Members Eric Boatright – Vocals Cody Hampton – Bass/Guitar Seth Trimble – Guitar/Keyboard Heath Fields – Drums
Shallow Side is releasing their brand new EP “One” Friday January 13th in their stomping grounds, Birmingham Al. We were fortunate to be able to get an early preview and I must say, these guys have hit it out of the park with this release! *“We roll” is destined to become a huge pregame anthem celebrating the bands love of their home state. You can just hear the party starting as Eric sets the scene. *”Rebel” Most Shallow Side fans have already been enjoying this song, this is the band bringing the FUN back into Rock n Roll…as well as a big middle finger! *”Renegade” is one of the best covers I have ever heard. This song just gets the adrenaline spiking with Eric’s phenomenal vocals and Seth’s killer guitar Styx has got to be proud of this version of their song. *”Fight or Flight” is inspiring and has relentless guitar grooves! *”Can you Hear me” will definitely encourage crowd participation I can already see every hand in the air and jumping in unison. *”Start a Fire” includes multiple elements of digital as well as straight up blues and grooves.
When we interviewed Eric before their Oklahoma City show in August he told us prior to being in the band “he wasn’t even sure if he could sing”. I dare you to listen to their music and question that boys abilities. His vocals are amazing! This band has some of the best music we have heard in a long time. Check out their website at www.shallowside.net for any and all things Shallow Side. Let these Alabama boys show you what they are all about. And if this EP gets you wanting more, don’t worry they will be releasing a full length album later this year.
Steve Zimmerman – Drums Tommy Blardo “The Beast” – Guitars/Vocals Frank Morin – Vocals Jeff Curtis -Bass Scott Kadish- Guitars
BleachBANGS was able to speak with Steve Zimmerman of the band “Enemy Remains” about their upcoming release of their newest album titled “No Faith in Humanity” due for release January 20th.
If you are into heavy, driving metal mixed with melodic vocals and hooks that will keep you singing them all day at work, then this is the album you will have to own!
Trust in No One
Divided by Hate (Feat. Nick Bellmore)
No Faith in Humanity (Feat. Joey Conception & Jeff Curtis)
Originally formed in 2005 by original Fates Warning drummer, Steve Zimmerman, and guitarist extraordinaire, Tommy Blardo, Enemy Remains began as a project for two musicians looking for a new outlet and has since grown into a hard rock force of nature. With driving rhythms and a progressive edge, Enemy Remains quickly set themselves apart from the vast majority of hard rock/metal hybrids. Enemy quickly added vocalist Kevin Flowers to the mix and began the process of writing new material, which would eventually become their highly acclaimed, six-song, 2007 demo.
Their first studio offering would be followed by a string of successes which included sharing the stage with such rock luminaries as Alice Cooper, Queensryche, and Heaven and Hell – otherwise known as the Dio-fronted version of Black Sabbath – and having their song “Live For Today” featured in the Rock Band video game for XBOX 360.
2014 saw Enemy Remains rounded out their line-up with the addition of two new members in second adding a new mix to the music. This new and improved line-up would be the first local act to be invited to play the massive XL Center (20,000 capacity) in downtown Hartford, performing in an opening ceremony for the Hartford Wolf Pack, the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate.
Enemy took a brief hiatus in 2015 for Steve Zimmerman to focus on reuniting with original Fates Warning members, Zimmerman, fresh off a four album stint with one of the most influential prog-metal bands in existence – recently being behind the kit for the Decibel Magazine Hall of Fame album & 30th Anniversary, “Awaken The Guardian” at True Fest in Germany – & for Tommy (The Beast) to focus the developing of his Digital Radio Station “Metal Fortress Radio” now a known station worldwide by both National and Regional bands around the globe. Upon returning from Vans Warped Tour with the station and witnessing new Artists, both Zimmerman and Blardo sought out to revamp a new lineup with new material by the addition of new vocalist, Frank Morin, lead Guitarist Scott Kadish, keyboardist Bobby Bryk. Enemy Remains now has arguably their most stable and powerful line-up yet. Some bands take a long and winding path to their best successes and 2017 sees Connecticut’s Enemy Remains poised to reach for the top of the hard rock mountain with their newest EP set to release in January of 2017 with the highly anticipated single “Trust In No-one” ; Joey Conception (Armageddon & Dead By Wednesday)- Guest Guitars & Jeff Curtis ( Obsession & StikPin) – Guest Bass
BIG DADDY RITCH – VOCALS
JOHN EXALL – BASS
CORD POOL – GUITAR
NEVADA ROMO – GUITAR
TIMMY BRAUN – DRUMS
I must admit, I have been a little late getting my ticket for the THC wagon. I’ve have been well aware of their music and what they stand for, not to mention some of the most dedicated fans I’ve ever seen.
Big Daddy Rich has always surrounded himself with some of the best musicians in the business, and his current line-up is no exception.
When we had the opportunity to see THC in Tulsa this past week we were more than happy to make the hour and a half drive to see Nevada Romo, a local Oklahoma native and the newest member of the band.
This was a great show, that also doubled to honor recent fallen Tulsa guitarist John Holata, which was dearly loved in the Tulsa music scene.
When THC hit the stage there was no doubt who everyone in the building came to see, and THC delivered 100%. The band was full of so much energy, and talent it’s no doubt why they were chosen to back up the no nonsense Big Daddy Rich.
Big Daddy Rich told the story of when he was young, his mom said you came be anything you want when you grow up, he responded with I want to be Johnny cash! She said there is already Johnny Cash. Then I’m going to wear black and party with my friends every night! And that’s just what he does, Rich is one of the best party hosts in the business telling hilarious stories like his drummer Timmy drinking all of the whiskey. This band is a true Texas party you won’t want to miss and they will have you laughing, singing, and screaming as well as saying holy shit did you just see that?
Bleachbangs was lucky enough to be allowed to cover the “Not So Silent Night Tour” featuring Drowning Pool, Gemini Syndrome, 9Electric, and Red Tide Rising. We knew as soon as this tour was announced that we wanted to attend a show. Living in Oklahoma City, we chose the Wichita show to attend. This was our first time in The Cotillion in Wichita and this venue is set up perfect for live music. There is not a bad seat in the house.
Unfortunately, I missed Red Tide Rising’s set due to some confusion with my photo pass; however, from what I could hear, and the crowd reaction, they were great. 9Electric and Gemini Syndrome absolutely killed it, as I knew they would.
Then last, but not least, it was time for Drowning Pool to hit the stage. Throwing down the old favorites, mixed with some new tunes from the new “Hellelujah” album, they had the crowd going crazy!! I have to say it was awesome to see that Jasen Moreno was definitely representing Texas with his Buc-ee’s hoodie and his Dallas Cowboys tank top.
These guys definitely know how to work the crowd and get everyone into the show. The best part of the night for me was when they did “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor”, several people from the crowd were invited on stage to help out with the vocals while Jasen went into the crowd and sang the song from the mosh pit as far as I could tell. I lost sight of him once he got into the crowd. Whether he was in the mosh pit or not, it was a pretty bad ass way to make sure he interacted with the fans. None of those fans on the stage or in the crowd will forget that experience.
I urge you to check the dates for the rest of this tour and get to a show if they are stopping anywhere near you. This line up kicked ass from beginning to end. It will be well worth your time.
After my first failed attempt with an audio interview, we were able to redeem ourselves in Wichita, Ks. on December 1st when Ron, lead vocalist of the band 9Electric, agreed to have us join him for an in person interview. Only the third day into their grueling, month long tour with Drowning Pool, Gemini Syndrome, and Red Tide Rising titled the “Not so Silent Night” tour. Ron and the rest of the band were extremely down to earth, and greeted us all not with a hand shake but a huge hug as they ushered us onto the bus to talk business. Being original Kansas residents we were excited to see some of our good friends who are also avid concert goers as well, one actually traveled 5 hours to the show at The Cotillion. BleachBANGS has already had the opportunity to experience 9Electric’s live show and we have been singing their praises since we first saw them in 2015. 9Electric definitely made many, many new fans as the energy poured out all over the stage and turned the entire audience into an adrenaline fueled party! Ron wasn’t shy about getting out into the crowd when he crowd surfed and made friends with everyone he contacted, including a couple of young new concert goers who couldn’t have been more than 12 or 13 years old. Class act all the way! And the performance was flawless the entire band looked and sounded like veterans that had been doing this for decades. There is no denying everyone in this band loves what they do, and want to make sure everyone in attendance gets their money’s worth. Check out their debut full length album “ The Damaged Ones” and if your city is on their tour schedule, this is one you won’t regret not getting much sleep before work the next day!
I was able to catch up with Ron Underwood, lead vocalist of one of the hottest rising bands in the music scene 9Electric. Unfortunately the audio failed to record! I was devastated after such a great, funny interview I was excited to get into my post production straight away! Then CARD ERROR! But I can’t let this stop me from documenting the key parts of this entertaining interview!
Ron told me what he felt his role of being in a band is to be sure the fans always get 100% no matter what. If he has had a less than great day the fans will never see it, and they shouldn’t. I was able to catch 9Electric in 2015 when they were touring with L.A. friends Gemini Syndrome. They were a breath of fresh air, with huge guitars, over the top energy, and music loops that hold everything together and make it unique, but in an awesome way. I was riveted to their every move and so was the rest of the club as well.
I asked Ron what he enjoyed more, Large festivals or intimate clubs: “Actually there is something to love in both settings”, festivals are great for the pure rush. But fans at festivals tend to be “radio fans” and not quite as dedicated as those in smaller clubs. The intimate settings tend to attract more like-minded people which is a great bonding experience.
The album “The Damaged Ones” is 9Electric’s first full length album but definitely not their first recording experience as a matter of fact Wayne Static was able to contribute to their earlier E.P. as well as Heidi from the Butcher Babies.
I asked Ron about the grueling tour schedule for the “Not-so-Silent Night Tour, with shows every single night for nearly a month except for 3 days off. He said we love it that way, this is what we love to do, and have been blessed to be on a tour with Drowning Pool who love to stay just as busy as we do. So, no worries we are doing what we love!
I told Ron we would catch up with then in Wichita on December 1st, which he responded “THE COTILLION!” I love the Cotillion it’s just the right size and that was where I tried to test my boundaries of what I was able to get away with, I went streaking in the nude! And to his surprise nobody, not even security tried to stop him! “They just said well, surely he’ll just wear himself out…and I did”.
Thank you Ron for such a great look into the life of 9Electric. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for you. And thanks for all of the great music.
Scattered Hamlet released their new album “Swamp Rebel Machine” on November 4th via Buck Moon Productions. The new album consists of 11 in your face songs. If you like the southern rock feel, you will definitely like this album. The band has been described as “Imagine Stone Cold Steve Austin with his partners Bo and Luke Duke in a parking lot brawl on a Saturday night set to music!” This analogy fits the band perfectly.
Adam Joad’s vocals could easily be described as a mixture of Taime Downs of Faster Pussycat and Steve Summers of Pretty Boy Floyd on apple pie moonshine. The slide guitar solidifies the Southern Rock sound on the album. My personal favorites on the album would have to be White Trash and Stonewall Jackson. I think all of us can relate to White Trash just a little bit, and the whole crowd would get into this one. And Stonewall Jackson, come on…it starts out with the guy saying he would rather watch Dukes of Hazard than getting laid. This song is very catchy and it just grabbed my attention and you could easily see the crowd singing and throwing down to this song.
The song writing on the album has the fuck you, finger in the air, we are here to party lyrics that would make a Scattered Hamlet and Jackyl tour an over the top party I would want to go to. We have seen Scattered Hamlet a couple times at Rocklahoma and rest assured, wherever these guys are, the party is right there with them.
The band is currently on tour promoting their new album. The tour started in Los Angeles, and will wrap up in Louisville, Ky on November 18th. Check the bands website at www.scatteredhamlet.com to keep up with any new tour date announcements. Check out the bands social media sights as well:Facebook: www.facebook.comScatteredHamlet, Instagram: www.instagram.com/ScatteredHamlet, Twitter: www.twitter.com/ScatteredHamlet, YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ScatteredHamlet.
Make sure to check out the new album “Swamp Rebel Machine”!!
Clutch recently made a tour stop in Oklahoma City at The Diamond Ballroom for their Psychic Warfare World Tour 2016. They were touring with Zakk Sabbath and Kyng. Unfortunately, Kyng had to cancel their performance due to a family emergency, but the show must go on. And go on it did. Zakk Wylde, Blasko, and Joey C.started things off and wowed the crowd with classic Black Sabbath songs.
The near sell out crowd was more than ready for Clutch to take the stage. This band has some of the most devoted and loyal fans I have ever seen. People came from hours away on a Tuesday night just to watch Clutch play. The band played fan favorites spanning their 25 year career. Neil Fallon’s energy throughout the set was awesome and passionate. You can tell from his performance that he loves performing.
Clutch heads overseas in a few weeks to do a run of dates through mid-December before returning to the U.S. to finish out 2016. Make sure to check out the bands website at www.pro-rock.com to keep up with all things Clutch related. And make sure to catch them when they are on tour. Nothing beats some live, groove Clutch tunes.
Biography Kyng find grandiosity in simplicity. The Los Angeles outfit may only boast three members—Eddie Veliz [vocals/guitar], Pepe Clarke [drums], and Tony Castaneda [bass/backup vocals]—but their collective roar could easily tip the Southern California Richter Scale. On their second full-length album and first for Razor & Tie, Burn The Serum, the trio harks back to the essence of heavy rock ‘n’ roll, forging thunderous percussion to lightning hot riffs driven by a divine vocal howl. At the same time, they keep their eyes wide open towards the future.
Breaking out of the City of Angels in 2011, the group’s debut Trampled Sun landed shining critical acclaim for its “California Heavy” sound merging the metallic meanderings of Soundgarden and Queens of the Stone Age with the timeless scope of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. They hit the road with everybody from The Sword and Clutch to Trivium and Megadeth—even being picked to play at Metallica’s first-ever Orion Music + More festival. However, everything was merely leading up to Burn The Serum.
“We literally started working on Burn The Serum as soon as we finished the first album,” says Veliz. “We built on the foundation we had. It’s a balance of heavy riffing and these big melodic vocals. It sits between metal and a rock ‘n’ roll. You can’t put your finger on it. It’s just what Kyng does.” To preserve what “Kyng does”, the band joined producers Jim Rota of Fireball Ministry fame and Andrew Alekel at Grandmaster Studios in Los Angeles during early 2013. The production team encouraged the musicians to unfurl this unbridled energy further.
“Working with them was a blast,” the frontman goes on. “These dudes literally know anything and everything you need to know about this kind of music. They can point out exact tones recorded on Bark At The Moon. It was a learning experience for us. They helped us refine the sound, pulling things back and keeping it as tasteful as possible. It’s very musical as a result.”
The first single “Electric Halo” serves as shining proof. The guitar buzzes with an ominous wall of distortion before lighting up a soaring refrain that hits impressive heights and showcases the vocalist’s dynamic range.
“When we were writing it, we asked, ‘What would Tony Iommi do?’,” laughs Veliz. “That was the mindset. Lyrically, it’s about those people you meet who will be the sweetest little things to your face, but they turn around and stab you in the back. They turn on that halo of sweetness to get what they need from you. Once they turn it off, they’re no longer angels. Instead, they cut you and stab you in the name of what they can take for themselves.”
With more robust riff-age and pummeling drums, “Sewn Shut” tells a harrowing true story of a friend whose eyes were literally sewed closed after a horrific accident, while “In The Land of Pigs” serves as an account of the trials and tribulations of the music industry and life on the road. Expanding in cinematic fashion, the title track decrees a plea to an addict with a vibrant visual.
“It initially came from this crazy argument I had in my family life,” reveals Veliz. “It was a tough one to write because it was really personal. This is the story. Someone’s blatantly addicted to something. It’s breaking them in half and making them fall apart. You ask them for the truth, and they can’t say it. Everything is destroyed and this person doesn’t care.”
That heaviness remains encoded in the group’s very moniker. “In the beginning, Kyng was just a name,” the singer concludes. “Now, it’s about honesty in music though. We try to be honest with ourselves so people want to listen to us for a long time to come. We want to take you back to an older era when bands didn’t need all of the bells and whistles. At the same time, we’re taking you down our own path to that place.”
Sabaton, the power metal band from Falun, Sweden is currently on tour with Trivium and Huntress. They recently had a tour stop in Tulsa at the Cain’s Ballroom. I must admit that I am new to Sabaton. I was told that their songs and music is based on wars and historical battles, and that peaked my interest. I was intrigued to see how all of this meshed together. I didn’t know what to expect when I showed up for the show.
I was completely mesmerized when Sabaton took the stage. From the first note to the last, they had my full attention. To say I was pleased with what I witnessed would be an understatement. The music is so powerful, yet you can tell the band genuinely has fun on the stage. Joakim has an amazing knack for completely playing to the crowd. When he said jump, the crowd jumped…when he said clap, they clapped. The band mates had such a friendly, lighthearted banter with each other that it made the crowd feel like they were a part of the friendship these guys share.
If you told me Sabaton was coming back to a town close to me tomorrow, I would move mountains to be at that show. They are honestly the best band I have seen in a long time. I am kicking myself for not listening to them sooner. I feel like I have so much catching up to do since I have missed so many years of Sabaton.
Please check out the bands official website www.sabaton.net to check out tour dates, buy Sabaton merchandise, and get links to the bands social media sites.
The band consists of Joakim Brodén-vocals, Pär Sundström-bass, Chris Rörland-guitar and backing vocals, Hannes van Dahl-drums, and Tommy Johansson-guitar and backing vocals.