Jose Mangin Signs a Multi-Year Deal with Danny Wimmer Presents Rock Festivals as Official Host and Live Correspondent

Big news at Danny Wimmer Presents festivals, creators of major US Rock and Metal festivals such as at Welcome To Rockville, Inkcarceration, Aftershock, and Louder Than Life! Jose “The Metal Ambassador” Mangin, an ever present force in metal culture between Sirius XM Radio and other gigs hjas signed on as Danny Wimmer Presents Rock Festivals as Official Host and Live Correspondent for those festivals.

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Pathos and Logos Release New Single and Video “Novitiate”

Progressive music twosome Pathos & Logos will release their new EP, Cult.on June 24th 2022. This collection of songs can be pre-ordered now at the link below where the tracks are available as individual Tarot Cards (the full record can also be purchased as a photo book, CD, and digital album). For a preview of Cult, a live video [produced by Pathos & Logos with the help of Nick Pelc (@augminished_nick)] for the new single – “Novitiate” – can be watched here!

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CONCERT REVIEW: Tech Trek V Tour with Archspire – Entheos – Inferi – Vulvodynia – Live at Brooklyn Monarch

Although initially scheduled to play The Kingsland, popular demand upgraded this stacked metal lineup to the fabulous new and much larger Brooklyn Monarch.

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Listen to Tombs Cover Mötorhead’s “Killed By Death”

Tombs will release a new digital EP, Ex Oblivion, due out on June 13th 2022. The band is now streaming their killer cover of Mötorhead’s classic anthem “Killed By Death’ from that EP. The cover also features bassist Drew Murphy on vocals instead of frontman/guitarist Mike Hill, and a guest spot from guitarist Dan Higgins of Hammerfight! The new EP will mark the recorded debut of new guitarist Todd Stern (Psycroptic, Hammer Fight, Abacinate), and can be pre-ordered at the link below.

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Ghost Books a Headline Tour with Mastodon and Spiritbox

Ghost has announced a headline tour of North America -. The North American “Imperatour” will see the band continue supporting their acclaimed Impera album (Loma Vista) at 19 arenas across the U.S. and Canada (plus an appearance at Virginia’s Blue Ridge Rock Fest), kicking off August 26 at San Diego’s Pechanga Arena and running through September 23 at the Resch Center in Green Bay. Special guests for the tour are Mastodon and openers will be Spiritbox. Tickets for Ghost’s North American Imperatour will be on sale from May 20 at 10am local time at the links below. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Wednesday, May 18 at 12pm local time through Thursday, May 19 at 10pm local time. Read our review of their first leg of their 2022 tour and our album review!

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IN MEMORIAM: Remembering Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder (1981-2022)

I’m not going to start this write-up and pretend like I have a solution for grief or that I’ve made peace with the fact that Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder is no longer with us. As of this writing, it’s been nearly a week since his passing and frankly, I’m still trying to process that. Telling myself that it can’t be true since I’ve seen Strnad and his bandmates have seemingly all the fun onstage at least seven times.

In time I’ll accept what has occurred. But let’s take a look back.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Malevolence – Malicious Intent

The very title of Malevolence’s new record should tell you all you need to know about what to expect.

Malicious Intent (Nuclear Blast) is the third full-length release from the groove-meets-metalcore five-piece outfit hailing from the UK and follows up 2017’s Self Supremacy. Boasting all original members, Malevolence has returned with a vengeance, though one that is tempered.Continue reading

GHOST CULT PODCAST: Episode #162: Kevin Starrs of Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats – The Ghost Cult Interview

We caught up with Kevin Starrs – the founder and frontman of Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. The band followed a headline tour of the USA with a run across Europe opening for Ghost! The band is still touring behind their acclaimed album “Wasteland” which came out in 2018 via Rise Above Records. Kevin discussed touring, the high expectations of fans, and when we can expect the next Uncle Acid album to come out!

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ALBUM REVIEW: James LaBrie – Beautiful Shade of Grey

Having amassed a discography of over twenty albums as the lead vocalist (of which this is the fifth solely under his own name), and nearly two dozen guest appearances across a thirty year professional recording career, you could have forgiven James LaBrie for taking some overdue and well-earned time off when the 2020 Dream Theater world tour was halted. Instead, he and Eden’s Curse (whose Trinity album was adorned by his distinctive a glorious pipes) guitarist Paul Logue began trading the musical ideas that would grow into Beautiful Shade of Gray (InsideOut Music).

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ALBUM REVIEW: Cave In – Heavy Pendulum

Released some twenty-five years into a career that saw them burst out of the east-coast hardcore scene in the mid nineties, Heavy Pendulum (Relapse Records) is Cave In’s seventh album, and is a landmark release for the band who sadly lost their bass player Caleb Schofield to a car accident in 2018. Schofield also provided many of Cave In’s heavier vocals, and his role in the band is assumed by close friend Nate Newton (Converge, Deathriders), and who also has a mean voice himself.

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