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Review: Stolen Babies @ Chicago House of Blues 1/28/2014

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music, News, Photos, Reviews, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2014 by Randy

Circulating on rock radio right now is a very intriguing band that goes by the name of Stolen Babies. Their sound is very reminiscent of early Industrial Metal, mixed with a strong Shock Rock influence. Sprinkle a little accordion in there, maybe some 55 gallon drum, then choose either a guitar or bass (never both at the same time), and wa-lah.

Stolen Babies are currently embarked on tour with two power house bands in rock (Stone Sour and Pop Evil), and most dates on this tour have been sold out. We were fortunate to cover the Chicago House of Blues stop, and honestly, we were mind blown. They are the opener for this tour, and with only 3 bands on the bill, they had ample time to melt faces. From the first note, to the last riff, they managed to strangle hold the crowd. Regardless if they’ve never been heard, their arsenal of songs is a crowd mover…exploding with an instant pit, full of elbows and crowd surfers.

The band consists of Dominique Lenore Persi (vocals), Rani Sharone (bassist and guitarist) and Gil Sharone on drums. One interesting thing about the band and their sound is Dominique…and she isn’t just a vocalist. On certain songs she beats away at that 55 gallon barrel hanging from what appears to be an engine hoist, giving a slight percussion that you’d expect to hear in bands like Slipknot and Mushroom Head. But, there’s more: the unique sound doesn’t stop there because she also plays an accordion… YES, AN ACCORDION! This throws a completely different aspect into this band’s sound that has already separated them from traditional rock/metal bands. To say the least, these guys are a true experimental rock band and have certainly found their niche in an industry constantly looking for new sounds.

-Pop Evil highlights included Leigh Kakat coming out and climbing on the crowd to sing
-Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor played Alice in Chains’ “Nutshell” solo, and also the first 2/3 of “Through Glass” before the band erupted
-Within each set, there were some sound issues

Only a few more dates remain on this tour…check them out below. If you aren’t able to make it to a show, definitely get on your computer and check out Stolen Babis online and hear their fascinating sound for yourself.

-Randy Hall and Logan Rendulic © The Rock Tribune, 2014

Feb 6  Thu   Anaheim, CA
Feb 8  Sat     Las Vegas, NV
Feb 9  Sun    Tempe, AZ
Feb 11 Tue   El Paso, TX
Feb 13 Thu  Dallas, TX
Feb 14 Fri    Houston, TX
Feb 15 Sat   San Antonio, TX

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Stolen Babies, a set by logan.rocktribune on Flickr.


VICTORY RECORDS Top 10 Videos Of 2013 [Video]

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music, News, Releases, Videos with tags , , , , , , , on December 19, 2013 by Randy

Heritage Hunter Tour Review: Live from Pittsburgh

Posted in All Metal, News, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2012 by Randy

When the Heritage Hunter Tour kicked off on April 4th, Mastodon and Opeth knew that pulling off 29 shows in 38 days was going to be a grueling ride.  With most of the North American tour consisting of stops in the United States, it also includes two different stints in Canada.  Both bands are veterans of the game, making them quite capable of pulling off an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages…any tour…large or small.

Of the two headlining acts, Opeth opened the Pittsburgh show with some of the most technical progressive metal heard around the world.  Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, these guys are one of the best at what they do and seeing it live makes you appreciate their work even more.  With tracks like Window Pane and Deliverance, they certainly have the tunes to keep a house on their feet for an entire hour plus set.  From start to finish they pour out everything they have and leave it all on the stage, leaving the entire crowd begging for more by night’s end.  Opeth is certainly a must see for any American metal head…but watch closely, because an elaborate North American tour isn’t something that occurs all that often.

With Mastodon headlining, the show would be one to remember.  Ripping through cuts Sleeping Giants and Spectrelight, they kept the crowd’s attention for the entire night like an ADHD gamer playing the latest HALO.  Granted there was some disconnect with the fans, the band was strictly business on stage.  The entire set was treated like it was their last, showcasing their passion and energy.  It was a display of pure American sludge/progressive metal, that everyone who’s ever listened to metal can appreciate and enjoy.  Bottom line, Heritage Hunter Tour is a must see.

Logan Rendulic/Randy Hall of The Rock Tribune


TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS :::: Chicago, IL December 9th – 10th

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on November 10, 2011 by Randy

Melbourne, FL –  Florida based non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms will be holding its MOVE Community Conference in Chicago, IL from December 9th-10th. MOVE Community Conference is a two-day in-depth, engaging workshop held in an effort to begin conversations about issues that are often left in the dark (depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide).

The goal of the conference is to battle stigma and shame with honesty and compassion. Licensed professional counselors lead a discussion in exploration of what is behind these struggles, what drives them, what recovery looks like, and how people can make a difference.

MOVE is for people looking for a way to engage others in conversations about topics that are serious issues in our society. The conference stems from the idea that uniting resources helps connect people from places of pain to places of hope and healing. MOVE is for teachers, students, mentors, parents, friends, pastors and professionals — whether they are new to these topics entirely or have worked in a clinical setting for years.

MOVE Community Conferences began in 2009 as a way of equipping people to engage in a healthy dialogue about the topics TWLOHA deals with on a daily basis: depression, anxiety, addiction, self-injury, suicide, brokenness, hope and community. Since TWLOHA’s inception in 2006, they have functioned as a bridge to those hurting online, alone and unsure of where to go for help. The conferences are a continuation of the conversations held online, at events, and during TWLOHA’s speaking engagements.

For more information and an application regarding MOVE Chicago, please email

Applications are due by November 28th.

For more information on MOVE, please go to:

Q101 Chicago’s Alternative 1992 – 7/14/2011

Posted in News with tags , , on July 14, 2011 by Randy

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Chicago, IL’s OF GLACIERS Joining Serpents and Dwellers on this Summer’s ‘Northern Discomfort Tour’, Presented by Activestate

Posted in News with tags , , , on July 11, 2011 by Randy

Outerloop Management’s OF GLACIERS is pleased to announce their upcoming run with Serpents and Dweller on the Activestate presented NORTHERN DISCOMFORT TOUR. The tour is sponsored by Silver Surfer Vaporizer (SSV), All In Merch, R&D Express, and Ladies of Metal. OF GLACIERS will appear on the tour from July 18th in Fayetteville, NC through August 7th in Steger, IL. See below for all current tour dates.

“I think I speak for everyone in the band when I say we couldn’t be more excited to hit the road,” states guitarist Nick Iorfida.  “Our EP was released in the fall and was met with very positive feedback. We cannot wait to share those songs and our newer material with everyone!”

Act now to win prizes in the Northern Discomfort Giveaway! Winners will receive prize packs from SSV and All In Merch, as well as a guest list spot to the show of your choice. To enter, create a Facebook post that says, “I want to get hooked up by @Silver Surfer Vaporizer and @All In Merchandise for the NORTHERN DISCOMFORT TOUR!” Contest ends on July 15th, so get posting now!

A new OF GLACIERS demo track was released on Facebook last month. Head to the official OF GLACIERS Facebook page to listen! The band is currently writing new music for an upcoming album.


July 12 – Amityville, NY @ Broadway Bar
July 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ The End
July 14 – Baltimore, MD @ Big Mouth Club
July 16 – Fredericksburg, VA @ The Refuge
July 17 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11 Tavern

July 18 – Fayetteville, NC @ The Rock Shop

July 20 – Jacksonville, NC @ ISO
July 21 – Charleston, SC @ The Oasis
July 23 – Tallahassee, FL @ Farside
July 24 – Marietta, GA @ Swayzes
July 25 – Ardmore, Alabama @ The Dragon’s Lair
July 26 – Baton Rouge, LA @ HTGT Thrift
July 27 – Houston, TX @ Cain’s Ashes
July 28 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
July 29 – Austin, TX @ The Broken Neck
July 30 – Dallas, TX @ Dad’s Place
July 31 – Salina, KS @ Indian Rock
August 1 – Tulsa, OK @ Reverb
August 2 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
August 3 – Indianapolis, IN @ Panic Room
August 4 – Springfield, IL @ Blacksheep Cafe
August 6 – La Crosse, WI @ Warehouse
August 7 – Steger, IL @ Another Hole in the Wall

Hailing from the windy city, OF GLACIERS is a melodic hardcore band that has already become a staple in the local music scene in their short time together as a band. Deriving influence from many different genres, OF GLACIERS fuses melodic and heavy music together in a unique and tasteful way. With charismatic leads, a powerful rhythm section, and vocals that demand your attention, OF GLACIERS offers something new to melodic hardcore. The band has recently performed with the likes of For the Fallen Dreams, The Ghost Inside, and Legend, and will appeal to fans of Misery Signals, The Contortionist, and more! The band recently released their debut EP, Of Mountains and Monuments.


Nick Iorfida – Guitar

Ryan Zyer – Vocals/Guitar

John Jaworski – Vocals

Scott Hedge – Bass

Pedro Unzueta – Drums

ROSALINE Adds New Dates and Venues to ‘The Gnarlie Sheen Tour’ with A Faylene Sky, As Artifacts, and American Mantra

Posted in News with tags , , , on April 29, 2011 by Randy

Chicago, IL’s ROSALINE recently announced their inclusion in the upcoming ‘Gnarlie Sheen Tour’ with A Faylene Sky, As Artifacts, and American Mantra, which is touring the U.S. now! More dates and venues have just been added, so make sure to check out the current tour date list below! recently debuted the music video for ‘Model Ships’, cut from the band’s 2010 GOOD FIGHT MUSIC debut, The Vitality Theory. Head to this link to check out the video! Videographer and editor credits go to Brian Peyrot of BP Productions in Chicago, IL. The video was filmed in two locations in Chicago, IL; the live setting took place in a stadium-sized sports complex, and the side story was filmed in an abandoned brewery. The story behind the video reaches back to 2005 when the guys were in high school, as the lyrics on the wall are recreations representing the lyrics that the band wrote throughout the last six years.

ROSALINE’s single ‘Model Ships’ is available for Rock Band 2 and 3 on Xbox 360! There are two ways that fans can purchase the tracks: 1) at the in-game Music Store, or 2) through the links on the Rock Gamer Studios website where you can either buy the track or download a free trial. Click the link above to download the track.


4/29 Mountain Home, AR @ The Warehouse (w/ American Mantra)

5/2 Houston, TX @ Anchor Church (w/ American Mantra)

5/4 San Antonio, TX @ TBA

5/5 El Paso, TX w/ American Mantra @ Open Gate Church

5/6 Greeley, CO @ The Atlas Theater

5/7 Provo, UT @ Murray Theater

5/9 Spokane, WA @ The Cretin Hop

5/10 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

5/11 Portland, OR @ Branx

5/12 Reno, NV @ The Underground

5/13 Walnut Creek, CA @ The Redhouse

5/14 Stockton, CA @ The Plea For Peace Center

5/15 Fresno, CA @ The Bel Tower

5/16 Victorville, CA @ Victorville Event Center

5/17 Hemet, CA @ Sharkey’s Pizza

5/19 Barstow, CA @ TBA

5/20 San Diego, CA @ The Epicentre

5/22 Los Angeles, CA @ Cobalt Cafe

5/24 Phoenix, AZ @ The Fixx

5/25 Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy’s

5/26 Amarillo, TX @ The Nat Ballroom

5/27 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground

5/28 St Joseph, MO @ The Armory

For more information on ROSALINE, please visit these sites:

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