Chimaira Releases New Video, Hits The Road Again

Chimaira Tour Poster

Cleveland’s own Chimaira kicks off its “Celebrate the Chaos” tour this weekend.  In coordination with this announcement, the band has also released the video for its latest single.  ‘Wrapped in Violence’ is the third single from Crown of Phantoms, the band’s seventh full length studio release.  The video was filmed in black and white and features footage of the band performing its new single.  It can be viewed online via YouTube now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNelTL6QpvI&feature=youtu.be.

The band’s new tour kicks off Thursday, January 30th at The Palladium in Worcester, MA.  Fans in North Carolina will get to see the band perform live, too.  The band is scheduled to perform three dates in North Carolina.  The first of those dates is Friday, February 7th in Hooligans in Jacksonville, NC. It will be followed by a live show Saturday, February 8th at the Drunk Horse Pub in Fayetteville, NC.  The third of the band’s North Carolina shows will be at The Casbah @ The Fremont Music Hall in Charlotte, NC.  The full tour listing for Chimaira’s “Celebrate The Chaos” tour is below.

1/30/14 — Worcester, MA The Palladium (Upstairs)

1/31/14 — Wilmington, DE Mojo 13

02/01/14 — Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance (16+)

02/04/14 — Amityville, NY Revolution (16+)

02/05/14 — Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar

02/06/14 — Reading, PA Reverb

02/07/14 — Jacksonville, NC Hooligan’s

02/08/14 — Fayetteville, NC Drunk Horse Pub

02/09/14 — Charlotte, NC The Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall

02/11/14 — Knoxville, TV NV Nightclub (18+)

02/12/14 — Atlanta, GA The Masquerade

02/14/14 — St. Petersburg, FL The State Theater

02/15/14 — Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall

02/17/14 — Broussard, LA The Station (18+)

02/18/14 — Shreveport, LA Riverside Warehouse (21+)

02/21/14 — Kokomo, IN Center Stage

02/22/14 — Louisville, KY Diamond Pub & Billiards (18+)

02/23/14 — Newport, KY Thompson House (18+)

More information on Chimaira’s new single, album, tour and more is available online at http://www.facebook.com/chimaira, http://twitter.com/ChimairaBand and http://www.chimaira.com.

Chimaira Announces Details For Upcoming Tour

Chimaira Tour Poster

Chimaira has released details for its upcoming 2014 tour.  The Cleveland, Ohio based band will hit the road beginning January 30th, 2014 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA.  The upcoming tour will be a very special one for Chimaira.  That is because the band will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary together throughout the tour.  Front man Mark Hunter shared his thoughts on the anniversary and upcoming tour.  He said in a statement to fans, “Chimaira turned fifteen this August and the only appropriate way to celebrate the chaos is to hit the road.  Take a trip through the entire catalogue with us and rediscover old favorites in the new era of domination!  Rise up!  The time has come…”  The band has released seven albums so far over the course of its fifteen years.

Chimaira’s E1 label mates, Fit For An Autopsy and Reflections will open for Chimaira.  IWrestledABearOnce  and Oceano will offer support.  The tour includes a trio of performances in North Carolina.  Between February 7th and 9th, the band will make its way across North Carolina, starting at Jacksonville’s famed Hooligans night club.  Fans can keep up with all of the latest tour dates and even get tickets for shows online at http://www.facebook.com/chimaira and http://www.chimaira.com.  Fans can also keep up with the latest from the band via Twitter and Instagram at http://twitter.com/Chimairaband and http://instagram.com/Chimairaband.  The most current list of Chimaira’s tour dates is available below.

01/30/14 Worcester, MA The Palladium (Upstairs)
01/31/14 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13
02/01/14 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance (16+)
02/04/14 Amityville, NY Revolution (16+)
02/05/14 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
02/06/14 Reading, PA Reverb
02/07/14 Jacksonville, NC Hooligan’s
02/08/14 Fayetteville, NC The Drunk Horse Pub
02/09/14 Charlotte, NC The Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall
02/11/14 Knoxville, TN NV Nightclub (18+)
02/12/14 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
02/14/14 St. Petersburg, FL The State Theatre
02/15/14 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
02/17/14 Broussard, LA The Station (18+)
02/18/14 Shreveport, LA Riverside Warehouse (21+)
02/21/14 Kokomo, IN Center Stage
02/22/14 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub & Billiards (18+)
02/23/14 Newport, KY Thompson House (18+)

Chimaira also recently announced the information for its annual Christmas show.  This year’s show will be held Saturday, December 21st at Cleveland, Ohio’s Agora Theater.

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Motorhead Hasn’t Lost Any Steam Even After Twenty-One Albums

Courtesy: UDR

Courtesy: UDR

2013 has been quite the year for the metal community.  New releases from the likes of Chimaira, Kingshifter, and so many others have made the field among the metal community extremely crowded.  Enter veteran rock band Motorhead and its members’ twenty-first full length studio album, Aftershock.  With the release of Aftershock, Lemmy Kilmister and his band mates have made the choice of the year’s best new hard rock and metal even more difficult.  Kilmister left fans wondering when they’re hear the next new Motorhead album when it was announced earlier in the year that he was suffering from an illness.  So it only makes sense that he, drummer Phil Campbell, and guitarist Mikkey Dee would open the band’s twenty-first full length studio release with the pummeling ‘Heartbreaker.’  This song is a bold statement, letting the world know that not even illness will keep Motorhead from making music.  ‘Coup de Grace’, the album’s second song, keeps the energy flowing, proving more still why this trio of musicians is still collectively one of the rock world’s greatest bands nearly four decades after it was originally formed.  The band barely lets up even the slightest over the course of the album’s fourteen total tracks.  Simply put, the band leaves listeners breathless by the end of the album’s closer, ‘Paralyzed.’  By the time this song’s final notes fade, any purist metal head will agree that what he or she has just experienced in this album is a work that is far more than deserving of a spot on any rock critic’s list of the year’s best new hard rock albums.

Lemmy, Phil, and Mikkey waste no time getting things moving on Aftershock.  The album’s opener, ‘Heartbreaker’ is proof of that.  It’s a full on, no nonsense hard rocker much in the vein of the band’s much more classic records through the years.  Keeping in mind that Kilmister had suffered from an illness before this record was released, it makes this song all the more impressive return especially for him.  His voice sounds as pounding as ever as he sings, “Careful where you stand now boy/Everything has changed/Got to search and destroy/Everything has changed/Got to move/Stop the dreams/All protection gone/Listen to how the people scream/On and on and on.”  Lemmy has never sounded better.  His powerhouse vocals alongside the musicianship of Phil and Mikkey collectively make this an excellent first impression for anyone that is new to the music of Motorhead.  It’s just as impressive a return for the band’s more seasoned fans.

‘Heartbreaker’ is one heck of a way for the members of Motorhead to open the band’s new album.  The energy doesn’t let up after this song ends, either.  Lemmy, Phil, and Mikkey keep the throttle on high as they launch into the equally pounding ‘Coup De Grace.’  The song’s musical energy alone will have any purist metal head’s horns high in the air.  The defiant lyrical side serves to make it even more of a fan favorite.  Lemmy sings in this song, “Don’t believe a word/Don’t run with the herd/I don’t like the news/Watch it every week/Just because/I don’t believe it/Don’t make me a freak/If you knew the real stories/Can’t be fooled no more/You can kiss/Or you can tell/Parasite or whore.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s next verse, “Don’t believe the lies/Truth will make you wise.”  The statement being made here is largely clear.  That statement set alongside the song’s musical side exudes pure hard rock energy.  And the combination of the two elements will certainly make this another fan favorite.

The energy exuded by ‘Coup De Grace’ and ‘Heartbreaker’ is incredible to say the least.  And it hardly lets up at any one point throughout the course of Aftershock. This is the case even with the album’s closer, ‘Paralyzed.’  The song’s lyrical side is interesting to say the least.  The song’s lyrics are obviously metaphorical.  Kilmister writes, “Looking for a temple/Looking for the gold/Looking like a hero/When the story’s told.” He goes on singing, “Flying over mountains/Flying over seas/Flying through a hurricane/Praying on your knees/Searching for a fortune/Searching for a clue/Flying in the face of death/Flying into view.”  It’s certain to lead to plenty of discussion as to what exactly is being said here.  Add the discussions in question to the song’s full throttle musical side, and audiences get a song that closes the album just as solidly as ‘Heartbreaker’ opened the record.  These songs, and those not mentioned all work together to make Aftershock one that Motorhead’s legions of fans will love whether it’s a first introduction or the twenty-first re-introduction.  It’s available now in stores and online.  As of right now, Lemmy is still fighting the good fight, trying to get back to full strength.  As long as everything goes as planned, the band will hit the road in Europe in 2014, beginning with a performance in Glasgow, Scotland on February 13th, 2014.  A full listing of the band’s most current tour schedule is available online at http://www.imotorhead.com/tour.  More information on the band’s tour, all the latest news from the band, and on Aftershock is available online at http://www.imotorhead.com and http://www.facebook.com/OfficialMotorhead.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Chimaira Release Summer Tour Details

Courtesy: Entertainment One

Courtesy: Entertainment One

Courtesy:  Entertainment One

Courtesy: Entertainment One

Chimaira will tour this Summer.  The six-man metal act has announced that the tour will be in support of its long-awaited new album, Crown of Phantoms.  The tour will see the Cleveland based band tour alongside Threat Signal, The Browning and EOne label mates, Dark Sermon. 

The bands’ tour kicks off in Springfield, VA and will take them in a near circle through the course of the tour’s roughly twenty-seven dates.  From Virginia, the tour will move down the East Coast to South Carolina before moving into Florida and swinging across the Southwest and back up the West Coast into the Pacific Northwest.  From there the bands will head back to perform a handful of dates in the Midwest before the tour progresses back to the Northeast.  The whole thing wraps up with a hometown show for Chimaira on Sunday, August 25th at Peabody’s in Cleveland, Ohio.

Crown of Phantoms will be available July 30th.  The lead single the album, ‘All That’s Left is Blood’ can be downloaded via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-thats-left-is-blood-single/id647296850.  A full listing of the bands’ upcoming tour is available below.

CROWN OF PHANTOMS TOUR SCHEDULE

7/26/13 Springfield, VA
Empire

 

7/27/13 Spartanburg, SC
Ground Zero

 

7/28/13 Orlando, FL
The Social

 

7/29/13 Jacksonville, FL
Freebird Live

 

7/31/13 Houston, TX
Fitzgerald’s

 

8/1/13 Dallas, TX
Trees

 

8/2/13 Lubbock, TX
Jake’s

 

8/3/13 Albuquerque, NM
Sunshine Theater

 

8/4/13 Tempe, AZ
Rocky Point

 

8/6/13 San Diego, CA
House Of Blues

 

8/7/13 Santa Ana, CA
The Observatory

 

8/8/13 Hollywood, CA
The Whisky

 

8/9/13 Santa Cruz, CA
The Catalyst

 

8/10/13 Portland, OR
Hawthorne Theater

 

8/11/13 Seattle, WA
Studio Seven

 

8/13/13 CO Springs, CO
Black Sheep

 

8/14/13 Denver, CO
Marquis Theater

 

8/15/13 Des Moines, IA
Wooly’s

 

8/16/13 Chicago, IL
Reggie’s

 

8/17/13 Columbus, OH
Frontier Ranch

 

8/18/13 Grand Rapids, MI
The Intersection

 

8/20/13 Philadelphia, PA
Theater Of The Living Arts

 

8/21/13 New York, NY
Gramercy Theater

 

8/22/13 Boston, MA
Middle East

 

8/23/13 Toronto, ON
Wreck Room

 

8/24/13
Rochester, NY
Montage Music Hall

 

8/25/13 Cleveland, OH
Peabody’s

Chimaira’s fans can keep up with all of the latest tour news and more from the band online at http://www.facebook.com/chimairaofficial, http://twitter.com/chimairaband, http://instagram.com/chimairaband, and http://www.youtube.com/chimairatube.

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VOD’s New LP One Of Its Best, One Of 2012’s Best

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Vision of Disorder is one of the progenitors of an entire genre of metal.  This Long Island, NY based band is really to thank for the popularity of metalcore and so much more of what goes on today in the metal community.  Being that it was so far ahead of its time, it’s no wonder that the band ended up breaking up at one point.   But thankfully, the band has reunited and released an album in The Cursed Remain Cursed that is easily one of the best metal/hard rock albums of 2012.Next to Hellyeah’s Band of Brothers, VOD’s new record is that extra shot of adrenaline that the metal community has needed for so long.  Far too often bands that have broken up have come back with loads up hype, but have failed to live up to said hype.  That’s not the case here.  This LP is a take no prisoners album that comes at listeners from the very opening moments of ‘Loveless’ and doesn’t let up its attack a single bit throughout the rest of its run time.  Whereas the band’s earlier works were rife with raw energy, the band has seemed to take that energy on this album and really direct it in a precise direction.  Tim Williams’ vocals are as strong as ever.  As powerful Williams’ vocals are, one can see where Chimaira vocalist Mark Hunter might have gotten the influence for his vocal style.

The speed/thrash style churned out by the band on ‘Annihilator’ is just one of so many examples of what makes this album such a solid piece.  Again, Williams’ vocals are as strong as ever.  Add in the razor sharp guitar work of Matt Baumbach and Mike Kennedy and drummer Brendon Cohen’s equally impressive drumming, and audiences get one of the album’s highest of highs, musically speaking.  ‘The Enemy’ is much in the same vein.  It has those precise guitars.  What’s interesting here is that Williams actually tries his hand a little bit at singing, along with his screaming vocals.  Surprisingly, it works, too, making for a totally different musical environment in those sections in which he sings.

VOD has so much more to offer its listeners on this album than what can be noted here.  And fans will get to hear even more from the band as it’s currently touring in support of its new album.  The band is performing in Worcester, MA today.  They’re being joined by Misfits, Shadows Fall, This is Hell, and Freya.  The band’s next performance after today’s show is next Friday in Amityville, NY.  Fans can get a full tour itinerary online at http://www.facebook.com/VisionOfDisorder.

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