Author, Photo & Video - Alison Bauer
Announced Fall of 2018, from Sept. 21st to Nov. 11th; Cane Hill embarked on their first-ever headline North American tour with guests Sharptooth and Afterlife.
On October 13th, the metal tour stormed the Beat Kitchen in Chicago; Illinois locals El Famous opened the night. Justice, self-empowerment and community are ardent themes of choice for the line-up. In honor of the action, courage and integrity they shared; we dedicated a segment to each band on the tour.
Cane Hill originate from New Orleans, LA; which is where they chose to conclude their Fall 2018 tour. Watch below! Our exclusive interview with Elijah Witt, vocalist, also features live-concert footage of the band's Illinois tour performance at the Beat Kitchen on October 13th, 2018.
Introducing further members of the ensemble, there is Elijah James Barnett (guitar, back-up vocals), Ryan Henriquez (bass, back-up vocals), and Devin Clark (drums).
Elijah Witt comments on the release of [two] 2018 Cane Hill albums via Rise Records: 'Too Far Gone' (1.19.18) and 'Cane Hill: Live From The Bible Belt' (9.14.18).
Expressing the inspiration behind their art; Slayer, Metallica, hallucinogenics, metaphysics, politics, self-empowerment, history and social justice reform each had a chapter in the open and honest conversation. The video includes a candid film of Sharptooth encouraging discourse as Witt describes activism on stage.
To visit archived resource footage used in the interview; visit:
Andy Leo | Crown The Empire | HRTV | Interview | Hartford, CT | 07.24.18
Since the recording of the video; Cane Hill have announced an upcoming release of a second EP titled 'Kill The Sun' out on January 18th, 2019. Pre-order is available now; fans can visit the official link at: https://riserecords.lnk.to/KillTheSun.
In anticipation, the band shared [two] music videos for the new tracks: "Kill The Sun" (11.15.18) and "Acid Rain" (12.13.18).
The band commented on the new EP, "We've been in the studio with the incredibly talented Kris Crummett, working on music - It's six songs of dark, twisted, and semi-acoustic beauty. We're incredibly proud of it and can't wait for you to hear it."
KILL THE SUN TRACK LISTING:
1. "86d - No Escort"
3. "Save Me"
4. "Kill the Sun"
5. "Acid Rain"
6. "Smoking Man"
Sharptooth are from Baltimore, Maryland and consist of Lauren Kashan (vocals), Keth Higgins (guitar), Lance Donati (guitar), Phil Rasinski (bass), Conor Mac (drums).
Written in their artist bio, the "unapologetically enraged" band focusing on "the brutality of hardcore through a femme lens," and believe in "carving out space for marginalized voices in aggressive music." Pioneering social-justice revolution in the metal scene; Sept. of 2017 they joined Pure Noise Records.
The band's first full-length album is titled, 'Clever Girl' (2017).
Afterlife visited from South Palm, Florida; on January 11th, 2019 their new album 'Breaking Point' will be out via Hopeless Records. The album's music video includes: "Throat" (below.)
El Famous were the Illinois local band of the night; this is a music video to their song "You Don't Know A Damn Thing."
Cane Hill | On Tour With Sevendust | Winter 2019:
Cane Hill updated their agenda for 2019 with this message: "Next year we kick off touring with absolute legends. Catch us with Sevendust +Tremonti + Lullwater & Kirra." The full tour dates are below; otherwise visit: www.wearecanehill.com.
2/1 — Houston, TX — Scout Bar
2/2 — New Orleans, LA — Southport Music Hall
2/4 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL — Revolution
2/5 — St. Petersburg, FL — Jannus Live
2/6 — Greenville, SC — The Firmament
2/8 — Greensboro, NC — Blind Tiger
2/9 — Norfolk, VA — The NorVa
2/10 — Baltimore, MD — Rams Head Live
2/13 — Huntington, NY — The Paramount
2/14 — Boston, MA — House of Blues
2/15 — Providence, RI — The Strand
2/16 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom
2/18 — New Haven, CT — Toad's Place
2/19 — Poughkeepsie, NY — The Chance
2/20 — Buffalo, NY — Rapids
2/22 — Flint, MI — Machine Shop
2/25 — Columbus, OH — Newport Music Hall
2/26 — Chicago, IL — House of Blues
2/27 — Columbia, MO — The Blue Note
3/1 — Wichita, KS — The Cotillion
3/2 — Oklahoma City, OK — Diamond Ballroom
3/3 — San Antonio, TX — Vibes Event Center
Photographer - Molly Kinnunen
On Sunday, Dec. 9th, 2018: Born of Osiris represented with Tanzen, PORTALS and Alethia at the Durty Nellie's in Palatine, Illinois. Molly Kinnunen photographed the event; search @kinnunenphotos on Facebook or follow the link: 'MK Photography.'
Born of Osiris | December 9th, 2018 | Palatine, Illinois:
Born of Osiris will release their fifth studio album, 'The Simulation' on January 11th, 2019 through Sumerian Records. Their single & first MV, 'The Accursed' is out now!
Tanzen | December 9th, 2018 | Palatine, Illinois:
Tanzen presents an MV for "Left Swipe" from their 2017 EP 'Shizoku' - watch below; the MV was directed, filmed, & edited by Alex Zarek; out via Everything Is Noise.
The progressive metal band from Chicago previously released an EP: 'HEX' in 2014.
PORTALS | December 9th, 2018 | Palatine, Illinois:
PORTALS released the EP, 'The Empty' in 2015 and introduced a collaboration single, 'God Complex' [ft. Duncan Bentley of Vulvodynia] in 2016; streaming below.
Alethia | December 9th, 2018 | Palatine, Illinois:
On Dec. 4th, Alethia announced an MV titled, "Guilty;" the debut is above. Their EP 'The Spirits Within' is available now and out since 2017.
Author & Photographer - Ian Urquhart
An emotional roller coaster would be the best way to describe the event that occurred at the House of Blues in Boston, MA on October 2nd , 2018.
With much anticipation, the Gravity Tour stopped in Boston, MA bringing Bad Omens, We Came As Romans and Bullet For My Valentine to Landsown Street. Each band brought its own unique flavor of metal to the stage. Bullet for my Valentine and We Came as Romans have frequently visited the House of Blues in Boston however this was Bad Omens’ first time playing across the street from Fenway Park. And although each band’s fans associated themselves which each creative group that night, there was a unique feeling inside the venue.
Prior to the start of the Gravity Tour, We Came as Roman’s lead vocalist Kyle Pavone suddenly passed away on August 25th , 2018. With many questions up in the air, many We Came as Romans fans were unsure if the band would continue without Kyle. To everyone’s surprise, they decided to dedicate this tour run to Kyle and his family and decided to keep their commitment to the Gravity Tour.
Bad Omens | House of Blues | Boston, MA | October 2nd, 2018:
We Came As Romans | House of Blues | Boston, MA | October 2nd, 2018:
Lead vocalist, Dave Stephens, took this responsibility on for himself. And if you closed your eyes and listened, you could barely notice Kyle’s absence. The energy weaving throughout the crowd was filled with tears, smiles and harmonizing choruses. Not a note was missed. And with the help from each crying voice, Kyle’s passion was felt. Dave Stephens then took a moment at the end of their set to talk about the Kyle Pavone foundation they had set up to support Kyle’s family while thanking the crowd and show his appreciation.
Bullet For My Valentine | House of Blues | Boston, MA | October 2nd, 2018:
Taking a mental breather, Boston prepared for a momentum switch before Bullet For My Valentine came out. Touring their latest album Gravity (2018), there was great anticipation to see what would be played and what wouldn’t (with regards to their older songs). Right out the gate, “Don’t Need You” off Gravity (2018) broke the metaphorical ice with a gloomy and eerie instrumental backtrack-intro.
This lifted the spirits of those watching, quickly. But such is the case with every band who has been around for quite some time, you will find yourself amongst a group of those who “want the old stuff.” Knowing this, BFMV did not disappoint.
Concluding the set, Bullet went back-to-back-to-back-to-back with older tracks off of The Poison (2007) and Scream Aim Fire (2008). Have you ever seen an entire general admission section turn into a circle pit before? Go to a Bullet for my Valentine show and stay until “Waking the Demon” off Scream Aim Fire (2008) rips.
Events occur in life that leave many with unanswered questions. These events may be heartbreaking or filled with joy. Regardless, everyone needs something in life that brings happiness. Or at the very least, a momentary distraction from negativity. What was seen at the House of Blues on October 2nd , 2018 was
just that. A momentary distraction from grief.
Music has been told to be one of the, if not the strongest universal language in the world. The amount of support felt in Boston, MA for We Came As Romans was nothing short of romantic. Music is romantic. And to have bands surrounding you like Bad Omens and Bullet For My Valentine, one could assume it helps make grieving a little less miserable.
Go to concerts. Escape reality for a couple hours. Cry with strangers. Lose your voice. Remember those who couldn’t have joined you but also live in the moment. Music glues a broken heart back together.
Until next time, cheers!
Good Charlotte's Generation RX Tour Visits The Riviera Theatre With Special Guests The Dose, Knucle Puck and Sleeping With Sirens
As Good Charlotte’s Generation Rx Tour comes to an end, we were fortunate enough to recently catch this tour at the Riviera Theatre on November 4th, 2018 with special guests The Dose, Knuckle Puck, and Sleeping With Sirens. This show was surely one to remember due to the perfect build up each band produced leading into Good Charlotte's set.
The Dose | Generation RX Tour | The Riviera Theatre | 11.04.18
The dynamic duo, Indio Downey (Vocals, Guitar] and Ralph Alexander (Drums, Bass), The Dose started off the night right as they hit the Chicago with their hard style grunge-ish sound. The Dose is definitely a band you do not want to sleep on as they know how to get crowd going! If you are unfamiliar with The Dose, check out their new music videos above and below!
The Dose | Generation RX Tour | The Riviera Theatre | 11.04.18
As The Dose wrapped up their set, punk-rock stars Knuckle Puck took the stage. With it being Knuckle Puck’s hometown show in Chicago, they gave us their best set hitting the crowd with their chart-topping hits and punk attitude. Joe Taylor (Lead Vocals), Kevin Maida (Lead Guitar), John Siorek (Drums), Nick Casasanto (Rhythm Guitar) and Ryan Rumchaks (Bass) collaborate to perfection, which lead to the Riviera Theatre turning into like a day at Warped Tour! Check out their videos below to see how their high energy can light up any venue.
Sleeping With Sirens | Generation RX Tour | Riviera | 11.04.18
With Knuckle Puck wrapping up their special home town set, the transition was perfect as the night lead us to Sleeping With Sirens. Being our first time covering this band, we were nothing
but impressed. Band members Kellin Quinn (Lead Vocals), Gabe Barham (Drums), Justin Hills (Bass), Jack Fowler (Lead Guitar) and Nick Martin (Rhythm Guitar) have all been playing together for about six years now and it shows during their performance.
They go off of each other’s strengths extremely well live, which results in an unforgettable show. Lead vocalist, Kellin Quinn, is quite an artist to witness as his vocals will blow everyone away as the set continues. In addition, their set is the perfect combination of songs that gives their fans everything they could ever want. Check above to see how these guys rocked Chicago!
Good Charlotte | Generation RX Tour | Riviera | 11.04.18
As Sleeping With Sirens finished with their set, the anticipation in the Riviera Theatre was at an all time high as everyone couldn’t wait to see the boys of Good Charlotte. It is known that Good Charlotte hasn’t toured in a while, leaving the 1990 and early 2000 kids with only a dream that someday Good Charlotte will be at a venue near them.
Well, for the fans in Chicago that day was the day it all came true as Good Charlotte took the stage and wasted no time going into their new album, Generation Rx, as they dropped their hit “Self Help”. From the very first song till the final encore Good Charlotte had the venue going crazy as they took us down a trip down memory lane.
One of the things that they do very well, is before each song they announce the year it was released, and they ask the crowd one simple question, “Where do you picture yourself when you first heard this song that year?” The Madden brothers, Benji and Joel, allow the crowd to live fully in the moment while allowing the crowd to think back on the good times they had when they first heard the songs like: "The Anthem" (2002), "The River" (2007), "Girls; Boys" (2002), "Lifestyles of the Rich; Famous" (2002), "Little Things" (2000), "Hold On" (2002) and many more!
Joining the brothers Benji and Joel are their band of rockstars Paul Thomas (Bass), Billy Martin (Guitars) and Dean Butterworth (Drums) who all contribute to the party as they are all artists that are a must see as well, due to them being in Good Charlotte since the 1990’s except for Dean who joined in 2005.
If there is one thing that we are telling you from this, its that Good Charlotte is a must see live and that any chance that you can see them take it! Fortunately, as Good Charlotte explained after the show, Benji and Joel stated, “We have something big that’s planned for 2019 so just be ready!” Could this possibly be another tour!? Keep Good Charlotte on your radar and hopefully we will find out very soon!
Author & Photographer: Anthony Cannella
On October 21st, 2018, the unforgettable The Sin And The Sentence World Tour visited Chicago, Illinois at the House Of Blues with hit bands Light The Torch, Avatar, and the mighty Trivium! With shows just wrapping up in North America, here’s what we could tell you about this insane #Metal tour in case you missed it.
From the start of the show till the last encore, the energy was through the roof with its sold-out crowd in Chicago. It is well known that a tour is only as good as its opening bands, but with this tour that was no issue. Light The Torch started on stage strong and heavy belting out their hits from their three albums The Beauty of Destruction (2014), They Bleed Red (2015), and their new album Revival (2018).
With a flawless performance, band members Francesco Artusato (Guitar), Howard Jones (Lead Vocals), Ryan Wombacher (Bass, Backing Vocals), and Mike Sciulara (Drums) set the standard high for the upcoming band. Especially Howard Jones, who slayed the people with his powerful voice giving the crowd the energy they needed.
As Avatar took the stage in full theme, they wasted no time as you could feel the venue shaking right from the first song. Band members, Jonas Kungen Jarlsby (Guitar), John Alfredsson (Drums), Johannes Eckerstrom (Lead Vocals), Henrik Sandelin (Bass, Backing Vocals), and Tim Öhrström (Guitar) are a site to witness at any chance you could get. The Swedish Heavy-Metal band not only works well with each other, but they put on one of the best live performances you will witness as a metal fan. In addition, seeing Avatar, you not only get an intense metal set, but they stage out their performance in a story manner. Meaning, you are in for treat if you ever catch Avatar live. Lead vocalist Johannes Eckerstrom does a fantastic job
leading this band of rockstars as his vocals go unmatched and keeps the crowd involved, even between songs. If you haven’t heard Avatar before, check out the videos below!
Light The Torch and Avatar are two bands that need to stay on your radar, due to the fact that they will not disappoint. These bands were the perfect combination before the legends of Trivium took the stage!
Author & Photo, Video: Alison Bauer
Dance With The Dead performed at the Subterranean in Chicago, IL on October 5th, 2018; the band released their fourth studio album titled 'Loved To Death' on August 14th of this year. In support, dark electronic artists Daniel Deluxe [Copenhagen, Denmark] and Panic Priest [Chicago, IL] opened the night.
Originally from Orange County, CA; Dance With The Dead members consist of Tony Kim and Justin Pointer. To Metal confirms, "both wield guitars and take on mixer duties; they wear their metal/hard rock influence on their sleeves by writing some of the most energizing, upbeat synth songs around."
Watch our tribute to the concert, follow their tour or stream #LovedToDeath below!
Dance With The Dead | 10.05.18 | The Subterranean | Chicago, IL
We captured Dance With The Dead performing in the video above; a night of crowd surfing moshing. The duet between guitars elicits synchronicity in the venue. #LovedToDeath  includes hits: "Go!;" "Salem" and "Become Wrath."
Both the opening artists Panic Priest and Daniel Deluxe started a dance-party; presenting animations to their live set. The dark and goth themes of their genre fit seamlessly with the entire #SpookySeason pre-Halloween concert experience.
Dance With The Dead | Fall & Winter 2018 Schedule:
At the dawn of 2019; Dance With The Dead embarks to Europe from February to March promoting their album #LovedToDeath. Stay connected for their return!
Author & Photo/Video: Alison Bauer
On October 1st, 2018 Beartooth performed their 2018 album 'Disease' [09.28] on the #DiseaseTour at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL; opening acts included Knocked Loose and Sylar. The tour continues until November 17th, 2018; closing in Columbus, Ohio. Visit BeartoothTickets.com for tickets and more information.
Stream our #DiseaseTour concert photography and videography review below.
Sylar released their first full-length studio [11-track] album 'Seasons' on October 4th, 2018 via Hopeless Records during the #DiseaseTour; that's three days after the photos taken above. The band from Queens, NY opened up to the audience commenting it's the earliest they've played a set all tour [5PM]; yet that Chicago fans prove authority.
On Twitter; Sylar announced, "The wait is finally over! #Seasons [10.05.18] - Peep the new video for "All or Nothing" now:
Browse the HRTV archives here for a background on Knocked Loose and our review of their first full-length album, 'Laugh Tracks' (2016). The band kicked off the #DiseaseTour by announcing their set-list via Twitter; including four nostalgic tracks from their first EP: 'Pop Culture' (2014).
"Oblivion's Peak" ['16] opened the performance while "All My Friends" ['14] proceeded. The end of the setlist concluded with "Deadringer" ['16].
In the video above; we captured, "Counting Worms" ['18], "The Gospel" ['14'], "A Fetish" ['16], and a title ending of "Deadringer" ['16].
The highlight from the first Knocked Loose concert in attendance? Vocalist Bryan Garris exclaiming mid-way through the concert between a transition in tracks, "this one goes out to all the powerful women." The solidarity was incredible to witness.
Attending Beartooth performing their 2018 album 'Disease' [out since Sept. 28th] for the #DiseaseTour was a collectively empowering experience. Reflecting on the meaning behind the term "disease;" vocalist Caleb Shomo shared his journey recovering from depression carried by tracks of soulful instrumentals.
Caleb explained that there is a contagious fear that rock and roll is in peril; he allows the audience to resonate via a reflective moment of silence adding: "You and I - are not different. If you feel this way - please, tell someone. Don't go through this alone. -You are all beautiful. Your voices are amazing. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise."
The energy from the crowd was immersive throughout the concert. Throwbacks in their setlist included tracks from their previous albums: Disgusting (2014) and Aggressive (2016). Above; we feature, "Disease" ['18], "I Have A Problem" ['14], "Always Dead" ['16].
Beartooth | #DiseaseTour | Remaining Tour Schedule | 2018
11/07 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
11/09 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
11/10 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
11/12 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
11/13 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
11/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
11/15 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
11/17 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
*Imagine, if you will*
It’s 2007. You’re sitting in your car on a summer night. Windows down with your local rock station blasting on the radio. Shinedown and Godsmack are played back to back. You’re now sitting there asking yourself, “wouldn’t it be great if these two bands toured together?” *Fast forward to 2018:*
On August 25th 2018, the rock legends Shinedown and Godsmack rolled into the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA.
Pearl Jam, Metallica, Shinedown and Godsmack could be heard blaring out of cars in the tailgating areas before the show’s shenanigans commenced. All the 19,900 fans were ready to head-bang.
With both Shinedown and Godsmack surpassing fifteen years in the music industry, the only way to accurately represent their success is with a stage full of pyrotechnics and fire. Both of these sets could have been mistaken for a 4th of July celebration. Those sitting on the lawn perimeter could even feel the heat from the flames protruding to the venue ceiling.
Shinedown | Xfinity Center | Mansfield, MA | August 25th, 2018
Sure, any band with a long lasting career in the music industry can afford a fancy display to showcase while performing. But it takes more than a bank account and fireworks to make a concert great. A great example of this was found during Shinedown’s performance of “Simple Man” off of Leave a Whisper (2003). During this song, Brent Smith (Shinedown’s vocalist) ran through the crowd to stand on a table elevated in the middle of the venue to create a closer connection with the crowd. A request was then asked by Brent for everyone to take their phones out and shine them bright while “Simple Man” filled the Xfinity Center. Not a light was being used in the venue apart from the crowd’s cell phone participation.
Godsmack | Xfinity Center | Mansfield, MA | August 25th, 2018
The same vibe was also felt once Godsmack made their presence during this evening. What was a pleasant surprise to everyone was Godsmack’s cover of “Highway to Hell” by ACDC - brining all in attendance back to the 1979 for a few minutes. Godsmack closed out their evening with the ever-popular track “I Stand Alone” off of Faceless (2003). Although both of these bands have been around for a minute, their performances have not faltered in any way. Expect to see more pyrotechnics and flamethrowers in the near future for both of these bands.
Neck Deep At The Webster In Hartford, CT On The Peace And Panic USA Tour 2 With Support From: Trophy Eyes, WSTR, And Stand Atlantic
Author & Photographer | Peter Jones-Torregrosa
Fall means tours, lots of tours. It feels like we wake up every morning to a new alert of another favorite band announcing a tour - is there anything better? This Fall's list of killer tours didn't disappoint - especially not with this show.
Neck Deep headlined The Peace and Panic USA Tour 2 with support from Trophy Eyes, WSTR and Stand Atlantic. The blend of British and Australian bands put on an energetic show that had the sold-out crowd off of their feet all night.
Neck Deep | The Peace and Panic USA Tour 2 | Sept. 24, 2018 | Hartford, CT
The Webster was packed with fans enjoying the supporting bands, but nothing matched the energy when Neck Deep came on. The atmosphere was jubilant, filled with carefree fans singing along to their favorite band. Neck Deep is both able to perform in a way that is energetic enough to engage a neutral fan, while also using the vulnerability shown in their lyrics to connect with fans in an almost therapeutic way. It was truly a great show - be sure to catch them on the remaining dates of tour!
Stand Atlantic | The Peace and Panic USA Tour 2 | Sept. 24, 2018 | Hartford, CT
Trophy Eyes | The Peace and Panic USA Tour 2 | Sept. 24, 2018 | Hartford, CT
WSTR | The Peace and Panic USA Tour 2 | Sept. 24, 2018 | Hartford, CT
The Peace and Panic USA Tour 2 | Remaining 2018 Dates:
Author & Photographer | Bex Rodriguez
On October 1st, All Time Low played a last minute make up show in Houston, Texas at White Oak Music Hall. Not only was this show impressive, because they managed to scramble and get a venue after having to cancel their co-headliner with Dashboard Confessional. All Time Low and Gnash managed to keep the energy high from the second doors opened to when they played their outro.
Gnash | October 1 | White Oak Music Hall | Houston, TX
First up was Gnash, a pop-rap musician with happiness leaking from his pores. He got on stage and immediately started with his radio single “I hate u, I love u” [ft. Olivia O'Brien] and the crowd went crazy. The crowd was dancing and screaming lyrics to his songs within the first song! Throughout his set he would dance and tell the crowd to dance just a crazy as he was, so they would move with him. It was fun to watch and left the room with a bubbly atmosphere.
All Time Low | October 1 | White Oak Music Hall | Houston, TX
Next, was All Time Low the act we’ve been waiting for. The lights dropped, and the band emerged on stage. The drums began, and familiar lyrics started to ring out. The band would interact with each other and the crowd creating a sense of belonging for everyone there.
Throughout the show the band would stop and talk with people in the crowd, getting everyone involved with the show. With a perfect mix of classic All Time Low and new All Time Low, I’d say everyone got exactly what they paid for. A night to go in the books.
All Time Low | 2018 Fall Tour Schedule:
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