The second annual Chicago Open Air will bring together an all-star lineup of rock’s top artists on Friday, July 14, Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago. The three-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival will feature over 40 performances, including legendary rock artists Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count, and many more.
In addition to three days of nonstop rock, Chicago Open Air’s celebration of everything loud will also include Gourmet Man Food featuring local and regional cuisine, the Headbangers Bier Hall highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin. The weekend gets started with The Chicago Open Air Kick Off Fiesta (details to be announced in February) and the official Chicago Open Air Pre-Party at Concord Music Hall on Thursday, July 13.
The daily band lineup (subject to change) is as follows:
Friday, July 14: KISS, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Anthrax, Meshuggah, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Falling In Reverse, Vimic, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Crobot, Code Orange, Hell or Highwater, Failure Anthem
Saturday, July 15: Korn, Godsmack, Seether, Clutch, Steel Panther, Body Count, Avatar, Mushroomhead, Metal Church, Pig Destroyer, Dragonforce, Cane Hill, Night Verses, Black Map
Sunday, July 16: Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Stone Sour, Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Hellyeah, Demon Hunter, DevilDriver, KYNG, Norma Jean, Whores., DED
Here’s what some of Chicago Open Air’s top artists have to say about playing the festival:
Corey Taylor, Stone Sour: “We are beyond stoked to be a part of Chicago Open Air this year. If you’ve never seen Stone Sour before, you’re in for a goddamn treat. If you HAVE seen Stone Sour before, forget what you’re expecting. It’s a whole new ballgame. See you all soon!”
Dave Mustaine, Megadeth: “This year’s Chicago Open Air festival is going to kick so much ass! I mean, KISS, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Rob Zombie?! If I wasn’t playing, I would want to go just to be part of the party!!
Randy Blythe, Lamb Of God: “Wassup Chicago! We’re stoked to be playing the Chicago Open Air this year. It’ll be nice to be outside in Illinois for a change, especially since it won’t be 10 below, haha. So come on out and bring your baggies, bikinis and suntan lotion, and surfboards (ok, so you can leave the surfboards at home). See ya there!”
Danny Wimmer, Founder of Danny Wimmer Presents said, “Walking through the site last year, I saw people from all over the world. Different ages, different races – people celebrating rock culture. When curating the 2017 version of Chicago Open Air, we wanted to find that balance for everyone who attends the festival. From iconic artists like Ozzy, KISS, Korn and Slayer to Rob Zombie, Godsmack and Stone Sour to Amon Amarth, Meshuggah and Behemoth. If you are a rock fan, this is a must see experience.”
“Rock is clearly alive and well in Chicagoland, and year two of Chicago Open Air promises to build on where we left off in creating one of America’s best destination hard rock festivals,” said Jason Wright, Live Nation’s Midwest President.
Tickets are priced as follows:
3-day General Admission Field: starting at $209.50
3-day General Admission Bowl: starting at $119.50
3-day VIP: starting at $425.00
Single Day General Admission Bowl: starting at $50.00
All VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes into the event, access to a VIP lounge area featuring dedicated food and beverage offerings (for additional purchase), field and stadium level viewing areas of the main stage, dedicated restroom facilities, and a commemorative Chicago Open Air VIP-only laminate.
No Service Fee tickets will be available at the Chicago Open Air Official Pop-Up Party at Kuma’s Corner downtown (666 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago) on Friday, January 20, starting at Noon. In addition, all three Chicago-area Kuma’s locations (http://www.kumascorner.com/locations.html) will be selling No Service Fee tickets and exclusive Chicago Open Air / Kuma’s merchandise.
Here’s a preliminary list of Chicago Open Air special events, Gourmet Man Food and craft beer partners, as well as onsite experiences and nonprofit organizations with a presence at Chicago Open Air:
Chicago Open Air Kick Off Fiesta, hosted by Jose Mangin: Kick off the Chicago Open Air weekend with this fiesta. This intimate dinner will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal DJ Jose Mangin. The menu and more information will be announced in the coming weeks.
Chicago Open Air Official Pre-Party & After-Show Events: The official Chicago Open Air Pre-Party will be held at Concord Music Hall on Thursday, July 13. Bands and more details will be announced soon. In addition, official after-show events will be held at Double Door on Friday, The Metro on Saturday, and the official afterparty will be at House of Blues in Chicago on Sunday.
Gourmet Man Food: The initial Gourmet Man Food lineup includes selections from Chicago favorites such as: Bruges Brothers, Chicago Doghouse, Crème of the Crop, Dia De Los Tamales, Dinky’s Donuts, Kuma’s Corner, Pizano’s (Chicago deep dish), and Yum Dum. Additional Gourmet Man Food vendors from around the country will include: Aporkalypse Now, BBD’s Restaurant, Ben’s Burrito Bowl, Cheeze Louise, Cravin’ Cajun, Master of Patties, Ollie’s Tots, Pie Baby (wood-fired pizza), Sweet Pete’s, and The Big Cheesy.
Headbangers Bier Hall: This unique METAL themed dive bar is returning to Chicago Open Air. Headbangers Bier Hall will feature national and regional craft beers and artist inspired beverages including: Goose Island (Chicago – 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Four Star Pils), Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago – Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Vallejo IPA, Pony Pilsner), Iron Maiden’s Trooper Beer, Lagunitas (Petaluma, CA – IPA, A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’), Motörhead Wine, Revolution Brewing (Chicago – Fist City, Rev Pils), Surly (Minneapolis – Surly Hell Lager, Surly Furious IPA), Two Brothers Brewing (Chicago – Sidekick Extra Pale Ale, Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager), and more to be announced. Look for unique experiences throughout the weekend.
Monster Energy Experience: Fueling the festival experience with energy, the Monster Energy Experience offers free Monster drink samples and artist signings. Stop by the Monster Energy Experience and get energized for Chicago Open Air!
Kuma’s Corner: Kuma’s Corner will be returning to serve their signature metal themed burgers.
The Music Experience: The Music Experience features all the elements that are involved in making music in a professional band setting. The interactive exhibit features guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards, and electronic gear that are used by today’s most popular bands. After laying your hands on the hottest equipment available, you will walk away feeling like a rock star and you may even see one there, too! Come and meet your favorite band members from the festival at the Music Experience Tent. You can win free amps, free guitars and get tons of other free stuff, as well.
FYE Fan Experience: FYE will be hosting the ultimate fan and artist interactive experiences throughout the festival! FYE is the only place at the festival to get your favorite band’s music, and maybe even get to meet your favorite Chicago Open Air performer!
Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live: The Dyin 2 Live Dreams program is a wish-granting organization whose purpose is to try and enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them an experience that will bring hope and inspiration to their lives. In doing this, we hope it can help give them a chance to forget, even if it’s only for a day. Through our extensive network of friends, supporters, and affiliates, we are able to reach out to individuals and present them with one of a kind experiences and opportunities that arise. We feel a Dyin 2 Live Dream can offer a source of inspiration for those undergoing difficult medical treatments and be a positive force that offers a life-changing impact not only for them, but also the family to overcome their obstacles. If you are currently fighting cancer or know of someone in the fight who could benefit from a Dyin 2 Live Dream, please submit your story and tell us why and how a Dyin 2 Live day would help. Also, anyone interested in being a supporter, volunteer or donor, please contact us at email@example.com.
Take Me Home: Take Me Home (TMH) has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001. TMH was founded as an animal rights advocacy foundation saving orphaned animals and striving to end animal overpopulation. TMH works in conjunction with shelters and rescues throughout California and beyond to help save animals on death row, on the streets, or in unsafe living conditions. Stop by their booth for custom gear and contribute to a great cause.
Chicago Open Air is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, Live Nation, and Toyota Park, with the support of the Village of Bridgeview and Bridgeview Mayor Steven Landek.
Chicago Open Air is fueled by Monster Energy. Additional 2017 sponsors include: Jack Daniel’s, FYE, The Music Experience, Fxck Cancer, Take Me Home, Soho Concessions and more.
While black metal fans should be more than satisfied with the line-up by now, with this batch we’re gonna make happy mostly the headbangers of death, as the title suggests!
Swedish death dealers AEON have recently reminded Europe on their tour with Cannibal Corpse that they’re still a force to be reckon with! And the same applies for the band revolving around Terrance Hobbs, possibly the only death metal guitar hero to share his hairdresser with the Predator! Indeed NY/DM godfathers SUFFOCATION are still a massive live force despite the recent line-up changes. CRYPTOPSY will present their own innovative ways of brutal death while the represantatives of the US murder capital Chicago under the monicker of MACABRE will indeed tell some tales of a macabre nature, revolviing around…surprise, murders and murderers!
Chicago took the torche from New York, a city that once witnessed it’s own Epidemic of Violence and the mighty thrash force DEMOLITION HAMMER has reformed to show You how it was like back in 1992! Besides the old school masters we’ll also have the cream on top of the new school US thrash with HAVOK!
ROTTEN SOUND will once again unleash a grinding fury that is yet to be surpased while their countrymen WOLFHEART on the other hand showcase the sad nature of Finland. Their thoughtful attitude is shared by German black metal DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT that will debut at our festival.
A band that needs no introduction and will not debut at our festival are ARCHITECTS, who are sadly returning without the deceased founding guitarist Tom Searle.
Coming on the heels of the announcement of their sophomore album, KXM has released the video for the debut single “Scatterbrain.” The video, directed by previous KXM director Jamie Brown, features the band performing live in the desert. The video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/UvTnzne69Ts and is the first song from the upcoming release of the same name. The new album is scheduled for release on March 17th via Rat Pak Records. Fans who pre-order the album digitally via iTunes (http://smarturl.it/kxmsbitunes) will receive “Scatterbrain” as an instant download. The album is also available via Amazon (http://smarturl.it/kxmsbamazon).
Scatterbrain is currently available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records website in various bundles including signed CD’s and t-shirts. All fans who pre-order the album through the Rat Pak website will be entered to win a one-of-a-kind custom guitar as well as other prizes. The pre-order is available at RatPakRecords.com/KXM. KXM is comprised of dUg Pinnick of King’s X on vocals/bass, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken on guitars and Ray Luzier, of Korn on drums. Scatterbrain features 13 brand new tracks and was recorded at the Steakhouse studio in North Hollywood California. The album was produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (Flotsam & Jetsam/Prong/Last In Line) who also produced the band’s 2014 debut.
From the infectious riff of the album opener “Scatterbrain” to the outro of “Angel,” KXM have created something truly special and musically diverse. Songs like “Breakout,” “Calypso,” and “True Deceivers” are sonically different from each other taking the listener on a musical journey. Scatterbrain is thematically a darker record than the debut. The album builds upon the developed KXM rock sound but this time includes some different dynamics drawing inspiration from prog, ska, punk and metal. Through it all, it remains undeniably KXM.
KXM formed in early 2013 when dUg, George and Ray spoke about trying to jam together. At the time it wasn’t clear what would come from those jams. The only thing that was clear was that these 3 musicians, at the top of their game, wanted to play together. The self-titled debut, KXM, was released on March 11, 2014 and debuted at #31 on the Billboard 200. The band takes its name from the combination of the member’s other projects: K from Korn, X from King’s X and M from Lynch Mob. In a world that constantly searches for new and unique music, KXM delivers all the power and punch that one would expect from these high level players.
On February 24th, Armored Saint is releasing their new live album, Carpe Noctum. Having toured with Metallica, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, The Scorpions, and many other artists since their inception in the early 80s, Armored Saint has always been a highly regarded live act – not only in their hometown of Los Angeles, but also around the world. The only official release to capture this, however, is 1989’s live album,Saints Will Conquer – until now, with Carpe Noctum, which was recorded at the band’s 2015 Wacken festival set, as well as their headlining show in Aschaffenburg, Germany.
For a preview of Carpe Noctum, a live video of “March of the Saint” from the Aschaffenburg show, filmed by Oliver “Bomber” Barth, can be viewed at: metalblade.com/armoredsaint – where Carpe Noctum can also be pre-ordered in various formats. Purchase your exclusive shirt, vinyl, and more now!
To view Armored Saint‘s PledgeMusic campaign – where every “pledge”/purchase receives a digital download of Carpe Noctum, plus behind-the-scenes content (including footage from Wacken 2015, plus 2016’s Ozzfest and Queensryche appearances, and more!) – please visit: pledgemusic.com/armoredsaint
In regards to the PledgeMusic campaign, Armored Saint comments: “Why PledgeMusic? Our fans have been extremely supportive over the years. We want to share the process of realizing this project with you by giving you the chance to be a part of it, from start to finish. How does it work? You place your orders here and when the album is released, you will get your items in the mail. But throughout the process, you will have access to the regular updates that we will post on this page.”
Carpe Noctum track-listing
1. Win Hands Down (Live)
2. March of the Saint (Live)
3. Stricken by Fate (Live)
4. Last Train Home (Live)
5. Mess (Live)
6. Aftermath (Live)
7. Left Hook from Right Field (Live)
8. Reign of Fire (Live)
Armored Saint will return to Ireland and the UK this March (appearing in some cities for the first time!), before playing select USA dates in May. Joey Vera (bass) comments: “We’re really looking forward to playing these select UK shows in March. We’ve never played in Dublin, Manchester, Birmingham or Wales, so we’re super excited to play in these places – as well as in Belfast, which we’d played only once before. We get a lot of requests from our UK fan base and since we were offered the headline spot at Hammerfest, we decided to hit some of these other UK cities. So, here we go!”
Armored Saint tour dates
Mar. 20 – Voodoo – Dublin, Ireland
Mar. 21 – The Limelight – Belfast, Ireland
Mar. 23 – HammerFest – Gwynedd, N. Wales, UK
Mar. 24 – The Rebellion – Manchester, UK
Mar. 25 – O2 Academy 3 – Birmingham, UK
May 18 – Route 20 Outhouse – Sturtevent, WI
May 19 – Q and Z Expo Center – Ringle, WI
May 20 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Norwegian symphonic black metal giants, DIMMU BORGIR, finally emerge from the depths of darkness, to mark 2017 as the year of their monumental return.
On April 14th, they will finally release their highly-anticipated DVD Forces Of The Northern Night, containing two of the band’s live rituals: Their legendary show in Oslo, showing DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as the entire performance at Wacken Open Air 2012 with almost 100 musicians on stage. Both concerts present a spectacular sound scenario of raging black metal in front of an epic orchestral landscape and the band’s unique visuals.
This authentic combination of the beauty and the beast has long seemed like a natural evolution for fans, but much time, arrangements and commitment were necessary to put this gigantic production into reality and fill the stage with 90 minutes of mind blowing sets per night. The shows guide the fans through classics from the band’s discography – from the majestic finisher “Mourning Palace” to the stomping manifesto “Puritania” and the haunting “Gateways”… Norway’s DIMMU BORGIR know how to leave nothing behind but pure ashes.
“For us, this is the pinnacle of our career so far. As a band, we’ve always used a lot of symphonic elements in our music. But we haven’t been able to use a real orchestra live. We’ve had to use samples, synthesizers and so on, so this was a huge, awesome experience for us!”, states front man Shagrath.
On April 14th, both concert plus a bonus documentary feature will be available in many different formats that will soon be revealed.
And beware… this is not the only gem that the year 2017 holds for DIMMU BORGIR.
Michael Podrybau is best remembered as the vocalist for the Pacific Northwest based traditional heavy metal band Glacier. A recent resurgence of renewed interest in the band’s seminal self-titled EP lead to a deluxe reissue campaign on both CD & Vinyl spearheaded by Cult Metal Classics Records. Original axeman Sam T. Easley sadly passed away in 2016 laying to rest any hopes of a Glacier reunion but Michael Podrybau has since put together a proper Glacier tribute band with the aptly named Devil In Disguise. Michael shares his recollections of his time in Glacier as well as what to expect from Devil In Disguise in this special chat. Enjoy and pick up your copy of the Glacier reissue when you’re done reading!
You don’t need to be a die-hard ’80s metal fan to know that the fruits of an artistic alliance between Danger Danger singer Ted Poley and guitarist/producer Steve Brown of TRIXTER is going to make melodic rock fans rejoice! The two musicians from New Jersey have recently created TOKYO MOTOR FIST and the new band is ready to unleash on the world their self-titled debut album on February 24, 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl.
The band’s self-titled debut can be pre-ordered here: http://radi.al/TokyoMotorFist and at the links below. Digital pre-orders come with instant downloads of “Love Me Insane” and “Shameless”.
Indeed, Tokyo Motor Fist is exactly what you would expect: catchy and uplifting hard rock, the way is should be! You want big – we mean, BIG – hooks? You got ’em. What about major guitar riffs? Of course there’s plenty of those. Killer rhythm section? Well, with Greg Smith (Ted Nugent , Rainbow , Alice Cooper ) and Chuck Burgi (Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult , Joe Lynn Turner ) you simply can’t go wrong!
Ted and Steve have been friends for a long time. They were playing the same club circuit with their respective bands, Danger Danger and Trixter, when both bands were starting their careers. Over the years, they’ve had a great personal relationship and the idea of doing a record together has been in the cards for many years. Now, thanks to Frontiers this concept has become a reality.
“To say that I’m excited for the world to hear Tokyo Motor Fist would be an understatement,” says Steve Brown. “Working on this project with my Rock and Roll Brothers Ted Poley, Greg Smith & Chuck Burgi was a total blast….We had fun and it shows in the performances and in the music! As a songwriter I couldn’t be happier with the way the songs came together. Fans of TRIXTER, DANGER DANGER, Def Leppard , Bon Jovi and Cheap Trick will get the best of all those worlds.”
Ted Poley adds: “Working with guys of this caliber was amazing. I was excited to collaborate with my long time friend Steve Brown, who is not only a really great songwriter and guitarist but also an insanely cool producer! The band sounds great and very high energy. The vocals of Steve and I along with his SHREDDING guitar, combined with the World Class rhythm Powerhouse section of Greg Smith and Chuck Burgi is amazing, what a cool band – the sound is HUGE. But it’s the songs that drew me into making this album in the beginning and the record is full of catchy songs with massive choruses and great melodies and sounds BIG BIG BIG! I am beyond THRILLED with the final result and I hope you will be too.”
Beefy and energetic, “Tokyo Motor Fist” is sure to please not only Ted Poley, Danger Danger, and Trixter’s fans, but all fans of melodic hard rock. Don’t miss this superb release!
Tokyo Motor Fist Track Listing:
1. Pickin’ Up The Pieces
2. Love Me Insane
5. Black And Blue
6. You’re My Revolution
7. Don’t Let Me Go
8. Put Me To Shame
9. Done To Me
10. Get You Off My Mind
11. Fallin’ Apart
Tokyo Motor Fist
Ted Poley – Vocals
Steve Brown – Guitars, Vocals
Greg Smith – Bass guitar
Chuck Burgi – drums
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of “Saint Of The Lost Souls”,the tenth studio album from House Of Lords. The album, which is the follow up to their highly successful “Indestructible”, will be released March 24th.
Recorded and produced by the band’s singer and mastermind James Christian, this collection of songs has an incredible flow of up-tempo and mid-tempo rockers mixed with power ballads, which lean a bit more toward keyboards this time around, but without compromising the band’s trademark sound which is based around Jimi Bell’s guitar.
“Saint Of The Lost Souls” is already one of the years most anticipated melodic rock releases and will not disappoint fans of the band or genre. James Christian’s well crafted and smooth vocals bring the band’s craft to new heights. Guitarist Jimi Bell is on fire and the melodic riffs throughout the album will leave you breathless. A new addition on bass is Chris Tristram, who is no stranger to the rock community. His solid performance adds another dimension to the sound and BJ Zampa brings a solid and powerful rhythm foundation to House of Lords.
House of Lords debuted in 1989 with the release of their self-titled album, a record which is still regarded as one of the best arena rock releases of the 80’s. The colossal sound, the soaring vocals of James Christian and instrumental capabilities of the band (which featured ex-Angel and Giuffria keyboardist, Gregg Giuffria, along with luminaries Lanny Cordola, Chuck Wright and Ken Mary), were reminiscent of such frontrunners as Whitesnake, Deep Purple and Van Halen and immediately brought the band to the attention of the music media and fans.
With their sophomore release, “Sahara”, House of Lords had considerable radio and video chart success with their cover of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home”. After a tour with Nelson in 1991, the group disbanded, eventually coming back together with a new lineup (featuring original members Giuffria and Christian) in 1992 with “Demon’s Down”. With the change in musical climate at the time, House of Lords went into hibernation until the original lineup came back together in 2000, releasing the controversial “Power and the Myth”, an album which featured a sound leaning more towards progressive hard rock with 70’s rock influences. After a short European tour, singer James Christian decided to go back to the trademark arena rock sound of House Of Lords, putting together a new line-up with the blessing of founding member Gregg Giuffria, who opted out right before the release of “Power and the Myth”. New members Jimi Bell on guitars and B.J. Zampa on drums supplied a true powerhouse sound to the fifth studio album, “World Upside Down”, a record which caused a real stir in the hard rock and melodic rock scenes. That album was followed up by the equally impressive “Come to My Kingdom” in 2008, “Cartesian Dreams” in 2009, “Big Money” in 2011, and “Precious Metal” in 2014.
The band has toured relentlessly in Europe and the States in support of their releases and have now become a true staple of the hard rock scene on both continents. House Of Lords stands for superb hooks and majestic atmospheres that bring back the memories of their stellar debut album, monumental guitar riffs and a production to die for. All these ingredients you will find on “Saint Of The Lost Souls” which shines from the first second to the last!
“Saint Of The Lost Souls” Track Listing:
2. Oceans Divide
3. Hit the Wall
4. Saint of the Lost Souls
5. The Sun Will Never Set Again
6. New Day Breakin’
7. Reign of Fire
9. Art of Letting Go
10. Grains of Sand
11.The Other Option
Death metal veterans MORBID ANGEL will embark on their first U.S. tour of 2017 in May. Support on the trek will come from SUFFOCATION, REVOCATION and WITHERED.
The tour will commence on May 23 in Orlando Florida at the Beachum and continue around the country until June 27, in New Orleans at the House Of Blues.
Commented MORBID ANGEL: “We are excited to get back out on tour with longtime friends and death metal brothers SUFFOCATION as main support. We have also added the technical thrash metalers REVOCATION and newcomers WITHERED to what will promise to be a great night. The tour will also mark the unveiling of the new lineup of MORBID ANGEL, featuring Scott Fuller (ANNIHILATED, ERRORGEIST) on drums, and Dan Vadim Von (guitarist/frontman of the American death metal band VADIMVON) on second guitar.”
Said Dan: “It is an honor to stand among my brothers Trey, Steve and Scott in the one and only MORBID ANGEL.”
Added Scott: “I’m beyond thrilled and excited to have claimed the drum throne with my brothers in the mighty MORBID ANGEL! We are chipping away right now on the new album at Mana Recording with our great friend Erik Rutan! Stay Tuned!”
Stated Steve: “I am stoked to get out and do some badass shows. This will be a devastating tour and I am looking forward to watching every band.”
Commented Trey: “We are excited to bring back lots of cool songs that haven’t been in the live sets for a long while. Do you suffer the same sickness???”
May 23 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
May 24 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
May 25 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
May 27 – Baltimore, MD – Maryland Deathfest
May 28 – Boston, MA – Brighton
May 29 – New York NY – The Gramercy Theater
May 31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Small’s
Jun. 01 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Jun. 02 – Detroit, MI – The Crofoot
Jun. 03 – Chicago, IL – The Metro
Jun. 04 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
Jun. 06 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic
Jun. 07 – Lawrence, KS – Grenada
Jun. 08 – Denver CO – Bluebird
Jun. 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Jun. 12 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Jun. 13 – Portland, OR – Dame’s
Jun. 15 – San Francisco, CA – The Social Hall
Jun. 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
Jun. 17 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
Jun. 18 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Jun. 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
Jun. 21 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine
Jun. 23 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Jun. 24 – Austin, TX – Grizzly Hall
Jun. 25 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Jun. 27 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
MORBID ANGEL is recording its new album at Mana Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer — and former MORBID ANGEL guitarist — Erik Rutan for a mid-2017 release via UDR Music.
Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy Kilmister, Randy Rhoads, Ross The Boss Friedman, Frankie Banali Among 2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History Inductees
METAL BLADE RECORDS, SCORPIONS, AND THE RAINBOW JUST NOMINATED TO THE HALL OF HEAVY METAL HISTORY
Anaheim, CA, (January 7, 2017) – Metal Blade Records (Celebrating their 35th Anniversary), Scorpions, and the Rainbow Bar and Grill have just joined the list of Metal Royalty who have been nominated for induction into the 2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History. The All-Star Induction Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Anaheim Expo Center, Anaheim CA. Television and Radio Legend Eddie Trunk will host the event.
Performing at the Ceremony will be Dio Disciples featuring “Craig Goldy,” “Simon Wright” “Scott Warren,” “Bjorn Englen,” “Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens,” and “Joe Retta.” Ross “The Boss” (band), will also be performing, which features Iconic guitarist “Ross ‘The Boss’ Friedman,” “Rhino (Formerly of Manowar),” vocalist “Marc Lopes,” and “Mike LePond” (Symphony X and Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins). Surprise artists will also take part in the event. Supporting bands include Budderside, and LA rockers Diamond Lane.
Randy Rhoads, “Ozzy Osbourne,” (With the Rhoads family members accepting the Induction)
“The induction of Ronnie into the Annual Hall of Heavy Metal History is indeed an honor and I know Ronnie would have been very proud,” says Wendy Dio. “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Ronnie James Dio Stand up and Shout Cancer Fund, we thank you for your support and donation. Every penny will go to cancer research and education, to hopefully one day find a cure for this horrible disease that takes the lives of so many of our loved ones.”
“We are totally honored to be inducted into such a great organization,” says Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel. “I am awestruck at the names that stand beside us, and so thankful for everyone who has helped us along the way. Huge thanks to all at the Hall of Heavy Metal History for this great honor.”
“Our family is so deeply honored to have Randy inducted into The Hall of Heavy Metal History,” says Kathy and Kelle Rhoads.” To think that after all these years since he has passed, he is STILL remembered and respected is totally awesome. His passion for music continues to inspire so many. It was always about the “Music” for him. He would be speechless about this award, and so would our Mom!!”
SEAX hail from Worcester, Massachusettes and are quickly making a name for themselves as one of the most exciting forces in Speed Metal today. With the release of their third full length album “Speed Metal Mania” the quintet deliver unrelenting, headbanging, fist-pumping steel in the same glorious vein as such eighties titans as Exciter, Razor or Whiplash. Do yourself a favor and check out SEAX today! Pick up their new album “Speed Metal Mania” and enjoy our chat with SEAX vocalist Carmine Blades below!
On February 24th, Six Feet Under returns with their 12th studio album, Torment, and a new leap in intensity. There’s plenty of classic Six Feet Undergroove to be had on Torment, but fans will note a much more aggressive approach, and even more blast beats throughout. This is a cantankerous Six Feet Under with absolutely nothing to prove. This is Six Feet Under at their most deadly.
KILLCODE is a five-piece American rock band from New York City. To date the band has released two EPs, one full-length album (KILLCODE, 2014) and several music videos. In recent years, they have toured with such legendary names as Twisted Sister, Ace Frehley and Lita Ford. KILLCODE has also appeared in several metal festivals around the world including Bang Your Head festival in Germany, the Guitar Scene Festival in France and Heaven and Hell festival in Mexico. The band has just finished its secord full-length album, called THE ANSWER, and at the moment it’s available on their official website www.killcode.net. Despite all of this the band is still relatively unknown in some countries. I met the band’s vocalist Tom Morrissey and guitarist D.C. Gonzalez recently in New York. It was a really interesting meeting, and now I can say that I know quite a lot about the band. We talked about the band’s past, present, and about what kind of plans they have for the future. Read on and get to know KILLCODE!
WHO IS KILLCODE?
Many of our readers don’t know that much about KILLCODE. So let’s start the easy way. Who is KILLCODE and what is the band about?
Tom: KILLCODE is a band from New York City. It’s Chas (Guitar), Erric Bonesmith (Bass), Rob Noxious (drums), D.C. Gonzalez (Guitar) and myself on vocals. We’ve been described as a Hard Rock band with metal and southern rock influences and I pretty much agree with that. To date, we’ve released two EPS, a self-titled, full-length album and we recently finished our new album called the “The Answer”. “The Answer” was produced by Joey Z, from the band “Life Of Agony” and I think it’s our strongest work to date. Last year we had some great opportunities touring the world and US and we can’t wait to get back out there this year in support of the new CD. As we like to put it, we want to “Spread the CODE”! We’re “Spreading the CODE” as we talk to you as well! (Laughs)
When was the band formed and how did the current line-up came together?
Tom: The band was formed by myself and Chas. We were in a band that was signed prior to KILLCODE. For whatever reason, that band didn’t work out. We both decided to try our own thing. Not really in a band sense but try and write some songs and see what comes of it. We sat down in his basement and wrote a couple of songs that right off the bat we were excited about. After that we reached out to Erric Bonesmith, a bass player that was a good friend of Chas and he came on board. We met Rob Noxious when Mistress Juliya, who was a DJ for Fuse Television at the time, put out a blast on social media that we were looking for a drummer. Rob at the time was living out in California trying to come back to New York. He contacted us and after one audition he was in! D.C. came in after we played with another guitar player, Pat Harrington, for a while.
That was about the history of the band but maybe it’s better talk more about the future than the past?
D.C.: That’s right.
THE WRONG SIDE
I need to confess that I hadn’t heard too much about your band before this interview, but I did know a few things. (Laughs). The first time I heard you, was when I saw the video for “The Wrong Side”. Tell something about that one?
Tom: That was off our the last self titled album :::KILLCODE::: and it was the lead single. It’s a ballad and for us it the first time we led with a song like that
D.C: I’ll tell you a funny story. Chas and Tom wrote that song before deciding to put KILLCODE together and before I was in this band. It was actually one of the first songs that these guys wrote. Anyway, for whatever reason they didn’t release or play it too often. At the time I was in another band in the NYC rock scene and we played shows with KILLCODE. They played “The Wrong Side” at one of the shows that we played together. I walked back stage and I said, “Why the fuck don’t you guys play that song more often or release it?” I said, “It’s fantastic”! It does have a different vibe than most of KILLCODE’s songs and I get why maybe some bands don’t like to try new things but it’s a great song and at the end of the day that’s all I care about! Anyway, as fate would have it, I joined this band and we’re talking about what single should be released and what video should we do for what song? I’m the one that suggested it’s got to be “The Wrong Side”. It shows the diversity of what you guys can do.
Tom: We said okay and I’m glad we did. It did make us more comfortable trying new things and being a bit more diverse. New songs like “Own It” and “Put It Off” that are on the new album, came about from being more comfortable trying new things. “Own It” is a new song I’m really proud of. Chris Wyse, bassist for OWL and The Ace Frehley band plays on this song and really added something special to it. “Put It Off” is a song D.C. and I wrote, very similar to “Wrong Side”. It’s is just DC and I playing acoustic.
D.C: Yes I agree. Sometimes bands get caught up in, we’re going to do this type of Genre. That’s not me. When we wrote the new song “Put it Off “, Tom was about to leave my house after rehearsal. We started having a very deep conversation about something and I also randomly started playing this little thing on my acoustic guitar. He started singing and it was like, with all of your experience, you can never recreate a moment like that. We literary wrote that song in maybe five minutes. The final recording on the CD is pretty much what Tom and I came up with on the spot. It was a deep moment. Especially after the conversation we were having. The new Album is a kick ass record! There is a lot of high energy tunes in there. But there are also a few songs that we tried, new things and slowed down things a bit.
I’m going to give you my judgment once I’ve heard the whole album.
Tom: Yes, yes. We have the New CD for you to do just that.
THE MUSICAL TRENDS AND NYC
I would say that what separates KILLCODE from many other bands is that your music and style doesn’t represent any single musical genre. It has elements of many different styles and what’s also great is that you’re not following ongoing trends too much. How does that sound for you?
Tom: I think you’re right.
D.C.: I don’t want to say that we set out to do something different. I just think we set out to do music we liked. We didn’t and don’t care about following a specific genre. We didn’t and don’t care about what everybody else around is doing. It’s a little bit tough at times but worth it.
Tom: Yes not a typical New York City band.
D.C: Some people might think we are too light to be on heavy bills. Or we’re too heavy to be on lighter bills.
Tom: Or too Southern Rock to be in New York City. (Laughs)
D.C: We don’t compromise because of these thoughts and I think it gives us very unique style. Collectively we love similar bands like Motorhead, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. But individually we all have different influences.
Tom: I think that’s what shapes us.
D.C: We allow everybody to bring their own thing to the table. We don’t shut each other down and I think in some bands, that happens a lot.
If I had to describe your music in brief, after hearing only a couple of tracks, I would then say that you sound like a bastard son of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Skid Row. What do you think about that? (Laughs)
D.C: Skid Row?
Tom: It’s funny you say that as we’ve had people come to us and say, “You guys are like Skynyrd meets Sabbath, meets STP, meets…” but not Skid Row. Although they were a great band!
THE MUSIC SCENE OF NEW YORK CITY
What if we go a little deeper into this New York thing? Everyone knows that this city used to be one of the most important cities in the metal, rock, hard rock and punk in the world. But things have changed a lot since then. The clubs have disappeared, musical trends and styles have changed, every thing is now different to what it used to be before. My question is, how have you guys survived in these circumstances? (Laughs)
Tom: Yes, like you said earlier in NYC before KILLCODE, there was a bit of quiet time and a down time in the hard rock scene. You had the indie scene and bands like The Strokes and Interpol and these other bands. For whatever reason, Hard Rock at the time wasn’t the popular thing.
D.C: No it wasn’t a popular thing.
Tom: After that the bands that we liked either broke up or they got to the next level. We decided, okay. Now it’s our time to start something new. So, what we said to ourselves was, instead of just worrying about KILLCODE, let’s worry about the collective scene, the New York Rock scene. We started putting together shows and booking them with our friends and the bands we liked. We wanted to make each show an event! It started working and clicking. Prior to our scene, you didn’t have any local bands on our level, headlining the bigger rooms. They played the small rooms. Local up and coming bands didn’t headline Irving Plaza, Bowery Ballroom, Gramercy Theatre or play at Roseland Ballroom. We did that but again, not just by ourselves. We did this with other local bands and like I said things stared clicking.
D.C: Yeah. In New York City back in the day there was a fantastic scene, Metal, Hard Rock, Hardcore and Punk. It was incredible. You would go to see a local band and there would be a line around the corner. There was just a natural scene everywhere you went, and even the bad shows were okay. Then I don’t know what happened. Everybody started disappearing. Where the hell did all these people go? They literally just disappeared from the city. You’re right. It was very, very quiet here for a decade.
A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN USA, EUROPE AND MEXICO
I have spoken with a number of musicians who are completely tired of the current musical trends here in the United States. Albums do not sell, and fewer and fewer people go to concerts anymore. But in Europe the situation is different. The album sales fall there too, but the gigs are still selling well. What is also noteworthy is the fact that also young people are going a lot of metal / hard rock concerts there. Many of them have learned to listen to this music through their parents and you’ll see a lot of father’s and son’s or entire families on concerts. Have you noticed the difference between the USA and Europe?
Tom: A huge difference
D.C: We did notice this traveling throughout the world, Europe and Mexico. There is a difference. When you’re in the audience, you see teenagers and you see people in their 50 and 60s. There is a really good mix and you can tell that those people are doing a really good job of raising their kids right. Right now in the states a lot of people are into pop and rap music. You turn on the radio and you’re just killing yourself trying to find a rock station and a rock band in the US.
Tom: In South America and Europe, it’s just a different passion. They’re very passionate about Rock and Metal. In the States lately it’s true that it hasn’t been that way. I will say it’s gotten to a point now, where it’s coming back. We’ve been blessed and most bands aren’t as lucky, to have the opportunity to be able to travel the world without record sales that are breaking huge numbers yet. But at the end of the day like you said, no one is making huge numbers, even the big bands, unless you’re Iron Maiden or something. So I totally get what you are saying. But for us we feel that if we can put on a great show, then you’ll buy the CD. We still believe that there are people who will still say, “Okay, I like them live and now I’m going to buy their CD.” I want to hear it and I want to feel it.”
One important thing nowadays is to make sure that you have enough good looking merchandise, t-shirts etc. A brand, and I can honestly say that you guys have really good looking stuff and designs.
Tom: Thanks! We do that on our own.
D.C: Yes we do.
Tom: One of the things that did help us in New York City and in general, has been T-Shirts, our designs and merchandise. Having great merchandise has really helped us spread the CODE. Building a brand has been key to our success so far.
NEW KILLCODE ALBUM
Let’s discuss next more about your new album. You already mentioned that’s already available on your website.
Tom: We finished it probably about six, seven months ago. Our management is looking at different distribution options and want to be sure it gets out there and promoted correctly so we are being patient. It is still available on our website killcode.net and at all our shows. Like I mentioned earlier, the album was produced by Joey Z, who is the guitar player for Life of Agony. They are making a big resurgence right now as well and one of our favorite bands when we were younger. It’s 11 tracks that we’re really excited about it. We definitely have spread our wings for a lack of better word. We pushed the envelope a little bit, in different ways. Not just we got a little heavier. We also got more introspective, a little more emotional. I won’t say light, because even the slowest songs to me still have some substance.
D.C: They’re deeper too. Actually, some of the slow stuff on the new release is our heavy stuff. It’s deeper and it’s darker.
So do you have any idea who’s going to release the album?
D.C: Essentially, we finished the album and we’ve been sitting on it for a bit. The record business is very weird right now. It’s like we can literally release this tomorrow and we just may do that and may be the best idea. Like Tom said we’re trying to figure out what’s the best way of releasing this and we’re negotiating with a bunch of different distributors and options.
Tom: We’re not in a rush and we’re not going anywhere. We’re going to be doing this for the rest of our lives so we have to be smart about it.
TOURING PLANS AND THE FUTURE
But what kind or touring plans you have for the next year already?
Tom: In 2016 we toured with Twisted Sister around the world and in Mexico. We also did an East Coast run with Ace Frehley. In 2017 we plan to return and play most of the festivals we played at in 2016 while hitting new places in the surrounding countries.
D.C: We also played alongside Kiss and Sepultura in 2016, which was amazing.
Tom: On the tours last year no one really knew who we were but we proved ourselves and for lack of better words, knocked it out of the park! That’s one of the reasons we are invited back to play again at these festivals this year. We’ll be back at festivals like Heaven & Hell in Mexico and Bang Your Head festival in Germany. What we’re going to try and do as well is use those as anchor gigs for surrounding areas like Finland, Sweden, Norway
D.C.: We’re excited to get back out there this year and there are many things in the works.
This maybe an odd question, but do you think that the last show you played in Mexico, in 2016 is really going to be the last Twisted Sister show ever?
Tom: I think so but I really can’t say or speak for them.
D.C: I think it’s the last show.
Now we have covered about every question I had in my mind, but how you would like to see the future of KILLCODE from now?
Tom: The future of KILLCODE at the moment is getting our new album “The Answer“ out to the masses and tour everywhere we can in support of it!
D.C.: I would say this, after being on the road with some of our childhood heroes and playing with these guys every night we’ve learned a lot. Bands like Twisted Sister were together for 40 years and that’s how I see KILLCODE. I hope that we’re allowed that opportunity. That’s what I want.
Tom: Thanks for the interview and if you or anyone reading this want to hear more, just go to killcode.net. You can listen to all our past music, a few songs off the new album and some free downloads! Thanks for helping us “SPREAD THE CODE!!!”
D.C., Marko and Tom with “the crew” in RnR bar “Three Of Cups” in NYC
“We have all the drums recorded for the new record, performed by Scott Fuller from Annihilated, and will soon start on the guitars, vocals and bass. It has been awesome working with Erik Rutan and Mana Studios. We have a really cool collection of new material.
There are also lots of touring plans for this new year so we hope to see you all on the road!!!!
New York death metal giants IMMOLATION will release their new album Atonement on February 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has released their second video trailer for Atonement, in which Ross Dolan discusses how he became the singer and bass player of the band. Check out the clip, here.
IMMOLATION recently launched the first single for Atonement, “Destructive Currents”, via a 360º video, here.
Atonement was recorded at Millbrook Sound Studios in Millbrook, NY with longtime producer Paul Orofino, and mixed and mastered once again by Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION). Cover art was created by renowned artist Pär Olofsson (IMMORTAL, THE FACELESS, EXODUS, ABYSMAL DAWN), along with additional artwork by the very talented Zbigniew Bielak (GHOST, ENSLAVED, PARADISE LOST, WATAIN).