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"It's not a festival, it's a party." That's the mantra for THE REVIVAL, three days of music, camping, food and refreshments, back for its 8th Annual run, this year in the fields of Maple Park, Illinois September 6-8 (get tix). Nearly 40 bands will take the stage during the 2018 edition of The Revival, which will also include an acoustic bonfire each night, movies after dark, metal yoga, a 50' obstacle course, "dunk a promoter," mechanical bull, a roaming sideshow performer and more. Among the bands performing, DIRTY REGGAE PUNX will topline the opening night festivities, with ANOTHER LOST YEAR capping off Friday night and PRODUCT OF HATE closing out The Revival on Saturday. What's exciting about The Revival is that all tickets (available via Eventbrite) are general admission and include free food and camping! Look at it this way, everyone is a VIP!

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Two years after the release of their crushing debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE on Napalm Records, Wisconsin’s PRODUCT OF HATE are back with the first taste of the next phase! “Rapture” is the first single from the band’s as-yet-untitled sophomore album, for which they once again joined engineer Scott Creekmore (Broken Hope, Repentance) for recording at Mercenary Digital Studios. Chris Collier (PRONG, KXM, Flotsam & Jetsam) of CMC21 Productions is handling the mixing and mastering this time around. “Rapture” is available for streaming and download now on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and all major digital platforms.

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It's been two years since PRODUCT OF HATE released their debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE via Napalm Records. Three years of touring (they started the cycle a year prior to the album's release), a few singles, five music videos, a live video and a lyric video later, and we're nearing news on their second album. I'm beyond partial to the band as I co-manage them and have served as director/editor on the aforementioned five videos - and even though the second album is on the way (Shhh! Recording was just completed!), people are still discovering the first one. Having been asked for "playthrough videos" for awhile now, we grabbed some footage from the archives and put together a bass playthrough for "Kill. You. Now." This is four minutes of Mark Campbell going to town on his six-string bass, as pulled from the raw footage from when we shot the original video. Check out the "Slappin' da Bass" version below. Thanks, Paul Rudd!

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The numbers are beyond impressive... Five decades.  18,262 days.  More than 2,500 shows. That's been OZZY OSBOURNE's life on the road, and today he's announced his "farewell" tour, on which the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy® winning singer and songwriter will celebrate more than five decades as a performer (both as a solo artist and as lead singer of Black Sabbath which formed in 1968).  This tour, expected to take OZZY around the world with dates into 2020, will mark the end of global touring for the legendary artist, though he will continue to perform select live shows.

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This Friday night, FM Entertainment & Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey present MOTOGRATER, PRODUCT OF HATE and IMPERIAL FALL on the House of Harley-Davidson Stage at Route 20 in Sturtevant, Wisconsin (get tix). For PRODUCT OF HATE, it's hometown show, and it marks the end of the album cycle and touring for their full-length debut, BURIED IN VIOLENCE. While Napalm Records released that album on February 5, 2016, the band actually started touring it almost a year earlier, hitting the road with Allegaeon (Metal Blade Records) and The Agonist (Napalm) in 2015. Later tours with the likes of Mushroomhead (Megaforce), Hammer Fight (Napalm), Sumo Cyco and Madame Mayhem would follow, with the band most recently spending nearly 40 dates on the road with the reunited Skinlab and IKILLYA (Urban Yeti Records). Now, as the two year anniversary of Buried in Violence approaches, PRODUCT OF HATE will close the book on Buried and set sights on Album #2.

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PRODUCT OF HATE has been honing their metallic assault for a decade now, but it wasn't until 2016 that their debut album got a Global release via Napalm Records. That album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE, came with a built-in perennial favorite for the Halloween season in "Unholy Manipulator," and I should know - I directed the video for it. While that one was first released independently a few years prior to the album, no one really knew that one of the new cuts would also bear a horrific mark, and that's what lands "Monster" in my 31 Days of Halloween countdown for the very first time. Oddly enough, the song and video may be more timely in 2017 than it was in 2016, especially in light of the situation with Harvey Weinstein and the ongoing discussion about the proper treatment of women and the horrors of abuse. Whether you've heard the song and seen the video before, or you're just discovering it now, watch and listen closely. This "Monster" might be bigger than you thought...

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