Rain City Drive reveals “Waiting On You” single & album drop

Rain City Drive just released their latest single “Waiting On You”! Having just undergone a total rebrand in October to reflect their brand of positivity, Rain City Drive welcomes us into their new chapter. This band has gone through a lot of trials and tribulations, rebuilding from the ground up and always coming back stronger […]

Bay Strikes Back Tour with Testament in San Diego

The Bay Strikes Back Tour finally rolled into San Diego on April 12th, 2022! This tour — with thrash metal legends Death Angel, Exodus and Testament — started in February 2020 and was in Europe at the start of the pandemic. Unfortunately, they had to cancel the tour and get back home to the US. […]

Knocked Loose rivets West Des Moines, Iowa

In celebration of their EP released in 2021, hardcore band Knocked Loose brought their A Tear In The Fabric Of Life Tour to the Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines, Iowa on April 28th. Supporting them were Movements, Kublai Khan and Koyo.  Koyo started their set jumping. Despite their guitarist having injured his foot […]

The HU hits San Diego’s Humphrey’s By The Bay

The HU came to San Diego’s Humprey’s By The Bay during their Black Thunder Tour, supported by The Haunt! Having just played Coachella the day before, I would say this was the first ‘real’ stop on their headlining tour. The Haunt is a band from South Florida and consists of siblings, Anastasia Grace Haunt (lead […]

Deftones defies expectations in San Francisco

Excited Deftones fans were so happy to finally see the band live on April 18th, after a long wait due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You could tell the band was also estatic to be back, reminiscing the good ‘ol days alongside fellow hard rock bands Gojira and Vowws at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San […]

19th Annual Download Festival to disrupt the UK

The UK’s Premiere Rock Festival returns for its 19th year this summer! Located in Derby, where the three counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire meet, Download Festival will be taking over Donington Park on June 10th, 11th and 12th, with over 60 bands across four stages.  This racetrack-turned-festival grounds will feature Main Stage headlining performances […]

Metal Tour of the Year in Vegas, feat. Megadeth, Lamb of God & more

The Metal Tour of the Year kicked off its second leg at Vegas’ Michelob Ultra Arena! This tour includes co-headliners Megadeth and Lamb of God with special guests, Trivium and In Flames. I went to one of the shows on the first leg, but wasn’t able to stay for the full show, so of course […]

Ohio’s Inkcarceration ups the music, tattoos & haunts for 2022

The 4th Annual Music and Tattoo Festival, Inkcarceration, returns to Mansfield, Ohio on July 15th through 17th! This three-day fest takes place on the grounds of the infamous Ohio State Reformatory. I’m obsessed with Ghost Adventures and everything else spooky, so the Ohio State Reformatory is a place that I’ve been wanting to visit for […]

Monster Energy Outbreak Tour hits San Diego, with Zero 9:36 & more

Zero 9:36 came to San Diego’s House of Blues Voodoo Room, with support from Garzi and Fame on Fire! I’m such a sucker for these smaller venues, because it’s so intimate and I feel like the bands are so much more appreciative of the people who comes out! GARZI kicked off the night, who told […]

Two full weeks of SXSW 2022

SXSW is known for many things… whether it’s throngs of happy music lovers, rediscovering their love of seeking the best new bands, or the pack of tech guys in networking nirvana. Or, the film geeks and geek-ettes, gawking in gritty discourse over the merits (or lack thereof) of their latest screening. For me, though, SX […]

Fan-curated Blue Ridge Rock Festival resurfaces for 2022

The 5th Annual fan-driven Blue Ridge Rock Festival returns this September 8th through 11th! After the mishaps of last year, I was really scared the fest wasn’t going to return… I’ve heard a lot of people left the fest unhappy and there were a lot of negative things to said about it. I can understand […]

Papa Roach returns with ‘Ego Trip’ album

Papa Roach fans — it is now time to fill those eardrums with new tunes! The rap metal band’s astounding eleventh album has just been released, so let’s dive into these amazing fresh tracks from a longtime genre heavyweight. The first song off the album, “Kill The Noise”, is completely different from anything Papa Roach […]

Testament’s Bay Strikes Back Tour hits San Luis Obispo

After two long years, the Bay Strikes Back Tour was finally back in action, starting off in San Luis Obispo on April 9th, 2022. With 80s thrash metal legends Death Angel, Exodus and Testament, it was a night of head-banging hard rock, well overdue! This was my first official metal show, so it was cool to […]

Beartooth brings hard rock royalty to West Des Moines

Iowans welcomed hard rock band Beartooth to the Val Air Ballroom with enthusiasm for the second leg of The Below Tour! Supporting Beartooth for the West Des Moines stop were metalcore favorites Silverstein, The Devil Wears Prada and Erra. As staples in the metalcore scene, all of the bands on the bill have an established […]