The Chimpz Official Video “California”

thechimpznews1L.A. Rap Metallers “The Chimpz” are extremely happy to announce the release of their Official video “California, their single off the new Self-titled EP, produced /  mixed /  arranged by the award winning Ryan Green (NOFX, Bad Religion, Megadeth, Jay Z, Usher). The song is about life in California (obviously!) …but it is also about following your dreams and working hard to obtain the lifestyle in which you desire.

When you see this video, you will know exactly where they are coming from and why the have so much love for the State of California. The Chimpz hope that this video will entice the rest of the world to come to their home state and experience what they get to live and experience everyday.

The Chimpz Official Video “California”:

This video was so much fun and really crazy to shoot. It was shot in 4 days in six locations including Downtown L.A.(special thanks to Styliztik Jones), in North Hollywood, Venice Beach, County Line Beach and a secret spot off of P.C.H., all which included some pretty difficult shoots because of factors such as traffic, parking, wind, lighting, and tricky weather. But thanks to our director and camera crew, we were able to pull it off!

Special thanks to our director and director of photography Michael Valentino. To Eric Pacheco for assisting in the filming and bringing all his fun gopro toys! Editing and post production by Shawn Lyon and Michael Valentino. We had an amazing cast and crew and the energy from our fans and extras was overwhelming and very much appreciated! This video is for you ChimpzNation! We love you and appreciate all of your continued support!

~The Chimpz

For more information visit:
The Chimpz Official Website


Youth In Revolt Release “Dead Inside” Single and Video

5Youth In Revolt has released the bold and honest new single “Dead Inside” available now on iTunes. The song depicts the undeniable complexities of fighting one’s own demons, as vocalist True Arahill explains:

“‘Dead Inside‘ is a very personal song about my struggle with alcohol addiction. It tells of how I am unable to escape the grasp that alcohol has on me even though it is hurting myself and the others around me. For anyone else struggling with addiction, I understand your pain.”

Download the single via iTunes:
Watch the lyric video for “Dead Insidehere.

Youth In Revolt - Dead Inside (Lyric Video)

Youth In Revolt – Dead Inside (Lyric Video)

The band released their debut EP Love Is A Liar’s Game on June 17, 2014 followed by the release of acoustic renditions for “There For You” and “Love Is A Liar’s Game“. Their contribution of “Royals“, originally by Lorde, for Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6 has been well received as a stand-out-track on the compilation album.

Youth In Revolt have toured with the likes of Crown The Empire, Slaves, Capture The Crown, and Ice Nine Kills and will start 2015 on Palisades’ Mind Games CD Release Shows along with For All I Am and Aspire.

01/02 – Nutley, NJ @ Radiant
01/03 – Williamsport, PA @ The Ground Floor
01/04 – Kent, OH @ The Outpost
01/06 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
01/08 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
01/09 – Howell, NJ @ Gamechanger World
01/10 – Albany, NY @ Bogies
01/11 – Providence, RI @ Simon’s 677

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Betrayal Recording New Album with Producer Cameron Webb (Pennywise, Sum 41, Alkaline Trio)

betryal_photoLP To Be Released This Spring via Mediaskare Records

Los Angeles, CA’s BETRAYAL have entered Maple Studios in Orange County, CA to record their new album with producer Cameron Webb (Pennywise, Sum 41, Alkaline Trio). The album will be released this spring through Mediaskare Records.

“After countless road blocks and some members changes, we dug into our roots to write the record that we’ve wanted to write for so long,” stated guitarist Sean Chamilian. Adding, “Having Cameron work with us on this album is so exciting for us. He’s worked on so many great records that have inspired the sound of our new record and we felt he was the perfect guy to help us capture the sound we envisioned.”

One of those roadblocks mentioned was the departure of vocalist Brendan Foley, who was forced to step aside due to a reoccurring medical condition that affected his vocal chords. Stepping in is longtime friend of the band Gage Armstrong, whose voice perfectly compliments the band’s new sound direction.

I think the lyrical content comes from me looking into my past and truly just being upset and angry.” Armstong added, “When we were putting together this album I was going through a lot of personal issues with my family and just life in general, so writing really helped me release and come to terms with all the hatred and angst that I had built up inside of me. It helped put things into perspective that my life is ok, and I’m going to be ok.”

To let fans in on the recording process, Betrayal is sending pictures and video clips using SnapChat. Fans can access these exclusive photos and clips by adding the band’s user name BTRYLBAND.

Betrayal is:
Gage Armstrong (vocal)
Sean Chamilian (guitar)
RJ Shankle (drums)

Mediaskare Records


Five more bands announced to Vans Warped Tour 2015 lineup

vwt15_3It’s Week Three of Vans Warped Tour Announcements. The long running tour is slated to commence June 19th in Pomona, CA, concluding in Auburn, WA on August 8th.

Here are the five additional bands who will be hitting the road on the Summer of 2005:

As It Is • Beautiful Bodies
Crossfaith • Fit For A King

Further lineup announcements will be take place once a week (every Wednesday), so head over to the Vans Warped Tour Website now and stay informed!

Vans Warped Tour Official Home Page


ENSIFERUM: Finnish Folk Metal Collective To Release New Full-Length This February Via Metal Blade Records

1208Finland’s favorite folk metal collective and recent Metal Blade signees, ENSIFERUM, will unleash their sixth studio album this Winter. Titled One Man Army, the predominantly analog-recorded offering was tracked between September and November of this year with award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland.

Elaborates ENSIFERUM bassist/vocalist Sammi Hinkka of the sessions, “The recording process was long, hard, rewarding and full of incredible moments. Instruments were actually played and left as they were instead of creating tracks from hundreds of different takes, moving them to the grid and modifying things. Of course computers were used but overall we made everything as analog as possible. Listeners can experience a better sound and natural groove, something that we think most metal albums lack these days. Overall, the album sounds much more like a band playing live rather than ‘midi-metal.'”

Commended by Outburn for songs that are consistently “epic” in scope with a “reliance on catchy melodies,” ENSIFERUM’s One Man Army serves as the follow-up to 2012’s lauded Unsung Heroes full-length and boasts the stunningly detailed, mythological cover craftings of renowned illustrator, Gyula Havancsak (Annihilator, Tyr, Elvenking, Stratovarius etc.).

“On the new album, we took many things musically to the next level so we decided also to try something new graphics-wise,” relays Hinkka. “Gyula Havancsák did a phenomenal job! For the first time it was really nice to be more involved with designing the cover and all details. Our humble gratitude to Gyula for all the patience and really amazing results. We couldn’t be more satisfied!”

As a precursor to the release, ENSIFERUM unleashed the fittingly-titled “Warmetal” for public consumption. Composed by Demonos Sova of Finnish black metal unit, Barathrum, the track is available on the covermount CD of the current issue of Germany’s Legacy Magazine.

ENSIFERUM’s One Man Army will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 24th, 2015. Further details, including track listing and additional teaser hymns to be unveiled in the coming weeks. In the meantime, 70,000 Tons of Metal voyagers will be able to catch ENSIFERUM live next month before they kick off a massive European trek, wielding their swords alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum. See confirmed dates below.

1/22-1/26/2015 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise – Miami, FL
2/27/2015 Pakkahuone – Tampere, FI
2/28/2015 Rytmikorjaamo – Seianajoki, FI
3/06/2015 Lutakko – Jyvaskyla, FI
3/07/2015 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI
w/ Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum:
3/11/2015 Zeche – Bochum, DE
3/12/2015 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
3/13/2015 Backstage – München, DE
3/14/2015 Masters of Rock Café – Zlin, CZ
3/15/2015 Club 202 – Budapest, HU
3/16/2015 Szene – Wien, AT
3/18/2015 Live Club – Milan, IT
3/19/2015 Les Docks – Lausanne, CH
3/20/2015 La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FR
3/21/2015 Z7 – Pratteln, CH
3/22/2015 Ninkasi Kao – Lyon, FR
3/23/2015 Le Bataclan – Paris, FR
3/24/2015 O2 Academy Islington- London, UK
3/25/2015 Patronaat – Haarlem, NL
3/26/2015 Hedon – Zwolle, NL
3/27/2015 Biebob – Vosselaar, BE
3/28/2015 Tivoli – Bremen, DE
3/29/2015 Grünspan – Hamburg, DE
3/30/2015 Vega – Copenhagen, DK
3/31/2015 Göta Källare – Stockholm, SE
4/01/2015 Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, SE
4/02/2015 Inferno Metal Festival – Oslo, NO
End Tour
8/13/2015 Rockstadt Extremefest – Rasnov, DE
6/19/2015 – 6/21/2015 Hellfest – Clisson, FR
7/30/2015 – 8/1/2015 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, DE
8/06/2015 – 8/8/2015 Party San Open Air – Schlotheim, DE
8/09/2015 Bloodstock Open Air – Walton-On-Trent, GB
8/13/2015 – 8/15/2015 Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, DE
8/13/2015 Rockstadt Extremefest – Rasnov, RO


ENSLAVED Announces North American Headlining Tour!

enslavedotur2015The long ships will return to North America once again when Norwegian-progressive-extreme-metal-Vikings, ENSLAVED, embark on their headlining tour this upcoming March! “Some days are greater than others,” commented guitarist Ivar Bjørnson. “Announcing the release of our new album In Times at the same time as a North American tour, both in early March 2015, makes for one hell of an event horizon. We’ve had such great tours in the US and Canada the last years; we simply cannot wait to come back! Ah, this can’t get much better. Hey, wait – masters YOB has accepted our invitation to be special guests, and ECSTATIC VISION is supporting. Now, there’s an amazing package for you (that’s what she said)!”

3/05/15 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
3/06/15 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
3/07/15 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
3/09/15 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
3/10/15 Vancouver BC – Rickshaw Theatre
3/11/15 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
3/13/15 Salt Lake City, UT – Bar Deluxe
3/14/15 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
3/16/15 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
3/17/15 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
3/19/15 Toronto, ON – Opera House
3/20/15 Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Électriques
3/21/15 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
3/22/15 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
3/23/15 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
3/24/15 Boston, MA – Sinclair

intimescd1In Times, the thirteenth studio album by ENSLAVED will be released on March 6 (Europe) and March 10, 2015 (N. America). The album was produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy. Mixing was completed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. Hand-painted artwork was created by long-time collaborating artist and “sixth ENSLAVED member” Truls Espedal.

The track listing for In Times is:
01 – Thurisaz Dreaming
02 – Building With Fire
03 – One Thousand Years Of Rain
04 – Nauthir Bleeding
05 – In Times
06 – Daylight

Photo by Tim Tronckoe

Photo by Tim Tronckoe

Main recordings for In Times took place at Duper Studios to Solslottet Studio in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings sessions at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by ENSLAVED members Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar Bjørnson’s Peersonal Sound Studios. Additional experimentation and sonic exploration was conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where a mobile studio recorded additional sounds.

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The Ready Set: A Report from The Outsiders Tour

jordanready1jlThe Ready Set and Metro Station traveled across the country, co-headlining The Outsiders Tour, bringing their fans together for an exhilarating celebration of pop music.  Performing songs from their latest release The Bad & The Better (Razor & Tie Records) as well as a terrific selection of old favorites, The Ready Set captivated the crowd at the House of Blues in San Diego.  We caught up with The Ready Set’s Jordan Witzigreuter on this, the last night of The Outsiders Tour to find out more about a few of the new songs, his thoughts on being on the road and heading for home, working with Metro Station producing one of their songs, giant Japanese inflatable cats, and other cool and casual topics.  Read on…

How has this tour been with Metro Station, what are some of the highlights?
It’s been awesome. Probably the highlight so far was the Anaheim show and New York, they’re always just the most, I don’t know, heavily anticipated because we have so many people and friends, people who work with us who come out to all the shows. Every show has been pretty great, it’s been a good time.

readyset4jlSo now the tour has been going for about a month now, it’s just about over. What goes through your mind when a tour like this is coming to an end?
It usually feels a lot shorter than it was by this point. That’s always like – well, it’s a real quick feeling thing. Kind of excited to go home and kind of bummed out just because I want to keep going. It hasn’t been that long, a month really isn’t too bad so it feels short. But it was fun.

Compared to Warped…
Definitely a lot easier than Warped.

What was it like producing Forever Young for Metro Station and is that something you want to do in the future?
Yes. I try to do as much of that stuff as I can when I have free time. It was cool that it worked out. I made a bunch of stuff and sent some ideas over to them and then they just came by, worked it out and did it in a day. It was super chill and fun so it’s been cool. We’ve been playing that song live every night and I’ve been going up and doing the bridge part that I did on it.

readyset1jl“Are We Happy Now?” – what inspired the lyrics?
It’s kind of about not stopping to smell the roses and being so caught up in the future or whatever is going on in your head that you don’t take anything in that’s going on right in front of you, you miss a lot of things. It’s about the tragedy of that being the case and trying to become more aware, and present and take things in and actually experience the good things that are happening.

“Freaking’ Me Out” What freaks you out?
I don’t know. A lot of stuff. That’s one of those songs where I made up this scenario in my head, meeting somebody randomly at something and, I don’t know, connecting with them and not really seeing them again after that and just having them disappear and – thats what that song is about.

readyset2jlDo you still enjoy playing the older songs, such as “Love Like Woe” and “Young Forever?”
Yeah, it’s fun. It’s more about the crowd. I always want to play the songs that people want to hear. Whatever gets the most reaction from people is what I like playing, it hasn’t really gotten to be annoying or anything. I definitely enjoy it.

Has B.o.B. heard or commented on your cover of “Airplanes”?
I don’t know. I doubt if he heard it, and if he did I don’t know if he commented on it.

Has Paul McCartney heard your cover of “Wonderful Christmas Time”?
JW: [laughs] I’m gonna say probably not. I always forget that I did that cover, it kind of snuck out. Nope, no comment from Paul yet.

The Celebrity EP, where did those songs come from?
They’re all just about random celebrities. I kind of picked people and wrote songs about them. I did this little jingle thing about Taylor Swift a long time ago, that ended up getting a lot of press, a lot of people heard it and it was kind of for a joke. So I thought maybe I’ll do a full little EP and just give it away. If you bought the album when it came out you’d get it for free. Kind of like, a fun little just whatever, fan piece thing.

What can one expect from a The Ready Set show?
A lot of movement. A lot of lights and big Japanese cats. We’ve got these giant inflatable lucky cats – one’s you’d see at a Sushi restaurant. We have a very Tokyo thing going on stage. It’s been a while since I’ve headlined. It’s good to be able to play a full hour and fit a ton of songs in there. We’re doing older stuff, and a bunch of songs from the new album.

readyset3jlYou didn’t bring those cats on Warped Tour…
I know! I actually didn’t get them until this tour, I don’t know what to do with them after the tour, I’m going to keep them with me and find a use for them. Maybe I’ll just put them in my house and they’ll just be giant, inflatable cats in my house.

When you look back on your album Tantrum Castle, what do you think of it now?
I think it was very definitive of my state of mind at the time. I think it was me figuring out how to write songs. Me, figuring out what I wanted to be and what I wanted to sound like. The whole sentiment of that album is getting out of my town and touring and leaving, starting to do this. I think it was a pre-emptive thing, almost. There’s a lot of things I listen to on it that I still like a lot, there’s a lot of melodies and things. I was writing songs for a very different perspective. It was just off the top of my head, whatever came to mind, that’d be it. I really didn’t think about anything. It’s harder to do that now. I’m a lot more critical of myself than I think I was. It’s cool to hear what my first natural idea would be for something. I just don’t write songs that way as much anymore. It’s nice to hear how I used to do stuff.

outsidersWhat is your favorite CD of 2014 and why?
That’s tough, actually.   (Jordan checks through his cell phone for ideas.) There’s an EP that came out this year, that I like a lot, it’s from a band called Panama Wedding and the EP is called Parallel Play. I really like that a lot. That’s probably one of my favorites. I’ll go with that one until I find something else. Everything I like came out in 2013 [laughs]. The new Copeland album came out, well I don’t know if it’s technically out yet. I think it’s out in two days, it’s really good. That’s probably my favorite.

What’s up next after this tour?
I’m going to go home and just write a ton, try and do a new album and write with a lot of other people / artists for side things. Then going to try and do more international stuff, if it works out. Then, I don’t know. One day at a time for me.

xmastour1What are you looking forward to the most about playing your acoustic show on Dec 17th at The Mint?
I’m excited because it’s going to be a lot of our friends just hanging out. All the bands that are playing are friends with us and people that I’ve been around with for years. It’ll be a cool little family reunion. The Downtown Fiction and Metro Station are both playing, it’ll be fun. Nice little swaray.

Two weeks off, then you see everyone again.
Yep. [laughs]

Do you have any messages for your fans in the LA area?
Yeah, thank you guys. Always. For listening to my music and supporting me and coming out to shows. Hopefully if you came out to a show on this tour you enjoyed it. If not, we’ll be back around soon hopefully next year.

Be sure to catch The Ready Set at The Mint on December 17th.  This all acoustic show also features Metro Station, The Downtown Fiction, Trevor Dahl, Up In The Clouds and a DJ set from Goldhouse!

(Interview by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)

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