Quality Full Set Video Of Railgun Live In Sacramento, California

In the video below Railgun perform a full set set of tongue in cheek thrash metal live in Sacramento, California June, 7th, 2018 @ Cafe Colonial. Railgun is a hard hitting, Thrash/Power Metal band hailing from Long Beach CA. Their relentless speed and intensity has been electrifying audiences since their founding in 2014. Railgun’s goal is to bring the power of true metal back into today’s metal scene. Continue reading “Quality Full Set Video Of Railgun Live In Sacramento, California”

Solanum Lead Guitarist/Vocalist Joe Arellanes Interrogated

Solanum is a Thrash Metal Band from Sacramento, CA. Solanum formed in 2010 by members Udi (Guitar), Dustin Cooknick (Drums), Joe Arellanes (Lead Guitar and Vocals) and Jason McLeod (Bass). The band recorded their first demo titled Solanum that is available here and at all of their shows. ‘The Rotting’ ‘Echoes of the Dead’ & ‘Hurry up and Die’ are usually part of the bands set list. The continuous show playing led to opening act opportunities for national touring bands such as Destruction, Kreator, Testament, Soulfly, Metal Church, Warbringer, Havok and more. Solanum continues to thrash the Sacramento and surrounding areas while working on their debut album. Lead guitarist and vocalist Joe Arellanes, took some time out of his busy schedule, holy diving, to answer our silly questions.

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

I grew up around music, whether it be on road trips with my family or just running errands with my mom on weekends. We always had music on. I got into metal when I was in middle school and I started skating.

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

I picked up guitar shortly after I started high school, started a band with my buddies and they needed a vocalist, so I guess out of necessity. I kinda had a knack for it, I suppose. And no, I’m not proficient in any other instruments.

What was the 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?

Its kinda hard to say what the local scene was like, I was so young at the time I don’t really remember. I loved Times of Desperation and Psychosomatic. Master Leather Daddy ruled too. I miss Black Mackerel! As far as local bands now, I really like the Kennedy Veil, The Odious Construct and am very glad that Psychosomatic is still shreddin’. There’s so much local talent these days, it hard to keep up!

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

Haha no!

How would you best describe your sound?

I would say that we’re thrash. We may dip our toes in the death metal realm but only slightly.

Is doing ticket pre-sales the same thing as pay to play?

Not if you don’t have to BUY the tix first. If you’re getting a cut of the total amount of sold tix then I guess its about how much footwork you’re willing to put in.

Do you still buy cds or mostly use streaming sites? Which do you use?

I do both. I use spotify for convenience, but I buy CD’s to support people I enjoy.

 

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

The first music I bought was the self titled System Of A Down album, before that I was a radio guy. And I bought just about the entire Death catalog again after they remastered it…. Worth every cent!

Who have been some of your favorite bands you’ve hung out with and shared the stage with?

Well pretty much any bigger band that came through Starlite was usually pretty cool. The guys in Black Fast were way cool and so were the guys in Black breath. Our last show at starlite was really cool and the guys in Decrepit Birth were AWESOME!

Joe on stage with Decrepit Birth for their rendition of the Death classic “Crystal Mountain”

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

We got the pleasure of opening for Suicidal Tendencies a few years back, that was the biggest. Sold out ace of spades. Testament was right up there too.

Does the current political climate in America scare you or make hopeful? Do you see a possible civil war on the horizon?

I don’t know if it scares me, I feel like those in power really don’t give a shit about anyone other than whomever is lining their pockets, until its reelection time, then we’re buddies I guess? And no I don’t see civil war of any type on the horizon, if you believe what you see on Facebook or in the media, you’re the fucking problem.

Favorite songs on the new as yet to be finished album and why?

That’s a tough one. Probably our song “Dawn of Extinction” because its just a badass tune. Its a bit more “progressive” (I use that word VERY lightly) that most of the other stuff, but its super cohesive still.

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

Maybe our song “One Foot in the Grave” because it’s super musical with quite a bit of harmony, and the guitar solo has a lot of feel to it.

Are there any political or social issues hidden in Solanum songs?

Absolutely. I wouldn’t say they’re hidden, or if they are they’re not well hidden haha.

Who does the songwriting for the band? Where is inspiration found?

We all contribute to the process, its kind of absurd how easy those guys are to get along with, no egos no bullshit. We just wanna make music we’d want to listen to. As cliche as it sounds, inspiration can come from anywhere.

What is the writing process like and the putting of songs in order?

Either Udi or I will come to practice with ideas, show it to the guys, get a yay or nay and build from there. We still haven’t figured out the song order for the album haha. That’ll be an argument for when the album is done

Top 5 albums or songs released this year so far?

In no particular order
Havok- conformicide
Mastodon- Emperor of sand
Iron Reagan- Crossover Ministry
Kreator- Gods of Violence
The Black Dahlia Murder- Nightbringers

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

I have no endorsements but I’d love to get one from ESP and Peavey.

What kind of gear is making the Solanum live sound?

Peavey heads and Marshall cabs.

Bands you would love to tour with on a dream tour package and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?

Probably Havok and Black Fast. There’s really too many to name.

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

Song: Perennial Quest byDeath
Albums: Megadeth – Rust in Peace, Death – Symbolic and … Queens Of The Stoneage – Like Clockwork

What does metal mean to you?

I love metal, its pure unfiltered passion. Raw primal energy at its finest. Its a release and an escape.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

I just want to say that I appreciate everything that people have done to support Solanum over the years. Its been so awesome to be a part of something special! So thank you!

Catch Solanum November 4th with Hatriot, Psychosomatic and Severpull @ The Blue Lamp in Sacramento.

Shallow Ground guitarist/vocalist Keith Letourneau Interrogated

Hailing from Meriden Connecticut, Shallow Ground is a thrash metal band originally formed back in the mid-nineties. Comprised of like-minded individuals with a passion for playing loud, aggressive, brain-rattling music, the band is aiming to spread its brand of thrash metal to the masses. After taking a few years off, the band came back together in 2009 to record their self-titled EP. In 2013, they signed a deal with Killer Metal Records (KMR) from Germany and released their full-length debut cd, The End Of Everything.
In 2015 they went back into the studio to record their 2nd CD on KMR. This time, they recorded at Dexter’s Lab with Nick Rage of Toxic Holocaust and Jasta fame, who recorded and produced this CD entitled Embrace the Fury, which came out Nov 13th 2015.


In early 2016, Shallow Ground re-signed to KMR. 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the band with plans for new music, big shows, and an all-out assault on the ears of old-school thrash metal fans everywhere!

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

Black Sabbath and Kiss got me started.

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

Oh god no, lol. I’m a guitar player that happens to be the vocalist. That’s all I am.

What was the local scene in Connecticut like in the beginning, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?

Connecticut has a good metal crowd from hard core to death metal its all here. Favorite local bands from way back are Sonick Plague & CFI, 2 of my favorite Connecticut thrash bands. Sonick plague is still at it an just as good as ever. There are a ton of bands here. If I must single one out at the moment, it would be Crossing Rubicon they have that 80’s metal feel.

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

LOL, not really. It has caused nothing but trouble. And I can’t deal with drug addiction In a band I’m playing in.

How would you best describe your sound?

Thrash Harvey balls out Thrash

Is doing ticket pre-sales the same thing as pay to play?

Sometimes when you have to sell 50 tix to a gig for the touring band to get paid and you get $1 a tix at 25 a tix sucks.

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

Kiss Alive and Alive 2. I wore them out and I have bought them 3-4 times. SOD and others from albums then to cassette then cd. Not I tunes

DIY forever or signing with a label at first opportunity?

We are signed to Killer Metal Records (KMR) from Germany.

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

I cant remember the biggest crowd. But I get nervous before every show.

Is commercial rock radio dead?

For me it is all classic rock same song same time of day.

Favorite songs on the new as yet to be finished album and why?

Once Again off Embrace The Fury is my favorite off last cd. from the upcoming new one will I think it will be “3lbs Down”.

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

Black Rose. just a fun tune to play.

Are there any political or social issues hidden in Shallow Ground songs?

Hidden no, it’s in plain site to see, “Class Warfare”. The name says it all.

What was the process of putting the songs in order?

Coin flip.

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

For amps – Randall. For guitars I have Strictly 7 guitars, which are awesome, awesome guitars. Just killer.

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

Overkill, Slayer, Exodus and any quality thrash band. band I would love to tour with, not really as I have meet a bunch of them and played on the same bill as them.

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

The music when Darth Vader comes out of the shuttle in the original Star Wars movie. I want that blaring as they push my casket down the isle.

SOD – Speak English or Die
Pink Floyd – The Wall
Kiss – Alive 2

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

No but thank you so much for getting Shallow Ground out there. Benjamin from Online Metal Promo is as good as they come. Thanks again be safe and thrash.

SLC Thrashers Deathblow Release ‘Demolition Deployment’ EP

Salt Lake City Thrashers Deathblow have released a new three-song EP called Demolition Deployment. Stream and/or purchase the EP here.

Demolition Deployment was self-released on November 27. It was recorded at the Boards Nest by Andy Patterson and DEATHBLOW. Artwork by Adam Burke. These songs will not be included on DEATHBLOW’s next full-length album, which is expected to be released early 2017.

Track List:

1. Demolition Deployment
2. Implements of Destruction
3. Mean Machine

Flotsam & Jetsam Release Lyric Video

Thanks again to Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art for crushing this one. He’s the man to go to for all your video/album and band art needs.

Here’s the next sneak peak of the upcoming album for you to sink your metal minds into. Our 2nd lyric video is of ‘Time To Go’, track 10 on the album. A deep cut, yet a strong cut. Enjoy!
Thanks again to Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art for crushing this one. He’s the man to go to for all your video/album and band art needs. He’s a Brit, but don’t hold that against him. His work speaks for itself, accent and all. Via Flotsam & Jetsam Facebook

Full Force Metal Festival Lineup Announced

Its idea is to bring together various bands from the areas scene in the Genres of traditional, power, symphonic and thrash metal for a wild day of partying and shenanigans.

 

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Full Force metal festival started as an idea in the year 2016. Its idea is to bring together various bands from the areas scene in the Genres of traditional, power, symphonic and thrash metal for a wild day of partying and shenanigans. The goal is to provide quality bands an opportunity for exposure in a new market, while having some seasoned bands in the area bring a crowd in, and keeping the price for the fans at an affordable rate. We will see you August 20th 2016 for the first of hopefully many!

Here to bring you the west coasts best Power/Symphonic/Thrash/Progressive/Traditional Metal acts!

2016 Lineup:
Visigoth (Salt Lake City, UT)
Spellcaster (Portland, OR)
Hexx (San Francisco, CA)
Discordia (San Francisco, CA)
Dire Peril (Sacramento, CA)
Blasphemous Creation (Reno, NV)
Cryptic Ruins (Manteca, CA)
Blessed Curse (Sacramento, CA)
Helion Prime (Sacramento, CA)
The Royal Order (Manteca, CA)
Phantom (Salinas, CA)
Alchemia (SF Bay Area. CA)
Splintered Throne (Portland, OR)
Principium (Salt Lake City, UT)
Viira (San Francisco, CA)

Tickets are Just $15 Presale and $20 day of show.

Members of the Sacramento metal band Psychosomatic thrash, thrive on word-of-mouth, playing live.

After four successful tours across the country and a small handful of West Coast tours, the band has become a veritable headliner without ever having proper distribution or a significant record label to help finance and back tours. As luck would have it, they will start yet another five-week trek directly following their upcoming CD release show at Blue Lamp.

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Psychosomatic is a local thrash metal band started by bassist/vocalist Jeff Salgado back in 1987 whose members have thrived on playing live and, as a result, have grown their fan base organically through word-of-mouth and booking DIY tours.

These days—nearly 30 years in its career—the band is rounded out guitarist Toby Swope (who joined in 2001), lead guitarist Daniel Mills (2011), and newest member and drummer, Jared Klein, who joined earlier this year after the record was already tracked.

For the uninitiated, Psychosomatic, who play Friday, September 18 at the Blue Lamp, makes music that’s steeped in the tradition of ‘80s thrash without sounding dated or derivative. After releasing and selling out of their initial pressings of their full-length records The Unquenchable Thirst (2006) and Another Disease (2010), the band spent a considerable time on the road playing every nook and cranny of the United States.

After four successful tours across the country and a small handful of West Coast tours, the band has become a veritable headliner without ever having proper distribution or a significant record label to help finance and back tours. As luck would have it, they will start yet another five-week trek directly following their upcoming CD release show at Blue Lamp.

The band’s latest album is called Clicking Sound of a Hammer Pulled Back and the title couldn’t be more apropos given the ferocity of the songs. After recording with producer / engineer Joe Johnston at Pus Cavern Studios, they paired up with longtime resident Kenny Hoffman and his boutique metal, Buriedinhell Records, which has released countless local and regional bands with great success.

From the opening track “Chemical Burn” which sounds like an early Demolition Hammer, Vio-Lence, or Nuclear Assault outtake, the album is fully unrelenting. Other standout tracks include the mid-tempo “The Summoning,” which will more than likely, incite a few random acts of violence and, perhaps the strongest track on the album, ‘Hemorrhage,” which pays homage to early Slayer among others.

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We’ve always been a DIY band and done everything ourselves. Kenny (Hoffman) and I have known each other for years and us pairing up only seemed natural. It was inevitable we would eventually put out an album with him” said Jeff Salgado in a recent phone interview.

We discussed releasing a record on his label at different times since he promotes very well in our genre space. This time it happened and already the advance press is working in our favor.”

Even while Salgado knows members of pretty much every major thrash band, he is quick to point out that he rarely uses his connections.

We’ve worked for everything we have and don’t like asking bigger bands for shows. We often get approached to support headliners in the Bay Area,” he said. “We’ve played with tons of great bands like Possessed, Exodus, Hirax, Attitude Adjustment, and M.O.D. but all have been by invitation rather than groveling.”

And while most artists may find the task of booking a national tour rather daunting, Salgado said it’s actually not that hard.

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Bands these days are just lazy. Today you have everything at your fingertips and there are always venues looking for new acts. Unfortunately, this industry is very ego-driven and a lot of bands are afraid to show any humility and possibly play some empty rooms on a tour,” he said. “We did a five week tour in 2013 and it was the best tour we ever did. Although we had two shows canceled in Cleveland and it really messed with our routine of playing back-to-back shows, it all worked out.”

Catch Psychosomatic at 8 p.m. Friday, September 18 at the Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Boulevard. The Kennedy Veil, Jack Ketch, Solanum, XTOM HANX, and Abominous. Are also on the bill. $10.

By Eddie Jorgensen