State Of The Art: BARISHI [Album Stream]

*This is a part of our State of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured state.*

This month’s state is Vermont!

Death metal lives on from Brattleboro, Vermont as BARISHI continue their way up in the metal world. Vern Davidson (vocals), Graham Brooks (guitar), Jonathon Kelley (bass), and Dylan Blake (drums) started BARISHI back in high school in 2012, pulling Vern from another local band at the time, Vaporizer, mixing elements of death metal and prog metal into what they are now (And it’s a pretty cool mix to listen to-Check it out) Continue reading

From Ashes To New Release New Lyric Video + Tour Info [Song Stream]

From Ashes To New have released their single and lyric video for “Crazy,” premiering the song on SiriusXM Octane. “Crazy” is the first single off of their upcoming LP, The Future, releasing April 20th via Better Noise Records / Eleven Seven Music.

From Ashes to New, out of Pennsylvania include founder/ rapper/programmer Matt Brandyberry and guitarist Lance Dowdle with new additions- vocalist Danny Case and drummer Mat Madiro.  The band has gone through a few changes since they ended their last tour in December 2016.

“Crazy” is the first look into the sophomore album and is an anthem for the people feeling caught in the middle of a situation and confused by it all.  And honestly who hasn’t been there? “Crazy” was recorded at Atrium Audio with producers Grant McFarland and Carson Slovak (August Burns Red) and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Korn, Lamb Of God)

“Crazy is, at its core, a song about someone or something driving you absolutely out of your mind and feeling unable to walk away from it. I feel like everyone at one point or another experiences that in their lives” states Danny ”For me personally, I dated someone for a very short period of time and it felt like everything I said and did was wrong. I honestly thought I was losing my mind because I knew it was a bad situation, but I just felt like I couldn’t walk away. I think having that life experience really helped when we sat down and wrote the lyrics”

Tour Dates:

02/06 @ Knitting Facotyr – Boise, ID *
02/07 @ The Complex – South Jordan, UT *
02/08 @ Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO *
02/09 @ Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE *
02/11 @ RocHause – Dundee, IL *
05/05 @ Carolina Rebellion – Concord, NC
05/18 @ Rock on the Range- MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus, OH
* w/10 Years




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*This is a part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured state.*

This month’s state is Nebraska!

It is with absolute pleasure that I get to be the one to tell you about this group of oddballs. UNIVERSE CONTEST are currently a five-piece group out of Lincoln, Nebraska. Everything about them is a little bit different from the stories we usually get from our State of the Art entries.

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Album Review: SYSTEM SLAVE- Beast In Me [Song Stream]



You guys, I can’t even tell you how much I love finding these insanely good local-level bands. Today’s review is brought to you by System Slave‘s debut album “Beast In Me.” System Slave are an independent hard rock/alternative group out of St. Louis, Missouri. Their members are Stephen Harris on vocals, Mike Messex and Mitch Davis on guitars, Chuck Guzman on drums, and Steven Miller on bass. These guys started in January 2015 and have been building their fan-base and improving ever since. Continue reading

STATE OF THE ART: BeyonDuplication [Song Stream]

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

“Hey, it’s heavy f**king metal dude. Damn.” What better way to introduce these guys than a lyric from their own song, “Intro?” BeyonDuplication are a heavy metal group of four from Scottsville, Kentucky. Zack Paul (vox/lead guitar), Josh Harvey (drums), Daniel Parkhurst (Guitar), and Matt Harvey (harsh vox) all knew each other in high school. After a Metallica-based talent show entry, the four enthusiastically created what is now BeyonDuplication.

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A Killer’s Confession, the band led by former Mushroomhead vocalist Waylon Reavis is gearing up to embark on winter tour branded “A Very Killer Christmas Tour”. Joining A Killer’s Confession on the trek will be Awake At Last and You Are A Toy.

In addition to the upcoming tour, A Killer’s Confession has just released two brand new songs entitles “I Wish” and “Angels On The Outside” via their own label AKC GLOBAL. Both songs were produced and recorded by Sahaj Ticotin. The lyric video for “Angel On The Outside” can be viewed here.

A Killer’s Confession released its debut album “Unbroken”April 28th via EMP Label Group, the label founded by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson.

“Unbroken” was produced by Reavis and the song “A Killer’s Confession” features Korn guitarist Brian “Head”Welch.

A Killer’s Confession consists of Waylon Reavis (vocals),Jon Dale (drums), JP Cross (bass) and Matt Trumpy(guitar).

Reavis was co-vocalist for Mushroomhead from 2004 to 2015, and appears on the albums Savior Sorrow (2006), Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children (2010), and The Righteous & The Butterfly (2014), as well as other projects including Tenafly Viper, which also featured former Chimaira bassist Jim LaMarca.

A Very Killer Christmas Tour Dates:

12-16-17 in Providence, RI at Fete Music Hall
12-17-17 in Brooklyn, NY at The Kingsland
12-20-17 in Fayetteville, NC at The Drunk Horse Pub
12-21-17 in Knoxville, TN at Open Chord
12-22-17 in Akron, OH at The Empire
12-23-17 in Columbus, OH at Alrosa Villa



Robb Rivera of NONPOINT “If You Don’t Leave The Stage Sweating And Bloody, You Haven’t Done Your Job”

Photo Credit: Brenda Daniels


This week on Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast, Joshua Toomey brought Robb Rivera of Nonpoint back on for a third time.  The two talked about Nonpoint‘s plans for the upcoming year and whether or not there’d be any shows or tours coming up.  Robb also shares his reactions to Nonpoint’s The Poison Red album.

Josh also pulled Robb’s opinions on nu metal and we listened to his song picks and stories from the bands (Hed) peStuck MojoDownsetOrange 9mmDeftones, and Snot. Robb informs us he credits Snot with changing Nonpoint‘s on stage performance stating “If you don’t leave the stage sweating and bloody, you haven’t done your job.”

Check out everything Robb has to say and all things Talk Toomey here!


POP EVIL Announce Additional 2018 Tour Dates

POP EVIL have added dates to their Music Over Words Tour, which will serve as the official kickoff for their recently announced all-new, self-titled LP. Additionally, POP EVIL are confirmed for festival dates Carolina Rebellion on Friday, May 5th and Fort Rock on Sunday, April 29th.

Added tour dates on the Music Over Words Tour include stops in Des Moines (2/18) Omaha (2/20), Louisville (3/30), Chicago (4/5) and Columbus (4/7). The massive US tour kicks off on February 14th in Sault Ste. Marie, MI at the Kewadin Casino. The band will hit both sides of the U.S. coast before wrapping things up at The Fillmore in Detroit on April 6th. Band VIP goes on sale Tuesday at PALAYE ROYALE and label-mates BLACK MAP will serve as support on all dates. Continue reading