Archive for the ‘Hard Rock’ Category

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We have had the great pleasure of seeing New Years Day nearly half a dozen times in just the last couple years and on Wednesday we saw them once again as they returned to the Ace of Spades as they are out on tour with The Birthday Massacre.  New Years Day have the knack of putting on a whole of a performance every time and this time, I believe they outdid themselves. They were absolutely on point the entire night with energy abound and truly reaching a peak of perfection with their music.

Ash Costello is truly an amazing vocalist and artist, her stage presence captivates the crowd and she invites them to join in her in singing the songs. The audience was fully engaged from start to finish. Anthony is a madman on bass and you he has great powerful backing vocals. Nikki Misery is absolutely stellar in his fierce guitar shredding as he is bouncing around the stage with leaps and jumps that will have your eyes wide open.

Nick Rossi unleashes his adrenaline as he turns into beast mode on the drums, delivering precision drumming with every beat. With the addition of Tyler Burgess on guitar, he appears to be the perfect match for the energy that this band brings out. He was wild on stage and together they created an intense level of excitement that I haven’t seen in a while. Check out the photos from our Rockin Ryan of their set:

 

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We had the opportunity to chat with New Years Day shortly before their set and we will be bringing that interview to you later this weekend. For now, make sure to check the remaining dates of the tour and don’t miss them when they are coming to a venue near you.  If you don’t already have it, I would strongly encourage you to pick up their latest EP, EPIDEMIC. The EP really displays the great musicianship of this band and how they have evolved through their sound. They really bring out the passion in their songs as well as when they perform live. This is a band that speaks volumes of truth in their music and give you a good dose of hard ROCK at the same time.

  • DEC 05 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
  • DEC 06 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
  • DEC 09 Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theatre
  • DEC 10 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
  • DEC  13 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
  • DEC 14 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
  • DEC 16 Cleveland, OH – The Agora Ballroom
  • DEC 17 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
  • DEC 18 Toronto, CAN – Mod Club Theatre

We loved it when they came to Slim’s in San Francisco on the We Love Tour featuring Combichrist and William Control. They delivered a high energy intense set that had the crowd in awe. I think they set a record for crowd surfing during a set at Slim’s which rarely tolerates. It was probably the most energetic crowd that I have witnessed at their performances, full on mosh pit, crowd participation and infectious passion raging through the crowd. Check out the slideshow of photographs by our Rockin Ryan from their SF show:

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I will leave you with a video from their set at Ace of Spades performing Death of the Party: 

Make sure you head over to Itunes to pick up EPIDEMIC and crank it up loud!  Also, make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on the latest news from them.

~ Marisol

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We brought you our coverage of Asking Alexandria as they made a stop in San Francisco for The Moving On Tour. Now, we can’t wait to tell you about the opening band out on the tour, The Family Ruin. We have been featuring this amazing rock band from the UK all year long. We brought you our review of their kick ass album, Dearly Departed which was released in September and we couldn’t wait to finally catch them perform live.

One thing is for sure, they delivered an amazing kick ass set at the Regency Ballroom. I love it when a band that I really enjoy listening to can match the same intensity of their music as they do live on stage. This is one band that definitely has no problem conquering that battle. They blew me away and had me eagerly wanting to see them again soon! Check out more photos of their set by our Rockin Ryan:

From the moment they hit the stage and until they walked off to greet fans at their merch booth, they captivated the crowd with their high energy rock. To get to see them perform live my favorites from their album like Let’s Go, Let It Burn, and Bring Out Your Dead. The crowd quickly fell in love with them and you know that many concert goers left with The Family Ruin being their new favorite band!

Check the dates below and see if you will be able to catch The Family Ruin out on tour:

  • TUE 12/02 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
  • THU 12/04 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
  • FRI 12/05 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
  • SAT 12/06 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Briens
  • SUN 12/07 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick
  • WED 12/10 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
  • THU 12/11 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
  • FRI 12/12 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
  • SAT 12/13 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
  • SUN 12/14 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
  • TUE 12/16 – Watertown, NY @ Exhibition Hall
  • WED 12/17 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
  • FRI 12/19 – Norfold, VA @ The Norva
  • SAT 12/20 – Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s

Also be sure to pick up your copy of Dearly Departed  on iTunes here and crank it up loud, your neighborhood needs to get introduced to The Family Ruin. Be sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on the latest news.

~ Marisol

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

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Last night was a rainy one in San Francisco but inside the Regency Ballroom you found a crowd of even more soaked fans. These fans were drenched in sweat as they had spent the night moshing, crowd surfing and just releasing every ounce of energy. Asking Alexandria was just as fierce on the stage, reciprocating with their own adrenaline filled set that left everyone Breathless! What a fantastic night. As you know, Asking Alexandria are one of our favorite bands and when they perform live, it is as you have been shocked by a defibrillator. You receive the right amount of electric dose of energy to bring you back to life.

The 14 song setlist included songs from all their albums and the crowd went wild for each and every song, whether they were singing along to Moving On, fist pounding to Not The American Average, or intensely moshing to The Prophecy or To The Stage.  What I love about this band, is that each and every one of them has insurmountable stage presence that combined delivers a spectacular set.

Check out the photos from our Rockin Ryan of their set:

If the Moving On Tour is coming to a venue remotely near you, do yourself a favor and get to a show!  The Tour features headliners Asking Alexandria with special guests Bless the Fall, Chelsea Grin, Upon a Burning Body and the Family Ruin. Check the dates below:

  • TUE 12/02 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO  MOVED TO EL CORAZON
  • THU 12/04 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
  • FRI 12/05 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
  • SAT 12/06 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Briens
  • SUN 12/07 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick
  • WED 12/10 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
  • THU 12/11 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
  • FRI 12/12 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
  • SAT 12/13 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
  • SUN 12/14 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
  • TUE 12/16 – Watertown, NY @ Exhibition Hall
  • WED 12/17 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
  • FRI 12/19 – Norfold, VA @ The Norva
  • SAT 12/20 – Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s

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There are also only two more weeks remaining until the release of The Asking Alexandria LIVE Concert DVD, LIVE FROM BRIXTON AND BEYOND DVD. The 2 disc Live Concert DVD is set to release on December 15th through Sumerian Records. Just in time for you to pick it up for Christmas and make sure to get one for everyone on your list! “At long last, we are FINALLY releasing our first ever DVD,” says guitarist BEN BRUCE. “We have been promising this DVD for a long time now, but trust me when I say it was worth the wait. There is so much unseen footage on this release including our sold-out show at Brixton in London, our reckless Halloween concert in Hollywood, intimate behind the scenes footage, the ‘Through Sin and Self Destruction’ short film and every music video we have ever recorded. It’s been a long time in the making but we hope you enjoy every second of this. Thank you all so much for your love and support over the years and welcome to the family.

Make sure to also check their social media sites for updates on tour dates.

~ Marisol

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In This Moment are busy out on their Black Widow Tour but on Black Widow Friday they delivered a special treat to everyone by releasing their new video for Big Bad Wolf. The song which brings to life the childhood fairy tale absolutely kicks ass. It is a ferocious track of their recently released Black Widow album.Check out the video here:

The video was directed by Maria Brink and Robert Kley. Make sure to check out the remaining dates of the Black Widow Tour and get yourself to a show:

 

2-Dec-14 House Of Blues Houston TX
4-Dec-14 Civic Center Abilene TX
5-Dec-14 Concrete Street Amphitheater Corpus Christi TX
6-Dec-14 Pharr Events Center Pharr TX
8-Dec-14 House of Blues Dallas TX
9-Dec-14 Club Brady Tulsa OK
10-Dec-14 210 Kapones Live San Antonio TX
11-Dec-14 The Pavilion @ Lone Star Event Ctr. Lubbock TX
13-Dec-14 House Of Blues Las Vegas NV
14-Dec-14 House Of Blues San Diego CA
16-Dec-14 The Filmore San Francisco CA

 

We are excited for the San Francisco date and will make sure to bring you full coverage. We will continue to keep you updated but also make sure to visit their social media sites for more details!

~ Marisol


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I want to introduce you to a great modern hard rock band from Madison, Wisconsin called Opal.  They made quite an impression as they opened for In This Moment out on the Black Widow Tour last month at The Rave. They not only rocked the stage but Vocalist/Guitarist also paid tribute to his cousin, Shaun Holland who he lost to leukemia complications by performing on Shaun’s Ibanez guitar which was given to him by his Aunt.

Opal is ready to deliver more hard rock in 2015 as they already have a couple shows booked. They will be performing on January 2nd at The Frequency in Milwaukee and January 17th at The Metal Grill in Cudahy.  In addition, they have also just added another guitarist, Alex Hanson. Opal also features Theron Hayden on Vocals, Guitars & Lyrics, Nathan Kast on Bass, David Corvus on Drums & Percussion.

To take a listen to Opal, head on over to their Reverbnation page and check out Sick Drama Carousel or Hole in My Heart. Make sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Blind Race from Toronto have just released a lyric video for their song, Hypocrite which is off their new EP, Come and Get It. The song completely will satisfy your need for metal and hard rock. Check out the lyric video here:

Make sure to pick up the EP which you will find yourself cranked up loud! When you first take a listen, they will bring to mind great bands like Godsmack, Soil or Volbeat but then after you listen closer, you can definitely discern their own unique sound shining through. Check out another video which is for Come and Get It. It delivers a heavy one two fierce punch of metal with vocals that grab your attention and make you listen! The double bass drums is like a ticking time bomb pumping adrenaline into your veins. Bad ass track to check out:

Now that you are hooked on Blind Race make sure to pick up their EP.

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Track Listing: Blind Race – Come And Get It

  1. Hypocrite (3:31)
  2. Come And Get It (3:32)
  3. Hopeless (3:18)
  4. Truth Or Dare (4:38)
  5. Gone (1:41)

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news. This is one band you will definitely be hearing more from.

~ Marisol

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I hope you are sitting down for this one. Rock on the Range 2015 has just announced the lineup and it is purely unbelievable!!! They just posted the list via their Facebook page:

Linkin Park, Slipknot, Judas Priest, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against, Volbeat, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Of Mice & Men, Ministry, Anthrax, Tech N9ne, In This Moment, Hollywood Undead, Live, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Yelawolf, In Flames, Motionless In White, Saxon, Rival Sons, Falling In Reverse, Apocalyptica, Hatebreed, Periphery, Nonpoint, BabyMetal, The Devil Wears Prada, Dillinger Escape Plan, We Are Harlot, Starset, New Medicine, Beartooth, You Me At Six, Young Guns, Dorothy, Crobot, Shaman’s Harvest, Like A Storm, Unlocking The Truth, Islander, Marmozets, Sabatron, Upon A Burning Body, From Ashes To New, Red Son Rising, and Santa Cruz & more to be announced, including the performers in the ROTR Comedy Tent.

The festival is set for May, 15, 16 & 17th and pre-sale is OPEN now! Specially priced pre-sale tickets will be available until 9:59am on Friday. Get your tickets NOW to save money before they go on-sale to the public. Layaway, Hotel & Camping packages also on-sale now. BUY NOW to see the BIGGEST ROCK FESTIVAL IN THE US, May 15 – 17 – Rock On The Range, Where Rock Lives! Buy here with password “Ranger4Life”: http://bit.ly/ROTR15

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We are so excited to see an absolute list of our favorite bands and really excited to see Santa Cruz, We Are Harlot, Crobot, Falling In Reverse, and many of our other featured bands this year. We can’t wait for this one and we will feature all the artists who will be playing at Rock on the Range in the next five months so stay tuned!!

~ Marisol

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