Friday, August 30, 2013

THE ASYLUM Playlist for 08-29-13

This week on THE ASYLUM we were joined by phone by Dean Nugent and Tom McNamara from Beyond Visible call in to discuss their new album Creating Change.  Plus killer tunes, playlist below (click here for podcast):

  • Fake Messiah by Lamb Of God
  • Spill the Blood by Slayer
  • Prophets Of War by Generation Kill
  • Gutwrench by Alekhine's Gun
  • Rise, Rebel, Resist [Live] by Otep
  • Bleed the World by Gunfire-N-Sodomy
  • Otis (Slayer Of Demons) by Beyond Dishonor
  • Welcome the Blistering by Seas Of Wake
  • Witchy Woman by Attika 7
  • Stone by Alice In Chains
  • Opinion by Device
  • Creating Change by Beyond Visible
  • Burn (Playing With Fire) by Beyond Visible
  • All Hope Is Lost by Death Division
  • Speed Of Sound by Halford
  • This Is Your Fall by Charetta
  • Shepherd Of Fire by Avenged Sevenfold
  • A Tribute To The Fallen by Killswitch Engage
  • Adrenalize by In This Moment
  • Unraveling by Sevendust
  • Shock The Monkey by Coal Chamber
  • Shout2000 by Disturbed
  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by Marilyn Manson
  • Cry Little Sister by Seasons After
  • Careless Whisper by Seether

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

DEVILDRIVER Winter Kills Available Today - Frontman Dez Fafara to Take Over SiriusXM Liquid Metal All Week


Cover of AWOLNATION's "Sail" Streaming at Crave Online
The wait is over as California Groove Metallers DEVILDRIVER have released their 6th studio album Winter Kills on Napalm Records.  In conjunction with the album's release, DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara will be taking over SiriusXM's Liquid Metal all week long.

Dez stopped by SiriusXM's New York City Headquarters for an interview hosted by Jose Mangin and to take control of the channel for a week.  Every hour starting at Midnight on August 27th and every two to three hours on Wednesday through Labor Day, Dez will personally introduce songs from Winter Kills.  You will also hear Dez hosting a Liquid Metal takeover throughout the week featuring some of his favorite metal that he has been a part of and tracks that he is a massive fan of.

The takeover and interview schedule is as follows:

SiriusXM Channel 40 Liquid Metal:
Tuesday 8/27 @ 8:00 PM EDT
Encore Broadcasts:
Thursday 8/29 @ 4:00 PM EDT
Saturday 8/31 @ 12:00 PM EDT
Monday 9/2 @ 6:00 PM EDT

DEVILDRIVER recorded a cover of the AWOLNATION hit single "Sail" for Winter Kills.  Check out an exclusive stream of the cover courtesy of Crave Online HERE.

Winter Kills is available in four configurations including a Deluxe Digibook with CD (including two bonus tracks: "Shudder" and "Back Down to the Grave") and Live DVD (Featuring 45 minutes of live raw DEVILDRIVER power. No studio over dubs at all just the band at their best and includes fan favorites "Clouds over California" and "The Wretched"), standard CD version, digital version and for the first time in DEVILDRIVER history, a 2LP Gatefold edition. 

Check out the album's title track HERE.

Best Buy stores are offering an exclusive edition of Winter Kills.  The package comes with the Deluxe Digibook version of the CD, the DVD and an exclusive t-shirt, designed specifically for Best Buy's exclusive edition.  This version can be ordered on and is available in stores in North America today.


Winter Kills is available on iTunes. The album can also be ordered on Amazon

The video for the song "The Appetite" can be viewed HERE.  The video was directed by Dan Burke of PianoFight Films.

In support of their new release Winter Kills California Groove Metallers, DEVILDRIVER will be hitting the road this fall on a co-headlining tour with Trivium.  Support on the tour will come from After the Burial and Sylosis.  Everything kicks off in Boise, ID on September 12th and rolls through October 17th in San Diego, CA

The band recorded the album in Florida at Audio Hammer Studios and vocals in Los Angeles, CA at Dez's home studio with Mark Lewis (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, All That Remains) handling production duties.  DEVILDRIVER has worked with Lewis previously on "Beast" and "The Last Kind Words" and producer Mark Lewis's prolific leadership of the new school of metal has yet again helped DEVILDRIVER deliver another Epic heavy Metal record.  This record melds what the band does best. In your face power as well as the California Groove sound the band pioneered.

DevilDriver with Trivium, After the Burial and Sylosis:
9/12: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
9/13: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
9/14: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
9/16: Calgary, AB @ Macewan Ballroom
9/17: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
9/18: Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon
9/19: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick
9/21: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
9/23: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
9/24: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
9/25: Montreal, QC @ Corona
9/27: New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
9/28: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
9/29: New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
9/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
10/2: Silver Springs, MD @ Fillmore
10/3: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
10/4: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
10/5: Detroit, MI @ Harpos
10/7: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
10/8: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/10: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/11: Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
10/12: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
10/13: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/15: San Francisco, CA @ Regency
10/16: Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
10/17: San Diego, CA @ SOMA

NOCTUM Reveal Album Artwork and Track Listing for New Full-Length Album Final Sacrifice

Available October 29th on Metal Blade Records
Swedish rockers NOCTUM have confirmed an October 29th release date for their Metal Blade Records debut Final Sacrifice.  Today the artwork and track listing have been revealed. The cover art was painted by Timo Ketola (Sunn o))), Arktau Eos) and fits perfectly with the album's raw, natural sound.

In the town of Uppsala, Sweden in the year 2009 a band called Séance was formed.  Moving at breakneck speed the band formed in September, recorded a two-song demo after adding guitarist Per Wikström to the lineup in October, and by November had changed their name to NOCTUM. Within those three months, the band signed an LP deal with High-Roller Records, and a CD deal with Stormspell Records.

NOCTUM's debut album, The Séance, was released in September 2010 via High-Roller and in December by Stormspell. The band finally embarked on their first European tour in July of 2011, and followed that up with a new EP, The Fiddler.

By August of 2011, NOCTUM created enough buzz in the underground to gain the attention of Metal Blade Records, which led to a new worldwide record deal.

With a new record deal in place with a global label, NOCTUM spent the majority of 2012 refining their sound and writing new songs. Their search for original and interesting material led them to a heavier and darker sound. The progression came very naturally for the band and differs from the typical 70's vibe. The new material successfully evokes a heaviness and emotion one might not expect from a "retro" sounding band.

Noctum toured Europe again in 2012, and then welcomed the addition of drummer Fredrik Jansson after Gustaf's departure. Jansson, who spent time in Witchcraft, Count Raven, and Abramis Brama, was added to the lineup in time to record Final Sacrifice in April 2013.

Final Sacrifice is a fictional horror story where each song communicates a portion of the overall narrative. The "final sacrifice" is like a red thread that ties the songs together and is the concept behind the art. Final Sacrifice is an analog piece of art in both audio and visual aspects.

The track "Liberty in Death" can be previewed HERE.

Final Sacrifice Track Listing:
1. Conflagration
2. Liberty in Death
3. Resurrected in Evil
4. Deadly Connection
5. Void of Emptiness
6. The Revisit
7. A Burning Will
8. Temple of the Living Dead
9. Azoth

Monday, August 26, 2013

Still Awaiting My New Wheelchair

Got up nice and early today hoping that I'd be leaving my current 7-year old (or more) chair behind and coming home with my new wheels. But the universe had different ideas. And truth be told rockers I should've known it wouldn't be simple since this new chair has taken over a year to get done when it was supposed to be only a few months.
The one thing that seems to be constant is the government medical regulations have gotten crazy since unordered the chair I'm currently sitting in. I will hold my anti-Bush and anti-Obama remarks but its changes in regulations on their time in the White House that has caused problems for ALL who need customized wheelchairs for their disabilities needs.
The hold up from me bringing my new chair home today is basically features and customization that was written and submitted but was ignored because regulations say "if its not standard just do it standard and fix it later". This issue would be avoided if the company's who sell wheelchairs to those who need them be allowed to build the chairs so if something isn't right it can be fixed BEFORE the person needing that chair makes arrangements to go to the company in the hopes it is put together properly.
It may sound like simple moaning and groaning that I'm doing but when my current chair was ordered (during Clinton's Presidency) the company selling the chair to you built it. So if it came in and didn't match the write up then you weren't called to come get the chair or mold seating. Everything was fixed and then you were called. Customization was argued because medical needs are different for every disability.
But nowadays (and since G.W. Bush) you need to prove every little detail why you need said customization and hope the government doesn't consider it "not medically needed" even though you proved reasons why it is medically needed. And then there's the adding of in between services like paying a company to build the chair when the company selling the chair can and should do it since they know what the consumer needs and not what the government regulations thing they need.
So now I'm waiting once again as 3rd and 4th parties argue over why its needs to be the way I need it even though its in black and white on paper and as my disability requires. And it's a bit more annoying cause its just a matter changing arms of the chair, the back of the chair, and a few programming issues. All issues that would have been avoided if government regulations allowed the company's to build the chairs they are selling.
Hopefully it's only a few weeks until its ready and not months.
The plus side is I did see the chair and it looks awesome. If you thought my current chair looked badass wait until you see the new one.
Until then, gonna keep rockin and rollin through life like I always do and you should too.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

GWAR Confirmed to Wreak Havoc Down Under at the 2014 Soundwave Festival

Fresh off their highly successful and best GWAR-B-Q yet, your lords and masters have announced that they will be conquering yet another festival.  That's right everyone's favorite Scumdogs GWAR will be returning to the land down under to wreak havoc and make sweet Kangaroo love with the locals.  The first show is Saturday February 22nd in Brisbane, followed by shows in Syndey, Melbourne and Adelaide before wrapping up Monday March 3rd in Perth.  A complete list of dates is below.

"Considering it was twice as big as last year's 2012 GWAR-B-Q and about eight times as slaughter-ific, your Lords and Masters, the mighty GWAR, are semi-satisfied, said lead singer Oderus Urungus, who was contacted at this Antarctican fortress.  "The sheer amount of carnage influcted...I mean I saw whole families just wiped out in the savage glee of the Pit of the GWAR-B-Q, willingly screaming as their bodies were pulped by our giant meat grinder.  Every drop of GWAR Beer and GWAR B-Q Sauce was consumed, and all the bands ruled! And loyal bohab Goldmember repeated as Spew-O-Lympic champion it was far and away the greatest GWAR-B-Q yet."

"Now on to our new album Battle Maximus, the new GWAR album, featuring the debut of new Scumdog Pustulus Maximus.  A new era of GWAR has begun.  Hail FLATTUS, Hail GWAR, tell all of your friends that missed the 2013 GWAR-B-Q that they fucked up!"

On coming playing the Soundwave Festival Oderus said:

"We can't wait to come back to Australia as part of the colossal Soundwave Festival.  Now if we could only figure out how to get there, if we swim, on Gor-Gor's back we should be able to decimate Asia nicely"

GWAR recently announced the first leg of their massive "Madness at the Core of Time" world tour, in support of their new album, Battle Maximus.  The tour, which features a completely brand-new show full of slavering creatures and deserving victims, is set to kick off October 2nd in Columbus, Ohio and runs through November 17th in Washington, DC.  GWAR shall be joined by deathcore heavyweights and label-mates Whitechapel, Richmond, VA thrashers Iron Reagan (featuring Municipal Waste singer Tony Foresta) and A Band of Orcs (who are actually a band of Orcs).

GWAR has teamed up with VICE to drop the next tasty morsel from Battle Maximus on your pointy little heads.  Head HERE, to read an exclusive interview with Oderus and to hear the premiere of the song "Bloodbath".

GWAR is set to release Battle Maximus their 13th studio album, and their first since legendary Scumdog Flattus Maximus returned to the stars to fulfill his cosmic destiny. The album will be available September 17th via Metal Blade Records.  Check out the first track, "Madness at the Core of Time" and pre-order your copy of Battle Maximus HERE.

GWAR's Battle Maximus features twelve brand new tracks that not only honor their departed ally, but tells the story of GWAR's latest struggle against what may be their greatest enemy yet...the insidious "Mr. Perfect", who has travelled through time itself to steal the power of GWAR--the power of immortality, and use this power to mutate the human race into his twisted vision of what the "perfect" human should be. Once again GWAR finds themselves as the only thing standing between the human race and the latest super-powered shithead bent on the destruction of GWAR and the enslavement of their worshippers.
Tracklisting for Battle Maximus
1) Intro
2) Madness at the Core of Time
3) Bloodbath
4) Nothing Left Alive
5) They Swallowed the Sun
6) Torture
7) Raped at Birth
8) I, Bonesnapper
9) Mr. Perfect
10) Battle Maximus
11) Triumph of the Pig Children
12) Falling
13) Fly Now

GWAR Live:

Co-Headline Tour with Hatebreed

"Madness at the Core of Time" Tour With Whitechapel, Iron Reagan and Band of Orcs:

2/22/14: Soundwave Festival Brisbane
2/23/14: Soundwave Festival Sydney
2/28/14: Soundwave Festival Melbourne
3/1/14: Soundwave Festival Adelaide
3/3/14: Soundwave Festival Perth

KAMELOT and ESP Guitars Team up With Revolver and Guitar World for Fantasy Guitar Giveaway


KAMELOT will be touring North America in just a few short weeks in support of their latest release Silverthorn. The bands Delain and Eklipse will be opening all shows. A complete list of dates can be found below and a trailer for the tour can be viewed HERE.  In celebration of their headline tour, KAMELOT and ESP Guitars have teamed up with both Revolver Magazine and Guitar World Magazine for an exclusive guitar giveaway. 

Starting today fans have their chance to win their very own ESP/LTD Eclipse guitar signed by the entire band.  Not only do you get that, but the band will also present the guitar to the winner at a show of the winner's choosing on the upcoming North American tour.  Four runners up will receive a special edition of Silverthorn autographed by the band.  The contests are open now and will wrap on September 1st, the day before the tour starts.  The contests are open to NORTH AMERICAN RESIDENTS ONLY!

Enter the Guitar World Giveaway HERE

Enter the Revolver Magazine Giveaway HERE.

Silverthorn is available in four exclusive formats.  The LP and limited edition has one version of the art, while the standard version of Silverthorn has a different but equally exquisite version of the artwork.  The standard version is presented as an Ecolbook.  The limited edition contains the Ecolbook, a bonus CD with nearly 60 minutes of music, a 44 page book and an exclusive poster.  The double LP version is a gatefold on colored vinyl.  The digital version is available on iTunes.

A video for the song "My Confession" can be viewed HERE.

KAMELOT have held their own, very special position in the world of rock and heavy music: their elaborate melodic metal has always opened itself in a remarkably clever way to like-minded styles, integrating progressive elements as well as cross-references to doom/gothic metal and classical music, which have allowed their songs to define their own genre. Two of their most successful releases in particular, namely the albums Karma (2001) and The Black Halo (2005), are prime examples of KAMELOT's multi-layered approach, intensity and outstanding musicality. Silverthorn, sees the band raise this demanding standard even higher, because Silverthorn is a masterpiece of grand gestures, gritty melodies and haunting atmospheres.

KAMELOT North American Headline Tour With Delain and Eklipse:
9/2: Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
9/3: Baltimore, MD 2 Soundstage
9/5: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
9/6: New York, NY @ Stage 48
9/7: Worcester, MA @ Palladium
9/8: Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda
9/10: Toronto, ON @ Opera House
9/12: Chicago, IL @ Mojoe's
9/13: Kansas City, KS @ Granada Theater
9/14: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
9/15: Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
9/17: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
9/18: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
9/20: San Francisco, CA @ Slims
9/21: Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
9/22: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red / Red Owl
9/24: Dallas, TX @ Trees
9/25: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
9/27: Louisville, KY @ Diamonds
9/28: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
9/29: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues