Rebel Rock Fest Presented By Monster Energy is the news festival added to the fall concert season. The fest has added Friday night headline artist Machine Gun Kelly, and Saturday act Legendary Wu, featuring Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface Killah, Raekwon The Chef, and Killah Priest. They join a stacked lineup that already includes Judas Priest on their 50 Years of heavy Metal Tour, Limp Bizkit, Trivium, Sabaton, Sevendust, Fuel, I Prevail, Skillet, Wage War, All That Remains, Anti-Flag, Cold, Attila, Diamante, Them Evils, Cherry Bombs, Saul and more! The fest takes place on September 18th and 19th 2020 at The Orlando Amphitheater at Central Florida Fairgrounds. Continue reading
In a story we reported several months ago, Hasbro has completed their acquisition of Entertainment One (eOne Records, eOne Heavy) and their properties. The move adds more global brands to Hasbro’s cadre of entertainment offerings. Originally founded as music distributor Records on Wheels in 1970, but today has a plethora of well-known music, film, and television brands. eOne’s music offerings includes the libraries of Artemis Records, Death Row Records, and Dualtone Records as well as Grammy winners High on Fire, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, Zakk Wyle’s Black Label Society, Crowbar, Ace Frehley, The Blue Stones, Arkells, The Bloody Beetroots, Lights, The Game, Teagan and Sara and more.
I’m twelve years old and watching MTV at Jennifer Mones’ house. I’m trying my best attempt at humor and charm, but a boy can only do so much while sporting a bootleg Chicago Bulls jersey. I’m crushing hard on her and failing but at the eleventh hour, this fucking music starts blaring in the background. I turn around to notice some outfit called Limp Bizkit has a video playing for a track titled ‘Nookie.’ I haven’t heard anything this remotely heavy ever. Suddenly my raging hormones and Jennifer had taken a back seat to ‘Nookie’ and whatever else was to be found on this Significant Other (Interscope). Continue reading
The Wu-Tang Clan celebrated their twenty-fifth anniversary in 2018, and the release of their hip-hop classic Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). In 2019 a television show based on the group will debut on Hulu! Wu-Tang: An American Saga from co-creators Alex Tse and The Rza, and Executive Producer Brian Grazer receives a rare straight-to-series order. The ten-episode debut season 10-episode order from Hulu and will be executive produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer (Empire, Genius) and Francie Calfo (Empire, Genius), Wu-Tang Clan’s The RZA and Method Man, and Tse. Imagine Television creative executive James Seidman will oversee the project for Imagine. The Wu-Tang Clan has released five gold and platinum albums, selling 40 million albums worldwide. Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface Killa, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa and GZA as well as the Estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, will serve as consulting producers on the project. Continue reading
Riot Fest was started a few years back in the grand spirit of the old school one-off festivals of lore. It was intended to be special from the get-go and they have done a reasonable job of sandwiching themselves into a busy summer of Lollapalooza, Chicago Open Air, and many other destination festival shows. Having a mix of alternative rock, metal, Hip-Hop, indie rock, and more has helped carve out its own niche, and between special performances, varied food and beer options, late-night after parties, and basically the cool factor Chicago offers as one of the best cities in America, it’s no wonder fans flocked to the event from all over the world. Continue reading
Riot Fest is coming next month in Chicago with headliners, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Jawbreaker. The festival has announced the full set times and stages for the event, as well as the late night concert series. All times and ticket link details can be found below. Continue reading
Riot Fest is returning to Chicago’s Douglas Park this September, and the initial lineup is absolutely amazing. Continue reading
Dave Lombardo (current Philm and formerly of Slayer drummer) debuted his rhythm on canvas to the public at Forgotten Saints in West Hollywood, CA Saturday, July 11, 2015. This collection is a collaboration with Los Angeles based creativity house SceneFour, who has previously collaborated with RZA (Wu Tang Clan), Bootsy Collins and Chuck D (Public Enemy), Jose Pasillas (Incubus), Page Hamilton (Helmet) and Yngwie Malmsteen, as well as previous gallery showcases with Steven Adler (Guns N Roses) and John 5 (Rob Zombie).
He appeared for an in person symposium for the public at two separate showcases, explaining each art piece which was created by being photographed in the dark using a special clear light producing drum stick, and capturing the rhythms to develop into each abstract artwork piece. Lombardo himself selected and named the dozen pieces within the collection. Each piece is numbered and signed.
Similar showings in New York and Paris (France) are in the works with announcements to come.
The 2015 Riot Fest Toronto will be held at Downsview Park in Toronto, ON on September 19-20, 2015. The first wave of the lineup was announced with more acts and headliners is expected to be announced on June 16th. So far the lineup consists of:
Rancid (performing …And Out Come The Wolves)
All Time Low
Tyler, The Creator
Coheed And Cambria
Drive Like Jehu
Echo & The Bunnymen
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
Eagles Of Death Metal
Babes In Toyland
The Airborne Toxic Event
The Joy Formidable
The Dead Milkmen
The Thurston Moore Band
The Dirty Nil
The Dying Arts
Tasha The Amazon
Safe To Say
Maybe it is due to having seen “the next big thing” come and go several times over with very few of the chosen ones having the ability, longevity or musicality to either make it or deserve it, but us metallers past our mid-teens (Ok, some way past!) are extremely suspicious about any band with even a whiff of hype about them. Roadrunner’s latest push King 810 have a whole perfume empire of propaganda behind their debut full-length Memoirs Of A Murderer. It is evident that King 810 are well on their way to becoming an established and successful name in the world of mainstream metal, but whether they deserve to succeed where others are by-passed is a whole other issue.
From the outset it is clear that the quartet, who have put Flint, Michigan well and truly on the metal map, have progressed immeasurably since 2012’s leaden and monotone EP Midwest Monsters (Independent). They have not only found their niche, a distinctive one flecked with violence and diversity, but vocalist David Gunn has found his voice with his already infamous tales of life in the poverty-striken, violence and bloodshed blocks of his home town. He says he is holding up a mirror to reflect his environment, an unwelcoming town of violence and murder, and in ‘Write About Us’, an interesting percussive poetry piece, explains the people he grew up with asked him to tell their story on the album.
Whether the urban myths of King 810 are truth, fabrication or exaggeration (probably a mixture of all three), and the Roadrunner push is “justified” or not, the band will, as most bands do, stand or fall on its songs. Image, controversy or mystique will only get you so far, and for so long, but mix those three elements, calculated or otherwise, with good songs and the doors to success open wide.
For the uninitiated, King 810 create dark, bruising nu-metal, sitting somewhere between Korn and Slipknot with a touch of American Headcharge and Hollywood Undead, creating big songs, backed up by fat guitars and slum-levelling hate-anthem choruses. Gunn’s vocals sit part way between narration and gravelled shouts, while the guitars, heavy, remain simple but weighty, like human carcasses hanging on meathooks, fattened by the excellent sonic work of producer Josh Schroeder.
It only takes a few listens for the tales of knives, guns, urban survival and murder to earworm their way in, and you can already see in the minds’ eye whole festival fields slamming and hollering to ‘Killem All’, moshing to ‘Best Night Of My Life’; a belting tune with an uptempo Hardcore vibe that strains against the leash, or pit-stomping and posturing to ‘Fat Around The Heart’, while ‘Desperate Lovers’ is pure catchy, down-tuned modern neck metal.
This isn’t a perfect album. It’s not as innovative as Korn (Immortal/Epic), it doesn’t have the songs or blow-you-the-fuck-away wildness of Slipknot (Roadrunner), has a few too many tracks (two spoken word pieces, the non-song ‘Carve My Name’ and the stock ‘War Outside’) and the running order isn’t right, as ‘Devil Don’t Cry’ is the highlight and natural showstopper yet appears two-thirds of the way through. Nor is this Neanderthal groove-metalling, more a metal Wu Tang Clan (with tip of the hat to @M1kecollins for the description) and these tracks slit the throat and pour concrete down the neck of ‘Big Truck’. This is a modern release based around a winning formula while embracing diversity. ‘Eyes’ is a delicate electronic-led track that wouldn’t be out of place on Marilyn Manson’s underrated Holy Wood (Nothing/Interscope), while ‘Devil Don’t Cry’ and ‘State of Nature’ are bare, exposed tunes stark with piano and strings leading their Dark Country take, as if Nick Cave was crooning a Johnny Cash tune. Elsewhere, the mix of thick, simple riffs and bellowed choruses works exceptionally well. These are street-anthems, made to be yelled back, whose simplicity and hooks work into the brain. Memoirs Of A Murderer is an album of quality controversial, mainstream metal.