Rock/Metal Musicians Open Up About Their Experiences With Racism In New Piece By Journalist Liz Ramanand

Consequence Of Sound have shared a new piece by journalist Liz Ramanand in which members of Alice In Chains, Body Count, Nonpoint, Fire From The Gods, Zeal & Ardor, Skunk Anansie, and more open up about their experiences with racism. You can read the full article HERE and an excerpt below:

“In this installment of “Heavy Culture”, rock and metal artists recount their experiences of racism. Some musicians expressed intense memories of facing bigotry as young children, some as teenagers, and for others, there were too many instances to count.”

Fire From The Gods Premiere “Break The Cycle” Video

Fire From The Gods have premiered a new video for their song “Break The Cycle.“ This track is from the band’s latest album “American Sun.“

The following was said about the video in a press release:

“Fire From The Gods’ AJ Channer could not sit on the sidelines for one more day. When the world erupted in protest of the killing of George Floyd, he set out right away for Minneapolis. No better time than now to enact the philosophy supported by the lyrics of the songs on his band’s album, AMERICAN SUN, which was recorded in early 2019, well before this call to action heard worldwide. A song fully representative of that line of thinking is their single “Break The Cycle”, which revealed its stunning visual counterpart today.

The video for “Break The Cycle” (directed by Wombat Fire) is a story of support for people fighting to not have to fight anymore. It is the story of generations of struggle experienced by BIPOC all over the world. Footage from Channer’s trips to Minneapolis and Atlanta make their way into the video with additional protest coverage from the media and the proverbial fire started by the movement.”

It’s worth noting that all of the footage from Channer’s travels will also appear in a new docu-series. The press release also added the following about that:

“The moving footage takes you to the streets of Minneapolis and Atlanta days after the murder of George Floyd, focusing on why the system is set up to fail while investigating how we can change that as one united body. AJ interviews protestors on the ground, community leaders and other local artists to showcase the power of strength in community, and how we, as a country, can move forward. A written narrative on what he learned from his travels will be released on Friday.”

This news comes after the band streamed a live show on soundrink.live earlier today (June 18) to raise money for EmbraceRace.

Hollywood Undead Cancel Spring Tour With Bad Wolves, From Ashes To New, & Fire From The Gods

Hollywood Undead have cancelled their spring tour with Bad Wolves, From Ashes To New, and Fire From The Gods due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band commented:

“The shows on our Spring 2020 U.S. co-headline tour w/ Bad Wolves, with exception to Council Bluffs, IA being postponed to 9/19/20, must be cancelled out of an abundance of caution and in line with official guidelines. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. Be Safe, Stay Healthy, and thanks for your understanding. Hey Bad Wolves From Ashes to New and Fire From the Gods – Lets try it again some time?”

Interview: Fire From The Gods Drummer Richie Wicander

I was recently given the opportunity to interview Fire From The Gods’ Richie Wicander. The chat, which can be read below, finds the drummer discussing the band’s latest album “American Sun,” the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and more.

METAL ANARCHY: Your latest album “American Sun” has been out since November. How have fans been responding to the new material?

WICANDER: We have received a lot of positive feedback and I think our fans dig the new material even though it is not as heavy as Narrative was.

METAL ANARCHY: For those that haven’t heard it yet, how would you describe the record?

WICANDER: American Sun is a blend of Rock and Metal infused with modern Hip Hop and Reggae.

METAL ANARCHY: “American Sun” deals with a lot of political and social issues. Did you set out to make political album or is it something that progressed naturally?

WICANDER: I do not think it is a political album. It is a socially conscious album. It talks about what we as a society need to change, the tribulations of modern life and also touches on personal struggles.

METAL ANARCHY: The effort also has a sense of hopefulness and unity, which is something we could all use right now since we are currently in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. What advice would you give those who may be losing sight of those concepts during these uncertain times?

WICANDER: It is indeed a very uncertain time for everyone which is why we need to stay hopeful and positive. We should also spend time to reflect on what is happening. Think about how we are affecting the planet. The virus is yet another result of human greed… I have hope that these drastic changes will force us all to see things differently. Life cannot keep going as it was, we need to progress and change our selfish ways.

METAL ANARCHY: Earlier this year, before everything starting getting cancelled or postponed, you were out on tour with The Hu in Europe. How was that experience?

WICANDER: It was an amazing tour! The shows were sold out and people had a great time, great band to tour with, great crew and great food! I grew up in Germany and it was very nice to see friends and family all over the place. Definitely feel grateful that we got to do this tour right before the corona madness started exploding!

METAL ANARCHY: You were also scheduled to hit the road with Hollywood Undead, Bad Wolves, and From Ashes To New in May, but it’s probably safe to assume that that tour won’t be moving forward. If that’s the case, will it be rescheduled and if so, what can fans expect from it?

WICANDER: I have not heard any updates about that tour as of yet. We are hopeful but with everything happening, who knows.. Fingers crossed! This tour will be a good one, regardless of when it is happening!!

METAL ANARCHY: Since everyone has some downtime right now, are you going to start working on more new music?

WICANDER: I am currently sitting in my studio in Houston creating new material. Eventually we will all get together and compile ideas but for now it seems things are shutting down so remote writing is going to be a thing.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, it’s no secret that the music industry has been hit extremely hard by the pandemic. With this in mind, what can fans do to support your band and others that may be struggling right now?

WICANDER: Keep jamming the tunes and grab bandannas on our website for makeshift face masks! Buy music and merch from your favorite bands! That will help a lot.

Hollywood Undead Announce Spring Tour With Bad Wolves, From Ashes To New, & Fire From The Gods

Hollywood Undead have announced a spring tour with Bad Wolves, From Ashes To New, and Fire From The Gods. These dates will take place around various festivals.

Tour Dates:

05/03 Charlotte, NC – Epicenter Festival (no From Ashes To New/Fire From The Gods)
05/05 Ft. Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre
05/07 Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
05/08 Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
05/09 Daytona, FL – Welcome To Rockville (no From Ashes To New/Fire From The Gods)
05/12 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
05/13 Grand Rapids, MI – Monroe Live
05/15 Kansas City, MO – Grinders at Crossroads Presented by KQRC
05/17 Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (KBPI’s Birthday Bash) (feat. In This Moment & Black Veil Brides) (no From Ashes To New/Fire From The Gods)
05/19 Sioux Falls, ID – The District
05/20 Cedar Rapids, IA – Club 5 at U.S. Cellular Center
05/22 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma (no From Ashes To New/Fire From The Gods)
05/23 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
05/24 Wichita, KS – Cotillion

Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Etc. Added To UK Download Festival

Over 40 more bands have been added to the UK Download Festival. That event will take place at Donington Park on June 12-14 and the updated daily stage lineups can be found below.

June 12:

Main Stage:

KISS
Deftones
Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes
Black Veil Brides
Motionless In White
Theory Of A Deadman
Wayward Sons

Second Stage:

The Offspring
The Distillers
Airbourne
Lacuna Coil
Amaranthe
Hatari
The Glorious Sons

The Avalanche Stage:

The Menzingers
PUP
Tiny Moving Parts
Sleep Token
Gender Roles
Press Club
Wargasm

The Dogtooth Stage:

Electric Wizard
Blues Pills
British Lion
Will Haven
Bokassa
Tempt
Cellar Door Moon Crow
JJ Wilde

June 13:

Main Stage:

Iron Maiden
Alter Bridge
Gojira
The Pretty Reckless
The Raven Age

Second Stage:

Killswitch Engage
Mastodon
Daughtry
3 Doors Down
Bush
The Wildhearts
Stone Broken

The Avalanche Stage:

Funeral For A Friend
Employed To Serve
Holding Absence
Loathe
Puppy
Sullii
Blackout Problems

The Dogtooth Stage:

Sepultura
Obituary
Dying Fetus
Chelsea Grin
Fire From The Gods
Bleed From Within
Higher Power
Lotus Eater
Dead Label
Uncured

June 14:

Main Stage:

System Of A Down
Korn
Volbeat
BABYMETAL
Alestorm
Powerwolf
Thy Art Is Murder
Wage War

Second Stage:

Disturbed
The Darkness
Skillet
Baroness
Of Mice & Men
P.O.D.
Wednesday 13
The Laste Internationale

The Avalanche Stage:

Bowling For Soup
Lit
The Skints
Marianas Trench
Milk Teeth
The Hara
Cemetery Sun
Dead Posey

The Dogtooth Stage:

Periphery
Northlane
Haken
Polyphia
Twin Temple
SHVPES
Kill The Lights
Heavy Lungs
Modern Error
Renounced

Metallica, Disturbed, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deftones, Etc. Set For 2020 Welcome To Rockville Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Welcome To Rockville festival. The event will take place at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL on May 8-10 and the daily lineups can be found below:

May 8: Metallica, Deftones, Social Distortion, Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, Royal Blood, Ghostemane, Motionless In White, Knocked Loose, Bones UK, City Morgue, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Brutus, Killstation, Brass Against, Ego Kill Talent, and Zero 9:36.

May 9: Disturbed, The Offspring, Staind, Lamb Of God, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Hollywood Undead, HELLYEAH, Bad Wolves, The Darkness, Power Trip, Jinjer, New Years Day, 3TEETH, BRKN LOVE, Toothgrinder, and Joyous Wolf.

May 10: Metallica, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Godsmack, Mastodon, Gojira, Anthrax, Code Orange, Dance Gavin Dance, Sleeping With Sirens, Of Mice & Men, Sick Of It All, Agnostic Front, Fire From The Gods, Counterfeit, Airbourne, Goodbye June, Stitched Up Heart, and Hero The Band.

Metallica, Slipknot, Deftones, Bring Me The Horizon, Etc. Set For 2020 Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival. The event will take place at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH on May 15-17 and it will feature the following artists: Metallica, Slipknot, Deftones, Bring Me The Horizon, Evanescence, Staind, Sublime With Rome, Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Cypress Hill, Pennywise, Royal Blood, The Pretty Reckless, Alter Bridge, Anthrax, Flatbush Zombies, Pop Evil, HELLYEAH, Ghostemane, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, Dance Gavin Dance, Ice Nine Kills, Sleeping With Sirens, The Darkness, Knocked Loose, Code Orange, Power Trip, Saint Asonia, Dirty Honey, Jinjer, City Morgue, Bones UK, Airbourne, Fire From The Gods, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Des Rocs, Counterfeit, Crobot, Cherry Bombs, DED, Goodbye June, Brutus, 3TEETH, BRKN LOVE, Killstation Brass Against, Crown Lands, Ego Kill Talent, DREGG, Bloodywood, and Zero 9:36.

Deftones, Faith No More, System Of A Down, Etc. Set For 2020 Hellfest

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Hellfest Open Air Festival. The event will be held in Clisson, France on June 19-21 and the daily stage lineups can be found below.

June 19:

Mainstage 01: Deftones, Incubus, Opeth, Leprous, Ego Kill Talent, Soen, and Frog Leap

Mainstage 02: Volbeat, The Offspring, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Inspector Cluzo, Ghostemane, Danko Jones, The Wildhearts, and Laura Cox.

Altar Stage: Obituary, Death DTA, At The Gates, Entombed A.D., Grave, Unleashed, Cadaver, Necrowretch, and Tremplin Voice Of Hell.

Temple Stage: Mayhem, Abbath, Rotting Christ, Primordial, The Great Old Ones, Seth, Mephorash, Numen, and Tremplin Voice Of Hell.

Valley Stage: Electric Wizard, Baroness, OM, Witchcraft, Black Mountain, Elder, ASG, Greenleaf, and Ecstatic Vision.

Warzone Stage: Body Count, Suicidal Tendencies, Powerflo, Youth Of Today, Dog Eat Dog, Slapshot, Jesus Piece, Higher Power, and In Other Climes.

June 20:

Mainstage 01: Faith No More, Infectious Grooves, Alter Bridge, Heaven Shall Burn, Thy Art Is Murder, Crystal Lake, and Fire From The Gods.

Mainstage 02: Deep Purple, Airbourne, Steel Panther, Alestorm, The Darkness, Last In Line, L7, The Dead Daises, and Galactic Empire.

Altar Stage: Sepultura, Sacred Reich, Flotsam And Jetsam, Exciter, Loudblast, Xentrix, Rectal Smegma, Brutal Sphincter, and Karras.

Temple Stage: Wardruna, The Hu, Ensiferum, Taake, Kamppfar, Einjerjer, Helheim, Aktarium, and Artus.

Valley Stage: Envy, Mono & The Jo Quail Quartet, John Garcia & The Band Of Gold, High On Fire, Pelican, Me And That Man, The Picturebooks, Duel, and Point Mort.

Warzone Stage: Social Distortion, The Toy Dolls, Agnostic Front, Reverent Horton Heat, Anti-Flag, Frustration, Guerilla Poubelle, Lion’s Law, and Grade 2.

June 21:

Mainstage 01: System Of A Down, Korn, Maximum The Hormone, BABYMETAL, Jinjer, Lacuna Coil, Kontrust, and Deadly Apples.

Mainstage 02: Judas Priest, Running Wild, Down, Michael Schenker, Doro, Delain, Sortilege, Battle Beast, and Tempt.

Altar Stage: Devin Townsend, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Periphery, Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Ingested, Dyscarnate, and Exocrine.

Temple Stage: Watain, Alcest, Belzebubs, Borknagar, Gaahls Wyrd, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, Numenorean, Penitence Onirique, and Deliverance.

Valley Stage: Killing Joke, Perturbator, Life Of Agony, 3TEETH, Hangman’s Chair, Twin Temple, Inter Arma, Lysistrata, and Abrahma.

Warzone Stage: Walls Of Jericho, August Burns Red, While She Sleeps, Lionheart, Rotting Out, Landmarks, Moscow Death Brigade, and Wolfpack.

Disturbed, Deftones, Godsmack, Staind, Etc. Added To 2020 Epicenter Festival

More bands have been added to the 2020 Epicenter Festival. The event will take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina on May 1-3 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

May 1: Metallica, Godsmack, Papa Roach, David Lee Roth, Royal Blood, I Prevail, Ghostemane, Ice Nine Kills, The Darkest, Starset, Sick Of It All, Agnostic Front New Years Day, Bones UK, Fire From The Gods, 3TEETH, Nascar Aloe, Joyous Wolf, Killstation, Stitched Up Heart, Hero The Band, and Through Fire.

May 2: Disturbed, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Staind, Chevelle, Cypress Hill, Anthrax, Alter Bridge, Code Orange, Of Mice & Men, Saint Asonia, Jinjer, Crown The Empire, Anti-Flag, City Morgue, The Chats, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Clint Lowery, BRKN Love, Brutus, Toothgrinder, Brass Against, Selfish Things, Zero 9:36, and Like Machines.

May 3: Metallica, Deftones, Volbeat, Gojira, Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, HELLYEAH, Bad Wolves, Hollywood Undead, Sleeping With Sirens, Power Trip, The Amity Affliction, Des Rocs, Goodbye June, Airbourne, Stray From The Path, Plague Vendor, Ego Kill Talent, Higher Power, and Skynd.