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

HAVOK North American Tour Dates w/ CROWBAR, REVOCATION, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE

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: http://tinyurl.com/ofttvxz
07/16 @ The Barbary – Philadelphia, PA – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/owfbym9
07/17 @ Webster Underground – Hartford, CT – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/md2sqg7
07/18 @ Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/pfaavxn
07/19 @ Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/nt3ymfl
07/20 @ The Palladium – Worcester, MA – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/njzv4f4
07/21 @ Bogies – Albany, NY – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/okz3yuz
07/22 @ La Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/nbkb764
07/23 @ Hard Luck – Toronto, ON – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/pub4jqv
07/24 @ The Stache – Grand Rapids, MI – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/p93dtle
07/25 @ Reggie’s – Chicago, IL – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/q3v3xlu
07/26 @ The Garage – Burnsville, MN – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/o8qnc8d
07/27 @ West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/qdjo3ef
07/28 @ The Exchange – Regina, SK – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/nsw6xst
07/29 @ The Den, Calgary, AB – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/omstu3a
07/30 @ Kelowna, BC – Rutland Centennial Hall – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/q7xnavh
07/31 @ The Rio Theatre, Vancouver, BC – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/nsnb82j
08/01 @ Chop Suey – Seattle, WA – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/nmtmstp
08/02 @ Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/l6ecot8
08/03 @ Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/mbgahas
08/04 @ The Lyric – Los Angeles, CA – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/kf25ck8
08/05 @ Southern Nevada Sports Centre – Las Vegas, NV –  Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/kxadqb2    08/06 @ The Underground – Mesa, AZ – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/m74l2ce
08/07 @ Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/pa958qv
08/08 @ Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/krzdn94
08/09 @ Jackpot – Lawrence, KS – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/olsfk6w
08/10 @ Fubar – St. Louis, MO – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/nfy48he
08/11 @ Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/nk7lr6a
08/12 @ The Concourse – Knoxville, TN – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/nrg93jh
08/13 @ Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/ouxnc2n
08/14 @ 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/ppx4azw
08/15 @ Propaganda – Lake Worth, FL – Tickets: TBA
08/16 @ Backbooth – Orlando, FL – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/kwh6ylh
08/17 @ Vinyl At Center Stage – Atlanta, GA – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/lml7qrm
08/19 @ Tomcats – Fort Worth, TX – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/l4gdtzd
08/20 @ Red 7 – Austin, TX – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/mbmn53s
08/21 @ Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX – Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/mbvhuu5

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 Pitchfork.com and Stereogum.com, 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.

VATTNET VISKAR Tour Dates With SILVER SNAKES
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

VATTNET VISKAR Tour Dates With PALLBEARER, TOMBS
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 RevolverMag.com. 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.

 OTHERWISE TOUR DATES:

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

 

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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!

 

Kix Rock YFO album artKIX – “Rock Your Face Off” – Loud & Proud Records

Reviewed By –  Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall

Rating – 10 Out Of 10

Obviously, I couldn’t rate this album lower than a perfect score for so many reasons, none of which I even feel compelled to explain (my age, the impact this band had on my childhood, the impact drummer Jimmy Chalfant had on my early drumming career, the fight, the drive, the angst to become the biggest Rock band out of my hometown of Baltimore, Maryland…), yeah, we’ll leave those details on the sly…the truth is, the world’s been waiting for a new KIX album and if August 5th, 2014 has any say in the matter, THIS may be their strongest grasp at the brass ring they’ve ever taken.

Equipped with strong hooks, massive guitars and….well….and then there’s singer Steve Whiteman…you know, there’s THAT!  This album couldn’t fail even if producer/songwriter and previous KIX co-writer and producer, Taylor Rhoades wasn’t on-board…however, he is!  So, then there’s THAT!  Add to the mixture tracks as good-time bangin’ as first single, “Love Me With Your Top Down“, the Cooper-AC/DC infused “You’re Gone”, barn blaster “Rock-N-Roll Showdown” and the down home, backyard sleezefest of “Rollin’ In Honey”, Whiteman, Chalfant, bassist Mark Schenker and guitarists Ronnie “10/10″ Younkins & Brian “Damage” Forsythe are poised to do exactly what they promise in the title!  Excitingly playful, devastatingly performed and perfectly written and produced, it’s a damn shame they didn’t release this in 1988….maybe the Rock Gods would have spoken differently and our unsung heroes would be just phoning it in nowadays.  Not likely, but just trying to add a human element to an otherwise, superhuman group of musicians.

 

 

Starset cover art STARSET – “Transmissions” – Razor & Tie

Reviewed By – Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall

Rating – 9 Out Of 10

I’m sure I speak for every music fan in the world when I say that it’s about damn time bands like Nothing More are making a youthful and energetic impact across radio dials and weekly album sales charts.  Add to that short-list of talent, STARSET.  “Transmissions” is just one of those albums that cannot be turned off!  You literally put it on and let one of the most uniquely complex Pink Floyd-ian stories unfold before your ears.  Smartly resembling a beautiful accident between My Chemical Romance’s “The Black Parade”  as it purposely falls headfirst into the orchestra pit madly flailing away at “2112: A Space Odyssey” with Korn bassist, Fieldy, filling in for the oboes.  Produced flawlessly with intermittent, real time space satellite transmission narratives that create the breath of tension between such monster attacks on the senses as, “Halo”, “My Demon” and “The Future Is Now”.  It’s just one of those records!  Strangely perfect in every way, sans the one, outcast stinker of the bunch; “Carnivore”.

Long story, short; another huge victory for the next generation leading the Active Rock charge into this 21st Century.  STARSET could not be more proof that heavy music and intelligence are neither dirty words…or impossible anymore!

In the name of that adored Facebook reminder of how great things were any other time than the present:  Here’s an old, January 2005 interview with DEF LEPPARD drummer, Rick Allen.

The Thunder God Speaks

RickAllen head shotDEF LEPPARD’s Rick Allen
The Thunder God Speaks!!!
By Editor: Craig ‘Bam-Bam’ Stegall
Photos Courtesy Of Universal Records

It was the summer of 1979 and my buddy Johnny and I had conned our parents into letting us take the bus to Charlotte, North Carolina to visit my aunt and go see screaming Ted Nugent and the Scorpions in concert. We were only thirteen years old and we thought we had really struck it big with this move. My aunt picked us up at the bus station, took us out for pizza, and then dropped us off at the Charlotte Coliseum at around 6:30pm. While standing in line to get in, we were introduced to seemingly nice folks who were kind enough to ask us if we were “looking”. We really didn’t know what to say, but the torpedo cigarettes that were shoved up under our noses were some of the strangest we’d ever seen. Yeah, we were rocking with the big dogs now and we knew that Uncle Ted was gonna bust our cherry from concert virginity like nothing we’d ever experienced before. Little did we know, it would be the opening band that night which would have us scrambling to the mall the next day in search of their new album. Amidst all the noise and what I’m sure was a full-on contact buzz from all the funny smelling smoke in that arena, it sounded like the announcer said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, all the way from the U.K., give it up for the Deadly Weapons!” I would later find out on my visit to the mall the following day that the record store clerk was at the same show and he confirmed for me that their name was, in fact, NOT the Deadly Weapons….but Def Leppard. I quickly snatched the copy of On Through The Night that he was holding for me in his hands, and raced to my aunt’s car so that we could get back to her apartment and listen to the tune “Answer To The Master”. That was the killer song with the awesome drum solo that I had seen the night before. I scanned the album credits so I could see who the drummer was…and there, right in front of me, was a picture of a kid who couldn’t have been any older than me at the time! “Rick Allen” was the name, and it was one that would forever be engraved in my young mind.

Later that year, when I started playing drums myself, “Answer To The Master” was one of the songs I would always listen to and dream about being good enough to play. On Through The Night was one of those albums that I held in high regard along with my Kiss Alive record and the first Mother’s Finest album. It was Rick’s drumming on that record and his performance at that show twenty-six years ago that made me a life-long fan of Def Leppard and everything Rick would lend his name to. I studied his drum set up, I noted that he played barefoot, I knew every cymbal size and weight that he used…I was obsessed with his playing. I cried when he had the car accident that cost him his left arm, and I marveled when he came back and continued to play for the band regardless of the fact that he was one appendage short of his counterparts. To say that Rick Allen has always been one of my heroes is an understatement.

Follow along now as Away-Team takes you on an exclusive interview with Rick to talk about the band, his Raven Drum Foundation, and ask a few questions from some of our readers.

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BAM2: It’s an honor and a pleasure, Rick, I’ve been a fan for many years dating back to when you guys opened for Ted Nugent and the Scorpions in 1979. I was only thirteen then and I remember that show like it was yesterday. You did a killer drum solo out of “Answer To The Master” that had me hooked.
RICK: Oh yeah, I did used to do a solo in that one. I must not be that much older than you then, if you were thirteen at that show. I’m forty-one now.

BAM2: Yup, you’re only a couple of years older. That’s one of the things I connected with back then is that you were already what I considered famous at the time and yet you were not much older than me. (laughs) I figured I might actually have a chance at fame. (laughs) Needless to say, I never got very far. (laughter) Let’s talk about the band. You’ve got a greatest hits compilation out now called Rock Of Ages and you’ve also got an album of cover tunes coming out on September 20th that is called Yeah!, plus a tour with Bryan Adams…what else is going on?
RICK: Well, I think we’re going to probably end up elongating this tour through December because the interest has been incredible. Also, we’ve been working on some new music. We have this room that we set up at the gigs…we call it “The Sparkle Lounge”. There’s a couple of guitars, some guitar amps, and a small drum kit there and it gives us the opportunity to work out some ideas that people are coming up with. [Band members] will present ideas to each other and we’ll do some rough recordings and hopefully some of those will make their way to the studio when we are ready to record another album. It really makes sense for us to do that because the last thing we want to do is get off the road and go, ‘Oh Shit, now we’ve got to come up with a new record!’. Things are really great right now. People are really behind us, the record company are really into everything that we’re doing…it’s almost like the perception of the band has changed, you know, with all the younger people now that are coming to the shows.

BAM2: You’ve got songs that you could say stand the test of time, though. I have a fifteen year old daughter who still loves to hear “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and knows all the words. I don’t know what has connected the genres the way that it seems you guys have been able to do, but it’s amazing just how relevant you guys are today. The music is timeless, bro.
RICK: That is very true and we’re starting to realize that. You know our last tour, with the X album…you know the powers that be didn’t want that record to succeed. Now, I know a lot of personnel have changed at the record company over the years, so that may be part of why this is happening too, but it just seems that a lot of people are really into the band again.

(Writers Note: At this point I tell Rick the story about seeing him play with Ted Nugent and the Scorpions and how I thought the band’s name was The Deadly Weapons.)

RICK: (laughs) Oh, now that’s funny.

BAM2: Now, over the years, especially with some of the things you have to do with the electronics that allow you to play your snare with your foot, etc.., I’ve always noticed that you have an incredible bass foot. Your right foot in “Answer To The Master” bounces to the tune of what a lot of drummers have to use two bass drums to accomplish. I’ve always been curious, especially since your heroes, Bryan Downey, Ian Paice, and Keith Moon were all double-kick players…why did you never play double bass drums?
RICK: Well, it’s true and Ginger Baker is another one. He played two bass drums. You know, I developed this technique with my right foot which is like a heel-toe technique. Basically what you’re doing is you’re going down with your heel for a downbeat and back on your toe for an upbeat. So, you’re getting this ‘dah-do-dah-do-dah-do, dahdo-dah-dahdo-dah’…

BAM2: Which is almost like a ruff (Writer’s Note: This is a drum rudiment that most drummers will be familiar with, but for those who aren’t…just listen to Rick’s right foot in “Answer To The Master” and pay attention to the drum roll sound he makes on the bass drum to get an idea of what we’re referring to).
RICK: Yeah, exactly. It’s almost like you rock the pedal. You’re just jabbing the pedal to the point where the pedal starts doing all the work for you.

RickAllen drum kitBAM2: Let’s talk about the Raven Drum Foundation. It’s a non-profit organization that you started with your wife that travels around and helps people. Fans of the band are familiar with this organization, but for those who don’t know what it is, let’s give them the skinny.
RICK: Well, let me start by saying why [I started ] the Raven Drum Foundation. I felt as though when I went through my accident, even though it was in England…I felt as though I was really taken care of well by the whole medical profession. I was so well taken care of, and many years later I realized how well I was taken care of and how I could have just died then. So, I’m really grateful for what they did for me, it was just incredible. When I met up with my wife, Lauren, about six years ago, she had this idea. She had been in health care and sort of alternative health care, and she suggested that there was a way we could go into the community and kind of use music and the arts to really empower people. To me it was really a way of giving back to the community and allowing people the experience that I was allowed. I was able to develop and I came back even stronger. To me, the human spirit is the strongest thing I know.

BAM2: And you’ve proven that by just doing what you’ve done. You’ve influenced so many people just by continuing to do what you do, both physically and mentally. I remember everything about that day when they announced your accident. It was my senior year of high school and I remember it like it was yesterday. Just the fact that you kept on going was a huge inspiration to me. I don’t think you ever even thought for a minute that it was going to affect you playing drums with the band. I mean you never gave up, bro.
RICK: Well, that’s cool and that’s what I want to pass onto people. Really, with the human spirit, if you tap into that part of yourself that we really don’t visit very often, then you can pretty much do anything. What [Raven Drum Foundation] is doing now is that we’re going into these special needs groups, women’s shelters, teenage penitentiaries, you name it and we’ve got all these things on the go, and it’s really helping people. We use drum circles to really empower people and give them a sense of self. The drum circle itself is a metaphor for community, and it’s great because it makes you feel as if you’re not alone.

BAM2: Do you ever visit these events?
RICK: Yeah! I get involved. I like going up to these teenage penitentiaries. A lot of [them] are gang related, but when we interview the kids afterwards or even some that have left the penitentiary, what they say is that it really brought the gang members together. They would actually play games together back in their dorms….
BAM2: Whereas normally they’d be trying to kill each other.
RICK: Exactly. One of the kids said that. He said, ‘you know if I saw one of these other gang’s kids [out on the street] now, we’d be less likely to be hostile to one another because of the kinship that we felt in the drum circles’.

BAM2: I have a question here about the foundation that was submitted by Marcy Sorbo of York, Pennsylvania. She writes, With the mission of Raven Drum, what new programs for children and adults would you like to develop that you haven’t already, and what programs would you like to expand upon?
RICK: I think the work that we’re doing with autistic kids and the mentally challenged kids is something that we’re going to develop more and more as we move on. The music therapists that we work with are just incredible, they have so much dedication and such a lot of patience. The beautiful thing about music is that it’s beyond words. If you’re wired differently [than] the rest of us, you don’t necessarily have to express yourself with words. You can express yourself musically, which is so powerful. It’s like trying to describe chocolate. Try describing love. It’s virtually impossible to do. But, if you just do it…if you play, and you play with intention, the group is so powerful that it becomes this wonderful entity that carries the whole group. I think it’s difficult to grasp that concept unless you just do it. It’s really, I mean drumming in general, is such an ancient form or our DNA. If you go back far enough, we’re all tribal. You cannot deny that part of ourselves. It all started with gutteral sounds, body slaps, hand claps…wood on wood, and really to me that was the beginning of dance and ritual, which developed into a form of spirituality.

BAM2: Can someone like myself get involved in the foundation?
RICK: Absolutely, it’s like, we all know we all have so many layers to ourselves, that with these drum circles it’s like pulling back these individual layers of yourself. You don’t have to be a stereotypical “different” kind of person to be a part of what we’re doing. You can be a two-armed or three-armed person and we don’t care. We feel as if it’s beneficial to everyone because it’s such an ancient form.

BAM2: How does one find out more about the Raven Drum Foundation?
RICK: The best way is to go to the website, WWW.RAVENDRUM.COM, and kind of read up on the mission statement and what we’re doing for the year, what our involvement is with the Def Leppard tour as far as the Ebay auctions, meet-n-greet passes, that kind of thing. It will at least let people know what we’re doing and lead to an interview of possibly getting involved at a later date.Def Lep Group

BAM2: That’s great stuff, man. Thanks for sharing that with us. Marcy also wanted to know, what’s your favorite Def Leppard song to perform live, and which one poses the most challenge for you?
RICK: That’s a good question! “Rocket” is always a little tricky, but very satisfying to get it right. Some of the older songs as well, the two arm songs, they can get a bit tricky. Like for instance, the other day we were practicing “Rock Brigade”, and it’s the first time I’ve played that song since I lost my arm, it’s all a bit new even though they’re old songs. As far as favorite songs, I love playing “…Sugar” and….I love playing songs that involve the crowd. You know that anthemic vibe. It’s one thing playing it at a soundcheck, but it’s totally another when you play it live. It’s like a different experience every time.

BAM2: This next one comes from Jason in Green Bay; Jason wants to know is there any chance that you guys will be playing “in the round” again someday?
RICK: Oh, we would love that. I mean, if this tour continues the way that it is and it continues to become as successful as it has been so far, we would love to do that again. We were really in our element [for those shows], that was one of the best things that ever happened.

(Writer’s Note: At this point, Rick’s P/R people pop on the line to tell us that we’ve only got a few more minutes, so I try to wrap up quickly and slip one more question in…)

BAM2: Okay, let’s see if I can slide one more in, Rick, before they cut us off, bro…Chandra from St. Petersburg, Florida wants to know why did you change or back down from what you had on the video screen during the song “Gods Of War” during the Tampa show?
RICK: Basically, we felt as though the footage that was being shown left people confused as to whether we are for the war, or against war. What we [have since done] is that we have thrown EVERYONE in there. Everyone who has ever been a part of making war…is in there now. That doesn’t mean to say that they are right or wrong. We’re just pointing out…the lyrics to the song are “We’re fighting for the Gods Of War, What the hell are we fighting for. The Gods Of War, and we don’t wanna fight no more”. That, to me, is advocating peace!
BAM2: Well Rick, they’re gonna cut us off here, buddy, I just want to say thanks for your time and thanks for the years of great music, man. I could talk to you for days
RICK: Well, thank you and I look forward to meeting up with you soon.

Many thanks to Shannon Herber at Universal Records and Wendy Weisburg at Hello Wendy Promotions for setting this up for us. Also, a big thanks to the folks at WWW.DEFLEPPARD.COM and to Gina Hart and her killer Def Leppard site WWW.DEFLEPPARDUNITED.COM for letting us use some of their photos for the interview. Make sure to check them both out for all the updated news on the band and for some great history as well. Most of all, I’d like to thank Rick Allen for his years of inspiration he’s had on me and for what he continues to do to this day to help make his mark on the world of music and humanity. He is truly the Thunder God!!!

Human Scum! Your malevolent lords and masters GWAR command you to attend the 5th Annual GWAR B-Q – August 16th at Hadad’s Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23231) where we will personally stuff your ugly faces with fistfuls of beer, food and fun until you PUKE!! Along with our sponsors Mt. Baker Vapor, Brown Distributing, Cigar City Brewing, Genessee Cream Ale and Monster Energy Drink, we personally ensure all humans in attendance will have the time of their pathetic lives at what is shaping up to be the bloodiest bash of the summer.

gwarbq2014GWAR Beer is legendary for being the GWARiest of alcoholic beverages (sorry, Irish GWAR bombs…). Cigar City Brewing has again teamed up with your Scumdog rulers to create a new, and limited edition GWAR BEER: a premium craft brewed “KILLSNER” (pilsner). Readily available at any and all GWAR B-Q festivities, this 5.55% high-octane beer will provide cool refreshment while scrambling your tiny brains. Enough of this stuff, and even you will seem appealing to the herd of tipsy sex cows milling about just waiting to molest you the instant you pass out in a pile of your own effervescent spew.

Who knew GWAR‘S own BALSAC the JAWS O’ DEATH was a culinary genius? His specially formulated GWAR B-Q Sauce has become harder to locate than Gor-Gor‘s leash, but plenty will be on hand at the GWAR B-Q! Spray it on your meat of choice – be it flank, rib, chicken or your own puffy forearm. BalSac recommends his own creation: the GWAR B-Q Meat Sandwich, a painfully scrumptious smoked pork butt that will leave you gagging for more! BalSac‘s culinary expertise and delectable menu will be fully realized upon the completion of the GWARbar, fulfilling a longtime dream of Slave Pit Inc. and founder, Dave Brockie. Throw it a “Like” on Facebook at facebook.com/GWARbar to stay up-to-date on the grand opening.

Speaking of Brockie, GWAR B-Q attendees will have a chance to pay respects to GWAR‘s founder and frontman at the memorial service taking place from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday, August 15th at Hadad’s Lake. Price of admission? Just a bucket of your tears! Pay tribute to Brockie in the manner of a viking warrior returning to Valhalla, as his alter ego Oderus Urungus is set ablaze upon the SS Boat. Be there when we send the Immortal Corruptor on his journey back home to Scumdogia and beyond.

For More Info Visit:
http://www.gwar.net



DAUGHTRY
2014-07-08
Raleigh, NC
Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Photos by: JAY BEADNELL








So, what do you aMorgan Soloska guy whose heard every question there is to ask? This is literally the 25th time I have interviewed not just Sevendust…but more specifically, drummer Morgan Rose!

Since 1998 this guy has been dealing with my poignant, sometimes witty, and most of the time; just drunken after-concert idiotic questions! He really had no choice. Given that choice, I’m sure he would have pawned my overbearing, idolizing-like-a-stupid-school-girl fan of his drumming since the ’96 debut, talkative self off on Clint or Lajon, but he didn’t. Nope! He showed up to every interview; whether on the phone, in the radio studio of whatever call-letters would have me at the time, or every dressing room he was set up in…in every town I’ve ever lived since the beginning; eight different ones to be exact!

What keeps a guy like this going? What allows him to continue to look at punks like me every freakin’ year and still be polished, fresh and relevant to what’s going on in this ever-changing music industry? I have only one explanation….he truly has something to say; and this time, my friends, after 16-years and 25 sessions of meeting me at the mic, he’s here to proclaim the existence of pure, demonic evil in the music industry.

“It’s the fucking devil”, Morgan explains. It’s the last words he said as I shook his hand and said “Goodbye” until “the next time”. It was Sunday, June 15th 2014…Father’s Day….and before I asked my only question during this interview, the stage was becoming increasingly more exciting as I awaited Morgan’s arrival…. Sevendust’s Video Tech/Director: “Do you mind if we film this for possible inclusion on the upcoming DVD?” Away-Team: “Sure, let’s let the fans see the real side of washed-up music journalists! (Busts into contagious laughter!) As I wait for tour manager, Yoshi, to bring Morgan to the dressing room, I reminisce with the very late 20′s video guy that Morgan is one of the reasons that a lot of popular drummers today are even in the business. You know; the music business. “Yeah”, he says, “I got some great footage of him in Michigan last night”. I think to myself, “Dude, you have no idea how many years this guy has been busting his ass to perfect that. You have no…fucking….idea!” I let my misplaced anger split as the door flies open and in walks our “hero dejour”. “What’s up, brother?” I say. He answers with a laugh…

“You Again?”

Morgan drum Away-Team: “Unfortunately, yes! (laughter all around)  How you doing, man?  Happy Father’s Day, bro!” Morgan Rose: “Thanks man, good to see you again, seriously.” Away-Team: “Okay, man….1998, WRCQ in Faytetteville, N.C., the very first time we had a chance to sit down and talk finally.  I’ve literally, for 16-years since then, asked you every question known to man about drums, the band, your family, the birds, the bees….and after 24 times at bat, I’m trying to figure out what the fuck to ask Morgan Rose that no one, including myself, has ever asked him before!” Morgan Rose: (Recovering from massive belly laugh), “Oh man, I dunno!  What?  WHAT? ” (Laughter) Away-Team: “I think I figured it out though….I have never asked you about your definition of “work ethic”.  Never!  You and I talked about two years ago on the phone during the whole writing process and recording of “Black Out The Sun” and you told me, in so many words, “we’re gonna take a breather after this tour and Clint is gonna do some stuff, I’m gonna do some stuff…yadda-yadda-yadda….”  What the fuck, man?  You didn’t do any of that.  You just took the normal time off that a 70′s band would between albums, like 6-months, and then were at it again with a press release about a Crowd-Funding campaign for the new “acoustic” record!!!!  Seriously?  Time off????” Morgan Rose: (Laughing) “Okay, Okay, Okay….damnit!  We didn’t take any time off! (laughing)  We didn’t!  We just starting doing what we do, you know….” Away-Team: “Fine, let’s skip ahead, seriously…you guys tour Black Out…, then I see this Crowd-Funding thing come out on Facebook that says you’re asking your fans to donate to pay the cost of recording a new album, which eventually becomes, “Time Travelers And Bonfires”.  Let’s talk about this trendy, new process.” Morgan Rose: “I think this is pretty much where everything is going.  I mean, the fans commit money, they get the commitment of a new record for their commitment in believing there will be one….this is totally re-writing the music industry. And by the way, there’s a lot that wasn’t publicized about that campaign.  We hit our goal in like three days, man.  They [the Crowd-Funding affiliates] kept wanting us to set this small goal so that we would be sure to hit it and the truth is, we knew it wouldn’t take any time at all to hit that goal.  We know our fans!  The problem is, they kept upping the goal as we met all the other goals that they set too low to begin with and it just looked like a big sham on their part.  I think this is totally a great idea and probably the next “thing”, but those guys need to listen to the bands, man!  You know?” Away-Team: “Well look, brother, this was set as a quick 15-minute, in and out, but I want you to know something, bro…after all these years, and everything you guys have been through, I’m proud to say I got to live through it while it was happening because what you do, as Morgan Rose the drummer, and as Morgan Rose of Sevendust is friggin’ inspiring to even old fucks like me, and I’m so glad that I’ve been able to know you and follow you through all this, man!” Morgan Rose: (Stands up for the bro hug) “Thanks so much, man.  I know I’ll see you again, Craig.  Take care!” Sevendust Band Promo 2014

Until we meet again, my friend.  Until we meet again.

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: www.mastodonrocks.com

Soundtrack Of Summer Tour 2014According to TMZ.com, 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:

 SUPPORT

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

 HEADLINE

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.

otherwise-darkersideofthemoon“Darker Side Of The Moon” is the lead single from Las Vegas rockers OTHERWISE‘s new album PEACE AT ALL COSTS. The single will be unleashed next month to Active Rock radio and available on all digital platforms starting July 8 via Century Media Records. PEACE AT ALL COSTS will be in stores at the end of this Summer.

OTHERWISE singer, Adrian Patrick comments:

“‘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.”

PEACE AT ALL COSTS is the follow up to the bands 2012′s 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.” TRUE LOVE NEVER DIES was hailed as one of that year’s biggest breakout albums from a new band! The rapid success of the album earned them invitations to all the North American Rock festivals including Rock On The Range, Aftershock, Rocklahoma, Carolina Rebellion & Welcome To Rockville!

Check out OTHERWISE on these upcoming tour dates and festivals:

July 17 – Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center: JJO
Aug 1 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (w/Buckcherry)
Aug 23 – Central Point, OR – Lilith Motors Amphitheater
Sept 14 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival: Discovery
Oct 4 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life: Champions

messagetovenusOn the heels of their widely successful debut EP “The Envelope’, Puerto Rico via Miami rockers Message To Venus have launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund their upcoming full length debut album ‘Victims & Villains‘ and subsequent tour.  ‘The band’s critically acclaimed ‘The Envelope‘ earned them radio airplay nationally and internationally, including highly coveted spots on SiriusXM Octane‘s “When Worlds Collide” and regular airplay on Music Choice among others.

What could be better than M2V‘s debut album finally seeing the light of day?  You can be a part of it!  The band is offering several perks including everything from autographed copies of the album to an exclusive limited edition comic book that you can appear in! But don’t take my word for it, check out the special “message” from lead singer Jandre Nadal below, and if that isn’t enough to grab your attention (perhaps you’re a corpse?) check out the album teaser here!

Well, what are you waiting for? There’s not much money in the mango business! Come be a part of Message To Venus history!

For more info check out messagetovenus.com

VA Beach hard rockers PILLBUSTER will release their brand new EP, Brothel, on August 19, 2014 via Stonerkill Records. A new single, entitled ‘Hateburn’ will be released via iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and other digital outlets on July 15th, but a new music video for the track can be viewed below. Brothel was recorded and at Osceola Studios in Raleigh, NC by Dick Hodgin (COC, Velvet Revolver, Lynyrd Skynyrd), and was mastered by Kitchen Mastering.

pillbuster brothelBrothel track listing:
1. Prophet Kill
2. A Parting Gift
3. Hateburn
4. Brothel

After hearing back these songs, we really felt like they belonged in their own package,” states guitarist Joe Festa. “These songs are all tied together in a special way for us and we didn’t want that relationship to get overlooked.

Joe adds, “We recorded this EP a little different than our first record. We stayed away from too many overdubs, and digital effects. We sort of plugged in our amps, and pedal boards and played these songs just as we would if it were a live show. Dick Hodgin captured that raw sound and ran with it. He took all of our mixes and ran them through analog tape to give it more of a vintage sound. These songs were mastered using little compression, so it really sounds and feels like it has a whole lot of dynamics. We really wanted an old school sound and feel, and Dick and Kitchen Mastering did an awesome job of staying true to that.”

PILLBUSTER is currently planning an East coast tour to support Brothel. The first confirmed show will take place at The Norva in Norfolk, VA on July 18th – tickets are available now via Ticketmaster. Stay tuned for more dates coming soon.








Following a successful first leg of their North American tour NASHVILLE PUSSY have announced a second leg of their North American tour in support of their their latest studio album Up The Dosage. The album was released this January via SPV/Steamhammer.

nashville pussyThe NASHVILLE PUSSY app, can be downloaded HERE. It is the official mobile app for NASHVILLE PUSSY. The band manages this app and fans can access Nashville Pussy songs, music videos, live interviews, news Releases, upcoming live events and more. Interact with the band and other fans from around the world. Receive local venue and ticketing information via push notifications for upcoming NASHVILLE PUSSY concerts near you. Quickly add concert details directly to your smartphones calendar, buy tickets or invite your friends to attend the concert with you through Facebook or email.

Up the Dosage picks up seamlessly where their 2009 release From Hell To Texas left off. And what is more: their five-year hiatus seems to have done frontman Blaine Cartwright (vocals, guitar) and Ruyter Suys (guitars) good – all 13 new songs (plus two bonus tracks) sound like they were catapulted into to the public from a fountain of youth, rocking in typical Pussy style. Up the Dosage features the first recordings from new bassist Bonnie Buitrago who took over the bass player duties from Karen Cuda.

Rick Beato, known for his production work with Shinedown, mixed the album. He also is responsible for writing the current #1 Song on the Billboard County ChartCarolina” by the band Parmalee.

NASHVILLE PUSSY
7/23: Raleigh, NC @ Southland Ballroom
7/24: Winchester, VA @ Blue Fox Billiards
7/25: Philadelphia, PA @ North Star
7/26: Brooklyn. NY @ Knitting Factory
7/27: Providence, RI @ Fete Lounge
7/28: Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
7/29: Hampton, NH @ Wally’s Pub
8/1: Moncton, NB @ The Esquire
8/2: Halifax, NS @ Marquee Ballroom
8/3: Fredericton, NB @ The Capital Complex
8/6: Waterloo, ON @ Starlight
8/7: Hamilton, ON @ This Ain’t Hollywood
8/8: Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club
8/9: Peterborough, ON @ The Red Dog
8/10: Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean Drapeau (HEAVY MTL)
8/12: Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
8/13: Mishawaka, IN @ Smith’s Downtown
8/14: Newport, KY @ Southgate House
8/15: Nashville, TN @ Exit In
8/16: Birmingham, GA @ The Nick








crowbarSludge merchants CROWBAR will embark on a brand new slab of headline dates throughout the U.S. with guests HAVOK and REVOCATION. Kicking off on September 11th in Birmingham, dates span from coast to coast before wrapping up in mid October. This is the first tour in the states supporting the band’s most recent LP, Symmetry in Black. General on sale is Friday, July 4th. VIP packages will also be available.




Symmetry in Black was released back in May and sold over 4,000 copies in its first week of release, the highest of any LP’s in the band’s 25 year career, beating out its predecessor Sever the Wicked Hand released in 2011.