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It takes a lot of courage to run screaming away from your comfort zone and do something different. If done with care, you can change the course of the art you make for the better, discovering new things about yourself. This seems to be the case with the new album from Silver Snakes – Death and The Moon (Evil Ink Records). Silver Snakes broke on the scene as a progressive modern metal band with a lot of accolades. They hinted at a dynamic shift in style with the Scathe EP of industrial metal covers but now have fully gone over to the dark side, in the best way. By going back to formula and totally reinventing the essence of the band, Silver Snakes have taken a level of risk few established bands would ever consider. Continue reading
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Post-hardcore leaders Silver Snakes have teamed up with Ghost Cult to bring you their amazing cover of ‘Come Undone’ by Duran Duran. The track comes from their new EP Scathe, due out this Friday on Evil Ink Records. Hear the track below!
Sacramento, California once again hosted the top west coast rock and metal festival in America this year as Monster Energy Aftershock took over NorCal for an entire weekend. The lineup was killer, the fest goers were chill, and the non-music events and activities were fun for all. Danny Wimmer Presents and the team at AEG Live who also put on fests such as Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Louder Than Life and more do a fantastic job from start to finish, as with every fest they manage. Continue reading
The Monster Energy Aftershock Festival has announced it daily lineups and set times for this years event. Tool (in a rare U.S. festival appearance) and Avenged Sevenfold are the headliners along with Primus, Meshuggah, Korn, Disturbed.The fest takes place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 22nd & 23rd. The lineup is below: Continue reading
The première music festival on the west coast, Monster Energy Aftershock is booked for a fifth edition this October 22nd and 23rd at Sacramento, California’s Discovery Park. Continue reading
Chicago Open Air, buoyed by naming Rammstein as their inaugural headline act, has now added a plethora of bands including Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Chicagoans like Disturbed, Chevelle, and Ministry, plus Meshuggah, Of Mice and Men,In This Moment, Hollywood Undead, Trivium, Carcass, Hatebreed, Periphery, Drowning Pool, Butcher Babies, Through Fire, Breaking Benjamin, Pop Evil, Gojira, Deafheaven, The Devil Wears Prada, Helmet, Nothing More, Saint Asonia, Miss May I, Beartooth, Silver Snakes, City Of The Weak, Marilyn Manson, Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage, Babymetal, Asking Alexandria, Corrosion Of Conformity, Letlive. All That Remains, We Came As Romans, Jim Breuer & The Regulators, Upon A Burning Body, Gemini Syndrome and more. With this incredible lineup of talent as well as craft beer and “Gourmet Man Food”, Chicago Open Air from the very outset is vying to become the premiere American music festival.
Disturbed released a statement about playing the festival in their hometown:
“It is long overdue that one of the greatest rock cities in the world has a festival of its own. We are honored and excited to be one of the headliners at the inaugural Chicago Open Air festival in our hometown of Chicago.”
Daily band lineups (subject to change)
Friday, July 15:
Of Mice & Men
In This Moment
Saturday, July 16:
The Devil Wears Prada
Miss May I
City Of The Weak
Sunday, July 17:
Five Finger Death Punch
Bullet For My Valentine
Corrosion Of Conformity
All That Remains
We Came As Romans
Jim Breuer & The Regulators
Upon A Burning Body
General Admission and VIP tickets are on sale now at ChicagoOpenAir.com.
Weekend GA Field: $219.50
Weekend GA Bowl: $119.50
Weekend VIP: $399.50
Weekend VIP 2-Packs: $860.00
Single Day GA Bowl: $49.50
All VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes into the event, access to a VIP lounge area featuring dedicated food and beverage offerings (for additional purchase), field and stadium level viewing areas of the main stage, dedicated restroom facilities, and a commemorative Chicago Open Air VIP-only laminate.
Festival doors open at 11:00 a.m. each day and the show ends at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 p.m. on Sunday.
It’s always fun to get an album that defies not only your expectations but also easy definition. Saboteur [Evil Ink Records founded by Coheed & Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez], the third album from California crew Silver Snakes, features a very nondescript cover that reveals little more than the title of the record and the name of the band, but inside is 50 odd minutes of heavy rock well worth delving into.
Much likes previous outings, Saboteur is a trip across the whole spectrum of alt rock. But compared to 2014’s Year of the Snake [Bridge9], this album feels more self-assured. Each song has its own style: sometimes grungy (‘Raindance’), sometimes punky (‘Electricity’) sometimes even inching towards industrial (the atmospheric ‘Glass’ or stomping ‘Charmer’).
Though there’s a range of styles and calls to mind any number of 90s bands – Nine Inch Nails most of all – but bring everything together nicely into one package. Frontman Alex Estrada shows off an impressive range of vocal abilities both heavy and emotive (but without ever straying into whiny territory).
Short and simple rockers sit amongst longer, more adventurous pieces, all broken up with brief instrumental reprieves, and there are plenty of left turns even within the songs. The seven-minute ‘Devotion’ is a mashup of hardcore sludge and ethereal jamming, while ‘Dresden’ strays into heavy psychedelica before slamming down some crushing post-metal riffs.
Saboteur is a hard record to pin down. For sure an upgrade on previous efforts, it jumps confidently in style and tone at a moment’s notice without compromising on quality or cohesion. Adventurous, energetic and interesting.
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