Friday, August 31, 2012

Bonded By Blood Announce Fall 2012 Tour Dates

Southern California’s BONDED BY BLOOD have just announced brand spanking new US tour dates in support of their critically acclaimed third album, The Aftermath. The band will begin making ears bleed all across the USA on Sept 22nd at Gilman Street in Berkeley, CA. Then they begin a run of headlining dates cross-country before going out to support DEATH ANGEL in Virginia on Oct. 7th. This powerhouse of a combination will last through the end of the October, culminating with a homecoming show at the Whisky in W. Hollywood on Oct. 19th.

Drummer Carlos Regalado had this to say, “We are ecstatic to share the stage once again with our good friends in Death Angel! It is such an honor to be playing with these guys again; they influence us in every aspect of being in a band. They bring so much power and precision with their live set, as well as continuing to make killer albums and remain one of the top groups in their class. We look forward to seeing all our friends on the road and can't wait to tear all your faces off!”

The Aftermath was produced by the most amazing Logan Mader (Fear Factory, Five Finger Death Punch, Soulfly) and continues to showcase the band’s established thrash metal chops. The Aftermath also has some amazing technicality, groovalicious bass riffs, mondo amounts of aggression and even some progressive tendencies. This makes for a rather bitchin' offering and just proves that they are a force to be reckoned with. The Aftermath promises to be one of the top 3 albums of 2012.

In further news, on the weekend of September 9th, the band will film the first bona fide video (all the other videos out there are from their crushing live show) from the album for the most shredding track, “Crawling in the Shadows”, with director Dave Vorhes (Warbringer, White WIzzard, Holy Grail), so keep a watch for that.


Sept. 1 – The Riff Haus – Fullerton, CA w/Exmortus
Sept. 8 – Black Castle – Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 14 – The Wheelhouse – Hemet, CA w/Sacrificial Slaughter
Sept. 21 – Gilman St. – Berkeley, CA w/Hatchet
Sept. 22 – Plea for Peace – Stockton, CA
Sept. 23 – The Starline – Fresno, CA
Sept. 24 – Plan B – Portland, OR
Sept. 25 – The Rec Room – Yakima, WA
Sept. 26 – Shredder – Boise, ID
Sept. 27 – Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
Sept. 28 – Old Curtis St. – Denver, CO
Sept. 29 – Aggiefest – Manhatten, KS
Sept. 30 – Rock Shop – Des Moines, IA
Oct. 1 – Frank’s Power Plant – Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 2 – The Ritz – Warren (Detroit), MI
Oct. 3 – Bugjar – Rochester, NY w/Impaler
Oct. 4 – Blue Room – Secaucus, NJ
Oct. 5 – Freddie’s Tavern – Bristol, PA
Oct. 6 – Jimmy’s Place – Allentown, PA w/Impaler
Oct. 7 – Empire – Springfield, VA w/Death Angel, Threat Signal, Wretched
Oct. 8 – Get Down – Asheville, NC
Oct. 9 – Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC w/Death Angel, Threat Signal, Wretched
Oct. 10 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/Death Angel, Threat Signal, Wretched
Oct. 11 – Brewster’s Rock Bar – Jacksonville, FL w/Death Angel, Threat Signal, Wretched
Oct. 12 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL w/Death Angel, Threat Signal, Wretched
Oct. 13 – Churchill’s – Miami, FL w/Death Angel, Threat Signal, Wretched
Oct. 14 – The Social – Orlando, FL w/Death Angel, Threat Signal, Wretched
Oct. 16 – Korova – San Antonio, TX w/Death Angel, Threat Signal, Wretched
Oct. 17 – House of Rock – El Paso, TX w/Death Angel, Threat Signal, Wretched
Oct. 18 – Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ w/Death Angel, Threat Signal, Wretched
Oct. 19 – Whisky – W. Hollywood, CA w/Death Angel, Threat Signal, Wretched

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Judgement Day is Coming....

Another gobsmackingly beautiful Judge Dredd promo! It brings a tear to my eye. I am amazed and humbled that men and women have the talent to write, block, film, and do post production like this. It is truly a work of art!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Stratovarius DVD released in North America on August 28, 2012

The news of drummer Jörg Michael's departure from the Finnish melodic metal brigade STRATOVARIUS in September 2011 was a shock for all of the band's fans. To say goodbye to a friend, hero and member who characterized STRATOVARIUS' sound for over a decade, the group embarked on a five-show farewell tour of Finland in November of last year. Before returning with a brand new studio album in 2013, STRATOVARIUS will release a two-hour 2-CD/DVD set filmed and recorded in Tampere, Finland on November 19, 2011. This is one of the very last shows the band played with Michael.

Set for North American release on August 28, 2012 via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records, Under Flaming Winter Skies - Live In Tampere, which entered the Music DVD chart in Finland at position No. 1 upon its first week of release overseas, marks the end of an era as well as a new beginning. Hits and classics like "Under Flaming Skies", "Speed Of Light" and "Hunting High And Low" as well as exclusive bonus material (30-minute documentary about the band's history, exclusive interviews with each member as well as a special comment from Jörg Michael regarding reasons for his departure) makes it a must-have for every fan and a real collector's item not to be missed.

Check out the DVD trailer as well as a “Black Diamond” performance clip:

Order the DVD: Amazon 2CD | Amazon DVD | Amazon Blu-ray:

Under Flaming Winter Skies - Live In Tampere Track Listing:
CD 1
01. Under Flaming Skies
02. I Walk To My Own Song
03. Speed Of Light
04. Kiss Of Judas
05. Deep Unknown
06. guitar solo
07. Eagleheart
08. Paradise
09. Visions
10. bass solo
11. Coming Home

CD 2
01. Legions Of The Twilight
02. Darkest Hours
03. Burn
04. Behind Blue Eyes
05. Winter Skies
06. keyboard solo
07. Black Diamond
08. Father Time
09. Hunting High And Low

DVD  Track Listing:
01. Intro
02. Under Flaming Skies
03. I Walk To My Own Song
04. Speed Of Light
05. Kiss Of Judas
06. Deep Unknown
07. guitar solo
08. Eagleheart
09. Paradise
10. Visions
11. bass solo
12. Coming Home
13. Legions Of The Twillight
14. Darkest Hours
15. Jörg Speech
16. Burn
17. Behind Blue Eyes
18. Winter Skies
19. keyboard solo
20. Black Diamond
21. Father Time
22. Hunting High And Low

Beastwars: Put some Heavy in your Metal

Simple. Bombastic. Tribal. Headbanging. Wall. Of. Sound. And this is just the first track Damn the Sky. It’s chunky. It’s rumbly. It’s rock goodness. It’s Beastwars! Releasing their debut album on September 11, Beastwars is already the most talked about metal band in New Zealand. They are ready to take the world by storm via the album Beastwars. Beastwars is for people who like their metal stripped down, raw, and edgy. Clayton Anderson on guitar and James Woods on bass create an enormous sound using just one guitar and one bass. They are heavier than most bands who need to employ multiple guitar players and hide their bass sound. They are augmented by Nathan Hickey on drums, who definitely went to the Animal school of drumming. He hits the drums hard. Matt Hyde is helming vocal duties and he’s got the most amazing metal voice ever.

I usually get all OCD and do track by track reviews of albums but this is one disk you should just buy and be prepared to get thoroughly blown away. I want you to love Beastwars without me colouring it for you. Just know, there is a lot to love about the album Beastwars. The production is top notch. It sounds good on crappy little iPod earbuds. It sounds good on the pre-installed beatsaudio on my HP. It sounds good on my mates MAC. Not enough information for you? Beastwars has shades of Jimi Hendrix Experiement. They have shades of Tool and Nine Inch Nails. They have shades of  Soundgarden.  Matt Hyde at one point has me throwing my panties at the computer screen. No lie. His voice just drips with raw sexuality. He leaves you gobsmacked. James Woods on bass guitar lays down some of the most amazing heavy metal bass riffs imaginable. The duet of James and Nathan in the rhythm section is proof positive gods exist and they love doomy sludgy heavy metal.

Still don’t believe me? Fine, listen to the track Damn the Sky – download it for free from their Bandcamp site:   You will see just how amazing this band is. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Swallow the Sun – Labyrinth of London (Horror pt. IV)

Swallow the Sun released a single from their upcoming album, Emerald Forest and the Blackbird. Labyrinth of London is an eight minute forty one second opus that bobs and weaves through some rich musical tapestry. The vocals change from growly intensity to melodic beauty with ease. The music is both ethereal and doomy. The composition has elements of classical music that draw the listener in before coalescing into a more doom and metal laden fare. Five minutes in there is a wonderfully done spoken word over a basic waltz. This leads into a very metal guitar solo with bombastic drums and an impressive wall of sound. 

Listen to the track here: Labyrinth of London (Horror pt. IV)

The album itself entered the Finnish charts at #2 on its European Release. Emerald Forest and the Blackbird was recorded by Mikko Karmilla who was also responsible for the aural pleasures of Children of Bodom and mixed by Hiili Hiilesmaa whose work you can hear on the most amazing albums of Apocalyptica and Moonspell. The album drops in the USA on September 4th via Spinefarm Records.

In conjunction with Emerald Forest and the Blackbird’s street date, the Finnish band will tour stateside this Fall supporting German metal legends Kreator and Accept. The North American Teutonic Terror Attack will commence on September 5, 2012 in Washington D.C. and ravage its way through 23 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

SWALLOW THE SUN – Teutonic Terror Attack 2012
w/ Kreator, Accept, Blackguard
09/05/2012 Howard Theater – Washington, D.C.
09/06/2012 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
09/07/2012 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
09/08/2012 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
09/10/2012 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
09/11/2012 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC
09/12/2012 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
09/14/2012 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
09/15/2012 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
09/16/2012 The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
09/18/2012 Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
09/19/2012 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
09/21/2012 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C.
09/22/2012 Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
09/23/2012 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
09/25/2012 The Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
09/26/2012 The Avalon – Hollywood, CA
09/27/2012 The Grove – Anaheim, CA
09/28/2012 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
09/30/2012 Emo’s East – Austin, TX
10/01/2012 Trees – Dallas, TX
10/02/2012 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
10/04/2012 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Musing on Music: Tonic Breed

I have a weird hard on for Norwegian bands. They are infectious. Like a good bacon sarnie, you can't just eat one, you have to have them every day. Satisfying. Happiness. Norwegian bands are like that. You can't just have one band. You have to collect them. They are satisfying. They are happiness. I came across Tonic Breed and their single Impossible is Nothing. I like the bass guitar. That's the first thing I noticed. I like that it's loud! So a massive thank you to Rudi Golimo for providing me with much glee. Then the headbanging starts. Then the stock euro-metal vocals come in. Patrik Svendsen vacillates between clean eloquent perfect diction vocals; which don't fit the song and singing with more of an edge, a slight grrrrrr that is more fitting. I put that down to his age, a babe of 22. Get this young man on the road in a people carrier playing several nights in front of a rabid metal audience and he'll get hair on his chest and his voice will take on that primal metal tone we all know and love. Impossible is Nothing is more pop metal. It's the metal you listen to during the day whilst dancing about your living room. I totally love the drum and bass break down in 3/4 of the way thru the song. That was wicked! Thomas Koksvik's guitar solo that follows is just sweet. The more you listen to the song, the more it grows on you.

Video for Impossible is Nothing

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Rival Sons - Keep On Swinging (video)

Love me some Rival Sons!! They just released a new video Keep On Swinging from their upcoming album Head Down.  The album is due to be released on September 17th. If you like vintage soulful kick ass stripped down blues based rock and roll, then Rival Sons is your band. No pretensions here. They are as good as it gets! If Keep On Swinging is any indication of what Head Down will sound like, I'm jumping to the front of the queue to buy the album!

RIVAL SONS guitarist SCOTT HOLIDAY comments:
"Churches, people feelin' the spirit, and a handful of snakes!  That's a little taste of the new video - the first from our new record, Head Down.  The song?  'Keep On Swinging'.  Directed by our buddy Greg Ephraim, who did 'Pressure and Time' and 'All Over the Road', this idea was an easy choice when we read his treatment.  A little bit of southern baptist evangelical churchin' spirit and a big dose of rock 'n' roll.  We actually had a bunch of people from the actual parish of the church we played in sitting in during the performance, and I think they were actually feeling the spirit!  It was pretty far out...  A really fun way to kick off the new album.  People fainting in the aisles, Jay as a possessed preacher and, well, you never can go wrong with the serpent making an appearance in a rock 'n' roll video."

HEAD DOWN is available to pre-order now on CD, digisleeve CD and limited edition audiophile vinyl.  A special stencil edition created by the band themselves is also available exclusively from the Earache Webstore.  Pre-order the album now in Europe at or in North America at

HEAD DOWN is also available to pre-order on iTunes at

RIVAL SONS have just announced a new European headlining tour.  See the band live at the following shows:

Sep. 21 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
Sep. 22 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
Sep. 23 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
Sep. 24 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
Sep. 26 - Newcastle, UK - Academy 2
Sep. 27 - Glasgow, UK - Garage
Sep. 28 - Manchester, UK - Ritz
Sep. 29 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall
Oct. 01 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
Oct. 02 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Oct. 03 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
Oct. 04 - Cologne, Germany - Werkstatt
Oct. 05 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
Oct. 07 - Warsaw, Poland - Hydrozagadka
Oct. 08 - Vilnius, Lithuania - New York Club
Oct. 09 - Tallinn, Estonia - Rock Cafe
Oct. 11 - Helsinki, Finland - Club Circus
Oct. 12 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone Club
Oct. 13 - Oulu, Finland - Club Teatria
Oct. 15 - Stockholm Sweden - Tyrol
Oct. 16 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
Oct. 17 - Stavanger, Norway - Folken
Oct. 18 - Bergen, Norway - Hulen
Oct. 20 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Trädgår'n
Oct. 21 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
Oct. 22 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
Oct. 23 - Munich, Germany - 59:1
Oct. 24 - Vienna, Austria - B72
Oct. 26 - Bern, Switzerland - Bierhubeli
Oct. 27 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali
Oct. 28 - Zurich, Switzerland - Plaza
Oct. 29 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino

Doro - Raise Your Fist In The Air (video)

“Raise Your Fist In The Air” is the new video from DORO PESCH. She and the band premiered it last week in front of 75,000 very appreciative metalheads at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. The song is the first release from DORO’s EP of the same name, which is now available digitally on iTunes.

The video was shot in The Bronx. No worries for a metal warrior like Doro. She once lived in the Oranges - a skip and hop from Newark, New Jersey. Give her mad props! “For Manhattan,” DORO explains, “we would have needed permissions to film for each and every street corner — in the Bronx, nobody cares.”

“We purposely trudged around the most rundown quarters in our video truck,”
DORO elaborates. “The gangs that hung around there were watching every step of ours suspiciously. We felt anything but safe. I explained to the guys who we were and that ‘Raise Your Fist’ can be considered quite a critical song that names and shames the constantly growing injustice in the world.”

When DORO offered gang members and homeless individuals the opportunity to appear in the video, the tense atmosphere was quickly infused with sheer enthusiasm.

“That was the best thing we could have done,” DORO reports happily. “The video came out absolutely great... and the parts with the people from the Bronx are the ones I like most.”

You can buy the EP now, but the full length Raise Your Fist will be released this Fall — DORO states: “I’ve put all my passion, blood, sweat, and tears into my first record for Nuclear Blast.”

Ensiferum - In My Sword I Trust (video)

Oh Happy Day!!! My all time favourite Viking Metal band, Ensiferum have released a new video entitled "In My Sword I Trust" from their upcoming album Unsung Heroes. The album will be released via Spinefarm Records on September 18, 2012.

Comments bassist Sammi Hinka: “The ‘In My Sword I Trust’ shoot took place in really nice medieval castle and it went really well even though it rained pretty much the whole time. It was great to work with such a professional team and we were lucky to get such great actors to help us out. Thank you one more time! The video tells about how ordinary town people rise up to rebel against a greedy and cruel king and the upper class. There will be swords, corpses and drinking; pretty much all you need for a great video! We are happy to present this new ENSIFERUM anthem to our fans around the world with the best music video we have ever made. Folk on!”

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

EVILE - In Dreams of Terror (video)

OK - my hard on for the band EVILE is well documented! I flat out love the band. They kill it live. Here is the third video from their album FIVE SERPENT'S TEETH. This one is called In Dreams of Terror. I must warn you, it is fast. It is furious. It is blistering. Ol is a monster on guitar! Ben smash! (that's layman speak for Ben is very competent on drums). Jajajajajajaaja  In Dreams of Terror will cause a massive circle pit to erupt in your living room! You have been warned!

Pick up Five Serpent's Teeth on AMAZON
on Earache Records USA Webstore
or on iTunes

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Tom Jones - Spirit in the Room

OMFG... Yes, at 70+ this man is still making women throw their knickers on stage at him. Tom Jones has a new album called Spirit In The Room and it's smokin'. Tom Jones is still kicking ass and taking names. He's making singers half and even 2/3 his age look like rank amateurs.

Spirit in the Room opens with Tower of Song. It's Tom and a guitar. It embodies a southern feel that is prevalent throughout the album. The style fits his voice and the execution is spine tingling.
Hit or Miss is an upbeat southern type rock type pop tone. Slide guitar, tambourines, and bongos. It's a summer time ride along with the top down kind of song. The message is uplifting as well, " got to believe in yourself...". It's no where near preachy, it's very light and airy just... aaahhhh. Bad As Me starts out with this weirdo sultan type flute and then a very bombastic Tom Jones vocals that ride over it. It's wickedness personified. I can see Mata Hari dancing on a pole to this track. The composition is just so out there. I've never heard anything quite like it. It reminds me of Tom Waits a bit. Which is a good thing as it's actually a Tom Waits song. LOL

Dimming of the Day is more of a "traditional" composition. An earthy soulful ballad that really showcases the raw power of Tom Jones but in a more subdued way. I Want to Come Home is a slow sad song about being homesick. It's juxtaposed by Traveling Shoes a tome about being on the road. More southern Dixie slide guitar and drumming. The music is sparse with Jones' superior vocals being the forefront of the album.

Soul of a Man is a slow burn. Again, front and center is Tom's luscious voice. He is channeling the delta blues legends of old and doing a damn good job of it. All Blues Hail Mary is a sludgy slow piano song. It's darn near Gothic in execution. Then Jones' voice kicks in and weaves in and out of the piano and drums. It's laboriously slow; just behind the beat. Spirit in the Room ends with the very moving Charlie Darwin. Not sure how to describe the song, it's just moving; and beautiful. It's one of those tracks you have to listen to yourself and make your own judgement.

The album features Richard Causon on keyboards, piano, guitars (Ryan Adams, Kings Of Leon and Rufus Wainwright), Warpaint’s Stella Wazgawa on drums, and Ian Jennings and Sam Dixon on bass. Another amazing album by a performer, ne' artist that has held us in his thrall for decades.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

August Dance Party - Better Late Than Never

I'm sure it's still Friday some where in the world, just not in Daegu, South Korea. It's early Saturday afternoon and I've totally spaced the Friday Night Dance Party! So so sorry! I actually spent the night knee deep in 30 Rock re-runs - getting my funny on! LOL But don't dispair! I've got your metal right here! For August, I'm giving you some killer live tunes! That's right, what good is dancing if you are dancing by yourself? So here are some live tunes by some killer bands that are sharing the music love with their fans! You feel free to share too! We are one big happy metal family!

Starting off is my all time favourite HATE SQUAD. This video is from their Dynamo appearance in 1995 - Self Defense (is No Offense). The perfect song to start the mosh pit in your living room!

Some damn dexterous bass work by Jessie Sanchez of Bonded By Blood. This is the title track The Aftermath from their album... The Aftermath.

One of the hardest touring bands I've come across is Warbringer. This is Total War!

 Black Cobra had one of the best albums out in 2011 called Invernal. If you didn't get to see them live, here is your chance.  Here is Frozen Night filmed in Tilburg from April 2012. They just shred! And your eyes do not deceive you... there are only TWO members!!!

I've totally enjoyed these guys live since I saw them at Bloodstock in 2010. Black Spiders doing the cheeky KISS (Tried To Kill Me)

OK - I soooo couldn't do a Dance Party without including my favourite boys in Diamond Plate! I love them to pieces! This is from a headlining show they did in Chicago at the end of July 2012. Relativity is played to an appreciative headbanging mosh pitting crowd!

I totally love Savage Messiah's newest disk Plague of Conscience. This is All Seeing I shot in Manchester earlier this year.

 Squeeeeee Sworn To Oath live in Manchester form this year. This is a new track, Stand Alone.  I think the crowd is digging it! LOL

 Want a little swagger with your metal? Try on Southern Train Gypsy for size. Here they are with Way of the Gun.

Closing the Dance Party out with Gregor MacIntosh's Vallenfyre project. They just started touring this year. He's doing double duty with this band and Paradise Lost.

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