Highway To Jail: AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Sentenced

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Phil Rudd was in Tauranga District Court in New Zealand on Thursday (July 9). The report by Stuff explains that the rock drummer pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and methamphetamine and one charge of making a threat to kill. He had been out on bail. The judge advised Rudd if he didn’t comply with the sentencing there would be further punishment. Rudd was sentenced to 8 months of in home incarceration. Of course it could be much worse. Being a prisoner in your own home isn’t great but its much better than being in a New Zealand jail. One reason for the ruling is most likely because of Mr. Rudd’s status as a rock icon would make it much harder to house him and he would have to be segregated from the prison population. It’s much safer and cost efficient for Rudd to spend his 240 days at home.

Currently his bandmates in AC/DC aren’t speaking to Rudd and earlier this year at their Grammy performance drummer Chris Slade took Phil’s place behind the drum kit. The band is currently on their The Rock Or Bust World Tour and are playing tonight (July 9th) in Imola, Italy. Slade has been the drummer on the tour as well. Also to note that Malcolm Young is currently out of the line-up with his illness and may never return to the band. Stevie Young is taking Malcolm’s place at guitar. Stevie is Malcolm and Angus’s nephew. The tour ends on July 25th in Warsaw, Poland.  They have referred to this set of dates as the first “round” of dates, so you may expect more dates to come.

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Clutch Release Album Art & Track Listing For Upcoming Release

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Clutch is known as one of the hardest working bands in the business. The Maryland based group has announced their next masterpiece titled “Psychic Warfare”. Mark your calendar for an October 2nd release date. The band is releasing the album on their own label Weathermaker Music. The label was formed in  formed in June of 2008. The label mostly consists of Clutch side projects like The Company Band, and The Bakerton Group. Outside of Clutch they have their managers legendary band The Mob, and groove rockers Lionize. The band is very well known for putting on an amazing show and always having great caliber bands on the bill with them. Clutch has already released 10 studio albums, and the material continues to impress. The new album will have alot of shoes to fill in comparison to the last hit album they released “Earth Rocker”.

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Album Art by: Dan Winters

 

“Psychic Warfare” track listing:

01. The Affidavit
02. X-Ray Visions
03. Firebirds
04. A Quick Death In Texas
05. Sucker For The Witch
06. Your Love Is Incarceration
07. Doom Saloon
08. Our Lady Of Electric Light
09. Noble Savage Clutch
10. Behold The Colossus
11. Decapitation Blues
12. Son Of Virginia

 

 

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Interview with “We Are The Riot” guitarist Cheyne Fritts!

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We had the honor of catching up with “We Are The Riot” guitarist and co-founder Cheyne Fritts. The band has released a demo along with a hard hitting single and music video for “It’s Not What You Wanted.” The band includes two members of Coal Chamber, guitarist Meegs Rascon, and drummer Mikal Cox. The band was formed in 2010 and was the first time Meegs and Mikal had played together since the Coal Chamber split in 2003. The material released so far is a fresh new sound that will appeal to a wide range of audiences. In a recent interview on Bods Mayhem Hour, Mikal referred to We Are The Riot as a “baby band”. Even though the band released material a year ago they are still considered a “newborn” in the music world. The band has all the right pieces and is in the writing process of capturing what will eventually become an album I’m sure we will all grow to love.

 

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Metal Nexus: You and Meegs formed We Are The Riot in 2010, Did you have a specific sound in mind when you first started?

Cheyne : Not really. We just wanted to have fun and not have any rules. Our only rule was that there were no rules. No idea could be shot down unless we tried it. We try and stick to that as much as we can. I don’t give a shit if one of the guys wants to play a flute in a song as long as it sounds good.

Metal Nexus: The Hollywood Demos was released in 2014, as well as the video for “Not What You Wanted”, How did that material go over with everyone?

Cheyne : I think it did ok. We only really put that out so that we could have something to give away and sell when we went on tour with Wayne Static. We have been hard at work with new material recently.

MN: You have recently been working on new music, When can we expect a debut album?

Cheyne: I really have no idea. We are just trying to write as much as we can right now . I’m hoping to have at least 20 good songs to choose from for an album. We will definitely have more of a idea of a timeline in the next few months. Sometimes our writing process feels like we are taking as long as Tool . Sorry.

MN: Do you have a title in mind for the album or know who might produce it?

Cheyne: As far as a album title; I think I’d like Jimmy to come up with one after we finish it. He might have a certain direction he wants to go with as far as lyrics. Who knows. We have worked on a couple of songs with Ulrich Wild and I think we might be sticking with him. He has a pretty awesome group of artists and bands that he has worked with, and he’s just a really cool guy.

MN: One of the last tours you went on was the Static-X “Wisconsin Death Trip Tour” celebrating 15th anniversary of that release. The tour ended in June and Wayne passed away around 5 months later, was that something hard to handle after being on tour with him so recently?

Cheyne: I didn’t get to know him as well as Mikey, Meegs and Andy but it definitely came to everyone as a surprise. It always sucks to loose a close friend to addiction or accidents.

MN: What is the earliest we can expect a tour from you guys? And will you be making it to the east coast as well?

Cheyne: There are no plans for tour right now. We are looking for booking agents for the near future. So those things will come when we find the right one. Trust me; we want to go EVERYWHERE!!

MN: If you had to describe how We Are The Riot sounds to someone that hasn’t heard you guys before how would you describe it to them?

Cheyne: Maybe If Helmet had a bastard child with Deftones but was raised by Bring Me The Horizon and The Cure.

The satisfaction of knowing the debut album will not take as long as the new Tool album is a great piece of information. We are looking forward to hearing the new material and have our fingers crossed it doesn’t include a a flute player. Make sure to follow these guys as they put alot of hard work into their writing process. You can purchase “The Hollywood Demos” via iTunes here. You can keep up with them on social media through Facebook, Twitter, or their website http://www.wearetheriot.info/ We would like to thank Cheyne for the interview, we know he is a busy guy and we are very gracious for his time.

Audiotopsy Release Album Art, Track Listing & Debut Song [Streaming]

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The band comprised of several hard hitting late 90’s early 2000’s bands known as Audiotopsy has released the first taste of what we can expect from their forthcoming album entitled “Natural Causes”. The album will be released via Napalm Records on August 28th. The members of the band are guitarist Greg Tribbet formerly of Mudvayne and Hellyeah, ex-Skrape vocalist Billy Keeton, Matt McDonough former drummer of Mudvayne and bassist Perry Stern. The album was self-produced by the band at The Porch Studio in Orlando. The band is planning an extensive debut tour which should coincide with the album release. Below you can hear the new track “Headshot”, go ahead get our ears full…

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Natural Causes Track Listing:
1. Headshot
2. All We Know
3. LYLAB
4. The Calling
5. H2O (Interlude)
6. Swim
7. Disguise Your Devils
8. Burn the Sky
9. Distorted
10. Darken the Rainbow
11. Frozen Scars
12. Natural Causes (Outro)

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You can pre-order the album here.

Blue Snaggletooth [Video]

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

The month’s state is Michigan!

Everyone has memories of the old days. The band Blue Snaggletooth reminds me of the last day of high school. They are that band that makes you want to roll your windows down and crank that shit as loud as possible. They are from present day Michigan, but sound more like they are from the 70’s. They are this big mesh of psychedelic classic rock and fuzzed out heavy metal. Most of the lyrical content of the band is “far out”. They have quite the sci-fi theme, even down to their name. The band is named after an obscure character in the Star Wars universe. Lead singer and guitarist Chris Taylor was previously in the bands Mazinga, and Powertrane. Chris formed the band in 2009 and he is the sole original member of the band. They currently have two albums out. The debut album “Dimension Thule” that was released in 2011. They then spent some time playing shows around Michigan and quickly built a fan base. They have this sound that makes listeners both young and old love them. Songs like “Star Flight” from the debut album are throwbacks to the early 70’s. The songs are so clean and classic, but it still has that grunge and grit that makes it stand out. The second and most recent release is entitled “Beyond Thule”. It came out in November 2014. There has been some progression from the rookie release, but it’s still that mash up of great sounds that they have truly honed and made their own. Its bands like this that prove continuously over and over that rock and roll is still alive and kicking ass. Gene Simmons (Kiss) famously said months ago that rock n roll was dead, if he would take the time to listen to bands like this he would be eating his words. Music is no longer the lazy man’s game, you have to search for the really good stuff. The harder they are to find the greater the reward. Blue Snaggletooth is currently in the process of booking an upcoming tour. Tell your local venue they need to book these guys… Give these guys a listen and bang your head to the sweet reward!

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http://www.bluesnaggletoothmusic.com/

Savi0r Invulnerability EP – Review [Video]

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Savi0r was a project created and founded by Adam V. Jones in 1997. He has since then added two other great musicians into the mix and formed this superior trio. The sound they have is like a melting pot of genres, just like city they hail from Los Angeles. The new three track EP “Invulnerability” was released in April. It brings together so many different elements, yet it works so well together. The album has an overall industrial feel musically that would remind you of Nine Inch Nails or Rammestein. The haunting yet melodic vocals by Adam Jones are what melds everything together. The song “Interlopers” starts out and just screams metal in your face, and before you realize it you are singing along to the song. Just like that throwback jam from the 80’s you like so much this song quickly has you head banging and moving around. The vocals change some on this track back and forth. He brings a sense of grit to his tone that brings out the metal edge in the song and then right back to those melodic sing along like lyrics. A video was just released for the track “Lead” which showcases some dark and eerie imagery which go hand in hand with the song. “Lead” is the stand out track on the EP, but the others aren’t very far behind. Each song features a somewhat different tone. Elements from metal, industrial, techno, alternative, synth, and black metal all seem to slither their way into each song. If you are a fan of Orgy or Skinny Puppy there is no doubt you will love this band and this EP, but they truly include something for everyone.

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Video Directed by: Anabel DFlux

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Ash of Cedars: Debut Album – Review

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Ash of Cedars is a new band in a sense, based out of the Natural State; Arkansas. The members of this band are by no means new to the scene. They have a self-titled release that will only come in two mediums. Cassette tape and digital download. The sound they create in this debut release is an ambiance of sounds. The only way to describe it is “gadarene”. If you are wondering it means to engage in a headlong or potentially disastrous rush to do something. As each track plays through it gives you this overwhelming need to break things. At times like in the track “Anti Life Venom” the vocals move to the background and the music takes the center stage, and then they change positions letting the gut wrenching screams of CT aka Chris Terry whom you may know as the voice of Rwake. Surprisingly the next song “I’m Not Done” slows things down to almost a stand still. It’s the song that would be playing at a crusty gothic black metal prom. The instruments combine and make this singular orchestrated piece that you could really refer to as a black metal ballad. The band is comprised of veterans of metal professionals. Guitarist Dustin Weedle was in the Little Rock based band Snakedriver. Jeremy “Skullcrusher” Partin was the bassist for the amazing must hear death metal outfit Vore that celebrated their 20 year anniversary last year. Drummer Tino LoSicco is non-Arkansas native hailing from Memphis, TN and comes from the band Epoch of Unlight where his drumming is very well showcased. Of course then you have CT and Jeff Morgan of Rwake.

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The album has 5 tracks in total, 3 on side A and 2 on side B if you happen to pick up the cassette. “Mother Satan Bright” is the eerie B side track that really has this racing rhythmic tone that tranquilizes you. The 5 tracks are raw, unfiltered just as they should be. The little hints of feedback and drone noise just add to everything that you will come to know by Ash of Cedars. The album is being released by Handshake Inc, who is amazing and has a great love for underground music. The digital release of the album is available July 4th, and the cassette will ship around July 15th if you chose to go the route. Make sure to pick a copy up and support hard working musicians. Order here!

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*More to come soon on the documentary A Dead Bee Makes No Honey, directed by CT.

Cattle Decapitation Release New Song “Mammals in Babylon” [Streaming]

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Cattle Decapitation have released a breath of fresh air with their new song “Mammals in Babylon.” The new album titled “The Anthropocene Extinction” comes out August 7th on Metal Blade. The song has the familiar Cattle Decapitation sound, but with this track it has a few stand out mellow moments that bring us out of the slaughter house to a place slightly more comfortable. Then like a cattle prod to the skull they bring you right back to that familiar sound and all is right in the world.

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Track Listing:

01. Manufactured Extinct
02. The Prophets of Loss (Featuring Phillip H. Anselmo)
03. Plagueborne (Featuring Author & Punisher)
04. Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot)
05. Circo Inhumanitas
06. The Burden Of Seven Billion
07. Mammals In Babylon
08. Mutual Assured Destruction
09. Not Suitable For Life
10. Apex Blasphemy
11. Ave Exitium
12. Pacific Grim (Featuring Mr. Jurgen Bartsch *Spoken Word*)

 

Cattle Decapitation will be heading out on the Summer Slaughter Tour 2015 with Arch Enemy, Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, After the Burial, and Beyond Creation.

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Tour dates are as follows:

7/28 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
7/30 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
7/31 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
8/01 – Waukegan, IL @ Sundance Saloon
8/02 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Theatre
8/03 – Columbus, OH @ The Northland Performing Arts Center
8/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
8/06 – Hamilton, ON @ Club 77
8/07 – Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL
8/08 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
8/09 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroomwha
8/11 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s
8/12 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/ The All Stars Tour
8/14 – Richmond, VA @ Gwar-B-Q Fest
8/15 – Knoxville, TN @ The International
8/17 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
8/18 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room & Garage
8/20 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
8/21 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
8/22 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove Of Anaheim
8/23 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
8/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater

You can pre-order the new album via Indie Merch/Metal Blade here!

They are also releasing it on cassette! Go old school and pick one up.

The Sword Release Upcoming Album Cover & New Song [Streaming]

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Prepare yourself, Austin, Texas’s own The Sword is releasing 15 new tracks for your listening pleasure. The new album “High Country” will be released via Razor & Tie on August 21st. This will mark their 5th studio album, and it will be an uphill battle to compete with their previous releases like 2012’s “Apocryphon” and “Warp Riders” released in 2010. The album is produced by Adrian Quesada. It’s said that he pushes the boundaries where analog meets digital and retro meets progressive. The Sword already have a retro’ish sound, so whatever comes out of this pairing I’m certain will be to the fans liking.

You can hear the new track here!

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“High Country” track listing:

01. Unicorn Farm
02. Empty Temples
03. High Country
04. Tears Like Diamonds
05. Mist And Shadow
06. Agartha
07. Seriously Mysterious
08. Suffer No Fools
09. Early Snow
10. The Dreamthieves
11. Buzzards
12. Silver Petals
13. Ghost Eye
14. Turned To Dust
15. The Bees Of Spring

 

Anytime a band has the word “country” in it’s album title it scares us in a way. But after seeing these new pre-order bundles for “High Country” we assume they speak of something entirely different than the “high country” we imagined.

You can purchase the “LIMITED EDITION High Country Collectors Bundle” through our favorite merch store IndieMerch. 

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BUNDLE INCLUDES:
-Custom stained and hand numbered latching stash box measuring 9″ x 6″ x 3″ with inside lid album art and an engraved top
-Custom wood grain dugout with right hand grip and included metal cig
-One pack of 40 count 1 1/4″ unbleached rolling papers in custom album art packaging
-Custom grinder card with brushed metal inset surrounded by album art
-CD copy of High Country in digipak packaging
-2xLP copy of High Country on limited edition “Earth & Sky” colored vinyl

 

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Soulfly Release Lyric Video From New Album [Video]

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“Archangel” will be the 10th studio album by Max Cavalera’s band Soulfly since forming in 1997. They have released a lyric video for the track “We Sold Our Souls To Metal” which is also the name of the upcoming tour they will headline. Archangel was produced and mixed by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Behemoth, Children of Bodom).

 

Max stated via Faceebook:

“I feel it is my most mystic album since Prophecy. The guest collaborations have always been a trademark of SOULFLY and Archangel is no different! We can’t wait to play this live for the worldwide tribe!”

“Archangel” track listing:

01. We Sold Our Souls To Metal
02. Archangel
03. Sodomites (feat. Todd Jones of NAILS)
04. Ishtar Rising
05. Live Life Hard! (feat. Matt Young of KING PARROT)
06. Shamash
07. Bethlehem’s Blood
08. Titans
09. Deceiver
10. Mother Of Dragons (feat. Richie Cavalera of Incite, Igor Cavalera of Lody Kong)

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The We Sold Our Souls To Metal 2015 Tour kicks off in Los Angeles, California on September 30th. with Soilwork, Decapitated, and Shattered Sun. This will be an amazing tour that you will not want to miss. We will be catching this tour in Knoxville, Tennessee on October 22nd at The International. Expect a review of the show to follow. See you there!

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