Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bryan Carlstrom R.I.P.

I was very fortunate to meet Bryan Carlstrom last year when he worked on the upcoming Relicseed album. He was kind and gracious. He had a great ear. He made the band sound even better then they did before. He had a gift! This donation page is for his wife and daughter. They are asking for donations to help with their medical expenses. Both have Lyme Disease. This sucks! Bryan gave so much to so many. If you have even one album he engineered your life is all the more rich. I'm sure many of you metal heads have dozens! If you can spare a tenner that would be groovy! Every little bit makes a HUGE difference!

Princess Vic

Bryan Carlstrom was a passionate and giving engineer, producer and musician, who touched so many lives with his wisdom, humor, love of music and mastery of recording. Unfortunately, Bryan left us far too soon on Saturday, Jan. 26th, 2013. 

He was a loving father to his daughter, Rachel, and devoted husband to his beautiful wife Kathy, and a die-hard music lover who never stopped giving to his friends, bands, family and his faith.
Bryan was torn between doing what he loved and being able to provide for this family. His wife and daughter both suffer from an advanced stage of Lyme disease. Their expensive treatment is not covered by health insurance. It is necessary& life saving medical treatment for both of them. He had No life insurance policy.

At this time, we are asking for your financial contribution for Bryan’s family. They need your help with past medical bills, funeral services, overall living expenses and future health care expenses as they recover and rebuild their lives after their devastating personal loss.
Kathy and Rachel really need your help!

There’s no amount too large or small, so please don’t be shy, hit that “donate now” button and make a difference!! 

If you knew Bryan, please try to remember how much he affected your life, your faith, your performances, your dreams, your career, and your achievements. Or if you’re a music fan, Bryan was instrumental in recording artists such as Alice in Chains, The Offspring, Social Distortion, Armored Saint, Billy Idol, Anthrax, Biohazard, Filter, Rob Zombie, White Zombie, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dolly Parton and so many more! 

If you’re a music lover like Bryan was, then chances are some of these recordings meant much more than money to you. It’s part of your DNA!!

Donate for Bryan.
Donate for Kathy and Rachel.
Do it because Bryan helped create music that was the soundtrack of your life!
With much love, gratitude and appreciation,
Annette Cisneros

Bryan's friend and business partner

Thank you to everyone who attended Bryan’s beautiful services, Bryan is smiling down on us all!
God Bless!

Dave Lombardo - Fired from Slayer??!!

In a move that I can only describe as shocking, Slayer have fired Dave Lombardo. Yes, I said fired; for that is what it comes down to. Dave posted on his facebook page on February 21, 2013 about the reasons why his band mates have decided to go on without him. I had to read it twice as their reasons were retarded. That's right. I said it. Retarded. This is 2013. Anyone with Google can find and make business plan. There are free courses on the subject. So why, any intelligent person would willfully allow an atrocious business plan where 90% of the income go to management is beyond me! And again, it being 2013, why a person is FIRED for asking for an independent audit of income, detailed expense reports, and a contract that was fair and balanced.... it makes me bristle!! Shame on you Slayer for continuing to work under a draconian contract. Shame on you for not "rocking the boat" and demanding an accounting of the money YOU worked so hard for. Shame on your for firing someone who had only the best interests of the collective in mind.

Statement From Dave Lombardo Regarding Slayer Australian Tour 2013

I want to personally apologize to all of our fans in Australia who have bought tickets for the tour expecting to see me in my usual place on the drums.

So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. I’m saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation.

Last year, I discovered 90% of Slayer’s tour income was being deducted as expenses including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us. In my opinion, this is not the way a band’s business should operate. I tried rectifying it by letting my band mates know, and Tom and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary back up documents.

I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays realizing I had toured all over the world in 2012, but yet, had not been paid (except a small advance) or provided a proper accounting for a full year's sweat and blood. On top of this, I was told that I would not be paid until I signed a long form contract which gave me no written assurance of how much or on what basis management would deduct commissions, nor did it provide me access to the financial budgets or records for review. It also forbade me to do interviews or make statements having to do with the band, in effect a gagging order.

Last Monday, I sat down with Kerry and Tom to rehearse for Australia and to propose a new business model that I felt was the best way forward for Slayer to confidently protect itself so we could do what we do best . . . play for the fans. Kerry made it clear he wasn’t interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer. On Thursday, I arrived at rehearsals at 1 pm as scheduled, but Kerry did not show. Rather, at 6:24 pm I received an email from the lawyers saying I was being replaced for the Australian dates.

I remain hopeful that we can resolve our issues. But once again, I sincerely apologize to all of our fans in Australia who spent their money expecting to see the 3 of us original Slayer members.
I look forward to seeing you in the future.

Dave Lombardo

Friday, February 15, 2013

Musing on Music - Mine Road

A transcontinental adventure through music is the best way to describe Mine Road. The band calls Dublin, Ireland home, but they are from such mind bending places as Dublin, Sydney Australia and Jersey City... As in New Jersey! Hell, any band of note is from Jersey! Mine Road is a nice and steady rock and roll band. One would even describe the sound as fresh and stripped down.  "The Door" has some sweet southern tinges to it. It doesn't distract from the truly heavy riffage courtesy of Stu Cash and Dave Flood. "The Door" reminds me of what was good about heavy metal and hard rock music back in the day. Ken Carthy has a strong voice that is easily understandable. No growly Cookie Monster vocals here. Just soulful and almost bluesy. "Nightmare" is another hook laden track. It's the perfect head to the local bar, drink some beer and shoot some pool song. It screams bell bottoms, bandanas, and bad ass motorcycles. "Too Late" kicks up that Southern Rock feel to 11. Stu and Dave are truly grooving and Steve Cash on drums is in the pocket for sure. The song sounds like the cool 90s hard rock songs that permeated the airwaves. "Too Late" is a catchy song and something you can easily sing along with. "California" also has that throwback to the 90s hard hitting heavy metal sound. Thirty seconds in you are bobbing your head along. Ken's vocals are choice here. "I've been searching for the meaning before I fall out into the night." The over all feel of "California" is really cool. The guitar tones and overall song structure are familiar. "California" sounds like a song you've heard before and really liked but just can't place it. You can get their debut EP on iTunes. Satellite is a groove laden romp through the rock and roll landscape.

System Annihilated - Furor (Discouraged Records)

System Annihilated
February 18, 2013
Discouraged Records

It's really hard to believe that System Annihilated's album Furor is a debut album. The band hails from Sweden. Nuff Said. This is an album you should buy. It's only a half an hour long, but it'll be the best half hour of your day! I recommend you play it twice.

Furor starts off big. "This Apocalypse" is strong and heavy. It's full of awesome guitars and bitchin' riffage. Christoffer Jonsson's vocals are in your face. He is fierce. If killer guitars are what you're hankerin' for, look no further. Petter Adsten and Kalle Kjellberg are gobsmackingly amazing. They play with the viv and verve of musicians twice their age.

The title track, "Furor" is tight. Joel Widengren Llundstrom and Viktor Kroger are the rhythm section responsible for this wonderful feat of time keeping. Sure, all bands have a rhythm section, but it does take a certain skill to be this steady, regimented, and crisp. The song "Furor" is all of these things. The last thirty seconds of the song are squeeeee worthy!

"What We Created" is up next and it sounds like a brisk romp through the Swedish country side. If by brisk romp you are on a snowmobile with giant werewolf like creatures chasing after you with the intent of making you their dinner. This is another song where the drumming is just kick ass top notch.

"The Bitter End" starts of a bit creepy. It's the guitar sound. It has the big blockbuster sound of an action movie. About 70 seconds into the song, System Annihilated gets a bit jazzy and groovy on ya. There is a bit of the ol' grind. "The Bitter End" is a great headbanging song. This is also a great song to dance the Paso Doble to. System Annihilated are just that good! They write for both types of dance!

The rest of System Annihilated's album Furor is just as amazing. I'm totally in love with this album. It's got beats. It's got attitude. It's got complexity. You can dance to it!

You have to do two things...
ONE - go like them on Facebook
TWO - go buy the album!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wringer 13: Reece Scruggs from HAVOK

Squeeeeeee Happy 13th of February!!! And welcome to the brand new column at the Kali Diaries. Wringer 13 brings you up close and personal with all the best musicians Planet Earth has to offer. Wringer 13 is a monthly column brought you every 13th of the month! It's in honour of the groovy number 13 - 2013, 13th day, 13 Bitchin Artists!!!

For our very first Wringer 13, the Kali Diaries is proud to introduce to you Reece Scruggs from the Colorado band HAVOK. Long time readers of the Kali Diaries remember that Havok's Point of No Return was part of our Friday Night Dance Party.  Let's get to know a wee bit more about Havok's lead guitarist. Don't forget, Havok will be on tour throughout March and April. You can get more info about Havok at their website! 

Who are you, really, and what do you do?
          Reece Alan Scruggs, a redneck kid from northern Virgina who plays guitar a lot.

What's the best thing about being in your band? 
          The music

 How has being a touring musician changed you?
     Well, it's changed me for both good and bad. Good, I've traveled the world and met people of all walks of life. It makes you connected with the world and abandon misconceptions of certain things. It gets you out of your small niche and comfort zone and makes you see things for what they really are. Bad, those things that really "are" harden you and make you trust less, get angry quicker an you lose some of your compassion towards others. In the slim skinny of it, I'm more open minded but sharp tongued and faster to defend myself. 

Where do you get your inspiration from?
          Well, that's a lot of things. I'll just name a few: my Dad, grandfather, Dimebag Darrell, Randy Rhodes, Alex Skolnick, Pat O'Brien, Jeff Loomis, Danny Gatton, Batman, Bret "the Hitman" Hart, the dudes in Monolith, the Washington Redskins, Virginia, Winchester, History, Hank 3, Jesco White...

What's your favourite song and why?
          Favorite song ever? I don't have a favorite, too much shit goin' around in my music library that's my favorite haha! My favorite HAVOK song? I can answer that one, 'From the Cradle to the Grave'. It's my favorite because it shows a different side of us. It's also my favorite because of the solo section.

What does "music" mean to you?
          I'll sound really cliche' by saying this, literally everything. Music, along with support and hard work got me where I am today. It's influenced every single thing in my life and if I didn't have it, my life would simply stop. 

 What do you think is your greatest achievement in the field of music?
          For me, the ability to have your music stand the test of time and influence people to play music or inspire them in some way.  That's long term. Another would be to make a living playing music. Having something to show for by working really hard, perfecting a sound and creating the best music you can possibly make. I'm looking to have simple things in life, all of it by playing music. 

 What is your greatest achievement outside of music?
          Being a Scruggs. Being from Winchester, Virginia. Both things I carry around with me with pride. 

Describe your most unusual or rabid fan.
          Umm, well, I guess someone who probably gets really upset that I didn't add them on Facebook. Or people who see me at a show and chase me down, and though I didn't see them, because I was faced in the opposite direction, when they catch up, they spin me around and yell, "What, couldn't say 'Hi' to me?!" Both have happened to me. Both are the same person. 

If you could invite three people (living or dead) to a dinner party, who would they be and why?
          Shit, that's fuckin' hard! Well, the three people invited would have a plus one with their invite. Can't be rude and deny these people a date, right? I'd invite Dimebag Darrell, Randy Rhodes, and Danny Gatton for musicians. Vlad the Impaler, General Robert E. Lee and the "Red Baron" Manferd Von Richtofen for people I've been researching or interested in since I was a little kid. Bettie Page, Jane Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe for ... fun. Sorry, couldn't do just three. 

What three things are on your "bucket list"?
          Live happy and problem free while playing music.
          Be in guitar magazines with huge four page interviews, columns and lessons.
          Return to Virginia to live out the rest of my days.

What are you most grateful for?
          A loving, supportive family. It makes the difference in a kid's life. My friends, my talent, and the ability to think for myself, and the overall function of my body. Not enough people say that. I'm grateful that everything on me works!

If you could reduce everything you are and everything you stand for to one word, what would it be?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Star Trek - Into Darkness

I am a fan of the new Star Trek. I absolutely love what J.J. Abrams has done with the franchise. I've been watching Trek since I was old enough to toddle to the television and plop down in front of it. My mum and dad are Trekkies. My Grandpa was a Trekkie too. I come from a long line of Captain Kirk loving, boldly going where no one has gone before peeps. I was as giddy as a schoolgyrl when the Star Trek 2009 came out. True to form, a lot of my fellow Trekkies showed Mr. Abrams some love and embraced his new vision of the classic tales. The casting of Zachary Quinto as Spock was flawless. Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy a stroke of genius. Chris Pine, son of Robert Pine - CHiPs, captures the boldness and cockiness of James T. Kirk. The new installment, Into Darkness, comes out in May 2013. It features Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain. For those of you living under a rock, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock Holms in the Beeb's awesome retelling of Sherlock. Also added to the cast is Alice Eve who plays Dr. Carol Marcus. Dr. Marcus played the head scientist and mother of Kirk's in the Wrath of Khan.

2 Minute Trailer - look for the allusion to a touching scene from Wrath of Khan.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

New England & Hardcore Festival XV

Enter To Win 2 VIP Passes To The Festival Including Hotel + Airfare Courtesy Of F.Y.E.

This week the promoters of the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL are pleased to welcome two new additions to this year’s fest in the form of crossover legends D.R.I. and technical death metal battalion Job For A Cowboy!

This follows last week’s unveiling of Mission Quest to Metal Fest. Formed to aid a few of this year’s acts to and from NEMHF this year, the fourth annual tour curated by MassConcerts unifies Expire, Alpha & Omega, Power Trip, Twitching Tongues and Antagonist A.D. on a ten-date assault leading up to their individual performances at the event. See confirmed dates below. Further audio annihilation will come from the third annual Metal Alliance Tour featuring Exodus, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail and Friday headliners Anthrax performing their iconic Among The Living full-length in its entirety. Additional headliners include Hatebreed, Opeth and Suicidal Tendencies and nearly fifty more acts from all walks of the extreme music spectrum!
The three-day event will take place the weekend of April 19th, 20th and 21st at the historic Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts marking its 15th anniversary. Info on the kick-off party on Thursday, April 18th will be announced in the coming weeks.
In addition, NEMHF has partnered with F.Y.E. to offer a VIP Flyaway package for the event!  One lucky winner will get two (2) VIP passes to the festival as well as airfare and hotel accommodations
F.Y.E stores are currently offering an assortment of pummeling metal CDs for $9.99, each on a NEMHF endcap. Any purchase of these titles will receive a free NEMHF CD Sampler featuring tracks from Hatebreed, Holy Grail, Shadows Fall, Continents, Sister Sin and many more!
Enter to win the contest and grab some great metal CDs from F.Y.E. at THIS LOCATION.
Continuous updates will be made and coverage opportunities for the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL are available via Earsplit PR, an official sponsor of this year’s event.
Mission Quest to Metal Fest
w/ Expire, Alpha & Omega, Power Trip, Twitching Tongues, Antagonist A.D:
4/08/2013 The Underground – Phoenix, AZ
4/09/2013 The Studio – Tucson, AZ
4/10/2013 The War Room – El Paso, TX
4/12/2013 The Low Key Parts – Hot Springs, AR
4/13/2013 The Hatch – Evansville, IN
4/14/2013 Skate Naked – Columbus, OH
4/15/2013 907 Lincoln – Ann Arbor, MI
4/16/2013 Funeral Home – Buffalo, NY
4/17/2013 West Side Park – Wilkes Barre, PA
4/18/2013 Moose Lodge – Glen Cove, NY
4/19-21/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest XV
Friday, April 19th: Anthrax, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Exodus, Municipal Waste, Black Breath, Holy Grail, VYGR, Multilation Rites, Trap Them, Death Before Dishonor, Xibalba, The Mongoloids, Power Trip, Expire, Twitching Tongues, Alleageon, Suburban Scum, Rude Awakening, The Greenery, Disgrace, Antagonist AD, The Greenery, Battlecross
Saturday, April 20th: Opeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Katatonia, Trollfest, Tyr, Hellsot, Heidevolk, Ensiferum, Alpha & Omega, Born of Osiris, After The Burial, Dead By Wednesday, The Contortionist, Legion, Erra, Fit For An Autopsy, Born Low, MurderDeathKill, Sworn In, Reflections, Mouth of the South, Ark of the Covenant, Those Who Fear, Saving Grace, Years Since The Storm, Mouth of the South, King 810
Sunday, April 21st: Suicidal Tendencies, Miss May I, Texas In July, Trapped Under Ice, Glass Cloud, Your Memorial, No Mercy, I Declare War, Foundation, Remembering Never, Bracewar, Mother of Mercy, Agitator, Incendiary, Thick As Blood, Dark Sermon, To The Wind, D.R.I., Job For A Cowboy
New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2013 Ticket Prices/Packages:
Weekend Pass For All 3 Days – $90 [BUY HERE]
Thursday, April 18th – Kick Off Party – $12 In Advance/$15 Day-Of [BUY HERE]
Friday, April 19th: $35 In Advance/$40 Day-Of [BUY HERE]
Saturday, April 20th: $40 In Advance/$45 Day-Of [BUY HERE]
Sunday, April 21st: $35 In Advance/$40 Day-Of [BUY HERE]

Doro Kicks off North American Tour

February is indeed a goodly month! The Queen of Metal herself is on tour for the month of February and it's a cause for celebration. Doro's headlining tour is in support of last years totally bitchin' album Raise Your Fists in the Air. You want to see an amazing live show? Check out some of these dates!

Ticket links are available at Doro's Official Facebook Page. 

DORO North American Headlining Tour 2013:
2/01/2013 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
2/02/2013 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/03/2013 Empire – West Springfield, VA
2/04/2013 B.B. Kings Blues Club – New York, NY
2/05/2013 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
2/07/2013 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
2/08/2013 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
2/09/2013 Ace Of Clubs – Columbus, OH
2/10/2013 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
2/12/2013 Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
2/13/2013 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
2/14/2013 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/15/2013 Spicoli’s Grill And The Reverb – Waterloo, IA
2/17/2013 Moe’s – Englewood, CO
2/19/2013 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/20/2013 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/21/2013 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
2/22/2013 House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
2/23/2013 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ

Tour Trailer Featuring DORO!!!

Dark Horse to Publish King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon


February 1, MILWAUKIE, OR – Dark Horse Comics is thrilled to announce the return of a fan-favorite Conan creative team.  Writer Timothy Truman, artist Tomás Giorello, and colorist José Villarrubia are set to adapt Robert E. Howard’s only Conan novel in two six-issue miniseries. 

The first series, titled The Hour of the Dragon will run through October 2013 and continue in a second arc titled King Conan: The Conqueror starting in February 2014. 

More about The Hour of the Dragon:  King Conan has faced many threats to his throne in Aquilonia—but none more deadly than a traitorous alliance backed by the resurrected sorcerer Xaltotun, at whose command mountains crumble!

With The Legend of Conan announced for 2014, King Conan is essential reading!

King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon #1 is on sale in comic stores everywhere May 29!

Friday, February 1, 2013

February Friday Night Dance Party

Greetings and Salutations! Thanx ever so much for tuning in to another hip swaying, groove laden, beat thumpin' FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY!  Welcome to the February edition. Before we get our groove on, I'd like to remind you that in just 12 more days - February 13 The Kali Diaries unveils a brand spanking new column. Every month in the year 2013, The Kali Diaries will bring to you wicked words from some of the hottest musicians in the verse. Remember to check this space and to check it often! Now without further adieu, here is your Friday Night Dance Party line up!

Fen - Of Losing Interest
I had the absolute pleasure of reviewing Fen's album Of Losing Interest for This Is Not a Scene. Fen have released a video for the title track and it's a mind bender.  Says guitarist / vocalist Doug Harrison "The song 'Of Losing Interest' broke new ground for us. We didn't try to shape it into some convoluted or grandiose structure. We just let the riff be a riff and do its job and we kept the dynamics fairly steady throughout. At one point I considered titling the song, The Grump, based on the fact that the lyrics are from the perspective of someone who detests social interactions and does what he can to either cut them short or avoid them altogether. Overall, the video is a lofi attempt to reveal what might be inside his head."

Havok - Point of No Return
Havok spends much of their time on the road, but they took time out to make a video for an EP released last spring. Point of No Return will tide all good Havok fans while they spend the first few months of 2013 in the studio.  They will, of course, hit the road once again. Of the video, Point of No Return, vocalist / guitarist Dave Sanchez says, "The lyrics of ‘Point Of No Return’ are highly interpretable, but the message of the video pretty simple: The world as we know it is a delicate place and we have never had such a high capacity to destroy the human race as we do now. At some point, our self-made concoction of nuclear/biological weaponry, ancient superstitious beliefs, nationalism, corruption, ignorance, and conflicting ideologies is going to become lethal, on a global scale. We live in a time like no other and it’s obvious that if we don’t change our behavior, it’s only a matter of time before the world is extinguished at the hand of fanatics. It’s literally within everyone’s power to leave the world a little nicer than we found it. Don’t believe everything you’re told: Think for yourself.”

 The Secret - Seven Billion Graves
The Secret have put together a very interesting video for their song Seven Billion Graves. It's stunning to watch and a bit unsettling. Seven Billion Graves is from their fourth album, Agnus Dei. Director Shazzula Nebula explains the video thus, There’s no story, no band members, and indeed, no humans present. Cameras roam the remains of dead civilizations or skitter over broken terrain. All is rendered in greys and blacks. It’s a grim vision, and a fair aesthetic match for THE SECRET’s stark metalcore. No rounded edges or straight lines here.”

Oceano - Slow Murder
Chicago's own Oceano have been a bit quiet of late. They are hard at work on a brand new album. The follow up to 2010's Contagion will be released later this year on Earache Records. The new disk entitled Incisions will contain this song, Slow Murder. Guitarist Nick Conser comments, "The new Oceano comes out today.  Get ready for it.  We're starting a new chapter in this band.  We're not selling out.  We're not getting soft.  We're getting more fucked up and bringing more hate.  And if you want us to change, then you're gonna be disappointed.  We're not gonna replicate any album that we've ever released.  We're going to get more evil than anything you've heard from this band.  Today will show the start of how hateful this record is gonna be."

Satan's Wrath - Slaves of the Inverted Cross
Slaves of the Inverted Cross is the newest track released from last year's Galloping Blasphemy album. The band made a collective statement about the video. “We are ghouls of the shallow graves marching to battle against God.” Well, there you go then!

 The Sheds - Ignorance Is Bliss
 California Pop Punk band The Sheds have released the first single from their upcoming album I'll Be Fine. Frontman Mac Miller gave the band's reasoning behind the decision to release the single early, "In light of recent displays of intolerance, we are releasing the first song off this new record earlier than anticipated." Adding, ""Ignorance Is Bliss" is our stance as supporters of equal rights. We believe there is no excuse (religious or other) to alienate any person or group."


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