The Bombpops Cancel Most Of Their U.S. Tour

The Bombpops have cancelled most of the dates on their upcoming U.S. tour “due to a close family member’s health issue.” Despite this, several headlining shows and two festival dates will proceed as planned.

Jen Razavi issued the following statement:

“Friends. Jen Pop here. I’m sorry to share that The Bombpops will not be able to embark on our headlining tour next month. Being in a van for six weeks is impossible due to a close family member’s health issue. I need to stay close to home and keep trips short to assist my family for the time being.

We will keep the two dates at the beginning of the tour because they are local, as well as the LA at the end. Additionally, we will be playing Riot Fest and Four Chords because we can fly in.

Thank you for your support and understanding while I support my family.”

Here’s the band’s remaining dates:

08/17 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction (with The Last Gang)
08/18 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar (with The Last Gang)
09/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Four Chords Fest
09/18 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
09/25 Los Angeles, CA – Moroccan Lounge (with The Last Gang)

The Bombpops Announce U.S. Tour With The Last Gang

The Bombpops have announced a headlining U.S. tour. The Last Gang will open.

Tour Dates:

08/17 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
08/19 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
08/20 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
08/21 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
08/23 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street
08/24 Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
08/25 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
08/26 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Underground
08/27 Corpus Christi, TX – House Of Rock
08/28 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
08/30 Orlando, FL – The Abbey
08/31 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
09/01 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Purgatory
09/02 Durham, NC – Motorco
09/03 Washington DC – Songbyrd
09/04 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
09/06 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
09/07 Boston, MA – Crystal Ballroom
09/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Four Chord Music Festival (no The Last Gang)
09/11 Cleveland, OH – Templelive Cleveland
09/13 Colombus, OH – Ace Of Cups
09/14 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
09/18 Chicago IL – Riot Fest (no The Last Gang)
09/20 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
09/21 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
09/22 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
09/24 Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
09/25 Los Angeles, CA – Moroccan Lounge

My Chemical Romance, Misfits, Nine Inch Nails, Etc. Set For 2022 Riot Fest

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s Riot Fest. The event will take place at Douglass Park in Chicago, IL on September 16-18 and it will feature the following:

September 16: My Chemical Romance, Alkaline Trio, Portugal. The Man, Bleachers, Placebo, Descendents, Rocket From The Crypt, The Wonder Years, Jeff Rosenstock, Anberlin, Less Than Jake, Lagwagon, Lucky Boys Confusion, Hot Mulligan, Foxy Shazam, Boston Manor, Sincere Engineer, Pale Waves, Cloud Nothings, LD Dunes, Carolesdaughter, Destroy Boys, Aviva, Bob Vylan, Holy Fawn, Algiers, Wargasm (UK), Cliffdiver, and Sitting On Stacy.

September 17: Misfits (performing “Walk Among Us“), Yellowcard, Bauhaus, Sunny Day Real Estate, Bad Religion, Yungblud, The Story So Far, The Front Bottoms, The Menzingers, Alexisonfire, Movements, Jxdn, The Get Up Kids, GWAR, 7 Seconds, Madball, Fear, Bully, The Joy Formidable, Together Pangea, Poorstacy, Mannequin Pussy, War On Women, Charlotte Sands, Jake Hill, Bridge City Sinners, Thick, Skating Polly, No Trigger, and Surfbort.

September 18: Nine Inch Nails, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ice Cube, Sleater-Kinney, Jimmy Eat World, The Academy Is…, Action Bronson, Lunachicks, The Maine, Midtown, Pvris, Jawbox, Alice Glass, The Linda Lindas, Mom Jeans, Real Friends, The Juliana Theory, Josh A, Renforshort, Joey Valence & Brae, Weathers, Kid Sister, Save Face, The Bombpops, Treaty Of Paris, Concrete Castles, Chastity, Moon Kissed, and Night Spice.

Bad Religion, Descendents, Pennywise, Etc. Set For 2022 Four Chord Music Festival

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s Four Chord Music Festival. The event will take place at Wild Things Park in Pittsburgh, PA on September 9-10 and it will feature the following:

September 9: Bad Religion, Descendents, Pennywise, Silverstein, The Amity Affliction, Story Of The Year, Lagwagon, H2O, I Am The Avalanche, Destroy Boys, The Bombpops, Surfbort, Keep Flying, Summer Years, and Don’t Panic.

September 10: All Time Low, Jimmy Eat World, The Story So Far, The Starting Line, The Maine, Mom Jeans, Games We Play, Eternal Boy, Angel Du$t, Patent Pending, Cherie Amour, and Look Out Loretta.

Dropkick Murphys Announce 2022 “St. Patrick’s Day” Tour With The Bombpops & The Rumjacks

Dropkick Murphys have announced the dates for their 2022 “St. Patrick’s Day” tour. The Bombpops and The Rumjacks will serve as support. Pennywise’s Jim Lindberg will also perform during the trek’s closing date in Boston, MA.

Tour Dates:

02/21 Reading, PA – Santander Arena
02/22 Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
02/24 Cleveland, OH – TempleLive Cleveland
02/25 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
02/26 Chicago, IL – Radius
02/27 Madison, WI – The Sylvee
03/01 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
03/02 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
03/03 New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre
03/04 Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
03/06 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
03/07 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
03/08 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
03/10 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
03/11 Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
03/12 Washington, D.C. – Shamrockfest at RFK Festival Grounds (Dropkick Murphys only)
03/14 Albany, NY – Albany Capitol Center
03/15 Portland, ME – State Theatre
03/17 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
03/18 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
03/19 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
03/20 Boston, MA – Roadrunner (with Jim Lindberg) (no The Bombpops)

Poli van Dam To Miss The Bombpops’ Upcoming Tour

Poli van Dam has revealed that she will be missing the band’s upcoming tour with Bayside, Senses Fail, and Hawthorne Heights. Remmington will be filling in.

Poli van Dam issued the following statement:

“Hey, what’s up? It’s me, Poli. I have an announcement to make about the upcoming Bombpops tour with Bayside, Hawthorne Heights, and Senses Fail. Unfortunately, I will not be joining my band on this one.

In February of this year, I found out that there was going to be another BabyPop on the way, in May I miscarried. To say that this was physically and emotionally exhausting is an understatement, but it made me realize that right now I need to focus on my health and my family.

Being a Type 1 Diabetic, I’ve put my health on the backburner perhaps too often, there aren’t any regrets, but it has become clear that I need to see this through. Life on the road is grueling to say the least and I’ve had my fair share of close calls – seizures, ambulances, hospitals, oh my!

But without further ado, I’m so stoked to announce that the one and only Remmington ( @rmmngtn )will be stepping in for me on these shows and the band is going to crush it out there. They have all my support and well wishes 100%, I’m grateful they are willing to all go out there and keep our songs alive.

Thank you to everybody who has supported the band and my family throughout this journey and there’s nothing but more epicness to come. See you all soon! Xoxo Poli van D”

Here’s the dates for the aforementioned tour:

08/28 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
08/29 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
08/30 Atlanta, GA – Heaven at The Masquerade
09/01 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
09/02 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
09/03 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
09/04 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
09/05 Boston, MA – House of Blues
09/07 New York, NY – Terminal 5
09/08 Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Riverworks
09/10 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater & Ballroom
09/11 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
09/12 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
09/14 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
09/15 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
09/17 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
09/21 Dallas, TX – GMBG
09/22 Austin, TX – Emo’s
09/24 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
09/25 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
09/26 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
09/28 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
09/29 Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
10/01 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
10/02 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
10/04 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
10/05 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre

Mr. Bungle, Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, Etc. Announce Late Night Riot Fest Aftershows

Several late night afterparty shows have booked around the Riot Fest in Chicago, IL. Those concerts include:

09/17 Chicago, IL – Radius (feat. Mr. Bungle)
09/18 Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge (feat. Thursday)
09/18 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club (feat. The Sounds)
09/18 Chicago, IL – Radius (feat. New Found Glory, Simple Plan, & LØLØ)
09/18 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre (feat. Too Many Zooz & Big Freedia)
09/18 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge (feat. Dinosaur Jr. & Ryley Walker)
09/19 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall (feat. Bayside, Senses Fail, Hawthorne Heights, & The Bombpops)
09/19 Chicago, IL – Metro (feat. Taking Back Sunday)

Metal Anarchy’s Top Albums Of 2020

I have put together a list of my top 15 albums of 2020. 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 the albums that I enjoyed the most this year:

15. AC/DC – “Power Up”

“Power Up” has everything one would expect from an AC/DC album. The record contains nothing but the kind of high octane rock and roll that the legendary group are known for. Some highlights from this one include “Demon Fire,” “Through The Mists Of Time,” and “Kick You When You’re Down.”

14. The Amity Affliction – “Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them”

“Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them” finds The Amity Affliction returning to their heavier roots. The effort still has its poppier elements, but it is much closer to the sound that fans want to hear from the band. Some highlights from this one include “All My Friends Are Dead,” “Soak Me In Bleach,” and “Baltimore Rain.”

13. Deftones – “Ohms”

Deftones’ latest album “Ohms” contains some of their best material to date. The record features heavy and cathartic tracks that are on display within a soundscape that seems to draw on all of the band’s influences. Some highlights from this one include the title track, “This Link Is Dead,” and “The Spell Of Mathematics.”

12. Killer Be Killed – “Reluctant Hero”

Ever since Killer Be Killed (Mastodon, Soulfly, The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) entered the scene with their self-titled album in 2014, fans have be clamoring for more music and they finally got it in the form of “Reluctant Hero.” The effort took the sound that worked on their first record and refined it to create something that managed to exceed everyone’s expectations. Highlights from this one include “From A Crowded Wound,” “Left Of Center,” and “Dead Limbs.”

11. The Bombpops – “Death In Venice Beach”

If you’re a fan of pop punk, then The Bombpops’ “Death In Venice Beach” is a must have. The album is chock full of contagious, high energy music that is topped off with dark lyrical content. Some highlights from this one include “Double Arrows Down,” “Blood Pact,” and “Zero Remorse.”

10. Green Day – “Father Of All Motherfuckers”

Green Day’s “Father Of All Motherfuckers” is different than what fans might have expected from the band, but in retrospect it ended being the kind of carefree album everyone needed in a year like 2020. The music is extremely catchy with an old-school rock vibe that just makes you want to move and sing along. Some highlights from this one include “Oh Yeah!,” “Stab You In The Heart,” and “Fire, Ready, Aim.”

09. Seether – “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”

“Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” is Seether at their best. The record is heavy and anthemic with the kind of amazing lyrics that one would expect from the band. Some highlights from this one include “Beg,” “Bruised and Bloodied,” and “Buried In the Sand.”

08. Ozzy Osbourne – “Ordinary Man”

Ozzy Osbourne had to overcame numerous health issues to release his latest album “Ordinary Man,” but the Prince Of Darkness pulled it off and proved that he is as great as ever. The record maintains the classic feel of the frontman’s previous work while adding a more modern flair that’s bolstered by a star-studded cast of musicians. Highlights from this one include “Under The Graveyard,” “Scary Little Green Men,” and “Straight To Hell.”

07. Code Orange – “Underneath”

Code Orange are continuing to make waves in the metal community with their latest album “Underneath.” The effort builds on the success of “Forever” with industrial and electronic infused hardcore that keeps you mesmerized as you head down a chaotic, horror tinged path. Some highlights from this one include “Swallowing The Rabbit Whole,” “Sulfur Surrounding,” and “Last Ones Left.”

06. The Black Dahlia Murder – “Verminous”

The Black Dahlia Murder never disappoint and “Verminous” is no exception. The album is nothing but brutal, contagious, melodic death metal that you can’t help but blast at ear shattering volumes. Some highlights from this one include the title track, “Sunless Empire,” and “The Wereworm’s Feast.”

05. Poppy – “I Disagree”

With “I Disagree”, Poppy moved even further away from bubblegum pop into the metal territory. The diverse album combines elements of industrial and nu metal with elements of pop and EDM to create a post-genre record filled with compelling tracks. Some highlights from this one include the title track, “Concrete,” and “Bloodmoney.”

04. Lamb Of God – “Lamb Of God”

Lamb Of God’s self-titled album is pure, unadulterated metal from a band that have been killing it for nearly three decades. It’s full of the kind of pummeling tracks that one would expect from the group and it is definitely worthy of the name “Lamb Of God.” Some highlights from this one include “Reality Bath,” “Resurrection Man,” and “On The Hook.”

03. Trivium – “What The Dead Men Say”

Trivium’s “What The Dead Men Say” feels like a culmination of all their past work and it shows why the band continue stay on top of the metal world. The effort is full of heavy tracks with big choruses that keep you rocking the whole way through. Some highlights from this one include “Catastrophist,” “Bleed Into Me,” and “Scattering The Ashes.”

02. Bring Me The Horizon – “Post Human: Survival Horror”

Bring Me The Horizon’s latest release “Post Human: Survival Horror” finds the band returning to heavier music, while still continuing to evolve. The record is infectious from beginning to end and the collaborations with Amy Lee (Evanescence), BABYMETAL, Yungblud, and Nova Twins make it even better. Some highlights from this one include “Kingslayer,” “Teardrops,” and “Obey.”

01. Corey Taylor – “CMFT”

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor officially stepped out on his own this year with the release of “CMFT.” The album has a fun party vibe and it runs the gamut from rock to country to punk to hip-hop, making it so there’s a little something for everyone. Some highlights from this one include “HWY 666,” “Culture Head,” and “CMFT Must Be Stopped.”

The Bombpops Premiere “Double Arrows Down” Music Video

The Bombpops have premiered a new video for their new song “Double Arrows Down” via AltPress. This track is from the band’s new album “Death In Venice Beach,” which will be released on March 13. Poli Van Dam commented:

“‘Double Arrows Down’” is a song I had wanted to write for a while, but it’s always been so difficult to really face it and hit the nail on the head. Diabetes is a frustrating, relentless disease. I hope fellow diabetics or anybody going through a rough circumstance can relate. We all want to give up sometimes, and I think that’s OK to admit.”