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 MOTOR CULT IS
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
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!)
Zero G and I are from the same mold, fans of old school punk/metal. We recently met up during NAMM weekend and it was like we had been friends for life. Check out this interview and you’ll see what I mean (oh yeah, gets funny at the end, but hey that’s Rock N’ Roll):
Great bunch of guys, I got to meet and hang out a bit with the guys from Death Alley Motor Cult during NAMM weekend. They put on a great set and I want to share this band with the world. Here’s an interview with drummer “Banker” :
‘Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III’: Vinyl Edition Hits Stores Today!
Headline Tour with MACHINE HEAD, ALL THAT REMAINS and Special Guests THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Happening Now – Norfolk, Philadelphia and NYC Dates Rescheduled
Last month, Adult Swim animated metallers DETHKLOK released their new album, Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III, to a #10 Billboard Top 200 chart debut. Now, the public can experience the immensity of the world’s greatest metal band on vinyl! The vinyl LP edition of the album with special etching is available today via Amazon.com.
Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III was released on October 16, 2012 via Williams Street Records, the network’s independent music label. Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III is also available in a variety of additional formats including a standard CD, clean CD and Deluxe Edition CD/DVD combo, which includes a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and more.
Head to www.adultswim.com/dethalbum3 NOW to listen to new tracks from the album, watch the music video for ‘The Galaxy’, and find information about the band’s current tour. Fans can also purchase the album at Best Buy and other retailers. Metalocalypse Season 4 is available now on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
^See special etching above^
DETHKLOK is currently touring North America on their headline tour with support from All That Remains, Machine Head, and special guest The Black Dahlia Murder. The Black Dahlia Murder will open each show, with Machine Head and All That Remainsalternating direct support positions in the line-up in each city. The tour officially kicked off this week, with the first three dates (Norfolk, VA, Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY) being rescheduled for the end of the tour due to Hurricane Sandy. For ticket information, please visitwww.adultswim.com/dethtour. See below for all upcoming tour dates.
UPCOMING DETHKLOK TOUR DATES:
11/7/2012 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
11/8/2012 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/9/2012 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/10/2012 Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
11/11/2012 Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
11/13/2012 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/14/2012 Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
11/15/2012 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
11/16/2012 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/17/2012 Kansas City, MO @ Midland
11/18/2012 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/20/2012 Denver, CO @ Fillmore
11/21/2012 Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
11/23/2012 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/24/2012 Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/26/2012 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/27/2012 Hollywood, CA @ Palladium
11/28/2012 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
11/30/2012 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
12/1/2012 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
12/2/2012 Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
12/4/2012 Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
12/6/2012 Chattanooga, TN @Track 29
12/7/2012 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
12/8/2012 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
12/11/2012 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory – Rescheduled from 10/31
12/12/2012 Norfolk, VA @ Norva – Rescheduled from 10/30
12/14/2012 New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom – Rescheduled from 11/3
WARBEAST Set to Release New Full Length Album ‘Destroy’ in Early 2013
Legendary Pantera, Superjoint Ritual and DOWN vocalist PHILIP ANSELMO and Housecore Records thrashers WARBEASTrecently announced that they will be releasing a new split album entitled War of the Gargantuas. The split now has an official release date of January 8, 2012 and will include two songs from each artist. This album serves as the first release of any solo work by PHILIP ANSELMO during the span of his nearly 30-year legacy. Also, the two WARBEAST tracks on the split feature former bassist Alan Bovee before his amicable departure from the band. Since then, Dre Karst has joined on bass.
“This split is a glimpse into the future of both my solo project and ultimate thrash metallers WARBEAST. The title of the split is War of The Gargantuas and it is fitting on many levels because of our combined love for the 60’s Japanese film of the same name, the power of our combined musical output(s) and our humorous affection that plays out within each of our “Gargantuan” personalities,” states PHILIP ANSELMO. “Both WARBEAST and myself have full length LP’s that will be released shortly after this is released, but this split is unique musically. It is a time capsule; a loud pause ‘til we both release our full length products. Enjoy the destruction of music!”
“These two songs we have on War of the Gargantuas were the next level after Krush The Enemy,” states WARBEAST guitarist Scott Shelby. “They’ve been a staple in our set list for the last two years. These songs are a pure demonstration of our unique Texas thrash metal style.”
WARBEAST also recently announced the upcoming release of their second full-length album, Destroy. The album is scheduled to be released in early 2013 via Housecore Records and is currently in the mastering stages. Stay tuned for more information on Destroy coming very soon.
War of the Gargantua LINE UP:
PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS are:
Philip H. Anselmo – Vocals
Marzi Montazeri – Guitars
Bennett Bartley – Bass
Jose Manuel Gonzales – Drums
Bruce Corbitt – Vocals
Scott Shelby – Lead Guitar
Joe Gonzalez – Drums
Bobby Tillotson Jr. – Lead Guitar
Alan Bovee – Bass
WARBEAST is currently annihilating some European tour dates with DOWN. See below for all current tour dates.
WARBEAST headline dates in Germany:
11/6 – Siegen, Germany @ Vortex
11/7 – München Germany @ Backstage
11/8 – Vienna, Austria @ Arena
Tell us the story of how Reverence came to be.
Bryan: Sure, I found Todd Michael Hall, who also fronts Jack Starr’s Burning Starr, on Myspace on New Years Eve 2010, I contacted him, we met up to make a game plan and agreed to partner up and began writing for a new album. After demoing a few songs I contacted Frank Kruckel my bassist in Tokyo Blade and played him the new material and he signed on immediately. After recording the album Frank had to bow out so we recruited Todd’s bandmate/bassist in Burning Starr, Ned Meloni. I have known Doc Killdrums from Savatage for 17 plus years and had played with him many times before. Doc and I had always wanted to play together and this was the perfect opportunity, I sent him the demos and he signed on too. We knew we needed a second guitarist, so Doc suggested Pete Rossi from Pittsburg’s Sanxtion. We tossed the music back and forth to each other via the internet, which worked well finalizing the demos before heading into pre-production rehearsals and then into studio.
Do you think that all of the so-called genres, and sub-genres (Deaththrashspeedblackpowerdoomstoner) really matter?
Bryan: For the most part I think its pretty silly, unless there’s a real drastic difference in styles I think its pointless. There is such a minuscule difference between Power Metal, Heavy Metal, Traditional Metal, NWOBHM, I mean come on…its Metal stupid, Hahaha!
Rock N’ Roll music to me has always been the driving force in my soul and a brotherhood that allows us to share with others and have others share with us. What is the spirit of Rock N’ Roll to you guys?
Bryan: Truly the Reverence mantra has always been ‘All for one, One for all’. We’re all team players which with all the band members being from other somewhat known acts some may think the ego’s would be flying all over but it’s exactly the opposite, everyone in the band is very professional and down-to-earth. We’re all good friends and don’t war our feelings on our sleeves. Ultimately we’re just trying to create music that we love and feel is missing to some extent in today’s music, it’s really been driven underground lately and we’re just trying to carry on the flame.
Reverence happens to be one of my favorite new bands. How do you go about writing?
Bryan: Wow, thank you that’s a very big compliment. I usually write a completed song musically and send it over to Todd Hall (vocalist), he then writes his vocal lines and lyrics and we’ll tweak some of the musical arrangements until we feel we have it down to a final draft. Pete Rossi (2nd guitarist) also co-wrote several songs with us too for the album. So it’s really the three of us that wrote ‘When Darkness Calls’ but I believe with the next album we’ll have more participation from Pete and Ned Meloni (bassist) as well.
What are the demographics of the listeners for Reverence?
Bryan: Well with us being a metal band I think we’re painted into that corner a bit but that’s OK. I know we have fans that cover the ages from the teens to 50+ so I believe we have a good spread of appeal.
What era of Rock do you feel was the most culturally impactful? And Why?
Bryan: I think there’s been several significant eras, without a doubt both Elvis and The Beatles changed music during their peaks, after that it changed again in the 70’s and peaked in the 80’s especially with the video movement. To me it died down in the 90’s and 2000’s, but it almost feels like a resurgence is happening lately, almost like this is the 70’s again with the metal being in the underground, hopefully its ripe for a comeback.
In your opinion, what makes Reverence stand out from other bands?
Bryan: I think it’s really difficult for us to determine that being so close to it but I think we appeal to those that remember the classic metal sounds which I think we’ve managed to capture, the younger crowds are now getting interested in that sound too, plus also we have a bit of a modern feel too. So I think somehow we managed to cover some different bases with our sound but that’s just my two cents, what do I know, Hahaa!
If you could travel back in time and give your younger self some musical advice what would it be?
Bryan: I think I should have learned more about music theory, I’m self-taught so I have limited knowledge on theory that I think probably would have aided me in my formative musical years and even now.
What new music are you listening to and does it have an influence on your musicianship today?
Bryan: I really like a new band out of LA called Holy Grail, I think those guys are on the cusp of something special and are part of the thriving underground that hopefully will break through again like it did in the early 80’s. None of the newer bands really influence my playing at all, I am still stuck to my old influences of Randy Rhoads, Rik Emmett and Criss Oliva, I still drawn from them as well as classic era Judas Priest, Queensryche and Dio. I love the twin guitar attack of bands like Priest and Night Ranger, I guess I’m stuck in the 80’s huh! But thats part of the recipe that makes Reverence.
What is your take on the music industry/scene today?
Bryan: I think its pretty poor right now, it’s really underground kind of like in the early 80’s, definitely ripe for a comeback. It’s a bit better in Europe than America where everyone is very fickle and following fads. The world economy hasn’t done anything to help either plus people have a lot of distractions now with the web, Facebook, twitter, Xbox games, etc. music has become a distant thing for people to put their time into. All we can do is ride it out and do our best to carry on the flame of metal.
Many thanks for giving us the spotlight with this interview, we really appreciate everyone’s support of us, the positive feedback we’ve gotten from the fans press has been overwhelming, we can’t wait to take this on the road and get working on the follow-up to ‘When Darkness Calls’ which you can get on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Emusic and of course our own website ReverenceMetal.com as both a download and a physical CD.
Many thanks, Bryan Holland
I am grateful to Bryan for taking time from his busy schedule to answer these questions for me. If you haven’t checked out Reverence you are missing out on some great music. Here’s a link to their video for “Bleed For Me”: