June 2012

The Word Alive's "Life Cycles" release is one that takes a listener such as myself who has heard their material from the numerous front personal they have had over the course of their careers and it makes me think why?

This is only the second release and it doesn't compare to any of their previous releases not by a long shot. This as stated by frontman Tyler Smith is heavier and directs you towards the metal head advantage point but thats as far as it gets. It also happens to be the first release to not have a keyboardist since their previous one Dusty Riach parted ways at the start of this year. But anyway "Life Cycles" does of course bring forth its two singles "Entirety" along with the title track and these alone set up what you can expect to hear throughout. Nothing more than your typical metalcore screams with techno beats that brings to mind that of Blood On The Dance Floor crosses Motionless In White having even those bands sound better than this.

It goes without saying that this is a release gives The Word Alive a chance to expand without its keyboardist being present having that space fill in the blanks but it's nothing more than that, it fills in the spaces being nothing else.

Did not even realize that Municipal Waste and Toxic Holocaust teamed up to release a split EP, but lord and behold they did it and it’s entitled “Toxic Waste”. Each of the two acts released two new songs each Municipal Waste kicks things off with their grunge metal works with songs "Trapped in the Sites", and "Mourning Sex", each of which maintain Municipal Waste’s classic ability as musicians. While Toxic Holocaust brings the chaos that is aggression with their songs "We Bring Em Hell", and "Altar-Ed States", these go hand in hand with being heavy and true. Overall this is a release that shall not be missed for each of these acts has their own way of keeping it metal.

Deception Of A Ghost's Bryan Sain talks to us about how his band got started, how they felt about getting signed with Bullet Tooth Records and whats new when it comes to their music both new and old.

1. Tell me how did the band decide on naming yourselves Deception Of A Ghost?

Well, before we were Deception Of A Ghost, we were Sever The Tie. We signed a small record deal a few years back with Forsaken Records out of Greensboro, NC when the band name was still Sever The Tie. There was a band on Solid State Records named Sever Your Ties so for conflict of interest we had to change our name. Deception of a ghost was the name of the last song on our unreleased E.P. at the time and we couldn't think of anything else so we said, ok, let's just go with this.

2. Can you give me a brief summary as to how the band got started up until this point?

Buddy, Kyle, and myself have been best friends for years. They're brothers and I met them through music and we all played local shows in different bands together and started hanging out outside of music. I moved off to Raleigh to join a band and was out there for about 8 months touring and what not and I got a phone call from the old drummer who I was also friends with. He basically said dude I'm getting married and I don't want to tour anymore and you know, that whole married life conversation. So he asked me if I'd fill the spot since we were all good friends already and I said of course. So I moved home, tried out, and we went from there. We picked Scott up a little over a year ago when our vocalist quit and he's been killing it. One of the best dudes I know and so experienced with touring and drinking and all the fun stuff haha. And recently, we've added our homie Chris "Spacholypse" Spach to our lineup on bass. Rad ass dude with rad ass tattoos. 

3. Do you remember what you were doing the day you guys got word about getting signed to Bullet Tooth Records?

I don't really recollect anything specific, I just remember sitting at home and getting a text from Buddy saying Josh (Bullet Tooth owner) was interested and was typing up a mock contract to send us. At the time the label was still called Trustkill Records. I don't really think it hit me until we actually signed it and what I really remember is drinking Andre Champagne for 3 weeks straight every weekend and getting stupid drunk and just partying. We celebrated for almost a month I guess because we're small town dudes and it was just surreal. The same guy that put out a lot of greats and changed the underground scene in the early 2000's was signing us and we just said fuck it, let's party for a month. And I'll never know why we drank Andre Champagne. We haven't drank it again to this day. Weird.

4. Who are some of your musical influences and non-influences?

As a band I'd say anything musical. We all listen to everything and I think each person brings their own mix of musical taste to the table. And life is probably our biggest influence on writing. Just whatever we're feeling as of late or emotions, all that plays a part. As for me personally, I love everything from metal to r&b. It all mixes pretty well in the end for having such wide varieties. 

5. What are your songs about and what themes do they cover? Can you discuss the song writing process?

Our first record was about being yourself and never letting someone tell you that you can't be who you are or that you can't do anything you want to do. And about being positive. I guess that was the "theme"  but our old vocalist was going through some things and he really hit the nail on the head for exactly what he felt then. It was real stuff and it was really who he was. A positive dude who had to overcome a lot at a young age. This new record, "Life Right Now" is absolutely what it says. It's fast, aggressive, heavy and doesn't stop. This record is about a lot of things, partying, a shitty government, money and how it's just fake green paper, not giving up, probably a little bit of heartbreak, but it's all positive still. It's about to how to still be happy and let go. There's too many negative messages today in and out of music and none of us are negative. We're all real dudes and we're not gonna sing about shit that we don't go through. And I think we're all glad it's not all about love and depression cuz fuck that noise.   

6. Tell me about your time in the studio how was the vibe?

The vibe was awesome! Jamie King is a close friend and has been for a while and he did our first record as well. We laughed constantly and learned so much. We threw around some ideas for producers and we decided on the King again. We tried some new things in the studio with Jamie this time and it was amazing. He did some new things that he'd never done on the engineering side, as did we on the tracking side and it all turned out great. We had most everything written and had been doing pre-pro for every song before
entering the studio, which is a huge help. Some things changed during our recording process but it was all for the better and Jamie is an awesome listener and producer, but still gives you the freedom to do and try your own things. Then we sent the record off to Joey Sturgis and he mastered it and it sounds phenomenal. We couldn't be happier working with 
both Jamie and Joey.

7. "Life Right Now!" is your title choice how come and what can you tell me about this release?

"Life Right Now" was chosen becuase it represents everything our songs talk about as well as our personal lives. A government on the rocks, relationships, being a real person, the economy being pure shit, living for yourself and partying because it's Thursday night, I could go on forever. And not just these topics in general, but our views on them. The way we or the listener perceives life right now.  

8. How do you think this release differs from your previous?

Our last release was very carefully written. I think we felt like since it was our first record we had to tip toe around and I mean we still wrote what we wanted at the time but we had some member changes before we were signed. So half the record was written with one bass player and one vocalist and the other half was written with a different bass player and a different vocalist. So we tried to compromise with the situation and do the best we could while touring in between. As soon as we started to think of writing a new record we knew we wanted faster, more aggressive, heavier the whole time. Just relentless. We didn't have any boundaries on this one. We had a lot of anger built up within us. Not as a band, but I think each individual had some things going on personally and we were all pissed at the music business or at least I was. Not at any one person or the label but just because you eat shit so much. None of us ever expected to make a ton of money, which we don't, but even to do it just because it's your passion is a constant battle. Promoters shit on you, clubs shit on you, you're broke, and it's a tough business to be in. Especially when you're a small band on a large scale of successful bands. So instead of bitching about it because it does no one any good, we wrote a record. But in the end, we all love it, I love it, and we'd never change anything we've been through or our passion for music. You just have to vent sometimes haha.

9. What inspired the album title? Is it a concept album?

Like I said, just life itself and who we are. We love to party, we love fast cars and even faster women. Touring all the time, the craziness of everyday life and the emotions you go through daily. Hanging with your friends or whatever it is people do. That is life right now. As far as a concept album, no. I wouldn't say so. It has meaning, but it's not a story or series from a previous album. The two records have no relation in that aspect. I think concept albums can be cool, but this is not one.

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

To write the record we wanted and hold nothing back. To say whatever we wanted. Be it lyrics, music, production, whatever. We just wanted to have the sound we wanted and put a record out that meant something to us and showed people who we are. I think if you can accomplish that in songs without actually explaining to people word for word what you mean, you have succeeded in that aspect. And obviously to top the last record. Second release is usually the most important in our opinion and we wanted to blow the roof off.

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

The guitars used some new things I know. I can't really talk nerdy to you about it because I don't know anything about any of that stuff, but I know they used the new Axe-Fx. I'm sure there were some other processors and preamps they used that were from the year 3000 that I'm not mentioning haha, but seriously, I couldn't tell you. As weird as this sounds, I used a Zil-bell one time, and for the first time ever on this record. Most drummers have Zil-bells, I never have for whatever reason. I think Jamie actually had some new gear as well on the engineering end but again, I'm so clueless on that stuff, forgive me.

12. When did you start writing for this album? How was the songwriting process different/similar to previous Deception Of A Ghost albums?

We started writing last summer pretty seriously. We had written one song before the summer and half of it had vocals, but we eventually scrapped it. We had about about 3 songs finished by the end of summer. We were touring all summer on and off so Kyle would record while we were home for a couple weeks and then on the road we would listen to everything and talk about changes and if we liked the song enough to keep it and so on and so forth. We basically wrote all the way up to the day before we went to the studio. The writing  process was actually very different from the last record. Kyle, one of our guitar players, wrote everything, where as the last album we wrote as a group. He pre-pro'd guitars, bass, drums, everything except vocals. Then at practice we would learn everything and I would tweak drum parts and put my own fills in and change small things, but I would say 80 percent of what he wrote was used. When he wrote a new song he would e-mail it to everyone and we'd all text back and forth and put our 2 cents in and go from there. He did a fantastic job and we were all surprised. It was very smooth and I think Kyle has always loved writing and there's always been "that guy" that he couldn't write comfortably around, so he just said fuck it, let me take a stab at it and it worked.

13. Did you feel any pressure for a follow-up?

Not at all. If anything, we were ready to do this record a year ago. We knew what we wanted to put out as soon as "Speak Up, You're Not Alone" had been out for about 6 months. Not that we weren't happy with it, I just think as a band you grow musically and you get chemistry and that takes time. And with members in and out and all that stuff when we finally talked about a new record everyone was on the same page. And so we knew then what we wanted to do.

14. What are your expectations for the CD?

I'd say we want to get to the next level. And by that I mean touring full time and doing this as a career. We all love music and want to share it with the world. As far as sales, sure we'd love to triple what the first one did but with the way downloading is, you never know what your numbers will look like. I think if you're a band with a demand for your music, you'll sell records regardless of piracy. You might not go platinum, but you'll produce numbers. And that's what we want. Not for money reasons or any of that shit,
but becuase it means kids are into it. If you can sell records in this day and age then you have a solid fan base that want to support you.

15. What are your upcoming plans in regards to touring?

We have a headlining tour that starts next week! July 6th in Oneonta, New York. We're stoked on that. It's with our boys in Thoughts In Reverse and Dead Ocean. It's East Coast and should be a blast. Check that out, come out, party, hang, buy new merch, hear new songs, all that stuff. And after that we have some plans in the works for early fall and the record coming out so it should be busy for the rest of the year!

16. What more can we expect to see from you guys this year?

New music video hopefully within the next couple months, touring the new record the rest of the year, and who knows what else. New Rock Band songs. I'm not even sure what's going on at this point with everything in the works but stay tuned and keep up with us and come out to some live shows and hang out! Talk to us, buy us beers, drink our beers, whatever you wanna do. We live in a van so we're easily enthused haha.

17. Anything else you'd like to say or add?

We would like to thank Natalie's World for this interview and taking the time to check us out. Thanks to anyone that reads this. Check us out on facebook and twitter!


Look out for us on the Flawless Victoury this summer and our new record "Life Right Now" to drop this summer! Thanks again.

Swedish melodic metal act, Soilwork, has officially announced the arrival among its ranks of guitarist and long-time friend, David Andersson (Night Flight Orchestra).

“We’re super stoked to have David with us,” said vocalist, Björn “Speed” Strid. “He’s a blast to be around and a kick ass guitarist. Plus, we’ve known him for so many years, from all the touring together, we just know he’s a perfect fit for us.”

Andersson has toured on and off with Soilwork since 2006, and most recently during the 2011 festival season in support of the band’s acclaimed eighth album, The Panic Broadcast.

Regarding the recently announced split with founding guitarist Peter Wichers, who first left the band in 2005 only to return four years later, Speed commented, “We just had to do this. It’s in the best interest of both him and us. Soilwork was born to be out there, tearing up the stage. Peter’s been unable to commit to the kind of touring we need to do and it’s time for us to move on. David’s played with us for so long, he’s really grown into the band. It feels natural, like a seamless transition. We’re thankful for everything Peter has contributed to Soilwork over the years and we sincerely wish him the best.”

Soilwork is currently in the process of writing new music for its ninth album, The Living Infinite. “We’re working our asses off to put this record together”, said Speed. “It’s gonna be fantastic, the songs and ideas are flowing like crazy! As far as the musical direction goes, there’s tons of crushing, high energy, in-your-face metal. Trust me, we’re not about to go mellow anytime soon!”

Stay tuned for more information on Soilwork and The Living Infinite.

LAMB OF GOD management will be issuing an official statement on Monday regarding the charges made against singer Randy Blythe. As no formal charges have yet been made and the case is only in the investigation stages, it would be premature to make an official statement filled with false truths or innuendos.

Having said that, management wished to address today one false piece of information that has been included in many of the news stories released so far. Under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved. This incident deals with a fan that three times during the concert jumped the barricade and rushed Randy during the performance. It is alleged that the third time, security was not able to reach him and that Randy pushed him back into the audience where supposedly he fell and hit his head.

Again, until the investigation is concluded this weekend, nothing more will be released, but clarity and the facts needed to be addressed on this one reported point which is totally inaccurate.

Helsinki vampire rock outfit, The 69 Eyes, is currently putting the finishing touches on its new, 10th studio album, due out early October on Nuclear Blast Records.

Commented lead vampire, Jyrki69, "We've never really celebrated anything, not that we've been playing 20 years or so (vampires don't count decades). Thus this time we thought to celebrate a bit: the new album is entitled as tenth in Roman numbers, it'll be called X.”

X was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by “On The Verge” production team, with Stefan Boman (The Hellacopters, Bullet) handling mixing duties.

The first single release from X, “Red,” will surface this August.

“The sound is the most melodic, yet melancholic, we've ever had,” added, Jyrki69. “Listening to the pre-mixes have been giving goose bumps to everyone here. This is the best 69 Eyes album ever done!”
At the same time the band will also launch its own vampire style red wine, simply called, “Red,” which will mainly be distributed in Sweden and Finland.

While waiting for the album, the Helsinki vampire enthusiastic can go to listen to singer Jyrki's DJ skills as he hosts his Goth'n'Roll club nights in Barcelona's UNDEAD club on July 7th:
http://www.facebook.com/events/444590075554132/ and FANGTASIA II event in New Orleans, USA on July 21st: http://www.seraphemera.org/seraphemera_books/Fangtasia2.html.

Stay tuned for more information on The 69 Eyes and X.

Industrial-Metal Legends Static-X have begun announcing tour dates for Summer 2012. The band, fronted by Singer/Guitarist Wayne Static, will embark on dates beginning July 15 at the Ink Life Tattoo Convention at the El Paso Coliseum.

Static commented on the upcoming tour saying "I had a great time over the past few years doing my Pighammer album and solo tours, but it's time to get Static-X back on the road. I can’t wait to tear it up with some old school Evil Disco!” The tour will be the first for the Metal titans since they announced a hiatus in 2009. Original bassist Tony Campos will not be joining the band on this tour but says “I’m proud of my years with Static X, and want to see the name of the band stay alive and well. I hope that all of our fans will continue to support both Wayne and I in our individual endeavors.”

This first leg will feature newcomers Davey Suicide and 9 Electric, and are just the beginning of a long string of dates. Expect more announcements soon for additional shows.


7/15 El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum
7/16 Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
7/17 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's
7/18 Dallas, TX @ Trees
7/19 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
7/21 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
7/23 Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
7/24 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
7/25 Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
7/26 Knoxville, TN @ The Valarium
7/27 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/30 Norfolk, VA @ Norva

Revolver Magazine have launched the worldwide premiere of the new Throw The Fight music video for "Not So Hollywood"! Check it out at RevolverMag.com.  “Triple Threat Productions did a KILLER job producing the video. We had a great team going into this project and the whole experience was a ton of fun. All the people in this video are all close friends of the band, so that made everything that much more enjoyable. They made this video possible.” - Ryan Baustert (Guitar)

SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL (SSMF) organizers have announced the full lineup for the annual three-day event kicking off Thursday, August 16 and culminating on Saturday, August 18 with an all-day street festival. THE DOORS will be the 2012 festival honorees.

Among those just announced to perform at the House of Blues Sunset Strip, The Roxy Theatre, Viper Room, Key Club and Whisky A Go-Go during SSMF 2012 are RZA, Hank III, Peter Murphy, Matt Skiba, Mickey Avalon, James Ingram and many more (see below). These acts join the previously-announced August 18 street festival artists including headliner Marilyn Manson as well as The Offspring, Steve Aoki, Bad Religion, very special guest Black Label Society, Far East Movement, De La Soul, Dead Sara and The Mowgli’s. Tickets are on sale now via TicketWeb (TicketWeb.com/SSMF). A portion of the proceeds will benefit IMPACT DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT CENTER, which has been treating individuals struggling with the powerful force of addiction since 1969.

As in years past, Sunset Boulevard will be closed to traffic Saturday, August 18 between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard and transformed into a premier concert destination with two outdoor stages, beer gardens, an artist autograph tent, an outdoor VIP rooftop lounge, Silent Frisco’s silent disco, VIP Lounge at On The Rox, food trucks and interactive experiences. The venues within the street festival closure--The Roxy Theatre, Whisky A Go-Go and Key Club--will also host full lineups from more than 50 bands throughout the day.

Tickets for SSMF 2012 are on sale now via TicketWeb and are free of additional ticketing fees. Ticket options include general admission August 18 street festival ticket for $75 and VIP options for $135, which includes access to the rooftop VIP area with views of the West stage, VIP areas in the beer garden and venues, access to VIP lounge On The Rox, a separate entrance and additional perks. A very limited number of three-day VIP passes will also be available for $250. These special passes include access to THE DOORS celebration on Thursday, August 16, VIP access to the August 18 street festival and entrance to all of the Sunset Strip Venues on August 16, 17 and 18--House of Blues, The Roxy Theatre, Viper Room, Whisky A Go-Go and Key Club--pending capacity. Tickets for individual venue shows on August 16 and 17 and select August 18 shows are also available. Please visit www.ssmf.com for full details.

Here’s the full lineup for SSMF 2012:

Thursday, August 16
SSMF Celebrates The Doors at House of Blues Sunset Strip
Viper Room
Future Villains
Lady Sinatra
The Black Marquee
Gunpowder Secrets
Diamonds Under Fire
The Roxy Theatre
Peter Murphy
Whisky A Go-Go
Jack Russell’s Great White
Faster Pussycat
Pretty Boy Floyd
The Hard Way
Wizeguy Theory
Madysin Hatter
Everyday Feels Like Sunday
Key Club
Quiet Riot

Friday, August 17
House of Blues
Hank III + special guests
Key Club
RZA with full band
Viper Room (early show)
Unwritten Law
London Cries
Viper Room (late show)
Mickey Avalon
Little Miss Nasty
Whisky A Go-Go
James Ingram
Teddy Campbell Band

Saturday, August 18
Outdoor street festival stages
Marilyn Manson
The Offspring
Steve Aoki
Bad Religion
Black Label Society
Far East Movement
De La Soul
Dead Sara
The Mowgli’s
The Roxy Theatre
Das Racist
Matt Skiba
Street Drum Corps
Burning Of Rome
Caught A Ghost
Love And A .38
The Stone Foxes
The Knife Outline
Dim Mak after party with surprise performances
Whisky A Go-Go
Tempting Fate
The Untouchables
Hardly Dangerous
The Rocketz
Cold Blue Rebels
Leif Garrett
Hotel Diablo
45 Grave
Key Club
V Sevani
Moses Stone
Nylon Pink
California Windfall
Vicci Martinez
True Press
Patience Prince
Brandon and Leah
After party
98-7fm's "Close to Home" Roxy Lot Stage
Family Of The Year
Terraplane Sun
Midnight Hour
The Vim Dicta
Jared James Nichols
Cherri Bomb
Silent Frisco

Saturday, August 18 AFTER Street Fest (separate tickets required for entrance):
Viper Room (doors at 10 p.m.)
House of Blues
Subhuman Tour (featuring Diesel Boy / Bare – dubstep DJ event)

U.S. death metal legend, Nile, offers a morbid foretaste of its upcoming pitch-black studio record, At The Gate Of Sethu, in the form of the second part of a series of track-by-track videos! Let George (drums) and Dallas (guitars, vocals) give you further information on the idea behind some new songs: http://youtu.be/_7OqjDKk2TsThe first track-by-track video can be seen on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/7IRvUMKAi2Q.

Red Hot Chili Peppers today announced they are premiering the video for their single "Brendan's Death Song" on RollingStone.com.

"Brendan's Death Song" is the fourth single from the band's album I'm With You, which was released by Warner Bros. Records on August 29, 2011.  The video, directed by Marc Klasfeld (Foo Fighters, Jay-Z) was shot in New Orleans, Louisiana and is homage to the band's long time friend Brendan Mullen.

Mullen is best known as the founder of the Hollywood punk rock club The Masque that he set up and ran from 1977 until it was shut down in 1978 due to the city's refusal to issue the necessary permits to run it as a legal nightclub.  After it's closure, Mullen spent many years booking shows for Club Lingerie.  It was during this time he met Anthony Kiedis and Flea and after hearing their demo, Mullen offered them an opening slot on a Bad Brains show.  The Red Hot Chili Peppers credit him as one of their first major supports and giving them their start.   Through his support and the many nightclubs he worked out the scene gave birth to not only the Red Hot Chili Peppers but bands like The Go-Go's, X, The Weirdos and The Germs.

You can check out the video HERE.

It's been a while since last speaking with metal outfit Edge Of Attack. Since then the band has been busy writing, recording, and replacing previous members. While also releasing an all new video for the hit single "Forever" along with the upcoming debut of their self-titled release. Find out just what else we can expect to see from these metal misfits of 2012.

1. So what happened with Edge Of Attack since we last spoke, you got an all new line-up who left and who came aboard?

We've been busy to say the least. Just in the last month alone we've toured the new material, we've been signed, and we've begun to write and record new material. As for the line-up shift, we had Denver come on board to replace Kayle on bass guitar.

2. Who produced your self-titled debut and what label released the album?

Jurekk is working very hard at producing the album and it is soon to be released with Spread the Metal Records.

3. What inspired the album title and is it a concept album? Can you tell me about the album artwork who designed it and what does it symbolize for the band?

The album is self-titled because it represents a reinvention of our sound, which is a very important aspect of the album. The art was done by artist Andrew Triebel and it captures the vision of our song, which is also titled, Edge of Attack.

4. How would you describe the overall sound of the new album? How does it compare to “No Return”?

It's an American take on power metal. As a whole it is completely different, though you can still feel some strong thrash influences.

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

Of course our foremost goal was to sign a recording contract with the new album. Luckily for us, it happened before we even had the chance to release it.

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

We're utilizing choral and symphonic arrangements with greater depth.

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

The writing process is very intensive. It's hard to pinpoint a specific starting time because writing is a constant process. We are constantly stockpiling ideas for new songs.

8. 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?

Well, at this point it's hard to say which songs will make the final track list and we would rather leave it to the fans to get their first impressions from the music.

9. How was the vibe in the studio?

We are just in the process of heading back to the studio now, but we tend to keep things very low-key and professional. We get along well so things are typically upbeat and run as smoothly as we can manage.

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

Our target is in the August/September 2012 area.

11. Have you been road testing any of the new material? If so, how have audiences reacted to the new material?

We just wrapped up our Attack the West tour. The overall response was great, and we had the chance to win over some unlikely audiences.

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

Having just covered Western Canada, our plan is to tour North and South America once our album is complete.

13. Did you feel any pressure when it came down to writing, recording, this debut? Do you all plan on celebrating on the day it's released?

The truth is that we all enjoy writing and recording so much that pressure isn't how we would describe it. We are striving to make the best album we can and that's just our day to day. While the release of the album is definitely something to celebrate, our focus will shift immediately to getting back on tour. That in itself is a celebration.

14. You released and shot a video for the song "Forever" can you tell me about that experience and the concept behind it? Will you be using the microphone stand you used in the video at your showcases?


The Forever video was intended to be simple, so we couldn't really say it had a particular concept. We did the shoot early in March of this year and it was still very cold so it took some determination to shoot. The location had no heat, minimal shelter and we weren't exactly wearing parkas. After a few hours we were glad to be finished. As for the mic stand, while Trevor did a great job custom-making it, it's much too heavy to take on the road. Mostly it's for promo purposes only.

15. What more can we expect to see from you guys as far as this year goes?

Our plans are to finish recording the album, tour as much as we can, and hopefully after that we will shoot a new music video.

16. Do you want to add or say anything else?

We want to give a huge thanks to our fans and remind everyone to check out our website and our Facebook page. We are excited to have joined the roster of Spread the Metal Records and we can't wait for everyone to hear the new album.

New Jersey metal warriors GOD FORBID have teamed up with BATTLECROSS to bring fans more metal! Starting on July 6 in Springfield, VA, GOD FORBID will be headlining a set of dates leading up to TRESPASS AMERICA FESTIVAL. They will also be performing on a series of off dates with BATTLECROSS – check out dates below. Fans should prepare for a double dose of trouble! You can also watch the guitar/ bass demonstration video they recently shot HERE.

Headlining Tour Dates:

7/06-Springfield, VA @ Empire 7/07-Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
7/08- Winston –Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s
7/10- Fayetteville, AR @ Stone Pony
7/12- Wichita, KS @ The Scenery
7/18- St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
7/20- Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s **** GOD FORBID ONLY *****
8/09- S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
8/11- Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL
8/31- Shreveport, LA @ The Riverside Warehouse
9/01- Memphis, TN @ Newby’s


7/13 –Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
7/15 –Billings, MT @ Metra Park Arena
7/16 –Bismarck, ND @ Bismarck Civic Center
7/17 –Sioux Falls, SD @ Sioux Falls Arena
7/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
7/21 –Fort Wayne, IN @ Allen County Expo Center
7/22 –Waterloo, IA @ McElroy Auditorium
7/24 –Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Amphitheatre
7/25 –Belton, TX @ Bell County Expo Center
7/27 –San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
7/28 –Beaumont, TX @ Ford Pavilion
7/30 –Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
7/31 –Evansville, IN @ Ford Center
8/01 –Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion At Riverbend Music
8/03–Battle Creek, MI @ Kellogg Arena
8/04 –Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadowbrook Arena
08/05- Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion
8/07- Syracuse, NY @ Oswego Speedway
8/08 –Glens Falls, NY @ Glens Falls Civic Center
8/10 – Scarborough, ME @ Scarborough Downs
8/14 –Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
8/15 –Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theatre
8/17 –Worchester, MA @ DCU Center
8/18 –Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
8/19 –Philadelphia, PA @ Penn’s Landing – Festival Pier
8/21 –Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Uptown
8/22- Knoxville, TN @ Knoxville Civic Coliseum
8/24 –Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheater
8/25 –Rio Rancho, NM @ Santa Ana Star Center
8/26 –Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theater
8/28- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

Bay Area thrash metal legend, Testament, has launched a stream of the new track, “True American Hate,” via Nuclear Blast’s website, along with several Dark Roots Of Earth pre-order options. “True American Hate” is the first track to surface from the band’s highly anticipated 10th studio album, Dark Roots Of Earth – its first release in over four years following 2008’s critically acclaimed, The Formation Of Damnation.

Dark Roots Of Earth is due out on July 31st in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
The CD was produced, mixed and mastered by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Nevermore, Accept, Exodus). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (Machine Head,Exodus, Ted Nugent, Night Ranger) at his Trident Studios. Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with Atheist, Sigh, Anacrusis and Gwar, among others, provided the cover artwork.

Dark Roots Of Earth jewel case CD track listing is…

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

Dark Roots Of Earth CD/DVD track listing is…

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence


10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)
+ Bonus DVD

Dark Roots Of Earth vinyl track listing is…

Side A:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth

Side B:

04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace

Side C:

07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

Side D (Bonus):

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)

Testament recently wrapped up filming a music video for “Native Blood” with director, Mike Sloat. The song, whose lyrics are about vocalist Chuck Billy’s Native American heritage, was filmed at the Hopland Indian Reservation in Hopland, Calif. last weekend. Check out some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot on Facebook.

Testament has also revealed several co-headlining tour-dates with fellow American thrash metal greats, Anthrax, in support of the summer release. The September run will feature Death Angel in support, and is slated to kick off on Sept. 14thin Sacramento, Calif. A list of all confirmed dates can be seen below.

Stay tuned for more information on Testament and Dark Roots Of Earth.

Testament w/ Anthrax and Death Angel

9/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
9/15 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
9/16 – Kennewick, WA @ Toyota Center (Kennewick)
9/17 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
9/20 – Vancouver, BC – CANADA @ Vogue Theater
9/21 – Calgary, AB – CANADA @ MacEwan Hall
9/22 – Edmonton, AB – CANADA @ Edmonton Event Centre
9/24 – Saskatoon, SK – CANADA @ Odeon Event Center
9/25 – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA @ Burton Cummings Theatre
9/29 – Toronto, ON – CANADA @ Danforth Music Hall
9/30 – Quebec City, QC – CANADA @ Capitole du Quebec
10/02 – Montreal, QC – CANADA @ Metropolis
10/03 – Portland, ME @ State Theater
10/05 – Montclair, NJ@ Wellmont Theatre