CONCERT REVIEW: Knotfest Roadshow – Slipknot – Killswitch Engage – Fever 333 – Code Orange Live at DTE Energy Music Theatre

Entering DTE Energy Music Theatre was like walking into a theme park. There is a reason why it was rated first in the world for Pollstar’s 2019 year’s end rankings. Last weekend an army of black shirts with dyed hair walked through the outdoor amphitheater’s large gates. The late afternoon was pregnant with the infancy of Autumn which carried a refreshing crispness in the air. The tingly weather placed the multitude of concert goers in a rambunctious mood. The well-groomed music venue is accompanied with exceptional landscaping and pretty restaurants that set a peaceful tone which would be greatly contradicted with the night of mayhem ahead. Slipknot was in town, and they brought the Knotfest Roadshow with them.

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DJ Sid of Slipknot To Release New Solo Album Next Month

DJ Sid of SlipknotSidney George Wilson a.k.a., Sid Tha Kid, DJ Starscream, and #0 will release his new solo album next month, the second in a trilogy.∫∑x©∆p∆D∑∫ øƒ †h3 høP∑£3∫∫ ®øbø†¡¢ Vol. 2 (Sexcapades Of The Hopeless Robotic Vol. 2) on December 13. The effort will feature guest appearances by Killah Priest, Rome Fortune, DJ Q*bert, Bizzythowed, Deewillalien, Sluggo and Arius. The first album in the trilogy, ∑x©∆p∆D∑∫ øƒ †h3 høP∑£3∫∫ ®øbø†¡¢, arrived in August 2018. Check out a preview Sid posted to Instagram below.Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind

With everything Slipknot has been through in the last few years, you’d have thought they would have explored enough darkness and misery to last a lifetime, wanting to escape the cold expanse of unrelenting blackness with a renewed sense of optimism.

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Slipknot’s Sid Wilson, a.k.a. DJ Starscream Deathaus Films’ Horror Comedy “The Midnight Snack”

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EXCLUSIVE: The ReAktion Release Their New Single – Sweetest Friends

The ReAktion continue to close in on the October release of their new album Similitude and have dropped another single. You can hear ‘Sweetest Friends’ below.
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EXCLUSIVE: The ReAktion Release New Video – Live Free Or Die, New Album Details


Chillean metal band The ReAktion have dropped a new video for their track ‘Live Free Or Die from their forthcoming studio album Similitude. You can watch it below: Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE: The ReAktion Release New Song – Not Afraid, New Album Details To Follow

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Audio: The ReAktion – The Network, New EP On The Horizon

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Chillean metallers The ReAktion have made available for the single ‘The Network’ Available for free download from their Soundcloud. You can stream or download the track from their Soundcloud here:


After playing some local shows in Chile this summer, they are heading into the studio with GGGarth (Rage Against The Machine, Melvins, Chevelle) to record their new EP in Vancouver, B.C., and will be released via Mania Recordings. Their début alum The Selknam was also recorded in Vancouver as well. Managed by Sid Wilson of Slipknot fame, the band has toured extensively and appeared at Knotfest 2015 as well. The band has also released their cover of The Beatles classic ‘Across The Universe’, also for download here or below:

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Finding Selknam – The ReAktion

The ReAktion with Sid Wilson of Slipknot. Photo Credit: Melina Dellamarggio

The ReAktion with Sid Wilson of Slipknot. Photo Credit: Melina Dellamarggio

Finding their own voice for any musical act is a challenging thing, and for Chilean alternative rockers The ReAktion vocalist Simon Rojas, it took him to venture to Vancouver to find an opportunity to have his vision heard. Their debut album Selknam was recently released (out via Mainia Recordings) and they also completed their stint on the Knotfest in Devore, CA.

He explained his thoughts on their performance at the fest. “It was a great experience. It was our first time playing as a three-piece and it’s important to us to bring the message to people and the kids and get in their minds with very good senses and a really good frequency…I mean guitars and really good tuning.

The band talks about waking. People need to learn how to love again. You know what I mean? That’s why it’s going to be the end of fights and competitions and wars. That’s what we’re talking with the band and the lyrics and focusing on that. That’s the things we’re talking about on our new album.

Fusing sounds ranging from alternative rock to electronic music to acoustic sounds, The ReAktion display a wide array of influences that makes it hard to pinpoint what they sound like. Rojas talked about whether bands they were compared to, such as Linkin Park to Radiohead and Muse, and whether they were bands he was inspired by.

I don’t know. A lot of people say different bands. Personally I really like to play what I really like to hear – what I really want to hear, like screaming with acoustic guitars or melodic vocals with Djent riffs. There’s a mix for everything with a good message like Bob Marley or what John Lennon did. We’re trying to say that message.” he said.

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Reaktion, by Melina D Photography

Prior to the fest, the band completed their first US tour supporting OTEP. Following the tour, a shakeup in the lineup happened, which resulted in recruiting drummer Felipe Alvarez and bassist Garrett Wolf to round out the newly revised lineup.

We did a tour three months ago with OTEP and we did 60 shows around the US. We toured for almost three months. After that we went back to Chile and we had this [lineup change] thing going on. So we came back as a three piece and this is the first show as a three piece. It went really well so we’re excited to see how it goes,” said Alvarez.

We were four. Felipe was a touring member for a year. It’s a long story but it was different people in the band. Now we’re a three piece and we’re doing very well,” added Rojas, talking about the lineup change.

Photo Credit: Melina Dellamarggio

Photo Credit: Melina Dellamarggio

Originally from Santiago, Chile, Rojas bounced around in various bands before taking The ReAktion to Vancouver to reach a wider audience. Through mutual friends, his music was passed along to Slipknot DJ Sid Wilson, who eventually became the band’s manager.

Almost two years ago. [We met through] mutual friends in Vancouver. We used to rehearse near the Amsterdam Café,” explained Rojas.

These guys rehearsed in the basement of that place all the time. Sid was in town one day to hang out with mutual friends. They ended up having to work so he came there to hang out. He met up with Diego [Sagredo, ex-guitarist] who was in the band at that time and they hit it off and chatted. He listened to some of the tracks and the rest, as they say is history,” added Wolf.

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Selknam was produced by veteran producer Garth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine), who also heard the band during a recording session with some students at a recording school. Impressed with what he heard, he took them on to work on songs that became their debut album at Fader Mountain Sound.

We met with Garth, maybe three years ago in Vancouver. We met with him and did our first album called Selknam, which is out now,” said Rojas. “[It took] a whole year. They did most of the recording for all of that – the instruments in Canada and he finished most of the vocals in Chile with Garth. He went to Chile and did it with them there. That was the last bit of tweaking on the production side.


With the downsizing of the band, the new lineup insists that aside from having less people involved, the band sounds stronger than ever.

Simon did most of the guitars on the record. He knows how to play it but he is just being a frontman on the last tour. He had to drop the guitar and do both. [Garrett] Wolf is taking care of the bass and I play drums and take care of the sequences too. That was what I was doing before all of this changed,” said Alvarez.

Being from Chile, the band steers clear of waving attention towards their origins. Not ashamed of their home country but instead they aimed to be noticed as a worldwide act instead.

Not too much. We’re not trying [to say] ‘We’re from Chile!’ and this is Latin American music and stuff like that. We’re from there and we’re really proud of that, but we’re trying to give strength in our message with no countries and no nothing,” explained Alvarez.

It’s worldwide. It’s everybody – everyone. That’s it. We are one. No more flags,” said Rojas.

Not from Santiago. From Earth,” added Wolf.

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Lastly, they spoke about the differences between working in Canada versus Chile, and their thoughts on the differences between the two countries’ attitudes towards rock music. Alvarez shared his thoughts on the matter.

Back in Chile we have…how do you say…a [backwards] cultural world. It’s really slow. Maybe 15 years and the music scene is really small. I don’t know why people from Chile love things from outside from other countries. [Maybe] because it’s cooler to listen to music from the US, but it’s growing all the time.

In Chile, there’s a very big festival too. It’s good. It’s really hard when you don’t know anybody. We have really good music in Chile, but there’s no business yet. For example, nobody in Chile makes tours. It goes through all of the countries and playing in all of the cities. Just a few people come. They’re into another kind of music like tropical sounding music. Those kinds of people do that, but metal and rock…

In Vancouver it’s similar,” said Rojas.

A little bit but it’s got a good metal scene and stuff like that,” said Wolf.

It’s got more of an underground scene and more studios like in Los Angeles. There’s a lot,” added Rojas.

Wolf concluded, “In Vancouver people are more willing to go to the small venues to watch a band instead of U2’s playing the stadium. Like who’s cares and we’re going to watch some local band in the area kind of thing. I think it’s a good scene to get on your feet. So it worked out very well. They met the right people it seems like for these guys.

By Rei Nishimoto