Issue #154 DevilDriver

Issue: 154

Featuring: DevilDriver. Also Included The Compulsions, Kamelot, Nick Perri, Jeremy Edge and Much More.

Articles in the 2020 Issue

Interviews

  • THE COMPULSIONS - You Can't Keep A Good Band Down

    Picture a frontman on stage in a dark club. The air is hot and steamy due to the perpetually malfunctioning air conditioning, and the club smells vaguely of stale beer. The guy is wearing worn jeans, black T-shirt and headband, and he’s playing a beat-to-shit old Fender Telecaster with a lit cigarette jammed in the headstock. It’s plugged into a

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  • KAMELOT – Conquering Live Empires

    For the past several decades Kamelot have thrilled fans everywhere with over the top audio, epic album art and powerful symphonic shows stretching their Florida-based fingertips across the globe. In a time when live music is a sacred commodity they release I am the Empire- Live at the 013, a DVD offering from their 2018 show in Tilburg, Netherlands.  Multiple

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  • NICK PERRI - Creative Persistence In Uncertain Times

    Imagine being at a concert where there are 36,000 people in the audience—but at the same time, the venue is completely deserted. That’s what happened on August 14 at the Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. On stage were Nick Perry & The Underground Thieves, and in the front row seats were not prime ticket holders, but a huge television

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  • JEREMY EDGE - Exploring Influences and Pushing Boundaries

    Free your ears and your mind will follow. Ponder that for a few moments. Yes, it’s a catchy phrase and perhaps a bit over simple, but there is a lot of truth to it. All too often as music lovers we get stuck in our favorite genre and close our ears (and therefore our minds) to something outside of our

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Reviews

  • DEVILDRIVER – Dealing with Demons Vol. I

    DevilDriver vocalist Dez Fafara has had a hell of a last few years from major family illness, near lethal wildfires and months of COVID quarantine.  He’s taking the remaining 2020 scraps and releasing the first part of a new double album, Dealing with Demons. Vol. I has 10 tracks of new devastation with trademark vocals, screams and new tricks to

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  • THE COMPULSIONS - Ferocious - album review

    There are certain genres of music that are associated with geographic regions. Speak of “Southern Rock” or “The British Invasion” or “The Seattle Sound” and instantly certain bands and songs come to mind. If someone mentioned the phrase “New York City Rock ’n' Roll” what would you think? “Dark, gritty, raw, honest,” might be apt words to capture the feel

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  • LYNCH MOB - Wicked Sensation Reimagined - album review

    It's been thirty years since Lynch Mob, led by rock guitar whiz George Lynch burst on to the scene following the initial demise of Dokken.  The group's debut record, Wicked Sensation spawned a few minor radio hits and although that release was a solid record, the times they were a-changin' and Lynch Mob was just one of many victims of

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  • ZAKK SABBATH Celebrate 50 years of Black Sabbath - Vertigo - album review

    Those who have been to Ozzfest in recent years are probably familiar with Zakk Sabbath, the Black Sabbath cover band featuring Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde on lead guitar and vocals, bassist Blasko, who also played with Ozzy as well as  Rob Zombie, and drummer Joey Castillo who has played with Danzig and Queen Of The Stone Age. The trio

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  • THE JEREMY EDGE PROJECT - The Jeremy Edge Project - album review

    Sometimes when a recording artist stretches out past the genre they are known for, it can be a stretch too far as the result may feel unnatural and forced. That is definitely not the case with Jeremy Edge, former guitarist with the hard rock band Candlelight Red. His new self-titled release is The Jeremy Edge Project, and he has enlisted

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  • DOKKEN - The Lost Songs: 1978-1981

    August 28th marked the release of a retrospective of Don Dokken's journey from a struggling solo artist to a budding arena rock front man in his pre-Dokken days.  Dokken The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 is a collection of various demos Dokken had recorded both over the course of the four years preceding the original European release of Dokken's debut album Breaking

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Press Releases

  • (video) ELLEFSON, featuring Megadeth Bassist/Co-Founder David Ellefson Release Video For Cheap Trick Cover ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ featuring…

    ELLEFSON, the eponymous solo band of Grammy-Winning Megadeth bassist and co-founder David Ellefson, earlier this week announced signing to EARMusic (Europe) and Ward Records (Japan) for the release of their upcoming full-length covers release NO COVER, which will be released Worldwide 11/20 in conjunction with Ellefson’s revived COMBAT RECORDS, who will release the album in North America via AMPED. The

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  • AXS TV Releases First-Look Video Clip Featuring Metallica’s James Hetfield on ‘Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar’

    New Episode Premieres Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT Episode Description: A heartfelt tribute to beloved rock showman Eddie Money, as Sammy Hagar honors his dear friend during a star-studded night of music that finds him taking the stage with Money’s children Dez and Jesse Money, and catching up with fellow rock and entertainment trailblazers James Hetfield,

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  • NAPALM EVENTS Launches in North America

    Founded in 2010, NAPALM EVENTS – the worldwide, full-service booking agency launched by Napalm Records with established offices in Berlin, Germany and Eisenerz, Austria – is pleased to officially announce its expansion into North America, with a presence in the Napalm Records Hoboken, New Jersey office. Recognized for booking premier international artists such as Jinjer, Scott Stapp, Mushroomhead and many more in Europe, NAPALM EVENTS will

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  • Starbenders "Can't Cheat Time" Music Video and Single Bundle (watch)

    Atlanta-based glam punk rockers Starbenders have released an energetic and evocative music video for their new single "Can't Cheat Time" off most recent album "Love Potions". "Can't Cheat Time" is available now as part of a bundle featuring the original single and an acoustic version. Listen here and watch the official music video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dewt_EcbpIE "It's such a wonderful thing when

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  • JINJER Release Hard-Hitting Live Video For "Sit Stay Roll Over" (watch)

    Today, Ukrainian modern metal leaders JINJER have released the live video for their stand out track "Sit Stay Roll Over" from their ferocious sold out Melbourne, Australia performance on March 5, 2020. The track comes off the band's upcoming live album, Alive In Melbourne which will be released on November 20, 2020 via Napalm Records. Commented the band: "For some, "Sit Stay Roll Over" was the so-called ignition point where lots

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  • GODSMACK Earn Platinum-Certification For #1 Rock Single "Bulletproof" (listen)

    Multi-platinum hard rock titans GODSMACK continue to receive awards and accolades for WHEN LEGENDS RISE (BMG) with the album's first single and #1 rock track "Bulletproof" receiving a Platinum Digital Single Award as of September 24, 2020. "Bulletproof" was released February 28, 2018 as the first single from WHEN LEGENDS RISE; the track was previously certified Gold in the U.S.

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  • Corey Taylor Drops New Trailer For 'Forum Or Against 'Em' Global Live Stream Event (watch)

    With just over 24 hours to go until the broadcast of Forum Or Against 'Em, the highly anticipated, global PPV streamed concert event from Corey Taylor, the GRAMMY® Award-winning singer / songwriter has dropped a brand new teaser featuring footage from show rehearsals and giving fans a taste of the pyro-laden spectacle that awaits. The show, filmed at iconic Los

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  • Kill City Kills Release New Mini-Album and Video (watch)

    Saint Petersburg, Russia's Kill City Kills have just released their new mini-album Badlands along with a video for (Can You Hear)  The Midnight Call.  Badlands is their first collaboration with Christoffer Borg (Art Nation, Amaranthe).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib4GAbG89z0 https://www.killcitykills.com/ https://www.facebook.com/killcitykills/

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  • Frontiers Music SRL Announces the Signing Of Kandia (video)

    Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of Kandia, an alternative metal band from Portugal, to a multi-album deal. The band is currently working on their label debut, which is planned for release in 2021. Kandia is one of the first bands signed through the Frontiers & Beyond initiative, which was launched by the label with the intent to

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  • Judah & the Lion Talk Mental Health as "Beautiful Anyway" Reaches #13 at Alternative Radio

    Judah of Judah & The Lion isn’t just speaking out about his own experiences with mental health, but he is also using his musical platform to provide comfort to others who may be experiencing anxiety and depression. The band’s most recent single, “Beautiful Anyway” confronts the listener with a powerfully candid dialogue about the inner workings of mental health struggles.

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  • BURNING WITCHES - Release New Single And Video (watch)

    Feel the power of the mighty coven! Swiss heavy metal band BURNING WITCHES has today released a music video for their brand new single "Circle of Five". The ladies conquered the studio and recorded this new masterpiece accompanied by their new lead guitarist Larissa, who joined them a few weeks ago. Romana comments: “We are hungry for action and are proud to present you

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  • BLUE OYSTER CULT Release New Music Video For "Box In My Head" (watch)

    Blue Öyster Cult will release their new album, "The Symbol Remains" on October 9, 2020 on CD/LP/Limited Edition Color LP/Digital. Check out the band's just premiered new video for one of two new singles, 'Box In My Head' HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQoWfQ_3txA&feature=youtu.be Watch the video for the other single, "That Was Me", featuring Eric Bloom on lead vocals, HERE: https://youtu.be/lPW7KhN_ZM4 Pre-order CD/LP/Digital

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  • “A Tribute to Thin Lizzy” featuring guitarist Damon Johnson with Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest)

    Today, internationally renowned guitarslinger, vocalist, songwriter, Damon Johnson is announcing a very special live performance - “A Tribute to Thin Lizzy”. The show will be broadcast live on September 25th at 7pm Central. The live event will emanate from Johnson’s hometown of Nashville and will feature Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest playing alongside Johnson and his band, The Get Ready

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  • Franco Santunione (ex Electric Boys) to Black Paisley

    Swedish hard rock band Black Paisley has since their debut in 2017 received great response globally with their melodic version of Classic Rock. In a short time they have reached a total of almost 5 million spins on various streaming services such as Spotify and Youtube. Ahead of the upcoming third album, they are now transforming the line-up, and Franco Santunione from

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  • Saul Premiere "King of Misery" Video (watch)

    Iowa-based rock quartet SAUL — brothers Blake Bedsaul [lead vocals] and Zach Bedsaul [lead guitar, backup vocals], William McIlravy [bass, backup vocals], and Myles Clayborne [drums] — have premiered the futuristic and cinematic video for their new single "King of Misery" over at Loudwire. Watch it here or here. (Second link will be live on Friday, 9/11.) The song, co-written by Disturbed's David Draiman, is the lead single from the band's

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  • THE STRAY CATS Release New Live Album 'Rocked This Town: From LA To London' This Friday (watch trailer)

    The STRAY CATS this week release their live album ROCKED THIS TOWN: FROM LA TO LONDON. Available Friday, September 11 via Surfdog Records and distributed by BMG (CD, vinyl, digital), this collection of 23 tracks recorded during the band's critically acclaimed 40th Anniversary Tour in 2019 combines their unparalleled virtuosity and red-hot rock & roll spirit, all raw and completely live--the

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  • GWAR Announces Drive-In Show For October 10th in Richmond, VA

    There are exactly ZERO cases of Covid-19 in the freezing cold arctic tundra of Antarctica.  This is great news as your Lords and Masters GWAR have been cleared for travel. Unfortunately, during this time of quarantine, GWAR have also found themselves running precariously low on magic talent-dust (drugs), toilet paper, and money.  But don’t worry your hideous little heads, as your Scumdog overlords have a plan to replenish

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  • Rockers Silvertung Release Video for "You're Fine" (watch)

    Silvertung have released a music video for "You're Fine". It is the 3rd music video to be released from their (But, At What Cost??!) album released through Thermal Entertainment. The band have also released a remastered version of the song today available on all DSPs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdMvD4n8OaE&feature=youtu.be Pertaining to the song and video the band stated "We wrote this song for you because we

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  • SEETHER Finds Rock Chart Success In First Week Of “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”

    SEETHER’s brand-new album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (“If You Want Peace, Prepare For War”) debuted to impressive chart success in its first week of release, topping 15,000 in overall sales and placing at #37 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart as well as #5 on the Top Current Album Chart. Other impressive markers include placing #3 for Current Alternative Albums,

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