REVIEW: OF MICE & MEN – ‘Defy’

2018 has already been a great year for music for the most part as far as new releases, new tour announcements, and new band updates go.  So far this year, we’ve been graced with several brand new kick-ass albums and several more on the way with one of those being the new release from metalcore giants Of Mice & Men, ‘Defy’.  The brand new album, set for release this Friday, January 19, is the band’s first album since the recent departure of former frontman, Austin Carlile, who left the band in late 2016 to focus on recovery from a long-term illness.  Stepping up to take over vocals, bassist Aaron Pauley utilizes ‘Defy’ to showcase just how qualified he is for his new position in the band. Continue reading

KIRRA Announces 2018 Tour With NOTHING MORE, THE CONTORTIONIST, & BIG STORY

Oklahoma City-based rock band Kirra joins Nothing More on 2018 North American tour. The tour kicks off on February 3, starting in Little Rock, Arkansas, and finishes on March 3, ending on the West Coast in Sacramento, California.

Kirra tours in support of their debut album, ‘Run Away’ (2016), the remastered version of their single, “Downfall” (2017), and their latest single, “My Disease” (2017), all available via Pavement Entertainment.  ‘Run Away’ has a little of everything in it lyrically, but more specifically makes a commentary about the music industry. “We wanted to make a statement about overproduction in the music industry today. We wanted to prove you don’t need a bunch of tricks to writing good songs,” says lead guitarist Daxton Page. “I feel ‘Run Away’ was a direct reflection of where we were musically and personally at that moment in time.” Continue reading

VISIGOTH Launch Video for “Warrior Queen”; Announce Tour!

Last week, Salt Lake City’s Visigoth announced their new album, ‘Conqueror’s Oath’, due out February 9th via Metal Blade Records. Today, the band unleash a new video on the world for the lead single “Warrior Queen.” The video was directed by Brock Gorssl (www.vortexvideos.com) and you can check it out below:  Continue reading

Adult Swim Presents: “Mr. Pickles Thrash-tacular Metal Tour” Featuring EXODUS and MUNICIPAL WASTE!

Adult Swim is moshing its way around the country with an immersive, fan-centric 13-city metal “thrash-tastic” tour featuring bands Exodus and Municipal Waste in support of the new season of its animated series Mr. Pickles.  Along with enjoying face melting guitar riffs, fans attending the “Thrash-tacular Metal Tour” can take photos in the Mr. Pickles hellacious dog house, purchase exclusive Mr. Pickles merchandise and receive free Adult Swim swag.  The new music tour continues Adult Swim’s commitment to bringing vibrant and impactful experiences directly to its fans.  The onslaught of sound begins Thursday, February 22nd in Seattle, Washington. Continue reading

The Bucketlist with SILENT THEORY

Alas, ladies and gentlemen, we’re back again with another Bucketlist!  For those who aren’t up to speed on things, the Bucketlist segment focuses on the artists that today’s hottest bands and artists themselves would like to see live in concert.  In this segment, everyone is fair game.  From our favorite stars to the bands that have just begun, everyone has their own bucketlist and the guys in Silent Theory are no different.  Continue reading

The Bucketlist with TEN TWO

*In this series we pose the age-old question to a wide array of music lovers. As fans of music, most of us keep a mental list of active bands we want to see live that we haven’t yet seen. The Bucketlist brings to you those lists of your favorite artists and why those bands mean so much to them*

Former Still The Sky’s Limit frontman John Barthelmass, better known as ‘JB’ or Johnny B, has been quickly making waves in the music community with his solo career under the name Ten Two.  The singer/songwriter uprooted himself from his home in Orange County, California and relocated 3,000 miles away to Orlando, FL to further pursue his music career and his upcoming solo debut release ‘Forth’ is slated for release January 5, 2018.  According to the Ten Two Facebook page, “JB focuses not on what could have been but instead choosing to focus on the future—all that is and can be. It’s this mantra that he channels into his upcoming solo debut release Forth. Encompassing the loud, the calm, and everything in between, it is a two-sided album through which he explores a unique musical and emotional duality by juxtaposing his alt-rock past with his present as a budding acoustic singer/songwriter.”   Sounds to me like the makings of some good quality songs, as I’m not too keen on focusing on the past myself – look to the future and make your own reality. Continue reading

MAC SABBATH Announces Winter U.S. Tour Dates with GALACTIC EMPIRE

Photo By Paul Koudounaris

Fast food-themed Black Sabbath cover kings Mac Sabbath are thrilled to announce even more upcoming tour dates! On February 15, the band will kick off the co-headline U.S. “I Got A Bad Feeling About This Tour” with intergalactic metal band Galactic Empire, beginning in Cleveland, Ohio and coming to an end on March 12 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mac Sabbath will also perform several solo dates leading up to and after the close of the tour.  See below for all confirmed tour dates (please note that dates only featuring Galactic Empire are not included below). Tickets are available via each venue. Continue reading

The Bucketlist with SHADOW OF WHALES

*In this series we pose the age-old question to a wide array of music lovers. As fans of music, most of us keep a mental list of active bands we want to see live that we haven’t yet seen. The Bucketlist brings to you those lists of your favorite artists and why those bands mean so much to them*

Here at Metal Nexus, our goal is to bring the best in news, updates, and the goings-on with your favorite rock and metal groups.  As well as this, we also strive to bring attention to lesser-known bands that are just as talented.  As many of you know, our Bucketlist segment has shone light on many bands – from main acts on a festival lineup to festival openers and everyone in between.  Recently, Metal Nexus established contact with a great up and coming band that some may know, Shadow of Whales.  Admittedly, I had never heard the band, but after hearing a few songs, I was hooked immediately. Continue reading

TERROR UNIVERSAL Reveal Aggressive New Anthem, “Make Them Bleed”

Masked metal super group Terror Universal recently announced the release of their upcoming debut full-length album, entitled ‘Make Them Bleed’, out January 19, 2018 via Minus Head Records. After months of anticipation, Terror Universal have revealed the album’s title track – a powerful, mosh-pit-ready anthem that sonically pummels the listener from note one. Continue reading

A PERFECT CIRCLE In Tennessee On Halloween? Metal Nexus Was There!

Since 1999, A Perfect Circle have become giants in the music industry thanks to three very successful studio releases – ‘Mer De Noms’ (2000), ‘Thirteenth Step’ (2003), ‘Emotive’ (2004).  They’ve acquired one of the most loyal fan bases, as well as selling out countless arenas and headlining some of the biggest music festivals in the world.  The band’s current lineup consists of vocalist Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer), guitarist Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide), rhythm guitarist/keyboardist James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), drummer Jeff Friedl (The Beta Machine, Puscifer), and bassist Matt McJunkin (The Beta Machine, Puscifer), all of which bring exactly what A Perfect Circle’s sound calls for musically.  A Perfect Circle has recently announced signing with a new label, BMG Rights Management, and began touring with supporting act The Beta Machine in mid-2017, playing new material from their newly-announced upcoming fourth studio album.  In the midst of their ongoing tour, the band made a stop in Knoxville, TN on October 30th, 2017 at the Thompson-Boling Arena and I was there. Continue reading