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.
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
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.
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!
By Raquel Figlo
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).
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.
Check out the music video for “Smile”