August 2016


Run Snowball Run, came together in 2008, after that they went on to form the band into what it would become in 2013, which lead them to write and record for a debut EP released titled "Lobo" released a year later in 2014. After that, they knew they wanted more, seeing just how much they can push this idea and see where it would develop next, and what the future would hold for them.


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

Run Snowball Run birthed around the year 2008 by Jeremy Robidoux (Acoustic rhythm guitarist, vocalist) as a side-project from his previous Post-Hardcore band ‘About Last Night’. Eventually, around 2013, it grew into a full-on band of its own, RSR was completed by Vince Roy and Dakota-James Cooke on lead guitars and vocals, Antoine Rochefort on bass and the charming Simon Bissonnette-Campeau on drums and vocals. Having then released a debut EP entitled ‘Lobo’ in 2014, RSR had put its foot in the door and had sparked a flame in their stomach leaving them wanting more and seeing how are they can push their idea and development.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

The “Run” aspect of RSR came from the fact that this was, became and maintains the titled of being a place where we can run off to, a place to escape and turn all the emotions and feelings related to the day-to-day situations we live via both good and bad. A place where we could take those positive and negative energy and emotions & turn them into compositions and stories to share with our fans and anyone who might be curious, the “Snowball” piece of the RSR name represents the idea of a rolling snowball; accumulating experience and history as our story develops.

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

We are a Montreal, Qc, Canada based band. The music scene there is very rich, the contrast and variety of different music styles and venues is so large, there’ practically something for everyone out there from underground punk shows to higher end orchestra fusion shows and that’s only music scene wise, not to mention all the other arts and scenes that Mtl has to offer. As far as recommendations, definitely would say to catch “Dear Youth”, “Caraway”, “Summerled”,  as local acts to catch if the possibility ever comes your way.

4. How would you describe your style?

It took us a while to be able to come to a conclusion for that question actually, but we would say that over time since our formal starting date together we’ve leaned towards a Post-Alt Indie-Rock sound but are still widening and growing as we go.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

Since our 2013 official meeting point, we have released “Lobo” our debut EP carrying 5 tracks and showing our idea of what we have to offer and what we have planted. Having continued and persisted in composing and procedures following Lobo’s release, RSR was able to find new ways to approach their methods and go down the rabbit hole to venture into our capabilities and where ever it is we are meant to be.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We are entering the studio in a couple weeks to record and polish up the full-length we have been composing since the release of 2014’s “Lobo”. Twelve tracks representing the stems which have grown from the seeds Lobo offered, taking our chemistry and mixing that into our relations to strengthen our foundations to be able to support the experience we have accumulated since.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

RSR has played an average of about a show a month average in the past two years, including special events and acoustic performances; we try to stay regular while keeping a division between shows and locations to maximize our ticket sales. We are also lined up to start polishing up our blueprints via our first official tour, however, that will be more prioritized after the completion of the current studio process.

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

Discover who we are, what we are capable of, how bad we really want whatever it is we might find ourselves wanting, finding out what we have to offer and how our five minds can work together to make the most of RSR and its energy.

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

We are on most social media, the basic stuff such as Facebook, Insta, Twit and etc. We have our own site going at www.RunSnowballRun.com, and you can catch our music either via FB or iTunes to be a little more convenient but by all means, feel free to come to one of our performances and buy a copy directly from us!

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

That we try to compose and grow as a whole, hence 5 different point of views and opinions were put into the mix and we are open minded to comments and thoughts as we try to use all forms of energy towards constructive development.


For a band to come together within the same year as releasing a debut release is quite interesting. That happened to be the case for new death metal band Faustian Dripfeed, who released their debut EP "Between This And Death", a self-financed release that was recorded, mixed, and mastered by the band themselves of all things. This release of course leading to plans of writing and recording for their debut full-length album, and recruiting a drummer tos they can start doing some showcases of course. But let's return to the debut EP that is "Between This And Death", this release consists of 5-tracks some of which are quite "stand-out"ish if you will, like "Murder Circus" the title itself is downright funny, and the sound coming off it, is heavy yet catchy, that makes it that more enjoyable to the ear. Other tracks like "Chris Hanseen BBQ", as well as "A World of Emptiness", both are different of course, "Chris Hanseen BBQ", is fast and heavy, having a driving tone of beat, that really pushes the music together, whereas "A World of Emptiness", consists of that pushing method mentioned before, but has a more fast approach with its style. Its more paced with a faster tone, having the vocals working double time at times. In any case this debut EP release of "Between This And Death" is a decent release of material by the guys in Faustian Dripfeed. They are surly an act to go places in their future, and this is the start of it.


Owleye came together through the passion of music, as they created and drove to become successful. During their time just starting out, they released an EP titled "Time Heals" with a follow-up EP called "No Wounds", in which they would face some changes since first starting out, up until this point in their musical careers, that's nothing to what these guys have in-store. Find out what they are all about below.


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

The band started in 2013 with a group of friends wanting to make some sweet metal music. DJ (guitar) Frank (drums) and Brad (bass) are the original members of the band and brought Dave (guitar) and myself (Tim, vocals) in to the band mid 2015. So with this lineup today we have been a band for a little over a year. It's always tough having member changes but I think this move worked out for the best for this band.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Owleye is kind of a play on words, basically we all have a lot of respect and love for the symbology that Owls have with knowledge and wisdom. So to us our name really represents knowledge/wisdom is in the eye of the beholder. Hence Owleye.

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

We are based out of Denver Colorado USA and the scene here is super awesome. With Colorado growing at such a fast pace brings in a lot of new people cultures and music so really you can find any genre of music on any given night if you know where to look. In our genre we have a lot of talent and has really grown over the years where the scene actually works together and supports one another which is truly the key to success for any local scene. To name a couple of bands readers should also check out with us would have to be our dudes in As The Sky Darkens and Heavy Hearts. Both of those bands are killer and deserve to be heard!

4. How would you describe your style?

Our style is very diverse. We have a weird mixture of modern day metalcore, late 2000s Post Hardcore, and a little pop/ pop punk. We like to mix things up and hopefully we continue to do cause it keeps us and listeners entertained.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We released our debut EP "No Wounds" this past April. To say the least the EP is a real roller coaster ride with so many different feelings and emotions going on in it. Being our debut EP we didn't want to write a typical release that has kind of an underlying tone to it where it all blends together which could happen for better or for worse. Instead we really wanted to make every single song on it it's own entity with different tones and feelings. There are some super heavy parts some big bright happy fun parts and a super soft pop influenced song on it. It really is a cool listen and keeps the listeners attention all the way through.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We are currently working on our first full length that we hopefully will begin to get into a studio to record late November. We are pretty big sticklers when it comes to Pre-Production and getting everything almost perfect before even stepping into a studio.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Well we just played a couple cool shows opening up for Silent Planet and Oh, Sleeper. Next up we are playing a show with our good friends in Demon in Me in the 2nd week of September. We are also working on a couple small legs of tour in October/November and just waiting back on all the details so we can actually announce where we are going.

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

Really as long as we keep up our motivation and determination I see us really turning this into our primary job and hopefully touring full time. We are putting in a lot of work right now and hopefully it all pays off!

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

We are available on Spotify and iTunes. You can also get links to every one of our musical outlets on our website www.OwleyeOfficial.com.

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

I just want the listener to connect with it in some shape or form to be honest. Our music to this point has been about every day struggles all us humans go through on a day to day basis. Life is shit sometime and we get it cause we live it just like you but through our lyrics in music we try to find the positive in shitty situations and events. So if one person can play any of our songs and be like "Damn, I totally am getting where this guy is coming from" I will be super happy. I write as a therapy to get stuff off of my chest, music is my outlet so if anyone can connect with that it truly is an amazing feeling.


Wastewalker was formed from the ashes of ex-Sumerian Records Sacramento CA heavy hitters Conducting From the Grave.  The band is the brainchild of main CFTG songwriter/lead guitarist John Abernathy.  After 2 Sumerian releases and a successful crowdfunded, self titled, album with Conducting From the Grave, most of the members of the now defunct band decided the full time musician life was no longer for them.  Thus, the band decided to go out with a bang and play a few final shows in Northern CA for sold out crowds, with fans flying in from all over the world.

Still struck with the fire to not only create metal, but perform it live, John decided to make a fresh start with a new line up of talented musicians with an updated sound and vision, as well as a new band name - Wastewalker.  Inspired by a passion for post apocalyptic video games, movies, and literature, John "Abernasty" wrote and engineered the debut album "Funeral Winds" with the help of Nate Graham on guitar, (Sepsis), Cam Rogers on vocals (Alterbeast) Justin Tvetan on drums (Journal, ex Aenimus), and Joel Barerra on bass (ex Psychosomatic guitarist) with producer Zack Ohren handling mixing and mastering duties (All Shall Perish, Carnifex, Entheos, CFTG etc.)  at Shark Bite studios in Oakland CA.

Sonically the band differs from Conducting From the Grave in a few ways but also retains the signature melodic thrashy metalcore/death metal sound that brought CFTG to the forefront of the Northern CA metal scene.  There are more layered chords, more blast beats and some synth layers sparsely thrown in for good measure, essentially adding a blackened feel to the more upbeat CFTG sound.  The breakdown element is diminished from Conducting From the Grave, yet it is still present, used tastefully.  Cam Rogers from Alterbeast (Unique Leader Records) delivers a stellar vocal performance throughout the album stylistically similar to The Black Dahlia Murder, Cattle Decapitation and Behemoth, with lyrical themes ranging from overcoming substance abuse, to income inequality, to the inevitable downfall of the human race due to war.  Nate Graham brings guitar solos to the table that are reminiscent of Revocation's Dave Davidson and Chris Storey of All Shall Perish.  Justin Tvetan knocks the drums out of the park as you would expect if you ever heard his math metal project Journal.  The bass lines played by Joel Barerra are interesting and complex beneath the walls of strummed chords and blast beats, but hold down the root when they need to.

Expect big things from Wastewalker following the release of their debut album 'Funeral Winds'. Check out the title track right HERE.

http://www.facebook.com/wastewalkermetal
IG and twitter: wastewalkermetal
wastewalkerband@gmail.com for booking and general inquiries

Pre-orders available at http://www.wastewalker.bigcartel.com
http://wastewalker.bandcamp.com for digital download


SayWeCanFly will be headlining "The Somewhere Before Christmas" Tour with support coming from Johnnie Guilbert and Social Repose. Check out the dates below.

TOUR DATES:

November 3 - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck Bar
November 4 - Philadelphia, PA - Voltage Lounge
November 5 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
November 6 - New York, NY - Studio at Webster Hall
November 8 - Lakewood, OH - The Foundry
November 9 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room
November 10 - Columbus, OH - Park Street Saloon
November 11 - Chicago, IL - Reggies Rock Club
November 12 - Burnsville, MN - The Garage
November 13 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
November 18 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
November 19 - Van Nuys, CA - White Oak Music
November 20 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
November 22 - Mesa, AZ - Mile Theatre
November 23 - Albuquerque, NM - Blu Phoenix
November 25 - San Antonio, TX - Korova
November 26 - Fort Worth, TX - Tomcat's West
November 27 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
November 29 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
November 30 - St. Petersburg, FL - Local 662
December 1 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (Hell)
December 2 - Nashville, TN - Rockettown
December 3 - Greensboro, NC - Arizona Pete's
December 4 - Freehold, NJ - Game Change World


Trash Talk will be heading out on tour with support coming from Antwon and Black Noise. Check out the list of dates below.

TOUR DATES:

October 18 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
October 19 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
October 20 - Sacramento, CA - Midtown Barfly
October 22 - Salt Lake, UT - Kilby Court
October 23 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
October 25 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
October 26 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
October 27 - Detroit, MI - Marble Bar
October 28 - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck
October 29 - Montreal, QC - Mataharl Loft
October 30 - Boston, MA - Middle East
November 1  Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel
November 2 - Philadelphia, PA - Foundry
November 4 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
November 5 - Durham, NC - NC Motorco
November 6 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
November 7 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum
November 9 - Gainesville, FL - The Atlantic
November 10 - New Orleans, LA - Advent Garden
November 11 - Houston, TX - White Oak Hall Small Room
November 12 - Dallas, TX - Cluv Dada
November 13 - Austin, TX - Barracuda
November 15 - Lubback, TX - Backstage
November 16 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
November 17 - Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge
November 18 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
November 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Union


Electro industrial act Angelspit launches their assault on the USA next week! Supporting Angelspit on this tour will be fellow EBM acts Die Sektor and The Dead Room. Angelspit have once again re-inventing their live show - this time using manic projections, abrasive UV lighting and live video mashing to create an explosive stage show. Angelspit will be performing many tracks from their latest album CULT OF FAKE plus their most requested tracks. Check out the list of dates below.

TOUR DATES:

September 9th Kansas City, KS @ Prohibition Hall
September 10th Cincinnati, OH @ The Venue
September 11th Campaign, IL @ The Accord
September 12th Chicago, IL @ Reggies
September 14th Albany, NY @ The Fuze Box
September 15th Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
September 16th New York, NY @ Stimulate (with The Cocks)
September 17th Wash., DC @ Spellbound at Recessions
September 18th Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler's Coyote Cafe
September 19th St. Louis, MO @ Crack Fox
September 22nd Portland, OR @ Embers
September 23rd Seattle, WA @ The Highline
September 24th Boise, ID @ The Shredder
September 26th Scottsdale, AZ @ The Rogue Bar
September 27th Los Angeles, CA @ Complex
September 28th San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
September 30th Salt Lake City, UT @ Area 51
October 2nd Harlingen, TX @ The Hopshop
October 3rd Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
October 5th Atlanta, GA @ Famous Pub
October 6th Richmond, VA @ Fallout
October 8th Philadelphia, PA (TBA)


Stitched Up Heart have announced a new batch of tour dates supporting Icon For Hire on a month long U.S. run this Fall. Speaking about the band's upcoming dates with Icon For Hire, vocalist Alecia "Mixi" Demner comments: "Icon For Hire is a band at the top of our bucket list to tour with. We've looked up to them for a while now and blast their music on plenty of long drives. We pretty much all freaked out when we found out that we got the tour. This is going to make us and a lot of mutual fans very happy."

TOUR DATES:

Thursday, October 13 - Jackson, MI @ The Foundry
Friday, October 14 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Emerson Theater
Saturday, October 15 - Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
Sunday, October 16 - Louisville, KY @ The New Vintage
Thursday, October 20 - Merriam, KS @ Aftershocklive Musicvenue
Friday, October 21 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
Saturday, October 22 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
Thursday, October 27 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
Friday, October 28 - Springfield, IL @ Boondocks
Saturday, October 29 - Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
Friday, November 4 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Saturday, November 5 - Charlotte, NC @ The Rabbit Hole
Monday. November 7 - New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Tuesday, November 8 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub
Wednesday, November 9 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
Thursday, November 10 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe


Retro pop indie rockers, Romance and Rebellion, have just released their self-titled debut EP, that should showcase the fun yet catchy songs you will go nuts over. That said, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist David LaViola discusses this EP and some further insight on the band as a whole.


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

So, let me preface this interview by saying this is David speaking. To explain the origins of the band I'll take you back to just before the band formed...It was the summer of 2015 and I had just released my debut EP titled "Keep The Fire". The EP had garnered some attention from investors who encouraged me to write and record more material.  In late summer I demoed 6 new tracks which would serve as the foundations for what would be the first Romance & Rebellion EP.  I  knew that I was going to have to perform the songs I was writing and arranging in the studio and so, I set out to find musical companions to help me. I started perusing craigslist and it wasn't long before I came across Aaron Medina and Kyle Jordan Mueller.

I'll keep it brief because there's a lot of ground to cover...Aaron Medina is a 26 year old Major in Classical Guitar Performance and is originally from Denver.  Kyle Jordan Mueller went to school where he grew up in St. Louis Missouri, has a degree in Music Performance, and is 29 years old.  Both were seasoned professional touring musicians before the band even formed.  

The three of us started playing together in late September and by October the first track for the debut EP was already being recorded. By November we were auditioning bass players and having no luck so, I went into my Rolodex and contacted my long time friends Brandon Davis.  Brandon was working in New York at the time, but agreed to take some time off to come and audition for the band in early December.

It was already pretty much decided through a series of Skype rehearsals that Bran would be our new bassist so, his visit was basically a formality and we used it as an excuse to schedule our first gig as a four piece, two rehearsals, and a photo shoot.   All went well with Brandon's visit and so he left to go back to New York and one month later was a permanent fixture in the group here in Los Angeles.

Aleks was the last piece of the puzzle.  He and Aaron had played in a band together when Aaron first arrived on the LA scene.  Once Aaron joined the group Aleks started frequenting our shows more and more.    Although we were making great strides as a four piece, I started to feel like there was just one more little missing component to the equation...you know how when you could a steak you add a touch of finishing salt at the end?  Aleks is the finishing salt.  Aleks has a great musical pedigree having spent quite a bit of at Berklee School of Music in Boston.  He was already a fan of the music having been to a ton of our shows, and so the obvious conclusion I arrived at was to propose the addition of Aleks to the group, which happened in June of this year (2016).  That's it...those are the logistics of how the band was formed.

2. What's the origin of the band's name?

When the band was formed it was more or less an outlet for my music.   I had been badly burned by the band scenario in the past and was pretty against the idea.  However, slowly but surely, the cunning persuasion of Aaron Medina won out.  He and Kyle had both expressed a desire to be more than just a backing band.  I started to think about it from their POV.  Who wants to be in some guys backing band?  There's more personal pride in being somebody's equal.  When people have pride in what they do they tend to work harder.   It was a logical conclusion to arrive at. The only issue was...what to call ourselves???

I don't remember a lot of debating on the name.  I don't even recall any of the other options.  The Motherfuckers was one. HA!!!  Eventually I threw out the name Romance & Rebellion as an option.  Everyone really liked it.  I came up with it because it sounded like it could be a rad clothing line, plus it had a duality to it which I liked.

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

The band hails from the Los Angeles, California indie music scene!  There are tons of extremely talented musicians and performers in our city.  After all, it is the entertainment capital of the world!!!  We one of a few great band coming up all at the same time here in Los Angeles. Anyone who likes our bands sound should check out our friends in The Wrecks, Braeves, and Wasi.  Just a few bands we really dig.  If the singer songwriter scene is more your speed you should check out Aleksandr James, Dylan Dunlap, and Maxwell Joseph.

4. How would you describe your style?

Hmmmm...I guess pop rock is the closest already existing genre that comes close to describing or sound, although that's a pretty poor description.  I think we have a really fantastic vintage influence combined with a very modern pop sensibility.   The lyrics are very matter-of-fact, raw, and emotionally charged.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We just independently released our self titled debut EP.   Someone looking to get to know the band should expect fun catchy songs with occasionally gritty lyrics, crunchy guitar licks and groovy drums, and dreamy vocals layered with 2/3/and 4 part harmonies!  Thematic content will range from the light hearted  to the heavy hearted.  I've always been under the personal belief that even the most painful experiences have beautiful qualities to them.

6. Why should someone go and pick up this release?

To be quite honest with you, I think there are more than enough ways to check out the music without actually going and buying it.  You can go on our website www.romanceandrebellion.com and stream the tunes from our spotify player or our soundcloud links and get to know the music for free. That way the only people that end up with our music are the ones who really are our fans.    I do believe that this music is very hard to dislike though.  

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Absolutely!  On average we play twice a month in the Los Angeles area.  Any other shows will be in the surrounding areas just outside of Los Angeles.  We are currently working on the tour plans for later on this year...stay tuned to our website and our official Facebook page - www.facebook.com/romanceandrebellion to keep up to date.

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

In the not so distant future, we have plans to tour.  At the moment it's looking like a late 2016 early 2017 tour is definitely going to happen. We actually have more than enough material to do a full length album, but we really want to tour this EP before we go back into the studio for that.  I think what we may do is to record a cover and a video for the cover for fun before hitting the road in the winter.  Also, we are just finishing up our second music video which will be premiering later on in September.  There's lots on the horizon!

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

We're on all the major spots for listening to music Spotify, iTunes, YouTube...You can buy our music online on iTunes, or in physical  form by going to our website and using the online store!  We'll even sign a copy and ship it to you.

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

If I had one thing to say to our listeners it would be this...Even though this is pop music...it's art to us.  Every single detail is plotted out and executed with precision.  Every lyric is deliberate.  What we are saying is exactly how we feel...these things happened to us!


The Black Dahlia Murder is ready to head out on the road again - off on a co-headlining USA run with Napalm Death! Set to begin November 1st, this "Abysmal Predator" co-headliner features Abnormality, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, and Power Trip as support on select performances.

The Black Dahlia Murder comments: "It is our great pleasure to once again reunite with our long-time pals in Napalm Death; we really hit it off with them when we were just little tykes on our first-ever European tour so many years ago. To this day, Napalm remain a vital force in music and are some of my absolute heroes. It feels great to finally be able to announce this amazing line-up we've been brewing...Keeping a secret this good was killing me inside! All of the bands are absolutely killer and we couldn't be more proud to be considered a part of this elite. We'll see you this fall, bring your helmet!"

TOUR DATES:

Nov. 1 - Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
Nov. 2 - Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Nov. 3 - Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
Nov. 4 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
Nov. 5 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Nov. 7 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Depot
Nov. 8 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Nov. 9 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Nov. 10 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Nov. 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
Nov. 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Nov. 13 - Baltimore, MD @ Sound Stage
Nov. 14 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Nov. 15 - New York, NY @ Les Poisson Rouge
Nov. 16 - Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete's
Nov. 17 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Nov. 19 - Houston, TX @ Numbers
Nov. 20 - San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box
Nov. 21 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey


Hardcore punk rockers, Death Koolaid, have released volume 1 and 2 of their EP series, with further developments in the works, to release more tunes, playing some shows, and so much more.
Frontwomen vocalist Siren Sycho, discusses the band's latest EPs and the future ahead.

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

Siren: I didn’t join the band until late 2013 and had been a several different bands prior to Death Koolaid.

2. What's the origin of the band's name?

Siren: We are named after a mass murder.

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

Siren: We are based in North/East London. The music scene in London is struggling. A lot of venues have closed leaving only the bigger ones or pay to play in so there’s no middle ground for bands like us especially with our style of music.

4. How would you describe your style?

Siren: Loud, angry, raw, real, punky, rocky with a hint of metal.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

Siren: We have released our debut mini album Death Koolaid Vol. 1 and on the 25th August are releasing our next release ‘Death Koolaid Vol. 2 another 7 track mini album. Go get it!

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Siren: Always have ideas ready to develop but at the moment concentrating on the new album coming out.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Siren: Got some dates coming up out of town as we trying to not play London as much to expand our fan base.

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

Siren: Really want to get a booking agent and management to get on good support slots, tours and festivals.

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

Siren: At the following websites,

http://www.deathkoolaid.com
https://twitter.com/deathkoolaid
https://soundcloud.com/deathkoolaid
https://www.facebook.com/DeathKoolaid
http://www.youtube.com/Deathkoolaidband
http://itunes.com/deathkoolaid

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

Siren: Our name and that they liked it.


Los Angeles based rock outfit GEMINI SYNDROME have announced a new batch of US tour dates alongside Sevendust and Red Sun Rising. The West Coast run starts on October 12th in Dallas, TX and concludes in Spokane, WA on October 30th.

TOUR DATES:

October 12 (Wednesday) // Dallas, TX // Bomb Factory (FREE SHOW)
October 13 (Thursday) // Austin, TX // Empire Control Room
October 21 (Friday) // Flagstaff, AZ // Orpheum Theater
October 22 (Saturday) // Tempe, AZ // The Marquee
October 24 (Monday) // Las Vegas, NV // Brooklyn Bowl
October 26 (Wednesday) // Los Angeles, CA // Belasco Theater
October 27 (Thursday) // Sacramento, CA // Ace of Spades
October 29 (Saturday) // Portland, OR // Hawthorne Theatre
October 30 (Sunday) // Spokane, WA // Knitting Factory


Marsai Martin (Black-ish) has been cast in Amazon’s original upcoming American Girl live-action special Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, an American Girl Story as Melody, which will premiere on Amazon Prime Video this fall. Executive produced by Common (Selma), Melody will also star Frances Fisher (Titanic) as Miss Abbot, Frankie Faison (The Wire) as Melody’s grandfather Frank Ellison, and Idara Victor (Rizzoli & Isles) as Melody’s mother Frances Ellison.

Based in 1963 Detroit during the civil rights movement, Melody centers around a 10-year-old girl Melody (Martin) whose eyes are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing. As a result, her belief in the “indivisible” promise of our country’s Pledge of Allegiance comes into question as she challenges her teacher on the validity of this given the horrific tragedy. After an emotional journey of self-reflection, her mother gives her the courage she needs by reminding her that it’s important to “stand up for what’s right, even when it’s hard or scary.”

This project is written and executive produced by Alison McDonald (Roots), directed and produced by Tina Mabry (Mississippi Damned, Queen Sugar), executive produced by Common’s Freedom Road Productions. Christopher Keenan and Melinda McCrocklin are executive producers for American Girl. The Melody special is an Amazon adaptation on American Girl’s original created stories written by Denise Lewis Patrick.

Amazon and American Girl have also partnered to feature unique Melody product collections in the American Girl brand store at Amazon: www.amazon.com/americangirl.

Born in Plano, Texas, Marsai Martin currently plays the sassy youngest daughter “Diane” on ABC’s Emmy nominated comedy Black-ish, alongside Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne. Her work on the award-winning show has earned her a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Young Artists Award for Best Performance in a TV Series. Marsai most recently performed in the 35th Anniversary Celebration of the Tony Award winning Musical Dreamgirls with the original stars (Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holliday), singing the hit song “Move.” Marsai also recently worked on the films How To Die Happy with Meagan Good, and Fun Mom Dinner, with Toni Collette and Adam Levine.

Amazon’s American Girl Melody special will be available for Prime members using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices visit http://www.amazon.com/howtostream.


Up-and-comers Jack The Envious have come together to create a goal that is to just get out there, into the world so that people could enjoy the music they love making. That said, they have gone on to write and record a debut EP titled "Pull You Down", which exposes their unique style, blending in various genres into one. This is Jack The Envious. Who have taken the time to discuss the EP, some band insight and future plans.


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

Going back to my high school years me and Guy(Guitar) kept playing together and writing songs just for fun.
When we enlisted the Army it was a tough choice, to put all the music aside and just contribute to something else.

After a year in the service I met Chuck our bassist in "Commanderes Course", we immediately clicked and at the same time I started Writing songs with Shalev (Guitar) and we kind of glued everyone together and started playing shows, it was pretty funny considering we were all guitar players originally, Shalev played drums back then.

When we reached the end of our service it felt right to start recording our material so we started working on our debut EP "Pull You Down". We had a drummer for a short while and Shalev moved to guitar but after the release we found Inon (Drummer) and asked him to join us and from there the rest is history.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

At first it was Envy, but when we got serious I figured there are probably hundreds of bands named "Envy".
We had an old song called "Jack The Envious", and it was just our style of music, and a name no one could possibly have, something unique.


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

We're originally from Israel but we're moving further into Europe to start touring. The music scene here is pretty humble, especially for the rock genre. I would definitely recommend "Walkways" and "Zoo Harmonics" both are absolutely amazing bands.

4. How would you describe your style?

We play post-hardcore that fuses elements of punk and alternative, we sometimes like to add creepy vibes in our music as well. FFO: Pierce The Veil, Bring Me The Horizon, Saosin, Our Last Night.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We've released our debut EP "Pull You Down" featuring 6 original tracks, a Gorillaz Cover and an acoustic version of the track "More to Life". Since then we also did a tribute to "The Ghost Inside" and A music video to our cover of Wonderwall originally by Oasis.

6. Why should someone go and pick up this release?

It's the best independent release from this genre I've heard so far this year, but that's only my biased opinion of course haha.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We have a tour in Europe coming up, no details yet unfortunately.

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

Tour as much as we can, sign to a label, record a full length, the sky is the limit.

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

Practically everywhere: Bandcamp, Youtube, Facebook, Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes etc.

https://jacktheenvious.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/JackTheEnvious/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCse6EKi6SUT3d4YVnU0ouSg

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

We put our heart and souls to each and every song, and I can definitely say we have a story to tell.


Bay Area thrashers Hatchet, will take their metal attack back on the road starting September 14th. This next U.S. run will see the band supporting Act of Defiance, the new band featuring guitarist Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover, both formerly of Megadeth, in addition to bassist Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) and vocalist Henry Derek (Thrown into Exile, ex-Scar the Martyr).

“Hatchet is beyond thrilled to support the guys in Act of Defiance this fall on their headline run of dates. Not only is the past connection to Megadeth cool with Chris and Shawn, but the band has also quickly gained a sound that is their own and all the musicians bring their own flare,” comments singer/guitarist Julz Ramos. “It's also great to see a band that isn't afraid to work from the ground up and play some small to mid-size clubs despite them all having great history and past success. We look forward to smashing and thrashing with these guys at every club. We are excited!”

Check out the dates listed below.

TOUR DATES:

09/10 – Lima Metal Fest w/Primal Fear, Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, Wehrmacht, Bloodfeast +
09/14 – Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
09/15 – Mesa Theatre – Grand Junction, CO
09/16 – Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
09/17 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10/01 – Starlight Lounge – Sacramento, CA (Hatchet headlining show)
10/03 – Pub Station – Billings, MT
10/04 – The Falls – Idaho Falls, ID
10/06 – Fulton 55 – Fresno, CA
10/08 – The Complex – Glendale, CA
10/09 – The Slidebar – Fullerton, CA
10/11 – The Bunkhouse – Las Vegas, NV
10/12 – Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ


Children Of Bodom have released the "I Worship Chaos" Tour where they will headline and be joined by supporters Abbath, Exmortus, and ONI. Check out the dates below.

TOUR DATES:

11/23 - Quebec City, QC @ L'Imperial Bell
11/24 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/25 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
11/26 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11/28 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
11/29 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave - Eagles Ballroom
11/30 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
12/2 - Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
12/3 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
12/5 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
12/6 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
12/7 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
12/9 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
12/10 - San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater
12/11 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/13 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Heaven)
12/14 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
12/16 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
12/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
12/18 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
12/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw


Evanescence has announced a new headlining tour, check out the dates below.

TOUR DATES:

10/28 South Side Ballroom @ Dallas, TX
10/30 Diamond Ballroom @ Oklahoma City, OK
11/1 ACL Live at the Moody Theater @ Austin, TX
11/3 Majestic Theatre @ San Antonio, TX
11/5 Revention Music Center @ Houston, TX
11/6 Saenger Theatre @ New Orleans, LA
11/9 Saenger Theatre @ Mobile, AL
11/10 St Augustine Amphitheater@ Saint Augustine, FL
11/13 The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason @ Miami Beach, FL
11/15 The Fillmore Charlotte @ Charlotte, NC
11/16 Peace Concert Hall @ Greenville, SC
11/18 The Fillmore @ Silver Spring, MD
11/19 Harrah’s Atlantic City Concert Venue@ Atlantic City, NJ
11/22 The Wellmont Theatre @ Montclair, NJ
11/23 The Paramount @ Huntington, NY


It's been three years since last speaking with As Thick As Thieves, who formed back in 2012. Founding members Kenny Barton and Zak or Zachary Banks, brought the band forth, releasing some material when first starting out, but as the band progressed, so did their style, line-up, and much more. Both these guys took some time to discuss how much the band has changed since we last spoke, talking about their new EP "Whiskey Bent" as well as future plans.


1. First of all, who are you, and what do you do in the band?

Hey guys! This is Zak Banks and Kenny Barton. We are the guitarists and founding members of As Thick As Thieves.

2. It's been three years, since we last spoke, during that time; you were in the recording process of your EP "Vagabond". Did that EP ever see the light of day?

Unfortunately, it did not. There was some great music on there too! We ran the gauntlet with that one. Between interchanging members, producers and even having our entire EP’s original stems stolen, we found ourselves wanting to move in a new direction. Ultimately, we are much happier with where we are now and are looking to the future

3. Would you say that the EP that was "Vagabond" ended up becoming the EP "Whiskey Bent"?

Not even in the slightest. The two are completely different animals. The band is a completely different beast at this point, as well. We really took a step back and realized that the sound we had originally pursued just wasn’t us anymore. A lot of that came down to picking up Nate Butcher on vocals. The new As Thick As Thieves is much more aggressive, much more in your face and a lot more progressive. We all grew up listening to rock ‘n’ roll and I don’t think we’ve ever had an easier or more fulfilling writing process since that decision.

4. Why the title change of the EP, and is any of the material that was going to be on "Vagabond" on "Whiskey Bent"?

The two are completely and entirely different - different vocalists, different genres, and different attitudes. We decided the best course of action was to wipe the slate clean and give everyone an equal opportunity to create something that would define the future and direction of this band.

5. How come you saw it fit to release another EP, as opposed to releasing a full-length album?

Same answer as above, to number 4. Just because you have a bunch of songs written doesn’t mean that they make an album. We sort of burned the old As Thick As Thieves down and recreated ourselves through “Whiskey Bent”.

6. Do you plans to write, record, and release a full-length, or will we be seeing yet another EP?

It would depend on how a few pieces fall into place, but rest assured that we are continuously writing and we have a whole group of songs we can’t wait to show you!

7. Dating back to that first interview, your debut EP "Guardian" is a lot difference, in style and sound when compared to "Whisky Bent", why the style and sound change?

Musicians grow and change over time. “Guardian” was the first recording we ever put out and that was about 5 years ago. If we still sounded the same, we would definitely be doing something wrong.

8. How would you describe, this new style, and sound, for those who may have not heard yourearlier works beforehand.

It’s that unabridged, throw-caution-to-the-wind, testosterone fueled, hangover inducing angst. We went back to our roots and found that we wanted a lot more solid rock sound, without the same regurgitated riffs and vocals. We think we’ve created something really rad. If you’ve ever had a crazy night in your life, this EP is for you.

9. After that EP "Guardian" you went and released one another "new" release in terms of a single called "Badwolf", which remains to the EP "Guardian" style and sound, as opposed "Whiskey Bent", again why the change of heart?

You live, you grow, you change. There were definitely some growing pains, but now that the dust has settled, we’re much happier where we are now and are looking forward to the future.

10. During that time frame, you guys were facing a lot of ups and downs as far as band situation goes, have you settled things and figured everything out?

For what may be the first time in the history of the band we can confidently say, absolutely. Music videos are in the works, more songs are being recorded and business is in the works. We really cannot emphasize enough how everything from “Whiskey Bent” forward is what we will be focusing on in As Thick As Thieves.

11. What is the line-up as of right now, in comparison to back then when we last spoke?

Currently:

Nate Butcher: Vocals

Zak Banks: Guitar/Vocals

Kenny Barton: Guitar

Ryan Robles: Bass

Ryan Mabee: Drums/Vocals

12. How about plans, for the rest of this year, what do you have in-store?

Well, our next show is coming up on Friday, September 9th in support of our friends in Emerald Isle’s EP release of “Lost Empires” at Club Red. That’s our next appearance. Last time we played there, we booked the whole show ourselves with Ella Kaye and we sold the place out.  So it should be an absolute banger. As for releases, look for a 2-3 music videos coming out of the woodwork and a few new singles before the end of the year.

13. Do you have any last words for fans, or potential new fans?

For those still here, we cannot thank you enough. For anyone just showing up to the party, grab a drink! You are more than welcome. It’s been a rocky road, I think that’s just our style, but ATAT is back and here to stay. Check out “Whiskey Bent” on iTunes, Sound Cloud, Apple Music, You Tube and all the others and stay tuned for all of the new songs, videos and shows that we will have coming your way shortly! Thank you to all of our fans and friends and thank you for the interview.


Experimental Metal / Rock / Electronic duo PLAYER VS. ENVIRONMENT, have released the video for their debut single, "Guilty," off of their upcoming EP, Escapism. Engineered and co-produced by Kacey Dodson (Blacklite District, James Durbin), Escapism has a yet undeclared release date, but you can check out their fresh new sound."Guilty" is about not feeling sorry because everyone is fucked up anyways. - Poltergiest. Check it out right HERE.


Temple of the Dog - the Seattle supergroup featuring Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Mike McCready, and drummer Matt Cameron (who plays drums with both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam) - has reunited and will tour for the first time ever since forming in 1990. Read Cornell's interview with Rolling Stone and listen to the band's previously unreleased track "Black Cat" HERE.

On September 30th UMe will release a special Temple of the Dog 25th anniversary reissue collection of their landmark album, newly mixed by Brendan O'Brien. The collection will be available in four configurations, including a four disc Super Deluxe, a double LP, a two CD Deluxe, and a single CD. Physical pre-orders are available today along with a detailed list of the contents of each configuration HERE.

Temple of the Dog came together from the ashes of Mother Love Bone following the death from a drug overdose of its frontman Andrew Wood, Cornell's close friend and roommate. Cornell wrote future TOTD songs "Say Hello 2 Heaven" and "Reach Down" to help process his grief, "but the songs didn't have any destination," he says. "I was compelled to write them and there they were - written in a vacuum as a tribute to Andy. My thought was that maybe I could record these songs with the remaining members of Mother Love Bone and that maybe we could release them as a tribute."

Mother Love Bone's Gossard and Ament began playing with McCready, and they brought in Soundgarden's Cameron to drum on demos. Because this was a collaboration, and a tribute, there was no commercial expectation for the Temple of the Dog album. It would be, Gossard would later observe, "the easiest and most beautiful record that we've ever been involved with." Adds Cornell: "Temple was about making an album simply for the joy of doing it. We weren't concerned what anyone outside of our group of friends would think of it. It was the first and maybe only stress-free album that we all made."

Gossard, Ament, and McCready were also simultaneously forming a new band, which more than six months later would be known as Pearl Jam. A singer from San Diego named Eddie Vedder, who was vying to lead the project, came into the studio to sing background vocals on three of the Temple songs. When Cornell thought another song, "Hunger Strike," needed a duet, Vedder was enlisted. "Hunger Strike" became a hit single, peaking at No. 4 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.              

Temple of the Dog performed live only a handful of times, most notably in Seattle, in November and December of 1990. Those shows have become some of the most legendary Seattle concerts of all-time. Their 2016 shows mark the first time the band has ever toured. (Cornell joined Pearl Jam in 2014 at the Bridge School show and for two nights at PJ20 in Alpine Valley, WI, and the Temple line-up played "Reach Down" and "Call Me a Dog" at Seattle's Benaroya Hall in January 2015.)

"This is something no one has ever seen," Cornell says of the official reunion. "We wanted to stop and recognize that we did this and pay homage."


Romance & Rebellion return with powerhouse poster girl anthem, “Vanity Fair".  Cherry coke, tan lines and knee highs; Nostalgic remembrances paint a picture perfect depiction of youthful infatuation delivered in candy coated pop rock . Wrapped in wistful reminiscent ideals, they praise the eye of their affection with slamming power pop beats and a retro 1960’s rock motif that’s highly addictive. Soaring vocals fly across layers of pitch perfect harmonies that collide in an excited giddy guitar-pop bounce of a chorus. Check out Romance & Rebellion’s hooky new single, “Vanity Fair,” HERE.


Metallica will be releasing their follow-up album to 2008's "Death Magnetic" this release titled "Hardwired....To Self-Destruct" set to be released November 18th 2016. This release will consist of 2-discs check out the album's artwork and tracklisting below. But that's not all Metallica went on to release a new song called "Hardwired" off the new album which you can check out right HERE.

TRACKLISTING:

Disc One

1. Hardwired
2. Atlas, Rise!
3. Now That We're Dead
4. Moth Into Flame
5. Am I Savage?
6. Halo On Fire

Disc Two

1. Confusion
2. Dream No More
3. ManUNkind
4. Here Comes Revenge
5. Murder One
6. Spit Out The Bone

Disc Three (Deluxe Edition Only)

1. Lords Of Summer
2. Riff Charge (Riff Origins)
3. N.W.O.B.H.M. A.T.M. (Riff Origins)
4. Tin Shot (Riff Origins)
5. Plow (Riff Origins)
6. Sawblade (Riff Origins)
7. RIP (Riff Origins)
8. Lima (Riff Origins)
9. 91 (Riff Origins)
10. MTO (Riff Origins)
11. RL72 (Riff Origins)
12. Frankenstein (Riff Origins)
13. CHI (Riff Origins)
14. X Dust (Riff Origins)


Cattle Decapitation will head back out on the road for a headlining North American tour, before joining Brujeria for a trek across the USA in October. With Eternal Sleep and Pinata Protest joining them on select dates, these shows are not to be missed! See below for all upcoming dates.

TOUR DATES:

Sept. 22 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
Sept. 23 - Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
Sept. 24 - San Leon, TX @ 18th Street Pier Bar and Grill (BTDF TXDM Assembly)
Sept. 25 - Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
Sept. 26 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's *
Sept. 27 - Indianapolis, IN @ 5th Quarter *
Sept. 28 - Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge *
Sept. 29 - Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall *
Sept. 30 - Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee's *
*=w/ Eternal Sleep

Cattle Decapitation Tour Dates w/ Brujeria, Pinata Protest:

Oct. 1 - Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
Oct. 2 - Brighton, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Oct. 3 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Oct. 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
Oct. 6 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
Oct. 7 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
Oct. 8 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
Oct. 9 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
Oct. 10 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Oct. 12 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Oct. 13 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Oct. 14 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
Oct. 17 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
Oct. 18 - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Oct. 19 - Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
Oct. 20 - Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
Oct. 21 - Fresno, CA @ Strummer's

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