Kataklysm Premiere “Guillotine” Lyric Video

Montréal based melodic death metallers Kataklysm have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Guillotine.” This track is from the band’s new album “Meditations,“ which will be released on June 1. Maurizio Iacono commented: “‘Guillotine’ is a powerful track that holds some of Kataklysm’s most important traits: fierce and fast riffing, melodic accents and groove-laden power punches to the gut. We are focused, determined and dedicated.”

Gus G. (Firewind, Ex-Ozzy Osbourne) Premieres “Mr. Manson” Lyric Video

Gus G. (Firewind, ex-Ozzy Osbourne) has premiered a lyric video for his new song “Mr. Manson.” This track is from his new solo album “Fearless,” which will be released on April 20.

Dimmu Borgir Premiere “Council Of Wolves And Snakes” Music Video

Dimmu Borgir have premiered a new video for their new song “Council Of Wolves And Snakes.” This track is from the band’s new album “Eonian,“ which will be released on May 4. Shagrath commented:

“It’s a song that sticks out from the rest of the album, it’s Dimmu Borgir going into an experimental direction, but you can also find a lot of black metal inspiration in the middle section of the song. We are a band that has never been afraid of trying out new directions and artistically, this is surely a very interesting and different track.”

Jeff and Mitch of Will Haven Interviewed

In the video below Jeff Irwin & Mitch Wheeler of Will Haven talk the absurdity of Blabbermouth and PRP comments section, Brad Hardie of Minus Head Records and more Iron Serbian of Capital Chaos TV.

Will Haven released their highly-anticipated sixth full-length album, entitled Muerte, Friday, March 23, 2018 via minus HEAD Records. Guitarist Jeff Irwin said, “We are beyond excited for everyone to hear this. We worked extremely hard to make this an amazing record. I think it’s safe to safe to say that this is our favorite record we have ever done and we’re excited to finally share it with the world. It’s meant to be listened to very loudly… enjoy.”

Will Haven Upcoming Show Dates:
5/3 San Francisco, CA @ The Eagle
5/4 Fullerton, CA @ Programme Skate & Sound w/ Fake Figures
5/5 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick w/ Fake Figures
5/6 Hollywood, CA @ The Viper Room w/ Fake Figures
6/23 Portland, OR @ Star Theater w/ Witch Mountain
6/24 Seattle, WA @ Highline

Repentance (Ex-Broken Hope, Etc.) To Make Live Debut In May

Repentance, the band featuring Shaun Glass (ex-Broken Hope/Dirge Within, etc.), Markus Johansson (4Arm, etc.), Anthony Lien (Blue Felix) and Mike Sylvester, have announced that they will make their live debut at The Forge in Joliet, IL on May 23, as the opening act for Trivium and Toothgrinder. They posted the following:

Stephen Colbert Name Mentions Flaw On The Late Show

Last year, Flaw launched a GoFundMe for a new touring van, and their campaign ended up getting mentioned on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” during a segment in which Colbert discussed how people close to Donald Trump reportedly suggested using GoFundMe for his controversial border wall with Mexico. Colbert said the following:

“So in this scenario, Donald Trump is the band Flaw, and the wall is Flaw’s new van. Flaw needs a new van to make it to their upcoming concert at Spicoli’s in Waterloo, Iowa. And Donald Trump needs his new wall to stop Mexicans from all rushing into America, I assume to catch Flaw at Spicoli’s in Waterloo, Iowa.”

Ozzy Osbourne Joins Alamogordo Chamber Of Commerce

According to Alamogordo Daily News, Ozzy Osbourne has joined the Alamogordo Chamber Of Commerce in Alamogordo, New Mexico. This came about when the frontman and his children Jack and Kelly were in Alamogordo filming an episode “Ozzy And Jack’s World Detour.” The three visited executive director G.B. Oliver’s ranch in Laborcita Canyon in La Luz, where he asked Ozzy to join. Oliver commented:

“I wanted to ask Ozzy Osbourne to join the Chamber of Commerce and the producers kind of laughed and said it’s up to him. After they finished filming a camping scene, the producers said Ozzy wanted to see me in his RV. Ozzy told me he appreciated all this and how pretty it was out here. I said there was only one thing he had to do now and that was to join the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce. Without hesitation, he said ‘done,’ and signed the card.”

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Dance Gavin Dance Announce Spring Headlining Tour

Dance Gavin Dance have announced their headlining Spring tour with support from I See Stars, Erra and Sianvar! VIP tickets are on sale today, are limited to only 50 tickets per show, and include an EXCLUSIVE variant of their upcoming album, “Artificial Selection.” General tickets go on sale Friday, March 30th at 10am local.

Tour Dates:

05/26 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall (feat. Veil Of Maya)
05/27 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Sports Cafe
05/29 Memphis, TN – Growlers
05/31 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
06/02 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
06/03 Richmond, VA – The National
06/05 Westbury, NY – The Space
06/06 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
06/07 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
06/08 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
06/09 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
06/10 Rochester, NY – Anthology
06/11 Toronto, ON – Opera House
06/13 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
06/14 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
06/15 Joliet, IL – The Forge
06/16 Louisville, KY – The Mercury Ballroom
06/17 Kansas City, MO – The Truman
06/18 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
06/20 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
06/21 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

Space Vacation vocalist Scott Shapiro grilled.

Deep within the dark heart of San Francisco, forged from molten steel with a nod to the galloping riffs of Iron Maiden, the speed of Motorhead and the stick-in-you-head choruses of “On Through The Night” era Def Leppard, Space Vacation was born!

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

Van Halen, Quiet Riot, Def Leppard and Twisted Sister were probably the first rock/metal bands I got into. MTV was a big part of that back then. The Friday Night Video Fights were worth staying up past my bedtime.

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

I bought my first guitar out of the Sears catalog with money I had saved when I was 11 years old. I wanted to be the next Eddie Van Halen. Unfortunately, I don’t have that kind of talent. Kiyo is the real guitar talent in the band, I just try to keep up. I have also played bass at various times, but my main instrument is my voice. I’ve been singing on stage since I was 3 years old and have sang pretty much every genre imaginable over the course of my life. I love metal but I was always drawn to the bands with singers who have real talent. Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Queensryche really grabbed me. But I think the best rock/metal singer I’ve ever heard is Brad Delp from Boston. That guy’s voice was effortless and his range was limitless. I’ve never heard anyone who can do what he did on those early Boston records.

What was the San Francisco 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?

Come on! I’m not that old to have been here at the beginning of the San Francisco music scene! Obviously there is a long history with the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, Sly and the Family Stone, Santana, Journey, Huey Lewis and the News, Y&T then the thrash movement in the late 70s early 80’s with Metallica, Exodus, Death Angel, etc. When we first started playing here in 2007 we played with Walken and Hightower which was always rad. I wasn’t a big fan of the majority of the bands that were around at the time. It was like everyone wanted to sound like High On Fire. That stuff is pretty rad but it never really inspired me to want to chug a beer and scream at the top of my lungs. That’s one of the reasons we started SPACE VACATION. We wanted to hear more traditional, good times heavy metal and no one was really doing it. The scene has evolved since then and is pretty rad right now. A couple of my favorite bands in the area are Hell Fire and Glitter Wizard. I also just got turned on to Blackwulf, who are pretty rad as well.

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

Ha! What’s a party in space if there isn’t beer and drugs? Not one that I want to go to, that’s for sure! Our music is meant to be the sound track to your party.

How would you best describe your sound?

We sound like a space ship crashing into 1982.

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

The first record I ever bought was Kenny Rogers, believe it or not. Van Halen 1984 was probably the next. I’ve bought the first 6 Van Halen albums at least 3 times (tape, CD then vinyl). I’ve bought the first 4 Metallica albums multiple times due to the tape breaking for overuse. Same with Live After Death by Iron Maiden.

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

The biggest show we’ve ever played is either opening a sold out club show for Satan or opening for Orchid. We’ve also played with Cauldron and Thor which were super rad as well. As far as getting nervous, yes, I defiantly still get a little nervous before a gig.

Is commercial rock radio dead?

I’d take it a step further and say radio is dead. Why does rock radio play the same songs from the same bands that were active 40+ years ago? While those bands were and are great, radio was the place to discover new artists – now you have to dive into a K-hole on YouTube.

Favorite songs on the new album and why?

Hard to choose favorites on this record as I really like how the album turned out. If I were to pick a few I’d say the title track, “Black Divide,” is my favorite because it has a some dynamics to it with a really catchy chorus. Next I’d have to pick “Live By The Sword” because of all the twin guitar leads throughout the song. It’s a real ripper. Then I would have to go with “Reason or Rhyme” because I’ve always wanted to have a piano based song to work on because it opens up the music to much more complicated arrangements than we can do with our standard lineup of 2 guitars, bass and drums.

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

While our typical song topics include Satan, fighting, booz, motorcycles and getting awesome, I also tend to write about things that are going on in my life – so there are a few songs that I have a more personal connection to. The title track form our second record, “Heart Attack”, is about my Dad who had a major heart attack. Summer Knights is a letter to my daughter with ideas that I wanted to memorialize for her. On the current record, I wrote “See You Again” for my mom who passed in 2016.

Are there any political or social issues hidden in Space Vacation songs?

We typically try to keep that kind of stuff out of our songs because we want to be an escape for the everyday bullshit people have to put up with. “Save Your Breath” is probably an exception. It includes some social commentary on the current bullshit that is going on in Washington these days.

What was the process of putting the songs in order?

We wanted it to have a good flow – something you could just put on in your car without needed to skip songs. We wanted to take you on a ride with the various dynamics and tempos of the individual songs. Also, we need to make sure it was 22 min per side for vinyl so there were a few restrictions there with the song lengths.

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

We are (were?) Gibson Artists but after they let go of the artist rep we worked with, its been crickets over there. Kiyo was sponsored by Sfarzo strings but they haven’t done anything for the band. Gear-wise I would love to get an Ernie Ball sponsorship. I’d also love to get a tour sponsor to help us get to the next level touring-wise (are you reading this Budweiser?). Maybe a weed sponsorship?

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

I would love to tour with Judas Priest. My brother, who was a founding member of Space Vacation and played on the first 2 records, is friends with Richie Faulkner and he has some hilarious stories about the band. Love to hang out with those guys. We had a great time playing with Cauldron and could see us doing some shows together in the future. Dudes that I would want to interrogate is long. I’d probably start with Sharon Osbourne to ask why she is single handedly ruining Ozzy. That dude can still sing yet she pairs him with Gus G? That was one of the worst records I have ever heard. I’m sure Kiyo would love to share his road stories from when he toured with Gus. That guy is a clown. The he did the “Almost Sabbath” tour/record which she also fucked up by keeping Bill Ward out. WTF!!? Next I’d want to find out who really fucked up Van Halen. Was it Eddie or Dave? The people deserve to know!

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

At my funeral – “The Show Must Go On” by Queen. Cliché? Maybe, but fuck it it’s my funeral!

3 albums to take to the grave:

1. Number of the Beast – Iron Maiden
2. Hell Bent For Leather – Judas Priest
3. Boston – Boston

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

Metal is a community. Its one of the last inclusive groups out there where people from all walks of life can meet up bang their heads and agree (or argue about) their favorite bands. I’m friends with people all over the world because of metal. Thanks for taking the time to chat with me today. People like you help keep us all connected!

Exhumed Shares New Music Video For “Lifeless”

Gore metal maniacs Exhumed has shared the official music video for “Lifeless” off their impending new full-length album Death Revenge.

Issues frontman Matt Harvey: “Following sequentially through the album’s track list, we are stoked to lay ‘Lifeless’ on you. ‘Defenders Of The Grave’ is the introduction for the tale of Death Revenge and ‘Lifeless’ sets the actual plot that continues for the rest of the record in motion. Fitting with the vibe of the storyline as a whole, the clip focuses more on story elements and vibe rather than close up shots of guitar-noodling. I think it sets the tone nicely. Cheers!”