ALBUM REVIEW - “Royal Blood” (Self-Titled)

ALBUM REVIEW – “Royal Blood” (Self-Titled)

Royal Blood

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the next big thing.

Bridging the gap between indie and “proper” rock music has always proven difficult, but that’s exactly what Royal Bloodare looking likely to do. Incorporating both the innate coolness and universal melodicism of indie, and the balls and bloody-mindedness of all good rock music, the inventive Brighton two-piece are being trumpeted in the British…

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The “Crowdsurf America Tour” consisting of co-headliners Chiodos and Blessthefall made their way to The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD on Saturday, August 16th. Australian imports I Killed The Prom Queen and Capture The Crown provided support for the show which kicked off promptly at 6:30. Capture The Crown, who recently released their sophomore effort “Reign Of Terror”, started off the show to a less than responsive crowd. Fortunately for Capture The Crown, they had a handful of loyal fans holding the pit down for the Australian quartet during their thirty minute set. The set culminated with a somewhat predictable, yet effective, wall of death which all the attendees happily participated because why not? Respect to the group for performing as if they were playing a headlining set for their fans unlike some bands that solely perform off crowd participation. The group’s latest effort “Reign Of Terror” is out now through Artery Recordings. Be sure to check out our official album review of “Reign Of Terror”.

Capture The Crown

Picking up where Capture The Crown left off. I Killed The Prom Queen took the stage to a crowd that reacted the exact opposite to the previous band. Marking the group’s second appearance of the year in the Maryland area, IKTPQ made sure the journey from their homeland of Australia was worth the trip to the states in giving the Fillmore one hell of a performance. The on-stage chemistry between Jamie Hope and Jona Weinhofen was excellent as they brought to life older songs and songs from “Beloved” on stage. “Beloved” is out now through Epitaph Records. If you missed IKTPQ on this tour, fear not as the group will return to the States with ISSUES on their fall tour. Be sure to check out our official album review of “Beloved”.

I Killed The Prom Queen

Once Capture The Crown and I Killed The Prom Queen finished warming the crowd up with their respective sets, it was time for Chiodos to hit the stage. It’s crazy to think it’s been two years since Chiodos reunited with Craig Owens and Derrick Frost, but time does heal all wounds and it was apparent on stage that the group was indeed enjoying performing with each other once again. Sprinkling in songs from “Devil” along with classics such as “Letters from Janelle” and “Baby, You Wouldn’t Last A Minute On The Creek” made for one of the strongest sets the band has put on. Chiodos will hit the road once again in the states with A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon and Motionless In White as part of “The Parks and Devastation Tour“. Check out our official album review of Chiodos’ latest album “Devil”, which is out now through Razor and Tie. Our gallery of Chiodos’ “Devil’s Dance Tour” featuring Emarosa, Our Last Night and ’68 is also available for viewing.


Any positive thing written about blessthefall’s set that evening would be an understatement. From the moment the group stepped on stage, it was clear it wasn’t a performance. It was one huge party with moshpits forming throughout the crowd. A large portion of the setlist came from 2013’s “Hollow Bodies” but that was very okay with the crowd as they yelled the words back at the band. A particular highlight of the performance was in the middle of performing “Youngbloods”, vocalist Beau Bokan pulled out a large inflatable shark and was joined by a fan who then stage-dived with Bokan with the shark. Despite being on the road for a year promoting “Hollow Bodies” non-stop, blessthefall showed no signs of fatigue, delivering a performance that was worth the price of admission and then some. “Hollow Bodies” is out now through Fearless Records, our gallery of blessthefall’s “Hollow Bodies Tour” can be seen at this location. We also sat down with guitarist Eric Lambert before the show to discuss the future of blessthefall, check out the full chat at this location.


[Photo Gallery] Crowd Surf America Tour - 8/16/2014 - Silver Spring, MD The “Crowdsurf America Tour” consisting of co-headliners Chiodos and Blessthefall made their way to The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD on Saturday, August 16th.

Slipknot Reveal Album Release Date, Artwork and Tracklist

Slipknot Reveal Album Release Date, Artwork and Tracklist


The release date for the long-awaited fifth studio album from metal titans Slipknot has been confirmed, with artwork and tracklisting also revealed.

The album will be called .5: The Gray Chapter, and will see worldwide release on October 21st 2014. Consisting of 14 tracks (as well as two bonus tracks on the deluxe edition), it will be the band’s first record since 2008’s All Hope Is Gone.

.5: The…

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ALBUM REVIEW - “My Everything” by Ariana Grande

ALBUM REVIEW – “My Everything” by Ariana Grande

My Everything

Much as pop as a genre is criticised for frequently allowing singers of minimal talent who look good in press releases and music videos to occupy the cultural zeitgeist, truly great vocalists do from time to time emerge. The frequent description of Ariana Grandeas the ‘new Mariah Carey’ if anything does her a disservice, as she already seems to posses the nous to control her voice to fit a song…

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The “Carnivores Tour” featuring co-headliners Linkin Park and Thirty Seconds To Mars came through Bristow, VA marking the fourth stop of one of the most arguably stacked tours this summer. Opening the festivities was AFI, who are currently out supporting their latest release, “Burials” which was released last October. Kicking off promptly at 6:30, the quartet began playing to a less than receptive response, save for a few noticeably die-hard fans jumping up and down in the crowd. Not to say that AFI put on a bad performance, but perhaps there wasn’t much of an overlap between the fan bases of Linkin Park and 30STM. Regardless, the initial lukewarm crowd response didn’t affect AFI, as vocalist Davey Havok took advantage of the catwalk that goes into crowd for some good old fashion barricade crowd participation. By the time Havok returned to the stage, AFI had the crowd’s full attention. Wrapping up the set was the group’s 2006 hit “Miss Murder” and the crowd sang along to every word. Overall, the group did an excellent job in winning over and warming up the crowd for Thirty Seconds To Mars and Linkin Park.

AFI – Photography by Terry Dobbins (Scenes Of Madness Photography)

(Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, we weren’t granted access to Thirty Seconds To Mars’ set)

After impressive performances from both AFI and Thirty Seconds To Mars, the stage was set for Linkin Park’s 9:20 set-time. Chants of Linkin Park filled the venue and the crowd let out a deafening round of applause as the house lights went out. Entering the stage one by one, Linkin Park kicked things off with the lead single, “Guilty All The Same”, from the recently released sixth studio album “The Hunting Party”. Although Rakim (who is featured in the song) wasn’t there to perform his verse, Mike Shinoda did a fantastic job covering for him. Continuing on through the night, Linkin Park covered almost all of their discography by abbreviating songs that flawlessly segued into another. For example, “Blackout” (from 2010’s “A Thousand Suns”) and “Papercut” (from 2000’s “Hybrid Theory”) were both abbreviated, but segued well into each other that pleased the crowd. Another highlight of the show was DJ Joe Hahn had a solo session in the middle of the set where he combined various remixes from the band’s remix albums (Reanimation and Recharged) to transform a rock concert into an EDM concert. To further prove the band had no limits in creativity, Mike Shinoda (backed by Joe Hahn providing samples) performed a medley of “Wretches & Kings” and Fort Minor’s “Remember The Name” that segued into “Lying From You” which also was sampled with “Dirt Off Your Shoulders” from Jay-Z. Fans can remember the mash-up from 2004’s “Collision Course” and what a way to give a nod to the collaboration which was released ten years ago. All in all, the band managed to cover most of their discography in a ninety-minute set and then some. Any fan of Linkin Park can be assured that this is indeed the tour of the summer, and right now Linkin Park are at the top of their game. Be sure to check out our official album review of “The Hunting Party” which is out now through Warner Bros. Records.

Richard Ramirez

Linkin Park – Photography by Terry Dobbins (Scenes Of Madness Photography)

[Photo Gallery & Review] Carnivores Tour ft. Linkin Park & AFI - 8/13/14 - Bristow, VA The “Carnivores Tour” featuring co-headliners Linkin Park and Thirty Seconds To Mars came through Bristow, VA marking the fourth stop of one of the most arguably stacked tours this summer.