Aaron Meltzer, Formerly of Secrets, Has Died 

Aaron Meltzer, the one-time frontman, and vocalist of San Diego post-Hardcore band Secrets has died. No cause of death has been revealed. The news was broken on Secrets Facebook page via a post. While Aaron had been out of the band several years, he was on their most successful releases on Rise Records, including 2013’s Fragile Figures. On the strength of that album, the band toured the US with major bands, including Warped Tour 2014. We will keep track of this story as it develops. Rest in Power, Aaron. 

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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

CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Quicksand Released “Manic Compression” 25 Years Ago

Post-Hardcore is a sub-genre that gets tossed around today as commonplace, but in the early 1990s, it was a new little brother that the older sibling was not ready to cede attention to. As Hardcore Punk mutated into other offshoots, post-Hardcore started to gain ground. In New York City alone, the epicenter for many new waves of hardcore music, a lot of bands crossed over (see what we did there) and bands started to absorb elements of both with Prong, White Zombie, and Biohazard were all leaning more on metal vibes, Quicksand formed by members of ex-hardcore legend status bands we’re pushing towards a new sound. Heavy, but not in a tough guy way, vulnerable, but smart. By the time the members of essential musical outfits Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Beyond, Bold, Burn, and Collapse formed an anti-supergroup, released demos and the amazing Slip (Polydor) album, and toured tirelessly, fans in the scene could feel they were building to something huge. They walked in both worlds of Punk and Metal but were also world-building themselves at the same time. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #305: Interview with Austin the Manager

Regardless of where you get your start in the music business, it’s crucial to grind hard at your goals every single day! Dumb and Dumbest #305 is streaming now and it’s an interview with Austin the Manager! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #304: Chris Van and Metal In Zimbabwe Part II

Once again the Podcast welcomes in Zimbabwe metaller Chris Van of the band Dividing the Element! Dumb and Dumbest #304 is streaming now and it’s all about Metal in Zimbabwe Part II. Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #303: Did it Work? Do it Again!

When it comes to Music Marketing, innovation is overrated. Dumb and Dumbest #303 is streaming now and it’s all about Did it Work? Do it Again! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Today is the last day to sign up for the current challenge, the Tuning Up Your Social Media for Labels Challenge! Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #302: Self Sabotaging Bands

If you are really focused on making music your career, the number one thing bands should keep in mind is this: don’t be a barrier to your own success. Dumb and Dumbest #302 is streaming now and it’s all about Self Sabotaging Bands! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Today is the last day to sign up for the current challenge, the Tuning Up Your Social Media for Labels Challenge! Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #301: The Secret and You!

Every success story begins with a first step. You won’t ever reach your goals without trying in the first place. Dumb and Dumbest #301 is streaming now and it’s all about The Secret and You! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Today is the last day to sign up for the current challenge, the Tuning Up Your Social Media for Labels Challenge! Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #300: Statistics!

Episode 300! For the first podcast of 2020, it’s time for a deep dive on social media stats and creatine benchmarks to judge your success. Dumb and Dumbest #300 is streaming now and it’s all about Statistics! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Today is the last day to sign up for the current challenge, the Tuning Up Your Social Media for Labels Challenge! Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #299: Interview with Terra Pesada’s Leslie Bornstein

Moving into 2020, it’s time to shed your expectations of what heavy music is and where it comes from! Dumb and Dumbest #299 is streaming and it’s an Interview with Terra Pesada’s Leslie Bornstein! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Today is the last day to sign up for the current challenge, the Tuning Up Your Social Media for Labels Challenge! Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below. Continue reading