Thursday, December 13, 2018

CANNIBAL CORPSE Announces North American Tour Dates With Slayer, Lamb Of God, And Amon Amarth

CANNIBAL CORPSE will play "Leg Five: North America" of Slayer's Final World Tour this spring. The journey begins May 2nd in Phoenix, Arizona and runs through sixteen cities, concluding on May 25th in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Additional support will be provided by Lamb Of God and labelmates Amon Amarth.

Comments the band, "We are extremely honored to be sharing the stage with Amon Amarth, Lamb Of God and of course Slayer this spring on their farewell tour! To be a part of this historic event will be something we will never forget!"

The journey with Slayer will follow CANNIBAL CORPSE's previously announced co-headlining run with Morbid Angel on this year's Decibel Magazine Tour in February/March. See all confirmed dates below.

CANNIBAL CORPSE On The Decibel Magazine Tour 2019 w/ Morbid Angel, Blood Incantation, Necrot:
2/17/2019 Alamo Music Hall - San Antonio, TX
2/19/2019 Club Xs - Tucson, AZ
2/20/2019 The Observatory - San Diego, CA
2/21/2019 The Fonda Theater - Los Angeles, CA
2/22/2019 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
2/23/2019 The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
2/25/2019 Roseland Ballroom - Portland, OR
2/26/2019 Showbox Market - Seattle, WA
3/01/2019 The Oriental Theater - Denver, CO
3/02/2019 The Truman - Kansas City, MO
3/03/2019 Skyway Theater - Minneapolis, MN
3/04/2019 The Concord - Chicago, IL
3/07/2019 Playstation Theater - New York, NY
On Slayer's "Leg Five: North America" Tour w/ Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth:
5/02/2019 Ak-Chin Amphitheatre - Phoenix, AZ
5/03/2019 Isleta Amphitheatre - Albuquerque, NM
5/05/2019 UTEP/Don Haskins Center - El Paso, TX
5/07/2019 Bert Ogden Arena - Edinburg, TX
5/08/2019 The Pavilion At Toyota Music Factory - Dallas, TX
5/10/2019 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL
5/11/2019 Coral Sky Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL
5/13/2019 Big Sandy Superstore Arena - Huntington, WV
5/14/2019 Merriweasther Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD
5/16/2019 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center - Noblesville, IN
5/17/2019 Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre - Bonner Springs, KS
5/19/2019 DTE Energy Music Center - Clarkston, MI
5/20/2019 Covel Centre - Youngstown, OH
5/22/2019 Canadian Tire Centre - Ottawa, ON
5/24/2019 BB&T Pavilion - Camden, NJ
5/25/2019 Xfinity Center - Mansfield, MA

CANNIBAL CORPSE will be touring in support of their acclaimed Red Before Black full-length released last year via Metal Blade Records. Many words come to mind when you hear the name CANNIBAL CORPSE, but only one truly defines the thirty-year death metal veterans: Unstoppable. Produced by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Goatwhore), Red Before Black serves to not only reiterate this but to once more raise the stakes, making it abundantly clear who sets the standard when it comes to manifesting consistently compelling music that is as brutal as it is complex. "Throughout our career, we've tried to improve the precision of both our musical execution and our album production, while still maintaining full-on aggression. Red Before Black continues in that direction, but might go even further on the aggressive side of things. It's definitely precise, but it has a rawness to it that goes beyond anything we've done recently," asserts bassist Alex Webster. "We really worked super hard crafting these songs, practicing them, and getting them where we wanted to be more so than on any of our previous albums," adds drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz. "And as Alex said, musically I think it's the rawest sound we've had - and at the same time I think it's our most focused, tightest, and catchiest record."

To preview and purchase Red Before Black, visit:

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Xroadie Files

Craneium – The Narrow Line
Andreas Kajan – Vocals/Guitar, Martin Ahlo – Vocals/Guitar, Joel Kronqvist – Drums, Jonas Ridberg – Bass

Manifest heavy riffs that just plow along the road to madness with stoner rock vocals and a catchy rhythm.  I’m Your Demon just grab a brew kick back and watch the bar band play along to some music that will have drifting along. Beyond The Pale is a very Sabbath style of riff dark heavy and full of emotions that grabs your attention. The Soothsayer has a very bluesy song that will have you up and grooving along till the very last note. Redemption close your eyes and just rip down this musical highway of emotions. The Goat (Is In Command) stoner rock that will have you tripping away and you enjoy every note. Man’s Ruin sitting around with friends just having a few and enjoying the music as you groove and sing along.

Rifflord – 7 Cremation Ground/Meditation
Wyatt Bronc Bartlett – Guitar/Vocals, Paul Pinos – Guitar, Matthew Mcfarland – Bass, Tory Jean Stoddard – Keyboards, Tommy Middlen – Drums

Seven has a very back wood Cajun feel that just works its way into your very being. Dead Flower Child sitting in the woods smoking and drinking with friends and just watching the band jam along the getting up and slamming along as the band shred and the guitars rip. The Other Side church organ sounds deep and emotional along with some very powerful vocals the standup sway and groove to the rhythm as you sing along.  Coyote Fodder sounds of wild animals and a Sabbath style stoner riff that just seems to surround you as you move along. Holly Roller acoustic guitar swirling organ screaming leads pounding drum thumping bass take a trip back to the psychedelic 70s. BB Gun grab the air guitars and just jam and sing along to some excellent heartfelt stoner rock.

Transcendental Meditation chorus vocals a catchy riff that just gets you attention and a thundering beat get ready to rock out. Lucid Trip swirling organ/keyboards acoustic guitars a solid beat and great vocals just drift along as it takes you on a musical journey to inside your mind. Poison Mother heavy dark melancholic stoner rock with some great musicianship. Electric Grave keyboards and spoken words with a very eerie feel slow and steady as it moves toward you. The Riffman Cometh will have you standing fist pumping and head banging along till the last note. Hou Dou Vou Dou has a very back woods Cajun bluesy feel that just grabs your attention and takes ahold as you groove along. Thunder Rider Cremation G hold on for one hell of a stoner rock ride just enjoy.

Blood Of The Sun – Blood’s Thicker Than Love
Henry Vasquez – Drums/Vocals, Dave Gryder- Keyboards, Wyatt Burton – Guitar, Alex Johnson – Guitar/Vocals, Roger Yma – Bass, Sean Vargas – Vocals

Keep the Lemmy’s Coming has a Motorhead feel with southern rock influences just get ready to rock n roll. My Time has a very bluesy feel with some emotional leads and great rhythms to groove with and powerful vocals. Livin For The Night takes you back to the late 70s and has sort of a Ted Nugent feel a real rocker. Air Rises As You Drown slowly builds as it grabs you and takes you on one emotional musical journey. Stained Glass Window has a 70s hard rock meets blues meets a slight country flavor get up move groove and sing along. Blood of The Road hop on your bike or in your car crank up this tune and just jam on down the road.

Massimo Discepoli – The Right Place on the Wrong Map
Massimo Discepoli – Drums/Eletronics/Bass/Synths/Piano

Once In A Minute over seven minutes to just relax close your eyes and drift along to the musical tones and textures. Thin Border more melodies and tones to take you away on a trip thru your inner mind.      The Right Place On The Wrong Map take a trip back to the late 60s and the psychedelic rock of that era very trippy and spacey. Phase Transition has a very Tangerine Dream feel to the music. Water Sequences drifting thru time and space all alone with your thoughts. Both Sides Of The Line lost in the darkness of space just floating along with your thoughts. Shapes close your eyes and just imagine the things that the music brings to your mind.

Unearth – Extinction(s)
Trevor Phipps – Vocals, Ken Susi – Guitar, Buz McGrath – Guitar, Nick Pierce – Drums, Chris O’Toole – Bass

Incinerate heavy industrial hard music and yelling vocals to just hammer your very mind. Dust dual leads that just grab you as they grind away and take you down an interesting path of destruction. Survivalist dark heavy n music with growling vocals that just rip and tear at you. Cultivation Of Infection low bass strange sound grinding rhythm that just slam and beat you. The Hunt Begins disharmonic sounds that worm their way into you with chugging guitars and pounding rhythms. Hard Line Downfall hit the pit just slam against each other with sweat flying. King Of The Artic eerie guitars build chainsaw riff thundering bas pounding drums and rough growling vocals. Sidewinder another hit the pit with total aggression just slam and bounce around with anger. No Reprisal has more of an classic metal feel to the music but with growling vocals. One With The Sun just grabs you and pounds you into submission.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

SLOW to release new version of "Mythologiae"

Code666 is pleased to announce that they will release Mythologiae by Belgian doom duo SLOW on CD and vinyl on January 25th 2018. The album was previously released in 2015 in very small quantities and sold out quickly. Now, due to a data loss the album has now been completely re-recorded, remastered and remixed and includes a never before released bonus track "At The Break of Dawn", as well as new artwork.

Déhà – Guitars, Drums & Vocals
Lore B. – Bass, Lyrics, Concepts

1. The Standing Giant
2. The Drowning Angel
3. The Suffering Rebel
4. The Dying God
5. Sorrow’s Shadow
6. The Break of Dawn

Monday, December 10, 2018

Lord Vapour - Semuta

The heavy three piece rock band Lord Vapour was formed in November of 2014 in Guernsey... For those of you who don't know, Guernsey is an island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy... Consisting of Joe Le Long on Bass & Vocals, Henry Fears on Guitars and Christian Mariess on the drums, the band quickly released a self-titled demo of three superb tunes on Bandcamp... This was when they fell under my radar!!! I loved it and couldn't wait for more of their heavy riff rock!!!

Lord Vapour toured extensively on their home turf in 2015, and also found time to record their debut album "Mill Street Blues" at Tardis Studio in just 2 days time!!! About 7 months later, in May of 2016 they would finally release their debut album... It hit me like a freight train on the very first listen... It also surprised a few people in the hard & heavy rock world and took number 37 on the Doom Charts in their Best Of 2016 countdown!!!

Fast forward to 2018 and they now have dropped their sophomore set titled "Semuta" on December 1st.... It starts out hard and very heavy, never letting up!!! That's right, all six tracks are super with no sign of a sophomore jinx what so ever!!!

Opening up the album is the addictive Burning Planet, which is also the lead off single... Next up is The Spice starting out with a Sabbathy bass intro that just launches into guitar head heaven!!! The third track, Through The Doors Of Kukundu is a previously released track from January of 2017... Then on to the back half of the album for more heavy riffage on Semuta Music & The Mothership Connection (my two personal favorites) and then closing out this monster of an album with Nasubi!!!

This killer no holds barred guitar extravaganza of hard rock & heavy psych is a fine addition to their catalog!!! I know it's been blasted through MY Skullcandy several times the last couple of days!!!

-Rock Man & Mercy 12/18

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Blackwülf feat. Geof O’Keefe (Pentagram) Debuts Video for Cover of Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love"

Track Appears on Oakland Metal Band's New LP, 'Sinister Sides', Out Now
Blackwülf with Geof O'Keefe

Bay Area heavy metal band Blackwülf has released a music video for its cover of Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love". The song, which features a guest appearance from founding Pentagram and Bedemon guitarist Geof O'Keefe, is taken from the band's new album, Sinister Sides. The video, which was directed by Scott Hester and filmed on the old naval base on Alameda Island, overlooking the Port of Oakland, premieres via Metal Insider, which notes, "the cover is mixed with old school heavy metal gems and traditional doom." See Blackwülf's "Sunshine of Your Love" video at this location.

“Cream is a quintessential band that has inspired generations of musicians for decades now, ourselves included," comments vocalist Alex Cuningham. “Sunshine of Your Love” features such an iconic riff and is arguably a seminal blueprint for the heavy rock that followed its first release in 1967. Initially, the song was a rehearsal warm up number for Blackwülf, but after moving it into our live set and seeing fans’ reactions, we decided to cut it to vinyl. With Pentagam’s Geof O’Keefe ripping as a guest on the track on lead guitar, we hope our version to be a worthy tribute to a band that means so much to us personally and to many other fans of vintage heavy rock.”

Released this past February via Ripple Music (Mothership, Wo Fat, Castle), Sinister Sides was recorded at San Francisco's Trakworx Recording & Mastering (Agalloch, Deafheaven) and showcases eight songs featuring heavy, headbanging riffs, The LP is the follow-up to Blackwülf's 2015 LP, Oblivion Cycle, hailed as "rock ‘n’ roll at its purest" (The Bay Bridged). Stream Sinister Sides in full via New Noise.

“Sinister Sides' is, at its core, old school heavy rock made new again," says Blackwülf guitarist Pete Holmes. "Filled to the brim with fist-pumping riffs and aggressive grooves, the record’s intention is to provide a classic ‘album experience’: a dark journey through the best sides of vintage hard rock, stoner rock and traditional doom metal.”

   Track listing:

   1.) Gate of Sorrow
   2.) Sinister Sides (The Obelisk premiere)
   3.) Waiting on Tomorrow
   4.) Dead to the World (Decibel premiere)
   5.) Blind to Fate
   6.) The Tempest
   7.) Sunshine of Your Love (Cream cover)
   8.) Battle Line

    In addition to Cunningham and Holmes, Blackwülf features Dave Pankenier (drums) and Scott Peterson (bass). Find Blackwülf online at and follow the band on Facebook.
   "Oakland doom rockers Blackwülf have been prowling in the same sonic pack as forefathers Pentagram and Bedemon since they formed in 2012. Vocal hooks, searing leads, and riffs that honor the history of electric blues through the lens of American doom." - DECIBEL

   "Oakland-based Blackwülf follow the Hard Rock/Proto-Doom traditions of the '70s with a charismatic heaviness." - DOOM

   "Sinister Sides' is a tremendous album. If you dig Stoner, Doom, Garage, or even Classic Rock there is something for you to love on this ripper." - OUTLAWS OF THE SUN

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Bandcamp Bonanza – 085

Baby its cold outside right now. Luckily the music is keeping us all hot and bothered in bandcamp. Yet another round of kick ass tunes coming at ya right here on our Bonanza feature.

Still Fools - Lightbringer
Lightbringer brings us a whimsical set of psych infused progressive blues. The intricate guitar work, airy vocals passages and gritty injection of harmonica and organ provide a unique twist on our typical rock band.

Grey Czar - Boondoggle
I love finding stuff like this. Wildly progressive and forward thinking while maintaining an accessibility unmatched in this strain of avant-garde heavy rock. Album of the day 10-6-18.

High n’ Heavy – Warrior Queen
This is only up for pre-order but the hype is pointing up and I couldn’t resist springing for the vinyl. There is some extremely limited editions available on bandcamp and based on the teaser song and their previous outputs this is looking to be a great start to 2019.

Quaker City Night Hawk – QCNH
Huge fans of this band and another pre-order that is absolutely mandatory. Not only does that vinyl splatter match the cover but the jams these guys are capable are so groovy and funky. I also grabbed the 7-inch single that kicks some major ass as well. While you’re at it, there’s also vinyl left of their previous full length masterpiece called El Astronauta. The label page that’s releasing these ‘Lightning Rod Records’ really has a good ear for a nice combination of rock n’ roll, Americana and true blue country. I dig it.

Manchino – Artificial Love EP
If their music is any indication of their record collections these guys have the hottest stack of wax in town. The music jams with funk-ridden groove and a Soundgarden meets CCR vocal prowess. The quirky rhythm keeps you panting for more while the guitars riff out hooks galore.

Bronco – Mucho Evil
Gotta love this riff buckin’, groove slinging, rock and roll in’ wild mustang ride. Mucho Evil kick out the heavy jams full of gritty vocals, infectious choruses, and neck breaking riffs. Ride the Bronco they said.... Absolutely thrilling! Favorite track: Golden Tower.

Collins Drive – This Town of Mine
Damn, what a find. Thanks Tom for the bandcamp feed on this baby. Such a sweet array of sultry Americana meets melancholic blues. This hits right in that sweet spot for fans of heavy rock but also fans of Americana and psychedelic soul. WOW that last song brings it on home like a champ! Favorite track: Lady of the Lake.

Black Lotus – Sons of Saturn
 Black Lotus have unleashed what some may consider the coolest modern concoction of traditional metal and doom this year. The vocal soar with epic tone and towering volume as the riffs pummel with dynamic and rhythmic force. Mind = Crushed

Hippie Death Cult – Black Snake
I don’t typically add just flat out singles to my collection, but Hippie Death Cult have something special about to go down in the heavy scene. They have 3 singles out there and some trippy youtube videos of those songs that indicate their upcoming debut full length just may be something to be anticipating. I know I can’t wait to hear more, take a listen, I think you’ll agree. Portland, Oregon strikes again.

When The Deadbolt Breaks – Angels are weeping... God has abandoned...
Last but certainly not least in this addition of the bonanza I share with you this band recently brought to our attention by good friends over at Desert Records in New Mexico. Holy hell!! Just let this one play for a while and tell me you’re not convinced.
Absolutely devastating sludge melding kaleidoscopic riffage and brain splitting psych. When The Deadbolt Breaks emit an atmosphere explosion of energy at the gates of heaven meets hell, drowning us in angelically haunting aura, relentless power and deafening tone.

-The Huntsman

Friday, December 7, 2018

Granite Waves – Blood Moon Rising

I probably first heard these songs about a year ago, and I remember being very impressed. I thanked the band for giving me a sneak preview and told them I would be happy to write a review once the CD was out, as our thing here at the Ripple Effect is to write about the stuff we love. Then life got in the way, and I had to deal with a lengthy situation that pretty much broke my heart and crushed my soul. I realized recently that to find my way back I had to do the creative things that make me happy, so what better way to get back in the saddle than to write this long overdue review.

Full disclosure, I know these guys, or at least 2 of them. That doesn't change how I feel about this release. Actually, when I heard these songs I was pumped up and proud that two dudes I know came up with music this good. Granite Waves have a very unique sound. They are definitely heavy, but you can't really call them stoner rock, or doom, or any of the other descriptors that are really easy to use. In my book that is a good thing. There is so much music out there these days that a band needs to stand out, and the best way to do that is not sound like 50 other bands. They have a swampy, sludgy groove, with maybe just a touch of grunge thrown in. What they seem to do best is take the influences and styles they like and mix all of that into something that is their own.

Bassist Ben Edwards also handles the vocals, and he's one of those guys that if you look at him, and then listen to these vocals, you'd be like, “No way that voice is coming out of that dude”. He has a very intriguing mix of things going on with his voice. Part of me hears a slight Alice In Chains vibe, yet at the same time he could be an oracle on the roadside of an ancient trading route through the desert. It really suits this music well. And he absolutely rips on the bass. I also have to mention the guitar work of John Cochran, especially his lead work. Every song obviously is its own thing, and every solo just ties in perfectly with each song. You want a little trippy, psychedelic feeling? Maybe some almost bluesy, pentatonic touches? Or do you want the ultimate shredder, one of those leads that seemingly has a thousand notes a second? Mr. Cochran delivers all of that and more and that is just another part of what draws the listener in to what these guys are doing.

Granite Waves are a trio, and they do the old school thing on this one, meaning no overdubbed rhythm guitar track during the leads. Most bands don't record live any more but it sure sounds like they could have. There are seven excellent songs here, just enough to sate your desires yet also leave you wanting more. If heavy, crushing grooves and rock solid riffs are your thing, you really should check this out. Find them on Bandcamp, give them a listen, and pick up this CD. This music deserves to be heard by as many people as possible.


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Todd Rundgren Announces “The Individualist” World Tour Presented By SiriusXM

Tickets On Sale December 10, 2018 at 10AM Local Time
Citi Presale Begins December 04, 2018 at 10AM Local Time

Los Angeles - Current Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee Todd Rundgren will be embarking on the world’s first hybrid concert/book tour this spring, highlighting both his hits as well as “deep tracks” spanning his 50-year career.

Produced by Live Nation and presented by SiriusXM, the North American leg of the tour starts in Atlanta, GA and hits major markets before wrapping in San Francisco, CA. The North American dates will be preceded by dates in Europe/UK and followed by dates in Japan. Full itinerary is below.

Rundgren’s long-awaited autobiography, The Individualist: digressions, dreams and dissertations, is being released by Cleopatra Press on December 21, documenting his life through his 50th birthday. The concert set list will mirror that time period, consisting of song selections from the inception of his musical career through 1996, with intros & stories behind the songs and Rundgren’s impressive career.

He will be playing back-to-back shows in the ten North American markets in order to be available for books signings and local TV and radio appearances on the second show day in each city. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 10 at 10AM Local Time. Two-day ticket packages, along with single-day tickets, will be available in each North American market.

Citi is the official presale credit card of the Todd Rundgren – The Individualist Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, December 4th at 10AM local time until Sunday, December 9th at 10PM local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete presale details, visit
The Individualist: digressions, dreams and dissertations is available now for pre-order at:


April 1 - Theater am Mareintor - Duisburg, Germany
April 2 - Laeiszhalle - Hamburg, Germany                
April 3 - Paradiso - Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 6 - Eventim Apollo - London, UK
April 10 - Buckhead Theatre - Atlanta, GA
April 11 - Buckhead Theatre - Atlanta, GA  
April 13 - State Theatre - Washington, DC
April 14 - State Theatre - Washington, DC
April 16 - Town Hall - New York, NY
April 17 - Town Hall - New York, NY
April 19 - Berklee Performance Center - Boston, MA
April 20 - Berklee Performance Center - Boston, MA
April 23 - Athenaeum Theatre - Chicago, IL             
April 24 - Athenaeum Theatre - Chicago, IL             
April 27 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON                     
April 28 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON                     
May 01 - Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA            
May 02 - Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA
May 05 - Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square - Cleveland, OH          
May 06 - Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square - Cleveland, OH
May 09 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
May 10 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
May 12 - Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco, CA
May 13 - Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco, CA
May 22 - Sumida Triphony Hall - Tokyo, Japan
May 23 - NHK Hall - Osaka, Japan

A Wizard, A True Star. The title of Todd Rundgren's 1973 solo album aptly sums up the contributions of this multi-faceted artist to state-of-the-art music. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and interactive artist (re-designated TR-i), Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to found and front The Nazz, the quintessential `60's psychedelic group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut offering, the legendary Runt. But it was 1972's seminal Something/Anything?, on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer, that catapulted Todd into the superstar limelight, prompting the press to unanimously dub him 'Rock's New Wunderkind'. It was followed by such landmark LPs as The Hermit of Mink Hollow and the above mentioned A Wizard, A True Star, as well as such hit singles as “I Saw The Light,” “Hello It's Me,” “Can We Still Be Friends,” and “Bang The Drum.”

In 1974, Todd formed Todd Rundgren’s Utopia (renamed and reconfigured in 1976 as Utopia), an entirely new approach to the concept of interactive musicianship, and embarked on an extensive round of touring and recording. Standout Utopia offerings included Oops! Wrong Planet, Adventures in Utopia, and Oblivion. Along the way, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia combined technical virtuosity and creative passion to create music that initially, for millions, defined the term "progressive rock”, and subsequently, as Utopia, the term “powerpop.”

Rundgren's myriad production projects include albums by Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, Meat Loaf, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, and Hall And Oates. Rounding out his reputation as rock's Renaissance Man, Rundgren composed all the music and lyrics for Joe Papp's 1989 Off-Broadway production of Joe Orton's Up Against It  (the screenplay commissioned by The Beatles for what was meant to have been their third motion picture). He also has composed the music for the hit film Dumb and Dumber, as well as a number of television series, including Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Crime Story.

In 2012 Rundgren performed his iconic 1973 album A Wizard A True Star in concert in its entirety for the first time ever, and several years later did the same with a double bill: Todd & Healing. He has toured with Ringo Starr as an erstwhile member of the All-Starr Band since 1989, and continues to perform with symphony orchestras both domestically and internationally. His latest studio album, White Knight, was released last May, and this past spring he toured North America with original Utopians Kasim Sulton and Willie Wilcox for the first time in 33 years. His long-awaited autobiography The Individualist, will be in stores December 21. He embarks on the world’s first hybrid concert/book tour this coming April/May, highlighting music across his 50-year career.

Last year on successive weekends he was awarded honorary doctorates from both the Berklee School of Music and DePauw University.

In 1998 Todd debuted his new PatroNet technology which for the first time allowed fans of a musical artist to subscribe directly to the artist’s musical output via the Internet. This caps a long history of groundbreaking early multimedia "firsts", including:

• 1978: The first interactive television concert, broadcast live over the Warner/QUBE system in Columbus, Ohio (the home audience chose each song in real time during the concert by voting via QUBE’s 2-way operating system).
• 1978: The first live nationally broadcast stereo radio rock concert (by microwave), linking 40 cities around the country.
• 1979: The opening of Utopia Video Studios, a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art facility. The first project produced by Todd there is Gustav Holst’s The Planets, commissioned by RCA Selecta Vision as the first demonstration software for their new videodisc format.
• 1980: Creation of the first color graphics tablet, which was licensed to Apple and commercially released as The Utopia Graphics Tablet.
• 1981: “Time Heals,” the first music video to utilize state-of-the-art compositing of live action and computer graphics (produced and directed by Todd), becomes the eighth video to be played during the launch of MTV on August 1, 1981.
• 1982: The first live national cablecast of a rock concert (on the USA Network), simulcast in stereo to over 120 radio stations.
• 1982: The first two commercially released music videos, one of which was nominated for the first-ever Grammy awarded for “Best Short Form Video” in 1983.
• 1992: The first commercially available music downloads via CompuServe.
• 1993: The release of No World Order, the world’s first interactive record album on CD-i.
• 1994: The release of The Individualist, the world’s first full-length Enhanced CD.
• 1994: The world’s first interactive concert tour.
• 1998: Launches PatroNet, the world’s first direct artist subscription service -- predicts that someday "music will be sold by the pound".
• 2016: The production of the world's first full length concert shot with multiple Virtual Reality 360º cameras.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Xroadie Files

Ellende – RuckugIn Die Innerlichkeit
L.G. – All, P.F. – Drums, L.B. – Live Guitar, D.B. – Live Guitar, S.L. Live Bass

RuckugIn Die Innerlichkeiteerie emotions float along in a strange way then the music builds as the evil grows and tears into you moving back and forth from melodic to heavy. Pfad Der Endlichkeitclassicl music then a strong demonic feel grabs you and drags you to the blackness music I kind of like a death metal prog sound. DetLetzteMarsch soft piano then blast beats and rough guitars with eerie sounds that just envelope you. Von Verganglichkeit Und Trost cutting guitars growling vocals dissonant sounds and melodic gothic feelings.

Rainburn – Insignify
Vats Iyengar – Vocals, Praveen Kumar – Drums, Ravi Nair – Bass/Vocals, Paraj Kumar Singh – Guitar/Vocals

The Wait strange sounds spoken words and melodic piano. Merchant Of Dreams swirling sounds all around take a trip back to the late seventies with yes and King Crimson ad just enjoy the ride. Elusive Light choral vocals very melodic and flowing with soft guitars and steady rhythms that just slowly get heavier and take you on one amazing trip. Mirrors kick back relax and just close your eyes and imagine all the sights and sounds along with memories that this song brings on. Someone New has more of a Dream Theater feel heavy prog metal with a few tempo changes. Purpose great vocals that are overlaid then melodic guitars and choral vocals added lots of emotion. Suicide Note a heavy catchy riff that just grabs ahold of you and has you up and fist pumping lots of power and majesty. Insignify a short melodic piece with some searing leads. Within sounds of winds and guitars floating along just sit back and drift along. School Of Atlantis has a bluesy/jazzy feel with prog influences some amazing musicianship displayed in this song.

Ancestor – Lords of Destiny
Li Meng -  Vocals/Guitar, Yang Fuwen – Guitar, He Yang – Drums, Li Han – Bass

Rise By Sin melancholy guitar flows along then blasting drums chugging guitars thumping bass and fast as the speed of light rhythms. Deathlike Silence hit the pit slam and sweat as you crash into each other. Bloody Repression fast heavy punch you in the face thrash metal mayhem. The Final Workshop searing leads pounding drums and thundering bass with chugging guitars with a fist pumping head banging riff. Black Future thundering bass blasting pounding drums fast as hell guitars and in your face riffs.   Tormentor take a trip back to the time when thrash metal was king and just slam and head bang along. Pain And Hate an eerie rhythm that just grabs you and pulls you in before slamming you against the wall with a full fury. Savage Action fans of old school Metallica, Exodus and Testament will totally enjoy this song and album. Inner Struggle fist in the air shredding guitars fast beats and thundering rhythms just hold on for your life.

Ghost Tower – Head Of The Night
Mike Biggs – Drums, Matt Preston – Guitar/Bass/Keyboards, Ameven – Vocals

Ninth Tooth Of The Gravekeeper’sGrin fist pumping head banging riffs thundering rhythms and powerful vocals that just garb ahold and won’t let go with some searing leads. Secret Of Black Moss Lake grab you air guitars and just jam along as you try and play the scorching leads get ready for a metallic trip. The Brooding Silence melodic guitars that just float along with soft organ. Of Untimely Death heavy Sabbath style riffs that just pull you along then the pace picks up as it speeds down the musically journey of madness. House of Wary Shadows is a fist pumping head banging dark melodic song with lots of shredding leads. An Elusive Encounter solid pounding rhythms thundering bass searing leads and powerful vocals that just take over you. Scroll Of The Lunar Tribehas a majestic power that just fill you full of emotion. Island of All Knowing Eyes fist pumping head banging join along heavy metal. Elegy Of Dreamtime emotional sounds that just flow thru you with emotional vocals. My Dear Killer close your eyes and just drift along to the soaring guitars and pounding rhythms with a few time changes. Whispers From Beyond melodic melancholic sounds and wind with guitars that just float all around and strange vocals eerie and different. Sable Beldam slow pounding eerie and evil just plodding along before kicking into overdrive.

Wthcvcth – Burn Out Bright
Sabian Ryan – Vocals, Kyle Johnson – Bass, Jamie Enke – Guitar, KeelanRoussel – Guitar, AJ Howse – Drums

About Myself dark moody slow with new rock vocals that gets heavier as it goes. Sink Swim sounds of a storm heavy rhythms pounding beats and yelling and deep vocals. Burn Out Bright has a catchy riff that sticks in your head and almost rap style and singing vocals that gets heavier as it goes along. Drastic Times, Drastic Measureshas an almost industrial style with some strange rhythms and sounds. Through The Dark starts almost space rock with strange sounds and weird vocals before it gets heavy.Alium Terra swirling keyboards spoken words pounding rhythms and interesting vocals. Cigarettes AndSin soft melodies that just swirl around you with melodic vocals then a pounding riff and growling vocals added in. Valinor melancholic guitars with a few time changes back and forth from heavy to melodic. Drastic Times, Drastic Measures (Logan Reload Mix) is an industrial version of this song.


Monday, December 3, 2018


After a highly successful touring run across North America with Behemoth and Wolves In The Throne Room, Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES are not only starting a special short run of European dates today in Greece, but also announcing the release of two EP's for early January.

To enhance the beginning of their massive European tour with Behemoth and Wolves In The Throne Room, AT THE GATES will be releasing both a strictly limited 7" EP entitled The Mirror Black and a special Digital EP entitled With The Pantheons Blind on January 11th, 2019.

The Digital EP With The Pantheons Blind contains all six bonus tracks from To Drink From The Night Itself recording sessions, which are available digitally for the first time now. The six bonus tracks include "Daggers Of Black Haze" and "The Mirrow Black" featuring guest vocals by Rob Miller (Amebix, Tau Cross), "The Chasm" featuring guest vocals by Per Boder (God Macabre), "A Labyrinth Of Tombs" featuring guest vocals by Mikael Nox Pettersson (Craft), a demo version of "The Chasm" and a merciless re-recorded version of the early AT THE GATES classic "Raped By The Light Of Christ", originally featured on the band's sophomore album With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness from 1993.

AT THE GATES - With The Pantheons Blind Digital EP (6 Tracks) - Tracklist:
1. Daggers Of Black Haze (Featuring Rob Miller) (04:47)
2. The Chasm (Featuring Per Boder) (03:21)
3. A Labyrinth Of Tombs (Featuring Mikael Nox Pettersson) (03:32)
4. Raped By The Light Of Christ (2018) (02:57)
5. The Chasm (Demo Version) (03:21)
6. The Mirror Black (Featuring Rob Miller) (04:38)
The pre-order for this digital release starts next week, December 7th, 2018.

AT THE GATES vocalist Tomas Lindberg states, "The idea of getting guest vocalists on board for the bonus tracks for the album was us trying something new again...This time we wanted to get other artists involved in our music, getting their takes on our new songs. It was a pleasure working with everybody and all songs grew immensely in the process. The songs we did with Rob Miller was for me personally something extra. Of course, people who know me, know that I am a massive Amebix fan. And I love the more recent stuff with Tau Cross too. I had no idea what to expect. But the songs grew so goddamn much together with Rob's powerful voice. We decided early on that these versions were worthy of their own release. This is for me personally one of the greatest achievements of my career, to share the vocal space with one of my favourite vocalists of all time. I am so proud of this release. Hope everyone else gets as much joy out of it as I do."

This release follows AT THE GATES most recent album To Drink From The Night Itself. The album was recently featured on Revolver Magazine's "Top 30 Albums of 2018" (#30) and DECIBEL Magazine's "Top 40 Albums of 2018" list (#13).

The 7" EP features the two songs "The Mirror Black" and "Daggers Of Black Haze" off AT THE GATES' current album To Drink From The Night Itself and feature guest vocals by Rob Miller (Amebix, Tau Cross).

AT THE GATES - "The Mirror Black" 7" EP (2 Tracks) - Tracklist:
Side A: The Mirror Black (Featuring Rob Miller) (04:38)
Side B: Daggers Of Black Haze (Featuring Rob Miller) (04:47)

This collectors item is limited to 1000x copies worldwide, split up as follows:
Black 7Inch: 400x copies (CM Distro Europe Wholesale & Onlineshop)
Golden 7Inch: 100x copies (CM Europe Onlineshop)
Clear 7Inch: 300x copies (CM Distro Europe Wholesale & Onlineshop)
Transparent Red 7Inch: 200x copies (Exclusively from the band on tour)

The pre-sale via CM Distro Europe starts today here:

AT THE GATES - Live 2018:
November 30 - Athens, Greece - Piraeus 117 Academy
December 1 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Principal Club Theater
December 2 - Istanbul, Turkey - IF Performance Besiktas
December 3 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Mixtape 5
December 4 - Skopje, Macedonia - MKC
December 6 - Bucharest, Romania - Club Quantic
Behemoth, AT THE GATES & Wolves In The Throne Room - European Tour 2019:
January 10 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
January 11 - Munich, Germany - Tonhalle
January 12 - Prague, Czech Republic - Forum Karlin
January 13 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
January 15 - Zurich, Switzerland - Komplex 457
January 16 - Milano, Italy - Alcatraz
January 17 - Lyon, France - Le Transbordeur
January 18 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
January 19 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
January 21 - Toulouse, France - Le Bikini
January 22 - Paris, France - Bataclan
January 23 - Oberhausen, Germany - Turbinenhalle
January 24 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
January 25 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
January 26 - Stockholm, Sweden - Annexet
January 27 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
January 29 - Helsinki, Finland - The Circus
January 30 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone
February 1 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit 36
February 2 - Utrecht, The Netherlands - TivoliVredenburg
February 3 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
February 4 - Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg - Rockhal
February 6 - Bristol, UK - The Marble Factory
February 7 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Institute
February 8 - London, UK - O2 Forum Kentish Town
February 9 - Manchester, UK - O2 Ritz
February 10 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
February 11 - Glasgow, UK - QM Union

AT THE GATES - Live 2019:
March 2 - Umeå, Sweden - House Of Metal Festival
March 22 Kiev, Ukraine - Pochayna Event Hall + Powerwolf *
March 23 - Moscow, Russia - Zil Arena
March 25 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Zal
April 12 - Tilburg, The Netherlands - Roadburn Festival
April 25 - Brisbane, Australia - Triffid + The Haunted & Witchery
April 26 - Sydney, Australia - Manning Bar + The Haunted & Witchery
April 27 - Melbourne, Australia - Max Watt's + The Haunted & Witchery
June 5-8 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival *
August 15-18 - St-Nolff, France - Motorcultor Festival *
And even more dates to be announced soon...

AT THE GATES - "To Drink From The Night Itself" Samples:
"To Drink From The Night Itself" (video-clip):
"To Drink From The Night Itself" (making of video-clip):
"A Stare Bound In Stone" (video-clip):
"Daggers Of Black Haze" (video-clip):
Unboxing clip of Deluxe LP-Boxset:

You can order "To Drink From The Night Itself" in its various formats here:

AT THE GATES line-up:
Tomas Lindberg - Vocals
Jonas Björler - Bass
Martin Larsson - Guitar
Jonas Stålhammar- Guitar
Adrian Erlandsson - Drums

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