Showing posts from February, 2012

Musing on Music

Countless Thousands is a band from Garden Grove, CA. This is an understatement. It doesn't encompass who or what these guys really are. If you look at their facebook page, they are listed as Danger - the Unstoppable Gab, Davey - Ridiculous Bass Skills / The Power to Embarrass All Musicians, and Jon - Enthusiasm/Erratic Screeching. No lie. You have to hear them to believe them. I heard them and I still don't believe it! 
The album We're Just Really Excited To Be Here opens with a song called Overture. It's a great opening track. It gets people in the mood for what's to come. Overture is driving, it creates excitement. 
As you scroll thru the titles of the songs, The Asskickers' Union, The Scientist Applies for a Grant but is Denied, Thanks for the Cockfosters you wonder what you've gotten yourself in for. The band is definitely more than you bargained for. We're Just Really Excited To Be Here is full of catchy lyrics, infectious grooves, happiness, laughte…

Cerebral Bore + Summer Slaughter = Make It So

Time for the metal and thrash community to show some love! Help the brutha's out!!! Cerebral Bore are just gobsmackingly awesome live. Summer Slaughter is a mosh fest! Put the two together and it's like... like... well... Bacon + HP Sauce!!!!!!! The perfect blend!!!  "Ok now we need some help from everyone of our fans, specially the ones in the USA!!! We wanna play this years Summer Slaughter, and we will manage it if you goto the Summer slaughter page and either tag our band name or just post the words CEREBRAL BORE or something to that effect. Do this alot and PLEASE spread this word amongst your friends, Us + Cannibal corpse on the biggest DM tour around would be a pretty fucking good platform for Cerebral bore, and you can seriously make this happen if you actually help us out! So please guys, do us a huge favour, we dont ask for much :)"

Vallenfyre Add Tour Date for April 2012

SQUEEEEEEEEE No other way to describe the joy at having Vallenfyre add more dates to their 2012 calendar! Mark your calendars for April 7 at Boltfest - HMV Forum in London.

Tickets go on sale 20:00 GMT on March 7th and you can get them here: Boltfest @ HMV Forum London, UK


It's a case of bad news good news. Cerebral Bore got tagged by those pesky USA immigration snare. Their Visa's were denied so they won't be on the US tour with Goatwhore. Bummer! 

CEREBRAL BORE are planning to return North America as soon as possible, but have since been added as the final band for this year's Neurotic Deathfest in the Netherlands - that's the good news! They will be joining  CANNIBAL CORPSE, BEHEMOTH, NAPALM DEATH, SUFFOCATION, DECAPITATED and scads more.  The band are scheduled to perform on the main stage this Friday, 2nd March at 7:00pm.

CEREBRAL BORE guitarist PAUL MCGUIRE comments:

"After the countless hours of work we did in order to prepare for the tour, it was a pretty heavy blow to not end up making it...  But I'm sure we won't be the last band not to make it on to a tour because of a visa hold up.  We have to accept that these things happen sometimes and you can't do anything besides wait.

"We had a lot of things to loo…

Relicseed @ The Rusty Nail April 27th, Ardmore, PA

Latvian Heavy Metal band RELICSEED  is set to tour the USA. This time hitting the East Coast. April 27th they will tear it up in Ardmore, PA at The Rusty Nail. Get your tickets: here!!!  Bring a friend or two! They are really something to see live. Karlis Steinmanis is definitely on track to be the next best heavy metal guitar player out there - when he's not busy running his own recording studio KS Records. Steinmanis has some amazing chops and is definitely someone to catch live!

We Are The Gods Now!!!!!

Peter Weyland - Changing the World in the year of our Lord, 2023. A man of unlimited ambition who will settle for nothing short of greatness.  Says Ridley Scott:"When the first Alien movie and Blade Runner were made, I thought that in the near future the world will be owned by large companies. This is why we have the Tyrell Corporation in Blade Runner, and Weyland-Yutani in Alien. They sent the Nostromo spaceship.The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland, who is played by Guy Pearce. That's the connection between the two films, and nothing more. Prometheus is a new film, a new world, and is full of new ideas. And of course new monsters as well."
Are you excited for Prometheus yet? I know I am!

Warbringer @ The Trocadero (Philadelphia, PA), 01 February 2012

"From the left to the right, from the back to the front, BANG YOUR HEAD!" so says John Kevill lead singer for Warbringer on the second show of the tour with Symphony X and Iced Earth. Total War brought the house down. THe crowd was totaly into the band. Warbringer are tight. They enjoy being on stage. The crowd enjoys having them there. A mosh pit is ever present. The songs were made to be played live. A thirty minute set is way too short. It's just enough to whet the appetite.!/warbringerband

Editorial Rant

Editorial Rant:
Despite almost a quarter century in the rock biz, I'm still slightly gobsmacked at the sheer number of great bands that are constantly on the road that nobody has heard of. I'm beginning to think the happy rose tinted world that exists in my mind bears absolutely no relation to reality. In my mind bands like Hate Squad, Goatwhore, Warbringer, Orange Goblin are just the bee's knees. I really don't get how people have not heard of them and instantly love them. But the more musicians I speak with the more I realize that there is a huge disparity between financial recompense and sheer talent. Many working musicians are augmenting their heavy touring schedule with, gasp, day jobs. It's heartbreaking to hear that some of my favourite bands - bands that exhibit the utmost talent and drive spend their down time punching a clock working 9 to 5. 
Times can't be that hard when the likes of Metallica and Iron Maiden are making money hand over fist. You, my…

EVILE in Spain 2012

Happiness is EVILE live. Spain, here is your chance to see the UK's best thrash metal act!!!

PUCIFER - March Tour Dates + Telling Ghosts video

VIP ticket packages available  at The new album, Conditions of My Parole, available now at,
March 1                              Pittsburgh, PA                     Byham Theatre Direct ticketing link: 3                              Cincinnati, OH                    Taft Theatre Direct ticketing link: 4                              Indianapolis, IN                  Murat Theatre Direct ticketing link:

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet - March 3 screening moved to new location

Due to overwhelming demand, the world premiere screening of 'Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet' has been moved from the Repertory Theatre to the California Theatre.  The time of the show has also changed from 6:30pm to 7pm.  Here are the details below -

Saturday, March 3rd at 7pm
California Theatre
345 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Jason will be there along with his family and friends. There is a second screening on Monday, March 5th and Friday, March 9th at the Camera 12 theatre in San Jose. To get your tickets, visit - JASON BECKER FILM TICKETS.  Don't miss out on this opportunity to celebrate the premiere of Jason's film with him and his family.

FEAR FACTORY Announce American Tour Dates

FEAR FACTORY Announce American Tour Dates FEAR FACTORY confirms their first tour dates for 2012. Set to begin in San Antonio on May 1, the tour’s initial dates include stops in Dallas, Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, and Denver and many more. JoiningFEAR FACTORY for the tour is Boston’s Shadows Fall, Kansas City-based The Browning, Riverside, California’s The Devastated, and Legacy Of Disorder from New Zealand. The tour will precede the release of FEAR FACTORY’s new album titled The Industrialist. You know for me, the total selling point of this tour is The Browning and The Devastated. I saw them tour together last year and they are totally worth the price of the ticket! The Devastated are currently on tour (road dogs to the last).  FEAR FACTORY recently announced the addition of bass player Matt DeVries. The Ohio native previously noted, “I have been asked to join one of my favorite bands. I have been a fan of FEAR FACTORY since 1992 and I could not be more excited to be part of…

Musing On Music

Tracy Towns - Driven

The opening guitars remind me of Dick Dale, very 50s classic beach guitar. The vocals kick in and they ride very high over the mix. The distortion gives it a White Zombie / Alice Cooper feel. The thing I found "odd" about the vocals was the diction. It was very... "proper".  They could use  more edge or growl. The drumming and rhythm guitars are solid through out. 
I found it interesting that Tracy Towns is a "one man band" so to speak. He plays and records everything himself. If that's the case, Tracy Towns is a heck of a guitar and bass player not to mention recording engineer. 
His latest offering is Obliterate. It's very guitar heavy. Classic 90s metal guitar heavy. The guitars and drums are the best thing about Obliterate. The more I listen to the album, the more I can see songs from this album appearing on B horror movies when they need "metal" music for the stereotypical metal/goth/vampire dude. There have been a…


RIVAL SONS guitarist SCOTT HOLIDAY comments:

"We're looking forward to getting back to our 'home away from home', Europe, and specifically the UK.  Since we were last out there we did a tour of the States and a quick run through Canada, where we pleasantly received an overwhelming response, which is fantastic.  This time we'll be joining up with the band Black Stone Cherry for the UK dates - we hear they do really well in the UK, and are a buncha good dudes.

"The rest of Europe will see us on our own, headlining again - great response last time, and it looks like this tour is already selling really well.  We'll have our follow-up record wrapped up before we leave for the tour (which we're working on feverishly right now), so I suspect we'll be feeling good and fired up to get cracking back on stage every night.  Might even sneak a new number in here and there.
"Dearest UK and European friends - we see you are starved of the rock 'n' roll…

Cry HAVOK - And let loose the Metal of War!!!

HAVOK To Release EP Late May; Additional Live Performances Announced
Denver thrashers HAVOK continue their metal assault confirming May 22 as the North American release date of their new EP titled The Point Of No Return. Recorded by the band with final touches coming via James Murphy (Death, Testament), the EP will contain two brand new songs plus a fewHAVOK reworked cover tunes. The Point Of No Return precedes the band’s first European adventure beginning early May.
“We've been writing some new music in between tours and we're excited to unveil it,” comments vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez. “These are the first new songs since Time Is Up came out last year. We recorded a cover of Sepultura's classic ‘Arise’ for your listening enjoyment and the EP features our Slayer medley that was only available on the digital version of Time Is Up. The EP is a good precursor to where the next album will be taking us. I can't wait to play this new stuff live... See you all on the road!”