artists like you, who not only rock but you roll with the people.
Pick up their newest album Long Live at Target, Best Buy, Amazon or online at