February 10.2014–Digital Summer has confirmed they are headed out on a U.S. national tour with Grammy Nominee Volbeat and metal heavy hitters Trivium this Spring. The tour kicks off in Denver, CO on April 3rd, 2014. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster for the following dates:
4/03 Denver, CO
4/04 Mescalero, NM
4/06 Anaheim, CA
4/08 Modesto, CA
4/09 Reno, NV
4/10 Medford, OR
4/11 Spokane, WA
4/13 Boise, ID
4/14 Seattle, WA
4/15 Missoula, MT
4/17 Fargo, ND
4/18 LaCrosse, WI
4/19 Clive, IA
4/21 Ft. Wayne, IN
4/22 Cleveland, OH
4/23 Louisville, KY
4/27 Chattanooga, TN
4/28 Nashville, TN
4/30 Pittsburgh, PA
5/01 Bethlehem, PA
5/05 Niagara Falls, NY
5/06 Poughkeepsie, NY
5/08 Huntington, NY
5/09 Hampton Beach, NH
Digital Summer will also be announcing a few additional one-off dates, both festival and headline shows. So far “Welcome to Rockville” in Jacksonville, FL on April 26th, 2014 is among one of the festivals Digital Summer has already confirmed. Following the tour announcement, the band recently signed on 13 year old YouTube drummer Austin Rios of Elk City, OK and guitar player Derek Kleoppel of Kansas City, MO. Kyle states “Austin is no gimmick, this kid is the real deal. He shocked us and he’s going to shock a lot of people very soon”. Digital Summer is known for their unconventional style of business and marketing, this member line-up proves to be right along those lines.
In other news, the band has recently stated they’ve been in the studio working on new material and possibly a Deluxe Edition release of their current studio album Breaking Point, which features their chart breaking radio hit “Forget You”. No release dates have been announced.
January 24, 2014–Monster Energy’s Fort Rock—Southwest Florida’s biggest rock festival—returns to JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida for its second year on Saturday, April 26 with a stellar rock lineup featuring co-headlining superstars Korn, Rob Zombie, and Five Finger Death Punch, along with Seether, Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Sick Puppies, Trivium, Skindred, The Pretty Reckless, KYNG, Nothing More, Twelve Foot Ninja, and more.
“5FDP is incredibly excited to be part of the kickoff of the World’s Loudest Month,” says Five Finger Death Punch’s Jeremy Spencer. “Having already ‘rocked’ Rockville, this will be our first time bringing it to Fort Myers. We are blessed to have so many fans in Florida that made it possible for the band to step up as a festival headliner standing beside giants like Korn and Rob Zombie! Thank you, Florida. See you all soon!”
The festival is offering a special discounted ticket pre-sale from January 28-30. During the pre-sale, a limited number of discounted general admission tickets will be available for purchase for the following prices (plus fees):
Tuesday, January 28: $29.50
- Wednesday, January 29: $39.50
- Thursday, January 30: $45.50
Regularly priced General Admission and VIP tickets for Monster Energy’s Fort Rock go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10:00 AM ET at www.FortRockFestival.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. General Admission tickets start at $49.50 and VIP tickets start at $99.50, with ticket prices increasing on February 10. In addition, select Pita Pit locations will be selling General Admission tickets for $50, with no service fees. A limited number of discounted GA military tickets will be available for just $29 via www.govx.com. Visit www.FortRockFestival.com for full details.
“After a great first year, we couldn’t be more excited to return to JetBlue Park with an amazing band lineup and fantastic partners,” says Monster Energy’s Fort Rock co-producer Clay Busch of Danny Wimmer Presents.
Monster Energy’s Fort Rock is the kickoff event to a series of festivals produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live, that also includes the massively successful Rock On The Range, and Carolina Rebellion festivals. Monster Energy’s Fort Rock is also part of the Florida kickoff—along with Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville in Jacksonville—of the World’s Loudest Month. The World’s Loudest Month was created in partnership by AEG Live and Danny Wimmer Presents and features the biggest names in rock music performing in six distinct concert atmospheres across the country on five consecutive weekends.
JetBlue Park is the spring training home of the 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox, located at 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers, Florida.
Monster Energy’s Fort Rock is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, and f.y.e.
Until We Meet Again-EP
Away Team Music
Rating: 10 out of 10
Rarely does a supergroup team with a super-producer and have it result in a finished product that lives up to expectations, but rarely does not equal never… When I first got word last year that former Columbia Recording artist Chris Shy (Aurora Sky/Fear The Clown) would be teaming with Lo-Pro/Ultraspank frontman Pete Murray, I was cautiously optimistic, as we’ve seen these things crash and burn before with even the greatest of musicians. But there was something different about this pairing, having known Shy‘s penchant for hearing things that take most others a second listen to grasp I was confident that Murray would be the man to take this thing to the next level. Little did I know that the two would be adding the talents of bassist John Fahnestock (Snot/Amen) and drummer extraordinaire Will Hunt (Evanescence/Device) to the fold, and converging on the famed EastWest Studios to add the final piece of the puzzle in GRAMMY-Winning super-producer Ben Grosse (just about every great artist under the sun); the spawn of this musical marriage becoming White Noise Owl.
Bandmembers often say that their band is their family, now I ask you to picture never meeting your family until you were about to be introduced, as a whole, to a worldwide audience. Sound crazy? Well as crazy as it sounds, all of this mastery was created by a group of guys who, for the most part, had never even met until they were in the studio! We always hear of “the band that never was”, in a sense, White Noise Owl is really “the band that never wasn’t”!
Needless to say, I had been eagerly awaiting the final product, and it was well worth the wait! From the opening chords of “Feed”, we can begin to see what this band is about, a perfect conjugation of early Filter-meets-STP. Thought we had that already? Think again! This would be what we’d get if Army of Anyone had a “do over”. Murray‘s vocals, combined with an ingenious riff that would make the DeLeo brothers quiver are all you need to beg for them to “Feed” you more! An appetite that is further prompted with the second track “Bomber”, another rocker that displays the mighty talents of these four, all the while wondering if Ben Grosse is having flashbacks to his “Title of Record” sessions.
Enter “End Over End” and “Are You Breathing”, the final tracks off the EP and one is left with two questions, How the fuck did I not realize what a great set of pipes Pete Murray has until now? And when does the full length album come out?!
As I said before, rare does not equal never; rare is reserved for things like perfect scores on album reviews, happy neighbors of Justin Bieber, and Blue Moons, and it’s only appropriate this Blue Moon has an owl sitting under it, a White Noise Owl! Mark your calendars for March 11, 2014, the Day of the Owl.
For more info on White Noise Owl visit the band’s Official Website.
January 16,2014–SCORPIONS fans worldwide can check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the brand new live performance video for “Holiday” on USA Today.com. The never-before-seen (or heard) video was recorded during the beautifully orchestrated stripped-down concerts that became SCORPIONS’ forthcoming CD/DVD and Blu-Ray release, MTV UNPLUGGED, but does not appear on any configuration of the releases.
Due out in North America on January 21st, material from MTV UNPLUGGED is taken from SCORPIONS’ first-ever “MTV Unplugged” show and features new acoustic versions of their best-loved classic hits, as well as five brand new songs. MTV UNPLUGGED will be available in North America as a deluxe CD + DVD package and as a Blu-Ray, and is being released in 50 countries, a testament to the German band’s iconic status worldwide.
Recorded and filmed on September 11th and September 12th of last year, SCORPIONS‘ MTV UNPLUGGED was culled from two dynamic acoustic sets at the Lycabettus Theatre in Athens, Greece. The spectacular open-air theatre, situated 300 meters above the city, was an impressive backdrop for the first-ever open-air show in the history of “MTV Unplugged” (the theatre also shares a birth year with SCORPIONS themselves, having been built in 1965.). In other news, SCORPIONS are still in the midst of their epic Farewell World Tour; the tour has been going on for more than three years now. To the delight of their fans there is no end in sight, as to date the band has only played 23 out of the 38 countries planned on the itinerary.
SCORPIONS are Klaus Meine (vocals/guitar), Rudolf Schenker (guitars/vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitars), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) and James Kottak (drums); additional musical support on MTV UNPLUGGED includes contributions from Swedish musicians and producers Mikael Nord Andersson (guitars, mandolin, lap steel, vocals) and Martin Hansen (guitars, harmonica, vocals). The duo is also responsible for the arrangements on MTV UNPLUGGED.
SCORPIONS are one of the most successful international hard rock bands of all time, selling upwards of 75 million records worldwide and playing more than 5,000 concerts in 80+ countries globally. Formed in Germany in 1965, the band has come to be known for their colossal radio and MTV hits “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” “No One Like You” and “Wind Of Change,” as well as their status as international rock ambassadors. VH1 ranked SCORPIONS as the #46 Artist on the “Greatest Artists Of Hard Rock” special, while “Rock You Like A Hurricane” came in at #18 on VH1′s “Greatest Hard Rock Songs”. The band recently received a star on the Hollywood Rock Walk in Los Angeles. To date, the Scorpions have released 18 studio albums and 5 live records.
January 15, 2014–LA rock band Bad Things - that consists of front man/lead singer Davis LeDuke, bass player Jared Palomar (formerly of Augustana), guitarist Anthony Sanudo, drummer Lena Zawaideh and lead guitarist Shaun White (professional snowboarder/skateboarder) will be releasing their debut, self-titled album January 21st on Warner Bros. Records (iTunes Pre-Order here). The record was produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot Smith, The Vines). The lead single “Anybody, “ a “chugging rock anthem heavy with choirboy backing harmonies” according to Rolling Stone, is now for sale at iTunes and streaming on YouTube and Soundcloud.
Right on the heels of Bad Things‘ release, NBC is set to air “Shaun White: Russia Calling” on January 25th. The special gives an inside look at how the gold-medal-winning snowboarder prepped for the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month in addition to juggling his other commitments, including Bad Things.
Get a taste of what Bad Things are all about live, check out this video from Lollapalooza of the band covering Iggy And The Stooges’ “Search And Destroy” as well as this clip of “Anybody.” Bad Things completed a North American tour of the country last fall that included festival stops at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Osheaga Festival in Montreal and Voodoo Music and Art Experience in New Orleans, which earned the band much deserved acclaim.
Reports from Osheaga were equally as impressive. Canadian media outlet Dose.ca awarded Bad Things with the #1 Most Surprising Moment of the festival, raving about their performance. “Google ‘Bad Things’ and you’ll be inundated with articles that start with the words ‘Shaun White’s band…,’ which is totally misleading, considering how much more there is to these guys” says Dose. “They have great original material and the kind of solid musicianship and stage presence you’d expect from a group that’s been playing together for years.”
Bad Things earned their undeniable chemistry through sheer persistence and – in the case of Zawaideh, guitarist Anthony Sanudo, and lead guitarist Shaun White – a friendship forged in their San Diego hometown that dates back to their teens. In 2014 Bad Things is ready to share their electrifying sound and moving lyrics with the world. With the upcoming self-titled debut release, it’s only the beginning. “Music is what we do,” Sanudo says. “It is all we can do and all we ever want to do. Though obviously Shaun is pretty good at a couple of other things.”
For more on Bad Things including Tour Dates, Music, and Merchandise click here.
Time And Pressure
Fat Lady Music/Caroline Music
Rating: 10 out of 10
The past year plus has been very kind to the rock world. We, as critics, have seen an unprecedented amount of high scoring albums pass through the Away-Team.com pages. Even the harshest of critics [read myself] have been generous with the scores, in contrast to previous years. Enter 2014; nothing has seemed to change. Although Time and Pressure from Devour the Day was released digitally in 2013, the band has just released a revamped edition that is available in CD format at all major retailers, and with that garnered themselves a first in this critic’s career, and a feat rarer than a Cubs Championship (sorry guys)… two consecutive perfect scores!!!
Many of you who know me, know that I have been a huge fan and supporter of Egypt Central for some time now. A fact that was further emphasized in 2011 when the band released “White Rabbit”, and earned one of the few perfect scores I had ever given out at the time. So it goes without saying that disappointment was an understatement for the way I felt when I heard that the band had broken up after their most successful album. There was a silver lining, however, when I learned that Joey “Chicago” Walser and Blake Allison would continue to make music together in the form of Devour The Day.
When I first received the album advance, I was hesitant to open it. I didn’t want that silver lining to turn to tin foil. Not that I didn’t have faith in Blake and Joey, after all they are both tremendous musicians in their own right, but let’s be honest with ourselves, many a time bands have broken up and reincarnated with the uber-talented drummer stepping out from behind the kit to become the front man, and it can either go the way of the Foo Fighters or (gulp) Methods of Mayhem. Let’s just say I’m thankful that, although it’s not a bad consolation prize, Blake probably won’t be making any sex tapes with Pamela Anderson any time soon!
From the opening seconds of the album we are fully aware of what we are in for. ”Respect” gives you all you need to hear to know that this album’s a winner. It’s a right out of the gate sampling of Blake’s dynamic vocals, Joey’s blistering guitar, and a seizure-inducing drum track. Somebody pinch me…
As if it couldn’t get any better, the debut single “Good Man” (which I might add is an acoustic bonus track on this version) immediately springs the most stoic out of their shells into a vocal eruption of “Is there any good left in… meeeeeee…”. There is no doubt that with all of the sore throats, beverage sales will double after this song is played live (or if you’re like me, anywhere alone).
From there we “Blackout” on a killer blend of Walser and Allison‘s musical mindtrip with a hint of punk. Highlights along the way include the new single “Move On”, which Allison wrote about the day he was left standing in the Chicago streets after being betrayed by his wife, and his former friend and frontman in a matter of minutes; one that is sure to hit home with Egypt Central fans, both musically and sentimentally.
“Oath”, which has the qualities that you’d expect to hear in a pro sports television lead-up, is a slightly industrial based track that has a backing track reminiscent of Tool‘s version of “No Quarter” and makes for the perfect lead-in to “Reckless”. This track is that one that every great album has, which masterfully treads that ever-so-fine line between commercial appeal and sellout, and is sure to garner attention from a widespread audience.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention “Handshakes To Fistfights”, along with the questions that it garners for the hardcore EC fans. It’s a musically brilliant, cryptic betrayal anthem that gets the inquisitive wheels turning, and more importantly, the heads banging.
Lastly the album’s signature ballad, “The Drifter”, a killer track in it’s own right, sets us up to have our asses kicked one last time with the brand new addition to the album “Check Your Head”. A fitting end in that it’s exactly what should be done to all who do not buy this album! I can honestly say there is not one hiccup on Time and Pressure, perserverence has paid off and the boys from Devour The Day have hit a home run! Very Highly Recommended!!!
For more information on Devour the Day, including Tour Dates and to purchase music and merchandise visit the band’s Official Website.
January 6, 2014–For those looking to join the sold-out ShipRocked 2014, a limited number of staterooms have been released. The ultimate rock music cruise vacation sails roundtrip from the Port Of Miami to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas from January 26-30 onboard the Norwegian Pearl. The remaining cabins are available on a first come first served basis at www.ShipRocked.com.
In addition, Tremonti (featuring Grammy Award winning guitarist Mark Tremonti), ShipRocked 2010 alumni Black Stone Cherry, and DJ Lippy Rage from Tulsa (spinning late-night) have been added to the power-packed ShipRocked bill.
The ShipRocked band lineup now includes headliners Five Finger Death Punch, along with Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Sevendust, Candlebox, In This Moment, The Halo Method, Living Colour, Tremonti, Black Stone Cherry, Nonpoint, Love & Death (with Brian “Head” Welch), Aranda, Art of Dying, Young Guns, Crash Kings, Butcher Babies,Scorpion Child, Wilson, American Fangs, Digital Summer, and Andy Wood & The Amalgam.
ShipRocked will also feature two heavy metal-infused frenetic comedy performances from comedian and Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer, known for his impersonations of Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and AC/DC. The 5-day ShipRocked cruise–fueled by Monster Energy–will include a special onboard DJ set by Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace and a comedy set from Big Jay Oakerson. Rock and roll dance troupe Hells Belles Burlesque is slated for a pair of performances, and will be offering burlesque workshops during the cruise. In addition, Fuse TV’s “Mistress Juliya” Chernetsky will join Kayla Riley of SiriusXM Radio and Ralph Sutton of Tour Bus Radio as guest emcees for ShipRocked 2014.
As in the past, ShipRocked guests will enjoy multiple performances from every band on different stages, artist meet and greets, Q&A sessions, along with artist-hosted activities including contests, game shows, insane parties, theme nights and more. Onboard, bands will perform on the large outdoor Monster Energy Deck Stage, in the beautiful Stardust Theater, the Crystal Atrium stage, and the Spinnaker Lounge. While in port at Great Stirrup Cay, guests will enjoy unforgettable performances on the island’s Beach Stage.
The fifth ShipRocked cruise will host a full ship of nearly 3,000 guests from 44 states across the U.S. and almost a dozen countries around the world.
Via our friends at BLABBERMOUTH.NET
“SLIPKNOT has released the following statement:
“To our Maggots and fans around the world,
“It is with great pain but quiet respect that, for personal reasons, Joey Jordison and SLIPKNOT are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds.
“We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future.
“It is our love for all of you, as well as for the music we create, that spurs us to continue on and move forward with our plans for releasing new material in the next year. We hope that all of you will come to understand this, and we appreciate your continued support while we plan the next phase of the future of SLIPKNOT.
“Thank you, The ‘KNOT”
Jordison has spent the past few months touring with his new project SCAR THE MARTYR, whose self-titled debut album sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 129 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on October 1 via Roadrunner Records.
In addition to Jordison and lead vocalist Henry Derek Bonner (BLOOD PROMISE), SCAR THE MARTYR‘s current touring lineup features guitarists Jed Simon (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Kris Norris (DARKEST HOUR), keyboardist Joey Blush and bassist Kyle Konkiel (IN THIS MOMENT).
Guitarist Jim Root revealed earlier in the month that he will sit out STONE SOUR‘s early 2014 tour so that he can concentrate on writing music for the next SLIPKNOT record. A post at STONE SOUR‘s Facebook page stated, “With an impending SLIPKNOT album on the horizon, Jim will not be touring with STONE SOUR this winter . . . It was a difficult decision, but as the fans have wanted another STONE SOUR tour and Jim had responsibilities to the writing process with SLIPKNOT, we feel this is the best decision where everyone wins.”
SLIPKNOT‘s long-awaited fifth album will be its first since 2008′s “All Hope Is Gone” and first since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray.
Perhaps there is more work on the horizon for Roy Mayorga, a la Ozzy and Tommy Clufetos? Stay tuned to find out…
Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/slipknot-parts-ways-with-drummer-joey-jordison/#KlxHIR4m0joCKWAg.99
December 9, 2013–The track listing for legendary international hard rockers SCORPIONS‘ new offering MTV Unplugged has just been revealed. Please see below for the complete list of songs on the CD and DVD. Due out in North America on January 21st, 2014, material from MTV Unplugged is taken from SCORPIONS‘ first-ever “MTV Unplugged” show and features new acoustic versions of their best-loved classic hits, as well as five brand new songs. MTV Unplugged will be available in North America as a deluxe CD + DVD package and as a Blu-Ray. MTV Unplugged is being released in 50 countries, a testament to the German band’s iconic status worldwide.
Recorded and filmed just a few months ago on September 11th and September 12th of this year, SCORPIONS’ MTV Unplugged was culled from two dynamic acoustic sets at the Lycabettus Theatre in Athens, Greece. The spectacular open-air theatre, situated 300 meters above the city, was an impressive backdrop for the first-ever open-air show in the history of “MTV Unplugged” (the theater also shares a birth year with SCORPIONS themselves, having been built in 1965, the same year the band formed). In other news, SCORPIONS are still in the midst of their epic Farewell World Tour; the tour has been going on for more than three years now. To the delight of their fans there is no end in sight, as to date the band has only played 23 out of the 38 countries planned on the itinerary.
SCORPIONS are Klaus Meine (vocals/guitar), Rudolf Schenker (guitars/vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitars), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) and James Kottak (drums); additional musical support on MTV Unplugged includes contributions from Swedish musicians and producers Mikael Nord Andersson (guitars, mandolin, lap steel, vocals) and Martin Hansen (guitars, harmonica, vocals). The duo is also responsible for the arrangements on MTV Unplugged.
SCORPIONS are one of the most successful international hard rock bands of all time, selling upwards of 75 million records worldwide and playing more than 5,000 concerts in 80+ countries globally. Formed in Germany in 1965, the band has come to be known for their colossal radio and MTV hits “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” “No One Like You” and “Wind Of Change,” as well as their status as international rock ambassadors. VH1 ranked SCORPIONS as the #46 Artist on the “Greatest Artists Of Hard Rock” special, while “Rock You Like A Hurricane” came in at #18 on VH1′s “Greatest Hard Rock Songs”. The band recently received a star on the Hollywood Rock Walk in Los Angeles. To date, SCORPIONS have released 18 studio albums and 5 live records.
SCORPIONS MTV Unplugged track listing:
Sting In The Tail
Can’t Live Without You
The Best Is Yet To Come
Dancing With The Moonlight – new song
Delicate Dance – new song
Love Is The Answer – new song
Follow Your Heart – new song
Send Me An Angel
Where The River Flows
Rock You Like A Hurricane
Rock & Roll Band
Still Loving You
Big City Nights
Wind Of Change
No One Like You
Sting In The Tail
Can’t Live Without You
Born To Touch Your Feelings
The Best Is Yet To Come
Dancing With The Moonlight – new song
When You Came Into My Life
Delicate Dance – new song
Love Is The Answer – new song
Follow Your Heart – new song
Send Me An Angel
Where The River Flows
Passion Rules The Game
Rock You Like A Hurricane
Hit Between The Eyes
Rock N’ Roll Band – new song
Still Loving You
Big City Nights
Wind Of Change
No One Like You
When The Smoke Is Going Down
December 9, 2013–Maybe you’ve heard or maybe not, but heavy rock band Digital Summer is directly partnered with a national wine brand called Headbanger. With several major distributors and an ever expanding reach, the brand seems to have found its audience in the rock world and beyond. Throughout 2013, Digital Summer has been posting photos, dropping mentions, and even handing out bottles of Headbanger Zinfandel while on tour. As the name grows, so has anticipation of what’s to come. It’s just been released that the band will now be directly involved with the unveiling of the new Headbanger American Gold Whiskey in early 2014. The partnership has proven to be a natural catalyst, as Headbanger is now the Official Wines of Shiprocked 2014! Shiprocked is a 5 day cruise, from January 26-30, promoted heavily on SiriusXM Octane, that goes through the Bahamas with 20+ big names in rock, including Five Finger Death Punch, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Digital Summer, and more performing and hanging out on board the ship. The coming year is looking to be all about the headbangers!
(Sonoma, CA) Hoffman Family Cellars announced Dec. 5, 2013 that it plans to unveil Headbanger American Gold Whiskey in early 2014. This comes as an expansion to the brand’s growing Zinfandel focused wine line and partnership with renowned national music artist, Digital Summer. “Having made wines in Sonoma over the past decade, I always dreamed of expanding the Headbanger brand into the spirits and beer categories when the timing was right,” said Paul J. Hoffman, creator of Hoffman Family Cellars Wines & Spirits. “That time is now! Whiskey is growing in record volumes and everyone is looking for innovative brands that are fresh, exciting, and have a serious cool factor that speaks globally.”
Hoffman stated, “In developing any of our wines or spirits we like to work backwards knowing our end brand profile and presentation. It all starts with quality in the bottle therefore we took a winemaking approach to the blend desiring an intriguing aroma, a smooth texture, and a clean/non-burning finish. The result is a golden beauty that has a vanilla aroma, a bright flavor, a refined finished, and a mix-ability unlike any other whiskey so we have appropriately labeled the gem as “American Gold.” The mix-ability element was a key development piece for us as the cocktail application is endless given the color and flavor. Recent testing with mixologists, operators, and consumers found several panelists enjoyed Headbanger as a replacement in classic non-whiskey cocktail versions AND strictly on it’s own. One major Rock and Roll themed operator is already basing their Signature Cocktail around Headbanger, a true statement of validation.”
Kyle Winterstein, partner and creative director for Headbanger is behind the cutting edge packaging for the brand. “As much energy as we put into making the blend, I knew the package had to reflect the quality in the bottle and have a serious wow factor”, said Winterstein. “I wanted this bottle to jump out and let you know it’s not a member of the Old School: This is a Brand New Animal.”
“We’ve built the Digital Summer Band independently to levels many signed artists have yet to achieve. Early days of Guerrilla Marketing in the local market followed by heavy social media efforts allowed us to speak directly to the consumer without all of the stopgaps of the gatekeeper. We currently reach 400,000 people a day through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and I’m excited to flick that switch on for Headbanger and watch it explode. With the Headbanger-Digital Summer partnership we’ve dipped our toes in the water promoting the wine with good success but we’ve been waiting on the American Gold release to go full tilt in both Spirit and Wine Channels. I’m swinging for the fences now,” said Winterstein.
Hoffman Family Cellars owns and makes four wine brands (Headbanger, 401K, Curveball, Atmosphere) and has two tasting rooms, one on The Historic Sonoma Square and the other on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay, and an office in Phoenix, AZ. In addition the wine brands, the company has two clothing lines, Napa Valley Surf Club and Keep Sonoma Weird. Headbanger is the official wine sponsor of national recording artist, DIGITAL SUMMER
December 9, 2013–Avenged Sevenfold’s Hail To The King is well on its way to living up to its name. The album, released by Warner Bros. Records, earned the band its second No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, selling upwards of 159,400 units, making it the biggest first-week sales debut for a rock album this year. Hail To The King also went to No. 1 in the UK, handing the band its first chart-topping album in Britain, as well as in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Ireland, and Finland. Avenged Sevenfold has just wrapped up sold-out tour dates in the U.S. and Europe, including a sold-out show at Wembley in the UK. With all of this momentum, Machinima, the number one global video entertainment network for young males, has announced that the Hail To The King animated series will be released on December 15 for binge-viewing on Machinima’s HappyHour channel.
From the creative minds of Avenged Sevenfold, one of rock music’s global heavyweights and a trailblazing force in fusing the worlds of music and video games, Hail To The King is a six-episode animated series, which is directed by Metalocalypse producer Jon Schnepp. The unique and innovative series tells the fictional story of the Deathbat – the band’s longtime trademark, and serves as the prologue to their highly anticipated mobile video game, “Hail to the King: Deathbat.” Accompanying the launch of the series will be a trailer for the game, which will be available early 2014. With the series launching in just days, Machinima has released an all-new trailer which can be seen below.
December 2, 2013 – Following the success of their debut album ’TIL DEATH and a year of relentless touring, CAPTURE THE CROWN is ready to release new material for their fans. The band has been hard at work on the EP ALL HYPE ALL NIGHT, creating some of their best material to date. However, due to creative differences, CAPTURE THE CROWN will be releasing the EP without the support of a record label. Seeing this as an opportunity to engage and involve their fans directly the band is offering unique perks and once in a lifetime opportunities for those who contribute to the release of ALL HYPE ALL NIGHT at any level via Indiegogo.
“You guys [the fans] are the reason we’ve made it this far! We love you all and we want to prove that to you by giving you the music you want and deserve. You can expect this to be the best music we’ve ever released! We are the ones deciding how this EP is written, produced and most importantly how it’s delivered to you! Expect a side of CTC that you’ve never seen before,” says lead guitarist Jye Menzies.
Singer Jeffrey Wellfare adds, “Thank you so much for your endless dedication and support. We will not roll over, we will not die, we will not go away, this is just the beginning of a bigger, better, and louder CAPTURE THE CROWN! We are now in control of what we give to our fans. We wrote this EP for you! ”
Offered are a variety of perks for contributors ranging anywhere from digital delivery of the album 24 hours prior to release, instruments used by the band, and even the chance of having your name and/or face tattooed on singer Jeffrey Wellfares’ body.
Contribute to the release of “All Hype All Night” EP here.
World’s Loudest Month, created in partnership by AEG Live and Danny Wimmer Presents, continues to grow in 2014. Featuring the biggest names in rock music performing in seven distinct U.S. concert atmospheres, the World’s Loudest Month is excited to announce the addition of two new festivals, as well as the 2014 festival dates. In 2013, the World’s Loudest Month featured over 125 artists playing for more than a quarter of a million rock music fans across the country on five consecutive weekends, confirming that rock music is as vital as ever.
The 2014 World’s Loudest Month festival events and dates are as follows:
Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville: April 26 & 27 in North Florida
Fort Rock: April 26 in Fort Myers, FL
Carolina Rebellion: May 3 & 4 in Charlotte, NC
Rock On The Range: May 16, 17 & 18 in Columbus, OH
Rocklahoma: May 23, 24 & 25 in Pryor, OK
RockFest: May 31 in Kansas City, MO
“When we created the World’s Loudest Month platform, we did it with the goal of growing it to become the launch pad for rock festival fans across the country,” comments Joe Litvag, Co-Executive Producer. “We’re excited to add Fort Myers to the mix in 2014, which further expands our reach for the rock genre.”
The World’s Loudest Month kick-off weekend begins in the Sunshine state of Florida with Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville, April 26 and 27. Florida’s largest rock festival returns to North Florida for its fourth year and–along with the addition of Fort Rock (Fort Myers, FL) on April 26–kicks off WLM! Only the state of Florida could handle two major events on the same day! For ticket specials, hotel and VIP packages, visit www.welcometorockville.com and www.fortrockfestival.com.
“I’ve been saying all year that I keep hearing rock is ‘dead,’ yet record numbers attend our shows every year. Our festivals are for music fans who buck trends and remain true to the music they like. Our job as tastemakers in rock and roll is to find the markets where music fans are underserved and I am happy to add Fort Rock to our World’s Loudest Month and include it on the same weekend with Welcome To Rockville,“ says Danny Wimmer, Co-Executive Producer.
Next up is Carolina Rebellion, returning to Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina for its second consecutive year. With on-site camping, amazing VIP packages and a lineup featuring today’s biggest bands, in four short years Carolina Rebellion has quickly grown to be the Carolinas’ Biggest Weekend of Rock. www.CarolinaRebellion.com
Rock On The Range–the nation’s biggest and most-acclaimed active rock festival–will grow to three full days in 2014 after a successful expanded Friday Night in 2013. Over 105,000 die-hard Rangers attended ROTR last year, traveling to Columbus, OH from all 50 states and over the globe, resulting in a sellout for the first time since the inaugural, one-day Rock on the Range in 2007. Pre-sale Layaway tickets go on sale on Monday, December 2, and VIP, hotel, and camping packages go on sale Thursday, December 5 at www.RockOnTheRange.com
Rocklahoma–America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party–continues to be the ultimate destination Rock event in the country. The three-day camp & rock festival features the top current active and classic rock artists at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. Ticket renewals for 2014 will be available starting Monday, December 2. To renew your 2013 ticket location, call the box office at (866) 310-2288. www.Rocklahoma.com
RockFest celebrates its astounding 22nd year in 2014. Drawing crowds in excess of 55,000 annually at Penn Valley Park in downtown Kansas City, RockFest is definitely worthy of its title as “the BIGGEST one-day music festival in the United States.” www.RockfestKC.com
The World’s Loudest Month mobile app (available via iTunes and Android), released in 2013, will be updated early next year and will feature all festival information, the latest rock news, exclusive songs from current and previous WLM bands, and more. Band lineups and additional details for each festival will be announced in early 2014.
Monster Energy returns as a sponsor of the World’s Loudest Month for the second year in a row, along with the valued partnerships with Jägermeister, Jack Daniel’s and Ernie Ball. The World’s Loudest Month is also working with Revolver Magazine to bring you exclusive news, interviews and photos of all the festivals.