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Loudwire Music Awards 2017



LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDSthe ultimate rock ‘n’ roll award ceremonyand concert announced today (August 15) ANTHRAX and NOTHING MORE will perform alongside previously announced artists ICE-T BODY COUNT, HALESTORM, STARSET and POWER TRIP in addition to a special guest performance from ROB HALFORD. Tickets for the rock ‘n’ roll concert event on Tuesday, 10/24 at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles are on-sale now at: LOUDWIREAWARDS.COM.
“All of us in Anthrax are honored to be included in this year’s Loudwire Music Awards, both as nominees in the Best Live Band category, and with a special performance at the show,” says Charlie Benante of ANTHRAX.  “The Loudwire Music Awards is a celebration of OUR music, and the support that Loudwire has given to all of us in hard rock, metal and thrash is really appreciated.  We take pride in our live show as it’s always a chance for us to connect with the audience, and we hope to bring the Loudwire Awards to a metalized frenzy with the special live set we’re planning.”
“Loudwire is on the forefront of rock, always sharing news about the best things in our genre,” adds NOTHING MORE frontman Jonny Hawkins, adding, “so we’re honored that they asked us to do this show… Can’t wait!”
The Loudwire Music Awards will be curating exclusive playlists on Apple Music to spotlight the top hard rock and heavy metal released this year, and Apple Music will be featuring these playlists in support of the following awards categories: Heavy Metal Song of the YearHard Rock Song of the Year andBreakthrough Band. For the above categories, the fans will let their voices be heard by streaming the songs and the total streaming numbers will dictate the winners.
“Thanks to Apple Music, the international hard rock and heavy metal community can vote for these incredible artists in an entirely new way,” saysJosh BernsteinDirector of Live Events for Townsquare Media “Supporting their favorites and discovering new talent through playlists curated by Loudwire’s highly trusted editorial team.
This year Loudwire’s staff opened up the band/artist nomination process by inviting the input of hard rock & heavy metal’s top managers, publicists, DJs, agents, A&R reps, festival promoters and the artists themselves. The 2017 Loudwire Music Awards nominee class sees multiple nominations for industry heavyweights like METALLICAIRON MAIDEN, AVENGED SEVENFOLD,and exciting newcomers POWER TRIPCODE ORANGE, and FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLENSNAKES.
Starting today, August 15, 2017, readers are able to vote in multiple awards categories, including Album and Artist of the Year at:LOUDWIREAWARDS.COM.
Following are the categories and nominees for the 2017 LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS:
* In This Moment
* Korn
* Papa Roach
* Pretty Reckless
* Starset
* Stone Sour
* Avenged Sevenfold
* Body Count
* Code Orange
* Mastodon
* Metallica
* Power Trip
* At The Drive In “In*Ter * A*Li*A”
* Highly Suspect “The Boy Who Died Wolf
* Papa Roach “Crooked Teeth”
* Royal Thunder “WICK”
* Starset “Vessels”
* Stone Sour “Hydrograd”METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by RAZOR & TIE
* Avenged Sevenfold “The Stage”
* Body Count “Bloodlust” 
* Code Orange “Forever”
* Mastodon “Emperor of Sand”
* Metallica “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”
* Power Trip “Nightmare Logic”
* Foo Fighters “Run”
* Fozzy “Judas”
* I Prevail “Alone”
* Nothing More “Go To War”
* Of Mice & Men “Unbreakable” 
* Starset “Monster”
* Body Count “No Lives Matter”
* DragonForce “Ashes of the Dawn”
* Municipal Waste “Amateur Sketch”
* Obituary “Sentence Day”
* Pallbearer “I Saw The End”
* Power Trip “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)”BEST LIVE BAND presented by eONE
* Amon Amarth
* Anthrax
* Behemoth
* The Dillinger Escape Plan
* Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
* Iron Maiden
* Babymetal
* Blink-182
* Halestorm
* I Prevail
* Iron Maiden
* Rammstein
* Avatar
* Beartooth
* Bloodclot
* Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
* King Woman
* Royal Thunder
* Black Map
* Cover Your Tracks
* Ded
* Gone Is Gone
* Greta Van Fleet
* Zeal & Ardor
* Chester Bennington, Linkin Park
* Maria Brink, In This Moment
* Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden
* Myles Kennedy, Alter Bridge
* MLNY Parsonz, Royal Thunder
* Corey Taylor, Stone Sour
* Tosin Abasi. Animals As Leaders
* Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance, Avenged Sevenfold
* Brent Hinds & Bill Kelliher, Mastodon
* Dave Mustaine & Kiko Loureiro – Megadeth
* Mark Tremonti, Alter Bridge
* Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne/Zakk Sabbath
* Charlie Benante, Anthrax
* Brann Dailor, Mastodon
* Mario Duplantier, Gojira
* Tomas Haake, Meshuggah
* Matt Greiner, August Burns Red
* Vinnie Paul, Hellyeah
* Frank Bello, Anthrax
* Derek Boyer, Suffocation
* Rex Brown, Rex Brown
* Matt Freeman, Rancid
* Steve Harris, Iron Maiden
* Mike Kerr, Royal Blood
Previously announced:
The COURAGE AWARD – Tony Iommi

WWE superstar Chris Jericho will serve as host for the first-everLOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS ceremony and concert with the GRAMMY Awardwinning ROB HALFORD of JUDAS PRIEST receiving the “LemmyLifetime Achievement Award“– named in honor of late MotörheadfrontmanLemmy Kilmister. Halford will join Black Sabbath guitarist and fellow heavy metal icon, Tony Iommi–who will be presented with the “Courage Award,”which recognizes not only his unparalleled musical output, but his absolute bravery in his battle with cancer.
LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS–the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll award ceremonyand concertattracts the biggest names in the world of rock and will celebrate artists that have imprinted themselves on generations of rock fans and is proudly sponsored by Blacklight Media, BMG, Century Media, Entertainment One Music, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Eleven Seven Music, Fearless Records, Frontiers Records, Metal Blade Records, Musicians Institute, Razor & Tie, Rise Records, Roadrunner Records, Spinefarm Records, Fearless Records, Suretone Records and Indigo Hotels.

For all LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS artist photo links click (HERE).
Watch the making-of the Tony Iommi “Hand Of Doom,” aka theLOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARD ( HERE).


Townsquare Media’s is one of the leading hard rock and heavy metal websites in the world, with more than 1.3 million Facebook fans. Meanwhile, Loudwire’s YouTube channel has more than 600,000 subscribers and 175 million lifetime views. Townsquare Media is also home to ‘Loudwire Nights,’ a syndicated radio show that airs weeknights on multiple active rock radio stations across the United States.

YE SCALLYWAG Craft Beer/Food/Music Back again… Oct 21










After a successful debut in 2016, and what OC Weekly called ?a great day of beer and punk rock,? 91X Presents Ye Scallywag! returns to Waterfront Park in San Diego, CA for its second year. Produced by premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), and Orange County, California?s most successful and respected craft beer festival producer, Brew Ha Ha Productions, the day-long craft beer, food and music festival will take place on Saturday, October 21 and feature over 100 craft beers, along with a full day of punk rock music with performances by PennywiseMe First And The Gimme GimmesThe Vandals, Lagwagon, Strung Out, The Adolescents, and Western Settings.

Pennywise guitarist Fletcher Dragge says, ?Super stoked to be part of the Scallywag festival this year! A day of punk rock and beer on the waterfront? Yeah I’m in?can’t f*cking wait!! See you in the pit fools?let’s do this!!!?

?Ye Scallywag! was one of the most amazing events San Diego craft beer and punk rock music fans have ever seen,? says Ye Scallywag! co-producer Cameron Collins of Brew Ha Ha Productions. ?Let?s be honest? it was one of the coolest events that took place last year! We know we?ve set the bar pretty high but we?re confident we?re going to nail it this year and even plan to offer a few surprises for attendees!?

91X Music Director Hilary Chambers adds, ?Punk rock and beer go together like sunshine and San Diego! 91X?s Ye Scallywag! unites delicious craft beers and good old-fashioned punk rock for another sun & fun-filled day on the San Diego waterfront ? we can?t wait!?

An extremely limited number of $45 presale tickets for general admission to Ye Scallywag! will be available to 91X listeners registered with 91X?s presale e-mail and texting lists. Visit for information on their exclusive presale beginning on Wednesday, August 16. Regularly priced tickets go on sale Friday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m. PT at

During VIP and early entry tastings (from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.), and general admission tastings (from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.), Ye Scallywag! attendees will enjoy unlimited craft beer samples from top California breweries. Local artisan food trucks and pop-up restaurants will also be on site selling a variety of delicious and unique food options throughout the day and evening. Craft beer and other libations will be available for purchase at concession stands as well.

The initial list of breweries for Ye Scallywag! includes: AleSmith, Alpine Brewing, Beachwood Brewing, Booze Brothers, Bottle Logic, Chapman Crafted, Fall Brewing, Green Flash, Hangar 24, Mikkeller SD, and Modern Times, with more to be announced.

Starting Friday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m. PT, General Admission and VIP tickets will be available for purchase for the following prices.Please note: The event is for those 21 and up and all tickets include beer tastings and access to live music.

General Admission: $50

Early Entry Admission: $65

One hour early entry for craft beer tastings, starting at 12:00 p.m.

VIP Lounge + Early Entry: $99

Includes 1 VIP admission ticket to Ye Scallywag!; VIP Entry Lane; and access to the Ye Scallywag! VIP Lounge which includes: early entry at 12:00 p.m. for beer tastings, exclusive tastings in VIP Lounge, VIP viewing from the Lounge, VIP cash bar, and private restrooms.

Side Of Stage Viewing + VIP Lounge With Early Entry: $199

Includes 1 VIP admission ticket to Ye Scallywag!; access to side of stage viewing platform on the Main Stage; VIP Entry Lane; and access to Ye Scallywag! VIP Lounge, which includes: early entry at 12:00 p.m. for beer tastings, exclusive tastings in VIP Lounge, VIP viewing from the Lounge, VIP cash bar, and private restrooms.

Waterfront Park is located at 1600 Pacific Highway in San Diego, near North San Diego Bay. Ye Scallywag! will have a convenient drop off area for ride sharing and taxis, and the Green Line to San Diego’s Santa Fe Depot train station is just three blocks from Waterfront Park.

For more information on 91X Presents Ye Scallywag!, please visit:


The Lurking Fear: Album Dropped & Tour

Swedish Death Metallers THE LURKING FEAR are soon to release their debut album ?Out Of The Voiceless Grave? worldwide out yesterday August 11, 2017 via Century Media Records.

A new single entitled ?The Starving Gods Of Old? is being launched today via a lyric video created by Costin Chioreanu / Twilight 13 Media, based on the album?s artwork by Stefan Thanneur. Check it out streaming below or here:

THE LURKING FEAR?s vocalist Tomas Lindberg commented as follows: ?So, for the next video clip we had the idea of letting our old friend Costin work on it, but having him use Stefan?s amazing cover artwork. I think Costin really captured the eeriness of the track ?The Starving Gods Of Old? perfectly. It feels like you are thrown into the darkened void of the starving gods themselves, being devoured by them alive, while getting your ears blasted by another serious dose of twisted death metal madness. The song is like an anthem to what lurks beyond this world. Like watching an old 70´s horror movie on a worn out VHS cassette.”

Check out the previously launched songs here:
?The Infernal Dread?:
?Vortex Spawn?:
?Winged Death (EP Version)?:

The tracklisting for the ?Out Of The Voiceless Grave? album reads as follows:

THE LURKING FEAR – ?Out Of The Voiceless Grave?:
1. Out Of The Voiceless Grave
2. Vortex Spawn
3. The Starving Gods Of Old
4. The Infernal Dread
5. With Death Engraved In Their Bones
6. Upon Black Winds
7. Teeth Of The Dark Plains
8. The Cold Jaws Of Death
9. Tongued With Foul Flames
10. Winged Death
11. Tentacles Of Blackened Horror
12. Beneath Menacing Sands

?Out Of The Voiceless Grave?, which was recorded at Welfare Sounds (Bombus, RAM, Bombs Of Hades, etc.) in Gothenburg, Sweden, will be available as special edition Digipak CD, Gatefold LP on 180gr. vinyl with a poster and as Digital Download. The album?s LP edition will be available on classic black vinyl as well as on limited coloured runs as follows: Silver vinyl (200x copies CM Distro Europe), clear vinyl (200x copies, Sweden) and golden vinyl (300x copies CM USA).

Physical format orders via CM Distro are available here:
The album can also be ordered here:

Here is a list of the upcoming shows for THE LURKING FEAR to promote their album release date:
8/9     Josefov, CR – Brutal Assault Open Air
8/10   Schlotheim, DE – Party.San Open Air
8/11   Ieper, BE – Ieper Festival
8/12   Leeuwarden, NL – Into The Grave Festival / Aftershow @ Neushoorn
8/18   Dinkelsbühl, DE – Summer Breeze Open Air
8/19   Essen, DE – Turock Open Air
10/14  Stockholm, SE – Kraken (w/ Voivod & Earthship)

Stay tuned for more news on THE LURKING FEAR and ?Out Of The Voiceless Grave? coming soon?

THE LURKING FEAR line-up: (From l-r on above photo by Martin Ahx)
Adrian Erlandsson (At The Gates) ? Drums
Jonas Stålhammar (God Macabre / Bombs Of Hades) ? Guitar
Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates / Disfear) ? Vocals
Fredrik Wallenberg (Skitsystem) ? Guitar
Andreas Axelson (Disfear / Tormented) ? Bass


Century Media Records online:

Century Media Webshop:

Venom Inc: Tour & Album Drop

Black metal forefathers 
VENOM INC. are thrilled to unleash their brand new album, Avé, today via Nuclear Blast! You can order Avé at, and watch a message from VENOM INC. here:

VENOM INC. frontman Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan says: “Today is the day… the wait is over… this is your album! Our thanks goes out to you because YOU made this happen! We are so excited and happy it’s finally here! Embrace, enjoy and come get it live! AVE! We start the world tour September 1st… never forget it’s METAL WE BLEED!”

Watch VENOM INC.’s “behind-the-album” video series here:

Part 1 – signing to Nuclear Blast:

Part 2 – writing Avé

Part 3 – album artwork:

Part 4 – recording Avé:

Part 5 – twisted roots of VENOM INC. –  

Hear two new tracks from Avé now:

“Dein Fleisch” music video:

“Avé Satanas” track video:

VENOM INC. will kick off their upcoming Blood Stained Earth headline tour, featuring support from GoatwhoreToxic Holocaust and The Convalescence, on Friday, September 1. Tickets for each date of the Blood Stained Earth tour, in addition to exclusive, limited VENOM INC. meet & greet packages, are available now via

In addition to the tour, VENOM INC. are set to perform dates in Europe throughout 2017, including a stop at Heavy Metal Cauldron, as well as UK dates in November. The band will perform classic Venom songs and new tracks. See below for all current performance dates.

VENOM INC.’s Blood Stained Earth Tour w/ Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and The Convalescence:

9/1 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage

9/2 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater

9/3 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

9/4 – Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques

9/5 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club

9/6 – Detroit, MI @ Harpos

9/7 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom

9/8 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies

9/9 – Cave In Rock, IL @ Full Terror Metal Fest

9/10 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room

9/11 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater

9/13 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin

9/14 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7

9/15 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater

9/16 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

9/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims

9/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre

9/20 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick

9/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red

9/22 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls

9/23 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey

9/24 – Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall

9/25 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall

9/26 – New Orleans, LA @ Parish at HOB

9/28 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s

9/29 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum

9/30 – Orlando, FL @ The Haven

10/1 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

10/2 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage

VENOM INC. Fall Festival Dates:

10/27 – Helsinki, Finland @ Heavy Metal Cauldron

10/28 – Vouziers, France @ Festival de Vouziers

11/10 – Dublin, Ireland @ Voodoo Lounge

11/11 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Audio

11/12 – Manchester, England @ Ruby Lounge

11/13 – Bristol, England @ Fleece

11/14 – London, England @ Underworld


Jeff “Mantas” Dunn | guitars
Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan | bass, vocals
Anthony “Abaddon” Bray | drums

VENOM INC. online:

Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira: Pasadena, Ca

A week ago Saturday my view of The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca. forever changed . . . What once held my memories of World Cup victories, Gold Cup loses, and the premier of Major League Soccer were all but blown out of the water . . . Metallica, on their World Wired Tour, now and forever will be in my short and long term memory, when asked about The Rose Bowl.

This show was covered as a fan; no special passes, (but, a bit o luck of the Irish), just an awesome gifted ticket from and its owner. Thanks dude.

I could not wait to see Gojira, this is a band who has slipped past me more than once on tour? It almost happened again? From the moment they hit the stage opening for the Metallica, the 8 songs were not going to be enough. The guitars were beasts, the vocals both clean and monstrous, and drums beat down on us through the poor defenseless speakers. The band was everything that I had hoped they would be. Their unique dual robotic like guitar attack made even more epic blasting throughout The Rose Bowl. I know that I will even have more to say and show in a couple weeks when I see them at Psycho Las Vegas!

The main support act for Metallica was none other than another headliner, Avenged Sevenfold (A7X). The crowd basically got to rock out to two of Americas finest metal bands, what a spectacle!
What band can open with an 8+ min single (that makes for a long time in the photographers well!) and still keep the crowd going, these guys. As a fan of NWOBHM, Zacky & Synyster have taken the torch of dual lead guitars and continued the tradition of sharing tasty licks and blistering leads. May they never stop, all you haters can . . . Do not get me wrong I know the difference; it is just one aspect of the early 80s British metal! Getting to hear and see those great drum parts created by the late great REV, was also treat. Being a non-drummer I am amazed by the abilities of drummers, the man behind the kit, Brooks is solid as they come. M. Shadows is an amazing front man, energetic and brings the crowd to frenzy. I only wish I had been closer to really see and feel the show . . . I will make it a point to see them again, because 10 songs was not enough.
Upgrade! The totally cool aisle dude gave the best tickets he had to my party and me. Our new seats were simply great . . . No obstruction and we could see the whole stage now, just-in-time for the Mighty Met!!! Well, that was until we got hooked up. . . again. . . with floor tickets . . . The crowd was large, yet people let people push through. . . . Somehow some way, I found myself right in the middle of the Snake Pit, that same pit that I witnessed years ago during the Black Tour, and subsequent tours, always wondering how the heck I could get down there. Well, it happened and I happily had a sore neck for the next few days because I HAD to look straight up at James, Lars, Kirk, and Robert, well worth it! Watching Metallica with the legendary Mike D of the Beastie Boys, giving metal horns to Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, and meeting like minded metal heads, of ALL AGES, was such a surreal moment, one not soon lost on this guy.

blew the non-existent roof off the Rose Bowl. Fireworks, inflatables, and fire did there best to keep up with the energy of these 35+ year veterans of the metal world. Each night a different set, each night the guys giving the city their all. The Metallica boys may look and sound a bit different from the first time I saw them, but they were no less the same band ready to kick arse! I will not recreate the setlist, that is easy to find online. My days of writing them down on a flyer and keeping for years, only to lose in some rare moment of clutter dispersing is behind me. I was there to just take in the moment and realize that I was seeing history, witnessing musical greatness, and enjoying the shite out life. That said, the new songs held their own against the classics. The only bummer was Creeping Death not being drawn out like in the past. I missed the drawn out . . .die, die, die. . .
Metallica is no stranger to large venues, but this was The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, home to the Grand Daddy of them all College footballs The Rose Bowl. . . This was not lost on the guys, Metallica hooked us up with a little surprise. Who would of ever thunk we would hear Hetfield sing Pasadenas very own Van Effn Halen? It was a cool little moment that we, of the Pasadena Chapter, of fans can call our own. Ignore the fact that it has been viewed a few times on YouTube, we were there.

Not really much that I can say about the band that has, literally, ruled all 7 continents of the world for the better part of 3+ decades, lived their collective lives like an open wound for all the world to see, and have brought countless hopeful wannabe rock stars minute minutes of metal bliss. With this I close and thank Metallica for being Metallica!

#smnnews (more video and photos await your viewing and commenting)

Slayer, Lamb of God, and Behemoth Los Angeles, Ca The Forum

This past weekend the Mighty Slayer brought their A game back to SoCal with the back up of heavy metal heavyweights, All-American Metal band Lamb of God and Polish Black Metal masters Behemoth.

The Forum has been home to some amazing evenings in its glorious existence, the Miracle on Manchester, 3-Peats, and musical acts such as; Maiden, Metallica, Sabbath, SOAD, and Garth. Now it is home to musical events that only a venue this size can accommodate.

I arrived early, early birds gets special parking prices off the lot, and because I wanted to make sure I got all my ducks in order. Sometimes, especially on an evening like Saturday in Los Angeles, the amount of requests can be daunting for the PR people to have to keep straight. Los Angeles has always been a pain, especially when the headliners are hometown heavies AND not to mention, Slayer was filming for an upcoming DVD. The rumored pyro show was going to be second-to-none.

Speaking of theatrics, Behemoth took the stage ready to challenge repented souls and to welcome the un-repented to follow them into the depths. I have seen them before; it was during daylight and on a monster stage. It was not what I saw on Saturday. Behemoth took what stage space they had and made it theirs. They took the tiny house concept and reworked it for a live setting. Behemoth worked every inch of it, with backdrops, props, and the energy of what a TRUE metal band is capable of. Not gonna lie, my days of knowing song titles, lyrics, and band member rotation are long gone, but I know a great performance when I see it. These guys did not get to play very long, but took the time they had to make it one of the most memorable opening acts I have ever seen. Read some of their posts on instagram, their fans could not agree more.

Lamb of God (LoG): And I quote, An All American Metal band, have finally made it to The Forum. I may have purposefully neglected to mention the once . . .Great Western Forum, also became the home for a Mega-Church. For this reason, more than a few heavier bands were denied access to this venue. Even as main support on previous US tours, LoG was one of those who were blacklisted from playing here, so for LoG this was monumental occasion, Randall made it very clear in-between songs. Like the openers Behemoth, I have been fortunate enough to see LoG prior to this evening, with another SoCal favorite, Suicidal Tendencies. On that show it was straight up rock n roll, with very little on stage other than cabinets and their name. Well this time it was a visual explosion, second only to their music. It is cool to see a trend that not all headliners dumb down their support anymore. If I did not know that this was a Slayer show, I would have been convinced LoG was headlining the Forum. LoG blasted through a fairly long set of fan favorites old and new. Their energy is palatable; you can feel it from the . . .well. . . to the very upper seats, where Kareems banner used to hang. The crowd never let up. Singing and responding to Randalls every word. LoG can be added to memorable moments within the confines of The . . . Great Western. . . Forum.

All that can be said about the headliner has been said. Southern Californian bred, Theatrical, Evil, Controversial, Totally cool guys, One of The Big 4. Albeit a different lineup from previous tours I have seen, it is still Slayer. The only thing that has REALLY changed are the fans. Do not get me wrong, they are still badder than bad, they still come inked head to toe, still (try) to wear shirts from Haunting Chapel, a bit older. But, they ARE NOT driving up in beat up Toyotas and Datsun mini trucks, and Novas, anymore. No No, They roll up in Bentleys, Land Rovers, and any other German made auto, Holy Christ it was crazy.

The stage was as big as any I have witnessed in The Forum before; the sound was equal to any band that previously shared that corner of the floor, and the fan frenzy was equal only to itself, a Slayer crowd. They hit on all the classics, the ones that any 14 yr old to 50 yr old could sing while in a coma and also from their latest release Repentless. For me I have not seen Slayer without their core members before, Did I mention 33x Ok, enough about that. It did not really matter, Toms voice still scares the crap out of the kid in me and Kerrys fretboard attack makes my head implode and I finally got to see Jeffs replacement. A fine replacement Gary has proven to be.

I did not get to photograph the band, like the others, because as I mentioned before Slayer was recording this show. They did not want a bunch of bodies in the . . .well. . . distracting from the band. So, a select few were given the good fortune of shooting from side and above and behind the roving camera. I for one was not fortunate in that way, but seeing Slayer from the floor with a crowd a bit less frenzied than in the past, on the perimeter, was a golden opportunity. Thanks to all those that made it happen and until the next time. Peace fellow Metal Maniacs!

Shout out goes to few that helped. Vayps and Hardrockcore, you guys rock. Seeing Dino of Fear Factory is always a plus.

#smnnews (more video and photos await your viewing and commenting)

A huge thank you goes out to Thank You Maria & Arielle @adrenalinepr, Liz @earsplitpr, and to Heidi!!!

MOTÖRHEAD Salute David Bowie with Iconic Music Video for “Heroes” Cover Track


Watch Now via Rolling Stone
New Covers Compilation, Under Cöver, out September 1, 2017 via Motörhead Music
Pre-Order Here | Watch an Album Trailer Here

Celebrating their love of interpreting the music of fellow legends and giving it a thorough ‘Motörheading’, MOTÖRHEAD recently announced the release of their upcoming covers compilation album, Under Cöver – a collection of some of their best covers.

Today, MOTÖRHEAD have released a never-before-heard cover and music video of David Bowie‘s timeless classic “Heroes”. The music video features massive performance footage and heartwarming behind the scenes images and video of the band. Recorded during the Bad Magic sessions in 2015 by Cameron Webb, “Heroes” was one of the last songs MOTÖRHEAD recorded together. Listen now, exclusively via Rolling Stone:

“It’s such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be,” says Phil Campbell, “and Lemmy ended up loving our version.”

“He was very, very proud of it,” says Mikkey Dee, “not only because it turned out so well but because it was fun! Which is what projects like this should be – fun!”

To that ethic, the rest of the album contains loud and proud, raucous and raging rock ‘n’ roll takes on the likes of “God Save The Queen” (Sex Pistols), “Cat Scratch Fever” (Ted Nugent), “Rockaway Beach,” (The Ramones), Breaking The Law” (Judas Priest) and “Whiplash” (Metallica) which earned the band a Grammy in 2005 for Best Metal Performance.

Under Cöver will be available in 1CD (Digi pack), 1x 180 grams Black Vinyl in gatefold, Super Deluxe Boxset (1CD digipack, 1x 180 grams black vinyl, patch and VIP guest pass), Digital Audio and MFiT Audio.

Pre-order here:





Under Cöver Track Listing:

1. Breaking the Law (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2008
2. God Save the Queen (Produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2000
3. Heroes (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2015
4. Starstruck (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2014
5. Cat Scratch Fever (Produced by Peter Solley) 1992

6. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001
7. Sympathy for the Devil (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2015
8. Hellraiser (Produced by Billy Sherwood) 1992
9. Rockaway Beach (Mixed by Cameron Webb) 2002
10.Shoot ‘Em Down (Produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001
11. Whiplash (Produced by Bruce Bouillet and Bob Kulick) 2005


All songs performed by MOTÖRHEAD.



Lemmy Kilmister – Bass/Vocals

Phil Campbell – Guitar

Mikkey Dee – Drums

Tech-Death Metal Group REAPING ASMODEIA Announce US Headline Tour and…

Tour Begins September 8 in Des Moines, IA 

New Album, Impuritize, Out Now via Prosthetic Records
Watch Playthrough of “The Clemency Guise” Here

Minneapolis, MN-based progressive/technical death metal group REAPING ASMODEIA dropped their Prosthetic Records release, Impuritize, in February of this year. Today, the band has revealed a brand new guitar playthrough for a track cut from that same album, entitled “The Clemency Guise”. Watch guitarist Alex Kelly burn through the track here:

Impuritize is available for order here:

Drummer Daniel John Koppy says: “All of us in Reaping stay busy on and off stage.  Whether we are performing, recording, or writing, we keep the Reaper oil burning.  We figure what better time to share another play through from Impuritize, than now.  Here is Alex ripping through the opening track of “The Clemency Guise”.  To sweeten the deal, we are also happy to announce a few upcoming festivals we are taking part in, as well as a Midwestern run of dates in September.”

REAPING ASMODEIA will kick off a headline tour of the US Midwest on September 8 in Des Moines, IA. The tour will visit several states before coming to a close back in Waterloo, IA on September 30. But first, the band will perform a hometown show at Top Secret Metal Fest 3. See below for a full list of upcoming tour dates.

REAPING ASMODEIA Headline Tour Dates:

8/05 Minneapolis, MN – Top Secret Metal Fest 3
9/08 Des Moines, IA – Gurnfest
9/09 Madison, WI – Midwest Massacre
9/11 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
9/14 Indianapolis, IN – Taps Live
9/15 South Bend, IN – Big Shots
9/16 Peoria, IL – Rail II
9/30 Waterloo, IA – Pit For Pits 3


Steven Lane – Vocals
Alexander Drake Kelly – Guitar
Daniel John Koppy – Drums
Roman Pinter – Bass

NORTH: Annouce North American Tour in Support of Rosetta… Oct 5

Fresh off the release of their latest live album, Transmissions: Live In Bucharest, which hit retailers in March via Prosthetic Records – Arizona-based epic sludge trio NORTH is pleased to announce their upcoming North American tour, directly supporting Rosetta. The tour will begin on October 5 in Scottsdale, AZ and visit several cities, coming to a close back in the band’s hometown of Tucson on October 30.

More dates are to be announced soon. Tickets are available via individual venues.

The band states: NORTH is thrilled to be back on the road with our friends Rosetta, a band that not only do we enjoy immensely on a musical level, but who are also some of our very best friends in the world. There isn’t another band out there that we would rather be on tour with. They first reached out their arms to us back in 2008 for our first trip to the east coast, and again last summer for our six-week European tour together. To say we’ve all seen some shit is an understatement. The folks in Rosetta are a class act and not to mention one of the heaviest bands in the world. They haven’t been to the west coast in seven years and we’re honored to be accompanying them on their return to our side of the country.”

NORTH Tour Dates w/ Rosetta:
10/05/2017 – Scottsdale AZ – Rogue
10/06/2017 – San Diego CA – Soda Bar
10/07/2017 – Los Angeles CA – Five Star
10/09/2017 – San Francisco CA – Brick and Mortar
10/10/2017 – Sacramento CA – Blue Lamp
10/11/2017 – Portland OR – Ash St Saloon
10/16/2017 – Calgary AB – The Palomino
10/17/2017 – Edmonton AB – Brixx
10/18/2017 – Saskatoon SK – Amigos
10/21/2017 – Boise ID – Shredder
10/22/2017 – Salt Lake City UT – Metro Music Hall
10/23/2017 – Denver CO – Globe Hall
10/24/2017 – Lawrence KS – Replay Lounge
10/25/2017 – Ft Worth TX – Lolas
10/26/2017 – Austin TX – Lost Well
10/27/2017 – Houston TX – Green Room
10/28/2017 – El Paso TX – Lowbrow Palace
10/29/2017 – Albuquerque NM – Sister
10/30/2017 – Tucson AZ – Flycatcher

Order Transmissions: Live In Bucharest here:

NORTH online:


ARKAIK: Progressive Tech Death Collective To Release Nemethia Full-Length & Tour

Progressive tech death collective ARKAIK will unleash the anticipated Nemethia, this fall via Unique Leader Records. A continuation on the conceptual saga of the two previous releases, on Nemethia the journey of Cyrix expands into new landscapes, as does the band’s technical prowess and creativity.

Their fourth full length for Unique Leader and most ambitious studio album to date was produced, engineered, and mixed by Zack Ohren (Immolation, Fallujah, Suffocation, Decrepit Birth et al.) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California, and features guest appearances by Joe Haley of Psycroptic, Arde Ostowari formerly of Burning The Masses, Stephen Paulson of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and former ARKAIK guitarist Craig Peters, as well as Gabe Seeber from The Kennedy Veil and Decrepit Birth (live) performing drums for the entire album. The cover art and booklet was designed by visionary artist Tyler Space, who worked with the band on their previous release, Lucid Dawn.

ARKAIK has been hard at work creating a series of wildly psychedelic concept albums revolving around a protagonist named Cyrix, a disillusioned character in a dystopian society. Cyrix’ latest journey introduces new characters and brings you into a world of dark occultists, magical allies, and hidden forces. From resurrecting ancient goddesses to cracking the codes of reality and activating hyper dimensional stargates, the chronicle of Cyrix continues.

Said founding vocalist Jared Christianson of the record’s concept, “This album fully sets the stage and builds on the story we started developing two albums ago with Cyrix and Metamorphignition. We’ve begun weaving together our own mythos of synchronicity and symbolism to encapsulate and distill the journey of the alchemist through the gnostic dream. It attempts to reveal through storytelling and allegory that we can experience real freedom and discover the inner treasures that guide us to who, what, and where we want to be, if we are willing to pull back the veil of lies blinding us from the truth of our nature. If I could sum up everything we’ve done so far, my personal journey and our message as a band in three words it would be the lyric ‘pain to power’ from the song ‘Telegnosis.’ To me, it’s about transmuting your struggles into strengths and refining your personal power and will. I really enjoyed making this album and hope people dig it!”

Adds guitarist Greg Paulson of the sound and songwriting process, “This is the most involved I’ve been on an ARKAIK record so far. The songs are more thought out and meticulously crafted. I wanted to retain the sonic brutality ARKAIK is known for, while introducing new elements to further expand on the band’s sound. I incorporated greater symphonic instrumentation throughout the record and utilized my classical background to add more depth and dynamics to the arrangements. The album is overall more complex, I even added some harmonized vocals to blend with Jared’s voice, making for some interesting layered textures. This is sure to be the most unique ARKAIK album to date. I’m really proud of what we created and hope people enjoy it.”Nemethia will see release on CD and digital formats on September 29th via Unique Leader Records. Preorder bundles will be available in the coming weeks.

In the interim, sample opening psalm “Occultivation” at THIS LOCATION.

Nemethia Track Listing:

1. Occultivation
2. Of Violence And Pestilence Born
3. Order Of The Hierogon
4. Dweller On The Threshold
5. Futile State
6. The Eupnean Relic
7. Lifting Amnesia
8. Telegnosis
9. Nexion Stargate

In advance of the record’s release, ARKAIK will kick off a US headlining tour on September 8th. The Occultivating The Masses tour will run through October 7th and features support from Alterbeast and Inanimate Existence. See all confirmed dates below.

ARKAIK w/ Alterbeast, Inanimate Existence:

9/08/2017 Blue Lamp Sacramento – Sacramento, CA
9/09/2017 Bullfrog’s – Kingsburg, CA
9/10/2017 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
9/11/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/12/2017 Club Red Mesa – Mesa, AZ
9/14/2017 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
9/15/2017 Sofies SS Saloon – McAllen, TX
9/16/2017 Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX
9/17/2017 Bushnookies – Shreveport, LA
9/19/2017 The District – Lafayette, LA
9/20/2017 Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
9/21/2017 Crowbar – Tampa, FL
9/22/2017 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
9/23/2017 Iron Heights – Augusta, GA
9/24/2017 The End – Nashville, TN
9/26/2017 The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
9/27/2017 Riffhouse Pub – Chesapeake, VA
9/28/2017 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
9/29/2017 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
9/30/2017 Louisville Death Fest – Louisville, KY
10/01/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL
10/02/2017 Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE
10/04/2017 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
10/05/2017 The Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
10/06/2017 Eagles Aerie Hall – Henderson, NV
10/07/2017 The Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA

NO FUNERAL + LIVID: Two Of Minneapolis’ Finest Doom/Sludge Units To Release Split On Live Fast Die Recordings

Minneapolis, Minnesota-based DIY sludge/doom/crust label, Live Fast Die Recordings, will unleash a demoralizing split release between two of The Twin Cities’ finest doom/sludge exports: NO FUNERAL and LIVID.

Forged in 2011, NO FUNERAL — featuring former members of Sourvein and Ashen — plays bleak sludge in the vein of Grief, Dystopia, and Buzzov*en, with influences ranging from crust and sludge to death metal. The band’s suffocating output stems from a range of deep personal struggles to complete misanthropy. Hate, misery, and the sheer disdain for the day-to-day activities have molded NO FUNERAL‘s songs into a soundtrack for loathsome scum.

LIVID was formed is 2014 and recently joined forces with Prosthetic Records for the release of their Beneath This Shroud, The Earth Erodes debut full-length. The band’s punishing sound is soaked in palpable desolation and despair, spanning delicately-orchestrated drones to pummeling doom.

Together the two manifest a three-song EP that’s at once stark and demoralizing. Cadaver Garden hails a release that’s, “monolithic,” and “heavy,” Games, Brrraaains, And A Head-Banging Life crowns the split, “a must by for all metal fans,” adding, “this split album is only three songs long but each song is a mammoth undertaking requiring time to absorb. Give it time because you’ll get way more out of it then you might on the first listen.” Two Guys Metal Reviews champions a, “simple monstrosity, something that you can get lost in and which reminds us time and time again of the burning power that this kind of music can have over our hearts and our minds.” Elaborates Cvlt Nation, “NO FUNERAL is one of the most slept on sludge/doom bands doing it right now… I love the way that they are able to take the blues and inject that motherfucker with the right amount of hate and morbid melody… LIVID takes a different approach to the way they draw the listener into their expansive universe of sound. Their 18-minute tune is a cosmic journey where black waterfalls of melody crash over giant emotional rocks of despair. The soaring vocals that you will encounter on this track act as a beacon of light that can guide your mind towards a new path of self-expression!”

The split is set for release on August 15th digitally and on vinyl limited to 500 hand-numbered copies worldwide.

For preorders, visit the Live Fast Die Recordings’ Bandcamp page HEREwhere you can stream the split in its entirety.

NO FUNERAL and LIVID will be embarking on an East Coast tour this fall. Stand by for confirmed dates

NO FUNERAL/LIVID Split EP Track Listing:
1. NO FUNERAL – Infection
2. NO FUNERAL – Disease Brought By Depression
3. LIVID – False Hope

New Single “Beautiful” by 9Electric Out Now & North American Tour Set!

Electronic alt-rockers and champs of the Sunset Strip, 9ELECTRIC, will kick off their North American “Life is Beautiful” headline tour next month – coinciding with the release of their brand new single, “Beautiful”, to radio! The tour will begin in Las Vegas on August 12 and is confirmed to visit 25 cities, with more being added soon. The dates will feature rotating support from Quor, City Of The Weak, Righteous Vendetta and Death Valley High.

Ron “Thunderwood” Underwood states: 9ELECTRIC is beyond excited for our first headlining tour – just in time for the release of our first single to radio, “Beautiful”! We’re gonna be tearing the roof off so many cool spots with our new lineup.  Fans have been asking for a longer set every tour and now as headliner we can give them what they want, and add a few surprises to our show. We seriously can’t wait for this tour!”

 Guitarist Mikey Lopez adds: “We’re excited to have four different opening acts out with us on our ‘Life Is Beautiful’ summer tour. We thought about what Guns N Roses and a number of other legendary bands have done with their tours by having different  bands in different cities, and we thought it adds an extra level of excitement to the lineups. We’re very happy to have Quor, City of the Weak, Death Valley High and our friends in Righteous Vendetta joining us in different regions. It’s definitely going to be fun and promises to keep everyone, including us, on their toes!”

Get your tickets and check back for updates via the band’s Bands In Town page. See below for all currently confirmed dates.

9ELECTRIC North American headline tour:

8/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Count’s Vamp’d*
8/13 – Tucson, AZ @ The Warehouse*
8/15 – Gallup, NM @ Juggernaut Music*
8/17 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar*
8/18 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take it Live
8/19 – Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar*
8/20 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Oklahoma City Limits*
8/22 – Memphis, TN @ Rockhouse Live**
8/23 – Marietta, GA @ TBA**
8/24 – Clarksville, TN @ The Warehouse**
8/25 – Springfield, MO @ Regency Live**
8/26 – Danville, IL @ David S. Palmer Arena (SlangFest)
8/27 – Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots**
8/29 – Akron, OH @ Empire**
8/30 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop**
8/31 – Racine, WI @ Route 20 Outhouse**
9/1 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock**
9/2 – Denver, CO @ TBA**
9/3 – Ignacio, CO @ Sky Ute Casino
9/7 – Jerome, ID @ Diamondz Event Center+
9/8 – Spokane, WA @ The Roxie
9/9 – Seattle, WA @ TBA
9/10 – Portland, OR @ Rock Hard PDX^
9/12 – TBA^
9/13 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge^
9/14 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go^
9/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ TBA^
9/16 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick*

Tour Support:
**City Of The Weak
+Righteous Vendetta
^Death Valley High

9ELECTRIC released their latest album, The Damaged Ones (Century Media), last year. The Damaged Ones was co-produced by Micah Electric and Kane Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch) and is available via iTunes and Amazon. The band has toured with the likes of Drowning Pool, OtepLacuna CoilButcher BabiesGemini Syndrome and more.

Watch music videos from The Damaged Ones:
“New God”:
“The Damaged Ones”:


Ron “Thunderwood” Underwood – Vocals
Mikey Lopez – Guitar
Micah Electric – Drums/Programming
Ginny Eck – Bass/Violin

9ELECTRIC online:

Horror Metal Group TERROR UNIVERSAL Signs… Debut Album to Drop 10/13

Masked horror metal frontrunners TERROR UNIVERSAL – featuring current and former members of Machine Head, Soulfly, Upon A Burning Body and Ill Nino – are thrilled to announce their signing with Minus Head Records, home to buzzing metal and alternative artists All Hail The Yeti, Death Valley High, Incite and Kill the Precedent.Furthermore, the band will release their upcoming debut full-length album, entitled Make Them Bleed, on Friday, October 13, 2017 via Minus Head. More album details are set to be announced soon, but you can pre-order the album right now via Bandcamp.
“It is both an honor and a pleasure to sign with Minus Head Records,” says TERROR UNIVERSAL drummer Massacre. “Label owner and CEO Brad Hardie has a strong passion for heavy metal and understands the elements needed to break a band like TERROR UNIVERSAL in the marketplace. It is very seldom in this industry that a label cares that much about their bands. We are ready, and we are here to dominate.”
Minus Head Records owner and CEO Brad Hardie adds, “Very excited to add TERROR UNIVERSAL to the roster. Their combination of metal with horror lyrics and imagery is exactly the kind of thing we look for! Can’t wait to unleash this beast of a record!”
Make Them Bleed Track Listing:
1. Welcome to Hell
2. Passage of Pain
3. Dig You a Hole
4. Dead on Arrival
5. Through the Mirrors
6. Your Time Has Come
7. Make Them Bleed
8. Into Darkness
9. Spines
10. Piece by Piece
TERROR UNIVERSAL are no strangers to being on the road, as they have shared many stages with international acts such as Korn, Asking Alexandria, Hellyeah, Papa Roach and Fear Factory. The band is on tour right now in the states with rotating openers and labelmates Incite. See below for all remaining confirmed tour dates.
Remaining TERROR UNIVERSAL Tour Dates with Incite:
7/18 Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
7/20 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
7/21 Spokane, WA @ The Pin
7/22 Jerome, ID @ Diamondz Event Center
7/23 Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joe’s
7/24 Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
7/26 Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
7/27 W. Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey A Go Go
Terror is coming your way! Stay tuned for more details on the album, plus track and video reveals, coming soon!
Vocals: PLAGUE
Guitars: THRAX

MOTÖRHEAD to Drop “Under Cöver” Album on Sept 1, 2017

Covers Compilation to Include Unreleased Version of David Bowie’s “Heroes” 
Pre-Order | Watch an Album Trailer Here

One thing Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee liked to do throughout their years together in MOTÖRHEAD was grab a favorite song by another artist and give it a good old fashioned ‘Motörheading’.  To run them through the Motörizer, if you will. To rock them, roll them and even give them an extra twist and edge.In celebration of some of those finest moments, the band will release Under Cöver, a collection of some of their best covers, and a collection which will include the previously unreleased version of David Bowie’s timeless classic “Heroes”.  Recorded during the Bad Magic sessions in 2015 by Cameron Webb, and was one of the last songs the band recorded together.

Under Cöver will be available in 1CD (Digi pack), 1x 180 grams Black Vinyl in gatefold, Super Deluxe Boxset (1CD digipack, 1x 180 grams black vinyl and VIP guest pass), Digital Audio and MFiT Audio.

Pre-order links as follows:


“It’s such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be,” says Phil Campbell, “and Lemmy ended up loving our version.”

“He was very, very proud of it,” says Mikkey Dee, “not only because it turned out so well but because it was fun! Which is what projects like this should be – fun!”

To that ethic, the rest of the album contains loud and proud, raucous and raging rock ‘n’ roll takes on the likes of “God Save The Queen” (Sex Pistols), “Cat Scratch Fever” (Ted Nugent), “Rockaway Beach,” (The Ramones), Breaking The Law” (Judas Priest) and “Whiplash” (Metallica) which earned the band a Grammy in 2005 for Best Metal Performance.

“We were happy with them at the time and we’re happy with them now!” affirms Campbell, whilst Dee says, “We should remember that it’s about having some fun with songs that we all loved.”

If that doesn’t have you scrambling for your music delivery device, then check your pulse pronto. Or just start scrambling for a copy of Under Cöver immediately. You won’t be sorry.

Under Cöver Track listing

1. Breaking the Law (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2008
2. God Save the Queen (Produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2000
3. Heroes (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2015
4. Starstruck (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2014
5. Cat Scratch Fever (Produced by Peter Solley) 1992
6. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001
7. Sympathy for the Devil (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2015
8. Hellraiser (Produced by Billy Sherwood) 1992
9. Rockaway Beach (Mixed by Cameron Webb) 2002
10.Shoot ‘Em Down (Produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001
11. Whiplash (Produced by Bruce Bouillet and Bob Kulick) 2005

All songs performed by MOTÖRHEAD.


Lemmy Kilmister – Bass/Vocals

Phil Campbell – Guitar

Mikkey Dee – Drums

Fat Mike Presents Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival

Featuring Alternating Co-Headliners

NOFX, Flogging Molly And Bad Religion, Plus Four More Bands Per Show
Touring Festival Launches September 16 In Tacoma, WA
With Stops In Boise, ID, Concord, CA, Sacramento, CA & Huntington Beach, CA
Stone Brewing To Release Small Batch Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager
Exclusively In Festival Markets

Created from the mind and liver of NOFX‘s frontman Fat Mike, the Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival will debut in the Western U.S. this fall with five special events featuring the best in punk rock music and regional craft beer.

Named for NOFX?s classic Punk In Drublic album, which has sold over one million copies, Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival launches September 16 in Tacoma, WA, with stops in Boise, ID, Concord, CA, Sacramento, CA, and Huntington Beach, CA. NOFX will co-headline each date of Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival alongside Flogging Molly in some markets and Bad Religion in others?, and every show will also feature four other? bands. Look for full details to be announced in August at

Each Punk In Drublic festival date will feature up to four hours of craft beer tastings with over 100 craft beers, including some of the West Coast’s best and local favorites. Craft beer tastings are included with admission. Festival hours will be Noon ? 9:00 PM.

Fat Mike has joined forces with premier music event producer/promoter Synergy Global Entertainment and respected craft beer event production powerhouse Brew Ha Ha Productions for the festival. In addition, to celebrate Punk In Drublic, Fat Mike teamed up with craft beer pioneers Stone Brewing to brew their very own Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager, which will be available in cans only in the festival markets. This collaboration is a huge show of support by Stone, as it marks the first time ever that Stone has worked with a musician for a can release. They?ve even included the festival tour dates on the back of each can. This is a first-of-its-kind level of commitment from a brewery partner for a festival tour.

When asked how Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager tastes, Fat Mike says, “It’s something to wash the noise away.” However, other slogans offered by Mike that were quickly turned down by Stone included, “It’s the beer of champagnes” and finally, ?They say you can?t get beer from a stone?oh shit, we just did!?

?We know we’re crazy for letting Fat Mike in our brewery, but we?re doing it anyway,? says Greg Koch, Stone Brewing co-founder. ?We have a lot in common in not only refusing to follow the status quo, but actively rejecting it. I have incredible respect for what he and Fat Wreck Chords have done for the independent music scene. Craft beer is currently in a similar open-your-eyes-to-the-man’s-corporate-obfuscation battle. Is independent craft beer punk rock? Very. And even more so now with this collab. See you in the pit!?

Cameron Collins, Co-Founder & Director of Events at Brew Ha Ha Productions explains, ?Craft beer and punk rock are cut from the same cloth. Small, independent, and up against some big challenges: taking on BIG BEER, and local bands determined to do it their way, despite what might make them a quick buck. Punk In Drublic throws off the mantle of the ordinary to create an event unlike any other?a perfect pairing of craft beer and punk rock!?

Catch the Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival ?stumbling through a town near you?:

Saturday, September 16 ? Tacoma, WA ? America?s Car Museum (on sale Friday, July 28)
Sunday, September 17 – Boise, ID ? Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater (on sale Friday, July 28)
Saturday, October 14 – Concord, CA ? Concord Pavilion (on sale Friday, August 11)
Sunday, October 15 ? Sacramento, CA ? Bonney Field (on sale Friday, August 11)
Saturday, October 28 – Huntington Beach, CA ? Bolsa Chica State Park (on sale Friday, September 1)

The Saturday, September 16 (Tacoma) and Sunday, September 17 (Boise) Punk In Drublic shows will feature performances from NOFX, Bad Religion, Goldfinger, Less Than Jake, Bad Cop / Bad Cop and more. Tickets for these two shows go on sale Friday, July 28 at 10:00 AM local time at

Look for details on the other Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival shows in the coming weeks. Visit for more information.

EarsplitCompound now on Instagram

Hey there Metalheads… 
There is so much amazing heavy music being dropped on me from Earsplit, that I decided (yes, speaking in first person) that it was necessary to drop this on you… That way you can pick and choose for yourself, minute by minute, hour by hour, day after day, for days to come!! Listen and learn, fellow heavy music lovers make this your goto list to discover or rediscover music that makes your head bang and make thy fist raise to the air!!!
This is a throwback…  Check this interview of Nergal of Behemoth out… By HardRockCore and pags409 from 2009

MIRACLE DRUG’s How Much Is Enough Now Playing At Noisey; EP Out NOW Through WAR Records – WAR Records will release the How Much Is Enough debut EP by Louisville’s MIRACLE DRUG in the coming days, the outfit founded by members of Mouthpiece, By The Grace Of God, C.R., Supertouch, and other notable hardcore/punk quartet acts. The entire record is now streaming at Noisey alongside an interview with the band, days ahead of the EP’s release this Friday. [MORE…]

ACEPHALIX: Bay Area Horde Featuring Vastum, Necrot, And Depressor Members To Issue Decreation LP Through 20 Buck Spin; New Track + Preorders Released – California death metal horde ACEPHALIX – featuring members of Vastum, Necrot, Depressor, and more – has completed their third LP, and is preparing to unleash Decreation upon the public masses in September. New label home 20 Buck Spin has unloaded a YouTube stream of the album’s pummeling second track, “Suffer (Life In Fragments),” along with early preorders for the record. [MORE…]

CHILD BITE + SYK: Experimental Noise Rock Unit And Avant Extreme Metal Collective Kick Off European Live Takeover – Housecore Records recording artists CHILD BITE and SYK will join forces later this week for a European live takeover. The journey will commence on July 21st in Milano, Italy, and rampage its way through nineteen cities, concluding August 12th in Plzen, Czech Republic. [MORE…]

AFTERBIRTH: Decibel Premieres New Hymn From NY Death Metal Collective Featuring Members Of Helmet, Artificial Brain, And Buckshot Facelift; The Time Traveler’s DilemmaRelease Day Draws Near – The Time Traveler’s Dilemma, the long-awaited debut from New York-based death metal collective AFTERBIRTH, will see release next week via Unique Leader Records. In advance of its release, today Decibel Magazine is pleased to unveil “Sifting Through The Sands Of The Unholy” for public consumption at THIS LOCATION. [MORE…]

KARAMAZOV: New Minneapolis-Based Cinematic Project To Release Self-Control EP : 23:28In August; New Tracks Streaming – Out of Minneapolis comes KARAMAZOV, a solo project infused with collaborations from a wide range of artists, coalescing into an expansive hybrid of electronic and rock-based soundscapes. The new outfit has completed its debut recordings, Self-Control EP : 23:28, and is streaming several tracks from the record. [MORE…]

BIG|BRAVE Announces New Album Ardor Due Out September 15th Through Southern Lord; Trailer Released – Montreal three-piece BIG|BRAVE has been simmering since their 2015 release Au De La, but their relentlessly experimental sound and kinetic creative energy has finally, and thankfully, boiled over with their forthcoming third album, Ardor, due out September 15th via Southern Lord. [MORE…]

ROZAMOV Tour With The Ditch And The Delta Confirmed; Band Issues Track From Impending Free Live Recording Via The Obelisk – Boston doom unit ROZAMOV has booked new summer tour dates, including July shows with Blood Sun Circle and Author & Punisher, and is preparing to issue a free live album, leaking the lead track through The Obelisk ahead of its release this week. [MORE…]

ATRIARCH: Cvlt Nation Premieres “Repent” Video From Apocalyptic Noisemakers; Dead As Truth To See Release Via Relapse Records – “…a bleak, devastatingly nihilistic modern doom metal LP with occasional black metal flourishes, best evidenced on the LP’s penultimate track, ‘Repent.'” – Cvlt Nation

The apocalyptic noisemakers in ATRIARCH are pleased to unveil their visual accompaniment to the track, “Repent,” off the impending new full-length album, Dead As TruthWatch the chaotic and disquieting Daniel Menche-directed video for “Repent” now via Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION. [MORE…]

Just For Us Hardcore Kids Compilation Playing At No Echo; Record Out NOW – Just For Us Hardcore Kids, the debut release for New Jersey-based Tripsquad Records, will see release this Friday. Ahead of the album’s official unveiling, No Echo is streaming the entire compilation early, alongside an interview with the label’s founder Tim McMurtie, also of M.O.D., Full Scale Riot, and more. Stream the entire Just For Us Hardcore Kids comp at No Echo RIGHT HERE. Additionally, McMurtie and the members of Huge and Underdog will raid New Jersey-based WSOU FM’s studio for an interview session on the station’s Hardcore Reality show, where the entire album will be played. Find out more HERE. [MORE…]

EXPULSION Shares “Altar Of Slaughter” Guitar Playthrough Video + ESP Guitar Giveaway Announced – “…a giant shot of adrenaline that demands donning a battle jacket and banging your head until it falls off. 9/10” – Metal Injection Extreme metal act EXPULSION, featuring members of Repulsion, Exhumed, Phobia, Intronaut, Gruesome and numerous others, has shared an official guitar playthrough video for “Altar Of Slaughter” performed by guitarist Matt Olivo. The track comes by way of the band’s debut album Nightmare Future out now on Relapse Records. [MORE…]

EYEHATEGOD Announces Left To Starve Summer Tour With Negative Approach, Cro-Mags, And More On Select Dates; Take As Needed For Pain Full-Length Appears On Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums Of All Time List – EYEHATEGOD will kick off a thirty-nine-date US mega tour next month. The Left To Starve summer takeover will commence on August 1st, run through September 13th, and includes performances with Capitalist Casualties, Phobia, Primitive Man, Negative Approach, Antiseen, Cro-Mags, Pig Destroyer, The Obsessed, and Mountain Of Wizard on select dates! The journey also marks frontman Mike IX Williams’ lengthiest tour since undergoing liver transplant surgery this past December. [MORE…]

WARBEAST: Revolver Magazine Premieres “Punishment For Gluttony” As Enter The ArenaRelease Day Via Housecore Records Looms – As Texas thrash warriors WARBEAST prepare for the release of their Enter The Arena album through Housecore Records in early August, Revolver Magazine is exclusively streaming the record’s molten “Punishment For Gluttony.” Issues WARBEAST guitarist Scott Shelby of the new track, “‘Punishment…’ is a power house song that has all the key elements that make thrash what it is. When it was written I knew this was a heavyweight contender for us.” [MORE…]

THE CONVALESCENCE Releases “Scum” Video Single From Unique Leader Records-Bound This Is Hell Full-Length; Preorders Available – Recent Unique Leader signees THE CONVALESCENCE will release their This Is Hell full-length via Unique Leader Records on September 1st. The ten-track offering was produced by John Burke (Forever In Terror, Captain Kid, etc.), at Vibe Studios, mixed and mastered by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy, Despised Icon, Beyond Creation, etc.) at The Grid and comes wrapped in the macabre cover art of Coki Greenway. [MORE…]

GATEWAY TO HELL: Decibel Magazine Streams Clovers By Maryland Doom Quartet; EP Out NOW On Unholy Anarchy Records – Maryland doom metal quartet GATEWAY TO HELL will issue their debut EP, Clovers, through Unholy Anarchy Records, and Decibel is helping advance the unleashing of the bruising release in its entirety. [MORE…]

INTRCPTR Debut Now Streaming; EP Out NOW Through Magic Bullet Records – Los Angeles-based INTRCPTR – with guitarist Ben Carr of 5ive and drummer Larry Herweg of Pelican – today issues their debut EP, I, through Magic Bullet Records. Longtime veterans of ungodly catchy riffs within the framework of all things heavy, the duo does not disappoint in the slightest when it comes to one’s preconceptions of what becomes possible when collaborative inspiration between mutually-respected friends persists and persists. [MORE…]

TAU CROSS: New Album Pillar Of Fire Out NOW And Streaming Via Relapse Records; European Headlining Tour Begins This Week 7/21 sees the official release of TAU CROSS‘ highly anticipated sophomore album Pillar Of Fire. The record is available worldwide on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats. Physical orders and bundles are currently available via at THIS LOCATION. Digital preorders are available via Bandcamp HERE. [MORE…]

LACES OUT: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Fortunes” By New York Noise Rock Trio As Self-Titled Debut EP Nears Nefarious Industries Release – Nefarious Industries will release the debut recordings from upstate New York-based trio LACES OUT, with the band’s self-titled EP. Advancing its public arrival, Decibel Magazine is hosting a premiere of the track “Fortunes.” [MORE…]

ALL OUT WAR Premieres “Burn These Enemies” At Stereokiller; Give Us Extinction LP Nears August Release – As New York metallic hardcore outfit ALL OUT WAR prepares to release their damaging new Give Us Extinction LP through Organized Crime Records next month, the band has unleashed the first single from the album, debuting “Burn These Enemies” through Stereokiller. [MORE…]

B R I Q U E V I L L E: Mysterious Collective To Release II Full-Length Via Pelagic This Fall; Teaser Video Posted – B R I Q U E V I L L E is a band shrouded in mystery. On stage, they create an instrumental mantra of spooky guitars, modified field recordings, and eerie, sampled chants. These meditative buildups, based on the perseverant element of repetition, are contrasted with and ripped apart by sudden, unforeseeable outbursts of the purest and sheerest heaviness. Indeed, the music demands to be experienced live. Slow lingering compositions that require patience and submission, subsequently followed by a deep catharsis. [MORE…]

CYTOTOXIN: Gammageddon Full-Length From Chernobyl-Themed Death Metal Unit Out NOW And Streaming Via Unique Leader – Today Germany-based, Chernobyl-themed death bringers, CYTOTOXIN, drop the diseased-bounty of their Gammageddon full-length upon the masses. Out now worldwide on CD and digital formats via Unique Leader Records, physical orders are available  HERE. [MORE…]

EARSPLIT DISTRO: Be sure to raid EARSPLIT DISTRO for all titles from The Compound Recs including CLASSHOLE (featuring members of Eyehategod, Mountain Of Wizard, haarp, and more), DIE CHOKINGLAE (featuring Steve Austin from Today Is The Day), GRIDFAILUREGODHUNTER, and more, in addition to hundreds of imported/distributed titles from Selfmadegod Records, Supernatural Cat, 20 Buck Spin, Indisciplinarian, Exile On Mainstream, and many others. [GO HERE]

Check out the complete list of artist below: For all that is heavy and loud!!!

Avenged Sevenfold To Headline Closing Night of OPEN AIR Sun Oct 15 2017

Avenged Sevenfold will close out the final night (Sunday, October 15) of the second annual Monster Energy Houston Open Air at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman in The Woodlands, TX. Festival producers Danny Wimmer Presents are very excited to bring the band back to Houston, after dangerous storms and lightning in the area prevented them from playing at last year?s event.

?We were ecstatic to get the call from Danny Wimmer about playing this year?s Houston Open Air,? said Avenged Sevenfold vocalist M. Shadows. ?We love playing Houston, and after last year?s unfortunate weather, we?ve been looking forward to going back and giving our fans there a much-deserved headlining show. Can?t wait to see you all.?

Prophets of Rage will shift from Sunday night to Saturday, just before Five Finger Death Punch?s headlining set.

Tom Morello from Prophets of Rage said, ?We are excited to remain on Houston Open Air festival.  Prophets of Rage wants to thank Avenged Sevenfold for stepping up and taking our Sunday headline slot as we have a personal band conflict that makes us unable to play Sunday. Prophets will now make Houston RAGE AGAIN on Saturday, October 14 and Avenged will do the same on Sunday!?

As previously announced, Texas?s biggest rock experience is set for Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15 and will feature performances from top rock artists on two stages, also including: Stone Sour, Marilyn Manson, Mastodon, Halestorm, In This Moment, Gojira, Of Mice & Men, Suicidal Tendencies and more. Monster Energy Houston Open Air also features multiple onsite experiences and a Texas-sized food experience underscoring Houston?s emergence as a great American food city.

Danny Wimmer, Founder of Danny Wimmer Presents, said, “Avenged Sevenfold was the storm that we wanted to close out the first-ever Houston Open Air, but it’s not the storm that we got. We’ve been working for a long time to get Avenged Sevenfold back after last year’s weather prevented them from playing. We’re excited to have this second chance to bring the spectacle of A7X to the Houston Open Air stage on Sunday night. And Saturday is going to be amazing, with Prophets of Rage joining Five Finger Death Punch, Marilyn Manson, Halestorm, Gojira and more.”

The updated music lineup for Monster Energy Houston Open Air is as follows:

Saturday, October 14: Five Finger Death Punch, Prophets of Rage, Marilyn Manson, Halestorm, Gojira, In This Moment, Of Mice & Men, Starset, Beartooth, Avatar, Code Orange, Greta Van Fleet

Sunday, October 15: Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Mastodon, Suicidal Tendencies, Steel Panther, Zakk Sabbath, August Burns Red, Power Trip, Radkey, DED, Black Map, Palisades

Single day and weekend tickets for Monster Energy Houston Open Air are available at Fans are encouraged to buy early and save. Weekend passes start at just $66.66, and single day tickets start at $45.00. VIP upgrades are $40.00 per day or $75.00 for the weekend.

Each VIP upgrade pass includes access to The VIP Lounge (located in the Event Center) which features air conditioning, a live video stream of main stage performances, VIP-only restrooms, and dedicated concessions (for additional purchase); a VIP-only entrance into the venue; and a commemorative Monster Energy Houston Open Air laminate.

Discounted online hotel rates will be available through Curadora. Visit for details.

The weekend kicks off with the Official Monster Energy Houston Open Air Pre-Party at Warehouse Live in Houston on Friday, October 13. Between The Buried And Me will be bringing their ?Colors? Ten Year Anniversary Tour to Houston, and the night will also feature performances from support acts The Contortionist, Polyphia, and Toothgrinder.



CANNIBAL CORPSE Announces US Tour & Album Out Due in the Fall

This November, CANNIBAL CORPSE will kick off a US tour in support of their upcoming, as-yet-untitled full-length, due out this fall. The tour will commence on November 3rd and run through December 8th. Support will be provided by Power Trip and Gatecreeper. See all confirmed dates below.  

CANNIBAL CORPSE w/ Power Trip, Gatecreeper:

11/03/2017 Mavericks – Jacksonville, FL
11/04/2017 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
11/05/2017 Saturn – Birmingham, AL
11/06/2017 New Daisy Theater – Memphis, TN
11/08/2017 Trees – Dallas, TX
11/09/2017 White Oak – Houston, TX
11/10/2017 Sound On Sound Festival – Austin, TX
11/12/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
11/13/2017 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
11/14/2017 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
11/15/2017 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
11/17/2017 Neumos – Seattle, WA
11/18/2017 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
11/19/2017 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
11/20/2017 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
11/22/2017 Summit – Denver, CO
11/24/2017 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
11/25/2017 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
11/26/2017 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
11/28/2017 Royale – Boston, MA
11/29/2017 Stage 48 – New York, NY
11/30/2017 TLA – Philadelphia, PA
12/01/2017 Broadberry – Richmond, VA
12/02/2017 The Throne Theater – Wilmington, NC
12/03/2017 Pete’s – Greensboro, NC
12/05/2017 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
12/06/2017 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
12/07/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/08/2017 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL

CANNIBAL CORPSE released their thirteenth studio album, A Skeletal Domain, in 2014 via Metal Blade Records. The record debuted at #32 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart making it the highest charting record of their storied career. The band’s forthcoming full-length was recorded at Mana Recording Studios with producer/engineer Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Soilent Green, Belphegor, Hate Eternal). Additional information to be revealed in the coming weeks. Stand by.
In the meantime, 
to preview and purchase A Skeletal Domain, visit:   

JAG PANZER To Release The Deviant Chord September 29th via Steamhammer/SPV Artwork And Track Listing Revealed

JAG PANZER To Release The Deviant Chord September 29th via Steamhammer/SPV

Artwork And Track Listing Revealed


For Jag Panzer, team spirit is more important than anything else. Without team spirit, guitarist Mark Briody would no longer see any reason for continuing the band. “We’re like a family, we’ve all known each other for many years,” he says and looks back at the years between 2011 and 2013 when Jag Panzer were on the brink of calling it a day. “Two band members quit and there was little interest in hiring new people and starting over. Introducing new musicians would have been tough, so we decided to disband.” But then the American power metal act’s strong fan base made itself heard, causing the spark to be rekindled. Briody“We had a lot of interest in our early albums, so my band mates soon noticed that people were still listening to Jag Panzer, that the audience was still there. We started talking on the phone more and more. Some excellent gig offers arrived so we decided we should get back together.”What a stroke of good fortune, after all now the public can look forward to an accomplished comeback album. The Deviant Chord is a veritable metal manifesto, scheduled for release on Steamhammer/SPV on September 29, 2017, and consists of ten awesome songs featuring all those typical Jag Panzer strengths that the band’s fans have come to appreciate.

 Together with band members John Tetley (bass), Harry ‘The Tyrant’ Conklin (vocals), Rikard Stjernquist (drums) and Joey Tafolla (lead guitar), who has returned to the fold, Briody has recorded an album that impresses in every respect and that benefits from the outstanding qualities of all five band members. “John does our ‘quality control’, meaning that he makes sure every song we do is the best it can be. Harry is a musical genius. He’s been singing since we were kids, he’s very skilled in vocal arrangements and vocal recording techniques. This skill makes him a very big contributor in the songwriting.  Rikard is all about drumming. He’s been drumming since he was a small child and has never stopped. He grew up living all around the world and he has always been in a band. Joey is the classic lead player in every sense of the world. He has amazing skill on the guitar plus an outstanding stage presence. His playing makes every song better.”

 The Deviant Chord will be available as a CD Digipak (including poster) and double LP coloured version as well as for download and streaming. The cover artwork was created by Serbian artist Dusan Markovic and reflects the album’s haunting atmosphere perfectly. Briody gives also some hints: “Fans of both science fiction and real life scientists should look closely at the new Jag Panzer album as the band has placed a few hidden tributes in the album art!”

 There can be no doubt: the spark has rekindled the fire in Jag Panzer and it’s burning brightly. Briody“The mood in the band is very focused. This album was the first time we did multiple demos for every song. So everyone has been very involved in every step. Each band member got to see a song grow and change with time. That’s very exciting for us. And we’re all excited to unleash The Deviant Chord unto the world.”

 The Deviant Chord Track Listing:

1. Born Of The Flame 4:00

2. Far Beyond All Fear 3:49

3. The Deviant Chord 5:37

4. Blacklist 4:19

5. Foggy Dew 3:20

6. Divine Intervention 3:30

7. Long Awaited Kiss 6:16

8. Salacious Behavior 4:07

9. Fire Of Our Spirit 4:37

10. Dare 5:17

ID10T Music Festival & Comic Conival

ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival
Created and Hosted by Comedian Chris Hardwick
Wraps Its Inaugural Year With Thousands In Attendance
June 24th & 25th in Silicon Valley, CA

Los Angeles, CA (June 30, 2017) — Thousands of music, comedy, comics and pop culture lovers congregated for the inaugural ID10T Music Festival & Comic Conival, a groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind experience, created and hosted by Chris Hardwick.

A diverse group of attendees – many of whom were sporting impressive cosplay attire – roamed the Shoreline Amphitheatre and surrounding grounds in Mountain View, CA on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th. Each day kicked off with panels, which were overflowing with patrons. Some highlights include Mystery Science Theatre 3000 playing clips from the new season of the reboot, The Magicians discussing the upcoming season, and during the Animaniacs Live! sing-a-long, cheers could be heard from across the venue as the original voices from the show broke into a quick live rendition of the show?s theme song. Throughout the day, fans explored comic vendors, displays, and artist signings, with a number of themed discussions in the artist alley. Roaring laughter could be heard coming from the comedy shows, which included a surprise guest set from Chris Hardwick on both nights. Fans rushed the Mad Decent Dance Tent upon opening to grab a spot to dance. On the main stage, Saturday headliner Weezer played to a packed crowd that sang along to every lyric, and Sunday headliner Girl Talk concluded the festival by filling the stage with fans for a full on dance party.

?ID10T Festival was an out of this world, incredible experience and I want to personally thank each and everyone of you that came out and joined us this past weekend,? said Chris Hardwick. ?Whether you were there for music, comedy, panels, artists or just to get the dust off your cosplay, you helped make ID10T more than just a festival?you made it a community. I was blown away by how much joy resonated from every section of the Shoreline grounds and can?t wait to do it again next year!?

ID10T co-creator Rob Tweedie says, ?What an amazing weekend!  This festival was something that had never been done before, but absolutely needed to exist.  The sense of celebration and unity was undeniable, and I think everyone from fan to exhibitor to artist to panelist to comedian to musician felt it.  It really was a dream come true.?

ID10T co-creator Lee Loughridge adds, ?With over two years in the making, it was great to see all of this finally come together. I feel like people couldn’t wrap their heads around the concept initially, but after seeing our vision come to life, now they get it. I really think we are onto something.?

The two-day festival featured panels from: Portlandia, Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Magicians, Animaniacs Live!, Harmontown, Stan Against Evil, Con Man, and Futurama; live Nerdist podcast tapings including a Hostful Nerdist podcast, Bizarre States podcast, and Comic Book Panel podcast; comedy sets from Michael Che, Demetri Martin, Garfunkel & Oates, Nikki Glaser, Brian Posehn, Michael Ian Black, Greg Proops, Mike Phirman, Brent Weinbach, Jonah Ray, Matt Braunger, Marcella Arguello, Dan Mintz, Hampton Yount, Adrian McNair, Natasha Muse, Irene Tu, and April Richardson; live music from Weezer, Girl Talk, Madeon, Zeds Dead, OK Go, TV On The Radio, Troyboi, Animal Collective, Crystal Castles, Lord Huron, Jai Wolf, Party Favor, Car Seat Headrest, The Mowgli?s, Gryffin, Ape Drums, Robert DeLong, Mothers, 4B, Ron Gallo, Tank & The Bangas, Wax Motif, John Beaver and Sweet Crude; and a number of comic themed discussions, signings, and more in the artist alley. A full list of participating guests and talent can be seen at:

Additional highlights include the Saban?s Power Rangers laser tag course from Lionsgate/Nerdist, which had a steady line both days and featured a special appearance from the Yellow Ranger and Blue Ranger themselves, Becky G and RJ Cyler. Toyota and their interactive experiences, including Catch Me If You Can (a virtual reality demo featuring the Toyota CH-R) and Pick Your Poison (attendees could choose a drink concoctions), were a hit, KRAVE Jerky had life sized Jenga that had fans screaming and cheering each other on all weekend to see who could make it to the top, and Jelly Belly got fans bean boozled, daring attendees to compare some of their tastiest and most popular flavors with the craziest ones. Snickers partnered with April Richardson as their unofficial spokesperson for the weekend, kicking off on Friday night as she hosted ID10T?s ?Drink and Draw? launch party. They also partnered with comic book artist Andrew Robinson to create original drawings for their photo booth activation and sketch live drawings onsite portraying how fans feel different on the inside when they don?t have a Snickers.

Here is what some of the press had to say about ID10T Music Festival & Comic Conival?s debut year:

“Move over San Diego, this is the Con to see.” – AfterBuzz TV

“The Hardwick-created festival fills a need for all things nerd that area residents couldn?t have gotten in at Silicon Valley Comic Con or even Outside Lands. You have comedy, movies and television, music, and a little bit of stuff in between to enjoy. There?s not much else to ask for under a bright sun and following moonlight.” – BlogCritics

“The atmosphere was rife with possibility; a relaxed sense that one could explore at their own pace the things they already knew they loved and the things they were about to find out they loved. Where else could you watch a Demetri Martin set after getting Babs Tarr to sketch you a Batgirl, but before heading over to catch a minute of a Portlandia panel on your way to the TV On The Radio performance, all while eating a taco? It?s precisely that mix of interests, like putting your brain iPod on shuffle, that?s the biggest appeal and combined with what we discovered to be a thoroughly engaging comic convention experience, ID10T Fest?s future potential is as rich as its inaugural?s effort sense of enthusiasm.” – All-Comic

“Chris Hardwick?s inaugural ID10T Fest took place last weekend, and brought just about everything you could want in a festival ? music, comedy, television, comics, and a whole lot more. It was an eclectic mix of worlds that came together for one hell of a good time.” – The Line Of Best Fit

“In a world oversaturated with summer festivals, ID10T brought together one of the most diverse festival crowds to date ? if next year?s festival is anything like this one, it?s sure to be added to your must-see list.” – The Bay Bridged

“The first attempt by ID10T Fest to combine comics, comedy and music proved to be a success as fans of all ages and medias came together at Shoreline Amphitheatre for Comic Con-style entertainer panels and comic book showcase, stand-up comedy, and music?” – Riff Magazine

ID10T is produced by Live Nation and Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE).

ID10T partnered with the following sponsors in its inaugural year: SiriusXM, Monster Energy, hosting the ID10T Comedy Stage, Toyota, the exclusive automotive partner, Snickers, Krave Jerky, Peet?s Coffee and Tea, Musicians Institute, Lyft, and many more.

For more information on ID10T Music Festival & Comic Conival, please visit:

About Live Nation Entertainment:

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Advertising & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit

 About Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc.:

Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE) is one of the world’s premier music festival production companies. With hundreds of live events worldwide each year, SGE works with agencies, brands and musical talent to produce or co-produce concerts across various genres and interests. SGE produces and curates Funny Or Die’s ODDBALL Comedy And Curiosity Festival, Ohana Dana Point, and co-produces a number of craft beer & music festivals including Driftwood – Orange County’s biggest country festival on the sand. In addition, SGE co-produced the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and the worldwide Rockstar Taste of Chaos, produced the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival and conceived and developed KNOTFEST with Slipknot and 5B Artist Management. SGE has also produced many other national festivals and tours. SGE senior staff have a combined 60 years of experience in artist management, large scale festival production and brand integration, and have worked with artists as diverse as Guns N’ Roses and The Cure. SGE excels at integrating brands’ needs with large scale musical entertainment.

 About Chris Hardwick:

Chris Hardwick is a comedian, actor, TV host, author, writer, producer, and podcaster whose quick wit and up-to-the-minute intellect have made him the voice for a generation of pop culture enthusiasts. Hardwick currently serves as founder, CEO, and creative head of Nerdist Industries, a media empire under the Legendary Digital Network that includes Hardwick?s own incredibly successful Nerdist Podcast, which he continues to host weekly and garners over 5.5M downloads per month. Additionally, he serves as host and executive producer of Comedy Central?s two-time Emmy Award-winning nightly comedy game show @midnight; host and executive producer of NBC?s hit game show series The Wall; and host and executive producer of several AMC programs as part of his extensive multi-year deal, including the highly rated Talking Dead, Talking Dead: Fear Edition, Talking Saul, Talking Preacher, and the newly-announced extension series Talking with Chris Hardwick. Off-screen, he continues to tour the country as a standup comedian. His latest comedy special, Funcomfortable, premiered on Comedy Central in April 2016 and is currently available across digital platforms.

All photos by Rob Fenn

[The Magicians Panel]

[Portlandia Panel]

[Tank And The Bangas]

[Michael Ian Black, Chris Hardwick]

[Mad Decent Dance Tent]


DYING FETUS Prove They Are TheWrong Ones To F*ck With By Demolishing The Billboard Charts

DYING FETUS Prove They Are TheWrong Ones To F*ck With By Demolishing The Billboard Charts


Full Album Stream Available via YouTube HERE

Last week saw the worldwide release of Wrong One To Fuck With the highly anticipated new album from DYING FETUS via Relapse Records.  Wrong One To Fuck With landed DYING FETUS their highest chart debut ever and the album is the highest selling death metal album of the year thus far.  In addition to their 460,000 + streams worldwide, the band entered the Billboard Charts at the following positions:

#2 Hard Music
#2 Heatseekers Chart
#7 Indie Chart
#13 Rock
#39 Top Current Albums
#53 Current Digital
#180 Top 200

Wrong One To Fuck With available for purchase at HERE and digital downloads can be ordered via Bandcamp AT THIS LOCATION.  Additionally the bonus track ?Induce Terror? can now be heard via all streaming services.

DYING FETUS will be on tour throughout the year in support of Wrong One To Fuck With starting with the ?Summer Slaughter? Tour alongside The Black Dahlia Murder, The Faceless, Oceano and more.  The tour kicks off July 27th in Reading, PA and runs through August 26th in Cleveland, OH.  The band will also headline the Bay Area Death Fest this July in San Francisco, CA.

Following a quick break DYING FETUS will head overseas on the ?Wrong One To Fuck With Europe? 2017 Tour.  The tour runs October 13th through November 18thand features support from Psycroptic, Beyond Creation and Disentomb.  A complete list of dates for all tour can be found below.

Watch the chaotic animated video for ?Panic Amongst The Herd? now at this location.

Check out the live video for ?Fixated On Devastation? here

“This album is devastating. The instrumentation alone is so sharp, it feels like it can cut you. DYING FETUS have not only put out one of the best records of the year, but easily the heaviest record of the year.” – AP MAGAZINE

?You would have to be out of your mind to pick a fight with those responsible for such merciless sonic violence.” –Outburn (10/10)


Jul 21 San Francisco, CA Bay Area Death Fest

—All Dates July 27 – August 26 Summer Slaughter Tour 2017 —

Jul 27 Reading, PA Reverb
Jul 28 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Jul 29 Worcester, MA The Palladium
Jul 30 New York, NY Webster Hall
Aug 02 Knoxville, TN The International
Aug 03 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Aug 05 Austin, TX Come and Take It Live
Aug 06 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
Aug 07 Houston, TX House Of Blues
Aug 09 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
Aug 10 Phoenix, AZ The Marquee
Aug 11 Anaheim, CA Grove of Anaheim
Aug 12 Los Angeles, CA The Novo
Aug 13 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Aug 15 San Francisco, CA The UC Theater
Aug 17 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Aug 19 Denver CO Summit Music Hall
Aug 21 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze
Aug 22 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
Aug 23 Cincinnati, OH Bogart?s
Aug 25 Detroit, MI Majestic Theater
Aug 26 Cleveland, OH Agora Theater

— All Dates Oct 13 to Nov 11 w/ Psycroptic, Beyond Creation, Disentomb —-

Oct 13 Essen, DE Turock
Oct 14 Hamburg, DE Logo
Oct 15 Aarhus, DK Voxhhall
Oct 16 Gothenburg, SE Sticky Fingers
Oct 17 Oslo, NO Vulkan Arena
Oct 18 Stockholm, SE Fryshuset Klubben
Oct 20 Helsinki, FI Nosturi
Oct 21 Tallinn, EE Club Tapper
Oct 22 Riga, LV One One
Oct 23 Poznan, PL U Bazyla
Oct 24 Berlin, DE Lido
Oct 25 Prague, CZ Nova Chmelnice
Oct 26 Vienna, AU Viper Room
Oct 27 Budapest, HU Blue Hell
Oct 28 Munchen, DE Feierwerk
Oct 29 Brescia, IT Circolo Colony
Oct 30 Ljubljana, SI Orto Bar
Oct 31 Pratteln, CH Z7
Nov 01 Nijmegen, NL Doornroosje KZ
Nov 02 Eindhoven, NL Dynamo
Nov 03 Bristol, UK The Fleece
Nov 04 Leeds, UK Damnation Festival (No Disentomb)
Nov 05 Glasgow, UK Cathouse
Nov 06 London, UK The Dome
Nov 08 Aarschot, BE De Klinker
Nov 09 Paris, FR Petit Bain
Nov 10 Bordeaux, FR Rock School Barbey
Nov 11 Bilbao, ES Santana 27
Nov 12 Lisbon, PT Lisboa ao Vivo
Nov 13 Madrid, ES Penelope
Nov 14 Barcelona, ES Razzmatazz 2
Nov 15 Marseille, FR Jas Rod
Nov 16 Mullhouse, FR Noumatrouff
Nov 17 Saarbrucken, DE Garage
Nov 18 Leipzig, DE Hellraiser

Self-reliance and musical integrity are the two principles to which DYING FETUS have always lived by. Formed in 1991, during the height of the death metal explosion, DYING FETUS have matured into one of the premiere extreme death metal/grindcore acts to emerge from the massive global metal underground. The band is recognized worldwide as a prime example of songwriting perfection across seven studio albums (Purification Through Violence (1996), Killing On Adrenaline (1998), Destroy The Opposition (2001), Stop At Nothing (2003), War Of Attrition (2007), Descend Into Depravity (2009), Reign Supreme (2012)), combining an innovative mix of technical virtuosity and catchy song structures to create the ultimate blend of death metal, hardcore and grind.Info/Bio:

Now in 2017, DYING FETUS once again raise the bar of sonic extremity with their 8th studio album and first new material in over 5 years, Wrong One To Fuck With. The seasoned veterans manage to further stretch their creative and technical boundaries across 10 complex tracks of pulverizing death metal, filled with more dynamic intricacies, brutal breakdowns and varied vocal patterns than ever before. Now over 25 years into their distinguished career, DYING FETUS cement their legacy with Wrong One To Fuck With and uphold their position as the most dominant force in death metal today.

View the full bio at DYING FETUS‘s artist page at this location.

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DARKEST HOUR To Embark On East Coast Tour Next Week; Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora LP Out Now On Southern Lord

DARKEST HOUR To Embark On East Coast Tour Next Week;Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora LP Out Now On Southern Lord

[photo by Pete Duvall
In the wake of their acclaimed ninth studio album, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora – released earlier this year via Southern Lord – Washington, DC-based metal outfit DARKEST HOUR is preparing to embark on a new wave of East Coast tour dates in support of the record.
Following the first leg of the tour earlier this year with Ringworm, Rotten Sound, Tombs, and Rivers Of Nihil, the Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora Tour Part II begins next Friday, July 14th, and runs through July 23rd. The routing takes DARKEST HOUR, along with support acts Havok and Jesus Piece, through Washington, Clifton, Virginia Beach, Spartanburg, Orlando, Margate, Tampa, Atlanta, and Fayetteville. Find the tour dates and ticket links below.
DARKEST HOUR‘s Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora is out now on CD, black vinyl LP, picture disc LP, and all digital platforms via Southern Lord; find ordering options at the label’s webstoreHERE, and via Bandcamp HERE.
DARKEST HOUR Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora Tour Part II w/ Havok, Jesus Piece:
7/14/2017 Rock N Roll Hotel – Washington, DC [info] (no Jesus Piece)
7/15/2017 Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ [info]
7/16/2017 Shaka’s – Virginia Beach, VA [info]
7/18/2017 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC [info]
7/19/2017 Backbooth – Orlando, FL [info]
7/20/2017 O’Malley’s – Margate, FL [info]
7/21/2017 Crowbar – Tampa, FL [info]
7/22/2017 Masquerade (Hell) – Atlanta, GA [info]
7/23/2017 Drunk Horse Pub – Fayetteville, NC [info]
Since their inception twenty-one years ago, DARKEST HOUR has released eight studio full-lengths via eleven different record labels, has appeared in major motion pictures and US television shows, video games, and has toured the world extensively covering six of the seven continents. A bastard child born of the mid-1990s, DARKEST HOUR combines the passion, energy, and soul of punk and hardcore with the style, speed, vengeance, and fury of melodic speed, thrash and death metal. The band has helped defined the entire New Wave Of American Metal sound — blending the raw, hardcore punk of the ’80s, with the Scandinavian death metal of the ’90s – forging a sound that would later become the template for modern metal.
While many of their contemporaries have decided to hang it up, DARKEST HOUR is still charging ahead with invigorated spirit. In 2016, the same rabid fan base that helped propel the band into the national spotlight helped push them to reach another milestone by crowd funding their ninth LP,Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora. The band then partnered with California based Southern Lord Records to help complete the release and distribution of this fan fueled release. Produced by underground legend Kurt Ballou (Converge) at his Godcity complex, and drawing from the band’s extensive performing experience, this album helps solidify DARKEST HOUR‘s legacy as a major metal powerhouse. Raw as all hell, musically complex, melodic, yet cutting with razor blade precision, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora is fierce and hungry for blood.

ARCH ENEMY announce press conference at WACKEN OPEN AIR

ARCH ENEMY announce press conference at WACKEN OPEN AIR

ARCH ENEMY will unveil their largest stage production to date at their performance at WACKEN OPEN AIR on Saturday, August 6th at around midnight, making this performance the pinnacle of a highly successful album campaign in support of War Eternal. It all began in March of 2014 when the band announced new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz as well as the video for the album title track, “War Eternal”. This debut track went on to become the bands most successful video in their career, reaching close to 20 million views on YouTube. The release of the War Eternal album also saw ARCH ENEMY reaching their highest US and German chart positions to date while going on to play over 200 shows in over 40 countries around the world. In late 2014, Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) joined ARCH ENEMY during the world tour with Kreator and in 2015 they played arenas as direct support for Nightwish.

Though WACKEN OPEN AIR will not be the last time we see ARCH ENEMY supporting War Eternal live, it will be something that fans have never seen before! Therefore, don’t miss their press conference at:
WACKEN on Friday August 5th 5:00pm – 5:45pm CET
in the press tent / VIP area.
Fans can follow the press conference on an online live stream at:
08.04.2016 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
08.06.2016 Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
08.07.2016 RheinRiot 2016, Cologne, Germany (with Devildriver, Aborted and more)
08.10.2016 Foir Aux Vins Festival, Colmar, France

08.11.2016 Hirsch, Nuremberg, Germany

08.12.2016 Brutal Assault Festival, Josefov, Czech Republic
08.13.2016 Metal on the Hill, Graz, Austria
08.15.2016 Klub B90, Danzig, Poland
08.17.2016 Barba Negra Track, Budapest, Hungary
08.19.2016 Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbuehl, Germany
08.20.2016 Himos Park, Jämsä, Finland (with Nightwish)
08.21.2016 Waterfront, Norwich, United Kingdom (supported by Soilwork)
08.22.2016 Corporation, Sheffield, United Kingdom (supported by Soilwork)
08.23.2016 Tramshed, Cardiff, United Kingdom (supported by Soilwork)
08.24.2016 Engine Rooms, Southampton, United Kingdom (supported by Soilwork)
08.26.2016 Reload Festival, Sulingen, Germany
08.27.2016 Neuborn Open Air Festival, Wörrstadt, Germany
09.22.2016 La Belle Électrique, Grenoble, France
09.23.2016 LA BAM, Metz, France
09.24.2016 Wuennstock Herbst Festival, Bad Wuennenberg, Germany
09.25.2016 Femme Metal Event, Eindhoven, Netherlands

ARCH ENEMY online:

Futurepunk band The Plague Release “Danger” Music Videos

Futurepunk band The Plague Release “Danger” Music Videos

CREDIT: Victor Bravo (click for hi-res)



Today, Rochester-based “Futurepunk” band The Plague has released their debut music video for the single “Danger.” Released last month, the post-apocalyptic track comes from the group’s upcoming EP Hope For the F.U.T.U.R.E and has already racked up over 78K plays on Spotify. In an effort to continue their DIY approach (the band releases all their music on their own label Recover Records), the trio enlisted their longtime friend Scott Hamilton to shoot the video.

Frontman David Adam Monroe says “We got something gritty that we are pumped about and hopefully our fans enjoy seeing us play for the first time!

Monroe wrote and produced the entire song himself, which should come as no surprise as he has produced records alongside Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Earl Cohen (Lady Gaga, Pink, Jessica Simpson). Before getting into the production side, Monroe was in the band Third Estate, who appeared on Warped Tour from 02-06 and toured with many established acts like Story Of The Year, Yellowcard, and MCR.

Hope For The F.U.T.U.R.E will be released in the fall of 2017 on Recover Records.

Catch the band at the Buffalo, NY stop of the Vans Warped Tour on July 13th.

Connect with The Plague:
Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

danger video

danger video

ONE-EYED DOLL’s KIMBERLY FREEMAN Debuts Artistic Music Video for New Song, “Amnesia” New Album, Secret Lullaby, Out Now

Debuts Artistic Music Video for New Song, “Amnesia”New Album, Secret Lullaby, Out Now

Singer and songwriter Kimberly Freeman— perhaps best known as the guitar slinging front woman of rock band One-Eyed Doll— has teamed up with The Young Folks to debut a brand new music video for her song “Amnesia.” The artistic music video was shot in only one take and can be seen here:
Freeman explains of the visual, “We wanted ‘Amnesia’ to be raw, real and vulnerable, to express the meaning of the song. I go from being completely exposed to painting myself away, which is a metaphor for not only being forgotten but also wishing to forget.”
?Amnesia? is featured on Kimberly Freeman?s third solo effort, Secret Lullaby, which was released just over a week ago on July 1st. Freeman is exploring new sonic territories on Secret Lullaby, including progressive rock leaning tracks (?Rust,? ?Cream and Sugar?), heavy piano ballads (?The Thief,? ?Journey Of Art?), and even R&B-inspired beats (?Amnesia?, ?The Missing Link?). Teaming up again with longtime producer and bandmate Jason Rufuss Sewell, the pair have created a magical and colorful collection of songs unlike anything they?ve released thus far.
The music video for Kimberly Freeman?s previous single, ?Rust? can be at: Freeman explains of the track, ??Rust? is the tale of a ship who falls in love with her captain and hopes to keep him with her at sea forever. In his loneliness, the captain loses his mind and follows the sound of a siren, plunging the two to their tragic fate.?
Secret Lullaby is available at most digital retailers and can be purchased at:
About Kimberly Freeman:
Kimberly Freeman is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and jill of all trades. Originally from Austin, TX, Freeman is most well known as the front woman and guitarist for rock band One-Eyed Doll, where she has been featured as one of Guitar Player Magazine?s ?Top 20 Most Extraordinary Female Guitarists,? and one of Revolver Magazine?s ?Top 5 Most Influential Women In Rock.? Working her way up from creating handmade merchandise out of necessity (which she still happily does for dedicated fans), Freeman also creates unique and original handmade charms, perfumes, clothing items and more, available at Kimberly?s Magical Charms. Her solo efforts pay tribute to her commanding, yet sensual voice, while allowing her to explore wider musical territories.Kimberly Freeman Online/Socials:
https://kimberlyfreeman.bandcamp.comClick here for additional press assets (photos, art, etc)
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