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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

COLDCOCK WHISKEY Invades NAMM



COLDCOCK Whiskey, as well as COLDCOCK Whiskey sponsored artists and partners, will be out at the NAMM Music Convention in full force! NAMM takes place annually at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA – this year from January 22nd through 25th.

COLDCOCK Whiskey will have VIP areas open at the Monster Cable and Schecter Guitars booths.

Once again, COLDCOCK Whiskey will be the official sponsor of the 13th Annual Schecter Guitars NAMM Party, featuring performances from In This Moment and COLDCOCK artist Escape The Fate. The party takes place at The Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, January 24th!

Rick Zeiler, founder of COLDCOCK American Herbal Flavored Whiskey, states, “The NAMM convention has always been a hotbed for business, networking, and of course a whole lot of good parties. This year will be no exception when we team up with Marc LaCorte and our good friends at Schecter Guitars to host the tradeshows biggest party at the Grove Saturday, January 24th. We’re throwing everything we have at this! Invites will go out to our athletes, sponsored bands, tattoo and graffiti artists, and of course, bartenders. If you’re a band looking for a place to party and have some fun, COLDCOCK Whiskey would like to work with you.”

COLDCOCK artists Asking Alexandria and Atreyu will be doing Twitter and Instagram takeovers from the convention all weekend! Follow @COLDCOCKWhiskey on Instagram and Twitter for related posts throughout the week, and make sure to watch for live updates on Friday and Saturday. See below for times:

Atreyu’s Dan Jacobs Twitter/Instagram Takeover times:

Twitter - Friday, January 23rd: 1pm-5pm PST Instagram - Saturday, January 24th: 1pm-5pm PST

Asking Alexandria’s Sam Bettley Twitter Takeover times:

Twitter – Saturday, January 24th: 12pm-1pm PST AND 9pm-10pm PST

COLDCOCK Whiskey will be available at several area venues and businesses, including the Anaheim Convention Center, Marriott Hotel, Anaheim Hilton, Anabella Hotel, Sheraton Park Hotel, The Grove of Anaheim, House of Blues, The Yost Theater, The Juke Joint, Good Ol’ Boys Saloon, Club Fifteen Cocktails, Liquor Market, ABC Market, Chapman Liquor, Rocky Market Liquor, Albertsons, BevMo, Ruth Chris, and Morton’s Steak House.

**NAMM TIP: Be on the lookout as your favorite bands will be autographing bottles of COLDCOCK in area stores!

Make sure to watch COLDCOCK sponsored bands performing at the Marriott and Hilton throughout the weekend, as well as Wovenwar at the Yost Theater on January 23rd, where they will also be celebrity guest bartending after their performance.

Shining reveal album title and release date



Picture by Ester Segarra

SHINING are now announcing the title and release date of their forthcoming full-length. 'IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends' will hit the streets on the 20th of April via Season of Mist. Pre-sale with start on February 3rd.

Mastermind Niklas Kvarforth comments: "SHINING, the ninth, has been given the name of 'IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends'. For once I am extremely pleased with how this album turned out. I believe that the fevered presence of filth and uncompromising darkness is more prominent than ever before. Not only will our more recent fan-base 'enjoy' the oppression contained therein, but I am also certain that those who stopped listening to SHINING after our fifth album will find the new one plague-ridden with what some might have felt was lacking on the more recent efforts… that atmosphere of old."

SHINING will also launch a new website today: www.shiningasylum.com

On previous news, Season of Mist proudly welcomed extreme metal lunatics SHINING to their roster. SHINING is made of mastermind Niklas Kvarforth (vocals, concept, guitars) and his “toolbox”: Rainer Tuomikanto (drums), Christian Larsson (bass), Euge Valovirta (guitar), and Peter Huss (guitar).

Frontman Kvarforth issued the following statement about the signing: “After a long period of negotiations and discussions that lasted almost eight years, I have now chosen to grant Season of Mist the privilege of releasing the next SHINING album. We have also once again decided to work with Andy La Roque and record at his Sonic Train facilities. The ceremony is set to begin in September, and thus my ninth child can be expected in early 2015.”

The pioneer of what is today referred to as “suicidal black metal”, SHINING has been spreading chaos and mayhem throughout the planet since 1996. With eight highly acclaimed albums behind them, and 70+ members fired between the years 2002 and 2011, SHINING has finally found a line-up that has lasted longer than two years. Now the band is fully prepared to shed some genuine darkness into an otherwise shallow scene that relies mostly on overused theatrics and the camouflage offered by alter egos.

“It has cost us a lot doing what we do, but it has all been worth it. We are now a fantastic constellation that is able to put on the kind of show that I’ve been striving for since the very day I gave birth to this sick child of mine nearly two decades back”, says Kvarforth.

Shadowed by controversy and “scandals”, SHINING appears, on the surface at least, to have had a rather tough time over the last couple of years, but the band shrugs it all off with nonchalant ease as largely rumour mongering and single eye-witness reports that have very little basis in fact. Not only is a SHINING show executed with almost excessive perfection, but it is also a must for everyone who longs for something darker and more sinister than that which is provided by run-of-the-mill Black Metal bands. It’s not a coincidence SHINING has been acclaimed as the Guns N’ Roses of the extreme metal community!

ENTER SHIKARI ENTER THE MIDWEEKS AT #3 WITH 'THE MINDSWEEP'



'The Mindsweep', the fourth album by Enter Shikari has entered the UK Album Charts midweeks at #3.

Hot on the heels of massive new releases from Mark Ronson and Fall Out Boy, this is the fourth album of Enter Shikari’s to enter the top 5 on release and another triumph in the continuing mission to slip pigeonhole-avoiding, socially-conscious music into the mainstream (chances are 'The Mindsweep' is the only release in the top 40 with a track specifically about the privatisation of the NHS under the current unelected Tory government. Though, admittedly, I haven’t heard the Sam Smith album all the way through, so you never know, eh?).

The band will be embarking on a brace of Instore Signings this week :

21st January

12pm – HMV Southampton 5:00pm – HMV Brighton Churchill

22nd January

12pm – HMV Birmingham Bullring 5:30pm – HMV Manchester

23rd January

5:30pm – Rise Records, Bristol

And their Europe / UK tour commences in Paris on 2nd February and ends with two Sold Out shows at London’s 3000-capacity Camden Roundhouse at the end of the month.

ESP Guitarist Gus Sinaro’s SINARO Releases New Music Video for “Bullet Through Your Head” via Metal Insider



Brazilian heavy metal guitar guru Gus Sinaro’s eponymous project SINARO is turning heads with their new album Darkest Hours (The Rebirth), available now on Amazon, iTunes and CDBaby.

Today, SINARO is pleased to present a new music video for their track “Bullet Through Your Head”, available for viewing now exclusively via MetalInsider.net. Watch the video now – directed by Jesse Conti of Chariot Media-Productions here: www.metalinsider.net

The success of Gus Sinaro’s projects lead to sponsorship by ESP Guitars, Ernie Ball Strings and Hughes & Kettner Amps. Sinaro will be present at the ESP booth at NAMM this weekend to meet fans and promote the ESP brand. Make sure to say hello!

Gus Sinaro has also been busy with this original band, SYMPHONY OF MALICE. The band recently re-issued their most recent blazingly heavy album, Judgement Day (The Aftermath), in addition to welcoming new drummer Eric Williams. Williams is currently endorsed by Axis Percussion. Drawing influences from traditional thrash and heavy metal bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden and modern metal such as Trivium and Machine Head, SYMPHONY OF MALICE is hell-bent on tearing down the house with their creative musical talents.

BILLBOARD Releases New MISS MAY I Music Video for “Hero With No Name”



MISS MAY I will kick off the Rockstar Energy Drink “Frozen Flame Tour” with headliners August Burns Red and fellow supporting bands Northlane, Fit For A King and ERRA this Thursday, January 22nd! See all tour dates below.

To celebrate the launch of the tour, MISS MAY I is teaming up with Billboard Magazine to release their brand new music video for “Hero With No Name”. The music video features live performance footage from this summer’s ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, in addition to video commentary from active military and Iraq war footage – bringing awareness to the lives and sacrifices made by our nation’s military.

Take a look at the video here via Billboard.

In addition to the new music video, the band is celebrating their first day of the Rockstar Energy Drink “Frozen Flame Tour” with an official Affliction Twitter Takeover! Follow the band during their first day of tour on Thursday the 22nd by following @Affliction on Twitter, and make sure to use the hashtags #livefast, #affliction, and #afflictionclothing when tweeting! https://twitter.com/affliction

MISS MAY I w/ AUGUST BURNS RED, NORTHLANE and More

1/22 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage 1/23 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza 1/24 - Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall 1/25 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues 1/27 - Quebec, QC @ Imperial de Quebec 1/28 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis 1/29 - Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre 1/30 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre 1/31 - London, ON @ London Music Hall 2/1 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall 2/3 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues 2/4 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s 2/5 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave 2/6 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights 2/7 - Lawrence, KS @ The Granada 2/9 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall 2/10 - Murray, UT @ Murray Theater 2/12 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room 2/13 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom 2/14 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory 2/15 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory 2/16 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox 2/17 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater 2/19 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades 2/20 - Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse 2/21 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues 2/22 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre 2/24 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live 2/25 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues 2/26 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues 2/27 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues 2/28 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom 3/2 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues 3/3 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution 3/4 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade 3/5 - Charlotte, NC @ Amo’s Southend 3/6 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva 3/7 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom 3/8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts

The MISS MAY I guys have been working several new things get fans ready for the tour – including Justin’s GuitarWorld.com play-through video of “Refuse To Believe” and Ryan’s Gear Review discussion with PureGrainAudio.com, in addition to the band’s tattoo feature on Inked.com. Stay tuned for more gear videos coming soon!

MISS MAY I’s new album, Rise Of The Lion, is out now via Rise Records. Rise Of The Lion is MISS MAY I’s fourth album and the first to be produced by the legendary Terry Date (Pantera, Deftones, White Zombie, Bring Me The Horizon). Rise Of The Lion is inspired by the countless fan letters the band has received over the years.

Rave The Reqviem Premiere Music Video For "Aeon" At Bloody-Digusting



Swedish electronic metal act Rave The Reqviem are breaking into the American scene with the premiere of their graphic and gripping new music video, "Aeon." The dark, industrial-rooted track with religious and horror-filled imagery debuted at Bloody-Disgusting yesterday. The song comes off the band's latest record, "Rave The Reqviem," which was released internationally via Japanese-based label Digital World Audio last April.

Rave The Reqviem mastermind Filip Lönnqvist, who fronts the band alongside his mother Carola, said this about the new video:

"Since I'd consider myself being a pretentious and ambitious perfectionist, I'm stunned by the fact that these guys managed to deliver a music video which made me 100% satisfied. It's the perfect visual propaganda for our grotesque little sect."

"The video makes heavy use of religious imagery, juxtaposing the softness of angelic hymns, courtesy of vocalist/songwriter Filip Lönnqvist’s mother, with the darkness and anger of metal." — Jonathan Barkan, Bloody-Disgusting.

About Rave The Reqviem: Rave The Reqviem was founded by Filip Lönnqvist during late fall 2011. The purpose of the project was to combine rock and metal with modern electronic music, including everything from electro-industrial to drum 'n' bass and dubstep. Filip's mother, Carola, joined forces with her son — adding her ethereal soprano voice to the music. Thus, creating a polarized and bittersweet sound where mechanical darkness meets beauty and sentiment was complete.

After two self-released demos in 2013, RTR immediately gained attention in the international underground scene, signing a a record deal with DWA and releasing their self-titled debut album on April 11, 2014.