EP REVIEW: Crobot – Rat Child

June 2021 sees the return of the beardos in Crobot with their latest EP Rat Child (Mascot Label Group), a mix of pieces that could have appeared on Motherbrain in an alternate universe and products of the pandemic and long distance friendships. You’re lucky if I bother to actually put on pants, much less try to engage in any kind of creative endeavor over Zoom/Skype/smoke signal so I have to give credit where credit is due.

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Corey Taylor Announces New Solo Heradline Dates with The Cherry Bombs

Slipknot and Stone Sour leader Corey Taylor has announced new ‘CMFTour’ summer 2021 tour dates. The new headline run will kick-off on August 6th at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV and will feature special guests The Cherry Bombs on all dates Pre-sale tickets are available starting tomorrow, Wednesday June 23rd at 10:00AM PT with all remaining tickets going on sale to the general public on Friday, June 25th at 10:00AM local time. For tickets and more information on the upcoming concerts, please visit the link below

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Shadows Fall Announces Reunion Show for Later This Year

Legendary Metal band Shadows Fall have announced a one-off reunion show at their home venue, the recently renovated Worcester Palladium, for December 18th, 2021. Direct support will come from a hand picked lineup of Unearth, Darkest Hour, Within the Ruins, Sworn Enemy, and Carnivora! VIP Packages On-sale Wednesday, 6/23@ 10am est. general admission tickets On-Sale Friday, 6/25 @ 10am est. get them at Tickets are on sale now at the link below!

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Metallica Announces Massive 30th-Anniversary Edition of “The Black Album” and “Metallica Blacklist” Covers Album by Stars from Across Music

Metallica has long teased a celebration for their commercial blockbuster Metallica aka “The Black Album” all year. It is the best-selling album in the history of Nielsen SoundScan, outselling every release in every genre over the past 30 years. Now they have announced a massic digital, CD, and DVD – Blu-ray release. To commemorate its 30th anniversary, the Grammy-winning, 16-times-platinum-certified Black Album is receiving its definitive re-release. Remastered for ultimate sound quality, The Black Album remaster will be available in multiple configurations including 180-gram double vinyl LP, standard CD and 3 CD expanded edition, digital, and limited edition deluxe box set (containing the album remastered on 180-gram 2LP, a picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs (containing rough mixes, demos, interviews, live shows), 6 DVDs (containing outtakes, behind the scenes, official videos, live shows), a 120-page hardcover book, four tour laminates, three lithos, three guitar picks, a Metallica lanyard, a folder with lyric sheets, and a download card). The band will also release a second, massive tribute album by Pop and Rock stars the world over. Pre-orders are live with the link below. Watch trailers for the two albums and assorted other new Black Album content that band has released.

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More Details of Upcoming Ronnie James Dio Biography Released

On July 27th, the long in the works biography of Ronnie James Dio, which hew was working on at the time of his death will be released. Coming from Permuted Press in the U.S. and Canada and Constable in the U.K. and co-written with British music journalist Mick Wall and Dio’s widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio, “Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography” is now available for pre-order at the link below. Dio, the voice of his solo band, Elf, Rainbow, and Black Sabbath is arguably the greatest metal singer in history, and propelled the genre forward with his talents, and his representing metal culture to the masses.


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Legendary New Jersey Record Shop Vintage Vinyl to Close After 42 Years

Sad news as NJ.com has reported that Vintage Vinyl, the legendary record store in Central New Jersey will close its doors on July 31st. “It’s time to retire,” founder and owner Rob Roth told NJ Advance Media Monday. “I lived the dream. It’s more than I could’ve dreamed. This will be my legacy.” Roth, 65, announced the closing Monday in a mailing list email sent to customers, writing: “Thanks for 42 wonderful years, it’s been a great ride.” Roth said the pandemic helped put “life into perspective,” but was not a deciding factor in closing the iconic shop. “I have children and grandchildren I want to see,” Roth said, also noting his lease is up this year. The store has been a staple of the Fords section of Woodbridge, just off Route 1, since 1984.

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Doro to Release “Triumph and Agony Live” Album and Blu-ray


“The Metal Queen” – Doro Pesch (Warlock) will celebrate thirty-five years of the Triumph and Tragedy album with a new live album Triumph and Tragedy Live in various formats including CD, vinyl, cassette, DVD, Blu-ray, and a huge boxset on September 24th through DORO’s own label, Rare Diamonds Productions! She already released a career spanning B-sides and lives boxed set with her own perfume in 2020.

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Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu Announces His Hiatus from Korn

Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, who rose to acclcaim as one of the best bassists in the world as the co-founder of Korn, has announced a hiatus from the band. No word on how long of a break this will be. He announced in a post to social media that he needs to address some of his old “bad habits” that are causing tensions in hte band. Fieldy has has missed some tours over the eyars, but otherwise consistently been a prominent leading member of the band in its 28-year existence. No replacement has been named as yet, despite Korn’s intense slate of tour dates linedup. Best of luck Fieldy!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Light The Torch – You Will Be The Death Of Me

Arising from Los Angeles, California, Melodic Metalcore trio Light The Torch prove just how fitting their name is with their sophomore album, You Will Be The Death Of Me (Nuclear Blast Records). Each metallic anthem sets the stage as if the band had just lit their torches and sharpened their pitchforks in preparation for taking on their greatest demons.Continue reading

Download Pilot Brings Together 10,000 Maskless Rock and Metal Fans


Download’s Pilot festival was a success with the first major camping event of its kind since lockdown, the specially created three-day festival took place as part of the second phase of the Government’s scientific Events Research Programme, this weekend over 18 – 20 June 2021. The event was hailed a resounding success with organisers confident that the event proved 100% that events will be able to go ahead from this point onward. Continue reading