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Bio: Riley began as an avid reader of the site since 2008 and made the switch to a reporter around the time of the name change to AlternativeNation in 2013. He is a fan of the grunge genre and is always exploring the depths of metal, enjoying subgenres such as industrial, progressive, alternative, doom, post, stoner, nu, and avant-garde. Riley has been playing guitar for over 6 years, been in an Alice in Chains cover band, and is currently majoring in Recording Arts/Music Production. He began the site by posting the setlists for the site and transitioned to reporting news, writing reviews, doing interviews, and running both the metal section and Modern Artists Showcase. Riley also spends his time managing local bands: Mothlight, Diamondstein, Soda Pants, and With Age.   Fun Facts: Riley went to the same high school as Eddie Vedder. Riley’s first band was called Melting Pot of Human Emotion, which later changed to Dictator Willie. Riley enjoys puppies, kittens, and listening to angsty music on rainy days.   Reach out to Riley at or
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The Atlas Moth Announce Tour Dates With Vattnet Viskar & Atriarch

The Atlas Moth has revealed an upcoming American trek starting in August. Vattnet Viskar and Atriarch will be joining the sludge/post-metal group. The Atlas Moth are also planning to begin work on their follow-up to The Old Believer, which was released last year via Profound Lore Records.

The Atlas Moth tour dates:
8/6 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock (with Vattnet Viskar)
8/7 – Merriam, KS – Aftershock (with Vattnet Viskar)
8/8 – Englewood, CO – Moe’s (with Vattnet Viskar)
8/10 – Boise, ID – Shredder (with Vattnet Viskar)
8/11 – Seattle, WA – Highline (with Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch)
8/12 – Portland, OR – Ash St. Saloon (with Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch)
8/13 – Oakland, CA – Golden Bull (with Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch)
8/14 – Glendale, CA – The Complex (with Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch)
8/15 – Tempe, AZ – Yucca Tap Room (with Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch)
8/16 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad (with Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch)
8/17 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada (with Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch)
8/18 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room (with Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch)
8/19 – Houston, TX – Rudyards (with Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch)
8/20 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia (with Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch)
8/21 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (with Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch)
8/22 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum (with Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch)
8/23 – Asheville, NC – New Mountain (with Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch)
8/24 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter (with Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch)
8/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus (with Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch)
8/26 – Boston, MA – Great Scott (with Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch)
8/27 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery (with Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch)

father john misty

Watch Father John Misty’s “I Love You, Honeybear” Music Video

Father John Misty is an indie folk rock artist that previously served as the drummer for Fleet Foxes. The musician has released solo albums since 2003 yet began the Father John Misty pseudonym in 2012 for the Fear Fun album. Earlier this year, the second LP under the Father John Misty project was released via Sub Pop. More recently, the music video for the title track was revealed. You can watch the video for “I Love You, Honeybear”, directed by Grant James below. the standout title track to his excellent new album. According to the singer-songwriter, the clip is “a portrayal of an average night in the lives of two EMTs,” played by Brett Gelman and Susan Traylor.


Listen To Beck’s New Single “Dreams”

Beck has just released his brand-new single “Dreams,” which will be featured on an upcoming tenth studio album. This marks his first release since his latest LP, Morning Phase, which won Grammy’s ‘Album of the Year.’ You can click here to view our review of the album. The track was written by Beck along with Greg Kurstin, who has toured with Beck since 2002, and Andrew Wyatt, the vocalist in the Sweedish pop-rock group, Miike Snow. “Dreams” was mixed by Grammy-winner Serban Ghenea (Dave Matthews Band, Weezer).

In a recent interview with radio station Alt 98.7, Beck stated, “It started out as a heavy garage rock thing and became much more of a dance — some kind of hybrid.” You can listen to the entire track below. All upcoming tour dates can be viewed below the video player.

Beck tour dates:
6/16 – Cork, Ireland – Live at The Marquee
6/17 – Dublin, Ireland – Royal Hospital Kilmainham
6/18 – London, UK – Hyde Park
8/4 – Riverhead, NY – Fold Festival
8/8 – Skanderborg, Denmark – Smukfest
8/13 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Way Out West
8/14 – Oslo, Norway – Oya Festival
8/16 – Helsinki, Finland – Flow Festival

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Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: June 2015

Welcome to this month’s Modern Artists Showcase for July of 2015. Last time, we posted the bands: Red Sky Mary, Deaf Rhino, Parlement, and Dinosaur Eyelids. Click here to check out the previous feature. If you are interested in being in future installments of the feature, please email to be considered. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!


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Lille, an urban city located in Northern France, is the last place to come to mind when I heard the raw crunch of distortion stickily cuddling up against angsty vocals. Yet, the trio that is Alabasterds has proven my Seattle-centric perspective wrong. In February, they released their second EP, Dumb Music for Hipsters, which is bound to have any post-grunge pussy group fall to their knees. Watch the video for “You Know What” below:


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With the sensual croons compared to the likes of Muse or Incubus, this Los Angeles-based rock band brings back the much-needed moody energy to modern alternative rock. Madus has already strapped on their ass-kicking boots while featuring material on shows such as NCIS: LA as well as performing at venues including The Whisky A Go Go, The Key Club and The Troubadour. Keith Armstrong (Green Day, Rise Against) recorded their recent EP, All the Way, brimming with summer stadium rockers. Check out “You Could Never Feel” below:

Pet Sun

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Up north in Ontario, a spark of psychedelic and garage rock has ignited the quartet of Pet Sun. Their Mudhoney/Tame Impala fuzz fusion creates for a fresh feel on today’s over produced melodies. Since formation, the group has released two EPs and played live alongside Bass Drum of Death, The Black Lips and more. You can catch the four-piece while they are currently touring across North America in promotion of their latest single off The Hand Recordings. Watch the music video for “Never Quit” below:

Mardi Belle

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Proven by the greats of Nirvana or the Beatles, great music is not always about the virtuosity, but rather the emotion and intent. Indianapolis’ Mardi Belle has undoubtfully found the thin median of compositions with both a meaningful melody and sentiment. Just recently, the band debuted their EP, Beautiful Tuesday, via Dead Industry Records. Check out “Killzone” below:

Oh Boy!

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As shown from most of the artists above, the aesthetics of “grunge” seems to be having a resurgence in the new, underground as of lately. Luckily, these acts are topping the genre off with a new stylistic twist such as a pop, noise, or indie focus. Included in this circle, is the hip spazzes behind the raw, energetic group, Oh Boy! They released two EPs last year, with a third on the way. The quintet will also be performing at the 2000 Trees festival in Cheltenham, UK along with Alkaline Trio, Benjamin Booker, and more. Watch the music video for “God, Look After The Quiet Kid!” below:


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Musical roles shared by two french creative gentlemen, Undobar possesses a uniquely haunting mood with bluesy overtones similar to Clutch or Queens of the Stone Age. Released earlier this year, Dark & Rusty, is the duo’s most recent LP filled with tunes true to the album’s name. Check out tracks “Billion of Days” and “Where Art Thou?” below:

Level & Tyson

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While teasing elements of both gritty post-rock and pop-infused indie, Level & Tyson conjure a tasteful blend of unpredictably infectious grooves. Hailing from across the sea in Oslo, Norway, the sum of these five distinct individuals are an indication of the modern “alternative” music scene. Their upcoming album, Gruesome Twosome, will hit the shelves later this year. Watch the music video for “Tied Up” below:


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Nothing quite hit the nail on the head as hard as the stoner-psychedelic movement and Arenna are a perfect example of such a notion. The Spanish group’s compositions smoothly evolve from a slow-paced sludge progression to a Black Sabbath soundscape. They released Given to Emptiness last month via Nasoni Records. Check out tracks “Drums for Sitting Bull” and “Butes” below:

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Listen To Between The Buried And Me’s New Track “Famine Wolf”

Between the Buried and Me will be releasing their seventh album, Coma Ecliptic, on July 10th via Metal Blade Records. You can click here to preorder the LP on iTunes. Recently, the fourth track off the record was revealed. You can listen to “Famine Wolf” below. The progressive metal band will embark on a US tour with Animals as Leaders and The Contortionist next month. You can view all upcoming tour dates below the video player.

Between the Buried and Me/Animals and Leaders/The Contortionist tour dates:
7/7 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
7/8 – Tallahassee, FL – Sidebar Theater
7/9 – Orlando, FL – Venue 578
7/10 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
7/11 – Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live
7/13 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
7/14 – Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s
7/15 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
7/17 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater and Club
7/18 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
7/19 – Tucson, AZ – Club X’s
7/21 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
7/22 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
7/23 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
7/24 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spaces
7/25 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
7/27 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
7/29 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
7/30 – Joliet, IL – Mojoes
7/31 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
8/1 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
8/2 – Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre
8/4 – London, ON – London Music Hall
8/6 – Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
8/7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
8/8 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
8/9 – Wilmington, NC – Ziggys by the Sea
8/11 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
8/12 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
8/13 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
8/14 – Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggys
8/15 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

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Watch Cancer Bats’ Music Video For “Beelzebub”

Cancer Bats released their fifth studio album, Searching for Zero, earlier this year via Metal Blade Records. You can click here to preview/purchase the LP on iTunes. More recently, the hardcore/punk group revealed the music video for the fourth track off the album. You can watch the video for “Beelzebub” below. Cancer Bats will also be joining Danzig and Pennywise for a North American tour starting in July. All upcoming dates can be viewed under the video player.

Cancer Bats tour dates:
6/17 – Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
6/18 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
6/19 – Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MT
6/20 – MoSo Rock Bottom – Saskatoon, SA
6/21 – International Beer Haus & Stage – Red Deer, AB
6/24 – Flashbacks – Kelowna, BC
6/25 – Garibaldi Lift Company – Whistler, BC
6/27 – Better Than Fred’s – Grande Prairie, AB
7/6 – The New Direction – Fargo, ND
7/7 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE
7/9 – The Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
7/11 – Fox Theater Pomona – Pomona, CA (with Danzig)
7/12 – Pepsi Amphitheater – Flagstaff, AZ (with Danzig, Pennywise)
7/13 – Friendz Bar & Zombie Burger – Amarillo, TX
7/14 – Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX (with Danzig, Pennywise)
7/15 – Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX (with Danzig, Pennywise)
7/17 – South Side Ballroom – Dallas, TX (with Danzig, Pennywise)
7/18 – Club Brady – Tulsa, OK (with Danzig, Pennywise)
7/19 – Arvest Bank Theatre – Kansas City, MO (with Danzig, Pennywise)
7/21 – The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO (with Danzig, Pennywise)
7/24 – MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB (with Danzig, Pennywise)
7/25 – Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, AB (with Danzig, Pennywise)
7/27 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver, BC (with Danzig, Pennywise)
7/28 – Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA (with Danzig, Pennywise)
7/30 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA (with Danzig, Pennywise)
7/31 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV (with Danzig, Pennywise)
8/15 – Richmond, VA – Gwar-B-Q

Burned Out, Still Glowing To Release Album With Upcoming Tour

Burned Out, Still Glowing is an indie rock group with psychedelic elements consisting of frontman Lennon Cantwell, drummer Stephanie Brettman, and bassist William Coburn III. The Philadelphia-based group just raised over $8500 on their Indiegogo campaign for their upcoming first professionally produced new record by Mike Davidson. You can click here to view the campaign. The campaign will fund the production and promotion and the LP as they launch on a tour next month. All upcoming tour dates can be viewed under the Bandcamp player. You can listen to a track, “The Clown,” off the album below.

Burned Out, Still Glowing tour dates:
7/16 – Washington, DC – TBA
7/17 – Raleigh, NC – TBA
7/18 – Asheville, NC – One Stop
7/19 – Atlanta, GA – Under the Couch
7/20 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown
7/21 – Evansville, IN – PG Arts & Entertainment
7/22 – Cincinnati, OH – Da Vida
7/23 – Canton, OH – Buzzbin Art & Music Shop
7/24 – Braddock, PA – Ink Division
7/25 – Millersville, PA – Pillar Collective House

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Ghost BC Announce North American Tour Dates

Ghost BC will be releasing their third studio album, Meliora, on August 21st via Loma Vista Recordings. You can click here to pre-order the LP on iTunes. In promotion of the album, the group has just announced a North American tour. Pursons will serve as the opener during the 30-date” Black to the Future” trek. Tickets to go on sale this Friday, June 12th, at 10:00am local time. Also, be sure to click here to check out our interview with the rhythm guitarist for the band.


Ghost BC tour dates:
6/12 – Heden, Sweden – Ullevi
6/27 – Rusholme, UK – Rasta HQ
8/8 – Gavle, Sweden – Getaway Rock
8/28 – Saint Cloud, France – Domaine National
8/29 – Reading, UK – Reading Festival
8/30 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival

Ghost BC/Pursons tour dates:
9/22 – Washington, DC – The Fillmore
9/23 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
9/25 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
9/26 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
9/27 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
9/28 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues
9/30 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
10/1 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
10/2 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theater
10/3 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera
10/5 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
10/6 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
10/8 – New Orleans, LA – The Civic Auditorium
10/9 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
10/10 – Orlando, FL – Beacham Theatre
10/11 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz
10/13 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
10/14 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
10/16 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
10/17 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
10/19 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
10/20 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/21 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
10/23 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
10/26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan Theater
10/27 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
10/28 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
10/30 – San Diego, CA – Northside Park Theater
10/31 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
11/1 – Phoenix, AZ – Monster Mash Festival

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Listen To Supergroup Mutoid Man’s New Track “1000 Mile Stare”

Mutoid Man is a supergroup featuring Converge drummer Ben Koller, Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky and live sound engineer Nick Cageao on bass. Their upcoming debut album, Bleeder, will be released on June 30th via Sargent House. You can click here to pre-order the LP on iTunes. Recently, the group has revealed the fourth track off the album. You can listen to “1000 Mile Stare” below. The trio will also have scheduled tour dates with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Primitive Weapons as well as a performance at Gwar-B-Q, which you can view under the Soundcloud player.

Frontman Stephen Brodsky stated, “It’s a song about being pissed that you can’t get through to someone.” “Imagine trying to talk to one of those underwater corpses in the dead marshes from ‘Return of the King.’ ‘1000 Mile Stare’ is a heartboner-inducing nose breaker, with hooks that would make Kanye jealous” adds bassist Nick Cageao.

Mutoid Man tour dates:
6/16 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel (with The Dillinger Escape Plan, Primitive Weapons)
6/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer (with The Dillinger Escape Plan, Primitive Weapons)
6/18 – Boston, MA – Royale (with The Dillinger Escape Plan, Primitive Weapons)
6/20 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza (with The Dillinger Escape Plan, Primitive Weapons)
8/9 – Atlanta, GA – The Wrecking Ball
8/15 – Richmond, VA – Gwar-B-Q


Slipknot Reveal “Killpop” Music Video

Slipknot released their fifth album, .5: The Gray Chapter, last year via Roadrunner Records. You can click here to preview/purchase the LP on iTunes. More recently, the metal group has revealed the music video for the fifth track off the album. You can watch the video for “Killpop,”directed by percussionist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan, below. Also, be sure to check out our review of .5: The Gray Chapter by clicking here.

Slipknot tour dates:
6/9 – Todz, Poland – Impact Festival
6/11 – Interlaken, Switzerland – Greenfield
6/12 – Derby, UK – Download Festival
6/14 – Nickelsdorf, Austria – Novarock
6/16 – Rome, Italy – Rock in Roma
6/18 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell
6/19 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
6/20 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
8/9 – Quebec, Canada – Heavy Montreal
9/25 – Rio De Janieiro, Brazil – Rock in Rio
9/27 – San Paulo, Brazil – Anhembi Arena
9/30 – Santiago, Chile – Movistar Arena
10/3 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Ciudad Del Rock
10/24 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival

Slipknot/Lamb of God/Bullet For My Valentine/Motionless in White tour dates:
7/24 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheater
7/25 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
7/26 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
7/28 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/29 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/31 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/01 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/02 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
8/04 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
8/05 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
8/06 – Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
8/08 – Toronto, Canada – Molson Amphitheater
8/11 – Washington, D.C. – Jiffy Lube Live
8/12 – Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live
8/14 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
8/15 – Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
8/16 – St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
8/19 – Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
8/21 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater
8/23 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
8/24 – Vancouver, Canada – Rogers Arena
8/26 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
8/28 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Resort Festival Lot
8/29 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/30 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
9/2 – Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheater
9/4 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/5 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

Garbage Announce 20th Anniversary Tour Dates

This upcoming August marks the 20th anniversary of Garbage’s self-titled debut album, which came out on August 15th via Almo Sounds. In celebration of the event, the alternative rock group have announced a special tour to perform the Platinum record in in its entirety. The “20 Years Queer Tour” will began in October and stretch into mid-November with a total of 26 dates. Garbage is also planning to release a remastered 20th anniversary edition reissue of the LP later this summer with remixes and previously unreleased versions of tracks.

Garbage tour dates:
10/6 – San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay
10/7 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
10/8 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
10/10 – Las Vegas, NV – Blvd Pool @ Cosmopolitan Hotel
10/13 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
10/14 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/15 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
10/17 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre
10/18 – Madison, WI – Orpheum
10/19 – Royal Oak, MI – Orpheum
10/21 – Boston, MA – Orpheum
10/23 – Westbury, NY – The Space at Westbury
10/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theater
10/26 – Toronto, Canada – Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/28 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
10/29 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
10/31 – Cologne, Germany – Palladium
11/2 – Copehagen, Denmark – Store Vega
11/4 – Tillburg, Netherlands – 013
11/5 – Brussels, Belgium – Forest National
11/7 – Paris, France – Zenith
11/8 – London, UK – Brixton Academy
11/9 – London, UK – Brixton Academy
11/11 – Moscow, Russia – Crocus City Hall
11/13 – Manchester, UK – Academy
11/14 – Edinburgh, UK – Usher Hall

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Watch Ghost BC’s Music Video For “Cirice”

Ghost BC will be releasing their third studio album, Meliora, on August 21st via Loma Vista Recordings. The record was was produced by Klas Ahlund (Madonna, Katy Perry) and mixed by Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Slayer). You can click here to pre-order the LP on iTunes. More recently, the metal band revealed the music video for the third track off the album. You can watch the video for “Cirice,” directed by Roboshobo (Metallica, Mastodon), below. Also, be sure to click here to check out our interview with the rhythm guitarist for the band.

Ghost BC tour dates:
6/10 – Oslo, Norway – Telenor Arena
6/12 – Heden, Sweden – Ullevi
6/27 – Rusholme, UK – Rasta HQ
8/8 – Gavle, Sweden – Getaway Rock
8/28 – Saint Cloud, France – Domaine National
8/29 – Reading, UK – Reading Festival
8/30 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival


Failure To Tour With Hum In August

Failure will be releasing their fourth album, The Heart Is A Monster, on June 30th via INresidence. The self-produced record is currently being funded through their PledgeMusic. You can click here to preorder the LP on iTunes. Recently, the alternative rock group announced more tour dates, some including Hum. You can view their full schedule below.

Failure tour dates:
7/2 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
7/3 – Joliet, IL – Mojoes
7/4 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
7/5 – Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop (with Queen Kwong)
7/7 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion Amphitheatre (with Jane’s Addiction)
7/8 – Lansing, MI – Common Ground Festival
7/9 – Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century Theatre (with Queen Kwong)
7/10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE (with Jane’s Addiction)
7/12 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest
7/14 – Quebec City, QC – Quebec City International Summer Festival
7/16 – Portland, ME – Asylum (with Queen Kwong)
7/17 – Syracuse, NY – The Westcott Theatre (with Queen Kwong)
7/18 – Westbury, NY – The Space (with Queen Kwong)
7/21 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley (with Queen Kwong)
7/23 – New Orleans, LA – Republic (with Queen Kwong)
7/25 – Austin, TX – Emo’s (with Queen Kwong)
8/7 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
8/8 – Atlanta, GA – The Wrecking Ball
8/9 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre (with Hum)
8/11 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (with Hum)
8/13 – New York, NY – Webster Hall (with Hum)
8/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory (with Hum)
8/15 – Boston, MA – Royal Nightclub (with Hum)
8/18 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
8/21 – Chicago, IL – The Metro
8/25 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival

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Alabama Shakes Premiere “Don’t Wanna Fight” Video

Alabama Shakes released their second album, Sound & Color, earlier this year via ATO Records, MapleMusic Recordings and Rough Trade Records. You can click here to preview/purchase the LP on iTunes. Just recently, the blues rock group revealed the music video for the second track off the album, which was filmed at Capitol Studios in Hollywood by director Danny Clinch (Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam. You can watch the video for “Don’t Wanna Fight” below. All upcoming tour dates can be viewed under the video player.

Alabama Shakes tour dates:
6/9 – Charlottesville, VA – nTelos Wireless Pavilion (with Strand of Oaks)
6/10 – Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheatre (with Courtney Barnett)
6/12 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/24-6/28 – Pilton, UK – Glastonbury
6/27 – Beuningen, Netherlands – Down the Rabbit Hole
6/28 – Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
6/30 – Leipzig, Germany – Conne Island
7/1 – Gdynia, Poland – Open’er Festival
7/4 – Dublin, Ireland – Marlay Park
7/5 – Belfort, France – Les Eurockeennes
7/6 – Koln, Germany – Live Music Hall
7/8 – Lucca, Italy – Summer Festival Lucca
7/10 – Rotterdam, Netherland – North Sea Jazz Fest
7/12 – Kinross, UK – T in the Park
7/30 – Louisville, KY – Iroquois Amphitheater
7/31 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
8/1 – Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel
8/4 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Harden
8/5 – Boise, ID – Idaho Botanical Garden
8/7 – Troutdale, OR – Edgefield (with Blake Mills)
8/8 – Redmond, VA – Marymoor Park
8/9 – Squamish, BC – Squamish Valley Music Festival
8/12 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre (with Blake Mills)
8/13 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre (with Blake Mills)
8/14 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
8/16 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Ampitheatre (with Drive-By Truckers)
8/18 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie (with Drive-By Truckers)
8/21 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
9/17 – Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center for the Performing Arts (with Drive-By Truckers)
9/18 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion (with Drive-By Truckers)
9/19 – Queens, NY – Forest Hills Stadium (with Drive-By Truckers)
9/22 – Lewiston, NY – Artpark
10/2-10/4 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
11/18 – London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton


Testament & Cannibal Corpse Unveil Latin American Trek

Two big-name metal groups has just teamed up for a brief tour later this year. Testament should be hitting the studio this year to release their eleventh album next year. Cannibal Corpse released their thirteenth album, A Skeletal Domain, last year via Metal Blade Records. You can catch both bands as they tour South America in November and December.

Testament tour dates:
6/9 – Wolfsburg, Germany – Hallenbad
6/10 – Dortmund, Germany – FZW
6/11 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Den Atelier
6/13 – Donington Park, UK – Download Festival
6/14 – Lille, France – Aeronef
6/18 – Halden, Norway – Tons of Rock
6/20 – Kauhajoki, Finland – Nummirock Fest
8/8 – Montreal, Canada – Heavy Montreal

Testament/Cannibal Corpse tour dates:
11/17 – Porto Alegre, Brazil – Opiniao
11/18 – Curitiba, Brazil – Vanilla Music Hall
11/20 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Circoa Voador
11/21 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Carioca Club
11/24 – Buenos Aires, Aergentina – Groove
11/25 – Santiago, Chile – Teatro Caupolican
11/26 – Lima, Peru – Embarcadero
11/28 – Bogota, Columbia – Downtown Majestic
11/29 – San Jose, Costa Rica – Club Peppers
12/1 – Mexico City, Mexico – Pabellon Oeste del Palacio de los Deportes
12/2 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Teatro Studio Cavaret

Watch Foo Fighters, Slash, & Godsmack Perform Live At Rock Am Ring

Rock am Ring is a three day music festival located in Germany at Mendig Airfield from June 5th through 7th. The annual alternative/hard rock/metal event began in 1985 and has included the likes of U2, David Bowie, and Van Halen to Pearl Jam, Faith No More, and Smashing Pumpkins throughout the years. You can view a few of the performances of this year’s festival below.

Foo Fighters:

Monkey Wrench
Learn to Fly
Something From Nothing
The Pretender
Cold Day in the Sun
End of Runway
My Hero (Dave acoustic solo)
Times Like These
Stay With Me (The Faces cover) (with Dave Catching)
Let There Be Rock (AC/DC cover)
Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover)
All My Life
These Days
Big Me (Slow Version)
Best of You

Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators:

You’re a Lie
Nightrain (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Back from Cali (Slash cover)
30 Years to Life
You Could Be Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover)
The Dissident
World on Fire
Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Slither (Velvet Revolver cover)
Paradise City (Guns N’ Roses cover)


What’s Next
Cryin’ Like a Bitch
Something Different
Batalla de los Tambores
I Stand Alone


Watch Slipknot, Marilyn Manson & Lamb of God Perform Live At Rock Am Ring

Rock am Ring is a three day music festival located in Germany at Mendig Airfield from June 5th through 7th. The annual alternative/hard rock/metal event began in 1985 and has included the likes of U2, David Bowie, and Van Halen to Pearl Jam, Faith No More, and Smashing Pumpkins throughout the years. You can view a few of the performances of this year’s festival below.


The Heretic Anthem
The Devil in I
Wait and Bleed
Before I Forget
Spit It Out


Marilyn Manson:

Deep Six
Disposable Teens
No Reflection
Third Day of a Seven Day Binge
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (Eurythmics cover)
Rock Is Dead
The Dope Show
Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode cover)
The Beautiful People

Coma White

Lamb of God:

Ghost Walking
Walk with Me in Hell
Still Echoes
Now You’ve Got Something to Die For
Laid to Rest
Black Label


Malkasian & Mardi Belle To Release Debut Album & EP

Dead Industry Records will be unveiling two digital releases this Monday. Firstly, Malkasian’s self-titled debut LP will be coming out. The New Jersey solo artist’s record will include eight studio tracks, which were recorded in a bedroom with Noiseheads frontman Nick Gray, along with two live acoustic cuts. The first single, “Ghost,” was released back in March, with two more singles on the way. You can click here to pre-order the LP on Bandcamp by clicking here.


Secondly, Indiana alternative rock band, Mardi Belle, will be dropping their debut EP, Beautiful Tuesday. The five tracks were recorded by Ryan Koch last year. The first single is “Killzone” but “Go” will be a future single. The band is already finishing up a new EP for release later this year. You can click here to pre-order the EP on Bandcamp by clicking here.


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Review: Kings of Carnage’s Debut ‘The Crimson Stone’

Kings of Carnage is a five-piece heavy metal group located in Hollywood, CA. The band consists of military veterans and Musicians Institute graduates including vocalist Micah McCullough, guitarist Zachary Fenimore, guitarist Jason Dutton, bassist Aaron Mercier, and drummer Nathan Kotur. Last month, they self-released their debut album titled The Crimson Stone. You can view Alternative Nation’s review of the LP below. Also, be sure to check out our interview with all members at last year’s Knotfest by clicking here.

Without hesitation, a dynamic instrumental build-up seamlessly cracks the shell of the opener track, “Broken Soul,” which exposes a diverse range of vocals and moderation of guitar shredding. “From the Ashes” follows a steady beat while excelling on melodic verses. And if the ominous interlude or chants sewn within the previous track weren’t enough for your headbanging standards, “Close Your Eyes” teases the hypothetical mosh pit with a smooth flow of high speed, fist-pumping tempos. Hardcore punk and death metal characteristics are fused for “Fight the Tide” as the title track acts as the dark, heavy centerpiece.

Mental images of bloody MMA fights and backstreet brawls are spawned with the utterly intense first half of “Before I’m Gone” as the latter includes a barrage of six-string ferocity. “Haunted Past” continues the clash of melodic and heavy with a brief, yet satisfying ending breakdown. Clocking in at well over eight minutes, “My Guiding Light” is the much needed acoustic, slow-paced track that evolves to a mid-tempo rocker. “Falling Apart,” another lengthy composition, spotlights each member’s talents. “We All…” symbolizes the album’s closing track and the overall epitome of the band’s dark, symphonic, and varied style.

While there may be a consistency of metal cliches throughout the album, use of non-traditional musical elements and deliveries create for an enjoyable and unique listen. Kings of Carnage undeniably have original ideas yet simultaneously drag influences of classic thrash and modern metal along for the ride. As a whole, The Crimson Stone is a step in the right direction as the material tastefully fuses genres into a cohesive and aesthetically engaging debut.

TheCrimsonStone_KoCalbumcover You can preview/purchase Kings of Carnage’s The Crimson Stone on iTunes by clicking here


Baroness Announce European Tour Dates

Baroness has just announced a set of European tour dates throughout late August. It is also possible that a new album from the sludge metal group will be released by this time as guitarist Pete Adams stated, “We’re actually in the studio right now. We are probably three weeks into getting this new record near its completion. And it’s going really well” back in April. He continued, “We have a new rhythm section now, and it’s the first time we’ve written with the new rhythm section. So we had a little bit of a hump to get over. And once we did everyone was super excited. It’s a rockin’, uptempo record. I’m excited about it. We’re all pretty stoked.”

The band will be performing at both Reading and Leeds Festivals, which include acts such as Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Mumford & Sons, Mastodon, Royal Blood, Awolnation, Alt-J, Ghost BC, Gojira, The Gaslight Anthem, Against Me!, FIDLAR, The Last Internationale, and many more.

Baroness tour dates:
8/20 – Gampel, Switzerland – Open Air Gampel
8/21 – Trondheim, Norway – Pstereo
8/22 – Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop Festival
8/24 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Dynamo
8/25 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli de Helling
8/26 – Bochum, Germany – Matrix
8/27 – Tourcoing, France – Le Grand Mix
8/29 – Reading, UK – Reading Festival
8/30 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival