Amplifier are getting ready for the release of their new album Mystoria which promises to take you on a whirlwind ride of genre-spinning sounds! Mystoria is set to release on September 8th in Europe and September 30th for us here in the US. To get you ready, check out the newly released lyric video for their song, Open Up:

The band had this to say about the song: Open Up is a song about surprise.  And that’s a handy word to use when we talk about “Mystoria” Pre-orders for the album are also now available, with formats including a Mediabook CD including 2 bonus tracks and extended artwork & a gatefold vinyl LP version including the album on CD. You can pre-order the album physically and digitally at the links below: 


Amplifier have also announced a string of European tour dates:

  • Aug 23 Zamba Loca Wohlen, Switzerland  
  • Oct 06 LA PENICHE Lille, France
  • Oct 07 Schuur Luzern, Switzerland
  • Oct 08 strom Munich, Germany
  • Oct 09 Keller Club Stuttgart, Germany   
  • Oct 10 Raucherkrammer Wiesbaden, Germany   
  • Oct 11 Luxor Cologne, Germany   
  • Oct 12 Beatpol Dresden, Germany   
  • Oct 13 Kleine Freiheit Osnabruck, Germany   
  • Oct 14 Knust Hamburg, Germany   
  • Oct 15 Privatclub Berlin, Germany   
  • Oct 16 Patronaat Haarlem, Netherlands  
  • Oct 17 Cacaofabriek Helmond, Netherlands   
  • Oct 18 Le Batofar Paris, France   
  • Nov 15 The Ritz w/ Kerbdog, Nine Black Alps, Hawk Eyes, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Nov 16 The Forum w/ Kerbdog, Jamie Lenman Hawk Eyes, London, United Kingdom

Check out their video for their song, Named After Rocky:

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Nonpoint have released the audio for a new song, Never Ending Hole and it is bad ass! The energetic track with swirling guitars and passionate vocals will get you pumped up. This is the second song to be released from their new studio album, The Return which is set for a September 30th release.  The band has also launched the new album pre-order bundles at Various bundles include album, digital download, T-shirts, Hoodie, hat, and sunglasses.

Nonpoint vocalist Elias Soriano explains, “Last record we stepped in a direction we’ve wanted to for years and our fans revered us for it.  This record we have gotten up to speed and dropped the pedal to the floor.  I think our fans will embrace this record in a way no other Nonpoint record has been viewed or loved.  We left no room for question of what we are trying to accomplish with our music or who we are. We haven’t gone back to old school.  We didn’t reflect on our past.  We didn’t discuss what works. We are not “Statement” Nonpoint or even “Bullet” Nonpoint…… “The Return” is Nonpoint right the fuck now.”

You can also check out the first song from the album, Breaking Skin. It definitely kicks ass and I can’t wait for what is in store with the album. I love the energy these guys deliver and their songs always get me pumped up and ready to sieze the day and any challenges I may face!

Nonpoint has some upcoming tour dates and hopefully they are coming to a venue near you!

September 5 – Ashwaubenon, WI – Green Bay Distillery- Razor Edgefest
September 13 – Janesville, WI – Southern Wisconsin Airport

September 14 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café

September 16 – Waterloo, IA – The Reverb

September 18 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection

September 19 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Parkview Field

September 20 – Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s Music Room

September 21 – Erie, PA – BT Theater

September 23 – Fostoria, OH – The New West

September 24 – Pontiac, IL – Freaksters Roadhouse

September 25 – Chesterfield, MI – Diesel Concert Lounge

September 26 – Libertyville, IL – Austin’s

September 27 – Ringle, WI – Q&Z Expo Center

September 30 – Lacrosse, WI – The Cavalier Theater

October 1 – Mishawaka, IN – Smith’s Downtown

October 2 – Macomb, IL – The Forum Live

October 3 – Battle Creek, MI – Planet Rock

October 4 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life

Make sure to also visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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We have recently featured Otherwise as our Monster Energy Aftershock Festival Featured Band of the Day. In case you missed it, you can ready it here. They are gearing up for the release of their new album, PEACE AT ALL COSTS which is set to drop on September 16th. Their first single, Darker Side of the Moon has been quickly climbing the Active Rock charts. You can now pre-order the album and it will include a free track when purchasing. You can pre-order the album on  iTunes: or Amazon: You can check out their emotionally driven song, Walk Away here:

Need more Otherwise? You can check out a teaser for the album here:

In regards to Darker Side of the Moon, Adrian Patrick had this to say:  “Darker Side of the Moon is just the beginning of the journey that we plan to take with everyone. The Moon is a heavenly body that we’ve come to cherish and worship throughout our meager lives… but there is another side to it that most of us know nothing about. We hope that our album Peace At All Costs will help the world navigate the depths of its own darkness and break through into the Light on the other side.

We are anxiously awaiting to see them perform in less than a couple weeks at Aftershock. One thing is for sure, they bring the energy to the stage and it infectiously runs rampant through the crowd. We also recently interviewed vocalist, Adrian Patrick and will be bringing that interview later this week, so stay tuned! In addition, make sure to check their upcoming tour dates so you can see if they are coming to a venue near you:

  • 09/11     Tempe, AZ @ Pub Rock Live with Like A Storm
  • 09/13     Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky with Like A Storm
  • 09/14     Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival
  • 09/16     Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios Live with Like A Storm
  • 09/18     Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center with Like A Storm
  • 09/19     Racine, WI @ Rt. 20 with Like A Storm
  • 09/20     Green Bay, WI @ The Watering Hole with Like A Storm
  • 09/21     Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock with Like A Storm
  • 09/22     South Bend, IN @ Cheers with Like A Storm
  • 09/24     Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s with Like A Storm
  • 09/25     Morgantown, WV @ Schmitt’s Saloon with Like A Storm
  • 09/26     Yorks Spring, PA @Fall Jam 2014
  • 09/27     Parkersburg, WV @ West Virginia Polo Club with Like A Storm
  • 09/29     New York, NY @ Webster Underground with Like A Storm
  • 09/30     Rochester, NY @ The Montage Music Hall with Like A Storm
  • 10/01     Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballrooom with Like A Storm
  • 10/03     Flint, MI @ Perani Arena and Event Center w/ Korn and Avatar
  • 10/04     Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival
  • 10/08     Beckley, WV @ Club 3D w/ Buckcherry
  • 10/11     Broussard, LA @ The Station Bar and Grill w/ Buckcherry
  • 10/14     College Station, TX @ Hurricane Harry’s w/ Buckcherry
  • 10/15     New Orleans, LA @ The Howlin Wold w/ Buckcherry
  • 10/17     Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Ballroom w/ Buckcherry


~ Crank it up loud, Marisol

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Backslashes and Bad Ideas are gearing up the release of their 7″ EP, Sad Is The New Black on Giant MKT. They have released a lyric video for the title track and you can check it out here:

The new release is set for release on September 9th and can be pre-ordered here. The band is also working on their first full length album which is scheduled for a release in 2015 through Imminence Records.

Band Members:

  • Nick DePalo
  • Josh Crono
  • Ricky Abolt
  • Rob Castiglione
  • Ed Mone

Make sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Devin Townsend has announced details in regards to his new long awaited double album. The album titled Z² is set for release on October 28th in the US and October 27th in Europe. The Z² project also will have him performing a landmark show at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall on April 13, 2015. Tickets are available for this enormous show from


Here is what Devin had to say, 

Hey all! 

So it’s been years I’ve been trying to get the energies in line to do another Ziltoid record, and it’s finally happened! Z2 is my new record, and it’s a multimedia event that has taken a ton of people a ton of effort to bring to you! It’s a double album, (one side DTP, and one side Ziltoid) and the concept expands on Ziltoid the alien, and his sci-fi adventures in a way that kind of throws back to 50’s radio plays… but obviously with complicated, heavy music as its soundtrack. It has taken a great deal of energy to put this all together, and the music is just one of the aspects of it. It’s a dream come true in a lot of ways, and I’m excited and honoured to be able to finalize the project with a live version of the entire record at the famous Royal Albert Hall in London on April 13th of next year! (!!) Basically what we did with The Retinal Circus a few years back will be taken to the next level with Z2 live.

At the end of this process, we reached for the stars, and hopefully got to the moon, and after this album cycle, I will be taking some time to recharge my batteries and see what the next chapter holds. I hope you enjoy this record and all its offshoots, as one of my goals is to hopefully inspire folks to reach for unconventional ways to express themselves as well. We couldn’t have done it without you! See you at the show?”


Devin will also be out on tour starting in November as co-headliners with Animals as Leaders and support by Monuments. Check out the tour dates to see if they will be coming to a venue near you:

11/17 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/18 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
11/19 Kelowna, BC @ Level Nightclub
11/21 Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
11/22 Calgary, AB @ The Gateway
11/23 Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians Event Centre
11/24 Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
11/25 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/26 Chicago, IL @ Metro (Toontrack sponsored with show recording)
11/28 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
11/29 Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
11/30 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
12/1 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
12/3 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
12/4 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
12/5 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
12/6 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
12/8 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
12/10 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
12/11 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
12/13 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
12/14 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
12/15 Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Theatre
12/16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Mayan
12/17 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

We are excited to see a San Francisco date, which looks like will be the final date on the tour. We will make sure to bring you complete coverage and possible an interview to discuss the tour and the album. Make sure to visit the social media sites so you can stay up to date on the latest news.

~ Marisol

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The UK bad ass band, The Family Ruin are just about to set out on tour as support to Crown The Empire on their headlining fall tour. The ‘Welcome To The Resistance Tour’ began on August 30th in Anaheim, CA and due to problems with their visa, The Family Ruin is set to join the tour a little bit later.

The Family Ruin have really been garnering a lot of well deserved attention since singing with KBB Records, the new record label of Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce and co-manager Kyle Borman. The Family Ruin have a very fresh new sound complete with hard and heavy riffs blended with infectious harmonies, where they blend their metal and alternative influences with melodic hard rock. There is something for everyone in their sound. Think about a mix of Avenged Sevenfold with Escape the Fate. Dearly Departed is definitely a must have album. In case you missed it, check out our recent review of Dearly Departed here.

They have just released a new lyric video for their song, Let’s Go and you can check it out here:



The album will be released on KBB Records on September 23rd, mark your calendars and make sure to pick it up.  Also, visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on the latest news by The Family Ruin. We will see if we can bring you an interview with this fast rising band!

~ Marisol

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Band Members: 

  • Johnny Mennell [Vocals]
  • Craig Robinson [Guitar & Vocals]
  • James Langley [Guitar]
  • Josh Adamson [Bass]
  • Dom White [Drums]



It is time to get excited because new music is on the way from Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen) and his project Hurtsmile which is a collaboration with his brother/guitarist Mark Cherone. These amazingly talented brothers along with Joe Pessia (bass, mandolin) and Dana Spellman (drums, percussion) are set to release RETROGRENADE on October 7th through Cherone’s own record label, Slipkid Records. The album which was completely fan funded will have Cherone pay homage to almost every genre that he has excelled in.

Of RETROGRENADE, Gary Cherone commented, “The strength of this record is that all the members of the band contributed to the songwriting process which resulted in a wonderfully creative diversity.  This second effort has been a natural progression and we’ve yet to repeat ourselves musically.

Check out the album cover and track listing:


  • 1.    Rock N’ Roll Cliche
  • 2.    Hello, I Must Be Going
  • 3.    Big Government
  • 4.    I Still Do
  • 5.    Sing A Song (My Mia)
  • 6.    Anymore (Don’t Want My Love)
  • 7.    Where Do We Go From Here
  • 8.    A Melody For You
  • 9.    Wonder What
  • 10.  Walk Away
  • 11.  Goodbye
  • 12.  Pump It Up

Make sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest album news.

~ Marisol

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