Welcome To Rockville 2019 Review

How can you top an unforgettable end to a three day Welcome to Rockville festival in 2018 when Ozzy gave us one hell of a send-off? You take the anticipation of thousands of Tool fans who are busting at the seams waiting for the new album to release, and you give them more of a tease by making Tool the final headliner in this year’s Welcome to Rockville Festival, that’s how. We all heard the rumors that Tool was going to debut two new songs (‘Descending’ and ‘Invincible’) during Welcome to Rockville, and they delivered with this history-making moment that fans have not stopped sharing and talking about, whether they were present to witness it or not. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Welcome To Rockville 2019

Welcome To Rockville returns to rule over Florida this weekend as southeasts home for amazing rock and metal experiences. Heading up the bill will be Tool, Korn, Rob Zombie, Incubus, Evanescence, Shinedown, Judas Priest and many more. Taking over Metropolitan Park In Jacksonville, FL, Welcome To Rockville 2019 takes place May 3rd, 4th, & 5th. Tickets and VIP packages go on sale Friday, December 7 At Noon ET at the link below. Continue reading

Sevendust – Tremonti: Live At The Paramount

In the music industry parlance, sometimes a Iine-up makes too much sense. For two bands with similar career arcs and having even been on festival bills together, it seems odd that Tremonti and Sevendust have never toured together in the USA. Both of them also have recent new albums out at the same time, another cool confluence of events. The Paramount was packed on this night, as it is for most shows if import. Both bands had a throng of fans in the house to see them. Continue reading

Sevendust Share Video For “Risen”, Tour with Tremonti Kicks Off Next Week

Sevendust just wrapped up a tour of Europe and are starting a new run of tour dates next week in Houston, with Tremonti, Cane Hill, Lullwater, and Kirra. Tickets are on sale for all dates at the link below. Now Sevendust has shared their new performance-based video for ‘Risen’ from their latest album, All I See Is War (Rise Records). The video was filmed during the band’s recent show in London at the Brixton Academy. Dan Sturge, known for his work with Alter Bridge.

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Tool, Korn, Rob Zombie, Incubus, The Prodigy, Shinedown, Judas Priest Booked For Welcome To Rockville

Following a huge sold out weekend in 2018 with over 90,000 rock soldiers, Welcome To Rockville returns as Florida’s home for rock and metal experiences. Heading up the bill will be Tool, Korn, Rob Zombie, Incubus, The Prodigy, Shinedown, Judas Priest and many more. Taking over Metropolitan Park In Jacksonville, FL, Welcome To Rockville 2019 takes place May 3rd, 4th, & 5th. Tickets and VIP packages go on sale Friday, December 7 At Noon ET at the link below. Continue reading

Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, I Prevail, Nothing More, Suicidal Tendencies, Sevendust And More Booked For ShipRocked 2019

ShipRocked is one of the great music cruise experience around, and the 2019 lineup ha just been announced. Jam-packed with talent, the lineup features Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, I Prevail, Nothing More, Suicidal Tendencies, Sevendust, comedian Brian Posehn and more. Celebrating 10 Years and expanded to five days total, ShipRocked 2019 sets sail January 26-31, 2019 onboard Carnival Valor departing from Galveston, Texas, with stops in Cozumel and The Yucatan in Mexico. Staterooms for ShipRocked 2019 are sold out, but a wait list is available at the links below. Continue reading

Tremonti – A Dying Machine

In the shadow of such arena stomping colossi as Creed and Alter Bridge, Mark Tremonti’s solo venture has, in your scribe’s opinion up until now, felt lacking. Never being outright bad and often capable of huge songs (as you can expect from the driving force behind the two former), the previous Tremonti albums have not hit levels of adventurous writing that Alter Bridge, in particular, have been capable of, and at worst have felt fairly plodding and generic. Proving that fans of any of his works should never write him off, however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that A Dying Machine (Napalm) is a step up for the Tremonti band in virtually every fashion. Continue reading

Muse, Queens Of The Stone Age, Godsmack, Alice In Chains, And Five Finger Death Punch Booked For Carolina Rebellion 2018

 

Carolina Rebellion has grown into a monster festival over eight years and a helluva good time, and next year’s edition looks to be no different. The fest is headed up on the bill by Muse, playing their only American Festival Performance in 2018. They will be joined by Queens Of The Stone Age, Godsmack (20th-anniversary set), Alice In Chains, Five Finger Death Punch, Incubus, Shinedown and more. Continue reading

Video: Trivium Release Silence In The Snow Video, Album Due In October

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Long-running neo-thrash band Trivium will release their new album on October 2nd from Roadrunner Records. Entitled Silence in the Snow, the band has already released the video for the title track You can see the video at this link or below:

Front man Matt Heafy commented on the track:

Hey pals! I’m so stoked this is out! For those of you wondering – this song was written for Shogun, and is basically almost the same as it was, so Shogun fans rejoice; didn’t like Shogun? You may not dig this.

But know that since I was 12 I wanted to be a great singer, I screamed because I couldn’t sing. I am proud and excited to finally be able to do what I love the way I love.

Don’t love it? Our old stuff still exists. Love it? Awesome. I love both sides of you all regardless.

I hope you all are great.

You all rule,

MKH.”

Silence In the Snow track listing

01. Snøfall
02. Silence In The Snow
03. Blind Leading The Blind
04. Dead And Gone
05. The Ghost That’s Haunting You
06. Pull Me From The Void
07. Until The World Goes Cold
08. Rise Above The Tides
09. The Thing That’s Killing Me
10. Beneath The Sun
11. Breathe In The Flames

Trivium will team up this fall on the Hard Drive Live Tour with Tremonti.

Tremonti – Cauterize

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When Mark Tremonti released his eponymous solo album a couple of years back, the-really-quite-good-actually All I Was (FRET12), there was quite a lot of warmth for the Alter Bridge guitar maestro’s efforts. Several degrees heavier than his day job and eschewing the religiosity of his Creed hinterland, All I Was was a solid slab of heavy metal, occasionally inspired but never less than thoroughly modern, efficient and splendid evidence for the prosecution’s case that Tremonti was in the top rung of rock guitarists.

The arrival of this second record, the equally heavy, equally efficient and equally modern Cauterize (FRET12), suggests that Tremonti (as a band, rather than just an ego trip) might be a genuine going concern as Tremonti tries to keep up with band mate Myles Kennedy for the title of hardest working man in show business.

One’s reaction to Cauterize is going to be dictated by one’s reaction to All I Was. If you liked that record then you’re going to like this record. If you didn’t, well…you get the idea. Not that Cauterize is a pale imitation of its predecessor. In many ways, there has been a growth in confidence of the song-writing, song structures and the guitar playing is little short of sensational. However, it is the case that Tremonti’s work can be a bit of an acquired taste: it’s (you read it here first) clean metal. There is no back story about the band being some kind of vagabonds stumbling into artistic glory or troubled souls finding redemption through THE POWER OF ROCK. On the contrary, Tremonti and co seem like well adjusted, content and technically proficient musicians having something akin to a very good time indeed. For many, this simply won’t do; for me, I warm to the fact that they do exactly what it says on the (metal) tin.

Cauterize is a superbly produced record and has a sense of scale and power; it’s the sort of record that you find yourself singing along to and playing inadvertent air guitar and air drums on the train into work. This, of course, might just have been me. There’s a suitably stadium filling vibe to the anthemic ‘Fall Again’, a pummelling rock intensity to ‘Flying Monkeys’ and an instant ear worm from the album opener ‘Radical Change’. If there is criticism to be levelled at Tremonti it’s on two levels – firstly, it can be a bit samey and one trick pony-esque but, having said that, I also think it depends on whether you like the trick or not (and I do). Secondly, there is a bit too much of the double kick drum and predictable bridge to chorus levers. In other words, I would have liked a few more surprises.

Notwithstanding, I think Tremonti deserve our support. They don’t indulge in the caterwauling and howling at the moon injustice of having to tidy your bedroom beloved of so many supposedly hip bands: they are too old, too intelligent and too polite for that. Tremonti play modern heavy metal. Tremonti play modern heavy metal really well, actually. Cauterize might not set the world on fire but it might just singe it in places.

 

7.5/10

 

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MAT DAVIES