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Speaking Out with Like Monroe

likemonroe1Based of the great big state of Texas, the sweeping music of Like Monroe is sure to garner a good deal of attention all across the nation – especially if their new album is indicative of greater glories ahead. Things We Think, But Never Speak is the name of Like Monroe’s debut for Good Fight / eOne Music – an exhilarating collection of highly memorable, wonderfully heartfelt anthems.  We recently caught up with guitarist / vocalist Wade Concienne to discuss the new album, the compelling lyrical content, stories from the road, and other topics of intrigue.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Like Monroe, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Wade Concienne, I am the singer and guitar player of Like Monroe. The band has been together with this current lineup for about a year now however, Ty and I started the band almost eight years ago under a different name.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
The band is based out of Houston Texas, our local scene is great. Without our local scene we would not be where we are today.Our buddies in Concepts, Fear and Wonder, Strength In Shadows, and Sleep Labs are definitely worth the listen!

How did you wind up signing to Good Fight/eOne Music?
I think we can all say it started when we were introduced to our manager Jason Rudolph. The guy is amazing at what he does and gave us the direction we needed to be on a great label. After Jason informed us that the label liked what we were doing, it was clear to us that Good Fight/ eOne was the best way to go.

likemonroecd1Is there any story or concept behind the album title Things We Think, But Never Speak?
I think there is definitely a concept and story behind it. Everyone’s story is probably different from the next, but the overall concept is pretty black and white. There are things we think but can never speak all the time. For whatever reason it may be, maybe it is a tough situation someone is in or something along those lines, but the album title is almost an encouragement to say those things. Throughout the album we discuss issues and ways we can say those things.

Select two songs from Things We Think, But Never Speak and what inspired the lyrics.
Prison Flood” and “So Beautiful“. Prison Flood is about a personal struggle of mine. That struggle being dealing with constant anxiety attacks and depression. I believe a lot of people can relate to this message. It starts the song with words of anger about the struggle and end with almost a sense of relief. The relief is that through all that pain we endure, with patience and time, we will learn to conquer our struggle. So Beautiful is a song that goes out to people with thought of suicide. Suicide is such a delicate issue and we just want to show people that the world is beautiful and worth living, just give it time.

What was it like working with Drew Fulk and what did he contribute to the overall recording process?
Drew Fulk is a great guy and great producer. Right off the bat him and I hit it off with finding out we were both in love with Jared Leto from 30 Seconds To Mars haha. Drew just knew what we were going for and was on the same page with us the whole time which is what I think made us such a great match. Overall Drew helped with lyric writing and vocal melodies. He would make suggestions to us and be like “hey it would be sick if you sung it like this” and BOOM! Its like the whole song had a new vibe and direction for the better.

What could one expect from a live Like Monroe show?
Pure energy and a great time. The way Chris and Alex move on stage is quite amazing, I still do not know how they do it, and Ty just really knows how to connect with the audience on what seems like a personal level.

What was it like playing the Never Say Never Festival?
Amazing! The kids out there were just such a great crowd and we had a blast.

What kind of touring have you done so far and have you ever played in the Los Angeles area?
So far we have had Tours with All That Remains, Avatar, Eyes Set To Kill and Scare Don’t Fear. Sadly none of these tours made it through LA yet. Hopefully the next one does!

Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a Like Monroe show?
On the tour with Scare Don’t Fear, we would prank Scare Don’t Fear all the time. Well one time they decided to prank us and tell us the promoter at one of the venues kicked us off the tour. Our hearts were pounding and we were just freaking out. It’s not like we were an hour drive from Houston, we were all the way in Florida. Luckily they told us it was a joke, but my gosh that was scary.

If Like Monroe could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Of Mice and Men is just killing it right now, it would be such a fun tour with them. Also our buddies in Color Morale and Issues, we are all friends with them and Garret Rapp is actually featured on our album.

What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing Things We Think, But Never Speak for the first time?
The message. We spent a ton of time with the messages of these songs. All these were close to our hearts and we want others to feel the same way.

What’s up next for Like Monroe?
Tour Tour Tour! Also possibly a new music video!

Any final words of wisdom?
Stay True to yourself, be all you can be and hold onto your dreams. Our whole album discusses this and we hope people listen.

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions! Hope to see you guys play out here in L.A. sometime soon!
Thank you so much for having me!

Like Monroe is:
Ty Johnson – Vocals
Wade Concienne – Guitar/Vocals
Alex Lofton – Bass
Chris Deckard – Guitar
Nathan Richie – Drums

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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2Chasing Safety will hit the road this December headlining A Metal Christmas & A Heavy New Year Tour with support from One Year Later, Bright Well, The Road To Milestone and Que/Sera.

13Vocalist Johnny Galivan comments, “This time of the year is filled with holidays that give us a reason to drop everything and spend time with family and friends. We are very excited to announce that along with that, we now have a reason to drop everything and play a bunch of shows for our awesome fans. We are stoked to be a part of this year’s A Metal Christmas & Heavy New Year Tour!”

Catch A Metal Christmas & A Heavy New Year Tour in a city near you. Tickets available at

A Metal Christmas…
Chasing Safety, One Year Later, Bright Well, The Road To Milestone
12/26 – The Harmony Grange Hall
12/27 – Linthicum, MD @ LHUMC
12/28 – Brewster, NY @ Brewster American Legion Hall
12/29 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club*
12/30 – Asbury Park, NY @ Asbury Lanes

… A Heavy New Year
Chasing Safety, One Year Later, Bright Well, The Road to Milestone, Que/Sera
01/01 – Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe’s Bar and Grille**
01/02 – Providence, RI @ Simons
01/03 – Albany, NY @ Bogies
01/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ M2 Brooklyn Asylum**

* No The Road To Milestone
** No Que/Sera

Pick up Chasing Safety’s debut album Season Of The Dead on iTunes!


It Lies Within Releases Brand New Single “Reap What You Sow”

edd1600f-3929-4892-8fe6-449ea993b9e7Begins Tour with The Browning Friday

It Lies Within are proud to release their first taste of new material in two years just days before they begin the biggest tour of their career. The band’s brand new single, entitled “Reap What You Sow,” is the first song released since the band’s 2012 Chrysalis (Luxor Records). The single, which can be heard HERE, is taken from the band’s forthcoming Jonny Mcbee (of The Browning) and Nick Morris (of As They Sleep) co-produced full length that will be released in 2015 and will be the first to feature new guitarist Alex Maggard and new bassist/singer Erik McKay. Vocalist Zachary Scott had this to say, “Our new line up is more solid than ever and we can’t express how excited we are to show the world the brand new It Lies Within. We have added this song into our live set also so make sure to come out to show!” The band will begin the Cat Clothing presents The Respect Strength Loyalty tour this Friday in support of The Browning (Century Media/Earache Records). The tour begins in Austin, TX and will run through December 20th where it will end in St. Louis, MO. Other notable dates during the tour include, Dallas, TX (November 30th), Denver, CO (December 9th), Kansas City, MO (December 10th), and Cleveland, OH (December 17th).

11/28 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog
11/29 Houston, TX – Walters
11/30 Dallas, TX – Curtain Club
12/02 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
12/03 Mesa, AZ – The Underground
12/05 Canoga Park, CA – Cobalt Café
12/06 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
12/07 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
12/09 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
12/10 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
12/11 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Hall
12/12 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
12/13 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
12/14 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
12/16 Westland, MI – Token lounge
12/17 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
12/18 Newport, KY – Thompson House
12/20 St. Louis, MO – Fubar

About It Lies Within:
Prevailing from the highest murder city per capita in America; Flint, MI based metalcore act It Lies Within exploded on the scene with their energetic live performance and positive based message. After quickly earning a few opening slots for larger national acts at their hometown venue The Machine Shop, It Lies Within immediately hit the studio and prepared for the road. Touring full time since 2011, these guys are inching their way and becoming recognized on to the national circuit. This lifelong group of friends are on a non-stop path to shed a different light on the metalcore scene with their creative music writing, positive message and insane live show. Because of this diversity they are a very entertaining group to watch.

Over the last two years, It Lies Within has played numerous sold-out shows with The Devil Wears Prada, All That Remains, We Came As Romans, Asking Alexandria, Motionless in White, Attack! Attack!, Texas in July, Times of Grace, Chiodos and more. It Lies Within’s first full length Luxor Records release Chrysalis was released Sept. 4th, 2012 and is out now on iTunes and stores near you! Like a prince ready to prove his worth to the kingdom, It Lies Within is ready to release a new album in early 2014. With their die-hard street team and constant growing fan base – these guys will survive the trends and create music for the masses.





James Michael (vocalist, noted producer/songwriter), DJ Ashba (guitarist, also with Guns N’ Roses) and Nikki Sixx (bassist, also with Mötley Crüe), collectively known as SIXX:A.M., released their third album MODERN VINTAGE on October 7th. 2014. Their current radio single, “Stars,” is quickly climbing the radio charts and has already hit #22 at Active Rock.

The video for “Stars” will make its debut on Fox News online today – find it at: .

Of the video, Sixx says “What’s exciting for me about the STARS video is the fact that it is live. I think it shows the quality of the band’s musicianship and a little snapshot into what we’re about live considering we will be touring in April of 2015.” The band recently announced their first-ever headlining tour, with special guests Apocalyptica, for Spring 2015 at their first live show in 5 years at iHeart Theater in Los Angeles. Footage from the exclusive performance is featured in the “Stars” video and will give fans a glimpse of what to expect at the highly-anticipated shows next spring. Tickets are available at

MODERN VINTAGE, the album, that REVOLVER Magazine said “lives up to its title by drawing heavily upon the songwriting values of the ‘70s rock era – specifically, the period’s emphasis on punchy riffs and catchy choruses – while still managing to sound fresh and contemporary,” will also be available on vinyl as of 12/15 – just in time for holiday gifts for fans of the band. For more Sixx:A.M. holiday gift ideas and merchandise bundles go to

Sixx:A.M.’s previous two albums, THE HEROIN DIARIES and THIS IS GONNA HURT – both of which were accompanied by books of the same name – have sold over 600,000 copies and spawned 2 number one radio singles, “Life Is Beautiful” and “This Is Gonna Hurt”.



MELKOR (Atmospheric Black Metal from Germany)

melkor2New album “Irrlicht” (Dec. 12, 2014)

=Devouring depths of gloomy moods=

Mainman Patrick, known (as a live guitarist) to insiders of German Black Metal acts NOCTE OBDUCTA and AGRYPNIE, presents his new songs with full devotion.

MELKOR was founded in the beginning of 2004, rising from the ashes of two-men-project Kheled-Zarâm.

melkor1Irrlicht“ is scheduled for December 12, 2014 and celebrates the 10th anniversary of the project with 8 carefully chosen songs that, as results of a long maturing process, get to the heart of MELKOR’s very essence.

Not unlike the first demo, Patrick recorded and engineered this work almost entirely on his own.

Irrlicht“ offers a heavy and abyssic kind of passionate ATMOSPHERIC BLACK METAL.

MELKOR has a tangible surface, offers melodies, stories, rhymes, and yet is ambivalent and permeated by metaphors.
The project enters the maelstrom of the depths and stares into the abyss, gives the listener presentiments of the enigmatic workings of powers that consume all existence and at the same time make it blossom.

The purpose is not to glorify, but to preserve an unflinching view at the splendor of destruction and the temptation of poison.
No satan, no other gods inhabit the world that the music and lyrics of MELKOR try to approach in a respectful and yet passionately entangled manner – a blind behemoth, a blaze in the dark, beautiful and terrifying, cold and hot,black, white and grey.

METALMESSAGE promotes the new album of this capable Black Metal true-believer from Frankfurt very timely:
at winter!

Release: “Irrlicht” (Album; Dec. 12, 2014)
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Label: Self-financed

1. Spiegelwand
2. Die Welle erneuert sich
3. Irrlicht (Ferne II)
4. Pangaea
5. In den welkenden Wäldern
6. Des Berges Schweigen
7. Opferlamm
8. The Great Defender
(61 min.)

Metal Archives:

Patrick (all inst., voc)



Crisalida - Terra AncestralThe Chilean Progressive Metal band CRISALIDA is adding the final touches to their fourth full length album titled “Terra Ancestral“, to be released somewhere between March/April of 2015.

CRISALIDA has made a huge career move this time by hiring Anathema’s Daniel Cardoso to produce “Terra Ancestral”. Also the band has recorded this new opus at Tierra Studios, one of the best studios with a great analogue recorder in South America, having all of the toys necessary (meaning studio gear) to get the best sound and production possible for this new effort.

Rodrigo “Atilio” Sánchez, drummer and leader of the band stated:

“Right now we are on a very good position with Crisalida, we are playing live very often, not only in our home country but in the neighbor countries as well, the fans knows us very well because of our past recordings and videos, and we have managed to built a very solid fan following. But despite all of that we really wanted for this new album to do something very, very special, and that’s why we hired Daniel Cardoso to do the job. We rented one of the most expensive studios here in South America and we filmed everything related to the recording and production process to, soon enough, release it as a documentary and beside all that we are also already working on two video clips.

We expect that this album to be our breaking point for CRISALIDA, we strongly believe on the songs we have recorded and that we have a powerful message, a message that beside the language barrier (yes, we are stubborn enough to continue singing in Spanish), we are fully decided that we are capable to conquer with our music”.

Being mixed and mastered at Ultrasound Studios (Lisbon, Portugal) by Daniel Cardoso, CRISALIDA’s new album will be released through a soon to be disclosed label, and will be the first one to be distributed in Europe and North American markets.

A teaser of the new album can be seen from the following link:

Video Clip for “Araucana”, the opening track of CRISALIDA’s previous album (Solar – 2012):



twingiantnews1Phoenix Arizona’s TWINGIANT are pleased to announce that they will release a cassette version of their new album Devil Down via Canada’s Medusa Crush Records.

While the album is still set to be released digitally on December 2nd, 2014, the cassette (And a self-released vinyl edition) will be released on February 7th, 2015.

You can hear the first single from Devil Down “Daisy Cutter“, here:

A teaser trailer for the album is also available on YouTube and can be heard here:

Twingiant Online:

Medusa Crush Recordings:


The Shakers at The Viper Room

theshakersviperrev1The Shakers, The Viper Room, November 15, 2014

It was off to the notorious Viper Room on the Sunset Strip with photographer Jack Lue to check out a local band destined for greater glories ahead. We are speaking of The Shakers, a raging indie rock entity whose dynamic live shows will take this wondrously unique collective to the top! Fearlessly bucking the trends and coming up with a sound that is visionary and compelling, The Shakers is the kind of band that shows the City Of Angels could still unleash some ferocious talent onto the world at the large. Headlining the world famous venue on a Saturday night,  The Shakers had The Viper Room packed to the rafters for what would be a tremendously memorable show.

theshakersviperrev2Opening with the nefarious strains of Villain, the room was quaking right away with the vibrant intensity The Shakers were exuded from the stage. One notices right away the mesmerizing performance of Jodie Schell, unleashing the memorable vocals with a captivating sense of urgency. Not a shy chanteuse in the least, Ms. Schell vented a range of emotions that were absolutely electrifying. Chris Lee on lead guitar unveiled an exhilarating wall of sound, while John “Ro” Rogan on bass and Nick Woods on drum made for a thrilling rhythm section ride on the wild side. Performing songs from their recently released Rescue Team as well as unveiling a whole cadre of thrilling new material, top tunes by The Shakers included Mystics, I Spy, and the devastating Thundercloud.

theshakersviperrev3Opening for acts as wide ranging as Everclear, Our Lady Peace, and The Motels, The Shakers own innovative work has clearly attracted an audience looking for a heartfelt, auditory adventure. All this, and the songs are insanely accessible, leaving an indelible impression even at first listen. It will be exciting to see what the future has in store for The Shakers, certainly one of L.A’s best kept secrets.  Be sure to check this rocking outfit out when they show up to shake it up at the clubs in your town.

(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)

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At Our Expense at Cobalt Cafe

atourexp2At Our Expense, Cobalt Café, November 12, 2014

At Our Expense is a hard working collective from the San Fernando Valley who has found themselves on national tours, and have self-released their own recordings over the last few years. Amazingly unsigned at this time, At Our Expense combines the melodies of punk punk with the vibrant intensity of post hardcore – unleashing an auditory exhibition of sound that will captivate the senses. Playing right into the middle of an all pop punk night at the Cobalt Café, At Our Expense drew a wildly appreciative crowd on an otherwise tranquil Wednesday night in Canoga Park.

atourexp3Opening with the spiraling Lighthouse, the first track from their recently released I’m The One Who Changed effort, At Our Expense sent the room spinning with their exhilarating set. One noticed right away the shattering clean vocals of Angel Carmona, venting an emotional intensity that soared into the stratosphere. The ferocious unclean vocals then arrived via Andy Argueta, presenting a feral juxtaposition that really kept your attention throughout. The two charismatic front men were way up in the front, certainly drawing the audience in with two very impassioned performances.

atourexp4The musicianship in the band was absolutely thrilling, with each member contributing tremendously to the At Our Expense wall of sound. Terrific performances all around from Danny Santamaria on guitar, Danny Lopez on guitar and vocals, Emory Mugalianon bass, and Michael Duffy on drums. Focusing on material culled from the new CD, songs such as The Walls Around Me and In The Heart Of August were gripping and ambitious. With a show this powerful and an explosive recording to back it all up, it won’t be long before we witness At Our Expense finally breaking it out into the big leagues, whether with a record label or on their own terms. In the meantime, be sure to catch up to this vastly underrated local band on the rise and get ready to be thoroughly impressed by their sonic artistry. Presented by TwoHearts Show!

(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Talia Farber)

At Our Expense on Facebook


DRAGONHAMMER: early albums reissues

83f63e20-d395-46bb-b2a6-36591e6a9d13We are really glad to reissue on January 19th, 2015 the first two DRAGON-HAMMER’s albums released 14 and 10 years ago.

They are the legendary “The Blood Of The Dragon” (originally issued on 2001) and “Time For Expiation” (which saw the light on 2004) presented here in a new 2015 editions featuring a new digital treatment for the artwork thanks to the artist Antonio Pannullo, a completely new layout and for both releases bonus live tracks recorded during the 2014 European tour together with FREEDOM CALL.

A new European tour will start early next year and some live shows in South America are in program too.

Details will follow soon, so wait for something really shattering!

Official sites: