Sunflower Dead Joined By Former Fear Factory & Starset Members, Announce New Album

Sunflower Dead have signed a new deal with David Ellefson‘s (Megadeth) EMP Label Group and are planning to release their new album “C O M A” on October 19. With this news, the group have also announced the addition of Christian Olde Wolbers of (Powerflo/ex-Fear Factory) and Brian “Brett’ Weir“ (ex-Starset) to their lineup. Furthermore, the band will no longer be wearing makeup as they have done in the past.

Vocalist Michael Del Pizzo commented:

“Though we are extremely proud of what we have accomplished on our own with the more theatrical version of the band, SFD has grown considerably. The entire process of writing and recording this album was fueled by a sense of aggression unlike anything in our previous output. It was clear to everyone involved that this was the moment to strip off the makeup, sign with a label and let the music speak for itself. So we did. And when it came down to it, EMP was definitely the right place.”

“We have known Thom [Hazaert] forever. He actually helped launch SFD’s first album and got us our first national tour back in 2012. Combine that with having David Ellefson on our side, and this was an easy decision.”

Guitarist Jaboo added:

“The music on C O M A is more focused, vicious and emotionally dialed in than any of our previous work. This record is like the rebirth of the band similar to what Christopher Nolan did with the Batman saga. That rebirth is that much stronger with the addition of Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory, Poweflo) on bass and Brian “Brett” Weir (Downplay, Starset) on drums.”

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Billy Graziadei (Biohazard, Powerflo) To Launch New Solo Band BillyBio

Billy Graziadei (Biohazard, Powerflo) has revealed that he is working on a new solo project called BillyBio. Graziadei said the following about that:

“I’m psyched to release my new music this fall as BillyBio. Launching the band in Europe on tour with my family in Life Of Agony couldn’t get any better! We shared childhood memories and grew up more in our teens, seen hard times and broken dreams and we are all still doing what we love…. that’s what it’s all about… I can’t wait to take this on the road! More news to follow on the release.”

Tour Dates (with Life Of Agony):

10/12 Papenburg, GER – Kesselschmiede
10/13 Dusseldorf, GER – Zakk
10/14 Leeuwarden, NET – Nueshoorn
10/16 Aschaffenburg, GER – Colos-saal
10/21 Salzburg, AUT – Rockhouse
10/23 Budapest, HUN – A38
10/24 Zagreb, CRO – Culture Factory
10/26 Ljubljana, SLO – Kino Siska
10/27 Pinarella Di Cervia, ITA – Rock Planet
10/28 Munich, GER – Technikum
10/30 Sint-Niklaas, BEL – De Casino
10/31 Leige, BEL – Reflektor

[via The PRP]

Listen To Powerflo’s (Cypress Hill, Ex-Fear Factory, Etc.) Cover Of Bob Marley’s “Get Up Stand Up”

Powerflo (Cypress Hill, Ex-Fear Factory, etc.) have released a new EP titled “Bring That Shit Back!.” In addition to the new title track and various remixes of “Where I Stay” and The Grind,” the effort also features a cover of Bob Marley‘s “Get Up Stand Up.” You can check that out below:

Powerflo (Cypress Hill, Ex-Fear Factory, Etc.) Premiere Animated Video For “The Grind”

Powerflo (Cypress Hill, ex-Fear Factory, etc.) have premiered an animated video for “The Grind” off their their self-titled debut album. You can check that out below. In other news, the band will also be releasing a new EP titled “Bring That Shit Back!” on June 1.

Powerflo Added To Life Of Agony’s West Coast Tour

Powerflo (Cypress Hill, Biohazard, etc.) have been added to Life Of Agony’s West Coast tour. Here’s the dates:

05/16 Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go-Go
05/18 Anaheim, CA – Parish at House of Blues
05/19 Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar (no Powerflo)
05/20 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red (no Powerflo)
05/22 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

Life Of Agony’s full schedule can be found HERE.

21 Bands Added To UK Download Festival

21 more bands have been added to the 2018 UK Download Festival. With this news, it was also revealed that a WWE NXT event will be held at the festival as well. The Download Festival will take place at Donington Park, UK on June 8-10, and it will now include all of the following: Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Stone Cherry, Marilyn Manson, Volbeat, Thunder, Shinedown, Avatar, Black Veil Brides, Boston Manor, Cradle Of Filth, DragonForce, Hatebreed, In This Moment, Inglorious, Marmozets, Monster Truck, The Pink Slips, The Struts, The Temperance Movement, Whiskey Myers, You Me At Six, Parkway Drive, Rise Against, Hell Is For Heroes, BABYMETAL, Alexisonfire, Asking Alexandria, Andrew W.K., Body Count, Bury Tomorrow, CKY, Corrosion Of Conformity, Culture Abuse, Dead Cross, Greta Van Fleet, Jonathan Davis, Kreator, L7, Lawnmower Deth, Meshuggah, Miss May I, Nothing More, Powerflo, Starcrawler, Thrice, Turbonegro, Bad Religion, Neck Deep, The Hives, A, Being As An Ocean, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Black Foxxes, Cancer Bats, Ded, Dream State, Ecca Vandal, Employed To Serve, Jamie Lenman, Less Than Jake, Mayday Parade, Milk Teeth, Puppy, Rolo Tomassi, Stick To Your Guns, Stray From The Path, Tigress, The Bottom Line, The Bronx, The Faim, The Maine, Woes, WSTR, TesseracT, Thy Art Is Murder, Baroness, All Them Witches, Anchor Lane, Blessthefall, Cellar Darling, Death Blooms, Emmure, Gold Key, Helpless, Higher Power, Igorrr, Knocked Loose, Koyo, Loathe, Malevolence, Myke Gray, Myrkur, No Hot Ashes, Plini, Savage Messiah, SHVPES, Sleep Token, Sun Arcana, The Hyena Kill, Von Hertzen Brothers, Wayward Sons, and Zeal & Ardor.

Interview: Prong’s Tommy Victor Talks “Zero Days”, Upcoming Touring, & More

I was recently given the chance to interview Prong’s Tommy Victor about the band’s latest album “Zero Days,” their upcoming touring, and more. You can check out that chat below.

METAL ANARCHY: Your latest album “Zero Days” has been out for over seven months now. How has the reception been?

VICTOR: I must say, absolutely fantastic. Reviews were great. We have toured for the record in Europe and I know fans over there were real happy with it. That’s from talking to people and the response we were getting from playing “Divide And Conquer” at the shows. It’s still a new record really. We haven’t toured for it in North America. And now we are going to be, and playing more songs from it adding “However It May End” and “ Forced Into Tolerance.“ The latter we shot our first video for “Zero Days” and it will be released very shortly.

METAL ANARCHY: Counting the “Songs from the Black Hole” covers album, you have released a new album every year from 2014 – 2017. How do you keep the momentum going after all these years?

VICTOR: You’re missing “Carved Into Stone” which came out in ‘13! And we put out a live record “Unleashed In The West” since then as well . So technically 6 records in 5 years. It’s tough to do if I was alone but the band and myself had a lot of help from Chris Collier and Steve Evetts. Our label has been supportive too. We were able to bash the records out fast. You just have to plan things a bit and keep writing and thinking about ideas. Reading books, looking around to get lyric ideas is important. I have never thought Prong peaked. I always seem to think there’s a couple of good songs left. Now even, I’ve seen things differently than before and changed a few approaches. I’m not saying it’s a barrel of monkeys all the time, but I think it’s worth it. We can have this large legacy of records. I think that’s cool.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning on releasing even more new material this year?

VICTOR: Yes. We are most likely going to release a couple of singles. The full length will be out January 2019. I have about ten songs sort of written. That will get whittled down to about three and then we’ll see if any of those make the cut down the line.

METAL ANARCHY: You will soon be kicking off a West Coast tour with Powerflo (Biohazard, Cypress Hill, etc.) towards the end of this month. What can fans expect from those dates?

VICTOR: It’ll be cool because it’ll have this West Coast/ East Coast hardcore vibe to it. There’s this band Cutthroat on it as well who are an LA hardcore band. Also Sifting who are opening, I think they’re more metal. I expect the shows to be high energy!

METAL ANARCHY: You also have a co-headlining tour with Helmet scheduled for May. What would you like to say about that run?

VICTOR: It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for awhile. It makes a lot of sense pairing the bands. We come from the same place, NY’s Lower East Side, at around the same time. People have said we both were instrumental in starting an alternative metal genre. We both took a lot chances and rolled the dice a lot but really remained street in a lot of ways. It’s two legacy bands together but I think we both remain relevant today. Should be good!

METAL ANARCHY: What will the setlists look like for these two tours?

VICTOR: We mix it up of course. There’s a lot of material to choose from but we center around the obvious crowd pleasers. We do new Prong songs but play most of the video songs, you know the “hits”.

METAL ANARCHY: Aside from these treks, what other plans do you have for the rest of the year?

VICTOR: We’re going to cut the new songs at some point. But we have a short European run booked and a metal cruise. We did all the festivals over there last year so only one this year. It’s pretty booked up for 2018!