Raunchy part ways with vocalist and hire Mike Semesky (formerly of HAARP Machine)

Just got this via our good friend Mike Semesky…we can’t begin to tell you how excited we are for him (and listeners)!


News from the RAUNCHY camp

Sadly Kasper has decided to leave the band. No drama whatsoever and we wish him the best of luck in the future. Kasper has been a big part of RAUNCHY and done a great job on the last three albums and will remain a good friend. You can read a statement from Kasper over at www.raunchy.dk

So who´s going to handle the lead vocals on the forthcoming RAUNCHY album? We are proud to welcome the very talented Mike Semesky (formerly of The Haarp Machine) as the new lead singer. After hearing his vocals on some early demos for the forthcoming RAUNCHY album we are beyond satisfied and very excited to start a new chapter with Mike. We are still writing and demoing ideas for the next album and we expect to enter the studio later this year.

We have some tour dates coming up for late june and october so stay tuned.





MONUMENTS premieres video for “Regenerate” online

London’s MONUMENTS have made a new video available for the song “Regenerate,” taken from their debut album, Gnosis. To watch the video, click the link below:


Matt Rose (vocals) comments about this special video that captures one of the band’s energetic live-performances: “This video was shot in our home town of London for the song ‘Regenerate’, turn it the f*%k up, and enjoy the groove.”

Check out the clip to get in the mood for a night filled with heavy riffs and infectious grooves on the band’s current tour with BORN OF OSIRIS, AFTER THE BURIAL, and THE HAARP MACHINE… “We are chuffed to be on such a splendid tour with such jolly good fellows as BORN OF OSIRIS and AFTER THE BURIAL. One can also expect us to be playing some new material on this tour!” — MONUMENTS

22.02.13 (D) Cologne – Underground
23.02.13 (B) Knokke-Heist – Jeugdclub ‘t Verzet
24.02.13 (UK) Brighton – Audio
25.02.13 (UK) Reading – Sub89
26.02.13 (UK) Glasgow – Cathouse
27.02.13 (IE) Dublin – The Pint
28.02.13 (UK) Leeds – Leeds University Union
01.03.13 (UK) Manchester – NQ Live
02.03.13 (UK) London – Underworld
03.03.13 (NL) Tilburg – 013 (Neurotic Death Fest)
04.03.13 (F) Paris – Batofar
05.03.13 (CH) Aarau – Kiff
06.03.13 (IT) Milan – Forum Live
07.03.13 (D) Munich – Feierwerk
08.03.13 (A) Vienna – Arena
09.03.13 (D) Chemnitz – Talschock
10.03.13 (CZ) Prague – Hoodoo
11.03.13 (D) Berlin – Magnet
12.03.13 (DK) Copenhagen – Beta
15.03.13 (D) Muenster – Sputnikhalle
16.03.13 (D) Karlsruhe – Stadtmitte


Mike Semesky (former HAARP Machine) Posts Amazing Cover of “Heartlines”

Mike Semesky is probably best known for being the talented lead singer of The HAARP Machine from the United Kingdom. Now that HAARP has officially disbanded with three of the four band members leaving due to some funky goings-on from lead guitarist and band leader Al Mu’min (http://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/2013/01/25/everyone-who-isnt-al-mumin-quits-the-haarp-machine/) it looks like Mike will continue singing elsewhere. We hope to talk to Mike about what went down in more detail in the near future.
Mike has two side projects, Rest Among Ruins and Ordinance, that he has kept up on while in HAARP and he has done session vocals for some really fun projects including Haunted Shores, Star Monarchy, and Memoirs.
We here at PMM can only hope Mike comes into an even better situation (hint, hint those looking for an amazing vocalist). For now, check out some of his stuff on his YouTube Page and this gem posted today, “Heartlines”, a Florence & The Machine Cover featuring Aleka Farha. Beautiful Mike…beautiful.

PMM’s Top 5 Metal Releases of 2012

2012 has been a pretty amazing year for Pittsburgh Music Magazine, hell it was the year of our inception. Many of you may have noticed that although we cover all genres around here, two of our writers are pretty serious metalheads. To try to narrow down the top 5 metal moments of 2012 is a pretty hard task, it was a very good year for releases in the genre that very few are brave enough to adore outloud and even fewer truly understand. Metal has progressed and has so many classifications at this point that one needs Sam Dunne’s charts from VH1 and Wikipedia just to wade through it all. Trust this writer, it has been an amazing year in music, and just keeping up with all that is going on in the little niche of tunes I adore can be no small task. So with further adieu, here are PMM’s Top 5 Metal Masterpieces of 2012:

1. Hands down without a doubt, Between the Buried and Me’s: The Parallax 2 Future Sequence is the metal record of the year. With an unbelievable mix of prog metal mastery, this band refuses to slow down and seems to only get better. Many of their peers think the same, just check out some different band comments on Facebook (i.e. Mike Portney (Faith No More/ Ozzy) or Scott Cowan (Deception of a Ghost)). Brutal one second, soothing the next, piercing and thought provoking all the next…don’t miss this one whatever you do.


2. The “comeback” of the year was The Deftones. Many of you probably expected me to say Soundgarden, and that is definitely honorable mention, but Chino and crew have come back with a vengeance. Koi No Yokan is the best since White Pony and is ear bending from first note…like they never went away. Sickeningly talented and devastatingly brilliant.


3. Witchcraft, the little doom/stoner rock band from Sweden, swept me off my feet this year with Legend. A bit Queens of the Stone Age meets Sabbath and Deep Purple thrown in with some Soundgarden grungy mix. It’s 70’s metal with a new twist.

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4. French metallers Gojira provided the soundtrack for our trip from Pittsburgh to Cleveland to catch this years Mayhem Festival. Un-freakin-believable. I still can’t get enough of this record and everytime I listen to it, I feel as though I discover more. Best thing they have ever put out to date, solid from end to end.

5. So many could sit at this spot. And I am going to totally cheat…a four way tie. Periphery, Battlecross, The HAARP Machine, and Deception of a Ghost are all “newer” bands that have infected me this year and made me a loyal fan. Please check these guys out and tell them we sent you when you go see them…for they all bring it big time live. Go buy ALL their CD’s now- you won’t regret it!

The HAARP Machine is Perfectly in Tune (Pittsburgh Review with Interview)

The HAARP Machine brought their eclectic style of prog-metal to the Ironworks in Pittsburgh last night and showed all in attendance what the future of metal holds. Founded in 2007 out of England, HAARP belongs to an elite set of new comers who feel and sound like they have been ruling stages for decades. Their debut ‘Disclosure’ is an amazing blend of styles masterminded by Al Mu’min guitar prowess that are highlighted by snippets of eastern instrumentation and the addition of Michael Semesky’s vocal range surrounded by masterful musicianship by Oliver Rooney’s bass and Alex Rudinger’s percussion in the math metal vein. Al Mu’min states: “Our debut album is an amalgamation of many influences across the spectrum and lyrically addresses many of the socioeconomic and political issues in our society today. We hope it will open doors for listeners and broaden their musical horizons as well as spark an interest in areas that dictate our lives, but are swept under the rug to maintain the status quo and keep the populace aloof to the sick capitalist venture of the big money cartels. We feel very fortunate to be in this position and wish to use this opportunity to spread the word on social change via the application of the scientific method for the betterment of humankind. There IS an alternative to the un-sane society we live in and it is our duty to this planet and all its inhabitants to awaken the sleepers. We can no longer ignore the writings on the wall. The time for change is now (Sumerian Records Website).”

The HAARP Machine's Michael Semesky and Al Mu'min with PMM editor Kait
The HAARP Machine’s Michael Semesky and Al Mu’min with PMM editor Kait

The HAARP Machine derive their name from The HAARP Project or High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. HAARP is the subject of numerous conspiracy theories involving the project being blamed for triggering catastrophes such as floods, droughts, hurricanes, thunderstorms, and devastating earthquakes in Pakistan and the Philippines, major power outages, the downing of TWA Flight 800, Gulf War syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome. If one would go to The HAARP Machine’s Facebook page and look for more specific information on the band, one would find links to www.thezeitgeistmovement.com, www.anonnews.org, and www.thevenusproject.com. But these guys are not fanatics pouring it down the listeners or fans throats, rather they seem to present ideas to explore and awaken to. Regardless, ‘Disclosure’ is indefinitely one of the strongest debuts of the year and seems to be only the beginning for The HAARP Machine.
After witnessing their live set (opening for The Faceless) it became clear that the band is poised to set a strong stakehold in the metal community and more than likely will be headlining their own shows in no time at all. Songs such as ‘Esoteric Agenda’ and ‘Pleiadian Keys’ were absolutely flawless and awe-inspiring performances that sent chills. The entire band was outwardly gracious with their audience and the buzz after the show was what an experience everyone was lucky enough to have been a part of, the kind spoken of years later when the rest of the world catches up. Special thanks to Mike, Al, Oliver, and Alex for an awesome evening…we look forward to many more in the future. After concluding their first US run of dates, HAARP will take a few weeks off and then prep for a UK tour.

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REVOCATION North American Headline Tour and Invade Pittsburgh 12/9

Massachusetts metallers REVOCATION will kick off their North America headline tour presented by Scion A/V tonight October 18th in Trenton, NJ. The tour runs through November 17th in Manchester, NH. Support on the tour will come from A Life Once Lost and KEN mode.

In conjunction with the tour, Scion A/V is released a new EP from REVOCATION earlier this month. The EP is titled Teratogenesis and features the first recordings with the band’s new bass player Brett Bamberger. The EP is available for free download HERE.

REVOCATION have also announced that they will be touring with The Faceless and The HAARP Machine this November and December. The tour is slated to begin November 27th in Ogden, UT and will wind up December 14th in Tucson, AZ. A complete list of all dates can be found below.

Drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne commented on the upcoming tours:

“Whats up RevoNation! We’re very excited to kick off our US headliner with A Life Once Lost and KEN Mode, and then jump right into our winter tour with The Faceless and The HAARP Machine! Its gonna be a ripping time, with beers, boobs, and blast beats aplenty. So come hang out with us, and be a part of the many good times ahead. See you there!”

Frontman Dave Davidson added:

“Fellow metalheads! We are about to embark on our headliner starting tomorrow with A Life Once Lost and KEN Mode and we couldn’t be more excited to hit the road! We’ll be playing material spanning all our releases including a few choice cuts from our new EP Teratogenesis. As soon as our headliner ends we’ll be heading back out with the Faceless and The HAARP Machine for further shredtastic adventures. See you fuckers soon!!!”

REVOCATION is available for interviews upon request. To speak with the band, please contact the relevant publicity contact listed below. Updated REVOCATION news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website, the REVOCATION Facebook page.

REVOCATION w/ A Life Once Lost and KEN Mode
* = No KenMode
10/18: Trenton, NJ @ The Backstage at Champs*
10/19: Quebec City, QC @ L’Union Commercial
10/20: Toronto, ON @ WreckRoom
10/21: Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
10/22:Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
10/23: St Paul, MN @ Station-4
10/24: Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
10/26: Calgary, AB @ Vern’s
10/27 : Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
10/29: Tacoma, WA @ The Lochs
10/30: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon Lounge
10/31: Portland, OR @ Rotture
11/1: San Francisco, CA @ The Sub Mission
11/2: Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
11/3: Tempe, AZ @ Chaser’s
11/4: El Paso, TX @ House Of Rock
11/5: San Antonio, TX @ Korova
11/6: Austin, TX @ Red 7
11/8: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
11/9: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
11/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung-Fu Necktie
11/11: Albany, NY @ Bogie’s
11/12: New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
11/13: Boston, MA @ Great Scott
11/14: Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
11/17: Manchester, NH @ The Paper House

REVOCATION With The Faceless and The Haarp Machine
11/27: Ogden, UT @ Mojoes
11/28: Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
11/29: Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
11/30: Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
12/1: La Porte, IN @ Game Emporium
12/2: Toledo, OH @ Frankies
12/3: St. Catharines, ON @ Barracuda Pretty
12/4: Windsor, ON @ KOC
12/5: London, ON @ Rum Runners
12/6: Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
12/7: West Springfield, VA @ Empire
12/9: Pittsburgh, PA @ The Ironworks
12/11: Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon
12/12: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
12/14: Tucson, AZ @ The Rock