March 2012

Lion Splicer is two brothers who want to show the world what they're made of and their form of doing such a thing is through music!

Coming from New York these thrashing punk rockers have taken their heroes from Zeppelin, Zappa, the Foos, the Waste, and the Dan to build a sound to call their own and since the release of their debut EP "Valkyrie", this set of tracks maintains the rock n' roll vibe with punk rock edge that keeps the music at bay but still maintains a powerful rhythm.

Lion Splicer got what it takes to get to the top they just need the continuous momentum to keep them from lagging the motivation.

Turn on your TV’s and throw those horns in the air! MACHINE HEAD’s Robb Flynn will appear on this weekend’s season premiere episode of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show with Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. A sneak peek of the episode is available now HERE and features Robb and Lars discussing a few wild nights on tour! The episode will air this Saturday, March 31st at 11pm ET/10pm CT. Tune in for the episode and keep alert for more MACHINE HEAD updates coming soon.

MACHINE HEAD bludgeoned onto the charts last fall with a remarkable #22 Billboard Top 200 chart debut for their new album, Unto The Locust. Released in North America on September 27th, 2011 via Roadrunner Records, Unto The Locust is widely-regarded as a new opus in modern metal. In 2011, Unto The Locust was voted #1 on Sirius XM Liquid Metal, #2 in Revolver Magazine’s end-of-year list, and #31 in Decibel Magazine’s Top 100 of 2011, just to name a few. The record has garnered stellar reviews referring to it as “a breathtaking work”, “one of 2011’s essential albums”, “a modern metal masterpiece”, “the most accomplished record [MACHINE HEAD] has ever recorded”, and “album of the year” by several of today’s top music publications and entertainment journalists. Be sure to purchase Unto The Locust on iTunes or physically at Best Buy or your local music retailer.

Mattel’s Monster High line has engrossed since its debut back in 2010. Now that two years have passed it’s continued to engulf us with its ghoulish secrets upcoming trends and all new products. Thus one line in particular that stirred up interest was its Sweet 1600 line that went on to celebrate Draculaura’s (Daughter of Dracula) Birthday of her turning 1600 years old. So with this celebration there just has to be a doll assortment to accompany this.

Of course I am and that is what has been done with not one but 3 additions that includes beasties Clawdeen Wolf (Daughter of the Werewolf) Clawd Wolf (Son and brother to Clawdeen Wolf/Werewolf) Frankie Stein (Daughter of Frankenstein) and Cupid (Daughter of Eros) BUT that’s not all there was also a special Birthday gift that Draculaura’s father gave her which was a car!

This brings us to this review that captures the edgy yet flashy details that is Draculaura’s Roadster! The styling of this car is basic for the most part it's a basic doll car the doors don't open and only movable parts are the wheels. But as most doll cars tend to have are sticker parts but this is a minor sticker type car, it’s covered in a black coat with pink outer trims here and there. While the seat or seats can fit two ghouls per ride with matching seatbelts to keep safety first. Other notable details are the sleek design with amazing detail in each and every possible way that makes this roadster scarier cool!

On a side note this car has also been seen in one of the many specials in celebration of just this occasion, this past February’s Valentine’s Day weekend TV special “Why Do Ghouls Fall In Love?”.
Expect far more things to come from the world that is and always will be Mattel’s Monster High!

Well, well, well, it’s been quite some time since we last heard from The Used well no it’s just been 3 years since 2009's "Artwork" hit the streets. Now 3 years later "Vulnerable" has peeked over the horizon and all new label to back it up, will it live up to its previous processors?

"I Come Alive", "This Fire", "Put Me Out", "Now That You're Dead", and "Kiss It Goodbye", are all of the tunes that tend to stand out on this all new release. The instrumentals used throughout this selection is very edgy and upbeat keeping the guitars, bass, and drum lines together while the vocals punch in keeping it constantly flowing. It's energetic and improves the music well enough that it’s worth more than once.

“Vulnerable” is an album that surpasses the time that was once fulfilled uplifting a whole another beginning and upcoming future that The Used will see fit.

It is a time where dubstep has entered our domain and where industrial and drumstep, dubstep all unite to create a genre known as bass metal with drum and bass cut in between thus the birth of Zardonic begins.

"Vulgar Display Of Bass" takes everything mentioned above and injects it with a musical twist that really keeps the beats coming at the listener. Some of the tunes that really stand out include "Revolution", "Kickass", "Dominate", "Destroy", "Cut Raw", and "Deathmachine" are just a selective set of tunes that really express the reality and uniqueness that is Zardonic.

The instrumental use being portrayed here is creative and catchy really driving that over the edge source of rhythm and technique. Zardonic continues to further push his boundaries beyond the Drum and Bass scene and explore his endless well of creativity and there is no stopping him.

While hard at work on his upcoming sophomore album "Wish Upon A Blackstar", Celldweller mastermind Klayton took to the road on his first tour in five years, with Bret from Blue Stahli as the other half of the live crew. Footage was taken in the US, Russia, Canada, & Japan for Celldweller's upcoming "Live Upon A Blackstar" DVD/Bluray which comes out on April 17th. Today Celldweller has released the accompanying audio-only CD/MP3 version of "Live Upon A Blackstar" on iTunes, Beatport and through the FiXT Store.

You can watch an exclusive first look at footage from the Celldweller Blu-Ray/DVD Release of Celldweller performing "So Long Sentiment Vs. Eon" HERE.

Celldweller has also launched a contest surrounding the release of the first ever Hot Topic exclusive Celldweller T-Shirt Design. Purchase the Shirt between March 10 – April 15 and you can get a Free MP3 & Video Download of the track “So Long Sentiment Vs. Eon” from the ‘Live Upon A Blackstar‘ CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Release, plus if you send a pic of yourself wearing the shirt and Celldweller will post it on his Facebook Wall with your name & city! Additionally, 3 fans will be chosen at random to receive a FREE copy of the Blu-Ray/DVD & CD Release! Full contest details are posted at FiXT News.

West Coast death metal titan, All Shall Perish, will kick off its highly anticipated headlining tour in front of hometown fans tonight in Oakland, Calif. “Scion Presents: This Is Where It Ends” 2012 features an all-star supporting cast of modern death metal acts, with Carnifex, Fleshgod Apocalypse, The Contortionist and Conducting From The Grave rounding out the punishing line-up. Head HERE for all the latest dates and to purchase tickets.

All Shall Perish is touring in support of its crushing fourth studio album, This Is Where It Ends, which released last summer on Nuclear Blast Records.

The colossal blend of devastating death metal, technical instrumental majesty and a hint of ‘core’ for good measure peaked at #50 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

The band immediately hit the road to spread its wave of brutality far and wide, including a run on the high-profile Rockstar Energy Drink MAYHEM Festival in 2011.

Check out the band’s two latest music videos for “There Is Nothing Left” HERE and “Royalty Into Exile” HERE, taken from the new record, and be sure to catch All Shall Perish headlining“This Is Where It Ends” this spring.


3/29 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse
3/30 - Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Café
3/31 - Las Vegas, NV @ Extreme Thing Fest
4/01 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Martini Ranch
4/02 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
4/03 - Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
4/04 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
4/05 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
4/06 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
4/07 - Tulsa, OK @ Eclipse
4/08 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar
4/09 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
4/10 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
4/11 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
4/12 - Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
4/13 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
4/14 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/15 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
4/17 - Springfield, VA @ Empire West
4/18 - Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House
4/19 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
4/20 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (New England Metal & Hardcore Festival)
4/21 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
4/22 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
4/24 - Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theater
4/25 - Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
4/26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
4/27 - Sparks, NV @ The Alley
4/28 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

Modern Day Escape released its crushing sophomore album, Under The Gun, earlier this week on Standby Records. The band has teamed up with to premiere a very special lyric video for “The Syndicate,” a track vocalist, James Vegas, says is dedicated to the band’s legion of die-hard fans. “’The Syndicate’ is about us and our amazing fans,” said Vegas. “They're so supportive and badass. They will do anything to come to our shows, and we will do anything for them.”

The band relied on the never-ending support of the “Syndicate” to provide the visuals for this one-of-a-kind lyric video, and the response was overwhelming. Head over to – a tribute to the driving force behind Modern Day Escape.

Long Island, NY party animals DR. ACULA announce THE DEVIL’s CANADIAN PARTY TOUR with special guests Bermuda and The Last Ten Seconds Of Life. DR. ACULA will head to Canada in full force this Spring 2012. Guitarist Ricky Ostolaza says, “We've grown very fond of Canada over the last 2 years. Great fans and great shows!” Fans can expect to hear new songs and see more stage antics. Ostolaza adds, “Vancouver Let's Get Sketchy!” Click here to join the party. Find out where HERE.

Renowned for bringing skate/punk/action sports and youth culture to the forefront on a global scale, the Vans Warped Tour® is calling and summer is here…

The full VANS WARPED TOUR 2012 multi-stage line-up has now been revealed including Rise Against, who will join other previously announced main stage artists All Time Low, Taking Back Sunday, Anti-Flag, Yellowcard, The Used, Four Year Strong, New Found Glory, Pierce The Veil, Falling In Reverse, Breathe Carolina and more. The VANS WARPED TOUR--a mix of hotly-tipped and established artists--continues to be the most eclectic traveling festival tour on the planet featuring rock, punk, pop, hip-hop and rap, metal, indie rock, electronic, alt-country, folk-punk, dubstep, reggae and rockabilly. See all 2012 acts and listen to music in the grid below. For the full list of confirmed artists, visit:

Last night (Thursday, March 29), the VANS WARPED TOUR kick-off party and press conference was held at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. VANS WARPED TOUR artists and friends joined tour founder Kevin Lyman and Steve Van Doren of Vans to celebrate. Fans were treated to a screening of the new tour documentary film No Room For Rockstars (from Stacy Peralta and the producers of Dogtown & Z-boys, and enjoyed live performances from Forever Came Calling (the group featured in the film), Falling In Reverse, Matt Toka, Dead Sara as well as special performances from tour veterans Yellowcard (acoustic) and The Used. "The energy at the 18th annual Vans Warped Tour Kick-Off Party was amazing," said founder Kevin Lyman. "All signs point to a great summer to come in 2012."

Beginning today, Friday, March 30 (10:00am PT) festival goers can purchase tickets via the exclusive, lower-priced pre-sale: To keep the festival at a great value, pre-sale package prices are $21.99 and include commemorative 3D ticket--which also serves as a jump-the-line early entry pass--a Vans Warped Tour 2012 compilation CD and a 25-cent donation to the Unite the United charity and all service fees. Only a limited number of pre-sale tickets are available per city and once they sell-out, they’re gone. The general on-sale will begin April 7. Go to

The 41-date VANS WARPED TOUR 2012 commences June 16 in Salt Lake City, UT and finishes August 5 in Portland, OR. The tour will hit a handful of new venues this year. See the full itinerary with dates and venues announced now, listed below.


Salt Lake City, UT
Utah State Fairpark
Denver, CO
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Las Vegas, NV
Plaza Hotel & Casino
Irvine, CA
Orange County Great Park
Pomona, CA
Pomona Fairplex
San Francisco, CA
AT&T Park Lot A
Ventura, CA
Seaside Park
Chula Vista, CA
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Scottsdale, AZ
Camelback Park
Las Cruces, NM
New Mexico State University
San Antonio, TX
AT&T Center
Houston, TX
Reliant Center Parking Lot
Dallas, TX
Gexa Energy Pavilion
Maryland Heights, MO
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Auburn Hills, MI
The Palace Of Auburn Hills
Tinley Park, IL
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Shakopee, MN
Canterbury Park
Bonner Springs, KS
Sandstone Amphitheatre
Noblesville, IN
Klipsch Music Center
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Blossom Music Center
Burgettstown, PA
First Niagara Pavilion
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center
Montreal, QC
Parc Jean Drapeau
Toronto, ON
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Darien Center, NY
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Scranton, PA
Toyota Pavilion
Mansfield, MA
Comcast Center
Camden, NJ
Susquehanna Bank Center
Uniondale, NY
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Hartford, CT
The Comcast Theatre
Columbia, MD
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Virginia Beach, VA
Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
Atlanta, GA
Aaron's Amphitheatre
Orlando, FL
Central Florida Fairgrounds
Miami, FL
Cruzan Amphitheatre
St. Petersburg, FL
Vinoy Park
Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Cincinnati, OH
Riverbend Music Center
Milwaukee, WI
Marcus Amphitheater
Redmond, WA
Marymoor Park
Portland, OR
Rose Quarter Riverfront

Belgium metallers Different Stories has got their first debut full-length on the horizon and talks to us about how the band got it’s start, what influences them, and what types of songs we can expect once this album hits the streets! If you haven’t heard of these guys well now you have!

1. What type of band are you?

Brecht; We're Different Stories, a melodic hardcore/metalcore band from Antwerpen, Belgium!

2. Tell us the brief history of your band.

Vonny: Our band started when Maxim, our guitar player, was playing with a band called “By All Means”. This band decided to call it quits, but Max wanted to get going again so he asked some friends to join his new project, and that's how Different Stories was born. We shifted our line-up a little, and decided to record a demo as soon as we felt ready.

Vincent; This demo received a lot of attention and we got a lot of positive feedback. After some time Jeroen , the previous vocalist, had to stop with the band because he had some health issues. This is when I, Vincent, received the chance to prove myself. We've rehearsed a lot, and now we feel confident enough to concour the world. That's why we're in the process of recording our debut album.

Photo By Stephanie Foubert

3. Who are your musical influences?

Sven; Whoaw, that's a hard question. Different Stories has got 5 members; Me (Vincent V.H.- Vocals), Maxim (Guitar), Sven (Guitar), Brecht (Bass) and Vincent D (Drums). We all have our own influences that we try to combine it when we create songs. I think we all listen to: August Burns Red, The Plot In You, La Dispute, More Than Life, The Color Morale, Volumes, Architects, Northlane and As Enemies Arise. If you listen to our songs, you'll probably hear hese bands slip through the cracks of our sound.

4. Where are you in the recording process of the new album?

Maxim: We're recording the vocals as we speak! The longer that we record this album, the more excited we get! It's or debut album, so we really want to do this right! We feel like we're raising a kid here so we're trying to make the right decisions! We've put alot of work into this record and we think you will be able to hear that, even more if you know with what we started out!

5. Who is producing the album? How has the producer aided the recording process?

Vonny: We asked Jeroen Peeters from “The Front Studio” to produce this album. Jeroen isn't only a hero when it comes to mixing, he's also a good friend and that's what we're all about: 'having fun with our friends!"

6. Where are you recording the album?

Vincent; We're recording this album in DIY-style: in the attic!

7. What label will be releasing the album?

Sven:At this moment, we're still recording the album. We're going to contact some labels as soon as we have our final songs. We'll have to wait and see. If we find a good fit we'll go for it, if not... DIY-style! haha

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

Maxim: Different Stories is a band that exists out of friends; We want to enjoy life and we do this by writing about the things we feel.

Vincent: Yeah, We don't wan't to be preaching a message, because that's too pretentious for five lads with no clue of how the world works. Actually, we just wrote some songs about what we think we could do better in the world, we also wrote some about life. The fact that you can't controll what happens to you and we even wrote a love song!

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

Vincent: Offcourse! This is how a songwriting-session looks like: Max comes up with the ideas and we just work them out as a band from there on.

Vonny: To be realy honnest; Maxim is the musical genius of the band and we're just his slaves! (Laughs) No, the genius part is absolute truth, but we all do our part!

Photo By Stephanie Foubert
10. Did the band have any definitive goals they were shooting for before the recording process began for this album?

Sven: “Involve as much friends as we can and have fun!”

11. Are you using any new instrumentation you've never used in the recording process before?

Maxim: It's our debut album, so we haven't got much 'recording expierence' yet. We're trying some new things on the vocals, but apart from that .. no, not that much.

12. When did you start writing for this album?

Maxim: We started to write our first song in the beginning of January 2011. We finished the last one in February of this year. As you can see: it 's been a long journey, but that's good. You don't want to rush into your first record. Taking your time and feeling it out is good!

13. Can you go into one or two tracks on the new album? If so, can you give us the track title and brief description of how the track sounds and how it came about?

Vincent: The two most interesting songs of “Incoherent Consistency” imo are “Distance” and “A Stoic Can't lose”.

As mentioned before; we want to involve as much friends as possible to help us create our album. Nabil, the frontman of “Now, Voyager”, helped us out with “Distance”. This is the love song that we mentioned before.

It's the only track from the demo that survived it all the way to the record. It's a melodic hardcore track with not that many of our new more djenty/metalcore influences. This song has got the 'heartbreak factor' of 10 out of 10 because of Nabil's angelic voice.

The second song, “A Stoic Can't lose”, is a song about being afraid of the future and dealing with that fear. It's the track that has had the most impact on our writing skills. We're very confident about this one so we're pre-releasing it on April the 13th. Our dear friend Bjorn from Poison My Blood will be thowing some of his grunts in there to spice it up!

13. How is the vibe in the studio?

Sven: Party vibe all the way! We're happy about this record and that reflects on our mood!

14. When can we expect the new album to be released?

Vincent: We're aiming to release it this summer! We think it'll be out in July!

15. Will you be touring this album? Is there a chance you will be doing a short tour before the album is released?

Max: We're still in the recording-process of the album, so we're not 100% focussed on “CD campaign” yet. We're aiming to do a small promo tour throughout the BENELUX and we're thinking about one through Europe. Nothing to big, just getting out there to get the word out and have some fun, meeting new people, playing music, living the dream!

16. How do you promote your band and shows?

Vonny: Mainly by Social Networking and playing shows! It's the most effective way!

Maxim: Yeah, Facebook ( ) and Twitter (!/DStories ) help the most!

Photo By Stephanie Foubert

17. Describe your show, visual and musically.

Sven: You could say it's a weird combination of joy and anger! Because our frontman, Vincent, tends to get really worked up and furious on stage, but inbetween songs he's joking around, making faces and clearly having fun. The rest of us kind of go with the vibe of the crowd. If there's a party going on we'll party with them, but if we need to prove ourselves and MAKE them throw a moshpit, we will get on it! That's the Different Stories way!

18. What inspires you to do what you do?

Vincent: We get that question alot. From our friends, teachers even our parents, but we never really had a good answer. What is it that thrives us to go on stage, or in the studio for that matter? What makes us wanna put so much money into a dream? We don't know.. We really don't. It's just one of those things you have to do.

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the feature adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages. The film tells the story of a small town girl (Julianne Hough) who falls in love with a larger-than-life rocker (Tom Cruise) set against the backdrop of the 1980s music scene, featuring songs from the likes of Journey, Foreigner, Styx, and REO Speedwagon. The gist of the trailer is that if you like 80s rock, you’ll probably like a musical that only features 80s rock and uses it as a basis for the plot. But there’s also an important lesson: When sleazy guy played by Paul Giamatti give you a chance at fame, you take him up on his obviously legit offer. The film also stars Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Malin Akerman, Bryan Cranston, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Mary J. Blige. Directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), Rock of Ages opens on June 1, 2012. Check out the trailer below!

Chiodos have released a statement regarding the recent line-up changes. The nessage from the band:

"Hey everybody. Long time no update, we know. We figure it is about time for one after seeing the news today, that you’ve likely seen by now also. Unfortunately, Tanner and Brandon have decided to leave the band. We have been at a stagnant state for the last six months, so the fact that they are ambitious to move on with their lives is totally justified and understandable. We’ve had some killer experiences with them and were able to write one of our proudest albums with them in the hardest of times as a band. We ask for all of our fans continued respect and support towards them and us in our future endeavors. We must all keep looking forward…….."

South American electronic-producer giant Zardonic has unleashed his new record “Vulgar Display Of Bass” through Big Riddim Recordings (released worldwide March 26, 2012). The album is 12 tracks of genre bending violence sure to fill any dancefloor while at the same time causing the masses to raise their “metal horns” high, ranging from dubstep to drum & bass and metal. The album includes massive collaborations with producers such as Counterstrike, Reid Speed, Messinian, Mark Instinct, NumberNin6, Run DMT, Krusha, Omar Santana & Voicians. Check out the album’s top selling single “Real Steel” featuring Mark Instinct, NumberNin6 & Run DMT HERE. Zardonic will be also releasing a crowd-sourced Music Video for the single "Revolution" in April. Purchase “Vulgar Display Of Bass” on iTunes or Beatport. Zardonic resumes his quest for world domination this April. The following dates have been announced with more to come shortly.


13th April - Porto, Portugal
14th April - Lisbon, Portugal
27th April - Antwerp, Belgium
4th May - Seville, Spain
5th May - Granada, Spain
11th May - Valencia, Spain
12th May - Tenerife, Spain
18th May - Bratislava, Slovakia
1st June - Prague, Czech Republic
2nd June - Berlin, Germany
8th June - Perda do Couto, Portugal

Upcoming Remix Releases:
• The Unguided
• Sonic Syndicate
• Semargl

Philadelphia, PA’s A LIFE ONCE LOST will head out on the road for a brief U.S. tour this summer after putting the finishing touches on their upcoming album. The tour kicks off on June 23rd in Richmond, VA, ending on June 29th in Pittsburgh, PA. The dates link up with California sludge metal outfit Black Sheep Wall’s full U.S. headline tour.

A LIFE ONCE LOST recently booked studio time at Planet Red in Richmond, VA to record the long-awaited follow-up to their 2007 album, Iron Gag. Planet Red is owned and operated by producer Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Impending Doom). The band will release the currently untitled new album with international label Season of Mist and the album art will be illustrated by Baltimore, MD based artist Brian Baker.


6/23 – Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
6/24 – Washington, DC @ DC9
6/25 – New York, NY @ Lit Lounge
6/26 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
6/27 – Keene, NH @ The Railroad Tavern
6/28 – Rochester, NY @ The Dubland Underground
6/29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project

Sun & Flesh are up and coming rockstars just waiting for their time of day and with the release of their self-titled EP debut they are getting off to a groovy start.

Their musically talented and have an edge going with the minor screamy tatics used in its array of music that really strikes an interest to the listener. Instrumentally the guitars, bass, and drums all work together in a pattern sense making sure all of the music being portrayed is used properly and working all at once. Whereas the vocals have a constant source of rhythm that doesn't want to quit which makes the music that more interesting.

Sun & Flesh have got something going and they aren't going to stop until they have reached the almighty top!

SMILE EMPTY SOUL have revealed the album cover and track list from their upcoming release "3's" due out May 22nd. "I think we put more thought into this album cover than ever before. There's a ton of symbolism going on, and the whole package this time really means a lot to us," says guitarst and lead singer Sean Danielson.

This spring SMILE EMPTY SOUL will hit the road in support of their brand new release, presented by Jägermeister. Jägermeister, the #1 selling imported liqueur in the United States, has a long history of supporting bands, both from a local level to national amphitheater acts. The brand has spent almost two decades developing artists and has seen many go from obscurity to the top of their fields. “We’re thrilled to be working with SMILE EMPTY SOUL again, a band that appreciates our brand and knows how to enjoy it! They've grown as a band and Jager’s been with them from the beginning,” says Rick Zeiler, Director of Strategic Marketing at Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc.


1. Carve
2. Ugly
3. Warning
4. Sleep Deprivation
5. Hiding Place
6. Let Go
7. Basement
8. Afterlife
9. Greatest Hits and Medleys
10. Hard Biter
11. Wrecking Ball
12. Not Alike

The band recently signed a brand new world wide deal with eOne Music. "We are very excited to be working with eOne on this record. They're a label that truly backs their artists, and that's exactly what we need." says Danielsen. This new effort will be a followup effort to "More Anxiety" which was released in 2010. Danielsen continues, "'3's' is the best record we've made. It's more musical and mature, yet still has the 'Smile' sound that our fans are looking for."

"3's" was recorded in the band's native Southern California, at a handful of studios in the Valley and North Hollywood. Producer Eddie Wohl, who worked with the band on "Consciousness", also manned the board on the new album at his Babyland Studios. The level of comfort with Wohl helped make "3's" the consistent, tightly constructed album that it is. "He gets us and our sound," Danielsen said.


5/4 Riverside, CA The Vibe
5/5 Pheonix, AZ Joe’s Grotto
5/6 Las Vegas, NV Cheyenne Saloon
5/7 W. Hollywood, CA The Whisky A Go Go
5/8 Santa Clara, CA The Avalon
5/11 Sparks, NV The New Oasis
5/12 Sacramento, CA The Boardwalk
5/13 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
5/14 Seattle, WA El Corazon
5/16 Salt Lake City, UT Club Sound
5/17 Denver, Co Moe’s
5/18 Colorado Springs, CO Sunshine Studios
5/19 Keaney, NE The Garage
5/20 Kansas City, MO Aftershock
5/22 Sauget, IL Pops
5/23 Des Moines, IA House of Bricks
5/24 Madison, WI RSR Stage
5/25 Flint, MI Machine Shop
5/26 Bolingbrook, IL Tailgators
5/27 Newport, KY Thompson House
5/29 Parkersburg, WV Marietta Brewing Co.
5/30 Louisville, KY The Vernon Club
5/31 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
6/1 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
6/2 Baltimore, MD Recher
6/3 Springfield, VA Empire
6/4 Raleigh, NC The Berkeley Cafe
6/5 Jacksonville, NC Hooligan’s
6/6 Cocoa, FL 321 Local
6/7 Lake Worth, FL Speakeasy Lounge
6/8 St Pete, FL The Local 400
6/9 Jacksonville, FL Brewster’s Pit
6/10 Coumbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
6/11 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
6/12 Nashville, TN 12 And Porter
6/13 Little Rock, AR Juanitas
6/14 OKC, OK The Conservatory

Having just recently been invited by METALLICA to be a part of their upcoming ORION Music + More Event, THY WILL BE DONE have confirmed a co-headlining tour throughout Japan this summer with Japanese crossover legends The Aggressive Dogs. The tour will kick off on June 29th in Kasihwa and runs through July 8th in Nagoya. A list of confirmed dates can be found below.

On their last trek to Japan, THY WILL BE DONE had provided direct support for KILLSWITCH ENGAGE as well as an additional string of headlining shows throughout the country. Lead guitarist Chris Drapeau spoke about returning to Japan:

"I'm really excited to go back to such a beautiful place with such diehard fans! Our first visit changed my life. I'm also extremely excited to share the stage and spend time with our dear brothers The Aggressive Dogs!"

A video for the Japan Tour can be viewed HERE.

THY WILL BE DONE have recently completed recording their forthcoming EP, mixed by acclaimed metal producer Zeuss (WHITE CHAPEL, SUICIDE SILENCE, CHIMAIRA, SOULFLY) and have recently unveiled a teaser video which features a sampling of new music. Check it out HERE.

THY WILL BE DONE will be taking part in the "Orion Music + More Festival" curated by METALLICA. The event is set for Saturday June 23rd and Sunday June 24th at Bader Field in Atlantic City, NJ. More information can be found at:






Brian Lew, coauthor of MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW: Shots From the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter (Bazillion Points Books) has posted a previously unpublished 1983 interview with Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman of SLAYER. The interview, typed by Kerry King, was originally intended for the second issue of Lew's pioneering Whiplash fanzine, and covers a time period prior to the release of SLAYER's 1984 debut album, Show No Mercy. You can check out the interview for yourself HERE.

Among the subjects covered are SLAYER's early history, band influences, the Los Angeles heavy metal scene, and writing songs "as heavy and evil as possible."

Kerry King on the Slayer's influences: "I think it's kind of obvious that we like Venom and Metallica. I also think [Mercyful] Fate's new album has some of the hottest riffs ever written."

Jeff Hanneman on the Los Angeles heavy metal scene: "L.A. has got to be the poser capital of the world. Around here Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, and Ratt are the heaviest in the world. So if that's heavy we must be molten steel."

MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW, by Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew, is a stunning collection over 400 color and black-and-white photos of the birth of thrash metal in San Francisco, capturing historic moments including the earliest shows by Slayer, Metallica, and Megadeth, and events such as the first night Slayer met the young members of Metallica. The book also includes passionate personal accounts by Bay Area veterans Harald Oimoen, Brian Lew, Ron Quintana of Metal Mania, Gary Holt of Exodus, Alex Skolnick of Testament, and Robb Flynn of Vio-lence/Machine Head. From DIY origins to world domination, the Bay Area thrash metal scene screams to life in these fearless pages. Find out more info HERE.

WRETCHED has just released a band demonstration video for “Dilated Disappointment”, from their newly released album, Son Of Perdition. This unique demonstration video gives WRETCHED fans the chance to watch how each band member perfects his craft. Fans can now learn WRETCHED’s tricks and master their sound. They can also enter to win a huge poster of the album artwork (seen in the background of the video) by recording themselves playing along with the video or by doing a vocal cover of ‘Dilated Disappointment”. Upload the video to YouTube, and post a video response to be entered. This contest will end April 13, 2012! Check out the video below.

CATTLE DECAPITATION reveal the first of three in-studio video segments from their Monolith Of Inhumanity recording sessions. Set for North American release on May 8, 2012, the record was produced by Dave Otero of Denver's Flatline Audio and sees the band exploring innovative new techniques in song writing without abandoning their signature formula of confrontational audio wreckage and self-loathing lyrical content.

Check out Dave McGraw’s drum demolition and behind-the-scenes studio footage as well as first single “A Living, Breathing Piece Of Defecating Meat,” HERE.

Monolith Of Inhumanity is an achievement that stands out as one of the most volatile, ambitious, and impossible to aptly categorize records you will hear in 2012. Dragging their ever-evolving deathgrind sound kicking and screaming into the epic territory inhabited by the likes of Dimmu Borgir and Anaal Nathrakh, the quartet redefine all perceptions of what CATTLE DECAPITATION is. With their seventh full-length, the band have never sounded more focused, aggressive, or manically determined to get in the faces of those who erroneously believe they’ve already experienced the band at their extreme best.

The 11-track Monolith Of Inhumanity features a host of guests including Mike Majewski of Devourment (guest vocals on "Projectile Ovulation"), Lenard Leal of Cephalic Carnage (backing vocals by on "A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat"), The Cephalic Carnage Community Men's Choir, consisting of all current Cephalic members and alumni Jawsh Mullen and Zac Joe (gang choir vocals on "The Carbon Stampede"), and ambient and noise interludes by Los Angeles' most extreme decimator of sound, John Wiese, as well as another strikingly brutal cover by Wes Benscoter.

In addition, CATTLE DECAPITATION collaborated with famed pop culture artist Tom Bunk, best known for his work for the 1980s Garbage Pail Kids trading cards and MAD Magazine, for a very special art project. Bunk was gracious enough to create individual pieces of art for each member of the band, heavily influenced by and practically just as they appeared in the Garbage Pail Kids series of the ‘80s! A GPK-inspired CATTLE DECAPITATION trading card set and T-shirts are included with special limited pre-order packages and collector’s bundles HERE.

CATTLE DECAPITATION recently returned from the successful Reborn of Death European Tour with Suffocation, Blood Red Throne, Cerebral Bore, Adimiron, Sadist and Ulvedharr and will take a short break before heading out on the Occupation Domination 2012 with Origin, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings Of Saturn, Battlecross and more!


4/14/12 Forum 619 – Cheyenne, WY
4/15/12 Budd Ugly's – Rapid City, SD
4/18/12 Blackened Moon – Lansing, MI
4/19/12 Lansing Elementary Community Center, Lansing OH
4/20/12 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
4/21/12 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
4/22/12 Champs Backstage – Trenton, NJ
4/23/12 Railroad Tavern – Keene, NH
4/24/12 Club Europa – Brooklyn, NY
4/25/12 Harpos – Detroit, MI
4/26/12 Brass Rail – Peoria, IL
4/27/12 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
4/28/12 Camelot Arena – Portage, IN
4/29/12 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
4/30/12 The Rogue – Fayetteville, AR
5/02/12 El Rey Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
5/03/12 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
5/04/12 Ruby Room – San Diego, CA
5/05/12 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
5/06/12 The Whisky a Go-Go – Hollywood, CA
5/07/12 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA
5/08/12 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
5/09/12 Plea For Peace Center – Stockton, CA
5/10/12 The Alley – Sparks, NV
5/11/12 Branx – Portland, OR
5/12/12 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
5/13/12 The Venue – Boise, ID
5/14/12 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
5/15/12 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
5/16/12 People's Court – Des Moines, IA
5/17/12 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
5/18/12 The Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS

FEAR FACTORY today reveals cover and package details for their forthcoming new album, The
Industrialist. Set for North American release on June 5, The Industrialist is a conceptual record based around a story written by vocalist Burton C. Bell. Lyrics to the album’s ten songs divulge the narrative as discussed recently by Bell with Decibel Magazine. The album’s artwork was created by American designer Anthony Clarkson with additional direction from the band. The album will be available on three formats – standard CD, a limited edition deluxe digi-book (featuring two additional songs), and 180-gram double vinyl.

Bell notes, “the protagonist (The Industrialist) is the incarnation of all industries in the form of an automaton. The mechanical, technological, and scientific advances through the industrial age led to the creation of The Industrialist. In the story, the automaton becomes sentient as it collects memories with each passing day. Through observation and learning, it gains the will to exist. What was meant to help man, will eventually be man’s demise.”

The Industrialist again pairs FEAR FACTORY with producer Rhys Fulber. Mixed by Greg Reely (Paradise Lost/Skinny Puppy), with additional tracking by Logan Mader (Gojira/Divine Heresy), the album is the second written by Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares since reuniting in 2009 after a seven year split. Cazares says, “collaborating with Burton again on the new album was like magic. Everything just fell into place naturally. It felt good to recapture the true sound of FEAR FACTORY, taking it back to where it all started while raising it to new levels.” Regarding Fulber Cazares notes, “Rhys has been our secret member,” shares Cazares. “He is the one producer who has been able to understand what we have been trying to accomplish from the beginning and has opened our eyes to new things without sacrificing our original sound. His production and keyboard talents has made FEAR FACTORY stand out amongst the many bands of our genre.”

The Industrialist follows the 2010 release of Mechanize. Widely regarded, the album was the first release from FEAR FACTORY in six years. Mechanize debuted on Billboard’s Top 100 album chart week of release and topped CMJ’s Loud Rock radio chart as programmers embraced the band’s triumphant return. Sirus XM and Headbangers Ball’s host Jose Mangin noted, “after Mechanize dominated 2010 as Liquid Metal’s Album Of The Year, North America is chompin’ at the bit to get an ear full of new FEAR FACTORY. I have no doubt that FEAR FACTORY are going to kick our collective asses in 2012.”


1. The Industrialist
2. Recharger
3. New Messiah
4. God Eater
5. Depraved Mind Murder
6. Virus of Faith
7. Difference Engine
8. Dissemble
9. Religion is Flawed Because Man is Flawed
10. Human Augmentation
11. Blush Response (Difference Engine) *
12. Landfill *
* (available on deluxe digi-book only)

FEAR FACTORY’s first tour dates since 2011 kick off with four performances in South America, including Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, before starting American dates in San Antonio on May 1. In support will be Shadows Fall, The Browning, The Devasted, and Legacy Of Disorder.


5/01/2012 Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
5/02/2012 Trees – Dallas, TX
5/03/2012 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
5/05/2012 State Theater - St. Petersburg, FL
5/06/2012 Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
5/07/2012 Masquerade – Altanta, GA
5/09/2012 Ziggy’s - Winston-Salem, NC
5/10/2012 Theater of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
5/11/2012 Wally’s Pub - Hamton Beach, NH
5/12/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
5/13/2012 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
5/15/2012 McGuffy’s House of Rock – Dayton, OH
5/16/2012 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
5/17/2012 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
5/19/2012 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
5/21/2012 Ace of Spade – Sacramento, CA
5/22/2012 Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
5/23/2012 Yost Theater - Santa Ana, CA

Job For A Cowboy's bassist Nick Schendzielos spoke to me about the band's upcoming third full-length release "Demonocracy" and the different approach it’s taken since the lineup change and what else we can expect from these guys in the upcoming tours, DVD release, and so much more!

1. For the people who aren't familiar with Job For A Cowboy what would you say to get people interested?

Nick: I would say that if you’re into extreme technical heavy metal give us a listen. In particular this new record is pretty involved record as far as techno death metal goes lots of stuff to keep coming back to again and again. It’s definitely one of those records where you can’t take it in all at once you have to listen to it more than once for it to all sink in.

2. How does it feel to have recorded and about to release your third album?

Nick: It feels good I’ve been in the band for a year now so I’m fairly new so this album is more involved and represents what and who the band is now and personally it’s my best bass work I’ve done on a metal release so I’m really excited for people to hear it and hear what they have to say about it.

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

Nick: Yeah it’s a very political themed record lyrically especially, because you look at the fate of the world of today and it’s not the perfect world ya know? I feel like it’s a responsibility to have and for us being such a big band as we are and able to reach out to the people and get our big foot print involved it’s like our responsibility to get the message out there. Jonny’s history of the band and political involvement and reality of the world we live in really goes onto this release. It’s a grim picture with the level of controls and implement and the ties into government and our fate of freedom so it’s a very political themed record and injustices that exist today. Yeah it is pretty cool because you get to read the lyrics to the song and listen to it too so it gets the image out there. It’s not just the music it’s about the world in it too.

4. How would you describe the overall sound of the new album? How does it compare to Ruination?

Nick: I would say this record overall sound is a lot more aggressive, a lot faster, a lot heavier, and more musically advanced than the previous records.

5. Did the band have any definitive goals they were shooting for before the recording process began for this album?

Nick: I think everybody in the band wonder what was going to happen with the sound since with the lineup changes and having myself and Tony being new to the band we wanted to be more technical and be able to show our playing abilities and overall just show people that there’s a different change as far as playing and an upgrade to showcase.

6. When did you start writing for this album? How was the songwriting process different/similar to previous Job for a Cowboy albums?

Nick: They started writing for this when everybody went home after the tour with Between The Buried and Me and the Gloom release, Tony and Al are closer to each other in Massachusetts so they created the back bone of all the songs and the initial efforts of the songs and made those on MP3 and handled it all out on GuitarPro and send them to each other and tell each other what we thought so then we went into the studio laid down the drum tracks and then guitar, lead, rhythm and vocals. So it was written differently than traditional styled since every one of us lives in different places.
7. What advice would you give to bands that are just starting out?

Nick: I would say probably first and foremost get your technical stuff handled first and everything else will fall into place as you go. Be able to play your instruments first in front of people and have that DIY attitude and have reliable transportation, trailer, gear someone that can handle accounting and all that stuff. Just people who are able to commit and baking soda I would stock up on a lot of baking soda.

8. How would you rate your and the band’s performance ability overall?

Nick: Personally well it’s weird to put yourself on a personal performance level because I’ve never done anything as a solo artist, but I did come from a band called Cephalic Carnage and learned a lot from those guys and how to put on a show. Putting on a show and fooling around and getting into it you can’t just sit there and it may work for some bands but you need to feel the energy. You just need to be able to put on a good show and get the crowd entertained.

9. How would you describe a Job for a Cowboy show?

Nick: I would say aggressive, very loud, and centric and I think the reason people like this music is because it’s an expression and a release. It’s just fun to crack up bands like Metallica and Pantera we’re hoping to get out that emotional level and releasing people.

10. What type of headbanging do you and the guys prefer to do?

Nick: That’s an interesting thing I never had long hair before so I’ve wanted to have it so I could headbang with less the effort. I had someone tell me that you need to get more of your body involved than just your head and neck and get your upper body moving because you can mess up your neck. Who knows what’s going to happen to all of these headbangers out there, from a crowd perspective I like the crazier the better.

11. How many band t-shirts are in your personal collection?

Nick: That’s a really funny question no one has ever asked me that before I probably have about 300 to 400 black t-shirts from bands. Whenever you tour with someone you always get a shirt you like if not a few. It can add up pretty quick with all of the touring happening.

12. Is there anything else we can expect to see from you guys?

Nick: Definitely touring, got a video coming out off the new record, and get a DVD put together or a behind the scenes type of stuff because we’re a goofy band when out on tour and we want to show that side of us and see what our personality type is getting who we are out there.

Death metal miscreants SIX FEET UNDER today announce a bout of U.S. live rituals this June. Dubbed the 18 Nights Of Blood Tour, the bestial invasion will begin in Atlanta, Georgia on June 8 and ravage its way across the country before coming to a close on June 29 in Tampa, Florida. Support will be provided by Dying Fetus and Revocation. The band will be touring in support of their upcoming ninth full-length, Undead, scheduled for North American release this Spring.

Comments vocalist/death metal high priest Chris Barnes of the tour: “I'm proud and honored to be kicking off our first U.S. tour for the release of our new album, Undead with our good friends Dying Fetus and new killers Revocation! This tour is gonna be SICK! June will be murdered! 18 Nights Of Blood! Do not miss this tour!”


6/08/2012 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
6/09/2012 Empire - Springfield, VA
6/10/2012 Palladium - Worcester, MA
6/11/2012 Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
6/12/2012 Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
6/13/2012 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
6/14/2012 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
6/15/2012 Harpo's - Detroit, MI
6/16/2012 People's Court - Des Moines, IA*
6/18/2012 The Gothic Theater - Denver, CO*
6/20/2012 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
6/21/2012 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
6/23/2012 The Metro - Oakland, CA
6/24/2012 The Whisky - Los Angeles, CA
6/25/2012 TBA – Tempe, AZ
6/26/2012 House Of Rock - El Paso, TX
6/27/2012 Scout Bar - Houston, TX
6/29/2012 Brass Mug - Tampa, FL*
* - No Dying Fetus

Having discovering a band like Modern Day Escape wasn't that hard and since I re-listened to their 2009 debut “House of Rats” countless times I knew I’d be sucked into their society soon enough and it was from 2010 onward that I was a member of the Modern Day Escape community.

Since then the band has toured relentlessly with various acts as Black Veil Brides and Wednesday 13 just getting their name out into the open really exposing and promoting who they are and where they were from and everything in between of course. With this they went on to begin writing and recording for their follow-up release entitled “Under the Gun” with two brand spanking new members guitarist Mark Burns and percussionist Sandra Alva formerly of Black Veil Brides.

So out with the old and in with the new totally new it seems since discussion of an all new album was in the works fans were in total anticipation for it especially having Sandra taking the percussion role this time around there was going to be high hopes and it all began with the releases of the title track and fan devoted track "The Syndicate", these alone really expose who Modern Day Escape is as of right now and where they will forever be.

Other mentionable tracks that really expand the band’s musical abilities and skill set has to include "Angels Up Above", and “Voiceless”, a selective set of ballad tunes that preserve the hard rock tone just a tad. "Feeds On The Darkside", "Playing Victim", and "Demons Down Below", on the other hand construct the band’s maturity as musicians and leave us in wonder as to what will happen next.

If may not be as edgy as “House of Rats” was but that was then and “Under The Gun” is right here and right now.

From the macabre tomb of Bay Area death metal pioneer, Autopsy, comes an unrivaled insight into its world of gore and horror in the form of a new DVD, Born Undead, due out on June 5th in North America on Peaceville Records. Born Undead charters the birth, death and rebirth of the legendary act, with an extensive documentary conducted with the band members themselves, as they describe how the beast came to be, and the impact their music has had on the metal world over a span of more than 20 years.

The film also documents the band’s long-awaited return to the studio and stage, and includes rehearsals of both new tracks and old classics for Autopsy’s live comeback assault. The trio of 2010 reunion shows are all featured, with all the best classic tracks from Maryland Deathfest, PartySan festival and also Hole in the Sky in Norway, where Chris Reifert, Eric Cutler, and Danny Coralles were joined by Dan Lilker on bass.

With hours of footage, as well as extras including the band’s promo video for “All Tomorrow’s Funerals,” “My Corpse Shall Rise” and more, Born Undead is the ultimate set for all Autopsy and metal maniacs alike.

The DVD also contains artwork from Kent Mattieu, who had collaborated with the band on its early classic (and often controversial) album covers.

One of the early breed of US death metal acts, and most respected names in the genre, Autopsy formed in 1987 in San Francisco, and released four albums on Peaceville Records - beginning with the classic debut Severed Survival in 1989 - before disbanding in 1995 with members going on to form Abscess.

Autopsy triumphantly and officially returned from the grave after a 15-year hiatus with the 2010 EP, ‘The Tomb Within,’ delighting critics and fans alike. The band then released its fifth full length, and first since 1995, Macabre Eternal, in 2011. Stay tuned for more info on Autopsy and Born Undead.

EMMURE has just release their new music video “Protoman” produced by Frank Nasso. This single is off their soon to be released album (4/10/12), Slave To The Game, found in most major retailer.

This video features the band rocking out in an 80’s throwback arcade, as a tribute to their youth and gamer lifestyle. Emmure's energetic breakdown-oriented sound encompasses many various metal influences. This video is sure to give the viewer a glimpse into Emmure’s colorful performance. See below for a screen shot of the video. Check it out below.

DYING FETUS have confirmed a June 17th release date for their new album entitled Reign Supreme. The album will feature nine tracks and is a "return to roots" with production focused slightly more on slam than in the band's last few works. Thematically, the album is set to be a good old-fashioned piece of social and political commentary in the style of DYING FETUS as we have come to know. The album artwork for Reign Supreme has been revealed and can be viewed on the latest official album teaser for Reign Supreme HERE. The teaser also contains the first samples of new music from the album.