Sonic Temple Spotlight: AVATAR

Each week we’re bringing you several different spotlight segments from the Summer’s biggest rock festivals including Epicenter Festival, Chicago Open Air, and, of course, Sonic Temple!  This week, we’re showcasing Göthenburg, Sweden’s Avatar – a melodic metal act with demented circus theatrics, making for one hell of a show! Continue reading

Chicago Open Air Spotlight: ALIEN WEAPONRY

*Every Tuesday from now until Chicago Open Air gets here we will be releasing an article about a band playing the festival to get you familiar with them.*

Today’s artist is Alien Weaponry.

On Sunday, May 19th, the young New Zealand thrashtastic trio in Alien Weaponry brings their immense sound to SeatGeek Stadium for Chicago Open Air. Brothers Henry and Lewis de Jong formed the band back in 2010 before they were even teenagers. The third member is Ethan Trembath. The trio bases a lot of their lyrics off of their Māori ancestry, which all three of them have. Most of their songs are also performed in the native language, te reo Māori. The band really took off last year and saw international success with the release of their debut album, ‘Tū’ via Napalm Records.

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QUEENSRYCHE Brings The Verdict To Minnesota [Review & Photo Gallery]

The Queensryche machine is in high gear. They released their new album, ‘The Verdict’, earlier this month and have taken to the road to promote it. They have recruited metal veterans Fates Warning to join the tour and the duo played to a packed Medina Entertainment Center in Medina, Minnesota. Continue reading

State Of The Art: New Mexico’s AURORA UNDER WATER [Album Stream]

Photo courtesy of Papa Joe Photography

*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured state. This month’s state is New Mexico.*

Aurora Under Water is a mixture of Metalcore, Ska, Punk, and Reggae that formed in Las Cruces, New Mexico in March of 2017. The band doesn’t look to have a solidified sound, but to just create what they like.  It is a potent mixture, with a fresh edge in a croweded market.  The talented musicians in the group are vocalist Mark Dragone, lead guitarist Andrew Adonis, rhythm guitarist/clean vocalist Chris Greeno, drummer James Puff and bassist Ryan Lauterbach.

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Review: IRON GRIFFIN – ‘Curse Of The Sky’ [Album Stream]

Iron Griffin, the throwback/retro metal band from Finland are set to release ‘Curse of the Sky’ on March 22nd via Gates of Hell Records. Like the self-titled debut, Oskari Rasanen handles all the instrumentation himself! Joining him on vocals, however, is Maija Tiljander whose previous experience included singing power metal covers in Finnish bars and clubs. Continue reading

WITHIN TEMPTATION March The Resist Tour Into Minneapolis [Review & Photo Gallery]

 

Dutch Symphonic giants, Within Temptation, are currently marching through the North America on The Resist Tour. This run has an international flavor as Sweden’s In Flames and Smash Into Pieces rounded out the three-band bill. Despite a winter storm engulfing Minneapolis, people rolled into the Skyway Theatre for a night of music. Continue reading

NOTHING MORE Members on Incubus “They Definitely Lost Some Edge As Soon As Dirk Left The Band”

Texas rockers Nothing More have had quite the stranglehold on the active rock scene for the last few years.  Erupting on the scene with their uber catchy single “This Is The Time” (Ballast) in 2014 off the bands Self Titled album, the band hasn’t slowed down wining over fans with their aggressively heavy brand of hard rock, with emotive lyrics and penchant for saccharine choruses, and a stage show that has to be seen to be believed. Continue reading

BARONESS Reveal ‘Gold & Grey’ Release Date And New Album Details

baronessAmerican heavy metal band, Baroness, have just announced they will release their highly-anticipated fifth full-length album ‘Gold & Grey’ on June 14th, 2019 via Abraxan Hymns. In anticipation for the new LP, the band just dropped a music video for the song “Borderlines,” which you can check out below. Continue reading

KORPIKLAANI Release Lyric Video for Digital Single “Bier Bier” feat. TANKARD’S Gerre!

Finnish Folk Metal Superstars KORPIKLAANI are currently touring Europe alongside Turisas and Trollfest in support of their latest studio album Kulkija’. To celebrate, the band released a special tour edition, which includes the ‘Beer Beer’ CD, featuring 14 different versions of the eponymous track. Taken from this CD is also “Bier Bier,” sung by Tankard‘s Gerre, who even wrote the lyrics for the adaption. Continue reading