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.
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.”
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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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.
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.
Nashville based Punk / Metal Band DIGITAL BRAINS has released the lyric video for their new single, “The Itch,” out now via Go Long Entertainment.
“We won’t say who this happened to, but, we all like the bad girls. Face it, they’re fun. Girls, you like the bad guys too. You know, when there’s that person you know is no good for you, but it’s so right….at least the sex is anyway? So right, you get “The Itch” to go back, even when you know you shouldn’t because you’re addicted to them. You get “The Itch” to go back, because something about the way the treat you like shit keeps you hooked. Unfortunately, sometimes the bad girls (or boys) give you more than you bargained for. When “The Itch” sends you to the doctor, well, its a bitch.” – ADAM SHOENFELD (Vocals)
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Digital Brains is a rock band based in Nashville, TN. An original blend of Punk, Metal, and Rock.
Drummer Corey Boise is a wild man, he brings a power and punk attitude to the stage that is infectious.
Bassist Danny Faillo lays down solid, melodic groove that is no doubt a product of his Chicago musical bloodline.
Singer and guitarist Adam Shoenfeld throws down Green Day-esque tones, scorching leads, and sings memorable, melodic, and emotional lyric. Separately, the trio has traveled the world and made their musical mark.
Together, they are a musical force to be reckoned with.
Lead guitarist and singer of Digital Brains is also part of the 70’s Rock inspired duo SunKat.
Sunkat’s song, Tom Petty, made it’s satellite radio debut on Steve Ferrone’s (of The Heartbreakers) The New Guy Show, on Tom Petty Radio Sirius XM and continues to pile up streams.
As a sideman, Adam has played guitar on over 30 Billboard #1 songs. Few people have had as big of a behind-the-scenes impact on modern country music as guitarist, songwriter and producer Adam Shoenfeld.
With the crunchy, loud and proud opening notes of his lead guitar on Big & Rich’s “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” and the edgy, aggressive tone heard on Jason Aldean’s breakout smash “Hicktown,” Shoenfeld blazed a trail for a wave of hard-rock influenced country that changed the genre forever — and he hasn’t looked back since.
Born in Huntington, New York, and raised in New Jersey with a love of jazz, blues, rock and heavy metal, Shoenfeld came to Nashville at the age of 19 and began working as an in-house musician at Woodland Studios. There he met “Big Kenny” Alphin and later John Rich, going on to became a member of the infamous music-and-art collective known as the MuzikMafia and Rich’s go-to studio guitarist, laying down demos for soon-to-be groundbreaking songs like Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman.”
With the formation of Big & Rich in 2003, Shoenfeld was invited to play guitar on the duo’s debut album, Horse of a Different Color, including the multi-platinum single “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” The song ditched familiar country sounds in favor of Shoenfeld’s brash, live-oriented feel, and helped open the floodgates in country’s new era of crossover success. He has since played on every Big & Rich album, and toured with the group from 2005-2007 and 2009.
Around the same time Big & Rich was getting started, Shoenfeld became member of Jason Aldean’s showcase band hoping to score the rock-loving Georgia native a record deal. Once Aldean was signed, Shoenfeld stayed on to develop the superstar’s muscular sound and provided the chugging, down-and-dirty lead on Aldean’s debut single “Hicktown,” which went on to become a Top 10 hit and earn platinum sales status. Shoenfeld has been featured on every subsequent Aldean release.
Following the success of Big & Rich and Aldean, Shoenfeld’s unique sound made him an in-demand studio guitarist, and he has now been included on over 200 albums including titles by Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Steven Tyler, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, Alabama, Tim McGraw, Lee Brice, Rascal Flatts, and many more. His work has led to nominations for the Academy of Country Music’s Guitarist of the Year award in 2011, 2012 and 2015, as well as numerous first round nominations for CMA Awards Musician of the Year award.
As a songwriter, Shoenfeld was awarded SESAC’s Song of the Year honor for Faith Hill’s “Mississippi Girl” in 2005, and he is also the co-writer of Big & Rich’s “Real World, “High Five,” “When the Devil Gets the Best of Me” and “M-E-D-E-L-Y of the Hillbilly Jedi,” plus Aldean’s “Laid Back.”
As a producer, he has guided projects for John Rich (Rich Rocks), Sarah Darling (Angels & Devils), Kelsey Harmon (One Big Favor), luvjOi (Volume 2) and more.
In 2012, Shoenfeld joined Tim McGraw’s touring band and currently travels with the group when he is not in the studio.
Nashville based Alternative Pop / Rock artist JASMINE CAIN has released the official lyric video for “Let it Go.” The first single off of her upcoming, seventh studio album, SEVEN, “Let it Go” will be available to stream / download 10/25/2019 via The Label Group / INgrooves.
“‘Let it Go’ is everything passion is meant to be. Feel the desire, anger, and frustration in every raspy note.”
Multi-Award winning, Sturgis, SD, native, Jasmine Cain moved to Nashville in 2003 and went to work paving the way for female fronted rock in the motorcycle events industry. Jasmine covers everything from Classic and Modern Rock to revved up Pop and Metal. But that isn’t all she is known for. Jasmine has 6 studio albums of award winning original music with her 7th titled Seven slated for release in November 2019. Jasmine has won more than 30 awards for her music and performances including: JPF Female Artist of the Year, (MCMA) 4-time Female Rock Vocalist, and NIMA Artist of the Year and 2 time Alt-Rock band of the year to name a few. Her performances (over 120 shows in 2018) are professional, stadium quality, and high energy, keeping the audience’s attention from the first note until the last. Her songs are emotional and timeless, and her voice is strong and soul-filled, taking audiences on a supercharged ride.
Bulgarian based Groove/Death Metal Band GRIMAZE has released the official music video for their single, “Bleeding Earth.” Originally premiered on HM Magazine, “Bleeding Earth” is off of their 2018 released, debut LP, Planet Grimaze.
“The music video follows an intense story closely related to the environmentalist, lyrical themes of the song” – GRIMAZE
“It always feels good to get back to metal. Grimaze’s latest music video for ‘Bleeding Earth’ pulls in everything you love about metal and slugs you with it like quicksand dragging you under.” DAVID STAGG – HM Magazine
Track List: 1. Endless Life Force 2. Inner Engineering 3. Survival of the Fittest 4. Scars 5. Disobey the Primitive 6. Face of the North 7. 8000 Meters 8. Bleeding Earth 9. My Vow
MESSAGE OF THE NORTH TOUR 2019 W/ VADER: 09/18 @ Sticky Fingers – Göteborg, Sweden 09/19 @ Røverstaden – Oslo, Norway 09/20 @ Plan B – Malmo, Sweden 09/21 @ Club From Hell – Erfurt, Germany 09/22 @ Muggefug – Cottbus, Germany
GRIMAZE is a metal band, expressing intense inner states through music. The band was formed in 2013 and line up includes Melina Krumova (guitar), Nedislav Miladinov (drums), Georgi Ivanov (vocals), and Philip Kolarov (bass).
Since its formation the band has had over 300 concerts in Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, etc.
In 2016 GRIMAZE published an EP, titled Dreammares, containing 6 songs. Their first album, Planet Grimaze, was released in 2018.
They’ve played on various festivals including RockStadt Extreme Fest, Balkan Metal Meeting, Serbian Metal Meeting, and Metal Madness. The band has toured with Decapitated, Hatesphere, Thy Disease, and Dehydrated on the Anticult Balkan Tour 2018 as well as Pestilence and Bleeding Gods on the Redvuced to Ashed Tovr 2019.
GRIMAZE also started an initiative in their home country encouraging fans to clean waste from nature in the mornings after concert nights. The initiative gathered thousands of followers and contributed to the removal of over 800,000 litres of garbage from the environment.
Southern California based Metal Band SANGRE has released the official music video for “Death March,” off of their upcoming album, Mas Fuerte Que La Muerte (Stronger Than Death), due out 12/13/2019. Shot at Fuel Music Studios in Fullerton, CA, the video for “Death March” features the band members experiencing different types of stresses from overdue bills, depression, work related issues, eviction, alcohol abuse, and suicidal thoughts.
“‘Death March,’ lyrically, touches on the current situation of ‘living wages’ vs ‘cost of living,’ focusing on the stress, depression, and neglect of personal health and family while just trying to survive in this high demand world. The phenomenon is an actual epidemic in Japan known as ‘Karoshi’ or ‘overworking to survive,’ which in many cases results in suicides or fatigue leading to death.” – Henry Sanchez (Vocals)
SANGRE have long since made their mark on California’s Metal Scene & beyond.
With over 15 years on the musical frontlines this band has come to learn that longevity requires the commitment, unmatched work ethic, creative energy, and unshakable determination that is central to their ethos.
SANGRE has toured extensively throughout the United States & Mexico, and most recently made their UK debut performing @ Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2018 in Derbyshire, England.
Over the years the band’s undeniable hard work and outstanding performances earned them slots at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in 2010 & 2012, followed by the 2013 Jagermeister Music U.S. Tour as direct support to one of Latin America’s biggest bands, Molotov.
In 2015 Sangre was selected by their sponsor, Jägermeister to perform at “Welcome To Rockville” music festival in Jacksonville, Florida.
With a diverse sound and influences from across the spectrum of Heavy Metal, Sangre can and has opened for some of the biggest names in the genre such as, Slayer, Slipknot, Korn, Marilyn Manson, In Flames, Ministry, Motorhead, Anthrax, Sepultura, Soilwork, Soulfly, Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, Carcass, Suffocation, Gojira, Brujeria, Chimaira, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, The Black Dahlia Murder, Six Feet Under, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, and many more!
The name they’ve created via years of Perseverance and a DIY attitude has caught the attention of many people in the music industry, one of those being, Metal ambassador Jose Mangin (Sirius XM Liquid Metal DJ & Headbangers Ball host) who to this day plays SANGRE on his satellite radio shows and even joined the band on stage to perform their cover of the Brujeria classic, “Matando Gueros”.
Speaking of Brujeria, that band has taken Sangre out on tour a few times over the years and in 2014 invited Sangre vocalist, Henry Sanchez to join them as their second vocalist. Henry would take on the stage name “El Sangron” and has played over 200 shows on 5 continents with the band since his inception.
SANGRE spent 2019 touring with Brujeria, with Sanchez performing in both, opening with Sangre and closing the shows with Brujeria, throughout Europe and the UK.
Put simply, SANGRE eats, sleeps, sweats, and bleeds Heavy Metal! This band represents the musical equivalent of an unstoppable juggernaut careering through any, every, and all obstacles that the road would cast in its way.
With an all consuming hunger to succeed in getting their music to the masses and band to the top of the industry, SANGRE is here, Pay close attention.
DISCIPLES OF VERITY–Corey Glover, George Pond, & Corey Pierce–Release Official Lyric Video for “Worthy”
Metal Band DISCIPLES OF VERITY—COREY GLOVER(vocalist of LIVING COLOUR and BOWIE EXPERIENCE), GEORGE POND(bass, former bassist of NEGATIVE SKY), COREY PIERCE (drums, former drummer GOD FORBID), MARK MONJOY (rhythm guitar, SEKOND SKYN), and DANNY PUMA (lead guitar, NEGATIVE SKY)–has released the lyric video for their new single, “Worthy.” Originally premiered on REVOLVER, “Worthy” features JEFF LOOMIS (NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY) on guitar and is the first track off of the band’s upcoming full length album, Pragmatic Sanction. “Worthy” is available to pre-order via THE LABEL GROUP / INgrooves now!
“No matter what you go through as long as you’re breathing and still here to see another day, it is another chance. Being worthy though, that is the rub you are always trying to figure out. The heart and mind play against each other. Your mind may says you aren’t good enough, but your heart knows you are worthy. That said, I am here for a reason. I am ‘WORTHY’” – Corey Glover (Vocals)
Wisconsin based Hardcore Metal Band RIG TIME! has released the official music video for their new single, “NO FAITH.”
“’NO FAITH’ is a bleak declaration about giving up and a satirical response encouraging one to forgo their community. The lyrics declare “You’ll never miss what you never loved” to invoke inner dialogue, asking oneself if they truly love the setting they are a part of .“No faith in the future, No reason to survive” is a blunt submission to ponder if what the effort you offer is worth. The song is in the eye of the beholder, to offer two paths and let the individual decide what matters to them.” – RIG TIME!
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Catch RIG TIME! LIVE: 08/08 @ The Well Basement – South Bend IN 08/09 @ Sugar City – Buffalo, NY 08/10 @ House Show – Rutland, VT 08/11 @ The Game Room – North Adams, MA 08/12 @ Gloom Garden – Burlington, VT 08/13 @ TBA 08/14 @ Century – Philadelphia, PA 08/15 @ TBA 08/16 @ The Pit – Kittanning, PA 08/17 @ The Rialto Theater – Akron, OH 08/18 @ Belcher’s House Of Rock – Mansfield, OH 08/19 @ Chris Rock’s House – Nashville, TN 08/20 @ TBA 08/21 @ Plaza de Rogelio – Columbus, GA 08/22 @ TBA 08/23 @ The Marigold – Huntington, WV 08/24 @ X Comp Festival – Mt. Orab, OH 08/25 @ Gramma’s Place – Chicago, IL 08/30 @ Ojata Records – Grand Forks, ND 08/31 @ Red Raven – Fargo, ND 09/01 @ The Garage – Minneapolis, MN 09/02 @ Dylano’s – Mason City, IA
RIG TIME! is an angry, caustic and vehemently heavy force based in La Crosse, WI. The band has performed 300+ shows, in 39 states and counting, since 2015. Holding true to the idea of “All Ages Or Nothing” the band has relentlessly toured across the US performing at only all ages events and resonating their substantial live sound while stressing the message that live music is for all. Deeply rooted in the DIY attitude, RIG TIME! is a determined and passionate ensemble with strong work ethic and a vital purpose.
Their recent full length album War was released on October 20, 2017 via Innerstrength Records, following the self released full-length Sick of It (2016) and two EP’s (2014’s Awful and 2015’s Devout). Featuring a sound that is the audio equivalent of a tank column entering a besieged city, the crunch and clangor of War is a game-changer. Forged in the fires of hardcore, sludge, and powerviolence, War epitomizes RIG TIME!‘s scorched-earth tactics and demonstrates the natural chemistry of the band.
Vocalist/Drummer, Bryan W. Fleming provides intensity and indignant passion to a wave of sullen and unrelenting baritone guitar riffs, forcefully delivered by Rebecca Fleming with massive low end impact and ferocity.