Animals As Leaders Will Tour in support of its new album this spring.
The band is scheduled to launch its “Parrhesia Tour” March 30 in Denver, CO. The tour, which runs less than a month, is in support of the band’s forthcoming album, Parrhesia, which is scheduled for release March 25 through Sumerian Records. The album has produced the singles, ‘The Problem of Other Minds‘ and ‘Monomyth.’ The album’s track listing is noted below.
Slipknot will take its Knotfest music festival on the road this spring.
The band is scheduled to launch its “Knotfest Roadshow 2022 Tour” March 16. The tour’s first leg is scheduled to run through April 17 and will feature performances from In This Moment and Jinjer. The tour’s second leg is scheduled to launch May 18 and to run through June 18, and will feature performances from Cypress Hill and Ho99o9.
Front man Corey Taylor said the band is looking forward to getting the tour off the ground.
“Even with everything going on in the world right now, we’re still extremely excited to come back out in the states, with 2 different, exciting packages,” he said. “Whether it’s In This Moment and Jinjer, or Cypress and Ho99o9, we pride ourselves in bringing our fans the epicenter of our music and art. Come celebrate with us, and try to stay as safe as we will be.”
Shawn “Clown” Crahan echoed Taylor’s sentiments.
“It feels so good to get back out on the road with our Culture,” said Crahan. “Get ready for a brand new experience. See you soon.”
The schedule for the “Knotfest Roadshow 2022 Tour” is noted below. Tickets re available now.
Knotfest Roadshow 2022
Slipknot w/ In This Moment & Jinjer
Wed Mar 16 Fargo, ND FARGODOME
Fri Mar 18 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center
Sat Mar 19 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
Tue Mar 22 Memphis, TN FedExForum
Wed Mar 23 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Fri Mar 25 North Little Rock, AR Simmons Bank Arena
Sat Mar 26 Durant, OK Choctaw Grand Theater
Tue Mar 29 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at the BJCC
Wed Mar 30 N. Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum
The Dollyrots debuted its latest single this week.
The band premiered its new single, ‘Too Fun For My Health’ Thursday through BrooklynVegan. The song is the latest single from the group’s forthcoming compilation record, Down The Rabbit Hole, which was originally schedule for release Jan. 7 through Wicked Cool Records and is now scheduled for release Jan. 21. The band premiered the record’s lead single, ‘Just Like All The Rest‘ last month.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Too Fun For My Health’ is a catch, infectious work centered around the pairing of the vocal harmonies and guitars. The solid time keeping and the bass line add just enough accent to the work to make the whole completely engaging and entertaining.
The press release announcing the song’s premiere did not address the song’s lyrical theme. Listening through the song closely, the lyrics that can be deciphered sans lyrics hint at a theme of a person contemplating how he/she has changed along with his/her friends who were one way a long time ago but different as years have gone on. This is just this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.
The track listing for Down the Rabbit Hole is noted below.
Down The Rabbit Hole tracks-
Too Fun for My Health
Just Like All the Rest
Little Miss Impossible
Get Radical (Dark Version)
Be My Leia (Electric)
Super Mega Ultraviolet
Penny (Alt Version)
Nobody Else (Alt Version)
High School Never Ends
Walking on Sunshine
Da Doo Ron Ron / I Wanna Be Sedated
Punk Rock Girls
Dancing With Myself
Do You Love Me
In other news, The Dollyrots has announced a new tour schedule in support of its new compilation and a new album on which it is working. The tour’s first leg is a North American leg that is scheduled to launch March 10 in Chicago, IL and to run through March 16 in St. Louis, MO. The Von Tramps are scheduled to serve as support for the tour.
The second leg of the tour will take The Dollyrots overseas to Europe and is scheduled to launch April 12 in Blackpool, England. The tour, which will see Bowling For Soup and Lit as support, is scheduled to run through April 23 in London, England.
Additionally, the band is scheduled to take part in the Great Rock n Roll Sea Cruise in Athens Greece from Aug. 18-23 with bands, such as The Dictators, and Buzzcocks. The band’s full tour schedule is noted below.
Upcoming tour dates:
w/ The Von Tramps
Thursday, March 10 Reggie’s Music Joint Chicago, IL
Friday, March 11 Uptown VFW Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, March 12 X-Ray Arcade Cudahy, WI
Sunday, March 13 Beachland Ballroom & Tavern Cleveland, OH
Monday, March 14 Rumba Cafe Columbus, OH
Tuesday, March 15 Melody Inn Indianapolis, IN
Wednesday, March 16 Old Rock House St Louis, MO
w/ Bowling for Soup & Lit
Tuesday, April 12 Empress Ballroom Blackpool, UK
Wednesday, April 13 O2 Academy Glasgow Glasgow, UK
Thursday, April 14 Grimsby Auditorium Grimsby, UK
Friday, April 15 Scarborough Spa Scarborough, UK
Saturday, April 16 O2 Academy Birmingham Birmingham, UK
Sunday, April 17 O2 Academy Bournemouth Bournemouth, UK
Monday, April 18 Riviera International Centre Torquay, UK
Tuesday, April 19 Brangwyn Hall Swansea, UK
Thursday, April 21 De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill On Sea, UK
Friday, April 22 Winter Gardens Margate, UK
Saturday, April 23 O2 Academy Brixton London, UK
w/ Buzzcocks, The Dictators, & more
Thursday, August 18 – August 23 Great Rock n Roll Sea Cruise Athens, Greece
More dates TBA
More information on The Dollyrots’ new compilation record and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
Independent hard rock band Lydia Can’t Breathe debuted its latest single and video this week.
The band premiered its new single, ‘Sick Now‘ and its companion video Friday. The single’s arrangement is a heavy, melodic hard rock style composition. The contrast of the heavier verses and the more melodic choruses make for a rich, immersive work.
The song’s lyrical theme tackles the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, said front man Kyle Bolduc.
“I wrote these lyrics while quarantined during the first wave of Covid,” he said. “It’s a true reflection of how I was feeling at the time, and what we were all going through. All I was thinking about was how I wanted to do shows and get back in the studio. We couldn’t even practice together because we were all getting sick and s*** was changing life as we knew it.”
Added Bolduc, “I was actually sick when I wrote the song. That day I decided to smoke a bowl and wrote some lyrics about how we are sick now and the feelings I had about that. Looking back now at that time, I didn’t realize how relevant the song would end up being and the significance of the concept. We ended up liking the idea so much we decided to make it our next single with a music video.”
The video for ‘Sick Now’ features Bolduc playing the contrasting roles of a COVID patient and a politician, showing everything that has gone on throughout the course of the pandemic. Meanwhile, the band is shown performing its new single as the song plays over the overall visualization.
In other news, Lydia Can’t Breathe has announced a new tour schedule. The tour is scheduled to launch March 24 in Chesapeake, VA and to run through April 10 in Charleston, WV. It also features performances scheduled in cities, such as Akron, OH; Buffalo, NY and Indianapolis, IN. The tour’s schedule is noted below.
Bloodywood premiered the video for its latest single this week.
The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Aaj’ Friday through The Pit. The song and video are the sixth from the band’s forthcoming album, Rakshak, which is scheduled for release Feb. 18. The album has also produced the singles, ‘Endurant,’ ‘Gaddaar,’ ‘Machi Bhasad,’ ‘Yaad,’ and ‘Jee Verey.’
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Aaj’ is similar to those of the album’s other singles what with its mix of Indian influences and nu-metal alongside. The incorporation of the whistle and by now familiar blend of clean vocals and screams and the rich, heavy drums, guitar and bass makes that evident.
At the same time, there is a subtle difference in the arrangement’s overall sound and approach from the album’s other singles that still sets it apart. Case in point, some of the screams lean in the direction of a death metal sound, which is rare for the band in its new album. The whistle is kept to a minimum while the clean vocals (rapping) has its own unique flow, too.
The lyrical theme featured in ‘Aaj’ presents another positive message of perseverance, much as with the album’s other singles. It encourages listeners to put their past behind them and keep moving forward through life’s difficulties.
In related news, Bloodywood has announced an extensive European tour for spring/summer of 2022 in support of Rakshak. The tour’s schedule is noted below complete with links for tickets.
Sat Mar 05 2022 – Im Wizemann Stuttgart, Germany Tickets
Sun Mar 06 2022 – Zoom Frankfurt am Main, Germany Tickets
Mon Mar 07 2022 – Die Kantine Cologne, Germany Tickets
Tue Mar 08 2022 – La Madeleine Brussels, Belgium Tickets
Wed Mar 09 2022 – Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands Tickets
Fri Mar 11 2022 – Gruenspan Hamburg, Germany Tickets
Sat Mar 12 2022 – Pumpehuset Copenhagen, Denmark Tickets
Independent hard rock band Ignescent is taking audiences back to the 90s with its new single and video.
The band premiered its new single, ‘Remnant‘ and its companion video Friday. The single is featured in the band’s forthcoming EP, Ascension, which is scheduled for release March 4. The song immediately takes audiences back to the late 90s and lends itself to comparison to works from Korn in its verses. The more melodic choruses meanwhile lend themselves to comparison to works from the likes of Evanescence. The duality of the whole makes for an interesting contrast that will engage and entertain audience.
The band said in a prepared statement, that despite the song’s heavy musical arrangement, its lyrical theme delivers a positive message.
“‘Remnant’ is about us being blessed beyond measure despite our failures and weaknesses and despite going through tragedy and hardships,” the statement reads. “It’s about perseverance and saying to the world even when we are brokenhearted and suffering we won’t give up and we will keep going,” vocalist Jennifer Benson says. “We will come up stronger despite adversity. It’s an encouragement to others to do the same and to not lose hope and to not give in to fear. I hope this song makes people feel inspired and to rock out!”
In other news, Ignescent has a brief series of live dates planned for this spring in support of its new album. The band’s upcoming live dates are noted below.
March 5 – Ignescent at Route 20 in Sturtevant, WI featuring Sameer Bhattacharya of Flyleaf on guitar March 11 – Ignescent at The Back Bar with Trapt in Janesville, WI May 7 – Ignescent at Suicide Awareness Show in Chicago – place tbd May 13 – Ignescent at WC Social Club with Disciple in West Chicago, IL July 15 – Ignescent at Rock Fest in Cadott, WI featuring Sameer Bhattacharya of Flyleaf on guitar
More information on Ignescent’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
Testament has parted ways with drummer Gene Hoglan.
The band released a statement on the lineup change in a prepared statement released Friday. The comment is noted below.
To all our Testament fans around the world, First off, we are beyond grateful to have had Gene Hoglan behind our drum throne for ten years, several albums and countless tour dates. Unfortunately, our brother Gene’s additional tours and solo endeavors in 2022 conflict insurmountably with Testament’s rescheduled dates after two years of lost time due to the pandemic. Rather than Testament having to reschedule upcoming dates (yet again) or Gene having to cancel his own plans, we have decided to amicably part ways. We understand that this announcement will cause some disappointment but rest assured: There is no drama, only the best of vibes between us. As Gene embarks upon a new chapter, we thank him from the bottom of our hearts for bringing the most powerful drum beats to Testament and heavy metal. We have no doubt he will continue to bring it as only he can. Gene will always be family and we ask all of you to join us in wishing him only the best of luck going forward!
Also rest assure that we will continue to deliver yet another top notch addition to Testament and will reveal soon! We will see you all on tour very soon! – Testament
As Testament works to find a replacement for Hoglan, the band is preparing for its re-scheduled “The Bay Strikes Back Tour.” The tour, originally scheduled to take place last year, was postponed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now scheduled to launch April 9 in San Luis Obispo, CA and to run through May 20 in Salt Lake City, UT.
The tour, which will also feature performances from Exodus and Death Angel, has its schedule noted below.
Bay Strikes Back 2022 dates: 4/9/2022 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater 4/10/2022 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues 4/12/2022 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues 4/13/2022 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues 4/15/2022 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre 4/16/2022 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater 4/19/2022 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom 4/20/2022 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall 4/21/2022 – Austin, TX – Emo’s 4/22/2022 – Dallas, TX -Amplified Live 4/23/2022 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues 4/26/2022 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade 4/27/2022 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz 4/30/2022 – Sayreville, NJ -Starland Ballroom 5/1/2022 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage 5/2/2022 – Boston, MA – House of Blues 5/3/2022 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts 5/5/2022 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount 5/6/2022 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom 5/7/2022 – Cincinnati, OH – Madison Theater 5/9/2022 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE 5/10/2022 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora 5/11/2022 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall 5/12/2022 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre 5/14/2022 – Joliet, IL – The Forge 5/15/2022 – Joliet, IL – The Forge 5/17/2022 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre 5/19/2022 – Denver, CO – Summit 5/20/2022 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot *More dates to be added
More information on Testament’s lineup change and tour is available online along with all of Testament’s latest news and more at:
Independent punk rock band Rotten Mind debuted the latest single from its new album this week.
The band premiered its new single, ‘Drifter‘ Friday. The song is the fifth single from the band’s forthcoming album, Unflavored, which is expected for release in March through Lovely Records. An exact release date is under consideration.
The band talked about the song’s musical arrangement and its lyrical theme in a prepared statement.
“Drifter is a song about being on the run, but it was also written with a nostalgic and melancholic feeling,” the statement reads. “It brings more of an up-tempo punk beat compared to our previous single Serpent Eyes, while not neglecting the feeling of 80s new wave. The single captures the grand sound of Turbinen studio, where it was recorded by Kristofer Jönson.”
In other news, the band has announced a new tour in support of its new album. The tour is scheduled to launch Feb. 25 in Kiel, Germany and to run through April 9 in Berlin, Germany. The tour also features scheduled performances in cities, such as Amsterdam, Netherlands; Prague, Czechoslovakia and Parma, Italy.
The tour’s schedule is noted below.
Rotten Mind 2022 European tour dates:
25.03.2022 – DE – Kiel
26.03.2022 – DE – Hamburg
27.03.2022 – NL – Amsterdam
28.03.2022 – DE – Münster
29.03.2022 – FR – TBA
30.04.2022 – FR – TBA
31.04.2022 – FR – TBA
01.04.2022 – FR – Lyon
02.04.2022 – IT – Parma
05.04.2022 – DE – Regensburg
06.04.2022 – DE – Dresden
07.04.2022 – CZ – Prague
08.04.2022 – DE – Leipzig
09.04.2022 – DE – Berlin
More information on Rotten Mind’s new single, album, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
Clutch announced a new, extensive tour schedule Friday.
The 38-date spring tour is scheduled to launch March, 16 in Birmingham, AL and to run through May 21 in Myrtle Beach, SC. The first leg of the tour, which runs through April 10 in Joliet, IL, will see EyeHateGod and Tiger Cub as support. The second leg, which starts April 27 in Burlington, VT, will see The Sword and Nate Bergman take on support roles.
Drummer JP Gastor said the band is ready to hit the road again.
“We’re looking forward to hitting the road and playing for you this spring!,” he said. “We’re bringing some great bands with us too so come out early and Rock and Roll with us. See ya out there!”
The tour’s schedule is noted below.
Mar 16 – Apr 10: Clutch / EyeHateGod / TigerCub
Mar 16 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
Mar 18 – New Orleans, LA – Fillmore
Mar 19 – Tyler, TX – Country River Club
Mar 20 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
Mar 22 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
Mar 24 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
Mar 25 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Mar 26 – Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse
Mar 28 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Mar 29 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Mar 31 – Edmonton, AB – Midway
Apr 1 – Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre
Apr 2 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre
Apr 3 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Apr 5 – Billings, MT – Pub Station
Apr 7 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave.
Apr 8 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Apr 9 – Green Bay, WI – Epic Events Center
Apr 10 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Apr 27 – May 22: Clutch / The Sword / Nate Bergman
Apr 27 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
Apr 29 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino
Apr 30 – Providence, RI – The Strand
May 1 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre
May 3 – Rochester, NY – Anthology
May 4 – London, ON – Music Hall
May 6 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
May 7 – Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live at 20 Monore
May 8 – Columbus, OH – KEMBA Live!
May 10 – Moline, IL – The Rust Belt
May 12 – Tulsa, OK – Cains Ballroom
May 13 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion
May 14 – Sauget, IL – POP’s
May 15 – Little Rock, AR – The Hall
May 17 – Knoxville, TN – Mill & Mine
May 18 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
May 19 – Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome to Rockville
May 21 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Bike Week
Clutch’s most recent live performance was a brief live run with Stoner and Native Howl Dec. 27-31. Prior to the run, the band held its fourth “Live From The Doom Saloon” live stream event Nov. 26. Clutch held its first “Live From The Doom Saloon” livestream last May. The second event took place last August and the third in December.
More information on Clutch’s upcoming livestream concert and live dates is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:
The Rumjacks unveiled the latest single from its new record to kick off the weekend, along with the song’s companion video.
The band debuted its new single, ‘Bounding Main‘ and its companion video Friday. The song and its video are the third from the band’s forthcoming EP, Brass For Gold, which is scheduled for release Feb. 11. The band debuted the record’s then latest single, ‘Bloodsoaked in Chorus‘ and its video last month. The group premiered the EP’s lead single, ‘One For The Road‘ Oct. 29.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Bounding Main’ immediately lends itself to comparison to the works of the band’s fellow Celtic punk rock band, Dropkick Murphys. That is evidenced through the vocals, the use of the banjo and mandolin and even accordion.
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the debut of the new single and video. The lyrics provided with the video hint at a theme of a couple at a breaking point, literally and figuratively. That is evidenced as the lyrics make note of a woman saying she will not wait for a man “to find what you need.” The later mention of the woman telling the man, “Don’t let the rain fall ’till you’ve got a roof over your head”/She let the strains pull free” further hints at that theme.
If in fact the song’s lyrical theme does focus on the all too familiar topic, then the song’s video makes for an interesting pairing. That is because the video features the band performing its new single aboard a boat and pairs that with vintage footage of people (possibly immigrants) on boats, making their own voyages.
In other news, The Rumjacks have announced a new live run. The tour is scheduled, which will follow the band’s run with Dropkick Murphys, is scheduled to launch May 1 in Brooklyn, NY and to run through May 28 in Greeley, CO. The tour also features performances in cities, such as Columbus, OH; Pittsburgh, PA and Tulsa, OK. The tour’s schedule is noted below.
New Dates (* with Flatfoot 56)
May 1 Brooklyn, NY @ The Brooklyn
May 2 Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
May 3 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
May 5 Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
May 6 Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street
May 7 Pittsburgh, PA @ Hard Rock Cafe
May 8 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s (Moonrunner Festival)
May 10 Lexington, KY @ The Burl
May 11 Indianapolis, IN @ HI-FI
May 15 Newport, KY @ Southgate House
May 17 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme *
May 18 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe *
May 19 Milwaukee, WI @ Shanks Hall *
May 20 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *
May 21 Lincoln, NE @ 1867 Bar
May 23 Tulsa, OK @ The Whittier
May 24 Wichita, KS @ Barleycorns *
May 26 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre *
May 27 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre *
May 28 Greeley, CO @ Moxi Theatre *
The Rumjacks’ tour with Dropkick Murphys is in support of DKM. The tour’s schedule is noted below.
St. Patrick’s Day Tour 2022
With Special Guests The Bombpops & The Rumjacks
Feb. 21 – Reading, Pa. @ Santander Arena
Feb. 22 – Rochester, N.Y. @ Main Street Armory
Feb. 24 – Cleveland, Ohio @ TempleLive Cleveland
Feb. 25 – Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore
Feb. 26 – Chicago, Ill. @ Radius
Feb. 27 – Madison, Wis. @ The Sylvee
March 1 – Austin, Texas @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
March 2 – Houston, Texas @ Bayou Music Center (On sale TBD)
March 3 – New Orleans, La. @ Civic Theatre
March 4 – Chattanooga, Tenn. @ The Signal
March 6 – Lake Buena Vista, Fla. @ House of Blues
March 7 – St. Petersburg, Fla. @ Jannus Live
March 8 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. @ Revolution
March 10 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Orange Peel
March 11 – Wilmington, N.C. @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
March 12 – Washington, D.C. @ Shamrockfest at RFK Festival Grounds
March 14 – Albany, N.Y. @ Albany Capitol Center
March 15 – Portland, Maine @ State Theatre
March 17 – Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues
March 18 – Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues
March 19 – Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues
March 20 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner
* The Bombpops on all shows except March 12 and 20.
* The Rumjacks on all shows except March 12.
* Jim Lindberg and The Rumjacks open March 20.
More information on The Rumjacks’ new video, single, EP, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at: