PRC MUSIC signs HEREZA

herezanews1Croatia’s best Death Metal band HEREZA (“Heresy”) will be releasing its debut album “Misanthrope” through PRC MUSIC in the first quarter of 2015.

HEREZA is churning out old school Death Metal a la ENTOMBED, ENTRAILS, BLOODBATH etc. Solid, brutal and uber catchy… this is one hell of a band to discover!

You can stream the first single “Misanthrope” right here:
https://soundcloud.com/prcmusic/hereza-misanthrope

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Illuminate Me Announce Tour w/ Prepared Like a Bride and More

ts3b_bridetour_1(Tampa, FL) – The punk/thrash band Illuminate Me has announced new dates for a November North American tour. The Tampa, FL natives will hit the road with progressive metalcore band Prepared Like A Bride. Additional acts on the bill include Colossus and Darkness Divided. There are more dates expected to be added soon.

Illuminate Me recently released their debut album I Have Become A Corpse via Tragic Hero Records. The eleven song record features guest vocalists Garret Rapp (The Color Morale), Landon Tewers (The Plot In You), and Jerry Roush (Glass Cloud). It also won ‘Album of the Week’ on RevolverMag.com and beat out Suicide Silence, Volumes, Betraying The Martyrs, and Rise Against.

Tour Dates:
11/1 – Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe
11/3 – Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
11/8 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s
11/12 – Orlando, FL @ Bombshell
11/16 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
11/17 – Trenton, NJ @ Championship
11/18 Bronx, NY @ Coco 66
11/20 – Montreal, Quebec @ Pirhana Bar
11/21 – Ottawa, Ontario @ Cafe Dekcuf
11/22 Belleville, Ontario @ Parkdale Community
11/23 – Utica, MI @ Higher Ground
11/24 Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
MORE DATES COMING SOON

ts3b_croppedsmaller_1About Illuminate Me:
Illuminate Me is a 5-piece Punk / Metalcore act based across Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The band originated as a beginning studio project under the brothers, Chris and Corey Jacobsen, to work on mixing and writing. Christopher Murray (ex-Sailing With Ghosts) contacted the band after hearing their music online. He added his own vocals to the recordings and after sending them to the group they knew they had found the right voice for their songs. The trio then released their debut EP titled Crawlspace digitally. This caught the attention of the South Florida music scene so the three decided to add more members and make it a full live band. Kevin Hatton and Anthony Burke then joined along and performed across all of Florida and the Southeastern states putting on a live show that would be deemed “intense” and “energetic” by their peers. Their debut LP I Have Become a Corpse was released via Tragic Hero Records on July 15th and features some of the best guest vocalists in the business such as Garret Rapp (The Color Morale), Jerry Roush (Glasscloud), and Landon Tewers (The Plot In You). You can catch Illuminate Me on tour throughout 2014.

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War of Ages join Battlecross on Winter Warriors Tour

warofbattlecross1This November, War of Ages are joining forces with Battlecross and Wretched on the Winter Warriors Tour, paying tribute to the military with special events throughout the tour. Tickets on sale this Friday!

Nov 26 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache at The Intersection
Nov 28 – Erie, PA @ BT Theater
Nov 30 – St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
Dec 2 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
Dec 3 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
Dec 4 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
Dec 5 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
Dec 6 – Lubbock, TX @ Backstage
Dec 7 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Dec 8 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
Dec 9 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go-Go
Dec 10 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Dec 11 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Dec 12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline Sports Lounge
Dec 13 – Sparks, NV @ The Alley
Dec 15 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Dec 16 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershcok
Dec 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Nether Bar
Dec 18 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Dec 19 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
Dec 20 – Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
Dec 26 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Dec 27 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
Dec 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Dec 29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Dec 30 – Worcester, MA @ Upstairs at The Palladium

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Faithsedge: Pure Hard Rockin’ Insanity

faithsedgeband1Faithsedge is a heavy Heavy Metal / Hard Rock / Progressive project started by singer / songwriter Giancarlo Floridia in Huntington Beach, California, in early 2009. Their second explosive magnum opus entitled The Answer Of Insanity has been unleashed worldwide through Scarlet Records. A stunning collaborative effort featuring the participation of noted musicians such as Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Lukather/Alice Cooper), Alex De Rosso (Dokken), Tony Morra (Rebecca St James/Van Zant) and Eric Ragno (Eric Martin/Graham Bonnet) – The Answer Of Insanity is a thrilling masterwork that should really connect with all types of music aficionados. Here is an interview we conducted with founder Giancarlo Floridia to find out more about the modern day Faithsedge and their pure hard rockin’ insanity. Read on…

faithedge2014_1_400x600Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Faithsedge, and how long the band has been together.
Hi I’m Giancarlo Floridia and I and the lead singer / songwriter for Faithsedge and of course I play guitar on the records too. The first record came out in 2011 and I’ve kept it going since.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
I was born and raised in California but I think I would consider us a more international / Europe based outfit. The scene in the states in pretty bad among melodic rock / metal / prog rock for new artist so I focus on overseas but I am trying to represent the music I grew up on as a kid the best that I can here in America. My lead guitar player Alex De Rosso and my new producer Alessandro Del Vecchio is also located in Italy so I try to juggle being an American / Italiano style the best I can! Ha!

Is there any story or concept behind the CD title The Answer Of Insanity?
I came up with the title right away when I started writing it.The meaning stands for a response of someone who no longer thinks strait in their mind or thinks dark because of the things they have seen and they start to embrace that darkness. It’s a group of different stories of things that have happened to me since I was kid and up until now and I figured it was a demon that needed to be removed from my life so I could move on with my life and now with the next record. I am glad I did I think the lyrics came out great!

Select two songs from The Answer Of Insanity and what inspired the lyrics.
Revolve My World” is cool it’s about someone who is raised in an abusive house hold and they become addicted to it later in life and always stay in that type of scenario in their relationships. They can’t live without that insanity and will even die for it.

“Pray For This ” probably my fav concept I’ve ever done so far it’s about asking the universe or God to give you something and you get back something dark and destructive that you have to deal with and it makes you look in the mirror and ask what happened to your life. It’s about a selfish prayer I said when I was 16 and ended up getting what I asked for and it almost completely destroyed my life.

How does The Answer Of Insanity compare to previous album?
Better lyrics , better and more aggressive lead vocals, the band sounds tighter and I just worked much harder on it. I also like how it’s really it’s own thing and not following a certain style you have a mix of so many things going on whereas the first album was much more arena rock/ 80′s and I think this one is just more honest.

answerinsanity1Who did the artwork for The Answer Of Insanity and how much input did you have on it?
I worked on it with someone and I had came up with the idea of the cover with the title . The title was originally scrapped for some reason and then I told the label about it and they loved it. It just shows you to follow your gut the first time. We shot the photos for it here in Fullerton, CA.. I am glad people like it. I get asked a lot about it.

How did Alex De Rosso of Dokken become involved with Faithsedge and what has it been like working with him?
Fabrizio Grossi got him involved when I started the first Faithsedge album. He told me Alex would be perfect for the project and he was right. Alex is amazing and his solo’s and style fit perfectly with this band . Matter of fact, he is so amazing that when I write these albums I base it upon that he will be playing leads and I always keep that in my mind when I work on a song because to hear him do a solo is always something amazing! What can I say – I’m always learning from his playing style!! Simply awesome!

Who are some the other members of the current lineup for Faithsedge?
Well of course Fabrzio Grossi played bass and produced it, Tony Morra tore it up on the drums, and of course I was fortunate enough to have two of melodic rocks best Alessandro Del Vecchio and Eric Ragno both to play keys on it.

What could one expect from a live Faithsedge show in 2014 and beyond?
Everyone ask me that. I am hoping the next record will take us to the next level to where we can do so. Lets see what happens.

If you could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Well thats easy Rolling Stones cause they play stadiums!! haha!! But fit wise maybe Judas Priest or Maiden would be cool.

Are you involved with any other bands or projects outside of Faithsedge?
Yes I play in a cover band for fun in Cali and that’s going well, but yea, Faithsedge is my concern for my writing and getting my stuff out . It’s my life long dream to do what I’m doing .

What’s up next for Faithsedge?
Well I can now let everyone know that we will have a couple of changes on the next album. I am done with all the music and will finish and refine all the lyrics up until I go to Italy next year to record at Alessandro’s studio as he will be taking over the project. We all also have two new band members on bass and drums and I will release that info maybe around Jan / Feb next year. It’s gonna be really cool with these guys coming on board and I know everyone is going to get really excited when they find out who they both are, gonna be awesome! But yes, we will let everyone know about that early next year and hopefully the third album will be out around Christmas 2015.

Any final words of wisdom?
No matter how bad life can be try to find a way to believe in yourself and fight back!

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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Countdown to Knotfest: Meet A Few of the Bands Here!

knotfest2Slipknot’s KNOTFEST – – the most cutting edge heavy festival in America– is taking place October 24-26 at the San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA. From the Slipknot-curated Slipknot Museum to an onsite tattoo parlor, flaming carnival games, and even the unforgettable Scent of KNOTFEST, the festival promises an epic experience for Maggots and metalheads even apart from the five stages of earsplitting music. Here are a few of the bands ready to leave an indelible impression on the attendees of the almighty KNOTFEST. Read on…

DevilDriver

Photo Credit: Jack Lue

Photo Credit: Jack Lue

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
Dez Fafara Front man of DevilDriver & Coal Chamber / Born & Raised in California.

What are you looking forward to the most about Knotfest?
Well it’s very close to my house , I’m looking forward to having my family , wife , kids , brothers , sisters out to watch the show as well watch some of the other great bands !

Have you ever seen Slipknot live and if so, what was the experience like?
Yes , My band Coal Chamber took SLIPKNOT on their 1st USA TOUR so I’m very familiar with the band . They are fun to watch live .

What could one expect from your live show at Knotfest?
Expect 100% pure Energy , DEVILDRIVER has a very punk aspect to what we do . No frills just music the crowd and Us .

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
WinterKills is DevilDriver’s latest CD , the title was inspired by the change in seasons as it relates to the change in our lives .

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Clouds over CALIFORNIA – inspired by the California wildfires which displaced my family not once but twice .
End of The Line – inspired by the drive to do what others say can’t be done .

Any strange or unusual happenings in the past while out on the road or at a show?
NOPE just a lot of travel and road work , making music etc . For now I’m off the road with Family and enjoying home time .

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Be killer to play with AC/DC , we’ve done festivals with them but a tour would be killer !

Any final words of wisdom for Knotfest attendees this year?
Have a good time , enjoy all the killer bands !!!

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Exmortus

Photo by: Jack Lue

Photo by: Jack Lue

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
I am Conan, lead vocalist and guitarist of Exmortus. We hail from Whittier, CA.

What are you looking forward to the most about Knotfest?
Strangely enough, I really look forward to the stench of Knotfest. It will be a most interesting memory in the future. *laughs*

Have you ever seen Slipknot live and if so, what was the experience like?
I saw Slipknot at Ozzfest 2005. They put on a great show with tons of energy which we aspire to match (if possible!).

What could one expect from your live show at KNOTFEST?
Expect Exmortus to crush your skull and melt your mind to mush… while inhaling camel shit vapor!

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Our most recent release is our Slave to the Sword album which debuted February of this year. You could call our undying dedication to heavy metal music and touring (the sword) a kind of “slavery.”

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
We’ll be playing Metal is King, our very own ode to metal, praising the culture and substance. We’ll also be performing the third movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” and, well, it has no lyrics! But the music screams fury and angst, our primal emotions best expressed through heavy metal.

Any strange or unusual happenings in the past while out on the road or at a show?
On the last night of the recent tour we did with Arsis and Allegaeon, Noah Martin of Arsis came on stage with his electric shaver and gave me some Lemmy chops as Allegaeon silly stringed us and threw inflatable crabs at us! We were completely taken by surprise and to make things more interesting, they chose to do this as we played Moonlight. Not an easy task at all! But it was fun indeed! Love those guys!

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
We’d love to open up for Judas Priest without a doubt. I speak on behalf of the rest of Exmortus since we share the same love and adoration for their awesome music and accomplishments. We deem ourselves true “Defenders of the Faith.”

Any final words of wisdom for Knotfest attendees this year?
Forget all you’ve heard; there’s no power in the word. For when the reaper makes his deal, trust in your steel! \m/

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Miss May I

Photo by: Jack Lue

Photo by: Jack Lue

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
This is Ryan Neff, bassist and singer of Miss May I, and I live in Columbus, OH. The band overall hails from Ohio, but we are scattered all over the state, plus 1 member in Missouri.

What are you looking forward to the most about Knotfest?
We’ve had a really successful year of playing all these giant festivals all over the world, and Knotfest has been on the list as a sort of, out of reach goal. When the offer came in we couldnt believe it. Our chance to play on the same bill as Slipknot!?

Have you ever seen Slipknot live and if so, what was the experience like?
This is my first time seeing Slipknot. With the busy touring schedule I don’t get the chance to see as many bands as I would like outside of being on the road, so I’m pretty pumped to have landed the opportunity to see them while also being on the bill.

What could one expect from your live show at Knotfest?
I’m expecting a massive crowd full of insane metal heads. We played this same venue back in July on the Mayhem Fest and it was a huge gig for us, expecting nothing less, maybe even something a bit crazier.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Rise Of The Lion is our newest release, titled after seeing the bands symbol and fan base become one, and lead us into this new portion of our career, playing giant festivals and alongside legends like Slipknot for the first time.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Hey Mister is a song about a father who was never there, and Hero With No Name is a dedication to unsung heroes of the military.

Any strange or unusual happenings in the past while out on the road or at a show?
Always, you can’t be in a band without coming across the debauchery from time to time, I’ll leave names out, but I saw a group of girls take a piss outside the bus on the ground in Canada a few years back, not knowing each bus was full of band members with 1 way glass haha.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I would love to play with Astro Creep era White Zombie and Pantera, when they were touring together as coheadliners.

Any final words of wisdom for Knotfest attendees this year?
Prepare for the most insane heavy metal concert you’ve ever been to!

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Prong

Photo by: Jack Lue

Photo by: Jack Lue

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
Thomas Victor, guitar player and vocalist for Prong from NYC.

What are you looking forward to the most about Knotfest?
I’m looking forward to just playing the gig. Every show for Prong is fun.

Have you ever seen Slipknot live and if so, what was the experience like?
Prong did a show in Davenport Iowa years ago when they were a local support. They sounded great.
Next I saw them headlining at The Reading festival in England . Still amazing but with a hell if a lot more production!

What could one expect from your live show at Knotfest?
A high energy power trio show playing some of the old Prong favorites like “Beg To Differ“and “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck” plus the new singles from our recent LPs, Ruining Lives and Carved Into Stone, like “Turnover” and “Revenge, Best Served Cold“.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
The latest album is “Ruining Lives“. There is a title track and that song is about mass media, mega corporations keeping people addicted to all kinds of garbage.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Turnover” is about meeting crisis with a renewed attitude. “Snap Your Fingers , Snap Your Neck” is about treating the humdrum boredom of everyday life by living for the moment.

Any strange or unusual happenings in the past while out on the road or at a show?
Just the usual toilets overflowing, infected eyeballs, general incompetence , video game rivalries; typical road stuff.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Killing Joke! The greatest band of all time. My personal biggest influence. Love all their songs, would be great to hear them every night!

Any final words of wisdom for Knotfest attendees this year?
Be safe and catch as many bands as you can!

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Rattlehead

rattlehead1Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Nick Baranov, lead vocals and guitars for Rattlehead, based out of Hollywood, CA

What are you looking forward to the most about Knotfest?
We’re absolutely stoked to be sharing the bill with so many of our idols, as well as friends we’ve made over these years. The fire carnival rides and junkyard car drum circles should definitely add a nice touch too!

Have you ever seen Slipknot live and if so, what was the experience like?
We saw Slipknot live sometime in 2011, actually at the same venue that we are performing with them this time around – San Manuel Amphitheater.  I could easily say that they are some of the most entertaining musicians around nowadays. The audience had their eyes glued on the stage for the entire set.

What could one expect from your live show at Knotfest?
Considering the magnitude of the bands that we are sharing the festival bill with, you can definitely expect to hear new and old tunes alike, but with 200% more intensity and aggression than ever before.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
The latest EP we released was “Blackout Brigade” released in November of 2013. The title was inspired by the many friends and fans we’ve had the pleasure of sharing drinks with, which is almost somewhat of an underground circle of brothers now.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Get In The Van – one of the hits off our previous album will definitely make it onto the setlist at Knotfest. The song was inspired by our constant hunger for the open road, touring the country relentlessly, and leaving all the petty concerns of “normal life” behind.

One other song in the setlist will be I am The Demon, which is a very personal song, written about betrayal, and the need for revenge in order to find closure of spirits. An eye for an eye sure does filter out the scum in the world.

Any strange or unusual happenings in the past while out on the road or at a show?
After touring the country for the past 6 years, we’ve seen it all – from , from bar fights with shady promoters, blackout debauchery, a hundred flat tires, to support band members losing their minds and getting checked into mental institutions (check out our tune “Walk with the Dead” haha!)

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I think we would all mutually agree that having the honor of opening up for Metallica would be the ultimate accomplishment, considering their direct influence on not only the style of music we play, but the entire genre itself. There are obviously tons of bands we would love to open for, but if we’re talking about the ULTIMATE, then that would have to be it.

Any final words of wisdom for Knotfest attendees this year?
Come early, check out all five stages, and most importantly, have a damn good time! Stop by our merch booth and say hi, as we cannot wait to meet each and every one of you!

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Suicide Silence

Photo by: Jack Lue

Photo by: Jack Lue

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
I am Mark Heylmun from Temecula, California and I play guitar in Suicide Silence. The band is from all over California so we’re just a California based band these days.

What are you looking forward to the most about Knotfest?
Playing the set, I think? But I haven’t seen Slipknot since Download 2009, I think? Whenever they shot that DVD… I was front row raging hard as fuck so I’m excited to see them almost 5 years later on the return. Very stoked for the whole experience.

Have you ever seen Slipknot live and if so, what was the experience like?
I’ve seen Slipknot a ton. I watched them for the first time with my dad and sister in 2001 at Ozzfest. We did Mayhem 2008 with them and ceremonially watched them almost every night. Also prior to recording our 2nd record in New Jersey we went to see them at Madison Square Garden as a kick off to an artistic month in the studio. Needless to say we are maggots.

What could one expect from your live show at Knotfest?
Energy.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
You Can’t Stop Me. It was inspired by the last lyrics our singer wrote before he passed away. We were in a hard spot after losing him and his lyrics were a huge confirmation that we need to be resilient and bounce back from this tragic situation.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Cease To Exist” is a fun track we collaborated on all together lyrically and musically. It was inspired by having an extra day before we started in the studio and getting one final jam in, the song came together quick and badass. Lyrics came together quick between me, our singer (Eddie) and our drummer (Alex). There was a particular story in the news about a certain person that genuinely pissed us off and infected our world of metal and community. It bummed us out to have this sickening story all over the metal news sites and we wrote the tune.

Disengage” is another track that was written with the same time in mind before we flew to New Jersey. We put this one together and Mitch wrote the lyrics about checking out of this world and entering the next one. The machine will finally end and cease to be. The lyrics for me continue to gain meaning in his absence. It always has been my favorite song to play live and it keeps getting better for me in every way.

Any strange or unusual happenings in the past while out on the road or at a show?
Define strange? You mean like when there’s a vagrant woman on the streets of Hong Kong and one of our dudes feels inclined to start rubbin up on her and dancing and then another one of our dudes comes up and pulls his pants down… Oh and then all of a sudden all of us and locals are circle pitting around the freaky transient dance lords of Hong Kong? I guess strange shit happens.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Well I’ll just say I’d wanna open for Pantera. They did it for me in every way, influenced, inspired, and set the bar. I still aspire to be as much of an effect on our fans as Dime was to his. Words become inert when trying to describe how much Pantera affected my musical up bringing.

Any final words of wisdom for Knotfest attendees this year?
Being from the area where Knotfest is being held, you guys are about to attend something that is bigger than anything that has ever happened there or in America…possibly the world. I hope you guys hold it dear to your hearts because this is once In a lifetime.

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See you all in the pit at KNOTFEST!!!

(Interview by Ken Morton – Selected Photos by Jack Lue)

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Gerard Way at The Fonda Theater

gerardwaytf1Gerard Way, The Fonda Theater, October 14, 2014

Having missed my chance to see My Chemical Romance before they split, I took the opportunity to see Gerard Way at The Fonda Theater in Hollywood on October 14th. Way is currently on tour debuting his new solo album, his new material has an incredibly different feel from his previous work with MCR, and Way himself cites his return to his Britpop, and Glam Rock with influences such as The Smiths & David Bowie.

Both stops in Hollywood sold out for Gerard and his band, the Fonda was packed downstairs and up with many My Chemical Romance fans converting into Gerard fans. He and the band came out on stage with “The Bureau”, the first track off the album. He then played his first single “Action Cat” which got everyone singing along. In the middle of his set before he begins to play “Drugstore Perfume”, he introduces the song by letting everyone know it’s about his wife, Lindsey (Lyn-Z) and explains how much he loves her.

gerardwaytf2There was a cluster of girls there, many more than guys. That did not go unnoticed by Gerard, before he played “Television All the Time” he gave a mellow, lifting speech on feminism. He was kindly talking about how hard women have it sometimes, and he said something similar like women get treated the way they do because men are scared of women’s abilities and don’t want to lose their job. He is obviously a supporter of the whole feminist movement that’s become recently more active. After the speech, he then continued on to playing “Television All the Time” which was only released in Japan so it was a treat for everyone.

Gerard’s brother, Mikey Way happened to be at the show; before he begins to play “Brother”, he gives his brother a shout out and says, “This song is for my brother, I love you”. There were many guests at the show that he loves, but he also loves his fans and it was nice to hear how appreciative Gerard is, it made him out to be a modest musician. After he played “Brother,” he asks the crowd who wants to go up on stage and play his tambourine for the next song. Everyone goes nuts, jumping up and down and shouting, wanting that opportunity so bad. He chose a young girl who he said looked like a familiar face from previous shows he’s played, and starts playing “Get the Gang Together”.

At the close of the show, Gerard and the band exit the stage, the curtains close and the house music goes on. Everyone in the venue starts to chant, “One more song,” for a couple minutes, then starts to chant, “Gerard Way”. The chanting went on for a good seven minutes until everyone realizes he’s not coming back out to play an encore which was odd. Then everyone started to leave with smiles on their faces, telling their friends how good the show was and how much they enjoyed it.

In conclusion, Gerard Way’s new solo project is a huge success and he’s quite the performer, and one of the best singers of this millennial era whose energy is contagious. He had an amazing crowd, some great sound, successful new music, and a great show. On tour for the release of “Hesitant Alien”, Gerard Way and his band will be playing the album front to back with a few covers.

Setlist:
The Bureau
Action Cat
Zero Zero
Millions
Juarez
Drugstore Perfume
Television All the Time (written on the setlist as “Stop Leaving”)
The Water Is Wide (O Waly, Waly) – (James Cecil cover)
Brother
Get the Gang Together
How It’s Going to Be
Maya the Psychic
No Shows
Snakedriver (The Jesus and Mary Chain cover)

(Review and Photos by Talia Farber)

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In Flames

siren-charmsSiren Charms by In Flames (Epic Records)

There’s plenty of bands that started out metal and went on to something else: The Gathering turned their back on metal adding influences from Dead Can Dance and Cocteau Twins to their style, Anathema evolved into a more atmospheric rock band and Cynic turned into a progressive, ambient, jazz, rock amalgam that is a thrill to hear. On their two most recent albums Opeth channels pastoral and psychedelic bands of old without losing their own past heaviness. And there are plenty of bands that incorporate pop elements into their metal.  In Flames want to be catchy and accessible and metal all at the same time.  After two decades of causing neck damage they continue to experiment with textures, vocal approaches and rhythms searching for that one (or, hopefully, an album’s worth) great pop metal song.

in-flames-2014-640x400On Siren Charms  the band sounds eager to bring in new ears. In Plain View balances heavy & hard with a softer side in Anders Friden’s varied vocals, swinging from anguished clean singing to gut-punching screaming in the chorus, it’s all crisp and shiny and razor sharp.  Everything Is Gone combines several tempos, Daniel Svensson showing off his skills, speed punk one second, double bass kicks the next, then slamming into an all-out brutal metal part.  Paralyzed sounds like In Flames’  version of a post-apocalyptic love ballad with Orjan Ornkloo’s buzzing synths and Friden’s singing about being out on our own in a wasteland.

With Eyes Wide Open begins with harmonized guitars leading to a very catchy rock ballad, the keyboards way in the background, Friden singing clear and strong, Bjorn Gelotte and Niclas Engelin’s guitars shining through for maximum uplift.  When Worlds Collide remind you In Flames can do dangerous and they don’t disappoint. Swedish opera singer Emilia Feldt joins in with her sexy croon and angelic fills to add a sense of wonder.

Creeping up towards the end of Siren Charms, on Monsters In The Ballroom, In Flames tempers what’s mainly a soaring and heroic rock song with screamed vocals and chugging and harmonized guitar riffs. The crunchiness and double kick drum finale is especially satisfying for the headbanging.  To wrap up the album, Filtered Truth features Peter Iwers’ bass, carrying the melody along with Ornkloo’s keyboards, Friden screaming about the rage inside as the guitars and drums burn and crash.

In Flames will be on the Siren Communion Tour with Red Fang and Opeth this winter and will play the Hollywood Palladium on December 9th.

(Review by Bret Miller)

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