If you’ve ever attended one of the various DWP music festivals, odds are that you have run into the Zippo Encore tent. As one of the main partners of the festival, Zippo’s presence is always felt. In one of the cooler things that an event sponsor does, Zippo offers a private invite only acoustic set with a surprise musician or band. Continue reading →
American metal band Devildriver have announced a coming tour to support their outlaw country inspired album Outlaws ‘Til The End Vol I. The tour will begin October 23 in Phoenix, AZ and will end in San Diego on November 11. Supporting them on this tour are Jinjer and Raven Black. Frontman Dez Farfara explains, “It’ll be well over a year since we last headlined a full tour when DEVILDRIVER returns in the fall… and on a number one metal charting record! We are bringing some special guests with us – our friends Jinjer will be joining from the Ukraine, and Raven Black as well. We have decided to do clubs in order to make sure this is a very close up and personal special event for everyone attending! Get your tickets now, this tour is going to sell out!” Continue reading →
Here’s a real treat to make Tuesday burn! We are no strangers to Canada’s Oni. We have covered their live show (show), their newest offering of Ironshore on BlacklightMedia/MetalBladeRecords(review) and even landed on our Bestof2016 list (list). F*ING LOVE THIS BAND, if it is not obvious! Earlier today, Oni premeired their creepy video for “TheOnlyCure” featuring guest vocalist and frontman for LambofGod, RandyBlythe. The song was written by JakeOni and deals with someone getting their chest cut open (How much more Metal can you get?!?). With a “Hollywood” level of production we are taken for a wild ride as the main character is captured by a serial killer and being subsequently executed in just that manner. Definitely not for the squeamish and probably not something you want to show off to your buddies at work with your boss looking over your shoulder! After directing Oni’s first video for “EternalRecurrence”, AbrahamRoofeh returns to bring this nightmare to vivid life in all its campy and bloody glory! Metal fans and horror movie buffs will freaking love this! Check the video out below. If you are lucky enough to live in the U.K., Oni is also touring with DevilYouKnow throughout the month of January!
Oni is one of those rare bands that pulls you in with an iron grip and refuses to let go as you get more acquainted with the music that they offer. So heavy, so complex and so unbelievably well played by musicians that not only play, but are masters of their chosen instruments. Hearing only a couple songs off of their upcoming release of Ironshore on MetalBladeRecords due out appropriately on Black Friday, November 25th, I was not even a little prepared for the musical spectacle awaiting me when Oni opened for MaxandIgorCavalera’s “ReturntoRootsTour” a couple of months ago. Talk about being floored! There is simply no weakness in this band. As over-the-top complicated as their songwriting skills demand, these guys play unbelievably well together, sitting just outside the void of potential chaos lesser bands would yield to while remaining accessible to mere mortals like myself. Thus began my almost obsessive quest to take in all that Oni brings to bear. Now that I have had a pre-release copy of Ironshore for some time, I remain in absolute awe every single time I listen to it. Already hitting my list of best albums this year, here are my thoughts…