Winnipeg: We hit the road a little later for the 6 hour drive to the Peg. Breakfast was had in the parking lot of a strip mall. We were all feeling pretty good despite the late night. The road from Regina to Winnipeg had a lot more to see which was a nice change to our previous day of driving.
Regina: We left Edmonton fairly inspired & excited about the new adventure that was currently underway. 4 hours later we stopped in University area of Saskatoon to stretch our legs and refresh some supplies. Beautiful area which had some great looking buildings & great looking women.
Day 13, 14, 15, and 16: Fullerton, Camarillo, San Jose and South Lake Tahoe, California: It seems as though the last four days have been more of a vacation than a cross-country tour. We had short drives which means we got to spend our days at the beach instead of the van! We all still have the sunburns to show for it as well. Which I defiantly got hit the worse with. I decided to take a two hour nap on Venice beach which is a bad idea for a fair skinned Canadian. Also, nobody told me I should brush away any sand that piles up on your body. I currently look like a red and white dairy cow. Blotchy, pale and sore.
Day 7: Nashville, TN: So, are you as excited as I am for the new Taylor Swift video to be released? Anyone? No? Well seeing as TICTP could very well be featured in it I don't see why you wouldn't be! What a day in Nashville!
Day 1: Howell, Michigan: Howell, Michigan: Hey all. For those who are new and reading this for the first time, my name is Ben and I play guitar for Today I Caught the Plague. Ill be taking over the blogging duties for David while we're on our very appropriately named "Adventure Metal Across America Tour" with Scale the Summit. For those who read David's previous American tour blog welcome back! Unfortunately you're stuck with me this time.
When all of your friends constantly badger you to check out a new band, you get skeptical. Questions may arise in your mind like "what if these guys don’t have a taste in music," "why this, right now, instead of everything else I’ve grown to love," or "how many times have I told you NOT to call me at 4 in the morning to tell me about a new band?" But with Hands like Houses, I sincerely wish that I’d have listened to them right then and there, because maybe it wouldn’t have had my life taken over by them for as long.
Few death metal musicians take the time to go over the lyrical concepts of their albums, but Rick Scythe is not your average death metal musician. Recently he was kind enough to take the time to go over the entire Beware The Scythe album track-by-track with me. Read on to see the lyrical inspirations behind the album.
If your dad were a rockstar, what would you want to do for a living? You are not constrained by the budgetary and job squeeze concerns in today’s unpredictable world economic climate, and the "paper chase" is not really relevant to you, since why should you give a damn about whether HR personnel from typical companies think you’re a worthy human being based on their judgment of your personal worth in mere GPA points? You can simply tap into your rock-star dad’s reservoirs of cash and already established reputation to do whatever you want (like going on a world sightseeing tour and ending it off with a space shuttle flight to the International Space Station)!
What’s not to love? Zombie Inc. has an uber-intense sound that is in large thanks to the band's line up of awesome musicians, plus the music's old-school nature, flair and zombie-rich theme. Old school death metal and/or zombie culture enthusiasts would be very keen to check this group out. A collaboration of experienced metal artists, Zombie Inc. includes vocalist Martin Schirenc, guitarists Wolfgang Rothbauer and Gerald Huber, bass player Daniel Lechner and on drums, Tomasz "Nefastus" Janiszewski. Together this quintet have pooled their collective talents and released their zombie-raising new record A Dreadful Decease in February 14, 2012 via Massacre Records.
Even in the largely-ignored-by-mainstream-press realm of extreme metal, certain bands have gone through what major bands frequently experience: that major bitch of a lineup shakeup called LSC (Lead Singer Change). While most certainly turning the heads of self-respecting metalheads out there who are well-connected to the grapevine, even a neutral bystander who might not even necessarily be remotely interested in metal music as a whole can probably understand the huge reaction. What is contemporary music without vocals?
New York, NY: 6:30 in the morning we arrived outside the venue in New York City to ensure we wouldn't have to fight for parking. Being that it was so early in the morning we parked the van and the most of us went right to sleep. We woke up to find that the spot we had parked in was a no-standing zone, and as no one was in our driver's seat for a period of time we had received a ticket, and had to relocate. It was likely around noon at this point, thus making the disruption of our much needed rest, and our early trek in to the city for naught.
Australian metal band Lynchmada recently released their full-length album, To The Earth, on Truth Inc. Records. In an effort to help fans better understand the releases' riveting new songs, guitarists Simon Connors and Cameron Wallace were kind enough to offer PureGrainAudio a track-by-track analysis of each tune. Read on to get the inside scoop on the music featured on To The Earth.
Cleveland, OH: Packed club this night, and it was probably the smallest place we've hit on the tour, so it made for a whole lot of squeezing our way through the crowd. Leading up to the set was a slow haze of mundane tasks, going back and forth between stage and van.
Opting to take a bit of time to ourselves for relaxation after the weeks of go, go, go, a good number of us spent our pre-show time lounging in the green room. We all casually went about our own pre-show rituals, and enjoyed a lightly humorous air of camaraderie. When we got the call to head towards the stage, we pushed our way through the throng, and made the night's initial address.
What kind of name is Freak Kitchen anyway? Who are these people? Just how crazy is their music? The Swedish heavy metal/hard rock trio consisting of Mattias "IA" Eklundh, Christer Ortefors and Bjorn Fryklund, has been performing together as Freak Kitchen since 1992. Until recently their music has been rare in North America, except for the lucky few who have been able to track it down. In May Freak Kitchen will release a new album, Land of the Freaks, rendering their music much more available and accessible to us on the other side of the pond.
Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake City is honestly a bit of a haze in memory, as it was preceded by a day long drive, and so much of the time was spent catching up on sleep. I (David) recalled waking just in time for sound check. Normally I find it best to allow myself at least 3 hours to wake up before doing any singing, as it can take the body a while to "reboot", if you will, and be able to perform properly. No worries, I had thought, as there would surely be another hour or so before doors — not the case.
Some bands never got what they deserved during their time. In the '80s, when the thrash metal movement was spreading its hard-livin', no-fucks-given ideology all over the world from America, one European country in particular was especially enticed by it: Germany. Spawning what would eventually be known as "Teutonic Thrash Metal", Germany was the next go-to country for rabid thrash metal fans; with the unholy trio of Destruction, Kreator and Sodom being to German thrashers what the Big Four (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer) were to Americans.
Albuquerque, NM: This night we played on a giant gilded-theatre style stage, like as if we were part of some elaborate prog opera. Our old friend the crowd-barricade made it's return, and was coupled with a high stage, so keeping strong eye contact and engaging banter kept the energy levels up.
Hello people; thanks for stopping in. We're currently stoked to be on our first tour in the United States of America, alongside our friends in Protest The Hero, Periphery, The Jeff Loomis Band, and The Safety Fire — talk about best foot forward, huh? All these guys are great, and make our evenings consistently entertaining. Here's what's happened so far in…
Phoenix, AZ thrash/death metal band Hemoptysis released released their full length debut, Misanthropic Slaughter, independently (Rock It Up Records in Europe). Vocalist Masaki Murashita and drummer Travis Thune recently offered PureGrainAudio their track-by-track for each song from this album. Read on to get the inside scoop for each of these heavy hitters.
Let’s say it plain and simple: Virginia’s The Day of The Beast is one of the fiercest metal machines you will find in North America nowadays. And with their second album, Relentless Demonic Intrusion, about to be released by Canonical Hours Records, the world will have the opportunity to take notice of the band’s undeniable potential.