Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bonded By Blood Tour Dates 2012

Bonded By Blood have hit the road again in support of their critically acclaimed album The Aftermath! These titans of thrash metal will be on the road until October. Do yourself a favor and check them out! You won't be sorry!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Orange Goblin To Tour the World in 2013



2013 will see Orange Goblin embark on their biggest touring schedule EVER as they continue to promote the critically acclaimed ‘A EULOGY FOR THE DAMNED’ album, released in February 2012 on Candlelight Records and hotly tipped to be a contender for the album of the year polls.

The touring schedule will kick off with a 15 date UK TOUR at the end of January and start of February, dates of which are to be announced soon. We are also very happy to announce that the band will then head to AUSTRALIA for the very first time ever to join the SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL 2013 (alongside Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Blink 182, Linkin Park, Kyuss Lives!, Ghost, Red Fang, The Sword, Gallows and many more). The full dates for Soundwave 2013 are as follows:


There will be a handful of club shows in AUSTRALIA to coincide with the band’s appearances at Soundwave, more details on those coming very soon.

Directly after this, throughout March and April, the band will embark on a full tour of the USA & CANADA, including an appearance at the SXSW Festival in Texas. The CANADA dates will be the first the band has played there EVER. Full dates for this are also to be announced very shortly.

The band will then spend the summer extensively touring EUROPE and appearing at as many of the summer EUROPEAN FESTIVALS as they can squeeze in before heading back to NORTH AMERICA and hopefully CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA, ASIA, JAPAN & NEW ZEALAND.

Please keep checking the band websites for further updates.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Jessie Sanchez of Bonded By Blood talks about upcoming headlining tour for The Aftermath

Bonded by Blood are about to start on a brand spanking new tour. They will blitzkrieg across the USA until October. They are supporting the critically acclaimed The Aftermath which was released earlier this summer on Earache Records. I shanghaied “new” bassist Jessie Sanchez and asked him about the upcoming tour, his new endorsement, and life as a musician. 

KaliDiaries: Mr. Jessie Sanchez, you are the “new” bass player for one Bonded By Blood from California. How is professional musician life treating you?

Mr. Sanchez: It feels great to finally be in a band again that I feel 100% comfortable to be myself in. It’s like being in high school all over again, except I don’t have to wake up at 0730am every day for class.

KaliDiaries: From the look at your last tour schedule and this one, I’m thinking you are working harder now than when you were in high school. Promoting a new album must be grueling. 

Mr. Sanchez: It’s a fun type of working hard because I’m doing what I love to do. I’ve always felt the most like myself when I’m jamming on my bass or picking up a guitar. Writing and performing is my favourite comfort zone! Now that The Aftermath is finally out, it feels good to finally hear a lot of the riffs I wrote being played on satellite or internet radio. I’m sure most of the guy’s in my band are used to it; but every time I hear it I’m reminded of how all the hard work is paying off. 

It’s funny because I used to hate waking up at 6 or 7 AM to go to work. I used to work a lot of random jobs. But waking up that early to get on a plane or drive to a gig or anything band related doesn’t faze me at all. 

KaliDiaries: That sounds like an awesome feeling, turning on the radio and it’s playing something YOU created! You posted on both your Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/officialbondedbyblood and your fan page http://www.facebook.com/officialbondedbyblood#!/JessieSanchezHQ  a VH1 commercial where one of the people in the video was wearing a Bonded By Blood T-shirt. That was sweet! 

Mr. Sanchez: Yea! We have some of the most supportive fans out there! I think the guy wearing that shirt is from a local band here in LA called Fiar. We’ve played with them a few times. 

KaliDiaries: What comes across the most the many times I’ve seen you guys live since Fall of 2010: Bloodstock is that you put on some killer live shows. Those first shows you weren’t in the band, but the energy level onstage has just gone thru the roof since you joined! I can tell you really love what you are doing. How is the reaction to The Aftermath? You played some of the tracks live on the last tour before it was released.

Mr. Sanchez: During our last tour with Kittie, we started throwing a lot more new songs into the set. In my gut I always knew the fans would respond well because of the realness and the formula that went into writing that album and the crowd seemed to really enjoy the new songs. We’ve got some great reviews online and it’s starting to spread like fire. Back on that tour The Aftermath wasn’t released yet so the only song most fans got to hear ahead of time was our first single, ‘Restless Minds’. But now that the album is out more people know our lyrics and are singing along more at shows. It’s really rad!

KaliDiaries: I for one LOVED hearing the songs live. I couldn’t wait for the album to be released so I could talk about it. LOL I truly think it will be in the Top 3 Best Albums of 2012! I noticed a lot of people video-taped the shows. Was that something pre-planned or did it happen organically? Will you continue to let fans tape the shows and start a brisk trading network like Metallica and Dave Matthews Band have?

Mr. Sanchez: I could understand why a lot of musicians choose to have video rules, especially if there’s a mistake on stage. That video isn’t going to lie. Hell, it might even taint your “image”. But personally, I don’t mind at all if anyone records our shows because we try to out play and out perform ourselves every single night. Mauro is always saying something new and random on the mic. Carlos is always throwing in new fills. Juan will try out little texture changes in his leads and I always try to keep my bass playing fun and occasionally bust a drum and bass jam with Carlos in between songs. Not to mention the show itself is like one big party. You’ll never see the same BBB show twice.

KaliDiaries: Now that IS exciting! You’ve only had about four months in between tours. Are you well rested and ready to for life on the road again? How long will you be out this time? Not to mention you are headlining, too sweet!

Mr. Sanchez: I’m more than well rested! Four months is a lot of time off when all you want to do is gig gig gig! Hahahaha The time off did help us get a few things out of the way that we needed to do. I recently got endorsed by Ibanez so I got my new bass and took promo shots for them. We filmed a music video for our second single, ‘Crawling in the Shadows’. Dave Vorhes (who shot the last video for ‘Prototype Death Machine’ along with videos for White Wizzard, Holy Grail, and Warbringer) shot the video last week so he’s currently going through the grueling process of sorting through footage and editing this monster we’re brewing.  I just finished editing “The Making Of” to be put online soon. 

We also played a bunch of shows in California in between. Our headline tour kicks off Friday September 21 in Berkley, California and runs until October 6 in Allentown, PA. Then we link up with our friends in Death Angel, Threat Signal, Wretched and Potential Threat for a few weeks from October 7th – 19th

KaliDiaries: An endorsement deal is a major accomplishment. How did that come about?

Mr. Sanchez: Juan has had a deal with them for years now. I met their representative Mike Orrigo over time and we kept in touch before he asked me to join the Ibanez familia. 

KaliDiaries: That’s awesome! I’m sure it’s also helpful in terms of getting new and better equipment. 

Mr. Sanchez: Of course I was stoked to do so since Ibanez rules.

KaliDiaries: And rules mightily in your hands!

Mr. Sanchez: Hahahaha, damn right!

KaliDiaries: You are a video tech guy. You do all the videos from the road and what not. How is that going? Are you getting good reactions from the fans?

Mr. Sanchez: Yes, I do all the road updates and promo vids. Aside from being a music geek, I’m also a video geek. I love editing random projects. I have a few pranks and behind the scene videos on my YouTube Channel:  www.youtube.com/rammsteinorgy

KaliDiaries: I think it’s totally choice that you do those. It’s a treat for me to keep updated on the band, and I’m sure the fans appreciate them too. Geeks Rule!

Mr. Sanchez: I do it for the fans. I’m a fan of bands too, so I love it when anyone puts out something that shows a glimpse of what it’s like on the road. Yes! GEEKS Unite!

KaliDiaries: Anything special planned for the headlining portion of your tour? Anything different in the set list? Special light shows? Togas? Midget tossing?

Mr. Sanchez: Every night we’re bringing a bag filled with random snakes that we’re going to release into the crowd randomly during our set, just to keep our fans on their toes. Hahahaha We have some new songs and some classics in the set for this run. I think our fans will be in for a real treat; just in time for Halloween!

KaliDiaries: For this tour, do you have regular lodging sorted or are you still sleeping in the van in Wal-Mart parking lots?

Mr. Sanchez: For this tour we’ll be taking our van back on the road, the S.S.B.B.B. So keep an eye out for our big green boat. If we aren’t staying in the van it’s because we lucked out and a fan invited us to crash at their place or we have a hotel. I never know what to expect. Every night is something new. 

KaliDiaries: That keeps YOU on your toes. LOL But in a very uncomfortable way. Blerg. This tour goes through October. Any plans for Europe or the UK or festival dates?

Mr. Sanchez: We have tour news coming up very soon for Europe, so stay tuned! All I can say is we’ll be back overseas before this year is over!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Hobbit - Official Trailer

SQUEEEEEEEEE the most amazing thing you will ever see (OK the Dredd stuff) but next to that!!! The next official trailer for the Peter Jackson epic THE HOBBIT!!! It's just amazing. I can't wait until this is released. Peter Jackson hit it out of the ballpark with the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy and now he's taken on the first book of the "series"; a precursor if you will. THE HOBBIT tells of Bilbo Baggin's adventure with the dwarves. Filmed again against the stunning backdrop of New Zealand, this film promises to be a visual feast for the eyes that many thanks to Andrew Lesnie (cinematographer and 22 time Oscar winner).  THE HOBBIT brings back Ian McKellen as Gandolf, Cate Blanchett as an Elvin Queen, Hugo Weaving and Elrond, and Elijah Wood as Frodo.  So many familiar faces one is instantly comfortable. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be out this year and next year, 2013, the second installment The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Friday, September 7, 2012

September Friday Night Dance Party

Another first Friday is upon us. That means another Friday Night Dance Party! Start a fresh new Autumn night right by whoopin' it up in your living room! Plenty of new music to keep the party going!

Let's kick it off with one of my personal favourites!

Rival Sons - "Keep On Swinging"

"Keep On Swinging" is the first single from the band's highly-anticipated new album, HEAD DOWN. RIVAL SONS frontman JAY BUCHANAN comments:"Shooting the video for Keep On Swinging was a pleasure.  Snake handling while wailing to a congregation in an old church is pretty high up there on the list of odd ways to pass the time.  Excuse me while I go to hell."  RIVAL SONS drummer MICHAEL MILEY adds:"We recently returned from an exciting expedition; it was an adventure.  The Spirit was moving in that room.  We were playing in a church somewhere in the South (can't reveal exact location) and had to convince this congregation we could be a musical catalyst for the casting out of demons; we succeeded.  We had to tame snakes with our music.  There was a swarm of ravens.  A girl that was baptized was on fire!  Crazy stuff!  And it was all caught on tape...  I'm sure it will be all over the interwebs soon.  Be on the lookout..."  HEAD DOWN hits the streets September 17th.

All Hail the Yeti - "The Art of Mourning"

Southern groove meets psychelia, ALL HAIL THE YETI releases a new video from their upcoming album. ALL HAIL THE YETI vocalist Connor Garritty on the video’s inception and creation: “Rob and I have been friends for many years and we share a love for the Old West and the gunfighters of the late 1800's. We have done a couple paranormal investigations of hot spots like tombstone's birdcage theater, and Bisbee Arizona, trying to get some sort of glimpse of what life would have been like back then. We had a blast making this clip and this is just the beginning for us. We are already in talks about the next one. With these ventures you learn new things every time, and each moment becomes a memory. That is the most important thing to us!”

Black Cobra - "Crimson Blade"

Whisky Tango Foxtrot! If you missed out on the lucious eargasm that was 2011's release of INVERNAL, don't dispair. BLACK COBRA have made a video for this most wicked song entitled "Crimson Blade". The video just proves how intense this band is. BLACK COBRA’s “Crimson Blade” filmed in three days for absolutely no money. The plot portrays the concept of the song, following one man as he devolves to a previous state of humanity and resorts to cannibalism in a post-apocalyptic world. During the filming of the gory visual depiction, actor Landon Bates actually ended up accidentally cutting himself multiple times, with actual wounds fueling some of the bloody scenes. Stated the members of BLACK COBRA: “The video’s concept was a collaboration between director Greg Downing and ourselves. We were familiar with his work in the bands Glitter Wizard and Buffalo Tooth and he was enthusiastic about working with us as well. In general, it's about isolation, paranoia and desperation. The utter darkness also gives it an overall feel of confusion. We're really stoked on how it came together.” 

Job For A Cowboy - "Tarnished Gluttony"

I hope you like your videos heavy with a side evil. Up next is "Tarnished Gluttony" from perennial heavy doom metallers JOB FOR A COWBOY 2012 release DEMONOCRACY.  Says Jonny Davey on the track and video: “‘Tarnished Gluttony’ originally runs off the idea of blind faith into our government and monetary system. The director ran with the idea and spliced it with a H.P. Lovecraftian twist. The video streams the fascination of religion and the actions people justify in the name of religion, and this video is a spin on the old biblical tale of Abraham and Isaac, however, set in the world of Lovecraftian mythology. The point is, acting blindly in faith to a Christian deity is just as absurd as worshiping squid like monsters from space who live under the sea.” It's a wee bit disturbing to watch, but the story telling and cinematography are epic!

Eskimo Callboy - "Muffin Purper-Gurk"

And now from the truly what the fuck files.... ESKIMO CALLBOY. They are part screamo, part grunge, part whingy emo, part heavy metal, part trance, part harajuku girl, part I'm not almost but not quite totally unlike sure what exactly is going on here but I just can't look away. But then, with a song title such as MUFFIN PURPER-GURK maybe one shouldn't delve to deeply into the where-for's and wot-nots. Just sit back and enjoy! ESKIMO CALLBOY'S  debut album BURY ME IN VEGAS is due to be released in North America on September 11th.  Pre-order the album now at http://bit.ly/LunHKJ

Monks of Mellonwah - "Neverending Spirit"

Soulful is how to best describe NEVERENDING SPIRIT from MONKS OF MELLONWAH. It's the the second track on the Monks of Mellonwah's 2012 release - NEUROGENESIS. It's beautiful. It's haunting. It will have you singing along before the end.

Relicseed - "Slaucējs Smalkjūtīgais" 

Lucky #7 tonite is from Latvian metal band RELICSEED. SLAUCEJS SMALKJUTIGAIS is from the 2011 release of DOMESTIC DEVIL: LIMITED EDITION. It's fast. It's frenetic. It has some of the best guitar chops ever laid on disk. Relicseed are known for creating a wall of sound with intricate harmonies and composition. This song is no exception. If you can't wait for the 2013 full release of Domestic Devil but are just gobsmackingly in love with the track,  pick up  Domestic Devil: Limited Edition

That concludes the September edition of the Friday Night Dance Party! Remember to get yer groove on!

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