2021 NAMM Convention Cancelled, Virtual Event Announced

The 2021 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite this, organizers will still be launching a week-long virtual event on January 18 via BelieveInMusic.tv.

NAMM president and CEO, Joe Lamond, issued the following statement:

“While it remains unsafe for us to gather in person in January, Believe In Music week will use new, intuitive technology to connect us all to harness the incredible energy that happens when we come together.

With a robust marketplace to launch new products and share your brand story, Believe In Music will also feature networking and matchmaking for our buyers and our sellers, education for all segments of the industry, and live music and concerts. And just like at all NAMM events, these activities will raise awareness and financial support to serve our NAMM family across our Circle of Benefits model. Believe In Music week will be a critical step for our industry to help us prepare for the new year and new opportunities.

If there’s any one common vision, it’s that as a global community, we believe in music. We believe in the future of music and in the future of our industry, and in this moment, we will unite and support music makers around the world.”

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Tension Rising

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Tension Rising.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

TENSION RISING: NICK VAN PAGE: We are Tension Rising. We’re a hard rock/alt-metal four-piece band. Chris [Garrigan] and I met in college back in 2008. We started up a cover band, played a few local gigs for about a year, and we decided to start writing our own material. I knew Alex [Repetti] from high school, and around 2015, we needed a new bass player. He professed strong interest in joining, and I knew he would add a new dimension to what we were trying to accomplish.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TENSION RISING: NICK VAN PAGE: From a guitar player standpoint, I would say Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Nuno Bettencourt, and Steve Lukather

ALEX REPETTI: Led Zeppelin is the band that made me want to become a musician. Dream Theater is the band that most influenced my musical trajectory. I also love Neal Morse, Symphony X, Haken, and The Beatles.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

TENSION RISING: ALEX REPETTI: We just put out a new single/lyric video for Doomsayer

CHRIS GARRIGAN: Doomsayer is a song essentially about the end of days. A bleak viewpoint of the world around us from one man who stands in the midst of absolute chaos.

As he observes what transpires around him, he confronts a “fortune teller” of sorts.

In history we know these individuals as “soothsayers”. These individuals have been told to us to foresee the future and what lies ahead for us all.

This particular “soothsayer” is categorically what we sought out to portray as a “Doomsayer”, a fortuneteller of inevitable doom; the speaker of demise as it were.

Our protagonist pleads with the doomsayer to tell him what lies in store for humanity. What shall happen to the human race during this time of death, decay, and turmoil?
Our Doomsayer clearly speaks to him, “I see no hope for you now”.

Fate has extended out its hand and pulled the rug out from under our very feet.

**We wanted this song to just be a story with very graphic imagery. At the time we were toying with other song ideas with similar concepts for dark song writing and we noticed all the madness around us. For those who believe in such things, you would be pressed to think that these were “end times”. That sparked the idea of creating this hellish world of the “Doomsayer”.

ALEX REPETTI: Our upcoming album PENUMBRA is coming out on September 7, 2020. We’re really excited about it! It’s the first Tension Rising album that I’ve been a part of. Aside from being very involved in the writing, and of course playing bass, I also did a lot of backing vocals on this album, which is something I haven’t done much of in the past for any of my other musical endeavors. I’m also proud to say that I was the recording and mixing engineer for this album as well!

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

TENSION RISING: ALEX REPETTI: The band has been on hiatus since 2015, and I haven’t played any shows with Tension Rising. I’ve seen some of them though, from before I was in the band, and I can say that there is a great energy coming off of the stage. We’re really excited to start gigging again once things start getting back to “normal” around here.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

TENSION RISING: ALEX REPETTI: The hope for me, is to have put out at least a few more albums by then, and have done a fair deal of touring and festivals. We have a lot of great music to come!

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Random Ties

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Random Ties.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

RANDOM TIES: Hey everyone I am Youssef the frontman for Random Ties, a heavy hitting rock band based in Detroit.

First let me take you back to 2019 which was when I moved to the US from Lebanon, I didn’t know anyone or how the music scene was, so I started going to open mics with my acoustic guitar and meeting other musicians. Then one thing led to another and me the rest of the guys.

We have, KD who plays the drums thunderously bringing that heavy hitting power with amazing fills and breaks, Thew whose on the second guitar, compliments my playing with his fills that are all over our EP and Steven originally from Nirvana’s hometown brought a grunginess to the album with some great baselines.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

RANDOM TIES: My first exposure to music was listening to my grandad sing the Opera, which sounded so melodic yet powerful, and I thought I would follow in his footsteps.

When I was 8 years old, I started listening to the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. That’s where my love for music grew.

The sound that changed my life was the 90’s bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Foo Fighters. Their music shaped who we are as a generation honestly growing up listening to them it was.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

RANDOM TIES: There’s a saying in “Art is never completed, it’s just abandoned.” Our latest EP “Believe” was released recently on Spotify and all other major streaming platforms. This was the EP I put on hold for years. I wrote and did a lot of the stuff myself as opposed to previously, I would work with a group.

Comprised of 6 songs, I wanted each one to have a catch and touch on sensitive topics such as losing a loved one, struggles of starting a family, faith and making things work in a relationship.

I wanted to have an honest message with lyrics people could relate to & licks they can dance to.

Our next single “Thawra” which will be released on August 14 on our YouTube channel is about the humanitarian crises in Lebanon so this song is my way to support the people & hopefully shed some light at the end of that tunnel.

This is the art work for the single and your audience is the first to get a glimpse of it done by the Talented Layal @ipr1ncess:

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

RANDOM TIES: Our interaction with fans starts before our show. We do a treasure hunt game where we hide a case of beer and the fans that show up early get a chance at claiming it and we try and meet as many as we can via meet & greets or just hanging out in our merch area.

When the lights are on, its high energy from the first chord. Our fans are usually jumping up on stage with us and every time we sing our song “Liar” we invite a few fans to do the backup vocals.

We want them to have a great experience and to be able to take something home with them once the lights are out and the bar is closed.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

RANDOM TIES: We’d like to be a band that gives a voice to the less fortunate and oppressed. We’d like to be defiant vs. those that are corrupt or abuse their power. We want to remain consistent by providing quality music to our audience and reach a wider fan base geographically, so a big thanks to you for giving us this interview and a voice.

We are turning to social media more to connect with our fans and new listeners, keeping them engaged with good content on Instagram and Facebook.

Mayhem Announce Rescheduled European/UK Dates

Mayhem have announced the rescheduled dates for their European/UK tour with Mortiis. The band commented:

“It is unfortunate yet neither surprising nor avoidable that the European tour that was to take place this fall will have to be postponed. These are uncertain times, to say the least, yet everyone is doing everything they can to get Mayhem back on the road. The 2020 tour is hereby moved to February/March of 2021, and we sincerely hope that this will be sufficient. Time will tell!”

Tour Dates:

02/27 Bergen, Norway – USF Vertet (no Mortiis)
03/01 Trondheim, Norway – Verkstedhallen (no Mortiis)
03/02 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller (no Mortiis)
03/03 Stavanger, Norway – Folken (no Mortiis)
03/04 Drammen, Norway – Union Scene (no Mortiis)
03/05 Hamar, Norway – Gregers (no Mortiis)
03/06 Norrköping, Sweden – Arbis
03/08 Mannheim, Germany – MS Connexion Complex
03/09 Salzburg, Austria – Rockhouse
03/10 Kosice, Slovakia – Collosseum
03/11 Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra
03/12 Brasov, Romania – Kruhnen Musik Hall
03/13 Skopje, Macedonia – MKC
03/15 Thessaloniki (GR) – Principal Club Theater
03/16 Athens, Greece – Fuzz Live Music Club
03/18 Bari, Italy – Demode Club
03/19 Rome, Italy – Orion Club
03/20 Parma, Italy – Campus Industry
03/21 Audincourt, France – Moloco
03/22 Paris, France – La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
03/23 Manchester, UK – Academy 2
03/24 Belfast, UK – Limelight
03/25 Dublin, Ireland – Academy
03/26 Glasgow, UK – Slay
03/27 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
03/28 London, UK – Islington Academy
03/30 Hasselt, Belgium – Muziekodroom
03/31 Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinenhalle
04/01 Tilburg, Netherlands – O13
04/02 Hamburg, Germany – Bahnhof St. Pa
04/03 Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall
04/04 Oslo, Norway – Inferno Festival (no Mortiis)

Nomad Stones (Cave In) Release Joe Walsh Covers EP

Nomad Stones, the band featuring Cave In‘s Adam McGrath and JR Conners, have released a Joe Walsh covers EP titled “Barnburners – A Tribute To Joe Walsh.” The effort, which can be found on Bandcamp, features their takes on “Turn To Stone,“ “A Life Of Illusion,” and “Rosewood Bitters.“

Genghis Tron Return With New Lineup, Working On New Album

Genghis Tron have officially returned and are currently working on a new album at GodCity Studio in Salem, MA with Converge‘s Kurt Ballou. With this news, the band have also confirmed that they have parted ways with vocalist Mookie Singerman. He has since been replaced by Tony Wolski (The Armed). Furthermore, Nick Yacyshyn (SUMAC, Baptists) has now joined the group as their new drummer. Keyboardist/programmer Michael Sochynsky commented:

“We said it was just a hiatus and we meant it! It’s been incredible writing music again and hearing everything come together in the studio. This is the album we’ve always wanted to write. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on.”

DJ Ashba (Sixx:A.M.) Teases “Hypnotic” Video

DJ Ashba (Sixx:A.M., ex-Guns N’ Roses) has posted a teaser for his new song/video “Hypnotic.” The full track, which features Cali Tucker, will be released on August 13 at 9:00 p.m. PDT. Ashba will also be hosting a special watch party and a Q&A session with other celebrities that night as well. He said the following:

“My debut single, ‘Hypnotic’, is a high intense EDM track with big rock guitars. When I perform live along with my DJ, the futuristic AI visuals will take the crowd on a journey to the unknown. I will be featuring a different singer on each track. This music will have no boundaries.”

Cutout Of The Late Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH) Featured In The Stands Of Texas Rangers Games

A cutout of the late Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH) can be seen in the stands during the Texas Rangers’ home games at Globe Live Park in Arlington, TX . You can watch a video report on the cool tribute below: