Monday, May 29, 2017

Dark Phantom

Dark Phantom is a band from Iraq. Below is some official information about the band and their story about their dedication to the music that they love. Their style is a modern style of thrash with attention to the guitar work, riffs and solos and songs that are made for banging your head. Listen to their album at the first link below.
Dark Phantom
Nation of Dogs
release date: May 8th, 2016
label: independent
1. Dark Ages 00:21
2. New Gospel 03:11
3. Nation of Dogs 04:18
4. Judgment Call 03:23
5. Unholy Alliance 03:17
6. O! Holocaust 03:35
7. Atomosphere 03:34
8. Confess 03:28
9. On the Brink of Terror 02:53
10. State of War 03:07
total time 31:07
Biography: Dark Phantom’s idea began in Kirkuk, Iraq late in 2007. The impression was to reach their dreams in western music and to express the inferior circumstances in the city, and explain it to the universe. But things wasn't able to progress, due to the bad situation in Iraq, and that lead to postponement of forward progress and a period of hibernation, for their safety.This was for survival, without any developments in the level of art. In 2008, the band was able to start up again and started rehearsal, despite all the dangers. Death was a consequence, of being caught playing this music in an Al Queda controlled situation. It was a volatile situation. Dark Phantom could then, hardly compose their first song, before there was a decline in the band's musical direction. They turned to cover songs, and, at the same time, worked on original music.There was a lot criticism in the Iraqi arena, to the band's music after the war, but the band was still looking to faith and hope, to guide them in what they believe – that music, itself, means life.
In 2009, the band managed to have a birth of their own music, by starting to write the first songs after many months in rehearsal. The final result was good, but no one regarded it. The band started to find ways to rerecord it, but unfortunately needed lessons in audio technique. After some instruction and added new hardware and software, the band continued preparation for more songs, and they set to make their first album. At first, it took a while to figure out the name of album. They settled on "Beta". In 2011, the band played their first concert in the city of Kirkuk. It was unforeseen, that under the same circumstances (volatile aggression, anti-metal music “laws”, etc.) a crowd came to see them and news of event rocked the small city. After the success of that gig, the band returned again to their studio to finish the album that they promised to their new fans.
After a lot of demand from the fans on the band's Facebook page for a second concert, in 2011, Dark Phantom was ready, but there was another situation that made it impossible. Terror groups and their allies began threatening to close all the of band's pages on the internet. The band was also warned, again, to stop their activities, or else. Now, in 2012, Dark Phantom’s members return to work on the final touches of their album. Now, as they finish it, they still struggle for local and worldwide promotion, and are awaiting the day that their dreams become reality, through their faith and hope in humanity.
After the band reputation was spread in the area, exactly in 2013 they started getting invitation to make a live concerts in different cities and indeed they responded, making 3 successful concerts in 3 different cities which was a great recovery and improvement for the band health. In 2014 some major changes were made to the band Vocal & Drummer (as they both left for safety reasons and the bad current situation of Iraq) and started working in a different fields . So, Mir was introduced to the band as a Vocal and Mahmood as a Drummer , were eventually the band style and musical color was changed to adapt the Thrash Death Metal Genre. And in a short time they made their 1st original Track (Nation of Dogs) Which opened the rusty gates for the band to start their 1st Album which is still "under construction" these days. As they are struggling hardly and travel across cities to meet for their dream the "Rehearsal" and creating the Passion's Music.
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NEWS: Hands of Deliverance

Hands of Deliverance is an upfront groove metal from the state of Washington, from the city of Renton, according to Metal Archives. They have an album in 2017 and you can listen to the complete album at the first link below. They do not have much information on Facebook and there are no pictures of the band at this point. If you support groove metal, check this band out.
OFFICIAL: Born from the ashes of the northwest metal band Systemik, Hands of Deliverance is a metal band that combines multiple influences from progressive metal to straight up old school metal. Influences range from Machine Head, Lamb of God, Metallica, Dream Theater, and Iron Maiden. The band's insightful lyrics, blazing lead guitar work, and sweeping dynamics makes for a roller coaster ride of a listening experience.
Hands of Deliverance
Entity
release date: April 14th, 2017
label: independent
1.The Devil's Promise 05:23
2.Hell Bent 04:31
3.I of Betrayal 06:46
4.The Weight of Everything 06:06
5.Forsaking Dreams That Die 08:19
6.For an Eternity 06:57
7.The Divide 07:24
8.Sovereign 07:27
9.Aftermath 07:06
total time 59:59
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NEWS: Threshold

The long-running progressive metal act Threshold (U.K.) recently made several important announcements that are of interest to the supporters of the band and to traditional/melodic prog fans in general.
The first major piece of information deals with a change in singer. The longtime singer Damian Wilson is no longer in the band, and that concludes his third stint in the band. Rather than bring in a totally new singer into the fold, the band has recruited returning vocalist Glynn Morgan, who sang on the band’s 1994 studio album Psychedelicatessen and 1995’s live album Livedelica. The new line-up is pictured above.
Glynn Morgan commented: "I was over the moon when I got the phone call. To work with Karl and Richard and be a part of the mighty THRESHOLD story once more is a great honour. I can't wait to start recording, the new material has me hooked already."
The band has also announced that the new album will be called Legends of the Shires. It will be the band’s eleventh studio album. They say that they are finishing up the new work, the band’s first double album, and that it will be available later on this year.
In addition, later this year they will be doing a tour in Europe for the new album and Glynn Morgan, of course, will do vocals, but he will also play guitar. Here is the information about the tour.
"Legends Of The Shires" - Tour 2017
12.11. EL Kyttaro Live Club - Athens
28.11. NL Weert - Bosuil
29.11. DE Hamburg - Markthalle
30.11. DE Berlin - Lido
01.12. DE Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
02.12. DE München - Feierwerk
03.12. CH Pratteln - Z7
05.12. DE Stuttgart - Club Cann
06.12. DE Hannover - Musikzentrum
07.12. BE Kortrijk - De Kreun
08.12. DE Essen - Turock
09.12. NL Zoetermeer - Boerderij
10.12. UK London - O2 Islington Academy
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Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated May 29, 2017

Friends in the state of Washington,
Is there a metal music show in your area that is not listed in this calendar? Does your local metal band have a show coming up and is not listed here? Is your band's name spelled incorrectly? Are the dates wrong? If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated May 29, 2017
May 29 Behexen, Demoncy, Inquinok, A God or an Other at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 29 Blood and Thunder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 29 Homewrecker, Cujo, Tigerhawk, Slog at Real Art Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
May 29 Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 30 Homewrecker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 30 Deathbed Confessions, Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn, Drug of Choice at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
June 2 Black Bone Exorcism, Dust Moth, Rhine, Pink Muscles at Real Art Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
June 2 Born Without Blood, Tenrai, Kömmand at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 3-4 Dankstock 2017, Mesa, Washington. Saturday, June 3: The Devils of Loudun; The Festering - Tri-Cities, WA; Blood and Thunder - Everett, WA; Transcribing The Necronomicon - Yelm, WA; Odyssian - Seattle, WA; At Home In Hell -Butte, MT; Repudiate - Seattle, WA; Benign - Spokane, WA; Tsuga - Spokane, WA; Withheld Judgement - Spokane Valley, WA; Desolate - Moses Lake, WA. Sunday, June 4: CZAR - Tacoma, WA; Zan - Richland, WA; The Bangers - Port Angeles, WA; Skinwalker - Omak, WA; Master Kush Ultra - Port Angeles, WA; Blacktracks - Eugene, OR/Spokane, WA; Deathbed Confessions - Tacoma, WA; The Malt Liquor Shitz - Missoula, MT; Infrablaster - Tri-Cities, WA; The Hallows - Spokane, WA; Florida Man - Seattle, WA; Honey Badger - Wherever, WA; Crytikal Mass - Spokane, WA.
June 3 Metal Church, Sons of Mercury, What Thou Wilt, Sin Circus at Cultura Events Center, Tacoma, WA
June 3 Xoth, Hexengeist, Pinned RED at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
June 3 The Led Zeppelin Experience, with Dire Fire at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
June 4 Angelcorpse, Ares Kingdom, Drawn and Quartered, Petrification, Pathetic at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 5 Ergo I Exist, Esoson, Born without Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 5 Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Gloom, Transcribing The Necronomicon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 6 Zakk Sabbath, Beastmaker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 6 A Flourishing Scourge, Rhine, Crud Guns, Depths of the Sunset at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 7 Heresiarch, Ritual Necromancy, Harvest Gulgatha, Hissing, Void Wraith at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 7 Ghost Ship Octavius at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 8 Lita Ford at Clearwater Casino, Suquamish, WA
June 8 Ghost Ship Octavius at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
June 9 Ghost Ship Octavius, Beltfed Weapon, Blood and Thunder, Massacre at the Opera Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 9 Def Leppard at White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA
June 10 Ghost Ship Octavius at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
June 10 Pygottapalooza 2017: Boxcutter PNW, Ghostblood, The Great Sorcerer, Dead Hookers at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
June 10 Hellyeah at The Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
June 10 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Mill Bay Casino Deep Water Amphitheater, Manson, WA
June 11 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Demoncy, Triumvir Foul at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 11 Every Hand Betrayed, Serpents Tongue, Words from Aztecs at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered, Beltfed Weapon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 12 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Triumvir Foul, Mortiferum at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
Northwest Terror Fest June 15-17 at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
Warning, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yob, Goatwhore, Samothrace, Cult Leader, Graves at Sea, King Woman, Usnea, Fórn, Call of the Void, Pilgrim, Young and in the Way, Nomads, Lycus, CHRCH, Transient, Take Over and Destroy, Aerial Ruin, Uada, Infernal Coil, Endorphins Lost, Witch Ripper, Burials, Sol, Rhine, Old Iron, others
June 16 Vans Warped Tour at Centurylink Field, Seattle, WA: Gwar, Municipal Waste, Carnifex, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, others
June 16 The Heroine, Witchburn, Zero Down, The Plot Sickens at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 16 SLAM 2017: Mechanism, Convergence, Chamber 6, many others at Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 17 Zombiefest 10 at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA: Ten Pole Drunk, Y.I.A., Generation Decline, Crush Proof Juicebook, Noceur, Mercy Seat, Urðr, Zero Hero, Oxygen Destroyer, Shot on Site
June 19 Inanimate Existence, Reaping Asmodeia, Cyborg Octopus, The Devils of Loudun at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 19 Tengger Cavalry, Felix Martin, Helsott at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 20 Helion Prime, Weaponlord, Thread the Sky, Nasty Bits at Highline, Seattle, Wa
June 21 Helion Prime, Heart Avail, Framework, Aardvark at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 22 Inanimate Existence, Reaping Asmodeia, Cyborg Octopus at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 23 Demerit, Generation Decline, Acid Teeth, Ground Score, No Klasse at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 23 Bürien/ Marc & the HorseJerks, Power Skeleton, Dystopian Anthems at Lucky Liquor, Tukwila, WA
June 24 Sporicyde, After the Fallout, 3 Chord Killer at Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 24 Oxygen Destroyer, Born without Blood, Kihalás, Obsidian (L.A.) at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 24 Ironwood, Six Gun Quota, Pagan County Rebels at Wally's, Wenatchee, WA
June 24 Avoid the Void, Killing the Messenger, Vultures above Us at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 24 Jugs of Blood, Marc and the Horsejerks, Power Skeleton, Voycheck at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
June 26 Symbolik, Accidentally Murdered, Born Without Blood, Dilapidation at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 27 Symbolik, Accidentally Murdered at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 27 Zafakon (Puerto Rico), Thou Shall Kill, Method 13 at Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 29 Sammy Hagar at Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
June 29 Witch Bottle, Samara, Isenordal (acoustic) at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 29 Limegoat, Sons of Donovan, Whythre at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 30 Wilt, Askevault, Fetid, Hidious Creep at TBA, Seattle, WA
June 30 Prey the Hunter at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 30 Crud Guns, Mother Root, Sonic Erotic at The Bindlestick, Snoqualmie, WA
June 30 Felled at Thirst for Light IV, Red Hawk Avalon, Raymond, WA
July 1 Better Shred Than Dead, Episode I: The Accused AD, Misuse of Power, Oxygen Destroyer, Hostilgato at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
July 1 Adrenaline Mob at Tony V's, Everett, WA
July 1 Goat Fest IV: Sacrament ov Impurity, Seattle, WA
July 2 Beyond Theory, After the Fallout, Darky Dark and the Junkie Bunch, Chemical Asphyxia at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 2 Fit for an Autopsy, Tombs, Moon Tooth, Heiress, Breag Naofa at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
July 2 Isenordal at Thirst for Light IV, Red Hawk Avalon, Raymond, WA
July 5 Castle, Bruja, Zorlac at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 6 Transcend the Realm at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Antichrist, Kömmand at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 8 Odyssey 10 Year Anniversary at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Crimson Guardian, Fifteen Stitches, Halcion Halo at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
July 9 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 10 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
Jul 21 The Munsens, Bruja at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 11 Numenorean, Wormwitch, Un at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 11 Voltumna, Xoth, Noceur, GraveWitch at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 14 The Iron Maidens at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
July 14 Dead Lakes, Blood And Thunder, Groundfeeder, For the Likes of You, Odyssian, Arisen From Nothing at Anchor Pub, Everett, WA
July 15 Xoth, Krystos, Weaponlord at Lucky Liquor, Seattle, WA
July 15 July 16 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Charlie’s Bar & Grill, Olympia, WA
July 16 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Eagles, Bremerton, WA
July 19 Parasitic Ejaculation, Angel Splitter, Visceral Embodiment at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
July 21 Rhine, Black Bone Exorcism at McCoys Tavern, Olympia, WA
Jul 21 Terror Universal at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 22 Rhine, Ratking, Black Bone Exorcism, Great Falls at Substation, Seattle, WA
July 22 One Master, Winter in the Blood, Serpents Chalice, Kömmand at Obscurus, Everett, WA
July 23 Wednesday 13, Once Human, Gabriel and The Apocalypse, Prey the Hunter at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
July 25 The Sword, Big Jesus at Neumos, Seattle, WA
July 26 Undergang, Necrot, Fetid at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 27 Crimson Guardian, The Randy Savages, Reverent Circle, Eroder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Edge of Paradise, American Wrecking Company at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Jesus Wears Armani, Whythre, Mandamus at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
July 30 Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Spike and the Impalers at The Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
August 5 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 10 Gojira, Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
August 12 Phantom Fears (Rush tribute), Odds & Sods at Tony V's, Everett, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
August 13-18 in Seattle: Guitar Workshop Plus with: Tony MacAlpine, Rik Emmet, others
August 19 Voodoo Death Gun, Convergence, Fifteen Stitches, The Bare Minimum at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
August 24 Diamond Head at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 31 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 1 Queensryche at Walla Walla Frontier Days, Walla Walla, WA
September 3 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder, Fallujah, Ghost Bath, Dismembering Mary, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 9 Blaze Bailey at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
September 11 Epica, Lacuna Coil, Insomnium, Elantris at The Showbox, Seattle, WA
September 14 Venom, Inc., Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust, The Convelesence, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle: Witchtrap, others at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 25 The Casualties at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 29 Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer, Striker, ReEvolution at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 30 Scorpions, Megadeth at Tacoma Doma, Tacoma, WA
October 2 Bat, Bewitcher, Substratum at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 17 Tony MacAlpine at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 17 Washington Deathfest at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA: Monsters Among Gods, Abiosis, Inside Defiance, Prey The Hunter, Noceur, more
November 18 Boycott the Baptist at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 2 Ghoul, The Plot Sickens, Crud Guns, Misuse of Power, Kömmand at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
December 4 Ghost Ship Octavius, American Wrecking Company, Avoid the Void, Omnisight at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 22 Black Bone Exorcism, Thou Shall Kill, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated May 28, 2017

Friends in the state of Washington,
Is there a metal music show in your area that is not listed in this calendar? Does your local metal band have a show coming up and is not listed here? Is your band's name spelled incorrectly? Are the dates wrong? If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated May 28, 2017
May 29 Behexen, Demoncy, Inquinok, A God or an Other at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 29 Blood and Thunder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 29 Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 30 Homewrecker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 30 Deathbed Confessions, Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn, Drug of Choice at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
June 2 Black Bone Exorcism, Dust Moth, Rhine, Pink Muscles at Real Art Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
June 2 Born Without Blood, Tenrai, Kömmand at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 3-4 Dankstock 2017, Mesa, Washington. Saturday, June 3: The Devils of Loudun; The Festering - Tri-Cities, WA; Blood and Thunder - Everett, WA; Transcribing The Necronomicon - Yelm, WA; Odyssian - Seattle, WA; At Home In Hell -Butte, MT; Repudiate - Seattle, WA; Benign - Spokane, WA; Tsuga - Spokane, WA; Withheld Judgement - Spokane Valley, WA; Desolate - Moses Lake, WA. Sunday, June 4: CZAR - Tacoma, WA; Zan - Richland, WA; The Bangers - Port Angeles, WA; Skinwalker - Omak, WA; Master Kush Ultra - Port Angeles, WA; Blacktracks - Eugene, OR/Spokane, WA; Deathbed Confessions - Tacoma, WA; The Malt Liquor Shitz - Missoula, MT; Infrablaster - Tri-Cities, WA; The Hallows - Spokane, WA; Florida Man - Seattle, WA; Honey Badger - Wherever, WA; Crytikal Mass - Spokane, WA.
June 3 Metal Church, Sons of Mercury, What Thou Wilt, Sin Circus at Cultura Events Center, Tacoma, WA
June 3 Xoth, Hexengeist, Pinned RED at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
June 4 Angelcorpse, Ares Kingdom, Drawn and Quartered, Petrification, Pathetic at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 5 Ergo I Exist, Esoson, Born without Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 5 Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Gloom, Transcribing The Necronomicon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 6 Zakk Sabbath, Beastmaker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 6 A Flourishing Scourge, Rhine, Crud Guns, Depths of the Sunset at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 7 Heresiarch, Ritual Necromancy, Harvest Gulgatha, Hissing, Void Wraith at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 7 Ghost Ship Octavius at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 8 Lita Ford at Clearwater Casino, Suquamish, WA
June 8 Ghost Ship Octavius at The Shakedown, vvvBellingham, WA
June 9 Ghost Ship Octavius, Beltfed Weapon, Blood and Thunder, Massacre at the Opera Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 9 Def Leppard at White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA
June 10 Ghost Ship Octavius at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
June 10 Pygottapalooza 2017: Boxcutter PNW, Ghostblood, The Great Sorcerer, Dead Hookers at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
June 10 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Mill Bay Casino Deep Water Amphitheater, Manson, WA
June 11 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Demoncy, Triumvir Foul at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 11 Every Hand Betrayed, Serpents Tongue, Words from Aztecs at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered, Beltfed Weapon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 12 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Triumvir Foul, Mortiferum at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
Northwest Terror Fest June 15-17 at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
Warning, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yob, Goatwhore, Samothrace, Cult Leader, Graves at Sea, King Woman, Usnea, Fórn, Call of the Void, Pilgrim, Young and in the Way, Nomads, Lycus, CHRCH, Transient, Take Over and Destroy, Aerial Ruin, Uada, Infernal Coil, Endorphins Lost, Witch Ripper, Burials, Sol, Rhine, Old Iron, others
June 16 Vans Warped Tour at Centurylink Field, Seattle, WA: Gwar, Municipal Waste, Carnifex, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, others
June 16 The Heroine, Witchburn, Zero Down, The Plot Sickens at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 16 SLAM 2017: Mechanism, Convergence, Chamber 6 many others at Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 17 Zombiefest 10 at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA: Ten Pole Drunk, Y.I.A., Generation Decline, Crush Proof Juicebook, Noceur, Mercy Seat, Urðr, Zero Hero, Oxygen Destroyer, Shot on Site
June 19 Inanimate Existence, Reaping Asmodeia, Cyborg Octopus, The Devils of Loudun at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 19 Tengger Cavalry, Felix Martin, Helsott at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 20 Helion Prime, Weaponlord, Thread the Sky, Nasty Bits at Highline, Seattle, Wa
June 21 Helion Prime at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 22 Inanimate Existence, Reaping Asmodeia, Cyborg Octopus at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 23 Demerit, Generation Decline, Acid Teeth, Ground Score, No Klasse at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 23 Bürien/ Marc & the HorseJerks, Power Skeleton, Dystopian Anthems at Lucky Liquor, Tukwila, WA
June 24 Sporicyde, After the Fallout, 3 Chord Killer at Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 24 Oxygen Destroyer, Born without Blood, Kihalás, Obsidian (L.A.) at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 24 Ironwood, Six Gun Quota, Pagan County Rebels at Wally's, Wenatchee, WA
June 24 Avoid the Void, Killing the Messenger, Vultures above Us at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 24 Jugs of Blood, Marc and the Horsejerks, Power Skeleton, Voycheck at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
June 26 Symbolik, Accidentally Murdered, Born Without Blood, Dilapidation at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 27 Symbolik, Accidentally Murdered at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 27 Zafakon (Puerto Rico), Thou Shall Kill, Method 13 at Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 29 Sammy Hagar at Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
June 29 Witch Bottle, Samara, Isenordal (acoustic) at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 29 Limegoat, Sons of Donovan, Whythre at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 30 Wilt, Askevault, Fetid, Hidious Creep at TBA, Seattle, WA
June 30 Prey the Hunter at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 30 Crud Guns, Mother Root, Sonic Erotic at The Bindlestick, Snoqualmie, WA
June 30 Felled at Thirst for Light IV, Red Hawk Avalon, Raymond, WA
July 1 Better Shred Than Dead, Episode I: The Accused AD, Misuse of Power, Oxygen Destroyer, Hostilgato at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
July 1 Adrenaline Mob at Tony V's, Everett, WA
July 1 Goat Fest IV: Sacrament ov Impurity, Seattle, WA
July 2 Beyond Theory, After the Fallout, Darky Dark and the Junkie Bunch, Chemical Asphyxia at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 2 Fit for an Autopsy, Tombs, Moon Tooth, Heiress, Breag Naofa at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
July 2 Isenordal at Thirst for Light IV, Red Hawk Avalon, Raymond, WA
July 5 Castle at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 6 Transcend the Realm at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Antichrist, Kömmand at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 8 Odyssey 10 Year Anniversary at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Crimson Guardian, Fifteen Stitches, Halcion Halo at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
July 9 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 10 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
July 11 Numenorean, Wormwitch, Un at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 11 Voltumna, Xoth, Noceur, GraveWitch at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 14 The Iron Maidens at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
July 15 Xoth, Krystos, Weaponlord at Lucky Liquor, Seattle, WA, US
July 15 July 16 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Charlie’s Bar & Grill, Olympia, WA
July 16 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Eagles, Bremerton, WA
July 19 Parasitic Ejaculation, Angel Splitter, Visceral Embodiment at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
July 21 Rhine, Black Bone Exorcism at McCoys Tavern, Olympia, WA
July 22 Rhine, Ratking, Black Bone Exorcism, Great Falls at Substation, Seattle, WA
July 22 One Master, Winter in the Blood, Serpents Chalice, Kömmand at Obscurus, Everett, WA
July 23 Wednesday 13, Once Human, Gabriel and The Apocalypse, Prey the Hunter at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
July 25 The Sword, Big Jesus at Neumos, Seattle, WA
July 26 Undergang, Necrot, Fetid at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 27 Crimson Guardian, The Randy Savages, Reverent Circle, Eroder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Edge of Paradise, American Wrecking Company at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 30 Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Spike and the Impalers at The Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
August 5 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 12 Phantom Fears (Rush tribute), Odds & Sods at Tony V's, Everett, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
August 13-18 in Seattle: Guitar Workshop Plus with: Tony MacAlpine, Rik Emmet, others
August 19 Voodoo Death Gun, Convergence, Fifteen Stitches, The Bare Minimum at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
August 24 Diamond Head at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 31 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 1 Queensryche at Walla Walla Frontier Days, Walla Walla, WA
September 3 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder, Fallujah, Ghost Bath, Dismembering Mary, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 9 Blaze Bailey at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
September 11 Epica, Lacuna Coil, Insomnium, Elantris at The Showbox, Seattle, WA
September 14 Venom, Inc., Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust, The Convelesence, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle: Witchtrap, others at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 25 The Casualties at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 29 Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer, Striker, ReEvolution at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 30 Scorpions, Megadeth at Tacoma Doma, Tacoma, WA
October 2 Bat, Bewitcher, Substratum at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 17 Tony MacAlpine at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 17 Washington Deathfest at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA: Monsters Among Gods, Abiosis, Inside Defiance, Prey The Hunter, Noceur, more
November 18 Boycott the Baptist at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 2 Ghoul, The Plot Sickens, Crud Guns, Misuse of Power, Kommand at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
December 4 Ghost Ship Octavius, American Wrecking Company, Avoid the Void, Omnisight at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 22 Black Bone Exorcism, Thou Shall Kill, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

interview: Isenordal (part 2

Here is the conclusion to the interview with Seattle epic metal band Isenordal. Here is also the link to the first part, just in case you might have missed it.
They are a type of creative extreme metal, and one the most important things about it all is the ambitious nature of the music and the band's hard work into making an album of this caliber. The hope is that you, the listener, can have a bit of patience and give the album some proper attention and get to know it. The link to hear the album is at the end of the interview. Once you hear the whole album, it is rather clear that this recording took hard work and imagination to come to life.
metalbulletin.blogspot.com/2017/05/interview-isenordal-part-1.html
Making music is fun and a great creative outlet for musicians, of course, but it takes money to do this. How is the situation in the case of your band? Are you homeless as a result of making the album?!
SAM: Tracking was expensive, for sure, but not prohibitively so. We all live really modestly as people, but we set aside some money for this and splitting it between everyone in the band helps with cost a lot.
LIEU: Passion knows no bounds. If you want it enough, you will figure out how to make it happen, even if you have to make some personal sacrifices along the way.
Coming back to the album, are those real acoustic guitars that I hear on the album? Do you use a real piano on the album, too? Did one of you play a real piano on the album? Do you a real cello, too?
SAM: Proud to say that everything on the album is real, done from scratch. Kerry played the piano on Shores. You’re close, it’s a real viola throughout the whole album! Marisa did a killer job with that and her vocals. Jeff used to play cello in the band, and did so on the IMBOLC demo, but we haven’t recorded anything with cello since. Wait for the next album, though, you might be surprised by what you hear. We’ll do acoustic neofolk sets with Jeff on the cello occasionally.
LIEU: I joined the band during the recording process, so there were some piano parts already recorded, but I wrote and added some parts of my own, as well as re-recording a few parts that were already written. It was great to be able to play a real piano for the album; as great as digital piano sounds have gotten, you really cannot beat the sound and feel of a real piano.
MARISA: There is no cello on Shores of Mourning. All of the string performances are done entirely on viola, with occasional multi-tracking for layered orchestral passages.
Did this band always envision having those instruments in addition to the usual rock music setup of guitar, bass and drums? Or, is this something has been developing as you go along and feel the need for a more expansive sound? When will you find that epic metal accordionist that will rock your world and join your band?
SAM: I think Kerry always wanted strings in the band. I love having keyboards as well, it really thickens up the soundscape and opens up a bunch of avenues for songwriting. Take a black metal band like NORTT, they use piano super effectively in their music. Lieu actually plays accordion, too, we may be adding some of that down the line!
KERRY: I have absolutely always wanted strings and piano. With the previous lineup, some of the other folks didn’t want to waste time trying to find a keyboard player, but I had songs I had been writing that were specifically for piano (i.e., “Shores” and “Pyres”). The suggestion of just moving the parts to guitar was not satisfying for me. Viola and piano are some of the most beautiful sounding instruments there are, and nothing can replace it.
LIEU: As someone who loves metal, but is not yet good enough to play guitar or drums in a metal band, I was stoked to have the opportunity to play my favorite instrument in a band that plays some of my favorite metal genres. I was originally just going to fill in for a couple shows, but everything just fell into place so well and I was able to get time off work to tour, so now here I am. I’m looking forward to writing more technical piano parts for our new songs, and funny you should ask, I might do some accordion parts as well!
MARISA: I have loved metal as long as I have loved classical music and have wanted to do a project like this my whole life.
On the song “A Gallows Prayer” there is choir-like singing, with both male and female voices. Did you do this in the studio or did you get it from an application or software, like a library of sounds? Was that a new, challenging thing to do? Growling and screaming is something that you do well, but choir-like voices must be a new thing to try, no?
KERRY: That’s us! No software needed, haha. I did a small amount of clean vocals on Imbolc, but nothing really beyond that. It was a little bit challenging to get the tonality right for sure. Everyone tells you to try and move a lot of air when doing clean vocals, but honestly I have found that singing quieter sounds better in the studio.
MARISA: I love singing and was able to explore the possibility of mimicking the timbre of viola in my vocals. That was really fun in the studio!
By the way, why have there been so few of the band online? There were some pictures but they are faded or grey and I could not see much of anything! Why was this?
SAM: We’re not too concerned with hiding ourselves! Anyone who’s seen us live can attest to that we’re actually pretty out there, we try to get in the audience’s faces a little. We don’t wear corpse paint, or shrouds, or use stage names online or anything like that. With that being said, the music has a really atmospheric and emotional nature to it, and we tried to evoke that shadow and ephemeral energy in some of the photography. Our friend Monica took that photo of us that’s on the tape, that one of us around the campfire, and she did a great job of achieving exactly what we were going for.
KERRY: To be honest, it’s really just been a matter of getting us all in the same room at the same time. Our keyboard player currently lives in Pittsburgh, so we didn’t really have a way to get a full band photo before Shores came out! But with our U.S. tour we will definitely have a lot more full band pictures.
Ok, you did it. You finally finished your album and now it is done, and it is out of your hands. Now people will listen to it, and some will call you doom, others atmospheric black, some others epic, yet others will say gothic, still some will say folk, and some of us do not care. So, now, what are some more of your plans to promote the album? You did a 30-day tour of the U.S. You’ve done shows in Seattle and also one in Everett! Not bad, right?!
SAM: I like to think we’re a little bit of all of those things.
We worked with Earsplit PR to do some promo for the record, but thus far a good deal of it has been word-of-mouth as well. I’m really flattered that people seem into the material. I want to say thanks to everybody that helped spread the word thus far! Metal Injection and Cvlt Nation both wrote us up, as well as a bunch of others, too many to name, you know who you are and we’re in reverence to you!
KERRY: We are currently working on some new material, hopefully we can do a recording session after our US tour, but it depends highly on everyone’s schedules. I just want to release more songs and play more shows!
LIEU: I think we all just want to celebrate by writing more albums! Now that we have a really dedicated line-up, we are feeling really inspired by each other and developing a lot of ideas musically. I’m looking forward to expanding our sound even more and continuing to frustrate genre-assigners. ;)
Finally, do you have any other news that I have not asked about? People say, “Oh, man, I love your band! Your music is great!”, but tell us for real, what can people do to support your band in an actual way that benefits your band in a tangible manner? I recommend that people say to you, “Shut up and take my money!” What do you think?
SAM: I’m flattered that people listen to us at all, much less buy our merch and download our records as much as they do. We’re really floored by the support, and really grateful for it. If you want to get merch and throw some money our way, we’ve got posters, t shirts, patches, all on our bandcamp page! But I’m happy as long as anyone’s listening at all. Just enjoy the tracks and show your friends!
KERRY: I am extremely grateful for the response we have gotten from this album. I really just want people to enjoy it, no matter if you like metal or not. I strongly dislike elitism in music scenes. What is important to me is the emotion that music conveys, and I think that emotion transcends genres or scenes.
isenordal.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/isenordal.metal

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"My all-time favorite Metallica songs"

Hi, friends!
What are your top Metallica songs of all time? Is it songs from the 80s? from 90s? How about the more recent material? Fuglymaniacs has posted the favorite Metallica songs. Check it out!
fuglymaniacs.com/Templates/fuglyspin2017-metallica-best-songs.html

Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated May 23, 2017

Friends in the state of Washington,
Is there a metal music show in your area that is not listed in this calendar? Does your local metal band have a show coming up and is not listed here? Is your band's name spelled incorrectly? Are the dates wrong? If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated May 23, 2017
May 23 Arkona, Sirenia, MindMaze, Graveshadow, Blood and Thunder at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 23 Deathbreaker (Facedown Records), Remain and Sustain (Denver, CO), Crafter (Western Mass), Monsters Among Gods & Prying Free at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 24 Destruction, Jungle Rot, Warbringer, Hellbender, Devilation, Religicide at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 24 Deathwish, Generation Decline, Urðr at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 25 Deathwish (WI, U.S.) at Georgetown Liquor Company, Seattle, WA
May 25 Yngwie Malmsteen, Mechanism, Killian Mahaffey at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 26 Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Rutah at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 26 Chamber 6,Method 13, Slam Shifter at Tony V's, Everett, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
May 26 Into the Storm at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
May 26 Armed for Apocalypse, Deathbed Confessions, Ghostblood, Kommand, Oxygen Destroyer at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 26 For the Likes of You, Await the Avalanche, Monsters among Gods, Pure Earth at Louie G's, Fife, WA
May 27 Vultures above Us, Dismembering Mary, Follow the Lights, As Pillars Fall, Beyond the Woods at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 27 Deathbed Confessions, Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 27 Into the Storm, Florida Man, Swampheavy, Joseph at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
May 29 Behexen, Demoncy, Inquinok, A God or an Other at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 29 Blood and Thunder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 29 Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 30 Homewrecker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 30 Deathbed Confessions, Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
June 2 Black Bone Exorcism, Dust Moth, Rhine, Pink Muscles at Real Art Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
June 3-4 Dankstock 2017, Mesa, Washington. Saturday, June 3: The Devils of Loudun; The Festering - Tri-Cities, WA; Blood and Thunder - Everett, WA; Transcribing The Necronomicon - Yelm, WA; Odyssian - Seattle, WA; At Home In Hell -Butte, MT; Repudiate - Seattle, WA; Benign - Spokane, WA; Tsuga - Spokane, WA; Withheld Judgement - Spokane Valley, WA; Desolate - Moses Lake, WA. Sunday, June 4: CZAR - Tacoma, WA; Zan - Richland, WA; The Bangers - Port Angeles, WA; Skinwalker - Omak, WA; Master Kush Ultra - Port Angeles, WA; Blacktracks - Eugene, OR/Spokane, WA; Deathbed Confessions - Tacoma, WA; The Malt Liquor Shitz - Missoula, MT; Infrablaster - Tri-Cities, WA; The Hallows - Spokane, WA; Florida Man - Seattle, WA; Honey Badger - Wherever, WA; Crytikal Mass - Spokane, WA.
June 3 Metal Church, Sons of Mercury, What Thou Wilt, Sin Circus at Cultura Events Center, Tacoma, WA
June 3 Xoth, Hexengeist, Pinned RED at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
June 4 Angelcorpse, Ares Kingdom, Drawn and Quartered, Petrification, Pathetic at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 5 Ergo I Exist, Esoson, Born without Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 5 Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Gloom, Transcribing The Necronomicon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 6 Zakk Sabbath, Beastmaker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 6 A Flourishing Scourge, Rhine, Crud Guns, Depths of the Sunset at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 7 Heresiarch, Ritual Necromancy, Harvest Gulgatha, Hissing, Void Wraith at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 7 Ghost Ship Octavius at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 8 Lita Ford at Clearwater Casino, Suquamish, WA
June 8 Ghost Ship Octavius at The Shakedown, vvvBellingham, WA
June 9 Ghost Ship Octavius, Beltfed Weapon, Blood and Thunder, Massacre at the Opera Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 9 Def Leppard at White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA
June 10 Ghost Ship Octavius at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
June 10 Pygottapalooza 2017: Boxcutter PNW, Ghostblood, The Great Sorcerer, Dead Hookers at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
June 10 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Mill Bay Casino Deep Water Amphitheater, Manson, WA
June 11 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Demoncy, Triumvir Foul at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 11 Every Hand Betrayed, Serpents Tongue, Words from Aztecs at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered, Beltfed Weapon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 12 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Triumvir Foul, Mortiferum at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
Northwest Terror Fest June 15-17 at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
Warning, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yob, Goatwhore, Samothrace, Cult Leader, Graves at Sea, King Woman, Usnea, Fórn, Call of the Void, Pilgrim, Young and in the Way, Nomads, Lycus, CHRCH, Transient, Take Over and Destroy, Aerial Ruin, Uada, Infernal Coil, Endorphins Lost, Witch Ripper, Burials, Sol, Rhine, Old Iron, others
June 16 Vans Warped Tour at Centurylink Field, Seattle, WA: Gwar, Municipal Waste, Carnifex, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, others
June 16 The Heroine, Witchburn, Zero Down, The Plot Sickens at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 16 SLAM 2017: Mechanism, Convergence, Chamber 6 many others at Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 19 Inanimate Existence, Reaping Asmodeia, Cyborg Octopus, The Devils of Loudun at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 19 Tengger Cavalry, Felix Martin, Helsott at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 20 Helion Prime, Weaponlord, Thread the Sky, Nasty Bits at Highline, Seattle, Wa
June 21 Helion Prime at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 22 Inanimate Existence, Reaping Asmodeia, Cyborg Octopus at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 23 Demerit, Generation Decline, Acid Teeth, Ground Score, No Klasse at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 23 Bürien/ Marc & the HorseJerks, Power Skeleton, Dystopian Anthems at Lucky Liquor, Tukwila, WA
June 24 Sporicyde, After the Fallout, 3 Chord Killer at Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 24 Oxygen Destroyer, Born without Blood, Kihalás, Obsidian (L.A.) at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 24 Ironwood, Six Gun Quota, Pagan County Rebels at Wally's, Wenatchee, WA
June 24 Avoid the Void, Killing the Messenger, Vultures above Us at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 24 Jugs of Blood, Marc and the Horsejerks, Power Skeleton, Voycheck at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
June 27 Symbolik, Accidentally Murdered at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 27 Zafakon (Puerto Rico), Thou Shall Kill, Method 13 at Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 29 Sammy Hagar at Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
June 29 Limegoat, Sons of Donovan, Whythre at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 30 Wilt, Askevault, Fetid, Hidious Creep at TBA, Seattle, WA
June 30 Prey the Hunter at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 30 Crud Guns, Mother Root, Sonic Erotic at The Bindlestick, Snoqualmie, WA
June 30 Felled at Thirst for Light IV, Red Hawk Avalon, Raymond, WA
July 1 Better Shred Than Dead, Episode I: The Accused AD, Misuse of Power, Oxygen Destroyer, Hostilgato at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
July 1 Adrenaline Mob at Tony V's, Everett, WA
July 1 Goat Fest IV: Sacrament ov Impurity, Seattle, WA
July 2 Beyond Theory, After the Fallout, Darky Dark and the Junkie Bunch, Chemical Asphyxia at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 2 Fit for an Autopsy, Tombs, Moon Tooth, Heiress, Breag Naofa at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
July 2 Isenordal at Thirst for Light IV, Red Hawk Avalon, Raymond, WA
July 5 Castle at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 6 Transcend the Realm at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Antichrist, Kommand at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 8 Odyssey 10 Year Anniversary at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Crimson Guardian, Fifteen Stitches, Halcion Halo at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
July 9 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 10 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
July 11 Numenorean, Wormwitch, Un at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 11 Voltumna, Ruines Ov Abaddon, Xoth, Noceur at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 15 Xoth, Krystos, Weaponlord at Lucky Liquor, Seattle, WA, US
July 15 July 16 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Charlie’s Bar & Grill, Olympia, WA
July 16 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Eagles, Bremerton, WA
July 21 Rhine, Black Bone Exorcism at McCoys Tavern, Olympia, WA
July 22 Rhine, Ratking, Black Bone Exorcism, Great Falls at Substation, Seattle, WA
July 22 One Master, Winter in the Blood, Serpents Chalice, Kömmand at Obscurus, Everett, WA
July 23 Wednesday 13, Once Human, Gabriel and The Apocalypse, Prey the Hunter at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
July 25 The Sword, Big Jesus at Neumos, Seattle, WA
July 26 Undergang, Necrot, Fetid at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 27 Crimsonguardian, The Randy Savages, Reverent Circle, Eroder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Edge of Paradise, American Wrecking Company at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 30 Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Spike and the Impalers at The Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
August 5 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 12 Phantom Fears (Rush tribute), Odds & Sods at Tony V's, Everett, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
August 13-18 in Seattle: Guitar Workshop Plus with: Tony MacAlpine, Rik Emmet, others
August 19 Voodoo Death Gun, Convergence, Fifteen Stitches, The Bare Minimum at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
August 24 Diamond Head at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 31 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 1 Queensryche at Walla Walla Frontier Days, Walla Walla, WA
September 3 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder, Fallujah, Ghost Bath, Dismembering Mary, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 9 Blaze Bailey at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
September 11 Insomnium at The Showbox, Seattle, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle: Witchtrap, others at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 29 Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer, Striker, ReEvolution at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 30 Scorpions, Megadeth at Tacoma Doma, Tacoma, WA
October 2 Bat, Bewitcher, Substratum at Highline, Seattle, WA
November 18 Boycott the Baptist at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 2 Ghoul, The Plot Sickens, Crud Guns, Misuse of Power, Kommand at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
December 4 Ghost Ship Octavius, American Wrecking Company, Avoid the Void, Omnisight at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 22 Black Bone Exorcism, Thou Shall Kill, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
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Friday, May 19, 2017

right now, Friday night, Excuse All the Blood metal music show

Tonight's Excuse All the Blood will be three of hours of music from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
Listen to the live broadcast right now, Friday night:
radiofreeamerica.com/station/kaos
Excuse All the Blood is a metal music show from the state of Washington, U.S. The show features black metal, heavy metal, death metal and other metal genres, too. The show is on Friday nights, but it is also available any time here: www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/seamus-o-reilly
Friday night, 10pm to 1am Pacific Time (Seattle), listen to Excuse All the Blood metal music, out of Olympia, Washington state, U.S.
www.kaosradio.org
www.twitter.com/EATBRadio?lang=en

NEWS: Taake cancels Seattle and Portland shows

Norwegian black metal act Taake has announced on the eve of its U.S. tour that they have to cancel the first two shows. Below is the official announcement.
MPORTANT U.S.A. ANNOUNCEMENT!
It is with heavy heart that we have to inform you that some of Taake's band members have not yet received their working visas.
We have been fortunate with this system before, having travelled to the States 3 times in the past 3 years. For this tour we started the visa process as early as we could, with a longer time buffer than before. Still, with the situation of all band members remaining unchanged from prior successful visa applications, time is now running out and we might have to cancel the first shows. Hopefully as few as possible. We are continuously doing all that we can to solve this quickly, but speeding up the process is totally out of our hands. We will keep you updated, please check this page daily. We would appreciate your understanding and patience..
Canceled shows;
20 May 2017: El Corazon, Seattle (USA)
21 May 2017: Star Theatre, Portland (USA)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Nox Coven

Nox Coven calls for witching black metal from Chile invoking the primal times of dark divination through the praxis of the notes of the crafts of ancient illumination and incantations of the beyond. What is there before and after Nox Coven and what is there once again? What is the invocation at hand and whence does it project, emptiness or here? All is not to be revealed for the mass clarification, for the Nox Coven is there of the black metal initiates and devoted to this once again alive metal of the witching anti-eternity. In 2017 they have a new EP called De las sombras misterios ocultos, which translated could mean from the shadows occult mysteries or a similar spirit of the words, depending on the Spanish original meanings. On the Bandcamp there is an older live recording from 2016 and it is called Live at Bubar's and it is a raw manifestation of the necro vituperation channeled in the concert calling of the Nox Coven compact with black metal devotion mass. Another medium to engage more of the Nox Coven contract is YouTube where they have material, too, including live rehearsal performing acts. If you live die alive for black metal, Nox Coven is next on your enumeration of obtainment determined now. Vacillate not!
noxcoven.bandcamp.com/releases
facebook.com/noxcovenbanda/

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Namea (U.S.)

Namea is a melodic extreme metal band from the Tacoma/Seattle area, in the state of Washington, according to the information that they have online. Below you will find the relevant information about their first EP from this year. The band has yet to provide much information about itself and they don’t have many pictures, except for one on Metal Archives and that one doesn’t seem accurate if compared to the lineup. They are not very active online yet.
The sound of the band is American melodic extreme metal combined with some metalcore influences, like some of the screams and some breakdowns, but they definitely are not a hardcore band. The melodic riffing and soloing demonstrate clearly that they have chosen the more serious side of music. The guitars in particular show a conscious effort to deliver melodies that the listener can remember.
Some people will not like that the band has chosen to avoid social media until now, but maybe that will change once fans begin to demand more contact with them.
Namea Oracle release date: May 8th, 2017 label: independent
1.Awoken 03:55
2.Vengeance 03:38
3.Retribution 03:23
4.The Latter 04:18
5.Visions 04:25
6.The Quest 05:17
total time 24:56
Jackson Irving-guitars) (2014-present)
Ben Davis-vocals (2014-present)
Michael Huntsman-bass (2015-present)
Emily Salisbury-drums (2017-present)
namea.bandcamp.com/releases
facebook.com/nameametal/

Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated May 16, 2017

Friends in the state of Washington,
Is there a metal music show in your area that is not listed in this calendar? Does your local metal band have a show coming up and is not listed here? Is your band's name spelled incorrectly? Are the dates wrong? If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
May 16 Shining, Revenge, Wolvhammer, Sacrament ov Impurity at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T, Killer Bee, Darkhorse, One Gun Shy at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 19 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 19 Metal DJ Night with DJ Emma Van Dinter at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
May 20 Taake, Gost, Inquinok, Ashen Pyre at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 20 Splintered Throne at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Need, Ascendia, Prozack Staple, Convergence at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 21 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
May 22 Xandria, Kobra and the Lotus, Once Human, Vesuvian at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 22 All Hail the Yeti, Invidia, Broken Rail at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 22 Drug of Choice, Prey the Hunter, Wuththpuk at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 23 Arkona, Sirenia, MindMaze, Graveshadow, Blood and Thunder at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 23 Crafter, Remain & Sustain at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 24 Destruction, Jungle Rot, Warbringer, Hellbender, Devilation, Religicide at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 24 Deathwish, Generation Decline at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 24 Deathwish (WI, U.S.) at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 25 Deathwish (WI, U.S.) at Georgetown Liquor Company, Seattle, WA
May 25 Yngwie Malmsteen, Mechanism, Killian Mahaffey at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 26 Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Rutah at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 26 Chamber 6,Method 13, Slam Shifter at Tony V's, Everett, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
May 26 Into the Storm at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
May 26 Armed for Apocalypse, Deathbed Confessions, Ghostblood, Kommand, Oxygen Destroyer at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 26 For the Likes of You, Await the Avalanche, Monsters among Gods, Pure Earth at Louie G's, Fife, WA
May 27 Vultures above Us, Dismembering Mary, Follow the Lights, As Pillars Fall, Beyond the Woods at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 27 Deathbed Confessions, Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 27 Into the Storm, Florida Man, Swampheavy, Joseph at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
May 29 Behexen, Demoncy, Inquinok, A God or an Other at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 29 Blood and Thunder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 29 Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 30 Homewrecker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 30 Deathbed Confessions, Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
June 3 Metal Church, Sons of Mercury, What Thou Wilt, Sin Circus at Cultura Events Center, Tacoma, WA
June 3 Xoth, Hexengeist, Pinned RED at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
June 4 Angelcorpse, Ares Kingdom, Drawn and Quartered, Petrification, Pathetic at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 5 Ergo I Exist, Esoson, Born without Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 5 Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Gloom, Transcribing The Necronomicon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 6 Zakk Sabbath, Beastmaker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 6 A Flourishing Scourge, Rhine, Crud Guns, Depths of the Sunset at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 7 Heresiarch, Ritual Necromancy, Harvest Gulgatha, Hissing, Void Wraith at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 7 Ghost Ship Octavius at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 8 Lita Ford at Clearwater Casino, Suquamish, WA
June 8 Ghost Ship Octavius at The Shakedown, vvvBellingham, WA
June 9 Ghost Ship Octavius, Beltfed Weapon, Blood and Thunder, Massacre at the Opera Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 9 Def Leppard at White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA
June 10 Ghost Ship Octavius at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
June 11 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Demoncy, Triumvir Foul at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 11 Every Hand Betrayed, Serpents Tongue, Words from Aztecs at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered, Beltfed Weapon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 12 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Triumvir Foul, Mortiferum at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
Northwest Terror Fest June 15-17 at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
Warning, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yob, Goatwhore, Samothrace, Cult Leader, Graves at Sea, King Woman, Usnea, Fórn, Call of the Void, Pilgrim, Young and in the Way, Nomads, Lycus, CHRCH, Transient, Take Over and Destroy, Aerial Ruin, Uada, Infernal Coil, Endorphins Lost, Witch Ripper, Burials, Sol, Rhine, Old Iron, others
June 16 Vans Warped Tour at Centurylink Field, Seattle, WA: Gwar, Municipal Waste, Carnifex, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, others
June 16 The Heroine, Witchburn, Zero Down, The Plot Sickens at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 16 SLAM 2017: Mechanism, Convergence, Chamber 6 many others at Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 19 Inanimate Existence, Reaping Asmodeia, Cyborg Octopus, The Devils of Loudun at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 19 Tengger Cavalry, Felix Martin, Helsott at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 20 Helion Prime, Substratum, Thread the Sky, Nasty Bits at Highline, Seattle, Wa
June 21 Helion Prime at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 22 Inanimate Existence, Reaping Asmodeia, Cyborg Octopus at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 23 Demerit, Generation Decline, Acid Teeth, Ground Score, No Klasse at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 24 Oxygen Destroyer, Born without Blood, Ashen Pyre, Kihalás, Obsidian (L.A.) at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 24 Ironwood, Six Gun Quota, Pagan County Rebels at Wally's, Wenatchee, WA
June 24 Avoid the Void, Killing the Messenger, Vultures above Us at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 24 Jugs of Blood, Marc and the Horsejerks, Power Skeleton, Voycheck at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
June 27 Symbolik, Accidentally Murdered at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 27 Zafakon (Puerto Rico) at Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 29 Sammy Hagar at Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
June 29 Limegoat, Sons of Donovan, Whythre at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 30 Wilt, Askevault, Fetid, Hidious Creep at TBA, Seattle, WA
June 30 Crud Guns, Mother Root, Sonic Erotic at The Bindlestick, Snoqualmie, WA
June 30 Felled at Thirst for Light IV, Red Hawk Avalon, Raymond, WA
July 1 Better Shred Than Dead, Episode I: The Accused AD, Misuse of Power, Oxygen Destroyer, Hostilgato at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
July 1 Adrenaline Mob at Tony V's, Everett, WA
July 1 Goat Fest IV: Sacrament ov Impurity, Seattle, WA
July 2 Beyond Theory, After the Fallout, Darky Dark and the Junkie Bunch, Chemical Asphyxia at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 2 Fit for an Autopsy, Tombs, Moon Tooth, Heiress, Breag Naofa at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
July 2 Isenordal at Thirst for Light IV, Red Hawk Avalon, Raymond, WA
July 5 Castle at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 6 Transcend the Realm at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Antichrist, Kommand at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 8 Odyssey 10 Year Anniversary at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Crimson Guardian, Fifteen Stitches, Halcion Halo at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
July 9 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 10 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
July 11 Numenorean, Wormwitch, Un at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 11 Voltumna, Ruines Ov Abaddon, Xoth, Noceur at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 15 Xoth, Krystos, Weaponlord at Lucky Liquor, Seattle, WA, US
July 16 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Eagles, Bremerton, WA
July 21 Rhine, Black Bone Exorcism at McCoys Tavern, Olympia, WA
July 22 Rhine, Ratking, Black Bone Exorcism, Great Falls at Substation, Seattle, WA
July 22 One Master, Winter in the Blood, Serpents Chalice, Kömmand at Obscurus, Everett, WA
July 23 Wednesday 13, Once Human, Gabriel and The Apocalypse, Prey the Hunter at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
July 25 The Sword, Big Jesus at Neumos, Seattle, WA
July 26 Undergang, Necrot, Fetid at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 27 Crimsonguardian, The Randy Savages, Reverent Circle, Eroder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Edge of Paradise, American Wrecking Company at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 30 Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Spike and the Impalers at The Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
August 13-18 in Seattle: Guitar Workshop Plus with: Tony MacAlpine, Rik Emmet, others
August 19 Voodoo Death Gun, Convergence, Fifteen Stitches, The Bare Minimum at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
August 24 Diamond Head at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 31 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 1 Queensryche at Walla Walla Frontier Days, Walla Walla, WA
September 3 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder, Fallujah, Ghost Bath, Dismembering Mary, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 9 Blaze Bailey at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
September 11 Insomnium at The Showbox, Seattle, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle: Witchtrap, others at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 29 Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer, Striker, ReEvolution at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 30 Scorpions, Megadeth at Tacoma Doma, Tacoma, WA
October 2 Bat, Bewitcher, Substratum at Highline, Seattle, WA
November 18 Boycott the Baptist at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 2 Ghoul, The Plot Sickens, Crud Guns, Misuse of Power, Kommand at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
December 4 Ghost Ship Octavius, American Wrecking Company, Avoid the Void, Omnisight at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 22 Black Bone Exorcism, Thou Shall Kill, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Nephyla

The Swedish grind legends Nasum once declared: “You’ve been a very good assistant, and you’ve brought in some good parts. But what we really need now is the perfect… nasum.”
Enter the grind freaks Nephyla and watch a mosh pit swirl up in less time than you can say "Nephyla is grind from Mexico!" and get on with the slamming and elbowing every thing in sight. You have been a good assistant, friend, but the grind needs you in shape for the intensity and what we really need right now a band from Oaxaca to take all your energy and convert it into a potion of blasting and chaos.
Nephyla has been doing this thing since 2000. Yup, since 2000 and they go around Mexico and other places like Central America and proceed to make a huge bunch of grind live for the eyewitness that can stand it. Actually, this June they will play in Canada, too. Find out more at their Facebook page. Also, if you look on YouTube you will find some of their recordings in full. Happy hunting, you sick freaks!
OFFICIAL: Nephyla is a female Grindcore Death band, from Oaxaca, Mexico. The project was created by Val (drums) in 2000, focused on Grindcore Crust in its beginnings.
For various reasons the group didn’t materialize, and went into dormant phase. Val begins the search for musicians linked to their extreme tastes, leading to Katt (guitar, vocals) in late 2008, the date that marks the rebirth of the band.
The bass duties have been alternating between different girls live, no one of them joining the lineup definitively.
Their lyrics focused on grotesque aspects of nature, human behavior and society are reflected in their debut demo “Canibalismo Intrauterino” (2009) and in a split called “Aphota” (2010) pending publication, both in the label Gorecannibal recs. Codigo del Phylo" (2013) independet.
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NEWS: Adrenaline Mob will body slam you with a new video "King of the Ring"

This coming June 2nd the gangsters of groove will officially return to the world of rock and roll and they are not keeping very quiet about it, either. Grab your calendar, grab a marker, and circle it now: the 2nd of June of 2017. This is when the criminal capitalist syndicate Century Media Records will kidnap the new album called We the People by the New York road warriors. Big talk, big money, arrogance and brilliance, addictions and predictions are all going to add up to this thing called We the People and nobody knows whether the wheels are going to come off or whether the rabbit is going to pop out of the hole only to jump at the squirrels in the sewers and take them to suplex city. What?! Exactly! The new album is the perfect lucky 13: Thirteen songs covering everything from putting the smack down when it's needed to a cover of 80s pop punk rock star Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell." These darn Yankees don't care too much for genres as they go from grooves to melodies and back. Grab you pop corn and watch the new video and let the hate out!
OFFICIAL: Hard rock icons Adrenaline Mob have had their fair share of challenges in the past but have risen to each & every one continuing to march forward yet again & again! Formed by guitarist Mike Orlando & vocalist Russell Allen they joined forces with drummer Mike Portnoy & bassist John Moyer to launch the band’s debut.
The group’s debut album, 2012’s Omertá, landed #5 on Billboard's Rock Albums Chart, earned a #1 Metal Album on iTunes, and proudly was awarded iTunes UK Metal Album of the Year. They hit the arena stages and toured with rock giants such as Godsmack & Avenged Sevenfold, performed at all the major European Festivals & headlined multiple US, EU & UK tours. It was at that point the band parted ways with drummer Mike Portnoy due to scheduling conflicts & brought drum legend AJ Pero into the fold. Only two years after the debut was released, the group was involved in a major vehicle accident while on the road with Avenged Sevenfold and Hellyeah. Then, in 2015, while enjoying the incredible fan and media response to their second full-length Men of Honor and follow-up EP Dearly Departed, Adrenaline Mob lost drummer and long-time friend drum legend A.J. Pero to a heart attack while on tour with Drowning Pool. “After the tour, it was pretty devastating,” Orlando reflects. “We needed a bit of a break. To clear our heads. Russell went to work with Symphony X & I toured Sonic Stomp & Noturnall for a few months thoughout South America. It was a way to deal with A.J.’s passing.”
Clearly, there’s a force that’s trying to keep Adrenaline Mob down. “When A.J. passed away, everything kind of ground to a halt,” adds Allen. “We weren’t sure where we were going to go. We didn’t know what was going to happen. We had been at it for awhile and had faced so many adversities, we didn’t know how to continue at that point. Adrenaline Mob was in a dark place. So, we put some needed time between us and the band. To get away from it. When we started talking again, we had long discussions about our expectations for Adrenaline Mob. We took it step by step. From there, the process started.”
Slowly but surely, Adrenaline Mob picked up the pieces. In fact, everything started with a simple text message from Allen to Orlando. It read: “It’s time, isn’t it?” Naturally, the group didn’t want to force the follow-up to Men of Honor. It had to come naturally. And it did. Holed up at Sonic Stomp Studios—a studio owned and operated by Orlando where all the Adrenaline Mob albums are tracks & mixed—the guitarist commenced work on material that would shape Adrenaline Mob’s return. Inside a few months, the majority of album number three was written. It was at that point that Orlando met up with his partner Russell Allen as they've done on all their past albums & began their process of working on all lyrics, vocals & melodies as the two have done on all previous releases.
Orlando calls the sessions and the product of those sessions—the songs—an extension of his & Russell’s personalities. But as with the good, there’s always the bad. It was at Sonic Stomp Studios where Orlando and Pero would jam out. Being reminded of Pero daily had a sometimes sorrowful but positive impact. Orlando recalls, “Many years of great times & recordings were done there with AJ so we of course without hesitation dedicated the album to the memory of our dear friend”. “Musically, it was about honoring the past, everyone involved in it,” says Allen. “We also wanted to move forward. We wanted to create something worthy of Adrenaline Mob. The excitement started to build as we worked on the songs. After a while, we had an album, which had the old things we love and some new things we’re trying out.”
The full-length album that refers to and represents Adrenaline Mob in full comeback mode, is none other than We the People. With Orlando and Allen in songwriting hyperdrive—We the People fully came into view over about a six month period. Adrenaline Mob needed to replenish the ranks. Bassist Erik Leonhardt who stepped in on the 2015 Dearly Departed Tour has now been replaced by David Zablidowsky. Orlando states, "David Z is a monster bassist & will be a fantastic addition not only to the sound of Adrenaline Mob but the live show as well. He has great chops, killer swag & commands the stage & his instrument like a true pro." The drum position was a much harder task to fill. With Portnoy and Pero’s legacies in full view, Adrenaline Mob’s next drummer had to be great. He also had to be the right fit. Acting upon a friendly recommendation, Allen & Orlando chanced on Long Island based drummer Jordan Cannata. Allen explains, "I discovered Jordan while I was performing at Wacken last summer. We had quietly put the word out to our friends in the music industry that we were looking for a drummer. A mutual friend from the Twisted Sister camp had told me about this amazing drummer from Long Island. Mike had already found some incredible players by that point. But I thought it wouldn't hurt to check this guy out. And wow! I was blown away by his playing and showmanship. We had him do some audition videos for us and we were sold. What a ball of fire Jordan is! We're so proud to have such an amazing talent that fits our sound and style so perfectly. Jordan is a beast!" It was clear to the guys that Pero’s successor had been found after viewing Cannata performing four Adrenaline Mob songs through a series of video auditions followed by an in studio performance at Sonic Stomp Studios.
With that, Adrenaline Mob Mark III was born. Now, they had the lineup to pick up where Men of Honor left off. To start, Orlando’s at the top of his riff game on We the People. Allen’s virtually unstoppable, belting it out like it’s his last record ever. New drummer Cannata’s an animal, a hybrid of Portnoy’s technicality and Pero’s swing. Add to the lineup the songs… really good songs. ‘Ignorance and Greed’, ‘King of the Ring’, ‘Raise ‘em Up’, ‘Take the Pain’, and ‘The Killer’s Inside’ are all quintessential Orlando/Allen material. Somewhere between hard rock, heavy metal, and AOR, the songs on We the People are either foot-stomping groove masters or heavy-hitting rock epics. “We the People has a pulse to it,” continues Allen. “There’s a constant energy on it. It has a unique energy, like it’s always on the move. We wanted the songs to drive. Like when we’re in a car. We wanted the songs to move.”
Emotionally and physically, Adrenaline Mob are back in the groove on We the People. “Adrenaline Mob is, from day one, all about the groove & the songs,” Orlando grins. “The hard hitting stuff. It’s never about one thing. We’ve had incredible players in the band, but it’s the groove & flow that’s important. It’s the way the music makes you feel. There’s a hop to it. In a way, I took it back to the Omertá album.”
Recorded once again at Sonic Stomp Studios over a year-plus period, We the People sounds huge. Each riff is massive, every drum hit a chest-thumping pound, and each line Russell vocalizes exudes unbelievable power and heart. Life-changing events may’ve halted Adrenaline Mob, but the group’s third full-length is proof positive they’re stronger now than they’ve ever been. Tracks like the raging ‘Blind Leading the Blind’, the big-hitting ‘King of the Ring’, the rhythmically wicked ‘What Do You Really Want’, and the rock radio-tailored title track evince purpose and authority. In every way, We the People puts the hard in hard rock. And the metal in heavy. Orlando was responsible for composing the music, engineering, recording, co-producing, mixing, and mastering and that all says one thing: the dude’s a beast. Along with the incredible talents & amazing voice of his co-producing partner Allen who is by far one of rocks greatest voices, the two seem unstoppable on We The People.
As the title, We the People, indicates there’s a political side to Adrenaline Mob. Throughout their years as a musicians and songwriters, they hadn’t stayed silent on matters significant. Whether they were masked in metaphor or flatly conspicuous, they’ve always poured their feelings into song. It was, as Orlando puts it, a form of catharsis. So, as they were watching the presidential campaigns, feeling the negativity—the constant bickering and finger pointing—they knew Adrenaline Mob’s next venture would be impacted. In fact, the first song Orlando began writing for We the People was the politically-charged rocker ‘Blind Leading the Blind’. “The title track is very much inspired by the past election year,” confirms Allen. “It touches on our society, here in America. The album title is a reflection of our times. The songs have certain particular stories that stand on their own. Many of them are also driven by the climate we live in today & some are about having a good time, being free & loving rock n roll. All the tracks have a personality and character to them.”
That being said, Adrenaline Mob are careful not to conform to typical partisanship. “I have my political views, but they’re not here,” Orlando says. “As songwriters, myself & Russell try to not take sides. We want to write about what’s going on. There are a few tracks that tell a story of today’s climate. It’s our take on it. The title, We the People, is evidence of that. So, the songs are more like a story, but a story in this day and age is a fine line. Really, we’re not out to alienate people. Music is supposed to bring people together. That’s what Adrenaline Mob is about. And, I think, We the People is the best Adrenaline Mob we have done so far.”
Undoubtedly, the re-energized Adrenaline Mob will face adversity with We the People. But the strong always rise. Adrenaline Mob have proven they have the fortitude and music to prevail over anything. We The People, folks. It's time to rise up with Adrenaline Mob.
ADRENALINE MOB - King Of The Ring (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
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