PSYCHOSTICK continues their domination of all things hilarious in the heavy genre with their spot on parody cover of ROB ZOMBIE’s “Dragula,” “Zombie Claus.” Nailing down both the original video’s sound and imagery, the comedy metal quartet fills the vocals with clever nods to traditional Christmas literature and music.
Progressive Metal / Heavy Rock Band RUNESCARRED has released the official lyric video for “Mammoth,” the second single off of their upcoming LP, The Distant Infinite.
“’Mammoth’ is a crushing Beast of a song that tears through the walls we as individuals build before ourselves. Where this album, like many others, indulges in angry sentiment, ‘Mammoth’ closes everything out on a high note. The idea that if we shed all the parameters socially forced upon us and stay true to ourselves we can crush anything that obfuscates our true path. ~ Ven
Track List: 1) Hexit 2) Inviting Rivers 3) Minor Progressions 4) Swallow Your Tail 5) Twisting Flesh 7) This Distant Infinite 8) Sorrow Is 9) Poison Oasis 10) Mammoth
Runescarred are a progressive metal and rock powerhouse who, since their inception on June 27, 2017, have made a tremendous name for themselves. Having released their critically acclaimed E.P., We Are, in conjunction with their single “Being God”, the quintet has garnered global praise. Features in Metal Hammer, Loudwire, Decibel, and Power Play are only a few examples of their worldwide notice.
Runescarred has signed with TLG Entertainment for management and distribution, after TLG heard rough mixes for The Distant Infinite. Says TLG CEO, Denny Sanders, “After hearing the early mixes the band had sent to us we knew they were a band that fit our brand of ‘True Metal’.”
A powerhouse of a stage show, the band has already joined the stage with legends like Metal Church and contemporary peers like Holy Grail. With their debut EP having been a veritable tour de force, the upcoming full length – and accompanying performances – is poised to entertain and earn more praise from fans and critics alike.
With deep connections throughout the underground, and a passion for the road that has rarely been matched, Runescarred sit on the precipice of great things. Embracing the dark realities of humanity, Runescarred’s music continues to explore bleak fantasy worlds and the brokenness of the human condition. Fusing groove with bombast, riffs with sonic poetry and destructive growls with transcendent cleans, there is something mesmerizing and powerful about Runescarred. Just as likely to pull you into the pit as they are to bow a head in self reflection, it’s hard not to be impressed by this Texas metal legion.
Matawan based Heavy, Alternative Rock Band FEUDALE has released the official lyric video for their new single, “Teenager,” which is out NOW via The Label Group / INgrooves.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with TLG/Ingrooves for the upcoming release of our intoxicating nostalgic, new single ‘Teenager.’
We wrote ‘Teenager’ based on our own experiences living and growing up in New Jersey. There was always something charming about hanging out down the shore and shopping (maybe getting kicked out) of the Freehold Raceway Mall or vibing in our bedroom listening to Pink Floyd and Nirvana.
When writing ‘Teenager,’ we really wanted to encompass what it was like for us being teenagers. Our goal was to give our listeners a glimpse into our lives before becoming FEUDALE. It’s a song that will hopefully bring our listeners to a place in time that they will remember as magical, uncertain, and a ton of fun!” – FEUDALE
If you had to categorize the sound of the FEUDALE, it would be impossible because they are a category unto themselves. Based in Matawan, NJ, FEUDALE is a hard-rocking, blues inspired band, with a twist of alternative flare. What started as a part-time hobby for the band of brothers, eventually evolved into a full-time passion for writing, recording and playing varied styles of great music.
LA Based Singer / Songwriter ZARAGOZA has released his refreshingly minimalist official music video for his new single, “Gypsy Christmas.” Originally premiered on mxdwn, “Gypsy Christmas” is the artist’s first original release since his Billboard charting debut EP, Child of The Sun.
“Christmas has always been my favorite Holiday and the modern commercialism of it can make it stressful which is the opposite of what its about. This song is about getting away from that modern commercialism.” – ZARAGOZA
“Thanksgiving’s over and if you’ve turned on your car radio, entered a department store, or watched a minute of network television, you’ll know it’s officially Christmastime. If you already need a break from the cliche overload of ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and ‘Last Christmas,’ we have the perfect song for your holiday playlist. Today, we’re excited to premiere the new single from Zaragoza called ‘Gypsy Christmas.’” – Matt Matasci – mxdwn
“Instead of screaming about what’s wrong in the world, I’m singing about what’s right,” says Zaragoza. For audiences who have only witnessed his ferocious performances with the Hollywood-based metal band Sinicle, the concept of Zaragoza performing acoustically based music as a singer-songwriter might seem a complete departure. “It’s a side of my artistry that hasn’t been expressed,” Zaragoza says. “It was a natural progression.”
Zaragoza’s newest songs are illuminated in vivid detail on his debut solo EP, Child of the Sun. While the tracks include full production arrangements with drums and bass, two of the songs are presented in their most essential forms, with only guitar and Zaragoza’s compelling vocals.
With his new music, Zaragoza retains the intensity of a rock performer as he approaches the acoustic guitar percussively, highlighting harmonics and tapping techniques. “I acknowledge these roots, but the sound allows me to go deeper into a softer, acoustic realm,” he explains.
As a solo artist, he now has the freedom as a songwriter to create a quantity of songs, and then select the best ideas to complete, record and perform. Initially, he allows the lyrics and melodic ideas to exist only in his imagination. “Then it’s like a sling shot – I head back to my guitar and boom – the song is written.”
Working with Southern California- based producer Mikal Reid, whose resume includes artists like Mick Jagger and Ben Harper, the two tracked in Reid’s studio in the hills above the city, in what is Zaragoza describes as “An all wooden room. It’s like recording inside of an acoustic guitar.”
Originally from Reno, NV, Zaragoza was born to music. His late father, a formidable harmonica player, was a front man for local blues bands. Jamming in the garage until all hours was a family tradition. “My father instilled in me how important it is to play from the soul,” Zaragoza recalls. “When I picked up the guitar we played together with a musical relationship.”
Zaragoza formed the band Sinicle, who after building a substantial following with an impressive amount of regional performances, moved together to Hollywood, CA to attend Musicians Institute and launch a recording and touring career that has included concerts and festivals nationwide, bolstered by a notable series of albums.
With his evolution into an acoustically based singer-songwriter, Zaragoza notes that his life experiences guide the themes of his new songs, especially the transforming warmth of a deeply loving relationship. “We’re in a cultural cycle,” he concludes. “The backlash is to go back to the basics: Love is the most basic human need. My music is not about me, it’s about us.”
Austin, TX based Rock Band BLACK HEART SAINTS has released the official music video for their cover of the 1986 ROBERT PALMER hit single, “Addicted to Love.”
The song and its accompanying music video mark the third part of what fans are calling the “Misery Quadrilogy.” Best watched back-to-back, the band’s music videos follow the fearsome foursome across a single day — starting from on the road in the Texas Hill Country to the recording studio. Along the way, drug-induced mayhem seemingly stands in the way of the band making it to their gig later that evening.
The video for “Addicted to Love” pays tribute to PALMER’s original video, which famously featured a band of female models. BLACK HEART SAINTS’ version tells the tale of a band experiencing LSD-like flashbacks while in a guitar shop. Watch as a mysterious shop owner transforms into Palmer himself, as the band joins in to create a hard-rocking homage to one of 1986’s biggest hits.
” ‘Addicted to Love’ has been long overdue for a remake. We’re taking some huge risks even attempting this song, and as our fans know, we don’t shy away from the unconventional. ” – BLACK HEART SAINTS
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Dangerous & dirty, with a distinct groove steeped in classic rock, yet with a modern edge. Black Heart Saints gives fans exactly what they want – rock god vocals catapulted over explosive, memorable riffs – leaving legions of the rock ‘n’ roll faithful yearning for more. After debuting at SXSW in 2014, this powerhouse quartet has been building a solid reputation as a support act for national touring bands such as Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Nonpoint, Coheed and Cambria, Filter, POD, The Toadies, and more.
The soaring vocals of front-man Josh Ross have drawn comparisons to Myles Kennedy and Chris Cornell. While the band is influenced by the likes of Mötley Crüe, Guns ‘N Roses, and other legendary Hard Rock acts, the commanding presence of Black Heart Saints’ live show brandishes an updated take on the genre.
Quickly conquering some of the biggest stages and festivals in the United States, Black Heart Saints has built an impressive resume, and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top emerging rock acts: – Official SXSW 2018 Performer – Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Headliner – Austin Chronicle Music Awards: Top 10 Best New Bands – Austin Music Foundation Artist of the Month, 2017 – San Antonio’s Fiesta Oyster Bake Headliner – Buffalo Trace Battle of the Bands Grand Prize Winner – ESPN X Games Austin Performer
In 2014, Black Heart Saints represented their hometown at the ESPN X Games in Austin. 2015 kicked off with key performances during South by Southwest Festival, Texas Rockfest, and Fiesta Oyster Bake in San Antonio. The band also went back to the studio to record a string of upcoming singles produced by Omar Vallejo at Austin’s renowned 512 Studios.
After debuting their first official music video for the hit single “Touch The Sky” on MTV, VEVO, and YouTube, Black Heart Saints is poised to launch a memorable international career with ambitions to dominate stages across the globe. Half-way through 2016, the band gained nationwide airplay on Sirius XM’s Octane and Faction channels.
In 2017, the band received two major accolades: Black Heart Saints was chosen as Austin Music Foundation’s Artist of the Month, and received a spot in the top 10 Best New Bands in Austin Chronicle’s Austin Music Awards for 2016-2017.
The band’s first full-length release –ALIVE– was soon followed by the “Road to Sturgis Tour 2017,” which put Black Heart Saints’ charismatic live performance to the test when the band took the stage at the world-renowned motorcycle rally, attended by over 500,000 bikers from all around the globe.
Foreshadowing a successful 2018, Black Heart Saints embarked on an extensive tour to the West Coast beginning in January, which included a highlight performance at the legendary Viper Room in West Hollywood, California. The band plans to return to the studio and launch another USA tour in summer of 2018.
LORDS OF ACID Announce MAKE ACID GREAT AGAIN 2020 Tour with AESTHETIC PERFECTION, PRAGA KHAN, & MXMS!
Sextreme Disco band LORDS OF ACID has announced that they will be returning stateside with their MAKE ACID GREAT AGAIN TOUR. The legendary act will be joined by AESTHETIC PERFECTION, PRAGA KHAN, and MXMS March 13th in Los Angeles, CA, with the tour circling through the US, wrapping up April 15th in San Francisco, CA.
MAKE ACID GREAT AGAIN Tour Dates: 03/13 @ EchoPlex – Los Angeles, CA 03/14 @ Hard Rock Live – Las Vegas, NV 03/15 @ Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA 03/17 @ Club Red – Mesa, AZ 03/18 @ Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM 03/19 @ Rockhouse – El Paso, TX 03/20 @ Trees – Dallas, TX 03/21 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX 03/22 @ Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX 03/23 @ House of Blues – New Orleans, LA 03/25 @ Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL 03/26 @ The Orpheum – Tampa, FL 03/27 @ Music Farm – Charleston, SC 03/28 @ The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC 03/29 @ The Broadberry – Richmond, VA 03/31 @ Theatre Of Living Arts -Philadelphia, PA 04/01 @ Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA 04/02 @ The Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY 04/03 @ Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY 04/04 @ Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD 04/05 @ Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA 04/06 @ Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL 04/07 @ The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE 04/08 @ The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO 04/09 @ The Complex – Vertigo – Salt Lake City, UT 04/10 @ The Bluebird – Reno, NV 04/11 @ Dante’s – Portland, OR 04/13 @ The Crocodile – Seattle, WA 04/14 @ Ashland Armory – Ashland, OR 04/15 @ Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
From his first single, “I Sit On Acid”, released in 1988, to the present, Belgium’s Praga Khan remains one of the most innovative acid house musicians in circulation. Thanks to extensive experimentation with drugs, Crowley-ian sex magic, and esoteric paths of self-deprivation and mutilation known only to himself, this orgiastic orchestrator created the LORDS OF ACID to further encapsulate the seductive messages and raw sex of his ever-evolving musical vision. From the raw carnality of their 1991 release Lust to the electro-thrash of 2012’s Deep Chills, Lords of Acid has re-defined the pure pleasures of drugs, hedonism, and deviant sex for thirty years. Now, despite numerous lineup changes, world tours, over 2.5 million album sales, and every possible point of crisis and conflict a band can face, Lords of Acid is returning to the unsuspecting again, this time with a new crew of deviants, dilettantes, and sonically transmitted diseases.
ALEX DONTRE, drummer for acclaimed comedy-metal band PSYCHOSTICK, reveals all in his new autobiography, Dichotomies: Lessons from a College Life on Tour. A must read for any musician and / or college student, Dichotomies tells the unique story of the drummer’s simultaneous musical and academic achievements through the artist’s unique mix of humor and self-perception.
The touring band life of a full-time student is full of dichotomies. From 2011-2017, Alex Dontre performed 505 concerts with his bandPSYCHOSTICK while simultaneously pursuing a college education. It culminated with a master’s degree in Business Psychology from Franklin University, at which time he gave the commencement speech at his graduation as valedictorian.
Advance Praise for Dichotomies: Lessons from a College Life on Tour
“A remarkable first-person odyssey of a young touring musician who artfully combines his comedy rock music performances with completing demanding, long distance, higher education studies. Dontre offers a living, often humorous, and sometimes bawdy, chronicle of memorable characters he meets on the road.” – Ray Forbes, Ph.D., Professor of Business Psychology, Franklin University
“I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place and cannot decide if this book is funny or insightful. As inferred from its title, that’s probably because it is both.” – Mats E. Eriksson, Ph.D., author of Another Primordial Day, Professor of Paleontology, Lund University
“This is a must-read for any potential college student who thinks that they can’t do it, whatever the reason. ‘I’m not the college type…I’m too (fill in the blank…).’ After 20 years of teaching, Alex has motivated me to work harder to be a source of motivation to my future students.” – Kristan Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Business Psychology, Franklin University, Director of HR Talent Development at Raymond James
“On tour, while the rest of us were crapping, napping, fapping or gormandizing, Alex was studying and working on speeches for his degree. It doesn’t end there, then he would play a flawless set every night on the drums.” – Todd Smith, Dog Fashion Disco, Polkadot Cadaver, & Knives Out
“I will never forget walking off a soundcheck to find Alex’s face lit by his laptop while working on a psychology paper. Usually the few times I have seen people whip out laptops on tour is to pay their bills, Skype with the family, or to check in with their probation officers, and not to write academic articles.” – Niklas Karvonen, Ph.D., Machinae Supremacy, CTO of Substorm
“Sex, drugs, and rock and roll is a tired cliché. Alex is a perfect example of a man with concrete goals, willing to utilize technology and time management to plan for his future.” – Neil Patterson, Downtown Brown
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|Product Details: Release date: November 25, 2019 Book length: 190 pages ISBN (Hardcover): 978-1-79470-893-8 Dimensions: 5.5”x8.5” Weight: 0.87 lbs.|
Key words: College, university, academic, school, education, distance learning, online learning, distance education, online college, online education, music, comedy metal, metal, business psychology, psychology, goals, finance, touring, drums, Psychostick
Alex Dontre is the drummer of the comedy-metal band Psychostick & adjunct professor in the Social & Behavioral Sciences division at Franklin University. Since 2000, Psychostick has released 6 albums & performed over 1,200 shows in Canada, England, Germany, Scotland, the (48) contiguous United States, Wales, & on one particularly metal cruise ship. In 2001, he received a black belt in Kuk Sool Won. He earned an A.A.S. in Finance in 2014 from Columbus State Community College, a double-major B.S. in Financial Planning & Financial Management in 2016, & an M.S. in Business Psychology in 2017, each at Franklin University. He continues to tour manage under the moniker “The Hammer” as well as perform & record with Psychostick.
Nashville based soul rock band KB & THE IDYLLWILDE has released the official music video for their new single, “Madman.” Directed by front-woman Katie Burke, “Madman” is off of band’s upcoming album, I Just Wanna Love You, I Just Wanna Let You, due to release February 14, 2020.
“That pervasive waiting for the other shoe to drop feel was real strong in me at the time. The character in this song can’t accept love, they can’t see why anyone would stick around. They’re covered in their perception that people must be crazy to stand being around them. So in the end, the character accepts that both she and this person must both be nuts for it all to work. Good news, it works! Bad news… is there bad news? They’re nuts? Yes, nuts & happy—Fun fact, I wasn’t satisfied with my vocal performance in the studio so my producer Evan let me borrow a mic, and I tracked this in one take at home in my closet.” – Katie Burke
“Basically, this album encompasses all the ways we distort and experience love, or how I have at least…
Its a lot of addiction, egoic superiority/inferiority tendencies, and just plain codependent shit. Its a ‘love’ album about not knowing how to get it right, but celebrating all the ugly/beautiful ways we get it wrong.” – Katie Burke
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Catch KB & THE IDYLLWILDE Live: 04/03 @ Atlanta, GA 04/04 @ Wilmington, NC 04/05 @ Hotel RL – Bethesda/Baltimore, MD 04/08 @ New Paltz, NY 04/09 @ O’Brien’s – Boston, MA 04/10 @ Brooklyn, NY 04/11 @ Big Lick Brewing Company – Roanoke, VA 04/12 @ Nashville, TN
KB & The Idyllwilde is a soul-rock band based in Nashville, TN, led by high octane vocalist Katie Burke. Her lyrical content deals in the offbeat and the ugly; the extremes of love, sex, death and pain.
Sonically, the band draws influence from artists ranging from Janis, Jimi, and Zeppelin to Beth Hart, DMB, and Jack White.
The name ‘Idyllwilde’ is derived from its two root words ‘idyll’ meaning ‘story’, and ‘wild’ meaning anything goes. The two words come together in acknowledgement of the band’s mission: to make music without the limits of genre or content, honoring the idea that ‘anything goes’. To KB, every compelling story is worth telling no matter what it looks or sounds like.
FFO Sum 41 and My Chemical Romance, high school punk quartet Pushing Veronica arrive with their fourth single “Bullshit.” Angry and explicit, the track is about the frustration the band feels when they see their friends succumb to the perils of drug addictions. The straightedge group pack all their fury and hope in “Bullshit” and in its accompanying music video. To support the release, Pushing Veronica has booked a tour with Like A Storm this winter. Directed by Glass Dagger Film Company and produced by Brian Steele Medina, “Bullshit” was premiered on Ghost Cult Mag.
“Screaming cuss words at the top of our lungs is fun, especially when we’ve got something to scream about. Every member of Pushing Veronica is straight edge and we’ve seen the power addiction holds over our friends. ‘Bullshit’ is our anthem against high school drug abuse and we couldn’t help but kick and scream against it.” – PUSHING VERONICA
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November 22, 2019 – Santa Barbara, CA based Heavy Rock / Metal band UNTIL THE STORM has released the official music video for their debut single, “Roads to the Lost.” The video for “Roads to the Lost” was directed by singer Sado Rabaudi, with editing by Sado and Gabe Ruiz, cinematography by Gabe Ruiz and Jaya Knight and features actor Alexander Ivanov (frontman for Russian punk band NAIVE). The video itself showcases the technology of blending a series of ultra short throw projectors inside of a large, warehouse sized space to create a unique environment of visualizations and color patterns. “Roads to the Lost” was Mixed by Mike Plotnikoff (In Flames, Fear Factory, Van Halen, Mudvayne, and many more) and mastered by Niels Nielson (Ghost, Starset).
“’Roads to the Lost’ is about the search back to past identities, lost moments in time and the person that we used to be.” – UNTIL THE STORM
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New heavy rock/metal band from Santa Barbara, CA. featuring Sado Rabaudi on vocals and guitar, Stacy McCullar on Guitar, Greg Carrillo on drums and Eric Lamb on Bass, Until the Storm has a sound that mixes hard rock roots, metal guitar riffs and pop influenced, yet aggressive, vocals.