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NORTHERN INVASION REVIEW AND GALLERY BY ISAAC FORD

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Northern Invasion 
The Somerset Amphitheater has played host to Ozzfest, Summerset and on this weekend in May, Norther Invasion. Boasting a lineup that had high school me internally screaming, the weather played fair for the most part. Even the small drizzle on Saturday was a welcoming cool off for the heated crowd. 
Day 1 
Dubé 

This Canadian Punk/Grundge trio of brothers was part way through their first US tour when the catastrophies began with a broken down car outisde of Chicago and continued with a loss of sound during their set. While the universe was throwing everything at them, they maintained composure and air guitared their way through Smells Like Teen Spirit and eventually had the crowd chanting their names as the walked off the stage of their first US festival. 
Counterfeit 

The second act for me was another band from out of the States. Counterfeit hails from the UK and is headlining the tour with Dubé. This high energy punk/metal band also came to the US for their first t…

MAYDAY PARADE RELEASE NEW SINGLE "NEVER SURE"

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MAYDAY PARADE has released "Never Sure," the second song from their upcoming album, SUNNYLAND. 
Set for a June 15th release, SUNNYLAND is the band’s 6th studio album and first with Rise Records. Fans who pre-order the album by clickingHEREwill receive "Piece Of Your Heart" and "Never Sure" as an instant download.
"Never Sure is about this tendency to be more in love with the chase or in love with love, than the actual object of the love. It’s about being dramatic for dramas sake really." adds guitarist Alex Garcia.
Over the course of the last 10 years, Mayday Parade has sold more than a million albums. Four of their releases have sold over 100,000 units each, with their most successful album (2007’s A Lesson In Romantics) selling more than a half-million copies.  They have 60+ videos on YouTube with over 1 million views, and their songs have amassed over 350 million streams in the US alone.
The Tallahassee, Florida-based quintet (rounded out by bass…

CAL JAM 18 ANNOUNCES LINE-UP

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A year after the legendary debut weekend from which 30,000+ true rock believers have barely recovered... Cal Jam 18 is back for another weekend of joyful rock-n-roll abandon featuring 20+ bands on four stages this October 5-6, 2018. Promoted by Live Nation, the festival returns to Glen Helen Regional Park and Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA, for an even more monolithic second incarnation of what the Los Angeles Times cited as the reason fans "come to music festivals: to feel connection and catharsis."  The festival has announced its guitars, guitars and more guitars lineup with Foo Fighters back as headliners and curators, and another once in a lifetime bill that proves that rock-n-roll is alive and well in California. The good times come at the affordable price of $99 (plus taxes and fees) for one day GA. This year, Saturday ticket holders have the option to buy a Friday night ticket for $30 (plus taxes and fees). All camping packages include free entrance to the Friday n…

PSYCROPTIC and VENOM PRISON kick off "Devastation On The Nation" tour this week

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Catch Prosthetic Records acts PSYCROPTIC and VENOM PRISON on this year’s Devastation On The Nation tour! Kicking off the North American trek this Friday, May 25th; the tour will see VENOM PRISON and PSYCROPTIC join ABORTED, INGESTED, DISENTOMB, ARKAIK, SIGNS OF THE SWARM (select dates), and VALE OF PNATH (select dates). All dates below.  

Promising newer and darker sounding elements; Tasmanian tech-death outfit PSYCROPTIC have been hard at work on their new album which is nearing completion. The band adds; "It’s turning out really cool. I think it’s our best album by far.  It sounds like a mix of all our albums, plus some newer and darker sounding elements thrown in. Artwork is complete, and looks insane! We'll unveil that in good time…”

For a taste of PSYCROPTIC; check out the official music for the song "Cold," off their previously released, self titled album here: https://youtu.be/Bquz9LScP3E

Fresh off their European tour with TRIVIUM, CODE ORANGE & POWER TRIP…

LORDS OF ACID "Break Me" Off of 'Pretty in Kink'!

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After great anticipation and a handful of eye opening sneak peaks, iconic electronic band LORDS OF ACIDhas released their highly anticipated first LPin 6 years,Pretty in Kink! The fan driven and committed album, out now viaMetropolis Records, is a refreshing throwback to the group's legendary dance roots while continuing their reputation for creative innovation and polished showmanship.

Track List: 1. Break Me
2. Ma Fille De Joie
3. Sex Cam Girl
4. Flow Juice
5. Like Pablo Escobar
6. Before the Night is Over
7. Androgyny
8. Goldfinger
9. What the Fuck!
10. So Goddamn Good
11. My Demons Are Inside
12. We Are The Freaks

Outlaw Country artist JASON CHARLES MILLER Drops his "Hundred Pound Hammer"

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JASON CHARLES MILLERis proud to announce the upcoming release of "In The Wasteland," his definitive new album set to come outJune 15, 2018via RED MUSIC/ SONY.  
Mixed and produced by Grammy Award-winner Matt Hyde (Jonny Lang, No Doubt, Deftones) and featuring drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellenamp, John Fogerty), "In The Wasteland" showcases 11 tracks that blur the lines between Southern Rock, classic country, and the outlaw attitude that has earmarked MILLER's career as a singer, songwriter, producer and performer for more than two decades and over a dozen releases.
"From the many different styles of music that have influenced me over the years, to the lyrics that are a mixture of observational storytelling and pure emotional ferocity - some songs are collaborations or even duets, and others were written alone in a darkened room" exclaims MILLER, "If you've followed the journey of my career as an entertainer, you'll hear every place I'…

FRESH MEAT COUNTRY STYLE FOR THE BEAST: WILL THOMAS REED

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Nashville based country music artist WILL THOMAS REED has released his new single, "Home Is Where the Bar Is," is the first single off of his upcoming To Whom It May Concern… EP, due out June 1, 2018. “Home is Where the Bar is” is a song all about that special place we all have, your local watering hole where everyone knows you and the bartender has your choice beverage in a cold glass waiting for you when you walk through the door.” - Will Thomas Reed

Track List:  1. Rumors  2. What You Didn't Say  3. Home Is Where The Bar Is  4. Hold You Someday  5. Play It Back
Nashville-based, Virginia Native, Will Thomas Reed has been cutting his teeth in the music industry since the age of 13. Being a lover of all music, Will left East Tennessee State (on a Bluegrass Scholarship) to spend several years touring full-time with the Grammy Award Winning Rock Band 12 Stones; when they disbanded, Will moved on as Lead Guitarist for the popular rock group Throwing Gravity before fronting hi…

WATCH GUNS N' ROSES' PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN MUSIC VIDEO FOR "IT'S SO EASY" EXCLUSIVELY ON APPLE MUSIC

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In celebration of the forthcoming Appetite For Destruction reissues, due out on June 29th, today the band released a previously unseen music video for "It's So Easy," available to watch now exclusively on Apple Music HERE. Filmed live in 1989 at the infamous Cathouse, "It's So Easy" was never completely finished and remained in the vaults, unseen and unreleased. The footage was recently uncovered for inclusion in the box set and has been digital restored in 4K UHD from 16mm film transfers with the original conceptual scenes edited back in with the live footage, just as the band had originally intended. Released on July 21, 1987, Appetite For Destruction remains the best-selling U.S. debut album ever, selling over 30 million copies globally.  Click HERE to watch Guns N' Roses' 15 seminal videos spanning the band's career, in newly upgraded 1080p HD video.

On May 17th Darkness descended upon the Sunset Strip! SOULFLY & NILE REVIEW BY LANE STEELE

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Death metal gods, Nile and Groove metal icons, Soulfly took over the Whiskey A Go-Go.The night was packed full of insane pits and fist pumping, head banging fans.The venue itself was almost filled to capacity.Everyone in attendance was ready for a great show and all the bands did not disappoint.This was a rare treat to have two very different bands in the genre of metal co-headling a gig.At first I was honestly quite skeptical thinking that the Death metal fans of Nile would not stay to see Soulfy’s brand of Groove metal, but I was 100% wrong!
The night started with local act and Whisky A Go-Go veterans, Darksun.They put on a very interactive show where frontman, Jordan Sassone did a great job pumping up the crowd for Nile.The bass player Chris Dale head banged his ass off and prominently wore a shirt saying “Fuck Pearl Jam”, which I thought was funny.The Drummer Dio Britto, who has played in Westfield Massacre as well was an absolutely amazing asset live.Britto played with extreme pre…

Signals (ex-Of Mice & Men and A Skylit Drive) release debut single

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It was over 10 years ago that Michael "Jag" Jagmin and Jonathan Kintz last shared the stage together while in the Orange County band Odd Project. After that group disbanded, Jag went on to front the post-hardcore band A Skylit Drive, while Jonathan joined the then newly formed Of Mice & Men. Now, the two of them are back together again in the form of Signals and the duo have released their first single "The New American Religion."
"It's a statement that calls attention to the atrocious downward spiral our nation has put itself in," says Jag. "The lack of empathy and understanding among Americans has hit a disgusting low. People are quicker to attack those with opposing views and ideas instead of embracing what makes us all great, and that is that we are all in fact different." "The New American Religion" was released on the 10 year anniversary of Wires...and the Concept of Breathing, the biggest selling A Skylit Drive album and J…

THE COLOUR YOU Releases Official Music Video for "Set Me Free"

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Alternative Rock Band THE COLOUR YOU has released the official music video for their single, "Set Me Free," was filmed and directed by Sidney Lee Lopez.
“Essentially, ‘Set Me Free’ is about questioning whether or not someone could/should be a means of escape from the hell in your head. On one side you've got this damaged soul looking for an escape, and on the other there is this beautiful angel-like figure who’s intrigued by the danger of this damaged “bad boy” image, but not quite brave enough to be that escape.” - Julian Comeau (Vocals)


The Colour You is an American rock band from Baton Rouge, LA. Formed in 2016, TCY puts an interesting twist on the genre by blending hard-hitting, energetic guitar riffs, huge anthemic choruses with melodic vocal melodies, and infusing them with dark modern pop elements.

FRESH MEAT FOR THE BEAST: BARBUDO

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Barbudo are a British ‘Nu-eyed funk’ group from the south coast town of Havant, Portsmouth. Fusing elements of old-school funk, psych rock and smooth R&B, brothers Ben and Harry Stanworth, along with Elliot Salter have established an intoxicating sound which oozes charm and flamboyancy.  
Taking inspiration from the pioneers of 70’s funk, soul and disco, as well as acts such as Steely Dan, Shuggie Otis and The Isley Brothers, Barbudo have concocted a sound equal parts contemporary with yesteryear’s glow. This unique marriage has given the band the distinct sound that has been winning over audiences across the nation.
Following the success of their last EP Pleasures, released under Pie & Vinyl Records, Barbudo are now ready to unveil their latest single ‘Secret Admirer’. Drenched in funk-fuelled melodies, shimmering vocal harmonies and groove-laden basslines, the single radiates sonic colours. Barbudo have succeeded in capturing the sound of summer , complete with the band’s sign…