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Kingston, NY’s hardcore kings Painmask are underground vets who real heads know have been in this dogfight for decades. Now, the band have an upcoming gig with Cro-Mags and Sub Zero in Poughkeepsie, NY

Says intelligent vocalist Jay Avery:

“Were really excited for this upcoming show and the chance to meet and hang with great local acts and support two legendary New York Hardcore bands. Both Subzero and Cro-mags have pioneered the style and scene that we have always been proud to be part of. We’re taking this  opportunity to introduce new members of the band and material that is soon to be released. We’re confident that the new additions to the Painmask roster will once again deliver! Were a solid group of lifelong metalheads with endless ambition. Our strict mission is to deliver the most intense, thought provoking, heavy music set one could ask for.  And If you don’t believe me come see for yourself. We offer a money back guarantee!”

I asked Avery how about the material they recently tracked with Joey Z. of Life Of Agony fame at various studios?

“Were working on final mixes with the new tracks and couldn’t be more happier with the outcome. We were a little concerned at first with the recent member changes, but what has emerged is incredible! Life’s circumstances have parlayed into something bigger and stronger then we could have imagined. JoeyZ really is a cut above to work with. His advice and professionalism is second to none! But with the recent resurgence of Life of Agony and their European shows this month, we’ve had to take a short pause from mastering. We should have these songs available by mid September. But if you’re one of the lucky ticket holders and we see you at the sold out LOA reunion on Sept 13 in Sayreville NJ. I might even have a copy for you.”
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Starland Life Of Agony show will be epic

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:38 AM (PST)

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From Mina Caputo’s Facebook:

Tix on sale now.!!! Let’s sell this bitch OUT today.!!! http://www.starlandballroom.com/events/detail/252459

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Ereb Altor to decimate Summer Breeze 2014

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM (PST)

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So, this news is a month old, but I am looking for any reason to post about Ereb Altor today. I am stoned and listening to “Nifelheim”. More people simply need to appreciate the majestic, vast strength of this band.

The festival announcement update from the Summer Breeze folks recently proclaimed:

All fans of harsh, yet epic sounds are already familiar with our next confirmed band: EREB ALTOR are coming to SUMMER BREEZE 2014!
The Swedes can be considered the legitimate successors of Bathory, because, just as the viking metal pioneers, EREB ALTOR know too well how to perfectly combine snappy melodies with epic song structures. Add to this a bit of ice-cold nordic atmosphere and what you get is a sonic brew that grabs you and won’t let you go. As an example, may we mention their 2013 album ‘Fire Meets Ice’, the title of which is a pretty accurate description of EREB ALTOR’s music, and that belongs in every proper metal collection. Check it out!

Tickets: http://www.summer-breeze.de/de/tickets/info.html

Some of the other confirmed acts this year include Alcest, Bodyfarm, Of Mice & Men, Enforcer, Biohazard and too many more to list!

 

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Mournful Congregation post Martyrdoom Footage!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, July 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM (PST)

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This is a fuckin’ unexpected treat for my weekend!

From the Mournful Congregation Official Facebook:

Full footage of our second and final performance at this year’s Martyrdoom Fest in NYC.
Thanks to Vinny and the Signature Riff crew for making this possible, along with everyone who came out to our shows!

Next stop is Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen before returning to our desolate shores.

I can’t believe this. I’m thrilled. Was so bummed I wasn’t there but this is next best thing. Click HERE for the footage and keepi it on and on…doom on through the Golden fireworks Dawn.

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Show Review: The Vans Warped Tour 2014

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 7:09 PM (PST)

WT Punk rock summer camp…wasn’t so punk rock. The Vans Warped Tour rolled into town on June 20th in Pomona, CA. The Warped Tour line up this year is made up of heavier bands, but punk bands? Not so much. (I’m not complaining).

Click here to read more.

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Show Photos: “Trust” in Sevendust at Upstate Concert Hall

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:32 AM (PST)

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Some bands go acoustic and make a hot mess of it, but not Sevendust. The melodic and syncopated groove metal road warriors killed it on 2014’s crowd sourced win win win Time Travelers & Bonfires.  Live the retooled classic material like “Black” and “Crucified” and great new cuts like “Come Down” or “The Wait” are singalong ritual release. Dudes prove yet again you can never count them out and they can’t be pigeonholed. I feel bad for anyone who has missed out on so many great moments in the 7D timeline for fear of liking a “Nu Metal” associated act.

Catharina Christiana shot the band at Upstate Concert Hall on a recent tour stop for us and you can check the warm and energized photos out HERE.

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Fozzy fucking rule and Buckcherry have the party survival prowess of a world class hard rock act. To this day both bands remain true to their values and rebel with style to packed houses.

Jericho really knows his metal. Chasing The Grail is still one of my favorite albums (especially the epic “Wormwood”). I like that Fozzy has Stuck Mojo roots and weren’t too high falootin’ to not play covers in their early years. Chris loves The Scorpions and Ozzy, which is cool.

I always wondered if Buckcherry could face a tornado and survive.

Here are some exclusive shots from Catharina Christiana of the band’s pairing off recently from their NYC and Poughkeepsie gigs. Oh and buy Rival Sons tickets at the Big Apple venue coming up HERE (if ya want a hot tip).

Anyhow, click HERE to see the photos.

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Three added to The Hudson Project concert line-up

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM (PST)

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Three’ is very excited to announce we will be playing The Hudson Project July 11-13th on Winston Farm in Saugerties NY!!!! This three day Music and art festival is of course on the site of Woodstock 94′ – an 800 acre parcel perfect for this amazing festival and for ‘THREE’ to ROCK THE FUCK OUT!!! Haha you got it! So come get it!!! R U!!!! – from 3’s Facebook

The new fest is being held on the site of Woodstock 94′, the cool one w Rollins Band, NIN and Cypress Hill…not the rapey/fires raging out of control one with Limp Bizkit.

So yeah…some prog metal and some Kendrick Lamar? Maybe some Native Americans protesting The Flaming Lips? Modest Mouse are not metal but always fucking kill live, so rock n’ roll, baby!

 

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Show photos: Twelve Foot Ninja at The Loft 5/15/14

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 7:52 AM (PST)

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We are big Twelve Foot Ninja fans around here (that way they wont make burgers out of us). But, seriously…the Australian band and Revolver Mag’s recent Best New Artists Golden Gods winners are a fucking blast (with a bit of a Faith No More thing going on with modern twists). So yeah, a blast a half of rock n roll ninja goodness. We had to send photographer Catharina Christiana to capture these guys givin’ it hard to The Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY as part of their first headlining US tour. And just for fun I threw the “Mother Sky” video into this post past the photos, cuz I mean…those girls. Yeah.

Click HERE for photos.

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So the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 lineup has been released and it is stupid nuts. Not only do we get the first stateside appearance of fucking King Diamond since 2005, but we get a headlining set from Priest (“Halford? I’d blow him” is a t-shirt idea my friend came up with today), Sick of It All, freakin’ Glassjaw, Blood Brothers!!! (I haven’t seen them SINCE a show with Glassjaw, Coheed and American Nightmare in Jersey fuck knows how many years ago), Neutral Milk Hotel , Nas and a ton more. This is gonna be a good little vacation, me thinks!
Click HERE for more!

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We’ve been getting requests for more hard rock lately and so here are some live shots of the band Fuel. You probably remember their emotional hit “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” or that Brett Scallions sang with The Doors for awhile. Well, Brett is a great front man for what he does. It may not be metal but it is certainly hard rock and heck, they even had Ken from Candiria playing with them for awhile and he is like the best drummer in experimental metal so…whatever! I just found out they have a new album on Megaforce as well, so that’s pretty crazy. It’s called Puppet Strings and the reconstituted band has been touring it. Catharina Christiana got us some shots at a recent Poughkeepsie show.

Click HERE to check them out.

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Psyopus announce three reunion shows

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM (PST)

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According to Lambgoat, Rochester,NY tech spaz geniuses Psyopus are finally doing a reunion show or…three! This band was really under appreciated, partly because their music is some of the most insane shit you will ever hear, and the group hasn’t done anything in almost five lonesome years.

Get chuffed!

The three dates announced  are:

7/18 Endicott, NY @ Downtown Quarterback
7/19 Clementon, NJ @ Harper’s Pub
7/20 Essex, MD @ The Circuit

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GNFNR reunite on stage with Duff again – in case ya missed it

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM (PST)

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While bassist Tommy Stinson stepped aside for 5 shows for some reunion gigs with former band The Replacements., Guns N Roses got a well known fill in.

Filling in for Tommy was none other than original bassist Duff, beginning on April 6 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and staying on for the remainder of the South American tour, including shows in Asuncion, Paraguay on April 9, La Paz, Bolivia on April 12, Recife, Brazil on April 15 and Fortaleza, Brazil on April 17.

Duff’s return saw many highlights, including the return of “Raw Power” and “Attitude” from The Spaghetti Incident  to the setlist, as well as opening with “You Could Be Mine” in Bolivia!  Click HERE for a video of “Live And Let Die” with Duff and more thoughts on GNR. This rules.

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The Acacia Strain complete new record

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8:20 AM (PST)

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Rise Records  announced via Facebook that The Acacia Strain have finished recording their next album, due for summer release and produced by Will Putney (Stray From The Path, Four Year Strong, Reign Supreme).

“Just talked to Vincent from The Acacia Strain. He said the band just finished tracking the new record (roar of huge cheers). They play NE Metalfest this weekend and then head overseas to Australia/NZ.”

If you don’t catch Acacia Strain at NEMHC this weekend (or especially  Sam Black Church!), you are probably an idiot. If for some reason you have a valid reason for not attending like I do (a bevy of car repairs), kill yourself. No, just wait and see Acacia STrain at Skate And Surf in May! They are playing Sunday, May 18th on the same day as Alkaline Trio, soon to be missed (and great live) The Mongoloids, United Nations and more.
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Show Review: H.I.M. U.S. Tour in Anaheim, CA

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 8:19 PM (PST)

HIM I can honestly say that I’ve waited a long time to see H.I.M.

There was this super anxious feeling deep inside me that I couldn’t explain. I was eager to hear what they sounded like live, what their stage presence would bring, and what their stage set up would look like.

To read more click here. 

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