Showing posts from November, 2011

The Browning - December Tour Dates

THE BROWNING are hitting the road again to support their debut album, BURN THIS WORLD.  Wednesday, November 30th they begin another US trek with North Carolina's WRETCHED.

True road dogs, THE BROWNING are heading straight back out on the road for the new tour just days after finishing the old tour!!!  Trenton, New Jersey is the starting point and THE BROWNING will teaming up with WRETCHED as well as SERPENTS and MASSAKREN.


"We've been racking up the miles lately touring the States and are currently headed out with some great bands!  We are stoked to be hitting the road with our new friends in Massakren, Serpents, and Wretched!  We always look forward to travelling to new places and meeting more and more fans out there and, of course, gaining new ones!  The band's live show is tighter than ever and we have had an absolute blast performing a lot of the new material from our Earache Records debut, Burn This Wor…

Cormorant - Dwellings

Mark your calendars for December 6, 2011 as Cormorant will drop their long awaited new disk entitled Dwellings. The San Francisco Bay area band has a gobsmackingly beautiful physical Digipack CD that includes a larger version of the artwork done by Alice Duke. There is also a 12 page booklet with liner notes and lyrics. It's well worth the money. I highly suggest you order the whole shebang from their Bandcamp site as 100% of the money goes to the band. In today's economy, THIS IS A GOOD THING!!!!  Support some mondo talented musicians and get some mind blowing music! Cormorant - Dwellings
Buy one for yourself. Buy one for a friend. Makes a great Christmas gift!
P.S. You can get their 2007 album The Last Tree as a free download!  So mosey on over and give them a listen and show them some love!

Fusion Metal Benefit

Fusion Metal BenefitSat, Jan 7 2012, 6:30p.m. - 9:30p.m.
Fusion Performing Arts Center, Voorhees, NJ, United States
Alright. We all know that booking metal at Fusion Performing Arts Center in Voorhees, NJ is something that is worth fighting for. Well, here's the chance for 4 bands to play there and make it so we can have metal shows on a regular basis.

This show is a benefit show for Fusion to help them raise money to build the wall they need to help them insulate sound from the mall. This is our limitation to booking heavy shows there. Our goal in this is to raise $2000 from the metal scene and show them our support!

To save a lot of people time, i need to reiterate that this is a BENEFIT show for Fusion. Bands will not be paid. This is to help a venue who wants to help all bands. Xombified Management will not be profiting of this show either so relax.

If you want your to play, your band must get 20 people to make a minimum donation of $5. Anyone that donates $30 or more will get 3 …

GODS AND QUEENS: Philadelphia Trio Involved In Serious Van Accident in Czech Republic

Philadelphia-based GODS AND QUEENS were involved in a serious accident while on their current self-booked European tour this weekend in the Czech Republic. Several of the members and their traveling friends received very serious injuries in the crazy scary accident, which destroyed their van, equipment and personal gear.

The band are now struggling to cover their bills and are reaching out for the public's help. Please go drop a meager $1.99 on their latest untitled full-length album via the band's Bandcamp page to help these hard-working dudes cover their hospital and travel expenses. We need to bring our guys back home to Philly!

The full initial statement released by GODS AND QUEENS frontman Jamie Getz is below:


I´m going to try and make this as short as I can. After all these years of touring in unsafe vans, and doing stupid things, I guess I was overdue for this... We had a serious van accident in route from our show in G…

Top 5 Bands You've GOT to download from Bandcamp

2011 has been a banner year for new music. These are the Top 5 Bands you've got to download from Bandcamp. In no particular order - because my head would explode. All the bands are just amazingly choice. The Bands I've chosen are an eclectic mix sure to please. Listen to the songs, then go over to their pages on BandCamp and show them some love!

Hailing form the UK, Thames Burial is a brutal metal massacre!
From The Depths by Thames Burial

An experimental death metal band from Brooklyn
An Excellent Servant But a Terrible Master by Pyrrhon

A heavy metal band set to take the world by storm - strait outta Latvia.

60 Minutes of a Dream by Relicseed

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Untitled 3 (EP 2) by Gods And Queens

An amazing album from an amazing band!
Rest by Rwake

William Shatner attending Phoenix Comicon in 2012

Can I get a hell yeah!! from everybody in the house?! Mark your calendars folks, May 26, 2012 is the day to be in Phoenix!

Phoenix is hosting the legendary actor, writer, "singer" William Shatner for this year’s Phoenix Comicon. Universally loved for his run as Captain James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise. Starred in two of the most kick ass Twilight Zone episodes ever: Nightmare at 20,000 feet and Nick of Time. And everybody's favourite TJ Hooker!

“It’s a great honor having William Shatner attend our event, he is an icon of the science fiction genre” commented Convention Director Matt Solberg.

“Shatner is very diverse in his contributions to pop culture and we hope our attendees will be as excited as we are that he is attending our convention,” stated Joe Boudrie, the Director of Programming.

Tis no lie! Shatner has appeared in such iconic TV shows such as: 77 Sunset Strip, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Fugitive, Dr. Kildare, Mission Impossible, Hawaii 5-0, Marcu…

Crucial Times - The Age of Denial

Crucial Times asks punters if they are losing their mind? I don't think the band is, but their music is the soundtrack to a society that is losing their mind. The music is chaotic and frenzied and is all over the place. It definitely makes you want to get up and just move. The Age of Denial was released earlier this year, 2011, on Clenched Fist Records. It's a hard driving album that will make any lover of punk metal, thrash metal, death metal happy. The band encompasses all those genre's on the album. It's done quite well. The lyrics are uber political, you'd think the band hailed from Brooklyn circa the 1980s. Crucial Times is emerging head and shoulders above the rest in the metal festival laced Belgium.

Other than the hard driving music that make this band interesting, was the way they got together - all on Facebook. Guitarist Jelle Druyts posted on Facebook he needed a band and lo and behold he got a few takers with Bart Van Den Vonder and Yves Van Gorp on vo…

Relicseed gearing up for 2012 tour dates!

Have a look see at a unique way to raise money for a tour. Leave it to the out of the box thinking Latvian metal band, RELICSEED to come up with a groovy way to get fans involved with the recording and touring process!!

Vallenfyre - A Fragile King

Things that make me go SQUEEEEEEE!!!!! Gregor Makintosh, guitar god and lover of the WaWa, from the kick ass band Paradise Lost has a new offering. This time, he's traded his axe for a microphone. Teaming up with Adrian Erlandsson (Paradise Lost), Hamish Glencross (My Dying Bride) and Mully and Scoot, Mackintosh gives a much humbled and grateful world... VALLENFYRE!!!! The debut album A Fragile King is released via Century Media records. The title, A Fragile King is a reference to Mackintosh's father battling and losing to cancer. He's said the lyrics are grim. Blimey, they are down right angry!

This is an album you HAVE TO buy! These are dudes you HAVE TO see live! If you can't make Bloodstock in 2012 - you gotta beg, torture, blackmail your local promoter to get them to play the United States.

All Will Suffer is a heavy sludgy doom laden bliss for the ears. It's the perfect doom metal song, almost operatic in it's execution. There is a flow to the music and …

RELICSEED at the Key Club in el Lay December 7th

Get your tickets for RELICSEED at the Key Club opening for Korpiklaani December 7th!! It's Relicseed's first show in the USA like ever! Come out and make it a groovilicious rockin time!!

Get your tickets here: TICKETS

RELICSEED'S Queen! Live from the UK

The tour of the UK was a rousing success. So much so, Relicseed made a video! Check this out- it's their new single QUEEN shot live in the UK! Wicked good, my friends. Wicked good!

Black Skies hits it out of the ballpark with new album On The Wings of Time

The third album from this kick ass band is ready for the masses. On the Wings of Time is a head banging punk rock ear fest with a loverly heavy grunge metal tinge. It's hard to put it in just one category. It's a loud cacophony of guitars with understated vocals. It's music to lose yourself in. Tim Herzog's drumming propels you into ethereal grayness while the twin vocal attack of Michelle Temple and Kevin Clark do a vocal tango. Michelle is part Siouxsie Sioux and part Exene Cervenka. Her vocals are a great compliment to Kevin's "strait man" Tom Waits style - if Tom Wait was into heavy rock. The music is forceful and moving, eery and moody, it's stripped down and unabashed. This is music for the soul. It's meant to be played loudly - on vinyl if you can.

Until you find the disk to turn, pick up Black Skies On the Wings of Time from It's the best $5 you'll ever spend.

The band is hitting the road this month…

EVILE announce headlining dates for 2012!!!

Huddersfield's own EVILE have confirmed a European headlining tour for 2012 to pimp out their new album, FIVE SERPENT'S TEETH !! SQUEEEEEEEE that's the best way to start off a new year. The tour starts on January 10th in Prague, Czech Republic.

Shredder in Residence OL DRAKE comments:

"The time has come for Evile to return to Europe! It's been a long time coming since we last toured over there, but now Five Serpent's Teeth is out worldwide, we thought it only right to return! Check the dates and get your tickets! I was a bit upset to hear kids in Evile shirts were getting turned away from shows in the UK because they hadn't bought tickets and the show had sold out, so get your tickets now! See you all out there!"

See EVILE on tour at the following shows:

Jan. 10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Modra Vopice *
Jan. 11 - Budapest, Hungary - Club 202 *
Jan. 12 - Katowice, Poland - Mega Club *
Jan. 13 - Warsaw, Poland - Pr…

Armada Drive full length album Armada Drive

Somedays, out of no where, you get some great music coming across your computer. Today was that day. An acquaintance named Graeme said he had a band and we should listen to it. No big thing. A lot of my friends are in bands. LOL Most of them are quite good. Thames Burial. Collapse. Relicseed. Doro. Quite good bands. I now have to add Armada Drive to the list. They are from Halifax, NS. Canadians, eh! But the sound is pure rock and roll!

The self titled Armada Drive opens with Generation Why. It has driving guitars is uplifting and moving. The vocals could be think in spots but then will get all William DuVall Alice in Chains. It's a crisp clean 90s grunge rock sound.

Graeme Brown and Rob Gillian's guitar playing is stellar throughout the album. It's definitely the highlight of listening to this disk.

On Bash,the Alice in Chains sound comes shining thru. There are also shades of Stone Temple Pilots. It's a fun, upbeat song that will get peeps on the dance floor. Bash

Corey Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus) R.I.P

Dave Brockie’s latest statement about the untimely death of friend and bandmate Cory Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus):

“After a restless night spent hurtling through the desolate Canadian wilderness, I crawled from my bunk on the tour bus to face reality, grudgingly aware that the the dark dream that gripped us would not fade with the day. We have lost a brother, a husband, a son, and one of the most talented musicians that ever slung an ax. Cory Smoot, longtime lead guitar player for the band GWAR, has passed at the age of 34.

As the singer of GWAR and one of his best friends, I feel it is my duty to try and answer some of the questions that surround his tragic and untimely death. I know the sense of loss and pain is far greater in scope than in the insulated environment of a band on tour, and I will do my best to provide what clarity and comfort I can.

The most glaring question is how? And unfortunately that is the hardest question to answer. The truth will not be known until the medical …
This is what happens when you give a metal head a camera, a passport, and a toothbrush. Victoria Anderson Photography presents: Gyrlz on Tour! A "how to" guide to following your favourite bands around the world on tour. Stunning original photos of Volbeat, Iron Maiden, and Doro, are interlaced with tips and tricks for travel (live on EasyJet, stay away from RyanAir), finding food, comfy sleeping arrangements (Abigails in Dublin is the best) and the best places to see a show (Bloodstock and Donington). The highlight of the magazine are the photographs. Victoria Anderson Photography catches: The Moment When All the World Stops(TM).

Victoria Anderson Photography:Gyrlz on TourThis is what happens when you give a metal head a camera, a passport, and a toothbrush. Victoria Anderson Photography presents: Gyrlz on Tour! A "how to" guide to following your favourite bands around the world on tour. Stunning original photos are interlaced with tips and tricks for travel, findi…

Paradise Lost 3 playing in LA

For one week only, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory will be playing in a Los Angeles theatre. The film opened today at Laemmle's Fallbrook 7 in West Hills. Paradise Lost 3 plays there until 10th November, so go quickly. The film's run time is 90 minutes and show times are 1pm and 2:50pm. According to the website ticket prices are $11.

Laemmle's Fallbrook 7
6731 Fallbrook Ave
West Hills, 91307
818 340 8710

Doctor Who - Cast and Crew Dance and Sing to the Proclaimers

This is sure to put a smile on your face, even if you aren't a Dr. Who fanatic!!! The cast and crew of the David Tennant era Doctor Who dancing and singing to the Proclaimers "(I'm gonna be) 500 miles". The video is worth seeing the dancing Ood. The Ood can bust a move! LOL But my favourite part is Elizabeth Sladen dancing along side of David Tennant. Billie Piper, Freema Agyemon, and Catherine Tate make an appearance. As does the shirtless (and bedded) sound crew of Jules, Jeff, and Bryn. If that doesn't get them girlfriends I don't know what will. Jules, feel free to call me! LOL

GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot found dead on tour bus

Sad news to all who like their rock with a theatrical kick to it. Corey Smoot, who performed since 2002 under the name "Flattus Maximus" was found dead on the GWAR tour bus today following a show in Minneapolis, MN. Manager Jack Flanagan and record label Metal Blade said Cory Smoot's body was discovered before the bus crossed into Canada. It is unclear as to cause of death. Lead singer Dave Brockie, also known as "Oderus Urungus," said in a statement that "at this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother" and asked for privacy.

Desalmado's Hereditas EP

Ok - so you want crazy blistering chop-em-up-and-kill-em music? Have I got the thing for you! Desalmado! They are a death metal grind thrash outfit from Brazil. Greyhaze Records released a 10" vinyl taste entitled Hereditas. Clocking in at a whopping 16 minuts, it's full of metal fury! It's a frenzied romp thru metal, grind, thrash, death, and everything that makes these genre's fun and exciting! The music makes me think that if the Inca's had heavy metal grind thrash music - this is what they would play before they went into battle! These tracks are sick and scary! The album is due to drop later this year. It was produced by Jean Dolabella of Sepultura. Desalmado are currently on tour in Europe. Do yourself a favour and check them out! Be prepared to have your spine snapped!

DESALMADO European Fall Tour:

11/10/2011 Side B – Benavente, Portugal

11/11/2011 Marginália Bar – Portimão, Portugal

11/12/2011 TBA – Braga, Portugal

11/13/2011 Metal Point – Porto, Portuga…

Gods and Queens - October 24, 2011

Gods and Queens is an awesome trio from Philadelphia, PA. They are the original D.I.Y band. They tour, book, finance, promote and manage pretty much everything by themselves. That's staying true to the punk spirit. But make no mistake. They are a professional bunch totally serious about making music and taking it to the people! Jamie Getz, Ben Roysdon, an Jeff Ziga are strait up the real deal!

Check out Gods and Queens

RIVAL SONS headlining in the EU

Californian blues-rockers RIVAL SONS have arrived in Europe for a headlining tour, which kicks off on Friday, November 4th in Nottingham, UK.

Following a string of successful European festival appearances in the summer and a UK tour supporting heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST, RIVAL SONS have returned to Europe for their first headlining tour, which will see the band visiting fourteen countries over the course of a month.

RIVAL SONS frontman JAY BUCHANAN comments:

"Supporting Priest through Europe over the summer was great but it was their audience, not ours. This time around, we're the cock of the walk. Europe's ready, shows are selling out - let's fucking do this."

Don't miss RIVAL SONS on tour at the following shows:
I suggest you buy your tickets quick like as a lot of dates are already sold out!

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

BLACK COBRA announce headline dates!!

BLACK COBRA have just confirmed a headlining tour immediately following their tour dates supporting Kyuss Lives! and The Sword. The headlining tour starts in December!

They are set to play loads of stuff from their brand new disk Invernal live for the first time on this live rampage, the duo and will definitely bring out some of their more explosive tracks from previous releases. BLACK COBRA are touring with the groove metal thrashings of Zoroaster and from Rhode Island, The Body along for the majority of the tour.

BLACK COBRA w/ Kyuss Lives!, The Sword:
11/17/2011 House of Blues - San Diego, CA
11/18/2011 Wiltern Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
11/19/2011 The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
11/21/2011 Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR w/ YOB
11/22/2011 Showbox SODO - Seattle, WA w/ YOB
11/23/2011 Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
11/26/2011 Flames Central - Calgary, AB
11/27/2011 Edmonton Event Centre - Edmonton, AB
11/29/2011 Garrick Centre - Winnipeg, MB
11/30/2011 First Avenue - Mi…

Collapse - Forsaken Live at Download Festival

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.
Collapse is the most awesomest band live. I don't say that because they buy the drinks (but that does help). Collapse played Download this year to a very appreciative head banging crowd. If you haven't checked them out - please do. They will blow your frakking heads off and make the evil DJ in your brain very happy indeed!!!

Subscribe to their You Tube channel for more video blogs, updates, and live footage! CollapseEngland on YouTube!

Relicseed at Bildes 28 October 2011

I don't usually post photos by anyone else - but these HAD to be shared! Mondo thanks to photographer Oskars Kupše, for taking these of RELICSEED at their October 28, 2011 show in Riga, Latvia.

You can catch RELICSEED on tour in the USA:
December 7, 2011 Key Club, Los Angeles, CA Tickets
December 8, 2011 Kimo's, San Francisco, CA
December 12, 2011 Slide Bar, Fullerton, CA