Aftershock Festival 2021 Performance Times Announced

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Organizers of the annual Aftershock Festival have announced the schedule for this year’s installment of the annual event.

Now in its ninth year, the festival is actually a rescheduled event from 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic caused the event to be re-scheduled last year. As with its 2019 edition, this year’s installment of the Aftershock Festival is officially sold out. It is scheduled to take place this weekend from Thursday to Sunday at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA.

The festival grounds are located at 1600 Garden Highway. Sacramento, CA.

Attendees at this year’s festival will be required to follow strict COVID-19 guidelines. Those guidelines are noted here.

The 2021 edition of the Aftershock Festival is scheduled to open at 4:25 p.m. ET Thursday with a performance by Oxymorrons, on the Coors Light Stage. Fit For A King follows at 4:50 p.m. on the Jack Daniel’s Stage. Death Angel and Exodus will follow Oxymorrons at 5:25 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. respectively on the Coors Light Stage. Meanwhile back on the Jack Daniel’s Stage, Knocked Loose is scheduled to follow Fit For A King at 5:55 p.m.

From there, Anthrax, Testamentand Cypress Hill will keep the music going between the two stages. Cypress Hill’s performance on the Jack Daniel’s Stage at 8:50 p.m. will close out the evening’s activities.

Friday will see the festival expand to three stages, with music starting at 12:45 p.m. from Contracult Collective on the Coors Light Stage. Ayron Jones will take the stage first at 1:20 p.m. Friday on the Kolas Stage. Performances from acts, such as Crobot, Pop Evil, and Rancid and many others will keep things moving through the day. Metallica will headline Friday’s events beginning at 8:55 p.m.

Moving on to Saturday, American Teeth and The Black Moods will open the day’s schedule at 12:30 p.m. and 12:35 p.m. on the Coors Light Stage and Kolas Stage respectively. Also notable acts featured on the day are those, such as South of Eden, Another Day Dawns, and Atreyu, as well as Anti-Flag, Mudvayne, and Alien Weaponry. The original lineup of The Misfits rounds out the day at 9:10 p.m. on the Jack Daniel’s Stage.

Even as the weekend winds down Sunday, the music will not let up. Sunday’s schedule opens at 12:20 p.m. on the Jack Daniel’s Stage with a performance by Law. As the day continues, performances from the likes of From Ashes To New, Pennywise, Mastodon, and Rise Against are also scheduled. Metallica closes out the weekend’s festivities at 7:55 p.m. ET on the Kolas Stage.

Along with lots of music, this weekend’s festival will also feature just as much food, drink and entertainment. The full details on all of that are noted below.

Additional food & beverage, and other experiences onsite include:

·      Caduceus Wine Garden, highlighting Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards, owned by Arizona resident Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts TOOL, A Perfect Circle, and PUSCIFER.

·      Coors Light Coldstream serving with frosty draft technology, complete with actual ice crystals

·      Deep Eddy Vodka -Deep Eddy’s Dive In Trailer is a place where people come together to enjoy good times that never seem to end. Where strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet. While at Aftershock stopby and see us at the Deep Eddy Dive In Tour and raise a glass to being back together!

·      Dr. Greenthumb’s – Founded by the Godfather of insane brains, B-Real of Cypress Hill 

·       Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program

·       It’s Ronz World –  custom guitars, rock shop and art

·       Jack Daniel’s Mobile Distillery Tour Experience – Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Cheers your friends make your own history at Aftershock when you rock out at the Jack Daniel’s Main Stage with Metallica!

·      KOLAS – Stop by the Loud Lounge to level up Aftershock vibes with t-shirt ripping, body art and more.  KOLAS will also provide dynamic delivery outside the festival grounds.  Stop by the KOLAS footprint all weekend long to learn more!

·      Mortus Viventi  – Live Tarot Card Readings

·       The Blackened Bar – Aftershock is proud to continue the collaboration with Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey. The pop-up will feature Blackened, a super-premium American whiskey blend, crafted by the late Master Distiller Dave Pickerell and finished in the earth-shattering music of Metallica. This exciting collaboration marks the latest in a long line of amplified guest experiences only available through Danny Wimmer Presents music festivals.

·       The Loud Lounge – Get heady and hang in the Loud Lounge with Kolas, Clown Cannabis, California’s Finest CBD, Heavy Grass, Dr. Greenthumb’s, Helpful Hemp and more. 

·       Take Me Home – not for profit, volunteer based foundation that has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001.

·       weedmaps – Located inside the Loud Lounge. Fans can learn about cannabis delivery by downloading the weedmaps app all weekend long. Stop by the booth for fun giveaways and prizes and if you forgot your clear bag, weedmaps has your back. 

Aftershock Festival is presented and produced by Danny Wimmer Presents. More information on the festival is available along with all of the festival’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.AftershockFestival.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AftershockFestival

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AftershockSac

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Exodus Addresses Media Sensationalist Tactics In Its New Single, Lyric Video

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Exodus debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the lyric video for its new single, ‘Clickbait’ Friday.

The song and its video are the second from the band’s forthcoming album, Persona Non Grata, which is scheduled for release Nov. 19 through Nuclear Blast Records. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)‘ last month.

The video for ‘Clickbait’ uses newspapers to incorporate its lyrics. The lyrics in question openly go after the media’s practice of using certain style writing to get people’s attention and how that practice shows the media’s lack of any soul.

The musical arrangement featured alongside that fiery commentary adds to the song’s impact. The shrieking guitars and pounding drums pair with the equally heavy bass and powerhouse vocals to make the song even more impactful.

Persona Non Grata will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below. Pre-saves and pre-orders are open now along with the album’s track listing.

PERSONA NON GRATA will be available in the following formats:

  • CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!)
  • T-Shirt + CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!)
  • T-Shirt
  • Cassette – Tinted Red
  • CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!) Long Box (Decibel Magazine Exclusive)
  • Double LP
    • Black 
    • Red & Mustard Swirl W/ Black Splatter
    • Electric Blue W/ Black & Bone
    • Gold & Bone Swirl W. Black and Mint Green Splatter
    • Green in Mustard W/ Red Splatter
    • Mint Green & Brown W/ Cyan Splatter (EMP Exclusive)
    • Purple & Yellow Swirl W/ Mint Green & Bone Splatter (UK Indie Exclusive)
    • Bone & Beer Swirl W/ Red & Brown Splatter (Revolver Magazine Exclusive)
    • Red & Mustard Swirl W/ Black Splatter (Rebellion Republic Exclusive)
    • Blue Swirl W/ Bone * Black Splatter (U.S. Indie Exclusive)
  • Mail Order Boxset – Limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide
    • Orange, Red Swirl W/ Black Splatter
    • 20 page booklet
    • Slipmat
    • CD + Blu-ray Bonus Disc
    • Patch
    • Flag

Below is the PERSONA NON GRATA tracklist:

  1. Persona Non Grata
  2. R.E.M.F
  3. Slipping Into Madness
  4. Elitist
  5. Prescribing Horror
  6. The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)
  7. The Years Of Death And Dying
  8. Clickbait
  9. Cosa Del Pantano
  10. Lunatic-Liar-Lord
  11. The Fires Of Division
  12. Antiseed

In related news, Exodus is scheduled to join Testament and Death Angel on the road this fall for “The Bay Strikes Back Tour.” The 30-date tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 6 in San Luis Obispo, CA and to run through Nov. 27 in Oakland, CA. The tour also features scheduled performances in cities nationwide, such as Oklahoma City, OK; Baltimore, MD and New Orleans, LA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Confirmed dates for “The Bay Strikes Back Tour” with TESTAMENTEXODUS, and DEATH ANGEL are:
10/06/2021  Fremont Theater – San Luis Obispo, CA
10/07/2021  Aftershock Festival – Sacramento, CA 
10/08/2021  House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
10/10/2021  House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA 
10/11/2021  Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ 
10/12/2021  Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM 
10/14/2021  Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK 
10/15/2021  Gas Monkey Bar & Grill  – Dallas, TX 
10/16/2021  Emo’s – Austin, TX 
10/17/2021  White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX 
10/19/2021  House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
10/20/2021  Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 
10/21/2021  The Ritz – Raleigh, NC 
10/22/2021  TLA – Philadelphia, PA 
10/23/2021  Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ 
10/24/2021  Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD 
10/26/2021  The Paramount – Huntington, NY 
10/27/2021  House Of Blues – Boston, MA 
10/28/2021  Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
10/29/2021  Madison Theater – Cincinnati, OH 
10/30/2021  The Agora – Cleveland, OH
11/01/2021  Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA 
11/02/2021  Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
11/04/2021  The Majestic – Detroit, MI 
11/05/2021  The Forge – Joliet, IL *SOLD OUT*
11/06/2021  The Forge – Joliet, IL *SOLD OUT*
11/07/2021  Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
11/09/2021  Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO 
11/10/2021  The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT 
11/27/2021  The Fox – Oakland, CA 

In other news, Exodus recently partnered with comic book company Incendium to launch a new comic book series titled, Tales of the Damned. The four-issue limited series is scheduled to ship Oct. 31 and is limited to 1,500 copies at a price of $16.66 per copy. It is available to order here.

“The Organist” action figure is available to pre-order for $29.95 as part of the comic book series’ launch, and will ship in the first quarter of 2022.

More information on Exodus’ new album, live dates, comic book and action figure is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://exodusattack.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/exodusattack

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/exodusattack

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Exodus Announces New Album Specs; Debuts Album’s Lead Single, Video; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Things are picking up in the Exodus camp.

The band announced the first details for its next album Friday. The band’s new album is titled Persona Non Grata. The band is hoping to release the album in November, though the record’s official date is under consideration as drummer Tom Hunting recovers from squamous cell carcinoma.

The album will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below. Pre-saves and pre-orders are open now along with the album’s track listing.

PERSONA NON GRATA will be available in the following formats:

  • CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!)
  • T-Shirt + CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!)
  • T-Shirt
  • Cassette – Tinted Red
  • CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!) Long Box (Decibel Magazine Exclusive)
  • Double LP
    • Black 
    • Red & Mustard Swirl W/ Black Splatter
    • Electric Blue W/ Black & Bone
    • Gold & Bone Swirl W. Black and Mint Green Splatter
    • Green in Mustard W/ Red Splatter
    • Mint Green & Brown W/ Cyan Splatter (EMP Exclusive)
    • Purple & Yellow Swirl W/ Mint Green & Bone Splatter (UK Indie Exclusive)
    • Bone & Beer Swirl W/ Red & Brown Splatter (Revolver Magazine Exclusive)
    • Red & Mustard Swirl W/ Black Splatter (Rebellion Republic Exclusive)
    • Blue Swirl W/ Bone * Black Splatter (U.S. Indie Exclusive)
  • Mail Order Boxset – Limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide
    • Orange, Red Swirl W/ Black Splatter
    • 20 page booklet
    • Slipmat
    • CD + Blu-ray Bonus Disc
    • Patch
    • Flag

Below is the PERSONA NON GRATA tracklist:

  1. Persona Non Grata
  2. R.E.M.F
  3. Slipping Into Madness
  4. Elitist
  5. Prescribing Horror
  6. The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)
  7. The Years Of Death And Dying
  8. Clickbait
  9. Cosa Del Pantano
  10. Lunatic-Liar-Lord
  11. The Fires Of Division
  12. Antiseed

In anticipation of the album’s pending release, the band debuted the album’s lead single, ‘The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)’ and its video Friday. The video is extremely violent, featuring a man detained and beaten by armed officers before also being tortured mentally and physically.

The extreme imagery is considered so intense that YouTube requires viewers to sign in to the streaming service in order to confirm their age and view the video. While the imagery used in the video is extreme, it works with the song’s lyrical theme. That theme works with the album’s overall themes of what a press states are those of “societal disgust and degradation.”

Persona Non Grata was produced by Steve Lagudi (Testament, God Forbid, Machine Head) and mixed by Andy Sneap (Fozzy, Skinlab, Arch Enemy). The album’s cover art was crafted by Par Olafsson.

In related news, Exodus is scheduled to join Testament and Death Angel on the road this fall for “The Bay Strikes Back Tour.” The 30-date tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 6 in San Luis Obispo, CA and to run through Nov. 27 in Oakland, CA. The tour also features scheduled performances in cities nationwide, such as Oklahoma City, OK; Baltimore, MD and New Orleans, LA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Confirmed dates for “The Bay Strikes Back Tour” with TESTAMENT, EXODUS, and DEATH ANGEL are:
10/06/2021  Fremont Theater – San Luis Obispo, CA
10/07/2021  Aftershock Festival – Sacramento, CA 
10/08/2021  House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
10/10/2021  House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA 
10/11/2021  Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ 
10/12/2021  Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM 
10/14/2021  Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK 
10/15/2021  Gas Monkey Bar & Grill  – Dallas, TX 
10/16/2021  Emo’s – Austin, TX 
10/17/2021  White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX 
10/19/2021  House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
10/20/2021  Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 
10/21/2021  The Ritz – Raleigh, NC 
10/22/2021  TLA – Philadelphia, PA 
10/23/2021  Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ 
10/24/2021  Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD 
10/26/2021  The Paramount – Huntington, NY 
10/27/2021  House Of Blues – Boston, MA 
10/28/2021  Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
10/29/2021  Madison Theater – Cincinnati, OH 
10/30/2021  The Agora – Cleveland, OH
11/01/2021  Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA 
11/02/2021  Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
11/04/2021  The Majestic – Detroit, MI 
11/05/2021  The Forge – Joliet, IL *SOLD OUT*
11/06/2021  The Forge – Joliet, IL *SOLD OUT*
11/07/2021  Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
11/09/2021  Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO 
11/10/2021  The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT 
11/27/2021  The Fox – Oakland, CA 

In other news, Exodus recently partnered with comic book company Incendium to launch a new comic book series titled, Tales of the Damned. The four-issue limited series is scheduled to ship Oct. 31 and is limited to 1,500 copies at a price of $16.66 per copy. It is available to order here.

“The Organist” action figure is available to pre-order for $29.95 as part of the comic book series’ launch, and will ship in the first quarter of 2022.

More information on Exodus’ new album, live dates, comic book and action figure is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://exodusattack.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/exodusattack

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/exodusattack

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Sepultura Debuts Quarantine Performance Of ‘Slave New World’

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Sepultura’s new “live” recording, SepulQuarta is now available.

The band released the collection of quarantined performances Friday through Nuclear Blast Records. The semi-live recording culls performances that the band recorded during its “SepulQuarta” video podcast throughout the pandemic. The performances were by famous figures, such as Phil Campbell, Devin Townsend, and Alex Skolnick.

Guitarist and founding member Andreas Kisser spoke highly of the collection of performances in discussing its release.

“The SepulQuarta album is probably the one I am most proud of!,” said Kisser. “2020 was the most difficult time for a band to survive, without the stage and the direct contact with the fans, but we managed to keep going strong and the album is a consequence of the unity plus the positive attitude from the band. The album sounds great, alive, and very real! All the guests did an amazing job and we feel more than ever that we have a huge Sepultura family out there. Thank you so much for everyone’s support and hope to see you all soon. This album is for you! Enjoy the music!”

In correlation with the recording’s release, the band premiered the video for its quarantine performance of its song, ‘Slave New World’ Friday with Trivium front man Matt Heafy. The video is the third from the recording. The band has also released videos for its quarantine performances of its songs, ‘Mask‘ and ‘Apes of God.’ Devin Townsend guested on ‘Mask’ while Death Angel’s Rob Cavestany appeared on ‘Apes of God.’

The full track listing for SepulQuarta is noted below.

This is the full tracklist featuring all international guest musicians:

01. Territory (feat. David Ellefson)
02. Cut-Throat (feat. Scott Ian)
03. Sepulnation (feat. Danko Jones)
04. Inner Self (feat. Phil Rind)
05. Hatred Aside (feat. Angélica Burns, Mayara Puertas & Fernanda Lira)
06. Mask (feat. Devin Townsend)
07. Fear, Pain, Chaos, Suffering (feat. Emmily Barreto)
08. Vandals Nest (feat. Alex Skolnick)
09. Slave New World (feat. Matthew K. Heafy)
10. Ratamahatta (feat. Joao Barone & Charles Gavin)
11. Apes Of God (feat. Rob Cavestany)
12. Phantom Self (feat. Mark Holcomb)
13. Slaves Of Pain (feat. Fred Leclercq & Marcello Pompeu)
14. Kaiowas (feat. Rafael Bittencourt)
15. Orgasmatron (feat. Phil Campbell)

The limited edition, marbled pressing of the recording is already sold out, but black vinyl pressings are still available along with CD pressings. Additionally, the album is available digitally.

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

In other news, the band announced last month, it hopes to finally launch its “Quadra Tour” next spring. The band has scheduled the tour’s launch for March 4 in Sacramento, CA.

The tour was originally scheduled to take place in spring 2020, and was initially postponed until this year as a result of the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 tour was then postponed because of the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.

The month-long tour, which is in support of the band’s most recent album, Quadra, is scheduled to run through March 9 in Berkeley, CA. It features performances in cities nationwide, such as Atlanta, GA; Minneapolis, MN and Greensboro, NC. Sacred Reich will serve as support for the tour, along with Crowbar and Art of Shock.

Front man Derrick Greene was optimistic about the tour finally getting off the ground as he talked about it during a recent interview.

“We are extremely excited to reconnect with everyone in North America for this upcoming tour,” he said. “We look forward to seeing all the people who have been anxious to see shows for the past two years. We will celebrate this re-connection of life and music together. See you soon!!”

Kisser echoed Green’s sentiments with his own comments.

“We can’t wait to go back on stage. We are very happy to announce our North American tour for 2022. We will see you all on the road, jamming old stuff new stuff and having the greatest time of our lives. See you all soon stay safe!”

The upcoming tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

Confirmed dates for SEPULTURA‘s “North American Quadra” 2022 tour with SACRED REICHCROWBAR, and ART OF SHOCK are:
3/04/2022  Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA 
3/05/2022  The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT*
3/06/2022 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO*
3/08/2022 Wildwood – Iowa City, IA
3/09/2022 Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
3/10/2022 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
3/11/2022   Harpo’s – Detroit, MI 
3/12/2022  The Forge – Joliet, IL*
3/13/2022  Thunderbird Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA*
3/15/2022  Irving Plaza – New York, NY
3/16/2022  Opera House – Toronto, ON CANADA
3/17/2022  Corona Theater – Montreal, QC CANADA
3/18/2022  Big Night Live – Boston, MA 
3/19/2022  Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/20/2022  Soundstage – Baltimore, MD 
3/21/2022  House of Blues – Cleveland, OH 
3/23/2022  Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC*
3/24/2022  Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 
3/25/2022  Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL 
3/26/2022  The Orpheum – Tampa, FL* 
3/28/2022  Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA*
3/29/2022  Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX*
3/31/2022  Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
4/01/2022  Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
4/02/2022  GMBG – Dallas, TX*
4/03/2022  Rockhouse – El Paso, TX 
4/05/2022  The Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ* 
4/06/2022  House of Blues – San Diego, CA 
4/08/2022  Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA 
4/09/2022  The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
* New shows and not rescheduled

More information on SepulQuarta and Sepultura’s planned live dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more now at:

Websitehttps://www.sepultura.com/br

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sepultura

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/sepulturacombr

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Charlie Benante Announces New LP Release Date, Specs

Courtesy: Megaforce Records

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante will release his new album this spring.

Silver Linings is scheduled for release May 14 through Megaforce Records. While the record sees Benante as the primary figure in its presentation, he stressed during a recent interview, that the album is not a solo record.

“This isn’t a solo album,” Charlie said, “This is a record of my favorite songs done with some of my friends during a very dark time.  We found a shining light and this is the result of that light.  I was really happy that my musician friends came on board and helped make this record what it is.  I appreciate all of them, and they all did such a fantastic job.  Despite all of the darkness we’ve experienced this past year, there are ‘silver linings,’ that’s why I chose that title for the album.”

He added, the album’s creation came about through the advice of someone close to himself.

“Back in February of last year, with COVID and all the other B.S. that was going on, I was glued to the 24-hour news cycle on the TV and my phone, and I started to get really depressed,” he said.  My girlfriend said I needed to turn off the news and suggested I do something creative, whether it was art or drumming or writing new songs, and she was right.”

According to information provided about the 14-song record, it will feature an all-star cast of guest musicians and performers, such as guitarist John 5 (Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson), Alex Skolnick (Testament), and Corey Taylor (Slipknot).

Also featured on the new record are Run DMC member Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Rob Caggiano (Volbeat), and Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies). The group recorded the song “Run-DMC Medley,’ which is one the songs featured in the album. The group premiered the song’s quarantine video in June 2020.

The whole of Silver Linings‘ track listing is noted below:

* “City of Blinding Lights”/U2 – Frank Bello, Mark Osegueda, Charlie Benante

* “Chloe Dancer / Crown of Horns”/Mother Love Bone – Mark Menghi, Mark Osegueda, Charlie Benante

* “Teardrop”/Massive Attack – Carla Harvey, Ra Diaz, Charlie Benante

* “Run DMC”/Run DMC – DMC, Rob Caggiano, Ra Diaz, Charlie Benante

* “Rhiannon”/Fleetwood Mac – Mark Menghi, Jennifer Cella, Randy McStine, Charlie Benante

* “Yer So Bad”/Tom Petty – Carla Harvey, Ra Diaz, Charlie Benante

* “Transylvania”/Iron Maiden – Snake Sabo, Frank Bello, Jon Donias, Charlie Benante

* “Presto Vivace”/U.K. – Ra Diaz, Alex Skolnick, Jordan Rudess, Charlie Benante

* “Bad Guy”/Billie Eilish – Ra Diaz, Charlie Benante

* “Jimmy James”/The Beastie Boys – Ra Diaz, Charlie Benante

* “All The Way”/KISS – PJ Farley, Joe McGinness, John 5, Charlie Benante

* “Mr Speed”/KISS – Joe McGinness, PJ Farley, Charlie Benante

* “Public Image”/Public Image – Hank Von Hell, Dave Brownsound, Jason “Cone” McCaslin, Charlie Benante

* “Funny Vibe”/Living Color – Ra Diaz, Corey Glover, Henry Flury, Charlie Benante

More information on Charlie Benante’s new album is available along with all of his latest news at:

Website: https://charliebenante.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CharlieBenanteOfficial

Twitter: https://twitter.com/skisum

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Wreck-Defy Debuts ‘Scumlord’ Lyric Video

Courtesy: SubLevel Records

Wreck-Defy debuted the video for its latest single over the weekend.

The band — Matt Hanchuck, Aaron Dandall (ex-Annihilator), Greg Christian (ex-Testamant), Alex Marquez (ex-Malevolent Creation).– debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Scumlord‘ Saturday. The song and its video are the third from the band’s 2020 album Powers That Be. Its premiere follows that of the album’s current singles, ‘Freedomless Speech‘ and ‘Skin.’

The video features the song’s lyrics playing over images, such as cocaine, people buying drugs, and people holding weapons as the song’s thrash style musical arrangement plays over it all. The imagery is used to help translate the song’s message about the dangers of drug use and the consequences of people buying and using drugs.

The musical arrangement, as noted, follows the band’s familiar thrash style approach that it has taken in its two previous albums. What’s interesting here is that Randall’s vocal delivery style is similar in sound to that of Dope front man Edsel Dope. So what audiences get is an old school metal sound from the instrumentation and a more modern touch with the vocals. The juxtaposition of those elements makes for a song that will appeal widely to audiences.

More information on Wreck-Defy’s new single, video, album and more is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://wreck-defy.bandcamp.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/Underground4560

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Gone in April Debuts ‘The Power To Heal’ Lyric Video

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Symphonic metal band Gone in April is paying tribute to the healthcare workers who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘The Power To Heal‘ Wednesday. The song is the third single from the band’s 2019 album Shards of Light, following the premiere of the songs ‘If You Join Me‘ and ‘Empire of Loss.’

Shards of Light is Gone in April’s third album. Its release last year followed that of the band’s sophomore album Threads of Existence (2016) ad its debut album We Are But Human (2011).

The lyric video for ‘The Power To Heal’ places the song’s lyrics over images of items, such as hospitals, medical journals, and blood cells as the song’s symphonic metal style arrangement plays over it. It should be noted that the lyrics are not always easy to follow in the video due to the way in which they are presented. Additionally, trying to follow them, what with the flashing that they do, can potentially cause problems for those who suffer from epilepsy, so that word of caution is necessary.

The machine gun-fast time keeping from the drums pairs well with the equally precise guitar work and bass line. Meanwhile, the juxtaposition of the operatic vocals and guttural death metal growls for which the band has come to be known, makes for its own share of interest.

The band explained through a prepared statement how the song’s lyrical content pays tribute to the world’s medical front line workers.

“As we get closer to 2021, we look back on 2020, and think about how our lives have changed due to the pandemic,” the statement reads. “We are extremely grateful for all the dedicated healthcare workers that have given, and continue to give everything they have, and for so many months in a row. We salute your courage, your devotion and your strength. Many of us in the band have either worked in healthcare, or have close family that do. In the song ‘Power to Heal,’ from our album Shards of Light (2019), we put ourselves in the shoes of a physician, experiencing both the victories and the struggles attached to the profession.’

“We wish all of you a happy new year, with the strong hope that 2021 will be the year where we can put these trying times behind us,” the statement adds. “To 2021 and awesome times to come! Many thanks to Wayne Joyner who created/animated the lyric video!”

More information on Gone in April’s new video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://goneinapril.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GoneinApril

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2020’s New Hard Rock, Metal Albums Prove The Grammys Got It Wrong Again

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Whatever committee or person makes the decision on who gets nominations and awards at the annual Grammy Awards ceremony needs a swift kick in the pants.  That is because that person or those people has/have never given much real respect to the hard rock and metal community.  This year’s list of nominees is the latest supporting proof for that argument.  Despite what certain parties might have audiences believe, 2020 produced a lot of albums that are far more worthy of awards.  Among those oh-so-notable new albums that have been released this far are new offerings from Lamb of God, Sons of Apollo, U.D.O., Sevendust, and even Firewind.  All of the noted albums are featured in this year’s Phil’s Picks Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums.  Between thrash metal, groove metal, pure hard rock and even electronic rock, this list proves how much great material was released this year that is far more deserving of awards than the acts that were nominated (maybe save for Body Count’s song).

As with every other list from Phil’s Picks, this list features the Top 10 new albums in the noted category and five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 albums.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2020 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK & METAL ALBUMS

  1. Sons of Apollo – MMXX
  2. U.D.O. – We Are One
  3. Sevendust – Blood & Stone
  4. Lamb of God – Lamb of God
  5. Mushroomhead – A Wonderful Life
  6. Testament – Titans of Creation
  7. Static X – Project: Re-Generation
  8. Firewind – Firewind
  9. Julien K – Harmonic Disruptor
  10. Master Boot Record – Floppy Disc Overdrive
  11. Clint Lowery – God Bless The Renegades
  12. Annihilator – Ballistic, Sadistic
  13. David Reece – Cacophony of Souls
  14. Biff Byford – School of Hard Knocks
  15. Warbringer – Weapons of Tomorrow

Next up from Phil’s Picks is one last musical category, the year’s top new overall albums.  Stay tuned for that, and then it’ll be on to the DVD and BD categories. 

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‘Powers That Be’ Is Another Success For Thrash Super Group Wreck-Defy

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Metal super group Wreck-Defy is scheduled to release its latest album Friday.  The band’s third in as many years, Powers That Be is 50 minutes of full thrash/speed enjoyment.  The 10 songs that make up the record’s body will appeal to fans of the noted genre across the board.  That should come as no surprise, considering that the band’s members — Matt Hanchuck, Aaron Dandall (ex-Annihilator), Greg Christian (ex-Testamant), Alex Marquez (ex-Malevolent Creation) – all came from thrash acts before forming this band.  This latest offering from the band is everything that audiences have come to expect from the band, too.  That is proven in part through the record’s arrangements, which will be addressed shortly.  The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical arrangements are intense in their own right, and ensure just as much, listeners’ engagement.  They will be discussed a little later.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements and brings everything full circle.  It will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Powers That Be.  All things considered, the album proves to be an easy candidate in its own right for any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Powers That Be, the third full-length studio recording from metal super group Wreck-Defy, is a work that transcends generations of thrash and speed metal fans.  That is proven in part through its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question are everything that audiences have come to expect from Wreck-Defy over the course of its past two albums.  The arrangements featured here have all of the sound and fury of the compositions featured in those albums – Remnants of Pain and Fragments of Anger – without just rehashing them.  The band does attempt to give listeners something at least slightly new.  The most notable change here is that the band cuts back on the introspective material.  Whereas Remnants of Pain had three songs of that ilk (out of nine songs), this record cuts that number to just one.  It comes in the record’s finale, in the form of the very brief ‘On The Other Side.’  The rest of the album keeps the energy relatively high, much as in the band’s 2017 debut Fragments of Anger.  Its placement is a bit odd.  It will be addressed later.  That aside, the stylistic approach that the band takes to this record’s arrangements gives listeners a familiar approach and sound without just simply rehashing the band’s past compositions.  To that end, the arrangements serve as a solid starting point for this record.  The album’s lyrical content builds on the foundation formed by the musical arrangements and make the album that much more appealing for any thrash and speed metal purist.

The lyrical content that is featured in Powers That Be are important to examine in the bigger picture of the album because they play so directly into the album’s title.  Case in point is the lyrical theme of ‘Skin,’ which comes early in the album’s run.  Randall sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “I was born in a gutter/Holes in my shoes/Beat down and ridiculed/I was born to lose/“Just a punk assed white boy”/Was my pseudonym/Victim of circumstance/Due to the color of my skin /Black or white/We all bleed red/The essence of a man comes from within/Divide and conquer/The government/wants to separate based on the color of our skin/Ghettos are the same/No matter where you are/Filthy run down slums/you can see them from afar./Cultivating killers/Politically unjust/Segregate the people by the color of their skin.”  He continues, “All this pain and suffering/Inside the human zoo/Political manipulation

Through and through/They’re building up the wall/They wanna watch us fall/in line”    The chorus’ refrain puts the accent to the song’s message as Randall sings, “Just a punk assed white boy/I’m from the streets/Even I can see we’re heading for defeat/Cultivating killers/Armed to the teeth/Divided we stand, divided we’re weak.”  This is, plain and simple, a commentary about how divided the world (and especially America) has become in the current era.  It sticks right to the record’s title with its content.  it is just one of the songs that runs along the line of the album’s title.  ‘Freedomless Speech’ also addresses the powers that be.

‘Freedomless Speech’ is a direct indictment of those powers that be and how they have eroded free speech of people the world over.  This is made clear right from the song’s lead verse and chorus as Randall sings, “Your 1st amendment’s out the door/Your right to speak is a right no more/Censorship for the sheep today/Another flock is led astray/An uncertain future/A constant plight/As time goes on You lose the right/No free thinking/No voice of your own/Reverting back to the age of stone/Helpless and hopeless/Utopia has vanished/When genocide and death no longer seem outlandish/The tides have turned/Hate and division’s what they teach/The lore of Freedomless Speech.”  The song’s second verse adds to the statement, as Randall sings, “Communication a thing of the past/Demonization to speak a criminal act/Politically correct /A meaningless term/History repeats/We never learn/Archaic Government with plans to silence us/Disarm the populace so they don’t kick up a fuss/Put your faith in us…./Speak only if you’re spoken to/Shut you’re mouth and listen/This is the arm of the Government/Whistle blower/Nothing lower/Got no right to full disclosure/In the eyes of the Government.”  The noted erosion of freedom of speech is increasingly happening, too.  Just this week, another social media outlet announced that it will start removing negative comments from its feeds, thus eroding freedom of speech even more.  This makes the song that much more important in the bigger picture of Powers That Be since even those who run social media can be considered powers that be.  It’s just one more way in which the album’s lyrical content proves pivotal to the record’s presentation.  ‘Drowning in Darkness’ is another example of how the album’s lyrical themes follow the theme presented in the record’s title.

In the case of ‘Drowning in Darkness,’ the power that is, is drug addiction.  This is inferred as Randall sings in the song’s lead verse, “In this street of broken dreams/A million faces/I have barely seen the light of day/In this trap of my depression/I sleep the day away/Somehow I put on a smiling face.”  It is made even more clear in the song’s second verse, which states, “Grab the bottle, take the pills/Snort that line, get your fill/God is watching, God is the/Do enough, set me free/Me and my little creatures/We’ve formed a bond, I’d say/We live in sickness, that’s ok/Living down here on the frontlines/They’re all my friends they say/Turn my back and I turn in to pray.”  The final statement, which is short leaves no doubt about that vile power that is.  It states, “Medic/Start the car/911 CPR/Fentanyl/F 19/ ICD/T36.”  We all know the stories about the impact of fentanyl as has been addressed in the news.  To that end, it becomes clear that this song is approaching the topic of drug abuse as a power in its own right.  It takes a different path from the album’s other songs, but still is important in its own right.  When it is considered along with the other topics discussed here and the rest of the album’s works, the overarching theme of the powers that be develops more impact.  When that overarching lyrical content is considered alongside the record’s equally powerful musical arrangements, the whole of that content more than makes this record worth hearing.  They are collectively just one part of what makes the record so appealing, too.  Its sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

As has already been noted here, the music featured throughout the course of Powers That Be is largely intense.  It is fiery and full of energy from one song to the next, ensuring listeners’ engagement and entertainment.  The only concern that the sequencing raises comes in the record’s finale, the brief ‘On The Other Side.’  As short as the song is, and considering that it comes across as a eulogy of sorts, it might have been better served to be in another spot higher up in the record’s body.  By having it close out the album, it makes for such an abrupt finale for the record, especially considering the fiery energy of ‘I Am The Wolf.’  The change of pace as that song ends and ‘On The Other Side’ is just uncomfortable, considering their placement.  Had ‘On The Other Side’ been placed more as a mid-record presentation to break up the album’s energy, it would have worked much better and made the sequencing solid.  Even despite that concern, the sequencing still works for the most part. Keeping that in mind, it still works well with the overall content and maintains the album’s place among this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Wreck-Defy’s new album Powers That Be is a powerful new offering from the thrash/speed metal super group.  That is proven in part through the record’s featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements present the band trying noticeably, to avoid the more introspective, reserved songs that were more prominent in the band’s second album.  This time out, the band clearly kept the energy much higher, as in its debut album.  The lyrical content that accompanies the arrangements exhibits its own impact in that the themes follow the record’s overarching theme noted in its title.  The album’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.  Save for the one concern raised by the record’s finale, the sequencing keeps the record’s energy high from start through to that more reserved finale.  Even with the noted concern centered on the finale raised, the sequencing still works.  Together with the record’s musical and lyrical content, all three elements join to make the album in whole, a work that continues the success of the band’s first two records.  Additionally, it collectively makes the album a work that will appeal to the most devoted thrash and speed metal purist.

More information on Wreck-Defy’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://wreck-defy.bandcamp.com

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Wreck-Defy Debuts ‘Freedomless Speech’ Lyric Video

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Wreck-Defy debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Freedomless Speech‘ Thursday.  The song and its companion video are the second from the band’s forthcoming album Powers That Be, which is scheduled for release Oct. 9 through SubLevel Records.  The band debuted the album’s lead single ‘Skin‘ and its companion video last month.

The video places the song’s lyrics over a television screen in which images of items, such as a law enforcement K-9, pointing fingers, and a person with a mouth covered in tape flash.  The visuals are meant to help deliver the song’s lyrical message about the corrosion of free speech worldwide.

The song’s lyrical content is timely and will resonate with any listener.  The song’s musical arrangement will connect with any thrash metal fan.  Its fierce shredding and precision time keeping couples with its vocals and bass to make it a work that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Megadeth, Testament, and Anthrax.  That should come as no surprise, as the band is composed of former members of Testament, Annihilator, and Malevolent Creation, which are counterparts to Megadeth and Anthrax.

The band’s members are: Matt Hanchuck, Aaron Dandall (ex-Annihilator), Greg Christian (ex-Testamant), Alex Marquez (ex-Malevolent Creation).

Powers That Be is the third full-length studio recording from Wreck-Defy.  It will come less than a year after the release of the band’s sophomore album, Remnants of Pain.  Pre-orders are open through SubLevel Records’ official Bandcamp page and through Wreck-Defy’s official Bandcamp page.

More information on Wreck-Defy’s new single, video, album and more is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://wreck-defy.bandcamp.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/Underground4560

 

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