Asking Alexandria, Trivium,
Cannibal Corpse, Body Count Featuring Ice T
Suicide Silence, Emmure, Miss May I, Mushroomhead
and Many, Many More!
Tickets Go on Sale Friday April 4, 2014 at 10:00AM
The Festival Features the Most National Bands Ever Presented with Four Full Stages and 20 Bands
Watch the Exclusive Lineup Announcement Trailer via Rolling Stone:
The world’s biggest heavy music touring festival, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL in its seventh annual sojourn, is pleased to announce the official 2014 artist line-up with the boldest, largest, loudest and most diverse lineup to date! Not only will this year’s festival include the massive ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE and COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL WHISKEY STAGE, but will also present two additional stages- the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE, and the VICTORY RECORDS STAGE.
The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINKMAIN STAGEwill boast a collection of some of the biggest bands in heavy music-including multi-platinum headliners Avenged Sevenfold, as well as Korn, Asking Alexandria and Trivium. The COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL WHISKEY STAGE will feature headliner Cannibal Corpse as well as Suicide Silence (featuring new singer Eddie Hermida), Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition and King 810. THE SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE will feature headliner Body Count featuring Ice-T as well as Upon A Burning Body, Veil of Maya, Darkest Hour and the local Headbang For The Highway winner. The VICTORY RECORDS STAGE will feature headliner and Revolver Magazine cover band Emmure as well as Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, and Erimha.
“We are very excited that in the seventh year of the festival we can bring our biggest lineup ever to heavy music fans across North America. With such a diverse lineup of great bands and festival attractions, 2014 will give fans an awesome day of Metal and Mayhem.” – John Reese and Kevin Lyman, Festival Producers
Check out a special lineup announcement trailer exclusively via RollingStone.com here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/mayhem-fest-2014-avenged-sevenfold-korn-to-headline-20140331
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE:
COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL WHISKEY STAGE:
Miss May I
Texas Hippie Coalition
THE SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE:
Body Count featuring Ice-T
Upon A Burning Body*
Veil of Maya*
Headbang Local Winner
THE VICTORY RECORDS STAGE:
*bands rotating slots
Tickets for the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL go on sale on April 4th at 10:00AM local time. This year’s odyssey will include four stages of heavy music and 20 bands. Also, look for Freestyle Motocross legend Jimmy Fitzpatrick and his FITZ ARMY of riders and a Motorsports exhibition area featuring Unknown Industries Harley Davidson Freestyle Riders, as well as many other surprises and attractions throughout the festival midway.
The festival will kick off on July 5th at San Manuel Amphitheatre in San Bernardino, CA and will hit a total of 26 cities, ending at The Woodlands, TX (Houston) at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on August 10th.
2014 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL:
7/5 – CA – San Bernardino – San Manuel Amphitheatre
7/6 – CA – Mountain View (San Francisco) – Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/8 – WA – Auburn (Seattle) – White River Amphitheatre
7/9 – ID – Boise – Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/11 – AZ – Phoenix – Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/12 – NM – Albuquerque – Isleta Amphitheater
7/14 – CO – Denver – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Main Stage Only + Body Count feat. Ice-T)
7/16 – MO – St. Louis – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/17 – MI – Detroit – DTE Energy Music Theater
7/18 – WI – Milwaukee – Eagles Ballroom (Rockstar Energy Drink TASTE OF MAYHEM)
7/19 – IN – Indianapolis – Kilpsch Music Center
7/20 – IL – Chicago – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/22 – MA – Mansfield (Boston) – Xfinity Center
7/23 – NY – Saratoga – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/25 – ON – Toronto (Canada) – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/26 – PA – Burgettstown (Pittsburgh) – First Niagara Pavilion
7/27 – CT – Hartford – Xfinity Theatre
7/29 – NY – Darien Center – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/30 – NY – Wantagh – Nikon Theatre At Jones Beach (Main Stage Only)
8/1 – NJ – Camden (Philadelphia, PA) – Susquehanna Bank Center
8/2 – PA – Scranton -The Pavilion At Montage Mountain
8/3 – VA – Bristow (Washington, DC) – Jiffy Lube Live
8/5 – GA – Atlanta – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/7 – OK – Oklahoma City – OKC Air Park
8/9 – TX – Dallas – Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/10 – TX – The Woodlands (Houston) – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (Main Stage and Second Stage Only + Body Count feat. Ice-T and Emmure, no King 810)
* Lineups in each city may vary. Go to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com for full lineup details.
About Avenged Sevenfold:
Avenged Sevenfold achieved worldwide success with a string of best-selling albums – including two consecutive No 1’s on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, Nightmare (2010) and their latest Hail To The King (2013) – achieving Diamond, Platinum and Gold awards for album sales in nearly a dozen countries. The band, which hails from Huntington Beach, CA, have become known for their spectacular live shows, routinely selling out arenas worldwide and headlining some of the biggest and most prestigious music festivals. This summer they are scheduled to perform five shows at the Soundwave Festival in Australia, as well as Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring in Germany, the PinkPop Festival in Holland, Donington Park in the U.K., and two nights at Summersonic in Japan, along with several others. In November 2012, they made an unprecedented appearance as characters in Call of Duty Black Ops 2 – the biggest-selling video game of all time, which featured the band’s performance of “Carry On,” written specifically for the game.
About Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival:
The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is the World’s Premier Heavy Music Touring Festival. The Festival is entering its seventh year in 2014 and has performed more than 160 Shows throughout North America to over 1.7 Million fans. The festival was founded by John Reese and Kevin Lyman and is booked by Darryl Eaton at Creative Artists Agency. Rockstar Energy Drink is the title sponsor and has maintained that role since the festival’s inception.
About Rockstar Energy Drink:
Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 20 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music. For more information visit: www.RockstarEnergy.com
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AVENGED SEVENFOLD ANNOUNCE SPRING NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINING TOUR
“SHEPHERD OF FIRE TOUR” KICKS OFF APRIL 12TH IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
Chart-topping hard-rock act Avenged Sevenfold will hit the road in North America for the “Shepherd of Fire Tour,” based on the band’s single of the same name, which hit No. 1 on both the Mainstream Rock and Active Rock charts. “Shepherd of Fire,” from A7X’s current album Hail To The King, is the second single to reach No. 1, in addition to the title track.
The “Shepherd of Fire Tour,” which kicks off on April 12th in British Columbia, will hit arenas in the United States and Canada. The band will also headline the U.S.’s biggest rock festivals, Carolina Rebellion, Rise Above Fest, and Rock on The Range.
Avenged Sevenfold will be joined by Hellyeah on the Shepherd of Fire Tour as support.
Hail To The King topped the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart upon its release in August, making it A7X’s second consecutive No. 1 debut. The album also went to No. 1 in Brazil, Canada, Finland, Ireland, and the U.K. The Huntington Beach, Calif., band has become known for its spectacular live shows, routinely selling out arenas worldwide and headlining some of the most prestigious music festivals. They are scheduled to perform five shows at the Soundwave Festival in Australia starting February 22nd, and will spend the summer headlining Europe’s biggest rock festivals, including Rock Im Park, Rock Am Ring in Germany, the PinkPop Festival in Holland, and the U.K.’s biggest rock festival, Download at Donington Park. After that they will headline the Mountain Stage for two nights at Summersonic in Japan.
Avenged Sevenfold’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:
04/12 Dawson Creek, BC EnCana Events Centre
04/13 Prince George, BC CN Centre
04/16 Moose Jaw, SK Mosaic Place
04/17 Edmonton, AB Shaw Conference Centre
04/19 Winnipeg, MB MTS Center
04/21 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
04/23 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center
04/25 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
04/26 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville
04/28 Lafayette, LA Cajundome
04/30 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live
05/02 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
05/03 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion
05/06 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum
05/08 Hershey, PA Giant Center
05/10 Bangor, ME Rise Above Fest
05/12 Quebec City, QC Colisee Pepsi Arena
05/13 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
05/15 Syracuse, NY Oncenter Complex
05/17 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range
MONSTER ENERGY’S CAROLINA REBELLION
CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY MAY 3 & 4
FEATURING HEADLINING PERFORMANCES BY
AVENGED SEVENFOLD, KID ROCK,
ALONG WITH ROB ZOMBIE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
311, MOTORHEAD, STAIND, SEETHER, VOLBEAT AND MANY MORE
Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion, the mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival, proudly returns to Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC May 3 & 4 with a massive 2 day lineup including Avenged Sevenfold (who performed at the SOLD OUT inaugural Carolina Rebellion) and Kid Rock. Also features performances by Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and many more.
Featuring on-site camping, VIP packages and a lineup featuring today’s biggest rock bands, Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion–celebrating its second consecutive year at Rock City Campgrounds–has quickly grown to be the Carolinas’ Biggest Weekend of Rock in four short years.
The daily band lineup for the fourth annual Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion is:
Saturday, May 3
Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Motörhead, Seether, Volbeat, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Black Stone Cherry, Fozzy, Adelitas Way, Thousand Foot Krutch, KYNG, Nothing More, Devour The Day and Truckfighters
Sunday, May 4
Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, 311, Staind, A Day To Remember, Alter Bridge, Theory of a Deadman, Fuel, Hellyeah, Of Mice & Men, Trivium, Redlight King, Twelve Foot Ninja and Gemini Syndrome
“The Zombie crew is super-stoked to be heading down to the Carolina Rebellion this year,” says Rob Zombie. “We are ready to throw-down a badass Zombie party for all the Rebels. See ya there.”
“This festival has become one of the biggest in the country,” says Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory. “We have a ton of fans in the Carolinas and the crowds there are nothing short of legendary.”
“We’re excited to play Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion for the first time,” says 311’s Nick Hexum. “Looks like a cool festival. We’ll be rockin’ tunes from our new album plus 311 classics. See you there!”
All tickets will go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10:00 AM ET, including Camping, Hotel and VIP Packages, as well as Weekend 4-Packs and upgrades. All Camping and Hotel Packages will include access to the Friday night campground party. As in the past, ticket discounts will also be available for active military. For full details about military ticket discounts, Camping, Hotel and VIP packages, visit www.CarolinaRebellion.com. A special pre-sale will start on Tuesday, January 28 at 10am ET. To gain access, like our Facebook page or sign up to receive our e-newsletters via our website.
“We learned a great deal last year and have made some important improvements to the site, to better protect us from the elements,” said Joe Litvag, Co-Executive Producer of the festival. “Not to mention this bill is stacked with incredible talent, bringing our Rebels the biggest and best rock festival to ever hit the Carolinas.”
During Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion, bands will perform on one of the three festival stages: the ‘Carolina Stage’, the ‘Rebellion Stage’ and the Jägermeister Stage.
Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Jägermeister, Ernie Ball, Jack Daniels, Bud Light, F.Y.E. and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live, the same team that produces the World’s Loudest Month Festival Series, www.WorldsLoudestMonth.com.
Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion marks the third event during the 2014 World’s Loudest Month. Created in partnership by AEG Live and Danny Wimmer Presents, the World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in six distinct concert atmospheres across the country on five consecutive weekends.
Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway is located at 7301 Bruton Smith Blvd. in Concord, NC, just outside Charlotte, and less than two hours from Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro. Visit www.CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com for directions and additional venue information.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/carolinarebellion Twitter: @cRebellion
ROCK ON THE RANGE 2014
EXPANDS TO THREE FULL DAYS
GUNS N’ ROSES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD AND KID ROCK
TOP BILL OF MORE THAN 60 ACTS AFTER SELL-OUT IN 2013
PERFORMERS FOR AMERICA’S PREMIER ROCK FESTIVAL
MAY 16, 17 & 18 AT OHIO’S COLUMBUS CREW STADIUM
INCLUDE FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, SLAYER, STAIND, MOTORHEAD,
SEETHER, CHEVELLE, ALTER BRIDGE, MASTODON AND MANY MORE
Following last year’s expansion to include three nights of music, America’s premier rock festival–ROCK ON THE RANGE–has once again upped the ante by growing to three full days of music for this year’s annual event, May 16, 17 & 18 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH.
Featuring headlining sets from Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold and Kid Rock, the lineup includes more than 60 of the World’s hardest rocking acts including: Five Finger Death Punch, Slayer, Staind, Motorhead, Seether, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage and many more (the full line-up is below). Beyond the expanded musical offerings, this year’s festival will include the return of ROTR Comedy Tent, featuring Jim Breuer, Jim Florentine and many up-and-coming comedians.
Weekend passes including Field GA, Stadium GA, hotel and VIP packages and a stadium 4-pack go on sale Friday, January 24 at 10:00 AM (ET). Additional details about the variety of ticketing, hotel and camping packages can be found at RockOnTheRange.com. Visit the website, http://www.facebook.com/rockontherange and http://www.twitter.com/rockontherange for the most up-to-date information.
Some of the ROTR 2014 artists weigh in with their thoughts on performing this coming May:
“We are so honored to be headlining Rock on the Range. We take pride in our show and always try to outdo ourselves from the time before. Rock on the Range will be the perfect place to celebrate with our fans from all over the world and put on the killer show that they have come to expect from us. We are pulling out all the stops.”
–M. Shadows, Avenged Sevenfold
“We have had legendary shows at ROTR. We always try to arrange our tour schedules so we can be part of this festival. It’s just a must do. Rock On The Range has become a destination event where people travel to from all over the country, if not all over the world.”
–Zoltan, Five Finger Death Punch
“Super excited to be a part of Rock On The Range this year!! I think it’s awesome to have an edgy band like Slayer on board for this round. Can’t wait to hit the stage!!!”
–Kerry King, Slayer
The full ROTR 2014 Line-Up:
Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Slayer, Staind, Motorhead, Seether, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Bring Me The Horizon, Theory of a Deadman, Down, Black Stone Cherry, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Pop Evil, Of Mice & Men, Adelitas Way, Trivium, Gojira, Suicidal Tendencies, The Pretty Reckless, We Came as Romans, Fuel, Redlight King, Miss May I, Reignwolf, Thousand Foot Krutch, Texas Hippie Coalition, Rev Theory, Skindred, Kyng, Fozzy, Heaven’s Basement, Butcher Babies, Nothing More, Exodus, King 810, Devour the Day, We As Human, We Are Harlot, Kvelertak, Jim Breuer Band, One OK Rock, Twelve Foot Ninja, Avatar, WERM, Monster Truck, Wilson, Crobot and Truckfighters with comedians Jim Breuer, Jim Florentine and more.
“Sure it’s important to do this festival for the bands, but mostly we do it for the incredibly loyal rock fans…They truly are the lifeblood of Rock on the Range, and it’s really all about the value proposition to them,” commented Joe Litvag, Co-Executive Producer of ROTR for AEG Live. “So now we come with GnR, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock and more than 60 other amazing bands starting at $99 to deliver on our commitment of ‘value’ to rock fans everywhere…It’s going to be an unforgettable weekend!”
“When ROTR sold out last year we knew the bar had to be raised. With these headliners along with Five Finger Death Punch, Slayer, Motorhead, Staind, Seether and so many more, there is no doubt now that Rock On The Range has become THE #1 rock festival.” said Gary Spivack, Co-Executive Producer of ROTR. “And since year one, Monster Energy has been a partner at the festival and we are excited to announce their expanding support; their dedication to the genre as well as breaking new artists is second to none.”
“Rock on the Range has emerged as a powerhouse event for our organization, the City of Columbus and rock fans from around the country,” said Columbus Crew President Mark McCullers. “We have invested in some significant facility improvements that will add to the Ranger experience and this year’s event will be another blockbuster show.”
Presented by Danny Wimmer Presents, AEG Live and Crew Stadium, ROCK ON THE RANGE is a multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent lineup of bands on three stages and is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, who return as the Main Stage sponsor; Crazy Dave’s Music Experience (an interactive exhibit that features all the elements that are involved in making music in in a professional band setting); the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Contest (launching this Spring for your chance to play the stage at ROTR).
The nationally renowned festival, part of the World’s Loudest Month Festival Series, is centrally located in the heart of the country and has annually drawn huge weekend crowds since its inception in 2007, including a sold-out crowd of over 103,000 fans in 2013.
There were a bunch of great releases in 2013 and each year it seems harder and harder to pick the 10 best. Ryo Vie and I have listed our 10 best hard rock and metal albums of 2013. Agree or Disagree? Let us know what your picks are in the comments below!!
Rob Rockitt’s Top Hard Rock & Metal Albums of 2013
I am glad 2013 is now in our rear view mirror. 2013 has hung heavily over my family on the injury and overall health and wellness. Not only has it affected my family members, I laid to rest two of my furry family members, Jake & Mia. On the music front, 2013 was pretty good. maybe not as strong as some of the recent past years. That doesn’t mean we were without quality music. There was a lot of great music that was released, and 2014 looks to be another great year for hard rock & metal music.
10. Death Angel – The Dream Calls for Blood
It had to happen sooner or later…. a band has out-thrashed the Big 4. Death Angel’s The Dream Calls For Blood is the best thrash metal album of 2013. When I first heard the title track “The Dream Calls For Blood” I was immediately hooked. This album is heavy, dark and sometimes brutal. It is Bay Area metal at its finest. This album also has a killer cover of Black Sabbath’s Heaven & Hell”.
9. Motörhead – Aftershock
You have heard one Motörhead, you have heard them all right? WRONG! Lemmy Kilmister and company prove they have plenty of fire left in them, and have crafted one of their best albums to date. I have all of 21 of their albums, and I have found Aftershock to be completely satisfying. Lemmy pulls out a bunch of new riffs for Aftershock, making this one of the most surprising albums of 2013. Fair warning, you may want to set your cruise control if playing this album while driving. It may be hazardous to your driving record.
8. Michael Monroe – Horns & Halos
Michael Monroe has done it again with his latest effort Horns & Halos. Monroe has crafted another great album. Horns & Halos is a little more punky and a little less glammy than 2011’s Sensory Overdrive, but it is a solid album all the way through.
07. Alter Bridge – Fortress
Man oh man, Alter Bridge quietly released their new album Fortress in October.With their album Blackbird being so great, I thought ABIII (2010) was a step backward for Alter Bridge. The band righted any wrongs with their new album Fortress. Fortress is Alter Bridge’s heaviest album to date. Myles Kennedy dishes out some powerful vocals, and Mark Tremonti’s riffs are drifting ever so closer to his metal roots.(Check out the video for Addicted to Pain below) Fortress is another one of 2013’s great surprises.
06. Stryper – No More Hell To Pay
If someone would have told me Stryper would release one of their best albums in 2013, I wouldn’t have believed it, but that is exactly what happened. No More Hell To Pay is packed with heavy riffs,and the fantastic vocals of Michael Sweet. No More Hell To Pay is one of Stryper’s heaviest albums, and packed with great songs. I am hopeful to see Stryper perform some of these in 2014. That would be a real treat!
05. Black Sabbath – 13
While the drama between Bill Ward and Black Sabbath continues, one thing is for certain, 13 is the strongest albums that Sabbath has ever released, and definitely one of the strongest with Ozzy Osbourne singing. If you didn’t pick up the bonus edition CD of 13 (available at Best Buy), you missed out one not one, but three killer Sabbath songs “Methademic”, “Peace of Mind” and “Pariah”. “Methademic” was a staple in Sabbath’s concert list this summer.
04. Tom Keifer – The Way Life Goes
Tom Keifer worked on his solo album for many years before finally releasing The Way Life Goes in 2013. The wait was well worth it, as the Cinderella front man has turned in one of 2013’s best rock albums. Getting to see Tom perform with his solo band was one of my favorite concert moments of 2013 too.
03. Airbourne – Black Dog Barking
Sooner or later, Airbourne is going to get the respect they deserve. The band released their third and arguably best album in 2013. This album has gotten countless plays from me in 2013, and will continue to be played for many years to come.
02. Winery Dogs – S/T
Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy, Richie Kotzen are some of the best hard rock musicians to ever grace the stage. With this in mind, I knew the Winery Dogs album would have to be awesome, and it is. Great songs, vocals and musicianship. The Winery Dogs are a dream band for any hard rock fan and should not be missed.
01. Brand New Machine- The Devil Made Me Do It
Sometimes simple is better…. Ever since I stumbled upon this album by complete accident in August of this year while music shopping with my buddy Ryo Vie, I have not been able to stop listening to The Devil Made Me Do It. Former Beautiful Creatures guitarist Michael Thomas has breathed some serious life into Brand New Machine. I am a sucker for good old 80’s style sleaze rock and The Devil Made Me Do It delivers from beginning to end. Check out the clips below and buy the album here!!
There were so many great albums in 2013, it wouldn’t be fair to not mention those albums that nearly made my top list. All of the albums below are very worthy of your hard earned dollars.
Age of Days – Radioactivity
Avenged Sevenfold – Hail To The King
Buckcherry – Confessions
Deep Purple – Now What?
Krokus – Dirty Dynamite
Megadeth – Super Collider
Pop Evil – Onyx
Sammy Hagar – Sammy Hagar & Friends
Sideburn – Electricity
Skillet – Rise
Suicidal Tendencies – 13
Voodoo Circle – More Than One Way Home
Ryo Vie’s 10 Favorite Hard Rock Albums For 2013
Another year is over. A new one has just begun. 2013 was a solid year for hard rock music lovers. Some exceptional albums were released by new comers, young stars, and the royal guard of the past. We were blessed with new music from Pearl Jam, Black Sabbath, and the return of Suicidal Tendencies.
Young bands like Pop Evil and Five Finger Death Punch released their best material to date. And a new band put out one incredible record. All in all 2013 was a fantastic year for music. We can only hope that 2014 will be just as great. And as we look forward to the new releases of 2014, let’s take a moment to reflect on the best releases of the past year. Here’s Ryo’s picks for the 10 best hard rock albums of 2013.
“Suicidal’s back, Suicidal’s back!” So sang Cyko Miko on the latest Suicidal Tendencies record, 13. This was a fantastic record that heralded the return of one of the best hard rocking bands around. 13 was a solid release that made me glad Suicidal Tendencies were back in action. Layered with multiple infectious grooves, powerful hooks, heavy guitars, and lots of funk and fun, 13 is a powerful album that takes the listener on a journey of musical styles with thrash always remaining as the main focus. Suicidal is back indeed— and we couldn’t be happier.
2013 was a very good year for Five Finger Death Punch. They released two terrific albums in the span of 10 weeks and both charted high on the Billboard charts, deservedly so. Both albums are exceptional works of art, and worthy of multiple listens. Volume One was an enjoyable, unexpected delight that really caught my ear and got my attention. And it was only the beginning of what was to come for this band in 2013. However, if this was the only record the band put out, it would have been good enough. Thankfully for hard rockers everywhere, Five Finger Death Punch wasn’t stopping at just one.
Atreyu drummer/vocalist Brandon Saller’s side project released one hell of a record this year. Begin Again is a stellar modern rock album packed with gems. The album had plenty of staying power and longevity and I found myself returning to it again and again as the year went on. That’s always the sign of an amazing record, which is just what Begin Again is. If this album somehow passed you by, I still recommend that you seek it out.
It was nice to see Buckcherry back with a new record in 2013. Most people may have forgotten about this album since it came out so early in the year (early January) and that’s a real shame, because Confessions is a strong record filled with enjoyable songs that rock eardrums hard. It was interesting to see Buckcherry put together a themed album, and they pulled it off, delivering a grand collection of songs on Confessions. I still listen to “Wrath” on a regular basis and it has become one of my favorite Buckcherry songs, up there with “Lit Up.” Yes, I did just state that.
No Cinderella? No problem. Tom Keifer went solo and released the biggest surprise of 2013 with The Way Life Goes. I had no expectations when this record was released, and it absolutely blew my mind. After all that he has been through, it was amazing to see Tom Keifer can still make meaningful music, and that his voice still sounds as terrific as ever. It may be the best he’s ever sounded. The Way Life Goes has me hopeful to see Mr. Keifer at some of the festivals this year, particularly M3. With or without Cinderella, Tom Keifer is a force, and The Way Life Goes proves it.
The godfathers of heavy metal reunited (sans Bill Ward) and released a record. 13 is bound to be on everyone’s top 10 list this year, simply because it’s Black Sabbath and that creates a lot of exposure. However, the record deserves to be on most top 10 lists because it’s a spectacular album. Returning to the early sound of Black Sabbath (from their debut release), 13 is a mind trip of amazing music performed by real heavy metal pioneers. Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Ozzy Osbourne worked hard to create a sound that was true Black Sabbath—and they succeeded marvelously. 13 is a magnificent release and one that any hard rock fan should own.
04. Avenged Sevenfold – Hail To The King
Avenged Sevenfold just keeps getting better and better with every record they release. If there is any successor to the great Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold are it. Their music is complex, layered in multiple guitar riffs, complicated drum beats, and heavy bass lines that pull every note together into a harmony of joyful sound. Hail To The King is certainly Avenged Sevenfold’s best album yet and catapults the band to the next level of greatness. If you haven’t spent much time with Avenged, or if you don’t own any of their albums, Hail To The King is a great place to start.
2013 was a good year for Pop Evil fans. The band continued their endless touring opening for any band that would have them, their live act became better than it ever has been, and they released their hardest album to date, Onyx. I admit, it took me a few spins to get into Onyx, but once I did, I couldn’t get out. I still listen to this album on a weekly basis and continue to find new parts to fall in love with. Pop Evil worked hard to get away from the acoustic ballads they were becoming known for and went to a much darker place. The result was magnificent and Onyx was a serious contender for best album of 2013.
02. Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
As is usually the case when Pearl Jam releases a new record, expectations were high. It had been four years since their last release, which was scattered at best. Many fans were wondering if Pearl Jam still had the goods and if they did, could they still deliver. And then the band released the first single, “Mind Your Manners.” Most doubts were squashed right there. Then the band released their next single, “Sirens.” Even critics jaws dropped at that point. “Sirens” is one of the best Pearl Jam songs ever recorded, and Lightning Bolt is one of the band’s best records ever released. In 2013, only one band could make a record better than Lightning Bolt.
01. Five Finger Death Punch – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2
When a band has two albums in a top 10 list for one year, it’s obvious that the band has had one magnificent year. Such is the case for Five Finger Death Punch. After the release of Volume 1, I was curious to see what Volume 2 would bring, but felt there was no way it would be better. I have never been more wrong about an album in my life. Volume 2 is one of the greatest records I have ever heard. It blends the perfect mix of hard, heavy, angry, introspective, and soft at just the right times. Volume 2 contains power, emotion, and a level of magnificence that is hard to find on a record. Without question, if you only purchase one release from 2013, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2 has to be it. It will be a long time before you hear a better record.
Wow! I just finished listening and then listening and listening again to the new Avenged Sevenfold album Hail To the King. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the band’s new album. I was sure it would be good, but this album isn’t good, it is outfreakinstanding.
Hail to the King is the first album without Avenged Sevenfold’s drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. “The Rev” was always such a driving force in A7X’s music, I was wondering how the band would handle his tragic loss, and how it would affect their music. A7X’s music has definitely changed, but it has changed for the better in my opinion.
What A7X has done is change their tempo, and completely move away from their metalcore roots. The band has crafted a bunch of songs that could easily be staples on rock radio everywhere. The change of tempo doesn’t mean that Synnester Gates and Zacky Vengeance don’t play their asses off. There is some fine guitar work on this album, and I hear little bits of Megadeth, Metallica and even Guns N’ Roses influence in the music on Hail To the King. Kudos to drummer Arin Ilejay, who does a find job behind the kit on this record.
The first four songs “Shepherd of Fire”, “Hail To The King”, “Doing Time” and “This Means War” really set the stage for this album, by delivering several excellent, hard rockin’ numbers that will have you hooked after the first listen. While these are my favorites, the great songs don’t end there.
I like the creepiness of “Requiem”. I look for Damien Omen to show up every time I listen to this one. “Heretic” is one catchy rocker that I would love to see A7X perform live. I love the lyrics on this song. “Acid Rain” is one of those deep cuts on “Hail To the King” that will keep me spinning this disc for a long time. I love the haunting piano melodies on this song.
This may be the most mainstream A7X album yet. It is rare when an album exceeds my expectations, but I believe this is Avenged Sevenfold’s best album yet. I thought some fans would be unhappy with A7X’s current direction, but judging from he fact that the album is # 1 in the U.S., Canada and the UK, most A7X fans must think it is pretty cool too!
If you buy one version of the album, get the Deluxe version of the album, which will give you two cool A7X coasters, and a password for a free download of the bonus track “St. James” which is a pretty cool song too!
I won’t be surprised to find “Hail To the King” on top of many best of 2013 lists. It really is that good! Check it out!
Rating: Out of 10
01. Shepherd of Fire
02. Hail To the King
03. Doing Time
04. This Means War
06. Crimson Day
08. Coming Home
10. Acid Rain
Bonus Track (as a download from the A7X website)
Avenged Sevenfold is:
M. Shadows – Vocals
Synyster Gates – Lead Guitar
Zacky Vengeance – Rhythm Guitar
Johnny Christ – Bass
Arin Ilejay – Drums
Hollywood Undead have now joined Avenged Sevenfold on the “Buried Alive” Tour. In celebration of the tour, the bands are giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner for each date of the tour AND a huge Grand Prize at tour’s end including a bunch of sweet autographed shit from all of the bands. The tour kicks off November 23rd in Ft. Myers, FL and will run through December 14th finishing in Yakima, WA. Enter below and tweet the message to the right for a chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the dates in your city now!
Click here to visit the contest page, and enter the drawing!!!
48 HOURS FESTIVAL POWERED BY ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK
REVEALS PERFORMANCE TIMES
WORLD’S BIGGEST ROCK & ROLL PARTY WEEKEND…LIVE FROM THE LAS VEGAS STRIP
The daily performance times have been revealed for the inaugural 48 Hours Festival Powered by Rockstar Energy Drink, the ultimate destination rock music event scheduled for Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 at the Luxor Festival Grounds, on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.
Band performance times are as follows:
Saturday, October 15 (doors open at 2:00 PM)
Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage
9:10 PM Avenged Sevenfold
7:40 PM Five Finger Death Punch
6:20 PM Hollywood Undead
5:00 PM Bullet For My Valentine
4:00 PM Escape The Fate
3:00 PM Adelitas Way
5:40 PM Hatebreed
4:30 PM Rev Theory
3:30 PM Black Tide
2:35 PM Hell Or Highwater
2:00 PM Orange Blossom Special
Sunday, October 16 (doors open at 2:00 PM)
Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage
9:10 PM Korn
7:40 PM Godsmack
6:20 PM Three Days Grace
5:00 PM Seether
4:00 PM Sick Puppies
3:00 PM 10 Years
5:40 PM Sevendust
4:30 PM Art of Dying
3:30 PM Taking Dawn
2:35 PM Eyes Set To Kill
2:00 PM Valora
Performance times are subject to change.
Two-day weekend ticket packages for the 48 Hours Festival Powered by Rockstar Energy Drink are ONLY $99 and can be purchased at www.48HoursFestival.com/tickets. In addition, a limited number of DEBAUCHERY VIP packages are still available. For additional information and discount hotel packages at Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur, visit www.48HoursFestival.com.
Located on the Luxor Festival Fairgrounds across the street from Luxor Hotel and Casino, 48 Hours Festival will feature two stages of pure rock with a royal flush of festivities at various Las Vegas locations spanning the entire weekend. The festival also will feature multiple big air freestyle motocross jump shows daily by Rockstar/Metal Mulisha riders Derek Garland, Wes Agee, and other Metal Mulisha riders. Metal Mulisha founder Brian Deegan will also be onsite for an appearance. In addition, the 48 Hours Festival is holding various contests to win “Survival Kits” from bands performing at the festival through its Facebook page.
The countdown to 48 Hours Festival begins Friday, October 14 with the Official 48 Hours Festival Kick Off Party at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, featuring Steel Panther.
The Official 48 Hours Festival After Party is scheduled for Saturday, October 15 at the House Of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Hosted by Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, the exclusive after party for 48 Hours Festival artists and music industry will feature an All-Star Jam with special guests sitting in with the Sin City Sinners, a performance from Chris Jericho’s band fozzy, and DJ Wulf will get the party started and keep the night going. Special guests from the Revolver “Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock” issue will include Maria Brink of In This Moment, Syd Duran of Valora, Alexia and Anissa Rodriquez of Eyes Set To Kill, and Butcher Babies. A limited number of tickets also will be available to the public for purchase beginning Tuesday, October 4 at 10:00 AM PT at www.48HoursFestival.com.
The Sunday morning Hangover Brunch at The Beach at Mandalay Bay on October 16 will feature a rare DJ performance by Korn’s Jonathan Davis.
Don’t miss out on “The World’s Biggest Rock & Roll Party Weekend.” Buy a two-day weekend ticket for ONLY $99 at www.48HoursFestival.com/tickets and join the party for the 48 Hours Festival Powered by Rockstar Energy Drink.
The inaugural 48 Hours Festival Powered by Rockstar Energy Drink, the ultimate rock and roll music event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16, is offering fans the opportunity to win an exclusive weekend concert experience with the “Debauchery VIP Package.” To enter to win, visit http://48hoursfestival.com/48hrs-festival-flyaway/. The winner and a guest will be flown to Las Vegas and receive:
- Two-day Debauchery VIP ticket to 48 Hours Festival with exclusive VIP entrance
- Access to Debauchery VIP Party Tent with discounted beer and drink specials
- 48 Hours Festival Limited Edition T-Shirt and collectible souvenir ticket
- Official Debauchery VIP Laminate
Located on the Luxor Festival Fairgrounds across the street from Luxor Hotel and Casino, 48 Hours Festival will feature two stages of pure rock with a royal flush of festivities at various Las Vegas locations spanning the entire weekend. Along with scheduled performances by Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Three Days Grace and many more, the festival also will feature multiple big air freestyle motocross jump shows by the Rockstar Metal Militia daily. In addition, the 48 Hours Festival is holding various contests to win “Survival Kits” from bands performing at the festival through its Facebook page.
The countdown to 48 Hours Festival begins Friday, Oct. 14 with a kick-off party at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino featuring Steel Panther. On Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16, concertgoers can continue raging at the official after-party at the House of Blues. In addition, Korn’s Jonathan Davis will DJ a Sunday morning Hangover Brunch at Mandalay Bay.
Two-day weekend ticket packages start at $99 and can be purchased at www.48HoursFestival.com/tickets/. In addition, a limited number of once-in-a-lifetime exclusive VIP packages are available including the “All Excess – Cabanas” package featuring a full-service cabana with premium elevated sight lines. For additional information and discount hotel packages at Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur, visit www.48HoursFestival.com.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK UPROAR FESTIVAL
IMPLEMENTS “$25 PARTY PASS FOR 25 HOURS” PROMOTION
COURTESY OF ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK
BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival has announced the “$25 PARTY PASS FOR 25 HOURS,” courtesy of Rockstar Energy Drink. These limited $25 “all in” general admission lawn tickets include all fees and are available for only 25 hours, from 9:00 AM local time on Wednesday, August 17 until 10:00 AM local time on Thursday, August 18 in select markets.
The “$25 PARTY PASS FOR 25 HOURS” includes:
● One General Admission Lawn Ticket
● Early entry to the venue to avoid lines
● Party Pass wristband when entering to the show with access to the “Party Zone”:
○ Located in the festival area near the Best Buy Music Gear Stage
○ Open 2-6pm
○ Private bathrooms
○ Food and beverage concessions
○ Photo opportunities with the contestants of Sullen Art Collective’s Miss UPROAR 2011 Model Search
“Rockstar Energy Drink is excited to be able to offer this opportunity to bring the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival experience to a new level with this special party pass,” says Rockstar Energy Drink Marketing Director Mike Kelso.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival features multi-platinum headliner Avenged Sevenfold, along with main stage artists Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape The Fate. The North American touring music and lifestyle festival also includes Best Buy Music Gear Stage headliners Sevendust, as well as Black Tide, Art Of Dying and Hell Or Highwater.
The all-day Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival will run from 2pm-11pm in most cities. The trek launches August 28 in Camden, NJ and wraps October 14 in San Francisco. Go to www.rockstaruproar.com/25for25 and www.LiveNation.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival tour markets participating in the promotion are as follows:
Date Tour Market Venue Web Link
Fri 8/26 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center http://rockstaruproar.com/city/camden/
Sat 8/27 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion http://rockstaruproar.com/city/scranton/
Sun 8/28 Boston, MA Comcast Center http://rockstaruproar.com/city/boston/
Wed 8/31 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live http://rockstaruproar.com/city/washingtondc/
Thur 9/1 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amp. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/virginiabeach/
Sat 9/3 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amp. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/tampa/
Mon 9/5 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pav. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/houston/
Fri 9/9 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Centre http://rockstaruproar.com/city/detroit/
Sat 9/10 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Perf. Arts Center http://rockstaruproar.com/city/buffalo/
Sun 9/11 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre http://rockstaruproar.com/city/hartford/
Wed 9/14 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amp. * http://rockstaruproar.com/city/toronto/
Fri 9/16 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion http://rockstaruproar.com/city/pittsburgh/
Sat 9/17 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amp. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/indianapolis/
Sun 9/18 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Pav. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/chicago/
Wed 9/21 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center http://rockstaruproar.com/city/cleveland/
Sat 9/24 Kansas City, MO Sandstone Amphitheater http://rockstaruproar.com/city/kansascity/
Sun 9/25 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amp. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/stlouis/
Sat 10/1 Seattle, WA White River Amp. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/auburn/
Wed 10/5 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amp. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/denver/
Fri 10/7 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Pavilion http://rockstaruproar.com/city/albuquerque/
Sat 10/8 Phoenix, AZ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pav. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/phoenix/
Sun 10/9 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amp. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/sandiego/
Thur 10/13 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre http://rockstaruproar.com/city/sacramento/
Fri 10/14 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre http://rockstaruproar.com/city/mountainview/
* Sevendust will not be performing at these shows.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is made possible through the support of sponsors including Rockstar Energy Drink, Best Buy Music Gear, Ernie Ball, Zoom, Schecter Guitars, KRANK Amps, Zippo, KICKER Performance Audio, Castiv, Guitar Player Magazine, Jägermeister Canada, Vertical-Xtreme, Air Force Reserve, Army Reserves, The Marines, Fearless Music, NoCover.com and No Cover Event Guide, and others.
ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED FOR
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK UPROAR FESTIVAL
FEATURING HEADLINERS AVENGED SEVENFOLD
AS WELL AS THREE DAYS GRACE, SEETHER, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE,
ESCAPE THE FATE, SEVENDUST, BLACK TIDE,
ART OF DYING AND THE BLACK CLOUD COLLECTIVE
Additional tour dates have been revealed for the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival featuring multi-platinum headliner Avenged Sevenfold, along with main stage artists Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape The Fate. The North American touring music and lifestyle festival also includes Best Buy Music Gear Stage headliners Sevendust, as well as Black Tide, Art Of Dying and The Black Cloud Collective.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival launches August 26 in Camden, NJ and will criss-cross North America before wrapping October 14 (see below for current tour dates). The newly announced shows include: Virginia Beach, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Seattle, Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Sacramento and San Francisco.
The all-day festival will run from 2pm-11pm in most cities, and tickets are affordably priced between $20 and $69.99. Tickets for several of the shows are on sale now (see below for full list of on-sale dates), and early bird pre-sale ticket packages will be available for the newly announced tour dates. Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale beginning July 8 in select markets. Go to www.RockstarUproar.com and www.LiveNation.com for full details and to purchase tickets.
As previously announced, a portion of the proceeds from each Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival ticket sold will benefit Child Find of America and the Road 2 Recovery Foundation. More information on Child Find of America and the Road 2 Recovery Foundation can be found at www.RockstarUPROAR.com/causes.
This marks the second year that the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival has joined forces with Child Find of America. “We’re incredibly honored that the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is continuing their partnership with Child Find of America in 2011,” said Mark Delluomo, Director of Operations, Child Find of America, Inc. “Last year’s tour promoted safety and awareness as well as raising over $40,000 which went directly to program costs. All of us at Child Find are very grateful to the producers, bands and fans who so generously contributed. We’re also excited that UPROAR has given us another opportunity to let thousands of rock fans know more about us through their website, programs and press releases. Traffic to Child Find’s website and Facebook cause page spiked over the course of the tour and continues to be vigorous. Many people still don’t realize Child Find not only investigates and resolves cases, but also has programs that work to promote safety and prevent abductions. For example, we’re really proud of the Parent Help and Parent Help for Military Families programs which are designed to help dads and moms parenting apart to problem-solve their challenges – including such issues as visitation, custody and child support. This kind of publicity can change all that.”
The current Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival tour dates are as follows. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
Date Tour Market Venue Tickets On Sale
Fri 8/26 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center on sale now
Sat 8/27 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion on sale now
Sun 8/28 Boston, MA Comcast Center on sale now
Wed 8/31 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live on sale now
Thur 9/1 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 7/8 *
Sat 9/3 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre on sale now
Sun 9/4 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum on sale now
Mon 9/5 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on sale now
Fri 9/9 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Centre 7/15 *
Sat 9/10 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on sale now
Sun 9/11 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre on sale now
Wed 9/14 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on sale now
Fri 9/16 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion on sale now
Sat 9/17 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on sale now
Sun 9/18 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Pavilion 7/15 *
Wed 9/21 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center on sale now
Fri 9/23 Omaha, NE WestFair Amphitheater on sale now
Sat 9/24 Kansas City, MO Sandstone Amphitheater on sale now
Sun 9/25 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on sale now *
Sat 10/1 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre 8/5 *
Wed 10/5 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheater 7/23 *
Fri 10/7 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Pavilion 7/22 *
Sat 10/8 Phoenix, AZ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion 7/22 *
Sun 10/9 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre on sale now
Thur 10/13 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre 7/15 *
Fri 10/14 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 7/15 *
*indicates newly announced tour date
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is made possible through the support of sponsors including Rockstar Energy Drink, Best Buy Music Gear, Ernie Ball, Guitar Player Magazine, Schecter Guitars, Jägermeister Canada, KICKER Performance Audio, Zippo, Vertical-Xtreme, Air Force Reserve, KRANK Amps, Army Reserves, Fearless Music, NoCover.com and No Cover Event Guide, and others.
THREE DAYS GRACE, SEETHER, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE,
ESCAPE THE FATE, SEVENDUST,
BLACK TIDE, ART OF DYING AND THE BLACK CLOUD COLLECTIVE
The initial tour dates have been announced for the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival featuring multi-platinum headliner Avenged Sevenfold, also featuring main stage artists Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape The Fate. The touring music and lifestyle festival also includes Best Buy Music Gear Stage headliners Sevendust, as well as Black Tide, Art Of Dying and The Black Cloud Collective.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival launches August 26 in Camden, NJ and will criss-cross North America before wrapping October 15 (see below for current tour dates). Additional tour dates will be announced on June 29. The all day festival will run from 2pm-11pm in most cities and tickets are affordably priced between $20 and $69.99. Tickets for several of the shows go on sale June 17 (see below for full list of on-sale dates). Early bird pre-sale ticket packages will be available. Go to www.RockstarUproar.com and www.LiveNation.com for full details and to purchase tickets.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is produced by John Reese, John Oakes and CAA in conjunction with Live Nation and will entertain fans with a full afternoon and evening of great rock bands. The festival will also include a concourse midway featuring band autograph signings, vendors and other activities.
Main stage artist Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace notes, “In the slightest chance that the Mayan calendar is right, and the world is ending in 2012, then this could technically be the last big rock tour in the history of human existence.”
A portion of the proceeds of each Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival ticket sold will benefit Child Find of America and the Road 2 Recovery Foundation. More information on Child Find of America and the Road 2 Recovery Foundation can be found at www.RockstarUPROAR.com/causes.
The current Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival tour dates are as follows. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
Date Tour Market Venue Tickets On Sale
Friday, 8/26 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center 6/24
Saturday, 8/27 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion 6/17
Sunday, 8/28 Boston, MA Comcast Center 6/30
Wednesday, 8/31 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live 6/24
Saturday, 9/3 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre 6/24
Sunday, 9/4 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum 6/17
Monday, 9/5 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 6/24
Saturday, 9/10 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 6/24
Sunday, 9/11 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre 6/30
Wednesday, 9/14 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 6/24
Friday, 9/16 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion 6/24
Saturday, 9/17 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 6/18
Wednesday, 9/21 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center 6/24
Friday, 9/23 Omaha, NE WestFair Amphitheater on sale now
Saturday, 9/24 Kansas City, MO Sandstone Amphitheater 6/18
Sunday, 10/9 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre 6/25
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is made possible through the support of sponsors including Rockstar Energy Drink, Best Buy Music Gear, Ernie Ball, Guitar Player
Magazine, Schechter Guitars, Jägermeister Canada, KICKER Performance Audio, Zippo,
Vertical-Xtreme, Air Force Reserve, KRANK Amps, Army Reserves, Fearless Music, NoCover.com and No Cover Event Guide, and others.
This video is a raw and emotional tribute to Avenged Sevenfold’s late drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan and celebrates the long-time friendship the band members have shared since forming A7X in Huntington Beach, CA, in 1999. The video was directed by Wayne Isham, who has directed videos for such artists as Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Megadeth, and Def Leppard, among many others. The heartfelt quality of the video is in keeping with the emotional resonance of the song, a very personal goodbye to Sullivan that appears on the band’s album Nightmare.
Get Avenged Sevenfold’s new song “Not Ready To Die” now available on iTunes. The song is featured in Call of the Dead, one of five new maps in the Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation content pack – available now on Xbox Live. Make sure you go play Black Ops to listen to the new song while taking out Zombies.
Recently Bullet For My Valentine delivered a deluxe CD/DVD edition of their third full-length album Fever titled Fever Tour Edition, which was released February 15 on Jive Records.
Fever Tour Edition features three new songs recorded live at XFM radio in the UK (“Fever,” “The Last Fight” and “Bittersweet Memories“) and a DVD of “Your Betrayal,” “Fever” and “Waking the Demon” recorded live from Graspop Metal Meeting 2010 in Dessel, Belgium. The DVD also includes videos for “Your Betrayal,” “The Last Fight” and “The Making of The Last Fight” as well as a Bullet For My Valentine track-by-track commentary of Fever.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TOUR DATES:May 3 Springfield, MA Mass Mutual Center
May 4 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
May 6 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
May 7 Charlotte, NC Metrolina Trade Show Expo
May 9 Orlando, FL UCF Arena
May 10 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center
May 11 Lafayette, LA Cajundome
May 13 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
May 14 Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena
May 15 Indianola, IA National Balloon Classic Field
May 17 Lubbock, TX LoneStar Amphitheatre
May 18 San Antonio, TX Alamodome
May 19 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre @ Grand Prairie
May 21 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE (Indoor Stage)*
May 22 Columbus, OH Columbus Crew Stadium* (Rock on the Range)
May 24 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club *#
May 25 Providence, RI Lupo’s *#
May 26 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom *#
* Avenged Sevenfold and Three Days Grace not playing
# Halestorm supporting
More Bullet For My Valentine dates to be announced shortly. Stay on top of all the Bullet news by visiting the links below:
Three Days Grace is joining Avenged Sevenfold as special guests on their “Welcome To the Family” Spring Tour this April & May! The tour kicks off 4/22 in Bossier City, LA and ends in San Antonio, TX on 5/18. “Welcome To The Family” includes festival appearances at Edgefest in Little Rock, AR on 4/23, Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, NC on 5/7 and Lazerfest in Des Moines, IA on 5/15.
Also appearing on the “Welcome To The Family” Spring Tour are Sevendust from 4/22 to 5/1 and Bullet For My Valentine from 5/3 to 5/20.
Check out the full routing below:
4/22 Bossier City, LA Century Tel Center
4/23 Little Rock, AR Edgefest @ Arkansas State Fairgrounds
4/25 Cape Girardeau, MO Show Me Center
4/26 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
4/27 Rockford, IL MetroCentre
4/29 Wilkes-Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena
4/30 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
5/03 Springfield, MA Mass Mutual Center
5/07 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion @ Metrolina Expo
5/10 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center
5/11 Lafayetta, LA Cajundome
5/13 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
5/14 Wichita, KS InTrust Bank Center
5/15 Des Moines, IA Lazerfest @ National Balloon Classic Launch Field
5/17 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Amphitheatre
5/18 San Antonio, TX Illusions Theatre – Alamo Dome
ROCK ON THE RANGE 2011:
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICA’S PREMIER
DESTINATION ROCK FESTIVAL
WITH SPECTACULAR LINEUP OF ROCK HEAVYWEIGHTS
A PERFECT CIRCLE, AVENGED SEVENFOLD,
DISTURBED, KORN, STONE SOUR AND STAIND
LINE-UP ALSO INCLUDES PERFORMANCES FROM
DANZIG, HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY AND ALTER BRIDGE
ROCK ON THE RANGE is celebrating its Fifth Anniversary! America’s premier destination rock festival–May 21-22 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio–will feature a spectacular lineup of rock heavyweights including A Perfect Circle (first performance of 2011), Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Korn, Stone Sour and Staind (first performance in two years). The unforgettable weekend will also be highlighted by performances from Danzig, Hollywood Undead, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Label Society and Alter Bridge. In addition, Juliya of Fuse TV will return as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event.
“Three years ago my other band Ashes Divide was fortunate enough to play Rock On The Range as a support act; to return to the same festival and headline this year with A Perfect Circle is truly an honor,” says Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle.
“We are honored that Rock On The Range has asked us be one of the headliners,” says M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold. “Not only is it an amazing show to be apart of, but it holds a deep spot in our hearts. Rock On The Range was the last American show we played with our best friend and drummer, The Rev. We are looking forward to continuing his legacy of rock n roll insanity that night! See you all there.”
“If you suffer from stimulus overload, the fifth anniversary of Rock On The Range may be too much for you,” quips Del Williams, co-executive producer of the event for Right Arm Entertainment. “Virtually all of the bands that make up the top of the Active Rock charts are performing at America’s biggest Rock festival. When you look at the acts on the bill, and think of the massive list of songs that live in the body of that lineup, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with excitement.”
The ROCK ON THE RANGE celebration will start early on Friday night, May 20 with the nation’s biggest pre-festival Anniversary Party at the venue, featuring performances from two of the world’s craziest throwback rock artists–Steel Panther and Lez Zeppelin. Best of all, your ticket to the Anniversary Party will be absolutely FREE with every ROCK ON THE RANGE weekend ticket purchase!
“It seems like only yesterday that we created this vision for an active rock festival in the heartland, but it’s actually been five years now.” comments Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the event for AEG Live. “If it weren’t for the loyal fan base of active rock fans, the ‘Rangers,’ Rock On The Range would still just be an idea on the back of a napkin! We can’t think of a better way to say ‘thank you’ then to throw a big FREE party for everyone! It will be a night of unmatched celebration!”
A special ROCK ON THE RANGE ticket pre-sale will take place from Wednesday, February 9 at 10:00 AM (ET) through Friday, February 11 at 10:00 PM (ET). For details on pre-sale, go to: www.facebook.com/rockontherange. Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, February 12 at 10:00 AM (ET). Two-day weekend festival passes start at just $99.50 plus service and transaction fees. Layaway ticket purchase options are also still available for a limited time.
“We are extremely excited about the lineup for Rock On The Range’s Fifth Anniversary show at Crew Stadium,” said Mark McCullers, President & General Manager of the Columbus Crew, a co-executive Producer of Rock On The Range. “We are coming off another record year in 2010 and are looking forward to raising the bar again in 2011.”
ROCK ON THE RANGE–The Book is another new bonus for fans in connection with the fifth anniversary of the festival. This limited edition coffee-table photo book captures the first four years of ROTR and features behind-the-scenes photos, never-before-seen performance shots, and testimonials from past ROTR performers including Stone Temple Pilots, Slipknot, Slash, Godsmack, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Rise Against and many more. Copies of ROTR—The Book will be included in each of the VIP and Hotel ticket packages and is also available independently for $25 plus shipping and handling at www.rockontherange.com.
The current lineup for ROCK ON THE RANGE 2011 is as follows: A Perfect Circle, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Korn, Stone Sour, Staind, Danzig, Hollywood Undead, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Label Society, Alter Bridge, A Day To Remember, Hinder, Escape The Fate, All That Remains, P.O.D., The Damned Things, Fu Manchu, Black Veil Brides, Saving Abel, Sick Puppies, Finger Eleven, My Darkest Days, Crossfade, Cavo, Trapt, Rev Theory and Pop Evil.
Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG Live and Crew Stadium, ROCK ON THE RANGE is a two-day, multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent line-up of bands on three stages. The nationally renowned festival centrally located in the heart of the country has annually drawn crowds in excess of 30,000 per day since its inception in 2007.
Avenged Sevenfold have released the following statement announcing the new drummer, Arin Ilejay, who will be joining them on the “Nightmare After Christmas” tour. Arin previously played in Southern California metal outfit Confide.
We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our long time studio drum tech, Mike Fasano, recommended Arin Ilejay. We’ve rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We’re very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have.
Thanks for your never ending support. It means the world to us.
See you on the Nightmare After Christmas tour.
Hard Rock Hideout’s Stone - Picking the “top ten list” of anything in life is not that easy. Choosing my Top Ten Albums Of 2010 proved to be more daunting than I had initially expected, with there being multiple dozens of excellent albums released this past year, spanning across each sub-genre of Metal, not to mention Hard Rock and Rock as well. I decided this year, to pick out only those ten albums that I can honestly say moved me… as a complete album of songs. I have neverlimited my ears, mind and soul to just Metal, anyone who knows me, understands this. Therefore, finding an album in my “top ten” that is not full-throttle, pedal to the Metal, shouldn’t come across as scandalous.
An album that makes my “top ten” list will move me emotionally, sending signals to my senses that either A: psyches-me-out of my Metal mind or B: makes me feel as though I’ve found a long lost friend, a friend I’ll now have for the rest of my Metal life. Of course quality musicianship, songwriting and overall production comes into play… only those three attributes will fall into place when an album is truly special to me.
Maybe you’ll enjoy, become slightly amused and or confused by my Top Ten Albums Of 2010. Either way, my intent is to showcase and appluad these albums and the bands that created them. Hopefully I peak your interest to buy an album or two from this list. These are the albums that will stand the test of my Metal time on Earth.
KATAKLYSM epitomizes the marriage of melodic and heavy… and succeeds so brilliantly in a Death Metal genre, a genre that has profoundly matured into mandatory importance in my Metal history book, many full moons ago. I’ll say this time and again, when Maurizio Iacono sings, I listen. Jean-Francois Dagenais on guitar is not just impressive, his playing is beyond that. If Death Metal needed “that band” to bridge the gap between the meat & potatoes and the progressive, then KATAKLYSM is that band. “Heaven’s Venom” is more than just another excellent Melodic Death Metal album, it is a collective “sound” and “vibe” that makes me realize that maybe “extreme” should be replaced with “pristine” when describing these ten songs.
On December 2, 2010, I posted a review on Heaven’s Venom, giving more Metal details as to why KATAKLYSM is sitting atop my tier of Metal legendary bands. Clicking the link above will take you there!
The “Classic” Krokus lineup returned in 2010 to bring their Hard Rockin’ brand back… to kick our asses! Metal be thy name, Krokus DID kick my ass with “Hoodoo” and all I can say is: “thank you sirs, may I have more?” A (gasp) fun album is “Hoodoo”, that gives a wink and a smile to the gloriously loud and colorful 80’s decade of Arena Rock and good times thrills. If the songs “Too Hot” and “Hoodoo Woman” doesn’t get your Hard Rock adrenaline flowing, then maybe you should consider living as a hermit in the forests of Maine.
On April 27, 2010, I reviewed Hoodoo and did not hold back my Hard Rockin’ affection for this timeless Hard Rockin’ band. Click on the link above to see it!
Jon Oliva is a man of music. He proves this on “Festival”, by connecting the Rock ‘N’ Roll dots, Jon Oliva has his Classic Rock influences of the Beatles and The Electric Light Orchestra coexisting with the Savatage blood that flows through his ultra-talented veins. Is “Festival” a Heavy Metal album? On the surface it is… only once you really listen to this album a few dozen times, you might very well agree with me that “Festival” is a celebration of Jon Oliva’s musical career. The dark themes and nightmarish lyrics behold a realism that I find stunning, making me hope and pray that Jon Oliva and his band will create a “Festival”… part 2.
On April 15, 2010, my review for “Festival” was posted on Hard Rock Hideout. Click on the link above to read all about it!
What Greg Hampton (founding member, lead guitarist & vocalist) created with his band The New Czars, is one of the finest blends of Rock Music styles my ears have heard in years. “Doomsday Revolution” takes a Modern Hard Rock lead, with Industrial and Funk experimentation weaved within it’s lustrous interior. Greg Hampton might very well be the “missing link” within a generation of Rock vocal legends such as Glenn Hughes, Ian Gillan, David Coverdale and yes… Robert Plant. If that sounds too good to be true, then get yourself a copy of “Doomsday Revolution” and thank Stone for serving you right.
Back on September 8, 2010, I posted a detailed album review for Doomsday Revolution. You can click the link above if you want to read all about it!
“Nightmare” is the fifth studio album from A7X and very well should be anointed as their very best. Powerful, angry and raging is “God Hates Us”, while the album opener “Nightmare” speeds on with it’s relentless up-tempo that makes me feel like I belong in the pit, carrying on like a psyched-out Metalhead from 1989. Seriously, what A7X has accomplished with “Nightmare” is nothing short of a Metal miracle, with having to cope with the loss of Jimmy “The Reverend” Sullivan. I won’t hold back calling this “Nightmare” album the “Back In Black” or “Black Album” of A7X’s catalog.
On November 9, 2010, my review for “Nightmare” was posted on Hard Rock Hideout. Check it out by clicking the link below!
What’s this? A Hard Rock three piece? A Modern Hard Rock three piece? Can these guys play? Who invited them to the party? Stone will tell you right now… KOPEK is a three piece, they are a Hard Rock band and they bought the copyright for the word relevance. By the way, KOPEK will be invited to the party and they are bringing with them a case of Hard Rock whoop ass that will have you begging “them” for more. Guitarist and vocalist Daniel Jordan brings that “it” factor to the Hard Rock table, “it” being his charisma that resonates from each and every song I hear on “White Collar Lies”. Drummer Shane Cooney and bassist Brad Kinsella round out this Hard Rockin’ trio from Dublin, Ireland, making them a band I recommend to every breathing human being on Earth.
On June 28, 2010, I presented to the world, an album review for White Collar Lies. If you want to know more about this KOPEK album that you should really buy, then click the link above… it will serve you right!
This new DANZIG album could have easily been titled: “How Glenn Danzig Got His Groove Back”. “Deth Red Sabaoth” is a return to dark form for Glenn, with each song carrying it’s worthy weight of thump and stump heaviness. Dare I say once again… Old School? These flashbacks to the Heavy Metal glory years never hurt any band and DANZIG churns out the songs that I want to hear on a long, lost, dark nights cruise through the remote countryside. “Black Candy”, Deth Red Moon” and “Ju Ju Bone” are the three songs that stand-out among, well, 11 stand-out songs. Each time I listen to “Deth Red Sabaoth” I realize wholly, that Glenn Danzig is back… and that makes Stone feel very Metal comfy.
On July 22, 2010, my review for “Deth Red Sabaoth” was posted on Hard Rock Hideout. Check it out for yourself by clicking the link above!
An Udo-less Accept is hard to “accept”… unless you listen to “Blood Of The Nations”. Mark Tornillo made me a believer from the first note he bellows on “Beat The Bastards”, while not being an Udo clone, Mark just accomplished what always came natural to him… that’s to sing like an Old School Metal warrior! With a near perfect version of the original Accept lineup grinding out 14 songs, at the culmination of my first listen to this album I wanted MORE! This is an Accept album that solidifies this band’s Heavy Metal importance and existence of both past and present. “Blood Of The Nations” also reminds all of us aging Metalheads, that Old School Heavy Metal dreams really do come true.
On September 14, 2010, I posted a very psyched-out review for this Blood Of The Nations album. Check it out if you like, by clicking the link above!
#2 (Tie) EXODUS – EXHIBIT B: THE HUMAN CONDITION
Why have I made it a “tie” between EXODUS – Exhibit B: The Human Condition and OVERKILL -Ironbound? The answer is simple… Thrash Metal albums, from these two ultra-legends, sounding this damn outstanding, has fortunately collided with an uncanny equality. Choosing between these two albums as which is best, is liking choosing between two iced mugs of Blue Moon Ale. Pick ‘em. Founding members Gary Holt (guitar) and Tom Hunting (drums) are the Metal backbone to Exodus being not just pioneers of Thrash Metal, Exodus is one of this genre’s true leaders in 2010. This album is as brutal as any that Exodus has released… and these guys sound tighter than ever!
#2 (Tie) OVERKILL - IRONBOUND
As with Exodus, Overkill are pioneers of the Thrash Metal movement that has seen a resurgence of popularity that reminds me of the 80’s. “Ironbound” is full-blown and in-your-face Thrash Metal that glistens with Old School hunger and never relents with it’s crushing and force driven songs. Founding members Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (vocals) and D.D. Verni (bass) are living proof that they can create and play Thrash Metal for 30 years and counting, with different lineups, while never losing a touch of relevance. After three decades of albums, Overkill quite possibly made their verybest with “Ironbound.”
On March 8, 2010, I reviewed “Ironbound” on Hard Rock Hideout. Click the header link above read the complete details!
#1 SCORPIONS – STING IN THE TAIL
“Sting In The Tail” radiates every quality that I yearn for in choosing a #1 album: heaviness, hardness, melodic, memorable, emotional and Old School… all wrapped up into one celebratory goodbye after spanning nearly five decades of existence. This album dominated my Metal soul like none other in 2010, even the ballads “The Good Die Young” and “The Best Is Yet To Come” made an instant impact on me… and I never wave the flag for ballads that often. Klaus Meine sounds as incredible as ever on vocals, while this entire band plays with the fire of twenty year olds. “Sting In The Tail” was not a return to the glory days of 80’s Heavy Metal, instead, this album showcases just how electrifying the Scorpions still are after so many decades. The Scorpions go out proving to me, they never lost their edge. There will never be another band like the Scorpions.
Back on April 3, 2010, I posted a detailed album review on Sting In The Tail. Click the large header below, to read about how much I really dig this Scorpions album!
LONG LIVE METAL.
THANK YOU SCORPIONS.
LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.
Bundle Contains Previously Unreleased Track, “4:00 AM” — The Last Unreleased Song From Recording Sessions for Band’s Current Album Nightmare
Avenged Sevenfold have released a deluxe three-song digital single on iTunes, titled “Welcome To The Family,” today. The bundle includes “Welcome To The Family” (off the band’s current album Nightmare), “4:00 AM” (a previously unreleased b-side), and a live version of “Seize The Day” (off City of Evil) recorded in Seattle. Those who purchase the iTunes bundle will also receive a PDF that includes more than 30 photos of the band shot by photographer Greg Watermann during the band’s 2010 co-headlining stint on the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival.
Avenged Sevenfold cemented their status as the world’s next rock powerhouse with their highly personal fifth studio album Nightmare, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart and also topped Billboard’s Rock, Hard Rock, and Digital charts. Its No. 1 debut is the band’s highest first-week chart position ever. The title track, “Nightmare” is the most played song at Media Base Active Rock for 2010.
Avenged Sevenfold will hit the road for their “Nightmare After Christmas” Tour on January 20th, 2011, headlining arenas in the United States.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Nightmare” – The Crown Jewel Of A7X
It has been a little over two months since the July 27th, 2010 release of “Nightmare” from Avenged Sevenfold. This has been more than enough time for me to listen to their fifth studio album and come to this realization… “Nightmare” is profoundly bigger and more badass than any critics out there ever expected. To listen to this new A7X album and walk away unimpressed tells me only one thing… your oozing with quality Metal envy. The #1 album chart status and sales figures alone for “Nightmare” are telling of the popularity and quality that A7X carries with their brand of Heavy Rock.
The lead single of “Nightmare” alone is as fine an example of the musical maturation that A7X has reached, in factually just a decade. With shades of Metallica influence combined within their own Metal prowess, A7X can very well know they have made the song of their lives. Just when you think “Nightmare” is going to subside, it doesn’t. This song is uncannily relentless with its psyche-you-out continuity. I can’t help but think to myself… this “Nightmare” song will make Metallica wish it was theirs. I state this as a compliment to both bands, I’m opposed to stirring up controversy. Sometimes.
Anyone still unfamiliar with this “Nightmare” album should consider themselves either a rain forest hermit or walking in their sleep while still having functioning body parts. To pick apart this album would be rather easy… if you never listened to it. That sadly, has been the morbid case in situations that are few and far between. “Nightmare” is so much more than the lead single. As is always the case with A7X, this is a total album of songs. As diverse as it is dynamic, “Nightmare” flourishes with its originality from song to song, with not a micro hint of cut and paste with this extraordinary group of musicians.
If “Danger Line” doesn’t bring your eyes to some semblance of tears, then obviously the lyrics go right over your head. “Danger Line” incorporates whistling and a piano for extra emotional affect, evaporating the immature mentality out there that A7X is NOT a screaming Metalcore band for teenage boys only. Take that, all of you liberal and over compensated mainstream Rock Music critics. “Buried Alive” relies on its melodic heaviness to carry out it’s more than memorable song structure. This is a song that plays out in two parts, one part heavy ballad and second part melt your eardrums into Heavy Metal delirium.
“So Far Away” further removes the unsubstantiated stereotype and misgivings that A7X at times have to duck away from. This song is remarkable in both its musicianship and lyrics. “So Far Away” is the bridge between A7X the Metal Band and A7X the diverse and skillful musicians that they glowingly are. “Tonight The World Dies” tantalizes with a Classic Rock sensibility that marries into the emotionally driven darkness that is this “Nightmare” album. M. Shadows vocally switches from crooning to power bellows with flawless and inherent confidence.
“God Hates Us” is undisputedly the heaviest track on “Nightmare”, exposing the full throttle and extreme side that A7X can credibly unleash through song. If “Nightmare” was built around the sound and fury of “God Hates Us”, A7X would be just another Metal Band that made a “decent” album. This song is grand and mighty in every musical aspect, only A7X doesn’t need to rely on this high level of heaviness to be as great as they are. It is songs like “Victim” that enriches this “Nightmare” album into its “necessity to own” status. A heavy ballad is “Victim” and it does not resemble anything you have ever heard in a “heavy ballad” before. This is as modernistic and emblematic of what a heavy ballad should sound like… and A7X created it.
M. Shadows sings his heart out on this entire album, with the purest and most legitimate emotion spilling over each and every syllable. Yes, hearing Dream Theater founder and former drummer Mike Portnoy on drums is evident and incredible all the same. Mike Portnoy only escalates the totality of power and drive with his rhythmic essence and elegance within these songs heard on “Nightmare”. Synyster Gates on lead guitar and Zacky Vengeance on rhythm guitar compliment one another to the point where they are a guitar brotherhood. Listening to both play together on “Nightmare” is seamless in their unison. Johnny Christ on bass is heard very clearly, playing alongside Mike Portnoy with rhythmic precision, to my ears anyways.
“Save Me” is the epic song on “Nightmare”, coming in a few seconds short of eleven minutes. If Synyster Gates intentionally wanted his guitar to sound as if it were singing, he succeeded here. This song is not going to be a dreaded epic listen, for those of you who have not heard it just yet. A7X took great care into considering song structure for “Save Me”, it plays out as a short story with ample guitar parts that focus on melody and harmony, rather than raw power leads. With a ballad formula that compensates by its overall hardness, “Save Me” never loses my attention for a second. The speed kicks in at the midway point, with multiple guitar solo’s that brandish speed, while never compromising this song’s melodic intent.
Jimmy “The Reverend” Sullivan sings on “Fiction” and is credited with the drum arrangements as well. Hearing “The Rev” sing these lyrics on “Fiction” is chilling and leaves an emotional impression on me. Not to sound cliche, yet, “The Rev” was a one of a kind drummer. A7X will never be the same band without “The Rev”, his untimely and tragic passing only reminds me to never take for granted great musicians who have brought joy to my Metal loving life… and to not take life for granted either.
“Lost It All” is the non-album track that is available on itunes as a deluxe version bonus track. This song’s dark theme and heaviness fits right into the “Nightmare” scheme of things, showcasing just how brilliant sounding A7X is, when they combine present day “hardness” with their already patented “heaviness”.
I liken “Nightmare” to be Avenged Sevenfold’s “Back In Black” album, possibly their “Black Album” of their career. It surely comes across this way to my ears and senses. A7X took a dark approach lyrically and delicately weaved some heavy emotion into an album of songs that is fittingly titled “Nightmare”. Not one song sounds forced or contrived “at the last minute” of recording. This is an album to embrace for not just its skillful musicians, this album must be embraced for its end product being the totality of “real” songs. There is nothing pre-packaged here, this is “Nightmare” and A7X can stand tall and proud in “my” Metal world.
Rating: Out of 10
- Welcome To The Family
- Danger Line
- Buried Alive
- Natural Born Killer
- So Far Away
- God Hates Us
- Tonight The World Dies
- Save Me
Avenged Sevenfold is:
M. Shadows – vocals
Synyster Gates – lead guitar, backing vocals
Zacky Vengeance – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Johnny Christ – bass
The Rev – Drum arrangements, Lead Vocals on Fiction, Drums on Nightmare’s demo
Mike Portnoy – drums, percussions
Brian Haner, Sr. – guitars on “So Far Away”
Sharlotte Gibson – backing vocals
Jessi Collins – backing vocals
David Palmer – piano, keyboards
Stevie Blacke – Strings, string arrangement
Stewart Cole – trumpet
Mike Elizondo – keyboards
The Whistler – Whistling
Avenged Sevenfold‘s current single “Nightmare” is the most played song at Media Base Active Rock for 2010. The track has achieved 34,311 spins and is expected to hold the No. 1 position for the rest of the year. The song climbed to No. 1 on the Active Rock chart in August, where it remained for three weeks. “Nightmare” has also enjoyed airplay at Mainstream and Modern Rock radio stations across the country and was the No. 1 Rock Song on iTunes in the U.S. and the U.K. in its debut week.
“Nightmare” is the title track to the band’s highly personal new album, which bowed at No. 1 on Billboard‘s album chart and also topped Billboard‘s Rock, Hard Rock, and Digital charts. Its No. 1 debut is the band’s highest first-week chart position ever.
Produced by Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem) and mixed by noted engineer Andy Wallace, Nightmare was in the works when the band’s beloved drummer, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, passed away. The Los Angeles Times has praised Nightmare‘s “elegiac power ballads,” and called it “the band’s most personal effort yet.” USA Today declared, “A7X has as broad a musical palette as any act in metal, with soaring guitar melodies and sorrowful ballads that offset growling metalcore vocals and Metallica-like jackhammer rhythms.”
Avenged Sevenfold, who recently wound up a stint co-headlining the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival with Disturbed, are currently on the road in Europe and the UK. The band will play their last show of the year on December 11th, headlining X107.5’s Holiday Havoc 2010 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Read what critics have been saying about Avenged Sevenfold live!
“Their set was easily one of the most impressive performances I’ve seen in a very long time.” — Seattle Post Intelligencer
“The band sounded tighter and more focused than ever.” — Arizona Republic
“Aside from the energy present in singer Shadow’s delivery, the guitar work of Avenged is top notch. Both Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates do some mind-bending solos, but more impressively they perfectly harmonize many of the complicated leads” — OC Weekly
AVENGED SEVENFOLD’S JULY 31ST SHOW AT NY STATE FAIRGROUNDS TO STREAM LIVE ON USTREAM AND MYSPACE
Avenged Sevenfold whose fifth studio album “Nightmare” was released yesterday, July 27th will chat with fans this Thursday, July 29th at 5PM EST at www.ustream.tv/avengedsevenfold.
Also this Thursday July 29th fans can purchase a copy of the album at the Best Buy store in Orange, CA and receive a wristband for a chance to meet the band at their in-store signing on Friday, August 6th. This Saturday, July 31st, the band will perform a special live concert webcast from Syracuse, NY. The webcast can be seen at: www.avengedsevenfold.com, www.myspace.com/avengedsevenfold, and www.ustream.tv/avengedsevenfold.
The deluxe version of Nightmare is currently No. 1 on the iTunes album chart, and No.3 on Amazon.com. The special edition direct to consumer piece has sold-out all 7,000 copies of it’s limited run. The album’s first single and title track “Nightmare” is No.2 at BDS Active Rock, and in the top 15 at Alternative Radio. The official video for “Nightmare,” premiered on MTV2, MTV.com, and MTV2.com, on July 17th and became the second most popular video on Youtube, racking up more than 1.2 million views last week. Watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=94bGzWyHbu0
In August the band will co-headline the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival with Disturbed. Also on the bill are Stone Sour, Halestorm, and Hell Yeah. The UPROAR tour, which will hit amphitheatres and arenas, marks the band’s first tour since the passing of Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. Mike Portnoy from Dream Theatre plays drums on Nightmare and will also tour with the band for UPROAR.
A7X Ustream URL: http://www.ustream.tv/avengedsevenfold
Check out Avenged Sevenfold’s latest video, “Nightmare” below! Avenged Sevenfold’s new album, Nightmare, featuring Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy on drums, will be released, and in stores tomorrow (July 27th, 2010).
NIGHTMARE AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE JULY 27TH
Avenged Sevenfold are offering fans the chance to hear another new track off the upcoming album Nightmare on their Facebook page. A lyric video for the track “Buried Alive” can be unlocked when fans “Like” the Avenged Sevenfold Facebook page and share the video via status update.
The band’s fifth studio album, Nightmare, in-stores on July 27th. The band will hit the road later this Summer on the Rockstar UPROAR tour with Disturbed.
“NIGHTMARE” VIDEO PREMIERES ON MTV.COM 11AM EST JULY 17TH
NIGHTMARE AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE JULY 27TH
Avenged Sevenfold have just released three new teaser trailers in anticipation of the “Nightmare” video premiere on MTV.com on July 17th at 11AM EST. The three trailers can be seen on the band’s Youtube Channel. The band will be releasing its fifth studio album, Nightmare, on July 27th and will also be teaming up with Disturbed on the Rockstar Energy Uproar Tour later this Summer.
Nightmare Deluxe iTunes pre-order URL: http://itunes.apple.com/preorder/nightmare-deluxe-version/id379461578
NIGHTMARE AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE JULY 27TH
Southern California’s Avenged Sevenfold have just unveiled the artwork for their upcoming album, Nightmare, which will be in-stores on July 27th. The band will also be releasing a special limited edition of their upcoming album on Warner Bros. Records. Nightmare was produced by Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem) and mixed by noted engineer Andy Wallace. Please see below for full track-listing.
Book of Nightmares includes the full Nightmare album on CD, plus an expanded booklet featuring lyric sheets from the band and exclusive artwork — all packaged in a bound book with a silver-plated “Nightmare” crest. The package also includes a limited 24” x 36” lithograph entitled “Death Bat Anatomy” featuring original artwork on textured paper embossed, as well as an instant digital download of Avenged Sevenfold’s current single “Nightmare.” Book of Nightmares is only for sale from the band’s official website, http://www.avengedsevenfold.com, where it is currently available for pre-order for $49.99.
The album’s first single and title track has enjoyed airplay at Active Rock, Mainstream, and Modern Rock radio stations across the country and was the No. 1 Rock Song on iTunes in the U.S. and the U.K. in its debut week. A lyric video of “Nightmare” that premiered via a Youtube on the band’s website received more than 275,000 plays in 24 hours and has since racked up nearly 1.7 million views.
In August, Avenged Sevenfold will set out co-headlining the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival with Disturbed. Also on the bill are Stone Sour, Halestorm, and Hell Yeah. The UPROAR tour, which will hit amphitheatres and arenas, marks the band’s first tour since the passing of beloved friend and drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. Mike Portnoy from Dream Theatre plays drums on Nightmare and will also tour with the band for UPROAR. Please visit http://www.rockstaruproar.com for details.
The track-listing for Nightmare is as follows:
2. Welcome To The Family
3. Danger Line
4. Buried Alive
5. Natural Born Killer
6. So Far Away
7. God Hates Us
9. Tonight The World Dies
11. Save Me
Avenged Sevenfold have a released a new song titled “Nightmare”. The new song is available via iTunes at this link. You can check out the song in the clip below.