Lemmy Statue unveil at the Rainbow

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“FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK: The story of Rodrigo y Gabriela”

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A few months ago, I had the honor of being invited to the premiere of “FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK: The story of Rodrigo y Gabriela” during the Hola Mexico Film Festival by its director, founder and good friend, Samuel Douek (who happens to be a fellow metal fan)

The festival runs for about 10 days and is hosted at Regal Cinemas/LA Live complex in Downtown LA. A few members of our magazine were present at the premiere of the movie and were able to chat with music journalist and movie director, Alejandro Franco which was also followed by a Q&A.

Rockers, Mom’s, dads and music lovers all around were present, although many had never heard the name of the duo, they were just present for the love to the 7th art. After the movie, we interviewed a few attendees and all were very pleased with the story told, despite not being rock music fans.

FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK: The story of Rodrigo y Gabriela is a documentary about the “Cinderella Story” as many have described it. It depicts how two “unsuccessful” metal musicians just drop everything, pack their bags and search for new opportunities in… *drum roll” Europe! With (literally) only their dreams and guitars at hand, through busking busking on the streets, lots of effort and a hint of “luck”, this guitar duo made it big by rocking their acoustic guitars first on the streets followed by massive concerts and venues such as the Glasgow Festival and more recently here in LA on August 14th at the Hollywood Bowl, yeah, “the bowl” as many of us call it. Not bad for a pair of “unknowns” right?

The story of Rodrigo y Gabriela is compelling and inspirational. It resonates with all those of us in the music community that strive everyday to master our craft and create art that has taken sweat, tears and even blood to share with the world to enjoy. If you are not inspired to keep chasing your dreams and taking risks to make them happen after watching this film, you may not be of our human kind.

Opening today, August 22nd 2016, in 50 movie theaters in Mexico, we hope to see this documentary make its way to a few US theaters as well. You can also visit FTATRmovie.com for more info and social media links.
Words and Interview by photojournalist Enrique Nunez

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OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST–the biggest metal festival in North America EVER–will celebrate two historic moments in the festival headliners’ careers with one-day sales on Saturday, August 20 (Ozzfest) and Friday, August 26 (Knotfest).
First up, this Saturday, August 20, for 20 hours (from 4:00 AM-12 midnight, PT), a single day GA OZZFEST ticket will be available for $20 in honor of the festival’s 20th anniversary.  Created as a two-day event in 1996 by Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, OZZFEST was the first national music festival of its kind dedicated to hard rock music and breaking new artists.  In the years that followed, it became one of the most successful touring packages in music history.
“It’s just unbelievable to me that it’s been 20 years since the first Ozzfest,” says Ozzy Osbourne. “We’re really looking forward to bringing Ozzfest back to its birthplace in San Bernardino.”
And…to honor the 15th anniversary of the release of Slipknot‘s Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed album IOWA, KNOTFEST is offering a special $15 GA Ticket for 15 hours on Friday, August 26.  The special $15 (plus fees) for 15 hours–which celebrates the album Rolling Stone said makes “nearly everything else in modern doom rock sounds banal'”–will take place Friday August 26th from 9:00 AM-11:59PM (PT).
The Live Nation-produced OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST is set for Saturday, September 24 (OZZFEST) and Sunday, September 25 (KNOTFEST) at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA.  Updated line-ups for OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST, along with details on all ticketing and camping options can be found at OZZFEST.COM and KNOTFEST.COM.

DEATH ANGEL: Bay Area Thrash Icons To Kick Off North American Tour With Slayer And Anthrax + Headlining Dates Announced

Bay Area Thrash icons DEATH ANGEL will kick off an epic run of live dates this Fall supporting Slayer and Anthrax. Set to commence on September 4th and run through October 30th, the tour will ravage over three dozen cities and includes a glut of headlining shows scattered throughout the trek.
Comments vocalist Mark Osegueda, “I can honestly say this is the most excited, anxious, and yet focused DEATH ANGEL has ever been about any tour in the band’s entire history. Slayer, Anthrax, and Death Angel! What an amazing bill for metal fans! We also have the extreme pleasure of doing shows supporting Anthrax on this run as well. But what will bring us the most excitement is the bond we have with all the hardcore DEATH ANGEL fans out there and we look forward to solidifying that bond with all the headlining shows we have on this run. We have new songs! We are focused, well-rehearsed, and anxious to deliver a lethal performance every night we step on that stage. Thank you once again for giving us the opportunity to do so.”
DEATH ANGEL w/ Slayer, Anthrax:
9/04/2016 Gallup Community Center – Gallup, NM **
9/05/2016 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM **
9/06/2016 89th Street Collective – Oklahoma City, OK **
9/08/2016 Trixie’s Entertainment Complex – Louisville, KY **
9/09/2016 Jacob’s Pavilion – Cleveland, OH
9/10/2016 Freedom Hill Amphitheatre – Detroit, MI
9/11/2016 Streeters Ground Zero – Traverse City, MI #
9/12/2016 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
9/13/2016 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
9/15/2016 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
9/16/2016 Anthology – Rochester, NY (Anthrax, DEATH ANGEL, Avatar)
9/17/2016 The Chance – Pougheepsie, NY **
9/18/2016 Rock Allegiance – Chester, PA
9/20/2016 Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
9/21/2016 Conchord Music Hall – Chicago, IL #
9/22/2016 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
9/23/2016 Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA #
9/25/2016 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL **
9/27/2016 Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
9/28/2016 Fillmore – Miami, FL
9/29/2016 Club LA – Destin FL #
9/30/2016 Horseshoe Casino Tunica – Tunica, MS
10/01/2016 The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN **
10/03/2016 Norva – Norfolk, VA
10/04/2016 The Orange Peel – Danville, VA (Anthrax, DEATH ANGEL, Avatar)
10/05/2016 Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
10/06/2016 Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA **
10/07/2016 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
10/08/2016 ACL at the Moody Theatre – Austin, TX
10/10/2016 Fillmore – Denver, CO
10/11/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
10/13/2016 The Wilma Theatre – Missoula, MT
10/14/2016 Hitt Event Center – Idaho Falls, ID #
10/15/2016 Revolution Concert House – Garden City, ID #
10/16/2016 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA #
10/17/2016 ENMAX Center –  Lethbridge, AB
10/19/2016 South Okanagan Events Centre –  Penticton, BC
10/20/2016 Abbotsford Centre – Abbotsford, BC
10/21/2016 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR #
10/22/2016 Gibson Ranch/Aftershock – Elverta, CA **
10/23/2016 Reno Events Center – Reno, NV
10/24/2016 LVCS – Las Vegas, NB **
10/25/2016 Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ #
10/26/2016 Top Deck – Farmington, NM #
10/27/2016 El Paso County Coliseum – El Paso, TX
10/28/2016 Club Red – Mesa, AZ **
10/29/2016 Whiskey A Go Go – Hollywood, CA **
10/30/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA **
# Anthrax, DEATH ANGEL only
DEATH ANGEL will be touring in support of their newest full-length The Evil Divide, released earlier this
Spring via Nuclear Blast Records. The Evil Divide was once again recorded at AudioHammer studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (Trivium, Deicide), who previously worked on 2010’sRelentless Retribution and 2013’s The Dream Calls For Blood. Mastering duties were handled by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York City.
Three decades into their celebrated career, DEATH ANGEL remains as hungry as ever. As a result, uncompromising urgency and unpredictability drive The Evil Divide. The group — vocalist Mark Osegueda, lead guitarist Rob Cavestany, guitarist Ted Aguilar, drummer Will Carroll, and bassistDamien Sisson — 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 Parkbegan 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.

For live coverage inquiries contact liz@earsplitcompound.com.

VYCES featuring former members of BREAKING BENJAMIN, HEART-SET SELF DESTRUCT and THROWN INTO EXILE Premiere Their Video For “DEVIL” on VEVO Today!


Los Angeles, California Independent Hard Rock BandVYCES premiered their video for their single “DEVIL” from the band’s upcoming debut EP due out this October that was produced by Augustus Cryns(Stitched Up Heart, XO Stereo, The Dead Rabbits and Westfield Massacre) today on VEVO!

The video can be seen here:http://vevo.ly/DhCl3t

The song can be purchased here:http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1140636283?ls=1&app=itunes

The video was shot at Tiger Lab Studios in Van Nuys, California.

“The Devil video is an illustration of the conceptualized idea of who we are. Ron Underwood captured our vision and took it to a cinematic scope. It is the beginning of what’s to come.” -VYCES

“I was really excited to work with VYCES. Their ideas took me into a whole new world of special effects. We had such a blast.” – Ron Underwood/9Electric/Director

Cameos in the video were provided by: Joey Jane (Vattica) and Zachary Erfort

The band will be announcing an October tour soon!


Dave Naruszewicz – Vocals
Evan Seidlitz – Vocals/Keyboards
Shawn Patterson – Guitar
Mark James Klepaski – Bass
Russell Ray – Drums

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About VYCES:
In the summer of 2014, frontman and guitarist, Dave Naruszewicz was looking to work on a new project following the disbandment of Chicago-based group, Heart-Set Self Destruct. After recording 2 full length records, releasing a single to active rock radio which charted at #1 on Music Choice Network, and years of touring North America with such bands as Volbeat, Hellyeah, and Filter it was time for change.
Looking to feed his passion as an artist, Dave spent time working with other musicians in the Chicago music scene but didn’t find what he was looking for. Not deterred, Dave reached out to longtime friend and fellow musician/drummer, Russell Ray. Russ (formerly of Old Fashioned Beatdown) also co-wrote and recorded drums for Wind-Up Records recording artist Megan
Dave began flying to Los Angeles from Chicago twice a month, working with Russ to build something new, original and undeniable. Russ then reached out to former bandmate and guitarist Shawn Patterson (formerly Old Fashioned Beatdown and Phantom Communique). The three began writing, recording, and sharing demos that would eventually become the foundation
of VYCES. After a few trips to L.A., they entered the studio with producer Augustus Cryns (Stitched Up Heart, XO Stereo, The Dead Rabbits and Westfield Massacre).
One year later, the band completed 14 songs that established the raw sound, power, and a vision that is VYCES. The band has been compared to such artists as Chevelle, Killswitch Engage and Breaking Benjamin, sonically creating a dark blend of active rock and metal. Dave describes the soul of the songs as “exploring the darker side of human emotion and behavior. It’s something everyone can relate to because everyone has experienced some form of hurt, betrayal, weakness, hate, addiction and/or lack of acceptance. It’s also the fuel that drives us to be stronger, get better and overcome the flaws we’ve built in our minds.”

The founding members of the band felt it was time to release their music and tour, so they began their hunt for members to fill out the lineup and become part of the family. Evan Seidlitz, (former singer of Thrown Into Exile and Grimace), longtime friend of Dave and Russ, was asked to join the band. Evan toured on The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in 2013 with Thrown Into Exile, promoting their single, “Not Alone” which was featured on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal. Evan also performed several guest spots with Grimace when they played the house band for Comedy Central’s Tosh.0. Evan, being a singer and frontman himself, brought a new dimension of aggressive and melodic vocals to round out the band’s live performance, as well
as adding keys and synths to fill out the sound. The band soon began auditioning other musicians in search of a bass player. Evan brought in bassist Mark James Klepaski (formerly of Breaking Benjamin). Mark earned platinum and gold records for his work with Breaking Benjamin. Along with years of touring experience, Mark brought a unique and powerful style and tone that fit perfectly with the band’s vision. Mark re-tracked the bass lines on the record, helping mold the band’s rhythm section into what it is today. The band is currently preparing to release their self-titled EP and recently shot a music video for the upcoming single, “Devil” directed by Ron Underwood. “Devil” will be released this August 18th. Their 1st single “The Hive” is currently available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and all other media platforms.

MI Conversation Series Presents: Rob Halford




Most Friday nights you can find the bars in Hollywood filled with rockers and metal heads, but this was no ordinary Friday night.  Tonight, school was in session with the ultimate metal god Rob Halford of Judas Priest in a candid conversation led by AP writer Ryan J Downey.  Hollywood’s Music Institute has been hosting sit down one on one talks with famous musicians hoping to inspire a new generation and support their dreams of rock n roll fantasies.

Tonight Rob Halford shared stories of what it was like recording music with his band Judas Priest and how he is surprised he is still alive. He touched on a couple subjects that stood out to and inspired me. He said back when he started music, the record companies had money, but now there is no money in music and everyone is scrambling trying to figure it all out. But he did say to the crowd of hungry metal heads, don’t give up your dreams and always keep trying. We hear this over and over again, but for some reason coming from the metal god it seemed to stick more and made me think about my dedication to the metal community and what kind of mark I want to make. Rob Halford also touched on the subject of the PBS documentary about the two young boys that shot and killed themselves after they heard a Judas Priest record. You could see on Rob’s face that this was an emotional topic, because it would have changed his life and the fate of music forever if the court case was decided the other way. A lot of metal bands would have been in trouble and music would be regulated and censored.

At the end of the night, Musicians Institute let the audience have an opportunity to ask Rob some questions of their own.  I thought it was endearing to hear the young students start their questions with, “HI Rob my name is so and so”, and Rob would greet them and call them by their first name. They must have felt like they were on cloud nine to have metal god Rob Halford address them by their first name. A lot of the attendees let Rob know how influential he was in their life. One guy said he has an autistic son, but when he puts on Judas Priest his kid starts rocking out and is aware of his surroundings. That is incredible, we hear stores like this all the time that music is universal and brings life into people.  The fact that it is metal music that helped this man’s son makes that more special and Rob Halford liked it too.   The interview was two hours of intense focus on Rob, the time went by so fast that some metal heads didn’t get a chance to ask their questions. When the night ended, you left with a lot more knowledge about the metal god beyond just his epic high pitched notes and loud appearance on stage. Rob mentioned that perhaps the new Judas Priest album will be the best one yet.   The bar is set very high with all their classics, so we shall see.  Rob seemed to be very proud and excited to get the new album out to his fans. He said to follow him on IG because it is really him and he posts. His IG is @robhalfordlegacy.  I started following and so should you.

Raquel Figlo


“These guys sounded like a revolution in the making” — LA TIMES
“Prophets of Rage Set Defiant Tone at Explosive L.A. Debut” – ROLLING STONE
“A historic event…unity, passion, anger and inspiration” — LA WEEKLY
Photo Credit: Danny Clinch
LOS ANGELES, CA (August 15, 2016) – Assembling as a politically-charged response to 2016’s tumultuous election year, PROPHETS OF RAGE, features TOM MORELLO, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ LORD.  Best described by Morello as an, “elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit,” the group combines the sonic firepower of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill.  The band will release their EP “The Party’s Over” on August 26th available through digital download, streaming services and physical retail, released through Caroline.  The EP will be available for pre-order on August 19th, the same day the Make America Rage Again Tour begins.  Prior to release, two tracks will premiere on Beats 1, Apple Music’s global radio station.  “No Sleep Til Cleveland” will premiere with Matt Wilkinson on August 18th and “The Party’s Over” will premiere with Zane Lowe on August 25th.
In the meantime, fans can visit the band’s website to stream the song “Prophets Of Rage” at www.prophetsofrage.com.  A re-imagination of the original Public Enemy song of the same name, with new music and a new original verse from B-Real, the song gave life to the band’s name.
Storming through Cleveland during the RNC and setting the rock world abuzz with sold-out shows at The Whisky, The Hollywood Palladium and Warsaw in Brooklyn that had thousands of hopeful fans lined up, the band has proven to be social media magnet from the start, setting #MakeAmericaRAGEAgain and #TakeThePowerBack trending virally.  In what the LA Times headlined simply as “REVOLUTIONARY,” the band’s MAKE AMERICA RAGE AGAIN TOUR made its first three stops at LA’s Skid Row, the RNC protests in Cleveland, and outside the walls of NORCO Penitentiary.  The tour is headed for the rest of America and will include stops in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Chicago, Nashville and Atlanta before concluding in San Diego, mere weeks before 2016 Election Day. A portion of the proceeds from each Prophets Of Rage concert will benefit a local charity that works to help the homeless and the hungry.
 Prophets Of Rage is a must see, if you have missed them before, here is preview from one of their recent shows at Whisky A Go Go and at the Forum, with Dave Grohl as a special guest!
Images taken by Jesse Silva.

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Meshuggah Listening Party @ Affliction Studios

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There is no better way to start off your week with an official Metal Monday listening party for Meshuggah at the Affliction Studios in Seal Beach. Monday’s always drag, but not this past Monday when I was invited to hear the new 8th studio album by tech-metal pioneers Meshuggah. The album will be released October 7th on Nuclear Blast Records, but tonight around 50 lucky people were invited to hear the whole album before the rest of the world. Jose Mangin is the ultimate metal host. He makes sure your bellies are full from tacos by Borracho Taco and endless Modelos. Plus his signature jalapeño cucumber infused Riazul Tequila. Jose and his wife Melissa probably refilled the margarita station four times before the end of the night. The guests were going through it like water. It was so tasty and the next day I did not have a hangover. The night was filled with familiar faces like the band members of Kyng, Sen Dog of Cypress Hill and the drummer of Exmortus plus other familiar industry folk. After we got settled and feeling good, Jose Mangin came down to introduce Tomas Haake the drummer of Meshuggah. He the main songwriter for Mashuggah and is known for his polyrhythm’s and technical ability.

Tomas said a few words about the album. He said this album was recorded live.  There is rawness and an organic element to it because the band was together playing in one room at one time as opposed to in separate places sending their instrumental parts to one another. The album was engineered by Tue Madsen of Puk Studios in Kaerby, Denmark. The new album is called The Violent Sleep Of Reason will be well worth the wait and different from anything the Swedish tech- metal band has done before.  This new album is also inspired by a Goya painting called The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters. The album packs a powerful punch and keeps you interested from beginning to end. It was another great party at the Affliction Studios and I can’t wait till the next one. Make sure to pick up The Violent Sleep Of Reason released by Nuclear Blast Records on October 7th!

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SLAYER’S ARAYA AND KING: Talk About Fall Tour on New Video Clip


LOS ANGELES, CA – August 12, 2016 — SLAYER has just released a brand new video clip with Tom Araya and Kerry King talking about the band’s upcoming Fall tour of North America. Fellow Big Four members Anthrax will Special Guest, and Death Angel will support.

Check the clip out here – tour dates are below.

9 Jacob’s Pavilion, Cleveland, OH
10 Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
12 Sound Academy, Toronto, ON
13 Metropolis, Montreal, PQ
15 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
17 Revolution Rock Fest., Mashantucket, CT
18 Rock Allegiance Festival, Chester, PA
20 Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
22 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
24 Houston Open Air Festival, Houston
25 Knotfest, Devore, CA
27 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
28 Fillmore, Miami, FL
30 Horseshoe Casino Tunica, Tunica, MS

1 Louder Than Life Festival, Louisville, KY
3 Norva, Norfolk, VA
5 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
7 Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
8 ACL at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
10 Fillmore, Denver, CO
11 The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
13 The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
17 ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge, AB
19 S. Okanagan Cvents Centre, Penticton, BC
20 Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford, BC
22 Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, CA
23 Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
27 El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, TX**

For more than three decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet, the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. The two-time Grammy-winners have also accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire. Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who “commercialized” their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream. Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since. Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer’s drummer from ’94 – ’01, has rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King, and is back behind the kit.

In September 2015, Slayer released Repentless, the band’s 12th studio album, the first without Hanneman and first with producer Terry Date, to widespread rave reviews and the highest chart debut of the band’s career. The band also teamed up with director BJ McDonnell for two high-concept and brutal music videos for the album’s “Repentless” (9.5-million views) and then for “You Against You.” (4.2-million views).

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Video Premiere:  “Smile” by ANGELS CUT (Bungalo Universal)


We’ve teamed up with Humboldt county rock act ANGELS CUT for the premiere of their brand new music video for “Smile.” Exclusively distributed by Universal Music Group, ANGELS CUT have officially released the track today, listeners can purchase now on iTunes.

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