ACT OF DEFIANCE Makes Billboard Top 200 Chart Debut

unnamedACT OF DEFIANCE, featuring ex-Megadeth members, Chris Broderick (guitars) and Shawn Drover (drums), have debuted at #24 on the Billboard Top 200 Current charts with their inaugural recording effort, Birth and The Burial, via Metal Blade Records. The other chart number positions are listed below.

Billboard chart numbers:
#124 Top 200 Current Albums
#171 Top 200 Albums
#6 Heatseeker
#18 Hard Music
#44 Rock
#28 Independent

ACT OF DEFIANCE are now streaming their entire new, debut metal masterpiece offering at

Look for them to embark on their first-ever national tour, co-headlining with Allegaeon starting Oct 22nd. All dates can be found at

In a time of endless sub-genre classifications, ACT OF DEFIANCE‘s highly anticipated debut offering simply delivers 100% in-your-face, uncompromising heavy metal.

With a hefty resumé that chronicles time spent riffing and shredding in Jag Panzer, Nevermore, and a seven-year stint in Megadeth, Chris Broderick’s pedigree speaks for itself. Furthermore, joined by powerhouse drummer – and fellow Megadeth alumnus and former Eidolon drummer – Shawn Drover, bassist Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) and vocalist Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr), the band are a truly formidable metallic behemoth. Birth And The Burial is ten tracks of armor-plated, state of the art heaviness.

BATTLECROSS Enter Billboard Charts With Third Album “Rise To Power”

ryYImUC“Battlecross is well on its way…to become one of metal’s most powerful forces”
-10/10 Outburn Magazine-
“A lean, mean, ass-kicking machine that doesn’t want to quit kicking your ass until there’s nothing left for it to kick”
-Heavy Blog is Heavy-
Last Friday Motor City thrashers BATTLECROSS released their long awaited third album “Rise To Power” via Metal Blade Records. This highly anticipated release entered the following Billboard Charts:
#103 Top 200 Current Albums
#137 Top 200 Albums
#4 Heatseeker
#14 Hard Music
#36 Rock
#23 Independent
Guitarist and founding member Tony Asta commented on the band’s chart entries:
“We love our fans and I often say they are the best on the planet. You know it must be true because we are proud to announce “Rise To Power” charted well, thanks to you. Thank you all for your support, see you all on the road!”
The album that Metal Sucks describes as “quite appealing, coming off as an accomplished synthesis of a wide range of styles…” can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp and directly from Metal Blade Records.
The album can be streamed via Apple Music and Spotify.
A video for the song “Absence” is available for viewing HERE. The video was directed by David Brodsky of My Good Eye (Whitechapel, Revocation, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR).
“Rise to Power” was produced by Jason Suecof, and mixed/mastered by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios. The cover art was completed by Hungarian artist Péter Sallai (Sabaton, Sacred Steel).
BATTLECROSS are currently on the road with label-mates GWAR and Butcher Babies on a North American tour stopping in Tulsa, OK and wrapping up September 18th in Rochester, NY. Following a short break BATTLECROSS will rejoin GWAR on the road alongside Born of Osiris (Cryptopsy in Canada) starting October 7th in Cincinnatti, OH and wrapping up November 28th in Orlando, FL
BATTLECROSS W/ GWAR and Butcher Babies
8/31: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
9/1: San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
9/2: Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater
9/3: Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
9/4: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
9/5: Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero*
9/6: Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggys
9/8: Wilmington, NC @ Ziggys By the Sea
9/9: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
9/10: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
9/11: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
9/13: Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz*
9/14: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
9/15: So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
9/16: Reading, PA @ Reverb
9/17: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
9/18: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
BATTLECROSS With GWAR and Born Of Osiris:
10/7: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
10/8: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/9: Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
10/10: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre**
10/12: Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian’s Event Centre**
10/13: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom**
10/14: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall**
10/16: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom**
10/17: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
10/18: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
10/19: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
10/20: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
10/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club
10/25: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
10/26: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
10/28: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
10/29: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/2: Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
11/4: Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
11/5: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
11/6: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
11/7: Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
11/8: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
11/9: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/11: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
11/12: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/13: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
11/14: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/17: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
11/18: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
11/19: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
11/20: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
11/25: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11/27: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
11/28: Orlando, FL @ Venue 578
*Off Date – BATTLECROSS Headline Show*
**Crytopsy Providing Direct Support

BATTLECROSS‘ previous album, “War of Will,” debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart upon its release in July of 2013. This was the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut! “War of Will“also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release. Watch the music video for “Never Coming Back” now at

RIVERS OF NIHIL Enter The Billboard Charts With Monarchy! Announce North American Tour Dates With Hate Eternal

Q1b0GUr“Monarchy” is not only their darkest record to date, but their most dynamic, atmospheric and powerful”
-9/10 Outburn Magazine-
“Monarchy” is the gold standard for extreme, technical, progressive, and passionate death metal right now, and it probably won’t change any time soon.”
-Heavy Blog is Heavy-
Last Friday, RIVERS OF NIHIL released their sophomore album “Monarchy” via Metal Blade Records. Today the album entered the following Billboard Charts:
#17 Heatseeker
#32 Hard Music
#56 Independent
Guitarist Brody Uttley on the success of the new album, “We are incredibly pleased with the positive response that Monarchy has received.  In the digital age of music it has become harder and harder to get people to actually buy music and support their favorite bands. We are a lucky group of guys to have such an amazing and supportive fanbase.  See you all very soon!”
In support of “Monarchy” the band will hit the road this fall alongside Hate Eternal, Misery Index and Beyond Creation. The tour starts October 27th in Boston, MA and runs through
Fans can purchase the album, which No Clean Singing calls “…a pinnacle of the band’s union of atmospheric and progressive aims” on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp or directly from Metal Blade Records. European fans can order their copy HERE.
The album can be streamed via Apple Music and Spotify.
The band’s video for the song “Sand Baptism” which was directed by David Brodsky (GWAR, Whitechapel, Black Dahila Murder) can be viewed HERE.
The seasonal concept that began with spring on “The Conscious Seed of Light” continues, of course, with “Monarchy“, as it welcomes the oppressive heat of summer. The story takes place millions of years after the events in “The Conscious Seed of Light“. Adam Biggs, who also serves as the band’s primary lyricist, explains: “The Earth has been transformed into a vast desert wasteland, where after aeons of lifelessness, new beings begin to take shape and begin their journey as shepherds of the planet. But after a while, a class system forms from a sun-worshiping religious dictatorship, and these beings start to lose their way. Only the guidance of an ancient earthly force can help them save themselves as well the planet.”
RIVERS OF NIHIL On Tour With Hate Eternal, Misery Index and Beyond Creation:
10/27: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/28: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
10/29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/30: Rochester, NY @ Flour City Station
10/31: Cincinnati, OH @ Mad Frog
11/3: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
11/4: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater Studio
11/5: Winnipeg, MB @ Zoo Cabaret
11/6: Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre
11/7: Calgary, AB @ Dickens Pub
11/10: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
11/11: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/12: Portland, OR @ Dante’s
11/13: Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater
11/14: Glendale, CA @ The Complex
11/15: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red % (w/ Cattle Decapitation)
11/16: Las Vegas, NV @ Las Vegas County Saloon
11/18: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
11/20: Ft Worth, TX @ Tomcats
11/21: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
11/22: New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
* Denotes Hate Eternal only
% With Cattle Decapitation

42 DECIBEL Releases New Video for “Midnight Teaser (Evil Woman)”

akPeKNtNew Album Rolling in Town Available October 4th on SPV/Steamhammer
42 DECIBEL have released a new video for the song “Midnight Teaser (Evil Woman)” taken from the new album Rolling In Town.The video is available for viewing HERE.
With their impressive debut album Hard Rock´n`Roll (2013), 42 DECIBEL caused a sensation that has not been fault in the scene for quite some time.
Their dry as bone sound, the straightforward direction of the songs with blues-rock roots shining through, frontman Junior Figueroa’s rasping voice reminiscent of Bon Scott, make the band a must hear for all rock fans
42 DECIBEL know only one religion: that religion is rock´n`roll!  Now on their second album Rolling In Town the band from Argentina makes no secret! They are here to rock!
Rolling In Town will be released on SPV/Steamhammer October 2nd in North America.  Pre-order the album HERE.
1.Cant Keep Control
2.Short Fused
3.Rude And fast
4.Drop Of Booze
5.Burning Down The Road
6.Eye Of The Hawk
7.Down The Hatch
8.Midnight Teaser (Evil Woman)
9.Cold Steel Rider
10.Smooth Talker
Side A:
1.Cant Keep Control
2.Short Fused
3.Midnight Teaser (Evil Woman)
4.Burning Down The Road
5.Down The Hatch
Side B:
1.Cold Steel Rider
2.Rude And Fast
3.Eye Of The Hawk
4.Drop Of Booze
5.Smooth Talker
Junior Figueroa (Vocals, Guitar)
Nicko Cambiasso (Drums)
Billy Bob Riley (Rhythm & Slide Guitar)
Matt Fraga (Bass)

BLOOD DIVISIONS Self-Titled Digital EP Available on Metal Blade Records

gGBGrBKThe self-titled Digital EP from new supergroup BLOOD DIVISIONS is available on Metal Blade Records. BLOOD DIVISIONS features a who’s who of metal musicians, including Chris Jericho, Dave Austin, Ralph Santola, Terry Butler, Greg Gall, Bill Owen, John Mahoney and Ben Meyer.  The Digital EP features two tracks, the first being a cover of the Nasty Savage track “The Morgue” and the second is a cover version of the Scorpions classic “Top of the Bill”.
The EP can be streamed on Spotify and Apple Music and is also available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.
Listen to Chris Jericho discuss BLOOD DIVISIONS and more on The Neckbreaker Podcast HERE.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of the self-titled EP will benefit Rock & Rescue a charity helmed by acclaimed producer Jay Ruston as well as the Warren County Tennessee Humane Society.
Vocalist Chris Jericho on BLOOD DIVISIONS: “BLOOD DIVISIONS is an all star collection of some of the most talented musicians to ever come from the legendary southern Florida metal scene. Being a HUGE fan of all of these musicians and their legendary bands, especially Nasty Savage, when David Austin himself asked me to lay down the vocals, I responded immediately, ‘YES! What songs do you want me to sing and how many studded leather gauntlets can I wear?’ I’m so honored and proud to be a part of the project and very excited with the results. Trust me, it’s going to tear all of your fuckin’ heads off, in the best possible way!”

Chris Jericho – vocals
Dave Austin – guitars (Nasty Savage)
Ralph Santola – lead guitar (Death, Obituary, Testament, Iced Earth)
Terry Butler – bass (Obituary, Death, Denial Fiend, Massacre)
Greg Gall – drums (Six Feet Under)
Bill Owen – lead guitar (Purgatory)
John Mahoney – lead guitar (Fester)
Ben Meyer – lead guitar (Nasty Savage, Low Brow, Gardy Loo)


“The Morgue” – Nasty Savage cover
“Top of the Bill” – Scorpions cover

TRAPT Unleash “Human (Like The Rest Of Us)” Music Video

Watch “Human” Now | Read a Rumor-Squashing Interview via Loudwire


Sixth Studio Album DNA Coming This Fall via Crash Collide



Chart-topping hard rock group TRAPT have been at the top of the headlines lately, primarily relating to vocalist Chris Taylor Brown verbalizing his opinions about various subjects, whether political, personal or beyond. In a recent interview with Loudwire, Brown addresses what has become a rather tumultuous past few months on social media, taking ownership of his recent comments regarding rumoured altercations with fellow musicians and various other publicized opinions. You can read Part one of the interview here:


What many do not know is that these events have not coincidentally lead up to the release of TRAPT’s new single and music video “Human (Like The Rest Of Us)”, which touches upon the theme that all of us are human, imperfect, and often make mistakes. Watch the new music video for “Human” (a Rind-Raja Picture Company production, produced by Roth Rind and directed by Jay K. Raja) exclusively via Loudwire here:


Brown states, “We are all bound by the emotions that we as Humans are capable of feeling. When we numb ourselves, because the pain is too great, we are no longer Human. To be imperfect, to be emotional is Human. Your emotions guide you. Listen to them. They will allow you to feel empathy towards others and others to feel you, but only if you allow it. Open up and FEEL! Do not be afraid. The only way we can come together as one HUMAN RACE is through understanding each other. The only way to understand is to FEEL, even when it hurts the most. When you are hurting the most, others will feel it too. They will help you, as you do them. #Humanaboveall”


While certain recent social media conversations of Brown’s have not been completely random and without planning, he does recognize his imperfect humanity and that some of his recent comments have been made relatively off-the-cuff and potentially received as insensitive by some. Read an official statement from Chris Taylor Brown regarding his recent social media comments regarding racial topics below:


“First off, I want to say that I am imperfect, but that is what makes me who I am and what I think is part of being Human. This brings me to the recent spat of verbal barbs I threw around a few weeks ago that at times sounded mean and much like bullying. It should be easy to shrug off insults that have nothing to do with the subject you are talking about and are only meant to get a rise out of you, but I did not shrug it off and the way I went about defending myself is definitely not the way one should go about spreading a message and I apologize to anyone I may have offended. The message gets lost when you engage in this way.


I read all of these words about one group of people having certain privileges over another based solely on the color of their skin and it doesn’t sit right with me. I don’t mean to poke fun at the whole thing, but, I did, and I take full responsibility for anyone who may have been hurt by me making fun of the white privilege concept. I have my views and want to express unity through music. I believe that we are all bound by the ability to feel the same emotions and that love and understanding can and do bring people of all races together. Anyone who wishes to segregate themselves can do so, while the rest of us move forward, as we have been for decades. I also believe that there are original sins and acknowledging them through the many advances that this country has made in regard to civil rights, go very far in showing how a country can come together for the greater good. We just made it possible for any human being to marry any other human being, how is that for progress?


I admit that I can come across as harsh when my passion precedes me. If anything I have ever said comes across as racist, that was not my intention. If saying that “white privilege is the sole reason for one human being having more privilege over another” is not true, makes someone feel as though, I or the band that I front is racist, then let me tell you now that this could not be further from the truth. Growing up in a mixed race household and having a side of the family whose roots start in Mexico versus a side of the family with roots in The United Kingdom, I have seen how people can be mistrusting of others based upon what they do not understand about them. Once they understand each other and get to know more about each other those walls are broken down. Understanding comes through clear messages and those that feel they need to be heard, should do all they can to be heard. I hate having to read how some people think that this can all be dumbed down to “the complexion of one’s skin.” I have a problem with one group of people being singled out on the basis of their skin color.


Again, the moral of the story is how you spread your message and what you want to say. Passion can trip you up. It tripped me up and I allowed the narrative to take turns that did not help spread the message I want to spread. I came across as racist to some, because I chose not to give merit to the idea that only skin complexion grants privilege. I want to tell anyone who is listening now that I believe every man and woman on this planet can rise together, but only through understanding each other’s struggles.”


Head back to Loudwire early next week to read Part two of Chris Taylor Brown’s in-depth interview regarding these recent events.


“Human (Like The Rest Of Us) ” is available on iTunes:

GHOST Lands 1st Ever U.S. Top 10 Album With ‘Meliora’


According to, “Meliora”, the third album from the Swedish occult rock band GHOST, has entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 8 with first-week sales of just over 29,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales. The set follows the No. 28-peaking “Infestissumam”, which was released in 2013 and has sold 66,000 copes in the U.S. to date.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

“Meliora” was released on August 21 via Loma Vista Recordings. The CD was helmed by Klas Åhlund, a prolific songwriter, producer and guitarist who is also a member of the Swedish rock band TEDDYBEARS, and was mixed by Andy Wallace (SLAYER, NIRVANA, SEPULTURA, LINKIN PARK, GUNS N’ ROSES).

Asked if there was a particular direction GHOST was looking to go in on “Meliora”, one of the Nameless Ghouls told Guitar World magazine: “Yes. There were a few guidelines we were working off of. The main one was that we felt on ‘Infestissumam’, there was definitely a shortage of… I don’t know what the word is… let’s say riffage. Whereas that was not the case on the first one [‘Opus Eponymous’]. So we wanted to make a record that had more riffs on it, because the guitar took a bit of a backseat on ‘Infestissumam’. And the main reason for that was the production. The guitars were just put in the back. If we were to take all the tapes from that album and go into a different studio and remix the whole thing, I’m sure it would sound very different. So this time we wanted to focus on the guitar aspect from the start. Secondly, from a thematic standpoint, we wanted the whole record to have something of a futuristic feel. So there are organs and things like that, but there are also other things that we excluded, because this is not, you know, our medieval record. This is our futuristic, urban-dystopia-metropolis record. So we knew it had to possess a certain sort of flair. Because if you want to make a futuristic record that is sort of ’80s-sounding, you would do that by using a lot of chorus everywhere. But that’s not what we were trying to do. Or you could make a JUDAS PRIEST or IRON MAIDEN–style record that sounds very futuristic. But that’s not what we were trying to do either. Sometimes you have to know what to leave out.”

Regarding GHOST‘s sound, a Nameless Ghoul told Rolling Stone magazine: “We sort of came up with this mixture where we could combine basically all our favorite childhood and adolescent music styles. And we grew up listening to a lot of different music. A lot of Swedish music, and also a lot of ’60s and ’70s bands — AOR things like KANSAS and YES and CHICAGO and BOSTON. JOURNEY. TOTO. Professional-sounding music. And with all of that we found a way, for us at least, to make sense of having an extreme-metal riff and then throwing a pop melody over it. So that was the initial thing. After that it was, ‘Oh, shit! Maybe we could turn it into a horror-rock band, and we could throw in this very childish sort of fascination of horror films! And also ALICE COOPER! And KISS!”