Dumb and Dumbest Episode #371: South African Metal with Monolith!

South Africa has a booming heavy music scene, especially the emerging Death Metal bands. Curtis and Keefy caught up with Andy from Monolith to chat it up! Dumb and Dumbest #371 is streaming now and it’s all about South African Metal with Monolith! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists.  And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #370: Jessica Pimentel on Coronavirus and More!

Jessica Pimentel is an acclaimed actress of stage and screen (Maria Ruiz on Orange Is the New Black, countless other roles) and also a notable metal vocalist and musician (Alekhine’s Gun, Brujeria, Black Heart Sutra, Gimmie Radio DJ) and ambassador for the industry. Matt and Keefy had Jessica on the pod reflecting on her life and career and sharing some thoughtful commentary about surviving the Coronavirus pandemic quarantine with your wits intact. Dumb and Dumbest #370 is streaming now and it’s an interview with Jessica Pimentel on Coronavirus and More! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists.  And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading

70000 Tons Of Metal Adds Vio-Lence, Ross The Boss, Seven Witches, Toxik, Aeternam and Brujeria

House of Blues, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV 8/18/19

The 70000 Tons Of Metal is right around the corner, kicking off next week, and have confirmed some late additions to the cruise. Setting sail with the current bands on the bill and the fans are Vio-Lence, Ross The Boss, Seven Witches, Toxik, Aeternam and Brujeria. Round X (10) of 70000 Tons Of Metal will sail January 7 to January 11, 2020. Continue reading

Tronos – Celestial Mechanics

Tronos is a side-project born of many late-night conversations between the two of the more prolific creative forces in underground metal, Napalm Death legend Shane Embury and legendary producer Russ Russell. Joining them is the equally talented Dirk Verbeuren on drums, Billy Gould, Troy Sanders and Dan Lilker on bass and vocals by Snake from Voivod – there’s no shortage of talent on display here. Continue reading

Tune In To Metal Artist and Actress Jessica Pimentel’s New Gimmie Radio Episode Today

Orange Is The New Black and their new season made it’s debut on Netflix last weekend. If your friends and family look bleary-eyed it’s likely because they have been binge-watching the acclaimed series to catch up. Series regular Jessica Pimentel, who plays Maria “Ruthless” Ruiz on the show continues to have a pivotal role. When she is not acting or playing in her musical projects like Alekhine’s Gun, Black Heart Sutra and Brujeria, she also hosts a show on Gimmie Radio, Crushing Metal. The new episode airs today at 12 noon PT / 3 pm ET. Gimmie Radio offers free metal radios stations curated by awesome DJ’s 24/7 via their app or website. Continue reading

Jessica Pimentel Joins Brujeria On Tour

Jessica Pimentel, who stars as ‘Maria Ruiz’ on Orange Is The New Black, is currently out with Brujeria on their ongoing run with Powerflo and Piñata Protest. Continue reading

Bloodstock Open Air 2017 – Part 2

Day 3.

SATURDAY

If you were one of the first hundred people to enter the New Blood tent on Saturday morning, then first band of the day Ward XVI (8/10) would reward you with a goodie bag full of stuff like CDs, stickers and t-shirts etc. I strolled over to the tent a good half an hour before they were due on, only to find that half the festival was already in there. It’s amazing how people, no matter how tired or hungover, will always drag themselves out of bed on the promise of free stuff. Goodie bags aside, Ward XVI were a great way to start the Saturday fun. Eclectic and fun, they combined chuggy metal riffs with bouncy Psychobilly, creepy gothic melodies, and at one point, what appeared to be Russian folk. The band’s costumes and make-up were interesting, but like vocalist Psychoberrie‘s strait-jacketed ballad (Alice Cooper and ‘The Ballad of Dwight Frye’ anyone?) they all felt a little too familiar. Continue reading

Bloodstock Open Air 2017 – Part 1

Thursday

For anyone looking for early indicators that Bloodstock 2017 would be as ridiculous and over the top as usual, then surely the sight which would have greeted many – a group of people in the field acting as the event’s main car park, cheering on a Red Power Ranger as he gyrated and danced on top of a car – would have been as good a first sign as any. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Bloodstock Open Air 2017

The time is nigh! The largest and possibly best independent metal festival in the world, Bloodstock Open Air is upon us once again. A year of planning and waiting has come to pass and now the weekend is here, with 1000s of heshers and hesherettes descend on Walton on Trent in Derbyshire, UK ready to celebrate all that is heavy music in the UK over the long weekend. When your motto is “By The Fans For The Fans”, and you can honestly say they have delivered this year in and year out, one needs to show respect. Get hyped with our preview, and check back soon for our full review with photos in case you can’t make it out. Continue reading