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Happy Holidays! Yahoo Music Reveals Magical New WIZARDS OF WINTER Music Video for “The Spirit of Christmas”

Album Art Illustrated by Ioannis (Styx, Dream Theater, Deep Purple)

You have heard new tracks from the WIZARDS OF WINTER in anticipation of the holiday season, but now you can witness this holiday rock ensemble in action! Yahoo Music is currently hosting the exclusive premiere of the band?s enchanting new music video for ?The Spirit of Christmas?! Transport yourself a snowy wonderland here at Yahoo Music.

The video was filmed at The Sherman Theater in East Stroudsburg, PA and features soaring jib and drone shots, showcasing the full power of the WIZARDS OF WINTER on-stage holiday experience. The video is directed by Tommy Jones of Videohammer Studios.

Music director/keyboardist Scott Kelly states, ?The concept of the video taking place inside a snow globe closely aligns to the live production of our holiday rock opera (see below for more information). The libretto, presented by our narrator at the concerts, asks the audience to join us aboard the Arctic Flyer as we journey inside the snow globe in search of the true meaning of Christmas.?

?The Spirit of Christmas? and several other timeless tracks can be heard on the band?s upcoming album, The Magic of Winter, produced by Eric Rachel at Traxeast (Symphony X, Skid Row, Styx). The album hits stores on November 12, 2015. Pre-order here:

Witness the WIZARDS OF WINTER on tour!

The WIZARDS OF WINTER ? which features original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra ? recently announced ?An Evening with Wizards of Winter?: a 20-city U.S. holiday tour beginning November 19th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and ending on December 29th in Harrisburg, PA.

The WIZARDS OF WINTER will perform an entire set of original holiday music and select Trans-Siberian Orchestra favorites at each stop of their theatrical, family-oriented rock opera experience. See below for a full listing of tour dates.

Tickets for ?An Evening with Wizards of Winter? are on sale now and available for purchase via

?An Evening with WIZARDS OF WINTER? Tour Dates:

11/19 ? Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
11/20 ? Clearwater, FL @ The Capitol Theatre
11/21 ? Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
11/22 ? Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
11/27 ? Wilkes Barre, PA @ F.M. Kirby Center for Performing Arts
11/28 ? Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
12/3 ? Concord, NH @ Capitol Center For The Arts
12/4 ? Collingswood, NJ @ Collingswood Scottish Rite Theatre
12/5 ? Easton, PA @ The State Theater Performing Arts Center
12/6 ? Sugarloaf, NY @ Sugarloaf Performing Arts Center
12/9 ? Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
12/11 ? Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre and Ballroom
12/12 ? Kalamazoo, MI @ The Kalamazoo State Theatre
12/13 ? Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
12/16 ? Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
12/17 ? Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
12/18 ? Effingham, IL @ Effingham Performing Arts Center
12/20 ? Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
12/26 ? Albany, NY @ The Egg
12/27 ? Syracuse, NY @ Crouse Hinds Theater
12/29 ? Harrisburg, PA @ The Forum

The WIZARDS OF WINTER are an eclectic group of musicians from the NY/NJ/PA tri-state region who perform classical and progressive-influenced rock music woven throughout a theatrical holiday-themed event. While the group?s style is undoubtedly inspired by the genius of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), the WIZARDS OF WINTER are far from a TSO tribute band. The the Wizards? original material is very unique and has a broad audience appeal, applied in a more intimate setting.

As a testament to the virtuosity of the group, several original members of the
Trans-Siberian Orchestra have joined the WIZARDS OF WINTER on their musical journey. Currently performing with the group are Guy LeMonnier and Tony Gaynor. Tommy Farese and Michael Lanning, also former members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, have performed with the band on occasion as well.

Scott Kelly ? Music Director, Keyboards
Steve Ratchen ? Bass
Sharon Kelly ? Flute, Vocals
Fred Gorhau ? Guitar
Mary McIntrye ? Keyboards, vocals
Tommy Ference ? Drums
TW Durfy ? Guitar
Natalia Niarezka ? Violin
Guy LeMonnier ? vocals
Vincent Jiovino ? vocals
Tony Gaynor ? Narration

To learn more about the WIZARDS OF WINTER, please visit and


‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ Tour On-Sales:
Fan Club On-Sale to Begin September 9
Public Tickets Available Beginning September 18

Los Angeles, CA – September 9, 2015 – Earlier this month, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) announced the dates of its 2015 Winter Tour based on the group’s cherished Yuletide story, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” Now, TSO is pleased to announce that each concert ticket will come with a digital copy of the group’s highly-anticipated upcoming studio album, Letters From The Labyrinth (Lava Records/Republic Records). Letters From The Labyrinth, which is set to be released Nov. 13, 2015 is TSO’s first full-length album since 2009’s Night Castle, and fans who purchase tickets to the 2015 Winter Tour will be among the first to hear it.

Tour pre-sale tickets will be available to fan club members from Sept. 9 through Sept. 11, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Sept. 18 (see for details). For every ticket purchased online, fans will receive a digital download of Letters From The Labyrinth on the album’s release date.

Letters From The Labyrinth is a bold, conceptually provocative song cycle that finds TSO creator, lyricist and composer Paul O’Neill along with his composers, arrangers, singers and players pushing the proverbial envelope yet again — this time with what he calls TSO’s “first straight-ahead album” in the wake of its signature rock operas.

Fans of the rock operas will still be sated, as the 2015 Winter Tour is based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, the “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” This enchanting story follows the journey of a young runaway who breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater seeking shelter from the cold, and the ghostly visions she experiences from that concert hall’s past. “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” features such lasting crowd-pleasers as “Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.” TSO will take the 2015 Winter Tour to 60 cities across North America to perform 100 shows.

Tour dates for TSO’s 2015 Winter Tour (US & Canada Dates)

11/18/2015 Council Bluffs IA Mid-America Center 7:30 PM
11/18/2015 Erie PA Erie Insurance Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/19/2015 Charleston WV Charleston Civic Center 7:30 PM
11/19/2015 Des Moines IA Wells Fargo Arena 7:30 PM
11/20/2015 Columbia SC Colonial Life Arena 8:00 PM
11/21/2015 Denver CO Pepsi Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/21/2015 Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/22/2015 Colorado Springs CO World Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/22/2015 Greenville SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/24/2015 Salt Lake City UT EnergySolutions Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/25/2015 Reading PA Santander Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/27/2015 Spokane WA Spokane Arena 8:00 PM
11/27/2015 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/28/2015 Manchester NH Verizon Wireless Arena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/28/2015 Seattle WA KeyArena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/29/2015 Hartford CT XL Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/29/2015 Portland OR Moda Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/2/2015 Louisville KY KFC Yum! Center 7:30 PM
12/2/2015 Sacramento CA Sleep Train Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/3/2015 Ft Wayne IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 7:30 PM
12/3/2015 San Jose CA SAP Center 7:30 PM
12/4/2015 Cincinnati OH US Bank Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/4/2015 San Diego CA Valley View Casino Center 8:00 PM
12/5/2015 Dayton OH Nutter Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/5/2015 Ontario CA Citizens Business Bank Arena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/6/2015 Grand Rapids MI Van Andel Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/6/2015 Phoenix AZ Gila River Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/9/2015 Austin TX Frank Erwin Center 7:00 PM
12/9/2015 Richmond VA Richmond Coliseum 7:30 PM
12/10/2015 New Orleans LA Smoothie King Center 7:30 PM
12/10/2015 Washington DC Verizon Center 7:30 PM
12/11/2015 Jacksonville FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 8:00 PM
12/11/2015 Wilkes-Barre PA Mohegan Sun Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/12/2015 Newark NJ Prudential Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/12/2015 Orlando FL Amway Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/13/2015 Albany NY Times Union Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/13/2015 Tampa FL Amalie Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/16/2015 Atlanta GA Gwinnett Center 7:30 PM
12/16/2015 Providence RI Dunkin’ Donuts Center 7:30 PM
12/17/2015 Boston MA TD Garden 7:30 PM
12/17/2015 Little Rock AR North Little Rock Verizon Arena 7:30 PM
12/18/2015 Hershey PA Giant Center 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/18/2015 Houston TX Toyota Center 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/19/2015 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/19/2015 San Antonio TX AT&T Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/20/2015 Buffalo NY First Niagara Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/20/2015 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/22/2015 Ottawa ON Canadian Tire Center 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/22/2015 Wichita KS INTRUST Bank Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/23/2015 Oklahoma City OK Chesapeake Energy Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/23/2015 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/26/2015 Columbus OH Jerome Schottenstein Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/26/2015 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/27/2015 Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/27/2015 St Louis MO Scottrade Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/28/2015 Chicago IL Allstate Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/29/2015 Detroit MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/30/2015 Cleveland OH Quicken Loans Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/30/2015 St Paul MN Xcel Energy Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Brainswitch Releases Debut Album – And The World Will Sleep

Brainswitch is 5-piece alternative-metal band coming from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Specific sound of this band is based on elements that goes all the way from mystic soundscapes, grunge harmonies, stoner rock elements to post metal atmospheres.

The band’s debut album “And The World Will Sleep” was released in May, 2015 by Nocturne Media label and contains 12 songs.

“And The World Will Sleep” gained favorable reviews among music critics. With total duration of 70 minutes, songs are characterized with psychedelic melancholy, colored with energetic riffs and lyrically morbid and abstract visions, which gives the full picture of this anamorfic journey.

Album is recorded in Pavarotti Music Center and Epicenter Studio (BA). Mastering of album was done by James Plotkin (Plotkinworks Studio, Philadephia, USA), more known for his work with ISIS, Pelican, Khanate, Phantomsmasher, Khlyst, Nadja, Sunn O))), Earth etc.

First music video from the album for the song “Silver” is just released.

And The World Will Sleep tracklist:
01. The Room Of Lagnia
02. Borderliner
03. Silver
04. Lost Perseids
05. Face The Circle
06. After
07. Misleading Paths Of Red
08. Sound That Makes Them Sleep
09. Summer Daze
10. Them
11. Skull Show In The Town Of Dust
12. And The World Will Sleep

And the World Will Sleep is available on digital services (DEEZER, SPOTIFY, GOOGLE PLAY, RDIO)

Also, album is available on band’s official webpage and Youtube channel.

Interview with Butcher Babies Carla and Heidi

Butcher Babies Carla and Heidi, “Wendy O is our First Lady.”

Metal Maiden Media’s Carina Montgomery and Chris Cipolla interview Butcher Babies Carla and Heidi at The Riot Room October 2o, 2015 Kansas City, Mo. Both ladies talk about new album, “Take it like a man.”


to view photos of Butcher Babies go to:

Long In The Tooth – New Single – Ballad of Jewels

cd cover

Sacramento rockers, Long In The Tooth, are releasing their first single from their upcoming CD.  The yet unnamed CD is due out in December.  The single from this CD is a beautiful ballad entitled, Ballad of Jewels.  According to Joe ?MachineGun Moody? ? ?As the band, LITT, we feel that the tune, Ballad of Jewels, moved something deep inside all of us, bringing forth from the depth of our souls, our inner REO Speedwagon!?  The single, Ballad of Jewels, will release on November 3 on iTunes, as well as other online stores and streaming sites.


Long In The Tooth Is:

Anthony Vallejos- Vocals

Jeff Marsh ? Guitar

Dean Marshall Van Gelder- Guitar

Chris Alosi ? Bass/Vocals

Joe ?Machine Gun? Moody ? Drums

Lamb Of God – Hellevator Trailer on Game Show Network

Be afraid. Be very afraid. From the twisted minds that brought you the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, comes HELLEVATOR: a terrifying new show that dares three friends to ride a haunted elevator into the depths of an abandoned warehouse. One player must get out on each floor and conquer a frightening challenge in order to earn money for the team. But if they don’t make it back in time, the elevator moves on without them. Two comedic masterminds pull the strings throughout the game – taking delight in the horror. Who will make it back to the surface with the prize, and who will be trapped forever? HELLEVATOR is produced by Matador and Blumhouse Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Executive Producers are Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity,” “The Purge,” “Sinister” and “Insidious”), who won a 2014 Emmy® Award for “The Normal Heart,” and was nominated for an Academy Award® for “Whiplash,” and Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin of Matador.


Hellevator Red Band Trailer, Featuring Lamb of God “512” from Game Show Network on Vimeo.

HEXVESSEL – first song of upcoming album launched, new 7″ announced

This sacred tree will grow through you
the shape of your branches will start to show
When the dawn of man fades
all flesh will turn to hay
won’t you lay the earth over us?

Finnish psychedelic folk rockers HEXVESSEL will release the 7″ Earth Over Us on November 27th. This nice little collector’s item will include the brand new song “Earth Over Us” on side A and a hauntingly beautiful cover version of Tiamat’s classic tune “Gaia” on side B.

HEXVESSEL’s front man Mat McNerney comments on the song:
“This is the first song I wrote for the new album, and some who have seen us this year will have heard this one live already. It was just our first step towards the album we call When We Are Death, and so there are many surprises we’re holding back, both haunting, folk and heavy-psych. Earth Over Us is our gateway drug that we hope hooks you up to the Hexvessel magic trip we’re gonna lay on you come January 2016.”

Earth Over Us will be worldwide limited to 500 copies of which 400 will be on black vinyl and 100 on green vinyl. The green vinyl version will exclusively offered at the Leafmeal Festival – November 27th, Dortmund (DE), FZW.

The new HEXVESSEL studio album When We Are Death will be released on January 29th 2016 on Century Media Records. More news to be revealed in the upcoming weeks.

10.26 Leipzig – UT Connewitz *
10.27 Dortmund – FZW (Leafmeal Festival)
10.29 Berlin – Urban Spree **
* with UR
** with (DOLCH)

HEXVESSEL line-up:
Mat McNerney – Vox & guitar
Marja Konttinen – Vox & percussion
Jukka Rämänen – Drums
Simo Kuosmanen – Lead Guitar
Niini Rossi – Bass Guitar
Kimmo Helén – Keys/Trumpet/Violin

HEXVESSEL discography:
Dawnbearer (2011)
No Holier Temple (2012)
Vainolainen 7″ (2012)
Iron Marsh EP (2013)

Hell’s Heathens Releases New Video

Video Premiers on Horror/Entertainment site

October 23rd 2015-Tupelo, Mississippi-Hard Rock artists Hell’s Heathens released the video for their new single “Hate Fuck Pain Sucks”, which premiered on horror/entertainment site Bloody Disgusting.

The video symbolizes the farewell of their former band mate “Shadow Drummer”. The band had this to say about Shadow Drummer:
Shadow drummer was a character we came up with to hide the Identity of our past drummer. He had to leave the band for personal reasons so we figure we would send him out with a bang! So we killed his character off in our H.F.P.S music video. So long Shadow Drummer

The video was directed and produced by Jeremy Griffin.

Check out Hell’s Heathens “Hate Fuck Pain Sucks”:

About Hell’s Heathens
Straight out of the pits, these wild misfits come at you swinging with heavy beats and unworldly lyrics that will leave your head spinning like the exorcist. With a metal sound all their own and a style like no other, you’ll be joining them on a trip to hell in a hand basket and loving the ride the whole way down. These guys are no strangers to heavy experimental grooving riffs that manages to show up in their music. As they take stage, all hell breaks loose!

From Ashes to New – Independence Event Center

Photos by: Mark Schierholz

I have taken my time on this review, I was trying to get in, and then thru the crowd while they started their set.
My normal routine is to get to the pit and snap a picture of the set list. Didn’t happen, so I merely walked the crowd and listened from various points in the Independence Event Center, just east of Kansas City.
I wish the set had been longer, I wish that this one guard, didn’t think he was GI JOE, and keep me from the vantage point I sought. As for the venue, the sound was good in pretty much all areas. As far as the music goes, I will admit honestly, that I seemed to have hit a rut in my music choices, and had not seen A2N, my mistake.  So, I chose to hold off on writing this piece until I gave them due diligence. I never want to be a guy that writes a review, and wasn’t true to the band. Let’s think about it. It is easy to espouse some bullshit, and use words that sound great like Stellar, or spot on, and my favorite, On Point.
After the show, I wanted to Download some songs, and look up lyrics, you know how it is, you don’t know the words and ad lib in your own mind.
So, here you go, enough foreplay  erh so to speak, There is NEVER enough foreplay (chuckles).
My first take is that there is a Lincoln Park influence. Second, Listening to the quick words, the timing and then the vocals doesn’t give you a real respect without having heard them first? They had an interesting sound, I liked the riffs, and the drummer was like a metronome, with out the set list, I was out of my sync, and it was in my mind trying to figure it out. Thus I just listened, enjoyed a beer, and when I finally got to pit row, I got a lil bit of the stage show.
When you Open for In this Moment, Papa (never had a bad set) Roach and then 5FDP? You better be on your game, A2n was, and everyone I asked freind and stranger liked the set, and were very happy.
Therefore, my advice to you is to Listen to them, buy the CD, put it in your car and Jam the F out.  Turn it up loud enough the car next to you is like WTF is he listenin to. I ride a dresser Harley, and have the cd in my player, everyone around me is listening, over by UMKC one afternoon, I got a thumbs up and asked if I was there at the concert.. Happily I said yes.
I wish someone had told me to check them out sooner, well, I admit, I should have done it sooner, but am truly happy I did now. I cannot wait to go see them again.
I can assure you, that when you go to their show, they will blow your ass away.  They did me.

Review by Michael Bridges



KORN logo


?KORN: EST. 1994?












KORN Photobook Theo Wargo (gettyimages)

Picture (L-R): James ‘Munky’ Schaffer, Brian ‘Head’ Welch, Jonathan Davis, Ray Luzier and Reginald ‘Fieldy’ Arvizu backstage at Irving Plaza on October 5, 2015 in New York City, part of their 20th Anniversary Tour,

holding up Korn: Est. 1994 /

 Photo gallery here: / Credit: Theo Wargo (gettyimages)

 The first KORN album was released on October 11, 1994. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum hard rock innovators announced today (10/13) they will release a limited edition 300-page hard cover photo book, Korn: Est. 1994, on Tuesday, October 27, that includes images from two decades of archives paired with brand new notes, stories and commentary from band members. The book will give fans unlimited access into a career that includes 11 seminal releases, countless sold-out shows, and 35 million albums sold worldwide.

Fans can pre-order the photo book exclusively via Pledge Music for $55 (with a deluxe package available for $90 that includes the photo book and a limited-edition litho print of the band?s debut album cover) up until Tuesday, October 20 and then the book will be available at from release day, October 27. All fan pre-orders via Pledge Music will be shipped on Wednesday, October 21. Additionally, the book will be available for purchase at the last seven tour dates (Dallas, TX on October 20 through Oakland, CA on October, 30) on their current fall tour. Full tour itinerary below.
The 20th anniversary shows, which started in 2014, were so well-received that the band–Jonathan Davis (vocals),  James ?Munky? Shaffer (guitar), Brian ?Head? Welch (guitar), Reginald ?Fieldy? Arvizu (bass) and Ray Luzier (drums)–wanted to bring this iteration of the live show into an intimate setting for the core fanbase. The band?s month-long tour around the U.S., during which they?re performing their self-titled debut album in its entirety, wraps up October 30 in Oakland, CA. At each show, fans get to experience KORN at an intimate venue, two decades later.

KORN?s self-titled debut album, released in May, 1994, has been heralded by Rolling Stone as ??the most important metal album of the last 20 years.? Produced by Ross Robinson, the critically acclaimed album features singles ?Blind,? ?Shoots and Ladders,? ?Clown? and ?Need To.? With little mainstream support, Davis? dark and disturbing lyrics alongside the band?s new and unique hyper-aggressive soundtrack, KORN went on to sell over two million albums worldwide.

Dates remaining on KORN?s 20th anniversary fall tour:

Wed 10/14 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
Thu 10/15 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
Fri 10/16 Miami, FL Fillmore Miami Beach
Sun 10/18 New Orleans, LA Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
Mon 10/19 Austin, TX Stubbs
Tue 10/20 Dallas, TX South Side Ballroom
Thu 10/22 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
Fri 10/23 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
Sat 10/24 San Bernardino, CA Knotfest*
Tue 10/27 Denver, CO The Fillmore
Wed 10/28 Salt Lake City, UT The Great Saltair
Fri 10/30 Oakland, CA The Fox Theater

* notes festival appearance


Witness Alternative Hard Rockers THE REAKTION at Next Weekend’s KNOTFEST

Discovered by Veteran Producers GGGarth and Bob Ezrin
Managed by SLIPKNOT?s Sid Wilson

Physical & Digital Versions of SELKNAM Out Next Wednesday, October 21st via Mainia Recordings

?From beginning to end, SELKNAM is very solid?? ?
?Very radio ready. There is a diversity of style on this LP that will appeal to any rock/metal fan.? ?

Infectious alt-electro-rock band The ReAktion ? who were recently discovered by veteran producers GGGarth and Bob Ezrin, and managed by Slipknot?s Sid Wilson ? will release the physical version of their brand new album SELKNAM next Friday, October 21, 2015 via Mainia Recordings.

Shortly after the album?s release, The ReAktion will perform their blistering set at KNOTFEST ? taking place next weekend at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA. The ReAktion will perform on Sunday, October 25th (set time ? 12:55pm) and are set to play several new songs off of their upcoming album, including their two previously released singles ?10 Steps To Success? and ?Synchro?. Learn more about KNOTFEST and get your tickets at

?The ReAktion are a perfect marriage of the metal/hard rock sound to the EDM family! This is a new approach on the sound everyone?s been trying to capture! Don’t miss out on this break-thru band!? – SID ? Slipknot

SELKNAM combines addictive, atmospheric alt-rock soundscapes with hard-driving EDM energy, all the while incorporating hard rock/metal undertones without sacrificing passionate sensitivity. Produced by the renowned names mentioned above, SELKNAM was recorded at Estudios Tierra in Santiago, Chile.

SELKNAM is available for pre-order via iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and via the Mainia Recordings website. If you order through iTunes now, you will get SELKNAM for the special early price of $6.99, and get ?10 Steps To Success? and ?Synchro? as instant-grat tracks.

Hailing from Santiago, Chile, and formed in 2010, The ReAktion is all about social movements like environmental awareness and unity, in an attempt to bring a revolution of consciousness to the world.

The band is currently working on promotion and touring plans for US, Europe and South America for fall/winter 2015-2016.

The ReAktion is:
Lead Singer – Simon Rojas
Guitarist – Diego Segredo
Drums – Leonardo Signorelli


?Who made Hell? Hell made Who??
? ?I Was Never Good At Meth,? CORRECTIONS HOUSE

CORRECTIONS HOUSE will unleash their long-anticipated, sophomore full-length, Know How To Carry A Whip,this October via Neurot Recordings. Darker, denser, and more despairing than their 2013-issued Last City Zero predecessor, the nine-track, forty-five-minute audio apocalypse was captured by the band?s own Sanford Parker (Minsk) and recently institutionalized minister of propaganda, Seward Fairbury, in Vietnam. The record boasts a guest appearance by Negative Soldier and finds CORRECTIONS HOUSE ? which features the fiery lineup of Parker, Fairbury, Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) and Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod) — at their most punishing, painting electronic mosaics of deviance and decadence with brushes made of bristles of the damned.

Immersed in experiences of longing and loneliness from the depths of their collectively decaying hearts, each movement contained within CORRECTIONS HOUSE?s Know How To Carry A Whipreveals a new, unsettling sentiment of danger, paranoia and looming defeat. An underlying theme of confinement and release bridges each track. Atmospheric and haunting; hypnotic and pulsing, songs writhe and wither, decay and peel. Distorted, doomed and oft static sodden, discordant and tribal, twined around Williams? unassailable manic street preacher prose and intermittently juxtaposed by the smooth, cradling sounds of Lamont?s lingering saxophone,  Know How To Carry A Whipis at once bleak, grey, glacially devastating and metaphysically cathartic. ?The music is simultaneously suffocating and freeing,? expounds Kelly, ?but it also has the energy of a whirling dervish.?

In a rare, lucid skype transmission from the mental facility in which he currently resides. Fairbury further elaborates of the production, ?the songs typically originate from the loops and beats that are generated from Sanford, then the skeleton of riffs are built by Scott and Bruce. Mike IX adds his profound observations and I do the final production. These new songs are far more developed and fluid then the first record. There is a prevailing groove that dominates.? (Fairbury, who was missing briefly last year, obsessed with seeking clarity and understanding beyond Who, What and Why we are to ultimately expose The Truth, continues his downward spiral towards madness and despair. Allegedly plotting an elaborate escape, Fairbury plans to rejoin CORRECTIONS HOUSEin their systematic propagation of auditory abuse later this year.)

Know How To Carry A WhipTrack Listing:
1. Crossing My One Good Finger
2. Superglued Tooth
3. White Man?s Gonna Lose
4. Hopeless Moronic
5. Visions Divide
6. The Hall Of Cost
7. When Push Comes To Shank
8. I Was Never Good At Meth
9. Burn The Witness

CORRECTIONS HOUSEmethodically creates and destroy through sonic disease and transcendent musical deconstruction. All things in all ways. There is nothing else.Know How To Carry A Whip will be released worldwide on October 23rd, 2015 via Neurot Recordings.

Amenize Streams New Album “Black Sky”

São Paulo based metal band Amenize are streaming their sophomore album, Black Sky, which released last week. This is the group’s first album since the trio’s 2010 release, When Angels Turn Into Demons.


“We”re so happy to finally share with everyone our second album, ‘Black Sky’. We’re all controlled by invisible forces everyday and with this concept album we hope to open minds and eyes. People need to see that we are the solution. It’s time to face the faceless “ ? bRain, Guitarist and lyricist.

About Amenize:

?In 2010, Bruno Corey (Singer) invited the guitarist Kaue Vaz, his longtime friend, to make a sound that would express all their creativity through the weight of Metal. After the invitation of Nicola Tommasini to take the sticks, Amenize was born.

Soon after the replacement of Kaue Vaz by current guitarist bRain, the journey to build the CD When Angels Turn Into Demons began. In this first original work of the band, the story of a former elite soldier, who survived the horror of war and struggles to contain his own fears and delusions, is told.

In 2014, Nicola left the band, leaving the drummer?s place for Danilo Cruz (Ex-Esylium). The first bass player to fully join the band will soon have his name released.

With a heavy and consistent show, Amenize stands out for its amazing music that merges anger and killers riffs with melodies that can touch souls.
Currently, the group is in the studio recording his new album entitled Black Sky, which will be released through the Eternal Hatred Records.”

Memories In Broken Glass Release “Aether” Lyric Video

Texas based Progressive, Ambient Metal band Memories In Broken Glass have released a lyric video for their new single “Aether”. The lyric video originally premiered with REVOLVER Magazine, and the single is available for purchase now on the band’s Bandcamp.

Watch Memories In Broken Glass’s “Aether” Lyric Video below:

Aether is a journey of one?s inner self through a series of scenes interpreted as a visual flight through a storm. With this concept I wanted to take a certain lyrical approach that a listener or reader could easily connect with and understand yet leave a certain mystery, not towards the song it self but towards the listener?s own perspective of their lives.Saul Castillo (Vocalist)

About Memories In Broken Glass:
Memories In Broken Glass [MIBG] is a Progressive, Ambient metal group, originally based out of Alice, Texas. In 2010, MIBG relocated to San Antonio, TX from Alice, TX and has since established an active fan base in both the local regions (respectively) as well as in the neighboring city of Austin, TX. The group has supported countless national acts, including Between the Buried and Me, the Contortionist, TesseracT, After the Burial, Whitechapel and countless others. MIBG competed in the nation-wide 2013 Road to the Sphinx competition, to which they made top 15 of the 2,500 competing bands. The group has also won two Headbang for the Highway Battle of the Bands and have earned spots on the Austin, TX dates of Mayhem Festival 2013 which featured Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, and Machinehead, and the 2014 Summer Slaughter Tour with Morbid Angel, The Faceless and Thy Art is Murder. With the addition of their new vocalist, the band has added a new dynamic sound to it?s already massive musical spectrum. From technical keyboard driven metal to new age vocal powered progressive rock, MIBG aims to appeal to all audiences and make their music timeless. Memories In Broken Glass are Mark Martinez, Randy King, Justin Garcia, George Garcia (no relation) and Saul Castillo.

Lionheart Announce New Album, New Label

Love Don’t Live Here will be out 01/22


(October 16, 2015 – San Francisco, CA) – California’s hardcore heavy hitters, Lionheart, are back with their first full-length in over four years. The quintet will release Love Don’t Live Here on January 22nd via LHHC Records (a label formed by the band members themselves). The album’s title is a nod to a classic R&B/ Motown song by the same name and shows the band’s unwillingness to conform to the typical “hardcore mold”, as well as the bitter and unforgiving lyrical content the band is known for. They’ve also signed with BDHW Records for the album’s release in Europe and Asia, a label known for their brutal devotion to the hardcore scene.

?This album represents everything we?ve ever wanted to do with our music,” says vocalist Rob Watson. “It?s heavy, it?s pissed, it?s original, and it?s honest- something that?s missing in a lot of music nowadays.”

Love Don’t Live Here was engineered by Cody Fuentes at Rapture Recording Studios in Hayward, CA and will soon be available for pre-order at


1. Pain

2. Keep Talkin’

3. Witness

4. Bury Me

5. Love Don’t Live Here

6. Rewind

7. Still

8. New Enemies

9. Lock Jaw

10. Dead Wrong

11. Going Back to the Bay

Bay Area, California’s reigning kings of heavy hardcore first stormed onto the scene in 2007 with their debut album: The Will To Survive. Taking influence from bands like Blood For Blood, Hatebreed, and Ringworm; Lionheart came out swinging with a full blown assault of blistering metallic hardcore. They quickly followed it up with 2010’s ‘Built On Struggle’, 2012’s ‘Undisputed’ and years of nonstop touring.

Following a short break after the release of Undisputed, the band came back stronger than ever with 2014’s ‘Welcome To The Westcoast’. The album debuted at #1 on both iTunes metal and GooglePlay metal charts.

Now, off the heels of sold out shows and Festival appearances around the globe, Lionheart returns in January 2016 with their most punishing album to date: ‘Love Don’t Live Here’. The album title, a nod to a classic R&B/ Motown song by the same name, shows the bands unwillingness to conform to the typical “hardcore mold”, as well as the bitter and unforgiving lyrical content the band is known for. LDLH is a journey through a life rarely lived but often imitated. Backed by a combination of blistering metallic hardcore and west coast groove, front-man Rob Watson offers a window into a life of pain, despair, and an unrelenting will to overcome.

Eye of Nix – Moros

?With crust and sludge-influenced riffs meeting black metal?s tremolo picking at the noisiest crossroads, the band sets a tumultuous backdrop for vocalist Joy Von Spain?s otherworldly, operatic banshee wails. Her Siouxsie Sioux-gone-black metal vocals will give you chills, and add to the chaos instead of softening the band?s sound.? ? Noisey
EYE OF NIX was forged in the Autumn of 2012, the result of five veteran Seattle musicians from diverse backgrounds in underground metal, experimental/classical, harsh noise and dark country coming together to create abrasive yet shape-shifting sounds. The following year the band ? vocalist Joy Von Spain, drummer Justin Straw (Same-Sex Dictator), guitarist Nicholas Martinez, bassist Gerald Hansen, and noise artist Masaaki Masao ? recorded and self-released a four-song cassette demo and toured the West Coast with noise veterans Blue Sabbath Black Cheer. With an eclectic, difficult-to-pinpoint sound that?s at once graceful and threatening, EYE OF NIX would move on to share the stage with the equally-eclectic likes of Jarboe, Sea Of Bones, Lesbian, Worm Ouroboros, Helen Money, and Eight Bells, among other notable acts.

Earlier this year, EYE OF NIX released their debut LP, Moros, via Eugene, Oregon-based imprint Belief Mower (Muscle And Marrow, Hungers, Eagle Twin et al). The record was captured by the hands of engineer Brandon Fitzsimons (Bell Witch, Anhedonist, Haunted Horses) at Airport Grocery in Seattle, mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx in San Francisco and features the shadowy cover renderings of Ogo Eion.
In conjunction with the release, the band embarked on a seventeen date Western US tour and collaborated with filmmaker Michael Ray Sheets and butoh performer Vanessa Skantze to create a video for the track ?Elysium Elusive.? The clip premiered on Noisey in April, with the esteemed blog issuing, ?With crust and sludge-influenced riffs meeting black metal?s tremolo picking at the noisiest crossroads, the band sets a tumultuous backdrop for vocalist Joy Von Spain?s otherworldly, operatic banshee wails. Her Siouxsie Sioux-gone-black metal vocals will give you chills, and add to the chaos instead of softening the band?s sound.?
Elsewhere the sentiment resonated. ?Moros is all over the place sonically?not a moment is wasted and there?s no room for an iota of boredom,? championed Invisible Oranges, furthering, ?Von Spain?s operatic vocal tendencies make it epic, the psychedelia embedded in it makes it hypnotic, and the blackness and sludge creates a harsh abrasiveness. Von Spain has the vocal power and control to soar, shriek, roar and growl and she does all that and more. Together, the musical landscape and her vocal extremities are a terrifying yet can?t-stop-listening experience.? Deaf Sparrow concurred, ?There?s a quiescent calm that flows over much of Moros, brought outward into moments of inspiration like an oracle huffing fumes from the bowels of the earth and then shrieking and wailing, sometimes in operatics, at onlookers who dare discern her meaning.  One would expect difficulty in going from one musical style to another, but EYE OF NIX have created a logical flow where the listener forgets from whence they came. Spellbinding is the word.?
Next month, EYE OF NIX will issue Moros digitally with two never-before-heard bonus tracks ? ?Blood In The Fire,? and ?Rome Burned.


Come and Rest – Blacklist Tour

Come and Rest Announce “The Blacklist Tour”

Post Hardcore outfit Come and Rest have announced a new U.S. tour, with Roadrunner artist, More To Monroe, called ?The Blacklist Tour?. The tour will begin in Nashville, TN on November 6th and will travel much of the southern states before heading up and down the east coast, finishing in Greensboro, NC on November 25th. Check the dates below for a city near you.

11/6 Nashville, TN – Rocketown

11/8 Houston, TX – Walter’s

11/10 Dallas, TX – Tomcat’s West

11/12 Tallahassee, FL – Pug’s

11/13 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (w/ The Ghost Inside and Texas In July)

11/14 Fayetteville, NC – Drunk Horse Pub

11/15 Boonton, NJ – Boontunes

11/16 Watertown, NY – Flashback Lounge

11/18 Westland, MI – Token Lounge

11/19 Steger, IL – Reilly’s Roadhouse

11/22 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall (w/ Ice Nine Kills, Wage War My Enemies & I The White Noise)

11/25 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street

More dates TBA

“So excited and privileged to get back on the road for “The Blacklist Tour”. We love that we get to share our music and connect with new people each night. This tour is a celebration of the songs that we have written and the opportunities it has opened for us. See you out there.” – Vocalist, Noel Alejandro

Europe – War of Kings Tour

EUROPE?s place as a legendary hard rock band was platinum-stamped early in their career. Having enjoyed an explosive period of worldwide success in the ?80s (under-pinned by their hit album and single ?The Final Countdown?), 2015?s War of Kings has seen them take full advantage of the global groundwork EUROPE have keenly re-established over the last few years.

Recently, it was decided that EUROPE?s momentous live appearance at Wacken 2015 should not only be filmed and recorded, but released as a DVD & BluRay! EUROPE?s War of Kings Special Edition will include the original War of Kings CD plus said Wacken 2015 DVD & BluRay, and will hit stores in North America on December 4th, 2015 via Hell & Back Recordings/UDR Music.

The set will come in three formats (2-disc Ecolbook CD+DVD, 2-disc Ecolbook CD+ BluRay, Limited Edition Deluxe Package with War of Kings CD + DVD + BluRay and Photobook), and an audio-only edition of the Wacken 2015 performance will also be available via digital format. Pre-orders will available beginning next Wednesday, October 21st.

Joey Tempest states, ?Very excited to have the War of Kings Special Edition coming out with our Wacken Festival performance as bonus disc and so great to soon be back in the USA after our very successful east coast shows earlier this year ? covering a lot more States this time.. The War of Kings tour continues!?

CD Track Listings:
12. VASASTAN (Instrumental)

DVD & BluRay Track Listings:

In celebration of this release, EUROPE is announcing the War of Kings U.S. Tour 2016! The tour begins in San Jose, CA on January 19th, and hits 16 cities before coming to a close in Atlanta, GA on February 6th. See below for all current tour dates ? general onsale begins next Friday, October 23rd at 9am PT/12pm ET via all major ticketing sites or

1/19/2016 – San Jose, CA @ Rockbar Theater
1/20/2016 – Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
1/22/2016 – Los Angeles, CA @ Saban Theater
1/23/2016 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Live
1/24/2016 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box Theater
1/25/2016 – Chandler, AZ @ Wild Horse Pass Casino
1/27/2016 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theater
1/28/2016 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Badlands Pawn
1/29/2016 – Shawnee, OK @ The Grand Events Ctr
1/30/2016 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
1/31/2016 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
2/2/2016 – Fort Lauderdale, IL @ Revolution
2/3/2016 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The Concert Courtyard @ Ferg?s
2/4/2016 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
2/5/2016 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Casino
2/6/2016 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

Stay tuned for more coming from EUROPE soon!

Art of Shock – Deathstar Supernova

?Classic and crafty, [ART OF SHOCK] delivers lots of wailing hard rocking power, piercing vocals and a buzz saw guitar attack that could gnaw through granite.?
– Music Connection Magazine

SoCal rock favorites ART OF SHOCK are pleased to announce the official release of their brand new track ?Deathstar Supernova?! The band?s new material is produced by Jim Kaufman & Kenny Carkeet. Make sure to stream the track via the band?s official YouTube page


Vocalist/guitarist Art Geezar states: ?Deathstar Supernova? is a just little taste of what’s to come in the ART OF SHOCK world. It’s a very straight forward metal song ? it’s fast, mean, and so much fun to play live. We are not trying to fit or play what everybody else is playing, we do what we feel is right and we’re very satisfied with the results so far.?

You can purchase the track via:
Google Play

ART OF SHOCK, known for their unique fusion of modern and classic rock influences, have been taking Southern California by storm for the past few years with their over-the-top performances. Despite their youth, these rockers are on fire?rapidly gaining a loyal and passionate fan base across the United States thanks to their stunning live show.

In 2013, ART OF SHOCK was chosen for the prestigious honor of being the official Vans Warped Tour BBQ band, forging their way into the hearts of new fans as bands like Dropkick Murphys and Longway did before them. ART OF SHOCK is currently working on their new material with producers Jim Kaufman & Kenny Carkeet.

Art Geezar (Vocals, Guitar)
Nick Ertel (Guitar)
Adrian Geezar (Drums)

Arkaik – Lucid Dawn

Californian progressive death metal outfit, ARKAIK, are set to unleash their third full-length via Unique Leader Records this Fall. Entitled Lucid Dawn, the ten-track magnum opus was engineered, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Wrvth, All Shall Perish et al.) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California, and takes ARKAIK?s multifaceted sound to an entirely new dimension, showcasing each musician?s creative potential and upping the proverbial ante of the brutality and technicality of their back catalog. With the addition of guitarists Miguel Esparza (ex-Hatriot) and Greg Paulson as additional composers, Lucid Dawn delivers a fresh approach to the band?s sound and the entire progressive death metal genre. As an added bonus, the album features guest appearances from death metal heavy weights, Trevor Strnad and Ryan Knight of The Black Dahlia Murder, as well as Bay Area live string quartet, Amaranth in addition to the stunning art renderings of Tyler Space.
Lucid Dawn is the second installment in a series of concept albums revolving around Cyrix, a disillusioned character in a dystopian society. In Cyrix?s world, dreaming is systematically controlled by a tyrannical ruler named Khaal-Li-Phar and his army of dark shamans, where people are forced to build monuments to the tyrant to stifle their imaginations and inhibit their ability to achieve a multi-dimensional existence. Lucid Dawn is a death metal take on American mythologist, writer and lecturer, Joseph Campbell?s monomyth, and the beginning of Cyrix?s ?Hero?s Journey.? Musically and conceptually, Lucid Dawn carries the listener on a visceral expedition through the depths of evil and beyond the threshold of mundane reality.
In conjunction with the release of Lucid Dawn, ARKAIK will embark upon a near month-long headlining tour from October 16th through November 8th. See confirmed dates below:.
ARKAIK ? Lucid RevolutionTour w/ Bermuda, Inanimate Existence:
10/16/15 On The Y ? Sacramento, CA *
10/17/15 The Third Street Pub ? Bend, OR
10/18/15 El Corazon (Funhouse) ? Seattle, WA
10/19/15 The Pin! ? Spokane, WA
10/20/15 The Shredder ? Boise, ID
10/21/15 Karmikazees ? Salt Lake City, UT
10/22/15 Trailside Saloon ? Denver, CO
10/23/15 Yellow City Bomber Chelter ? Amarillo, TX
10/24/15 Walters ? Houston, TX
10/25/15 The Korova ? San Antonio, TX
10/26/15 House of Rock ? Corpus Christi, TX
10/27/15 Dirty Dog Bar   Austin, TX
10/28/15 Tomcats West ? Fort Worth, TX
10/29/15 YaYas ? San Angelo, TX
10/30/15 Blu Phoenix ? Albuquerque, NM
10/31/15 The Quarry Bisbee ? Bisbee, AZ
11/01/15 The Rogue ? Scottsdale, AZ **
11/02/15 Doll Hut ? Anaheim, CA **
11/03/15 Elks Lodge ? San Bernardino, CA **
11/04/15 Five Star Bar ? Los Angeles, CA **
11/05/15 Brick By Brick ? San Diego, CA **
11/06/15 Chinatown Youth Center ? Fresno, CA **
11/07/15 PB&J?s ? Reno, NV **
11/08/15 DNA Lounge ? San Francisco, CA **
** w/ Inanimate Existence

?ARKAIK treats you to a head-spinning display of insectile tech-death frenzy ? the kind of performance that somehow feels both machine-tight and berserk. And in the midst of that crazed but calculated opening performance, they?re already beginning to inject a melodic theme into your brain that just gets more insidiously infectious as the song unfolds.? — No Clean Singing
ARKAIK?s Lucid Dawn will be released on October 30th, 2015 worldwide via Unique Leader Records.


Hornwood Fell – “Yheri” Release October 15

Via Avantgarde Music

“Two years ago we promoted their self-titled debut album as the contemporary answer to Norwegian black metal classics from the 90’s like Ulver (Nattens Madrigal era), Kvist, Darkthrone…. Responses were truely over expectations: people got hit by the incredible grim atmospheres mixed up with the relevant technical skill of the two brothers leading Hornwood Fell.
With ‘Yheri’, Hornwood Fell embarked in the writing of a concept album and most of all, introduce new elements in their music with more atmopheric passages an even clean vocals. Again resemblances of some Norwegian more psychotic and evolved black metal bands come to mind: like Ved Buens Ende or early Virus.
But the root and the core of the album remains a fast, aggressive, super technical black metal with a giant performance on drums.”


Track List

1. Walking in the Woods 04:45
2. The Encounter 05:46
3. At His Awakening 07:15
4. The Snowstorm 03:52
5. The Rebellion 04:05
6. The Other Generated 06:33
7. These Trees Are Watching 02:33
8. Them 06:14

Watch for a review on this album this week!

GHOST – Album and Show review

MELIORA – Released August 21, 2015 via Loma Vista Recordings

Let me tell you why reviewing albums is kind of a sucky and laborious process. It obviously isn’t a difficult enterprise, it’s not like I’m digging ditches or roofing in the middle of summer, but it is time consuming because, the way I see it, I owe each album a minimum of three listens. So, imagine the worst album you’ve ever heard. Now imagine a pile of equally crappy albums. Then imagine listening to each one three times and trying to formulate some coherent way to describe the garbage you just listened to. That is the sucky and laborious part (I will admit, some albums let you know one way or the other after one listen. They’re either superb or horrid).

The first listen is done at home, in front of my meticulously designed and crafted audio dissection workstation (otherwise known as my computer). This is a formal listen done without distractions. During this listen I’m obviously forming initial opinions about the songs themselves, but also about the mixing and mastering (some bands have MAJOR problems in this area), song order, cover art, etc. The next listen is done in the car. This is a much more relaxed listen. This listen is all about how the album feels. Does it make me want to play drums on the steering wheel? Do I have a natural inclination to listen to it loud? Am I wanting to sing along? Or is it embarrassing garbage that I turn WAY down at red lights so nobody thinks I actually enjoy this trash? During this listen I will turn my car radio up all the way to test the limits of the mix. Does the mix hold true at all volumes or does the low end start to overpower? Do I hear any distortion that was maybe covered up at lower volumes? That shit is important. With all the Tools (pun intended) available in the studio these days there is no reason for a poorly mixed album (unless you’re one of those lo-fi ignoramuses and that’s what you’re going for). During the third listen I go song by song and decide whether or not I think this song is good enough to be in the band’s live set. A good album will have a majority of it’s songs be ones that you’d want to see live. One or two strong songs and a bunch of filler doesn’t make a good album.

I say all of that in order to say this: Think about some of your favorite albums, I’m sure many of them were instant classics and you loved them immediately, but I’m willing to bet that there are others that you had to listen to for a little bit before you discovered their greatness. That is exactly what happened with me and Meliora. Now that I think about it, that has happened to me with each GHOST album so far. At first I’m like “Nope. I don’t hear it, I don’t get it, this isn’t for me.” Then, upon further inspection, the songs present their nuance and detail and before you know it I’m singing along like a huge nerd, which of course I am.

So, those of you familiar with GHOST know that their first album Opus Eponymous is more of a rock record, and that their second album Infestissumam was a little more poppy. Most people will say that they prefer Opus EponymousI liked them both, but I think I prefer InfestissumamThe new album is somewhere in between, probably closer to Opus EponymousThe first two songs, Spirit and From The Pinnacle To The Pit both struck me as competent rock songs. Not great, not terrible either. Pretty good (Subsequent listens have shown these songs to be better than I originally thought). The third song, Ciriceis the first song that really “brings it.” I’m a big believer in leading with your strongest songs, so I might have put this song first, but that’s a minor quibble. The fourth song Spöksonat and the eight song Devil Church are both short instrumentals. Not much here in the way of interesting content. It would have been awesome if they made these instrumentals engaging and integral parts of the album, the way MORBID ANGEL did on Blessed Are The Sick. Song number five, He Is, is a great fucking song. The chorus sounds like something you’d teach children to sing, except that it’s, you know, about the Devil, which makes it like 1000 times better. Definite sing along. The next song, Mummy Dust, has a kind of metal sounding intro and a cool, haunting piano in the chorus. By this time I’m starting to notice that there are some pretty heavy riffs on this album. The next song, Majesty, is another competent rock song, much like the first two (I’ve been starting to skip this song when I listen to the album, not because it’s bad, but because it doesn’t live up to the other songs). Absolution is another song that starts off with a metal sounding riff and has a really great, singable chorus, then back to the metal riff. The final song on the album, Deus in Absentia, has a goddamn beautiful chorus. It’s so catchy that if you don’t sing along it makes you a bad person. I’d say that at least seven of these songs could go directly into a live setlist, and I would leave that show satisfied that I heard their best.

The mix on this album is outstanding. The guitars are quite a bit thicker and more present in the mix than they were on Infestissumam. Everything holds together at high volumes. The mastering allows for the dynamics in the music to be appreciated. They didn’t try to make every second of the album the loudest thing that ever lived (I’m looking at you, Metallica).

Overall this is a damn good album, and it is solid proof that GHOST is much more than a costume gimmick band. If we’re comparing Satan bands, head to head, I’d take GHOST over BEHEMOTH ten times out of ten. Yeah that’s right I said it, fight me!! 8.5/10. The 1.5 is because I thought the instrumentals could have added more to the overall album.

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GHOST – Beacham Theater. Orlando,FL 10/10/2015

So this was my second time seeing GHOST. I saw them for the first time about a year and a half ago, in the same venue, on the Infestissumam tour. Review here. As I arrived at the venue (once again by car and not Sun Rail) and found my spot (upstairs, as close to the center as possible, as always) I started to notice three distinct groups of people that I did not see last year.

Group 1: Old people. Let’s face it, a significant portion of the GHOST sound is cheesy 70’s rock. It is my belief that these old codgers, who probably listen exclusively to cheesy 70’s rock, heard their kids or grandkids listening to GHOST and took a shine to it. I’m ok with that. Have fun old man.

Group 2: Middle aged goths who found a reason to dress up, hire a babysitter, and come plague the rest of us with patchouli oil and clove cigarettes. Rage intensifying. By the way, you still look funny.

Group 3: Normies. So like halfway through the set this suburbanite woman behind me starts complaining to her significant other about GHOST not playing a long enough set (they played for like an hour and a half) and bitching about the venue. She was doing this loud enough for me to hear her over the music. You know how sometimes you start to feel like you should legally be allowed to beat people to within 1 3/8 inches of their life, smear their blood all over your face, and go on a fucking indiscriminate rampage? Well I was starting to feel that coming on so I got myself a Crown and Coke and re-positioned. Look, I don’t come to your Red Hot Chili Peppers concerts and scream about the devil or do death metal growls between songs. You know why? Because I’m a fucking civilized person and I have manners. You know what this is? It’s cultural appropriation, and I don’t appreciate it.

The dreadful opening band was about halfway through their set when I got there. The change-over between sets was very short (because no amps – more on that later) and before you know it GHOST was on. For those of you who don’t think GHOST is a heavy band, you have obviously never seen them live. They fucking crush it. Their sound is so clean and heavy and huge. There is a reason for this, and it needs to be discussed in detail.

For anybody who doesn’t know, here is a simple overview: a concert works by putting microphones in front of everything that produces sound. Every guitar amp, bass amp, every individual drum, and all vocals. Those microphones feed into a mixing console. The mixing console is used to manipulate the volume and equalization of each sound being sent to it. The output of the mixing console is amplified and blasted at you through the PA system. The band has a smaller PA, called a monitor system, pointed at them so that they can hear everything. That’s the way it’s been done for thousands of years. However, GHOST (and a growing number of other bands) don’t do it that way.

Both of the guitar players and the bass player are using digital pre-amps that can not only model almost any amplifier on the market, but any cabinet and even microphone in front of the cabinet. Meaning that there is no need for big speaker cabinets. No need for microphones in front of those cabinets. The output of the pre-amps (AXE-FX made by a company called Fractal Audio. I’m not here to shill for Fractal, unless they want to send some gear my way, then I’d shill for them morning, noon and night. I’d be the shillingest motherfucker you ever met. I’d work Fractal Audio and the AXE-FX into every conversation I ever had. I’d even mention that shit during a eulogy. To be fair, I’m also aware of the Kemper profiling amp, so keep your panties on Kemper people, it just so happens that GHOST uses AXE-FX, so that’s what we’re talking about here) is fed directly into the mixing console. So they’ve eliminated all amps on stage and any variation in sound that might come with mic selection or placement. That leaves drums and vocals being delivered to FOH via microphones. GHOST goes the extra step and eliminates the monitor system by using in ear monitors. This is a HUGE amount of stage noise that has been eliminated from the equation, not to mention the ability to travel much lighter. No huge backline of heavy amps and cabinets to haul around. The result is a fucking crushing, clean sound. No feedback, no ugly stage guitar sound smacking you right in the face, no singer struggling to hear himself over all the stage noise. ALL BANDS SHOULD BE DOING THIS!! Fucking METALLICA is doing it!!

The show itself was great. Almost every song I wanted to hear off Meliora, plus all the best songs from Opus Eponymous and Infestissumam. I’ve seen literally thousands of bands in my life, so I’m not easily impressed. GHOST really fucking impressed me. I will go see them whenever they come here (or near here) from now on. You should too.

Reviewed by Alonzo Mosely, guitarist for the undeniably badass DESTRUCTONOMICON and lover of long winded reviews.

Shawn Milke (Alesana) Joins Disruption on Debut Single

Conceived out of a deep love for classic rock and all things heavy, the metalcore band Disruption has released their debut single “Skylines” via Alternative Press. The band recruited Shawn Milke from Alesana for song and video, which was shot by Paradyme Pix. The song was engineered in Portland with Stephan Hawkes who is known for his work with Attila, Chelsea Grin, Jonny Craig and more.

“Having Robyn August Reinstadler direct this was truly an awesome experience,” says vocalist/guitarist Rob Ramos. “It was incredible to watch this monster come alive on set!”

“Skylines” will be available on the band’s debut album that is due out early 2016.


Echo Black Releases “Burn Another Day” Music Video (Featuring Davey Suicide) And Announces U.S. Tour With Combichrist & The Birthday Massacre

New York based Dark Alternative Rock band Echo Black has released their debut music video “Burn Another Day” (featuring Davey Suicide) which originally premiered with REVOLVER Magazine and was directed by Nathan Crooker. The track was produced by Nick Scott and is available for purchase now on iTunes & Amazon. The band also has announced the dates of their upcoming North American tour with Combichrist and The Birthday Massacre. The tour kicks off on October 28th in Baltimore, Maryland and works its way throughout the United States wrapping up on November 23rd in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This song marks both a beginning and an end for us; the close of one chapter and the opening of another. The four of us have spent a lot of years waiting for this very moment and we each poured our individual sets of influence and experience into this song and video. We are hungry and we are coming out with guns blazing. We are the sound of midnight. – Danny Blu (Lead Vocals)

Tour Dates:
10/28 ? Soundstage – Baltimore, Maryland

10/29 ? Marlin Room @ Webster Hall – New York, New York

10/30 ? Fete Music Hall – Providence, Rhode Island

11/02 ? The Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

11/03 ? Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, Ohio

11/04 ? The Abbey – Chicago, Illinois

11/05 ? Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, Minnesota

11/06 ? Granada Theater – Lawrence, Kansas

11/07 ? The Summit Music Hall – Denver, Colorado

11/08 ? Area 51 – Salt Lake City, Utah (no Birthday Massacre)

11/10 ? Slim’s – San Francisco, California

11/11 ? The Whisky – West Hollywood, California

11/12 ? The Glasshouse – Pomona, California

11/13 ? Nile Theater – Mesa, Arizona

11/14 ? The Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, New Mexico

11/15 – TBA – El Paso, Texas

11/16 ? Korova – San Antonio, Texas

11/17 ? Gas Monkey – Dallas, Texas

11/19 ? The Ready Room – St Louis, Missouri

11/20 ? The Rave – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

11/21 ? The Stache – Grand Rapids, Michigan

11/22 ? St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, Michigan

11/23 ? Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, Indianapolis (no Birthday Massacre)

Freakangel Releases Live DVD “The Show Of Violence”

 “The Show Of Violence” live album to be released along with video.

October 9th 2015 Tallinn, Estonia- Industrial-Metal artist, Freakangel have released their live DVD “The Show Of Violence” for free. “The Show Of Violence ” is a 45 minute live performance video that was filmed during Freakangel’s “The Ones To Fall” tour in the winter of 2014 in their home town of Tallinn, Estonia. “The Show of Violence” can be streamed for free via the bands website starting today as well as Freakangel’s You Tube Channel.. Freakangel states ” They have made the video available for free to thank their fans for the many years of support” The video can be found below.

“The Show Of Violence” will also be available as an eleven track live album today. It will be released as a digital only album by the Belgium based label Alfa Matrix


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