Concert Review: Royal Blood & Cleopatrick In Oakland, CA

Yesterday (May 3), I attended Royal Blood and Cleopatrick’s show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA and it was a fun night of pure rock ‘n’ roll.

Cleopatrick opened the concert with a killer set. Singer/guitarist Ian Fraser and drummer Luke Guntz were very energetic as they powered through a variety of songs from their catalog. They really helped set the vibe for the show with a grungy display of alternative rock.

After Cleopatrick finished up, it was time for the headliners of the evening, Royal Blood. The band were firing on all cylinders as they blasted through a catchy set driven by Mike Kerr’s heavy bass riffs and alt-rock vocals and Ben Thatcher’s thunderous drums. The sheer talent of the two musicians was also complimented by touring member Darren James, who contributed keyboards and backing vocals to enhance the dancier material from the band’s latest album “Typhoons.”

In addition to the powerful display of musicianship, the band also had a solid stage production full of flashing lights. The colors and strobe effects helped add to the experience without taking away from the the group’s musical prowess, which served as the main focal point of the show.

As for the setlist, it was mostly composed of songs from their self-titled record and “Typhoons,” with a couple of songs from “How Did We Get So Dark?” thrown in for good measure. The band also performed their latest single “Honeybrains,” much to the delight of the crowd. Everyone sang and a danced to every song, while the band appeared to be having the time of their lives onstage.

All in all, the performance was absolutely phenomenal. Some highlights from the set included: “Boilermaker,” “Trouble’s Coming,” “Blood Hands,” “Figure It Out,” and the epic closer “Out Of The Black.”

Metallica, Green Day, Royal Blood, Lorna Shore, Etc. Set For 2022 Lollapalooza Festival

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s Lollapalooza festival. The event will take place at Grant Park in Chicago, IL on July 28-31 and it will feature several rock/metal artists including: Metallica, Green Day, Royal Blood, Lorna Shore, Turnstile, Idles, Måneskin, and Meet Me @ The Alter. Jane’s Addiction will also serve as “special guests” at the festival. The full lineup can be found in the below poster:

Royal Blood Premiere “Honeybrains” Music Video

Royal Blood have premiered a new video for their new song “Honeybrains.” The band commented:

“‘HONEYBRAINS’ is out now! Instead of sitting on new music, waiting for it to grow old, we thought it’d be fun to let you in on what we’ve been working on over the past few weeks before we head out on our biggest tour so far! It’s as new to us as it is to you. Crank it x”

Motörhead, Bring Me The Horizon, Asking Alexandria, Etc. Songs Featured On “WWE 2K22” Video Game Soundtrack

A number of rock/metal songs are featured on the soundtrack for the new video game “WWE 2K22” (out March 11). The soundtrack was curated by Machine Gun Kelly and it will include the following songs:

01. Machine Gun Kelly – “concert for aliens”
02. Machine Gun Kelly – “body bag” (feat. YUNGBLUD & Bert McCracken)
03. Wu Tang Clan – “Protect Ya Neck”
04. Motörhead – “Iron Fist”
05. Poppy – “Say Cheese” (Live NXT version)
06. Royal Blood – “Typhoons”
07. Bring Me The Horizon – “Happy Song”
08. The Weeknd – “Heartless”
09. Turnstile – “I Don’t Wanna Be Blind”
10. Asking Alexandria – “The Final Episode (Let’s Change the Channel)”
11. KennyHoopla – “Hollywood Sucks”

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.”

Disturbed, The Pretty Reckless, Royal Blood, Etc. Set For 2022 MMRBQ Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2022 MMRBQ festival. The event will take place at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ on May 21 and it will feature the following: Disturbed, The Pretty Reckless, Royal Blood, Living Colour, Low Cut Connie, Crobot, Lilith Czar, and Huxley.

Royal Blood Announce North American Tour With Cleopatrick

Royal Blood have announced a headlining North American tour. Cleopatrick will open.

Tour Dates:

04/18 Toronto, ON – History
04/19 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
04/20 Madison, WI – The Sylvee
04/22 Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
04/23 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
04/25 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
04/27 Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Expo Centre
04/29 Vancouver, BC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
04/30 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
05/01 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
05/03 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
05/07 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
05/08 San Diego, CA – The Observatory, North Park
05/09 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
05/10 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theatre
05/12 Austin, TX – Stubbs Walker Creek
05/13 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
05/14 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
05/16 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
05/17 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
05/19 Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
05/20 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
05/23 New York, NY – Terminal 5
05/24 Boston, MA – House of Blues

Listen To Royal Blood’s Cover Of Metallica’s “Sad But True”

Royal Blood have released their cover of Metallica’s “Sad But True.” This track is from Metallica’s massive “Black Album” tribute album, “The Metallica Blacklist.“ That effort will be released on September 10 alongside a 30th anniversary expanded edition of “The Black Album.”

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Joey Jordison (Ex-Slipknot)

As previously reported, Joey Jordison (ex-Slipknot) has sadly passed away at the age of 46. A number of musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer. You can see some of their posts below:

Slipknot:

Metallica:

Wednesday 13 (Murderdolls):

Kyle Konkiel (Vimic, Bad Wolves)

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Papa Roach:

Matt Heafy (Trivium):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy):

Mark Hunter (Chimaira):

The Agonist:

Sinsaenum:

Rob Zombie:

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down):

Daron Malakian (System Of A Down):

Gary Holt (Exodus):

Mushroomhead:

Pantera:

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall):

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction):

Otep:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer):

Ben Thatcher (Royal Blood):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater):

Richard Shaw (Cradle Of Filth):

Al Jourgensen (Ministry):