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Official Press Release: Step into an apocalyptic underworld where firebreathers, nightmarish creatures on stilts, fire and percussive light, and stunning visuals set the stage for an intoxicating and unforgettably sinister concert experience. The first-ever KNOTFEST--an extraordinary two-day metal and hard rock destination festival--will feature performances from SLIPKNOT, DEFTONES, LAMB OF GOD, DETHKLOK, SERJ TANKIAN, CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THE URGE, PRONG, GOJIRA and more. KNOTFEST will debut in the heart of America on Friday, August 17 in Council Bluffs, IA at Mid America Motorplex and Saturday, August 18 in Somerset, WI/Minneapolis, MN at Somerset Amphitheater. A list of artists performing at each date is available online at: www.knotfest.com.

Published in Music for Grownups

Here we are with another installment of The Random Rock N' More, the column where the Music for Grownups section takes a place on the homepage. Be warned, many of these artists cannot be considered 'family-friendly,' but this is their time. As part of a balanced musical diet, there's a little of everything here from mainstream rock to pop to pop punk to black metal, hip-hop, indie rock, and more. This is all stuff that has landed in The Rock Father's inbox over the past few days, and I want to cover as much of it as possible. Like what you see? Links are provided to learn more. Let's go...

Published in The Random Rock

They're about to hit the road with the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL this summer, and to go along with the tour, a Greatest Hits set is on the way. ANTENNAS TO HELL will be released on July 17th, 2012 via Roadrunner Records, the first teaser for which can be viewed below. The teaser features #0, DJ Sid Wilson manning the decks and doing some crazy mixing. Frontman Corey Taylor confirmed the Greatest Hits release via twitter last night, yet no track list or additional details have been made available.

Published in Music for Grownups

Greetings, Readers! Musicbot 6000 has a tour update just into Rock Father HQ.

From the creators of the country’s largest touring heavy music festival experience and presented in conjunction with Hal Roseman of Rose Tours comes the first annual MAYHEM FESTIVAL CRUISE, taking place aboard the Carnival Imagination! The maiden voyage of the most crushing cruise on Earth sets sail on Friday, December 7, 2012 from the Port of Miami, FL and travels to the Bahamas, returning to the mainland on Monday, December 10th. Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 3rd at 12pm NOON EST with payment plans available. Get them before they’re “lost at sea”!

Published in Music for Grownups

Impressive is just one word to describe the sonic display of talent that you're about to witness in the videos below. The drumming prowess of YouTube user bugyean was brought to my attention this afternoon by Dirge Within guitarist Shaun Glass, who forwarded me a video of bugyean aka Noppakun Trirojporn of Sisaket, Thailand absolutely throwing down with a drum cover of AVENGED SEVENFOLD's Beast and the Harlot - playing with his daughter Zoe on his arm, while playing the entire song one-armed - DEF LEPPARD style. But that's not all... this guy does a SLIPKNOT medley, takes on DREAM THEATER, LAMB OF GOD, and a whole lot more in his IKEA furnished studio area. Check this out...

Published in James' Journal

iowareissueI distinctly remember the morning of August 28, 2001. I was in a weird space at the time - technically unemployed, yet I still found myself at Best Buy when the doors opened to score a copy of IOWA, the second album from SLIPKNOTThe Heretic Anthem was already on my computer as a pre-release MP3 at a time when digital singles were still a frightening prospect for the music industry, and having already been hooked by the band's self-titled debut just a couple years prior, I had to get my hands on the new record. A decade later, IOWA still holds up, and remains my favorite release in the SLIPKNOT library of audio domination.

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