American Satan, the 2017 movie Directed by Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen will see a television sequel Paradise City soon. The film starred and featured music from many Sumerian cornerstone artists with a score co-written by Jonathan Davis of Korn. The series stars Black Veil Brides leaders Andy Black and Ben Bruce, along with Sleeping With Sirens frontman Kellen Quinn and many others. Listen to this trip-hot inspired reimaging of Danzig’s classic ‘Mother’, in a video with clips from the original film right now! Continue reading
Recording artist Andy Biersack has revealed the cover for his comic book collaboration during New York Comic Con. He worked with writer Scott Tuft (Severed/Swamp Thing) and Artist Eryk Donovan (Batman/Eugenic) to create Ghost of Ohio coming in 2019 rom Z2 Comics. Z2 also has comics unveiling at the con with BABYMETAL and Steve Aoki. He will be onAoki and artists today at Comic Con. Continue reading
Andy Black, the solo performing alter-ego of Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack, has announced his début headline tour of the USA. He announced the tour with a teaser for his forthcoming new video for the track ‘ a teaser for his ‘We Don’t Have To Dance’ on his Instagram account. You can see at this link or below:
Andy Black Solo Headline US Tour:
May 23: Baltimore Soundstage- Baltimore, MD
May 24: Brighton Music Hall- Allston, MA
May 25: Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
May 27: Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
May 28: GameChangerWorld – Freehold, NJ
May 29: The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
May 31: Arizona Pete’s – Greensboro, NC
Jun 01: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Jun 03: State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
Jun 04: The Social – Orlando, FL
Jun 06: Trees – Dallas, TX
Jun 07: The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
Jun 08: Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
Jun 10: Slowdown – Omaha, NE
Jun 11: Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
Jun 13: Agora – Cleveland, OH
Jun 14: Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 15: The Opera House- Toronto, ON
Jun 17: The Crofoot- Pontiac, MI
Jun 18: Bottom Lounge- Chicago, IL
Jun 19: Liberty Hall- Lawrence, KS
Jun 21: Bluebird Theater- Denver, CO
Jun 22: The Complex- Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 24: The Showbox- Seattle, WA
Jun 25: Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
Jun 27: The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Jun 28: Social Hall SF – San Francisco, CA
Jun 30: Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
Jul 01: Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
Jul 02: El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
This year’s Vans Warped Tour has introduced a number of new faces to the music world and each has their own story behind their musical journey. For the mysterious masked duo only known as Drama Club, their story is just as adventurous as their music. Audiences have been introduced to songs like “Fuk It” and “Maniac,” and winning over unexpected fans along the way.
The duo known as Zero and Andromeda have kept a relatively low profile and circulated around playing house parties until being discovered by Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack.
Zero explains how it all went down. “We were just kickin it, making remixes and playing house parties and DJing house music. We did this remix of Andy Biersack/Andy Black “They Don’t Need To Understand” and people liked it and he liked it, and then all of sudden we were on a world tour with the Black Veil Brides. We kept doing house music, which we still do and love. They told us ‘you should make an album. These kids like what you’re doing.’ We said ‘fuck! We’re going to make an album.’ So we made an album.”
“Then they said ‘you need to do Warped Tour so you can tell kids about your album.’ So we said ‘fuck!’ So here we fucking are.”
After bonding with Biersack, the duo were invited to take part on the Black Mass Tour in the UK and the first leg of their North American tour. While on that tour Drama Club gave fans a stripped down DJ set, they have since built up their music to accommodate more of a live format.
“That’s more DJ ing. We’re doing a little more performance here – a little more instrumentation and stuff. As the tour goes on, some of our buddies like Ryan Seaman [drummer] from Falling In Reverse and CC [Christian Coma] from Black Veil Brides are gonna sit in and play drums. They’re gonna build it. There’s so many crazy motherfuckers around here and we’ll build something crazy,” explained Zero.
While audiences got tastes of both the DJ and the live sets, Andromeda explained that their setup is a mixture of both, without being pigeonholed into either format.
“We’re kind of like a hybrid thing. We started off DJing and then we’re like we know how to play instruments as well. We’re trying different things. Sometimes one of us will be DJing and the other one will be singing. Sometimes one of us will be playing keyboards and the other will be playing drums. [It’s kinda like] whatever works.”
“We don’t really want to define it, because it makes it more fun that way,” added Zero. “But obviously as we grow, we can build and add to it. Right now it’s small. We’re giving birth.”
“Today will be the same, but again it’s like…we have our heat. We bring our heat. We add our spice around it. It’s all good.”
Drama Club have dropped their self titled new EP titled Neon Apocalypse during the Vans Warped Tour and have been giving curious fans a taste of their sound. They spent the summer on the Beatport Stage and showcasing what they are about.
“It’s independently released. It’s not super heavy but it’s sexy. You like girls and like crazy heavy shit – you’ll dig it. But it’s not metal. But girls like it. So I don’t know man. I like to go where the girls are and get heavy.”
“It’s sick, it’s punk rock. It’s got middle fingers but we’re not trying to be Slayer. I love Attila but we’re not gonna try to go out and be them. We’re gonna drop beats on your face.”
While Drama Club has been slowly working their music into the club and electronic music circuit, they have swayed away from the EDM tag and instead continue to experiment with their eclectic sound.
“I don’t think so. I mean fair is fair but I’d say we’re an electronic act and we DJ house music and we love all sorts of electronic music and we love instruments. We love being in bands,” said Zero.
“Roof top pool parties. You can’t beat it,” said Andromeda.
“It’s just craziness. You have to see it and live with it. It’s been an interesting one for us because it’s not easily definable. Eventually people will start to define it themselves and will know what it is. Right now we don’t even care. We’re just rockin it. Just comin in hot!,” added Zero.
As for future collaborations, The Drama Club will be looking for future collaborations, and possibly with fellow Warped Tour tour mates on future recordings. They both share their ideas on who they have on their minds.
“Everybody. Anybody on this tour that’s badass and anybody’s kickin ass,” said Zero.
“We have a recording studio with us wherever we go. We’ll be high jacking people…,” said Andromeda.
Zero summed it up best, “I’d like to get Attila, Riff Raff and Drama Club together. How about that? That would be some tight shit.”
Juliet Simms and Black Veil Brides vocalist Andy Biersack have joined forces with the Alive Music Project and the It Gets Better Campaign to support LGBT youth, challenge homophonia and expose new communities to the message of equality through music.
Watch the video below about the projects and the Prizeo campaign offering rewards such as signed photos, t-shirts, signed guitars, and even a personalized tattoo design. One lucky entrant will win a trip to 2015 Vans Warped Tour on August 7th in Portland, OR from anywhere in the world and will receive VIP tickets and travel on Juliet and Andy’s tour bus to Seattle, WA on August 8th.
Juliet Simms has independently released an EP All or Nothing on February 3, 2015 and was produced by Aaron Sprinkle (OneRepublic, Anberlin, He Is We). The six tracks on the EP signal that the music industry rollercoaster that she’s been riding might finally be leveling out on the upswing. Birthed via a very successful PledgeMusic campaign that raised far above its original goal and was released just last week, the EP impressively landed at #1 on Billboard’s New Alternative Artist and #4 on Top New Artist charts.
“All or Nothing speaks volumes about who I am as a person… that I am a survivor, that I’m not gonna give up, I’m not gonna stop…. Wait, that’s Destiny’s Child,” laughs rocker JULIET SIMMS about her new self-released EP. In a lot of ways, this child’s destiny is not only as a music industry survivor but also as a testament that when you have that creative spirit and fire, you really can’t be stopped. “In all honesty, the EP represents strength, perseverance, never backing down and owning who you are and never being afraid to voice it at the top of your lungs.”
“This EP and its songs really represent coming back from the ashes and rising like a phoenix,” she says reflectively. Originally breaking through as the mastermind/songwriter behind Warped Tour veterans Automatic Loveletter and then again when she came in second place on NBC’s The Voice, her rise was hampered by industry dysfunction and false promises just as her star began to shine brighter. “About two years ago, I went through a really rough time,” she reflects. “I was no longer with a label, I didn’t really know what was next for me, and I have to admit, I went through a really dark period. These songs represent waking up, realizing it’s not over and you can keep going and do this.”
From the opening call to arms “All or Nothing” (“This song is for any person who’s ever felt less than, that they didn’t fit in, or felt not believed in then taking that emotion and turning it around into an unstoppable fire”) to the anthemic rocker “Mystified” (“It’s about being so hypnotized and overcome by something that you’re not yourself anymore, you’ve gone so numb you can’t even feel the coals you’re walking on”) to the plaintive ballad “Not Broken Yet” which features her partner-in-crime-and-love Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides on backing vocals, All or Nothing shows a whole new side of Juliet – confident and defiant but still very much alive. “In many ways, I felt I haven’t been able to truly achieve that stylistically until this EP. This is the music I was born to make.”
Instead of turning her back on her past, she’s returning to her roots as a featured performer on this Summer’s Vans Warped Tour. “I’m just so excited to get out there and play on stage with a full band again,” she says. “The Vans Warped Tour is my VERY favorite tour to be on!”
Guns N’Roses, Aerosmith, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, ‘Nothing Else Matters’, Skid Row, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, Faith No More, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Bowling For Soup, Korn, Slipknot… who was it for you? Who was your Gateway band? Maybe the list I’ve given shows my age a bit, but it makes a point. For people to get to their Indian’s and Portal’s or even their Behemoth’s and Winterfylleth there needs to be something to guide them on their way and introduce them to the fold.
And just because we’ve (and I don’t mean Ghost Cult, per se) have decided there’s a “cool” line in the sand and the “mainstream” is above that line and therefore not worthy, or kvlt or true enough, doesn’t mean that it corresponds that there isn’t quality, valid, exciting and interesting music going on in the more commercial arena of our rock and metal world.
It also doesn’t mean there always is…
Perhaps Black Veil Brides IV (Lava/Universal Republic) is the wrong album to be having that discussion on, and perhaps that discussion should take place around Avenged Sevenfold, or more pertinently Mastodon, or Slipknot. Though what about non-Killswitch Engage “metalcore” and bands with slopey fringes and bits of emo? See, it’s OK to talk Mastodon, they were underground who got popular, and it’s OK to talk Slipknot, they’re allowed, but not Trivium. “We” have decided they’re not “real”. And we definitely can’t talk Black Veil Brides. They’re girlfriend metal. All image. Style over substance. All their fans are teenagers… I have a one word answer to that. Kiss. OK, all their fans may no longer be teenagers, but they were forty years ago. The biggest whores to image and commerciality are classic, timeless legends. Also, the more observant of you will have noticed the Motley Crue-dipped-in-tar look has quietly been banished to the back of the BVB wardrobe.
OK, context set, bullshit blustered, let’s address the album at hand. If you’ve consciously avoided Black Veil Brides, or never strayed onto rock radio or video stations, their sound is well established by now and there are no surprises in that respect. There are smatterings of more recent Disturbed and a load of metalcore-lite (but with the thrashy bits removed), all combined with Andy Biersack’s clean baritone that sounds slightly out of place, and, well, a little short of the presence you’d expect from a voice fronting one of rock’s big bands. He’s not even a David Draiman let alone an Axl Rose.
Where IV also falls down is that it doesn’t have the stand out track, the big anthem, that its predecessors had, as even best of the bunch, ‘Drag Me To The Grave’ falls short compared to the not-as-good-as-the-Poison-song-of-the-same-name ‘Fallen Angels’, or their best song, and genuine quality rock anthem ‘In The End’. Without that big single to hang the album on, we’re left with a bunch of samey songs that are perfectly decent in their own right, but don’t make you raise your fist and yell…
While it is worth noting that BVB may be a gateway band for the many and the millions, it’s also worth noting that this is not the album to pitch this particular argument on. When considering the context of “mainstream” rock/metal albums, this doesn’t have the songs of a Ten Thousand Fists (Disturbed – Reprise), the swagger of a Hail To The King (Avenged Sevenfold – Warners), the intelligence of a Once More ‘round The Sun (Mastodon – Reprise) or the depth and genius of The Black Parade (My Chemical Romance – Reprise). It’ll do well for them, of that I’m sure, but in the annals of time it won’t even be held up as the first, second or even third best, Black Veil Brides album to date, let alone achieve any status higher than that.