Alison Bauer & Anthony Cannella
Chicago, IL | Interview & Concert Recap | Diamante:
In our interview we spoke to Diamante regarding 80's female rock influences, her multi-cultural background, attending the School of Rock as a teenager, working with Howard Benson, and her favorite songs to perform live.
Diamante | 2018 Music Videos
Diamante | Throwback Music Video
Diamante has been performing venues since she was fifteen, yet in 2014; this single titled, "Bite Your Kiss" took audiences by a storm. In an interview with I'm Music Mag, she quotes, "That song was really the first song that felt like this is right and this is where I want to go and a lot of people really loved the song, and from there it’s just been a whirlwind and a snowball effect."
Diamante | 2018 Tour Schedule
June 4 The Annex Madison, WI
June 6 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN
June 7 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
June 8 The Machine Shop Flint, MI
June 9 Pierce’s Entertainment Center – Ft Wayne IN
June 11 The Basement Columbus, OH
June 12 The Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY
June 13 Aura Portland, ME
June 18 Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA
June 19 Gramercy Theatre NY, NY
June 21 Soundstage Baltimore, MD
June 23 The Tarheel Jacksonville, NC
June 24 Capone’s Johnson City, TN
June 26 Soul Kitchen Mobile, AL
June 27 Side Track Music Hall Huntsville, AL
June 28 The Metroplex Little Rock, AR
June 29 Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City, OK
July 2 Jake’s Sports Cafe Lubbock, TX
July 5 Gothic Theatre Englewood, CO
July 6 Sunshine Studios Live Colorado Springs, Co
Bullet for My Valentine, Trivium and Toothgrinder give the Casino Ballroom a war while rocking in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
Author and Photographer – Ian Urquhart
Time to get the aloe out in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. The summer sun decided to show up while bringing a metal concert with it. The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom fell home to a Toothgrinder, Triviumand Bullet for My Valentineshow on May 11th, 2018. If you were lucky and early enough, a few fans had the opportunity to greet some of the bands that were cruising the boardwalk before set time. Nevertheless, all of Hampton Beach was ready to rock.
Leading it off, Toothgrindergraced the presence of the Hampton Beach faithful while Justin Matthews (lead vocalist) rocked an impressive, three-piece suit. Owning the stage with energy and excitement, Toothgrindernot only provided a heavy metal experience, but also found ways to become one with the crowd. Quite literally. With stage-dive after stage-dive, Justin Matthews joined the strong & brave who control the mosh pit while belting out songs alongside vocally-gifted fans. “The Shadow” off of The Phantom Amour (2017) initiated the majority of the crowd movement and participation. Overall, Toothgrinderprovided the electricity needed to jump start this metal-induced evening.
Regardless of where Triviumlies on any show line up, you already know what to expect. Incredibly technical drum fills, head-banging guitar riffs and tongue-exposing solos. Triviumcertainly could have been considered the headliner for this event. However, they were asked to play second and just as everyone expected, they did not disappoint. With eight studio albums to choose from, fans heard a wide variety of songs. With Triviumrockers ranging into many different age groups, having a diverse selection of songs helped connect with the hardcore, dedicated fans while also pleasing the newer ones. This was seen during “The Sin and the Sentence” off of The Sin and the Sentence (2017) while the old-school fans thrashed to the “Pull Harder on the Strings of your Martyr” off of Ascendency (2005). Trivium always does an incredible job connecting with the fans while also providing an entertaining experience. One can only hope that theywill be rocking stages for many years to come.
With Trivium being a hard act to follow, many seemed curious if Bullet for My Valentinedeserved the headlining spot on this tour. Within seconds of their opening song, “Don’t Need You,” it was evident that they were right where they needed to be. A fresh mixture of songs was played during Bullet’s set in order to capture the attention of new fans while pleasing the dedicated fans of the years past. This was also the first time that New Hampshire was given a chance to officially welcome Jason Bowld as Bullet for My Valentine’snew drummer. Which had zero effect on how well excited Bullet’s performance was. The crowd was sent into a frenzy as the intro to “Tears Don’t Fall” off of The Poison (2005) followed by an overwhelming “Let’s Go!” to kick the song in. Concluding the evening involved one of Bullet for My Valentine’sheaviest songs, “Waking the Demon” off of Scream Aim Fire (2008). It’s possible that the Casino Ballroom floor is still shaking form the circle pit that was created during this track.
The Casino Ballroom always provides an incredible experience as a concert goer. Whether you enjoyed some oysters on a seaside dock or played arcade games for a couple hours before heading the venue. Hampton Beach can be home to some incredible concerts. To have the opportunity to see two legendary bands perform back to back is something many will take home with them as a one of a kind experience. Although this tour may be over, Bullet for My Valentine will be hitting the road again this fall to tour their most recent album that will be released this month, Gravity.
Until then, see you next time.
On Friday, May 18 , Sum 41 took a break from the studio and came to the Concord Music Hall to celebrate the 15th year anniversary of the unforgettable album ‘Does This Look Infected?’. ‘Does This Look Infected?’ was Sum 41’s second album, but was known to be their first album where they weren’t afraid to express their aggressive side. Due to that, when the band released ‘Does This Look Infected’ on November 26, 2002, it provided new labels for Sum 41. These labels were, more Standard Punk Rock, Hardcore Punk, and Heavy Metal, since it was darker and heavier than their debut album ‘All Killer, No Filler’. With this album being more on the mosh pit and crowd surfing side, the Concord Music Hall was the perfect venue to host this event. The Concord Music Hall is a compact scene that provides a warm shadowy atmosphere with a ground shaking sound system, which are the perfect characteristics needed to provide the best experience for a true Punk Rock show.
As Cone McCaslin, Tom Thacker, Frank Zummo, Dave “Brownsound” Baksh, and Deryck Whibley took the stage, they immediately made it clear that this wasn’t going to be your typical anniversary show. Lead singer, Deryck Whibley, explained to the ecstatic crowd that they weren’t going to play the album from start to finish and that they were going to mix things up the Sum 41 way. Not only did the Concord Music Hall get the chance to experience hits from ‘Does This Look Infected?’, but we had the opportunity to experience other live masterworks, such as: Fat Lip from ‘All Killer, No Filler’ and their crowd lifting covers of Black Sabbaths ‘War Pigs’, Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’, and Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You.'
Overall, Sum 41 gave Chicago a night to remember and stayed true to the Punk Rock fans by giving them exactly what they wanted. According to a recent interview with the Chicago Sun Times, Deryck had no intention of doing the fifteen-year anniversary of ‘Does This Look Infected’. In fact, when asked about it, he replied, “In all honesty, I didn’t even know it was the anniversary. I don’t really pay attention to that kind of stuff. And it just sort of feels like it wasn’t that long ago.” It is no secret that Whibley and the other members of Sum 41 have been dedicating all their attention on concluding their first album since ‘13 Voices’ was released in 2016. It wasn’t until Sum 41’s fan base reached out and questioned the prospects of an anniversary tour. As a response, the band specified, “All right, let's go out and do a short run.”
Should Sum 41 do a ‘All Killer, No Filler’ anniversary tour next? It’s definitely a possibility with these Punk Rock legends.
Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
Nothing but metal could be felt in the air around Worcester, Massachusetts on April 20th, 2018. Home to many metal and rock concerts, the Worcester Palladium was set to host the New England Hardcore and Metal Music Festival of 2018. Bands stretched across the United States met in Worcester, MA to celebrate the awesomeness of what is metal music. Clear skies, warm sun, loud music and smiles all around could be seen and felt. Let’s break down the breakdowns.
Although the festival included over thirty hardcore and/or metal bands, Headrush TV was fortunate to cover a handful of talented groups. Let’s begin.
Epicenter – Straight out of Boston, the Epicenterfocuses mainly on their technicality when performing. A strong progressive, thrash metal vibe was given off throughout their performance. One neat detail about this band is that their drummer, Zak King, took over the lead vocals for Epicenter. Very innovative band with a lot to offer.
Sentinels – Traveling from their home state of New Jersey, Sentinels got everyone moving. A strong Born of Osiris influence could be heard in their performance. Both Thomas Cardone and Chris Dombrowski (guitarists) timed their progressive melodies with the kick drum of Dave Rucki, perfectly. A fundamentally driven, Progressive Metal band is hard to come by now-a-days, but these guys brought the heavy.
Noxii Arena – Led by Andrew Shea (lead vocalist), Noxii Arenamost definitely represented the Rhode Island heavy metal community. With hints of Whitechapel and Unearth being heard throughout their set, Noxii Arena looked to have felt right at home at the Palladium. Heavy. Fast. Technical. Noxii Arenagot the job done and got the Massachusetts faithful talking. If you have a chance to catch a Noxii Arena set, it is highly recommended you do so.
Barbarian – Also originating from Rhode Island, Barbarian brought a unique vision to their post-hardcore jams. With Mike Carp leading the vocals, Barbarian continued the onslaught of what was being made of the Worcester Palladium. There was a bit of a change when it comes to sound with this group. Hints of Beartooth as well as Memphis May Fire could be hear throughout their set. A pleasant surprise with no one complaining.
Deathamphetamine – Heading about fifteen minutes north of Massachusetts, the Nashua, NH boys of Deathamphetamineeasily stole the show on the upstairs stage of the Palladium. Observing the crowd, Deathamphetamine had the most fans and shirts scattered amongst the spectators. Additionally, their Groove Metal vibe took everyone for a wild ride. This sound was a bit different from the other bands performing. However, this change of pace really sat in with the Worcester faithful. A strong Lamb of God influence was felt throughout the set, as well.
Within the Ruins – With regards to the Main Stage performers of the Palladium, Within the Ruins definitely won the hearts of those watching/moshing. This night was a bittersweet event with it being Tim Goergen’s (lead vocalist) last show as the lead man to Within the Ruins. After a wild run, Tim hung up the microphone while passing it along to Steve Tinnon. Speaking of which, Within the Ruins’ fans were given a taste of Steve’s talents as he was able to sing during Within the Ruin’s last song. This was a heavy hitting performance. If given the chance, catch the Within The Ruinsfellas on tour.
Delain – Charlotte Wessels. Nothing more needs to be said. Lzzy Hale, who? Delain’s gothic rock vibe while being instrumentally influenced with symphonic metal, threw everyone for a whirlwind. With a decade of performing under their belts, Delain certainly knew how to work the crowd. It was a breath of fresh air being able to see such a dominate and strong, female vocalist representing the metal genre so genuinely. There were some whispers amongst the fans mentioning how Delain “sort of sounds like Arch Enemy.” Such a comparison would make sense. In summary, go see Delain if and when possible.
It is always reassuring to see so many people gather in one location to support a scene that gets criticized more than others. To show that there are thousands of people willing to travel and celebrate hardcore and metal music. With so many talented musicians expressing their love and devotion to their craft, it is only fitting to represent each band to their fullest. Having this annual festival speaks volumes to those who wish to keep the hardcore and metal scene alive and thriving.
Until next year and until the next metal/hardcore show, cheers my friends.
By: Anthony Cannella
In April, the Redemption Tour, featuring a stacked line-up of Tantric, Saving Abel, and Puddle of Mudd, came through the Chicagoland area… and completely rocked the Patio Theatre. For those unfamiliar with the venue, the Patio Theatre is a landmark in Chicago dating back to the 1920’s. Throughout the years, this location has been shut down several times, each time changing owners, but there are characteristics about this place that will always last; including an intense sound system, a monstrous screen that hovers behind the stage that lights up the room and a close connection to the fans, allowing people by the stage.
The historic venue makes for a grungy experience. Due to how close you are to the band and the ground shaking from the sound, which is perfect for Puddle of Mudd, since they are considered a post-grunge Rock band.
A major factor that makes this tour one to put on your radar, is the perfect selections of opening bands. As the night started, the rock band from Louisville, Tantric, honored the crowd with a remarkable set. It was quite an experience to witness Tantric’s lead vocalist Hugo Ferreira, who is the only original band member of Tantric. Tantric undeniably got the crowd's attention and left us prepared for Saving Abel.
As Saving Abel took the stage, the crowd lit up- since we knew this band instigates a party with any crowd they are presented. As Saving Abel’s set continued, you couldn’t help, but to admire the instrumentals of Jason Null, Scott Bartlett, Scott Wilson, and Blake Dixon. In addition to the admirable instrumentals, Saving Abel’s lead vocalist since 2008, Scotty Austin, belts out all the hits to perfection making it a show you don’t want to miss.
As Saving Abel wrapped up their song setlist, Scotty made it clear that they weren’t going to leave us without playing their chart-topping song “Addicted”. Being the rockstar that Scotty Austin is, he saw a perfect opportunity to make the venue go crazy as he leaped into the crowd when “Addicted” started. You could see how the place erupts in the video below, leaving us ready for Puddle of Mudd. It is great to see that after all these years Saving Abel still rocks every venue that they perform at, which is exciting due to Scotty informing us after the show that new music is being released soon!
As we waited for Puddle of Mudd to come on to perform, fans were honestly unsure of what we were going to get due to the band being unpredictable lately based on recent reviews. For the Patio Theatre in Chicago though, we can assure you that they came for business as they blew the roof off the venue. Puddle of Mudd came on stage and wasted no time as they played a plethora of their number one mainstream Rock singles. Their setlist compiled of hits ranging from the album Come Clean (2001) to the album Volume 4: Song in the Key of Love & Hate (2009). For those who have not seen Puddle of Mudd live, it is highly recommended that you do, so that you can witness just how well this band collaborates with each other.
Lead singer, Wes Scantlin, is without a doubt a site to witness as he graces us with his famous modern grunge-like vocals. It is clear throughout the whole set that he is extremely passionate about his music. This is detected with each scream he delivers to the crowd and the patience that is given with certain notes so that each song is performed to perfection. As a huge fan of Puddle of Mudd, the struggles of this band and its members are no secret, which made this show special. If you were in the crowd or were lucky enough to witness HeadRushTV’s live Instagram feed, you were able to see that Puddle of Mudd was straight up having a great time while performing and allowing music to takeover and overcome any adversities. When you receive that version of Puddle of Mudd, it is guaranteed that they will leave you with an experience you will never forget.
Overall, each one of these bands are unique in their own way and combining them together leaves the Redemption Tour a tour to remember. Look at the links below and see if your city is fortunate enough to witness these admirable Rock talents!
Puddle of Mudd - puddleofmudd.com/
Saving Abel - www.songkick.com/artists/583314-saving-abel
Author & Photographer: Alison Bauer
Ministry released their newest [9 track] album 'AmeriKKKant' on March 09, 2018; we caught their hometown Chicago show at the Riviera Theatre on Saturday, April 07 on tour with Chelsea Wolfe and The God Bombs. Read the archives linked here to watch Ministry's latest music videos, or watch our exclusive live-concert coverage in the video recap below!
Opening the night with their first single, "Twilight Zone," the music video blasted on the projection screen. Guitarist Cesar Soto entered the stage behind an Anonymous mask while on the opposite end, Sin Quirin was covert behind a face-mask: a bandana. John Bechdel on the keyboard joined Derek Abrams on the drums sans-mask while live scratcher DJ Swamp used LED glasses for stage presence.
After the song's warped Trump slur, "Make Amerikkka Great Again" vocalist and instrumentalist Al Jourgensen presented himself to the microphone, which, by the way, was decorated with a skull and metal skull wings. Two giant inflatable male chickens draped with orange toupées pillared each side of the stage, bolstering giant anti-fascism symbols.
Earlier this year, Metal Injection published an article reporting on "the best metal band in every [U.S.] state according to Kerrang" and Ministry won Illinois. After watching them perform live, I couldn't agree more to this legacy.
Ministry seamlessly strolled into the next song on the album, "Victims of a Clown" together with frequent Ministry collaborator Burton C. Bell, vocalist from Fear Factory.
DJ Swamp samples political sound bytes throughout the entire album of 'Amerikkkant' but the "Victims of a Clown" song especially live emulates goosebumps; the phrases echoing, "let us all unite - you the people have the power - in the name of democracy, let us use the power."
FX | "Antifa" via YouTube
The 'AmeriKKKant' set-list included: "TV5/4Chan" (0:49seconds), "I Know Words," "Punch in the Face," "We're Tired of It (ft. Chris Connelly)," "Wargasm," and "Antifa."
Only two songs were excluded on this night: "Game Over" and "AmeriKKKa."
Al connected with his motherland audience exclaiming, "There is no place like home" while also joking, "I have survived 35 winters here." But the most important take-away from his ad-lib with the crowd was phrases like, "Have you registered to vote? Tonight would be a great night to register to vote." Before Ministry's set, the team projected announcements onto the stage screen from the non-profit HeadCount (which, is curated by Warped's founder Kevin Lyman.)
Gif | Ministry Live @ Riviera, Chicago, IL
After performing "Antifa," Al exclaimed, "Ya'll have been patient with our obvious political agenda, and we're happy you took the time to listen, so we're [playing] a bunch of old sh*t." Without further ado, the loyal fans, from balcony to front row, cheered while those in the pit encouraged each other.
Ministry performed classics such as "N.W.O," "Just One Fix," "Señor Peligro," "Thieves," "So What," and completed their set with (2) encores: "Bad Blood" and "Psalm 69." Ministry has attained a predominant audience since 1981; each one of these throwback songs resonates throughout a different political era, and so different generations of activists alike were united at the Riviera Theatre!
Incredible - the performance of 'AmeriKKKant' is a must-see-live contribution to the industry and society; an album that will hold its reputation inspiring audiences worldwide to challenge authority. As a participant at the show, the concert was a safe space where freedom of speech and democracy was represented and encouraged; in the same realm that metal shreds cosmic vibrations.
In addition to political adrenaline, Ministry live is a stunning collaboration: harmonica, violin, glitch samples and keyboard / drum / bass / guitar solos!
Gif | Ministry Live @ Riviera, Chicago, IL
Ministry Upcoming U.S. Tours:
10 | Cincinnati, OH; 11 | Grand Rapids, MI
12 | Indianapolis, IN; 14 | Toronto, ON, Canada
15 | Montreal, QC, Canada; 17 | Boston, MA
18 | Portland, ME; 19 | Huntington, NY
21 | Monclair, NJ; 22 | Buffalo, NY
23 | Baltimore, MD; 25 | Atlanta, GA
26 | Orlando, FLY; 28 | Austin, TX
July & August:
Our Last Night came home to New England with I The Mighty, Don Broco and Jule Vera at the Worcester Palladium
Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
There is always something special about a homecoming show. Family comes to visit. Old and new friends spread the word throughout their communities. Memories begin to accumulate of shows from the past. It could be assumed that this is what Our Last Night was going through before their show at the Worcester Palladium on March 24th, 2018. But before we get to the final act, there were some impressive performances put on beforehand.
First Up: Jule Vera
Although this group may not fit in with the rest of the Rock community, their presence in the Alternative music world is well known. Backed by a blissful piano, Ansley Newman (lead vocalist) displayed her wide vocal range while the rest of her bandmates followed suit. Songs like “Scarlet Letter” off of Friendly Enemies (2015) and “Bad Company” off of Waiting On The Sun (2017) were soft enough to set the mood to “chill”. On the other hand, they were also upbeat enough to get the floor jumping in harmony. Overall, Jule Vera was a wonderful band to listen to as well as a great opening act to initiate the evening’s festivities.
Second Up: Don Broco
Like many European artists and bands, when traveling abroad and performing in different counties, you probably never know what you’re going to see or expect. That being the case, bringing nothing but 100% to the stage is almost required. Which is exactly what Don Broco did. A Bedford, North London party was brought across the pond to the Worcester, Massachusetts. A Don Broco performance is a mixture of cowbells and poppy riffs while also throwing a wall of death in the mix. Rob Damiani (lead vocalist) had everyone in the crowd take of their shirts and swing them around their heads in a “European” fashion during the performance of “T-Shirt Song” off of Technology (2018). This set was a wild and unexpected experience if you have not seen Don Broco perform live before. Also, kudos to Simon Delaney (lead guitarist) for practically swinging his legs up and over his head while rocking out – which did NOT look easy.
Third Up: I The Mighty
If only Jule Vera and I The Mighty went on tour together, they would be a match made in heaven. The progressive/indie/alternative vibe that was being projected from the stage was strongly apparent. Simply put, the most popular songs played by the San Francisco natives were “Speak to Me” off of Satori (2013) and “Where the Mind Wants to Go” off of Where the Mind Wants to Go/ Where You Let it Go (2017). Something special about I the Mighty was that their songs were easily relatable. The lyrics behind each track passionately resonated to those listening in some way. Which was the feel that many fans were receiving during their set. Some attendees were getting emotional while singing alongside their concert neighbor. This is a talented group with the ability to do big things with their creative, collective minds.
Last but not least: Our Last Night
Appropriately timed, Our Last Night waited until ACDC’s “Back in Black” finished playing over the PA before taking the stage. According to Trevor Wentworth (lead vocalist), this performance was the largest of their career. What a feeling that must have been. To be playing at the same venue they spent so much time at as kids watching other bands live out their dream. Originating from southern New Hampshire, families of the band and crew huddled on the stage to watch their loved ones be embraced by their home crowd.
What a show. Our Last Night took a concert and turned it into an evening full of surprises and cooperation. How might this be the case? By having the pit attendees carry Woody Woodrow (bassist) from the stage all the way to the bar and back. During which, Woody took a shot of Jägermeister and brought back five Miller Lights for the rest of the fellas on stage. Which was executed perfectly. However, one thing for sure is that Our Last Night provided a wide variety of tempos, breakdowns, singalongs and melodies during their set. Heavier riffs were heard during “Ivory Tower” off of Selective Hearing (2017) while cell phones lit the venue during the ever popular “Sunrise” off of Oak Island (2013). Another aspect of Our Last Night that has been received overwhelming well is their ability to cover pop songs and turn them into their own metal renditions. Example of this was seen during their performance of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.” So far, almost every show has been sold out for Our Last Night on their Selective Hearing Tour.
Seeing bands return home to where they started is always a heartwarming experience to witness. To see their hard work payoff right in front of their eyes. And quite honestly, not too many New Hampshire bands can say they sold out the Palladium.
Overall, incredibly satisfying and exciting evening filled with passionate musicians.
Until next time,
Twitter | Noxii Arena
Since their 2017 album debut, the band has been perfecting their craft performing with Bury Your Dead at The Palladium, Whitechapel and Carnifex at Fete Music Hall in Providence, RI.
Noxii Arena draws influence from popular bands such The Acacia Strain, Veil of Maya, and August Burns Red.
HRTV:THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME TODAY ANDREW! ACCORDING TO PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS WITH MOTIF MAGAZINE AND UNCIVIL REVOLT; THE BAND IDEA FOR NOXII ARENA ORIGINATED IN 2011 THROUGH (3) MEMBERS. THE TERM "NOXII" REFERS HISTORICALLY TO THE COLOSSEUM; WARRIORS FACED AGAINST LIONS, DEAD IN ARENA?
Andrew: Yes; Jon, Mike and Jared are the heart of the band, they all formed in 2011. They were researching ancient history trying to come up with the band name and they stumbled across the term, "Noxii." They read that the Noxii gladiators were common folk that were sentenced to combat in the arena to be judged for their crimes more or less. Matt formed in 2013; When I joined (January, 2016), I was given a couple of months to develop lyrics for the music.
HRTV: DESCRIBE THE INTEGRATION BETWEEN JOINING (JAN. 2016) AND PUBLISHING THE DEBUT ALBUM (SEPT. 2017)? WHICH PRODUCERS DID YOUR BAND COLLABORATE WITH?
Andrew: Most of the song titles, I didn't name; I did create the lyrics for all the songs. After the lyrics were formulated, we practiced as a full band to get everything tight; we played some shows and decided to publish an album. We tried to self-produce our album for a while but it didn't work out to our best interest; instead we sought Producer Julian Mazzola for our album; he helped us throughout the entire process. It was a great experience, I definitely recommend him to other artists out there.
HRTV: HOW ABOUT THE SEARCH FOR FILMMAKERS PRIOR TO THE ALBUM RELEASE?
(TRACK 01) | "BRED FOR ANNIHILATION - LYRIC VIDEO" &
(TRACK 07) | "THE PILLAGING - LIVE MUSIC VIDEO"?
Andrew: [The search] was through mutual friends and people throughout the music scene. Working with Julian, he also works with another producer Ian Van Opijnen who runs the Echo Room Studio out in Boston. Ian gave me his brother’s contact information: Kristian Van Opijnen.
(Track 01) "Bred for Annihilation" | Kristian is the one who formulated the lyric video. He hit the nail on the head with the visual lyric video; the video came out how we envisioned the entire thing to go.
(Track 07) "The Pillaging" | We went through CT Studios for this, his name was Matt Lariviere. He was a friend, he did some photos for us at a show we did and then he gave his contact information for us at that show. We hit it off then; he did a live video for us when we were playing with White Chapel and he agreed to the terms and went from where; the video came out spectacular.
HRTV: WE DISCOVERED THAT SOME OF THE NOXII ARENA MERCH DISPLAYS:
A ZOMBIE THEME; DESCRIBE THE GLADIATOR / ZOMBIE SPIN-OFF?
Andrew: With the "Noxii" name, the theme of the gladiators and that time period, we sought that with our album cover being the Colosseum and the name representing ancient times and the Roman era; why don’t we have a gladiator-mix in our merch as well; that's how our theme was going.
The first track "Bred for Annihilation" is based on a zombie feel, we used that to tie in with our merch as well. We developed the merch so our fans; new fans would also like the merch.
[Circa 2016; Upon joining] I was heavily watching The Walking Dead; my favorite zombie films like Evil Dead (2013) & Dawn of the Dead (2014), where I drew inspiration for the lyrics from.
HRTV: WE WOULD LIKE TO TOUCH BASE ON THE MEANING BEHIND A FEW SONG TITLES:
(TRACK 04) "ZIARI" AND (TRACK 02) "QUEEN CITY INN."
Andrew: So for (Track 04) "Ziari" [not a different language / or / vocabulary word]; it's a song dedicated to Jon, Mike and Jared's previous English school-teacher; representing [achieving] a better life. I didn't personally know her; in fact, I didn't know the meaning behind this title until after the lyrics were written for the entire song. It's weird how the name of the song and the written lyrics before I knew the background kind of match similar meanings.
(TRACK 02) "Queen City Inn" | This song title came from when some of the band went to a show out in New Hampshire, to see After The Burial; they stayed at an inn called Queen City Inn and they named that song title throughout the experience of that inn; I guess they said it was pretty sketchy.
The lyrics are based on a guy who wakes up in a bed and sees a person he once loved, next to him covered in blood. Trying to remember what happened; he kind of spirals down throughout the entire process of the song.
HRTV: MAY WE EXPECT ANOTHER MUSIC VIDEO FROM THE DEBUT ALBUM,?
Andrew: Yes seeing as all we've put out for the the album thus far has been a lyric video and a live video. We feel a standard music video is due. We want to give the fans a solid production for another favorite on the album so you'll have to watch out for what we're up to!
HRTV: YA'LL ARE PLAYING THE NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL!
ADDITIONAL NEWS TO SHARE WITH FANS?
Andrew: 'Noxii Arena' (09.01.17) was the very first album we put out; we're in a current process of writing our second album right now as well. As far as upcoming shows:
1. Friday, March 30th | Tattoo & Music Festival with Hatebreed | Providence, RI:
"Big event for us and our community; a lot of people attending & a lot of unique tattoo artists. The fact that Hatebreed is running the entire show; they've done a lot for metal and inspired so many people. We're really pumped."
2. Sat, April 21st | New England Metal & Hardcore Festival | Worcester, MA:
"We're playing the Saturday date; Been attending this festival for 6 or 7 years; [at the time] I was 15 or 16 years old. It's been an ultimate dream to play this festival; we're beyond excited!"
HRTV: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, VEIL OF MAYA, AUGUST BURNS RED, ACACIA STRAIN.
HOW IS NOXII ARENA INSPIRED FROM THE LIVE PERFORMANCES OF THOSE BANDS?
Andrew: When we were younger, those were some of our favorite [live performances] so they always made some of the biggest impressions on us. We just want to be able to leave that kind of impression on our young fans whether it's playing the songs on point or keeping the crowd involved, feeding off of their energy.
'Noxii Arena' (09.01.17) | Album Review
Highly recommended! After my first stream of 'Noxii Arena' , my first appreciation post goes out to the mastering of each instrument on each of these tracks; the collaboration with Producer Julian Mazzola renders an epic work of art.
You know how some albums require a few episodes of streaming until you're consciously enjoying it? In my opinion, the first stream of 'Noxii Arena' made an immediate impression; feeling as the genre and lyrics were genuine and thus quickly adaptable into playlist favorites. The guttural depths and interval changes on their singles "Bred For Annihilation" and "The Pillaging" stand out for recognition.
Additionally, throughout the interview, the history of the band's debut anchored around seeking the platform for an altruistic voice; this band is ferociously talented yet equally humble!
May Noxii Arena tour from Rhode Island to play Chicago, LA and NY next?
15 years in the making – A Day To Remember, Papa Roach, Falling in Reverse and The Devil Wears Prada rock the Tsongas Arena
Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
Normally on a Thursday night, the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts is home UMass River Hawks. However, there was metal to be played. First up, The Devil Wears Prada.
Regardless of where TDWP plays, havoc and sore necks are reoccurring themes when showing up to one of their shows. Setting the tone was necessary for the remaining artists to play that evening. Lead by Mike Hranica (vocalist) and all his hair, The Devil Wears Prada broke the metal-ice to get the blood pumping. Popular tracks like, “Worldwide” off of Transit Blues (2016) and “Danger Wildman” off of With Roots Above and Branches Below (2009) left people off their feet, signing along and bulldozing those to their left and right. The Devil Wears Prada is certainly talented enough to have a headlining tour, themselves. When it happens, it’ll be madness.
Next up, Falling in Reverse. Chatter throughout the crowd indicated some resentment towards Ronnie Radke (lead vocalist) after his legal accusations in 2017 (that’s for another article). Although many have their own opinion, at the end of the day, they put on an energetic set. For starters, Ronnie is beyond expressive on stage while performing. This may be the appeal to the Falling in Reverse crowd.
Although the genre is a bit different compared to The Devil Wears Prada and A Day to Remember, it gave the evening a sense of variety. Many of their songs were a bit upbeat and almost “poppy.” In the same breath, you could also sense a hip-hop vibe when they performed “Alone” off of Fashionably Late (2013). Having those varying tempos made the performance by Falling in Reverse to feel more dynamic. Overall, this was a well-rounded set with lots of light, energy and voices.
Hop of your time machine. Next stop – the high school years. Papa Roach came up next and they were not messing around. Throughout the duration of Papa Roach’s set, you saw: a mosh pit, a circle pit, a wall of death, everyone jumping at the same time, injuries, laughs, smiles and SO much nostalgia. Lead by Jacoby Shaddix (lead vocalist), the Papa Roach faithful blew the doors off the previous Baltimore show (said Jacoby). Newer singles including “Born for Greatness” off of Crooked Teeth (2017) and “Falling Apart” off of F.E.A.R (2015) set them apart from what they previously have recorded. But to address the elephant in the Tsongas Arena, everyone wanted to chant, “CUT MY LIFE INTO PIECES. THIS IS MY LAST RESORT,” at the top of their lungs. Once everyone had a chance to sing along to “Scars” off of Getting Away with Murder (2004) and “Last Resort” off of Infest (2000), a little piece of everyone listening felt more complete than they did before.
With fifteen years recording, touring, on the road, rocking and moshing, A Day to Remember took over the stage. Straight out the gate, “Sticks and Bricks” off of What Separates Me and You (2011) caused an eruption of CO2 cannons, confetti and screaming voices. A Day to Remember concerts are not just concerts. They are parties. Large beach balls get thrown into the crowd. Fans were told (asked) to participate in a competition which involves surfing on the body of another fan crowd surfing themselves. Large LED screens displayed Sonic the Hedgehog while “You be tails and I’ll be Sonic” off of What Separates Me and You (2011) rocked the house. There were themes for every song. And who can’t resist belting along to “If It Means a lot to You” off of Homesick (2009) with your best friend or significant other next to you.
But don’t let all of these party favors distract you from A Day to Remember’s ability to bring the heavy. Classic example of these can and will always be found in “2nd Sucks” off of What Separates Me and You (2011). With the overwhelming surge of voices screaming, “YOU’RE AFRAID,” Jeremy McKinnon (lead vocals) corralled the entire city of Lowell to sing and mosh. It was also normal to see bass guitars be slung across the stage in replace of, say, a football.
Fifteen years down and hopefully many more to come for A Day to Remember, Papa Roach, Falling in Reverse and The Devil Wears Prada. Rock on.
Until next time.
Photo | Good Fight Management
Knocked Loose otherwise abbreviated to 'K//L' released their first official [11 Track] EP: 'Laugh Tracks' on September 16th, 2016 via Pure Noise Record and are currently signed to Good Fight Management. We reviewed the album and the band's tour line-up for 2018. Browse this link for upcoming tour tickets and an active roster of their touring schedule.
Members include Bryan Garris (Vocals), Cole Crutchfield (Rhythm Guitar, Back-Up Vocals), Isaac Hale (Lead Guitar, Back-Up Vocals), Kevin Otten (Bass), and Kevin "Pacsun" Kaine (Drums).
In 2014; K//L independently published a [5 Track] promo-record titled, 'Pop Culture.' According to public records, Knocked Loose have been active since 2013; originally from Oldham County, Kentucky.
Photos | K//L Twitter
Table of Contents:
Recent Accomplishments & Upcoming Tours
Press & Interview Quotes
'Laugh Track' (2016) Album Review
Recent Accomplishments & Upcoming Tours
1. Summer of 2017: K//L toured the U.S. Warped Tour festival "every date; on the full Sail Stage alongside bands such as Trophy Eyes, Boston Manor and Movements." Live recap video available for view directly below!
(Quote | K//L Wikipedia).
Video | Vans Warped Tour Twitter
3. Spring of 2018: K//L is currently (02.28) to (04.01) headlining with support from Terror, Jesus Piece & Year of the Knife: cross-country U.S. & Canada; packing sold-out shows.
Poster | 'Knocked Loose' via Twitter
K//L with Terror, Jesus Piece & Year of the Knife | Tour Dates:
02.28 | Nashville, TN @ The End; 03.01 | Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
03.02 | Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade; 03.03 | Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
03.04 | Jacksonville, FL @1904 Music Hall; 03.06 | Houston, TX @ Walter's Downtown
03.07 | San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall; 03.08 | Dallas, TX @ RBC
03.09 | Kansas City, MO @ Davey's Uptown; 03.10 | Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
03.11 | Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue; 03.13 | Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
03.14 | Portland, OR @ Analog Theatre; 03.16 | Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman
03.17 | Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom; 03.18 | Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
03.19 | Phoenix, AR @ Nile Theatre; 03.21 | Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St. Collective
03.22 | Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground; 03.24 | Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
03.25 | Columbus, OH @ Skully's; 03.26 | Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
03.27 | Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground; 03.28 | Montreal, QC @ Fairmount
03.29 | Rochester, NY @ California Brew Haus; 03.30 | Worcester, MA @ Palladium
03.31 | Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar; 04.01 | Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
4. Summer of 2018:
June | K//L will participate at the Download Festival UK & a headlining show in Copenhagen Denmark.
July | Alternative Press confirms Knocked Loose will perform  'Special Guest' appearances at Warped Tour 2018; select cities:
K//L Warped Tour Summer of 2018 | Tour Dates:
07.10: Nashville, TN | 07.18: Cuyahoga Falls, OH
07.19: Cincinnati, OH | 07.21: Tinley Park, IL
07.24: Noblesville, IN.
Press & Interview Quotes
1. "I booked all the bands that should become the next Sleeping With Sirens or Pierce the Veil. I booked Neck Deep and Knocked Loose and I Prevail and Beartooth -- all doing really well as bands."
(2017 | Billboard Interviews Peter Lyman; Founder of Warped).
Kill Your Stereo:
1. "[K//L] is one of the most hyped bands 'in the scene' right now - that is with good reason;"
2. "The drumming is consistently two-step inducing - regular high-hat employment."
3. "Spoken word sequences on multiple tracks are menacing."
4. "They genuinely give the impression - there's no gimmick - that their anger is not forced;"
5. "A favorite for the live-oriented listeners."
(2016 | Kill Your Stereo Reviews 'Laugh Tracks').
1. "There aren't many bands that receive this much attention within just a couple of years [in] the scene."
2. "The success of EP 'Pop Culture (2014)' & extensive touring to build their following has paved the way."
3. "These ['Laugh Tracks'] songs; pit-inducing sections - heaviness and agression is constant."
(2016 | Invicta Reviews 'Laugh Tracks')
1. "The group's cardinal rules are to never turn down an interesting gig offer."
2. (Garris): 'We'll play with any band in any genre.'"
3. (Garris): [regarding writer's block] "I've got more to say."
(2017 | Revolver on K//L: 'Humility and Hard Work - Midwestern Hardcore')
Peck Metal Picks:
1. (Garris): "Nobody is in charge of hardcore; it's for everybody."
2. (Garris): "Kentucky is very close knit and everyone works hard to maintain (the scene)."
(2017 | Knocked Loose Interview by Andrew Pecoraro)
'Laugh Tracks' (2016) | Album Review
Two years ago; 'Laugh Tracks' (2016) was released; Today this album still conquers global word of mouth as one of the most recent contributions to radicalize the hardcore / metalcore the scene. With a screaming attention-to-the-public delivery of lyrics and eclectic drum patterns; guitar and bass riffs drive senses to dis-control. We at HeadRush listened to the album and our favorite lyrics are highlighted below.
K//L released an MV for "Deadringer" & "Billy No Mates" // "Counting Worms."
Spoiler: The last song on the album concludes with a literal sampled laugh track.
Album Tracklist | Favorite Lyrics
1. "Oblivions Peak" | "Institutions supporting murder; No, I won't support it."
2. "Deadringer" | "My tombstone was made at birth" - "Wish I could get away with murder."
3. "The Rain" | "The rain brings fear; and it burns my skin" - "The sky rains eternal."
4. "Blood Will Have Blood" | "Victim of deceit" - "Blood will have blood."
5. "Counting Worms" | "I wrote a song about getting better; It's a feeling I can't remember - Counting worms."
6. "My Heroes" | "I lost a stranger and my heart is crushed" - "All my heroes went to hell."
7. "Billy No Mates" | "Reject the blame" - "I did away with the poison; But I still feel like I'm dying."
8. "Last Words" | "Make me bleed; Master of pain." "The season of despair."
9. "No Thanks" | "Sentenced a life in hell" - "Time has passed; I still feel the same."
10. "A Fetish" | "If it wasn't me to pull the trigger; And my eyes roll back; As your spirit leaves."
11. "Laugh Tracks" | "Forget my words; Fall back in line; Do what you're told."
Pure Noise Artists | Bearings, Boston Manor, Can't Swim, Counterparts, Drug Church, Elder Brother, First Blood, Four Year Strong, Gardenhead, Hawthorne Heights, Homesafe, Jule Vera, Less Than Jake, Like Pacific, Lizzy Farrall, Masked Intruder, Reggie & the Full Effect, Seaway, Senses Fail, Sharptooth, Speak Low if you Speak Love, State Champs, Stick To Your Guns, Terror, The Story So Far.
Good Fight Manages: '68, The Acacia Strain, Anthony Green, Between the Buried & Me, Bless the Fall, Cannibal Corpse, Circa Survive, Children of Bodom, Comeback Kid, Counterparts, The Devil Wears Prada, Eighteen Visions, Every Time I Die, Galactic Empire, Harms Way, In Motive, Martyr AD, The Menzingers, Miss May I, Nails, Old Wounds, Restorations, Saosin, Stick To Your Guns, Terror, Turnstile, Unearth, Whores.
Video | 'Vans Warped Tour' via Twitter
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