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2014 Mayhem Festival Tour Dates

Sunday April 20, 2014

The 2014 edition of the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival kicks off July 5 in San Bernardino, Calfornia. Here's the lineup for this year's trek:

Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage: Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium

Coldcock American Herbal Whiskey Stage: Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence, Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition, King 810

Sumerian Records/Headbang For The Highway Stage: Body Count featuring Ice-T, Upon A Burning Body, Veil of Maya, Darkest Hour, Headbang Local Winner

Victory Records Stage: Emmure, Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, Erimha

Rockstar Mayhem Festival Tour Dates:
7/05 -- San Bernardino, Calif. -- San Manuel Amphitheater
7/06 -- Mountain View, Calif. -- Shoreline Amphitheater
7/08 -- Auburn, Wash. -- White River Amphitheatre
7/09 -- Nampa, Idaho -- Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/11 -- Phoenix, Ariz. -- Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/12 -- Albuquerque, N.M. -- Isleta Amphitheatre
7/14 -- Denver, Colo. -- Red Rocks Amphitheater
7/16 -- Maryland Heights, Mo. -- Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/17 -- Clarkston, Mich. -- DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/18 -- Milwaukee, Wisc. -- Eagle's Ballroom
7/19 -- Noblesville, Ind. -- Klipsch Music Center
7/20 -- Tinley Park, Ill. -- First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
7/22 -- Mansfield, Mass. -- Xfinity Center
7/23 -- Saratoga, N.Y. -- Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/25 -- Toronto, Ontario -- Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/26 -- Burgettstown, Pa. -- First Niagara Pavilion
7/27 -- Hartford, Conn. -- Xfinity Theatre
7/29 -- Darien Center, N.Y. -- Darien Lake
7/30 -- Wantagh, N.Y. -- Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
8/01 -- Camden, N.J. -- Susquehanna Bank Center
8/02 -- Scranton, Pa. -- The Pavilion At Montage Mountain
8/03 -- Bristow, Va. -- Jiffy Lube Live
8/05 -- Atlanta, Ga. -- Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/07 -- Oklahoma City, Okla. -- Oklahoma Zoo Amphitheatre
8/09 -- Dallas, Texas -- Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/10 -- The Woodlands, Texas -- Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

5 Questions With Gunpowder Gray

Saturday April 19, 2014

5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming band. Gunpowder Gray are an Atlanta group who just released their self-titled EP. Guitarist Chris Heffernan and vocalist Nate Godbee introduce us to their band.

Give us a brief history of Gunpowder Gray.
Chris: I had a bunch of rock riffs that were different from anything I had done in the past, but I had no idea what they would turn into. Gunpowder Gray started with myself, Joey O'Brien (Biters), and Charlie Southern (Sadistic Ritual) just jamming these riffs that I had been sitting on for at least a couple of years and it seemed like something we all wanted to pursue.

We brought Nate Godbee (Disfigurement) in to sing like Halford, and Sam Vaughan in to lay down the cool vibes. Charlie is a killer guitarist and stand up dude, but we decided to try out Adam Besserer (Disfigurement) on lead. He pretty much got the part because he looks like Slash.

Describe the songwriting and recording process for your self-titled EP.
Chris: Nate and I write songs in the warehouse that we live in on acoustic guitars at four in the morning hammered drunk. Recording of the EP was cut live except for the vocals and solos. Matt Washburn of Ledbelly Studios was really rad for putting up with us and for making Joey's drums sound straight beastly.

How would you characterize the style/sound of the album?
Nate: That's pretty tough. We didn't have some holy-grail band or era in mind when writing or recording the stuff. We just tried to make a record that sounds like something that we'd want to listen to, and I think it worked. Everyone hears something a little different in it, and that's what we wanted. You can't listen to it and say 'yeah, that sounds like so and so' and that's it, there's always a little something else there. You have to decide for yourself. That being said, I guess it sounds like a rock n' roll record, the way we think a rock record should sound.

What has been your most memorable Gunpowder Gray live show, and what are your upcoming show/tour plans?

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The Unsigned Underground: April 2014

Friday April 18, 2014

At About.com Heavy Metal, we keep our eyes (and ears) on the underground for the genre's next generation. Every month we spotlight several unsigned bands. Check out the article, and check out the music from some great unsigned acts. If you're in an unsigned band, there's information on how you can submit your info for consideration to be included in the next Unsigned Underground column.

The Unsigned Underground: April 2014

The Oath Interview

Thursday April 17, 2014

A new band generating quite a bit of buzz is The Oath. With members from Germany and Sweden, their brand of doom metal and occult rock has drawn a lot of positive response so far. Vocalist Johanna Sadonis introduces us to her band, talks about the writing and recording of their self-titled debut album, her musical background, the metal scene in Berlin and other topics.

Read the complete The Oath Interview

(photo courtesy Rise Above Records)

New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (week of 4/15/2014)

Wednesday April 16, 2014

This week's collection of short reviews includes nearly 20 new releases, including the latest from Anubis Gate, Below, Dark Days Ahead, The Drip, Emmure, Enthroned, Erebus Enthroned, I Declare War, Mos Generator, Reality Grey, Sinbreed, Stoneburner, Teramaze, Thantifaxath, T.O.M.B., Words Of Farewell and Wormreich. Also check out several new full reviews.

New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (week of 4/15/2014)

Recent Full Heavy Metal Album Reviews:
Brainstorm - Firesoul
Gamma Ray - Empire Of The Undead
Sevendust - Time Travelers & Bonfires
Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

(album cover courtesy 7Bros Records)

Kyng Interview

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Burn the Serum is the second full-length from California's Kyng. I caught up with the band's drummer Pepe Clarke Magana, who fills us in on the recording of the new album, working with producer Jim Rota of Fireball Ministry, signing with a new label, tour plans, tales from the road and other topics.

Read the complete Kyng Interview

(photo courtesy Razor & Tie)

New Heavy Metal Album Releases: April 15, 2014

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Here are the new heavy metal album releases for this week.  For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule, check out our complete Heavy Metal CD Release Date calendar.

April 15, 2014
Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Check 'em Before You Wreck 'em (Rise Above)
Anubis Gate - Horizons (Nightmare)
Below - Across The Dark River (Metal Blade)
Black Sabbath - The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1978) Box Set (Rhino)
Bokluk - Taphonomy (Memento Mori)
Brainstorm - Firesoul (AFM)
Clawfinger - Deafer Dumber Blinder CD/DVD (AFM)
Countess - Ancient Lies And Battle Cries (Barbarian Wrath)
Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here (Deathwish)
Dark Days Ahead - North Star Blues (Inverse)
Desecresy - Chasmic Transcendence (Xtreem)
The Drip - A Presentation of Gruesome Poetics EP (Relapse)
E-Force - The Curse (Mausoleum)
Emmure - Eternal Enemies (Victory)
Enthroned - Sovereigns (Agonia)
Gamma Ray - Empire Of The Undead (Armoury)
I Declare War - We Are Violent People (Razor & Tie)
Impetuous Ritual - Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence (Profound Lore)
Kyng - Burn The Serum (Razor & Tie)
Memories Of A Dead Man - Ashes Of Joy (Send The Wood)
Morbid Flesh - Embedded In The Ossuary (Unholy Prophecies)
Mos Generator - Electric Mountain Majesty (Listenable)
The Oath - The Oath (Rise Above)
Pact - The Infernal Hierarchies, Penetrating the Threshold of Night(Moribund)
Pet Slimmers of the Year - Fragments of Uniforms (Candlelight)
Polar - Shadowed By Vultures (Prosthetic)
Reality Grey - Define Redemption (Bakerteam)
Sevendust - Time Travelers & Bonfires (7Bros)
Seventh Circle - Seventh Circle EP (Dead Chemists)
Sinbreed - Shadows (AFM)
Sleeper Effect - The Hero Clone EP (The Orchard)
Stoneburner - Life Drawing (Neurot)
Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism (Nightmare)
Thantifaxath - Sacred Noise (Dark Descent)
T.O.M.B.- Pennhurst/Xesse Re-Release (Crucial Blast)
The Tower - Hic Abundant Leones (Bad Omen)
Triptykon - Melana Chasmata (Century Media)
Tuomas Holopainen - The Life And Times Of Scrooge (Nuclear Blast)
Turbo - The Fifth Element (Metal Mind)
Various Artists - Monsters! (Six of a Kind) (Kaotoxin)
Words of Farewell - The Black Wild Yonder (AFM)
Wormreich - Wormcult Revelations (Moribund)

Metal Alliance Tour (Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349 and Inquisition) Concert Review and Photos

Monday April 14, 2014

The annual Metal Alliance Tour is underway, featuring Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition and Black Crown Initiate. The trek's second show was at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California. That's where our intrepid West Coast concert correspondent Dave Schalek was planted front and center to enjoy an evening of extreme metal. Check out his review of the concert along with photos of Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349 and Inquisition.

Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349 and Inquisition Concert Review and Photos

(photo courtesy Dave Schalek/About.com)

Massacre Interview

Monday April 14, 2014

Florida death metal legends Massacre hadn't released a new album since 1996. They reunited again a few years ago, adding a couple of new members along with veterans Terry Butler (bass) and Rick Rozz (guitar). That lineup has released Back From Beyond. I caught up with Butler, who tells us how this incarnation of the band came to be, the recording of the new album, the latest on his other bands Obituary and Denial Fiend, his experience playing in Death back in the day, being at the center of the beginning of the Florida death metal scene and other topics.

Read the complete Massacre Interview

(photo courtesy Century Media Records)

Meshuggah Tour Dates

Sunday April 13, 2014

Sweden's Meshuggah will return to North America to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary. Opening for the trek that kicks off June 6 in Los Angeles will be Between The Buried And Me.

During the tour Meshuggah will play songs from throughout their career, including some tracks that haven't been played live in a long time. Fans also had the chance to vote for the songs they want to hear during the shows.

Meshuggah and Between The Buried And Me Tour Dates:
06/06/14 -- Los Angeles, CA -- The Wiltern
06/07/14 -- San Francisco, CA -- The Regency Ballroom
06/09/14 -- Denver, CO -- Ogden Theater
06/11/14 -- Dallas, TX -- House of Blues
06/13/14 -- Manchester, TN -- Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/14/14 -- Sauget, IL -- Pop's
06/15/14 -- Chicago, IL -- Vic Theatre
06/17/14 -- Silver Spring, MD -- The Fillmore
06/18/18 -- Boston, MA -- House of Blues
06/19/14 -- Toronto, Ontario -- Sound Academy
06/20/14 -- Montebello, Quebec -- Amnesia Rock Fest
06/21/14 -- New York, NY -- Best Buy Theater

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