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UnBlackened: Black Label Society at the Grove of Anaheim






The Grove of Anaheim was the last stop on the “UnBlackened” tour by the almighty Black Label Society, fronted by the ultimate shredder Zakk Wylde. I was lucky enough to catch Zakk play a tribute song to Dime Bag Darrell at last year’s Golden God Awards, but hearing the whole band play an acoustic set is a whole other experience.

I am so glad they decided to make their one night only concert at Club Nokia Live DVD and CD in Los Angeles, a US tour. With their album “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” that was released last April, they added a new member to the family. Dario Lorina formally of Lizzy Bordan, is the new axe-slinger for BLS replacing long time guitarist Nick Catanese. When Zakk introduced each of the band members, he said that Dario not only kills it on the guitar, but he also makes a tasty chicken piccata! Still in the band is brother John (JD) DeServio on bass and Jeff Fabb on drums.

I arrived to the ceremony right in time for the black curtain to drop. A space was saved for me in the front of the barricade so I could see the whole show for the next two hours. The band opened with Losin’ Your Mind and the crowd did just that! The set list consisted of songs from Zakk’s solo album Book of Shadows and Southern rock band Pride & Glory. Acoustic shows are so much more intimate with the audience because you can actually hear the melodies of the songs and the emotions of the band.

Zakk always gives it his all but I felt he really put in the energy for the last show of the tour. Throughout the set he threw in long guitar solos while he and Dario kept switching back and forth from the piano to the guitar. Both piano driven tunes “In This River” and “Angel of Mercy” were two of my favorite highlights of the night. I would catch Zakk looking over at Dario with eyes of respect because Dario was holding it down on both the keys and the strings! Zakk pulled some of his famous moves and played the guitar behind his head a few times and with his teeth! Zakk pulled out the double neck Les Paul signature “bullseye” guitar and gave a truly epic performance and somewhere in the middle of the set he played a tribute to Dime Bag Darrel who as a really close friend of Zakk’s. The crowd held up their cell phones like lighters and sang along. It was a beautiful and touching moment and I really liked that he took the time to give his respect to not only his friend, but a talented musician that was taken away from us way too soon in life.

The set went by way too fast and before you knew it, the show was over. Zakk took the time to thank his fans and throw some memorabilia out into the crowd. I was up front and I saw Zakk wipe his face with a black towel and then he threw it right at me! I caught it and of course I kept it. Weird, I know, but hey it was a pretty cool moment. I must have been in the perfect spot because I also caught his guitar pic, what an epic night indeed!

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By Raquel Figlo





Set list:

  1. The Battle of Evermore

(Led Zeppelin song)

  1. Losin’ Your Mind

(Pride & Glory cover)

  1. Suicide Messiah
  2. Road Back Home

(Zakk Wylde song)

  1. Spoke in the Wheel
  2. House of Doom
  3. Machine Gun Man

(Pride & Glory cover)

  1. Sold My Soul

(Zakk Wylde song)

  1. Angel of Mercy
  2. In This River
  3. Scars
  4. Empty Promises
  5. Throwin’ It All Away

(Zakk Wylde song)

  1. The Blessed Hellride
  2. My Dying Time
  3. Overlord
  4. Stillborn

BROKEN HOPE Supports Immolation in the European Conspiracy Tour

BROKEN HOPE to Support Immolation on “European Conspiracy” Tour

 New Album ‘OMEN OF DISEASE’ Out Now via Century Media Records



Chicago’s death metal titans BROKEN HOPE have announced their direct supporting role to IMMOLATION on the upcoming “EUROPEAN CONSPIRACY TOUR” which was created by MASSIVE MUSIC (POLAND). The tour will deliver concerts across 12 countries and with IMMOLATION and BROKEN HOPE on board, these two death metal legends promise to make for one of the most exciting and extreme metal packages this year!
BROKEN HOPE‘s Jeremy Wagner says, “On behalf of BROKEN HOPE, we’re all extremely excited to tour with IMMOLATION across Europe! Huge thanks to IMMOLATION and to MASSIVE MUSIC (POLAND) for having such extraordinary vision to create this tour. Through our history, we’ve toured with many “long running” death metal bands, but never had the opportunity to tour with IMMOLATION until now. Both Ross Dolan and Bob Vigna are old and dear friends of mine, so on a personal level, it’s going to be a very fun tour amongst friends…and for the fans: we’re giving everyone a deadly metal package–and they’re all going to get a double-dose of IMMOLATION and BROKEN HOPE‘s death metal pummeling. These intense and concerts are not to be missed!”
24.01.2014    GERMANY: Jena @ F-Haus
25.01.2014    SWITZERLAND: Zurich @ Dynamo
28.01.2014    GERMANY: Osnabruck @ Bastard
29.01.2014    GERMANY: Rostock @ Zuckerfabrik
30.01.2014    DENMARK: Copenhagen @ Pumpehuset
31.01.2014    GERMANY: Flensburg @ Roxy
01.02.2014    HOLLAND: Almelo @ Naxt Stage
02.02.2014    HOLLAND: Rotterdam @ Baroeg
03.02.2014    BELGIUM: Arlon @ l’Entrepôt
05.02.2014    SPAIN: Ourense @ Berlin Sala
06.02.2014    SPAIN: Madrid @ Sala Shoko
07.02.2014    PORTUGAL: Lisbon @ RCA Club
08.02.2014    SPAIN; Almeria @ Sala Jala Jala
09.02.2014    SPAIN: Barcelona @ Sala Bovedo
10.02.2014    FRANCE: Toulouse @ Dynamo
13.02.2014    ITALY: Rome @ Traffic
14.02.2014    ITALY: Brescia @ Circo Colony
15.02.2014    ITALY: Calenzano (Florence) @ Cycle Club
16.02.2014    SLOVENIA: Ljubljana @ Channel Zero
18.02.2014    AUSTRIA: Wien (Vienna) @ Escape
19.02.2014    POLAND: Krakow @ Fabryka
20.02.2014    POLAND: Warszawa (Warsaw) @ Progresja
21.02.2014    POLAND: Gdynia @ Ucho
22.02.2014    POLAND: Szczecin @ Słowianin 
‘OMEN of DISEASE’ has been critically acclaimed by worldwide press and radio:
“10 out of 10” CHRONICLES of CHAOS (US)
“8 out of 10” DECIBEL MAGAZINE (US)
“8 of 10” METAL HAMMER (UK)
“4.5 of 5” INFERNO (FINLAND)
#2 Most Added at US Metal Radio! ‘Womb Of Horrors” Added as Flavor Track at MUSIC CHOICE!
‘OMEN of DISEASE’ is OUT NOW via Century Media Records – ORDER HERE:
Music Video for ‘THE FLESH MECHANIC’ (Brought to You by the Team Responsible for Special FX in THE WALKING DEAD and IRON MAN):
BROKEN HOPE album trailer for the band’s latest record, ‘OMEN of DISEASE’
BROKEN HOPE had a big first week, hitting #2 most-added at radio with their new album, Omen Of Disease!  The brutality of the band is a breath of fresh air to much of radio, and there’s noticeable excitement to ride from here. BROKEN HOPE also followed their first week with a major debut this past week, nearly breaking into the top 10 at CMJ!  ‘Womb Of Horrors’ was also added as a flavor track at Music Choice, and stands to have a huge pickup as a result of this early attention. 
Check out more from BROKEN HOPE! The official static video for the band’s most recent single ‘The Docking Dead’ is out now and can be viewed at While on YouTube, take a listen to the band’s other single, ‘The Flesh Mechanic’, here: The band plans to release a music video for the latter in the coming weeks.
‘OMEN OF DISEASE’ marks the first new music from BROKEN HOPE in 15 years. The album was recorded between two studios: drums at Belle City Sound in Racine, WI, with engineer Chris Wisco (LAZARUS A.D., JUNGLE ROT, ORIGIN, GORGASM), and the rest at Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, IL, with engineer Scott Creekmore (BROKEN HOPE, DIRGE WITHIN, LIVIDITY).
BROKEN HOPE Discography:
‘Omen of Disease’ (2013)
‘Grotesque Blessings’ (1999) 
‘Loathing’ (1997)
‘Repulsive Conception’ (1995) 
‘The Bowels Of Repugnance’ (1993)
‘Hobo Stew’ EP (1993) 
‘Swamped In Gore’ (1991)
Damian Leski – Vocals
Jeremy Wagner – Guitars
Shaun Glass – Bass
Chuck Wepfer –  Lead Guitars
Mike Miczek –  Drums

Metalachi @ The Great American Nightmare!

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is surely hosting a wide range of world class acts for this 2013 season. On Sunday October 20th 2013, the crowds gathered to watch one more high-voltage spectacle. Metalachi  and Lucha Libre sure stirred up the  mixed chants, “cheers” and “boohs” in both Spanish and English as Metalachi performed those well-known classic rock and metal anthems with mariachi instruments. Offering 2 sets for the crowd’s listening pleasure,  again these “Vatos Locos” made the fans laugh with their jokes, sometimes at each other’s expense. RNRIM always keeps an eye on these rockin’ mariachis, we’ll see where the “Loco Train” takes them on their next tour. Continue reading

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KORN’s Guitar Center Session

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Wednesday, September 11th at the Hollywood Guitar Center (7425 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046).
Guitar Center had a private live recording of Korn for their Guitar Center Sessions ( air date has not been set yet) please visit ( or to stay tuned.
KORN–the Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum hard rock innovators–will be releasing their 11th studio album, THE PARADIGM SHIFT on October 8th in stores and via digital retailers.
Be sure to spread the word – They are back, and ready to hit the road bringing their new music close to you. For information on their tour dates please visit: 
For now enjoy these live shots provided by Guitar Center.
For a fun time-lapse video on Guitar Center’s Crew setting up for Korn’s performance of 9/11/13 visit: 



Cherri Bomb at Peavey’s in Hollywood supporting 3EI

 August 28 Cherri Bomb along with band Nylon Pink played an acoustic live set at Peavey’s in Hollywood. Playing a free show for 3EI (Third Echelon Investigations)- A Non-profit, Anti-Human Trafficking Division.

Doors opened at 7 sharp,  everyone including the band members dressed in black and had words against Human Trafficking painted on their arms or body to support the cause, and got their pictures taken by the talented Pheren Soepadhi. To see full pictures of Cherri Bomb’s live set click on Title to be directed to full link.

To read more on CherriBomb stay tuned on our next RNR issue for a feature on the creation, inspirations and story behind the making of the band. These kids are taking over the industry, and bringing their talents together to bring awareness to foundations/organizations that are fighting to change our world. What better way than to enjoy amazing Rock Music, and at the same time be a part of making the world into a better place?

To support or read more about this organization against Human Trafficking please visit and find out how you may get active and be of help: 

Be sure to like our FB page for more updates on all we do!
Photo Credits go to our photographer- Enrique Nunez


Cherri Bomb @ Peavey (146)a

Heart in Toronto

Where: Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto

By: Igor Vidyashev

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Official Signing for Critically Acclaimed Metal Book LOUDER THAN HELL @ ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL – TOMORROW in Holmdel, NJ @ 5pm at the Dimeware Tent

Official Signing for Critically Acclaimed Metal Book LOUDER THAN HELL @ ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL – TOMORROW in Holmdel, NJ @ 5pm at the Dimeware Tent

 Get Your Copy Signed by the Authors, METAL BLADE RECORDS CEO Brian Slagel, and Rita Haney!


The Definitive Oral History Of Metal

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LAMB OF GOD Partners with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE for North American Tour


LAMB OF GOD Partners with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE for North American Tour

Testament and Huntress to Support



Long-time friends LAMB OF GOD and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have joined forces for what will undoubtedly be one of the essential “can’t miss” tours of the fall of 2013.  The tour launches October 22 in Toronto and canvases much of the U.S and Canada.  The two bands are a dominant live pairing, and will combine for 28 North American shows in total.  Support for all shows except Los Angeles will be provided by thrash legends Testament, with Huntress opening all shows.
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