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THE DOWNTOWN FICTION RELEASES “SANTA CRUZ” MUSIC VIDEO

998The Downtown Fiction has released the new music video for their song “Santa Cruz” with VEVO. The track is taken from the band’s most recent full-length Losers & Kings which is now available on iTunes.

The Downtown Fiction - Santa Cruz

The Downtown Fiction – Santa Cruz

Filmed in Los Angeles, CA, the video represents lead singer Cameron Leahy’s affinity towards skateboarding and the sentiment it holds in his life. “‘Santa Cruz‘ is a song about escape, whatever your vessel of choice may be. For me, it’s my skateboard,” explains Cameron. “It’s that place you go inside, a portal to your hopes and fears, memories and dreams. The video takes you on that journey.”

The Virginian four-piece kick off their 23-date North American tour today with Metro Station and The Ready Set, starting in Salt Lake City, UT at In The Venue. Tickets are available at TheOutsidersTour.com.

THE OUTSIDERS TOUR DATES
THE READY SET, METRO STATION, THE DOWNTOWN FICTION, & AGAINST THE CURRENT
Oct 21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
Oct 22 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
Oct 24 – Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
Oct 25 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Oct 26 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Oct 28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National Center
Oct 29 – Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
Oct 30 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Oct 31 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
Nov 1 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Nov 3 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Nov 4 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
Nov 6 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
Nov 7 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Nov 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ District N9NE
Nov 11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Nov 12 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
Nov 14 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Nov 15 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues – Cambridge Room
Nov 16 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues – Bronze Peacock
Nov 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
Nov 20 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Nov 22 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

1089THE DOWNTOWN FICTION – Composed of Cameron Leahy (Lead Vocals), Wes Dimond (Guitar), David Pavluk (Bass), and Kyle Rodgers (Drums), The Downtown Fiction has risen with their unique brand of transcendent rock, staking their place in the pop-rock genre. That energy, a product of the band’s rock focus and sharp-edged lyrics, has defined The Downtown Fiction from its start in 2008. Since then, the band has played the Bamboozle Road Show, Glamour Kills Tour and Vans Warped Tour, touring internationally with bands including All Time Low, The Ready Set, Mayday Parade, We the Kings and The Summer Set. The band has released three EPs and one full-length, 2011′s Let’s Be Animals. That effort spawned the hit “I Just Wanna Run,” which sold over 350,000 copies and boasts a video that’s racked up more than 5.3 million views. With music as addictive as the lyrical themes are irresistible, new album Losers & Kings presents 12 tracks of wildly anthemic tunes.

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Upcoming Shows at The Glass House: August Burns Red, Cursive, Seahaven and more!

Superlitio 500November 20th – Superlitio brings the show to Pomona!

On Novermber 20th get ready to party with Columbia’s coolest band, Superlitio! Eagle Chief will be supporting and the doors open at 8 pm. Don’t miss your chance to catch them while they’re in town! Tickets are on sale now.

Official Superlitio Website: Click Here
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Untitled-1 500Seahaven – December 5th at The Glass House

Seahaven began in 2009 as four friends in Southern California who shared a passion for the post-punk and indie sensibilities of favorites Brand New, Jawbreaker, and Crime in Stereo. After ex-Final Fight drummer James Phillips decided to take a break from the hardcore tendencies of his previous band, he joined forces with Kyle Chadwick, Eric Findlay, and Michael Craver to create a sound that has been described as “a somber combination of indie / punk elements and overtones that inspire and uplift your average punk-listener”. We are lucky enough to have them here on December 5th! Tickets are on sale now!

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WAND 500January 3rd, WAND is going to bring the show to Pomona!

Los Angeles faves, WAND, will be hitting The Glass House on January 3rd. The Lovely Bad Things and Endless Bummer will be supporting and we can’t wait. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are only $10 if you buy them in advance. Get your tickets online or you can purchase them in person at The Glass House Record Store. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 12:00 noon!

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ABR Admat 500February 20th, get ready to rock the night with August Burns Red!

AUGUST BURNS RED is Jake Luhrs (Vocals), JB Brubaker (Guitar), Brent Rambler (Guitar), Matt Greiner (Drums), Dustin Davidson (Bass). Since their formation in 2003, the local upstart from Lancaster, PA has evolved into one of the biggest names worldwide in the modern metal scene, continually growing and connecting fiercely with a colossal legion of fans. On February 20th, they’re heading to The Glass House to blow minds! Don’t miss it! Tickets go on sale October 31st, (yup, Halloween), at noon.

Official August Burns Red Website: Click Here
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Cursive_Admat 500And Finally, Cursive is going to rock The Glass House in February!

Ready to plan your 2015 show schedule? On February 21st, The Glass House is stoked to present Cursive once again on The Glass House stage! It’s been too long and we can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for us! Doors open at 8 pm. Stay tuned for details regarding support! Tickets are on sale now!

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IAMX 500Support added for Gary Numan on October 23rd: IAMX!

On October 23rd (Thursday) we get to host a very special evening with Gary Numan and just when we thought it couldn’t get any better we’ve added IAMX as support! Tickets are on sale now! Get yours!

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AUGUST BURNS RED ANNOUNCES 2015 US HEADLINE TOUR

1088Lancaster, PA’s August Burns Red is proud announce their US headline tour for early 2015. Presented by Rockstar Energy Drink,The Frozen Flame Tour” features support from Miss May I, Northlane, & ERRA, set to launch on January 22nd in Baltimore, MD at Baltimore Soundstage. Scroll down for full tour routing and check out the tour trailer below.

1126VIP pre-sale tickets are available today at Show Stubs, and General Admission tickets will go on sale next Friday, October 31st at 10AM (local time).

This week, August Burns Red was announced as part of the line-up on Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6 with their cover of “Wrecking Ball” (originally performed by Miley Cyrus). The compilation is set to release on November 17th and is available for pre-order at PunkGoes.com. August Burns Red will head into the studio later this year to record their new album, set to release in 2015.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY PRESENTS
The Frozen Flame Tour
Brought To You By Ibanez
Jan 22 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Jan 23 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Jan 24 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Jan 25 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Jan 27 – Quebec, QC @ Imperial De Quebec
Jan 28 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Jan 29 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
Jan 30 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre
Jan 31 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
Feb 1 – Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
Feb 3 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
Feb 4 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
Feb 5 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Feb 6 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
Feb 7 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
Feb 9 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Feb 10 – Murray, UT @ Murray Theatre
Feb 12 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
Feb 13 – Calgary, AB @ Macewan Ballroom
Feb 14 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Feb 15 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Feb 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Feb 17 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Feb 19 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
Feb 20 – Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
Feb 21 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
Feb 22 – Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre
Feb 24 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
Feb 25 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
Feb 26 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
Feb 27 – New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
Feb 28 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Mar 2 – Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
Mar 3 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Mar 4 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Mar 5 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
Mar 6 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
Mar 7 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Mar 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts

The Frozen Flame Tour Announcement

The Frozen Flame Tour Announcement

AUGUST BURNS RED is Jake Luhrs (Vocals), JB Brubaker (Guitar), Brent Rambler (Guitar), Matt Greiner (Drums), Dustin Davidson (Bass). Since their formation in 2003, the local upstart from Lancaster, PA has evolved into one of the biggest names worldwide in the modern metal scene, continually growing and connecting fiercely with a colossal legion of fans. August Burns Red has spent years skillfully crafting a balance between a ferociously heavy sound with empowering lyrical content, while showcasing a rich surplus of inventive guitar riffs, blistering solos, and dynamic drumming. With a solid collection of 5 previous albums, Thrill Seeker (2005), Messengers (2007), Constellations (2009), Leveler (2011), the band’s latest release Rescue & Restore (2013) rocketed to the top of the Billboard charts – debuting at #9 on the Billboard Top 200. The road to the top has seen the band on stages across the globe alongside the likes of Underoath, A Day To Remember, Lamb Of God, Bring Me The Horizon, from South America, to Australia, Japan, and Russia, and headlining the Vans Warped Tour 2013.

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COMEDIC ROCKER THE SCHNYDE OPENS FOR BLACK OAK ARKANSAS IN CALIFORNIA

image1602157The Schnyde delivers humorous and rockin’ parodies of songs by artists like The Doors, Moody Blues, Johnny Cash, Eagles and Alabama.

October 20, 2014 (Nashville, TN) – Black Oak Arkansas are touring California in early November and have selected long-time friend and fellow musician, The Schnyde, to open for them. In San Francisco, where The Schnyde is not listed on the bill, BOA will have him on stage during their set for a song or two. See all tour dates listed here blackoakarkansas.net/tour

The Schnyde explains what people can expect during his set “I’m a hellraisin’, ‘make the audience have a kick-ass time’ kind of solo artist. I have over 30 years experience and build sets based on a repertoire of over 400 classic rock and country songs. My specialty would be the adult comedy numbers I do. I like to tell people ‘if those songs don’t fire’em up you better check’em for a pulse!’ Audience favorites include parodies like Bruce Springsteen’sHungry Hearts” as “Hungry Parts“; Nazareth’sWhiskey Drinkin’ Woman” as “Nookie Sellin’ Women“; and Moody Blues’ Nights in White Satin” as “Drag in White Satin.”

Black Oak Arkansas formed in 1963, and were one of only five bands ever to be personally signed to Atlantic Records by label founder, Ahmet Ertegun. The band enjoyed immense success including platinum and gold records. Fans of the band over the years have included Bill Graham, Wolfman Jack, First Lady Betty Ford and President Bill Clinton. One of their biggest hits is “Jim Dandy (To The Rescue)” which went gold. The band tours frequently and has shared the stage with Kiss, The Who, The Rolling Stones, King Crimson, Emerson, Black Sabbath, Foghat, Bad Company, Iron Butterfly, Grand Funk Railroad, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, 38 Special, Credence Clearwater, Stepphenwolf, Allman Bros., The Doobie Brothers, ZZ Top, Chuck Berry, Lynyrd Skynyrd and countless others.

The Schnyde – direct support for Black Oak Arkansas
Thursday, November 6th at M15 in Corona, CA
Doors: 7pm // Tickets $18 // 21+
with Black Oak Arkansas

Friday, November 7th at Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA
Doors 6pm // Tickets $20 // all ages
with Lynette Skynyrd, Black Oak Arkansas

Saturday, November 8th at Bandit Town in North Fork, CA
Doors: 12 noon // Tickets $10 or $20 including camping
with Lynette Skynyrd, Black Oak Arkansas at all-day event with food, vendors, camping

Sunday, November 9th at Thee Parkside in San Francisco, CA
Doors: 8pm // Tickets $17 // 21+
Black Oak Arkansas only (expect The Schnyde to join them on stage!)

Monday, November 10th at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA
Door: 7:30pm // Tickets $15 adv./$17 // 21+
with Black Oak Arkansas

The Schndye is based in Wentzville, MO and has been performing for over 30 years. He is a solo artist (guitar and vocals) and performs both covers and original material. His influences include Steve Martin, Ron White, Rodney Carrington, Weird Al, Richard Pryror, past and present SNL cast members and classic rock hits. He’s shared the stage with acts like Confederate Railroad, Naked Karate Girls, Poison Overdose, Diversion, Sixxkiller, Stompbox 40, Ozark Revival, Missouri Mile, and Family Tradition. He’s done gigs with Black Oak Arkansas bass player George Hughen on several occasions and says “it’s always a wild and crazy ride with BOA! I’ve had a close and personal relationship with members of the BOA family for many long years now. These California dates will be a hoot!”

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New signings from Bakerteam!

NIGHTGLOW

NIGHTGLOW

NIGHTGLOW – New signing and new album ‘Orpheus’

Nightglow saw the light of the day in 2003 and soon established themselves as a Classic Heavy Metal band devoted to the great English acts of the Eighties. After many years of live performances (also as the official Manowar Italian tribute band), collaborations with many international acts such as Lizzy Borden, Eric Martin, Kiko Loureiro, Fabio Lione, Jack Starr to name a few, and a critically acclaimed debut album, Nightglow are ready to come back with a new effort combining all their past influences and projecting them to the future. ‘Orpheus’, this is the title of the new album, sounds heavy and refreshing, delivering great melodies, powerful guitar riffs and groovy rhythms like there was no tomorrow. The album was recorded at B-Demolition Studios, with mixing and mastering by Tuvo (Shake Well Before) at Try Studios. The artwork was handled by Alessandro Conti (Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody). A special guest appearance by Sara Ciucci from folk metal band Artaius has also been announced. ‘Orpheus’ will be available starting from December 1st, 2014 on Bakerteam Records.

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STARBYNARY

STARBYNARY

STARBYNARY – New signing and debut album ‘Dark Passenger’

Starbynary is a Power/Progressive Metal trio founded by some of the most talented musicians in the scene. ‘Dark Passenger’, the band’s debut album, is an exciting concept inspired by Jeff Lindsay’s ‘Darkly Dreaming Dexter’ (as the highly successful tv series ‘Dexter’), a musical journey of rare intensity, powerful and melodic at the same time, with a modern touch and outstanding technical abilities displayed throughout the record. ‘Dark Passenger’ was produced by Peter Pahor in Trieste, Italy, and features a very special guest appearance by Mike LePond (Symphony X) on bass. The beautiful artwork was handled by renowned artist Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rage, Secret Sphere). ‘Dark Passenger’ will be available starting from December 1st, 2014 on Bakerteam Records.

Watch an album trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly5ADqDcR-o

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RESUMED

RESUMED

RESUMED – New signing and debut album ‘Alienations’

Founded in 2007 with the name Holy Terror, Resumed produced their first demo under the new moniker in 2009, which eventually led them to the completion of the band’s debut album ‘Alienations’. The following year saw Resumed focusing on their live activity and, in the meantime, signed a deal with Bakerteam Records for the release of the album. ‘Alienations’ is a massive piece of old-school technical death metal, enriched with many musical contaminations coming from jazz, fusion, funk and latin music, progressive atmospheres and “virtuoso” playing. A set of 8 tracks, each song deals with a particular distortion of the human psyche. ‘Alienations’ was produced by the band’s drummer Filippo Tirabassi at FG Music Studio and in Resumed’s own studio in Sulmona, Italy. The album will be available starting from December 1st, 2014 on Bakerteam Records.

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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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