Articles in the 2019 Issue
“How old are you exactly, if you don't mind me asking?” That is the question that Marc LaBelle, lead vocalist for Dirty Honey asked me. Sounds like an odd request, but there is a point to his query. I had mentioned that Dirty Honey is reminiscent of the classic hard rock bands of the 70’s such as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith
Massachusetts based metalcore band Killswitch Engage has finally released their highly anticipated eighth studio album, Atonement which also marks their debut with new label Metal Blade Records. Jesse Leach (vocals), Adam Dutkiewicz (guitar), Joel Stroetzel (guitar), Mike D’Antonio (bass) and Justin Foley (drums) have had an adverse few years since their 2016 album Incarnate with Roadrunner Records. Signing with Metal Blade
Faithsedege vocalist Giancarlo Floridia has experienced it all in life so far, playing for the top of the music business crop and eating proverbial bologna and government cheese in the gutter. He’s known wealth, status and privilege along with trips to the welfare office after everything crashed and burned. Through it all he fought for his life, family and his
The last 20 years have seen a serious upswing in the number of side collaborations between people whose notoriety has been obtained from their work in other ventures. September 12th, 2019 saw the release of the third album from one such alliance under the title Circle of Dolls. KXM is a hard rock trio formed back in 2014. Two-thirds of this triumvirate
Though haunted institutions may scare the meek and timid away, its comfortable, coveted home turf for the ghouls of Raven Black. They’re a band that personifies spooky and weird, drawn to whatever dwells and haunts the building, roaming the halls and tiers of the Ohio State Reformatory. In fact, whether through automatic writing, supernatural conversation, even possession, they would probably
After 13 long years of waiting, Tool finally released their fifth studio album titled Fear Inoculum on August 30th. Not only has every single song on the record hit the Hot Rock Song Chart, they knocked Taylor Swift down to number two, sparking her fans to be dumbfounded over who Tool is. It has grown to be quite hilarious, and
Most know him as ex-guitarist for Marilyn Manson or the current guitarist for Rob Zombie, but for those who have witnessed the extraordinary talent of guitarist John 5 know he is playing on an entirely different level than other guitarists from this decade. John 5's current offering with his band the Creatures (Ian Ross – Bass and Logan Nix -drums)
Killswitch Engage finally released their long anticipated eighth studio album Atonement on August 16th marking their debut disc with Metal Blade Records. The record has already achieved #1 status on iTunes in the US and Australia. After their contract with Roadrunner Records had run its course, Jesse Leach (vocals), Adam Dutkiewicz (guitar), Joel Stroetzel (guitar), Mike D’Antonio (bass) and Justin Foley
In the mid 1980’s Stevie Ray Vaughn turned the blues on its head by injecting the genre with a huge dose of rock. It completely revolutionized the concept of the blues, and his work was (and remains to this day) a tremendous influence on guitar players worldwide. Today, players such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Walter Trout and Joe Bonamassa continue
Twenty-five years ago, a man named Kevin Lyman had an idea, an idea that grew to become the largest traveling music festival that has ever assaulted the United States. On August 4, 1995, the first ever Warped Tour began its journey. The following year, the well-known shoe company, Vans, became the tour’s main sponsor. Over the last 25 years, hundreds
Static X Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary Tour & Memorial Tribute to Wayne Static with DevilDriver - Dope - Wednesday 13 - Raven Black The Observatory in Santa Ana, California was buzzing before the doors ever opened. A row of tour buses parked out back and fans out front waiting in line at least two hours before the doors were scheduled to open. Already
Rubikon, the rock band with Boston-area roots, returns with their first new album in four years. The Record, out September 20, 2019 on Round Hill Records, brings the band back to the basics, delivering a slew of swampy, hard rocking songs with hook-heavy vocal melodies such as “Blood on My Hands,” their first single. The song is approaching Top 40 at
Italian Alt-Metal superstars Lacuna Coil have just released their second single and music video for "Reckless" today. Watch the video for "Reckless", which was directed by Roberto Saku Cinardi and continues the story of previously released single "Layers Of Time", HERE. The track is off the band's forthcoming album Black Anima, out on October 11th, 2019. "'Reckless' is the second
LIFE OF AGONY Unleashes Anthem for Survivors with New Music Video for ‘Lay Down’ Filmed Inside an Actual Haunted Mansion! Following their hit single, “Scars”, released last month, LIFE OF AGONY has just unleashed its infectious follow-up “Lay Down” from their forthcoming concept record, The Sound of Scars, due October 11, 2019 (Napalm). Lead vocalist Mina Caputo’s intense delivery of
Scott Stapp has announced South American tour dates in November to celebrate the release of his chart-topping new album, The Space Between The Shadows (Napalm Records). The first album in six years from the Grammy-winning songwriter, platinum solo artist, and voice of Creed is a certified musical comeback that debuted in the Top Five and Top Ten on rock and
Jon Zazula, founder of Megaforce Records, will celebrate the release of his new book, Heavy Tales. The Metal. The Music. The Madness., with an in-store signing atVintage Vinyl Records in Fords, NJ, on Saturday, October 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. This event will also feature a Q&A session with Jon Zazula. This will be Zazula's only New Jersey signing. Rob
Steve Vai has announced the release of STILLNESS IN MOTION on September 13 via his personal record label Light Without Heat, distributed by The Orchard. Originally, a DVD capturing Vai’s performance at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on October 12, 2012 was issued by Sony but it was not available on the Blu-Ray format. This deluxe package will be available on
Bret Michaels Announces "Hometown Heroes Tour" With Night Ranger, Lita Ford, Firehouse, Joe Nichols And Joe Diffie
"These shows will be a night of nothing but hits, and I am honored to be headlining these amazing shows in these incredible cities, with such awesome performers. I promise, as always, I will give 1000% on stage playing all the hits through the span of my career from Poison to "Rock of Love," "Life As I Know It" and
American hardcore punk icons DEAD KENNEDYS have signed on to perform at this year's Muddy Roots Music Festival. The group, featuring members Klaus Fluoride, East Bay Ray, Ron "Skip" Greer, and D.H. Peligro, will hit the Muddy Roots Truck Stage in Cookeville, Tennessee on Saturday, August 31st. Dead Kennedys join a genre-defying lineup that will make punk, metal, roots music, and even some hip-hop fans
Calgary-based hard rock quintet KOBRA AND THE LOTUS have returned with their new studio album, ‘Evolution’, which will get a September 20 release via Napalm Records. Following hot on the heels of their first single “Burn,” today the band releases a lyric video for the new track “Get The F*ck Out Of Here.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gltp7AedlL0&feature=youtu.be Kobra talks about the meaning behind the song: “‘Get
For the first time in his solo career, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter OZZY OSBOURNE will be celebrated with the first-ever definitive vinyl collection of all his original solo material. Due out Friday, November 29 on Sony Legacy, fans can pre-order the box set here. Watch a clip about the set here with special guest star Zakk Wylde.
Rock To Recovery 4 Benefit Concert To Honor Actor Katey Sagal With ICON Award, Goldfinger To Headline Aug 24th At The Fonda Theater
Rock to Recovery, a transformative program for those in treatment and recovery is pleased to announce this year's Rock to Recovery 4 on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at the legendary Fonda Theatre in Hollywood and will feature music from the night’s headline band, Goldfinger and Sacred Sons (musicians from Korn, Sevendust, Madonna, She Wants Revenge, System of a Down). This
A video for “The Death Of Me”—written by KEIFER and his wife Savannah, and directed by Vicente Cordero--was released today. Though TOM KEIFER has faced many ups and downs all throughout his storied career, his unyielding resilience can be found well within the grooves and lyrics of the song. “We created ‘The Death of Me’ to inspire people not to
Iconic Thrash/Punk/Metal Band, Slayer, Joins Rick Ware Racing as Primary Sponsor on the No. 54 at Bristol Motor Speedway
The iconic Thrash/Punk/Metal band, and Nuclear Blast Records recording artist, Slayer, will join Rick Ware Racing as the primary sponsor on the No. 54 entry at Bristol Motor Speedway, promoting the bands Final World Tour. Piloting the Slayer Chevrolet is Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran, JJ Yeley. Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California. After nearly 40
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN BEGINS: SLAYER ANNOUNCES THE FINAL CAMPAIGN THE LAST LEG OF ITS FAREWELL WORLD TOUR
Tom Araya/bass and vocals, Kerry King/guitars, Gary Holt/guitars, and Paul Bostaph/ drums - will set off on The Final Campaign, the seventh and final leg of its farewell world tour. This last hurrah will start at the ExploreAsheville Arena in Asheville, NC, and see the band taking its goodbye bow at the Los Angeles Forum on Saturday, November 30. Accompanying
Dutch metal titans EPICA have launched a lyric video for "Kingdom of Heaven" which is taken from the band’s upcoming re-release of Design Your Universe - Gold Edition. The lyric video can be viewed on the band’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFlgT4dny4k&feature=youtu.be Mark Jansen comments: “'Kingdom of Heaven' is very dear to me. This song was dedicated to my grandmother after she passed away. The lyrics are dealing
PHIL CAMPBELL - Releases "These Old Boots" Feat. Dee Snider, Mick Mars & Chris Fehn, Solo Album Now Available
After two very successful releases with PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS and countless live shows with rock giants like GUNS N' ROSES among others, legendary long-time MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell has finalized work on his first-ever solo record, Old Lions Still Roar, which is scheduled for release on October 25 via Nuclear Blast. Today the iconic guitarist releases the first single off the record featuring Dee Snider, Mick Mars and Chris Fehn.
DIRTY HONEY BECOMES 2019'S FIRST NEW BAND TO CRACK ROCK RADIO'S TOP 10 DEBUT SINGLE, "WHEN I'M GONE"
Dirty Honey: L-R: Justin Smolian/bass, Marc LaBelle/vocals, John Notto/guitars (not pictured, drummer Corey Coverstone) Photo Credit: Mike Savoia White-hot rock band Dirty Honey has already opened for The Who and Slash, was chosen as iHeart Radio's "On The Verge" Rock artist, has its music video in rotation at MTV, and this week becomes this year's first new band to have its
Revered South African born gothic-rock act THE AWAKENING has partnered with Post-Punk.com today, for an exclusive reveal of its new music video for the fan-favorite track, “About You.” The single, is found on the act’s latest album, Chasm, that’s available now from Intervention Arts. Watch below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDWnGItGxuI&feature=youtu.be “”About You” is one of the most personal songs on the album,” says THE AWAKENING’s songwriter and vocalist Ashton Nyte. “I wrote the lyrics
Today (8/6), the inaugural MEGACRUISE hosted by metal pioneers, MEGADETH, announced the final lineup with the addition of GRAMMY®-nominated heavyweight metal band, Lamb of God. Departing out of Los Angeles aboard the Norwegian Jewel, this ultimate heavy metal, full ship charter music experience at sea, will set sail October 13-18, 2019, visiting two ports of call (San Diego, California and
In six weeks - on September 6th - Finnish melodic metal titans SONATA ARCTICA will release their new 11-track studio album Talviyö ("Winter Night"), through Nuclear Blast. After kicking off the pre-order for the new record, the band has revealed the first album trailer, in which vocalist Tony Kakko and guitarist Elias Viljanen talk about the new music and the production of Talviyö. Watch it now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si-8cG44vm0&ct=t%28SONATA_ARCTICA_ENTER_THE_CHARTS_RELEASE_10_20_2016%29 Pre-order »Talviyö« now: http://nblast.de/SonataArctica-Talviyoe
As the debut single “Wouldn’t You Rather” continues to climb the Active Rock charts, Alter Bridge have released another track from their upcoming release Walk The Sky (October 18th via Napalm Records). “Pay No Mind” is now available on all digital service providers around the globe and a static video for the track can be seen here: https://youtu.be/o_dNolzhErA. The song
Multi-platinum rockers Hinder released a new single today, a cover of the Eagles classic rock radio staple 'Life in the Fast Lane.' The track premiered over at Loudwire and is available today via all digital platforms: https://VA.lnk.to/lifeinthefastlane The band has also just started the second leg of their 'Lucky 7 Tour,' a three-month North American run. Royal Bliss open the bill. More dates have been added through September
Hard rock and rock n’ roll naturally go hand in hand with the most haunted prison in the country, though one might stop to consider which hand has the stronger grip. Regardless of the two making loud and spooky bedfellows as the rusty bars slam shut, over the past several years the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield has hosted several
Photos – PAPA ROACH Live! - at The Hollywood Palladium CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - ASKING ALEXANDRIA Live! - at The Hollywood Palladium CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - BAD WOLVES Live - at The Hollywood Palladium CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - IRON MAIDEN Live! - Legacy of the Beast In Los Angeles CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - THE RAVEN AGE Live! - in Los Angeles CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - JOHN 5 and The Creatures - Live! in L.A. w/The Aristocrats and Travis Larson Band
Photos - FLYING COLORS - Live! The Majestic Ventura Theater CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - TOM KEIFER BAND Live! - The Rose in Pasadena CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - GEORGE THOROGOOD and The Destroyers - Live! in Ventura CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - SLIPKNOT Live! - Knotfest Roadshow 2019 CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - VOLBEAT Live! - Knotfest Roadshow 2019 CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - GOJIRA Live! - Knotfest Roadshow 2019 CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - Lucha VaVoom Live! CLICK HERE to read about the show.
Photos - THE USED Live! CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - SUM 41 Live! CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - ALL AMERICAN REJECTS Live! CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - ATREYU Live! CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
The Starting Line, The Story So Far & Memphis May Fire CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - Circa Survive, Thrice & Dance Gavin Dance CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - Monster Dolls, Eyes Set To Kill & Andrew W.K. Live! CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - Raven Black Live! CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - Titans In Time, Stabbing Westward, Light The Torch and Impending Lies Live! CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - GODSMACK & LIVE Live! CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - STATIC X - Live! at The Observatory CLICK HERE to read a review of the show
Photos - DEVILDRIVER - Live! at The Observatory CLICK HERE to read a review of the show
Photos - DOPE - Live! at The Observatory CLICK HERE to read a review of the show
Photos - WEDNESDAY 13 - Live! at The Observatory CLICK HERE to read a review of the show
Photos - RAVEN BLACK - Live! at The Observatory CLICK HERE to read a review of the show
Photos - BETRAYING THE MARTYRS - Live! at Club 1720 CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
As the summer concert season nears an end, it's not going out without a bang as Bad Wolves, Asking Alexandria and headliners Papa Roach performed a sweltering set at The Hollywood Palladium on August 31st. Actor Josh Brolin (Goonies, Gangster Squad, Avengers) was on hand to introduce the first band, L.A.’s own Bad Wolves. Bad Wolves has quickly become known as
Iron Maiden's 2019 tour, the Legacy of the Beast, now almost two months in progress, rolled into Los Angeles on Saturday, September 14th. The setting was the relatively new Banc of California Stadium on the U.S.C. campus, in the shadow of the iconic Coliseum. The venue, the home of the Los Angeles Football Club, presumably no stranger to soccer hooligans,
In one of only five U.S. shows to be played this year, and its only West Coast live appearance of the abbreviated tour, Flying Colors played the Majestic Ventura Theater on Thursday, September 5th. The assemblage of veteran musicians who hail from progressive, jazz fusion and pop backgrounds join together to create a melange of those different musical stylings that meld
DIRTY HONEY TO SUPPORT GUNS N' ROSES ON FINAL TWO DATES OF THE "NOT IN THIS LIFETIME TOUR" One of rock'n'roll's hottest new bands, DIRTY HONEY, has been tapped as main support for the two final dates of Guns N'Roses' "Not In This Lifetime Tour" that launched in April, 2016. The dates are set for Friday and Saturday, November 1
Sunday evening, the 25th of August, Tom Keifer and his band made the third of their four Southern California appearances at The Rose in Pasadena. Keifer being the front man and driving force behind the late 1980's, pre-grunge juggernaut Cinderella, is touring in advance of his second solo record. RISE, the forthcoming release from Keifer is due out on September 13th. The
Legendary classic rockers QUIET RIOT have announced a November 8th release date for their upcoming album "Hollywood Cowboys." The first single from the album "Don't Call it Love," is available for streaming HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMks9DYC1tU&feature=youtu.be "The song essentially started with a straight ahead drum groove that incorporates tempo lifts within the arrangement. It made it possible for Neil my songwriting partner and
Right in the midst of the dog days of summer, with temperatures around Southern California settling into the mid-90's, a trip to the beach can be a welcome break from the heat. Situated just a few hundred yards from the sands of the coastline, the Ventura County Fair is a great place to gain respite from that heat. As part
The return of Slipknot has been highly anticipated for the better part of three years with everybody wondering if and when they would come back. However, in the past few months Slipknot has been teasing a new album titled We Are Not Your Kind and have dropped three killer singles that have once again exceeded standards. With new masks, new
On a seemingly average Wednesday night sandwiched between East LA and Downtown, Betraying the Martyrs performed their very first headlining show at Club 1720 making it a memorable and much above average evening for all in attendance. To set the stage for the main event, there were quite a number of openers who kicked the night off on the right
The Viper Room 26th Anniversary! 3 Big Shows! Aeges, Franky Perez, State to State, Matt McJunkins, Owl, Wayward Sons & More! Wednesday, Aug 14, 08:00PM Friday, Aug 16, 08:00PM Saturday, Aug 17, 08:00PM