POWER OF PAIN & Guest Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza (Exodus) Tackle Teen Bullying On New Single/Video

Castro Valley, California’s Power Of Pain have released a new single and official video for their track ‘Tastes Like H8‘, a song tackling the subject of teen bullying and features Exodus/Dublin Death Patrol/Tenet singer SteveZetroSouza. The song itself is taken from the band’s newly released album, My Dark Secret, which was produced by Juan Urteaga (Testament, Exodus, Machine Head) at Trident Studios. Additional tracking was done at Green Day’s Jingle Town Studio while video production duties were handled by Wayne Marsala (Testament, Exodus).

Power Of Pain was formed by guitarist Mike Roberts in 2015 out of the ashes of his previous former act, Bleed The Freaks. Recruiting fellow Bleed The Freaks guitarist Josh Bailey, the two assembled a new band, completed by singer Chris Carlton, bassist Zack Brown, and drummer Steve Rubio, and went straight into the studio.

“Bleed The Freaks went through a bad break up,” reflects Roberts. “I felt that everyone had given up on me, but perseverance was my goal. Having a full CD of music ready to go, I just forged on,” he states. The result is My Dark Secret, a ten song slab of top shelf groove metal, rounded out by a cover of the UFO classic, “Natural Thing”.”

When asked about Souza’s involvement, Roberts comments: “Zet and I are childhood friends and long time Raiders fans together. I had written the song with him in mind. Zet is a true professional. He came in the studio and sang the song in one take. We filmed the video on his birthday. I’m very grateful that he is a part of it.”

My Dark Secret is available on iTunes and all major digital outlets now.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

POP MDSTracklisting:

“Severed Ties”
“My Dark Secret”
“Suffocated”
“War Within”
“Preachin To The Choir”
“Tastes Like H8” (featuring Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza)
“Winters Fall”
“How Well I Know”
“Walk Away”
“Natural Thing” (UFO cover)

Power Of Pain

Argonauta Records’ DRIVE BY WIRE Stream ‘The Whole Shebang’

From the heart of Deventer, Netherlands comes the latest studio offering from the hazily fuzzened foursome Drive By Wire, ‘The Whole Shebang‘. Issued just yesterday (May 19th) through Argonauta Records comes this heady, wholesome opus of psychedelia-laden Desert/Stoner Rock. It’s one that is made that much more the powerful thanks to the full-on sultriness of singer Simone Holsbeek. Her vocals, merged with the magnificent musicality provided by Alwin Wubben, Jerome Miedendorp de Bie, Marcel Zerb and Rene Rutten, make this a record that is impossible to ignore.

DBW

Drive By Wire manages to distill their inspirations and influences into a warmly organic sound, but one with the urgency and dynamics of 90′s grunge (Soundgarden, Alice in Chains), the sensuality of PJ Harvey and the deliciously heavy psychedelic fuzz grooves of all the great 70′s bands. I am pretty confident in saying that once you start this album to playing, you won’t be able to turn itoff until the last song wraps up…and even then you will probably be inclined to hit Repeat again.

See if what I’m saying is true by giving Drive By Wire‘s ‘The Whole Shebang‘ a precursory spin via the Soundcloud embed below. In the meantime, don’t forget, the album is out right now from Argonauta Records!

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


RED FANG Debut ‘Cut It Short’ Official Video; Set Euro. Tour & Fest Plans

Pacific Northwest rockers Red Fang, who are playing at Rock On The Range today coincidentally, are debuting their latest Official Video, ‘Cut It Short‘. Yet another visually comedic clip as par for the course from the band, the song hails from Red Fang‘s latest release, 2016’s Only Ghosts. The Relapse Records-issued band’s fourth album was produced by the famed Ross Robinson (Sepultura, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot) and reached #143 on the US Billboard 200. Whitey McConnaughy directed the clip, continuing the partnership that birthed previous videos for “Wires”, “Prehistoric Dog”, “Hank Is Dead” and most recently “Shadows”.

Alongside Red Fang‘s ROTR date today, the band plays one more additional North American date (May 26th at the Modified Ghost Festival II) before heading to Europe for a month of shows. Then they’ll resurface in the US for September’s Bumbershoot and Crucial Fest dates, here’s all of their planned upcoming appearances:

Tour dates:

May
19 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range
26 – Vancouver, BC – Modified Ghost Festival II

June
10 – Guilford, UK – Boileroom
11 – Donnington, UK – Download Festival
12 – Lille, France – L’Aeronef
14 – Orleans, France – Astrolabe
15 – Lyon, France – Epicerie Moderne
16 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
17 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop
19 – Berlin, Germany – Lido
20 – Vienna, Austria – Flex
21 – Orfu, Hungary – Fishing on Orfu
23 – Saarwellingen, Germany – Saarmageddon Festival
24 – Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
25 – Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
28 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde
29 – Nimjegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje

July
1 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Fuzz Jam Festival
5 – Biarritz, France – Atabel
6 – Viverio, Spain – Resurrection Festival
8 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzamatazz 2
9 – Ile du Gaou, France – Pointu Festival

September
1 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot
2 – Salt Lake City, UT – Crucial Fest

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Red Fang


DORO PESCH To Mark 30th Anniversary Of Warlock’s ‘Triumph And Agony’ With US Tour; Special Guest Guitarist TOMMY BOLAN

Pioneering female metal musician Doro Pesch achieved massive success with her band Warlock‘s fourth studio album, Triumph And Agony. Released in 1987, the breakthrough effort delivered with hit singles and MTV’s Headbangers Ball favoritesAll We Are” and “Für immeramong other now-pinnacle anthems like “East Meets West“, “Metal Tango“, “I Rule The Ruins” and “Touch Of Evil“. Triumph And Agony stands among heavy metal’s true cult classics and now it is reaching a milestone of its 30th Anniversary this September. To mark that fantastic factoid, Doro Pesch, the voice of Warlock and heavy metal worldwide will, for the first time ever, perform the fist-raising full-length in its entirety on two European festival dates this Summer and a special run of U.S. live performances. She will be joined by original Triumph And Agony guitarist Tommy Bolan alongside bassist Nick Douglas, drummer Johnny Dee, guitarist Bas Maas and guitarist/keyboardist Luca Princiotta.

Doro
Doro shared her excitement about the announcements by adding: “Triumph And Agony was our breakthrough album in America and it’s still one of my absolute favorites! I’m so excited to play some of these songs for the first time and I’m so much looking forward to play with Tommy again. I’m sure it’s gonna sound great and we’ll put on a killer show.”

At press time, there are 2 European festival dates and five U.S. concerts planned and listed below. Hopefully there will be more dates added to the itinerary so more people can experience what promises to be a powerful display of this legendary album and band.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Doro Pesch: The Voice Of WARLOCK…Live!

6/08/2017 Sweden Rock – Norje, SE
7/07/2017 Norway Rock Live – Kvinesdal, NO

U.S. dates –
9/08/2017 Palladium – Worcester, MA [tickets]
9/10/2017 BB King’s – New York, NY [tickets]
9/12/2017 Token Lounge – etroit, MI [tickets]
9/14/2017 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL [tickets]
9/16/2017 The Whisky – Los Angeles, CA [tickets]
Doro Tour

W.A.S.P. To Celebrate 25th Anniversary Of ‘The Crimson Idol’ With Re-Issue To Include Original, Unreleased Film; Video Teaser + World Tour

W.A.S.P...one of the biggest, most iconic acts in the history of heavy metal and hard rock. In 1992, the band released their hugely ambitious conceptual album ‘The Crimson Idol‘, an acclaimed release revered to this day in fact. The story behind the album’s theme was the tale of the neglected, abused child Aaron Steele whose hunger for love and acceptance leads him to music eventually. In a tale that all too many musicians know as their own realities, Aaron gains international fame and stardom. That superficial love is accompanied by all the excesses of the rock and roll life i.e. abundant sex, drugs and so much more and of course, Aaron is destined for a catastrophic fall.

2017 is the 25th anniversary of The Crimson Idol and something that many fans either don’t know or may have forgotten is that there’s much more to the story. The Crimson Idol was also intended to be developed into a cinematic feature, a movie to accompany the album’s release. There was actually several hundred hours of film that was shot to create approximately 50 minutes of movie footage…and this film has never been released – Until now!

Napalm Records proudly announces “Re-Idolized, the 25th anniversary of the iconic hit album plus the original “The Crimson Idol” movie on DVD and Blu-ray! For the first time EVER as originally intended – film and soundtrack united – released as one product! While the actual release date has yet to be finalized, “Re-Idolized” will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, CD, and vinyl later this year!

Check out the video teaser for the upcoming Napalm Records release below along with the itinerary of W.A.S.P.‘s upcoming World Tour to accompany this historic series of events.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

W.A.S.P. live:
“Re-Idolized: The 25th Anniversary of
The Crimson Idol” World Tour:

08.11.2017 IT – Bologna, Estragon
09.11.2017 IT – Milan, Live Club
10.11.2017 CH – Lausanne, Docks
11.11.2017 CH – Pratteln, Z7
14.11.2017 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
15.11.2017 DE – Hannover, Capitol
16.11.2017 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
17.11.2017 DE – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
18.11.2017 DE – Geiselwind, Music Hall
20.11.2017 DE – Frankfurt, Batschkapp
21.11.2017 DE – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
22.11.2017 DE – Munich, Backstage
24.11.2017 CZ – Hluk, Sportshall
25.11.2017 PL – Warsaw, Progresja
26.11.2017 AT – Vienna, Arena

WASP Promo

DEAD CROWS Debut ‘Wild Gun’s Soul’ Official Video

French hard rock power trio Dead Crows have just recently issued their limited release self-titled, full-length debut and it has quickly been building up steam. If you are unfamiliar with this rising act then you need to rectify that mistake right now by checking out their official video for ‘Wild Gun’s Soul‘. The trio at the heart of Dead CrowsMattDynamiteBerg, OliverPivCasu and RudyFat BassBerg, are all established players from the band Nightmare but now they’re branching out. As Dead Crows, the trio blends amazing heavy rock grooves, powerful rhythms and bluesy vocals for a sound that would result from a mix of Thin Lizzy and Danko Jones.

The debut from Dead Crows is available now from Wake Up Dead Records and KNT Music along with regular digital outlets iTunes, Deezer and Spotify.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

 

Dead Crows


BASK Bring ‘A Graceful Shuffle’ In New Official Video; Announces Series Of Record Release Shows & Starkfest 2017 Set

Asheville, North Carolina’s Bask are proudly premiering their brand new Official Video for ‘A Graceful Shuffle‘. The track hails from the southern-infused alternative rock band’s latest effort, Ramble Beyond, and offers some solidly enthusiastic rock music. Ramble Beyond was released on CD and Digital formats on March 24th but Bask are gearing up for the vinyl edition’s release on May 19th via Self Aware Records.

To celebrate the imminent availability of that vinyl format, Bask will embark upon a handful of live dates to serve as their official Record Release events. You can find those planned live excursions listed below along with their just announced inclusion on this year’s Starkfest 2017. That two-day event will be held in Greenville, South Carolina and will see Bask join other amazing bands like Waft, All Hell, Swallow The Sky, Midmourner, Come To Grief, Crawl and many others.

You can find details, information and line ups for Starkfest 2017 here and order Bask‘s Ramble Beyond at this location.

Upcoming Bask record release shows:
May 17th – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
May 18th – Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
May 19th – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
May 20th – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Bask LP

BISON Reveal New Album/Label Details & Plan Canadian Touring Trek; Album Teaser

Bison (formerly Bison B.C.)  recently announced their return after a lengthy hiatus. Now they’re sharing the news that they have signed with Pelagic Records for the release of a new studio album. ‘You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient‘ will see release on June 23rd in Europe with a North American release to follow on July 7th. Guitarist/vocalist James Farwell commented of the effort:

“It was important that the songs fit together to tell a bit of a story. A story of a new life and escaping the city, while still being tethered to it. Life is a constant fight, and though I have taken the fight to a more natural and beautiful place, that struggle still persists. This is an album of daily living. It is for everyone.”

Vocalist Dan And added: “The new songs still sound like ‘us,’ whatever that means, but we aren’t concerned with shying away from whatever influences creep up. The older we get and the longer we play together, the less we give a shit about trying to sound like anything in particular.”

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Bison LP

 

Pre-orders are available here (CD) and here (vinyl) with a teaser posted below. The band will also be playing the following Canadian shows in June:

06/09 Calgary, AB – The Palomino
06/10 Saskatoon, SK – The Capitol
06/11 Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel
06/12 Regina, SK – The Exchange
06/13 Red Deer, AB – The Vat
06/14 Edmonton, AB – Brixx
06/16 Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw


HE WHOSE OX IS GORED To Issue ‘Paralyzer’ 7″, Premieres First Official Video; Tour With SAMOTHRACE Starts Next Week

The powerfully concussive ethereal sludge band He Whose Ox Is Gored will unleash their brand new “Paralyzer” seven-inch this weekend via Chain Letter Collective and the band’s own label Void Assault Records. The three song effort was captured by none other than legendary producer Jack Endino (Skinyard, TAD, Windhand, Early Man, etc.) at Avast! Recording Studio (Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Earth, Supersuckers etc.). It contains the new song Paralyzer along with the previously recorded “Buried Twice” and “Void Assault” from the band’s critically-lauded Rumors EP, remixed by the band’s cohorts from Seattle’s Newaxeyes. “Paralyzer” was recorded as part of the ongoing Converse Rubber Tracks sessions which the band shared some comments about saying:

The ‘Paralyzer‘ seven-inch started as a great opportunity presented to us by Converse Rubber Tracks and Jack Endino. We also wanted to find a way to work with our friends in Newaxeyes and a seven-inch came to mind. When Ben and Heather Heywood of Los Angeles’ Chain Letter Collective came on board, it created an opportunity for us to bring it all together.” 

Paralyzer” will see official release on June 16th but will be available this Sunday, May 14th at the band’s special event show with Conan, North, and Serial Hawk at Highline on their home turf of Seattle as part of the venue’s seven-year anniversary series. The seven-inch will also be available throughout He Whose Ox Is Gored‘s US tour with Samothrace from May 17th through June 10th. The trek includes performances with Void Omina, Noothgrush, and Graves At Sea on select dates. See all confirmed shows below.

To celebrate this phenomenal recording and its imminent release, He Whose Ox Is Gored is also debuting their very first-ever official video for the 7″s title track. Check it out: 

HE WHOSE OX IS GORED upcoming shows and tour:
5/14/2017 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Conan, North, Serial Hawk

w/ Samothrace:
5/17/2017 Back Alley Pub – Great Falls, MT
5/19/2017 The Aquarium – Fargo, ND
5/20/2017 The Reverie – Minneapolis, MN
5/21/2017 Reggies Joint – Chicago, IL
5/22/2017 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
5/23/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
5/24/2017 Black Forge – Pittsburgh, PA
5/25/2017 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD
5/26/2017 Club 529 – Atlanta, GA
5/27/2017 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
5/28/2017 Rudyards – Houston, TX
5/29/2017 The Lost Well – Austin, TX
5/31/2017 Three Links – Dallas, TX
6/01/2017 89th St. – Oklahoma City, OK
6/02/2017 71 Grind Festival – Colorado Springs, CO
6/03/2017 Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
6/04/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
8/05/2017 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
6/06/2017 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
6/07/2017 Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ
6/08/2017 Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ Void Omina
6/09/2017 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Void Omina
6/10/2017 Oakland Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA w/ Void Omina, Noothgrush, Graves At Sea

– Pat ‘Riot’ WhitakerSam-OX Tour


THE WHITE NOISE Premiere ‘Bite Marks’ Official Video; New Album ‘AM/PM’ Due In June

Infectious modern Alt. Rock band The White Noise are excited to premiere their new Official Video ‘Bite Marks‘ today. The song hails from the band’s upcoming full-length debut album AM/PM, set to release June 23. Produced by Drew Fulk (Motionless In White, Crown The Empire), the album is sure to resonate well with fans of modern rock bands across the board. To celebrate the album’s release, The White Noise has planned a busy summer ahead as they will be part of the Vans Warped Tour 2017. The band will playing the entire tour on the Skullcandy Stage from June 16 through August 6. Find all the details and tour stops here.

“We’ve worked very hard for the past three years on getting this band exactly where we want it to be,” says vocalist Shawn Walker. “‘Bite Marks’ was actually the third song we ever wrote together, so for the video to finally be coming out is very fulfilling. And to top it off, we will be releasing our first album on our first Vans Warped Tour. It’s going to be a hell of a year.”

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

TWN AM-PM

Tracklist:

1. Innocent Until Birth
2. Bite Marks
3. Picture Day
4. The Best Songs Are Dead
5. I Lost My Mind (In California)
6. Rated R… ft. Landon Tewers
7. All Drugs Go To Heaven
8. Montreal
9. 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
10. Sunspots

 

TWN VWT