5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#22)

1. 7 Stone Riot

Rock music from Alabama. For fans of Pearl Jam, Fuel, Like a Storm, etc. 7 Stone Riot released their Scratching the Surface EP earlier this year (read my review), and they have since been playing shows in support of the album. Check out “Buried” and “Talking in Circles.”

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2. Aboleth

Stoner/blues/desert/dirt metal from California. For fans of Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin (if they had a female vocalist), Queens of the Stone Age, The Pretty Reckless, etc. Aboleth released their debut album Benthos back in May. Here are two tracks I’m rather fond of: “No Good” and “Wovenloaf.”

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3. Zombiesuckers

Horror punk from Sweden. For fans of The Misfits, The Murderdolls, Rancid, etc. Zombiesuckers have not been very active lately. However, they did post from their Facebook that there might be new music in 2018. Fingers crossed! For now, though, enjoy “I Turned Into a Monster” and “Endless Sleep” (ft. Michale Graves).

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4. Salems Lott

Shock metal from Hollywood, California. For fans of X Japan, Black Veil Brides, Mötley Crüe, etc. Salems Lott released Mask of Morality this year and have since enjoyed quite a bit of favorable press in regard to the album. Listen to “Shattered to Pieces” and “Royal Desperado,” both from this latest record.

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5. Famous Last Words

Post-hardcore/metal from Michigan. For fans of Falling in Reverse, Pierce the Veil, Asking Alexandria, etc. Famous Last Words is touring with Escape the Fate and Slaves, and they are also busy in the studio! Check out “The Show Must Go On” and “Pretty in Porcelain.”

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Black Veil Brides to Re-Record ‘We Stitch These Wounds’ + Three Nights at The Roxy

2019 marks the ten-year anniversary of Black Veil Brides. To commemorate this, the band plans to re-record its debut album, We Stitch These Wounds. Front man Andy Biersack told Loudwire that they didn’t feel the album was “representative, sonically, of the rest of our catalog.”

“We feel that a lot of the songs on that album are very strong, but have never been given their day in court, so to speak,” Biersack adds.

The anniversary celebration doesn’t end there. Not only is Black Veil Brides re-recording We Stitch These Wounds, they are also releasing every demo from back then and a live DVD with never-before-seen footage.

Read more details here.

In the meantime, BVB has decided to take it back to the early days of their career and play a three night run at The Roxy in West Hollywood. The shows are scheduled for Thursday, October 18th; Friday, October 19th; and Saturday, October 20th. (The last one is sold out.)

In other news, Andy will be releasing his second solo album some time in 2019, as well. It’s going to be a good year for BVB fans.

5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#13)

This is the Alabama edition! We have a lot of talent in my home state and I wanted to share it with the rest of you!

1. Common Rarity

Self-proclaimed “alternative odd rock.” I discovered these guys when I added bassist JD Smalley on Facebook. (I always check out my FB friends’ bands.) For fans of The Cure, The Clash, The Smashing Pumpkins, etc. Common Rarity is currently working on their second album and booking shows to spread their brand of rock.

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2. By All Means

Rock/Alternative/Heavy Metal. For fans of Sevendust, Shinedown, Tremonti, etc. By All Means have released the Buried EP, which you can hear on their official site or Soundcloud.

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3. Burn the Harlot

Hard Rock/Heavy Metal. For fans of Skindred, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice in Chains, etc. Burn the Harlot’s album Calm Before the Storm is now available!

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4. All or Nothing

Alternative/Metal. For fans of Escape the Fate, Black Veil Brides, Rise Against, etc. All or Nothing just released their self-titled EP, available on Spotify and iTunes. Listen to “Napalm” and “Mauled By Jackalopes” here:

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5. Who Shot Lizzy?

Southern Rock/Country. I am familiar with Who Shot Lizzy? because of Roger Jones, who is an extremely talented musician that spans multiple genres. For fans of Zac Brown Band, David Allan Coe, Eric Church, etc. Who Shot Lizzy? is playing in Lyons, Georgia, at Kerrigan’s Lounge, July 5th — 7th.

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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#11)

1. KAATO

A rock band hailing from Australia and Tennessee. For fans of classic rock such as Tom Petty, Rod Stewart, The Black Crowes, etc. Check out “High Time” from KAATO’s self-titled album.

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2. Awake At Last

A dark pop/hard rock/post-hardcore band from Delaware. For fans of Crown the Empire, Ice Nine Kills, Get Scared, etc. Awake At Last will be hitting the road in early July, including a few dates on Vans Warped Tour. Here are “King of the World” and “Never Be A Memory.”

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3. Relapse Symphony

A rock band from Washington DC. For fans of Black Veil Brides, Vampires Everywhere!, I Prevail, etc. Relapse Symphony is busy working on new things; meanwhile, vocalist Bret Von Dehl has released an EP with his side project, Heathens. Listen to “One More Yesterday” and “Born To Burn.”

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4. Betrayer (UK)

A hardcore band from England. For fans of Slipknot, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, etc. Betrayer’s EP, Body of Integrity, will be released on June 28th. Check out the first two singles from the EP, “Integrity” and “Embodiment.”

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5. Badflower

A rock band from California. For fans of Led Zeppelin, Greta Van Fleet, The Band, etc. Badflower is currently on the road. Listen to their latest single, “Ghost,” and my favorite of their songs, “The Jester.”

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Keep Your Head Up (A Playlist)

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about the songs that have helped me through hard times. I only included ten, but obviously there are so many more! With this in mind, I created a YouTube playlist.

Songs for Solace, Comfort, & Encouragement

Included are bands such as Linkin Park, Good Charlotte, Asking Alexandria, Alter Bridge, and Three Days Grace! Feel free to comment — here or on YouTube — with your own additions to the playlist!

P.S. – Subscribe to my YouTube channel! Cool things are coming soon!

Download Festival 2018

Download Festival is happening next weekend, June 8th — June 10th. In case you haven’t already seen the lineup, here it is!

There are a lot of good bands playing, you lucky peeps! Lol. If you’re going, have fun! ❤

Black Veil Brides Memorabilia Stolen from Front Man Andy Biersack’s House

A thief broke into BVB front man Andy Biersack’s house and took years’ worth of band memorabilia. Story via Andy’s Twitter feed.

If you stumble across anything on a resale site that sounds like what Andy described, please let him know.