MUTOID MAN Premiere ‘Kiss Of Death’ Official Video; New Album Details & Upcoming Tour Dates

Mutoid Man have premiered a new track from their upcoming album release, ‘War Moans‘. The revelation comes via a new official video for the song ‘Kiss Of Death‘ filmed at Kurt Ballou’s (Converge) God City Studio. The new album was also recorded their under the producing auspice of Ballou as well. It will be released on June 2nd through Sargent House and features guest spots from Chelsea Wolfe and ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman.

The latest track release follows the previously shared ‘Melt Your Mind‘ from Mutoid Man and is also streaming below. Also included here are the band’s upcoming U.S. tour dates with Helms Alee.

Mutoid Man War Moans

01 – “Melt Your Mind” (feat. Marty Friedman)
02 – “Bone Chain”
03 – “Micro Aggression”
04 – “Kiss Of Death”
05 – “Date With The Devil”
06 – “Headrush”
07 – “Irons In The Fire” (feat. Adam McGrath of Cave In, etc.)
08 – “War Moans”
09 – “Wreck And Survive” (feat. Chelsea Wolfe & Ben Chisholm)
10 – “Afterlife”
11 – “Open Flame”
12 – “Bandages” (feat. Chelsea Wolfe & Ben Chisholm)


June 4 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
June 5 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
June 6 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus – SOLD OUT
June 7 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
June 8 Detroit, MI @ El Club
June 9 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
June 10 Indianapolis, IN @ Black Circle Brewing
June 12 Dallas, TX @ Curtain Club
June 13 Austin, TX @ Barracuda
June 14 Houston, TX @ The Studio at Warehouse Live
June 15 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
June 16 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Hell)
June 17 Orlando, FL @ The Social
June 19 Raleigh, NC @ King’s
June 20 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts – Black Box
July 06 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
July 07 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
July 08 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
July 10 Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
July 11 Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room
July 12 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
July 13 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
July 14 Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
July 15 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
July 16 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


In Rock We Trust: Y&T / TEMPTATIONS WINGS Play The Grey Eagle In Asheville, North Carolina

The past and the present, the old and the new, the hard and the heavy. A juxtaposition of variances would be embodied on the night of Friday, April 21st as the legendary Y&T, with support from Temptations Wings, came to Asheville, North Carolina. The setting would be The Grey Eagle and the broad spectrum of rock music to be presented would be impressive to say the least. So would merely making it to the show as I, and shotgun rider Tomm Huff, departed our home in Kentucky amid a battering hailstorm and torrential downpours. Three nerve-wracking hours of travel through non-stop inclement weather would not deter us though and eventually we arrived safe if not a little soaked.

My first trip to The Grey Eagle revealed a nice, well maintained older building of good size with a cool music hall, bar and kitchen/dining area. I had been eagerly awaiting this show for months now since learning that the current incarnation of the iconic Y&T were coming to the region. Not just that alone either as regional band Temptations Wings, who are riding high on their recently released album, ‘Skulthor Ebonblade‘, were on the bill as well. In fact, I conducted an A/V interview with those guys prior to the show, in the rain somewhat, that will be coming soon.


When it came time for Temptations Wings, aka Micah Nix (gtr./vox), Jason Gardner (drums) and Chad Barnwell (bass), to take the stage, the venue was quite packed. Guesstimating somewhere near 400 – 450 people had filed in to see these AVL hometowners unleash their heaviness. The trio recently released their critically-acclaimed conceptual album, the aforementioned ‘Skulthor Ebonblade‘, and have been in high demand ever since. The album weaves the tale of a mythical warrior who returns home to find his family slain and and village destroyed by an evil witch. To reap vengeance, he journeys to obtain a mystical sword and once acquired, goes to slay the witch herself. Quite an intriguing storyline, is it not? Truth is, the story is only but a small part of what makes this band so solidly kick-ass is really more about the music.

The music of Temptations Wings can only be described as Appalachian Power Doom for that does suit it rather well. Comprised of chunky, thick riffs, pulsating rhythms and thunderous drumming, the music is heavy and engaging. And it was clear the guys have a large, loyal support base here in their home region. After a taped intro segment, they delivered the barrage of songs that included ‘I, Destroyer‘, ‘Treachery Of The Blind Raven‘, ‘Lair Of The Gorgon Queen‘, ‘Into The Maelstrom‘ and ‘Crush The Weak‘. Each was well received and it was clear that many of those in attendance were already familiar with the tracks. The guys provided a fantastic set that went over really well with such a diversified crowd, one where all ages from the younger to the elder, were well represented.


An interlude and then the stage was commandeered by the legendary Y&TY&T 2017 sees the only surviving band founder, guitarist/vocalist Dave Meniketti, joined currently by guitarist John Nymann, bassist Aaron Leigh and drummer Mike Vanderhule. Many of the bands that got their start several decades ago, and are still around, exist solely to relive their glory days by rehashing their earlier material. Such is not the case with this band as they continue to record and release new material, like they did with 2010’s Facemelter album. The repertoire of material that Y&T has available in their discography to select from was well plundered on this night too.

The origins of Y&T date back as early as 1974 and the band began officially releasing studio albums in 1976. Some of their albums have achieved both commercial notoriety as well as cult status amid massive reverence. One of their most beloved records, In Rock We Trust (1984), would provide the one-two punch to start their set this night with the fantastic ‘Lipstick And Leather‘ and ‘Don’t Stop Runnin’‘. The place was roaring with excitement as the band followed up with another classic, ‘Hurricane‘, before visiting material from another landmark album, 1981’s Earthshaker. ‘Shine On‘ and clear crowd favorite ‘Dirty Girl‘ had the place erupting with sing-along choruses and crowd enthusiasm. Then Meniketti & Co. unleashed one of their most well known songs, the scorching title cut from 1983’s Mean Streak and the audience went haywire. In case you don’t know it, Dave is one hell of a damn good guitarist too and he himself scorched the frets on the song’s solo while Nymann too delivered his own axe wizardry.

Things would wind down to the lighter side of the band’s music as they delivered a great version of ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark‘ from 1990’s Ten. What came next was the most touching period of the night as Dave spoke about the now deceased longrunning Y&T members Phil Kennemore, Leonard Haze and Joey Alves. He dedicated the next song, ‘Winds Of Change‘, to them and then delivered a powerfully stirring delivery of the song which clearly moved all present. Before anyone could dwell on the touching significance of that moment the guys launched into the high energy of ‘Blind Patriot‘ from their most recent studio effort, Facemelter. The uptempo track is a hard rocking number that rolls out at a frenetic pace from the start and it sure got everyone’s blood pumping again including Y&T‘s. Not to mention some fiery guitar pyrotechnics from Dave and John both throughout the song.

The next block of cuts would touch upon all the bases, i.e. hit albums, first with the stellar rendition of the melodic rocker ‘I’ll Keep On Believin’ (Do You Know)‘. Then came the lively title track of one of my personal faves, ‘Black Tiger‘, and they toned things down again with ‘Midnight In Tokyo‘. Keeping the formula going of tapping into some of their best, well-known albums, Meniketti and the mob delivered up rousing cuts like ‘Let Me Go‘, ‘Hang’em High‘ and ‘I Believe You‘. Then came the inevitable title track of the band’s 1987 album, one of their most well known records and songs both, ‘Contagious‘. Needless to say, the packed house clearly knew the song by heart, inside and out, upside and down as they involved themselves in some way or another. Women of all ages, makes and models were dancing around the auditorium and before the song was finished, Mike Vanderhule delivered a jaw-dropping drum solo. It was the perfect segue into one of Y&T‘s most upbeat, metallic-tinged tracks ever, ‘Open Fire‘, and that is exactly what the quartet did with the track. Now had come the time that everyone knew was inevitable, the delivery of Y&T‘s most well known, biggest commercial hit song of their legacy, ‘Summertime Girls‘. The beloved MTV / Billboard Hot 100 hit song that hails from the ’85 LP Down For The Count is the sole song that many people know Y&T for. That’s really a shame too because the band truly has such a remarkable body of work built up throughout the years that some people are tragically missing out on. A trip back to 2010’s Facemelter record came in the form of the anthemic set-ending “I’m Coming Home‘, another song that elicited sing along choruses and intensified audience participation.

To be honest, things could have just ended at this point and I would have been more than satisfied with what I had just experienced. Seriously, I had just seen a band truly perform their very heart and souls out for the house attendance and it was utterly incredible to put it mildly. Yet the show was not quite over as the quartet returned and served up two more remarkably rousing renditions of great older songs: ‘Rescue Me‘ and ‘Forever‘. The latter was quite the appropriate finale for the night too because rock ‘n roll is forever and for me, the experience of seeing Y&T will remain with me forever as well. But not just Y&T of course as I got to see my good friends in Temptations Wings open for the legendary act and thus share their own killer music with a wider audience. Between the two bands they had the spectrum well covered, just as I eluded to at the start of this recap. The Grey Eagle in the mountains of Asheville, N.C. served as ground zero for this spectacular night of Rock ‘N Roll where both the Old School and the New were well represented.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

*All Photos Courtesy Of Tammy Buckner Photography

SEASON OF ARROWS Premieres ‘The Bridge’ Official Video

Nashville’s critically-acclaimed heavy psyche rock/doom band Season Of Arrows are premiering a new Official Video for their song ‘The Bridge‘. The track hails from the band’s recent Argonauta Records-released sophomore album, ‘Give It To The Mountain‘. The band recently commented on the cut over at Decibel Magazine saying:

“It’s the dark place in all of us. There are times in life where you are consumed with emptiness and despair and seems like there isn’t anything to grab a hold of. Within that deepest of darkness you can sometimes find a small beacon of hope, thus the bridge. It’s the unmistakable will that lives inside all of us, when exercised keeps us alive and brings us to a new outlook on life.”

The Bridge‘ is a bleakly hypnotic number that emits massively ethereal qualities amid the torrent of doomened hopelessness. It provide a nice glimpse at what sonic greatness is contained upon Season Of Arrows Give It To The Mountain..available now from Argonauta Records.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


Sammy Hagar & The Circle Announce Tour With Collective Soul

The Circle, featuring singer Sammy Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot, ex-Van Halen), drummer Jason Bonham (Foreigner, Led Zeppelin Experience) and guitarist Vic Johnson, will embark on a U.S. tour this fall with Collective Soul and singer/songwriter Andrew Hagar (Sammy’s son). This pairing of acts promises to provide some amazing rock and roll from both the past and the present.

The trek launches on September 10th at the Glen Helen Amphitheatre in San Bernardino, CA. Dates are listed below.

10 – San Bernardino, CA – Glen Helen Amphitheater
12 – Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre *
14 – Irving, TX – Irving Music Factory
15 – Sugarland, TX – Smart Financial Centre *
17 – Clearwater, FL – Coachman Park
19 – Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheater
20 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
22 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater
23 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
25 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts
27 – Toledo, OH – Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre
28 – Clarkson, MI – DTE Energy Theatre
30 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

* – no Collective Soul 

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Sam Circle Tour

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.


BLACKTOP MOJO ‘Burn The Ships’ Review & Stream + Official Video

Burn The Ships – Vinyl//CD//DD
Cuhmon Records – Released March 10th, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Blacktop Mojo are a Texas-based band that are in their fifth year of sharing their heavily Southern-infused rock ‘n roll. That is despite their starting out on the music road that was trying to lead them into the country music realm originally. See, when the band first began gigging around their Tyler, TX. regional home, they were playing in mostly country music-themed venues and bars. By their own admission the band has revealed that they felt out of place, weren’t fitting in quite right and needed to make a change. Before long though opportunity came a’ knocking as it often does and soon Blacktop Mojo were sharing stages and tours with Sammy Hagar, Candlebox, Drowning Pool, Puddle Of Mudd, Smile Empty Soul, Audiotopsy and other similar bands.

Fast forward to now, in 2017 where Blacktop Mojo released their current full-length album, ‘Burn The Ships‘, back in March. The hype for the guys, singer Matt James, drummer Nathan Gillis, guitarist Ryan Kiefer, guitarist Kenneth Irwin and bassist Matt Curtis, has spilled over into the national spotlight and things are happening. One of those things is the fantastic hard Southern Rock heaviness of the aforementioned album, ‘Burn The Ships‘. With a thick backwoods groove anchoring things down, the music on the album is beyond incredible to say the least. Not to mention that producer Phillip Mosley (who also contributes a variety of instruments to select tracks) had assistance from the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound studios’ wizard, Jimmy Johnson and his right hand man, Steve Melton.

The ships ain’t the only thing burning here for ‘Burn The Ships‘ delivers thirteen tracks of boogie and blues-fused rock. With incendiary guitars permeating the airwaves along with super tight-knit rhythms, crafty drumming and abundant swagger, this is flat-out impressive music. From the swampy start to the first song ‘Where The Wind Blows‘, things explode in a flurry of heavy guitars and whiskey-drenched vocals. It is easy to understand why Blacktop Mojo were sticking out like a sore thumb at the country music spots, hell, just listen to the metallic edges of ‘End Of Days‘, title track ‘Burn The Ships‘ or the bruising intensity of ‘Sweat‘.

There’s a definite broad spectrum of styles and sounds explored on the album, ones where the band are as just as powerfully visceral albeit with melodic or lighter fare. Cuts like ‘Prodigal‘, ‘Shadows On The Wall‘, or the intriguing cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On‘ allow the guys to stretch their musical legs and show us what all they can actually do. There is so much diversity present, such an inferno of creativity and talent that something is bound to appeal to almost anyone on some level or another. Don’t just take my word for it either because you can stream Blacktop Mojo‘s ‘Burn The Ships‘ in full via the Bandcamp embed below…I suggest you do so now.

Recommended If You Like: Black Stone Cherry, Monster Truck, Saving Abel

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


ELECTRIC JAGUAR BABY ‘Moonshiner’ EP Review & Stream; Official Video

Moonshiner EP – Ltd. Ed. CD//Cassette
El Diablo Records – Release Date March 24th, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Let’s be honest, one does not usually associate moonshine with Paris, France. That is especially true when you reside in the mountains of Appalachian Kentucky like I do, a place that’s pretty much the home of moonshine. But none the less, we are indeed here to talk about moonshine albeit a much different kind than what you are probably thinking of. See, in this case the moonshine in question is the newly distilled 3-song ‘Moonshiner‘ EP from the Parisians in Electric Jaguar Baby. Oh, and the duo at the heart of this blend, Frank D. and Antonio D., have concocted quite an inebriating mash on this run.

Things get fired up here with the blisteringly high energy, fuzz-fattened riffs of ‘The One“. With a cadence-like fury that propels the song ever forward while dense, bottom heavy low end rumbles beneath, the song pulsates. All of this while some hazy vocals narrate things amid the intensely relentless drumming and unhesitant sense of urgency. With a similar format but a much more wide open delivery comes the unforgiving ‘Holly Vally‘. A dizzying flurry of music seems to send things spiraling about as a solid punk rock vibe permeates the track. The drumming on this one gets into a realm that seems almost inhuman at times, incessantly pummeling you with a barrage of pure garage rock goodness. Those fantastic drums introduce us to the title track, ‘Moonshiner‘, too as their chunky chuggery keeps time on this final song. The guys quickly find an infectious groove that you cannot ignore, keeping things moving and tight knit with fantastic finesse. The upbeat feeling to the bouncy, happy go lucky guitar licks are perfectly suited for the different vocal approach here too and add a whole new aspect to things.

This is as DIY as things get, same as an actual moonshine still itself except in this case the former is perfectly legal no matter how blind off your ass you may get from repeated listenings to it. Recorded live in a cellar and then issued on “handmade limited CDs and cassette tapes” via the duo’s own label El Diablo Records, Electric Jaguar Baby‘s ‘Moonshiner‘ EP is as potent a home brew anyone could hope for. Here’s your chance to immerse yourself, to saturate your very soul with the equally soulful psyche-fuzza-delicious swill via the Bandcamp embed below. Sip it, guzzle it, whatever just as long as you are fully imbibing in this tasty beverage!

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

It’s Official! OZZY & ZAKK WYLDE Reunite For New Tour Together

It is official! For the first time in over a decade, Ozzy Osbourne and former guitarist Zakk Wylde will reunite for a series of show together this summer. While they’ve performed together over the years, these shows are the first collaboration for the duo for a full tour since 2006. These dates also mark Ozzy’s first solo tour in the US in years beyond one Ozzy & Friends performance at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA in October 2015.

In addition to reuniting with Zakk Wylde on guitar, Ozzy’s band will include longtime collaborators Blasko (bass), Tommy Clufetos (drums) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards). Ozzy’s tour dates kick off in July at the Rock USA Festival in Oshkosh, WI with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

“I’m so happy to be getting back on the road with Zakk, Blasko, Tommy and Adam,” says Ozzy. “This is what I do. This is where I belong, on the road.”

“I’m really looking forward to The hardcore powahlifting training sessions with Ozzy as well as playing music in between sets of heavy squats, benching and deadlifts,” Zakk Wylde adds.

Next up for Ozzy is prepping for a new solo album for Epic in 2018/

Ozzy’s initial 2017 tour dates are as follows:

14 – Oshkosh, WI – Rock USA Festival
16 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Open Air Festival

9 – Sturgis, SD – Buffalo Chip
21 – Cartersville, IL – Moonstock Festival

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker