Look Mom, No Hands! #TWRradio goes solo

The Welding Room radio program made its on air debut sometime in 1994.

Over the years, Rik Johnson managed to trick various radio stations into opening the doors to #TWRradio

Obviously, when it came to terrestrial radio, content & language were issue to behold, but since the program graduated from traditional airways to an internet/non-traditional exclusive medium, dirty words & such were no longer an issue… Although, it’s a rarity for Johnson himself to swear on-air.

Anyhow, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo (not really. Purely coincidence), #TWRradio Family will officially remove the training wheels tonight!

  1. Download the listen.pls file http://sc11.spacialnet.com/listen.pls?sid=962
  2. LISTEN LIVE via iTunes, WinAmp or VLC player
  3. SPREAD THE WORD!

CLUTCH Drummist Jean Paul Gaster Interview Now Available

At long last, The Welding Room host Rik Johnson spoke with CLUTCH back-beatist, Jean Paul Gaster on Friday, May 17th at Electric Factory in (Cradle of) Philthadelphia. The interview is finally available!

Click “Clutch” above or click here.

Don’t forget to check out the CLUTCH Photo Gallery!

X-COPS Sheriff Tubb Tucker, Live on The Welding Room!

The Welding Room welcomes X-Cops‘ sheriff Tubb Tucker to the program on Tuesday, May 14th at 5:00pm ET. Plus, a special guest interview segment with bassist, Casey Orr!

X-Cops will be reuniting for their first live performance since 1996 at the annual GWAR-B-Q on Saturday, August 17th in Richmond, Virginia.

X-Cops: Sheriff Tubb Tucker (pictured in brown w/ arms crossed)

 

ENTHRONED Announce New Live Dates

Belgium’s renowned black metal outfit ENTHRONED confirmed a bunch of new live dates in Europe, including four festival appearances:

4/26 – Wroclaw (Poland) – Club Liverpool
4/27 – Kraków (Poland) – Club Studencki Kwadrat
5/31 – Beograd (Serbia) – Darkness Rising Festival  (with Emptiness)
6/29 – Barcelona (Spain) – Move Your Fucking Brain Extreme Festival
7/27 – Buze-Steenwijk (Holland) – Stonehenge Festival
8/03 – Spital am Semmering (Austria) – Metal Invasion Open Air Festival
12/08 – Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (UK) – Northumbria University

The band will be touring in support of their latest full-length album entitled Obsidium, released in March 2012 on Agonia Records. The album was quoted as one the best 2012 metal releases by PopMatters. Premier track off Obsidium is available at this location:
http://soundcloud.com/agoniarecords/enthroned-nonvs-sacramentum

More news on the band: https://www.facebook.com/Frater.Silurian

For more info and shopping with Agonia Records visit: www.agoniarecords.com
For general info and order inquires contact: info@agoniarecords.com
For promotional info contact: promotion@agoniarecords.com
Agonia Records myspace: www.myspace.com/agoniarecords

Agonia Records facebook: www.facebook.com/agoniarecords

*NEW: Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/AgoniaRec
**NEW: Twitter: https://twitter.com/agoniarecords

LOUNA: Hot Russian Singer! – Tons of New Album Promo Crap

Russian rockers LOUNA are pleased to share a new, exclusive video interview with Revolver Magazine. In the interview, the band discusses the new album Behind a Mask, rewriting their songs in English, misconceptions about LOUNA based on stereotypes, and more. You can watch the video now at Revolvermag.com.

LOUNA is poised to take over the American hard-rock scene with their new album, Behind A Mask, in-stores and available online April 30, 2013 via Red Decade Records and MEG/RED. Behind A Mask will open the eyes and ears of the American rock music scene by showcasing the pure blistering talent of LOUNA and the soaring vocals of the band’s lead singer Lousine “Lou” Gevorkian (in a world that has become immersed in autotune and over-production, Behind A Mask boasts true musical talent with only 10-15 seconds of vocal correction on the entire 45-minute record). Behind A Mask features 10 of the band’s best songs from their first two albums and have been painstakingly adapted into English by American producer and lyricist Travis Leake (the SLoT). The album was mixed by renowned producer/engineer Dan Korneff (Breaking Benjamin, The Pretty Reckless, Papa Roach, My Chemical Romance, Paramore) and mastering duties were handled by the legendary Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound, New York.

You can pre-order Behind a Mask now at Amazon.com. As of last month, the band released two new tracks, Business and Mama, via iTunes and Amazon. Download the tracks at the links below.

Download Mama – Amazon iTunes
Download Business – Amazon iTunes

LOUNA has a brand new music video for the track Business coming soon. View the new teaser video for the track now at CraveOnline.com. The full music video for Business is one of the most expensive and elaborate productions in Russian music history according to the film company, InnerVision.

LOUNA released their first album, Let’s Get Louder in December of 2010, selling out every venue during their first national tour of Russia supporting the album. Two singles, Fight Club and Let’s Get Louder reached #1 on the Russian radio charts, with Fight Club remaining in the top 10 for a record-breaking 16 weeks and also being named the 2011 Rock Song of the Year at the annual Nashe Awards. Along with this, LOUNA was nominated for Breakthrough Artist and Solo Performance of the year. Their second album, The Time of X, released in February of 2012 has already produced a #1 single, Mama, and their most recent single People Looking Up entered the Russian charts in the top 10.

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LOUNA:
Lou Gevorkian (vocals)
Vitaly Demidenko (bass)
Rouben Kazariyan (guitar)
Sergey Ponkratiev (guitar)
Leonid “Pilot” Kinzbursky (drums)

For more information on LOUNA, please visit these websites:

www.lounarocks.com
www.reddecaderecords.com

***Behind A Mask and the single Mama were originally slated for release through RDR via Rocket Science Ventures/The Orchard, with the original album release date as April 23, 2013. Due to a new deal signed by Red Decade Records LLC with Membran Entertainment Group/Sony RED, the single (as well as any other past or future LOUNA release) is no longer available through RDR via RSV/Orchard and is now available online via iTunes and Amazon through MEG/ RED. Behind A Mask will now be released via MEG/RED on April 30, 2013 in the U.S. and Canada. All future Red Decade Records LLC releases will be released through MEG/RED as well. Red Decade Records LLC apologizes for any confusion regarding this release and feels that this new partnership with Membran Entertainment will allow LOUNA and our other artists to reach more people in a more effective manner.

 

ARCKANUM Debut New Song

Cult black metal outfit ARCKANUM premiered a new song from it’s forthcoming new record, Fenris Kindir. The new track, titled Dolgrinn is streaming via Pitchfork. Fenris Kindir is slated for a North American release on May 14.

Regarding the new album, ARCKANUM mastermind Shamaatae (ex-GROTESQUE) said,

“This album is a dedication to the flaming giant-wolf, son of Loki; created from the Chaos-fires of Múspellsheimr. It is a tribute to the wrathful giant-wolf, son of Angrboða, found in the Ironwood where he is breeding hordes of giant monstrous wolves with Angrboða. His victorious name is Fenrir, also called Tungls Tjúgari! Hail Fenrir!”

Shamaatae continues;

“The sounds and music on this album are my auditory vision of the march of Fenrir convoyed with his hordes of giant wolves from the depths of the underworld to face Ragna Rök with warlike glory – deformed giant-wolves swarming in thousands. This is my tribute to the wrathful, harsh and untamed anti-nature of Fenrir’s mighty essence! The anti-cosmic enemy of the worlds! Heill Tungls Tjúgari! Heilir Fenris Synir!”

The cover art and full tracklisting for Fenris Kindir is as follows:

Tracklisting:
1. Fenris Kindir Grúa
2. Tungls Tjúgari
3. Dólgrinn
4. Hatarnir
5. Hamrami
6. Fenris Gangr
7. Vargøld
8. Angrboða
9. Úskepna
10. Spell
11. Sólbøls Sigr
12. Lycanthropia [Necromantia cover, bonus track on digital and LP editions]

Fenris Kindir is available for pre-order at the Season of Mist E-shop. Fenris Kindir is available as a CD, and as a limited LP in three different colors: red (limited to 150 copies), yellow (limited to 450 copies) and black (limited to 700).

Additional information available at Season of Mist website and ARCKANUM Facebook page

Tsurumi Records Releases Indie Horror Film Soundtrack

Seattle-based indie punk and garage rock record label Tsurumi Records release their first-ever soundtrack for the underground indie horror flick The Revenant to online and physical stores today.

The Revenant marks the label’s first-ever release through their new digital distribution partner, French Kiss Label Group as well as the label’s first-ever soundtrack release. The physical release on CD is through their long-time partner, CPI Distribution, available through stores nationwide.

Staying true to vinyl, in May the label will also issue 500 limited edition vinyl copies of The Revenant on picture disc, with a subset specially packaged for fans of The Revenant through www.Fangoria.com. Vinyl pre-orders can be purchased now at www.tsurumirecords.com

“We are label focused on vinyl productions and this soundtrack is no different in that way,” enthuses label owner and Seattle resident Jeff Davis.

“We think fans of the movie will want these as collector items.”

The Revenant soundtrack features music from Tsurumi acts like garage punks The Beautiful Mothers and experimental rockers The Second Academy, international acts Aqualush and La Mala Rodriguez, classical music from two companies and even an appearance from seminal underground sensation The Shaggies.

“I’ve always been inspired by really good soundtracks, like Pulp Fiction and Clockwork Orange,” Davis adds.

Three years ago Davis’ good friend and independent film maker Kerry Prior, approached him about collaborating on a soundtrack for The Revenant; a modern take on a classic horror story, which he wrote, directed and produced.

The childhood friends grew up together in Cleveland, OH listening to and playing punk rock.

The Revenant began its film festival run with a premier at the 2009 at Toronto’s “After Dark” Fest, upon which they dubbed it one of the “10 Movies To See Before You Die.” It later ran in theaters in 2012 and is now out on DVD. Reviews ranging from diverse sources such as The Newark Star-Ledger to DreadCentral.com declare it “sure to become a cult classic.”

The film focuses on Second Lieutenant Bart Gregory (David Anders), who is killed under mysterious circumstances in Iraq only to find out that he didn’t really die. Rather, he is undead: a zombie-vampire hybrid, known as the Revenant. Bart needs blood to hold back decomposition and he finds his way around his new state against the dark backdrop of downtown Los Angeles.

The Revenant appears to be moving towards that cult status with a solid underground and online fan base that is growing daily. Every cult classic needs a killer soundtrack and now fans of The Revenant won’t have to wait any longer.

The Revenant Official Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/TheRevenantisComing
The Revenant Official Website: www.therevenantmovie.com

 

DARK SERMON Album Now Available

Logo: Nuclear Blast Records

Take the best, forget that rest: that’s the ethos behind Dark Sermon, whose musical outpouring conjures the fist-raising melody of European death metal, the blackened underbelly of bleak blast-beating musical warfare, the churning malevolence of technical
death metal and the uniquely down-to-earth flair of the NWOAHM and combines it all into something fresh and potent.

DARK SERMON - “In Tongues” out now! - 2013-04-12 00:00

The Press agrees:

Florida’s Dark Sermon take the best of young-pup hardcore-infused death metal and give it a much needed edge that’s been missing since Himsa‘s demise” – Revolver

“DARK SERMON look straight ahead. Straight, brutal Death Metal with thrashy riffs, high screams and a lot of speed” – Powermetal.de

“DARK SERMON plays pure Death Metal, there is neither an influence of Metalcore, nor from oldschool. Death Metal fans know what I’m talking about” – Myrevelations.de

Check the music video for the track In Tongues, here:

Check the lyric video of the first single Imperfect Contrition here: http://youtu.be/uqQZE2Y0wGI

“The lyrics tell the story of a man who can no longer live with himself,” explains front man Johnny Crowder.

“A man whose future has been shrouded by his sinful past. All he can do is beg for forgiveness from God, who has witnessed every wrong move he has made.”

In Tongues track listing:

1.The Sheperd‘s Staff
2. Imperfect Contrition
3. Hounds
4. The Scales Of Justice
5. Cursed
6. Forfeit I- The Crooked Quill
7. Forfeit II- Worn Thin
8. The Tree Of New Life
9. Carcass
10. Testament
11. In Tongues

The band’s full-length debut entitled In Tongues was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios, Florida. The cover artwork was created by Eliran Kantor, who has already designed artworks for bands such as HATEBREED, TESTAMENT and SODOM.

Get your copy here:
http://www.nuclearblast.de/de/shop/artikel/gruppen/51000.1.nuclearblast.html?article_group_sort_type_handle=rank&custom_keywords=dark%20sermon

Or via Itunes here:
http://bit.ly/darksermonintongues

2013 MAYHEM FESTIVAL Updates

There’s a lot going on already with the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL this year, including the Official Mayhem iPhone App (available for download now), the Musicians Institute Independent Artist Contest, the Living The Dream Foundation All Access VIP Incentive and more!

The updated Official Mayhem iPhone App is now available for download. Head over to iTunes to get the FREE app! View the entire lineup with artist bios as well as the show schedule for the tour. The app features your own photo feed with Instagram and videos from all your favorite artists. Download the app here – http://bit.ly/YXK4OW

MUSICIANS INSTITUTE and the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL have partnered to create the Rockstar Mayhem Independent Artist Scholarship! This scholarship fully covers tuition and material fees for a two quarter IAP certificate (Room, Boarding and Travel are not included.) The application period runs from March 18 until June 1, 2013. Applicants must visit www.mi.edu/mayhem-rock-festivalscholarship to enter.

Living The Dream Foundation is excited to give one worthy fan per ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL stop the ultimate VIP experience. Are you or someone you know suffering from a life-threatening illness? Here’s your chance to experience a once in a lifetime VIP Mayhem Festival day! Winners will go backstage, watch your favorite bands from onstage, and eat with the bands. You will pretty much be where the action is all day long. Winners along with a guest (1 guest ONLY) will receive a VIP pass with all the above and more for a day you will never forget. In 400 words or less, tell us why you, or someone you know, are Living The Dream despite being afflicted by a life-threatening illness. Submit entries to: LTDtours@LTDfoundation.org

*NOTE: Please state clearly the following info at the bottom of your submission: 1) What Tour (Warped, Mayhem or Country Throwdown). 2) Date, City, State of Event as well as what City and State you live in. 3) A working Facebook page, email address and cell phone number. 4) Age and sex of you and guest. 5) T-shirt sizes of both you and guest.

For more information on these items and more, visit www.rockstarmayhemfest.com

Artists performing on the 2013 thunderous fest 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 BEHEMOTH, JOB FOR A COWBOY, EMMURE, BORN OF OSIRIS, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, BUTCHER BABIES, BATTLECROSS, HUNTRESS, THROWN INTO EXILE and CITY IN THE SEA.

Take a look at what some of this year’s festival artists are doing RIGHT NOW:

  • FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is currently wrapping up work on their new album which will be out this summer! Check out the band’s recently posted 2013 tour reel here, as well as a clip of Ivan recording vocals here.
  • Nergal from BEHEMOTH checks in from the studio (click to watch) as they get ready to head on over to North America for the 2013 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL 
  • BORN OF OSIRIS’ most recent video for Follow The Signs (click here). They are currently in the studio with Nick Sampson (Asking Alexandria) for their new full-length set for a summer release.
  • HUNTRESS is currently in studio working on the follow up to their critically acclaimed album Spell Eater. Release date and additional information are set to be released very soon. Click to check out the video for Eight Of Swords
  • BATTLECROSS just finished recording their new album at AudioHammer Studios to be released just in time for The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL. Check out this six-second vine clip to see what the boys are up to – Also, BATTLECROSS is crowdfunding their run on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL! Get perks like their new album before it’s released, autographed merch/collectibles, and traveling with the band on tour. Over $12,000 raised so far! All support is matched through Friday. Click here for more info
  • CITY IN THE SEA’s debut music video for the track, Dead Beliefs, is live here. Their much anticipated debut full-length album, Below The Noise, is set for a summer release.
  • Check out new music from THROWN INTO EXILE with their new song Not Alone. Their debut EP is out now. More here!

Four stages will be presented this year for the first time ever and the stages include the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE, THE JAGERMEISTER STAGE, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE STAGE, as well as, the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY CONCOURSE STAGE, (local bands performing on the Sumerian Records/Headbang for the Highway Stage will be announced in June). The World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team THE METAL MULISHA is also confirmed to perform on most dates.

In addition to catching their favorite bands live, fans can take part in a number of festival activities, including playing the newest video games, perusing vendors, attending autograph signing sessions and a slew of various interactive activities that will only add to the festival experience.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK will be sampling their products and providing awesome surprises for all attendees. Rockstar will also present the VIP/Contest winner area designated as THE ROCKSTAR LOUNGE and the festival area PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR TENT where fans can sample ice cold Rockstar and get autographs from their favorite bands.

Sponsors for the 2013 ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL include title sponsor ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK and stage sponsors JAGERMEISTER, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE, and SUMERIAN RECORDS. Festival sponsors include IBANEZ GUITARS, ZIPPO, METAL BLADE RECORDS, NAPALM RECORDS, SQUATCH SNACK STICKS, FUCK CANCER and KEEP A BREAST. Media partners include REVOLVER MAGAZINE and ZUUS MEDIA.

Dates and venues are listed below.

6/29 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
6/30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/2 Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/3 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater
7/5 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
7/6 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
7/7 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
7/10 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/12 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
7/13 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
7/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC
7/16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
7/17 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
7/19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
7/20 Saratoga Springs, NY SPAC
7/21 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
7/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/24 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
7/26 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
7/27 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/28 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/30 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/31 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds
8/2 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
8/3 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/4 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion