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MI Conversation Series Presents: Rob Halford




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

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest 2016 Names Rock N Roll Industries Magazine Official On-Site Magazine/Program Guide


(July 25th, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA) – Rock N Roll Industries Magazine has been named the official on site magazine and program guide for this year’s Ozzfest Meets Knotfest. With the magazine growing steadily, this is sure to be one of the most fun and content oriented issues ever. The magazine will be distributed for free at the show upon entrance and at kiosks placed around the venue. Expect exclusive content from the labels, band interviews, site maps, and editorials featuring all the bands playing the two day event. “We have been supporters and have known of the magazine for some time and we are happy to have them involved” says John Fenton (Ozzfest).

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The Night Time Show with Stephen Kramer Glickman, where Metal meets Comedy!

The Late Night Show

Bill Farmer I first heard about The Night Time Show with Stephen Kramer Glickman when Ironaut, a local Los Angeles metal band, invited me to check them out when they played as the house metal band for the show.  I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it would be like every other standup comedy night I have been to: a handful of comics telling jokes one right after the other; some would be funny, others not so much.

The Late Night Show proved to be much more than that. It was something completely different and innovative because it combines the best of standup comedy using a talk show format and incorporating a different METAL BAND as the house band each time. Typical of other late night talk shows in this genre, Glickman starts the night by telling a few jokes about current events or as he calls it “Headlines”, before moving behind a desk where celebrity comedians talk to him after their set.  During the course of the show, it has all the elements of great late night television show like video clips, comedic sketches, interviews, and crowd interaction that is more edgier than what you see on broadcast TV!

It was a sold out show on May 14 and the biggest star of the evening was Dane Cook, who seemed to have a chip on his shoulder because he snapped at both the drummer of Ironaut and a photographer just doing her job! Bill Farmer, best known for voicing Disney’s Goofy for the last 30 years, stole the show IMO when he parodied Pulp Fiction, in the voices of Bugs Bunny and Evangelist Billy Graham doing the “Say what Mother F*ck*r” scene. Other stars of the night included an epic set from Tom Segura, Mike Black and Helen Hong who were all extremely funny and in good spirits! Fire Ball Whisky started the night with free drinks to the first 100 attendees while Stephen Glickman capped the night off by passing out delicious Krispy Kreme doughnuts to the audience!

The next Night Time Show with Stephen Glickman is June 18th   in the main room of The Hollywood Improv. I suggest you get your tickets now because the show is known for selling out! This month’s lineup includes Mo Collins, Jeff Richards, Harland Williams, Wendy Liebman and The Lucas Brothers!!!! The house band for the night is SPEED METAL BAND “EXMORTUS”!!!!  And my personal favorite perk… the first 100 AUDIENCE MEMBERS GET A FREE FIREBALL WHISKY Drink!

More about Stephen Glickman:

RNR: When did you decide a life of comedy was the way to go?

Stephen: I got stuck in a waterslide when I was 14 years old because I was too fat. I realized that my most embarrassing moments are my favorite stories to tell and that the best comedy is born from pain.

RNR: Were you always an entertainer?

Stephen: Yes. I have always been a ridiculous person.

RNR: What do you want people to know about your late night comedy show?

Stephen: The Night Time Show is the only LIVE late night show in Los Angeles. We have the best comedians on stage and the greatest metal bands on earth playing with us on every show. We also give away close to 100 shots of Fireball Whisky to the audience at the top of the show. It’s a big night with surprise guests. It’s fucking awesome.

RNR: Have you ever been to a metal show? Do you like metal? What bands do you like?

Stephen: Yes of course. ACDC is the greatest concert I’ve ever been to. I’ve seen Tool, Marilyn Manson and a ton more live in concert, but in the last few years I got really into Cannibal Corpse, Meshuggah, Exmortus, Fear Factory, Mini Kiss and Ironaut. It is my dream to have Mac Sabbath on our show.

RNR: What future projects are you working on?

Stephen: Becoming a WWE wrestler, booking more badass guests on The Night Time Show podcast and blowing shit up in the desert.












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By Raquel Figlo

“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
at Scotland Yard Club with
Black Prism
Monday March 21st
Metal Mondays at Blacklight District Lounge with
Red River Massacre
Grand Lord High Master
Thursday March 24th
Viper Room with
Black Tusk
Holy Grail


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 (

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

Raquel Figlo


Septicflesh and Moonspell reign Kings at the Black Castle










It’s been a year since I last saw SepticFlesh while they toured with legendary death metal band Deicide. I was excited to hear they were going to play the Black Castle and it was going to be the only Los Angeles or Orange County appearance of The Conquerors of the World III Tour. I have never been to the Black Castle and heard it was not in a safe neighborhood but if you are a true metalhead the Black Castle is right up your alley. They sell beer and nachos out of a pickup truck in the back of the venue and it doesn’t get more metal than that!

On May First, Church of the 8th Day and The Elegy Ensemble put on a killer lineup consisting of the bands Septicflesh, Moonspell, DeathStars, Noctuary and Kaustik. It was a late start because of stage and sound issues, typical of LA, but once the bands started going the audience was forgiving and headbanged the night away. I missed the first couple bands because I was on the SepticFlesh tour bus interviewing one of the founding members Christos Antoniou who plays Guitars & Orchestral. I posted a question on FaceBook asking fans what they would ask Septicflesh and Blake Ryan Chadwick asked, “Do you have any responsibilities/jobs/hobbies outside the band?” Christos response was, “We don’t have normal jobs. I work as a composer. I have my own professional studio in Athens, Greece and my brother (Seth Siro Anton-lead singer and bass) does art work for other bands.” You can read the entire interview in the next issue of Rock N Roll Industries Magazine when it comes out!

I was able to catch part of DeathStars’ set. I have never seen them before but I heard great things about the band. What makes this tour especially unique is Septicflesh released Titan in 2014, Moonspell just dropped their new album Extinct on March 6th, and Deathstars released The Perfect Cult in 2014. This long and extensive tour is hitting big markets and is a great way to promote all three releases! I was really looking forward to seeing Moonspell not only because I dig their music, but I also got to meet the band on the Septicflesh tour bus before the show. Moonspell is a Portuguese gothic metal band that was formed in 1992, and is the most recognizable metal band from Portugal. They play dark metal at its finest. Not only can you headbang to the music, but it is also captivating and hypnotizes at the sometime.

SepticFlesh hit the stage with force and held nothing back! During the set Seth Siro Anton introduced their new drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner and he fit right into the band, never missing a beat! What I like about Septicflesh is they have incorporated the Prague Philharmonic on a number of albums. This is the work of Christos, who is a composer and has studied classical music in England. The last album from Septicflesh is Titan and to me one of their best work. They played quite a few songs from their new album and I am glad because it is one of my favorites. ‘ProtoType’and ‘Prometheus’are two of my favorite songs off the new album because of the intensity of the orchestra and the heaviness of the riffs. I highly recommend you check out the music video for ‘Prometheus,’ it is a work of art in a disturbing way! I will let you be the judge!

Septicflesh performed incredibly with their captivating stage presence, dressed like dark armored knights. I was in the pit front row next to the stage headbanging enjoying the show. Surprisingly enough, there were a lot of girls in the audience enough and they too were rocking out harder then the next girl! I always enjoy seeing Septicflesh and I look forward to the next time they are in town! Hopefully we will have new music from them by then.


Tour Dates:

4/24 Mexico City, MX – Circo Volador

4/25 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog #

4/26 Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club #

4/28 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto #

4/29 Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage #

4/30 Las Vegas, NV – LVCS #

5/2 Oakland,CA – Metro Opera House #

5/3 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge #

5/4 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven #

5/5 Spokane, Wa – The Pin #

5/6 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre #

5/9 Indianopolis, IN – Emerson Theater #

5/10 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room #

5/11 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s #

5/12 Cleveland, OH – The Agora Theatre #

5/13 Toronto, ON – The Opera House #

5/14 Montreal, QC – Theatre Corona #

5/15 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall #

5/16 Worcester, MA – The Palladium #

5/17 New York,NY – Gramercy Theatre #

5/18 Springfield, VA – Empire #

5/19 Atlanta, GA – Hell (The Masquerade) #

^^ w/ Moonspell

# with Moonspell & Deathstars


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.

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


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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


– Eddie Trunk


– Don Jamieson


– Jim Florentine


– DJ Will


– Metal Blade Records


– King’s X


– The Hard Way


– Resistance



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



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 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



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


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Tales from the Pit! The Night I Almost “Died with my Boots on” Iron Maiden at Battle of San Bernardino

“If you are gonna die, die with your boots on!” Those words played over and over again as I was toppled, crushed, and sweated on by hundreds of soaking wet metalheads in the pit of Iron Maiden! Let me tell you, it was ugly. As usual, people seemed shocked to see me entering the pit along side dudes twice the size of my petite, 5ft 2-inch frame.  Well, not only do I fearlessly DIE for metal, but I also thought my two burly fellow metal head friends would take care of me. I was wearing shorts and a pair of sturdy black boots so if I got in trouble, my feet would be safe, and I could kick my way out. Yeah right! After Megadeth’s performance, my friend asked me to go right in the middle of the pit for Iron Maiden. I thought, “Okay, as long as you protect me.” Of course he said “yes,” but how could one protect anyone in a pit of wild, untamed beasts! It was an experience I will never forget, and one I will never experience again. It was the worst pit I have ever been in.  I truly thought I was gong to loose my life, but not without my boots! At 9:05pm, when I heard UFO”S Doctor, Doctor, Iron Maiden’s prelude that lets you know they are about to tear up the stage, I knew there was a possibility I might be needing one! The pit started swaying back in fourth, and I could feel metalheads stomping on my feet. I almost went under during “MoonChild” and “Can I play with Madness.” I did get really close to the front. I was one person back from the barricade and Bruce Dickenson was right in front of me. I was so close I could have reached out and touched him, but I didn’t because I was holding on for dear life! Continue reading

Cage 9 Video Premiere party at Loaded in Hollywood Feb 8, 2014

A Visual Harassment Production, and Angelica of Rock N Roll Industries Magazine presented Cage 9 video premiere party for “A Million Miles Below the Earth” on Saturday, Feb. 8th at Loaded Hollywood.


Angry Arcade and Slant opened up for the party as guest performances. If you missed out what was one hec of a crowd and turnout please check out the pictures provided by photojournalists Lan Nguyen and Matthew Upton.  Stay tuned to read full review and more pictures on our next issue of the Magazine! Continue reading


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