Grand RockTember VI Day 3: AUTOGRAPH, LYNCH MOB, HERICANE ALICE, TUFF, QUEENSRYCHE, TESLA

Tesla

Minnesota’s own HERICANE ALICE opened up the final day. In 1990 they released “Tear The House Down” and we got some of the great cuts off that album. The band is fronted by Bruce Naumann and also features Johnny Holiday (guitar), Johnny (Super J) Keyte (Bass) and Jerry Babcock (drums). The band opened with a cover of “Radar Love” but the crowd really reacted to “Tear The House Down” and “Wild, Young, and Crazy”. There is new material on the way and I know a lot of people looking forward to that. They were a great way to get the day started.

Tuff

The Stevie Rachelle lead TUFF brought a great show to the stage next. Flanked by founding member Todd Chase on bass the band opened with “God Bless This Mess”. The roster was filled out with Jimi Lord on drums and Billy Morris on guitar. They were a lot of fun and Rachelle’s personality kept you dialed in. Some songs that made the playlist included “Spit Like This”, “Ruck A Pit Bridge” and “In Dogs We Trust”. Stevie gave a nice shout-out to Nicci Wikkid and dedicated “Good Guys Wear Black” to him. He was the guitarist for one of Minnesota’s most loved metal bands, Slave Raider, and sadly past away recently. “The All New Generation” and the anthem “American Hair Band” brought the TUFF gang’s time on the stage to an end.

Autograph

AUTOGRAPH launched into “Deep End” and then “Loud and Clear” to get people moving. Steve Lynch (guitar) and Randy Rand (bass) have been waving the Autograph flag since the beginning and have recruited drummer Marc Weiland and singer Simon Daniels to carry the band forward. They released a new album in 2017 called “Get Off Your Ass” and showcased the title track along with “Every Generation” and “You Are Us, We Are You” during the set. It’s hard to imagine an AUTOGRAPH without a Steve Plunkett on vocals but I’ve seen this line-up multiple times now and they have won me over. Daniels is a true talent and his vocals play well with the Autograph catalog. Your not leaving an AUTOGRAPH show until you get the built in closer, “Turn Up The Radio”, and it still consumes everybody within earshot of it.

Lynch Mob

George Lynch would make his second appearance of the Festival with LYNCH MOB. “Street Fighting Man” was the opener and then they jumped into “She’s Evil But She’s Mine” and “River Of Love”. Nathan Utz handled the vocals while Sean McNabb (bass) and Scot Cogan (drums) took on the rhythm section. A couple highlights for me were “Tangled In The Web” as loved that second LYNCH MOB record and the DOKKEN cover of “When Heaven Comes Down”. I not sure I’ve ever heard that song sound so heavy and epic, it was brilliant. Utz was very entertaining and was all over the stage and George put in another great performance to follow up the DOKKEN show the night before. The rest of the set included “Mr. Scary”, “It’s Not Love”, “No Good”, and the closer “Wicked Sensation”.

Queensryche

QUEENSRYCHE struck gold when they were able to replace Geoff Tate with Todd LaTorre. He is a true talent with a voice that perfectly fits within the bands sound. Every time I see them I’m still amazed how seamless that transition was. Michael Wilton on guitar and Eddie Jackson on bass are the only original members playing with the band now. Scott Rockenfield is still listed in the band but hasn’t played with them in some time as Casey Grillo has been filling in behind the kit. Guitarist Parker Lundgren was absent and Mike Stone took over those duties for the evening. The band opened with “Best I Can” with a rousing response from the crowd. I like hearing the stuff from the pre-mindcrime era and we got a few, “The Whisper”, “Queen Of The Reich”, “Take Hold Of The Flame” and “Screaming In Digital”. The staples of every set were also present in the forms of “Silent Lucidity”, “Empire”, and “Jet City Woman”. These guys never sound bad and they played a great set that was capped off with “Eyes Of A Stranger”.

Tesla

TESLA would close out the three-day festival. These guys seem to never come off the road and remain one of the busiest rock bands out there. With a ton of great material to choose from, the band opened with “I Wanna Live” and then “Hang Tough” and “Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out)“. There isn’t much left to say that hasn’t already been said but TESLA is simply a great rock-n-roll band. Jeff Keith on vocals, Brian Wheat on bass, Troy Luccketta on drums, and the twin guitar attack of Frank Hannon and Dave Rude powers the TESLA machine. The crowd loved every minute of the set that also included an acoustic section that included “Cumin’Atcha Live/Truckin’”, “Lazy Days, Crazy Nights”, “Paradise” and the ultimate sing-along song “Signs”. All the usual hits like “Love Song”, “What You Give” and “Little Suzi” were played but it was “Mama’s Fool” and “Edison’s Medicine (Man Out Of Time)” that got my attention. A perfect ending to the event was TESLA filling the nighttime air with “Modern Day Cowboy” and I’m sure I’m not alone in that thought.

Grand RockTember VI comes to an end after three days of some of the most iconic material written from a time period that so many hold near and dear to their hearts. The guessing game is already in progress to who will be on the bill in 2019 as hotels are already being booked for next years pilgrimage to the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Let the countdown begin…

 

OTEP Announce The Art of Dissent U.S. Headlining Tour

 

This summer, heavy revolutionaries OTEP unleashed their most uncompromising, candid, all-inclusive and controversial assessment of the current residing political regime that they have ever released – the new album ‘Kult 45.’ In support of the album, OTEP recently announced her upcoming “The Art of Dissent” U.S. headline tour, kicking off in Bakersfield, CA on Friday, November 23. Tickets are available now via all venues – see below for a full listing of tour dates. Continue reading

Texas Hippie Coalition, Kobra And The Lotus & More Bring Metal To Johnson City. [Review & Gallery]

 

The band of outlaws that is the Texas Hippie Coalition rolled into Johnson City, TN and The Hideaway with their friends Kobra and the Lotus, Brand of Julez, Granny 4 Barrel and Clockwork Asylum. The “Year Of The Bull tour” was about to be unleashed on Johnson City, TN. The intent was to tear apart The Hideaway and they came real close!!

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AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL Unveils Massive Lineup Feat. SYSTEM OF A DOWN, ALICE IN CHAINS, GODSMACK, DEFTONES & Many More!

All those “stand by” posts and teasers have finally been laid to grave today, as Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL 2018 finally takes those curtains off the festival’s line-up. California’s biggest rock festival AFTERSHOCK 2018, returns for another year at the famous Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento, CA to be held this year on October 13th and 14th, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. With the fest posting a lot of teasers on their social media pages, fans put their thinking caps on and a lot of predictions were made. Some were right and some went wrong. Those who vouched in on their favourite bands give yourself a pat on your back as this year’s edition will be headlined by none other than SYSTEM OF A DOWN, who will be returning to the States after three years, as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their landmark self-titled first album.

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Catch TRAUMA Feat. Former Members Of TESTAMENT, DANZIG & More On Tour This April

Last year, Bay Area thrash vets TRAUMA announced their long-awaited comeback and new member additions. In advance of finishing their upcoming third album, TRAUMA are set to hit the road on a brief headline tour beginning April 13 in Cool, CA. Additional east coast and mid-western dates have also been added.

TRAUMA was born in California’s Bay Area in 1980, a crucial year for metal music. It was within that fertile musical climate that TRAUMA developed a sound evoking the electric energy in the air around them. Donny Hillier consumed a steady diet of LED ZEPPELIN and BLACK SABBATH and shared a love of JUDAS PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN with original guitarist Mike Overton. And of course there was TRAUMA’s legendary early bassist, Cliff Burton.

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Talking Music Business With Harsha Vardhan From Proximity Productions [Interview]

Harsha Vardhan with Nergal from BEHEMOTH

While the priority of us metalheads is the music itself, and rightly should be, we often forget about the real heroes who sit behind the scenes, lending the necessary helping hand in building the band’s legacy. Be it organizing the to-be-most famous and successful tour, signing bands and promoting their all new album, which you’re all so pumped up about, they are the real back bone of the music industry.

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COREY TAYLOR Releases “LIVE IN LONDON” Concert Stream [Video Stream]

“London is a city that holds a special place in my heart and I’m so happy this night was captured for you all to see. It was certainly a show I will always remember.” – Corey Taylor

 On May 8th, 2016 Corey Taylor performed to a sold out show at Koko in London, England. The intimate concert saw the Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman play through fan favourites, along with a Q & A session and covers of artists such as Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, Kiss, Buzzcocks, REM and The Cure. Today, Taylor has shared a powerful acoustic rendition of Stone Sour’s “Tired” performed with Christian Martucci, that was filmed from the night. And you can now share in the whole experience, as “Live in London” is available to watch in full right here Continue reading

SCOUR To Play Two Rare U.S. Shows Next Week!

SCOUR, the extreme metal supergroup featuring Philip H. Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN, SUPERJOINT), John Jarvis (PIG DESTROYERAGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED), Derek Engemann (CATTLE DECAPITATION), Chase Fraser (ANIMOSITYDECREPIT BIRTH), and Adam Jarvis (PIG DESTROYER, MISERY INDEX) –will play two rare shows in Texas next week in Fort Worth and Austin respectively. The band is also confirmed to appear at Roskilde Festival in Denmark next year alongside the likes of Mogwai, Clutch, Chelsea Wolfe, Bruno Mars, and so many more. See confirmed dates below.

SCOUR released their Red‘ EP — part two of a three-part EP series — early last month via Housecore Records. Reaping critical hails from fans and critics alike it top charted in many magazines top lists.

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The Final Cross Country Vans Warped Tour Set For 2018

“Today, with many mixed feelings, I am here to announce that next year will be the final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour. I sit here reflecting on the tour’s incredible history, what the final run means for our community, and look forward to what’s to come as we commemorate the tour’s historic 25th anniversary in 2019.”

These is what the founder of The Vans Warped Tour, Kevin Lyman had to say yesterday(read full statement HERE). The mobile festival that had been running for well over two decades across the entire world has come to its final most tour next year, the farewell tour that is. When it started back in 1995, it was mainly a punk rooted festival and over the years the festival expanded its taste on every spectrum of music thus making it an exceptionally well received summer extravaganza among the teenage and young people of the nation. Warped has helped a lot of artists shoot to fame and now are pretty big fishes in the pond. Punk(or pop punk) bands like NOFX, BAD RELIGION, SICK OF IT ALL, BLINK-182MY CHEMICAL ROMANCEFALL OUT BOY and THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES, along with others from across the genre palette like KATY PERRYBLACK EYED PEAS, and other pop and hip hop sensations have been featured in what is one of the biggest running summer festivals.

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Las Vegas Death Fest Announces Massive Line-Up For Its 10th Anniversary In 2018

Next year Las Vegas Death Fest will roll into it’s tenth year of existence, and, shall celebrate a decade’s anniversary of punishing and relentless death metal. As Las Vegas Death Fest heads onto their remarkable feat of completing 10 years, they will host the most brutal bands from around the world and from the United States as well. It’s just been four months since the previous edition got over, and they’ve already let out next year’s epic line-up. And, holy shit, it’s massive!

With a plethora of utterly brutal and pulverizing death metal acts such as the likes of INCANTATIONDEVOURMENTLITURGY, CEPHALIC CARNAGEDEFEATED SANITYMALIGNANCY, plus including even more than a whopping 40 number of death metal bands on the bill, Las Vegas Death Fest promises to bring another whirlwind of carnage, blood and destruction to the sin city. And since it’s the 10th anniversary of the reputed fest, the promoters have something cool riled up for the fans, in the form of a special surprise guest appearance, only to be seen at LVDF X!

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