Saturday, December 31, 2011

What's Coming Up In 2012

     Happy New Year! 2011 was great, but there is a lot more to look forward to in 2012! Bands are going to be touring like crazy so here is a list of some of the hottest ones (Click on artists' names for complete details):

1/5 - 1/22      Wednesday 13, Aiden, & Modern Day Escape touring US
1/10 - 2/18    Asking Alexandria touring Europe w/ 2 addition shows: 1 in Puerto Rico on 2/25 & 1 in Texas on 3/15
1/12 - 4/1      Black Veil Brides touring Mexico, South America, Australia, & Europe
1/13 - 1/21    Evanescence touring US
1/14 - 2/17    Falling In Reverse touring US
1/18 - 3/12    Theory of a Deadman touring US, Canada, & Europe
1/19 - 2/25    D.R.U.G.S. touring US
1/22 - 6/16    Anthrax touring US, Europe, & South America
1/26 - 2/28    Megadeth touring US & Canada
2/1 - 2/17      Halestorm touring Europe
2/1 - 6/7        Sebastian Bach touring US, Canada, South America, & Europe

2/24 - 3/6      Wednesday 13 touring Australia
2/24 - 3/15    Marilyn Manson touring Australia and Japan
2/25 - 3/5      Alter Bridge touring Australia
2/25 - 3/5      Slipknot touring Australia
5/23 - 6/10    Metallica touring Europe
5/25 - 6/22    Slayer touring Europe

6/16 - 8/5      Vans Warped Tour! (See the lineup for this year's tour below)
Van Halen WILL be touring in 2012. Dates TBA (stay tuned) First tickets will be going on sale on 1/10

Warped Tour 2012 Lineup:

Vampires Everywhere!
Every Time I Die
Memphis May Fire
Sleeping With Sirens
Tomorrow's Bad Seeds
Chelsea Grin
I Fight Dragons
Polar Bear Club
The Silver Comet

A few other things:

     This is going to be a big year for Modern Day Escape. In addition to touring, (as you saw above) they will be releasing their new album "Under the Gun" on March 27th! 

     Haunted By Heroes will be on NBC's "The Today Show" on January 4th, at NAMM on January 19th, and at The Whisky on January 21st. And it just so happens that a little birdie told me that there is talk around the industry that the band may be making some TV and movie appearances in 2012. Keep an eye out for these guys!

     I've also been hearing that we can expect new albums this year from Vampires Everywhere!, Get Scared, and Escape The Fate!

     So, did I miss anything? What bands are you most looking forward to seeing live? Comment below!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Tribute To Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

     While I'm sure every other Avenged Sevenfold fan feels the exact same way, I cannot believe that it has been 2 years since we lost The Rev. He seemed like he was an amazing person, and I wish that I could have had the opportunity to have met him. He is one of the greatest, if not the greatest musician of our generation. But this tribute isn't to mourn Jimmy's death. Rather, it's to celebrate his life. He has had such an incredible effect on so many people's lives, and he still continues to do so. As all of you may remember, I accepted submissions from fans who had something to share about the effect Jimmy had on them. These stories are a perfect example of the impact Jimmy made on so many people's lives, both musically and personally.

Max: My name is Max, and Jimmy is my favorite drummer. I truly believe that he is the greatest drummer of all time. He inspired me to start playing the drums. Now that I play drums, I truly realize how amazing he really was. I never got to meet him, but I hope to meet him someday on the other side...

Elizabeth: Jimmy meant the world to me. When I fell into a deep depression, he was the only thing that would brighten up my day and make me smile. When I starved myself and slit my wrists, Jimmy was the person that stopped me from killing myself. When he died, so many people, including I, broke down. He means so much to so many people and no matter what will never be forgotten. R.I.P. Jimmy "The Rev" Owen Sullivan

Lindsay: When I started listening to Avenged Sevenfold, I wanted to be able to play the drums like The Rev did. I mean, just listen to any of their songs and try and tell me he didn't play with all his energy, heart, and soul. The Rev was a musical genius, and I wanted to be just like him...Even now, after he has sadly left us, the Rev continues to inspire me to never give up and to put everything I have into playing the drums. RIP Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan. You will be foREVer in our hearts! :')

This is a photo submitted by Carolina Arteaga GarcĂ­a:   

My tribute to Jimmy:

     One of my favorite videos that Avenged Sevenfold has ever released is "So Far Away". That video not only shows the band's love and respect for Jimmy, but shows all of the amazing accomplishments they achieved together.



     I can't believe that it is two years since you've left us. There isn't a day that goes by that your music and your legacy aren't inspiring people and changing their lives for the better. Just know that we love and miss you SO much! We promise to keep you in our hearts foREVer <3


     True legends never die, and I can't think of anyone who is a better example of this than Jimmy. Thank you so much to the fans that submitted comments and photos. We all love and miss Jimmy so much, but I think it's great that Avenged Sevenfold still continues to keep The Rev's legacy alive. The love and support that A7X fans give the band as they continue forward in their music is incredibly inspiring!

R.I.P. Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

LAST CHANCE to be a part of The Rev's Tribute

     I know that I had the deadline for Jimmy's tribute as November 18th, however, I have had fans asking if they can still submit photos, comments, etc. I have decided to give everyone one more chance to submit things. You have until December 25th at midnight EST to submit your contributions to  Help us make an amazing tribute to one of the greatest musicians of our generation!

*For more info click here*


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Check out Underride

     A five-piece band from Seattle, Underride is "trying to save rock n' roll" according to lead vocalist Rev. In addition to Rev, the group consists of guitarists Suzuki Sixx and Princess, bassist El Barto, and drummer Double A. They have opened for acts such as Static X, Duff McKagan's Loaded, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Blackie Lawless among many others. Underride recently released their sophomore album Distorted Nation- the follow-up to their 2008 release One of Us. I recently spoke with Rev; here is our conversation.

Front Paige Metal News: How did you get your start? How long has the band been together?

Rev: This line-up has been together since 2009. We had the chance to bring in a couple new guitar players and knew Princess and Suzuki Sixx from two other local bands. They jumped on board right away, and we started writing the new record Distorted Nation.

FPMN: For those who haven't heard you, how do you describe your music?

Rev: It's just straight up meat and potatoes hard rock. We like to call it Camaro Rock! No gimmicks, no emo, screamo, rap rock, or turntables...just rock.

FPMN: What is coming up next for the band?

Rev: We're wrapping up our first national tour with Tantric, Man Made Machine, and Eve To Adam. We'll head back to Seattle to refuel the jets and head back out in January again. We have a couple new songs cooking in the oven too. So, expect bigger and better shows and new tunes!

FPMN: What has it been like opening for bands such as Duff McKagan's Loaded? How does it feel to already have the support of such a notable artist?

Rev: Playing with Duff was cool on a couple different levels. Of course, it's always great to share the stage with a rock legend like Duff but it was even better to play with his new band Loaded because we're fans of their music too. I got to spend some time in the green room with Duff and his wife Susan. They were really nice, down-to-earth people. It was cool to meet a rock icon like Duff, but it's even better to find out that he really is a nice guy with a great family. He has it all.

FPMN: What do you and the rest of the band hope to accomplish in your career?

Rev: We're trying to connect with as many rock fans as we can find. We wanna put on rock shows that entertain our fans because when they have a good time, we feed off of their energy. It's the next best thing to sex when you're onstage and people are going off on your tunes. I'd like to get some of our songs on radio and tour as much as possible!

FPMN: When my readers check out your music, what do you hope they take away from it?

Rev: I think they'll find that it doesn't really sound like anything else in the Active Rock charts. It's recorded in our rehearsal space, and it's a pretty honest record that represents the band just as we are. There isn't a lot of production and gloss. It's a rock record the way we think rock should be recorded. Give it a spin, and let us know what ya think. People always try to pigeonhole the band. I've read everything from the Beach Boys to progressive metal. Can you believe that?

     You can check out Underride's official website here. Have you heard Underride's music yet? Have you seen them live? What did you think? Comment below!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Black Veil Brides - 'Rebels' EP Review

     Black Veil Brides released their new EP Rebels today on iTunes. It contains their original song "Coffin", a cover of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell", and KISS' song "Unholy" which also features a guitar solo by the one and only Zakk Wylde. The EP also comes with an extended version of BVB's latest music video "Rebel Love Song" and a digital booklet.
     I definitely feel like this EP really shows Black Veil Brides' growth as musicians. They are undoubtedly on their way to becoming a major part of rock history. You can listen to the songs below:


 "Rebel Yell":


     So, what do you guys think? Comment below! You can download 'Rebels' here!

FPMN's Official Site

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Check out Girl On Fire!

     If you haven't checked out the Seattle-based, alternative rock band Girl On Fire, you are missing out! A few months ago, they released their single, "Revenge", from their EP of the same name. The band consists of vocalist Austin Held, guitarist Nick McMahan, bassist Josh Mouser, and drummer Harry MacDonald. They have been battling several other bands on Seattle's radio station KISW and are 3 wins away from being inducted into the KISW Hall of Fame. I recently spoke with Austin; you can hear our conversation below:


     So, what do you think of Girl On Fire? Comment below! Be sure to check them out on Facebook and download their EP on iTunes!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sixx A.M. to Release "7" EP

     James Michael, vocalist for Sixx A.M., announced on the band's official Facebook that they will be releasing a new EP entitled 7. It will feature stripped down, remade versions of songs from both The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack and This Is Gonna Hurt. James also said:

"This was an incredible experience for the three of us, because it caused us to explore way beyond the initial creations and rediscover the songs in a light that you helped us find. We are so excited to share this with you."

     James, Nikki Sixx, and DJ Ashba have all shared this sneak preview. Check it out!

Preview of 7 EP:

     Are you guys excited?! What do you think of Sixx A.M. re-doing the songs?


Alice Cooper- "No More Mr. Nice Guy" Tour Recap

     I went to see Alice Cooper at The Palace in Albany, NY, this past Wednesday, and I have two words for you....FREAKING INCREDIBLE!!!!! I have never seen Alice live before, and I was stunned. I've always heard about how amazing his shows are and I'd seen videos, but nothing compared to seeing him in person.
     The show began with the UK band, Livan. I personally feel like this was the perfect band to open for Alice. They have a great presence onstage and great songs. As I'm sure all of you have seen, audiences don't always respond well to opening bands, but that was definitely not the case with Livan. They immediately got the crowd into the show and were a great lead-in to Alice's show. Livan's music can be heard here.
     Alice's set began with the oh-so-recognizable Vincent Price opening to "The Black Widow". The curtain dropped and the crowd got a view of the set which, down to the last details of smoke and cobwebs, was in perfect "Alice Cooper" style. Alice stood at the top of a giant staircase dressed as none other than The Black Widow.

*All Photos Courtesy of Neil Pearson (@NeilMPearson)*

     It's not often when you can go to a concert and every song that the artist plays is a hit, but that is exactly what happens at an Alice Cooper show. He played classics like "I'm Eighteen", "Poison", "Billion Dollar Babies", and of course, "No More Mr. Nice Guy". He also played the single off of his latest album Welcome 2 My Nightmare, "I'll Bite Your Face Off". As even Alice himself has said, that song is amazing because even if people haven't heard it before, they're able to sing along by the second chorus.
     The performance aspect of the show was insane! Lights, fog, a beheading....ah, sounds like a perfect night at an Alice Cooper show.

     Alice's band, which now includes guitarist Orianthi as the first female musician to ever play in Alice's band, is absolutely amazing. Each of the musicians bring their own personality to the show and all have opportunities to display their talents in solos periodically during the show.

     Alice originally closed the show with none other than "School's Out". He brought out a bunch of giant balloons and began popping them, sending confetti over the audience in the first few rows. However, he also came back out for an encore of "Elected" and walked around the stage with a giant American Flag.

     One of the things that I really love about Alice is his appreciation for his fans. Before he and the rest of the band left the stage, they bowed and very graciously thanked the audience for coming to the show. All I have to say, is I will most definitely be going to see Alice again the next time he tours.

     Be sure to keep checking back for my interview with Orianthi! Follow us on Twitter (@FrontPaigeMetal) and "Like" us on FB so that you don't miss anything! Find the links below!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Get Scared Loses Vocalist

     Get Scared released a statement last night that vocalist, Nicholas Matthews, has decided to leave the band. Nick's changes in musical direction are cited as the reason for his absence. Get Scared is assuring fans that there are no bad feelings between them and Nicholas saying on their Facebook page,

"We regret to inform you that (Nicholas Blake Matthews) has decided his time with Get Scared has run out. This is so hard for us to announce. However, this was not a decision made against Nicholas's wishes, nor was he kicked out by any means. Nicholas felt Get Scared was no longer what he wanted to pursue and has moved on musically. Once again, This is so hard for us to announce. We are all still shaken up by it. There is no preparing for a loss as great as this. Although this was a shock to the entire band, Nicholas and Get Scared absolutely have no bad blood towards one another.  Nicholas will forever be apart of the Get Scared family, and we all look forward to his undoubtful success as a musician."

Get Scared also said that they are currently working on new music. However, any winter touring plans that the band had are postponed until they can find a new vocalist. The band will be accepting video submissions from fans saying, 

     "We feel that we should give our fans an equal opportunity to become Get Scared's new singer as we would to a professional singer. Who better to give a chance to than the very people who gave us life, our fans."

     For more info, you can check out the band's Facebook.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Interview with Brian "Head" Welch


     Hey guys! I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk with former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch. As you may know, Head is not only an incredible musician, but he is also an accomplished author having released Save Me From Myself, Washed by Blood, and Stronger: 40 Days of Metal and Spirituality. Now a solo artist, he also just released a music video for his latest single, "Paralyzed". Check out my interview with Head:



     For more info on Brian "Head" Welch, you can check out his official siteFacebook, and Twitter.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Escape The Fate Loses Guitarist and Bassist? - UPDATE!


     Max Green has said on his official Twitter account (@max_the_ripper) that he will be releasing an official statement about his departure from Escape The Fate. I will be posting this statement as soon as it is released. Follow me on Twitter (@FrontPaigeMetal) for more updates!


     I have some bad news for Escape The Fate fans. In the past few days, people, including current and former band members, have been tweeting that there are serious lineup changes to come. Earlier this week, these tweets showed up on lead vocalist Craig Mabbitt's Twitter (@caige) about bassist Max Green's apparent departure from the band:

     Fans started talking even more when Ronnie Radke (@REDRUMRONNIE), the band's former vocalist, responded with this:

     However, when a fan asked Craig if the rumors about guitarist, Monte Money, leaving the band were true, he responded, "No, he's not." I am not confirming anything as of right now. Max (@max_the_ripper) and Monte (@MonteBMoney) are yet to comment about what has been happening with the band. I will keep all of you updated as I find out new information.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Check It Out! - Hierosonic

     Meet Hierosonic. An alternative rock band from Harrisburg, PA, the band (Ben Stewart- vocals, Jarred Cannon - guitar/vocals, Mike Stang - bass/vocals, Brandon Krotser - keys/vocals, Randy Elmy - drums) released their album Consciousness, Fame, God, Money, Power in June. The album features the single "The Media Taught You That" for which they recently released a music video. I had the opportunity to talk with Ben Stewart. Check out his interview here:

                      "The Media Taught You That":

     For more info on Hierosonic, you can check out their official site, Facebook, and Twitter.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Check out RAINS!

     A band from northern Indiana, RAINS is a band for the people. While not into the glitz and glamour that some bands are into, these guys (Jeff Rains- vocals/guitar, Andy Ryan- drums, Matt Hopkins- bass, and Jason Anderson- guitar) are all about keeping it real. Often describing their music as "story telling", the band released their debut album Stories which features song like "Liar" and "Look In My Eyes".
     I recently spoke with Jeff Rains:

For more info on RAINS, you can check out their official site, FacebookTwitter, & MySpace.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Falling In Reverse Cancels Tour Dates

     So, Falling In Reverse has just announced that they are cancelling their East Coast tour with We Came As Romans which was scheduled to run from November 23rd-December 11th. (We Came As Romans and the other bands will still perform as scheduled) The tour has been cancelled due to the fact that FIR was supposed to tour with Black Veil Brides for 2 weeks leading into this tour. However, with Black Veil Brides cancelling their own tour, things changed.
     In the next couple of weeks, Falling In Reverse will be announcing a full US tour for early 2012.

*NOTE: Falling In Reverse WILL still be performing at the Buzz Bakesale in West Palm Beach on December 3rd*

     For more info, check out FIR's Facebook page here. I'll post the new tour dates as soon as they are announced.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cancelled Black Veil Brides Tour Dates- UPDATE!


     In case you guys haven't heard, Andy broke his nose at last night's show.  For Euro/UK fans, the shows in Cologne and Amsterdam have been cancelled. Their other shows are still happening as of right now. I will update again if anything changes. Andy posted this tweet earlier today (@AndyBVB):
"Excruciating pain and its my own damn stage antics fault. I promise to try my best to heal quickly BVB Army<3"
Feel better, Andy! 


     Hey BVB Army, I have some bad news. The guys have announced that their tour dates from 11/10-11/21 have been cancelled. The band released this statement on their Facebook page about an hour ago.
BVB Army, due to circumstances beyond our control we regret to share with you the cancellation of our tour running from 11/10 - 11/21 We will be rescheduling all dates and making up for lost VIP packages etc.
Again, we apologize for this inconvenience and promise to make it up to you all at a later date We hope to see all of you on the Buried Alive tour with Avenged Sevenfold starting November 25th
 For more info you can check out Black Veil Brides' Facebook page here .

Monday, October 17, 2011

Check out AdaKaiN!

     A rock n' roll band from Dallas, AdaKaiN (Travis Buck- vocals, Derrick Carter- guitar, Ryan Carroll- drums, Jason Schauer- bass) first came onto the scene in 2008. Earlier this year they released their EP "Silhouette of Lies" featuring their new vocalist Travis Buck. I recently spoke with Travis, and here is what he had to say about the band!


FRONT PAIGE METAL NEWS: So, why don't you tell my readers a little bit about AdaKaiN. How did you guys get started?

TRAVIS: We signed back in about '08. I was actually in a different band, and AdaKaiN was actually already formed and together and such. And our bass player Jason called me up, and my band and AdaKaiN had played some shows several times. Jason called me up, and they had parted ways with their old singer. So, he needed somebody to fill in for a few tour dates. So, I was like "Yeah, sure, man". That was about a week's notice. For those shows I was scattering all these lyrics on the stage, and it looked like a train wreck. (Laughs) It just sorta seemed to fit. So, that's kinda how the band got started, as far as I'm concerned. We released the full length album and toured pretty heavy on that. We actually just released an EP back in March, and we've been pretty busy touring on that as well. We definitely like to stay busy. If you wanna get out there, get your name out, if you want to achieve anything, you've got to stay busy.

FPMN: What can you tell us about the new album?

TRAVIS: As far as style, we really sorta took a 180 from our previous album.We tried stepping into sort of different realms. We did a lot of experimenting. We ended up going to Travis Wyrick in Knoxville, TN, and he really, really, really brought the best out of each one of us. It's amazing when a producer clicks with you. It's crazy. Me for instance, he taught me so much about my voice- things that I was capable of, that I did not know I was capable of. And as far as style, we focused a lot more on song structure. This album is not as heavy as our last album, but it's so much more melodic, and just all around just put together so much better. Also, one thing I'm most proud of is that we didn't write the same song over again. We've got some heavier songs, and we've got some ballad-y songs. It's definitely the most proud I've ever been leaving the studio. We actually lived in Knoxville for 3 weeks recording this album. You focus 100% on the album. You're not going back and forth, doing this or doing that, you're there every day in the studio. So, that was very nice to be able to do that.

FPMN: What's coming up next for AdaKaiN?

TRAVIS: We have a video coming out. I can't give you a date, because I don't know when it's coming out. (Laughs) It's coming out soon. It's for "Sky Is Falling". That's gonna be our next single we're gonna be pushing on the radio. (The video has been released and is posted below) We are in the works of booking another tour in November. We're just gonna try to stay busy for the rest of the year. We hope to get back in the studio sometime next year. We've learned if you ever get sort of stagnant, it's hard to get that going. This album is really gonna keep things going. Really pretty much just the video and plenty of touring 'til the end of the year. We have things pop up here and there. It's so crazy! Something will just pop up all of a sudden- 'Oh, we're gonna do this." But as of right now, the touring through the rest of the year and the release of our video.

FPMN: What are your goals for AdaKaiN? What mark do you hope to leave on the music industry?

TRAVIS: I would say, we would like to leave--Honestly, I just want people to remember our names. I don't wanna come in and come out and be one of those bands that people have easily forgotten. I know it's very common now-a-days. We try to write music that hopefully will inspire other bands. We definitely wanna write something that's gonna hopefully inspire new musicians. It's really tough, it's really tough. You're really the bottom of the totem pole until you actually prove yourself.

FPMN: While on tour, do you ever meet fans whom you've inspired?

TRAVIS: Oh yeah. That's the greatest feeling in the world- going up there not knowing a single soul in the room. A lot of the fans will sort of look you up before and kinda listen to your songs and things like that. When you get that respect-- That's another thing, respect- I guess is one of my answers for leaving a mark on the music industry. Definitely, that would be one. That to me, is one of the greatest things, the respect factor. And I think everybody wants respect, but when you get it, it's really rewarding. It's so amazing when people come up to you that you've never met and "Oh man, this song-- I've been going through a rough time, and this song really helped me through a lot." and blah blah blah. Man, it's just so awesome.

FPMN: What advice can you give to aspiring musicians?

TRAVIS: Well, be prepared to make a lot of sacrifices. If you want to be a full-time musician, don't expect much, or any, money for a long time. Expect whatever money you do make has to go to the band, not into your pocket. Be prepared to be dedicated 100% to do what you're trying to do. If you're not, it will show, and eventually, it will be the downfall of you. But if you do work hard, and you really do put forth effort, at the end of the day with hard work and perseverance you can pretty much do anything. It applies just the same in the music industry. Now-a-days it's just so much tougher. So be willing to have a lot of let downs. It's all about just pushing through it. It's all about believing in yourself and believing in your band. Because, if you can't do that, then there's no point. There's just no point.

"Sky Is Falling":

     So what do you think? If you like what you hear, you can check out AdaKaiN here.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Check out Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows!

     If you haven't yet listened to Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, aka D.R.U.G.S., you're missing out! With vocalist Craig Owens, guitarists Matt Good and Nick Martin, bassist Adam Russell, and drummer Aaron Stern, they released their debut album D.R.U.G.S. in February of this year. With songs like "Sex Life" and "If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is", the album definitely establishes a strong start to the band. They spent this summer playing the 2011 Vans Warped Tour alongside bands like Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, and Falling In Reverse. This band is here to stay!

"Sex Life":

"If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is":

"Mr. Owl Ate My Metal Worm":

     So, what do you think of D.R.U.G.S.? You can check out their website, "Like" them on Facebook, and Follow them on Twitter.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Be A Part of A Tribute to The Rev!

Thank you for all of the submissions! You can now check out the full tribute here.


     You all have ONE MORE CHANCE to be a part of this amazing tribute to Jimmy! You can view all of the details here. Make sure you hurry! You only have until December 25th!


     CALLING ALL A7X FANS! This is your chance to be a part of a huge tribute to one of the greatest musicians of our generation. Even in death, Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan continues to inspire musicians everywhere. Now, I'm looking for anyone who would like to contribute. You can send in pictures of you with Jimmy if you ever met him, stories about what he means to you...ANYTHING you want! You have until November 18th at midnight (Yes, Johnny Christ's birthday) to send in your contributions to ALL submissions will be considered, however, not all will be used as I'm sure you understand. For more info, check us out on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!


Monday, September 26, 2011

Kicking & Screaming - Sebastian Bach album review

     He's back! Tomorrow September 27th, Sebastian Bach is set to release his latest solo album, Kicking & Screaming. I've listened to the entire album, and let me tell you....It freaking ROCKS! Baz is back with a vengeance on this new record. His vocals sound as great as ever, if not better! He's got a much different sound than he had on 2007's Angel Down. Sebastian himself has said that the new album has "more melodies and hooks than Angel Down." While the album is still heavy, there are also great ballads including "I'm Alive", written by Baz's guitarist Nick Sterling. The 21 year old guitarist is a huge part of this album with major writing credits. His performance on the record is incredible!

Track Listing:

                                                (1) Kicking & Screaming
                                                (2) My Own Worst Enemy
                                                (3) Tunnelvision
                                                (4) Dance On Your Grave
                                                (5) Caught In A Dream
                                                (6) As Long As I Got The Music
                                                (7) I'm Alive
                                                (8) Dirty Power
                                                (9) Live The Life
                                               (10) Dream Forever
                                               (11) One Good Reason
                                               (12) Lost In The Light  

                                               (13) Wishin'                                                                                                                                                                

The music video for the title track, "Kicking & Screaming":

     In my opinion, Kicking & Screaming may be Sebastian's most raw and honest album to date. Once you check it out, you'll have to let me know what you think by commenting below! You can check out CD/T-shirt bundles here for a limited time. You can also buy the album on Amazon here (just the CD) or here (CD+DVD). For more info check out


Friday, September 23, 2011


     This up-and-coming band is one that you should look out for, because they're about to take over! With lead vocalist Jason Kloos, guitarist Ross Medico, bassist Joe Gigante, keyboardist Matt Hulse, and drummer Brian Maldonado, TOXIN has opened for the likes of Bret Michaels, Sebastian Bach, and Twisted Sister. They just released their debut album, Skindependence, which features an intro by the one and only Dee Snider.
     I recently talked with Jason, and here's what he had to say:

FRONT PAIGE METAL NEWS: For people who haven't heard of TOXIN, why don't you introduce the band.

JASON: I'm Jason, and I'm the lead singer of TOXIN. I am 17 right now; I'll be 18 in February. Matt Hulse is on keyboards; he's the same age as me. Ross and Joe- Ross is lead guitar, Joe is on bass guitar, and they are both 19. Well, Joe's gonna be 19. And Brian is 18, and he's our drummer.

FPMN: How did the band start?

Wow, a long time ago. Me and Matt- we met in middle school actually. He played the keyboards, and I was always the singer. We wanted to kind of put together the band that we wanted to always go see. We wanted to put the band together that we never got to see live. So, that was our main goal. It took us a really long time to find the right members, and we were switching around for a long time. Eventually we found Joe, and Joe introduced us to Ross, and ya know, through the way we found Brian. And here we are today.

FPMN: How did you first get started in music?

JASON: Well, I've been singing always- since I was little. And I was in a couple bands before that, when I was really young, and that's really it. I always wanted to be- I knew since I was little. I grew up in like a rock n' roll sort of family, so I knew that I kinda wanted to go into that field. I wanted to be in a rock band. I started out playing drums. Either way, I became a singer. I wanted to be up front (laughs).

FPMN: Who are your biggest influences?

JASON: Personally, for me, I grew up listening to a lot of like KISS and Aerosmith and Van Halen, Def Leppard. All like the 80s hair metal, ya know, all the stuff like that. But I know everyone in the band, we all sort of have different influences. Like Ross, our guitar player, he's into heavy stuff like Pantera, Metallica, and Joe loves like 70s and 60s music, and Brian loves a lot of pop stuff from today, and Matt, I know Matt is into like Elton John, Billy Joel, ya know, piano player stuff. So when you kind of throw all of our stuff together, all of our influences together, I guess that kind of makes our sound and what's unique about it.

FPMN: How do you guys describe your style?

JASON: It's 80s rock, it's a bit 80s hair metal-ish with a new, pop twist to it.

FPMN: I just got the album, and it sounds great. It's so cool that you had Dee Snider in the opening!

JASON: Thank you very much. Thanks. We actually became really close with the guys in Twisted Sister, because that was last summer. We went on tour with Twisted Sister. We went to Germany with them, Kansas, Oklahoma. We went to Florida with them. We did a whole bunch of shows with them. The guys in the band treat us amazing, ya know? We're like family to them. So it's awesome. It's really cool to be close to them, and Dee was willing to come in and throw a track down on the record, which is insane. It's really cool. It was a great opener to the record.

FPMN: So you've opened for not only Twisted Sister but also Bret Michaels. How have their audiences been reacting to your music?

JASON: Well, the Twisted shows were amazing. One of them was in Germany at the Bang Your Head Festival, and that kind of kicked off our summer. And the crowd was just incredible! It's weird because, obviously, we're all from New York, and there's such a difference between the crowds. In New York you have to work really hard, and that's kind of what make us us when it comes to our performances. We love to work hard, and we love to get everybody on their feet and having a good time. But we went to Germany, and there was not a single person sitting. Everyone was there for the music, and everyone was there for the show. And that was just- that was an awesome opener to our summer. And then the Bret shows are like our favorite shows to play because of his crowd. They're just, they're perfect. It's a party crowd, and they just love to have fun. And also, after every Bret Michaels show, we always do a meet and greet after. We hang out by our merch booth and meet everyone and talk to everyone. It's really fun, and it's cool to meet people. We also became really close with Bret Michaels Band and Bret throughout that whole thing.

FPMN: What are your goals for TOXIN?

JASON: Well, we do wanna get signed. I'd say we would love to get signed, and we'd love to be touring. We hope to eventually be playing arenas. Ya know, as long as we're out playing and people are loving the music, we're gonna be happy. Because that's why we started, and that's what we wanna do.

FPMN: Do you have any more plans to tour?

JASON: Yeah, it's not really a tour, but we do have a date with Bret Michaels on November 10th at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I hear that a couple more hopefully will be lined up. So, we're definitely gonna go out with Bret, and we're planning big things for December. We might be doing a Christmas show. So there's a lot of stuff in the works right now for this year. We're excited about this year.

FPMN:  I would love to see you guys again. You were amazing when you opened for Sebastian Bach.  It was great to see the audience so into the show. That doesn't always happen with opening bands.

JASON: Thank you. We had such a fun night that night. That was really cool. Well, we'd never opened for Sebastian before, and again we got to hang out with his band. We got to speak with him, and it was really cool. It was really cool- and to meet people again. That's our favorite part- meeting people after the show. That's like the New York in us. When we go onstage, it's so engrained in us that we better work to get this crowd to have fun. We have to work to get this crowd up on their feet and singing and having fun. We love to do that. And again, we love to meet everyone after the show. We're very thankful for everyone who supports us.

FPMN: You've already opened for Bret Michaels, Twisted Sister, and Sebastian Bach. What other artists do you hope to work with?

JASON: Really anyone who's willing to work with us, ya know, anyone who's willing to try and push us to the next level. But on Skindependence, our new record, we got to work with Pete Evick, and he is Bret Michaels' guitar player. He produced our track "Party". So, that was like awesome. We recorded half here in New York at Diamond Drop Studios, and then we actually went to Virginia and recorded the other half with him. He produced it, and it came out awesome. It's one of my favorite tracks on the record.

FPMN: I really love the whole sound of the entire record. What was the recording process like?

JASON: It took us about a year to record everything and pick out the artwork and pick out which songs we were gonna put onto the album. So, it took us about a year. We've been really excited about putting out this album, because some of these songs we've been playing since we started writing music, and to finally get them on a record and have people buy it and listen to it, it's really cool for us. This is our roots, and this is where we're starting. Each song has a different meaning. The whole record is about being yourself and the way you express yourself, and that's why it's called Skindependence.

FPMN: I see that you write all of the lyrics yourself. Where do you draw most of your inspiration from?

JASON: It's a little bit of everything. It's a little bit of rejection. It's a little bit of happiness. It depends on what you're going through at the time- what I'm going through at the time. Like the song "I Am" I wrote a really, really long time ago, and I brought it down to the guys, and everybody just kinda rolled with it. We loved it because it's a song about being yourself and sticking to your guns no matter what other people say, no matter who puts you down. Being in a band that's kinda doing something different, people are always going to look to put you down. Thankfully, we have so many supportive fans who are always commenting amazing things on our Facebook, and on our YouTube videos. It's just so cool to have everyone's support.

FPMN: I've also seen the things people have posted online, and they are all really impressed with TOXIN.

JASON:  That's another one of my favorite things to do- to go on the internet and read the comments on Facebook, and we're always responding to everyone, ya know? Because if people are gonna take the time to talk about us and thank us, then obviously we're gonna write back.

FPMN: What advice do you have for other people who want to do what you guys are doing?

JASON: I would say, what I've been saying a lot, is just stick to your guns. Don't necessarily listen to what everyone has to say. Everybody has that inner rockstar inside of them. Everybody has that passion and that dream, and if you work hard enough, then dreams really can come true. I mean, opening up for Bret Michaels in front of 3,000 people? That's like a dream come true for me.

     You can check out TOXIN at  Be sure to "Like" them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter. Also, you can buy their album here.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

MORE Guns N' Roses Tour Dates Announced

      So, even more dates are being confirmed for Guns N' Roses' first tour in 5 years! Some shows' dates haven't been confirmed yet, so I will keep you all posted.

Tour Dates:

                                       10/28  Orlando, FL, Amway Center Arena
                                       10/29  Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
                                       10/31  Greenville, SC, Bi-Lo Center Arena
                                       11/02  Atlanta, GA, Phillips Arena
                                        TBA   Houston, TX
                                        11/05  Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavillion
                                        TBA  Omaha, NE
                                        11/12 Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center Arena
                                        11/13 Minneapolis, MN, Target Center Arena
                                        TBA  Chicago, IL, All State Arena
                                        TBA  East Rutherford, NJ
                                        TBA  Hartford, CT
                                        TBA  Wilkes-Barre, PA
                                        TBA  Worcester, MA
                                        TBA  Camden, NJ
                                        TBA  Detroit, MI
                                        TBA  Cincinnati, OH
                                        TBA  Nashville, TN
                                        TBA  Indianapolis, IN
                                        TBA  Denver, CO

     I'll update as more dates are confirmed!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Avenged Sevenfold: Buried Alive Tour


     Both California shows (12/16 in Fresno, CA and 12/17 in Ontario,CA) have been cancelled. Also, pre-sales for the dates 11/28 and after will be pushed back a week. I'll keep you guys posted if I hear anything else.


     Avenged Sevenfold is hitting the road! This time they're with Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria, and Black Veil Brides. VIP bundles will be available (in limited quantities) for all tour dates starting September 21st, 10am local venue time. For more info check out

Tour Dates:

                                    11/23     Germain Arena (Estero, FL)
                                    11/25     Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (Jacksonville, FL)
                                    11/26     James Brown Arena (Augusta, GA)
                                    11/28     Von Braun Center Arena (Huntsville, AL)
                                    11/29     Eastern Kentucky Expo Center (Pikeville, KY)
                                    11/30     Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (Fort Wayne, IN)
                                    12/02     Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center (Madison, WI) 
                                                  *Hollywood Undead NOT appearing this date*
                                    12/03     Target Center (Minneapolis, MN)
                                    12/06     Resch Center (Green Bay, WI)
                                    12/07     AMSOIL Arena (Duluth, MN)
                                    12/09     Alerus Center (Grand Forks, ND)
                                    12/10     Bismarck Civic Center (Bismarck, ND)
                                    12/12     Rimrock Arena (Billings, MT)
                                    12/13     Adams Center (Missoula, MT)
                                    12/14     Sun Dome (Yakima, WA)
     So, are you guys checking out one of the shows?


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Evanescence: "What You Want" Video Released

     Evanescence has just released their first music video "What You Want" from their upcoming self-titled album. You can check out the video by clicking here. You can also pre-order the album on iTunes.

"What You Want"- Behind the Scenes:

     So, are you going to check out the album? What do you think of "What You Want"? I wanna hear your thoughts so comment below!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Guns N' Roses: Tour Dates Announced!


     Hey guys, so first of all let me apologize for the lack of updates recently. You see, not only am I in the middle of moving, but I haven't had a computer for the past few days....But no excuses, I'm back in full swing with the blog, and I've got some really cool stuff coming up for you all!
     I'm sure you've all heard that Guns N' Roses has been announcing some US tour dates. However, more dates are being confirmed. Here is the current list (I'll be adding more dates as they are confirmed):


                               10/28                 Amway Center                 Orlando, FL
                               10/29                 AmericanAirlines Arena    Miami, FL
                               11/12                 Sprint Center                   Kansas City, MO
                               11/13                 Target Center                   Minneapolis, MN
                               11/15                 Allstate Arena                  Rosemont, IL

     As I said, I'll be adding more dates as they are announced. Follow me on Twitter @FrontPaigeMetal for more updates. So, are you guys going to check out GnR on the tour? I'm hoping they come to NY!