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The term “supergroup” gets thrown around on a regular basis these days, however, a new tour featuring some of the greatest guitarists of all time is about to truly give the term a whole new meaning.


Introducing: Generation Axe, featuring Steve VaiZakk WyldeYngwie MalmsteenNuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi.


“The Generation Axe show is a unique performance of five fiercely talented guitar players coming together to create a 6-string extravaganza that is sure to amaze and delight,” commented Steve Vai.


The Generation Axe fan experience will go way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam.  Each tour stop will include a variety of collaborations by the five players, including everyone performing together as one cohesive band with a rhythm section including Pete Griffin (Dweezil Zappa, Stanley Clarke, Edgar Winter) on bass and Nick Marinovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) on keys.  Vai, Wylde, Malmsteen, Bettencourt and Abasi will perform songs from their various catalogs and join forces on some well-known songs (as well as probably a few unexpected, unearthed gems).  


Making this rare tour experience even more special, Generation Axe VIP packages will be offered, giving fans access to these guitars masters and exclusive one-of-a-kind memorabilia.  A front row package (including a meet & greet), a meet & greet package, and a VIP tour package will be available.  For more information, visit



About the Generation Axe Members


While many artists fit easily into a single category, Steve Vai remains unclassifiable.  Vai is a virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and consummate audio producer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery.  He is one of the most in-demand, versatile, eloquent and soulful guitarists in the business.  The GRAMMY Award-winner has sold over 15 million albums and toured the world as a solo artist, a member of G3, and with Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake.  Vai launched his successful solo career with the release of Flex-Able in 1984 and has written, produced, and engineered all of his solo albums.  He has appeared as a guest artist on more than 40 albums and created music for blockbuster films, best-selling video games, national sports franchises, and corporate brand initiatives. Vai has earned honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute.  For more info, visit:


GRAMMY Award-winner Zakk Wylde’s legendary career includes a lengthy tenure with Ozzy Osbourne in which Wylde co-wrote and recorded several albums, including the multi-platinum No More Tears, Osbourne’s largest selling solo album featuring the classic hit single, “Mama, I’m Coming Home” and the bulk of the double platinum 2002 set, Ozzmosis.  With Osbourne, Wylde has played on countless world tours and television appearances, with his signature bullseye Les Paul in tow.  Wylde has his mitts imprinted on Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame; guest-starred alongside Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston in the movie “Rockstar”; and even momentarily joined Axl, Slash and Duff in Guns N’ Roses.  But nothing offers the pure expression of Zakk Wylde’s animalistic “id” like Black Label Society, the stomping, heavy, bluesy, recklessly unhinged hard-rock-metal quartet who are quick to rip up a solo as to dip into a piano-fueled anthemic ballad.  For more info, visit:


When Yngwie J. Malmsteen hit the scene in the early 80s, he turned the entire guitar world upside down; never before was guitar playing like his ever heard. Drawing inspiration from his love for Baroque and Romantic classical music, Malmsteen employs classical violin techniques such as four and five octave arpeggios, pedal notes, and harmonic minor, diminished and Phrygian scales, flawlessly delivered at mind-boggling levels of speed and clarity. In doing so, he has singlehandedly created a brand new style of guitar playing and composing that is still derived from today. In addition to having written and produced 35+ neoclassical rock albums, Malmsteen composed and orchestrated the “Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra,” which he recorded with the prestigious Czech Philharmonic in Prague, conducted by Yoel Levy of Atlanta Symphony fame. Malmsteen subsequently performed the piece live with the the New Japan Philharmonic and the Taipei Symphony, among others.  Malmsteen has received numerous Grammy nominations, hundreds of magazine covers, dozens of Reader’s Poll and Composer of the Year Awards, a plaque on the Rock Walk of Fame, signature model guitars, amps, pickups, strings, picks, pedals, microphones, and more. TIME Magazine placed him as one of the top ten guitarists of all time. Some 35 years and 25 million+ album sales later, Yngwie shows no signs of slowing down, with his brand new record World on Fire due for release in April 2016.  For more info, visit:


Guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter, and record producer, Nuno Bettencourt rose to international prominence as a guitar player with the GRAMMY-nominated, Boston-area band EXTREME, one of the most successful rock acts of the early to mid 1990s selling over 10 million records worldwide. Musically, EXTREME is dominated by Bettencourt’s blistering guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing, and incendiary, high-speed rock/metal solos. Bettencourt penned the acoustic ballad “More Than Words” that went to #1 on the Billboard charts and “Hole Hearted” that reached #4. He has released multiple solo albums as well as with bands he founded including Mourning Widows Population 1, Dramagods and Satellite Party. Bettencourt has written, produced and performed with many legendary artists including Rihanna, Steven Tyler, Paul McCartney, Janet Jackson and many others.  For more info, visit: 


Oluwatosin Ayoyinka Olumide Abasi, better known as Tosin Abasi, is a Nigerian American guitarist known as the guitar player and founder of the instrumental progressive metal band, Animals as Leaders.  Abasi’s compositions of intricate music have garnered critical acclaim in a few short years. Abasi is part of the breed of new contemporary players who are raising the bar on the concept of electric guitar virtuosity.  His approach to the guitar stems from a passion for advanced techniques and harmony. Using 7-, 8-, and 9-string guitars have allowed Abasi to create a highly unique and individual sound.  For more info, visit: 


Generation Axe – A Night Of Guitars is produced by Copeland International Arts and is booked by CAA.


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April 11, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

April 13, 2016 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre

April 15, 2016 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre

April 16, 2016 – Salina, KS – The Stiefel Theatre

April 17, 2016 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory

April 18, 2016 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center

April 20, 2016 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre

April 21, 2016 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live

April 23, 2016 – Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College

April 24, 2016 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre

April 25, 2016 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre

April 26, 2016 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre

April 27, 2016 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

April 29, 2016 – Chicago, IL – Copernicus Center

May 1, 2016 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre

May 2, 2016 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre

May 4, 2016 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall

May 5, 2016 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater

May 6, 2016 – Westbury, NY – Theatre at Westbury

May 7, 2016 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

May 8, 2016 – Providence, RI – Providence Performing Arts Center



BEHEMOTH Releases “Ben Sahar” Video; North American Tour Dates Draw Near


BEHEMOTH has unveiled their fourth music video from The Satanist in the form of “Ben Sahar.” The clip is a sprawling sensory experience, complete with ambitious production and design that’s become standard fair for the Polish band’s videos.

“Ben Sahar” was directed by Sturla Vioar, Dariusz Szermanowicz and Adam “Nergal” Darski, with DOP Olafur Kiljan, props and costume designs by Sharon Eman of Toxic Visions, and VFX by Olafur Kiljan. The complete cast and credits can be found in the video’s YouTube description. Watch the video now at and at

The death/black metal outfit has announced their return to North America this Spring with a special tour, featuring support from Myrkur. With plans to play their latest album, The Satanist, in its entirety, this is one BEHEMOTH show not to be missed! A limited number of premium ticketing packages that include a commemorative laminate, meet and greet with the band, 18″ x 24″ poster set (three posters), 42″ x 42″ wall flag, and general admission ticket are available now at Only fifty fans per show can purchase the package, so reserve yours now! See below for all dates.   

BEHEMOTH w/ Myrkur:

4/21/2016 Theatre Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA

4/23/2016 Webster Hall – New York, NY

4/24/2016 Royale – Boston, MA

4/25/2016 Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC

4/26/2016 The Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON

4/27/2016 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI

4/29/2016 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL

4/30/2016 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN

5/01/2016 The Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS

5/03/2016 The Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO

5/04/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT

5/06/2016 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

5/07/2016 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA

Declared, “simply the best BEHEMOTH record ever,” by Decibel Magazine, The Satanist was released in 2014 to critical acclaim, and a debut at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

HATEBREED: lyric video for provocative track “A.D.” released

Photo credit: Jeremy Saffer

“The dream can’t be what it used to be, ever again”


On HATEBREED‘s upcoming release The Concrete Confessional (May 13, Nuclear Blast), a number of tracks provide a pragmatic look at issues that have become front-and-center in today’s New Normal, and the track “A.D.” is a case in point.  Reflecting what is today a challenging time, it’s a song that fuses together frustration with torrential thrashed-out guitars, double bass drums, and Jamey Jasta‘s immortal growl.


“‘A.D.’ was a way that I could voice my frustration about the loss of opportunities available to the average guy,” said lyricist/vocalist Jamey Jasta.  “With the government and big business drowning in corruption and greed, the everyday person is being squeezed, so achieving the American Dream is becoming less and less real.”


Check out the “A.D.” lyric video here:


“We all need to pay closer attention to what our elected leaders are doing,” Jasta added.  “Start locally, in your own community, make your representatives accountable.”

Pre-order The Concrete Confessional via iTunes and receive “A.D.” immediately.


The Grammy-nominated HATEBREED Jasta, Frank Novinec/guitar, Chris Beattie/.bass, Wayne Lozinak/guitar, and Matt Byrne/drums – worked again with long-time producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel) on The Concrete Confessional, the band’s seventh full-length recording.  The band will support the album with extensive touring, starting first with a headline run of the European Impericon Festivals 2016 that starts April 22 in Germany, and then headlining a 25-date North American trek with Devildriver (on all dates), Devil You Know and Act of Defiance on selected dates.  Go to for the complete itinerary.



The dream can’t be

What it used to be, ever again


I don’t want this dream or the grievance it brings

Can’t justify greed at the cost of equality

Tangled in endless archaic chains

Of power, profit, gain

What about the poor bearing poverty’s marks

What about the sick whose lives are torn apart

What about those whose rights aren’t respected

A nation of youth dejected


It’s time to rethink this dream you call American

Corrupt beliefs that some will call their heritage


A burdened soul once searching for liberty

Crowned in debt as the new face of slavery

Tied by design with a senseless hope

And a never-ending rope

What about the leaders abusing authority

Corrupt moral compass, guarded bureaucracy

What about those who died so we can live

Our complacency must end


It’s time to rethink this dream you call American

Corrupt beliefs that some will call their heritage


The dream can’t be

What it used to be, ever again


Spirits of the slain

Hiding in the corners of my mind

Screaming when I kneel to look inside

Stomach fucking turning

And now it’s disconcerting

Fight fire with fire, you’ll see everyone’s burning


Turn on the TV for the murder spree

Get distracted while they take your civil liberty

Thoughts and prayers again…

Is that what it’ll take

Which industries profit while lives are at stake


Now hear the media fools discuss the killer’s mind

Staring at the screen to tell us what they find

Manifesto, dollar worship, get on your knees

So they can sell us a cure for the American disease


It’s time to rethink this dream they call American

Corrupt system of beliefs some will call their heritage

It’s time to rethink this dream they call American

So one day it can mean something real again


The Concrete Confessional will be released on May 13th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The long awaited follow-up to The Divinity Of Purpose was produced by longtime collaborator Zeuss (ROB ZOMBIE, SUICIDE SILENCEWHITECHAPEL) and mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GODMEGADETH). Artwork was created by Marcelo Vasco (SLAYER).

The Concrete Confessional track list:

1. A.D.

2. Looking Down The Barrel Of Today

3. Seven Enemies

4. In The Walls

5. From Grace We’ve Fallen

6. Us Against Us

7. Something’s Off

8. Remember When

9. Slaughtered In Their Dreams

10. The Apex Within

11. Walking The Knife

12. Dissonance

13. Serve Your Masters


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Two of the metal’s most theatrically-minded artists, Madame Mayhem and Mushroomhead, are set to unite for a spring time tour – beginning on Saturday, April 30th in Cleveland, OH, and with the last confirmed date on Thursday, June 2nd in Lynchburg, VA (more dates to be announced). 


Madame Mayhem will be supporting her new record, ‘Now You Know,’ a recording that features a powerhouse team of rock talent including Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Winery Dogs), who produced and played on the album, Ray Luzier (KoRn, KXM), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Russ Parrish (“Satchel” from Steel Panther), and Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo, Eye Empire). 

And Madame Mayhem is looking forward to hitting the road once more. “Excited to be getting back out on the road and performing live for the fans. Hitting some cities we have played before and getting to play for new fans in new places. Each tour is unique and can’t wait to put on memorable hard hitting performances, and see the audience’s response of us. I think the energies from both bands are going to make the shows really entertaining and exciting!” 

With hard rock roots and melodies that show off her vocal range, Mayhem is excited to bring these new songs to the masses this spring.

To experience what the buzz is all about, check out the official video clip for the song “Monster” here:

The Manhattan-born Madame Mayhem has collaborated with notable rock talents including Grammy winner Mark Hudson, Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Dio), Elliot Easton (The Cars, Blondie), John Moyer (Disturbed), and more. Madame Mayhem’s endorsements include Samson, ACS Custom, Ultimate Support, and TC-Helicon, with more to come. 

Let the nationwide Mayhem continue, with the upcoming tour with Mushroomhead!

Confirmed tour dates:

Sat                  Apr  30 ’16    Cleveland  OH  The Odeon 

Sun                 May 01 ’16    Buffalo  NY  Waiting Room 

Mon                May 02 ’16    Syracuse  NY  Lost Horizon  

Tue                 May 03 ’16    Erie  PA  Sherlocks  

Thu                 May 05 ’16    Manchester  NH  Jewel Nightclub  

Fri                   May 06 ’16    Waynesboro  PA  Dawg House  

Sat                  May 07 ’16    Poughkeepsie  NY  The Chance 

Sun                 May 08 ’16    Northampton  PA  The Gin Mill 

Sat                  May 14 ’16    Winter Park  FL  The Haven  

Sun                 May 15 ’16    Spartanburg  SC  Ground Zero  

Mon                May 16 ’16    Louisville  KY  Diamond Pub & Billiards  

Tue                 May 17 ’16    Pittsburgh  PA  Altar Bar  

Wed                May 18 ’16    Clarkesville  TN  The Warehouse Bar  

Fri                   May 20 ’16    Flint  MI  The Machine Shop  

Sat                  May 21 ’16    Traverse City  MI  Ground Zero  

Sun                 May 22 ’16    Milwaukee  WI  The Rave

Mon                May 23 ’16    Ringle  WI  Q and Z Expo Center  

Tue                 May 24 ’16    Bloomington  IL  The Castle Theatre  

Wed                May 25 ’16    Omaha  NE  Sokol Underground  

Thu                 May 26 ’16    Waterloo  IA  Spicoli’s Grill/ The Reverb  

Fri                   May 27 ’16    Arlington Heights  IL  Rock Garden Home Bar  

Sat                  May 28 ’16    Columbus  OH  Alrosa Villa  

Sun                 May 29 ’16    Toledo  OH  Realm 

Thu                 Jun  02 ’16     Lynchburg  VA  Phase 2



New John 5 Video for “Now Fear This”


“Being a guitarist is a lifelong addiction with no cure. It’s who you are.” — John 5


Guitarist John 5 today debuted the music video for his latest single, “Now Fear This.” check it out here.  Once again, he is collaborating with director/editor Matt Zane who previously worked on the “Making Monsters” video.   The video coincides with the release of the single, now available on all digital outlets.

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Showcased in a solo performance, the video features 3 minutes and 33 seconds of John 5’s mad skills as he riffs away on his Fender Telecasters. The video single is the fourth in a yearlong series in which he’ll debut a new video on the first day of each month in 2016.

John 5 has had an illustrious career collaborating with chart-topping artists such as k.d. lang, David Lee Roth, and Rod Stewart. He has performed on critically acclaimed world tours with Marilyn Manson, and is currently the guitarist and a co-songwriter for Rob Zombie. John 5 ventured into the world of film scores when he composed for Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem. Since 2004, he has enjoyed a successful solo career, with eight studio albums to date. He recently released his Greatest Hits Vol. 1.

“All my life I’ve really enjoyed music: making music, playing it, and recording it,” he says. “It’s such a relief and a joy to do what I do for a living. I know it sounds corny, but I think the meaning of life is to do what you love and be happy.”

John 5 and the Creatures wrapped up their successful Behind the Nut Love tour on March 20. Look for him on the road with Rob Zombie again at the end of April.



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DEATH ANGEL Release 1st Single From “The Evil Divide”


San Francisco Bay Are thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, will release their eighth studio album, The Evil Divide, worldwide on May 27, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has released the first single from that record, entitled “The Moth”, here:

The Evil Divide was once again recorded at AudioHammer studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, DEICIDE), who previously worked on 2010’s Relentless Retribution and 2013’s The Dream Calls For Blood. Mastering duties were handled by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York City. Artwork was created by tattoo artist Bob Tyrrell.

Three decades into their celebrated career, DEATH ANGEL remain as hungry as ever.

As a result, uncompromising urgency and unpredictability define the Bay Area thrash quintet’s eighth full-length album, The Evil Divide [Nuclear Blast]. The group—Mark Osegueda [vocals], Rob Cavestany [lead guitar], Ted Aguilar [guitar], Will Carroll [drums], and Damien Sisson [bass]—satiate the appetite for buzzsaw speed riffs, double bass mayhem, and scorching vocals over the course of ten new anthems.

The Evil Divide stands out as the culmination of thirty-plus years of music for DEATH ANGEL. It kicked off with legendary debut, The Ultra-Violence, in 1987. The classic Frolic Through The Park began to cement their legacy and even earned the distinction of landing on Loudwire’s list of the “Top Ten Thrash Albums NOT Released by The Big 4.” The group broke up following 1990’s Act III only to reunite in 2004 on Art of Dying for the next generation.

In 2008, DEATH ANGEL teamed with producer Nick Raskulinecz [Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Rush, Mastodon] for Killing Season recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606. In 2010, Relentless Retribution boasted a cameo from virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela, while 2013’s The Dream Calls For Blood bowed at #72 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 5,400 copies first-week and earning the group’s first-ever entry onto that respective chart.

Beyond continued public praise from the likes of James Hetfield of Metallica and Robb Flynn of Machine Head, the band’s music has popped up everywhere from Carl’s Jr. commercials to Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. Their fire burns brighter than ever in 2016.

More on The Evil Divide:
In-studio trailer #1
In-studio trailer #2
“The Evil Divide” album trailer


(From left to right) Ted Aguilar (guitars), Will Carroll (drums),
Mark Osegueda (vocals), Damien Sisson (bass), Rob Cavestany (guitars)

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LA’s Cage 9 Has Released Their New Video, “Everything You Love Will Someday Die”



LA’s Cage 9 has released their new video, “Everything You Love Will Someday Die” the first single from their upcoming album ILLUMINATOR, out June 3rd via EMP LABEL GROUP, the label founded by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, distributed by eOne in North America, and SPV in Europe.

The video can be seen here:

The album is currently available for preorder from, and Itunes, with the single.

Cage9 main man Evan Rodaniche had this to say about the track. “This song is dedicated to my father, who passed away about a month ago after a two year battle with cancer. But even when I first wrote these lyrics at the onset of his terminal diagnosis as a sort of comforting mantra, in the back of my mind I believed my dad was indestructible. I never thought I’d be adding an “in loving memory” dedication at the end of this video. But then he was gone. And that’s what this is all about. We spend our modern lives wrapped up in our first world problems, completely disconnected with the natural cycles of the planet around us.”

He continues, “We shot the video DIY with a couple Canon DSLR cameras, a black sheet in
our rehearsal room and about forty non-actor friends, fans and family who showed up one sunny Los Angeles afternoon in 2015 to mouth the lyrics to a song they’d never heard. We aimed to bring home the message that no matter who you are, we’re all in this together.

“Everything You Love” is also the track that caught David Ellefson’s attention and ultimately inspired him to sign us to EMP. After a few conversations with our A&R guy Thom Hazaert, he brought it to David, and he got it. The rest is history.”

Says Ellefson, “Cage 9 is definitely the real deal. When I first heard “Everything You Love Will Someday Die”, it instantly struck me as the closest I’ve heard to a song with a true Metallica/Megadeth core, with the radio accessibility to really connect with a modern Rock audience. And with the band’s history, and everything they’ve accomplished, they were a perfect fit for what we are doing at EMP.”

Rodaniche continues, “As for the song, itself, it’s a little bit of old school thrash mixed with something more melodic and a little piano and acoustic guitar wankery to push it over the 6 minute
epic-metal-song mark. (Yes, there’s a radio edit.) I was the 14 year old kid running around with a worn out cassette of Peace Sells in his Walkman, so having the dude that brought us pretty much THE most recognizable bass riff of my, (and half the planet over 30’s) youth, dig our band is a HUGE honor.”

“Cage9 originated in Panama where I grew up playing in a band yet having pretty much never experienced famous bands performing live to learn from, not to mention any of our idols like Megadeth or Metallica. This definitely makes getting this chance to work with David in a mentor/label situation that much more amazing. Very excited to be releasing our new album Illuminator with EMP this summer.”

Eventually the band moved to Los Angeles, and with no outside help, has released almost 100 songs over 6 albums (including one in Spanish), sold 25,000 plus physical copies worldwide, toured the US (over 50 dates last year alone), Japan and Central America, as direct openers for Ozzy Osbourne, Bad Religion, Seether, In This Moment, and have also shared bills with Sevendust, Hellyeah, Karnivool and many more. Band mastermind Evan Rodaniche (who writes and produces all Cage9 material) also spent a few years on guitar with sci-fi metal purveyors Powerman 5000 and helped co-write, record, mix and produce their last few albums along with ex-Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm’s new solo album, Boy Hits Car and more. The quartet now includes San Diego native Brian Sumwalt on
drums, Michigan transplant Matt Borowski on guitar, and Leslie Wyatt on bass and backing vocals.

“Illuminator has catchy hooks, great musicianship and killer songwriting…
I can see them making some real noise in 2016.” Blasko / Ozzy Osbourne

“Cage9 totally belong on the radio…”

Ben Bruce / Asking Alexandria

“I can’t remember when an opening band grabbed our whole band’s attention like Cage9 did recently. We watched side stage for their entire set and became believers.”
Jason Null / Saving Abel

“There is a certain pop element to the songs that really pushes them over the top… The same element that pushed bands like Shinedown and Hinder over into the Top 40 world. …and the production is fucking OUTSTANDING.”
Matt DiRito / PopEvil

“I’ve been a fan of Evan’s vocals for a very long time and the new material really showcases the incredible talent of this band.
Great hooks and very well-crafted songs all over this new record!”
Francesco Artusato / Devil You Know

“Goddamn it’s the best stuff I’ve spent time with in a while…it’s totally beautiful.”

Ron Underwood / 9Electric

“I love listening to new music…and the new Cage9 does not disappoint!”
Brian “Head” Welch / Korn

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(L-R): YUIMETAL, SU-METAL and MOAMETAL/Credit: Amuse, Inc.

BABYMETAL–2015’s breakout all-girl-fronted Japanese heavy metal/teen-pop hybrid group–partnered exclusively with Music Choice (3/18) for the world premiere of the official music video for their lead single “KARATE,” from the group’s forthcoming sophomore album METAL RESISTANCE, out April 1 (also known as the “FOX DAY”) on RAL/Sony Music Entertainment (in the U.S.).

To watch the music video on television, go to Music Choice On Demand> Brand New This Week. To watch the music video online, on mobile devices or through the app, go to> Metal Video Channel.

“KARATE” was performed for the first time last year at Yokohama Arena in Japan and features the call out phrase “Seiya, soiya,” with a stirring chorus and melody sure to resonate with fans. Currently at Active Rock Radio, the single is available now as an instant grat track when METAL RESISTANCE is pre-ordered on iTunes. It is also streaming now on Spotify. In addition, METAL RESISTANCE is available now to pre-order via BABYMETAL’s webstore as a standalone CD and special pre-order bundles. Click here to view the trailer for the new album.

BABYMETAL–the young trio of 17-year-old SU-METAL (Vocal, Dance) and 16-year-olds YUIMETAL (Scream, Dance) and MOAMETAL (Scream, Dance), backed by a four-piece band packing a heavy metal arsenal–have been nominated in the “Best International Band” category at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards, being held in Columbus, OH on July 18. Fans can cast their vote at

BABYMETAL will support the new album on their “Babymetal World Tour 2016” with a U.S. run of dates kicking off May 4 at Playstation Theater in New York and making stops in Detroit (5/11), Chicago (5/13), San Francisco (7/14) and Los Angeles (7/15), among other cities. Click here for a complete list of tour dates and tickets.

2015 was a breakout year for BABYMETAL: they re-released their 2014 chart topping self-titled debut album (released digitally 5/12/15 and physically on 6/16/15 via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment), were the most sought-after band at Rock on the Range (U.S.’s premiere rock festival) and completed sold-out dates at Chicago’s House of Blues and New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom (part of their 2015 world tour); they’ve won several awards including the “Breakthrough Act” award at the 2015 Metal Hammer Golden Gods, the “Spirit of Independence” award at the 2015 Relentless Kerrang! Awards, MTV Europe’s “Wildcard Best Japanese Act” and several LOUDWIRE Awards. In addition, they were awarded the “Discovery Prize” at GQ Japan’s “Men of the Year 2015” Awards and the “Women of the Year” Award at VOGUE Japan’s “Women of the Year 2015” Awards. In July, 2015, they became the first Japanese artist to appear on the cover of Metal Hammer.

Since forming in 2010, BABYMETAL have already achieved two major debut singles: “IJIME, DAME, ZETTAI” and “MEGITSUNE,” both of which ranked in the Top 10 Oricon Chart in Japan. Their first studio album BABYMETAL also earned the #1 spot on Japan’s album chart and Billboard’s World Album Chart The official live music video for their debut album’s lead single “Gimme Chocolate!!” has close to 44 million views on YouTube. 2014 saw BABYMETAL headline numerous sold-out shows from New York to London, including the 20,000 capacity Saitama Super Arena in Japan. They performed at major festivals in multiple countries such as the UK’s massive Sonisphere in front of 65,000 festival-goers and supported Lady Gagaon her “Artrave: The Artpop Ball” tour.

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Above: Cover art for METAL RESISTANCE

Track listing for METAL RESISTANCE:
1. Road of Resistance
3. Awadama Fever
4. YAVA!
5. Amore
6. Meta Taro
7. From Dusk Till Dawn*
8. GJ!
9. Sis. Anger
10. No Rain, No Rainbow
11. Tales of The Destinies
12. THE ONE – English ver.*

*available everywhere except for Japan








(New York, N.Y.): Killswitch Engage released their seventh album Incarnate via Roadrunner Records on Friday, March 11.

The Massachusetts-based band is considered largely responsible for the American metal and hard rock resurgence in the ’00s, leading to several gold-certified releases in their catalog. They continue to do what they do best and the fans continue to respond, as Incarnate debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, with 34,709 in total activity, as well as at #3 on the Current Albums Chart and at #1 on both the Rock Chart and the Hard Music Chart.

On the international front, the album debuted at #1 overall in Canada; at #5 in Australia; and at #10 in both the UK and in Germany.

These mark the band’s highest debuts ever.

“We are extremely proud of Killswitch Engage and their continued drive to reach new heights in their pioneering career. This once again proves that great rock music will always endure and fans around the world will continue to show their support,” said Dave Rath, SVP of A&R, Roadrunner Records.

Incarnate has been one of the most anticipated releases of 2016, with nods from Rolling Stone, Nerdist, Alternative Press, Loudwire, Decibel, New Noise, About, All Music, and Revolver, the latter of which featured the band on the cover, posed as iconic Star Wars characters.

The band commemorated the album release with a fully sold-out, five-shows-in-six-nights New York City residency. The intimate residency saw KsE playing Gramercy Theatre, Bowery Ballroom, and the Marlin Room at Webster Hall in Manhattan and at St. Vitus and Rough Trade in Brooklyn. It was the first time the band performed at any of those venues. Watch the video recap here.

As soon as the residency wrapped, KsE headed back out on the road for a headline tour, with Memphis May Fire, 36 Crazyfists, and Toothgrinder in tow. The tour began on March 16 and wraps at the end of April.

Dates for the tour are here.


Metal Blade Records launches new edition of “6 Bands in 60 Seconds”


In conjunction with RED Music, Metal Blade Records has launched a new edition of the “6 Bands in 60 Seconds” campaign, where CEO Brian Slagel spotlights six artists from the label’s roster every three months. The goal of the promotion is to help fans discover new music from some of the most promising acts in the scene. The latest installment of the series features Brimstone Coven, Ketzer, Gehennah, Accuser, Artillery, and Sourvein; to watch the video clip, and to learn more about the artists, please visit:

Hailed as “kick-ass dark occult rock” (, Brimstone Coven released their new album, Black Magic, this past January. Boasting gritty, groovy riffs (a la Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Led Zeppelin) with Pink Floydian psychedelic movements, Black Magic also includes three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Mamas and Papas, Yes, and The Byrds, resulting in “an outstanding genre album, bound to enthuse countless listeners!” (Legacy Magazine, Germany). For more information, please visit:

Ketzer (German for “heretic”) also released their latest album, Starless, this past January. From sounds of raging fury, to the echoes of calm and cleansing waves, Starless is a record that will take you on a journey that is unexpected, yet familiar at the same time. As Decibel Magazine asserts, “What Ketzer have done on ‘Starless’ is open up a large swath of potential musical territory, while also managing to understand the confines of their origins. They’ve figured out a new vocabulary.” For more information, please visit:

After nearly 20 years, this past February marks the first full-length release (Too Loud To Live, Too Drunk To Die) from Swedish street metallers Gehennah, since 1997’s Decibel Rebel. “If you’ve ever wondered what Motorhead riffs sound like backwards, or you believe spirit – and spirits! – are more important than musicianship, then Gehennah are your new favorite bar-brawling bruthas” (Decibel Magazine). For more information, please visit:

Last week, German thrashers Accuser unleashed their 11th full-length, The Forlorn Divide, featuring the band’s trademark blend of powerful thrash metal, virtuoso guitar-work, intricate drum patterns – and of course, gripping, harsh vocals, highlighting the dark recesses of human psyche that are described in the lyrics. After 30 years in the scene, the members of Accuser have perfected their signature style: “The younger generation could learn a thing (or ten) from these gentlemen” ( For more information, please visit:

On March 25th, Danish power-thrash metallers Artillery will unleash their new album, Penalty By Perception. A familiar, yet modern thrash attack, Penalty By Perception delivers the band’s signature riffing, with powerful drumming and melodic singing – and promises to be a new fan favorite in the quintet’s storied career! For more information, please visit:

For over two decades, Sourvein front-man T-Roy has pushed through poverty, the deaths of friends and family, bouts of severe depression, periods of alcohol abuse, and an absence of the stability provided by a consistent record label to build the band into a highly respected force in the metal, doom, sludge, and crust underground. At long last, Sourvein has found a proper home for their doom-laden Southern noise with Metal Blade Records, who will be releasing their upcoming full-length, Aquatic Occult, on April 8th. For more information, please visit:

To watch the first “6 Bands in 60 Seconds” video (which included Act of Defiance, Rivers of Nihil, Twitching Tongues, Culture Killer, Visigoth, and Harlott), please visit:

Metal Blade Records online:


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