Friday, June 2, 2017

Rock am Ring festival suspended due to terror threat

In a statement on Facebook, the organizers of Rock am Ring said the festival was being evacuated as a precaution because of a terror threat, while police continue investigations. More than 80,000 festival goers had traveled to the Nurburgring for the festival, which due to run until Sunday evening.

Rammstein was the Friday night headliner but hadn't yet started playing. Organizers said they hoped the festival would continue as normal on Saturday.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

20 people dead and 50 others injured in the explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK

NBC News is reporting that multiple senior law enforcement sources have confirmed that more than 20 people have died and 50 others people were injured in the explosions that occurred after an Ariana Grande performance in Manchester, UK.

The show had reportedly wrapped at the Manchester Arena up and Ariana had left the stage when those in the crowd heard either two loud explosions or two loud bangs.

The crowd was sent into a panic, at which point fans began to flee from the venue. Police have confirmed there are 'a number of confirmed fatalities' but have not offered additional details, as it is early on in their investigation.

A witness on the scene described the event. Jonathan Yates told MailOnline: "The concert had finished and the lights came on almost instantly. There was a bang, a weird bang. There were lots of balloons but I thought to myself that can’t be a balloon, that’s not normal. We were sat on the floor level and it came from the higher seats, people were running and screaming. Everyone stopped and I turned to my friend and said ‘we need to run’. Everyone was running and screaming and then when we got out it felt a bit more OK. I heard five or six bangs that sounded like gunshots. When we got outside people were outside, crying and on their phones."

Multiple people have reported that the Holiday Inn Manchester is a central location for parents who cannot locate their children. Many children were taken to that location and away from the scene.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell dies at 52

Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell died Wednesday night at the age of 52.

Soundgarden was in Detroit for a performance at the Fox Theatre as part of their current tour. They were scheduled to perform at Rock On The Range in Columbus on Friday.

"His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause," a statement to CNN from his representative Brian Bumbery read. "They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy is respected at this time."

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

It Lies Within announce High Fives & Hand Shakes Tour

Michigan metalcore quintet It Lies Within have announced their High Fives & Hand Shakes Tour. Having recently conquered Europe for the first time with The Browning and with a new album on the way, It Lies Within return to the road later this month for a 21-date run starting in hometown Flint, MI on April 28th.

Tour dates:

4/28 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
4/29 - Newport, KY @ Thompson House *
4/30 - Johnson City, TN @ Capone's *
5/1 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits *
5/3 - Orlando, FL @ Wills Pub *
5/4 - Panama City, FL @ A&M Theatre *
5/5 - Pensacola, FL @ Handlebar *
5/6 - Shreveport, LA @ Bushnookies ^
5/7 - Jefferson, LA @ Southport Hall ^
5/9 - Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall ^
5/10 - Dallas, TX @ The Door ^
5/11 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Boozer's ^
5/13 - Houston, TX @ BFE Rock Club ^
5/14 - St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird ^
5/15 - Peoria, IL @ Rail II ^
5/16 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews ^
5/17 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome ^
5/18 - Plano, IL @ Brick Lounge ^
5/19 - Battle Creek, MI @The Music Factory ^
5/20 - Jackson, MI @The Foundry ^
5/21 - Kent, OH @ The Outpost ^

Support from: Blessing A Curse* / Light the Fire^

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hypersonic release official video for 'Prayer in the Dark'

Italian masters of Symphonic metal Hypersonic have released the official video for the song "Prayer in the Dark". You can watch the video below.

To The Wind release new video for 'Can't Stay (My Love)'

Hardcore/metal band To The Wind released a brand new music video for their song “Can’t Stay (My Love)".

Vocalist Tanner Murphy said: “We could've made videos for every song because they all have significant meaning and we love them all. But, we chose this one in particular because the lyrics express feelings about touring year after year consistently. In the beginning touring is all I wanted to do because I felt that it was all I had. I thought it was the only thing that made me happy. In the last couple of years something slightly changed. As I grew i started having regrets in my personal life. I feel there is a lot I've missed out on because of the constant traveling, but at the same time I feel very accomplished because of all the things I've had the chance to do and see. I wrote most of this song while we were in Toronto recording the record. A lot of my raw emotions were invested into the song. I was very vulnerable and didn't have much time to filter anything out. This song to me is kind of my anthem to all different aspects of my life both on and off the road".

Can’t Stay (My Love)” is featured on To The Wind’s latest album, The Brighter View, which is available now from Pure Noise Records.

Graveshadow signs to M-Theory Audio

Graveshadow, a Female-fronted Symphonic Metal band that incorporates Doom, Thrash and Goth Metal influences, based out of Sacramento, CA and winner of the 2016 "Sammie" (Sacramento Area Music Awards) for best Metal band – is the latest signing to M-Theory Audio.

Since forming at the end of 2012 Graveshadow has created a sound defined by crushing guitars, beautiful keyboard melodies, thundering bass, and earth-shattering drums. The powerful operatic vocals shift into unearthly growls to create a rich and dynamic atmosphere that is ripe for storytelling. Whether it is a tale of personal struggle or of fantastical creatures, the listener is sure to find themselves immersed in a world apart. Releasing an EP in 2014, and a full-length, Nocturnal Resurrection, the following year Graveshadow have toured and played shows with Marty Friedman, Flotsam and Jetsam, Unleash the Archers, Apocalyptica, Children of Bodom, Death Angel, Skinlab, Doyle, Wednesday 13 and John 5. Graveshadow intend to release a new full-length by the end of the year, but until recording this summer they will continue performing live.

"We are extremely excited to be working with Marco and M-Theory. With his status in the industry, belief in this band, and the growing family under the label, we could not think of a better home for our release this year,” states singer Heather Michele. “We are ready to unleash this monster for you all to enjoy, more details soon to come!"

M-Theory Audio is the new label recently launched by Marco Barbieri, who ran the N. American office of Century Media for 14 years, as well as time with Nuclear Blast and Metal Blade. Barbieri has assembled an experienced team previously employed by esteemed labels like Century Media, Prosthetic, Victory and Epitaph Records. The M-Theory roster also includes Bay Area thrash outfit Cultural Warfare, Las Vegas’ power/progressive band Sicocis, Sacramento headbangers Blessed Curse, Nor Cal’s death metal/metalcore group Apothesary and So Cal’s Folk/Pagan Death Metal band Helsott.

“I’ve been following Graveshadow’s evolution the past 2 years, since their manager Jeff Keller brought the young band to my attention,” explains Marco. “In that time I’ve witnessed their commitment and hard work, as well as enjoying their friendly in person, yet fierce on stage live performance. I’m very pleased we will be involved in the continued development of this promising band.”