EMMURE Announce New Album; ‘Eternal Enemies’/ Altar Bar PGH 3/7

2013 was a landmark year for EMMURE. The band played Rockstar Mayhem Festival, toured relentlessly with Asking Alexandria, Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Whitechapel, and We Came As Romans. EMMURE also expanded their global presence, headlining theImpericon Never Say Die! Tour across Europe, as well as playing in South America, Russia, Israel, Japan, Australia, and more. The band also sculpted their seventh (and sixth for Victory) full length album which will drop on April 15th. The new album is titled Eternal Enemies and is without a doubt the band’s most aggressive, brutal and devastating of their career.

Pre-orders for Eternal Enemies will be available next week, Tuesday, February 25th, via VictoryMerch.com. Additionally, EMMURE will headline the Mosh Lives! Tour with support from Volumes, Thy Art Is Murder, Gideon and Sworn In. The tour kicks off on March 7th.

Eternal Enemies Tracklisting:
1. Bring a Gun To School

2. Nemesis

3. N.I.A. (News in Arizona)

4. The Hang Up

5. A Gift A Curse

6. E

7. Like LaMotta

8. Free Publicity

9. Most Hated

10. Grave Markings

11. Hitomi’s Shinobi

12. Rat King

13. Girls Don’t Like Boys, Girls like 40’s and Blunts

14. New Age Rambler

15. We Were Just Kids

EMMURE Tour Dates:  
The MOSH LIVES Tour w/ Volumes, Thy Art Is Murder, Gideon & Sworn In

3/07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

3/08 – Louisville, KY @ The Vernon Club

3/09 – Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom

3/11 – San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit

3/12 – Mission TX @ Never Say Never Festival

3/16 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum

3/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

3/19 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

3/20 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s

3/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater

3/22 – Shawnee, KS @ Aftershock

3/23 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall

3/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue

3/26 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro

3/27 – San Diego, CA @ Soma

3/28 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse

3/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ Extreme Thing Festival

3/30 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto

3/31 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

4/01 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls

4/03 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s

4/04 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa

4/05 – Springfield, VA @ Empire

4/06 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock

4/17 – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal and Hardcore Fest

4/27 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville

Witness the Stunning ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL

If you missed your local ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL date, boy… did you miss out! But don’t worry; you still have time left to attend! There are still three heavy opportunities for you to catch the mayhem in Austin, The Woodlands, and Dallas, Texas! Not local? You can view North America’s heaviest hard rock and metal festival through the camera lens of remarkably talented photographer Rob Fenn, who has a full gallery of photos up at Revolvermag.com. Take a look at the full gallery here and check out some exceptional selections below.

Check out more of Rob’s photography at http://musicthroughthelens.com/ontheroad.

Artists performing this year include main stage metal and horror legend, festival closer ROB ZOMBIE, plus, the triple gold certified FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and a monster lineup that includes additional main stage bands MASTODON and AMON AMARTH. The festival area is led by stage closers CHILDREN OF BODOM and MACHINE HEAD as well as JOB FOR A COWBOYEMMUREBORN OF OSIRISMOTIONLESS IN WHITEBUTCHER BABIES, BATTLECROSSHUNTRESSTHROWN INTO EXILE, CITY IN THE SEA, ATTIKA7 and SCORPION CHILD.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL dates and venues are listed below. Fans can go to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com to keep up with additional details as they are released.

 

Remaining tour dates are as follows:

 

Date    City                             Venue

8/2       Austin, TX                   Austin360 Amphitheater

8/3       The Woodlands, TX    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

8/4       Dallas, TX                   Gexa Energy Pavilion

Sponsors for the 2013 ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL include title sponsor ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK and stage sponsors JAGERMEISTERMUSICIANS INSTITUTE, and SUMERIAN RECORDS. Festival sponsors include IBANEZ GUITARS,

ZIPPOMETAL BLADE RECORDSNAPALM RECORDSSQUATCH SNACK STICKSFUCK CANCER and KEEP A BREAST. Media partners include REVOLVER MAGAZINE and ZUUS MEDIA.

About ROCKSTAR:

Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 20 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music. New from Rockstar for 2013, Rockstar Energy Water is a non-carbonated and sugar free enhanced water beverage that is now available throughout the U.S. in three refreshing flavors. For more information visit: www.RockstarEnergy.com

ABOUT LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT:

Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, comprised of four market leaders:www.Tickmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation and Live Nation Network. www.Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five ecommerce sites, with a database of over 119 million fans who visit our sites. Live Nation Concerts produce over 22,000 shows annually for more than 2,300 artists globally. Artist Nation is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 200 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling nearly 800 advertisers to tap into the 250 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors .

About Revolver Magazine:

In print for over 10 years, Revolver is the No. 1 hard-rock and heavy-metal destination in the world. The cover of the magazine was recently named by Billboard to be the No. 1 place to get maximum exposure as a hard-rock artist. Each year Revolver throws the premiere U.S. hard-rock and metal awards show, the Revolver Golden Gods, which has featured appearances by Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Johnny Depp, Gene Simmons, Mötley Crüe, Dave Grohl, Jack Black, Rush, Slash, Marilyn Manson and many others.

About ROB FENN:

With over a decade of media and design tread on the soles of his Converse sneakers, Rob Fenn’s photography is becoming as big of a brand as the artists he shoots. Rob’s photography career started in 2009 when he borrowed a camera from his friend, Amanda Chamberlain, to shoot Avenged Sevenfold in concert. After experiencing the rush of capturing a live show, Rob was hooked and ready to make concert photography his life’s passion. Two years later, Rob was on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour with Avenged Sevenfold capturing their live show.

Rob is proudly represented by In De Goot Entertainment, and has toured with such acts as Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Chevelle, Escape The Fate, Evanescence, Godsmack, Halestorm, Seether, Sevendust, Staind, Three Days Grace to name a few.

Rob is known internationally and has toured all over the world spanning 15 countries including Russia and Japan with the Grammy® Award winning band Halestorm. Rob also done the video for their new single ‘Freak Like Me’ that hit #1 at Active Rock and debuted on Rolling Stone’s website.

Rob has surrounded himself with people in the music industry that share his incredible passion for music. This has let him excel with his creativity at many levels. 2013 looks to be an amazing year with projects that music fans and the industry will embrace for years to come.

Learn more at www.RobFenn.com.

For press inquiries and additional information, please contact Adrenaline PR and Maria Ferrero at 732-462-4262 or maria@adrenalinepr.com.

Job For A Cowboy Live Backstage @Mayhem and Onstage @Mayhem

Metal Blade Record artists Job For A Cowboy once again rolled through Pittsburgh this year via the Rockstar Mayhem Festival and PGHMUSICMAG caught up with bassist Nick backstage.  Meanwhile Jon “The Charn” Rice’s father Louie Rice sent Pittsburgh Music Magazine some links to footage he filmed onstage in Pittsburgh check them out here…

Born Of Osiris Talks to PGHMUSICMAG at Mayhem Festival 2013

Born of Osiris took some time to chat with COO/Editor in Chief Alan at The Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2013 in Pittsburgh on July 12, 2013.  Watch the video to hear BOO talk about Mayhem festival, traveling in a Bandwagon, their new album and single Machine, early influences, and Lee’s work with kids who have mental disabilities…

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John 5 (of Rob Zombie) talks to PGHMUSICMAG About Rockstar Mayhem Festival& Much More!

John 5 seems like he is everywhere at once.  The multi talented guitarist cannot be pigeonholed into any style of playing and he continues to challenge himself and be the humble virtuoso that he has become.  The self admitted perfectionist is hard at work figuring out not only how to make sure all the songs are tip top, but how to make sure that the show is everything that the fans expect it to be.  Venemous Rat Regeneration Vendor  is already climbing the charts and quieting the critics that have been saying Zombie has not been at the top of his game for some time, who are now eating crow and heralding the sounds and scene that John 5, Piggy D, Ginger Fish have helped Rob Zombie create.  (Pay attention to the exclusive John gives us about the writing of Teenage Nosferatu in the following interview!!!)

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Preparing to rip apart the main stage as the headliner of The 2013 Rockstar Mayhem Festival as Rob Zombie’s guitarist, John took some time from their pre-Mayhem production work in L.A. to talk with Pittsburgh Music Magazine’s Editor and COO, Alan, about the experience of the Rockstar Mayhem Festival and what Rob Zombie and company have in store, winning the best guitarist award at The Revolver Golden God Awards, the new Rob Zombie LP Venemous Rat Regeneration Vendor, having some guitars and personal items stolen from his home, solo work, and working with David Lee Roth.  Listen to our exclusive interview here!!! Click below

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Don’t miss John 5 with Rob Zombie when they hit Pittsburgh on July 12 or at a city near you…http://rockstarmayhemfest.com/dates

Jun 29 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jun 30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 02 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre Buy Tickets
Jul 03 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 05 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 06 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 07 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Ampitheatre Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 10 Toronto, ON CA Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 12 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 13 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 17 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 20 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 21 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 24 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 26 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 27 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 28 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 30 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Jul 31 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Aug 02 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Aug 03 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets
Aug 04 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion Buy TicketsBuy VIP Tickets

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AMON AMARTH Unleash New Studio Album Artwork, Track Listing + First Single

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AMON AMARTH Unleash New Studio Album Artwork, Track Listing + First Single

Melodic death metal heroes AMON AMARTH are pleased to unveil the details of their ninth studio album. Titled Deceiver of the Gods, the epic offering was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage). The cover art was, once again, completed by Tom Thiel and depicts a mythical battle between the Norse Gods Loki & Thor. Fans will also recognize a special appearance on this album with Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) providing guest vocals for eighth song, “Hel.” Deceiver of the Gods will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records June 25th, in Europe June 21st/24th and Japan on June 26th.

Comments vocalist Johan Hegg: “We feel very excited about this new album, and personally I feel that Deceiver of the Gods is the strongest album we’ve ever done. By far! I’m confident that all our fans will enjoy this ‘punch-in-the-face-of-a-record!”

Opening title track and first single, “Deceiver of the Gods” is currently streaming at the band’s official Metal Blade page: http://www.metalblade.com/amonamarth where you’ll also find special pre-order info.

Deceiver of the Gods Track Listing:
01. Deceiver of the Gods
02. As Loke Falls
03. Father of the Wolf
04. Shape Shifter
05. Under Siege
06. Blood Eagle
07. We Shall Destroy
08. Hel
09. Coming of the Tide
10. Warriors of the North

A compelling synthesis of buzzsaw riff work, melodic harmonies and soul-severing rhythms punctuated by vocalist Johan Hegg’s callous Viking roar and gripping accounts of Norse battles and treachery, Deceiver of the Gods is the follow-up to the band’s critically lauded 2011 Surtur Rising full-length. Finding placement on multiple charts worldwide the record is among the band’s fastest-selling albums to date. Surtur Rising sold approximately 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week landing the band at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums. Around the world Surtur Rising also charted in Germany at #8 on the Top 100 chart, #19 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #12 on Austria’s Top 40 Chart and Switzerland’s Top 100 at #20.

AMON AMARTH will be opening the mainstage of this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest set to commence June 29 in San Bernardino. See tour dates below.

AMON AMARTH
Summer 2013 European Festival Tour
06/01 Nijmegen, NL Forta Rock Festival
06/06 Solvesborg, SE Sweden Rock Festival
06/07 Nurburgring, DE Rock Am Ring
06/08 Amnéville, FR Sonisphere
06/09 Nurenberg, DE Rock Im Park
06/11 Prague, CZ MeetFactory
06/12 Wroclaw, PL Eter Club
06/14 Copenhagen, DK Copenhell
06/15 Nickelsdorf, AT Nova Rock
06/16 Donington, UK Download Festival

AMON AMARTH
w/ Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest 2013
06/29 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
06/30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/02 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
07/03 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
07/05 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
07/06 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
07/07 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Ampitheatre
07/09 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection w/ Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, Huntress
07/10 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/12 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
07/13 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
07/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
07/16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
07/17 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
07/19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
07/20 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/21 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
07/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/24 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
07/26 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
07/27 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
07/28 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/29 Louisville, KY Expo Five w/ Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Emmure, Motionless In White, Born of Osiris, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, Huntress
07/30 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
07/31 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre
08/02 Austin, TX Austin 360 Ampitheatre
08/03 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/04 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
08/05 Kansas City, MO Cricket Wireless Ampitheater w/ Rob Zombie, Machine Head & Children Of Bodom
08/07 Sauget, IL Pop’s w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/08 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/09 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/11 Montreal, QC Heavy MTL Festival

AMON AMARTH:
Johan Hegg – Vocals
Olavi Mikkonen – Guitars
Ted Lundström – Bass
Johan Söderberg – Guitars
Fredrik Andersson – Drums

http://www.amonamarth.com
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband

The Devil Is In The Details: The Devil Wears Prada at Mayhem

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The Devil Wears Prada Interview with Josh: Devil Wears Prada

From the TDWP website:

Forget everything you knew about The Devil Wears Prada.

The technically proficient, guitar-driven American metal that you’ll hear on the band’s fourth studio album Dead Throne is bigger and more balanced than what was contended with on 2009’s breakthrough offering With Roots Above And Branches Below and 2010‘s Zombie EP.

Dead Thronesignals a more evolved, more progressive The Devil Wears Prada that is not only larger sonically, but goes much deeper, lyrically. The album contains more than a dozen cutting-edge, razor-sharp, straight-ahead metal tracks that are utterly brilliant not only in their composition, but also in their flawless delivery.

“The songs are inspired by a lot of the things in my heart, per usual,” explains frontman Mike Hranica. “A lot of the subject matter was very specific for this record, which is something that has evolved for me. I’d call the album very ‘lyrically intentional.’”

Dead Thronewas expertly produced by Killswitch Engage mad genius Adam Dutkiewicz at his Massachusetts-based recording studio — a collaboration born out of a mutual admiration first realized in early 2010, when The Devil Wears Prada supported Killswitch Engage on tour.

“We got along with Adam very well and he dropped some hints about how he was interested in working with The Devil Wears Prada,” Hranica said. “Like any heavy band, clearly we’ve always been curious about working with the dude, so when he was so cool with us, it really felt natural and right. His impact as far as sound and engineering is purely his ability to capture the rawness of our band and reduce the sterility of it; something I’ve wanted for a very long time. I couldn’t be happier with Adam’s influence and I think it works really, really well for us.”

Rounded out by guitarist and clean vocalist Jeremy DePoyster, guitarist Chris Rubey, bassist Andy Trick and drummer Daniel Williams, The Devil Wears Prada wrote all of the songs that appear on Dead Throne before heading into the studio with Dutkiewicz, a man the band trusts and respects.

“Adam did have an impact as far as structure and pulling things out and reorganizing. He sped up a number of the songs, cut measures in half, and generally trimmed fat,” Rubey offered. “Usually, this would be something that we wouldn’t be into coming from a producer, but with Adam it totally worked for the best,” he added.

With Dead Throne, The Devil Wears Prada has turned a corner, by turning up the aggression and turning on the emotions. Dead Throne is the product of hard work and The Devil Wears Prada’s inevitable musical evolution, which tends to focus more on the band’s unique, punishing dual-vocal assault this time around.

“We aim to give listeners and fans something they can enjoy, but we’ll also always make songs we personally stand behind,” says Hranica. “We’d write differently if we were purely trying to sell albums: that’s just not how it works for us. No compromises.”

Dead Thronefinally takes hold of what the band has merely hinted at in the past, and fans both old and new will quickly see this album for what it is — a brilliant, emotional, captivating and brutal journey brought forth from the heart of a band that won’t conform to the latest trends. Ultimately, Dead Throne tackles issues of failed relationships and perseverance of faith.

“The album has a number of love lost songs,” says Hranica. “It’s a poetic topic I’ve always touched upon in the songs, and exaggerated, but this time around it was a little bit different as far as where it was coming from. My biggest lyrical models for the album are also very ‘love lost’-generated writers, which have an influence on me. The record contains a lot of self-loathing and a lot of bitterness, which all has a spin on it to where the only thing that does not pass in our lives is our faith and our trust in God. Dead Throne takes a bitter perspective: the world is dead and the only thing we have is the Lord.” And as for the world, the The Devil Wears Prada set their sights on breaking territories around the world the same way they established their loyal following in the States, through non-stop touring

Whitechapel Is A Must See At Mayhem

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PMM had a chance to sit down with the guys from Whitechapel at Rockstar Mayhem Festival. Trying to catch up with all the bands at Mayhem proved nearly impossible! Luckily the guys with Whitechapel understood and chatted with us as they ate dinner! Listen to it here: Whitechapel

Having spent several years lauded as one of the frontrunners in their genre, in 2012 Whitechapel stand as a defining force in contemporary heavy music. Building dramatically on the trademarked bludgeon of their first three releases, with Whitechapel the Tennessean sextet have inarguably delivered their most intense, dynamic, and downright hostile record to date. Drenched in atmospheric darkness, the record is also rife with gripping melodies that drag the listener in to the tumult, willing or otherwise, and across its ten tracks it is infused with an emotional depth that pointedly separates the band from the plethora of two-dimensional mosh-starters that have sprung up in their wake. “These songs are some of the best material we have released to date, and the whole vibe of the record compelled us to self- title it,” states guitarist Alex Wade. “With every record we strive for something different – we’re always going to stay true to what Whitechapel is, but we want to evolve and do something that is fresh and engaging both for ourselves and for the people who support us.”
Setting the scene with the brooding piano that prefaces the storm of frantic riffs and pulverizing drums of opener “Make It Bleed”, it is clear that Whitechapel are coming from a place of pure darkness this time out. At times teetering on the brink of despair while always primed to fight anything and everything that gets in their way, every track has its own personality, fitting perfectly alongside each other to form a breathtaking whole. From the heads down attack of “Section 8” or the merciless “(Cult)uralist” to the apocalyptic drama of “Dead Silence” or the loping grooves of “Possibilities Of An Impossible Existence” the band put it all on the line, creating something that is as honest as it is devastating. “There’s a lot of variety on this record – it has the fastest songs we’ve ever written on it, but it also has the slowest songs we’ve ever written, so whether you like the slower grooves of A New Era Of Corruption (2010) or the really fast riffs of This Is Exile (2008) there is something for everyone on this album,” explains Wade. “It also has a much stronger sense of dynamics, because if you’re just smashing someone over the head one hundred percent of the time it can get monotonous, and there’s more melody to it too. Some of the choruses are really dark but have so much melody you could almost sing over them – which is something we would never do, but having that dynamic there is exciting to us.” Having grown displeased over time with A New Era Of Corruption, primarily due to the fact it was comprised of songs written by individual members rather than as a shared effort, the band rectified this with Whitechapel, and Wade believes this collaboration plays a large part in what sets the record apart from its predecessor. “In the credits of the last record it was like this guy wrote this song, and then this guy wrote that song, whereas there’s so much collaboration on this record it wasn’t worth going through it to try and list it in the credits, it is the product of our efforts. I think that’s cool, and it’s good to know that when we work together we’re at our finest.”
A further contributing factor to the record’s power is the addition of drummer Ben Harclerode (ex-Knights Of The Abyss), who joins Wade and guitarists Ben Savage and Zach Householder, bassist Gabe Crisp, and vocalist Phil Bozeman. “Most drummers that we had seen play our songs would kinda have to dumb it down rather than play it exactly the way it was on the record, but Ben sent us a video of him playing “Reprogrammed To Hate” and every single note, every little cymbal accent was there, so we were extremely blown away by how he had replicated what Kevin Lane had played on previous albums,” Wade states. “He sent us another video playing the much faster “Father Of Lies” and after that we knew we had to get him down to jam with us. He learned an eleven-song setlist, turned up, sat down behind the kit, and we ran through the whole set without stopping, it was like he had been in the band for years. The power and precision he brings to Whitechapel is just amazing, and having him in with us writing the new record definitely took that side of things to the next level.”
While frontman Phil Bozeman has proven himself one of the most formidable vocalists and lyricists in metal of the last few years, his previous efforts pale in comparison to his contributions to Whitechapel. “While it’s definitely brutal I would say that first and foremost it’s a dark and depressing record,” he states. “I didn’t go for one big concept that unites all the songs this time out, I just wrote about whatever I was feeling. I like that it’s kind of scattered and covers a lot of topics, and I think that’s an important part of the record’s power.” Whether ruminating on his general disillusionment with humanity (“Faces”), decrying the sheep-like nature of society as people allow themselves to be led rather than standing up as leaders themselves (“(Cult)uralist”), or giving in to the belief that there is no hope for the future (“Possibilities Of An Impossible Existence”), Bozeman never pulls a punch, and his vocal performance is equally unflinching. “I didn’t want to just have the same monotone kind of screaming, I wanted to branch out and really get the emotion behind it across. This was about getting so angry you just had to let it all out. You’re not even worrying about how good it sounds, you’re just yelling out of pure spite and rage, and I think that really comes across. I didn’t want anyone listening to it thinking it’s just the same old bullshit. We’re better than that.”
Working with producer Mark Lewis (Deicide, Devildriver), according to Wade it was not until they were in the studio and the songs started coming together that the band realized just how good a record they were making. “Honestly, everyone at the beginning of this record was kind of iffy about it,” he laughs wryly. “As we were putting the demos together we were like yeah, this stuff’s pretty cool but we were a little worried about it. But then when we got in there with Mark, every time we added a layer it just got better and better.” Blown away by Harclerode’s razor sharp performance and the huge drum sound engineered by Lewis, a killer guitar tone infusing the wealth of punishing riffs with life, and a monstrous bass sound kicking things in the ass, at every turn the band’s enthusiasm grew. “It was all just coming together amazingly, and as soon as Phil did his vocals it was like oh my God! This is our favorite record!”
Returning to their rightful place on the road, the band are enthused to take these new songs to their rabid fan base. They stand confident in their belief that their followers will hungrily devour the latest evolution of their sound, and having dramatically bolstered their fan base through blowing away the unsuspecting crowds on 2010’s Warped Tour they are sure to draw in new adherents anywhere they play. While Wade firmly believes that the band are still growing and striving to improve, for now he could not be happier with the fruits of their labor. “Every band at some point plateaus, it’s inevitable, but we’re not there yet, we’re still growing, and I think this record proves that. Looking at the finished thing – the music, the vocals, the overall vibe behind it, all the way down to the mix and the master – it’s almost like a perfect storm where everything came together just right and resulted in the record that we needed to put out.”
Whitechapel’s self-titled, fourth album, is available now!

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Rockstar Mayhem Festival Teaser…A Cleveland Pictorial! Coming to Pittsburgh 7/28!

Get ready for “The Hardest Tour On Earth” and to be blown away. The amount of talent at this year’s Mayhem is unprecedented. The ear crushing and body bruising of hearing Motorhead, Slayer, and Slipknot back to back to back is so intense that it will leave your metal soul not only elated but drained from the sheer experience of it all. Pittsburgh Music Magazine had a chance to speak with many of the performers; Mayhem has great access for all fans including many signings from the likes of Kerry King and Slipknot. Check out the merchandise booths too. Metal Blade Records has some great stuff along with a free sampler CD, Sumerian Records as well. Also some great deals at many of the bands booths on autographed items (We thought the new Anthrax CD signed by the entire band for $10 a steal!). We have some interviews, that will be posted shortly, with Whitechapel, The Devil Wears Prada, and As I Lay Dying. Get ready to rock out with your black and gold out Saturday Pittsburgh! So, to whet your appetites we have included some pix from the Cleveland show to get your metal hearts pumped

Dirtfedd, As I Lay Dying, Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, Anthrax, I The Breather, Jagermeister Girls, Crowd Shots, Whitechapel, Motorhead, Slayer, and Slipknot

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All photos: Alan Welding and Mike Pap

Rockstar Mayhem Festival Sponsors Announced

For those of you headed to First Niagara Pavillion on July 28 for The Rockstar Mayhem Festival, here are the sponsors who will be providing some entertainment and freebies in-between acts:

SPONSOR INFORMATION:

ROCKSTAR:
“ROCKSTAR is the world’s most powerful energy drink. Enhanced with the potent herbal blend of Guarana, Ginkgo, Ginseng and Milk Thistle, ROCKSTAR is formulated to provide an incredible energy boost for those who lead active and exhausting lifestyles – from athletes to rock stars.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK is available in nineteen amazing flavors: Original, Sugar Free, Zero Carb, Recovery Lemonade, Recovery Grape, Recovery Orange, Energy Cola, PerfectBerry, 2X, Xdurance, Coconut Water, Rockstar Relax, Rockstar Iced, Tropical Punched, Juiced Mango Orange Passion Fruit, Juiced Guava, Roasted Mocha, Roasted Latte, and Roasted Light Vanilla.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK is available at convenience and grocery retail outlets across the United States, Australia, Baltics, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Poland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, and throughout the United Kingdom.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK supports the active Rockstar lifestyle in Surf, Skate, Snow, MX, BMX, Off-Road, MotoGP, Rally, Wake, MMA, Bull Riding, Bands, DJs, and Live Music.”

www.rockstar69.com

Jägermeister
Jägermeister will be a big part of Rockstar Mayhem again in 2012 with plenty of giveaways, Jagerettes and exclusive signings at each festival date! This years’ artist signings will include KERRY KING of SLAYER and the guys from ASKING ALEXANDRIA, so be sure to stop by the Jagermeister booth at your local festival date to check on signing times. Also be sure to check out jager.com for tour dates, photos and to view the new ‘A Stronger Bond’ commercial featuring Kerry King!

SUMERIAN RECORDS:
Sumerian Records (the world’s premiere metal label) is beyond excited to be sponsoring its own stage at this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. This stage is going to feature three of the label’s hottest and most talked about up-and-coming artists within the metal scene.
San Antonio’s UPON A BURNING BODY have performed select dates on the Mayhem Festival before, but this will be the chance they have been anxiously awaiting to finally perform on the entire tour. Expect lots of new tunes from the band’s highly acclaimed new effort, RED.WHITE.GREEN., amongst a slew of crowd favorites.
Mayhem also marks the much anticipated French metallic powerhouse Betraying The Martyrs return to North America as this will be their third tour StateSide in support of their debut effort, Breathe In Life. This six-piece fine-tuned killing machine has a refreshing attitude to modern metal that is certain to take the music scene by storm.
I THE BREATHER are one of the most enthusiastic, hard working and promising new bands to come onto the scene as of late and their highly acclaimed sophomore full-length album, Truth and Purpose, created an undeniable buzz that spread like wildfire. I
In addition to all of this, Sumerian will also have its most prolific artist, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, on a rotating main-stage slot. This UK sensation have undoubtedly proved to all naysayers that they are one of the genre’s most exciting, ground-breaking and heralded artists as their critically acclaimed newest album, Reckless and Relentless, debuted at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 charts scanning an impressive 31,449 units. This is controversial, unapologetic hard rock at its very finest.
The Sumerian Records’ tent will also be a premier destination for concertgoers with meet and greets with all performing label artists, fan-friendly promotions and contests, as well as offering the chance to purchase albums from all four bands at a special price. Be sure to follow Sumerian Records at www.facebook.com/sumerianrecords for the most up-to-date information on all Mayhem Fest artists and happenings.

Zippo:
One of the most recognized brands in the world, Zippo was founded in the fall of 1932 by George G. Blaisdell in Bradford, PA, where it recently manufactured its 500th million windproof lighter. With the exception of improvements to the flint wheel and modifications in case finishes, the product remains unchanged and is backed by the company’s famous lifetime guarantee – “It works, or we fix it free™”. Zippo’s diverse product line includes lighter accessories; butane candle lighters; watches, fragrance, and lifestyle accessories for men; and a robust line of heat and flame products for outdoor enthusiasts. Zippo markets in over 160 countries and also owns the Ronson brand of lighters and fuel and W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company, both based in Bradford, PA. For more information, visit Zippo.com.

Ibanez:
What better way for Ibanez to celebrate the 25th anniversaries of its iconic RG and S guitar models than to be the exclusive guitar and bass sponsor for the 2012 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL. Known for creating instruments that enhance speed and playability, Ibanez also leads the pack as a pioneer in the development of 7 and 8 string guitars. Look for Ibanez signature artists and endorsers in Slipknot, Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, and other bands to prove once again that the guitar builders at Ibanez are truly the Masters of More.

Hot Topic:
Hot Topic is a retail brand beloved for our band-related apparel and accessories, licensed merchandise, and fashion apparel for an edgy subculture of rebellious and expressive individuals. Over the last 20 years, Hot Topic has worked with thousands of bands to develop and sell apparel and other gear, introduce new music and more. Hot Topic’s passion for music has led us to support hundreds of shows and tours – and we are proud to be a retail sponsor of the 2012 Mayhem Tour. Hot Topic operates 624 stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and an online store at hottopic.com. Find out what we’re doing on the Mayhem Tour by following us on Twitter (twitter.com/hottopic), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/hottopic) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/hottopic).

MATADOR Beef Jerky:
MATADOR Beef Jerky, based in Minong, Wis., is produced by Jack Link’s Beef Jerky and distributed by Frito-Lay North America. The MATADOR brand offers a full line of powerfully-bold, meat snacks for today’s snacking consumers, with a unique style of jerky that’s easier to bite and chew, and snack sticks that deliver the perfect blend of spice and snap. MATADOR beef jerky and snack sticks are available nationwide. For more information check out www.Facebook.com/MATADOR and MATADORsnacks.com.

MONSTER®
For over 30 years, Monster’s powered the music that pounds you with our professional line of cables and connectors, hooking up stages and studios for Slayer, Anthrax, White Zombie, Slash, and Ozzy Osbourne, to name a few.

That’s just part of Head Monster Noel Lee’s mission to make music sound better. We’ve spent decades improving audio technology to give people true sound reproduction…nothing added, nothing lost. Monster revolutionized the music industry when we introduced Beats™ by Dr. Dre headphones, and we quickly built on that success to become the world’s leading manufacturer of premium headphones. Since then, we’ve branched out into new genres and categories, like our iSport high-performance sports headphones and our customizable Inspiration headphones. Monster also leads the way with advanced solutions for high-performance home entertainment, audio, home theater, computers, and gaming, along with continuing to innovate in the fields of mobile accessories, home speakers, and professional audio.

Monster proudly throws our full support behind the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL. Explore the world of Monster at www.monsterproducts.com

Air Force Reserves:
President Harry Truman called for the formation of the Air Force Reserve in 1948, just a year after the United States Air Force was formed. Originally, the Reserve was conceived as a “stand by” force for emergencies. But in February 1997, the Air Force Reserve changed from a Field Operating Agency to a Major Command (MAJCOM). Since then, the over 71,000-member force has evolved into the Air Force’s Wingman, performing the same missions and working side-by-side on the same equipment. The Air Force Reserve is an exciting, vibrant part of the nation’s defense. It offers similar benefits afforded to those on active duty, with one major addition: the benefit of time. Time to be with your family, time to work at your civilian career, and time to serve your country. An ideal option for those who have never been in the military and want to participate without being on full-time active duty, the Reserve is also a great way for those in other branches of the military to continue their benefits. Those include educational and retirement programs; starting their civilian careers with the stability of a second paycheck; and continuing the camaraderie and adventure only available through the service.

REVOLVER Magazine:
Revolver is the No. 1 hard-rock and heavy-metal destination in the world. In print for over 10 years, the magazine takes readers into the studio, onto the stage, and behind the scenes, providing in-depth information, mind-blowing original photography, and editorial insights they can’t find anywhere else. Revolver was recently named by Billboard as the No. 1 place to get maximum exposure as a hard-rock artist!
Every year Revolver throws the premiere U.S. hard-rock and metal awards show, the Revolver Golden Gods. Approaching it’s 5th anniversary, the show has featured appearances by Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Johnny Depp, Motley Crue, Gene Simmons, Jack Black, Rob Halford, Dave Grohl, Rob Zombie, Slash, Lemmy Kilmister, Dave Mustaine, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, William Shatner, Kat Von D, and many others. Revolver sponsors over 20 hard-rock tours each year, including the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL. Its website (www.revolvermag.com) features exclusive interviews, music and video, photo shoot outtakes, and contests. RevolverTV, the main home of hard rock and heavy metal programming on all mobile phones, features new videos weekly on over 200 mobile networks including the latest versions of Android and iPhone. This year’s ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL issue hits the street on July 10th, 2012. Check the official Revolver Magazine festival program for set times at the show!

Revolver Magazine will be back for the fifth year to sponsor ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL! Revolver’s crew will be at every date with their signature yellow tent giving away thebest prizes and hosting the most exclusive band signings of the tour! Stop by the Revolver tent in your city to pick up a limited-edition Mayhem Festival poster, drawn by fame Batman/Spawn artist Greg Capullo. Musician’s Institute will make a special appearance at ten tour dates to show guitar fans how to shred like the best guitarists inthe industry.

Century Media Records:
Century Media is delighted to be a part of the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVALonce again. Always at the forefront with an active role in emerging stylistic nuances, CM has truly shattered the barriers and exemplified diversity in extremes while remaining rooted in the underground but giving bands opportunities outside of the normal means with major league international touring, commercial radio play, and music placement in high-profile films, TV and commercials. Despite all of the years and breakthroughs the company maintains their organic, family feel and business is still being conducted by fans of the music for fans of the music. Century Media coined the phrase, “Metal for the Masses” and teaming up with the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL give them the chance, yet again, to do just that.

Metal Blade Records
Founded upon owner Brian Slagel’s enduring drive to find great bands and get their music out to as many people as possible, since 1982 Metal Blade has brought wave after wave of powerful, innovative, and often genre-defining music to the ever-hungry metal masses. It is this ethos that has seen Metal Blade build up a stunning and diverse catalogue, weather the various storms facing any independent label, and in an age of declining record sales boast the most successful years of its existence as it strides into its fourth decade. “How important is Metal Blade to our career? They’re only the reason we are enjoying the worldwide success we have today,” states Metallica’s James Hetfield. “Without Metal Blade, there is a damn good chance we never would’ve made it out of L.A,” says Slayer’s Kerry King. Metal Blade artists on Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this year include As I Lay Dying and Whitechapel. Both artists have new albums being released in the second half of 2012 – follow @metalblade on twitter for updates throughout the summer and beyond. Visit the Metal Blade booth at each date of the festival for exclusive merchandise.

Roadrunner Records:
Roadrunner Records will once again be a part of the annual ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL. Since the festival’s inception in 2008, Roadrunner has been proud to be a major presence at the show and 2012 will be no exception, as multiplatinum hard rock institution SLIPKNOT will be headlining the main stage. This marks the band’s second stint on the tour –they headlined the inaugural festival- and their first major U.S. run since 2009. Slipknot is like no other band the rock scene has ever encountered, having fostered their own culture and lifestyle, along with a legion of passionate, disciple-like fans. To celebrate two decades of game-changing existence, the band will release Antennas to Hell, a “best of” collection documenting its inimitable career thus far on July 17.

This year, Roadrunner will be offering concertgoers a chance to purchase Slipknot’s latest release Antennas To Hell and meet members of the band.

Keep A Breast:
The Keep A Breast Foundation™ is the leading youth-focused, global, nonprofit breast cancer organization. Our mission is to eradicate breast cancer for future generations. We provide support programs for young people impacted by cancer and educate people about prevention, early detection, and cancer-causing toxins in our everyday environment.

The Keep A Breast Foundation™ is headquartered in the United States as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit. We are supported in fulfilling our mission by international partners Keep A Breast Canada, Keep A Breast Europe, and Keep A Breast Japan.

Living The Dream Foundation:
Living The Dream Foundation will be joining Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer to grant Dream Days for children in need. LTDF is a non-profit that makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening afflictions while enriching their lives with the positive message and family of Living The Dream. All tour long they will be selecting one special person to experience a once in a lifetime VIP day. LTDF’s special guests will be taken onstage, backstage, get meet-and-greets with whoever they would like, and the chance to eat dinner with all of the bands. For more information visit www.ltdfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/livingthedreamfoundation.

Snagola:
Snagola was launched in early Summer 2011 to bring together compelling and relevant Merchant offerings directed at College Students. We have grown to offer promotional Gift Cards through our e-Gift Card Store (http://giftcard.snagola.com). Snagola’s Homepage still offers “Featured Promotions” that we negotiate with Retailers on your behalf to bring you exclusive deals with great discounts. Snagola has compiled the best of what is out there. We even put together unique promotional offerings with partners including the Vans Warped Tour and Rockstar Mayhem Festival. While our focus is the needs, wants and desires of the College Student, everyone can take advantage of the offers on Snagola. Visit Snagola online for more information at: http://www.snagola.com

More ROCKSTAR MAYHEM FESTIVAL Contests Announced

The 2012 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is offering more chances for fans to win special contests and take part in free giveaways this year:

2012 festival performer Clown of headlining band SLIPKNOT is known worldwide for intimidating crowds by using his baseball bat to bludgeon kegs on stage as part of the band’s performances. Now, fans can take home part of the band’s signature stage spectacle in conjunction with a new ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL contest; fans will enter to win a SLIPKNOT fan’s prize of a lifetime—an exclusive autographed, Clown-beaten keg to call their own. Contest details will vary in each market, so interested fans should check their local listings and radio station announcements for more contest details.

Another amazing contest has just been announced, giving fans the chance to win a guitar or bass straight from the hands of SLAYER. Very simple—again, fans should simply check their local listings and radio station announcements in conjunction with ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL for more contest details.

Additionally, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is offering a great giveaway deal right now, presenting fans with FREE music. Fans can get NINE free songs from iTunes featuring bands playing the festival this summer, including SLIPKNOT, ANTHRAX, MOTORHEAD, AS I LAY DYING, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, WHITECHAPEL, HIGH ON FIRE, UPON A BURNING BODY, and I, THE BREATHER! To learn more about the giveaway, head to this location: http://rockstarmayhemfest.com/itunes-download

For more information on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, visit www.rockstarmayhemfest.com.

Slipknot to Release Greatest Hits but Nothing New…Yet

While we patiently await the return of Slipknot to Pittsburgh on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival July 28- it appears that we will have to be patient for any new material from the band. The next release from Slipknot will be ‘Antennas to Hell‘ slated for release July 17. According to singer Corey Taylor via Twitter, “11 days till the meaning of HoGaB is revealed. And I believe 7.17.12 is when the Slipknot greatest hits album drops.
To anyone asking, Slipknot is not currently working on an album. Yet. We are putting together demos, but we’re not recording. Yet.”

Sounds promising there will be new material at some point. The question, as always, is when.

No news (yet) on tracks for the greatest hits pacakage. Stay tuned to Pittsburgh Music Magazine for more as soon as it is released and look for us at Mayhem on July 28 (free PMM tees? Hmm…)

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL Backstage BBQ Contest


Sirius XM Liquid Metal, the heaviest music channel on the planet, is pleased to give one lucky fan the chance to win a killer grand prize: a backstage BBQ and full party bus for you and 21 of your friends to the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL nearest you (Pittsburgh is July 28). The contest begins on May 3rd and ends on May 30th.

Enter online at www.siriusxm.com/liquidmetal to score a pair of VIP passes to one of the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL stops this summer featuring face melting performances from SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, MOTORHEAD, AS I LAY DYING, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and more.

From this pool of first prize winners, one lucky soul will land the GRAND PRIZE and get a complete rock star treatment from beginning to end, complete with party bus picking and dropping off you and your friends from your house, taking you to the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL nearby, having a backstage BBQ thrown in your honor hosted by Sirius XM host Jose Mangin & DJ’ed by SID from SLIPKNOT.

Also, the GRAND PRIZE winner will be brought up on stage (before ANTHRAX) and presented with a customized Sirius XM / Mayhem platinum record plaque to commemorate one of the greatest days of your metallic life.

For more information on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, visit www.rockstarmayhemfest.com