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

Louder Than Life 2017 – Louisville, KY DAY 2 REVIEW

With Day 1 in the books, the morning of Day 2 greeted everyone with clear blue skies, terrible hangovers, and the excitement the see just how it could be any better than Day 1.  My wife and I had a few friends over at our campsite for some pre-show breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, and hot coffee (not bad, right?).  Afterwards, we all ventured to the camp showers where I was extremely impressed with how well maintained the facilities were and how easy and quick it was to get in and out.  With a hot shower and our bellies full, we all headed to the entrance where Black Map was already tearing it up with a loud wakeup to open Day 2 taking the place of Biters, who were unable to make it, as the day’s opener.  The band hit the crowd with early-morning performances of “Octavia”, “No Color”, and “Run Rabbit Run”, among others.  Our very own Metal Nexus founder, Fist, got a chance to sit down with Ben Flanagan of Black Map for an insightful interview at the festival, which you can watch HERE. Continue reading

The Bucketlist with RADKEY [Video]

*In this series we pose the age old questions 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*

Missouri rock trio, Radkey, has been making waves in the music scene since their start in 2010.  Besides opening for national acts such as Fishbone, The Offspring, and Black Joe Lewis, they’ve played some of the biggest festivals the country has to offer and if you’ve had the opportunity to see them live, you know exactly what kind of raw, authentic party these guys deliver. Continue reading

CKY Release New Music Video For “Head For A Breakdown” [HIM Tour Dates Listed]

CKY have debuted a brand new music video for their single “Head For a Breakdown.” Directed by The Costa Sisters, this is the third music video we’ve seen from the band off their latest LP. The video was shot in and around London, UK during the band’s near sellout run earlier this year.

“We were lucky enough to get a day off to explore one of the best cities on earth with our friends,” says the band. “The extremely talented Costa sisters, Elena & Sofia were behind the camera. We decided to crash the Queen’s Garden Party and film our video in front of the gates of Buckingham Palace.” Continue reading