The L.I.F.E. Project, Plush, & Thunderpussy Added To Alice In Chains, Breaking Benjamin, & Bush’s U.S. Tour

Alice In Chains, Breaking Benjamin, and Bush have revealed the opening acts that will be joining them on select dates of their upcoming U.S. tour. They include: The L.I.F.E. Project, Thunderpussy, and Plush.

Tour Dates:

With The L.I.F.E. Project:

08/10 Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
08/11 Camden, NJ – Waterfront Music Pavilion
08/13 Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
08/14 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
08/16 Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
08/17 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
08/19 Bonner Springs, KS – Azura Amphitheater
08/20 Council Bluffs, IA – Westfair Amphitheater
08/22 Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater
08/24 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/25 St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair Ground Grandstand
08/27 Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

With Thunderpussy:

08/29 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
08/31 Bend, OR – Hayden Homes Amphitheater
09/02 Ridgefield, WA – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
09/03 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre (‘Pain In The Grass‘)
09/05 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/07 Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
09/08 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
09/10 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
09/11 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
09/14 Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
09/16 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion (no Bush)
09/17 Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman (no Bush)

With Plush:

09/20 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
09/21 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/23 Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort (no Breaking Benjamin)
09/25 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life (Alice In Chains only)
09/27 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
09/28 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
09/30 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
10/01 West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/04 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
10/05 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
10/07 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
10/08 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

Plush Premiere “Will Not Win” Music Video

Plush have premiered a new video for their song “Will Not Win.” This track is from the band’s self-titled debut album, which was released last year.

Each member of the band commented:

Vocalist Moriah Formica:

“So excited for everyone to see our new music video for ‘Will Not Win.’ It’s one of my favorites off the album and I think this video really captures the energy of when we play this song live!”

Bassist Ashley Suppa:

“This video was a lot of fun to shoot because it captured us at a time that felt the most natural. There is nothing that compares to the energy of a live audience, whether you’re a part of it or in front of it!”

Guitarist Bella Perron:

“The video was filmed while we were opening for Sevendust on the Coun7down to 2022 mini tour and gives more of a behind the scenes look into our adventures on the road. I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!”

Drummer Brooke Colucci:

“‘Will Not Win’ is hands down my favorite song on the album and my favorite song to play live. I truly feel like this video captures that and it shows us as our most natural selves while we are out on the road!”

KISS To Be Joined By Black Label Society, Dokken, Etc. At “KISS Kruise XI”

KISS have revealed the artists that will be joining them on “KISS Kruise XI.” That ship will set sail from Los Angeles, CA to Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico on October 24-29 and on October 29 – November 3. Here’s the lineups:

Week 1: KISS, Dokken / George Lynch, Warrant, L.A. Guns, Bruce Kulick, All Hands on Deck Super Jam featuring Lita Ford and Friends, George Lynch & The Electric Freedom, Heart By Heart, The Big Deal, and Baron.

Week 2: KISS, Black Label Society, Buckcherry, Bruce Kulick, All Hands on Deck Super Jam featuring Sebastian Bach and Friends, Stryper, Vixen, Plush, The Wild Things, and Micky James.

Muse To Replace Foo Fighters At 2022 Aftershock Festival

Muse have been added to this year’s Aftershock festival. The band will be replacing Foo Fighters, who cancelled all of their shows following the tragic death of their drummer Taylor Hawkins. The festival will take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 6-9 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

October 6: Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Evanescence, Stone Temple Pilots, Killswitch Engage, Bad Religion, Ghostemane, Nothing More, Ice Nine Kills, Alexisonfire, Code Orange, Fever 333, Crown The Empire, Amigo The Devil, Ho99o9, Poorstacy, New Years Day, Cherry Bombs, Vended, If I Die First, Solence, Superbloom, and Bloodywood.

October 7: KISS, Judas Priest, Lamb Of God, Chevelle, Falling In Reverse, Meshuggah, Bullet For My Valentine, Clutch, Motionless In White, Spiritbox, GWAR, Jinjer, Apocalyptica, Helmet, Jeris Johnson, Plush, Crossfaith, Nita Strauss, Against The Current, Wargasm, Mike’s Dead, Nemophila, Orbit Culture, and Archetypes Collide.

October 8: My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach, A Day To Remember, Halestorm, Yungblud, The Distillers, Theory Of A Deadman, Beartooth, City Morgue, Thursday, Enter Shikari, Thrice, The Chats, Airbourne, Lilith Czar, Zeal & Ardor, Taipei Houston, Point North, Trash Boat, Dead Poet Society, Mothica, Ego Kill Talent, and Crooked Teeth.

October 9: Muse, Shinedown, Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Action Bronson, The Pretty Reckless, The Interrupters, The Struts, Underoath, Jelly Roll, Dirty Honey, Zakk Sabbath, Bayside, Dead Sara, Royal & The Serpent, Carolesdaughter, The Warning, Maggie Lindemann, Band-Maid, The Mysterines, Eva Under Fire, The Alive, and Jared James Nichols.

Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slipknot, Etc. Set For 2022 Louder Than Life Festival

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s Louder Than Life festival. The event will take place at the Highland Festival Grounds at Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, KY on September 22-25 and it will feature the following:

September 22: Nine Inch Nails, Evanescence, Bring Me The Horizon, Halestorm, Tenacious D, Yungblud, Highly Suspect, Ministry, Nothing More, Baroness, Spiritbox, Apocalyptica, Dorothy, Don Broco, New Years Day, Lilith Czar, Plush, Maggie Lindemann, Taipei Houston, Oxymorrons, The Dead Deads, Mothica, Superbloom, and Eva Under Fire.

September 23: Slipknot, Shinedown, Lamb Of God, Mastodon, In This Moment, Meshuggah, Clutch, Jinjer, GWAR, In Flames, Helmet, Crown The Empire, Poorstacy, Amigo The Devil, DED, All Good Things, Vended, Mike’s Dead, If I Die First, Orbit Culture, The Luka State, Ego Kill Talent, The Native Howl, and Archetypes Collide.

September 24: KISS, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Chevelle, Ghostemane, Jerry Cantrell, Dance Gavin Dance, Body Count, Theory Of A Deadman, Sevendust, Mammoth WVH, We Came As Romans, Airbourne, Cherry Bombs, Ill Niño, Tetrarch, Nita Strauss, Against The Current, Wargasm, Trash Boat, Shaman’s Harvest, Solence, Dropout Kings, and Bloodywood.

September 25: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice In Chains, Incubus, Papa Roach, Architects, The Pretty Reckless, Bad Religion, Action Bronson, Jelly Roll, The Struts, Dirty Honey, Anti-Flag, The Joy Formidable, Bayside, Royal & The Serpent, Carolesdaughter, The Warning, Crown Lands, Radkey, The Mysterines, Aeir, The Alive, and As You Were.

Slipknot, KISS, My Chemical Romance, Foo Fighters, Etc. Set For 2022 Aftershock Festival

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s Aftershock festival. The event will take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 6-9 and it will feature the following daily lineups:

October 6: Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Evanescence, Stone Temple Pilots, Killswitch Engage, Bad Religion, Ghostemane, Nothing More, Ice Nine Kills, Alexisonfire, Code Orange, Fever 333, Crown The Empire, Amigo The Devil, Ho99o9, Poorstacy, New Years Day, Cherry Bombs, Vended, If I Die First, Solence, Superbloom, and Bloodywood.

October 7: KISS, Judas Priest, Lamb Of God, Chevelle, Falling In Reverse, Meshuggah, Bullet For My Valentine, Clutch, Motionless In White, Spiritbox, GWAR, Jinjer, Apocalyptica, Helmet, Jeris Johnson, Plush, Crossfaith, Nita Strauss, Against The Current, Wargasm, Mike’s Dead, Nemophila, Orbit Culture, and Archetypes Collide.

October 8: My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach, A Day To Remember, Halestorm, Yungblud, The Distillers, Theory Of A Deadman, Beartooth, City Morgue, Thursday, Enter Shikari, Thrice, The Chats, Airbourne, Lilith Czar, Zeal & Ardor, Taipei Houston, Point North, Trash Boat, Dead Poet Society, Mothica, Ego Kill Talent, and Crooked Teeth.

October 9: Foo Fighters, Shinedown, Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Action Bronson, The Pretty Reckless, The Interrupters, The Struts, Underoath, Jelly Roll, Dirty Honey, Zakk Sabbath, Bayside, Dead Sara, Royal & The Serpent, Carolesdaughter, The Warning, Maggie Lindemann, Band-Maid, The Mysterines, Eva Under Fire, The Alive, and Jared James Nichols.

Disturbed, The Pretty Reckless, Dirty Honey, Etc. Set For 2022 Lunatic Luau

The lineup has been revealed for the 2022 FM99 WNOR Lunatic Luau festival. The event will take place at Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA on May 20 and it will feature: Disturbed, The Pretty Reckless, Dirty Honey, Bad Wolves, Living Colour, Ayron Jones, Lilith Czar, Plush, Crobot, Magg Dylan, and Dead Friends.

Plush Premiere “Better Off Alone” Music Video

Plush have premiered a new video for their song “Better Off Alone.” This track is from the band’s self-titled debut album, which was released last year.

Each member of the band commented:

Vocalist Moriah Formica:

“‘Better Off Alone’ is a song about realizing what’s best for you and then doing it. I really hope everyone connects with this song and enjoys it!”

Drummer Brooke Colucci:

“I love the musicality of ‘Better Off Alone’! The tom groove during the verses is a lot of fun to play. I’m very excited to play this song live, as I believe the crowd will really be able to get into this song!”

Guitarist Bella Perron:

“I feel ‘Better Off Alone’ represents our chemistry as a band and showcases our vision of empowerment while also highlighting each of our own musical personalities. I hope you all love it as much as we do!”

Bassist Ashley Suppa:

“This song is not only representative of heartbreak and anger, but also the independence of those feelings and the person who is causing you pain. Leaving is never easy but at times it is necessary. These are the moments in which you truly will be ‘Better Off Alone’.”

Rise Against, Coheed And Cambria, Pennywise, Etc. Set For 2022 Ufest

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s edition of 98KUPD‘s Ufest. The event will take place at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ on April 24 and it will feature the following: Rise Against, Coheed And Cambria, Pennywise, Highly Suspect, Atreyu, DED, Plush, and Dropout Kings.

Metal Anarchy’s Top Albums Of 2021

I have put together a list of my top 10 albums of 2021. You can check that out below. This is just for fun and I know I probably left out some of your favorites, but these are all of the albums that I enjoyed the most this year:

10. Jinjer – “Wallflowers”

“Wallflowers” finds Jinjer at the top of their game. It offers fans nothing short of a masterful display of progressive metal through a barrage of aggressive and groove-orientated tracks. Some highlights from this one include: “Vortex,” “Disclosure!,” and “Pearls And Swine.”

09. Plush – “Plush”

The self-titled debut album from Plush proves that rock and roll is alive and well. It’s a record full of rock anthems from a young band, who are sure to make waves in the music world for years to come. Some highlights from this one include: “Athena,” “Hate,” and “Sober.”

08. The Pretty Reckless – “Death By Rock And Roll”

“Death By Rock And Roll” takes the emotional toll of loss and pain and transforms it into pure and cathartic rock music. It continues to show growth from a band who have continuously cranked out high quality material since their inception. Some highlights from this one include: the title track, “Only Love Can Save Me Now,” and “Witches Burn.”

07. Mastodon – “Hushed And Grim”

“Hushed And Grim” is one of Mastodon’s best albums to date. It combines grief-laden lyrics with impeccable musicianship to create a piece of art that takes the listener on a journey. Some highlights from this one include: “Pain With An Anchor,” Teardrinker,” and “Gobblers Of Dregs.”

06. Royal Blood – “Typhoons”

“Typhoons” is what happens when you throw Royal Blood’s infectious rock sound into a disco blender. The material is extremely catchy and you can’t help but move along to it. Some highlights from this one include: “Trouble’s Coming,” the title track, and “Boilermaker.”

05. Every Time I Die – “Radical”

“Radical” is quintessential Every Time I Die. The record fuses heavy and chaotic music with clever lyrics that grab the listener the whole way through. Some highlights from this one include: “Dark Distance,” “Planet Shit,” and “Desperate Pleasures.”

04. Bullet For My Valentine – “Bullet For My Valentine”

Bullet For My Valentine’s new self-titled album takes the most aggressive aspects of the band’s sound and puts them at the forefront to create some of the group’s heaviest material to date. It is a record that is truly worthy of the name “Bullet For My Valentine.” Some highlights from this one include: “Knives,” “Shatter,” and the closer “Death By A Thousand Cuts.”

03. Trivium – “In The Court Of The Dragon”

“In The Court Of The Dragon” takes all of the musical elements of Trivium’s past work and combines them with mythological storytelling to create a record that’s epic as hell. It has everything a metal fan can want and you can’t help but headbang the whole way through. Some highlights from this one include: “The Shadow Of The Abattoir,” “Like A Sword Over Damocles,” and “The Phalanx.”

02. Spiritbox – “Eternal Blue”

“Eternal Blue” is the highly anticipated debut album from Spiritbox and it definitely did not disappoint. It is everything one would want in a record, commanding vocals and passionate lyrics backed by heavy and melodic music. Some highlights from this one include: “Holy Roller,” “Circle With Me,” and “Constance.”

01. Evanescence – “The Bitter Truth”

“The Bitter Truth” is Evanescence’s first album of all new material since 2011 and the band definitely returned with a bang. The record is a hard rock masterpiece that helps the listener uncover light within the darkness as they are guided through the soundscape by Amy Lee’s iconic powerhouse vocals. Some highlights from this one include “Wasted On You,” “Better Without You,” and “Use My Voice.”