The Bucketlist With HELL & HOLLAR


*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*


We are half way through the week and sometimes the grind can get boring, so here we are at Metal Nexus willing to lighten up your mid week blues. Presenting to you another edition of The Bucketlist. This week we’re featuring HELL & HOLLAR a West Palm Beach, FL based Stoner Rock band. The band consists of Blake Burns on guitar and vocals, Nate Largent on drums, Johnny Dusko on bass and Mike McCleary who’s the multi instrumentalist. Drawing from their many influences that span the areas of blues and heavy stoner rock, they are developing a brand of rock all their own. Their heavy yet inviting sound is a refreshing straight forward rock music that anyone can have a good time with. This power trio has an old school heavy rock vibe with an open eye on the future.

Without much beating around the bush, let’s get to know which bands are on their bucketlist.

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HYDE (Vamps) Feels That He Has Become Freer Going Solo! [Video Interview]

Hyde

Hyde is best known as lead vocalist of the rock band L’Arc-en-Ciel as well as the lead vocalist of Vamps. L’Arc-en-Ciel was founded in 1991. From 91′ until 2000 the band released 8 albums. In 2001, the band went on an unofficial hiatus as each of the members began work on solo careers. The band reunited 3 years later and have went on to released another four albums the latest ‘Butterfly’ released in 2012. Vamps was formed in 2008 with Hyde and K.A.Z. (Oblivion Dust, Hide With Spread Beaver). Just a year after forming the band went on an international tour including 10 dates in the U.S.. They have released four studio albums, the last of which was ‘Underworld’ released on April 26, 2017. The band has also released 12 live concert dvds one of which includes an MTV Unplugged performance in 2016. All of the bands singled charted #8 or higher in Japan. Hyde and Vamps have amassed a huge following in Japan and some of that fandom has trickled down into the United States with his fans here being very passionate about his his music. On December 1, 2017, Vamps announced that they were temporarily ceasing all activities; and released the statement “Our engines have overheated and we need some time to cool down. As soon as we are at our best temperature and the time is right for our return, we plan to kick back into action in top gear!” Hyde released his first solo album, Roentgen, on March 27, 2002. An overseas edition featuring English lyrics was released in July the same year. He just released his new solo album ‘Anti,’ his first solo album in 10 years. ‘Anti’ is Hyde’s fifth solo album. Hyde in recent years has made appearances on the American festival circuit with Vamps and also went on a U.S. tour with I Prevail in 2017. Now as a solo act Hyde has been on tour supporting In This Moment and Light The Torch as well as making festival stops at Welcome To Rockville in Jacksonville, Florida and Epicenter Festival in Rockingham, North Carolina as well as a few headline dates in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston.

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The Bucketlist With AUTOPILOT


*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*


Hey there! It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these and its time to spin the bucketlist wheel again. Yes, bands consists of people like us and they also same the affinity for fellow bands or idols, so to speak. Today, we bring you our brothers from across the border up north. Hailing from Canada, AUTOPILOT has become a staple in the Sasktatoon Indie music scene. Known for their thoughtful lyrics, powerful hooks, dynamic stage show, and obsessive hard work, they somehow seem to effortlessly walk the line between passionate art and massive appeal. Over the course of 3 full-length records, and one EP, they’ve become road warriors, touring relentlessly across Canada and the US.

And today, we host them on our million dollar section of The Bucketlist. We ask them one simple question whose answers begs the metal idols they still haven’t had the privilege to check them out live. Some interesting answers await you, go find out and see if they match any of your idols.

  • METAL NEXUS:  “As a touring band/musician you get the chance to see a lot of bands up close and personal. A luxury not everyone has. A lot of music lovers keep a “Bucketlist” of bands that we want to see perform live. What are the top active bands you would like to see live (in order) and why?

AUTOPILOT:

RADIOHEAD
One of my favourite bands that I’ve never seen live. They are one of the most creative mainstream bands that have been around forever. They are amazing songwriters, but seeing video of their shows doesn’t do it justice. I imagine it would be a mind-altering experience kind of like the experience you have at a Flaming Lips show.

THE STROKES
Who knows if they will get it together long enough to put out another album and tour, but they have been a big influence on our band.

WILCO
One of my favourite albums is Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Our bass player, Jordan, saw Wilco a few years back in Chicago. I’m still hearing about how amazing the show was.

MARK LANEGAN
Perhaps the most under-rated musician that came out of the whole Seattle thing. After hearing him with Queens of the Stone Age and his album Bubblegum, I’ve always wanted to see him live. He puts out albums every few years still and we were too young to even know about the Screaming Trees at that time.

Meanwhile, the band has released the official music video for their single, “Undisguised.” Directed by Kevin Van Witt, “Undisguised” is off of the band’s latest album, ‘Afterglow. Go check that out down below.

The Bucketlist With SEASON OF GHOSTS


*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*


Hey there! It’s that time of the month again where we ask artists which band/artist they have been craving to see live for the very first time. So for today, we have, Sophia Aslanides and her troupe, collectively known together as SEASON OF GHOSTS, all the way from Tokyo, Japan. Formed in 2013, they released their debut album, ‘The Human Paradox‘ right away in December, 2014. This was followed by their second album, ‘A Leap Of Faith‘, released in 2018 to the worldwide audience. What makes this band unique and not just another brick in the wall is that, the music that they produce is an amalgamation of several hues on the palette. You ask for it and they have it; right from, electronic elements, trance, heavy guitar riffing with a very cinematic and grand vibe to it. The songs are very inspirational and uplifting, a perfect combo to dish out for all genres of rock fans.

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An Interview With Indian Metal Act CHAOS!

Ever since I joined MetalNexus and became friends with my Indian co-worker I started to be interested in bands from India and Chaos is one of those bands I instantly fell in love with. Just after a couple of songs I realized that this is what I needed for my collection, some hard hitting and most of all brutal thrash from the Indian music scene!

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Jayden Panesso (SYLAR) “I Was Afraid Of Seeing What I Was Capable Of”

 

Sylar have been dominating the music scene lately, not only with new tracks but also with their killer performances on stage. The band formed in 2011 and quickly started pumping out material. They released the EP ‘Cutting Ties’ in the same year as their formation, and followed it up with another EP in 2013 titled ‘Deadbeat’ produced by Caleb Shomo (of Attack Attack!). Sylar then released their debut album ‘To Whom It May Concern’ a year later via Razor & Tie. This is the album that truly got the bands feet firmly planted in the music world. With powerful and emotional tracks like “Prescription Meditation” the band put a little bit of themselves in each track. The New Yorkers went on to sign with Hopeless Records and one up themselves releasing ‘Help’ in August of 2016. This would give them one of their biggest hits thus far in “Assume”. The album charted as high as 8th in Heatseekers Albums in September of 2016 on Billboard. The band already had 4 releases under their belt and on October 5, 2018 the band released another full length studio album marking their 5 release titled ‘Seasons’. The album is their second release on Hopeless Records. The single “All or Nothing” was the first release from ‘Seasons’ and it helps get fans pumped for the release. ‘Seasons’ was produced by Erik Ron who has worked with bands like Motionless In White, Blessthefall, I See StarsAttila, and Godsmack.

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Matt James (Blacktop Mojo) On New Album: “It’s Groovy Rock & Roll With Some Experimentation, But You Can Tell It’s Us.”

Blacktop Mojo

Blacktop Mojo have been riding on the successes of their sophomore release ‘Burn the Ships’ and they hit the stage at this year’s Rock Allegiance in Camden, New Jersey. 2018 has been a busy year for them between touring, their crowdfunding campaign, and recording. They are currently unsigned to a major label even with the success of crowd favorites like “Where the Wind Blows” and their cover of Aerosmith’s “Dream On”. Continue reading

The Bucketlist With AFTER THE CALM


*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*


Howdie?! It’s been really long since I published any piece here, but I have a breather now. Anyways, so here we are back again with another piece of bucketlist. Today we have a promising up and coming new rock band along the lines of pop punk, AFTER THE CALM from Phoenix, Arizona. Formed in 2014, the band consists of five members. Kody Rattler (Drums), David Nuñez (Guitar), and Henry Cota Jr.(Bass). Jonathan Habermacher (Guitar) joined the band shortly after the initial meeting. The search for a singer was long, but with the luck of a Craigslist ad, the band had added Logan Miracle (Vocals) as the final piece to their puzzle.

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Johanna of Lucifer to Nicke, “I Want To Make Music Until You Have To Carry Me To The Cemetery”

Lucifer is back after the amicable departure of Gaz Jennings (Cathedral) in 2016. With help from Nicke Andersson (Exhumed), vocalist Johanna Sadonis could put the pieces back together. Writing the album together, these two have paved a new road for Lucifer. The bands new album ‘Lucifer II’ drops on July 6, 2018 via Century Media. You can read our full review of the album here. Continue reading

An Interview With NEKROGOBLIKON Vocalist Nicky Calonne!

The hype man is alive and well in the metal community, and his name is John f**king Goblikon. If you aren’t listening to Los Angeles, California’s melodic death metal jesters NEKROGOBLIKON yet you are seriously missing out on one of the best acts to grace the stages of the United States.  Nicky “Scorpion” Calonne (Lead Vocals, Keyboard) Alex “Goldberg” Alereza (Guitar, Backing Vocals), Aaron “Raptor” Minich (Keyboard, Backing Vocals), Aaron “Zoot” VanZutphen. NEKROGOBLIKON has released 3 full albums ‘Goblin Island’, ‘Stench’, and ‘Heavy Meta’ as well as one solid E.P. ‘Power’ since they crawled out of some smelly hole in California back in 2006, and now they’ve dropped another one on our heads titled ‘Welcome To Bonkers’ which released on Friday, April 13th 2018 courtesy of Seek And Strike Records.  Continue reading