Sunday, March 31, 2013

Chicken With Plums DVD Review


Chicken With Plums focuses on the life of Nasser-Ali Khan, a masterful violin player. When an unfortunate act leaves eir violin in shambles, Nasser-Ali completely gives up on life. Not moving from eir bed, a period of self-realization has to occur to make Nasser-Ali’s life whole again. What Khan ultimately figures out in this dark period is the reason for taking up the violin in the first place. The broken violin represents the love that eir had; rather than suffer, Nasser-Ali realizes that happiness can still lead eir life.  The cast of Chicken With Plums deftly create a narrative that will capture viewers and not let them go until the final credits roll.

Chicken With Plums contains featurettes that further increase the value of this DVD. This means that there is a commentary that is laid down by the directors of the film, Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi. What is already a detailed and intricate film in Chicken With Plums is given further depth after one watches the film with the commentary. Further context is provided to the film when viewers take in the question and answer session that occurred at Tribeca; the theme of love representing the fundamental force in living seems to draw back to classic works such as the Odyssey and O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”.

Chicken With Plums is available at a number of online film retailers. Check out the Sony Classics website for more information about their 2013 films, as well as those titles that are present in their back catalogue. The film will impress through its treatment of reality and those matters that would otherwise be hard to reconcile.

Rating: 9.0/10

Chicken With Plums DVD Review / 2013 Sony Pictures Classics / 91 Minutes /

Chicken With Plums DVD Review

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Boundless Potential with Mark Walton DVD Review

Mark Walton is a tremendous resource when it comes to keep individuals active and lively when it comes to their occupation. During Boundless Potential, Walton is able to showcase the steps that individuals need to take to make themselves out to be great hires in this current, post-recession economy. With a greater segment of the workforce possessing a college education, those older workers need to ensure that they are not passed over. I believe the way in which Walton captures this phenomenon on the Boundless Potential DVD will allow viewers to easily understand the information that is provided while maintaining their interest throughout. The feature runs for the entirety of an hour, which captures the major points of Walton while leaving considerable room open for additional volumes of this series.

Walton wants viewers to re-evaluate their life. By moving beyond mere shifts in resumes and increasing familiarity with computers to taking complete stock of one’s life, the shifts that this older segment of workers will take makes sure that they can become employed when they want. Ultimately, this could leads to finding the job that one wishes to end their career with; the individual, rather than the occupation, will determine this.

The DVD comes with additional features which include a set of further Boundless Potential pieces; this DVD should be required watching for those individuals that wish to make the most out of their middle years. Make sure to purchase a copy of Boundless Potential at the PBS shop, to best prepare yourself for the uncertainty that will exist if one’s occupation is unable to be supported.

Rating: 9.1/10

Boundless Potential with Mark Walton DVD Review / 2013 PBS / 60 Minutes / www.shoppbs.com8876502 (1)

Boundless Potential with Mark Walton DVD Review

Rotten Sound Still Psycho EP Review

6 song EP, were founded in Finland in 1993. This is the sixth release by these guys, and the first on Necropolis records. They are a five piece band, and the CD Is definitely too short, as there are six songs in a 16 minute block. That comes out to about 2:40 a song. Very fast tempo on these songs, with unintelligible lyrics and killer guitars. Rotten Sound practically rivals Cannibal Corpse in the speed department, with guttural vocals to match. “Ignorance” begins much more melodic before regressing into more of the some super speed metal. The only thing that this song has of note is the stomping chorus that they have, in which the singers voice can almost be understood. While a new bassist is being touted on the CD cover (Mika Hakki), who replaces Pakka Ranta, who left to move to Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, you can barely hear him. Rotten Sound is another of the European metal bands that already have gained serious recognition relatively early in their years, like the Hellacopters, Gluecifer, and Hypocrisy. By their eighth year they have release their third full length album, numerous EP’s and toured countless other times, so no one can say that this band does not try. “Lack of Awareness” is by far the most radio friendly song that Rotten Sound has on this mini cd, with a slower tempo and much less brutal guitars. Don’t get me wrong there, their music still kicks the ass of a good 90% of all of the metal bands out there now, but it just is a light song for Rotten Sound. I still can not tell if the lead singer is singing in English or in another language To properly finish of this cd, a cover of Carcass’ “Reek of Putrefaction” is on here. The track is very well played, with a much cleaner sound then the rest of Rotten Sound’s song.

Rating 6.4/10

Rotten Sound-“Still Psycho” EP

Rotten Sound Still Psycho EP Review


Known for crafting dark and clever pop songs, Baltimore synth rock band Red This Ever have announced they are working on a children’s album to be titled Quack.

Quote “We find much inspirations in new wave pioneers like Depeche mode, New Order and Devo but when people ask what our influences are, we often respond with Dr Seuss and Shel Silverstein. Its the classically unique children stories that really move us”.

Please visit Red This Ever’s website at for more information, including full bios, down-loadable 300 dpi photos and MP3′s.

After releasing their first release, Selfless, they followed up with a Selfless remix EP titled Orchestral Manoueuvres in the Red, then a second album, Never Listen, all while Red This Ever continued to tour the US for two years (nonstop). It was difficult touring and recording but they forged through, and with their third release titled, Little Red Men, they have come into their own with popularity and notoriety. 


Dungeons of Dread Book Review


This book is a compilation of four Advanced Dungeons & Dragons modules (Tomb of Horrors, White Plume Mountain, Expedition to the Barrie Peaks, and The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth). The glossy style of current Dungeons and Dragons releases does these old adventures well, creating something that provides dungeon masters with a much more focused approach than was present during the cardboard / paper module years.

The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (S4) is my favorite module, blending a proper amount of skill with a compelling narrative. In this adventure, players are brought together with the promise of tremendous wealth. The success of the party will be up to the build of the team (along with some fortuitous dice rolls), along with the creativity and problem-solving skills of the players helming characters. Taken together, these four adventures will provide a playgroup with a number of nights of play.

Make sure to check out the adventures contained in the Dungeons of Dread book and see exactly the level of immersion that AD&D players experienced during their gaming settings in the early eighties. Look to purchase a copy of Dungeons of Dread at your local gaming store; if none are available, the title is readily accessible at a number of online retailers. Strong sales of this effort will ensure that Wizards of the Coast will continue to release the modules and titles that players have been clamoring for; experience this set of retro Advanced Dungeons and Dragons adventures to see exactly why the title received such large support in the years after its initial release.

Rating: 8.0/10

Dungeons of Dread / Advanced Dungeons & Dragons / / Suggested Retail: $39.9561XS2Nlx7zL (1)

Dungeons of Dread Book Review

Friday, March 29, 2013

John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale 2011 Review

There is no sense that this beer is 11.1%. There is a silky smoothness that will draw imbibers in, while the cloying sweetness (and lack of an alcoholic bite) will allow individuals to sip with (measured) abandon.  In the John Barleycorn Barleywine, there is a warming effect that sticks around long after the beer is drank. Hints of caramel, fig and even slight notes of vanilla will appear in each bottle; the ale’s light carbonation provides a stark palette for flavors to be highlighted.

A bitterness is noticeable at the end of each sip, allowing drinkers to experience the beer in a continually new and refreshed fashion. The Barleywine Ale is eminently drinkable alone, but will heighten the flavors and approaches taken in a steak, lamb, or stew style of cooking.

Take a look at the Mad River website for more information about their slate of beers and their overall availability. Pick up a few bottles of the Barleywine Ale and age them to see what exactly this effort does in the time to come; the 2011 is utterly fantastic and should be purchased by any beer fan.

Rating: 9.2/10

John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale 2011 Review/ 11.1% ABV / Mad River Brewing Co /
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John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale 2011 Review

REIGN SUPREME's Music Video For "Stuck Pig, Bled Dry"

  Metal Injection has premiered REIGN SUPREME‘s music video for “Stuck Pig, Bled Dry”, which can be seen here Directed by Feet First Productions, the track comes from the band’s new EP ‘Sky Burial‘ which is available in stores and online now through Mediaskare Records.

The 7-track EP, which was produced by Will Putney (Stray From The Path, Hundredth), features guest appearances by Scott Wade of Comeback Kid, Chris Colohan of Cursed/Burning Love, and Mike Moynihan/Steve Muscemi of Hollow Earth.

WHILE SHE WAITS Announces New Endorsement Deal with Warwick Basses & Framus Guitar

Phoenix, AZ rockers WHILE SHE WAITS are pleased to announce their new endorsement deal with Warwick/Framus Basses and Guitars. Framus guitars and Warwick basses have been used by many artists and bands like Metallica, Alice in Chains, Mastodon, TRAPT, Meshuggah, Devin Townsend and more.


WHILE SHE WAITS has released an official statement about the endorsement. “We are so excited to start playing the best guitars and basses on the planet. Getting an exclusive endorsement from Warwick/Framus is an amazing feeling. Having an industry leader believe in our music is unreal. We want to thank Chris at Warwick/Framus for teaming this great company and product up with us.”


“As artist relations manager for Warwick and Framus USA, we are thrilled to begin an endorsement relationship with WHILE SHE WAITS,” adds Warwick/Framus Artist Relations rep Christopher Kunitz.  “They are a great band, write awesome, catchy rock songs and stick out from the crowd by having a rip-roaring Southern-rock influence and an extremely high level of musicianship.  Our guitars and basses are the best in the world and are played by some of the best musicians in the world.  We are looking forward to a bright future with WHILE SHE WAITS and the exposure for the brand that they are sure to bring.”


This summer, WHILE SHE WAITS plans on hitting the road with fellow Warwick/Framus endorsed band Throw Logic. The band had some words to share about WHILE SHE WAITS’ endorsement as well. “We are stoked to be heading out on the road this summer with our fellow Warwick/Framus guitar endorsed friends WHILE SHE WAITS. The earth rumbling sound of these Warwick bass guitars and legendary tones of the Framus guitars are unmatched. We at Throw Logic want to welcome WHILE SHE WAITS to the Warwick/Framus family.”


WHILE SHE WAITS is also currently endorsed by KranK Amplifiers, Swiss Picks, Stiff Amplifications, Tsunami Cables and Buzz Technical.


The band is performing at more select shows in the Southwest U.S. this spring. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates:


3/30 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky A Go Go w/ Soil

4/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Venue TBA

4/30 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky A Go Go w/ Taproot



WHILE SHE WAITS recently announced their new record deal with Oklahoma City, OK based record label TMG Records and are working on new music to be released with the label later this year. WHILE SHE WAITS brings the influences of Volbeat, Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Blackstone Cherry and more fused with their upbeat Southern-rock styles.




James Cole- vocals

Tommy Gibbons- lead guitars, backing vocals

Timothy Rooen- rhythm guitars

Aaron Belk- drums, backing vocals

Blake Jordan- bass


For more information on WHILE SHE WAITS, visit

WHILE SHE WAITS Announces New Endorsement Deal with Warwick Basses & Framus Guitar

THE ADVENT EQUATION Release Video For "A Violent Motion"

Monterrey, Mexico-based Melodic Proggressive Metal outfit THE ADVENT EQUATION have just released a video for the song “A Violent Motion,” taken off their 2012 full-length, self-released debut album, Limitless Life Reflections.

The video is now playing at this location.

Limitless Life Reflections is a 60-minute juggernaut of power and beauty, that’s sure to appeal to fans of heavyweights like OPETH and KATATONIA. The album was mixed and produced by Alberto “Charles” Leal at Psicofonia Productions with studio mastering by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Devin Townsend) at Fascination Street studios, Örebro, Sweden. The striking artwork was created by Colin Marks (Nevermore, Scar Symmetry, All Shall Perish) at Rain Song Design, London, England. Purchase the album via iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and other online retailers.

“The Advent Equation is much more of a reflective intellectual style of metal, ruled by heavy, often somber soundscapes, a mixture of harsh and clean vocals, crushing rhythms, tons of extremely inventive melodic lines and an amazing use of keyboardist tremendous skills, especially in the one keyboard you rarely if ever hear in a metal band, the piano. Fantastic debut album by this heavy and introspective Mexican progressive death metal band.” – Jeff Stevens, Prog Metal Zone

“This album should be heard by all, not just metalheads, but by anyone who wants to know what beautiful music is all about.” - Mr Dread, The Dread Music Review

Monterrey, Mexico’s THE ADVENT EQUATION has been officially active since 2008 and released an EP named Sounds from Within that same year. The EP was recorded in their hometown of Monterrey and mastered in Buenos Aires Argentina. The album released through Asenath Records with national distribution and great public reception. This material gave the band the opportunity to play in important events and festivals around Mexico, participating as opening acts for True, Haggard, and most recently Opeth.

THE ADVENT EQUATION Release Video For "A Violent Motion"

My Dying Bride to release 'The Manuscript' this spring

U.K. doomlord, My Dying Bride, has been imposing its legacy for over two decades, since the debut album As the Flower Withers surfaced in 1992. Now the morose troupe returns with its latest work, ‘The Manuscript,’ set for release on Peaceville Records on May 13, 2013 on CD and vinyl.


‘The Manuscript’ contains four new and exclusive songs; a dark voyage spanning over 27 minutes of supreme doom in the unmistakable My Dying Bride style of heaviness mixed with dark tales of foreboding. It was recorded and mixed at Futureworks Studios in Manchester, U.K. with the band’s long-time producer, Mags.



‘The Manuscript’ features four monstrous tracks of brilliantly crafted metal that only My Dying Bride can do, with swathes of doom laden melancholy, harmonic beauty and thundering death metal all combined in its trademark sound.


“Four tales of tragedy, loss and bitter vengeance greet the listener with an added assault on the emotions too, leaving the soul grey and limp. There is beauty here, but it’s carrying a dark blade,” commented the band.


2012 saw the release of undoubtedly one of My Dying Bride’s finest and most epic works of late, A Map of All Our Failures, capturing the imaginations of metal fans and doom lovers alike with foreboding journeys through love and death, religion and folklore.

The band is set to embark upon a short South American tour next month.


Stay tuned for more information on My Dying Bride and ‘The Manuscript.’


My Dying Bride to release 'The Manuscript' this spring


ust days before their most anticipated album Sempiternal hits streets, Bring Me The Horizon are streaming their unreleased song, “Deathbeds” via Alternative Press. The band is also excited to announce a live stream of their performance in Leeds, United Kingdom on their US street date of April 2 at 3:30pm EST via

Fans are invited to check out the new song courtesy of Alternative Press by going here: /song_premiere_bring_me_the_horizon_deathbeds_unreleased_sempiternal_bonus_t

Bring Me The Horizon’s popularity is bursting into the mainstream as Sempiternal is being herald as one of 2013′s  biggest releases in heavy music. Recently featured on the covers of Alternative Press, Rocksound and Kerrang!,  Bring Me The Horizon are building huge momentum worldwide with the anticipated release of their new album and upcoming main stage run at this year’s Vans Warped Tour.

Fan’s can stream the album in it’s entirety here:

The five piece, consisting of Oliver Sykes, Lee Malia, Matt Kean, Matt Nicholls and Jordan Fish, recorded Sempiternal over a three month period with super producer Terry Date (Linkin Park, Deftones, Soundgarden). The band also brought in David Bendeth (A Day To Remember, Paramore) to add to the all-star production line-up and mix the album.

Check out the video for “Shadow Moses” here:

Check out the video for “Sleepwalking” here:

Sempiternal is an embracing ride through soaring vocals, supercharged melodies and what can only be described as spine tingling metal anthems. After the critical and commercial success of their previous albums , There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret (2010) which hit the #17 spot on the Billboard 200 chartand their breakout success Suicide Season (2008), BMTH plan to take heavy music to the next level, incorporating the most dynamic elements of hard music to create the most exhilarating album of the year.

Bring Me The Horizon will headline Warped Tour all summer long.

For more information exciting news about upcoming tours stay tuned to:


DEVOURMENT: Bonus Track To New LP Now Slaying At Gunshyassassin

Following DEVOURMENT’s recent East Coast assault, having torn through Brooklyn and Philly two weeks ago leaving audiences battered and mangled, today the horde deploy yet another new track to the masses.


A bonus track to DEVOURMENT’s Conceived In Sewage LP, released via Relapse in February, the new tune is brutally modern cover of the Cannibal Corpse staple “The Pick-Axe Murders,” and is only available only via iTunes and BandCampor by streaming it now via Gunshyassassin RIGHT HERE.


DEVOURMENT will invade ‘Vegas on June 15th set to take part in the Las Vegas Deathfest alongside Defeated Sanity, Regurgitation, Infernal Dominion, Embalmer and a slew of other acts. Stay tuned for additional new DEVOURMENT shows being conceived and to be announced in the coming weeks.


Catch up on all of the latest news on DEVOURMENT including their first official video for “Parasitic Eruption,” the now nearly infamous lyric video for “50 Ton War Machine,” videos on the creation of Conceived In Sewage with Erik Rutan, ordering options and more at the band’s official Relapse band page HERE. Also catch brutal new live footage of the band storming Brooklyn earlier this month HERE.


DEVOURMENT Live Carnage:

6/15/2013 The Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV @ Las Vegas Deathfest w/ Defeated Sanity, Regurgitation, Infernal Dominion, Embalmer


“…death metal of the highest order… 5/5 – Album of the Month” – Terrorizer


“…an album you want to listen to if you’re in the mood for brutality. 5/5” – Headbang or GTFO


“This album feels bigger, better, fatter, heavier, more balanced, more thoughtful and just really NEW! 5/5″ – Guttural Death


“This is by far one of the heaviest records I’ve ever heard. 5/5″ – Stereokiller

DEVOURMENT: Bonus Track To New LP Now Slaying At Gunshyassassin

LG Sciences Form-XT Supplement Review


Form-XT is an anti-aromatase supplement that decreases the body’s potential to change testosterone into estrogen. The supplement contains Calcium Lactate, Ginger Root, Quercetin, Phellodenron root extract, and piperine. Taken together, the constituent elements of Form-XT ensure that the gains that one makes during their workout regimen will not be lost. Testosterone levels will stay high will continued supplementation with Form-XT, ensuring greater ease in packing on muscle and maintaining strength through the entirety of a workout. This post-cycle aid will benefit individuals at all levels of training; LG Sciences provides a range of dosing that will fit individuals at every level. Make sure to start out at the low end of dosing to gauge how the supplement effects you.

Form-XT can also be purchased in liquid format for those that prefer that delivery method. For more information about the supplement and its price, check out the LG Sciences website. It is important to understand that Form-XT should be utilized alongside typical supplements (multi-vitamin, creatine, protein, pre-workout). While one is on the LG Sciences website, make it a point to see their other supplements – whether one wants to increase energy levels, build strength, or just stay healthy, the company has a product for you.

Rating: 9.2/10

LG Sciences Form-XT Supplement Review /

LG Sciences Form-XT Supplement Review

HARD SUMMER Announces First Stage: ED BANGER 10 Year Anniversary with Justice

Los Angeles’ biggest summertime music event, the sixth annual HARD SUMMER has announced today (March 28) the first stage for this year’s edition taking place Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4 at Los Angeles State Historic Park.  The two-day festival will serve as the only U.S. stop of the Ed Banger 10-Year Anniversary Tour with the Ed Banger 10th Anniversary Stage.

“We are celebrating 10 years of Ed Banger Records this year,” states Pedro Winter aka Busy.P of Ed Banger Records. “10 years means 10 shows all around the world, with one great stop at HARD SUMMER in L.A.  JUSTICE (DJ set), BREAKBOT live, BUSY.P Ed Banger Megamix, FEADZ, MR. OIZO, SO ME and more will show how we party in Paris!”

Further line-up information will be released soon.  Tickets are on sale now via

Since launching in 2008, HARD SUMMER has become the largest ticketed music festival in the city of Los Angeles, expanding as a two-day event last year for the first time in the festival’s 6-year history. In 2012, the festival drew over 50,000 party goers to downtown Los Angeles for high-octane performances from the likes of Skrillex, Bloc Party, Miike Snow (Live), Boys Noize, Bloody Beetroots (DJ set), NERO (Live), Magnetic Man, Squarepusher, James Murphy, Little Dragon and many more.  Details on the 2013 line-up will be announced soon.

HARD SUMMER Announces First Stage: ED BANGER 10 Year Anniversary with Justice

King Midas Sound Sign to Ninja Tune

Ninja Tune are delighted to announce the signing of King Midas Sound!

The trio, made up of The BugRoger Robinson and Kiki Hitomi, will release a new single, Aroo, on Record Store Day 2013 (20 April) on 180g 12″ vinyl with silver UV gloss text, matt board, and a black inner sleeve.

full album release will follow later in the year – keep your eyes peeled for the Aroo video premiere, coming very soon.

King Midas Sound Sign to Ninja Tune

AUTUMNBLAZE Releases New Video and Audio Snippet For Upcoming Album

German despondent rockers AUTUMNBLAZE have released a stop-motion music video for “Invisible Fields,” a new track taken off from the group’s upcoming full-length effort entitled Every Sun Is Fragile.

The music video for “Invisible Fields” was created by Philip L. Ward under Meph Production. Check out the ‘Invisible Fields’ music video at this location.

A six-minute audio snippet of “Every Sun Is Fragile” is also available for streaming at the Pulverised Records Bandcamp Page.

The album artwork for Every Sun Is Fragile will feature two different formats; the normal Jewel Case CD version and a limited edition Slipcase CD version. The Slipcase CD edition will feature an alternate cover and will be made available in limited quantities.
Jewel Case cover

Slipcase CD cover


New ghosts in town

Invisible fields

Im Spiegel

Mein Engel, der aus Augen fließt

Every sun is fragile

Cold soul

How I learned to burn my teardrops

A place for paper diamonds



Markus Baltes – Vocals / Guitars

Andreas – Guitars

Arisjel – Drums / Backing vocals


AUTUMNBLAZE Releases New Video and Audio Snippet For Upcoming Album


"Classic power metal with the brutal edge of thrash, speed, and precision." A fitting description from guitarist Ross the Boss about his new project, DeathDealer. Comprised of Ross, as well as vocalist Sean Peck (Cage), guitarist Stu Marshall (producer and guitarist for such voices as Udo Dirkschneider and Steve Grimmett), bassist Mike Davis (Rob Halford, Lizzy Borden), and drummer Rhino (Manowar), DeathDealer will be dropping their debut full-length, 'War Master,' some time this summer.
The cover artwork was generated by Marc Sasso who has done previous work for Dio, Halford, and Adrenaline Mob, among others. Close ups of this highly detailed piece can be viewed at

But for collectors that want to add a truly unique and special piece to their collection, the "Death Dealer Ultimate Warrior Pre-Order Pak" is the way to go. The pak will only be made available through the official Death Dealer website - - and will not be sold to distributors. For only 35 bucks, you will receive the following:







Additionally, the first 250 orders will receive a Death Dealer VIP full color tour laminate, so the band can easily identify the early adopters - the first of the faithful - so when the band sees you at one of their shows, you shall be treated accordingly! And as Sean explains, the pre-order pak will include some true one-of-a-kind items. "The idea for the cover was to create an image that portrayed power, venom, justice, and something iconic. Marc Sasso was nice enough to include other samples of the 'War Master' character in various poses and some other pieces of his magic for us to enjoy, so we included them in this sketch book and liner notes package."

Stu - "The album 'War Master' really represents a true power and return to the days of bands being able to play live what goes on the album. Apart from being the best album I have ever been involved with, I am working with some of the most talented guys on the planet. I remember the excitement of the new metal album coming out, I think some of those days had gone over the last 10 years in the industry and now it's time to bring it back."
Sean - "Making this album with this incredible line-up of guys was just a freaking great time! I cannot wait for everyone to hear it. This album really has it all in my opinion, soon to be metal classic songs that are heavy, hook-laden, and packed full of lots of guitar, drum, and vocal fireworks. When you look at who is in the band, I think the metalheads out there will be thrilled to know that without any hesitation I can assure them that the album sounds as badass as they would hope and expect it to be."

Mike - "Since I've been in both Halford and Dramarama for the past ten years and having put 100% into both bands, I'm extremely excited and looking forward to working with some new, very talented musicians who share the same passion for music, and 'War Master' more than stands on it's own as a vicious greeting to the metal world."

Rhino - "I am very excited about being in this band and getting this first album out. I really feel at home with this line-up. All the guys really formed a bond as we put the band and album together. Recording and writing with Ross and the guys really flowed naturally and the results are amazing. I am really proud of everything about this record and it reminds me of the glory days of heavy metal. We all love metal and metal is or lives, and because of that, I know the diehards are going to freak out when they hear this record."

Ross - "It's been a long time since a CD like 'War Master' has come around. This is a great CD but only the tip of the iceberg for DeathDealer."







Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sweet Jane Preview Their New Single "I Wanna Be in Love"

What’s becoming known as Sweet Jane’s signature “wall of sound,” is no better demonstrated than on their latest single, “I Wanna Be in Love.” The single is now at radio in Ireland and off of their forthcoming new four song ep “Witches,” scheduled for release on April 19 and on 12” vinyl in May through Reekus Records. Sweet Jane will tour the UK with Besnard Lakes in May in support. Preview “I Wanna Be in Love” here:

Sweet Jane recently showcased at Canadian Music Week in Toronto. Here’s a live review from CMW of Sweet Jane’s show at the Hideout: “Not really psychedelic and not really hard rock, they had a great sound and a very strong vocal presence. The Hideout patrons were grooving to these guys.”

Sweet Jane are four Paxton brothers (Danda on guitar, vocals; Neil on guitar, keys and vocals; Conor on keys and guitar; Ruairi on bass and Donagh O’Brien on drums).


In the past year, songs from from their highly acclaimed debut album
Sugar For My Soul won competitions to be included on the soundtracks of shows at leading US companies such as MTV and Activision / Blizzard. They were chosen among more than two thousand international entries to win a competition run by NBC Universal at Midem 2012 to have their music included on the soundtracks of shows such as Being Human.

This is what NBC says of their music: “Sweet Jane have beautifully haunting vocals as well as wonderful driving hooks that make them a perfect indie rock candidate across the board.”

Sweet Jane are most at home the stage however and building their reputation as great live band. This is what leading music magazine Hotpress had to say about a recent gig at Cork’s Crane Lane:

“There are elements of shoegaze in Sweet Jane’s schtick, with waves of guitar carrying the music forward but they have a harder rock core. Channeling the Velvet Underground, The Byrds and the Stone Roses, they mix melody and guitar attack with superb effect, with songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Danda Paxton masterminding the band’s big sound superbly. They go down a storm.”

TOXIC HOLOCAUST Releases Lyric Video For “Agony of the Damned”

Portland’s favorite punk/metal delinquents TOXIC HOLOCAUST recently unleashed a new lyric video for “Agony of the Damned.” Initially featured on the band’s 2011 Conjure and Command full-length, “Agony Of The Damned” makes an “updated” appearance on the From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction compilation, set for release via Relapse Records next month.


Elaborates band mastermind Joel Grind: “This version of ‘Agony of the Damned’ was recorded in September of 2010 with a drum machine a few months before we stepped into the studio to record the one that appears on Conjure and Command. When making an album, I usually demo out the entire thing before I step into a studio. This keeps costs low and gives me time to sit with it to iron out the details. Since Conjure and Command was the first TOXIC record to feature a full band, this demo served the purpose of familiarizing everyone with the new material and is previously unreleased.”


Lay your peepers on the video at THIS LOCATION.


From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction is a gargantuan 22-track anthology that compiles over a decade’s worth of TOXIC HOLOCAUST rarities into one raging compilation of antagonistic bliss. Amassing the band’s many contributions to various comps and vinyl-only splits with the likes of Municipal Waste, Midnight and others, alongside demo versions of treasured TOXIC classics, From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction is a historic romp through the history of one of today’s most revered, gritty, old-school metal bands.


From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction will see release through Relapse Records on April 2nd in North America, March 29th in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland and Benelux and April 1stin the UK. Additionally, you can check out the >From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction teaser video and ordering info HERE.


TOXIC HOLOCAUST is currently in the studio working on the as-yet-untitled follow-up to their 2011 Conjure And Command full-length. Praised for its “nuclear reactive riffage and Repo Man punk attitude,” by Revolver and commended for its “tar-thick riffage, staggering breakdowns, and a corroded dose of self-loathing,” by The Onion’s A.V. Club, Conjure And Command continues to reap hails from fans and critics globally. As an added bonus, the band closed the year with the honor of having the song “Bitch” rear its sonic apocalyptic menace in an episode of high-rated FX drama series Sons Of Anarchy (season 5; episode 11).


TOXIC HOLOCAUST mutated into existence in 1999, when Joel Grind merged his love for classic punk and metal into his ideal band. Like his influences – Bathory, Venom, English Dogs, Possessed, Broken Bones – TOXIC HOLOCAUST offers up blazing riffs, gravel-throated vocals, and a deadly fixation on the evil in man and a post-apocalyptic world wrapped in a DIY attitude.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST Releases Lyric Video For “Agony of the Damned”

Swing Session Saison Beer Review


Swing is a wonderful break from the masses of heavy or hoppy efforts that have been everywhere through the fall and winter. Swing, what Victory calls a “session Saison) is pegged at a 4.50% ABV. The hazy initial flow of Swing provides a decently large heads. Initial tastes that become prevalent here include citrus (orange, lemon) and coriander notes and bits of pepper, opening up into something that is ultimately drinkable. The session aspect (manifesting itself as a lower ABV than many Saisons) coupled with the bright and bold flavors of the beer ensures that individuals will be able to put away quite a few before their session ends.

As individuals continue to drink the Swing, a more grain / cereal flavor highlights the aforementioned citrus notes, creating a much more nuanced beer than many saisons currently on the market. Swing can be enjoyed on its own or paired with beef, lamb, or goat; I would venture that it would blend well with seasoned fish. The distinctive flavor of Swing makes into an effort that any fan of saisons or of beers generally should search out whenever they can.

Check out the Victory website for more information about where Swing (and the brewery’s other efforts) can be purchased, along with the dates that their seasonal beers can be purchased.

Rating: 8.1/10

Swing Session Saison Beer Review / Victory Brewing Company /


Swing Session Saison Beer Review


German power metalers Helloween announce their upcoming North American tour. The band will travel across the US and Canada this September and October bringing their power hooks and catchy melodies to fans who have yearned to see them since their 2008 tour with Gamma Ray.

Tickets are now on sale at :

Tour Dates:

24. Sep 13 USA New York City, NY / Stage 48

25. Sep 13 CAN Montreal, QUE / Club Soda

26. Sep 13 CAN Quebec City, QUE / Theater Imperial

28. Sep 13 CAN Toronto, OT / The Opera House

29. Sep 13 USA Columbus, OH / Newport Music Hall

30. Sep 13 USA Joliet, IL / Mojoes

02. Okt 13 USA Denver/Engelwood, CO / Gothic Theater

03. Okt 13 USA Salt Lake City, UT / In the Venue

05. Okt 13 USA Seattle, WA / El Corazon

07. Okt 13 USA Anaheim, CA / The Grov


About Helloween
Helloween are known as the inventors of ‘German Melodic-Speed-Metal’ and are creative pioneers and one of the most successful metal bands in personal union since their beginnings in 1984.

HELLOWEEN’s new album, Straight Out Of Hell, has landed at #97 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling around 4,100 copies in the US in it’s first week of release. Straight Out Of Hell hit #4 in Germany and scored the highest position in band history. As well, the album is #2 in the international album charts in Japan and #4 in Finland.

Is our civilization standing right on the edge of the abyss? Is the Maya calendar actually right, predicting the end of the world on December 21, 2012? “We will all survive the year 2012 and face an even more positive and energetic future.” Deris states. Helloween have documented how this future could look like, or rather sound like, on their latest studio album Straight Out Of Hell, scheduled after the alleged doomsday. It’s a work full of speed and toughness, with optimism and great joy of playing, featuring complex arrangements, strong hooks and plenty of catchy melodies. Or, let the facts speak for themselves, 13 mostly fast-paced songs that turn out to be impressively multi-layered and will completely delight all Helloween fans due to the different songwriters: Andi Deris, founding members Michael Weikath and Markus Großkopf, and guitarist Sascha Gerstner.


THE MOTH GATHERER unveils a video for "A Falling Deity"

Progressive/Experimental rockers with a strong emotional touch and ambitious message behind the riffs – Sweden’s THE MOTH GATHERER – have unveiled a video clip for “A Falling Deity” song, the album closing track. Directed and produced by Tommy Pedersen, the video can be customised up 1080p HD format at You Tube.

“It’s kinda David Lynch-like. Very slow, very haunting. We want to create a feeling, something that makes the viewer think. Death is not entertainment, death hurts.” - commented the band. The clip can be seen here:

“A Falling Deity” song has been shortened for the needs of the video. The original version of the song that appears on the album is over 8 minutes long. THE MOTH GATHERER‘s debut album entitled “A Bright Celestial Light” will hit the shops on CD, LP and Digital on April 16th worldwide via Agonia Records.


1. The Water That We All Come To Need

2. Intervention

3. A Road of Gravel and Skulls

4. The Womb, The Woe, The Woman

5. A Falling Deity

Two previously revealed songs can be streamed here:

“A Road of Gravel and Skulls”
“The Womb, The Woe, The Woman”

THE MOTH GATHERER‘s music is hard to label, due to band’s non-one-dimensional approach towards the songs they create; the Experimental/Progressive etiquette seems almost too laconic to fully do justice to the spirit of the compositions. The debut offers up long and complex tracks, but still surprisingly simple and compelling. Abundance of tempo changes and variations that surround the album bask in emotionally charged, progressive yet utterly melodic slower-sections, addictive enough to stimulate the imagination.

THE MOTH GATHERER unveils a video for "A Falling Deity"

Hemingway & Gellhorn Blu-Ray Disc Review


This drama/romance blend captures the real-life romantic relationship of Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn. The cast is star-studded (Nicole Kidman, Parker Posey, Clive Owen, Lars Ulrich), while the narrative explains well Hemingway’s creative output during this period of eir life.

HBO has included a number of special features on this Blu-Ray. The audio commentary between Walter Murch (editor) and Philip Kaufman (director) shows that the duo has done their research. For those that wish to know more about Hemingway during this period, watching the commentary provides a considerable amount of additional context to enlighten viewers about the motivation of the titular characters and how exactly reality and film differed. While Hemingway & Gellhorn is not a title that needs crazy special effects or for viewers to be removed from reality, “Behind the Visual Effects” showcases some of the more tricky shots and other difficulties in bringing the plot from paper to silver screen. The Blu-Ray’s last bonus feature is a behind the scenes look (melding together costume and set designs with the decisions to cut specific sequences filmed for the Hemingway & Gellhorn Blu-Ray.

For the best prices, individuals that wish to procure a copy of Hemingway & Gellhorn would do well to search online; a quick scan places this Blu-Ray at a shade under $20. I believe that this film has considerable replay value as the main cast and supporting actors alike do a great job in divorcing themselves from what they have done previously, throwing themselves headfirst into their roles. Hemingway & Gellhorn is one of the strongest titles that we have reviewed this year, and this releases shows why HBO has been at the forefront of original content for the last thirty or so years.

Rating: 8.7/10

Hemingway & Gellhorn Blu-Ray Disc Review / 2013 HBO Films / 167 Minutes /


Hemingway & Gellhorn Blu-Ray Disc Review

Hemingway & Gellhorn Blu-Ray Disc Review

Kayla Stockert Castles in the Sand CD Review


Don’t Go Messing With My Heart is the introductory track on Castles in the Sand, with an instrumentation that shines while highlighting Stockert’s imitable vocals. Stockert and the Como Brothers are able to make a very contemporary track built off the doo-wop and country traditions; a wide swath of listeners will be able to find something to appreciate. What They Say is a track that is destined for radio rotation. Stockert’s vocals soar above the track with a melody that will imprint itself deep into the psyche of listeners. Hints of Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson can be heard here, but there is an earnestness to Stockert’s persona that will lure listeners in.


Your Love closes the Castles in the Sand EP, and increases the tempo of the disc considerably. The backing instrumentation takes on a Maroon 5 feel as Stockert shifts from confident to introspective. These different vocal approaches provides greater nuance to this track; listeners will easily be able to identify spots in their own life where they were unsure about the love that they heard. Taken together, the three tracks on Castles in the Sand paint nicely a picture of Kayla Stockert, while providing listeners with tracks that will go down easily and impress musically.

Make sure to purchase a copy of Castles in the Sand from Stockert’s website or CDBaby. Stockert’s maturity on this EP makes me confident that she will be able to shine on a full-length album; keep an ear firm to the ground about Stockert and the Como Brothers; big things await.

Top Tracks: Don’t Go Messing With My Heart, What They Say

Rating: 8.5/10

Kayla Stockert Castles in the Sand CD Review / 2013 Self / 3 Tracks /

Kayla Stockert Castles in the Sand CD Review


This past weekend on the stage of the historic Grand Ole Opry, THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND performed and welcomed a very special guest on-stage for a little help singing the group’s classic hit, “Can’t You See.”  That special guest was 21-year-old singing Walmart cashier sensation, KAYLA SLONE.


“I had seen this girl on the news and when I found out she would be performing on the Opry with us, I knew we had to invite her back out after her set to help us sing ‘Can’t You See,’” says MTB lead singer and founding member Doug Gray.


Slone recently made national headlines after a customer recorded her singing while on-duty as a cashier at a Walmart in her home state of West Virginia.  The video recording was uploaded to the Internet and soon attracted the attention of the national media (click HERE for more).  One of Slone’s dreams was to perform on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.  She was given that opportunity after the Opry contacted her with a personal invite.


“It was a real honor to sing on the Grand Ole Opry stage and be a part of a great tradition,” says Slone.  ”It was also a special treat to sing with The Marshall Tucker Band and it goes to show you that dreams really do come true!”


Gray notes, “We had so much fun singing with Kayla.  She was a real pro and I know she will go far in this business.  I had chills up and down my spine after hearing her sing!”


About The Marshall Tucker Band

Forty-one years ago, The Marshall Tucker Band was founded in Spartanburg, SC.  Thanks to hits like “Can’t You See,” “Heard It In A Love Song” and “Fire On The Mountain,” the 5x Gold, 3x Platinum-selling southern rock group has sold more than 15 million albums to date.  MTB songs have been featured in major motion picture films and television series including BlowThe BoxSwing Vote, Half Nelson, My Name Is EarlCold Case and Good Guys.  CMT (Country Music Television) named the MTB’s “Can’t You See” the #4 Greatest Southern Rock Song .  The MTB’s debut album, The Marshall Tucker Band, reigns as Gibson Guitar’s #5 Greatest Southern Rock Album.  Recently, crowned the MTB’s “Can’t You See” the #1 Greatest Southern Rock song ever recorded.


For additional information on The Marshall Tucker Band, visit




Track Listing for John Denver: The Music Is You
“Leaving on a Jet Plane” by My Morning Jacket

“Take Me To Tomorrow” by Dave Matthews

“All of My Memories” by Kathleen Edwards

“Prisoners” by J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten

“Sunshine On My Shoulders” by Train

“Back Home Again” by Old Crow Medicine Show

“This Old Guitar” by Lucinda Williams

“Some Days are Diamonds” by Amos Lee

“Rocky Mountain High” by Allen Stone

“Annie’s Song” by Brett Dennen and Milow

“Looking For Space” by Evan Dando

“Take Me Home, Country Roads” by Brandi Carlile & Emmylou Harris

“The Eagle and The Hawk” by Blind Pilot

“I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado” by Mary Chapin Carpenter

“Darcy Farrow” by Josh Ritter and Barnstar!

“Wooden Indian” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Heaven and Hell Records To Reissue FALSE PROPHET Discography

Heaven and Hell Records will be releasing the complete recorded works from North Carolina death thrashers FALSE PROPHET on CD as part of the Lost Relics collection.


Formed in the late 1980s FALSE PROPHET would quickly become one of North Carolina’s leading metal bands and grew into one of the East Coast’s most fierce thrash/death metal acts by the early 1990s. Their first self-titled demo, released in 1989, saw the band gain attention throughout the underground. But it wasn’t until the release of their full-length, Second Death, in 1991 that the band began to gain mass critical praise from critics and peers. Many throughout the metal community saw FALSE PROPHET as the next Morbid Angel.


The band toured the region playing with such acts as Danzig, Confessor, Forbidden, Demolition Hammer and Dark Angel. They eventually landed a deal with Belgium label Mausoleum Records. Unfortunately an album would never be release. By 1993 the band changed their name to INFERNAL HIERARCHY and released a self-titled, two-song 7″. The band split up shortly there after.


Finally this awesome thrash/death metal collection will see a proper release all re-mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, NC.

To be included:

Sign of the Cross 1989 demo

01.Red Dawn

02. Sign of the Cross

03. Devil’s Meat

04. False Prophecy
Second Death 1991 full-length

05. Diabolic Rites (Intro)

06. Second Death

07. Holy Deception

08. In Satan’s Name

09. Forgotten Souls

10. Bring Back a Memory


Infernal Hierarchy 1993 7″

11. First Born

12. False Prophecy



Video footage of the band playing live at Snookers in Raleigh, NC in 1993 has been posted at:

Heaven and Hell Records To Reissue FALSE PROPHET Discography

VALIENT THORR to Release New Album "Our Own Masters" June 18

  Chapel Hill, North Carolina hard rock heavyweights VALIENT THORR will release their highly anticipated sixth studio album Our Own Masters on June 18 via Volcom Entertainment. Recorded at Ronnie Jone Sound Studios in Athens, GA and produced, engineered and mixed by Kyle Spence of experimental rockers Harvey Milk, Our Own Masters shines a bright light on VALIENT THORR‘s singular sound, delivering twelve tracks of balls-to-the-wall rock that yearns to be played at full volume.

Formed in 2000, VALIENT THORR plays loud, fast heavy music — influenced by both metal and punk — that draws creatively from touchstones such as AC/DC, Thin Lizzy and the MC5 (Motörhead might also be a point of reference here, though more in spirit than in sound). The band has a stranglehold on amped-up hard rock and stripped-down heavy metal, barnstorming stages across the world with its catchy, ass-kicking riffs, unmatched energy, fist-pumping anthems and hyper-agitated live show, led by front man and ringleader Valient Himself, whose highly entertaining, heady lyrics (the singer was once a college professor) become a call to arms for the band’s legions of devoted fans — nicknamed the “Thorriors” — that assemble in chapters and track the band from show to show, town to town. VALIENT THORR is a group that averages between 200 and 250 live shows a year, be it on stage as beloved headliners exposing the world to developing new acts (see Royal Thunder, Red Fang) or criss-crossing the globe as special guests of peers such as Mastodon, Motörhead and Misfits.

VALIENT THORR “Our Own Masters”

     Our Own Masters is a triumphant display of crescendo-ing riffs, rousing vocals and canyon-wide grooves and a record set to remind the world why VALIENT THORR‘s high voltage

concoction of rock, metal and punk and formidable reputation proceeds them for a reason. The record’s wild, extraterrestrial cover artwork (shown above) is taken from a 1975 painting by John Aylward, father of VALIENT THORR drummer Jason Aylward.

     Track listing:

     1.) Immaculate Consumption

     2.) Master Collider

     3.) Manipulation

     4.) No Strings Attached

     5.) Life Hands You Demons

     6.) Torn Apart

     7.) Cerberus

     8.) Good News Bad News

     9.) Insatiable

    10.) Crowd Pleaser

    11.) Nervous Energy

    12.) Call Off the Dogs

In celebration of the release of Our Own Masters, VALIENT THORR will launch a U.S. headlining tour, set to kick off on June 12 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The two dozen city trek will run through July 6 and feature support from Los Angeles’ GYPSYHAWK and Boston’s RAMMING SPEED. The just-announced dates are as follows:


      VALIENT THORR “Our Own Masters” U.S. Headlining Tour:

      with special guests Gypsyhawk and Ramming Speed

     June 12     Charlotte, NC               Tremont Music Hall  (tickets on sale HERE)

     June 13     Richmond, VA              Kingdom  (tickets on sale HERE)

     June 14     Baltimore, MD              Wind-Up  (tickets on sale HERE)

     June 15     West Chester, PA         The Note  (tickets on sale HERE)

     June 16     Boston, MA                  Great Scott

     June 17     New York, NY               The Studio at Webster Hall  (tickets on sale HERE)

     June 18     Brooklyn, NY                Saint Vitus

     June 19     Rochester, NY              Bugjar

     June 20     Columbus, OH              Ace Of Cups  (tickets on sale HERE)

     June 21     Detroit, MI                    The Shelter

     June 22     Chicago, IL                   Reggie’s

     June 24     Minneapolis, MN           7th St Entry  (tickets on sale HERE)

     June 25     Kansas City, MO           Riot Room  (tickets on sale HERE)

     June 26     Tulsa, OK                     Downtown Lounge

     June 27     Dallas, TX                     Three Links  (tickets on sale HERE)

     June 28     Houston, TX                  Fitzgerald’s  (tickets on sale HERE)

     June 29     Austin, TX                     Red 7

     June 30     New Orleans, LA           Siberia

     July 1        Pensacola, FL              Vinyl Music Hall

     July 2        Gainesville, FL              High Dive  (tickets on sale HERE)

     July 3        Tampa, FL                    The Orpheum  (tickets on sale HERE)

     July 4        Orlando, FL                   Will’s Pub

     July 5        Atlanta, GA                   The Earl  (tickets on sale HERE)

     July 6        Raleigh, NC                   King’s Barcade

VALIENT THORR to Release New Album "Our Own Masters" June 18

Gandalf Dreamweaver CD Review


The second part of Into the Rising Sun provides listeners with a considerably different set of instrumental elements than the initial one: Gandalf is able to link together the two through sheer ability, setting up listeners for Reaching for the Sky. Reaching for the Sky weighs in at 9 minutes (the disc’s longest), providing fans with an epic composition. The different movements in this track allow Gandalf ample opportunity to weave in disparate styles and influences. What results in Reaching for the Sky is an effort that stays fresh minute after minute, with a complexity present that affords listeners multiple spins. Dreamweaver is the titular track, and represents the bridge between the first and second parts of the album. The track is relatively short (6:23), but Gandalf’s arrangements during the track provide the song with an authority that lasts long after the last note has ceased.

Dreamweaver’s second half acts nearly as a mirror for the initial offerings; Written in the Stars (Parts 1 and 2) end the track, while Life’s Blossoms touches upon some of the same fertile ground which washed over listeners during Reaching for the Sky. Life’s Blossoms approximates those years of life when everything is going well – one may get their dream job, build a family, and may even go on a vacation. During Life’s Blossoms, Gandalf’s compositions possess rich enough narrative to establish a story that needs no words.

Visit the Real Music website for more information about the company’s 2013 slate of releases, and Gandalf’s website directly for the latest news and live dates which you can see the performer.

Top Tracks: Into the Rising Sun (Parts 1 + 2), Shining Like A Jewel

Rating: 8.0/10

Gandalf – Dreamweaver CD Review / 2013 Real Music / 9 Tracks / /

Gandalf Dreamweaver CD Review

Rivers Of Nihil Wrap Up Tracking Drums For Upcoming Full-Length Debut

Reading, Pennsylvania’s death metal quintet, RIVERS OF NIHIL, recently entered Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg with Erik Rutan to record their first full-length album and Metal Blade Records debut, which is due out before the end of 2013. Drummer Ron Nelson checked in after completing tracking the drums and here’s what he had to say:

“Tracking went awesome; we were right on schedule with how we planned it out and everything went smoothly. Erik and I had very similar visions in the way we wanted the drums to sound and he delivered. Although this is our first full-length release, they’re going to be the most natural drums Rivers has had to date and we couldn’t be happier with how they sound.”

Stay tuned as more studio info is released. Tour dates for the summer are in the works so stay tuned to and RIVERS OF NIHIL’s Facebook page for dates and more studio updates.

About the band:

Formed in 2009 in Reading, Pennsylvania, RIVERS OF NIHIL—which can be can be defined as the continuation of a neutral flow of retaining emptiness; humble, egoless…— took shape after Jake Dieffenbach (vocals), Ron Nelson (drums), and Jon Kunz (guitars) got together to create a band to push the boundaries of death metal. Formed out of the ashes of their previous band, Jake, Ron, and Jon played their first show as a three piece, but soon after the band recruited Adam Biggs (bass/vocals) and Brody Uttley (guitars) who had both recently exited their own old band. RIVERS OF NIHIL went on to self-release two EPs—2010′s Hierarchy and 2011′s Temporality Unbound. The band played several shows and toured throughout the East Coast and Midwest, including stops at Midwest Fuckfest with Dying Fetus, Misery Index and Arsis, and Akron Deathfest with Complete Failure. RIVERS OF NIHIL continued to tour in support of their EPs, sharing the stage with Suffocation, The Faceless, Despised Icon, Revocation, Beneath the Massacre, Dysrhythmia, Decapitated, Six Feet Under, and Decrepit Birth, logging over 50 dates in the US alone.

Enter the summer of 2012; RIVERS OF NIHIL and Metal Blade Records began talks, and in September the band was officially signed to the label. In March of 2013 RIVERS OF NIHIL entered the studio with death metal master Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, ex-Morbid Angel) at MANA RECORDING STUDIOS (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Exhumed, Mountain Goats) in St. Petersburg, Florida to begin the recording of their first full-length studio set for release before the end of 2013. Once RIVERS OF NIHIL finish recording they will hit the road to play in front of as many metalheads as possible during the summer and fall to support their upcoming Metal Blade Records debut.


Jake Dieffenbach – Vocals

Brody Uttley – Guitars

Jon Kunz – Guitars

Adam Biggs – Bass/vocals

Ron Nelson – Drums

Follow and keep up to date with RIVERS OF NIHIL at the following sites:

Rivers Of Nihil Wrap Up Tracking Drums For Upcoming Full-Length Debut

Rajendra Teredesai Path of the Divine CD Review

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Param Sukh begins Path of the Divine; the narrative qualities of Teredesai’s Bansuri flute provide a cogent and coherent story that is weaved throughout the entirety of the composition. Shakti Dhyana is able to keep close stylistically, despite possessing an outward sound that represents a distinct facet of Teredesai. The tracks on Path of the Divine provide listeners with a brief glimpse into Teredesai the human just as they do Teredesai the artist.

A bright point on Path of the Divine, Bhakti Dnyana brings listeners onto an eight-minute journey through Teredesai’s soundscape. The arrangements (flute and atmospheric noise) provide listeners with a range of complex interactions, establishing the composition as something much greater than its sum of constituent parts. Themes are allowed to properly breathe, allowing Teredesai ample time in-track or through a range of tracks to further elaborate and expand ; the late-disc trilogy of Samarpan, Shoonya, and Shoonya provide a focused shift away from the overall tenor of the introductory efforts. There is a theme of humanity versus the vastness of existence; wide-open tracks work well to highlight every twist and turn that Teredesai’s flute provides to listeners.

The album ends with Dhyana Mudra, an effort that ties together the various styles and approaches created during Path of the Divine. Terdesai will impress over the entirety of the 73-plus minutes, adopting timeless and classical Indian arrangements with something much more contemporary. Make sure to purchase a copy of Path of the Divine when it is released to online retailers and progressive shops on Tuesday, April 23rd. The compositions here work perfectly no matter whether individuals are cleaning, meditating, or are just resting.

Top Tracks: Param Sukhy, Bhakti Dhyana

Rating: 8.4/10

Rajendra Teredesai Path of the Divine CD Review / 2013 Real Music / 10 Tracks /

Rajendra Teredesai Path of the Divine CD Review


As world-renowned worship leader, best-selling author and Hope Unlimited Church Sr. Pastor Darlene Zschech prepares for Easter celebrations this weekend, Christians across continents are joining in the call to worship presented through her Revealing Jesus live CD/DVD and 365-day devotional hardcover gift book from RGM-NEW BREED Music / Integrity Music and Bethany House Publishers, respectively.  Released last week amidst international acclaim, her long-awaited new recording took top retail sales spots around the world, including peaking at No. 1 in Australia and No. 3 in the U.S. on iTunes’® Christian & Gospel Charts, No. 5 on the Singapore iTunes Pop Albums Chart and No. 4 on the Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart in the UK.


Sharing the overall story of the album, several song stories and her definition of worship in more than 15 videos featured at, Zschech says, “This whole concept has come out of a simple longing for more of Jesus to be revealed in my life; more of Him in every area of my life, starting with my heart…I’ve been asking God about the authority we have in Jesus name, and how the finished work of Christ really does affect every single moment of our lives…To declare this finished work, to speak out His word and not just accept some of the situations we find ourselves in, but push the enemy right back with the Word of God as we face any trial in life.  From my heart of hearts to yours today, I truly pray these songs become fuel for your journey.”


Produced by five-time GRAMMY Award-winner Israel Houghton and featuring special guest appearances and song co-writes with Michael W. Smith, Kari Jobe and Houghton, the Revealing Jesus CD/DVD release, as well as the book release, was celebrated in an exclusive “social fusion” tweet, chat and interview event on Get Real Live March 19.  The event featuring Zschech, along with special guests, Houghton, Smith and Jobe, as well as Paul Baloche who wrote “Your Name” featured on the album, sparked millions of Twitter impressions. In fact, since mid-February, more than 48,129,000 Revealing Jesus Twitter impressions have been generated.


In addition to social media, Zschech has received widespread critical acclaim with numerous covers, features and reviews from radio, newspapers and television outlets internationally.  With an upcoming feature in Worship Leader Magazine, Dr. Chuck Fromm, founder and publisher of Worship Leader Magazine / Song Discovery says, “Among today’s hymnwriters and music creators, Darlene Zschech is a pioneer, mentor and vital contributor with worldwide impact. Revealing Jesus is a wonderful representation of her experience and her heart for ministry in action. Her passionate love for Christ and her concern for those she leads in worship pervade this album as it does everything she puts her hand, voice and life to. Her service to God and the Church is exemplified by the depth of her teaching and the height of her praise, not only in the songs she sings and the books and columns she writes, but in the life she lives.”


Echoing Dr. Fromm, the critics continue their acclaim with / saying that “Darlene Zschech’s Revealing Jesus offers get-out-of-the-pew worship songs that evoke declarative praise to the one true God.” Christian Today declares that “the former pastor at Hillsong Church has produced an amazing album full of the conviction she has come to be known and loved for.” adds, “Darlene delivers unabashed, unhindered praise to the King of Kings in profound, relevant fashion.” Worship leader Kim Gentes says, “ ‘


Continuing to receive coverage, on Maundy Thursday (March 28) The 700 Club plans to feature the video of the Zschech, Houghton and Jobe-penned song “Victor’s Crown” from Revealing Jesus, which released as an Easter resource and has already received over 154,000 YouTube views.  The next day (Good Friday), plans to launch an exclusive “14-day devotional with Darlene Zschech” that includes one new devotional each day from the Revealing Jesus book.  With an additional exclusive 15-day devotional series for mobile applications currently being featured through, Zschech devotionals, as well as four videos, chord charts and more, are also available on the microsite,  Then on April 5, TBN’s “Praise The Lord” will feature “Best For Me” and “In Jesus’ Name” from the Revealing Jesus DVD followed by the April 12 premiere on TBN of the entire Revealing Jesus event recorded live Sept. 28 and 29, 2012 at the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, AL. 


In addition to the 12 new Revealing Jesus CD/DVD worship anthems, bonus tracks in custom versions of the album will include fresh takes on such internationally acclaimed songs as “Shout to the Lord,” “Hosanna” and “Worthy is the Lamb,” as well as the Houghton-penned “Jesus at the Center.”  The custom versions include a “deluxe” CD/DVD combination, an ebook with songs, and an iTunes LP® that includes video plus bonus resources, song devotional videos and more.


The companion Revealing Jesus book was poured out from the pages of Zschech’s personal journals.  Honest, raw, and beautifully written, the devotional contains meditations and Scriptures revealing the heart of Jesus. These devotions are designed to inspire and encourage the reader’s journey, especially when times are hard, tenderly calling readers to sit at the feet of the Lord, learn from His wisdom, embrace His love and experience His peace.


Taking her music and message to conferences across the U.S. this year, Zschech will be featured during the Joyce Meyer Conference in Portland, OR (May 24 – June 1), at the Wave Conference in Virginia Beach, VA (July 31 – Aug. 4) and at the Imagine Women’s Conference in Los Angeles, CA (Nov. 1 –2).  A major market tour with Zschech and Houghton is also being planned for late April and is slated to hit venues in San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas and Houston.


About Darlene Zschech:

A worship leader, pastor, singer, songwriter, speaker and author, who has led millions of Christians in worship, Zschech has written and performed over eighty songs, including such global anthems as “Shout To The Lord,” a song that is sung by an estimated 30 million churchgoers every week and has been covered by at least twenty other artists.  She has also penned bestselling books, such as Extravagant Worship, The Kiss of Heaven and The Art of Mentoring, which combined have been translated into 19 languages.  As a teenager, she sang jingles for McDonalds, Special K, KFC and Diet Coke, and in the year 2000, she received the Gospel Music Association International Award for her impact on the Global Church.  While serving as a worship leader and pastor for Sydney’s Hillsong Church, Darlene wrote for, performed on and helped produce 16 Gold- and one Platinum-selling Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) live Hillsong albums.


Today, Darlene and her husband, Mark, are senior pastors of Hope Unlimited Church on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, and together founded HOPE: Global ( and work with Compassion International, serving the world’s poorest of the poor.  The couple has three daughters, Chloe, Zoe and Amy, a granddaughter, Ava Pearl, and a grandson, Roman Emmanuel Mark. Learn more about Darlene Zschech and Revealing Jesus at