‘Dredd’ & ‘The Grey’ Producer Discusses ‘The Voices’ & ‘Punisher: Dirty Laundry 2’

Adi Shankar is kind of an unsung figure in the recent history of mainstream cinema, a revolutionary of the R-Rated action drama who made films like Dredd, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and Killing Them Softly.

“A few years ago, it would have been very hard, nearly impossible,” said Shankar, referring to the greenlighting of such productions in an industry that favors the more commercially viable PG-13 rating.

Nowadays, such films are flourishing again, and Shankar’s latest producer credit, The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds, will open in theaters nationwide this week. I caught up with Adi Shankar back in November, who revealed some insights into The Voices and the current going-ons of his career.

Ryan Reynolds stars in The Voices as Jerry, a man whose cat urges him to become a serial killer, while his dog acts as the angel on his shoulder; by comparing the film to his expanding “Bootleg Universe” of violent, unauthorized short films and webseries based on popular comics characters, such as Punisher: Dirty Laundry and Dredd: Superfiend, Shankar humorously likened The Voices to Garfield.

“People who are familiar with my online stuff know I have this whole thing called the Bootleg Universe, Shankar said, where I take sort of iconic characters and re-imagine them. The way I describe The Voices is “Bootleg Garfield”. It’s literally Bootleg Garfield. There’s no in between about it. It’s Garfield done as a horror movie!”

Comic fans should take note that Shankar went on a tangent, revealing he had recently worked on yet another comic book bootleg starring an unannounced iconic character, and expressed a desire to create a follow up to the critically acclaimed Punisher: Dirty Laundry, starring actor Thomas Jane. He also played mum on a sequel to the newly christened cult classic, Dredd, noting you could just check out his unofficial Dredd animated series, Superfiend.

“I’m not about challenging notions concerning fan films; it’s a form of self expression,” Shankar said. “I generally work with properties that would never see the light of day.”

Veering back to The Voices, Shankar, like many critics, suggests the best role of Ryan Reynolds’s career. Could this mark the beginning of a McConaughey-esque career turnaround for the struggling Green Lantern leading-man?

“I think this is Ryan Reynolds’ best performance, and I’m not saying this as a guy involved in the movie,” Shankar said. “I’m saying this as a big fan and friend of Ryan, and everyone who has seen this says the same thing.”

Shankar revealed he would also be acting alongside Reynolds in the film; however, don’t expect him to be winning any Oscars for best supporting actor anytime soon…

“I’m an actor in the movie as well, and [the makeup department] made me completely unrecognizable! I have braces and a completely different accent. I love acting, it’s a very serene process for me! However, at the end of the day, I am simply not a movie star. I don’t mean that by my acting ability. I’m just not Keanu Reeves! I don’t really need to care so much about which roles I pick, as long as I enjoy the process of doing it. I think making a name for myself doing something completely different has really liberated me as an actor.”

The producer promises what he believes to be the best film of his career, though Shankar expects a divided audience when the film is released.

“This is going to be my best film, and it’s definitely going to be my most polarizing one. I think we made certain creative decisions along the way that made the movie unique, and thereby polarizing.”

The Voices will be widely released on February 6.

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Listen To The Offspring’s New Track “Coming For You”

The Offspring are back with a new single. The alternative pop-punk band just released the track “Coming for You” along with a video that features photos of the band playing various music festivals. The song is the first material released since 2012’s Days Go By. Fans can download the track in a variety of formats by clicking here. The Offspring are expected to release their tenth studio album later this year. Although there is only one tour date for Tempe, Arizona on April 4th, more are to be announced soon.

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Everclear Reveals Lyric Video For “The Man Who Broke His Own Heart”

Everclear will be releasing their ninth studio album, Black is the New Black, this Spring via The End Records. Frontman Art Alexakis stated, ”It’s an unapologetic rock record that I feel combines the best of classic Everclear with contemporary production and what I feel is some of my best songwriting in years!” The alternative rock group has recently released the lyric video for a new track. You can watch the video for “The Man Who Broke His Own Heart” on Yahoo Music below. Also, Everclear has announced two live upcoming performances, one which will be at Wildflower Festival (Blue October, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Minus the Bear, and more).

Everclear tour dates:
3/21 – Convention Center – Atlantic City, NJ
5/16 – Wildflower Festival – Richardson, TX

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Watch Lord Dying’s Music Video For “Poisoned Altars”

Lord Dying recently released their new album, Poisoned Altars, via Relapse Records. The album was recorded with Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind (Black Tusk) at Audiosiege Studios in Portland, OR. You can purchase the LP on Relapse Records, iTunes, or stream the entire record on the group’s Bandcamp. The band has also revealed the music video for the album’s title track via Noisey, which includes cameos from members of Red Fang, Thrones, Yob, Witch Mountain and more. Check out the video for “Poisoned Altars” below along with upcoming tour dates with Anvil.

Lord Dying tour dates:
1/31- Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
2/3- Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew
2/4- Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
2/5- Brooklyn, NY @ The Shop (with Anvil)
2/6- Frederick, MD @ Cafe 611 (with Anvil)
2/7- Secaucus, NJ @ The Blue Room (with Anvil)
2/8- Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse Pub (with Anvil)
2/9- Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero (with Anvil)
2/10- Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall (with Anvil)
2/11- Ashville, NC @ New Mountain Theater (with Anvil)
2/12- Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live (with Anvil)
2/13- Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Co (with Anvil)
2/14- St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theater (with Anvil)
2/15- Nashville, TN @ The End (with Anvil)
2/16- Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room (with Anvil)
2/17- Indianapolis, IN @ The Fifth Quarter Lounge (with Anvil)
2/18- Chicago, IL @ Red Line Tap (with Anvil)
2/19- St. Louis, MO @ Fubar (with Anvil)
2/20- Ft. Smith, AR @ Holiday Inn Event Ctr (with Anvil)
2/21- Houston, TX @ BFE Rock Club (with Anvil)
2/22- New Orleans, LA @ Siberia (with Anvil)
2/23- Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone (with Anvil)
2/24- Shreveport, LA @ The Brass Monkey (with Anvil)
2/25- Austin, TX @ The Dirty Dog (with Anvil)
2/26- Ft. Worth, TX @ The Rail Club (with Anvil)
2/27- Midland, TX @ The Blue Max (with Anvil)
2/28- McAllen, TX @ Aces North (with Anvil)
3/1- San Antonio, TX @ Kapones (with Anvil)
3/4- Phoenix, AZ @ Joes Grotto (with Anvil)
3/5- Tucson, AZ @ Flycatcher (with Anvil)
3/6- Albuquerque, NM @ Blu Phoenix (with Anvil)
3/7- Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep (with Anvil)
3/8- Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater (with Anvil)
3/9- Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre (with Anvil)
3/11- Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar (with Anvil)
3/12- Idaho Falls, ID @ DB’s (with Anvil)
3/13- South Lake Tahoe, CA @ Whisky Dicks Saloon (with Anvil)
3/15- Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline (with Anvil)
3/17- West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky (with Anvil)
3/18- Morgan Hill, CA @ The Granada (with Anvil)
3/19- Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge (with Anvil)
3/20- Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven (with Anvil)
5/15 – 5/17: Santa Ana, CA @ Psych California Fest

Setlist & Photos From Mad Season’s Reunion Show Featuring Temple of the Dog

Mad Season performed for the first time in nearly 20 years at Benayora Hall in Seattle with the Seattle Symphony for the Sonic Evolution concert. The setlist is a bit complicated, as portions of Mad Season’s set featured the Seattle Symphony, and there was also a first portion of the show featuring new compositions from Mike McCready, with Matt Cameron playing as well.

The core lineup for the Mad Season set was Mike McCready, Barrett Martin, Chris Cornell, and Duff McKagan. Kim Virant, Matt Cameron, and Jeff Angell were guest performers on select songs. For the Temple of the Dog tracks, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, and Matt Cameron took the stage to play with Chris Cornell and Mike McCready. The show closed with Alice In Chains drummer Sean Kinney joining for “All Alone,” which also featured a recording of Layne Staley’s voice. We will tweak the setlist as more information comes in.

Sonic Evolution Setlist:

Mike McCready and the Seattle Symphony:
1. Ashes (Inspired By Kurt Cobain)
2. Beyond Much Difference (Inspired By Pearl Jam)
3. Walking the Horizon

Mad Season:
4. Long Gone Day
5. River of Deceit
6. I Don’t Know Anything
7. Wake Up (with Matt Cameron and Kim Virant)
8. Lifeless Dead (with Jeff Angell)
9. Call Me A Dog (with Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, and Jeff Ament)
10. Reach Down (with Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament)
11. All Alone (with Sean Kinney and Layne Staley vocal recording)

You can see photos below from Twitter.

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Photo Of Mad Season’s Full New Lineup Rehearsing

Mad Season perform their first show in nearly 20 years tonight in Seattle, and below is the first photo of the band’s new lineup: Barrett Martin (drums), Mike McCready (guitar), Chris Cornell (vocals), and Duff McKagan (bass). Matt Cameron and other guests will also perform. Founding members Layne Staley and John Baker Saunders passed away in 2002 and 1999 respectively.

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SeattleSymphony.org has more information on the show:

Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Mike McCready, special guest
Chris Cornell, vocalist
Duff McKagan, bass
Barrett Martin, drums
Matt Cameron, drums
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Yann Robin: Ashes (World Premiere)
Angelique Poteat: Beyond Much Difference (World Premiere)
Mike McCready /arr. Scott Teske: Waking the Horizon (World Premiere)
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “River of Deceit”
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “I Don’t Know Anything”
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “Long Gone Day”
Solo selections by Mad Season

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Sonic Evolution celebrates the past, present and future of music with brand-new symphonic compositions inspired by musical icons Pearl Jam, Nirvana and more. PLUS! Mad Season’s Mike McCready and Barrett Martin team up with Chris Cornell, Duff McKagan and other guests for a special performance.

Dave Lombardo’s Philm Announce Tour Dates

Although he’s best known for revolutionizing heavy metal drumming as a member of Slayer (he played on Reign in Blood, fer cryin’ out loud!), Dave Lombardo is by no means a one-dimensional drummer, as evidenced by his work with Grip Inc., Fantômas, and also, Philm. The latter group issued their sophomore full-length, Fire from the Evening Sun last year, and have just announced a worldwide headlining tour (dates listed below).

Although the band contains some unmistakable metal elements in their sound, there are also bits of alternative rock, experimental, jazz, and Middle Eastern sounds – quite an admirable feat in an era where quite a few metal bands seem to be content merely copying others.

I also had the opportunity to chat with Mr. Lombardo twice recently for the BraveWords site, the first interview dealing primarily with Philm, the second interview focusing on relations between the US and Cuba (as Lombardo’s family hail from Cuba).

Confirmed Philm Tour Dates:

January 30th – Brick by Brick / San Diego, CA
February 4th – 8th – Motorcycle Rock Cruise with Sepultura & Angra / Santos, Paranaguá, Portobelo, Navegação, Santos
February 8th – Manifesto Bar / São Paulo
February 23th – Saint Vitus / Brooklyn, NY
February 24th – Revolution / Amityville, Long Island
February 25th – The Westcott Theater / Syracuse, NY
February 26th – Firehouse 13 / Providence, RI
February 27th – Jabber Jaws / Allentown, PA
February 28th – JB McGinnes / New Castle, Delaware
March 2nd – The Stone / NYC
March 5th – Klub Rockstadt / Brasov
March 6th – Fabrica / Bucharest, Romania
March 7th – Terminal 1 / Sofia, Bulgaria
March 8th – Glazart / Paris, France
March 9th – The Underworld / Camden, London, UK
March 10th – Button Factory / Dublin, Ireland
March 11th – Firelej / Wroclaw, Poland
March 12th – B90 / Gdansk, Poland
March 13th – Blue Note / Poznan, Poland
March 14th – Hybrydy / Warsaw, Poland
March 15th – Lido / Berlin, Germany
March 16th – Hafenklang / Hamburg, Germany
March 17th – Bastard Club / Osnabrück, Germany
March 19th – La Cordonnerie / Romans, France
March 20th – L’Usine / Geneva, Switzerland
March 21st – Rock’n’Roll Arena / Romagnano Sesia (NO)

*More to be Announced

Review: Marilyn Manson at Terminal 5, NY

If everyone had prayed for “hell not hallelujah” like Marilyn Manson proclaims in the new song “Cupid Carries a Gun,” maybe we all would have been at the Terminal 5 show Monday night. As it is, the overhyped “snowpocalypse” of 2015 that shut down New York City bumped the show to Thursday instead. Ironically, some flurries did pummel the city at the show’s conclusion, likely leaving those clambering for subways, taxis, or a train home thinking back to the way Manson likened snow to cocaine last night.

Although the postponement news hit the internet rather late on Monday, nobody missed the memo, as the line around Terminal 5 wrapped around several blocks. As the crowd filtered in and flooded the multiple floors of the venue, the show began in a timely manner with the truly gifted metal group Unlocking the Truth. These teenagers already possess so much talent at such a young age that they put plenty of modern rock and metal to shame with their passion and inventiveness.

With the simplest stage setup in years for Manson (consisting of a graphics screen that, for the majority of the night, displayed the refurbished MM logo), fog bled onto the tiny Terminal 5 stage as the lengthy strains of Mozart’s “Requiem” filtered through the space amidst some minor light tricks. All at once, the fog seemed to dissipate as Manson and crew (which includes long-time band mate Twiggy Ramirez as well as the Pale Emperor collaborator Tyler Bates) launched into the raucous opener “Deep Six.”

While prior Manson set lists from the fresh Hell Not Hallelujah tour had been dominated by songs from Manson’s moody new disc, it felt as though last night he wanted to make up for the postponement by digging as deep into his back catalogue as 1994. For the next two hours, fans would be treated to covers and singles spanning Manson’s entire career.

Manson was effervescent, engaging the crowd between every song, telling stories that were so fantastical or sexual that you were only half-sure that you couldn’t believe them. At one point, a crew member tied Manson’s shoe in the midst of one of his quips. There was a minor mishap as the first half of “mOBSCENE” from 2003’s the Golden Age of Grotesque fell apart and out of time only to be recovered. The first few songs also seemed to serve as a warm-up for Manson, who, by the time he launched into the sexy, slinky new track “Killing Strangers,” was in his element, his voice raw and still powerful.

Those who hoped for some shock value may have been disappointed. Manson ripped no pages out of a false bible, stood on no pedestals, wore no fancy costumes. Glitter rained down on the crowd several times and smoke shot out fire-like in time with a few tunes. Panties piled on the stage and Manson lapped the attention right up. Just like with his new album, last night at Terminal 5 he stripped back several layers to reveal a performer that doesn’t need flourishes to still entertain the hell out of a crowd.

At one point during the show, Manson referred to a Kerrang journalist who would be reviewing the show, and the singer implored the crowd to cheer for a rating of 5 Ks. With the inclusion of such treats as his eerie covers of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” and “Personal Jesus” as well as beloved classics like “the Dope Show,” “Disposable Teens,” “This Is the New Shit,” and “Irresponsible Hate Anthem,” Manson definitely deserves that rating.

Set list:

“Deep Six”

“Disposable Teens”

“mOBSCENE”

“No Reflection”

“Killing Strangers”

“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”

“Cupid Carries a Gun”

“Rock Is Dead”

“The Dope Show”

“Third Day of a Seven Day Binge”

“Personal Jesus”

“This Is the New Shit”

“The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles”

“The Beautiful People”

“Coma White”

“Irresponsible Hate Anthem” (encore)

Marilyn Manson Says Billy Corgan’s Relationship Advice Started Feud

Marilyn Manson discussed his feud with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan coming to an end recently in an interview with Esquire.

“It was funny, because I ran into Billy [Corgan], and a lot of people think there was some kind of falling out. It was mostly that he wrote a strongly worded letter about how Rose McGowan would ruin my life and ruin my career if I stayed with her, which was good advice, and he wrote it as a letter, which is very polite. There is sort of a guy code that I abide by where he totally offered his advice, and he was genuinely just looking out for my best interests. I hadn’t seen him in 15 years. I had forgotten how close we were, having not seen him in so long. He’s the one who taught me how to play guitar, so if it sucks or it’s good, it’s his fault.”

In a recent interview with Noisey, Marilyn Manson made claim to have had coined the term grunge during a review he wrote for Nirvana’s debut studio album Bleach:

“I hated rock n’ roll when I started. It was on the cusp of grunge and a lot of bands that I used to call “commonist rock” because everyone wanted to be like the common man with the flannel shirts and Pearl Jam and their fight against Ticketmaster and all this horse shit.”

Manson continued:

“Nirvana was different. That was one of the bands I covered first as a journalist and I’m just going to go ahead and say I coined the term ‘grunge’ in a review of Bleach. You’re welcome.”

Dave Grohl Surprises Young Band In The Studio

The Cribs’ Gary Jarman revealed in a new interview with NME that Dave Grohl surprised his band in the studio while they were recording For All My Sisters last year.

“We left to go get pizza and withing three minutes we returned with Dave Grohl,” the bass player said. “We played with him in Ireland and he was like, ‘The Cribs? I love you guys!’ We thought it was a really good omen for the first day of the record – it was just like a rabbit’s foot or something.”

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Foo Fighters recently released Sonic Highways the album and TV series, and in a recent interview with Q Magazine, Dave Grohl responded to U2’s own unique releases strategy of Songs of Innocence through Apple’s iTunes with a diplomatic shrug.

“Weeell, I wouldn’t want to judge,” he smiles. “I just saw that as, ‘Oh, of course…’ I don’t think you have to do something like the TV show to make a record. There’s still great records made by people in their living rooms. But I think it’s important to consider moving outside of that and doing more.”

Grohl mentioned that he visited Apple’s headquarters in September, and talked to Jony Ive, a revolutionary designer for the company. Grohl asked Ive how much he sleeps. Ive responded, “I’m much better now. Maybe five or six hours a night…” Grohl responded, “Wow, lucky bastard…!”

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Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: January 2015 (#3)

Welcome to the 31st version of Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: Sandrider, Mad Seed, Stun, and Winter of None. Click here to check out the previous feature. If you are interested in being in future installemnts of the feature, please email altnationbands@gmail.com to be considered. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Cobalt Cranes

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Based in Los Angeles, Cobalt Cranes aptly label themselves as psych grunge, which accurately describes their catalog of a 60’s spacey vibe mixed with a polished punk rock-driven soundscape. They recently released Days In The Sun via Lolipop records featuring eight tracks of indie-pop and shoegaze with a garage rock edge. You can catch Cobalt Cranes live during their 40+ date tour including performances at this year’s SXSW. Watch the video for “Flowers on your Grave” below:

Soul Inclination

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Do you miss the vocal harmonies, strong guitar leads, complimentary rhythm section, and overall memorable songwriting that was so present in the early 90’s? While some modern bands seem to replicate these sounds, few succeed in both coming off as original and conventional. Emerging from New Delhi, Soul Inclination takes the gold for their recent musical output, which achieves prowess, accessibility, and nostalgia. Check out recently released single “I Am Alone” below:

The Division Men

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The Division Men is a husband/wife acoustic duo originally from Germany but more recently located in Austin, TX. Vocalist/guitarist J. Spencer Portillo and vocalist/bassist Caroline Rippy Portillo’s musical output resemble the melancholic dynamics of Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell. Their most recent album, Under the Gun, was released last year. Watch the video for “Criminal” below:

Plantation

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Sludgy rock never sounded so good and fresh. Plantation is a four-piece band from Philadelphia that has delivered a modern take on the likes of Black Sabbath and Kyuss. Last year, the group released their debut EP, Out of the Dark, delivering six down-tuned grooves with genius hooks. Check out tracks “Painted Desert” and “Slow Down” below:


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Watch Halestorm’s Music Video For New Track “Apocalyptic”

Halestorm will be releasing their third album, Into the Wild Life, on April 3rd via Atlantic Records. The hard rock group has just unveiled the music video for the eleventh track on the record. You can watch the video for “Apocalyptic” below. Halestorm are also embarking on a tour and meeting up with Eric Church, Wilson, Noithing More, and The Pretty Reckless.  Be sure to click here to check out our interview with Nothing More guitarist Mark Vollelunga.

Halestorm tour dates:
1/29 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena (with Eric Church)
1/30 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena (with Eric Church)
1/31 – Salt Lake City, UT – Energy Solutions Arena (with Eric Church)
2/3 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
2/4 – Sacramento, CA – Sleep Train Arena (with Eric Church)
2/5 – San Jose, CA – Sap Center (with Eric Church)
2/27 – Dublin, Ireland – The Academy (with Wilson)
2/28 – Belfast, UK – Limelight (with Wilson)
3/2 – Norwich, UK – Nick Rayns LCR UEA (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/3 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/5 – Leeds, UK – O2 Academy Leeds (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/6 – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/7 – Inverness, UK – The Ironworks (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/9 – Wolverhampton, UK – Civic Hall (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/10 – London, UK – Roundhouse (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/12 – Southampton, UK – O2 Guildhall Southampton (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/13 – Cardiff, UK – University Students Union (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/14 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo Manchester (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/16 – Paris, France – Le Bataclan (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/17 – Antwerp, Belgium – Muziekcentrum Trix (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/18 – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013 (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/19 – Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/21 – Stockholm, Sweden – Tyrol (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/22 – Oslo, Norway – Vulkan Scene (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/23 – Copenhagen South, Denmark – Amager Bio (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/25 – Berlin, Germany – C Club (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/26 – Warsaw, Poland – Klub Proxima (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/28 – Munich, Germany – Theaterfabrik (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/29 – Milan, Italy – Fabrique (with Wilson, Nothing More)
3/30 – Solothurn, Switzerland – Kofmehl (with Wilson, Nothing More)
4/1 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp (with Wilson, Nothing More)
4/2 – Cologne, Germany – LMH (with Wilson, Nothing More)
4/22 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium (with The Pretty Reckless)
4/23 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle (with The Pretty Reckless)
4/25 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome to Rockville
4/26 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen
4/28 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City (with The Pretty Reckless)
4/29 – Evansville, IN – Victory Theatre (with The Pretty Reckless)
5/2 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Concert Pavilion
5/3 – Concord, NC – Carolina Rebellion
5/5 – Albany, NY – Washington Avenue Armory (with The Pretty Reckless)
5/6 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE (with The Pretty Reckless)
5/9 – Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion
5/12 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
5/13 – Portland, ME – State Theater (with The Pretty Reckless)
5/15 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
5/16 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range
5/17 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range
5/19 – Flint, MI – James H. Whiting Auditorium (with The Pretty Reckless)
5/20 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant (with The Pretty Reckless)
5/22 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
5/23 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
5/24 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
5/27 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center (with The Pretty Reckless)

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Review: The Gitas’ Debut Album ‘Garland’

The Gitas is an up-and-coming rock group consisting of frontman Sasha Chemerov, drummer Brittany Maccarello, bassist Sal Ramazzini, and guitarist Joe Guese. The Los Angeles-based band recently released their debut LP titled Garland. The material was recorded at The Rattle Room in Burbank, CA and was mixed and mastered by Jaron Luksa. You can check out our review of the 7-song release below.

Kicking off with a quick attention grabber, “Brand New Life” slowly revs up to high-energy rocker as layers of distorted guitars and raw percussion are added for a punk-like explosion. Taking a tip from The Black Keys, the next track “Black Crows,” possesses bluesy swagger verses building to its memorable, smooth chorus. Things get heavier and borderline grunge as guitars wail and cymbals crash on “My Baby Gets Stuck (with Drugs).”

The single, “Mood For Love,” is stacked high with catchy hooks and just shouts mainstream radio rock friendly, but in the best way possible. The infectious melodies continue for “Precious Day,” featuring the album’s heaviest interlude. “Cat” winds down the listener before thrusting into a fuzzy wall-of-sound. Concluding with “Someone To Die With,” the album’s anthem and most aesthetically pleasing track, the album comes to a close after a brief sitar outro.

As this LP runs along at a steady pace, The Gitas prove themselves to be a valid rock group in the modern age of soaring choruses, genre-mashing, and toying with the rules of conventionality. Overall, Garland accomplishes what it set out to achieve: accessible alternative rock with pop laced throughout. Although this release is a gratifying debut, there is a subtle underlying tension hinting towards a further push of experimentation in the future of the band.

gitasThe Gitas’ Garland will be available on iTunes soon!

Black Sabbath Bassist Arrested For Bar Fight

TMZ reports that Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler was arrested for getting in a bar fight on Tuesday. Butler was at a bar at the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, and a brawl broke out. Butler was charged with battery, vandalism, and disorderly conduct. Butler ended up spending the night in jail.

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In September 2014, Ozzy Osbourne announced some big Black Sabbath news. The frontman plans to head back into the studio with Black Sabbath this year for one more album before embarking on one final tour. In early 2014, it was originally understood that Black Sabbath’s last gig would be their July 4th gig at London’s Hyde Park.

In an interview with Metal Hammer, Ozzy stated, “The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great. We all made friends, we didn’t fuck around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we’re going to do one more album, and a final tour.” Ozzy also revealed, “I believe [producer] Rick Rubin is going to do it with us again.”

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Jerry Cantrell Performs Alice In Chains Classic “Rain When I Die” For A Few Fans

Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell appeared at NAMM 2015 in Anaheim, CA, and played “Rain When I Die” in front of only a few lucky people. Watch the video below!

Jerry Cantrell discussed his late friends Dimebag Darrell and Layne Staley in an interview with Billboard last month.

On meeting Dimebag Darrell before Pantera’s big success, and how he knew Dimebag and Layne Staley would have success: “That’s why I went up to talk to him. I remember talking to [Pantera bassist] Rex [Brown] and [Dimebag’s older brother] Vinnie [Paul] that night, too. There are certain guys that you run into and you just know — you just know that guy’s going someplace. And he should be going someplace, because he damn well deserves it. [Alice in Chains frontman] Layne [Staley] was one of those guys for me as well.”

On Dimebag Darrell as a person: “[Dimebag] wasn’t any different in the center of the room with you or the center of an arena with thousands of people. He was a really genuine person. He was fun to be around. I had so many good times with him. And I had some bad times, too, where it would be about picking each other up. I’d get to see him really regularly out on the road. The arcs of our careers were fairly similar: Cowboys from Hell came out in ’90, Facelift came out in ‘90; Vulgar was ‘92, Dirt was ‘92.”

On the loss of Dimebag Darrell and Layne Staley: “I don’t remember that exact moment, but I know I got on a plane immediately. All of us, [Alice in Chains drummer] Sean [Kinney], [Alice in Chains bassist] Mike [Inez] and me went straight to Dallas to be with Vinnie and support him. We’d been through losing somebody — losing Layne — two years earlier, so we had kinda been there. It was one of the most godawful things you’ve ever heard of happening to somebody who was one of the nicest people you ever knew in your life and your friend. It’s still unbelievable.”

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Watch Periphery’s Music Video For “Alpha”

Periphery recently released their third album, Juggernaut, on January 23rd via Roadrunner Records (Australia), January 26th via Century Media Records (Europe/UK), and January 27th via Sumerian Records/Distort/TripleVision Entertainment (US/Canada/Japan). The double album consists of two sides, “Alpha” and “Omega.” Currently, both albums are available to stream in their entirety on Sumerian Records Youtube account. You can purchase the LP on iTunes by clicking here. The djent group has just revealed the music video for the sixth/title track off the first disc. You can watch the video for “Alpha” below. CurrentyAlso, be sure to check out the remaining tour dates for Periphery’s headlining trek with openers Nothing More, Wovenwar, and Thank You Scientist. You can click here to view our interview with Nothing More guitarist Mark Vollelunga.

Periphery/Nothing More tour dates:
January 28 Seattle, WA El Corazon
January 31 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
February 2 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
February 3 Chicago, IL House of Blues
February 4 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
February 6 Toronto, ON Opera House
February 7 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
February 8 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall
February 9 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
February 11 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
February 12 New York, NY Irving Plaza
February 13 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
February 14 Philadelphia, PA District N9ne

Down Unveil New Live Video For “We Knew Him Well…”

Down is sludge metal supergroup featuring Phil Anselmo (Pantera), guitarist Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity), guitarist Bobby Landgraf, bassist Pat Bruders (Goatwhore), and drummer Jimmy Bower (Crowbar, Eyehategod, Superjoint Ritual). The band released their EP, Down IV – Part II, last year via Down Records and Independent Label Group. Recently, Down has just revealed a live video for the second track while performing at Southport Hall in New Orleans. Watch the video for “We Knew Him Well…” below. Also, you can check out our interview with Down’s ex-bassist/Crowbar frontman Kirk Windstein by clicking here.