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.
I was lucky enough to cover the recent Thrice tour stop in Oklahoma City on October 1st. The band is touring to promote the release of their most recent album “To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere”. Thrice is wrapping up the current tour, but stay tuned to their website, www.thrice.net or their Facebook page for any and all news from the band.
The show in OKC was the first time I have seen the band live. I was very impressed. They played hits that had the crowd singing at the top of their lungs. And of course they played their newest single “Black Honey”, which I personally love. Thrice definitely has very devoted fans, as I saw lots of people sporting their Thrice t-shirts and jackets. I always like to pay attention to the crowd and observe how the crowd is responding to the band. I must say, this band has some of the best and most devoted fans I have ever seen. It was awesome to be able to see this band live!! While this tour is almost over, you should keep your eyes open for another tour and make it to a show if they come to your area. It is well worth it.
Damon (Bass) Kin (Vox) Russ (Drums)
We were able to catch up with Australia natives Twelve Foot Ninja at Texas Mutiny. Not only did we get an interview with a couple of members we were blessed to get the whole band! And as you can clearly hear in the interview,these guys are a BLAST! They all have a quick wit, and love having a good time. You tell they are loving what they do. They are serious musicians don’t let their off the wall videos fool you this band oozes with talent.
Their latest album: “Outlier” Released 2016 shows the diversity of this band with a Reggae infused Rock sound guaranteed to hook you in, and their live show is something you will just love! They were only in the states for 4 weeks and then back to Australia where they were hand picked by the band Disturbed to be on their bill. One listen to Twelve Foot Ninja and you will see why.