Amon Amarth launches video for new single, “Crack the Sky”

On May 3rd, Amon Amarth will release their 11th full-length, Berserker, via Metal Blade Records (North America)/Sony Music (International)! For a preview of the album, the video for the new single, “Crack the Sky”, can be viewed at:http://www.amonamarth.com

Directed by Roboshobo, “Crack the Sky” is the second of a trilogy of music videos from Berserker (the first clip being “Raven’s Flight”) – each one increasingly epic in its scope, further immersing the viewer in the world of Amon Amarth. Much like the songs on Berserker, the videos present Amon Amarthto its fullest. The cast features Josh Barnett as “the Berserker” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Barnett) and Erick Rowan as “Thor” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erick_Rowan), among others. 

To pre-order Berserker, please visit amonamarth.lnk.to/berserker – where the album is available in the following formats: 
–digipak-CD
–deluxe box set [digipak-CD, shield (~12″x12″), patch (~4″x4″) – limited to 500 copies in US] 
–opaque white w/ black splatter vinyl (limited to 1200 copies) 
–opaque white w/ silver haze vinyl (retail exclusive – limited to 1300 copies) 
–clear w/ red splatter vinyl (webstore exclusive – limited to 750 copies) 
–black w/ red haze vinyl (webstore exclusive – limited to 750 copies) 

Comprising 12 monstrous heavy metal anthems that bulge with irresistible melodic hooks, bursts of thrilling savagery and moments of spine-tingling dynamic drama, Berserker is the result of the huge surge of creativity and a collective desire to keep moving forward with no compromise. From the disarming melodrama and explosive riffing of opener “Fafner’s Gold” and the brutish simplicity of the rampaging “Crack The Sky” to the epic fury of “Raven’s Flight” and the grim, gritty storytelling of “Ironside” and “Skoll and Hati”, Berserker is an album full of trademark Amon Amarth bluster and bite but with every aspect of the band’s sound somehow refined, sonically enhanced and made vastly more potent, both in terms of metal oomph and emotional power. Neatly summing up the spirit behind these exhilarating new songs is the album’s semi-title track, “The Berserker At Stamford Bridge”: a visceral but vivid historical tale, recounting the Vikings last stand against the English army in 1066 and the mind-bending heroics of one axe-wielding warrior. 

Showcasing an undeniable and startling upgrade for every aspect of Amon Amarth‘s iconic sound, Berserker was recorded in Los Angeles with renowned studio guru Jay Ruston (Anthrax/Stone Sour) manning the controls. After recording several rounds of professional demos for the new songs (initially with fellow Swedish metal icon Peter Tägtgren and then later with Ruston himself) the band crossed the Atlantic to make final the recordings in LA, eager to take a fresh approach to the album-making process. 

“For me, this is Amon Amarth 2.0,” vocalist Johan Hegg declares. “I think what we’ve done here is give ourselves the space to explore other parts of our musicality and who we are as a band. If you’re content with where you’re at, what’s the point of continuing? We always want to come up with new ideas and find new ways of doing things and to create bigger and better shows and really try to improve every aspect of what the band is. We want to try to keep growing and to do this for as long as we have the possibility to do so, because this is the best fucking job in the world.”

The cast for “Crack the Sky” also features Tess Kielhammer as “Demon Boss” (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4178569/), Shanie Rusth as “Shield Maiden” (https://www.herexchange.net/her-story/2018/9/11/shanie-rusth), Erik Arevalo (https://www.instagram.com/theerikhammer/?hl=en), Victor Henry (https://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Victor-Henry-52195), and Canadian WWE legend Viktor as “Demon Henchman” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor), and many more. 

Berserker track-listing
1. Fafner’s Gold
2. Crack the Sky
3. Mjölner, Hammer of Thor
4. Shield Wall
5. Valkyria
6. Raven’s Flight
7. Ironside
8. The Berserker at Stamford Bridge
9. When Once Again We Can Set Our Sails
10. Skoll and Hati
11. Wings of Eagles
12. Into the Dark 

In support of Berserker, Amon Amarth will head out on the road with Slayer, Lamb of God, and Cannibal Corpse in North America, starting May 2nd. See below for all dates! 

Slayer “Leg Five: North America” tour dates
w/Lamb of God, Amon Amarth, Cannibal Corpse

May 2 – Ak-Chin Amphitheatre – Phoenix, AZ
May 3 – Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
May 5 – UTEP/Don Haskins Center – El Paso, TX
May 7 – Bert Ogden Arena – Edinburg, TX
May 8 – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory – Dallas, TX
May 10 – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
May 11 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
May 13 – Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV
May 14 – Merriweasther Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
May 16 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Noblesville, IN
May 17 – Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre – Bonner Springs, KS
May 19 – DTE Energy Music Center – Clarkston, MI
May 20 – Covel Centre – Youngstown, OH
May 22 – Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
May 24 – BB&T Pavilion – Camdel, NJ
May 25 – Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA 

This September heavy metal overlords Amon Amarth will descend from the land of ice and snow to headline a history-making charge across North America with fellow Swedish warlords and carnage is on the menu. 

Berserker World Tour – Raid Of North American Dates
w/Arch Enemy, At The Gates, and Grand Magus

September 26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
September 27 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
September, 28 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum
September 30 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Convention Centre
October 1 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle
October 3 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
October 4 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
October 6 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
October 7 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theater
October 9 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
October 10 – Montreal, QC – M Telus
October 12 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
October 15 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
October 16 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
October 18 – New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore
October 19 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
October 20 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
October 23 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
October 25 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
October 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium 

Amon Amarth online:
http://www.amonamarth.com

Metal Mariachi Masters METALACHI Announce Spring 2019 Tour Dates

Tour Begins May 24 in Amarillo, TX | Buy Tickets via www.metalachi.com/upcoming-events

New Album, Tres, Out Now | Available via Digital Platforms & www.metalachi.com

METALACHI – the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band – have announced several spring tour dates, beginning May 24! The band will perform in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico, wrapping up on June 16. Before then, the band will perform six one-off shows, the first four of which act as METALACHI‘s very in-demand “Cinco De Mayo” dates. 

METALACHI was personally invited by comedian George Lopez to perform at the first show, Vee Quiva Hotel on May 2, as part of the grand opening of his Chingon Kitchen at the same location. See below for all currently confirmed dates. Visit www.metalachi.com/upcoming-events for more information and links to purchase tickets. 

In a band statement, METALACHI says, “2019 is quickly shaping up to be our biggest year ever and we can’t wait to show everyone what we have in store for them this May and June.”

METALACHI Spring 2019 Dates:Cinco De Mayo one-offs:

5/2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino (Dos De Mayo)

5/3 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar and Grill (Tres De Mayo)

5/4 – Loveland, CO @ Thunder Mountain Amphitheater (Cuatro De Mayo)

5/5 – Suquamish, WA @ Suquamish Clearwater Casino (Cinco De Mayo

Additional one-offs:

5/17 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues Anaheim

5/19 – Oxnard, CA @ California Strawberry Festival 

Full tour begins:

5/24 – Amarillo, TX @ Starlight Ranch Event Center

5/25 – Wichita, KS @ Nortons Brewing Company

5/26 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theatre

5/29 – The Colony, TX @ Lava Cantina

5/30 – Roanoke, TX @ Chop Shop Live

5/31 – New Braunfels, TX @ Billy’s Icehouse

6/1 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Brewster Street Icehouse

6/2 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger

6/5 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s

6/6 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s

6/7 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

6/8 – Fort Worth, TX @ Lola’s Trailer Park and Saloon

6/9 – Dallas, TX @ Trees

6/12 – Denton, TX @ Andy’s Bar

6/13 – Lubbock, TX @ Cactus Theater

6/14 – Las Cruces, NM @ Rio Grande Theatre

6/15 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress

6/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room

METALACHI is touring in support of their most recent full-length album, 2018’s Tres. The album is available via all major digital platforms and www.metalachi.com, and features covers of songs originally performed by artists such as Judas PriestDioJourneyGuns N’ Roses and more! 

The album features METALACHI‘s popular cover of the Queenclassic, “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The music video, which features a cameo by comedian Felipe Esparza and was directed by Michael Estrella, can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/ISIlsp3LIDk

Hailing from Hollywood, CA via Juarez, Mexico, METALACHI is a musical/comedy stage show that somehow seamlessly blends the world of Spinal Tap and Cheech & Chong into an over-the-top stage spectacle. The band is comprised of a five-piece ensemble of classically trained mariachi musician siblings, that have been fused together with the power of heavy metal. Fans can expect an unlikely meshing of metal classics from artist such as Metallica, Slayer, Ozzy Osbourne and more with traditional mariachi standards from the likes of Vicente Fernandez and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan… all played with traditional mariachi instrumentation but with a stage show that strays far from traditional!

METALACHI takes their cues from outrageous stage shows like KISS, GWAR and Rob Zombie with outrageous costumes, stage production, personas and onstage antics. The band features Vega De La Rockha on vocals, Queen Kyla Vera on violin, Kiko Cane on guitarron, Paco Halen on guitar, El Cucuy on trumpet and is managed by mysterious impresario Warren Moscow.

METALACHI has garnered worldwide acclaim for their unique brand of raucous humor and innovative musical mastery, quickly amassing a loyal and diverse fan base of music lovers in addition to gaining praise from music royalty such as Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Hellyeah), Eric Wilson (Sublime), M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Billy Idol, and Howard Stern along the way (fun fact – for the past five years, Sublime has used METALACHI‘s debut album Uno to time their set changes, blasting the entire album over the PA at their live shows).

Rocklahoma Announces Lineup Change

Korn To Replace Ozzy Osbourne As Saturday Night Headliner

Rocklahoma has announced that Korn will replace Ozzy Osbourne as the Saturday, May 25 festival headliner, following last week’s news that Osbourne had to postpone allof his 2019 tour dates.

Korn has sold nearly 40 million albums, collected two Grammys, and toured the world countless times. They continue to push the limits of the alternative and metal genres, while remaining a pillar of influence for legions of fans and generations of artists around the globe. 

Rocklahoma will take place on Friday, May 24, Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2019 at “Catch The Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. Now in its 13th year, America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party will feature performances from some of today’s top rock artists, including: Korn, Disturbed, Shinedown, Bush, Seether, In This Moment, Steel Panther, Jackyl, Asking Alexandria, and over 40 others, along with brand new experiences for 2019. 

A limited number of weekend and single day general admission tickets are still available at https://rocklahoma.com/tickets.html. Military discount tickets are available via GovX. All VIP reserved tickets and VIP packages are SOLD OUT.

For more information on Rocklahoma, visitwww.Rocklahoma.com

Authors Darren Paltrowitz and D.X. Ferris to Release “Good Advice From Professional Wrestling”

Featuring Forward by “DDP” Diamond Dallas Page, WWE Hall of Fame Inductee

Pre-Order Physical Copies via Amazon

This Sunday not only marks WrestleMania 35 – but also the release of Good Advice From Professional Wrestling: Full Contact Life Lessons From The Pinnacle Performance Art, a new book by authors Darren Paltrowitz and D.X. Ferris. The two will lay claim to the Universal Motivational Tag Team Title when the book drops via 6623 Press this coming Sunday, April 7.

Order now via Amazon, where the e-book is already available and is positioned at #1 on the Kindle Store’s New Releases in Wrestling Books chart! 

This eminently readable self-help manual finds useful life lessons in inspiring quotes by icons from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to Bruno Sammartino. Whether you’re a fan, teacher, salesman, or landscaper, Good Advice From Professional Wrestling is an entertaining guide on how to get over and improve your life, one step at a time.

The book’s foreword was written by WWE Hall of Famer and international fitness guru Diamond Dallas Page

“DDP is a hero and role model for both of us,” explains co-author Ferris, a teacher and award-winning writer. “Life coaches like Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss are great, but I like figures like DDP. He encourages you to think big, and he has a realistic attack: You improve by committing to productive habits. You reach one goal at a time. That’s our approach.”

Good Advice From Professional Wrestling concludes with a list of ten habits and practices that famous wrestlers use to become successful, which readers can start today. 

“Professional wrestling is much more sophisticated than most people will give it credit for,”says co-author Paltrowitz, who in addition to authoring other works, is a podcast host. “When done well, it communicates on a universal level, much like music or film. I wanted to spotlight some of the great men and women behind wrestling, and also emphasize its cultural impact.”

The book features wisdom from over 40 wrestling-world greats of today and yesteryear, and archival quotes from rising stars to all-time greats like movie star Dave “Bautista” Batista, rock singer and Hall of Fame inductee Lita, MLW star Salina de la Renta, A.E.W. co-founders Cody Rhodes & the Young Bucks. WWE counterculture iconoclasts Daniel BryanCM Punk, accredited dentist and A.E.W. marquee talent Britt Baker, the late Rowdy Roddy Piper, rock star Billy Corgan, and ECW mastermind Paul Heyman.

Good Advice From Professional Wrestling is the second volume in 6623 Press’ Leadership Every Day Series, which finds life-changing lessons in popular culture. Volume 1 is Ferris’ Good Advice From Goodfellas: Positive Life Lessons From The Best Mob Movie. 

Based in Akron, Ohio, 6623 Press makes unconventional, useful, creator-owned, reasonably priced books about popular culture, success, history, and other cool stuff.

Darren Paltrowitz is an entertainment-industry veteran from Long Beach, New York. His writing has appeared in the New YorkDaily News and the Los AngelesTimes. He hosts the podcast, “The Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz.”.

D.X. Ferris is an award-winning writer, Pittsburgh native, and Ohio resident. He has written for Rolling Stone and Alternative Press. He wrote books about Slayer and leadership. This is his ninth. He is plotting a heel turn. 

SWORN ENEMY UNVEILS MUSIC VIDEO “COMING UNDONE”

*NEW ROB FLYNN-PRODUCED ALBUM, GAMECHANGER, DUE APRIL 5TH***U.S. TOUR KICKS OFF APRIL 26TH**

Photo Credit: Ms. Dezevil

Metallic hardcore heavyweights SWORN ENEMY return with a vengeance on their venomous new record “Gamechanger,” due out next Friday, April 5. Produced by Robb Flynn (Machine Head) and mixed/mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Warbringer), the hard-knuckled album expertly fuses metal, thrash and New York hardcore.

On the heels of the well-received first single “Prepare For Payback,” which earlier this month cracked the SiriusXM Liquid Metal Devil’s Dozen request countdown, the band is proud to unveil a second new track, “Coming Undone.”

Available now for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms, the song is also being offered as an instant download with all digital pre-orders of “Gamechanger.” (Physical pre-orders on CD and limited-edition blue splatter vinyl are available at www.m-theoryaudio.com or www.swornenemy.bandcamp.com). 

Check out a music video for “Coming Undone” at https://youtu.be/fYG3ewY_2DE, directed by Bryan Bishop of Digital Thunderdome Productions (https://www.digitalthunderdome.com

“It’s been a while since Sworn Enemy had a chance to film a video and we are pretty stoked the way ‘Coming Undone’ came out,” cites singer Sal Lococco. “Hope you all dig it!” 

SWORN ENEMY will spend much of 2019 touring in support of “Gamechanger,” beginning with a series of record-release shows along the East Coast. From there, the band will join forces with thrash legends Sacred Reich for a number of performances across America. See below for the group’s current itinerary.

Additional dates – including the band’s first shows of the year in Europe – are in the works. SWORN ENEMY was first signed by Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta, who released the group’s first two EPs on his Stillborn Recordings label in 2001 and 2002. He also produced the band’s full-length debut, “As Real As It Gets,” memorably praised by Lambgoat as “music that inspires you to want to beat the living piss out of the next unsuspecting person who walks in the room.”

The album was released by Elektra Records in 2003, a year that saw the band deliver memorable performances on tour with Ozzfest. In the 15 years since, SWORN ENEMY released four additional albums of punishing metallic hardcore and toured with a number of notable acts, including Anthrax, Mastodon, Fear Factory, Sepultura, Suicide Silence, Dying Fetus, Earth Crisis, Madball, Biohazard and Hatebreed. 

SWORN ENEMY live (more dates TBA)

4/26 Brooklyn, NY – The Kingsland

4/27 Falls Church, VA – VFW 9274

4/28 Brockton, MA – Dylan’s

5/4  Denver, CO – Streets *

5/5  Kansas City, MO – Riot Room *

5/17 Mansfield, OH – Belcher’s House of Rock

5/18 Indianapolis, IN – The Citadel *

5/20 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *

5/22 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues *

5/23 Houston, TX – Scout Bar *

5/24 Dallas, TX – Trees *

5/25 San Antonio, TX – Rock Box *

5/27 Yuma, AZ – Prison Hill

5/28 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick ^

5/29 Oakland, CA – Metro ^

5/31 Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater #

6/1  Phoenix, AZ – Club Red #

6/2  Albuquerque, NM – Red Velvet Underground

6/5  Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone

6/6  Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge

6/7  Pittsburgh, PA – Black Forge Coffee House 2

6/8  Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts

* w/ Sacred Reich^ w/ Sacred Reich, Excel# w/ Sacred Reich, Vio-Lence, Excel, Yidhra

ANDY BLACK RELEASES “THE PROMISE” NEW ALBUM “THE GHOST OF OHIO” ARRIVES APRIL 12

NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINING TOUR KICKS OFF APRIL 7th IN SACRAMENTO

With two weeks to go before the arrival of much-anticipated album THE GHOST OF OHIO (Lava/Republic), singer-songwriter Andy Black has released new track “The Promise” – click HERE to listen and HERE for the lyric video.

“’The Promise’ was inspired by my days spent driving from my neighborhood on the west side of Cincinnati and heading towards the city and into northern Kentucky where I spent almost all of my teenage years in bands, working on a dream,” says Black. “Every day I would use that drive as a chance to plan and think and hope and wish that one day I would be able to make music and tour the world. Over the years that dream has remained, but like all of us as we grow up, often our interests and methods change over time. This song is about trying to remain true to what you wanted the most when you had nothing and keeping that very same passion and drive close to your heart.”

“The Promise” is the third song Black’s released over the course of the past several weeks following lead single “Westwood Road” (which has amassed over 1.5 million YouTube views) and title track “The Ghost Of Ohio” and all three songs are available as instant downloads by clicking HERE to pre-order The Ghost Of Ohio ahead of its April 12th release date.

The Ghost Of Ohio sees Black re-teaming with Grammy nominated producer John Feldmann (Blink-182, Panic! at the Disco), who helmed 2016’s acclaimed debut The Shadow Side.

Black discussed the album during a recent interview with Build – click HERE to watch.

Black, who’s always had a reverence for the magical convergence of sight and sound, created the diverse album to also serve as a soundtrack for its graphic novel counterpart, marrying melancholy themes with upbeat rock and pop to tell the tale of someone who died young and whose spirit inhabits an area for a hundred years looking for ways to connect. The album’s artwork was painted by Eliran Kantor (Iced Earth, Testament).

Black will support the new album with The Ghost of North America Tour, a headlining run that will kick off April 7th at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA (see itinerary below).

Don’t miss your chance to experience Andy Black’s The Ghost of North America Tour.

Dates are as follows:

Apr. 07: Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Apr. 09: Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Apr. 10: Portland, OR – Hawthorne
Apr. 12: Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl
Apr. 13: Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre 
Apr. 14: Phoenix, AZ – The Nile Theatre
Apr. 16: Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Apr. 17: Denver, CO – The Gothic
Apr. 19: Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
Apr. 20: San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
Apr. 22: Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Apr. 23: Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
Apr. 25: Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts 
Apr. 26: Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
Apr. 29: Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
Apr. 30: Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
May 01: New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
May 03: Worcester, MA – The Palladium 
May 04: Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
May 06: Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation
May 07: Chicago, IL – Metro
May 08: Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater 
May 10: Cleveland, OH – Phantasy Nightclub
May 11: Detroit, MI – The Majestic 
May 13: Toronto, ON – The Opera House 
May 15: Montreal, QC – L’Astral 
May 16: Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts 
May 17: Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27

LAMB OF GOD to Release “Ashes Of The Wake – 15th Anniversary Edition” on May 3, 2019

Vinyl Pre-Order Available Now via www.lamb-of god.comCatch LAMB OF GOD on Slayer’s Final World Tour, Leg 5: North America, Beginning May 2

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of their classic album, Ashes Of The Wake, heavy rock icons LAMB OF GOD are pleased to announce that the album is set to be re-released on double-vinyl with four non-LP tracks, including the B-Side “Another Nail For Your Coffin” and three previously unreleased demos. 

Ashes Of The Wake – 15th Anniversary Editiondouble-vinyl will street on May 3, 2019. Each double-vinyl will include a download card, and is manufactured on limited Green Smoke vinyl for the LAMB OF GOD store only! Additional retailers will carry standard black vinyl. A digital version will also be available on all DSP’s.

Pre-order Ashes Of The Wake – 15thAnniversary Edition now via https://legacyrecordings.lnk.to/AshesOfTheWake15

LAMB OF GOD are currently gearing up to support headlining legends Slayer on the Leg 5: North America portion of their final world tour, beginning May 2 at the Ak-Chin Amphitheatre in Phoenix, AZ. The tour will culminate at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA on May 25. 

LAMB OF GODAmon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse will support Slayer on all Leg 5: North America dates. Tickets, LAMB OF GOD VIP Side Stage and VIP Merch upgrade packages are available now via http://lamb-of-god.com/tour.   

Slayer Final World Tour – Leg 5: North America dates:

5/2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Amphitheatre

5/3 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheatre

5/5 – El Paso, TX @ UTEP/Don Haskins Center

5/7 – Edinburg, TX @ Bert Ogden Arena

5/8 – Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

5/10 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

5/11 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre

5/13 – Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena

5/14 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

5/16 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

5/17 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre

5/19 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Center

5/20 – Youngstown, OH @ Covelli Centre

5/22 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre

5/24 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion

5/25 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center 

LAMB OF GOD is also scheduled to perform at Domination Mexico Festival in Mexico City on May 4 and Sonic Temple Festival, taking place at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH on May 18. The band will begin a run of European festivals and headline dates on June 13.

For dates and info visit http://lamb-of-god.com/tour.

Rammstein Release “Deutschland” Single & Video

RAMMSTEIN

“DEUTSCHLAND” SINGLE & VIDEO OUT NOW

NEW ALBUM OUT MAY 17TH, AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER FROM MARCH 28TH

RAMMSTEIN has released “DEUTSCHLAND,” the first single from the band’s long awaited seventh album, due out May 17 on Caroline Records in the U.S. and available for pre-order now.

Accompanied by a video directed by SPECTER BERLIN that can be seenhere “DEUTSCHLAND” is the first music to revealed from the first new RAMMSTEIN studio album since 2009’s LIEBE IST FÜR ALLE DA.

The new album is produced by Olsen Involtini with RAMMSTEIN. 

RAMMSTEIN is CHRISTOPH SCHNEIDER, FLAKE LORENZ, OLIVER RIEDEL, PAUL LANDERS, RICHARD Z. KRUSPE, and TILL LINDEMANN.

Live Nation and SGE Present Rockstar Energy Drink DISRUPT FESTIVAL

FeaturingThe Used, Thrice,Circa Survive, Sum 41,The Story So Far, Atreyu,Sleeping With Sirens, Meg & Dia and more, in select cities  Tickets On Sale Starting This Friday, March 29that 10am Local Time

Featuring some of the biggest bands in rock as well as the genre’s rising stars, The Rockstar Energy Drink DISRUPT Festival is a brand-new music experience making its debut across North America this summer. The touring festival will feature unique line-ups in each city, with performances varying from artists including The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41, The Story So Far, Atreyu, Sleeping With Sirens, Andy Black, Four Year Strong, Memphis May Fire, Trophy Eyes, Meg & Dia, Juliet Simms and Hyro The Hero. Please visit rockstardisrupt.com for full line-up details by city. The 25-city rock roadshow of the summer will kick off June 21st in Dallas, TX at the Dos Equis Pavilion and make stops in Austin, Atlanta, Toronto, Denver and more, before wrapping July 28th  in Albuquerque, NM at the Isleta Amphitheater. 

Fans will be immersed into a full-day interactive experience where they will not only be able to see some of their favorite bands live, but will also be exposed to the latest in lifestyle brands and pop-up activations. The entire festival will take place across two incredible stages, allowing fans to experience all of their must-see artists in one rock-filled day. Fans who bring any empty 16 ounce can of Rockstar Energy Drink to recycle at the main gate will have the opportunity to skip the line and be entered to win a signed festival guitar and exclusive meet & greet with festival headliners. 

Tickets for DISRUPT will go on sale beginning this Friday, March 29th at 10am local time. A full list of dates and ticket links can be found at rockstardisrupt.com. Citi is the official presale credit card for the tourAs such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, March 26th at 12pm local time until Thursday, March 28th at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.  

Rockstar Energy Drink DISRUPT Festival Dates

June 21 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion

June 22 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater

June 23 – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

June 25 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre at S. Florida Fairground

June 26 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds

June 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheare at Lakewood

June 29 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion

July 2 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

July 3 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage

July 5 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center

July 6 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

July 7 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre

July 9 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live

July 10 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre

July 12 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

July 13 – Thornville, OH @ Legend Valley

July 14 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

July 15 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

July 17 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre*

July 20 – Irvine, CA @ Five Point Amphitheater presented by Mercury Insurance

July 23 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre

July 24 – Boise, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Amphitheatre

July 26 – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

July 27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion

July 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater 

*not a Live Nation date DISRUPT is presented by Live Nation and Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE).

CD Review: Megadeth “Warheads On Forheads”

“Warheads On Foreheads”

Megadeth

UMe

Tracks: 35

Our Score: 3 out of 5 Stars

MEGADETH celebrate their 35th Anniversary with the release of Warheads On Foreheads, a 35-track, career retrospective. The anthology spans the bands entire studio recording career, from their first album “Killing Is My Business…” to their 2017 GRAMMY® Award winning release “Dystopia”. The collection of songs is available as a 3-CD set, a 4-LP set and a digital edition via UMe Recordings. A limited edition, four-LP set pressed on silver colored vinyl will be available exclusively through the band’s online store.

For those of you looking for a career spanning collection of songs from one of the Big 4 of trash look no further than the recently released “Warheads On Foreheads” collection from the one and only Megadeth. The three CD, four LP set includes all the songs Megadeth fans have come to love over the past thirty five years. Chronologically arranged Disc 1 includes songs such as “Mechanix”, “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good” and “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”. Disc Two includes tracks like the shred-tastic “Hangar 18” and from the bands 1992 release “Countdown to Extinction” the songs “Symphony of Destruction” and “Sweating Bullets”. Disc 3 covers the bands recordings from 1997 “Cryptic Writings” up to 2016’s “Dystopia”. Here listeners can find tracks like “Trust”, “Head Crusher” and my person favorite “Public Enemy No. 1”.
 
Production and Packaging is top notch as the 3-CD set comes packaged in a multi fold case complete with linear notes booklet. Sonically the collection features a universal mix across each of the three discs making for a great listening experience be it in the car, on your home stereo or through headphones. The piece I found lacking in this collection is there really is nothing new for longtime fans of the band. Aside from some new artwork that is it. In a career compilation such as this I would have thought including an unreleased performance video or behind the scenes footage would be a no brainer givings collectors a reason to buy the release but sadly that is not the case. If you have never bought a Megadeth album before then “Warheads on Foreheads” is the perfect pickup to get your feet wet however, unless you’re a collection completist I would skip this as it contains no new or unreleased material.  
 

3-CD TRACK LISTING

DISC 1
1. Rattlehead
2. Mechanix
3. Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!
4. The Conjuring
5. Wake Up Dead
6. Devils Island
7. Good Mourning / Black Friday
8. Set The World Afire
9. In My Darkest Hour
10. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due
 
DISC 2
1. Hangar 18
2. Tornado Of Souls
3. Rust In Peace…Polaris
4. Five Magics
5. Take No Prisoners
6. Skin O’ My Teeth
7. Angry Again
8. Symphony Of Destruction
9. Sweating Bullets
10. A Tout Le Monde
11. Train Of Consequences
12. Reckoning Day
 
DISC 3
1. Trust
2. She-Wolf
3. Wanderlust
4. Dread and the Fugitive Mind
5. Blackmail The Universe
6. Washington Is Next!
7. Head Crusher
8. Public Enemy No. 1
9. Kingmaker
10. The Threat Is Real
11. Poisonous Shadows
12. Death From Within
13. Dystopia

Death Angel To Release “Humanicide” On May 31st

DEATH ANGEL TO RELEASE 9TH ALBUM, ‘HUMANICIDE,’ ON MAY 31ST*PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM & STREAM THE TITLE TRACK NOW!*

Bay Area thrash metal legends DEATH ANGEL will release their long-awaited 9th full-length album, Humanicide, on May 31st with Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has unveiled the artwork, tracklisting and the record’s first new single, the title track, via visualizer. The new record will be preceded by DEATH ANGEL’s U.S. tour withOVERKILL and ACT OF DEFIANCE.

WATCH THE VISUALIZER FOR “HUMANICIDE”: https://youtu.be/OVDEMDxNNrQ 

With their forthcoming album HumanicideDEATH ANGEL has maintained their throne in the universe of Thrash while still managing to remain progressive in their style. They apply a wide variety of different elements to their music, always pushing to add newness to their sound. This time around they’ve included everything from acoustic bits, to guest musicians, to even (for the first time) the notes of a piano. All 10 songs flow seamlessly yet each leaves its own distinct impression.

The first single and title track “Humanicide” triumphantly represents the entirety of the album, immediately energizing the listener. Osegueda remarks: 

“I wanted to write something that metal fans could really grasp onto. Something dark and intense, that still makes sense. Right now I think it’s so apparent that the earth is in a sickened state.” “When I wrote the music for our song “Humanicide,” I was shooting for an album opener that would have all the elements of an epic thrash opus.  This meant a classic metal style intro leading into a ferocious “Bay Area Thrash Riff-o-Rama” complete with a crazy middle build up section to ramp up the circle pit until it’s all whipped up into a frenzy by the time the frenetic guitar solo hits, then concluding with a maniacal musical section leading into the outro.  All it needed was the lyrics and vocal delivery to match the intensity and Mark went above and beyond the call of duty!  Some of his best work in my opinion.  One of my favorite DA songs for sure, it feels like the follow up to our song “Thrown to the Wolves”.  Can’t wait to play it live!” – Rob Cavestany 

For the 4th album cycle in a row, DEATH ANGEL returned to their producer and friend Jason Suecof (DEICIDE, TRIVIUM) of Audiohammer studios for the recording and mixing, along with the mastering of the legendary Ted Jensen (SLIPKNOT, PANTERA) of Sterling Sound who added the final touches and brought it all to life, with artist Brent Elliott White (LAMB OF GOD, MEGADETH) providing the ominous cover artwork.  

“I’m ecstatic to present Death Angel’s 9th studio album, Humanicide.  This collection of songs represents the band in its current state – united, vital, intense and (still) hungry like the wolf!  I wanted this record to be quite diverse stylistically while obviously keeping with the parameters of metal.  DA has been known to push the envelope and we absolutely did this time.  So many emotions expressed through our music, very much looking forward to adding these songs into our live set list.  As I savor this rare feeling of satisfaction, we proudly unleash this beast upon thee!” – Rob Cavestany 

Visit DEATH ANGEL for more information:https://www.deathangel.us/

CD Review: Masked Intruder “III”

“III”

Masked Intruder

Pure Noise Records

Producers: Roger Lima/Mike Kennerty

Tracks: 12

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

Masked Intruder return with the follow up release to their 2016 EP “Love and Other Crimes” simply titled “III” the album consists of 12 brand new tracks which were produced by Roger Lima (Less Than Jake) and Mike Kennerty (All American Rejects) at The Moat House in Gainesville, FL. “III” is the bands second release and first full-length album to be released via Pure Noise Records.

Intruder Red, Yellow, Blue and Green are back terrorizing your neighborhood with their latest album “III” but, have no fear Officer Bradford is in hot pursuit attempting to retrieve your valuables. Packed full of tongue and cheek lyrics and pogo ensuing punk rhythms “III” is an enjoyable listen from beginning to end. Tracks like “No Case” and “I’m Free (At Last)” are spewing over with energy and laughable subject matter while tracks like “All Of My Love” and “Stay With Me Tonight” cover more emotional topics set perfectly against the bands signature pop-punk style.

If you had a chance to catch the band on one of their many recent tours then you already know just how fun the band is live. “III” captures that same energy and enjoyment over the course of its twelve tracks giving you that same experience listen after listen. The only thing missing is a partially dressed Officer Bradford as the colorfully masked four piece have taken their musicality to another level with their latest offering.        

Track Listing:

1.) No Case

2.) Mine All Mine

3.) All of My Love

4.) Just So You Know

5.) I’m Free (At Last)

6.) Please Come Back To Me

7.) B & E

8.) Maybe Even

9.) Not Fair

10.) Stay With Me Tonight

11.) Dream a Little Dream

12.) I’ll Be Back Again Someday

…AND JUSTICE FOR ART: STORIES ABOUT HEAVY METAL ALBUM COVERS – VOLUME 2: Available Now

New Art Book Featuring Amorphis, Metallica, Slayer, Black Sabbath, Behemoth, Judas Priest, Opeth, Obituary, And More

Veteran metal/rock journalist, Ramón “Oscuro” Martos, has finally published his eagerly awaited metal art book, …AND JUSTICE FOR ART: STORIES ABOUT HEAVY METAL ALBUM COVERS – VOLUME 2. This one-of-a-kind collection of graphics and stories reveals all the particulars behind the making of now-legendary album art including Slayer’s Hell Awaits, Judas Priest’s Screaming For Vengeance, Morbid Angel’s Altars Of Madness, Metallica’s Death Magnetic, Black Sabbath’s Heaven And Hell, Queensrÿche’s Operation: Mindcrime, Emperor’s In The Nightside Eclipse, Death’s The Sound Of Perseverance, Type Of Negative’s Bloody Kisses, Carcass’ Surgical Steel, Amorphis’ Tales From The Thousand Lakes, Soulfly’s Archangel, Behemoth’s The Satanist, Opeth’s Sorceress, and many others. 

The stories behind these iconic works are told through more than one-hundred exclusive interviews with metal icons like Max Cavalera (Soulfly), Jeff Walker (Carcass), Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer), K.K. Downing (ex-Judas Priest), Satyr (Satyricon), David Vincent (ex-Morbid Angel), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Luc Lemay (Gorguts), Ihsahn (Emperor), Paul Mazurkiewicz (Cannibal Corpse), Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed), and so many more. Additionally, the collection features insightful interviews with legendary illustrators such as Eliran Kantor, Dan Seagrave, Travis Smith, Valnoir, and Costin Chioreanu, who also designed the book’s stunning front cover. 

“This new book features 252 color pages and more than 400 images. It provides firsthand information about hundreds of graphics, which are presented in extremely high quality,” Ramon Oscuro comments. “Although this is a direct continuation of the first volume published in 2015, it’s also a true standalone book. Readers will be able to discover images and stories that haven’t been published until now. This volume is the product of three years of intense work and insightful research. Working on it was an amazing experience.” 

Several musicians have expressed their enthusiasm for the …AND JUSTICE FOR ART book series. Soulfly’s Max Cavalera — who penned the new book’s foreword — has thanked the author, “for helping to keep alive the ritual of the album cover.” Vltimas/ex-Morbid Angel frontman, David Vincent crowned …AND JUSTICE FOR ART, “a historical document about the importance of metal album covers.” Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan proclaims, “this is exactly what the music world needs to remind us how important album covers have been to all of us that grew up surrounding ourselves with physical media.” 

…AND JUSTICE FOR ART – VOLUME 2 was funded through a successful crowdfunding campaign launched by Oscuro via Indiegogo. The current edition is limited to 300 copies and is exclusively available at THIS LOCATION. Each copy is personally signed by the author.View the book’s teaser video at THIS LOCATION.

Amon Amarth reveal Details For New Album “Berserker”

Launches video for first single, “Raven’s Flight”, featuring Josh Barnett (ex-UFC), Erick Rowan (WWE), and more

On May 3rd, Amon Amarth will release their 11th full-length, Berserker, via Metal Blade Records (North America)/Sony Music (International)! For a preview of the album, the video for the first single, “Raven’s Flight”, can be viewed at:http://www.amonamarth.com

Directed by Roboshobo, “Raven’s Flight” will be the first of a trilogy of music videos from Berserker, each one increasingly epic in its scope, further immersing the viewer in the world of Amon Amarth. Much like the songs on Berserker, the videos present Amon Amarth to its fullest. The cast features Josh Barnett as “the Berserker” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Barnett) and Erick Rowan as “Thor” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erick_Rowan), among others. 

To pre-order Berserker, please visit amonamarth.lnk.to/berserker – where the album is available in the following formats: 
–digipak-CD
–deluxe box set [digipak-CD, shield (~12″x12″), patch (~4″x4″) – limited to 500 copies in US] 
–opaque white w/ black splatter vinyl (limited to 1200 copies) 
–opaque white w/ silver haze vinyl (retail exclusive – limited to 1300 copies) 
–clear w/ red splatter vinyl (webstore exclusive – limited to 750 copies) 
–black w/ red haze vinyl (webstore exclusive – limited to 750 copies) 

Comprising 12 monstrous heavy metal anthems that bulge with irresistible melodic hooks, bursts of thrilling savagery and moments of spine-tingling dynamic drama, Berserker is the result of the huge surge of creativity and a collective desire to keep moving forward with no compromise.

From the disarming melodrama and explosive riffing of opener “Fafner’s Gold” and the brutish simplicity of the rampaging “Crack The Sky” to the epic fury of “Raven’s Flight” and the grim, gritty storytelling of “Ironside” and “Skoll and Hati”, Berserker is an album full of trademark Amon Amarth bluster and bite but with every aspect of the band’s sound somehow refined, sonically enhanced and made vastly more potent, both in terms of metal oomph and emotional power.

Neatly summing up the spirit behind these exhilarating new songs is the album’s semi-title track, “The Berserker At Stamford Bridge”: a visceral but vivid historical tale, recounting the Vikings last stand against the English army in 1066 and the mind-bending heroics of one axe-wielding warrior. 

Showcasing an undeniable and startling upgrade for every aspect of Amon Amarth‘s iconic sound, Berserker was recorded in Los Angeles with renowned studio guru Jay Ruston (Anthrax/Stone Sour) manning the controls. After recording several rounds of professional demos for the new songs (initially with fellow Swedish metal icon Peter Tägtgren and then later with Ruston himself) the band crossed the Atlantic to make final the recordings in LA, eager to take a fresh approach to the album-making process. 

“For me, this is Amon Amarth 2.0,” vocalist Johan Hegg declares. “I think what we’ve done here is give ourselves the space to explore other parts of our musicality and who we are as a band. If you’re content with where you’re at, what’s the point of continuing? We always want to come up with new ideas and find new ways of doing things and to create bigger and better shows and really try to improve every aspect of what the band is. We want to try to keep growing and to do this for as long as we have the possibility to do so, because this is the best fucking job in the world.”

The cast for “Raven’s Flight” also features Tess Kielhammer as “Demon Boss” (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4178569/), Shanie Rusth as “Shield Maiden” (https://www.herexchange.net/her-story/2018/9/11/shanie-rusth), Erik Arevalo (https://www.instagram.com/theerikhammer/?hl=en), Victor Henry (https://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Victor-Henry-52195), and Canadian WWE legend Viktor as “Demon Henchman” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor), and many more. 

Animals As Leaders Announce “10 Year Anniversary” Tour Line Up

’10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY’ US HEADLINE TOUR FULL BILL ANNOUNCED
The Contortionist Special Guests On All Dates
Buke and Gase, Evan Marien & Dana Hawkins and Moon ToothTo Each Appear At Select Dates

‘Camping With Animals’ Music Masters Camp To Take Place in Big Indian, NY July 16 – 19 2019

Animals As Leaders have announced the full line up for their upcoming ’10 Year Anniversary Tour’ of the USA. The Contortionist will be main support on all dates and Buke and Gase,Evan Marien & Dana Hawkins and Moon Tooth will join as the opening act, each on select dates (full list of dates and supports below). The 18 date tour will kick off on May 1st in Tickets for the 10 Year Anniversary Tour are on sale now from animalsasleaders.org\

For the last decade Animals As Leaders have risen to become celebrated heroes of their respective instruments. Tosin Abasi [guitar], Javier Reyes [guitar], and Matt Garstka [drums] have spent the last decade reimagining and reinventing instrumental prog, experimental metal, modern jazz and alternative creating complex, heavy and emotive musical landscapes to mass acclaim from fans and critics. Along the way, the trio has earned acclaim from the likes of Consequence of SoundRevolver,Ultimate Guitar, and Rolling Stone. 

Consistently delivering a captivating show, they have toured alongside Deftones,Between The Buried And Me and Periphery.
Animals As Leaders are also hosting their ‘Camping With Animals’ Music Masters Camp at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian in New York this July (16th-19th). An all-inclusive summer vacation masterclass program that offers instrument specific intensive masterclasses –  Guitar With Tosin Abasi Drums With Matt Garstka Guitar & Production With Javier Reyes as well as sessions such as ‘How to Use Technology for Self-Improvement, Writing and Recording’, exclusive performances from Animals As Leaders, special guests, group writing sessions and open panel discussions. Full information and tickets can be found at campingwithanimals.org


ANIMALS AS LEADERS ’10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR’W/ Special Guests The Contortionist

Wed May 01 – San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theater

*Thu May 02 – Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Bar & Grill

*Mon May 06 – Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theater

**Tue May 07 – Los Angeles, CA Mayan

**Wed May 08 – San Francisco, CA Regency Grand

**Fri May 10 – Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom

**Sat May 11 – Seattle, WA El Corazon

**Tue May 14 – Lawrence, KS Granada

*Wed May 15 – Minneapolis, MN Skyway

*Thu May 16 – Chicago, IL House of Blues

*Fri May 17 – Pittsburgh, PA Roxian Theatre

*Sat May 18 – Toronto, ON Opera House

***Sun May 19 – Philadelphia, PA TLA

***Mon May 20 – Boston, MA Paradise

***Tue May 21 – New York, NY Irving Plaza

***Thu May 23 – Atlanta, GA Masquerade

***Fri May 24 – Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom

***Sat May 25 – Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall

* Buke and Gase ** Evan Marien & Dana Hawkins *** Moon Tooth