APRIL 13th 2015
ROCKSTAR MAYHEM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2015 LINEUP
SLAYER, King Diamond, HELLYEAH, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange, Kissing Candice

Tickets On Sale Beginning Friday April 17, 2015 at 10:00am Local Time

General Admission Festival and Lawn Tickets are only $19.99 including all fees

For the first 72 Hours of Onsale (while supplies last)

Check Out the Exclusive Lineup Announcement via Rolling Stone

The world's biggest heavy music touring festival, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL enters its eighth year with another fantastic heavy metal and hard rock line-up, featuring 13 bands performing on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE and the VICTORY RECORDS STAGE.

The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE will feature some of the most ground-breaking heavy bands of all time, spanning the originating years of heavy metal to today! The main stage will feature five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning legends Slayer as headliner, as well as additional performances from King Diamond, HELLYEAH, and The Devil Wears Prada. The VICTORY RECORDS STAGE will feature headliner Whitechapel as well as Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice.

Kerry King, guitarist of ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE headliners Slayer states, "I don't know if third time will be a charm, but it will definitely be hellish! Slayer and King Diamond on stage for the first time together in the States- NEVER has Mayhem been more evil. DON'T FUCKIN' MISS IT."

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE performer and heavy metal hellion King Diamond states, "This is going to be one hot and hellish summer! Slayer and King Diamond on the same stage - it does not get more devilish than this! We will be putting on a one hour set with the full King Diamond stage production. As for a set list, I'm not gonna reveal that here, but it will be built around "Dreams of Horror". The Puppet Master will be there with Grandma, and we will even go as far back in time as to 1777 (hint). You're all in for one hell of a show if you come to this Sabbath!"

"It has been eight years and it feels like it started just yesterday. We are so excited about this year's lineup and having the mighty Slayer back in support of a new album. In addition, the first time for King Diamond and HELLYEAH will be awesome, as well as The Devil Wears Prada's first time on the Main Stage. The Victory Stage has amazing bands and will play throughout the day. Heavy music is thriving in America and we are excited to be a part of it," state John Reese and Kevin Lyman, ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL producers.

Read the RollingStone.com Exclusive Line-Up Announcement with a Special Video from Headliners Slayer HERE

Watch the Official 2015 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL Sizzle Reel HERE

Tickets for the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL go on sale beginning April 17th at 10:00am local time. Please note - Houston, TX tickets go on sale on April 24th at 10:00am local time. General Admission Festival and Lawn Tickets are only $19.99 including all fees for the first 72 hours of onsale (while supplies last).

The festival will kick off on June 26th at Sleep Train Amphitheater in San Diego, CA and ends at Gexa Energy Amphitheater in Dallas, TX on August 2nd. See below for all confirmed tour dates.

2015 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL:
6/26 - San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
6/27 - San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
6/28 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
6/30 - Auburn, WA (Seattle) @ White River Amphitheater
7/1 - Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
7/3 - Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Amphitheater
7/4 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
7/5 - Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
7/7 - Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah's Council Bluffs
7/8 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
7/10 - Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis) @ Kilpsch Amphitheater
7/11 - Clarkston, MI (Detroit) @ DTE Energy Amphitheater
7/12 - Tinley Park, IL (Chicago) @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
7/15 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/17 - Camden, NJ (Philadelphia) @ Susquehanna Bank Arts Center
7/18 - Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh) @ First Niagara Pavilion
7/19 - Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
7/21 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/22 - Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook (Bank of NH Pavilion)
7/24 - Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
7/25 - Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
7/26 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach
7/29 - Atlanta, GA @ Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
7/31 - San Antonio, TX @ Whitewater Amphitheatre
8/1 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/2 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Amphitheater




APRIL 11th 2015
NIGHTWISH TOUR TO FILM VANCOUVER SHOW FOR DVD
MetalTitans and The Invisible Orange have the honour of announcing that the Nightwish show in Vancouver, BC on April 25th at The Orpheum, is being filmed in whole for an exclusive DVD to soon be released. Release date to be announced at a later date.



The Invisible Orange presents NIGHTWISH the Finland based symphonic metal storytellers who have recently also released their 8th studio album to astonishing reviews, for a one night performance with special guests Sabaton, a Swedish heavy metal band that gives us a history lesson in their songs on war and historical battles, and 3rd on this bill is Delain, a Dutch symphonic metal band, this line-up together is going to make for the best concert in 2015.

VIP 6pm | Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
 **ALL AGES**

The VIP Package included a meet and greet with the band, signed poster, show programme and a General Admission seat in the Orchestra section (floor).

VIP Packages are SOLD OUT!!! (General Admission and reserved seating STILL AVAILABLE)

Sponsored By - The Georgia Straight / Scrape Records / ABORTMAG.COM / MetalTitans.com / Absolute Underground / www.LiveVan.com



APRIL 5th 2015

IN SOLITUDE COMES TO AN END

The following statement from the Swedish band, IN SOLITUDE was unveiled on their facebook page on April 3rd. Read the comment below for details:

2002 - 2015

 Dear friends. It is with great sadness that we inform you that we have chosen to end In Solitude here.

 This is something that's been taking shape for a long time and suddenly the day came when we had to evaluate our positions in life and find a solution.

 The reasons for our departure are not hostile in any sense and our love for each other and the music is stronger than ever before. But it is with respect for that music and that love between us that we choose to end it at this point.

 Changes in our personal lives demanded that we treated this as carefully as we could and with our deepest respect and reverence for all personal feelings, and for the aim of our journey.

 This has been one of the hardest decisions we've ever had to make and we've had to investigate every inch of our beings in order to make this right. In Solitude has been the center of our lives for 13 years and we've invested everything we have in this and to make this decision was to rip us up by ours roots and make us re-evaluate our entire lives and our future.

 As the final words fell in our concluding agreement, we looked back and saw with new eyes the magnitude of our brotherhood and the things that were carried through because of it. Our trust, our love, our shared obligation. The truth of the hand and the truth of the word to disperse the bounds between us and to diverge the shore for us follow. How it gave us the width of the world and the means to share it and store it together. All that was in it and all that was taken from it. And all the things that now shall pass without our collective notice. We saw with new eyes how clarity entered in stagelight and moonlight and sunlight and darkness and landed us finally over and over in that inexplicable mystery of beauty that we'll share as ours forever. If there was ever an accomplishment in what we did, it was the merging of the five of us in unity and the things that came as everything grew because of it. Not a single second was spared in these 13 years, and we'll never ask for any of them back. We spent everything in our world on this and got more than everything back.

We want to thank all our closest brothers and sisters for being there and standing by our side the whole way through. Your love, support and hard work will never be forgotten and your presence have realized this band and enriched our lives in ways you'll never understand. You are all truly the geniuses who shall change the course of the world. You know who you are. And we'll always admire you for that.

Last, but most importantly. We thank all of you for being there. In the crowds, in front of the stereos and in our hearts. Without you, this strange and wonderful dream would never have happened. The impact of your support can never be put in words and the outcome of our lives will always be in debt to you for what you gave us. As much as we were In Solitude, you were as well.

 We know that this will come as a shocking surprise for many of you. And we hope you understand that we must follow our hearts in order to stay true to what In Solitude is and what that entails.

 From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you forever.

 /Pelle, Uno, Gotte, Nicke and Henke

(Photo: Micke Johansson)


APRIL 3rd 2015
IN THIS MOMENT SET TO RELEASE GREATEST HITS
In This Moment have had an almost fairytale ascent to fame - on the surface. The years of hard work, setbacks, heartache and blood aren't immediately obvious to the casual observer, but then the "Blood Legion" are not your typical fans.  They understand and relate to this ethos of a strong work ethic and family above all because they ARE the band's family.
 
Maria Brink had this to say:  "Rise of the Blood Legion - Greatest Hits (Chapter 1) is a tribute dedicated to everyone who has risen with us through the blood, the sweat, the thick and the thin. We are honored to have such a beautiful connection with our Blood Legion family, It's amazing that Century Media Records is releasing this compilation so everyone can hear our personal favorites over the last ten years. We love you all and the journey has just begun, Stay the course with us "We are immortal , We rise from the wraith, We are eternal, You are my blood legion My faith."
 
"This is for you"
 
Chris Howorth from the band had this to say: "This compilation is for the "Blood Legion" our die hard fans, We wouldn't be doing any of this without our fans, this album is for them. The songs were hand picked by Maria and myself and we feel they show the growth of our band over the last 10 years, I hope everyone enjoys this. Thanks again for joining us on this incredible journey!"
 
Ten years, five full-length albums and over 700,000 units moved in the U.S. alone since their auspicious beginnings, and they are on top of the world and the charts. The intensity and vulnerability of frontwoman Maria Brink's emotional vocals complimented by the catchy and powerful hooks give the Blood Legion, one of the most loyal and vocal fan bases in modern hard rock, their soundtrack. This Greatest Hits collection of the band's most iconic songs and videos is hand-chosen by the band, specifically for them. This is In This Moment's love letter to their fans, and Century Media's thank you to both the band and fans for this incredible chapter of their history.
 
In This Moment
Rise of the Blood Legion - Greatest Hits (Chapter 1)
In stores May 5, 2015
 
CD tracklisting:
 
Whispers of October*
Beautiful Tragedy*
Prayers*
Daddy's Falling Angel*
The Rabbit Hole#
Forever#
Into the Light (live version)&
The Gun Show%
The Promise%
World in Flames%
Rise with Me^
Blood^
Scarlet^
Adrenalize^
It is Written^
Burn^
Whore^
The Blood Legion^

MARCH 28th 2015
CALL FOR BATTLE JACKETS/VESTS

Peter Beste is working on a new book and will be photographing Battle Jackets & Vests in the following cities on the following dates:

April 11: San Diego Metal Swap Meet
April 12-14: Los Angeles
April 16-18: SF Bay Area
April 21-22: Portland
April 30-May 1: Seattle
May 2-3: Vancouver BC
May 15-26: NYC + East Coast USA
July: Norway, Sweden + Lithuania

Please send photos of your jacket/vest for consideration to: peterbeste@gmail.com

www.peterbeste.com




MARCH 24th 2015
W.A.S.P. SIGNS NEW RECORD DEAL
Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal Icons W.A.S.P. That is about to change as W.A.S.P. has signed a new worldwide record deal with Austria's Napalm Records. W.A.S.P. will release their 15th studio album titled Golgotha this August.
 
"W.A.S.P. are excited to announce they have signed an exclusive recording contract with Napalm Records.  We chose Napalm for their personal belief and professional commitment to our career.  We're looking forward to years of great success together starting with the release of our upcoming album Golgotha", states W.A.S.P. front man Blackie Lawless.
 
Vice President of Napalm Records Thomas Caser on W.A.S.P. joining Napalm Records:
 
"It is a true honor to announce this signing today, a dream has come true. With their impressive career and ability to create musical masterpieces W.A.S.P have always been one of the most influential Metal bands out there since the beginning of their career. We are thrilled about the upcoming album Golgotha which will be released this summer!"
 
W.A.S.P. came out of the Los Angeles Metal scene in 1982 gaining notoriety for their shock rock antics. With a career spanning over 3 decades, 17 world tours, and now their 15th studio album, they are a metal band that has evolved in maturity without having lost their signature sound, unlike many of their peers from their origins.  Golgotha will continue down the path that 2007's Dominator and 2009's Babylon started on, both in production style and theme.  Six years in the making, Golgotha will undoubtedly lead the listeners on the emotionally epic undertaking that W.A.S.P. has become acclaimed for!


MARCH 21st 2015
TWISTED SISTER DRUMMER A.J.PERO PASSES AWAY
Twisted Sister drummer A.J. Pero has passed away, the heavy-metal act announced in a statement today. The Associated Press reports that Pero was found unresponsive on a tour bus in Poughkeepsie, New York and subsequently died of an apparent heart attack. He was 55.

"Today, I lost a brother," frontman Dee Snider said in a statement to Rolling Stone. "Anthony Jude Pero passed away. A.J. was the final piece in a band that would become an international sensation and one of the greatest live rock acts to ever hit the stage. His sledgehammer assault on the drums helped drive Twisted Sister and me to greatness and inspired me to rock every single show. My heart breaks knowing I will never feel the power of his beat behind me, or turn to see his face smiling broadly from the sheer joy he got from doing what he loved. I will always remember that smile. R.I.P., my friend."

"The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, A.J. Pero," the band wrote on their official website (via Blabbermouth). "The band, crew and most importantly the family of A.J. Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time."
Pero had been touring with a side project, Adrenaline Mob, at the time of his death. He was found on his bus unresponsive, so paramedics rushed him to a hospital but he did not make it, guitarist Jay Jay French told TMZ.

"A.J. Pero was a force, the likes of which I doubt I will ever have the chance to play in front of again," French said. "His drumming was legendary, but his heart, as a human being, was even greater. In our hearts, he will always be the engine that drove the train. I loved him and today my heart has been ripped out. R.I.P."
The Staten Island–born drummer was originally in the New York rock group Cities when he was recruited to join Twisted Sister in 1982. With Snider's crew, Pero appeared on the band's first four albums – 1982's Under the Blade, 1983's You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll, 1984's Stay Hungry and 1985's Come Out and Play – before leaving Twisted Sister and rejoining Cities in 1986.

Pero was behind the kit on Twisted Sister's most popular tracks, "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock." The band broke up in 1988, but Pero linked back up with his former bandmates for brief reunions in 1997 and the early 2000s until they regrouped permanently in 2003 and subsequently made a pair of studio albums, 2004's Still Hungry and 2006's A Twisted Christmas. Pero was still the group's drummer at the time of his death. It's unclear whether Twisted Sister will postpone their upcoming tour dates – they're next scheduled to perform May 30th in Las Vegas, Nevada – in light of Pero's death.

In addition to Twisted Sister, Pero was also a member of the Ozzy Osbourne cover band No More Tears.



MARCH 17th 2015
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME ANNOUNCE TOUR
Between the Buried and Me are excited to announce the "Coma Ecliptic" tour, named after their forthcoming new album, for July through August in North America. The tour features support from Animals As Leaders along with openers The Contortionist. The tour will be the band's first official set of dates following the release of "Coma Ecliptic" on July 7th.

VIP packages are on sale now that include an exclusive Q&A with both Between the Buried and Me and Animals As Leaders, photo opps with each band, an 18"x24" poster signed by both bands, and a souvenir laminate with early entrance to the show! VIP packages can be purchased at showstubs.com/btbam. General tickets will be on sale this Friday, March 20th via local ticket outlets. The entire confirmed list of dates, including Between the Buried and Me's April tour with The Atlas Moth, is available below, and at facebook.com/BTBAMofficial.

"Coma Ecliptic" is the title of Between the Buried and Me's seventh full length album, which is currently scheduled for release on July 7th, 2015 via Metal Blade Records worldwide. Once again, the band has returned with an ambitious concept album. This time, the story follows the wanderings of an unidentified man, stuck in a coma, as he journeys through his past lives. Each song is its own episode in a modern day, sort of The Twilight Zone-esque fashion. The unidentified man enters each world and is offered a choice: stay, or move on to the next in search of something better, something more "perfect." Vocalist / keyboardist Tommy Rogers spoke with Revolver Magazine for their upcoming issue, which will be on newsstands everywhere March 31st. Pick up the magazine for an exclusive first look at the album's recording process and concept. New music and pre-orders bundles will be launched on April 3rd, 2015.

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
Tour w/ The Atlas Moth
04/05 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
04/06 Charleston, SC Music Farm
04/08 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
04/09 New Orleans, LA The Howlin Wolf
04/10 Austin, TX Empire Garage Texas Independence Fest
04/11 Dallas, TX The Bomb Factory Atomic Music Festival
04/13 Lawrence, KS The Granada
04/14 St Louis, MO The Ready Room
04/15 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe @ Old National Centre
04/17 Worcester, MA The Palladium New England Metal and Hardcore Fest
04/18 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
04/19 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
End Tour
06/11-14 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Tour w/ Animals As Leaders, The Contortionist
07/07 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
07/08 Tallahassee, FL Sidebar Theater
07/09 Orlando, FL Venue 578
07/10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
07/11 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
07/13 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
07/14 Little Rock, AR Juanita's
07/15 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
07/17 Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater and Club
07/18 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
07/19 Tucson, AZ Club X's
07/21 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
07/22 San Diego, CA Observatory North Park
07/23 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
07/24 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spaces
07/25 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
07/27 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
07/29 Des Moines, IA Wooly's
07/30 Joliet, IL Mojoes
07/31 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
08/01 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
08/02 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre
08/04 London, ON London Music Hall
08/06 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
08/07 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
08/08 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
08/09 Wilmington, NC Ziggys by the Sea
08/11 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
08/12 Providence, RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
08/13 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
08/14 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggys
08/15 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works




MARCH 11th 2015
MOTOR SISTER PREMIERE VIDEO "A HOLE"
The day has finally arrived and the debut from MOTOR SISTER, Ride is out now on Metal Blade Records! The album can be ordered at metalblade.com/motorsister.

Coinciding with the album's release the band is pleased to unveil their new video for the track "A Hole". The video is receiving its exclusive premiere courtesy of Billboard.com. Check out the video directed by Jack Bennett and an exclusive interview with Scott Ian HERE.

In support of the new album Ride, the band is set to play two exclusive California shows this week. March 11th at The Whisky in Los Angeles and March 12th at DNA Lounge in San Francisco, CA. With very hectic schedules the band will only be able to play select shows, so do not miss your chance to see them while you can! Check out an exclusive interview with Jim Wilson and LA Weekly.

"MOTOR SISTER is a group of musicians whose collective musical pedigrees speak for themselves." Mother Superior founder, guitarist, and vocalist Jim Wilson fronts the band, with Anthrax's Scott Ian on guitar, Pearl Aday on backing vocals, Joey Vera on bass, and John Tempesta on drums.

The group was originally assembled to jam for Scott Ian's fiftieth birthday party. Thanks to Scott's wife Pearl Aday, who has been working on her solo career with Mother Superior front man Jim Wilson for years, all it took was a quick phone call and the stage was literally set for Scott's dream gig. "I wanted to cherry-pick a set list of my favorite Mother Superior songs and get these guys together and have the concert at my house," Ian says of the event that eventually led to an album. That album became known as MOTOR SISTER's Ride.

The video for "Fork in the Road" which provides a rare glimpse into the recording of this Mother Superior favorite by MOTOR SISTER can be viewed HERE.



MARCH 3rd 2015
WHITECHAPEL UNVEILS "LET ME BURN" VIDEO
Tennessee's Whitechapel have unveiled their latest music video, today. But be warned: "Let Me Burn" isn't like other Whitechapel videos. The band collaborated with director Mitch Massie, the director behind the latest and most visually striking videos from Cattle Decapitation, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and more. Mitch Massie brought the lyrics to "Let Me Burn" to life in gloriously gory fashion; this video is not for those with a weak constitution.

Whitechapel vocalist Phil Bozeman explains: "The basis of the video is about a man, his wife and daughter. The story depicts the degradation of the man and him going insane. He kills his wife and eventually douses himself in gasoline and begs his daughter to strike the match. But the whole point of the story is that the man has everything he wants and needs, but has no control over his mind and suffers with clinical
insanity/schizophrenia and regrets everything he has done." Guitarist Alex Wade adds: "It's our first time trying a story based video versus a performance video with us playing and we're really happy with how it came out. Phil's idea for the concept of the video mixed with Mitch Massie's directing developed a very dark and sinister feel that represents the song well."

The heavy video, both sonically and visually, can be seen now, and appropriately, at blood-disgusting.com HERE.

Whitechapel will be back on the road beginning February 28th. The tour will take the band from Memphis through the Midwest on their way to Self Help Fest in San Bernardino, CA. Self Help Fest is scheduled for March 7th at the Nos Event Center and features The Devil Wears Prada, Pierce the Veil, Stick to Your Guns, The Ghost Inside, and more. For tickets and information, visit selfhelpfest.com. The full list of confirmed dates is below, as well as at facebook.com/whitechapelmetal.

WHITECHAPEL
Brotherhood of the Blade Tour
02/28 Memphis, TN Hi Tone Cafe
03/01 St. Louis, MO Firebird
03/02 Merriam, KS Aftershock
03/03 Omaha, NE Sokol Underground
03/05 Murray, UT Murray Theater
03/07 San Bernardino, CA NOS Events Center (Self Help Fest)
03/08 Mesa, AZ Nile Theatre
03/09 Tucson, AZ The Rock
03/10 Lubbock, TX Jake's Sports Cafe
03/11 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory
03/12 Little Rock, AR Juanita's
Spring Tour Dates and Festival Appearances
04/11 Austin, TX Empire Garage *Texas Independent Fest
04/21 Hamburg, DE Markthalle *
04/22 Belin, DE C-Club*
04/23 Munich, De Backstage Werk*
04/24 Zurich, SI Komplex+
04/25 Oberhausen, DE Turbinen Halle+
04/26 Vienna, AT Arena+
04/27 Nuremberg, DE Der Hirsch*
04/28 Frankfurt, DE Batschkapp*
04/29 Stuttgart, DE LKA Longhorn*
04/30 Paris, FR Le Trabendo+
05/01 Meerhout, BE Groezrock
05/02 Leipzig, DE Agra+
05/03 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg The Max+
05/04 Manchester, GB Academy +
*Progression Tour
+Impericon Festival