Sick Puppies are fresh off the Hard Drive Live tour with Red Sun Raising, Stitched Up Heart and Hudson, they have been flying around the country to various festivals and I was able to catch an acoustic show at the Standard in Fresno, California hosted by 105.1fm The Blaze as part of their California radio tour.
The intimate setting of the venue really brought out new singer Bryan Scott’s personality, he is great with the bands fans and is very funny with a quick wit. He gets the audience involved in the show by asking for requests from older SP albums which he pulls off amazingly, if you didn’t know he was new to the band you wouldn’t figure it out. New single “Stick To Your Guns” is just as appealing acoustic style as the radio edit and with bass player Emma Anzai bringing more vocals to their set than ever before this band really is a much watch. Drummer Mark Goodwin and Emma Seem to really enjoy their new band mate and they clearly have a great time together which creates brilliant stage presence and performance.
Sick Puppies new album “Fury” is available on iTunes and at Best Buy or even better head to a show and buy a copy from the wonderful Mr. Gerry.
INFINITE SPECTRUM Premieres “Federal Hill” Through Prog As Lovecraft-Inspired Haunter Of The Dark Nears Release Via Sensory
Pre-order your box set here: http://nblast.de/Meshuggah25YearsNB
The ninth wonder of the unnatural world, extreme tech-metal messiah’s MESHUGGAH are releasing the ultimate collectors piece, 25 Years Of Musical Deviance box set, which will be released on July 29. 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The set is limited to 1,000 units worldwide – only 585 will be available in the U/S exclusively via the Nuclear Blast Webshop.
Watch the promo video for the box set on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel!
The 25 Years Of Musical Deviance box set will include
Outer case with 3D cover art
Slipmat with exclusive design
100-page hardcover book with lyrics and previously unreleased photos
Blu-ray with all music videos and previously unreleased studio footage
(17) ultra clear, 180 gram 12-inch vinyl featuring brand new artwork
Below are the vinyl that are included in the box set:
- Meshuggah EP – single, 45rpm vinyl
- Contradictions Collapse – double, 33 1/3rpm vinyl
- None EP – single, 33 1/3rpm vinyl
- Destroy Erase Improve – double vinyl, 45rpm vinyl
- Chaosphere – double vinyl, 45rpm vinyl
- Nothing – double vinyl, 45rpm vinyl
- I EP – single vinyl, 33 1/3rpm vinyl
- Catch 33 – double vinyl, 33 1/3rpm vinyl
- Obzen – double vinyl, 45rpm vinyl
- Koloss – double vinyl, 45rpm vinyl
- “Abnegating Cecity“
- “Terminal Illusions”
- “New Millennium Cyanide Christ”
- “Rash In All Gays”
- “Rational Gaze”
- “Breaking Those Bones Who Sinews Gave It Motion”
- “I Am Colossus”
- Contradictions Collapse
- Destroy Erase Improve
Catch MESHUGGAH live at this year’s Chicago Open Air on July 15, 2016.
Check out the teaser video for MESHUGGAH‘s upcoming release here: https://youtu.be/pslfVYeMYEM
Watch the live video for “Dancers To A Discordant System” and “Do Not Look Down” as well as the “The Call From Nuclear Blast” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel!
Visit MESHUGGAH online at www.MESHUGGAH.net
Back in 2010 Robb Flynn’s Martinez, CA house was burglarized. Stolen with the cash, jewelry, and other items were four guitars, and amongst these four was easily one of his most meaningful possession, a 1997 Washburn Dimebolt guitar that was given to him onstage at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, by the late-great PANTERA guitarist, Dimebag Darrel.
Last night, some six years later, it was returned to him along with an un-released Epiphone prototype.
When Holly Cherry put a $10 dollar online bid to buy an unclaimed storage unit in San Bernardino, she had no idea what she would find. Tucked away in said storage unit she discovered that it had two electric guitars. So like anyone she went about getting a valuation on them, luckily the un-released Epiphone Signature Series prototype had Robb Flynn’s autograph on the back. Using the Google Translate App to take a photo of the name it eventually pulled up various stories on the theft.
Emailing some photos over to Bryan Kehoe at Jim Dunlop Strings and Pedals (long-time sponsors of MACHINE HEAD). Bryan then forwarded the pics to Robb’s high school buddy Craig Locicero who Robb performed with in the band FORBIDDEN before MACHINE HEAD who contacted Robb.
Opening the email, Flynn was stunned to find photos of two of the four guitars, including the beloved Dimebolt. Flynn explained, “I’ve had so many false leads over the last 6 years I can’t even tell you, literally hundreds, and while was grateful for everyone’s enthusiasm in helping find them, but I had kind of given up hope.” Adds Flynn, “you can imagine my shock when that email came through and it was really them! I was sitting in our son Wyatt’s gymnastics class waiting for it to start and I blurted out ‘HOLY S**T, they found my guitars!’ My kids laughed and said ‘what what?’”
Contacting Holly, she agreed to meet Robb in Oakland where the guitars were returned, miraculously, in near perfect condition considering they were stolen without a case, and only missing one volume knob.
In closing Flynn added, “I’d like to thank Holly Cherry for being so amazing throughout this entire process, she truly is an outstanding human being. I’d also like to thank Officer Ian Leong of the Martinez Police Dept. who has stayed on the case for over 6 years, and has been unrelenting in hunting down the thieves. Lastly huge, huge, HUGE props go out to Craig Locicero and Bryan Kehoe for contacting me with this info, and also to Chris Wallace and Wes Anderson for connecting the dots. The Ibanez guitar that I used to write and record MACHINE HEAD’s debut Burn My Eyes is still out there missing, so I’m asking all the Head Cases to keep their eyes peeled. But for now, the Dimebolt is home and it’s moments like these that make you believe man, they make you believe!”
Watch video of Robb recovering his guitars from Holly, here.
The original KTVU news broadcast about Robb’s stolen guitars can also be viewed at the following location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWFuyEYd0ao
LA, Cali local band Valora plays The Viper Room last Sunday Funday with special guest Toby Rand, they had a great turn out and the band let me know how much they appreciated all the love and support for this show.
Front women Syd Duran and Taelor Duran are always amazing to watch live, being sisters they have a bond that is very captivating. The band played a tight set and overall everyone including the crowd was having fun.
Follow Valora on Facebook and Instagram /valoramusic and keep an eye on this up and coming band, better yet hit up ITunes and download some Valora for your very own to keep!
For more info:facebook.com/valoramusic
(From left to right) Ted Aguilar (guitars), Damien Sisson (bass),
Mark Osegueda (vocals), Will Carroll (drums), Rob Cavestany (guitars)
San Francisco Bay Area 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 a music video for the track “Lost”, here. The clip was directed and edited by Tommy Jones for Videohammer Studios.
Comments vocalist Mark Osegueda:
“The song ‘Lost’ is very personal to me and I believe it will resonate with many. As one who has been fortunate enough to be raised In the San Francisco Bay Area (an extremely diverse region), I have made friends with people from every religion, race, sexual orientation, and genre of music fan! One thing that no one can escape, no matter what one’s beliefs are, or how well you were raised, or educated, is that one point in your life that you felt apart, or alone.
“It is an awful and disparaging feeling. Some are fortunate enough to have only experienced a fleeting moment of that empty feeling. More often than not though, it’s much longer than a fleeting moment, and time moves no slower than when stuck in that feeling. I myself am not immune to that human experience.
“I find the best release for me, and what makes me feel as though I belong / am doing something right / have a quality of life that is not measured by a monetary system, is creating music!
“This song is for and about all who have ever been trapped in that dark hole of your own mind. This is ‘Lost’! You are not alone!”
“When i first spoke to Mark about the lyrical context of the song, I realized that he was coming from 3 different mindsets, or 3 different narratives that would lead someone to feeling ‘Lost’. So there was a challenge to represent these 3 scenarios into the video for the song. They were pretty heavy, current social topics in the form of religious extremism, a bad relationship riddled with drug and physical abuse, and cyber and school bullying. Each of these situations, could make a person feel ‘Lost’ as to what’s right or what’s wrong, or a sense of being trapped in a situation that in your mind you know is wrong, but being stuck in it, makes you feel ‘Lost’. I also wanted the band to seem ‘Lost’ as if they were nowhere. So the setting of the video is that they are in complete never ending blackness.
“The rain was a necessity. With the power that Mark is belting out the lyrics ‘rain down on me’, it was a no brainier, I saw it in my head and needed to have him singing that last chorus in the rain. So we made it rain, yo!”
Receive “Lost”, “Hatred United / United Hate”, “Cause For Alarm”, “The Moth” when you pre-order The Evil Divide digitally via iTunes, Amazon and Google.
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 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:
“Hatred United / United Hate” https://youtu.be/6WXBob7a9go
“Cause For Alarm” track video https://youtu.be/-N0UcnswlUQ
“The Moth” track video https://youtu.be/FRW1mdm3CaI
In-studio trailer #1 https://youtu.be/XBkIraeKfa8
In-studio trailer #2 https://youtu.be/bzidP0lXzT4
In-studio trailer #3 https://youtu.be/VtDPaIxwIco
“The Evil Divide” album trailer https://youtu.be/QiLvkze3gQk
Pre-order The Evil Divide here:
Nuclear Blast http://nblast.de/DATheEvilDivideNB
Nashville Music Industry Award-Winner JASMINE CAIN Releases New Album “White Noise” Today via 3Thirteen Music/eOne Music
2. White Noise
3. Break Even
5. Fools Gold, featuring Jeff Labar (Cinderella)
6. Good Life
7. Into The Grey, featuring Gerry Finn (Killer Dwarfs)
10. Any Given Sunday, featuring Jeff Labar (Cinderella)
11. Fall To Rise, featuring Ralph Saenz (Steel Panther) & Charlie Parra Del Riego (Kobra and the Lotus)