American Metal Legends TESTAMENT Announce “Dark Roots of Thrash II” Tour, Coming April 2015

TESTAMENT to Perform an Exclusive New Set List, Including The Legacy and The New Order in Their Entirety + Select Practice What You Preach Album Cuts
Re-Introducing Bassist STEVE DIGIORGIO
Support from Thrash Leaders EXODUS + Texas Metal Assailants SHATTERED SUN
TESTAMENT and EXODUS Combined VIP Meet & Greet Experience Available via
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     Pioneers of the classic American metal scene, TESTAMENT, are announcing what will undoubtedly be the most crushing heavy metal tour to hit North America this spring – the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour! The Dark Roots of Thrash II tour will conquer North America for five weeks, beginning April 1st in San Francisco, and will include select TESTAMENT and EXODUS festival performances. Select cities are on sale now, and more dates will be announced soon. 
Adding to TESTAMENT’s live onslaught, fans will receive a guaranteed pummelling from the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour’s revered support: fellow Bay Area-thrashers EXODUS and Texas melodic metal assailants SHATTERED SUN.
TESTAMENT, EXODUS and SHATTERED SUN “Dark Roots of Thrash II” Dates:
04/01/15   Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
04/02/15   House Of Blues – Hollywood, CA
04/03/15   Livewire – Scottsdale, AZ
04/04/15   Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
04/06/15   Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
04/07/15   House Of Blues – Houston, TX
04/08/15   House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
04/10/15   Pop’s – Sauget, IL
04/11/15   Mojoes – Joliet, IL
04/12/15   Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
04/13/15   The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
04/15/15   Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/16/15   Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
04/17/15   Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
04/18/15   The Palladium – Worcester, MA, New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
04/19/15   The Paramount – Huntington, NY
04/21/15   Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
04/22/15   Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
04/23/15   Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
     it’s gonna get LOUD!!!
     -the Hellion

the Hellion Rocks presents: EMMURE!


The people at Victory Records have been good to the Hellion Rocks. They recently put me in touch with Mike and Jesse the guitarists for EMMURE. We had a chance to hang out a bit before their set and we even managed an on camera interview. Thanks to my man Stevo Richardson for filling in on the camera (catch his cameo in the mirror).


Here is the interview for your perusal:

     it’s loud, it’sdirty, it’s EMMURE!

     -the Hellion

The REVEREND HORTON HEAT – Albuquerque, NM 12/27/2013

the stage is set

the stage is set

It was a very cool show that I witnessed the night of 12/27/13 at the Launchpad in Albuquerque, NM. The Reverend Horton Heat was in town. I talked to some people waiting at the door and found that they were from Durango Colorado and had come for the stylings of the Reverend.

Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath

Jim “Reverend Horton” Heath

There was an interesting mix in the crowd from the young to the much older. There were people dressed “Rockabilly” style to some metal heads. I have not seen the venue that crowded in quite a while, it was very refreshing.

The Reverend and Jimbo Wallace

The Reverend and Jimbo Wallace

I listened to the crowd talk about RHH and heard some interesting tales:  “This is the 16th time I’ve seen them ” said one guy, “I remember when I was a little girl and my uncle took me to see them”, a lady recounted, “They are kinda like the Grateful Dead for me. When they tour I follow them around so I don’t miss out”, said an older gentleman, “The musical style of RHH is what I grew up on. I am so glad they are still carrying the torch”, from a 20ish guy.

Th Reverend and Jimbo showing how it's done!

Th Reverend and Jimbo showing how it’s done!

I have been to many, many shows. Been in the pits of destruction of metal mayhems, most were tame in comparison when RHH got down to business. There was hardly room to breathe much less try to take some pictures, but we all loved it.

Scott Churilla keeping time

Scott Churilla keeping time

Jimbo Wallace kickin' your ass!

Jimbo Wallace kickin’ your ass!

I was so glad to the support for this energetic and very talented band. I have enjoyed The Reverend Horton Heat for quite awhile now, and I can say they are here to stay! They played song after song and the crowd sang along right with them. There was a mixture of old and new songs from their upcoming release “Rev” which is due out late January on Victory Records Thanks guys, and thanks to Victory Records for inviting me to the show and setting me up with a phone interview with Jim Heath to take place this Monday 12/30/13 (look for it next week with more show photos!)

the rhythm section of RHH

the rhythm section of RHH

RHH in action!

RHH in action!

it’s loud, it’s a psychobilly freakout, it’s the Reverend Horton Heat!

the Hellion

SEEKER on the Hellion Rocks!



     Josh Eldridge from Victory Records brought SEEKER to my attention. It just so happened that they were also coming to my town. I managed to drag them away for 10 minutes and chat with them about music. I was able to shoot their set for review (coming soon). Check out this the interview right here: 

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s SEEKER!!

     -the Hellion


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THESE HEARTS has returned with the release of their sophomore album, Yours To TakeTHESE HEARTSteamed up with Joey Sturgis (ASKING ALEXANDRIA) and Andrew Wade (A DAY TO REMEMBER) to create the perfect soundtrack to your summer. THESE HEARTS‘ sound is a combination of honest, refreshing, and spirited choruses with stellar guest appearances from vocalists Mattie Montgomery (FOR TODAY) and Bert Poncet (CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK), Yours To Take boasts a balanced collection of both heavy and emotive anthems. New Noise Magazine agrees, calling the album “everything you could want from THESE HEARTS and more” and “proof that they can succeed at writing and playing any style they chose”.

We brought you A DAY TO REMEMBER and TAKING BACK SUNDAY, if you liked those bands you will loveTHESE HEARTS. Order your copy of Yours To Take at or download the album at iTunes /AmazonMP3 and see why Huffington Post awarded it “5 out of 5 stars”. The album is also available at Best Buy for $7.99, FYE, Hastings and independent retailers.

The album release tour begins July 18th in Joliet, IL. See a full list of tour dates here.

For more information on These Hearts:

Tour Dates:
7/18 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
7/19 – South Bend, IN @ Generic
7/20 – Kalkaska, MI @ The Fairgrounds
7/21 – Chesterfield, MI @ NYNY
7/24 – Newport, KY @ Thompson House
7/25 – Indianapolis, IN @ Irving Theater
7/26 – Terre Haute, IN @ THMV
7/27 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar