Countdown to Monster Energy’s AFTERSHOCK Festival 2014

7huu_aftershockLOGO2014BLACK_3Expect the Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK Festival to be an absolutely epic rock and roll show!  With acts such as Deftones, Weezer, Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Limp Bizkit, The Offspring and a whole lot more raging across 4 big stages, Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA is the place to be on September 13-14!  Destined to be the weekend of a lifetime, whether you live in the Sacramento area or will need to take a roadtrip, AFTERSHOCK 2014 is an event not to be missed! Here are a few of the bands who will be playing some of the opening slots at AFTERSHOCK.  Read on and discovery one of the up and coming bands slated to devastate early on in the day…

ANTI-MORTEM

antimortem1Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Rado and I’m the singer of Anti-Mortem. We are based out of Chickasha, Oklahoma. Chickasha is about 25 Miles South of OKC.

What are you looking forward to the most about Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
I am excited to play for so many people and with so many great bands. We are honored.

What could one expect from your live show at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
Gut busting power with amazing delivery. We pride ourselves in our live show. And when it comes to an audience, the more the merrier.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
It is entitled, “New Southern“. It’s our first full length album. New Southern is inspired fully by the way we were raised and the music we listen too. It is a summation of us.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Truck Stop Special is one for sure. It was inspired by the dream to be in a rock band. Truck Stop Special is another name for cocaine. The song is saying I’m addicted to rock music the way a coke head is addicted to coke. With that in mine check it out and you’ll totally get it.

I Get Along With The Devil is another one that we will be playing. It is about having people in your life you can’t get rid of. The hook says, “I get along with the devil but I hate that mother fucker.” It’s about despising someone in your life you can’t get rid of. I’m sure we all know people like that.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road or at a show?
One time on tour everything went as planned.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
It’s a tie for me. Led Zeppelin in their prime, Rush now and Black Sabbath at any point in there career as long as it is with Ozzy. Led Zeppelin because they are the kings of Rock and Roll and put on one of the best live concerts of all time. Rush simply because they are gods and have retained their youthful spirit even till today. Black Sabbath.. well, they are fucking Black Sabbath, there would be no metal without them.

Any final words of wisdom for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival attendees this year?
Drink plenty of water, and listen to plenty of Anti-Mortem.

Anti-Mortem on Facebook

BURN HALO

burnhalo1Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
I’m Joey Roxx lead guitarist of Burn Halo from Sacramento California.

What are you looking forward to the most about Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
The thing I’m looking forward to the most this year at Montster Energy Aftershock is the fans.  I love these festival type of shows and to have one in our hometown is going to be amazing. It’s always fun because we’ve played and toured with a lot of these bands before, but not gonna lie seeing Rob Zombie is definitely one off the bucket list.

What could one expect from your live show at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
Our live show is a high octane brand of active rock with a healthy dose of metal. We’re an old school band cut and dry and take pride in our what you see is what you get attitude.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Our new release is called Wolves of War and it’s about surviving anything life can throw at you.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Two songs we will be playing at aftershock are Wolves of War and Home which is about surviving the apocalypse.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road or at a show?
There are many strange things that happen on the road but i’d say the best part is that first Waffle House trip of tour, in California we don’t have them so when you get one it’s like gold.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
If I could open for any band it definitely would be AFI they are my all time favorite band.

Any final words of wisdom for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival attendees this year?
Words of wisdom for Aftershock concert goers, drink that Monster Tour water and sunscreen, getting burned and being a rock lobster all day is no fun.

Burn Halo on Facebook

DIG THE KID

IMG_2639-2Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
We are Dig the Kid from Oakland, Ca.
Lisa Mongelli-Drummer
Cory Todd-Vocalist/Guitarist
Ian Lasater-Bass

What are you looking forward to the most about Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
We are super stoked to be sharing Aftershock with some amazing bands this year. It’s great to be apart of a festival with artists and fans that celebrate the excitement and power of rock music. There’s a lot of love in an environment like this in the crowd and behind the scenes. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend for everyone involved.

What could one expect from your live show at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
We put on a high energy show from start to finish. There’s nothing more exciting than getting up on stage and not knowing where you’re going to transport the audience and yourselves by the end. Our show goes through waves. We all have our definitive roles, but we try to change things up as much as possible including switching instruments to bring out our individual styles of playing. It’s entertaining, unpredictable, and it’s nonstop untill we hit the last beat… or one of us passes out, but it’s always worth it.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
We’ve been fortunate enough to be working alongside Bob Divney and his team from The Artist Cooperative and Jeff Greenberg our Co-Manager and Executive Producer at the historical Village Studios in West Hollywood. This will be one monster of a record, unfortunately we can’t release the title just yet, but we are excited to announce our first single “LOVE” will be out on the airwaves later this fall, so keep your ears dialed.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Bones” is one of the most powerful and personal songs we’ve ever written, but it’s so much bigger that the three of us. It’s an anthem about perseverance. Even when you’re at your lowest, keep pushing, never give up.

She’s Out for Blood” is the show-stopper, it’s big, loud and sexy as hell. It’s about a woman who is out for revenge on a man that wronged her, it’s also autobiographical.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road or at a show?
One of our favorite experiences is how we were introduced to our Co-Manager Jeff Greenberg. We were days out from our West Coast tour. We were in Los Angeles attending a pre Grammy party at Village Studios. Near the end of the night, it was brought to us that the last band had dropped out. If we could grab our instruments and get up on stage in five minutes we could go on in their place. We had all of our gear packed and ready for the tour in our tour van down the street. We ran to the van, grabbed our instruments, and jumped up on stage out of breath! no pedals, or amps, we were at the mercy of whatever gear was still left on stage. Jeff had been upstairs in his office. Overhearing us announce our last minute addition to the evening he promptly got up and ran down stairs to pull the plug and shut us down until he heard the first beat of the drums. After a short set, Jeff had made his way through the crowd and was standing there at the side of the stage with his hand out, ecstatic and blown away by our performance. He greeted us with “I’m a jaded old man. I’ve been in this industry for a long time and you just blew my mind!” He demanded that we record with him in his studio as soon as we return from the road. It was one of those serendipitous defining moments of many that we will always look back on.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Queens of the Stone Age, The Hives, or Eagles of Death Metal. There’s an energy and showmanship to all three of these bands that we greatly admire. Plus it would make for one fun carefree leave the kids at home night of debauchery.

Any final words of wisdom for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival attendees this year?
See you all bright and early Saturday morning. We’re looking forward to kicking this weekend’s party off right!

Dig The Kid on Facebook

EMMURE

Photo Credit: Drew Reynolds

Photo Credit: Drew Reynolds

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Jesse Ketive, and I play guitar in EMMURE. We are based out of CT, and NY.

What are you looking forward to the most about Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
For one thing, Limp Bizkit! Another reason is its always a blast to come to the West Coast to be part of these amazing one off festivals. I’m sure Aftershock will be just as epic or even better than previous fests!

What could one expect from your live show at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
Since we have a decent amount of set time, I would have to say the show will be full of energy as well as many classic hits.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Eternal Enemies” – the name was created by Frank, so I couldn’t tell you why without being wrong/sounding silly.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
I love when we play “Children of Cybertron” as always, and the newer track called “N.I.A”. These are always fun and heavy. Frank writes all the lyrics so unfortunately, I cannot answer that one as well.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road or at a show?
I could go on this for days haha. Being on tour so much and playing so many shows.. You’re bound to see some wild shit! Once the whole venue got pepper sprayed after a security guard tried to spray some “moshers” and everyone in the building including us – had to evacuate midset.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
The Deftones, Korn and Meshuggah for now and the past I would have to say.

Any final words of wisdom for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival attendees this year?
Drink lots of water – don’t try to fight security – come have the best time of your life! See you all soon!

Emmure on Facebook

ISLANDER

Photo Credit: Annie Atlasman

Photo Credit: Annie Atlasman

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Andrew Murphy and I play guitar in the band Islander. We’re all from Greenville, SC.

What are you looking forward to the most about Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
This summer we did the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and it was a blast. Aftershock will only be one day for us, but I’m excited to be back in the festival atmosphere. I love meeting all kinds of people I wouldn’t normally run across. I always enjoy seeing how the sound is run at these kind of events, too, those guys deserve more recognition than most bands. I’m also really excited to see Rob Zombie and Mastodon again.

What could one expect from your live show at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
We’ve been working on a new set that showcases everything we do and has a sort of ebb and flow to it. For years, we’ve played with metal and hardcore bands, which we love, but it calls for us play nothing but our more aggressive songs. This will be a good chance to show off my two favorites from the album, “Pains” and “The Sadness of Graves.” Both are a little different and have a darker, moodier feel. But overall, our set will still be full of energy. It’s just what we do.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Our latest record is called Violence & Destruction and came out July 8th on Victory Records. It’s our first full length, and we’re very proud of it. The album follows a theme that our vocalist, Mikey Carvajal, followed when writing the lyrics.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
I don’t have anything to do with the lyrics, but I’ll give this one a shot. “Coconut Dracula” is a metaphor for Mikey’s faith and what he wants out of life. On the surface it’s about a vampire who finds a new way to live his life. His mummy friend sees the difference in Dracula’s life and makes the decision to live his own life in a better way. “Pains” talks about dependence on social media, the misinterpretation of love, and several other things plaguing society today. It also alludes to the inevitable destruction these things cause.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road or at a show?
One night after a show in Kentucky, POD’s rental van broke down, so we had to drive them back to their hotel. Sonny, being the great guy he is, decided to upgrade his room and gave us a place to sleep for the night. Maybe not strange or unusual, but it was cool to see a guy who has been so successful still care about the little people.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I could pick so many bands to answer this question, but I’ll stick to just one. Even though it might not make sense, I would lose it if we got to play with The Dillinger Escape Plan. I’ve been a big fan since Miss Machine. I was in high school and didn’t understand the music at all, but I completely understood the raw aggression and the fact that it was unique. They’re still making incredible music and I would love to be able to see them every night.

Any final words of wisdom for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival attendees this year?
Have fun! Don’t stand around or be too cool to enjoy the music. If you pay to go to a rock show, help make it a rock show.

Islander on Facebook

PEPPER

peppernewpromo1_600Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
Aloha, my name is Yesod Williams and I play drums on my better days ;)

What are you looking forward to the most about Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
Seeing our good friends Bad Religion and The Offspring, it’s been a while since we melted faces with those bredrin! Not to mention they are 2 of our favorite bands growing up! Used to blast them before a surf to get pumped, shit, STILL DO!

What could one expect from your live show at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
Pure raw unpredictable energy!!!!! We owe it all to our fans the “Pepper Ohana” they make us go bananas!!!!

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
It’s self titled and came out about a year ago. It was our first in 5 years so the self titled was riding on a re-birth vibe!

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Stone Love (lyrics were inspired by Dancehall reggae sound clash’s) Higher Ground (basically about facing challenges in life head on and always being the bigger person through tribulation)

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road or at a show?
I’m a die hard Chicago Bears fan, and at the Chicago show on this summer tour I destroyed one of those stupid cheese head hats that packers fans wear with Chris Conte the starting free safety from the bears who’s a good friend. He was stabbing it with one of my broken drum sticks, pretty much one of the greatest moments of my life next to being born ;) Puck the Fackers!!!!!!

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Being a drummer it would be Led Zeppelin so I could geek out on John Bonham and just full on fanboy out!

Any final words of wisdom for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival attendees this year?
You don’t do drugs, drugs do you! Ha! Oh and stay hydrated…

Pepper on Facebook

Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK Festival 2014 Linkage:
Website: www.AFTERSHOCKConcert.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AFTERSHOCKFestival
Twitter: http://twitter.com/AFTERSHOCKSAC

(Interviews by Ken Morton)

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NEW ORDER SIGN WITH MUTE

newordermute1New Order are very pleased to announce they have signed to Mute, and that their next release will be on the legendary independent label.

Speaking about the signing Daniel Miller explains: “This is an exciting new chapter for both Mute and New Order and I feel privileged to be working with artists with such a long, creative and successful history. When the possibility of us working together first came up, I was invited to hear some of the new material and immediately had no doubts whatsoever that Mute would be the right home for New Order. We’ve already had a number of creative conversations, and I am looking towards an exciting future”.

New Order are similarly thrilled with their new home “New Order are delighted to be signing to Mute. We couldn’t imagine a better place to be than working with Daniel Miller and his team. Mute has a superb roster of artists and a history that complements our own. In many ways joining the label feels like we are coming home, returning to our independent roots.”

Forming in 1980 out of the ashes of Manchester band Joy Division, New Order have released a total of nine studio and two live albums, starting with their debut single ‘Ceremony’ on Factory Records in 1981. Thus starting a career as iconic as it has been influential.

2014 has seen the band play for the Tibet House charity at New York’s Carnegie Hall, curated by Philip Glass. They performed Joy Division classics, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Transmission’ with Iggy Pop, alongside never played live New Order track ‘Californian Grass’ from their 2013 release Lost Sirens.

They toured South America in April 2014, playing at Lollapolooza, then headed to the US for a hugely well received run of dates, airing several new tracks to rapturous reception. New Order will soon return to the studio to continue working on new material.

Founded in 1978 by Daniel Miller, Mute has signed and developed an amazing array of innovative artists, including Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Depeche Mode, Plastikman and Moby. The current roster includes Goldfrapp, Erasure, Plastikman, Liars, Can and Cabaret Voltaire, alongside newer signings such as Zola Jesus, Swans, Ben Frost, Big Deal, Land Observations, Cold Specks, Diamond Version and Maps.

NEW ORDER: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER
MUTE: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | TUMBLR | SOUNDCLOUD

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MY CHILDREN MY BRIDE SIGN WITH ENTERTAINMENT ONE MUSIC / GOOD FIGHT MUSIC

mychildrenmybrideNEW YORK – Alabama metal outfit MY CHILDREN MY BRIDE has signed a worldwide deal with eOne Music / Good Fight Music with plans to release an all new LP in 2015. “It feels great to partner up with a company that believes in what we do as musicians and artists. eOne / Good Fight was a very easy choice for us,” says guitarist Robert Bloomfield.

The last time fans have heard from the band was after the release of their third full length self-titled LP in 2012 via Solid State Records. Bloomfield continues, “This record is a huge leap for us musically and I couldn’t be happier with how it’s turning out. The songwriting is the best its ever been and I’m even more excited to get back on the road to showcase what we’ve been creating. More info to come soon!”

MY CHILDREN MY BRIDE is: Matthew Hasting – Robert Bloomfield – Mathis Arnell – Nelson Flores – Cory Johnson

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MAYFLY UNLEASH “LIVE” LYRIC VIDEO FOR “SKYLIGHTS”

Click the image above to view the video on YouTube

Click the image above to view the video on YouTube

(Nashville, Tenn.) September 2, 2014 – Mayfly, the hardest working band in Central Ohio is back at it with their first official lyric video for the song “Skylights” off their debut EP Vereor Deus, Non Dogma on Voluminous Records. The band chose to pursue a different course from many bands by using live video footage from various shows as the backdrop for the lyrics. “Skylights” (featuring Rob Goad and Justin Moore) is quite possibly the EP’s most aggressively brutal track among a stable of pretty vicious tunes. In the words of the iTunes editor’s review of the album, “the frantic tempo and dense vocal interplay of ‘Skylights’ takes the EP’s ferocity level up another notch.” That unbridled intensity is most certainly on display in this video. The video will debut on the Mayfly YouTube channel on Tuesday, September 9th.

As the band prepares for the follow-up to Vereor Deus, Non Dogma, Mayfly continues to blow the doors off any venue courageous enough to host a show. For those occasional outdoor gigs, young families are inevitably sent packing and wildlife is often seen fleeing to the surrounding countryside. The band’s testosterone-laden “take no prisoners” swagger leaves a wake of carnage for all to witness. In the midst of this dogged determination to push forward and “make disciples” at any cost, the bold, bearded men from Troy are building a strong, vibrant fan base one show at a time; one tweet at a time; one post at a time; one shattered eardrum at a time. Catch the band this Saturday, September 6th, at Fort Wayne, Indian’s Ultrasound Festival before they take a much-needed respite from touring to focus on writing for the next album.

Watch the official lyric video for “Skylights” in a SNEAK PREVIEW here:
http://youtu.be/Nxm-sVUc1OY

For more information on Mayfly, please visit:
Facebook.com/MayflySounds
Twitter.com/MayflySounds
YouTube.com/MayflySounds

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Eulogy Records signs Strength Through Suffering and Reach for the Sky

eulogyrec1Eulogy Recordings would like to welcome two new bands to the roster:
Strength Through Suffering from Long Island, NY and Reach for the Sky from South Florida

Strength Through Suffering

strengthth1Formed in 2009, Strength Through Suffering had been on hiatus until original members Dan & Paul decided to get the band back together. With the addition of Paul “Romper” on vocals and C.J. and Charlie to fill out the rhythm section, they were ready to come back harder and more devastating than ever. With the release of their 4 song demo in June of 2013, they were bringing their own blend of Hardcore, Metal & Hip Hop influences to whoever cared to listen. With everyone trying to make music they think everyone wants to hear, Strength through Suffering was formed on the idea of making the type of music they want to listen to.

They are currently in the studio working on their full length “Setting Things Straight” which will be released on Eulogy Recordings.

Strength through Suffering is:
Vocals: Paul Bryant
Guitar: Dan Rooney
Guitar: CJ Tyler
Bass: Charlie Blanda
Drums: Paul Ruggerio

Strength Through Suffering on Facebook

Reach for the Sky

reachfor1Reach for the Sky is a five piece Metalcore band from South Florida. The group was founded in August 2012 by former Edge of Eternity vocalist Rajan Maharajh along with guitarist Dylan Kenney. They later completed the line-up with guitarist Daniel Feder (formerly of Rise above the Ruins) along with Cory Camiel (formerly of Divide by Zero) and drummer Chuck Banner (formerly of Withered Bones). Colin MacLachlan was later added to the lineup in 2013. With a full lineup and stronger than ever, Reach for the Sky is set to take the scene by storm! The debut EP Trial and Error is out now.

Currently the band’s second album entitled “Rebirth” is in the writing process. This album will be released as a full length record on Eulogy Recordings.

Reach for the Sky is:
Vocals: Rajan Maharajh
Guitar: Dylan Kenney
Guitar: Colin MacLachlan
Bass/Back up Vocals: Cory Camiel
Drums: Chuck Banner

Reach For The Sky on Facebook

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ATREYU HAVE SURPRISE PLANNED FOR FANS

ee85be01-d424-4017-84ca-f7281fe7198aBAND TO MAKE BIG REVEAL ON FACEBOOK ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

(New York, N.Y.): Atreyu entered a brief period of dormancy in 2011, after having steadily risen to the top of the metalcore heap during the American metal Renaissance of the ’00s. The inactivity is over. The beast has risen. The dust has been shaken off. Atreyu are back and they are poised for big things through the rest of 2014 and beyond.

5fb2d2ff-9ff1-445d-86c7-099ad8a479f4Atreyu have a September 11 gig at Chain Reaction in their native Orange County, which sold out in less than a minute, and a much-heralded appearance at the 2014 edition of AFTERSHOCK on the horizon. They also have quite a surprise in store for fans this Friday, September 5.

Drummer/vocalist Brandon Saller has offered a hint of what’s to come, indicating that it is the fans that keep the Atreyu engines running at full throttle. He said, “This is the rebirth of Atreyu. You have stood by us for countless years. This is for you. Thank you.”

Singer Alex Varkatzas concurred, saying, “We can’t wait to share this with our fans and the world. We are revitalized!”

Tune in Friday, September 5 at 9AM PT/12PM ET to find out exactly what Atreyu have in store for fans and the metal world.

For More Info Visit:
http://atreyuofficial.com
https://www.facebook.com/Atreyu
https://twitter.com/atreyuofficial
http://instagram.com/atreyuofficial

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FAITHSEDGE – ‘SAVING ANYTHING’ LYRIC VIDEO AVAILABLE

Faithsedge album-coverUS Hard Rock / Progressive metallers Faithsedge have released a lyric video for the song ‘Saving Anything’, taken from their new album ‘The Answer Of Insanity’, out now on Scarlet Records.

After the critically acclaimed debut album, Faithsedge return with ‘The Answer Of Insanity’, featuring singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, former Dokken lead guitarist Alex De Rosso, drummer Tony Morra (Van Zant) and two of the best keyboard players in melodic rock, Eric Ragno (Trixter /Fergie Frederiksen) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline). ‘The Answer Of Insanity’ is simply a perfect mix of hard rock, heavy metal and progressive, with plenty of melodic old school hooks, concept songwriting and stripped-down edgy in your face production to rebel back at current trends and fads in the music business. Produced by Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai/Steve Lukather) and mastered by Peter Doell (David Lee Roth/Richard Marx) at Universal Mastering in Los Angeles, the album is now available worldwide.

‘The Answer Of Insanity’ track listing
Now I Know The Truth
Revolve My World
The Way I Have To Let You Go
Are We Gonna Stand?
Comes Crashing Down
Saving Anything
Pray For This
Until Your Home
When I Lost You
Destroy You

Watch the Saving Anything video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJXH9ZRFMHw&list=UUqBJu_eaBh4hCiWUmwVKi2g

Follow www.scarletrecords.it and www.faithsedgemusic.com for the latest news.

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STRYVIGOR premiere new track at NoCleanSinging.com

e780bcfd-9e5f-4be6-bf62-505bdebe5aa5Today, pagan black metallers Stryvigor premiere the new track “Mysteries of Darkness” at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. The songhails from the band’s forthcoming debut album, Forgotten by Ages, set for international release on September 13th via Svarga Music. Inspired by their native Ukrainian landscape – the windswept Carpathians, wintry woods, and especially the mountain river from which the trio take their name -Stryvigor create endlessly surging and spiraling epics of mystical, atmospheric black metal. Underpinned by expertly mixed cosmic synths, the passion and sincerity behind Stryvigor’s nature-worshiping craft incites awe and wonder, pride and heroism. At eight stout tracks, Forgotten by Ages is indeed a timeless experience, and highly recommended for fans of Drudkh, Astrofaes, and Khors. Hear the first proof for yourself exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleansinging.com.

Tracklisting for STRYVIGOR’s Forgotten by Ages
1. In the Icy Embrace of North [В крижаних обіймах півночі]
2. Mysteries of Darkness [Таємниці темряви]
3. Wherever the Stars… [Там, де зорі...]
4. Wings of Sorrow [Крила скорботи]
5. Memory of Ages [Пам’ять віків]
6. By Paths of Universe [Стежками Всесвіту]
7. To Heroes [Героям]
8. Forgotten by Ages [Забуте віками]

3d70bc4c-cded-4a75-9798-d9f7b4a9e16dSTRYVIGOR biography
The foundation of STRYVIGOR was settled in the autumn 2012 in Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine by guitarist Khladogard (ex-VENDOGARD) and vocalist Dusk (ENDLESS BATTLE). By that time, the material for their debut album was finished – it was atmospheric black metal from the stylistic point of view. Later, drummer Rungvar joined the project. In winter 2013, the band started the recording session for their debut album. And in spring of the same year, the project got its name: STRYVIGOR.

6c93d839-d149-409b-9b95-e65eee5cb330Stryvigor is a mountain river which flows through the magnificent Carpathians and brings the wisdom of our ancestors and memory of our land with the river’s rapid stream. Namely, this river inspired the musicians to form a new project, as the main lyrical topics are related to nature, wintry landscapes, and woody twilights, infinite stellar firmament and the infinite universe, the babble of a rapid mountain stream and a sunrise of the spring sun, memory of warrior valor and blood-based brotherhood. All of these things are closely intertwined in the songs of STRYVIGOR and solely written in the Ukrainian language.

The debut album by STRYVIGOR, which has the symbolic title Forgotten by Ages, will be released on September 13, 2014 by SVARGA MUSIC. The nearest plans for the future are to record the second album, which is already prepared, and tour to support the release of the debut.

MORE INFO:
www.facebook.com/stryvigor
www.svarga.eu
www.facebook.com/SvargaMusic

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FIDES INVERSA set release date for new W.T.C. album

SONY DSCFive years on from their Osmose-released debut, Hanc Aciem Sola Retundit Virtus (The Algolagnia Divine), Fides Inversa strike with their second album, Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans, set for international release on October 31st via W.T.C. Productions. In those five years, the Italian band have been honing their onstage assault all across the stages of Europe, their rituals becoming real celebrations of zealotry. That experience surely shows across the bold, finessed canvas of Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans, where “black metal” is rendered not as a definition but as an alternately life-giving/life-destroying force.

fides2Classicist yet paying no lip service to tradition, Fides Inversa invested their very souls in the creation of this second opus: exhaustive spiritual research and a total immersion inside the darkest manifestations of what the German theologist Rudolf Otto called “the numinous.” The divine, in its most terrifying forms, takes life from chaotic sounds and revealed words whose intent is to represent the mystic terror and the undefeatable fascination of Death, the human nullification, in favor of a complete prostration to the One whose light is spread out of the darkest vacuum. Ascend and descend with Fides Inversa’s Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans

Tracklisting for Fides Inversa’s Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans
1. I
2. II
3. III
4. IV
5. V
6. VI
7. VII

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Raging with J Mann of Mushroomhead at Mayhem Fest

Mushroomhead070514The mighty assault force known as Mushroomhead spent the summer terrorizing the country on this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.  In addition to a powerful new album entitled The Righteous & The Butterfly, founding member J Mann has returned to the band on a full time bases.  We caught up with J Mann at the very first date of Mayhem Fest in San Bernardino to discuss the new album, being back in Mushroomhead after nearly a decade, the ongoing rumors of their supposed feud with Slipknot, and other raging topics.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Mushroomhead.
I’m J Mann and I’m one of the three vocalists in Mushroomhead.

mushroomheadj;1What are you looking forward to the most about touring on Mayhem this year?
Man! I’m looking forward to a lot of things. Most of all the sunshine, being outdoors. We’re usually a night time band, so it’s good to be outside. Obviously the bands are fantastic, we’re good friends with the A7X guys. Can’t wait to see Ice T and Body Count. Can’t wait to see Cannibal Corpse. We’re looking forward to mingling and hanging out with our peers.

What can one expect from your live performance at Mayhem?
Hopefully a lot of energy and good music. We try to give everything we have.

Let’s talk about the current album, is there any story or concept behind the title The Righteous & the Butterfly?
Well, there’s a story and concept behind the title – our original guitar player, his name was JJ Righteous. He being the Righteous. He unfortunately passed away and the Butterfly being like our band’s little sister and our drummer’s ex-wife, she passed away as well. She was our band photographer, she was with us from day one, with us all the time. So it was a tribute to them and it was also about getting back to our roots. Acknowledging the people that have influenced us in our lives, getting back to our sound and passion that created the band 20 years ago. It’s really about completing the circle.

mushroomheadj;2Select any two songs from Righteous & the Butterfly and what inspired the lyrics?
A lot of what I just said inspired the lyrics for sure. Also, I’d have to say that there’s a lot of – we’re not a preachy band, or a political band but we also – we’re more about a commentary about the state of the nation. I think that there’s definitely some nods to the Government and the problems that are going on there. False patriotism out of fear, things like that. There’s even nods to not religion, but faith. Getting back to losing people that you care about. It’s all written vague. It’s done that way intentionally, we try to write in riddles so that songs aren’t that well defined. This way, anyone can adapt a certain song to their life and however it reflects on them. It’s not just one thing only. It can mean six different things or it can mean one thing the first time you hear it and five years later you hear it again and it means something different because your life has changed. We try and write things that will adapt to people’s adaptation to their lives.

Your life has changed a lot since you’ve come back into the band. What made you decide to come back after such a long hiatus?
We always stayed working together. I’d do a lot of shows, especially Halloween shows, old school shows. We always knew we’d work together again, I never thought I was going to come back full time – but with the new guys in the band and the material they’ve played for me. I originally was going to come in and sing two songs and I think I ended up singing 12 or 13. I asked one day, “how many songs am I on?” They were like, it’s the whole record. I guess I was back. A lot of that had to do with timing.  We had all grown a lot, getting back to the roots, the people the album is dedicated to. But also the new material being so inspired to where it was like, you wanted to work on it voluntarily. It wasn’t a job. It was something you chose to do, not something you needed to.

mushroomheadj;3Did you play the Ozzfest dates?
We did Ozzfest in the states and we also did Ozzfest, we did Europe. We did Holland, Ireland and England.

What was it like playing Ozzfest, did you get to meet Ozzy?
JM: No but I spent a lot of time with his kids. [laughs] That tour was great, man. Definitely got to see a lot of great bands and met a lot of great friends. We became really good friends with the guys from Meshuggah on that tour and out of that we’ve worked together, Jens sang on a record following that tour. I put out a Meshuggah release on my independent label. A long standing friendship came out of that. That’s what I enjoyed the most about it.

What do you think that’s kept you guys such a strong unit since 1993?
We’re stubborn. People have told us to change, or follow a trend and we never did that. We just stuck to our guns. When you rebel on that level, you get laughed at in the beginning but after some time has passed you earn a little bit of respect. We have been doing this for over 20 years and now we’re more valid than ever, you know? Just stick to your guns.

mushroomheadj;4What advice would you give a young band looking for a record deal?
Man! Well, record deals are iffy. So much of it can be done on your own anymore with things like Bandcamp or these start up campaigns. I’d say just – don’t let anyone change your initial vision and don’t give too much away. Don’t give away your publishing and your merch. That’s all we have anymore. Record sales aren’t doing it. You want your publishing in case you get played on the X-Games or something and you want your mech because that’s what you survive on out on the road. Don’t give those away.

You probably have opened for every band you’ve ever wanted to. But if you could open for any band from now or the past, who would it be and why?
Faith No More. Now they’re touring again, and I guess they just played some new songs at Hyde Park over in England. I heard some of the new stuff, it’s great. They were a big influence on me. When I was getting into music, I thought back in the day you had to have long hair and spandex pants, wear makeup and stuff. Then I saw Mike Patton come out when the first Faith No More record came out. I’m like, this guy is busting people’s balls, he has a sense of humor and dresses however the fuck he wants and he sings all different styles of music. That made me go, maybe I could do this! Without having to wear hairspray and spandex and shit, this was the late 80s. Getting back to being around for 20 years.

mushroomheadjl5Would Mushroomhead and Slipknot ever want to do a tour together?
Corey has mentioned it and I’m very flattered by that. I’d love to. Skinny and I, our drummer, have a side project and we worked with Sid from Slipknot on it. I was fortunate enough to get to spend some time with Paul before he passed away. He was a sweetheart. All that drama was definitely media created. I think they pitted us against each other when none of it was really true. Once we sat down and talked to a lot of the guys, it was all like, we’re all in this for the same reason and that’s music. Corey has mentioned it and we’d definitely love to be on it. I’ve got nothing for respect for that band, I think they’re fantastic.

What bands are you involved with outside of Mushroomhead?
I’m in a band called Pitch Black Forecast with a drummer named Gene Hoglan, know him? He’s in Dethklok, Testament, Dark Angel, he’s with everybody. He and I have a band together and we’re going to be releasing a record at the end of summer. It’s called, “As The World Burns” by Pitch Black Forecast. That’s got guests from M Shadows from A7X, Randy Blythe from Lamb Of God is on it. Devin Townsend so there’s a little Strapping Young Lad reunion on it.

What label is it on?
It’s coming out on Ferocious Records. It’s a newer label coming out of Ohio.

Do you have any messages for Mushroomhead fans that may be reading this now?
I’d just say, this is my first record back with the band. It’s the first time working with Waylon, we’ve got a great relationship. Jeffrey and I have a great relationship, it’s stronger than ever. We’re really figuring out how to work the three singer thing. This new record, which I think is one of our best is just the start. I really think it’s going to grow from here. Stick with us and enjoy the ride!

(Interview and Candid Photo by Ken Morton – Live Photos by Jack Lue)

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