Thursday, May 23, 2013

HAVOK Announces Headlining Tour of North America

Denver thrashers HAVOK announce their first headlining tour of North America. Dates are set to begin July 22 and will see the band gigging through the southern states,  up the eastern seaboard and then making their debut performance at Montreal’s annual Heavy MTL festival on August 11.  The tour is in support of their  new album, Unnatural Selection, set for release June 25.

Candlelight Records launched the CD-only pre-order last week at the label’s official webstore HERE. The band has launched exclusive bundle packages via their official store. All bundle customers will be entered to win a golden ticket contest. One winner will be picked at random and will receive an autographed Charvel guitar, and one of everything in the HAVOK merch store. Go HERE for further details.
Currently on tour in Europe alongside Suffocation and Cephalic Carnage, HAVOK’s headlining tour follows their recently announced trilogy of release performances. Tickets are on sale now at venue box offices and companion ticket agencies. A copy of Unnatural Selection will be included with ticket purchases to June Colorado shows. For a full list of dates on their European tour visit the band’s official Facebook page HERE.
Confirmed HAVOK dates at press time are included below.

6/21/2013 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO (release show)
6/22/2013 Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO (release show)
6/23/2013 Aggie Theater - Ft. Collins, CO (release show)
7/22/2013 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
7/24/2013 Chameleon Room - Oklahoma City, OK
7/25/2013 Three Links – Dallas, TX
7/26/2013 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
7/27/2013 Zero’s - Corpus Christi, TX
7/28/2013 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
7/29/2013 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
8/01/2013 Orpheum Theater – Tampa, FL
8/02/2013 Back Booth – Orlando, FL
8/03/2013 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
8/04/2013 Blue Fox – Winchester, VA
8/05/2013 Empire – Springfield, VA
8/06/2013 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
8/07/2013 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
8/08/2013 Church of Boston – Boston, MA
8/09/2013 Backstage at Champs – Trenton, NJ
8/11/2013 Heavy Mtl – Montreal, QC
8/16/2013 Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
8/17/2013 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO

EVILE UK Shows 2013

See EVILE live at the following shows supporting their new album SKULL:

Jun. 14 - Wervik, Belgium - SkullFest
Jun. 28 - Lesmahagow, UK - Les Fest
Aug. 24 - Werrington, UK - Scar Fest
Sep. 26 - Cardiff, UK - Cardiff University
Sep. 27 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
Sep. 28 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
Sep. 29 - Glasgow, UK - Audio

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Shai Hulud Tour Dates

After completing an extremely successful tour of Europe supporting Propagandhi, followed by a headlining tour, hardcore legends SHAI HULUD have returned to the states and are preparing for their next set of confirmed shows. In July, fans on the East Coast will be treated to a handful of shows featuring Earth Crisis as part of their Firestorm 20th Anniversary Tour. Additional support for the East Coast portion of the tour will be from Thy Will Be Done and White Widows. Additional SHAI HULUD shows have been confirmed for June, and July, including an appearance at Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, Quebec. For the complete listing, see below, or visit

SHAI HULUD's Matt Fox reflects on 2013: "2013 has been a banner year for SHAI HULUD, and it's not even Summer yet. Seeing the release of Reach Beyond The Sun, touring Australia as a part of the Soundwave Festival (headlined by Metallica - pretty much the reason we play heavy music) and having just returned from Europe after a tour with one of our favorite bands, Propagandhi, has made this year thus far both a blur and a dream, or one and the same depending on how well you remember your dreams, if you can remember them at all. 2013 is one dream we won't soon forget, etched further into our memory receptors - if there are such things - with the dates we confirmed with Earth Crisis, a huge and direct influence on the formation and existence of SHAI HULUD. This is a special year for us, and we're grateful not only to share it with those who find something in our music that speaks to them, but also with so many of the bands whose music has spoken, and still speaks to us."

Stay up to date with SHAI HULUD's updates from the road via their newest official social network, instagram! Fans can find them simply at
6/14/2013 The Loft - Poughkeepsie, NY
6/15/2013 Amnesia Rockfest - Montebello, QC
7/11/2013 Bogie's - Albany, NY
w/ Earth Crisis, Thy Will Be Done, White Widows:
7/12/2013 Ukie Club - Philadelphia, PA
7/13/2013 Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY
7/14/2013 Santo's Party House - New York, NY
7/20/2013 Fubar - St. Louis, MO w/ The Overseer:
7/21/2013 Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
7/22/2013 Chapter House - Fort Defiance, AZ
7/23/2013 Underground - Mesa, AZ
w/ Early Graves:
7/24/2013 Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
7/25/2013 Revolucion - Tijuana, MX
7/26/2013 Rock City - Camarillo, CA
7/27/2013 Old Ironsides - Sacramento, CA 7/28/2013 Metro Side Room - Oakland, CA
7/31/2013 Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO *Shai Hulud ONLY
8/01/2013 Vaudeveille Mews - Des Moines, IA *Shai Hulud ONLY

Orange Goblin European Tour 2013

The first leg of the Orange Goblin European Tour starts end of this month. Tickets for all shows are on sale now! Check out Orange Goblin Facebook  page for more information!



Fri 31st - Minus One, Ghent, BELGIUM


Sat 1st – Freak Valley Festival, Siegen, GERMANY
Sun 2nd – Bastard Club, Osnabrueck, GERMANY
Mon 3rd – Rosenkeller, Jena, GERMANY
Tue 4th – Zoom, Frankfurt, GERMANY
Wed 5th – Universum, Stuttgart, GERMANY
Thu 6th – Backstage, Munich, GERMANY
Fri 7th – Kammgarn, Schaffhausen, SWITZERLAND
Sat 8th – Bad Bonn, Dudingen, SWITZERLAND
Thu 13th – Le Splendid, Lille, FRANCE
Fri 14th – Le Camji, Niort, FRANCE
Sat 15th – Kristonfest, Bilbao, SPAIN
Sun 16th – Le Saint Des Sains, Toulouse, FRANCE
Mon 17th – L’Amperage, Grenoble, FRANCE
Tue 18th – Le Grillen, Colmar, FRANCE
Wed 19th – ECI Cultuurfabriek, Roermond, HOLLAND
Thu 20th – Patronaat, Haarlem, HOLLAND
Fri 21st – L’Entropot, Arlen, BELGIUM
Sat 22nd – Dokkem Open Air Festival, Dokkem, HOLLAND


Fri 12th - Devilstone Open Air Festival, Anyksciai, LITHUANIA
Sat 13th – Oltrasuoni Free Festival, Dro (Trento), ITALY
Sun 14th – Traffic Live Club, Rome, ITALY
Mon 15th – Magnolia, Milan, ITALY
Tue 16th – Scuderie, Bologna, ITALY
Thu 18th – Sektor Evolution, Dresden, GERMANY
Fri 19th – Days Of Ceremony Festival, Warsaw, POLAND
Sat 20th – Truckstop Alaska Festival, Gothenberg, SWEDEN
Sun 21st – Glocksee, Hannover, GERMANY
Mon 22nd – Underground, Cologne, GERMANY
Wed 24th – Metaldays Festival, Tolmin, SLOVENIA
Thu 25th – Viper Room, Vienna, AUSTRIA
Fri 26th – Kino Ebensee, Ebensee, AUSTRIA
Sat 27th – Rock Im Wald Festival, Neuensee, GERMANY
Sun 28th – Milhoes de Festa, Barcelos, PORTUGAL


Fri 2nd – John Dee, Oslo, NORWAY
Sat 3rd – Tribute, Sandnes, NORWAY
Mon 5th – Beta, Copenhagen, DENMARK
Wed 7th – Debaser, Stockholm, SWEDEN
Thu 8th – L'Orient, Linkopping, SWEDEN
Fri 9th – Jalometalli Festival, Oulu, FINLAND
Sat 10th – Waterpop, Wateringen, HOLLAND
Sun 11th – Iperfest, Iper, BELGIUM
Mon 12th – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, GERMANY
Wed 14th – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, GERMANY
Thu 15th – PMK, Innsbruck, AUSTRIA
Fri 16th – Rock Altitude, Le Locle, SWITZERLAND
Sat 17th – Glazart, Paris, FRANCE
Sun 18th – Motocultor Festival, Theix, FRANCE

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Star Trek: Into Darkenss **Spoilers, Sweetie***

Star Trek: Into Darkness
May 2013

Into Darkness is a bit of a double entente. It could mean the descent into darkness of some of the key characters. It could mean a toe dip into the Eugenics Wars (Did anyone other than me read this series?). Or it could be a brazen in your face to old school Trekkies about the state of the “new” Star Trek.

Let me start by saying, I grew up on the classic series. For the first decade plus of my life, I grew up believing that Star Trek was real. I knew that there were galaxies far far away and that I could boldly go where no one has gone before; as long as I had loyal friends and a cocky attitude! My overriding thumbs up comes from loving Karl Urban. I’ll watch him recite the phone book. Simon Pegg is gobsmackingly funny. Of course, I have a massive crush on Zachary Quinto. Having some of my favourite actors on one screen elicits a massive SQUEEEEEE from my lips.

I like the direction the new Star Trek has taken. It’s bold. It’s flashy. It’s adrenaline fueled. Is it “classic” Star Trek? No. I don’t expect it to be. Star Trek is an extension of Gene Roddenberry. Star Trek was his vision of how life should be. It’s based on what Gene saw in HIS life, HIS experiences, HIS expectations and frustrations with humanity. No one, NO ONE born in the 70s or 80s can hope to duplicate his vision. We aren’t privy to having the type of social interactions he had. We can only view Star Trek and by extension write about Star Trek based on our environment and societal commentary. We are a product of our environment and sad to say, the American environment has been in decline.

Instead of fighting for a better tomorrow, most now just whinge and moan about the situation. In our predominant sense of entitlement, we want things to change, think someone should change it, as long as it isn’t us as we’re too darn busy. The impetus to change things and make a social difference is replaced by the need to consume things, to buy things, to loose ourselves in an illusion of success. The collective America rushes about from one big thing to the next big thing in a hyper zombified state of being. Shiny. Flashy lights. Squirrel.

That’s what Star Trek: Into Darkness is. It’s shiny. It’s flashy lights. It’s fast paced and kinetic. There is no depth or breadth to it. I don’t feel for the characters. Unlike the family that TOS was, these actors see each other a few weeks a year and with a four year gap in between. They haven’t had the time to form bonds and become close. The lack of real and personal connection shows on screen. They are all competent actors; but they aren’t friends or enemies or have baggage.

As an uber sci-fi geek, I acknowledged the Dr. Who nod: there are fixed points in time and space that cannot be changed. Nudged. Nuanced. Haphazard. But ultimately, there are some things cannot and did not “change”.  There is a scene that should evoke emotional stirrings but it was flat. I did shed a tear at the crucial moment, but in hindsight, the tear was shed because I had seen it before and I was channeling that image (which was essentially the same), those words (which were essentially the same), and how it impacted my life.
That being said; I understand how some die hard Trekkies will not like the film. It’s a rehash of what’s gone before and a paltry one at that. Go into it with a firm grasp of what it is. It’s fun. Things explode. Great score. Iconic scenes. Cheesy one liners. Just enjoy it. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Wringer 13 - Sworn To Oath

Sworn to Oath is a totally bitchin' band out of the Midlands in the UK. I was introduced to the band last Spring when I reviewed their EP Leave You For Dead for This Is Not A Scene.  They've made two EP's and both are just smoking. They are currently working on a full length album and gigging their way across England. Definitely check them out!
    Official Sworn To Oath on Facebook

Who are you, really, and what do you do?

          Tom Shaw - Bass/Vocals, Dave Leese - Guitar/ Vocals, Al Junior - Drums/Vocals and we do Sworn to Oath

What’s the best thing about being in your band?

          Creating music together that we're proud of and excites us.

How has being a touring musician changed you?

          It's not really changed any of us. We've been a "road band" since day one. We love being on stage together and being in a different place every night.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

          Inspiration can come from literally anywhere; from  just jamming together and bouncing ideas off one another from scratch or from life situations that we've each either experienced or read / heard about. There is no right or wrongs in our song writing process. The only rule we have is "let's just try it."

What is your favourite song and why?

          Each of us has such varying tastes in music. It would be impossible to single out just one song.

What does “music” mean to you?

          It's what we live for. Driving the band forward and playing music together is what comes first for all of us.

What do you think is your greatest achievement in the field of music?

          We haven't reached where we want to be yet. Although making it to the point we're at now is an achievement in itself. 

What is your greatest achievement outside of music?

          Tom once ate 23 slices of pizza at Pizza Hut. 

Describe your most unusual / rabid fan.

          There isn't anyone that sticks out as unusual or rabid, as of yet. We do have quite loyal fans that travel literally all over to see us and we appreciate each and every person that takes the time to come to any of our shows. We always try to speak to and meet as many people as we can and hang with them after the show if possible. It's important to keep a common ground with people that take  the time to come and see your band. We're a very social bunch of guys so we try not to have a divide between us and the audience. Our shows are just a big party and everyone is invited.

If you could invite any 3 people (living or dead) to a dinner party, who would they be and why?

          Dimebag Darrel, Phil Lynott, and Bon Scott purely because it wouldn't be a dinner party. It'd be the biggest drinking bender in history.

What three things are on your “bucket list”?

          Make a debut album that stands the test of time. Tour the USA. Play a main stage slot at Donington.

What are you most grateful for?

          Playing shows to people that support us

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


Friday, May 3, 2013

James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett perform National Anthem at Giants Game

Fuck yeah!!! That's what I'm talking about! This is why METALLICA are the best band in the land!!!This is why James "Papa Het" Hetfield and Kirk Hammett totally rule! Gives you goose bumps! Hetfield and Hammet play the National Anthem at the San Francisco Giants baseball game on May the 4th, 2013.

Friday Night Dance Party - Slayer Edition

Slayer has been one of my favourite bands as long as I can remember. I picked up Reign In Blood in 1986. Mind Blown. Slayer became my "happy" music. No matter how I felt, the raw aggressive energy put a goofy smile on my face. For most of my high school years, the first thing I heard upon waking was Slayer. My bestest Slayer memory was seeing them in 1991 in Arizona. I ended up with tickets in the seated section ***shudders*** The Clash of the Titans tour. The cool thing about the seats? Looking down onto the floor as a large circle pit erupted during Slayers set. It was like seeing a whirlpool form before your eyes! In the darkness shapes coalesced and in the blur all there was was flow, movement, energy: fascinating! I was transfixed... for about a minute and then I scrambled down to be a part of it. Many Slayer shows followed and many Slayer cassettes then CD's were purchased. Tonite's Friday Night Dance Party is a salute to you, Mr. Jeff Hanneman and the music you lovingly brought to life for me and millions of happy punters!

"Cult" - Henry Rollins Show

"Disciple" - Henry Rollins Show

"Seasons in the Abyss"

"War Ensemble" - Live 1991

 "Killing Fields" - Live 1995

"World Painted Blood"

"Serenity in Murder"

Thursday, May 2, 2013

JEFF HANNEMAN - R.I.P. (1964 - 2013)

It is with a heavy heart and a saddened mind that I pass along the devastating news that Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has died. The cause of death is listed as liver failure. If you recall, it was about a year ago Kali Diaries posted Hanneman took the stage at Big 4 in Indio. This was a surprise as he was recovering from a nasty spider bite from 2011 which put him in a medically induced coma. At this time it isn't known if his death is related to his troubles from said spider bite.

The band posted the following on their Facebook page:
Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.

Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 - 2013)
The Kali Diaries wishes to extend it's deepest sympathies and prayers to Jeff's family and friends.

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