State Of The Art: TORO [EP Stream + Official Video]

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

This month’s state is Georgia!

Georgia is a state that is rich with music history, not specifically metal but music in general. Some big names that changed music emerged from the Peach State like Ray Charles, R.E.M., The Allman Brothers, Mastodon, and various others. A band that I think will become just as iconic as the bands that came prior to them is Atlanta, Georgia’s Toro. The band is still relatively new as they formed in 2015. The band formed with Zackery M. Hembree – vocals, Adam Mitchell – guitars and vocals, Pablo Davila – guitars, Bruno Segovia – bass and Jason Belisha – drums. They have been getting their name out their in the local scene and playing quite a bit within the city of Atlanta. They have opened for some killer metal bands like Mothership, The Obsessed, Lazer/Wulf, and Double Ferrari. 

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World’s Loudest Month Spotlight: BAD WOLVES [Tracks Streaming]

 

You could say that Bad Wolves is a new band, the name is new but the musicians that make up the band are industry veterans that have been around the block and have been an integral part of successful bands. Bad Wolves includes Tommy Vext on vocals who is no stranger to the spotlight. The singer recently filled in for Ivan Moody on one of Five Finger Death Punch’s recent tours and was also a member of Divine Heresy with Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares, the reunion of Snot reunion, Westfield Massacre, and even formed his namesake group Vext. The remaining members of the band are just as iconic including drummer John Boecklin formerly of Devildriver and I Of Tongues which essentially has become Bad Wolves, guitarist Doc Coyle of ex-God Forbid and Vagus Nerve which he started in 2015. Doc Coyle has also been a hired gun and filled in for various bands like Lamb Of God, Trivium, Darkest Hour, Unearth and also Westfield Massacre. In addition to adding his skills on stringed instruments Doc has also aided bands like Hatebreed and Body Count with songwriting. Chris Cain also on guitar who is from Bury Your Dead. Rounding out the band is ex-In This Moment, Vimic bassist Kyle Konkiel. In all likelihood you have probably seen some of these tenured rockers perform in the past. Now they are all entangled together creating this beast of a group named Bad Wolves. The band recently took the top spot for the #1 rock song on Apple Music and topped the Billboard charts with their cover of The Cranberries “Zombie”. The song was released just days after The Cranberries vocalist Dolores O’Riordan passed away. Initially Dolores was supposed to be featured on the track as well, but her life ended tragically before that could happen. The band is also donating all proceeds of the songs profits to O’Riordan’s children in her honor. In addition to that cover the band has also released the single “Toast to the Ghost” which will be on the bands debut album which is set to release in the summer of this year. Continue reading

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

Carolina Rebellion Spotlight: TOOTHGRINDER

*This is part of the “World’s Loudest Month” segment where we branch out and focus on bands that fans can see at the year’s biggest music festivals during the month of May 2018!  This week, we’re checking out Toothgrinder, a progressive metal quintet from New Jersey who are geared up for another year at Carolina Rebellion, as well as others!*

Asbury Park, NJ natives, Toothgrinder, have been making waves in the metal scene for a while now, sharing the stage with huge names including Meshuggah, Killswitch Engage, Between The Buried and Me, Polyphia, and The Contortionist.  The band consists of Justin Matthews (vocals), Jason Gross (guitar), Matt Arsendorf (bass/backing vocals), Willis Weller (drums) and Johnuel Hasney (guitar/backing vocals).  With an extensive live show resume, and two successful albums, ‘Nocturnal Masquerade’ (2016) and ‘Phantom Amour’ (2017) via Spinefarm Records, one thing is predominantly clear – these guys know what they’re doing. Continue reading

State Of The Art: Vermont’s LIGHTCRUSHER [Album Stream]

Photo Credit: Christian Buck

 

*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!

 

Combining elements of doom, death, sludge and black metal the Montpelier, Vermont based band Lightcrusher was formed in 2010. You could say that their lyrical themes tend to be more leaning towards the darker side of things with themes like nature, misanthropy, loss, and isolation. The band is comprised of 5 members including members and ex-members of bands like Chalice, Lord Gallows, The Demon BellSunder, Cruciferion, Limbwalker and others. Some of the members were actually in these bands together, so there was already a chemistry and bond created there that you can hear on the bands material. The members include M. Schrift on vocals, A. Sørensen on guitar and vocals, K. Emmons also on guitar, J. Elwert behind the drum kit and L. Gallows on the bass. The quintet released their first material in the form of a demo in September of 2015. Simply titled ‘Lightcrusher Demo’. The recording included five tracks. Fast forward to December 2016 and the band has now released a brand new EP titled ‘Forests of Unresolve’ which includes 5 blistering tracks of death doom and the bands signature duel vocal style. 

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World’s Loudest Month Spotlight: SHAMAN’S HARVEST [Official Videos]

*Every Wednesday from now until Rock On The Range and Carolina Rebellion we will be showcasing an artist playing the festival to help you get to know the bands*

Today’s Artist is Shaman’s Harvest

Alright, folks, this is it!  The official introduction to everyone’s favorite time of year – FESTIVAL SEASON!  This Summer is already shaping up to be one of the heaviest, loudest, and most memorable one yet with several music festivals across the country; most of them packing some quite unbelievable, once-in-a-lifetime lineups!  As some of you may remember, last year we released festival spotlight segments each week to familiarize everyone with the bands they’ll see at those festivals.  Well, this time around, we’ll be focusing on two festivals taking place in the same month in particular.  Deemed the “World’s Loudest Month”, May 2018 will host Carolina Rebellion at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC May 4th-6th, and Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH on May 18th,19th, and 20th; both festivals courtesy of the always-pleasing Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Presents.  We will be covering spotlights from both festivals in the weeks leading up to each, and to kick us off the right way this week, we’re looking at Shaman’s Harvest! Continue reading

State Of The Art: STONE BULLET

*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!

The world sure could use some more good ol’ rock n’ roll now more than ever and hailing from Barre, VT, the beer-drinking, crowd-moving, rockers Stone Bullet are here to deliver just that.  Coming fully equipped with the drive, talent, and a powerful arsenal of heavy-hitting original material, these guys have no trouble gaining fans at every show they play with some of those shows being alongside some of today’s biggest names.  Stone Bullet have added a variety of bands with whom they’ve shared the stage including Seether, Buckcherry, Skid Row, Fuel, Black Stone Cherry, and Puddle of Mudd to name a few.  Continue reading

Dave Navarro’s Contributions To Show Business!

When you think about the great guitarist Dave Navarro, the first and utmost thing that comes to mind is Jane’s Addiction. For less informed fans it could even be the only thing associated with him. While Navarro has surely much more to offer, both in terms of contribution to music, as well as in other areas, today’s audience might have a little distorted image of his true talent and musical potential. Continue reading

State Of The Art: Vermont Metal/Hardcore Band VOICES IN VAIN [Track Stream]

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

This month’s State is Vermont!

Hailing from Northern Vermont, Voices in Vain offers “hard-hitting, experimental, metal/hardcore.” Originally formed in 2014, the band has released a self-titled EP and three singles. Their debut, full-length studio album, ‘Narcotics and Animal Instincts’ is anticipated to be released this summer.  At times sounding a bit Lamb of God – mixed up with metalcore breakdowns, separated by erratic, squealing guitar patterns and odd time signatures – their style is definitely unique and exciting. Continue reading