Noble Steed Music Cut Ties With Flaw Frontman Chris Volz Following Usage Of Racial Slur Onstage

Noble Steed Music have announced that they will be halting distribution on Christopher Volz‘s solo album “Redemption” and two Five.Bolt.Main albums. This news comes after the Flaw frontman recently issued an apology after using the n-word onstage. Noble Steed Music’s Jason Spiewak commented:

“We will be ceasing distribution of these titles effective ASAP, as we do not support racism of any kind. We fully denounce racist speech and are taking action. Further, we will be donating our portion of Volz’s recent label proceeds to the NAACP.”

[via The PRP]

Flaw’s Christopher Volz Issues Apology After Using The N-Word Onstage

As previously reported, Flaw’s Christopher Volz recently made headlines after dropping the n-word onstage during the band’s March 12 show at the WC Social Club in Chicago, IL. Now, the frontman has taken to social media to issue an apology for using the slur.

Volz said the following:

“Hey Flaw Family, I need to address the recent video and backlash that surfaced this weekend. I made a huge mistake and in the heat of my anger I used an unacceptable group of words towards another white person. I in no way meant it to be a racial thing and it is being construed on social media as if I made a statement about my beliefs and that is simply not true.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have always been an advocate for equality and even wrote a song called ‘Bleed Red‘ 5 years ago that was all about ending racism (link below). Flaw has always had all genders and races on our team, from managers to agents to labels to road crew and we always will.

I have worked so hard for the past 25 years to build my career and I don’t want something like this to ruin it for anyone. I take responsibility for my actions, apologize for my melt down and hope that you can all forgive me.”

Flaw’s Christopher Volz Uses Racial Slur Onstage, Rants About Cancel Culture On Social Media

During Flaw’s March 12 show at the WC Social Club in Chicago, IL, Christopher Volz dropped the n-word onstage. The frontman used the racial slur after taking issue with the stage monitor mix. MetalSucks shared footage of that:

Volz said the following in the clip:

“There’s three of you N****s sitting right there [pointing]. I’d like one of you to come up here. You’re all white, so that’s not racist.

One of you guys need to come up here. I want one of you to come up here and hear these center wedges before we finish, just so you know what I actually went through tonight and how badass it is that I actually had no wedges.

Hey! I’m not fuckin’ around! One of you motherfuckers comes up on stage and listens to these wedges before we finish, otherwise you’re all getting rolled.”

Volz has since taken to social media to rant about cancel culture as well:

“Always remember… We are not descendants of fearful people. We are a nation of immigrants who have been given the gift of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This does not mean you don’t have to work for it, or can mooch off of someone else’s hard work and decades of blood, sweat, and tears just to suit your greed and cater to your feelings.

We are blessed with freedom of speech and expression, but this does not mean you can use that same freedom of speech and expression to try to oppress someone else’s or something you do not agree with. That in itself is in direct violation of the God given rights that have been sacrificed for and gifted to us. It’s also a direct double negative.

Cancel culture can not, and will not, abuse the very fundamental rights they are trying to extinguish by using the exact same rights they are objecting to while trying to cancel them. You just canceled yourself, by-proxy. That is simply wrong and won’t be tolerated. There is no color, there is no race, we are all human beings trying to survive on a rock spinning around a huge ball of fire.

We are all citizens of an amazing country. WE ALL BLEED RED. Grow some skin, if something offends you move the fuck on, stop expecting things you don’t work for, earn your keep, contribute to public service in some way, and stop trying to destroy the most amazing nation that has ever existed.

Facts may cause feelings…but feelings aren’t facts, they are your own interpretation of reality and it’s not your place to force your reality on anyone else. We have a list of personal rights that were established centuries ago.

Some may not know this but, America, our Constitutional Republic with a democratic voting system, and Capitalism as a whole… is an experiment. It is written in the oldest manuscripts we have and it was the only answer to truly separate from a ruling Monarchy…

We can and will lose it if we do not protect, fight, and stand up for it. None of us are more important than that. God bless you all!”

Here’s Better Footage Of The Crowd From The Festival Formerly Known As “Herd Immunity Fest”

Last weekend, Static-X, Dope, Adelitas Way, Flaw, and more performed as part of a three-day mini-festival at the Q&Z Expo Center in Ringle, WI amid the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets for the event were limited and some of the bands encouraged fans to wear masks and engage in social distancing. However, more footage from the show has surfaced and it appears that those in attendance weren’t completely following those suggestions.

[via The PRP]

Powerman 5000’s Spider One Calls Out Bands For Playing Upcoming “Herd Immunity Fest”, Nonpoint Drop Off

In unsurprising news, the upcoming “Herd Immunity Fest,” which is set to take place at The Q&Z Expo Center in Ringle, WI on July 16-18, has been generating some controversy, considering we are still in the middle of a pandemic. Among those who called out the event was Powerman 5000’s Spider One, who tweeted the following:

Nonpoint, who were scheduled to perform at the festival, also responded to Spider One saying that they dropped off:

Organizers have also addressed the backlash themselves by changing the name of the event:

“For the record the venues land can accommodate up to 10,000 occupancy. This is an OUTDOOR EVENT for 3 Days. We are only selling 20% of that so anyone has the choice and ability to social distance. The Festival is also not called “Herd Immunity” and the name no longer tied to any of our social media or promotion.”

Static-X, Nonpoint, Dope, Etc. Set For “Herd Immunity Fest”

A number of rock/metal acts will apparently be performing at a mini-festival in Ringle, WI next month. The event, which is being called “Herd Immunity Fest,” will take place at The Q&Z Expo Center on July 16-18 and the daily lineups can be found below:

July 16: Blacktop Mojo and Flaw.

July 17: Bobaflex, Royal Bliss, Thunderstruck (AC/DC tribute), ONE (Metallica tribute), and Saul.

July 18: Static-X, Nonpoint, Dope, Kaledio, and Versus Me.

Dates Revealed For Saliva, Powerman 5000, Adema, Etc. Tour

The dates have officially been revealed for the “Nu-Metal Revival” tour. That run will feature: Saliva, Powerman 5000, Adema, Flaw, and Andrew W Boss.

Tour Dates:

06/25 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
06/26 Detroit, MI – Harpos
06/27 Heath, OH – Muddy Creek Saloon
06/28 West Chicago, IL – WC Social
07/02 Lincoln, NE – The Royal Grove
07/03 Sioux City, IA – Hard Rock Casino
07/08 San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
07/09 Dallas, TX – Trees
07/10 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
07/11 Tulsa, OK – IDL Ballroom
07/14 Reading, PA – Reverb
07/16 New Bedford, MA – The Vault
07/17 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
07/18 Poland, NY – Maximum Power Park
07/19 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
07/21 Buffalo, NY – The Showplace Theater
07/22 Warrendale, PA – Jergels
07/23 Charleston, WV – Rock City
07/24 Big Flats, NY – Tags Summer Stage
07/25 Lenox, MA – Berkshirestock Fest
07/26 Laconia, NH – Granite State Music Hall

Attila, Butcher Babies, Upon A Burning Body, Etc. Set For 2020 Metal In The Mountains Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Metal In The Mountains festival. The event will take place in Pipestem, WV on June 5-7 and the daily lineups can be found below:

June 5: Attila, Lethal Injektion, Monochromatic Black, Snipers Of Babel, Seasons, Mettal Maffia, Famz And The Hooliganz, Pigweed, Cultus Black, Hollywood Nightmare, Sepsiss, Blud Red Roses, Sever The Wicked, Farmacy, Artusha, and A New Days Fall.

June 6: Butcher Babies, For The Fallen Dreams, Before The Silence, In The Red, White Collar Sideshow, Krashkarma, Monster Dolls, After Silence, Carnivora, Black Satellite, Kranium, Dead By Wednesday, Blackwater Drowning, Dramascream, Defending Cain, Of Virtue, Aittala, and Outsider Heart.

June 7: Upon A Burning Body, Sons Of Texas, Flaw, Sunflower Dead, 3 Years Hollow, Dawn Of The Rising, Wor, Nocion, Love The Hate, Anything But Human, Zero Theorem, Dose, Out Of Darkness, Burdens Within, and Transcendence.

Tommy Gibbons (Ex-Flaw) Joins Farewell To Fear As Their Touring Guitarist

Tommy Gibbons has joined Farewell To Fear as their touring guitarist. This news comes after he previously said that he was stepping away from music after being fired from Flaw due to plagiarism allegations.

Gibbons commented:

“Well there you guys go…..a lot of you wanted me back!!!! So here I’M BACK!!!!!!! I want to thank you guys for all the support and love you have showed me…..I guess we’ll just see what happens…….”

Farewell To Fear added:

“*ANNOUNCEMENT* all of us from FAREWELL TO FEAR would like to welcome TOMMY GIBBONS as our TOURING GUITARIST!!!!!! He filled in for us for the Chris Jericho Cruise so let’s welcome Tommy and let’s see what the future holds!!!!!! More updates coming soon!!!!! Thank you all for the continued support”

[via The PRP]

Flaw & Gabriel And The Apocalypse Announce Early 2020 Tour

Flaw and Gabriel And The Apocalypse have announced an early 2020 tour. Jump The Fall and 14 North will open on select dates.

Tour Dates:

02/12 Rockford, IL – The District (with Jump The Fall)
02/13 Bradley, IL – Looney Bin (with Jump The Fall)
02/14 Janesville, WI – The Backbar (with Jump The Fall)
02/15 Akron, OH – Empire Concert Club (with Jump The Fall)
02/16 Toledo, OH – Civic Music Hall (with Jump The Fall)
02/18 Harrisburg, PA – HMAC (with Jump The Fall)
02/19 Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater (with Jump The Fall)
02/20 Scranton, PA – Stage West (with Jump The Fall)
02/21 Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall (with Jump The Fall)
02/22 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground (with Jump The Fall)
02/23 Clitfon, NJ – Dingbatz (with Jump The Fall)
02/25 Amityville, NY – Revolution Music Hall (with 14 North)
02/26 Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy (with 14 North)
02/27 Chesapeake, VA – Riffhouse Pub (with 14 North)
02/28 Baltimore, MD – Angel’s Rock Bar (with 14 North)
02/29 Pipestem, WV – Pipestem Event Center (with 14 North)
03/01 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southen (with 14 North)
03/03 Knoxville, TN – The Concourse (with 14 North)
03/05 Tallahassee, FL – The Warrior (with 14 North)
03/06 Tampa, FL – Brass Mug (with 14 North)
03/07 Sanford, FL – West End Trading Center (with 14 North)
03/08 Jacksonville, FL – Nighthawks (with 14 North)
03/10 New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
03/12 Burlington, IA – The Washington
03/13 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
03/14 Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s Live Music