Articles in the December 2015 Issue
What do you get when you put Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Winery Dogs), Alex Skolnick (Testament), and David Ellefson (Megadeth) in a room together? Well, you get the metal powerhouse that is known as Metal Allegiance. Along with principal partner Mark Menghi, the idea has grown from an idea that began in 2011 as a group of metal’s most notable
It proclaims it right there on their website and in their promotional materials, big and bold: "We Are The Wild! And We Are Fucking Crazy." That, along with the stage names of the band members (Dylan Villain/lead vocals & guitar, Lucas Boozus, bass/vocals, Pistol Pete, rhythm guitar and Reese Lightning/drums) paints an image of outlaw biker, hard drinkin', hard partying guys. Hell,
Good music is like a fine wine, with a sound that is truly intoxicating. It is also said, such selections display character, noting the distinctive taste characteristics we may choose. But ultimately, it takes a good balance to infuse all the natural elements of good harmony. Yet for true wine/music connoisseurs, nothing common, (i.e... adequate, but ordinary) will appease that
Turn on the radio today and with rare exception, you are likely to hear a packaged sound that might get you tapping your foot, but rarely inspires you to take a stand. Enter L.A. band HUDSON: a soul-stirring, musically progressive group that combines thought-provoking lyrics with a legendary sound. Their story began back in September 2013 when former music producers
With so much music at our fingertips, it can take years for a band to fully develop and become the legend in the making that fans grow to know and love. Escape The Fate was started up in 2004 in the Las Vegas, NV area and while the only original founding member remaining is drummer Robert Ortiz, Escape The Fate
In the wake of the Paris attacks, one of which occurred during an Eagles Of Death Metal show, Las Vegas-based band Escape The Fate brought rock n' roll fans together in harmony as they headlined at The Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA on November 14th. With opening bands like Sirens & Sailors, A Skylit Drive, Sworn In
It’s not all that uncommon to hear of a band that has announced their farewell tour, and then continues to tour after that farewell. Well, for a year and half filmmaker Katja von Garnier accompanied the mighty Scorpions on what was meant to be that final tour, resulting in the documentary film Forever and a Day. In the end, the
Like a freight train out of the Canadian wilderness, The Wild! comes roaring with their album GxDxWxBx. With a twin guitar attack, catchy riffs and a singer whose vocal style bears more than a passing resemblance to Brian Johnson, one of the first things that comes to mind is a Northern Lights version of AC/DC. (When reading the album credits
Hailing from Canada, the Tylor Dory Trio has released a four-track EP that makes a strong statement about where they stand presently as a band. Carried Away is filled with a kind of gentle aggression. And though the description itself may seem to be a paradox, this EP is truly something you’d have to hear to understand. There is uniqueness
As a deathcore band, Born Of Osiris was considered a bit more experimental during their earlier years, and more recently established their musical style. Their fourth album, Soul Sphere, continues this trend, but falls short to the high expectations held for this band. Granted, Born Of Osiris is one of the better artists in their sub-genre, but this particular album
Hudson is an emerging Los Angeles-based four-piece rock n' roll band, who released their sophomore EP Cast Out last month. This five-track, self-produced album is lit up with the band’s authentic and hard-hitting rock and roll. It really is a release you should listen to if your idea of rock 'n' roll is a guitar-driven, down-in the dirt, bluesy concoction
With five stages all around this historic site known to most as Glen Helen Regional Park, home to the original US Festival, day one of this year's Knotfest started out loud and crazy. With bands like Chasing The Bullet, Doomsday Mourning and Kaustic head banging on the Highway Stage as people entered the grounds, to Khaotika and Belphegor shredding on
Slipknot has created a name for themselves in the festival world with Knotfest and this being their second year back in San Bernardino the anticipation was killing the hearts and minds of thousands of California fans. After an explosive first day, with headliners like Korn and Judas Priest, these pumped metal heads were back for day two and this time,
As Halloween has come to an end and the coolness of fall has begun to settle in over the streets of Hollywood on November 5th, it was finally time for the adults to receive their treat of musical ecstasy from the grand talents of John 5 at the legendary Whisky A Go Go. Starting off the night were Power Tribe, Scurvy
At 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 4th the lights went down at Cedar Rapids’ US Cellular Center, the crowd cheered, and Sevendust took the stage. Unfortunately, their set was only around half an hour long, but with three bands on the bill, there are always some time sacrifices. At one point, Lajon Witherspoon encouraged the crowd to rock out safely:
Rock On The Range Celebrates 10th Anniversary May 20-22: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disturbed, Rob Zombie & Many More
Rock On The Range--the largest and most-acclaimed rock festival in the United States--celebrates its 10th Anniversary May 20, 21 & 22, 2016 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH. The incredible lineup features the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers, hard rock titans Disturbed (who have returned after a 4-year hiatus), and rock icon/filmmaker Rob Zombie topping a lineup that’s packed with
Reckless Love will return to the UK for a run of eight headline shows in March 2016; these dates, the Finnish showmen’s first over here since December 2014, will be in support of a brand new studio album, set for release via Spinefarm Records in February of next year(date tbc). This will be the fourth album under the Reckless Love
Wisconsin rockers Dirty Deuce perform at a Lambeau Field Tailgate Party honoring the retirement of Green Bay Packers quarterback great Brett Favre's #4, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26. 3 pm. Free with parking pass. 165 Lombardi Ave. This marks the last-ever tailgate party for the Favre family, according to Pete D'Amico, who organzied the event. A game between the
Dropkick Murphys have announced dates for their 20 Year Anniversary Tour, which kicks off February 18 at House Of Blues in Cleveland and wraps with the band’s traditional hometown run of Boston shows St. Patrick’s Day week (March 17-20, 2016). The trek also includes performances at many of America's most historic venues, including Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, the Civic Theatre in
NEW YORK -Platinum selling metal act DROWNING POOL have released an all new single titled "By The Blood," exclusively via Loudwire.com. "We're excited as hell to get our brand new single out to everyone!" says guitarist CJ Pierce. "Back to the core sound you know from Drowning Pool! Crank it up! ." The single made its radio debut yesterday on SiriusXM's Octane. Drowning
November 20, 2015 - Houston, Texas - Black / Thrash / Death Metal band Epic Death have released a music video for their track "Hide", off their upcoming album Witchcraft (out December 11th). The video, which originally premiered with BraveWords, was directed by Triin and filmed at Musician Services Unlimited. The album is available for pre-order now on Epic Death's
November 20th, 2015 - Drayter, the pop/rock band from Dallas, Texas, will release its debut studio album “NINE” December 18th via Platinum Jack Entertainment. Recorded in Los Angeles, California and Mandeville, Louisiana, the album was produced by heavy-weight producers Matt Squire (One Direction, Arianna Grande, Good Charlotte, Selena Gomez Panic! At The Disco) and Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Godsmack, Slipknot). The album consists of 8 tracks,
Savannah, GA's Black Tusk have established themselves as one of the hardest working bands in rock since their formation over 10 years ago. After four full-lengths, numerous splits and EP's and thousands of shows under their belts, the punk/metal power trio was faced with an immense and unexpected tragedy in late 2014 when founding bassist/vocalist Jonathan Athon passed away after a motorcycle
After much success in 2015, Downfall 2012 a 3-piece alternative metal/active rock band from Houston, TX is pleased and honored to announce the sponsorship of COLDCOCK Whiskey. This trio of vocalists/musicians/percussionists have built a sound and stage show that leaves each city it ventures to with a lasting impression of just how diverse a rock concert can be. Downfall 2012 opened 2015 by jumping on
Spoken has released a music video for their track "Falling Apart" off their upcoming record "Breathe Again" (out December 11th on Artery Recordings). "Falling Apart" is the 2nd single to be released from the album following the critically acclaimed title track "Breathe Again" (featuring Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire) which was released earlier this year. The album is available
CHASTAIN's "We Bleed Metal" is the follow up to the band’s 2013 reunion Cd “Surrender To No One.” That release marked the return of original vocalist Leather Leone. She has long been considered one of the originators of the female power metal vocal style. Leather was the vocalist on the classic CHASTAIN albums: Mystery of Illusion, Ruler of the Wasteland,
MARTYR has signed an exclusive deal with Into The LimeLight Records for their new album in combination with a worldwide promotion and publishing deal with Pure Steel Promotion and a worldwide distribution deal with Soulfood Music Distribution. As icing on the cake MARTYR has also signed an exclusive management deal with Agentur EAM. The band is ready for the next step.
As GWAR continue their global domination on their 30th Anniversary tour, the intergalactic warlords have announced a special show for New Year's Eve! "Midnight in the GWARden of New Year's Evil" will take place December 31st at the National in GWAR's adopted home of Richmond, Virginia. The event is presented by Night Prowler Productions and XL102. This unprecedented celebration is
For fans of guitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN, their wish for a professionally-filmed look at his intricate guitar and genre-spanning song stylings has finally come true in the form of his new DVD, RICHIE KOTZEN LIVE, which was released October 13 via his Headroom-Inc label. KOTZEN and his band ended their 2014-2015 tour in Tokyo, Japan at Akasaka Blitz, where they shot
Anthrax has revealed the cover art for the band's upcoming release, For All Kings, due out February 26, 2016 (Megaforce). The band's drummer, Charlie Benante, who designed the artwork and worked closely with artist Alex Ross, talks about the concept in this short video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd7WVZcPEZc&feature=youtu.be Benante promises that the eleven-song For All Kings will be "aggressive and super-thrashy." The album was
Louisville, KY Rock/Metal act FLAW has just inked a worldwide deal with Pavement Entertainment. The band is currently in the studio finishing up the yet to be titled new LP due for an April 2016 release. This release marks the band’s first album since 2004's "Endangered Species". "Completely stoked about joining the Pavement roster! The label is run by people who
Just last week, Jabberjaw Media announced the launch of Shane Told (Silverstein)'s brand new podcast, Lead Singer Syndrome. The series, set to feature interviews with other prominent front men and women within the music industry in an attempt to peel back the curtain on the lives and thoughts of lead singers. Today, Lead Singer Syndrome welcomes its debut with Caleb
UK based metalcore band Reign Eternal has announced their debut EP "Premonitions, set to release December 4th." The six track album, produced by Ash Scott features singles like "Bloodwater" and "The Amendment", setting the band apart in Exeter scene. The band has recently released their new single, "Fighting Blind" from the forthcoming album which features Matt Stuart from The Dreamer
Frontiers Music Srl will release the new PRIMAL FEAR studio album Rulebreaker in North America on January 29, 2016! Rulebreaker is available as CD, deluxe CD/DVD (featuring two bonus tracks), and digital formats. Today the band presents the first official video from the album for the song "The End is Near". Get a first look at the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLRjJQCqCeo&feature=youtu.be Pre-orders
In January of 2016, Mexico will serve as host to Extreme-Metal icons ARCH ENEMY for three special events. These dates will kick off with the bands first ever appearance in Chihuahua, at the House of Blues. Night two will see a performance in Monterrey, at Café Iguana, with night three landing at Palacio de los Deportes' Pabellon Oeste. This particular event
New Rock-Metal Supergroup CYBERSTAR featuring Vocalist Jasen Moreno (Drowning Pool), Guitarist Billy Grey (Fozzy), and Drummer Dusty Winterrowd (Allele) have released a lyric video for their debut single "Eye For An Eye". The track which originally premiered with REVOLVER Magazine is the first to be released from the band's upcoming debut EP out early next year. "Eye For An Eye"
MONSTER MAGNET will return to Europe next March for a live celebration of their decade on A & M records. A & M released four albums from Monster Magnet between 1993 – 2003, including their commercial breakthrough ‘Powertrip’, and albums Superjudge, 'God Says No', and ‘Dopes To Infinity’. The dates include a UK performance at the London Forum on Saturday 19th March 2016. Tickets are available here:
Between The Buried And Me and Metal Blade Records partner with "Ten Bands One Cause 2015"; effort raises $36,758 for Gilda's Club NYC
After the success of 2014's "Ten Bands One Cause" effort - which raised $28,046.50 for Gilda's Club NYC (GCNYC), an organization that provides free support to people with cancer - ten new artists joined the program in 2015: Between The Buried And Me, Run The Jewels, Sturgill Simpson, Joey Bada$$, Al Green, Chet Faker, Pierce The Veil, Primus, Clutch, and
srcvinyl Releasing 'Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' For First Time Ever on Vinyl on November 24; Now Available For Pre-Order
srcvinyl will release Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on vinyl for the first time ever, on November 24. The LP, in both limited edition red and clear vinyl, is now available for pre-order here. The 2007 Columbia Pictures comedy starred John C. Reilly as the larger-than-life, legendary musician and songwriter Dewey Cox. From
“Anyway” is an unreleased song by Rick Chavez who is best known as guitarist and founding member of the rock band Drive. Originally from Houston, Texas, the band came together when its members were barely out of high school and soon after they moved to Los Angeles, which had become the epicenter of the ’80s rock scene. They quickly made
On the Friday the 13th pre-orders will be available for "Termination Redux," the 20th anniversary EP release from Belgian death metallers ABORTED. In celebration of the release, ABORTED posted a brand new live video for the song 'Necrotic Manifesto' shot live at Graspop 2015. This song was taken from their latest release, 'The Necrotic Manifesto' and can be watched here https://youtu.be/LdAkmu_0M0s
November 9, 2015 - Folsom, California Hard Rock / Heavy Metal band Heat Of Damage have released their "Judgment Day" music video from their debut album Open Fire which is available for purchase now on iTunes. The video for "Judgement Day" was filmed at Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California and was edited by Matt Thomas. "Judgment Day" was written
Headspace, the band featuring Damian Wilson (Threshold) & Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne, Snakecharmer), have announced they will release their second album 'All That You Fear Is Gone' on February 26th, 2016. The band, completed by guitarist Pete Rinaldi (Hot Leg) & bassist Lee Pomeroy (It Bites, Steve Hackett), have also announced a new drummer in the shape of Adam Falkner
The last few years have been an amazing experience. I got to create and perform with one of the greatest rock bands of our generation, that had so much influence on me growing up. With the amount of time STP deserves, in addition to being in Linkin Park, and with the needs of my family, one of them always seems
He's become part of rock history as the lead guitarist of KISS, MICHAEL BOLTON, MEAT LOAF and GRAND FUNK RAILROAD. And like a bat out of hell, he was back in the studio to record some lead guitars for the new AVANTASIA album. Guitar legend, solo artist and Tobi's dear friend Bruce Kulick! AVANTASIA's new album Ghostlights will be released on January, 29th 2016
On December 8, SRC Vinyl will release four classic Blink 182 releases on limited edition cassette. Pre-orders are now available here. All four titles (1997's 'Dude Ranch', 1999's 'Enema of the State', 2000's live set 'The Mark, Tom and Travis Show' and 2003's self-titled 'blink 182') are $11.99 and feature: High Quality Dolby Digital Audio Transfers Audio Pro Low Noise
San Diegan post-hardcore outfit My Iron Lung will release a new EP titled S.O.S. tomorrow via Pure Noise Records. The record includes two new songs “Set of Stairs” and “Bulletin” and will be available for purchase at http://geni.us/SosMIL?app=itunes. The band has partnered up with NewNoiseMagazine.com today to stream “Bulletin.” Listen to the track now at http://bit.ly/1PdpCVI. My Iron Lung’s S.O.S.
The masters of melancholic progressive metal, AMORPHIS, are featured on the cover of the latest issue of Decibel Magazine alongside fellow countrymen CHILDREN OF BODOM and SWALLOW THE SUN! This special "Finnish Metal Issue" provides an in depth look at the Finnish Metal scene, and includes extensive interviews with Esa Holopainen, Tomi Joutsen and Tomi Koivusaari! Purchase your copy, here AMORPHIS recently released
Prog-metal prodigy group NEXT TO NONE, featuring drummer Max Portnoy, have been performing their high-energy set up and down the U.S. east coast for the past few weeks. The band will continue their regional performances with several newly announced dates taking place this December and on New Year's Day of 2016! The new dates will feature additional performances from bands
SHUMAUN initially started as a solo project by Farhad Hossain (ex vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist of the Sensory Records progressive metal outfit Iris Divine). After recording a few demos, he decided to recruit a few friends to help build the project into a full-fledged collaborative band. This is what led to the debut record that will be released independently by the band on
The Swedish Metallers from VIOLENT DIVINE have just released the video for "For I Am Sin." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HGgQSVkjA0&feature=youtu.be Track list "Hyperactivity Disorder" For I Am Sin Incubus Restart My Heart Beautiful Disaster Temple Of Love Fail Worms Beneath Drown Heartbroken Desolation Boulevard Rain Walking On Thin Ice Bloodshared VIOLENT DIVINE line-up : Vocals: Mike Guitar: Sean-Joel Bass: Oscar Drums: Simon Follow VIOLENT DIVINE through these sites :
Rockett Queen has unveiled the first video from their Goodnight California EP, “I Hate You.” (SEE ATTACHED PRESS RELEASE) A fan favorite at live shows, “I Hate You” brings the story of a contentious romantic relationship to life through a simple yet highly effective concept. “The concept was interesting to me because I didn't want it to just be a
Lineup Announced For Lemmy Kilmister All-Star Band At Bass Player LIVE! November 7 Concert In Los Angeles
Additional musicians have been announced for the Bass Player LIVE! All-Star Concert and Awards Ceremony held on the evening of November 7 at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. The event is part of the eighth annual premier live bass guitar event--Bass Player LIVE! 2015—held Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8 in Los Angeles. As previously announced, Metallica bassist and
X - THE Los Angeles Punk Leaders have announced their annual Holiday “X-Mas” Shows! Beginning with two shows in San Diego the day after Thanksgiving. The band will follow up with four nights at The Roxy in Los Angeles and one more in OC before heading north. Shows are scheduled for San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, ending their holiday tour
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