Collective Soul w/ Our Lady Peace & Tonic in OKC

We were lucky enough to be able to see Collective Soul with Our Lady Peace and Tonic at their tour stop in Oklahoma City at The Zoo Amphitheater on June 20th.  The evening started out a hot one, but with all the trees, as soon as the sun started going down, it was a beautiful night for an outdoor concert.  I was amazed by the age range of the fans in the crowd.  There were kids as young as probably 8 years old and people reaching into their 70’s.  It is awesome that a band can have such a wide spread fan base.

As soon as Collective Soul took to the stage everyone was on their feet and ready for business.  One girl even got on her dads shoulders on the front row and gave lead singer, Ed Roland a bouquet of flowers.  In exchange, he gave her his wrist band he was wearing.  I have never seen Collective Soul live, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  WOW!!! Ed’s energy is infectious.  He easily covered every square inch of that stage during the show.  When you get to see a band like this live, it is an honor.  With so much interaction with the crowd, you know this is a band that truly wants their fans to have an experience…not just sit and watch a show.  Whether you like the music or not, I for one love it, you gotta respect a band that gives the performance the way these guys do.  It was truly an honor to get to see this show, and I left it with a smile on my face.

Check out the bands website at to get the latest tour dates, news, and buy band merchandise.

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Modest Mouse & Morning Teleportation in OKC

Modest Mouse and Morning Teleportation played to a SOLD OUT Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City on June 8th.  People were waiting outside the door to wait to see if they could get a ticket if someone left.  Security was even catching people trying to jump the fence at the back of the venue to get in.  To say the show was great would be an understatement.  Morning Teleportation started the evening with their groovy, yet mellow sound, which was a perfect start to the evening.  After their set was over most of the crowd did not move for fear of losing their spot to watch Modest Mouse.

I have never been to a Modest Mouse show, so I did not know what to expect.  I thoroughly enjoyed their set as well.  There was not a single person in that venue not dancing and singing along with the songs.  That says alot about their fans.  To have that many people packed into a venue and every person singing and dancing was an awesome sight.  They have earned those loyal, devoted fans.  This show was phenomenal!!

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Marty Friedman Releases New Album “Wall of Sound” on August 4, 2017

MARTY FRIEDMAN – Grammy Nominated Recording Artist, Ambassador to Japan and Undisputed God of Exotic Guitar Returns with “Wall Of Sound”

The eagerly anticipated follow up to his Billboard charting album, Inferno!

Listen to a New Track “Self Pollution” Here

Wall Of Sound out August 4, 2017 via Prosthetic Records

Pre-Order Here

MARTY FRIEDMAN‘s new album, Wall Of Sound, which will be released on August 4, 2017, expands and destroys any conventional notions of instrumental music. It was produced by Friedman, engineered by Paul Fig (Ghost, Rush, Alice In Chains) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Lamb of God, Opeth). Legendary Queen producer, Mack, came on board to handle the mixing on two tracks, “Streetlight” and “For a Friend”, which Friedman proclaimed was, “an honor for me, for sure”. The album’s first track, “Self Pollution”, can be streamed here:

Regarding the writing and recording process on Wall Of Sound, Friedman responded with this, “It`s a challenge to evolve album after album, especially on your 13th solo album. Not only as a songwriter but it is imperative to do new things on my instrument as well. Luckily this is a challenge that I love. You will find this hard to believe when you hear the density and sheer amount of guitar coming at you from all directions, but in fact all of the final guitar tracks on Wall Of Sound were done in 9 days.”

He continues, “This furious and productive pace was made possible by over a year of making demo after demo and spending more time listening and living with the music rather than just playing it.  I had lived with the songs for so long and edited and re-cut them so many times, that by the time I got to the actual recording studio, it was like I had been playing the whole album on tour for a year already. I learned to do this from making Inferno.”
“This is why a lot of artists` debut albums are so strong-because they have had so much time to reflect on and fix the music, and also more importantly, attach real life experiences to the songs. I feel like I have a debut album here.”

Once again, Friedman assembled an incredible and diverse group of musicians to record and guest on Wall Of Sound. His core recording band is made up of Anup Sastry, a modern whiz kid sharing drum duties with uber-veteran Gregg Bissonette, and Japanese bassist Kiyoshi who is undisputedly the most aggressive female bassist on earth. Guests include Jinxx of Black Veil Brides and Shiv Mehra of Deafheaven, and Jorgen Munkeby of Shining lends his voice to the only non-instrumental track on the album.

MARTY FRIEDMAN comments on the guests: “Jinxx from Black Veil Brides and I wanted to do something that would shock his fans and my fans. I arranged a monster of a tune called “Sorrow & Madness” based on a melody that Jinxx wrote on the violin. I took his sweet melody and added so many twists and turns that it became a mammoth of Martyisms in tandem with a large side of Jinxx that has yet to be heard by his fans. We are both very proud of what happened.”

“I think Deafheaven is the one truly heavy band that comes to mind when people ask me to recommend something that`s not Japanese! I was super excited to work with Shiv from Deafheaven. We wrote “Pussy Ghost” together and it is one of the most aggressive songs I have ever played, while at the same time evoking grotesquely beautiful moods that I have never felt before. One thing I learned from making Inferno is that when you have a guest, let them come up with music first. Let it be their baby, so they are personally invested in the song. Then arrange it and do it my way, then add more things together. This gives you a final song that really sounds like both of the people put their heart and souls into the music, as opposed to one guy doing everything and the guest just blasting out a solo somewhere.”

“Jorgen from Shining also guested on Inferno and when we finished that song we immediately started talking about what we would do next. For those who don`t know Inferno, they are like a steroid-ed out and “genius-level musician-ed out” version of Nine Inch Nails for the 21st century, with a charismatic singer/composer (Jorgen) and a wicked sense of melody, that hits me in the gut on every song. “(Just Gimme) Something To Fight” is the one vocal track on the record and it kills. Even after finishing this song we have started working on more new things for who knows what…”

Wall Of Sound track listing:

  1. Self Pollution
  2. Sorrow and Madness (featuring Jinxx of Black Veil Brides)
  3. Streetlight
  4. Whiteworm
  5. For A Friend
  6. Pussy Ghost (featuring Shiv Mehra of Deafheaven)
  7. The Blackest Rose
  8. Something to Fight (featuring Jorgen Munkeby of Shining)
  9. The Soldier
  10. Miracle
  11. Last Lament


MARTY FRIEDMAN released his first solo album, Dragon’s Kiss, on the influential Shrapnel Records. His tenure with Cacophony and Megadeth have created some of the most memorable music and jaw dropping guitar solos ever heard. He’s received gold and platinum awards from throughout the globe and continually pushes the boundaries of music. Fluent in Japanese, Friedman currently resides in Japan where he is a fixture on Japanese television and was recently appointed a Japanese Heritage Ambassador to promote the countries upcoming Olympic games.


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TETRARCH Announce Summer Headline Tour

Fast-Rising Metal Group TETRARCH Announce Summer Headline Tour + Release New Track

Get moving! Listen to the instantly-pummelling new track “Break The Trend” here!

New Album Coming Later this Year


There are plenty of new, independent artists out there trying their hardest match the success of rock and metal’s big dogs without the massive industry machine behind them. One listen and it’s clear – none have charged out the gate with the raw talent, promotional expertise and fan following that Atlanta-based modern melodic metal group TETRARCH have proven to command since forming a few years ago. When listening to TETRARCH for the first time, it’s easy to believe you’re jamming out one of our generation’s highest-charting, top-selling rock artists. In reality, you’re witnessing one of rock and metal’s most promising, hard-working rising stars. TETRARCH exude “what it takes” and are undoubtedly on the fast-track to greatness.

Musically – if relentless energy, addictive riffs and unforgettable, hooky vocals describe your recipe for a great band – TETRARCH may just be a new favorite. TETRARCH plan to drop their upcoming album later this year, and wasting no time, have revealed a new track. Listen to the instantly-pummelling new track “Break The Trend” here:

Lead by the multi-faceted, sing-along-worthy vocals of frontman Josh Fore and the searing guitar leads of groundbreaking “guitaress” Diamond Rowe, TETRARCH is rounded out by the powerful bass of Ryan Lermer and relentless drums of Ruben Limas.

TETRARCH‘s new album showcases their commanding blend of intense metalcore riffage and driving drums with the dark vibes and haunting choruses of top-charting modern hard rock. The band’s clear influences – ranging from bands like heavy metal giants Slipknot and Trivium to hard rock darlings Mudvayne and Linkin Park – are evident and give TETRARCH the leg up on the competition. Their sound is crushing enough to fit on any heavy metal bill, but catchy enough to land confidently in commercial radio rotation.

Stay tuned for more details including album title, track listing, art, production credits, pre-orders and more media coming soon in anticipation of TETRARCH‘s new album.

Don’t miss TETRARCH on their upcoming U.S. headline tour – the “Scream Out Loud” tour – visiting 20+ cities this June and July with more TBA. The band will perform several favorites as well as brand new music! See below for a full listing of dates and get your tickets via local venues.

Guitarist Diamond Rowe says, “We are so excited to be hitting the road again for the “Scream Out Loud” tour. We are playing all over the country on this run in a bunch of new cities as well as multiple cities that we have been to several times. I’m sure that we are going to see a bunch of familiar faces as well as several new ones. I think kids are really going to like what we have in store for this run. Not to mention we are going to be playing a few new unreleased songs that no one has ever heard – at least not yet. We have so much to come this year – this tour is just the beginning.”

TETRARCH “Scream Out Loud” Summer Tour Dates:

6/15 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick w/ Ded

6/22 – Dallas, TX @ Reno’s Chop Shop

6/23 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective

6/24 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s

6/25 – Louisville, KY @ Brewskee’s

6/27 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon

6/28 – Albany, GA @ Oglethorpe Lounge*

6/29 – Tallahassee, FL @ 926 Bar*

6/30 – Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug

7/1 – Orlando, FL @ The Haven*

7/2 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Hell)*

7/3 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero*

7/4 – Greensboro, NC @ Shiners*

7/5 – Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club

7/6 – Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar & Grill

7/7 – New York, NY @ DROM (Late Show)

7/8 – Norfolk, VA @ Norfolk Taphouse

7/9 – Annapolis, MD @ Metropolitan

7/11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Q’s Dungeon (House Show)

7/12 – Detroit, MI @ The Ritz

7/15 – Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge

*w/ A Light Divided



Josh Fore – Vocals / Rhythm Guitar

Diamond Rowe – Lead Guitar

Ryan Lerner – Bass

Ruben Limas – Drums


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Barb Wire Dolls New Album & Tour Announcement

“BARB WIRE DOLLS are punk rock all the way to the bone!” – Vice


Following up on a very successful 2016, raucous rockers BARB WIRE DOLLS are set to release their brand new album, Rub My Mind, on July 7, 2017 via Motörhead Music. The band will tour all summer long in North America on the Vans Warped Tour in support of the album! BARB WIRE DOLLS can be seen daily on the Skullcandy Stage. Tickets are on sale now via In addition, the band is on tour now in the UK/Europe.

“Back in the U.S.S.A.”, the first single taken from the new album, is a two and half minute fiery social statement of satirical punk-rock heaven that well represents the true sentiment of the record. The video premiered today via Kerrang! and can be watched here:

Rub My Mind pre-orders are live today:





Rub My Mind was recorded in the Joshua Tree desert at legendary studio Rancho De La Luna in California, where Iggy Pop and Queens Of The Stone Age made their seminal albums. Produced and mixed by Jay Baumgardner (Evanescene, John Fogerty, Bush), Rub My Mind is a collection of thirteen eclectic tracks that reflect on the state of our world, how to deal with it – and how to escape it! Rub My Mind builds on the energetic platform of their last two releases – Slit (2013) and Desperate (2016) – delivering an album that confidently grabs your immediate attention. Rub My Mind‘s soundscape blends the melodic rage of lead guitarist and former pro surfer and skateboarder Pyn Doll, the crunchy rhythm guitar of Remmington, the pulsating bass of Iriel Blaque, the Bonham-esque power of Krash Doll on drums; all led by Isis Queen’s dynamic vocals and flamboyant presence. Dedicated to legend Lemmy, the album is an exciting retro cocktail of late ’70s influenced punk and ’90s grunge refracted through the prism of 2017.

Rub My Mind track listing:

  1. Back In The U.S.S.A.
  2. If I Fall
  3. Desert Song
  4. Hole Of Isolation
  5. Gold
  6. Call Me
  7. We Are Champions
  8. Edge Of Innocence
  9. Fade Away
  10. Contract
  11. Where Mountains Drink The Wine
  12. Fire To Burn
  13. Waiting To Be Lost (**track not available on vinyl)

Hailing from an artist commune on the island of Crete, BARB WIRE DOLLS sold everything they owned and left crisis-ridden Greece in 2010 for Los Angeles, at the invite of legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer. The band’s electrifying rock did not go unnoticed by the elder statesman of the Sunset Strip, the incomparable, irreplaceable Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. After seeing BARB WIRE DOLLS live, Lemmy took an immediate interest in the band and had them signed to the Motörhead Music record label.

Having played over eight hundred shows in 25 countries, and with an extensive and diverse live support under their belt, including the likes of GBH, Status Quo, NOFX and Steel Panther, BARB WIRE DOLLS are now hitting the road internationally! See below for all currently confirmed tour dates:

BARB WIRE DOLLS UK/European Tour Dates:

5/11 – Berlin, DE @ Tommy Weissbecker Haus

5/12 – Copenhagen, DK @ High Voltage

5/13 – Hamburg, DE @ Menschenzoo

5/15 – Deinze, BE @ Elpee

5/16 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store

5/17 – Bournemouth, UK @ The Anvil

5/18 – Milton Keynes, UK @ The Crauford Arms

5/19 – London, UK @ Nambucca

5/20 – Manchester, UK @ Rebellion

5/21 – Middlesborough, UK @ Westgarth Social Club

5/22 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast

5/23 – Aberdeen, UK @ The Tunnels

5/24 – Edinburgh, UK @ Bannermans

5/25 – York, UK @ The Fulford Arms

5/26 – Cheltenham, UK @ Frog & Fiddle

5/27 – Leicester, UK @ Uprising Festival, De Montfort Hall

5/29 – Nancy, FR @ La Machine A Vapeur

5/30 – Zurich, CH @ Dynamo Werk 21

5/31 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Kreativfabrik

6/1 – Munich, DE @ Glockenbachwerkstatt

6/2 – Salzberg, AT @ Rockhouse

6/4 – Milan, IT @ Rock In Park Fest/Legend Club

6/5 – Ferrara, IT @ Circolo Arci Blackstar

6/7 – Budapest, HU @ Robot

6/8 – Vienna, AT @ Weberknecht

6/9 – Brno, CZ @ Eleven Club

6/10 – Landshut, DE @ Alte Kaserne

Tickets are available for purchase now, through usual outlets.

2017 Vans Warped Tour, Presented by Journeys:

6/16 – Seattle, WA @ Centurylink Field North Lot

6/17 – Salem, OR @ Oregon State Fairgrounds

6/21 – Albuquerque, NM @ Balloon Fiesta Park

6/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Fear Farm Festival Grounds

6/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel

6/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark

6/25 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

6/27 – Nashville, TN @ The Fairgrounds Nashville

6/28 – Metairie, LA @ The Shrine On Airline (aka Zephyr Field)

6/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre

6/30 – Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field

7/1 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park

7/2 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre

7/4 – Wilmington, NC @ Legion Stadium

7/6 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte

7/7 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion

7/8 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

7/9 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre

7/10 – Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

7/11 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

7/12 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center

7/13 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC

7/14 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion

7/15 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

7/16 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

7/18 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center

7/19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center

7/20 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center

7/21 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills

7/22 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

7/23 – Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park

7/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds)

7/26 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis

7/27 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

7/28 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion

7/29 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center

7/30 – Houston, TX @ NRG Park – Main Street Lot

8/1 – Las Cruces, NM @ “New Mexico State University (Intramural Field)”

8/4 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

8/5 – San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium at Jack Murphy Field

8/6 – Pomona, CA @ Fairplex Pomona





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Paul Johnson and the About Last Nights EP “Give Up The Ghost” Released May 1st


After interviewing Paul Johnson of “Paul Johnson and The About Last Nights” in April we couldn’t wait to listen to the EP “Give Up The Ghosts”.  The EP was released on May 1st.  This EP is a must have!  Everything about the music is just fun.  The EP consists of 4 original songs and the bonus track cover of John Waite’s “Missing You”.

Paul is a southern boy, from Hattiesburg Mississippi.  In the song “Hollywood” he says “don’t take me to Hollywood, keep me in the south where the women are good”.  The song “Burn It Down” is an upbeat, fun, and catchy song.  It is one of those songs that as soon as you listen to it, you will be singing it in your head all day.  Paul’s vocals are great, and their remake of “Missing You” is phenomenal.  This is a band I definitely want to see live.  I bet they put on a fun show.   In our interview, Paul describes their music as “Rock N Roll…Power Pop, with an emphasis on the Power.  High energy power pop with an emotive attitude.”  I can’t get enough of this EP.  Check out the website to see where to get the EP.




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JIBE releases “Epic Tales of Human Nature” on June 9th

JIBE is set to release their new album “Epic Tales of Human Nature” on June 9th.  I was lucky enough to be able to preview this album.  I love the versatility shown on this album.  Each song has it’s own sound and vibe.  There is not a bad song on this album.  “The Human Condition” is one of my favorite songs.  It has a funky sound.  It reminds me of a mixture of P.O.D. and Red Sun Rising.  The next song that caught my attention was “Change”.  This song is amazing both musically and lyrically.  My absolute favorite song on the album is “Waiting”.  I could listen to this song over and over.  I like acoustic songs; however, they can easily be done wrong.  Everything about this song is right!!
If you like a little bit of funk with a whole lot of Rock N Roll, you will love this album.  Check out their video for “We’ve Only Just Begun” below.  Jibe consists of: Joe Grah – Vocals, Toby Bittenbender – Guitar, Ben Jeffries – Drums, and Corey Tatro – Bass.
Jibe began in late 1993 after friends Joe Grah and Toby Bittenbender met bassist Sean Robinson while working at Guitar Center in Dallas, Texas. Drummer Ben Jeffries joined the other members upon moving to Dallas in February 1994. Jibe played their first show at a club called The Basement in Dallas in April 1994. The group soon became known for their energetic and intense live shows and relentless touring schedule, playing well over a thousand concerts in their first five years. Jibe released their first album, a live concert recorded at Trees in Dallas, in 1994. The self-titled LP Jibe followed in 1996.
The band received their first taste of success in 2000 with their single “I’ll Meet You Halfway” from their second studio album In My Head, which reached the #1 spot on college radio stations in Texas and Louisiana. Although compared by the press to classic rock acts such as James Gang and Led Zeppelin, the band cited contemporaries such as U2, Pearl Jam, and Janes Addiction as the primary influences on their developing sound.
In 2003 Jibe released their third album, Uprising. The single “Yesterday’s Gone” received significant national airplay and spent nine weeks in the top 30 on the national rock chart, peaking at #26. The song soared to #1 at radio stations in Dallas, Austin, and Shreveport, and reached the top 10 at dozens of stations across Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana and made the top 20 in several other markets nationwide. “Yesterday’s Gone” charted at #71 on Radio & Records year-end list of the top 100 rock tracks of 2003[4] and was chosen by the Dallas Cowboys as the music bed for their 2003 season. Uprising was also a critical success, earning awards for alternative album of the year, male vocalist of the year, producer of the year, and song of the year at the 2003 KEGL local show awards. [6]
Jibe quickly found themselves in high demand as an opening act for popular nationally touring post-grunge rock acts of the day such as Creed, Staind, Sevendust, Shinedown, Seether, Saliva, Ours, Oleander, Lit, and Our Lady Peace. Jibe toured with Nickelback, Jerry Cantrell, Josh Todd, Kings of Leon, and Marilyn Manson and established themselves as one of the premier rock bands in the Dallas scene.
After playing over 2,500 concerts, Jibe suddenly broke up in June 2004, much to the dismay of their fans. According to the Dallas Observer, the band seemed to be  perpetually perched on fames doorstep and after the success of their most recent album, by all accounts were on their way up. According to Jibe frontman Joe Grah, one night he simply got in his car and drove to Los Angeles and didn’t tell anyone for three days. During his time in Jibe, Grah had become addicted to drugs and alcohol and believes that if he hadn’t left Dallas and broken up the band, he probably would have died.
Jibes reputation in the Dallas scene has become legendary. The legacy of the band is inextricably tied to the pinnacle of the Deep Ellum music scene of the 1990’s. Along with other prominent Dallas bands such as Tripping Daisy, The Toadies, Drowning Pool, and Reverend Horton Heat, Jibe are revered as standard-bearers of a bygone era when rock fans packed the clubs of Deep Ellum.
Jibe played their first concert in eleven years on September 25, 2015 at Gas Monkey Live in Dallas. The show was free, but required tickets which could be reserved at Dallas rock radio station KDGE’s website. The tickets sold out in less than ten hours, and the concert was moved to a larger venue, where tickets again sold out. As of early 2016 the band has written an albums worth of new songs which they are recording at Orb Studios in Austin with producer Matt Noveskey. They are also working on a documentary film about the band’s history and reunion.
We’ve Only Just Begun tells the story of an endless quest for redemption in a turbulent sea of uncertain times. Realizing there’s no beginning and no end in sight, one finds them self at a proverbial crossroads in life. When I left the band, my beautiful dreams turned to recurring nightmares of an unrealized path that kept me running endlessly. The video and song perfectly reflect this journey and finally I’m able to be back home with the band that sets me alight.Joe Grah (lead vocalist)


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Soldiers Of A Wrong War Interview

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We were recently able to catch up with the Italian band Soldiers of a Wrong War.  They recently released their new full length album “Countdowns” on April 18th.  Please check out our interview and their video for the song “Yeah” below.  If you like what you hear, head to their website or social media sites to keep up with them and purchase their music.
Could you give us a little history of the band?
Sure! We’re Soldiers Of A Wrong War, we’re a rock/alternative band and we play together since 2007. We released our first album, ‘Lights & Karma’, in 2011 and we just released our brand new album entitled ‘Countdowns’ which you should definitely check out right now!
How has feedback been for the new album so far?
Feedback has been great so far, we finally had the chance to share some brand new music with the whole world and it was really what we needed to do. It’s awesome to hear what our fans think about this new album but what we like the most is the fact that we’ll finally be able to present these new songs on stage, live in front of anyone who will be interested in finding some new good music to listen to!
What is your favorite song on Countdowns, and why?
Definitely ‘Clocks’. I remember so clearly the day that we wrote this song. See, I was trying to put that “we are like a clock, we just need time” in one of the songs for the new album and that day I was hanging with Luca at his place. After a while Difio joined us and he was like: “guys i got this riff, kinda dark, it goes like..”. As soon as I heard the instrumental it was hypnotic, I loved it! Then I asked him what was the vocal melody like and I realized I had finally found the perfect spot for that catchphrase. We wrote the whole lyrics and instrumental and the song was on fire, ready for the studio. We really feel a deep connection with the lyrics of this track more than any other lyrics on this album, i think that’s why it is our favourite song on Countdowns.
How do you go about writing your music? Is everyone in the band involved?
We write our songs all together. Usually Difio, the singer of the band, writes a first instrumental draft of the track, then we work all together to shpe it and dress it like a real song. As soon as we’re satisfied with how the song sounds, we track down a demo of it, so we can listen to it something like six hundred times more or less. In that way we understand what arrangements would work well on that track. Then we go to the studio, we record, mix, master everything and that’s how you get the Soldiers Of A Wrong War recipe for destruction!
Have you always known you wanted to be musicians?
I have to say yes! You feel it immediatly that first time that you fall in love with a band or an album in particular, you slowly start to realize how strong is the power of music and how this life becomes more colorful and enjoyable thanks to music. I just love making music more than anything else in my whole life, it gives you the tools to shape reality cause you can take something that was just a thought inside your head and make it a real thing, shareable with the whole world and able to connect you directly with thousands of strangers who feel exactly the same way that you do. 
Do you have any plans to tour outside of Italy in the near future?
Absolutely yes! Later this year we’ll do some EU/UK shows and we really hope to have the chance to come to the US to play some shows too, that would be absolutely dope.
Please tell us where people can get your music.
If you like what we do, just go follow us on our facebook and youtube accounts, you’re gonna find all the details about our music there! 
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Doyle II “As We Die” out June 2nd on Monsterman Records


Doyle is set to release “Doyle II: As We Die” on June 2nd on his own record label, Monsterman Records. This album grabs you from the start. The first song on the album, “Kiss Me As We Die” is the perfect way to begin this album. The intro to this song makes you feel like you are entering an adrenaline fueled haunted house. It gets your pulse racing in anticipation of what is to come. This song also has vocals from Arch Enemy’s, Alissa White-Gluz, which just add to the absolute perfection of this song.
Another of my favorite songs on this album is “Virgin Sacrifice”. It has a kick ass, groovy feel to it. Oh yeah, Randy Blythe from Lamb of God, is also a guest on this song. Doesn’t get much better than that. The next song is called “We Belong Dead”, and it kept with the groovy, more controlled feel.
Not following The Misfits, and not being extremely familiar with the first Doyle album, I would definitely recommend this album to anyone. I will also be checking out their first album after hearing this one.
The “Abominate The World” Tour begins tonight. Check out the poster and get to a show if they are coming to your area.
About Doyle:
Lodi, a small borough of Bergen County, New Jersey, is just over two square miles. There’s not much to suggest that the small village would be the birthplace of a world famous, blood-soaked form of music known as horror punk. Legendary acts The Misfits, Samhain, and Danzig all have their origins in Lodi, and something monstrous indeed lurks there. The poster child and originator of the genre, himself, has once again unleashed an evil noise on an unsuspecting world: Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein’s first release, Abominator, by his eponymous band, Doyle.
Released on Doyle’s own label, Monsterman Records, Abominator is a sonically thick and lyrically evil slab of metal that finds Doyle expanding in a logical progression upon the genre of music he helped create. Doyle’s first band, the infamous Glenn Danzig-fronted Misfits, helped create the genre of speed/thrash metal with their last album, 1983’s Earth AD/Wolf’s Blood- in fact the record has been revered as one of the blueprints for the genre by many of its most respected players, as evidenced by countless groups covering the album’s songs, not the least of which being Metallica. Abominator is not the sound of some punk guitarist gone metal- it’s the roaring return of one of extreme metal’s original architects to his blood-splattered drawing board.
Coming from a legendary band of almost mythological proportions, and having first worked with one of the most talented and respected vocalists of the century (the infamous Glenn Danzig), Doyle’s new project would need a singer with brass balls, cast-iron pipes, a suitably twisted mind, and his own vocal delivery style. Enter Alabama’s Alex Story of Cancerslug, a Southern fiend who’s sand-blasted scream opens the record, and the evil doesn’t relent until the ending growl of “Hope Hell Is Warm”, the album’s defiant closer. The man can scream and sing, and employs both styles to great effect, switching seamlessly from raw-throated roars to rough-edged, yet melodic, clean vocals. Alex’s live performances can only be described as unforgettable, disturbing and strangely addictive – a perfect complement to the already mammoth stage presence of Doyle himself.
The unmistakable sound of Doyle’s signature Annihilator guitar cuts through on every tune like a sonic fingerprint, starting with the snarling opening title track Abominator. The Annihilator’s tone is sharp as a butcher’s knife in the wrong hands and just as nasty- fans of the Misfits will recognize it right away.
On tunes like “Headhunter” and “Land of the Dead” the riffs are relentless, and if a riff could be described in emotional terms, remorseless. “Dreamingdeadgirls” brings a blackened-blues swing, and the doom-laden “Love Like Murder” shows a healthy appreciation for all things Sabbath. “Blood Stains” moves from primal sludge to ripping off-time thrash with ease. The album is just that- an album, a cohesive and well executed piece of work that takes the listener on a journey; albeit a bloody journey to places some fear to tread.
As befits songs as musically dark as Abominator‘s, the album’s lyrics are not for the faint of heart. Throughout the entire record, there is absolutely zero attempt to balance its evil with any sort of good counterpoint- penned entirely by Story (probably in blood), Abominator‘s lyrics are entirely and uncompromisingly dark. Music fans looking for feel- good anthems had best look elsewhere- those who enjoy strolling through the shadows will be greatly satisfied.
So how did this Jersey devil and crew wind up with a Dixie-bred howler? “After I had written all this music, I realized I had to get someone to sing this stuff- once I’m done recording guitars, all I can see is myself just playing that riff, ya know? That’s my thing, not lyrics and singing,” Doyle says, with typically blunt candor. “I’ve known Alex for a while, so I called him up, then sent him a bunch of the tunes. Two days later he sent me back ‘Mark of the Beast’, just like it is on the record. I said ‘That’s exactly what I want!’, and the rest is history. I only wrote the word ‘abominator’- all the rest of that stuff is Alex. He’s just crazy, man”.
It’s a match made in hell. But no metal band would be complete without a complete animal behind the drum kit. Brandon “The Crusher” Pertzborn (of Black Flag) delivers all the aggression and insanity necessary (and then some) with his exquisite musicality and showmanship.
So what can fans expect at a Doyle show?
“To get fucking pummeled, man. And then go home and ask themselves ‘What the fuck just happened to me?!?’, hahaha…” he replies with a laugh that this time, no joke about it, actually sounds evil. Loud, aggressive, and technically proficient, Doyle and crew are set to show the world how true horror metal sounds today.
So crank up Abominator until your speakers blow, check out Doyle on tour, and let the beatings begin!
Written by: Randy Blythe of Lamb of God

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