Slipknot, Disturbed, Korn, FFDP, Chevelle, Meshuggah, And More Join Chicago Open Air


Chicago Open Air, buoyed by naming Rammstein as their inaugural headline act, has now added a plethora of bands including Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Chicagoans like Disturbed, Chevelle, and Ministry, plus Meshuggah, Of Mice and Men,In This Moment, Hollywood Undead, Trivium, Carcass, Hatebreed, Periphery, Drowning Pool, Butcher Babies, Through Fire, Breaking Benjamin, Pop Evil, Gojira, Deafheaven, The Devil Wears Prada, Helmet, Nothing More, Saint Asonia, Miss May I, Beartooth, Silver Snakes, City Of The Weak, Marilyn Manson, Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage, Babymetal, Asking Alexandria, Corrosion Of Conformity, Letlive. All That Remains, We Came As Romans, Jim Breuer & The Regulators, Upon A Burning Body, Gemini Syndrome and more. With this incredible lineup of talent as well as craft beer and “Gourmet Man Food”, Chicago Open Air from the very outset is vying to become the premiere American music festival.

Disturbed released a statement about playing the festival in their hometown:

“It is long overdue that one of the greatest rock cities in the world has a festival of its own. We are honored and excited to be one of the headliners at the inaugural Chicago Open Air festival in our hometown of Chicago.”

Daily band lineups (subject to change)

Friday, July 15:

Of Mice & Men
In This Moment
Hollywood Undead
Drowning Pool
Butcher Babies
Through Fire

Saturday, July 16:

Breaking Benjamin
Pop Evil
The Devil Wears Prada
Nothing More
Saint Asonia
Miss May I
Silver Snakes
City Of The Weak

Sunday, July 17:

Five Finger Death Punch
Marilyn Manson
Bullet For My Valentine
Killswitch Engage
Asking Alexandria
Corrosion Of Conformity
All That Remains
We Came As Romans
Jim Breuer & The Regulators
Upon A Burning Body
Gemini Syndrome

General Admission and VIP tickets are on sale now at

Weekend GA Field: $219.50
Weekend GA Bowl: $119.50
Weekend VIP: $399.50
Weekend VIP 2-Packs: $860.00
Single Day GA Bowl: $49.50

All VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes into the event, access to a VIP lounge area featuring dedicated food and beverage offerings (for additional purchase), field and stadium level viewing areas of the main stage, dedicated restroom facilities, and a commemorative Chicago Open Air VIP-only laminate.

Festival doors open at 11:00 a.m. each day and the show ends at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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Kataklysm Releasing Signature Hot Sauces


In connection with the release of Kataklysm’s twelfth studio album Of Ghosts And Gods, out on July 31st (Europe, UK, US) via Nuclear Blast Records, the band will be releasing two powerful hot sauces. ‘GHOST FIRE’, made with ghost peppers to bring the extreme heat, and ‘GOD’S FURY’, a milder but hard hitting sauce made with garlic and habanero peppers. These hot sauces will be made available in limited quantities with the new album pre-order on the bands official website and will be available at concerts worldwide.

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Guitarist/producer J- F Dagenais (Malevolent Creation, Misery Index) tracked drums, guitars and bass for Of Ghosts And Gods, while vocals were recorded by producer Mark Lewis (White Chapel, Devildriver, Cannibal Corpse). The entire process was mixed and mastered in the UK by legendary producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Exodus, Amon Amarth). The artwork from the new album was done by up-and-coming dark and macabre artist Surtsey.

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Of Ghosts And Gods track listing:

01: Breaching The Asylum
02: The Black Sheep
03: Thy Serpents Tongue
04: Soul Destroyer
05: Vindication
06: Marching Through Graveyards
07: Shattered
08: Hate Spirit
09: Carrying Crosses
10: The World Is A Dying Insect

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Anthrax Drummer Launches Coffee Line Benante’s Blend

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Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has launched his coffee line Benante’s Blend. The coffee will come in two different varieties – the ‘Be All End All’ blend, which is a dark roast with a real kick, and the ‘Forever Metal,’ a milder coffee. The coffees will be available beginning today via Benante’s webstore.

In related news, the band is about to hit the road with Volbeat and Crobot on a North American tour.

Apr 24: 1st Bank Center – Denver, CO (with Volbeat and Crobot)
Apr 25: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center – Rapid City, SD (with Volbeat and Crobot)
Apr 27: Spokane Arena – Spokane, WA (with Volbeat and Crobot)
Apr 28: Adams Center – Missoula, MT (with Volbeat and Crobot)
Apr 29: WaMu Theatre – Seattle, WA (with Volbeat and Crobot)
May 01: Revolution Place – Grande Prairie, AB (with Volbeat and Crobot)
May 02: Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB (with Volbeat and Crobot)
May 03: Calgary Stampede Corral – Calgary, AB (with Volbeat and Crobot)
May 04: SaskTel Centre – Saskatoon, SK (with Volbeat and Crobot)
May 06: Brandt Centre – Regina, SK (with Volbeat and Crobot)
May 07: Ralph Englestad Arena – Grand Forks, ND (with Volbeat and Crobot)
May 09: Somerset Amphitheatre (Northern Invasion Festival) – Somerset, WI
May 10: Alliant Energy Ctr. Memorial (WJJO MayDay MayLay) Madison, WI
May 12: General Motors Centre – Oshawa, ON (with Volbeat and Crobot)
May 13: TD Place – Ottawa, ON (with Volbeat and Crobot)
May 14: Quebec Colisee Pepsi – Quebec City, QC (with Volbeat and Crobot)
May 15: CEPSUM Montreal- Montreal, QC (with Volbeat and Crobot)
May 17: Mapfre Stadium (Rock on the Range) – Columbus, OH
May 18: Dow Events Center – Saginaw, MI (with Volbeat and Crobot)
May 19: Ford Center – Evansville, IN (with Volbeat and Crobot)
May 20: Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL (with Volbeat and Crobot)
May 22: Tyson IBF Events Center – Sioux City, IA (with Volbeat and Crobot)
May 23: Prior Creek Music (Rocklahoma) – Pryor, OK
May 24: AT&T Center (Rockfest) – San Antonio, TX
May 25: Wet & Wild Water World (Baloonfest)- El Paso
May 27: Verizon Grand Prairie – Dallas, TX (with Volbeat and Crobot)
May 28: Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX (with Volbeat and Crobot)
May 30: Liberty Me Park (Rockfest)- Kansas City, MO
May 31: Outdoors at Pop’s – St. Louis, MO (with Volbeat and Crobot)
Jun 02: Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY (with Volbeat and Crobot)

Judas Priest Releasing British Steel Coffee For 35th Anniversary

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Chicago based coffee business Dark Matter Coffee will be releasing a coffee and cassette combo celebrating the 35th anniversary of Judas Priests classic album British Steel on April 14, 2015, which can be pre-ordered here.

Each bag of “British Steel” coffee will come with an old school cassingle, featuring “Grinder” and “Snakebite,” while supplies last.

Dark Matter Coffee commented:

“The Great Halls of Metal were fashioned by Judas Priest — in their studs and leather with everything faster, heavier — guitars, amps, power — blazing around the planet — higher, louder… SOARING in EPIC PROPORTIONS! Their all-out sonic attack cemented their place as the firebrand for British heavy metal.
“Does anything cut as deep as ‘British Steel’? NO! The songs comprising this landmark record yielded both monumental commercial success, capturing the attention of the broader uninitiated … while also producing anthems to those already deeply enmeshed in a turbo charged new genre. Priest unleashed this razor sharp maelstrom onto the collective consciousness and we’ve thankfully never been the same since! Instantly recognizable for their peerless attack, the fuel for this inexorable juggernaut must be both ebullient and unremitting. The brewed crude sparkles cup after cup, sin after sin. Death to false coffee.”

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DEATH TO FALSE COFFEE!!! Judas Priest & DMC announce British Steel coffee!

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Between the Buried and Me Guitarist Starts Coffee Roasting Company


Guitarist Paul Waggoner of Between the Buried and Me has started his own coffee roasting company called Parliament Coffee Roasters. Based in Charlotte, NC, the coffees are available for order via

Municipal Waste Frontman Launches Liquid Arson Hot Sauce

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Municipal Waste and Iron Reagan frontman Tony Foresta has released a brand of signature hot sauce called Liquid Arson, which is a collaboration with the Tears of Joy Hot Sauce brand. It is available for purchase here.

Foresta commented:

“This is a collaberation with me and Brian from The mighty “Tears of Joy” Hot Sauce in Austin, Texas. I’ve been wanting to work with him for years as I’ve always been a big fan of his store and the sauces he makes, The Sword‘s “Tears of Fire”, His Tequila Lime Sauce, Red Fang‘s “Night Destroyer” to name a few. Liquid Arson is an Italian flavored sauce that packs a punch but still has a lot of flavor. Good with almost anything to me personally I think it goes best with meatball subs, pizza or chicken parm. It’s kind of like a nuclear marinara sauce.”

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