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Rock On The Range, America’s premier hard rock festival, returns to central Ohio’s Columbus Crew Stadium May 15, 16 and 17, 2015 for its ninth year with a stellar lineup of top rock bands led by multiplatinum band Linkin Park, global rock juggernauts Slipknot and heavy metal legends Judas Priest–who are currently celebrating their 40th Anniversary. The full weekend of non-stop rock will also feature performances from Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against, Volbeat, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax and many more of the world’s most exciting bands on three stages over three days, plus the biggest Rock n’ Roll comedians in the ROTR Comedy Tent.
Rock On The Range–part of the World’s Loudest Month festival series–has sold out in advance for two years in a row, with 120,000 concertgoers on hand in 2014. In 2015, ROTR will welcome live music’s top cable channel, AXS TV, to film the weekend as part of their live festival coverage, allowing fans around the world to experience Rock On The Range.

To kick off the ROTR weekend with a laugh, Guitar World & Revolver’s Roast On The Range returns to Columbus, Ohio Thursday, May 14. Look for more details to be announced in early 2015 at www.RoastOnTheRange.com and www.RockOnTheRange.com. The 2014 Roast featured nearly a dozen musicians and comedians who honored and lampooned Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor in front of a live audience.

The current band lineup for Rock On The Range–fueled by Monster Energy Drink–is as follows: Linkin Park, Slipknot, Judas Priest, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against, Volbeat, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Of Mice & Men, Ministry, Anthrax, Tech N9ne, In This Moment, Hollywood Undead, Live, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Yelawolf, In Flames, Motionless In White, Saxon, Rival Sons, Falling In Reverse, Apocalyptica, Hatebreed, Periphery, Nonpoint, Baby Metal, The Devil Wears Prada, Dillinger Escape Plan, We Are Harlot, Starset, New Medicine, Beartooth, You Me At Six, Young Guns, Dorothy, Crobot, Shaman’s Harvest, Like A Storm, Unlocking The Truth, Islander, Marmozets, Sabatron, Upon A Burning Body, From Ashes To New, Red Son Rising, and Santa Cruz, with more bands and entertainers to be announced soon.

A specially priced pre-sale for Rock On The Range is available now through Friday, December 5 at 9:59 AM ET. Visit www.facebook.com/rockontherange to receive a code to purchase pre-sale tickets now. The ROTR ticket pre-sale offers a limited number of weekend tickets at discounted prices as follows (plus fees):

Weekend Field: $169.50
Weekend Stadium GA: $99.50
Weekend Stadium 4-Pack (save $100, while supplies last): $299

Regularly priced general admission tickets go on sale Friday, December 5 at 10:00 AM ET and will be priced as follows:

Weekend Field: $184.50
Weekend Stadium GA: $124.50
Weekend Stadium 4-Pack (while supplies last): $349

These prices will stay in place through late February.

Fozzy-Do You Wanna Start A War CoverFOZZY


Do You Wanna Start A War


Century Media Records


Rating: 8.5 out of 10


Reviewed by: Jay Rybak


Before we start a war, I must start with a confession.  FOZZY, the band fronted by WWE Superstar Chris Jericho and consisting of members of Stuck Mojo, is one of the rare bands that provokes a humble admission from this critic- I was late to the party!  Let me explain; I was first introduced to the music of FOZZY back in 2010 (a mere 11 years after they got their start) when my friend Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall gave me a copy of the band’s 2010 album, Chasing The Grail.  You see, it wasn’t that I hadn’t heard of them, it was rather more admittedly that because in 1999, when FOZZY first made their debut, the times were different.  New music was much less accessible without plunking down $15 and not being sure what you were going to get, especially for a college kid without a pot to piss in who knew exactly what he was getting when he plunked down $15 for a case of beer.  Call it misguided priorities, or simply call it being cheap.  Whatever you wanna call it I missed the train back then, and thankfully 11 years later I had a friend reach out his hand and pull me on.  Fast forward 4 years later and the ride continues with FOZZY‘s latest album, Do You Wanna Start A War, and the riders on this rock n’ roll locomotive won’t wanna get off.

The opening seconds of the album, and the air raid sirens of the title track almost serve as a warning; get ready because we’re about to launch an all out assault on your eardrums!  The next track, “Bad Tattoo” showcases the guitar prowess of Rich Ward and Billy Grey backed by the killer double bass of Frank Fontsere, and is highlighted by a Zeppelin-esque bridge that would make Jimmy Page blush.  Follow that up with the Ozzy-meets-Filter sound of the current single “Lights Go Out”, and we’re well on our way to one of FOZZY‘s best albums to date.

Now that they’ve gotten your attention, the boys throw us a curveball with the Sick Puppies sounding ballad “Died With You”, which shows Jericho‘s vocal range is much more than people give him credit for.  Traveling even further outside the norm, comes the pleasant surprise that is “Tonight”.  This upbeat rocker features a vintage 80’s sound with poppy overtones, so it should come as no surprise that they enlisted the vocals of Steel Panther’s Michael Starr to help out on this one.

Don’t let your guard down just yet, just around the corner is one of the highlights of the album in the form of the thrash rock face-melter “Brides Of Fire”.  I’d love to know how many drum skins met their untimely death on this recording!  Follow that up with yet another favorite in “One Crazed Anarchist”, Jericho‘s vocals backed by Ward‘s growling chorus put us right in that basement as the lunatic plots his evil plan.  Yet another that is sure to set the circle pits into rotation.

Take 5 parts FOZZY and mix in one part Christie Cook, and what you get is “Unstoppable”.  A catchy rocker that beckons comparisons to Halestorm, not simply because it features a female vocalist, but because it features a female vocalist with pipes on par with those of Lzzy Hale backed by a monster band with a catchy hook that leaves you begging for more.  Bring on the doom and gloom of “Scarecrow”, perhaps the only dud on the album.  Not that it’s a BAD song by any means, it’s just not a GREAT song in comparison to the rest of the album, not to mention it’s odd placement betwixt two high energy rockers.  Fear not my friends, “No Good Way” picks up the energy with a Shinedown-meets-Godsmack reflection on life and death that is sure to be a staple at rock radio for years to come.

Nothing can prepare you for what happens next…“S.O.S.”… a cover song… originally done by… ABBA!  I know you’re probably thinking “Fucking ABBA!?”, among other choice words, but there are two reasons to choose your words wisely: First, the song is an absolutely brilliant rendition that is in itself a perfect reason to own this album, and it  is guaranteed to be a favorite by anyone with a pulse.  Second, Chris Jericho can kick your ass!  Finally to end the album, FOZZY get back to their roots with “Witchery”; a song that begs comparisons to early All That Remains and when it’s finished makes you put down that pinky finger, take your hand out of the air, and while keeping that index finger extended, press repeat!

All in all, Do You Wanna Start A War is a must own, and comes highly recommended!!!  I waited WAY too long to get on the FOZZY train, don’t be like me!  Head out to your local record store now (yes, they do still exist), or if you can’t wait click here and purchase the album!  All Aboard!


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

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

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

Commented the band:

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

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

Victims & Villains teaser video can be seen below.

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

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

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

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

Terminal 5
New York City, NY
Photos by: Slim Jim Keller

Atlantic recording group HALESTORM has unveiled the first track “Get Lucky (Originally Performed By Daft Punk)” from their new EP, “ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP” which arrives October 15th.

2013-05-04 Halestorm-4180The EP marks the acclaimed hard rock band’s first new release since their stunning GRAMMY® Awards triumph earlier this year, as well as the follow-up to 2011’s “ReAniMate: The CoVeRs eP.” As with its predecessor, “ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP” sees Halestorm putting their distinctive brand on a strikingly eclectic collection of classic songs, including legendary tracks by Judas Priest, AC/DC, Pat Benatar, Fleetwood Mac, Marilyn Manson, and Daft Punk.

Like our first ‘ReAniMate’ EP, the songs included here are a collection of both our favorite songs and songs to challenge ourselves,” said Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale. “We decided to go more ‘bare bones’ with this EP, meaning minimal production with live, gritty performances. We recorded this EP the week of the Grammys, so the excitement and debauchery you hear through your speakers is very real. We hope all our fans have as much fun with ‘ReAniMate: 2.0’ as we did!

HALESTORM – “ReAniMate 2: The CoVeRs eP
1. Dissident Aggressor (Originally Performed By Judas Priest)
2. Get Lucky (Originally Performed By Daft Punk)
3. Shoot To Thrill (Originally Performed By AC/DC)
4. Hell Is For Children (Originally Performed By Pat Benatar)
5. Gold Dust Woman (Originally Performed By Fleetwood Mac)
6. 1996 (Originally Performed By Marilyn Manson)

9/25 Bloomsburg, PA Bloomsburg Fair
10/4 Jackson, MS Mississippi State Fairgrounds
10/5 Mobile, AL Bayfest
11/26 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
11/29 New York, NY Terminal 5
11/30 Watertown, NY McVean Gymnasium @ Jefferson
12/1 Montreal, QC Le National
12/3 Toronto, ON Opera House
12/4 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
12/5 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
12/7 Ft. Wayne, IN Piere’s
12/8 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
12/10 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
12/11 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE – Indoor Stage
12/13 St. Paul, MN Myth
12/14 Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre
12/15 Chicago, IL House of Blues

Emphatic_Another Life CoverJuly 16, 2013–Omaha, Nebraska based hard rockers, Emphatic have announced a September 17th release date for their sophomore album “Another Life” with Epochal Artists Records/Capitol Music Group. The album will be the first to feature new frontman Toryn Green, who was previously the singer of multi-platinum rock band FUEL and the touring vocalist for Finnish cello rock band Apocalyptica.

“This band has seen its share of difficult situations and for me I was the guy that had to decide to give up or fix what was broken. Music is in my blood so giving up isn’t an option,” said guitarist Justin McCain. “After making that decision to continue we found Toryn and he was everything I’ve ever wanted in a frontman. The record is a reflection of the trials and tribulations we went through as a band over the past couple of years.”

Produced by Emphatic guitarist Justin McCain and co-produced by Ryan Greene at Validus Recording Studios in Los Angeles, “Another Life” showcases Emphatic’s newfound sense of maturity and creative firepower as they belt out a powerful dose of groundbreaking hard rock. Rejuvenated creatively, the band is now firing on all cylinders with a line-up that matches the intensity of their songs. “Another Life” is filled with gigantic hooks, powerful melodies and is an inspiring triumph over adversity.

Emphatic are best known for their major label debut album “Damage”, which produced the hit single “Bounce”, and shot the album onto the Billboard Heatseekers charts at #9. The album was produced by Howard Benson (Three Days Grace, Halestorm), and featured A Perfect Circle’s Josh Freese playing drums on the record. From there, the band went on to take part in the Carnival Of Madness Tour alongside hard rock heavyweights Theory of a Deadman, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, and Adelitas Way.


Red Hat Amphitheater

Raleigh, NC



Soil-Whole Album CoverJune 26, 2013SOiL premiered the brand new video for “Shine On,” the first single from their forthcoming sixth studio album, WHOLE, on Loudwire.com yesterday. The song is currently gaining airplay on radio stations nationwide and will be available digitally July 2. The full album will be released August 20.

WHOLE is the first album with original frontman Ryan McCombs since 2004’s RE.DE.FINE (after which he became Drowning Pool’s lead singer). It sees SOiL returning to the classic sound that fans have come to admire, calling it the album “that could have come directly after the SCARS album in 2001.”

New Noise magazine recently called the album (in a 5-out-of-5 star review): “…dirty hard rock influenced alternative metal that’s got more piss and vinegar going for it than anything I’ve heard on the radio these days…To hear something like this is just fucking refreshing in all honesty; and it’s the best thing I’ve heard from alternative heavy metal in years.”

In touring news, SOiL will hitting the road on June 19 for a show in Bowling Green, KY at The Rustic Room along with Pop Evil. The band is currently lining up shows for the entire summer, which will be announced in the coming weeks. One of the upcoming tour stops includes an appearance as part of the second annual Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival on September 15 in Sacramento, CA at Discovery Park, along with Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Megadeth, Volbeat, A Day To Remember, HIM, Buckcherry, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, All That Remains, Falling In Reverse, Device, Steel Panther, P.O.D., and many others.

Check out SOiL at any of the following stops:

DATE                                          CITY                                VENUE

Wed 6/19                   Bowling Green, KY             The Rustic Room (with Pop Evil)
Thu 6/20                     South Bend, IN                  Cheers Pub
Fri 6/21                         Wausau, WI                       The Fillmore
Thu 7/18                      Marion, OH                        Tink’s Rock House
Fri 7/19                     Battle Creek, MI                  Planet Rock
Sat 7/20                     Pecatonica, IL                   Winnebago County Fairgrounds Breast Fest
Sat 8/24                    Twin Lakes, WI                   Shadow Hill Ranch (WIIL Rock Fest)
Sun 9/15                   Sacramento, CA                 Discovery Park

For more info, visit SoiL’s Official Website.


Carolina Rebellion

Rock City Campground

Concord, NC


The daily performance lineup for Rocklahoma has been revealed and single day tickets will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00 AM CT at www.rocklahoma.com.


Rocklahoma–proud to be presented by Bud Light–will celebrate its seventh year May 24, 25 and 26 with a stellar rock lineup including Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Korn and many more. The three-day camping festival features the top current active rock artists and classic bands at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK.

The current daily performance lineup for Rocklahoma is as follows:

Thursday, May 23 (AXiS Campground Stage):
Triple 7, Bruce Flea, Searching for Sanity, Sleepwalking Home, Motortrain, Baron, Von Swagger, Rocker Lips, Drek, Kingshifter

Friday, May 24:
Guns N’ Roses, Bush, Papa Roach, Device, Ratt, All That Remains, Clutch, Escape The Fate, The Sword, Otherwise, Zero Crossing, Down & Dirty, The Last Vegas, Hessler, Bai Bang, Ruff Justice, London’s Dungeon, Fist of Rage, The Summit, Wanton Looks, Kicktree, Shotgun Rebels, The Kul, Mine Enemies Fall

Saturday, May 25:
Alice In Chains, Bullet For My Valentine, Skillet, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, Big Wreck, Young Guns, We As Humans, O’Brother, Mindset Evolution, Gypsy Pistoleros, Rhyme, Sunset Riot, Wildstreet, London, Black Tora, Big Trouble, Sister’s Doll, Emerald City, Strikes at One, Well Hung Heart, Vilifi, For the Broken, EchoFuzz, The Chimpz, Memory of a Melody

Sunday, May 26:
Korn, Cheap Trick, Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Dokken, Motionless In White, Thousand Foot Krutch, Red Line Chemistry, Heaven’s Basement, American Fangs, Scorpion Child, The Glitter Boys, Nasty Habit, Mystery, Lynam, Switchblade Scarlet, Firstryke, Station, Ragdoll, Wicked, New Dawn Day, Unwritten Rulz, Framing the Red, Meganaut, The Bourgeois

Rocklahoma continues to offer fan-friendly ticket prices for the three-day-weekend rock event which features over 70 artists on four stages.

SINGLE DAY general admission tickets (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) will go on sale Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00 AM CT for $69 (plus fees).

THREE-DAY general admission tickets are currently available for only $125 plus fees and will increase to $150 plus fees on Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00AM CT.

WEEKEND VIP reserved tickets are currently available for as low as $350 plus fees and will increase to $380 plus fees. Quantities are limited, so get them while you can.

Rocklahoma celebrates its seventh year May 24, 25 and 26 with a stellar rock lineup not to be missed. Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains and Korn will headline the three-day camping festival which features the top current active rock artists and classic bands at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. Rocklahoma is proud to be presented by Bud Light.


The initial list of performers for America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party includes: Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Korn, Bush, Cheap Trick, Bullet For My Valentine, Papa Roach, Skillet, Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Asking Alexandria, Ratt, Halestorm, Device (with David Draiman), All That Remains, Escape the Fate, Dokken, Clutch, Motionless In White, Big Wreck, The Sword, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Krutch, Otherwise, Red Line Chemistry, Mindset Evolution, Heaven’s Basement, We As Humans, American Fangs, O’Brother, and more.

In addition, the Retrospect Records Stage will feature performances from: The Last Vegas, London, Wildstreet, Mad Max, Bai Bang, Lynam, De La Cruz, The Glitter Boys, Black Tora, Sunset Riot, Firstryke, Ragdoll, Hessler, Switchblade Scarlett, Nasty Habit, Sister’s Doll, London’s Dungeon, Rhyme, Emerald City, Wicked, Down n Dirty, Station, Ruff Justice, Mystery, and Fist of Rage.

The lineup for the AXiS Campground Tent will be announced in the coming weeks.

Bush is thrilled to be playing Rocklahoma with such great bands,” says Bush’s Gavin Rossdale. “We look forward to seeing you all out there.”

General Admission and VIP packages for Rocklahoma go on sale Friday, February 22 at 10am CST at www.rocklahoma.com. To get access to the Rocklahoma internet pre-sale, which will be held from Wednesday, February 20 at 10am CST through Thursday, February 21 at 10pm CST, go to www.rocklahoma.com and sign up to receive the Rocklahoma newsletter. Fans save by buying early, as ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks.

Camping tickets may be purchased by calling the Rocklahoma Camping Office at (866) 310-2288 or emailing info@feverfest.com. Campgrounds open on Sunday, May 19 and will remain open though Tuesday, May 28.

We’ve waited seven years, and we’re finally bringing the #1 most requested band by the fans to Rocklahoma, the one and only Guns N’ Roses! Couple that with the undisputed legacy of Alice In Chains, the unforgettable live spectacle of Korn and the hits of Bush, and we’re in store for a truly legendary weekend,” comments Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Rocklahoma for AEG Live.

Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes onsite camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.

Device-ST CoverDevice


Warner Bros. Records

Rating: 9 out of 10

Release Date: 4/9/13






When Disturbed frontman David Draiman stamps his name on something one can’t help but take notice.  Armed with a plethora of superstar cameos, the debut album from Draiman’s latest incarnation Device is one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year.  What you are about to read may do nothing to curb that anticipation.

The album kicks off with the tracks “You Think You Know” and “Penance”, two songs that, upon first listen, scream Disturbed.  After a familiar introduction, you do indeed think you know, but the first single “Villify”, a microcosm of the entire album, reminds us that this is a different animal.  You see, many a closed-minded critic has said “Oh this is just another Disturbed album.”, but upon further listen you realize it has just enough subtle difference to distinguish itself.  Think the difference between Nickelback and Theory of a Deadman, except with some actual real talent and appeal!  Actually forget I said that, those two don’t even belong in the same conversation.  The point I’m trying to make is… you can’t expect someone with such a distinct voice and styling as Draiman to completely abandon his identity just to say he did so.  I mean, did Ozzy completely abandon who he was when he left Black Sabbath?  Exactly.  In fact that is probably the best comparison that can be made.  Ozzy left the slightly mellower, but still rockin’, Black Sabbath and found his inner madman; Draiman makes the return trip and leaves the madman behind, and finds his inner Sabbath on this album.

Appropriately enough, that brings me to two of the album’s highlights.  The first is a duet with Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), a brilliant departure from the norm, in which they cover the Ozzy/Lita classic “Close My Eyes Forever”.  Lest we forget about the Black Sabbath reference, in comes Geezer Butler to team up with Serj Tankian (System of a Down) on the politically driven “Out of Line”.  In sticking with the political theme, the party would not be complete without the help of one of the greatest guitarists of our time, Tom Morello, lending his unique styling to “Opinion”. 

As if that wasn’t enough, the album’s two closers are perhaps it’s pinnacle.  M Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) lends his voice alongside Draiman’s to create the beautifully haunting, dark melody that is “Haze”; preparing us for the curtain call that is “Through It All”.  A stirring ballad featuring Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Country Communion) that virtually hypnotizes the finger and has you pressing “Repeat All” before you know what happened.

All in all, the debut album from Device is an instant candidate for Album of the Year, and will make even the most rabid of Disturbed fans forget about their hiatus, and beg for the next Device album.  This album comes VERY highly recommended, and if you don’t pick it up this Tuesday you might just be “Disturbed”!

For more Device, including Tour Dates and to pre-order the album visit the band’s Official Website here.


Device 1Device, a collaboration featuring modern hard rock icon David Draiman of Disturbed, has announced a series of US tour dates. They will be kicking off a string of headline shows on April 10th in Mobile, AL and will be performing at several spring festivals. Gemini Syndrome and Nonpoint will support on select headline dates.

This tour will support the release of their self-titled debut album on April 9, 2013 via Warner Bros Records, which Draiman co-wrote and recorded with Geno Lenardo [formerly of Filter]. Upon finishing the writing and recording process, Draiman enlisted Evanescence drummer Will Hunt and Dope and Rock of Ages guitarist Virus; the three comprise the touring incarnation of Device.

Device is already getting praise for its sound. They are nominated for a Revolver Golden God Award for “Best New Talent” and Artist Direct declared “welcome to the 22nd century of rock.” First single “Vilify” has been most-added at radio for the past two weeks and is heading toward a Top 15 slot. Watch the video for the track here. Their self-titled debut can be pre-ordered via iTunes here.

The album features guest artists like Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion), M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) and Lzzy Hale from Halestorm.

Visit http://facebook.com/devicetheband and http://twitter.com/devicetheband for more info.

Device tour dates are as follows:

10-Apr – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen*
12-Apr – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room*
13-Apr -Orlando, FL – Tinker Field – WJRR Earth Day Birth Day
14-Apr – Ft. Myers, FL – Fort Rock Festival
16-Apr – Destin, FL – Club LA**
17-Apr -Huntsville, AL -Sammy T’s**
20-Apr – Tyler, TX – Click’s**
21-Apr – Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Amphitheatre – KFMX Show
23-Apr – Dallas, TX – Trees**
25-Apr – Houston, TX – Scout Bar**
26-Apr – Beaumont, TX – The Gig**
28-Apr – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome to Rockville Festival
30-Apr – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues**
1-May – Little Rock, AR – Juanitas**
3-May – Atlanta, GA -Centerstage*
4-May – Rockingham, NC -Carolina Rebellion Festival
*with Gemini Syndrome
**with Gemini Syndrome and Nonpoint

An expanded Carolina Rebellion returns May 4 & 5 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte. After uncharted success in 2012, the Mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival is growing to two full days in its third year and will feature more camping and VIP space at its new location.

carolina rebellion

Carolina Rebellion 2013 features a lineup full of rock heavyweights, including: Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Limp Bizkit, Rise Against, Bush, Deftones, 3 Doors Down, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, Buckcherry, Volbeat, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, All That Remains, Steel Panther, Device (with David Draiman), Hollywood Undead, Sick Puppies, In This Moment, Escape The Fate, Pop Evil, Nonpoint, Otherwise, Aranda, Thousand Foot Krutch, Red Line Chemistry, Young Guns, Tracer, American Fangs and Heaven’s Basement.

The bands listed above will perform on one of the three festival stages: the Monster Energy ‘Carolina Stage’, the Monster Energy ‘Rebellion Stage’ and the Jägermeister Stage. In addition, f.y.e will have a special artist tent where bands will stop by throughout the day to meet fans and sign their CDs.

After wrapping up our last U.S. tour, we were planning on recharging our batteries for awhile, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play with the mighty Soundgarden in what will be one of the only shows we’ll play in the U.S. this year,” says Tim Mcllrath of Rise Against.

Michael Poulsen of Volbeat comments, “In Europe and the U.S., we have enjoyed the experiences that come from being a part of the festival environment, just as the fans do. Looking forward to Carolina Rebellion!

The ‘Rebels’ spoke and we listened,” says Gary Spivack, Co-Executive Producer of the event for Right Arm Entertainment. “More days, a new venue, huge bands…It’s our mission for Rebellion to be the biggest and best rock festival in the entire Mid-Atlantic region. We have our home at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and can’t wait for May 4 and 5!

Full Weekend General Admission tickets for Carolina Rebellion go on sale to the public Friday, February 8 at 10am EST, as do Single Day General Admission tickets, all at www.CarolinaRebellion.com. Full Weekend tickets will be available starting at $99 plus fees, and Single Day tickets will start at $59.50 plus fees. Parking is included with all tickets.

To get access to the special internet presale, which will be held from Wednesday, February 6 through Thursday, February 7, go to the Carolina Rebellion Facebook page or www.CarolinaRebellion.com and sign up to receive the Rebellion newsletter. Those who sign up can purchase the Full Weekend General Admission tickets for just $89 plus fees during the presale only.

Once again, ticket discounts will also be available for active military. For full details about military ticket discounts, go to www.CarolinaRebellion.com.

Carolina Rebellion will feature an even greater variety of Camping, Hotel and VIP Packages and upgrades. All Camping and Hotel Packages will also include access to the Friday night campground party. Details for all Camping, Hotel and VIP packages can be found at www.CarolinaRebellion.com.

Holding Carolina Rebellion at Charlotte Motor Speedway gives us the ability to create an even better experience for our fans,” comments Joe Litvag, Co-Executive Producer of the festival for AEG Live. “We have more space to expand, easier access in and out, upgraded tent and RV camping opportunities, and lots of participating hotels to cater to our crowd. But most importantly we’re able to continue to offer incredible value by keeping our ticket prices low while the festival grows in stature each year.

The daily band lineup for Carolina Rebellion is as follows:

Saturday, May 4
Alice In Chains, Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, Sick Puppies, In This Moment, Device (with David Draiman), Young Guns, Otherwise, Aranda, Tracer, Monstro

Sunday, May 5
Soundgarden, Rise Against, Bush, 3 Doors Down, Buckcherry, Volbeat, Hollywood Undead, All That Remains, Steel Panther, Pop Evil, Escape the Fate, Nonpoint, Thousand Foot Krutch, Red Line Chemistry, Heaven’s Basement, American Fangs

Carolina Rebellion is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Jägermeister, U.S. Army and f.y.e. Carolina Rebellion is produced by Right Arm Entertainment and AEG Live, the same team that produces the highly successful Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH.

Jagermeister presents the fall headline tour from HALESTORM, in support of their new album, The Strange Case Of… The tour kicks off November 8th at Mobile, Alabama’s Soul Kitchen and continues through mid-December with support from IN THIS MOMENT and EVE TO ADAM.

Jagermeister has a long history of supporting bands, both from a local level to national amphitheater acts. “We are incredibly excited to be working with Halestorm on this upcoming headline tour,” says Cliff Rigano, Director of Music Marketing for Jagermeister. “The band is truly coming into their own as a rock powerhouse, and we are excited to be a part of their success.

We are so stoked to be partnering with our friends at Jagermeister for this upcoming tour,” said Lzzy Hale of HalestormWe’ve known all of these guys for years and can’t wait to throw down with them out on the road! It’s going to be great to finally be seeing all of our Halestorm Freaks in all the cities that we have not yet been to this year. Joining us will be our good friends from JVC and our partners in crime, In This Moment and Eve To Adam. Rock it out, people! See you at the shows!

A behind the scenes video will be filmed all tour long in conjunction with JVC and their cutting edge Adixxion action cameras for an in-depth look at one of the hardest working rock bands on the road.

Tour dates:
8 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen
9 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
10 – Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
12 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
13 – W. Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
14 – Chico, CA – Senator Theater
16 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
17 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
18 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
20 – Kennewick, WA – Toyota Center (with ALICE COOPER)
21 – Garden City, ID – Revolution Event Center (with Alice Cooper)
23 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
24 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
25 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
27 – Jackson, WY – Pink Garter Theatre
29 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
30 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
1 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
3 – Sioux Falls, SD – The Vault
4 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
5 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
7 – South Bend, IN – Club Fever
8 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
10 – Richmond, VA – The National
11 – Knoxville, TN – Valarium
12 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
14 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
15 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
29 – Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre
31 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage

Featuring: Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm, and New Medicine
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Pier 6 Pavilion – Baltimore, MD

Photos by Marcy J Royce.

The Carnival Of Madness Tour 2012 came to Baltimore, Maryland bringing with it some really great bands. The night was to be kicked off by NEW MEDICINE. Notice the word ‘was’. However NEW MEDICINE had to cancel their set because singer, Jake Scherer, had an emergency procedure that rendered him unable to perform his usual duties. So up first was CAVO instead. Then HALESTORM. However, due to a scheduling conflict I missed both of those bands completely. I arrived just when HALESTORM had finished. I was okay with missing HALESTORM only because I’ve seen them numerous times, and I heard they did not disappoint. Like I had any doubt! So I readied myself to take in the mighty CHEVELLE.

CHEVELLE is one of those bands you don’t forget. Mainly because their set is filled with so many hits. While they don’t stand atop of their genre of music as a front runner, they still provide a good show laced with contained energy, giving the fans what they want, and the fans really get into their performance. They sounded good and I was pleased with the show from start to finish.



Chevelle, Carnival of Madness, Baltimore, MD – 8.7.12

I was taken aback by the massive bull at dead center stage. Very much making it’s statement by its sheer size and the size of those testicles. OH MY! I mentioned it to one of my fellow media and both our eyes were large. Those things were hard to miss, let me tell you.

Some songs from CHEVELLE’s setlist included: Sleep Apnea, Face to the Floor, Jars, The Meddler, Another Know It All, Vitamin R, I Get It, The Clincher, Get Some, Send the Pain Below, The Red, Hats Off to the Bull.

Next was the main attraction, EVANESCENCE! I had never caught this band live even though I own several cd releases. My chance had come. I was really psyched to see Amy Lee perform because I’m a huge fan of girl power in rock and roll. I know Lzzy Hale is superb and I wanted to see how Amy stacked up compared to Lzzy.

As I stood in the press/photo pit area just in front of the stage, I was anxiously awaiting the opening song, What You Want from their recent release last fall. It’s a kick ass tune with heavy riffs and catchy licks. It’s one of those songs you play speeding down the highway, angry as hell, making you feel so much better. Amy Lee’s voice was everything I had hoped live. When I’m really into a song it gets very difficult for me to concentrate on the photos I’m taking. Balancing being a fan and working can get difficult, this was one of those times.

Amy Lee, EVANESCENCE, Carnival of Madness – Baltimore, MD 8.7.12

The next song, Going Under from their 2003 release Fallen, was great. The band had settled into the Pier 6 Stage and Amy was commanding the fans with that girl power I love so much. Fists were pumping, horns were up, and the temperature was beginning to rise under the cover of the pavlion. Look out!  The groove was infectious and the pure power of the song just beat me in the chest. Next up was The Other Side, also from their fall 2011 release. Yowza! That song live is killer. I love the guitars in the beginning. The songs just oozes with melodies, riveting guitars, deep bass, and rocking drums.

I vacated the pit and went for my seat, and in my head I was saying WOW. She’s quite a female frontrunner. She performed quite well for the entire set, not once wavering in the power of her delivery. In my humble opinion though, I do believe that Lzzy Hale is the better of the two women. Lzzy has more range than Amy. Both present strong and hard for an entire set. And that is why I think Amy can give Lzzy a run for the money, but Lzzy is the better of the two women vocalists. Lzzy is also more in touch with the fans and makes a connection with them each performance. And that is something I was looking for in Amy as well. However, she seemed to me to be repeating over and over throughout the set the same moves and actions. Not quite making that personal connection to the fans I had hoped to see. Stone me now, but those are my beliefs and opinions. I call it how I personally see it.

The rest of the band delivered well. They held up their parts and contributed to the raw force needed to catapult Amy to the greatness the fans have come to expect. Some backing parts were missing compared to the recorded versions of the songs. I had hoped they would be tracks, loaded and played, along with the rest of the song. But they were missing, much to my disappointment. I knew the band wouldn’t be doing backing vocals when I first discovered early on there were no mic stands on stage, anywhere. It all was made better in my mind since I got to see EVANESCENCE perform Bring Me to Life. Here is the link to my video:

The setlist for the evening was: What You Want, Going Under, The Other Side, Weight of the World, Lithium, My Heart Is Broken, Whisper, The Change, Never Go Back, Made of Stone, Your Star, Lost in Paradise, Call Me When You’re Sober, Imaginary, Bring Me to Life, Disappear, My Immortal.

For more info on EVANESCENCE including tour dates, and to find out where to purchase music and merchandise visit http://www.evanescence.com/

Be sure to check out all my photos in the ‘PHOTOS’ section of our site, for both CHEVELLE and EVANESCENCE.

I want to give a big shout out to Bari Lieberman for making this opportunity happen for me and the Away-Team. Thanks Bari!

Halestorm recently made history with their electrifying new single, “Love Bites (So Do I)” when the track ascended to #1 at Active Rock radio outlets nationwide, marking the first ever female-fronted group to top the format’s airplay ranking. “THE STRANGE CASE OF…” made a #1 debut on Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” chart, while also making a top 15 entry onto the overall Billboard 200, upon its release in April.

The band just wrapped up the Mass Chaos tour with Staind and Godsmack.

Produced by Howard Benson (who previously collaborated with Halestorm on their self-titled 2009 debut), “THE STRANGE CASE OF…” includes such explosive tracks as “Here’s To Us,” which shot to #1 on iTunes’ “Top Rock Songs” chart after being featured in a February 2012 episode of Fox’s hit series, Glee. Along with its popular success, “THE STRANGE CASE OF…” has also drawn critical acclaim, with Billboard praising the collection as “full of chugging riffs, wailing solos, drums that kick like a boot to the gut, and never-out-of-style soft/loud dynamics that lead to massive choruses.” “Led by one of our favorite rocker babes, singer-guitarist Lzzy Hale, (Halestorm) promise a more personal album for their follow-up,” noted Revolver in its album preview. “But don’t expect them to get all sappy on us. There should still be more than enough of the band’s now signature raucous attitude and righteous riffs for any headbanger to get off.

Formed by frontwoman Lzzy Hale and her brother, drummer Arejay Hale, Halestorm has been hailed far and wide as an incendiary force in modern hard rock. “HALESTORM” made a top 5 debut on SoundScan’s “Hard Music” chart upon its 2009 release, simultaneously bursting into the top 40 on the comprehensive Billboard 200. The album subsequently sold more than 300,000 copies, and half a million cumulative tracks. Produced by Howard Benson (Daughtry, My Chemical Romance, Flyleaf), the album earned extensive acclaim for its infectious hard rock anthems, sexy hooks, and rough-and-tumble grooves. True road warriors, Halestorm made its bones as a major league hard rock outfit via countless North American gigs alongside such artists as Shinedown, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine, and Disturbed. Last year saw the band traveling the country on the blockbuster “Avalanche Tour 2011,” joining such hard rock luminaries as Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman, and fellow Atlantic recording group Skillet.

23 Portland, ME State Theater
25 S. Burlington, VT Higher Ground
26 Northampton, MA Pearl Street
27 Providence, RI Lupo’s
29 Dewey Beach, DE Bottle & Cork
30 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater

1 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
4 Toronto, ONT The Mod Club
7 Tremont, IL Twisted Spoke
8 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Summerfest
10 Des Moines, IA People’s Court
13 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
14 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
16 Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre
17 Billings, MT Babcock Theatre
19 Fargo, ND The Venue @ Playmaker’s