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Show Review: A Killer’s Confession CD Release & Photo Gallery

May 4th, 2017– Last weekend A Killer’s Confession took the stage at The Foundry in Lakewood, Ohio to celebrate the release of their new CD titled “Unbroken.” I couldn’t have been more proud of the Cleveland music scene family. Local bands Two Dead Roses, Deadleaf, The Party (The Band) and Erasing Never started the night off with excellent sets. As the night grew older more people started showing up and right before go time we had a packed house.

AKC consists of Waylon Reavis (vocals), Matt Trumpy (guitar), Paul Elliot (guitar), Jon Dale (drums) and newest member, JP Cross (bass). A Killer’s Confession was started by Reavis after his departure from Mushroomhead in early 2016. When discussing his departure Waylon notes that AKC is a chance to move on and forward in music. Throughout the set Waylon loves addressing his fans and getting them pumped up for the next song. He fed off the energy from the crowd which was at a high level from the first song to the end. One thing I noticed is sometimes people wonder if a former member of a band is going to say anything about their departure or the band itself. Waylon did not because honestly, the non stop cheering, crowd surfing and chanting said it all. A Killer’s Confession is onto big things and will continue to thrive and push forward.

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Album Review: “Unbroken” by A Killer’s Confession

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April 27th, 2017-Anyone from Cleveland recognizes the name Waylon Reavis. Normally after that the name Mushroomhead is associated. Not anymore. Reavis left Mushroomhead last year after a dispute among members. He has formed a new band called A Killer’s Confession that has taken off tremendously. Many would have thought that the singer wouldn’t do well by himself but his first tour titled “Year of the Killers Tour” featuring Kissing Candice, Erasing Never, and Dead By Wednesday did very well.

A Killer’s Confession is not just another hard rock band. What makes them unique especially on this album is it seems they got some of their inspiration from Marilyn Manson and dubstep music. The reason why I say Marilyn Manson is because in one of their songs called “A Killer’s Confession featuring Brian Head Welch” has some very demonic vocals and bits and pieces of dubstep sounds incorporated into the song.

Another song that makes itself noticed on this album is “1080”. The songs introduction is an attention grabber itself because the first thing you hear is the sound of a voice from possibly the lead singer talking out words. This song to me was all about struggling to survive every day and trying to fight your demons. The classic topic I believe for every rock band to write about but it never gets old.

“Life of the Lost” is the first song I heard on this album that was very catchy. I enjoyed the lyrics as they were easy to follow along with as well as the message the song conveyed.  Even though it was very catchy the band still stuck with their hard rock and roll roots which made the song ultimately unique.

Even a hard rock band has their times when they make a love song and on this album, that would be “Sympathy (featuring Kimberly Freeman of ONE EYED DOLL)”. This song I think is the softest song on the album which makes sense because it’s about what everyone wants which is finding love. The whole album is worth listening to especially if you enjoy hard rock and roll vocals and instrumentals.

Unbroken will be officially released tomorrow April 28th, 2017 and the CD Release Party will be held at The Foundry in Lakewood, Ohio April 29th, at 7pm event link here. A Killer’s Confession recently announced there tour with NonPoint and Nine Shrines.

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Korn’s New Bassist is 12 years old

What an opportunity of the lifetime! Tye Trujillo, the son of Metallica’s bassist is filling in on bass for Korn on a few South America dates.

Over the weekend Korn released a statement on their Facebook:

On April 17 Korn is heading down to South America for a run of dates in Columbia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Fieldy is unable to make the shows so the band will be joined by a special guest. Filling in for bass duties will be Tye Trujillo, the 12-year old son of Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and member of NorCal group The Helmets. Says the band, “We are bummed Fieldy can’t join us on this run but excited to do a few gigs with a young player like Tye. We look forward to welcoming our brother Fieldy back when we return to the States in May.”

Fieldy will resume Korn’s 2017 tour at Carolina Rebellion on May 6.

It is not known why Fieldy can’t perform but he will be back this summer. The out pour of admiration for this young guy is amazing. The energy he has displayed in the few videos of him playing are pretty amazing. However there are some people who aren’t impressed.

Peirre Gutierrez states “Are you —— serious???? Fuck that. You don’t come often to southamerica, some people waited for YEARS and this happens. I’m not blaming Fieldy, he Must have good reasons but at least show some respect adding a proffesional player like Ryan from Mudvayne like you did some years ago. This —- sucks!
Ps. I’ve seen 3 videos of the kid playing, not impressed, he is just good for his age.People is paying good money to see the complete line up.”

All in all this isn’t a permanent deal. Its the opportunity for Tye to showcase his skills for a very big band and even though we are all jealous let’s wish this guy a fun run and safe travels.

Interview: Johnny Crowder of ‘Dark Sermon’ and ‘Prison’ Shares Struggle with Mental Illness

On November 15th, 2016 Johnny Crowder of Dark Sermon and Prison released a four minute forty-five second video giving some insight on his battle with OCD, Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. That video can be seen https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FUpworthy%2Fvideos%2F1478502922190561%2F&show_text=0&width=560“>here.

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UMM: On November 17th you shared a video you did with Upworthy explaining your battle with schizophrenia, OCD and Bipolar Disorder; What prompted that video?

Johnny: I wrote that script 2 or 3 years before the video ever came to fruition, actually. I really wanted to share with people the way I felt about my diagnoses, and hopefully inspire other people to resist the urge to cower in fear when words like “schizophrenia” are thrown around. But, to be honest, I was pretty intimidated when it came to sharing it with hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. It’s one of those things you think you can do until you’re standing on the edge. You just take that deep breath, gulp loudly, and take the dive. Luckily, the reception has been great (although I couldn’t bring myself to read through much of the comment thread).

 

UMM: Can you describe a daily life in your head?

Johnny: Man, this question is impossible to answer accurately haha. I’d say that before, it was filled with thousands of voices all speaking over each other, with no solitary organizing entity. It was akin to watching one of those news interviews where people just argue and cut each other off, asserting their respective points of view, but the closed captioning can’t keep up, so it just says “[Incoherent arguing]” or something vague. Now, it’s much more stable, because I’ve been working on developing the discernment to shine a spotlight on the voice I’d like to listen to, rather than being trampled by them without actually comprehending any of it. I’m living and thinking at a level of clarity that I never thought would be attainable for me. A lot of it has to do with attitude and focus.

 

UMM: As a touring musician can you shed some light on fans on how it was dealing with the hardships of touring and the struggles of battling mental illnesses?

Johnny: Touring exacerbated my mental illnesses to a very dangerous extent. There were days on tour when I would just cry in the van for hours, or go on long walks by myself into the darkness of whatever city we were playing, just to process things. Essentials that we all take for granted like getting ample rest and food fly out the window when you’re on the road. They’re more of an afterthought, which leaves a lot of room for self-neglect. It is very tough to reach the balance of caring for myself without snapping at other people or shutting them out.

 

UMM: What are your views of medication? Recently a lot of people believe that it is issued for profit only and doesn’t actually have any true benefits, what are your opinions?

Johnny: Well, I majored in psychology, and learned a lot about the pros and cons of medicine during college. Even then, I know there are some people who will scoff at that and say that I only learned what “they” wanted me to learn haha. Of course some doctors will just prescribe tons of medication in order to make bank off of the kickbacks—and they are crooked, without a doubt. That doesn’t really undermine the validity of some medications, in my eyes. Greedy, negligent people are everywhere. My personal experience with medication was mixed, with tons of victories and losses sprinkled in, but I can say with certainty that I would not be where I am today had I not sought help all of those years ago. I didn’t think I’d ever turn 20, to be honest.

 

UMM: Mental illness is always something that some people truly believe didn’t exist or it was a part of some trend. What do you think about that?

Johnny: I literally just wrote a song for my new band, Prison, about mental illness not being some sort of fashion trend or train to hop on to get attention. Assumptions like this are dangerous because they leave those who are legitimately struggling with diagnoses out to dry. Some people need the help, and some people want the attention, but even knowing that half of the people crying wolf doesn’t mean the other half are safe. There is an unbelievable amount of ignorance clouding the arena of mental health, and I’m doing my best to dispel it. It’s not easy, but if enough people leverage their platform to chime in, we can make a dent in this collective unconsciousness about life-threatening illnesses.

 

UMM: Any advice for musicians who may be trying to balance a mental illness and the pressures and stress of touring?

Johnny: This is hard to sum up, but I’ll mention a few things: 1) Do not make any attempts to alter your medication regimen while on tour. To make a change like that, it’s best to have the rest of your life and schedule as stable as possible. 2) Self-medication is more dangerous than you realize. None of us are doctors, so we don’t really know the little intricacies of our diagnoses or the medication we take. Please do as your doctor prescribes and speak to professionals before taking anything into your own hands. Even if you don’t agree with what they recommend and you decide to follow through with your own plan, at least you will have consulted someone first to gain some perspective. 3) Use your time in the van wisely. Listen to podcasts and calming music. Read books. Rest, pray, meditate, speak on the phone with friends and family, and just do your best to keep your brain above water. That time is yours.

 

UMM: Any advice for fans who may be struggling with any kind of mental illness?

Johnny: As for fans, all of the above thing still apply. The advantage you have at home is that you are likely arm’s length from someone who cares for you, so please utilize that blessing.

 

UMM: Are you working with any organizations in regards to spreading the word about mental illnesses?

Johnny: I am doing a ton of volunteer work with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), including public speaking, as well as teaching classes to families and mental health professionals about what their loved one, or patient, might be wanting or needing in the way of support. If you want me to speak at your event, email me! I am very passionate about spreading the word and putting a human face on the ugliest parts of the brain – personifying the things we all fear. I really want to get out there and show people what mental illness looks like when you dust it off and see what lies underneath all of those preconceived notions and prejudices.

 

UMM: What do you want to those struggling with a mental illness? What about those who aren’t? What has helped you personally?

Johnny: If someone you know is struggling, please listen. Treat them like any other friend or family member you have: with respect, care, and love. No need to patronize or treat them like a patient. And if you don’t “get” it, that’s okay. There are countless resources you can turn to when it comes to learning about these things, but the most valuable one is right there in front of you: the one you love. If you are struggling, please know that you don’t have to lose. You don’t have to give up. You don’t have to be miserable. If your will is strong enough, and your intentions are pure, you will survive and thrive. It’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help, it’s a tremendous display of strength.

 

UMM: Whats going on with Dark Sermon now?

Johnny: Dark Sermon is taking a little breather right now. In the meantime, I am working with my new band, Prison. We have a music video and a record coming out this spring, and it’s different from DS in the best ways possible. I have a feeling that it will speak to a lot more people and present a more accessible, personalized embodiment of what I have always been trying to share with the world.

 

UMM: You excited about Warped Tour? Any other festivals that have caught your eye?

JohnnyI will definitely be going to Warped! I have loads of friends who are on the package, and I would suffer through the Florida heat for 12 hours if it meant I could spend the day with them, no question. I’m also trying to go to Rockville to catch Seether, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Chevelle, and all the bands from my childhood that I never got a chance to see.


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SXSW May Refer International Artists

One of the biggest festivals around, South By Southwest, kicked off recently in the great city of Austin, Texas. (I might be a tad bit biased because I live in Texas, but shut up). Everyone who’s been to SXSW, or even everyone who knows what SXSW is, knows that it’s not just music, interactive and film. There are so many other unofficial parties and free shows that go on. The Austin Chronicle even has an Unofficial Guide to SXSW, you can find that here.

One of the unofficial artists, Told Slant, recently tweeted a picture of their contract. It appears to say that in the event’s attempt to stop non sanctioned show, if any artists are international, SXSW will refer them to the proper U.S. immigration authorities. According to avclub.com, they also said “accepting and performing at any non-sanctioned events may result in immediate deportation, revoked passport, and denied entry by US Customs Border Patrol at US points of entry.” Felix Walworth, of Told Slant, said he wouldn’t be signing his contract. You can read the whole article here.

According to SXSW’s managing director, Roland Swenson, Walworth pasted two different parts of the contract together. However, the language used in the tweet was the language in the contract. The language has been in the festival’s artist contract for years, and it’s there in case “somebody did something really horrific, like disobey rules about pyrotechnics, starting a brawl, or if they killed somebody.” You can read all of Spin’s article right here. It outlines SXSW’s Performance Agreement, and the actions possible to follow.

The music portion of SXSW will run from March 13th through March 19th. So get out there and see some unofficial shows…or don’t. It’s up to you. If you do go, be safe, be smart and tell my friends out there grinding I said hello!

SHOW ALERT: Along Came A Spider & Skies of December Perform First Show of 2017 with The Devil Wears Prada

Cleveland metal bands Along Came a Spider and Skies of December perform their first shows of 2017 at The Foundry in Lakewood, Ohio on March 28th, 2017.

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Along Came A Spider is a six piece Post-Core band hailing from Cleveland, Ohio who may be the hardest working group in the scene. The band consists of Jamie Miller on lead vocals, Justin Sobota on guitar/vocals, Luke Fockler on lead guitar, John Calo on bass, Tony Castillo on drums and finally Joel Sedlak on keys/programming.

Over the years they have performed alongside headlining acts such as  Sevendust, Protest The Hero, Machine Gun Kelly, The Word Alive, Periphery, Motionless In White, For Today, Suicide Silence and many more.

You can expect to hear four new tracks at the show as ACAS has been recording their third album. Their latest full-length album “Resurgence” achieved great success with selling over 800 copies in the first week, peaking at #4 on Amazon, #9 on iTunes, and #8 on the MerchNow Top Sellers list.

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Skies of December was founded in 2005 and has since become a well known name both locally and nationally. After gaining national recognition from their music videos “Atrocity” and “Descend.” After a couple band member changes the six piece group now consists of Evan Mull, Tom Vath, Tim Vath, Matt Nowakowski, and Joe Czekaj.

Memorable performances consisted of EST fest 2014 where they covered Invincible by MGK. Another performance was their return to

Due to work, distance and family obligations the band only performs a handful of shows, which is all of the more reason to go see them. Their stage presence over the years has only gotten better. 

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