Smart, yet intoxicating riffs travel through the speakers as an easy brush of arpeggios lift one into another world where all things are neatly and perfectly packaged into sonic bites of progressive wonder. Charleston, West Virginia is the homeland of Astraeus. If you can’t already tell, they are excellent. Continue reading →
Progressive metal band The Contortionist have announced the upcoming Reimagined Tour. This tour will be in support for their upcoming EP and will include two sets. One set will be a full production while the second will be a more intimate set. The entire show will feature two hours of old, new, and “reimagined” music. Coming along the tour will be Canadian prog metallers The Intervals. Continue reading →
*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 →
Oklahoma City-based rock band Kirra joins Nothing More on 2018 North American tour. The tour kicks off onFebruary 3, starting in Little Rock, Arkansas, and finishes onMarch 3, ending on the West Coast in Sacramento, California.
Kirra tours in support of their debut album, ‘Run Away’(2016),the remastered version of their single, “Downfall” (2017), and their latest single, “My Disease” (2017), all available via Pavement Entertainment. ‘Run Away’has a little of everything in it lyrically, but more specifically makes a commentary about the music industry. “We wanted to make a statement about overproduction in the music industry today. We wanted to prove you don’t need a bunch of tricks to writing good songs,” says lead guitarist Daxton Page. “I feel ‘Run Away’ was a direct reflection of where we were musically and personally at that moment in time.” Continue reading →
The Contortionist is back with 2 huge North American tours that will both kick off beginning next year, first they will be the supporting band next to Big Story of The Stories We Tell Ourselves North American tour with as headlining act Nothing More and on the 4th of March they will be headlining their own North American tour with special guests Silent Planet, Skyharbor & Strawberry Girls!
THE CONTORTIONIST have announced a new batch of tour dates supporting NOTHING MORE early next year. The trek kicks off in Little Rock, Arkansas on Saturday, February 3rd at The Metroplex. The tour brings the band from coast to coast before wrapping up in Sacramento, California at the legendary Ace of Spades on Saturday, March 3rd.
After a horrible day, I was definitely looking forward to hit my weekly show at 1904 here in Jacksonville, FL and blow off some steam. Hell, even the weather sucked. Cool, pouring down rain. Sucks. Nothing like some good music for a few hours to escape the frustration, angst and exhaustion of days (weeks) like that. I find Metal a good outlet for these “bad” emotions that all too often are left to fester and become destructive in so many ways. I find music to be productive release for all of it. Head bang, fists in the air, screaming my head off. Leave it all with the music and depart in a better mood, pleasantly tired and relaxed, maybe even with a couple more friends. Ask me why I love music. This night was sure to be the catharsis of my day, my week.