KAOTEON is an unusual east-west international extreme metal collaboration, originally hailing from theMiddle East but now based in Amsterdam. For Damnatio Memoriae, full-time members AnthonyKaoteon (Death Drive) on guitar and vocalist Walid Wolflust (Ordum, ex-Gothmog) tapped thedistinctive talents of bass wizard Linus Klausenitzer of Obscura and drum master Fredrik Widigs ofMarduk as guests. After performing with them live for the first time in Beirut in April at the Beirut MetalFest, Klausenitzer described KAOTEON as, “legends of the Lebanese metal scene”.Take a listen to the band’s blackened, blistering new single, the title track “Damnatio Memoriae”, now viaMetal Injection: http://www.metalinjection.net/av/song-premiere/kaoteon-marduk-obscura–streams–blackened-massive–new–song–damnatio–memoriaeAs a band, KAOTEON has faced censorship at the highest levels in their home country – they have beenput in jail for devil worshipping, attacked by religious groups, and raided several times by police trying touse them as scapegoats to mask political and religious problems in the region. It’s a terrifying butenthrallingly honest story of a metal band trying to exist, succeed and break out of the Middle East.In a group statement, KAOTEON says: “Lebanese metalheads are some of the friendliest and mostamazing people to hang out with. It is sad to see great potential in this world gone to waste becausesomeone somewhere decided to label people at birth and imprison them into their borders. The sceneitself is thirsty for metal, so international bands should expect amazing interaction from the crowd. TheDutch scene – where we exist now – shows strong support for local talent, unlike the Lebanese scene. TheDutch scene love their bands above all, while we feel that the Lebanese metal scene favors theinternational bands.”Damnatio Memoriae succeeds at portraying the band’s justified “f*ck-the-world” outlook with ninepoisonous tracks that brim with exhilarating magnetism and needle-sharp riffing. Beginning at track onewith “Damnatio Memoriae” – which describes the ancient Latin punishment of eradicating a person orfigure from all memory and mention – KAOTEON unleash an all-out ferocious aural assault, attackingthe very foundations of their genre with absolute conviction.Referring to the inclusion of Linus Klausenitzer and Fredrik Widigs on this album, the band adds: “Linusand Fredrik are extraordinary musicians playing with state of the art bands each in their respectivegenres. Linus is a melodic bass maestro and Fredrik has an amazing delivery that does not lose groovewhile still being as aggressive as it can get. The best thing about them being a part of this project is thatLinus has become a very close friend to us, and that’s what really matters at the end of the day.”Damnatio Memoriae was self-recorded by KAOTEON, with mixing and mastering credited to renownedSwedish producer Daniel Bergstrand, who is recognized for his celebrated work with bands such asBehemoth, Dark Funeral, Dimmu Borgir and many more of today’s top metal artists.Damnatio Memoriae is explosive metal at its finest, and is sure to be one of the most buzzed aboutextreme metal releases of the year.Damnatio Memoriae track listing:1. Damnatio Memoriae2. Barren Lands3. Raging HellFire4. Venom of Exalt5. The Will6. Non Serviam7. Light of Compassion8. Into the Mouth of Kaos9. A Breat
Stereo Satellite Release Official Music Video for Debut Single “Glass Houses”
Newly formed rock band Stereo Satellite, featuring Lukas Rossi (Rock Star Supernova), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob), John Moyer (Disturbed), and Jordan Cannata (Adrenaline Mob), has released the Official Music Video for their debut single, “Glass Houses.” Originally premiered on Loudwire, “Glass Houses” is the first single off of their new album tentatively set for April 2018 release. Fans can access exclusive content for the album release via the bands’ PledgeMusic campaign.
Stereo Satellite plays hard rock music that flirts with alternative rock influences. By melding hook-filled melodies within heavy guitar riffs and hard beats, the band shows their ability to compact a vast array of influence and experience into a signature sound with substance, style, and spirit. Mike Orlando and Lukas Rossi are the key architects behind the band’s vibrant, modern rock-inspired sound – powered by seamless songwriting adeptness that combines a story of both the joys and heartaches of life.
Mike Orlando is no stranger to heartaches, having recently been involved in a tragic accident on July 14, 2017 while on tour in Florida with his former band Adrenaline Mob. The crash occurred when a tractor-trailer veered off Interstate 75 and struck the band’s RV, van, and trailer, which resulted in the death of Adrenaline Mob bassist David Zablidowsky, tour manager Jane Train, and seriously injuring six others.
“Over the past recent months, I have learned a lot about how cathartic music can be, especially after going through such a heinous life-changing tragedy”, said Orlando. “It’s been a complete uphill battle in even trying to begin to heal physically and mentally. I have a long road ahead for sure and will have to undergo many more procedures and ongoing therapy.” Orlando adds, “I don’t think I’ll ever fully heal mentally but I’ve been moved to write songs again with my brother Lukas who I feel is an amazing songwriting partner, and start this new band along with my brothers John Moyer and Jordan Cannata. I find it really helps me to cope and I can’t wait to share all the music we’ve written and start touring again full-time.”
John Moyer admits to having mixed feelings about the band being dubbed a supergroup. “We hate the supergroup thing because it’s a new band in its own right,” Moyer says. “But I think it’s important for us to say we’ve been around the rock music scene for a long time and in various ways. Stereo Satellite is a new beginning for us all, and I’m looking forward to sharing our new music with the fans very soon.”
Lukas Rossi concurs, saying, “I can’t wait to release our new songs and perform them live with these awesome guys. Regarding the supergroup thing, look I don’t care what you call us, just call us!”
Stereo Satellite has teamed with Loudwire to bring you the exclusive premiere of their video for “Glass Houses” below. You can Pre-Order the band’s street single “Glass Houses” and their upcoming radio single “My Last Words” on iTunes http://apple.co/2ClPsU9 before the official release date on January 23, 2018. The band will also make their live debut on the ShipRocked cruise on January 23rd.
Furthermore, Stereo Satellite is running a PledgeMusic campaign where you will have access to EXCLUSIVE PLEDGE-ONLY items, such as signed albums, VIP tickets, bundles, one of a kind signed instruments, lunch with the band and/or have the band come to your house for a show especially for you! Plus, the band will give fans an exclusive insight into the process of making the new album with behind the scenes videos, photos, rehearsals, streamed sessions, and live Q&A. Visit their Pledge store www.pledgemusic.com/stereo-satellite and sign up to keep updated on the band’s progress and the making of their new Album!
For all things Stereo Satellite, including upcoming tour dates and news on the band’s upcoming album, head to www.stereosatellite.com and be sure to follow the band on Facebook: www.facebook.com/stereosatelliteofficial ,on Twitter: www.twitter.com/stereosatellite and on Instagram: www.instagram.com/stereosatellite
Stereo Satellite’s new album is tentatively set for an April 2018 release and the band will hit the road in full support worldwide.
On Wednesday, December 6th, we had the chance to see All That Remains along with Alter Bridge and Sons of Texas at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa and we were not going to pass up that chance. We never pass up the opportunity to see All That Remains when they are nearby.
There aren’t very many bands out there who are diverse as this band is. One minute Phil is singing the ballad, “What If I Was Nothing”, and the next minute he is screaming and growling the heavy, thrash song “No Knock”. I was very pleased to hear my personal favorite song, “This Probably Won’t End Well”.
You would be hard pressed to put together a list of bands that can pull off the range of diversity on a set list like All That Remains can. And they make it look effortless. It definitely explains why they have stayed in this business for almost 20 years.
All That Remains is all set to wrap up this tour on December 23rd in Montreal, Canada. Keep an eye on their website www.allthatremainsonline.com for updates and links to their social media pages to be the first to know about new tour dates and new info.
We have never missed the opportunity to see Papa Roach any time they are in our area, but it always seemed that it was always as part of a festival line-up. This was our first time to get to see them in a more “intimate setting”. I use that term loosely, because there were still at least 2,000 people in the legendary Diamond Ballroom for their recent stop in Oklahoma City. There is a reason why these guys continue to pack houses even after over 20 years in the business. Somehow, the band is like wine and better every single time we see them. Jacoby never fails to put the biggest smile on my face, so full of energy, so crowd oriented, and just spot on every single time.
Check out their website www.paparoach.com for their upcoming tour dates, and don’t miss them when they are at a town near you!!
They will be touring with A Day to Remember, Devil Wears Prada, and Falling in Reverse Feb. 20th – March 20th. They take a couple weeks off to rest (hopefully), and hit the road again with Nothing More and Escape the Fate from April 5th – May 13th.
- Obstinate Pace
- Let Fall
- Chant of Stillness
- Descent to Light
2017 Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Neal Schon has released his first ever holiday EP that includes “Ave Maria,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and instrumental renditions of Journey hits “Open Arms” and “Faithfully”.
Schon founded Journey in 1972 and has been the only consistent member, having participated in every album and tour to date. Schon is a Grammy-nominated guitarist, songwriter and vocalist who is not only the founding member of Journey, but was a member of Santana and has performed with a variety of other acts including Bad English, Jan Hammer, HSAS and has released 10 solo albums including his latest Votex. His guitar style has been described as soulful and melodic, admired by such fellow legends as Eric Clapton and Prince, who reportedly asked for Schon’s blessing to release “Purple Rain”, which echoed a similar sound to Journey’s “Faithfully”.
Journey’s worldwide sales have reached over 100 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with a wide selection of chart-topping hits like “Don’t Stop Believin'”, “Open Arms”, “Lights”, “Faithfully”, and “When You Love a Woman”, among others.
Primitive Race Share “Dancing On The Sun” Off of ‘Soul Pretender,’ in Honor of Late Front-Man, Chuck Mosley
100% of 2018 Album Sales to Benefit MusiCares
On November 3rd, Primitive Race released their compelling Alternative Rock album Soul Pretender, with vocals handled by Chuck Mosley (Faith No More, Bad Brains, Cement, VUA), music by Erie Loch (LUXT, Blownload, Exageist), Mark Gemini Thwaite (Peter Murphy, Tricky, Gary Numan), Bass and song-writing from founding member Chris Kniker, and drums by Dale Crover (The Melvins). On November 9th, Chuck Mosley died after many years battling addiction, making the long awaited album the legendary front-man’s swan song. In honor of Chuck, the band has chosen to share his favorite track off of the album, “Dancing on the Sun,” and to donate 100% of 2018 album sales to MusiCares to benefit substance abuse treatments for artists battling addiction.
Says Chuck’s long-time friend Chris Kniker:
“I wasn’t prepared for any of this. Most only knew Chuck Mosley as the former singer of Faith No More; to me was a friend with whom I had formed a special bond over the past 17 years. Chuck was funny, witty, charismatic, and charming in a way that was only Chuck. He was truly one of a kind. Chuck inspired Mark, Erie, and I, and I knew we did the same for him. He felt we had created something that allowed him to grow as an artist. He was thrilled and honored to be playing on a record with Dale Crover. I was just happy to know that we made a record that I enjoyed; a group of friends creating something together. I am sure that Chuck would want us all to learn and grow from his struggles. Addiction is a horrible burden to bare for the afflicted and their loved ones. If you are or know someone who needs help don’t be afraid to ask.”
“When I listened to the music, ideas just came pouring out,” Mosley had previously stated. “I couldn’t say no to doing the record. When we completed the first few tracks, I found myself wishing I had written them. Not just the lyrics…just good heavy riffs and grooves really sucked me in. The melodies and words came super easy with this music. Even though it’s a whole different vibe it brought out a side of me I haven’t experienced since writing with Faith No More.”
1. Row House
2. Cry Out
3. Cranial Matter
4. Take It All
5. Bed Six
6. Stepping Stone
7. Turn It Up
8. Soul Pretender
9. Nothing To Behold
10. Dancing on The Sun
Early Praise for Soul Pretender:
It’s hard not to view Primitive Race’s sophomore outing, Soul Pretender, as the next chapter in Chuck Mosley’s epic comeback story. On the record, out Friday on Metropolis, Mosley is positively radiant, sounding better, sharper and more engaged than he has since the heyday of Faith No More’s Introduce Yourself. After years of being relegated to the struggles of “solo” outings and hard-to-find Cement discs, Mosley here is raspy – he wears his age incredibly well – and utterly menacing as he lurks behind lurching guitars and the occasional twinkle of a keyboard, the landscape darker than his previous work. And, damn, does it work! – Pop Dose
If Primitive Race’s stylistic trajectory is to be considered, as exhibited in the group’s two albums; add to that, the invigorating (but at the same time, inadvertent) inclusion of Mosley’s memories into this latest offering – then there should be something more that can be expected from the collective’s future projects. For the meantime, let your senses get drowned in pleasant torture in the sonic machinery of this scorching undertaking. – CrypticRock
Time will tell what the next incarnation of Primitive Race will hold, but if the first two albums are any indication, then it should be just as great while continuing to establish the supergroup’s place in the world of punk and industrial rock. – mxdwn