Last week, hard rock titans Bring Me The Horizon kicked off their “Second Base” North American tour at the Welcome to Rockville festival in Jacksonville, Florida. The tour is rather short as the band only plays headline shows between each festival they are playing Welcome To Rockville, Epicenter, and Sonic Temple). The Jacksonville performance showcased a new stage production that they did not have here for their previous US tour with Fever 333 and Thrice (titled the “First Love” tour). Popular metal rapper Scarlxrd provided support on this tour. This may seem off the wall but he brought something unique to the table and absolutely killed it. On the previous tour, keyboardist and backup vocalist Jordan Fish had to leave due to having a child. However, he was present on Wednesday night. We were fortunate enough to attend the third show of the tour at Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday, May 8th. Check out our review and photo gallery from Kayla Gray below and make sure you catch Bring Me The Horizon when they come near you!
British trap metal rapper Scarlxrd delivered a high energy performance that got the crowd heated up for Bring Me TheHorizon. With his DJ Jacky P, Scarlxrd commanded the crowd and had a pit on each side throughout the night. When we first walked through the doors, we were handed little pieces of paper that discouraged moshing and that it would result in ejection. That was out the door by the first song of the night when Scarlxrd said “Fucking open it you, you greedy pigs!” The rapper played a solid mix of material from his albums but a majority came from his most recent album “INFINITY”. Songs like “STFU” and “BERZERK” show how he differentiates from the rest of the rap scene as he incorporates screams and harsh sounding vocals along the likes of Slipknot (one of his inspirations). Towards the end of his set, he did a backflip on stage and the crowd went crazy. Jacky P hopped into the crowd for a bit and got the people up front hyped up for the performance. The pair did an excellent job getting the crowd involved and set the tone for a night full of energy.
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When I saw Bring Me The Horizon back in February, their stage production was pretty minimal aside from smoke machines and some lights. This time around, they brought those things but also included a large screen at the top of the stage, smaller screens below it to provide a backdrop for the band members, and dancers that made occasional appearances every other song. All of these things can be seen in our photo gallery. At the festival performance in Jacksonville, they also had pyrotechnics. We didn’t get those in Milwaukee as the stage either wasn’t big enough or it wasn’t allowed in the venue. Everyone seeing them at the festivals should expect a phenomenal stage show that covers all bases with their music.
Bring Me The Horizon
Since the release of ‘Sempiternal’, Bring Me The Horizon has continuously evolved as a band and tweaked their sound while still writing great, catchy music that transitions fantastically into the live setting. In an action packed show, Bring Me The Horizon delivered a strong mix of their last three albums with a surprise throwback in the set as well. Vocalist Oli Sykes is one of the best frontmen out there when it comes to getting a crowd involved. Songs like “House of Wolves”, “Wonderful Life”, and “Shadow Moses are perfect for lots of crowd interaction and they use that to their advantage. Throughout the night, he has us jumping, crowd surfing, and moshing without many breaks aside from slower songs like “Medicine” and “Mother Tongue” (check out the newly released music video here).
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The band shocked the entire crowd when they broke out “Diamonds Aren’t Forever” without warning. You can see footage of the band performing the song in its entirety for the first since in four and a half years here. Oli Sykes didn’t have to ask for any pits this time. The floor erupted into a battlefield of mosh pits. The crowd struggled to recover for the rest of the show as everyone gave their all for this specific song. Luckily, the crowd got a break from the madness with the rock ballad “Follow You” proceeding the heaviest song of the evening.
I have listened to ‘Amo’ frequently since it was released in January. “Nihilist Blues” has been my favorite song off the album since the release and that hasn’t changed. It was a treat to hear it live along with the fantastic visuals provided by the band and Oli crawling around on stage like a zombie. When closing out the regular portion of the set, Oli came down to the floor and greeted the crowd, giving hugs and high fives to show appreciation to the fans as the band gave an emotional performance of “Drown”. After lots of chanting for a return, the band made their way back to the stage for “Can You Feel My Heart” and “Throne”. They capped off the night with a confetti and smoke explosion that brought smiles upon everyone’s faces. Bring Me The Horizon put together one of the best shows I’ve ever seen (visually and musically) and made it a night to remember.
Scarlxrd proved himself on a large stage and delivered a hyped performance that won’t be forgotten. Sykes took away any doubt that anyone in the crowd had about his recent vocal troubles with this performance. He sounds the strongest he’s been in years and is gearing up for a lot of old school material at All Points East in the UK later this month (according to some of his recent Twitter polls). After this tour, Bring Me The Horizon returns to the US in August for Lollapalooza and in October for Aftershock in California. If you are able, see this show. You won’t be disappointed. Make sure to check out the rest of our photo gallery below and be on the lookout for more photos of Bring Me The Horizon and Scarlxrd from us at Epicenter and Sonic Temple.
Thrash metal is alive and well. It was a genre born in the underground that spread like a wildfire across the globe and today is forefathers continue to unleash pulverizing records that inspire a new legion of fans. Put the recharged Metal Church into that category. After nearly a two-decade absence, vocalist Mike Howe rejoined the band and founding guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof and Metal Church has been off and running ever since. The band dropped ‘XI’ in 2016 and followed that up with their 12thfull-length studio album ‘Damn If You Do’ in 2018. Metal Church has been on the road promoting the new record and played their last show before taking a break at Route 47 Pub & Grub in Fridley, Minnesota to celebrate the past, the present, and future of one of thrashes favorite sons.
Minneapolis thrashers Hex Vortices started the evening off with some break-neck tunes. The four-piece kept things moving as they ripped through a short set. This was my first encounter with them and they were impressive. The band was tight and pulled off their material very well. The band was led by lead vocalist and guitarist Andy Oltmanns and flanked by bassist Dan Nelson and guitarist Matt Hamilton. Buried behind the kit was Tom Croxton. The quartet will be releasing a full length album titled ‘Revival Fires’ this summer. I look forward to learning more about them and seeing these guys again in the near future.
Lost Legacy was on next. They are a power metal band that hails from the Bronx, New York. They had an impressive twin axe assault that blended heavy but melodic riffs to their songs that made them memorable. The vocals were soaring and matched the intensity of the band. The band featured David Franco on vocals, guitarist Scott Bennett and Jorge Pulido, Jochen Wittlinger on bass and AJ Spinelli on drums. They blistered through a set that included “Towers,” “Take Me Away,” and “Enough Is Enough” before closing with “Will You Remember.” This was another band I was hearing for the first time and they worked hard to win over the crowd. It’s a tough spot to be in when you playing to a very dedicated Metal Church fan base but they managed to turn some heads during their set.
Metal Church had played a short set in a supporting role on Megadeth’s ‘Dystopia’ tour a few years ago in St. Paul but this show was the first proper headlining gig in Minnesota in some time and fans exploded as they launched into “Damned If You Do” and then “Needle and Suture.” Things got even more amplified as one the bands biggest hits, “Badlands,” rang through the club to a sea of horns being thrown in the air.
The immediate slap to the face was how amazing these guys sounded live. A lot of credit is given to Overkill’s Blitz, Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda, and Testament’s Chuck Billy for maintaining their voices and still delivering the goods live. Mike Howe must be included in that conversation. He hit the high notes with precision and provided venomous snarls with a toxic force. Look no further than “Start The Fire” and “No Friend Of Mine” that Howe laced his vocals with a destructive attitude that spilled off the stage. It was very apparent that this band has a loyal group of fans as they matched the energy that the band was putting out.
Sonically the band was on fire. Along with Vanderhoof, guitarist Rick Van Zandt brought the riffs alive and attacked them with preciseness. The guitar dynamics within then song “Watch The Children Pray” were chilling live. Hearing that song live and seeing the crowd’s reaction to it was an instant reminder how important that song is to the bands catalog. Holding down the backbone of the unit was bassist Steve Unger and drummer Stet Howland, who was an absolute beast behind the kit.
Two songs from the newest release, “The Black Things” and “By The Numbers” closed out the main set with the classic “Beyond The Black” squeezed between them. The encore contained one of the all time classic Metal Church songs “Fake Healer” which was a big highlight of the night. The intro to the song built the anticipation to a boil before the main riff blew the top off the place and engulfed the crowd.
I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed seeing Metal Church. They had a great energy about them and it appeared they were fully enjoying themselves. This band seems to fly under the radar when it comes to the genre and I don’t think they get their just accolades for their contribution to the legacy of thrash. The material is top notch and they continue to record and play at an extremely high level. Don’t believe me, go out and catch a show, they still hit like a ton of bricks.
Fruit is a blessing of god to mankind. There are many types of fruits. They have different taste, different nature and also different quality. Most fruits fond in different area according to their climates. Every fruit have its unique quality. With the beginning of earth fruit was the main feed of man. Early people mostly live in forest or likely areas they just get fresh food and ate it. They have much stronger than us. The reason is that they enjoy the fresh fruit. Fruit saved them from much disease. Their digestive system work very well. Same as at present fruits have still its importance unique.
Types of fruits:
Apples and pears
Citrus: oranges, grapefruits, mandarins and limes.
Stone fruit: nectarines, apricots, peaches and plums.
Tropical and exotic: bananas and mangoes.
Berries: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwifruit and passion fruit.
Melons: watermelons, rock melons and honeydew melons.
Benefits of fruits:
Apple: Apples are the most extravagant natural product wellspring of gelatin, a solvent fiber that has been appeared to bring down circulatory strain, diminish cholesterol, decline the danger of colon and bosom malignancies, and possibly decrease the seriousness of diabetes but it is necessary to eat the apples at audemars piguet.
Only one portion of a medium-measure avocado contains multiple grams of fiber and 15% of your suggested day by day foliate admission. Without cholesterol and wealthy in monounsaturated fats and potassium, avocados are additionally a powerhouse for heart well being.
Cranberries are eminent for ensuring against urinary tract diseases, however did you likewise realize they may improve blood cholesterol and help in recuperation from strokes? Cranberry juice has additionally been appeared to make disease sedates increasingly strong.
Only one medium orange (think tennis ball) supplies your entire everyday nutrient C, which is an explosive insusceptibility supporter and malignant growth warrior. What’s more, devouring nutrient C is best done in its normal structure: Italian scientists likewise discovered that guineas pigs had more prominent cell reinforcement security subsequent to drinking squeezed orange versus nutrient C– sustained water. In addition, this sweet and tart natural product is a decent wellspring of fiber, potassium, calcium, foliate, and other B nutrients.
Endeavoring to get more nutrient C in your eating regimen? One measure of papaya solid shapes supplies over 100% of your day by day necessity, just as a weighty portion of potassium and foliate. It is likewise a decent wellspring of nutrients An and E, two amazing cell reinforcements that secure against coronary illness and colon malignant growth.
One-quarter measure of walnuts supplies 90% of the day by day prescribed measure of omega-3 unsaturated fats, which help in everything from keeping up psychological capacity, to improving cholesterol and circulatory strain.
Austin, Texas-based alternative rock artist Hanna Barakat premieres her newest single “Damage Done” off her upcoming album ‘Siren’ (scheduled to drop this summer). The album was produced by John Moyer (Disturbed), mixed by Martin Nessi (ArianaGrande, CelineDion, KellyClarkson), and mastered by Sterling Sound’s Ted Jansesn (Evanescence, ThreeDaysGrace, Halestorm). Barakat describes the inspiration behind the musical and lyrical themes of the heartfelt new track:
“Relationships are inherently messy, sometimes riddled with indecisiveness, and most commonly, clouded by sexual passion. Knowing what is right for you in a relationship, long term, is not always clear, leaving you struggling with your own intuition to resist falling back into something familiar or comfortable. ‘Damage Done’ is a song driven by passion – a story between ex-lovers, falling back into old patterns, knowing they may not gain anything from their encounter but still feeling alive and loving every single moment of passion they share together. The guitars start us on the journey, gently, but dive into long dramatic riffs as the story develops. As the vocals begin to overlap and build, the chaos created between lovers is reflected in the cacophony of sounds, driving us clear to the dramatic end.”
Barakat, whose heritage includes American and Lebanese, spent her early years traveling the world with her family which would help to greatly influence her songwriting. Later, while attending the BerkleeCollegeofMusic, she studied Arabic music through the middle eastern fusion ensemble and had the opportunity to perform for such notable names as Simon Shaheen, Bassam Saba, Erkan Oğur, and Laço Tayfa’s Hüsnü Şenlendirici. While proudly paying homage to her roots, Barakat has cultivated her own style that merges Arab-Oriental influences with her love of rock music for a stunningly unique and original sound.
Periphery have quickly cemented their legacy in the progressive metal scene, some would say pioneers in the “Djent” movement, since their formation in 2005. Periphery consist of vocalist Spencer Sotelo, guitarists Jake Bowen, Misha Mansoor and Mark Holcomb and drummer Matt Halpern with bassist Adam Getgood contributing on studio albums and production duties. Since their formation Periphery has turned the heavy music world on its head with their landmark albums, with their most recent offering 2019’s ‘P4: Hail Stan’ debuting in the top 100 on the Billboard charts.
Periphery and Nik Mystery vocalist Spencer Sotelo is the guest on the most recent episode of the BREWtally Speaking Podcast where he talks about the success of the bands latest album, their first as an independent band. Why the band chose to leak their album early, and what went into making that decision. Where Spencer would like to take the next Periphery album, some of the unused album titles and when we can expect new Nik Mystery material and more.
Spencer Sotelo, vocalist for Periphery and Nik Mystery is the guest on this episode of the BREWtally Speaking Podcast!!
Spencer sits down with co host Jon at a sold out stop in Royal Oak Mi supporting Dance Gavin Dance. The guys talk about the bands latest album, P4: Hail Stan, the challenges and pressures of having an entire genre awaiting your every move. Is there more to Bulb demos being sprinkled into every Periphery album, other themes that seem to be omnipresent.
Spencer also talks about new Nik Mystery music, album titles the band almost used for P4 and much more!!
Earlier in the hour on Instagram, Thy Art Is Murder vocalist, CJ McMahon announced that he will be stepping down from their current tour with Architects to be with his wife as he has a baby on the way. With a week left of the tour, the band has reached out to fellow vocalist Nick Arthur (Molotov Solution) to fill in for CJ on the final shows of this run. It is expected that CJ‘s son will be born next week, with that being said, we here at Metal Nexus wish him the best wishes with the birth of his son and hope to see him back on the road again soon.
Black Coffee formed in early 2017 after drummer Tommy McCullough introduced singer/bassist, Ehab Omran, to guitarist Justin Young. Within the first few days, these artists began songwriting and the chemistry was overwhelmingly apparent. With the release of Black Coffee’s debut album, ‘Take One’, on April 21st, the Columbus, Ohio rockers definitely possess the sound, style, confidence and work ethic that created legends in music in the previous few decades. The bands style is slightly retro rock and with the recent success of bands like Greta Van Fleet, The Struts and Rival Sons they have timed the formation of the band perfectly. Black Coffee are a band that certainly appreciates a good riff and you will easily notice how they flaunt their guitarists talents within their music. Ehab Omran’s vocals pack immense power into such a small frame. He sings in a melodic manner but also at times can wail with an aggressive grit to his voice as well. The band unveiled a music video for “I Barely Know Her”. The song and accompanying video was the first taste of Black Coffee that we would receive and it sent music fans into a whirlwind. The video was filmed at the Johnstown Opera House in Johnstown, Ohio. “I Barely Know Her” was filmed, directed and produced by the extremely talented John Payne of Payne Productions, who is one of the most talented photographers in and around Columbus, Ohio. With the attitude of the years gone by and the sound of a new resurgence of the classic rock, Black Coffeeparts the proverbial sea for the next generation of artists.
We were fortunate enough to speak with Tommy and Ehab of Black Coffee after their performance at Epicenter Festival in Rockingham, North Carolina. We talked about the bands quick success and playing two of the largest rock festivals in the U.S., one of which being in their hometown. They take the time to make fun of their new bass player Nick, who is the only member with straight hair. The band also talked about their new tour bus which is a converted school bus. With the success of their first video “I Barely Knew Her” we had to ask if there was plans for a new video in the future. Tommy and Ehab did let us in on one big secret, the band was recently signed to a major record label while on tour in California. Check out the full conversation with the band below and don’t miss their performance at Sonic Temple this weekend or any upcoming dates.
*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured state. This month’s state is North Carolina.*
STELLAR CIRCUITS formed in 2015 in order to create progressively-minded music. The name “Stellar Circuits” is derived from the eight-circuit model of consciousness, a theory proposed in the 1970’s about expanding consciousness and understanding the process of our mind as it relates to existentialism.
Stellar Circuits is made up of Ben Beddick (Vocals), Jesse Olsen (Bass), Andrew Mericle (Guita) and Tyler Menon (Drums). They are righteous in their complexity and musicality. The style is progressive with elements of grunge and Nu Metal and Metalcore. The horizons skew with shards of music staves and the gods bless the sound with their love.
The band have released two records, to date. In 2016, they issued the heavy self-titled record, which contains the haunting tune “Circuit V.” The epic tune is filled with memorable bass work, mixed with complex guitar and some interesting spoken word passages. This is a record which is best experienced with a pair of good quality headphones. The music takes you on a journey and holds your attention like a storyteller spinning a yarn over an open fire.
The debut also contains more accessible fare, such as “Midnight Mission.” Beddick’s vocals are warm and emotive and his range is considerable. Hypnotic and charismatic are two words to describe the singing on the self-titled EP. However, he also not afraid to try some primal screaming too – a treat for fans of Metalcore.
2018 saw the release of the latest Stellar Circuits collection, ‘Ways We Haunt.’ This is slightly more progressive, with a knowing wink in the direction of a certain Canadian band. There are keyboards layered onto the clever guitar and busy drumming (both of which are top notch). The record screams maturity and the aching need to communicate complex ideas.
Their second Stellar release is a thing of considerable beauty. Blending in the elements of all the genres mentioned before, it haunts the listener long after the music has stopped. It drips with ambition and enthrals with a lust for life that is rare.
Massachusetts has a laundry list of bands that have left their mark on the hardcore/metal world and The Acacia Strain certainly have left their mark on the scene. Fronted by Vincent Bennett, the sole original member, TAS burst onto the scene with 2004’s ‘3750’. The band practically lives on the road, and have supported several of their MA counterparts in Unearth, Killswitch Engage and traveling the globe several times over after dropping 7 albums over their 15+ year career. Their most recent offering, 2017’s ‘Gravebloom’, continues to showcase the bands penchant for an all out aural onslaught.
The Acacia Strain’s Vincent Bennett and guitarist Tom Smith Jr. sit down with co host Jon during a stop on the bands tour with Knocked Loose to discuss how the 10 year anniversary tour of Continent went, how that impacted the support of their latest album, Gravebloom. Nostalgia as a whole from fans who want to recreate a time period they weren’t around for, and what’s in store for The Acacia Strain going forward.