The world’s biggest heavy music touring festival returns in 2015 with the most intense lineup ever! The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival enters its eighth year with the almighty Slayer headlining the show. Additional performances from King Diamond, Hellyeah, and The Devil Wears Prada will round off the Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage. The Victory Records Stage will feature Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange, and Kissing Candice. Tickets are on sale now.
There is a refreshing new sound coming from Virginia and that sound is the east coast Veterans; Blackout from Lynchburg Virginia. This four-piece band brings you a solid original set that is reminiscent of early Godsmack meets new Breaking Benjamin with a heavier twist.
Their current available release; Blackout Volume 1 has been a favorite in my playlist ever since getting in touch, as each of their songs is heavily laced with groove, technical riffs and enticing vocals that are shared among all three guitar and bass holding members. You rarely find a band that is capable of equally performing role switches during their set, keeping the sound fresh and unique. I have checked out this band live many times and have found that each time I see them they bring a refreshingly high energy show with great musicianship.
Take a listen to Volume one by clicking HERE
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Legendary metal frontman and Housecore Records founder, Philip H. Anselmo, is bringing his horror-themed film and metal festival back for a third year. After a great ride in Austin, the festival will kick off in San Antonio, Texas at the Aztec Theater on November 13th -15th, 2015.
The decision to return was driven by the desire to honor his friend and festival co-founder, Corey Mitchell, who tragically passed away last October. Mitchell was the driving creative force behind the festival’s success, and Anselmo believes there is no better way to pay tribute to his friend than to carry on for a third year.
“I’ve got a great team in place to help make this what Corey and I wanted it to be,” he says. “There are a lot of mixed emotions here because no one can replace him. But, we know he would want this to continue and so that’s what we’re going to do. We miss him and think about him every day.”
Bands already confirmed to play are Suffocation, Autopsy, Cripple Bastards, Nails, SYk & Dalila Kayros, YOB, Eyehategod, Child Bite, Warbeast and many more to be announced soon. Maryland Deathfest co-founder Ryan Taylor will be booking bands this year and will help Anselmo craft a musical lineup that would make Mitchell proud.
In addition to showcasing the best in extreme metal, the festival will screen film gems from the personal vaults of both Anselmo and Mitchell. Horror filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films and winners will be selected in various categories and given the coveted Rot-Scar Award. ”When Corey and I started this thing, it was important to us that we help independent filmmakers get their incredible work discovered,” Anselmo continues. “Nothing has changed, in that respect.”
Tickets to go on sale soon! Stay tuned for additional announcements.
Ok Halestorm fans, get ready to go “Into the Wild Life”. This 3rd album from these Pennsylvania rockers will leave you fist pumping and inspired. If it’s traditional Halestorm sound you want, you got it. If it’s a different Halestorm sound you want, you got that too. “Into the Wild Life” is this band’s chance to mix up the genre a little bit. If you are already a fan, you’ll stay that way, but this album looks to bring some new fans into Halestorm Nation. With its combination of in your face, horn throwing metal mixed with a tender ballad, add a dash of medium tempo with a twist of pop rock; this album is a crowd-pleaser. The lyrics? Well, have you ever caught yourself listening to a song and look down at your radio and think to yourself, “Holy shit, this song is about me?” You’ll do that listening to this album too. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
Temple of Silence is a metal band out of France, producing industry standard music videos and incredible singles this year. I’ve been following the french natives for several months and Temple of Silence has the complete package deal. I can expect to see this band catching the attention of major labels in the very near future. High quality productions showcasing radio-ready singles, this band has caught my attention and has kept it for the duration. I have been following the social media interaction of lead singer “Laul Nico” and I admire his engagement with his fans, as well as his persistence in pushing their music out. Not only is Laul engaged with his fan base, but he is always updating the bands progress and keeping fans informed every step of the way and you simply don’t find that sort of passion in bands anymore. I really would like to see more musicians take note of his interactions. I have grown into a true fan and have been looking forward to sharing this group with you since I first took notice.
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