OCTOBER 22nd 2018
NEW YEARS EVE OZZFEST SET FOR LOS ANGELES
For the first time since its 1996 debut, Ozzfest — the annual musical event that celebrates hard rock and heavy metal — has created a special one-night-only New Year's Eve celebration to ring in 2019. Set for Monday, December 31 at The Forum in Los Angeles, the event features headliner OZZY OSBOURNE and a lineup of some of the greatest names in rock (and Ozzfest alumni): ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON, and Jonathan Davis (of KORN), along with the Ozzfest debut of BODY COUNT featuring Ice-T. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, fronted by Osbourne's guitarist Zakk Wylde, will headline a second stage outside. Four other yet-to-be-announced bands will also play that stage. The New Year's Eve party will include an outdoor stage, along with other holiday festivities, details of which will be announced in the coming weeks. The evening will conclude with Osbourne onstage counting down to the new year!

"I asked Sharon what we're doing this New Year's Eve and she said, 'We're doing fuck all!" says Ozzy Osbourne. "So I thought, 'We didn't do Ozzfest in 2018, so let's do a New Year's Eve Ozzfest.'"

"Ozzy hates the holidays," Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy's wife and manager, tells Rolling Stone with a laugh. "He hates Christmas and he hates New Year's Eve. He always saying, 'Let's do a gig.' And I'm always like, 'There never is one.' So this year, we said, 'All right, let's do an Ozzfest, because we never did it this year.' Everybody used to play on New Year's and Christmas in the seventies and Eighties, but not anymore. So it's the perfect time."

Tickets for the Live Nation-produced Ozzfest 2018 go on sale Friday, October 26 at 10:00 A.M. PT. Ticket prices range from $49.50 for general admission to $179.50 for a reserved seat. VIP packages are also available, details of which can be found at Ozzfest.com.

Ozzfest started more than 20 years ago and was the first national music festival of its kind dedicated to hard rock music.

Ozzfest has not been a traveling festival in the U.S. since 2007's "free" edition. The show morphed into a one-off event in Dallas in 2008, took 2009 off and played just six cities in 2010.

Over 17,000 concert-goers were in attendance for last year's all-day Ozzfest, which was headlined by OZZY OSBOURNE, while ROB ZOMBIE closed out the next day's Knotfest bill

 

OCTOBER 18th 2018
OLI HERBERT FROM ALL THAT REMAINS PASSES AWAY
Oli Herbert, guitarist of Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS, has died. He was only 44 years old. The news of his passing was broken by the group in a social post earlier today.


Oli's bandmates wrote in a statement: "We were devastated to learn that Oli Herbert, our friend, guitar player, and founding member of ALL THAT REMAINS, has passed away.

"Oli was an incredibly talented guitarist and song writer who defined rock and metal from the Northeast. His impact on the genres and our lives will continue indefinitely.

"No further details are available at this time. The band and family request that you please respect their privacy and remember Oli by celebrating the great music he made."

Oli's widow, Beth, later released the following statement via his official Facebook page: "Thank you all for the kind thoughts and words. I don't want to go into what happened until we have a complete picture, but as soon as we do, there will be a statement from the family on this page. In the meantime, please respect our privacy as there are still relatives being informed of Oli's passing. Thank you."

Being a longtime teacher of over 20 years, Oli found a recipe to help budding guitarists achieve new levels of proficiency. In 2009, his metal guitar instructional program for Rockhouse earned him "instructional DVD of the year," and set the bar for all other metal guitar instruction.

Asked what originally got him into playing guitar and making music, Oli told Tone Freqs in a 2013 interview: "I got into metal around 1986, and started listening to MÖTLEY CRÜE, DOKKEN, OZZY OSBOURNE and stuff like that. Right before I started playing, I got into METALLICA and MEGADETH.

"When I was younger, I'd started playing piano, and I liked playing all the new age and pop stuff because keyboard is often the main instrument in those songs," he said. "But when I started listening to metal and rock, guitar was suddenly the main instrument I was listening to. So I think my ear has always been in tune with the lead instrumentalist."

ALL THAT REMAINS's ninth full-length album, "Victim Of The New Disease", is due on November 9 via Fearless.


OCTOBER 18th 2018
MORE BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR INFERNO 2019
Inferno Metal Festival proudly present Polish black metal band MGŁA, Swedish doom metal band WITCHCRAFT, Norwegian black metal band RAGNAROK, Lithuanian post-black metal band AU-DESSUS and Netherlands old school death metal band ALTAR to next year edition of the festival!

INFERNO METAL FESTIVAL 2019:

OPETH – DIMMU BORGIR – HYPOCRISY – BLOODBATH – TAAKE – 1349 – MGŁA – WITCHCRAFT – VOMITORY – GAAHLS WYRD – CARACH ANGREN – BATUSHKA  –  TRIBULATION – IMPALED NAZARENE – THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – MISÞYRMING – ARCHGOAT – URFAUST – COR SPORPII – RAGNAROK –  CULT OF FIRE – SVARTTJERN – THE RUINS OF BEVERAST – DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT – NEKROMANTHEON – MORK – SKOGEN – DVNE – INCULTER – CARONTE – SEPULCHER – AU-DESSUS – ALTAR – SUPERLYNX – PURPLE HILL WITCH – SHAKMA – AVAST – PSYKOPATH

MGŁA
The Polish black metal band Mgła was formed in Krakow in 2000. The band started as a studio project by M on vocal, guitars and bass and Daren from Kriegsmaschine on drums. In 2006 Daren quit the band but Darkside, also from Kriegsmaschine, was recruited on drums. When their second album, “With Hearts Toward None”, was released in 2012, the band also started playing live with a full band. The band is now ready to return to Inferno Metal Festial.
https://www.facebook.com/mglaofficial/

WITCHCRAFT
Swedish psychedelic doom metal band Witchcraft was formed in 2000 by Magnus Pelander after his former band Norrsken split up. Since then the band has released five critically acclaimed full-length albums and done extended touring around the world. Now they are back at Inferno Metal Festival!
https://www.facebook.com/witchcraft/

RAGNAROK
Norwegian black metal band Ragnarok has released eight albums since their start in 1994. Albums like “Nattferd”, “Arising Realm” and “Diabolical Age” are regarded as classics today within the Norwegian black metal scene. Former drummer Jontho took over vocal duties in 2014 after 20 years behind the drums. The band will celebrate their 25 years anniversary together with their fans at Inferno Metal Festival 2019!
https://www.facebook.com/ragnarokofficial/

AU-DESSUS
Au-Dessus is a post-black metal band from Lithuania. The band was formed in 2014 and has by now two releases. The latest one is “End of Chapter” from 2017. Black metal is the foundation in their sound, but the band is not afraid to combine different kinds of musical styles in to their music. This will be Au-Dessus first concert at Norwegian soil.
https://www.facebook.com/audessusabove/

ALTAR
Old school death metal band Altar hails from the Netherlands and was formed all the way back in 1990. The demo tape “And God Created Satan to Blame for His Mistakes” was released in 1992, while their debut album “Youth Against Christ” came in 1994. Altar's line up have changed several time during all those years. In 2016 Janneke de Rooy from Paper Doll Decay was announced as their new vocalist. This will be Altar's first gig at Inferno Metal Festival!
https://www.facebook.com/altarofficial666/


INFERNO METAL FESTIVAL 2019
Inferno Metal Festival is the longest running and most extreme metal festival in Norway and one of the most important extreme metal festivals in the world. We are very proud of this position and we will continue fronting Norwegian metal and bringing bands from all over the world to Norway. 2019 will be our 19th edition of the festival that keeps on growing. The successful sold-out Inferno 2018 had the festival for the first time all four days at Rockefeller Music Halls' 2 stages - Rockefeller & John Dee. With more than 60 percent of the audience coming from outside of Norway in 2018.

INFERNO MUSIC CONFERENCE 2019
Inferno Music Conference has for many years been an important arena for the metal music industry in Scandinavia and the rest of the world. The 2019 IMC edition will be held at the Inferno Festival`s partner hotel, Clarion Hotel the Hub. The main goal of the Inferno Music Conference is to expand and share knowledge about the different aspects of the industry. In collaboration with Music Norway, MØST, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Clarion Hotel the Hub we welcome you to this year’s conference.

TICKETS
4 Days Pass: 2250,- NOK
Day Pass: 750,- NOK
IMC Pass: 680,- NOK
http://tickets.infernofestival.net


OCTOBER 16th 2018
ENSIFERUM ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
After almost four years of absence in the States, Ensiferum has announced a North American headlining tour, featuring Septicflesh as direct support - with another opening band to be announced soon!

Sami Hinkka (bass) comments: "Hi folks! It's been way too many years since we rocked with our North American warrior brothers and sisters! So early 2019 we will set sails and head to your shores.
And we are not coming alone. We will join forces with a brilliant and ass kicking bands: Septicflesh and a special guest! What a way to start a new year! This tour will leave its mark on the history of metal! So get your ticket in advance and get ready to mosh with us like there is no tomorrow.
Oh! And one more thing: on this tour, we have no chance to play in every city that we would want to, so we are doing our best to return to North America for a second time in 2019. Stay tuned and see you soon! \m/"


Following the trek, Ensiferum will also make an appearance at the "70,000 Tons Of Metal" 2019 cruise. See below for all dates!

Two Paths Of Glory Tour dates
w/ Ensiferum, Septicflesh, TBA special guest
Jan. 5 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
Jan. 6 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Jan. 7 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
Jan. 8 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial Bell
Jan. 9 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
Jan. 10 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Jan. 11 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
Jan. 12 - Joliet, IL - The Forge
Jan. 13 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater
Jan. 14 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
Jan. 15 - Denver, CO - Oriental Theater
Jan. 17 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Jan. 18 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
Jan. 19 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Jan. 20 - Oakland, CA - Metro Opera House
Jan. 21 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent
Jan. 22 - Mesa, AZ - Club Red
Jan. 23 - El Paso, TX - Rockhouse Bar & Grill
Jan. 24 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Jan. 25 - Austin, TX - Come and Take it Live!
Jan. 26 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
Jan. 28 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (Hell)
Jan. 29 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum

Ensiferum tour dates:
Jan. 31-Feb. 4 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - "70,000 Tons of Metal" cruise



OCTOBER 15th 2018
BEHEMOTH UNVEIL NEW IPA AND ART EXHIBITS IN NORTH AMERICA
Behemoth and Kings County Brewers Collective (Brooklyn, NY) have joined forces for a Double IPA, "Wolf ov Siberia"! From the most blasphemous depths of extreme metal comes a collaboration brew of epic proportions: "Wolf ov Siberia" pours pale gold in the glass, with a light lupulin haze. A blistering blast of bright lemon and crushed lime greets your nose, followed by grapefruit, melon and green pine from a megaload of Citra, Motueka and Centennial hops. Balanced by soft wheat and flaked rye, with a touch of savage bitterness on the finish, it's fierce, fresh, and dangerously drinkable at a 7.7% ABV. "Wolf ov Siberia" beckons all Behemoth and beer fans - "come all ye wolves ov Siberia, we hail the flame, we hail the ice..."



Tony Bellis (co-founder, Kings County Brewers Collective) comments: "We love brewing a wide variety of different beer styles at KCBC and strive to constantly challenge our drinkers' taste buds - in the same way that Behemoth has consistently pushed the boundaries of metal into brutal, uncharted territories over the years. Having been long time Behemoth fans, we're incredibly excited to collaborate with them on this killer Double IPA."

Behemoth mastermind Nergal adds: "Behemoth global domination is still in full effect! After partnering with our friends at Perun to give you a unique craft experience, we thought why just brew beer for the lucky ones in Europe? Kings County Brewers Collective said they could delight the palate of the Americans too! Just in time for our album release October 5th, you'll be seeing 'Wolf ov Siberia' at a bar near you!"

KCBC will host a "Wolf ov Siberia" can release party on October 15th at the KCBC Brewery & Taproom in Brooklyn, followed by a wider release to quality craft beer spots throughout the NYC metro area and beyond. For more information, please visit:
http://www.kcbcbeer.com/
Twitter: @KCBCbeer
Instagram: @KCBCbeer

"Wolf ov Siberia" will also be available at Behemoth's upcoming art exhibitions in NYC and LA ("Thou Art Darkest"), for their new album, I Loved You At Your Darkest. See below for more details; to RSVP, head over to: https://behemoth.pl/thouartdarkest


Released last week worldwide, I Loved You At Your Darkest is a crushing salvo of black metal majesty replete with hellish riffs, thundering drum cannonades and soaring liturgical choirs reminiscent of classic horror cinema. The group's most dynamic record yet, the album is extreme and radical on one hand, but also more rock-oriented than any other Behemoth release. Produced by the band themselves, with drum co-production by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames), mixing by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children Of Bodom) mastering by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), and a 17-piece Polish orchestra arranged by Jan Stoklosa, I Loved You At Your Darkest can be previewed and purchased now at: http://behemoth.lnk.to/ILYAYD

Behemoth will be touring the USA in support of I Loved You At Your Darkest this October/November, by headlining the "Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v." trek, featuring special guests At the Gates and Wolves in the Throne Room. This must-see show will also make its way to Europe in January/February 2019. See below for all dates! Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.behemoth.pl

Behemoth "Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v." tour dates
w/ At the Gates, Wolves in the Throne Room
Oct. 20 - Phoenix, AZ - Van Buren
Oct. 22 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Oct. 23 - San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theatre
Oct. 24 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Oct. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Oct. 27 - Tampa, FL - Jannus Landing
Oct. 29 - Charlotte, NC - The Underground
Oct. 30 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
Nov. 1 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Nov. 2 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
Nov. 3 - New York, NY - Playstation Theater
Nov. 4 - Montreal, QC - M-Telus
Nov. 6 - Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall
Nov. 7 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
Nov. 9 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Nov. 10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
Nov. 11 - Kansas City, MO - The Truman
Nov. 13 - Denver, CO - The Ogden Theatre
Nov. 14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
Nov. 16 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Ballroom
Nov. 17 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
Nov. 19 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom
Nov. 20 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market
Nov. 21 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
Nov. 23 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
Nov. 24 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern Theatre

Behemoth "Ecclesia Diabolica Evropa 2019 e.v." tour dates
w/ At the Gates, Wolves in the Throne Room
Jan. 10 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
Jan. 11 - Munich, Germany - Tonhalle
Jan. 12 - Prague, Czech Republic - Forum Karlin
Jan. 13 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
Jan. 15 - Zurich, Switzerland - Komplex 457
Jan. 16 - Milano, Italy - Alcatraz
Jan. 17 - Lyon, France - Le Transbordeur
Jan. 18 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
Jan. 19 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
Jan. 21 - Toulouse, France - Le Bikini
Jan. 22 - Paris, France - Bataclan
Jan. 23 - Oberhausen, Germany - Turbinenhalle
Jan. 24 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
Jan. 25 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
Jan. 26 - Stockholm, Sweden - Annexet
Jan. 27 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
Jan. 29 - Helsinki, Finland - The Circus
Jan. 30 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone
Feb. 1 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit 36
Feb. 2 - Utrecht, Netherlands - TivoliVredenburg
Feb. 3 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
Feb. 4 - Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg - Rockhal
Feb. 6 - Bristol, UK - Marble Factory
Feb. 7 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Institute
Feb. 8 - London, UK - O2 Forum Kentish Town
Feb. 9 - Manchester, UK - O2 Ritz
Feb. 10 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
Feb. 11 - Glasgow, UK - QM Union

 

OCTOBER 11th 2018
MEGACRUISE 2019 DETAILS ANNOUNCED
The Inaugural MEGACRUISE will be invading the West Coast in the fall of 2019! Join your cruise host, MEGADETH, as we depart from Los Angeles, California on Sunday, October 13, 2019, for five days and nights of heavy metal decadence and debauchery!

 

Don’t miss your chance to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sail with amazing artists and experience kick-ass concerts, events and much more. While aboard the luxurious Norwegian Jewel, we will visit two cool ports; San Diego, California and Ensenada, Mexico. With two full days at sea this will be Metal Lover's dream come true with wall-to-wall music and activities with MEGADETH and a few of their friends!
 

The first round of Artist and Band announcements were released Tuesday and there are still many more to come! HERE IS THE BAND-BY-BAND REVEAL THAT WAS ANNOUNCED EARLIER ON FACEBOOK…
 
Anthrax
Armored Saint
Beasto Blanco
Corrosion of Conformity
Danko Jones
Devildriver
Doro
John 5
Metalachi
Metal Church
Testament

and more to come....


The 2019 website is “LIVE” at www.MEGACRUISE.com so head over now and check it out! Learn about all the details of this epic voyage so that you are prepared to book your cabin when the on-sale date is announced.
 
We recommend you familiarize yourself with Cabin Types, Pricing, Payment Plans, Cancellation Policies, and Terms and Conditions prior to BOOKING at www.MEGACRUISE.com.
 
PLEASE NOTE – THE “BOOK NOW” FUNCTION WILL NOT BE ACTIVE UNTIL THE GENERAL ON-SALE BEGINS. STAY TUNED FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE ON SALE DATE…COMING SOON!

Our ship for this amazing journey is the Norwegian Jewel, showcasing some of the finest music venues on the high seas!
 
The Norwegian Jewel is the lead vessel in NCL’s Jewel Class Ships and will undergo a makeover by the end of 2018, gaining a ton of new upgrades before MEGACRUISE! Between the food, drinks, heavy metal performances, events, activities and more, MEGACRUISE is going to blow your mind!


Here’s a checklist of things you need to do so you are prepared to reserve your cabin aboard MEGACRUISE…
Review Pricing & Cabin Types
Look over the website for your cabin types, pricing, and payment plans. Identify at least two cabin choices in case your first choice is SOLD OUT.

Please note: This is a very important step as we have limited quantities in several cabin categories - BE PREPARED!
 
Check Out The Deck Plan
If you have a preferred location or stateroom within your selected cabin type, be prepared to note your booking as our reservations team will assign cabins on a first-come, first-served basis. You will not be selecting a specific cabin number during the booking process. Keep in mind that although we do our absolute best to accommodate guest requests, we cannot guarantee they can be honored.
 
Find Your Cabinmates
Don’t have one? Join the FIND A CABINMATE FACEBOOK.
 
I.D. Requirements For Sailing
Not sure what documents you need in order to sail on MEGACRUISE? Make sure to check out Passport Requirements on the MEGACRUISE website.
 
Making Your Payment
Make sure to have your credit cards ready…up to four (4) cards may be used for your deposit. If you are entering credit card information for fellow passengers, you will need the number, name as it appears on the card, expiration date, the security code and the billing address exactly how it appears on the card billing statement.
 
Information You Will Need to Book
You will need the following for all guests in your cabin:
 
Full Legal Name - (first and last) as it appears on your government issued ID (no nicknames please)
Date of Birth
Citizenship
Phone Numbers
Email Address
Any special dietary or physical needs
 
WAIT FOR FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE MEGACRUISE TEAM!
 
DON'T FORGET TO TELL YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY TO JOIN THE MAILING LIST AT MEGACRUISE.com...you might as well make it a party!

As in previous years on all of our charters, demand for suites is high. Therefore, we will not be taking reservations initially for Penthouse or Haven Suites. However, we will be able to offer a variety of suites in the next few weeks. As all bookings are timestamped, booked passengers will be extended offers to upgrade to the available suites based upon the time they booked…the earliest booked reservations get the first shot.​

If you are interested in upgrading to one of these suites, you may request to do so, however, YOU MUST FIRST RESERVE AN AVAILABLE STATEROOM CATEGORY. During the reservation process, you will see a “VIP and Suite Interest” page. Under the section that reads, “If a VIP stateroom or suite becomes available, please contact me." Please select “Yes” in order to be considered for an upgrade. Again, this will be offered based upon the timestamp of your initial reservation.

When we begin to release the available suites, you will be contacted either by phone or email and given the opportunity to either accept or decline the suite option. If we are unable to reach you, we will leave a message as well as send you an email. If a deadline is given, please respond within the time frame requested. Please understand that once the allotted time has passed, we will move to the next passenger and your suite opportunity may no longer be available.
 
This exclusive cruise charter is a fantasy camp for Metal lovin’ music enthusiasts, with non-stop entertainment, activities and fun…the experience is over the top! Reservations will go on sale soon…be ready to grab your spot onboard, Thrashing Through the Pacific in 2019!
 
MEGACRUISE is a playground for the serious Metal fan where music and a luxury cruise hook up for the vacation of a lifetime.


OCTOBER 10th 2018
NITA STRAUSS/ANGEL VIVALDI ANNOUNCE TOUR
Two of the most revolutionary guitar virtuosos of our generation -- renowned soloist ANGEL VIVALDI and Alice Cooper axemaiden NITA STRAUSS -- are pleased to announce the 2018 edition of The Guitar Collective, a United States tour kicking off on November 19 in New Bedford, MA. The tour will visit several major cities, ending in Asbury Park, NJ on December 21. ANGEL VIVALDI and NITA STRAUSS will co-headline each date of the tour with support from special guest Jacky Vincent (ex-Falling in Reverse). The Guitar Collective 2018 will mark NITA STRAUSS’s live solo debut.


VIP and general admission tickets are available now via www.angelvivaldi.com/tour. VIP Meet and Greets with ANGEL VIVALDI and NITA STRAUSS will include a Q&A session, a signed tour poster, and an HD photo with Angel and Nita.

The main goal of The Guitar Collective tour, now in its second year, is to give fans of instrumental guitar music a chance to discover new artists, and for those artists to branch out to new fans. The Guitar Collective founder ANGEL VIVALDI sees the tour as a place where people can come year after year to discover new virtuosos in an exciting live setting, not just behind their computers and phones.

ANGEL VIVALDI says, “The past four years have given us some of today's most incredible guitarists. After last year's Guitar Collective, which included Scale the Summit and Andy James, I knew I had to make this "modern G3" an annual outing. This year, not only do we have NITA STRAUSS's live solo debut, we've also got Jacky Vincent, who both will continue to carry the torch of instrumental guitar music for generations to come. I can't wait to get on stage night after night to jam with my friends.

NITA STRAUSS adds, “These will be my first shows ever as a solo artist, and I couldn't have hoped for a better fitting tour. I've been a huge fan of Angel's since I first discovered his music and became an even bigger fan when I saw his incredible live performance. Angel and Jacky are two of the most innovative and exciting solo guitarists out there in the scene today, and I am beyond honored to share the stage with them on this tour!”

THE GUITAR COLLECTIVE 2018 TOUR DATES:
11/19 New Bedford, MA @ Greasy Luck
11/20 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
11/21 Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
11/23 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Baazar
11/24 Kent, OH @ Outpost Concert Spot
11/25 Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch
11/27 Berwyn, IL @ Wire
11/28 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
11/29 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
11/30 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
12/1 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club X
12/2 Boise, ID @ The Shredder
12/4 Seattle, WA @ Club Sur Rocks
12/5 Portland, OR @ Paris Theatre
12/6 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
12/7 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
12/8 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
12/9 Los Angeles, CA @ 1720
12/11 Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
12/12 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
12/13 Dallas, TX @ Trees
12/14 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
12/15 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
12/16 Orlando, FL @ The Haven
12/17 Margate, FL @ O’Malley's
12/18 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
12/19 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
12/20 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
12/21 Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents


About ANGEL VIVALDI:
As made evident throughout his five solo releases, ANGEL VIVALDI’s blend of spell-binding guitar anthems and tasteful yet virtuosic playing have reached and inspired millions. Beginning his solo career in 2003, Vivaldi joined forces with the newly reformed 40 Below Summer in 2008. He continued to release multiple solo albums including the critically acclaimed Universal Language in 2010, which has become a must-hear staple in today’s instrumental album catalog. In 2012, Vivaldi joined supergroup Vext featuring Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves, Divine Heresy) as well as members from Mutiny Within. After the loss of his best friend to ALS in 2014, not long after the crowd-funded release of Away With Words Part 1, Angel realized that the only thing worse than living with regret would be to die with it. So in 2015, putting his confidence and trust in his audience, Vivaldi quit his day job, committing himself full-time to his career in music.
 
His latest full-length album, Synapse, is a conceptual opus that joyously matches musical wits with a number of his talented contemporaries. Vivaldi continues to captivate the masses with stunning video releases unlike any seen in the instrumental world such as “A Martian Winter,” “.. _ _ _ “ (Two), and most recently “Serotonin” which features not only NITA STRAUSS but also acclaimed dance crew The Wannabes.
 
Since beginning to tour in 2015, he has shared the stage with icons such as Yngwie Malmsteen, NITA STRAUSS, Gus G and Devin Townsend. In 2017, he launched his annual The Guitar Collective tour, which has featured artists such as NITA STRAUSS, Scale the Summit, Andy James, Yvette Young and more.

ANGEL VIVALDI online:
www.angelvivaldiofficial.com

www.facebook.com/angelvivaldi
www.twitter.com/angelvivaldi
www.instagram.com/angelvivaldiofficial
www.youtube.com/angelvivaldi


About NITA STRAUSS:
Los Angeles born guitarist NITA STRAUSS has become a force to be reckoned with in the music world, dazzling audiences across the US, UK, Europe, Asia and Africa, and sharing the stage with a diverse range of artists including legendary R&B star Jermaine Jackson, deathcore heavy hitters As Blood Runs Black, early MTV darlings Femme Fatale, video game supergroup Critical Hit and popular tribute band The Iron Maidens. Her skill, exuberant stage presence and love for all things about her instrument have earned her a stellar reputation and endorsements from many top companies. Nita has been featured in many worldwide print ads and on dozens of albums, trailers, and soundtracks, most recently Heroes Of The Storm (Blizzard) and Grammy-nominated Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Konami/ Platinum Games), and is the author of the Premier Guitar column "Drop Dead Shred". She was ranked #1 of Guitar World's "10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know", and has been featured in Revolver Magazine's annual "Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock" issue and calendar for the last 2 years. She is currently on tour with Alice Cooper.

NITA STRAUSS online:
www.facebook.com/nitastrauss
www.twitter.com/hurricanenita
www.instagram.com/hurricanenita


SEPTEMBER 28th 2018
CHEVELLE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
Today, multi-platinum, acclaimed alternative rock band CHEVELLE have announced a new album, 12 Bloody Spies: B-Sides and Raritiescompiling sought-after B-Sides and rarities from 2002-2016, now remastered on one brand new collection for the very first time. Set for release on October 26, 2018, the album is now available for pre-order via Epic Records. Get it HERE!

 
The album pre-order unlocks the single "Sleep Walking Elite." Originally recorded during the sessions for 2007's Vena Sera, thick riffing drives the track, providing the perfect counterpoint to a hauntingly hypnotic hook. With its delicate push-and-pull between robust distortion and dynamic melody, it stands out as classic CHEVELLE.
 
The project's full collection spans everything from an acoustic version of "Sleep Apnea" off 2009's Sci-Fi Crimes to an unearthed bonus track off the now-classic Wonder What's Next entitled "Until You're Reformed" and "A Miracle" recorded as a bonus track for The North Corridor in 2016. It's essential listening for fans to say the least.
 
Check out the full tracklisting for 12 Bloody Spies: B-Sides and Rarities below.
 
Stay tuned for more from CHEVELLE soon!
 
Since the release of their full-length debut Point #1 in 1999, CHEVELLE have stood at the forefront of hard rock, consistently evolving and progressing while delivering a series of ubiquitous and inescapable anthems. 2002's breakout Wonder What's Next would go platinum, yielding smashes such as "The Red" and "Send the Pain Below," while its follow-up This Type of Thinking Could Do Us In reached gold status. In 2011, Hats Off to the Bull landed at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 and delivered "Face to the Floor." La Gárgola crashed into the Top 5 at #3 and boasted "Take Out the Gunman." 2016's The North Corridor represented new heights for the group, marking its fourth Top 10 bow on the Billboard Top 200.
 
TRACKLISTING:
1. A Miracle
2. Sleep Walking Elite
3. In Debt To The Earth
4. Sleep Apnea (Acoustic Version)
5. The Clincher (Version 103)
6. Fizgig
7. Glimpse of the Con
8. Indifference
9. Until You're Reformed
10. The Gist
11. Delivery
12. Leto's Headache

 

SEPTEMBER 5th 2018
BEHEMOTH UNVEILS VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE
"It doesn't get more blasphemous than this," declares Behemoth mastermind Nergal, about the band's upcoming album, I Loved You At Your Darkest - due out October 5th via Metal Blade Records (North America) / Nuclear Blast (Europe). While it certainly seems an unlikely title for a black metal band, its origin might surprise fans even more than the words themselves. "It's a verse from the Bible," Nergal reveals. "It's actually a quote from Jesus Christ himself. For Behemoth to use it as the basis of our record, it's sacrilege to the extreme."



A crushing salvo of black metal majesty replete with hellish riffs, thundering drum cannonades and soaring liturgical choirs reminiscent of classic horror cinema, I Loved You At Your Darkest is the group's most dynamic record yet: extreme and radical on one hand, but also more rock-oriented than any other Behemoth release. Produced by the band themselves, with drum co-production by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames), mixing by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children Of Bodom) mastering by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), and a 17-piece Polish orchestra arranged by Jan Stoklosa, I Loved You At Your Darkest can be pre-ordered now at: http://www.metalblade.com/behemoth .

Nergal comments: "'Wolves Ov Siberia' was the first song unveiled from ILYAYD, we began playing it on tour in May of this year - the raw energy and dynamism of the song lent itself perfectly to a live context! The studio version doesn't lose those fundamentals and now with our added intricacies, you will be able to hear the call to Ancient times...the devil is in the detail, after all. The video was purposefully very different from the well-recognised, Behemoth aesthetic - I wanted it to be chaotic, frenzied yet beautiful...I think this is mission accomplished and we're really happy with the final product from Kyle Kadow and Steven Cleavland! Enjoy it!"

I Loved You at Your Darkest track-listing
1. Solve
2. Wolves ov Siberia
3. God = Dog
4. Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica
5. Bartzabel
6. If Crucifixion Was Not Enough...
7. Angelvs XIII
8. Sabbath Mater
9. Havohej Pantocrator
10. Rom 5:8
11. We Are the Next 1000 Years
12. Coagvla


SEPTEMBER 5th 2018

IMONOLITH RELEASES NEW SONG "DIG"
IMONOLITH, the new Canadian metal band featuring members of THREAT SIGNAL, DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT and STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, has released an audio snippet of its latest demo track, titled "Dig".



Says the group: "It's a song about shit talkers and the importance of ignoring them. The message of the lyrics are to do what you think is best for you, do what you love with your life and leave the negative people behind. What they think is none of your business anyways."

IMONOLITH was launched following Devin Townsend's announcement that he has put the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT on indefinite hiatus while he works on other projects.

Joining drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen and guitarist Brian "Beav" Waddell (who played bass in DTP) are bassist Byron Stroud, second guitarist Jed Simon and vocalist Jon Howard.

Regarding how IMONOLITH was chosen as the moniker for the new band, Van Poederooyen said: "Jed Simon had a list of over 50 band names he thought of over the years. He sent them to all of us in the band. The word 'Monolith' was one of the band names. It caught my attention and I started playing with the word. At first, I thought of various names with words in front of, or after the word Monolith, then I thought of 'I Monolith.' But it didn't sound right, so I added the letter 'i' to the front of the word 'Monolith' and voilà… IMONOLITH was born. A brand new word used for a band name. The guys dug it when I brought it up to them. It sounds heavy and is easy to say. So we're sticking with it! It still somewhat carries the meaning of Monolith, which is a monumental, black stone of significance. Sounds metal enough for us!"

IMONOLITH (the first "i" is pronounced like the "i" in the word "impossible") is:

* Jon Howard (THREAT SIGNAL) - Vocals
* Jed Simon (VIMIC, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, SCAR THE MARTYR) - Guitar
* Brian "Beav" Waddell (DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT) - Guitar
* Byron Stroud (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) - Bass
* Ryan Van Poederooyen (DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT) - Drums



AUGUST 17th 2018

JONATHAN DAVIS' WIFE, DEVEN DAVIS, DIES AT 39
A Davis family representative confirmed the report, saying in a statement: "The Davis family is brokenhearted over the devastating loss of Deven Davis. We ask that you respect their privacy — and the privacy of those close to the family — and allow them the space to mourn in private. We thank you for your love, understanding and prayers of support during this difficult time."


A former girl-on-girl porn star who married Jonathan in 2004, Deven and the singer had two kids together, Pirate and Zeppelin. (Jonathan's first son from his previous marriage, Nathan, will turn 23 this fall.)

TMZ reports that Jonathan filed for divorce in October 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. He also filed for a domestic violence restraining order earlier today. The judge issued a temporary order blocking any child custody or visitation by Deven. The restraining order also prohibits her from having contact with the family dog, Chaos.

In his court declaration, Jonathan alleged Deven was deeply involved with drugs, which she had struggled with for more than 20 years. He alleged her drug use was causing emotional harm to the kids through neglect. He said that had been dependent on both prescription and illegal narcotics. According to the singer, she had been to rehab six times and "is constantly under the influence of the nitrous oxide, cocaine and Norco."

According to the documents, Deven had been in a sober home but went missing last Friday and hadn't been seen for a week.

No cause of death has yet been revealed.

Deven was born Deven Augustina Schuette in Findlay, Ohio on April 6, 1979. When she was 18, she changed her name to Deven Davis for modeling before she was married or even met her soon-to-be husband. As fate would have it, Davis ended up being her married name.

Jonathan reportedly gave up recreational drugs and alcohol almost 20 years ago, but has continued to struggle with chronic and debilitating anxiety and depression — and consequently a reliance on prescription drugs.

The singer has admitted in interviews that he was treated in 2013 for Xanax addiction.

Jonathan told Metal Hammer magazine that one song on KORN's 2010 album, "III: Remember Who You Are", was written about Deven "when she was having problems with pill addiction. [Producer] Ross [Robinson] called her without me knowing and asked her to show up to the studio, and I had to sing that part to her."

A few years ago, Jonathan credited Deven and his three sons for keeping him alive. "They saved me from being an idiot and dying from a drug overdose," he said. "They've given me this side of my life that brings me happiness. I love being a father: waking up in the morning, [taking] them to school, fixing them breakfast. I really get off on that."

Earlier this year, Jonathan told Forbes that he wasn't worried about his children using drugs. "My son Nathan won't ever do that," he said. 'He's 22 years old, he's a DJ. He goes out on the road, he's successful in music. He doesn't drink and he doesn't partake in any of that, because he saw what it did to me. He was three years old when I got sober, but he remembers me coming home and then finding me out on the front porch passed out drunk. Pirate and Zeppy have never seen me drink. There's no drinking in our house. For one, Zeppy [who suffers from Type 1 diabetes] can't, he'll die. And then Pirate, it isn't his thing. They're good kids. They've just never been brought up around that culture to party and have liquor.

"Hopefully Deven and I have taught them correctly, "he added. "That's a dark road. Parties, social drinking, it just leads eventually to bad stuff. You can be one of those people that socially drink, but I am not one of them."


AUGUST 16th 2018

JILL JANUS, HUNTRESS VOCALIST, PASSES AWAY
The following statement was provided on the official Huntress facebook page:

"It is with crushed hearts that we announce that Jill Janus—frontwoman for the California heavy metal band Huntress—passed away on Tuesday, August 14. A long-time sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon. Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness.


Janus was a truly special creative involved with numerous musical projects including her role as vocalist for female metal/hard rock cover bands TheStarbreakers and Chelsea Girls. In addition, Janus was co-composer and creator of an upcoming rock opera with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Angus Clark and had a decade-long career as NYC DJ Penelope Tuesdae. Her musical career began in childhood.

Beyond her accomplishments in the music world and her advocacy for mental health issues, she was a beautiful person passionate about her family, animal rescue and the world of natural medicine. She will be missed more than she could have ever known.

If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, Call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people in suicidal crisis or distress."

On behalf of MetalTitans, we hope you have found peace on the other side Jill, your voice, music, and quirky, yet loveable personality will truly be missed. Our condolences to her boyfriend/bandmate, Blake Meahl, bandmates, family, and friends, our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

Please, like Huntress has stated, if you or a loved one may be at the risk of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline above, it could be the difference between ending your life, or taking a healing step forward towards a better tomorrow.