Friday, 22 May 2015

Coal Chamber Returns With Rivals

The Return with Rivals

MOUNT HOLLY TO RECEIVE KEY TO THE CITY IN NEW JERSEY BIRTHPLACE

Mount Holly to recieve key to the city of New Jersey birthplace

MÖTLEY CRÜE Announces 21 More North American Tour Dates

MÖTLEY CRÜE Announces 21 More North American Tour Dates

Three Days Grace: On Being Human

Susan Hodges Grant talks with Three Days Grace

FORMER MANOWAR GUITARIST, DAVID SHANKLE, RETURNS WITH DSG + NEW ALBUM

<p>FORMER MANOWAR GUITARIST, DAVID SHANKLE, RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM</p>

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE ANNOUNCES SOUTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR A Chat with Kamelot’s Axeman, Thomas Youngblood Coal Chamber Returns With Rivals MOUNT HOLLY TO RECEIVE KEY TO THE CITY IN NEW JERSEY BIRTHPLACE MÖTLEY CRÜE Announces 21 More North American Tour Dates Three Days Grace: On Being Human FORMER MANOWAR GUITARIST, DAVID SHANKLE, RETURNS WITH DSG + NEW ALBUM VAN HALEN TO RELEASE DEFINITIVE LIVE ALBUM - TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT -  AVAILABLE MARCH 31
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Shattered Sun

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Shattered Sun is an up-and-coming metal-core band and I was extremely honored and proud to engage these new metal artists. Being a Hispanic and sharing a love for the genre made this interview a bit special. How so? The entire musical line of this band happens to be Hispanic. My conversation with vocalist Marcos Leal was quite insightful; we touched on a lot within a short period of time. The direction and future of this newly minted project was astonishing. Shattered Sun is a sextet hailing from the small town of Alice, Texas. Their sound provides hard hitting riffs laced with Leal's unique vocal assault. The band provides ripping arrangements tooled in advance by its founder and guitarist Daniel Trejo along with input from their drummer, Robert Garza, who lays down some fierce acrobatic drumming. I can assure you it's a collaborative effort as the vocalist describes it and the musical foundation is laid brick by brick. Shattered Sun is a true testimony to the hard driving sprit of its members, a definite cohesiveness that eludes many bands today. They've all grown up in an area riddled with violence, gangs and drugs. All too often we hear how the...

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Chiodos: Devil

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Chiodos is back with a vengeance on their fourth album, "Devil". The band has produced a sonic masterpiece that takes the listener on a musical and emotional roller coaster ride. Original vocalist Craig Owens and drummer Derrick Frost are back in the fold, and form the twisting and turning track for the rest of the band to ride upon. Keyboardist Bradley Bell, bassist Matt Goddard, and guitarists Pat McManaman and Thomas Erak play with wild abandon and stellar technical prowess. Owens uses every facet of his vocal ability to deliver the full range of emotions necessary to match his lyrics. He is the rare vocalist who can sing softly and sweetly, loudly and angrily, and everything in between. "Devil" is full of great songs of all styles of rock.

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SLAYER Announcement
Friday, 22 May 2015 08:19    | Written by Brandon Delano    PDF Print E-mail
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L.A. Guns: Cocked and Still Loaded
Thursday, 21 May 2015 20:44    | Written by Christie Gerber and Jay Oakley    PDF Print E-mail

After another crushing set at M3, L.A. Guns' guitarist, Michael Grant, took a minute to fill us in on everything going on in the world of L.A. Guns.

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Papa Roach/We Are Harlot/Another Lost Year@Ground Zero--Traverse City, MI. 5/17/2015
Thursday, 21 May 2015 20:18    | Written by Karie Okerstrom    PDF Print E-mail

This past Sunday night I had the opportunity to visit the cherry capitol of the world, Northern Michigan's Traverse City. Also known for its beaches and abundant wineries and vineyards, Traverse City is normally a quiet town, both day and night. However, on this Sunday evening, the nearly sold-out crowd at Ground Zero was anything but quiet. This 1,000-person capacity nightclub was nearly sold out and ready to rock as people piled in to listen to Another Lost Year, We Are Harlot and the evening’s headliner, Papa Roach.

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Todd Rundgren@Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts--Annapolis, MD. 5/17/15
Thursday, 21 May 2015 18:57    | Written by Michael McGeehan    PDF Print E-mail

 

Rock icon Todd Rundgren brought his critically acclaimed show to Maryland Hall and it just may have been the best show I will see all year. What I was expecting was an all rocked-out Rundgren showcasing his talents like he has been doing since 1967 with the formation of Nazz. What I got, instead, was a performance like no other from Rundgren with two female back up singers and an elevated DJ/programmer overseeing everything, from control of the music Rundgren would sing and dance to, to the incredible visual effects on these special onstage laser screens.

Now, this wasn't your typical concert at a venue: no drinks, no smoking, and everyone sitting except for the random audience member getting up to dance in place. Rundgren would occasionally get his guitar, and when he did, the room went nuts, most notably on Utopia's "Secret Society." Most of the songs performed were from his 25th studio album titled Global, out now on Esoteric Antenna Records. "Skyscraper," "Terra Firma" and "Global Nation" highlighted the two-hour performance, and everyone in attendance, which included Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., left feeling like they just didn't see a concert, but a stunning one man, one-of-a-kind performance from one of rock's visionary geniuses.

Look for Todd Rundgren to return in the fall accompanying Ringo Starr and his All Star Band.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 May 2015 19:05 )
 
Ministry/The Sixxis@The Fillmor--Silver Spring, MD. 5/5/2015
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 19:58    | Written by Ariana Patterson    PDF Print E-mail

 

I should have paid closer attention. By all accounts, it’s been a really shitty last few years (cancellations, rehab) for ol’ Uncle Al. However, bent on indulging my industrial metal fetish, I charged forth to The Fillmore on a Tuesday night to see what Ministry had to offer 23 years since I first saw them rule Lollapalooza 2.

It’s the early days for Ministry’s “From Beer to EternaTour,” the first outing since the death of longtime guitarist Mike Scaccia, Al Jourgensen’s most recent collaborator and best friend. The trek heralds their last studio album together, From Beer to Eternity, completed only three days before Mike died of a heart attack at 47 during a performance with his other band, Rigor Mortis. Put in the context of all that misery, this final fuck off from Al could almost be forgiven. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who felt like the famous wrath of the mighty Al Jourgensen was phoned-in.

Supporting act, The Sixxis, brought their Southern good manners to the gig. Hailing from Atlanta, this five-piece had energy and musical craftsmanship at times reminiscent of Queensryche and System of a Down, all operatic and orchestral. They were a completely badass band of music nerds with ridiculous chops and good songs. The Sixxis had just the right mix of complexity and dirge, dissonance and drone, with lovely stacked harmonies like Muse or Queen peppered throughout. A bright light within the dark cloud that is a Ministry tour.

By the time Ministry fired up, the venue wasn’t full, but it was a respectable showing for an early weeknight. Drums and keys and backing tracks were in full effect as Al “George Clinton” Jourgensen strolled onto stage to kick off the first five songs off From Beer to Eternity. “Hail To His Majesty (Peasants),” cited in part across the huge screen backdrop, brought you face-to-face with Al’s disdain:

I hate all you mother fuckers...

Peasants

All you mother fuckers

Hail to His Majesty

You're stupid ... You're stupid ...You're stupid ...

Catchy resolve, too:

Just lick my mother fuckin' balls

Pearl necklaces for everyone

Don't fucking care at all

'Cause I'm Al Fuckin' Jourgensen

Peasants, You're Peasants, You're Peasants

 
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