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Darkest Hour – Disarm the Descent Tour with Killswitch Engage [Review]

Posted in News, Reviews, Shows with tags , , , , , , on July 15, 2013 by Randy

In all honesty, all that can be said about this tour is “WOW!” A solid line up from start to finish.  Veteran acts like Darkest Hour and Killswitch Engage to one of the hottest up and coming metalcore acts in the last few years, Miss May I. Cleveland Ohio’s stop on the tour was near the end, and with all the intensity that every single act put forth one can only imagine how nuts the first leg of the tour had to of been.

On to the most seasoned act on this tour, Darkest Hour; these guys have been together since 1995.  Yes 1995.  That means most of the guys they were playing with on this tour were barely out of diapers when Darkest Hour signed with their first label. With that being said, you never would’ve known because they came out on stage and put a heartfelt effort in and went just as hard, if not harder in some regards than the rest of the other bands.  Playing new fan favorites like “Love as a Weapon” and “Demons” to some old school metalcore such as “An Epitaph” and “The Saddest Nation.”  There was a little something in their set that can appeal to metal heads no matter what age.  Speaking of these older metalcore bands that have paved the way, there is one thing that The Word Alive did during their set that has to be mentioned.  As most of you know, Tim Lambesis is currently not allowed to leave the state of California due to some unforeseen circumstances and had to cancel going on this tour, which left The Word Alive filling the void for As I Lay Dying.  Regardless of how that predicament turns out, no one can take away what good As I Lay dying has done for metal and The Word Alive showed their appreciation by playing a cover of As I Lay Dying’s hit “94 Hours.”  Much respect goes to The Word Alive for doing so as a way to show thanks to someone who has inspired them musically.  Last but not least, Killswitch Engage put on a killer show, especially with the crazy stage antics of Adam D.  Let us take a minute to welcome back Jesse Leach (original vocalist for KSE). They played it all during this show, old time favorites like “Fixation of the Darkness” from Jesse’s first stint with the band, to hits that were made popular when Howard Jones was in.

This tour was amazing and if you didn’t make it, well you certainly missed out. Hopefully these bands will tour again together someday…but if they don’t, everyone in this line up is worth the price of admission.  Keep an eye out for the next time any of them come to a city near you.


-Logan Rendulic, The Rock Tribune

KORN to release “The Paradigm Shift” October 1st

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music, News, Previews, Releases with tags , , , , , , on July 10, 2013 by Randy

Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum hard rock innovators KORN will unveil their 11th studio album, THE PARADIGM SHIFT, in stores and via digital retailers on October 1, 2013 on Prospect Park.

THE PARADIGM SHIFT marks the emotional return of co-founding guitarist Brian “Head” Welch for his first album with KORN since 2003‘s Take a Look in the Mirror, and it serves as the follow-up to the band’s 2011 critically acclaimed trend-setting dubstep metal hybrid, The Path of Totality, which debuted Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and was named Revolver Magazine‘s “Album of the Year.”

THE PARADIGM SHIFT is also KORN’s first time working with super producer Don Gilmore [Linkin Park’s The Hybrid Theory, etc.] who recorded the album with the band at Buck Owens’ studio in their original hometown Bakersfield and at Los Angeles‘s famed NRG Recording Studios. They initially announced Head‘s return via a captivating clip on and went on to discuss the reunion together in this in-depth interview on

The rock luminaries recently embarked on their reunion run stateside headlining the sold out Rock on the Range Festival which drew over 40,000 fans in Columbus, OH and making stops at Rocklahoma and more. Currently, they are raging across Europe, playing coveted main stage spots at Download, Rock am Ring, Rock im Park, and more.

THE PARADIGM SHIFT holds a special significance for these musicians. Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer explains, “It’s a term encompassing different perspectives. You can view a piece of art from one angle and it takes on a certain image. If you look from another angle, it’s a completely different image. We liken that to KORN in 2013. With Head back in the fold, all of the elements fans have loved since day one are there, but we’re interpreting them from a new perspective. It’s a bigger, brighter, and bolder KORN.”

Be prepared for another staggering, seismic and soaring offering from KORN.

August Burns Red – “Fault Line” [Video]

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music, News, Videos with tags , , , , , , , on July 10, 2013 by Randy

Killswitch Engage – House of Blues Cleveland 7/6/2013 [Photos]

Posted in Artist Watch, News, Photos with tags , , , , , , on July 10, 2013 by Randy

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Photos by: Logan Rendulic ©The Rock Tribune 2013

Darkest Hour – Cleveland House of Blues 7/6/2013 [Photos]

Posted in News, Photos with tags , , , , , on July 9, 2013 by Randy

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Photos by: Logan Rendulic ©The Rock Tribune 2013

Preview: These Hearts “Yours to Take”

Posted in New Music, News, Releases, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2013 by Randy

The new album “Yours to Take” by These Hearts is a beautiful fusion of Pop-Punk and Hardcore breakdowns that will to appeal to thousands of fans.  Their ability to comfortably fuse the genres is a preview of things to come, and given they’ve signed to Victory Records (who has had past experience with an array of artists like A Day to Remember, Hawthorne Heights, and Otep) proves that the opportunity to grow and flourish is there.

Key tracks?  The opener “This is Love,” is a song not just about the struggles of making it as a band, but also a thanks to those fans who believed in them from the beginning and helped get to the point they’re at today.  “The Inconvenience” showcases their hardcore influence, and may possibly be the heaviest on the list.  As the album winds down, you stumble upon the songs that have that Pop-Punk vibe to them, and you can really start to see how well they were able to blend the two different genres.

With that being said, this album is solid start to finish even though it has a few hit and misses along the way. With Victory’s track record of taking good bands and making them great, there should be nothing for These Hearts to worry about…a few more years of experience on the scene and they should one of the top touring bands on this label’s roster.

Release Date:  7/9/2013

Victory Records


Logan Rendulic, The Rock Tribune

Female-Fronted Technical Death Metallers YOUR CHANCE TO DIE Release New Album ‘The American Dream’ – New Music Video for ‘Oscuridad’ Live NOW on YouTube

Posted in New Music, News, Releases with tags , , , , , , on June 14, 2013 by Randy

South Carolina female-fronted technical death metal band YOUR CHANCE TO DIE is thrilled to announce the release of their sophomore full-length album, The American Dream via Red Cord Records. The record is available on iTunes.

In 2011 YOUR CHANCE TO DIE released their first official album with Red Cord Records entitled Suscitacio Somnus, recorded and produced by Jamie King (Between the Buried and MeThe Human AbstractFor Today). The full length album received very strong reviews and topped iTunes and FYE lists as the “best-selling metal album” in its first week.

YOUR CHANCE TO DIE has completed three national tours, as well as a successful tour in Central America and two tours in Mexico. In support of the new album, 2013 will bring another national tour, a Central/South America tour, and a European tour. YOUR CHANCE TO DIE has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with a variety of bands such as: Still RemainsiwrestledabearonceFor TodayNileEmmure, and more.


Missi Avila-vocals

Chase Crouch-guitars

Coca Avila-guitars

Thomas White-drums

For more information on YOUR CHANCE TO DIE please visit

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