Show Review: Dinosaur Pile-Up

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

Stage AE//Pittsburgh, PA//7.10.14

On Thursday, July 10th, three lads from West Yorkshire England by the names of Matt, Mike and Jim came to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to play what is their spin on a very influential music genre: 90’s alternative and grunge. In a brief interview with them we learned many things, but the most important thing we got was where they drew influence(s) from, and after hearing their songs and seeing the live show, it’s easy to tell Nirvana and Foo Fighters shaped what we know as Dinosaur Pile-Up. Now before discussing their live performance and finer details about the band, we will answer the question everyone is asking: “How did they get their name?” Well, from Matt’s mouth to your eyes, here’s how it happened…Prior to the inception of this project Matt said he was watching a shitty Godzilla remake, and at one point in the movie there is a herd, (I think they’d be called a herd) or a group if you will, of dinosaurs running and the lead dinosaur tripped eventually causing… you guessed it, a DINOSAUR PILE-UP! He claims that as soon as he saw that he jokingly thought, “That’d be a unique name for a band.” A few years later when the band was sitting there trying to come up a name he figured, “Why not use it? It’s different! Thus giving birth to Dinosaur Pile-Up.

-Check out photos here!-

Now onto the performance displayed at Stage AE that night…I personally was not fortunate enough to ever witness a Nirvana concert in person but this show may be the closest I’ll ever be able to get to one. It was everything a grunge concert was and is supposed to be; angst, raw emotion, and jam sessions. DPU has two albums to date, Nature Nature and Growing Pains (with Nature Nature being the most recent). Regardless of which is your “favorite” album, their set list won’t disappoint considering they play a beautiful selection from each album respectfully. To take a step back from specifically the Pittsburgh date, I was given testimonials (via social media) from people at two other shows that DPU played, and they too were floored by the performances. One of the individuals went as far as to say “Kurt Cobain has been reincarnated” when describing guitarist/vocalist Matt Bigland’s stage presence. By the way, before it’s forgotten and not mentioned in this article, this was not a headlining show for Dinosaur Pile-Up, even though there is no doubt in my mind that it would be successful if they attempted a North American headlining tour. They were actually one of two opening acts for this band called Brand New that is fronted by a gentleman named Jesse Lacey… maybe you’ve heard of them.

Sadly, with as great as this tour was, it was short lived due to the fact that it was only scheduled to be a small 6-7 city loop in the Northeast region on the United States. However, we can report that sometime in the near future Matt and the rest of the guys in Dinosaur Pile-Up do plan on doing a bigger North American tour, and plan on making Pittsburgh a stop yet again. Be sure to keep a look out and catch their next show in your town. It’s the perfect excuse to bust out your old converse and hole filled jeans!

 

Logan Rendulic © The Rock Tribune 2014

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

ATREYU HAS RETURNED!

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch with tags , , , , on July 2, 2014 by Randy

Southern California’s titans of metal, Atreyu, have risen from the self-imposed hiatus they embarked upon in 2011. The reunited lineup, featuring vocalist Alex Varkatzas, drummer Brandon Saller, guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel and bassist Marc Mcknight, will return to the stage for the first time in three years for an exclusive mainstage performance at AFTERSHOCK 2014 festival on September 14th in Sacramento, CA.

“The time has come,” says drummer Brandon Saller. “We have been spending the last few months planning this moment. Writing new music and thinking about the future while also reflecting on the past. We all came to the conclusion that it was the right time. Our history is too powerful to ignore forever. Our fans have given us too much. The void of Atreyu, in the world and within ourselves, had existed for long enough. We are happy to announce that after almost 4 years, the beast has risen!
With over 1 million records sold in the U.S. alone, Atreyu is back to reclaim their throne. The band dominated the metal scene over the last decade with fan coveted releases like 2006’s A Death-Grip on Yesterday (#9 Billboard Top 200), 2007’s Lead Sails Paper Anchor (#8 Billboard Top 200) and 2009’s Congregation of the Damned (#18 Billboard Top 200), and then bowed out in 2011 to recharge and focus on their personal lives. The wait is over…
“To say we are looking forward to Playing this years AFTERSHOCK Festival is an understatement,” adds frontman Alex Varkatzas. “It’s been 3+yrs since we have rocked the stage as brothers, and to be playing with all these high caliber bands, in the state that we call home, is truly awesome.”
As many fans have already noticed, 2014 also marks the 10 Year Anniversary of the band’s critically heralded, breakthrough album, The Curse. The significant milestone of one of the last decade’s most popular metal releases resonates intense nostalgia and celebration for fans of the band’s early, heavy sound, and adds yet another reason for fans to get excited about Atreyu’s monumental comeback.
Could there be more shows announced this year? Could there be new music to be released?
Stay tuned as the story of Atreyu is far from over….
Atreyu Tour Dates:
September 14 – Sacramento, CA – AFTERSHOCK 2014
For More Information:

THE HAUNTED reveals details for new album, ‘Exit Wounds’

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music with tags , , , , , , on July 2, 2014 by Randy

Sweden’s THE HAUNTED is finally ready to reveal some details about their upcoming album, Exit Wounds, which sees the band return to their classic deadly thrash metal sound! Due out August 25th in Europe and September 2nd in North America via Century Media Records, Exit Wounds was once again recorded with the band’s longtime producer Tue Madsen at Denmark’s Antfarm Studio (DARK TRANQUILLITY, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, SICK OF IT ALL, etc.) and features the following track-listing:

 

 

 

 

Exit Wounds track-listing:
1. 317
2. Cutting Teeth
3. My Salvation
4. Psychonaut
5. Eye Of The Storm
6. Trend Killer
7. Time (Will Not Heal)
8. All I Have
9. Temptation
10. My Enemy
11. Kill The Light
12. This War
13. Infiltrator
14. Ghost In The Machine

THE HAUNTED’s Marco Aro (vocals) comments:
“Ok my friends, so here we are again…at the threshold of a new THE HAUNTED release. It maybe doesn’t sound very exiting to some…but…it is!!!
This time around we’ve found our way back to where we once started! You could say that we’ve gathered the old crew, both in music and the artwork. Our old friend Andreas ‘Diaz ‘ Pettersson is back, an amazing artist with a rap sheet which includes the artwork on no less than four THE HAUNTED albums. He always finds a way to put our thoughts into print where he sometimes even scares us a bit…and this release in no different.  
We decided on ‘Exit Wounds’ as being a good title for the album given the recent history of the band, but also a sort of a phoenix rising. FUCKING JÄVLA FÅGEL FENIX….WE ARE BACK!!!
We are so excited about this little thing we’ve created! Can’t wait to get out there and start playing these songs and for me personally, I could not be more proud of what we have done, I really hope you’re going to enjoy it!”

As previously reported, Exit Wounds sees THE HAUNTED return with their revamped band line-up, featuring founding members Jonas Björler (bass) and Jensen (guitars) teaming up with former members Adrian Erlandsson (drums) and Marco Aro (vocals), together with newest member Ola Englund (guitars). A first preview of new material was made public in January 2014 with the release of the 3-track single Eye Of The Storm, which can be purchased at CM Distro as a 7″ or at iTunes as a digital copy.

For a preview of Exit Wounds, be sure to check out the following videos:
“Eye Of The Storm” (7″ version): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpQN86z5lNg
“My Enemy” (7″ version): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwQZ0vAIf0Y
Studio message # 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXL9gEXemUI
Studio message # 2: http://youtu.be/aeu1DzQvphw
Studio drum kit rundown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLx7U-Bat0U
Rehearsal room footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8KR3ZOaR-g
“Trespass” play-through video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxEDLJf3_Pc
“D.O.A.” split-guitar play-through video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClsY3EQhBYc

THE HAUNTED live:
07.08.2014 – Gävle (Sweden) – Getaway Rock Festival / http://www.getawayrock.se
08.08.2014 – Schlotheim (Germany) – Party.San Open Air / http://www.party-san.de
09.08.2014 – Vagos (Portugal) – Vagos Open Air / http://www.vagosopenair.eu
14.08.2014 – Dinkelsbühl (Germany) – Summer Breeze Open Air / http://www.summer-breeze.de
23.09.2014 – Jyväskylä (Finland) – Lutakko
24.09.2014 – Helsinki (Finland) – Tavastia
25.09.2014 – Tampere (Finland) – Klubi
27.09.2014 – Örebro (Sweden) – Ritz
02.10.2014 – Oslo (Norway) – John Dee
03.10.2014 – Borlänge (Sweden) – Liljan
04.10. 2014 – Malmö (Sweden) – Kulturbolaget
09.10.2014 – Stockholm (Sweden) – Klubben
10.10.2014 – Karlstad (Sweden) – Verket
11.10.2014 – Göteborg (Sweden) – Trädgårn

THE HAUNTED online:
http://www.the-haunted.com   
http://www.facebook.com/hauntedofficial

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!”

 

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