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Arch Enemy Launches ‘Sunset Over The Empire’ 7″ Pre-order; Kicks Off Tours

On July 29th, extreme metal masters Arch Enemy will unleash their 11th studio album, Deceivers, via Century Media Records. For fans that can’t wait for the record’s release, the band is now offering a new 7″, Sunset Over The Empire (due out May 20th) – with the title track also appearing on Deceivers.

Arch Enemy SOTE Album Art by CVSPE
Single cover artwork by: CVSPE

Arch Enemy’s founder and chief songwriter Michael Amott comments: “I am thrilled that we are releasing our next single ‘Sunset over the Empire’ not only digitally everywhere as usual, but also as a physical 7″ vinyl record. I’m a big fan of the vinyl format myself and I think this killer looking 7″ will be a nice collector’s item as it’s a limited run. The B-side is an instrumental we’ve never released before on a record, and the A-side is one of my fave tracks off our new upcoming album ‘Deceivers’!”

Sunset Over The Empire Tracklist:

  1. Sunset Over The Empire
  2. The Judging Eyes

Sunset Over The Empire will be released as a digital single, with video, in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Pre-order Sunset Over The Empire  here, where the 7″ is available in the following versions:

Arch Enemy SOTE White LP
White Vinyl
(limited to 1000 copies; available via CM Distro Europe)
Arch Enemy SOTE Orange LP
Transparent Orange Vinyl
(limited to 500 copies; band exclusive)

Deceivers

Arch Enemy Deceivers Artwork by Alex Reisfar
Album artwork by Alex Reisfar

Tracklist

  1. Handshake With Hell
  2. Deceiver, Deceiver
  3. In The Eye Of The Storm
  4. The Watcher
  5. Poisoned Arrow
  6. Sunset Over The Empire
  7. House Of Mirrors
  8. Spreading Black Wings
  9. Mourning Star
  10. One Last Time
  11. Exiled From Earth

About

A collection of 11 tracks that are ruthlessly catchy and mercilessly violent, Deceivers stands toe-to-toe with the highlights of the band’s storied catalogue. Roaring to life with “Handshake With Hell”, Arch Enemy make it clear they are out for blood, and every track is a hit, from the moody “Poisoned Arrow” to the titanically anthemic “One Last Time“. Sounding more energized than ever, the quintet is operating at the highest level, delivering a maelstrom of diamond-hard riffing wrapped around cinematic melodies, thunderous drumming and towering vocals. Arch Enemy has proved, yet again, that they are unstoppable.

To hear more from Deceivers, the latest single, “Handshake With Hell“, can be streamed here – where the album is also available for pre-order in many limited edition formats, such as:

  • Digital album
  • Ltd. Deluxe 2LP+CD Artbook
  • Ltd. Deluxe CD Box Set
  • Ltd. Black & colored 180g LP
  • Special Edition CD

    and more
Arch Enemy 2 LP box set for Deceivers
Ltd. Deluxe 2LP+CD Artbook
Arch Enemy Deceivers STORM bundle contents
Deceivers STORM Bundle

Touring

Last week, Arch Enemy and Behemoth returned to the states to co-headline “The North American Siege 2022” tour with Napalm Death and Unto Others as special guests, before Arch Enemy appears at select summer festivals; the rescheduled “European Siege 2022” tour (with Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Carcass, Unto Others) will kick off in the fall.

See below for all dates; tickets can be purchased here.

“The North American Siege 2022” tour dates:

w/ Arch Enemy & Behemoth
+ special guests Napalm Death, Unto Others

  • Apr. 22, 2022 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern
  • Apr. 23, 2022 – Charlotte. NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
  • Apr. 25, 2022 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
  • Apr. 26, 2022 – Montreal, QC @ Mtelus
  • Apr. 28, 2022 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
  • Apr. 29, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
  • Apr. 30, 2022 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
  • May 2, 2022 – Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre
  • May 4, 2022 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
  • May 7, 2022 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
  • May 9, 2022 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
  • May 10, 2022 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
  • May 11, 2022 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
  • May 13, 2022 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
  • May 15, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Palladium

Arch Enemy 2022 festival dates:

  • Aug. 6, 2022 – Wacken, DE @ Wacken Open Air
  • Aug. 17-20, 2022 – Dinkelsbuehl, DE @ Summer Breeze Festival
  • Aug. 18-20, 2022 – Sulingen, DE @ Reload Festival

“The European Siege 2022” tour dates:

w/ Arch Enemy & Behemoth
+ special guests Carcass, Unto Others

  • Sept. 27, 2022 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia Theatre
  • Sept. 29, 2022 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow
  • Sept. 30, 2022 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
  • Oct. 1, 2022 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham
  • Oct. 2, 2022 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
  • Oct. 4, 2022 – Paris, FR @ Le Zénith
  • Oct. 5, 2022 – Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
  • Oct. 7, 2022 – Lisbon, PT @ Coliseu de Lisboa
  • Oct. 8, 2022 – Madrid, ES @ Palacio Vistalegre
  • Oct. 9, 2022 – Barcelona, ES @ Palau Sant Jordi
  • Oct. 11, 2022 – Lyon, FR @ Le Radiant
  • Oct. 12, 2022 – Milano, IT @ Alcatraz
  • Oct. 14, 2022 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
  • Oct. 15, 2022 – Prague, CZ @ Tipsport Arena
  • Oct. 16, 2022 – Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra
  • Oct. 18, 2022 – Vienna, AT @ Gasometer
  • Oct. 19, 2022 – Katowice, PL @ Spodek
  • Oct. 21, 2022 – Ludwigsburg, DE @ MHP Arena
  • Oct. 22, 2022 – Den Bosch, NL @ Mainstage Brabanthallen
  • Oct. 23, 2022 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
  • Oct. 25, 2022 – Zurich, CH @ Samsung Hall
  • Oct. 26, 2022 – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle
  • Oct. 28, 2022 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
  • Oct. 29, 2022 – Düsseldorf, DE @ Mitsubishi Electric Halle
  • Oct. 30, 2022 – Hamburg, DE @ edel-optics.de Arena
  • Oct. 31, 2022 – Gothenburg, SE @ Partille Arena
  • Nov. 2, 2022 – Helsinki, FI @ Ice Hall
  • Nov. 4, 2022 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet
  • Nov. 5, 2022 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum
  • Nov. 6, 2022 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene

Arch Enemy is:

  • Alissa White-Gluz – Vocals
  • Michael Amott – Guitars
  • Jeff Loomis – Guitars
  • Sharlee D’Angelo – Bass
  • Daniel Erlandsson – Drums

Arch Enemy online:


Featured image (top) by Katja Kuhl

CHERRY BOMBS Explode on This Summer’s Music Festival Circuit, Announce UK Dates with COREY TAYLOR

Cherry Bombs fire breathing

We have waited nearly two years for real touring and festivals to commence … wait no more!! Cherry Bombs bring an exciting and entirely new way to experience rock and roll music. You won’t believe your eyes watching their daredevil acts, feminine power, fearless and dynamic performances featuring dance, fire, aerial, grinding, stilt walking, and so much more.

Alicia Taylor shares, “We are beyond thrilled to be invited to perform at Louder Than Life and Aftershock in 2022! It feels incredible to be accepted alongside the incredible bands that are on the bill and solidifies that there IS a place for us in the world of rock and metal. We are carving out our own unique path and are eternally grateful to those like Danny Wimmer and team for seeing something in us.”

Corey Taylor adds, “Everybody has their favorite tours. I have been very fortunate to have been a part of so many over the years. To not only be able to tour with my wife, but also to know that they are putting on an amazing show as well, I can maybe think of a handful of people who can say that. Get ready for a rad time!”

Corey Taylor Cherry Bombs Tour 2022

Cherry Bombs tour dates for Fall 2022:

  • Sept 22-25, 2022 – LouderThanLife Festival, Highland Festival Grounds at Kentucky Expo Center – Louisville, KY – Tickets
  • Oct 6-9, 2022 – Aftershock Festival, Discovery Park – Sacramento, CA – Tickets
  • Oct 17, 2022 – London Palladium – London, UK – Tickets
  • Oct 19, 2022 – Bonus Arena – Hull, UK – Tickets
  • Oct 24, 2022 – Swansea Arena – Swansea, UK – Tickets

Girl Gang

Tune in now:
Girl Gang Season 4 – premiered March 9th on YouTube.
Follow the Cherry Bombs, one of the first groups to tour during the pandemic. Watch here how they face the obstacles and achieve success!

Alicia Taylor explains “When Corey Taylor and I started putting together our tour during 2021, we were one of the first acts in our genre to accomplish this during the pandemic. We wanted to do it right, by reducing as many risks as possible- to not only prove to ourselves, but to our industry, that perhaps there is a way to adapt and make shows happen. We covered as many bases as possible: temperature checks, consistent testing on the road, reduced capacity at shows, requiring masks, we stayed in a bubble- we really wanted to make this tour a success. Girl Gang 4 is all about that tour, and the process behind making it happen.”

Cherry Bombs arials

2019 saw the premiere of the YouTube docu-series titled, “Girl Gang”, which pulled the curtain back to reveal what it takes to put on such a unique show. The series has been met with overwhelmingly positive reception for its raw storytelling and willingness of the performers to show vulnerability. Episodes focus on the inner-workings of Cherry Bombs, including the adventures, challenges, and triumphs they experience.

Like many in the industry, the pandemic of 2020 forced Cherry Bombs to cancel their tour. However, they adapted quickly, and filmed their headlining show, Macabarét – a story of karma wrapped in temptation, action, and danger around every corner. This “eyegasm” of a movie was streamed worldwide and met with rave reviews, cementing it to become an annual event every October.

Cherry Bombs performing

About Cherry Bombs:

Cutting their teeth in the world of motorcycle rallies, they soon climbed the ranks of live entertainment by being the first group of its kind to bag a national tour with Buckcherry and Black Stone Cherry in 2016. Since then, Cherry Bombs have appeared in performances and tours nationally and internationally (Stone Sour/Steel Panther, Corey Taylor, KNOTFEST Mexico, ForceFest Mexico, KNOTFEST Colombia), on television (AEW), and in numerous music videos (Corey Taylor, 21 Savage, Fozzy, Moonshine Bandits).

Cherry Bombs online:



Flogging Molly & The Interrupters Announce Co-Headlining Summer Tour 

Los Angeles – Flogging Molly and The Interrupters have announced a Summer co-headlining tour, kicking off on June 7 in Indianapolis, with Tiger Army and The Skints supporting on all dates. Tickets will be available here and here on Friday, March 18 at 10 AM local time.

Dave King, Flogging Molly singer/guitar player, says of the tour: “We’re excited to share the news of our upcoming tour with the one and only, The Interrupters. We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone, and having a great time together. Let’s have some fun in the sun!” While The Interrupters rejoice the return of live music, “We are stoked to announce our Summer Tour with the legendary Flogging Molly, Tiger Army and The Skints! We can’t wait to sing together, dance together and celebrate live music with everyone! See you all very soon!”

The Interrupters by Jimmy Fontaine
The Interrupters | Photography: Jimmy Fontaine

Despite COVID touring setbacks throughout 2020 and the first half of 2021, The Interrupters kept fans engaged with a live album release and an inspired cover of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” which went on to be featured in season 2 of the Netflix Original series The Umbrella Academy. As touring resumed in late 2021, the group embarked on one of the year’s largest rock n’ roll tours supporting Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy on the Hella Mega Tour.

Flogging Molly, who recently released their soon-to-be-classic single “These Times Have Got Me Drinking via Rise Records, celebrate the return of their free, outdoor annual St. Patrick’s Day festival this Thursday at the Hollywood Palladium. Having livestreamed the 2021 event, the band mix the best of both worlds for 2022, with the concert being broadcast worldwide via a simultaneous livestream (tickets: Floggingmolly.veeps.com). Flogging Molly set sail on March 28, helming the sold-out Salty Dog Cruise, which also includes performances from the Descendents, Frank Turner, Agent Orange and more.

Flogging Molly The Interrupters Summer Tour
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Flogging Molly & The Interrupters tour dates:

  • June 7 – Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
  • June 8 – Cincinnati, OH – The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park
  • June 10 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • June 11 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
  • June 12 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
  • June 14 – St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Music Park
  • June 15 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
  • June 17 – Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
  • June 18 – Detroit, MI – Meadow Brook
  • June 19 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion
  • June 21 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
  • June 22 – Washington, D.C. – The Anthem
  • June 24 – Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage at the Mann
  • June 25 – Columbus, OH – KEMBA Live!
  • June 26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
  • June 28 – New Haven, CT – Westville Music Bowl
  • June 30 – New York, NY – Pier 17
  • July 1 – Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion
  • July 2 – Lewiston, NY – Artpark
  • July 3 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage
  • September 9 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom Outdoors
  • September 10 – Dillon, CO – Dillon Amphitheater
  • September 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Complex Outdoors – The Lot
  • September 13 – Bonner, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater
  • September 14 – Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
  • September 16 – Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater
  • September 17 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
  • September 21 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre

About Flogging Molly:

Flogging Molly is Dave King (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bodhran), Bridget Regan (violin, tin whistle, vocals), Dennis Casey (guitar, vocals), Matt Hensley (accordion, concertina, vocals), Nathen Maxwell (bass guitar, vocals), Spencer Swain (mandolin, banjo, guitar, vocals), and Mike Alonso (drums, percussion). Starting out as the house band for Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles and building a loyal following through endless touring, Flogging Molly has become a staple in the punk scene over the past 20 years, kicking off with their raucous debut album, Swagger, and continuing through their five additional studio releases. With numerous late-night television appearances under their belt, a sold out Salty Dog Cruise through the Caribbean, and a yearly St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Los Angeles, the band is currently working on their Rise Records’ debut, which they previewed with “These Times Have Got Me Drinking” earlier this month. Flogging Molly recently reissued Swagger with exclusive tracks, an Irish traditional set, a 60-minute video feature, and exclusive merch in a collectible box set.

About The Interrupters:

Formed in 2011, The Interrupters came together when the Bivona brothers—guitarist Kevin Bivona, bassist Justin Bivona, drummer Jesse Bivona—found themselves on various bills with Aimee in 2009. Upon bonding over musical tastes, the four formed The Interrupters and delivered their self-titled debut in 2014. The Interrupters have shared stages with bands such as Rancid, blink-182, Green Day, Bad Religion, and many other stalwarts of the punk scene solidifying the band’s status as a dynamic force on the stage. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their fourth full-length with Hellcat/Epitaph Records.

Flogging Molly online:


Featured photo (top) by Katie Hovland


Puscifer Announces Summer Tour; First U.S. Dates Since 2016

Jerome, AZPuscifer bring their unique theater-meets-concert experience to stages nationwide this summer as the Arizona-born outfit featuring Maynard James Keenan, Mat Mitchell, and Carina Round tour in support of their highly-regarded 2020 album, Existential Reckoning (Alchemy Recordings/Puscifer Entertainment/BMG).

The dates, which kick off June 9 at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, include the group’s largest scale performances to date with shows slated for Los Angeles’ venerable Greek Theatre (site of Keenan’s one-time-only Cinquanta mini festival), Brooklyn’s movie palace-turned-concert-hall Kings Theater and the state-of-the-art Mission Ballroom in Denver.

Watch the tour announcement here:

Agent Dick Merkin Issues Live Report

Over the years, Puscifer tours have traversed the Arizona desert, explored the barn dances of the American South, and tapped into the technicolor world of the Lucha libre. With Existential Reckoning the Pusciverse expanded into the cosmos. A taste of the live outing was hinted at with the ground-breaking and bedazzling “Existential Reckoning: Live at Arcosanti” livestream event. An on-demand/VOD version of the concert film and its accompanying soundtrack were released in November 2021, with physical versions of the soundtrack and film (vinyl and VHS) available via retailers on Feb. 25 here.

Puscifer TV is the online repository for all things Puscifer including the aforementioned “Existential Reckoning: Live at Arcosanti,” as well as “Billy D and The Hall of Feathered Serpents Featuring Money $hot by Puscifer,” “What Is… Puscifer,” and “A Curmudgeon’s Guide to Divine Collisions and Pythagorean Oenology.”

Puscifer tour dates 2022

Existential Reckoning tour dates:

  • June 9 Las Vegas, NV The Smith Center – Reynolds Hall
  • June 11 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Federal Theatre
  • June 12 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
  • June 14 Albuquerque, NM Kiva Auditorium
  • June 15 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall
  • June 16 Dallas, TX McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
  • June 19 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
  • June 21 Atlanta, GA Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre
  • June 22 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
  • June 24 Philadelphia, PA The Metropolitan Opera House
  • June 25 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
  • June 26 Wallingford, CT Toyota Oakdale Theatre
  • June 28 Boston, MA House of Blues
  • June 29 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
  • July 1 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook Amphitheatre (Pavilion)
  • July 2 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
  • July 3 St. Paul, MN Palace Theatre
  • July 5 Omaha, NE The Admiral
  • July 6 Denver, CO The Mission Ballroom
  • July 7 Salt Lake City, UT Eccles Theater – Delta Performance Hall
  • July 9 Portland, OR The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
  • July 10 Seattle, WA McCaw Hall

Tickets are on-sale this Friday at 10 am local time with VIP package details to be made available in the coming days. Moodie Black open on all headlining dates.


About Puscifer

Born somewhere in the Arizona desert, Puscifer is an electro-rock band, multimedia experience, traveling circus, and alien abduction survivors. The group’s catalog consists of four full-length studio albums: “V” is for Vagina [2007], Conditions of My Parole [2011], Money Shot [2015], and Existential Reckoning (2020) — in addition to a series of EPs and remixes.

Puscifer by Travis Shinn
Puscifer | Photography: Travis Shinn

Beyond the core trio of Maynard James Keenan [vocals], Mat Mitchell [guitar, production], and Carina Round [vocals, songwriting], the group’s ever-evolving ecosystem encompasses Greg Edwards (bass, guitar, keys), Gunnar Olsen (drums), as well as a cast of characters such as Billy D and his wife Hildy Berger, Major Douche, Special Agent Dick Merkin, and many more. Meanwhile, the moniker’s origins can be traced to a 1995 episode of the HBO classic Mr. Show where Keenan first used the name “Puscifer.”

In addition to tallying tens of millions of streams and views, they’ve piqued the curiosity of the press. Entertainment Weekly christened them, “Exceptionally groovy,” and Revolver fittingly described them as “indescribable.” Renowned for an immersive live show, the group’s performances blur the lines between concert and theater, traversing the dusty American Southwest with Billy D and Hildy or the sweaty squared circle with Luchadores.

They’ve brought their unique live experience to life everywhere from Coachella to Bonnaroo. On their 2020 debut for Alchemy Recordings/Puscifer Entertainment/BMG entitled Existential Reckoning, Puscifer track Billy D back to the desert and, just maybe, uncover the truth about aliens once and for all.

Puscifer Online:

Featured photo (top) by Travis Shinn

Alt-Metal Masters Vajra Release Horror-themed Music Video for Fourth Single “Wavering” Today

Just in time for Halloween, Alt-Metal band Vajra release a disturbing, horror themed music video for “Wavering”, a dark ambient piece from their EP Irkalla.

“Wavering”, for your viewing pleasure here:

Written, produced, shot, and edited by vocalist Annamaria Pinna and bassist David Sussman, “the video for “Wavering” is the third chapter of a larger film inspired by the Sumerian classic hero myth, ‘Descent of Inanna,’” explains Pinna. The pair just received three Official Selection distinctions from the Montreal Independent Film Festival 2021, the 2021 ARFF Paris and the New York Independent Cinema Awards for their video “Maya”, which was released last year.

On the release of “Wavering”, Pinna reveals, “this song is a very different format from the last three singles we’ve released. It’s more of a meditative piece rather than a full-on Alt-Metal song. In ‘Irkalla’, our objective was to weave a tapestry of melodic Alt-Metal with dark ambient experimental pieces that create an esoteric space to explore the dark night of our souls. ‘Irkalla’ is meant to be listened to in its entirety, and ‘Wavering’ is a part of that experience. What is important is that the music may provide a portal to go on a journey. The journey will be different for each individual. My musical heroes have done this for me. ‘Wavering’ may surprise some of our fans and we are excited to introduce this song as a bridge to our dark ambient musical side.”

In connection with the release, Vajra will be holding a contest to give away the handmade coffin featured in the “Wavering” music video to one lucky fan, along with a full Irkalla gift pack including: Irkalla vinyl, CD, T-shirt, ritual pack, mask and stickers. Yes, Vajra is actually giving away a coffin; a hand-constructed pine box made by an Upstate New York casket artisan, and perfectly suitable for burial. For contest rules, check out the band’s website and socials. The winner will be announced at midnight on Devil’s night into Halloween, and will be personally hand-delivered by the band within 99.9 miles of NYC. The contest is free to enter. Contest rules and details are on Vajra’s website and social media pages.

Irkalla is available both digitally and physically on CD/vinyl. Physical copies include an additional dark ambient EP dubbed the “Shadow Queen Ritual Music” which is not available anywhere else.

Today’s announcement follows the band’s previous release this past August for the single “Crown or Crucify” which exclusively premiered with Revolver Magazine. Revolver explains, “Musically, the track oscillates between tender verses that explode outward during the choruses with crunchy guitars and frontwoman Annamaria Pinna’s robust vocal delivery. It’s powerful, catchy and sentimental all at once, and its video captures all of those elements visually.”

Their single for “Sever the Tie ” exclusively premiered on Metal Injection last December. They describe Vajra as “a band that mixes sorta djenty prog with epic melodic rock. They’re sort of like if Jinjer and In this Moment collaborated.”

The band’s single “Maya”, released last year, charted on Billboard at #2 Mainstream Rock Indicator Most Added, and #26 Mainstream Rock Indicator.

About Vajra

Vajra was formed by the esoteric femme fatale Annamaria Pinna during her self-imposed exile in India, where she wrote the band’s cult debut album Pleroma. The band has been championed by Loudwire, with the heavy music outlet featuring Vajra on their Loudwire Music Festival and Rolling Stone proclaiming them a “must see act.” AXS said, “Vajra is really something special and have managed to come up with a completely new sound of metal. They bring mystical, moody and haunting melodies to the stage that are completely entrancing.” Vajra is Annamaria Pinna (vocals), Dave Sussman (bass), Al Javier (guitar) and Jimmy DeMarco (drums/percussion). Blake Fleming (ex-Mars Volta) played drums on both Pleroma and Irkalla.

Named after a ritual weapon symbolizing the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a thunderbolt (irresistible force), Pinna explains, “I see us as travelers who go outside the bounds of a sense-based perception to catch a musical or lyrical idea and then translate it to the material realm. When we get out of our own ways, we are translators or conduits for energies that move through us. Honoring what comes through is important for us.

Vajar is:

  • Annamaria Pinna – vocals, flute, keys
  • Al Javier – guitars
  • Jimmy DeMarco – drums
  • Dave Sussman – bass

Vajar online:

Jeremiah Moon Debuts “Kinds Of Light” Video from Debut EP

For Fans of Elliott Smith, Father John Misty, Sufjan Stevens

“With his cello playing bringing the required atmosphere, “Kinds Of Light” is the new single from Seattle-based Jeremiah Moon. A stylistic meeting place between Elliott Smith and Sufjan Stevens, there’s both sophistication and songcraft here.”Songwriting Magazine

Seattle-based singer/songwriter/classically-trained cellist and illustrator Jeremiah Moon has released a companion music video for his latest single “Kinds Of Light,” off his forthcoming debut EP ‘Sputnik‘ to be released via Enci Records (The Joy Formidable, Beach Goons, Fences). After making its premiere yesterday on Week In Pop, the gorgeous clip is now streaming here.

“…serene, sacred and solemn.. carefully crafted mix of restrained rhythms and chamber pop string progressions deliver a subtle baroque arrangement that conjures a sense of cabin essence, setting the tone for a reflective work on the meaningfulness of others that reaches outward from the confines of home.”Week In Pop

Stream “Kinds Of Light” here

Jeremiah Moon Kinds of Light


Jeremiah says, “(Kinds of Light) is about opposing selves, the way relationships with other people compel us to reckon with our own identity, the way our stories gradually become histories, and the things we choose – or don’t choose – to carry with us. The underlying thread, like all 5 songs on the EP, is connection between people – the ways that we try to understand each other, and the ways we change each others’ orbits.”

The tracks that make up the ‘Sputnik‘ EP were recorded with friend and producer Adam Black in a remote cabin in Florence, OR. He says, “We laid down the main tracks during this time and pieced together the rest of the EP and arrangements over the next couple of years.”

Moon’s music bears the mark of the musicians that inspired it, channeling the energy of a diverse list of influences that range from Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Thom Yorke, Blake Mills, Sufjan Stevens, Claude Debussy, and Nick Cave, to Mahler, Dvorak, Stravinsky, Ravel, and the poetry of Christian Wiman, all while simultaneously carving its own path.

Jeremiah Moon

The son of a classically trained violinist mother, Moon would start taking cello lessons at age 7, playing music (solo, chamber music, and orchestra) all through high school.

After graduating, Moon studied cello performance at Boston University. He recalls, “I started writing my first songs when I was home on summer vacations.”

In 2013, Jeremiah moved to Seattle and started accompanying guitarists for live shows and recording sessions, as well as working on his illustration skills and building a portfolio of his work. He says, “I started seriously working on songwriting in 2018 after being challenged by a friend to take myself more seriously as an artist. The 5 songs on my EP were a direct result of the momentum from this burst of inspiration.”

Jeremiah Moon Online:

Mac Sabbath Journeys Through Dystopian Fast-Food World in Innovative New Pop-Up Book

Mac Sabbath has revealed details on their first book, Drive Thru Metal, but don’t expect a stereotypical biography from the fast food-themed parody kings. There’s plenty of “juice” inside, albeit in the form of burgers cooking in the kitchen as the four members of Mac Sabbath take fans on a journey through a dystopian fast-food world polluted by its own waste in an innovative hybrid pop-up book.

Watch an amazing teaser video for the book here:

Mysterious Mac Sabbath frontman Ronald Osbourne comments on the book, “What’s that? A pop-up book is not what you were expecting? Well SUFFER! ….and you’re welcome.”

Drive thru Metal Mac Sabbath


Available via Poposition Press, Drive Thru Metal features illustrations by Gris Grimly, well-known for his darkly whimsical children’s books and the upcoming Netflix film adaptation of his Pinocchio book, and will be available in Regular and Special Editions. Both editions are available in limited quantities, so be sure to pre-order now to reserve a copy of this piece of Drive Thru Metal history! Pre-orders are available here.

Mac Sabbath Character Drawings

Both editions of Drive Thru Metal include pop-up scenes highlighting “The Factory,” “The Ascension” and “Utopia” and include a special vinyl surprise with seven Mac Sabbath stories, including “Organic Funeral,” Sweet Beef” and “N.I.B.B.L.E.” The Special Edition is a super limited version complete with a foil stamped cover, a Gris Grimly art print and ketchup and mustard splattered vinyl surprise.

Mixing raucous comedy with borderline-horrific theatrics, the only thing more petrifying than impending health problems resulting from years of overeating is a Mac Sabbath show. Mac Sabbath puts on a theatrical, multimedia stage show – complete with a smoking grill, laser-eyed clowns, bouncing burgers and many more magical surprises… basically anything and everything an unwary show-goer could ever want in their wildest dreams. The band has been named by Buzzfeed as one of the “13 Metal Bands You Didn’t Know How to React To”, and as LA’s “Best Tribute Band” by LA Weekly.

Mac Sabbath online:

Featured photo (top) by Jeremy Saffer

Puscifer Release “Bullet Train to Iowa” Video; Money $hot Livestream on April 17 

Los Angeles Puscifer unveil the next chapter in the saga of desert dwelling scamp Billy D with the psychedelic, alien-infused mini film for “Bullet Train to Iowa“. Watch it here.

“The ‘Bullet Train to Iowa’ video is sort of a bridge between the Money $hot Live at the Mayan Theater performance (“Billy D and the Hall of Feathered Serpents”) and the Existential Reckoning Live at Arcosanti performance,” explains Maynard James Keenan. “Kind of like what ‘Rogue One’ is to the Star Wars films, but without the Storm Troopers and snarky robots.”

The clip was created by longtime Keenan collaborator, Meats Meier. Meats’ work with Puscifer spans the band’s history, from the band’s debut video, “Queen B”, which saw the introduction of the group’s de facto mascot of the same name, to the special-ops laced “Dozo” video, and most recently, the prescient “Apocalyptical” clip, which features the visual wizard surfing the pandemic-swept streets of Los Angeles. “Bullet Train to Iowa” also features a subtle nod to Money $hot, with the cowboys featured on the album’s cover, serving as bartenders in the newly released footage.

“Bullet Train to Iowa” comes from the band’s recently released album, Existential Reckoning (Alchemy Recordings/BMG). The 12-song collection, featuring artwork from Daniel Martin Diaz, has received widespread praise with Variety saying “…the airily hypnotic electronic rock…works…brilliantly,” Stereogum describing the music as “darkly playful,” and Revolver noting “you’re highly unlikely to find another album that explores the fear and loathing of our uncertain times in as chill a fashion as the latest from Maynard James Keenan’s art-rock outfit Puscifer.” Download and stream the album here.

Meats Meier-Created Video Follows BillyD’s Journey from Arcosanti to The Hall of Feathered Serpents

Watch the “Billy D and The Hall of Feathered Serpents featuring Money $hot by Puscifer” trailer here:

Puscifer Performs Money $hot in Its Entirely on Apr. 17

The band’s next visual offering arrives April 17, with the global streaming event, “Billy D and The Hall of Feathered Serpents featuring Money $hot by Puscifer”, a performance that sees Puscifer build upon their Luchador-infused performances surrounding the 2016 album, Money $hot (which will be played in its entirety). The production highlights Puscifer’s unique marriage of music-meets-theater, having seen the touring incarnation hailed as “extraordinary” (Kerrang!), “stunning” (Loudwire), and “a modern blend of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’” (Relix).

Los Angeles’ historic Mayan Theater, a 1920s era revivalist theater featuring original artwork by Mexican painter and sculptor Francisco Cornejo, serves as the backdrop to the one-time outing. The elaborate cultural landmark, with its jaw-dropping Mayan calendar infused chandelier and a lobby dedicated to the bird-meets-reptilian deity Quetzalcoatl, gave birth to the performance’s title. “While looking both forward and backwards, we stumbled into The Hall of Feathered Serpents,” explains Mat Mitchell. “The perfect site to pay homage to the Money $hot album and tour.”

Purchase tickets to “Billy D and The Hall of Feathered Serpents featuring Money $hot by Puscifer” livestream event here.

About Puscifer

Born somewhere in the Arizona desert, Puscifer is an electro-rock band, multimedia experience, traveling circus, and alien abduction survivors. The group’s catalog consists of three full-length studio albums—“V” is for Vagina [2007], Conditions of My Parole [2011], and Money Shot [2015]—in addition to a series of EPs and remixes.

Beyond the core trio of Maynard James Keenan [vocals], Mat Mitchell [guitar, production], and Carina Round [vocals, songwriting], the group’s ever-evolving ecosystem encompasses Greg Edwards (bass, guitar, keys), Gunnar Olsen (drums), as well as a cast of characters such as Billy D and his wife Hildy Berger, Major Douche, Special Agent Dick Merkin, and many more.

Meanwhile, the moniker’s origins can be traced to a 1995 episode of the HBO classic Mr. Show where Keenan first utilized the name “Puscifer.” In addition to tallying tens of millions of streams and views, they’ve piqued the curiosity of press. Entertainment Weekly christened them, “Exceptionally groovy,” and Revolver fittingly described them as “indescribable.”

Renowned for an immersive live show, the group’s performances blur the lines between concert and theater, traversing the dusty American Southwest with Billy D and Hildy or the sweaty squared circle with Luchadores. They’ve brought this to life everywhere from Coachella to Bonnaroo. On their debut for Alchemy Recordings/BMG entitled Existential Reckoning, Puscifer track Billy D back to the desert and, just maybe, uncover the truth about aliens once and for all.

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Featured photo (top) by Travis Shinn

Jane N’ The Jungle Release New Video “Trouble”

Los Angeles, CA — What is “Trouble“? It’s Jane N’ The Jungle‘s new, stunning and in-your-face rock song out TODAY! These Phoenix, AZ natives won’t be silenced in any regard and have proven to be a powerhouse in the music world making their mark with “Animal” and “Lucky 7“, which are both still gaining attention. Watch “Trouble” here:

Jane N’ The Jungle is Jordan White, who leads the way with her intense and memorable vocals, while Brian Dellis belts out his crunchy licks on guitar and “Big B” hits you hard on bass.

White says, ““Trouble” exemplifies the influence of other people’s perception of you that attracts trouble based on false assumptions of your own personal traits and past experiences.” She also states, “We wanted to write a song that embodied our live performance energy and rock ‘n’ roll vibe and to give listeners a record with our passion and excitement that we have in our show performances.”

Jordan White (Vocalist), Jane N’ The Jungle
| Photography:
Jim Louvau

“Trouble” was produced by Super Producer/Engineer Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Soundgarden, Tantric) at legendary Pearl Sound Studios (Asking Alexandria, Eminem, Filter). Video was produced by Jim Louvau and Tony Aguilera.

Jane N’ The Jungle Is:

Jordan White – Vocals
Brian Dellis – Guitar
Big B – Bass

Jane N’ The Jungle Online:

Authority Zero Drop New Single & Lyric Video: “Fire Off Another”

Long-running Mesa, AZ-based melodic punk/rock/reggae band Authority Zero has dropped a new single titled “Fire Off Another.”

Stream the “Fire Off Another” lyric video here:

Created by Jason Passaro

Listen to the song on streaming platforms here.

The track “Fire Off Another” follows on the heels of last month’s release of the single “Ollie Ollie Oxen Free“.

Produced by Cameron Webb (Sum 41, Pennywise, A Day to Remember, Motörhead, Megadeth).


Authority Zero Is:

Jason DeVore (Vocals)
Chris Dalley (Drums)
Mike Spero (Bass)
Eric Walsh (Guitar)

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