Showing posts from October, 2011

Zoroaster + Skeletonwitch + Kvelertak at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia

Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, PA
23 October 2011

On a nondescript neighbourhood street two blocks from an elevated train sits a bar. The bartender is very nice and helpful. Upstairs is a gem of a live venue. It's intimate - bordering on claustrophobic. The stage is almost three feet high and is hella small. There is no pit area for photographers. You take your chances in the crowd. So no 3 and out rule. Many other photogs used flash. So begrudgingly, as the lighting was not the best, I did too. The sound is assaulting and the sound board and area looked cobbled together.

All three bands played to a packed house. For Zoroaster's set, all I could hear was drums and guitar and a funky distorted bass. I saw a singer, but the mix not being the best, barely heard him. What I did hear was mind blowing psychedelia. Zoroaster are that good live. A three piece form Atlanta, GA, they tore the place up! They were Tommy Acid Queen trippy with a groov…


Pomona, California thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD have announced the addition of JESSIE SANCHEZ to the band as their new bassist.

SANCHEZ replaces former bassist JERRY GARCIA, who left the band earlier this year. The newly completed line-up are currently writing songs for a new album, which is tentatively due to be recorded in early 2012.

The band have issued the following statement:

"We are thrilled to announce that our good friend Jessie Sanchez has joined the Bonded By Blood family! It was a long and devious search to find the right dude for the job, but we are proud to have him in the band slapping the bass for us! Album #3 is sounding killer so far and we can't wait to hit the studio some time in January! Cheers to Metal!"

Left to right: MAURO GONZALEZ (vocals), CARLOS REGALADO (drums), JESSIE SANCHEZ (bass), JUAN JUAREZ (guitars)

Catch BONDED BY BLOOD on tour:

Nov. 12 - Santurce, Puerto Rico - La Repuesta
Nov. 19 - Las Vegas, NV - Thrashgiving at Cheyenne Saloon

More DIAMOND PLATE Tour Dates!!!!!!


Nov. 11 - Trenton, NJ - Championships
Nov. 12 - Towson, MD - The Recher Theater
Nov. 13 - Fayetteville, NC - The Rock Shop
Nov. 15 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
Nov. 16 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Nov. 17 - Nashville, TN - The Muse
Nov. 20 - Fort Worth, TX - Tomcats
Nov. 22 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
Nov. 23 - Topeka, KS - The Boobie Trap Bar
Nov. 24 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Nov. 25 - Des Moines, IA - House of Bricks
Nov. 26 - Chicago, IL - Reggies Rock Club
Nov. 27 - La Crosse, WI - The Warehouse
Nov. 28 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes
Nov. 30 - Whitesburg, KY - County Tourism Building
Dec. 01 - Wheeling, WV - Yesterdays Pub
Dec. 02 - Greensburg, PA - 42nd Street Rockclub
Dec. 03 - Buffalo, NY - Sonic Indian
Dec. 04 - Albany, NY - Bogies

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Rival Sons - video for "All Over The Road"

Ah hah!!! ajajajajajajajajaaaaa Another kick ass offering by Riveal Sons!

RIVAL SONS frontman JAY BUCHANAN recently commented:

"Just like in the last video, there was no green screen used for this one. We actually did drive a Cadillac through outer space with a bunch of hot, naked chicks in the backseat. I haven't seen a final edit yet because they're trying to lower it to at least an 'R' rating. We'll see if that actually happens."

The video is directed by Greg Ephraim. Enjoy!

Don't forget to catch Rival Sons on tour!

Nov. 04 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Nov. 05 - Glasgow, UK - King Tut's
Nov. 06 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
Nov. 07 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms
Nov. 10 - London, UK - Islington Academy
Nov. 11 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
Nov. 12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Nov. 14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
Nov. 15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumphuset
Nov. 16 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret
Nov. 17 - Stockholm, Sweden - S…

The Soulless- UK tour dates

THE SOULLESS (with Carcer City and Against the Flood)

Nov 02 - Leeds, UK – Josephs Well
Nov 03 - Hull, UK – The Lamp
Nov 04 - Peterborough, UK Club Revolution
Nov 05 – Margate, UK – Westcoast Bar
Nov 06 – Cardiff, UK - Bogiez
Nov 09 – London, UK – The Garage
Nov 10 – Manchester, UK – Satan’s Hollow
Nov 11 – Liverpool, UK – Krazyhouse

White Wizzard w/ Iced Earth Tour Dates


Oct 30 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche
Nov 01 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Melkweg
Nov 02 – Uden, The Netherlands - De Pul
Nov 03 – Antwerp, Belgium - Trix,
Nov 04 – London, UK - O2 Islington Academy
Nov 05 – Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
Nov 06 – Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
Nov 08 – Paris, France - Alhambra
Nov 09 – Lyon, France – Transbordeur,
Nov 10 – Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra 1
Nov 11 –, Madrid, Spain - Sala Heineken
Nov 12 – Bilbao, Spain - Rock Star Live
Nov 14 – Alcatraz, Milano, Italy.
Nov 15 – Rome, Italy - Alpheus
Nov 18 – Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
Nov 19 – Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
Nov 20 – Thessaloniki, Greece - Principal Club
Nov 21 – Sofia, Bulgaria - Yubileina Hall
Nov 22 – Bucharest, Romania - The Silver Church
Nov 23 – Belgrade, Serbia - SKC
Nov 24 – Budapest, Hungary - Club 202
Nov 25 – Bratislava, Slovakia - Majestic Music Club
Nov 26 – Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
Nov 27 – Vilnius, Lithuania - Forum Palace
Dec 01 – Helsinki, Finland - Nostur…

Diamond Plate at the Gramercy Theatre 18 October 2011

Oh yeah, I like Diamond Plate. From the moment I got Generation Why? I was floored. It's a frakking awesome cornucopia of ear bleeding head banging goodness. Generation Why? makes the evil DJ in my brain very very happy. Don't take my word for it. Konrad Kupiec explains why YOU should buy Generation Why?

Konrad: "If you want really energetic music and you're into heavy metal it's definitely the album for them. We really wanted to try and capture something that hasn't been felt in metal in a long time. The songs, the energy, that's the old school thing about the album it's got the same vibe as the old records but with a modern kind of approach to it. Coz we are young and we are from this day and age, so. There is nothing retro about it except the energy."

Vic: What was the writing process like for Generation Why?

Konrad: "Three of the songs were on a previous EP that we did when we were a lot younger, so we just kind of redid those songs and w…

Run For Your Lives - Zombie 5K Race

Zombie lovers unite yet beware. We've finally taken over! Run For Your Lives is a Zombie 5K race and obstacle course. This is the first of its kind event!! I'm totally geeking out about the premise. Runners will navigate a series of 12 obstacles throughout a 5K course in an attempt to reach the finish line — all while avoiding zombies!!!! Isn't that a hoot!?!? Runners and Zombies alike are treated afterwards to a party of apocalyptic proportions: entertainment, music, celebrities, food and beer!

The inaugural commercial aired during the season premier of Walking Dead. Take a look at it!

Now - aren't you super psyched?! You totally gotta register for this event:
October 22, 2011 Baltimore
March 3, 2012 Atlanta
May 5, 2012 Boston
June 23, 2012 Indianapolis
August 4, 2012 Seattle/Portland
September 1, 2012 Pittsburgh
October 20, 2012 San Diego/Los Angeles
December 15, 2012 Austin

Rival Son's song TORTURE in movie Real Steel

Californian blues-rockers RIVAL SONS have had one of their songs featured in the new Hollywood movie, Real Steel.

The band's track "Torture", taken from their self-titled digital EP, can be heard during the movie, which stars Hugh Jackman and is set in the near future where robot boxing is a top sport.

RIVAL SONS frontman JAY BUCHANAN comments:

"When I wrote this song, the last thing I had in mind was a boxing robot fighting a bull. I was actually envisioning Elvira wrestling a bear, but I guess this will do until Dreamworks buys my script."

Nov. 04 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Nov. 05 - Glasgow, UK - King Tut's
Nov. 06 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
Nov. 07 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms
Nov. 10 - London, UK - Islington Academy
Nov. 11 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
Nov. 12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Nov. 14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
Nov. 15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumphuset
Nov. 16 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret
Nov. 17 -…


Rites of Ceremonial Embalm'ment is a gutteral funeral dirge. It plods and sludges thru a tad over five minutes. It's a cacophony of noise. It's discordant. It's a black and white Halloween horror movie; full of shadow and layers of fright and chaos. Guitarist, bassist, vocalist Ghoat has this to say about O’ Hell, Shine in Thy Whited Sepulchres. 'Expect pure darkness. Take everything we have done before and turn it up. More death, more gloom, more decay. Guitars will crush, vocals will possess, and the atmosphere ofEncoffination will strangle you. We are adding more texture in the riffs, more things to take you by the throat and steal your breath.' The album comes out November 15 on the Polish label Selfmadegod Records. The album is a concept album, an abstract vision that encompasses the 'death of the human form to the sacrifice of flesh into the Earth.' The album's visual theme is based on "Finis Gloriae Mundi," a 17th century painting b…

Zachary Quinto Official Website - Blog - 10.16.11. nyc...

Zachary Quinto Official Website - Blog - 10.16.11. nyc...

Mondo props to an amazing actor! The excerpt below is from his blog on his official website. He get's the seal of approval by the man that is my heart and soul, Mr. George Takei!


when i found out that jamey rodemeyer killed himself - i felt deeply troubled. but when i found out that jamey rodemeyer had made an it gets better video only months before taking his own life - i felt indescribable despair. i also made an it gets better video last year - in the wake of the senseless and tragic gay teen suicides that were sweeping the nation at the time. but in light of jamey's death - it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it - is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality. our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay …

Doctor Michio Kaku - Rock Star Physicist

What prompted him to get into science. String Theory. Science Education. 10 Dimensional Hyperspace. Get Paid to do What you LOVE. Scientific Community. Politics of Science. Science as Job Creation. Biotechnology. Egads!!! Dr. Kaku is the most amazing person on the planet! I'm an uber geek and just SQUEEEEEEEEEE when I got the opportunity to speak with him. He's so inspirational. Keep checking back as I have a whole new interview with Dr. Kaku to transcribe and get online.

Our body is a symphony of strings!

And as icing on the cake??? Dr. Kaku and Rod Roddenberry!!!! How frakking cool!?

Ridley Scott introduces promo reel for Prophets of Science Fiction

Ridley Scott introduces his new series Prophets of Science Fiction at the New York Comicon. As he is on the set of Prometheus, he taped the intro and attendees of the Science Channel panel were treated to a rough cut of the promo for the first episode on Mary Shelley. Prophets of Science Fiction will debut on the Science Channel on November 9th. It's an 8 part series spotlighting Phillip K. Dick, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov, George Lucas, Gene Roddenberry and H.G. Wells.

IMMORTALS 11.11.11

I am mad. Mad as hell. Blerg!!!! I get PR emails all the time. Various peoples and companies wanting me to review something or spread the good word about something. As you know, I cover a LOT of comicons; it's the Uber Geek in me. Two days ago, I get the email... blah blah blah come by our booth blah blah blah artwork blah blah blah new movie and a link to download promo materials. Now, I'm hip deep in Comicon scheduling and writing so I file it away for later. The movie has Mickey Rourke in it. #winning. Henry Cavill and Stephen Dorff double#winning. So I'm moseying along the expansive floor of the Javitz center when I stumble upon the IMMORTALS booth. I think I stumbled upon my jaw as it smacked the floor and I tripped over it. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!!! A cornucopia for the eyes. What greeted me was the most amazing gobsmacking artwork by Dennis Calero and Rafael Kayanan to name a few. The artwork was hung on crisp white walls with overhead angled lighting. Very posh. Ra…

White Room: 02B3

You want a new and groovy movie experience? Look no further than Roddenberry Productions. Yep. THAT Roddenberry. Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek. duh! LOL White Room: 02B3 is pushing the final frontier, as it were, of filmmaking. The FIRST EVER movie filmed to be a full immersion 360 degree experience. Yowza! White Room: 02B3 was filmed via 9 cameras shot against a mirror. The 9 cameras capture a completely surrounded panoramic view of the action. It's like sitting in the middle of the action.

White Room: 02B3 was written by incomparable Tory Mell. Produced by Tory Mell and Kim Evey and directed by Greg Aronowitz. “Roddenberry has always been a pioneer in pushing the envelope, and broadening the scope of entertainment,” Greg Aronowitz says of the challenge. “They've given me an amazing opportunity to be one of the first directors to navigate the challenges of creating a 360 degree narrative film.”

“Because we follow in footsteps of a luminary like Gene Roddenberry, we recognize s…

Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello discusses his new comic ORCHID

Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine stopped by the Dark Horse panel to discuss his newest creation - ORCHID. Issue #1 can be picked up at for the unbelievable low price of $1.99!!! Unless you get the variant cover by Shepard Fucking Fairey, which will set you back a whopping $3.50ish. Orchid will be a 12 issue comic that has it's own score. That's right, Tom Morello actually has composed music to accompany the comic.

Frazetta talks about Robert Rodriguez FIRE and ICE movie

New York Comicon is a great place to get the scoop. This is an interview with Frank Frazetta's son. He dishes about the upcoming live action Fire and Ice movie by Robert Rodriguez and a possible Death Dealer movie.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was a "trekker". So says Nichelle Nichols in TREK NATION. See more Nov 30 on the Science Channel.
Andrea Romano "If I had my choice, Kevin would always be Batman."

Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky at NYFF2011

The New York Film Festival has many gems as festival goers are aware. October 13th brought HBO Film's Directors Dialogues with Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky of the Paradise Lost Trilogy. Monday, the film was screened at the NYFF with Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr., and Jason Baldwin in attendance. "Monday was magical... words can't describe" was Joe Berlinger's description of the night. The sentiment was echoed by his partner Bruce Sinofsky, "I was flying." Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory is the culmination of fifteen years and three films documenting the now infamous West Memphis 3 case. However, the story of Joe and Bruce begins some 10 years prior. The duo met in 1986. Apparently, Joe had a very comfy couch in his office, so Bruce was there. On the couch. Bruce did leave the confines of the comfy couch to edit Outrageous Taxi Stories (1989), a 25 minute short directed by Joe. And so the journey begins...

How does one go about defining the journ…

RELICSEED opening for Korpiklaani December 7th in LA

What happens when you are the first of your kind to do something? Fireworks? Parade? Party Hats and streamers? December 7th, 2011 marks the first ever show Latvian metal band RELICSEED will play in the USA. They've decided to start the Domestic Devil tour in a big way... playing at the Key Club in Los Angeles opening for Korpiklaani! Talk about a big splash! Relicseed played a handful of dates in the Midlands of the UK in September and are ready to kill it in America. After gigging around Latvia, the band has this to say: Karlis, 'The metal scene in Riga actually is getting better and better – people are paying much more attention to the technical side of things, which results in higher quality gear, better performances and an overall sense of what they’re trying to achieve.' Andrej has this to say, 'There are a lot of metal bands in Riga, but most of them are underground bands, just rehearsing and playing small gigs in some clubs just for fun. Although there are few…

Kvelertak US Tour 2011

KVELERTAK - U.S. Tour 2011

10/19/2011 The Early - Atlanta, GA w/Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster
10/20/2011 Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC w/Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster
10/21/2011 Europa - Brooklyn, NY w/Skeletonwitch
10/22/2011 Rocks Off Cruise - New York, NY w/Skeletonwitch
10/23/2011 Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA w/Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster
10/24/2011 The Summit - Columbus, OH w/Zoroaster
10/25/2011 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH w/Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster
10/26/2011 The Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL w/Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster, Gaza
10/27/2011 The Pyramid Schene - Grand Rapids, MI w/Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster
10/28/2011 Belvedere's - Pittsburgh, PA w/Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster

EXHUMED start second leg tour later this month!

Goregrinding metal gods EXHUMED are readying to kick off the second leg of their Back From The Dead And Ready To Party North American Tour later this month. Set to commence on October 27 in Amarillo, Texas, the band will be touring in support of their All Guts, No Glory full-length released in July via Relapse Records.

Commented vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey of the oncoming trek: "We're fully chuffed to hit the road with Goatwhore and Havok on the second leg of our Back From The Dead And Ready To Party North American tour. It's been way too long since we've played out on the East Coast. I can promise you a full-on autopsy holocaust doss of epic proportions! We'll be playing a ton of stuff from the new record, as well as all the moldy oldies the slaughtercult has come to expect, so come on out, grab a beer, and get ready to rage! See you there!"

EXHUMED All Guts, No Glory North American Tour 2011
w/ Goatwhore, Havok

10/27/2011 Sorority House - Amarillo, TX …

White Wizzard on tour with Iced Earth


Oct. 30 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche
Nov. 01 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
Nov. 02 - Uden, Netherlands - De Pul
Nov. 03 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Nov. 04 - London, UK - Islington Academy
Nov. 05 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
Nov. 06 - Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
Nov. 08 - Paris, France - Alhambra
Nov. 09 - Lyon, France - Transbordeur
Nov. 10 - Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra 1
Nov. 11 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Heineken
Nov. 12 - Bilbao, Spain - Rock Star Live
Nov. 14 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
Nov. 15 - Rome, Italy - Alpheus
Nov. 18 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
Nov. 19 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
Nov. 20 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Principal Club
Nov. 21 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Yubileina Hall
Nov. 22 - Bucharest, Romania - The Silver Church
Nov. 23 - Belgrade, Serbia - SKC
Nov. 24 - Budapest, Hungary - Club 202
Nov. 25 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Majestic Music Club
Nov. 26 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
Nov. 27 - Vilnius, Lithuania - Forum Palace
Dec. 01 - Helsin…

Relicseed on Bandcamp

Queen by Relicseed

I came across this awesome Latvian band RELICSEED quite by accident. A happy accident to be sure. The music is hard and heavy and fun and sometimes even makes the hair on my arms stand on end. Check out their cover of Kiss From a Rose on debut EP 60 Minutes of a Dream. Amazing! Both the debut EP and new single can be found on Says vocalist Edgars Ravkovskis on covering the Seal song, "This was my idea because I simply respect and evaluate this man as one of the most touching and talented singers. Yes, It was also an ambition and challenge for me: “You can sing it right this, aigh?!”
But the main reason for doing any coversong – it is possible to learn a lot as a musician."

Their next upcoming gig in the USA is in San Francisco at Kimo's in December. I can't wait to see them.

The Good, The Bad, The Undead

The Good, The Bad & The Undead! A western tale with a twist!

A drifter who stumbles upon the silver mining town of Romero and find himself thrown into a situation even the most hardened warrior of the west has never faced. He must team up with the remaining survivors of the town to fend off the hordes of the undead and work together to escape the growing zombie menace.

How will I help to make this happen?

We want to get you guys involved as much as we can! Everything we've done to date is for our fans and we couldn't do it without the incredible support you've shown so far.

Your pledge will go towards making this project as epic as possible and its got to start somewhere. The scale we're planning is huge, one that is rarely seen on YouTube so we need to make a pilot episode, a proof of concept to show the world what we can do with your support.

Make your pledge here!

Money raised for the pilot will go towards creating the best cinematic experience possible, putting t…

Victoria Anderson Photography's photostream

Victoria Anderson Photography's photostream on Flickr. Shots from Occupy Philly: The Revolution will NOT be televised.