Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Musing on Music

Countless Thousands is a band from Garden Grove, CA. This is an understatement. It doesn't encompass who or what these guys really are. If you look at their facebook page, they are listed as Danger - the Unstoppable Gab, Davey - Ridiculous Bass Skills / The Power to Embarrass All Musicians, and Jon - Enthusiasm/Erratic Screeching. No lie. You have to hear them to believe them. I heard them and I still don't believe it! 

The album We're Just Really Excited To Be Here opens with a song called Overture. It's a great opening track. It gets people in the mood for what's to come. Overture is driving, it creates excitement. 

As you scroll thru the titles of the songs, The Asskickers' Union, The Scientist Applies for a Grant but is Denied, Thanks for the Cockfosters you wonder what you've gotten yourself in for. The band is definitely more than you bargained for. We're Just Really Excited To Be Here is full of catchy lyrics, infectious grooves, happiness, laughter, OMFG lyrics, and a very sophisticated musicianship. 

I really like the song Fickle because I can hear a wicked bass line. A lot of songs and bands seem to bury the bass, but it's front and center in the mix. The harmonies on Fickle are exquisite. The Chemical Exchange has some intricate fretwork that opens the song. It's like banjo finger picking mixed with 70s prog rock. The blend is a modern sounding rock tune. 

Minor Sounds of Inconvenience is a great mixture of Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, and General Public. Davey Munch really does have ridiculous bass skills. This song proves it and all musicians should be embarrassed that they aren't creating such awesome music. 

A Pirate's Shanty is 5 minutes 43 seconds of sheer happiness! A jaunty pirate song! The song channels Blink 182 vocal wise. It's happy and jaunty and punky and piratey!!!!  It's heavy on the vocals. It has a tale to tell. That doesn't get in the way of the blare of Danger Van Gorder's guitar work. The man has chops. 

Too Close To Call is a funk rock explosion. I think Jello Biafra was in the building! The track still has that bouncy, exuberant feel to it interlaced with some remarkable bass playing. Everything about the bricolage of Danger, Davey and Jon is just  awe-inspiring. This is a band that would do well on the Warped Tour! They speak to that generation and the generation would do well to listen!

The Patriot showcases Danger's guitar playing over some deft drumming by Jon. Then your jaw drops as he invokes the "hippy liberal scum". I like it! It's a scathing melody calling to task every over indulgent, self centered, cubical office monkey beige mini van driving Starbucks swilling pilates gym rat. 

Our Queen, Coplacene is a musically complicated opus. The composition is stellar. It's jazzy. It's funky. It's punk. It's rockabilly. The lyrics are a mouthful. The blending of guitar and bass is lavish in it's presentation. No Contest strips the lavish music away and is an a cappella presentation. 

The Devil and Davey Munch is another story put to song. You just have to hear it. The song is The Devil Went Down To Georgia for the new milleneum. The song oozes a wicked jazz flair. Countless Thousands brought their A game to this song. Everything from the drumming to the bass to the guitar screams musical prodigies. The bass solo really does put many musicians to shame!

Thanks For The Cockfosters

Cerebral Bore + Summer Slaughter = Make It So

Time for the metal and thrash community to show some love! Help the brutha's out!!! Cerebral Bore are just gobsmackingly awesome live. Summer Slaughter is a mosh fest! Put the two together and it's like... like... well... Bacon + HP Sauce!!!!!!! The perfect blend!!!  "Ok now we need some help from everyone of our fans, specially the ones in the USA!!! We wanna play this years Summer Slaughter, and we will manage it if you goto the Summer slaughter page and either tag our band name or just post the words CEREBRAL BORE or something to that effect. Do this alot and PLEASE spread this word amongst your friends, Us + Cannibal corpse on the biggest DM tour around would be a pretty fucking good platform for Cerebral bore, and you can seriously make this happen if you actually help us out! So please guys, do us a huge favour, we dont ask for much :)" 

Vallenfyre Add Tour Date for April 2012

SQUEEEEEEEEE No other way to describe the joy at having Vallenfyre add more dates to their 2012 calendar! Mark your calendars for April 7 at Boltfest - HMV Forum in London.

Tickets go on sale 20:00 GMT on March 7th and you can get them here: Boltfest @ HMV Forum London, UK


It's a case of bad news good news. Cerebral Bore got tagged by those pesky USA immigration snare. Their Visa's were denied so they won't be on the US tour with Goatwhore. Bummer! 

CEREBRAL BORE are planning to return North America as soon as possible, but have since been added as the final band for this year's Neurotic Deathfest in the Netherlands - that's the good news! They will be joining  CANNIBAL CORPSE, BEHEMOTH, NAPALM DEATH, SUFFOCATION, DECAPITATED and scads more.  The band are scheduled to perform on the main stage this Friday, 2nd March at 7:00pm.

CEREBRAL BORE guitarist PAUL MCGUIRE comments:

"After the countless hours of work we did in order to prepare for the tour, it was a pretty heavy blow to not end up making it...  But I'm sure we won't be the last band not to make it on to a tour because of a visa hold up.  We have to accept that these things happen sometimes and you can't do anything besides wait.

"We had a lot of things to look forward to on the tour, like a music video shoot in Hollywood, a show at the infamous Whiskey A Go Go club on Sunset Boulevard, our first ever shows in Canada and the chance to play to a bigger and wider number of fans in the US than ever before.  But as I say, this visa problem was a one-off hold up, and we WILL be back in the States in the coming months to make up for it!

"So now, after being so lucky as to be offered the famous final slot on the main stage at Neurotic Deathfest in the Netherlands this coming Friday, we get the chance to get on a stage and unleash two weeks worth of pent-up fury caused by the visa problems...  Expect absolute warfare and some new material being played for the first time!"

For tickets and more information about the festival, go to

If you're in the UK it's a win for you!
Mar. 13 - London, UK - The Underworld
Mar. 14 - Derby, UK - The Old Bell
Mar. 15 - Liverpool, UK - O2 Academy
Mar. 16 - Dublin, Ireland - The Pint
Mar. 17 - Plymouth, UK - The White Rabbit

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Relicseed @ The Rusty Nail April 27th, Ardmore, PA

Latvian Heavy Metal band RELICSEED  is set to tour the USA. This time hitting the East Coast. April 27th they will tear it up in Ardmore, PA at The Rusty Nail. Get your tickets: here!!!  Bring a friend or two! They are really something to see live. Karlis Steinmanis is definitely on track to be the next best heavy metal guitar player out there - when he's not busy running his own recording studio KS Records. Steinmanis has some amazing chops and is definitely someone to catch live! 

We Are The Gods Now!!!!!

Peter Weyland - Changing the World in the year of our Lord, 2023. A man of unlimited ambition who will settle for nothing short of greatness.  Says Ridley Scott:
"When the first Alien movie and Blade Runner were made, I thought that in the near future the world will be owned by large companies. This is why we have the Tyrell Corporation in Blade Runner, and Weyland-Yutani in Alien. They sent the Nostromo spaceship.
The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland, who is played by Guy Pearce. That's the connection between the two films, and nothing more. Prometheus is a new film, a new world, and is full of new ideas. And of course new monsters as well."

Are you excited for Prometheus yet? I know I am!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Warbringer @ The Trocadero (Philadelphia, PA), 01 February 2012

"From the left to the right, from the back to the front, BANG YOUR HEAD!" so says John Kevill lead singer for Warbringer on the second show of the tour with Symphony X and Iced Earth. Total War brought the house down. THe crowd was totaly into the band. Warbringer are tight. They enjoy being on stage. The crowd enjoys having them there. A mosh pit is ever present. The songs were made to be played live. A thirty minute set is way too short. It's just enough to whet the appetite. 

Editorial Rant

Editorial Rant:

Despite almost a quarter century in the rock biz, I'm still slightly gobsmacked at the sheer number of great bands that are constantly on the road that nobody has heard of. I'm beginning to think the happy rose tinted world that exists in my mind bears absolutely no relation to reality. In my mind bands like Hate Squad, Goatwhore, Warbringer, Orange Goblin are just the bee's knees. I really don't get how people have not heard of them and instantly love them. But the more musicians I speak with the more I realize that there is a huge disparity between financial recompense and sheer talent. Many working musicians are augmenting their heavy touring schedule with, gasp, day jobs. It's heartbreaking to hear that some of my favourite bands - bands that exhibit the utmost talent and drive spend their down time punching a clock working 9 to 5. 

Times can't be that hard when the likes of Metallica and Iron Maiden are making money hand over fist. You, my dear reader, may be saying but, Kali, those bands have been around for ages! They've paid their dues.... Sorry, that doesn't wash when Orange Goblin have been around almost two decades! They are every bit as good as the Metallicas and Maidens. Have you guys picked up Goatwhore's newest disk? Sure you have! It makes your ears bleed! And Katharsis by Hate Squad is definitely one of the best albums to drop in like ever!!! Have you caught one of the 200 to 300 shows a year Warbringer does?

Is it possible to make a living playing metal? or thrash? or stoner rock? Of course it is. But if touring relentlessly and making amazing albums and garnering loyal fans isn't enough to keep a roof over your head and put food on the table... makes you wonder. 

This doesn't stop a steady influx of "new" bands from jumping into the fray and hitting the road. Brooklyn's Mutant Supremacy, Riga's Relicseed, and Chicago's Diamond Plate aren't "new" - they've been around several years - you've just not heard of them ... yet! 

The easy answer isn't just buy the disk, buy a t-shirt, go to a show. I haven't been to a show yet by any of these bands that isn't jam packed with happy punters. Each of those punters are sporting band t-shirts. So money is being spent. But rising fuel costs and flights to get four or five blokes plus loads of heavy equipment to a city near you eats away at any profits. 

And before you say that they should do it because they love it - I swear I'll smack the next person that tells me that! They still have to eat and feed their kids! When was the last time you the fan just worked for free? Musicians have to pay rent and mortgage and car payments. They get electric and gas and water bills in the post just like every body else. Sure, they have a job they enjoy, but every one has the choice to work at something they like or go to a job they hate. Just because they've chosen a career path they enjoy does not mean they've taken a vow of poverty or should entertain you for free. 

I've no easy solutions. All I can do is keep up the good word and let the world at large know about some killer music made by some really great blokes. Next time you're bored and they come to your town, spend a few bob and go take in a show. Buy a t-shirt. There is plenty of good music to be had. I can point you in the right direction, but you gotta take that last step. 

EVILE in Spain 2012

Happiness is EVILE live. Spain, here is your chance to see the UK's best thrash metal act!!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

PUCIFER - March Tour Dates + Telling Ghosts video


VIP ticket packages available  at
The new album, Conditions of My Parole, available now at,

1                              Pittsburgh, PA                     Byham Theatre
3                              Cincinnati, OH                    Taft Theatre
4                              Indianapolis, IN                  Murat Theatre
6                              Kansas City, KS                  Kansas City Music Hall
7                              Omaha, NE                         Omaha Civic Auditorium
10                           Edmonton, AB                     Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
11                           Calgary, AB                         Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
13                           Vancouver, BC                    The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts
14                           Portland, OR                       Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
16                          San Francisco, CA               Palace of Fine Arts
17                           Riverside, CA                     Fox Performing Arts Center
18                           Escondido, CA                    California Center for the Arts
Direct ticketing link:

Friday, February 24, 2012

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet - March 3 screening moved to new location

Due to overwhelming demand, the world premiere screening of 'Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet' has been moved from the Repertory Theatre to the California Theatre.  The time of the show has also changed from 6:30pm to 7pm.  Here are the details below -

Saturday, March 3rd at 7pm
California Theatre
345 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Jason will be there along with his family and friends. There is a second screening on Monday, March 5th and Friday, March 9th at the Camera 12 theatre in San Jose. To get your tickets, visit - JASON BECKER FILM TICKETS
Don't miss out on this opportunity to celebrate the premiere of Jason's film with him and his family. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

FEAR FACTORY Announce American Tour Dates

FEAR FACTORY Announce American Tour Dates
FEAR FACTORY confirms their first tour dates for 2012. Set to begin in San Antonio on May 1, the tour’s initial dates include stops in Dallas, Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, and Denver and many more. JoiningFEAR FACTORY for the tour is Boston’s Shadows Fall, Kansas City-based The Browning, Riverside, California’s The Devastated, and Legacy Of Disorder from New Zealand. The tour will precede the release of FEAR FACTORY’s new album titled The Industrialist.
You know for me, the total selling point of this tour is The Browning and The Devastated. I saw them tour together last year and they are totally worth the price of the ticket! The Devastated are currently on tour (road dogs to the last). 
FEAR FACTORY recently announced the addition of bass player Matt DeVries. The Ohio native previously noted, “I have been asked to join one of my favorite bands. I have been a fan of FEAR FACTORY since 1992 and I could not be more excited to be part of this incredible band.” Guitarist Dino Cazares and vocalist Burton C. Bell noted, “we are very excited to have Matt playing bass for FEAR FACTORY. We feel he is a great addition to our touring line-up. He has been a friend for a very long time and he is a great musician who will be a perfect instrument in the FF machine.”
With rehearsals for the tour expected to start soon, the members of FEAR FACTORY are finishing details on their forthcoming new album expected for release early summer. Greg Reely has now completed the album’s mix. All that remains is final artwork and packaging. Regarding the new material, Cazares and Bell affirm, “this album perfectly captures the true nature of FEAR FACTORY. The industrial/metal blend is a strong return to our original concept for FEAR FACTORY."
The Industrialist follows 2010’s critically acclaimed Mechanize. Blabbermouth said, “this is the album fans have been waiting for…a fiery and evolved rebirth of the band that changed metal in the ’90s.” Revolver Magazine called Mechanize, “one of the best albums of the band’s career. Its combination of new-wave melody, rapid-fire aggression, and electronic ambiance sounds as fresh today as FEAR FACTORY did nearly 20 years ago. Call it the soul of their new machine.” Decibel Magazine noted, “FEAR FACTORY are back and beyond intact.”
Confirmed dates as of press time are:
5/01/2012 Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
5/02/2012 Trees – Dallas, TX
5/03/2012 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
5/05/2012 State Theater - St. Petersburg, FL
5/06/2012 Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
5/09/2012 Ziggy’s - Winston-Salem, NC
5/10/2012 Theater of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
5/11/2012 Wally’s Pub - Hampton Beach, NH
5/12/2012 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
5/13/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
5/16/2012 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
5/20/2012 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Musing On Music

Tracy Towns - Driven

The opening guitars remind me of Dick Dale, very 50s classic beach guitar. The vocals kick in and they ride very high over the mix. The distortion gives it a White Zombie / Alice Cooper feel. The thing I found "odd" about the vocals was the diction. It was very... "proper".  They could use  more edge or growl. The drumming and rhythm guitars are solid through out. 

I found it interesting that Tracy Towns is a "one man band" so to speak. He plays and records everything himself. If that's the case, Tracy Towns is a heck of a guitar and bass player not to mention recording engineer. 

His latest offering is Obliterate. It's very guitar heavy. Classic 90s metal guitar heavy. The guitars and drums are the best thing about Obliterate. The more I listen to the album, the more I can see songs from this album appearing on B horror movies when they need "metal" music for the stereotypical metal/goth/vampire dude. There have been a few that I've seen where the movie would be enhanced by having Tracy Towns do the soundtrack. 

The only thing that pulls from the onslaught of metal is the "odd" mix of the vocals and the vocal delivery. It works for a track like 'Black Hole Conscience' and 'It's Only METAL'. 

You can find Tracy Towns on facebook:


RIVAL SONS guitarist SCOTT HOLIDAY comments:

"We're looking forward to getting back to our 'home away from home', Europe, and specifically the UK.  Since we were last out there we did a tour of the States and a quick run through Canada, where we pleasantly received an overwhelming response, which is fantastic.  This time we'll be joining up with the band Black Stone Cherry for the UK dates - we hear they do really well in the UK, and are a buncha good dudes.

"The rest of Europe will see us on our own, headlining again - great response last time, and it looks like this tour is already selling really well.  We'll have our follow-up record wrapped up before we leave for the tour (which we're working on feverishly right now), so I suspect we'll be feeling good and fired up to get cracking back on stage every night.  Might even sneak a new number in here and there.
"Dearest UK and European friends - we see you are starved of the rock 'n' roll - famished even - and that makes us sad.  No one deserves that!  So now, we will bring you the rock 'n' roll sandwich.  That's us... the Rival Sons.  See ya soon."

Mar. 11 - Norwich, UK - UEA
Mar. 12 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Mar. 14 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
Mar. 15 - Liverpool, UK - O2 Academy
Mar. 17 - Sheffield, UK - O2 Academy
Mar. 18 - Manchester, UK - Academy
Mar. 19 - Newcastle, UK - O2 Academy
Mar. 21 - Edinburgh, UK - HMV Picture House
Mar. 22 - Aberdeen, UK - Lemontree
Mar. 23 - Inverness, UK - Ironworks
Mar. 24 - Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy
Mar. 26 - Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
Mar. 27 - Southampton, UK - Guildhall
Mar. 28 - London, UK - HMV Forum

Mar. 30 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefährlich
Apr. 02 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis
Apr. 03 - Oslo, Norway - John Dee
Apr. 04 - Bergen, Norway - Garage
Apr. 06 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers
Apr. 07 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega Small Hall
Apr. 08 - Schijndel, Netherlands - Paaspop Festival
Apr. 09 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Box
Apr. 11 - Paris, France - Fleche D'Or

Cry HAVOK - And let loose the Metal of War!!!

HAVOK To Release EP Late May;
Additional Live Performances Announced

Denver thrashers HAVOK continue their metal assault confirming May 22 as the North American release date of their new EP titled The Point Of No Return. Recorded by the band with final touches coming via James Murphy (Death, Testament), the EP will contain two brand new songs plus a fewHAVOK reworked cover tunes. The Point Of No Return precedes the band’s first European adventure beginning early May.

“We've been writing some new music in between tours and we're excited to unveil it,” comments vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez. “These are the first new songs since Time Is Up came out last year. We recorded a cover of Sepultura's classic ‘Arise’ for your listening enjoyment and the EP features our Slayer medley that was only available on the digital version of Time Is Up. The EP is a good precursor to where the next album will be taking us. I can't wait to play this new stuff live... See you all on the road!”

Currently on tour with English Dogs, HAVOK’s stage show continues to gather critical fan and media applause. On announcement of the tour, Los Angeles’ Big Wheel Magazine noted, “opening the show will be Colorado’s fiercest… HAVOK are definitely a band to keep a watch for as their break-neck speed metal is taking the states by storm.” The band has confirmed a string of headline dates beginning March 2 which includes a performance in Puerto RicoHAVOK then will align with Sepultura, Death Angel, and Krisiun for a tour beginning in Santa AnaCalifornia on April 10 and wraps in New York on April 30.

Commenting after signing with Candlelight Records, Dave said, “this is the break we’ve been working towards. It is the beginning of great things to come. We know that the work is really just beginning and that the pressure is on. But pressure, as you know, makes diamonds.”

 Dave Sanchez says, “we've been touring a lot in support of Time Is Up and this year is no exception. We're hitting the road harder than ever in 2012. There is a lot to look forward to, including some things outside of North America. I can't wait!”

Upcoming HAVOK tour dates include:

w/ English Dogs, The Casualties, Toxic Holocaust
2/17/2012 Station 4 - St. PaulMN
2/19/2012 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
2/21/2012 Studio Seven – SeattleWA
2/22/2012 Branx – PortlandOR
2/23/2012 The Pound - San FranciscoCA
2/24/2012 Key Club – HollywoodCA
2/25/2012 Galaxy Theatre - Santa AnaCA
2/26/2012 Epicentre - San DiegoCA

HAVOK Headlining Shows
3/02/2012 Another Hole In The Wall – StegerIL
3/09/2012 Outta Bounds Saloon – Loveland, CO
3/13/2012 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
3/14/2012 The Conservatory - Oklahoma CityOK
3/15/2012 Click’s Billiards – Tyler, TX
3/16/2012 Betsey’s – Austin, TX
3/17/2012 Bonds 007 - San AntonioTX
3/31/2012 La Respuesta – Santurce, PR

w/ Sepultura, Death Angel, Krisiun
4/10/2012 Yost Theater - Santa AnaCA
4/11/2012 DNA Lounge - San FranciscoCA
4/12/2012 Branx – PortlandOR
4/13/2012 Studio Seven – SeattleWA
4/14/2012 In The Venue - Salt Lake CityUT
4/15/2012 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
4/16/2012 Manny’s – BillingsMT
4/17/2012 The Exchange – ReginaSK
4/18/2012 Pryamid Cabaret – WinnipegMB
4/20/2012 Majestic Theater – Madison, WI
4/21/2012 Mojo’s – JolietIL
4/22/2012 Water Street Music Hall – RochesterNY
4/23/2012 Opera House – Toronto, ON
4/24/2012 Imperial Theater - Quebec City, QC
4/25/2012 Club Soda – MontrealQC
4/26/2012 Bogie’s – AlbanyNY
4/27/2012 Sonar – BaltimoreMD
4/29/2012 Higher Ground - South BurlingtonVT
4/30/2012 Irving Plaza - New YorkNY

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