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From Ashes To New drop the official music video for “Crazy,” the first single off of their upcoming LP, The Future, releasing April 20th via Better Noise Records / Eleven Seven Music. The album is available for pre-order today.
From Ashes To New - Crazy (Official Video) - YouTube
“Crazy” is the first look into the Lancaster, PA-based band’s revamped lineup and sound. Consisting of founding front man/rapper/programmer Matt Brandyberry, guitarist Lance Dowdle, new vocalist Danny Case, and drummer Mat Madiro, the band’s chemistry lies at the core of The Future. An album that sees the band expanding their music palette and taking their blend of rock, hip/hop, pop, and metal to new heights.
“Anxiety made it difficult to write at times but ultimately we came together and decided we were going to write the best music we possibly could and see where that took us” said Brandyberry.
“Crazy is, at its core, a song about someone or something driving you absolutely out of your mind and feeling unable to walk away from it. I feel like everyone at one point or another experiences that in their lives” states Danny ”For me personally, I dated someone for a very short period of time and it felt like everything I said and did was wrong. I honestly thought I was losing my mind because I knew it was a bad situation, but I just felt like I couldn’t walk away. I think having that life experience really helped when we sat down and wrote the lyrics”
“Crazy” is a huge anthem for the people feeling caught in the middle of a situation and confused by it all. It was recorded at Atrium Audio with producers Grant McFarland and Carson Slovak (August Burns Red) and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Korn, Lamb Of God), while the video was directed by Raul Gonzo.
Catch From Ashes To New Live:
05/05 @ Carolina Rebellion – Concord, NC
05/18 @ Rock on the Range- MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus, OH
On April 21st – aka Record Store Day – MOTÖRHEAD will be issuing a 7″ picture disc of their runaway hit cover version of David Bowie’s “Heroes”, with the art featuring a new “sketch” take on the classic war-pig. The flip-side features “Heroes (the Wacken Family Choir Mix)”with previously unheard audio of the crowd at 2017’s Wacken Festival singing along to the single as it was being officially launched via the festival PA, an emotional moment of celebration and tribute which can now be shared globally.
“It’s such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming from it out of us,” said guitarist Phil Campbell, whilst drummer Mikkey Dee added, “Lemmy was very, very proud of it, not only because it turned out so well, but because it was fun!”
MOTÖRHEAD remain one of the true premier giants of rock n’ roll, continuing to be celebrated by fans worldwide despite the tragic passing of leader/founding member Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister in December 2015. Their last studio album, Bad Magic, reached the top 20 album charts in 17 countries worldwide, including a #1 spot in Germany. Their latest album, Under Cöver, was a top 20 album in both Germany and the UK.
I recently had the unique pleasure of sitting down with the multi-talented vocalist Helena Cos of New Jersey’s well sought-after SPIDER ROCKETS, on a brisk yet gloriously sunny morning … a seemingly perfect day for such a rewarding venture. With the release of their most current (and 5th – January 2018) album ‘Along Came A Spider’ selling out as quickly as their online store can keep on the shelves at any one given time, I felt the timing could not have presented itself any more appropriately for GO VENUE MAGAZINE to gain some more insight to these four exemplary musicians/artists, prior to their setting out to the Midwest on a mini-tour the latter part of April 2018, in support of not only Puddle Of Mudd but Tantric as well. This hard rock Jersey band (founded by both Helena and Johnny Nap 20+ years ago) has also toured with such national acts as Pop Evil, Saliva and Trapt to name a few, as well as performed on the Van Warp’s Tour.
So, without further hesitation, I present our short but sweet but informative one-on-one chat with SPIDER ROCKET’S Helena Cos:
Lead singer Helena Cos
GO VENUE: With all the recent buzz circulating around your latest release of ‘Along Came A Spider’, how does this not only affect you, but Johnny Nap (guitar)/Jimmy Mui (Bass) and Dale Whitaker (drums & percussion) as well?
HELENA COS: You know, we’re excited that so many people are liking it and we simply couldn’t be more thrilled. Because you put everything you have into it and do the best you can and work very hard, not knowing exactly how the fans are going to receive it. We couldn’t be more grateful to be in the middle of the mix of this whole thing and having to hustle and do all the stuff that goes with promoting the album, because it means that there is a reason to promote it. There’s like a fire burning deep within our souls, you know? The bottom line is we’re glad we saw it through because we feel this is by far the best album we’ve done. It’s our own brand of rock that continues to move forward with twists and turns regardless of what the current trend is turning out.
GO VENUE: You worked alongside Dan Malsch on this latest project, unlike the previous four albums. How did this differ, and was working with Dan a learning experience as well as producing the album?
HELENA COS: We had some great ideas and he was overly enthusiastic to work with us. And so, it was a really good experience working from the onset of preproduction through the recording phase, and each step of the way Dan was very excited about what was coming to be. The basis of the whole thing is that we began with some strong and solid songs and that was the key thing. If you go into the studio with weak material, you can try to polish it up and such, it’s simply not going to work. Period. The demo went back and forth for quite some time before we even got the chance to put our songs together, as certain parts were added, and some were deleted. Overall, it was an extremely creative environment with all the continual positive energy flowing around us. A lot of work goes into album before it gets to the recording stage, for us anyway. We write, demo, review, rewrite. And go through it all again plenty of times before we get to the stage where we record. Recording and releasing music is a big part of what we do, so if anything, all the drama, personal and otherwise that whirls around us, is great material for potential songs.
GO VENUE: Will Spider Rockets be in the studio any time soon, to begin their musical journey on album #6?
HELENA COS: You know, we’re still working on #5, so yeah..let’s get through this first and then tackle our next venture (*chuckles*).
GO VENUE: Being the “no holds barred” band for 20+ years now that sticks to the basic format of a true hard rock and roll band, how has the band adapted to the introduction of modern technology in the production phase?
HELENA COS: In a way, we’ve adapted quite well actually. Things change. So, you move forward and you adjust to whatever comes along, as is true of the new technologies that are constantly advancing, and you take the best out of all of it and you put it to work for yourself.
GO VENUE: Being a diehard fan and follower of Spider Rockets, there’s one definitive thread that remains constant and is extremely obvious. Unlike most potential up and coming national bands, each of your songs possesses a unique and much different approach – is this a continuing tradition of Spider Rockets?
HELENA COS: Our latest approach on ‘Along Came A Spider’ began with 30 different types to each different approach. A lot of bands had the same style, the same riffs and rhythm. We try to maintain a kind of theme to each album but sometimes it simply just comes naturally in a way, but at the same time each song need to be a distinctive of that. You know they must have their own identity and have their own feel, so therefore we are very conscious of that while writing. But once again, the bottom line is beginning with really good material and just go from there, you know? It’s our own brand of rock that continues to move forward with twists and turns regardless of what the current trend is turning out.
Drummer Dale Whitaker. Photo by Craig Stebbins
GO VENUE: I’m curious as to how you got your “bones” in the musical industry. Many start at a very young age, was this the case with you?
HELENA COS: Yes, my interest in music came about when I was around 10 years old, and my journey was somewhat weird now that I think about it. In our school, my mother was the arts and music instructor, and she always stressed that becoming involved with the arts was extremely important. We didn’t have a lot of money during that time, but it really didn’t matter because they had instruments you could learn and it was free! So I began with a flute as my first instrument. I couldn’t figure out for the life of me how to make noise come out of that damned thing, and how the others were making it sound so pretty and pleasant, yet mine sounded terrible at best. I just couldn’t do it! So finally I put down the flute and traded it for a violin. That stuck. In the morning around 6:30 or so, I would practice my little heart out for hours. And we didn’t live in a house either, but rather a small apartment. Our neighbors Craig, were the coolest people ever, letting this little girl who is just learning to play, this early in the morning. So kind and generous! So then in high school I was in an ensemble and got involved with anything .. everything pertaining to music. Once I graduated from high school, I moved out from California to the east coast, more of a rebellious thing than anything else. Before that, I was in a transitional period and was totally captivated by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Big Momma Thorton and of course the one and only Janis Joplin, who I simply idolize. To me, it began to present itself as a career and then from there it opened to a different spin on rock and roll. Big Mamma Thorton .. I simply love that woman! I love the way she can growl out every word effortlessly, and she’s such a wonderful person that’s full of charisma. All these ladies are awesome in their own rights, and if I can touch upon that .. that’s good with me.
GO VENUE: Chemistry. It can and will, either define a band or destroy it. I’ve seen several local bands/acts go on hiatus or simply end up dissolving over personality conflicts. This isn’t the case with Spider Rockets however, and whether onstage performing or just sitting back have conversation while mingling with fans/patrons, it’s immediately apparent that the four of you are so much more than just band mates, but rather a persona of family. Is this sheer coincidence or did the stars align just perfectly to create such a unique bond?
HELENA COS: I think it is so important to build such a bond within the band. It’s like you against the world, you know? A positive relationship within the group is essential in producing positive results, especially when we’re moving fast and staying focused on what the goal is. You know what’s somewhat funny Craig, and it may be a bit off record but what the heck, is that you can have highly intelligent and tremendously amazing musicians that are playing in their basements or garages, simply because they just cannot get along with other people. Therefore they can’t be dependable. It’s sad to see such talent go to waste over petty issues involving personality quirks. We are very happy however, to announce that our bass player Jimmie Mui is back in the saddle and we couldn’t be more grateful! He’s such a hard worker and has so much input to contribute!
GO VENUE: Whether in the studio or on the road, can you share with us an example of the foolery that surrounds either you or the other three members?
Guitarist Johnny Nap. Photo by Craig Stebbins
HELENA COS: Oh yes, I certainly can! So, we were doing a festival last year (you may remember this) in Upstate New York and it was getting late, and I was exhausted and retired back to our van/trailer. But not little Johnny and Dale .. they wanted to make their way up to the makeshift bar on the property, just to have a “few”. Well don’t you know, they ended up closing the bar and I was in complete amazement as to how they could have made it back to our van, as they certainly were not in any shape to walk. But they somehow were successful. So there I was, nearly asleep in our merch trailer, when I heard the strangest of noises. Then it dawned on me that we’re parked right next to a pond, and all I could envision was the two of them ending up walking into it. Well by the grace of the powers to be, they didn’t end up swimming, but this is where it gets interesting. So instead of coming inside van, where it was warm, dry, and contained sleeping bags and pillows, Johnny decided the best place to cuddle up to be was the front driver’s side wheel. Dale, not to be outdone, couldn’t quite fit in van and chose to crawl under it to take a nap there. Dale didn’t quite fit in the van because this isn’t a high van and would hang half out, and at some point during the night, it began to rain. Hard. And in an instant, Dale was up and on his feet yelling “Johnny .. Johnny .. where are you?” So he’s just looking around and being real loud, being that he was rather inebriated to say the least. He then stumbles upon Johnny yelling “Oh Johnny, there you are!” Johnny, not functional at this point is asking “what‘s going on?”. Dale in his infinite wisdom blurts out “Dude, it’s raining. We got to get out of this rain!!” Stumbling around while getting their bearings, they came to the assumption that they needed to get into a drier environment. They begin beating on the door, trying to get my attention and it was like 5 o’clock in the morning and all I could think of was “what the hell is going on here? Let me sleep guys!”. When you’re half asleep half awake, you’re really not into conscious thinking. Needless to say I was feeling refreshed that fine morning, but those two? Not so. There was just no helping them. Sometimes you need to just let them go to bed (*laughs*).
GO VENUE: Speaking of being on the road, we at Go Venue have heard that Spider Rockets have opened for such headliners as Pop Evil, Saliva and Tantric for starters. How have these experiences refined you four as artists?
HELENA COS: Night after night is always a privilege, and we totally view it in that fashion. So we try to take in as much as we possibly can while we’re out playing shows. You learn from the other groups, while some things like the routine day to day things, come naturally. It’s enlightening to watch these other bands onstage night after night and see how they react to different audiences. You know, we should kind of take something away with you each time .. a little bit if even unconsciously.
GO VENUE: As with many local as well as national acts, there’s always too many hands in the artist’s pockets. How important is it to you and the other three members, to maintain the upper hand over your material you release?
HELENA COS: This is such a complex question, but I believe that while it is important to maintain a sense of control over material and such, it can be somewhat difficult when there’s other people injecting their input. The resources they bring to the table are invaluable, so there must be some form of give and take. And without that, the results aren’t what we’d be seeking out.
GO VENUE: Do you believe that you’ve found the balance between band control and the outside input that are ever so needed?
HELENA COS: Yes, at this point we have. Things constantly change, so as we’re moving on and upward it’s always a continual self-evaluation both business-wise and creatively also.
An official artwork album cover of ‘Along Came A Spider’.
GO VENUE: With this recent album drop, are there any videos in the works either presently or in the distant future?
HELENA COS: But of course we do! We have one lyric video (‘Sick’) that we’ve done so far and it is actually a one-take video which of itself, is deceptive because it took plenty of mediocre takes until we got it right. Promotion is going full swing right now and we are trying to keep up with it all and share all the latest news and press on social media. Also, we’ve been doing a bunch of interviews and have a considerable more scheduled , and a few other things in the fire but not in the absolute near future, so you’ll just have to wait to see what we have in store for our fans!
GO VENUE: For most bands, the selling of merchandise can be their most important source of income. What can fans expect to purchase at both the Spider Rockets shows, as well as your online store?
HELENA COS: We have t-shirts, CDs, bumper stickers, buttons, wristbands, 8×10 photos, posters. We nixed some ideas for merchandise, like shower caps and underwear – but I think most people will find something that they like in our selection!
GO VENUE: Before we end this interview, I’d first like to extend Go Venue’s gratitude for allowing us to spend time with you today .. Always a pleasure Helena! It’s always a treat to spend time with you while you’re playing shows, gaining both professional knowledge as well as insight to the workings of the minds of the guys as well! Is there anything else that you’d like to add to our conversation?
HELENA COS: Thank you so much Craig! ‘Along Came a Spider’ is available digitally worldwide. And, for those who want a signed CD, please come out to one of our show or go to our online store (via Facebook or our website). We hope to see all of you real soon, whether we’re playing in a local pub near you or while on the road this spring!!
Promo band – Spider Rockets
Along Came a Spider (2018)
Spider Rockets (2009)
Ever After (2007)
Flipped Off (2000)
Helena Cos – vocals
Johnny Nap – lead guitar
Dale Whitaker – drums
Jimmy Mui – bass
Quintessential Irish-American folk punk band FLOGGING MOLLY will be releasing two unreleased tracks from their Life Is Good recording sessions just in time for their St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Hollywood Palladium. The first installment “Going Home” is now available worldwide via streaming services. The second portion “There’s Nothing Left Pt. 2” will be released on March 16th. The band just wrapped up their European outing with Dropkick Murphys and is already back on the road on their Life Is Good Spring 2018 Tour in support of their first new album in over six years.
“I think for me it comes down to being on the road for the past twenty odd years or so,” explains vocalist Dave King. “Sometimes, it’s hard to distinguish where home actually is. But, I’ve realized that traveling and working with my wife that home is wherever I want it to be.”
Life Is Good was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli (Counting Crows, My Morning Jacket, Manchester Orchestra). The album is mature, well crafted, equally polished and almost aggressively topical. It’s filled with rousing songs that are timeless in their sentiment, but directly related to today’s most pressing concerns: politics, the economy, unemployment, planned boomtowns gone bust, immigration policies gone awry, and much more.Life Is Good serves as a wake-up call to those who have simply stood by while far reaching political decisions were made that had serious impact on them.
Flogging Molly is celebrating their 20th Anniversary as a staple in the punk scene. The band started out as the house band at Molly Malone’s and built a loyal following. A few of their influences include The Dubliners, The Pogues, Johnny Cash, and The Clash. They’ve built a massive following through endless touring and even have their very own boat cruise which has hosted everyone from Rancid to NOFX to Less Than Jake to The English Beat to The Bouncing Souls to Frank Turner to Gogol Bordello. This year they’ll be hitting the high seas on their annual Salty Dog Cruise featuring The Offspring, Buzzcocks, The Vandals, Lagwagon, The Adolescents, and more.
FLOGGING MOLLY is Dave King (Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bodhran), Bridget Regan (Violin, Tin Whistle), Dennis Casey (Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar), Bob Schmidt (Banjo, Mandolin), Matt Hensley (Accordion, Piano, Concertina), Nathen Maxwell (Bass Guitar, Vocals), Mike Alonso (Drums, Percussion). Catch them on tour this month!
In preparation of their upcoming special edition 2CD, 2LP and digital rarities and covers compilation, “Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs”, out on March 30 via Century Media Records, UK’s grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have revealed a second single from the upcoming release!
Listen to “Call That An Option?” below:
NAPALM DEATH - Call That an Option? (Album Track) - YouTube
You can also listen to the first single, “Oh So Pseudo”, a bonus track from “Apex Predator – Easy Meat” album sessions in 2014 here:
NAPALM DEATH - Oh So Pseudo (Album Track) - YouTube
“Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs” will include a total of 31 songs in a playing time of over 90 minutes, compiling rarities and exclusive earworms spanning 2004-2016 from the whirling gene pool of noise that is NAPALM DEATH. The 2LP edition of “Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs” will not only contain a poster and an LP-booklet, but will – next to an unlimited black vinyl version – also be available in the following limited colored vinyl runs: 100 copies white vinyl (CM Webshop Europe), 200 copies neon orange vinyl (CM USA), 200 copies silver vinyl (Nuclear Blast Webshop) and 400 copies red vinyl (CM Distro).
NAPALM DEATH are also excited to share that they have been announced as support for legendary metal act Slayer on the second leg of their farewell tour in North America alongside metal giants Lamb of God, Anthrax and Testament. Bassist Shane Embury commented: “Napalm Death are very excited to be part of the second leg of Slayer’s farewell tour! Having been a fan since back in the day, I never would have thought when I bought the import copy of “Show No Mercy” that playing grindcore would catapult us into this universe. We’ll see you in July!” Tickets are on sale now at www.slayer.net, hurry and get them before they sell out!
Dates for the tour are as follows:
Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament & NAPALM DEATH – North American Tour:
7/26 Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion #
7/27 Bangor, ME – Waterfront Pavilion (Impact Music Festival) #
7/28 Montreal, QC – Heavy MTL Festival
7/29 Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach #
7/31 Scranton, PA – Montage Mountain #
8/1 Saratoga Springs, NY – Times Union Center #
8/3 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheatre #
8/4 Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheatre #
8/6 London, ON – Budweiser Gardens #
8/7 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Area #
8/9 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre #
8/10 Atlanta, GA – Cellaris Amphitheatre #
8/12 Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium #
8/13 Rogers, AR – Wal-Mart Amphitheatre #
8/15 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum #
8/16 Oklahoma, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre #
8/18 Greenwood Village, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre #
8/19 Salt Lake City, UT – UANA Amphitheatre #
8/21 Nampa, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheatre #
8/23 Portland, OR – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre #
8/26 San Jose, CA – SAP Center #
# with Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament
NAPALM DEATH will continue to expand their relentless touring campaign all over the globe as they will be seen prior to the Slayer making their way across Europe appearing at several of the largest Summer festivals including Hellfest (France) and Inferno Fest (Norway). The band have also announced a comprehensive tour across Latin America in September and October with Cannibal Corpse. Full dates are listed below!
NAPALM DEATH European Tour Dates
3/16 Southport, UK – Southport Holiday Park
3/30 Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
3/31 Gothenburg, SE – Belsepub
4/1 Oslo, NO – Inferno Metal Festival
4/3 Hamburg, DE – Knust
4/4 Herford, DE – X
4/5 Drachten, NL – Iduna
4/6 Berlin, DE – SO36
4/7 Katowice, PO – Metalmania Festival
4/8 Chemnitz, DE – AJZ
5/4 London, UK – Desertfest
5/10 Bethune, FR – Le Satellite
5/11 Gueret, FR – Metal Cultures
5/12 Montpellier, FR – Moshfest IV
5/13 Brianans, FR – Outbreak Metal Fest
6/22 Clisson, FR – Hellfest
6/29 Villafranca, IT – Rock The Castle
7/12-14 Torgau, DE – Endless Summer
NAPALM DEATH Latin America Tour Dates
9/9 Limeira, BR – Mirage ^
9/11 Asuncion, PY – Sala Garcia Lorca ^
9/13 Montevideo, UY – Sala Del Museo ^
9/14 Rio de Janeiro, BR – Circo Voador ^
9/15 Sao Paulo, BR – Carioca Club ^
9/16 Belo Horizonte, BR – Music Hall BH ^
9/18 Porto Alegre, BR – Opiniao ^
9/19 Curitiba, BR – Hermes Bar ^
9/21 Manaus, BR – Teatro Manauara ^
9/22 Fortaleza, BR – Espaco Jangada ^
9/23 Recife, BR – Baile Perfumado ^
9/25 Buenos Aires, AR – Teatro Vorterix ^
9/26 Santiago, CH – Teatrp Caupolican ^
9/27 Lima, PE – CC Festiva ^
9/29 Bogota, CO – Auditoro Mayor Cun ^
9/30 San Jose, CR – Club Peppers ^
10/3 San Salvador, ES – Cifco ^
10/4 Mexico City, MX – Pabellon Cuervo ^
10/5 Queretero, MX – Auditoro Arteaga ^
10/7 Guadalajara, MX – C3 Stage ^
^ with Cannibal Corpse
Stay in touch with NAPALM DEATH for further news on their upcoming release, “Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs”, and additional tour dates!
Maryland rock band RISE AMONG RIVALS has released the official music video for the single “EMPTY LOVE SCENE,” off of their upcoming, debut EP. Originally premiered on Tattoo.com, “EMPTY LOVE SCENE” was directed by Tom Flynn.
EMPTY LOVE SCENE - RISE AMONG RIVALS - YouTube
“The distance between your dreams and reality is called action. This is only our first move.” – Rise Among Rivals
The raw energy invested into their debut, self-titled EP is directly reflected on stage and on record by Rise Among Rivals, a new modern rock group based out of Baltimore MD. Since forming in the summer of 2017, honest expression has been a top priority. With a focus on heavy riffs, melodic vocals, and complex dynamics, Rise Among Rivals ties together their favorite pieces from hard rock and electronic music. After leaving previous projects, vocalist, David Gascon and drummer, Christopher Tepper started recording what would become the first Rise Among Rivals EP. They were later joined by guitarist Jim Poggi and bassist Jamey McElroy to complete the line-up. In September, after only 2 months of writing, recording, they embarked on their first tour from Tennessee to Rhode Island with the famed national recording artist, Flaw.
Their EP is scheduled to release in early summer of 2018. The six song EP is a direct representation of the bands cohesive vision, starting with their music and stemming to their live performance. The band believes that the distance between your aspirations and reality is action, which is why they have made sure to put in the work to create a recorded and live product that holds up to the high standards of each member of the band. This EP features songs that deal with personal struggle, conflict, lust, and love. Rise Among Rivals intends on pushing this EP and future music to all possible digital outlets and continuing to provide a personal, energetic live experience to fans regularly.
Last week, the inaugural INKCARCERATIONMusic and Tattoo Festival was officially announced, presenting fans with aone-of-a-kind event experience. At INKCARCERATION, not only will attendees rock out to three days of live music from 30+ of today’s greatest rock bands, they can also be tattooed by acclaimed local and regional artists, tour one of the most famous haunted reformatories of all time, enjoy tasty treats and refreshments from 15+ food trucks onsite, browse goods from a number of vendors, experience a full rock n’ roll circus sideshow (brought to you by Hellzapoppin – learn more here), and more.
Due to instant popular demand, first tier weekend tickets and VIP completely sold out within 24 hours of the festival’s announcement! Beginning today, INKCARCERATION is offering single day tickets starting at just $55, which include an entire day’s worth of activity for an affordable price. Single day ticket holders will have access to the concert portion of the event, the tattoo festival, self-guided reformatory tours, the circus sideshow, and more. Single day ticket VIP, starting at $145, is also available and will also include access to the air-conditioned VIP lounge offering lunch, dinner, and a private bar, in addition to the listed activities above.
Second tier weekend tickets and VIP are still available, as well as tent and RV camping packages. Visit http://inkcarceration.com/ for all ticket options and more information.
This just in – INKCARCERATION is thrilled to announce that two more premier artists have joined this year’s outstanding line-up – Billboard-charting heavy metal icons DevilDriver, and emerging hard rockers Dead Girls Academy.
DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara says, “DevilDriver are proud to be part of INKCARCERATION! Tattoos and music combined together, plus all these killer bands along for the ride make this a not-to-be-missed festival. Come support DevilDriver and let’s get down!”
Michael Vampire of Dead Girls Academy says, “I’m excited to announce my band Dead Girls Academy have been added to the INKCARCERATION Festival in Ohio! It’s always been a dream of mine to share the stage with Bush. Excited to mark this off my bucket list. We will be bringing an intense live show and look forward to meeting all our fans. See you there!”
Previously announced artists set to perform at INKCARCERATION include Rise Against, A Day to Remember, Bush, Black Label Society, Clutch, Our Lady Peace, Suicidal Tendencies, Fuel, Hatebreed, Sevendust, Living Colour, Of Mice and Men, Corrosion of Conformity, Lit, Life of Agony, Alien Ant Farm, ’68, Soil, Adelitas Way, JennCity, Bad Omens, Fear The Fallen, Akadia, Through Fire, All About A Bubble and more TBD. Individual performance times and stages will be announced leading up to INKCARCERATION.
INKCARCERATION is proud to be teaming up with ReverbNation to select up to five up-and-coming bands to perform throughout the event! Bands interested in performing at INKCARCERATION can enter their submission for FREE today here, but hurry – submissions close on April 16 and artists chosen to perform will be announced on May 1. ReverbNation is an American online platform that is home to over 3.8 million musicians, fans venues and labels in more than 190 countries worldwide. It helps artists grow lasting careers by introducing them to music industry partners, exposing them to fans, and building innovative tools to promote their success.
INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival will take place July 13-15 in Mansfield, Ohio at the eerie, enormous Historic Ohio State Reformatory (100 Reformatory Rd.). This massive, awe-inspiring locale is recognized primarily as not only one of the most haunted buildings in the country, but also as the filming location for the 1994 cinematic classic, The Shawshank Redemption, starring Hollywood legends Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.During INKCARCERATION, attendees can take part in self-guided reformatory tours, exploring the prison independently at their own pace while learning about the history of the facility and the many unique Hollywood and paranormal connections.
More information on the tattoo festival portion of INKCARCERATION – which will include over 70 booths featuring local and regional tattoo artists – will be announced soon.Interested in tattooing at INKCARCERATION? Applications are still open. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and details, and please provide your name, company name, website and phone number in the email.
Stay tuned for more information coming soon regarding INKCARCERATION activities. Additional ticket and camping information, parking details, event hours, and other important FAQ’s can be found at http://inkcarceration.com/.
Florida based alternative metal band Meka Nism has released the official music video for their single “The War Inside,” off of their upcoming, as yet unnamed EP. Originally premiered on New Noise Magazine, “The War Inside” was directed by Jim Dougherty with creative direction from front-woman Meka.
Meka Nism - The War Inside [OFFICIAL VIDEO] - YouTube
The music video for “The War Inside” is the visual representation of the internal struggles that some of us battle throughout our entire lives. From anxiety to depression, addiction and insecurity, we all deal with some type of inner demons that affect us on different levels. In the video, the story is one of self healing through the spiritual journey of the Shaman. Meka portrays both her own lost soul fragments and her own hero. She faces her fears by confronting them head on in each of her energy centers, which are portrayed by six botch dancers. We each have the power and courage to face our struggles and to save ourselves from all that we are desperately fighting. The intention behind “The War Inside” is to help inspire and create the energy to empower others to take their own healing journey and know that everything we need to win our war is already inside of us,” – Meka
The Cambridge English Dictionary defines mechanism as ‘a mechanical contrivance; structure of a machine.’ Well, that dictionary will soon need a new entry which reads ‘Meka Nism: totally uncontrived, a new structure of metal music.’ Originally formed in 2006 under the steampunk-sounding name of Meka Nism and the Rusty Years; the band, now known as the more streamlined Meka Nism, has mutated into the awesome future-forming metallic behemoth it is now. Featuring a band firing on all cylinders and the most charismatic front-woman, Meka Nism have supported legends like Mastodon, Gojira, The Offspring, Limp Bizkit, Otep and In Flames. The very diversity of their support slots speaks volumes for Meka Nism, they are a true 21st century band, building new edifices on what has come before.
Inspired by Metallica, Joan Jett, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Ghost, guitarist Bobby Keller describes Meka Nism’s sound as “powerful, metallic, aggressive ,melodic, and in your face.”
Bobby explains the meaning of the band’s name. “Meka Nism means a well-oiled metal machine with great power! With all of the elements, the band members combine, we make one machine.”
Bobby can’t wait for Meka Nism’s fans to hear their new EP. “The musical element is superior to any thing we’ve done before. We are ready to take the world by storm. We know we have something special and are at the forefront of something new in metal. Our lyrics come from a lot of spiritual influences, Meka studies shamanism and takes a very specific healing approach to all her lyrics.”
Meka Nism, live, emit “pure power and energy. We are a LIVE band, hands down. Our shows are packed and we thrive off the energy of our audiences. We take it and punch it right back to them. There is no let up. You can expect your neck to hurt a lot after our shows.”
Chaotic metalcore outfit Toothless has released a new single, “Bridges”, off their new EP titled, Red, set to release March 30th. The new single is the second release off the EP, which follows up their title track “Red”.
Red Final Album Artwork
Vocalist, Travis Antoniello commented on the new single, “Bridges is more focused on groove, with some tastes of dissonance and mathcore elements. Of course it has some heavier parts people can get down to, as well. The lyrics are more story like, following a character driven into mania after realizing they have no control of the world around them.”
Hailing from Pennsylvania, the metalcore quintet takes heavy, jabbing riffs, blunt drumming fusing together with sharp melodic vocals to bring chaos to the center of their upcoming EP.
“With this EP, I feel like we explored our individual influences more than in the past. We tried to incorporate a bit more groove while also pulling elements from some more obscure genres, like post-metal and drum and bass, to meld with our metalcore/mathcore sound.” – Drummer, James Slattery
Hear “Bridges” below:
Toothless - Bridges - YouTube
Red Track Listing
4. Broken Toes
The legendary punk band Pennywise is back again with their twelfth full-length, Never Gonna Die. This is the first full album of new songs with singer Jim Lindberg, guitarist Fletcher Dragge, drummer Byron McMackin, and bassist Randy Bradbury in over a decade.
The album comes out April 20, but today you can check out Never Gonna Die’s title track: a thrashing and furious look into “the seemingly immortal practice of handing down our ancient biases, prejudice, and religious dogma from each generation to the next,” according to Lindberg.
“The goal of the song is to try and get young people to finally say enough, and that the system isn’t working,” Lindberg adds. “It’s going to take a massive evolutionary shift in consciousness to change it, starting with the youth, because unless we do, we’ll just have more of the same carnage we’ve seen happening all over the world reincarnated with every new generation.”
Produced by longtime Pennywise collaborator Cameron Webb (Motörhead, NOFX, Alkaline Trio), Never Gonna Die came to life in the same space where the band penned classic songs with late bassist Jason Thirsk. With their quintessential power to merge the subversive and the celebratory, Pennywise have built the album on fast-paced anthems expertly engineered to inspire radical change, personal empowerment, relentless hijinks, and reckless fast times.
Pennywise have released 11 albums over the last three decades, including: Pennywise (1991), Unknown Road (1993), About Time (1995), Full Circle (1997), Straight Ahead(1999), Land of the Free? (2001), From the Ashes (2003), The Fuse (2005), Reason to Believe (2008), All or Nothing (2012), and Yesterdays (2014). Resolutely working outside the margins of the mainstream, the band has emerged as an enduringly vibrant staple on SoCal radio airwaves and the worldwide festival circuit.
Mar 09 — Boise, ID — Knitting Factory
Mar 10 — Bend, OR — Midtown Ballroom
Mar 11 — Spokane, WA — Knitting Factory Concert House
Mar 13 — Victoria, Canada — Capital Ballroom
Mar 14 — Vancouver, Canada — Commodore Ballroom
Mar 15 — Kelowna, Canada — Sapphire
Mar 16 — Calgary, Canada — MacEwan Hall, University of Calgary
Mar 17 — Edmonton, Canada — Union Hall
Mar 19 — Saskatoon, Canada — O’Brian’s Event Centre
Mar 20 — Winnipeg, Canada — Garrick Centre
Mar 22 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s
Mar 23 — Omaha, NE — Sokol Auditorium
Mar 31 — Chiba, Japan — Vans Warped Tour Japan 2018
Apr 7-8 — Sacramento, CA — Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival
Apr 28 — Denver, CA — Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival
Apr 29 — Albuquerque, NM — Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival
May 05 — Tucson, AZ — Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival
May 12 — Auburn, WA — Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival
May 13 — Portland, OR — Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival