REVIEW: The MegaCruise 2019

Like most metalheads, I’ve been to a lot of metal shows over the years. Over the hundreds of metal shows I’ve attended, never once did I think to myself “You know what would make this even better? Being trapped on a boat in the middle of the fucking ocean.” And yet, having taken some time to reflect on my experiences aboard the inaugural MegaCruise by Megadeth, I revel in the memories of experiencing choppy water while thrashing through the Pacific, convinced I’m going to die on a boat watching Dragonforce and being oddly ok with it. Continue reading

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth Gives Health Update, Megacruise Draws Nearer

In an email missive to fans and cruisers going on next month’s Megacruise, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine gave an update on his ongoing battle against cancer. Dave says he is almost done with his regiment of treatments and is looking forward to the cruise and doctors are feeling positive about his recovery. Dave also thanked the fans for their support during this undoubtedly trying time. Read the update from the man himself, whom we wish nothing bust the speediest and best possible recovery. Megacrusie sets sail next month on October 13th from Los Angeles aboard the Norwegian Jewel for five days and nights of metal legends. Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Queensrÿche, Suicidal Tendencies, Dragonforce, Overkill, Death Angel, Corrosion Of Conformity, Devildriver, Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons, Doro, Armored Saint, John 5, Metal Church, Danko Jones, Beasto Blanco, Metalachi, Toothgrinder, and Mechanix will participate. Continue reading

Lamb of God is the Final Band Added to Megacruise, Limited Cabins Available

Lamb of God has been named as the final band for the inaugural Megacruise! They will join Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Queensrÿche, Suicidal Tendencies, Dragonforce, Overkill, Death Angel, Corrosion Of Conformity, Devildriver, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, Doro, Armored Saint, John 5, Metal Church, Danko Jones, Beasto Blanco, Metalachi, Toothgrinder, and Mechanix. Sailing out of Los Angeles October 13-18, 2019 aboard Norwegian Jewel. Limited cabins remain. The cruise will visit two ports of call (San Diego, California, and Ensenada, Mexico) as well as two days at sea filled with heavy metal music and events. The cruise will also feature an (optional) pre-cruise party on Saturday, October 12th at Avalon Hollywood (1735 Vine St.) featuring a performance from English rock band UFO as part of their farewell tour. This show marks UFO’s only scheduled performance in L.A. and will also feature a performance by hometown heavy metal band Armored Saint. Continue reading

Static-X – Devildriver – Dope – Wednesday 13 – Raven Black: Live at Starland Ballroom

Static-X was one of the best bands to come out of the mid-late 1990s. Sure, they sprung to life during the Nu-Metal craze where every band that wasn’t a traditional heavy metal or death metal was labeled “Nu”. However, Static-X had the DNA of great Industrial Metal bands, pure and simple. When Wayne Static died in 2014, it seemed like the band as an active entity would pass out of existence, although we’d always have the songs. Great songs stand the test of time, and that’s not just lip service, it’s an undeniable truth. So when the notion of the remaining living founding members of the band coming together to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip (Warner Bros), it seemed like the right time. The creation of a new album of tracks featuring Wayne supported by the fans is just a bonus. This entire tour and album, both the idea of it and the execution of it witnessed on this night is a celebration and done with love and good intentions. Leave your cynicism at the door and prepare to throw down! Continue reading

Devildriver Forced To Cancel European Tour

 

Devildriver has announced that they are canceling their European Tour that was booked for September and October. According to a release from the band and their label Napalm Records, “This is due to unexpected circumstances, completely out of the control of the band, which means that the band is left with no choice but to cancel all of these shows.” There is no word as yet if this affects the other bands on the tour including Static-X and Soil. The band promised they will return to Europe in 2020. Further info about refunds can be found below. Devildriver is preparing to release the follow up to their latest full-length album, 2018’s outlaw country-meets-metal anthems, Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1, back in July 2018. Stray tuned for more Devildriver news and an upcoming interview with the band from Ghost Cult! Continue reading

Static-X and Devildriver Have Booked Another US Tour

Continuing their successful run of dates across the world, Static-X and Devildriver have booked additional US tour dates for 2019. Direct support will again come from Dope, Wednesday 13 and Raven Black, as the tour hits cities they missed on the first go-around. Tickets are available now via individual venues and their websites. Additionally, North American meet & greets are available now. See below for a full listing of tour dates. Continue reading

Static-X Live at The Marquee Theater

Static-X kicked off their co-headline tour with Devildriver earlier this month in Tempe Arizona at the Marquee Theater. The tour also includes Dope, Wednesday 13 and Raven Black in direct support. The tour is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Static-X’s Wisconsin Death Trip album, to keep the music and the memory of Wayne Static (RIP) alive, and to prepare audiences for new music from the band coming soon on the fully crowd-funded seventh studio album, entitled Project Regeneration. The album will feature 12 brand new tracks and contains several vocal performances and musical compositions by Wayne himself. Ghost Cult’s Isabel Uzcategui was at the kick-off show on this not and captures the band with their masked mystery singer covering Wayne’s classic parts upfront! Will have even more coverage of the tour soon, including a full show review and an interview with the band! Continue reading