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Saturday, May 14, 2011

KYNG's Groove Factor to the Top

While we were in Los Angeles for the Revolver Golden Gods Awards and the "Big 4", we joined forces with our friends from Sirius XM Liquid Metal and headed over to a wild place called "Crazy Girls" to check out a live performance by the band Kyng. Even though we had heard the band cranked on Liquid Metal many times, we had to lend our ears to the Kyng trio so they could deliver to them some live and loud music. Not only did the band deliver the goods, but the venue was a rockers dream with hot girls on bikinis hanging from stripper poles and plenty to drink. This evening was also the Official West Coast birthday of Mexican Metalero Jose Mangin.

The bad-boys of Los Angeles formed the band in January of 2008 in LA, when bassist Tony Castaneda, singer/guitarist Eddie Veliz, and drummer Pepe Clarke, joined forces and decided to put all their musical influences into a musical blender and create a unique mix of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

"We decided to form a band that would be able to take the shape and form of anything on the scene to maintain a cross-over ability and ended up with a sound that does exactly that."

Kyng represents the new sound of California Heavy Music, and we won't be surprised when they start making their impact be felt by the masses within the next year. The Kyng boys are ready for bigger and better things thanks to Eddie's crisp vocals that are perfected by his excellent guitar skills, and complimented by the groove that Tony and Pepe deliver at every single show. Thanks to their mix of Classic Rock, Groove Metal and Alternative Music, nobody's ears are safe from getting addicted to Kyng as they rise up to the top!

Here is an exclusive interview we did with Kyng after their epic performance at "Crazy Girls", as well as some live footage of the band performing Pantera's "Revolution Is My Name" with Jose Mangin on vocals. Put your Horns Up, grab your dude or chick tight, and get ready to ROCK!

Related links:
Kyng's Official Site
Kyng on MySpace
Kyng on YouTube
Kyng on Twitter

Friday, May 13, 2011

Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Walk

Here at Horns Up Rocks we believe that there is nothing more Metal than helping others, specially when your help could benefit another human being to live a healthier life. You may think that Crohn's and Colitis are not as serious as terminal diseases like Cancer, but the truth is that both Crohn's and Colitis are real hard to live with for anyone regardless of age. Here are some facts about these diseases:

- Crohn's disease:

- An inflammatory disease that usually affects any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus.
- The symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, or weight loss.
- It can also cause complications such as skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, tiredness, and lack of concentration.
- There is no cure for Crohn's disease.


- An inflammation of the large intestine (colon, caecum and rectum).
- It is a digestive disease.
- Colitides may be acute and self-limited or chronic.
- While the disease is treatable, severe colitis can be life-threatening and may require surgery.

On Saturday, June 11, 2011, we want you to get off the couch and head over to the South Street Seaport (Pier 17) in New York City. The "Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Walk" starts at 6 PM (registration at 4 PM) and will last until approximately 8 PM.

Here is the OFFICIAL press release:

"The Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Walk is CCFA's national evening walk and celebration, and also the nation's largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. It is a casual 2-3 mile stroll to raise money for crucial research, bringing us closer to a future free from Crohn's disease and ulcerative Colitis. Over 1.4 million American adults and children are affected by these digestive diseases. While many suffer in silence, Take Steps brings together this community in a fun and energetic atmosphere, encouraging them to make noise and be heard.

All donations will help support local patient programs, as well as important research projects. Anyone interested in attending the event should know that there will be food, music and kid's activities. The more money we raise, the closer we will be to making life more manageable for patients who live with these diseases every day."

You can register as a walker by clicking on this link

NOTE: When you register, CCFA recommends participants donate $25, however a donation at the time of registration is not mandatory. All donations can be made prior to the event or on the day of. Cash & checks are accepted. Anyone not registered online are able to register at the event, however depending on the crowd, they may have to wait in a rather long line so registering ahead of time is recommended and any walker is urged to wear either blue or orange as they are the Take Steps official colors!

Related links:
Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Walk
Team Yovino's Official Site
Facebook Invite

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Metal Summer Jam

Currently the New York City Heavy Music scene is going through a historic period of time, in which bands, fans, and promoters are uniting in order to make New York City "The Capital of Metal". While some are still trying to divide the scene, the masses are coming out to every show and are determined to keep the scene growing stronger than all. As you all know, Horns Up Rocks has served as a channel for both bands and fans to bridge the gap.

On Saturday, May 28, 2011, Horns Up Rocks is uniting Metallic forces with New York Heavy Music icon Tim Martinez from No Mercy Metal, and Chris Keene, to bring the masses a night of headbanging, crushing music, and drinking! Why should you come to a local show? Well, because if you don't support your local scene, then don't dare saying that the local scene is dead and gone. Come out and experience the sounds of fury that will be delivered by Alekhine's Gun, Edge of Existence, Eyes Like Cyanide, Feats of Valor, and Lesser Being.

Here are all the details:

- Date/Time: Saturday May Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 8 PM
- Location: Fontana's Bar (105 Elridge Street, New York NY 10002)
- Cost: $10
- Official event flier:

Related links:
Alekhine's Gun
Edge of Existence
Eyes Like Cyanide
Feats of Valor
Lesser Being

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Dark Arts Music Festivus Redefined Heavy Music

On Saturday May 7, 2011, history was made at The Dark Arts Music Festivus. While the day started with one of the bands dropping out from the show, we are true believers that everything happens for a reason and were not going to let a small dent take away our ultimate goal of making the event a complete success. We immediately made the decision to not bring another band in, because there simply wasn't enough time and we were very confident that the remaining bands could seamlessly take control of the show.

Upon arriving to The Trash Bar, we had a chance to enjoy a Newcastle Beer before the artistic storm arrived in Brooklyn. Once the artists arrived and started hanging up their amazing work, we immediately knew that it was going to be a very special night.

At 8 PM, we opened the doors and our founder Jo Schüftan kicked off the night by blasting some Ozzy through the PA while the crowd started packing the venue and indulging themselves with some free PBR and Well Liquor (courtesy of The Trash Bar).

Once everyone settled in had their guts filled with PBR, Alissa Shimansky from Brutal Bitches Productions took over the stage and welcomed Olum on stage. Joining the band on stage was artist Lauryn Yovino, who created a very cool piece of art. The crowd definitely liked the mix of art and music at the same time. We got to say that for being their first show ever, the Olum boys did a fantastic job. Its refreshing to see a new band take their music very seriously (they were the first band to arrive) both on and off stage. Up next was Left In Ruins, a band who brought their furious Metal and good vibe to The Dark Arts Music Festivus. They got the pit spinning out of control, while the amazing Joey Hernandez created a sick piece of art.

The Resurrection Sorrow has been making a lot of noise and its not in vain. Lead by Alex Dementia, the band was a perfect fit in between Left In Ruins and Desolate. They sounded tight and groovy as hell, and having James Groeling by their side inspiring the crowd to headbang like Cliff Burton was a perfect match. Then when the crowd thought they might get to catch their breath, Desolate stepped on stage to celebrate their 10th year anniversary.

After having to cancel their 10th anniversary show due to the closure of Ace Of Clubs a few days before the show, we immediately reached out to them in order to book them for the Dark Arts Music Festivus. Once they confirmed, we knew it was going to be a great night for the Heavy Music scene in New York City. The band kicked off their chaotic set with full force and didn't rest until their final song. During their set the debauchery was in full effect, specially when the clock hit midnight and it was Jose Rivera's (Desolate's frontman) birthday! Our founder Jo Schüftan got on stage and sang him a Metallic Happy Birthday, then the shots started pouring.

The statement that Desolate, The Resurrection Sorrow, Left In Ruins and Olum made reflects the state of the scene in New York City, in which everyone is helping each other out and putting the pedal to the Metal. We could not be any happier! Thanks to all the bands, artists, Brutal Bitches Productions, and the awesome staff at The Trash Bar! HORNS, THUMBS and BEERS up! More cowbell anyone?!

Here is what people had to say about The Dark Arts Music Festivus:

"At the beginning of the night, I had a message from my family telling me that my father was called in for a lungs transplant, due to emphysema. I was shocked and needed the energy of the crowd to give me hope and courage. Putting this show together was a lot of hard work and it didn't stop until I left the bar. It was all worth it and the energy in the room empowered me. Desolate made me very proud! I got to say that if it wasn't for The Trash Bar being a source of inspiration for anyone who enters the bar, the events we have hosted there would have not been a huge success. After the show, we made sure everything was set for the party THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!" - Jo Schüftan (founder of Horns Up Rocks).

"Desolate would like to thank ALL the peeps who came out for our 10th anniversary show Saturday night! Special thanks to Horns Up Rocks & Brutal Bitches Productions for putting on another killer show! The pit was absolutely INSANITY! Our brothers in Left In Ruins were noo joke as usual. Well, till next time... Let's give it a big one Wooooooooo!!!!!! Thank you." - DESOLATE

"AWESOME SHOW LAST NIGHT! THANK YOU Joseph Schüftan, I hope your father continues to recover successfully! And THANK YOU to The Trash Bar for providing an amazing venue for the NYC METAL scene! AND SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR ARTISTS Joey James Hernandez, James Groeling, Lauryn Yovino, Joe Janaro AND Jason Tamvakis! AND BIG UPS THANKS AND RESPECT TO THE BANDS THAT CONTINUE TO DELIVER TIME N TIME AGAIN, Left In Ruins, DESOLATE, The Resurrection Sorrow, & OLOM." - Alissa Shimansky (Brutal Bitches Productions)

"Had a BLAST at The Trash Bar, L.I.R. will definitely be returning to Brooklyn asap to tear it up again!!! Thanks to all who came out and supported, and huge props to DESOLATE for sticking around for 10 years and bringing the Metal in NYC!!!" - Left In Ruins

"I can honestly say that tonight was freaking awesome. How many people can say that they got to go to a Metal concert with some amazing bands, drink large quantities of liquor for free, meet new people and paint to live music from the headlining band... And get paid for it?! Who's got a better life than that, hell yeah...... Also a lil buzzed at the moment. :)" - James Groeling

"Signs it was a great night. My neck hurts like I got punched in it. Crumbled up money in my pockets. Being able to smell the Jameson on myself. Checking the memory card and realizing I took 500+ pics last night." BetYouIDid (Official photographer of The Dark Arts Music Festivus)

"Great show I had a wonderful time! Thank you for letting people know Heavy Metal and Hard Rock is not dead!" - Dagna (Staten Island)


Photo credits:
Dagna Natoli

Video by: Jeremy Friedman

Related links:
Official Facebook Invite
Horns Up Rocks
Brutal Bitches Productions
Trash Bar Show Info
The Resurrection Sorrow
Left In Ruins
The Trash Bar