May 2011

In the late 90s Massachusetts’s Unearth would see the light. "Darkness In The Light", is their fifth full-length, the quintet have delivered their most honest, powerful, and compelling statement to date, driving a fist into the collective gut of every image-obsessed wannabe metal band currently cluttering up the landscape, and setting a new standard when it comes to marrying precision brute force and exhilarating melody.

Whilst this took three years to make, the band's previous release saw them working at their very hardest creating a legion of followers that they can rely on no matter what. Looking back at their much earlier works 2006's III: In the Eyes Of Fire" and 2004's "The Oncoming Storm" frontman Trevor Phipps believed that they had to return to where they once began and that is what bring us back to this so-called 'Darkness In The Light" release.

With its eleven tracks this release sees forth the long time fans with the new comers "Watch It Burn" ignites an explosive retch of guitar work with powerful vocals that surge right into the music. Whereas "Arise The War Cry", reaches greater strengths in lyrical context and instrumental purposes. Now "Shadows In The Light", "Eyes Of Black", and "Disillusion", recaptures the band at their earlier peak of their musical career returning to how things were on 2004's "The Oncoming Storm".

Unearth's lyrical context with empowering music structure really compels the band's ability when wanting to make the music they want. The band will be gearing things up to bring the darkness back into the light.

Japanese rockers DIR EN GREY will release their eighth studio album, "Dum Spiro Spero", on August 9. According to a press release, the band's deep, extensive and unique perspective is once again set to break boundaries, with their uncategorizable mix of music which will undoubtedly secure tremendous support from the hardcore fans, as well as gaining recognition from heavy rock fans, guitar enthusiasts and Western-music-obsessed music fans."

DIR EN GREY guitarist Kaoru describes "Dum Spiro Spero" as "more savage, and from a deeper world which is completely different from any of our past works."

"Dum Spiro Spero" features 14 tracks, including "Hageshisa To, Kono Mune No Naka De Karamitsuita Shakunetsu No Yami" (featured on "Saw 3D" soundtrack), "Lotus" and "Different Sense".

An audio clip of the album's first single, "Different Sense", can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The single was mixed by Tue Madsen (AUGUST BURNS RED, THE HAUNTED, SUICIDE SILENCE) at Antfarm Studio in Århus, Denmark and was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (SEPULTURA, SUFFOCATION, UNEARTH) in New Windsor, New York. It will be released on June 22.

Falling In Reverse's self-titled debut is set for release July 26th via Epitaph Records and their debut single "Raised By Wolves" comes out June 7th. The song and now lyrics are available for streaming.

Raised By Wolves Lyrics:

I was lost, now I’m found

I was sustained by the sound,
By the angels singing me to sleep,
Now my feet are leaving the ground.
Am I dead or am I dreaming instead,
A cornucopia of opiates are flooding my head.

I’m insane, that’s a start,
All it takes is a spark to ignite my bad intentions,
And to what I do best to your heart,
Don’t be fooled, I was raised by the wolves.
Now the moon takes its full, so you know I wont play by the rules.

I will never sleep!
Spill my blood for you.
You let me down,
One to many times!

Some way, somehow, we’re falling out,
Caught in-between my enemies!
No way, not now, I wont back down.
I draw the line with you and me!
You’re what I started, now disregarded,
One day they’ll see, it was always me.

Due to mistakes that I have made to this day,
I am trapped inside a dillinger,
Villains only of thinking of ways to get out of this god awful place.
I just learned that my fate is something I cannot escape so,
Sound the alarms, we were dead from the start.
It’s a never ending system,
Break me down, tear me apart.
Don’t be fooled, I was raised by the Wolves.
Now the moon takes its full, So you know I wont play by the rules.

I will never sleep!
Spill my blood for you.
You let me down,
One to many times!

Some way, somehow we’re falling out,
Caught in-between my enemies!
No way, not now, I wont back down.
I draw the line with you and me!
You’re what I started, Now disregarded,
One day they’ll see, it was always me.

This is the end of you,
This is where I draw the line.
And I will live.
This war is mine.

Spill my blood for you,
One to many times.

Some way, somehow we’re falling out,
Caught in-between my enemies!
No way, not now, I wont back down.
I draw the line with you and me!
You’re what I started, Now disregarded,
One day they’ll see, it was always me.

They’ll see, it was always me.

Falling In Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke has completed work on his brand new project's full-length debut which is undoubtedly a self-titled release expected to hit the streets July 26th via Epitaph Records. The first single "Raised By Wolves" is out June 7th via Amazon, iTunes, the typical music resources, BUT right now you can stream the single until your heart explodes with compassion.

For The Fallen Dreams comes out with their video for "Big Empty" off their new album "Back Burner". A Day To Remember's Tom Denney handled production on their new album. After wrapping up a tour with Norma Jean, After The Burial and Stray From The Path, they will be touring Europe with Bury Your Dead, and Betrayal, so be sure to keep a look-out and check out their brand new video below.

Iwrestledabearonce have revealed the track listing and cover artwork for their new CD Ruining It For Everybody, due out July 26 via Century Media Records (see below).  Last week, the band gave fans a sneak peek at the new music when they debuted the song “Karate Nipples“ at:

Every person who pre-orders the new CD at MerchNow ( will be entered to win one of five prize packs featuring 2 tickets to see Iwrestledabearonce at a show of their choice on the upcoming All Stars Tour, a meet and greet with the band, and 2 merch items of their choice at the show. One grand prize winner will be chosen out of these five to win the above PLUS every Ruining It For Everybody presale merch item. Various pre-order CD packages will be available for purchase. The first 100 IWABO posters purchased as part of a pre-order package will be autographed. In addition, the first 500 pre-orders will receive a custom IWABO birthday card.

The fearless five-some--Krysta Cameron (vocals), Steven Bradley (guitar, keyboard, programming, samples), John Ganey (guitar, keyboard, programming, samples), Mike "Rickshaw" Martin (bass) and Mikey Montgomery (drums)--still bludgeons with the best of them. In fact, their psychotic polyrhythmic groove fuels Ruining It For Everybody. Simultaneously, Iwrestledabearonce completely embrace their inner Radiohead, elegantly exorcising eerie emotion via singer Krysta Cameron.

Breakneck guitar battery subsides during a haunting chorus on the album's first single, "Karate Nipples." Elsewhere on "Next Visible Delicious," glitchy electronics derail into a vaudevillian death metal delirium. Closing track "Button It Up" ventures into raw, real darkness.Iwrestledabearonce have ruined heavy music, because no one can compete with them now.

Bradley encapsulates the band's sound this time around. "It's heavier, catchier, and better organized than anything we've done so far.  We took a really spastic blend of genres and made it more cohesive."

"The album is another story and chapter in my life," reveals Cameron. "A lot has happened since the release of our debut, and it means a lot to me that I get to express my thoughts, beliefs, and feelings through this album."

Iwrestledabearonce don't shroud anything in mystery, and they're doing exactly what they want. For Bradley, the album title serves as the ultimate middle finger to expectations, conventions, and the norm. "We do whatever the fuck we want, and that normally ends up pissing people off," he declares. "We like to take elements from every style and genre and ruin them for everybody."

For Cameron, that deconstruction includes delving deeper than your average metal singer. On "Next Visible Delicious", she serves up a warning about the dangers of not thinking for oneself. "People believe anything fed to them if they are told by someone with power that it's truth. Your head will spin trying to rationalize religion, politics, and environment. The song references mother nature becoming fed up with our ways and swallowing us whole. It's a warning of our long-awaited Armageddon. No, not the movie…"

Look for Iwrestledabearonce to take their one-of-a-kind, fearless live show on the road again starting July 21. First up, they’ll join The All Stars Tour, featuring Emmure, For Today, Born Of Osiris, After The Burial, Chelsea Grin, Attila, Alesana, Bless The Fall, In This Moment, The Ghost Inside, Motionless In White, Sleeping With Sirens and For All Those Sleeping. These dates run through August 21 in Las Vegas, with another week of shows expected to be added.


1. Next Visible Delicious
2. You Know That Ain’t Them Dogs' Real Voices      
3. Deodorant Can’t Fix Ugly
4. This Head Music Makes My Eyes Rain
5. It Is “Bro” Isn’t It?
6. Gold Jacket, Green Jacket
7. Break It Down Camacho
8. Stay to the Right
9.  I’m Gonna Shoot
10. Karate Nipples
11. Button It Up

Built on hunger and a thirst for something more, Generation Graveyard is London's calling card to punk rock music. Their sound is dark and raw with emotion keeping that modern day hardcore hype full and focused right from the start, "Poison City", consisted of distorted bass lines and thunderous guitar riffs keeps to the beat. "All Hail the Plague", keeps the beat flowing adding a gang vocal segment with a solo guitar structure that really builds the music ever so greater. "Murder Rock n' Roll", concludes Generation Graveyard's musical ability summing it up in a solid piece that really suits the bands skill of trait.

RockStar Energy Drink Presents: Scream It Like You Mean It 2011 in Association with and!

This Year’s Killer Lineup Features: Breathe Carolina, Chiodos, I See Stars, The Color Morale, Tek-One, and The Air I Breathe

Trek Kicks Off July 15 In Seattle , Washington

After a hugely successful launch in 2010, The 2011 Scream It Like You Mean It Tour returns to the US on July 15 with a lineup that is sure to please concertgoers all summer long. Breathe Carolina (Fearless Records) will headline the tour with support from Chiodos (Equal Vision), I See Stars (Sumerian Records), The Color Morale (Rise Records), Tek-One and The Air I Breathe (Velocity/Rise Records). The trek kicks off July 15th in Seattle and winds down in Denver , CO on August 26.

Tickets are available for pre-sale now at:


7.15 - Seattle , WA @ El Corazon
7.17 - Portland , OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
7.18 - San Francisco , CA @ Regency Ballroom
7.19 - Sacramento , CA @ Ace Of Spades
7.20 - Los Angeles , CA @ House of Blues
7.21 - Las Vegas , NV @ Rock The Block Series/Fremont East
7.22 - Anaheim , CA @ House of Blues
7.23 - San Diego , CA @ SOMA
7.24 - Tempe , AZ @ Marquee Theatre
7.26 - San Antonio , TX @ White Rabbit
7.27 - Pharr , TX @ Pharr Entertainment Center
7.28 - Houston , TX @ Warehouse Live
7.29 - Dallas , TX @ The Door
7.30 - Memphis , TN @ New Daisy Theatre
7.31 - Nashville , TN @ Rocketown
8.2 - Pompano Beach , FL @ Rocketown
8.3 - St. Petersburg , FL @ State Theatre
8.4 - Orlando , FL @ The Social
8.5 - Atlanta , GA @ The Masquerade
8.6 - Greensboro , NC @ Greene Street Club
8.7 - Norfolk , VA @ The NorVa
8.9 - West Springfield , VA @ Jaxx
8.10 - Philadelphia , PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
8.11 - Allentown , PA @ Crocodile Rock
8.12 - New York , NY @ Irving Plaza
8.13 - Boston , MA @ Paradise Rock Club
8.14 - Clifton Park , NY @ Northern Lights
8.16 - Montreal , QC @ Club Soda
8.17 - Toronto , ONT @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
8.18 - Buffalo , NY @ Xtreme Wheels
8.19 - Pittsburgh , PA @ Rex Theatre
8.20 - Detroit , MI @ The Majestic Theatre
8.21 - Cleveland , OH @ Peabody 's
8.22 - Covington , KY @ Radio Down
8.23 - Indianapolis , IN @ Emerson Theatre
8.24 - Chicago , IL @ The Bottom Lounge
8.26 - Denver , CO @ The Summit Music Hall

Starting today, the popular metal portal MetalSucks is hosting the worldwide exclusive premiere of the upcoming JOB FOR A COWBOY (JFAC) EP Gloom. The Gloom EP will be available digitally and physically via mail-order only on June 7th. Fans wanting a physical copy of the Gloom EP should act quickly, though, as it is a limited edition run of only 2,500 copies. The EP features four new tracks of fine-tuned, visceral death metal featuring the re-invigorated lineup of Jonny Davy, Jon "Charn" Rice, Al Glassman and new guitarist Tony Sannicandro. The Gloom EP cover features new artwork from Ruination artist Brent Elliott White.

Listen to Gloom now HERE.

Commented vocalist Jonny Davy: "It honestly feels like it's been quite awhile since we've released any new material to the public. With that said, we're all pretty amped up to release this new EP and to play these new songs live. I'm aware that it's stereotypical to claim that it's a step forward for the band, but fuck it, it is. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do."

Pick up the Gloom EP at & or digitally through iTunes and most on-line digital outlets.

JUDAS PRIEST will embark on a North American tour in the fall with support from THIN LIZZY and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. The trek — which was just announced during a press conference at the Renaissance Hotel at Highland and Hollywood in Los Angeles, California — will kick off on October 12 in San Antonio, Texas and conclude on November 18 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.


Oct. 12 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
Oct. 14 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Ampitheater
Oct. 15 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Oct. 16 - Allen, TX - Allen Event Center
Oct. 18 - Tucson, AZ - Ava Ampitheater
Oct. 19 - San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Ampitheater
Oct. 21 - Phoenix, AZ - AZ State Fair
Oct. 22 - San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Ampitheater
Oct. 23 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock
Oct. 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Ampitheater
Oct. 26 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
Oct. 29 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater
Oct. 30 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
Nov. 01 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Center
Nov. 02 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
Nov. 04 - Salt Lake City, UT - Maverik Center
Nov. 05 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center
Nov. 12 - Chicago, IL - The Venue At Horeshoe Casino
Nov. 13 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
Nov. 18 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center

It's been almost two months since their last release, and only three more until the next. XodiacK have announced a new single!

The visual kei band XodiacK will release their new maxi single in August this year! It's name is "Skyscraper Hypoxia", and for those of you who are in Japan and will be able to attend, it will be pre-sold at their concert "Advent of New -BIRTH- Vol.2". The live takes place at Ikebukuro BLACK HOLE on July 22nd.

XodiacK recently had to cancel an overseas show, more exactly in Germany, but let's hope they get new opportunities to go visit their fans outside of Japan. Until then, look forward to this new single!

Today popular metal portal MetalSucks hosts the worldwide premiere of UNEARTH's "Ruination Of The Lost," the explosive second track off the band's upcoming Darkness In The Light full-length.

Commented vocalist Trevor Phipps: "'Ruination Of The Lost' is a pummeling frontend album song that showcases our mix of both American and European metallic influences with an Apocalyptic lyrical theme. Buz [McGrath] and Ken [Susi] both rip some serious guitar solos in the tune and their guitar harmonies are hauntingly catchy. This one is a high energy shredder while lyrically it speaks about the end of the human race in the not so distant future if we continue to destroy our planet with the current level of disregard year after year. It's hard for me to understand why people still let money and politics interfere with any real positive change even with the warning signs Mother Nature has given us. The title of the song refers to the self-destructive nature of the human race and how we are collectively so lost in our lust for money and power that we are destroying the world that gave us life in the first place."

To check out "Ruination Of The Lost," point your browser HERE.

Charging out of the late '90s Massachusetts underground in a storm of thunderous riffs and focused aggression, in 2011 UNEARTH proudly stand at the forefront of modern metal. With fifth full-length, Darkness In The Light, the quintet have delivered their most honest, powerful, and compelling statement to date, driving a fist into the collective gut of every image-obsessed wannabe metal band currently cluttering up the landscape, and setting a new standard when it comes to marrying precision brute force and exhilarating melody. Slated for North American release via Metal Blade Records July 5, the 11-track long player was recorded at Zing Studios in Westfield, Massachusetts with producer (and Killswitch Engage guitarist) Adam Dutkiewicz and mixed at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium, et al). Sitting in on drums during the recording was Justin Foley of Killswitch Engage/Blood Has Been Shed.

Several discounted pre-order deals for Darkness In The Light are available. Packages include:

CD: $9.99
CD + T-Shirt: $19.99
CD + Unearth Beer Bong: $20.99
CD + T-Shirt + Unearth Beer Bong: $29.99

It should be noted that the Unearth Beer Bong is a pre-order item only and will not be available post street date.  For further info, check out UNEARTH's official Darkness In The Light landing page where you'll also find news, tour updates and more:

Worldwide Release Dates:
Darkness In The Light will be released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Norway July 1, the rest of  Europe on July 4, North America, Spain and Italy on July 5, Finland and Hungary on July 6, Australia July 8 and Japan on July 27.

Miami’s emerging hard rock sensation Black Tide has posted a brand new track “Walking Dead Man” for download on iTunes at: “Walking Dead Man” will appear on Black Tide’s sophomore album Post Mortem, which is due out August 23rd on DGC/Interscope Records.

"We are excited to present to you our new single 'Walking Dead Man',” said guitarist/vocalist Gabriel Garcia. “It's inspired by all the negativity we've experienced; the negativity we try to cut out of our lives everyday. It is a dope song to listen to if you're feeling fired up about something. We hope you dig it! We're so pumped about this upcoming record, and hope you all are too."

Black Tide will hit the road in support of the long awaited Post Mortem as part of the Best Buy Music Gear Stage on the second annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival later this year. UPROAR will run from August 26th through October 15th, conquering North America with a massive active rock lineup, featuring veteran acts Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Sevendust and more.

Post Mortem was written and recorded in the summer of 2010, and is the follow-up to 2008’s Light From Above, which garnered instant critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver and more. The band followed the release of Light From Above with an appearance on the inaugural Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, performed on the main stage of Download 2008 and capped it off by playing the entire ‘09 Vans Warped Tour.

In April 2011 Black Tide was added as support for the only two announced U.S. dates of Iron Maiden’s Final Frontier World Tour, which took place in the band’s home state of Florida.

Stay tuned for more info on Black Tide, Post Mortem, and the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival.

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Black Veil Brides are set to release their latest album Set The World on Fire on June 14 and Hot Topic is your source to connect with the band!  Starting today, if you pre-order the CD for $9.99 at the following locations, you will get a wristband that grants you access to come back and meet the band on the dates listed below.  Space is limited, so head to these Hot Topic stores to pre-order the album and get your wristband today!

6/14 – Topanga Mall @ 5:00 PM
Hot Topic
6600 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
Canoga Park, CA  91303

6/15 – Santa Anita @ 5:00 PM
Hot Topic
400 S. Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA  91007

6/17 – Galleria at Tyler @ 5:00 PM
Hot Topic
2255 Galleria at Tyler
Riverside, CA  92503

6/18 – Irvine Spectrum @ Noon
Hot Topic
71 Fortune Dr
Irvine, CA  92618

6/18 – Hollywood & Highland @ 5:00 PM
Hot Topic
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90028
**A special, free live performance will follow the signing in the Hollywood & Highland center court at 8:30PM!

Germany would not be anything without the thrashing support of its fastest leading legends in current existence the mighty Destruction. These master thrashers have been around for over nearly a decade and continuing to reign above all others. Two years ago they raged the U.S. in support of their 2008 release “D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N." now two years later Destruction has returned in support of their newest release “Day of Reckoning”, so will it be their day of reckoning?

On the eve of May 22, Destruction were admitted back to where they once reigned Hollywood’s Key Club where nothing but stage driving and crowd surfers just willing to get into the action kept the adrenaline pumping all night long. Destruction kicked things into high gear around 11:20ish going into more than an hour long set which included;  “Thrash Till Death”, “Nailed to the Cross” "Mad Butcher", "Death Trap", "Bestial Invasion", and "Total Desaster", among newer hits "Hate Is My Fuel", and "Armageddonizer".

The set consisted a lot of crowd surfers and stage drivers when frontman Marcel Schirmer or Schmier as he liked to be called, encouraged the crowd of raging fans to come up onto the stage and jump right back off as long as it was clean and easy - but things didn't quite go as planned. Halfway through their set Schirmer's center microphone got knocked over by a drunken fan’s clumsiness causing the frontman to get some teeth knocked out.

Schirmer was not pleased but shrugged it off no problem and kept the energy fueled for the remainder of the night. As the set list was drawing to a close the band concluded with "Release From Agony” that had a guest appearance by the co-headliners before them, Heathen's guitarist Kragan Lum who thrash and burned from start to finish. Once that was all said and done, Schirmer went on about how this night did not compare to the previous ones i.e. New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, this night was Hollywood’s night to shine and as Schirmer puts it, “California is the Capital of Metal”.

All in all let us all thrash till death!

1. Curse the Gods
2. Mad Butcher
3. Armageddonizer
4. Hate Is My Fuel
5. Eternal Ban
6. Life Without Sense
7. Devolution
8. Thrash Till Death
9. Nailed to the Cross
10. Invincible Force
11. Devil's Advocate
12. Death Trap
13. Bestial Invasion
14. Beyond Eternity
15. Release From Agony (With Kragen Lum from Heathen)
16. Total Desaster