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AstralDomine2Power metallers Astral Domine have released a video for the song ‘Holy Knights’, taken from their debut album ‘Arcanum Gloriae‘.

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Founded in 2011 by music composer and lyricist Luca Gagnoni with the intent of creating epic, powerful music with a peaceful message, Astral Domine’s debut album ‘Arcanum Gloriae’ is available now on Bakerteam Records. Produced by the band themselves, with mixing and mastering duties held by Andrea De Paoli (Labyrinth, Vision Divine) at Multimedia Sound Studio, ‘Arcanum Gloriae’ features special guest appearances by renowned singers Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Vision Divine, Hollow Haze) on the song ‘Where Heroes Die’ and Giuseppe “Ciape” Cialone (Rosae Crucis) on the song ‘Falsi Dei’. Inspired by fantasy themes and landscapes, Astral Domine’s music is perfectly depicted by the evocative album artwork, which recalls the epic scenery of the Game Of Thrones series.

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Islander: Breaking Out at Mayhem Fest

Islander_1200x900_2It was Day One of the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in San Bernardino, CA., and one of the up-and-coming bands destined to make a lasting impression would surely be Islander.   Performing all summer long on the Victory Records Stage, Islander places a lot of heart and soul into their live show, and audiences are responding tenfold.  A debut album entitled Violence & Destruction has been issued through Victory, featuring guest appearances by none other than Sonny Sandoval of POD and HR of the legendary Bad Brains.  In the press area. we sat down to chat with Islander front man Mikey Carvajal to find out more about their impassioned new album, the new single Coconut Dracula, touring with Mayhem Fest, and other raging topic of interest.  Read on…

Introduce yourself and tell me what you do in Islander.
My name is Mikey Carvajal and I’m the vocals for Islander.

islanderjl1Where’s your band based, and what’s your scene like there?
We’re from Greenville, SC.  And our music scene, its just started thriving a little bit again. It’s been dead for a minute. I think a lot of the world is struggling as far as rock and roll right now and that’s kind of something that lit a fire inside of us to start doing this again. We had been a band for a while then we had stopped. A long time ago we were called something else. And then we were like, man, let’s be a band again. We have passion for actually playing our songs and not using backing tracks and just being a rock and roll band and trying to write the best rock and roll we can write. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. But we think that people are really kind of just restless and tired of everything that has been going on in the scene, so I guess for us, we just want to show people what our hometown used to be. And it’s slowly coming back.  There’s like us and a band called ‘Brigades‘ and a couple of our other friends.

What can we expect from your live performance from Mayhem?
Well it’s a little bit different every day. We don’t like to pre-plan moves or something like that. So its a kind of thing where it’s all like heartfelt, passion, and we’ll be playing the single, ‘Coconut Dracula‘. But it’s Mayhem you know, there’s a lot of metalheads that just want to hear a riff so we trying to play our heavier songs too. That’s what’s cool about us – we feel like we can just adapt to whatever or wherever we’re thrown in.  We’ve just never been apart of anything like this before, so we’re still trying to figure out what to expect at Mayhem.

islanderjl2Is there any story or concept behind the album title Violence & Destruction?
Violence & Destruction in the book of Jeremiah in the scriptures; Jeremiah says that he can’t help but speak violence and destruction and because of his sharing Christ with people, he’s become a household joke to just everybody. They said if he keeps it in he doesn’t share Christ that it burns in his bones like fire and he said I can’t hold it in. And this band, we all believe different things. I’m the only person that claims anything like that in the band. But it’s just kind of the idea too. It kind of goes to the idea of not sweeping things under the rug just because of difficult conversations or that we disagree. It’s kind of beautiful that we disagree, because we can come together, and let’s seek truth together and not tear each other down. That’s kind of what the album deals with – to change the fruit you have to change the root.  I believe that we can become trees that bear good fruit.

Let’s talk about the single Coconut Dracula, what inspired the lyrics?
My uncle. My whole family actually on my dad’s side. They’re Hispanic. And we were hanging out one night and he said something in Spanish that sounded like Coconut Dracula. And he didn’t say that though.  He said something else – I don’t know what he said.  I told him, “I like the way that sounds.  Is that what you said?”  And he was like, no. And I was like, I’m going to write a song called Coconut Dracula.  It’s funny though, because like once I came up with that, I needed a story to put with it, so it has to do with Count Dracula and one day he’s walking and he finds a coconut on the ground and he bites into it and he discovers that there must be something more in this world that is beautiful rather than hurting people or being evil. So he goes and gets his name legally changed to Coconut rather than Count. And he’s roommates with a mummy, a witch, a werewolf, and Frankenstein. And they’re all really freaked about his new nature, his new lifestyle of starting a garden, helping with charities, wearing Batman pajamas, stuff like that. The mummy, the whole song is through the mummy’s eyes saying “you know what I want, what you have, because you seem like you actually have a real joy now and you’re not having to be evil and all this stuff” and he’s like “I need you to teach me what you know man.”  So, that’s kind of what it’s about.

islanderjl3Select any other song on the album and what inspired the lyrics for you.
There’s another song on the record, the first track and its called “Counteract.” The funny story about that is, no one wrote the lyrics to that song. My mom had a dream one night when we were on tour and when she woke up, she said in the dream we were singing this new song. She said she remembered all the lyrics so I wrote them down, she read them to me and I said thank you. I tweaked them, I added a few different things. In the song, it ends up saying, in the bridge “this is not a dream” but the chorus and verses came from a dream my mom had about me singing the song. I guess it’s not a dream anymore.

How did Sonny Sandoval from POD become involved with Violence and Criminals?
I’ve known Sonny for a little while. Actually a huge fan of that band, it goes way back. The thing that’s cool about POD is they’ve always cared about their fans. More than fans, it’s not just about music. It’s about something deeper, relationships and friendships. Like a heart to heart thing. Over the years, I was just going to their shows all the time and ended up building a relationship with Sonny and the guys. We were doing this band and thought, man it’d be cool if we could do a track with Sonny. We did an old, independant track with him a long time ago. It’s floating around on the internet somewhere on YouTube. When we had the new record, we figured we’d do it right. He had recorded some vocals on his Mac and we did stuff, sent it each other throughout the country. This time we actually got to fly to CA, he got to come out to the studio and hang out and write with us. That was awesome. He’s a standup dude, legit. Love those guys.

islanderjl4You also worked with HR from Bad Brains. How did that come about?
I got in touch with his drummer for his solo project and asked if it would be possible to get in touch with HR and he said yes.  He told HR, this band wants you to do vocals on a song and he’s a big influence, you know? We had some dates booked for the recording process, but he missed his flights and we were like you know what? I’ve heard he’s recorded vocals over the phone before, let;s get him to do it over the phone. So I called him on his cell phone and asked if it would be OK, so we went through all that stuff. He’s like, yeah. Called him back and he did all his vocals through the cell phone.  Doesn’t get more punk rock than that.

If Islander could open for any band either now or the past, who would it be and why?
I don’t know if I could pick just one band. I think a band that would be fun to play with, another thing that has influenced us is a band called ZAO. Somebody else, completely different style of music, maybe a Johnny Cash / Elvis show. Bjork? That’d be fun.

islanderjl5What would you like the listener to remember most after hearing your music for the very first time?
That whatever moment they’re in, when they hear the songs, whether it’s good or bad, that I hope it impacts them in a good way. That they’re inspired to seek truth, no matter their differences in beliefs, that they’re inspired to create art and seek truth. I’d like them to take that with them, that goes farther than just music.

Do you have any messages for your fans whom are reading this right now?
We love you guys, even if we haven’t met you, we genuinely thank you for everything you do for us. Supporting us, letting us stay on your floors in your houses. It sounds cheesy to even say it sounds cheesy anymore but it’s true, you guys are the reason that anyone can still do this, so thank you.

Islander is:
Andrew – Guitar
Eric – Drums
Doot – Bass
Mikey – Vocals

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

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Getting Deep with Heart to Heart

HeartToHeart062014_1200x900Heart to Heart spent a good portion of their summer on the wilds of the Vans Warped Tour, getting deep with the fans all across the country.  A punk rocking collective from Pismo Beach, CA, Heart to Heart recently unveiled their latest recording Dulce via Pure Noise Records.  Quickly becoming well known for their wondrously unpredictable sets, vocalist Nick Zoppo would light a cigarette and then take swallow it with a chug of Monster Energy Drink right in the middle of one of their more impassioned songs.  We caught up with the band right after their exhilarating show in Pomona to discuss their brand spanking new album Dulce, some of the deeply personal songs, a while bucket list of perfect touring partners, the aftermath of swallowing a ciggie, and other inspired topics on intrigue.  Read on…

hearttojl1Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Heart to Heart. What’s the most embarrassing song you have on your iPod?
Nick: My name’s Nick Zoppo, I sing in Heart to Heart. The most embarrassing song I have on my ipod would be Christina Aguilera. I have so much embarrassing stuff. I dont even think that’s embarrassing. [laughs] Willa Ford, “I Wanna Be Bad.” I love that song.

Justin: I’m Justin, I play bass. Probably the most embarrassed, guilty pleasure type of song would be Shania Twain, “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” That’s my jam.

Taylor: My name is Taylor, I play guitar and sing. The most embarrassing song on my iPod would be “Call Me, Maybe” by Carly Rae, even though I don’t find it that embarrassing. I still thinks a bad song. But that makes the most sense for an embarrassing song, it’s a guilty pleasure. Carly Rae is the shit.

How’s this Warped Tour been doing so far? Give me some of the highlights.
Nick: This is our first time on the Warped Tour. We had a little bit of a rough start. We purchased an RV two weeks before the tour, that lasted us a good 6 days. We were forced to buy a brand new van right outside of Phoenix to make the tour on time. But, Texas was awesome. I love going in the line myself, interacting with the people out there. I don’t look at myself any different from them, I love interacting.  Just seeing how many people come to the stage and seeing all these kids sing a long, it’s been nothing short of amazing.

hearttojl2Any story behind the title of the album Dulce?
Nick: I’m half Puerto Rican. I wanted to throw a spanish twist on it. I convinced these guys to roll with it, that was that.

Select two songs from the album and tell me what inspired the lyrics.
Nick: “Daydream” is one of my favorites. I spent a lot of time day dreaming when I’m depressed about wanting to kill myself. What I wrote the song about was how I would do it and how it would affect those around me. I love it. It came out awesome. I like to be real personal with our lyrics.

I like “Bad Habits” a lot. It starts with “I’ve got a list of bad habits” and I shortly name a few things and the end result is it made me the man I hate today, all these things I’ve done. Again, very personal. That’s Heart to Heart. We like to have “heart to hearts” if you will, with our listeners.

hearttojl4I saw you eat a cigarette on stage, is that something you normally do?
Nick: No, that was a first today. I like to entertain and have fun. A lot of people asked me why did you do this, why did you do that. I have this scar on my forehead from our last tour in Texas. I head-butted his bass and it just happened to cut me open. I like to say it’s the stage me, me and him aren’t friend. He’s a crazy guy.

Justin: Last week he took off stage in the middle of the song “Daydream” actually, he was riding a mechanical bull and singing at the same time.

Nick: That’s right, I rode a mechanical bull in Texas and sang at the same time. I never know, I don’t have a plan when I go up there. I like to leave kids with a lasting impression. We’re still a newer band so I like to give them something to remember. It’s Warped Tour, I mean you’re expecting to see crazy shit out here. That’s what we’re here for, we’re here to put on a show.

Will you ever eat another cigarette again?
Nick: No. It was disgusting. I actually threw up in my mouth during our set a little bit, I thought I hid it pretty well. After our set, I was under the stage getting it all out. It wasn’t good. Sorry mom.

hearttojl3Where are you guys from and what is your music scene like there?
Nick: We’re from Pismo Beach, CA. Off the central coast. Our scene over the last few years has sadly come to a downfall. We dont have any local venues. We have one big venue but it’s hard to get local shows in there. We like to play at home, often. It’s where we started out. It’s where we grew. Even though there’s nothing going on there, we never forget where we came from. We like to – we throw shows at tattoo shows in town, restaurants, wherever we can. To have fun and try and build the scene.

If you could open for any band either now or from the past, who and why?
Nick: Two that come to mind, Deftones and Poison The Well. Those are two of my absolute favorite bands. I’ve been trying to get the vocalist Jeff to do a guest part of the longest time. They still haven’t replied, but every time we go into the studio I still try and contact. If anyone out there can get me in on that, that’d be awesome.

Or if he’s reading this.
Nick: Yes. If he’s reading this. I’ve seen both bands multiple times, it’s always a great show no matter what.

Justin: Two bucket list bands, in terms of playing with them either CCR or Queen. I know we wouldn’t fit on the show, but it would be fun. I’d probably just shit my pants.

Taylor: Either Glassjaw or Against Me. Two of my favorite bands ever. It’d be a real honor to share the stage with them.

Whats up next for you guys after Warped Tour?
Nick: We’ll be touring off Dulce for a little bit. Stoked to share that with the world. We’re really going to be pushing the record, then tour tour tour. Hopefully after a few tours, hop back in the studio and rinse wash and repeat, do it all over again.

Heart to Heart isNick Zoppo, Johnathan Hayes, Taylor Stillwell, Justin Bratcher, and Blaze Blanke.

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

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Volumes “No Sleep” Lands at #40 on Billboard Top 200

volumes2014Los Angeles groove metal act VOLUMES scored their highest Billboard chart debut yet this week, landing at #40 on the Top 200 with their Mediaskare Records sophomore LP, ‘No Sleep‘.

No Sleep‘ also debuted at #12 on the Rock albums chart, #5 on Top Hard Music Albums chart and #30 on Overall Digital Albums chart.

The long-awaited follow-up to VOLUMES’ 2011 debut LP “Via
was produced by guitarist Diego Farias and Misha Mansoor of Periphery with Diego handling the mixing and Zack Ohren (Chelsea Grin, All Shall Perish) the mastering.

The band wraps up their summer long run on Vans Warped Tour next week and will then serve as direct support on Crown The Empire’s headline tour fall along with openers SECRETS, Ice Nine Kills and The Family Ruin.

Vans Warped Tour
Jul 25 2014 Vans Warped Tour St Petersburg, FL
Jul 26 Cruzan Amphitheater West Palm Beach, FL
Jul 27 2014 Vans Warped Tour Orlando, FL
Jul 28 Vans Warped Tour Charlotte, NC
Jul 29 2014 Vans Warped Tour Nashville, TN
Jul 30 2014 Vans Warped Tour Milwaukee, WI
Jul 31 Sandstone Amphitheater Bonner Springs, KS
Aug 02 Utah State Fairpark Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 03 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Denver, CO

w/ Crown The Empire, SECRETS, Ice Nine Kills and The Family Ruin
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. Center Erie, PA
Sep 12 The Lost Horizon Syracuse, NY
Sep 13 Revolution Bar and Music Hall Amityville, NY
Sep 14 Heirloom Arts Theatre Danbury, CT
Sep 17 Southland Ballroom Raleigh, NC
Sep 18 Coda Covington, KY
Sep 19 The Vernon Club Louisville, KY
Sep 20 Zydeco Birmingham, AL

No Sleep Track Listing:
1. The Mixture
2. 91367
3. Erased
4. Better Half
5. Across The Bed
6. Pistol Play
7. Vahle
8. Neon Eyes
9. Peace Of Mind
10. Up All Night

Michael Barr- vocals
Gus Farias- vocals
Diego Farias- guitar
Raad Soudani-bass
Nick Ursich-drums

volumes_no_sleep_cover_art2About VOLUMES:
Rhythmic, Groove, Technical, Brutal, Captivating, Face Melting, are all adjectives that do not even come close to touching the tip of the iceberg when it comes to describing the sound, image and movement exploding right now out of Southern California. The source of this decibel shattering, mind-numbing, captivating phenomenon? Los Angeles metal outfit, VOLUMES.

VOLUMES are a collection of five young musicians coming from a wide array of musical backgrounds, ranging from jazz, classical, post-rock to rap and of course metal. VOLUMES eclectic tastes blend together to forge a creative bond between several types of genres that are worlds apart. The combination of their efforts results in fusions between intricate patterns, melodies, and progressive.. yet-not-to-be-overlooked-aggressive, straight to the point, metal. This particular blend of musical styles strives to find a balance between chaos and tranquility. Standing out in their genre is the fact that VOLUMES have two lead-vocalists (Michael Barr and Gus Farias) who utilize their different ranges to create a layered, charismatic volatile sound which leave all listeners begging for more.

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Galvanized Souls at Vans Warped Tour in Ventura

Galvanized Souls1_1200x900Meet Galvanized Souls, a rocking band from the Camarillo area in Southern California.  After having recently won an Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands compe-tition, Galvanized Souls found them-selves performing a set at the iconic Vans Warped Tour in Ventura.  Unleashing a few cuts from their Self-Titled debut on Rockerazzi Records as well as some new songs, it was infinitely clear that Galvanized Souls was making a good amount of new fans as well as impressing the many attendees already familiar with the charasmatic collective.  Just after their exhilarating performance, we caught up with the four members of Galvanized Souls to find out more about this band on the rise and their tremendously memorable tunes.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Galvanized Souls and what’s the most embarrassing song you have on your iPod?
Chris: Hey, I’m Chris and the most embarrassing song on my iPod would probably be Britney Spears, “Circus.”

Zakk: I’m Zakk, I’d say the most embarrassing song on my iPod is an old original that I wrote called “Liar” that sounds really bad because I was 6 when I sang it.

Nice, that’s the first time someone has chosen their own song. Cool.
Kevin: The most embarrassing song on my iPod. “ET” by Katy Perry. That’s not that bad. But when you’re driving down in Los Angeles and you have your windows down and you’re blasting Katy Perry and you have colored hair, people look at you differently.

Matthew: This is Matthew, the most embarrassing song on my iPod would have to be KeshaTick Tock.”

When are you guys from and what’s your local music scene like?
Zakk: We are from Camarillo, CA and our local music scene – there’s only one venue in Camarillo, it’s called Rock City Studios, which is actually where we formed.

IMG_6957How did you end up on Warped Tour?
Zakk: We were doing Ernie Ball’s Battle of the Bands and we got picked to come play Warped Tour.

How does that feel, to know you’ve won over all these other bands?
Zakk: It feels pretty good. It’s cool because there’s a lot of talented musicians out there and to know we were able to get here is really a compliment to us, it makes us feel better about ourselves knowing that we’re more noticeable.

Chris: Warped Tour is like a dream come true gig. It’s absolutely amazing to be able to get picked and play on Warped Tour.

Kevin: It’s truly an honor to be playing here. It’s always been a dream of ours to play a show here. I remember a couple of years back, I was looking up at the stage and I was watching the drummer play and was like, dude – I’d kill to be up there. I dont want to be down here anymore. I want to be up there. Now that we’re here, we actually did it. It just shows that dreams really do come true. You can live the dream, you just have to stick to it. It’s been phenomenal, this whole experience.

Select two songs you played today, what inspired the lyrics?
Zakk: “Carry On,” which we wrote because we noticed a lot of our fans were doing a lot of self harm to themselves. We wanted to make an anthem for our fans to be able to listen to so in their hard times, when they’re going through tough times or when something is happening at home, or anything, they have a song they can listen to that’ll help them get through it.

Our new song called “Make a Sound” is a song about standing up for yourself, not keeping anything hidden, if you’re getting bullied but to actually speak up.

IMG_6951What can one expect from your live show and what did people miss who did not catch your set today at Warped?
Kevin: An awesome rock show with a lot of high energy. My friends here, Matt, Chris and Zakk. These guys don’t stay still when they’re on the stage. They jump around and tear up the stage, that’s what you guys missed. You guys missed a lot of awesome energy.

If you could open for any band either now or in the past, who would it be and why?
Matthew: My dream band to open up for would be Queens of the Stone Age.  They’re a band that inspired me and made me want to be in music.

Kevin: My favorite, which has been a true inspiration to me would be KISS. They really went the distance, they built this giant empire. Back in the day when it was the four original members, they really had a strong presence on stage. I think opening up for original KISS would have been beyond a dream come true. That would have been it. Then I could have died happy.

Zakk: I would say Failure. Just because we recently saw them at The Fonda Theater in LA. Not at all what I expected. For being just a three piece, they were the most powerful sounding band I’ve ever heard. I did not know that a guitar could have so much sub frequency to it. Everything was shaking. It’s cool, it was awesome.

Chris: My dream band to open for would be Foo Fighters. They have made such amazing and inspiring music that has inspired all of us to write music. It’d just be awesome to watch right after you play.

Why should someone run out right now and check out your music?
Matthew: Someone should get our music because we try and put messages in our songs and we just want everyone to hear those messages.

How can people get a hold of you?
Zakk: At or go to our official website – it has all our links, songs, webisodes, contact, twitter, facebook, etc…

Galvanized Souls are:
Zakk – Lead Vocals and Guitar
Chris – Lead Guitar
Matt – Bass
Kevin – Drums

(Interview by Ken Morton – Live Photos by Edward Brandon)

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Death of an Era: Explosive Secrets Unleashed

Photo Credit: Steven Lipson

Photo Credit: Steven Lipson

Have your attention yet?  Good, because we want to introduce you to this exciting new band from Columbus, Ohio!  

Death of an Erra unleashes an explosive brand of modern metal that should thoroughly enrapture listeners from all across the nation. Their latest endeavor is entitled Black Blagged on Artery Recordings, a compelling album that should launch the band into the big leagues. In this interview, we chat with drummer Michael Cooper about the enigmatically titled Black Bagged, highlights from the road, encounters with friendly homeless people. and other top secrets now revealed at last!  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Death of an Era, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Michael Cooper, I play drums in Death of an Era. Thanks for having me! This band has been together since 2009, started by my brother Chris and myself alongside Daniel and Nathan. Later came Dustin to join us.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We’re from Columbus, Ohio where the local music scene was tough coming up. We really didn’t have the local love until a little later in our unsigned days, but we have an appreciation for those few who have truly been there since the early days.

DOAE_BB_2400-980x980Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Black Bagged?
With the new record title, we named it after the idea that we may be erased or “Black Bagged” for writing about the content we choose to highlight.

Select two songs from Black Bagged and what inspired the lyrics.
The track “Big Brother” exposes the average American following and believing every word that their media or government speaks. While the song “Home” touches on an entirely different lyrical side of Death of an Era. It tells about the struggle of being without the one that you feel at home with.

How does Black Bagged compare to your previous EP The Great Commonweath?
We like to think of “Black Bagged” being a sequel to “The Great Commonwealth” EP. It stays true to the sound we developed with the EP but takes it to a much more advanced level.

How did your tour with The Last Ten Second Of Life go and what were some of the highlights?
Our Spring tour went well! We got the chance to hit some of our favorite cities with some really great bands.  Of course, being from the opposite side of the country, California is always a highlight.

What could one expect from a live Death of an Era show?
If you’re seeing us for the first time, expect a dark, heavy, creepy show.

Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a Death of an Era show?
Strange is the best word if you want stories from tour. We seem to attract insane homeless people. We’ve had them try to get in our trailer before. We’ve seen them expose themselves to us in the street. It’s honestly entertaining..

If Death of an Era could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
If we could choose to support any band, I feel that we would all say Bring Me The Horizon. They’ve been a huge influence since the start and continue to make incredible music.

What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing Black Bagged for the first time?
If you can take anything one idea away from listening to Black Bagged, it is to question everything. Don’t be told what to believe just because your media or government says so. Open your mind.

What’s up next for Death of an Era?
What’s next is a surprise for now, keep an eye out for tours supporting the new record!

Any final words of wisdom?
Thank you guys for having us and thanks to the readers for hearing us out! Pick up a copy of Black Bagged if you can. Support the music that supports you! Much love.

Death of an Era is:
Daniel Simpson – Vocals
Michael Cooper – Drums
Nathan Stewart – Guitar
Dustin Colling – Guitar
Chris Cooper – Bass

(Interview by Ken Morton – Band Photo by Steven Lipson)

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Nihilo announce split album

nihilonews1Swiss death metal powerhouse Nihilo are happy to announce that they will be part of a six-way split CD. Titled Six Methods to Kill, the split will be released through Skinforge Records and the Painfucktory. Other bands on the split will be Human Prey, Nuclear Salvation, Beyond Mortal Dreams, Burial Shroud, and Grotesquary.

More details will be released soon.

In further news, Nihilo are also pleased to announce two upcoming live shows in Switzerland. One show will see the band playing with Mitochondrion, Ritual Necromancy and Auroch and the other will have the band playing with Arsis.

More information can be found here.

9/13/2014 Coq d’Or-Olten, Switzerland (With Mitochondrion / Ritual Necromancy / Auroch)

10/17/2014 Kulturfabrik Kufa-Lyss, Switzerland (With Arsis)


Colossus Release Artwork, Tracklist for New Album

badlands1Colossus “Badlands” Set To Release Sept 16

When they released their debut album critics said: “If Time & Eternal is just the beginning, we could be looking at a long career for Colossus.” Now Colossus is building on that foundation with their sophomore album “Badlands”, out September 16. “Badlands” combines the ambition and spirit of the band’s debut with their progressive hardcore aesthetic and an ambience relatively new to their sound.

Badlands”, a term for dry terrain that has been stripped bare by wind and water, is an album full of energetic anthems designed to identify with the struggles of the human condition; namely loneliness, and the feelings of isolation that can be so difficult to navigate. The title also pays homage to Colossus’ home state of South Dakota and its vast badlands formations where the harsh erosion and desolation of the ground can often give way to a spectacular color display. The irony of the beauty found in the treacherous terrain isn’t lost on Colossus as the theme of finding encouragement in tragedy is one that is at the forefront of “Badlands”.

1. Badlands
2. Demons’
3. Slow Burn
4. Outcast
5. Worthless
6. Shades of Gray
7. Downcast Eyes
8. Insomnia
9. Recoil
10. Nicotine

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hazescene1July 24, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Oakland based indie rock band The American Scene has announced today that they will be releasing their second studio album, Haze, on September 9th via Pure Noise Records. In anticipation for the upcoming release, the band has launched a pre-order for the record and released a new video for their song “Royal Blue,” both of which can be accessed at Additionally, the band has also debuted a new site for exclusive content, future songs and video releases and more.

It’s no secret that the Bay Area has long been an inspiring hub of creativity and a hotbed for unique and prolific musical acts. From Oakland to San Francisco, the cities have produced some of rock’s most influential acts like Grateful Dead, Tom Waits, Green Day and Metallica and the area’s rich musical history has helped pave the way for its successful Outside Lands Festival and rising local bands like Young Prisms, Ty Segall and Tune-Yards. Every so often the Bay Area produces an inspiring new band or artist that will make waves in the U.S. rock scene and alter the current musical landscape. Enter The American Scene.

Formed in 2009, The American Scene got their start writing and performing shows in their native city of Oakland. Comprised of two identical twin brothers, Matt (vocals/bass) and Charles Vincent (drums) along with Chris Purtill (guitar) and Jeff Wright (guitar/vocals), the band released an EP, By Way of Introduction, in 2010 introducing the indie-alternative scene to their unique style of jangly indie rock riffs and inimitably mesmerizing vocals.

By 2012, the band had signed with local Bay Area indie, Pure Noise Records, and released their debut full-length record, Safe For Now. The release received top marks from local and national music critics and helped establish the band as one of the Bay Area’s best rising indie rock bands. Following the release the band spent the next few years playing shows with the likes of The Story So Far, Man Overboard, Handguns, Daybreaker among other, and amassing a hardcore following of fans along the way.

Fast forward to July of 2014 and The American Scene has announced the release of their highly anticipated follow up album, Haze, which was produced by Sam Pura (The Story So Far, Polar Bear Club, Self Defense Family) at The Panda Studios in Fremont, CA. After several releases and years on the road the band has settled in, found their groove and ready to explore their sound with a refined sense of experience and focused songwriting.

“This record came together very naturally,” explains Wright. “Going into it, we were much more conscious of the sound we wanted and what we wanted to portray with the songs. A great deal has changed about our lives since Safe For Now and we think Haze clearly reflects that in a concise and brilliantly framed light. We’ve grown with this record, just as we had with the last and we’re very excited to see what it is that we can accomplish next.”

Haze features ten beautifully written indie-rock songs, including the newly released track “Royal Blue.” The record is scheduled for release on September 9th and can be pre-ordered now at Catch the band at select dates with Balance and Composure in August.

Haze Tracklist:
1. Haze
2. Royal Blue
3. Nails of Love
4. 4th and Broadway
5. Dark Creak
6. What I Could Gather
7. Over To You
8. White Widow
9. Drone
10. Brume

The American Scene Tour Dates:
Aug 19 – Fresno, CA – Strummer’s (w/Balance and Composure)
Aug 20 – San Francisco, CA – Slims (w/Balance and Composure)
Aug 21 – San Diego, CA – Irenic (w/Balance and Composure)

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RAIN CITY ROCKERS Will Release MAYDAY September 16

Andrew Conroy of RAIN CITY ROCKERS - Photo credit: Shimon Karmel

Andrew Conroy of RAIN CITY ROCKERS – Photo credit: Shimon Karmel

Rookie Andrew Conroy Surrounds Himself with Members Of Sum 41, Goldfinger, Die Mannequin, Gob

Andrew Conroy’s path to stardom doesn’t begin with his band, RAIN CITY ROCKERS’ September 16, 2014 release of their debut album MAYDAY on Flashlight Music Group. In fact, the album itself is nothing more than the tip of Conroy’s musical iceberg.

The story of how Conroy got to his release date is one of incredible faith, charm and unquestionable talent. With a virtually empty resume of industry experience, Conroy used a collection of incredibly well-written, power-pop songs as his bargaining chip to entice and position himself as the frontman of Rain City Rockers, a seasoned band featuring members Tom Thacker (Sum 41, Gob), Anthony Bleed (Die Mannequin) and Darrin Pfeiffer (Goldfinger). Conroy introduced his band to the world through an exclusive interview with Substream Music Press (LINK) and before revealing the band’s first single, “Saint Babe” on New Noise Magazine’s website (LINK).

Album-Cover_RCR-ArtworkConroy’s path to Mayday began years ago. He became obsessed with a desire to create a raw and visceral album with limited processing and studio production. “I kinda got the idea a few years ago when I was in San Francisco,” Conroy explains. “I was going vinyl shopping and looking through all the record I had purchased, some Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, and the thing I really liked about those records is the fact that they were recorded live off the floor with no click tracks — with great musicians.” Attempting to bridge the gap between the 60s and 70s and the 21st century, Conroy took that concept to heart, gathering the band to record Mayday… in one day. Each track, from the power-pop influenced, drum and guitar heavy “Mindful Madness” and “Saint Babe” to the pop-ballad “On My Own” highlight the sincere approach to capturing the music. Every exaggerated drum solo and hyper-aggressively guitar riff stands bold and proud, presented as it. “The entire album was recorded live off the floor,” Conroy reveals. “I wanted to capture that feel with a modern sound. You may even hear some of our little mistakes – but I love the energy behind it. To me, the energy and feel is more important than making sure every note is perfectly in tune, or every drum hit is perfectly on time.”

Mayday is the result of that process. Conroy’s belief in his concept and the band’s faith in Conroy’s raw talents shine through in the energy and emotion found on the album. On September 16, 2014, with the release of Mayday, Rain City Rockers will supply that certainty to the world.