September 2014


Story of the Year has been around for quite sometime and since there arrival they have released albums, toured, played showcases, and most recently decided on where the future holds for them as a band. They have given the following message on Facebook page in regards to music, band members, touring, and more!


"What a journey this has been. 

The places we've been, the people we've met, the music we've created- it’s all led us to the right here, the right now. We've spent endless hours contemplating the future, wondering where we go from here, wondering if if we should keep the fire burning, or let it die and move on with our lives like so many of our peers have.

The music industry has changed a lot in the last 10-15 years. The industry that we knew when we first signed a record deal in 2002 no longer exists. There are no more giant record deals, no more of the excess you might have seen on VH1 Behind the Music or read about in the Zeppelin or Motley Crue books. The digital revolution created a new paradigm, and it’s had a dramatic effect on the people who make the music you listen to. Simply put, the fact that you can get (or listen to) any song, at any time, for free, changed everything. And change is never easy, especially when you are stubborn & slow to react like the music industry was.

Here’s a dose of reality, SOTY fans:

We've been a band for ten plus years, sold over 2 million records, played in something like 30 countries, and in recent years the members of Story of the Year would have made more money waiting tables or serving coffee. That’s the truth. 99.9 % of artists would make more money having a lemonade stand in their parents front yard.

We aren't kids anymore. We have wives, kids, house payments- real life shit. Every member of this band has questioned how much longer they can do this. We've left our families for months at a time, sometimes coming home with what would equate to minimum wage. Or less. We've spent the last 5 years clinging to that last bastion of hope that we would have that hit song that would connect at radio or become a viral sensation and catapult us back up the mountain. We've had our fingers crossed for years, (so have the wives), that each next tour or album would be the answers to all of our prayers. It didn't exactly work out that way.

So here we are.

Yes, the music industry has changed. But it’s NOT all doom and gloom! Not even close. The beautiful thing about being a band in 2014 is that we've never had more control over our own destiny. We have more power and a more direct connection to our fans than ever. We can pick up an iPhone and reach you all, instantly. That’s fucking magic!

So what do we do?

We’re going to completely re-think the way we operate as a band and business. Re-think the puzzle. Some of us have other bands, some make films and pictures, some build stuff, some will produce music, some work in radio. SOTY will not be our sole endeavor moving forward, because we can no longer sustain as grown ass men with real world responsibilities on SOTY alone. That’s the truth.

Adam will no longer continue on this journey, as it doesn't fit with his life plan moving forward, and that’s absolutely okay. SOTY has always been about more than music- we support our friends round’ here- and we wish him nothing but the absolute best. Please do the same, because that's our boy.

The rest of us will carry on. This band has given us more than you will ever know. And besides, it’s just too much fun! That feeling of walking out on stage, or writing a song that can change someone’s life- we won't walk away from that. We will keep the torch burning bright. This is a beautiful time to be a creative person, despite the growing pains and financial insecurities. The old days are gone. No one is getting a big record deal, but so what? We can record music for 1/20 of what it used to cost because of technology. We can deliver it directly to our fans because of the internet. This is only possible now. If this were 15 years ago, we would have no choice but to hang it up. But we don’t have to, and we’re not. We are going to make records that we want to make, and play shows that we want to play. And in between we will do other things. SOTY will go on, because our band rules! There is no more pressure. It’s going to be just like it was when we were 15, and we played & recorded music for the simple love and joy of it. And then we’ll play some shows. Play a festival in Belgium or South Korea. Do a little Japan tour. Play solid USA markets. Spend a week in Australia. What we won’t do is spend 13 months a year on the road away from our families just to scrape by, stressed the fuck out because if we don’t have that magical song then we'll be dropped from the label. No more of that. We are working class musicians, changing our business model.

That’s where we are, and it feels great.

We are planning a record now. Songs being written as we speak. And we plan to continue releasing records until we are skeletons. Between albums we will play shows & tour when it makes sense, and when we aren't doing that we will pursue other endeavours and be husbands and fathers. No more rock star myth. No more of this false, entertainment industry standard of only showing the best hand. We want to show you warts and all. Show you what being a working class artist entails. Fuck all that other bullshit. This is, and always has been about friendship and a mutual love of music. We are inspired as ever, ready to rock harder than ever. Here’s to a new era of creativity. A new era of re-ignited passion and possibility. Here’s to the next adventure!

We love you humans, and we know you are with us. Now let's rock some shows!

SOTY"

TOUR DATES:

December 3rd - Columbia, MO
December 4th - Chicago, IL
December 5th - TBA


Scylla delivers a wide range of style in their music, with a blend of technical prowess, hardcore drive, and sounds inspired by live performance. They are comprised of talented musicians with different tastes, and aim to bring a unique sound to the metal scene with melody, aggression, and heart. Founding member and guitarist Ruben Dangle discusses the band's past, present, and future.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Ruben: I was in a pop punk band for a couple years, writing and touring. In my downtime, I would write and record songs that would eventually create the foundation for Scylla. Upon departure from the pop group, I got a few friends in my local music scene together, and the rest just snowballed into place. With every lineup change, we've gotten better.

2. Why did you pick the name that you did for your band?

Ruben: There is a saying that talks about being caught between Scylla and Charybdis. In Greek mythology, sailors trying to avoid one monstrosity would be thrashed about by its counterpart. I like the idea of choosing a path with conviction and sticking to it. The modern day equivalent is like being between a rock and a hard place. Face whatever direction you're aiming for, and push forward. Plus, Scylla rolls off the tongue, if you can pronounce it correctly! (Sill-uh)

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Ruben: Scylla is based out of Mesa, and neighboring cities just outside of Phoenix. We have a diverse music scene here, with an immense variety displayed at the multiple venues in our area. You have a lot of great groups like Singularity, Animus Complex, Lifelink, Apparitions, etc.

4. How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?

Ruben: I would have to describe our style as a blend of pseudo-hardcore and melodic deathcore. Metal would be much simpler. I listen to a lot of George Strait, actually. But in my writing, there may be a few elements that are inspired a little from bands such as earlier Within The Ruins and After The Burial, Between The Buried And Me, All Shall Perish, and As Blood Runs Black.

5. What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media? Do you have any new music in the works?

Ruben: May 2014 saw the release of our debut EP titled In Difference. We have several videos up on our YouTube page. Generally great things are heard from people who listen to our music. We are currently writing new, more intricate material.

6. Do you play live as well? What do you have planned in terms of shows and touring, if any?

Ruben: In October 2014, we have a tour with Under Cities, a hardcore band from Nevada. After which we have a home show with Whitechapel, Glass Cloud, and Upon A Burning Body.

7. What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?

Ruben: We are a hardworking DIY band. We would definitely grow much quicker with the help of a label or agency, and we'll hopefully get to that point shortly.

8. What plans do you have for the near future as a band?

Ruben: New music, new visuals, more touring.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Ruben: Scyllamusic.com

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Ruben: We're much better live, so come catch a show when we're in your town! :)


Famined Records has signed the progressive metal band The World To Come. Based out of Phoenix, Arizona, the four piece group formed in 2011 with the push from guitarist Shane Griffin. The idea behind the band was to create a sense of ambiance and emotion, exploring the music aesthetic. Vocalist Luis Menchaca had this to say about their recent signing: “We are excited to be signed to Famined Records and take the next step as a band to further our reach and share the music we love to write. In the future we plan on releasing our album called “The Cartesian” which will be a full length. Lyrically and musically we hope to capture “The Cartesian” philosophy pertaining to entities of the mind, body and soul while traveling throughout the world and time.” The band has just released a new playthrough of their single, “Anomalies.” Check out the video below.

 


Canadian rockers Three Days Grace releases today their brand new single entitled" I Am Machine," their follow up to "Painkiller," the band's record-holding 12th  #1 single at Active Rock Radio.

Comments Neil Sanderson about their new single: "Sonically, we wanted to create a 'machine-like' sound in parts of the song.  We were inspired by the images from the opening scene of Tim Burton's 'Edward Scissorhands'...relentless machines turning and churning, never ceasing to operate.  Lyrically the song is about how sometimes you feel like you are in an endless routine and cannot escape. Every day seems the same.  No freedom from the vicious cycle that your life can sometimes become...no control, you begin to feel numb to the world around you, as you yearn to just feel anything, any emotion."

"I Am Machine" is the second track revealed from their new studio album scheduled for release March 31,2015 and was co-written by the band, produced by Gavin Brown and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge. Three Days Grace re-teamed with Gavin Brown, who produced the band's platinum-selling 2003 self-titled debut album.  "We went back to our roots a bit and recaptured that collaborative feeling of being in a band and bringing out the best ideas in each other," says band member Neil Sanderson. "Gavin was a huge part of that in the beginning and we feel like we're back in those days where we're high-fiving each other with guitars in our hands."

The band has spent much of the year vigorously touring, writing and recording their new album.

Three Days Grace is Matt Walst (lead vocals), Neil Sanderson (drums, piano, backing vocals), Brad Walst (bass guitar), and Barry Stock (lead guitar) .The band boast holding the record with 12 #1 singles at Active Rock Radio, more than any other band in history and has  sold over  6 million albums in the United States. The band's first single with new singer Matt Walst "Painkiller" celebrates their 12th #1 single. Their previous album TRANSIT OF VENUS was released in October 2012, debuted #1 on the Hard Rock Chart and Top 5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and was nominated for Best Rock Album of the Year by the Juno Awards. TRANSIT OF VENUS spawned three #1 singles "Chalk Outline," "The High Road" and "Misery Loves My Company," Their other #1s include 'World So Cold,""Good Life," "Break," "Never Too Late," "Animal," "Pain," "Just Like You" and "Home" from previous albums.

Check out the "I Am Machine" single HERE.


With more than half of "The World Tour's" Leg One already sold out, Sleeping with Sirens and Pierce The Veil announce Leg Two of their five-month, multi-leg, co-headline global trek, and Rockstar Energy Drink is on board to present all dates.  Leg Two launches on Friday, January 23, 2015 in Pierce The Veil's hometown of San Diego, CA, and follows the 19+ Leg One stops that play from November 5 through December 6 (all dates below).  The 30 concerts will hit all four corners of the continent in early 2015, from Phoenix to Pittsburgh, Miami to Seattle, San Francisco to New York, and Dallas to Chicago.  PTV and SWS will alternate the closing spot, and Leg Two support acts will be announced shortly.  VIP Packages and limited pre-sale tickets are available now at www.theworldtour.info.  Tickets go on sale to the public Saturday, October 4 at 10:00AM local time.


TOUR DATES:

JANUARY

23        Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA
24        Marquee Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
26        The Warfield, San Francisco, CA
27        Roseland Ballroom, Portland, OR
28        Showbox Sodo, Seattle, WA
30        Salt Air, Salt Lake City, UT
31        The Fillmore, Denver, CO

FEBRUARY

 2         Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
 3         Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO
 4         Myth, Minneapolis, MN
 6         Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
 7         Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
 8         LC Pavillion, Columbus, OH
10        Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
11        Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
13        Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA
14        Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
15        Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
17        Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
18        Fillmore, Silver Springs, MD
20        The National, Richmond, VA
21        Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
22        Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
24        Fillmore, Miami, FL
25        House of Blues, Orlando, FL
26        House of Blues, Orlando, FL
28        Bayou, Houston, TX

MARCH

 1         South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
 3         Backstage, San Antonio, TX
 4         Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK


Due to unforeseen circumstances, HAVOK is forced to cancel select dates on their current North American tour. David Sanchez (guitars/vocals) comments: "Due to injury, we have been forced to cancel a few shows on our current tour with CROWBAR, REVOCATON, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, and ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE.  We plan to rejoin the tour in California in early October.

While hiking in Boulder, Colorado, I took a pretty nasty fall and ended up shattering my left wrist.  Since I'm currently unable to play guitar, our friend Dan Gargiulo from REVOCATION has offered his 6-string services and will be laying down the riffage for the rest of our stint in the USA.  I will still be doing vocals on the remainder of the upcoming shows and I cannot wait to get back on the road!

I'd like to apologize to anyone that was looking forward to seeing HAVOK in these coming days.  We will definitely make it up to you.  In times like these, one must remember the ancient American proverb, 'Shit happens.'  See you on the road!!

One last thing! Here is some good news for a change. Pete's mom is making a full recovery from her recent accident and that means Pete Webber will be back behind the kit rejoining the tour in California.  We want to thank Marshall Wieczorek from WRETCHED for stepping in on drums and doing an awesome job on such short notice."


Black metal has been an on and off route with me some of it is good some of it is bad. But black metal isn't just a standalone genre it has it's subplots as well, for interest depressive black metal combines those elements with atmospheric to create an act they call Hateful Desolation with a brief demo entitled "Withering In Dust". The demo is indeed brief consisting of only 3-tracks, 2 of which come off the band's yet to be released album while the 3rd track is bonus addition, any way you listen to it, this is like all the other black metal acts available, these guys expressing that high pitched growl, with mellow dramatic instrumentals that crypts the environment with ease and harmony yet intensifies it. The vocals are appealing with the instrumentals just as compelling making Hateful Desolation an act to follow through on, in short one to indefinitely check out.


No matter how you look at it music has it's ways of getting around, rock n' roll, hard rock, sleaze, glam metal, heavy metal. all of these genres plus others have all traveled across the globe more than once and for Italian rockstars Sandness, they have unleashed their debut album "Like An Addiction". It features 11-tracks all consisting of that hard rock, heavy metal inspiration especially with songs like "Artificial Lover", "Bad Things Cause Bad Things", "Darkness Around Me", and "Pay What You Say", all provide that pure style spoken here. A similarity of acts can be heard from Crashdiet, Poison, Judas Priest, and even some AC/DC, which says a lot. Sandness's debut release features an array of content and context, lyrically too, having their context be emotionally setting, where you can relate to what's being said no matter how it's explained. If you're looking for a good time with music then this release is the one for you, because it provides a sense of pride and passion within all of its formula of music.


In the suburbs that is Brisbane, Australia, formed an act in 2010 called Malakyte, trekking across the Australian metal scene with their love of music, taking the genres of thrash metal to the heart, writing and releasing various material and are hard at work on future works, shows, and tours. Drummer Liam or LG discusses the band's name, musical traits, new tunes, and future plans.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Liam: Malakyte formed in September of 2010, so happy fourth birthday to us I guess! Laggy (guitar) and I had been playing in local bands around our home city for a number of years, and after our respective bands split up earlier in 2010, we decided to form our own group as we both had the same musical ideas and ambitions. Laggy had met Dalton (guitar) at a number of local shows and we met Trip (bass) randomly at a local metal festival, during the mosh pit for Megadeth. Tommy Muz (vocalist) joined the ranks in 2013 after the departure of our former vocalist Josh "Oompa" Shaw. Since Muz joined the band, we've undergone a "rebirth" of sorts.

2. Why did you pick the name that you did for your band?

Liam: "Malakyte" comes from the word malachite, which is an old green stone people used to wear around their necks in ancient times to protect themselves from evil. We chose the name because of its ambiguity - it's not a cliched name that blatantly speaks "genre" - that and we all just dug the sound of the name.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Liam: We are based in Brisbane, Australia. The music "scene" here is very good if we're just talking about the music and bands. In the years I've been active in the local metal community I've seen a lot of quality bands come and go, while many still play hard to this day. From Brisbane I recommend Astriaal, Disentomb and Portal, and also our local friends Asylum and Defamer.

4. How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?

Liam: That's a tough one. While our music is and always will be primarily rooted in thrash, we don't want to be a tribute to the 1980s.

I've said this in another interview before but I'll say it again here. Styles like death metal and black metal started in the early 1980s and both had their own respective sounds which have evolved over time while still retaining the initial characteristics that made them what they are. How do you do that with thrash?

We've taken a lot of influence from bands like Vektor, In Malice's Wake and Skeletonwitch, not only musically but also in their attitudes - these bands have taken thrash and pushed it to its next evolutionary chapter, so to speak. Even bands like Coroner and Anacrusis had the same attitude toward the norm in the 1980s. We aim to do the same, and I think that will show on the next record. Even on our last album, Muz doesn't have a very "typical" thrash vocal style, and that's led to a lot of surprised reactions from people who have listened to our music for the first time.


5. What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?

Liam: In the past we released the "S2076" EP and the "Fall to Khaos" single, which were recorded with our old vocalist Josh and are now both out of print. Our latest album "Human Resonance" is available and has been received very well by the public and media, especially overseas. We're currently writing for the second album which we hope to begin recording next year.

6. Do you play live as well? What do you have planned in terms of shows and touring, if any?

Liam: We're definitely a live band. Our next show will be with Sepultura in Brisbane, and we will soon be heading to Adelaide for the first time. Out of all the places in Australia we've toured, my personal favorite so far would have to be Melbourne.

7. What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?

Liam: We're all sexy as hell, and our looks mean more than the music. I think for the most part we're a motivated, high-energy, no-bullshit metal band and we have built ourselves quite a reputation for our work ethic.

Even before we made this music, we were fans of it first and foremost. We're just as stoked to be on stage playing in front of people just as we go out to a gig to watch our favorite bands, and in our live shows that shared energy between us and the crowd is quite evident.

8. What plans do you have for the near future as a band?

Liam: At the moment, our main priority is to write and record the next album. We'd love to eventually play shows overseas in the near future - preferably Japan or Southeast Asia, and then eventually Europe. The songs we're writing for the new album are certainly a lot heavier and sharper than what was on Human Resonance. Only a few songs have been written so far, but for me personally I'm really looking forward to what more we can create in the direction we've taken.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Liam: Human Resonance is available online throughout iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, and CDBaby. You can also grab it off Bandcamp, or if you want a genuine physical copy, you can buy it via our BigCartel page.

10. What is it you'd like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Liam: A lot of people have commented on our riffs, and it's also flattering when you see someone in the crowd at a show sing your own chorus back at you. If people think our music is catchy, that's fine. Most extreme music generally isn't, so then I guess we might be doing something right.


In February 2015 Hammerheart Records will add some freezing coldness to the Winter! We are extremely proud, and others will be extremely jealous, to release an extremely limited 12” Mini-LP by Polish black/death crushers Devilish Impressions called 'Adventvs'!

Formed in 2000 Devilish Impressions has become a Lethal machine of majestic supremacy when it comes to mixing Death and Black Metal.

 With their 2012 album 'Simulacra' they should have deserved a spot among the great names as Behemoth and Septic Flesh, and the two new tracks could best be described as a thunderbolt-mixture of just those names… without giving in an inch to their own uniqueness and quality!

Recorded at Studio Hertz and Sound Division Studio those two tracks (clocking still close to twenty minutes) need to be heard, they are among the best ever done in this style, and this EP will become an object of Cult status.

The fitting and crushing artwork is done by Upgrade Studio... it will cause some eyebrow lifting!

Keep track on the Hammerheart Records website and Facebook page for future releases!


Offering a mere taste of things to come from their forthcoming EP, Sheffield’s (UK) alternative/metal-core outfit ‘Inherit The Stars’ announce the arrival of a you-tube stream for their track ‘On Our Own’.

Set for release on the 8th Dec 2014, their new EP ‘Beyond The Beacons’ sets the scene for a whole new chapter in the history of Inherit The Stars. Produced by the bands long-term collaborator Jim Pinder at UK’s Treehouse Studios (While She Sleeps/Fightstar etc), the 5 track offering pushes Inherit The Stars’ explosive sound and amalgamation of metal, pop punk, electronica and post-hardcore that extra step further.

Fans can expect two video singles due for release in the coming months plus UK live dates for 2015 to soon be announced. Inherit The Stars also bring some minor amendments to their line up which still features Dan Jeffery (Vox), Chris Brayshaw (Guitar), Lewis Wild (Bass) and now former guitarist Theo Eggington (Drums).

Stream ‘On Our Own’ taken from their ‘Beyond The Beacons’ EP HERE.


Veil of Maya made a post on their Facebook announcing the parting of vocalist Brandon Butler. The band has been hard at work writing and recording for their upcoming new album that will soon make it's appearance on Sumerian Records, after they re-signed with the label just last year. In the mean time they are looking for a new vocalist, since Butler has only been the band's second vocalist since their original vocalist Adam Clemans in 2007. The following message was posted;

"Currently we are hard at work on our new studio album and while the music is almost finished, the hunt for a new vocalist is now on.

We are very excited with how well this album is turning out and cannot wait to release it soon on Sumerian Records. We know that both our long-time AND new fans will be calling THIS their favorite Veil of Maya album of all time.

We want to wish Brandon good luck with anything and everything that he does in the future and thank him for being a part of the band."


A Midnight Tragedy's "Lost Under Infinite Sorrow" would see the band at what would be their third full-length album to date, since their start-up the band has seen line-up changes, touring treks, playing showcases, to writing and recording music that lead down to this latest installment.

This release was produced by Anthony Santo of the Westfall Recording Company, what he would bring to the table for these guys, would be creativity like nothing ever heard before, it shows crystal clear and is hands down remarkable, clean cut material of pure rock n' roll mixed with some heavy metal inspirations blended in to sound a lot like Avenged Sevenfold meets Aiden.

Some of the songs that stood out the most would have to be "Nightmare", "Time To Rise", "Torment", "Louder Than Words", and "Rapture".  The instrumental work is done well, the guitars and bass are catchy enough, while the drumming backs those up, being just as catchy if not slightly catchier, whereas the vocal chords are very upbeat, keeping the beat of the music flowing right along as each song plays on through. Lyrical context is heartfelt, sorrowful, and on the edge at times, making the emotions run through you like butter cuts through with the use of a knife.


A Midnight Tragedy's third release is upbeat, catchy, and has its moments that drawn you in with each time you listen, you get struck with emotion that are there as soon as the music portrays itself.


Progressive power thrash metallers Synaptik gives us the rundown about their releases, performing live, what style of music they have created, and the plans ahead. Band mates including vocalist John Knight, guitarist Ian Knight, and drummer Pete Loades discusses these matters.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

John: Ian, my brother and I have been playing in bands together for years, since the late 80's, Inner Sanctum (www.facebook.com/innersanctumuk) where we also met bassist Kev. We supported Exodus with that band and have a double album available now through www.divebombrecords.com, then Kev and myself formed Fifth Season whilst Ian formed Twisted Autumn Darkness an extreme metal band, both bands had some success and album releases. Eventually we all became free at the same time and started Synaptik initially as just a project but it snowballed into so much more and here we are. Full time and loving it.

We (SYNAPTIK) are a British Metal band from Norwich in the East Coast of England. Formed in 2012, we are known to incorporate elements from styles such as thrash, power, progressive. Synaptik aren't afraid to mix up the influences and certainly don't fear melody with our heavier than a black hole riffage and dynamic vocals, Death Metal aggressiveness with a progressive, melodic outlook. We draw on influences old and new to create a mutant hybrid sound-scape that I feel makes us stand out.

Synaptik are soon to release our début album “The Mechanisms of Consequence” due for release this summer on German Label 'Rebel Tune Records'.

A video for the single “Your Cold Dead Trace” is available now with the track downloadable for free. The single features guest vocals from Alan Tecchio (Watchtower/Hades/Non Fiction/Seven Witches).......

Synaptik are:

John Knight – Vocals
Ian Knight – Guitar
Kev Jackson – Bass
Pete Loades – Drums
Jack Murton – Lead Guitars

Pete: Well I have been playing drums for years, done the whole band thing many times, so when me and Ian got together and started jamming and writing more complex material, just started off as more of a recording project really. Ian then got in his guitar mentor Jack to lay some fast solo lead over the top, which worked well, luckily Ian's brother John was a singer with a more melodic approach, completely different that a lot of the other metal bands on the local scene, John brought along his long time friend & bassist Kev, In witch they have been in a few bands before together, Kev the most laid back bassist i have seen, considering the amount of stings he has on that thing. ha ha. but yeah been going strong now for the past 3 years now,

2. Why did you pick the name that you did for your band?

John:We had a couple of ideas at the start but it didn't seem that important until we were going to be gigging. Kev & myself had a previous project thE.thinkinG.principlE (With Dan from Devilment) that name was considered but as the music was moving away from that style it was lost over the weeks. We sat relaxing after a rehearsal at Earth Studios Norwich when it was mentioned that it needed to be something cerebral, something emotional and neural structive to match the outlook of the band and the lyrical content, we discussed ideas and thought processes, names were written on paper and I added Synaptic Release, or something like that, then it was decided to shorten it and add the K on the end. My brother and I then set about the task of creating a logo together without killing each other which we managed to do quite well luckily, I love the result.

Pete: Well a few ideas were being tossed around at the time, trying to incorporate so many aspects of the music, I think John came up with the name, it means the melding together of brain waves or patterns because we have so many ideas musically when we are writing, its a job to work them all in sometimes.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Pete: We are pretty much all based in Norwich, well that's were we rehearse, yeah the local metal scene is good, its just needing the venues to play at, so many have gone over the years, but there are a lot of local bands about, The Norwich band circle is quite tight. mostly the metal bands plays at places like the B2, The Owl Sanctuary , The Waterfront, so bands generally cross paths, Soulborn, Back Down or Die, Consecration, Shrapnel and many more.

4. How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?

Ian : We don't really fit nicely into a genre of metal,we have a lot of influences.Progressive Tech Thrash Melodic Death Heavy Metal with clean/old school screaming vocals. I'm personally influenced musically by bands such as Pestilence (Testimony/Spheres) Atheist,Believer, Death, Forbidden, Coroner, Celtic Frost, Deathrow, Into Eternity.

Pete: Ohhh... prog, metal, thrash in places, melodic, fast death metal. well from my drumming point of view, its bands like Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Canvas Solaris.

John: "SYNAPTIK combines the attack of melodic death metal with the deadly subtlety of progressive metal. Expect a dizzying double-barreled assault of intricate melody and sheer power"
Musically I love Death (Human, Individual thought patterns etc) & Nevermore, vocally Geoff Tate (Queensryche), Alan Tecchio (Hades/Watchtower) & Dio, Devon Graves (Psychotic Waltz) Roy Khan (Conception) Rob Halford (Priest).

5. What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?

John: The album isn't released until mid October 2014, but the single is out and been getting amazing positive feedback. The album has been sent out for review and they are slowly starting to come back and all have been amazing so far.

Pete: I think we get a good reaction were-ever we play, even had people walk in when we are rehearsing and nodding their head and such, had a few weird gigs were people just watch us for the more technicality side of the music but that's cool, released lots of stuff online, videos, music and a few sneak peaks of some new stuff being written, always getting good feedback, album out soon, just waiting for the critics to pull it apart. (Laughs)

6. Do you play live as well? What do you have planned in terms of shows and touring, if any?

John: We are currently looking for management/booking agency - so if anyone reading this is interested then give us a look. We will gig to promote the album and hope to get to Europe soon.

Pete:Yeah we play a few here and there, well hopefully put a tour together when album is released, hit em hard.

7. What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?

Pete: I think if you are in to that sort of music, you will appreciate it and take it for what its is, we are not trying to ram it down peoples throats, obviously we want to get are music to be heard by the right crowd, but we are just going to keep doing what we are doing, because we love doing it,

8. What plans do you have for the near future as a band?

Ian: We are busy writing new songs,at the moment. We have enough riffs for about 5 new songs that we are arranging and perfecting.

Pete: For me its about the writing part and rehearsing part, later the gigs, the bigger the better, thats when the writing and rehearsing comes in to play, we are a very tight band when we play live but yet relaxed, so we can enjoy are self on stage, thats what comes across especially when we played bloodstock this year,  so more gigs like that would be cool, the music takes care of its self, started writing the next album now, got another video in the pipe line and a few drumming promos for me to do which will help get the synaptik name heard.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

John: www.synaptikmetal.com , www.facebook.com/synaptikmetal , www.reverbnation.com/synaptikmetal

Pete: The usual places, Facebook, YouTube, Reverbnation, www.synaptikmetal.com. And the long awaited album will be in the shops at the end of September or mid Oct. but come to one of are gigs, lots of t-shirts, magnets, lighters, badges, promos and stuff like that all also available on line

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Ian: Hopefully people listening for the first time will remember some memorable melodic vocals over some great music. We try to write songs that people will remember as being all different ,we try not to just keep rewriting the same song over and over,as this gets stale and boring.

John: The fact that we are doing what we want to do and not following any trend, that we aren't afraid of melody, that we mix it up and keep the songs interesting without losing 'the song', just enough progression to keep it interesting without alienating the listener. It's Metal, it's heavy and it's Synaptik.

Pete: Oh that's a tricky one, I think it varies from person to person, what they listen out for, melody, musicality, feel, depth, meaning, understanding.


It Lies Within, who is currently on tour with The Illumination (InVogue Records) and  has recently toured with One Year Later and Curses while playing Dirt Fest, has just announced that they will be supporting The Browning (Earache Records) on the Cat Clothing presents The Respect Strength Loyalty tour. The tour’s announced dates runs from November 28th through December 20th, with more dates to be announced at a later date.

It Lies Within vocalist Zachary Scott had this to say on the tour, “We are very excited to be announcing the biggest tour of our career to date!” Notable dates during the tour include Austin, TX (November 28th), Dallas, TX (November 30th), Kansas City, MO (December 10th), Cleveland, OH (December 17th), and St. Louis, MO (December 20th).

TOUR DATES
 
 11/28 - The Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
 11/29 - Walters – Houston, TX
 11/30 - Curtain Club – Dallas, TX
 12/2 - Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
 12/3 - The Underground – Mesa, AZ
 12/6 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
 12/7 - The Rock - Tucson, AZ
 12/10 - Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
 12/11 - Amsterdam Hall - St.Paul, MN
 12/12 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IW
 12/13 - Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
 12/14 - Mojos – Joiliet, IL
 12/16 - Token Lounge – Westland, MI
 12/17 - The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
 12/18 - Thompson House – Newport, KY
 12/20 - Fubar - St.Louis, MO


Sweden's master of horror, Bloodbath, set to release its fourth album of supreme death metal, Grand Morbid Funeral, on November 18 through Peaceville Records, has unveiled a new track, "Unite in Pain," featuring new vocalist Nick Holmes. Stream "Unite in Pain" on Soundcloud at: https://soundcloud.com/peaceville/bloodbath-unite-in-pain-from-bloodbath-grand-morbid-funeral/s-NcU88.

Blakkheim (guitar) commented, "'Unite in Pain' is a very 'straight to the death metal bone' kinda song. A morbid cry out to the old school past when things were kept simple but effective. Take the legs of Slayer, the feet of Entombed, the arms of Bathory, the hands of Death and piece them together with the severed head of Bloodbath, shovel a HM-2 pedal down its throat and face the gore, once more!"

"The original lyrical content for 'Unite in Pain' was about the human need to wish for a peaceful death without suffering, so I tried to reverse this where only a painful end would suffice," added Nick Holmes. "The lyrics were sent to me direct from His Unholyness, and some of the words got lost in translation from ancient Latin to American English."

The band has also released the full track listing for Grand Morbid Funeral:

TRACKLISTING:

 1.  Let the Stillborn Come to Me
2.  Total Death Exhumed
3.  Anne
4.  Church of Vastitas
5.  Famine of God`s Word
6.  Mental Abortion
7.  Beyond Cremation
8.  His Infernal Necropsy
9.  Unite in Pain
10.  My Torturer
11.  Grand Morbid Funeral


AC\DC has issued the following statement on their website, in regards to the departure of Malcom Young.

"After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support. In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music."


Swedish death metallers Bleeding Utopia have released their lastest album "Darkest Potency" and all of it's members got together to discuss it's favorite tunes, progress with it's creation, and plans for the future!


1.Can I get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

Andreas: The idea for the band started in 2003 when I had some ideas for songs that didn't fit in my other bands. I took 3 songs and recorded & released them under the name ”Operation SidEffect”. I played everything except the drums and 2 solos and I also did the vocals on that recording (not very good vocals).

Then in 2004 there was a music competition in our town so I called some friends of mine to make this a full band. David was hired as a lead vocalist that time and we changed our name to ”Delicious Deformed” and we did one gig and after that it was put on ice for some reason. I continued to write songs during the years and it wasn't until my band ASTRAL CARNEVAL called it quits in late 2009 that I did this ”project” to a full band. Lawrence (our formed drummer) and I created the band and asked David to join on bass and my old friend Henrik to join on vocals. Joakim joined in April 2010 and Bleeding Utopia was complete. We recorded a 4-song promo simply called ”Promo 2010” in June 2010. It got good reviews and we started to do more and more gigs. In December , around Christmas, we started to record drums for our debut album, Demons to Some Gods to Others, and in the spring/summer of 2011 the recording was done. Jocke Skog mixed and mastered it in september 2011 and we signed a deal with Wormhole death from Italy for the release of that album. We went on a Scandinavian tour in September 2012 and in December Lawrence left the job as the drummer due to lack of time. We then started to write ”Darkest Potency” and we started to look for a drummer, which was earlier said than done.

And in July/Aug 2013 Henrik left his job as the lead vocalist to be a dad and to study to be a teacher. We had a chat in the band and David wanted to take over the role as the lead vocalist and so he did, and left his job as a bass player. This decision I think was the best we ever did. We re-wrote a lot of songs to fit Davids vocals and the end result was better than we could imagine. We recorded ”Darkest Potency” Nov 2013, Jan-Feb 2014. We hired Kevin Talley to records the drums and it was awesome. Jocke Skog took care of the re-amping, mixing, mastering and co-producing.

It was released April 30-2014 world wide and in Aug we found our new drummer, Mauro. We are just waiting for our bass player to move from Finland to play with us. This line-up feels great and the future is upon us.

2. How did you guys come up with your band name?

Andreas: Well, back in late 2009 I had a couple of names in mind but none of them was perfect.
I sat down and took BLEEDING from one name and UTOPIA from another name and BLEEDING UTOPIA became the name of the band. Bleeding Utopia was the perfect name for the band (in my opinion) it represent that there is no perfect world out there and there never will. The dream of having an Utopia is in everyone's head and the meaning of Utopia is different to ALL people. So the idea for a Utopia is fading, the dream of it is bleeding away, therefor BLEEDING UTOPIA. So the story isn't so exiting but the name is easy to remember and its damn cool, haha.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Joakim: We're based out of Västerås, Sweden. The local music scene isn't what it used to be, especially with metal bands overall, have there's less concerts overall being performed by local acts than before.

David: A few years ago we had at least 4-5 clubs for local and other bands to play. Sadly most of them didn't survive or changed their concept. Maybe it´s the short distance to Stockholm (1 hour drive) that´s hard to compete with. I don´t know, this town has always been strange in that way. There´s a lot of great bands here but it´s hard to wake people´s interest.

Joakim: There are some awesome Metal bands in our region, for example Seventribe, Bombs of Hades, Tyranex to name a few.

 4. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Joakim: Some bands that we all enjoy the sound and songwriting of are The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, At The Gates etc. In the end, inspiration can come from anywhere and we kinda take what sounds good, regardless of how inspiration struck.

David: A lot! Mostly melodic death/black metal from the 90´s. Dissection, Amon Amarth, At the Gates, In Flames...but also old school bands like Entombed and Dismember. I think me and Andreas already knew how we wanted it to sound in the late 90´s. We've been playing in a lot of bands together over the years.

 5. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

Joakim: I don't feel that there's a message communicated through the lyrics, it's more of a story of a theme that the text revolves around.

David: We want to leave some parts so that the listeners can get their own view about the lyrics. Nothing is black and white. I don´t even think the lyrics has the same meaning to everyone in the band.

 6. How did Bleeding Music Records and you come together?

Andreas: Bleeding Music Records is our own small label. We have our own studio as well, Bleeding Music Studio.

Joakim: We started this record company ourselves to have more control over our own music and to release any other bands that would fit with what we like.

 7. Can you describe how ”Darkest Potency” is ”right to the point”?

Joakim: It's high intensity from the first second to the last.

David: Instead of overdo things we actually went the other way. We tried to keep it as simple as possible without getting boring.

Andreas: Yes, to really focus on what was important to us in the meaning of song writing, like big groovy choruses and epic solos and leads and we really took our time to write and arrange this album. More mature, more slap in the face and kick in your balls. More ”right to the point”.

8. What was the recording process like this time around? Was there anything different that happened or was it the same old studio thing?

Joakim: We recorded everything but the drums in our own studio and the overall process took about 2 weeks with the guitars and bass being done in the first week. We had a time-table set with somewhat limited time so you could say it was like the same old studio thing. The drums was recorded by Kevin Talley in the USA.

David: Everything went actually extremely smooth. But we were also well prepared since we did a lot of pre-prods during the year.

Andreas: Same old studio thing, haha, except that we didn't had to think so much about the money because we got our own studio and there was a very relaxed feeling throughout the entire process.

9. Can you tell us how this album differs from the previous ones? What can we expect and what is the message behind it?

Joakim: This album is much more defined towards the way we want to take our musical style. A bit of old school riffing meets modern sound and choruses that really sticks with you. You could say that this album is heavier, darker, faster, more melodic and more "Us".

Andreas: Joakim is right. Darkest Potency is more ”US” that the previous album, that was more or less written by me from like 2003-2009. We all just have to rehears it and then record it. But with Darkest Potency we wrote in over a year or so and tried all kind of arrangements with the music and vocals and re-wrote some riffs just to simplify things. I don’t think there is a message except for the message of death-metal ”our way”. A bit old-school but in a modern way.

10. How would you say that the title and album art relate to the music on the album?

Joakim: We had a few album titles that we thought fitted well with the overall "Theme" of the album and we kinda chose the one that sounded the best. Darkest Potency kinda fits with all the murder and ”evliness” that revolves around the lyrics and... It's just evil sounding!

David: The album is a dark ride that contains a lot of thoughts about life, death and twisted minds. How people react in different situations.

Andreas: The album art…we just wanted something dark and something that fitted the lyrics and music. We hired a guy called Henrik an H.E.W Design to do it and we loved it.

11. What's your favorite song on the album right now?

Joakim: Hmm, this is a tough one as I like them all, but I really like "All Life Withers" because it's so fun to play!

David: It´s hard to pick one...but I have to say ”Your kingdom will fall”

Andreas: I don’t know, its a hard question. But I really like ”Until Death Collects Them All”. Its very fun to play. ”Nighttime Divine” and ”I will return” is also  great fun to play. Well I think all 9 songs are my favorites, hahaha. But I want to know what the fans favorite songs on the album are.

12. What does ”Darkest Potency” mean to you?

Joakim: Not to get too deep, but it reminds me that there's always gonna be darkness around us and some are worse than others.

Andreas: If you just think about the lyrics and the music I concur to what Joakim says. Its all about destruction in different kind of ways. But if you think about it more as a piece of art, to me its a feeling a satisfaction. The entire process from writing to recording and playing them and of course performing them on stage it total satisfaction.

13. How about shows and touring, do you have anything planned?

We recently found a new drummer to fill our vacancy so we'll definitely get out on the road as soon as possible, but nothing is planned at the time this is written except for lots of rehearsal.

14. What other plans do you have for the rest of this year leading into the next year?

Joakim: Rehearsals and planning towards the next year!

David: Keep on writing new songs and hopefully do some shows

Andreas: Hopefully we will go on some tours and do some festivals next year. And we will start writing the next album…we have already started to write some music but we will begin the pre-prods in the spring/summer of 2015 and hopefully do some more touring after that and then records another killer album in late 2015 or early 2016.

15. Any last words for the friends and fans out there?

Joakim: Buy our album and enjoy! See you soon on the road!

Andreas: Buy our album, buy our t-shirts and come to our shows and listen and hang out with us.

David: We really hope to see you in the mosh pit real soon! In the meanwhile, buy Darkest potency and warm up your necks. Cheers!


DAYLIGHT is a Pop-Punk band from Barcelona (Spain) composed by the twin brother vocalists Olek Burek (Bass) & Wojtek Burek (Guitar), Victor Vera (Drums) and Albert Domenech (Lead Guitar). Established in 2004, this hardworking band, kicks hard from their hometown to the world with catchy melodies and punchy sound.

After 1 year in silence, they’re back with their new album One More Fight. Produced by Andrea Fusini [IT] (Upon This Dawning, Ms.White, Ready Set Fall) & Mixed by Andrew Wade [USA] (A Day To Remember, The Ghost Inside, A Loss For Words). The set up date for the official worldwide release is on 15th October.

With their last LP, DAYLIGHT shared tours with bands like Mcfly, MXPX, Reel Big Fish, The Ataris, A Wilhelm Scream, Zebrahead and played festivals such as Groezrock (BE), Shanghai Zebra Music Festival (CH) or headlining the Global XGames (ES).

Although they toured several countries (Continental Europe, China, Japan, UK) and got a loyal fan base all over the planet the band remains unsigned.

Recently, the band released their new single and music video for “Consequences”. This fresh tune, proves that good rock music can also be created in southern Europe. Check out the video HERE.
The song and video received plays on Spanish MTV as well as on 40TV, Solmusica & RAC105.

The album is already available on pre-order via the band official website with special priced bundles HERE.

TRACKLISTING:

1. Anthem Of The Broken
2. Kickbacks
3. Consequences
4. Now Or Never
5. We Are Strong
6. Another Day
7. Best Days of Our Lives
8. Revolution
9. End Of The World
10. Crazy Youth Gone Wild

TOUR DATES:

14th November - Barcelona, Boveda
15th November - Madrid, Independance Club
08th December - Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2 (New Found Glory)


MAXIMUM THE HORMONE, Japan’s amazingly popular nu-metal band known for outrageous antics and way-off-the-wall humor, has released a (literally) explosive message to American fans getting ready for their live concert at New York’s Best Buy Theater on Oct. 27.

Irreverent, confusing, but undeniably super-hyped, the band gives you a taste of the energy and personality that have made their shows guaranteed sell-outs for years. Known to Western fans for their contributions to the Death Note anime series, KNOTFEST and the solo New York show will be their first American appearance since 2008.

Video Message:

http://youtu.be/ztAApB3_TeU

Ticket info:

http://www.axs.com/events/252428/maximum-the-hormone-tickets


American heavy metal band Lords of the Trident have launched their Kickstarter campaign for their new full-length 5th album entitled "Frostburn". The new album was engineered and produced by Doug Olson (Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick, Niirvana), who also produced their last 2013 release "Plan of Attack".

Lead barbarian singer Fang VonWrathenstein says, "This album is the best album we've ever recorded, and we think our fans will agree. We expect the number of album-related headbanging-induced deaths to skyrocket once this album is released!"

Lords of the Trident - "Frostburn" Kickstarter video HERE.

Lords of the Trident - "Frostburn" Kickstarter pledge site HERE.

Lords of the Trident are also proud to announce that they have signed with German record label "Killer Metal Records" for the release of their new upcoming album "Frostburn" throughout Europe.
The band will release the album via "Junko Johnson Records" throughout the rest of the world.


Scheduled for release in North America via Metalville Records (with distribution through eOne) October 28th, Sweden’s keepers of classic heavy metal – Astral Doors are set to unveil their seventh release with the full-length album - Notes From The Shadows.

Mixed and mastered at the Black Lounge Studio in Grangärde by Jonas Kjellgren (Raubtier), with its eleven extraordinary tracks, Notes From The Shadows exemplifies pure evil heavy metal with a closer look into the black bible.

Since their triumphant debut, Of the Son and the Father (2003), Astral Doors, featuring Patrik Johansson (vocals), Joachim Nordlund (guitars), Joakim Roberg (organ), Ulf Lagerstroem (bass) and Johan Lindstedt (drums), continue to carry the spirit of seminal acts - Rainbow, Dio, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple into our time.

After joining the Metalville Records family in 2010, the group released Requiem Of Time (2010), Jerusalem (2011), plus the best of compilation - Testament Of Rock – The Best Of Astral Doors (2011). To date, the band continues to tour the world as headliners including appearances at Wacken Open Air and Sweden Rock Festival.

Also scheduled for release October 28th via Metalville is the latest album, Boogie from Hell, from Swedish heavy rockers - Transport League.

Conceived back in 1994, and well influenced by Clutch with hints of Cathedral and Corrosion Of Conformity, the ‘Boogie From Hell’ sound that is Transport League was created. Fast forward 20 years, four albums and one EP later, and you have the Transport League of today featuring Tony Jelencovich (vocals, guitar), Peter Hunyadi (lead guitars), Lars Häglund (bass) and Mattias Starander (drums).

Written and recorded in the style of the first two Transport League albums, Stallion Showcase (1995) and Superevil (1997), the group’s comeback album, Boogie from Hell, was recorded at IF Studios with producer Roberto Laghi (In Flames, Sonic Syndicate, Mustasch) at the helm, and features a dozen tracks including “Swing Satanic Swing”, “Blood Inn”, and “Holy Motherfucker”.

Transport League will be supporting the release with a European tour this fall, check for dates HERE.


Metallica today announced they would release a ten-year anniversary 2-disc Blu-Ray of their long out of print, groundbreaking movie, METALLICA:  Some Kind of Monster on November 24, 2014.

Originally released on July 9, 2004, METALLICA:  Some Kind of Monster follows the band through three of the most turbulent years in their over three-decade long career, and gives viewers an incredibly raw and intimate look into the lives and psyches of the members of one of the most successful rock bands in music history as they battle their way through addiction, domestic life, backlash from their fans, and near-total disintegration during the making of their St. Anger album.  The documentary, directed by the award-winning team of Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky (Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost 1-3), won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature.

This ten-year anniversary release marks the first time METALLICA:  Some Kind of Monster will be available digitally and via Video On Demand. The updated version will contain an additional bonus feature, "Metallica: This Monster Lives," a 25 minute follow-up piece filmed at Toronto International Film Festival 2013 during the release of the band's second film, Metallica: Through the Never, which features interview footage with the band and Berlinger & Sinofsky that looks at the decade since the release of the documentary film.

On Black Friday Record Store Day, November 28, 2014, Metallica will release a limited-edition 12-inch vinyl of "Lords of Summer."  Side A  will feature the "First Pass" (studio) version of "Lords Of Summer" as well as a previously unreleased live version recorded at the Rock In Rome Sonisphere Festival on July 1, 2014.  Side B will feature a laser etching of the Metallica "M" logo.  This collectable vinyl will only be available through independent retail and metallica.com.  For a list of Record Store Day shops please visit http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues


Louisiana volume visionaries, EYEHATEGOD, are pleased to announce their next run of live demolitions this Fall. The band's latest itinerary includes a short rash of one-off dates in Denver, Orlando and Miami as well as an appearance at Philip H. Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. From there, team EYEHATEGOD will head west razing stages alongside Power Trip, Iron Reagan and Today Is The Day on select dates.

Comments frontman Mike IX Williams, "New Orleans sons of the hurricane and battered filthy communists, EYEHATEGOD, will embark on a severely damaging run of US shows this October 2014 that are guaranteed to please the dirt starved masses of nasty rock 'n' roll tenfold. See ya'll on the railroad tracks!"

TOUR DATES:

10/02/2014 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
10/03/2014 Backbooth - Orlando, FL
10/04/2014 Churchill's - Miami, FL
10/26/2014 Housecore Horror Film Fest @ Emo's - Austin, TX
10/29/2014 El Corazon - Seattle, WA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
10/30/2014 Bosonova Theater - Portland, OR w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
10/31/2014 Star Lite Lounge - Sacramento, CA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/01/2014 Metro - Oakland, CA w/ Today Is The Day, Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/02/2014 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA w/ Today Is The Day, Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/03/2014 Los globos - Los Angeles, CA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/04/2014 Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/05/2014 The Garage - Ventura, CA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/06/2014 Dive Bar - Las Vegas, NV w/ Today Is The Day
11/07/2014 Soda Bar - San Diego, CA w/ Today Is The Day
11/08/2014 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ w/ Today Is The Day
11/09/2014 Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM w/ Today Is The Day
11/12/2014 The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
11/13/2014 Hi Tone - Memphis, TN
11/15/2014 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Today Is The Day
11/16/2014 Smith's Downtown - Mishawaka, IN w/ Today Is The Day
11/20/2014 Double Wide - Dallas, TX w/ Today Is The Day
11/21/2014 Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX w/ Pig Destroyer, Today Is The Day
11/22/2014 One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA w/ Pig Destroyer


Massachusetts deathcore outfit False Images have sign to the Florida based label, Famined Records. Starting in early 2014 the five piece group quickly released their Self-Titled EP this past April which lead to the signing. With musical influences ranging from beat down hardcore to technical deathcore, the band has started captivating fans all around the New England area.

Vocalist, Tyler Pereira had this to say about the band's recent signing, "We have all been huge fans of Famined Records for some time and to be offered a spot on the label is an absolute honor to us. We have some awesome things in the works planning to bring the meanest, heaviest and genocidal sounding music for our listeners. Stay tuned for future releases and again, we couldn't be anymore thankful to be a part of the Famined family." Check out False Images' single "Superior" below.

 


Heavy, fun, and cool is all you need when it comes to party metalheads like Party Cannon! These guys know how to party and can do it right! They recently released "Partied In Half" an explosive amount of party hitting hits one after the next. Bassist Chris Prey Ryan talks about the release, and some of the best and worst party's these guys have experienced!


1. What type of band are you?

Chris: A shit one.

2. Tell us the brief history of your band.

Chris: Formed in the summer of 2010 while we were all on holiday from Uni, we spent a lot of time writing and jamming along to midi tracks in my bedroom. Recorded a promo track a few months later, found a drummer and played our first gig in April 2011. Since then we've recorded a three track promo, an EP, signed with Gore House as well as played all over the UK and Europe.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Chris: The band is originally based out of an unheard of place called Dunfermline, Scotland.However our current line-up has two members living in Glasgow. The metal/grind scene in Dunfermline is non-existant, we are literally the only band playing that kind of style from that area. The rest of Scotland has a pretty strong scene though, especially with bands like Laceration (NSE Records), Cancerous Womb (Rising Nemesis Records), Iniquitous Savagery (Grindethic Records) Scordatura, Exile The Traitor, Endless Swarm, The Colour Pink Is Gay, Sufferinfuck and Agonised Deformity all putting out amazing releases recently. Attendance at shows is always hit and miss, but I guess that's the same with any scene.

4. What is the story behind the name, Party Cannon, if there is one to tell?

Chris: The meaning behind the name is super pretentious; it represents non-conformity to the standard death metal image IE gore, Satan, darkness, or recently, space. An anti-image statement even. The music is the more important part of a band and it shouldn't have to be dressed up with certain themes or imagery. We feel the name is in the same vein as grind/power violence bands like ACXDC, Weekend Nachos, The Afternoon Gentlemen etc. We decided to use the name after our singer told us a dumb story about how he spent £15 on an industrial grade party cannon for his Dad's birthday that didn't even work. He pulled the string out of it and nothing happened.

5. Who are your musical influences?

Chris: We all have our own personal influences, but I think what comes through most in our
music would be Exhumed, Devourment, Dying Fetus, Gorgasm, Blasphemer, Gorevent and Maruta.

6. What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Chris: Our singer, Stony, writes all the lyrics. A lot of the themes are inspired by sci-fi comics and movie. Stuff like philosophy and post-apocolyptic life. The anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion is a big lyrical influence.

7. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)

Chris: Usually what will happen is that I'll open up Guitar Pro and mash a bunch of random numbers into it and program some super basic drums then send it to Martin. Martin will usually say "This is shit" and I'll say "Fuck you Martin your favourite band's Chimaira". This will repeat until eventually a song is finished. At some point someone will come up with a riff and I'll say "that sounds like Messhuggah; put it in the bin". Even if it does not sound like Messhuggah.

8. What can people expect from "Partied In Half"?

Chris: A lot of blast beats. As well as some slams.

9. If you had to pick one song off "Partied In Half" to show someone to introduce them to your music, which would you pick?

Chris: Personally I'd say "High Five Ghost". That song has a lot of brutal riffing while having a long slam section near the end that progresses into melodic leads. And that's just fine with me.

10. Why did you see having a party theme to be the perfect fit for Party Cannon?

Chris: I wouldn't quite say we purposely have a party theme. We just want to have fun while
making music we like and I guess that shows in a way. As long as people enjoy what we're doing
and have fun at our shows!

11. Which would you say was the best and worst party's you have thrown or attended and why?

Chris: We threw the best and worst Halloween party while I was at University in Stirling and living in a tiny flat. Around 60 people showed up which is way more than we expected. There were people throwing up everywhere, girls in terribly slutty costumes falling over tables that were full of drinks, a guy in a banana costume was getting crowd surfed against the ceiling, my flat mate kicked a door off it's hinges, someone spilled a drink into the subwoofer of our speaker system, pumpkins going out of windows, police being called, just a whole bunch of hilariously terrible shit. I ended up breaking our light fixtures with an American football, for some reason.

12. Since your theme is partying, do your showcases involve streamers, balloons, noise makers, etc.

Chris: We like to keep our shows fun and energetic, usually there's lots of running around and shit banter with the crowd. Nothing worse than watching a band stand still looking grim and serious for 25 minutes! There's been a few times we've released loads of balloons into the audience which is always cool, sometimes people turn up with random inflatable objects for the pit as well. When we played the Czech Republic, people were circle pitting with giant inflatable dicks and inflatable surf boards.

13. How did you guys get signed with Gore House Productions?

Chris: It was pretty simple; we announced we were going to put an album out on our Facebook page and Carlos from Gore House got in touch saying he'd be interested in putting it out. We'd been aware of Gore House for a while so knew they were a reputable label with a great back catalog of releases. We agreed on a deal and it's been nothing but clean sailing since.

14. What do you guys have planned for the unforeseen future?

Chris: On top of releasing an album we have a shit load of gigs lined up, so many gigs that I had to beg my boss at the library for extra time off! In the next year we're playing Grindfeast in Holland, doing a European tour in February with Kaasschaaf (Rotten Roll Rex), going to Switzerland soon after that, playing a short UK tour with Begging For Incest (Rising Nemesis Records), playing Bay Area Death Fest followed by a two week tour of the US as well as festival appearances in Italy,
Wales and Germany in the works.

15. Anything else you'd like to add or would want to say?

Chris: Big thanks to Nataliezworld.com for the questions! Be sure to check out the re-issue of "Partied In Half" on Gore House Productions and please keep bringing inflatable dicks into the pit.


Alternative four piece, Us Amongst The Rest had been hard at work, writing and recording spending hours on end upon their debut album "Follow The Truth".  Which includes lead single and video for "Bring The Fuel", which hands down is that adrenaline punch that keeps the fist punching at a higher rate with other track selections like "Fields Of Fray", "Blood In Me", "Unforgettable", "Risen", and "Falling Skies", are quite a bit to include in such a variety offered here.

While these songs are those fist punching hitters, a lot of them keep that intense yet emotional passion, if it isn't the lyrical context then it is the instrumental patterns, each entanglement works and it works to its fullest function. The songs are catchy, intense, easy listening, bringing to mind that of Papa Roach's hard rocking roots to Bullet for my Valentine's edger roles, you get the half and half and it works as said to its fullest function possibility which is good to say the least.


Us Amongst The Rest's debut does as the title suggest which is "Follow The Truth" and that's all that is here, truthfulness, it's an album that is passionate, energetic,  mellow dramatic, intense, it offers it all, for that modern day rocker, to the hard rockstar embedded within you, if your into some sort of rock n' roll music genre, then this is the group for you.

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