HEAVY AS TEXAS, Featuring Members of Exhorder, to Release New Album in April

Acclaimed guitarist Marzi Montazeri and vocalist Kyle Thomas – otherwise recognized as members of Louisiana-based metal pioneers Exhorder (named by Spin as one of the 30 Greatest Thrash Bands of All Time) – are thrilled to announce their brand new, whiskey-soaked, aggressive metal project, HEAVY AS TEXAS.

HEAVY AS TEXAS plans to release their brand new self-titled album on April 19, 2019 via Crunchy Western Records. Pre-orders are available now via iTunes and the band’s official website.

Get a taste of a brand new HEAVY AS TEXAS track, entitled “To Keep a Promise”, now via a brand new music video directed by Mark Borchardt. Watch here via Guitar World.

For the album, HEAVY AS TEXAS tapped renowned drummer Anup Sastry (Marty FriedmanJeff LoomisSkyharbor) and notable engineer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Collier (KornProngWinds of Plague) on bass. Currently, the Houston, TX-based band’s line-up is rounded out by full time members Lenwood Sonnier on bass, and James Goetz on drums.

The new HEAVY AS TEXAS album was produced by guitarist Marzi Montazeri, with mix and mastering duties handled by Chris Collier.

Marzi Montazeri says, “I started this project simply because I wanted to perform new music but wasn’t able to sing and play complex rhythms at the same time. So I thought, I’ll stick to my strengths – the guitar and writing songs! I brought in a vocalist that would fit it perfectly – the one and only Kyle Thomas! As soon as Kyle joined everything musically fell into place.”

After the album drops, HEAVY AS TEXAS plans to begin writing their next effort and to hit the road in support of both. Montazeri adds, “I want to play our music for everyone all over this planet. We have stayed true to our art through complete artistic integrity and we display that live, so it is our duty to get it out to the people and celebrate our own brand of music!”

Heavy metal fans may also recognize guitarist Marzi Montazeri for his contributions to various projects featuring Philip Anselmo throughout the years, as well as his performances with the annual Randy Rhoads Remembered events at NAMM. Vocalist Kyle Thomas is also recognized for his time with Alabama Thunderpussy.

Stay tuned, hang on tight and prepare for the wild ride that is HEAVY AS TEXAS!

HEAVY AS TEXAS Track Listing:
1 – To Keep a Promise
2 – It’s On
3 – Death of a Prodigy
4 – Blind
5 – Reality Check
6 – King of Fools
7 – From This Day On
8 – Love Gets Us All

COMBICHRIST Drops Futuristic Anthem “Hate Like Me”

Electro-industrial metal leaders COMBICHRIST recently announced details regarding the release of their upcoming razor-sharp ninth full-length album, One Fire, scheduled for release on June 7, 2019 via Out of Line Music. Precise, lurking, ultramodern and merciless, One Fire is a retrospect and forecast in one for COMBICHRIST. Cold, industrial riffs mixed with ominous metal forge a sinister alliance and reflect a return to roots – molded by nearly two decades of experience and a futuristic outlook.

Beginning today, One Fire is available for pre-order via all major digital retailers. In addition, the band is streaming the haunting, unrelenting anthem, “Hate Like Me”! Pre-order One Fire and stream “Hate Like Me” now here.

You can also check out a new lyric video for “Hate Like Me” now here.

COMBICHRIST mastermind Andy LaPlegua says about “Hate Like Me”, “We all used to be so full of passion. For music, for love, for… hate. What happened to you? You used to hate like me.”

Andy LaPlegua says One Fire is a progression in sound in comparison to past releases, and that he referred back to his roots during the writing process. “I feel the goal with every album until now has been to push the sound further,” says LaPlegua. “That said, with this album, I have gone back in time and used everything I’ve learned over the last 15 years, and taken inspiration from all my favorite elements of the COMBICHRIST evolution.”

LaPlegua says that while the purely industrial metal album is full of constant aggression, it’s meant to be therapeutic for all. The album puts a focus on hidden illnesses, such as mental illness – something that he feels society should be paying more attention to. Pain doesn’t always manifest on the surface.

LaPlegua adds, “The album is very much meant to be a social commentary, putting focus on mental illness and rebellion. While physical damage is accepted and very obvious in our society, hidden health problems, such as mental illness, are regarded as ‘just being in your head’. I’m trying to let the listener into the mind of someone who’s struggling to get by every day.”

One Fire features several special guest contributions, including vocal offerings from Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory) on the heart-stopping industrial metal mad-dash “Guns at Last Dawn”, which was also co-written/mixed by Gigantor of hardstep drum and bass group Evol Intent. Entrancing electro/industrial club banger “Last Days Under the Sun” was also co-written/mixed by Daniel Myer of German electronic project Haujobb.

One Fire also features an utterly mind-bending, orchestrally-fueled cover of the Dead Kennedy‘s classic “California Über Alles”. “”I discovered Dead Kennedy’s when I was 9 years old, and they changed my life completely,” says Andy LaPlegua. “I’ve always wanted to cover California Über Alles, and with the world the way it is right now and with the current political climate, it just felt perfect to do it right now.”

One Fire Album Art by Deka Sepdian

One Fire Track Listing:
1: Intro
2: Hate Like Me
3: Broken United
4: Guns at Last Dawn (feat. Burton C. Bell and co-written/mixed by Gigantor)
5: Lobotomy
6: One Fire
7: Bottle of Pain
8: 2045
9: Interlude
10: Understand
11: California Über Alles (Dead Kennedy‘s cover)
12: Last Days Under the Sun (feat. Daniel Myer)
13: The Other

One Fire was produced and mixed by Andy LaPlegua, with mastering by Tom Baker.

COMBICHRIST recently added even more dates to their “One Fire World Tour”! The North American portion of the tour begins April 8 in San Diego, CA, and will tour for two months, concluding on June 2 in Indianapolis, IN. Then, not even a month later, COMBICHRIST will continue their international onslaught in the UK and Europe, starting in Dessel, BE on June 21. They will tour for nearly another two months, wrapping up on August 14 in Zebbug, MT.

See below for all tour dates. Tickets are available via individual venues. North American meet and greet upgrades are available now via http://bit.ly/combichristvip.

COMBICHRIST “One Fire” Tour Dates w/ Silver Snakes:
4/8 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
4/9 – Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
4/12 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
4/13 – Dallas, TX @ GMBG
4/14 – Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live
4/15 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
4/16 – New Orleans, LA @ The Goat
4/19 – Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
4/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
4/21 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
4/22 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
4/23 – Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
4/24 – New York, NY @ Gramercy
4/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
4/27 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s
4/28 – Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
4/30 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
5/1 – Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
5/2 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Crafthouse
5/3 – Lakewood, OH @ The Winchester
5/5 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
5/7 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
5/9 – Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar
5/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
5/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
5/12 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
5/14 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
5/15 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/16 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theater
5/17 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
5/19 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
5/20 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramids
5/23 – London, ON @ Rum Runners
5/24 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
5/25 – Montreal, QC @ Café Campus
5/26 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti Bar & Spectacles
5/28 – Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey
5/29 – Buffalo, NY @ Ironworks
5/31 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
6/1 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache at The Intersection
6/2 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Citadel

6/21 – Dessel, BE @ Graspop Metal Meeting
6/22 – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
6/24 – Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
6/25 – Dublin, IE @ Voodoo Lounge
6/26 – Belfast, UK @ The Palm House
6/27 – Glasgow, UK @ Audio
6/28 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
6/29 – London, UK @ Electric Brixton
6/30 – Birmingham, UK @ The Mill
7/2 – Amstelveen, NL @ P60
7/3 – Ballenstedt, DE @ Rock Harz
7/4 – Saarbrücken, DE @ Garage
7/5 – Lyon, FR @ Ninkasi Kao
7/6 – Barcelona, ES @ Rockfest
7/7 – Madrid, ES @ Caracol
7/9 – Montepellier, FR @ Secret Place
7/10 – Zurich, CH @ Xtra
7/11 – Milano, IT @ Legend Club
7/12 – Ljubljana, SI @ Kino Siska
7/13 – Zagreb, CR @ Mocvara
7/14 – Vienna, AT @ Scene
7/17 – Sofia, BU @ Mixtape 5
7/18 – Brasov, RU @ Kruhnen Musik Halle
7/19 – Budapest, HU @ Dürer Kert
7/21 – Bratislava, SK @ Randal Club
7/23 – Posnan, PL @ Klub U Bazyla
7/24 – Warschau, PL @ Proxima
7/25 – Riga, LV @ Melna Piektdiena
7/26 – Tallinn, EE @ Tapper
7/27 – Helsinki, FI @ Virgin Oil
7/28 – Tampere, FI @ Klubi
7/30 – Stockholm, SE @ Fryshuset Klubben
7/31 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee
8/1 – Göteborg, SE @ Sticky Fingers
8/3 – Hamburg, DE @ Grünspan
8/4 – Oberhausen, DE @ Kulttempel
8/6 – Stuttgart, DE @ Wizemann
8/7 – Munich, DE @ Backstage
8/8 – Frankfurt, DE @ Batschkapp
8/9 – Nürnberg, DE @ Hirsch
8/10 – Jaromer, CZ @ Brutal Assault Festival
8/11 – Hildesheim-Drispenstedt, DE @ MeraLuna Festival
8/14 – Zebbug, MT @ The Garage

Formed in 2003, COMBICHRIST took founder Andy LaPlegua‘s hardcore past and electronica present and merged them into a singular, mechanical music monster. Since releasing the first COMBICHRIST album The Joy of Gunz, LaPlegua and COMBICHRIST have unleashed six subsequent full-lengths, including 2014’s We Love You, and numerous EPs while also cracking Billboard’s Top 10 Dance Singles chart. Their latest released studio effort, This is Where Death Begins, was produced by LaPlegua and Oumi Kapila (Filter), and mastered by the legendary Vlado Meller (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slipknot). An apocalyptic behemoth of guitars, electronica, infernal drums and dark elemental force, it is easily COMBICHRIST‘s most accomplished effort to date and landed the band a top 30 chart position in Germany. COMBICHRIST plans to expand on this success while returning to their industrial roots with 2019’s One Fire.

A Sound of Thunder Is Inducted To The Bullspike Radio Hall Of Fame

Everyone learns about bands from various places. Some from radio, some from just randomly grabbing an album in a store, and some from friends and family. We here at Bullspike Radio first learned of A Sound Of Thunder when our own Turbo was told about them by Accept singer Mark Tornillo when suggesting adding A Sound Of Thunder’s front woman Nina Osegueda to the 2016 Rock Against Dystrophy All Stars. Knowing Mark wouldn’t steer him wrong on a singer or a band he researched A Sound Of Thunder and they quickly became a regular artist played on his show The Asylum and then in our regular rotation.

Rockin since 2008, A Sound Of Thunder brings the power metal vibe we’ve come to expect from Europe stateside. They’ve rocked with some of the greats that have rolled through their hometown DC area as well as beyond. In 2017 they made headlines around the world by releasing the song “Els Segadors (The Reapers)” early to show support for the political uprising that was happening In Catalonia, Spain. This lead them to play in Europe in front of thousands and helped them reach the goal in record time for the Kickstarter campaign that helped record their latest album It Was Metal.

A Sound Of Thunder is growing in power after ten years when many bands either start to fade or just level off. Because of their constant growth, dedication to their fans, and love of the music they play that we add A Sound Of Thunder to the Bullspike Radio Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018.

EDENBRIDGE Announces New Studio Album

EDENBRIDGE will release their new, tenth studio album DYNAMIND in 2019 and are currently in the process of recording.

Lanvall says: “The whole songwriting process for the new album took around 18 months and I soon realized, that we could bring the band sound to a new level. Our trademark sound of course is still there, nevertheless we have numerous interesting experiments on the album, where we explore new shores. Let it be the Irish sounding song “On the Other Side”, the half-ballad “Tauerngold” with its doom elements, or the 12 minute epically long track “The Last of His Kind”. Even after the long songwriting and arranging process I am still super excited with the new songs!”

Sabine adds: “As Lanvall already mentioned, the recordings to our new album are fully on and what I heard so far in the studio is more than promising. But this is only the beginning and it already sounds huge. So I am really burning to be behind the microphone soon to contribute my part. DYNAMIND seems to have a very special energy and will probably turn much upside down. Be prepared!”

EXUMER Reveals Details For New Album “Hostile Defiance”

On April 5th, legendary multinational thrash metallers Exumer will release their fifth full-length, Hostile Defiance, via Metal Blade Records.

Hostile Defiance is exactly what its title suggests. A 42-minute full on attack, the thrash faction hold nothing back as they unleash hell as only they can, yet with more variety and dynamics than ever before. “We wanted to sonically progress, incorporating more melodic elements in the music as well as more rhythmic variety,” states vocalist Mem Von Stein“We are a lot braver trying to create an up to date and relevant sound that can easily stand alone in today’s thrash landscape without sounding trite or a throwback, and we’re challenging the listener not to get too comfortable with one specific feel, tempo or pace.”

For a preview of the album, the video for the first single, “Hostile Defiance”, can be seen here. The clip was created by renowned cover artist Costin Chioreanu (At The Gates, Voivod, etc.), who also made the album artwork and layout for Hostile Defiance.

Fans can pre-order Hostile Defiance here in the following formats:
–ltd. digipak-CD w/2 bonus tracks
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–orange red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 400 copies)
–red-brown/black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–pale blackberry marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–orange-black color in color + red splattered (EU exclusive – limited to 120 copies)
–white / blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–clear/red&black splattered vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 120 copies)

Hostile Defiance marks Exumer‘s third time working with producer Dennis Koehne (Sodom, Melechesh). Tracking the album in studios in Dortmund and Frankfurt, the sessions were marked with “super positive vibes all around with a strong, driven work ethic to create an optimal product.” The band plans to tour the record hard, and will be hitting the road in Europe when the album drops, and from that point onward, they will be visiting as many countries as possible. “Our goal is simple: to further establish the band as one of the main German thrash metal acts that began in the 1980s and are now carrying the torch into the 2020s.”

Hostile Defiance Track Listing:
1. Hostile Defiance
2. Raptor
3. Carnage Rider
4. Dust Eater
5. King’s End
6. Descent
7. Trapper
8. The Order of Shadows
9. Vertical Violence
10. Splinter
11. He’s a Woman – She’s a Man (Scorpions-cover; CD bonus track)
12. Supposed to Rot (Entombed-cover; CD bonus track)

Exumer will be touring Europe around album release and will present new songs, plus their classics, on the road. See below for all dates!

Exumer “European Hostilities” tour 2019
Mar. 29 – Drachten, Netherlands – Iduna
Mar. 30 – Hamburg, Germany – Bambi Galore
Mar. 31 – Essen, Germany – Turock
Apr. 2 – Montpellier, France – Secret Place
Apr. 3 – Irun, Spain – Sala Tunk
Apr. 4 – Valladolid, Spain – Porta Caeli
Apr. 5 – Pamplona, Spain – Sala Totem
Apr. 6 – Oviedo, Spain – Sir Laurens
Apr. 7 – Madrid, Spain – We Rock
Apr. 9 – Granada, Spain – Salal Planta Baja
Apr. 10 – Sevilla, Spain – Sala Even
Apr. 11 – Malaga, Spain – Sala Trinchera
Apr. 12 – Murcia, Spain – Sala Gramma
Apr. 13 – Castellon, Spain – Burbuja
Apr. 14 – Barcelona, Spain – Sala Sidecar

Exumer Tour Dates
June 7 – Muhlteich, Germany – Chronical Moshers Festival
June 8 – Berlin, Germany – BiNuu
June 9 – Oschersleben, Germany – Rock & Metal Dayz
June 21 – Gardelegen, Germany – Metal Frenzy
June 22 – Bussfeld, Germany – M.i.s.e. Open Air 2019
Aug. 9 – Lisboa Vagos, Portugal – Metal Festival
Aug. 10 – Jaromer, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault
More t.b.a.

Guitar Virtuoso STEVE DADAIAN Reveals Playthrough Video for “On Silver Shores”

Fast-rising fusion guitarist STEVE DADAIAN just released his new full-length concept album, Follow The Light, last Friday! In celebration, Ultimate Guitar has teamed up with Dadaian to premiere his new guitar playthrough video for the track “On Silver Shores”. Watch the video now via YouTube and Facebook.

STEVE DADAIAN says about “On Silver Shores”: “On Silver Shores is an important song on this record conceptually and technically. This song is the soundtrack to the location where the character finds himself in his journey of the album’s story. As a guitarist, I wanted the song’s pace to ebb and flow like ocean waves given the title and environment. This has some of my favorite chord changes and melodies on the record with perhaps the most technically demanding picking passages. The full album track really sets the stage.”

Featuring razor-sharp solos, theatrical, symphonic soundscapes and unforgettable melodies, Follow The Light starts strong with an ominous, movie-soundtrack-ready introduction preparing the listener for the album, aptly titled “The Journey Ahead”. The album wastes no time beginning its epic tale with the metal/jazz fusion track “Follow The Light”, and continues to flux amid orchestral-influenced pieces such as “Forest Requiem” and larger-than-life metal opuses like “Soul Connection”.

Follow The Light can be ordered via BandcampiTunes and Amazon. The physical version of Follow The Light also includes a written component, allowing the listener to follow the album’s epic story both on paper and in auditory form.

New Jersey native STEVE DADAIAN discovered his love for the guitar at a young age. Even while studying at the prestigious Columbia University in the city of New York, Dadaian continued to hone his craft as an artist. The then 21-year-old classically-trained guitarist spent the little spare time he had reaching top spots at national guitar competitions hosted by Slash, John Petrucci (Dream Theater) and Jon Donais (AnthraxShadows Fall), performing at events with the likes of Yngwie MalmsteenSteve Vai, and Nicko McBrain, and dazzling crowds at venues like the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

ANVIL Releases New Single and Video

Canadian Metal heroes ANVIL release a new digital single and video for the song “Bitch In The Box” today! The song is taken from their current studio album Pounding The Pavement.

You can watch the video HERE.

Pounding The Pavement was released in January 2018 through SPV/Steamhammer as a digipak version (+1 bonus track and poster), 2LP gatefold colored version, download and stream.

ANVIL will embark on a massive USA-Tour from February to May with some festivals already confirmed for Europe.

ANVIL Pounding The Pavement USA-Tour 2019
3/14: Kent, OH @ The Outpost
3/15: Newport, KY @ Southgate
3/16: Chicago, IL @ Reggies
3/17: Westland, MI @ Token Lounge
3/20: Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club
3/21: Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
3/23: Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
3/24: Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
3/27: Wichita, KS @ Barleycorns
3/28: Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
3/30: Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
3/31: Las Vegas, NV @ 172 The Rio
4/4: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
4/5: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
4/6: Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer
4/7: Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
4/8: Arcata, CA @ Jambalaya
4/12: Everett, WA @ Tony V’s
4/13: Tacoma, WA @ Jazz Bones
4/14: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
4/18: Milwaukee, WI @ Club Gibraltar
4/19: Iowa City, IA @ Wildwood
4/20: Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
4/24: Philadelphia, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall
4/25: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
4/26: Portland, ME @ Geno’s
4/27: Manchester, NH @ Jewel
4/28: New Bedford, MA @ The Vault

ANVIL Pounding The Pavement Festivals Europe 2019
03.-06.07. DE-Ballenstedt – Rock Harz Festival
09-11.08. BE-Kortrijk – Alcatraz Festival

MONTE PITTMAN On A Rockin’ Tour With Tony Macalpine And Lonero Has Begun

MONTE PITTMAN will support guitar icon Tony MacAlpine on a stretch of his upcoming North American tour. The trek will commenced on Sunday January 27th in San Diego, California. PITTMAN will appear on the first half of the tour through February 23rd in Longwood, Florida. Additional support will be provided by Lonero. See all confirmed dates below.
MONTE PITTMAN w/ Tony MacAlpine, Lonero:
1/27/2019 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
1/28/2019 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
1/30/2019 Rockhouse Live – El Paso, TX
1/31/2019 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
2/01/2019 Boozer’s Rock Bar – Corpus Christi, TX
2/10/2019 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
2/11/2019 The End – Nashville, TN
2/13/2019 The Forge – Joliet, IL
2/14/2019 Lee’s Liquor Lounge – Minneapolis, MN
2/15/2019 Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA
2/16/2019 Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE
2/17/2019 The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK
2/18/2019 Guitar Sanctuary – McKinney, TX
2/20/2019 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
2/23/2019 Shovelhead Live – Longwood, FL

There are great guitarists, great vocalists, and great songwriters, but MONTE PITTMAN is one of the elite few who can truly lay claim to all three titles. To assert that Pittman has had a storied career is something of an understatement. His resumé includes an ongoing collaboration with multi-platinum selling artist Madonna, having recorded and toured with her extensively over a period of more than seventeen years. Then there’s his first band, Myra Mains, his stint in the metallic behemoth that is Prong, and collaborations with a broad spectrum of international artists including the pop group Karmin.
MONTE PITTMAN will be touring in support of his two new solo albums – Between The Space and Better Or Worse – released last year via Metal Blade Records. “The album Between The Space is a heavy album that gets straight to the point as soon as it starts,” relays PITTMAN. “The theme is about connection, alignment, and what divides those things. As always when I write, my goal is coming up with the material that fits in my live show. I did everything on these albums. I wrote it all, I played every instrument, I recorded it, and I mixed it. The only thing I didn’t do was the artwork (by Aaron Lea) and mastering (by Alan Douches). It was a challenge having so many tasks. It was a luxury being able to take the time and get everything just how I wanted it. It was a learning experience, and it was a lot of fun making it. The album Better Or Worse,” he continues, “is an acoustic album but it feels like a heavy album. The theme is about being attached to something or being unattached. It could be an idea or a thought process. The softest part of the album has the heaviest lyrics. It builds instrumentally as the album progresses. I wanted the tone of each track to be a little different from each other. Better Or Worse and Between The Space both mirror each other and they are polar opposites. The idea is to have something there for the people who like my heavy music, something for the people who like my acoustic music, and something for the people who like the variety of both.”

ILL NIÑO Reveal New Song And Announce New Band Members

Latin metal legends ILL NIÑO are excited to debut their first song in in nearly five years, “Sangre,” and welcome new members – Shattered Sun vocalist Marcos Leal, rhythm guitarist Sal Dominguez, formerly of Upon A Burning Body, and Sons of TexasJess Dehoyos on lead guitar.

ILL NIÑO founder and drummer Dave Chavarri says, “Sometimes being in a band is like being married – sometimes people grow apart and no longer see eye to eye, and a separation becomes inevitable. We wish our former members the best in their musical careers, and are pumped to move forward with our new band members. Not only have we toured with them, but they’re very respected, seasoned musicians, and dudes that have always been our ‘Familia’ since day one.”

Marcos Leal says, “Anyone who knows me knows the love I have for this band. I got my start singing ILL NIÑO covers in my younger years and this band has always held a special place in my heart. When the opportunity arose to front one of my favorite bands of all time, it was something I needed to consider.”

Leal will continue to do double-duty as vocalist for both ILL NIÑO and Shattered Sun.

ILL NIÑO‘s “Sangre” is available at today via iTunesGoogle Play and Amazon. An audio preview of the track is available via YouTube.

ILL NIÑO will be announcing two full international tours, as well as a new label home and new official video shortly. The first confirmed dates with the new lineup include appearances at the Reload and Neuborn festivals in Germany in August.

ILL NIÑO‘s Latin roots run bloody and deep.  Melodic vocals, bilingual lyrics, flamenco guitars, tribal drums and Latin percussion, and Salsa-infused bass lines make up the groundbreaking sound that defines ILL NIÑO.

New Jersey/New York born ILL NIÑO formed in late 1999 and became the epitome of Latin Metal in 2001 with their monster debut album, Revolution, Revolución.  Strong airplay for their first single “What Comes Around” and slots on both Ozzfest and Jagermeister tours in 2002, helped the album sell nearly 430,000 units worldwide. ILL NIÑO returned with their sophomore release Confession and managed to surpass their debut sales, selling over 500,000 copies worldwide.  The success of Confession also spawned the top 10 single “How Can I Live” which became the featured single on the Freddy vs. Jason soundtrack and film.

In 2014, ILL NIÑO landed a spot on the prestigious Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, playing to thousands of metal fans across the U.S.  The sextet’s relentless international touring in Europe, Australia, South America, Mexico, Russia, Philippines, China and Japan, plus sharing stages around the globe with the likes of Linkin Park, Disturbed, Guns & Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Korn, and Sevendust, has established ILL NIÑO as one of the most lethal live bands of the decade.

ILL NIÑO Tour Dates:
8/23 – Sulingen, Germany @ Reload Festival (w/Salvation, Hatebreed, Of Mice & Men, Agnostic Front, Walls of Jericho, Jinjer and many more)
8/24 – Wörrstadt, Germany @ Neuborn Open Air Festival (w/Hatebreed, Jinjer, Amorphis and many more)

STEVE DADAIAN Reveals Guitar Playthrough for Epic New Track “Red River”

Fast-rising fusion guitarist STEVE DADAIAN will release his upcoming new full-length concept album, Follow The Light, on February 1, 2019. Today, following the release of his two latest tracks/videos for “Follow the Light” and “Soul Connection” (the latter featuring Soilwork‘s Bjorn Strid), Dadaian has revealed a brand new guitar playthrough the epic track “Red River”. Watch the video now via Gear Gods here.

STEVE DADAIAN says: “Red River is one of the most unique and technically demanding songs on the record. Even though there are a lot of moving parts, as a whole it is still cohesive with all the progressive and orchestral elements I was looking for. I took a break during the writing process one evening and was inspired to finish writing this track after seeing the movie The Killing Fields again. The feeling I had after watching it now as an adult was in line with the headspace I was in while writing the album story. The themes build upon each other from the beginning until they reach a pivotal moment, after which all hell breaks loose.”

Featuring razor-sharp solos, theatrical, symphonic soundscapes and unforgettable melodies, STEVE DADAIAN‘s new album, Follow The Light,starts strong with an ominous, movie-soundtrack-ready introduction preparing the listener for the album, aptly titled “The Journey Ahead”. The album wastes no time beginning its epic tale with the metal/jazz fusion track “Follow The Light”, and continues to flux amid orchestral-influenced pieces such as “Forest Requiem” and larger-than-life metal opuses like “Soul Connection”.

Follow The Light can be pre-ordered via BandcampiTunes and Amazon now. The physical version of Follow The Light also includes a written component, allowing the listener to follow the album’s epic story both on paper and in auditory form.

New Jersey native STEVE DADAIAN discovered his love for the guitar at a young age. Even while studying at the prestigious Columbia University in the city of New York, Dadaian continued to hone his craft as an artist. The then 21-year-old classically-trained guitarist spent the little spare time he had reaching top spots at national guitar competitions hosted by Slash, John Petrucci (Dream Theater) and Jon Donais (AnthraxShadows Fall), performing at events with the likes of Yngwie MalmsteenSteve Vai, and Nicko McBrain, and dazzling crowds at venues like the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

STEVE DADAIAN endorses DR strings, ESP Guitars, Synergy Amps, and Lunastone pedals.

STEVE DADAIAN will appear at the Winter NAMM Show 2019, where he will perform tracks from his new album at the DR Strings booth (4214 Hall D) on Friday, January 25 at 11:00 AM. During the performance, Dadaian will utilize a variety of the company’s product lines – such as Tite-fit and DDT (Drop Down Tuning) strings. Stay tuned for a special video showcasing DR Strings’ DDT line, featuring STEVE DADAIAN, set to launch via Sweetwater.com before NAMM.

Artwork by Shane Rice Studio

Follow The Light Track listing:
1) The Journey Ahead
2) Follow the Light
3) Forest Requiem
4) Red River
5) Beneath the Citadel
6) Soul Connection (guest vocals by Björn Strid of Soilwork, intro notes by Serj Tankian of System of a Down)
7) Presence of Mind
8) Clash in the Corridor
9) On Silver Shores