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Mind Pulp-Mind Pulp

Self-Release/Independent 2013 A little while back I was commenting on how there are just too many new Ohio rock and metal bands to for me to stay up to date on all of them. That was when I was struggling to come up with words for The Unclean’s latest release. I’m not having that problem with the five-piece band Mind Pulp. If anything it is just that without another Ohio band (Black Valor who I have reviewed in the past as well) chances are I might not have heard of these guys. That just goes to show you that in any given area there will always be a new band left to be discovered. You just might have to either look harder or, in the case of Mind Pulp, just get lucky. Originally hailing from New Philadelphia, Ohio (yeah, I didn’t know there was a metal scene there either folks) it looks as if they’re calling Canton home these days. Even though it is the birthplace of Marilyn Manson I’m not going to hold that against these guys! Granted, Canton would seem to be more of a fit for the band anyway as their sound and style, which is reportedly influenced by the likes of Korn, Static X,? Machine Head and Mudvayne, has a real urban grit to it. Mind Pulp was formed back in 2011 and, from the very start, the band’s main focus was “to create a style of music that could be embraced by everyone no matter what their taste in music was”. I’m not sure that’s going to work so well for Mind Pulp unless your average listener’s personal tastes includes the word “heavy”. More then anything that is what Mind Pulp has going for them on this 9-track release. It should be noted that while there are 9 tracks here it’s just 30 minutes in length. So it does run more like an EP. It’s not like Mind Pulp doesn’t make the most of that short time though. “El Diablo”, “Tell Me Why” and “Blood Clot” (all three of which you can be heard on the band’s Reverbnation page) offer solid metal in the vein of both Korn and Machine Head. Their Reverbnation page also features a sweet cover of Prong’s “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck” so I’d wager that some of Prong’s heaviness has rubbed off on Mind Pulp. Of course there’s also some of Pantera’s heaviness to be found in Matt Pettit’s bass playing so you can kind of see where I’m going when I mention that Mind Pulp as that bottom-end crunch factor in their sound. As for the other four musicians there are no slouches among this bunch. Doug Wright and Nick Bonner easily handle the guitars and, on a track like the relentless “Relapse”, the solos speak volumes about the talent level of Mind Pulp.Vocalist Chad Heck and drummer Brent Mathiasas round things out and both do a pretty smashing job with things through and through. The only (minor) complaint to be found of this self-titled release is that when Chad Heck sings clean (I’m assuming he sings both clean and rough vocals) it doesn’t have quite the impact of the much more “metal” vocals. And Mind Pulp is very much a metal band as a cut like “Evil Intentions” will attest to. Sometimes when one guy tries to handle both ends of the vocal spectrum it doesn’t work so well. Vocalist Chad Heck has the rough vocals nailed down, but his clean singing could use a little tweaking. I do have to wonder though if it’s just the mix of this release that’s out of whack? Maybe he comes across better in concert? That could very well be the case as Mind Pulp has one of those sounds that must be killer to hear live. Have you ever listened to an album like that and thought to yourself? “I bet this band is heavier then hell and loud as f**k live!”? Considering how well things chug along on this disc I’m willing to wager that the real fun would be found in seeing Mind Pulp live and in living color. While checking out Mind Pulp’s Facebook page I noticed that it has pictures from their past gigs (and some “interesting” ones at that) so it looks as if a live setting might just be as good as, if not better, then this studio-release. Of course, judging by some of those live pictures posted on their Facebook page, it’s also got to be some kind of unique experience seeing them live and Lord knows I wouldn’t mind some of those “experiences” right about now!? Back to the disc we must go and, in addition to the numerous bands mentioned above, I picked up on both Dope and White Zombie so the influences are quite varied. This release would be the perfect pick me up for those who like alternative and nu metal, but straight-ahead metal heads will be able to enjoy this one as well. Should you find yourself in need of something HEAVY (and that falls within the bounds of “metal”) be sure to give Mind Pulp a chance. You might just find yourself with another fave new band! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mind-pulp/219592814733432 http://www.reverbnation.com/mindpulp

Former Death Members Unite For ‘Death to All’ 2013 Charity Tour

Death to All: Facebook On Dec. 13, 2001, the world of death metal lost its official MVP. In a recent tribute to Death frontman and late legend Chuck Schudiner, the charitable ‘ Death to All ‘ tour was put together in mid-2012 with an all-star lineup of metal heroes, and in 2013, Death to All hits the road once again. The 2012 Death to All dates were performed by Death guitarists Paul Masvidal (‘Human’), Shannon Hamm (‘The Sound of Perseverance’) and Bobby Koelble (‘Symbolic’), bassists Steve DiGiorgio (‘Human’ / ‘Individual Thought Patterns’) and Scott Clendenin (‘The Sound of Perseverance’). The original string of dates also included drummers Sean Reinert (‘Human’) and Gene Hoglan (‘Individual Thought Patterns’), along with various special guests. The 2013 Death to All dates will once again feature ‘Human’ musicians Masvidal, DiGiorgio and drummer Sean Reinert. Completing the lineup and filling the massive shoes of Chuck Schuldiner will be vocalist / guitarist Max Phelps of Cynic / Exist. Once again, proceeds from the Death to All shows will go towards Sweet Relief , an organization which helps provide financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to stay out of debt while facing illness, disability or age-related issues. Check out the full list of 2013 Death to All tour dates below! Death to All 2013 Tour Dates: 04/13 – W Hollywood, Calif. @ House of Blues 04/15 – Denver, Colo. @ Gothic Theater 04/18 – Detroit, Mich. @ St Andrew’s Hall 04/19 – Cleveland, Ohio @ House Of Blues 04/20 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogart’s 04/21 – Chicago, Ill. @ House Of Blues 04/23 – Montreal, Quebec @ Club Soda 04/24 – New York, N.Y. @ Irving Plaza 04/25 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Theater For Living Arts 04/26 – Silver Spring, Md. @ The Fillmore 04/27 – Worcester, Mass. @ Palladium 04/28 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Concert Theatre 04/29 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador [button href=”http://loudwire.com/death-leprosy-live-at-streets-march-17-1990-exclusive-song-premiere/” title=”Listen to Death’s ‘Leprosy’ (Live)” align=”center”]

Suicidal Tendencies Announce 2013 Tour Dates in Support of New Album

Theo Wargo, Getty Images It’s time to start stocking up on extra padding as Suicidal Tendencies have announced their impending return with a brand-new full-length album and a full-on tour to follow. The band will release their ‘Who’s Afraid?’ album on March 26 and you can bet the group’s ninth release is filled with all the energy and fury of its predecessors. Details on the disc are scarce at this point, but it’s likely that the group will incorporate songs from the album into their set lists when they tour in April. Frontman ‘Cyco Miko’ Muir stated last year of their hopes for their new music, “The way we look at it is that next year will be the 30th anniversary of our first record. When we look at a record, we don’t want to have it sound like 2012. We want it to sound awesome 25 years from now, so when a kid who wasn’t even born when we made it listens to it, he’s like, ‘Damn, that’s a cool record!’” The group has dubbed their upcoming trek the ‘Slam City’ tour. It launches April 11 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco and runs through a May 12 finale in San Diego. Suicidal Tendencies revealed that DRI will be joining them for the first part of the run, with Sick of It All taking over as primary support on the back end. Meanwhile, Wake the Dead will serve as the opening act throughout the run and the band is teasing the possibility of another great band who they hope to have on board for the first four shows of the trek. Stay tuned. Suicidal Tendencies Spring 2013 North American Tour 4/11 — San Francisco, Calif. — Regency Ballroom 4/12 — Reno, Nev. — Knitting Factory 4/13 — Salt Lake City, Utah — In the Venue 4/14 — Denver, Colo. — Summit 4/16 — Minneapolis, Minn. — Mill City Nights 4/17 — Chicago, Ill. — House of Blues 4/19 — Philadelphia, Pa. — Electric Ballroom 4/20 — New York, N.Y. — Best Buy Theater 4/21 — Worcester, Mass. — Palladium 4/23 — Patchogue, N.Y. — Emporium 4/24 — Baltimore, Md. — Baltimore Soundstage 4/26 — Charlotte, N.C. — Amos’ Southend 4/27 — Atlanta, Ga. — Masquerade 4/28 — Charleston, S.C. — The Music Farm 4/30 — St. Petersburg, Fla. — State Theatre 5/2 — Miami, Fla. — Grand Central 5/3 — Orlando, Fla. — The Plaza Live 5/6 — Houston, Texas — House of Blues 5/7 — Dallas, Texas — Granada Theater 5/9 — Albuquerque, N.M. — TBA 5/10 — Tempe, Ariz. — Marquee Theater 5/11 — Pomona, Calif. — Fox Theater 5/12 — San Diego, Calif. — House of Blues [button href=”http://loudwire.com/decibel-magazine-tour-2013-must-see-metal-concerts/” title=”Next: Check Out Other 2013 Must-See Metal Concerts” align=”center”]

Tom Morello + Others Salute MusiCares Person of the Year Bruce Springsteen

Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images Tom Morello ‘s growing relationship with Bruce Springsteen continued in a major way Friday night (Feb. 8) in Los Angeles as the Rage Against the Machine guitarist was all over the set list for the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to “The Boss.” Morello first appeared onstage with the legendary Jackson Browne , playing along to the Springsteen song ‘American Skin (41 Shots).’ He’d later return to join My Morning Jacket ‘s Jim James in performing a scorching version of ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad.’ The guitarist finished out the night playing three songs with Springsteen — ‘Death to My Hometown,’ ‘Thunder Road’ and ‘Born to Run’ — before the all-star finale on the song ‘Glory Days.’ Other highlights during the evening included the show opening ‘Adam Raised a Caine’ from Alabama Shakes , Mumford & Sons performing ‘I’m on Fire,’ Elton John delivering ‘Streets of Philadelphia’ and Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s rousing take on ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ Initial reports of the gala’s lineup suggested Eddie Vedder was also to be involved, but all reviews indicate that he was not part of the event. In addition to the show, there was a charity auction led by Springsteen in which the singer offered a number of personal items to help boost up the price on a signed guitar by many of the participants. According to NJ.com , as part of the Springsteen aided package, the winning bidder also got a one-hour guitar lesson, a ride in the sidecar of Springsteen’s Harley and one of the singer’s mother’s lasagnas. When all was said and done, the guitar with Springsteen’s extras fetched $250,000 for MusiCares. Bruce Springsteen 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year Concert Setlist: ‘Adam Raised a Caine’ — Alabama Shakes ‘Because the Night’ — Patti Smith ‘Atlantic City’ — Ben Harper, Natalie Maines & Charlie Musselwhite ‘American Land’ — Ken Casey (of Dropkick Murphys) ‘My City in Ruins’ — Zac Brown and Mavis Staples ‘I’m on Fire’ — Mumford and Sons ‘American Skin (41 Shots)’ — Jackson Browne and Tom Morello ‘My Hometown’ — Emmylou Harris ‘One Step Up’ — Kenny Chesney ‘Streets of Philadelphia’ — Elton John ‘Hungry Heart’ — Juanes ‘Tougher Than the Rest’ — Tim McGraw and Faith Hill ‘Ghost of Tom Joad’ — Jim James and Tom Morello ‘Dancing in the Dark’ — John Legend ‘Lonesome Day’ — Sting ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ — Neil Young and Crazy Horse ‘We Take Care of Our Own’ — Bruce Springsteen ‘Death to My Home Town’ — Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello ‘Thunder Road’ — Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Roy Bittan, Max Weinberg, Gary Tallent ‘Born to Run’ — Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Roy Bittan, Max Weinberg, Gary Tallent ‘Glory Days’ — All [button href=”http://loudwire.com/tom-morello-fill-in-for-steven-van-zandt-on-bruce-springsteen-australian-tour/” title=”Next: Tom Morello to Fill in on Bruce Springsteen’s Australian Tour” align=”center”]

Ghost B.C. Unveil ‘Infestissumam’ Release Date + 2013 North American Tour With Ides of Gemini

Swedish heavy metal band Ghost (now known as Ghost B.C. in the U.S. because of legal issues) have not only announced their name change, but also the release date of their upcoming full-length ‘Infestissumam’ along with a North American tour. Ghost B.C. have been building a cult-like fan base since the release of their 2010 debut album, ‘Opus Eponymous.’ The band comprises various nameless ghouls and spiritual leader Papa Emeritus II, performing conceptualized Satanic church music mixed as a unique and soulfully evil mass. Although Papa Emeritus contributed vocals to the first Ghost B.C. album, he was usurped by his successor onstage during a recent performance in Sweden. Ghost B.C. are shaping up to be one of this year’s definitive bands. With a tremendous underground thirst for new material, fans of Ghost B.C. were blown away by the band’s single ‘ Secular Haze ‘ from the group’s upcoming sophomore full-length, ‘ Infestissumam ,’ which will come out April 9 on Loma Vista Recordings. The album will be unleashed just in time for Ghost B.C.’s upcoming dates, which will certainly prove to be one of this year’s most anticipated tours. Taking atmospheric heavy metal / doom act Ides of Gemini with them, Ghost B.C. will embark on their ‘Haze Over North America’ tour beginning April 12 at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Ghost B.C. will reveal their theatrical and pious stage show to North America this year for the first time since supporting Opeth and Mastodon in 2012. Check out Ghost B.C.’s full list of tour dates below and get ready for ’Infestissumam’ on April 9. Ghost B.C. + Ides of Gemini 2013 North American Tour Dates: 4/12 – Indio, Calif. @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 4/18 – Denver, Colo. @ Ogden Theatre 4/19 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Sunshine Theater 4/21 – Indio, Calif. @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 4/23 – Tucson, Ariz. @ Rialto Theatre 4/25 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Regency 4/26 – Portland, Ore. @ Wonder Ballroom 4/27 – Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox at the Market 4/29 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore Ballroom 4/30 – Calgary, Alberta @ Republik 5/01 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Starlite Room 5/03 – Winnipeg, Alberta @ Garrick Centre 5/04 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Mill City Nights 5/06 – Toronto, Ontario @ Opera House 5/07 – Montreal, Quebec @ Corona Theatre 5/08 – Quebec City, Quebec @ Theatre Petit Champlain 5/10 – Boston, Mass. @ Royale 5/11 – New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall 5/12 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Trocadero Theatre 5/13 – Washington, D.C., @ 9:30 Club 5/15 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Turner Hall 5/17 – Detroit, Mich. @ St. Andrews Hall 5/18 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Mr. Smalls [button href=”http://loudwire.com/alice-in-chains-2013-must-see-rock-concerts/” title=”Check Out the Must-See Concerts of 2013″ align=”center”]

Finch Expand ‘What It Is to Burn’ 10th Anniversary Tour + Announce Support Acts

Facebook: Finch There were a lot of happy fans last fall when Finch decided to regroup to play some dates commemorating the tenth anniversary of their breakout album ‘What It Is to Burn.’ There are even more ecstatic people now that the group has decided to expand the trek outside of California to other North American and European stops this year. Adding to the excitement, the band has also revealed the support acts for a number of their upcoming dates. At present, the band will resume touring in support of their influential disc on Feb. 1 at the Glass House in Pomona, Calif. The group scheduled four dates over consecutive February weekends to give their West Coast fans every opportunity to catch their performance. Late Night Revival and Weatherbox will support on Feb. 1, with Hancox and Particles Like Planets opening on Feb. 2. Just Eleanor and XO will open the Feb. 8 date, with Reverend Crow and Fluf rounding out the support acts on Feb. 9. As the band expands to a wider audience in March, they’ve announced that The Almost have signed on to provide support throughout their remaining North American stops. That leg of the tour runs from March 7 in Chicago through March 16 in Boston. After that, Finch will pack up and head to Europe for the remainder of March. The title cut from Finch’s ‘What It Is to Burn’ album cracked Loudwire’s Top 50 21st Century Hard Rock Songs list. Finch ‘What It Is to Burn’ 2013 Tour Dates: 2/1 — Pomona, Calif. — Glass House 2/2 — Pomona, Calif. — Glass House 2/8 — Pomona, Calif. — Glass House 2/9 — Pomona, Calif. — Glass House 3/7 — Chicago, Ill. — Metro 3/8 — Detroit, Mich. — St. Andrews Hall 3/9 — Toronto, Ontario — Sound Academy 3/11 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Mr. Small’s 3/12 — New York, N.Y. — Irving Plaza 3/14 — Silver Spring, Md. — The Fillmore 3/15 — Philadelphia, Pa. — Electric Factory 3/16 — Boston, Mass. — Royale 3/19 — Manchester, U.K. — HMV Ritz 3/20 — Glasgow, Scotland — O2 ABC 3/21 — Birmingham, U.K. — HMV Institute 3/22 — London, U.K. — O2 Brixton Academy 3/23 — Paris, France — Le Trabendo 3/25 — Koln, Germany — Luxor 3/27 — Amsterdam, Netherlands — Melkweg [button href=”http://loudwire.com/alice-in-chains-2013-must-see-rock-concerts/” title=”Check Out Other 2013 Must-See Rock Concerts” align=”center”]

Bullet for My Valentine, Halestorm + More Reveal Dates for 2013 HardDrive Live Tour

Jo Hale, Getty Images / Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com As announced last week, Bullet for My Valentine will be headlining the fifth annual ‘HardDrive Live’ tour this year, and now there are dates and a confirmation on all the support acts for the 2013 run. The trek launches April 12 in Denver at the Fillmore and continues through a May 22 finale at Milwaukee’s Eagles Ballroom. Bullet for My Valentine will be joined on the run by the previously revealed Halestorm and Young Guns , as well as newly announced upstarts Stars in Stereo. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday (Jan. 25). Bullet for My Valentine’s Matt Tuck says, “We’re super stoked to be touring America again. We’re going to be bringing the big hits and big guns. With the new album (‘ Temper Temper ‘), our fourth, we’ve got loads of songs to choose from. Thanks to HardDrive, sky’s the limit in the States!” Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale adds, “HardDrive has been such a huge part of us breaking in the last couple of years. The show has always supported us and what we do. We can’t wait to get back on the road in front of real rock fans with our friends in Bullet, Young Guns and Stars in Stereo. It’s going to be a great time.” Bullet for My Valentine are currently ramping up to the release of the ‘Temper Temper’ album on Feb. 12. Halestorm, meanwhile, are continuing promotion of the 2012 effort, ‘ The Strange Case Of… , ‘ while Young Guns are seeing their audience grow thanks to their 2012 disc, ‘Bones.’ Stars in Stereo are touring in support of their self-titled effort, which features their current single ‘The Broken.’ Bullet for My Valentine / Halestorm ‘HardDrive Live’ 2013 Tour Dates: 4/12 — Denver, Colo. — Fillmore 4/13 — Salt Lake City, Utah — Great Salt Air 4/14 — Boise, Idaho — Revolution Center 4/16 — Reno, Nev. — Grand Sierra Theater 4/17 — San Francisco, Calif. — Warfield 4/19 — Pomona, Calif. — The Fox 4/21 — Tempe, Ariz. — Marquee 4/23 — Dallas, Texas — House of Blues 4/24 — Houston, Texas — Warehouse Live 4/30 — New York, N.Y. – Roseland 5/1 — Worcester, Mass. — The Palladium 5/3 — Silver Spring, Md. — Fillmore 5/5 — Philadelphia, Pa. — Electric Factory Outdoors 5/7 — Toronto, Ontario — Sound Academy 5/8 — Fort Wayne, Ind. — Expo Center 5/10 — Buffalo, N.Y. — Town Ballroom 5/11 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — Orbit Room 5/15 — Minneapolis, Minn. – Myth 5/17 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Stage AE 5/19 — Stroudsburg, Pa. — Sherman Theater 5/21 — Chicago, Ill. — Riviera 5/22 — Milwaukee, Wis. — Eagles Ballroom [button href=”http://loudwire.com/alice-in-chains-2013-must-see-rock-concerts/” title=”Check Out the Must-See Rock Concerts of 2013″ align=”center”]

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