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nick menza promoThe Supermoon is the result of Earth’s Moon making it’s closest pass to our planet, but did this last Supermoon bring something else with it?  Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza took his kids out into the backyard of his Studio City, CA home to see the phenomenon and, as the cell phone video below shows, he may have gotten more than he bargained for.  You be the judge…

As you can see, the appearance of the triangular shaped light arrangement lasted about as long as Menza’s 2004 reunion with Megadeth.

PrintAustralian powercore-metal pioneers, A BREACH OF SILENCE have revealed the cover art and track listing for their upcoming sophomore album The Darkest Road, out October 7 on Eclipse Records (Mushroomhead, Our Last Enemy, Bobaflex). The cover art was designed by Gabriel Serbanescu, who also designed art for the band’s 2013 debut album, Dead or Alive.

Additionally, a mix of four song snippets from the album has been posted online at this location.

The track listing for The Darkest Road is as follows:
1. T.P.N.E
2. The Darkest Road
3. Vultures
4. Silhouette
5. Hang ‘em High
6. In Reality We Trust
7. Lost at Sea
8. This is the End
9. Immortal
10. Hannibal
11. A Place I Know
12. Dead and Destroyed
13. Krazy B!tch
14. Time Still Remains

For this, their sophomore album, A BREACH OF SILENCE brought back legendary Swedish producers Fredrik Nordstrom and Henrik Udd (Bring Me the Horizon, Arch Enemy, In Flames) flying them “down under” to record at Acolyte Studios in Brisbane, Australia. The masters were later mixed at the infamous Studio Fredman in Sweden. A BREACH OF SILENCE are known for their unique mix of modern metalcore and power-metal vocal breakdowns which many of their fans refer to as ‘Powercore’. Clocking in at over 56 minutes, The Darkest Road delivers fourteen tracks of technical, impressive songwriting that will forever be remembered as the band’s defining moment in music history.

A BREACH OF SILENCE was thrown into the spotlight when they won Australia’s prestigious Q Music Award(2012) in the Best Heavy Song category. Shortly thereafter, the band inked a worldwide, multi-album deal with Eclipse Records, released thier debut album Dead or Alive (October, 2013) and have toured with bands such as Born of Osiris, Adept, The Amity Affliction, and Upon a Burning Body. In March of 2014, the band released their controversial Night Rider ‘first-person shooter’ music video which was inspired by their obsession with FPS video games and 1960’s classic westerns such as Hang ‘em High and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

THE DARKEST ROAD is scheduled to be released on October 7, 2014.

For more information on A BREACH OF SILENCE, please visit these websites:


HOLLYWOOD, CA (July 23, 2014) – Seattle’s latest rising rock band, THE GUESSING GAME will kick-off tour dates in their hometown of Seattle for some intimate exclusive dates before heading down to the Guitars Under The Stars festival in Lebanon, OR. From there they will embark on a slew of Southern California dates including Hollywood’s Sunset Strip House Of Blues. More dates to be added in the next few weeks.

The band’s album Holy Crow, released on April 15th, on Guessing Game Music, and has been catching like wild fire. The Guessing Game has a knack for blending the energy of more traditional pure rock with great pop hooks, spiked with hair-raising guitar solos.

Formed in the summer of 2013, THE GUESSING GAME is the brain child of Jeff Rouse, long time bassist of Duff McKagan’s LOADED. “In the summer of 2013, I found myself with some much needed time on my hands. I knew it was time to find the right people to finally bring these songs I had been writing to life. Having spent the last 14 or so years writing, recording and touring in Loaded, it was time for me to get the “other” songs I had been working on out of my head, onto tape, and see what happens.”

Seeking out long time Seattle rock luminaries Kathy Moore (Brad, Satchel), Gary Westlake (Peter Frampton, Flight To Mars), Keith Ash (Star Anna), and Shawn Zellar(Redneck Girlfriend), Rouse knew this was something special – “They all breathed life and beauty into the songs and it was magnificent.”

Holy Crow drips of heartache, regret and finally redemption. Like that first drink Friday evening to that last sermon Sunday morning.

 SHOW DATES – More to be added~

 Sat, July 26th: Slim’s Last Chance, Seattle, WA, 9pm (on at 10pm)

w/ Kim Virant, Stereo Embers

Thurs, Aug 7thAdmiral Neighborhood Concert Series in Hiawatha Park, West Seattle, WA, 6:30pm-8pm

Sun, Aug 10thGuitars Under The Stars, Lebanon, OR, 2:30pm-3:30pm

w/ Lita Ford, Pat Travers Band, Gary Hoey

Fri, Aug 22ndNectar Lounge, Fremont (Seattle), 8pm 

w/ Strong Suit, Palooka and Jamie Nova Band

Fri, Aug 29thFoundation Room in the House of Blues, Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, 8pm (on at 10pm)

w/ Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes and Karma Dealers


For more information go to or


rock_for_rubenLOS ANGELES (July 22, 2014)Grammy award winning rocker Rick Springfield is hosting a charity concert tagged “Rock For Ruben” to benefit his good friend and guitar tech Ruben Velasco.    Rick Springfield and band will perform a full concert along with John 5 (Rob Zombie) joining the stage for some serious shredding. More special guests to be announced in the following weeks to come. This is not a usual Springfield concert –Expect the unexpected!

 “I have been with Ruben since 1998. He has been my guitar tech for many years and a very close, dear friend,” explains John 5, guitarist for Rob Zombie. “It was heartbreaking to hear this news and it is so important to raise this money to help Ruben in his battle against cancer as well as raising awareness.”

The concert’s goal is to raise money to help pay for medical expenses associated with Ruben’s battle against cancer. Ruben Velasco, our friend and guitar tech extraordinaire is fighting for his life,” says Springfield. “He has been diagnosed with fourth stage cancer and has a lot of medical expenses coming up in his fight. Any and all donations would be loved and welcomed.”

This special benefit concert for Ruben will be held on August 20, 2014 at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.  The event will also include some exclusive VIP opportunities including a private pre-concert dinner with Rick and only 18 guests. For further details on the “Rock for Ruben” benefit concert, please visit:

Ruben’s favorite animal charity organization, Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary, is also accepting individual donations on his behalf and will channel 100% of your donation directly to Ruben.  Donations can be made at:


Photo Credit: Diamond- Getty Images

Photo Credit: Diamond- Getty Images


July 23, 2014-Subpeonas for evidence are issued daily in the American court system.  Most are for evidence in the form of testimony, some are for evidence in the form of text messages or emails, but the real anomoly is when an iconic rock star is asked to produce evidence in the form of a glass dildo!

Thanks to attorneys for Insane Clown Posse, Kid Rock will be asked to do just that.  As part of an ongoing sexual harrassment suit against ICP, Rock (whose legal name is Rob Ritchie) is being asked to produce the glass phallus that was given to him a couple of years ago by “Dirty Dan” Diamond, a former employee of ICP and Psychopathic Records.  Ritchie now has 14 days to respond and produce the item.

Diamond testified last Friday in Las Vegas that he attempted to give the alleged victim Andrea Pellegrini (another former employee of Psychopathic Records) the glass guy-part as a gift.  When she refused to accept it, Diamond did what any rational person would do and offered it up to Kid Rock.

According to Pellegrini‘s 17-page complaint she was consistently subject to sexual advances and bullying by her colleagues, in addition to being asked to perform legal work she dubbed unethical during her 3-year career at Psychopathic Records. She says she was given the toy by Diamond after he learned that she was single.  Diamond admitted under oath that he made sexually explicit remarks to Pellegrini.  Furthermore Pellegrini describes her experience at the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos as “a living hell”.

Also named as defendants in the suit are ICP members Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler, whose stage monikers are Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, Psychopathic Records, and the group’s manager William Dale.

You may remember ICP being involved in a lawsuit against the federal government surrounding the findings of a 2011 FBI report that the group’s fans (known as Juggalos) be labeled with the gang-designation.  The group unsuccessfully contended that the gang-designation was causing ICP to lose fans, and violated the freedom of expression rights of the Juggalos.

Moral of the Story:  If a representative of two rapping clowns gives you a glass dildo, he is either giving you several STD’s, or a ticket to courtroom embarassment.  Choose wisely.

nonpoint-the returnNonpoint are set to release their next album entitled ‘The Return’ on September 30th.  Fans can hear the first single, “Breaking Skin”, at, or check it out below.  On releasing the band’s first album in two years frontman Elias Soriano explains, “Last record we stepped in a direction we’ve wanted to for years and our fans revered us for it. This record we have gotten up to speed and dropped the pedal to the floor. I think our fans will embrace this record in a way no other Nonpoint record has been viewed or loved. We left no room for question of what we are trying to accomplish with our music or who we are. We haven’t gone back to old school. We didn’t reflect on our past. We didn’t discuss what works. We are not ‘Statement’ Nonpoint or even ‘Bullet’ Nonpoint… The Return is Nonpoint right the fuck now.”

Fans can preorder the album at, or if that doesn’t satisfy your hunger, you can preorder CD and Merch bundles featuring ‘The Return’ CD, work shirt, zip-up hoodie, trucker hat, and sunglasses at MerchNow.  Nonpoint hits the road beginning August 9th in Birch Run, MI.  Tour dates are listed below.

August 9 – Birch Run, MI – Birch Run Expo Center
September 5 – Ashwaubenon, WI – Green Bay Distllery- Razor Edgefest
September 13 – Janesville, WI – Southern Wisconsin Airport
September 14 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café
September 16 – Waterloo, IA – The Reverb
September 18 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
September 19 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Parkview Field
September 20 – Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s Music Room
September 21 – Erie, PA – BT Theater
September 24 – Pontiac, IL – Freaksters Roadhouse
September 25 – Chesterfield, MI – Diesel Concert Lounge
September 26 – Libertyville, IL – Austins
September 27 – Ringle, WI – Q&Z Expo Center
September 30 – Lacrosse, WI – The Cavalier Theater
October 1 – Mishawaka, IN – Smith’s Downtown
October 2 – Macomb, IL – The Forum Live
October 4 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life


otherwise-2014 band promoPeace comes through struggle. It’s a reward that’s earned rather than simply given. It’s the product of tireless work and an unbreakable spirit against all odds and opposition. OTHERWISE are no strangers to that struggle, rising up to become rock ‘n’ roll contenders in the face of a tumultuous musical climate and a series of personal hardships. The Las Vegas hard alternative rock quintet-Adrian Patrick [vocals], Ryan Patrick [guitar/vocals], Corky Gainsford [drums/vocals], Vassilios Metropoulos [bass], & Andrew Pugh [guitar/vocals]-catalog the next chapter of this journey on their second full-length album, PEACE AT ALL COSTS via Century Media Records.

 Lead single “Darker Side Of The Moon” quickly debuts on the U.S. active rock charts.  The guys have just confirmed a headline tour with Like A Storm & Islander.  Check out the dates below…

08/01     Las Vegas, NV @Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

08/21     Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

08/22     Spokane, WA @Knitting Factory

08/23     Central Point, OR @ Lithia Motors Amphitheater

 09/11     Tempe, AZ @ Pub Rock Live with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/13     Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/14     Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival

09/16     Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios Live with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/18     Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/19     Racine, WI @ Rt. 20 with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/20     Green Bay, WI @ The Watering Hole with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/21     Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/22     South Bend, IN @ Cheers with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/24     Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/25     Morgantown, WV @ Schmitt’s Saloon with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/26     York Sprngs, PA @ Fall Jam 2014 

09/27     Parkersburg, WV @ West Virginia Polo Club with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/29     New York, NY @ Webster Underground with Like A Storm & Islander 

10/01     Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballrooom with Like A Storm & Islander 

10/03     Flint, MI @ Perani Arena with Like A Storm & Islander 

10/04     Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival

10/17     Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Ballroom (with Buckcherry)

For more info visit


liason records logoJuly 21, 2014 – On August 19, Liaison Records will release the 25th Anniversary Edition of Better Than Ezra‘s first studio album, SURPRISE. Originally released on cassette only in 1989 by Swell Records, SURPRISE has been commercially unavailable and highly sought after by “Ezralites” for over two decades. You can check out the lyric video for the first single, “Circle Of Friends” below, and it is also available for download on iTunes & Amazon.

Newly re-mastered, SURPRISE is the only Better Than Ezra album to feature all four original members–Kevin Griffin (vocals, guitar), Joel Rundell (guitar), Tom Drummond (bass) & Cary Bonnecaze (drums).

Better Than Ezra formed in 1988 by Kevin Griffin and Cary Bonnecaze while attending LSU in Baton Rouge. With the addition of Joel Rundell and Tom Drummond, they moved into a house together and began focusing on writing their own songs which they would perform live and ultimately release on their debut studio album.

Cary recounts, “We recorded SURPRISE in a garage studio (literally) during the evenings and after classes, in the course of 5 days.  Once we had the cassettes made, we approached a local record store off the LSU campus to sell the album and within days it became their biggest selling album. We played bars and frat shows throughout the Southeast and sold SURPRISE wherever we could. Things seemed to be going well. Little did we know that within that year our world would change forever.”

“On August 8, 1990, after playing a show at Murphy’s Bar in Baton Rouge, Joel unexpectedly passed away. There is nothing like losing someone who you genuinely love and care for. It wasn’t ‘like’ losing a brother, we did lose a brother. This 25th Anniversary release is dedicated to Joel.

Continuing as a trio, Better Than Ezra released their second album, DELUXE, in 1993 on Swell Records. In 1995, Elektra Records re-released DELUXE and the single, “Good,” which helped push the album to Platinum status by the end of 1995.

As SURPRISE celebrates its 25th anniversary, Better Than Ezra has gone on to scan nearly two million albums in the United States.

messagetovenusMIAMI, FL – Florida’s 21st Century rock outfit, Message To Venus, has teamed up with Revolver to launch a brand new song, “Hollow,” from the band’s upcoming debut album, Victims & Villains. Stream “Hollow” today exclusively at by clicking here.

“‘Hollow’ is a track about living the life you want,” vocalist/guitarist, Jandre Nadal, told Revolver. “Making your own choices as a person. Not following a shadow of what someone wants for you. This song has a powerful chorus. A lot of people can relate to this subject.”

Message To Venus recently launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the release and promotion of Victims & Villains. The campaign, available online here, seeks to raise $10,000 during the months of July and August and offers several unique Victims & Villains perks, including advance music, a personalized Message To Venus comic book and more. Money raised during the campaign will be put toward a music video, touring expenses, marketing and more.

Commented the band:

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? The same applies to an album that goes unheard. And we want to be heard!That’s why we’ve decided to make our new album available to you, our closest fans, in advance of the official release date. With your support, we can raise the money needed to properly release and promote our new album, ‘Victims & Villains.’ For your contribution, you’ll receive exclusive perks in return, from an autographed copy of the new album, a limited edition poster to even having your own personalized comic book!”

Victims & Villains was recorded in the band’s native San Juan, Puerto Rico with producer, Leo Alvarez.

Victims & Villains teaser video can be seen below.

The upcoming album follows the 2011 EP, ‘The Envelope,’ which, along with lead single, “Universal You,” drew praise from established artists such as Godsmack and Halestorm while receiving weekly spins at SiriusXM Octane, MusicChoice and more. The track was also featured in the motion picture, The Witness (El Testigo). Stream the “Universal You” music video on YouTube, or scroll down to check it out.

Following the release of ‘The Envelope,’ Message To Venus made the decision to relocate from San Juan to Miami, Fla. “Puerto Rico is beautiful…it’s our home,” explained guitarist, John Feliciano. “We play there as often as we can, but in order to expand globally we want to be planted on soil where touring opportunities are more frequent.”

After being nominated for a Latin Rock Award in the ‘Slam Alternativo/Rock’ category in 2012, as well as participation in the International Day of Non-Violence, Message To Venus successfully employed the help of fans through a crowdfunding campaign and toured the U.S. in 2013.

The quartet is now seeking its dedicated fans’ help again to bring Victims & Villains to the masses. Stay tuned to the campaign page and Facebook for the latest info and updates.

Sevendust Band Promo 2014SEVENDUST has been selling out clubs and theatres across the country on their acoustic U.S. tour, “An Evening With SEVENDUST,” which launched April 1 in Athens, GA.  On July 23, the band–Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals) and Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals)—will plug back in for a new round of electric shows with Gemini Syndrome supporting.
Their critically acclaimed acoustic album, TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES, was released April 15 on the band’s 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services.  It debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Top Hard Music Albums” chart (their second consecutive #1 album), #19 on the “Top 200 Albums” chart, #2 on the “Record Label Independent Current Albums” chart, #4 on the “Top Current Rock Albums” chart, #15 on the “Overall Digital Albums” chart and #8 on the “Top Internet Albums” chart. 
Check out SEVENDUST at any of the following stops:
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
Wed 7/23          Cleveland, OH               House of Blues
Thu 7/24            Pittsburgh, PA              Altar Bar
Fri 7/25             Lynchburg, VA              Phase 2
Sat 7/26            Inwood, WV                  Shiley Acres
Mon 7/28          Pensacola, FL               Vinyl Music Hall
Wed 7/30          Baton Rouge, LA           The Varsity Theatre
Thu 7/31            Biloxi, MS                     Hard Rock Live
Fri 8/1               Chattanooga, TN           Track 29
Sat 8/2              Morristown, TN              Jefferson Federal Amphitheatre
Tue 8/5             Flint, MI                                    The Machine Shop
Wed 8/6            Des Moines, IA             Wooly’s
Fri 8/8               Lincoln, NE                   Bourbon Theater
Sat 8/9              Sturgis, SD                   Buffalo Chip Fairground
Sun 8/10           Minot, ND                     City Auditorium
Mon 8/11          Fargo, ND                     The Venue
Thu 8/14            Pontiac, IL                    Freakster’s Road House
Fri 8/15             Cedar Falls, IA              Pepsi Pavilion
Sat 8/16            Sedalia, MO                  Grandstand/Missouri State Fair
Sun 8/17           Wichita, KS                   The Cotillion
Tue 8/19            Tulsa, OK                      Cain’s Ballroom
Thu 8/21            La Crosse, WI               La Crosse Center
Fri 8/22             Fond Du Lac, WI           Shack Event Center
Sat 8/23            Sioux City, IA                Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
For more info visit SEVENDUST’s Official Website here.

Gilby Clarke 2014HOLLYWOOD, CA – Gilby Clarke embarks solo on a worldwide summer tour – kicking off in London, England at The Underworld.  Before Clarke crosses the pond, he will deliver to all the fans a new track, which will be announced in the weeks to come.

Recently, Clarke released a new video Tijuana Jail – Originally released in 1994, Clarke updated this fan favorite with a 2014 video version that can see below.

Best known for his tour of duty with Guns n’ Roses, Gilby Clarke was 17 when he traded Cleveland for Hollywood. A troubadour in the Ronnie Wood tradition: a barroom brawler with attendant Stonesy swagger, plus a catalog of well-written ditties. Clarke joined Guns in the early 90’s as the Use Your Illusion tour kicked off. He appeared on the bands Spaghetti IncidentLive Era ’88-’91 & Greatest Hits albums. Surviving the longest tour in history - Clarke went solo & came out swinging with Pawn Shop Guitars. A catalog of rock n roll purity: “Tijuana Jail”, “Cure Me… Or Kill Me…” & The Stones’ “Dead Flowers” put this record on many year-end top 10 lists.

Along the way Clarke split time producing worthy bands: LA Guns & The Bronx while touring/recording with Heart, The MC5, Nancy Sinatra & Slash’s SnakepitClarke also starred in the CBS TV show Rockstar Supernova with Tommy Lee and joined his new bandmate for an all-star VH1 Rock Honors appearance. Recently, Clarke & his GNR alumni pulled off an amazing Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame performance when the band was inducted in 2012 & continues to play with the ex-gunners from time to time in Kings Of Chaos.


07.12.14 ANAHEIM, CA                    HOUSE OF BLUES 

07.16.14 GOLDEN, CO                      BUFFALO ROSE **NO QUIET RIOT


07.20.14 JOLIET, IL MO                      JOE’S MUSIC VENUE

07.22.14 PORTLAND, ME                   ASYLUM BALLROOM


07.24.14 BOSTON, MA                      THE WILBUR THEATRE



07.27.14 BRISTOL, CT                         BLEACHERS BAR **NO QUIET RIOT

08.01.14 STURGIS, SD                         GLENCOE PAVILLION ** BULLETBOYS TO OPEN


08.15.14 SIOUX CITY, IA                    HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO W/ QUIET RIOT

08.16.14 RINGLE, WI                          Q & Z EXPO CENTER W/QUIET RIOT


For more information on Gilby Clarke,  his tour and new music click here.

Havok 2014 Band Promo

Century Media Records is pleased to announce the signing of Denver, Colorado’s HAVOK. The young thrash metal quartet have worked nonstop releasing 3 albums and touring the world the past 5 years and are poised to take their music and career to another level.

“We’re so excited to sign with Century Media!” exclaims guitarist Reece Scruggs. “Their reputation as a front running metal label is obvious. Timeless albums that have influenced us as individuals, and as a band, have been released through the label, and we aim to become a part of that tradition.”

“I’m pleased to add HAVOK to our artist roster,” says Century Media President Marco Barbieri. “I have watched the band evolve and progress musically and highly admire their work ethic and commitment to metal and their fans.”

HAVOK just concluded extensive tours of Asia, South America and Canada and will be starting a month-long onslaught of European shows this weekend, including performing at many of the continent’s prestigious festivals, as well as off-dates with SUFFOCATION and SKELETONWITCH (dates below).

“I can’t wait to see what will be accomplished with Century Media behind our next album,” states singer/guitarist David Sanchez. “The next record is going to be the best yet, so you’d better start exercising those neck muscles!”

HAVOK European Tour Dates

July 12 – Neskaupstaður, Iceland – Eistnaflug
July 14 – St.Petersburg, Russia – Zal Ozhidaniya
July 15 – Moscow, Russia – Volta
July 16 – Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia – Sklad club
July 18 – Anyksciai, Lithuania – Devilstone
July 19 – Motala, Sweden – Motala Thrashfest
July 20 – Oslo, Norway – Revolver
July 23 – Tolmin, Slovenia – Metaldays
July 26 – As, Belgium – Vlamrock Fest
July 27 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof w/ SUFFOCATION, SKELETONWITCH
July 28 – Hannover, Germany – Chez Heinz w/ SUFFOCATION, SKELETONWITCH
July 29 – Essen, Germany – Turock w/ SUFFOCATION, SKELETONWITCH
July 30 – Paris, France – Le Divan Du Monde w/ SUFFOCATION, SKELETONWITCH
Aug. 1 – Albi, France – Xtreme Fest
Aug. 2 – Viveiro, Spain – Resurrection Fest
Aug. 3 – Luynes, France – Le Korigan w/ SUFFOCATION, SKELETONWITCH
Aug. 4 – Pinarella di Cervia, Italy – Rock Planet w/ SUFFOCATION, SKELETONWITCH
Aug. 5 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Konzertfabrik w/ AMON AMARTH, SUFFOCATION, SKELETONWITCH
Aug. 6 – Innsbruck, Austria – p.m.k. w/ SUFFOCATION, SKELETONWITCH
Aug. 7 – Jaromer, Czech Rep – Brutal Assault
Aug. 8 – Schlotheim, Germany – Party San
Aug. 9 – Leeuwarden, Holland – Into The Grave
Aug. 10 – Ieper, Belgium – Ieper Fest
Aug. 11 – Manchester, UK – Sound Control w/ SKELETONWITCH
Aug. 12 – Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks w/ SKELETONWITCH
Aug. 13 – London, UK – Barfly w/ SKELETONWITCH
Aug. 15 – Saint Nolff, France – Motocultor Fest


Sept. 11 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Sept. 12 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Sept. 13 – Charlotte, NC – Chop Shop
Sept. 14 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
Sept. 15 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Sept. 16 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
Sept. 17 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Sept. 18 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
Sept. 19 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Hall
Sept. 20 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
Sept. 21 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
Sept. 22 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
Sept. 23 – Merriam, KS – Aftershock
Sept. 24 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theater
Sept. 27 – Spokane, WA – The Hop
Sept. 28 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
Sept. 29 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Sept. 30 – Boise, ID – Crazy Horse
Oct. 1 – Portland, OR – Dante’s
Oct. 2 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
Oct. 3 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
Oct. 4 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Globos
Oct. 5 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
Oct. 6 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
Oct. 8 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
Oct. 9 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
Oct. 10 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s

For More info visit HAVOK’s Official Website here.

Monuments Amanuensis CoverMONUMENTS have come a long way since starting as a side project of John Browne (guitars; Fellsilent) and Josh Travis (guitars; The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza). From a surprise appearance on BBC Radio1 to debut full-length, GNOSIS, the group immediately found a fanatic audience.

 Fast forward two productive years later and MONUMENTS - now with Chris Barretto (ex-Periphery, Ever Forthright) on vocals – have grown tremendously. While they’re still way into instrumental gymnastics and impressing fans with their musical prowess, they’ve really honed in on writing huge, impossibly memorable songs for new album THE AMANUENSIS.  THE AMANUENSIS is available now via Amazon & iTunes.

MONUMENTS are set to hit the road next week for their first North American Tour.  Also on the bill will be GLASS CLOUD, SCALE THE SUMMIT, ERRA, and REFLECTIONS.  Tour Dates are as follows:

07/15 @ Empire – Springfield, VA – Tickets:
07/16 @ The Barbary – Philadelphia, PA – Tickets:
07/17 @ Webster Underground – Hartford, CT – Tickets:
07/18 @ Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY – Tickets:
07/19 @ Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY – Tickets:
07/20 @ The Palladium – Worcester, MA – Tickets:
07/21 @ Bogies – Albany, NY – Tickets:
07/22 @ La Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC – Tickets:
07/23 @ Hard Luck – Toronto, ON – Tickets:
07/24 @ The Stache – Grand Rapids, MI – Tickets:
07/25 @ Reggie’s – Chicago, IL – Tickets:
07/26 @ The Garage – Burnsville, MN – Tickets:
07/27 @ West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB – Tickets:
07/28 @ The Exchange – Regina, SK – Tickets:
07/29 @ The Den, Calgary, AB – Tickets:
07/30 @ Kelowna, BC – Rutland Centennial Hall – Tickets:
07/31 @ The Rio Theatre, Vancouver, BC – Tickets:
08/01 @ Chop Suey – Seattle, WA – Tickets:
08/02 @ Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR – Tickets:
08/03 @ Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA – Tickets:
08/04 @ The Lyric – Los Angeles, CA – Tickets:
08/05 @ Southern Nevada Sports Centre – Las Vegas, NV –  Tickets:    08/06 @ The Underground – Mesa, AZ – Tickets:
08/07 @ Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM – Tickets:
08/08 @ Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO – Tickets:
08/09 @ Jackpot – Lawrence, KS – Tickets:
08/10 @ Fubar – St. Louis, MO – Tickets:
08/11 @ Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH – Tickets:
08/12 @ The Concourse – Knoxville, TN – Tickets:
08/13 @ Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC – Tickets:
08/14 @ 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL – Tickets:
08/15 @ Propaganda – Lake Worth, FL – Tickets: TBA
08/16 @ Backbooth – Orlando, FL – Tickets:
08/17 @ Vinyl At Center Stage – Atlanta, GA – Tickets:
08/19 @ Tomcats – Fort Worth, TX – Tickets:
08/20 @ Red 7 – Austin, TX – Tickets:
08/21 @ Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX – Tickets:

Check out “The Alchemist” taken from the album THE AMANUENSIS  in stores now via Century Media:

Vattnet Viskar logoAfter completing several North American tours with the likes of DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, KING PARROT, and many others, New Hampshire’s VATTNET VISKAR is ready to get back on the road this month for an East Coast run with SILVER SNAKES, followed by a more extensive trek with PALLBEARER and TOMBS this fall. See below for all upcoming dates.

VATTNET VISKAR is currently working on the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut full-length, Sky Swallower. Named one of the best albums of 2013 by and, Sky Swallower can be purchased digitally at iTunes or in a variety of physical formats at CM Distro.  For a preview of the quartet’s signature crushingly ambient, blackened doom metal, be sure to check out the video for “Breath Of The Almighty” below.

July 16 - Toledo, OH – The Ottawa Tavern
July 17 - Chicago, IL – Livewire Lounge
July 18 - Cleveland, OH – Now Thats Class
July 19 - Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
July 20 - Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
July 21 - Brooklyn, NY – The Acheron
July 22 - Baltimore, MD – Sidebar
July 23 - Richmond, VA – The Camel

Oct. 17 - Nashville, TN – Exit/In
Oct. 18 - Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie’s
Oct. 19 - Champaign, IL – High Dive
Oct. 20 - Madison, WI – The Frequency
Oct. 21 - Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick Lounge
Oct. 23 - Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
Oct. 24 - Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Oct. 25 - Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Oct. 26 - Boston, MA – Great Scott
Oct. 27 - Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
Oct. 29 - Philadelphia, PA – Black Box
Oct. 30 - Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
Oct. 31 - Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Nov. 1 – Atlanta, GA – The EARL
Nov. 2 - Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
Nov. 5 - Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs    
Nov. 9 - Dallas, TX – Three Links

otherwise-darkersideofthemoonOTHERWISE is premiering the first single, “Darker Side Of The Moon,” from their forthcoming sophomore album PEACE AT ALL COSTS on The song is presented with an epic lyric video, and is available now on all digital platforms including both iTunes and Amazon.  The full album will hit this fall! 

 Darker Side of the Moon is just the beginning of the journey that we plan to take with everyone. The Moon is a heavenly body that we’ve come to cherish and worship throughout our meager lives… but there is another side to it that most of us know nothing about. We hope that our album PEACE AT ALL COSTS will help the world navigate the depths of its own darkness and break through into the Light on the other side.” ~ Adrian Patrick (Lead Vocals)

 Take a trip to the “Darker Side Of The Moon” here, or just scroll to the bottom of the page to see the video.

PEACE AT ALL COSTS is the second full-length album for the Las Vegas natives. It serves as the follow up to the band’s 2012 breakthrough album, TRUE LOVE NEVER DIES, which sold over 55,000 albums and 275,000 singles including the  hit songs “Soldiers,” “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures)” & “Die For You.” 

  “Darker Side Of The Moon” Available now at all digital platforms including Amazon & iTunes.  Catch OTHERWISE on tour at any one of the following stops.


July 17 - Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center

Aug 1 - Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (w/Buckcherry)

Aug 23 - Central Point, OR – Lithia Motors Amphitheater

Sept 14 - Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival

Oct 4 - Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival



Get those horns up!  Last In Line, the band featuring the original DIO lineup fronted by the über talented Andrew Freeman (Lynch Mob, Hurricane) in Ronnie James Dio‘s stead, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of the DIO album of the same name this month.  In honor of that milestone, Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath), Jimmy Bain (Rainbow), Claude Schnell (Rough Cutt), and Andrew Freeman have taken to their band’s Facebook page to offer us a glimpse of what their yet to be released album has in store in the form of an unmixed snippet of their new song “Devil In Me”, and it does not disappoint!  Be one of the first to hear the Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner) produced magic; head over to the band’s Facebook page, click like (if you’ve been living under a rock), and get your Hard Rock Hard-On!


Mastodon Once More Album CoverJuly 2, 2014 - (Burbank, CA)Once More ‘Round The Sun, the sixth studio album from Mastodon, has debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. This marks their highest chart debut ever.

 In addition, this album released by Reprise Records on June 24th, has gone Top 10 in most European markets and top 20 in most remaining territories. Once More ‘Round The Sun has also entered the Top 10 Album Charts in the U.K. as well where it is currently the No. 1 Rock/Metal album across the nation; yet another milestone for Mastodon. Fans and critics agree, this is the best Mastodon album yet:

 “The mercurial metal heads have improved on the lean hard-rock pummel of 2011′s The Hunter with lattices of ornate riffs and primal vocals… the band sounds best when taking risks.”Rolling Stone

 “Album after album, Mastodon set the pace for modern heavy metal. Their brand of aggression is brainy, technically dazzling and slightly hallucinogenic – metal for people who don’t usually listen to metal. At the same time, the band is balls-out creative. ‘Elegant’ isn’t a term usually associated with neck-tatted, acid-eating heshers but check out Bill Kelliher’s guitar riff verses Brent Hinds’ guitar solo versus Brann Dailor’s double-time drums. The union is perfectly effortless -and freight-train powerful.”  -Spin.Com

 “The Atlanta thrashers continue to walk a fine line between brutal hardcore, bespectacled math rock, and area-ready melody.” - Entertainment Weekly / The “MUST LIST”

 Once More ‘Round The Sun was recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Deftones). It is the follow-up to Mastodon‘s critically acclaimed album The Hunter, which also entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10 upon release and found its way onto several Year End / Best Of Critics’ Lists, including those compiled by Rolling StoneSpinRevolverDecibel and many more.

 In addition, the band has been confirmed to appear on the outdoor stage of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 15th, in Hollywood, CA.

 Once More ‘Round The Sun is available now on CD, standard vinyl and a limited edition Deluxe Package pressed on two 180g black vinyl discs housed in a quadruple gatefold vinyl jacket featuring artwork by Skinner. The special package will also contain four exclusive lithographs derived from the album artwork plus the entire album on CD. Order it here. Check out the new Roboshobo-directed video for the song High Road.”

 Mastodon are currently on the road in Europe:

 Thurs    Jul 3                Main Square Festival                 Arras, France

Fri        Jul 4                Le Zenith                                  Paris, France

Sun      Jul 6                Knebworth Park                        London, United Kingdom

Fri        Jul 18              Malakoff Rock Festival               Nordfjordeid, Norway

Sat       Jul 19              Bukta Open Air Festival             Tromsø, Norway

Sat       Sep 6              Hopscotch Festival                    Raleigh, NC

Fri        Sep 12             Riot Fest Chicago                     Chicago, IL

Sun      Sep 14             Aftershock Festival                   Sacramento, CA

Sat       Oct 4               Louder Than Life Festival           Louisville, KY

 Much more Mastodon news to be revealed soon.  Until then go to:

Soundtrack Of Summer Tour 2014According to, and verified by the bands publicists, two tour buses on the Soundtrack Of Summer Tour featuring STYX, Foreigner, and Don Felder caught fire Wednesday afternoon in Philly.  The buses were parked and unoccupied when one of them burst into flames and the fire quickly spread to the second bus.  The buses in question were “crew buses” and not “band buses”, and no one was injured in the blaze.  The bands still plan to play their scheduled show on Thursday night in Camden, NJ.

butcherbabiestour2014BUTCHER BABIES
 recently wrapped the REVOLVER MAGAZINE Golden Gods Tour with Black Label Society.  They are now planning a full headlining U.S. Tour starting in September with special guest Anti-Mortem!  The band is currently in studio with Logan Mader working on the follow up to their debut album “Goliath”.  You can check out Butcher Babies at the following dates:


9/12 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Concert House *wi/ BLS

9/13 Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival

9/14 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst *w/ BLS


9/27 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock

9/28 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad

9/30 Merriam, KS @ Aftershock

10/01 Joilet, IL @ Mojoes

10/03 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

10/04 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop

10/05 Louisville, KY @ Champions Park ***Larger Than Life Festival 

10/07 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage

10/08 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (upstairs)

10/10 New York, NY @ Santos Party House

10/11 Philadelphia, PA @ District N9ne

10/12 West Springfield, VA @ Empire

10/14 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

10/16 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

10/17 Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock

10/18 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

10/19 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Backroom

10/21 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep

10/22 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre

10/23 Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar

For more info visit Butcher Babies Online.