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
Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
Before lines started to accumulate, everyone knew this show would be special. Special in a sense that the amount of passion pouring off the stage could very well overtake the volume pumping out of the speakers. Gathered at the Worcester Palladium on February 18th, 2018, were three, talented and emotionally driven bands. Bands who spoke about the overwhelming sadness being felt by those spread across the globe. War. Bloodshed. Self-centered politicians. Death. Loss. Greif. You name it. But one thing was certain, music brought everyone together on this evening.
Counterparts were first to bring the angst to the limelight. As a general rule of thumb, you do not want to get on Counterparts’ bad side. They will write a song about you. They will orchestrate a breakdown about you. They will let the crowd know how much you hurt them in order to awaken the beasts within them. There was so much passion being exuberated by every member of this band throughout the entire set. Guitar flips by Blake Hardman (guitarist) and chord whips from Brendan Murphy (lead vocalist) were key to Counterparts’ performance. Showcasing their most recent album You’re Not You Anymore (2017), “Thieves” sent the pit into a frenzy. So much technicality was found in this track. It truly displayed the talent in this group.
Plain and simple, a Stick To Your Guns show is an energetic, exciting and pulse pounding experience (just watch out for the ridiculous amount of crowd-surfers potentially kicking you in the face). One could assume that this band spends more time in the air than standing on stage. Chris Rawson (guitarist) and Jesse Barnett (lead vocals) have famously been known to get their jump on while rocking. Although Stick To Your Guns played many crowd favorites such as “Amber” off of The Hope Division (2010) and “Against Them All” off of Diamond (2012), they had a stronger message to convey. Jesse passionately addressed the Worcester crowd to speak about human values. About how these values make you unique and unlike anyone else. How this concept is much more accepting to those who don’t fit in or feel as if they will never fit in. To remember that no matter what you do in life, you only have one to live. This monologue transitioned beautifully into “We Still Believe” off of Diamond (2012). Bands such as Stick To Your Guns do the metal community justice. They provide a moral compass that many choose to follow. Be yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Stay metal.
It’s hard to back up such a powerful and emotional performance given by Stick To Your Guns. However, this is why Architects, Stick To Your Guns and Counterparts tour together. They all have stories to tell and messages to pass forward. This is exactly what Architects achieved.
Loss and grief rarely disappear. People begin to accept their altered reality in a positive and beneficial way. This is done in order to continue on their paths in life to achieve happiness. One could assume this is what Dan Searle (drummer) and the rest of Architects do every day to make their late guitarist proud – Tom Searle. Tom passed away in August of 2016 due to cancer. The record All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (2016) was said to be dedicated to Tom and the rest of Tom’s family. This heavy weight traveled to the Palladium while Architects took the stage. Fans showed their support to the band with Tom Searle posters and chants. Nevertheless, the show must go on. Architects showed incredible precision in every song they performed. Timing was spot on. Not a note was missed. Sam Carter (vocalist) took a few moments to express his deep appreciation for all those who have stuck with Architects through everything that has transpired. Sam spoke about the last time they played at the Palladium and how, maybe, there were 50 people. They played in front of over one thousand fans on this evening.
Their most recent single Doomsday (2017) seemed to offer a sense of acceptance to all the fans who expressed grief for Tom alongside Architects. Other songs such as “Gone With The Wind, A Match Made in Heaven and Memeto Mori,” off of All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (2017) also carried a message to show how special Tom was (and is) to this band. How his music is still living and carrying on. This performance was much more than lights, sound and instruments. In a way, any Architects concert is a tribute to anyone who has lost a loved one or dear friend. How it’s possible to push forward when the tide is against you.
This evening was special and most likely meant a lot to many people. Tom would have been proud.
Until next time.
Pictured above: Barry Stock (Guitar); Brad Walst (Bass); Matt Walst (Vocals); Neil Sanderson (Drums, Percussion, Keyboard, Programming).
We are left [refer to album art symbolism], in awe after our advanced streaming of Outsider, the 6th studio album premiere of multi-platinum legends: Three Days Grace from Ontario, Canada. Fans can Pre-order: Outsider on all formats here; out via RCA Records on March 9th.
Exclusively, we spoke with founding member and guitarist Barry Stock, regarding the anticipation for Outsider’s release.
As an introduction, the first single and newest music video, “The Mountain” dropped January 25th, 2018, accumulating already a shattering 4.5 million streams on YouTube. Review the Archives: "Three Days Grace New Music Video “The Mountain."
The second single teaser for Outsider is titled, ““I Am an Outsider;” it was published on YouTube last Friday, February 16th; already climbing the charts as well.
HRTV: “How would you best describe either your own or collective Three Days Grace feelings regarding the release of Outsider?”
Barry Stock: “Feeling excited; We took a year off away from the city; towards the lifestyle of how we all grew up; far from distractions to record this album.”
For context and comparison; In this interview with Guitar World, Barry had stated, “We did a lot of writing for [Human (2015)] while we were on the road.”
According to RCA, band members exclaim they wrote the content for Outsider collaborating around, “bonfires with acoustic guitars; tapping into the wild spirit surrounding them” on remote properties; incarnating the album quite literally as outsiders from the chaotic drift of city life.
HRTV: In a press quote by Neil Sanderson, Outsider was instrumentally inspired by the diverse cast of Nine Inch Nails (1988), White Zombie (1985), Bring Me The Horizon (2004), Lana Del Rey (2005) and the cult, dark-teen vampire classic: Lost Boys (1987) staged in a fictional city of California. Is this the band’s collective inspiration; or specific to Neil?
Barry: “We’re four different characters; we each have our own separate influences but when we were collectively discussing album themes, Outsider was one of our first ideas. The vampires in Lost Boys were outsiders; we find that [as a society] we’re all very different from each other and we need to be accepting of that; celebrating our differences and individuality. It’s O.K. to be different and to go against the grain; we should be judged on the content of our character and not by how we look like.”
Within my first advanced streaming of Outsider, my notes exactly paralleled research, writing that Metal, Rock, and Electronic seamlessly join together in the craft of the album. I found myself embodying the full-blown metal-dance-core progressions.
GIF from Film: "Lost Boys"; Directed By: Joel Schumacher
HRTV: The Outsider theme is transparent relating to the newest single released, “I am an Outsider;” and the album artwork portrays a compass indicating left (a motif of rebellion and straying away from pack-mentality). However, further tracks on the album struck different genres of what it means to be an Outsider; would you be keen to expand on this?
Barry: “Regarding Outsider themes, ‘The Mountain” is about getting up and moving forward [despite resistance]; one of my favorite tracks [unreleased] is about being righteous everyday; even if one doesn’t know where they’re going specifically. Another [unreleased] song speaks about seeing each other differently in a relationship than others do; an additional [unreleased] song inspires the theme to yell back and be bold.”
HRTV | Outsider Album Review | Situational & Emotional Descriptions:
Gif: "The Mountain" | Directed By: Sean L.T. Cartwright
HRTV: May we expect another Outsider music video soon?
Barry: “I Am an Outsider” (02.16.18) was a sneak peak; yes we have another music video in mind [no confirmation as to which song]; we’ll update.”
Since their inception, Three Days Grace have been pioneers towards featuring a broad range of emotional narratives and diverse cast (who sometimes sing along to the lyrics) in their music videos.
World reknown throwbacks include: “I Hate Everything About You”  and “Human Race” .
We’re anticipating everyone’s thoughts when Outsider is introduced to 2018 on March 9th; also let’s gear up for more accompanying Three Days Grace music videos!
Catch Three Days Grace on Tour:
Apr 20 2018 | Tampa, FL @ WXTB 98 Rockfest
Apr 21 2018 | Orlando, FL @ 101.1 WJRR Earthday Birthday
Apr 22 2018 | Charleston, SC @ WYBB 98 Rockfest
May 18 2018 | Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range
August Burns Red, Born of Osiris, Erra and Ocean Grove bring the house down at the Worcester Palladium
Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
The first guitars and amps to be tuned and warmed up belonged to the gentlemen from the down-under. Ocean Grove – an Australian band from Melbourne introduced a style of music that could remind one of a Linking Park feel. Specifically, the use of voice modulation and scratch-table effects. An effect board was used throughout the set by Luke Holmes (lead vocals) to nail the electronic additions to his performance. Ocean Grove provided a wide range of creativity in their songs. These weren’t your typical breakdown-blasting and hair-whipping rockers. In a way, they gave off a P.O.D. vibe with their heavy hitting choruses accompanied by their hip-hop feeling bridges. Ocean Grove certainly blended well with the rest of the bands on The Phantom Anthem tour. If this band isn’t on your list of “need to see,” be sure to add them.
It would be interesting to know how many times JT Cavey (lead vocals) from Erra has gotten mistaken for Jake Luhrs (lead vocals) from August Burns Red. Both have golden pipes and impressive beards. But this is beside the point. Erra proclaimed the stage theirs after Ocean Grove. The technicality displayed during their set was truly inspirational. Jesse Cashe might be from another universe with the amount of talent this human being possesses. The ability to effortlessly sweep pick while nailing his high octaves is nothing short of incredible. But this is how Erra has made their name over the years. By being so technically orchestrated, their performances speak for themselves. They certainly did not fall short on this evening. “Seven” off of Impulse (2011) also ripped off all of Palladium’s floorboards.
Wait. who’s up next? Born of Osiris? Time to party.
The breakdown, djent and double-bass gods have spoken. All must go see a Born of Osiris set. If you decide to partake in this experience, you’ll hear a fulfilling synthesizer, shredding guitar fills, and double kick-drum beats for days. And just for kicks, David DaRocha (bassist) and Lee McKinney (guitarist) cut off all the tuning heads to their instruments. Why? No one knows... but it’s awesomely unique. What’s also awesomely unique is how well all of these instrumental progressions blend so well together. Vibes of Children of Bodom could be felt with the finish guitar style and synth combination taking over. Every now and then, you can also hear a dash of death metal with Jashka Raatikainen’s (drummer) blast beats. Not a soul in sight was seen stationary while Born of Osiris was on stage. Be ready to move, jump and headbang when seeing these boys live.
With a flaming “U” lingering above Matthew Greiner’s (drummer) set, August Burns Red greeted the New England (anti-Philadelphia) crowd with the intro music to “King of Sorrow” off of Phantom Anthem (2017) bellowing into the Palladium walls. Jake Luhrs (vocalist) has this indescribable ability to sound like three vocalists performing at the same time while on stage. The amount of practice and precision Jake puts into his craft is visibly noticed during ABR’s live sets. JB Brubaker (guitarist) and Brent Rambler (guitarist) effortlessly demonstrate their ability to play in sync with each other while Matt Greiner hits seven cymbals at once with ease (joking… but it seriously sounds like he hits at least four cymbals with one swoop of his drum stick). One unique detail of an August Burns Red concert is that you can go from a thrashing breakdown to a salsa dance within moments of each other. An example of this was seen during performance of “Provision” off of Rescue and Restore (2013).
Although the Phantom Anthem Tour has come to its completion, keep all of these bands on your radar (if you haven’t already). The next time you’re in town when these groups are performing, you have to go!
Until next time.
Author and Photographer: Alison Bauer
Veil of Maya | Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL | February 16, 2018
Echoing, “We speak through defiance,” watch Veil of Maya headline a crowd-surfing performance of “Overthrow” from False Idol [Sumerian Records] at the Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL; their hometown farewell show before their upcoming March [04 to 09] U.K. tour opening for Dance Gavin Dance.
Accurately prophesized in the Artist Exclusives archives, accessible via this link,
False Idol | (Album Review):
“The classic punk, metal vibe of Veil of Maya is evident in False Idol and the live shows are not ones you’ll want to miss. The energetic and emotional aspects of every song will have plenty of angry finger pointing, stage diving, and jumping around. Who doesn’t love that?”
- Vicky Branca | HeadRush TV
Dead on! Instrumentally introducing the False Idol stage with “Whistleblower:” Sam Applebaum (Drums), Danny Huaser (Bass), Lukas Magyar (Vocals) and Marc Okubo (Guitar) employed a cheering unison of fans as the lights synchronized; the pit immediately identifying itself as a rager.
Live at the culmination of the recap video and the finale of their mosh-adoring  encore, “Subject Zero.”, Lukas stage-dives. Fan-favorite throwbacks performed included: “Nyu,” and “Leeloo” from Matriarch , “Punisher” from Eclipse , and “It’s not Safe to Swim Today” from The Common Man’s Collapse .
Current Tour Dates:
Veil of Maya opening for Dance Gavin Dance:
Sun | March 04 | Bristol, GB
Wed | March 07 | Manchestor, GB
Thurs | March 08 | Nottingham, GB
Fri | March 09 | London, GB
Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
The only thing in bloom on a February evening in Worcester, Massachusetts was found at the Palladium theater. Neck Deep, Seaway, Speak Low If You Speak Love and Creeper parked their buses, unloaded the trailers and tuned up their instruments for an evening of Pop Punk.
This evening was full of surprises. Normally, the first band to play has a decent following (hopefully). It could be worse while it could also be better. This was not the case for Creeper. Starting off the evening, these Southampton rockers brought the weather with them. Black Rain, to be exact. For a moment, you could have thought the concert was headlined by this group with all the voices echoing from the stands. As an international band visiting the United States, I would only imagine this made their performance even more special. Popular hits like “Black Rain” and “Hiding with Boys” off of Eternity, in Your Arms (2017) really got the crowd interacting with lead vocalist, Will Gould.
Initiate surprise number two of the evening: Speak Low If You Speak Love. An Emotional Indie Rock band playing with Pop Punk bands? Something didn’t make sense there. Lead vocalist, Ryan Scott Graham, even mentioned that they played a small art club in Massachusetts in front of, “maybe 6 people” prior to the Worcester show. But these Pop Punk fans are another breed. No matter what the genre, expect crowd surfing and circle pits for any band on the lineup. Which is exactly what Speak Low If You Speak Love received. It was such an odd but moving sight to be hearing an acoustic guitar strum along to the sound of security guards catching fans surfing over the barrier. It was obvious that this show, specifically, meant a lot to them. It almost seemed as if they’ve never received a reaction to their music like that before. It was a pleasure witnessing such a memorable moment for a group of dedicated musicians.
With the calmness of Speak Low If You Speak Love’s set coming to a close, it was time for Seaway to pump the energy back up. The Pop Punk atmosphere had made its way to the stage while lead vocalist, Ryan Locke was locking it in.in The pit jumped around to “Best Mistake” off of Color Blind (2015) and “Shy Guys” off of Hoser (2015). To keep the surprise train chugging along, Fil Thorpe-Evans – Neck Deep’s Bassist, came out to the stage for a one song, bass-player substitution. You spontaneously felt a beach, summer vibe while listening to Seaway’s choruses. Seaway embodied a comforting concert experience as the show was almost stopped twice to ensure a fallen fan’s safety.
With the NFL Superbowl occurring the night after their set, it was only fitting for Neck Deep to accommodate the New England crowd. As the white canvas fell to reveal the stage, Ben Barlow was seen rocking a Randy Moss – New England Patriots jersey. Incredible. This provided additional fuel to the adrenaline fire of what was the Worcester Palladium. Everyone knew every single word to every song played by Neck Deep that evening. It was a sight to see. One aspect of Neck Deep’s performance that spoke volumes was their ability to incorporate the other bands into their set. You see this occasionally with headlining bands. It’s special when it happens. As an example, Ken Taylor from Seaway joined the Neck Deep boys in “Don’t Wait” off of The Peace and the Panic (2017). Sam Carter, vocalist for the Architects was the original artist who was featured on this track. Additionally, Hannah Greenwood, keyboard player, was brought back to stage in order to cameo in “A Part of Me” off of Rain in July (2012). These collaborations really allow the fans to grow a deeper appreciation for artists who respect other artists who are just as talented.
This tour is filled with go-lucky, positive and nostalgic feels. If there is a stop on this tour coming to a city near you, I highly suggest you check it out. Even if you don’t know the music, this is a show that anyone can have fun at.
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