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Review: Summerland Tour 2014

Posted in Artist Watch, News, Reviews, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2014 by Randy

When the Summerland Tour pulled into Pittsburgh on June 20th it felt just like a spring Seattle day in 1995; not just because of the 90’s alternative that was playing all around, but because of the dreary/rainy day that the city was experiencing. The spring of 2014 marked the 3rd year in a row for the Summerland Tour which features acts from the 90’s that play and still record music such as this year’s participants: Everclear, Eve6, Soul Asylum and Spacehog.

The day’s event in Pittsburgh started off with an English alt rock act that goes by the name of Spacehog. I personally had never heard of these guys, and I think the same goes for most of the people who were in attendance that day, regardless of knowing their music they played a great set from start to finish. Not only did they play well as a group and play some awesome songs they were also very interactive with the crowd and just had a professional presence about them. Next to take the stage was the “great” Eve6. Their performance was kind of bland…so bland that I would suggest using that time to use the restroom and grab you a beer before their last song. Not to knock them as musicians though, they sounded great and tried everything they could to make sure the crowd had a good time. Unfortunately, that night at Stage AE just wasn’t theirs. The only highlight was their last song and possibly the only song from them that everyone knew, “Inside Out.” It seems the fact that no one really knew any of their other songs was the reason the whole performance seemed “flat” to say the least.

Following the disappointing performance by Eve6, was maybe one of the most underrated bands from the 90’s alternative scene, Soul Asylum. One of the first songs they played was their 1995 hit “Misery,” and because they started the set with a big hit like that, the crowd really got into the show and made the rest of the night smooth sailing for them. fter their allotted time was up came the epic performance of the band that most people were there to see and the band who is responsible for putting on the entire tour: Everclear. Art Alexakis, frontman of Everclear, is one of the ones responsible for the idea of this 90’s based music tour and the one who has helped make this tour a yearly event. The band took the stage playing some old school classics and fan favorites like Santa Monica, Heroin Girl, and Wonderful. They even included some new hits like Be Careful What You Ask For, which was off their latest album titled “Invisible Stars.”

Minus the few bumps that may occur during this tour, like not so popular bands and some unknown tunes, the Summerland Tour of 2014 was a very well organized and put together. Hopefully this tour continues to have a long and healthy run and these acts from the 90’s era don’t give up on us quite yet. If you were unable to catch a show during this year’s tour we suggest you keep your eyes open for next year’s dates and make it to a show; certainly a tour that’s worth attending.

 

Logan Rendulic, © The Rock Tribune 2014

ISLANDER PREMIERES “COCONUT DRACULA” MUSIC VIDEO

Posted in Artist Watch, New Music, News, Releases, Videos with tags , , , , , , , on July 1, 2014 by Randy

ISLANDER have premiered the video for “Coconut Dracula”, from one of REVOLVER’s ‘Most Anticipated Albums of 2014’, Violence & Destruction. The lead single showcases ISLANDER’s flawless integration of alt-rock stylings and blasts of melodic intensity, providing the scene with a much-needed breath of creativity and dynamism. Out to prove why they are one of ALTERNATIVE PRESS’ ‘100 Bands You Need to Know’, ISLANDER’s Violence & Destruction will quickly catapult itself to the top of your playlist, on repeat.  ISLANDER’s Violence & Destruction is released July 8th.

Watch the video for “Coconut Dracula” now on Vevo.

 “Coconut Dracula” is available now viaiTunes and AmazonMP3.

Keep your eyes on ISLANDER as they join their label-mates on the Victory Records Stage all summer long for the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
View the full list of dates

Pre-orders of ISLANDER’s Violence & Destruction (out July 8th) are now available exclusively at VictoryMerch.com. International shipping is available.

For Additional ISLANDER Information:
http://www.victoryrecords.com/islander
https://www.facebook.com/weareislander

“The Sadness Of Graves” Stream
“Coconut Dracula” Music Video

REVOLVER MAGAZINE PRESENTS BRAND NEW ILL NIÑO TRACK

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music, News, Previews, Releases, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2014 by Randy

From ILL NIÑO’s upcoming album Till Death, La Familia, comes the “not your typical” lyric video for the high-energy track, “Not Alive In My Nightmare”, presented by Revolver Magazine. To be released July 22nd, Till Death, La Familia reinvigorates and supercharges Latin-infused heavy metal, written by the undisputed masters of the genre, ILL NIÑO.

Head to Revolver Magazine now and listen to “Not Alive In My Nightmare”.

Catch the single “Live Like There’s No Tomorrow”, and more performed live as ILL NIÑO take over the Victory Records Stage at the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. View a full list of tour dates.

Pre-order packages for Till Death, La Familia are now available at VictoryMerch.com. Every pre-order will receive an instant download of “Live Like There’s No Tomorrow” and will automatically be entered to win an ESP guitar autographed by ILL NIÑO.

Till Death, La Familia will be in-stores and available everywhere digitally on July 22nd, 2014.

For Additional ILL NIÑO Information:
http://www.victoryrecords.com/illnino
https://www.facebook.com/Officialillnino
“Live Like There’s No Tomorrow” Stream
“Not Alive In My Nightmare” Lyric Video

SONIC SYNDICATE Releases Official ‘Before You Finally Break’ Music Video feat. SOILWORK’s Björn ‘Speed’ Strid!

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, News, Previews, Releases, Videos with tags , , , , , , , on June 11, 2014 by Randy

Anglo-Swedish modern metal powerhouse SONIC SYNDICATE have released the official music video for the second single, ‘Before You Finally Break’, off the band’s upcoming self-titled, fifth album.

 


The clip was shot by renowned director Patric Ullaeus (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, CHILDREN OF BODOM, uvm) and features SOILWORK singer Björn ‘Speed’ Strid on guest vocals. Check it out at http://smarturl.it/SoSyBYFB

 

Commented singer Nathan James Biggs„I’m honored to call Speed a friend. I’ve been a big SOILWORK fan for years. Those guys were a massive hand in crafting that trademark Swedish sound so it made perfect sense to ask Speed when we knew we wanted to do a song with guest vocals. Performance wise I think we have similar styles and execution, but at the same time we both have our own thing going on so the voices compliment each other to great effect. My idea was also to have a real battle between our vocals. I hate it when you have these “featuring” songs and the guest just pops up for a chorus and then does backing vocals for a while in the verse or something. This is a real fight between us for the mic and I’m sure people are gonna appreciate that.“

Bjorn “Speed” Strid adds:

“Working with Sonic Syndicate is always a pleasure, whether it’s in the studio, tour, or in a cool looking abandoned car shop in the industrial area of Gothenburg. I loved recording vocals on this song and especially being able to do somewhat of a duet with Nathan Biggs. He’s a truly talented singer and a good friend. Doing the video was easy, fun and pretty intense at the same time. It turned out real sick.. Check it out!”

 

The first single off the album, ‘Black Hole Halo’, can be viewed at http://youtu.be/7RxHJeKNXSQ

Also check out the studio trailer for more info: 
Part #1 can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/MgWlvLrUjOc
Part #2 is available here: http://youtu.be/fAqC_WEYrcI
Part #3 can be checked out at this location: http://youtu.be/oahYekbZD-g

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The album will be self-titled and is set to be released July 8, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

Pre-order the album here: http://shop.nuclearblast.com/en/shop/item/groups/51000.1.html?article_group_sort_type_handle=rank&custom_keywords=sonic%20syndicate

Commented guitarist, main songwriter and founding member, Robin Sjunnesson“We decided to go with this one as a “Self-Titled” release. Mainly because as an album we have put everything we’ve got into it. All of our experience as musicians, the evolution of the music, the sound from all eras of the band, and also the road we have taken as people. This is us, this is Sonic Syndicate in all its beauty and destruction. It shows our strength, our love for melody, our scars, our energy. The cover art is a definite representation of that. In the background, a battle-torn city laid to waste, four figures emerging together with only each other to depend on in an environment so harsh, only those with a tough heart, body and soul can survive. The tone throughout this album is definitely darker, and as my Swedish family would say “With a red-line running in the middle” so we put this into the colour-scheme. We could not be more proud of this album, and we thank our fans for the support, it’s because of them that we’re here. This album is for you.”











The album will include a total of 11 tracks while the limited edition digipak will feature no less than 3 bonus tracks on top.





Sonic Syndicate tracklist:


01. Day Of The Dead



02. Black Hole Halo



03. Long Road Home



04. My Revenge



05. Before You Finally Break (feat. Speed/SOILWORK)



06. Catching Fire



07. Unbreakable


08. It Takes Me


09. See What I See



10. So Addicted



11. The Flame That Changed The World



BONUS TRACKS:

12. Diabolical Work Of Art



13. What We Shared



14. Another Soldier Down






Sonic Syndicate marks the band’s first release in four years after taking a break after touring the world in support of 2010’s critically acclaimed We Rule The Night. 





Commented the band: “It’s crazy, exciting, and mind-blowing to be back! The one thing we were looking forward to more than hitting the studio, was getting back on the road and seeing our fans, and now we have a killer new album to go out with! We can’t wait for you to hear the new material, and of course we’ll be ripping apart the stage with our favorite songs from all our albums! It is our personal mission to guarantee that these will be our most kick-ass, energetic and dynamic live shows yet. If you’ve seen SOSY live before then you’re gonna want to see the “Diabolical Tour of Art” as its gonna be bigger, better and more bad-ass. If you’ve never seen SOSY live before then now is the perfect time to join the party, and get to one of the cities we’re playing. Damn, this is gonna be good!”

 

www.sonicsyndicate.com | www.facebook.com/sonicsyndicateband | 

DEAD BY WEDNESDAY Announces Tour with SHADOWS FALL

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music, News, Releases, Shows with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2014 by Randy

New Album “Death of the Rockstar” Out Tuesday, June 24, 2014 via Ear One Productions

Connecticut’s own DEAD BY WEDNESDAY is pleased to announce their upcoming US tour with fellow New England metallers SHADOWS FALL. The band will join the tour on June 20th in Chicopee, MA and will tour throughout the Midwest and Eastern U.S. before the tour comes to a close on July 6th in Binghamton, NY. See below for a full listing of current tour dates:

 

DEAD BY WEDNESDAY w/ Shadows Fall

6/20 – Chicopee, MA @ Maximum Capacity

6/21 – Waterbury, CT @ City Limits

6/22 – Providence, RI @ SIMONS 667

6/24 – Winston/Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s

6/25 – Raleigh, NC @ Southland Ballroom

6/26 – Augusta, GA @ Sky City

6/27 – Knoxville, TN @ The International

6/28 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar

6/29 – Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub

6/30 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

7/1 – Lansing, MI @ The Loft

7/2 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes

7/3 – Kokomo, IN @ Center Stage

7/4 – Columbus, OH @ AlRosa Villa

7/5 – Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joes

7/6 – Binghamton, NY @ Legion Post 80

 

 

DEAD BY WEDNESDAY will release their brand new EP, Death Of A Rockstar, on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 via Ear One Productions. The album, produced by Nicholas T. Rage of Toxic Holocaust (Hatebreed, Kingdom of Sorrow, Jasta), will be available online for download via iTunes, Amazon, & more! You can pre-order a bundle or a limited edition digipack or hard copy NOW here: http://earoneproductions.bigcartel.com/

 

Death Of A Rockstar is the band’s fourth release, and represents the death of one chapter of the band’s history due to the loss of long-time guitarist Ross Ragusa (who still does appear of Death Of A Rockstar), but is also the rebirth of a hardworking, independent metal band that has morphed into a “real” unstoppable international act.

 

Formed in 2005, DEAD BY WEDNESDAY made their mark by releasing their debut CD Democracy is Dead on Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed‘s Stillborn Records. In 2008, the band released their highly anticipated sophomore full length The Killing Project on Eclipse Records. The Killing Project, considered a crossover release by many, was an aggressive demonstration of New Haven, CT’s signature hybrid of metal, punk, and real hardcore. The album featured the single ‘Pawns’, which spawned a music video directed by Grammy nominated producer David Brodsky of My Good Eye, NYC, and went into rotation on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball, Music Choice and Havok TV on demand, Liquid Metal, Rock Band, and UFC.

 

In 2011, the band released their third record, The Last Parade. Produced by Enoch Jensen at East Lake Recording Studio’s in MA, this release was considered by the band as their “Master of Puppets”. The release of The Last Parade was followed by a full U.S. tour with Straight Line Stitch and Defiler, sponsored by the clothing line Hatewear, Inc. DEAD BY WEDNESDAY went on to snag the “Best Metal” award two years in a row at the Connecticut Music Awards.

 

Throughout the years DEAD BY WEDNESDAY have toured relentlessly, and in doing so have found their own sound and style, creating a fierce loyal fan base along the way. Now, with all the right members in place, they have all the pistons of this metal turbo engine running full throttle, and are without a doubt a serious force to be reckoned with.

 

 

Learn more about DEAD BY WEDNESDAY at these locations:

www.DBWMusic.com

www.Facebook.com/DeadByWednesday

www.Twitter.com/DeadByWednesday

www.YouTube.com/DBWtv

www.Soundcloud.com/DeadByWednesday

www.Reverbnation.com/DeadByWednesday

http://deadbywednesday.bandcamp.com

BEARTOOTH DEBUT ALBUM DISGUSTING OUT TODAY VIA RED BULL RECORDS

Posted in Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, News, Releases, Shows with tags , , , , , , on June 11, 2014 by Randy

 Columbus, OH hardcore outfit Beartooth has released their debut full length album Disgusting today via Red Bull Records. Watch the video for new song “Beaten In Lips” here, watch an exclusive behind the scenes clip and stream the album here and buy the album here.

Written, performed, produced and mixed by 21 year-old Caleb Shomo, Disgusting shares equal inspiration with brutal metalcore as with old-school punk like The Ramones and the bombastic theatricality of Queen. The end result is a back-to-basics hardcore stomp interspersed with anthemic choruses that prompted Alternative Press to name Beartooth one of their ‘Bands You Need to Know in 2014’ and feature Caleb on their July issue cover.

More early praise for Disgusting:

“A breathless, bile-filled audio belch. Screams are instinctive, not stylized. Lyrics are like bloodstained diary entries…Equally emotional and exhilarating, Disgusting is a contender fordebut album of the year.”
Rock Sound
 “A band to watch” – Revolver
Disgusting is a roller coaster ride of truth, rebellion and raw emotion guaranteed to seize the attention of skeptics and eager fans alike. 9/10.” – Outburn
“Trust us when we say they will be one of your favourite bands by the end of 2014.” – Big Cheese
“Set to be one of the year’s biggest new bands.” – Metal Hammer
“An absolutely exhilarating listen. 4 ½ stars” – Alternative Press
“The world’s best new band.” – Kerrang
“An onslaught of great riffs and catchy choruses…Shomo has done a fantastic job. 4 ½ stars.” HM

Beartooth began as a way for Caleb to blow off steam after leaving his role as front man for Attack Attack! Caleb and his hometown friends started jamming; hanging out in his basement studio and playing music for fun. They released an EP, Sick, and then hit the road, touring North America with August Burns Red, Memphis May Fire and others. In between support slots the five-piece headlined everywhere from basements to club shows, building a strong and devoted following. The EP’s accompanying music videos quickly accumulated almost 2 million views and set the stage for Disgusting.

Fresh from a UK & European tour with Of Mice & Men, Beartooth will be heading out on the entire length of this year’s Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off June 13th in Houston, TX.  Full tour dates are below.

Beartooth Van’s Warped Tour Dates:

June 13 Houston, TX – Reliant Center Parking Lot

June 14 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center

June 15 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

June 17 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

June 18 Mesa, AZ – Quail Run Park

June 19 Las Vegas, NV – UNLV Intramural Fields

June 20 Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex

June 21 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

June 22 Ventura, CA – Seaside Park

June 25 Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre

June 26 Wheatland, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre

June 28 Southeast Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater

June 29 Portland, OR – Portland Expo Center Parking Lot

July 02   Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

July 03   Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center

July 04   Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

July 05   Montreal, QC – Parterre Île Notre Dame at Parc Jean-Drapeau

July 06   Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Concert Center

July 08   Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

July 09   Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion

July 10   Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center (formerly Comcast Center)

July 11   Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center

July 12   Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater

July 13   Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre (Formerly Comcast Theatre)

July 15   Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion

July 16   Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

July 17   Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center

July 18   Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills

July 19   Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

July 20   Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park

July 22   Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion

July 23   Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach

July 24   Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

July 25   St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park

July 26   West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre

July 27   Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds

July 28   Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte

July 29   Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Fairgrounds

July 30   Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre

July 31   Bonner Springs, KS – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

August 02 Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairpark

August 03 Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field at Mile High

www.BeartoothBand.com

www.RedBullRecords.com

FOUR YEAR STRONG PREMIERE NEW SONG, “TREAD LIGHTLY,”

Posted in Artist Watch, New Music, News, Previews, Releases, Shows with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2014 by Randy

Revered melodic-hardcore four-piece Four Year Strong is preparing to takeover the mainstage at Vans Warped Tour this summer, and in anticipation the band has surprised fans today with a new track called “Tread Lightly” from their upcoming EP, Go Down In History, which is due out on July 22nd via Pure Noise Records.

 
“Tread Lightly” is currently streaming in conjunction with the pre-order for the EP at http://fouryearstrong.merchnow.com/.
 
Four Year Strong is back! The band, which helped define melodic-hardcore over the last decade, returns with a new EP that will have fans singing every word and scrambling for the closest mosh pit this summer. If “Tread Lightly” is any indication, the band has upped the ante with Go Down In History. Their signature blend of melodic-hardcore, pop-punk and rock has never sounded better on the five track record. This is just a teaser, prepare for total domination.
 
Stream “Tread Lightly” and pre-order the EP now at http://fouryearstrong.merchnow.com/ and catch Four Year Strong on the Vans Warped Tour mainstage all summer long.
 
Four Year Strong Tour Dates (w/Vans Warped Tour):
June 13 – Houston, TX – Reliant Center Parking Lot
June 14 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
June 15 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
June 17 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
June 18 – Mesa, AZ – Quail Run Park
June 19 – Las Vegas, NV – UNLV Intramural Fields
June 20 – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex
June 21 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 22 – Ventura, CA – Seaside Park
June 25 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 26 – Wheatland, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 28 – Southeast Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater
June 29 – Portland, OR – Portland Expo Center Parking Lot
July 2 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 3 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
July 4 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 6 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Concert Center
July 8 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 9 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion
July 10 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
July 11 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
July 12 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater
July 13 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
July 15 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
July 16 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
July 17 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
July 18 – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 19 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 20 – Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park
July 22 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 23 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
July 24 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 25 – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park
July 26 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 27 – Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds
July 28 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
July 29 – Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Fairgrounds
July 30 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre
July 31 – Bonner Springs, KS – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 2 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairpark
Aug 3 – Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field at Mile High
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