BISON MACHINE Sign To Small Stone For New Album; Playing Burnin’ Turf II Fest In June

Michigan’s retro-infused heavy rockers Bison Machine have shared the news that they have signed with their home state-based Small Stone Records. The band is currently preparing a new album for release later this year and will enter Rustbelt Studios (Five Horse Johnson, Halfway To Gone, Novadriver) later this Summer to record it. Bison Machine bassist Anthony Franchina commented on the news saying:

“It’s amazing! Small Stone has released some of my favorite records, from Sasquatch to Greenleaf to Lo-Pan, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Scott [Hamilton] on our next record, which is going to completely blow away everything we’ve done before. We’ll be hitting the road too, so keep an eye out!”

In addition to this latest news about Bison Machine, the band are involved in organizing the Burnin’ Turf II festival, which is set for June 3rd at the Parisville Saloon in Ruth, Michigan. Bands set to perform include Bison MachineWild Savages, Dead Feathers, BoneHawk, Red Stone Souls, Rip VanRipper, and Gear Jammer. There will also be chopper games, raffle prizes, van and tank lettering by Zak Warmann of Detroit Sign Painters, camping, DJ Smoak (Loy Smoak Jr.), bonfires and plenty of beer according to the PR release.

Bison Machine released their latest single, “Cloak And Bones” last year. A video for the track is playing below.


AYREON Streams Prog Rock Masterpiece ‘The Source’ In Its Entirety

It has now been a full three days since Ayreon and its brilliant musical mastermind, Arjen Anthony Lucassen, released the new album ‘The Source‘ (Music Theories Recordings). The album is the ninth opus from the brilliant Lucassen who once again enlisted an all-star cast of guest contributors, including singers James LaBrie (Dream Theater). Simone Simons (Epica), Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia) and Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) among others. Today we present The Source in all of its sonic glory via the full stream in its entirety below.

Once again like previous Ayreon albums, The Source is another conceptual double album, one set six billion years in the past, according to Earth time. Taking place on Planet Alpha, a world where computer intelligence has extended beyond human kind’s, ecological and political catastrophe threaten to exterminate all of humanity. The planet’s inhabitants, the Alphans, leave their fate in the hands of the ‘Frame,’ a global computer mainframe that ultimately discovers humans are the problem and must be eradicated. The Alphans plot escape and the story full unfolds outward over the duration of the album.

 Words by Pat “Riot” Whitaker

ADRENALINE MOB Proclaim ‘We The People’ Details; Debut New Video + Tour Dates

One of music’s more bona fide ‘supergroups’, Adrenaline Mob, have announced they’ll soon be releasing a brand new album. That album, ‘We The People‘, will see release through Century Media on June 2nd and consist of thirteen songs. A new Official Video for ‘King Of The Ring‘, featuring singer Russell Allen (Symphony X) and guitarist Mike Orlando, can be seen below. The clip and new record, the follow up to 2014’s Men Of Honor, are the band’s first with new drummer Jordan Cannata and bassist David Zablidowsky (Trans-Siberian Orchestra).

Original Adrenaline Mob drummer Mike Portnoy left the band in 2013 while his replacement, drummer AJ Pero (Twisted Sister), died in March 2015 of a heart attack.

Ad Mob LP

We The People‘ track listing:

01. King Of The Ring
02. We The People
03. The Killer’s Inside
04. Bleeding Hands
05. Chasing Dragons
06. Til The Head Explodes
07. What You’re Made Of
08. Raise ‘Em Up
09. Ignorance & Greed
10. Blind Leading The Blind
11. Violent State Of Mind
12. Lords Of Thunder
13. Rebel Yell

We The People‘ will be available for purchase as a special edition CD digi-pak, gatefold 2LP+CD, and on all standard digital and streaming music platforms.

In related news, Adrenaline Mob will embark on a 30-date U.S. tour on June 16 in Poughkeepsie, New York. Support on all dates will come from the Canadian band The Wild. – Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Tour dates:

Jun. 16 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft
Jun. 17 – New York, NY – Marlin Room
Jun. 18 – Haverhill, MA – The Whiskey Barrell
Jun. 20 – Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock
Jun. 21 – Rochester, NY – Harmony House
Jun. 22 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
Jun. 23 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Jun. 25 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
Jun. 27 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
Jun. 28 – Salt Lake City, UT – Royal Bar
Jun. 29 – Idaho Falls, ID – The Gem
Jul. 01 – Everett, WA – Tony V Garage
Jul. 03 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Jul. 06 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
Jul. 07 – West Hollywood, CA – Viper Room
Jul. 08 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Jul. 09 – Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock
Jul. 11 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
Jul. 12 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
Jul. 14 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
Jul. 15 – Sanford, FL – West End Trading Co.
Jul. 16 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
Jul. 17 – Greenacres, FL – Piepers Sports Bar
Jul. 19 – Wilmington, NC – The Throne Theater
Jul. 20 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Jul. 21 – Easton, PA – One Centre Square
Jul. 22 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

MEAN STREAK Announce ‘Blind Faith’ Imminent; Share New Official Video

Swedish traditional metal band Mean Streak have announced their latest album, ‘Blind Faith‘, will be released soon. Today the band is sharing the new digital Single and Official Video for the song ‘Caught In A Crossfire‘. ‘Blind Faith’ was produced by Peter Andersson and Max Norman, mixed by Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Armored Saint, Megadeth, Y&T) and mastered by Thomas “Plec” Johansson (Soilwork, Onslaught, Armageddon).

The video was produced by Exit Stage Left ( Video director & editor is Ari Pereira. Director of Photography is Ari Pereira & Martin Frick (

New album ‘Blind Faith‘ will be available in Europe on CD, as vinyl gatefold blue LP, limited to 350 copies and gatefold gold LP, limited to 150 copies via ROAR (Rock Of Angels Records) on June 2rd. Pre-orders are open now at this location. It will be released globally according to the following schedule: In Europe via ROAR (Rock Of Angels Records) on June 2rd, in Japan via Marquee/Avalon (including one exclusive bonus track) on May 31st and in the USA via HighVolMusic on June 16th.

Mean Streak LP

The tracklist of “Blind Faith” is follows:

1. Blood Red Sky
2. Animal In Me
3. Retaliation Call
4. Settle The Score
5. Tear Down The Walls
6. Tears Of The Blind
7. Love Is A Killer
8. Come Undone
9. Fire At Will
10. Caught In A  Crossfire
11. Gunnerside
12. Smile Of A Clown (Japan Bonus Only)

– Pat’Riot’ Whitaker

ICED EARTH ‘Incorruptible’ Details Revealed; ‘Raven Wing’ Lyric Video Premiere

U.S. power metallers Iced Earth will make their return with the new album ‘Incorruptible‘ on June 16th via Century Media Records. The anxiously awaited follow up to 2011’s Dystopia is a 10-track effort of the powerfully melodic heavy metal the band has built its respectable legacy upon. ‘Incorruptible‘ will be available in a variety of formats that are included below.

Along with the news of the upcoming release, Iced Earth are sharing a new lyric video for the song ‘Raven Wing‘. It follows the previously shared ‘Seven Headed Whore‘ and both are streaming here today.


track listing:

01. Great Heathen Army (5:21)
02. Black Flag (4:56)
03. Raven Wing (6:25)
04. The Veil (4:47)
05. Seven Headed Whore (3:00)
06. The Relic (Part 1) (4:59)
07. Ghost Dance (Awaken The Ancestors) (6:35)
08. Brothers (4:45)
09. Defiance (4:08)
10. Clear The Way (December 13th, 1862) (9:30)

“Incorruptible” will be available in the following formats:

* Deluxe CD digipak with extensive booklet, fold-out poster and slipcase (only available in Europe)
* CD digipak (only available in the USA)
* Strictly limited artbook with 36-page booklet with introduction, additional artworks, sketches and comments by Jon Schaffer to each individual song, CD and double 10″ vinyl, worldwide limited to only 3000 copies
* Deluxe 2LP version in various vinyl colors (see below for exact color split) with gatefold sleeve, 4-page lyric sheet, 180-gram vinyl, black anti-static inner sleeves, etching and 12-page LP-booklet with artworks to each of the 10 songs
* Standard CD jewel case
* Digital download / stream

The 2LP version of “Incorruptible” is offered in the following vinyl colors:

* Black vinyl: unlimited and offered through all retail channels
* Dark-green vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available in the U.K.
* Yellow vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available in France
* Clear vinyl: limited to 100 copies, exclusively available at Century Media‘s European online store
* Lilac vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at Nuclear Blast
* Silver vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at EMP
* Transparent-red vinyl: limited to 500 copies, distributed through RED in the USA
* White vinyl: limited to 300 copies, exclusively offered in the USA through F.Y.E.
* Transparent-orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively sold by ICED EARTH on tour

The artbook version of “Incorruptible” will be offered in the following vinyl colors:

* Transparent-red vinyl: main version, available through all retail channels
* Clear vinyl: limited to 100 copies, exclusively available at Century Media‘s European online store
* Golden vinyl: limited to 200 copies, available at various online stores
* Black vinyl: limited to 200 copies, available at various online stores
* Silver vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at Nuclear Blast
* Transparent-orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively sold by ICED EARTH on tour

DEATH OF KINGS Reveal ‘Kneel Before None’ Album Details; Stream New Song + Tour Dates

One of the U.S.’ most promising, upcoming oldschool thrash-influenced bands, Atlanta’s Death Of Kings, have shared some details of their upcoming release. ‘Kneel Before None‘ will be issued through Boris Records on June 2nd and is the anxiously awaited full-length follow up the band’s fierce 7″ Single, ‘Hell Comes To Life‘. Death Of Kings is sharing the new song ‘Shadow Of The Reaper‘ today, an incendiary salvo of scorching guitars and all-out metallic aggression.

In further news, the band will also embark on a US tour that will begin in June. All dates can be found below.


Tour Dates:

June 1st – Atlanta, GA @ the Clermont Lounge (record release)
June 9th – Knoxville, TN @ Open Chord
June 10th – Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
June 11th – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
June 12th – Detroit, MI @ The Dodge
June 13th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge Coffee Shop
June 14th – Blackthorn 51 in Queens, NY
June 15th – Boston, MA @ O’Briens Pub
June 16th – Brookyln, NY @ Golden Sounds
June 17th – Richmond, VA @  25 Watt
June 18th – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone

DRUG HONKEY Debut ‘Sickening Wastoid’ Official Video

Narcotic-like noise mongers Drug Honkey are preparing to unleash their new offering, ‘Cloak Of Skies‘, via Transcending Obscurity on May 5th. The pre-release hype for the punishing delivery of sonic abuse is reaching a fevered pitch of late. The album, which features guest appearances by the godfather of bleakness, Justin Broadrick and saxophonist most sinister, Bruce Lamont, is the baddest of trips seemingly. With crushing despair and abundant psychedelic savagery , Drug Honkey are poised to scar lives forever.

Today, Drug Honkey are serving up their video for the song ‘Sickening Wastoid‘, which is its very own frightening hallucination thanks to the twisted mind of Paolo Girardi. The morphing, animated album art from ‘Cloak Of Skies‘ appears alive and threateningly menacingly in the clip. Prepare to experience something you cannot un-see once you have your third eye opened to this vile visualizer.

For my own take on Drug Honkey‘s ‘Cloak Of Skies‘, check out my review of it over at Riff Relevant.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


VOKONIS Stream Title Track Of Upcoming ‘The Sunken Djinn’ Record; Album Details

Swedish psyche/doom trio Vokonis are sharing a stream of the title track from their upcoming Ripple Music release, ‘The Sunken Djinn‘ today. The band, guitarist/vocalist Simon Ohlsson, drummer Emil Larsson and bassist Jonte Johansson, will release the new album on June 9th. The eagerly anticipated new effort is the follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed Olde Ones Ascending and today’s song share provides ample reason to fuel clamoring for the new record.

As the press release puts it: “Following countless appearances in the underground’s essential heavy directory The Doom Charts and frequent “Next Big Thing” mentions in end of year lists, Vokonis’ The Sunken Djinn will undoubtedly mark the arrival of Sweden’s next great hard rock and heavy metal export.”

A vinyl 7″ of today’s Single, ‘The Sunken Djinn’ (top image), will be released on May 13th from Ripple Music and the full-length album itself on June 9th.

The Taste Nation LLC review of ‘The Sunken Djinn‘ is coming to the site soon.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


1. The Sunken Djinn
2. Calling From The Core
3. The Coldest Night
4. Blood Vortex
5. Architect Of Despair
6. Rapturous
7. Maelstroem

BURNING WITCHES Launch PledgeMusic Campaign For Debut; Audio Track Streaming

The sisterhood of heavy metal is strong as all-female Swiss band Burning Witches are hard at work on their debut album. They have launched a PledgeMusic campaign where fans can pick up the album with some added bonuses from the ladies. The album was recorded and produced in tandem by V.O. Pulver and Schmier of Destruction at Little Creek Studio in Switzerland.

Burning Witches aka Seraina (Vocals), Romana (Guitars), Alea (Guitars), Jay (Bass) and Lala (Drums), have a very traditional metal sound. In fact, their sound is not too far removed from the great Doro Pesch/Warlock if you need a convincing comparison to gauge it by. But what you should do is check out the ‘Burning Witches‘ track below and hear the band for yourself.

The band adds: “We had the dream to form an all women’s traditional heavy metal band – now here we are with our first record and we hope that you gonna help us with your pledge to climb up the first steps of the ladder of our career! We have put together a nice collection of items for you, including signed CD’s, posters, shirts, hoodies, girly shirts and opportunities to spend time with us at rehearsal and hang and party with us! Thanks in advance for your support! Ready to fight!”

Find the Burning Witches PledgeMusic page here.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


BEASTMAKER Reveal ‘Inside The Skull’ Details, Official Video & Tour Dates

Fresno, California’s occult doom trio Beastmaker will bring their macabre sonic arts to the music loving masses via their new album, ‘Inside The Skull‘, on May 19th. The Rise Above Records release promises to revive the halcyon days of proto-doom and early vintage rock. Today the artwork and track listing for the album have been revealed along with an official video, ‘Nature Of The Damned‘. Recorded and produced by the band themselves, in their own self-built studio, this promises to be an album of fundamental heaviness.

Once Inside The Skull is released, the band will be hitting the road in the US with Zakk Wylde‘s Black Sabbath tribute act, Zakk Sabbath. Tour dates can be found below.

Beastmaker InsideTheSkull


“Evil One”
“Heaven To Hell”
“Now Howls The Beast”
“Of God’s Creation”
“Give Me A Sign”
“Nature Of The Damned”
“Psychic Visions”
“Inside The Skull”
“Night Bird”
“Sick Sick Demon”

Nature Of The Damned” video:

Beastmaker on tour:

May (with Zakk Sabbath)
17 – Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St*
18 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
19 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
20 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Theatre*
21 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter*
22 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall*
23 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
24 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia Nola*
25 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio
26 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
28 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
30 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
31 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

June (with Zakk Sabbath)
2 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
3 – Indianapolis, IN – Black Circle Brewing*
4 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
6 – Spokane, WA – The Pin
7 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
8 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
10 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
17 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater

*Headline show

Zakk Sabbath Tour