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Watch a Full Set From Sirens and Sailors

Posted on February 6th, 2014 by MDuffy


With their sophomore full-length album Skeletons coming out in late 2013, Rochester, N.Y., hardcore band Sirens and Sailors have been touring diligently to support it.

Beginning the year with a run alongside This or the Apocalypse, Sirens and Sailors have traveled from East Coast to West Coast.

But for those that haven’t been able to catch a live show, video has surfaced of a full set from Sirens and Sailors at Strange Matter in Richmond, Va.

Check it out after the jump and visit Sirens and Sailors’ official website for more information. (more…)

Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel and the Aristocrats Rock the NAMM Jam

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by MDuffy

Over the past few years, the NAMM Jam has hosted some of the most talented artists in an event that is always called the hottest ticket at the NAMM Show.

This year’s concert was no different.  The buzz for the NAMM Jam built throughout the week, and as the concert at the Grove in Orange, Calif., neared on Saturday night, it was clear that it was going to be tough to gain access.

And rightfully so, as the crowd was set to witness the exciting progressive stylings of Guthrie Govan and the Aristocrats and Periphery, and to also see legendary guitarist Jake E Lee in action after a lengthy hiatus.

Lee’s new band Red Dragon Cartel has been touring in support of their self-titled debut album, which is an excellent showcase of his blues and hard rock background.  In addition, the prospect of viewing the former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist perform “Bark at the Moon” was the topic of constant chatter.

Things started off with Jake Allen, a late add to the bill, but a welcome one, for sure.  Allen’s inventive and original sounds blend rock, jazz and progressive music.  The fact that he achieves those sounds as a fingerstyle guitarist make Allen all the more impressive.

Allen, whose latest record is called Etherica, seized the audience’s attention by plucking away at this acoustic guitar, working his way up and down the frets and slapping its body for added percussion.

Then it was time for the Aristocrats, the technically mind-bending trio consisting of Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minneman.  Govan explained the union of a Brit (Govan), a German (Minneman) and an American (Beller) as part of the reason for the title of the band’s sophomore studio album Culture Clash.

The band was expertly tight all evening, and the collective atmosphere of the group shone through with each song.  There was one that Minneman wrote that challenged traditional blues concepts, and another one – “Louisville Stomp” – that Beller said sounds like the theme to the popular 1990s cartoon Ren & Stimpy.  Funny thing is, Guthrie’s rambunctious guitar in “Louisville Stomp” kind of does recall the show’s intro.

Periphery was up next, carrying the flag for the djent movement in progressive metal with an amazing instrumental performance.  For this D.C.-area group, the three-pronged guitar attack of Misha Mansoor, Jake Bowen and Mark Holcomb put forth an aural assault that bassist Adam Getgood and drummer Matt Halpern complemented with their aggressive rhythm section.

Following a 30-minute interlude by the always-provocative Johnny Coffin Fashion Show, in which L.A. fashion designers focused on an “Ode to Motorhead” theme, it was time for Red Dragon Cartel.

Coming out dressed in all black with his long hair tied in a topknot, Lee was hot from the beginning.  Not only did Red Dragon Cartel pull out several gems from their new album like “War Machine,” “Shout It Out” and the latest single “Seether,” but they also paid homage to Lee’s tenure with Osbourne and Badlands.

“I’m very, very lucky to do this song,” singer D.J. Smith said before launching into a stirring version of Badland’s “In a Dream.”  For that one, Smith was joined only by Lee’s soulful guitar as he plaintively sang, “In the morning I awake, and I’m blessed by God’s grace, just to open my eyes, see your face.”

The band also played Badland’s “Rumblin’ Train,” with Lee wringing every bluesy note out of his guitar.

For the big finale, Lee broke into his famous riff for “Bark at the Moon,” the iconic Osbourne track.  Several shouts of approval came from the crowd, as camera phones popped up to capture Lee doing what he does best.

The invitation-only NAMM Jam also gathered together many other musicians who were at NAMM, including Machine Head’s Phil Demmel, Chris Broderick and David Ellefson of Megadeth, Letlive’s Jeff Sayhoun, Wes Hauch and Michael Keene of the Faceless, and Bleeding Through’s Dave Nassie; among others.

And with all that star power under the Grove’s roof, the NAMM Jam continued its status as a must-see event.

Falling in Reverse Kick Off Tour in Los Angeles

Posted on January 17th, 2014 by MDuffy


Falling in Reverse decided to call their current run of shows with Escape the Fate the “Bury the Hatchet Tour,” and Wednesday night’s kickoff at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre certainly embodied that sentiment.

Not only did both bands deliver killer sets, but FIR frontman Ronnie Radke closed out the evening by performing two songs with Escape the Fate, marking the first time he’d shared the stage with his former group in over six years.

That joyous moment was met with wild cheers, as Radke and the guys from Escape the Fate tore through “Not Good Enough for Truth in Cliché” and “Situations” before the lights popped on inside the historic venue.

Before that, however, Radke and Falling in Reverse nearly blew the roof off the Wiltern.

An enthusiastic crowd chattered in anticipation while the crew set up Falling in Reverse’s gear, a din that only increased as a black curtain was slowly lowered to obscure the band’s entrance.  Once it rose, a pair of white risers flanked drummer Ryan Seaman, whose kit sat atop a video screen that displayed graphics and song titles throughout the concert. (more…)

Jake E Lee Rocks the Whisky With Red Dragon Cartel

Posted on December 13th, 2013 by MDuffy

Many years ago, the legendary Jake E Lee quietly rode off into the sunset after an amazing career with Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands, preferring to live a life out of the spotlight.

Now, with a new band – Red Dragon Cartel – and a new white Charvel signature guitar, Lee is back. Twenty years was certainly a long time to wait, but perhaps that’s what made Thursday night’s debut concert at Whisky A Go Go so special.

Fans packed the Hollywood landmark eager to see the wild-haired guitarist do his thing, with the crowd growing after each opening act completed their brief sets.

By the time the clock struck 11, Eddie Trunk, the influential hard rock and heavy metal radio personality (and host of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show), walked out on stage to introduce Lee. Trunk told the story of how he worked for years to not only seek out Lee, but also book him on That Metal Show, first as guest guitarist, and finally as a member of the rock-talk roundtable.

Eventually, around 11:30 p.m., it was time. Descending the Whisky’s stairs from the dressing room to wild applause, Lee unbound the topknot in his long hair, acknowledged the audience with an appreciative grin and picked up his trademark weapon. (more…)

Watch New Fan-Shot Footage of This or the Apocalypse

Posted on October 28th, 2013 by MDuffy

This or the Apocalypse has been touring in support of their 2012 album Dead Years, and a member of their street team recently put together a music video for the song “Hard Branch to Snap” featuring live footage from the road.

The clip combines performances from four different shows from March 13-17, 2013.

Watch the clip below and visit This of the Apocalypse’s official Facebook page for more information.

Gojira Drop New Video, New Split EP With Kvelertak

Posted on October 23rd, 2013 by MDuffy

Gojira has released a new video for the track “The Gift of Guilt” from their 2012 album L’Enfant Sauvage, and while the live footage might not be as amazing as seeing the French metallers in person, it certainly captures the heaviness of their show.

In addition, Gojira has a new split EP out with Roadrunner Records labelmates Kvelertak that is available for free.  Each band contributed three songs to the EP, including Gojira’s “The Gift of Guilt.”

Check out the video here, via MetalSucks.net, and stream or download the EP here.

Watch a Full Set From Denver Thrashers Havok

Posted on August 29th, 2013 by MDuffy

Havok Saint Vitus Bar
Denver thrash band Havok released the heavy Unnatural Selection in late June of 2013, and since then, the guys have been touring had to support it.

From Mexico to Canada and many places in between, Havok will hit the West Coast for a string of shows over the next few weeks before wrapping their tour on Sept. 14 in their hometown.

For those that can’t make it out to see Havok live, video of their entire performance at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, N.Y., has surfaced online.

Check it out below and visit Havok’s official Facebook page for more information.

Watch Two More Bukowski Tracks on Une Dose 2 Metal

Posted on July 31st, 2013 by MDuffy

A few weeks ago, we came across video of French rock band Bukowski on L’Enorme TV’s Une Dose 2 Metal playing the track “My Name is Kozanowski,” and now a few more clips from that performance have been posted.

In the videos below, check out Bukowski in action with “Hard Times” off their latest release Hazardous Creatures and “Car Crusher” from their 2009 album Amazing Grace.

Visit Bukowski’s official Facebook page for more information.

Huntress Slays at Mayhem Festival

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 by MDuffy


With a new album Starbound Beast coming out earlier this year, California metallers Huntress scored a choice spot on the summerlong Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival roster.

At the fest’s recent tour-opening event in San Bernadino, Calif., Huntress definitely earned their billing, unleashing a furious performance on an eager audience that held their horns high.

Calling to mind European heavy metal from the 1980s, Huntress’ dueling guitars provided great depth to their songs.  Guitarists Blake Meahl and Anthony Crocamo seem to emit more thrash metal, but they also dabble in black metal and more melodic sounds.

Meanwhile, it is impossible to take ones eyes off Huntress’ Jill Janus, whose stage presence is full of dark energy.  Donning a black cape on a day where temperatures reached the triple digits, Janus stalked back and forth, alternating between creeping ghoul and marching soldier. (more…)

Falling in Reverse Celebrate Fashionably Late with Special Roxy Show

Posted on June 20th, 2013 by MDuffy

Ronnie Radke belting out new Falling in Reverse tunes.

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Falling in Reverse’s latest album Fashionably Late received a warm welcome this week when the band celebrated its release with a special performance at the Roxy in West Hollywood, Calif.

Starting around 2:30 p.m. PST, the event was streamed online to a worldwide audience.  But for those lucky enough to actually attend it, the energy and excitement was palpable. (more…)

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