Black Veil Brides are having a stellar year with their 'Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones' album really pushing the envelope and providing fans with a concept record that they can sink their teeth into. The band will take their music to the Vans Warped Tour this summer, leading one of the strongest contingents of hard rock acts the festival has seen in quite some time.
The past year has been a difficult one for Suicide Silence, who lost their frontman Mitch Lucker in a tragic motorcycle crash on Halloween night. In the period since, the band have been mourning his loss, starting with a major memorial show last fall featuring a number of rock's top names, then in private.
Broken Hope are back in action and there may be no one more happy about it than guitarist Jeremy Wagner. After a solid run of five studio albums in the '90s, the death metal group suffered some difficult times as the 2000s arrived. But after putting aside past issues, the band has re-formed and is once again working on new music.
After exiting Metallica just over a decade ago, bassist Jason Newsted followed his heart, exploring passion projects like recording with Voivod, playing shows with Ozzy Osbourne, and making a few guest appearances. But in recent history, he began to get the itch to not only form a new band, but also to be its creative leader and thus the self-titled act known as Newsted began.
Ilan Rubin is a man of many musical talents and most of them are put on display in his longtime band the New Regime. Having already released two full-length albums under the moniker, the multi-instrumentalist decided to break up his wealth of recent creativity into a series of EPs, with the 'Exhibit A' disc just arriving in stores and 'Exhibit B' currently a work-in-progress that's expected later this year.