Through The Extreme Passages of Nihilo

nihilopic1From the Swiss metal underground arrives the death metal entity known as Nihilo.  Their latest magnum opus is entitled Dum Spiro Spero – a blistering collection of songs destined to penetrate the senses of all whom encounter their exhilarating reveries.  Cuts such as Death Swamp, Last Man Standing, and On The Brink are absolute highlights to be found within the Dum Spiro Spero auditory odyssey. Here us a recent interview we conducted with drummer Damiano Fedeli to find out more about the vast mysteries and intrigue of their dynamic new album.  Read on as our amazing journey through the extreme passages of Nihilo shall now commence…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Nihilo, and how long the band has been in existence?
Hi, I’m Damiano Fedeli, drummer of the band Nihilo since summer 2009, which is 5 years of the total 11 years of existence of the band.

Where is your band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We are a death metal band from Switzerland, from a place called Longvalley (and some cities a few kilometres from there). The swiss (death) metal scene is currently coming back to life again and getting stronger. Just look at some of the recent releases from bands like Triptykon, Bölzer, Deathcult, Defaced, Cremation, Disparaged, Requiem and many more!

Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Dum Spiro Spero?
Well, yes, the main concept is about a little bit of hope which remains in all this chaos and the situation around the world. The album starts with chaos, going into more chaos reaching a point of understanding of the situation, point zero just to create something, a rebirth. As long as we live/breath, there’s some hope that a lot of fucked up shit will become better! The message is more positive. But you got to check the lyrics and the songs to be sure it is ;-)…..

Select two songs from Dum Spiro Spero and what inspired the lyrics.
Hard one. Ok. Let’s take “Infected” and “Dum Spiro Spero“. As explained on the previous question, “Dum Spiro Spero” is about a rebirth, a new beginning. After total annihilation of mankind, there’s hope to restart everything new.
Infected is about a zombiesque society. Everyone follows blindly what others are saying. No matter if politics, religions or other stuff. We are all infected! Time to open the eyes!!

nihilocd1Who did the unique artwork for Dum Spiro Spero and how much input did you have on it?
The amazing artwork was done by Paolo “Madman” Girardi who did the latest works of Diocletian, Inquisition and many others.
He captured the concept of the title perfectly. You have this giant tree, who lost almost all his leaves, everything around is almost destroyed, stench of death everywhere, but on the crown of the tree you will find some remaining leaves, the last hope. That was basically the idea we gave him. The result speaks for itself.

What could one expect from a live Nihilo show?
Power, aggression, atmosphere, a moment outside of the everyday affair.

Any strange or scary happening while on the road or at a show?
Ok, there was this show in Chur here in Switzerland where almost everything went wrong. Big venue with a small crowd, not much food, the few people who showed up put their back against us, everyone was pissed. After driving at home (Nils, Adrian and myself), the other 2 members (Nicola and Ragulan) wrote us from the hotel that they received a chamber with only 1 bed. We laughed our asses off! Well, 1 hour later we took a break to drink a coffee (it was 2 or 3 in the morning). Only 1 hour from home we started the engine. Unfortunatly the clutch of the car was broken. So we had to wait almost an hour for a mechanic, just receive the news that he couldn’t fix it there. We called a taxi and came back between 5 or 6 am. Karma is a bitch!!!

What was the experience like opening for Pestilence and Sinister, and did you get to hang out with them at all?
I wasn’t member at those shows yet, but showed up to see those killer bands. The reaction after the shows from the band was great. They had a lot of fun sharing the stage with’em. Yes, they hanged out, and so did I. It was a pleasure to meet these legends!

If Nihilo could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Oh man, that’s a really hard one! Too many to mention! Well, I only can speak for myself. For me it would be Slayer (or Death, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Necrovore, put your favorite death/thrash/black or whatever metal band on here)
Why? Because it’s Slayer!!!!

Has Nihilo ever played here in the States or plan to do so in future days?
We never played in the States, but really want to do shows and tours in the U.S.!!!! Just contact us!

What’s up next for Nihilo?
We are now looking forward to release “Dum Spiro Spero” on vinyl and to do shows as much as we can! Maybe a tour in 2015?

Any messages for metal fans reading this who should go and check your band out?
Thanks for the interview! Hope to see ya guys on the road! Support your local scene! Support death fucking metal!

Nihilo is:
Adrian – bass
Ragulan – vocals
Damiano – drums
Nils – rythm guitar
Nicola – lead guitar

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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Crown The Empire’s ‘The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways’ Debuts at #7 on Billboard Top 200, #1 Rock, Hard Music and Independent

crown_the_empire__first_week_chart_numbersHeadline Tour Kicks Off on August 30

Dallas, TX’s Crown The Empire had a major first week with the release of their sophomore Rise Records effort, The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways.

With the help of their loyal fans dubbed “Runaways”, the album landed at #7 on Billboard’s Top 200 and took the #1 slot on the Rock, Hard Music and Independent charts. The LP also came in at #5 on the Digital charts.

Produced by Dan Korneff (Pierce The Veil, Paramore), mixed by Kris Crummet (ISSUES, A Lot Like Birds) and mastered by Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, Of Mice & Men), The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways is the follow up to 2012′s debut, “The Fallout.”

Crown The Empire will complete their stint on the Monster Energy Stage on Vans Warped Tour this week and then will prepare for a national headline tour which kicks off on August 30 with support from Volumes, SECRETS, Ice Nine Kills and The Family Ruin. A European/UK Tour follows with Asking Alexandria, The Ghost Inside and SECRETS.

The band, who last week won a “Breakthrough Band” award at the inaugural Alternative Press APMA Awards, has also launched a new website at

01. A Call to Arms (Act i)
02. Initiation
03. Millennia
04. Machines
05. The Wolves of Paris (Act ii)
07. Second Thoughts
08. Maniacal Me
09. Satellites (Act iii)
10. Rise of the Runaways
11. Bloodline
12. The Phoenix Reborn
13. Johnny’s Rebellion

Since bursting onto the scene in 2012 with their debut full-length, “The Fallout”, Crown The Empire have shown no signs of slowing down on their undeniable course toward world domination. The band have sold over 60,000 copies of their groundbreaking debut album, and have been busy touring the world repeatedly, and gracing magazine covers frequently.

Crown The Empire’s relentless touring schedule has found them sharing stages with such acts as Pierce the Veil, Asking Alexandria, and The Used. After being the breakout band on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, the band was asked to return again this year as a Main Stage act.

Crown The Empire has been on the cover of Alternative Press over three times in the past year, a feat that has never been accomplished by a new band. They appeared first as the cover artist for Alternative Press’ “Bands You Need To Know” issue, then again for their “Stars of Warped Tour” issue, and the band is on the cover of the magazine’s current (July) issue to help build early support for the new album.

Vans Warped Tour
Jul 30, 2014 – Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WI
Jul 31, 2014 – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
Aug 2, 2014 – Utah State Fairpark, Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 3, 2014 – Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO

Headline Tour
Aug 30 Chain Reaction Anaheim, CA
Aug 31 The Whiskey Hollywood, CA
Sep 02 Club Sound Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 03 Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 05 Sokol Underground Omaha, NE
Sep 06 Blue Moose Tap House Iowa City, IA
Sep 07 Center Stage Kokomo, IN
Sep 09 The Stache Grand Rapids, MI
Sep 10 Frankies Toledo, OH
Sep 11 The B.T. Theater Erie, PA
Sep 12 The Lost Horizon Syracuse, NY
Sep 13 Revolution Bar & Music Hall Amityville, NY
Sep 14 Heirloom Arts Theatre Danbury, CT
Sep 16 Gamechanger World Howell, NJ
Sep 17 Southland Ballroom Raleigh, NC
Sep 18 Coda Covington, KY
Sep 19 The Vernon Club Louisville, KY
Sep 20 Zydeco Birmingham, AL

European Tour
Oct 06 AB Brussels, Belgium
Oct 07 Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands
Oct 08 Grosse Freiheit Hamburg, Germany
Oct 10 Tyrol Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 11 Trädgår’n Heden, Sweden
Oct 13 Huxleys Berlin, Germany
Oct 14 Gasometer Vienna, Austria
Oct 15 Kofmehl Solothurn, Switzerland
Oct 17 Tonhalle Munich, Germany
Oct 18 E-Werk Cologne, Germany
Oct 19 Schlachthof Wiesbaden, Germany
Oct 20 L’ATELIER Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Oct 22 UEA NRLCR Norwich, United Kingdom
Oct 23 Rock City Nottingham, United Kingdom
Oct 24 O2 Academy Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Oct 26 Barrowlands Glasgow, United Kingdom
Oct 27 Barrowlands Glasgow, United Kingdom
Oct 28 Ulster Hall Belfast, United Kingdom
Oct 29 Olympia Dublin, Ireland
Oct 31 Academy Manchester, United Kingdom
Nov 01 O2 Academy Leeds, United Kingdom
Nov 02 Great Hall Cardiff, United Kingdom
Nov 04 O2 Academy Bristol, United Kingdom
Nov 05 O2 Guildhall Southampton, United Kingdom
Nov 06 Roundhouse London, United Kingdom
Nov 07 O2 Academy Birmingham, United Kingdom
Nov 09 Centre Brighton, United Kingdom

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Dave Lombardo’s PHILM Announces New Record Deal + Release of Sophomore Album, “Fire From The Evening Sun”

philmnews1New Album Drops September 16, 2014 via UDR Music

Dave Lombardo’s PHILM has announced that their long awaited second studio album, Fire From The Evening Sun, will be released on the band’s new label, UDR Music, on September 16, 2014 in the US (September 15 in UK/September 12 in other European territories).

UDR is honored to be working with PHILM. This partnership seems very instinctual,” said UDR Music’s head of A&R/Marketing, Jay Lansford. “Dave Lombardo and I worked together during the Grip Inc. years. After hearing PHILM’s new album this alliance was clearly divine will. Powerful, intense… urgent. These three prolific musicians have created something that is refreshingly not mundane, but ear-shattering and groundbreaking.”

Led by the title track single ‘Fire From The Evening Sun’, PHILM’s unparalleled drummer, Dave Lombardo, states that the new album will mark a different turn in the bands musical journey. “PHILM’s first album, Harmonic, is still an amazing work to me. It’s improvisational and raw. It was my first time producing an album and I am very proud of it. The new album is a completely different animal. It is again produced by me, but mastered and mixed by a couple of musical giants… Tyler Bates and Robert Carranza. I believe this album has a daring, callous temperament about it that really sums up our mindset right now. No improvising, no fluff. It’s heavy and in your face from start to finish. You may think you know what PHILM is, but you don’t. If you haven’t seen us live, you have no idea. We thrive on being out of our comfort zones and want fans to take that ride.”

If ‘Fire From The Evening Sun’ is any indication, this album will not only give Lombardo fans what they have so passionately missed, but will take us on a heated musical journey that will leave us soaked in sonic beatitude.

Watch the New Album Teaser Here:

PHILM – Gerry Nestler (vocals, guitars), Pancho Tomaselli (bass) and Dave Lombardo (drums) – will hit the road this fall in support of the album by performing several shows throughout Europe and the U.S. with more dates to be confirmed.

See below for full list of dates confirmed so far.

PHILM 2014 Tour Dates*

7th London, England The Underworld
9th Vienna, Austria Arena
10th Munich, Germany Feierwerk
11th Zurich, Switzerland Rote Fabrik

* More dates to be announced


TO HUMANS Releases New Album “Metacognition” – Featuring Jeremy Lombardo (Son of Ex-Slayer Drummer Dave Lombardo)

tohuman1TO HUMANS, a hybrid of alternative, indie and progressive rock, is a California born and raised, high-energy trio, composed of Danny Toranzo (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Ace Anderson (Bass) and Jeremy Lombardo (Drums) son of former Slayer drummer, Dave Lombardo. They’re quickly garnering a buzz among the music industry elite and music lovers alike.

The band’s new album, Metacognition, was released on June 27, 2014. The album was produced by TO HUMANS and David A. Lombardo (brother to Jeremy), will full engineering, mixing and mastering credits going to David A. Lombardo as well.

tohuman2“We just wanted to create something bigger than ourselves that survives on its own and not be outdated. Our goal is for this album to prove that honest expression and emotion can still survive as an art. There is nothing better than the satisfaction of creating something meaningful with your friends that mean the most to you,” states Jeremy Lombardo.

These three musicians are bringing a fresh sound to the alternative rock genre and beyond. Influenced by Arctic Monkeys, Circa Survive and Nirvana, they combine honest, expressive lyrics with lasting melodies and a hard-driving energetic live show. This compelling band, without question, tops the “Ones to Watch” list. calls TO HUMANS “fun, fresh, and wild” and calls their riffs “magnificent”. TO HUMANS formed in 2011 and have performed several shows at venues like the legendary Whisky A Go Go, The Roxy, The Viper Room, The Wire, and more. The band cites Portugal the Man, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Circa Survive, Arctic Monkeys and others as influences.

For more information on TO HUMANS, visit these websites:



PlanethardKnown for their powerful melodic rock sound and fierce stage presence, Planethard have signed a deal with Scarlet Records and are now ready to unleash a new, exciting chapter in their career.

Having acquired a unique vocal talent and frontman in the person of new singer Davide Merletto, Planethard have pushed their musical limits in multiple directions, still keeping faith to their roots. ‘

Now’, this is the title of the band’s new album, displays a renovated sound made of heavy guitars, a solid rhythm section and addictive vocal lines, tightened together by the most powerful and modern production they have ever benefited from. These 12 new songs (13 in the Digipack version of the album) sound fresh and regenerating, having been inspired by their authors’ souls and spirituality and handled with deep attention to every little detail.

Now’ was produced by Matteo Magni and co-produced by the band’s own guitarist Marco D’andrea and will hit the stores this fall.

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Imminence Records Sign Embracer

embracernews1Band Enters Studio with Matt Malpass Beginning Friday

Imminence Records are pleased to announce that they have signed West Virginian indie rock/post-hardcore outfit Embracer. From their conception as a hardcore band and through numerous lineup, members’ role, and stylistic changes; Embracer has matured and developed drastically to what they are now. They now encompass a broad range of stylistic influences from Circa Survive and Balance and Composure to Johnny Cash and Miles Davis. Guitarist Ryan Pullin had this to say on the signing, “We are very excited to announce our signing with Imminence Records because we feel that our creativity will not be limited by any expectations set by our label. Having support from a label like Imminence Records will allow us to continue to grow, and allow us to continue to pursue our passions for making and performing music.”

The band will be in Atlanta starting Friday to begin work on their label debut. The record will be recorded by Matt Malpass who has worked with such artists as Dance Gavin Dance, Hey Monday, Relient K, and Manchester Orchestra. Embracer takes an open-minded approach to their music, refusing to let boundaries set by genres or expectations to limit what takes part in the songwriting process with Ryan Pullin commenting, “We believe that music can be a therapy, a crutch, an ecstasy, or an escape for people. It’s one thing to be able to live a passion and do what you want for yourself, but knowing that we will be encouraged to continue to create music that will reach out to our audiences makes it truly worth it.”

FOR FANS OF: Circa Survive, Emarosa, HRVRD, Lydia

About Embracer:
Embracer is an indie rock/post-hardcore focused in Charleston, WV. From their conception as a hardcore band and through numerous lineup, members’ role, and stylistic changes, Embracer has matured and developed drastically to what they are now. Embracer has incorporated a vastly broader range of stylistic influences from modern rock bands like Circa Survive, Polyneso, Balance and Composure, and This Will Destroy You to even older, much different stylistic influences such as Johnny Cash and Miles Davis. Embracer takes an open-minded approach to their music, refusing to let boundaries set by genres or expectations to limit what takes part in the songwriting process.

In the December of 2010, Embracer formed in Hurricane, WV under the name of “World Famous.” When Zak Rea, the lead songwriter, left and whose place was taken by Jordan Bradley, the style of influence began to change dramatically as more outside influences from the other band members began to flow into the song writing process, though the melodic hardcore style stayed, although for not much longer. In August of 2011, World Famous changed its name to Embracer along with the release of the Dreamers EP, a six-track melodic hardcore EP recorded, mixed, and mastered by Brette Ciamarra of 344 Studios.

Embracer has faced numerous line-up changes since 2011 and a complete overhaul on not only the style but structure of the songwriting process. From founding members departing to lead roles changing, there has been much growth in multiple directions. With a struggling to virtually non-existent modern and developing music scene in the Charleston, WV area, Embracer has had to remain extremely persistent over the past four years to grow. With the upcoming recording of Embracer’s debut album My Father’s Will with the renowned Matt Malpass, this album could potentially be a cornerstone for the forward progress of Embracer.




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NORWAY – After a period of six years in the wilderness, Norway’s exponent of groove-laden black metal, Khold, is back with a new album, Til Endes, set for release on September 30 via Peaceville Records.

Til Endes, undoubtedly the band’s strongest work to date, explores the dark foreboding corners of the metal spectrum with eerie riffs, grim vocals courtesy of mysterious frontman Gard, and catchy hooks which are so often ignored in the genre.

Expanding upon Khold’s staple sound of mid-tempo primitive and heavy black metal, the band’s sixth studio release adds an additional aggressive edge to the tracks overall, whilst retaining its use of solely Norwegian lyrics. The album also notably includes a cover of the Sepultura classic, “Troops of Doom,” given the full Khold treatment, and titled “Dommens Arme.”

Til Endes was recorded at Studio Fredman (Amon Amarth, At the Gates, Opeth) in Sweden in June 2014 with the line-up of Gard (vocals/guitar), Sarke (drums), Rinn on guitar and Crowbel on bass.

Khold will make a special performance at the Brutal Assault festival (CZE) in August and a new promo video will also soon be revealed.

1. Myr
2. Skogens Oye
3. Ravnestrupe
4. Dommens Arme
5. Til Endes
6. Det Dunkle Dyp
7. Avund
8. Hengitt

Khold formed in Oslo in 2000 by Gard and Sarke (currently seen in his own, self-named act alongside Darkthrone’s Nocturno Culto), as Khold emerged out of the ashes of the cult band Tulus. The band has recorded five albums to date since its debut Masterpiss of Pain was released on Moonfog Productions, and has successfully toured with bands such as Satyricon and Behemoth in the past.

Stay tuned for more information on Khold and Til Endes, out this fall on Peaceville.

Khold online…

Khold is…
Gard – vocals/guitar
Sarke – drums
Rinn – guitar
Crowbel – bass


The Soundtrack of Summer Tour

styxsountrackThe Soundtrack of Summer Tour with Foreigner, Styx, Don Felder, The Greek Theatre, July 26, 2014

It was one of those perfect nights in Southern California under the stars at The Greek Theatre. The Soundtrack of Summer Tour had made its way into the Southland, featuring the  legendary duo of Foreigner and Styx co-headlining with rock solid support from Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles. The event was packed to the rafters – a sold out performance with fans of all ages ready to rock it out to the classic tunes from the 70’s and 80’s. Once again proving that a truly great song is indeed timeless, it was a joyful sing-along throughout the entire night as hit-after-hit emitted enthusiastically from the stage.

Don Felder

donfelderjl1First up on the bill was Don Felder and band, kicking off the proceedings on a wildly vibrant note with the Eagles ‘classic selection Already Gone. Instantly winning the audience over with his appealing demeanor and the suburb musicianship of all involved, daylight slowly merged to dusk as Felder and company thrilled the crowd. Felder co-wrote many of the Eagles’ greatest hits, and delivered a healthy dose of the supreme cuts, including One Of These Nights, Victim Of Love, and Heartache Tonight. Felder’s recent solo endeavor Road To Forever was highlighted with the striking sounds of the bluesy You Don’t Have Me reverberating throughout the Greek. The five part harmony of Seven Bridges Road was absolutely breathtaking – certainly a high point in the Don Felder set. Another wonderful treat was when Felder and company performed Heavy Metal (Takin’ A Ride) from the cult classic motion picture of the same name. And if you thought the auditory adventure was about the end, Tommy Shaw of Styx would join Felder onstage for a stunning rendition of Hotel California – breathing new life into one of the most haunting songs ever recorded by the Eagles.  Be sure to check into Road To Forever to find out what Don Felder is up to today – it’s been reissued with bonus tracks so it’s well worth seeking out!

Don Felder Set List:
Already Gone
One Of These Nights
You Don’t Have Me
Victim Of Love
Seven Bridges Road
Heavy Metal (Takin’ A Ride)
Witchy Woman
Heartache Tonight
Life In The Fast Lane
Hotel California


styxjl1With the progressive opening notes of the mighty Grand Illusion, you knew Styx was going to take over in a vast and glorious way. On the stage were Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips – absolutely consummate performers ready to transport you back in time with their gigantic repertoire of hits! Early on in the set during a rousing rendition of Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man), original bassist Chuck Panozzo joined Styx onstage, and the atmosphere was magical! One of the amazing new additions to the lineup of Styx is keyboardist Lawrence Gowan, a magnificent talent who can thrill the audience with his expressive voice and charismatic stage presence.  Just take a  listen to his solo turn on Lady, and you’ll be hooked! One of their more obscure songs Superstars from The Grand Illusion was performed with so much conviction; it was easy to be swept away by its majestic artistry.  Don Felder would then make his way back on stage, lending his talents to the lively Blue Collar Man. The ever resourceful Gowan then was left on stage to go solo, greatly entertaining the crowd with an imaginative medley of You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Live And Let Die, and Bohemian Rhapsody. This was the perfect segue way to an epic rendition of Come Sail Way, where Gowan was rejoined by the rest of the band unleashing a mesmerizing version of Styx’s most celebrated song.  For a much deserved encore. Panozzo joined his bandmates for spiraling rendition of Renegade.  Styx in 2014 remains a vital rock and roll force that can still rock the Paradise with a magnetic force!

Styx Set List:
The Grand Illusion
Too Much Time On My Hands
Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man)
Light Up
Crystal Ball
Blue Collar Man
You Can’t Always Get What You Want / Live And Let Die / Bohemian Rhapsody’
Come Sail Away

Rockin’ The Paradise


foreignerjl1Even as Foreigner emerged on the stage with no original members in tow for the first part of the set; the current lineup was hot and heavy and ready for action. Unleashing a rocking trio of hits right off the bat, Double Vision, Head Games, and Cold As Ice instantly had the audience on their feet and ready to party.  One notices right away the powerful lead vocals of former Hurricane member Kelly Hansen, belting out the great Foreigner classics with a fiery sense of passion. Also among the current Foreigner lineup is Jeff Pilson, the former Dokken bassist, leaving a lasting impression from the pulsating low end of the sonic spectrum. After a remarkably moving performance of Waiting For A Girl Like You, Hansen introduced founding Foreigner lead guitarist Mick Jones, and the Greek responded with a rapturous applause. Jones would join Foreigner for the rollicking Feels Like The First Time, and stay for the duration of the set. One powerful highlight was when Jones took the time to introduce one of his favorite deep cuts Strarrider from their Self-Titled debut album, and then proceeded to sing lead vocals – perhaps the most poignant single moment of the entire evening. For the encore, Foreigner was joined onstage by The Imagination Choir from John Muir Middle School located in Burbank, and proceeded to play the heartfelt I Want To Know What Love Is. And then Tommy Shaw, JY, and Don Felder would join in for a hell raising performance of Hot Blooded, sending the music temperature into the stratosphere. An unforgettable Saturday night with truly great bands and musicians performing songs that will be revered for a lifetime!

Foreigner Set List:
Double Vision
Head Games
Cold As Ice
Waiting For A Girl Like You
Feels Like The First Time
Juke Box Hero

I Want To Know What Love Is
Hot Blooded

(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)

Don Felder Official Home Page
Styx Official Home Page
Foreigner Official Home Page


Citizen Add You Blew It!, Hostage Calm, Praise & True Love to Fall Tour

85122e1e-9537-4e47-adc4-9e301041d0baYou Blew It!, Hostage Calm, Praise & True Love to Join Citizen on Fall North America Headline Tour

Tickets On Sale Now

Citizen announced today that You Blew It!, Hostage Calm, Praise and True Love will be joining them on their first North American headlining tour this fall. Tickets for all of the shows are currently on sale (all tour dates below).

Citizen’s rise through the underground punk scene has been equal parts rapid and stealthy. Since the release of their debut full-length Youth on Run For Cover Records last June, the Michigan quintet has quietly amassed an enormous following,with their videos for “The Summer” and “How Does It Feel” collectively accumulating over a half-million views, sold-out tours, and socials that top over 100k fans. It seems as an appropriate time as any for Citizen to embark on their first North American headlining tour.

Watch the video for “How Does It Feel”

Youth was recorded by Will Yip (La Dispute, Title Fight, Braid, Pity Sex) at Studio 4 and debuted at #171 on the Billboard Top 200 and #9 on Heatseekers. Since forming as midwestern high-schoolers in 2009, Citizen has continually demonstrated that they are one of the most promising young bands in the alternative rock underground today.

You Blew It! first caught everyone’s attention earlier this year with the release of their sophomore full-length Keep Doing What You’re Doing via Topshelf Records. After a series of successful tours across the globe with bands such as The Front Bottoms, Say Anything, and Modern Baseball, the band recently released an EP of Weezer covers, titled You Blue It via Topshelf Records.

Hostage Calm just announced the release of their latest full-length, Die On Stage, out September 16th via Run For Cover Records. The political pop punk band has made a reputation for their catchy hooks and impassioned personal views. Their recent video for the new track “Your Head/Your Heart” premiered on the AV Club last week.

Tour Dates:
09/06 – Toronto, ON @ Riot Fest
09/12 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom#
09/13 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
09/14 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall*
09/15 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater*
09/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed*
09/18 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro*
09/19 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction*
09/20 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues*
09/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour*
09/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Eagle Hall*
09/23 – Mesa, AZ @ Nile Half House*
09/25 – Dallas, TX @ Sons of Herman Hall*
09/26 – St. Louis, MO @ The Demo%
09/27 – Birmingham, AL @ The Forge^
09/28 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth^
09/29 – Tampa, FL @ Epic Problems^
09/30 – Lake Worth, FL @ Propaganda^
10/01 – Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly^
10/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade^
10/03 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club^
10/04 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry^
10/05 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar^
10/07 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft^
10/08 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes^
10/09 – Long Island, NY @ Revolution Music Hall^
10/10 – New York, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall^
10/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church^
10/12 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair^
10/14 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room^
10/15 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop^

# = w/ The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, You Blew It!, Hostage Calm, Praise
* = w/ You Blew It!, Hostage Calm, Praise
^ = w/ You Blew It!, Hostage Calm, True Love
% = w/ You Blew It!, Hostage Calm, Praise, True Love


ORACULUM (Chile) set release date for INVICTUS debut

oraculum1Today, INVICTUS PRODUCTIONS announces October 27th as the international release date for ORACULUM’s debut EP, Sorcery of the Damned.

Despite being newcomers, this Chilean power-trio have their sound nailed down, HARD: pulsing, doom-dredging Metal of Death that’s red-eyed and composed in equal measures, manic and maniacal and yet exuding the confidence of veterans.

sorceryof1ORACULUM state that their influences are Bolt Thrower, Morgoth, Order From Chaos, Sadistik Exekution, Poison (Germany), and their native heroes Pentagram, and while residual traces of each can be heard across the four bruised ‘n’ battering tracks on Sorcery of the Damned, the manner in which they splice and dice this deathly DNA is theirs alone. Above all, the band’s grasp of songcraft suggests the start of something monumental, each one moving memorably with depth and dynamics.

Sorcery of the Damned is truly bewitching… Tracklisting is as follows:

Tracklisting for ORACULUM’s Sorcery of the Damned
1. The Vessel of Orichalcum
2. Primeval Flame
3. Passage I
4. Endarkenment



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