The discussion of 'OPERA' [07.20.18]; is conducted through the lens of myself as co-filmmaker and editor of the "Conviction" music video. Matthew delves insight into new-wave's history, present and future within hardcore, rock and metal.
Watch or read at your own "Conviction;" the video and interview is featured below!
Both ‘OPERA’ music videos: "It Won't Be Me" [06.15.18] and "Conviction" [07.20.18] integrated analog video distortions created by VFX artist Nick Marchese.
The first ‘OPERA’ single and music video “It Won't Be Me" was directed, filmed and edited by Dead Hummingbird and it was released on YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo. The music video for “Conviction" was directed by Nick Marchese; filmed by Alison Bauer and Molly Kinnunen.
Alison | Interview With Dead Hummingbird | Matthew Meifert [Vocalist, Keys]
Gif | "Conviction" MV
Tell us about producing 'OPERA' | [07.20.18]
What other artists in the New Wave scene inspired you or 'OPERA'?
Why did you choose, "Conviction" to be represented visually?
What have been your experiences as a spectator of an Opera?
Gif | "It Won't Be Me" | 'OPERA' | 2018
Dead Hummingbird | Upcoming Tours | 2018
Matthew: For the group in Dead Hummingbird; we have been working on music together for over 7 years; not always in this incarnation as a band. The plan is to keep writing and performing. Touring is a priority - we aim to be out on the road this fall/winter of 2018 - and to a greater extent next year. We aspire to travel to a few countries.
Dead Hummingbird | Archives
Photo | The Morris Performing Arts Center
On May 16th, 2018; we witnessed Alice In Chains bring the original Seattle Grunge scene to South Bend, Indiana at the Morris Performing Arts Center; pictured above.
For those who are unfamiliar with this arts center, it was built in the late 1920’s; one of the most historic venues to still be hosting events in the Midwest. The Morris Performing Art Center has been responsible for a plethora of famous acts throughout its years, such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. The Morris is gorgeous inside due to its renovations; a theatre-wide stage, powerful light display, massively tall ceilings, venue shaking sound system, and its nearly three thousand seats that never make you feel like you’re far from the stage.
With these features, the sold-out Morris Performing Arts Center brought audiences back to the late 1980’s and 1990’s to relive the grunge scene with the one and only Alice In Chains.
Photo | Alice In Chains | 2018
The Walking Papers wrapped up their amazing set with recently added bassist Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses; the sold-out crowd patiently waited for the Seattle legends to take the stage: Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney,Mike Inez, and William DuVall. The Morris Performing Art Center erupted as they opened with "Bleed The Freak" from their debut album Facelift .
Alice In Chains continued with their nineteen song setlist, they graced the fans with a wide variety of chart topping hits ranging from the albums Facelift ['90] to The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here . Co-lead vocalist since 2006, William DuVall, was flawless as always as he belted out notes to perfection from all the fan favorites, such as: "Man In The Box," "Rooster," "Them Bones," "Would?."
DuVall took over co-lead vocals for Alice In Chains as a result after the death of the never forgotten Layne Staley in 2002. It is obvious that they pay tribute to Staley every show; he would appreciate the passion and perfectionism the band continues to put forth in their performances.
Throughout the night, these rockstars present you with moments that honestly leave you in awe. For instance, half way through the set, they took a break from their rock/heavy grunge songs and brought out the acoustic guitars to melt the crowd with their hit single ‘Nutshell’. It was in this moment, where the band was able to intimately connect with the crowd as you could hear thousands singing along with the fervent DuVall.
In addition to that, it was quite a site to see when Alice In Chains dropped their new single "The One You Know" during a four-song encore. "The One You Know" is the band's brand new single that was released May 3, 2018. By the first impression, you would have thought they were performing this song for years. The song will be on their upcoming album: 'Reinier Fog' set to drop August 24th, 2018 through BMG.
Alice In Chains | Upcoming Tour Schedule
Photo | Alice In Chains | 2018
Alice In Chains as of summer 2018; will be on a European tour until the next few months before they make their grand return to North America.
They start their North American tour again August 25, 2018 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, Washington and continue through seventeen other cities. Check out the link and see if Alice In Chains will be at a venue near you later this year!
On June 28th we captured Code Orange on the 'New Reality Tour' at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL with openers Vein, Twitching Tongues and Nicole Dollanganger. Watch our live concert recap below via HRTV Youtube!
To learn more about this metal band and our favorite tracks; scan our archives:
Code Orange Announce Summer Tour & 'Forever' (2017) Album Review.
Opening the night with "My World" from their album 'I Am King'  they transitioned into "Real" from 'Forever' . Following this album, we highlighted Grammy-Nominated track "Forever;" "Bleeding In The Blur" and "Dream2." Listen between songs for "Chicago hardcore" dedications such as "I love you; thank you; we've played garages, basements - it keeps growing because you are real."
Stage diving and moshing incessant throughout the setlist, the crowd was especially involved when two guest vocalists from Vein [the guitarist & the frontman] lent addition the mic.
The key vocalists for Code Orange are Reba Meyers [guitar], Jami Morgan [drums], and Eric Balderose [guitar]. There's Dominic Landolina on the synth & guitar as well as Joe Goldman [bass]. Together they deliver an action-packed, candid yet synchronized performance; a wicked experience of hardcore you can't miss.
"They hate us - They sure as f*ck imitate us; but they all know there's only one - Code Orange lives forever!" - Jami Morgan.
Visit: http://codeorangetoth.com/tour/ or click the photo below!
Jon Wilkes, previous drummer and back-up singer for the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus [RJA], introduces the breakthrough band: KØU [Kingdom Of Us] in our interview. Exclusively presenting, with LaRossa, the debut single, "Time Is The Enemy;" watch below, to discover KØU and our lyric video review.
Jon identifies his role as vocalist and producer of KØU, describing the upcoming album: "Long awaited - ten years in the making." Below, KØU confirms announcing new members, a full length album and nation-wide tours in the near future!
The heartfelt lyrics of this exciting dance track, "Time Is The Enemy," includes: "There’s thousands of miles and countless hours - That time has taken from us - So don’t let time break the chain; Don’t lose my hand in all of this." The crescendo concludes, "Time Is the enemy of our love." Expect around mark 1m:30s a beautiful symphony of echoes, and 2m:05s a piano melody that drops heightening vibrations. Let us know what you thought of this debut single in the poll below!
Photo | Jon Wilkes
What inspired you in the creation of this debut single?
KØU: Especially for this track, I was inspired by the movie Interstellar directed by Christopher Nolan. In the film, the lead character is trying to get back to his daughter without giving up, despite consequences. This song is based on the idea of trying to get back to someone that you long for.
[CON'D]: KØU: With this project, I write all the lyrics and the melodies; we use EDM production style and then go back to add organic instruments such as real drums, guitars and bass. It's a futuristic rock album.
What does KØU stand for and what is the premise?
KØU: I stepped down from Red Jumpsuit Apparatus [active from 2005 to 2012] to pursue new avenues; I still continued as a drummer until 2016. One day I woke up and realized it was time for me to step out as a vocalist.
Some of these songs [on the upcoming KØU album] were written in the back of the RJA tour bus back in 2009 - 2010. For me, this is a long awaited album basically ten years in the making.
When might we expect the full length album and the upcoming tour?
KØU: Expect the full length album in 2019 while a second single release coming soon. You never know who may end up performing live with me! Also, you never know what former members of your favorite bands might end up in KØU!
Anthony Cannella & Alison Bauer
Before their ground-shaking and intense headlining set at the Bottom Lounge, we had the chance to discuss the What's In Your Head Tour with Diamante and From Ashes to New on the journey and success of their debut album #Disobey.
Bad Wolves dropped the track "Officer Down" as their entrance song. Witness in the video above, these five Rockstar’s own the stage and crowd the entire setlist: Tommy Vext (Vocals), John Boecklin (Drums), Doc Coyle (Lead-Guitar), Chris Cain (Guitar), and Kyle Konkiel (Bassist).
During the tracks “Better The Devil” and “Run For Your Life;" the vocalist, Tommy Vext, opened the crowd for a mosh-circle-pit: Head-banging, intense riffs, solos and screams. Yet as the show concluded, Tommy silenced the crowd for a special dedication and moment of silence to the late vocalist of The Cranberries, Dolores O'Riordan, before initiating the cover of "Zombie." He personally thanked her and her family during this mourning time of her early passing.
We suggest to attend Bad Wolves live, if they play at a venue near you. Scan their music videos and remaining tour dates below to discover why they are powerhouses of metal!
Bad Wolves | 2018 Tour Schedule
Visit: https://badwolvesnation.com/pages/tour or click directly on photos below!
Bad Wolves + From Ashes to New Co-Headline With Special Guest Diamante:
July 1 – XR Club – Amarillo, TX
July 2 – Jake’s Sports Cafe – Lubbock, TX
July 5 – Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
July 6 – Sunshine Studios Live – Colorado Springs, CO
With Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin + Nothing More:
* 5FDP; Bad Wolves only;
** 5FDP, Breaking Benjamin; Bad Wolves only.
July 16 – White River Amphitheater – Seattle, WA **
July 18 – Spokane Arena – Spokane, WA **
July 20 – Taco Bell Arena – Boise, ID
July 21 – Usana Amphitheatre – Salt Lake City, UT
July 24 – Shoreline Amphitheater – San Francisco, CA
July 25 – Mattress Firm Arena – San Diego, CA
July 27 – Five Point Amphitheater – Irvine, CA
July 29 – Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM **
Aug 1 – Austin 360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX
Aug 3 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX **
Aug 4 – Starplex Pavilion – Dallas, TX
Aug 6 – Snowden Grove Amphitheatre – Southaven, MS
Aug 7 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
Aug 9 – Heritage Park Amphitheater – Simpsonville, SC
Aug 11 – MidFlorida Amphitheater – Tampa, FL
Aug 12 – Verizon Amphitheater – Atlanta, GA
Aug 14 – Keybank Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 15 – BBT Pavilion – Camden, NJ
Aug 17 – Montage Mountain – Scranton, PA
Aug 18 – Xfinity Center – Boston, MA
Aug 20 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON
Aug 22 – Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse, NY **
Aug 24 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
Aug 25 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ **
Aug 28 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
Aug 29 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
Aug 31 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Indianapolis, IN **
Sept 1 – DTE Energy Music Theater – Detroit, MI
Sept 3 – Darien Lakes Amphitheater – Darien Lakes, NY
Sept 6 – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY **
Sept 7 – The Xfinity Theater – Hartford, CT
Sept 9 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH **
Anthony Cannella & Alison Bauer
On June 7, at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL we met with co-lead vocalist Danny Case from the band out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania: From Ashes To New.
After their much-anticipated set on the 'What's In Your Head' tour with Diamante and opening for Bad Wolves, we inquired about their million plus monthly listeners on Spotify, the meaning behind their newest album ‘The Future’ [April 20th, 2018 via Better Noise Records], how their recent "Heavy / Papercut" Linkin Park mashup was created, Danny's inspirations, and some fun facts to wrap up the interview.
View below to watch the full interview and live concert recap footage!
From Ashes To New opened for Bad Wolves in a compact venue, allowing the crowd to witness the band's engaging talent as they played their hits, "Broken" [Lyric], "Crazy" [MV], and "Gone Forever" off of ‘The Future’ in combination with classics off of their prior album, 'Day One' .
Seeing Matt Brandyberry [vocals], Danny Case [vocals], Lance Dowdle [guitar], and Mat Madiro [drums] is quite an experience, due to the fact that the four collaborate in synchronicity with each other.
We see that in the video especially during ‘Crazy’ and ‘Broken;’ the crowd jumps and screams the lyrics back. It seems like Danny and Matt have been collaborating on stage from the beginning; yet Danny just recently joined Summer of 2017.
The band concluded the hour setlist with ‘Through It All’ ['Day One' | 2016]. Matt Brandyberry, the only original band member, made time to explain the hardships when fans and colleagues thought From Ashes To New was over.
#FATN is here to stay. Check out their music videos and tour dates below so you could see for yourself!
From Ashes To New | Tour Dates | 2018
Visit: https://www.fromashestonew.com/tour or click the photos for a direct link!
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.
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