Mastodon Announce Spring Headlining Tour

MASTODON ANNOUNCE SPRING HEADLINING TOUR

 

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH

 

BAND COMPLETING WORK ON UPCOMING NEW ALBUM IN NASHVILLE WITH PRODUCER NICK RASKULINECZ

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February 3rd, 2014 – (Burbank, CA.) – Ending weeks of speculation Mastodon have announced that they will hit the road for a headlining spring tour with support from Gojira and Kvelertak. The tour kicks off April 28th in Seattle and criss-crosses the U.S. before culminating in a performance at the Rock On The Range Festival on May 18th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 7th.

 

Mastodon have been in the studio in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) working on the follow-up to their critically acclaimed album The Hunter, which entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10 and found its way onto several Year End/Best Of critics’ lists, including those compiled by Rolling StoneSpinRevolverDecibel and many more. More details about the new album will be announced soon. Until then, stay tuned to www.mastodonrocks.com. Details on the release of Mastodon’s anticipated 6th studio effort will be revealed soon.

 

Mastodon’s upcoming spring U.S. tour dates are as follows:

 

04/29    Portland, OR                             Roseland Theater

05/01    Oakland, CA                             Fox Theater

05/02    Los Angeles, CA                       Nokia Theater

05/03    Las Vegas, NV                          House of Blues

05/07    Minneapolis, MN                       First Avenue

05/08    Chicago, IL                               The Riviera Theater

05/09    Pittsburgh, PA                          Stage AE

05/12    Buffalo, NY                               The Town Ballroom

05/13    Washington, DC                        9:30 Club

05/15    New York, NY                           Terminal 5

05/16    Boston, MA                              The Palladium

05/17    Philadelphia, PA                        Electric Factory

05/18    Columbus, OH                          Rock On The Range

The recently released Mastodon Live At Brixton is available now. This live concert experience is available as an audio-only version and a live digital video version directed by Ryan Mackfall (Crashburn Media) (both featuring the full 97-minute performance) and is available from all digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon. The full set-list is as follows:

 

 

Dry Bone Valley

Black Tongue

Crystal Skull

I Am Ahab

Capillarian Crest

Colony of Birchmen

Megalodon

Thickening

Blasteroid

Sleeping Giant

Ghost of Karelia

All The Heavy Lifting

Spectrelight

Curl of the Burl

Bedazzled Fingernails

Circle of Cysquatch

Aqua Dementia

Crack The Skye

Where Strides The Behemoth

Iron Tusk

March of the Fireants

Blood and Thunder

Creature Lives

 Click here to order Mastodon Live At Brixton.

THE GROUND BENEATH -“SELF TITLED” CD REVIEW

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1. Choke
2. Say It
3. Signs
4. It’s You
5. Blame
6. The Passing
7. Lost In Me
8. Blind
9. Memphis
10. RLS
11. Back Door Alley Girl
12. Disappear
13. Mine
14. Flounder Piano
15. Burjay

The Ground Beneath is:
Steve Civerolo – Vocals/Electric & Acoustic six & Twelve string guitars, Brian Scott – Drums, Hunter McCoy – Bass guitar

Guest Musicians on “Self Titled”:
Brian Ostrom – Four string bass guitar on “Memphis”, Paul Civerolo – Guest lead electric six string guitar on “Lost In Me” (Paul appears courtesy of Howlin’ Dog Records), Laurie Selby – Cello on “It’s You”/”Blame”/”Not Me” (Laurie appears courtesy of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra), Jonathan “Jonny Law” Jonah – Guest lead vocals on “Burjay” (Jonathan appears courtesy of Rancho Relaxo Records), Rick Fusco & Kenny Davis – gang vocals on “Mine”

     I have had this CD for a couple of weeks now. The official release is going to be on January 17th 2013 at the Launchpad in Albuquerque, NM.

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Let’s get into the CD itself. The Ground Beneath is one of those bands that just plain and simply gets it. Steve Beneath is one hard-working SOB, always at shows, doing radio guest spots, texting about upcoming shows, anything it takes.  That tenacity shows in the latest release from The Ground Beneath “Self Titled”. “Self Titled” is actually the name of the new CD, a little bit of humor from the band.

Let’s get the technical stuff out-of-the-way first. The CD is clean and I mean CLEAN, the production quality is top-notch. The mix is great and the sound is not muddied in any way. Kudos for the guys on their attention to detail. This CD is meant to be played LOUD and is sounds great at those ear bleeding volumes.

Now for the fun stuff! I have been listening to this CD pretty regularly and this just so happens to be my third rewrite of this review. I keep coming back to this CD and discovering more stuff that I like about it. I love it when a band makes music that is inspired by other artists and yet sounds new. Let me explain, I know Steve is inspired by bands like Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, Pantera, Down, Corrosion of Conformity, HELLYEAH, Strapping Young Lad, Deftones, U2, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Damageplan. You can hear elements from all of these bands in the music and yet it remains distinctly The Ground Beneath.

“Self Titled” is , dare I say, a groovy record. While the world must be obliged with the obligatory single, which is “Blind”, I think the CD needs to be taken as a whole. The flow of the songs is just that good. I actually forget this is a local band out of Albuquerque, New Mexico when I am listening to it. Which leads me to ask “Why isn’t stuff like this being played on national radio?”

Steve handles all of the writing of the lyrics and music which is a testament to his talent. The band as a whole plays the songs that Steve has envisioned with a fervor and passion that will quickly infect you. Steve’s vocal work and guitar skills are right on par with some of the music world best. Brian “Bearface” Scott goes from flat-out pound your skull in drumming to tribal like beats keeping the band anchored with a solid back beat. Hunter McCoy anchors the package together with some bass lines that will have your heart pounding trying to keep up.

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In conclusion “Self Titled” is a record chock full of solid Rock N’ Roll tunes, pinch harmonics, throbbing bass lines, pounding drums, melodic compositions, hypnotic vocals and yes even a cello. Solid 10 out of 10 in my book, definitely a necessity in everyone’s music collection.

it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s THE GROUND BENEATH

– the Hellion

 

THE MUSIC WORLD MOURNS THE LOSS OF DEFTONES BASSIST CHI CHENG

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August 15, 1970 – April 13, 2013

     I was saddened to hear of the passing yesterday of longtime Deftones bassist Chi Cheng. He had been struggling with recovery since a horrific automobile accident in November of 2008. Chi leaves behind a wife and a son. Chi was a  practicing Buddhist, and maintained an interest in Taoism and Shamanism.

     We will all miss our brother Chi. Here is a website where you can get news http://oneloveforchi.com/

R.I.P. Chi I will love and respect you forever

the Hellion

World-Renowned Drummer Gil Sharone of STOLEN BABIES to Host Artist Workshop at the First GUITAR CENTER Musician’s Expo‏

World-Renowned Drummer Gil Sharone of STOLEN BABIES to Host Artist Workshop at the First GUITAR CENTER Musician’s Expo

On Tour this Month with WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY

On Tour in April with COAL CHAMBER and SEVENDUST

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World-renowned drummer Gil Sharone of STOLEN BABIES is pleased to announce that he will be hosting an artist workshop at Guitar Center’s first Musician’s Expo on Saturday, April 6th at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA. Guitar Center’s Musician’s Expo gives the public a sneak peek at the best of next season’s music gear from the music instrument industry’s leading manufacturers, along with artist workshops, group lessons, panel discussions and more, all at one location. Gil Sharone, who is also known around the globe for his impressive work in the reggae world, as well as with bands like Dillinger Escape Plan and +44, will host the workshop at 4:00pm on the day of the event. He will be joined by musicians Chino Moreno (Deftones), Todd Wilkinson (Team Sleep) and Chuck Doom (Crosses). For more information on the expo, visit ModernDrummer.com’s news post on the subject.

Gil Sharone recently announced that he joined the Vater endorsement family! Gil’s fresh perspective on drumming, dedication, and his love for the craft have allowed him to play with many artists he came up listening to like Fishbone, Dillinger Escape Plan, OTEP, Dave Wakeling, Maynard James Keenan, Tom Morello, HR, and Eek-A-Mouse to name a few. Vater took notice to this and once he tried out the sticks, Gil knew it was a match made in drumming heaven.

Gil Sharone is also featured in the new DW Drums ad, just below.

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STOLEN BABIES will join Coal Chamber, Sevendust, and Lacuna Coil on their upcoming North American tour for select east coast dates.STOLEN BABIES will join the tour on April 13th in Toronto, ON. Tomorrow, the band will hop on a quick run with WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY. See below for all confirmed tour dates.

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W/ WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY

3/21 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s Pub

3/22 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum

3/23 – Orlando, FL @ The Social

3/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Under the Coach – Georgia Tech

3/25 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger

3/26 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel

3/27 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar

3/28 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes w/ 1ST OF 3

3/29 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza w/ RASPUTINA

3/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer w/ RASPUTINA

W/ SEVENDUST, LACUNA COIL, COAL CHAMBER

4/13 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy – NO SEVENDUST

4/14 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater

4/16 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

4/17 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

4/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

4/19 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

4/20 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony

4/22 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live

4/23 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte

4/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

4/26 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Ballroom

4/27 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater

4/28 – Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Ballroom

 

STOLEN BABIES released their new album in October, entitled Naught. The album is available at your local music retailer and through iTunes, Amazon and all other standard digital retailers.

STOLEN BABIES is:

Dominique Lenore Persi – Lead Vocals/Accordion

Rani Sharone – Bass/Vocals

Gil Sharone – Drums

Davey Oberlin – Guitar (touring member)

For more information on STOLEN BABIES, please visit these websites:

www.stolenbabiestheband.com

www.facebook.com/stolenbabiesofficial

www.twitter.com/stolenbabies

www.myspace.com/stolenbabies

INDEMNIFIED – CLOCKWORK SOLDIER CD REVIEW

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   1. Shapechanger

2. Lady Noir

3. Hunter

4. Ignorance

5. The CattleLyst

6. Tarot

7. Amburgris

8. Honor

9. Clockwork soldier

10. Magga

11. Memorial

 

Indemnified has grown up. I met the band a while back and felt that there was potential and that this band could have something with a little work. Clockwork Soldier is the culmination of their hard work.

I was approached by the band to do  a pre-release review and was honored to do so. Here is my take on Clockwork Soldier.

The CD overall is recorded well and the production value is high (recorded at Third Eye Studios, great work guys). This CD can hold its own with sound quality. Professionally packaged, with quality artwork, it does not have the look of some indie releases.

Let’s get into the music. The songs are well written and carry a groove that suits the flow of the CD. I can hear elements of other bands like White Zombie, Deftones, The Cure, System Of A Down, and Tool. They pull this off without “ripping off” the licks of said bands, if you listen to the CD you will hear what I mean.

“Shapechanger” has to be the standout track on the record for me. It grabs hold  and burrows into your brain where it runs around in there and has you humming it throughout the day. I put together a a little video of pics over the song for you to hear what I mean, check it out here:

     Hunter S. Thompson is one of my favorite authors and the first time I saw Indemnified I was thrilled to see them pay homage to him with their song “Hunter”. They have included it on Clockwork Soldier much to my delight. If you are not familiar with the works of Hunter S. Thompson you should do yourself a favor and check out some, you’ll appreciate the song a little more when you do.

“Honor”, “Clockwork Soldier”, “Magga”, and “Memorial” combined tell a tale of the horrors and tragedies of war. Poignant and touching these songs achieve the intended effect.

“Lady Noir”, “The CattleLyst”, “Tarot”, and “Amburgris” do a nice job of carrying the vibe of the CD. It flows is the best way for me to put it. I find some new elements with each listen. What’s cool about this CD is you can put it on, press play, enjoy, and then realize it’s over and you have to press play again.    Overall a solid CD from a band I hope to hear a lot more from in the future. Sold Thumbs up from the Hellion!

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Guitar: Travis Grob
Bass: Ray Buckman
Drums: Don Ivie
Vocals: West Gallowglass

https://www.facebook.com/indemnified

 

Marking the Band’s First U.S. Live Performances in 10 Years, COAL CHAMBER Announces Co-Headliner with SEVENDUST, Featuring Special Guests LACUNA COIL — CANDLELIGHT RED and STOLEN BABIES to Open Select Dates‏

Marking the Band’s First U.S. Live Performances in 10 Years, COAL CHAMBER Announces Co-Headliner with SEVENDUST, Featuring Special Guests LACUNA COIL

 

CANDLELIGHT RED and STOLEN BABIES to Open Select Dates

 

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Marking their first U.S. live performances in over 10 years, 90’s alt-metal band COAL CHAMBER is pleased to announce that they are back in action and kicking off a co-headline tour with Sevendust this spring. The tour will also feature special guests Lacuna Coil as direct support on each date, as well as Candlelight Red and Stolen Babies opening on either half of the run (see the split below). See below for a full listing of North American tour dates.

 

Each member of COAL CHAMBER had words to share about the announcement.

 

“I’m STOKED to be bringing COAL CHAMBER back to the United States,” exclaims vocalist Dez Fafara. “These shows are going to fucking rule! The line-up is perfect! Hope to see you all there!”

 

“The past has fuelled the fire to bring COAL CHAMBER back stronger than ever,” adds drummer Mike Cox. “I couldn’t be more excited to tour the states on an amazing tour. HERE WE GO!”

 

“I’m really excited and grateful to be a part of such an awesome bill! We will be slaying it across America and the world,” adds guitarist Meegs Rascón.

 

Bassist Chela Rhea Harper states, “America is where COAL CHAMBER started; where the music first came to life.  The entire experience in Australia and South America has been so surreal up until this point, and to be able to continue this adventure on the band’s home soil is an honor. The support from all has been tremendous.”

 

Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 18th! See below for all currently confirmed tour dates and stay tuned for more ticketing information.

 

 

COAL CHAMBER with Sevendust, Lacuna Coil, Candlelight Red and Stolen Babies:

3/28 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee*

3/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia LA Live*

3/30 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom*

3/31 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades*

4/2 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre*

4/3 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion*

4/4 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom*

4/5 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s*

4/6 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave*

4/8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights*

4/9 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes*

4/11 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s*

4/12 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s*

4/13 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy**

4/14 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater**

4/16 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium**

4/17 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater**

4/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory**

4/19 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom**

4/20 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom**

4/22 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!**

4/23 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore**

4/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle**

4/26 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Ballroom**

4/27 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater**

4/28 – Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Ballroom**

 

*feat. Candlelight Red

**feat. Stolen Babies