The Press Release:
Southern Californian groove metal kings DEVILDRIVER are set to reissue revamped editions of their first five albums via BMG on CD on September 28, 2018. Limited edition LP versions will be available as part of Rocktober promotions in the U.S. with DevilDriver, The Fury Of Our Maker’s Hand, and The Last Kind Words on October 2 and Pray For Villains and Beast on October 16. For more information and updates, please visit the link below.
Formed in Santa Barbara, CA in 2002 when vocalist and frontman Dez Fafara’s previous band Coal Chamber were winding down, DEVILDRIVER became Dez’s new focus in the world of heavy music. The five-piece have since become a constant and dynamic force in the metal world over the best part of the last two decades. Originally signed to Roadrunner Records, in 2003 the group then featured guitarists Jeff Kendrick and Evan Pitts (who was replaced by Mike Spreitzer later that year), bassist Jon Miller and drummer John Boecklin. It’s been a constant uptick for the quintet since they first blasted a hole through the zeitgeist in 2003 with their pivotal self-titled debut. Their almost psychotic dedication to the road is legendary and their mastery of the circle pit beyond dispute. Now their fans can get their hands on their catalogue in revamped, remastered form, with all but one title being pressed on vinyl for the very first time. Continue reading Devildriver Announces Remastered Catalog via BMG Music→
The news has been circulating for about an hour now and with the bands official statement having been released, I must share the sad news that Huntress singer Jill Janus has passed away of an apparent suicide. The bands words on this loss follow the image below.
The Band Statement:
“It is with crushed hearts that we announce that Jill Janus—frontwoman for the California heavy metal band Huntress—passed away on Tuesday, August 14. A long-time sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon. Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness.
Janus was a truly special creative involved with numerous musical projects including her role as vocalist for female metal/hard rock cover bands TheStarbreakers and Chelsea Girls. In addition, Janus was co-composer and creator of an upcoming rock opera with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Angus Clark and had a decade-long career as NYC DJ Penelope Tuesdae. Her musical career began in childhood. Continue reading Huntress Singer Jill Janus Has Passed Away (1975-2018)→
The entertainment world had been keeping their ears open since the folks at TMZ reported earlier this week that legendary singer Aretha Franklin was in dire condition and that her passing was only a matter of time. It was just a short while ago that this news became true as the Queen Of Soul has died at age 76 of cancer. There was no other voice like Aretha’s and we had to step outside of our normal Heavy Music zone to take off our hats and whisper a little prayer.
According to the reports that I have read and watched over the week, Aretha’s cancer had really taken its toll on her these last few days and that the doctors had called in all of her closest relatives to be around her for the time that was coming soon. Though I will not line out all the details of Aretha’s life since all of those storied details can be found on her Wikipedia entry. I will say however that she was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and has sold in excess of 75 million records over the course of her career. Amazing. The Heaven’s now have one of history’s greatest singers in their command and the choirs up in that great beyond will surely be louder and reaching more hearts than ever before. I never managed to see Aretha in concert but saw plenty of video footage. She must have been something else to experience live. Did you ever catch her? Please chime in with your comments about shows or albums that you enjoyed most as I’d love to hear them. Thank you for the decades of inspiring music Aretha, may you Rest In Peace.
It sure seems like Tuesday is going to take the cake if the barrage of touring information that I am seeing hit my Media Mailbox has anything to say about it. I won’t dance around the topic anymore and just say that “The Metal Alliance” tour is returning and brings you GOATWHORE!!! Check out the poster, full press release and dates. I will close up with additional editorial as usual.
The Press Release:
The Metal Alliance Tour celebrates its 8th year of wrecking heads and is presented by hot sauce company High River Sauces. Each year this touring festival assembles a package that celebrates the various genres of Metal. It is with great honor to than to announce GOATWHORE, pioneers of the blackened death metal scene, as the official 2018 Metal Alliance Tour headliner. Continue reading Goatwhore to Headline The 8th Annual Metal Alliance Tour→
Just the other day, a friend from the NYC Metal Scene that I’ve known for some years asked if I could share the news about the latest developments with the 2018 NYDM Music Festival. This massive annual event is organized by the heads of the NYDM individuals and for those who are wondering what the acronym means it stands for “New York Death Militia”. You’ve very likely seen patches like the one up above on jackets at Metal shows. Originally, this three day happening was set for a space in Tappan, NY but its since been moved to the Mid-Hudson Civic Center for its biggest two days and then to the more intimate Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck, NJ. Take a look at the massive poster that features some amazing Death Metal and NYHC bands.