Mastodon’s sixth album, “Once More ‘Round the Sun,” will be released on June 24th via Reprise Records. A music video for the album’s single, “High Road,” has just been released. You can view the video below:
Mushroomhead released their eighth studio album, “The Righteous & The Butterfly” last month via Megaforce Records. The LP’s single, “Qwerty,” video was just released. You can view the video below:
You can view the live performances and setlists of Metallica and Iron Maiden at Rock am Ring below:
Master of Puppets
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Ride the Lightning
Lords of Summer
Sad but True
Fade to Black
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Whiskey in the Jar (Lena Bourne Fish cover)
Nothing Else Matters
…And Justice for All
Seek & Destroy (“The Frayed Ends of Sanity” outro)
Can I Play with Madness
2 Minutes to Midnight
The Number of the Beast
Phantom of the Opera
Run to the Hills
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Fear of the Dark
The Evil That Men Do
You can view the live performances and setlists of Queens of the Stone Age and Opeth at Rock am Ring below:
Queens of the Stone Age:
You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire
No One Knows
My God Is the Sun
I Sat by the Ocean
Feel Good Hit of the Summer
The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
If I Had a Tail
Burn the Witch
Sick, Sick, Sick
Better Living Through Chemistry
Go With the Flow
A Song for the Dead
The Devil’s Orchard
You can view the live performances and setlists of Avenged Sevenfold and Trivium at Rock am Ring below:
Shepherd of Fire
Hail to the King
So Far Away
Burn It Down
Brave This Storm
Built to Fall
Anthem (We Are the Fire)
Dying in Your Arms
Down from the Sky
Shattered Sun is a metalcore group located in Alice, Texas. The band formed in 2011 and released their debut EP, Confessions, the following year. The group has performed along with big-name metal acts such as Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Machine Head, Children of Bodom, Soulfly, Gojira, Nonpoint, We Came as Romans, Shadows Fall, and many more. Recently, Shattered Sun released “Hope With Hatred,” the single for their upcoming full-length album. I got the chance to interview the band’s lead singer, Marcos Leal. Check out the interview below:
You guys recently released “Hope Within Hatred” to give fans a taste of what was to come regarding your debut full-length album. Can you talk a little about the inspiration and writing process behind the song?
Marcos: Basically, at the time I was watching a lot of videos of tragedies. I wanted to share some stories of survivors of tragedies like 9/11 and stuff like that. The hope that they had to get through disastrous times was really inspirational. I kind of wanted to write a full album about not losing faith in humanity and believing in each other.
So speaking of the upcoming debut full-length album, what is the status on it and do we have an approximate release date?
Marcos: We do not have an approximate release date yet, but I can say it is in the final stages. I have a couple touch-ups to do.
Can fans expect a tour once the album is released?
Marcos: Yeah, most certainly. We plan on getting out there this summer and touring the US whether the album is released or not.
Were there any artists in particular you were listening to while writing the material for the album?
Marcos: Not really. We definitely listened to our influences here and there but when we were writing this album we wanted to go bigger and better. We’re listening to a lot of Metallica, Megadeth, and Avenged Sevenfold. We brought in Mike [Sarkisyan], the guitar player for Spineshank, so we got to learn a lot from him.
What are 5 bands that you would consider major influences on Shattered Sun’s sound?
Marcos: Unearth, In Flames, Soilwork, Metallica, and Machinehead. I’m a huge fan of Rob Flynn [vocalist of Machinehead]. Each member of our band is influenced by one of those bands. They’re all bands we grew up listening to.
Shattered Sun recently signed with Breaking Bands and had the chance to meet and work with Chuck Billy. What were your thoughts on meeting and working with the legendary vocalist of Testament?
Marcos: Oh, great! We had sent some of our songs to Maria Ferrero [co-founder of Breaking Bands] and she liked it. We originally hit her up just for publicity, but she really liked the track and she sent it to Chuck [Billy] and Jonny Z [co-founder of Breaking Bands]. By the end of the day she told us she was starting a management company with Chuck Billy and Jonny Z and she wanted to head down to Texas to see us. Working with Chuck and Maria is a dream come true.
Breaking Bands LLC: Formed by Maria Ferrero (Adrenaline PR CEO), Jon & Marsha Zazula (former Megaforce Records/Crazed Management owners), and Chuck Billy (Testament vocalist)
Is there any message you’re hoping to portray through either your lyrics or music?
Marcos: Yeah, I didn’t really want sing about what everyone thinks about metal. I wanted to inspire and uplift people with this album. I just wanted the overall message to be that we can still believe in each other as human beings. There’s some shit going on in this world but we can still believe in each other.
Is there anyone on your bucket list who you’d want to collaborate on a musical level?
Marcos: Oh yeah, Rob Flynn. I’d love to work with Rob one day, he’s definitely one of my idols regarding vocals. I’m also a huge Kiss fan. I’m a huge Paul Stanley fan. I’ve been listening to Kiss since I was five years old. If I ever got to work with him it would be freakin’ awesome.
If you guys had an infinite amount of money, what would your dream tour consist of?
Marcos: It’s always been a dream in this band to tour with Metallica. If I could stick any other bands on there it would be In Flames, Soilwork, Pantera if they were still around, Avenged Sevenfold, and Megadeth.
I heard Pantera might do a reunion tour with Zakk Wylde [Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society guitarist] instead of Dimebag Darell [deceased Pantera guitarist].
Marcos: Yeah, we’re in on that. We grew up listening to that music so Zakk Wylde would be perfect.
Are there any countries or festivals you’d like to tour in?
Marcos: We would love to do Bloodstock or Download festival. Regarding countries, our band is all hispanic so I would love to play in Mexico and Mexico City, somewhere close to our heritage.
Would you ever be interested in theatrics in Shattered Sun’s live performances?
Marcos: No, no. We’re a band that thrive on our live shows. We’ve never really been too theatrical, it’s more about the energy. We love to get the band pumped up really fast. Kind of like Pantera, just really aggressive and in the crowd’s face.
After the release of the debut full-length album, what do you plan and hope for regarding the future of Shattered Sun?
Marcos: I don’t say this to sound cocky in any way, but we plan on being one of the top acts in this industry and that’s a goal we’ve always strived for. As far as the release, we just want to get out there and tour and support the album. We want to get to every single place that we can. We want to get out there just like Chuck Billy or Metallica did.
Well thank you for this interview, and I look forward to when the album comes out.
Mastodon will release their sixth album, “Once More ‘Round The Sun”, on June 24 via Reprise Records. The LP was produced by Nick Raskulinecz, who is known for his work with Deftones, Foo Fighters, Ghost, and Alice in Chains. The band has just released the fifth track, “Chimes at Midnight.” You can listen to it below:
Once More ‘Round The Sun track listing:
1. Tread Lightly
2. The Motherload
3. High Road
4. Once More ‘Round The Sun
5. Chimes At Midnight
6. Asleep In The Deep
7. Feast Your Eyes
8. Aunt Lisa
9. Ember City
11. Diamond In The Witch House (feat. Scott Kelly)
Godflesh’s newest EP, “Decline & Fall”, will be released on June 26th in the U.S. via Avalanche Recordings. You can stream the entire EP below:
Decline & Fall track listing:
3. Playing With Fire
4. Decline & Fall
In Flames will be releasing their eleventh LP, “Siren Charms,” on September 9th. You can view the artwork and track listing for the album below:
Siren Charms tracklisting:
1. In Plain View
2. Everything’s Gone
4. Through Oblivion
5. With Eyes Wide Open
6. Siren Charms
7. When the World Explodes
8. Rusted Nail
9. Dead Eyes
10. Monsters in the Ballroom
11. Filtered Truth
Opeth will be releasing their eleventh full-length album, “Pale Communion” on August 26th via Roadrunner Records. The album was produced by Mikael Åkerfeldt and mixed by Steven Wilson. The group just unveiled the second track off the LP, “Cusp of Eternity.” The track is a bit over 5 minutes in length and aesthetically is similar to the prog-rock style of the previous album, “Heritage.”
“Cusp of Eternity” exclusively premiered on MetalSucks. You can listen to the track by clicking here as well as watch the video that accompanies the song.
“Pale Communion” tracklisting:
1. Eternal Rains
2. Cusp of Eternity
3. Moon Above, Sun Below
4. Elysian Woes
7. Voice of Treason
8. Faith in Others
High on Fire released their sixth LP, “De Vermis Mysteriis” in 2012. The trio has just announced they have begun work on their next album. The as-yet-untitled album is expected to see a winter 2015 release date via eOne Music.
Frontman Matt Pike stated, “Des, Jeff and I are really getting creative and writing a hell of a new record. It’s a crazy project and I can’t really explain what it’s all about just yet, but we’ve been writing a lot of crazy intense material that will up the ante, and bring things to another level.”
Drummer Des Kensel added, “Everyone is asking what the new High on Fire music sounds like. Chew on some mescaline and listen to side B of Sabbath’s ‘Master of Reality’ backwards at 78 RPM and it might give you an idea.”
Goatwhore’s sixth full-length album, “Constricting Rage of the Merciless” will be released on July 8th. The LP was produced by Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Six Feet Under). Check out the lyric video for “FBS,” album art, and upcoming tour dates below:
Goatwhore tour dates:
7/05/2014 Southport Hall – Jefferson, La.
7/06/2014 The Levee – Longview, Texas
7/07/2014 Zydeco – Birmingham, Ala.
7/08/2014 Exit/In – Nashville, Tenn.
7/09/2014 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, Tenn.
7/10/2014 Fubar – St. Louis, Mo.
7/11/2014 The Vanguard – Tulsa, Okla.
Summer Slaughter Tour:
7/17/2014 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, Calif.
7/18/2014 The Observatory – Santa Ana, Calif.
7/19/2014 House of Blues – West Hollywood, Calif.
7/20/2014 Nile Theater – Phoenix, Ariz.
7/22/2014 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, N.M.
7/23/2014 Summit – Denver, Colo.
7/25/2014 House Of Blues – Houston, Texas
7/26/2014 Scoot Inn – Austin, Texas
7/27/2014 Gas Monkey – Dallas, Texas
7/29/2014 State Theater St. – Petersburg, Fla.
7/30/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, Ga.
7/31/2014 The International – Knoxville, Tenn.
8/01/2014 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, Ohio
8/02/2014 Mojoes – Chicago, Ill.
8/03/2014 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, Minn.
8/05/2014 The Rave – Milwaukee, Wis.
8/06/2014 Crofoot Ballroom – Detroit, Mich.
8/07/2014 Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, N.Y.
8/08/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, N.Y.
8/09/2014 The Palladium – Worcester, Mass.
8/10/2014 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, Pa.
8/16/2014 Gwar B-Q @ Hadad’s Lake – Richmond, Va.
Amon Amarth have revealed the tour dates for their North American tour with support from Skeletonwitch and Sabaton. Vallenfyre will be playing on the October 18th New York show instead of Skeletonwitch.
Check out the tour trailer below:
Amon Amarth tour dates:
09/25 — Riverside, Calif. — Riverside Municipal Auditorium
09/26 — Santa Cruz, Calif. — The Catalyst
09/27 — Sacramento, Calif. — Ace of Spades
09/29 — Portland, Ore. — Wonder Ballroom
09/30 — Seattle, Wash. — El Corazon
10/01 — Vancouver, British Columbia — Commodore Ballroom
10/03 — Edmonton, Alberta — Union Hall
10/04 — Calgary, Alberta — Flames Central
10/05 — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — Louis’ Pub
10/06 — Winnipeg, Manitoba — The Garrick
10/07 — Thunder Bay, Ontario — Crocks
10/10 — Toronto, Ontario — The Sound Academy
10/11 — Montreal, Quebec — Metropolis
10/12 — Quebec City, Quebec — Imperial
10/14 — Burlington, Vt. — Higher Ground
10/15 — Hartford, Conn. — Webster Theatre
10/17 — Albany, N.Y. — Upstate Concert Hall
10/18 — New York, N.Y. — Best Buy Theatre
10/19 — Columbus, Ohio — Newport Music Hall
10/21 — Chattanooga, Tenn. — Track 29
10/22 — Knoxville, Tenn. — Bijou Theater
10/24 — Charlotte, N.C. — The Fillmore
10/25 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Freebird
10/26 — Birmingham, Ala. — Iron City
10/27 — New Orleans, La. — The Civic
10/29 — St. Louis, Mo. — The Pageant
10/30 — Joliet, Ill. — Mojoes
10/31 — Detroit, Mich. — Royal Oak
11/01 — Milwaukee, Wis. — The Rave
11/02 — Des Moines, Iowa — Wooly’s
11/04 — Lincoln, Neb. — Bourbon Street
11/05 — Oklahoma City, Okla. — Diamond Ballroom
11/07 — Austin, Texas — Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/08 — El Paso, Texas — Tricky Falls
11/09 — Tucson, Ariz. — Club XS
Yesterday, it was revealed by Behemoth frontman Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski that the band had been detained in Russia due to passport issues. The members of Behemoth were held overnight by the Russian Federal Migration Service.
Nergal posted on his Facebook, “We’ve been stopped by the [Russian] immigration services for ‘wrong visas.’ When I said that we will not move an inch from the club without someone from the Polish embassy, they threatened to force us out. They took us in a bus, accompanied by 10 officers, to the building of Federal Migration Service. We tried to reach the Polish embassy in Jekaterinburg but no one is answering the phone.”
The next day, the band was ordered to leave Russia.
“Roast on the Range” starring Corey Taylor will feature Slipknot’s Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, comedian Brian Posehn, and ‘That Metal Show’ hosts Don Jamieson + Jim Florentine.
Taylor lashed back at the roasters including Sebastian Bach: “He’s the best host we could get for what he costs,” Scott Ian: “Anthrax had the honor, a couple of years ago, of playing at Yankee Stadium for the ‘Big Four’ concert. Which is the only time Scott Ian has been referred to as ‘big,'” and Jamey Jasta: “When you wrote the song ‘Destroy Everything’, did you know you were talking about your own career?”
The special will air exclusively on Howard Stern’s ‘Howard 101′ Sirius/XM channel on Friday, May 23 at 10pm EST/7PM PST. A portion of the proceeds from the event is going to MusiCares, a nonprofit organization that benefits musicians in times of need.
You can watch the teaser for the special below:
At this past weekend’s Rock on the Range festival, Matt Heafy, lead singer for Trivium, unfortunately blew out his voice. At his doctor’s request, Heafy will be canceling all upcoming US tour dates to rest. You can ready the vocalist’s letter below:
“My family and friends worldwide and namely in the USA,
I always call for each of you to give their all – as you always do – and
in turn we in Trivium return the favor with everything we’ve got.
As it turns out, I quite literally gave everything I could have given just
yesterday at Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio.
I am reminded once again that I am but a mere mortal (not saying that I
ever think or believe otherwise, only that at times, on stage, one does
feel pretty powerful); my voice blew out by the end of yesterday’s set.
My doctor¹s orders are that I need two weeks of rest before resume singing
and as a result Trivium will cancel our remaining shows this week.
I have cancelled one show previously due to vocal issues, and this time
even with the numerous precautions I take every single day on the road to
ensure the greatest performance for those who keep me alive, my voice
still gave out.
My apologies to all our friends who were hoping to see us in Birmingham,
Baton Rouge, Memphis, and Pryor. My condolences to the Trivium road crew,
local promoters and most importantly, my brothers in arms: Paolo, Corey,
I’ll do everything I can do make my vocals back to 100% before Europe, and
know that we will come back and make up shows in: Salt Lake City,
Birmingham, Baton Rouge, Memphis, and Pryor. I don’t know when, but you
are not forgotten.
Matthew Kiichi Heafy”
Shock rocker Marilyn Manson, also known as Brian Warner, has recently announced some bad news. Barbara J. Warner, Manson’s mother, passed away at the age of 68 this past Tuesday, May 13, after a long battle with dementia.
Manson posted the following on this Facebook and Twitter:
“Mother, to the first and greatest believer in me … I hope I see you again someday. But not now, because I have more things I promised I would do. I’ll make you proud and satisfied that you know that you made the son you wanted. I love you.”
Dead End Sky, a newly formed hard rock/metal group, has added an alternative metal twist to the classic rock formula. The band consists of Kyle Zemankek on vocals (Five Finger Death Punch, Devolved), Rich Abronson on lead guitar, Dan Bartlett on bass, and Masa Oishi on drums. Dead End Sky recorded their self-titled debut album with engineer Josh Newell (Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne, Intronaut) and producer/mixer Brian Virtue (30 Seconds to Mars, Chevelle, Puddle of Mudd, Jane’s Addiction, All That Remains, Shadows Fall). The LP was mastered by Paul Logus (Stone Sour, Anthrax, Volbeat, Hellyeah).
The group has just announced a headline show in Los Angeles tonight in support of their recent LP release at Loaded (21+) with support from SNew, GlamSkanks, Suicide Jones, and Art of Shock. The show begins at 8:00PM.
Check out the track, “Always,” below:
Stolen Babies is an avant-garde metal/experimental rock group that formed in 2004. The band previously finished up their tour with Stone Sour and Pop Evil last year. I got the chance to sit down with vocalist/accordionist Dominique Lenore Persi for some questions regarding the tour, the band’s background, and their most recent release, Naught. You can check out Alternative Nation’s interview with Stolen Babies below.
You are about halfway finished with your tour along with Pop Evil and Stone Sour. How has the tour been so far?
Dominique: Fun. Quite adventurous with the weather and the extreme freeze in the midwest. But just as far as the other bands go, its been great. Corey and everyone in Stone Sour has just been so sweet and the Pop Evil guys are sweet. It has been yet another interesting experience for Stolen Babies.
Stolen Babies is known to be quite the experimental band, falling under the avant-garde metal band label. When you were first making music for this band was it a conscious effort to add instruments, sounds, and time signatures that aren’t usual for a typical modern day metal band?
Dominique: No, and actually we don’t really consider ourselves metal. For lack of a better description, we’ve been calling ourselves experimental rock, but that also is a rather large umbrella. I think metal might imply certain things that we don’t deem to call ourselves, but as far as the instrumentation and time signatures, it’s not intentional. It’s just where we are coming from and the things that we listen to and the instruments that we’re comfortable playing that we just bring them into the fold because it’s part of who we are as individuals.
You previously mentioned you played piano and bass as you were growing up, but the accordion was the instrument you most connected to though. Was it difficult to apply and fit the accordion into your compositions?
Dominique: No, it just came naturally, and gradually trickled in. When you are playing in a band, you bring in who you are to the sound. So if you play the recorder or whatever, you make that part of your output. We don’t know what our genre is, we’re not trying to sound like anybody else, so nothing is pre-meditated.
Official music video for “Second Sleep” off ‘Naught’
It seems Stolen Babies is a bit of a melting pot of genres including elements of punk, thrash, electronic, classical, swing, and much more. Are there any genres or music styles you’re interested in exploring and meshing into Stolen Babies’ material?
Dominique: Yeah, again not that it’s a conscious effort, but there’s things that we all listen to that will probably find it’s way into our future recordings. When Rani and I were younger, we actually studied some Thai instruments at a Thai temple in North Hollywood. I played this kind of xylophone type thing and Rani studied this gong pedal. Not to say that we’re going to use those instruments and we’re going to play Thai music, although I can sing a few songs in Thai, but I love listening to different styles of music like Ethiopian jazz. There’s always been a lot of ethnomusicology in our background. I took classes in college. And as we grow, and express more of ourselves, more stuff will be exposed.
You’ve spoken previously of influences including Oingo Boingo, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, and Mr. Bungle, but are there any pop or more conventional groups that you consider an influence or guilty pleasure?
Dominique: When Rani and I were driving up here, all these songs were coming up on the radio, like Prince. I don’t think Prince is a guilty pleasure, I think it’s a proud pleasure. And Raffi, the kids folk-singer. There’s a lot. I’ve been in and out of loving Depeche Mode for a while. I don’t think anything is a guilty pleasure because I’m proud of everything I listen to.
Lyrically your songs stretch from spiders to sinking ships to a large variety of seemingly abstract poetry. Is there any message you’re hoping to portray through either your lyrics or music?
Dominique: Every song has a different message. I think there is a reoccurring theme of being disconnected or detached or stepping back from things and seeming them as they are. Looking at the world from a certain point of view and not taking everything for face value has been a reoccurring theme through all of our songs. I do almost all the lyric-writing, but on the last album Rani actually came in and did some writing too.
Official music video for “Push Button” off ‘There Be Squabbles Ahead’
Back in 2007, you guys released a music video for “Push Button,” which seemed to have myself and many fans thinking, “this band must be Tim Burton fans,” because of the artistic style. Do you have any non-musical artists such as Burton or Max Fleischer, that you consider an influence or has made an impact on your life?
Dominique: Well definitely the two that you mentioned. With Tim Burton, it’s all really the early stuff, anything before Sleepy Hollow. With Crab Scrambly, his artwork brings the imagery similar to Burton’s. And the Max Fleischer cartoons were a big influence on me as a kid. I had the VHS collection of the Betty Boop anthology. When I was at a young age, my brother really got me into Jim Henson.
Regarding your image, Stolen Babies has always had a dark yet childish theme. Do you believe your image and theatrical aspect during your live shows is as important as the actual music?
Dominique: Yeah. I don’t feel like we’re doing anything theatrical now. Maybe my definition of “theatrical,” is different, but now we’re a three-piece just out there rocking out for lack of a better word. There’s no choreography or skits, but we do dress up and have Bucky the skeleton on stage with us. We have a theatrical sound so it might be fun to experiment again with that someday.
Crab Scrambly has been your artwork artist for both of your LPs. Do you plan on working with him for future releases or do you have any other artists you would like to work with?
Dominique: He’s a very close friend and part of the family. I think we’ll be working with him for a long time. But yes, we do want to bring other artists into the fold as well. My older brother is an Emmy award-winning cartoonist, who designed all the characters in our previous band the Fratellis, and I would love to work with my brother.
Stolen Babies has toured with some big-name bands such as Devin Townsend, Katatonia, Otep, Lacuna Coil, and now Stone Sour. What are some bands that are on your personal or the band’s bucket list regarding who you want to tour with?
Dominique: Our friends from Sleepytime Gorilla Museum have a new band they are working on called Free Salamander Exhibit and they are about to do a little tour. We’d like to do something with them obviously. In terms of bands that have influenced, I know Rani especially would love to tour with anything Les Claypool has been involved in. It’s really hard to say. We never know who we’re gonna fit with.
Is there anyone on your bucket list you would like to collaborate with on a musical level?
Dominique: I don’t have a collaboration bucket list. I kinda just go with the flow. For future projects for Stolen Babies we have two potential things in mind, but I don’t know which will come first. One of them is a throwback to the Fratellis, so that will be almost like a concept album. I have a few guest vocalists in mind but I don’t wanna say who yet.
I heard there is a music video in the works for “Mousefood.” What is the progress on that?
Dominique: Well, it is all shot. The thing is, it’s just us and another guy and we’ve been touring so much, more than we anticipated, so it’s hard to be around and involved with the video. The progress? It’s coming along. It’s hard because we’re not a band on a label, at this point we’re not entertaining the idea of social media funding or Kickstarter. We don’t really wanna go there yet, or ever. We’re really determined to do this on our own.
Could you possibly hint at what we could expect in terms of the upcoming material?
Dominique: Well because we are a three-piece now, we’re writing as a three-piece. They remind me of some of my favorite songs to play, like “Awful Fall,” “Tablescrap,” or “Mousefood.” These are the kind of songs I still really stand by. And I feel like the new songs kind of feel in the spirit of those, in terms of the rock songs. But as I mentioned earlier, there are some things we want to do with the older Fratellis’ material. And that is more along the lines of a song like “Fillistata,” which was originally a Fratellis’ song. So it has more of a not necessarily ska sound but there’s horns involved and a more cartoon-y sound that I don’t know if we’ll be able to pull of live. It’s just a constant experiment which I think is so fun with this band.