Five Finger Death Punch release powerful new video for "When The Seasons Change" dedicated to fallen police officer - WATCH
German deathcore band Walking Dead On Broadway has released their video for "Song Of Courage" via Loudwire. Their album Dead Era due out Sept 28 - WATCH
Westfield Massacre have released their official lyric video for their new single "Love To Hate", off of their upcoming album Salvation due out Oct. 26 - LISTEN
by: OM Johnson
Long live pop-punk. It’s had its ups and downs throughout the years; from being at an all-time high to being back in the underground. At the end of August, a four-piece from Ontario, Canada brought the golden time of pop-punk back to life.
Dangerous Ambitions is a flashback to the early 2000s. With sounds of Jimmy Eat World, Simple Plan, and even some Yellowcard, Minority 905 gives the ultimate taste of a late summer night with the windows rolled down and the volume on full blast while going at least ten miles over the legal speed limit.
Each track is jammed back with the urge to headbang, or foot-tap, depending on your preference. Steven Wolwyn’s bass along with Spasimir Vasilev’s drum work is absolutely phenomenal as they deliver the backbone beat that can be felt throughout any listener’s entire soul.
Vocalist John Aquino’s voice carries that slight yearning in his voice, furthering the emotional surges throughout the lyrics as guitarist Chris Goodfellow shreds along with Aquino.
If you’re in need of a good head thrash, a good full volume album, Dangerous Ambitions by Minority 905 is your album for the taking!
1. Don’t Panic
2. Catching Fire
3. Dangerous Ambitions
5. Picture Perfect
6. Smoke and Mirrors
7. 27 Club
9. Lucky Ones
10. Run This Town
11. What If
Evan recently covered the Breaking Benjamin, Five Finger Death Punch, Nothing More & Bad Wolves show in Tinley Park, IL. Check out his review and incredible photos HERE
By: Evan J. Thomas
Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Tinley Park, IL was the place to be last week as some heavy hitters in the rock / metal world came together for one epic night. Bad Wolves, Nothing More and Co Headliners Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin.
Bad Wolves who are the "Newbies" on this lineup kicked things off. I say newbies because Bad Wolves is the newest of the bands bu lead singer Tommy Vext is a season vet on the stage as he's played with various bands in the pas. But tonight it was about the new Bad Wolves album Disobey. The band brought the energy from the beginning as Vext thrashed about the stage and connected with a new audience. Bad Wolves night culminated with a sing along by the crowd in unison to their platinum cover of The Cranberries 1990's hit "Zombie". And that was just the opening band.
Three time Grammy Nominees Nothing More was next up and killed it through nearly 45 minutes of their catalog including their recent hits "Do You Really Want It", "Just Say When" and the chart topping "Go To War" off of The Stories We Tell Ourselves album. The highlight of the night from them came from the drum solo when Jonny Hawkins climbed up "The Scorpion Tail" that is a structure made from scrap metal and salvaged auto parts that weighs 400lbs and measuring 14 feet tall. The emotion that Nothing More brings gives the band a connection with their fans that is rarely seen.
Metal giants Five Finger Death Punch pulled out all the "punches" with their set and stage show. Being the Co-Headliner with Breaking Benjamin, 5FDP provided a brilliant light show and a 3 story mammoth skull as the backdrop for Ivan Moody and the boys as they came out blazing with music off their most recent release And Justice for None. Moody has his patented red hand gracing the right side of his face as he popped off catalog of hits "Trouble", "Sham Pain" and their cover of "Bad Company" among others. 5FDP is by far one of the best live shows out there.
Breaking Benjamin was the final set of the evening as their set was a complete 180 on stage compared to 5FDP. With darkness engulfing the stage and solo lights highlighting the band as they came to the stage and rocked the masses right off the bat with their hit "Red Cold River" fresh off their recent album Ember. Ben and crew gave the crowd what they wanted with an hour plus set of hits like "The Diary of Jane", "I Will Not Bow" and "So Cold".
An epic night of music and performances is what a mid day work week show should be. Something for everyone from the mild to the hard core of rock and metal and some ringing ears the next morning.
Five Finger Death Punch
Interview w/ Zero Theorem, NEW MUSIC: Disturbed, Godsmack, Shinedown, Chino Moreno, Tetrarch, Hyro The Hero, Kaleido, Bullet To The Heart & What Lies Ahead - LISTEN
Tennessee hard rock band The Darkest Hearts has released the official lyric video for "Mississippi Devil". - LISTEN
Lauren Dix talked with Lullwater vocalist John Strickland as they discuss the bands cover of Pearl Jam's "Release" as well as what they do during the holidays and more! - Read it HERE
Interview with Lead Vocalist/Rhythm Guitarist John Strickland
By: Laura Dix
Out of the heart of Georgia comes a band that belongs on stage performing nonstop 365 days around the globe because they are that good! Their latest single/music video really solidifies the depth of emotion in playing and they did it by doing a cover of Pearl Jam's song "Release."
It was great being able to have a few moments of their time to talk more in-depth about this release and we all are eagerly awaiting their coming album in October.
Laura Dix: How was the tour with Starset and Islander?
John Strickland: It was a short run but really enjoyed the shows. Good crowds and got to meet great people! Everyone in the bands and crew was amazing to work with. We know Starset’s sound engineer, Ryan for over 3 years now so it was good to have a reunion. Islander and Starset are new friends for sure and hope to see them again soon!
LD: Will you be heading out on the road again this year or will it be next year now?
JS: Our agent is currently setting up shows and getting us on the road this fall and winter.
LD: After sleeping, and a few days home do all of you get that touring itch quite soon to get out there again and perform?
JS: I know I do. Once you get in the touring groove it’s hard to stop. I enjoy getting back home to see loved ones and resting but I definitely miss performing and being on tour.
LD: Did you find covering a Pearl Jam song a huge undertaking?
JS: It felt very natural. I’ve been a Pearl Jam fan for as long as I can remember so it was inevitable for Lullwater to do a cover. The biggest stress I had was making sure we do it justice. We wanted to keep the original vibe of the song but put our stamp on it.
LD: How influential has Pearl Jam been on the development of Lullwater and the direction you all have headed musically?
JS: Pearl Jam is a big influence on our band and "Release" is one of my favorite songs by them. We definitely pull musical influences from 90s grunge but each member in the band brings their own style.
Ray is big into metal, Joe grew up in the jam band scene, and Binnie is a big classic rock/ Aerosmith fan so it blends well. I pull a lot from the Seattle rock scene as far as writing and vocal melodies go.
I think a lot starts with Pearl Jam/grunge bands and then we evolve into our own sound.
LD: There seem to be several connections for you with "Release" and the creating of the cover and music video. Can you give us details behind it all?
JS: We recorded the cover of "Release" at London Bridge Studios in Seattle. LBS is where Pearl Jam 'Ten' was originally recorded so it made it that much more magical for us to do it in that studio. Once we recorded the cover, we kind of sat on it for a couple years but kept playing it live.
We started touring with Candlebox a few years back and Kevin Martin and Dave Krusen heard us playing it and we’re like, yeah dudes! If you ask Krusen, he’ll prob play it with you! So we played “Release” with Kevin Martin
(Candlebox) and Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam, Candlebox) 7-8 times that tour! My 12-year-old self would have shit his pants.
That was one of the highlights of my career. Love those guys and beyond thankful for everything they did for us.
LD: What is the release date for your next album? Can you give your fans some insight into the music on this next project?
JS: we don’t have a release date set because we’re working with our team to get it done right. Hopefully soon, though!
It’s a big sounding record! We put a lot into making this record sound great. This record has strings, horns, and piano tracks so it just adds a new level of sound. Jakob Hermann was instrumental in making a produced album with big drums and big guitars and big vocals. Justin Davis, who’s worked with us since 2011, also killed it on this record.
LD: Where was it recorded and who did you work with on mixing, producing, mastering?
JS: Marigny Studios in New Orleans. Jakob Hermann (Top Floor Studios/ Gothenburg, Sweden) produced and engineered. Justin Davis (Ultra Hifi/ Seattle, WA)
LD: Looking at the coming fall and winter months, what are some of each band members favorite things to do during the 'holiday' seasons?
JS: Usually, were on tour during the holidays so hopefully playing shows haha. If we’re not on tour we try and have cookouts and party’s with friends and love ones.
LD: If the band was to choose a favorite song by any other band that came out in 2018 what collectively would you all pick, and why?
JS: That’s a tough one. We all have such different tastes in music but I would say Alice In Chains “So Far Under.”
Atreyu released the video for their new single "In Our Wake" off their upcoming album of the same name due out Oct 12, catch them on tour this fall - WATCH
Detroit rockers Kaleido dropped the new single "My Enemy", available on all streaming & sales sites, will be joining September Mourning on the Summer Soul Collection Tour - LISTEN