Thursday, May 31, 2018


It is no secret , I have been a Stryper fan for oh 30 years or so........ Not much has changed they have dropped a step down in tuning so Micheal can still belt t out The glass breaking high notes are all but gone by the wayside but vocally still one of the best live vocalist I have ever seen add that to his wicked guitar playing, when George Lynch says you are a good guitarist that says a LOT! And though the fuzball does not bounce round like crazy like he used to Ox Fox has been without a doubt one of the most underated guitarist ever!
Robert Sweet has always been the utmost showmen behnd the kit and still swings with the best of them!!! Gone was Tim Gains whos rocky relationship throughout the yers with the band finally came to a head and he was replaced by former Firehouse bassist Perry Richardson who not only did a great job filling in the low end but his vocal presence added a new fullness to the sound!
The band took us all on a 32 year history lesson going all the way from The Yellow and Black Attack all the way to the new release God Damn Evil and everything in between and it was AWESOME!!
I have said it forever I will say it again, If you do not like Stryper it is NOT because of lack of talent or lack of heavy or lack of guitar heroics it most likely is because of the message and bla bla whatever........ I do not care if Stryper sang about macaroni and cheese it would still Kill!!!!

Beast of Nod Interview

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members. 
A number of years ago Paul started making the first demos with previous member Chris.  Later, Görebläster joined up after meeting Ryan our previous bass player and began transforming the band into what it is today.  Nate came in and did drums on our first EP and became a permanent member shortly after.  We knew Brendan through friends and he joined us right before our second EP.  
2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?
A long time ago (like 7 years) in a galaxy far, far away (central NY) Paul and previous member Chris came up with the band name.  It was chosen because we were setting out to create heavy music with some groove, hence The Beast of Nod because our music makes you nod your head.   
3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend? 
We’re based out of Boston, MA, USA and the scene in the New England area is absolutely great.  There’s always shows, a number of really good bands, and the people are very kind and inclusive.  And to list some but not all Episodes, Chuggernaught, My Missing Half, Sonic Pulse, Vivisepulture, Ice Giant, Das Muerte, Before the Judge, Merithius, Boarcorpse, Pathogenic, The Summoned, Carpathia, Ashen Wings, Untombed, Protean Collective, The Floor’s Embrace, Lost to the Waves, Goblet, Virus of Ideals, Unflesh, Solium Fatalis, Xenosis, Myth of I, Deer Hollow, Graviton, Begat the Nephilim, Death Metal Pope, Grave Knight, Garroted, Travel Amygdala, Omnia, Graveborn, Aversed, Age of Embers, Carnivora, Kill the Straggler, Dapper Duck, Beneath the Machine, Angor, Crypitus, Black Absence, Burial, Incontinence, Lattermath, Thunderforge, Seven Spires, Fleshbore, Covalent, Malphas, Scalpel, Swarm of Eyes, and Divinex.  
4. How would you describe your style?
Intergalactic Death Metal [noun] 1. A subgenre of death metal music featuring linear song structures, odd time signatures, and extremely technical passages, wherein songs explore the characters and events of a sci-fi universe called “The Land of Nod.”
5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works? 
Currently our debut album Vampira: Disciple of Chaos is what we have available.  Although we did record two EPs in the past and may re-release some of those tracks in time.  We already plan to record another EP sometime in the fall.  And you can expect the same wacky, technical, heavy, catchy, weirdness that we brought on the album.  
6. Do you have any new music in the works? 
We are beginning writing and planning for our next effort which will be an EP titled The Land Before Nod and will be focused on stories from that Land of Nod that occur in the North American late cretaceous epoch.  And we have the concept for the EP after that plotted out as well.  
7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out? 
As of now we will be playing with Magic Sword on June 21st at the Brighton Music Hall in Brighton, MA.  We also have a show to be announced in RI set for August 11th. And will be playing RPMfest the weekend of August 25th as part of the three-day festival.  We are also looking for book more shows, feel free to contact us!  
8. What plans do you have for the future as a band? 
We attempt to set an accomplish incremental goals.  So for right now we’re just trying to grow our presence and establish more gigs as we continue to write and produce media.  
9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff? 
Our music can be found on all the typical platforms and will be on Pandora soon.  Here’s some links:

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?
It’s ok to freak out.  


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Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Ascent is a progressive hard rock duo based in Orange County, California.  Husband-and-wife team Bruce and Christina Baldwin perform complex arrangements of of their original, emotional, thought-provoking songs, using live looping to create a unique sound.   The music is dominated by Christina’s powerful voice and Bruce’s heavy guitar.

Bruce Baldwin's foray into music began with parent-mandated piano lessons at 9 and a toy drum kit which was quickly destroyed.  He was the drummer in a metal band by the time he was 15.   He picked up his first guitar at 16 and his obsession with music grew exponentially.  The need to write and record songs led him to become a multi-instrumentalist, playing anything not nailed down. His desire to have all instrument parts played just as he envisioned eventually led to the live-looping approach Ascent employs.

Christina Baldwin has been a singer for as long as she can remember.  At three years old, she performed songs into her Mother’s elaborate dresser mirror.  With her ear to her older brother’s door, she was exposed to a wide variety musical genres, styles, and artists.  As her exposure to music grew, she began performing for family and friends, often charging 10 cents for car port shows filled with choreography, lyrics, melodies, props, and staging that she wrote. For years, Christina honed her skills, stage presence, and love for performing in many venues throughout Arizona.

One evening, Christina answered a newspaper ad for a vocalist, which led her to Bruce’s door. This was the day their story began. Bruce and Christina fell in love and married March 16, 2006. 

Bruce and Christina have released three CDs and are hard at work on their fourth.  Their latest singles, Bleed Like Us,” “Last Night,” and “Beacon Eleven,” are available to purchase or stream at Reverbnation, iTunes and Spotify.  All their music can be heard at

 What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Our name is inspired by flight.  We are fascinated by the flight, interactions and habits of birds (particularly Crows) and captivated by the man-made machines that allow humankind to take flight.

Our logo is a Crow that is part organic (Christina) and part machine (Bruce) which we feel exemplifies our live performance dynamic.

Where the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Orange County, California, is known for punk rock, and we are quite different.   Our energy and passion, however, resonate with punk audiences. 

Ascent is particularly fond of the music of local band Filmspeed.

How would you describe your style?

We are dark, heavy, brooding and energetic.  We combine elements of hard rock, progressive rock, metal, blues and jazz.  Christina brings a strong melodic vocal, and Bruce shreds on guitar. 

Ascent’s live sound is created though live looping, yet still sounds like a rock band.  We believe it’s something unique to experience.

What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

Ascent has recorded three CDs, with a fourth in progress.  We have released a four songs EP (Bleed Like Us) in 2018.  They best represent our current sound.  Our recordings reflect our love of dark hard rock, our passion for sophisticated arrangements and the raw emotions of each song. 

Do you have any new music in the works?

Yes! We are constantly writing and recording.  We currently have six new songs in the recording and development progress. 

How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Yes! Upcoming shows include:

JUNE 1 2018 - 11:00 PM - Knuckleheads
1717 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA

JUNE 22 2008 - 10:00 PM - Centerfield's
17296 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA

JULY 5 2018 - 11:00 PM - Muldoon's Saloon
5646 Paramount Blvd, Long Beach, CA

July 29 2018 - 1:45 PM - Orange County Fair
Plaza Stage

Upcoming gig information can always be found at Http://  We are also looking to book a tour later in 2018.

What plans do you have for the future as a band?

We’d like to tour more frequently and extensively to interact with our current fan base while creating new fans. We’ve been seeking out opportunities to share the origins and stories behind our music by participating in Podcasts as musical guests. 

We’d relish the opportunity to be the support act for a major band on tour.  We are actively seeking representation from an indie or major label.

Create, perform and record new music.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?


What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

We want our audiences to be surprised by the accessible complexity of our music, overpowered by the unique sound and moved by the raw emotion. 

We want listeners to invite our melodies, our arrangements, the darkness and light in.  Let it burrow deep inside and take up permanent residence. 

We want our music to change the listener.  Hence our tag line, “Listen and be changed forever.”

Rob of Raging Rob - INTERVIEW

1/Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
In 2005 Raging Mob was founded in Beijing China and 2008 released the first album, 2009 I (Robert) won best vocalist in the Wacken Metal Battle and 2010 best band in the China Wacken Metal battle. In this time I gained my nickname 'Raging Rob'. In 2012 the band split up and in 2014 after I left Assassin I made my own band and called it as my nickname 'Raging Rob'. Raging Rob was formed with me, Dirk Preylowski on lead guitars, Maik Jansen on rhythm guitars, Rudi Görg on bass and Frank Nellen on drums.

2/What’s the origin of the band’s name?
As I just explained Raging Rob was my nickname that's where the name comes from.

3/Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are from Düsseldorf in Germany. Metal bands like Assassin, Deathrow, Warrent, Warlock come from here.

4/How would you describe your style?
80s Thrash Metal

5/What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?
In 2008 I released with Raging Rob a first album and just now we Raging Rob released our new album 'Always the true Assassin'. For people who like 80s Thrash Metal can definitely check it out.

6/Do you have any new music in the works?
Well we just released the new album less then a month ago so that's our newest material !

7/How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?
So far we had 2 gigs but now with the new album out we plan to make more shows.

8/What plans do you have for the future as a band?
We hope to get good feed backs from out new album and make some shows.

9/Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Both our albums you can find on our bandcamp page or on our facebook page.

10/What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?
For sure that a good headbanging went well with the songs !


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Phil: Like a lot of bands, Final Coil started out as a few friends, having fun and playing the music we loved. We dealt in energetic, grungy noise influenced by the likes of Nirvana, Alice in chains and Sonic Youth and, although our roots are still very much with those bands, I think we’ve expanded beyond our chaotic origins to create something that’s more unique to us. Shows were short, loud and shot through with feedback and flying instruments. A few of my older guitars still bear the scars of our early enthusiasm although I guess, in that sense, little has changed as Rich (who has been part of this trip since the beginning) still has to pick my hair out of his headstock after most gigs (and still moans like hell while he does it)!

Phil: The real genesis of Final Coil as we are today would be 2008 when Rich and I started developing the band in a more structured way. One thing that really moved us forward was when Jola joined as bassist. She very quickly made a huge contribution thanks to her background in jazz, not to mention her incredibly diverse musical tastes, and after that it was simply matter of finding a capable drummer who could match our ambitions. It took a while, and we’ve worked with a number of great (and not so great) drummers before finally settling on a fixed line up.

Phil: Over the years we produced a few EPs, the first being ‘Live with doubt’, which we recorded in 2011. The EP features a number of tracks which showcase our heavy, grunge roots and ‘Endgame’ remains a key part of our live set today. Of all of our older material, I love playing that song the most and it’s always a huge adrenalin rush to play it live. The follow-up, recorded in the absence of a drummer, was ‘Somnambulant’. Released in 2014, it features a host of acoustic (and not-so acoustic) tracks, including an early version of ‘myopic’, a track that would eventually end up in heavier form on our debut album. It’s a funny EP, but I’m really proud of how it turned out and it has a strange atmosphere, somewhat reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘still’ which I am really happy with. Then, in 2016, we produced the ‘closed to the light’ EP. It helped us to reach a whole new audience and it also attracted the attention of a producer in Italy who introduced us to WormHoleDeath. I already knew about the label thanks to Way of Purity, an awesome band with very strong ethics, and I was stunned when the label offered to take us under their wing.

Phil: Since then, we have had the opportunity to travel to Italy, where we recorded our debut album, Persistence of Memory. The album was a real labour of love and we had an amazing time in the hills of Parma, putting it all together. Thanks to the amazing crew there, as well as the support of the label, the album has received considerable acclaim and we’ve been blown away by the response.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Phil: When I first came up with the idea for the band, I was studying literature at University, a subject I loved, so I guess it is natural that I would be heavily influenced by the works I was reading at the time.  The name Final Coil basically came about as a result of my reading Shakespeare and Dante. Dante, in his Divine Comedy, depicted hell as being made up of a series of concentric circles with the ninth circle being reserved for the treacherous. It is here that the damned suffer torments unnamed, for they are frozen and unable to speak. It’s a tremendously dark piece of imagery, although being Dante it is written in the most elegant manner (even in translation) and so, there’s one influence: The final coil – the gateway to hell – it seemed dark and foreboding and I felt it suited the somewhat claustrophobic nature of the music.

Phil: Shakespeare, meanwhile, referenced the idea of shuffling “off this mortal coil” in Hamlet. Obviously, there’s already a band called This Mortal Coil, and I can’t imagine they’d take to kindly to us pinching their name, but, again, the metaphorical finality of the phrase struck me. That’s the great thing about literature, you’ll find yourself finding and remembering all sorts of phrases and ideas, and, over time, they become a part of your existence. In fact, the title of our debut – persistence of memory’ – was much more heavily influenced by literature (in this instance Stephen King), than by the Dali painting of the same name.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Phil: Final Coil hail from Leicester, in the United Kingdom. It’s a relatively small city but it has a thriving music scene and a number of great bands. Off the top of my head, bands that I would recommend include the tech-metal loons, Monachopsis, the dark bringers of sludge Temple of Lies and Mage, rockers Midnight Dogs and Beckon Lane and the super heavy sounds of Internal Conflict and Blood Oath. They’re all very different to us (we probably fit, stylistically, with ToL, Beckon Lane and Mage most closely), but they’re all bands who bring their own unique take on a genre and they’re all cracking live.  There are so many bands out there with whom we’ve had an opportunity to share a stage, so that question is always difficult to answer, but there’s no doubt that there are plenty of great bands in Leicester, and across the UK, just waiting to be discovered.

Rich: As Phil said, we're based in Leicester in the UK which also lies within touching distance of Nottingham, Sheffield and Birmingham and other Midlands towns. There definitely are cohesive scenes about, though seemingly more on the death metal side which, while we have some friends in those areas, doesn’t really fit in with our sound. I think the best fits for us over recent years have been bands such as Beckon Lane and This Elegant Chaos who both fit our melodic yet heavy ethos.

4. How would you describe your style?

Phil: This is such a difficult question because we rarely contemplate genre and every review comes up with something different. We’ve been called doom, stoner, grunge, post rock, prog rock, metal… I can understand all of those tags, but genre labelling bothers me because it necessarily pushes people to have specific expectations of how we should sound and that’s something I’m keen to avoid. Speaking for myself, I love to find an album about which I have no expectations one way or the other because it’s so exciting when you find something that’s new and different. On the other hand, if you pick up an album that’s labelled ‘epic doom’ or ‘the next Nirvana’ or whatever and it doesn’t meet expectations, then that feeling of disappointment lingers whether you mean it to or not. That was one of the cool things I liked about David Bowie – whenever he released a new record you’d check it out completely unsure of what was coming at you, but it was almost always great.

Phil: Rather more broadly, we do fall into the heavier end of the musical spectrum. Some of our influences include Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Alice in Chains, Katatonia, Anathema, Massive attack, Radiohead and Paradise lost and from those you can clearly see an alternative influence, albeit on a pretty broad specturm, and I guess it’s that diversity of source material that reviewers pick up on.

Phil: We definitely like to deal in big riffs, but there’s a melodic edge to the vocals that tends to push the music in different directions, and we like to employ different structures, rather than just deal in verse-chorus-verse… Oh dear, this is turning into a rather long answer isn’t it?!?

Rich: It doesn't matter how we describe ourselves, people always seem to hear different things that we'd never have thought of (or in odd cases even heard of!) I think our basis these days is rooted somewhere in those heavy grooves from the heavier 'grunge' bands such as Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, but with more proggy traits in keeping with say A Perfect Circle or maybe even Deftones. More electronic elements are finding their way into our songs too, so Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails influences are in there too.
5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

Phil: We’ve produced three EPs thus far (all available for free on our Bandcamp page) and our debut album.

Phil: In each case, we worked very hard to sequence our work and make the music flow – we’re all fans of the album rather than simply releasing a collection of songs, so although our back catalogue does not contain conceptual works as such, there are thematic and musical links that make them worth listening to in order.

Phil: In terms of our debut album, Persistence of Memory, I wanted it to take the listener on a journey. It’s an eleven-track trip that ebbs and flows over the course of its sixty-five-minute run time. At the album’s heart is ‘failed light’, one of our longest songs and a track with more than a hint of the Floyd about it. It’s a piece of which I’m particularly proud, not least because I wrote it in a dream (no really!) and, when I woke up, on e fine Saturday morning, I just had the damn thing in my head. I headed straight into the spare room, much to the consternation of my wife who isn’t used to me leaping anywhere at half seven on a Saturday morning, and, over the course of eight hours, recorded the whole damn thing.

Phil: That odd moment aside, your readers can expect towering, metallic riffs, off-kilter vocal harmonies, memorable melodies and a dash of the unexpected! 

Rich: So, our first full length album, Persistence of Memory, is out currently and hopefully will take the listener on a nice moody journey through some heavy bombast and melodious spaced-out contrast. Sometimes all at once. Also available from our bandcamp site are the EPs Closed to the Light and Somnambulant; of which the former is a little doomy and groove based and the latter is an acoustic(ish!) project which is quite proggy and soundscapey.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?
Phil: Yes! Alas, I can’t speak about it too much at the moment, but we’ve been working very hard on a piece of music and we’re going to be releasing information pertaining to that very soon. I’d love to tell you more, but our management are very strict about such things and have threatened to remove certain, fleshy parts of my anatomy if I go around shooting my mouth off… 
Rich: We have a few things coming through the pipeline in terms of new material, but nothing we can share as yet. It will definitely be a progression from previous records because what's the point in repeating yourself?
Phil: We certainly don’t want to be repeating ourselves(!)
Rich: Indeed, repetition is bad.
Phil: This interview could take a while…
7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Phil: Well, because we’re busy writing (not to mention a few other, behind the scenes changes of late), we haven’t played too many shows. We have a great hometown show in Leicester on July 14th with Witchtripper – always a great band to play with – as well as a show in Sheffield on October 13th and a special show on December 6th at the Musician, once again in Leicester. That aside, we’re aiming to get ourselves out on the road as soon as is humanly possible.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Phil: I don’t know that we really have long-term plans as such. Obviously we have a plan for the rest of this year (OK, OK – put the heated curling tongs down – I’m not going to say anything…) Sorry, management are getting threatening again. So, yes, we have a plan for the rest of 2018, which we’ll reveal soon but, longer term, the plan is to get out on the road. We are especially keen to head out to mainland Europe because the audiences there are just great and, if it were in any way possible to get to the US then we’d pretty much sell our families into perpetual slavery (not you, mum!) to get out there because that would be a dream come true. For the main part, though, we just want to keep playing music. I absolutely love having the opportunity to play in a band where the defining principle is creative freedom and I’m so grateful to the people who listen to our music and share our work around. It’s just amazing to me.

Rich: I think we have plenty to work on for the future. I think that, even now, we have loads of ideas to explore, so hopefully things will continue in a way that we're able to do that, and with a bit of luck other people will be interested too. Then world domination. Ahem…

Phil: Oh, yeah. World Domination. I always forget to mention that…

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Phil: Well, our earlier material was self-released via Bandcamp – so you can head to . There, people can find all of our early stuff for free (yep – FREE people, head there and download it) as well as our debut album. That’s not free, I’m afraid, because the record label gets upset with that sort of thing, but you can buy it direct from us and then, maybe, we’ll be able to eat next month(!) You can also find out about us from our website: and our album was released, worldwide, via WormHoleDeath / The Orchard on Deezer; iTunes; Amazon and Spotify (and pretty much every other streaming and sales platform you can imagine).

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Phil: That’s a great question! Certainly, when I think about our music, I think about it as the sort of music that you need time to absorb and reflect upon. It is heavy (and live it’s super-heavy), but I guess it’s not so much a matter of remembering as feeling. I’d like people to feel the passion and emotion that went into making that debut album. When we recorded Persistence of memory, it was in a studio on a hillside in Italy. Most of the time it was shrouded in mist, but every day there’d be a few minutes when the sun would break through and you’d see the Alps. That eerie, misty, occasionally beautiful quality is what we strove for. If people feel that, then we’ll have done our job.

Rich: I would hope that when someone listens to any of our works that it takes them on some kind of journey. We always try to put things together in a way that it makes a cohesive piece of work, so you just hope that other people go for that too. My favourite albums are the ones I listen to and I keep noticing new things even now, so hopefully somewhere people are doing that with ours.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Drowning Interview

 The Drowning members present for interview: 
Mike Hitchen (guitar)
Steve Hart (drums)
Matt Small (vocals)
Jason Hodges (guitar)

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members. 

Mike: The Drowning started in 2003 - I wanted to revive old school doom/death as I grew up with that and loved it and wanted to recapture that dark, doom vibe. As far as members go, initially it was just me and my mate  and since then there’s been many member changes, but the current line-up represents what the Drowning is and has always strived to be. 

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name? 

Mike: The concept of The Drowning was that of a person drowned as an act of ritual murder. Now, it’s what you want to take from it

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend? 
Mike: We’re based in Cardiff, Wales (UK). 

Steve: The scene here consists of one metal club, so as you can imagine, sparse! There are plenty of bands that come through though and locally we would recommend our friends in Desecration or Agrona who have recently recorded with the same producer we’ve used for the new record. 

4. How would you describe your style? 

Steve: We’ve always found it difficult to fit into a single category. We’ve been more doom in days gone by, but with member changes, new influences, new ideas, we find strong elements of Death metal creeping in - but without the pace. 

Mike: These days we would describe it as Dark Metal.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works? 

Mike: Since the bands creation, in 2003, we’ve released 5 full lengths, 1 split album and a new record yet to be released. 
Our ep “Withered” released in 2004. 
Our first full length “When The Light Was Taken From Us” was released in 2006. The second full length was “This Bleak Descent” released 2008 followed by our split album with “My Silent Wake” entitled “Black Lights And Silent Roads” in 2010. We quickly followed that with our 3rd full length “Fall Jerusalem Fall” in 2011, which was the last record that included vocalist James Moore. With the introduction of Matt Small on vocals we released “Senescent Signs” in 2016. 

Jason: As far as what can be expected, there is a clear evolution from then to now. 

Steve: We’ve dialed in our sound and all gotten better as musicians, so the progression is clear.   

6. Do you have any new music in the works? 
Mike: There’s always new material in the works.

Matt:  We’ve recently finished a new record, the next physical manifestation of effort from The Drowning. 

Mike: Being able to keep a steady line up has driven us further to create a unique atmosphere. 

Steve: Check out The Radiant Dark, coming soon, at some point. 

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out? 
Matt: We have some shows coming, everything has been working towards The Radiant Dark, we can’t wait to get back out there and start playing the album

Steve: We’re playing in Birmingham on 18/8/18 with Godthrymm, My Dying Bride is a big influence of the band so we are looking forward to playing with Hamish again.

Jason: With the release of The Radiant Dark we are planning a UK and Europe tour with a couple of other bands.  

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band? 

Steve: We want to continue pushing further into Europe

Mike: It would be great to play further a field, globally. 

Matt: We’re hoping to play a few upcoming festivals as well, both UK, and abroad.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff? 
Steve: You can find the band on, Facebook and Youtube. We have merch and material available through the band camp website too.

Mike: You could always come to a show, share a beer and pick up your merch there!

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Jason: Melody

Matt: When considering any kind of sub genre of metal, the most important word is metal!

Mike: For them to press PLAY again. 

Steve: I hope the listener remembers the name in order to keep an eye out for shows!

Walking Rumor Interview

Introduction  Blackie (Guitar) and Kenio (Vocals) played together in a band before Walking Rumor.  When that band split up, they found the other members online through Facebook groups for musicians seeking bands.
Members • Anders Rasmussen aka. Mad – Drums • Jacob Nielsen aka. Jazz – Bass • Andreas Løvenhorst aka. Blackie – Guitar • Kenneth Gustavsson aka. Kenio – Vocals • Anders Mørch aka. Crash – Vocals
Walking Rumor describes themselves as energic nu- metal, heavily influences by the likes of Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach. The band has played together for about 3 years and released a EP called ‘The War Within’ along with multiple singles called ‘Proud Of Me’, ‘Dedicate To This’ and ‘Tears Me Apart’.  The band signed over Mighty Music back in april 2017 and had their first European tour supporting ILL NIÑO.

Question: What’s the origin of your band name?
Answer: When we first started looking for a band name, we wanted something that didn’t necessarily defined our genre. The inspiration came when Kenio and Blackie first stated that the band was now official and the members had been found. People had known them from their previous band and a rumor spread. I guess those rumors were worrisome (laughs) – Mad.

Questions:  Where is the band based out and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Answer: We are home based in Odense, Denmark.  Denmark isn’t much of a Rock´n Roll appreciated country. The festivals are more dominated by the pop/electronica genre. With that being said; the Danish culture is fighting back!  We have a festival called Copenhell, which is a Heavy Metal/Rock´n Roll only festival.  The upcoming culture is getting more popular by personal experience, which for us is a big plus but with a big mix in genre.

Bands we recommend from Denmark? Waow, too many to mention.  We highly recommend our friends from Mighty Music, a band called LUCER.  Also from our hometown – they’re still in their upcoming stage though, bands like Capital Of Nowhere and Slip The Void. – Kenio.

Question:  How would you describe your style?

Answer: We feel like we are in constant development with our sound.  Energetic nu- metal would be a good name for it. There is something for everyone. - Jazz

Question: What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works? 

Answer: We released an EP called ‘The War Within’ back in 2016 and since then we’ve released a few singles through our label Mighty Music called ‘Dedicate To This’ and ‘Tears Me Apart’.
You can expect something you might recognize if you grew up in the early 2000’s.  We grew up during that time and our music is heavily influenced by that age of music but with a twist. – Blackie

Question:  Do you have any new music in the works?

Answer: We are currently working on our upcoming debut album, that we hope to release early 2019. – Crash

Question:  How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Answer: There is a potential tour in the works for the release of our coming album.  For now, we focus on getting our album done, with a potential single release show in the fall. – Crash

Question:  What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Answer: We constantly try to be realistic with our goals and not set our expectations too high.  There is always this little kid inside us who wants that American Dream.  We see the road to success as a latter, that you climb one step at a time. - Kenio

Question: Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff? 

Answer: Our music is available on mostly any streaming platform you can think of.  We recommend Spotify, iTunes, YouSee Music and SoundCloud.  If you want to check out our music videos, you can check them out on YouTube
You can buy our merch at the shows or place an order through our website - Jazz  • Proud Of Me (Official Video): • Tears Me Apart (Official Video):

Question: What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Answer: That no matter who they are, what they are fighting and wherever they may be.  They aren’t alone. – Crash
And leave us a like on Facebook (laughs) - Mad

Summer Prognosis TOUR!!!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018















Wacken Metal Battle USA

Wacken Metal Battle USA is proud to announce the 2018 American champion California's VOICES OF RUIN. From over 50 competing bands in this year's qualifying battles, VOICES OF RUIN along with Philadelphia's EYES OF THE LIVING and Florida's WITHERING EARTH shared the stage in the top 3 national final hosted in Los Angeles this past weekend on May 26th at The Viper Room. Judged on various criteria by metal industry representatives Marco Barbieri (M-Theory Audio), Lloyd Grant (Metallica) and Bill Metoyer (Producer - Slayer/Bitch), VOICES OF RUIN unleashed an assault worthy to be selected and to perform at Wacken Open Air. VOICES OF RUIN will now headbang on Wacken Open Air's Wet Stage for the festival's global competition of independent metal bands for a chance to be crowned the international champion along with winning multiple prizes from the organization and their partners (prizes info). Wacken Open Air, the world's largest outdoor metal festival will be taking place from August 2nd – 4th in Wacken, Germany.

Wacken Metal Battle USA organizer Jon Asher comments:

"This year's American battles witnessed Wacken Metal Battle USA's expansion to more cities, more bands and more metal! I'm always excited to see who will be the king of the ring from all the bands participating. I want to thank all the bands for entering and performing in the competition, all the judges and city promoters plus all our partners that helped spread the word and making our 2nd year an amazing event. We're looking forward to next year and sending more independent American metal to Wacken!"

During the months of March and April over 50 bands competed in Wacken Metal Battle USA qualifying rounds hosted in Los Angeles, San Diego, Philadelphia, Orlando and Tampa Bay. Full list of participating bands can be found at

The 2017 battles saw the best from the Philadelphia and Boston areas, Corpse Hoarder, Goblet, Power Theory, and Upheaval perform in the national final. Crowned champion was Philadelphia's Corpse Hoarder whom performed a furious set at Wacken Open Air.

Watch live video of their Wacken set at the following link:


Wacken Metal Battle USA is part of an international competition that sees bands from across the country battle each other for the chance of winning their spot among 29 other countries’ champions, and representing the USA in an international battle of the bands at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival: Wacken Open Air, which has been taking place in Wacken, Germany for the last 28 years. The winner of Wacken Metal Battle USA will perform at the 2018 festival taking place from August 2nd – 4th.

How it works:

Participating cities will host qualifying rounds plus a city final organized by a local city concert promoter where one band will move forward to the American national final in Los Angeles on May 26th, 2018. The winner of the national final will move on to perform at the 29th edition of Wacken Open Air, and compete against the winners of 29 other countries in a final global battle.  All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry representatives.


For more info on Wacken Metal Battle USA, please visit these links:

Official Website:



For more info on international battle, please visit:

For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit



New Hampshire's BEGAT THE NEPHILIM have revealed their new song "Fervor For Flesh" at Toilet ov Hell. The track is taken from their upcoming album Begat the Nephilim I: The Surreptitious Prophecy / Mother of the Blasphemy which will be released in June.

Listen to the song here:

Pre-order here:


BEGAT THE NEPHILIM is an American blackened melodic death metal band based out of Southern New Hampshire that has a sound comparable to acts such as THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BEHEMOTH, CATTLE DECAPITATION and FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE.

Since the bands inception in August 2012 BEGAT THE NEPHILIM have shared the stage with high profile acts such as SOULFLY, SUICIDE SILENCE, NAPALM DEATH, SUFFOCATION, DYING FETUS, MORBID ANGEL, JOB FOR A COWBOY, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and many more as well as participating in tours/festivals across the US such as Summer Slaughter and the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.

BEGAT THE NEPHILIM have a heavy yet melodic sound and bring a frenetic and chaotic live performance to the stage which has left a lasting impression on crowds across the US with the band undertaking several nationwide tours and resulted in them being picked up by Unholy Anarchy Records.


1. L'inizio
2. Cardboard Casket
3. Anasazi
4. Drek
5. Perfect place to die
6. Fervor for flesh
7. Mobin
8. Grimoire of cryptid
9. Apotheosis of the apocalypse pt. 1: In the shadow of the Nephilim (a cold wind stirs the midnight air)
10. Apotheosis of the apocalypse pt. 2: Dawn of the Nephilim  (a warm wind breathes a new despair)

RIVERSIDE – Sign new deal with InsideOutMusic

RIVERSIDE – Sign new deal with InsideOutMusic; Announce new studio album and European tour!

Progressive Rock masters RIVERSIDE have just signed a new deal with longtime partners InsideOutMusic and are pleased to announce their upcoming seventh studio album “Wasteland” as well as its corresponding first European tour for October/November.

RIVERSIDE checked in with the following words:

“Well, we're back in the game! We're happy to tell you that our seventh album will be called "Waste7and" (Wasteland) and will be released at the end of September this year. It will be our first album recorded as a trio. Our music has become more serious and more mature, so get ready for a manly and emotional album. "Waste7and" is going to be a really accomplished one. It combines the emotional character of the first two and the production maturity of the latest two releases. If everything goes according to plan (as we're still recording), the new Riverside album will simply d e s t r o y you :)

Also this year we’re going on the “Wasteland 2018 Tour” to promote the new album. Below you will find a list of the cities we’re going to visit in the autumn of 2018. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 1st. More info soon!“

In regards to the extended co-operation via a new deal between RIVERSIDE and InsideOutMusic, Thomas Waber, label manager/A&R international InsideOutMusic, checked in with the following comment:

"We have been working with Riverside for a long time now and there is a lot of personal history. The InsideOutMusic family would be very different without them, so I am extremely pleased that the family is staying together. We all miss Piotr dearly, but i am looking forward to this new chapter. You are still with us, Grudzień!"

Here is a list of the upcoming shows by RIVERSIDE announced so far:

RIVERSIDE – Festivals 2018/2019:
21.06.2018 Konin (Poland) - Progressive Evening
23.06.2018 Valkenburg (The Netherlands) - Midsummer Prog Festival
13.07.2018 St. Goarshausen (Germany) - Night Of The Prog Festival XIII
04.-09.02.2019 Tampa to Key West & Cozumel - Cruise To The Edge

RIVERSIDE – “Wasteland 2018 Tour”:
12.10.2018 Gdansk (Poland) - B90
13.10.2018 Poznan (Poland) - Tama
14.10.2018 Wroclaw (Poland) - A2
16.10.2018 Katowice (Poland) - Miasto Ogrodów
17.10.2018 Lódz (Poland) - Magnetofon
18.10.2018 Torun (Poland) - Od Nowa
20.10.2018 Kraków (Poland) - Studio
21.10.2018 Warszawa (Poland) - Hala Kolo
30.10.2018 Berlin (Germany) - Kesselshaus
31.10.2018 Schorndorf (Germany) - Manufaktur
03.11.2018 Lisbon (Portugal) - LAV     
04.11.2018 Madrid (Spain) - MON LIVE
05.11.2018 Barcelona (Spain) - Salamandra 1
06.11.2018 Lyon (France) - CCO
07.11.2018 Paris (France) - La Machine
09.11.2018 Manchester (UK) - Academy 2
10.11.2018 London (UK) - The Electric Ballroom
11.11.2018 Sint Niklaas (Belgium) - Casino
12.11.2018 Utrecht (The Netherlands) - Tivoli Vredenburg
14.11.2018 Hamburg (Germany) - Markthalle
15.11.2018 Oberhausen (Germany) - Turbinenhalle 2
16.11.2018 Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z-7
17.11.2018 Neunkirchen (Germany) - Gloomaar festival
More dates to follow soon…

RIVERSIDE had previously announced guitarist Maciej Meller to complete the band’s line-up for shows after taking a longer break from any live performances due to the tragic passing of founding member and guitarist Piotr Grudziński on February 21st, 2016.

Look out for more news on RIVERSIDE in the coming weeks…


Nomad stream entirety of "Feral"

 British doom/sludge band NOMAD have teamed up with The Obelisk to stream the entirety of their new album Feral. The album is set to be released this Thursday via APF Records.

The site commented "These songs didn’t just happen; they were built. As a uniting factor, that purposeful delivery has as much to do with making the album work as the consistency of tone or mood, and in thinking ahead to what Nomad might do over the longer term, it’s among the most encouraging aspects of Feral, which may not ultimately be running wild and completely out of its mind, but certainly gnashes its teeth all the same in a manner that can only help them distinguish themselves from the UK’s crowded sludge underground."

Listen to the stream here:

Pre-order the album here:

Nomad will be playing three special gigs to launch the album with label mates RedEye Revival:
1st June – The Peer Hat, Manchester
2nd June – The Phoenix, Coventry
3rd June – The Dev, London

About Nomad:

Seeking to lay waste in an environment already dissolute, Nomad are a 4-piece sludge / doom band bred from Manchester, UK. Their aim is to send you on a bad trip or at lease maim you along the way. Since forming in 2012, the Mancunian quartet has had the privilege of playing with some of the sludge / doom genre's heavyweights including Eyehategod, The Obsessed, Prong, Orange Goblin, Raging Speedhorn, Conan, Church of Misery, Bongripper, Dopethrone, Boss Keloid, BongCauldron, Gurt as well as three Terrorizer-sponsored UK tours. Metalheads across the UK are under no illusions as to the ferocity of their live shows. “Feral” is their first full-length album following the release of their two EPs (‘The House is Dead’ - 2014 and the ‘NOMAD/WORT split’ – 2015). 

Nomad is:

Drian Nash - Vocals
Lewis Atkinson - Guitar
John Carberry - Bass
Hayley McIntyre - Drums



Line Of Fire are a 4 piece ‘Southern-Groove-Metal’ band from Nottingham, UK.
Boasting big riffs, catchy hooks and a thunderous rhythm section capable of knocking the earth off its axis, The band are the lovechild created by Black Sabbath, King’s X, Metallica, Down and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Think heavy down-tuned old school metal with a bluesy southern comfort edge and you should get the idea!

Line Of Fire were formed in 2007 by Paddy O’Malley (Lawnmower Deth), Dave Lamont and Rod Coleman (HeadHungLow) and later joined by Baz Shaw (Dawn Trader). 2015 saw Rod step down from drumming duties and the band were then joined by Ste Dudley (Incinery).

With a couple of EP’s in the bag already, and numerous festival appearances such as Hammerfest, Bloodstock, Wildfire and Download, the band have been busy in the studio writing their debut album ‘Nothing In My Way’.

‘Nothing In My Way’ was recorded, mixed and mastered by Sam Bloor at Lower Lane Studios and the artwork for the album was created by Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art.

Line Of Fire ran a funding campaign for ‘Nothing In My Way’ on pledge music which began 17th April 2018 at 8:00pm. By 9:20pm they had already hit 50% of their pledge target, with 100% being reached only a few days later. The pledge offered such niceties as hand written lyric sheets, zippo lighters, limited edition T-shirts and other popular goodies including personalised engraved hip flasks.

‘Gonna Get You’ is the first single released from their forthcoming album ‘Nothing In My Way’ which will be released on 22nd June 2018 at a very special launch gig which will take place at The Chameleon Arts Café in Nottingham. Master Charger & Obey will be joining them for this gig.
More details of the album launch show can be found here:

Monday, May 28, 2018

Neurot Recordings presents the remastered reissue of NEUROSIS’ debut album, Pain Of Mind. The album is streaming in its entirety ahead of its re-release this Friday, May 25th.

Stream NEUROSIS’ remastered reissue Pain Of Mind debut LP HERE.

NEUROSIS’ Pain Of Mind is set to be re-released alongside CHRIST ON PARADE’s A Mind Is A Terrible Thing full-length. Both initially released in 1987, these two albums will see a simultaneous worldwide reissue on LP, CD, and digital formats on May 25th. The artwork for Pain Of Mind has been updated by Josh Graham (A Storm Of Light) in the tradition of the previously-reissued NEUROSIS titles, and the album has been remastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering.
Find preorders HERE, and the 1987 bundle with NEUROSIS’ Pain Of Mind and CHRIST ON PARADE’s A Mind Is A Terrible Thing HERE.

Pain of mind, sickness of heart…
Pain Of Mind marks the inception of one of the weirdest and most powerful bands there ever was as they begin their odyssey through the sonic landscape: thirty-three years, eleven albums and counting. These gritty punk songs bear little resemblance to what NEUROSIS would become, but the future was written here, and if you listen closely to these kids — barely out of high school at the time, you can hear their early influences: The guitars and existential anguish of Amebix and Rudimentary Peni, the passionate politics of Crass, the heaviness of Sabbath — and here, too, they lay the foundation for some of their enduring concerns: the pursuit of transcendence, and contemplation on the downward suck of despair.
As Ian MacKaye coyly suggests in the East Bay Punk doc Turn It Around, there are “a lot of holes to fall into” growing up in the Bay Area. In 1987 Dave Edwardson was eighteen, Scott Kelly was nineteen, Jason Roeder was sixteen, Chad Salter, the band elder, was twenty-one, and they had already fallen into many of them, including, of course, the great abyss of depression. Only a teenager could write the punk anthems “Black,” “Grey,” “Life On Your Knees,” and of course the title track, “Pain Of Mind.” They are songs of survival.
With Pain Of MindNEUROSIS sunk their claws into the hearts and minds of the East Bay scene like no one else. They were fucking dark, gazing right into the abyss and refusing to turn away. The cacophony of vocals on Pain Of Mind— Scott’s unhinged screams, and Dave’s guttural growl, suggested a familiar sort of internal mania: like the voices in an unquiet mind, paranoid, but for all the right reasons. And Jason Story’s original cover art perfectly captures that torment.
NEUROSIS shows in the Pain Of Mind-era were like nothing else. The pit was wild; people rolled around on the floor, climbed the walls, threw themselves off the stage. Watching Neurosis play felt like a seizure that reset your brainwaves: shock treatment, an exorcism. For a few days after a show, you always felt real mellow.
NEUROSIS reminded us that maybe we weren’t free, but at least we were locked up together. It sounds melodramatic, but NEUROSIS might have saved our lives. — Anna Brown

NECROT: Bay Area Death Practitioners To Kick Off Northwest Terror Tour Next Week

The Bay Area death practitioners in NECROT will kick off a week long mini-tour next week enroute to their performance at this year’s Northwest Terror Fest in Seattle, Washington on June 1st. The trek includes performances with Full Of Hell, Gatecreeper, Hellshock, Triumvir Foul, and Of Feather And Bone on select dates. The latest live invasion comes in advance of the band’s previously announced first ever European tour this fall. Set to commence September 8th at Kill-Town Death Fest, the journey will rumble the stages of nearly three-dozen cities upon its conclusion October 14th. See all confirmed shows below.

NECROT – Northwest Terror Tour 2018:
5/30/2018 Siren’s Song – Eureka, CA
5/31/2018 Old Nick’s – Eugene, OR w/ Full Of Hell, Gatecreeper
6/01/2018 Northwest Terror Fest @ Neumos – Seattle, WA
6/02/2018 Astoria – Vancouver, BC
6/03/2018 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR w/ Hellshock, Triumvir Foul
6/04/2018 The Golden Bull – Oakland, CA w/ Of Feather And Bone
9/08/2018 Kill Town Death Fest – Copenhagen, DK
9/09/2018 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
9/10/2018 Plaque – Leipzig, DE
9/11/2018 Durer Kert – Budapest, HU
9/12/2018 T Klub – Roznov, CZ
9/13/2018 TBA – Kassel, DE
9/14/2018 Urban Spree – Berlin, DE
9/15/2018 Bloodshed Fest – Eindhoven, NL
9/16/2018 The Boston Music Room – London, UK
9/17/2018 Aatma – Manchester, UK
9/18/2018 Temple of Boom – Leeds, UK
9/19/2018 Fuel – Cardiff, UK
9/20/2018 Wheatsheaf –  Banbury, UK
9/21/2018 Magassin 4 – Bruxelles, BE
9/22/2018 NRW Festival – Wermelskirchen, DE
9/23/2018 Het bos – Antwerp, BE
9/24/2018 Cafè Trauma – Marburg, DE
9/25/2018 TBA – Lille, FR
9/27/2018 TBA – Brest, FR
9/29/2018 VOID –  Bordeaux, FR
9/30/2018 Ferme de Mauriac – Mauriac, FR
10/01/2018 Les Pavillons Sauvages – Toulouse, FR
10/02/2018 Laudio – Orbeko Etxea, ES
10/04/2018 Metal Point – Porto, PT
10/05/2018 Stairway Club – Cascais, PT
10/06/2018 TBA – Madrid, ES
10/07/2018 Zona Rock – El Ejidio, ES
10/08/2018 TBA – Valencia, ES
10/09/2018 Upload Club – Barcellona, ES
10/10/2018 Rock ‘n’ Eat Live – Lyon, FR
10/11/2018 Blue Rose – Milan, IT
10/12/2018 Tikitaka – Pescara, IT
10/13/2018 CPA – Florence, IT
10/14/2018 Freakout – Bologna, IT

NECROT continues to tour in support of their critically-adored Blood Offerings full-length released via Tankcrimes. Captured by Greg Wilkinson (Vastum, Graves At Sea) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Gatecreeper), the record earned the #29 spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart and #52 on Billboard’s New Artist Chart upon its first week of release. Additionally, Blood Offerings earned year-end accolades from the likes of Decibel Magazine and Revolver and continues to reap the praise of fans and critics globally.

Stream Blood Offerings in full at THIS LOCATION where you can also purchase the record digitally. Find physical orders at THIS LOCATION.

Forged in 2011, NECROT — founded by current and former members of Acephalix, Vastum, Saviours, Watch Them Die, Atrament, and more — unleashed their The Labyrinth full-length in 2016 via Tankcrimes. Spewing forth eight tracks amassed from three hard-to-find and long out-of-print demo tapes, the record reaped critical acclaim from fans and media alike compelled by the band’s unrepentant Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, and Sacrilege worship.

“Packed with killer riffs, thunderous blast beats and the death-defying leads of Saviours guitarist Sonny Reinhardt, the debut album from this hotly touted Oakland death metal trio bristles with a raw intensity that’s frequently lost in the modern era of triggered, overproduced extremity. By keeping it real, NECROT keep it awesome.” — Revolver

“Blood Offerings is all old ground, but it is hallowed earth. We’ve heard everything played on this album before, but we’ve never heard it played quite like this. If you’re that curmudgeon who keeps saying nothing can displace your aging death metal album collection, it might be finally time to buy a new record.” — Decibel

“Metaphorically, it’s like putting your ear up to the chest of a rotting corpse and listening to the parasites eat it from the inside out. NECROT has recorded an album so putrescent you can almost smell it.” — Paste Magazine