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

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

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

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

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

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








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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gary continues:

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

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

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








From Rolling Stone.com:

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

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

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

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








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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Both are due on September 30 via Warner Bros.

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








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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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








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

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

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

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

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

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

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








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






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

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

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













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

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

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








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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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








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

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

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

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








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

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

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








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

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



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

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

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