Mayhem Festival Comeback Pushed Back to 2021 Due to Coronavirus

 In a story Ghost Cult broke several months ago, Mayhem Fest co-founders Kevin Lyman and John Reece had been in talks about bringing the fest back and confirmed by Lyman on social media. However, now due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak, those plans are on hold until 2021. No further details had been shared yet about a new version of Mayhem Fest, but the rumor of the Megadeth/Lamb of God Tour being the headliners was debunked by Lyman and the bands. Reece even polled his fans to see if they wanted it back AFTER our news story broke. The final Mayhemfest wrapped in 2015 with Slayer and King Diamond co-headlining. Lyman’s Warped Tour celebrated 25 years last summer with a final few all-day festival dates, but not a cross country tour. Reece and Lyman were also responsible for The Uproar Festival Tour and A Taste of Chaos Tour as well. Perhaps Mayhem Festival will return as an all-dayer or an all-weekend destination fest like Lollapalooza did. The traveling summer-time metal festival was the metal answer to Warped Tour, also co-founded by Kevin Lyman and John Reece and saw Slipknot, Slayer, System of a Down, King Diamond, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth, Mastodon were among the many headliners over the years. Continue reading

Godsmack Has Canceled All 2020 Touring Plans Due to The Coronavirus

In a new interview with Eddie Trunk, Sully Erna says that Godsmack has decided against scheduling any tour dates this year while the world is trying to fight and emerge victorious against the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As previously reported, Erna will launch a new twice-weekly Internet show, called “Hometown Sessions”, on Tuesday (April 14) at 6:00 p.m. via his YouTube channel. The band also just released a great music video for the song  ‘Unforgettable, featuring young musicians.  Over the weekend, Dr. Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, special adviser to the director-general of the World Health Organization, told The New York Times that he doesn’t anticipate it to be safe to return to concerts, sporting events and other mass public gatherings for another 18 months. Continue reading

Welcome To Rockville Books Disturbed, Deftones, Social Distortion, Staind, The Offspring and More

 

Welcome To Rockville, Florida’s #1 Rock, Metal, and Punk, party, has announced the remaining bands, joining Metallica for the weekend in Dayton Beach, Florida, on Friday, May 8, Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, 2020. Disturbed will headline Saturday, bookended by Metallica with Lynyrd Skynyrd (their last show ever in their Northern Florida home area), Godsmack, Deftones, Social Distortion, The Offspring, Staind, Lamb Of God, Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Mastodon, Gojira, Royal Blood, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Anthrax, Ghostemane, Hellyeah, Hollywood Undead, Bad Wolves and many more. Metallica, recently named the world’s biggest all-time touring act by Pollstar — will exclusively headline all five Danny Wimmer Presents hard rock festivals in 2020, including Welcome To Rockville, in a unique collaboration unprecedented for any American festival promoter or band. Weekend, 2-Day (new for 2020) and Single Day General Admission and VIP passes, as well as tent and RV camping passes for Welcome To Rockville are on sale now at the link below. Continue reading

Epicenter Books Disturbed, Godsmack, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deftones, Papa Roach, Staind, David Lee Roth, Chevelle, Gojira and for 2020 Fest

Finally! After the announcement of Metallica performing at all the Danny Wimmer Presents Fests in 2020, now the full lineup of Epicenter is here, and it’s stacked! Among the bands booked are Disturbed, Godsmack, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deftones, Papa Roach, Papa Roach, Staind, David Lee Roth, Chevelle, Gojira, Royal Blood, Cypress Hill, Rancid, I Prevail, Anthrax, Dropkick Murphys, Alter Bridge and more. Check out the early bird discount tickets and the full poster below! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Babymetal – Metal Galaxy

The new Babymetal album starts off with a funky blend of techno video game and chunky 90s metal power chords. It then whiplashes into some futuristic techno power metal thing. The effect is a dizzying display of aural assault. If you aren’t into mind-bending disparate genre mixing, then you probably won’t like Metal Galaxy (earMusic/BMD Fox Records). Continue reading

Saint Asonia Shares New Video “The Hunted” Video, New Album Due Next Month

Rock supergroup Saint Asonia will drop a new album next month, Flawed Design, via Spinefarm Records on October 25th. The band has dropped a new stand-alone single ‘Beast’ and a new music video for their already released track, ‘The Hunted’, featuring Godsmack’s Sully Erna You can check out both below! Exclusive pre-order bundles are available here. Continue reading

Louder Than Life Announces Onsite Experiences, Booze and Food Choices

Louder Than Life returns next month with huge bands such as Guns N’ RosesSlipknot and Disturbed, a reunited Staind (in their first public performance in 5 years), Godsmack, Rob Zombie, A Day To Remember, Ice Cube, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Halestorm, and many more. Recent music lineup additions include In This Moment, Wilson and The Pink Slips. The Louder Than Life onsite experiences, full bourbon lineup, and unique food offerings have now been announced for the Friday, September 27, Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 festival at its new home at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center. Continue reading

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Download Festival UK 2019

Throughout the journey from my home in the North of England to Leicestershire’s infamous Download Festival, I could be sure of only two things as a first time attendee; that I would absolutely see Tool headline, and that I would have to endure what was to become the muddiest weekend of my life in order to reach that point. Continue reading

Heavy Montréal 2019 Announces Daily Schedules

Heavy Montréal returns next month! Presented by Black Label, the tenth Heavy MTL on July 27 & 28 at Parc Jean-Drapeau as well as its sister fest on July 26 with Heavy In The City (77)! has announced its daily schedules. The city of Montréal has revamped Île Sainte-Hélène of Parc Jean-Drapeau, one of the most renowned festival sites in North America! More than thirty bands have joined previously announced Slayer, including Ghost, Godsmack, Evanescence, Anthrax, Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, In This Moment, Killswitch Engage, Anthrax, Steel Panther, Clutch, Gamma Ray, Testament, Hatebreed, Beartooth, Skillet, Metal Churh, Municipal Waste, Atreyu, All That Remains, Quiet Riot, Cancer Bats, Fever 333, and many more! Passes on sale now! Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Download Festival 2019

The granddaddy of UK music festivals, Download Festival takes flight this weekend and Ghost Cult is there! The forecast calls for rain (surprise!) but the spirits will not be dampened! Here is the day by day rundown of indispensable bands to not miss and the running order!  Continue reading