Collateral announce Show At Camden’s Black Heart on Feb 7


Collateral are thrilled to announce their first show at Camden’s Black Heart in London on Thursday 7th February 2019. The concert will see the band showcase their incredible talent. Tickets are on sale 10am from and are priced at £10.

What sets Collateral apart from the rest of the new bands is their combination of electric and acoustic guitar set against a big drum sound and throbbing bass guitar. They are loud, rockin’ and melodic. You can’t take your eyes off them.

Ever since Collateral burst on to the music scene earlier this year,they have attracted attention from venues, festivals, press, and of course, rock music lovers everywhere. Collateral fit neatly into the current NWOCR with their ‘Rock Anthems’ reminiscent of early Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Little Angels, Thunder, Skid Row and Tyketto.

The band’s debut EP ‘4 Shots!’ was releasedon Friday 23rd November via Roulette Records. The E.P. features the new single ‘Midnight Queen’ plus three other tracks.

This year they played Hard Rock Hell’s private VIP party and the reaction was off the hook.

The 4 Shots! E.P. was recorded and mixed by Sean Kenny at Ten 21 Studios and mastered by Grammy nominee Robin Shmittz of 24-96 mastering in Germany.

Ripped jeans, cowboy boots, long hair and plenty of eye-liner, Collateral are a new generation stadium-driven rock’n’roll. When they first started out, they were known as the Angelo Tristan Band, with frontman Angelo and bass player Jack forming the nucleus of the band. Since then, almost 5 years ago, they have worked tirelessly to grow their music, fanbase and their profile.

In true rock and roll style, it’s been a long ride, but their sheer grit and determination have seen them overcome obstacles and go from strength to strength. With the recent addition of new members Todd Winger (guitar) and Ben Atkinson (drums) and with the release of their debut single ‘Midnight Queen’ and ‘4 Shots!’ E.P., the boys have stepped up their game and are now attracting the attention they deserve.

“An explosive EP heralding the arrival of possibly the next big thing in classic rock.” – Daily Express

“Even with the current resurgence in good time Rock, hearing a band throw off the shackles in the way that Ramsgate’s Collateral have with their ‘4 Shots!’ debut is quite rare.” – Fireworks Magazine


TICKETS: AltTickets & TicketSource

The Black Heart, LondonThursday 7 February
Leo’s Red Lion, GravesendFriday 26 April

DROOL – SINGLE ‘FUN’ – Released January 18th 2019


NEXT LIVE DATE: December 15th – Nambucca, London

DROOL are set to release their debut single ‘FUN’ through Crowds and Power Music Group.

‘FUN’ is a lo-fi force to be reckoned with, with its heavy, sludgy guitars, hypnotic chorus and soaring groove rhythm section. It’s a blistering debut which calls to mind greats such as The Arctic Monkeys and Alice In Chains.

DROOL formed in March 2018 when Joey put out an ad that read “I have to start a band. My influences are Black Sabbath, Pixies and The Beatles. Here’s a song.” Martin was the first to join through a mutual friend, Louis found the demo whilst bored in class and met the band that evening, and Joe moved to London after a phone call that lasted 5 minutes.

The most exciting new British guitar band, DROOL deftly mix late 80s alt-rock with short 60s melodic structures.

UK Dates:

  • 15th December Nambucca, London
  • 20th December 446 , London
  • 31st January Hawley Arms, London – single release party
  • 13thMarch   Dublin Castle,London



TOTO To Perform at LIVE AT CHELSEA 2019




Pre-Sale Date: Thursday 6th December 10am General On Sale Date: Friday 7th December 10 am Toto have been announced as one of the first artists to perform at the Live At Chelsea Concert Series 2019, which is celebrating its 5th year of bringing live music to the spectacular outdoor grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – home of the Chelsea Pensioners.

Toto will headline the Live At Chelsea Concert Series 2019 on Thursday 13th June, whilst The Gipsy Kings will headline the event on Friday 14th June.

Currently celebrating 40 years since the release of their debut album, Toto is one of the world’s foremost rock bands. With their current line-up of Joseph Williams (Lead Vocals), Steve Porcaro (Keyboards), and Steve Lukather (Guitars, Vocals), the group are celebrating an incredible legacy of unparalleled hits and accolades.

With ubiquitous hits including ‘Africa’, ‘Hold The Line’, and ‘Rosanna’, the band have won an incredible 6 GRAMMY Awards, including Best Record in 1983. Inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2009, Toto continues to sell out huge shows to audiences the world over.

The London show is part of Toto’s world tour 40 Trips Around The Sun which celebrates their 40th Anniversary. They recently released an album of the same name, which contains a selection of their best and biggest songs plus three previously unreleased tracks. Steve Lukather recently published his autobiography entitled “The Gospel According to Luke.”

The Live At Chelsea Concert Series returns for its 5th year in 2019, has established itself firmly as a welcome fixture in the summer calendar for many. This is in no small part due to the eclectic range of artists who have been featured previously, including Rufus Wainwright, Simply Red, Ludovico Einaudi, Belle & Sebastian, and the Kaiser Chiefs, amongst many more. As well as this, the warm welcome to audiences from the Chelsea Pensioners themselves into their home of the immaculate grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Every year a portion of the ticket sales from the event is donated towards the care of the Chelsea Pensioners, as well as the maintenance of the Grade I listed site which has provided care and comradeship to ex-military personnel since 1682 when it was founded by King Charles II. For more information on the Chelsea Pensioners and the Royal Hospital Chelsea, please visit:

Live At Chelsea Showreel

Toto Socials:

Tickets: Start from £45 Royal Hospital Chelsea Royal Hospital Road, London. SW3 4SR
Toto at the Live At Chelsea Concert Series 2019– Friday 13th June 2019

Hospitality Packages: The Quartermaster’s BBQ: a delicious casual dining package set on the beautiful South Terrace of the Royal Hospital Chelsea: a BBQ feast including a choice of white, red or rosé wine, a choice of salads and your own private dining area on the lawn.

The State Apartments Dining Experience A truly exceptional dining experience par excellence, in what promises to be an unparalleled concert fine-dining experience, enjoy the cuisine of the highest order within the majestic confines of Royal Hospital Chelsea’s State Apartments.

The Gazebos: Entertain up to 6 guests in your own private gazebo, with your own designated waiter to attend to your needs.

For more information on hospitality packages, visit:


Aborted, Cryptopsy, Ingested and Unfathomable Ruination Live at Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, Ireland November 28th, 2018


Words: Brendan O’Mahony

Pics: © Olga Kuzmenko Photography


With weather warnings for Storm Diana everywhere and in the knowledge that the only way in and out of our island is by boat or by plane we wait with bated breath on the news of the arrival of tonight’s bands from their UK leg of the tour for Aborted’s new album ‘Terrorvison’. With confirmation of a delayed, but ultimately successful, sailing across the water, the anticipation for a night of some of the finest exponents of brutal death metal can begin to build. Tonight’s venue is the Voodoo Lounge on Arran Quay, now rebranded as the 39/40 venue on the exterior, which is one of the mainstays for metal gigs in the capital. With four bands on the bill an early entrance is essential, coupled with the fact that I have been given the opportunity to interview Aborted’s lead singer and founding member Sven De Caluwé prior to their set which you can read at a later article right here on Myglobalmind.

First up tonight is Unfathomable Ruination from London in England. Going on for the early evening slot is never easy but these guys are doing everything to get the crowd fired up for the following bands while Sven and Ian from Aborted weave their way through the crowd showing their support. Playing some Technical Brutal Death Metal, they kick off the night with ‘Anti-Genesis’, a track from their first full-length recording, 2012’s ‘Misshapen Congenital Entropy’. The following six tracks take four from their most recent LP ‘Finitude’ while also debuting two tracks, ‘Carved Inherent Delusion’ and ‘Enraged and Unbound’, from their forthcoming as yet untitled new album due in 2019.

Following on from the openers are Ingested, also hailing from the UK. Founded in 2006 they have four LP’s to choose from for tonight’s set, the most recent of which ‘The Level Above Human’ was released in April this year on Unique Leader Records. For me, Ingested are the best support of the three tonight. Tracks such as ‘Purveyors of Truth’ and ‘Better off Dead’ from their latest record combined with ‘Skinned and Fucked’ from their first full length record ‘Surpassing the Boundaries of Human Suffering’ show just how good they are and no doubt they will be back as headliners in the future.

Cryptopsy, emanating from Montreal in Canada, are the main support for the evening. They are also yet another band tonight with a new offering in the form of ‘The Book of Suffering: Tome II’, which is a follow up to 2015’s The Book of Suffering: Tome I’. They have been regular tour mates in the past with tonight’s headliners Aborted and it’s not hard to see why. Sonically they crush everything in their path and there is no let-up in their set, delivering on the brutal sound promised by Sven De Caluwé for this tour. Their best tracks tonight both come from their new opus with ‘Sire of Sin’ and ‘Fear His Displeasure’ both proving Cryptopsy are getting better with age.

So, to the main event of Aborted in support of their latest album ‘Terrorvision’. For twenty-three years the headliners have been melding all things 80’s movie gore and horror, with the death metal/ deathcore sound. Unfortunately, they are down to a four piece for the Irish and UK shows as guitarist Mendel bij de Leij has had to sit out this leg of the tour, but even still their sound is as intense as expected with Ian Jekelis handling the solos this time around. Opening the set with new track ‘Terrorvision’ and moving on through ‘Hecatomb’ and ‘Retrogore’ before performing what they call the death metal version of Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ in ‘Meticulous Invagination’ from the album ‘Goremageddon: The Saw and the Carnage Done’, Aborted are out to prove why they are headliners this time around after two support slots in the last two years. The second half of the show provides even more of a mix with new tracks ‘Visceral Despondency’ and ‘A Whore D’oeuvre Macabre’ sitting perfectly beside set closer ‘The Holocaust Incarnate’ from their 1999 album ‘Engineering the Dead’. Getting to watch Aborted, and especially their drummer Ken Bedene, in action leaves me in awe. Ken Bedene is, and will continue to be, one of the best in the business with precision at face melting speed.

On a side note, also I am aware of how angry old man I may be about to sound like but it needs to be said, the only issue I had tonight didn’t even come from the bands themselves, rather the incessant stage invasions during Aborted’s set by guys looking for selfies with the band while they performed or video recording their step up on stage and subsequent crowd surf. Watch the bands, get involved in a circle pit even, but leave the pictures until after the show. These guys are at their merch stands or at the bar and more than happy to chat after the gig. Getting this kind of quality Death Metal in Ireland doesn’t come around that often so enjoy the bands the way they intend you to enjoy the performance.


Daisyland comes to London with the help of Massive Wagons

Written by: Erik De’Viking

Pictures by: Adrian Hextall \ MindHex Media

It’s three o’clock on a chilly autumn afternoon in London. They sky is as grey as the offices that reach towards it, and it’s been raining off and on for hours. A cold wind is whipping through the city, making it clear that winter will soon be upon us. Shivering with anticipation, or is that frostbite, are a flock of the rock faithful, waiting for their entry to Daislyand.

For their second show in London in as many days, The Dead Daisies decided to change things up from their normal Daislyand routine, with the band offering entry for Steelhouse ticket holders as well as the first 100 fans in the queue. Stating, “Be there at four pm for something super special!” it was clear this was not one to miss.

The intimate set which included fan favourites like “Dead & Gone”, “Something I Said”, “Lock N Load”, and “Face I love” also included some notable covers. With David Lowy on vocal duties, and John Corabi on support, the band performed a rousing version of the Ringo Starr classic “It Don’t Come Easy”. After a slight derailment thanks to Deen setting things up for a cover of “Maggie May”, the band ripped into the Faces “Stay With Me” with Deen on vocals.

Finishing up the set, John told a story about how the recent carpool karaoke featuring Paul McCartney inspired their inclusion of “Let It Be” which finished off the hour of acoustic music to stunning effect. Wrapping things up, the band mixed with the fans, signed autographs, and took countless selfies. Ever humble, and ready to give their fans exactly what they want (within reason), they hugged, kissed, and chatted their way through the queues.

Massive Wagons

Flash-forward to seven o’clock, and the sell-out crowd start to filter in for what is set to be an electric night. Opening the proceedings are veterans of the burgeoning British music scene phenomena of NWOCR (New Wave of Classic Rock), Massive Wagons.

It’s safe to say the band simply do not know how to put on a bad show. They have the core ingredients that should make them scale the heady heights of success with ease. The songs… the latest from album ‘Full Nelson’ proving that the band can remain hard rockers whilst being wholly radio friendly the band… Barry Mills and Adam Thistlethwaite forming the perfect lead singer and leag guitarist duo with ease and of course the moves.. the five piece as a whole looking every inch consummate professionals each able to shine under the spotlight as both individual and as part of the greater collective.

It’s been a long haul for the band with their origins suggesting a full on metal outfit was in the offering. Even the last album ‘Welcome To the World’ had moments that Metallica would be proud of. The latest though shows a band forging a path that anyone whatever their taste in rock music should be able to latch on to and enjoy.

The bill was a good fit for the Wagons and the Daisies crowd seemed to lap up everything on offer, be it Baz’s frantic, energised moves, Adam’s stylish guitar work or tunes like “Back To The Stack” that saw fists punching skyward from the off.

Whipping the crowd up into a frenzy before The Dead Daisies took the stage, Massive Wagons simply delivered a blistering 40 minute set which also included, “Billy Balloon Head”, “Black Witch”, “Ratio”, “Hate Me”, “Last On The List”, “Tokyo”, and “Fee Fi Fo Fum”. They’re going to go places, check them out in a small venue while you still can.

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The Dead Daisies

Bursting out on stage with “Resurrected”, and playing straight into “Rise Up” with John strutting about the stage letting everyone know he owns it, and Doug looking every inch the old school rock god playing upon his guitar, while Marco, Dave, and Deen lit the place up, The Dead Daisies came out on fire. Asking the crowd, “London are you ready to Make.. Some.. Noise?” John quips a quick hello and gets the crowd clapping as the band rips into “Make Some Noise”. For a man who had to have the doctor visit him at the hotel for a sinus infection and bronchitis, John Corabi’s vocals were on totally on point, and he belted out song after song effortlessly throughout the night. A testament to the work ethic this member of the hardest working band in rock has.

Challenging the crowd to outdo the previous night, the band carried on with “Song & A Prayer”, “Face I Love”, “What Goes Around”, “Lock N Load”, and “All the Same”, which featured Marco jamming out in the crowed during the break-down while Doug performed a solo centre stage. Pausing for a moment John proclaimed “we’re going to do one of our favourites now! Do you remember a band called Creedence Clearwater Revival? This is Fortunate Son!” At that point he band ripped into a killer cover the classic which was point blank, balls to the wall rock, which transitioned into a brief acoustic interval. Framed by funny anecdotes and stories about the band, the set included “Something I Said”, “Set Me Free”, “Maggie May” with Deen on vocals, and “It Ain’t Easy” with Dave and John on vocals. Featuring an infectious energy, soulful singing, and brilliant harmonies on the backing vocals, the band truly stepped it up a notch from the afternoon performance.

Cranking the volume back up to eleven, the band stomped through “Evil” and a truly hardcore rendition of “Mainline” which had the crowd going mental as John started to introduce the band. This turned into a mini-set of its own, with each band member getting their own special nickname and micro-cover: “The thunder from down under” David Lowy, featuring “Dirty Deeds”; the “brother from another mother, from south of the border” Marco Mendoza, featuring “The Boys Are Back In Town”; “the master of mayhem” Deen Castronovo (to chants of Deeno from the crowd), featuring “Rock N Roll All Night”; “the man with the golden guitar, golden hair, and golden finger touch” Dough Aldrich, which got quite the reaction from the female members of the audience, with John quipping, “ok ladies calm down,” as Doug performed a solo featuring burning riffs and stratospheric highs as it broke into “Smoke On The Water”; and finally “the man with the plan” John Corabi, featuring “Holy Diver” with a heavy dose of crowd participation.

Finishing off the main set, the band ploughed through “Leave Me Alone”, “Dead & Gone”, “Mexico”, and a cover of “Helter Skelter” which broke down mid-way into Led Zeppelin’s “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” before snapping back into the Beatles classic, bringing the show to a raucous conclusion. After a brief pause, the band were back on stage, to deliver “Join Together” and “Midnight Moses” as the encore. Giving a truly heartfelt thanks to the crowd, John shouted out “Thanks for inviting us to your party London! Thank you guys, thank you for all your support and telling all your friends about us. We can’t thank you enough.” Having given every ounce of themselves to the crowd with boundless energy throughout the two hour set, the band proved once again that they are a force of nature. At the start of the show The Dead Daises made it clear they were there to blow the roof off the O2 Academy, and by the end of the evening, they most certainly had. An amazing show.

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Set Me Free
Something I Said
Maggie May (Rod Stewart cover)
Ramble On (Led Zeppelin cover)
Let It Be (The Beatles cover)
Lock ‘n’ Load
Face I Love
Get a Haircut (George Thorogood & the Destroyers cover)
It Don’t Come Easy (Ringo Starr cover)
No Matter What (Badfinger cover)
Hard Luck Woman (KISS cover)
Stay With Me (Faces cover)
Song and a Prayer
Dead and Gone

New Music Friday – The Virginmarys release their new album ‘Northern Sun Sessions’

A jewel in the crown of the British rock scene; Friday 16th November marks the release of The Virginmarys brand new studio album ‘Northern Sun Sessions’.

Featuring 11 beautifully crafted compositions, this new album by the Macclesfield group features some of their best songs, ever.

To celebrate the release, Ally Dickaty (vocals/guitar) and Danny Dolan (drums/percussion) recently premiered a music video for lead single, the powerful anthemic and socially conscious track, ‘Look Out For My Brother’:


“We wanted the video for the lead single to capture the intensity and relentlessness of the live performance whilst encompassing the dark nature and power that runs through the music”, remarks Dickaty. “Paul Wright has done an amazing job of making a really cool visual whilst at the same time keeping the shots exciting and unnerving”, says Dolan.

‘Northern Sun Sessions’ marks the beginning of a new chapter for The Virginmarys, as it’s an album the band have self-produced (off the back of working with acclaimed producers Toby Jepson for debut album ‘King of Conflict’ and Gil Norton for 2016’s ‘Divides’) and this time they’ve gone direct to the fans with energetic, never overbearing, grassroots marketing.

So, what’s been the reaction?

“The response we’ve had from the media and fans has been nothing short of incredible”, says Dickaty, “When we started down this track we had no idea the success it would bring in. It’s been massively encouraging and a really special feeling when we’ve worked so close with this album from start to finish.”

With the album finally released, The Virginmarys turn their attention to a series of live dates in the UK this November.

20 Nov – BRISTOL, The Louisiana
21 Nov – LONDON, Hoxton Square B&K
22 Nov – LEEDS, Brudenell Social
24 Nov – MANCHESTER, Club Academy
28 Nov – GLASGOW, Stereo

“We can’t wait to get out there and play the new material for the first time! We’ve spent so long perfecting them in the studio it’s time to get out there and set them loose. These are going to be an extra special run of shows for everyone.”

The Virginmarys new album ‘Northern Sun Sessions’ is out now.

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Iron Maiden announce 2019 Legacy Of The Beast Tour Dates

(Cover picture credit: Legacy Of The Beast Tour – May 26, Tallinn, Estonia – Photo: John McMurtrie)

Following on from the triumphant European leg of the Legacy Of The Beast tour, we’re now pleased to announce tour dates for 2019. Tickets go on sale from Friday November 16th, with an exclusive pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members starting on the 12th – details here.

July 2019
18 – Sunrise, FL, USA – BB&T Center
20 – Atlanta, GA, USA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
22 – Charlotte, NC, USA – PNC Music Pavilion
24 – Washington DC, USA – Jiffy Lube Live
26 – Brooklyn, NY, USA – Barclays Center
30 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – Wells Fargo Center

August 2019
01 – Boston, MA, USA – Xfinity Center
03 – Hartford, CT, USA – Xfinity Theatre
05 – Montreal, QC, CANADA – Bell Centre
07 – Quebec, QC,  CANADA – Videotron Centre
09 – Toronto, ON, CANADA – Budweiser Stage
10 – Toronto, ON, CANADA – Budweiser Stage
13 – Buffalo, NY, USA – KeyBank Center
15 – Cincinnati, OH, USA – Riverbend Music Center
17 – Pittsburgh, PA, USA – PPG Paints Arena
19 – Nashville, TN, USA – Bridgestone Arena
22 – Chicago, IL, USA – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
24 – Indianapolis, IL, USA – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
26 – St Paul, MN, USA – Xcel Energy Center
28 – Winnipeg, MB, CANADA – Bell MTS Place
30 – Edmonton, AB, CANADA – Rogers Place
31 – Calgary, AB, CANADA – Scotiabank Saddledome

September 2019
03 – Vancouver, BC, CANADA – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
05 – Tacoma, WA, USA – Tacoma Dome
06 – Portland, OR, USA – Moda Center
09 – Sacramento, CA, USA – Golden 1 Center
10 – Oakland, CA, USA – Oracle Arena
13 – Las Vegas, NV, USA – MGM Grand Garden Arena
14 – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Banc of California Stadium
17 – Phoenix, AZ, USA – Talking Stick Resort Arena
19 – Albuquerque, NM, USA – Isleta Amphitheater
21 – Dallas, TX, USA – Dos Equis Pavilion
22 – Houston, TX, USA – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
25 – San Antonio, TX, USA – AT&T Center
29 – Mexico City, MEXICO – Sports Palace

October 2019
04 – Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL – Rock In Rio
12 – Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA – Velez Sarsfield Stadium
15 – Santiago, CHILE – Estadio Nacional

No further countries will be added to the above touring schedule.
Support on the 2019 tour comes from The Raven Age Additionally, Fozzy www. will be Guests for the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.


Bruce Dickinson comments,

“We’re immensely proud of this show and we’ve had great reactions from the many fans who came to see us in Europe earlier this year. The production is based on our mobile game THE LEGACY OF THE BEAST which basically takes various incarnations of Eddie into many different Maiden Worlds. This inspired us to put together a stage show to take our fans through different Worlds and experiences set to appropriate songs.

“It is not that easy designing different Worlds on stage and we put a huge amount of work into this to make it work and the end result we feel is our most spectacular and certainly the most complex show to date. We’ve got all kinds of crazy things going on, including a replica Spitfire plane dominating the stage during Aces High, tons of pyro, a giant Icarus, muskets, claymores and some truly marvellous flame-throwers which I have a hell of a lot of fun with, as you will see! And of course we have Eddie, as you’ve never seen him before, and absolutely loads of other surprises. I’ve had the time of my life playing with all these magnificent props on stage, it’s been fantastic, we can’t wait to bring this show to you!”

Steve Harris adds,

“We gave a lot of thought to the set list for this Tour as the songs needed to follow the narrative of the changing worlds of the stage show. We feel we ended up with a very strong and well balanced set mixing songs we haven’t played in many years like Flight Of Icarus, Sign Of The Cross and The Clansman with songs we know the fans want to hear like The Trooper, 2 Minutes To Midnight, The Number Of The Beast, Fear Of The Dark, Run To The Hills, Hallowed Be Thy Name and others, reflecting the journey through the different themes of the show. The whole band is really enjoying this tour and we are really looking forward to seeing everybody again!”

The Legacy Of The Beast Tour production and set list were inspired by Maiden’s free to play mobile game of the same name is available on iOS and Android platforms.

For the 2019 shows, IRON MAIDEN will, in conjunction with the Promoters, be implementing a digital ticketing system in as many venues as possible, to assist in our battle against secondary ticketing. As always, we urge fans to only purchase tickets from approved outlets. (link to our tour dates page that’ll have all the sales links)

Fans In the Us & Canada will once again be able to enjoy a Trooper VIP upgrade package – full details here.

Darkness Celebrated – Behemoth Live at Playstation Theater, New York on November 3rd, 2018


Photos by: Dhruv Kumar

Words byKunal Singh



New York City, in Times Square, the crossroads of the world, there was a dark celebration. The most receptive and largest United States audience for the European (Polish) juggernaut Behemoth turned out in support. This night, November 3rd, 2018 would be a night of pure metal bliss.

The opening acts have performed. The crowd is primed. The stage is being set. Behind the veil of a translucent dark curtain, the stage was being prepped with serpentine microphone stands as the shadows teased the audience with their movements. The ambient dark chords of background music played with the only discernible audio being that of a chant “I shall not forgive”repeated for what seemed like an eternity. The roar of approval from the audience from the previous bands was so brilliantly quelled by this move, focusing and channeling the energy of the audience to one point. As the preparation was almost complete, the audience tension was broken with the sound personnel giving a “Hail Satan” and then the laughter turned to cheers. The lights went down, the PA got louder, and the show was about to commence.

Opening the show with “Wolves of Siberia,” Behemoth was alive! The band performed while wearing masks with draping cowls, signifying the beginning of a ritual. And a ritual indeed this night was. The new track which was actually a fan favorite was then thrust right into their beloved “Daimonos” as decade-long (and longer) fans let out a blast of energy that filled the walls of the PlayStation Theater.

Incense and offering were to follow, as Negral, the mighty frontman of Behemoth led the charge from stage to pit. “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer” followed as did “Bartzabel” as the music went from simply energetic and intense to focused and noteworthy. The audience was firmly in the hands of Behemoth. Negral addressed the audience at one point of the night, telling their NYC crowd that this was the biggest audience they have played for in the US, and in a moment of candidness, we could see just how touched he was. Beyond the facepaint, and beyond the masks, we were all connected this night.

The band then continued their sonic assault with “Ov Fire and the Void” as “God = Dog” as this night of black metal carried on. The choreographed motions, the mist spraying, the jets of vapor, the lights, and the stage direction was all amazing. This was not just a night of music, as stated. This was a night of dark theater. Moments of face to face guitar and bass between Seth and Orion was a true sign that the band itself was loving this as much as the audience. There was something so celebratory of this night, that only those in attendance will know.

The night carried on with “Conquer All,” “Decade of Therion,” and “Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica” as brief moments of rest between songs had the audience and band itself catching their breaths. The stage presence was amazing, going from each side of their macabre stage, recognizing the crowd in all areas. This band was here to appreciate our fans and listeners as much as we were there for them.

The final stretch came after Negral made his aforementioned addressing to the audience, and they went on with “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel,” “Slaves Shall Serve,” the dark brooding “Chant for Eschaton 2000,” and “Lucifer.” The band ended the spectacular showcase with “We Are the Next 1000 Years” as the four members came to the stage as one, including Inferno (their amazing drummer) and played their final percussion cadence, shoulder to shoulder, as the four horsemen of metal adorned their masks once again, the ritual complete, and they walked off the stage in all black, into the black.



Behemoth Setlist PlayStation Theater, New York, NY, USA, Ecclesia Diabolica America Tour 2018

A Halloween Evening with Machine Head live at The Paramount, NY on October 31st, 2018


Photos by: Dhruv Kumar

Words byKunal Singh



Long Island, NY. It’s All Hallows Eve in Huntington Village and the night is ripe for a high octane blast of energy, on this most celebratory of nights. The Paramount, home to so many shows from all over the world, from pop to rock, to comedy and soul. But on this night, it is the home of Machine Head. Hardcore, intense, heavy freakin’ metal. No opening acts, no warm-up bands, no, and no distractions. This stage was to belong to one band, and that band is Machine Head.

The final tour with Phil Demmel and Dave McClain made it stops in Huntington to put on a three-hour juggernaut of metal. The California natives started off with Diary of Madman played on the house PA, into Imperium. The band was out in full force and in full costume. Lead vocalist Robb Flynn came out in a red dress and was easily the focal point of the show. This, even considering on drums, Dave was wearing a banana suit. It was fantastic! Directly from there, the band smashed the audience with Volatile, as the crowd had their fists in the air. It was going to be a long night of brutal, unforgiving, straight ahead metal.

Machine Head would go ahead for 14 more songs in a row, to the absolute delight of their dedicated fan base. Circle pits, crowd surfing, and screaming along the whole way. There were times when Flynn would address the audience and the fans roared back in approval. The only part of this show that was a little taxing was the lighting. It made for some blinding sensations, and not in the “good” way. It did not detract from the music, however, as the band did not slow down and neither did the audience. There was a highlight with the aforementioned lighting, and that was the monster drum feature/solo for Dave McClain. Chants of “thank you Dave!” and “thank you Phil!” adorned the night. The gratitude for their years of work was a staple of this local crowd.

I say, local crowd, as The Paramount is a venue that celebrates its intimacy and close proximity from the audience to stage. The best bands always seem to bring out the best is such settings, and Machine Head was right there on top. This was never truer than when the last songs of the set Davidian, and Descend the Shades of Night hit. The audience demanded more, “Machine Head,” “We Want Head,” and “One more song,” drowned out the cheers. It was truly a landmark moment of the show. Machine Head then came out to thunderous applause and adulation with a four-song encore, ending with Halo, as their 20th song of the night!

This was an absolute treat to anyone who was a dedicated fan, and from the unmistakable looks on the faces of Rob, Phil, Jared (MacEachern), and Dave, just as much a treat for them as well, this Halloween night.

Hollis Brown sign to Cool Green Recordings/Mascot Label Group



Mascot Label Group has announced the signing of Hollis Brown to a global recording agreement with Cool Green Recordings.  Lead singer Mike Montali shares, “It’s an honor to be working with one of the best labels in the world. Can’t wait to do amazing things together.”  Mascot Label Group President, North America Ron Burman offers, “We’re thrilled to have Hollis Brown join our MLG family. I love their unique brand of infectious soulful authentic American rock.  Mike’s got classic vocals in the vein of Petty, Dylan, and Young…. I was blown away the first time I heard them.”

Named after a Bob Dylan song (“The Ballad of Hollis Brown”), the band was formed by Queens-natives and songwriters Mike Montali (lead vocals/guitar) and Jonathan Bonilla (lead guitar).  Both 2nd-generation immigrants (Italian-American and Puerto Rican-American, respectively), they soon found their musical brethren across America, recruiting Andrew Zehnal (drums) from Cleveland, and Adam Bock(keyboard/vocals) from St. Louis.

The band has achieved a significant amount of success since their formation in 2009.  Alongside side raves from media across the globe, the band’s repertoire has been featured in the worldwide trailer for the Michael Keaton film “The Founder,” the Willem Dafoe/Matt Dillon film “Bad Country,” Direct TV’s “Kingdom”; Showtime’s “Shameless,” MTV’s “Real World,” and an online ad campaign for Abercrombie & Fitch alongside many other syncs.

The band has toured extensively in America and Europe, headlining and supporting such bands as The Counting Crows, Citizen Cope, The Zombies, Jackie Greene, Heartless Bastards, Rich Robinson of Black Crowes, and Jesse Malin, and building an impressive fan base on both continents.
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