Author: Josh

I'm a screenwriter, journalist, independent filmmaker and photographer when time permits. I cut my teeth in Journalism with Klusterfuct Magazine, Fringe Magazine and finally Your Music Magazine interview bands such as Rob Zombie, Korn, Unearth, Shadows Fall, Rise Against, All That Remains and many more. Fed up with the politics involved in working for someone else I ventured out on my own journey and started creating short films in hopes to one day create feature films, but alas I missed writing about bands that mean so much to me, so here I am...fighting the good fight, fighting the metal fight!

MISS MAY I BRINGS DOWN THE HOUSE IN SACRAMENTO!

I am a massive metal core fan, since the early days of the genre’s existence I’ve always found that the bands I gravitated towards were those that hit a few marks, combining old school metal, thrash, Swedish metal, and lyrics with meaning from vocalists that command the stage. Miss May I’s Levi Benton has the […]

August Burns Red, We Came As Romans Bring the Heat to Sacramento

Most people that know me or read my blogs know my love for August Burns Red runs pretty deep. They fell into the early metal-core scene for me and over the years have never disappointed between albums and live shows. I did recently see them with Killswitch Engage in San Francisco, but it was nice […]

40 Years of Anthrax with BLS and Hatebreed in Sacramento!

Anthrax, Black Label Society and Hatebreed offered up several hours of complete chaotic destruction from the second Hatebreed came on stage on a sweltering hot day in the Sacramento sun. While I’ve personally seen every one of these bands several times, these are truly bands that you cannot miss live if you have the chance […]

Anthrax, Black Label Society & Hatebreed hitting the road!

Strap on your big boy pants, this one is going to be a banger from start to finish! “Zakk has been a friend and an inspiration to me as a guitar player, songwriter, and beard grower since we met in 1988,” said Anthrax‘s Scott Ian. “We’ve had the privilege to share festival stages with Zakk […]

Ignite – Ignite (2022 – Century Media Records)

A band that seemingly takes all their influences and jam packs them into each album, makes for a fun listening. Every time I hear a new album from these guys I’m always impressed at how catchy they are, while also remaining true to the southern California heavy, punky, rock ’n roll sound they’ve always put […]

“YOUNG GUNS” MAMMOTH WVH & DIRTY HONEY BRING THE ROCK – HARD IN SACRAMENTO!

Whether you’re a fan of classic hard rock acts or more modern hard rock acts, it doesn’t matter with this tour, as both Mammoth WVH and Dirty Honey bring unique freshness to what has been, in part, a fairly stale genre for some time.  Dirty Honey I’ve been lucky enough to catch one other time […]

Killswitch Engage and August Burns Red bring down The Warfield, SF!

Killswitch Engage and August Burns Red bring down the house in San Fran. Check out the review and photos!

SHINEDOWN BLOWS UP THE GRAND SIERRA!

Words by WILLIAM K Images by Kevin Graft #KGROKFOTO SHINEDOWN blasts into 2022 rockin’ their sold out concert at the Grand Sierra Resort Casino in Reno after releasing the new single and title to their upcoming album “Planet Zero”. Opening the show was relative newcomer from Seattle Ayron Jones.  I’ve been following Ayron for over […]

Aftershock 2022 lineup announced!

Unless you’re living under a rock and haven’t seen the lineup for Aftershock Festival 2022 in Sacramento, here you go. It’s not quite a “banger” after Friday’s lineup, but I will say that I feel like they appropriately billed it finally from day to day, which has been a critique of the festival for a […]

New SLASH album out today!

SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS release their highly-anticipated fourth album titled 4 today, Friday, February 11 via Gibson Records in partnership with BMG. Early reviews from across the globe are pouring in for 4 (see below) which is available digitally and in exclusive physical bundles now. Purchase the new album 4 everywhere HERE, […]

Fit For An Autopsy – Roseville, CA

FFAA held nothing back in their first ever show at Goldfield Trading Post in Roseville, CA packed to the brim. Surprisingly this mid size venue sported some amazing lighting and good clear sound for its size.  The second FFAA came on, it was an instant pulse through the crowd of roughly 500. Four giant poles […]

Ghost – Volbeat – Twin Temple tour kick off in Reno!

Review by William K Photography by Kevin Graft Twin Temple kicked off the night with their satanic lounge act.  Hella kitschy and a lot of fun.  They were well received by the crowd making many new fans. Volbeat blasted out of the gate ripping through a massive set of songs mainly from the last few […]

EXODUS & TESTAMENT – FOX THEATER – OAKLAND, CA 11/27/21

Before you say something, yes I know there is no Death Angel coverage in this article, that would be because of three hours stuck in traffic on the drive to Oakland from Sacramento, which realistically should only be about an hour and a half, but I won’t bore you with the details.  After arriving in […]

TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET w/THE LAST GANG @ HOLY DIVER – SACRAMENTO, CA 11/3/21

Teenage Bottlerock with The Last Gang live review and photos from Holy Diver in Sacramento 11/3/21

JJ GREY & MOFRO at Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA

Photos and Article Written by Kevin Graft JJ Grey made his post pandemic return to Sacramento Sunday November 7th almost two years after last playing Sacramento in January of 2019 at The Crest Theater.  If you are not familiar with JJ, his career started over 20 years ago and he has a velvety thick smoky […]

JINJER at ACE OF SPADES, SACRAMENTO, 10/28/21

Something told me walking in to Ace this night that I would be bored with three bands I really knew nothing about and have never really listened to, with the exception of Suicide Silence who I haven’t seen live since Mitch Lucker was still the singer. However, I ended up not just being thoroughly entertained, […]

CRADLE OF FILTH w/ONCE HUMAN – ACE OF SPADES, Sacramento, CA – 10/24/21

Cradle of Filth with Once Human photos and live review from Sacramento Ace of Spades on 10/24/2021

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY REVIEW & PHOTOS– ACE OF SPADES, SACRAMENTO, CA 10/1/21

Months ago when BLS first announced this tour, I whole heartedly thought it would get cancelled before it actually happened, but now we’ve seen several tours and festivals that have kicked off with mostly success in the wake of Covid 19, and boy was I happy this one happened. Not only is Zakk Wylde a […]

Aftershock Announces Entry Protocol

Aftershock Announces Entry Protocols for Festival, October 7, 8, 9 & 10 At Discovery Park In Sacramento, CA Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test Result Within 72 Hours Will Be Required At the upcoming Aftershock festival, safety is the NUMBER ONE concern. To protect the health of fans, artists, staff and crew, all […]

NorCal’s Destroy Boys unveil new video ahead of new album!

The new video from Northern California’s Destroy Boys for “Locker Room Bully” was released today below before the release of their third studio album “Open Mouth, Open Heart” being released on October 8th. I don’t know about you, but they’ve been growing on me and am loving seeing some locals keep moving up!

FORMER SLIPKNOT DRUMMER JOEY JORDISON HAS DIED

Joey Jordison, the co-founding member and prolific former drummer of Slipknot has passed away at the age of 46. The statement as released by his family reads as: The statement reads: “We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26th, 2021. […]

Black Tusk coming your way this fall!

The week of tour announcements continues! Savannah, GA swamp rockers BLACK TUSKwill be hitting the road in September for a two and a half week tour throughout the U.S.! The run will kick off on September 2 in Asheville, NC and will conclude on September 18 in Orlando, FL! The full run of dates can be found below and tickets […]

Anti-Flag announce 2021 Tour!

Anti-Flag have announced their return to the road and their Fall 2021 headline North American tour dates. The first leg will kick off on September 14 in Grand Rapids, MI and run through October 14 in Vancouver. Support will come from Dog Party, Grumpster, and Oxymorrons. The second leg features Bad Cop/Bad Cop and Doll Skin. It kicks off on November 2 in […]

RED FANG – ARROWS

Red Fang’s “Arrows” is a trippy, slow burn with attitude. To begin, I have always been a massive Red Fang fan. Their albums are always very groovy and powerful, but the second I started jamming “Arrows” I noticed it had a completely different vibe to it, and almost a completely different mix. Each song had […]

Buckcherry premiere new video “Hellbound” and tour dates!

BUCKCHERRY premiere today the video for the title track of their forthcoming album Hellbound, set for release on June 25. Watch it here. The video, directed by KasterTroy and shot in Las Vegas, follows the release last month of the video for the song “So Hott.” The “Hellbound” track is available now for download and streaming on all DSPs here. […]

August Burns Red announce “Leveler” 10th anniversary tour

AUGUST BURNS RED ANNOUNCE LEVELER 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY HEADLINE TOUR  FIT FOR A KING, ERRA, + LIKE MOTH TO FLAMES TO SUPPORT LEVELER: 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OUT NOW AUGUST BURNS RED — JB Brubaker [lead guitar], Brent Rambler [rhythm guitar], Matt Greiner [drums], Jake Luhrs [lead vocals], and Dustin Davidson [bass] — have announced their Fall 2021 headline tour. The “Leveler 10-Year Anniversary Tour” kicks off on September 9 in Philadelphia and runs through October 31 in Sayreville, […]

TIMES OF GRACE, FEATURING KILLSWITCH ENGAGE’S JESSE LEACH AND ADAM DUTKIEWICZ, RETURN!

NEW ALBUM SONGS OF LOSS AND SEPARATION OUT JULY 16 BAND SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SONG “THE BURDEN OF BELIEF” — WATCH + LISTEN TIMES OF GRACE, featuring Adam Dutkiewicz and Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage, return after a 10-year hiatus with their second album Songs of Loss and Separation, out July 16 via the band’s own imprint label, Wicked Good Records, distributed by ADA Worldwide. Pre-order it here, and check out the band’s newly-relaunched […]

Welcome To Rockville returns big in 2021!

Welcome To Rockville Returns In 2021 With Massive Lineup IncludingMETALLICA, NINE INCH NAILS & DISTURBEDFlorida’s Biggest Rock ExperienceExpands To Four Days & Shifts To A New Month For 2021,November 11-14 At Daytona International Speedway In Daytona Beach, FLFestival Also Features Rob Zombie, Deftones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lamb Of God, Social Distortion, The Offspring, Staind, Mudvayne, Cypress […]

In This Moment release rescheduled 2021 tour dates

Grammy-nominated band IN THIS MOMENT will make their triumphant return to the road this September. The band will embark on a headline U.S. tour this fall, dubbed “The In-Between Tour.” The trek kicks off on September 17 in Lincoln, Nebraska and winds through the country before wrapping on November 21in Atlanta. All confirmed dates are below. Support will come from Black Veil Brides, DED, and Raven Black. Tickets […]

Nathaniel Rateliff – And It’s Still Alright

I would love to sit down over a cocktail and talk music, but more importantly talk life with Nathaniel Rateliff, his music never ceases to amaze me. Musically there’s nothing too special most of the time, but his voice matched with his lyrics make you “feel” and want to groove with him. If you’re looking […]

FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS – ACE OF SPADES – 10/25/19

Frank Turner holds a special, weird, unusual place in my heart because when I discovered him it was a time in my life where I needed to hear a like minded voice, so I usually like to make every effort to see him when he comes to play live.  I was leaving for the show […]

AT THE GATES – HOLY DIVER, SACRAMENTO, CA – 10/24/19

If you were to tell me that At The Gates were going to play a venue that only holds around 200 people in Sacramento on a Thursday night I would tell you you’re bat shit crazy. But, this was the case. And what a night it was to be had for everyone. In an absolutely […]

The Struts @ Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA – 7/5/19

    As I sit and watch the magnificent line of Struts fans slowly make their way inside, I’m reminded why I always show up about 30min after the doors open-because there is absolutely no need to wait in those lines in mid size venues, and I’m also pretty blown away by the incredible mix […]

AFTERSHOCK 2019 LINEUP ANNOUNCED!

After welcoming a sold-out crowd of 60,000 peoplein 2018, Aftershock returns even bigger this year, expanding to three full days of performances from some of the most popular music acts, including a mix of chart-topping headliners and up-and-coming buzzworthy bands across the rock spectrum. The eighth annual edition of California’s biggest rock festival takes place Friday, October 11, Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 at Discovery Park near […]

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