Award Winning Atlanta, Georgia Progressive Metallers HALCYON WAY have released their new album Conquer today via Nightmare Records. The album will be available in Europe on September 19th in Europe/Rest Of World via Massacre Records. The album can be ordered on the band’s website HERE and on Amazon.

Metal Insider is hosting an exclusive full album stream of Conquer. Listen to it HERE.

During the recording of Conquer, the band filmed a series of in-studio videos documenting the process. The first one can be viewed HERE.

halcyon way conquerThe band’s second release show is set for August 23, 2014 in Atlanta, GA.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.halcyonway.com/tickets

HALCYON WAY was founded in 2001 and released its successful debut album “A Manifesto For Domination” in 2008 (via Nightmare Records). That was followed up by the critically acclaimed “Building The Towers” in 2010, and the sequel to that release, “IndoctriNation“, was released in 2011.

The band toured relentlessly over the last few years, going out with Fozzy in the UK, Delain for a full European tour, and North American tours with U.D.O., Saxon, and Fates Warning.

Conquer Track Listing:
1. Conquer
2. Web Of Lies
3. Conceived In Torment
4. Home
5. World Comes Undone
6. Militant
7. Hatred Is My Cause
8. The Poisoned Apple
9. Save Your Tears
10. Every Second Counts (USA Bonus Track)
11. King Of Ruin
12. Eviscerate The Morning Sun








NOTHING MORE’s “This Is The Time (Ballast)”, the first single from the band’s ELEVEN SEVEN MUSIC self titled debut, has climbed to the very top of the Active Rock Radio and Mediabase Charts – reaching #1 this week! This previously unknown band exploded on to the scene laying waste to many established artists that stood in their way as they fought their way to the top. The video for the #1 track is at about 1.2 Million views and climbing.

Nothing More_Jonny Hawkins 3The band recently announced a headlining tour with the band SLEEPWAVE in tow as well as a supporting slot with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH / VOLBEAT and HELLYEAH. They recently played the DOWNLOAD Festival in the UK, and ROCK AM RING and ROCK IM PARK in Germany (rare for a brand new band). They have toured with Chevelle, Killswitch Engage and 12 Foot Ninja recently – with many festival appearances included in the run of dates. CREATIVE LOAFING named them the BEST NEW BAND at Carolina Rebellion Festival and said “This is the band people are going to be talking about for some time.

Away Team’s own Jay Rybak said on his review of their self titled debut disc, “From the opening track “Ocean Floor” to the pounding rain of “Pyre”, this album is a non-stop onslaught of prog-rock perfection…  All in all the self titled debut from Nothing More is nothing less than one of 2014′s best albums.  This album comes extremely highly recommended!

Check out NOTHING MORE on tour at the following dates this summer:
With SLEEPWAVE
Tue/Aug-19 Charlotte, NC Amo’s Southend `
Thu/Aug-21 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Hell
Fri/Aug-22 Nashville, TN The End
Sat/Aug-23 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
Sun/Aug-24 Springfield, MO Outland Ballroom
Tue/Aug-26 Little Rock, AR Juanita’s
Wed/Aug-27 Dallas, TX Trees
Fri/Aug-29 Houston, TX Scout Bar
Sat/Aug-30 San Antonio, TX Sam’s Burger Joint

Tue/Sep-02 Tucson, AZ The Rock
Wed/Sep-03 Hollywood, CA Troubadour
Fri/Sep-05 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
Sat/Sep-06 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
Tue/Sep-09 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Wed/Sep-10 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
Thu/Sep-11 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
Fri/Sep-12 Portland, OR Dante’s

FESTIVAL: DATES:
Sat/Sep-13 Sacramento, CA Discovery Park (Aftershock Festival)
Sun/Oct-05 Louisville, KY Champions Park (Louder Than Life)
Sun/Oct-26 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater (Knotfest)

With FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH/VOLBEAT and HELLYEAH:
Tue/Sep-16 West Valley City, UT Maverik Center
Wed/Sep-17 Billings, MT Rimrock Auto Arena
Thu/Sep-18 Bismarck, ND Bismarck Civic Center
Sat/Sep-20 Ceder Rapids, IA U.S Cellular Center
Sun/Sep-21 Grand Rapids, MI Deltaplex
Tue/Sep-23 Syracuse, NY War Memorial Center
Thu/Sep-25 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Arena
Fri/Sep-26 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena
Sat/Sep-27 Albany, NY Times Union Center
Sun/Sep-28 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
Tue/Sep-30 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
Wed/Oct-01 Reading, PA Santander Performing Arts Center
Fri/Oct-03 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Sat/Oct-04 Youngstown, OH Covelli Center
Tue/Oct-07 Fort Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Wed/Oct-08 Plymouth, MI Comp-U-Ware
Tue/Oct-14 Orlando, FL CFE Arena
Thu/Oct-16 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Fri/Oct-17 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
Sat/Oct-18 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
Mon/Oct-20 Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena
Tue/Oct-21 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Events Center
Wed/Oct-22 Rio Rancho, NM Santa Ana Star Center
Fri/Oct-24 Las Vegas, NV The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel








LINKIN PARK
2014-08-12
PNC PAVILLION
Charlotte, NC
Photos by: JAY BEADNELL






Guitar virtuoso and musical genius Devin Townsend has been hard at work on the new DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT and Ziltoid2 records for the past few months, preparing the world for Ziltoid The Omniscient‘s triumphant return and the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Epicloud! In support of this forthcoming epic double album due out in October, Hevy Devy will join ANIMALS AS LEADERS for a co-headlining tour in November/December with MONUMENTS as support.

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, MONUMENTS North American tour dates
Devin TownsendNov. 17 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Nov. 18 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom *
Nov. 19 – Kelowna, BC – Level Nightclub *
Nov. 21 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
Nov. 22 – Calgary, AB – The Gateway *
Nov. 23 – Saskatoon, SK – O’Brians Event Centre
Nov. 24 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick Centre *
Nov. 25 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Nov. 26 – Chicago, IL – Metro *
Nov. 28 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall *
Nov. 29 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
Nov. 30 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre *
Dec. 1 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
Dec. 3 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live *
Dec. 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
Dec. 5 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium *
Dec. 6 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Dec. 8 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage *
Dec. 10 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
Dec. 11 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N Grill *
Dec. 13 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
Dec. 14 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater *
Dec. 15 – Mesa, AZ – The Nile Theatre
Dec. 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan *
Dec. 17 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
*=DTP closes show

Devin Townsend live in Europe
Aug. 5 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli Vredenburg
Aug. 6 – Cologne, Germany – Luxor
Aug. 7 – Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu
Aug. 8 – Jaromer, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault Festival
Aug. 9 – Frankfurt, Germany – Nachtleben
Aug. 11 – Cervia Ra, Italy – Rock Planet
Aug. 13 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Les Docks
Aug. 14 – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm
Aug. 15 – Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – Summerbreeze Festival
Aug. 17 – Devon, UK – Beautiful Days Festival
Sept. 4 – London, UK – Union Chapel
Sept. 6 – Helsinki, Finland – Savoy Teatteri
Apr. 13 – London, UK – Royal Albert Hall













2014-05-08 Adrenaline Mob MR-8-13Continuing with the support of their 2nd album, Men of Honor, ADRENALINE MOB announce today 9 shows in September.

Appearing with Adrenaline Mob will be Roadrunner Record‘s artist Bad Seed Rising, supporting their debut EP Charm City.

Dates for the tour are:
Sat 06 – Sep – Pottsville, PA – Goodfellas
Sun 07 – Sep – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
Mon 08 – Sep – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
Tue 09 – Sep – Newport, KY – Thompson House
Wed 10 – Sep – Nashville, TN – Exit In
Fri 12 – Sep – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Sat 13 – Sep – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
Sun 14 – Sep – Baltimore, MD – Fishhead Cantina
Mon 15 – Sep – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s








Continuing with the momentum of celebrating their 25-year anniversary, Sweden’s extreme metal deviants MESHUGGAH proudly announce the upcoming fall re-issue of 2004’s one song EP, I, via Nuclear Blast. Album artwork & concept are courtesy of MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake, who comments on the EP’s mutant resurrection:

meshuggah iThis 21 minute madness that is the song ‘I’ is something we’ve always been extremely proud of!! Originally recorded for Jason Popson’s Fractured Transmitter record label, this was a ‘one off’ that NB gave us the go ahead for – as we were under contract with them. Our plan was to just quickly write a little nugget of a song to help our friend Jason to kinda kickstart his label. It wasn’t quick, however. We ended up spending a couple months on this thing as it just kept evolving and kind of took on a life of its own.

“This song is really different as it wasn’t ‘written’ in the normal sense, but recorded without anything more than very open guidelines/ideas as to what kind of style we wanted each part to have. For example: The initial 1½ minute drum fill is an excerpt of around a 15 minute recording of me just randomly going off on a kick/tom fill. Once we had chosen which part of it to use, we had to chart out the hits on paper and guitarists Fredrik [Thordendal] and Mårten [Hågström] then basically used sight-reading/Avista to get the hits right while recording.

“And this is how we continued through the whole song/process.

“We often get the question ‘When will you guys play ‘I’?’ – and though I’m sure it could be done with a lot of listening and hard work, it’s really too unstructured a track. It would take up too much time and effort to make sense.

“We’re super stoked now to have this be re-released under the NB flag. Distribution and access to this little demon of a song was never quite what we had wished back when this was released, so we’re thrilled to see it be brought back to life!!

“To further add value to this re-release, we added a couple live tracks and another weird little track ‘Pitch Black’ that some of our fans may have heard but probably not all, as it was only released in a limited number. Enjoy!

I’s 21-minute title track has been re-mastered and includes two live tracks recorded during the 2012 – 2013 Ophidian Trek World Tour, plus an extremely limited studio track recorded in July 2003 at MESHUGGAH’s own Fear & Loathing studio in Stockholm, Sweden that has never previously appeared on a studio album.

The track listing for I is:
1 – I
2 – Bleed (live)
3 – Dancers To A Discordant System (live)
4 – Pitch Black

MESHUGGAH’s upcoming live DVD / Blu-ray + 2-CD release The Ophidian Trek is also due out worldwide this fall.








LACUNA COIL continues their world tour in support of their latest Century Media release, BROKEN CROWN HALO. This will be the second run of dates on this album cycle in the U.S. and Canada for the Italian Rockers! Devil You Know is set to support the entire tour and Starset are also appearing Sept. 23 – Oct. 12 except Oct. 7&8, where Unlocking The Truth will join for those two nights. Up and coming Canadian band Incura have been added to all Canadian shows. The tour will kick off in Sacramento at this year’s AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL.

LACUNA COIL Front woman Cristina Scabbia had this to say:
Hello all!! Busy year for Lacuna Coil …and we couldn’t be happier! We will be back in the US AND (finally!) Canada again! We are very excited to announce that, and to bring the new songs and the new dark aura back on the road. Our friend Howard Jones and his band Devil You Know will be joining us in the madness. It will be a great tour and you HAVE to share the fun with us!

2014-05-03 Lacuna Coil JB-0260Sept 14 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival (Discovery Park)
Sept 16 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Sept 17 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Sept 19 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Sept 20 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Sept 21 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue
Sept 23 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
Sept 24 – Calgary, AB @ Republik
Sept 25 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
Sept 26 – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Culture Center
Sept 27 – Thunder Bay, ONT @ Crocks
Sept 29 – Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
Sept 30 – London, ONT @ London Music Hall
Oct 1 – Ottawa, ONT @ Mavericks
Oct 3 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
Oct 4 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
Oct 5 – Portland, ME @ The Asylum
Oct 7 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon
Oct 8 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore
Oct 10 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
Oct 11 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Oct 12 – New York, NY Gramercy Theatre

*Devil You Know - support all dates
*Starset will join the tour Sept. 23 – Oct. 12 (except: Oct. 7&8)
*Incura on all Canadian shows
*Unlocking The Truth will join on Oct. 7&8








Lykke Li is thrilled to announce that Mapei will be serving as main support on her upcoming fall U.S. tour. Says Lykke Li, “I am beyond excited and thrilled to announce that my dear friend Mapei will come on tour with me. It is insanely symbolic to me as she’s been my idol ever since I saw her the first time when I was 17.
She was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen and she dared me to follow my dream…. First stop was her Bushwick apartment and many open mics, bruised hearts, blood, sweat and tears later we will join forces again to tour America. Don’t you dare miss it
.”

Lykke Li is currently playing select festivals across the country in support of her brilliant new album, I Never Learn, out now on Atlantic Records/LL Recordings. I Never Learn is the final component in Lykke Li’s album trilogy, consisting of 2011’s Wounded Rhymes and her 2008 debut with Youth Novels. The record was co-produced by long-time collaborator Björn Yttling, Greg Kurstin and for the first time by Lykke herself.

U.S.Tour Dates:
lykke li8/1/14 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/3/14 Montreal, CAN @ Osheaga Festival
8/8/14 Vancouver, CAN @ Squamish Festival
8/10/14 San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
9/17/14 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
9/19/14 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
9/22/14 San Diego, CA @ North Park Theatre
9/23/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
9/27/14 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
9/28/14 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
9/30/14 Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
10/1/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
10/3/14 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/4/14 New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
10/6/14 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/8/14 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
10/9/14 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
10/10-12/14 Miami, FL @ MANA Wynwood








Ace Frehley2014 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will perform on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon next Tuesday, August 12, 2014, sitting in with The Roots for the show’s entirety.

Additionally, a one time only in-store appearance and signing at the Best Buy in Union Square, NYC will take place Tuesday August 19th at 6PM. Fans will be able to get their own copy of Space Invader signed by the space man himself.



slipknotSlipknot is currently streaming a cut off their new as yet unnamed album on their website HERE.

The Negative of One is the first song to be released since the death of bassist Paul Gray and the ousting of Joey Jordison on drums.

Slipknot is still keeping mum on release dates, album name, etc, but their website keeps dropping hints so keep checking back as all will be revealed soon enough I’m sure.








Kirk Hammett took the stage at his ‘Fear FestEvil After Party’ at San Diego’s Comic-Con with his former band EXODUS.

kirk hammettMetallica’s lead guitarist joined Exodus onstage on Friday night and performed Blue Oyster Cult‘s hit ‘Godzilla.’ Afterward he stuck around with the band and jammed on the Exodus cut ‘Scar Spangled Banner.’

Hammett made news earlier in the week when he announced that he added a solo onto Exodus’ upcoming record for the song ‘Salt in the Wound.’ “It felt really casual, really cool — just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day,” Hammett said. “Me, recording a solo on their album was a huge thing for me. Other than the Exodus demo that’s been heard by a lot of people, it’s the only time I ever recorded with Exodus. It was a huge thing.”













Legendary thrash metal band EXODUS have revealed the never-before-seen album art for their upcoming album, Blood In, Blood Out, hitting retail and digital outlets this fall via Nuclear Blast. The album art was illustrated by Swedish artist Par Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including EXODUSLet There Be Blood (2008).

exodus blood in blood outThe concept for the art was impressively envisaged by Olofsson based on the album title alone, as Gary Holt explains: “I fed him the title and he immediately came up with the final concept, and it’s perfect! One of my favorite covers we’ve ever done and it fits the title and theme to a T!

Blood In, Blood Out is EXODUS’ tenth studio album and marks the band’s first release with returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza since 2004’s Tempo Of The Damned. Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett recently announced his special guest solo for one of the tracks on the album via Rolling Stone. More album & pre-order details will be released soon.

Celebrating the imminent release of Blood In, Blood Out, EXODUS will head out this fall with a full South American tour leading into a supporting run with fellow metal titans Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies on the Scion-sponsored fall leg of their United States onslaught. The tour launches on November 11th with two consecutive shows at The Fox Theater in Oakland, California, includes two headlining off-dates, and wraps up in Detroit, Michigan at The Fillmore on December 5th. Tickets are on sale now via the links on the official EXODUS Facebook page.

EXODUS in South America
08/10 – Montreal, WC @ Heavy MTL – Main Stage B at 1:30PM
10/01 – Belem, Brazil @ Botequim
10/02 – Brasilia, Brazil @ CEDEC
10/04 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Carioca Club
10/05 – Rio De Janeiro @ Brazil Circo Voador
10/07 – Asuncion, Paraguay @ Kop Town
10/09 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Groove
10/11 – Santiago, Chile @ Club Kmasu Premier
10/12 – Antofagasta, Chile @ Rock and Soccer
10/14 – Lima, Peru @ Centrica
10/16 – San Jose, Costa Rica @ Club Pepper’s
10/18 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador

EXODUS in North America with Slayer & Suicidal Tendencies
11/11 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA (2nd show added!)
11/12 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
11/14 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA
11/15 – Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
11/17 – Coca Cola Bricktown Events Venter – Oklahoma City, OK
11/18 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX
11/19 – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie (Dallas), TX
11/21 – Hard Rock Café/Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
11/22 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
11/24 – Empire – North Springfield, VA (just added – EXODUS ONLY)
11/23 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
11/25 – Washington Avenue Armory – Albany, NY
11/26 – Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, PA
11/28 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/29 – Wellmont Theatre – Montclair, NJ
11/30 – Tower Theater – Upper Darby (Philadelphia), PA
12/02 – Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
12/03 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY (just added – EXODUS ONLY)
12/04 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
12/05 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI








On the very day his “Farewell Tour” as Queensryche begins, Geoff Tate – one of rock’s quintessential front men and the lead vocalist heard on all Queensryche hits since the inception of the band – has announced that his current version of Queensryche will be forging ahead as OPERATION: MINDCRIME after the tour ends.

2011-11-08-Queensryche-19Named after Queensryche’s epic concept album from 1988, OPERATION: MINDCRIME — a band consisting of Geoff Tate, Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio), Randy Gane (Myth) and Kelly Gray (Queensryche 1998 – 2001, 2012 – present) — will be entering the studio in September to begin recording a trilogy project that Geoff’s been working on for the past two years.

Tate, who has always enjoyed telling stories through music, considers the creation of the forthcoming trilogy one of his biggest and most ambitious works to date.

I tried to reduce the story and eventually got it down to 37 ideas that needed representing to complete the story,” comments Geoff. “I knew that one record wouldn’t cover it and that it would have to be a trilogy. It’s an exciting project and one we’d like to release the first part of sometime next spring.

With the evolution of his band, Geoff would like to concentrate on concept and story albums in the years to come. Fans like to call it, “Thinking Man’s Metal” and Geoff plans to continue expanding the musical dimensions of your mind.

It doesn’t seem that long ago when I first brought the Mindcrime story to the band… they were, initially, against it. Chris DeGarmo was the first one to get on board and, once he did, we were able to move forward with what became one of our greatest achievements as a band.”

With the release Operation: Mindcrime – which won critical and popular acclaim and comparisons to the Who’s Tommy and Pink Floyd’s The WallQueensryche went on to bring their progressive music to sold-out audiences the world over.

With Geoff at the helm, Queensryche sold over 20 million albums worldwide and performed in over 46 countries.

That was then, this is now and Geoff Tate is looking forward to what lies ahead with his trilogy project.

It is so refreshing to be able to concentrate on the many stories and ideas that I have been working on with no boundaries or restrictions,” states Tate, further adding, “With the newly-named band, I think fans will continue to enjoy the music we create and perform together and hope they share this new musical journey with us.”

Beginning July 30, Geoff Tate and his band mates will be spanning the states for a 22-date trek of what will be Geoff’s remaining performances as Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate – The Farewell Tour.

While the name has changed, the distinctive rock vocals of Geoff Tate remain the same.

It’s time to enjoy what is now known as the band, OPERATION: MINDCRIME.

QUEENSRYCHE STARRING GEOFF TATE / 2014 FAREWELL TOUR
Wednesday, July 30 – Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California
Thursday, July 31 – The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California
Friday, August 1 – Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California
Saturday, August 2 – House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada
Sunday, August 3 – The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
Thursday, August 7 – Strummer’s in Fresno, California
Friday, August 8 – Theatre Deville in Vacaville, California
Saturday, August 9 – Downtown Amphitheater in Morgan Hill, California
Tuesday, August 12 – Music Marathon Works in Nashville, Tennessee
Wednesday, August 13 – Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina
Thursday, August 14 – The Chop Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina
Friday, August 15 – Ziggy’s by the Sea in Wilmington, North Carolina
Saturday, August 16 – Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Sunday, August 17 – Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia
Tuesday, August 19 – Trees in Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, August 20 – Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas
Friday, August 22 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
Saturday, August 23 – Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona
Sunday, August 24 – Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tuesday, August 26 – The Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah
Thursday, August 28 – The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas
Saturday, August 30 – Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, Illinois



Intronaut 10th Anniversary Tour

INTRONAUT will hit the road again after a short break and their recent tour with TesseracT.  The band has been on the road in support of their current album Habitual Levitations ever since its release on Century Media in March of 2013. This special run of shows is in celebration of the band’s 10 year anniversary!

 Guitarist/singer Sacha Dunable had this to say about the tour:

 “We’re taking a break from writing a new record to celebrate our 10th anniversary as a band with this special run of shows. We haven’t finalized a set list yet, but expect at least one song from every release, and maybe a special guest or two to come out and help us play them. Joining us on these shows will be our Canadian friends Anciients, and the LA show will feature Ides Of Gemini, Silver Snakes, and The Great Wall. We are also planning a couple special 10th Anniversary releases, hopefully to be available by this tour, so keep an eye out for that. Thank you to everyone who has supported Intronaut for these past 10 years! We love you forever.”

 

NEW TOUR DATES:

11/6/14 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge w/ Anciients

11/7/14 - Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Anciients

11/8/14 - Portland, OR @ Branx w/ Anciients

11/9/14 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile w/ Anciients

11/10/14 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder w/ Anciients

11/12/14 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater w/ Anciients

11/14/14 - Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats w/ Anciients

11/15/14 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs w/ Anciients

11/16/14 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar w/ Anciients

11/18/14 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad w/ Anciients

11/19/14 - Mesa, AZ @ Club Red w/ Anciients

12/18/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy w/ Ides Of Gemini, Silver Snakes, and The Great Wall

 For more Intronaut visit here.

Pain Of Salvation PromoDaniel Gildenlöw has led his band PAIN OF SALVATION through a variety of fascinating evolutionary cycles since 1984, although the band’s first recording took place in 1996. Many amazing albums and memorable world tours later, they return to the States in September 2014. 

 Their first stop: two different shows on two different days in Atlanta, both under the umbrella of the ProgPower festival. The second show promises to be particularly special: they will perform 2002′s Remedy Lane album in its entirety on Saturday, September 13.

 From there the band plays 12 additional shows, taking them throughout the US and into Canada and even a stop in Mexico for the final date. Pain of Salvation is a cornerstone of the InsideOut label, releasing their first album, Entropia, for the label in 1997. Their latest album, Road Salt Two, was released in 2011.

DATES:

09/10/2014 - The Loft (Midweek Mayhem – ProgPower USA) – Atlanta, GA

09/13/2014 - Center Stage (ProgPower USA – Remedy Lane show) – Atlanta, GA**

09/14/2014 - Empire – Springfield, VA

09/16/2014 - Roxy and Dukes – Dunellen, NJ

09/17/2014 - Middle East – Cambridge, MA

09/18/2014 - The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall – New York, NY

09/19/2014 - Theatre Plaza – Montreal, QC

09/20/2014 - Coda – Toronto, ON

09/21/2014 - Reggie’s – Chicago, IL

09/24/2014 - El Corazon – Seattle, WA

09/26/2014 - Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV

09/27/2014 - Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA

09/28/2014 - The Center Theatre – Whittier, CA

09/30/2014 - Jose Cuervo Salon – Mexico City, MX**

 ** PoS only

For more Pain Of Salvation visit here.

leprous band promoNorwegian cutting-edge prog metallers LEPROUS have announced a short but sweet string of North American dates. The seven-date jaunt sees them playing North America’s largest prog-friendly festival, Atlanta’s ProgPower, after which the band heads west then north into Canada, ending up with dates in New York City and Virginia before heading home.

 Leprous have appeared only once before in America, when in 2010 they played a ProgPower pre-festival gig in Atlanta. The band members played the festival itself a year later as back-up band for Ihsahn (the solo excursion of Emperor‘s guitarist/vocalist), a role they have fulfilled for nearly 10 years. This is Leprous‘ first-ever multi-show trip through North America. They will be supporting their phenomenal Coal album, released in 2013 on InsideOut.

DATES:

09/12/2014 - ProgPower USA – Atlanta, GA

09/16/2014 - The Token Lounge – Detroit, MI

09/17/2014 - Reggie’s – Chicago, IL

09/18/2014 - El Mocambo – Toronto, ON

09/19/2014 - Mavericks – Ottawa, ON

09/20/2014 - Studio @ Webster Hall, New York, NY

09/21/2014 - Empire – Springfield, VA

 For more Leprous visit here.

SOR_NAD_CoverSaints Of Rebellion – New American Dream - High Volume Music

 Reviewed By – Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall

 Rating – 8 Out Of 10

It’s always great to see the 80′s influenced hard=rockers making a go at the ring 20-years after their relevance has come and gone.  That said, this is not a smoke screen to promote the music I love most in this world, it’s simply an FYI for those who still give a shit, which, to my current knowledge, would include every writer on-staff here at Away-Team and quite a few more fans who continue to pay prime prices to go see KISS, Foreigner, Styx and even Whitesnake and a few other hair variety bands who still seem to make a living touring and pimping their wares.

So, with bands like TNT, Tiger Tailz, Danger-Danger and Bulletboys making a run for the stages that will allow them these days, Saints Of Rebellion finds a nice, cozy place in my iTunes library currently based on the strength of Love/Hate inspired tracks like “Gasoline”, “Get You Some”, and “30 And A 5th”.  Sliding easily between G’N’R melodic brilliance mixed with modern day HINDER-meets-Black Stone Cherry (two of my FAVORITE bands out these days), the aforementioned “Get You Some” is probably my favorite track of the bunch, but I’m here to tell you, there’s no better album to spin while you’re throwing back a few Buds in the backyard during the neighborhood Barbecue!  SOR are pretty cool looking dudes that don’t look like old fucks trying to keep the flag flying, on the contrary, they are pretty young looking dudes with a cool look to them which ups the level a few notches for me to being with.

Stand-out tracks are definitely “Get You Some”, ” Wine, Women And Song”, “30 And A 5th” and “Rise”.  The whole album stands head and shoulders above their counterparts like CrashDiet and even Blackberry Smoke.  An incredibly solid first effort from a band I think we’ll be hearing a lot about over the coming months. Highly Recommended!

 

BlueStahli Blue Stahli – The Devil (Chapter 2) – FIXT Records

Reviewed By – Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall

Rating – 10 Out Of 10

I’m very lucky to have made some great contacts in the music industry over the past gazillion years and it’s always cool to know that when a P/R pal sends you a press release on a band he/she is working and you respond with; “Dude, it’s a busy week and I’ve got shitloads of stuff to review. Is this really fucking worth my time?”…and they send you such a simple, but jarring response; “It’s the coolest project I’ve ever worked!” Trust me, you kinda sit up in your chair a bit! Such is the case with Blue Stahli. With nary a question in my mind, I let the proverbial needle drop on The Devil (Chapter 2), which is basically an EP of two songs being put through demented remixes that are surprisingly not rehash cash grabs. What I got as track one, “The Beginning”, a two-minute introduction to the auditory alchemy to follow, painted an industrial vibe dripping with the scent of early Celldweller and, at times, dare I say Dope. Already I could feel a little excitement start to build as the album’s first single, “Ready, Aim…Fire” got the pace moving exactly where I was expecting it to go, and most importantly, where I WANTED it to go! This guy is amazing!!! I’m not even really sure what the reason for releasing only two songs and like 8 different remixes, but for some crazy reason, it totally works. “Enemy” sounds like Trent Reznor during one pass and then like Prince on the next. Truly an incredible journey of insane yet blissful monotony that I suggest everyone reading this at least experience once. Never, and I think I’m actually saying this from the heart, never have two songs not only kept my attention for so long, but damn near also changed my perception on the old cliche, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. Truth be told, I’d never had questioned my P/R buddy’s email pimping this project if the name hadn’t have conjured up a cheesy, coffee-house acoustic act. Boy, was I surprised! Color me red with embarrassment and my blood pressure nailing stroke level as I bounced my head for two hours straight listening to this maniacal slab of edgy synth-laden, industrial rock genius! Highly, highly recommended!

Fozzy-Do You Wanna Start A War CoverFOZZY

 

Do You Wanna Start A War

 

Century Media Records

 

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

 

Reviewed by: Jay Rybak

 

Before we start a war, I must start with a confession.  FOZZY, the band fronted by WWE Superstar Chris Jericho and consisting of members of Stuck Mojo, is one of the rare bands that provokes a humble admission from this critic- I was late to the party!  Let me explain; I was first introduced to the music of FOZZY back in 2010 (a mere 11 years after they got their start) when my friend Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall gave me a copy of the band’s 2010 album, Chasing The Grail.  You see, it wasn’t that I hadn’t heard of them, it was rather more admittedly that because in 1999, when FOZZY first made their debut, the times were different.  New music was much less accessible without plunking down $15 and not being sure what you were going to get, especially for a college kid without a pot to piss in who knew exactly what he was getting when he plunked down $15 for a case of beer.  Call it misguided priorities, or simply call it being cheap.  Whatever you wanna call it I missed the train back then, and thankfully 11 years later I had a friend reach out his hand and pull me on.  Fast forward 4 years later and the ride continues with FOZZY‘s latest album, Do You Wanna Start A War, and the riders on this rock n’ roll locomotive won’t wanna get off.

The opening seconds of the album, and the air raid sirens of the title track almost serve as a warning; get ready because we’re about to launch an all out assault on your eardrums!  The next track, “Bad Tattoo” showcases the guitar prowess of Rich Ward and Billy Grey backed by the killer double bass of Frank Fontsere, and is highlighted by a Zeppelin-esque bridge that would make Jimmy Page blush.  Follow that up with the Ozzy-meets-Filter sound of the current single “Lights Go Out”, and we’re well on our way to one of FOZZY‘s best albums to date.

Now that they’ve gotten your attention, the boys throw us a curveball with the Sick Puppies sounding ballad “Died With You”, which shows Jericho‘s vocal range is much more than people give him credit for.  Traveling even further outside the norm, comes the pleasant surprise that is “Tonight”.  This upbeat rocker features a vintage 80′s sound with poppy overtones, so it should come as no surprise that they enlisted the vocals of Steel Panther’s Michael Starr to help out on this one.

Don’t let your guard down just yet, just around the corner is one of the highlights of the album in the form of the thrash rock face-melter “Brides Of Fire”.  I’d love to know how many drum skins met their untimely death on this recording!  Follow that up with yet another favorite in “One Crazed Anarchist”, Jericho‘s vocals backed by Ward‘s growling chorus put us right in that basement as the lunatic plots his evil plan.  Yet another that is sure to set the circle pits into rotation.

Take 5 parts FOZZY and mix in one part Christie Cook, and what you get is “Unstoppable”.  A catchy rocker that beckons comparisons to Halestorm, not simply because it features a female vocalist, but because it features a female vocalist with pipes on par with those of Lzzy Hale backed by a monster band with a catchy hook that leaves you begging for more.  Bring on the doom and gloom of “Scarecrow”, perhaps the only dud on the album.  Not that it’s a BAD song by any means, it’s just not a GREAT song in comparison to the rest of the album, not to mention it’s odd placement betwixt two high energy rockers.  Fear not my friends, “No Good Way” picks up the energy with a Shinedown-meets-Godsmack reflection on life and death that is sure to be a staple at rock radio for years to come.

Nothing can prepare you for what happens next…“S.O.S.”… a cover song… originally done by… ABBA!  I know you’re probably thinking “Fucking ABBA!?”, among other choice words, but there are two reasons to choose your words wisely: First, the song is an absolutely brilliant rendition that is in itself a perfect reason to own this album, and it  is guaranteed to be a favorite by anyone with a pulse.  Second, Chris Jericho can kick your ass!  Finally to end the album, FOZZY get back to their roots with “Witchery”; a song that begs comparisons to early All That Remains and when it’s finished makes you put down that pinky finger, take your hand out of the air, and while keeping that index finger extended, press repeat!

All in all, Do You Wanna Start A War is a must own, and comes highly recommended!!!  I waited WAY too long to get on the FOZZY train, don’t be like me!  Head out to your local record store now (yes, they do still exist), or if you can’t wait click here and purchase the album!  All Aboard!