NEIL YOUNG
Farm Aid 2014
2014-09-14
Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Raleigh, NC
Photos by: Jay Beadnell







VALIENT THORR
2014-09-06
Hopscotch Festival
Raleigh, NC
Photos by: Barry Knain







MASTODON
2014-09-06
Hopscotch Festival
Raleigh, NC
Photos by: BARRY KNAIN







HIGH ON FIRE
2014-09-06
Hopscotch Festival
Raleigh, NC
Photos by: BARRY KNAIN







WITCH MOUNTAIN
2014-09-06
Hopscotch Festival
Raleigh, NC
Photos by: BARRY KNAIN







SUBROSA
2014-09-06
HOPSCOTCH FESTIVAL
Raleigh, NC
Photos by: BARRY KNAIN







DEATH
2014-09-06
Hopscotch Festival
Raleigh, NC
Photos by: BARRY KNAIN






john 5HOLLYWOOD, CA (September 8, 2014) - Kick off the Halloween season, October 18th as John 5 and The Creatures lead you by the hand down the dark corridors of John 5’s mind and into the nightmarish world of the creatures. This is John 5’s first-ever live solo concert, bringing his twisted musical visions to life as he performs songs spanning his entire solo career including live performances of tracks from his new studio album Careful With That Axe, released August 12th through 60 Cycle Hum.

This once in a life-time LIVE online video concert is hosted by metal-shredder, Chris Broderick of MegadethLiveCast Entertainment, in association with Fender Guitar, Boss Electronics and Dean Markley Strings, are the proud sponsors – John 5 and The Creatures feature John 5 (guitar), Rodger Carter (drums) and Larry “Bones” Dennison (Dio, Tony MacAlpine, Lita Ford) on bass.

This live online experience allows the audience personal time with John 5 in an in-depth Q&A in real-time, which Chris Broderick will moderate. The audience will also have a chance to win unique giveaways throughout the show for the Top 13 supporters, including a signed John 5 Squire Telecaster, several signed BOSS pedals and other cool signed gifts.

This event will be broadcast online only, on October 18, 2014, across three time zones; The Americas at 7:00pm (PST); Europe at 7:00pm (BST); and the Pacific Rim at 7:00pm (HKT). This pay-per-view event goes on sale September 18, 2014. The tickets are not to a brick & mortar venue, but to a crazy online experience you will only get here, this night only – This will not be archived for later viewing so get your tickets before it sells out – Details can be found at www.john-5.com.

 

 

Twelve Foot Ninja_band photoLos Angeles, CA – September 9, 2014 – One of Australia’s hottest, most innovative, and experimental new bands Twelve Foot Ninja have announced they will join one of America’s most unique heavy metal live acts, In This Moment, on a U.S. tour this fall and winter. Ticketmaster pre-sale begins Thursday, September 11 and public on-sale begins Friday, September 12. With 30 dates confirmed, Twelve Foot Ninja will be on the road supporting the recent stateside re-release of their critically acclaimed debut album Silent Machine (Volkanik Music). Earlier this year, the band took home the prestigious “Best New Talent” award at the sixth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards . Cementing a cult-like following on the back of their brand of alternative rock, the band recently wrapped their first North American headlining tour performing throughout the U.S. and Canada, winning over thousands of fans at festivals with their explosive live performances at Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rock on the Range, and Rocklahoma.

The debut single from Silent Machine, “Coming For You,” is currently impacting and reacting at radio now and has surpassed more than 1,000,000 YouTube views.  Widely praised by audiences and critics alike for their ability to combine juxtaposing genres seamlessly, “Coming For You” is the perfect embodiment of this.  Check out the video below.

In conjunction with the album re-release (featuring two acoustic bonus tracks), the band has bundled a special edition of Silent Machine with a 72-page full-color companion comic book containing 12 individual narratives inspired by the 12 songs featured on the Silent Machine. The band collaborated with acclaimed comic artist Keith Draws to produce the comics, which are based on the original Twelve Foot Ninja fable co-written by guitarist Steve ‘Stevic’ Mackay. The story chronicles a sole ninja’s mission to restore balance in a world headed toward a self-inflicted apocalypse. The special edition CD/comic book bundle can now be purchased exclusively at their online store: http://chasemusic.com.au/twelvefootninja.

Twelve Foot Ninja are often classified as heavy fusion or progressive hard rock but whatever genre you call them, they are known for their seamless genre hopping, soaring melodies over heavy rock, and witty music videos – they take an authentic approach to each style and tie it all together to deliver an inimitable sonic flavor. Stamped with a five-star review by Blunt Magazine, Silent Machine has been described as “reggae, Fate of Nations-era Robert Plant rock, space-rock, djent, Queensrychean hard rock and more, yet they somehow manage to tie it all together without sounding too ADHD…if you loved Faith No More’s King for a Day, you’ll feel right at home in this Silent Machine.”

Twelve Foot Ninja is Nik “Kin” Etik on vocals, Steve “Stevic” MacKay on guitar, Damon McKinnon on bass, Shane “Russ” Russell on drums, and Rohan Hayes on guitar.

For more information, visit the band online at www.TwelveFootNinja.com


Twelve Foot Ninja confirmed tour dates with In This Moment:

DATE                        CITY/STATE                                          VENUE
Oct-26                       Reno, NV                                               Knitting Factory
Oct-28                       Spokane, WA                                         Knitting Factory
Oct-30                       Seattle, WA                                            Moore Theatre
Oct-31                       Garden City, ID                                      Revolution Concert House
Nov-01                      Salt Lake City, UT                                  In the Venue
Nov-02                      Denver, CO                                            Fillmore
Nov-04                      Omaha, NE                                            Sokol Auditorium
Nov-07                      Springfield, MO                                      Gillioz
Nov-08                      Peoria , IL                                               Limelight
Nov-09                      Chicago, IL                                             House of Blues
Nov-12                      Milwaukee, WI                                        The Rave
Nov-15                      Columbus, OH                                        LC Pavilion
Nov-17                      Silver Spring, MD                                   Fillmore
Nov-21                      Pittsburgh, PA                                         Stage AE
Nov-22                      Stroudsburg, PA                                      Sherman Theater
Nov-23                      Lancaster, PA                                          Freedom Hall
Nov-25                      Cincinnati, OH                                         Bogart’s
Nov-26                      Detroit, MI                                                The Fillmore
Nov-28                      St. Paul, MN                                            Myth Live
Nov-29                      Clive, IA                                                    Lazer 103.3 Lazerfest                      
Dec-02                      Houston, TX                                             House of Blues
Dec-04                      Abilene, TX                                              Civic Center
Dec-05                      Corpus Christi, TX                                    Concrete Street Amphitheater
Dec-06                      Pharr, TX                                                  Pharr Entertainment Center
Dec-08                      Dallas, TX                                                House of Blues
Dec-09                      Tulsa, OK                                                 Club Brady
Dec-10                      San Antonio, TX                                       210 Kapones Live
Dec-11                       Lubbock, TX                                            Lonestar Pavilion
Dec-13                      Las Vegas, NV                                         House of Blues
Dec-14                      San Diego, CA                                         House of Blues
 

Butcher Babies Uncovered Album CoverTaking a page from heroes METALLICA and GUNS N’ ROSES, Los Angeles breakthrough metal act, BUTCHER BABIES, has recorded an EP of cover tunes that will surely please fans of the band, as well as fans of the artists that performed them originally. Titled Uncovered, this EP will be released on September 30 in North America (October 6 in Europe) and features the following five tracks:

1. Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers
2. They’re Coming To Take Me Away
3. Don’t Give A Fuck
4. Crazy Horses
5. Pussy Whipped

For a preview of Uncovered, BUTCHER BABIES has posted their cover of “They’re Coming To Take Me Away”, which can be seen below.

BUTCHER BABIES released their Century Media debut full length, Goliath, last summer and took part in that year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, where they were a mainstay on the Jagermeister stage and a breakout band of the fest. Following that, they toured the US with the legendary GLENN DANZIG, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and DOWN, plus played on many of America’s premier metal festivals – Columbus OH’s “Rock on the Range” and Oklahoma’s “Rocklahoma”, to name a few. It was during this time that BUTCHER BABIES made plans to record some of their favorite tunes. Each band member chose a track, and in the early summer of this year, they entered the studio with producer Logan Mader (DEVILDRIVER, GOJIRA, 5 FINGER DEATH PUNCH) to dissect and “butcher” these five classics, creating something all their own.

Shortly before the release of Uncovered, BUTCHER BABIES will embark on their first headlining run in the US.  See below for all upcoming dates.

BUTCHER BABIES live
9/12/2014–Knitting Factory–Reno, NV *
9/13/2014–Discovery Park–Sacramento, CA @ Afterschock Festival
9/14/2014–The Catalyst–Santa Cruz, CA *
9/27/2014–Pub Rock–Scottsdale, AZ **
9/28/2014–Launchpad–Albuquerque, NM **
9/30/2014–Aftershock–Merriam, KS **
10/1/2014–Mojoes–Joliet, IL **
10/3/2014–Altar Bar–Pittsburgh, PA **
10/4/2014–The Machine Shop–Flint, MI **
10/5/2014–Champions Park–Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival
10/7/2014–Baltimore Soundstage–Baltimore, MD **
10/8/2014–Upstairs @ The Palladium–Worcester, MA **
10/10/2014–Santos Party House–New York, NY **
10/11/2014–District N9ne–Philadelphia, PA **
10/12/2014–Empire–West Springfield, VA **
10/14/2014–The Masquerade–Atlanta, GA **
10/16/2014–Scout Bar–Houston, TX **
10/17/2014–House of Rock–Corpus Christi, TX **
10/18/2014–Sunken Gardens Amphitheatre–San Antonio, TX
10/19/2014–Jake’s–Backroom Lubbock, TX **
10/21/2014–The Black Sheep–Colorado Sheep, CO **
10/22/2014–Mesa Theatre & Club–Grand Junction, CO **
10/23/2014–Backstage Bar & Billiards–Las Vegas, NV **
10/24/2014–San Manuel Amphitheater–San Bernardino, CA @ Knotfest
*=with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
**=with ANTI-MORTEM

To pre-order Uncovered, click here.

lacuna coil broken crown haloLACUNA COIL continues their world tour in support of their latest Century Media release, BROKEN CROWN HALO with a run of dates in the U.S. and Canada starting in Sacramento at this year’s AFTERSHOCK FESTIVALDevil 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 band recently premiered a video for their song “Nothing Stands In Our Way” from BROKEN CROWN HALO (2014).  Check out the video below, and find out when and where you can catch LACUNA COIL on tour near you.

 

LACUNA COIL TOUR DATES:

Sept 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 Silver Spring

Oct 10 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater

Oct 11 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall

Oct 12 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

Oct 15 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29

Oct 16 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans 

Oct 17 – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live  
Oct 19 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (Orlando)

 

 *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

The Essential Richie Kotzen CoverGuitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN (Mr. Big/Poison/The Winery Dogs) has just released the video for “War Paint” (which can be seen below) from THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN, which came out last week on Loud & Proud RecordsTHE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN is a two-CD and DVD career retrospective set that encompasses this iconic talent’s entire career of his most essential work:  classic material; acoustic performances; bootleg material; and two brand new songs (“War Paint” and “Walk With Me”).  The DVD features music videos, acoustic performances, and bootleg material.

 To celebrate his newest project, he’s hitting the U.S. concert trail starting November 1 in Annapolis, MD at Rams Head Tavern.  Tour dates are below.  Before then, he’ll be spending September and most of October on a headlining tour which will take him through Europe and Mexico.
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
Sat 11/1            Annapolis, MD              Rams Head Tavern
Mon 11/3          Londonderry, NH           Tupelo Music Hall
Tue 11/4            Boston, MA                  Wilbur Theater
Wed 11/5          New York, NY               B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Fri 11/7             Poughkeepsie, NY        The Chance
Sat 11/8            Reading, PA                 Building 24
Sun 11/9           New Haven, CT              Toad’s Place
Tue 11/11          Pittsburgh, PA              Altar Bar

From MACWORLD.com:
Apple CEO Tim Cook teased that he had “one more thing” up his sleeve before introducing the Apple Watch at Apple‘s gargantuan event on Tuesday, but as it turns out, he had two. Legendary rock band U2 took the stage post-Watch to jam out “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone),” a track from its new Songs of Innocence album—an album that Apple released to all iTunes users immediately after the performance for the low, low price of absolutely nothing.

u2Yes, the blockbuster new album from one of the biggest bands in the world is free on iTunes right now. The whole thing. All of it. Seriously, go check it out.

It makes music history,” Cook said after hitting a mock button that sent the album out over the Internet. “Largest album release of all time.”

You’ll already find Songs of Innocence in the Albums section of iTunes or the iOS Music app, and it will hit Apple’s Beats Music and iTunes Radio streaming services on September 10, if you prefer renting to owning. The album will be an Apple exclusive through mid-October—you won’t even be able to buy a physical copy of the album until then. Even if you’re not signed up with any of Apple‘s music services today, anybody who gets on board with iTunes before October 13 will receive a free copy of the album.








Ted Nugent, Gene Simmons, and Dave Mustaine are all racing to become the biggest asshole in Hard Rock/Heavy Metal. But today… Thanks to his post on his official Facebook page, TED NUGENT has become and forever will remain the biggest irresponsible and dangerous douche bag in music.
They’ve all said some pretty serious shitty things over the past few years, always one upping each other whether they meant to or not. But TED NUGENT had finally taken the cake with this one.

ted nugentHere is his post from his official Facebook Page:
9-11-14 is the day of infamy again. Unarmed & helpless Americans and Europeans will be viciously ambushed when they least expect it, and the death toll will be more brutal and widespread than all the peace & love dreamers could ever imagine. Those who carry guns had better gun & ammo up no matter where you go, carrying at least 10 spare mags or 10 spare speedloaders because the allahpukes are confident they will once again methodically slaughter walking cowering whining cryin helpless sitting ducks capable of zero resistance. To gullible naive embarrassing ill prepared targets, there is still time to firepower up ASAP. Head for cover but retain an attentiveness in order to identify the evildoers and dbl tap center mass, then two to the head. Then take cover and prepare your next evasive escape, taking dwn known jihadists to the best of your ability, Aim small miss small center mass & headshots, This is going to be the real deal & absolutely survivable against these 4th world allahpuke zombies. STAND! Go heavy, Only assholes are outgunned, Dont be outgunned or out ammo’d. Goodluck. Be safe, Shoot straight & OFTEN, Godspeed, killemall

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EDITOR:
Uncle Ted‘ has lost his fucking mind for real this time.

Tell me Ted, What is the family in Texas who is ‘gunned up 12 deep‘ going to do about a bomb planted in Washington Square?
What is the Vietnam Vet who has all the fully loaded full metal jacket magazines money can buy going to do about the car bomb driven into LAX?
What good is your ‘warning/prediction‘ going to do other than stir up a bunch of already wound too tight and think too little xenophobes?
Let’s hope that your warning doesn’t spark someone to walk into a mosque and ‘identify the evil doing allahpukes… and dbl tap center mass, and two to the head‘.
Your diatribe is ignorant, hatefilled, and dangerous.
Good luck to you, be safe, and pray that your words don’t get innocent people killed because you told them to ‘shoot straight & OFTEN.‘ and to ‘killemall‘.
Asshole.



ROCKSTAR ENERGY UPROAR FESTIVAL
Godsmack, Seether, Skillet, Pop Evil
2014-08-24
Charter Amphitheater – Simpsonville, SC
Show Review: Sherry Pendleton

Uproar in Simpsonville, SC was what you would expect from a summer music festival in the south…HOT!

The afternoon was a humid 93 degrees with the sun blazing down on the main stage. Many of my current rock favorites were on this talent-filled bill. The ROCKSTAR Energy main stage would feature; Pop Evil, Skillet, Seether, and headliners, Godsmack.

Godsmack 24aug14Pop Evil set the tone for the night with a heavy set right out of the gate. Leigh Kakaty’s vocals fired up the anticipating crowd.

Christian rock band, Skillet, hit the stage next. Their passionate influence certainly flows through their music. John Cooper’s lyrics had the crowd on their feet, while Jen Ledger had everyone moving to the beat with her superior drumming.

Seether took over with a vengeance soon after. Opening with Gasoline, Fragile 2001, scorching the stage with their usual demanding presence. Slowing things down around mid-set with fan favorite, Broken, Disclaimer 2002. The band finished their time with cleverly chosen, Remedy, Karma and Effect, 2005.

Finally the moment I had anticipated all day! It was time for Godsmack! Showing film of the band from the past on a white curtain was the perfect build up for this long awaited tour as the new album, 1000hp just released on 8-5-14. The title track of the same name is the first single from the newest installment in the Godsmack discography.

The curtain dropped to an incredible stage set, complete with those eyebrow singeing pyrotechnics rock fans get fired up for. The band started their energy-filled set with Generation Day from the new album. Let me just say, WOW, I was captivated from the first note. Godsmack doesn’t just perform on a stage, they own it. Robbie Merrill (Bass) and Tony Rombola (guitar), were rock n roll perfection. The sound couldn’t have been anymore dialed in. Not wasting any time they pumped the crowd up with the in your face, Crying Like a Bitch, The Oracle 2010. The set list was a combination of classic Godsmack, which put them in a class of their own, as well as the newly released tunes. Something New, 1000hp 2014, which Sully (lead vocals) revealed will be the next single, was a highlight for me. This song truly is something different from Godsmack. I feel it gives Sully an opportunity to demonstrate his powerful, yet versatile vocals. I personally dig the hell out of it!

I felt like the band had hit me in the face with a non-stop energy like no other! The drum duel between Sully and Shannon is always an anticipated feature for any seasoned Godsmack fan. Major kudos to the expertly skilled, Shannon Larkin (Drums). This provides him an opportunity to showcase his incomparable talent! I am hypnotized by what this man can do behind a drum set.

Keeping the audience involved and connected, Sully threw beers out to the crowd. Then finishing the set with 1000hp! I couldn’t find one fan in this crowd not engaged for this rock-fueled song! They absolutely slayed the new single before our eyes and ears! The crowd-demanded encore was, I Stand Alone, Faceless 2003. As the band cleared the stage all I could say was INTENSE! These guys played that show as if they were trying to top every gig they’ve ever performed! If they set out to blow minds, they succeeded!

I had the honor of chatting with Shannon Larkin after the show. What an incredible person. He spoke to me as if he had known me for years. If you’re expecting some ego tripping rock star type, you will not get it here. As a seasoned and successful rock star Shannon seems to be as grounded as they come. He seems to be enjoying being back on tour. Sharing his passion with the fans suits him well.

The band gave their all on the stage for this show, and gave every fan in attendance an unforgettable show.

Set list for Simpsonville, SC 8-29-14
Godsmack-021. Generation Day
2. Cryin’ Like a Bitch
3. What’s Next
4. Locked and Loaded
5. Keep Away
6. The Enemy
7. Something Different
8. Straight Out of Line
9. Awake
10. Speak
11. Voodoo
12. Batalla de los Tambores
13. Whatever
14. 1000hp
15. I Stand Alone

For more pictures from Sherry’s Uproar review CLICK HERE.

Check out www.rockstaruproar.com for upcoming dates and tickets.
For more information on the individual bands and merch, click on over to their official websites.
www.popevil.com
www.skillet.com
www.seether.com
www.godsmack.com

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04SEP14 10:30PM EST
An update to this story…
From 14news.com:
31-year-old James Evans, who was arrested for posting song lyrics on Facebook, was released from jail Wednesday afternoon after spending eight days locked up.
Evans says he’s been told the case will be deferred for six months and he will have to undergo a mental evaluation.
Evans says he can’t believe what has happened.
It’s nonsense. I feel like my civil rights have been violated. You know first amendment freedom of speech out the window. Even all the guys I was in the cell with they thought it was nonsense themselves. I had several officials tell me it was nonsense that there was no reason why I should have even been here,” says Evans.
Police say the lyrics indicated a threat to students and school staff.
The county attorney and the school resource officer for the Muhlenberg county schools declined to comment about the case.
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It appears 31-year-old James “Jamie” Evans, an EXODUS fan living in Greenville, Kentucky, has been arrested – and is currently being jailed – for alleged terroristic threats for posting the lyrics to the EXODUS song “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” from the band’s 2010 Billboard-charting album Exhibit B: The Human Condition. Click here for information on the arrest.

No past or present member of EXODUS has ever promoted or condoned terrorists, threats, or bullying. Band members are baffled by what appears to be a violation of the right to Freedom of Speech, which is protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

gary holtEXODUS guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt has issued the following statement:

The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society. James Evans was simply posting lyrics to a band he likes on Facebook, and he was locked up for it. The song ‘Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)’ was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of fucked-up behavior. It was 2007’s Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration to write the song, one in which we put the brakes on playing it live after the Sandy Hook shooting, as we did not want to seem insensitive.”

Gary continues:

“As some of us in EXODUS are parents, of course these things hit close to home, it’s every parent’s worst fear. These moments are the stuff of nightmares, and life – as well as music – isn’t always pretty. But when we start to overreact to things like lyrics by any band – including EXODUS – and start arresting people, we are caving in to paranoia and are well on our way to becoming an Orwellian society.”

Blood In, Blood Out, EXODUS’ tenth studio album featuring guest appearances by Kirk Hammett (METALLICA), Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), and Dan the Automator (GORILLAZ, MIKE PATTON), will be released in North America on October 14th via Nuclear Blast Records.

The band’s upcoming U.S. tour with SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES launches November 11th in Oakland, California.








From Rolling Stone.com:

faith no moreInfluential alterna-metal iconoclasts Faith No More are set to release their seventh album — their first in 18 years — in April of 2015, bassist Bill Gould tells Rolling Stone. The record will be a totally independent product — produced by Gould, recorded in their Oakland rehearsal space and released on their own imprint, Reclamation Records (which will be distributed by frontman Mike Patton‘s long-running label, Ipecac Recordings).

The name has to do with the fact that we realized we were free from our recording obligations,” says Gould. “We weren’t touring, we have these songs that we were working on — that we think are pretty cool — and why don’t we just do our own imprint and kind of reclaim our future, in a way? We own the future more than we ever have.”

Though no dates have been booked, the band is planning a full U.S. tour around the album’s release. Since their return to the stage in 2009, they’ve only played five American cities.

The album’s first single, “Motherfucker,” a song they premiered in London’s Hyde Park in July, will be released on a seven-inch due for November 28th release and limited to 5,000 copies as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday. The B-side will be a remix by electronic art-pop sound designer J.G. Thirlwell.








Massachusetts metal band Shadows Fall will embark on their final European tour in less than a week. The “Hell on Earth” tour will begin in Frankfurt, Germany on Aug. 29 and runs until Sept. 14. The tour also features Unearth, The Acacia Strain and War of Ages.

Shadows-Fall-04-254x300The band has been touring non-stop for over a decade and has decided that it’s time to “take a hiatus” from future extensive touring. In addition to this upcoming European run, Shadows Fall are planning a final North American tour and will possibly visit a few other territories some time over the next year.

There are many factors that are behind this difficult decision that the band has been dealing with for some time now. In a nutshell it comes down to families, member availability, and finances. Further impacting our decision is the fact that we have two members with young children. Plain and simple, they want to be with their families to watch their kids grow.

Touring full time in a band these days has never been more difficult financially. When you have to ensure the future comfort of your family, difficult decisions have to be made. Another reason is the fact that our lead guitarist (Jon Donais) is now in Anthrax, which makes it hard for us to do any extensive touring with our full lineup. Due to his obligations with Anthrax, he will not be able to join us on this European tour. Felipe Roa will once again fill Jon’s position and we are thankful to him for joining us on this run.

Also returning for this tour is original bassist Paul Romanko who has sat out from touring for the last two years to raise his son.

This has been a real hard decision for all of us to make but we feel at this time this is the right thing to do. We don’t hate each other, we’re not bitter, we in fact still have a really great time together, but the ride has slowed down and it’s time for the next chapters in our lives, whatever that may be. We can’t thank the fans that have supported Shadows Fall since the beginning enough. Without you, none of this would have been possible. For the past decade and a half, we have been able to create the music we have always wanted to hear and share it with music fans everywhere. That being said, you still may see us at a festival or two over the next few years…if they ask, we will come! In the meantime please check out the dates for the last European go around and we will see you out there!



Prince has announced that he will be releasing two new albums next month.
prince
The Purple One has confirmed that both a solo album, Art Official Age, and a collaborative release with his backing band 3RDEYEGIRL, titled PLECTRUMELECTRUM.

Both are due on September 30 via Warner Bros.

Prince has also released “Clouds,” a single from his forthcoming solo album which is streaming below.