That Metal Show: On the road and in your Face!

 

That Metal Show!

4

 

That Metal Show (TMS) hit the West Coast on Friday, August 22 at Hollywood’s Whisky A GO GO with Don Jamieson, Jim Florentine and the “rain man of rock” himself, Eddie Trunk. DJ Will of KNAC.COM Radio who also worked on the show was there as well to join in the shenanigans.

“Since the production of the TV show moved back to the East Coast, The hosts doing these “tours” is a great way to keep the awareness out there of That Metal Show while it runs in repeats,” said DJ WILL. “In these instances there’s no filming, just comedy, music, stories and Q&A from Don, Eddie & Jim with the many fans that come out.”

The Whisky was filled with entertainment and lots of crowd interaction, as Eddie Trunk shared stories then Don and Jim each did their comedy routine. Jim and Don are hilarious; they have different styles and are funny in their own unique ways. Don is sponsored by both Cold Cock and Monster, he joked about Cold Cock whisky and Monster Energy together becoming “Monster Cock.” It was pretty funny. You can tell that Jim Florentine is a total East Coaster: a real man’s man. He made several jokes about how wrong it is when dudes text each other!

After the comedy sets, all three came back on stage to answer questions from the audience regarding TMS. Eddie made it very clear that there shouldn’t be any trivia questions yet until “Stump the Trunk” at the end. The audience didn’t get it at first and kept asking music trivia questions anyway. Eddie of course was annoyed.

Highlights of the evening were dUg Pinnick of King’s X and Brian Slagel CEO/founder of Metal Blade Records (he put Metallica on the map) being called up to the stage to help with “Stump the Trunk,” the game we were all waiting for! The crowd was cheering and yelling out who knows what.  Jim announced that DJ Will would play the part of Miss “Box of Junk,” when Eddie stopped and said, “Why would we have him do it, when there are plenty of hot chicks in the audience!” I screamed, “Pick me!” from the front of the stage. Eddie, who I interviewed last year, said, “How about Raquel come up and be our Miss Box of Junk?” It’s a pretty cool feeling when TMS and Brian Slagel wave to you from the stage and know you by name. The crowd however showed Eddie no mercy and asked questions that were all over the place, all of which couldn’t be fact checked as it is for the TV show. He answered a majority of them correctly, but he still got stumped several times. At times he would ask Brian Slagel and dUg Pinnick for an asisst answering some of the ultra obscure questions. After “Stump the Trunk,” Eddie thanked all his guests and introduced the bands which were coming up next.

The bands that played were The Hard Way, Resistance, Siren & Drop 8. Eric Jeffrey, lead singer of Hard Way said, “The crowd was loud & rowdy. Eddie Trunk and the boys put on a great show and when we hit the stage, everybody was ready to party! There is no better crowd than who we had that night. I also want everybody to know that WE SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC! If you want great music, you HAVE to support the players that write it, produce it, release it & perform it.”

I agree you have to support you local music scene. The people that came out to the show were true hard rock, metal fans and fans of the show. The LA metal scene is small, if you think about it. Everyone knows everyone, and somewhere each person has played a part in the history of the LA metal scene. DJ Will got his start at Metal Blade as did metal producer Bill Metoyer who was also in attendance.

I asked Bill what his history was with Metal Blade Records. Bill said, “I met Brian Slagel after he released Metal Massacre I (MM1). I had just produced my first band called Dietrich, who would appear on the follow-up (MM II). The label has certainly come a long way since the days being run from Brian’s mom’s garage. I am currently producing the new Resistance album. (who performed tonight) I had seen the band play live a couple of times and were impressed by them. They contacted me through Facebook and asked me if I would be interested in working with them on their new record and I jumped at the chance to do so.”

As the bands continued playing, Don and Jim were upstairs selling their comedy CD’s and taking photos with their fans. I bought Jim Florentine’s “Terrorizing Telemarketers” and Don Jamieson’s new release “Hell Bent for Laughter” on Metal Blade Records. Rumors has it that Season 13 will begin taping in February 2015. I hope so. I really love TMS and love how it does a great job at educating the main stream on metal and hard rock. There are tons of metal heads out there and TMS gives us a voice and helps make “metal” a household brand to Middle America as well as slowly being accepted (again) into pop culture.

Many fans who came out to support the three-night West Coast TMS Tour did so because they feel some kind of connection to the hosts. The LA metal scene has played a great role in metal music and those individuals who made a difference or were involved in the beginning are still contributing in some form and I hope TMS continues to do so and give its fans the opportunity to see another side of the cast and give them a chance to interact and meet. I have high hopes that VH1 will bring the show back in 2015 for another season. It’s that good!

 

- That Metal Show http://www.vh1.com/shows/that_metal_show/series.jhtml

 

- Eddie Trunk http://www.eddietrunk.com/

 

- Don Jamieson http://www.donjamieson.com/site/

 

- Jim Florentine http://www.jimflorentine.com/

 

- DJ Will http://www.metaldjwill.com/

 

- Metal Blade Records http://www.metalblade.com/us/

 

- King’s X http://www.kingsxrocks.com/

 

- The Hard Way http://websitesbycreation.com/thehardwayband/

 

- Resistance www.reverbnation.com/resistanceusa

PRONG COMES TO HOLLYWOOD & ORANGE COUNTY!

rnrpromoprong 

Whisky A Go Go and Grove of Anaheim Kick Off North American Tour

PRONG_RSS_7inch_RZ.indd

 

Fresh off their European festival summer, New York Metal mainstays PRONG is opening up their North American Tour September 10 at Hollywood’s Whisky A Go Go before moving south on September 12 to the Grove of Anaheim. The tour is in support of their latest release Ruining Lives which was released earlier this year by SPV/Steamhammer.  The tour runs through October 14th in San Francisco.  Many of the dates will see PRONG playing alongside thrash masters Overkill.  Following a quick break the band will be taking part in Slipknot’s “Knotfest” October 25th in San Bernardino, CA.

 

The band recently completed filming on a new video for the song “Remove, Separate Self” (taken from Ruining Lives).  Brian Cox and Marcelo Palomino directed the video, and it is receiving its exclusive premiere today on Loudwire.  Check it out HERE.

 

Tommy Victor: “PRONG has made a video for the song “Remove, Separate Self”, the new single from our recent LP Ruining Lives.  The song and the video are distinctively PRONG, with a soul-searching and apocalyptic vibe.  As a follow up to “Turnover” we will release it on 7″ vinyl as well.

The single and video will correspond with our U.S. /Canada tour starting Sept 10th through Oct. 14th (see www.prongmusic.com for the dates).

Enjoy the video and we’ll see you out on the road!“

 

SPV/Steamhammer will be releasing a new digital and 7” single of “Remove, Separate Self”.  There will be two versions of the digital single which will be released September 12th.  The 7” will be released on October 24th. The standard version of the single will include the following tracks:

 

1. Remove, Separate Self (album version)

2. “Separate Self, Remove” inspired by and created from “Remove, Separate Self” by Prong (Matt Heafy de-mix)

 

Matt Heafy about the „de-mix“ he created: “With “Remove, Separate Self” – I was initially engulfed by hints of images and characteristics of a futuristic, dystopian world. Whether that was the initial intent of the piece or it was meant to be something entirely different, that became the feeling I kept coming back to. Perhaps with the main line – the title itself – the idea of “separating yourself” made me think of unplugging oneself from something larger; whether metaphorically from an old way of life or literally in some sort of mecha-future. The idea was to take it one step further, to take the song itself, components of it, and a few secret ingredients, and create that world a little further that I imagined in the first place. Sometimes “remixes” do it right, but I wanted to take a completely different approach to what people think a “remix” is in the first place, even one’s idea of what a song should sound like.“

 

The exclusive iTunes edition of the single features a bonus track, which is a version of “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck”.  This song was taken from PRONG’s “Unleashed in the West – Official Bootleg”.

 

Ruining Livesis the follow-up to the acclaimed 2012 release Carved Into Stone and continues to show the band on an upward trajectory, proving that despite having a long, illustrious career PRONG can still make records that matter and re-invent themselves without negating their roots.  If you have not picked up a copy yet, be sure to get one on Amazon or iTunes.

 

PRONG North American Tour:

9/10: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whiskey

9/11: Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS

9/12: Anaheim, CA @ The Grove

9/13: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red

9/14: Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad

9/15: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon*

9/16: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

9/17: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

9/18: Dallas, TX @ Trees*

9/19: Merriam, KS @ Aftershock

9/20: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave*

9/21: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes*

9/22: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom*

9/23: Toronto, ON @ Opera House*

9/24: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec*

9/25: Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero*

9/26: Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater*

9/27: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom*

9/28: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

9/29: Albany, NY @ Bogie’s

9/30: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater

10/1: West Springfield, VA @ Empire

10/2: Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose

10/3: Westland, MI @ Token Lounge

10/4: Kokomo, IN @ Centerstage

10/5: Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub and Billiards

10/7: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

10/9: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

10/10: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater

10/11: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

10/12: Boise, ID @ The Shredder

10/14: San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside

 

*With Overkill

 

KNOT Fest

10/25: San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheatre

 

For More Info Visit:

http://www.prongmusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/prongmusic

http://www.spv.de

DEEP PURPLE in Ontario, Canada

Date: August 22, 2014 @ Casino Rama

Deep Purple Performs at Casino Rama

 The night was incredibly memorable as they performed their classic hits along with new ones. Check out our next issue  for full coverage and selected images by Igor Visyashev.

http://www.deeppurple.com

https://www.facebook.com/officialdeeppurple

https://twitter.com/_DeepPurple

Anberlin release new album Lowborn

Release New Album, lowborn!

 

#1 Alternative & #6 Top 10 iTunes Charts

  

Purchase on iTunes, Here: http://bit.ly/lowborn1

Oct 9 | House of Blues | Los Angeles, CA 

Oct 10 | House of Blues | Anaheim, CA

 

Featured on A.V. Club, Here: http://avc.lu/1yCBhCc

 

Featured on USA Today, Here: http://usat.ly/1lOEGcP

 

Featured on Billboard.com, Here: http://bit.ly/1jiMSls

July 22nd, 2014 – Anberlin is excited to announce the release of their new and final album, lowborntoday July 22nd, 2014lowbornhas already charted at #1 Alternative and #6 Top 10 overall on iTunes. The band has recently been featured on the likes of A.V. ClubUSA Today, and Billboard.com around the release. lowborn brings Anberlin full circle as it has been released via Tooth & Nail, the first record label to which Anberlin was signed. Instead of recording the album together, the musicians did their parts with separate producers they each selected. Drums were recorded with Matt Goldman in Atlanta and later combined with bass and guitar in Lakeland, FL with Copeland’s Aaron Marsh. Vocals were recorded with the band’s longtime collaborator Aaron Sprinkle in Franklin, TN. For more information, please visit: www.anberlin.com.

Consisting of Stephen Christian (vocals), Joseph Milligan (guitar), Deon Rexroat (bass), Nathan Young (drums), and Christian McAlhaney (guitar), Anberlin have been a band for 12 years. The rock group formed in central Florida in 2002 and have released six innovative and sincere albums that have affected fans in deeply emotional ways. lowborn will be the band’s seventh and final full-length.

“Usually breakups happen quickly and suddenly, an implosion of sorts,” McAlhaney says. “What is unique about the end of Anberlin is that we discussed where people were at in their lives, what that meant for the band, and then made plans for the end on our own terms.” lowborn reflects true artistic freedom for the band, who felt liberated from any sort of expectation or pressure. “I wanted to enjoy the creative process one more time, with no restrictions, no one breathing down my neck for a single,” Christian says. “Just unadulterated creative freedom.”

The musicians started collecting new material at the end of last year. The idea was not to crank out as many songs as possible but to actually focus on crafting solidly good ideas that melded each musician’s individual tastes and influences. “We were really honest with each, probably more so than in the past,” Young says. “You have to come to a point where, with different opinions, there’s no right or wrong. There was a fearlessness which was really freeing and exciting for all of us. To just not have to think about anything else except what’s the best thing for the song.” Some of the album’s lyrics address the band’s end and history. “I know there are going to be a lot of questions as to why we decided to break up and I explain it all in the song ‘Atonement,’” Christian says. “And I want to make sure that the our fans and friends know that we will always remember them, and the moments spent with them were some of the greatest of my entire life. I tried to convey that in the song ‘Harbinger.’” Another track, “Stranger Ways,” first appeared in demo form in the band’s farewell video earlier this year. 

 

Each musician has plans for the future after Anberlin, some concrete and some vague, some musical and some not. Those plans, in various ways, will be revealed in the coming months. For everyone, this is a celebration of what has been achieved rather than the mourning of a loss. “This is the end of an era of my life,” Rexroat says. “A long and great era. It also means a new beginning. It’s overwhelming to think about filling all my time with something new, but it’s also exciting.”

Anberlin released their final album, lowborn, today, July 22nd, 2014 via Tooth & Nail Records. Purchase the album on iTunes, here:http://bit.ly/lowborn1. The release is to be followed by a farewell world tour with tour dates listed below.

 

For more information, please visit:

Website: www.anberlin.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/anberlin

Twitter: twitter.com/anberlin

YouTube: www.youtube.com/anberlinmusic

Track Listing:

  1. We Are Destroyer
  2. Armageddon
  3. Stranger Ways
  4. Velvet Covered Brick
  5. Atonement
  6. Birds Of Prey
  7. Dissenter
  8. Losing It All
  9. Hearing Voices
  10. Harbinger

Tour Dates:

 

The Final Tour:

More Dates TBA

 

8/29                  Bar Opiniao                                                       Porto Alegre, Brazil

8/30                  Music Hall                                                         Curitiba, Brazil

8/31                  Carioca Club                                                     Sao Paulo, Brazil

9/3                    Metropolis                                                         Fremantle, Australia

9/4                    The Gov                                                            Adelaide, Australia

9/6                    The Hifi                                                             Brisbane, Australia

9/7                    The Roundhouse                                              Sydney, Australia

9/9                    The Forum                                                        Melbourne, Australia

9/10                  170 Russell *NTFP In Its Entirety*                    Melbourne, Australia

9/12                  Tab                                                                   Singapore, Singapore

9/13                  SM Skydome                                                    Quezon City, Philippines

10/6                  The Press Room                                               Phoenix, AZ

10/7                  House of Blues                                                  San Diego, CA

10/9                 House of Blues                                                  Los Angeles, CA

10/10               House of Blues                                                  Anaheim, CA

10/11                The Regency                                                     San Francisco, CA

10/13                Showbox Market                                                Seattle, WA

10/14                Wonder Ballroom                                               Portland, OR

10/15                Knitting Factory                                                 Spokane, WA

10/17                The Complex                                                     Salt Lake City, UT

10/18                Summit Music Hall                                             Denver, CO

10/20                Varsity Theater                                                  Minneapolis, MN

10/21                House of Blues                                                  Chicago, IL

10/23                Emo’s                                                                Austin, TX

10/24                House of Blues                                                  Dallas, TX

10/25                House of Blues                                                  Houston, TX

11/3                  St. Andrew’s Hall                                                Detroit, MI

11/4                  The Ready Room                                               St. Louis, MO

11/5                  The Cannery                                                      Nashville, TN

11/7                  Fillmore                                                             Silver Spring, MD

11/8                  The NorVa                                                         Norfolk, VA

11/10                Newport Music Hall                                            Columbus, OH

11/11                Theatre of Living Arts                                         Philadelphia, PA

11/12                House of Blues                                                  Boston, MA

11/13                Irving Plaza                                                       New York, NY

11/15                Theatre of Living Arts                                         Philadelphia, PA

11/16                Irving Plaza                                                       New York, NY

11/17                Gramercy Theatre *Cities In Its Entirety*           New York, NY

11/18                Phoenix Concert Hall                                         Toronto, Canada

11/19                House of Blues                                                  Cleveland, OH

11/21                The Fillmore                                                      Charlotte, NC

11/22                Center Stage                                                     Atlanta, GA

11/24                Revolution                                                         Fort Lauderdale, FL

11/25                Jannus Live                                                       St. Petersburg, FL

11/26                House of Blues – FINAL SHOW                         Orlando, FL

WHO: Anberlin

 

WHERE: House of Blues | 8430 Sunset Blvd | Los Angeles, CA

 

WHEN: October 9th | Doors: 7pm | $25 | All Ages

 

INFO: http://bit.ly/1qiQfdX
 

WHERE: House of Blues | 1530 S Disneyland Dr | Anaheim, CA
WHEN: October 10th | Doors: 7pm | $25 | All Ages

 

INFO: http://bit.ly/1qHkwzE

 

ROB ZOMBIE Narrates ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL Puppy Rescue Mission PSA

ROB ZOMBIE Narrates ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL Puppy Rescue Mission PSA, Directed by Strati Hovartos

 Watch the Puppy Rescue Mission PSA Here: https://vimeo.com/m/102641607

 Puppy Rescue Mission – Allowing Afghanistan War Heroes to Match Companions with Homes

image001 

Saiga, a dog rescued by The Puppy Rescue Mission, and her soldier friend

 The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is deep-seated in U.S. military and veteran communities – avidly promoting programs like Metal of Honor, in conjunction with The Pathway Home (PTSD rehabilitation facility) and Hope For The Warriors (Military family assistance, veteran transition assistance, employment preparedness). In addition to these programs, the festival actively supports another great cause in conjunction with our troops: The Puppy Rescue Mission!

 The Puppy Rescue Mission (“TPRM”) is the brainchild of president and founding member Anna Cannan. Anna’s idea for TPRM began when her fiancé, Chris, was deployed to and stationed in Afghanistan. TPRM’s primary mission is to help bring home the companions to our soldiers serving in a war zone. These companions already have homes waiting for them — they just need help getting there. TPRM believes that these beloved companions have at times not only physically saved our soldiers from harm but have also filled an emotional need for a sense of home and normalcy in a hostile and dangerous environment.

With the help of the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVALTPRM continues to make loving connections between rescue dogs and their companions! Recently, Los-Angeles based photographer and ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL documenter Strati Hovartos directed a heartfelt PSA, starring a cast of active duty and veteran warriors and narrated by Mayhem-alumni and world-renowned rocker Rob Zombie.

Last summer, Rob Zombie donated his incredible truck featured on History’s Counting Cars to TPRM. At the time, Rob Zombie stated, “… soldiers in Afghanistan would find these dogs and bond with them and sneak them on the bases, even though they weren’t supposed to have them.  It was probably the only moment of sanity for these guys, when they spent time with them….But they weren’t allowed to take them home, and if they could, it was so expensive. That was a cause I could really understand and get behind.”

Watch the PSA here: https://vimeo.com/m/102641607

Saiga, the dog featured in the PSA, is an actual rescue animal from the Afghanistan war zone adopted by festival producer John Reese and his family throughTPRM. As a puppy of a dog befriended by a soldier serving in the Middle East, Saiga was brought to the US from Kabul, Afghanistan at four-and-a-half months old.

 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL producer John Reese states, “The sacrifices made by our men and women serving overseas are numerous. Having to leave a dog behind that one may become attached to is just another sacrifice that most of us aren’t aware of. The work The Puppy Rescue Mission does is so important.”

“A sincere thank you goes out to the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL for their support and dedication in making these reunions possible,” states The Puppy Rescue Mission Founder and President, Anna Maria Cannan. “The bond between a soldier and his dog is truly unbreakable. Thousands of miles away from home, it is sometimes the one thing in the world that can bring a smile to their face.”

 For more information on The Puppy Rescue Mission, please visit www.puppyrescuemission.com.

For more information on THE ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL and other programs involved with the festival, visitwww.rockstarmayhemfest.com. Make sure to also visit the site for a full listing of this year’s tour dates and line-up information, as well as future announcements regarding the festival.

The Bolts Transformation Into Island Apollo at Silverlake Lounge

2818d1_4d1c64f4ca864e638c4e690ca9a95a92.png_srz_390_164_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srz

The Bolts Transformation Into Island Apollo at Silverlake Lounge

DSC_0048 DSC_0045 pictures by: Henry Eshelman

Orange-County based indie rockers The Bolts made a bold move early last month—they changed their name to Island Apollo. Bolder still, the five-some headed north to hipster haven Silverlake previewing work through their new material as Island Apollo, taking up residency at the gritty Silverlake Lounge for four Mondays in July.

The band—comprised of guitarists Heath Farmer and Ryan Kilpatrick, bassist Addam Farmer, keyboardist Austin Farmer, and drummer Matt Champagne—gained considerable fame as The Bolts after forming as teenagers in Orange County. In short order, they picked up airplay on KROQ, won Orange County’s “Best Pop Artist” from the OC Music Awards, opened for Capital Cities and Third Eye Blind, appeared across local TV and, realizing every young man’s dream, had a song placed in a commercial featuring supermodel Kate Upton.

At Silverlake Lounge, the group took the stage as relative newcomers.

From the first show through the last, Island Apollo was not what you’d call tentative. Despite the new name (coined for the artificial islands in Long Beach Bay, each named for a Apollo astronaut) and brand new material, they couldn’t shake off (nor should they) the experience of seven years playing together. Island Apollo plays with astonishing precision and considerable verve. They’re tight but not tense, intense but not intimidating. Each member knows their job and does it well, and their experience shines through in confident assured playing, compact, well-crafted songs, and at the bottom of each, Matt Champagne: throwing himself all over his small drum kit (with one synth pad, he’s quick to point out), each bang of the drums exuberant—at times it seems he just might freak out—before bringing the beats back to their “proper” place.   In fact, each song finishes a little sooner than you think it should. A few of the songs hint at what might be in store if they were to shake off the disciplined structure and show fans what it might feel like to be invited into one of their private jam sessions. Watching the crowd, it was clear that each song left the audience wanting more.

If one is to believe the set lists (show-goers eagerly snatched from under Heath’s feet at the end of each gig) during the Silverlake Lounge residencies consisted of eight-song sets of original compositions the band has been working on for inclusion into their first EP as Island Apollo. He told the audience, “We think Animal is going to be our fist single, but our manager (Dan Catullo, of Orange County production powerhouse DC3 Music/City Drive Entertainment) asked us not to confirm that.” Regardless, our money’s on Animal—it’s a self-effacing excuse for love and lust, delivered with Ryan and Heath’s guitars over urgent, insistent, almost drill-cadence harmonies.

Heath and Ryan trade lead and rhythm guitar duties effortlessly, going back and forth between parts without looking at each other. Heath wields a well-worn Telecaster, showing years of love and long use along with that very sweet, country punk-tinged sound; he expands on its single pickup design and sound with an array of pedals and effects at his feet that makes the gear lovers in the audience crane their necks over the monitors to look at it.

Ryan, Island Apollo’s newly appointed lead vocalist, croons a fine tenor over his Stratocaster, fixing his gaze on the audience as he works through the tunes. Their intention was to have Ryan handle all the singing—thinking perhaps their four-part harmonies as the Bolts too lightweight—but they simply can’t help harmonizing, and you can tell they clearly relish singing together. Each song’s chorus is fist-to-the gut punchy. They pack a pop and a wallop. This is especially evident on the tunes Phoenix and Animal.

Between them is Addam, alternately strumming and plucking his bass—just like the guitarists on either side of them. Twice during the residency, he sported a black t-shirt with dinosaurs on it, and the irony wasn’t lost on fans of Animal.

Habitual starts with a looser, free-form instrumental intro reminiscent of The War on Drugs—but again, tantalizingly brief. In Meaning of Love, the guys sing, “You build me up/And break me down/That’s the meaning of love/That’s the meaning of love.” It is then that you realize: these guys are not punks; they really are a bunch of Orange County lads, tanned, fresh-faced, and very outgoing. They want us to like them, and y’know what? We do. The band reads the audience well and knows that they won’t win us over if they sing at us to fuck off. It’s refreshingly…fresh. At each week of the residency, a tanned, teeming crowd of young ladies in the audience undoubtedly seemed to agree.

Believer is as close as these guys come to down-tempo in the Silverlake sets, a minor-key anthem driven by Austin’s low-key keys, his extensive rig anchored by a Yamaha electric piano. In I Don’t Need Your Kind of Love, they build guitar energy with staccato guitar riffs around their vocal, ensemble playing holding Champagne’s drums in check, concluding with soulful, tight harmonies on Think it Over, their last number.

Heath explains their carefully constructed set after the show. “We believe that every song should flow naturally and that every detail should serve an artistic purpose. We added tempo changes where it made sense, and explored varying chord progressions.” As you watch his fingers fly up and down the fret board, you realize he’s taking his own advice well.

Island Apollo’s next gig is Thursday, August 14 at a new venue downtown: Downstairs at Fifty Seven, located at 712 S Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021

http://fiftysevenla.electrostub.com/event.cfm?id=122547&cart

So with a nostalgic look back at their history as the Bolts, Island Apollo is poised to rise above the ocean floor and reach for the stars.

Island Apollo’s new social network links:

Facebook / Twitter / YouTube / Instagram

 

 

GUS G. and LYNAM announce west coast tour dates

OZZY OSBOURNE / FIREWIND guitarist GUS G. and LYNAM announce west coast tour dates; GUS G. launches new video for “Blame It On Me” 

          

OZZY OSBOURNE / FIREWIND guitarist GUS G. and Birmingham, AL rockers LYNAM will be teaming up for a string of west coast dates in October! GUS G. will be supporting his debut solo album, I Am The Fire, and LYNAM will be supporting their newest release,Halfway To Hell. The dates kick off October 15th in Los Angeles, CA at the world famous Whisky a Go Go and mark GUS’ first solo band appearances in North America.

GUS G. comments: “I’m very excited to play my first solo shows in North America! Expect a killer set-list with songs from my debut solo album ‘I Am The Fire’, as well as material from FIREWIND, OZZY and some surprises! I’m putting a killer band together for this short run and Mats Leven will be handling vocal duties! 
Also, I’m very happy to team up with LYNAM– they’re a killer hard rock band, and their singer Jacob Bunton co-wrote with me and sang a song on ‘I Am The Fire’. See you all out there!”

See below for upcoming dates; tickets can be purchased here: www.bandsintown.com/gusg

GUS G. and LYNAM tour dates
Oct. 15 – The Whisky a Go Go – Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 17 – Count’s Vamped – Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 18 – Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
Oct. 19 – Club Red – Tempe, AZ

GUS G.’s I Am The Fire was released in North America on March 18th via Century Media Records. A new video for the album track, “Blame It On Me”, can be viewed here:
http://smarturl.it/blameitoneme

GUS G. handles all guitar, bass and keyboards on I Am The Fire, and is joined by a roster of friends and guests that helped bring his vision to fruition: drummers Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER, DEVO) and Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY), bassists David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Marty O’Brien (TOMMY LEE, WE ARE THE FALLEN), and vocalists Mats Leven (CANDLEMASS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/THERION), Blake Allison (DEVOUR THE DAY), Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER), Alexia Rodriguez (EYES SET TO KILL), Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY), Jacob Bunton (ADLER) and Jeff Scott Soto (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, ex-JOURNEY). The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey through GUS G.’s soulful playing.

To purchase the album, please visit iTunes for a digital copy or CM Distro for a variety of physical formats. For another preview of I Am The Fire, be sure to check out the following videos:
–”My Will Be Done (feat. Mats Leven of CANDLEMASS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/THERION)” music video
–”I Am The Fire (Feat. DEVOUR THE DAY)” music video
I Am The Fire EPK
I Am The Fire track-by-track
–”Long Way Down” tutorial video
–”I Am The Fire” tutorial video

LYNAM’s Halfway To Hell was produced by Jacob Bunton and Jason Elgin (COLLECTIVE SOUL, MAYLENE AND THE SONS OF DISASTER, TERRIBLE THINGS) and released on December 17th, 2013 via New Ocean Media. A video for the first single, “Cold”, can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/wKdS9yJsh94

GUS G. online:
http://www.gusgofficial.com
https://www.facebook.com/officialgusg
https://twitter.com/gusgofficial
http://www.youtube.com/firetv

LYNAM online:
www.lynammusic.com
www.facebook.com/lynammusic
www.twitter.com/lynammusic

 

FLYLEAF PREMIERE VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE “SET ME ON FIRE”

 

FLYLEAF

PREMIERE VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE
SET ME ON FIRE
TODAY, TUESDAY JULY 29 ON BILLBOARD HERE

NEW ALBUM
‘BETWEEN THE STARS’
SET FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 16 ON LOUD & PROUD RECORDS

iTUNES PRE-ORDER UP TODAY HERE


FLYLEAF PHOTO: http://msopr.com/files/flyleaf_press_photo_147.JPG

 

FLYLEAF–the five-piece, multi-platinum alternative rock band–have premiered their brand new video for “Set Me On Fire” todayTuesday, July 29. Watch the clip and read the Q&A with FLYLEAF on Billboard.com HERE. “Set Me On Fire” marks the first single from their fourth studio album, BETWEEN THE STARS, set for release September 16 on Loud & Proud Records. Starting today, BETWEEN THE STARS is available for pre-order on iTunes HERE.

The video for “Set Me On Fire” was directed by Noel Maitland (SpeechlessKings of Summer) in an abandoned warehouse in downtown Los Angeles.

FLYLEAFKRISTEN MAY (vocals), SAMEER BHATTACHARYA (guitars), JARED HARTMANN (guitars), PAT SEALS(bass), JAMES CULPEPPER (drums)–recorded BETWEEN THE STARS in Los Angeles with producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Bullet For My Valentine, Avril Lavigne). The band will announce a fall U.S. tour soon.

 

www.flyleafmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/flyleafmusic
https://twitter.com/flyleafmusic
http://instagram.com/flyleafmusic
www.youtube.com/user/flyleafmusic
http://www.loudandproudrecords.com

FLYLEAF PHOTO http://msopr.com/files/flyleaf_press_photo_147.JPG

 

About FLYLEAF
FLYLEAF has consistently dominated the Active, Alternative and Mainstream rock charts throughout their career. They released the eponymous debut album, Flyleaf, in 2005 which went platinum and spawned the singles “I’m So Sick,” “Fully Alive,” and the smash “All Around Me,” which sold over one million digital downloads, was a Top 20 hit at Top 40 radio and won the BMI Pop Award. Their second album Memento Mori was released in late 2009 and debuted at No. 8 on theBillboard charts, featuring the singles “Again” and “Missing.”  Their third album New Horizons was released in late2012. After months of touring the world with the new line-up addition of KRISTEN MAY on vocals, FLYLEAF released a new EP Who We Are in 2013 which featured the song “Something Better” with P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval on vocals. They’ve shared the stage with Korn, Deftones, Stone Sour, Evanescence and many more. Conscious of constantly giving back, they played special shows for American troops stationed in Afghanistan as well as Okinawa, Japan.

 

RNR at Summer NAMM

Summer NAMM is always an adventure for the RNR crew, since its not “down the street” like Winter NAMM. This year was our first year to set up a booth at Summer NAMM and it was an awesome time! NAMM always allows you to see new companies as well as some of the Top brands like Gibson, showing their best products, their new products and answering any questions that you may have. Also included in the slideshow are a couple pictures from the Epiphone after party Friday night. Continue reading

Summer Slaughter, 2014! Not for the Weak of Heart!

 Summer Slaughter 2014

Metal crowd shot

I thought I had seen extreme shows before I witnessed Summer Slaughter 2014, but the brutality of the eighth annual touring festival has taken extreme to a whole new level. I made it to the shows in Orange County and Los Angeles.

The first night was at the Observatory in Santa Ana. I got there just in time to check out the local metal band Our Own Accord. Their style is a hybrid of thrash melodic metal and metalcore.  Their set was pretty awesome in the constellation room with the other local bands on the bill, however their set was a lot more energetic. And even though they did not have the biggest crowd, their loyal following head banged their hearts away! They have a new album called “Judgment” coming out in a month and they debuted some of the new material during their set, including their single, “Sinister Split.”

Alex, their lead singer, had this to say about Summer Slaughter, “The show was awesome! The crowd was insane. It was probably the best summer slaughter reaction we have ever had. My favorite band was Morbid Angel. I have been a huge fan of them since getting into metal!” aside from Alex and company, the other local acts did not disappoint. The additional roster including Voices of Ruin, Why We Kill and Nihilitus all put on stellar performances, giving the audience a constant stream of brutal tunes between the headlining acts.

Amongst the brutal, Goatwhore was overwhelming! They played many new hits off their current release “Constricting the Rage of the Merciles” including crowd favorites “Apocoliptic Havic” and “All Destroying.”  This band puts out so much energy, especially front man Ben Falgoust. His wicked stage presence really compliments Sammy Duet melting faces with his guitar!

Australian deathcore outfit Thy Art is Murder, drew a lot of fans and had the most intense crowd surfing of the show. And what can be said about Dying Fetus? They gave a killer performance with their brand of brutal, guttural extreme death metal. Aside from playing fan favorites off their new record “Reign Supreme” they also pleased their long-time fans by performing some of their older material, which is always great to see and hear.

Morbid Angel ruled the show, playing many of their most brutal and vicious legendary hits. Their set was about 75 minutes long and included songs like “Rapture,” “Blood on my Hands,” and “God of Emptiness.” Lead singer and bassist David Vincent had his bass vibrating your inner soul.

The mosh pit was utter chaos with tons of young faces that probably were seeing Morbid Angel for the first time! There were lots of teens and that’s cool. Horn’s up! There were also many veterans in the crowd, including me! Well, I was off to the side because the way the mosh pit was going, you were either going to get smacked on the cranial by a stage diver or body slammed.

The Morbid Angel after party was just as awesome! You can’t go wrong with free beer, death metal god fathers and METAL! It was great to see some familiar faces and hang with the bands who were all super cool.  If you haven’t seen Summer Slaughter yet, you won’t want to miss it! Go check it out in a city near you. My round two of the show at the House of Blues on Sunset the next day was just as epic! Check out the photos below!

 

Morbid Angel's  David Vincent

GoatWhore

Ben Falgoust GoatWhore

crowd shot!

Check out for more info:

http://thesummerslaughtertour.com/

Search

Videos

Radio Ads

Rockefellas battle bands X103.9

Rock N Roll Industries Mag KCAL

Advertisments