We need Rock N’ Roll heroes

 

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Remember when Rock Stars were larger than life? Glammed out superheroes we stuck on our walls and tried to emulate? Over the top looks and lifestyles were the norm for them. Not to mention we had a lot of cool music to listen to. We need them back in our lives, and then some.

Turn on the news, read a paper and it’s doom and gloom with no end in sight. It’s getting old and tired to me.  Remember how you felt when you saw you favorite Rock Star or picked up a new record, poster, or magazine? Remember how good it felt?

There are still real Rock Stars walking the earth. They are out there and we need to step up and support them and what they do. Go to a Rock Show and help it to be all that it can be. Buy the records, shirts, and hit them up for posters and such. Let’s enjoy ourselves and revel in Rock N’ Roll once again!

it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ F’N ROLL!!!

the Hellion

STEEL PANTHER – ALL YOU CAN EAT: THE BEST RECORD EVER!!!*

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Steel Panther is the best heavy metal band ever! Michael Starr is the singer, Satchel plays guitar, Stix Zadinia plays drums, and Lexxi Foxx is pretty. Their new record All You Can Eat is the best ever, you can throw away all of your other records, you’re welcome.*

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*this review is a parody!

Death To All But Metal!

-the Hellion

2ND WARNING: ANOTHER RANT INSIDE! Music sharing.

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Let’s talk about musicians and money for a minute. A lot of people still have the misconception that Rock Stars live in mansions, have fancy cars, and generally live a life of luxury. I’m here to tell you that is DEFINITELY NOT THE CASE. In fact, that is far from the norm, only a very small percentage live in excess.

I have spoken extensively with musicians in bands who have toured the world and sold millions of records and yet live in a regular house, drive a regular vehicle, and live day by day. I know musicians who live in substandard conditions in order to provide us with the music we love. Yes, it is a choice that they themselves choose to make, but we also choose to partake of it.

Now, let’s talk about music sharing. I have a wonderful idea on it: If there is music you love, and think others in your circle would enjoy, buy more than one copy and share it with those people. Then encourage others to do the same. This would go a long way towards helping musicians afford to continue to make music. The cost of making, recording, and distributing music is not cheap. BUY your music please and help keep music alive, and put some money into the pockets of the artists. – I’m just sayin’

-the Hellion

WARNING: RANT INSIDE! When fans get involved in band business.

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I’m gonna rant today. I have interviewed a lot of musicians over the years. Some of them I have connected with and remain friends with. By friends I mean we exchange phone calls, emails, text messages, etc. While with others I am sure I am forgotten as soon as the phone is hung up or the camera is turned off. Within all of this I have become privy to band business and drama. I have been asked for advice and been a sounding board for various band members. ALL OF WHICH REMAIN BEHIND THE SCENES AS IT SHOULD BE.

I have recently seen a trend in social media where fans try to involve themselves in band business. I am of the opinion that fans need to support the band and their music and leave the business to them. I, for one, am not on any bands payroll and thus I have no say in their business. It’s ok to have an opinion, and yes bands put themselves in the public eye, but negativity breeds negativity and the music world needs to  come together and unite. I’m just sayin..

-the Hellion

Kix signs with Loud & Proud Records – first new albums in 19 years in the works for July 22nd release

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KIX SIGNS WITH LOUD & PROUD RECORDS; FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 19 YEARS CURRENTLY IN THE WORKS AND SET FOR JULY 22 RELEASE

Look for KIX– Steve Whiteman (lead vocals), Jimmy Chalfant (drums, vocals), Ronnie Younkins(guitars), Brian Forsythe (guitars) and Mark Schenker (bass)—to release their first new album in almost two decades on July 22, thanks to their new partnership with Loud & Proud Records. What makes the project even more exciting and anticipated is that the album features the band’s original line-up, with the exception of Schenker on bass.

“The boys and I are so happy that our old friend, Tom Lipsky, has invited us to join the Loud & Proud family,” exclaims Whiteman. “We worked with Tom and Madelyn Scarpulla on our last studio album, SHOW BUSINESS, and we’re looking forward to working with them again with the release of the first new KIX album in almost 19 years! We’ll still be coming to a dump near you very soon!”

Loud & Proud Owner & President Tom Lipsky adds, “What I have always loved about KIX is they make rock ‘n roll fun. What I love about their new music is that it’s pure, genuine KIX music, straight up guitar rock with no compromise. They’re not chasing trends or trying to re-invent themselves. They’re simply doing what they do best…and now they can do it Loud and Proud!”

Marking the re-emergence of KIX in early-2000’s, the band had teamed up a few times a year to test the waters with reunion shows in the Maryland/Pennsylvania, which were very well received. Then in the summer of 2008, KIX performed outside the mid-Atlantic for the first time in 13 years at two of the biggest rock festivals in the U.S. Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK and Rock the Bayou in Houston, TX. The band was hailed by many music websites and attendees as “Best Performance” at both festivals, where they played alongside Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Tesla, Queesryche, Ratt, and more.

As the demand for new music has never subsided and in fact has only increased over the last few years, the band decided that they can no longer ignore the overtures from their fans and are currently recording new KIX songs. The new album, due out summer 2014, is produced by Taylor Rhodes, who last worked with KIX on 1991’s HOT WIRE album. Rhodes has also written hit songs for Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne and Journey.

Stay tuned for new album news, which will be announced in the coming weeks, and check out KIX on tour at any of the following stops (with more to be announced soon):

Fri 4/25 – Columbia, MD – M3 Festival
Sat 5/24 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
Sat 5/31 – Sandusky, OH – Ohio Bike Week
Fri 6/6 – Vernal, UT – Thunder Rocks
Sat 6/21 – Idaho Falls, ID – Rock The Falls
Fri 7/25 – Royalton, MN – Halfway Jam
Thu 7/31 – Leemore, CA – Tachi Palace Casino

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialKIX

http://www.kixband.com

http://loudandproudrecords.com/

WHITECHAPEL Post Third “Making of Our Endless War” Video‏

WHITECHAPEL Post Third “Making of Our Endless War” Video

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New Album Available April 29th on

Metal Blade Records

Our Endless War WHITECHAPEL‘s fifth full-length record and fourth for Metal Blade Records is a ruthlessly honed album that refuses to compromise on brutality; it is also by far WHITECHAPEL‘s most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release, pushing every aspect of their sound to the next level.   The wait is almost over and in less then two weeks,Our Endless War will be released to the masses.

On release day Tuesday April 29th, hometown fans in Knoxville, TN will have a chance to meet WHITECHAPEL and pick up a copy of Our Endless Warat a special in-store autograph signing.  The signing will take place at FYE at the West Town Mall located at 7600 Kingston, Pike Ste. 1464 in Knoxville, TN.  The signing begins at 7:00 PM.

During the recording of Our Endless War the band shot a series of behind the scenes and in-studio videos documenting the process.  Today the third episode in the series has been released.  This video takes a closer looks at Phil’s performance and lyrics on the album.  This album is his darkest and most personal material to date lyrically and in the video he explains the meaning behind some of the songs on the album.  The clip can be viewed here:

The first episode in the series focuses on the pre-production and the band’s writing process for the new album.  It can be viewed here:

The second video showcases each member sharing their part in tracking the riffs that made up the album and can be viewed here:

Earlier this week WHITECHAPEL premiered a lyric video for the song  “Our Endless War” on Artist Direct.  It can be viewed here:

Our Endless War is available in exclusive pre-order bundle packages at http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel. The first two singles “The Saw is the Law” and “Mono” can be streamed at http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapelas well.

 

WHITECHAPEL will hit the road this Friday April 16th as part of a string of shows leading up to the release of Our Endless War. The shows run through April 27th in Birmingham, AL with support coming from Carnifex, Within the Ruins, and Cruelhand.   This run also includes an appearance at this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival.

Following those shows, WHITECHAPEL will take part in a co-headline tour DevilDriver.  Support on the tour will come from Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For an Autopsy.  The tour runs from May 17th in Denver, CO through June 23rd in Austin, TX.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

The band have also confirmed an appearance at this year’s Heavy MTL Festival on August 9th as well as select headline dates around their appearance.  These shows run from August 7th through August 12th.

WHITECHAPEL have created an online contest with their new single “Mono”.   Vocalist Phil Bozeman has a video message for fans that are interested and would like to enter the contest, which can be viewed HEREThe object of the contest is that fans will film themselves doing a vocal cover of the new song “Mono” and then upload their videos to YouTube. The contest ends April 21st and the winner will be announced on April 22nd and will receive a grand prize package that consists of: 1 Deluxe CD Bundle of Our Endless War, a 30 minute vocal coaching lesson with Phil Bozeman via Skype and their video will be featured on Phil’s YouTube Channel.

Our Endless War Track Listing:

1.    Rise

2.    Our Endless War

3.    The Saw is the Law

4.    Mono

5.    Let Me Burn

6.    Worship the Digital Age

7.    How Times Have Changed

8.    Psychopathy

9.    Blacked Out

10. Diggs Road

11. A Process So Familiar (Bonus Track)

12. Fall of the Hypocrites (Bonus Track)

 

WHITECHAPEL w/ Carnifex, Within The Ruins and Cruelhand

4/16: Columbus, OH @ The Basement

4/17: Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room

4/18: Worcester, MA @ Palladium – New England Metal and Hardcore Fest*

4/19: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club

4/20: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
4/22: Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club

4/23: Columbia, SC @ New Brooklyn Tavern

4/24: Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar

4/25: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum

4/27: Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco

*Festival Date

 

WHITECHAPEL in Mexico

5/3: Zapopan, Jalosco, MX @ Calle 2 Pabellon B

5/4: Monterey NL, MZ @ Café Iguana

5/5: Mexico City, MX @ Plaza Condesa

 

WHITECHAPEL w/ Revocations and Rivers of Nihil:

5/14: St Louis, MO @ Fubar

5/15: Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar

 

WHITECHAPEL w/ DevilDriver, Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For An Autopsy

5/17: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

5/18: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

5/19: Tempe, AZ @ Marquis Theater

5/20: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

5/21: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

5/22: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge

5/23: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spade

5/24: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

5/25: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factor

5/26: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factor

5/27: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

5/29: Calgary, AB @ Marquee Beer & Market Stag

5/30: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall

5/31: Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre

6/1: Fargo, ND @ The Venue

6/2: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights

6/3: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

6/4: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes

6/5: Kokomo, IN @ CenterStage Bar and Grill

6/7: Knoxville, TN @ The International

6/8: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts

6/10: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

6/11: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

6/12: New York, NY @ Stage 48

6/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts

6/14: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage

6/15: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall

6/16: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

6/17: Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live

6/18: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

6/20: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

6/21: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock

6/22: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar ‘N Grill (Outside)
6/23: Austin, TX @ Mohwak

 

8/7: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall*

8/8: Ottawa, ON @ Ritual*

8/9: Montreal, QC @ Parterre Parc Jean-Drapeau – Heavy MTL 2014**

8/10: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

8/12: Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club

 

*With Stick To Your Guns

**Festival Appearance

For More Info Visit:

http://www.whitechapelband.com (Official Site)

http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel (Pre-Order Page)

http://www.facebook.com/whitechapelmetal (Facebook)

https://twitter.com/whitechapelband (Twitter)

http://instagram.com/whitechapelband (Instagram)

http://www.youtube.com/user/WhitechapelTV (YouTube)

http://www.metalblade.com

MISS MAY I Releases New Track ‘Refuse To Believe’ as Free MP3 Download!‏

MISS MAY I Releases New Track ‘Refuse To Believe’ as Free MP3 Download!

 

Touring this Summer with the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

 

‘Rise Of The Lion’ Drops in North America on April 29, 2014 via Rise Records

Pre Order Today via www.MMIRiseOfTheLion.com

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It comes as no surprise to diehard MISS MAY I fans that the band loves to give back to their avid followers, and today they are in the extra giving mood! Right now you can download a brand new track, ‘Refuse To Believe’, via www.mmiriseofthelion.com. ‘Refuse To Believe’ is the third exclusive track to be released from the band’s upcoming release Rise Of The Lion, hitting stores in North America on April 29, 2014 via Rise Records.

 

MISS MAY I frontman Levi Benton had the following to say about the song, “I’m really excited to be giving people the chance to download ‘Refuse To Believe’. We wanted to give all the dedicated MISS MAY I metalheads something nice and heavy as a “thank you” for all their support. It’s one of my favourite songs on the record and definitely one of the heavier songs on the album!”

 

 

Rise Of The Lion is MISS MAY I’s fourth album and the first to be produced by the legendary Terry Date (PanteraDeftones, White Zombie, Bring Me The Horizon). The countless fan letters the band has received over the years are the inspiration for the tracks on Rise Of The Lion, and each track is written from the perspective of those fans or responses to them. You can pre-order Rise Of The Lion in digital, physical CD, and vinyl versions, as well as special pre-order packages including exclusive Rise Of The Lion shirts, necklaces, posters, and more, via www.MMIRiseOfTheLion.com.

 

As announced earlier this month, MISS MAY I have solidified a spot on the COLDCOCK American Herbal Flavored Whiskey Second Stage at the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem FestivalMISS MAY I will be joining the likes of multi-platinum headliners Avenged Sevenfold, as well as Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Suicide SilenceMushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition,  King 810, Body Count featuring Ice-T, Upon A Burning Body, Veil of Maya, Darkest Hour, Emmure, Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, and Erimha. For more details visit www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and see below for a full listing of dates that MISS MAY I will be performing on.

  

In addition to performing at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem FestivalMISS MAY I will head out on a brief headline tour of the United States this April and May, with support from For The Fallen Dreams. MISS MAY I’s “Up Close and Personal” Tour will stop in eight cities, including a closer in their home state of Ohio at Rock On The Range. Get this – each ticket price includes a copy of Rise Of The Lion hard copy CD!

MISS MAY I U.S. Tour Dates:

4/29     Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen

4/30     Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme

5/1       Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom

5/2       Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose

5/3       New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall

5/4       Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar

5/6       Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary

5/18     Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range

MISS MAY I 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Performance Dates:

7/5 – CA – San Bernardino – San Manuel Amphitheatre

7/6 – CA – Mountain View (San Francisco) – Shoreline Amphitheatre

7/8 – WA – Auburn (Seattle) – White River Amphitheatre

7/9 – ID – Boise – Idaho Center Amphitheatre

7/11 – AZ – Phoenix – Ak-Chin Pavilion

7/12 – NM – Albuquerque – Isleta Amphitheatre

7/16 – MO – St. Louis – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

7/17 – MI – Detroit – DTE Energy Music Theater

7/19 – IN – Indianapolis – Kilpsch Music Center

7/20 – IL – Chicago – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

7/22 – MA – Mansfield (Boston) – Xfinity Center

7/23 – NY – Saratoga – Saratoga Performing Arts Center

7/25 – ON – Toronto (Canada) – Molson Amphitheatre

7/26 – PA – Burgettstown (Pittsburgh) – First Niagra Pavilion

7/27 – CT – Hartford – Xfinity Theatre

7/29 – NY – Darien Center – Darien Lake

8/1 – NJ – Camden (Philadelphia, PA) – Susquehanna Bank Center

8/2 – PA – Scranton -The Pavilion At Montage Mountain

8/3 – VA – Bristow (Washington, DC) – Jiffy Lube Live

8/5 – GA – Atlanta – Lakewood Amphitheatre

8/7 – OK – Oklahoma City – OKC Air Park

8/9 – TX – Dallas – Gexa Energy Pavilion

8/10 – TX – The Woodlands (Houston) – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

 

 

After the resounding underground success of their debut full-length release Monument, MISS MAY I took a step beyond the metalcore world they had grown up in with the release of their album At Heart in 2012. The record, produced by renowned record producer Machine (Lamb Of God), proved to be one of the strongest and most surprising metal records of the last few years, spawning huge singles in the songs ‘Hey Mister’ and ‘Day By Day’. Entering the Billboard Top 200 charts in its first week at #32, At Heart saw the band embrace a more mainstream metal approach to their music. During their 2012 Vans Warped Tour main stage onslaught, the At Heart campaign made massive leaps, seeing MISS MAY I nominated for ‘Best New Talent’ award at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, as well as headlining the Alternative Press 2012 Tour, and picking up support at Active Rock Radio for the first time. On the live side, the band was hand-picked for tours with the likes of Five Finger Death PunchKillswitch Engage and Bullet For My Valentine.

 

 

To learn more about MISS MAY I, please visit www.missmayimusic.com and www.mmiriseofthelion.com.