Screamer Magazine December 2014
Featuring: . Also Included Richie Kotzen, The Empty Hearts, Seasons After, Liv Kristine, Sean Danielsen, FUNGONEWRONG and Much More.

Articles in the December 2014 Issue

Interviews

  • RICHIE KOTZEN - What You See Is (Not Necessarily) What You Get

    The weight of the world rests upon his shoulders. He sits slumped over an old piano, head in his left hand looking down, sunglasses obscuring his eyes, with tousled hair and a three-day beard. A cigarette dangles from his right hand. Grim Teutonic font spells out his name, completing the image of a man lost in a deep depression. Richie

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  • THE EMPTY HEARTS - Anything But...

    Age is a funny thing; you live long enough and you start to see history repeat itself; especially in this part of the music industry.  Every decade ushers in a handful of bands who set themselves apart and become part of the collective story of influences others in this business talk about, look up to for inspiration and name, as

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  • SEASONS AFTER - Weathered and Worn But Not Broken

    Originally formed in Wichita, Kansas in 2006, Seasons After was on top of the world with the release of their debut album Through Tomorrow in 2010. Their cover of Gerard McMann’s Cry Little Sister (you know, the song from The Lost Boys) was in heavy rotation on radio, MTV and VH1 and they graced the stages of the Vans Warped Tour,

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  • LIV KRISTINE – ...Burns Like Hell

    Watching Norwegian lung-buster and elegant gothic-loving creative force Liv Kristine progress and evolve throughout her career is like observing the very slow opening of a beautiful dark flower; as the petals spring to life capturing its unique shape and form and wearing the many textures such an example of nature can truly behold.  Back in 1995 for example the vocalist

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  • SEAN DANIELSEN - Weed, Jesus, Country Douche Bags and Fake Assholes

    It was the day before Halloween when we spoke with Sean Danielsen. While not participating in the festivities this year – he's too busy with Halloween landing on the first night of his new tour – he does typically enjoy dressing up, and recounts his favorite costume as the time he dressed as Jesus at The New Daisy Theater in

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  • FUNGONEWRONG – What Your Mother Warned You About

    From the innermost cornfields of Southern Illinois emerges FUNGONEWRONG, one of metal’s most unique up-and-coming bands.  This Midwestern band is a mixture of metal, punk and death-thrash whose music ensures that the band will rise to the top of the musical mountain and stick their metal flag deep in the minds of all music-lovers.  FGW is Belter Skelter (vocals, guitar),

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Reviews

  • FOREIGNER – The Best of 4 & More

    The accolades rain down effortlessly on these magnificent exponents of well-crafted songs with a melodic rock heartbeat.  With ten multi-platinum selling albums amongst their canon of work and 16 top 30 hits in the U.S. alone, you’d be foolish for thinking that a live collection like this would be disposable.  Sure enough it is frustrating listening to the latest studio

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  • MONSTER MAGNET – Milking the Stars: A Re-imagining of Last Patrol

    Back in November, 2013, your favorite monthly online magazine Screamer Magazine reviewed the latest studio album at that time (Last Patrol) by the mighty Monster Magnet singing its praises and explaining what a return to form it proved to be.  Like any healthy franchise you have to receive a sequel and in this fine tradition here you go! Lead vocalist

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  • HAREM SCAREM - Thirteen

    This isn’t the Australian blues rock band which existed during the 80's, it isn’t even the Scottish folk band which has unveiled about three albums or so; this is the return of the mighty and delicious muscular, melodic sound of those Canadian rockers which nailed it big time back in 2002 with an album called Weight of the World and

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  • RICHIE KOTZEN - The Essential Richie Kotzen

    Guitar legend/songwriter/singer Richie Kotzen is celebrating over 25 years of recording by releasing a collection appropriately entitled The Essential Richie Kotzen.  The songs on the two CD/one DVD collection were personally selected by Kotzen as both an introduction to people unfamiliar with his work and as a bonus to current fans. CD1 could be described as the electric album, while

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  • KONTRUST – Explositive

    Have you ever pondered over what it might be like to add spices or curry powder to your morning oatmeal?  Maybe you have been assaulted by a nagging curiosity over what it might be like to dip a hotdog in your hot chocolate instead of bothering with marshmallows?  If this sounds like you then the Austrian bunch called Kontrust may

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  • BAILEY – Long Way Down

    The name of the band is a reference to the surname of an English guitarist and vocalist named Nigel Bailey.  At the age of 12 he picked up a guitar thanks to the backdrop of a musical family and hasn’t looked back.  Classic sounding distorted riffs aplenty drift into the cosmos and his voice essentially clean with a hint of

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  • EMIGRATE – Silent So Long

    Why should you care about this gem of an album and why should you take a moment to understand what Emigrate is?  That’s a really good question in a world which continues to gain a fast pace on a daily basis.  If you’re an avid fan of the remarkable German combo Rammstein then you’ll already be aware of Emigrate and

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  • SEASONS AFTER - Calamity Scars and Memoirs

    The last time we heard new music from Seasons After was their 2010 debut album Through Tomorrow, featuring the popular cover of Gerard McMann’s Cry Little Sister. After a legal battle and some line-up changes, the boys are finally back with their independent release Calamity Scars and Memoirs. The album is full of dueling guitars and solos, which sometimes seems

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  • KALEDON – Antillius: The King of the Light

    This Italian Power Metal combo were formed back in 1998 and have been slowly and steadily increasing their epic profile ever since.  In 2002 they unveiled their debut album Legend of the Forgotten Reign - Chapter I: The Destruction, and many years later the fans get to embrace and savor a brand new eighth studio opus (excluding their Mightiest Hits collection

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  • BLOODBOUND – Stormborn

    In the hazy days of 2004 in a location within the mighty fine country of Sweden, two creative and passionate minds became one giving birth to the power metal entity known as Bloodbound.  They released a debut studio opus in 2005 and haven’t really looked back as Tomas Olsson and Fredrik Bergh steered the sonically powerful and triumphant metal creature

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  • THE BLACK LANTERN – We Know the Future

    Crawling from the panorama of Long Beach, California is a quartet which enjoys battling the mainstream and following a path which is their own.  Screamer Magazine doesn’t just celebrate and investigate established bands, but also enjoys stumbling across new talent and artists who venture into the wild on an independent basis. Cutting through the bravado, angular and jagged shapes are

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Press Releases

  • JOE PERRY To Make Personal Phone Call To One Lucky Winner Of Social Media Contest

    Calling all AEROSMITH fans.  How does a phone call from JOE PERRY sound?   The New York Times best-selling author is staging a social media contest whereby one lucky winner will receive a personal, five-minute phone call from the AEROSMITH co-founder. To qualify for the contest, entrants need to pose holding their copy of ROCKS: My Life In and Out

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  • Taking Back Sunday Will Release ‘Happiness Is: The Complete Recordings’ On February 24th

    Revered Long Island rock band Taking Back Sunday has announced plans to release Happiness Is: The Complete Recordings on February 24th via Hopeless Records. The upcoming release will feature the band’s original 2014 record Happiness Is, along with rare and unreleased tracks, all spread out on 8 7-inch vinyl records with a collectible, signed art card. Fans are invited to pre-order

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  • Asking Alexandria: “Live From Brixton And Beyond” Concert DVD Out Dec. 15

    ASKING ALEXANDRIA--the riotous, genre-bending U.K.-based rock group that Alternative Press says “blurs the lines between solipsism and sociopathy, hedonism and nihilism, even as it throws metalcore, electronic music and a healthy dose of hair metal into a blender set on ‘awesome’”--have announced LIVE FROM BRIXTON AND BEYOND--a 2-Disc live concert DVD--to be released December 15 via Sumerian Records. “At long

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  • Machine Head: Official Track-By-Track Feature Available Now!

    Bay Area Metal Titans MACHINE HEAD have released the official track by track for the band's brand new album Bloodstone & Diamonds. Open up your Spotify client and check out how mastermind Robb Flynn describes every track in his own words: http://open.spotify.com/user/machineheadofficial/playlist/3vRdtsl4HG0MlxsByfekdA. MACHINE HEAD has made their entire Bloodstone & Diamonds album available for streaming at this location. The band’s eighth studio record

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  • Marky Ramone's PUNK ROCK BLITZKRIEG: My Life as a Ramone

    Among the most revered rock bands in music history, the Ramones have been ranked by Spin Magazine as the #2 "Greatest Band of All Time," second only to the Beatles. As a group, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Renowned drummer Marky Ramone divulges

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  • Black Crown Initiate Debuts Second Ever Music Video

    PA metal beard warriors BLACK CROWN INITIATE have debuted another music video for their newest single, "The Fractured One," off their new LP The Wreckage Of Stars. Directed by Jess Orsburn of Toaster in the Tub Studios, the new video is the followup to the "Withering Waves" music video released last month. BLACK CROWN INITIATE will round out the year supporting

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  • THE SAFETY FIRE launch acoustic reworking of 'Wise Hands'

    Following a busy summer of festivals, The Safety Fire have been hard at work writing for their third studio album. However the band have also been experimenting with some different arrangements of songs from last years 'Mouth Of Swords', and now they are pleased to reveal a beautiful, acoustic reworking of the track 'Wise Hands'.  The band had this to

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  • Spinefarm Signs At the Hollow

    Spinefarm Records is pleased to announce the signing of At the Hollow to the label's already formidable roster of bands. The Finnish trio has spent recent months working on its label debut, which was recorded at Sound Supreme Studio in its native Finland with producer Janne Saksa (Mokoma, Turisas, Stamina and Rotten Sound). The debut album is due out on

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  • THE EMPTY HEARTS Premiere New Video & Announce More Tour Dates

    THE EMPTY HEARTS Featuring Elliot Easton (The Cars), Clem Burke (Blondie), Wally Palmar (The Romantics) & Andy Babiuk (The Chesterfield Kings) Announce New Video & Tour Dates. New Video for "90 Miles An Hour Down A Dead End Street" Premieres on The Huffington Post! "In a time where rock n' roll has become so complacent comes a grouping of deeply

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  • FREAK KITCHEN Video For "Freak of the Week" Streaming Now!

    Swedish trio FREAK KITCHEN are back with Cooking with Pagans, their eighth and most frantic album to date. The album was released on September 16th via Laser's Edge. The album can be ordered HERE. Thanks to a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, bringing in almost $150,000, a very ambitious animated video, directed by legendary artist (and author of Blacksad) Juanjo Guarnido

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  • BLACK TUSK Bassist Jonathan Athon Passes Away

    "It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident. Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from

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  • THE DOORS' "Feast of Friends" Out Tuesday

    THE DOORS were honored this week in Los Angeles with the "Inspiration Award" from England's Classic Rock Magazine. Presented to JOHN DENSMORE by longtime DOORS fan Henry Rollins, the honor celebrates artists who have influenced others and left a lasting legacy on the world of rock and beyond. Next up for the group, which also included ROBBY KRIEGER and the

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  • DR. LIVING DEAD! signs with Century Media Records

    Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of DR. LIVING DEAD! Sweden's rising force in hardcore-driven thrash metal has managed to build up an excellent reputation with only two albums. The self-titled debut album (2011) and particularly their second album, Radioactive Intervention (2012), have solidified DR. LIVING DEAD!'s foundation as one of the most gripping, interesting and promising

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  • Progressive metallers DGM Announce "Prog Power Invasion" Asian Tour 2014

    XoundForce Music Entertainment & Truck Me Hard proudly present the "Prog Power Invasion" Asian Tour 2014 featuring celebrated Progressive metallers DGM, who will land in China and Japan for the first time in their career. Confirmed dates as follows: “Prog Power Invasion" Asian Tour 2014 11.11.2014 - Yu Gon Live House - Beijing (CHI) 12.11.2014 - TBD - (CHI) 14.11.2014

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  • PRONG Announce New Covers Album and 2015 Tour Dates

    Fresh off their US Tour, American Power Trio PRONG finished an album of cover versions, putting their distinct spin on an array of tracks originally recorded by artists such as Black Flag, Bad Brains, Adolescents, The Sisters Of Mercy, Killing Joke, Hüsker Dü and Neil Young. Tommy Victor: "PRONG is excited to announce 2015 European tour dates in conjunction with

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  • AT THE GATES enters worldwide charts with 'At War With Reality'; more tour dates announced

    At War With Reality, the highly anticipated new studio album by Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES, has been released worldwide via Century Media Records and achieved the following chart positions: USA: #53 Sweden: #3 Germany: #25 Finland: #15 Austria: #39 Switzerland: #51 UK: #132 UK Rock Charts: #13 France: #119 Japan Oricon International: #17   To purchase

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  • Tune In Tonight, Nov 7 To Watch ‘SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Live From The Sunset Strip’ On Directv’s Audience Network (CH 239) 9pm E/P

    Tune-in tonight (Nov. 7th) to watch "SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live from the Sunset Strip," a 90-minute concert special broadcast exclusively on national television via DIRECTV’s Audience Network (Ch 239) at 9 PM ET/PT. Watch clips from the special here: "NIGHTRAIN" and "BENT TO FLY." Guitar Center and DIRECTV announced a two-part documentary and live concert event

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  • New Nuclear Blast Artist Diablo Blvd Debut "Son Of Cain" Video

    Formed in 2005 in the city of Antwerp, Belgium and named after a CORROSION OF CONFORMITY song, DIABLO BLVD is led by notorious stand-up comedian & singer Alex Agnew. Influenced by the likes of DANZIG, THE CULT, GUNS 'N' ROSES, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, and TYPE O NEGATIVE, this eclectic five-piece features current and ex-members of A BRAND, BORN FROM PAIN,

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  • Greek Fire are on "Top of the World" with Disney's "Big Hero 6" Out Today

    After spending the past month with their song featured in the trailer for Disney's Big Hero 6 (out today) St. Louis rockers, Greek Fire are on "Top of the World" as the track has begun to shoot up the sales charts. The song is an ideal fit with the action packed animated trailer and has sent viewers in search of

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  • PARADISE LOST begins recording new album

    After taking a trip back in time with the Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities) album and the last studio album Tragic Idol (2012) -- which entered the charts at #2 in UK Rock Charts, #6 in Germany, #15 in Austria, #30 in France and #32 in North America Top New Artists/Heatseeker Charts -- it's now time for PARADISE LOST's 14th

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  • Buckcherry Launches New Adult Product Line, “Crazy Bitch Toys”

    Hot on the heels of their recent record release and tour with the Rockstar Uproar Festival, the Platinum selling Los Angeles rock band Buckcherry has announced they have released an exclusive line of adult products called Crazy Bitch Toys. In addition to promoting their new F#CK EP, which is available now at iTunes (http://smarturl.it/Fck-EP), Buckcherry has teamed up with DOC

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  • Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree Battle Tennessee’s State Law Adoption Of Definition of “Tennessee Whiskey”

    Full Throttle S'loonshine proprietor Michael Ballard and American Outlaw Spirits C.E.O. Jesse James Dupree last week offered testimony to the Tennessee State Senate that state’s formal adoption of the Jack Daniels distillation and production process as the definition of “Tennessee Whiskey” violates protections under the United States Constitution and unnecessarily puts the state legislature in the position of regulating both

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  • Saving Abel Pre-Release Blood Stained Revolution - Album Out Veterans Day

    Saving Abel has consistently supported those serving in the military and the veterans. In front of the November 11 release of BLOOD STAINED REVOLUTION, the band has launched a digital pre-release that goes live today via Rokbiz. The complete album is available for $5.00 with 10% of gross proceeds earmarked for the veterans. All purchases from today through midnight November

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  • Loudwire Music Festival - June 26-28 - Grand Junction, CO

    Prepare for next summer to be an extraordinarily loud one--in the high desert of western Colorado--as Townsquare Media launches the LOUDWIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL at Jam Ranch near Grand Junction, CO. Already known as one of the leading websites in the rock world, Townsquare Media’s LOUDWIRE will now host their very own music festival in 2015.  Set to debut June 26,

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  • Resistance Releases New Lyric Video for "Cross The River"

    Belgium Extreme Metal newcomers Resistance will be releasing their new album "The Seeds Within” next week. Resistance released their debut album "Trauma" in 2006 and the follow up "Two Sides of a Modern World" in 2008. The initial releases gave Resistance a chance to perfect their brand of Death and Hardcore and landed them a support slot throughout Europe with

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  • Coming Soon From SPV/Steamhammer, Selected Rock Classics on Blu-Ray!

    "Stagefright" by MOTÖRHEAD and "Showtime" by UFO will be released through SPV/Steamhammer for the first time on Blu-ray. Both are a "must have" for the fans!  "Stagefright" was recorded during a show at the Phillipshalle in Düsseldorf, Germany on December 7, 2004. The set features 20 songs from the entire Motörhead history, including 'Overkill', 'Ace Of Spades' and 'Iron Fist'. This

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  • The Big Ticket: Festival In Jacksonville, FL With Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Chevelle & More

    Additional bands have been announced for the fifth annual MetroPCS & X102.9 Present The Big Ticket, Friday, December 5 at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, FL. Sleeper Agent, Knox Hamilton and The Unlikely Candidates join a lineup of top alternative rock artists that already includes multi-platinum bands Fall Out Boy and Weezer, along with alt-J, Young The Giant, Chevelle, New Politics,

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  • INTRONAUT - 10 year anniversary tour and Spotify playlists

    INTRONAUT will hit the road next week starting San Francisco. The band has been on the road in support of their current album Habitual Levitations ever since its release on Century Media in March of 2013. This special run of shows is in celebration of the band's 10 year anniversary! The band has created some great Spotify playlists just in

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  • My Goodness Debuts “Young Turks” (Rod Stewart) Cover

    Rising Seattle based rock band My Goodness has released a stellar new cover of Rod Stewart’s classic hit “Young Turks” today at CultureCollide.com. The release comes in advance of a string of shows the band will be performing over the next few months in support of their new record, Shiver + Shake, which is available for purchase now at iTunes.

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  • Humorcore PSYCHOSTICK - 'IV: Revenge of The Vengeance' out November 4th!

    What happens when two best friends who grew up listening to Weird Al and Pantera decide to start a band combining crunching riffs and laugh-out-loud lyrics? Psychostick happens, happened, and continues to happen. Vocalist Rob Kersey and guitarist Josh Key teamed up with drummer Alex Dontre and Matty J "Moose" to create some of the most off-the-wall records to ever

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  • Krokodil to Release Nachash, November 11, 2014

    Signed to Spinefarm Records worldwide and featuring members & previous members of Cry For Silence, Hexes, Gallows & SikTh, Krokodil have just put the seal on their debut studio album, set for release this autumn . With all of the personnel coming complete with ‘other lives’, it’s taken a genuine commitment to the cause to launch something new, plus a

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