A LIFE ONCE LOST Announces The Man Machine Tour 2013 with AUTHOR & PUNISHER and ENCRUST

A LIFE ONCE LOST Announces The Man Machine Tour 2013 with AUTHOR & PUNISHER and ENCRUST

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New Album ‘Ecstatic Trance’ — Available NOW Internationally via Season of Mist

A LIFE ONCE LOST is pleased to announce The Man Machine Tour 2013 with San Diego doom metal band Author & Punisher and extreme Chicago newcomers Encrust. The band will start out solo for a few dates in early March and will join up with Author & Punisher after a few appearances at SXSW. Encrust will join the tour for three dates in Kentucky, Illinois and Ohio. See below for a full listing of upcoming tour dates.

The Man Machine Tour 2013:



3/6 – Richmond, VA © Kingdom

3/9 – 3/10 – Monterrey, MEXICO @ Festival NRMAL – festivalnrmal.com

3/11 – McAllen, TX © Aria

3/12 – 3/17 @ SXSW

A LIFE ONCE LOST w/ Author & Punisher:

3/17 – Oklahoma City, OK © Chameleon Room

3/18 – St. Louis, MO © Fubar

3/19 – Prestonburg, KY © Jenny Wiley Convention Center (w/ Encrust)

3/20 – Chicago, IL © Ultra Lounge (w/ Encrust)

3/21 – Toledo, OH © Mickey Finn’s (w/ Encrust)

3/22 – Buffalo, NY © Broadway Joes

The band’s new album, Ecstatic Trance, is available internationally via Season of Mist. You can purchase the album and other merchandise at Season of Mist E-Shop. While you are browsing the web, make sure to visit the official A LIFE ONCE LOST website at www.alifeoncelostofficial.com.

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Australian Metal Band SYNTHETIC BREED Releases New Single ‘Xenogenesis’ — Featuring Original Lead Singer Callan Hughes

Australian Metal Band SYNTHETIC BREED Releases New Single ‘Xenogenesis’ — Featuring Original Lead Singer Callan Hughes

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Australian industrial metal heavyweights SYNTHETIC BREED are pleased to announce that they have released a brand new single featuring the return of original vocalist Callan Hughes. The new track, ‘Xenogenesis’, is a “taste of what’s to come” from the emerging band, bringing a polished and more refined sound to the table while retaining the same formulated chaos the band is known for. ‘Xenogenesis’ was mastered by Mike Spreitzer of DevilDriver.

Callan Hughes returned to the band in October 2012 and the band immediately started writing new material. ‘Xenogenesis’ is the first track that was recorded by the reunited group, and as stated above, really gives the listener a taste of what is to come from the band’s upcoming full-length album. The full-length, which currently does not have a release date, is presently in the works.


‘Xenogenesis’ is available for streaming exclusively on SYNTHETIC BREED’s Facebook page and the Rogue Records Facebook pageand is available worldwide on Rogue Records America’s bandcamp page. The single will be available on iTunes starting on January 25th.SYNTHETIC BREED is planning to release a lyric video this week just in time for the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. The band’s mobile app will also be updated for the event.



Company to Unveil “The Schecter Sixx” Bass at Winter NAMM Conference – Room 210-D

(January 16, 2013, Sun Valley/Hollywood, CA) –2013 is proving to already be a monumental year for Schecter Guitar Research as the company settles into its expanded headquarters in Sun Valley, CA,  ramps up for MAJOR new gear announcements and continues to amass a stellar lineup of artists, which includes some of the biggest names in the recording and touring industries. To that note, the company is proud to announce the partnership with a true modern-day rock icon by signing Mötley Crüe / Sixx: A.M.bassist, NY Times bestselling author and radio host Nikki Sixx, adding even more fire power to its roster.  Not only has Schecterlanded a talented and noted songwriter and player, but also one of the leading voices and minds in fashion, non-fiction, photography and media via his clothing lines, New York Times top 10 selling books and his successful internationally syndicated radio shows Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx.

However, it is his musical pedigree, history and current musical projects that helped the collaboration with Schecter come to fruition. “It was an exciting and creative process to work with Schecter on the new Schecter Sixx Signature Series Bass,” states Sixx, “It was important to all of us to design a bass that would feel right as well as sound amazing in the hands of all players, not just me. Every detail about the new Schecter Sixx comes from all of our collective experiences – whether it’s my 30 years of playing live and recording or Schecter’s unprecedented standards for making quality instruments for players of all genres. Simply said, this bass rocks!”  Schecter’s Executive Vice President, Marc LaCorte adds, “I really felt as if we instantly gelled and were looking to accomplish the same goal with this project.  Above all, it was so refreshing to see an artist of Nikki’s stature be so involved and genuinely concerned about every detail in the creation of this instrument.”

Nikki Sixx has been known for years as a player stylized by his brashness and Schecter has taken it upon themselves to create this Nikki Sixx signature mode, aptly named the Schecter SixxNikki Sixx will be introducing the Schecter Sixx with an exclusive signing at the winter NAMM Conference in Anaheim, CA on January 26th from 3:00pm-4:00pm PST at the Schecter booth (Room 210-D). It can be maintained that The Schecter Sixx will reflect Nikki’s style, both visually and sonically, while being able to withstand the punishing rigors of the road from opening night to the end of tour closing set.  The Schecter Sixx bass will surely make a rumble through the industry and then resonate with players, retailers and consumers alike.


Nikki Sixx Biography

Nikki Sixx is the International rock icon, founding member of Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M., two-time New York Times bestselling author with The Heroin Diaries and This Is Gonna Hurt, co-founder of rock couture fashion line Royal Underground, philanthropist, photographer and internationally syndicated radio show host of Sixx Sense and The Side Show Countdown. Some of Sixx’s accomplishments include over 80-million in album sales with Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M., countless sold out tours, Mötley Crüe’s sold out residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas – a first for the hard rock genre – an award-winning Superbowl commercial for Kia, photographing a high fashion shoot for The New York Post’s prestigious supplement Alexa, and raising several hundred thousand dollars through his Running Wild in the Night charity for Covenant House California.







About Schecter Guitar Research:

As Schecter Guitar Research moves into its 37th year in business, they have solidified the elite status, as one of the world’s premier guitar companies.  Its continually evolving and expanding line of guitars and basses appeals to a broad spectrum of players and diverse musical styles. Its core business practice offers high-quality instruments with professional components at an affordable price.  One of the company’s strongest assets is its growing roster of high-profile artists, including: Nikki Sixx, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, The Cure, Papa Roach, Seether, Prince, Stone Temple Pilots, Nevermore and Black Label Society.  For more information log onto: www.schecterguitars.com


Construction:                   Neck-Thru with Ultra Access

Body:                                     Mahogany

Neck:                                    5-ply Maple/Walnut

Scale:                                     34”

Fingerboard:                   Rosewood

Nut:                                     Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL 42mm

Frets:                                     24 X-Jumbo

Inlays:                                     Dots

Pickups:                   EMG P/J

Electronics:                   Vol/Vol/Tone/”Kill” Switch

Bridge:                                     Schecter Custom String Thru Body (or Top-Load)

Tuners:                   Grover

Hardware:                  Black Chrome

Colors:                                     Satin Black (SBK) or Vintage Sunburst (VSB)

Left-Hand Availability: Satin Black (SBK)

Case: SGR-21-NS

Lefty Case:                   See Website www.schecterguitars.com



Dario Seixas taking aim at 2013!

Dario Seixas taking aim at 2013!



I was lucky enough to have caught Great White Featuring Jack Russell recently in Farmington, New Mexico. As usual, Jack put on an outstanding performance. What was very cool was the band itself, featuring Derrick Pontier on drums, Matthew Johnson on guitars, Robby Lochner on guitars, and Dario Seixas on bass. The band itself was tight and clean, true professionals at their craft.

Dario and Robby TCOB!

Dario and Robby TCOB!

I managed to get a hold of Dario on the phone for an audio interview. Great guy, great stage presence, and great friend and supporter to Mr. Jack Russell. Give it a listen right here: 


Producer, Engineer, Writer and AIDEN Frontman WILLIAM FRANCIS Takes his Electronic Solo Project on the Road


For the past few years, William Francis has been opening the eyes (and ears) of fans new and old with his haunting electronic “dark wave” project WILLIAM CONTROL. Now, with three full-length albums, an EP, a DVD and several live performances under his belt, the singer, writer, producer and engineer (also known around the world as the wickedly-striking frontman for scene giants Aiden),  has taken his project out on the road with his friends in Black Veil Brides on their “The Church of the Wild Ones” tour.

Infusing a new wave sensibility reminiscent of New OrderBauhausGary Numan, and Depeche Mode with a reinvented twist of his own, WILLIAM CONTROL has already proven to be an accepted, unique, and unrelenting addition to the Black Veil Brides tour.

WILLIAM CONTROL is on the road now! See below for all remaining tour dates.



WILLIAM CONTROL with Black Veil Brides:

1/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live

1/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

1/22 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s

1/23 – Buffalo, NY @ Club Infinity

1/25 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

1/26 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

1/27 – Manchester, NH @ Armory Ballroom

1/29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Alter Bar

1/30 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House

2/17 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe

2/19 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall

2/20 – Chicago, IL @ The Castle Theatre

2/22 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom

2/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

2/28 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

3/1 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory

3/2 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

3/4 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre

3/5 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory

3/6 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

3/8 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom

3/9 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

The latest album to come out of the WILLIAM CONTROL solo project, 2012’s Silentium Amoris, melds together dark, cinematic themes with experimental synth pop sounds.  While alarmingly melancholic and moody, it also evokes an unrelenting fury, as well as aggressive elements of the industrial dance sound. William also just released a 90-minute live DVD entitled William Control – Live in London Town. The DVD, shot over the course of three days in London, England, and features 20 tracks, including a brand new unreleased song.

William has two other albums (Hate CultureNoir) and an EP (Novus Ordo Seclorum) out now. He has also had select tracks featured on soundtracks for Saw V, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and Underworld: Awakening and has appeared as a guest vocalist on tracks byThe UsedVampires Everywhere! and more.

You can purchase all WILLIAM CONTROL releases via iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers.

For more information on William Francis and WILLIAM CONTROL, please visit these websites:







“Innovation and Controversial” are two terms synonymous with Rik Fox; these two terms are defined and closely associated in the world of Marketing with High Media Ratings and Successful Sales of Products and Magazines. Ergo, Rik Fox equals high ratings and sales.

Among his many accomplishments and achievements as the first officially recognized living history re-enactor in U.S. History, responsible for introducing and representing the 17th Century Polish Winged Cavalry in America as well as having served for five years in the California State Military Reserve (C.S.M.R.), as an E-4 Corporal in Communications/Electronics, places Rik Fox at a definite advantage over the average, screaming, brainless fist-pumping rocker. “I have an ‘AGOD’ – Air, Ground, Offensive, Defensive – Systems Capability that places me second to none; my opposition will be destroyed and left as ashes.” His band SIN (Systems Interdiction Neutralization) is coming back and meaner than ever!

As one the largest and most promising rock metal bands of the mid-1980’s, SIN and Rik Fox’s performance reputation for tearing up full-house stages is the stuff of legend – that is what made SIN the top drawing metal band of Los Angeles in 1984 by a voters choice poll – Rik Fox’s vision, tenacity and driving force.
As an original founding member of WASP and creator of the bands’ moniker, to keeping the solid backbone of Shrapnel Records’ legendary cornerstone metal band STEELER with Ron Keel and Yngwie Malmsteen, to lending his solid bass to such bands as BURN (under Niji Mgt.), and Arizona’s SURGICAL STEEL, to his own bands such as SIN and THUNDERBALL, burning down the competition is nothing new to Rik Fox.

And yet, such a successful reputation brings with it a tendency to create potential jealous rivalries along the way, which apparently persist to the present day; (There exists, bands and individuals who actively attempt to prevent his progress which, when the worm turns, ultimately will be pushed aside and left behind in the return and rise of SIN) – It is said that people love to root for the underdog, and so, like ‘ROCKY’ – “When this thing is over, there will be a lot of people who will owe you an engraved apology” – Everyone else, gets to enjoy the ride.

Rik Fox is one of the most well-known and highly popular and legendary rock and heavy metal bassist’s and performers since the mid 1970’s. He has created recorded with and or performed or been featured in many known bands, such as WASP, STEELER, SIN, BURN, THUNDERBALL and SURGICAL STEEL among others. He has had shared the stage and performed with some of Rock’s Legends, such as the late Ronnie James Dio and rock comedian Sam Kinison, Randy Hansen, Ozzy Osbourne drummer Randy Castillo, and ‘Little Steven’ Van Zant, as well as KISS’s Mark St. John, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Mighty’ Max Weinberg, Roseanne’s John Goodman, producer Jean Beauvoir, as well as Warrant, Guns n’ Roses, Dokken’s Mick Brown and others at various all-star jams, or jamming with the likes of Steppenwolf’s legendary guitarist Michael Monarch, and was the creator of the band name WASP.

Rik Fox has been featured in rock and heavy metal magazines and publications around the world though the 1980’s and continues to be a sought-after interview subject for his many rock stories. He has been featured on Television and in Film. Among his many legendary interviews, Fox has been a popular interview subject, being sought-after and written about in such books as Darren Upton’s “WASP; A Sting in the Tale”, David Konow’s “Bang Your Head; The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal” , and the upcoming book: “KISS; Nothin’ to Lose;The Early Years” by famed KISS author Ken Sharp. More can be seen at his Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rik_Fox . As a rocker who, time and again, shows promise in his work, over that time, he has earned many endorsements by actively promoting the gear and instruments by those companies he has endorsed. Although, in addition to major recording acts such as Dokken and Def Leppard, Rik Fox and his band SIN was one of the most popular and highly-visible Hollywood rock bands that popularized Randall Amplifiers, on the local level receiving the deal from Don Randall himself! (Although, to their detriment, and that of several other companies), the Randall Amplifier company today, has no previous knowledge on record of this.

Despite which, Fox still faithfully endorses many companies who don’t even acknowledge or realize it; Rik Fox has been one of their longest unsupported endorsees, still promoting their gear…As seen in the photos, just to name a few various Musical Gear Endorsements by Rik Fox and of the bands SIN, THUNDERBALL and SURGICAL STEEL as seen in magazines around the world; Showing in all the photos: Randall Amps, Ampeg Amps, B.C.Rich Basses, Ibanez Basses, ARIA Pro Basses, Gibson Basses, Epiphone Basses, Esp Guitars, Charvel-Jackson Guitars, GHS Strings, Nady Wireless, Ludwig Drums, Paiste and Zildjin Cymbals, Dunlop Picks, Vans Footwear (Boxing boots)…

In 2012-13, Rik has recently re-signed an endorsement deal with GHS Bass Strings and Dunlop Custom Picks as Rik Fox and SIN prepares to rise and, as many 1980’s bands are doing, making a much-anticipated comeback, meaner than ever. Thanks for your consideration.


LAMB OF GOD’s CHRIS ADLER Announces Exclusive North American Endorsement and Distribution Deal with VRUK Corporation

New Video Launched Highlighting the CHRIS ADLER Signature VRUK DrumMaster Heel Plate


LAMB OF GOD’s CHRIS ADLER is pleased to announce his new, exclusive North American endorsement and distribution deal with VRUK Corporation, specifically in conjunction with the CHRIS ADLER Signature VRUK DrumMaster Heel Plate—a vital tool for drummers looking to increase endurance and speed that CHRIS ADLER himself will be distributing exclusively throughout North America.

The CHRIS ADLER Signature VRUK DrumMaster Heel Plate acts as an attachment to your current pedal setup providing heel support, rebound acceleration and control, the key factor of any drum technique. Today, CHRIS ADLER released a brand new video that shows what the VRUK DrumMaster Heel Plate is and how it works! Head to this location to view the video (click “watch video” link), read testimonials, grab coupon codes and more!

“In every aspect of my life, my intention is to seek out the very best. When it comes to drumming, I insist on it. I won’t use free because it’s free. I’ll overpay for the tools that allow me to exceed my own expectations,” says CHRIS ADLER. “When writing the Wrath album I wore ankle weights to increase my kick drum endurance and speed. One day after a long rehearsal, I took them off and one rested under my heel. I immediately noticed that securing and resting my ankle and heel while still playing heel-up allowed much more control over each stroke. I took the ankle weights on my US and European clinic appearances and shared what I had found. I used the ankle weights under my heels every night on the following two year world tour. Fast forward to the spring of 2012 and I began R&D on creating a device that could attach to my pedal and provide consistent support and control. Mr. Vruk had beaten me to it and we were immediately in touch. The VRUK design allows for secure attachment to any pedal and grip and heel support system far greater than my homemade designs. I recently used them at the US festivals that the band just played and not only did they perform well, I performed better. With my heel and ankle able to rest between strokes, my endurance and speed have noticeably improved. This product exceeds my expectations and helps me do what I love doing.”

For more information on the CHRIS ADLER Signature VRUK DrumMaster Heel Plate and CHRIS ADLER’s new endorsement and distribution deal, visit www.vrukpedal.com. To purchase or reserve your heel plate, visit www.chris-adler.com/onlineshop/ orwww.vrukpedal.com/store.html.