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Switchfoot and Livehouse at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles 9/9

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Let’s start off by saying that watching Switchfoot perform at the Greek Theatre is a complete unique experience all on its own, for this show specifically they closed the Pit off and had the  fans seated as close as possible to the stage.

If you have never been to the Greek Theatre by the Griffith Park, then you are missing out an amazing intimate event/show with any band/show you have the chance to attend. In this situation, no matter where you sit, the screens are on the sides and in front so that everyone can see. The sound engineering is loud and even on all sides, which makes everything feel like you’re closer than you really are. When you take a moment to look around, you find yourself feeling poetic as the sun (if it’s day), or moon and stars are clearly above you.

Which brings me to this- If you’re a fan of the 90’s like myself, than this event alone was a must. Two amazing alternative bands from the 90’s touring together Switchfoot and Lifehouse.

A few highlights from Sept 9

 

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When Switchfoot came out, the crowd went wild; frontman Jon Foreman thanked the people for coming, but more importantly wanted everyone to thank the Los Angeles Fire Department  for helping us with the fire that happened  in Aug 30- Sept2 (Las Tunas Canyon all the way through Burbank).

One of my favorite songs “Live it Well,” was performed, but not before giving out a message to everyone that life is too short to not live it well. Jon then asked everyone to put their arms on the strangers next to them and to sway together. As they began to play the song,  we all began to look at each other from above the seats to the lowest, all I saw was smiles and how peaceful everyone seemed.

Jon Forman takes a moment to tell everyone that his newsfeeds have been negative recently on social media, and it was important for everyone to know that his music was to give hope. He imagined the maker up above with tears in his eyes shaking his head. With that being said, he asked everyone to turn their light on from their phones and to raise them up to the sky as they were to perform  a love song. “I Won’t Let You Go.”

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For their next song, they brought out Jason Wade from Lifehouse to sing along to their last song “Dare You to Move.” Everyone was heard singing along, and screaming in excitement. This was such an amazing show, and will most likely be talked about for times to come. It’s amazing how much heart and passion can be seen as they play live.

They ended their show thanking everyone that donated to SHINE LIKE GOLD, and to keep spreading the word as donations are for Houston to all those who were affected by  Hurricane Harvey.

If you or anyone would like to also donate or simply share the information here is the info click on link!

https://www.fh.org/switchfoothouston/?utm_source=A17IWA7YA1&utm_campaign=relief&utm_medium=link&source=A17IWA7YA1

To close the night, out finally came, Lifehouse! Another intense and heartfelt band from the 90’s.

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You could hear everyone screaming naming out the musicians and jumping. As I turned around to see the people it brought me such an incredible feeling as I saw all generations in the crowd. Teenagers as well as Parents with toddlers,  couples in their 20’s – 60’s and such diverse ethnicities.

On their 3rd song, Jason Wade jumped down and performed the rest of the song in the crowd walking all the way to the center of the stage. Bryce and Steve took the opportunity to take over the stage bonding with the crowd from one side to the other. Rick on drums couldn’t stop smiling at times, how can anyone not with such a welcoming crowd. Everyone’s performance was as if they hadn’t played in a very long time, you could feel the beat of the drums to the chords of the bass or guitar. Perhaps, that’s why the 90’s impacted so many of us.

To make things even more insane after a few more songs, Bryce jumped on vocals and did one hell of an amazing cover from U2 “Pride (In the name of Love).” It all happened so fast that he in excitement got clipped on the face and bled throughout the song, a part of me wondered if Bryce even felt it. What a rockstar to pull through without even flinching or caring to notice. I will say, that it had everyone cheering him on even more, including myself!

With that being said, tonight was one for the memories!

For more images from this show check out the gallery.

 

Words and pictures by Angelica Ulloa

 

For Tour Dates or more info on Switchfoot please visit:

http://switchfoot.com/tour/

For Lifehouse visit:

http://lifehousemusic.com/tour/

MI Conversation Series Presents: Rob Halford

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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

Rising Los Angeles metal band Death Division release redemptive single & video for “The Truth”

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Los Angeles, CA. (May 4th, 2016) – Rising Metal band Death Division has released a new single and video for The Truth” ahead of upcoming tour dates throughout the Midwest and Southeast US.  The single is off to a fast start at Active Rock Radio, with 24 adds in the first two weeks.

The band’s Jerry Montano says “The new EP (Angels of the Black Dawn, Part One, due 6/24/16) was written at a time when I was at a serious crossroads in my life. I had just ended a 20 plus year relationship with alcohol & drugs. I was awakened by the realization of where I was in life as an addict who had fallen and lost it all including my will to carry on. Ihad a choice to make, one that many have never come back from. You would be surprised when faced with life or substance abuse and certain death what some would choose. This song to me is about facing my demons, accountability for the past and for hope of a better way forward. In my heart this song (“The Truth”) is about redemption”.

The band was formed in 2012 by veteran bassist Jerry Montano(The Deadlights, Nothingface, Danzig, Hellyeah), who has sold over two million records worldwide in his career.  Co-founder of the band is Lead Vocalist/Guitarist Sean De La Tour. Drummer Alex Rivas joined the band in 2015.

In 2013, Death Division released their debut Independent EP, “We Are The Fallen”, and caught the attention of Justis Mustaine and Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, who were impressed and offered the band the opener of Gigantour alongside Megadeth, Black Label Society, Device, Newsted, and Hellyeah.

The following 2 years have been productive ones for the band, as they have been touring extensively to grow and establish their fanbase.  The touring has paid off: They captured the attention of Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, who invited the band to take part in his annual “FearfestEvil” Show and Convention.

Death Division recently finished recording their new EP, “Angels of the Black Dawn, Part One” at the EastWest Studios in Hollywood, CA. The record was produced by Jerry Montano, and mixed & mastered by Gus Cryns (Panic! At the Disco, Stitched Up Heart, Escape The Fate, Foxy Shazam). The album is a reflection of the youth of today: scarred, bruised and furious.

“Everything I have learned has led up to this moment, every victory and defeat…is born of the perfect storm. Every life lesson, every tear and drop of blood is in this one.” – Jerry Montano on “Angels of the Black Dawn, Part One”.

Death Division Tour dates:
Friday, May 13th – The Looney Bin – Bradley IL.

Saturday, May 14th – The Tree – Joliet, IL
Sunday, May 15th – Whiskeys – Rockford, IL
Tuesday, May 17th – Opinion Brewery – Minneapolis, MN
Wednesday, May 18th – Rick’s Bar – Fargo, ND
Thursday, May 19th – Rock Point – Mandan, ND
Friday, May 20th – Z Bar – Spearfish, SD
Saturday, May 21st – Shamrocks – Omaha, Nebraska
Sunday, May 22nd – Afterlife – Algona, IA
Wednesday, May 25th – TBA – St. Louis, MO
Thursday, May 26th – Shots – Rolla, MO
Friday, May 27th – The Empourium – Jackson, TN

Saturday, May 28th – Twisted Spoke – Pekin, IL
Wednesday, June 1st – Madison Live – Covington, KY
Thursday, June 2nd – The Dog House – Hagerstown, MD
Friday, June 3rd – TBA – Kent, OH
Saturday, June 4th – Dillinger’s – Bucyrus, OH
Thursday, June 9th – Muncheez – Bekley, WV
Friday, June 10th – Drunk Horse – Fayetteville, NC
Saturday, June 11th – The Wizard – Hickory, NC

Thursday, June 16th – Harmonious Monk’s – Jacksonville, FL
Friday, June 17th – Atmosphere – Tallahassee, FL
Saturday, June 18th – The Corner Pub – Slidell, LA
Wednesday, June 22nd – TBA – Dallas, TX
Thursday, June 23rd – TBA – Lubbock, TX

Connect with Death Division:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeathDivision
Twitter: https://twitter.com/death_division

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DEATHDIVISION/

“The Yellow King” : Interview with Erik Kluiber of Ironaut

 

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Here is the full length interview with Erik Kluiber, lead singer and bassist for Ironaut from the current issue of RNR Magazine. They are getting some killer reviews and building quite the fan base! They just played Loaded last night in Hollywood. If you missed them, you have a chance to check them out in March on the following dates:

Friday March 4th
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Monday March 21st
Metal Mondays at Blacklight District Lounge with
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Thursday March 24th
Viper Room with
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Check out their music video “Horned Goat.”

Since the days when he was the guitarist for Gypsyhawk, a lot has changed for Erik  Kluiber, who now fronts Ironaut, a heavy doom metal band! Earlier this year, I saw Ironaut perform at Loaded in Hollywood. At the time, the band was strictly instrumental and I could tell these were seasoned musicians with lots of talent and passion. Recently, Erik stepped up to the plate as the band’s lead singer and now Ironaut is causing a colossal wave for the doom stoner metal scene in LA. They can definitely be the next pioneers for the movement and they have a great shot with the support of legendary producer Paul Fig, who is engineering their upcoming EP. Ironaut is a three piece band of skilled musicians who play intense guitar solos, thunderous drumming and dark, disturbing lyrics from the mind of the yellow king, himself.

This was the second time I interviewed Erik. The first time was when he was with Gypsyhawk in 2013. You can see that interview on the Rock ‘N Roll Industries YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/Rocknrollindustries)

RNR:  What is the history of the Ironaut?

ERIK KLUIBER: In late summer of 2014, I was the guitarist for Gypsyhawk who had just disbanded.  I had to start all over again, so I went back to Craigslist and started searching.  Many people despise Craigslist, but I’ve actually had a lot of success with it.  I’ve landed a lot of gigs through it including White Wizzard, Scattered Hamlet, Gypsyhawk, and now Ironaut.

Guitarist Pat McHugh had an ad listed for a band he’d been demoing for years called Ironaut.  His ad caught my eye because of the influences, artwork, and original recordings he posted online.  He needed a bass player, so I picked up a bass and learned four of his tunes.  We got together with a drummer he had at the time and it was alright, but nothing really happened.  We kept in touch and tried jamming again in early 2015. That’s when we found drummer Ivan Najor and things clicked.  We wrote a bunch of tunes and started playing instrumental shows while we looked for a vocalist. After six months of not finding anyone to sing for us I said, “Fuck it – I’ll do it,” and here we are.

RNR:  Who writes the songs and what are they about?

ERIK KLUIBER: For the album, two of the songs are reworks of Pat’s instrumental demos while the other three were written collaboratively at our practice space, one riff at a time.  After six months of jamming and playing out, we stopped writing music because we got way too far ahead of ourselves.  It was not our intention to write endless instrumentals.  Once I took on vocal duty, we went back and reformatted our stoner progressive metal instrumentals into songs.  Pat and I worked together on lyrics for the first three.  Once I got the hang of it, I took over and finished the remaining two on my own.  Pat draws from stoney cosmic overtones and I like to inject dark sarcasm fueled by Facebook rants and coffee binges.

RNR: You are working with well known producer Paul Fig who has worked with great metal and rock bands such as Alice in Chains, Huntress, and Ghost. Tell me about Paul and what was the conception of the album and recording of it like?

ERIK KLUIBER: Paul Fig is an amazing producer/engineer who I never thought we’d have the chance to work with. That’s the beauty of this town.  On St. Patrick’s Day this year, I was part of a music video that producer Jim Rota of Fireball Ministry was working on.  Around that time Ironaut was looking to record a demo, but the studio Pat used previously had lost its lease.  I asked Jim if he had a studio to recommend and he said “Yeah, mine.”  Ironaut was initially thinking of recording a longer instrumental album, but we gave my voice a shot and made the switch to a three piece band with vocals. Two months later we booked the time with Paul and went for it.

Paul recorded us playing live without a click track to capture the feel of Ironaut’s sound.  We recorded many takes of each song.  We recorded over and over until the song found its peak and then recorded a few more takes until we started to suck.  The first two days were spent finding the tones and recording the live takes.  We kept the drums and most of the live bass.  We spent the next few days on guitars, and then about 3-4 hours per song for vocals.

There was a good team chemistry between the four of us with Paul at the captain’s chair.  That’s important, because time is limited in the studio and you can second guess yourself to death.  Paul stepped in when we needed him and helped us make decisions to make sure the album came out right.  The dude knows heavy music and isn’t going to let a sub-par performance slide under his watch.

RNR: You started off as an instrumental band. Now you are the lead singer and playing bass, is it difficult to do both? Has the style of the music changed since you added vocals, or is it the same?

ERIK KLUIBER: When you start writing songs as instrumentals and then go back to fit in vocals, you hear things differently. The style is still the same, but we had to rearrange the songs for them to be effective. I like how things turned out because the structure of the songs are still unconventional and interesting.  It’s not easy to play and sing, but it’s been a mind expanding challenge.  I never thought I’d be playing bass and singing for a band, but it seems to work.  Necessity is the mother of invention.

RNR: What are some of your pet peeves?

ERIK KLUIBER: You can’t wait forever to make things happen.  I’ve been in bands that take an eternity to do the simplest shit.  It’s like, what the fuck is the fucking problem?  You’ve got to have forward momentum, always.  I’ve got better things to do than sit around in a tiny room and smell other guy’s farts when the music isn’t happening.

RNR: What do you want fans to know about your music before they listen to it?

ERIK KLUIBER: Some of our favorite bands are Entombed, High on Fire, COC, and The Sword.  I think there is a group of heavy music fans who will enjoy what we do.  It’s metal with a stoner/doom edge but, at the same time, high energy with solid riffing.  Our album should be out and free to stream by the time this interview is printed.

RNR: How is Ironaut different from your previous bands?

ERIK KLUIBER: I’ve never been in a three piece before and there is purity to it, which I find exciting. We thought for a while that we’d find a bassist and a singer, and I’d switch over to guitar like every other band I’ve been in.  After a few rehearsals, we found that the three of us made plenty of noise on our own and it was fun.  It sounds tight and less people equals less stress!  The three of us are all from the Great Lakes region.  Pat’s from Chicago, and Ivan and I are from Detroit…  Three kindred souls far from home, found together by chance, perhaps in the right place at the right time.

RNR: What is your own personal favorite album of the year?

ERIK KLUIBER: My favorite album of 2015 is Ghost – Meliora

RNR: Anything else you want to tell your fans and our readers?

ERIK KLUIBER: Check out Ironaut at www.facebook.com/ironautmusic

Raquel Figlo

 

Metal Allegiance Plays Loud and Fast in Honor of the Late Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister

 

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January 9th was a day of celebration and mourning for the recent loss of Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, former frontman of the band Motorhead, who passed away two weeks ago of terminal brain and neck cancer. The official memorial service was streamed live at the Rainbow Room in Hollywood, California and the Sunset Strip was packed with fans, rock stars, friends and family who all came out to pay their respect to the rock ’n roll legend.  The all-star band Metal Allegiance, previously scheduled at the Whisky a Go Go that night, was asked if they would play a tribute to Lemmy and they agreed.

While Metal Allegiance is an all-star metal band created by Mark Menghi and his friends David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick, (Testament), and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs), this particular night was the ultimate metal jam in tribute for Lemmy with Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), and Troy Sanders (Mastodon). Additional guests included Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), John Tempesta (The Cult), Mike Tempesta (Powerman 5000), and Mikkey Dee (Motörhead).

Metal Allegiance took the crowd by storm opening up with Electric Eye by Judas Priest, lead by Mark Oseguda. Mosh pits broke out and the packed house at the Whisky was going nuts enjoying their metal idols singing their hearts out. Metal Allegiance also played songs from AC/DC, Van Halen, Sepultura, Metallica, Accept and Black Sabbath, but that was just the beginning. Then they played some of their songs from their recently released self-titled album and then got right into Motorhead songs. They played Killed by Death that got the crowd in frenzy, Ace of Spades and The Chase is Better than the Catch.  A very emotional highlight of the evening is when Mikkey Dee former drummer of Motorhead came out on stage and had everyone bow their heads for 15 seconds to show their respect for their fallen member.  Then the celebration continued with MotorHead classics and ended with a very loud Seek and Destroy by Metallica!

Two of the opening bands were Doll Skin and Cage. The girls in Doll Skin are very talented, sounded great and had killer voices, cute haircuts and bad ass attitudes! The next band Cage, sounded great as well. The vocals on Sean Peck (lead singer) were high and mighty and reminincent of Rob Halford of Judas Priest.

Lemmy touched the hearts of many musicians and it showed that night how much he was respected and idolized as a great friend and fellow Rock n’ Roller. Live Fast, Die Old. Rest in Peace Lemmy Kilmister.

By Raquel Figlo

Tales from the Pit: Judas Priest! Fall to your knees and repent if you please!

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I have seen Judas Priest multiple times throughout my life, and each time has been more memorable then the last. A couple years ago, when Rob Halford sang with Metallica during the “Golden God Awards”, his health was not the best – he hit the stage with a cane, but he still roared like the Metal God he truly is. This past week, November 10th, was no different…Priest played the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and showed Los Angeles heavy metal is not only alive and well, but is kicking serious ass! It was my first time seeing their new guitarist, Richie Faulkner play… ever! He fit right into the group. Richie knows how to work a crowd with his winning smile and good looks. He is also a shredder on the guitar; he reminds me a lot of Zakk Wylde in the way he plays solos. Redeemer of Souls is the first record released in six years since releasing the 2008 concept album Nostradamus.  After the departure of founding guitarist K.K. Downing in 2011, this is the first new music Priest has released since Richie joined the band following K.K.’s departure.

On my way to see Priest I was blasting Black Sabbath. Who would have thought the music before they went on stage would be Black Sabbath? I thought that little coincidence was very cool! I missed the opening band Steel Panther. I have seen them a bunch of time as well on the Sunset Strip. They are talented musicians and funny too, but I arrived too late to witness their set. It was about 10 minutes before show time, when I got there and the venue was packed-full of Metalheads of all ages. Priest opened up with a monstrous thundering roar via “Dragonaut” which is also the first track on their new album. There was a back-and-forth of guitar solos between Richie Faulkner and Glenn Tipton that kept the crowd entertained and fist pumping for more. The song that stood out most to me from the new album was “Halls of Valhalla.” When Rob Halford shrieks during this song, it’s a sound we all know and love that stays true to Priest roots! Rob’s voice is better than ever! He looked healthy and his iconic metal wardrobe costume changes were amazing!

The band sounded fantastic and they looked like they were having fun! Glad they played hits like “Turbo Lover,” “Hell Bent for Leather,” “Breaking the Law,” and “Living After Midnight.”  I was also delighted that they played “Beyond the Realms of Death” as it is one of my all-time favorite Priest songs! Overall it was a fantastic show. As great as the new album Redeemer of Souls is, the new material sounds even better live, so I highly recommend you catching a show!     

Photo credits thanks to: Todd Nakamine                                                                                             

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SET LIST:

  1. Dragonaut
  2. Metal Gods
  3. Devil’s Child
  4. Victim of Changes
  5. Halls of Valhalla
  6. Love Bites
  7. March of the Damned
  8. Turbo Lover
  9. Redeemer of Souls
  10. Beyond the Realms of Death
  11. Jawbreaker
  12. Breaking the Law
  13. Hell Bent for Leather

Encore:

  1. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
  2. Living After Midnight
  3. Defenders of the Faith

 

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By Raquel Figlo

PRONG: Snap Your Neck at the Whisky A Go Go

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Industrial metal band Prong  kicked off their North American tour at the Whisky a Go Go on September 10th with an hour and half set of their classics along with new songs from their latest album Ruining Lives. I am a long time Prong fan and scored a seat right up front in the pit. Tommy looked and played better than ever. The crowd was energized with their fists pumping, head banging and random yells of  “Tommy!”  Some of the classics they played included “Beg to Differ,” “Lost and found,” and “Revenge Best Served Cold.” As it should, a mosh-pit broke out and got intense during the highlights of the night. Tommy’s  voice was sounding great and his guitar solos were on point. You could see that he was just as into it as the crowd. The energy of the crowd and the band were feeding off each other.

The bassist Jason Christopher is quite a character. At random moments of the night he would yell at the crowd to hype them up. He said, “Don’t just stand there and stare, do something, bang your head!” There were lots of movements from the both Jason and Tommy, using up the whole stage running from left to right. No side felt left out! The drummer Art Cruz can really bang some drums! He did an outstanding job as well. Those songs are not easy and he kept the beat going and contributed to much of the energy in the room!

They played a couple songs off the new album Ruining Lives. I am very familiar with this album because I interviewed Tommy Victor at the Schecter HQ right before it was released in May of this year. It is a great album full of riffs and hooks, what Tommy is known for. They played the first song off the album “Turning Over” and “Ruining Lives.” It was received well from the crowd. There was no stopping this trio. They were relentless! Jason plays the bass fast and furious. Towards the end of their set they played my favorite song of all time ‘Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck” a Prong classic that will stay relevant until the end of time!  The pit went nuts and I had to move on to a speaker so I wouldn’t get knocked out by the rowdy moshers.  It was awesome! I sang along with Tommy at the top of my lungs and at one point Tommy got right into the audience in the front row playing guitar for them as if they were the only ones there. They played a few more songs and then came out Monti Pitmon as a special guest vocalist for the song “Power of the Damager.” Altogether, it was a killer show with lots of energy and it satisfied my expectations of what I knew Tommy Victor could deliver. If you did not see Prong play last night, then you need to get to the Grove of Anaheim tomorrow to check them out or you will regret it.

For more info and to purchase tickets go to www.prongmusic.com

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PRONG COMES TO HOLLYWOOD & ORANGE COUNTY!

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

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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

Dead End Sky: The Sky is the Limit!

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Recently I went to a show at Loaded in Hollywood to see the hard rock band Dead End Sky. The show was awesome! I really enjoyed watching this band on stage! They sounded great and played really well together! So far they have played four shows, three in LA and one in Vegas. I had the opportunity to sit down with Kyle Zamanek,  lead singer of Dead End Sky, to get the low down of the bands roots and  to find out what makes them unique and where they are headed.  Dead End Sky is definitely a band I recommend checking out!

 

RNR: When did Dead End Sky form? How would you describe your music?

Kyle: We formed in early 2013.  I would classify our music as Modern Hard Rock.

 

RNR: Who are your influences?

Kyle: There are so many, it would take a lot of print to name them all.   Many genres & bands influence our sound.  Classic rock like The Beatles & Pink Floyd to 90’s Alt/Grunge like Alice In Chains & Oasis to Modern Rock bands like Seether & Shinedown to metal like Pantera & Machine Head to pop like Adele & Christina Perri to Folk/Singer-Songwriters like The Civil Wars & Simon and Garfunkel.  I could go on & on.

 

RNR: What makes your band unique?

Kyle: Instead of being conformed to one type of sound, we try to spread the style around a bit.  Some bands kick major ass, but if you listen to the album from front to back, it stays in the same style of writing.  I would never want limitations to be imposed on our creativity by our fan base.  I’m not saying we’ll ever be as eclectic as, say, Mr. Bungle, but you get the idea.  One song might have a more metal vibe while another has a more bluesy vibe.

 

RNR: If you could play in any festival which would it be and why?

Kyle: I would love to play in one of the big European festivals like Download or Rock am Ring.  I love the diversity of the lineups and obviously the crowds are massive.

 

RNR: How is your first album coming along?

Kyle: Most of it is completed but we’ve got to tie up some loose ends.  There’s also a couple of new songs we want included so we’re working on that as well.

 

RNR: What do you want RNR readers to know about Dead End Sky?

Kyle: We’re a new kickass rock band!  If you’re in the Southwest Region, find us on our various social media outlets and come check a show out.

 

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RNR: For more information on Dead End Sky please visit the following links:

 

Website: http://www.deadendsky.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/deadendsky

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/deadendskyofficial

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/deadendskyinc

Instagram: http://instagram.com/deadendskyinc

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/deadendsky

 

 Raquel Figlo

The Dread Crew of Oddwood

If you love pirates and rock- The Dread Crew of Oddwood is the band you want to check out. Mixing traditional Celtic music with a little rock ballad the audience always finds themselves jumping, dancing, and goofing off to their drunken song shouts. Here are a few shots of their past show at the Roxy Theater and can be caught in Los Angeles once again on November 12 at The Joint ( 8771 W. Pico blvd, Los Angeles, California 90035), along with ARKONA, SIRION, MUTALISK, and ANCESTRAL AWAKENING
For more information on The Dread Crew of Oddwood  visit: www.thedreadcrewofoddwood.comwww.youtube.com/dreadcrewofoddwood, www.facebook.com/thedreadcrewofoddwood. Stay tuned for our next issue for an interview with these drunken crazy pirates!
 
Photography By: Enrique Nunez
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