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Experimental Post-Metal Group ZAIUS Streaming Entire New Album “Of Adoration”

Hear the Early Stream via Metal Injection| Pre-Order Here

New Album, Of Adoration, out this Friday, October 6, 2017 via Prosthetic Records

Chicago-based post-instrumental group ZAIUS are gearing up for the release of their debut LP, Of Adoration, out this coming Friday, October 6, 2017 via Prosthetic Records. The band is gracing fans with a special gift today – an early stream of the entire new album two days in advance! Listen to the entire new album now via Metal Injection

Guitarist Ian McConnell says, “The response to Of Adoration has been overwhelmingly positive so far. We are excited to finally be able to share the fruits of our labor with the world and look forward to bringing them to a stage near you soon.”

Make sure to watch ZAIUS‘ entrancing new music video for their dynamic standout track, “Seirenes”, here:

Of Adoration was tracked at the start of 2017 with Jeff Edwards before being sent off to be mixed and mastered by Chris Common (Pelican, Mouth of the Architect, Minus the Bear). The record features eight tracks that peaks and valleys its way through over 40 minutes of music. Pre-orders are available here:

Of Adoration track listing:


Formed in 2010, ZAIUS explores a lighter, more melodic side of the members’ musical tastes without abandoning the metal tendencies that come natural to them. ZAIUS first arrive on the scene withAll Your Friends Are Dead, the band’s 2011 debut EP, which showcased a fine mix of dense and morose guitar playing. 2013’s Divided By Tides EP came next and pushed things further, adding in soaring melodies. The album was met with glistening reviews, with MetalSucks proclaiming, “the world needs more instru-metal bands like ZAIUS, who steer completely clear of djent while still managing to bring the groove (via Maserati), atmospherics (via Constants, If These Trees Could Talk, etc) and the heavy (via Scale the Summit). Bomb.

Illustrations for the album were created by Marald Van Haasteren (Baroness, Kylesa) whose style is as colorful and alive as these tracks were meant to be.


10/20 Madison, WI @ The Frequency

10/21 Lombard, IL @ Brauerhouse

10/22 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar (w/ Outrun the Sun)

11/03 Chicago, IL @ The Burlington (w/ Huntsmen)


Jeremy Bellen – Bass
Dann Dolce – Guitar
Mike Imbordino – Drums
Ian McConnell – Guitar

ZAIUS online:






Deep Purple are setting sail into new waters with their first-ever animated video.

The official video for “The Surprising,” one of the fan favorite tracks from the internationally successful album inFinite, takes the viewer on a journey through the magical 50-year history of the band. With high attention to detail, the animated masterpiece follows the five heroes of our story ? Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Don Airey, and Steve Morse ? through a stormy ship cruise full of allusions and sees them riding off into the sunset.

Watch the video, which premiered via Ultimate Classic Rock, here.

The video was directed and illustrated by Matt Rooke, alongside director Peter Rogers, who also produced the video together with Craig Hooper and Collin Games, known from the Deep Purple movie documentary From Here to inFinite.

Deep Purple and earMUSIC also announce the release of the 97-minute documentary From Here to inFinite, which is due out in November 2017. It shows the history and origin of inFinite and provides a deep insight into the workings of the band for the first time on Blu-ray!

The Blu-ray further includes two hours of bonus material, including music videos such as “The Surprising,” three previously unreleased live videos (“Time for Bedlam,” “Birds of Prey,” and “Smoke on the Water”), all filmed and recorded at Hellfest 2017, as well as in-depth behind the scenes footage, movie documentary outtakes, interviews, and an audio commentary by Deep Purple themselves ? all previously unreleased.

In conjunction with the release of the Blu-ray, Deep Purple and earMUSIC are also releasing The infinite Live Recorings, Pt. 1 on a special 3-disc vinyl LP, produced by Bob Ezrin. This was recorded at Hellfest 2017, the biggest metal festival in France and contains a brand new previously unreleased 80min live performance.

> The Movie ? From Here to inFinite (97 min.)

Bonus (132 min.)
> Audio commentary by Deep Purple
> Live At Hellfest 2017
1. Time for Bedlam
2. Birds of Prey
3. Smoke on the Water

> Outtakes From Here to inFinite
1. Full Interview with Joe Satriani
2. Corky – The Recording Engineer

> Official Music Videos
1. The Surprising
2. Johnny’s Band
3. Johnny’s Band Documentary
4. All I Got Is You

> About inFinite – Interviews
1. About the Album
2. Beyond the Album
3. Track by track
4. Rapid Fire interview
5. Behind the Scenes photoshoot

Side A
1. Time for Bedlam
2. Fireball
3. Bloodsucker

Side B
1. Strange Kind of Woman
2. Uncommon Man

Side C
1. The Surprising
2. Lazy

Side D
1. Birds Of Prey
2. Hell To Pay
3. Key Solo

Side E
1. Perfect Strangers
2. Space Truckin?
3. Smoke On The Water

Side F
1. Hush
2. Black Night



Fresh off a European run with Seether, SONS OF TEXAS have announced upcoming tour plans. The band will open for Alter Bridge and All That Remains this November and December. The band will also headline a hometown show at the Cin El Rey Theatre in McAllen, Texas on December 16.

The band released its new album Forged By Fortitude on September 22 through Razor & Tie. Leading into release, the band partnered with the government of their home state wherein a Sons of Texas visual is being posted at 11 transit stops in the Lone Star State. Alternative Press tracked the activity at all 11 stops. View the map here.

Sons of Texas U.S. tour dates are below; additional shows will be announced on the band’s social media platforms. The band will announce its 2018 tour schedule soon.

With Alter Bridge + All That Remains

11/24  Lake Buena Vista, FL  House Of Blues
11/25  St. Petersburg, FL  Jannus Live
11/28  Raleigh, NC  The Ritz
11/29  Birmingham, AL  Iron City
12/1 Biloxi, MS.  Hard Rock Hotel & Casino *
12/3  San Antonio, TX  Aztec Theater
12/5  Dallas, TX  House Of Blues
12/6 Tulsa, OK  Cain’s Ballroom
12/8  St. Louis, MO  The Pageant
12/9  Madison, WI  Orpheum Theatre
12/11  Rosemont, IL  Joe’s Live
12/12  Kansas City, MO  Voodoo Lounge
12/14  Denver, CO  Paramount Theatre
12/16  McAllen, TX  Cin El Rey Theatre**
*Direct support to Alter Bridge
**Denotes headline show

Watch the video for the album’s first single “Beneath the Riverbed” here.

Check out the song “Down in the Trenches” here.

Proud disciples of Pantera, Alice In Chains, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and even Vicente Fernández, the McAllen, TX quintet Mark Morales [vocals], Mike Villareal [drums], Nick Villarreal [bass], Jon Olivarez [guitar], and Jes De Hoyos [guitar] rise up from the Rio Grande valley with a rollicking hard rock sound steeped in metallic intricacy, grunge soul, southern-fried blues, and just the right amount of Tejano spirit.

HUMANS ETCETERA: “Bedsores” Video Premiered At No Echo; Intelligent Skeleton Nears Release Through Nefarious Industries

No Echo has debuted the new “Bedsores” video from China-based American musician Christopher Henry and his HUMANS ETCETERA project. The track is pulled from the outfit’s Intelligent Skeletonalbum, impending release through Nefarious Industries in less than two weeks.

Intelligent Skeleton was written, produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Henry in Wenzhou, China, who handles all vocals, drums, guitars, bass, synth, sampling, and sequencing. The album also features tambourine by Cai Qing ?? on “Vice” as well as piano by Huang Yalun ??? and guzheng from Zhang Guogao ??? on the song “Gravebody,” and is completed with an original cover drawing by Zhu Weikai ???.

Henry offers of the “Bedsores” single, “The track is about finding the will to get out of bed every day when you’ve become obsessed about death. I think death will be very similar to sleep; just like blackness with no concept of time. So then waking up after a dreamless night must be quite similar to rebirth. Every day is another chance to try living again, try achieving your goals, and try breaking bad habits (like sleeping into the PMs). But every day is also another fraction of my world and existence that’s haunted by death.”

See HUMANS ETCETERA’s new “Bedsores” video at No Echo RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Intelligent Skeleton digitally on October 13th, in addition to a special limited run of 25 preorder bundles containing printed materials — 10 stickers in 5 unique designs, a digital download card, an 8×8 poster with cover art backed with lyrics/notes, and handwritten letter of thanks.

Find preorders for Intelligent Skeleton and see the previously-released “Silkworm” and “Exam” videos RIGHT HERE

HUMANS ETCETERA is an experimental rock outfit founded by West Virginia native, Christopher Henry (Fuck Your Birthday, ex-Clean Dirty Clean), which unifies ’90s alternative rock and post-hardcore with modern experimental rock elements. The band was formed in 2012, and quickly released two EPs (Wet Toe Mistake and This Water Ghost Can Change Like Candy) and two LPs (Scatter Bomb, and The Night Used To Be Young). In the fall 2015, HUMANS ETCETERA recruited Alan Bentley on drums and Takeru Abe on bass to form a live band to support the project’s third LP, Pointless Squares. The trio’s musical chemistry and friendship ignited a flame of inspiration which yielded their forth full-length, Headlining. The trio disbanded shortly after in the summer of 2016, when Henry signed a two-year contract to teach ESL in Wenzhou, China.

To help cope with being alone in foreign city, Henry wrote, recorded, and released two EPs (???, and Exit Parachute Via Bear), and three LPs (Crammed And DistortedRed Tape, and Cold Summer Tongs) all by December of 2016. This left Henry exhausted and questioning why he’d spent such a great deal of time making music by himself. Taking his time in 2017, resolving to focus on quality over quantity, the soloist crafted the project’s eighth full length release, Intelligent Skeleton.

In an interview with writer Anthony, Canadian based Operus guitarist Oscar Rangel comments on the upcoming tour, building the band, song composing and relocation.
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All That Remains Interview w/Phil LaBonte s01ep04

In an interview with writer Mark Thompson, All that Remains vocalistPhil Labonte comments on the current tour, football, suicide, song writing and more.
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SOULFLY to Kick Off North American Tour this Friday, Performing NAILBOMB’s “Point Blank” Album in Full Each Night

Featuring Support Artists Cannabis Corpse (October 6 – 24), Harms Way (October 28 – Nov. 8), Noisem and Lody Kong

Metal legend Max Cavalera created a massive buzz earlier this year after hinting about SOULFLY‘s North American Point Blank tour, and now the wait is over. SOULFLY will begin the highly-anticipated tour this Friday, October 6 in San Diego, CA. Each night on the tour, the iconic top-charting band – featuring Max Cavalera on vocals and guitar, Mike Leon on bass and backing vocals, renowned guitarist Marc Rizzo on leads, and Zyon Cavalera (also of support group Lody Kong) on drums and percussion – will perform Nailbomb‘s classic full-length album, Point Blank, in full.

Nailbomb was an industrial-influenced thrash metal project established by Max Cavalera and Alex Newport of Fudge Tunnel in the early 1990’s. Point Blank is their only release, and features guest performances by Iggor Cavalera, Fear Factory‘s Dino Cazares, and others. The album has remained an underground favorite of heavy metal fans since its release, and as expected, the original announcement of this tour stirred up a frenzy. These performances will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all – don’t miss this tour!

Tickets can be purchased via individual venues. Support on the tour will feature Cannabis Corpse (October 6 – 24), Harms Way (October 28 – Nov. 8), Noisem and Lody Kong (which, as stated above, features Zyon Cavalera in addition to Igor Cavalera Jr.). See below for a full listing of tour dates:

SOULFLY Performing Nailbomb’s Point Blank – North American Tour:

w/ special guests Noisem & Lody Kong
*- w/ Cannabis Corpse | # – w/ Harms Way

10/6 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick *
10/7 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go *
10/8 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge *
10/9 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s *
10/10 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven *
10/11 – Jerome, ID @ Diamondz Event Center *
10/12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall *
10/13 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater *
10/14 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room *
10/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National Centre *
10/16 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge *
10/17 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom *
10/18 – Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge *
10/19 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House Toronto *
10/20 – Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques *
10/21 – Brighton, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
10/22 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre *
10/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge *
10/24 – Richmond, VA @ Broadberry *
10/25 – Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2 *
10/26 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage *
10/27 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans Music Hall – no Cannabis Corpse
10/28 – Clarksville, TN @ The Warehouse #
10/29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Heaven #
11/1 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum Theatre #
11/2 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall #
11/3 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live #
11/4 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill #
11/5 – Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live #
11/6 – San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box #
11/7 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls #
11/9 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater #
11/10 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre #

Learn more and see tour updates at or


In an interview with writer Mark Thompson, DEVILDRIVER guitarist MIKE SPREITZER comments on the current tour, surfing, dogs, food and coffee in Australia, as well as his ‘gag order’ about the upcoming ‘Outlaw Country Covers’ album from Devildriver. 

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Act of Defiance “Old Scars, New Wounds” LP Stream

Metal Blade Records

Streamed live 2 hours ago

OUT TODAY (9/29/17) Act of Defiance “Old Scars, New Wounds”

01. M.I.A.
02. Molten Core
03. Overexposure
04. The Talisman
05. Lullaby of Vengeance
06. Circle of Ashes

07. Reborn
08. Conspiracy of the Gods
09. Another Killing Spree
10. Broken Dialect
11. Rise of Rebellion

Vinyl Features: + Auburn Marble Vinyl + Single Jacket + Full-Color Insert + European Import (Limited to 300 Copies)


Fireball Ministry – I Don’t Believe A Word (Official Lyric Video) [Motörhead cover]

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The long awaited, 288-page 11″ x 11″ book, xXx Fanzine 1983-88: Hardcore & Punk In The Eighties, is available for pre-order here.
The book is a nearly four-years-in-the-making project between Bridge Nine owner, Chris Wrenn, and Mike Gitter, who self-published xXx as a teenager during hardcore’s rise to prominence in the 1980s. xXx chronicled that musical and cultural explosion in the underground, the shockwaves of which are still being felt today. It’s a musical and cultural revolution seen through Gitter’s words and the pages of one of Boston’s most beloved DIY zines.

Spanning an era that encompasses the generation-galvanizing likes of Minor Threat and SS Decontrol all the way to the Cro-Mags and Fugazi (with pit stops along the way for the Punk-Metal crossover, Youth Crew, Washington D.C.’s Revolution Summer and the No-Wave explosion of Swans and Sonic Youth ? amongst others), xXx Fanzine 1983-88 is a portrait of music in motion ? told through reprinted fanzine pages, hundreds of largely unseen photographs and over 100 then-and-now interviews from key movers including Ian MacKaye, Keith Morris and Milo Aukerman.

In addition to the book itself, the pre-order also includes a 64-page, limited accompanying book that reprints all three issues of Gitter’s pre-xXx zine, Suburban Mucus, as well as a clutch of photos and flyers from the golden era of hardcore in Boston that couldn’t fit into the book itself.

Add to that two eye-popping posters and a limited vinyl pressing of a 19-song compilation, Still Having Their Say, that accompanies xXx Fanzine 1983-88? and this pre-order is as packed with plenty of extras that celebrate xXx‘s past, present and future!

Decibel premiered the Nomads covers here.

No Echo debuted the Strife cover here.

xXx Fanzine/Still Having Their Say Compilation Track Listing:
1. Strife ? Who Are You? (Void)
2. Done Dying ? Blending In (Government Issue)
3. letlive ? Fix Me (Black Flag)
4. Trial ? Money (Embrace)
5. H2O ? Safe (Dag Nasty)
6. Nomads ? How, When, Where/The Eliminator (Crucifix/Agnostic Front)
7. Walter Schriefels ? Society Sucker (Agnostic Front)
8. Tombs ? Kiss of Steel (Samhain)
9. Voivod ? Man In The Trees Live w/ Danny Kubinski (Die Kreuzen)
10. AEGES ? Hungry Child (Corrosion of Conformity)
11. Last Light ? A Wish To Dream (Uniform Choice)
12. Jesse Leach ? Salad Days (Minor Threat)
13. Fuck You Pay Me ? Religious Wars (Subhumans)
14. Shai Hulud? Raw Power (Raw Power)
15. True Rivals ? Coolidge (Descendents)
16. Fu Manchu? When The Shit Hits The Fan (Circle Jerks)
17. Gallows? The Possibility of Life’s Destruction (Discharge)
18. American Nightmare ?It’s The Limit (Cro-Mags)
19. Riverboat Gamblers ?Dicks Hate The Police (Dicks)



Over 50,000 Festivalgoers Came to Experience America?s Biggest Bourbon Festival along with Headliners Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder and Steve Miller Band

Danny Wimmer Presents is thrilled to announce the results from the first Bourbon & Beyond in Louisville, KY, where 50,000 attendees from around the country came to partake in this one-of-a kind festival on September 23rdand 24th. An incredible celebration of legendary musicians, award winning bourbons, master distillers, chefs, bartenders, and many other artisans, the weekend was an unforgettable showcase of the craftsmanship, soul and spirit of Louisville.  As Stevie Nicks proclaimed from stage, Welcome to THE Bourbon festival!, and a bourbon-filled festival it was! Check out the video recap highlighting the best parts of the weekend here:

In creating Bourbon & Beyond, one of the things I wanted to highlight is the similarity of the handcraftsmanship required to be a master distiller, great chef and performing musician. This festival is a celebration of that artistry and craftsmanship. says festival creator Danny Wimmer. I also wanted to create a platform to showcase what I discovered when I first came to Louisville: an authentic mix of Southern charm and cosmopolitan sophistication, wrapped in an unparalleled civic pride.  Several years in the making, this festival only happened through the collaboration of the citizens of this great city. As we head into this weekend?s Louder Than Life, we are already planning 2018s Bourbon & Beyond, and will strive to further deliver on the promise we first made to Mayor Fischer?to build a one-of-a-kind, world class event that reflects the culture, hospitality and uniqueness of Louisville.

Bourbon & Beyond offered attendees a full weekend of immersive experiences, including: The Big Bourbon Bar presented by the Louisville Courier-Journal, where over 30 brands from Angel?s Envy to Woodford Reserve showcased their world-renown bourbons. The Workshops, featuring interactive tastings and insightful talks from Bourbon Experts such as seventh-generation and eighth-generation Beam family Master Distillers Fred Noe andFreddie Noe, Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley of Buffalo Trace Distillery, and Master Distiller Denny Potter of Heaven Hill Distillery, to name a few. The Mash Stage, where Top Chefs like Tom ColicchioEdward Lee andCarla Hall, alongside Bourbon Masters such as Marianne Barnes of Castle & Key Distillery and Julian P. Van Winkle III of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, performed live demos and panels, and over 40 different local restaurants, vendors, and chefs presented delicious dishes and treats throughout the two days to hungry attendees.

In bourbon, we’ve always talked about the master distillers being rock stars, but nobody expected them to get headline billing over actual rock stars, said Fred Minnick, bourbon authority and author of Bourbon: The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of An American Whiskey. Bourbon & Beyond was an historic moment that resonated with bourbon fans and converted vodka drinkers into bourbon lovers.

Chef Edward Lee speaks to the food: What made Bourbon & Beyond such a success in year one was not only the incredible music, but also the fact that the Louisville chef community came together with passion and dedication to put on an amazing display of culinary talent. Everywhere you looked there was amazing food.

After participating in Bourbon & Beyond this weekend I can say that this will soon be one of the most anticipated events for bourbon, music and food lovers in the country, says Wes Henderson of Angel?s Envy. The B&B Supper Club featuring Tom Colicchio was an amazing experience at Bourbon & Beyond. The execution of the event was flawless, and I am so pleased that Danny Wimmer Presents had the vision and resources to bring this experience to life.

Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson of Michter?s Distillery echoed the sentiment in It was another great example of people?s passion about Kentucky bourbon. At the Big Bourbon Bar, we had great cocktails prepared by wonderful local bar talent? demonstrating their commitment to a quality beverage experience.

These food and spirit masters joined nearly 30 world-class music artists who took control of three different stages throughout Champions Park, including Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Steve Miller Band, Band of Horses, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr., Paul Rodgers, Amos Lee, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, G. Love & Special Sauce, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, ZZ Ward, Nikki Lane, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters, Fantastic Negrito, Kiefer Sutherland, Dave Cavalier, bluegrass favorites curated by The Bluegrass Situation, and more. These artists offered festivalgoers an outstanding showcase of their extraordinary musical talents and kept the party going all day and night.

The inaugural Bourbon & Beyond was not only a celebration of the best musicians, artisans, bourbons and chefs, but a further testament to Danny Wimmer Presents? love for Louisville, which the team now calls its second home.

Here?s some of the press response so far to the inaugural Bourbon & Beyond:
unlike anything this city’s ever seen?The festival’s widespread layout offered attendees the opportunity to get a well-rounded experience ? or stick to exactly what they came to see.

-Bailey Loosemore, Louisville Courier-Journal

Bourbon & Beyond gives Kentucky’s favorite drink rock star status

  Hope Reese, 

Louisville?s Bourbon & Beyond Festival makes a grand debut and puts everyone in good spirits.

 Amy Lynch, Indianapolis Monthly

For a first year festival, Danny Wimmer Presents managed to round up an incredible line up ? it drew me all the way from PA! I read that Danny Wimmer actually hand picked the bands, and his thought process was based on what you?d listen to, while sipping on some bourbon and smoking a fine cigar. I think he got it right.

Rod Synder, The Waster

The inaugural Bourbon & Beyond was the first all-in-one bourbon, food and entertainment festival to truly honor and celebrate the rich history of bourbon that is so deeply rooted in the heart of Kentucky. Like the flames that char the barrels, the hearth that nourishes our appetites or the heart of an incredible beat, soul and passion radiated throughout the Bourbon & Beyond festival this weekend, and Danny Wimmer Presents can?t wait to come back next year for an even bigger showcase and celebration.

Vans Warped Tour Favorites BARB WIRE DOLLS Kick Off US Tour Next Friday, October 6! Featuring Support from Russia’s SVETLANAS and Korea’s 57

BARB WIRE DOLLS at Vans Warped Tour 2017

Don’t miss this — the energy never stops! The hottest new band on the international rock circuit, BARB WIRE DOLLS, hit the road on another massive tour starting this Friday, October 6 in Laguna Niguel, CA! Following up on their huge stint on this past summer’s legendary Vans Warped Tour, this time the band is headlining with support from controversial Russian rockers Svetlanas and Korea’s massive 57. The femme-charged line-up will hit over 40 cities, including San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas and New York during its run. Tickets are available via individual venues.

Check out what Sugarbuzz Magazine recently had to say about BARB WIRE DOLLS: Every few years or so a band comes along that changes the music landscape. They are different from the other bands that are out there. They bring something new and exciting to an otherwise generic music scene that the public has grown tired of. The Beatles did this, The Sex Pistols did this, Guns N’ Roses did this, Nirvana did this. But for the past 20 years no band has been able to stand out from their predecessors. No band has been able to re-ignite the music scene, to bring back the energy it once had… that is until now. With their sound, their look, and their attitude, BARB WIRE DOLLS are going to do what no band has been able to do within the last two decades… take the music industry by storm.

BARB WIRE DOLLS U.S. Headline Tour + Svetlanas & 57 – TOUR DATES:

10/6 – Laguna Niguel, CA @ Karman Bar
10/7 – Lake Elsinore, CA @ PK’s Roadhouse
10/8 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club
10/10 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
10/11 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
10/12 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
10/14 – Fife, WA @ Louie G’s Pizza
10/15 – Boise, ID @ The Olympic
10/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club X
10/18 – Colorado Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
10/19 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
10/20 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
10/21 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
10/24 – St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill
10/25 – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
10/26 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
10/27 – Akron, OH @ Musica
10/28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn
10/29 – Millvale, PA @ Funhouse at Mr Smalls
10/31 – Washington, DC @ The Pinch
11/1 – New York, NY @ Bowery Electric
11/2 – Somerville, MA @ Thunder Road
11/3 – Manchester, NH @ Jewel Night Club
11/4 – Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall – Lounge
11/5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
11/7 – Baltimore, MD @ The Depot
11/8 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Purgatory)
11/9 – Valdosta, GA @ Ashley Street Station
11/10 – Satellite Beach, FL @ Sports Page
11/11 – Lake Worth, FL @ Propaganda
11/12 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
11/14 – Huntsville, AL @ SideTracks Music Hall
11/15 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
11/16 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live – Green Room
11/17 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova
11/18 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
11/19 – Lubbock, TX @ Depot Obar Live
11/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
11/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
11/24 – San Diego, CA @ Space – The Hideout
11/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go

BARB WIRE DOLLS are touring in support of their brand new album, Rub My Mind. The 13-track album was recorded in the Joshua Tree desert at legendary studio Rancho De La Luna in California, where Iggy Pop and Queens Of The Stone Age made their seminal albums. Produced and mixed by Jay Baumgardner (Evanescene, John Fogerty, Bush), Rub My Mind is a collection of thirteen eclectic tracks that reflect on the state of our world, how to deal with it – and how to escape it! Songs like “Desert Song” and “Back in the U.S.S.A” were inspired by The Beatles, and others by additional greats of rock n’ roll, with a flavor all their own injected into the mix. Dedicated to legend Lemmy, the album is an exciting retro cocktail of late ’70s influenced punk and ’90s grunge refracted through the prism of 2017. Order here.

Check out new tracks and videos from Rub My Mind:

“Back in the U.S.S.A.” music video:

“If I Fall” track stream:

Hailing from an artist commune on the island of Crete, BARB WIRE DOLLS sold everything they owned and left crisis-ridden Greece in 2010 for Los Angeles, at the invite of legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer. The band’s electrifying rock did not go unnoticed by the elder statesman of the Sunset Strip, the incomparable, irreplaceable Lemmy Kilmister of

Motörhead. After seeing BARB WIRE DOLLS live, Lemmy took an immediate interest in the band and had them signed to the Motörhead Music record label.



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Starset will be attending this year’s New York Comic Con on Friday, October 6

An ambitious project, the likes of which I think we can safely say we’ve never seen before: A Marvel Comics-backed hybrid graphic novel/sci-fi/rock opera? it’s pretty wild, fun, stuff. -Vice Motherboard

The all-new original 88-page graphic novel is a unique collaboration with Dustin Bates, lead singer of rock band Starset, and fan-favorite writer Peter David (Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider, Spider-Verse). The comic is inspired by the likes of Nikola Tesla and Carl Sagan, and Starset?s albums.

To promote the release, Starset will participate in a signing at the Marvel Booth from 11:30am-12:00pm.

We will review the novel and album, which btw 5 songs in, is a return to epic big story telling music…


POISON BLOOD: Guitar Playthrough By Jenks Miller (Horseback) Now Playing At Decibel Magazine

Newly formed black metal duo POISON BLOOD recently released their debut, self-titled EP via Relapse Records. In celebration of its release, Decibel Magazine is currently hosting a guitar play-through of the EP’s third track “Myths From The Desert” by Jenks Miller (Horseback).

Watch it now at Decibel Magazine HERE.

“‘Myths From The Desert’ isn’t a difficult song to play,” notes Miller. “It follows the basic formula for most songs on this record, which is slight variations of simple (elemental?) riffs that occasionally break out into more chiming melodic passages. The presence of cleaner tones and occasional folk-song melodies is meant in contrast with the grindy power-chord foundation, like specters rising from the murk. On this track, the first segment builds tension through the repetition of power chord phrases. Tension is released somewhat with the use of open strings and ringing overtones in the second passage. The final ‘solo’ section returns to the initial power chord phrases with an additional melodic element over top. On the recorded version, the cleaner guitar lead is played on a Telecaster, but I’ve played the various parts straight through on a single guitar for the purposes of this video.”

Poison Blood is out now on CD, LP, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical orders are currently available via at THIS LOCATION and digital orders are available via Bandcamp HERE.

POISON BLOOD is a collaboration between Jenks Miller (Horseback) and Neill Jameson (Krieg) born out of Miller’s desire to write music that was an outlet for a more straightforward kind of aggression. The two musicians came together as fans of each other’s work and a mutual appreciation for Beherit’s classic Drawing Down The Moon LP and the experimental deathrock of cult UK act Rudimentary Peni. Although they have yet to meet in person, the project was crystallized with the contribution of Jameson’s vocals. Across eight songs and over nineteen minutes with explorations into deathrock, dungeon synth, and the occult, POISON BLOOD‘s eponymous debut EP is a short but furious chronicle of cold, reptilian sonic terror; a dark and low-fi exercise in mystic, minimalistic black metal exploring elements of deathrock, dungeon synth and the occult.

“Resting on a heavy foundation once led by Nick Blinko, POISON BLOOD‘s mid-paced stomp finds a middle ground between Marko Laiho’s early, stumbling work as Beherit and the previously alluded Rudimentary Peni’s psychotic, minimal punk. However strict and simple, POISON BLOOD appears to expand outward in a strange sort of mental psychedelia…” – Invisible Oranges

 “The record is prosperity and beauty. It is melancholy and caliginous. Through it all, it pushes boundaries. You haven’t heard this before.” – Metal Insider

“…an excellent collaboration between distinct personalities in the extreme music world.” — New Noise

“…a dark-sounding record that embraces a chilling aggression founded by a lo-fi, black metal approach that will engage you from start to finish.” – Metal Assault

“As you might expect from what you’ve read about the inspiration of Beherit’s classic, there’s a kind of stripped-down minimalism in these songs. And just as one of the signal aspects of Drawing Down The Moon is the guitar tone achieved on that album, there’s a similarly striking quality to the tones that Miller coaxes from his guitar (and from the drums). It’s often a thick, pestilential, filthy, and even queasy sound…one hell of a fine creation, and hopefully not the last of its kind from these two collaborators.” — No Clean Singing

For POISON BLOOD coverage in North America contact, in the UK contact, in the rest of Europe contact, and elsewhere contact


TETRARCH Streaming Entire New Album, “Freak”, Out Today Listen Now via Guitar World Order Freak via iTunes, Amazon or Google Play

TETRARCH have spent the last several months proving their unmatched star power with the release of several top-notch anthems and touring with notable bands such as DevilDriver36 Crazyfists, Cane Kill and Uncured. Today marks the highest peak of their year the release of their brand new full-length album, Freak. Take a listen to the album, streaming in its entirety now via Guitar World

Lead guitarist Diamond Rowe says, We are so excited to finally release Freak to the world. We have worked so hard on this record for the last year and we are so happy to share it with everyone! We tried a lot of new things on this record and there’s a little something for everyone. Big leaps musically for this band!

Freak is available to order now via iTunesAmazon or Google Play. Merch bundles are also available via and the band’s Facebook page (see below), featuring several options. See to the right for a sample image. 

With one listen it’s clear – TETRARCH oozes raw, unbridled skill. The band’s new album, Freak, amplifies the band’s tried-and-true blend of intense metalcore riffage and driving drums with the dark vibes and haunting choruses of hooky modern hard rock. TETRARCH‘s most cited influences – ranging from bands such as heavy metal giants Slipknot and Trivium to hard rock darlings Mudvayne and Linkin Park – are evident but never replicated, as they stay true to their own unique mixture that appeals to any heavy music fan.

Freak was recorded with seasoned producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decaptitation, Allegeon, Khemmis) at the helm, who brought out the band’s profound heaviness without sacrificing the catchy, melodic edge that has hooked the band’s impressive underground fanbase. The resulting sound is crushing enough to fit on any heavy metal bill, but catchy enough to land confidently in commercial radio rotation.

Stay tuned for more coming soon from TETRARCH!

Freak track listing:

1) Freak

2) Spit

3) Pull the Trigger

4) Mary

5) Oddity

6) Break the Trend

7) Please Let Me Be

8) Torn Apart


Josh Fore – vocals/guitar
Diamond Rowe – lead guitar
Ryan Lerner – bass
Ruben Limas – drums

TETRARCH online:


STREET SECTS’ ‘RAT JACKET’ NOW STREAMING IN FULL The 4-song follow-up to 2016’s End Position will be released via The Flenser on Friday, 10/6. On tour in North America now!

With each release we get a deeper and clearer view of their unique vision and ingenuity.  Destroy/Exist

Rat Jacket is an essential puzzle piece in Street Sects?s journey to further refine their sound.   Heavy Blog

With the sonic whiplash of 2016s End Position still looming, noisecore duo Street Sects have returned with a new 12-inch. Rat Jacket, a 4-song 12inch, thrashes and roils through a din of brisk samples and melodic turbulence. Over a week ahead of its official release and as the band embarks on a North American tour, Rat Jacket can be streamed in full today via Post-Punk.

Not quite a follow-up to their fervently acclaimed End Position, Rat Jacket sidesteps gnashing noise in favor of indulgent post-punk. Edges have been softened, melodies are decked with hooks, and Leo Ashline?s wanton vocals have been thrust front-and-center. Delving into loyalty, trust, betrayal, paranoia, and the innate selfishness of man, Street Sects have lost none of their grit amidst Rat Jackets aural detour.

Street Sects formed in 2013 after vocalist Leo Ashline emerged from the fog of a thirteen year battle with addiction and began collaborating with friend and multi-instrumentalist Shaun Ringsmuth. Aching for catharsis, the duo embraced the experimental attitude and disillusionment of early industrial music pioneers, eschewing traditional rock music instrumentation and arrangement in favor of modern sampling technology and harsh electronics. 

Rat Jacket is due out October 6 via The Flenser. Catch the duo on tour now; they’ll be supporting hip-hop/noise pioneers Dälek as of October 2nd:


September 29  Kansas City, MO @ TBA

September 30  St. Louis, MO @ Way Out Club

October 1  Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlies

October 2  Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *

October 3  Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse *

October 4  Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *

October 5  New Orleans, LA @ Poor Boys *

October 6  Dallas, TX @ Curtain Club *

October 7  Houston, TX @ Walter?s *

October 8  Austin, TX @ Lost Well *

October 10  Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *

October 11  Tempe, AZ @ The Underground *

October 12  Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar *

October 13  Los Angeles, CA @ The Resident *

October 14  San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *

October 15  San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill *

October 17  Denver, CO @ Marquis *

October 18  Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews *

October 19  Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen *

October 20  Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club *

October 21  Cleveland, OH @ Locker Room at Mahall?s *

October 23  Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck *

October 24  Syracuse, NY @ Sparks Art Space *

October 25  Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom *

October 26  Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory *

October 28  Norfolk, VA @ Charlie?s American Cafe

October 29  Asheville, NV @ Static Age Records

* w/ Dälek

Rat Jacket Track listing:

  1. Blacken the Other Eye
  2. Total Immunity
  3. Early Release
  4. In Prison, At Least I Had You

Interview w/Jim Rota of Fireball Ministry & Show Dates

Jim Rota was a driv’n & fill’n me in on the latest release and upcoming shows, band history, their private Spinal Tap, Button up 501’s, git’n stoned and drink’n beer, Cover’n Aerosmith (which btw is a cover to be proud of) and others, Earl Grey tea, Swelter’n SoCal mid day sun, 20 years, not a one and done band.

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Live set and album signing to celebrate the release of Remember The Story – the new album coming out on Cleopatra Records 10/6 and first with new bassist Scott Reeder (KYUSS). The album will be available at Amoeba for the in-store signing a day early.

Performing next at Cal Jam ’17 on October 7th in San Bernardino.

From the beginning, Fireball Ministry has aggressively steered clear of pretension, throwing down analog-soaked, bottom-heavy tunes, and tipping a hat toward timeless hard rock, without ever descending into the depths of mere retread or throwaway novelty swill.

Remember the Story, the band’s first album in nearly seven years, delivers the band’s tried and true signature stomp and fuzzy swing with an even broader scope and deeper emotional range. The album mines the depths of loss, pain, and confusion, exorcising demons with the spirited uplift this kind of music best delivers.

Fireball Ministry’s first album with Cleopatra Records pairs them with producer/mixer Paul Fig, the engineer behind important records from Alice In Chains and Ghost. Sabbath soaked rhythms, Priest worshipping melodies, and no-nonsense Thin Lizzy mayhem collide in the Hollywood, Ca band, a group that has humbly but confidently flown the flag for rock authenticity since the hard-partying year of 1999.

The list of legendary icons that have invited Fireball Ministry to share their stages reads like a crucial discography of desert island riffs: Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heap, Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Slayer, Danzig, Anthrax, Rob Zombie, Motörhead, Dio, Megadeth, and Zakk Wylde’s tribute trio, Zakk Sabbath. They’re an essential part of the festival landscape, regularly appearing at crucial events like Psycho Las Vegas and Motörhead’s Motörboat cruise.

The WWE and the people who made Sons of Anarchy are among the true believers who’ve adopted Fireball Ministry anthems as battle cries in their programming. Songs like ?The Broken,? ?Sundown,? ?Turn to Stone,? ?King, ?Flatline,? and ?Kick Back? are certified modern classics for any self-respecting acolyte of loud amplifiers.

Fireball Ministry has truth and rock n’ roll valor imprinted in their DNA, with a mixture of East Coast and Midwestern roots stirred into their California melting pot.

James A. Rota II is a one-man creative arsenal, with production credits in music, film, and TV, including the Emmy nominated HBO series Sonic Highways. He’s part of The Company Band alongside members of Clutch, CKY, and Fu Manchu. Rota’s fellow cofounder/guitarist Emily J. Burton is also a highly skilled creative talent, moonlighting with her Dutch Hollow General jewelry company. Scott Reeder has several producer credits to his name and is best known as the former bassist of stoner/doom legends Kyuss and The Obsessed. John Oreshnick’s Angel City Drum Works is an integral part of Southern California’s music scene, with his facilities doubling as Fireball Ministry’s base of operations.

For nearly two decades, a subversive clandestine cadre of true believers from all walks of life has spread the good word about the band. Fireball Ministry asked an important question with their debut in 1999: Ou Est La Rock? In 2001 they released an EP on Small Stone, FMEP, enlisting the bass rumblings of Brad Davis (Fu Manchu). Four years later, the rumble rang louder from the underground, with MTV News taking notice of The Second Great Awakening (Nuclear Blast). Their Rock Is Not Our Rock (Century Media), released in 2005, was recorded at Dave Grohl’s 606 West studios, and like their previous album, produced by genre legend Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains). In 2010, Fireball Ministry released their self-titled fourth studio album Fireball Ministry (Restricted), produced by Andrew Alekel (Clutch, Fu Manchu).

Fireball Ministry remains determined to define success on their own terms, forging ahead with lives free from artistic compromise. Never forget to Remember the Story.

James A. Rota II  Vocals/Guitar
Emily J. Burton  Guitar/Backing Vocals
Scott Reeder  Bass
John Oreshnick  Drums

AGUSA Issues “Bortom Hemom” Through Exclusive Premiere At The Obelisk; Self-TitledLP Nears October Release Via Laser’s Edge

With the eponymous third LP from Sweden’s psychedelic prog rock alchemists AGUSA confirmed for late October release through Laser’s Edge, the album’s closing movement “Bortom Hemom” has been debuted through a premiere at The Obelisk.

Agusa was recorded and mixed by Viktor Rinneby and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Bob Katz, and sees the band delivering their singular brand of trance-inducing, folk-inspired, psychedelic rock through more traditional track lengths, offering five songs which range from five to ten-and-a-half minutes in length and are a bit heavier than the album’s predecessors.

AGUSA‘s Mikael Ödesjö offers of the song, “‘Bortom Hemom’ translates roughly as ‘Beyond Homeward’ and consists of two sections joined together by a bridge. The first part is in 7/4 and the second in 3/4. Perhaps our most ‘progressive’ effort this far. Enjoy!”

With an in-depth dissection of the album, The Obelisk notes how it, “brings five new tracks highlighting the pastoralism that the Malmö-based five-piece bring to their work. Without being overly lush or coated in effects, or losing themselves in indulgent attitudes, Agusa‘s instrumental compositions bask in a folkish traditionalism that nonetheless is all the more a standout for its complexity… AGUSA evoke a sense of place without the need for their audience to ever have actually been there.”

Stream AGUSA’s “Bortom Hemom” RIGHT HERE.

The follow-up to 2015’s Agusa 2 (Två ) sees the AGUSA circleexpanding their kaleidoscopic output which conjures images of nature and the cosmos, their extensive passages again leading the listener into fantastic realms of a possibly supernatural or parallel existence. The record is completed with fantastic artwork by Danilo Stankovic and design by Peter Wallgren.

Laser’s Edge will release Agusa on digital, CD, and LP on October 27th. Find CD and LP preorders at Amazon HERE and digital preorders at Bandcamp HERE.

The release of Agusa will be celebrated with release shows in Sweden and Denmark, after which the band will head east to play their first gigs on Russian soil.




Kublai Khan and Decibel have teamed up to premiere the video for “B.C.” Go here to watch the video and to learn the meaning behind the song, as explained by vocalist Matthew Honeycutt.

The band will release its upcoming album and Rise Records debut Nomad tomorrow, September 29. Pre-orders are live here.
Kublai Khan are currently on a headline run with No Zodiac, Left Behind, I Am, and Great American Ghost. The band has also announced two dates supporting Hatebreed in its native Texas in late October.

All Kublai Khan tour dates are below.

The band previously dropped “The Hammer.” Watch + listen here.

Kublai Khan and Alternative Press teamed up to premiere the brand new song + video for “Belligerent.” Watch it here and read the exclusive interview with Honeycutt.

9.28.17   Freehold, NJ   GameChanger World
9.29.17   Brooklyn, NY   The Knitting Factory
9.30.17    Gaithersburg, MD    Raw Ink Live
10.1.17   Richmond, VA   The Canal Club
10.3.17   Chapel Hill, NC   Local 506
10.4.17   Atlanta, GA    Drunken Unicorn
10.5.17    Tampa, FL   Crowbar
10.6.17    Orlando, FL   Backbooth
10.7.17    Jacksonville, FL    Nighthawks
10.9.17   Little Rock, AR   The Building
10.11.17   San Antonio, TX   Jack’s Patio Bar
10.12.17   Austin, TX   Come and Take It Live
10.26.17   Houston, TX   Proof Bar*
10.27.17   Dallas, TX   Gas Monkey*
*Supporting Hatebreed

Monster Energy Aftershock Band Performance Times Announced For California’s Biggest Rock Festival Saturday, October 21 & Sunday, 10/22 At Discovery Park In Sacramento, CA

Band performance times and expanded onsite experiences have been announced for the sixth annual Monster Energy Aftershock–California’s biggest rock festival–Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 at Discovery Park, near downtown Sacramento, CANine Inch Nails, Ozzy Osbourne featuring Zakk Wylde, A Perfect Circle, Five Finger Death Punch, Run The Jewels, Stone Sour, Marilyn Manson, and Mastodon top a bill of more than 35 artists performing on three stages.

Monster Energy Aftershock is the final event of the Fall For All festival series, created by Danny Wimmer Presents, which kicks off this weekend (September 30 & October 1) at Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY.

Band performance times for Monster Energy Aftershock are as follows:

Saturday, October 21
Monster Energy Stage The BlackCraft Stage
8:20 PM Nine Inch Nails 7:15 PM A Perfect Circle
6:20 PM Run The Jewels 5:25 PM Mastodon
4:35 PM Stone Sour 3:50 PM Gojira
3:10 PM Eagles of Death Metal 2:30 PM Highly Suspect
1:55 PM Nothing More 1:20 PM Anti-Flag
12:45 PM Greta Van Fleet 12:10 PM Deap Vally
11:40 AM 1 AMVRKA    
Capital Stage    
5:30 PM Tech N9ne    
4:25 PM August Burns Red    
3:20 PM Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes  
2:10 PM Code Orange    
1:10 PM He Is Legend    
12:15 PM Joyous Wolf    
Sunday, October 22
Monster Energy Stage The BlackCraft Stage
7:35 PM Ozzy Osbourne featuring Zakk Wylde 6:30 PM Five Finger Death Punch
5:35 PM Marilyn Manson 4:45 PM Halestorm
4:00 PM In This Moment 3:20 PM Hollywood Undead
2:45 PM Of Mice & Men 2:10 PM Suicidal Tendencies
1:40 PM Beartooth 1:10 PM Starset
12:40 PM New Years Day 12:10 PM Black Map
Capital Stage    
4:50 PM Steel Panther    
3:50 PM Fozzy    
2:50 PM Power Trip    
1:50 PM DED    
12:50 PM Them Evils    

In addition to music, Monster Energy Aftershock offers many onsite experiences, including artist signings at the Monster Energy Experience, along with beverage sampling and prime viewing from the Monster Energy viewing deck. Fans can get the full VIP treatment at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort VIP Lounge, participate in some rock ?n? roll philanthropy at Take Me Home animal rescue and Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live, and check out activations from Coors Light and Heavy Grass. Other highlights include:

Caduceus Wine Garden: This wine garden will highlight Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards, owned by Arizona resident Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts TOOL, A Perfect Circle, and PUSCIFER. Having already dove headfirst into this venture, Maynard found out from a distant relative that wine making is in his blood. His Great Grandfather, “Spirito” Marzo, had vineyards and made wine in Venaus, Italy, just North of Turino in Piemonte.


The Music ExperienceThe Music Experience features all the elements that are involved in making music in a professional band setting. The interactive exhibit features guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards, and electronic gear that are used by today’s most popular bands. After laying your hands on the hottest equipment available, you will walk away feeling like a rock star and you may even see one there, too! Come and meet your favorite band members from the festival at the Music Experience Tent. You can win free amps, free guitars and get tons of other free stuff, as well.



Monster Energy Aftershock Eats will feature nearly 20 food vendors, including:

Angry Bird Grill (chicken & turkey on a medieval hand-forged iron grill) ? Bacon MANia (bacon-topped sandwiches, sides & desserts) ? Barrett?s Burgers (specialty burgers) ? Barrett?s Sliders (specialty sliders on sweet Hawaiian buns) ? Big Joe?s BBQ (smoked & grilled meats & classic BBQ sides) ? Bubba?s BBQ (BBQ & funnel cakes) ? Cousins Maine Lobster (fresh Maine lobster) ? Dippin? Dots Ice Cream (flash frozen ice cream beads) ? Dog Town(gourmet hot dogs, burgers, & more) ? Drewski?s Hot Rod Sandwiches (sandwiches & tater tots) ? Florez Bar And Grill (Mexican) ? La Mex Taqueria (tacos, burritos & tortas) ? Mac Attack (mac n cheese variations) ? Monster Fries & Sandwiches (crispy, meat-topped garlic fries & more) Mount Olympus (a variety of Mediterranean delights) ? Sausage King (gourmet sausage) ? Smokin Hot Pizza (wood fired pizza) ? Spicy Pie Pizza (spicy pizza, fresh-squeezed lemonade & fresh-brewed iced tea) ? Xochimilco Mexican (giant burritos, tacos & Super Nachos, plus BBQ?d oysters)

Weekend and single day tickets for Monster Energy Aftershock, as well as General Admission ticket 4-packs, are on sale now at VIP ticket packages are sold out. A limited number of VIP and GA hotel packages are still available while supplies last. Discounted hotel rates are also available through Curadora. Visit for details.

Monster Energy Aftershock is again offering a Park & Ride shuttle program, as parking at Discovery Park is extremely limited. Each Park & Ride ticket includes parking at Sleep Train Arena and a non-stop shuttle directly to the festival site. Festivalgoers are encouraged to carpool to Sleep Train Arena and save. A very limited number of premium parking spots in the Natomas Corporate Center lot directly across from Discovery Park are available for purchase. For all pricing and more details, visit

Monster Energy Aftershock is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including Rock On The Range, Louder Than Life, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Bourbon & Beyond, Chicago Open Air, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Northern Invasion, and more.

Sponsors for Monster Energy Aftershock include: Monster Energy, Coors Light, The Music Experience, Thunder Valley, Take Me Home, Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live, Heavy Grass, BlackCraft Cult, Ace of Spades, Roadrunner Records, Century Media, Razor & Tie, Fearless Records, Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards, Zippo, CHRGR, California?s Finest and Juxtapoz.

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Getcha’ Pull! “Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over” DVD/CD to be Released via Metal Blade Records Drops 11/24

PledgeMusic Campaign & Pre-Orders Begin Now!

Watch a Trailer Here

Visit the PledgeMusic Page Here

With 2006’s Dimevision Vol 1: That’s The Fun I Have, fans of Dimebag Darrell and his work with Pantera and Damageplan were afforded the chance to see into the world of the legendary guitarist. Compiled from the many, many hours of video footage captured between the mid-80s and his later years, it was a funny, touching and poignant memorial.

Metal Blade Records is thrilled to announce the release of Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over – another true celebration of the man and how he lived his life – on November 24, 2017. Pre-orders are available via Metal Blade here. The DVD/CD set – which will include more raw footage, true gems and classic Dimebag moments – will also include five previously unreleased demos, picked from a vast catalog Dimebag accrued since longtime girlfriend Rita Haney gave him his first 4-track in 1984.

Beginning today at 3:33pm Texas Central “Dime Time”, a PledgeMusic campaign was launched to support the release of the set. There, you can also view an official Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over trailer. In addition to acting as a pre-order for the set, the PledgeMusic campaign includes an assortment of rare items to buy, including props and costumes that belonged to Dimebag and that you can see in his home videos/Dimevisionvolumes, rare stage clothing, and other merchandise. Visit the PledgeMusic page here:

Going into making Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over, Rita Haney worked in collaboration with Daryl “Bobby Tongs” Arnberger, who was not only one of Dimebag’s closest friends both on and off the road, but also worked as an official videographer for Pantera, Damageplan and a plethora of A-list musicians, from Slipknot to Dolly Parton, along with film editor Rob Fenn. After cataloguing hundreds of tapes, they chose 43 segments to create Dimevision Vol. 2.

Arnberger explains, “As we all watched, we envisioned certain segments and ideas coming to life in my head, and rather than it serving as a memorial, this second DVD is more about the vision Dime had in his head for this footage, what he actually wanted it to become. This one is more uplifting, funny, and it stays 100% true to his idea for Dimevision.”

Fans of the original know that this way of life involved a lot of whiskey, an insane amount of fireworks and a contagious desire to have fun – and like its predecessor, the title is also drawn from the words of the man himself. Having a habit of latching onto a saying or a phrase, this soon became part of his particular dialect, affectionately dubbed ‘Dime-bonics’. “It comes from something he was saying a lot in 2003 and 2004,” Haney recalls. “He’d call from the road and he’d say ‘man, I’m beat up out here, but that’s the highs and lows of rock and roll. You gotta roll with it or get rolled over.'”

“He had a unique way of seeing things, and he always lived with a video camera,” adds Haney. “No matter where we went he was always capturing what was going on, and myself and others around him were filming a lot too. In putting out these videos I just want people to see the way he was, 24/7. What you saw on stage and backstage, that was how he lived.”

Unsuspecting visitors to the couple’s home were regularly drawn in – memorable segments involve girl scouts selling cookies and Dimebag experiencing an “interesting” CPAP machine fitting – and events as mundane as taking a friend to get a pedicure become hilarious, thanks to his particular way of seeing the world. As endlessly entertaining as Dimebag was, there were of course other, deeper sides to his personality, which are also reflected in both volumesHaney adds, “There were some really touching, deep, heavy and emotional moments in the first one, where he’s talking about himself to the camera while in the shower. Filming himself like that was something he did a lot, and you’d have no clue until you’re looking through the tapes and come across them, and when you do the goosebumps crawl all over you. People that love and know Darrell are going to be touched by what he has to say, because it’s him telling you for the first time.”

As for his included demos, Dimebag not only wrote down the lyrics and dates of everything he recorded but also his thoughts on it at the time, which Haney will also be sharing with fans. However, she’s quick to point out that no one should expect high production standards (“It’s called a 4-track for a reason!”) and that these are not ‘lost’ Pantera tracks. “These songs come from his off-time, it was entertainment to him – one of them was even inspired by a George Michael solo record coming out back in the 80s!” she laughs. “But he loved making music and he appreciated all kinds of music, whether he was making a joke of it or not, it still caught his ear, and I hope people can enjoy these songs for what they are and the spirit they were made in.”

With so much footage left over, fans can rest assured that as fulfilling as Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over is, there’s still a lot to look forward to. Haney says, “We hope to make [Dimevision] an annual thing. It will all depend on if the fans want it and support it!”

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Blackened Extreme Metal Band NOCTEM Reveal Music Video for Single, “A Cruce Salus”

Watch Now via Metal Injection | Order “A Cruce Salus” Here
Latest Full-Length Album, Haeresis, out Now via Prosthetic Records

Spanish blackened extreme metal band NOCTEM released their 2016 full-length album, Haeresis, via Prosthetic Records to great buzz. Earlier this year, the band followed up with a separate digital single, “A Cruce Salus”, giving fans a taste of what’s soon to come. Now, the band is thrilled to reveal their brand new music video for the track, via Metal Injection. The video, which features blistering black & white live performance footage, can be viewed here:

The live performance footage in the video was filmed by Metalovisión at three festivals in Spain this past summer – Rock Arena, Resurrection Fest, and Leyendas del Rock.

The band says, “‘A Cruce Salus’ is the last track we composed and a bridge between our latest full length Haeresis and our upcoming record. We decided to record some of the festivals where we performed this summer to capture the energy of the band in our live show, which is outstandingly fast, ravenous and full of anger.”

NOCTEM have dominated the stage and studio for over 15 years, with two demos, one live LP and four albums under their belts. The band has performed internationally with artists such as Marduk, Enthroned, Impiety, Napalm Death, Samael, Gorgoroth, Nargaroth, Keep of Kalessin, Taake, Immolation, Vomitory, Malevolent Creation, Incantation, Hate, Ragnarok, Melechesh and many more.

The band’s latest album, Haeresis, presents a haunting aural account of their home country’s grotesque and obscene history during the Spanish Inquisition throughout 1500 A.C.  stretched out over ten menacing tracks. NOCTEM self-recorded Haeresis in 2016 at Fireworks Studios (Valencia) before sending the album for mixing and mastering by Tore Stjerna (Watain, Valkyrja) at Sweden’s Necromorbus Studios. called the album, “easily one of the heaviest and most extreme albums” of 2016.


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Beleth – Vocals
Exo – Guitars
Varu – Bass
Voor – Drums


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UK cult legends ELECTRIC WIZARD have teamed up with Noisey to premiere the video for the new song “See You in Hell, which singer/guitarist Jus Osborn called “the most brutally simple and Neanderthal song ever.”

Watch and listen here.

The song appears on Wizard Bloody Wizard, the long-anticipated new LP, which is full of cranium-crushing bludgeon rock ? a relentless aural brain rape and, like the band’s beloved vintage horror/exploitation movies, definitely not for those of a nervous disposition.

Wizard Bloody Wizard arrives via Witchfinder/Spinefarm on November 10


Jus Oborn   guitar/vocals
Liz Buckingham   guitar
Simon Poole   drums
Clayton Burgess   bass





GOD – Multi-Layered Progressive-Metal GOD ll the 2nd full length album

Note from editor:

There is no intended Blasphemy here, this is in respect to individual musical interpretation.

The release of this multi layered progressive metal album comes with the first song, “I Am”  being released Oct 9, 2017, then one song each week with the last song called “Forgiveness” being released on December 25, 2017. Each week until Christmas, you will experience the manifesting aggressive melodic conviction of individual spiritual interpretation of this instrumental metal masterpiece. Introducing: I am.

This album could itself be a bit controversial just by the name of the album, as everyone has a different outlook, spiritually. Today with the world being so crazy and scary with hurricanes, earthquakes and talks of war, being spiritual can’t hurt a bit! And it’s easy to judge as we are all misunderstood.

Was this music was composed by one person, two people or 10 people,  we may never know as they remain anonymous. I never really thought of metal being spiritual to me but after listening to this composition, I realized that this particular genre of metal music did indeed touch me spiritually.

I found myself identifying the name of each song and imagining what moods may have actually been while listening to the music. As each word has a meaning, but has a different meaning for all of us. If that makes any sense. I imagine different scenarios for each title.  It played out pretty serious in my head. As I get older I have acquired a taste in different music other than just metal. I like 70’s music now, did not care for it in the least being a child in the seventies. My taste in music has changed completely and find myself listening to music I would have never listened to ever in my life. And I like it! This is my interpretation of what I hear.

“The reason for remaining anonymous is to be humble and realize whose name
this project is named after. In reverence and respect to who and what GOD
is to me. As an individual who felt, lead to create this it has been a
spiritual battle to humble myself and realize that the music is not really
mine at all. It was there before I existed.”

Godel rigna

Chronicles 5:13

13 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good, his love endures forever.”

GOD II – Jesus Christ – The Origin, The Life, Death & Resurrection Of Jesus Christ.

“I am” begins memorizing the audience with the introduction of a gentle harmony of the guitar quickly changing course with a brutal guitar riff and the penetrating rhythm of the double bass drums, establishing authority. Obey follows by intensifying the continuous rhythms of the guitar. Worship enters with the pounding of the bass guitar and the whining sound of the guitars. Temptation lures you in with the angelic sounds of short guitar riffs. Transfiguration comes in with  commanding sound of both the drums and bass guitar. Holy gives a sense of comfort with the soft harmony of the guitar still emphasizing the power of the drums. Prayer a melody of harmonics, carrying you into Trust amplifying the distortion of the guitars. Forsaken becomes brutal with the pounding of the drums and sorrow of the the guitar. Crucified pleads with the melodic harmony of the guitar. Death comes with the heavy pumping of the bass and screeching  fear of the guitar riffs. Finally, Forgiveness ends with the harmonic sounds of the guitar leaving your skin with frisson.


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