Comic Book Store Owned By SYSTEM OF A DOWN Drummer JOHN DOLMAYAN Reopens In Las Vegas

According to KSNV, SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan has just held a grand opening of his high-end comic book store Torpedo Comics in a new Las Vegas location that is double the size of its previous space. Dolmayan has been acquiring rare comics for more than two decades. “I started selling in the early ’90s, because at 18 years old, it’s tough to go to your parents and say, ‘Can I have some money for comic books?’” he told Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Initially, I started off by losing a lot of money trying to sell books at conventions … Continue reading

Full Album Stream: Below The Sun – 'Alien World'

Enter the Alien World with Below the Sun — the progressive doom outfit are streaming their new record exclusively through Decibel.  Based on the sci-fi novel Solaris, Alien World combines a chilling atmosphere with punishing heaviness. Below the Sun seamlessly combine quiet, brooding passages with crushing doom. Black metal, post-metal and progressive influences bleed into Below the Sun’s music, building rich soundscapes throughout the album. “Cosmos is the main theme of our band,” Below the Sun tell Decibel. “It is as beautiful as it is terrifying. It attracts us but stays unreachable. Our second album is based on the science-fiction … Continue reading

QUEEN Guitarist Speaks Out On Manchester Attack: 'You Have To Break The Cycle Of Violence'

QUEEN‘s Brian May has commented last night’s terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England that caused the deaths of twenty-two people, several of them children. Speaking with NME, the guitarist said (see video below): “I woke up this morning and saw the news of Manchester. And the first thing I did was tweet about it, just to say… express my grief and my sympathy with the people. I mean, there were mums there that we’re seeing online that didn’t even know if their child was alive or dead. It’s the most terrible thing. To me, it’s almost … Continue reading


METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has commented on the passing of Chris Cornell, calling it a “sad story” that “makes you realize that there is a darkness that anyone and everyone can find and feel.” Cornell apparently died on May 17 after SOUNDGARDEN played a show in Detroit. Chris‘s wife Vicky and an attorney representing the Cornell family have questioned the results of a medical examiner’s report that said the 52-year-old musician committed suicide. Speaking to Mistress Carrie of the Worcester/Boston, Massachusetts radio station WAAF, Hetfield stated about Cornell‘s tragic death (see video below): “Well, it does make you hug those … Continue reading

Track Premiere: Bison – 'Until The Earth Is Empty'

On their new album You Are Not the Ocean You Are the Patient, Vancouver sludge practitioners Bison remain rooted in daily life, writing lyrics that tell the story of escaping a city but remaining tied to it. You Are Not the Ocean is loaded with sludgy, slow-but-focused riffs, melodic guitar solos and heavy percussion, but it’s also emotionally heavy, as you can hear on new song “Until the Earth is Empty.”  “It’s something my partner said to me in regards to finding our sons if they were taken or missing,” guitarist/vocalist James Farwell said. “It’s the idea that you would … Continue reading

NITA STRAUSS Says It Took A Long Time To Find The Right Musicians For WE START WARS Project

WE START WARS, the new all-female group led by Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, will make its live debut on May 25 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. In addition to Nita, WE START WARS features Alicia Vigil (VIGIL OF WAR) on bass, Seana (a.k.a. Shauna Lisse) on vocals, Nicole Papastavrou on guitar, Katt Scarlett (FEMME FATALE) on keyboards and Lindsay Martin on drums. Asked how WE START WARS came together, Strauss told The Front Row Report at this past weekend’s Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio … Continue reading

ENSLAVED Completes Recording Fourteenth Album

Norwegian progressive metallers ENSLAVED have finished recording their as-yet-untitled fourteenth album for a fall release via Nuclear Blast. The disc is currently being mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (SOILWORK, OPETH, KATATONIA, AMON AMARTH) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. According to ENSLAVED, they are “putting the final touches to an epic first leg of a European tour that will be announced shortly.” The band adds in a Facebook post: “2017 will be the year we move forward with our sound and aim for more progressive and melodic horizons, adding an organic and old school-ish touch — and several … Continue reading

Interview & Stream: Perverted Ceremony

It was nearly two years ago that we tipped off our readers to a little-known, then-defunct Belgian duo called Perverted Ceremony. Since then Morbid Messiah (drums, vocals) and Baron Cimeterre (guitar and bass) have reformed and recorded a full length, which has since come out on Nuclear War Now!. Given Perverted Ceremony’s dedication to arcane practices of black metal magick, Sabbat of Behezaël is more than a blast from the past, it’s portal into a world timeless and hidden. We caught up with Morbid Messiah and Baron Cimeterre to allay some of the mystery surrounding Sabbat of Behezaël. But first … Continue reading

AEROSMITH Guitarist Vows To 'Put On A Great Show In Honor Of Those Killed And Injured' In Manchester Attack

AEROSMITH‘s Joe Perry has vowed to “put on a great show” tonight in Russia “in honor of those killed and injured” in Monday’s attack outside an Ariana Grande concert in England. In a Twitter message, the guitarist wrote: “I feel terrible about the news today. We knew this was going to eventually happen at a concert one day. “My first reaction is we shouldn’t give concerts because it is putting all the fans in danger, but that’s what [the terrorists] want. “If there’s one thing I learned touring all these years is you carry on. That is the way you … Continue reading

Security Efforts Stepped Up For GUNS N' ROSES Concert In Ireland

Over 400 gardai (Irish police) will be on duty at this weekend’s GUNS N’ ROSES concert in Meath, Ireland. There will also be an additional 1,200 private security personnel in attendance, as well as a full medical team of doctors, an on-site hospital and five first aid posts. GUNS N’ ROSES is scheduled to play at Slane Castle on Saturday, May 27, marking the 25th anniversary of the band performing at the venue in 1992. The sold-out show is expected to be attended by 83,000 fans. A garda statement said: “An Garda Síochána will have over 400 members on duty, … Continue reading