Monday, 19 March 2018


Jonathan Davis, storied frontman of critically lauded rock band Korn, will be releasing his highly anticipated debut solo album Black Labyrinth on May 25 via Sumerian Records.  Pre-orders for the physical album are available now, at or Listen to 30-second clips of the entire album HERE

Diverse and progressive, Black Labyrinth represents a natural evolution for Jonathan, whose previous musical contributions have yielded two GRAMMY® Award wins, eight GRAMMY® Award nominations, worldwide sales of 40 million-plus, and countless sold out shows in nearly every corner of the globe. In addition to the album’s well-received first single, “What It Is,” which debuted as the #1 most added single on Rock radio, the new album includes “Final Days,” a melodic and atmospheric track, accentuated by subtle hints of sitar and tabla, the straightforward arena-rock anthem “Underneath My Skin,” and ten other tracks primarily recorded live to tape, a departure from Korn’s heavily calculated, meticulous, studio approach to creation. Longtime fans of Korn will still find the familiarity of the band’s unique and unforgettable vocals, synths and commanding guitars in key track’s like “What You Believe” and “Everyone.”

Inspired in part by the Ganzfeld Experiment, and the out of body experiments and hallucinations that often accompany it, Davis focused on religion, consumerism and apathy throughout the album. “There’s a level of enlightenment I want to achieve,” he confesses regarding Black Labyrinth. “With all of the bullshit going, everyone is stuck on their fucking cell phones. This takes us way out of that. No matter how hard you try to fight bad things in your life, life will be what it is. It’s up to you to accept that, combat it, and move forward, or it’s up to you to be in denial. Then, it becomes a thorn in your side until you finally deal with it. This is it. Just deal with it.”

Black Labyrinth tracklist: 1. Underneath My Skin 2. Final Days 3. Everyone 4. Happiness 5. Your God 6. Walk On By  7. The Secret 8. Basic Needs 9. Medicate  10. Please Tell Me  11. What You Believe 12. Gender 13. What It Is

Davis is no stranger to finding success while pushing the boundaries of music. Throughout over 20 years in music, his presence has coursed through film scores, popular video game franchises, and official remixes for the likes of Steve Aoki and more. Along the way, he has also lent his voice to tracks for everyone from Linkin Park to Tech N9ne.  Jonathan Davis will bring these songs to the live arena for the first time in the UK with an exclusive appearance at DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, where he’s scheduled to play the Zippo Encore Stage. For tickets and more info check www.downloadfestival.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

LIVE REVIEW: The Menzingers @ Whelans 28th of January + Catayena + PUP - By Pascal Derrien

Nearly 5 years since The Menzingers had played in Dublin. The gig was sold out last week and Wav added 10 tickets on the day. I was told they were dearly chased by unlucky fans who had been caught up late.

Catayena did an OK job. The girls are good musicians and their story telling is efficient but the trio needs to add a bit more humph on stage to fully entertain us.

PUP is a different league altogether. The Canadians are a stage beast, a punk machine. Its energetic, sleek and fun to watch. The crowd responded with enthusiasm and at some point I wondered if they were going to steal the show that night. Brilliant buzz and awesome musicianship.

And the stars of evening came on stage at about 10.15. First date of their UK /Europe tour Dublin welcomed the band from Scranton with open arms. It did not take long for the sing along squad to kick off alongside some candid and good humoured stage diving.

Having two singers with Tom and Greg is a feature the guys are utilizing well on stage and its more than pleasant to see them swapping the lead vocals. Most of the group classics were played, we had anything from the Obituaries and its interactive dynamic with the crowd to their latest hit After The Party. The guys seem to genuinely have fun and the crowd was very keen to give some back.

Super show and great ambiance and if you think it was their first gig in a while I can only anticipate a thunderstorm by the time they reach the end of this tour. No thrills and down to earth their lyrics resonate with a large scope of people. I noticed a fair representation from the US in the crowd but I also spoke to some Brazilians, polish and other music fans from Spain

I don’t know how you translate The Menzingers in Spanish but we may need to find a new word in English to describe the unique atmosphere you can only witness at a Mezingers show 😊

Go on the guys from Philly, you said you would not wait that long to come back, I hope that’s a promise 😊

Written by Pascal Derrien

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Naked Six - The Temperance Movement UK Tour 2017

Naked Six are an exciting new two-piece band based in York that bring a unique blend of alternative rock, grunge, schizoid blues, fused together with a post punk attitude. Delivering high octane, contemporary edged rock, Naked Six's electrifying live performances to date have seen the band making a name for themselves and firing up audiences with their powerful songs and compelling lyrics.

Currently touring with The Temperance Movement on their sold out UK tour this November, Naked Six are carving a deep groove and earning their stripes as new torchbearers of the British modern rock scene. The duo's latest single, 'Broken Fairytale', is now available to stream and buy.

Seb Byford (vocals/guitars) and Tom Witts (drums) say, “This is our first tour, and we couldn’t be happier with the way things are going at the moment. The Temperance Movement are a class band to be on the road with, and we'll be relishing sharing the stage with them every night. "

“'Broken Fairytale' is about how I feel", explains Seb, "a lot of guys these days are afraid to show or let loose their emotions and how there’s a lack of care for the people and things going on around us. It’s a beautiful world we live in but a very cruel one too. We didn’t expect much when releasing it at first but it’s had a great response so far and we’re over the moon at how it's resonating with music fans.”

Naked Six's latest single 'Broken Fairytale's is available to stream/download now.

Naked Six live with The Temperance Movement: 6th Nov - Chester, Live Rooms (sold out) 7th Nov - York, Crescent (sold out) 8th Nov - Hull, Fruit (sold out) 9th Nov - Stoke, Sugarmill (sold out) 11th Nov - Leicester, Dryden Street Social (sold out) 12th Nov - Wolverhampton, Nac (sold out) 14th Nov - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach (sold out) 15th Nov - Plymouth, The Hub (sold out) 16th Nov - Brighton, The Haunt (sold out) 17th Nov - Colchester, Arts Centre (sold out) 19th Nov - Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms (sold out) 20th Nov - London, Borderline (sold out) 21st Nov - Dover, Booking Hall (sold out)

Naked Six live: 25th Nov - Leeds, Kazoopa Festival 26th Nov - York, Fulford Arms 8th Dec - London, The Lock Tavern 16th Dec - Manchester, The Castle Hotel

Sunday, 15 October 2017

NIKKI SIXX announces 10th anniversary editions of THE HEROIN DIARIES - re-visited and re-imagined

LOS ANGELES CA, – This year marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Nikki Sixx’s drug-soaked NY Times bestselling memoir, THE HEROIN DIARIES and SiXX:A.M.’s The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack. To commemorate more than a decade of sobriety and life lessons learned, Nikki Sixx and SIXX:A.M. revisit the seminal work; announcing Tenth Anniversary Editions of the book and album in multiple formats including: digital LP, CD, CD / DVD, and Special Edition Vinyl, and Graphic Novel. Fans can get a jump start TODAY by pre-ordering these and more exclusively at PledgeMusic.

Nikki Sixx got sober sixteen years ago. A decade ago he shared this story with the world. And yet with the modern opioid crisis looming larger than ever; Sixx’s journey to sobriety and the words and music it inspired remains poignantly relevant. Chronicling the year of decadence and depravity that almost cost Sixx his life during the recording and tour for Mötley Crüe’s seminal 1987 album GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, the book not only became a worldwide bestseller but also spawned the band SIXX:A.M., and Sixx’s nationally syndicated daily iHeart Media rock radio show “Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx.”

Says Sixx: “Over the last ten years I’ve met so many people who have thanked me for The Heroin Diariesand say that it saved their lives,” explains Nikki. “But the truth is, writing The Heroin Diaries saved my life too.”

Journey back again into this mega–New York Times bestselling survivor’s story in one of the most “harrowing” (Rolling Stone) and “heartbreaking” (The New York Times) memoirs of addiction ever published and the soundtrack it inspired. The once-shattered rock star shares raw and mesmerizing journal entries from the year he plunged to rock bottom—and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again. In never-before-seen photos and exclusive new chapters, Nikki reflects on his decade of sobriety in this expanded 10th anniversary edition of the book.

SIXX:A.M. also celebrates its 10-year anniversary with the re-release of The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack: 10th Anniversary Edition. Comprised of James Michael (vocalist, producer, songwriter), Dj Ashba (guitarist, songwriter) Nikki Sixx (bassist, songwriter), the group initially came together to write, record, and co-produce The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, which sold over 300,000 copies, and includes the #1 hit single, “Life Is Beautiful,” which became radio’s most played rock song of 2008. Over the past decade SIXX:A.M. has become a full-fledged global rock powerhouse, releasing four additional albums, multiple Top 5 hits and playing the biggest festivals and arenas around the world.

THE HEROIN DIARIES: Ten Year Anniversary Edition by Nikki Sixx is out October 24th via Gallery Books / Simon & Schuster featuring a new cover, never-before-seen photos and exclusive brand new chapters.

THE HEROIN DIARIES: 10th Anniversary Edition Soundtrack by SIXX:A.M. will be released October 27th via Eleven Seven Music as a digital album, CD, and CD/DVD. A limited edition vinyl package will also come later this year. All music configurations feature new artwork, personal notes from the band and include 3 newly re-imagined tracks: “Life Is Beautiful 2017”, “Accidents Can Happen 2017”, and Girl With Golden Eyes 2017”.

Also on pre-sale is The Heroin Diaries graphic novel, a collaboration that Nikki Sixx and HEAVY METAL recently announced at ComicCon San Diego. The Graphic Novel presents the Heroin Diaries from a different angle and gives both insight and understanding to the deadly trap and temptation of addiction adapted by Rantz Hoseley, illustrated by Danijel Zezelj, and Keiron Dwyer, an with exclusive cover art by David Mack.

In addition, Sixx will debut his first-ever photography exhibit in partnership with Leica Camera at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles beginning October 4 (announcement forthcoming). The collection features Sixx’s most precious moments and interactions from the past decade, in images including homelessness and drug addiction amongst other topics which Sixx was all too familiar with before photography helped change his life post-sobriety. WATCH: “Life Is Beautiful 2017” Lyric Video by Rantz Hoseley:

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Third Eye Blind at The Academy 1st October 2017 - GIG REVIEW

The Californian band managed to get a full house at the Academy on a windy October evening in the Irish capital. It's been a long time coming, 1st ever date in Ireland for Third Eye Blind (3EB). It was also their last European tour date and a special day for Kryz Reid, their Irish guitarist. That said it took a while for the venue to fill up, funny to note that the balcony had been booked for Kryz’s family and relatives.

A few Americans accents overheard there and then in the crowd would suffice to remind you that 3EB enjoy a much bigger status and reputation in their home country than Europe.

After a relative boring support act (albeit talented but) not suited to support an indie band, Jenkins and his crew finally showed up and all the signs indicated that they were in great form and ready to rock the house down.

Square, powerful and professional from the get go they were. We got a few songs from the last album Dopamine spread among a set heavy based on tracks from the self titled and acclaimed "Third Eye Blind" album. The album was released twenty years ago, but gosh, every tune was received enthusiastically by fans who knew all the hits.

That said it took a while for the crowd to warm up to Stephens who appeared to be somewhat distant in the first place but once the ice got broken fans were not shy in accompanying him and his superb vocals.

I was not too sure what to expect to be honest, partially because I am a big fan of the group and biased but also because the last time I saw them on stage was 20 years ago in Paris. They were a very different outfit back then with only Brad (drums) and Jenkins having managed to remain as original members of what is often considered as the golden era from 3EB.

Overall great guitars (and soli), superb backing vocals, positive energy and amazing lights made sure that everybody had a great time. Alternating acoustic intros, ferocious riffs or funky based rhythm there were no weak moment in a show that gradually gained in intensity when the crowd overtook the backing vocals on most songs 20mns before the end of the show.

Overall: Jenkins lyrics are as efficient live as listened in the intimacy of your headset, the band he has surrounded him is excellent and frankly I think they were as good as the last time I saw them if not better.

Now I hope I won’t have to wait 20 years to see them again.

Photo and review by Pascal Derrien