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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse Dead at 27

Pop diva Amy Winehouse was found dead at her home in London on Saturday afternoon. According to various news outlets paramedics were called at around 4 PM, but when they arrived Winehouse was already dead. The cause of death is yet to be determined.

The 27 year old artist had recently canceled her European Tour after a horrible performance in the Serbian capital of Belgrade in which she was booed off the stage after arriving late to the show and stumbling all over the place.

Winehouse has been famous for her addictions and erratic behavior since she released "Back to Black" in 2006, which established her as a worldwide phenomenon. Winehouse will always be remembered for being a tough, no-nonsense R&B singer with a '60s-inspired vintage vibe.

In 2008 Winehouse became a Grammy Award winner, and took home the awards for song and record of the year for "Rehab." Winehouse was also named best new artist at the ceremony. Prior to the ceremony, Winehouse had entered a rehabilitation facility and was denied a U.S. visa. As a result, she ended up performing on the live Grammy telecast via satellite from London.

In 2009 Winehouse was scheduled to headline the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival but had to cancel her performance after she was charged with assault for attacking a fan week before the festival.

Regardless of her antics and her addictions, Amy Winehouse will always be remembered for being a stellar artist that influenced millions of people worldwide! This is a tragic loss for the entire music community, and we hope that Amy Winehouse finally gets to Rest In Peace!

Related links:
Amy Winehouse

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sneak Peek of the Return of Beavis & Butthead!

After 13 years of silence, Beavis and Butthead are back! After viewing the sneak peek of what's to come, its clear that the boys are back in style. The clip below is full of comical moments and plenty of catch phrases. Catch phrases that turned Beavis & Butthead into TV icons. When you think about it, their immature humor made them worldwide icons. You can say any of their infamous catch phrases to anyone who grew up in the 90's and they will immediately crack up. "I am Cornholio, I need TP for my bunghole. Do you have TP for my bunghole?"

As we all know, this show played a huge role in the rise of Heavy Music in the 90's, and we hope that it can brings back some of the MTV flavor of the 90's in order to help the scene once again. And lets not forget that Beavis and Butthead are the first cartoon to throw the HORNS! \m/

Related links:
Official Site of Beavis & Butthead
Full Episode of Beavis & Butthead

Jamey Jasta Reveals Song Descriptions for his Upcoming Solo Album in New Webisode

The hardest working man in Heavy Music, Jamey Jasta, is ready to unveil his solo album to the masses. Entitled "Jasta", once again the Hatebreed frontman is proving that he is constantly reinventing his craft. Set to be released on July 26th, 2011 via eOne Music, the album features Randy Blythe from Lamb Of God, Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society, and a handful of special guests. Here is Jamey Jasta describing each song from his upcoming solo album.

"It is a little something different for me and I hope you guys dig it. There are a lot of collaborations, a lot of clean vocals, and there are different styles of riffing. It is still heavy and aggressive. There is some screaming, but I tried some different things to change up the recipe a little bit."


1. Walk That Path Alone
2. Mourn The Illusion
3. Screams From The Sanctuary
4. Nothing They Say
5. Anthem Of The Freedom Fighter
6. Something You Should Know (Ft. Phil Labonte of All That Remains)
7. Set You Adrift
8. Enslaved, Dead or Depraved (Ft. Randy Blythe of Lamb of God)
9. With A Resounding Voice (Ft. Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying)
10. The Fearless Must Endure (Ft. Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society)
11. Heart Of A Warrior (Ft. Mike Vallely)
12. Death Bestowed (Ft. Mark Morton of Lamb Of God)

Related links:
Jasta Official
Hatebreed Official
Kingdom Of Sorrow Official
EONE Music

Corey Taylor In-depth Interview about his New Book "Seven Deadly Sins" with That Metal Show's Jim Florentine

The very outspoken Corey Taylor from Slipknot and Stone Sour decided that instead of writing an autobiography like everyone else does, he would write something very different. This is what he had to say about this:

“I’ve been threatening to write a book for a long time, but since every Tom, Dick and Harry writes an autobiography, I didn’t want to just do that. My approach to writing is the same as my approach to music: I don’t want to do what everybody else is doing.”

“Seven Deadly Sins” is Taylor’s candid, outrageous manifesto reflecting on the subject and nature of sin. The book will was released on July 12 in the U.S and July 14 in the U.K.

Our good friend Jim Florentine from VH1 Classic's That Metal Show, conducted an in depth interview with Taylor about his upcoming book "Seven Deadly Sins", his life and of course, his music. Check out the entire interview:

Related links:
Corey Taylor's official site
Stone Sour

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Images of Slayer bringing Hell On Earth at Reading, PA

Slayer performed last night at the at the Sovereign Center in Reading Pennsylvania in front of thousands of hungry headbangers! Here are some images captured during Slayer's chaotic display of Evil Heavy Metal at the "Hell On Earth Tour", which also features Rob Zombie and Exodus!

Bonus picture!


- July 22, 2011: DTE Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
- July 23, 2011: Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
- July 27, 2011: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB Canada
- July 29, 2011: Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK Canada
- July 30, 2011: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB Canada
- July 31, 2011: Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB Canada
- August 2, 2011: Save-On-Foods Memorial Center, Victoria, BC Canada
- August 3, 2011: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC Canada
- August 5, 2011: Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR
- August 6, 2011: WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA

Photo credit: Mitchell Damien Maurer

Related links:
Rob Zombie

Cavalera Conspiracy & Soulfly Guitarist Marc Rizzo Shreds at Wake Up Fest

New Jersey native Marc Rizzo became Max Cavalera's musical ally in October of 2003 when he joined Soulfly to record "Prophecy". Ever since then Max and Marc have developed a signature sound that is recognized by thousands of fans worldwide. Marc is also the co-founder of Cavalera Conspiracy, the band that reunited Brazilian Heavy Music brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera. What really made the difference between Rizzo and former Soulfly guitarists is that he not only has phenomenal guitar skills, but he works very hard on making sure that his guitar sound blends in perfectly with Max's ever-changing vision.

During the version of "Wake Up Fest" at Dingbatz in New Jersey, Marc Rizzo and his solo band performed in front of a crowd that showed up to support and celebrate the 41st birthday of Chi Cheng, former deftones bassists who has been in a coma ever since he suffered from a terrible car accident in November of 2008. Through this act of humbleness Rizzo demonstrated why he is one of the best guitarists in Heavy Music today. We had the chance to interview Rizzo about his musical career and about the influence that Chi Cheng has had in the entire Heavy Music scene. We were also able to capture Rizzo doing what he does best: shredding like there is no tomorrow. Check it out!

Here is Marc Rizzo's impressive discography:

- Committee of Thirteen:
\m/ Self Titled (2004) (Phlamencore Records)

- Ill Niño:
\m/ Ill Niño EP (2000) (C.I.A. Records)
\m/ Revolution Revolución (2001) (Roadrunner Records)
\m/ Confession (2003) (Roadrunner Records)
\m/ The Best of Ill Niño (2006) (Roadrunner Records)

- Soulfly
\m/ Prophecy (2004) (Roadrunner Records)
\m/ Dark Ages (2005) (Roadrunner Records)
\m/ Conquer (2008) (Roadrunner Records)
\m/ Omen (2010) (Roadrunner Records)

- Solo
\m/ Colossal Myopia (2006) (Shrapnel Records)
\m/ The Ultimate Devotion (2007) (Shrapnel Records)
\m/ Legionnaire (2010) (Phlamencore Records)

- Cavalera Conspiracy
\m/ Inflikted (2008) (Roadrunner Records)
\m/ Blunt Force Trauma (2011) (Roadrunner Records)

- Instructional DVDs with Rock House
\m/ Metal Guitar- Mondern, Speed & Shred, level 1 & 2

Related links:
Cavalera Conspiracy
Wake Up Fest
One Love For Chi
International Brain Research Foundation

Pain Of Salvation's NEW Album Cover Artwork & Tracklisting for "Road Salt Two"

Swedish progressive Metal band Pain Of Salvation are set to unleash their eighth studio album titled "Road Salt Two" on October 11th, 2011 in North America and September 26th, 2011 in Europe via InsideOut Music!

Following the turbulent and successful release of "Road Salt One" in the year 2010 and the touring activities in its support which climaxed with shows in India and South America earlier this year, Sweden's Pain Of Salvation can now reveal the cover artwork (above)and track-listing for the "Road Salt Two" album as follows:

Track-listing "Road Salt Two":

1. Road Salt Theme
2. Softly She Cries
3. Conditioned
4. Healing Now
5. To The Shoreline
6. Eleven
7. 1979
8. The Deeper Cut
9. Mortar Grind
10. Through The Distance
11. The Physics Of Gridlock
12. End Credits

The band has recently been confirmed as support act for a massive European tour together with Metal innovators Opeth.

Stay tuned for more details and news regarding "Road Salt Two" throughout the coming weeks...

Related links:
Pain Of Salvation
Pain Of Salvation on Facebook
Pain Of Salvation on MySpace
Pain Of Salvation on Twitter

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Kittie Announce New Album Details & New Song!

Canadian Heavy Music band Kittie have completed production of their sixth studio album titled "I've Failed You" (to be released on August 30th, 2011 via eOne Music), and they have announced that their Official CD Release show will take place at the Highline Ballroom in New York City at the No Mercy Metal Showcase on Tuesday, August 30th. Joining Kittie that night will be Dirge Within, Diamond Plate, Alekhine's Gun and Fall of the Albatross.

For their latest effort, the band enlisted the talents of Siegfried "Siggy" Meier at Beach Road Studios in Goderich Ontario who took on producing rolls.

Today they are presenting to you a brand new track titled " We Are The Lamb", here is what front-woman Morgan Lander had to say about the song (which you can listen below):

"'We Are The Lamb' is the first single and is about as musically devastating as we get. It is a tale of self sacrifice, to give those you love a chance to grow and learn to live for themselves. I cannot express to you how proud of this album we are. "I've Failed You" is real, honest, angry and ugly."

Track Listing for "I've Failed You":

1. I've Failed You
2. We Are The Lamb
3. Whisper of Death
4. What Have I Done
5. Empires (Part 1)
6. Empires (Part 2)
7. Come Undone
8. Already Dead
9. Never Come Home
10. Ugly
11. Time Never Heals


- Morgan Lander (Guitar)
- Mercedes Lander (Drums)
- Tara McLeod (Guitar)
- Ivy Vujic (Bass)

The band will be hitting the road this summer on a headlining run spanning the entire US including the notorious "Gathering Of Juggalos" festival. Dirge Within and Diamond Plate will offer support.

Here are the tour-dates:

\m/ 8/11 Cave In Rock, IL. - Hog Rock (Gathering of the Juggalos)
\m/ 8/12 Waterloo, IA. - Spicoli's Rock Garden
\m/ 8/13 Milwaukee, WI. - The Rave
\m/ 8/14 Joliet, IL. - Mojoes
\m/ 8/16 Sauget, IL. - Pop's
\m/ 8/19 Columbus, OH. - Al Rosa Villa
\m/ 8/20 Lake Odessa, MI. - Carnival Of Chaos
\m/ 8/21 Battle Creek, MI. - Planet Live
\m/ 8/24 Cleveland, OH. - Peabody's
\m/ 8/25 Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon
\m/ 8/26 Clifton Park, NY. - Northern Lights
\m/ 8/27 Allentown, PA. - Crocodile Rock
\m/ 8/28 Clifton, NJ. - Dingbatz
\m/ 8/30 New York, NY. - Highline Ballroom (NO MERCY METAL SHOWCASE)
\m/ 8/31 Springfield, VA. - Jaxx
\m/ 9/1 Fayetteville, NC - Jesters
\m/ 9/2 Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
\m/ 9/3 Spartanburg, SC. - Ground Zero
\m/ 9/4 Atlanta, GA. - Masquerade
\m/ 9/7 Houston, TX. - Scout Bar
\m/ 9/8 San Antonio, TX. - Backstage Live
\m/ 9/9 Dallas, TX. - Trees
\m/ 9/10 Lubbock, TX. - Jake's
\m/ 9/12 Farmington, NM. - Top Deck
\m/ 9/13 Tempe, AZ. - Clubhouse
\m/ 9/14 Los Angeles, CA. - The Whisky
\m/ 9/15 Anaheim, CA. - Chain Reaction
\m/ 9/16 Santa Clara, CA. - Avalon
\m/ 9/17 Orangevale, CA. - Boardwalk
\m/ 9/20 Denver, CO. - Marquis Theater
\m/ 9/21 Colorado Springs, CO. - Black Sheep

Related links:


Kittie's Official Site
EONE Music

In This Moment Geared Up for 'All Stars' Tour

California's Metalcore band In This Moment, is getting ready to hit the road for the "All Stars Tour". The tour will begin on Thursday July 21st at the House Of Blues in Houston, Texas, and will conclude on Saturday August 27th at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon. Joining In This Moment will be Emmure, Alesana, Born Of Osiris, Bless the Fall, Iwresteledabearonce, and many others (see below). This tour is not to be missed.


***Tuesday 7/19: Farmington, NM @ Top Deck*** ALL STARS OFF-DATE
Thursday 7/21: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Friday 7/22: Mission, TX @ Las Palmas Race Track
Saturday 7/23: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
Sunday 7/24: Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
Tuesday 7/26: Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
Wednesday 7/27: Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Ballroom
Thursday 7/28: Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
Friday 7/29: Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Saturday 7/30: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Ballroom Grounds
Sunday 7/31: St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
Tuesday 8/2: Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
Wednesday 8/3: Montreal, QC @ Theatre Olympia
Thursday 8/4: Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Friday 8/5: Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid Hudson Civic Center
Saturday 8/6: Fitchburg, MA @ Central Mass Expo Center at CY
Sunday 8/7: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Tuesday 8/9: Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
Wednesday 8/10: Richmond, VA @ The National
Thursday 8/11: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
Friday 8/12: North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
Saturday 8/13: Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
Sunday 8/14: Pensacola, FL @ Seville Quarter
Wednesday 8/17: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
Thursday 8/18: Scottsdale, AZ @ Venue of Scottsdale
Friday 8/19: San Diego, CA @ Soma
Saturday 8/20: Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
Sunday 8/21: Las Vegas, NV @ Rock the Block
Tuesday 8/23: San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
Friday 8/26: Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Saturday 8/27: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre


In This Moment have also been added to the ShipRocked Cruise this fall! Departing out of Ft. Lauderdale, the cruise lasts from November 14-19 and stops in Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico during its journey. Other bands on-board this rockin' ship include BUCKCHERRY, QUEENSRYCHE, HINDER, HELLYEAH, SEVENDUST, SICK PUPPIES, CANDLEBOX, FILTER, LIVING COLOUR, and more! There will be multiple performances, plus opportunities to meet & greet your favorite artists!

Related links:
In This Moment on Facebook
ShipRocked Cruise

HULL: Brooklyn Sludge Meisters To Perform Special One-Off Show This Friday!

Brooklyn sludge rockers, HULL, will be performing a special Brooklyn Vegan-sponsored one-off show this Friday at new Brooklyn hot spot, Saint Vitus. The band will be joined by Generation Of Vipers and Marching Teeth.

"We are very pleased to be joining our good friends in Marching Teeth and Generation Of Vipers, who also share members of USX who we hope to be doing a collaboration with in the future. Of course we are always happy to be playing a Brooklyn Vegan show, especially for the first time at Saint Vitus. Hometown show + friends = party time!" - HULL

New York residents are encouraged NOT to miss this show!

Brooklyn Vegan Presents:
HULL w/ Generation Of Vipers and Marching Teeth
When: July 22, 2011
Where: Saint Vitus
1120 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn, New York
Time: 8:00PM

HULL recently completed the recording of their soon-to-be-unleashed new full-length. The follow-up to their critically-acclaimed Sole Lord debut, issued via The End Records in 2009 was co-produced by Brett Romnes (who played drums on the band's hulking Viking Funeral EP) and mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, High On Fire, Neurosis, Eyehategod, Melvins et al). The record is slated for release this fall through The End Records with another bout of live dates to follow. Stay tune for more information!

Related links:
Hull on MySpace
Official Site of Hull
Hull on Facebook
Hull on Sonic Bids
Hull on Tumbler

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Immolation Releases New Video for "A Glorious Epoch"

In March of 2010, New York Death Metal outfit Immolation released their eighth studio album titled "Majesty and Decay" via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded in Millbrook Sound Studios in New York and produced by Paul Orofino. Mixing duties were handled by Zack Ohren who has previously worked with Decrepit Birth, Suffocation and All Shall Perish. In its first week "Majesty and Decay" sold 1,400 copies in the US, which landed it position No. 29 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart on Billboard.

"10 songs [plus two intros] of the strongest material we have ever written. The new material is more violent and aggressive, with fast sections that take us to a new level of speed and intensity, while complementing the dark and sullen heavier moments. There are plenty of miserable and militant movements to please the diehard and new IMMOLATION fans alike." - Immolation

Their new video for their song "A Golorious Epoch" (which you can view below), was produced by Tommy Jones from the Studio in New Jersey.

Immolation is:

- Ross Dolan - Bass, Vocals
- Robert Vigna - Guitars
- Bill Taylor - Guitars
- Steve Shalaty - Drums

Related links:
Official Site of Immolation
Nuclear Blast

Devin Townsend's Career and Creative Process

This past Saturday (July 16), we had the honor and privilege of interviewing Canadian music genius Devin Townsend about his extensive career in the music industry, and about the creative process he undergoes when creating music. During the conversation (which you can view below), Devin makes it very clear that he never plans out what he is going to do musically on or off stage, instead he prefers to let the music take over his thought process and as a result the sounds are very organic.

As we all know, he is one of the pioneers of "Progressive Metal", but when we chatted with him he made it clear that his music is always evolving because he is a multidimensional artist. On Saturday's show he presented his latest albums "Ghost" and "Deconstruction", his new songs were well received and the only complain all of his fans had was that his set was way too short. However, he did announce that he will be touring North America again in a few months and that this time he will be headlining!

Without further due, here is our exclusive interview with Devin Townsend!

Special thanks to Devin Townsend, Nikki Law at Century Media, and Steve Lars!

Video and Photo credit: Steve Lars from Creative Ventures International

Related links:
Devin Townsend
Century Media

Paul Booth presents "The Grand Reincarnation"

Paul Booth decided it was time to renovate his office of dark arts known as "Last Rites & Tattoo Theatre" because he wanted to push his artistic abilities to the next level, and to make his tattoo shop/gallery/theatre even more twisted and demented. "The Grand Reincarnation" will be taking place on July 22nd, 23rd and 24th at 511 West 33rd Street (3rd Floor) in New York City.

Here is the rundown of the events that will take place this weekend at Paul Booth's "Last Rites & Tattoo Theatre".

- Saturday July 23rd:

The second evening to our weekend is when we drop the black curtains and launch the all new Tattoo Theatre area of our space. Not only is this another chance to take in the art of ChetZar and Craig Larotonda, but on this special night you can truly soak in the entire Last Rites experience. To really bring it home, appearing on our new performance stage, we have two of our favorite partners in crime making a special appearance: Jamie Kilstein, our favorite stand up comedian (you may have seen him on Conan O’ Brian), totally uncensored! Making a special trip all the way from Budapest, Attila Csihar, vocalist from the infamous Norwegian Black Metal band Mayhem, will present his solo dark ambient project VOID OV VOICES. Together, these two artists truly represent the driving force of Last Rites philosophy. Along with a strolling funerary violinist… you truly do not want to miss this! See below for more information about the special guests.

- Sunday July 24th:

Sunday brings a great time to wind things down as we bring great painterly talent together from our family of artists to paint live at Last Rites. This is a great opportunity to witness these masters bring their stunning creations to life right before your eyes. Feel free to mingle and soak in an immense degree of creative energy and artistic inspiration.

- Artists for Sunday's live painting event include:

Shawn Barber, Kim Saigh, Chet Zar, Genevive Zacconi, Angie Mason, Fred Harper, Billy Norrby, Matt Rota, Martin Wittfooth, Paul Booth, The ArtFusion Experiment and more!

- Saturday's Special Guests:

- Jamie Kilstein:

“Hilarious and scathing.” - Rolling Stone Magazine

“Jamie Kilstein is a doofus.” - Glenn Beck

“There are few truly insightful, passionate and hysterically funny political comedians around, and even fewer coming out of the States. New Yorker Jamie Kilstein is a shining light probing into the murkier corners of the religious right and corrupt politics of his homeland. Funny and penetrating, he’s taken Bill Hicks’ baton and run with it.” - Time Out London

- Attila Csihar:

Void Of Voices is the solo Dark Ambient project of Budapest, Hungary based vocalist Attila Csihar. Since 1992, Attila has been the lead vocalist in the influential Norwegian Black Metal band Mayhem and since 2004 he has been the permanent guest vocalist for the doom/drone Metal band Sunn O))). Csihar states the concept behind Void Ov Voice is to use “only my voice as an instrument via a loop machine and effects”; through this process Csihar creates some of the most haunting Dark atmosphere and Ritualistic chants that could likely raise the Hordes from the depths of Hell itself. His main goal with Void Ov Voices is to play live shows where the visual aspects and live experience is sure to enhance the overall effect.

This series of events are not to be missed by any fans of the dark arts!

Related links:
Last Rites

Monday, July 18, 2011

Spotify has Arrived to Revitalize the Music Industry

In times in which the entire music industry has a rope tied around the neck, Spotify has arrived just in time to revitalize the industry. After the success it has had in Europe, many are saying that it will take over other online music services such as iTunes and Rhapsody. Spotify is to music, what Netflix is to video. At first glance, the platform is very intuitive and the massive collection of music sounds very crisp when you sign up for a Premium account (just $9.99 a month). Here is all you need to know about Spotify!

1) Think of Spotify as your new music collection. Your library. Only this time your collection is vast: over 15 million tracks and counting. Spotify comes in all shapes and size, available for your PC, Mac, home audio system and cell phone. Wherever you go, your music follows you.

And because the music plays live, there’s no need to wait for downloads and no big dent in your hard drive.

2) Thanks to Spotify, it’s now easier than ever to share music. You’re free to share everything you listen to on Spotify with your friends - tracks, playlists, the lot. Connect Spotify to Facebook and you'll be sharing your favourites with friends in seconds.

Just send them a link to a track or playlist and they can listen instantly. If you like, you can also collaborate on shared playlists. Social music made simple.

3) Getting started is quick, easy and safe.

Create an account by choosing a username and password. Download and install Spotify on either Windows or Mac. Then search and play, over 15 million songs are now yours.

If you love music, sign up today and help revitalize the music industry!

Related links:
Official Site of Spotify
Horns Up Rocks Spotify Playlist - 7/18/2011

Machine Head's Phil Demmel: Track-By-Track Breakdown of "Unto The Locust"

Machine Head have wrapped up the production of their seventh studio album titled "Unto the Locust" (to be released on September 26/27, 2011 via Roadrunner Records). The band is currently destroying stages at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival. Recently, their guitar master Phil Demmel was interviewed by the Denver alt-weekly Westword and he was asked to give a track-by-track breakdown of "Unto The Locust". Here it is!

- "I Am Hell," the opener, is actually a sonata. It's a song in three parts, and it's a pyromaniac song. You know, it's the most brutal song Machine Head has ever written. It's got to at least be eight minutes long. So, it starts off with... you know, I'm not going to break down the music too much. I mean its still pretty early before the record comes out, but it's a three part tune.

- "Be Still in Now," which is, uh, kind of a few riffs that I threw together, that kind of got shelved for a minute, got put away, and got brought back from the dead when I came in one day and those guys were kind of jamming on it. It kind of got some chest compressions, and it got brought back to life. Epic jam. It's about struggle, and overcoming struggle, and knowing that the light at the end of the tunnel is only there if that light shines inside of you.

The title was... Like my grandmother handed down all of her grandchildren bible verses in all their Easter cards and Christmas cards. She used to sign one to each, and mine was Psalm 46, which is, "Be still, and know that I'm the Lord". Basically, be steadfast. Know that you will get through, and this shall pass. It kind of fit into the tune and kind of fit into the chorus. I mean, I got it tattooed on my arm around eight years ago. So, it's been kind of my mantra through my life. So, I'm really stoked that Rob chose to title the song that.

- "Locust" is a concept I came up with, based on a few people I have encountered in my life, just like everybody has: The type of person that just comes into your life under a different guise, under false pretenses, to befriend you, be your buddy, be your man, be on your team, or, you know, to be your lover or whatever. Their goal is just to soak up all your resources and just to drain you of all you've got, whatever you have to offer. Once they're discovered, they fly off into the next crop and drain that of everything. Yeah, it just feels like hell.

- "This is the End" is a burner, one of the faster Machine Head songs ever [laughter]. Rob and David got together, and we took a break from everything after touring for three years. We took about a six-month break, got back together and wrote this song. It's really fast. Kind of a Death Metal song, but it's got the classical sound like a Death Metal tune. The whole record has kind of neo-classical feel to it. The song, Rob's going to have to describe the lyrics. It's basically about people kind of living and not being able to accept present times and moving on to things.

- "Darkest of Day": this song is probably the biggest departure of our record, in terms of when we did on "Innocence Denied" on Through The Ashes. It's kind of a ballad, with acoustic guitars. This one I'm going to leave up to something of a surprise. All of my friends that aren't kind of into Metal say, "Damn, is that you guys?" It's a beautiful, beautiful song. Still heavy, but us growing as musicians. It has my favorite, the best solo I've ever done for this band, so far, dripping with emotion. I'll leave it at that.

- "Pearls Before Swine" is a song about addiction. It was a song without lyrics really for a while, without a concept. We kind of came up with an idea to write about addicts and addiction, when talking to each other and watching Breaking Bad episodes to kind of catch up and start again to see it. [laughter] It's not a song about hope. It's just a song about about being in the throes of addiction, in its claws, and a lot of my lyrics are in there. So, there's a lot of descriptive thoughts of addiction. It's not a song of hope for sure. It's not "Stairway to Heaven." It's not a song of hope for sure.

- And the last song is a song called "Who We Are," which is another song that Rob wrote. He and Dave kind of had it before I started writing for the record. I took some time off last year to deal with some personal stuff. This one and the other one I talked about earlier are the two that Rob had already written and brought. You know, he had all this music pouring out of him, and he had to get it out...so. Yeah, I don't know really how to describe those two, so I'm going to refrain from doing that.

Here is a video of Machine Head performing "Locust" at these years Mayhem Fest:


7/19 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Maryland Heights, MO (St. Louis, MO)
7/20 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH
7/22 - Comcast Center - Mansfield, MA (Boston, MA)
7/23 - Parc Jean-Drapeau - (Heavy MTL) - Montreal, QC
7/24 - Comcast Theatre - Hartford, CT
7/26 - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center - Darien Center, NY
7/27 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
7/29 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh, PA)
7/30 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA (Washington DC)
7/31 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
8/2 – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach - Virginia Beach, VA
8/3 - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC
8/5 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL (Chicago IL)
8/6 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI (Detroit, MI)
8/7 - Verizon Wireless Music Center - Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis, IN)
8/9 - Zoo Amphitheatre - Oklahoma City, OK
8/10 – Gexa Energy Pavilion - Dallas, TX
8/12 - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood - Atlanta, GA
8/13 - 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL
8/14 - Cruzan Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL

09.24 - Brisbane, QLD - RNA Showgrounds
09.25 - Sydney, NSW - Old Kings Oval, Parramatta Park
09.30 - Melbourne, VIC - Tabcorp Park, Melton
10.01 - Adelaide, SA - Showgrounds
10.03 - Perth, WA - Arena, Joondalup

South American Tour-Dates with Sepultura:
10/14 - Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Citibank Hall
10/15 - Curitiba, Brazil @ Master Hall
10/16 - Porto Alegre, Brazil @ Casa de Gaucho
10/21 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ El Teatro Flores
10/23 - Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Caupolican

European Tour Dates:
- 02-Nov Wed: Norway, Oslo - Sentrum
- 03-Nov Thu: Sweden, Stockholm - Aren
- 05-Nov Sat: Finland, Tampere - Sorsapuisto-Sali
- 06-Nov Sun: Finland, Helsinki - Circus
- 08-Nov Tue: Denmark, Copenhagen - KB Halle
- 09-Nov Wed: Germany, Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit 36
- 10-Nov Thu: Germany, Dresden - Alter Schlachthof
- 12-Nov Sat: Austria, Vienna - Gasomter
- 13-Nov Sun: Italy, Milan - Alcatraz
- 15-Nov Tue: Spain, Barcelona - Razzmatazz
- 16-Nov Wed: Spain, Madrid - Riviera
- 17-Nov Thu: Portugal, Lisbon - Coliseum
- 18-Nov Fri: Portugal, Oporto - Coliseum
- 19-Nov Sat: Spain, Bilbao - Rockitar
- 21-Nov Mon: Switzerland, Zurich - Volkshaus
- 23-Nov Wed: France, Paris - Zenith
- 24-Nov Thu: Germany, Neu-Isenburg - Hugenottenhalle
- 25-Nov Fri: Germany, Munich - Tonhalle
- 26-Nov Sat: Germany, Ludwigsburg - Arena
- 28-Nov Mon: Holland, Eindhoven - Klokgebown
- 29-Nov Tue: Belgium, Brussels - Forest
- 30-Nov Wed: Germany, Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
- 01-Dec Thu: Luxembourg - Rockhal
- 03-Dec Sat: UK, London - Wembley Arena
- 04-Dec Sun: UK, Birmingham - NIA
- 05-Dec Mon: UK, Glasgow - SECC
- 06-Dec Tue: UK, Manchester - Central

Related links:
Machine Head
Purchase Locust on Amazon
Purchase Locust on Itunes
Full interview with Phil Demmel by the Denver Westword

IKILLYA Video for "...And Hell Followed With Him"

In the past year we have seen a lot of great bands take the New York City Underground Heavy Music Scene by the horns, and collectively they are helping to drive the scene to the sky passed the top of the Empire State Building! One band that is helping out by always delivering the goods is Ikillya. Fronted by vocalist Jason Lekberg, Ikillya's new album titled "Recon" is a fresh sounding groove machine full of furious well polished songs. "Recon" was produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Hatebreed, This or the Apocalypse) and engineered by Paul Suarez (Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold), Ryan Kelly (Opeth, Orbs), and Armando Subero.

- Vital Statistics:

\m/ LINEUP: - Jason Lekberg (Vocals)
- David Kerr (Guitars)
- Mansa Gory (Bass)


\m/ ORIGIN: New York City

\m/ MISSION: To create heavy music that is exciting to play, forces us each to grow as artists, and elicits raw emotion from the listener.

\m/ BIOGRAPHY: IKILLYA is the ferocity that follows the moment of clarity created by the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. The human strength of will has been shown to be capable of achieving the impossible, and never is it more focused than when we are pushed to our absolute limit. Creating music has been our primary goal as long as we’ve had the cogitative ability to have a primary goal and all too often it is in direct opposition to the realities of everyday life.

We write from the desperate need for others to hear us and, frankly, play because we are genetically compelled to. Our new EP "Recon" is a collection of warning shots assembled from our first adventures as a complete unit. Each song represents a point in our mutation and a glimpse at what is yet to come. Recon is the beginning of the war for our lives.

We hope that our songs can be both our own sonic therapy and the knot at the end of someone else’s rope. Hang on friends. Your life is in your hands, and as long as you have air in your lungs, you can conquer the world.

Breathe, focus, Ikillya.

Ikillya’s debut music video for their first single off "Recon" “…And Hell Followed With Him” was shot by seasoned director Frankie Nasso (All That Remains, Mudvayne, Hellyeah) in Staten Island, New York. “Being able to work with the amazing Frankie Nasso and his team and then have "Recon" be the #5 most added album with no label support is simply mind-boggling” said Ikillya vocalist Jason Lekberg, “We've got lots more work to do and we thank those who have worked with us so far for helping get us off to such a great start.”

Related links:
Ikillya's Official Site

Desolate "New Truth (Treachery)" - Exclusive Song Premiere

When Jose Rivera (singer/cowbell master) and Jeffrey Martinez (guitarist) first met, they immediately felt a magnetic musical force between them. After a few jam sessions, they felt the necessity of starting a fresh sounding Heavy Music band. Combining elements of Thrash Metal, Hardcore and even Latino music, Desolate possess a unique sound that has helped them survive the decline of the music industry in the last 10 years. We are proud to announce that they will performing at Jo Schüftan's Metallic birthday on Thursday, October 13 at The Trash Bar in Brooklyn!

- Vital Statistics:


- Abe Rivera: Vocals & cowbell
- Jeff Martinez: Lead Guitars & Backing Vocals
- Jessica Pimentel: Bass Guitar
- Chris Palko, Nick Serr: Guitars *
- Roach Mc Poach, Bryan Dundon, Angel Cotte, John Tyler: Drums *

* Special Guests


\m/ ORIGIN: Washington Heights, New York City

\m/ MISSION: More cowbell!


An amalgam of all things New York, Desolate is a Metal crossover outfit on a mission to spread their brand. With their debut full length album entitled "Fortitude", Desolate is known to engage in a rigid live performance schedule. The band now looks to show the world its unyielding thirst to deliver. Desolate is a five piece band from Washington Heights, New York City. Formed in 2001 by founding members Jose Rivera and Jeff Martinez.

Desolate has created a brutal collection of songs over the years and is unleashing them through their current lineup that includes Abe River, Jeff Martinez, Jessica Pimentel and a spew of special guests (see lineup above). Desolate has since gone on to refine their musical styling while maintaining their original identity.

Today, we present to you a brand new song titled "New Truth (Treachery)", out of there upcoming EP entitled "Stillhere". Crank it up and come see them live on Thursday, October 13 at The Trash Bar!

Photo credit: Rene Encarnacion

Related links:
Official Site of Desolate
Desolate on Reverbnation
Desolate on MySpace