Thursday, 28 May 2015

Coal Chamber Returns With Rivals

The Return with Rivals


Mount Holly to recieve key to the city of New Jersey birthplace

Three Days Grace: On Being Human

Susan Hodges Grant talks with Three Days Grace

Ministry/The Sixxis@The Fillmore--Silver Spring, MD. 5/5/2015 Coal Chamber Returns With Rivals BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE ANNOUNCES SOUTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR MOUNT HOLLY TO RECEIVE KEY TO THE CITY IN NEW JERSEY BIRTHPLACE Three Days Grace: On Being Human
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Shattered Sun

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Shattered Sun is an up-and-coming metal-core band and I was extremely honored and proud to engage these new metal artists. Being a Hispanic and sharing a love for the genre made this interview a bit special. How so? The entire musical line of this band happens to be Hispanic. My conversation with vocalist Marcos Leal was quite insightful; we touched on a lot within a short period of time. The direction and future of this newly minted project was astonishing. Shattered Sun is a sextet hailing from the small town of Alice, Texas. Their sound provides hard hitting riffs laced with Leal's unique vocal assault. The band provides ripping arrangements tooled in advance by its founder and guitarist Daniel Trejo along with input from their drummer, Robert Garza, who lays down some fierce acrobatic drumming. I can assure you it's a collaborative effort as the vocalist describes it and the musical foundation is laid brick by brick. Shattered Sun is a true testimony to the hard driving sprit of its members, a definite cohesiveness that eludes many bands today. They've all grown up in an area riddled with violence, gangs and drugs. All too often we hear how the...


Chiodos: Devil

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Chiodos is back with a vengeance on their fourth album, "Devil". The band has produced a sonic masterpiece that takes the listener on a musical and emotional roller coaster ride. Original vocalist Craig Owens and drummer Derrick Frost are back in the fold, and form the twisting and turning track for the rest of the band to ride upon. Keyboardist Bradley Bell, bassist Matt Goddard, and guitarists Pat McManaman and Thomas Erak play with wild abandon and stellar technical prowess. Owens uses every facet of his vocal ability to deliver the full range of emotions necessary to match his lyrics. He is the rare vocalist who can sing softly and sweetly, loudly and angrily, and everything in between. "Devil" is full of great songs of all styles of rock.


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Memphis May Fire Launch Pre-Orders For 'Unconditional' Deluxe Edition, Featuring 4 Bonus Tracks, Out July 17; Album Remixed/Remastered by Brian Hood at 456 Recordings; Band On Vans Warped Tour All Summer
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 09:09    | Written by Brandon Delano    PDF Print E-mail

Memphis May Fire Launch Pre-Orders For 'Unconditional' Deluxe Edition, Featuring 4 Bonus Tracks, Out July 17; Album Remixed/Remastered by Brian Hood at 456 Recordings; Band On Vans Warped Tour All Summer

Dallas, TX rockers Memphis May Fire have launched pre-orders for the Deluxe Edition of 'Unconditional' today on MerchNow and iTunes.

The deluxe edition of the band's 4th studio album, set for release on July 17 via Rise Records, features 4 bonus tracks including the new single "My Generation" and acoustic versions of fan favorites "Beneath The Skin" and "Need To Be." The LP was remixed & remastered by Brian Hood (Being As An Ocean, Sworn In) at 456 Recordings.

"My Generation" is streaming on the Rise Youtube channel and is available as an instant grat track on iTunes.

"Unconditional" debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 and at #1 on the Hard Music, Rock and Independent charts, back in March 2014, beating the #16 debut of the band's 2012 LP "Challenger."

Memphis May Fire are one of the headlining acts on this summer's Vans Warped Tour which kicks off June 19 and runs through August 8.
Track Listing:

1. No Ordinary Love
2. Beneath The Skin
3. Sleepless Nights
4. The Answer
5. Possibilities
6. Speechless
7. The Rose
8. Not Enough
9. Need To Be
10. Pharisees
11. Divinity
12. My Generation
13. Stay The Course
14. Beneath The Skin (Acoustic)
15. Need To Be (Acoustic)
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 14:16    | Written by Brandon Delano    PDF Print E-mail


The fourth annual Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK Festival will feature a spectacular music lineup of hard rock, alternative and metal artists, as well as an expanded festival site with onsite camping Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 at its new home at Gibson Ranch just outside Sacramento, CA. In addition, the festival will feature live, in-ring matches with WWE’s NXT Superstars.
The band lineup for Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK 2015 includes Slipknot, Faith No More, Deftones, Shinedown, Jane’s Addiction, Marilyn Manson, Coheed & Cambria, Stone Temple Pilots, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Bring Me The Horizon, All Time Low, Sleeping With Sirens, Eagles of Death Metal, Black Veil Brides, and many more performing on four stages. See below for the band lineup by day.
Corey Taylor of Slipknot says, "We are really looking forward to playing AFTERSHOCK in Sacramento! A lot of great bands--can't wait to see everyone, from Manson to Clutch. Sacramento won't know what hit it when me and my friends are through."
Deftones’ Chino Moreno says, "We’re looking forward to being one of the headliners at AFTERSHOCK this year and performing in our hometown.  It's always special to return to the city that made us."
In addition to music performances, Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK will feature live, in-ring matches with WWE’s NXT Superstars.  NXT is WWE’s developmental division based out of the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Over the past two years, NXT has grown into one of the hottest sports entertainment brands in the world, featuring incredible athleticism and compelling storylines that can be seen every Wednesday night at 8 PM ET on the award-winning WWE Network.
A special “Pre-Shock” discounted Weekend Ticket pre-sale for Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK will begin on Wednesday, May 27 at 10:00 AM PT and run through Sunday, May 31 at 11:59pm PT (or when pre-sale tickets sell out) at, with regularly priced tickets going on sale Monday, June 1. See below for more details.
The daily band lineup for Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK is as follows:
Saturday, October 24: Slipknot, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Bring Me The Horizon, Black Veil Brides, Clutch, Hollywood Undead, P.O.D., Sevendust, Pop Evil, All That Remains, Helmet, Snot, Beartooth, Turbowolf, Art of Dying, Temperance Movement, Kill It Kid, Devour The Day, September Mourning, Stars In Stereo, Raveneye
Sunday, October 25: Faith No More, Deftones, Jane’s Addiction, Stone Temple Pilots, Coheed and Cambria, All Time Low, Death From Above 1979, Eagles of Death Metal, Sleeping With Sirens, Yelawolf, Failure, Glassjaw, Suicidal Tendencies, Issues, The Sword, Highly Suspect, ’68, Red Fang, One OK Rock, Madchild, Neck Deep, Pink Slips
California's biggest rock festival hosted over 37,000 fans in 2014 and is expanding the festival experience in 2015 to include onsite camping and the Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK Tequila World. Additional experiences include artist autograph signings at the Monster Energy Hospitality Rig, the Monster Energy viewing area with beverage sampling, Thunder Valley Casino Resort VIP Lounge, the Jack Daniel’s Experience, The Crazy Dave's Music Experience, band autograph signings, various onsite sponsor activities, and a variety of food and beverage options, including local gourmet food trucks. 
Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK producer Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents explains, “I loved Discovery Park as a venue. But after two straight years of selling out, there was no room left to grow the festival. Like Discovery Park, Gibson Ranch is a beautiful space that will keep the natural feel of the festival grounds but also gives us room to add new experiences such as camping, Tequila World and the Jack Daniel’s mobile museum. And I am particularly excited about bringing WWE’s NXT brand to AFTERSHOCK. After attending WrestleMania® last year, I knew NXT was a perfect fit. WWE has been a part of mainstream entertainment and pop culture for years and has always been connected with the world of music.  NXT’s energy is a phenomenal match for AFTERSHOCK.”
The new Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK Tequila World will feature a wide range of tequilas, extreme margaritas, gourmet tacos, mixologists and more. Tequilas that will be offered in Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK Tequila World include: Patron, Don Julio, Cuervo, El Jimador, Cabo Wabo and Espolon. Admission to this area is free and open to those 21 and up.
The Jack Daniel’s Experience mobile museum will bring a “Taste of Tennessee” to Sacramento this year. Visitors will learn who Mr. Jack Daniel was and how he ended up with the best selling whiskey in the world. Guests will also see (and smell) whiskey dripping slowly through charcoal and the new oak barrels used in maturing Tennessee’s finest whiskey.
The Crazy Dave's Music Experience is a free, interactive “rock star” exhibit where fans can get hands-on interaction with tons of musical equipment--much of which is used by their favorite artists performing on stage at the show—and attend artist signings with members of various AFTERSHOCK bands. Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK and The Crazy Dave's Music Experience also host a group of local music students as part of The Student Experience, which includes a backstage educational tour and participation in various contests and activities at The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience tent.
Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK generates a substantial economic impact in the Sacramento metro area. Based on economic impact studies done at other Danny Wimmer Presents festivals, event producers estimate an economic impact of over $11 million in 2015.
"The Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK Festival has proven itself as a tidal wave of economic impact for Sacramento," said Mike Testa, COO of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. "It drives thousands of hotel room nights to the city and county, directly spends close to a million dollars at local businesses, and provides millions of dollars in overall economic impact to the region."
A special “Pre-Shock” discounted Weekend Ticket pre-sale for Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK will run from Wednesday, May 27 through Sunday, May 31 (while supplies last) at During the pre-sale, a limited number of discounted Weekend General Admission tickets will be available for purchase. The Pre-Shock ticket prices are as follows:
Pre-Sale #1: Wednesday, May 27 at 10:00 AM: $79.50 (Weekend GA)
Pre-Sale #2: $89.50 (Weekend GA), begins when Pre-Sale #1 tickets are sold out
Pre-Sale #3: $99.50 (Weekend GA), begins when Pre-Sale #2 tickets are sold out
Camping and hotel packages, as well as discounted VIP tickets and General Admission ticket 4-packs, will also be available for purchase during the Pre-Shock pre-sale. Visit for details and pricing.
Regularly priced weekend tickets go on sale Monday, June 1 at 10:00 AM PT at, and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Ticket prices will be as follows:
2-Day General Admission: $114.50
Single Day General Admission: $64.50
Single Day VIP: $119.50
VIP tickets include: a VIP entrance to venue; access to the Thunder Valley Casino Resort VIP Lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service; viewing of main stage (seated and standing areas); seated area with shade for dining and private restroom facilities; a VIP commemorative guest laminate, and more. 
As in the past, ticket discounts will also be available for active military through Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK partner GovX. For full details about all tickets, military ticket discounts, hotel and VIP packages, visit Gates for Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK Festival open at 11:00 AM each day.  
Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, LOUDER THAN LIFE, Northern Invasion, The Big Ticket, and more.
The festival is fueled by Monster Energy. Additional 2015 sponsors include: Coors Light, Jack Daniel’s, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, WWE, The Crazy Dave's Music Experience, Dimple’s Records, Marshall Headphones, Yelp, Sacramento News & Review, Sacramento Bee and more to be announced.
3 Doors Down announce Summer touring plans
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 08:17    | Written by Brandon Delano    PDF Print E-mail
3 Doors Down has announced the band's Summer touring plans will feature a joint run with Seether for more than a dozen dates, as well as the selection of Theory of a Deadman or Collective Soul as support in markets where Seether is not appearing.  Prior to the tour, the  band will be in the studio recording a new album with multi-platinum hit record producer Matt Wallace.  3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold shares, "We're excited to be heading in to the studio with Matt to make a new 3 Doors Down record!  We can't wait to get some of these new songs we've been playing live put to tape.  This is shaping up to be our best album yet!"

The Seether run begins on July 7 in Laredo, TX.  A VIP pre-sale will go live TODAY at Noon local time with the public on-sale set for Friday, May 15th at 10AM.  Tickets and VIP packages can be purchased at the band's web site  Guitarist Chris Henderson shares, "Touring with our friends in Seether is always a blast! We have quite a bit of road history together and they’ve played our annual Better Life Foundation event in the past. Looking forward to a summer full of great rock shows, and most importantly, seeing our fans!"  

Prior to connecting with Seether in Laredo, 3 Doors Down will make three main stage festival appearances in Detroit (5/30), Chattanooga (6/05) and Fairfax (6/06), with Theory of a Deadman then joining the band as support in Louisiana and Texas during the Fourth of July Holiday.  Throughout the summer, the band  is offering two VIP Experiences, one of which features on-stage bleacher seating during the band's set. For more information visit

* With Seether 
^ With Theory of a Deadman Supporting
+ With Collective Soul Supporting

5/30 Detroit, MI Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix 
6/05 Chattanooga, TN Riverbend Festival - Coca Cola Mainstage
6/06 Fairfax, VA Celebrate Fairfax! Festival 
7/02 Lake Charles, LA L'Auberge Casino Resort ^
7/03 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheater^
7/04 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Amphitheatre ^
7/07 Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Center *
7/08 Dallas, TX Bomb Factory *
7/10 Shawnee, OK The Firelake Arena - Shawnee *
7/11 Sioux City, IA Battery Park *
7/14 Bloomfield, CO 1st Bank Center *
7/15 Kearney, NE Viaero Event Center *
7/16 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater *
7/18 Hot Springs, AR Timberwood Amphitheater
7/19 New Orleans, LA Bold Sphere Music at Champions *
7/21 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live *
7/22 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall *
7/24 West Palm Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
7/26 Jackson, MS Thalia Mara Hall
7/28 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion*
7/30 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino *
8/01 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts *
8/12 Hamburg, NY Grandstand +
8/13 Bethlehem, PA Musikfest +
8/15 Fort McCoy, WI Fort McCoy Army Base ^
8/17 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival +
8/20 Fairlea, WV State Fair of West Virginia
8/22 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion
Rock On The Range 2015 @ Mapfre Stadium 5/15/2015
Monday, 25 May 2015 22:23    | Written by Johnnie Crow    PDF Print E-mail

Rock On The Range 2015

Written by Johnnie Vrana

Rock On The Range is the crown jewel of American rock festivals and the centerpiece of the World's Loudest Month series of concert events. The 9th annual rock family gathering took place at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on May 15, 16 and 17, 2015. The show sold out in advance and 40,000 fans per day descended on the home of the Columbus Crew. Rangers camped out on the grounds or filled sold-out hotels all over town.

ROTR, once again, brought the heavyweight talent with multiple headliners per night. Where else can you see Judas Priest, Slipknot, Linkin Park, Rise Against, Godsmack and Marilyn Manson in one weekend? Not to mention Volbeat, Papa Roach, and Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. 

[click image for ROTR Day 1 photos]


Rock on the Range 


Whenever the Monster Energy Main Stage wasn't rocking, there were two side stages going on either side of the stadium. The Jagermeister Stage brought some of the hottest bands you haven't seen or heard of yet - bands like Crobot, Highly Suspect, From Ashes To New and September Mourning - as well as some of the biggest bands rocking the smaller stage: Nonpoint, Periphery, The Devil Wears Prada and Hatebreed. The Ernie Ball Stage was part of a massive festival area with food, merch, vendor booths and a Monster Energy viewing area featuring the latest flavors to try. This stage featured the likes of Tech N9ne, Yelawolf, Dillinger Escape Plan, Tremonti, BabyMetal, Vamps, Art Of Dying, Starset, Motionless In White and Ministry. 

If the headbanging and horn-throwing got to be too much, and you needed some comic relief, you could head into the Rolling Rock Comedy Tent. Here you could get a drink and laugh along with the likes of Rob Schneider, Rod Paulette, Brian Posehn, Jim Norton and, from “That Metal Show,” Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine.

One of the coolest things about Rock On The Range is seeing bands start on the third stage and work their way into Main Stage status. The promoters, Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live, have a knack for selecting acts that tend to grow in stature and popularity. The festival grows as the artists grow, so you get to see the evolution of Halestorm, In This Moment, The Pretty Reckless, Hollywood Undead, Of Mice & Men, Apocalyptica, Like A Storm and We Are Harlot. Which of this year's bands will test the time and grace the stadium stage in the future? Will it be Unlocking The Truth, Marmozets, Upon A Burning Body, Red Sun Rising, Dorothy, Danger Kids or Beartooth? Only time will tell. Did you know that the first band to ever play Rock On The Range was Breaking Benjamin? This year they returned to crush a set of old and new songs on the main stage, keeping the field moshing and crowd surfing.

[click image for ROTR Day 2 photos] 


Rock on the Range 


Another great aspect of ROTR is the chance to see legends you may have missed out on, or have been waiting to see again. Metal masters like Anthrax, Saxon, Sabaton and In Flames brought the noise. Alternative acts such as Live and Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts brought the angst. Sometimes you get a surprise guest who decides to unleash a new project into the world and chooses ROTR as the place to do it. Saint Asonia is a brand new band consisting of Adam Gontier from Three Days Grace, Mike Mushok from Staind, Corey Lowery from Eye Empire and Rich Beddoe from Finger Eleven. This band is going to make a lot of people very happy, and they quickly had the Rangers in a frenzy. The new songs are instantly lovable, and just for fun, the guys also played “Mudshovel” and “I Hate Everything About You.” Anyone who missed that show had better arrive early next time and know that “Special Guest” strongly emphasizes the word “special.”

That pretty much sums up Rock On The Range - you don't know what you're going to experience, but you know it is going to be awesome. With plans for the 10th annual musical orgy already underway, you better make your plans now so you don't miss out. Rock On The Range 2016 is going to be epic and it is going to sell out in advance. Make sure you are part of what Chester Bennington called “one of the best crowds we have ever played for”.

[click image for ROTR Day 3 photos] 


Rock on the Range 


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Sunday, 24 May 2015 23:23    | Written by Brandon Delano    PDF Print E-mail



Live at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 

 Friday, July 31st
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