Francesco Artusato, Devil You Know (24/1/17)

Just before the doors opened for the Devil You Know show, we got to sit down with Francesco Artusato to talk about the current tour, how the band formed and the certain pressures that come with being a supergroup.

For those who aren’t familiar, how would you describe Devil You Know?

I think that we come from a metalcore kind of sound I guess, but its nothing like your typical metalcore. I wouldn’t consider us metalcore at all, but most interviewers and fans would consider us that. I would consider us just friends who write music together, coming from different backgrounds and having fun.

You are currently on the tail-end of your UK tour, how has the whole experience been so far?

It’s been awesome. It’s been something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time and we couldn’t because things happen, but finally this time we organised it so that we wouldn’t be a support tour and it would just be our tour and that way it would be pretty much our rules. Everything has been going very smooth and the shows have been good too.

What has been the craziest/funniest moments on this tour you’ve experienced?

There’s nothing really crazy as we’re not really crazy in terms of like partying. We’re very mellow people, it’s like for us the past evening after shows are like ‘Hey guys, let’s all watch a movie’ or ‘Let’s all sit down and relax’.  There’s not much drinking and it’s super mellow. We’ve all been doing this for a long time and nobody ever feels like on tour we have to party everynight, so..

It has also been over a year since you guys released ‘They Bleed Red’. How do you feel the success has gone from that date of release to the present day?

Everything went really well! It was kinda weird because the record released first in Europe whilst we were on tour in Europe and for a band like us, it would probably make for sense for us to release it whilst we were on tour in the States, but we had that big tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach and we thought it would be a perfect time to release the record and since then, we’ve had great responses.

For almost a year and a half, we’ve had songs in the states get in rotation on radio stations such as  Sirius XM and others, which is really great because sometimes the power of radio is a great tool because you’ll get people who come to the shows who know those songs. They might not be familiar with the rest but the songs they know they love because they heard them on the radio, which is something I never experienced with my previous band.

What would you say is your favourite song off that release?

I think the song that, for me is the most fun to play live, is ‘Consume The Damned’ which is our first song on the record but for me, my favourite song in terms of writing and what it meant for all of us in the studio is ‘Let The Pain Take Hold’ and that for me is one of my favourites.

On that release you also covered ‘Eye Of The Tiger’, what was the choice behind doing that song?

That was towards the end where we were all thinking ‘It would be fun to do a silly cover’ because that’s who we are as people is that we like to have a good time and.. it was in fact our manager who suggested doing that song, so it just happened that way. He emailed me saying ‘I think we should try that’ so I did, I wrote the instrumental demo and sent it to the guys and they were like ‘Wow, thats actually pretty cool’ and we sent it to our producer who loved it and said we have to do it so, it happened that way.

How did all of you guys get together to form Devil You Know?

It started with the original drummer and I, we started out as friends in the LA area. We had previous bands, we were playing together and every once in a while we would jam together and write some songs. We worked on demos and decided it would be nice to get in touch with a singer and the first person we got in touch with was Howard. I thought that Howard’s voice would be amazing and we knew that he wasn’t on tour or anything, he was pretty much done with music from what we had heard. Plus, I was with my previous band (All Shall Perish) so I wasn’t thinking this would be more than just a fun side project and then we got in touch, he flew over and the rest is history..

What was the mindset of what you all wanted to achieve from this band?

When we started, it was just ‘Lets have fun and write music that just comes from us’ and not matter too much. Previously writing with ASP, the band had been around for almost 10 years and there’s a sound that you follow with from the previous records, but with this project it was fresh and I am the one writing the harmonies and chords for the record. It’s complete freedom, that was the coolest part and to me that was the goal, was to put together music that would be so free. When this project became more serious and then with the second record, it turned to becoming my main and to take it as far as possible.

Did you think there was any pressure from fans to create something that they have probably heard before from these projects and if so, why do you think that is?

Yeah, we all knew there was going to be, especially from a guy like Howard who everyone is used to hearing what sound he has, but for us it was to not worry about. Even though we had people at the label and managers saying stuff like ‘Let’s think of what they’re expecting / Let’s try and make everyone happy’ and for us, the whole point of this was to do what we want to do and that’s kind of like the mantra even more now is to do things that make us happy.

What would you like to achieve in the next DYK record, if you guys plan to record/release a new record?

Yes, we have starting writing music for the new record. I think overall, we want to do something that is very groovy, catchy and still heavy. For me writing wise, it’s kind of more simplifying certain things, but just trying to write good songs that are also good live.

If you released a tour split with the bands on this current tour and only had one song from each artist on it, what would the songs be?

Like a song from each band? Im afraid I don’t really know any.. I don’t really know the titles of our songs! Like, I know the ones that we have on the setlist but if you were to come up and ask me ‘What is song 8 on the first record?’ I would have no idea! But, I don’t know, Wearing Scars have a song called ‘Butterfly’ which is cool and the vocals are really awesome. Brutai have a couple of music videos which I know, and those are the songs I kinda like. Oni, I really like their last song on their set ‘Coast To Coast

If you could relate your band to one TV show, what would it be and why?

Hmm… I don’t really know, I mean we all like watching TV shows but theres none I would really associate with DYK. I still think that Breaking Bad is probably one of the best TV shows ever though.

What can we expect from Devil You Know in 2017?

Right now, this is the last tour of this album cycle. After this it’s just to write, write, write and record and put out an album hopefully this year and hopefully head out on tour as well. Right now, there is no planning anything other than just write music.

Any final words to your fans?

This UK run has been awesome so just thank you for the support and the love, we will definitely be back again for sure!

Enime Release Their New Single “Selling Fear”

For fans of Exodus, Megadeth and Anthrax combined with the newer sounds of a band like Killswitch Engage come Enime with their new single Selling Fear a track about how the government and media use fear as a tactic to keep the general population in check.

The video is available to be viewed now.

The band has been described as producing quite a heavy style of music but one that is also clean and melodic. The band are also inspired by real events around us and therefore are extremely easy to connect to on a personal level.

Enime’s debut album Demon Inside can be bought on iTunes, the band’s website and Amazon.

Enime’s Demon Inside can also be listened to now via Spotify.

All Else Fails Launch Crowdfunding For Their New Album “The Forever Lie”

For fans of; Killswitch Engage, In Flames, Alexis On Fire, Cancer Bats and Five Finger Death Punch comes All Else Fails with their new album The Forever Lie. 

This follows up from the groups 2013 EP Fucktropolis which garnered them wins at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards and Edmonton Awards.

Frontman Barrett Klesko stated: “Almost 4 years ago we released a little EP called “Fucktropolis” that exceeded all our expectations. It’s been a long time following up with a new album, but we finally have the new songs ready to go, and we are about to unleash “The Forever Lie”. We’re extremely excited about it and can’t wait to let you all in on it!”

Completing the tracking, mixing and artwork on the album has become problematic with All Else Fails needing additional funding. The pre-release date is scheduled for December 2016 with the full album release set for late winter 2016/early spring 2017.

The band have set up a campaign via IndieGoGo and are offering great perks including alternate personal CD artwork.

The campaign is available here to see what is being offered by the band. 

Barrett Klesko describes what the funding is and what it will entail below the band ask fans what the band/term means to them.

All Else Fails understands that not all fans can help financially but through sharing their video/this post this may do well to help the band achieve the goal needed to record their new album. With appearances on some huge festivals like Warped Tour and Boonstock and opening for groups like KoRn and Killswitch Engage this is a group who’s campaign will hopefully be successful.

Antimartyr taken from 2013 album Fucktropolis. 


Bullet For My Valentine release new song ‘Don’t Need You’

It’s time for some new music from veteran heavy metal/metalcore outfit Bullet For My Valentine! Bringing something new and exciting before their UK/EU tour dates, the thrashing of riffs and pounding of drums make for an amazing new listen from the band, sounding like something out of ‘Scream Aim Fire‘ era from the group. Check out the new track ‘Don’t Need You‘ below!

You can purchase the track HERE. They will be touring the UK with Killswitch Engage and Cane Hill with dates below!


25 Albums That Deserve 15/20 Year Anniversary Tours in 2017

We all have the same feelings towards bands that if they did a tour that was an album-centric tour that the tickets would somewhat fly off the sites and venues would sell out somewhat quickly. We have gone through some album anniversaries for 2017 that will reach 15 or 20 years that we believe deserve to be toured in full, including some that we just want for personal reasons. All album pictures have links to hear the albums in full! Get ready to feel old..

0045778648764-png-925x925_q90The Offspring – Ixnay On The Hombre (February 7, 1997)

If you love your punk rock fast and aggressive, then this was an album that you most likely enjoyed back in the day. If you just loved playing Crazy Taxi, then you’ll get the joy of knowing you’ll get to hear ‘All I Want‘ during the night! A great inspirational album that will have no doubt given its due.

tellallyourfriendsTaking Back Sunday – Tell All Your Friends (March 25, 2002)

Being the first record from your collection is always a major triumph, which could be said for this alt rock/post hardcore outfit. Songs such as ‘Cute Without The E (Cut From The Team)‘ are a surefire way to get you feeling to when you were back in school just hating the world you lived in.

Killswitch Engage – Alive Or Just Breathing (May 21, 2002)killswitch_engage_alive_or_just_breathing

The album that most likely boosted Killswitch into a stardom before now current again vocalist Jesse Leach departed, tracks such as ‘My Last Serenade‘ made the 00’s metalcore era rejoice in something powerful and melodic mixed with metallic fuelled aggression of ‘Fixation On The Darkness‘ to get you headbanging all night long!

get_someSnot – Get Some (May 27, 1997)

Whilst a lot of people wouldn’t want this to happen as it wouldn’t feel the same without the original vocalist who passed away only a year later after the album release, A fitting tribute to one of the most unique bands of the time and to the unforgotten memory of Lynn Strait we feel would be breaking out the full album one last time to celebrate 20 years of something special.

Good Charlotte – The Young And The Hopeless (October 1, 2002)the_young_and_the_hopeless

Now who doesn’t remember when ‘Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous‘ burst into the radios and TV channels of kids and teenagers alike and felt like they got immersed in this pop punk angsty world they were showing? Also with tracks like ‘Girls & Boys‘, this album surely needs a proper placement on a tour, even for the newer fans to appreciate its mark on older culture!

sourcetagscods …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Source Tags & Codes (February 26, 2002)

For many fans of math rock and alternative, this album being played live will be a dream come true for many fans of the genre. The gripping, anthem raging tracklist going from beautiful melodies laced in through every single song that you can’t help, even if you’re a new fan, to appreciate songs like ‘Heart In The Hand Of Matter‘ and its amazing arrangement from start to finish.

Green Day – Nimrod (October 14, 1997)green_day_-_nimrod_cover

18 songs of a beautiful punk/pop punk record that also gave you one of the biggest acoustic anthems of the 20th century. Even with tracks like ‘Nice Guys Finish Last‘ and being a more poppy style to punk with the polar opposite being ‘Take Back‘ sounding like a more aggressive Dead Kennedys song, this album needs its own tour appreciation with a big selection of venue-smashing bangers.

rhcp9Red Hot Chili Peppers – By The Way (July 9, 2002)

By seeing the title of this album, you already know what song is going to be the main feature if they did this record as an album tour. With other main features as well linked to this album including the ever-so-triply ‘The Zephyr Song‘, you feel that whenever they go and do this record you won’t be able to stop dancing, especially during ‘Can’t Stop‘.

 Finch – What It Is To Burn (March 12, 2002)whatitistoburn

Wait.. this won’t happen? They’ve apparently broke up? Well that might be a bummer. A lot of people would have loved to hear them do a 15 year anniversary to their debut record, hearing the title track and ‘Letters To You‘ burst through for the casual fans as well to get a piece of. Being an iconic moment of history for Finch, it would be pleasant to come back for a full debut-album tour.

rammstein_-_sehnsuchtRammstein – Sehnsucht (August 25, 1997)

Bringing a strong german element to this list is the almighty Rammstein. A lot of people might not know that ‘Sehnsucht‘ will reach the big 20 next year and wanting them to go back to their last 90’s roots for their second released album is definitely on the minds of fans. ‘Engel‘ and ‘Du Hast‘ are some of their main staples anyway, but imagine hearing ‘Büch Dich‘ on a regular basis in a set?

New Found Glory – Sticks And Stones (June 11, 2002)newfoundglory_-_sticksandstones

More pop punk can be added to the list of albums that would be deemed ‘fit to tour’ with one being by this Florida based band. Including the popular singles such as ‘My Friends Over You‘ and ‘Head On Collision‘, you would also get to hear bouncy and punk revellers like ‘The Great Houdini‘ for probably the first time in 10+ years, and who doesn’t want that?

atreyu-suicidenotesbutterflykissesAtreyu – Suicide Notes And Butterfly Kisses (June 4, 2002)

Another debut record on the list, showing off more metalcore as well is Orange County’s own Atreyu with the tracks that would get you moshing back in the day. With a couple of nostalgic feelings towards their tracks, ‘Lip Gloss And Black‘ is a definite highlight out of the lot for every kind of fan. Strong riffs and even hidden gems like ‘Deanne The Terrorist‘ will get the crowd smiling and moving!

Incubus – S.C.I.E.N.C.E. (September 9, 1997)incubus_science

Carrying on with their funk metal flavours from the first record, ‘S.C.I.E.N.C.E‘ picks up the maturity a whole lot more with this record. ‘A Certain Shade Of Green‘ goes nuts when it plays through on that record with bouncy guitar elements and DJ scratching out the wazoo! If you ever thought of smashing together Snot and Limp Bizkit together into a record, this is it.

let_go_coverAvril Lavigne – Let Go (June 4, 2002)

Let’s be honest, whilst this is probably the one that would happen the least on the list, but if there was ever a chance in this world where you would purchase a ticket to see the songs ‘Complicated‘, ‘I’m With You‘ and for most important to people, ‘Sk8er Boi‘ live in an arena setting would make many fans young and old have their dreams come true. Maybe we can dream, hey?

My Chemical Romance – I Brought You My Bulli_brought_you_my_bullets_you_brought_me_your_love_coverets, You Brought Me Your Love (July 23, 2002)

Okay, I may have told a little fib on the previous album, THIS is the least likely to be an album anniversary tour. With no signs of the band returning, its likely this will never see the light of day. If the band ever did do this tour though and reunited, we imagine many small club shows and going back to their roots rather than try pull this off in a main arena atmosphere. Once again, the emo’s must unite!

 Blink 182 – Dude Ranch (June 17, 1997)blink-182_-_dude_ranch_cover

Being the second album in this bands discography, this was another step forward in the right direction for the three piece! With fast paced jams such as ‘Dammit‘ to the slower emotionally charged tracks like ‘I’m Sorry‘, it was another way of showing off each members skill and prowess in what they did. It might not be as recognisable as ‘Enema Of The State‘, but goddamn its a must listen!

hatebreed_satisfactionisthedeathofdesireHatebreed – Satisfaction Is The Death Of Desire (November 11, 1997)

Widely regarded as the album that boosted their popularity into the mainstream, this debut is a solid hardcore classic with tracks that are short in aggression and lyrics that are very highly relatable. Plus in a small 400-500 size room, ‘Driven By Suffering‘ and ‘Mark My Words‘ would turn an otherwise normal hardcore show into a sea of bloodshed and crowdkillers which, 20 years on, is what it deserves.

bowlingforsoup_drunkenoughtodance_2002Bowling For Soup – Drunk Enough To Dance (August 6, 2002)

Back to even more pop punk than you can handle, Bowling For Soup released this back in 2002 and a couple of the tracks that were released must have had a little singalong effect on you, whether it was ‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want‘ or ‘Emily‘. Whilst it might not have some of your favourite songs from future albums on it, this is a definite ‘blast to the past’ moment for the pop punk genre amongst the others!

Stone Sour – Stone Sour (August 27, 2002)stone-sour-4e9a3323cd936-300x300

So it’s probably upsetting to think that Slipknot might never do an album centric tour no matter how much we might all plead them to, but… what about Stone Sour‘s debut self titled? It has some amazing emotional tracks like ‘Bother‘ and ‘Inhale‘ as well as crushers such as ‘Get Inside‘ and plus, hearing a band where they first began from in full is always a sight to behold!

third_eye_blind_self_titledThird Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind (April 8, 1997)

Another self titled debut for you all to jump around at excitement for its 20th birthday is the debut self titled from this alt rock/post grunge group who shot into the atmosphere with amazingly powerful mainstream tracks like ‘Semi Charmed Life‘ blasting through the radio and ‘Jumper‘ following suit. This record is a must watch live if they ever get around to doing it next year.

500x500Glassjaw – Worship And Tribute (July 9, 2002)

Bringing another powerful post hardcore/experimental rock record to be the second in their arsenal was Glassjaw and even though you probably hear so many of these songs in their set already, its hard to think they miss out songs like ‘Cosmopolitan Bloodloss‘ in their repertoire, making an album-centric tour or shows for them absolutely vital for the diehard fans of this group.

Foo Fighters – The Colour And The Shape (May 20, 1997)foofighters-thecolourandtheshape

Being a Foo Fighters album must be tough this day and age with every one of your fans either arguing which is the best album and you having someone to put your case forward, most likely poorly. What is cool about this record and its 20th anniversary is that alongside ‘Monkey Wrench‘ and others, it gives you that older side of Dave Grohl that not many people are used to seeing.

Deftones – Around The Fur (October 28, 1997)deftones_-_around_the_fur

Around the earlier part of this bands career, they brought a very strong nu metal/alternative metal vibe and that could also be said for this 1997 record. Tracks like ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)‘ and ‘Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)‘ show a little bit of a different scale from each side of this album. Bring something old and much loved to a nostalgic filled crowd is a must see from Deftones.

away_from_the_sun3 Doors Down – Away From The Sun (November 12, 2002)

If you don’t like bands in the same vein of Nickelback and Creed, then this album will be a big definite miss for you, but for those who love that kind of guilty pleasure, then this release from 3 Doors Down will definitely have you in your feelings with tearjerker ‘Here Without You‘. Bringing an amazing element of alt rock/post grunge, this album is a nice touch to the 2002 market.

Insane Clown Posse – The Wraith: Shangri-La (November 5, 2002)icp_joker6_shangrila

Speaking of guilty pleasures, giving off that old school hip hop/rap metal and not giving a fuck what people thought of them was Insane Clown Posse. This album is no different, from ‘Homies‘ with its upbeat backing beat to the Eminem diss track ‘Aint Yo Bidness‘. Whilst it might not be the most popular group/album, it would bring in a lot of fellow juggalos together for something special.

Killswitch Engage, Cannibal Corpse and The Black Dahlia Murder Supergroup – Serpentine Dominion

Serpentine Dominion looks set to be the newest supergroup in Heavy Metal, boasting members from Killswitch Engage (Adam D – Guitars), Cannibal Corpse (Corpsegrinder – Vocalsand The Black Dahlia Murder (Shannon Lucas – Ex Drummer). The band will release their first music on August 11th and look set to impress on the wider metal circuit.

More details will be made on what looks set to be August 11th, when pre-orders for the album and their first track look set to be released.

Killswitch Engage will play the UK in support of Bullet For My Valentine. Tour dates are below

Dec 03: Manchester Academy, UK
Dec 06: Birmingham O2 Academy, UK
Dec 09: London O2 Academy Brixton, UK