From the opening shred and bombastic drumming, the listener knows 8 Kalacas’ Fronteras (Atomic Fire Records) is going to be epic. If you aren’t familiar with the 8 Kalacas, be prepared. It’s not straight up punk or metal. The songs veer stunningly off the tracks with the insertion of a ska sound that immediately puts one in the mind of the old Batman and Robin television series with Adam West and Burt Ward. The album is frenetic, wild, and just plain fun! Fronteras is part ska, part punk, part metal, part schlock, and all amazing. If you are a fan of Russkaja, then 8 Kalacas is your band. It’s like that, but in Spanish.
There has been an outpouring of support for Russian Circles since they annoucned most all of their gear was roobed after the first few shows opening for System of A Down and Korn last weekend. The band has now shared a verified GoFundMe launched by band manager, Cathy Pellow to help them after suffering back-to-back financial losses.
Serj Tankian has sadly contracted COVID-19 during the first few dates of System of A Down’s highly anticipated west coast tour dates. Now the band has been forced to cancel their shows at Bank of California Stadium this weekend. The band shared the news on social media post. Continue reading
Russian Circles just kicked off their tour opening for System of A Down and Korn this past weekend, and it is a huge opportunity for the acclaimed post-Rock band. Sadly, they were robbed of a bunch of their gear at a hotel Saturday night in Chowchilla, California, near San Jose.The band has listed their extensive stolen gear list, most of it rare, custom, and irreplaceable, and how to contact the band. Please be on the look out for the gear and help if you can.
Luminaries from across Metal and Rock have recorded video greetings to wish Machine Head a happy 30th anniversary. The band was founded in Oakland, California after founder Robb Flynn left the Bay Area Thrash band Vio-lence in 1990. Luminaries from across Metal and Rock have recorded video greetings to wish Machine Head a happy 30th anniversary. The band was founded in Oakland, California after founder Robb Flynn left the Bay Area Thrash band Vio-lence in 1990. Among the artists well wishing are members of of Metallica, Korn, Slayer, System Of A Down, Anthrax, Five Finger Death Punch, Testament, Exodus, Behemoth, Lamb Of God, Halestorm, Trivium, Fear Factory, Kreator, Hatebreed, Black Stone Cherry, Death Angel, Fit For An Autopsy, Repentance, Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood, and many others. The band also released a 30th anniversary shirt via their merch company which you can order below. Watch the clip here
“Let freedom ring with a shotgun blast!”
System Of A Down, Faith No More, and Russian Circles have booked short West Coast tour surrounding the big System of A Down and Faith No More shows in Southern California, at the Banc Of California Stadium in Los Angeles this fall. The the BoC shows take place October 22 and October 23 and include Korn and Helmet. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Artist pre-sales will begin this Wednesday, August 11 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.
Faith No More has once again pushed their scheduled summer European shows back from 2021 to the summer of 2022. In a short statement posted to their social media pages, the band commented, “EUROPE… We are all in this together. See you in 2022. This is only the beginning… More to come. FNM.com for more info.”
Serj Tankian of System of a Down recently released his new solo EP Elasticity, has dropped a new lyric video for his track “Your Mom’ today. You can watch the clip below. You can purchase and stream the album from the links below, with vinyl arriving April, 30th, 2021.Continue reading
Marc Maron’s “WTF Podcast” has shared a new interview with System of a Down’s Serj Tankian to discuss the new documentary “Truth To Power.” The film highlights Tankian’s life in political activism and music. On the podcast, Serj discussed his life story, how he got into music, how SOAD formed, how the band reunited in 2020, an interesting story of a run-in with late Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, and the film.
The organizers of Hellfest have been officially canceled after the French government culture ministry said summer events would be allowed to go ahead — but with a limit of 5,000 people, all of whom must remain seated, to meet COVID-19 restrictions.This is a bad sign for the upcoming European festival circuit this year as other countries are likely to follow the same protocols. The Union of Contemporary Music (SMA), which represents festivals, concert venues and producers, said late Thursday that the figure had been agreed at a meeting with culture minister Roselyne Bachelot. Hellfest, which drew 180,000 people in 2019, generally features a lineup which is 90 percent made up of international acts and 20 percent of spectators coming from abroad. Hellfest 2021 was to have featured Deftones, Faith No More, System of A Down, Judas Priest, Puscifer, Korn, Volbeat, Opeth, Dropkick Murphys, Northlane, Deep Purple, Wardruna, Rival Sons, Devin Townsend, Suicidal Tendencies, and more.