Thursday, November 26, 2015

Native Construct premieres new video for "Mute" via MetalInjection.net; on tour now with Between The Buried And Me, Enslaved, Intronaut

Currently on tour with Between The Buried And Me, Enslaved, and Intronaut, progressive metal outfit Native Construct has released a new video for the track "Mute", from their recently released debut, Quiet World. Directed by David S. Brodsky/MyGoodEye (http://www.mgenyc.com), the video can be viewed now at MetalInjection.net: http://www.metalinjection.net/video/native-construct-mute-music-video-premiere 

Hailed as a "masterpiece" by HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com (5/5), Quiet World was written and largely self-produced while the band members were full-time students at the Berklee College of Music. What began as casual jam sessions during their free time at Berklee eventually became their primary focus as creative professionals. Having already made their mark on the Billboard charts (#56 Hard Music Albums Chart; #85 New Artist Chart) in addition to securing multiple national tours, it is anything but quiet in Native Construct's world. 
To preview and purchase Quiet World, please visit: http://www.metalblade.com/nativeconstruct 

Native Construct tour dates
w/ Between The Buried And Me, Enslaved, Intronaut
Nov. 25 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
Nov. 27 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
Nov. 28 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
Nov. 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theatre
Dec. 1 - Scottsdale, AZ - Livewire
Dec. 2 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
Dec. 3 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
Dec. 4 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Pavilion
Dec. 5 - San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theatre
Dec. 6 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Dec. 8 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
Dec. 10 - Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall
Dec. 11 - Ottawa, ON - Bronson Centre
Dec. 12 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Dec. 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre Of Living Arts
Dec. 15 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Dec. 16 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
Dec. 17 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore 

Native Construct online:

Kaotoxin Records to Reissue THE ERKONAUTS' Debut



Kaotoxin Records has announced the signing of Swiss rockers THE ERKONAUTS and worldwide re-release of the band's full-length debut, I Did Something Bad. 

Mixed and mastered by SAMAEL's Drop at the Downtone studio,
I Did Something Bad was independently released in January 2015. The demand for the album was so high, the band had to repress it twice. After tours in the USA, Asia and Europe, the Swiss rock machine signed to Kaotoxin Records. In August the band, which features two ex-members of SYBREED, recorded two brand new tracks for the album's reissue.

Stream album track "The Great Ass Poopery" at:

The Kaotoxin Records reissue of I Did Something Bad drops February 12.

Along with 6:33, DRAWERS and THE LUMBERJACK FEEDBACK, THE ERKONAUTS are part of Kaotoxin's heavy rock dream team. THE ERKONAUTS bring something fresh to the table with a sound that lies somewhere between mid-90s SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, early SYSTEM OF A DOWN, and PRIMUS, with a smart, progressive, alt-rock / metal / punk fusion of their very own.

Track listing for I Did Something Bad:
The Great Ass Poopery
Tony 5
All the Girls Should Die
Nola
Dominium Mundi
Hamster's Ghosthouse
Gog
Your Wife
9 Is better than 8
Machine*
Culbutos*
*Exclusive to Kaotoxin reissue

The first run of the Kaotoxin reissue will come as a limited edition deluxe DigiSleeve CD and digital dowload, with preorders starting on January 18th. Kaotoxin Records is currently offer copies of the band's limited edition 10" picture EP,
All the Girls Should Die. Order at:

Twitter: @theerkonauts

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Just posted: author Greg Renoff on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 259 - Van Halen Rising

Van Halen Rising, How a California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal. That's the claim laid out on the cover of the new book by author Greg Renoff. A pretty ballsy statement to be sure but this week Greg stops by Focus on Metal to defend that statement. It's an excellent and well researched book on the origins and early years of Van Halen and we highly recommend it. You can swing by http://vanhalenrising.com/ and check out some great early VH pics and also score yourself some cool swag. It's an all VH week this week so strap yourself in and prepare to head back to 1978.



Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feed, or on iTunes.

You can hear us Tuesdays on Platinum Rock Radio and be sure to check their schedule because we usually get a repeat run during the week.

You can hear us every Wednesday on these great stations:
Pure Rock Radio & Metal World Radio

Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AZRAEL'S BANE, ENVENOMED, LORD, LOVE N WAR, LORDS OF THE TRIDENT and others featured on new free compilation.


ONLINE METAL PROMO, FOCUS ON METAL podcast (USA) and MARIC MEDIA (Australia) have partnered to offer "Metal of Oz", a free digital download music compilation featuring a mix of 40 past, current and unreleased original songs from established and up and coming bands from the United States, Canada and Australia.

Legendary Australia rock / metal industry publicist Chris Maric has checked in with the following statement: Australia’s impact on the global scene is at an all time high and in the last few years the quality of musicianship coming out of our country has been world class. The bands represented on this compilation cover so many of metals intricate genres that Im sure there is something there for everyone. Enjoy!!

Bands featured on the compilation include:
1. Arcane Saints
2. Azrael’s Bane
3. Blackened Angel
4. Blasted to Static
5. Broken Teeth
6. Canedy
7. Corners of Sanctuary
8. Daemon Pyre
9. Diamond Lane
10. Envenomed
11. Eternal Voyager
12. Flames of Fury
13. Gods of Eden
14. Gundriver
15. Hasta La Muerte
16. Hazmat
17. Heaven The Axe
18. Jimmy Lardner Brown
19. Kara and the Dam Band
20. Killen
21. Killrazer
22. Lillye
23. Lord
24. Lords of the Trident
25. Love N War
26. Maxxxwell Carlisle
27. Melody Black
28. One Kingdom
29. Orpheus Omega
30. Our Last Enemy
31. Outlaws & Moonshine
32. Platinum Brunette
33. Rabid Assassin
34. Segression
35. Shallow Ground
36. Silent Knight
37. The Arbitrary Method
38. Vanlade
39. Whoretopsy
40. Witchcross

Download the free songs, compilation artwork and track listing at the following location:

Online Metal Promo
From The Underground to Above Ground

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Just posted Leather Leone & Magnus Karlsson on this weeks edition of Focus on Metal


Episode 258 - We Bleed Metal

This week we continue with our stream of returning guests. First up is Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Masterplan, Allen,Lande). Magnus facebook.com/MAGNUSKARLSSONSFREEFALL/ just released his second Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall release "Kingdom of Rock" via Frontiers. He dropped by to discuss the album and how one goes about gathering an amazing cast of top ranked guest vocalists including Joe Lynn Turner and Tony Martin.


Speaking of top ranked vocalists, our second guest this week is Chastain front woman Leather Leone. Leather has graced our show several times and we always welcome her visits. This time around she's promoting the brand new Chastain release "We Bleed Metal". Check out more at WeBleedMetal.com



Track of the week is from Inverse Records Inverse.fi artist Simulacrum off their new one "Sky Divided". Check out more about this breaking band from Finland at Simulacrum.fi


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Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feed, or on iTunes.

You can hear us Tuesdays on Platinum Rock Radio and be sure to check their schedule because we usually get a repeat run during the week.

You can hear us every Wednesday on these great stations:
Pure Rock Radio & Metal World Radio

Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Metal Blade Records and RED Music launch "6 Bands in 60 Seconds" campaign


In conjunction with RED Music, Metal Blade Records has launched a new campaign, entitled "6 Bands in 60 Seconds", where CEO Brian Slagel spotlights 6 developing artists from the label's roster. With plans to select 6 new bands once every three months, the goal of the promotion is to help fans discover new music from some of the most promising acts in the scene. The first installment of the series (featuring Act of Defiance, Rivers of Nihil, Twitching Tongues, Culture Killer, Visigoth, and Harlott) can be viewed at the following locations:

Brian Slagel comments: "We are super excited about our new artists and wanted to help share these to you guys. We thought about giving you 6 new bands you should know about, so here you have those bands. We will be updating this as time goes on with new bands coming in, so be sure to keep following the Metal Blade '6 Bands You Need To Know'. Let's keep growing the metal scene!" 

Metal Blade Records online:

Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson bring you Terrorizing Telemarketers Volume 6!

Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson have returned for the sixth installment of Terrorizing Telemarketers. The album features 17 cringe-worthy cuts that leave telemarketers, insurance agents, loan officers, and more wrestling with the frustration of unknowingly speaking with two of comedy's masters of prank calls. Terrorizing Telemarketers Volume 6 will be available digitally on December 4th via Metal Blade Records. CDs will be available exclusively at both comedians' live performances. 

Visit metalblade.com/terrorizingtelemarketers to listen to "In a Pickle" and to pre-order your digital copy. 

Jim Florentine comments: "It's been 7 years since we released our last Telemarketer CD. When you record calls, you really have to have nothing going on in your life and sit home and wait for the phone to ring. Well, obviously, Don and I still have no hobbies, so we bring you 'Terrorizing Telemarketers Vol 6'." 

Don Jamieson adds: "Everyone hates telemarketers, and thusly, should own a copy of 'Terrorizing Telemarketers Vol. 6'. While you're all at work or on the Do Not Call list, Jim and I have nothing going on in the daytime and are on the Please Call list. Thanks to Metal Blade for endorsing our nonsense." 

Jim Florentine's resume includes the massively successfully Comedy Central series "Crank Yankers," where he voiced the popular characters Bobby Fletcher and Special Ed. Don Jamieson and Florentine both earned Emmy Awards during their stint as writers/performers for HBO's "Inside the NFL". 

Don Jamieson dates:
Nov. 11 - Point Pleasant, NJ - Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club
Nov. 13 - Buffalo, NY - The Waiting Room - with Jim Florentine and Eddie Trunk
Nov. 14 - Syracuse, NY - Palace Theatre - with Jim Florentine and Eddie Trunk
Nov. 25 - Bristol, PA - Broken Goblet Brewing
Dec. 19 - Toms River, NJ - 10th St. Live
Dec. 23 - Point Pleasant, NJ - Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club
Dec. 26 - Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz - That Metal Show annual Christmas Party
Dec. 31 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Funny Stop Comedy Club
Jan. 13-16 - Kansas City, KS - Stanford and Sons Comedy Club 
Feb. 22-26 - Miami, FL / Bahamas - Monsters of Rock Cruise 

Jim Florentine dates:
Nov. 13 - Buffalo, NY - The Waiting Room - with Don Jamieson and Eddie Trunk
Nov. 14 - Syracuse, NY - Palace Theatre - with Don Jamieson and Eddie Trunk
Nov. 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House
Nov. 19-21 - St. Louis, MO - Funnybone
Nov. 25 - Bristol, PA - Broken Goblet Brewing
Nov. 27 - Sayreville, NJ - VFW Jernee Mill Rd
Nov. 28 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Laugh it up Comedy Club
Dec. 4 - Westport, CT - Bistro B
Dec. 5 - New Haven, CT - Sports Haven
Dec. 9 - Bensalem, PA - Parx Casino
Dec. 10-12 - Plano, TX - Hyenas Comedy Club
Dec. 18-19 - Providence, RI - Comedy Connection
Dec. 31 - Mount Pocono, PA - Mount Airy Casino
Jan. 8-9 - Boca Raton, FL - Boca Black Box Comedy Club 

Jim Florentine online:

Don Jamieson online:

VEKTOR launch new track 'Ultimate Artificer' from upcoming album 'Terminal Redux'

The first track from sci-fi thrashers VEKTOR's highly-anticipated third album has landed.  "Ultimate Artificer" is taken from 'Terminal Redux', which is due out in March 2016 via Earache Records.  Ahead of the album release, Philadelphia-based VEKTOR will be hitting the road for their first ever European tour, followed by a North American tour supporting VOIVOD in early 2016.

Listen to "Ultimate Artificer" on YouTube at https://youtu.be/WNmHtWERWyw or on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/145399767

VEKTOR vocalist/guitarist David DiSanto comments:
"We wanted to come out of the gates full force and showcase a song that represented the album accurately.  'Terminal Redux' covers a lot of ground so it wasn't an easy decision.  In my opinion, this song is right in the middle of the pendulum swing between the ultra-heavy thrash and the more proggy/experimental elements of the album.  It's only the tip of the iceberg!  Since this is a concept album, each song is a different chapter in the story.  As the fifth track, 'Ultimate Artificer' introduces a pivotal point within the story without giving away the beginning or end."

Following on from where previous album, 'Outer Isolation', left off - VEKTOR have written their first full concept album.  'Terminal Redux' tells the story of a test subject and his rise to power within the all-controlling Cygnus Regime.  His ultimate goal is to restore balance within the galaxy by controlling the ebb and flow of life and death.  After regaining his position as a top-ranking General, he incites a coup within Cygnus and takes command of their forces.  However, as time passes, it becomes clear to him that power is just an illusion.

As well as letting their imaginations flow free lyrically, VEKTOR have also embraced some unusual audio elements during the recording of 'Terminal Redux'.  The band enlisted the vocal assistance of a group of Philadelphia soul singers to contribute additional texture to the riff-heavy thrash opus.  The finishing touches are currently being applied to the album following writing and recording sessions at the band's home studio, as well as Panther Pro-Audio in Philadelphia, with additional mixing courtesy of Byron Filson at Villain Studios in Arizona.

Full tour dates:
VEKTOR w/ ANGELUS APATRIDA, DISTILLATOR
Nov. 21 - Nantes, France - Ferrailleur
Nov. 22 - Paris, France - Glazart
Nov. 23 - Luynes, France - Korigan
Nov. 25 - Brescia, Italy - Colony
Nov. 26 - Rome, Italy - Traffic Club
Nov. 27 - Prato, Italy - Exenzia
Nov. 28 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Gaswerk
Nov. 29 - Prague, Czech Republic - Modra Vopice
Nov. 30 - Vienna, Austria - Escape
Dec. 01 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Orto Bar
Dec. 02 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
Dec. 03 - Burglengenfeld, Germany - VZA Pfarrheim
Dec. 04 - Oberhausen, Germany - Ruhrpott Metal Meeting (VEKTOR only)
Dec. 05 - Cottbus, Germany - Gladhouse
Dec. 06 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
Dec. 08 - Uppsala, Sweden - Cursed
Dec. 09 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Truckstop Alaska
Dec. 10 - Oslo, Norway - Vulkan Arena
Dec. 12 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Eindhoven Metal Meeting
Dec. 13 - London, UK - The Black Heart
VEKTOR w/ VOIVOD, EIGHT BELLS
Feb. 06 - Providence, RI - Fete Ballroom
Feb. 07 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Feb. 08 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Feb. 09 - Morgantown, WV - Mainstage
Feb. 10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
Feb. 11 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
Feb. 12 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
Feb. 13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
Feb. 14 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
Feb. 16 - Raleigh, NC - Kings
Feb. 18 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
Feb. 19 - Sanford, FL - West End Trading Co.
Feb. 20 - Ybor City, FL - The Orpheum
Feb. 21 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Feb. 22 - Knoxville, TN - The Concourse
Feb. 24 - Chicago, IL - The Abbey Pub
Feb. 25 - Cudahy, WI - The Metal Grill
Feb. 26 - St. Paul, MN - The Amsterdam
Feb. 27 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
Feb. 28 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird*
Feb. 29 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar*
Mar. 01 - Valpariso, IN - Big Shots*
Mar. 02 - Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar*
Mar. 03 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch*
Mar. 04 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club*
Mar. 05 - Hamilton, ON - This Ain't Hollywood*
* = VEKTOR and BLACK FAST supporting VOIVOD

To coincide with the European tour, the first two VEKTOR albums will be re-released on vinyl on November 20th.  Pre-order 'Black Future' and 'Outer Isolation' albums now EU: http://bit.ly/1Oz1qwx / USA: http://bit.ly/1OJ0ap6

Both VEKTOR albums are also available now on iTunes at http://apple.co/1Nfg4IF

Get more VEKTOR news and info:

SAINT DIABLO release new album ‘Devil Horns and Halos’ ; announce U.S. tour dates on South For The Win-Tour


SAINT DIABLO release new album ‘Devil Horns and Halos’ ; announce U.S. tour dates on South For The Win-Tour

Virginia modern metal veterans SAINT DIABLO have released their new sophomore album “Devil Horns and Halos” today.  The album was produced by Tim “Rumblefish” Gilles (Anthrax, The Misfits, ill Nino) at Big Blue Meenie studios in Jersey City, NJ.  “Devil Horns and Halos” is available for download from iTunes & Google Play at (smarturl.it/sntd-dhh), while CDs & merch bundles are available at Eclipse Records (smarturl.it/sntd-merch), Amazon (smarturl.it/q83xju), Best Buy (smarturl.it/8jpyv7), & Fye (smarturl.it/ene91y).

"Whether you want to sing along, hit the pit or both, Saint Diablo have you covered" - About.com Heavy Metal

On October 20, SAINT DIABLO premiered a new music video for the title track, “Devil Horns and Halos”.  The video was directed by Scott Hansen at Digital Thunderdome Studios, has already racked up over 55,000 views, and it may be watched at youtu.be/nWFzssKMmug. The band has also been confirmed on this year’s edition of South for the Win-Tour. The band will be supporting Seasons After and Everybody Panic.  Confirmed dates and venues listed below, for tickets visit www.southforthewintour.com



SOUTH FOR THE WIN-TOUR – USA tour dates w/ Seasons After & Everybody Panic!
21-Nov - Kansas City, MO @ Daveys Uptown
24-Nov - Beckley, WV @ Muncheez
27-Nov - Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy's By The Sea
28-Nov - Charlotte, NC @ Amos' Southend
2-Dec - Tyler, TX @ Coaches & Cowboys
4-Dec - San Antonio, TX @ Fitzgerald's
5-Dec - Dickinson, TX @ 18th St Pier
6-Dec - Dallas, TX @ RBC
9-Dec - Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
11-Dec - Sanford, FL @ West End trading Co
12-Dec - Jacksonville, FL @ Crazy Horse Complex


For more information on SAINT DIABLO, please visit these websites:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Madame Mayhem & Michael Wilton on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 257 - Whip & Mayhem

So this week we have two great guests on tap. First up is Madame Mayhem, a great metal vocalist from NYC. She just released her first album "Now You Know" helped by some stellar folks including Billy Sheehan, Russ Parrish and Ray Luzier. Check out her story at http://madamemayhem.com/


Next up is returning guest Michael Wilton. Whip checked in to talk all about the new one from Queensryche, "Condition Human". He also talks about the Scorpions tour and the upcoming headlining tour which kicked off Nov 6th. Keep up with the Ryche at http://queensrycheofficial.com/



Track of the week is from Heaven & Hell Records artist Dogbane. This one is from their second release "When Karma Comes Calling". Get that one and all your Dogbane needs at http://www.dogbaneband.com/

Here's a great track off their prior release "Residual Alcatraz"


In case ya missed it Focus on Metal is now part of a new network The Blast Syndicate. So point your browser to http://www.blastsyndicate.com/ and Get Blasted!

Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feed, or on iTunes.

You can hear us Tuesdays on Platinum Rock Radio and be sure to check their schedule because we usually get a repeat run during the week.

You can hear us every Wednesday on these great stations:
Pure Rock Radio & Metal World Radio

Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Just posted, FoM 256 With Michael Sweet of Stryper


Episode 256 - Fallen

Not sure at this point how many times the prolific Michael Sweet ( http://www.michaelsweet.com/ ) has appeared on Focus on Metal but he's back again this week. Stryper just released their 11th (and heaviest) full length studio album "Fallen" via Frontiers Records ( http://www.frontiers.it/ ) on October 16th and so far it's been getting very solid reviews. Michael will give us the full lowdown on the album as well as what's going on with all his other projects.


Track of the week is from High Roller ( http://www.hrrecords.de/ ) artists Ambush from their second release "Desecrator". Ambush hail from Sweden and can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Ambushsweden



In case ya missed it Focus on Metal is now part of a new network The Blast Syndicate. So point your browser to http://www.blastsyndicate.com/ and Get Blasted!

Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feed, or on iTunes.

You can hear us Tuesdays on Platinum Rock Radio and be sure to check their schedule because we usually get a repeat run during the week.

You can hear us every Wednesday on these great stations:
Pure Rock Radio & Metal World Radio

Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.