RIVERS Of NIHIL Launches New Video For “The Silent Life”

Today, Rivers Of Nihil has launched a video for “The Silent Life”, taken off the band’s latest album, Where Owls Know My Name. To watch the video, please visit here.

Rivers Of Nihil‘s guitarist Brody Uttley comments: “This live music video for ‘The Silent Life’ was filmed by the kind folks over at MyGoodEye Visuals in our hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania on the last date of our recent headlining tour. We had our good pal Zach Strouse playing live saxophone with us that night, so it seemed like a great chance to catch some footage. As always, working with David Brodsky and his team was a blast. We hope you enjoy. We will also be embarking on our second European tour late this November with our friends in Revocation, Archspire, and Soreption. We will be playing a nice selection of new tunes as well as some old favorites. Come out and get in the pit!”

Next week, Rivers Of Nihil will join Archspire, Soreption, and labelmates Revocation for a European tour this winter. See below for all dates!

Rivers of Nihil tour dates
w/ Revocation, Archspire, Soreption

Nov. 28 – Berlin, Germany – Badehaus
Nov. 29 – Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall
Nov. 30 – Hannover, Germany – Chez Heinz
Dec. 1 – Dresden, Germany – Puschkin
Dec. 2 – Poznan, Poland – U Bazyla
Dec. 3 – Brno, Czech Republic – Melodka
Dec. 4 – Vienna, Austria – Viper Room
Dec. 5 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Orto Bar
Dec. 6 – Munchen, Germany – Backstage
Dec. 7 – Milano, Italy – Circolo Svolta
Dec. 8 – Aarau, Switzerland – Kiff
Dec. 9 – Marseille, France – Jas Rod
Dec. 10 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 2
Dec. 11 – Madrid, Spain – Caracol
Dec. 12 – Porto, Portugal – Hard Club
Dec. 13 – Bilbao, Spain – Stage Live
Dec. 14 – Pau, France – l’Ampli
Dec. 15 – Paris, France – Petit Bain
Dec. 16 – London, UK – Underworld
Dec. 17 – Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux
Dec. 18 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece
Dec. 19 – Manchester, UK – Rebellion
Dec. 20 – Brussels, Belgium – Magasin 4
Dec. 21 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje
Dec. 22 – Essen, Germany – Turock

Where Owls Know My Name debuted on the Billboard and Canadian music charts upon its release in March: #3 Top New Artist Albums (Billboard / USA), #9 Current Hard Music Albums (Billboard / USA), #57 Top 200 Current Albums (Billboard / USA), #61 Top 200 Albums (Billboard / USA), #50 Top 200 Chart (Canada), #10 Top Hard Music Charts (Canada). Named “one of the best progressive death metal albums in years” (HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com) and one of “2018’s Best Metal Albums…So Far” (Loudwire.com), Where Owls Know My Name can be previewed and purchased here.

THE CROWN REMNANT to Release New Album “The Wicked King: Part II” on January 18, 2019

Los Angeles-based five-piece THE CROWN REMNANT have mastered the art of melodic, theatrical, yet hard-hitting heavy metal, and the world is about to take notice. Combining a variety of metallic influences ranging from modern metalcore and prog, thrash and more, THE CROWN REMNANT‘s latest conceptual opus, The Wicked King: Part II, takes the listener on a dramatic, energetic joyride from start to finish.


Get a taste of The Wicked King: Part II now via their blazing brand new track, “Inferno”, streaming now via YouTube and Spotify. The track features metalcore-influenced riffage (à la Killswitch Engage and Avenged Sevenfold), fierce solos and soaring vocals, showcasing the band’s deft skill set.


The Wicked King: Part II is available for pre-order now via iTunesGoogle Play and Bandcamp. Pre-orders are available with “Inferno” as an instant-grat download. Amazon pre-orders will also be available soon. You can also pre-save the album via Spotify here.


Lead vocalist Geordy Shallan says, “‘Inferno’ came together in a burst of late night spontaneity. It was almost inhuman how quickly it happened – the finger-burning speed of the riffs, the blistering beat of the drums, the theatrics of the vocals… it felt almost supernatural in itself. I felt so intrigued by the hellish nature of the musicality, that it felt only natural to draw from a tale such as Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, specifically ‘Inferno’. This song is the tale of one man’s descent into the depths of sin, passing tornadoes of adulterers, ice storms of gluttony, and eventually, at the center of hell, Satan himself. It felt only right to honor a tale as epic and visceral with a song so vicious and powerful. So please, enjoy ‘Inferno’, and stay prepared, there’s so much more to come.”


 
The Wicked King: Part II acts as the second part to the band’s previous release, The Wicked King: Part I. Within the first month of its release, THE CROWN REMNANT garnered over ten thousand streams of their first single cut from The Wicked King: Part I, entitled “Haunted“. The band plans to follow suit and beyond with The Wicked King: Part II.


The Wicked King: Part II is loosely based on thematic concepts of oppression and tyranny. Originally recorded as one long album, the band decided to split it into two releases – with The Wicked King: Part II acting as the “darker” side of the two. Part II addresses tales of betrayal, mortality, exploring the afterlife and more. Intertwined within these ideals are scattered lyrics pertaining to the character designed on the front cover of the album: The Wicked King. He remains an everlasting shadow of a forgotten king set on immortality, with his insatiable lust for never-ending life.


The Wicked King: Part II track listing:
1) Into the Depths
2) The End
3) Legacy
4) Inferno
5) The Eternal Façade
6) As Faith Fades
7) The Wicked King


Lead guitarist Will Ash says, “I fell in love with the idea of The Wicked King, the complexities we were able to integrate into a character designed as a mascot and the symbolism that ties in with even our band’s own name. I have a lot of faith in this new record – we’re coming out of the gate swinging. When we put our nose to the grindstone, we really try and give it all we’ve got and I think we’ve accomplished something special.”


The Wicked King: Part II was recorded in multiple studios throughout Southern California, with the help of S&W Audio, and producer/engineer Tyler Ruehl (Noble, At The Skylines, Taipan, Lion I Am). After a rigorous tracking process, the songs were mixed by Robin Leijon (In Dying Arms, Atena, Eternal Void).


Lead vocalist Geordy Shallan adds, “Cursed skeleton kings, jazz chords, a fully scored orchestra carrying the foundation of a song – it’s all here. That’s what “The Wicked King” is, everything we could think of or ever want in a record, and I couldn’t be more proud.”


JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES Announce New Album Details & 2019 Tour Dates

JOHN 5 and The Creatures – comprised of world-renowned guitarist JOHN 5, bassist Ian Ross and drummer Logan Miles Nix – are following up on this year’s live album release, It’s Alive!, with a brand new full-length studio album coming in 2019! The new album, entitled Invasion, will be teased on New Year’s Day 2019 by way of a brand new music video for the new track “Zoinks!”, inspired by Scooby-Doo! Directed by Matt Zane with animation from Disney animator Brett Broggs (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph), the video will also feature the voice acting talents of Nikki Sixx, Susan Olsen (known for her role as Cindy Brady on The Brady Bunch), and Fred Coury. Coury also is credited for scoring the video alongside JOHN 5. The video will be premiered via JOHN 5‘s YouTube channel.


Fans should stay tuned for the video coming on New Year’s Day! The official release date for Invasion will be announced in 2019.


Invasion was produced and mixed by Barry Pointer, and will be released via a series of music videos, just as JOHN 5 released his 2017 studio album, Season of the Witch.


In celebration of the upcoming album, JOHN 5 and The Creatures will kick off the second leg of his North American Invasion Tour on February 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. The tour will feature support from blues-rock guitarist Jared James Nichols.


JOHN 5 says, “Get ready for the Invasion tour! I will be playing some songs from my new record, Invasion, a brand new medley, and much more. I’m really excited to have Jared James Nichols out with us. This tour is something you’re not going to want to miss!”


Jared James Nichols adds, “As a young budding guitarist, I grew up with a Guitar World cut out picture of JOHN 5 on my bedroom wall. He was always one of my ‘Guitar heroes’. He is the total package… insane technique, amazing musicality, with a style and look all of his own. Needless to say, when I got the call for this tour, my jaw dropped. I’m absolutely honored to warm up the stage for him every night across America and Canada. I’m getting my chops ready to tear it up!”


 
See below for all confirmed tour dates. Tickets are available now via individual venues, and VIP packages will be available soon exclusively via www.john-5.com/store.



JOHN 5 and The Creatures Invasion tour dates:
2/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Count’s Vamp’d
2/24 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
2/26 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
3/1 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
3/2 – San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box
3/3 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
3/5 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
3/6 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
3/7 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street
3/9 – Indianapolis, IN @ HiFi
3/10 – Akron, OH @ Empire Concert Club
3/12 – Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
3/13 – New York, NY @ Iridium
3/14 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
3/15 – Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
3/16 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s
3/18 – New Bedford, MA @ Vault at Greasy Luck
3/20 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti Bar & Spectacles
3/21 – Montreal, QC @ Piranha
3/22 – Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey
3/23 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
3/24 – London, ON @ Rum Runners
3/26 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
3/27 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramids
3/28 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
3/29 – Calgary, AB @ Dickens
3/30 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
3/31 – Vancouver, BC @The Rickshaw Theater
4/2 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe
4/3 – Portland, OR @ Dantes
4/5 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
4/6 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky


JOHN 5 has worked with a varied range of artists, performing as guitarist for some of the biggest headlining rock bands in the world such as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, as well as playing session with Paul StanleyRod StewartLynyrd Skynyrd and more. Slash has called JOHN 5“one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around” and Rob Zombie has dubbed him “a fucking shredder”JOHN 5 has released seven solo albums to date, as well as a remix album, and has written music for the likes of Avril LavigneGarbage, Ricky Martin and others.


ACCEPT Release Symphonic Terror Trailer

On November 23rd, ACCEPT will release their new masterpiece Symphonic Terror – Live At Wacken 2017 via Nuclear Blast – which means that it’s not long until the impressive images and the bombastic sound of this rousing fusion of metal plus a symphonic orchestra will be available all around the world. Today, the band reveal the first trailer detailing the live album.

Watch the clip here.

“We are so glad we recorded this unique show – this very special concert at Wacken will always stay in our memories“, states ACCEPT guitarist and mastermind Wolf Hoffmann. And because what started as a premiere at Wacken caused a sensation and recognition worldwide, the “Symphonic Terror” will hit cities live in April 2019!

This can only mean one thing: ACCEPT will debut their great orchestra-tour throughout Europe in 2019 and today, on November 5th the band are pleased to reveal the first tour dates for Germany.

20.04.19 Wuppertal – Stadthalle
21.04.19 Leipzig – Haus Auesee
22.04.19 Hamburg – Mehr!Theater
23.04.19 Fürth – Stadthalle
25.05.19 Saarbrücken – Congresshalle
27.05.19 München – Circus Krone

Pre-order for these very special Symphonic Terror ACCEPT-shows 2019 has started. Get your tickets here.

Wolf Hoffmann is already filled with anticipation: “Those who couldn’t be there at Wacken have never seen ACCEPT like this. But it’s definitely worth it! On our last tour, I personally missed the orchestra in some songs. What I can already say is this: There will be some visual and musical surprises on the Symphonic Terror-Tour, that you wouldn’t exactly expect from ACCEPT. 2019 will be exciting!“ And you can be a part of it! The pre-sale for this very special ACCEPT tour will start on November 5th 2018.

Symphonic Terror – Live at Wacken 2017 will be available in the following formats:
– BluRay and 2 CD-DIGI
– DVD and 2 CD-DIGI
– 2 CD-DIGI
– 3 LP Box (black) incl. booklet, poster
– 3 LP Box (gold) incl. booklet, poster // NB Mailorder exclusive
– BluRay, DVD, and 2 CD-Earbook
– BluRay, DVD, and 2 CD-Earbook plus photo card (signed) // NB Mailorder exclusive

Pre-order here.

Fans can expect a unique, 2 hour ACCEPT show, shot on August 3rd, 2017 at the legendary W:O:A, where the band played the biggest and most extraordinary show of their career in front of 80.000 live fans at the festival, on top of thousands more fans watching via the live stream! The show was divided into three parts, showing the full creative power of ACCEPT: The first part hosted the premiere of new tracks “Die By The Sword” and “Koolaid”, as well as some of their most popular songs, such as “Restless And Wild” and”Pandemic’. The middle part hosted guitarist Wolf Hoffmann accompanied by a symphony orchestra, presenting the best-of from his recent solo album Headbangers Symphony, which includes metal versions of some of the world’s biggest classical compositions (e.g. from Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi,…). And in the last but not least part, fans were able to bang their heads to ACCEPT anthems (also accompanied by the orchestra), such as “Princess Of The Dawn,” ‘Breaker,” “Fast As A Shark” and “Metal Heart,” as well as to new songs like “Stalingrad,” “Shadow Soldiers” or “Teutonic Terror”. The finale could be nothing less than an 8 minute version of their eminent hit “Balls To The Walls”!

“This was a mash-up of intensity and precision,” Wolf Hoffmann says about the fusion of Heavy Metal and classical music. “The fans are extremely open-minded,” continues Wolf happy, “but I was nervous ’till the last minute before the show anyway. After all it’s still a metal festival! But I think that, after many years of ACCEPT combining both worlds, fans have started to really accept this concept.”

What started as a world premiere in Wacken and caused quite a stir worldwide (thanks to the live streams) will be continued in early 2019. This means: ACCEPT are planning to tour across Europe with an orchestra in spring 2019! “I really hope we will be able to fulfill our dream – we are working hard on it!” tells Wolf Hoffmann with eager anticipation. “What I can already say now is that there will be lots of optical and musical surprises, that fans of ACCEPT have never experienced before. We want to multiply what we have achieved in Wacken and are happy about every bit of support we get. One thing is for sure: 2019 will be exciting!”

ACCEPT live 2019:

31.01. – 04.02. USA Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL – 70000 Tons of Metal

20.04. D – Wuppertal – Stadthalle
21.04. D – Leipzig – Haus Auensee
22.04. D – Hamburg – Mehr!Theater
23.04. D – Fürth – Stadthalle
25.05. D – Saarbrücken – Congresshalle
27.05. D – München – Circus Krone

Get Ready As THE WINERY DOGS Are Getting Let Loose In 2019

After being tied up for over a year the hard rock trio The Winery Dogs – made up of Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy, and Billy Sheehan – have announced they’re coming back.

The following image was let loose today on the bands Facebook page:

This is definitely to early Christmas present to many who were wondering about how long a hiatus The Winery Dogs would be on. Thankfully the hard rockin hounds return in in May of 2019, stay tuned for specific details.

Nomadic Metal Compilation, “Sound of the Raging Steppe”, Streaming in Full Now

A new compilation of music by Nomadic Chinese metal bands entitled Sound of the Raging Steppe – curated by Global Music Award-winning TENGGER CAVALRY frontman and bandleader Nature Ganganbaigaali – will be released in digital-only format this Friday, November 16 via TENGGER CAVALRY‘s independent label, Tengger X Cavalry Recordings. Blending the potent heaviness of metal with the multi-faceted sounds of World Music, Sound of the Raging Steppe features Chinese metal bands Tengger Cavalry, Suld, Liberation, Sintas and Nan.


Today, fans can stream the compilation in its entirety via Noisey! Listen here.


The compilation will be available via Spotify, Google Play and iTunes upon release, but pre-orders for Sound of the Raging Steppe are available now via Bandcamp here.


Check out an album teaser here.


Hailing from Beijing and Hohhot – two major cities located in northern China that share thousands of years of nomadic history – five Mongolian and Kazakh folk-influenced heavy metal bands have come together to provide a stampede of horseback-heavy sound – weaving an untold story of Chinese history that smashes public stereotypes.


Suld was formed in Hohhot and rooted in Chinese Mongolian culture with Native Mongolian language and Metallica-esque folk metal style.


Nan hails from Beijing with their strong Kazakh heritage. Combining the sounds of bands like Korn and Kazakh folk, they are making big noise in China. Check out a recent music video here.


Liberation is a newly formed metalcore band featuring Mongolian lyrics and vocals and based in Hohhot. Bringing an aggressive energy, they are working on their first studio album in China.


Sintas is a Kazakh folk influenced rock band from the XinJiang area with Pink Floyd influenced post rock riffs and native folk instruments. Sintas is taking over China with new hybrid sound.


Nature Ganganbaigaali created Tengger X Cavalry Recordings with the goal of supporting nomadic musicians from his homeland of China, and also to expand the minds of the metal fanbase to new international sounds accenting the genre.


For more information on Tengger X Cavalry Recordings and TENGGER CAVALRY, visit www.facebook.com/tenggerxcavalry.


RED DRAGON CARTEL Announces 2019 North American Tour

Today Red Dragon Cartel have released their new studio album Patina via Frontiers Music Srl.  In support of the release, the band will be hitting the road next February for a full U.S. Tour.  The tour kicks off February 23rd in Reno, NV and is scheduled to wrap up April 2nd in Queens, NY.  A complete list of dates can be found below.  Tickets are available now at the bands website.


Patina is a definitive statement of Jake‘s unbelievable skills with a monster production from bassist/producer Anthony Esposito and a perfect mix, courtesy of Max Norman, whose relationship with Jake dates back to his days with Ozzy Osbourne.


Order Patina on CD/LP/Digital and stream the album here.


U.S. fans can get an exclusive 180g, green color vinyl from F.Y.E. stores or website HERE. This pressing is strictly limited to 250 copies and will not be repressed.


Watch the video for the song “Havana” HERE.
RED DRAGON CARTEL 2019 Tour:
2/23: Reno, NV @ Nugget Casino Resort
2/24: Agoura Hills, CA @ The Canyon Club
2/26: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
2/28: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
3/1: Santa Ana, CA @ Malones
3/2: Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp’d
3/3: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee
3/5: Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
3/7: Dallas, TX @ Trees
3/8: San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box
3/9: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
3/11: Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
3/13: Joliet, IL @ The Forge
3/14: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierre’s
3/15: Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
3/16: Toronto, ON @ The Rockpile
3/18: Pittsburgh, PA @ Crafthouse
3/21: Buford, GA @ 37 Main
3/22: Greenville, SC @ Firmament
3/23: Hopewell, VA @ Beacon Theater
3/25: Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
3/26: New York, NY @ Iridium
3/27: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
3/29: Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
3/30: Patchogue, NY @ 89 North
3/31: New Bedford, MA @ The Vault at Greasy Luck
4/2: Queens, NY @ Blackthorn 51


CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Announces 2019 North American Headlining Tour With Support From CROWBAR, WEEDEATER, THE OBSESSED, And MOTHERSHIP

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will kick off 2019 with a long-anticipated North American headlining tour! Set to commence January 19th in San Antonio, Texas, and run through February 27th in Nashville, Tennessee, the month-long trek will include support from Crowbar and Mothership as well as Weedeater and The Obsessed on select shows. Tickets go on sale this Friday! See all confirmed dates below.


CORROSION OF CONFORMITY released the critically-acclaimed No Cross No Crown full-length earlier this year via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Captured in North Carolina with longtime producer John Custer, the record marks the first studio recording with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan in over a decade and, earning the #67 spot on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #12 on the Billboard Top Current Albums Chart, and #3 on the Top Hard Music Albums Chart upon its first week of release, is the highest charting album of the band’s career.


No Cross No Crown is available on CD, digital, vinyl, and cassette formats. Various order bundles are available at nuclearblast.com/coc-nocrossnocrown.


Watch the band’s video for “The Luddite” as well as their animated clip for “Wolf Named Crow” at THIS LOCATION.
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY w/ Crowbar, Weedeater (1/19 – 2/13), The Obsessed (2/16 – 2/27), Mothership:
1/19/2019 Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX [tickets]
1/20/2019 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK [tickets]
1/21/2019 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO [tickets]
1/22/2019 Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO [tickets]
1/24/2019 Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ [tickets]
1/25/2019 Fremont Country Club – Las Vegas, NV
1/26/2019 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA [tickets]
1/27/2019 Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA [tickets]
1/29/2019 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA [tickets]
1/31/2019 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR [tickets]
2/01/2019 Neumos – Seattle, WA [tickets]
2/02/2019 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC [tickets]
2/04/2019 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB [tickets]
2/05/2019 Marquee – Calgary, AB [tickets]
2/07/2019 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
2/08/2019 Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN [tickets]
2/09/2019 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL [tickets]
2/10/2019 Machine Shop – Flint, MI [tickets]
2/12/2019 Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH [tickets]
2/13/2019 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
2/16/2019 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA [tickets]
2/17/2019 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA [tickets]
2/18/2019 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD [tickets]
2/20/2019 Opera House – Toronto, ON [tickets]
2/21/2019 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA [tickets]
2/22/2019 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC [tickets]
2/23/2019 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA [tickets]
2/24/2019 Orpheum – Tampa, FL [tickets]
2/26/2019 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
2/27/2019 The Cowan – Nashville, TN


BLACKLIST UNION Pays Tribute to Legendary Hardcore Guitarist TODD YOUTH with FREE DOWNLOAD of “Back To Momo”

Devastated BLACKLIST UNION front-man TONY WEST has announced that, in tribute to the tragic death of iconic New York Hardcore guitar legend and former bandmate TODD YOUTH, that the band will be offering a limited free download of Back To Momo through the remainder of 2018. The close friends, described as “…two controversial characters. Rock n roll to the bone With huge hearts and both very misunderstood,” co-wrote the explosive 2015 LP that was applauded by both long term fans and music critics alike.

“I just lost one of my best friends. we wrote this amazing record together. I want to make sure people hear it. Todd had a fire in his soul for rock ‘n’ roll. I’m going to miss you so much. I love you very much Todd. See you on the other side my friend. R.I.P. “ says TONY WEST.

Back To Momo Track List:
1. Intro
2. Alive-N-Well Smack in the Middle of Hell
3. Shake It Off
4. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
5. Evil Eye
6. Super Jaded
7. Rock N Roll Outlaw
8. Back to Momo
9. We Are Not Saints
10. It’s All About You
11. Meet Me on Zen Street
12. Graveyard Valentine
13. Wined, Dined, & 69’d
14. Read Between the Lines

Formed in 2004 by front-man Tony West, Blacklist Union released their debut After The Mourning in April of 2006, which was met by critical acclaim all across the globe. From Memphis to Melbourne to Louisiana to London, Blacklist Union instantly made a mark throughout the rock n’ roll underground. Their follow-up in 2008 Breakin’ Bread With The Devil with tracks including the title track, along with “Sixty-Five Steps Away” and “Wicked Love Song,” received the same amount of critical acclaim and put them on the map in the rock n’ roll world yet again. The band’s third full-length CD entitled, Til Death Do Us Part was released in 2012 and features amazing tracks including “Alabama Slammer” & “Diggin’ 4 Gold” was received yet again with the highest ratings and reviews in the press. Blacklist Union released their fourth CD, Back to Momo’ in July 2015, which has without a doubt has been received with as much or even more enthusiasm as their prior 3 releases & has certainly been exposing them to a larger audience around the world.

Blacklist Union have toured nationally receiving five star reviews from music industry magazines, fanzines, webzines, and has a continuously growing fan base both domestically and internationally. With all of their hard work and perseverance, Blacklist Union are a true rock n’ roll band that continuously push themselves to the limit in every aspect of their music. Singer/songwriter Tony West tackles real life situations that affect each and every one of us in one form or another. From character assassination, to name dropping, addictions, sexual innuendos, romance, friendships, birth, death and living on the edge of destruction is just a fraction of what is touched on in their music.

Blacklist Union previously worked with Doug Goldstein and When Pigs Fly Entertainment. The former Guns n’ Roses manager and now former Blacklist Union manager has said that Back to Momo is “The best record that he’s heard since Appetite For Destruction and that Tony West is the hardest working frontman he knows.” Hailed worldwide as the next “big rock band”, Blacklist Union are clearly on their way from the street to the elite.

TENGGER CAVALRY Frontman Curates Nomadic Metal Compilation “Sound of the Raging Steppe”

Hailing from Beijing and Hohhot – two major cities located in northern China that share thousands of years of nomadic history – five Mongolian and Kazakh folk-influenced heavy metal bands have come together to provide a stampede of horseback-heavy sound – weaving an untold story of Chinese history that smashes public stereotypes.


Curated by Global Music Award-winning TENGGER CAVALRY frontman and bandleader Nature Ganganbaigaali, a new compilation of music by Nomadic Chinese metal bands, entitled Sound of the Raging Steppe, will be released in digital-only format on Friday, November 16 via TENGGER CAVALRY‘s independent label, Tengger X Cavalry Recordings. Blending the potent heaviness of metal with the multi-faceted sounds of World Music, Sound of the Raging Steppe features Chinese metal bands Tengger Cavalry, Suld, Liberation, Sintas and Nan.


Check out Nan – a Beijing-based Kazakh folk metal band – via a recent music video here.


View more about Suld, a Mongol metal band hailing from Hohhot here.


As for these other bands, Sound of the Raging Steppe may be their first introduction to international ears, so don’t miss this unique chance to listen! Those interested can also check out an album teaser here.


Nature Ganganbaigaali explains that he created Tengger X Cavalry Recordings with the goal of supporting nomadic musicians from his homeland of China, and also to expand the minds of the metal fanbase to new international sounds accenting the genre.


Ganganbaigaali says, “If you get in a car and drive north from Beijing for six hours, you will reach the vast grasslands of the nomads. Within those grasslands and even the mainland, there are many amazing metal bands. The purpose of this label is to build platforms for those underground or uprising Asian heavy metal bands.”


 
The compilation will be available via Spotify, Google Play and iTunes upon release, but pre-orders for Sound of the Raging Steppe are available now via Bandcamp here.


For more information on Tengger X Cavalry Recordings and TENGGER CAVALRY, visit www.facebook.com/tenggerxcavalry.