JULY 23rd 2014
ERNIE BALL BATTLE OF THE BANDS
RETURNS TO ROCKSTAR UPROAR FESTIVAL
The battle is on, as the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands returns to the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival for a fourth consecutive year in 2014. The annual competition is underway now for most dates on the touring rock music and lifestyle festival, and runs through September 12 (deadlines vary by market). Bands can enter the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands—and fans can vote for their favorite band—at http://uproar.battleofthebands.com. Bands will be chosen one week prior to the venue they’ve selected to play.
 
Unsigned bands can enter to win a chance to play live on the Festival Stage at the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival in their market this August and September. Finalists will compete for the grand prize--valued at over $15,000--which includes a coveted spot on the 2015 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival, the opportunity to record an EP with legendary producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner at NRG Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA, a Rockford Fosgate Prize Pack, Ernie Ball Guitar String Endorsement, Music Man Instruments, and more (see below for full prize listing).
 
The judges for the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival 2014 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands will include Keith Nelson of Buckcherry and legendary producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner.
 
“Anyone can be an internet sensation and have their five minutes in the sun, but the bands that go on to have careers are the ones that deliver a killer live show,” says Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival co-producer John Oakes. “We’re always excited to partner with Ernie Ball to find new bands that fit that bill – and to help them launch those careers in front of the great UPROAR fans.”
 
The fifth annual Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival hits the road August 15 and runs through September 21. The festival’s powerful lineup includes multiplatinum mainstage bands Godsmack and Seether, along with Skillet, Buckcherry, Pop Evil, Escape The Fate, 3 Years Hollow, Within Reason, New Medicine, Sons of Revelry (2013 UPROAR/Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner), These Raven Skies, and Tattered.
 
Local 2014 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winners will have the chance to play in one of nearly two dozen UPROAR markets, including newly announced dates in Pittsburgh, PA, Albuquerque, NM, Irvine, CA and more.
 
2013 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner Sons Of Revelry will be on the road with the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival throughout the five-week trek. The Brantford, Ontario quartet—Scottish expat Toby Black (lead vocals/lead guitar), Corey Brouwer (backing vocals/rhythm guitar), Arron Rayner (bass), and Sean Boyle (drums)—have the kind of cohesiveness, camaraderie and chops that other bands would kill for. The band recently recorded a pair of EPs in the span of a month – one with world renowned producer Jay Baumgardner (Sevendust, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Godsmack) and the other with Canadian producer Brian Moncarz (Silverstein, Bleeker Ridge, The Reason) – and will release them as a double EP just in time for the 2014 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival. Visit www.sonsofrevelry.com for more information.
 
"Ernie Ball is excited to give Sons Of Revelry the opportunity to reach their dreams,” says Brian Ball, Vice President of Ernie Ball.  "As we've seen with previous winners Mindset Evolution and the Chuck Shaffer Picture Show, the Ernie Ball UPROAR Battle Of The Bands is a tremendous way for bands to record with a legendary producer and tour with rock's biggest bands."
 
To enter the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands, bands must complete a short informational profile and upload at least one MP3 to the Battle Of The Bands website (http://uproar.battleofthebands.com). Entrants should use the Band Promotional Toolkit provided in their profile after logging in to promote their entry on the web and drive fans to vote. Fans can also register at http://uproar.battleofthebands.com to become an official contest judge.
 
The top 100 Buzz Rated bands in each participating tour market will be judged by a panel of industry professionals and UPROAR artists. This panel will choose the winner for each local U.S. tour market. Winners for each local market will be announced two weeks before that tour date. The winner in each city will perform in the opening slot on the Festival Stage at the 2014 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival. Each tour market’s winning band will be eligible to compete for the grand prize. One band will be chosen by the panel of judges to win the grand prize package from the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival andErnie Ball Music Man.
 
The grand prize package for the 2014 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner includes:
 
·         A coveted spot to play live on the entire 2015 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival
·         Record an EP with legendary producer Jay Baumgardner at NRG Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA
·         Rockford Fosgate Prize Pack valued at $2000
·         Ernie Ball Guitar String Endorsement
·         Music Man Instruments
·         Blackstar Guitar Amp (ID:60)
·         Mark Bass Bass Rig (Little Mark 250 + Standard Cabinet)
·         EV Microphone Pack
·         Apogee Duet
·         DW Drum Set
·         Zildjian Cymbal Pack
·         TC Electronic Pedal Pack.
 
Tickets for most Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival shows are on sale now at www.RockstarUPROAR.com.

 

JULY 18th 2014
DOYLE "ANNIHILATE AMERICA TOUR" ANNOUNCED
 
For the past few years, heavy music fans have been clamouring to witness Misfits guitarist DOYLE Wolfgang Von Frankenstein’s full band DOYLE in live-action glory. Coming fresh off the heels of their new album Abominator and several exclusive appearances at awards shows, conventions and beyond, DOYLE is pleased to announce their upcoming full U.S. tour, dubbed the “Annihilate America Tour”! DOYLE is DOYLE Wolfgang Von Frankenstein on guitar, Alex Wolfman Story on vocals, Dr. Chud on drums, and Left Hand Graham on bass.
 

The “Annihilate America Tour” tour kicks off on August 15, 2014 in Rochester, NY and visits 32 cities before closing in Lakewood, OR on September 15th. Ashylus is set to support DOYLE throughout the entire run.
 
Tickets are available now via www.OfficialDoyle.com or www.bandsintown.com/DoyleOfficial. A Pledge Music campaign will begin in one week that will focus on a follow-up tour to bring DOYLE to more cities in the fall and early winter. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!
 
Also, stay tuned for brand new merchandise coming to www.OfficialDoyle.com in the coming weeks!
 
DOYLE - ANNIHILATE AMERICA TOUR DATES:
 
8/15 - Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
8/16 - Stafford Springs, CT @ Stafford Palace Theatre
8/17 – Woodside, NY @ Blackthorn
8/18 - Long Branch, NJ @ The Brighton Bar
8/19 - Baltimore, MD @ The Metro Gallery
8/20 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Altar Bar
8/21 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
8/22 - Elizabethon, TN @ Bonnie Kate Theatre
8/23 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
8/24 - Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly
8/25 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
8/26 - Ft. Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
8/27 – San Antonio, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Bar
8/28 - Mcallen, TX @ Aces North
8/29 – Laredo, TX @ L.I.F.E Downs Pavilion
8/30 –El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
8/31 – Tuscon, AZ @ The Fly Catcher
9/1 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
9/2 – Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s
9/3 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey A Go Go
9/4 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
9/5 – Salem, OR @ Duffy’s Hanger
9/6 – Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
9/7 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
9/8 – Spokane, WA @ The Hop
9/9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
9/10 – Denver, OR @ The Roxy
9/11 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
9/12 – Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew
9/13 – Kokomo, IN @ Centerstage
9/14 – Newport, KY @ Thompson House
9/15 – Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry

JULY 18th 2014
DORO BRINGS "30TH ANNIVERSARY" TOUR TO NORTH AMERICA

Having celebrated thirty years since the first time she took the stage this past May with a two-night live concert party in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany in addition to shows throughout Europe, the U.K., and Latin America, multi-decade recording artist/legendary metal maven DORO PESCH
will be bringing her career-spanning anniversary show to North America this Fall.


"The Anniversary Tour was incredibly well-received everywhere and we know there are many more places we need to get to," shares vocalist and songwriter, DORO. "I'm always super excited to play in the USA and Canada. Looking forward to seeing all our great fans, friends, and metalheads again.  See you soon... Raise Your Fist!"

Fans will soon be invited to participate in an online poll to select the set lists for the tour via
Doro's official Facebook page. Additional plans for a second leg of the tour in the US for Spring 2015.
 
DORO 30 Years - Strong & Proud North American Tour:
10/10/2014 Route 20 Outhouse - Sturtevant, WI
10/11/2014 Pov's 65 - Spring Lake Park, MN
10/12/2014 Mojoes - Joliet, IL
10/14/2014 Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
10/15/2014 Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
10/16/2014 Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, ON
10/18/2014 Salle Multi - Quebec City, QC
10/19/2014 Petit Campus - Montreal, QC
10/20/2014 The Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
 
This Fall, the Nuclear Blast Webshop will have the import version of DORO's Raise Your Fist - 30 Years Anniversary Edition available to coincide with the October tour. A re-release of 2012's Raise Your Fist album, it will include new and rare tracks plus a bonus CD entitled Powerful Passionate Favorites comprised of cover versions of Dio, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, and Kiss songs.

JULY 18th 2014
UPROAR FESTIVAL ONSTAGE CHARITY AUCTIONS
Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival is proud to announce the 2014 VIP Charity Ticket Auction that will put fans onstage with some of their favorite bands! Proceeds will benefit MusiCares & Child Find of America.
 
The Auction is live NOW and runs for 10-days only (though July 27) at:
http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/unitetheunited    
 


Fans can bid for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch their favorite Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival band perform from the best seats in the house: ONSTAGE!
 
Winners will also receive: two premium reserved seats or general admission “pit” tickets, a backstage guided tour, a one-of-a-kind Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival custom artwork drum head autographed by all members of one of their favorite bands on the tour, and front-of-the-line access to select band signings.
Past winners state:
“Best. Concert. Experience. Ever. Thank you for a dream come true event!”
“Even better than last year. Thanks a ton for a killer day!”
"Awesome Experience! Would do this again in a second!”
“The only way to see a show now!”
 
The Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival kicks off year five on August 15 in Detroit with a powerful lineup that includes multiplatinum mainstage bands Godsmack and Seether, along with Skillet, Buckcherry, Pop Evil, Escape The Fate, Redlight King, 3 Years Hollow, Within Reason, New Medicine, Sons of Revelry (2013 UPROAR Battle Of The Bands Winner), SuicideGirls burlesque show,These Raven Skies, and Tattered. As part of the 2013 UPROAR Battle Of The Bands grand prize package, winners Sons Of Revelry will perform on the UPROAR Festival Stage for the entire five week trek.
 
Visit www.RockstarUPROAR.com for the most current festival information.

JULY 18th 2014
CHRIS ADLER PARTNERS WITH BIG WHISKEY GRILL

Metalheads know that heavy metal and whiskey go hand-in-hand. So, it comes as no surprise that Chris Adler of LAMB OF GOD – heralded drummer for one of the biggest metal bands in the biz – is proudly announcing his new partnership with Richmond-restaurant owner Will “Mac” McCormack to open the Big Whisky Grill near the West End of Richmond, VA!


The original Whisky Grill is located in the Richmond Fan District but is too small to accommodate their growing demand. Adler and McCormack’s brand new Big Whisky Grill will hold up to 600 people – making this a perfect location to visit on your next heavy metal road trip!
 
Adler is looking forward to turning his passion into a reality. “Anyone that knows me knows I’m not good at sitting still. The down time has been a great way for us to reconnect with family and friends, and in doing so, I’ve found myself in a position to keep pushing. I’ve partnered up with my good buddy Mac to open one of the largest and extensive Whisky bars in the nation. We are building out now and the ideas in process are incredible.”
 
The Big Whisky Grill is set to open in October and will offer a selection of over 2000 spirits – 700-bottle whiskey selection, 150 craft beers and a 200-bottle wine selection. Adler and McCormack are also working with Henrico County health officials to offer a high-end Cigar room within the 11,000 sq. ft. footprint of the restaurant.
 
Adler is most proud of their unique two-kitchen system, allowing them the ability to safely serve patrons with any and all food allergies or dietary restrictions (GF, V, VO). This concept is all but absent in the Richmond area and is a much needed option for many diners.
 
“One of the most important details for me outside of the incredible Whisky collection is the idea of two kitchens, with one sterilized to serve specialized diet and allergy needs. My wife has suffered from severe food allergies for her entire life and has never been able to comfortably dine out – and she’s not alone. I’m driven to create a safe environment for any dietary concern, choice or not.”
 
Adler continues, “I won’t be in the back behind a purple rope holding court, I’ll be behind the bar serving up the gold. We are stoked and hope to create a friendly and classy place for our community and visitors from all around.”
 
For more info, visit: http://www.chrisadler.com/news/the-whisky-biz/

JULY 14th 2014
GOATWHORE PREMIERES "BARING TEETH FOR REVOLT" VIDEO

The nefarious sound serpents in GOATWHORE are pleased to unleash the official video for "Baring Teeth For Revolt," from their recently unveiled full-length, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless.

Now dominating Vice's music portal, Noisey, the high-speed raging performance video was shot at the infamous House Of Shock in New Orleans by lauded videographer David Brodsky of My Good Eye (Hell Yeah, Whitechapel, Cannibal Corpse, Municipal Waste et al) and wholly captures the band's bludgeoning live energy.

Comments Noisey: "…they're far from conventional, flirting with the sounds of some of the local heroes mixed in with more obvious influences in the thrash and black metal. The latest single and video for 'Baring Teeth For Revolt' is more ripping, groovy black thrash, some that could only come from guys involved in bands like Crowbar, Soilent Green, and Acid Bath."

Scathe your eye holes to the audio/visual enormity of "Baring Teeth For Revolt," below:



GOATWHORE is currently crumbling stages across the US on a Summer-long live infiltration that includes a twenty-two date run on this year's Summer Slaughter tour, scheduled to launch this Thursday!

Additionally, the band will make their way to Europe this Fall/Winter supporting Dying Fetus on an epic journey that will find the band leveling nearly four dozen metropolises. Additional support will be provided by Malevolence and Fallujah.

Currently touring in support of the vicious wares of their Constricting Rage Of The Merciless full-length, which Decibel dubbed, "a blasphemous blast," in an 8/10 review of the record, GOATWHORE will celebrate the release with a meet and greet this Wednesday, July 16th at the world famous Grill 'Em All brick and mortar restaurant in Alhambra, California. Set to begin at 7:00 pm, fans will have a chance to meet the band, hear the record in full as well as purchase a copy if they haven't already. Grill 'Em All will add to the unhallowed revelry with special Constricting Rage Of The Merciless fries - Hand cut fries smothered in creole gumbo with chicken, smoked sausage, and shrimp! Come hungry, leave possessed.

GOATWHORE [remaining dates]:
7/15/2014 Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
7/16/2014 Grill 'Em All Meet And Greet - Alhambra, CA [info] *
Summer Slaughter Tour w/ Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within The Ruins, Fallujah
7/17/2014 The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
7/18/2014 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
7/19/2014 House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
7/20/2014 Nile Theater - Phoenix, AZ
7/21/2014 Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX
7/22/2014 Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
7/23/2014 Summit - Denver, CO
7/25/2014 House Of Blues - Houston, TX
7/26/2014 Scoot Inn - Austin, TX
7/27/2014 Gas Monkey - Dallas, TX
7/29/2014 State Theater St. - Petersburg, FL
7/30/2014 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
7/31/2014 The International - Knoxville, TN
8/01/2014 Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
8/02/2014 Mojoes - Chicago, IL
8/03/2014 Skyway Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
8/05/2014 The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
8/06/2014 Crofoot Ballroom - Detroit, MI
8/07/2014 Rapids Theatre - Niagara Falls, NY
8/08/2014 Irving Plaza - New York, NY
8/09/2014 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
8/10/2014 The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
End Tour
8/16/2014 Gwar B-Q @ Hadad's Lake - Richmond, VA
w/ Dying Fetus, Malevolence, Fallujah
11/8/2014 Fonck - Liege, BE
11/9/2014 Turock - Essen, DE
11/10/2014 11er - Frankfurt, DE
11/11/2014 Beatclub - Dessau, DE
11/12/2014 Meet Factory - Prague, CZ
11/13/2014 Rockfabrik - Ludwigsburg, DE
11/14/2014 Lido - Berlin, DE
11/15/2014 Dynamo - Eindhoven, NL
11/16/2014 Exhaus - Trier, DE
11/17/2014 Audio - Brighton, GB
11/18/2014 Clwb Ifor - Bach Cardiff, GB
11/19/2014 Cathouse - Glasgow, GB
11/20/2014 Voodoo Lounge - Dublin, IE
11/21/2014 Sound Control - Manchester, GB
11/22/2014 Slade Rooms - Wolverhampton, GB
11/23/2014 Garage - London, GB
11/24/2014 Divan Du Monde - Paris, FR
11/25/2014 La Dynamo - Toulouse, FR
11/26/2014 Escenario - Santander, ES
11/27/2014 Hard Club - Porto, PT
11/28/2014 Penélope - Madrid, ES
11/29/2014 Estraperlo - Club Badalona, ES
11/30/2014 Paloma - Nimes, FR
12/1/2014 Le Tremplin - Clermont-Ferrand, FR
12/2/2014 Kiff - Aarau, CH
12/3/2014 Circolo Colony - Brescia, IT
12/4/2014 Backstage - München, DE
12/5/2014 Blue Hell - Budapest, HU
12/6/2014 Gala Hala - Ljubljana, SI
12/7/2014 Flying Circus - Cluj-Napoca, RO
12/8/2014 Jet Rock - Sofia, BG
12/9/2014 Club Rockstadt - Brasov, RO
12/10/2014 Collosseum - Kosice, SI
12/11/2014 Viper Room - Wien, AT
12/12/2014 Rockfabrik - Nürnberg, DE
12/13/2014 Voxhall - Aarhus, DK
12/14/2014 John Dee - Oslo, NO
12/16/2014 Nosturi - Helsinki, FI
12/18/2014 Debaser Medis - Stockholm, SE
12/19/2014 Kaiserkeller, Große Freiheit - Hambur, DE
12/20/2014 Zollhaus - Leer, DE

JULY 14th 2014
BEHEMOTH RELEASE EXCLUSIVE "ONLINE STORE ONLY" ITEMS

The following statement was posted all over Behemoth's official facebook page,alongside the webstore's official page. Check out the information below:

We have just launched on our Official Webstore a preorder for something special - the highest quality, hand crafted Behemoth belt buckles with belts. Preorder today to get 6,66% discount! Preorder lasts until August 1st.

Made in Poland , hand-crafted from highest quality material (316 surgical steel, engraved braas with black patina, natural leather belt) make the buckles absolutely unique on the market. Practically indestructible buckles (if normally used) created with the utmost precision. No cheap Chinese stuff. Each Buckle is hand numbered, has a limited life-long warranty and comes in an exclusive box.

ONLY in the preorder the price is lower by 6,66%. Preorder lasts until August 1st. Check them out while they are still there!


http://www.behemoth-store.com/Behemoth_Phoenix_belt_buckle_with_a_belt



http://www.behemoth-store.com/Behemoth_The_Unholy_Trinity_belt_buckle_with_a_belt


JULY 14th 2014
JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL US TOUR DATES
Ever since it was announced that metal icons Judas Priest would be unleashing their 17th studio album overall, 'Redeemer of Souls' (on July 8, 2014), their legion of fans have been wondering if the band would be launching a supporting tour. And the answer is a resounding YES - Priest will be touring the US in the fall, with dates running throughout October and for most of November. Steel Panther will be "special guests" for all the dates.


Already, 'Redeemer of Souls' is creating a deafening pre-release buzz, largely due to overwhelmingly positive reviews:

"The word 'epic' is thrown around too often in the world of music, but Judas Priest's new album 'Redeemer of Souls' is, in fact, truly epic. From Rob Halford's powerful vocals to Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner's monster riffs and soaring guitar solos, 'Redeemer of Souls' takes listeners on a fantastical metal journey from beginning to end." —Loudwire/Townsquare Media

"Galloping riffs, dueling solos and Rob Halford's battle shrieks make it classic Priest at its metal core." --Rolling Stone Magazine [review of "Redeemer of Souls" single]

"The gods of metal return with all cylinders firing on 'Redeemer of Souls,' a juggernaut of an album that features raw, unleashed power as only the mighty Priest can deliver. Valhalla, they are coming — and coming HARD." --Sound & Vision Magazine

Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal's all-time classic songs ("Living After Midnight," "Breaking the Law," "You've Got Another Thing Coming," etc.) and albums ('British Steel,' 'Screaming for Vengeance,' 'Painkiller,' etc.).

And come the fall, the mighty Priest will be ferociously rocking the US once more - with more dates to follow shortly.

"REDEEMER OF SOULS TOUR 2014" DATES:
*** new date announced

Oct-01 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
Oct-03 Hammond, IN The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
Oct-04 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Fest
Oct-06 Montreal, Quebec Canada Bell Centre
Oct-07 Rama, Ontario Canada Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
Oct-09 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Oct-10 Atlantic City, NJ Harrah's
Oct-11 Mashantucket, CT Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
Oct-14 Lowell, MA Tsongas Center at UMass
Oct-15 Allentown, PA PPL Center
Oct-17 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
Oct-18 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center ***
Oct-19 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
Oct-21 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre ***
Oct-22 Evansville, IN Ford Center ***
Oct-24 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
Oct-25 Portsmouth, VA nTelos Wireless Pavilion ***
Oct-26 Simpsonville, SC Charter Amphitheatre ***
Oct-28 Duluth, GA The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Oct-30 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live Arena
Nov-02 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheater ***
Nov-04 Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Arena ***
Nov-06 Allen, TX Allen Event Center
Nov-07 Austin , TX FunFunFun Fest
Nov-08 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center ***
Nov-10 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE ***
Nov-12 Phoenix, AZ Theater at Jobing Arena
Nov-13 Highland, CA San Manuel Casino
Nov-14 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl
Nov-16 San Jose, CA City National Civic ***
Nov-18 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center
Nov-19 Denver, CO 1STBANK Center ***
Nov-21 Boise, ID CenturyLink Arena ***
Nov-22 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome ***

A special fan pre-sale for tickets, exclusive merchandise bundles and more will be available tomorrow, Tuesday July 15th at 10:00 A.M. local time. Visit http://tickets.judaspriest.com/ and sign up now for further information!

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT:
judaspriest.com
facebook.com/OfficialJudasPriest


JULY 10th 2014
PAPA ROACH TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN 2015
California rockers PAPA ROACH have set "F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise)" as the title of their eighth studio album, due in early 2015 via Eleven Seven Music. The follow-up to 2012's "The Connection" was recorded at Las Vegas' The Hideout Recording Studio, which is owned and operated by Canadian producer Kevin Churko, who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT and HELLYEAH.

"This record we're very proud of what we came up with. And it's a banger," PAPA ROACH singer Jacoby Shaddix told the Anchorage, Alaska radio station KWHL on Wednesday (July 9).
"We wanted to work with a producer that worked in that heavier realm and kind of check him out a little bit. So there's elements of hard rock, elements of heavy metal, elements of pop, elements of… it's just all over the place, man, but it's another classic PAPA ROACH record. I'm very proud of it."

Shaddix also spoke about the recording process for "F.E.A.R.", explaining: "This time it was very different than last time. Last time, we recorded our record at a hometown studio in Sacramento. So that was, like, every day we'd leave our house and go to the studio. I was going through some personal turmoil in my life at that time, and the music was really and truly my saving grace. And I'm very proud of that record as well.
"When we went in to make this new record, we [were] out on the road for, I don't know, a year and a half, and we came home and we were, like, 'You know what? Instead of taking a bunch of time off, let's go into the studio with our road chops; we're playing really tight. Let's just go in.' We didn't have any material written. And it was like the floodgates opened, to be completely honest." He added: "This record, if I were to die tomorrow, I'd be happy with this being my last statement as a musician."

Some of the songs on the new album include "Just As Broken As Me", "Never Have To Say Goodbye", "Gravity" and the title track, "Face Everything And Rise", which Shaddix said is "about stepping up to your problems and connecting with my God and walking through those things."

Shaddix previously told Loudwire about PAPA ROACH's new CD: "We are making the sickest, most illest P-ROACH record to date, guaranteed. It's fiery, that's how I explain it. It's fiery. It's like I'm holding a light orb in my hand and when I put it to the sky, I take off like a superhero, if that makes any sense."

He continued: "We've got a song called 'Just As Broken As Me' that's about forgiveness, when you don't want to forgive but you know it's the best thing to do. We have a song called 'Never Have To Say Goodbye'. It's about a really good friend of mine who passed away the last couple of years. It's just my song … I never got to say my piece, and he was someone who really helped me when I was down and out and helped me clean my life up and then I went out there and lived that wicked life again, and when I was out there, he passed away. I've always had a hole in my heart from that so I decided to write a song about that.
Back in February, Shaddix spoke in an online chat about another new song, "Gravity" that "Jerry [Horton, guitar] was working on, and we all heard it, and we were just, like, 'This just sounds cool," he said. "It just sounds like the sound of us driving down this desert road.' And it just sounded like the environment that we were in."

Shaddix further explained what the song "Gravity" was about. He said, "'Gravity' is about what are the things in the world that keep pulling you back to reality or back down to the ground or back down to earth or back down to who you really are. And so that's a great track. And for me, that was just something really different. I was, like, Jerry wrote the song, and I started lyricizing on it, and I was, like, 'This song seems like it would be cool if I rapped on it.' Everybody was, kind of, 'Huh?! Really?' And then I did it. And I remember I was just getting really painfully honest about some of the dark moments in my life that I never spoke about. I think that that's when I really expose myself in the most vulnerable ways and step out of my comfort zone and really put myself out there, like, 'You guys are gonna know this about me now?' That's when I think the best art is created . . . when you're pulled the furthest out of your comfort zone. And that's why PAPA ROACH records are so diverse."

"The Connection" was re-released in Europe as a special tour edition in May 2013 via Eleven Seven Music. The effort contained a bonus DVD of a concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles featuring performances of new songs as well as the band's biggest hits, including "Still Swingin'", "Give Me Back My Life", "Before I Die", "Last Resort" and "Between Angels & Insects".

"The Connection" was produced by rock veteran James Michael (SIXX: A.M., HALESTORM) and John Feldmann (PANIC AT THE DISCO, THE USED, BLACK VEIL BRIDES). The CD sold 22,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at No. 17 on the Billboard album chart.

 

JULY 2nd 2014
CANNIBAL CORPSE TO RELEASE
A SKELETAL DOMAIN
American Death Metal Icons, CANNIBAL CORPSE, are pleased to announce the release of their thirteenth full-length, entitled, A Skeletal Domain.

Lucky number thirteen? Lucky or not, it's a quantity of releases (not even counting VHS/DVD releases and EPs) and a wealth of material beyond which most bands could even fathom. The CANNIBAL CORPSE collective – vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, bassist Alex Webster, guitarists Pat O'Brien and Rob Barrett and drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz -- approaches each recording session with a honed and precise vision of a band in their third decade of existence. With this new entry to their extensive catalog, they've switched gears, opting to work with producer Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver) at Audio Hammer Studios, after having tracked their previous three outings (Kill, Evisceration Plague, Torture) with Erik Rutan. Boasting twelve-ominous tracks in forty-four spine-fraying minutes, the result is a massive, belligerent, and deliberate aural attack that finds the band at their peak of their notoriously hyper kinetic, meticulously executed brutality.

Preparation for A Skeletal Domain did not vary significantly from previous efforts. "At the end of the day, we're still making a death metal record, no matter where it's being recorded," relays bassist Alex Webster. Mark Lewis offered a slightly different, modern recording approach, but the band stressed that they could not be more pleased with their previous albums with Rutan, and the door is most definitely open to work with him again in the future. Changing producers is something the band has historically done after every few albums, if only to not get too comfortable. CANNIBAL CORPSE also tried to step outside of their comfort zone when it came to songwriting and their musical performances. "Consistency is often confused with repetition. We are established with what we do as a band, and we could relax and not push ourselves, but we try to push the envelope. That's what makes this exciting," adds Webster. "Anyone who really listens to this album with an open mind will hear that it's not same-old same-old." Mark Lewis would concur with Webster's analysis and even goes a step further by claiming that "there are moments on this record that have never happened in musical history." CANNIBAL CORPSE have proven time and again that they have more fuel in their tank, more riffs in their minds, and more ways to describe gore than any single group of human beings could ever have hoped. The thirteenth album will prove to be as important a landmark in their career as just about any other. CANNIBAL CORPSE are consistency defined.

A Skeletal Domain will be released in North America on September 16th, 2014 via Metal Blade records. Point your browser to THIS LOCATION where you'll witness the sonic trauma that embodies second track, "Sadistic Embodiment" as well as a host of preorder bundles.

A Skeletal Domain Track Listing:
01. High Velocity Impact Spatter
02. Sadistic Embodiment
03. Kill or Become
04. A Skeletal Domain
05. Headlong into Carnage
06. The Murderer's Pact
07. Funeral Cremation
08. Icepick Lobotomy
09. Vector of Cruelty
10. Bloodstained Cement
11. Asphyxiate to Resuscitate
12. Hollowed Bodies


 

JULY 1st 2014
CROWBAR ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Sludge merchants CROWBAR will embark on a brand new slab of headline dates throughout the U.S. with guests HAVOK and REVOCATION. Kicking off on September 11th in Birmingham, dates span from coast to coast before wrapping up in mid October. This is the first tour in the states supporting the band's most recent LP, Symmetry in Black. General on sale is Friday, July 4th. VIP packages will also be available, read here for more info.

Symmetry in Black was released back in May and sold over 4,000 copies in its first week of release, the highest of any LP’s in the band’s 25 year career, beating out its predecessor Sever the Wicked Hand released in 2011. Symmetry in Black has recieved quite the critical reception to boot. Metalsucks states, "It’s no surprise that it’s excellent, but what is a surprise is just how excellent it is.” With Windstein’s focus entirely on Crowbar for the first time since the band’s inception, the anticipation was higher than ever leading up to its release leading internet giants LOUDWIRE  to declare, "Windstein’s singular focus pays off.”

Lastly, tastemakers INVISIBLE ORANGES go as far to say that the band "deliver their trademark style of passionate and despondent hardcore-influenced sludge metal with ruthlessness and grace, crafting a masterful album.” The crushing signature sound of Crowbar is at its peak on Symmetry in Black, the band’s most diverse yet cohesive release.

 

JUNE 30th 2014
TEXAS SHOWDOWN TATTOO & MUSICAL FESTIVAL
El Paso, Texas - Texas Showdown Festival, the country's largest tattoo & music festival, is returning to El Paso County Coliseum for 3 days of tattooing, music, sideshows, and more from July 18th-20th!
The Texas Showdown Festival music lineup includes headliners Deftones, Drowning Pool, and Wu-Tang Clan along with support from The Casualties, Lower Class Brats, Murder FM, 12 Stones, Crazytown, Bridge To Grace, Grind, Bash, Snow Tha Product, Sheek Louch, D-Block, Rare Individuals, Explicit Content, and a surprise guest!

Over 300 tattoo artists from around the globe will be tattooing including celebrity artists from popular TV tattoo shows. The festival also features a variety of sideshows as well as human body suspension shows.
Purchase Tickets from Ticketmaster

Festival Location: 
El Paso County Coliseum 
4100 E Paisano Dr 
El Paso, TX 79905
For more information, visit: 
http://texastattooshowdownfestival.com

Connect with Texas Showdown Festival: https://facebook.com/texasshowdownfestival 
https://twitter.com/txshowdownfest

JUNE 28th 2014
GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE ADDS POWERMAN 5000

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare has announced additional onsite experiences for the ultimate Halloween horror event, this year held at WestWorld Of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona for select nights from September 19-November 1, 2014.
 
As in 2013, Great American Nightmare will feature a Rob Zombie museum area displaying memorabilia from the groundbreaking musician and filmmaker’s movie and music career.
 
In addition, galactic hard rockers Powerman 5000 have been added to the September 19 opening night concert--already featuring headliner Rob Zombie.


Powerman 5000’s new electro-tinged album Builders of the Future (T-Boy Records/Ume) is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, and PledgeMusic.com and features the song “Invade Destroy Repeat,” currently receiving airplay on KUPD-FM in Phoenix.  
 
Great American Nightmare is a fully immersive haunted house experience featuring three attractions based on Rob Zombie’s own horror films: The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out, Captain Spaulding’s Clown School In 3D, and The Devil’s Rejects.
 
The shocking--and sometimes disturbing--attractions will offer a three-dimensional experience with animatronics and effects, a maze that is the ultimate definition of claustrophobia and fear, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salacioushumor that will make patrons scream with fright and laughter.

The Great American Nightmare’s Bloody Boulevard will feature freak shows, musical entertainment, roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night.

Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare are on sale now at www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com, with prices starting at only $25 for September 20-November 1. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions and the Bloody Boulevard activities. Tickets for opening night (September 19) include the Rob Zombie with Powerman 5000 concert and are available starting at only $45.

 A limited number of VIP packages are also available for purchase at www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com. All VIP packages include a commemorative t-shirt and quicker access to the haunted attractions than general admission. Some packages also include a designated viewing area for the concert and a VIP-only bar.

JUNE 26th 2014
EXODUS ANNOUNCE VIP PACKAGES
ON SLAYER TOUR
This fall, Bay Area thrash legends EXODUS will support fellow metal titans Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies on the Scion-sponsored fall leg of their United States onslaught. The tour begins on November 12th in Oakland, CA at The Fox Theater and will tour throughout the states, coming to close in Detroit, MI at The Fillmore on December 5th. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, June 27th at 10:00AM (local time).
 
“This monumental tour is a heavy metal collision of epic proportions! For my first tour back with EXODUS, I’m beyond excited to be on the road with my brothers in true thrash metal! I’m also looking forward to meeting and hanging out with all of the fans on this heavy as hell tour,” states newly returning vocalist Zetro.  
 
Due to an overwhelmingly positive response, EXODUS is making VIP experience packages available for the entire tour. The packages are scheduled to go on sale this Friday! Fans are encouraged to get them as soon as possible, as VIP package sales will close seven days prior to each show day. To purchase VIP packages via SLOtix.com – click here.
 
**If you already purchased your ticket and would like to be part of the EXODUS VIP package experience, contact SLOtix customer service at 888-756-4849 or customerservice@slotix.com.
 
 
EXODUS MEET & GREET PACKAGE
Package to include:
- One Premium Reserved ticket OR One General Admission Ticket with early entry to venue
- Meet & Greet with select members of EXODUS
- Autographed EXODUS Poster
- EXODUS tour T-Shirt
- Collectible EXODUS laminate to remember your evening
- Coupon for 25% discount at the online EXODUS merchandise store
- Onsite check-in staff
 
Attendees will be included in a giveaway for an autographed Gary Holt signature guitar or EXODUS guitar (at the end of the tour, Gary Holt will personally call the winner himself to announce that they’ve won!)
 
 
Adds Gary Holt, guitarist for EXODUS and filling in for Slayer’s fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman, “After the way incredible and seriously awesome but short run with Suicidal Tendencies and the mighty Slayer, EXODUS are happy to once again be a part of this lineup, only this time… I get to kick my own ass with the double duty madness for a full tour! Insanity? Of course it is! Is it worth it? You fucking know it! Looking forward to this one in a big, big way! Last tour couldn't have gone any better, and this tour will prove to be more of the over-the-top awesome level of metal as the last run, but now only bigger and more intense! See you there!”
 
 
EXODUS w/ Slayer & Suicidal Tendencies
11/12 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater
11/14 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
11/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
11/17 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Coca Cola Bricktown Events Venter
11/18 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
11/19 – Grand Prairie, TX (Dallas) @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
11/21 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Café/Hard Rock Live
11/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
11/23 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
11/25 – Albany, NY @ Washington Avenue Armory
11/26 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
11/28 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/29 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
11/30 – Upper Darby, PA (Philadelphia) @ Tower Theater
12/2 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
12/4 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
12/5 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit

 

JUNE 25th 2014
UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS
ANNNOUNCE FIRST NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS, one of the most talked about rock bands currently in existence, and an enigma in the international underground scene, released their third album Mind Control last year via Metal Blade Records/ Rise Above Records in North America. The reviews were phenomenal and UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS began to take North America by storm.  The band recently concluded a highly successful tour of Europe and the UK as well as sold out dates in New Zealand and Australia.
 
In support of Mind Control, UNCLE ACID played North America for the first time this May as part of the Maryland Deathfest.  After the amazing reception and breathtaking performance, UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS are set to return to North America this fall for a full North American tour.  The tour kicks off September 24th in Philadelphia, PA and runs through October 11th in Los Angeles, CA.  Danava will provide support on the tour and tickets go on sale this Friday June 27th.
 
UNCLE ACID commented on the upcoming tour:
"Deadbeats of North America! We're very pleased to announce our first tour of the U.S. and Canada. It's been a long time coming but we're looking forward to finally destroying your minds!"
 
Mind Control is a concept album with a theme that makes the acts and intentions of the likes of Charles Manson and Jim Jones seem like petty crimes. What makes Mind Control scarier than most albums is that it doesn't seem as sinister on the surface as it really is deep down, within the core of its black acid-drenched world of pain and torture.
 
Imagine the original Alice Cooper band jamming in a cell with early Black Sabbath and the Stooges, whilst sitting on murder charges and you may get a glimpse into their fuzzed up world of exploding tube amps and cymbal smashing mayhem. However, this enticing act of musical manipulation is merely the icing upon a very sick cake.
 
Recorded at the legendary Chapel Studios over an autumnal full moon using the finest western electrical technology, engineer Jim Spencer (Bert Jansch, Robert Wyatt) has captured perfectly the bands live sound of saturated fuzz, mind-bending riffs and 60's vocal harmonies.
 
UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS North American Tour:
9/24: Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
9/25: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
9/26: Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
9/27: Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
9/28: Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
9/30: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
10/1: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
10/3: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
10/4: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/6: Seattle, WA @ Neumos
10/7: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw
10/8: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/10: San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
10/11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theater

 

JUNE 23rd 2014
SCION PRESENTS UPCOMING SLAYER FALL TOUR

When SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCES, and EXODUS played a handful of dates together this past May, every date was sold out and fans experienced a night of some of the best metal on the planet.  With reviews like "the best show in years that I've been blessed to witness," "a metalhead's dream come true," and "...an onslaught of heart-pounding tunes during an evening full of awesome head banging action," how could this trinity of thrash legends not join up again for a full-on road trip?  So, with Scion proudly presenting, Slayer - Kerry King/guitars, Tom Araya/bass'vocals, drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt - with special guests Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, will hit the road this fall, kicking off November 12 in Oakland, CA, playing through to December. 5 in Detroit, MI.  The confirmed itinerary is below.

Slayer fan club members are invited to take advantage of a ticket pre-sale that will begin this Wednesday, June 25 at 10AM (local time) and ends on Thursday, June 26 at 5:00PM (local time).  Fan club members will receive an email with instructions for ticket purchasing.  Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, June 27 at 10:00AM (local time) - log onto www.slayer.net for all ticket purchasing details. 

Said Slayer's Tom Araya, "We are way fucking excited about hitting the road again with Suicidal and Exodus.  Fucking intense.  See you in the fall."

Added Mike Muir, Suicidal Tendencies' vocalist, "Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, for only six shows?  They were a blast, but everyone knew that wouldn't be enough.  Now's your chance to see what everyone else was screaming about.  ST definitely can't wait 'til November to do it all again!"

"This monumental tour is a heavy metal collision of epic proportions," added Exodus vocalist Steve 'Zetro' Souza who has just rejoined the band.  "For my first tour back with Exodus, I'm beyond excited to be on the road with my brothers in true thrash metal! I'm also looking forward to meeting and hanging out with all of the fans on this heavy as hell tour."

NOVEMBER
12   Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
14   The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
15   Comercia Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
17   Bricktown Events Center, Oklahoma City, OK
18   ACL Live, Austin, TX
19   Verizon Theatre, Dallas, TX
21   Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
22   The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
23   The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
25   The Armory, Albany, NY
26   Sands Events Center, Bethlehem, PA
28   The Palladium, Worcester, MA
29   Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
30   Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA

DECEMBER
 2   Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH
 4   Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
 5   The Fillmore, Detroit, MI

JUNE 23rd 2014
KING DIAMOND ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICA TOUR
KING DIAMOND has confirmed what has been rumored for several weeks: the band will return to North America for a full tour this Fall! The tour will wrap up with the previously announced performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX, and begins on October 11 in Atlanta, GA. A limited edition King Diamond jacket will be available through the SHOWstubs.com fan club presale, which begins tomorrow, June 24th. Tickets will be on sale online and at box offices nationwide on Friday, June 27th.


King Diamond will be joined on stage, of course, by long time band members Andy LaRocque, Mike Weed, Hal Pacino, and Matt Thompson. Additionally, North American fans will be bearing witness to the band's full European festival stage show. These will be the most ambitious and largest productions in North America in the band's entire history. A special guest supporting act for the tour will be announced at a later date.

KING DIAMOND
North American Tour 2014

10/11 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
10/13 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
10/14 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
10/16 Worcester, MA Palladium
10/17 Montreal, QC Olympia
10/18 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
10/19 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
10/21 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
10/22 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
10/24 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
10/26 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
10/28 Seattle, WA The Moore Theatre
10/30 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
10/31 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
11/01 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
11/03 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
11/05 Houston, TX House of Blues
11/06 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/08 Austin, TX Auditorium Shores

JUNE 18th 2014
MASTODON UNVEIL "HIGH ROAD" VIDEO
 Today, the world's leading bitcoin payment processor, BitPay, announced a partnership with Reprise Records' artist, Mastodon, making them the first major label band to accept bitcoin through BitPay. Mastodon's new album, Once More 'Round the Sun, is scheduled for release on June 24th and will be available at mastodonrocks.com/bitcoin.
 
Mastodon is one of the most successful hard rock bands of the past decade, both critically and commercially. The band is well-known for its innovative sound and style, making them a perfect candidate for the bitcoin community.


 
"We're excited to work with fellow Atlanta-natives BitPay for our new album," mentioned in a statement by Mastodon, "We want to give our fans as many options to buy our new album as possible and are happy that bitcoin can be one of those choices."
 
"BitPay is honored to partner with Reprise Records' artist Mastodon. Having a major label artist embrace bitcoin is a definite sign of bitcoin's growth and expansion into the world of music," said BitPay's Executive Chairman, Tony Gallippi.
 
In addition to the album release and Mastodon's summer tour, their brand new music video for "High Road," directed by Roboshobo, is premiering today on Pitchfork.
 
Catch Mastodon on tour this summer:

Fri. Jun 20         Amnesia Rockfest                    Montebello, Canada
Thurs. Jun 26     Hedon                                     Zwolle, Netherlands
Fri. Jun 27         Melkweg                                  Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sat. Jun 28        Graspop                                  Dessel, Belgium
Sun. Jun 29       Park Live                                 Moscow, Russian Federation
Thurs. Jul 3        Main Square Festival                Arras, France
Fri. Jul 4            Le Zenith                                 Paris, France
Sun. Jul 6          Knebworth Park                       London, United Kingdom
Fri. Jul 18          Malakoff Rock Festival              Nordfjordeid, Norway
Sat. Jul 19         Bukta Open Air Festival            Tromsø, Norway
Sat. Sept 6        Hopscotch Festival                   Raleigh, NC
Fri. Sept 12       Riot Fest Chicago                     Chicago, IL


JUNE 18th 2014
HATE RECORDING NEW ALBUM

Poland's extreme metal leviathans HATE are currently at the studio recording their new album tentatively named "Crusade : Zero". The successor of 2013's critically acclaimed "Solarflesh" will contain 8 new tracks and a few bonuses. The sessions are taking place at this very moment at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland with Wieslawski Brothers behind the console. The band's mainman Atf Sinner comments:


"We have been carving this monster for months and finally we have brought it to the studio! Pavulon has already finished tracking drums, which sound fantastic thanks to the new recording room here. Powerful, authentic drum sound! Now we are getting down to recording guitars. Everything is going smooth so far. As I mentioned before, these new songs are a definition of what HATE is, and with all the experiene we gained, we are getting it all on the next level now."


The album is tentatively scheduled for a worldwide release in November this year via Napalm Records.  
More news to come very soon !

JUNE 18th 2014
HALCYON WAY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
Award Winning Atlanta, Georgia Progressive Metallers HALCYON WAY have confirmed an August 19th North American release date and an August 23rd European release date for their new album Conquer.  The album will be released on Nightmare Records in North America and via Massacre Records in Europe.  Today the artwork and track listing for Conquer have been unveiled.
 
Singer Steve Braun commented on the new album:
 
"We are super stoked about how this entire album has come out, from music down to the artwork.  Once again our good friend Travis Smith has taken our basic artwork concept and made it into a masterpiece. The artwork visually shows the struggles we as a band have faced and how it could have destroyed us, yet at the same time shows how we've emerged from the rubble as a solid unit ready to conquer ANY obstacle in our way.  For us we raised the bar with Building the Towers back in 2010, and with the new album Conquer we've surpassed our wildest dreams."
 
A video for the song "Web of Lies" from the new album can be viewed HERE.
 
HALCYON WAY was founded in 2001 and released its successful debut album "A Manifesto For Domination" in 2008 (via Nightmare Records).
 
HALCYON WAY's sound cannot be neatly slotted into any sub-category of metal; but it can be described as heavy, catchy, technical, and above all, focused on mature song craft.  The band draws influences & inspiration from many metal bands from Megadeth to Dream Theater, Testament or Chimaira.  The focus of the songwriting is on catchy hooks, vocal harmonies à la King's X or Stryper, and on heavy, technical, but ultimately accessible instrumentation.
 
Conquer Track Listing:
1. Conquer
2. Web Of Lies
3. Conceived In Torment
4. Home
5. World Comes Undone
6. Militant
7. Hatred Is My Cause
8. The Poisoned Apple
9. Save Your Tears
10. Every Second Counts (USA Bonus Track)
11. King Of Ruin
12. Eviscerate The Morning Sun

JUNE 16th 2014
WOLF ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM RELEASE
Sweden's pack of Heavy Metal stalwarts, WOLF return with their seventh studio album entitled simply, Devil Seed. The album will be released on August 25th in Europe and on September 2nd in North America via Century Media Records.
 
This time around, the wolves have teamed up with Jens Bogren (Kreator, Paradise Lost, Opeth) over at Fascination Street Studios and have delivered not only a heavy sounding release but also one chock full of clarity and complexity. With cover artwork being created once again by legendary designer Thomas Holm (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond), all the elements are aligned for this fierce slab of pure Heavy Metal mayhem.
 
Simon Johansson (guitars) comments:"WOLF is back and once again we have worked with the amazing Thomas Holm (Mercyful Fate / King Diamond) for the album art. Thomas has a way of catching the feeling of an album and to put colors to our music. This time Niklas Stålvind also contributed to some drawings found in the booklet and the collaboration between the two of them turned out great. Devil Seed starts as an embryo and when you least aspect it you find yourself dancing with the Devil."
 
 
"Devil Seed" track-listing:
1   Overture in C Shark
2 Shark Attack
3 Skeleton Woman
4 Surgeons Of Lobotomy
5 My Demon
6 I Am Pain
7 Back From The Grave
8 The Dark Passenger
9 River Everlost
10 Frozen
11 Killing Floor
   
WOLF live:
The Devil Seed Tour 2014
26.07.2014 SE Frövi, Rockviken
11.09.2014 UK Manchester, Sound Control
12.09.2014 UK Northampton, Rock N' Metal Circus
13.09.2014 UK Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
14.09.2014 UK London, Borderline
20.12.2014 SE Varberg, Sociteten
Further European dates to be announced soon.

 

JUNE 12th 2014
ARCH ENEMY ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Earlier this week, metal icons ARCH ENEMY unleashed their new album, War Eternal, across the world, with critics hailing it as their "strongest album in years" (Decibel Magazine). To kick-off the War Eternal campaign, the band launched an extensive European tour, which is currently underway through the rest of the year. In addition to these dates, ARCH ENEMY will also make their much-anticipated return to North American soil this October/November! Featuring KREATOR, HUNTRESS, and STARKILL as support, this headlining trek will be the band's first tour in the States since 2011-- and the first US tour to feature new members Alissa White-Gluz (vocals) and Nick Cordle (guitar)!

ARCH ENEMY's Michael Amott (guitar) comments: "It's been three long years since ARCH ENEMY last played North America, but now the wait is over! We're riding a veritable metal tsunami in Europe with our new album 'War Eternal' and look forward to spreading the chaos on this N.A. run! ARCH ENEMY is very proud and excited to be teaming up with Teutonic thrash titans KREATOR as well as HUNTRESS and STARKILL! Miss this show at your own peril!"

KREATOR's Mille Petrozza (vocals, guitar) adds: "Both bands have been talking about touring together for many years, now it becomes reality: KREATOR and ARCH ENEMY on one bill in the USA and Canada! We are looking forward to another killer run in support of our album 'Phantom Antichrist' before we will start writing new stuff in 2015! With ARCH ENEMY's new album 'War Eternal' being a monster, this will be THE metal tour of the fall. Don`t miss it!"

See below for all upcoming dates. VIP tickets for the North American tour are now available here: http://archenemy.soundrink.com

ARCH ENEMY - live in North America with KREATOR, HUNTRESS, STARKILL
23.10.2104 - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
24.10.2104 - Best Buy Theater - New York, NY *
25.10.2104 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
26.10.2104 - Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park, NY
27.10.2104 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC
28.10.2104 - Imperial Theater - Quebec City, QC
29.10.2014 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON
1.11.2014 - The Garrick Centre - Winnipeg, MB *
2.11.2014 - Riddell Centre - Regina, SK *
3.11.2014 - Macewan Hall Ballroom - Calgary, AB *
4.11.2014 - Union Hall - Edmonton, AB *
6.11.2014 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC *
7.11.2014 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA *
8.11.2014 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR *
10.11.2014 - Regency Center - San Francisco, CA
11.11.2014 - House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
12.11.2014 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
14.11.2014 - The Marquee - Tempe, AZ
15.11.2014 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM *
16.11.2014 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
18.11.2014 - Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN *
19.11.2014 - Mojoes - Joliet, IL
20.11.2014 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
21.11.2014 - Majestic Theatre - Detroit, MI
22.11.2014 - Bogarts - Cincinnati, OH
23.11.2014 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
*=without STARKILL

JUNE 11th 2014
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK
MAYHEM FESTIVAL INTRODUCES SPONSERS
 
The world's biggest heavy music touring festival, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, is celebrating its seventh year with some fantastic sponsors—both new and returning! The 2014 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, and is sponsored by truth, COLDCOCK American Herbal Flavored Whiskey, Sumerian Records, Victory Records, Fuck Cancer, Headrush, iHome, Legator Guitars, Living The Dream, Matador, Metal Injection, PBR, Revolver Magazine, Roadrunner Records, WET, Zippo andZUUS.
 
This year’s sponsors have only excellent things to say about teaming up with the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL! The festival brings a unique opportunity to all sponsors to promote their brands and companies to their perfect demographic, day after day, in a personal atmosphere. See below for individual testimonies from both new and returning sponsors!
 
*As mentioned above, this year’s sponsors include many companies who are happily returning to the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL family! Each sponsor brings an exciting element to each festival stop.
 
Going into its seventh year, Rockstar Energy Drink is proud to be the title sponsor of the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL. Over the past six years, Rockstar Energy Drink has been able to connect with their consumers through large scale sampling efforts at each stop of the tour, educating them on new products and flavors. The Rockstar Energy Drink marketing and sales teams across the country have worked hand in hand to bring the festival to local retail locations by offering ticket giveaways in store, alongside price promotions on various Rockstar products. Chain partners include Circle K, Village Pantry, Timewise, Quik Trip and Giant among many others. This year, Rockstar Energy Drink is excited to have Suicide Silence, Miss May I, and Upon a Burning Bodysigning in their booth this summer. All four bands will be appearing daily to sign posters and meet fans.
 
“As a brand that supports music and bands in the genre, it's been fun to see bands grow throughout the years. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is a family that supports each other and wants to see everyone be the best and have the best time. We, as a brand, are happy to be a part of that family,” states Chelsea Coffey, Music Marketing Manager at Rockstar, Inc.
 
Revolver Magazine has been the official media partner of the festival for all seven years! Revolver brings along a branded booth to each of the tour stops with product samples, movies screenings, heavy metal clinics, band signings, and exclusive giveaways. In addition, Revolver creates the exclusive ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL TOUR GUIDE that goes out to 100,000 festival goers each summer. This is the ultimate souvenir and great for autographs! Revolver Magazine also covers the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL extensively through its June/July issue (on newsstands now). This issue will give readers the only “behind the scenes” look into the entire tour. For more information on Revolver Magazine, please visit www.revolvermag.com.
 
Fourth year sponsor, the Living the Dream Foundation, partners annually with a mission to deliver VIP Dream Day’s to individuals with life-threatening afflictions. This summer, the Living the Dream Foundation will be asking the public to write in for a chance to experience a VIP Dream Day at the festival. The Living the Dream Foundation will also be posting photos from the festival and VIP Dream Day events on their social media sites, in addition to comments from our guests about their memorable experience.
 
“We appreciate all of the support that Mayhem has given our brand over the years. It’s one of our most successful events to bridge together the music industry with our mission. Our experience has been nothing short of excellent,” states Kacie Quigley, COO of the Living The Dream Foundation. “The increased awareness has allowed us to reach more people and make more dreams come true.”
 
Quigley adds, “The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL has afforded us the opportunity to strengthen our relationships with bands and band management. In trying to narrow our mission to predominately cater to bridging the music industry with terminally ill children, participating in this festival gives us the direct contacts, interactions, and opportunities to achieve our mission.”
 
iHome is a proud partner of the festival’s annual ‘Metal of Honor’ charity program for veterans because of the remarkably valuable work they do supporting rehabilitation efforts, as well as helping servicemen and women prepare for new career and life opportunities following their military service.  Most live events focus solely on creating the ultimate customer experience, but although that is a very important element for a successful festival, iHome feels that Metal of Honor adds a special layer to Mayhem by using their platform to have a larger and more meaningful reach beyond the entertainment and music experience.
This summer, iHome hopes to create even more awareness around Metal of Honor and in turn assist even more military men and women in their transition to life after military service.  iHome, as an equal opportunity employer, knows that greatness can come from people of all backgrounds, and we especially recognize the unique skills, dedication and loyalty that comes from the brave people who served our country. After a very successful first year, with thousands of dollars raised in partnership with SGE, iHome is eagerly looking forward to another year on the road with the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL.
 
Third year sponsor Zippo knows their target audience lives at the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL every year. Being a part of the festival family puts them right where they need to be with their consumers. “At Zippo, we team up with the festival to offer a VIP lighter to ticket buyers. This program has brought us great success over the years. We love the ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL because we are able to interact with our consumers on a more personal level and give them a true brand experience,” adds Brent Tyler, Global Brand Manager for Zippo.
 
In addition, Zippo offers an annual spin and win game that allows them to interact with our consumer and give them Zippo swag. They also run a “Design Your Own Zippo Lighter” contest onsite where customers are invited into the booth to hand draw their own Zippo lighter design.
 
ZUUS Media has returned to the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL for the second year as a digital media partner. Last year, ZUUS brought the legendary Matt Pinfield on the road with them and filmed exclusive interviews with all performing bands.  The ZUUS content team rolled out footage through the end of the tour into the fall, which helped maintain a presence for theROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL brand in the digital landscape.
 
“We are excited to bring that same momentum back for 2014 and have already kicked off our “Mayhem Mondays” in the exclusive ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL channel onZUUS,” states Nikki Hirsch, VP of Music Strategy and Artist Relations at ZUUS.  “Mayhem offers unparalleled proximity to today's metal & hard rock bands and fans. As a multi-platform music video service that wants to super-serve the metal community, our relationship with Mayhem enables us to effectively reach this endemic audience, delivering relevant and exclusive video content that adds to the entire Mayhem experience.”
 
Return sponsor Metal Injection started with the festival in its inaugural year. With its first lineup, it was clear to Metal Injection that the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL was going to be a mainstay in the summer touring market, and as an emerging metal destination online, they wanted to get in on the ground level of a huge festival. Metal Injection does an annual ticket giveaway to each stop of the tour, and it is always their biggest response to a contest of the year. Last year, Metal Injection had over 2000 submissions and this year, with only about two weeks in, they have already cracked 1,000 submissions which, is ahead of schedule. In addition, the site will be doing a video preview episode of our bi-weekly music video show, The Fix, highlighting all the acts on the tour to get Mayhem-goers familiar with the acts they will see at the show. Additionally, the site will be covering all the bands' releases and heading onsite to our local stop of the tour to do continuing coverage including an "A Day in the Life" video following one of the main acts around from the beginning of the day to the end of it to show what it's like to be on the road with the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL.
 
“To have our brand associated with the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL and the biggest names in hard rock and metal elevates our brand to a unique level above some of our competitors who are seen as just another metal blog. We have integrated the festival content into the site from the moment the lineup is announced to after the festival with unique behind the scenes videos at how artists live their lives on tour,” states Metal Injection co-owner Robert Pasbani. “I cannot stress enough how much of a new audience Mayhem has brought to our brand, Metal Injection.”
 
The FC Cancer Foundation (Fuck Cancer) is back this year, with a mission is to fight cancer by raising awareness and to educate about early cancer detection, ultimately putting an end to late stage cancer diagnosis.  Through their Dyin 2 Live (Wish-Granting/Dream) program, they look to enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them an experience that will bring joy, hope, and courage. The FC Cancer Foundation hope this experience can be used as a source of inspiration to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour.
 
“We sponsor the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL year after year because it’s a great marketing opportunity for our foundation! We get to showcase our booth in front of thousands of people per day, plus our website sales have almost doubled since last year’s tour,” states Mugs Mc Guinness, founder of Fuck Cancer.
 
Matador, who bring you SQUATCH™, Jack Link’s® brand of bold-flavored snack sticks, has partnered with the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL return to the family this summer, bringing a bunch of excitement to festival attendees. This summer you can find the decked-out SQUATCH truck handing out handfuls of samples to feed festival go-ers’ meat tooth; along with t-shirts, hats, wristbands and stickers. Stop by and SQUATCH will be on site to feed your inner rock star beast. If attendees aren’t able to track down the SQUATCH truck or tent, they can check out Matadorand SQUATCH™, Jack Link’s® brand on Twitter or Facebook. Feed Your Beast!
 
*This year, the festival is joined by many new sponsors. These sponsors are proud to be a part of the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL based on its position as heavy music’s premier touring festival.
 
truth®, the nation’s largest grassroots youth smoking prevention campaign, will be traveling this year with the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL for the first time! The truth tour experience typically includes a signature orange truth truck, a DJ spinning heavy metal music, and a crew of dynamic tour riders that provide facts and information about the harmful effects of tobacco use – all in an effort to prevent teens and young adults from ever using tobacco products. Contests, gear giveaways and one-on-one conversations are all activities taking place in the zone each and every day of tour.
 
“We are excited to be a part of the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL this year, as the festival will allow us to reach a broader portion of our audience with our lifesaving messages about the harmful effects of tobacco use and the tactics of the tobacco industry,” says Eric Asche, Chief Marketing Officer of Legacy, the national public health foundation that directs and funds the truthcampaign. “Our tours are a great way to reach more teenagers and young adults face to face in cities and states across the country.”
 
COLDCOCK American Herbal Flavored Whiskey is already supporting many of the artists on this year’s festival, so their inclusion as the official Second Stage sponsor is a welcome addition. AllROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL are out on the festival grounds every day taking their shot at success! In addition to their stage sponsorship, 21+ festival attendees will be treated to a unique experience at the COLDCOCK Booth with artist meet and greets and in select cities, some celebrity guest bartending, from members of Asking Alexandria, Ill Nino, Mushroomhead andUpon a Burning Body. For more information on COLDCOCK, visit www.coldcockwhiskey.com.
 
“Since its inception, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL has been the premier touring festival in Metal Music,” states COLDCOCK Sponsorships Director Adam Grayer. “It is an event in which some of the top artists and newest bands bring an experience to their fans unlike anything else. COLDCOCK American Herbal Flavored Whiskey is proud to take part in this awesome fest!”
 
Legator Guitars is another exclusive new partner! Partnering with the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is what Legator Guitars considers a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. Teaming up with Sumerian Records, Legator Guitars is proud to present this year’s Headbang for the Highway showcase that gives local artists at every festival stop the opportunity to perform onstage and a chance to win a full band endorsement from Legator.
 
“Fueled by a fanbase heavily concentrated with musicians and guitar enthusiasists, the festival presents the ideal opportunity for a growing guitar company to connect with their biggest supporters – the metal and hard rock community,” says Adam Romine of Legator Guitars. “In contrast to print and online advertising, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL provides the unique opportunity to place our product in the hands of thousands of potential new customers and fans (an experience essential to guitar buyers).”
 
WET International joins this year’s sponsorship group with the awareness that the hardcore heavy music fan is loyal to their music, which is what makes the hard rock and metal genre last. “WET Personal Lubricants decided to sponsor the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL in order to reach out to those loyal fans and harness the power of the universal chord, sex,” states WET International’s VP of Marketing, Jennifer Martsolf.
 
WET will be giving away Safe Sex kits that include a sample of their WET Platinum silicone lubricant and a condom at each venue. WET will be onsite in two locations, San Bernardino, CA and Toronto, ON, to promote our brand and teach the benefits of using a lubricant with a condom… always.
 
*Label sponsors are a huge part of what makes the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL the best it can be!
 
Sumerian Records (the world's premiere metal label) is beyond excited to once again be sponsoring its own stage at this summer's ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL for the third consecutive year. This stage is going to feature four of the label's hottest artists, Body Count featuring Ice-T, Darkest Hour, Upon A Burning Body and Veil Of Maya, and some of the most talked about up-and-coming metal bands within each local market stop on the tour (winners of the "Headbang For The Highway" contests). The Sumerian Records tent will also be a premier destination for concertgoers with meet and greets with all performing label artists, fan-friendly promotions and contests, as well as offering the chance to purchase albums from all performing Sumerian bands at a special price. Be sure to follow Sumerian Records at www.facebook.com/sumerianrecords for the most up-to-date information on all Mayhem artists and happenings.
 
Victory Records joins the fold as a new festival sponsor this year, sponsoring the official Victory Records Stage! In addition to their stage sponsorship, everyone who stops by the Victory Booth receives a free CD sampler, catalog and a bag to carry their swag throughout the day. In addition to hosting band signings and meet and greets for all of the bands on the Victory Stage, the label will have daily social media interaction with #VictoryBooth, including a daily contest to win up to $100 to our Webstore. They will also have a Charging station under the tent with our latest rock and metal videos on rotation. There will always be something going on at the Victory Booth!
 
“In our experience, nothing beats getting face to face with the true, die hard music fans that attend these festivals,” states Eric Munnings of Victory Records. “Plus, the ability for our bands to perform in front of packed crowds each day and connect with their fans is invaluable. The Mayhem crowd is a perfect demographic for us, our current roster and upcoming releases.”
 
Roadrunner Records will once again be a part of the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL! Since the festival's inception in 2008, Roadrunner has been proud to be a major presence at the show and 2014 will be no exception.  This summer, Roadrunner's street team, the Road Crew, will be highly visible throughout the tour, placing signage and distributing promotional materials.  Established primarily as a hard rock label, Roadrunner Records, a member of the Warner Music Group family of labels, now boasts depth and variety in its artists.  The label has experienced unprecedented success with multi-platinum artists Slipknot, platinum Theory of a Deadman, gold-certified Stone Sour and Killswitch Engage, as well as modern heavy hitters Dream Theater, Opeth, Trivium, Gojira, Kvelertak and the legendary Rush.  Roadrunner's current roster also includes The Devil Wears Prada and other diverse rock acts such as KING 810, The Amity Affliction, Heartist, Marmozets, Scar The Martyr and Black Stone Cherry. With both Trivium and KING 810 playing this year's festival, Roadrunner's on site promotional activity will be a key element in reaching its core fan base. For more information about Roadrunner, visit: www.roadrunnerrecords.com.

 

JUNE 9th 2014
ROB ZOMBIE'S GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE
IN PHOENIX

After closing out its 2013 run in Southern California with a record-breaking night for a stand-alone haunted house event in the United States, ROB ZOMBIE'S GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE--the ultimate Halloween horror event--returns for its second year and will make its debut at WestWorld Of Scottsdale in the Phoenix, Arizona metro region for select nights from September 19-November 1.


The September 19 opening night will feature a special one-night-only concert with groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie himself.
 
"The first year was such a blast. I am thrilled to be able to take the Great American Nightmare to a new city this year," said Zombie. "My only goal is to make it even sicker than last year."

Great American Nightmare is a fully immersive haunted house experience featuring three attractions based on Rob Zombie’s own horror films: The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out, Captain Spaulding’s Clown School In 3D, and The Devil’s Rejects.
 
The shocking--and sometimes disturbing--attractions will offer a three-dimensional experience with animatronics and effects, a maze that is the ultimate definition of claustrophobia and fear, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salacious humor that will make patrons scream with fright and laughter.
 
At Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare, patrons will sequentially enter three different attractions:

The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out:
This harrowing attraction--based on Zombie’s 2012 The Lords Of Salem independent horror film--is designed to twist the mind. It will accentuate some senses while limiting others. Fear of the darkness, claustrophobia, and fear of the unknown will be preyed on as visitors attempt to traverse this sixty-degree maze.
 
Captain Spaulding’s Clown School In 3D: This irreverent school of pure terror is a hallucinogenic trip through the mind of Captain Spaulding (House Of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects). Startle after startle will thoroughly frighten the bravest patrons, who won’t know if they should be laughing, screaming or crying.
 
The Devil’s Rejects: The murderous, backwoods Firefly family takes to the road to escape a vengeful police force that isn't afraid of being as ruthless as its target. Guests will become part of the state troopers’ search and destroy mission against the Firefly family, who are wanted for over 75 homicides and disappearances.

In addition, the Great American Nightmare’s Bloody Boulevard will feature freak shows, musical entertainment, roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night.

Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare go on sale Friday The 13th of June at 10:00 AM PT at www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com, with prices starting at only $25 for September 20-November 1. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions and the Bloody Boulevard activities.

Tickets for opening night (September 19) include the Rob Zombie concert and will be available starting at only $45. A limited number of VIP packages will also be available for purchase at www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com. All VIP packages include a commemorative t-shirt and quicker access to the haunted attractions than general admission. Some packages also include a designated viewing area for the concert and a VIP-only bar.

“We’re excited to be bringing Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare to WestWorld of Scottsdale,” says Great American Nightmare producer Steve Kopelman. He continues, “While we really appreciate the tremendous support we received in Southern California, we felt it was our responsibility to bring the terror to as many different people and markets as possible. Great American Nightmare 2014 will build upon the foundation established last year and promises to be bigger and bloodier.”

(Photo from 2013 experience taken by: Char Tupper)
 
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will celebrate the Halloween season on the following dates between September 19 and November 1:
 
September 19, 20, 26, 27
October: 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
November: 1

Hours for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will be 7:00 PM until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays) and 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM (Thursdays and Sundays).
 
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is a creative collaboration between master of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman. The event is produced by Rob Zombie, Steve Kopelman and Andy Gould.
 
WestWorld Of Scottsdale is located at 16601 North Pima Road in Scottsdale, AZ, in the Phoenix metro region.
 
Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare is presented by 98 KUPD in Phoenix.

JUNE 8th 2014
VINNIE PAUL COMMENTS ON "REUNION" OF PANTERA
 
During a recent interview with Puff of the 99X radio station in Shreveport, Louisiana (hear audio below), former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott was asked about PANTERA's enduring legacy 14 years after the release of the band's final studio album, 2000's "Reinventing The Steel". "It's pretty amazing," Vinnie said. "We came along at a time when for a band to be successful, they had to have major radio play, they had to be on MTV, all that stuff, and we did it without that. So I think that's just a tribute to the band, the fans and the songs. I think that they're timeless, they're gonna last forever."
 
He continued: "The legacy of that band is pretty amazing, and I don't want it ever being tarnished by any kind of hack version of the band going out there. It's not the same without Dime [late PANTERA guitarist 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott] being a part of it. And I think it's just great history and we need to leave it alone, and everybody that was part of it needs to move on.

"I'm really proud of where I'm at with HELLYEAH, I love the music that we're making, I love where we're going with this band.

"I live for the future, not the past. A lot of people are really hung on the past — they can't get past that — but you've gotta get past that if you want any future. So I'm really happy with where I'm at right now. And PANTERA really made a mark in heavy metal music history."
 
Dimebag's longtime girlfriend Rita Haney in 2011 called on Vinnie and former PANTERA singer Anselmo to settle their differences in honor of Dimebag, who was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004.

Vinnie, who is Dimebag's brother, and Anselmo have not spoken since PANTERA split in 2003. But the relationship got even more acrimonious when Vinnie indirectly blamed Philip for Dimebag's death, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited Dimebag's killer.
 
Vinnie Paul recently told Revolver magazine about the possibility of a PANTERA reunion with Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) filling in for Dimebag on guitar: "If you had an ex-wife, and it was a pretty bitter split, you might not ever want to talk to her again. Who cares if everybody in the family and your friends want you to say hello again? It's your choice whether you want to do it or not. And I think a lot of people are selfish. They say, 'Oh, he oughtta just kiss and make up with Phil and everything will be cool. And then they can go get Zakk Wylde and everything's gonna be great.' No, everything's not gonna be great."



JUNE 8th 2014
ROB ZOMBIE ANNOUNCED FOR PAIN IN THE GRASS FESTIVAL

And the tour schedule gets bigger, as ROB ZOMBIE is added to Washington's KISW Rock 99.9 FM‘s ‘Pain In The Grass 2014‘ festival, on September 12 at the White River Ampitheatre in Auburn,WA.
 
Rob Zombie will be appearing on the main stage, and other acts on the bill include Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Escape The Fate and BuckCherry, and more.


For more information on artists or the festival, head to kiswpaininthegrass.com

TICKETS NOW ON SALE HERE: 
http://concerts.livenation.com/event/0F004CC2DB5B76FF

JUNE 8th 2014
EXODUS REPLACES LEAD SINGER
DUKES FOR SOUZA
Guitarist Gary Holt of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS has released the following statement: "As a band, we all had to make a very difficult choice to part ways with [singer] Rob Dukes. We have nothing but love and admiration for him and the deepest gratitude for the hard work he has put in and the great work on some killer records. But at this time, Tom [Hunting, drums], Lee [Altus, guitar], Jack [Gibson, bass] and myself thought a change was necessary and the unanimous choice going forward was to welcome back Steve Souza [pictured] to the fold!"

Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004, adds: "I spent a great part of my life with EXODUS. That blood flows through me, [and] even not being in the band for the past 10 years, you can't erase that chemistry. I'm very excited!"

The original article follows below. San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal legends EXODUS have parted ways with their singer of the past nine years, Rob Dukes, BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal.

An official statement from the band regarding the split is expected very soon.

Dukes joined EXODUS in January 2005 as the replacement for Steve "Zetro" Souza, who was fired from the group in September 2004. Rob has appeared on four studio albums with EXODUS — "Shovel Headed Kill Machine" (2005), "The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A" (2007), "Let There Be Blood" (2008, a re-recording of EXODUS' classic 1985 LP, "Bonded By Blood") and "Exhibit B: The Human Condition" (2010) — and has released two studio albums with his GENERATION KILL project, 2011's "Red White And Blood" and 2013's "We're All Gonna Die".

Back in March of this year, EXODUS entered a studio in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) to record its tenth studio album. A month later, Dukes told Patch.com about the material that was slated to appear on the CD: "This album is very fast and has more of a punk rock feel to it, whereas I think the last few EXODUS albums were metal epics, with longer songs. These songs are shorter and a little faster. It has a really different feel to it. It sounds great."
EXODUS last month played six shows as direct support to SLAYER (with openers SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) before joining GUNS N' ROSES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and KID ROCK at this year's Rock On The Range festival.

EXODUS' next live appearance is scheduled for July 11 at the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Balingen, Germany.
In a November 2013 interview with the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner, Dukes spoke about the criticism he has received from some of EXODUS' fans after he joined the band. "I try not to read into the comments on fucking Blabbermouth and all the fucking haters," he said. "There's certain people that won't let go of the past. I realize, for the past, that's what it is for them. They love the time in the past, and I get it. Not everything is better than the original, and I never claimed to be.

"Paul [Baloff, original EXODUS singer] died [in 2002], unfortunately, so he's not here. So I'm carrying the torch. "Zetro fucking quit. He fucking walked in one day — he didn't even walk in. He just didn't answer his phone and said, 'I'm not doing this anymore.' And he quit. And now he wants back.
"You know what? I think we're heavier [now that I am in the band].

"The first album, 'Bonded By Blood', was so fucking dark, dude. Lyrically and just darkness. And then I think they went in a direction that kind of took away the darkness of it. By the time I joined, they were back into the dark. They were moving back in that direction. I stepped in and I said, 'I'll carry the torch. I'll fucking do it.'
"For the people that don't fucking like it, go fuck yourself. That's all I got for you. Fuck you, you know what I mean?"

After Souza made it clear in several interviews in 2011 that he wanted his old EXODUS job back, the band's guitarist and main songwriter Gary Holt — who has been pulling double duty with SLAYER for the past four and a half years — said: "I have nothing against Zetro; really, I don't. I consider him a friend, but the lobbying through the press for people to convince me to give him his job back just got under my skin, because Rob is NOT a placecard holder in EXODUS, he's our singer.

"Zetro's place in EXODUS history is solid, he made some great records with us, and had a good run with the band. But this is now, not then, and we do not plan on throwing away what we have to go back in time."
In a February 2014 interview with DeadRhetoric.com, Souza — who currently fronts and up-and-coming thrash metal band called HATRIOT — stated about the most recent version of EXODUS and whether he would ever return to the group: "I read an interview with Slash about a month ago and he explains it very well. He said, 'The new GUNS N' ROSES, they're great, but this version is not my version of GUNS N' ROSES,' just like this version of EXODUS is not my version of EXODUS, or this version is not Paul Baloff's version of EXODUS. To join would be going backward."

He continued: "Do I love singing those songs? Yeah, for the fans, it would be great. I sing some of those with HATRIOT. I've done so much work with this band, I can do everything my way… "I would have to pass on [rejoining EXODUS] if that actually came up… I would say, 'Let's turn left.' [And they would say] 'No, let's turn right.' 'But if you turn right, you're going to fall off the cliff! Let's turn left, guys. Who's the most successful out of this business?' But Gary says: 'Let's turn right.' Okay, fine, we fall off the cliff. With HATRIOT, I get to turn left. I get to drive the Cadillac, and it's fine with me."

Asked if he was still on good terms with the EXODUS guys, Souza said: "Two weeks ago in Oakland, Robb Flynn [MACHINE HEAD] had a benefit show for someone who had an accident. I have an AC/DC tribute band called AC/DZ, I opened the show. Gary was there that night. We had a great conversation and talked very well, and it was awesome. It was awesome, and that's the way it needs to be."
He added: "Believe me, I do read the press, so I know. It was late that night and we talked about a lot of stuff, and it was cool. He said, 'I heard you were here and I was looking for you.'
"I don't have a problem with anybody. I'm good with everybody. I get along with everybody and don't have anything bad to say."


JUNE 6th 2014
HESSLER HIT THE ROAD IN JUNE
On June 10, Chicago, Illinois female fronted heavy metal quintet HESSLER are releasing their new ep entitled ‘Ghost Dance'. This will be the band’s first physical release with new singer Jessikill as well as the follow up to 2012′s "Comes With the Territory" cd. Recorded at Electrowerks and Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, "Ghost Dance" captures a new Hessler, sharpened and strengthened by extensive touring and a new voice at the forefront. The ep consists of 6 tracks as well as their latest video single "‘Never Lost My Way"
HESSLER - Ghost Dance ep
Track Listing:
1. Ghost Dance
2. Darker Secrets
3. Last Alive
4. Stuck On You
5. The Cure
6. Never Lost My Way


"Never Lost My Way" video

In promotion for the "Ghost Dance" ep, Hessler has announced the first leg of the Ghost Dance Summer Tour, which will encompass the West Coast and see the band playing for the first time in Oregon, Washington, Montana, and North Dakota. Dates are already being released for the second leg of the Ghost Dance Summer Tour, which will consist of a return to the East Coast of the U.S. as well as the band's first performances in Canada. A European release for the ep is in the works in support of overseas plans for the end of 2014

JUNE 4th 2014
SOUNDGARDEN PERFORM ON THE TONIGHT SHOW

Reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN performed on last night's (Tuesday, June 3) episode of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon". The group played the song "Spoonman" on the program, with an additional performance of "My Wave" available exclusively via the web. Check out the footage below.



SOUNDGARDEN's breakthrough 1994 album, "Superunknown", was reissued yesterday in a deluxe 20th anniversary edition featuring a remastered version of the album and plenty of bonus content like rarities, demo tracks and B-sides. But the band is already looking ahead to more retrospective releases, as guitarist Kim Thayil revealed, telling Billboard.com, "We definitely have discussed giving this treatment to [1991 album] 'Badmotorfinger', for sure… 'Badmotorfinger' was very influential in the rock community. It had a strong influence on other musicians. 'Superunknown' probably did as well, but it's success was not just with musicians but with fans as well."

"Badmotorfinger" was SOUNDGARDEN's third studio album and first to go gold and then platinum. It also featured the first two songs by the band, "Outshined" and "Jesus Christ Pose", to get substantial commercial radio airplay.

Also in the works is a long-promised compilation of B-sides and non-album tracks, about which Thayil said, "I've been talking about that since the mid-90s... The B-sides and all that stuff will be compiled in the future into a separate, stand-alone record."

Singer Chris Cornell told The Pulse Of Radio why the B-sides set is important to SOUNDGARDEN even though it has been delayed for so long. "B-sides were sort of extra tracks for outside the U.S. releases," he said. " I always felt like that was sort of a backhanded slap to our fans in the U.S. or Canada, because those were our hardcore fans that had been there from the very beginning, and yet we're giving away this other stuff to other people. Because of that, we've always kind of been chomping at the bit to make this B-sides record."
SOUNDGARDEN will embark on a co-headlining North American tour with NINE INCH NAILS in July. Some of those shows may feature complete "Superunknown" performances.