Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black

Death metal is alive and well in 2017 and if you don’t believe me, then just listen to the new Cannibal Corpse album, Red Before Black.  Even being the 14th studio album the death metal legends have put out, it still sounds as fresh and brutal as ever.  The first few seconds of the albums intro, “Only One Will Die”, will let you know exactly what you are about to experience.  Whether you’ve been a fan from day one, or are just discovering the band, there’s something for everyone on this record.  The plodding slow grind of the albums first single, “Code Of The Slasher”, is like taking a belt sander to the face of the undead.

While songs like “Firestorm Vengeance” and “Corpus Delicti” have thrashy guitars that really wouldn’t be out of place on a record like Slayer’s classic “Reign in Blood”.  George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher lays down great vocal patterns, while the guitar duo of death metal veterans Pat O’Brien and Rob Barrett just crush this album with riff after riff.  The drumming is nothing great nor terrible.  It drives the songs without being overly fancy, like any good death metal drummer should.  Paul Mazurkiewicz has set the bar for how a death metal drummer should play.  Alex Webster is an ageless wonder, he plays bass like few death metal bassists do, and this is a good thing.  Another one of the good things about this record is the song lengths.

  With the longest song, Code Of The Slashers at 4:46, this album doesn’t have much time for filler.  Straight to the point, get in, kill everything, and leave.  The way good death metal should be. So do yourself a favor, new and old fans alike.  Buy this album, play it loud and bang your head! – John Adams

Be sure to catch Cannibal Corpse on their upcoming tour with Gatecreeper & Power Trip

11/03/2017 Mavericks – Jacksonville, FL
11/04/2017 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
11/05/2017 Saturn – Birmingham, AL
11/06/2017 New Daisy Theater – Memphis, TN
11/08/2017 Trees – Dallas, TX
11/09/2017 White Oak – Houston, TX
11/10/2017 Mohawk – Austin, TX
11/12/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
11/13/2017 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
11/14/2017 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
11/15/2017 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
11/17/2017 Neumos – Seattle, WA
11/18/2017 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
11/19/2017 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
11/20/2017 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
11/22/2017 Summit – Denver, CO
11/24/2017 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
11/25/2017 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
11/26/2017 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
11/28/2017 Royale – Boston, MA
11/29/2017 Stage 48 – New York, NY
11/30/2017 TLA – Philadelphia, PA
12/01/2017 Broadberry – Richmond, VA
12/02/2017 The Tarheel – Jacksonville, NC
12/03/2017 Pete’s – Greensboro, NC
12/05/2017 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
12/06/2017 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
12/07/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/08/2017 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL

Aftershock Spotlight: Nothing More Premiere Video – Go To War

Nothing More premiere the official music video for their new single, “Go To War” today via Monster Energy Aftershock. Directed by Wayne Isham, the video evokes the burning aggression of the track’s lyrics through a passionate bar fight between lovers. Watch it on the festival’s site aftershockfestival.

Directed by Wayne Isham (Metallca, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd, Def Leppard) , the video evokes the burning aggression of the track’s lyrics through a passionate bar fight between lovers.

Clay Busch, Vice President of Marketing – Danny Wimmer Presents

I remember being invited to The Roxy because I ‘had to’ see this band from Texas many years ago. They were the first of 5. I had no expectations. And I was blown away. I immediately came back to the office and told the team this is a band that the company needs to get behind. They had their breakthrough moment at Monster Energy Aftershock 2013 and it’s only fitting to premiere ‘Go To War’ from their upcoming sophomore release together.”

Jonny Hawkins of Nothing More commented:

“There’s no such thing as overnight success but there are defining moments. For us, that moment was Aftershock 2013. I can still feel my feet boiling from the sun-drenched, black stage. I still remember my heart pounding from the energy of the crowd. We were given a shot to prove ourselves in front of every label rep from the west coast as well as many bands on the festival. Sink or swim.”

‘Go To War’ is the lead single from the new Nothing More album The Stories We Tell Ourselves, set for release September 15 via Better Noise Records.

Nothing More will perform at the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California on Saturday, October 21. For more information and tour dates for the band, visit: For information on Monster Energy Aftershock,

New International Releases • December 9, 2014




Upcoming Sacramento Area Shows Of Interest December 2014

Punk Rock But Kinda Not Tour Featuring: DOWN • Orange Goblin • BL’AST • King Parrot

$26.00 Advance •  Age limit: All ages

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Jessia Wabbit Presents: (WANING) • Abrams • Name • Etched In Stone

$7.00 Advance •  Age limit: 21+

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Thu, Dec 11 @ 8:00 PM

The Boardwalk, 9426 Greenback Lane,Orangevale, CA 95662

FROM FIRST TO LAST • DayShell • Our Endless Obsession • Me Vs. You • Cast the Clarity • Micki Lane

$15.00 Advance • Age limit: All ages

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Fri, Dec 12 @ 8:00 PM

The Boardwalk, 9426 Greenback Lane,Orangevale, CA 95662

BURNING RAIN is an all-star band featuring guitarist Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake/Dio), vocalist Keith St. John (Montrose), bass player Sean McNabb (Dokken/Quiet Riot/Great White) and drummer Matt Starr (Ace Frehley/Bang Tango/Beautiful Creatures) • Opening bands include Astral Cult • Force Multiplied • Restrayned • Arminius

$15.00 Advance • Age limit: All ages

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Sat, Dec 13 @ 7:00 PM

The Boardwalk, 9426 Greenback Lane,Orangevale, CA 95662

Trigga Productions Presents: LIONHEART • HAVENSIDE • Lifeforms • With Wolves • These Streets • Yankee Brutal

$12.00 Advance •  Age limit: All ages

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Sat, Dec 20 @ 7:00 PM

The Boardwalk, 9426 Greenback Lane,Orangevale, CA 95662

ONE-EYED DOLL • White Knuckle Riot • Heat of Damage • Nostalgic • Bri

$12.00 Advance •  Age limit: All ages

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Wed, Dec 31 @ 7:00 PM

The Boardwalk, 9426 Greenback Lane,Orangevale, CA 95662

KOREAN FIRE DRILL Presents SAC OF ALL STARS New Years Eve Rock Party • Featuring KOREAN FIRE DRILL • Clockwork Hero • ForNever • Graveshadow

FREE New Years Eve Show! Age limit: 21+

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Kattah – “Lapis Lazuli” Album Review‏


Looking at the band logo for the Brazilian based band Kattah, you’d think you were about to listen to something out of the Middle East. Upon listening to their music, it gets even more confusing but if you stick it out, you will be exposed to one of the most diverse albums I’ve heard in a long time. In their second album titled Lapis Lazuli, (which is the name of blue semi precious stone that is mined in Afghanistan) which comes out October 27th, Kattah have delivered an amazing and eclectic mix of metal, Middle Eastern grooves and a dose of Brazilian flare that will have you coming back for more. Lead singer Roni Sauaf delivers vocals that are clearly reminiscent of one of his influences, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. The vocals soar in this album and Roni does an amazing job of changing his tone during some songs which really adds gravitas to the music. Guitarist Victor Brochard rips through the album with old school metal thrashiness, heavy grooves but also very light acoustic work and killer leads; all around a Hell of a musician. Drummer, Cristian Alex and bassist, Cicero Chagas, round out the lineup in this killer 13 track album that runs just under an hour. Stand out tracks in this album for me were “Vetus Espiritus” (latin for “old spirit”) which I think truly showcases Roni’s vocals perfectly and delivers heavy guitar rhythms, a VERY catchy chorus and a great guitar solo to boot.



Another stand out track was the title song “Lapis Lazuli” which starts with a traditional Brazilian themed rhythm and then pounds into metal guitars to then stop tempo and go into a slow vocal focused section where Roni’s whispers begin in English and then goes into a Brazilian chant. It was a breath of fresh air to hear them in their native tongue as I would hate to think that a Brazilian based band wouldn’t add in some of their culture, which they do more in the song when vocalist Roni recites a lullaby with children’s voices accompanying him. A really wild track that showcases everything Kattah can do musically. The final track was the BIG breath of fresh air “A Capoeira”. This is only a 43 second track but it’s a traditional Capoeira beat that would accompany a ginga, a triangle step in the Brazilian martial art, but then switches into metal version of the beat. I can’t say enough of this album and how much I enjoyed it and how much I appreciate what Kattah is bringing into the metal genre with their brand of metal. I look forward to seeing them branch out more and tour as well as they definitely need more exposure. Killer vocals, great guitar work and musical ideas that are unique and different. Look out for Kattah’s album Lapis Lazuli October 27th 2014. This needs to be in everyone’s collection.  Robb Napalm/Capital Chaos TV

Abre Ojos – “Gates” Review


Abre Ojos is an audio-visual project by Melbourne, Australia native Scott Baker. He has had over 20 years of experience working in the fields of experimental music, video and illustration. Abre Ojos is Baker’s exploration of synthetic music along with geometric animations and extreme audio frequencies. I had the pleasure of listening to his latest installment for his project called Gates which was quite impressive to listen to. The album has an accompanying DVD which enhances the music with visual images created by Baker but this album is quite interesting to listen to on its own. The music is very ambient in style and meant to be listened to bring you into a meditative state of mind. The sounds are very eerie and possibly make you see visuals in your mind akin to that of Clive Barker or Stephen King, depending on what twisted creatures lay in your mind.


This album can easily be the score for a thriller/horror movie. I found myself frequently transported to the darkest recesses of my mind and conjured twisted visions of my own. The music is soothing and yet equally haunting. One thing I found very intriguing as well is that all the song titles, when read together, make for a poem with a message that Scott Baker connects with our souls. If you ever wanted to listen to ambient music that can make your skin crawl but also give you a free trip through your own spirituality, Abre Ojos’ album Gates is the way to go. I also suggest getting the accompanied DVD as well to get the full effect of Bakers work.

The Kennedy Veil – “Trinity of Falsehood” Review‏


The Kennedy Veil is a death metal outfit from Sacramento, California who have released their latest full-length, Trinity of Falsehood, and it does not disappoint. With the addition of vocalist Taylor Wientjes, their sound is rejuvenated and has an extreme sound that must be heard to appreciate. Gabe Seeber does a phenomenal job with blast beats that you will feel in your chest and double peddling that really ramps up the BPM. The guitars, played by KC Childers, are especially crunchy and really soar in the title track of the album. Rounding out the lineup is bassist Shawn Peterson, who has his moments where he stands out but the mixing in the album almost makes him get lost in the flurry of guitar tracks.


Not all the time, but I’d like to hear Shawn more and really show his bass chops more. You can hear the influences from such heavy hitters such as Suffocation, Morbid Angel and Decapitation which The Kennedy Veil uses to bring brutally heavy tones and lyrics filled with a light being shed on the inconsistencies and greedy nature of religion. Overall, lyrically, thematically and musically, The Kennedy Veil have released an amazing follow up album and have really stepped up their game since The Sentence of Their Conqueror back in 2011. Trinity of Falsehood is a must have album for 2014 to add to the death metal collection. Go out and get yourself a slice of Sacramento brutality…..Robb Napalm/Capital Chaos TV

Cannibal Corpse – “A Skeletal Domain” Review


The new Cannibal Corpse album “A Skeletal Domain” due out September 16, 2014 is one hell of a beast of an album!  From start to finish it doesn’t disappoint.  Some notable tracks are the title track “A Skeletal Domain”, The opening track “High Velocity Impact Splatter”, “Sadistic Embodiment”, and “Icepick Lobotomy”.  The band sounds tighter and more driven than ever.  Corpsegrinder’s vocals are still just as strong as ever.  He still sounds like a demonic ghoul from the darkest depths of Hell preaching to the Metal Masses!


Let us hope that they have a U.S. tour next year with the same ferocity as “A Skeletal Domain” with a lineup to match it.  As it stands we are looking at a possible U.S. for early next year after they are done with Japan and Europe this fall.  This album is right on par with earlier releases from the band and it is definitely their best since “Kill.”  So, all in all make sure and pick it up in two weeks…you won’t be disappointed!  Jon Rexius/Capital Chaos TV


Album Review – Triptykon “Melana Chasmata”

Melana Chasmata is the second full-length album by Swiss extreme metal band Triptykon, released through Prowling Death Records/Century Media Records on 14 April 2014 in Europe and on 15 April 2014 in North America. Melana Chasmata follows in the nightmare created by its predecessor Eparistera Daimones quite stylishly and effectively. “Eparistera Daimones”, the album was produced by Triptykon’s singer/guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior and guitarist V. Santura and recorded and mixed at V. Santura’s own Woodshed Studio in southern Germany as well as at Triptykon’s rehearsal facilities in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2013 and 2014.

Like so many before them, Metallica “Ride The Lightning” and Iron Maiden “Killers” to name a few the band has truly found their way on this sophomore release. From the opening feedback squeal of “Tree of Suffocating Souls” to the final crusher “Waiting” the album is a pulverizing celebration of doom and despair, compete with artwork once again by legendary Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor, and set designer
H. R. Giger. Must have for fans of doom, death and all thing’s heavy metal…..pre-order here.