The lead off single from the new DAMC  record does NOT disappoint, 2 minutes and 49 seconds of pure aggression.  This track opens as if someone is impatiently knocking at your door and then just decides to kick it in and come right in. Once they’re in, look out, some serious shit’s about to go down. The groove sets in and you almost find yourself involuntarily banging your head in time with the music. When the vocals kick in you are not sure if  Dave has just gargled with some whiskey laced with razor blades and is ready to kick some ass, and you quickly feel his passion. You definitely do NOT want to be the subject of this song. It will get your blood flowing, fist pumping, and fill you full of adrenaline. You wont need an energy drink after listening to this, in fact, if you listen to this track every morning when you get up you will have all the energy you need for the day! Gang vocals, pounding drum beat, throbbing bass, and dirty guitars make “Bow Down” a hell of a good single to introduce us to The Outlaw Chronicles. ARE YOU READY?


Death Alley Dave – Vocals and Lead Guitar
Zero-G – Rhythm Guitar and backing Vox
The Falcon – Bass and backing vox
The Banker – Drums

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

     the Hellion




It is with great pride and excitement that Machine Head announce Jared MacEachern as their new bass player.  Jared has already begun rehearsals for the upcoming Rockstar Mayhem U.S. summer festival tour and will soon relocate from North Carolina to Northern California to begin pre-production for Machine Head’s upcoming 8th studio release.



Some fans might remember MacEachern from 2007’s The Black Tyranny Tour, playing with his previous band Sanctity.  Machine Head, challenged to find a fill-in bass player for the North American tour after an injury sidelined their then-4-stringer, also found themselves in need of someone to sing harmony with singer/guitarist Robb Flynn.  Flynn remembers, “We had locked in Brandon Sigmund of local boys Hostility to play bass on that tour, but we soon realized we’d need someone to hit the high harmonies.  Our A&R guy Monte Conner recommended Jared since he was already on the tour, and that ended up being a great call.  Jared flew out a few days before the tour and rehearsed with us and did great.  What was most impressive about the whole thing was that he was doing double duty – opening for Machine Head with his band at the time Sanctity, and then later singing with us.  He would stay sober until after our set, and often get in the van and drive all night.  His seriousness and dedication was awesome to see and it stuck with us”.


Earlier this year, Machine Head conducted an extensive search for candidates through various channels, the most fruitful of which proved to be video submissions.  Sifting through more than 400 videos, the band personally reviewed and evaluated everyone’s performances, including MacEachern, who made the short list without a second thought.  Lead guitarist Phil Demmel recalls, “There were dozens of amazing players, and it was interesting to watch each one take on our tunes.  One of our biggest criteria for this gig was to be able to sing the high harmonies.  That was our litmus test.  And Jared passed with flying colors.”


After reviewing all of the submissions, the band narrowed down the 400+ candidates to a short list of 7, each of whom took a trip to Oakland to perform a handful of songs in person and spend the day hanging with the band.  Remembers Drummer Dave McClain, “Jared came in to the audition and just killed it!  Besides being able to nail the bass and vocal harmonies, he also had the vibe and personality to make it feel like we were a BAND again. It was a great feeling and we all knew he was the guy.”


MacEachern first picked up concert bass at 12 and around the same time, discovered metal.  Jared recalls, “I heard the song ‘Unforgiven’ and really liked it.  The next day my friend gave me ‘Kill ‘Em All’ and it was over.  I became completely enamored with all the metal bands of that time; Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Pantera, but when it came to bass, it was all about Cliff Burton, he was, and is my dude.”  With a brief stint at the Brevard School for Music Performance, Jared has consistently played bass for the past 22 years, most notably in Sanctity, where oddly enough, the band needed a guitar player. “That was purely out of necessity” he explains, “I’d been a bass player, but that gig opened up and I gave it a shot on the 6-stringer.”


After extensive global touring with Sanctity and the birth of his daughter in 2007, the band’s release from their label ignited Jared’s sense of responsibility and he quit the band to focus on her.  But music stayed a part of his life and he continued to jam locally throughout the south with death metal bands From A Dig and Telic, until he saw Machine Head were in need and thought he’d try out.


Frontman Robb Flynn reflects, “We really wanted a guy that was hungry for this, someone who could live and breathe this with us.  Dave would joke around that we didn’t want to get someone too green that’d be like ‘oh my god, is this a dressing room?!’, but we also didn’t want someone who was too jaded by the whole thing and ‘been there done that’.  We thought the perfect guy would be someone who’d paid some dues, who had done 9 or 10 crummy van tours, and wasn’t broken by that, but inspired to keep going and play music, and in many ways that was Jared.  I mean hell, the guy’s only rode in a bus for two nights, one of which was with us!  It brings a really cool level of appreciation to the table, and it shows where his heart’s at”


Jared enthuses, “I’m ready to get to work!  This tour is going to kick ass and the new tunes are heavy as shit! I’m SO looking forward to making good music with good dudes!”






Death Alley Motor Cult is a band that I really have come to love over the past year. I was privileged enough to have been allowed to listen and review their new CD prior to its release. “The Outlaw Chronicles” burns through your ears with sonic fire. This CD is already a contender for my list of top 10 releases for 2013.

“The Outlaw Chronicles”

1. She Wants
2. Sex Parade
3. Bow Down
4. Funk You
5. I’m Not Dead
6. Robot Bride
7. Bad Ass Mutha
8. One More For The Road

     That is the initial track listing for the advance copy I have.

     I’ve been asked several times who Death Alley Motor Cult sounds like. Well, they sound like Death Alley Motor Cult. Raw, brutal, in your face unabashed rock n’ roll. This new CD carries on with this sound, it makes your heart race and gets your passions all fired up. Solid production added to accomplished song writing plus outstanding musicians make this Death Alley Motor Cult CD a MUST have. Stand out tracks for me are the lead off single “Bow Down”, “Funk You”, I’m Not Dead”, and “Bad Ass Mutha”. Death Alley Motor Cult definitely delivers with “The Outlaw Chronicles” and then some. Like some group of antiheroes DAMC has four distinct characters:  Death Alley Dave – Vocals and Lead Guitar, Zero-G – Rhythm Guitar and backing Vox
The Falcon – Bass and backing vox, and The Banker – Drums. Dark, dirty, and dangerous , are words that describe a live performance by Death Alley Motor Cult and this new CD captures that vibe to the T. Don’t miss a chance to see them live, and make it a PRIORITY to pick up “The Outlaw Chronicles” by Death Alley Motor Cult when it drops this summer. I WILL be doing a feature length interview with DAMC to discuss this CD at length in the very near future!



it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL (DEATH ALLEY MOTOR CULT STYLE!)

the Hellion

VEGAS Vacation!!! The Beatles LOVE, Raiding The Rock Vault, Cabo Wabo, and Vince Neil’s Tatuado

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Well, I’m back! Took some time off from the site to go to Vegas and celebrate Mrs. Hellion’s birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary.

After a relatively easy bit of Sunday traveling we arrived at the Monte Carlo, checked in and started out our Vegas excursion by hitting up Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina for an early dinner. I had some extremely good pork carnitas with a nice heffeweisen beer, while Mrs. Hellion (a steak fajita connoisseur) had steak fajitas (which she said were some of the best she has ever had) yummy dinner indeed!

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      We were then off to The Mirage to see The Beatles LOVE Cirque Du Soleil show.

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      WOW!!! This was an amazing show! I was completely impressed with the way they put this show together. The energy of the performers combined with the state of the art scenery, and the INCREDIBLE music of The Beatles lent to an amazing evening. Everywhere you looked there was something going on, dancing, trapeze, lights, and music. The highlight of the show for me was when several actors were on a poster bed and a silken cloth came from beneath the bed and grew and grew until it enveloped the lower level audience and it appeared that the bed was floating on it. Then, like magic, it was sucked back underneath the bed in an instant. This is a show that is a MUST see.

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     We hopped a cab back to the Monte Carlo and rested up for another assault of Vegas. We spent the next day roaming about seeing the sights and enjoying the company of each other. We did a little bit of gambling (no luck) and just had a great time.

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     After a wonderful day went back to the Monte Carlo to clean up and get ready to head to the Las Vegas Hotel for Raiding The Rock Vault! Thanks to my lovely wife she scored us VIP to the show!!!

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     We had a quick dinner at Tatuado Vince Neil Cantina where we saw vocalist Paul Shortino having dinner with his family (Paul and I shared a wave and a nod).

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     RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT!!! We got early admittance to the venue and were ushered into the green room to meet the guys from the show. Tracii Guns, John Payne, Paul Shortino, Andrew Freeman, Robin Mc Auley, Jay Schellen, Michael T. Ross, and Jason Boyleston came in and were very gracious and friendly to us and the other four people that were there. My wife (Dani) and Tracii had a fun discussion: my wife: Hi, I’m Dani.” Tracii: “Ha ha you have a boys name” pause “Ha ha I have a girls name.” Paul Shortino gave me a hug and we took some photos. We chatted for a few then it was off to our seats.


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     Our seats were KILLER! Second row right in front of Tracii Guns. There was a pretty cool story line to the show. It was based around it being the future and scientists finding a time capsule from earths past. Upon opening it the rock n’ roll poured out to the delight of the audience.

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     The show took us on a Rock journey from the 60’2 to the 80’s. These world class musicians played the familiar songs to perfection. They had funplaying off of each other. Paul Shortino, John Payne, Robin Mc Auley, and Andrew Freeman all shared lead vocal duties as well as guitars and bass (Andrew and John). Tracii Guns and Jason Boyleston traded smoking guitar licks back and forth through the entire show. Jay Schellen provided perfect timing behind the drums. Michael T. Ross added the right touch of keyboards to the mix.

Andrew Freeman

Andrew Freeman

John Payne

John Payne

Tracii Guns

Tracii Guns

Jason Boyleston

Jason Boyleston

Robin Mc Auley

Robin Mc Auley

Paul Shortino

Paul Shortino

Jay Schellen

Jay Schellen

Michael T. Ross

Michael T. Ross

     This show exceeded all of my expectations and then some. Classic, iconic songs performed oustandingly!  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

    The rest of the time in Vegas is ours and we had fun!

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

the Hellion

Chelsea Grin To Release Limited Edition My Damnation Vinyl On August 6th‏



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New Chelsea Grin Cover of The Korn Song “Right Now” Available Digitally With Pre-Orders
(New York, NY) –Chelsea Grin will be releasing My Damnation (Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie) on vinyl for the first time ever on August 6th.   The limited color runs include clear w/violet splatter, orange/white/black mix, green, and a purple mix.
All pre-orders come will include a digital download of Chelsea Grin’s brand new cover of theKorn’s “Right Now” – order now HERE(   My Damnation was produced by Zeuss (The Acacia Strain, Hatebreed, The Red Chord).
Chelsea Grin is about to embark on a European Summer Tour starting on June 19th.  Immediately following this tour Chelsea Grin will be back in the U.S. for The All Stars Tourkicking off on July 19th in Huntington, NY with Every Time I Die (tour dates below).
My Damnation – Track list
1. The Foolish One
2. Everlasting Sleep
3. Behind A Veil Of Lies
4. Kharon
5. My Damnation
6. Cursed
7. Calling In Silence
8. Oblivion
9. Last Breath
10. All Hail The Fallen King (f/Phil Bozeman of Whitechapel)
Chelsea Grin Tour Dates
European Summer Tour 
June 19 – Milan Italy – Flame Fest*
June 20 – Zurich, Switzerland – Earshakerdays
June 21 – Karisruhe, Germany – Stadtmitte+
June 22 – Kauhajoki, Finland – Nummirock
June 23 – Wien, Austria – Viper Room^
June 24 – Salzburg, Austria – Rock Bar<
June 25 – Graz,  Austria – Explosiv+
June 26 – Augsburg, Germany – Musikkantine^
June 27 – Trier, Germany – Open Air>
June 28 – Roitzschjora, Germany – With Full Force
June 29 – Montabaur, Germany – Mair 1
June 30 – Leeds, United Kingdom – Ghost Fest*
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^w/Veil of Maya, iwerstledabearonce, After the Burial
<w/Devil Wears Prada
>w/Parkway Drive
The All Stars Tour
July 19 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
July 20 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
July 21 – Clifton Par, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
July 22 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
July 23 – Toledo, OH – The Rocket Bar
July 24 – Chicago, IL – Toyota Park
July 25 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
July 26 – Lawrence, KS – Granada
July 27 – Denver, CO – Smmit
July 28 – Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue
July 30 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
August 1 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency
August 2 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
August 3 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
August 4 – San Diego, CA – Soma
August 5 – Mesa, AZ – The Nile Theater
August 8 – Dallas, TX – The Door
August 9 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
August 10 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
August 12 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
August 13 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
August 14 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
August 15 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
August 16 – Reading, PA – Reverb
August 17 – Hartford, CT – The Webster

Bassist Kurt Arft talks Mind Merchant, Wornstar Clothing, and future solo music


 I finally caught up to my busy brother Kurt Arft. This man is a workhorse who never slows down! We got a short phone interview from him so enjoy, and get out and support! Here’s the link:

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

     the Hellion