OCTOBER 10th 2018
NITA STRAUSS/ANGEL VIVALDI ANNOUNCE TOUR
Two of the most revolutionary guitar virtuosos of our generation -- renowned soloist ANGEL VIVALDI and Alice Cooper axemaiden NITA STRAUSS -- are pleased to announce the 2018 edition of The Guitar Collective, a United States tour kicking off on November 19 in New Bedford, MA. The tour will visit several major cities, ending in Asbury Park, NJ on December 21. ANGEL VIVALDI and NITA STRAUSS will co-headline each date of the tour with support from special guest Jacky Vincent (ex-Falling in Reverse). The Guitar Collective 2018 will mark NITA STRAUSS’s live solo debut.


VIP and general admission tickets are available now via www.angelvivaldi.com/tour. VIP Meet and Greets with ANGEL VIVALDI and NITA STRAUSS will include a Q&A session, a signed tour poster, and an HD photo with Angel and Nita.

The main goal of The Guitar Collective tour, now in its second year, is to give fans of instrumental guitar music a chance to discover new artists, and for those artists to branch out to new fans. The Guitar Collective founder ANGEL VIVALDI sees the tour as a place where people can come year after year to discover new virtuosos in an exciting live setting, not just behind their computers and phones.

ANGEL VIVALDI says, “The past four years have given us some of today's most incredible guitarists. After last year's Guitar Collective, which included Scale the Summit and Andy James, I knew I had to make this "modern G3" an annual outing. This year, not only do we have NITA STRAUSS's live solo debut, we've also got Jacky Vincent, who both will continue to carry the torch of instrumental guitar music for generations to come. I can't wait to get on stage night after night to jam with my friends.

NITA STRAUSS adds, “These will be my first shows ever as a solo artist, and I couldn't have hoped for a better fitting tour. I've been a huge fan of Angel's since I first discovered his music and became an even bigger fan when I saw his incredible live performance. Angel and Jacky are two of the most innovative and exciting solo guitarists out there in the scene today, and I am beyond honored to share the stage with them on this tour!”

THE GUITAR COLLECTIVE 2018 TOUR DATES:
11/19 New Bedford, MA @ Greasy Luck
11/20 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
11/21 Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
11/23 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Baazar
11/24 Kent, OH @ Outpost Concert Spot
11/25 Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch
11/27 Berwyn, IL @ Wire
11/28 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
11/29 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
11/30 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
12/1 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club X
12/2 Boise, ID @ The Shredder
12/4 Seattle, WA @ Club Sur Rocks
12/5 Portland, OR @ Paris Theatre
12/6 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
12/7 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
12/8 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
12/9 Los Angeles, CA @ 1720
12/11 Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
12/12 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
12/13 Dallas, TX @ Trees
12/14 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
12/15 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
12/16 Orlando, FL @ The Haven
12/17 Margate, FL @ O’Malley's
12/18 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
12/19 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
12/20 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
12/21 Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents


About ANGEL VIVALDI:
As made evident throughout his five solo releases, ANGEL VIVALDI’s blend of spell-binding guitar anthems and tasteful yet virtuosic playing have reached and inspired millions. Beginning his solo career in 2003, Vivaldi joined forces with the newly reformed 40 Below Summer in 2008. He continued to release multiple solo albums including the critically acclaimed Universal Language in 2010, which has become a must-hear staple in today’s instrumental album catalog. In 2012, Vivaldi joined supergroup Vext featuring Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves, Divine Heresy) as well as members from Mutiny Within. After the loss of his best friend to ALS in 2014, not long after the crowd-funded release of Away With Words Part 1, Angel realized that the only thing worse than living with regret would be to die with it. So in 2015, putting his confidence and trust in his audience, Vivaldi quit his day job, committing himself full-time to his career in music.
 
His latest full-length album, Synapse, is a conceptual opus that joyously matches musical wits with a number of his talented contemporaries. Vivaldi continues to captivate the masses with stunning video releases unlike any seen in the instrumental world such as “A Martian Winter,” “.. _ _ _ “ (Two), and most recently “Serotonin” which features not only NITA STRAUSS but also acclaimed dance crew The Wannabes.
 
Since beginning to tour in 2015, he has shared the stage with icons such as Yngwie Malmsteen, NITA STRAUSS, Gus G and Devin Townsend. In 2017, he launched his annual The Guitar Collective tour, which has featured artists such as NITA STRAUSS, Scale the Summit, Andy James, Yvette Young and more.

ANGEL VIVALDI online:
www.angelvivaldiofficial.com

www.facebook.com/angelvivaldi
www.twitter.com/angelvivaldi
www.instagram.com/angelvivaldiofficial
www.youtube.com/angelvivaldi


About NITA STRAUSS:
Los Angeles born guitarist NITA STRAUSS has become a force to be reckoned with in the music world, dazzling audiences across the US, UK, Europe, Asia and Africa, and sharing the stage with a diverse range of artists including legendary R&B star Jermaine Jackson, deathcore heavy hitters As Blood Runs Black, early MTV darlings Femme Fatale, video game supergroup Critical Hit and popular tribute band The Iron Maidens. Her skill, exuberant stage presence and love for all things about her instrument have earned her a stellar reputation and endorsements from many top companies. Nita has been featured in many worldwide print ads and on dozens of albums, trailers, and soundtracks, most recently Heroes Of The Storm (Blizzard) and Grammy-nominated Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Konami/ Platinum Games), and is the author of the Premier Guitar column "Drop Dead Shred". She was ranked #1 of Guitar World's "10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know", and has been featured in Revolver Magazine's annual "Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock" issue and calendar for the last 2 years. She is currently on tour with Alice Cooper.

NITA STRAUSS online:
www.facebook.com/nitastrauss
www.twitter.com/hurricanenita
www.instagram.com/hurricanenita

 


SEPTEMBER 28th 2018
CHEVELLE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
Today, multi-platinum, acclaimed alternative rock band CHEVELLE have announced a new album, 12 Bloody Spies: B-Sides and Raritiescompiling sought-after B-Sides and rarities from 2002-2016, now remastered on one brand new collection for the very first time. Set for release on October 26, 2018, the album is now available for pre-order via Epic Records. Get it HERE!

 
The album pre-order unlocks the single "Sleep Walking Elite." Originally recorded during the sessions for 2007's Vena Sera, thick riffing drives the track, providing the perfect counterpoint to a hauntingly hypnotic hook. With its delicate push-and-pull between robust distortion and dynamic melody, it stands out as classic CHEVELLE.
 
The project's full collection spans everything from an acoustic version of "Sleep Apnea" off 2009's Sci-Fi Crimes to an unearthed bonus track off the now-classic Wonder What's Next entitled "Until You're Reformed" and "A Miracle" recorded as a bonus track for The North Corridor in 2016. It's essential listening for fans to say the least.
 
Check out the full tracklisting for 12 Bloody Spies: B-Sides and Rarities below.
 
Stay tuned for more from CHEVELLE soon!
 
Since the release of their full-length debut Point #1 in 1999, CHEVELLE have stood at the forefront of hard rock, consistently evolving and progressing while delivering a series of ubiquitous and inescapable anthems. 2002's breakout Wonder What's Next would go platinum, yielding smashes such as "The Red" and "Send the Pain Below," while its follow-up This Type of Thinking Could Do Us In reached gold status. In 2011, Hats Off to the Bull landed at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 and delivered "Face to the Floor." La Gárgola crashed into the Top 5 at #3 and boasted "Take Out the Gunman." 2016's The North Corridor represented new heights for the group, marking its fourth Top 10 bow on the Billboard Top 200.
 
TRACKLISTING:
1. A Miracle
2. Sleep Walking Elite
3. In Debt To The Earth
4. Sleep Apnea (Acoustic Version)
5. The Clincher (Version 103)
6. Fizgig
7. Glimpse of the Con
8. Indifference
9. Until You're Reformed
10. The Gist
11. Delivery
12. Leto's Headache

 

SEPTEMBER 5th 2018
BEHEMOTH UNVEILS VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE
"It doesn't get more blasphemous than this," declares Behemoth mastermind Nergal, about the band's upcoming album, I Loved You At Your Darkest - due out October 5th via Metal Blade Records (North America) / Nuclear Blast (Europe). While it certainly seems an unlikely title for a black metal band, its origin might surprise fans even more than the words themselves. "It's a verse from the Bible," Nergal reveals. "It's actually a quote from Jesus Christ himself. For Behemoth to use it as the basis of our record, it's sacrilege to the extreme."



A crushing salvo of black metal majesty replete with hellish riffs, thundering drum cannonades and soaring liturgical choirs reminiscent of classic horror cinema, I Loved You At Your Darkest is the group's most dynamic record yet: extreme and radical on one hand, but also more rock-oriented than any other Behemoth release. Produced by the band themselves, with drum co-production by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames), mixing by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children Of Bodom) mastering by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), and a 17-piece Polish orchestra arranged by Jan Stoklosa, I Loved You At Your Darkest can be pre-ordered now at: http://www.metalblade.com/behemoth .

Nergal comments: "'Wolves Ov Siberia' was the first song unveiled from ILYAYD, we began playing it on tour in May of this year - the raw energy and dynamism of the song lent itself perfectly to a live context! The studio version doesn't lose those fundamentals and now with our added intricacies, you will be able to hear the call to Ancient times...the devil is in the detail, after all. The video was purposefully very different from the well-recognised, Behemoth aesthetic - I wanted it to be chaotic, frenzied yet beautiful...I think this is mission accomplished and we're really happy with the final product from Kyle Kadow and Steven Cleavland! Enjoy it!"

I Loved You at Your Darkest track-listing
1. Solve
2. Wolves ov Siberia
3. God = Dog
4. Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica
5. Bartzabel
6. If Crucifixion Was Not Enough...
7. Angelvs XIII
8. Sabbath Mater
9. Havohej Pantocrator
10. Rom 5:8
11. We Are the Next 1000 Years
12. Coagvla


SEPTEMBER 5th 2018

IMONOLITH RELEASES NEW SONG "DIG"
IMONOLITH, the new Canadian metal band featuring members of THREAT SIGNAL, DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT and STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, has released an audio snippet of its latest demo track, titled "Dig".



Says the group: "It's a song about shit talkers and the importance of ignoring them. The message of the lyrics are to do what you think is best for you, do what you love with your life and leave the negative people behind. What they think is none of your business anyways."

IMONOLITH was launched following Devin Townsend's announcement that he has put the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT on indefinite hiatus while he works on other projects.

Joining drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen and guitarist Brian "Beav" Waddell (who played bass in DTP) are bassist Byron Stroud, second guitarist Jed Simon and vocalist Jon Howard.

Regarding how IMONOLITH was chosen as the moniker for the new band, Van Poederooyen said: "Jed Simon had a list of over 50 band names he thought of over the years. He sent them to all of us in the band. The word 'Monolith' was one of the band names. It caught my attention and I started playing with the word. At first, I thought of various names with words in front of, or after the word Monolith, then I thought of 'I Monolith.' But it didn't sound right, so I added the letter 'i' to the front of the word 'Monolith' and voilà… IMONOLITH was born. A brand new word used for a band name. The guys dug it when I brought it up to them. It sounds heavy and is easy to say. So we're sticking with it! It still somewhat carries the meaning of Monolith, which is a monumental, black stone of significance. Sounds metal enough for us!"

IMONOLITH (the first "i" is pronounced like the "i" in the word "impossible") is:

* Jon Howard (THREAT SIGNAL) - Vocals
* Jed Simon (VIMIC, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, SCAR THE MARTYR) - Guitar
* Brian "Beav" Waddell (DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT) - Guitar
* Byron Stroud (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) - Bass
* Ryan Van Poederooyen (DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT) - Drums



AUGUST 17th 2018

JONATHAN DAVIS' WIFE, DEVEN DAVIS, DIES AT 39
A Davis family representative confirmed the report, saying in a statement: "The Davis family is brokenhearted over the devastating loss of Deven Davis. We ask that you respect their privacy — and the privacy of those close to the family — and allow them the space to mourn in private. We thank you for your love, understanding and prayers of support during this difficult time."


A former girl-on-girl porn star who married Jonathan in 2004, Deven and the singer had two kids together, Pirate and Zeppelin. (Jonathan's first son from his previous marriage, Nathan, will turn 23 this fall.)

TMZ reports that Jonathan filed for divorce in October 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. He also filed for a domestic violence restraining order earlier today. The judge issued a temporary order blocking any child custody or visitation by Deven. The restraining order also prohibits her from having contact with the family dog, Chaos.

In his court declaration, Jonathan alleged Deven was deeply involved with drugs, which she had struggled with for more than 20 years. He alleged her drug use was causing emotional harm to the kids through neglect. He said that had been dependent on both prescription and illegal narcotics. According to the singer, she had been to rehab six times and "is constantly under the influence of the nitrous oxide, cocaine and Norco."

According to the documents, Deven had been in a sober home but went missing last Friday and hadn't been seen for a week.

No cause of death has yet been revealed.

Deven was born Deven Augustina Schuette in Findlay, Ohio on April 6, 1979. When she was 18, she changed her name to Deven Davis for modeling before she was married or even met her soon-to-be husband. As fate would have it, Davis ended up being her married name.

Jonathan reportedly gave up recreational drugs and alcohol almost 20 years ago, but has continued to struggle with chronic and debilitating anxiety and depression — and consequently a reliance on prescription drugs.

The singer has admitted in interviews that he was treated in 2013 for Xanax addiction.

Jonathan told Metal Hammer magazine that one song on KORN's 2010 album, "III: Remember Who You Are", was written about Deven "when she was having problems with pill addiction. [Producer] Ross [Robinson] called her without me knowing and asked her to show up to the studio, and I had to sing that part to her."

A few years ago, Jonathan credited Deven and his three sons for keeping him alive. "They saved me from being an idiot and dying from a drug overdose," he said. "They've given me this side of my life that brings me happiness. I love being a father: waking up in the morning, [taking] them to school, fixing them breakfast. I really get off on that."

Earlier this year, Jonathan told Forbes that he wasn't worried about his children using drugs. "My son Nathan won't ever do that," he said. 'He's 22 years old, he's a DJ. He goes out on the road, he's successful in music. He doesn't drink and he doesn't partake in any of that, because he saw what it did to me. He was three years old when I got sober, but he remembers me coming home and then finding me out on the front porch passed out drunk. Pirate and Zeppy have never seen me drink. There's no drinking in our house. For one, Zeppy [who suffers from Type 1 diabetes] can't, he'll die. And then Pirate, it isn't his thing. They're good kids. They've just never been brought up around that culture to party and have liquor.

"Hopefully Deven and I have taught them correctly, "he added. "That's a dark road. Parties, social drinking, it just leads eventually to bad stuff. You can be one of those people that socially drink, but I am not one of them."


AUGUST 16th 2018

JILL JANUS, HUNTRESS VOCALIST, PASSES AWAY
The following statement was provided on the official Huntress facebook page:

"It is with crushed hearts that we announce that Jill Janus—frontwoman for the California heavy metal band Huntress—passed away on Tuesday, August 14. A long-time sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon. Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness.


Janus was a truly special creative involved with numerous musical projects including her role as vocalist for female metal/hard rock cover bands TheStarbreakers and Chelsea Girls. In addition, Janus was co-composer and creator of an upcoming rock opera with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Angus Clark and had a decade-long career as NYC DJ Penelope Tuesdae. Her musical career began in childhood.

Beyond her accomplishments in the music world and her advocacy for mental health issues, she was a beautiful person passionate about her family, animal rescue and the world of natural medicine. She will be missed more than she could have ever known.

If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, Call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people in suicidal crisis or distress."

On behalf of MetalTitans, we hope you have found peace on the other side Jill, your voice, music, and quirky, yet loveable personality will truly be missed. Our condolences to her boyfriend/bandmate, Blake Meahl, bandmates, family, and friends, our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

Please, like Huntress has stated, if you or a loved one may be at the risk of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline above, it could be the difference between ending your life, or taking a healing step forward towards a better tomorrow.