Where Do We Go From Here?

 

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In the beginning, Rock N’ Roll was underground. It was not mainstream at all. Eventually it became widely accepted and part of our culture.

Rock radio helped to expose us to bands and music in ways like no other. There was a time when that was how we discovered new bands and songs. Record stores popped up everywhere and one could hang out and explore and find new music as well. We then had the arrival of music video channels which gave us another source to discover new bands and music.

Then radio became less user friendly and more commercial, only playing what they were told. The record stores began closing their doors. Music video channels stopped playing music videos. What happened?

The internet had come along and was added into the thick of things. Some people put the blame on that.

What happened to the music world? Is there still great new music being made? How does one find new music these days? I mean with all the music being flooded onto the web how does one find that jewel that reaches out to you?

Do you think that some of the bands we all know and love would have made it if they had just started out in today’s world?

I often wonder if the next Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, etc. etc.  is out there lost in the shuffle.

Just some thoughts I was pondering… what are yours?

-the Hellion

YESTERDAY’S SAINTS Announce North American Tour With Iron Man‏

YESTERDAY’S SAINTS Announce North American Tour 

With Iron Man

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New Album out Now!

“There are so many dimensions to “Generation of Vipers” and that’s what makes it such a great album.”

-Metal Underground-

 

“Ambitious it is, but I believe they met that mark. It is as bold and brutal as any Thrash and Death Metal, as complex and technical as anything I have heard this year as well, but maintains an accessibility that gives you a complete listening experience.”

-Metal Temple-

Concept albums are not new territory in metal by any means. But Northern Virginia’s YESTERDAY’S SAINTS elevate the notion of conceptual metal to a whole other level, thanks to the rich, extensive storytelling and the pummeling metal in Generation of Vipers. The music is as smart and thought-provoking as it is extreme, that’s not an easy thing to do. Striking an artful balance is difficult, but YESTERDAY’S SAINTS make it seem easy.

 

Generation of Vipers is available for order HERE.    Purchases of the album via bandcamp will also receive a physical copy of the album and the download is mastered for digital play.  The album’s amazing artwork was done by Vance Kelly (Huntress, Down, Prong)

In support of the new album, the band has announced a North American tour supporting Iron Man.  The tour begins March 12th in Washington, DC and runs through March 22nd in Dayton, OH.  Press opportunities are available for all shows.

 

Vocalist Matt Rice commented on the upcoming tour:

 

“We are really excited to be heading out on the road with our friends in Iron Man and being able to bring our new music from our album to new ears.  This is the first set of dates we have this year and we are currently working with our agent on future shows for this year.  See you on the road”

YESTERDAY’S SAINTS, who play a death-thrash-power hybrid, has been in existence since summer 2010 and with a self-released EP and some regional touring under their belt. They knew that a full concept album was the next step they wanted to take. But they did not go about it capriciously. The decision to go with a concept for the 11-track Generation of Vipers was driven by the most important things the songwriting and careful thought.

 

The album is assembled like an opera, with three acts, along with an instrumental interlude and outro. It traces the story of Satan, one of the most notorious characters in history, throughout time, from his desire to usurp God’s throne to his modern infiltration of mankind to the indication that all of Earth’s inhabitants are now his descendants.

It’s a lot to process, but once you absorb that story along with the music, your appreciation will be furthered and deepened, as all senses are satisfied by Generation of Vipers, which targets one’s brain and one’s body.

 

Overall, Generation of Vipersis pretty advanced and intellectual extreme metal. But it’s not stringing together big ideas for the sake of big ideas. The album, which was recorded in the band’s own studio and Assembly Line Studios in Virginia, features atypical metal instruments, such as the piano, cello, violin, so it really is lush and expansive and there is a lot going on.

 

YESTERDAY’S SAINTS and Generation of Vipers requires time and attention, but once you make the commitment and dive into the story and the sound, you’ll find yourself doubly rewarded.

 

YESTERDAY’S SAINTS Live:

3/12: Washington, DC @ The Pinch

3/13: Allentown, PA @ Jabber Jaws 

3/14: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

3/15: Brooklyn, NY @ The Paper Box

3/16: Providence, RI @ Dusk 

3/17: Salem, MA @ Koto 

3/18: Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe’s

3/19: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Skeletunes – formerly Berlin Music Pub 

3/20: Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary

3/21: Columbus, OH @ Ruby Tuesday Bar CLUB IS ON OSU CAMPUS

3/22: Dayton, OH @ Courtyard Lounge – Englewood

For More Info Visit:

http://www.facebook.com/YesterdaysSaints

https://twitter.com/YestrdaysSaints

http://instagram.com/yesterdays_saints

http://www.yesterdayssaints.com

 

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

-the Hellion

Steve Asheim from DEICIDE on the hellion Rocks

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Thanks to Paul Gargano from Century Media I found myself on the phone with Steve Asheim, one of the founding members of the influential Death metal band DEICIDE.

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The band will drop its new record, In The Minds Of Evil on November 26th (I’m writing my review for it as well). It was an interesting interview with Steve, check it out here:

     it’s loud, it’s evil, it’s DEICIDE!!!

     the Hellion

Death Of An Era’s New EP, The Great Commonwealth, Out Today (Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie)‏

 

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DEATH OF AN ERA’S NEW EP, THE GREAT COMMONWEALTH,OUT TODAY (ARTERY RECORDINGS/RAZOR & TIE) – iTunes HERE

(New York, NY)  – Death of an Era’s new EP The Great Commonwealth is out today(Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie) – on iTunes HERE (http://bit.ly/DOAEiTunes).  The Great Commonwealth EP was produced by Kevin Lankford.

Watch the lyric video “A Mother’s Love” at Alterative Press
Formed last year, the Columbus, OH based death metal band Death of an Era is the latest addition to join the Artery Recordings, the joint venture between The Artery Foundation and Razor & Tie. After a year supporting their self-released Reviler EP, this collective of high school friends had risen out of the Ohio underground and into the national spotlight. Alternative Press featured them in AP&R, and they carved out a rabid core of fans through relentless touring and an incomparable sound.  Confronting everything from child abuse and  drug addiction to deceit and bullying head-on, the group—Daniel Simpson [vocals], Nathan Stewart [guitar], Dustin Colling [guitar], and brothers Chris [bass] and Michael Cooper [drums]—offer catharsis in the face of chaos.
Death of An Era Tour Dates
June 7 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
DEATH OF AN ERA LINKS
facebook.com/deathofanera
 

Autopsy “The Headless Ritual” coming this July, Cover art + track list revealed‏

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AUTOPSY “THE HEADLESS RITUAL” COMING THIS JULY

Cover art + track list revealed

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CALIFORNIA – July 2 will mark the return of Autopsy, the U.S. master of brutality, with the band’s sixth studio opus of horror and all-out madness, The Headless Ritual, on Peaceville Records.

Featuring the returning quartet of Chris Reifert, Eric Cutler, Danny Coralles, and Joe Trevisano,The Headless Ritual is a relentless monster of violent and brutal death metal mastery delivered in the unmistakable Autopsy style of chaotic riffing, insane solos and doom-filled interludes, all served with the band’s unhinged brand of vocal sickness. The album was recorded and mixed April 2013 at Fantasy Studios, San Francisco, Calif. with Adam Munoz, and features cover artwork by renowned artist Joe Petagno (Motörhead, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin).

Said drummer/vocalist Chris Reifert, “Expect nothing less than the monstrous brutality that Autopsy has been known to offer. Laurels will not be rested upon, trends will not be followed and mercy will not be shown. Mark your calendars for June and pick out a coffin to lie down and die in. Darkness and death await…”

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The track listing for The Headless Ritual is…

01. SLAUGHTER AT BEAST HOUSE
02. MANGLED FAR BELOW
03. SHE IS A FUNERAL
04. COFFIN CRAWLERS
05. WHEN HAMMER MEETS BONE
06. THORNS AND ASHES
07. ARCH CADAVER
08. FLESH TURNS TO DUST
09. RUNNING FROM THE GOATHEAD
10. THE HEADLESS RITUAL

Among the early breed of U.S. death metal pioneers, Autopsy formed in 1987 in the San Francisco Bay Area and released four albums on Peaceville Records. Beginning with the classic debut Severed Survival in 1989, the group disbanded in 1995 with members going on to form Abscess. Autopsy triumphantly and officially returned from the grave after a 15 year hiatus with the 2010 EP, ‘The Tomb Within,’ followed by the release of the band’s widely acclaimed fifth studio album, Macabre Eternal in 2011.

 

Stay tuned for more information on Autopsy and The Headless Ritual.

Autopsy is…

 

Chris Reifert – drums/vocals

Danny Coralles – guitar

Eric Cutler – guitar

Joe Trevisano – bass

 

 

For more info…

 

www.autopsydeathmetal.com

www.facebook.com/pages/Autopsy-Official/162194133792668

www.peaceville.com/autopsy

www.peaceville.com

Modern Drummer Magazine Unleashes the March 2013 CHRIS ADLER Cover Issue on February 1st!

Modern Drummer Magazine Unleashes the March 2013 CHRIS ADLER Cover Issue on February 1st!

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After facing a trying year, modern metal’s greatest band, LAMB OF GOD, is being honored by one of our generation’s greatest music publications. Arriving just a few short weeks after the band’s fourth Grammy nomination, February 1st will mark the release of Modern Drummer Magazine’s March 2013 issue—featuring none other than LAMB OF GOD drummer CHRIS ADLER on the front cover. This is Chris’ second cover appearance with Modern Drummer Magazine.

In the exclusive Modern Drummer Magazine interview, CHRIS ADLER takes readers through his recent experiences and explains how mental toughness has kept him positive in his professional and personal life. Check your local magazine stand or bookstore for a copy starting February 1st!

CHRIS ADLER is heading out to Prague within the coming days to support his band mate and brother in music, Randy Blythe, during his trial. When he returns, Chris will announce his involvement in an upcoming drumming project. He will also put the finishing touches on his third book, “The Making of Ashes of the Wake”, coming soon.

In other news, CHRIS ADLER recently announced his 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 is distributing exclusively throughout North America. Head to this location to view a video about how the VRUK DrumMaster Heel Plate works (click “watch video” link), read testimonials, grab coupon codes and more! To purchase or reserve your heel plate, visit www.chris-adler.com/onlineshop/ or www.vrukpedal.com/store.html.

 

 

 

 

 

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.