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Soilwork & Unearth Rock Pomona’s Glasshouse

Getting to experience Soilwork twice within a couple months has been a kick arse opportunity. Getting to meet and talk to them has been even better. These guys are heavy as they get, but as personable as anyone I have met in the music industry. Getting to meet up with Unearth after almost 8 years was an unplanned surprise. Trevor and Chris were great and invited me back to hang out and catch up.

Both of these bands came to tear new ear holes and they did not disappoint. Both of these bands are technically 2nd to none and recognize that without you, the fans, it wouldn’t be possible to play multiple shows in SoCal… So m/ to all of you who support heavy music!!! Here are some Soilwork and Unearth images…

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ENSLAVED Streams “Heimvegen” From Forthcoming Sleeping Gods – Thorn Compilation

Norwegian progressive extreme metal icons ENSLAVED will release The Sleeping Gods – Thorn compilation November 11th via By Norse Music. A full-length album comprised of rare material from 2010-2011, The Sleeping Gods – Thorn is a unique collection of experimental recordings connecting with the band’s early roots.

In advance of its release, the band is currently streaming “Heimvegen” for communal worship.

The Sleeping Gods – Thorn will see release on limited edition blue vinyl (webshop edition), black vinyl, digipak CD, and digitally via By Norse Music.

The seven tracks comprising The Sleeping Gods – Thorn originally appeared on extremely limited EPs between ENSLAVED’s Axioma Ethica Odini and Riitiir full-lengths and were recorded both in Solslottet Studio in Bergen, as well as the band members’ own studios and partly in the deep woods of Valevaag on the south western coast of Norway. Like the songs themselves, the production is a mix of old and new; high tech and no-tech – a mix of concepts that have been essential in achieving the signature sound ENSLAVED has become notorious for today. Members Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson co-produced the material together with long-time collaborator Iver Sandøy.

The Sleeping Gods – Thorn includes lyrics sung in Norwegian, English, and Old Norse, with themes centered on mythology and the esoteric side of the runes, as well as contrasting the Norse Ways as a polytheistic belief system to the monotheistic plague of the Big World Religions. The music nods respectfully to the wildly varying deities that make up the pantheon of inspiration for ENSLAVED, both “then” and “now.” There are traces of the proto black metal of Bathory, the classic rock and heavy metal of the ’70s and ’80s, the synthesized and sequenced masters of the ’70s, prog-rock, world/Norse folk music, Norwegian black metal of the ’90s, modern classical music, goth rock a la Fields Of The Nephilim, and much more.

Tying he package together are the extensive liner notes Kjellson and a beautiful new layout by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media (Roadburn Festival, Opeth, Darkthrone, At The Gates, etc.) whose mesmerizing new illustrations display a unique symbiosis between two of our times’ most exciting visual and sonic artists.

The Sleeping Gods – Thorn Lineup:
Ivar Bjørnson – guitar, synth
Grutle Kjellson – vocals, bass
Cato Bekkevold – drums
Ice Dale – lead guitar

In related ENSLAVED news, this December the band – who are celebrating twenty-five years together – will descend upon New York City for several special performances at Scandinavia House and the Gramercy Theatre in honor of New York By Norse. By Norse was founded by Einar Selvik (Fimbuljod Productions, Wardruna), Ivar Bjørnson (Peersen Production AS, ENSLAVED, BardSpec), and Simon Füllemann (AISA – All Independent Service Alliance LLC, All Access Agency). New York By Norse marks the second installment of By Norse events – significant international happenings designed to support Norwegian art, music, literature, film, and culture abroad. The Noisey-sponsored gala will find ENSLAVED joined by Norwegian folk collective Wardruna and includes unique art exhibitions, workshops and special showcases spanning over two days.

On Friday, December 9th, Scandinavia House welcomes Bjørnson and Selvik for a special evening that will introduce New York audiences to BardSpec, a new project from Bjørnson, and the music of Wardruna, Selvik’s vehicle for showcasing old Norse instruments and musical traditions. For this special New York By Norse event performance, Bjørnson will be joined for one song by Gorguts mastermind Keven Hufnagel. BardSpec comprises Ivar, his computer, some keys, a few strings, a pedal or two, a video canon, and sometimes even a trapeze artist. The direction is dark, surprisingly rhythmic, and psychedelically hypnotic. In sound and concept, BardSpec is about minimizing, cutting away, subtracting, and meditating upon the simplest essence of things-the basic elements and building blocks that make up the whole.

On Saturday, December 10th, ENSLAVED will take over the Gramercy Theatre and play two very special sets – one focused on older material, and one highlighting their more recent musical machinations. Attendees can also expect art exhibition from Norwegian motion designer Kim Holm, performances by Selvik and Bjørnson’s project, Skuggsjá (as well as a solo set from Selvik), and a Grimposium panel focusing on ENSLAVED’s history.

COGNITIVE: Metal Injection Premieres Deformity Full-Length From Brutal Death Metal Faction In Advance Of Friday’s Release

This Friday, Garden State-based death metal faction COGNITIVE will unleash their pulverizing Deformity full-length upon the masses. The nine-track offering was captured at Full Force Studio by Joe Cincotta (Suffocation, Internal Bleeding, Dehumanized), mastered at West West Side Studios by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Converge, Black Breath, Mastodon et al), and includes a guest appearance by Misery Index’s Mark Kloeppel.

Hailing the band’s, “perfect mix between brutal, progressive, and chaotic that all melds together into one singular form with only one goal: sheer destruction,” Metal Injection is currently streaming the record before you can buy it!

Get brutal with COGNITIVE’s Deformity courtesy of Metal Injection, at THIS LOCATION.

In a recent 8/10 review of the record, Dead Rhetoric writes, “No matter your preference within death metal, you should be able to find elements of COGNITIVE to your liking. Deformity revels in technical riffing that never goes too overboard, grooves and subtle melody that hold your interest, and searing aggression from start to finish. COGNITIVE is ready to make their mark upon death metal.” HeavymuiscHQ champions, “A modern showcase of meaty, chugging riffs, as savage as they are intricate, with hammering octopod drumming, a tandem of ursine and demonic vocals, and an affinity for atonal leads and energetic staccato rhythm,” further elaborating, “COGNITIVE embrace the weird and deliver some seriously rad and groovy death metal. If Decapitated, Aborted, Benighted, and, say, Pathology, get your blood flowing, then by all means, check out COGINITIVE.” Adds No Clean Singing upon their premiere of “Haunted Justice,” “At the outset, it’s an overpowering torrent of vicious sound propelled by drumming that simulates a war zone and by slashing, meat-cleaving riffs operating at top speed, coupled with monstrous roars and hair-on-fire shrieking. After this opening barrage has effectively cracked open your cranium like an egg and ejected your eyeballs from the skull due to explosive pressure, then COGNITIVE starts messing with your brain in an eerie, neuron-scrambling interplay between solo guitar and bass. And finally, the band erupt in one last frenzy of rampant hammering decimation.”

In conjunction with the release of Deformity, COGNITIVE will bring their maniacal odes to the stage on the two-plus week Birthing The Deformity US Tour which runs from October 28th through November 13th with additional onstage abrasions to be announced in the weeks to follow.

COGNITIVE:
10/28/2016 Club Risque – Philadelphia, PA
10/29/2016 Paradise Lake Campground – Hammonton, NJ
10/30/2016 Riff House – Chesapeake, VA
10/31/2016 Mccormick’s – Richmond, VA
11/01/2016 The Cave – Chapel Hill, NC
11/02/2016 Drunk Horse Pub – Fayetville, NC
11/03/2016 The Station – Charlotte, NC
11/04/2016 Cory’s Grilled Cheese – James Island, SC
11/05/2016 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta. GA
11/06/2016 Autograph Rehearsal Studio – Murfreesboro, TN
11/07/2016 Backstage – Covington, KY
11/08/2016 The Doom Room – Lafayette, IN
11/09/2016 Carl’s Tavern – New Haven, IN
11/10/2016 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI
11/11/2016 Annabelle’s Bar And Lounge – Akron, OH
11/12/2016 Bobby’s Place – Erie, PA
11/13/2016 Championship’s Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ

Hailing from South Jersey, COGNITIVE was born in 2011 with the sole intent to create heavy, intensely technical music, while maintaining an edge of creativity that separates them from the over-produced sea of subgenres. Combining technicality, guitar solos, grooves, and abstract ideas within their songwriting, COGNITIVE is continually pushing itself to think outside of the proverbial box while maintaining an organic and unapologetically brutal edge. COGNITIVE seeks only to advance itself musically and export New Jersey’s undying hatred globally.

5th Annual Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK Sells Out With 50,000 In Attendance Over 2 Days; California’s Biggest Rock Festival Featured 35 Bands On 3 Stages, Led By Tool and Avenged Sevenfold

Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK made its triumphant return to Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 22 & 23, celebrating its fifth year with a sold-out crowd of 50,000 over two days in California?s capital city. With 35 bands on three stages, Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK?s genre-spanning lineup was packed with rock and metal legends, newcomers, and rising stars. Fans were treated to a rare U.S. festival performance from Tool on Saturday, an electrifying festival-closing set from Avenged Sevenfold on Sunday, plus Slayer, Korn, Primus, Disturbed, Puscifer, Meshuggah, and many more.

Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK showcased Sacramento?s status as America?s Farm-To-Fork Capital, offering free samples of locally grown fruit to festival attendees throughout the weekend, while those looking for more filling options chose from nearly two dozen food vendors including local favorites Drewski?s Hot Rod Sandwiches, Xochimilco Mexican Restaurant and more. California?s biggest rock festival also featured The Jack Daniel’s Experience, The Music Experience, the Juxtapoz MAKE YOUR MARK interactive graffiti art installation presented by Hellrzzr and Montana, Keep Golf Metal and more to engage fans with all aspects of the rock and roll culture. SiriusXM?s Shannon Gunz interviewed AFTERSHOCK bands backstage for the festival?s Facebook live stream throughout the weekend.

Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK?s economic impact to the region exceeds $10 million. As part of its commitment to the Sacramento community, Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK made a $10,000 donation to Stanford Settlement in the Natomas area to support youth programs and other neighborhood services. In addition, festivalgoers contributed approximately $40,000 to charities including Take Me Home Animal Rescue and Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live. AFTERSHOCK partnered with Sacramento Parks to create awareness about water safety via the ?Life Looks Good On You? campaign. The Student Experience backstage tour gave music students from Scott Graham School of Music in Sacramento and ABC Music in Castro Valley, as well as local teen band URD-OM, an inside look at the workings of a music festival and opportunities in the music industry, including an inspirational talk about overcoming disabilities from Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK band The Mendenhall Experiment.

Here is some of the positive press response to Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK 2016:

?By noon Saturday, more than half the sold-out crowd for Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK had arrived for a full afternoon and evening of headbanging, courtesy of such hard rock heavyweights as Tool, Slayer and Anthrax.?
–Chris Macias, Sacramento Bee, October 22, 2016

?In the heart of beautiful Sacramento, AFTERSHOCK brought the best bands and festival experience any rock fan could hope for.?
–Anthony Lauletta, Alternative Press, Social Media Manager

“Aftershock 2016 was amazing. Great location, lineup, organization, and even the weather couldn’t have been better. The Juxtapoz MAKE YOUR MARK Graffiti Zone was a huge hit with festivalgoers lining up non-stop both days to take their shot as artists. It was great to get some local, more seasoned artists involved in the evenings and they couldn’t have done a better job. Each artist really came through and collectively they demonstrated a high level of talent and a great range of styles that worked well together.?
–Mike Stalter, Juxtapoz, October 25, 2016

?Aftershock is fast becoming one of the best rock festivals of the year?The main two stages told the history of heavy metal and Saturday was just a continuous onslaught of legendary acts: Anthrax, Meshuggah, Primus, Slayer, and then Tool. No other festival gives you that consistency of stellar performances, not to mention actually spacing them out so you can see either most or all of each band without missing anything else?Aftershock was able to straddle the line between respecting their elders and ringing in the new guard??
–Jesse Seilhan, AXS.com, October 25, 2016

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, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, LOUDER THAN LIFE, Northern Invasion, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Chicago Open Air, Houston Open Air, and more.

Sponsors for Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK included: Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, Coors Light, The Music Experience, El Jimador Tequila, Keep Golf Metal, Sound Exchange, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Fxck Cancer, Take Me Home, KHTK, 98Rock, California Finest, Dimple Records, Juxtapoz, SoHo Concessions and more.

ULCERATE: Entire Shrines Of Paralysis LP Streaming; Album Sees Release Via Relapse Records This Friday + North American Tour Looms

The unrelenting Shrines Of Paralysis ? the fifth full-length album from New Zealand?s leading death metal unit, ULCERATE ? sees release through Relapse Records this Friday, the label making the entire album available for streaming early.

ULCERATE?s Shrines Of Paralysis is a flawless continuation of the band?s signature sonic philosophy, spanning eight tracks of forward-thinking death metal, incorporating a wider range of styles and ideas than ever before. Influences both within and beyond metal abound: organic, inventive phrasings and novel compositional techniques round-out a thundering package of death, doom, and black metal stylings. As is characteristic of the band, Shrines Of Paralysis is about much more than just the music. The production, themes, and atmosphere all shape ULCERATE?s music, and help guide the way through a highly evocative palette of dark and light passages, subtly dramatic rhythmic manipulation, and unparalleled technical heaviness. The band?s most cohesive and powerful release to date.

Clrvynt proclaims, ?New Zealand?s Ulcerate are a marvel and a juggernaut. Approaching fifteen years of existence, the trio keeps getting stronger and more adept as songwriters. In the realm of technical death metal, Ulcerate understand that a good hook is just as important as a ridiculous chord progression.? Invisible Oranges praises, ?A lot of technical death metal gets described as knotty, but Ulcerate are much better at untangling the strands. Guitars will start in unison and then one will splinter off or hang on a single suspension. Phrases will go a beat or two longer than they should, and Jaime Saint Meret will push past bar lines or abruptly jump from jackhammered blast beats into a flurry of ghost notes and triplets on the cymbals. All of these formal zigs and zags are impressive on a technical level, but they also establish a mood.? Dead Rhetoric?s awesome review includes, ?Claustrophobic material that still maintains a bizarre wondrousness to it ? you can be flattened by a wall of riffs and growls one moment and then drawn into an uneasy atmosphere the next. It all manifests to be an experience that is more than the sum of its parts, and Shrines of Paralysis is guaranteed to please all those looking for death metal with plenty of density and depth.?

Following several high-profile shows in their native country, ULCERATE?s headlining North American tour with Icelandic dissonance-mongers Zhrine and Montreal death metal quartet Phobocosm begins next week on the West Coast. The tour begins next Wednesday, November 2nd in Los Angeles, and bulldozes its way through the continent for virtually the entire month, the final show hitting Brooklyn on November 29th.

ULCERATE w/ Zhrine & Phobocosm:
11/02/2016 Complex ? Los Angeles, CA
11/03/2016 Elbo Room ? San Francisco, CA
11/04/2016 Panic Room ? Portland, OR
11/05/2016 Highline ? Seattle, WA
11/06/2016 Astoria ? Vancouver, BC
11/07/2016 The Golden Bull ? Oakland, CA
11/09/2016 Brick By Brick ? San Diego, CA
11/10/2016 Yucca Tap Room ? Tempe, AZ
11/11/2016 Mesa Music Hall ? El Paso, TX
11/12/2016 Limelight ? San Antonio, TX
11/13/2016 Acadia Bar ? Houston, TX
11/14/2016 Reno?s Chop Shop ? Dallas, TX
11/15/2016 Siberia ? New Orleans, LA
11/16/2016 Atlantic ? Gainesville, FL
11/17/2016 The Brass Mug ? Tampa, FL
11/18/2016 529 ? Atlanta, GA
11/19/2016 Strange Matter ? Richmond, VA
11/20/2016 Metro Gallery ? Baltimore, MD
11/22/2016 Boot & Saddle ? Philadelphia, PA
11/23/2016 Great Scott ? Boston, MA
11/24/2016 Piranha Bar ? Montreal, QC
11/25/2016 Coalition ? Toronto, ON
11/26/2016 Corktown Tavern ? Detroit, MI
11/27/2016 Reggies ? Chicago, IL
11/28/2016 The Smiling Moose ? Pittsburgh, PA
11/29/2016 Saint Vitus Bar ? Brooklyn, NY

GOROD: Tech Death Strategists Issue “The Mystic Triad Of Artistry” Video

Last year, French tech death strategists GOROD unleashed the brain-melting bounty of their A Maze Of Recycled Creeds full-length in North America via Unique Leader Records. Centered around unfathomable fantasies created by various secret societies and mystical orders, the critically-adored A Maze Of Recycled Creeds is a near-fifty-minute-long work of diabolic genius spewing forth eleven tracks of arthritis-inducing riffs, spiraling, harmony-rich fret decompositions, surgically-precise time shifts, blasts, brawn and an incessant barrage of malicious vocal onslaughts.

To remind you just how crushing that record is, the band recently issued the visual companion to “The Mystic Triad Of Artistry.” The confounding clips was directed, shot, and edited by Gautier Roscoet (Hardpork and dR Media) with lighting by William Latour and is currently playing at Metal Injection issuing, “Remember the old character selection screens from basically any side-scrolling fighter game that even remotely resembled Mortal Kombat? GOROD’s video for ‘The Mystic Triad Of Artistry’ reminds me a lot of that, though with a lot of switching off and odd stage presences… it’s weird.”

Watch “The Mystic Triad Of Artistry”;

“…the undisputed kings of melodic tech death…” – MetalSucks

“…one of the best technical death metal bands out there…”- Metal Injection

“…a chaotic masterpiece…” – Metal Wani

“…the band’s highly diverse mix of influences – and their boundless ability to combine all of them together this succinctly – makes for an incredible listening experience, and one not to be missed by any fan of tastefully written heavy music.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“…in lesser hands, this mixing of jazz/funk/prog/fusion/metal would likely end up as an unlistenable mess, but you only have to look to the weirdly infectious, stop-motion fretwork of ‘An Order To Reclaim’ – which concludes with an audaciously epic, funk-doom outro – to see the Frenchmen make it look almost effortless.” – No Clean Singing

“GOROD are simply turning the genre on its head while delivering one of the year’s very best and entertaining albums.” – Teeth Of The Divine

“GOROD continues to evolve and progress while others are content to ride their coattails…. one of the year’s strongest tech death offerings.” – Dead Rhetoric

“If Animals As Leaders or Felix Martin decided that they wanted to be a band like Metallica…it might come out like this.” – Glacially Musical

SUICIDE SILENCE PICS FROM AFTERSHOCK

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AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL

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WOW!
What an awesome festival with over 50,000 in attendance and sold out both days!
Let’s keep it simple
Day One – If you got there early enough to see THE SHRINE, you got an early morning treat. But things really got going when the Bay Area’s own DEATH ANGEL hit the Capital Stage and delivered the goods creating pits and winning over the younger crowd. BARONNESS did impress on the Monster Energy Stage giving album like quality sound and vocals to tracks like Shock Me. ANTHRAX proved their worth by giving a 6-song set that really lifted the crowd to the next level. THE PRETTY RECKLESS did more than impress as their albums are very tame sounding but the energy is up a level live. MESHUGGAH was a surprise when I noticed the crowd reaction and chanting for their math metal which can be hard to interpret. PRIMUS opened Those Damn Blue Collared Tweakers which had the crowd going strong and even a crowd surfer in a wheelchair. What can be said about SLAYER that hasn’t already been said as to this day they remain the tightest band live in their genre. As for TOOL, I like the albums, love the dynamics, but live I am not a fan of a singer that hides behind a drum kit. That comment will offend the diehards, but I am entitled to it but to the masses they purely delighted the crowd with their songs and lighting show.

Day Two – I do believe the WHITECHAPEL should have played after SUICIDE SILENCE, but so be it but both bands delivered their brand of extreme music to a very enthusiastic fanbase on the Capital Stage. Getting to speak with Whitechapel frontman Phil Bozeman after their set it was his 2nd set in 12 hours so big props to him for having that in him to deliver so strong! GHOST at 3:05 in the afternoon seems absurd but the crowd absolutely loved them as did I. Although a short 5-song set, they sounded incredible and look forward to their next trip through town. ZAKK SABBATH had the crowd from the first note and their energy carried the crowd until DISTURBED took the Monster Energy Stage. By crowd response alone, Disturbed should have headlined this day as the crowd was rabid as was the crowd for KORN. I kind of felt bad for AVENGED SEVENFOLD who played well, but the energy of the crowd had been spent on Korn and Disturbed, but A7X always delivers live.

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AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL – MORE COMING SOON

SACRAMENTO, CA – October 22 – 23
While the AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL is still happening, I thought this picture I took sums up the spirit, loyalty, respect, and camaraderie of those in the Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Community. I spoke with this guy after his 3rd time on the crowd and he was happy and grateful for how he was treated, even if his shorts nearly came off on the 3rd time when pulled over by Security!

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More pics to come soon…

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Ye Scallywag! Reveals Pairing Stage, Beverage Highlights & Additional Tasting Participants for Oct 22 Festival in San Diego, CA with NOFX, Bad Religion & more

YE SCALLYWAG!

REVEALS PAIRING STAGE, BEVERAGE HIGHLIGHTS &

ADDITIONAL TASTING PARTICIPANTS

FESTIVAL WILL FEATURE CALIFORNIA CRAFT BEER & WINE TASTING,

ALONG WITH REGIONAL FOOD VENDORS & MUSIC

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 AT WATERFRONT PARK IN SAN DIEGO, CA

MUSIC LINEUP INCLUDES NOFX, BAD RELIGION, GOLDFINGER,

AGAINST ME!, REEL BIG FISH & WAKRAT

Saturday, October 22 marks the debut of Ye Scallywag!, a day-long music, craft beer, wine and food festival, to take place at Waterfront Park in San Diego, CA. Produced by premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE) and Orange County, California?s most successful and respected craft beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions, the festival will feature over 100 craft beers and artisan wines, along with a full day of music.

Brew Ha Ha Productions? Cameron Collins explains, ?Ye Scallywag! is just around the corner and we couldn?t be more excited about it. We have some incredible breweries coming out, many who have brought home awards from this year?s Great American Beer Festival (GABF), one of the most prestigious beer events in the US. We?ll have a lot of world class beers at the event including RIIP Brewing out of Huntington Beach, CA who just won silver in the IPA Category, essentially making them the brewers of the #2 IPA in the world, along with Figueroa Mountain Brewing, who came home with a handful of medals. We?ll also have class act wineries participating including Flora Springs, who really embody the essence of the event with their craft focus on wine. Not to mention the great bands who are playing, the amazing weather we?re expecting, and our killer food pairing stage.?
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SUPERJOINT Premieres “Ruin You”

In less than one month, SUPERJOINT will unleash the punishing wares of their Caught Up In The Gears Of Application full-length. Captured at Nodferatu’s Lair, the eleven-track offering marks the band’s first new output since 2003’s critically-lauded Lethal Dose Of American Hatred. Produced by SUPERJOINT co-founder Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Scour, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Arson Anthem etc.) and Stephen Berrigan (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Eyehategod, Haarp, Classhole, etc.) and mastered by Scott Hull (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Pig Destroyer) at Visceral Sounds, Caught Up In The Gears Of Application remains true to SUPERJOINT’s original strategy: to spew forth an acrimonious crossover of hardcore punk, metal, and unrelenting, hostile, New Orleans-style angst.
In advance of its release, today Decibel Magazine is streaming “Ruin You,” commending a “powerhouse of a cut,” and noting, “the album shreds, with killer riffs — care of southern-metal OG Jimmy Bower — all over the place.”


Adds Anselmo of the track, “This song is an example of how a basic, rock-driven song can still be a powerful thing, in musical standards and lyrical content as well.”

Hear “Ruin You,” now at THIS LOCATION.

Caught Up In The Gears Of Application will see official release via Anselmo’s own Housecore Records on November 11th, 2016.

SUPERJOINT will bring their venom to the stage for their official record release show on November 12th, 2016 in Dallas, their only US appearance of the year. Tickets are on sale now!
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SUPERJOINT was resurrected in 2015 after the original band broke up a decade earlier. At the behest of the late Corey Mitchell, co-founder of The Housecore Horror Film Festival, SUPERJOINT founders Anselmo, Jimmy Bower (Down, Eyehategod), and Kevin Bond (Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver et al) joined forces with longtime comrades, drummer José “Blue” Gonzalez (Warbeast, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) and bassist Stephen Taylor (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Woven Hand, 16 Horse Power). A new era of the band was born.
Consequently, the band members found true joy in playing together again. After just two tours, new material followed culminating in the scathing sounds of Caught Up In The Gears Of Application. “The minute we started writing, I knew this record would be brutal,” reflects Bower, “Sticking to our true hardcore roots and signature SUPERJOINT sound, we accomplished a record that needed to happen in today’s underground. It’s pissed off! After being on hiatus for eleven-plus years, the chance at a new SUPERJOINT record wasn’t something we took lightly. With newcomers Steven and Joey, we were psyched and eager to get in the Lair and start writing and after two tours with the new lineup, we were able to hit the writing hard! Didn’t take long to accomplish, and we stood and smirked at the playback of what would be the new SUPERJOINT record. With songs like ‘Receiving No Answer To The Knock’ and ‘Sociopathic Herd Delusion’ we had everything to smirk about! This record brings our viscous style of hardcore back to life. Pissed off with everything to prove, SUPERJOINT is back!”
Adds Anselmo of the offering, “The overall theme means many things, or no things, but there is an underlying message regardless, about how modern technology – computers and all that comes with them, mainly – has affected our lives. As a musician, it has affected my life both negatively (music being stolen) and positively (being in touch with fellow musicians around the world and staying visible). But when looking at the broader spectrum, computer-land has given everyday people a platform in which to bellow like carnival barkers about anything and everything, humdrum or political, whether qualified or not, some with good intentions, some with ideas that lay somewhere in the middle, creating a mishmash of results.”

ANTHRAX BASSIST FRANK BELLO AUDIO INTERVIEW

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35 years in the business, ANTHRAX bassist FRANK BELLO took some time out of his busy Sunday to talk with SMNnews about all things Anthrax as well as Football, Schools, HELMET, CHEAP TRICK, and playing acoustic. This is an Audio Only Interview!

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ACT OF DEFIANCE GUITARIST CHRIS BRODERICK INTERVIEWED BY SMNNEWS

Guitar Virtuoso CHRIS BRODERICK from ACT OF DEFIANCE (ex-MEGADETH) took time on a Tuesday evening to speak with SMNNEWS.
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Sports?
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WOLVHAMMER: North American Tours With Tombs, Abigail Williams Confirmed For The Fall Months; New Album Due In 2017

WOLVHAMMER has confirmed several new tours for the Fall season, including a previously-announced November US tour with Tombs, and now a subsequent North American East Coast trek with Abigail Williams.

From November 7th through the 26th, WOLVHAMMER will provide direct support for Tombs, that trek to begin in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and swing clockwise through the entire southern half of the country up the West Coast and back, ending in Dayton, Ohio on November 26th.

Immediately subsequent to the Tombs tour, it has just been confirmed that WOLVHAMMER will head back out on the road, this time joining their brethren in Abigail Williams, with Amiensus providing opening support. This run will take both bands to the East Coast US and into Canada with thirteen new dates announced for late November into mid-December. The first show takes place in Rochester on November 29th, followed by Portland, Somerville, Montreal, Syracuse, Manchester, Brooklyn, Clifton, Frederick, Pittsburgh, Dayton, Chicago, and Minneapolis through December 11th.

WOLVHAMMER continues to write material for their next LP, the follow-up to 2014’s Profound Lore-released Clawing Into Black Sun, the new album to strike sometime in 2017. In the meantime, Clawing Into Black Sun can be streamed and purchased through Disorder Recordings and Profound Lore.

WOLVHAMMER Tour Dates:
w/ Tombs:
11/07/2016 Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
11/08/2016 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
11/09/2016 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
11/10/2016 Rudyards – Houston, TX
11/11/2016 Barracuda – Austin, TX
11/12/2016 Three Links – Dallas, TX
11/13/2016 Korova – downstairs – San Antonio, TX
11/15/2016 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
11/16/2016 Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
11/17/2016 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
11/18/2016 The Merrow – San Diego, CA
11/20/2016 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
11/22/2016 Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
11/25/2016 Kumas Corner – Indianapolis, IN
11/26/2016 Rockstar Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
w/ Abigail Williams, Amiensus:
11/29/2016 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
11/30/2016 TBA – Portland, ME
12/01/2016 ONCE – Somerville, MA
12/02/2016 Katakombes – Montreal, QC
12/03/2016 The Vault – Syracuse, NY
12/04/2016 Jewel – Manchester, NH
12/05/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
12/06/2016 Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
12/07/2016 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
12/08/2016 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
12/09/2016 Hank’s Pub – Dayton, OH
12/10/2016 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
12/11/2016 The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN

Vanderberg Releases Debut album

German guitarist and songwriter Marc Vanderberg releases his long awaited debut album called “Devil may Care” November 18.  The debut EP “The Four Elements,” was released in 2015 and received awesome reviews worldwide.

Track List:

  1.  Godfather (instrumental)
  2. Devil may Care -featuring vocals by Göran Edman (ex-Malmsteen / ex-John Norum)
  3. Key to Your Heart – featuring vocals by Paulo Cuevas
  4. Pray – featuring vocals by Boban Vasileski and Marc Vanderberg
  5. Infinite Love – featuring vocals by Göran Edman (ex-Malmsteen / ex-John Norum / etc.)
  6. Storm, Thunder, and Lightening – featuring vocals by Paulo Cuevas
  7. Crash and Burn – featuring vocals by Boban Vasileski
  8. Spirit of the Dragon – featuring vocals by Boban Vasileski
  9. Corrosion of Society – featuring vocals by Paulo Cuevas
  10. Smoking Kills – featuring vocals by Chris Divine (Luna Rise) and Tave Wanning (Adrenaline Rush)

 

Snippets of all songs are available under www.soundcloud.com/marc-vanderberg and here:

The Album “Vanderberg – Devil may Care” will be released worldwide via HearYou Music on all internet stores on November 18th 2016.

Vanderberg can be found at:

www.marcvanderberg.com

www.facebook.com/marcvanderbergofficial

www.reverbnation.com/marcvanderberg

www.soundcloud.com/marc-vanderberg

www.twitter.com/marc_vanderberg

For more information or promotional material, please contact:

Markus Laue, Stresemannstraße 5, 61231 Bad Nauheim, Germany

Phone: +49 / 177 / 7748128, marc.vanderberg@yahoo.com

Jett Blakk Announces New Concert Dates

 

Jett Blakk announced three new concert dates in the Kansas City area to promote their newest album, “Rock Revolution.”

 

Concert Date Additions

October 22, 2016 – Jett Blakk With Kix

     The Scene – Kansas City                                  Purchase Tickets Here

November 1, 2016 – Jett Blakk w/ Tracii Guns Enuff Znuff

     Harrah’s Voodoo Lounge – Kansas City          Purchase Tickets Here

December 17, 2016 – Jett Blakk w/ Lynch Mob      

     The Scene – Kansas City                                   Purchase Tickets Here

 

About Jett Blakk

Jett Blakk was formed by Tommy Law and Randy Blakk.  Both have several years of experience in the Midwest music scene and names everyone recognizes.

 Tommy Law is a 14 time All-State #1 medalist from CMSU ? the only tenor to do so in the state of Missouri.  He was a vocal major at Central Missouri State University.  His classical training shows in his vocal style ? very reminiscent of Bon Jovi .

 After many years in the Midwest music scene, Tommy took several years off to get his personal life where it needed to be but has returned with a vengeance.

 ?The universe is a magnet pulling us towards our destiny.? ? Randy Blakk

 Randy Blakk started his musical career as the guitarist and songwriter for Uncertain Future.  He moved on to tour with Union Underground as a guitar tech on their Education in Rebellion tour.  His most recent project before Jett Blakk was as the singer/songwriter for Son of Man.  After a brief break from the music scene, he joined forces with Tommy Law to form Jett Blakk.

 

 

For more information or promotional materials, contact christine.cochran@hearyoumusic.com

 

 

Dark From Day One Releases New Single, “The Witch”

Arkansas Hard Rockers release their Single A/B “The Witch” on October 21. Just in time for Halloween!


This is the first single off their upcoming CD set to release later this year.

IN THE BEGINNING, WE ARE BORN INTO THIS EARTH-INNOCENT. NOT KNOWING THE PRESSURE OF STRESS, NOR THE EVILS THAT HUMANITY IS CAPABLE OF, WE JUST KNOW TO EMBRACE LIFE. THEREFORE?WE ARE DARK FROM DAY ONE.

Labeling their music as “uplifting and unforgettable that inspires the listener to continue to hope and love”, Dark From Day One possesses a sound that is breathtaking and hypnotic, with a unique mixture of the different styles of rock combining them to make music that touches deep within the hearts and souls of people, allowing for listeners of many different genres to enjoy.

 

For more information or promo materials, contact christine.cochran@hearyoumusic.com

Agony In The Garden Releases New Single, “Obsolete”

 

“Obsolete” is the first single from Agony In The Garden’s newest album “Second Light” to be released 11/11/16.

 

ABOUT AGONY IN THE GARDEN

Agony In The Garden began in April of 2013 as a one man band with singer/songwriter multi-instrumentalist Mack Perry writing and recording all of Agony’s music. Releasing a debut four song EP Where Olympus Dwells in May 2015. In Feb 2016 Mack began co-writing with Clint Lowery of Grammy nominated Sevendust on Agony’s upcoming album. Adding drummer Bobby Milton and second guitarist Michael Greer in July, in September the band released the single Obsolete, “a sonically hard-hitting metal rock tune that dazes the senses” from the album Second Light to be released November 11th. The band is set to begin touring in 2017.

Agony’s music style fuses rock, metal and blues incorporating poly-rhythmic guitar with “poetic song lyrics, compelling and socially relevant.” Perry’s vocals, “one of the best voices I’ve heard in years. Deep, rich with a bit of grit.”

Agony’s sound and techniques are high lit not only in the music but also demonstrated in videos featured by guitar sponsor WT. Foster Guitars. “Perry’s intricate rhythms and medieval feel remind me of Alter Bridge. The almost psychedelic, brilliant guitar calls to mind Dream Theater’s best music.”

Within two years of Agony In The Garden entering the music scene Mack received sponsorship from Band-Brand, Cape Whoopies, Rest Assured Apparel and WT. Foster Guitars.

In July of 2015 Mack appeared on The #1 webshow in the world; The Jimmy Star Show featuring the title track Where Olympus Dwells from the premier EP.

Agony’s title track from EP Where Olympus Dwells has been included in the soundtrack for the film Precision. The second track from Where Olympus Dwells; Let It Burn is currently being featured during various CBS Sports events as well as being featured during The Super Bowl Live in 2016.

While being interviewed Perry stated that Agony’s message is simply, “no matter what you’re going through as long as you wake daylight never dies. It’s never too late.”

“Mack you have restored my faith in music and more importantly you made me fall in love with music again, your musicianship is absolutely amazing!”

 

For more information or press materials, contact christine.cochran@hearyoumusic.com

Rock’n’roll’s lasting relationship with casino culture

Given that the majority of hard rock tends to deal with the somewhat morbid themes of mortality and excess, it’s pretty surprising to find that rock’n’roll has cultivated a pretty lasting relationship with some of our most famous games.

However, it’s those classic casino games like poker that rock music seems to be most fascinated with, thanks to the lyrical themes of dancing with the devil that provide no end of inspiration for the budding songwriter.

As rock music took its roots from the blues music of the Deep South, it’s been interesting to see how the gambling themes have survived the incredible evolution of the music.

From Mississippi John Hurt singing about lucky dice in his 1928 classic Stagger Lee, to garage rockers in the 1960s like The Daily Flash providing a raucous amplified update to Jack of Diamonds, it’s clear that there’s no shortage of lyrical metaphors in the realm of gambling.

But it was when Lemmy penned the ultimate poker song, Ace of Spades, in 1980 that these casino games received the anthem they truly deserved. And although the much-missed Motörhead leader felt that the card was a bad luck sign, it certainly provided endless source of inspiration for a new generation of rockers.

Gambling has proven to be a pretty poignant theme on the current North American rock scene as bands like System of a Down have used table games for the inspiration for the blistering track Roulette on their monumental record Steal This Album.

And seeing as Canadian players can sign up here to play online casino games at Lucky Nugget in a way that renders many of these exclusive titles much more accessible for a mobile-friendly audiences, it’s expected that we’ll see many more gambling songs to come.

This is particularly so as many of the casinos in places such as Atlantic City and Las Vegas are starting to open their doors to rock bands like Guns N’ Roses to perform huge concerts and bring in new legions of rock fans to their gaming establishments.

And with the likes of the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas being something of a museum amongst rock fans for its huge range of memorabilia from the founders of rock like Jimi Hendrix and Van Halen, it’s clear that the casinos will continue to occupy a very important part of the modern rock fan’s psyche.

Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK: Band Performance Times Announced For California’s Biggest Rock Festival, Oct. 22 & 23 In Sacramento, Led By Tool & Avenged Sevenfold

BAND PERFORMANCE TIMES AND ADDITIONAL ONSITE EXPERIENCES ANNOUNCED FOR OCTOBER 22 & 23 FESTIVAL
AT DISCOVERY PARK IN SACRAMENTO

LIMITED NUMBER OF SINGLE DAY TICKETS AVAILABLE
FOR CALIFORNIA?S BIGGEST ROCK FESTIVAL
FEATURING 35 BANDS ON THREE STAGES
LED BY TOOL AND AVENGED SEVENFOLD
PLUS SLAYER, KORN, PRIMUS, DISTURBED AND MANY MORE

Band performance times, food and beverage options, and additional onsite experiences have been announced for the fifth annual Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK on Saturday, October 22 & Sunday, October 23 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA.

Led by iconic bands Tool (in a rare U.S. festival appearance) and Avenged Sevenfold, Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK boasts a lineup of 35 bands on three stages, including Slayer, Korn, Primus, Disturbed and many more. California?s biggest rock festival also features the return of The Jack Daniel’s Experience, The Music Experience, the Juxtapoz MAKE YOUR MARK Graffiti Zone and more to engage fans with all aspects of the rock and roll culture.

A very limited number of single-day Saturday tickets for Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK (previously sold out) have just been released. Weekend General Admission and single-day Saturday and Sunday tickets are available at current prices through October 16 or while supplies last at AFTERSHOCKConcert.com. Non-service fee tickets are also available at Dimple Records locations throughout the Sacramento area. VIP and hotel packages for Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK are now sold out.

The current Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK performance times (subject to change) are as follows:

Saturday, October 22

Monster Energy Stage

8:20 PM      Tool
6:20 PM      Primus
4:45 PM       The Pretty Reckless
3:10 PM       Baroness
2:00 PM      Avatar
12:50 PM     Whores
11:45 AM     American Sharks

Discovery Stage

7:15 PM        Slayer
5:30 PM       Meshuggah
3:50 PM       Anthrax
2:35 PM       Motionless In White
1:25 PM        let live
12:20 PM     Big Jesus

Capital Stage

4:45 PM      Deafheaven
3:40 PM      Face To Face
2:35 PM      Drakulas
1:35 PM       The Shrine
12:20 PM     Aeges
11:15 AM      Death Angel

Sunday, October 23

Monster Energy Stage

7:40 PM      Avenged Sevenfold
5:30 PM      Disturbed
3:45 PM      Chevelle
2:30 PM      Parkway Drive
1:20 PM       Silver Snakes
12:20 PM    The Mendenhall Experiment

Discovery Stage

6:35 PM    Korn
4:35 PM    Puscifer
3:05 PM    Ghost
1:55 PM    The Amity Affliction
12:50 PM  Ignite

Capital Stage

4:15 PM     Zakk Sabbath
2:55 PM     Max & Iggor Cavalera Return to Roots
1:50 PM     Suicide Silence
12:50 PM   Whitechapel
11:50 AM   Some Fear None

Doors open at 11:00 AM each day.

WHITECHAPEL To Kick Off Straight Outta Hell Co-Headlining Tour With Suicide Silence

Knoxville-based WHITECHAPEL will saw blade their way through a monstrous co-headlining tour with Suicide Silence. Sponsored by BlackCraft Cult Clothing, the Straight Outta Hell tour commenced on September 28th in Portland, Oregon and conclude October 22nd in Las Vegas, Nevada. Additional support will be provided by Carnifex and Oceano, with Despised Icon appearing at select dates.

WHITECHAPEL w/ Suicide Silence, Carnifex, Oceano:
9/28/2016 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
9/29/2016 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
9/30/2016 Pinnacle NW – Spokane, WA
10/01/2016 Pub Station – Billings, MT
10/02/2016 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
10/04/2016 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
10/05/2016 Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
10/06/2016 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
10/07/2016 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
10/08/2016 St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
10/09/2016 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
10/11/2016 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH*
10/12/2016 Harmony House – Webster, NY*
10/13/2016 The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY*
10/14/2016 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA*
10/15/2016 Rock & Shock @ Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/16/2016 GameChanger World – Freehold, NJ
10/17/2016 Arizona Pete’s – Greensboro, NC
10/19/2016 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
10/20/2016 The Door – Dallas, TX
10/21/2016 Top Deck – Farmington, NM
10/22/2016 Vinyl @ Hard Rock – Las Vegas, NV
* w/ Despised Icon

WHITECHAPEL recently completed an extensive run across the US on the annual Vans Warped Tour as well as an explosive performance at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest this past weekend. The band is currently touring in support of their recently-issued sixth full-length, Mark Of The Blade. Hailed as an, “exciting milestone,” by Alternative Press, Mark Of The Blade was produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse) and sees WHITECHAPEL redefine who they are and what they are capable of with the resulting eleven tracks. Kicking off with “The Void” – which has a Slayer-esque ferocity that is perfectly suited to the band’s three-guitar attack – the songs that follow all leave a distinct impression, and by the time the rich, dark melodies on “Decennium” bring the record to a close, it’s impossible to deny the emotional weight brought to bear. Guitarist Alex Wade explains, “At this point in our career and as we grow older, we are taking a more open-minded approach to creating our music, allowing what we think sounds good to evolve naturally, rather than to just write what is expected of us.”

OPETH – SORCERESS

If there is one thing you can always expect with OPETH, it’s the simple word, change! In their 20+ year career, they have experimented with many forms of music. But with the release of Heritage in 2011, there was a big turn but that was given a small taste when they put out Watershed.
Two days ago saw the release of Sorceress. And yes, there is a twist in that this album continues down the prog road less travelled, but it’s also a more straight forward venture. From the chug-chug of the title track, the middle-eastern flavor of The Seventh Sojourn, to one of the heaviest tracks in the past 3 albums, Era, Mikael Akerfeldt (vocals, guitar, songwriter) does not disappoint in his musical integrity. His level of confidence, which should not get confused with being cocky, shines on this release.
Sorceress will take a few listens to understand it in full. It’s like a well balanced dish served at a 3-Star Michelin Restaurant. It’s complex, delights, there are sonic layers to be revealed, but when it’s over, it will be appreciated for all that it is – Another Amazing Release!

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RATING: 10 of 10
THE HARDROCKCORE

OPETH STREAMS NEW ALBUM, ‘SORCERESS,’ TODAY AT ROLLINGSTONE

With only one day remaining until their highly anticipated album release, Sweden?s musical alchemists, OPETH, have partnered with RollingStone to premiere a stream of their magnum opus, Sorceress. Years of preparation and months of anticipation have finally led to the full unveiling of the band?s critically heralded 12th studio album, which arrives tomorrow via the band?s own imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Witness the power of Sorceress now, exclusively at RollingStone.com.

OPETH made their landfall in North America this past weekend with an epic set at Ozzfest in San Bernardino, CA and will continue their journey with a headline tour that kicks off tonight at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA. Additionally, OPETH has just announced a special show in Los Angeles, named ?An Evening of Sorcery, Deliverance & Damnation,? at The Belasco on October 20th.

OPETH Tour Dates:
Sep 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Sep 30 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
Oct 1 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
Oct 2 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Oct 4 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Oct 5 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Oct 7 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore
Oct 8 – Akron, OH – Good Year Theater at East End
Oct 9 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Oct 10 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
Oct 12 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Oct 13 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Oct 14 – Austin, TX – Emo?s
Oct 15 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
Oct 18 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Oct 19 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
Oct 20 ? Los Angeles, CA ? The Belasco
Oct 21 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Oct 22 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
Oct 24 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct 25 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theater
Oct 26 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum

IN ADVANCE OF THIS WEEKEND’S THIRD ANNUAL LOUDER THAN LIFE AT CHAMPIONS PARK IN LOUISVILLE FESTIVAL PRODUCER DANNY WIMMER PRESENTS RELEASES LOUDER THAN LIFE 2015 ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY SHOWING NEARLY $13 MILLION IMPACT IN THE LOUISVILLE AREA

In advance of this weekend’s third annual LOUDER THAN LIFE – held October 1 & 2 at Champions Park in Louisville – festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents, in cooperation with the Greater Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, has released its LOUDER THAN LIFE 2015 economic impact study. Conducted by Destination Analysts, Inc. and commissioned by the Greater Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, the study estimates that the 2015 edition of the festival generated nearly $13 million in economic impact for the Louisville area.

LOUDER THAN LIFE’s total estimated economic impact was $12.8 million. Highlights of the report include that the festival generated nearly 30,000 local hotel nights, resulting in local hotel revenues of $3.35 million and $538,000 in hotel taxes. The festival generated over $1.1 million in total taxes from hotels, sales and gas. According to DWP’s CEO Danny Hayes, “We generate significant hotel revenue because we market LOUDER THAN LIFE as a ‘destination festival’ and spend the bulk of our marketing dollars outside of Kentucky. Our attendance demographics reflect the success of this approach.” The 2015 festival had roughly 32,000 unique attendees (50,000 total attendance over two days). Of these, 2/3 resided outside the greater Louisville area, and 43% lived outside the state of Kentucky.

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SUPERJOINT Premieres New Track At Revolver Magazine; First New Full-Length In Over A Decade To See Release This November Via Housecore Records

SUPERJOINT was resurrected in 2015 after the original band broke up a decade earlier. At the behest of the late Corey Mitchell, co-founder of The Housecore Horror Film Festival, SUPERJOINT founders Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Scour, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Arson Anthem et al), Jimmy Bower (Down, Eyehategod), and Kevin Bond (Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver et al) joined forces with longtime comrades, drummer José “Blue” Gonzalez (Warbeast, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) and bassist Stephen Taylor (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Woven Hand, 16 Horse Power). A new era of the band was born.

Mitchell’s idea worked brilliantly, as the band members found true joy in playing together again. After just two tours, new material followed culminating in the scathing sounds of Caught Up In The Gears Of Application. Set for release on November 11th, 2016 via Anselmo’s own Housecore Records, Caught Up In The Gears Of Application was captured at Nodferatu’s Lair and marks the band’s first new output since 2003’s critically-lauded Lethal Dose Of American Hatred. Produced by Anselmo and Stephen Berrigan (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Eyehategod, Haarp, Classhole etc.) and mastered by Scott Hull (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Pig Destroyer) at Visceral Sounds, Caught Up In The Gears Of Application remains true to SUPERJOINT’s original strategy: to spew forth an acrimonious crossover of hardcore punk, metal, and unrelenting, hostile, New Orleans-style angst.

“The minute we started writing, I knew this record would be brutal,” reflects Bower, “Sticking to our true hardcore roots and signature SUPERJOINT sound, we accomplished a record that needed to happen in today’s underground. It’s pissed off! After being on hiatus for eleven-plus years, the chance at a new SUPERJOINT record wasn’t something we took lightly. With newcomers Steven and Joey, we were psyched and eager to get in the Lair and start writing and after two tours with the new lineup, we were able to hit the writing hard! Didn’t take long to accomplish, and we stood and smirked at the playback of what would be the new SUPERJOINT record. With songs like ‘Receiving No Answer To The Knock’ and ‘Sociopathic Herd Delusion’ we had everything to smirk about! This record brings our viscous style of hardcore back to life. Pissed off with everything to prove, SUPERJOINT is back!”

Adds Anselmo of the offering, “The overall theme means many things, or no things, but there is an underlying message regardless, about how modern technology — computers and all that comes with them, mainly — has affected our lives. As a musician, it has affected my life both negatively (music being stolen) and positively (being in touch with fellow musicians around the world and staying visible). But when looking at the broader spectrum, computer-land has given everyday people a platform in which to bellow like carnival barkers about anything and everything, humdrum or political, whether qualified or not, some with good intentions, some with disingenuous intentions, and some with ideas that lay somewhere in the middle, creating a mishmash of results.”

As a precursor to the release of Caught Up In The Gears Of Application, today Revolver Magazine offers up the confrontational “Sociopathic Herd Delusion,” for communal ingestion. Issues Anselmo simply, “‘Sociopathic Herd Delusion’ is an absolute SUPERJOINT hook-a-rama done in one-thousand-percent SUPERJOINT form! It’s a state of cerebral address, and thicker than a hundred-year-old deck of collectable boxing cards.”

SUPERJOINT will bring their venom to the stage for their official record release show on November 12th, 2016 in Dallas with future onstage abrasions to be announced in the coming weeks.

SUPERJOINT:
11/12/2016 Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX

Caught Up In The Gears Of Application Track Listing:
1. Today And Tomorrow
2. Burning The Blanket
3. Ruin You
4. Caught Up In The Gears Of The Application
5. Sociopathic Herd Delusion
6. Circling The Drain
7. Clickbait
8. Asshole
9. Mutts Bite Too
10. Rigging The Fight
11. Receiving No Answer To The Knock

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