New Music (12/30 — 1/5)

Lord of the Lost: “Under The Sun”

Set It Off: “So Predictable”

Hammerfall ft. Noora Louhimo: “Second to One”

Five Finger Death Punch: “Full Circle”

Stitched Up Heart: “Bones”

Before I Turn ft. Shawn Milke: “Lorn”

Amaranthe: “82nd All The Way”

Mystic Prophecy: “Dracula”

Ava Max: “On Somebody”

Sam Smith: “I Feel Love”

Oh Wonder: “Happy”

Dee-1 x Murs: “No Pictures of Jesus”

Stabbing Westward: “Dead and Gone”

Shepherds Reign: “Le Manu”

Sam Hunt: “Sinning With You”

Yves V & Ilkay Sencan ft. Emie: “Not So Bad”

Nea: “Some Say”

Tee Grizzley: “Red Light”

The Night Flight Orchestra: “Divinyls”

Kazka: “Palala”

Let’s Talk Covers (Pt. 43)

Five Finger Death Punch: “Gone Away” (The Offspring cover)

Mayday Parade: “In My Head” (Jason Derulo cover)

The Amity Affliction: “Can’t Feel My Face” (The Weeknd cover)

5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#7)

This installment could get rather lengthy. I saw three of the featured bands a few weeks ago, so I have a lot to say.

1. Locust Grove

A hard rock band from Oklahoma. These guys put on a kick ass live show, and they mean it when they say they’re bringing heavy guitar riffs back to rock. Lots of hair, gritty yet melodic vocals, and riffs reminiscent of Five Finger Death Punch, Sevendust, etc., Locust Grove could easily be your new favorite band. Check out the tracks “Monster” and “Menace of Society” below.


2. Joyous Wolf

A rock band from California. These guys have been setting the world on fire this spring, being signed to a major label and playing such festivals as Carolina Rebellion and Rocklahoma. Joyous Wolf puts on one of the most energetic performances I’ve ever seen, in addition to their raw talent. I will not compare them to anyone else, but I will tell you they blend rock-n-roll, blues, and southern rock masterfully. The guys have currently left the road to record their first album. Here’s a taste of what you can expect.


3. Blacktop Mojo

A hard rock/Southern rock band from Texas. You may have heard their cover of Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” thanks to Sirius XM Octane. Blacktop Mojo employs all the best elements of classic rock, rock-n-roll, and Southern rock to bring fans a sound that is pure joy to the ears. They put on a fantastic show, doing whatever it takes and giving 110% every time. It’s no wonder they have already cultivated quite the following. You can look at their tour dates on Facebook…and if you’re going to Louder Than Life in September, you will see them there!

4. Icon For Hire

A pop/rock/alternative band from Tennessee. For fans of Paramore, Pink, PVRIS, etc. Icon For Hire just finished a spring tour. Listen to them below and keep your eyes open for updates/announcements!

5. Dead Like Juliet

A hard rock/metal band from Italy. For fans of Bring Me the Horizon, The Amity Affliction, early Asking Alexandria, etc. You can get Dead Like Juliet’s latest album, Stranger Shores, now! Here is the most recent single, “Unwanted.”

And just because I like it…


Tour Announcements!

I woke up to several tour announcements this morning, and I am excited!

1. Starting at the end of this month, Amerakin Overdose will be bringing The Great Amerakin Tour 2018 to several cities. Here’s a full list of dates:

2. Mushroomhead is headlining the first inaugural Summer of Screams Tour. The other acts vary by date. The Browning and Psychostick will be accompanying them from 8/17 to 8/31. Kissing Candice, Unsaid Fate, and Voodoo Terror Tribe will be openers from 8/17 to 8/30. Earthcaller is on the bill from 8/31 to 9/15, and Powerman 5000 from 9/2 to 9/15.

3. Godsmack and Shinedown are extending their tour into the fall and adding Asking Alexandria to the lineup! (They have From Ashes to New during the summer.) Tickets go on sale Friday, June 8th.


  • 9/21/2018 – Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, SC
  • 9/22/2018 – Greensboro Coliseum Complex – Greensboro, NC
  • 9/24/2018 – Von Braun Center – Huntsville, AL
  • 9/26/2018 – BancorpSouth Arena – Tupelo, MS
  • 10/2/2018 – Swiftel Center – Brookings, SD
  • 10/5/2018 – Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark – Billings, MT
  • 10/7/2018 – Spokane Arena – Spokane, WA
  • 10/9/2018 – Taco Bell Arena, Boise State University – Boise, ID
  • 10/10/2018 – Angel of the Winds Arena – Everett, WA
  • 10/11/2018 – Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum – Portland, OR

4. The lineup for Louder Than Life in Louisville, Kentucky, has been released! Bands include Avenged Sevenfold, Limp Bizkit, Breaking Benjamin, Godsmack, Shinedown, Tremonti, Black Stone Cherry, Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, Billy Idol, Asking Alexandria, Blacktop Mojo, and more. The three-day festival will take place September 28th through the 30th.

5. Cane Hill, King 810, and The Last Ten Seconds of Life are touring in July and August. Dates below:

New Music: Five Finger Death Punch

Listen to “When the Seasons Change” from Five Finger Death Punch’s upcoming release, And Justice For None, available May 18th.

May 2018 Album Releases


-Cara Stacey & Camilo Ángeles: Ceder

-CMD094: Ghost Station

-Drew Daniel/John Wiese: Continuous Hole


-Carb on Carb: For Ages


-Iceage: Beyondless

-Shakey Graves: Can’t Wake Up

-DJ Koze: Knock Knock

-Parkway Drive: Reverence

-Louise Goffin: All These Hellos

-Reuben and The Dark: Arms of a Dream

-Plan B: Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose

-R.F. Shannon: Trickster Blues

-The Dirty Coal Train: Portuguese Freakshow

-Vive Le Void: Vive Le Void

-Eternal Summers: Every Day It Feels Like I’m Dying

-Ecstatic Vision: Under the Influence

-Leon Bridges: Good Thing

-Cut Worms: Hollow Ground

-Shinedown: Attention Attention

-Skating Polly: The Make It All Show

-MORO: Irrelevant

-High Sunn: Missed Connections

-Daniel Blumberg: Minus

-Middle Kids: Lost Friends

-Frank Turner: Be More Kind

-Hoodrich Pablo Juan: HoodWolf2

-Black Moth Super Rainbow: Panic Blooms

-Royce da 5’9: Book of Ryan

-Jess & Matt: Songs From the Village

-Belly: Dove

-Peace: Kindness is the New Rock and Roll

-The Lacs: Dirt Rock


-Leviathan: Unfailing Fall Into Naught


-Snoopy Mane: Love Is Real


-Beach House: 7

-Jess Williamson: Cosmic Wink

-The Body: I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer

-La Luz: Floating Features

-Soft Kill: Savior

-Arctic Monkeys: Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

-Slow Mass: On Watch

-Gold Connections: Popular Fiction

-Boys: Rest in Peace

-The Death Wheelers: I Tread on Your Grave

-Charlie Puth: Voicenotes

-Bad Wolves: Disobey

-Ry Cooder: The Prodigal Son

-Sevendust: All I See is War


-John Maus: Addendum

-Ryley Walker: Deafman Glance

-Elder Brother: Stay Inside

-Maluma: F.A.M.E.

-Frog Eyes: Violet Psalms

-Pema: Bad Habits

-TT: LoveLaws

-Buck Meek: Buck Meek

-Remember Sports: Slow Buzz

-Amorphis: Queen of Time

-Alkaloid: Liquid Anatomy

-Ash: Islands

-Jon Allen: Blue Flame

-At the Gates: To Drink From the Night Itself

-Five Finger Death Punch: And Justice For None

-The Sidekicks: Happiness Hours

-Echo & the Bunnymen: The Stars, the Oceans, and the Moon


-Mouse on the Keys: tres


-Ryan Roxie: Imagine Your Reality

-Wand: Perfume

-Dyslexic Postcards: The Sweet Science

-CHVRCHES: Love is Dead

-Shawn Mendes: Shawn Mendes

-Chad Valley: Imaginary Music

-Hoobastank: Push Pull

-Bleeding Through: Love Will Kill All

-Graveyard: Peace

-Jonathan Davis: Black Labyrinth

-Snow Patrol: Wildness

-Dear Nora: Skull Example

-Jo Passed: Their Prime


-Chepang/Test: Split

Let’s Talk Covers (Pt. 24)

1. Five Finger Death Punch: “House of the Rising Sun” (The Animals cover)

2. Tori Amos: “Happiness is a Warm Gun” (The Beatles cover)

3. Rasputina: “Barracuda” (Heart cover)

Let’s Talk Covers (Pt. 9)

1. Super bob: “Sexy and I Know It” (LMFAO cover)

I love this video!

2. Aerosmith: “Come Together” (The Beatles cover)

Not a huge fan of this version, actually, but hey… It’s still a good song.

3. Five Finger Death Punch: “Bad Company” (Bad Company cover)

My Top 10 Vocalists in Current Rock

Obviously this is simply a matter of opinion, limited to the artists I am familiar with. But isn’t that always the case with these things?

10. Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge/Tremonti Project)

Okay, I admit it, I’m quite partial to Alter Bridge. However, that is not the reason Mark made the list. Though I’m sure there are better vocalists out there, I feel he deserves to be recognized. He and his band (Tremonti) are terribly underrated.

9. Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stonesour)

I’m not a huge Slipknot fan, but even in their early days I couldn’t fail to notice his voice. Stonesour — and Slipknot’s later work — served only to further showcase his abilities.

8. Ville Valo (HIM)

Do I even have to explain? As Bam Margera once said, “All girls love HIM.”

7. Matt Bellamy (Muse)

I wasn’t overly familiar with Muse until I saw them with My Chemical Romance in 2007. That was when I discovered that A) Muse rocks, and B) Matt has one hell of a voice!

6. Ivan Moody (Motograter/Five Finger Death Punch)

First with Motograter and now with FFDP, this man’s voice…it gives me shivers down my spine!

5. Jonny Hawkins (Nothing More)

He has won my heart. Hands down my favorite of the more recent frontmen.

4. Brent Smith (Shinedown)

Look, if you weren’t sold by “.45” or “Burning Bright,” I doubt there’s much I can say to change your mind.

3. David Draiman (Disturbed/Device)

This one may seem odd — until you hear him cover “Sound of Silence.” From day one, I’ve loved his voice, but it was “Darkness” from Disturbed’s second album that sealed his place forever in my top ten.

2. Jacob Bunton (Lynam/Adler)

Jacob is probably the best vocalist you’ve never heard of. He now fronts Adler, which boasts Stephen Adler of Guns N Roses, but I discovered him through his work with Lynam.

1. Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge)

Duh! His voice is gorgeous!!! He has an amazing range and can hold a note forever… and did I mention his voice is gorgeous?!?!