GWAR Hosting Spring Tour Kick-Off Bash


Antarctic metal monsters GWAR are kicking off their spring run of dates with a special “Meat and Meet” at the world-famous Grinders in Kansas City, MO. The “Meat and Meet” is scheduled for Monday, April 8 from 6-8pm.

This event is not only for GWAR to drink and eat themselves into a bloated coma with their legions of slavering fans, but to announce and introduce their brand-new and 100% edible “GWAR-B-Q” sauce, personally created for human consumption by none other than GWAR’s steel-faced guitar player, Balsac, the Jaws of Death.

“This new taste sensation is mostly made out of the blood of really hot chicks,” explained the surprisingly cordial space-barbarian. “It was a terrible waste of fine ass, but ultimately worth it because this sauce is absolutely delicious!”

GWAR will be kicking off the second leg of the “Fate or Chaos” tour on April 10. Support on the tour will come from Warbeast and Wilson. All dates can be found on the TOUR DATES page.

The summer will also herald the fourth annual GWAR-B-Q, and this year is shaping-up to have the most colossal, bone-crushing line-up yet! But that’s not all from your toxic mutant under-lords. Rumors of boxed sets, GWAR-B-Q sauce, GWAR beer, and long-awaited “comedy” albums abound. Further details about all of these projects would have to wait until “we get our shit together”, said Oderus.


SKELETONWITCH Confirm Festival Appearances

Ohio-based metal heathens SKELETONWITCH, whose rigorous 2012 tour schedule was capped off by a marathon 10-week U.S. tour last fall, will perform at select festivals in the coming weeks. First, the band will make an exclusive appearance at Austin‘s prestigious South By Southwest (SXSW) festival as headliners for Pitchfork’s annual Show No Mercy showcase on Wednesday, March 13, where they will perform at the House of Vans at Mohawk at 5:30 pm alongside acts such as Pallbearer, Trash Talk, Royal Thunder and labelmates (and recent tourmates) MUTILATION RITES.

A free download of the band’s song This Horrifying Force (The Desire To Kill) is available for the next 30 days via NPR’s “The Austin 100,” which features 100 songs by artists to discover at this year’s SXSW, by clicking HERE.

Soon after SXSW, the band will head to GodCity Studios in Salem, Massachusettes with acclaimed producer Kurt Ballou (Converge, Kvelertak, Black Breath) to record their highly anticipated new album, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2011 release Forever Abomination which cracked Billboard’s Top 200 and landed the band a cover feature in Decibel Magazine. A fall release is expected.

SKELETONWITCH have also been confirmed to headline the 2013 Calgary Metal Fest, set to take place at Dickens Pub in June; additional details can be found at

For more details please stay tuned to the band’s website:

Irish Extreme Metallers CHOSEN Premiere New Track



Irish extreme metallers CHOSEN are premiering their latest track Defective Prospection here. The track features guest vocals from Jackie Mc Nally and sound samples from Paul Allen and will be on the band’s upcoming debut album Resolution set for release on March 30 as a FREE DOWNLOAD on their official website along with it being available on CD in two special editions.

CHOSEN: David McCann (Drums & Percussion) & Paul Shields (Vocals/Guitars)

Produced by Alwyn Walker, Resolution is a reflection of sheer perseverance and innovation, brimming with top-notch musicianship, well-crafted arrangements and inventive hooks. Merged with a rich audio production value, void of the sterile, homogeneous and plastic instrumentation factor, which currently dominates the commercial metal market, this debut album from one of Ireland’s noteworthy metal bands is a truly refreshing piece of work.

Drummer/Percussionist David McCann comments:

“Our hope is to put our music out there, make it as accessible as possible, and simply let people discover it in their own time, free of charge. While we do respect the rights of other bands and artists who want to charge for their music upfront, we believe in this new method of exposure and it’s something we are willing to explore for the foreseeable future in this digital age of abundance.”

About Special Edition CDs:

The Deluxe Special Edition is a double CD that features a 9-track bonus disc of unreleased songs, rough mixes, drum and bass tracks taken from their album sessions along with a detailed album booklet.

The Collector’s Edition is a spawn of the Deluxe Special Edition that includes a beautiful 60-page, full colour soft cover booklet, extensive liner notes, lyrical themes and illustrations for each song, rare photos, studio diaries and more, all exhibited within an exquisite tapestry of expanded album artwork courtesy of Fiaz Farrelly making it a must have item for those who want something a little more tangible to add to their music collection.

CHOSEN will also be holding a competition on album release day, where they will be giving away three copies of the Deluxe Special Edition. To enter, contestants must email their full name to for their chance to win, with the option of having a personal message of your choice inscribed inside the booklets if they choose.

The winners will be announced the day of the album release on March 30. The closing date for entry is March 28.

Streaming Links

YouTube – Engines of Belief

Soundcloud – Engines of Belief

Free Download – Engines of Belief

Behind The Scenes In Studio With CHOSEN

For more info on CHOSEN, please visit these links: | | Twitter @chosenmetal



The 4th annual CALIFORNIA MUSIC INDUSTRY SUMMIT, “The Ultimate Platform for all Genres of Music”, will take place this year from Thursday June 13 at 6:00pm – Saturday June 15 at 6:00pm at Laney College, located at 300 Fallon Street in Oakland, CA. The summit is sponsored by Music Connection, Comcast, SESAC, SonicBids, Reverb Nation, and Vivid Concepts.

CMIS is an intensive 3-day artist showcase and 2-day music business convention with panels, workshops, and exhibits. Independent artists from all backgrounds, genres and parts of the country will be given a chance to not only let their music and voices be heard but to take advantage of an amazing opportunity for music education and the chance to learn, network, grow and shine.

CMIS is where creative people connect and cultivate professional relationships that can last a lifetime!

If you are a musician, have a music industry related business or want to get into the business, you can register to attend this event.

Register for the conference by going to: or by phone Monday thru Friday 9am-9pm EST at 888-718-4253.

Registration after February 25, 2013 …………………….. $159
Registration after June 12, 2013 ………………………….. $199

NOTE: No refunds are given. However, you can transfer your registration to another person.

To learn more about what registered attendees receive, including hotel discounts, promotional goodies and more, visit the CMIS REGISTRATION page at this link.

TraMaí Entertainment is hosting CMIS with multiple days of music business panels, informative workshops, showcases, Beats & Tracks Lounge, One-on-One Mentoring, Intensive Demo Listening Sessions, Music Video Previews, Vocal Critique, exhibits, and more special features to be announced.

This year’s speakers will include keynote speaker George C. Fraser of Fraser Net Inc., as well as Anita Wilson Pringle and Chris Pringle of CM3, Mike Varney of Magna Carta Records, Kenny Wardell of BAM Magazine/BAM TV and more. See more about the speakers at the SPEAKERS page at this link.

The 2013 summit schedule and additional speakers will be announced soon.

CMIS is an opportunity for professional development and education on the newest trends in the today’s music industry for emerging artists and music industry professionals. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience three days of artist showcases and two activity-filled days of music business panels, workshops and one-on-one mentoring, all lead by top experts in the music industry and exhibitors. At CMIS, you have the opportunity to meet and learn from music producers, music supervisors, managers, agents, promoters, talent buyers, publicists, publishers, studio engineers, radio station executives, attorneys, songwriters, recording artists, CD manufacturers, distributors, radio, record label representatives, and so many more.

As mentioned above, CMIS includes artist performance showcases too. This year’s performers include Canto, Acoustic Minds, G2, Kwanza Jones, Mr. P Chill, Trapdoor Social and more. These showcases produce an electrifying and important platform for artists/bands. Performing at the CMIS annual conference and networking with other music groups, music industry professionals and music admirers in this unique conference setting can be essential to careers. Most of the showcases are open to the public. Showcases are usually 30-40 minute sets of original music. Registration to perform in a showcase is now closed. To learn more about artist showcases and the confirmed performances, visit the ARTIST SHOWCASE page at this link.

For information and applications regarding marketing/sponsorship opportunities, please visit the SPONSORSHIP page at this link.

For more information or to contact CMIS, visit or email To volunteer at the summit, email

About TraMaí Entertainment:
TraMaí Entertainment is a company that specializes in artist management, artist development, production, and promotion, including educational seminars such as California Music Industry Summit.