Brooklyn, NY natives Newborn drops their new song today, and Ghost Cult is proud to bring it to you. ‘Pulse’ off of Broken Virgo has foreboding riffage, clever lyrics, and a confidence lacking in a lot of new rock bands. They are looking to make a dent in the scene in a big way with this release.
Powerhouse metal singer and New York City personality Militia Vox has just released her covers EP Bait. To celebrate, Ghost Cult is proud to premiere her video, for her powerful rendition of Tina Turner’s 80’s rock classic ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)’, the hit theme song to the film Mad Max, Beyond Thunderdome. .
See the video here:
Best known as the front woman of several bands such as Judas Priestess (the world’s only all-woman tribute to the metal gods, Judas Priest), Swear On Your Life, and Disciples of Astaroth. She is a well known talent as a multi-instrumentalist was well. (vocals, songwriter, arranger, keys/synth, rhythm guitar)
Militia Vox has lent her vocals to legends such as Dee Snider, Cyndi Lauperand Living Colour, and was a VJ and music/style expert for networks like FUSE, Much Music USA, MTV2, andVH1(“Heavy Metal Makeover,” “Soundtrack For Your Life,” “Tastemaker,” “A Night With…”).
This year’s event includes Michael Catherwood (co-host Loveline), Forrest Griffin (UFC Hall of Famer), Keith Jardine (UFC), Sal Masekela (host of ESPN’s X-Games), and more. In the main event, Jason Ellis will take to the ring with Dr. Drew Pinsky as his corner man, to face ten different opponents.
The full line-up for this year’s EllisMania 10 includes:
Musical Chair Fight (When the music stops, two men without chairs fight each other)
Blindfold Remote Control Fight (Two blindfolded listeners will have to rely on instructions from their coach regarding what punches to throw and when)
Biggest Loser: Male (Two male listeners of the show face off to see who has lost the most weight leading up to the event)
Biggest Loser: Female
The Piñata Fight (Three listeners try to fight past two professional MMA fighters to break a piñata)
The Strip Fight (Two Female listeners will box and the loser of each round will have to remove an article of clothing)
The Virgin Fight (Two virgins fight to win a date with a professional escort)
The Five-Man Blindfolded Electric Dog Collar Fight
Cumtard vs. Will Pendarvis (The two radio personalities square off against one another in a high stakes match where the loser will suffer a humiliating punishment)
In the main event Jason Ellis is set to take on ten mystery opponents for a total of ten one-minute rounds (Dr. Drew Pinsky will serve as Jason Ellis corner man and opponents include former UFC fighters)
Ellis is the host and star of The Jason Ellis Show on Sirius XM Radio. The show, which airs Monday through Friday from 3PM to 7PM Eastern Time CH41, is one of the most popular shows broadcast on satellite radio. His radio show is a high-energy, uncensored talk-meets-hard-rock radio format that is centered around Ellis’ unique, offbeat take on life.
The ongoing saga of whether Tom DeLonge had quit or was dismissed from Blink 182 keeps getting interesting. It originally began as the band’s publicist, Mark Hoppus and band drummer Travis Barker said he had left the band ‘indefinitely.’
In a statement, Barker explained:
Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio will join Blink-182 in replacement of Tom DeLonge at the 8th annual Musink Music and Tattoo Festival. “We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason. A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinetly, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors.” Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus plan to honor all Blink-182 commitments including the Musink Festival and are excited to have singer/guitarist Matt Skiba join them for this project. “No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.” Additionally, Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with the Alkaline Trio.
Photo Credit: Simone Joyner/Getty Images
But DeLonge rebutted in a statement of his own:
LETTER TO THE FANS
Where to begin?
The truth is always a good place. Let’s go there.
I love Blink and am incredibly grateful for having it in my life. It has given me everything. EVERYTHING. I started this band, it was in my garage where I dreamed up the mischief.
So what have I been doing behind the scenes? Well, I’ve tried to make things work. I’ve tried to help move this band down 50 different paths using my people, or other people, and people we don’t even know. I tried to put forth ideas about how we can grow and challenge ourselves to become a better band. I’m not sitting around waiting for someone else to do the work. I’m not wired that way.
The big reset was when I tried to put together a band summit in Utah where we’d talk and work things out. It quickly was narrowed down to three hours in someone’s dressing room in a shitty casino. What I hoped would be a positive get-together away from everything turned into an awkward meeting in a smelly convention hall dressing room. But it was there that I told Mark and Travis that as long as we talked, and things were good between us as real friends, that I would be engaged and work passionately. I’d mirror our personal relationship. Exact words.
Then, the EP was the test. Months later, we’re recording those songs. I was in the studio for two months and they came in for around 11 days. I didn’t mind leading the charge, but we had all agreed to give it 100%. And this time- no baggage.
Despite that, we still somehow managed to self-sabotage.
At one point, squabbling and politics forced me to pull the EP down at a time when 60,000 fans were trying to purchase it. And that blew my mind. I’d been trying so hard but that moment ultimately broke my spirit. I then realized that this band couldn’t lose the years of ill will.
It was after that episode that I promised myself I would never be in that position again – to rely on the words we said to each other.
I remember asking one of them on the phone, “did you try your best? Like we all agreed to?” He was silent.
Are they at fault?
Am I? Of course. I’m nuts.
But there’s three of us – we’re all accountable. At the end of the day, we’ve always been dysfunctional, which is why we haven’t talked in months. But we never did. In the 8 years we have been together it has always been that way.
Over the past two and a half years, while a recording partner was being sought for a new Blink record, I launched a media company. I just put out a new Angels & Airwaves record and as some of you know, there’s a lot more coming – comics, books, a film, etc. The books will all come with music. This is a wheel that’s already in motion. So you can imagine my frustration when I was handed a 60-page Blink contract saying I couldn’t release an Angels album for 9 months and that the Blink album had to be recorded in 6 months, which was impossible for me. Doing so would force me to breach several artist contracts. Authors, Concept Artists, Animators… Many people.
They did eventually drop the Angels provision, but the part about having to finish a Blink album in 6 months remained. All of these other projects are being worked, exist in contract form– I can’t just slam the brakes and drop years of development, partnerships and commitments at the snap of a finger.
I told my manager that I will do Blink 182 as long as it was fun and worked with the other commitments in my life, including my family.
But Mark and Travis know all of this.
I wrote this same letter to them a year ago. But it created a massive argument, the biggest one yet actually. I just wanted us to do things we all agreed on. But that was their moment to dig in. From their view I was controlling everything. In reality, I was scared to put myself out there again. To repeat the EP experience.
I also wrote all of this to their managers this past December (who told me my bandmates weren’t angry and agreed with some of my ideas of how to grow the band).
So you can imagine my surprise when a press release went out yesterday—without my knowledge—about the band’s future. This is new to me. It’s not in my nature to fuel negativity about the legacy of the band on something as trashy as the Internet world.
But I guess that’s another example of how I differ from most. I follow the light… I follow passion and I make art. I hang with my son, my daughter and my wife.
At the end of the day, all of this makes me really sad.
Sad for us.
Sad for you- that you’re witnessing this immaturity.
I know them very well, and their current actions are defensive and divisive.
I suppose they’re doing this as a way to protect themselves from being hurt.
Like we all do.
And even as I watch them act so different to what I know of them to be, I still care deeply for them. Like brothers, and like old friends. But our relationship got poisoned yesterday.
Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit.
Veteran thrash metal outfit Hirax is streaming their new video for “Hellion Rising”, off their latest album Immortal Legacy, out now via SPV/Steamhammer, here.
HIRAX European Tour Dates 2015
Mar 13: Hammerfest Festival – Gwynedd (UK)
Mar 14: Ivory Blacks – Glasgow (UK)
Mar 15: Asylum 2 – Birmingham (UK)
Mar 16: Sound Control – Manchester (UK)
Mar 17: Railway Inn – Winchester (UK)
Mar 18: Black Heart Camden – London (UK)
Mar 19: Elpee – Deinze (BEL)
Mar 20: Little Devil – Tilburg (NET)
Mar 21: Scum – Katwijk (NET)
Mar 24: Sala Utopia – Zaragoza (SP)
Mar 26: Sala Lemon – Madrid (SP)
Mar 27: At Mosh Phera Zero – Palencia (SP)
Mar 28: La Petite – Granada (SP)
Mar 30: Les Pavillions Sauvages – Toulouse (FR)
Apr 03: Blue Rose Saloon – Milan (IT)
Apr 04: Randal Club – SVK-Bratislava (SVK)
Apr 05: Bambi Galore – Hamburg (DE)
Jul 09: Obscene Extreme Festival – Trutnov (CZ)
Jul 10: Ozi Pub – Zori (PL)
Jul 11: Atlantic Club – Gdynia (PL)
Jul 12: Slowianin Club – Szczecin (PL)
Jul 13: Progressja – Warsaw (PL)
Jul 14: SO36 – Berlin (DE)
Jul 16: Colliseum Club – Kosice (SVK)
Jul 17: Agressive Fest – Pohori (CZ)
Jul 18: Bang Your Head Festival – Balingen (DE)
Jul 19: Schwarzer Adler – Egelsee (DE)
Jul 20: Coq d`Or – Olton (CH)
Jul 21: Metal Days Festival – Tolmin (SLO)
Jul 22: Conrad Sohm – Dornbirn (A)
Jul 23: K19 – Kassel (DE)
Jul 24: Headbangers Open Air – Brande/Hörnerkirchen (DE)
Jul 25: Stonehenge Festival – Steenwijk (NL)
Jul 26: JH Ohk – Ostend (B)
California technical death metallers Inanimate Existence will be touring with Wrvth (Wrath Of Vesuvius) as support on these upcoming dates. They continue to tour in support of their A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement full-length, released this past Summer via Unique Leader Records.
Feb 26: The 207 – Stockton, CA
Feb 27: EPEK Print Shop – Salinas, CA
Feb 28: Musichead – Medford, OR
Mar 01: The Third Street Pub – Bend, OR
Mar 02: The Pin – Spokane, WA
Mar 03: The Palace Lounge – Missoula, MT
Mar 04: Machinery Row – Great Falls, MT
Mar 05: Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 06: Bushwackers Saloon – Denver, CO
Mar 07: The Blu Phoenix – Albuquerque, NM
Mar 08: Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
Mar 09: Slidebar – Fullerton, CA
Mar 10: Boondocks Tavern – Banning, CA
Mar 11: White Oak Music – Van Nuys, CA
Mar 12: Strummer’s – Fresno, CA FREE Show!
Mar 13: The Divebar – Las Vegas, NV
Mar 14: Arlene Francis Center – Santa Rosa, CA
Mar 15: On The Y – Sacramento, CA
Punk rock nerdcore outfit Rain City Rockers will be giving away their upcoming EP titled Anime via Arcadesushi.com with more info coming soon. The Anime EP will follow up the September 16, 2014 release of Rain City Rockers’ debut album, Mayday. Rain City Rockers is Andrew Conroy (vocals, guitar), Tom Thacker (Sum 41, Gob), Anthony Bleed (Die Mannequin) and Darrin Pfeiffer (Goldfinger).
Set for self-release on Conroy’s Flashlight Music Group on February 24, 2015, the release features four Anime theme song covers including “Pokemon”, “Dragon Ball Z”, “Digimon”, “Sailor Moon” and the original track “If You Don’t Like Pikachu”. Coming in at under just seven minutes from start to finish, the EP is an avalanche of kitschy, cartoony hooks filtered through a punk strainer.
Cymbals Eat Guitars have booked an upcoming Spring tour with This Will Destroy You, and Slothrust and Split Single as support. The band’s third and latest LP, LOSE, was produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile), out now on CD and vinyl via Barsuk (US) and Tough Love Records (EU). Stream their music video for “Laramie” here.
Formed amidst the ashes of Leah Wellbaum’s solo project, entitled Slothbox, Slothrust was forged with drummer Will Gorin and bassist Kyle Bann. Thanks to their adept jazz & blues backbone, Slothrust plays deceivingly clever rock with a relentless, punk-as-fuck aesthetic. Though commonly compared to Sonic Youth and Nirvana, Slothrust plays a trickier game than its grunge-revivalist peers. From tender to thrashing and from dark to dorky, Slothrust is a band at constant play with its sonic dynamics and emotional spectrum, yet still manages to weave in ear-worming, cathartic hooks. The band’s second full-length release, Of Course You Do, was released in February 2014 on Ba Da Bing as a follow-up to their 2012 self-released album, Feels Your Pain. Look out for their new LP in 2015!
Mar 11: Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle (w/ Slothrust)
Mar 12: Nashville, TN – The End (w/ Slothrust)
Mar 13: Oxford, MS – Cats Purring Dude Ranch (w/ Slothrust)
Mar 14: Denton, TX – 35 Denton
Mar 18 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom (w/ This Will Destroy You)
Mar 19 – San Diego, CA – Casbah (w/ This Will Destroy You)
Mar 20 – West Hollywood, CA – Roxy Theatre (This Will Destroy You)
Mar 21 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall (This Will Destroy You)
Mar 23 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge (This Will Destroy You)
Mar 24 – Seattle, WA – Neumos (This Will Destroy You)
Mar 25 – Spokane, WA – The Bartlett
Mar 26 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Festival
Mar 27 – Salt Lake City – Urban Lounge (This Will Destroy You)
Mar 28 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater (This Will Destroy You)
Mar 29 – Lincoln, NE – Vega (w/ Split Single)
Mar 30 – Madison, WI – The Frequency (w/ Split Single)
Mar 31 – Dekalb, IL – The House Café (w/ Split Single)
Apr 01 – Fort Wayne, IN – The Brass Rail (w/ Split Single)
Apr 02 – Athens, OH – The Smiling Skull Saloon (w/ Split Single)
LA rock duo Howls is releasing their newest single “White Noise” on February 3, 2015 via Buddyhead Records, which can be streamed here.
After wearing many musical hats, Howls were inspired to take their music in a different direction, “because music should be fun sometimes too,” says Howls female half Annalee Fery. Howls debut album was guitar driven brooding electronica, and this newest song was penned with the intention of making people want to dance. This new direction marks a big first for the band. This is the first time they brought in an outside producer, Jon Siebels, to help them capture the sound of “White Noise.”
“We’ve always dabbled in different instrumentation in Howls,” says guitarist Christian Stone. “ White Noise started out as an idea at rehearsal and became a staple of our live show as a guitar-based thing. We tried recording it this way but we weren’t happy with the results at all… So we decided, to experiment, and brought in producer Jon Siebels. He stripped away all the ‘traditional’ instrumentation and really focused on synths and programmed drums instead. Suddenly the song made sense!”
Despite the new sonic direction, Howls have retained their signature juxtaposed style of a dark and heavy lyrics coated in upbeat and fun melodies with “White Noise.” This song is about compassion, specifically compassion for children in need. “Fortunately my mother raised me to have one of those pathetic hearts.” says Fery “The moment I see someone who’s hurting, especially kids, my heart breaks. Being a mother has taught me as well to care for every lost and hurting child.”
New York rock outfit Cilver has signed a worldwide deal with eOne Music and will be releasing their debut album later in 2015. Check out their video for “In My Head” featuring Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of Guns N Roses here.
After landing a management deal with The RSE Group (Slayer, Gojira, Ghost, Mastodon), representation from The Agency Group, and legal from Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, 2014 ended up as the band’s busiest year yet. The band gained traction touring as openers on the Revolver Magazine Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock tour with Sick Puppies and Lacuna Coil. Uliana was also featured in the Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock issue of the magazine and calendar. After a series of radio festivals and showcases, Cilver found themselves on a boat with Motorhead for the Motorboat Cruise this past fall. In similar fashion, you can catch Cliver on the ShipRocked Cruise this weekend, which sails from Miami to the Bahamas.
Electrocore metallers The Browning are heading round the States on a mammoth 30 day haul having been added to the Alesana/Capture The Crown bill.
The Kansas City dance metal band, whose second album Hypernova (Earache) is now two years old (work has provisionally begun on a follow-up), take their place on the five-band bill alongside Conquer Divide and The Funeral Portrait.
That’s a lot of music for your buck!
Tour dates in full:
Apr. 03 – Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
Apr. 04 – Louisville, KY – Expo Five
Apr. 06 – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
Apr. 07 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
Apr. 08 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Apr. 09 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Apr. 10 – Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room
Apr. 11 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Theatre
Apr. 12 – Westland, MI – The Token Lounge
Apr. 14 – Lansing, MI – The Loft
Apr. 16 – Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
Apr. 17 – Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
Apr. 18 – St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar
Apr. 20 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Apr. 21 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
Apr. 22 – Merriam, KS – Aftershock
Apr. 23 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
Apr. 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue
Apr. 25 – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
Apr. 26 – Bakersfield, CA – Jerry’s Pizza
Apr. 27 – West Hollywood, CA – Whiskey A Go Go
Apr. 28 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock
Apr. 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
May 01 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
May 02 – Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
May 03 – Dallas, TX – Curtain Club