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So Sorry, Its Over: A Look At The Final Vans Warped Tour

So Sorry, Its Over: A Look At The Final Vans Warped Tour

All good things must come to an end. As cliché as that may sound, truer words have never been spoken. Often time long running events overstay their welcome and eventually become a shadow of their former self. Now, although many old school Warped Tour fans would like to say the tour was well past its prime, I would say that the tour was continuing to meet its purpose.

The Warped Tour was originally brought to fruition by Kevin Lyman in 1995, and received the official Vans sponsorship in 96. While folks will forever protest that the Vans Warped Tour has always been a “punk festival”, I’ve always viewed it as a celebration of alternative genres and a way for newer acts to reach an audience. While those early years focused on the punk genre there were also many notable acts from across the musical solar system. The “punk-rock summer camp” was more of a tag line than a focus on a singular form of music. Now, a history lesson on the Vans Warped Tour is a story for another day. All you need to know is that the Vans Warped Tour has been the launching pad for hundreds of bands and is a staple for music fans across the country.

My experience with the Vans Warped Tour actually happened a little later in life, my first show being the 2010 edition. The eclectic mix of punk and metal was, pun intended, music to my 18 year old ears. Why had it taken me this long to reach the “promise land”? Since that fateful day at Merriweather Post-Pavilion I’ve attended 6 out of the 8 tours that followed, alternating between the Columbia, Maryland and Camden, New Jersey shows. I’ve discovered countless bands throughout my years attending the tour, many of which have become favorites of mine. Bands/artists like Every Time I Die, Ballyhoo, Yelawolf, MC Lars, Vanna (RIP) and many others are bands I discovered on Warped Tour and bands that remain in constant rotation today. No matter the lineup, it was always important to make it out to the show as you never knew what you might discover. It was something to look forward to every summer.

On November 15th, 2017 Kevin Lyman announced that the 2018 Vans Warped Tour would be the final cross country tour of the brand’s lifetime. The reasoning behind this decision saw Lyman discussing falling ticket sales amongst the tours prime demographic (teenagers) and the fact that he’s just tired. This is completely understandable as the man has technically been doing cross-country tours for 26 years. The news was devastating. This incredible thing that I had discovered less than ten years prior, and others have been attending for over twenty years, was going away. It is truly the end of an era.

Fast forward to the summer of 2018. The bands, an eclectic mix of first timers and veterens, have all been announced. There was no way any sane person could miss this event. Even if you weren’t a fan of the lineup, the Vans Warped Tour had been a staple for all fans of alternative genres, how could you miss the LAST one. So, it was decided, I was adventuring out to where it all started for me. On July 29th, 2018 I attended the Final Vans Warped Tour at the Merriweather Post-Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.

As stated earlier, I spent a few Warped years attending the Camden, NJ show as I found parking to be much easier and the overall aesthetic to be much more pleasing. However, with it being the last hooray I knew where I needed to go. As I pulled into the parking garage it was easy to see that today was going to be special. Thousands of “kids” were lined up to get into the venue, a number that honestly dwarfed the amount of patrons lined up in years prior. Sure, in years past the venue eventually filled out, but you could tell that this year no one wanted to miss a second. I quickly checked in, grabbed my photo pass/ticket, and retrieved a spot in line. For the first time that I can remember, the doors opened 30 minutes early. Now, at Warped Tour the doors are usually scheduled to open at 11:00. From my experience, this has always been true, not a minute before or minute after. I welcomed the 10:30 surprise and made my way into the venue.

I quickly realized just how different this show was going to be compared to last. According to multiple merch workers, the venue decided that it didn’t want anyone to use the “woods” area of Merriweather Post-Pavilion. This was mind blowing; they had always used the woods area and the field on the other side. This allowed for easy movement and 0 congestion amongst many of the stages. For those of you unfamiliar with the area, by removing this portion of the venue they’ve essentially halved the available space. It was noticeable. Overall many of the stages were cramped with the Monster Energy/Mutant Stages being placed on the parking lot, practically turning attendees into fried eggs. Listen, I understand these are small complaints, but I just can’t wrap my brain around why things worked a certain way every other year and were different this year. One attendee mentioned that it may have been a reaction based upon the pavilion collapse at the beginning of the year, however, the adjustments that were made were nowhere near where the accident had taken place. Nonetheless, these are all complaints about the venue itself and their handling of the event, not Warped Tour as a whole. So let’s move on.

For those of you unfamiliar with how the Vans Warped Tour works, let me explain. No one is aware of the set times until you arrive at the show. Once you enter the gates there is a big inflatable schedule in the center that displays the times. There are also multiple vendors selling schedules for about $2 each. It’s definitely a stressful method that always keeps me up the night prior. I always end up wide awake the night before, stressed I’m going to sleep through my alarm and miss that “one special band”. This has never happened, but I stressed out about it yearly.

Once I received my schedule my first destination was decided. I made my way over to the Mutant Red Dawn stage to catch Australian metalcore band, The Amity Affliction. The band got their start in 2003 and first popped on my radar in 2012 with the release of “Chasing Ghosts”. I admit my knowledge of the Aussie trio is very limited. I came across the boys around the time I was stepping away from the metalcore genre as a whole. I felt it had become a bit oversaturated with countless bands sounding too similar to one another. Unfortunately I didn’t give The Amity Affliction a fair shot at the time, but I am thankful to say that that has changed in recent years. Being the first band of the day you’d think it would take Ahren Stringer and Joel Birch a minute to warm up, but to hell with that. As soon as they took the stage they busted out into a blistering rendition of the title track off their fifth album, “This Could Be Heartbreak”. The rest of the set contained tracks throughout the band’s career, closing with one of their larger songs, “Pittsburgh”. The Amity Affliction have a new album, Misery, dropping on the 24thof August and you won’t regret picking it up!

At this point I took off towards one of the main stages, the Journey Right Foot stage in order to catch The Maine. Having played the festival 6 times, the Arizona band is always one I try my best to catch. Their infectious pop rock grooves are catchy enough to get even the hardest of metal heads dancing. Honestly, it is crazy how these guys having completely blown up. They’ve got the skills to write pop hits for days and damn do they know how to put on a show. Lead singer, John O’Callaghan always has the audience in the palm of his hands. He says jump, the crowd screams, “how high?!”. The band called The Maine played songs across their decade long career. The highlight definitely being when O’Callaghan pulled an audience member on stage to join him in singing “Girls Do What They Want”. Unfortunately I’ve never seen The Maine outside of Warped Tour, and that definitely needs to change soon.

During the show there was another festival happening in Philadelphia known as “This is Hardcore”. Obviously I wasn’t able to be there so I had to figure out another way to get my hardcore fix. Enter, Kublai Khan. Kublai Khan is a band I hadn’t heard much of in the past, but I knew I wanted to check out. Their downtuned guitars and slow, but heavy grooves had me two-stepping all over the photo pit. If there is anything that annoys me about being in the photo pit, it’s that everyone in there just looks pissed off to be there. What’s there to be mad about? You’ve got a front row spot, you more than likely were able to get in for free, and your work is going to get posted and recognized by other music fans across the globe. Hey, why not have some fun while you’re doing it!? That’s what I did. Kublai Khan put out their latest record, “Nomad” last September. Check it out!

Next up was hands down the wild card of the festival. The night prior I had been researching a few artists on the lineup I had never heard before. I came across the artist known as Yungblud. I was completely enthralled within seconds. Between the visuals, the lyrics, and the varying genres that weave in and out of one another, I couldn’t help but be fascinated. I can happily say that this was increased tenfold when I witnessed it live. I would describe Yungblud, real name Dominic Harrison, as Twenty One Pilots meets MIA with a big glass of IDGAF attitude. While Dom played one of the smaller stages of the day, you’d never realize it. The crowd was packed into this stage like sardines. The place went wild as the 19 year old hit the stage and there wasn’t a body standing still in sight. Yungblud just released his debut album, “21stCentury Liability” on July 6th. If you take away anything from this write up it should be to go pick up that album!

We’re a few hours into the day, but there is no time to rest. Next up we have Warped Tour legends, and one of my favorite bands of all time: Less Than Jake! Honestly, what can I say about Less Than Jake that I haven’t said before? They’ve been going strong for 25+ years and show no signs of stopping. They opened the show with “All my Best Friends are Metal Heads” and that was all she wrote. What followed was 30 minutes of ska punk greatness that only Less Than Jake can provide.

At this point I headed over to the second main stage, the Journey’s Left Foot stage which was for some reason not next to the Right Foot stage like it had been in years past. When I arrived at the Left Foot stage a wave of fear crashed over me. This was not enough room for the amount of people who would be filling this space later (which we’ll get to). Regardless, the next band to take the stage were some high school favorites of mine, 3OH!3. 3OH!3 is an electropop duo that got their start in 2004. They hit it big with 2008’s “Want”, releasing hits Don’t Trust Me and Starstrukk (both tracks having remixes that feature Kid Cudi and Katy Perry respectively). When I felt that some of their later albums started having a jokey vibe in the vein of The Lonely Island I stopped listening. That being said, Sean and Nat absolutely killed it. Much of the setlist focused on the band’s early work which was right up my alley. 3OH!3’s latest release, “Night Sports” is available now from Fueled By Ramen.

Now it’s time for a band I never thought I’d see on Warped Tour. I’ve covered them multiple times before, and it’s always a pleasure. I’m talking about, of course, the demented duo TWIZTID. If you’re a usual visitor here at Icon Vs Icon then you know my history with this band. I went into a long tangent of my experience in the Juggalo world back when I covered Twiztid’s Psychomania tour, check it out because it’s a great read! A quick refresher: since leaving Psychopathic records Twiztid has been doing huge things! They’ve received opportunities they could only dream of in years prior. Not to mention they’ve started their own label with some of the best names in underground hip hop. Twiztid is going strong, and they’re definitely not stopping. Also, no surprise here, they absolutely killed it! I was truly curious as to what tracks they would choose for the setlist. While the crowd was filled with juggalos it was also filled with people whose curiosity led them to the Mutant Red Dawn stage this afternoon. I was happy to see that they played tracks that spanned their entire career. Anyone that thinks the demented duo is hurting in recent years either isn’t paying attention or is in serious denial. The crowd was packed and I can’t wait to see where they go from here.

A change of pace was needed so I made my way back to the main stage for some ska goodness. The next band to grace my ears was The Interrupters. I’ve had the pleasure of catching this group of fine folks three times, the last being in Ohio at “Punk In Drublic”. While the crowd was a bit lighter, it definitely filled in as the band took the stage. Aimee Interrupter has such an infectious smile that it is impossible to be upset when they’re playing. Leave your cares at the door and get ready to skank because by the end of their set we were all one big family! The Interrupters just released their newest album “Fight the Good Fight” on June 29thfrom Hellcat Records.

What happened next is what I was worried about in this small space. The night before Warped Tour, founder Kevin Lyman had tweeted about Maryland having a very special guest. Well this was it. Maryland was greeted by hometown heroes, Good Charlotte. GC is no stranger when it comes to Warped Tour having played the festival 3 times prior. No surprise, they came out and the crowd went absolutely nuts. We were definitely at capacity when it came to this area of the festival, and it was definitely poor planning on the venue’s part. Nevertheless, Good Charlotte ran through every hit they could in their short time set. Joel mentioned after playing the opener, “The Anthem”, that they wouldn’t be talking much as they wanted to get through as many tracks as possible. They achieved just that. These guys haven’t lost a step. Good Charlotte has a new album out on September 18th.

During the Good Charlotte set, my younger sister had gotten hurt in the crowd. We went and sat down a little bit, tired and hungry. Unfortunately the next band that played would be the last I would see on the Vans Warped Tour, but how appropriate that that band would be Reel Big Fish. Reel Big Fish is a band I’ve seen over 15 times. I grew up listening to them and I’ve been attending their shows ever since I was old enough to go. There is nothing in this world like a Reel Big Fish show. While Aaron Barrett may be the only original member left in the band his eye/ear for talent has kept the band going for 27 years. They tour nonstop but play every show like it’s going to be their last. Here’s the thing with an RBF show, you know what you’re going to hear, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. Reel Big Fish played all of their well-known tracks, well…well known to their fans. I cannot recommend checking out Reel Big Fish anymore than I already have in the past. If you want an incredible time, go see Reel Big Fish!

So that was the end of it. No one in my party felt well after spending all day in the heat so we decided to cut our day short. The only band I am really disappointed I missed was Every Time I Die. So here’s a hypothetical review of that show: it was great, they’re always great, go and see them.

Well there it is! That was the Final Vans Warped Tour. Life will never be the same without this cross-country tour being in my life every summer. Kevin Lyman announced that something will be done next year, for the tour’s 25thanniversary, but this is the FINAL cross-country tour. It’s bitter sweet really. It’s sad that it’s over, but it feels great to reminisce about all the incredible memories. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the waters of Camp Crystal Lake. He worships at the alter of the the alter of Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the various pop culture conventions on the east coast. Most importantly,vyou love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles

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SPOOKY SOUNDS OF THE SEASON II: Ten More October Albums!

SPOOKY SOUNDS OF THE SEASON II: Ten More October Albums!

Back at it again Boils and Ghouls! Thankfully the weather is a bit cooler this time around as compared to last year. While early in the month it was a bit warmer, we’ve been experiencing the cool, spooky weather as we get closer to All Hallow’s Eve. With the temperature being cooler, it’s been a bit easier to stay in the Halloween spirit. So easy that I decided to come up with a Part II to last years “Spooky Sounds of the Season”. If you’ll recall, last year I compiled a list of albums that keep me in the Halloween spirit. Some of them were made specifically for the season while others included components that just remind me of Autumn and the season of the witch. Well, we’re at it again with another 10 albums that put me in that spooky spirit. Some of them I just discovered this year, while others are albums that just barely missed the cut last year. Now sit back and relax. Grab that pumpkin spice latte. Put on a spooky film, for background noise of course, and enjoy the Spooky Sounds of the Season Part II! 

“Ruff Justice” by Crazy Lixx

Let’s kick off this list with a band I just discovered this year. Crazy Lixx is a Swedish glam metal band that got their start in 2002. If you’re a fan of 80’s hair metal and 80’s horror, this band is for you! As someone who’s a huge fan of “Trick or Treat” (RIP Sammi Curr), this band holds a special place in my heart as they combine two of my favorite things. This past April they put out their 5th studio album, “Ruff Justice”. They came into my life by being included on the “Friday the 13th: The Game” soundtrack! If that doesn’t put you into the holiday spirit I don’t know what will. I personally hope that this band is just the beginning of a hair metal resurgence!

“Abominationz” by Twiztid

If you’re an avid reader of Icon Vs. Icon, then you know that I, Dylan Lyles, use do be enthralled by the juggalo culture. Before you come hunting me with pitchforks, hear me out. What came out of my early years was a discovery of great hip hop and imagery. Case in point: Twiztid. While I’ve moved far from the culture, and haven’t enjoyed an ICP album since 2004, I will always defend the “Majik Ninja Entertainment” owners. They are genuinely great lyricists and ride a beat like no other. “Abominationz” is their self-claimed, best album. They truly show off their skills and prove that they can tackle any subject in the horrorcore genre. Any album of theirs would fit on this list, but I really wanted to include their magnum opus. Anyone who’s doubting these guys due to their former association, put this album on and listen from front to back.

“L.A. Witch” by L.A. Witch

Much like Crazy Lixx, L.A. Witch is another band that I discovered this year. I was blown away by their first EP. Their combination of garage punk and psychedelic rock comes together to make one of the most haunting records I’ve heard in recent years. This sound was refined tenfold when they released their full length last month. Take all of the witchy elements of Stevie Nicks and “Fleetwood Mac”, add tons of distortion, and you have L.A. Witch. Out of all the bands/albums on this list, I would recommend checking out these three kickass women first!

“The Art of Drowning” by AFI

AFI, aka A Fire Inside, is a band of many sides. Having formed in 1991, and having the same lineup since 98, AFI has changed their sound numerous times. If you were to hear the band now you would notice the drastic change the group has taken since their days as a “glorified Misfits cover band”. I’m a huge fan of each form of the punk/goth rock outfit. Each album is a dark tour through the mind of Davey Havok and “The Art of Drowning” is most definitely the spookiest. Pair it along with the “All Hallows EP”, and you have the best Misfits album not released by the Misfits. Don’t take that as a knock, it’s a phenomenally dark, and angry record that is fit for any lone and spooky night.

“Ghouls N Ghosts 1-3” by Mega Ran and Richie Branson

Alright, I’m cheating here a little bit. I’m sorry but I couldn’t decide on just one of these releases. Mega Ran and Richie Branson are well known in the nerdcore genre, a hip hop genre that specializes in 8/16-bit beats and lyrics about videogames, movies, anime, and the overall lifestyle that comes with being a “nerd”. I’ve been a fan of both artists for a while and the only these albums didn’t make last year’s list is because I wouldn’t allow myself to pick just one. I’m being a bit more lenient with the rules this year so here they are. The “Ghouls N Ghosts” series is a series of three hip hop EPs that focus on horror movies and games. There are songs about survival horror, Monster Squad, campfire stories, and even a cover of a personal favorite, “Nightmare on my Street”. These three EPs will fit in perfectly on any Halloween playlist. Most spooky hip hop takes things too far in today’s world, delving into the horrorcore genre. It’s nice to find fun/playful hip hop that allows the artists to demonstrate impressive lyricism while also discussing the things they enjoy. It’s a bonus that they also put out three Halloween “albums”.

“Hide and Seek” by The Birthday Massacre

The Birthday Massacre are a band that you might have seen on the “Notable Artists” list from last year’s article. Hailing from Toronto, The Birthday Massacre is a Canadian goth rock band known for their dark imagery and large use of synth. Many would consider their music dark wave with its mix of new wave and goth metal. Like a few of the other artists on this list, any album from The Birthday Massacre would’ve fit right in. However, I chose “Hide and Seek” because the album hosts the bands darkest lyrics. The album is based upon lead singer, Chibi’s fascination with death and unsolved crimes/mysteries. The use of synth creates a dark, but fun atmosphere that provides the perfect background to Chibi’s haunting lyrics. I highly recommend this album for anyone looking to enjoy the darker side of the season.

“A Haunting We Will Go” by The Ghastly Ones

I don’t think there is any band on this list that celebrates their love of Halloween quite like The Ghastly Ones do on each record. They combine their love of Halloween tunes, monster movies, and surf rock to create a band that I’m sure would provide the soundtrack to every trip the Munsters ever took. I decided to choose their first record to include on this list because it’s probably the most well-known. This is because it was put out by shock rock/metal musician Rob Zombie. If you remember correctly, another band that Zombie put together, Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures was my number one pick last Halloween. While that album is my quintessential Halloween record, The Ghastly Ones is just another example of how novelty Halloween acts can still exist. While most of the members are focused on other paths, the group still comes together pretty regularly to play various shows.

“Bauhaus: 1979-1983” by Bauhaus

Bauhaus is a band that I just recently became obsessed with. While I had heard their name at various times throughout my life, it wasn’t until a recent re-watching of “Night of the Demons” when truly fell in love. Bauhaus are the pioneers of the goth rock genre and I feel they sadly take a back seat to bands like The Cure. In terms of dark imagery and overall good tunes, I feel like Bauhaus is the better band. If you’re looking for some depressing goth rock than look no further than their double compilation album, “Bauhaus: 1979-1989”. With well-known tracks like “Stigmata Martyr” and “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” any Halloween fan would be happy to add this album to regular rotation.

“Dead Man’s Bones” by Dead Man’s Bones and the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir

This is an album that proved Ryan Gosling can do no wrong. Gosling, along with friend Zach Shields, began Dead Man’s Bones in 2007 and have only one album under their belt to date. The album combines the members’ love of graveyards, ghosts, and monsters to create an album unlike anything I’ve ever heard. The group recruited the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir to create a haunting sound that would give even the toughest rock the whillies. I saved this album to place towards the end of the list because it is an album specifically created for the spooky season. If you aren’t in the spirit you will be. DO NOT LISTEN TO IT BY TRACK. Put the album on and let it take you away.

“Pagan Holiday” by Harley Poe

Out of all of the bands/groups/musicians I have discovered this year, Harley Poe is my favorite. Led by former Christian artist, Joseph Whiteford, Harley Poe is what you get when you take folk, punk, and horror, throw it in a blender and mix it all together. Each release is a journey through the mind of a monster. As stated on the band’s bandcamp page, their songs are not about monsters, the musicians are the monsters. Most horror bands pride themselves on being the loudest, fastest bands in the world. On the contrary, Harley Poe are all about the art of storytelling. These songs will become addicting, you can’t get away from them. Even in your sleep. There is no escaping. I want to recommend their entire discography. I only mentioned their “Pagan Holiday” release because it is dedicated to the scariest night of the year. CHECK OUT ALL OF THEIR STUFF!!!!

BONUS ALBUM!  “Trick or Treat” by Fastway

In 1986 one of the greatest rock n roll horror films of all time was released: “Trick or Treat”, aka “Ragman”. This is hands down one of my favorite horror films of all time. The soundtrack kicks ass and the film just encompasses everything I love about 80’s horror. There’s only one reason I haven’t included the soundtrack on either list, it doesn’t put me in the Halloween spirit. Honestly, I listen to the Fastway album all year long. It puts me in the mood to rock, not the mood to scare. However, it’s been 31 years since this film was released and I couldn’t help but mention it. Go watch this movie now. “DEATH TO FALSE METAL!”

Dylan’s Final Thought: That rounds out the list for this year. I have so many other albums I could include but then what would I do for next year? If you enjoyed this list please go back and check out Part 1. Between the two I can guarantee you’ll find at least one new artist or album that you’ll enjoy. I hope everyone has a terrific spooky season and a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles
Instagram: @thedylanlyles

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Twiztid Announces 2017 “Mostasteless” Tour – Performing Their Debut Album in Full Each Night

Twiztid Announces 2017 “Mostasteless” Tour – Performing Their Debut Album in Full Each Night

TWIZTID are about to take you back to where it all began. Everyone’s favorite demented duo are thrilled to announce their upcoming Mostasteless Tour, kicking off in Cleveland, OH on September 8. On this tour, TWIZTID will perform their groundbreaking debut album, Mostasteless, in full each night. The tour will also feature support from special guests Moonshine Bandits, Blaze Ya Dead Homie (who will perform his self-titled EP in full each night), Whitney Peyton and Andrew W Boss.

TWIZTID says: “We’ve been an unstoppable force for 20 years! Now, we’re bringing you back to where it all began… MOSTASTELESS!”

For tickets, VIP and more information, visit www.TwiztidShop.com.

TWIZTID’s Mostasteless Tour Dates:
9/8 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
9/9 – Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2 – Blue Ridge Rock Festival
9/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
9/12 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
9/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
9/14 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
9/15 – Denver, CO @ The Roxy
9/18 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
9/19 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
9/20 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
9/21 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
9/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
9/24 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
9/28 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
9/29 – Fort Worth, TX @ Rail Club
9/30 – Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live
10/1 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/3 – Knoxville, TN @ International
10/5 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
10/6 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
10/7 – Howell, NJ @ GameChangerWorld
10/8 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
10/14 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
10/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
10/18 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva
10/20 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans Music Hall
10/26 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
10/27 – St Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
10/30 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater – Fright Fest
10/31 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s – Fright Fest

In other TWIZTID news…
If you rep MNE in the Midwest, don’t miss TWIZTID performing another one of their top albums, Freek Show, in Kokomo, IN on July 15 at Front Row Live (1833 S Plate St.). The show will feature special guest Blaze, and tickets + VIP packs are also available via www.TwiztidShop.com. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Doors open at 6:00pm and the show is all ages.

Shortly afterward on August 26, the MNE family will take over The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT (536 W. 100 S.) for a massive show – “Attack of the Ninjas”. The show will feature performances by TWIZTID (performing yet another massive album – Mirror Mirror – in its entirety), G-Mo Skee, Boondox, Zodiac Mprint, Lex The Hex Master, Young Wicked and Gorilla Voltage. The show will also feature an ultra-rare triple threat set with Twiztid and Blaze performing new, rare and Juggalo classics! Tickets for the main event are just $25 on early bird sale during the month of June, going up to $30 beginning in July and $35 in August. Tickets are $40 day of show and doors open at 5:00pm. The main event is all ages. An official aftershow will also take place, featuring performances by Blaze (performing1 Less G N Da Hoodin its entirety), The R.O.C. and AMB. The aftershow is limited to 425 tickets, so get yours soon. Tickets for this event are $17 in advance, $20 at the doors, which open at 11pm. This is a 21+ show. Tickets and VIP packs are available now via www.TwiztidShop.com.

2018 is already shaping up to be another huge year for TWIZTID. The duo recently announced their biggest venture yet – their very own pop culture convention! The inaugural Astronomicon will take place from February 9-11, 2018 just outside of the duo’s native Detroit at the Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights in Michigan. The event will feature special appearances by professional wrestling legend Mick Foley, horror icon Sid Haig, Friday the 13th star Kane Hodder and many more surprise guests TBA! One day passes start at just $25. Don’t hesitate to get your tickets soon – this event will most likely sell out quickly! Information on tickets, lodging, VIP options, vendors and more can be located at www.astronomicon.com.


About TWIZTID:

For over two decades, TWIZTID – the cult-phenom brainchild of diabolical duo Jamie Madrox and Monoxide – have infectiously meshed flavors of rap, rock and beyond while fervidly moonlighting as the sonic manifestation of a Hollywood horror flick. TWIZTID‘s most recent full-length album, The Continuous Evilution of Life’s ?’s, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 charts at #28 – marking their 12th overall release to debut on the chart and second Top 30 debut since the launch of their independently owned and operated label, Majik Ninja Entertainment.Pick up your copy of The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’snow via www.TwiztidShop.com, iTunes and everywhere music is sold.

For more information on TWIZTID, please visit:
www.Twiztid.com
www.Twitter.com/TweetMeSoHard
www.Facebook.com/Twiztid
www.TwiztidShop.com *official webstore*
www.Instagram.com/OfficialTwiztid
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Minds of Monsters: A Look Inside Twiztid’s Psychomania Tour

Minds of Monsters: A Look Inside Twiztid’s Psychomania Tour

In October of 2003, Paradox Development released a terrible “wrestling” game titled ‘Backyard Wrestling.’ At the time this game was fantastic, but I was 11 and didn’t know any better. Little did I know that this game would honestly change my life forever. The entire promotion for the game was built around the inclusion of the Insane Clown Posse, a horrorcore hip hop group that my cousin was super into. Hmm…..this looked interesting. Included on the soundtrack were tracks from both ICP and their “protégé’s” Twiztid. I instantly fell in love with both groups. Their flow, their catchy lyrics, their horrific imagery. As a young horror fan I was drawn to everything about these two groups. After becoming familiar, I did my best to surround myself with all things to do with these two groups, and the rest of the Psychopathic label’s lineup. I became a self-professed Juggalo. I attended a Catholic school full of rich kids…I was the outcast and this was my outlet. The first two albums I bought from the groups were “The Great Milenko” and “Freek Show”. These two albums played non-stop in my Walkman until I had the cash to buy more. I grabbed it all! Any piece of merch or music I could find I would grab. I was in and out of AOL chatrooms, talking with other juggalos (lettes) about the latest album that may have dropped, or just how their day was. We were a “family”.

As I reached high school (circa 2006) I began to distance myself from the subculture. The people within the scene began to rub me the wrong way. They mostly cared about causing trouble for other people and I just honestly wasn’t about that. I was in it for the horror tunes, the good hip hop, and this “acceptance for outcasts”. It didn’t help that ICP’s 2004 album, “Hell’s Pit” was the last full album I enjoyed by the group. Honestly, it felt like lead member, Violent J, forgot how to stay on beat after this album. Shaggy continues to hold his own but the releases have continued to go downhill post 2004. That being said, I’ve always kept up with Twiztid. As artists they have continued to evolve. In December of 2012, the Demented Duo decided to leave Psychopathic Records to start their own label. This label, Majik Ninja Entertainment, has continued to build and grow with some of the hottest hip hop acts today. MNE consists of former Psychopathic artists Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Boondox, and Young Wicked. Rounding out the lineup are Twiztid’s former partner in House of Krazees The R.O.C, up incomer Lex the Hex Master, the African Honey Badger G-mo Skee, and Gorilla Voltage, who were originally the powerhouse that was the Damn Dirty Apes. That’s a rock star lineup if there ever was one. Each member brings their own unique form of hip hop to the table.

Now, let’s talk elephant in the room. Right now there is a bit of hate between MNE and Psychopathic. I’ve got my opinion and other people have theirs. Other drama aside, I listen to music that I find enjoyable and in my opinion MNE is putting out content I enjoy and Psychopathic isn’t. That is the only mention of the “beef” that will be included in this write up. I’m sure anyone that’s interested in reading this is tired of hearing about it anyway. Just enjoy the tunes.

It’s Thursday, May 11th, the first day of the Psychomania tour featuring Twiztid, G-mo Skee, Young Wicked, Gorilla Voltage and Body Bag Syndikate. It had been raining all day, and I had just returned to the school from a field trip with the 5th grade group I work with. I was looking forward to the show but I honestly wasn’t down with the hour or so drive in the rain that was ahead of me. Slowly but surely, in the Richie Highway traffic, I made my way to Baltimore Soundstage. I’ve kept up with the tunes but I haven’t been immersed in the Juggalo subculture in about a decade. When I hopped in line I was instantly greeted by the people in front of me. This was what I missed. Meeting people for the first time yet chatting like we’ve known each other forever. Around 7:00 the doors open and we all headed inside. I grabbed my photo pass and made my way towards the pit. I instantly knew it was going to be a good night. The crowd was decent but I was the only one in the pit. This meant I didn’t have to fight around anyone to get the pictures I needed. I sat my bag down and ran for the merch booth.

Unless it’s Amazon Prime, I’m not one to shop online. What can I say, I’ve been spoiled by the luxuries of “Free Shipping”. This ultimately means that if there is a piece of merch or music I want I either wait for it to hit Prime or sit it out. Thankfully, I was in merch heaven. I ended up picking up “Freek Show” on vinyl, the Psychomania Tour EP, Lex’s new mixtape “Mr. Ugly 2”, the Triple Threat (Twiztid and Blaze) sampler, the House of Krazees’ “Casket Cutz”, and Body Bag Syndikate’s new album “Infection”. I’ve been trying to limit my band tee collection so I decided to stick to new tunes and vinyl. It was around 7:30, so I made my way pack to the photo pit, put my items away, and got in position for the first act.

Kicking the show off was local opener, was supposed to be hip hop duo Wiley F.L.E.W and Monsta but for some reason they did not play. I’m unsure who the local opener was so if anyone has any information on who this is let me know. He killed it. Brought more of a straight up hip hop and trap vibe to the show I wish I could say more but I’m truly unfamiliar with who this was. Any info would be much appreciated.

The next group up was Colorado’s Body Bag Syndikate. Well known in the underground hip hop world, BBS just released their second album, “Infection” on May 5th. Made up of Franky Grudge and Anthraxe Killah, Body Bag Syndikate has been grinding for 6 years with no sign of stopping. These guys really got the night started. Their horrorcore meets trap style fit in tremendously amongst the crowd and it won me over as soon as they stepped on stage. Having not been incredibly familiar with this group, I didn’t really know any of the songs but dammit I was entertained and vibin’. As soon as their set ended I ran directly to their merch booth and grabbed my copy of the album. I was sure to tell Franky himself that they killed it. You can get their new album, “Infection”, on any digital market or at deadmediamarket.com

We were now in the thick of it. After popping by the BBS booth I made my way back to the photo pit. The following act was newest group signed by Majik Ninja Entertainment, Gorilla Voltage. If you haven’t heard these guys yet, stop right now and go listen. Their beats are always off the hook and the flow will take you on a rollercoaster you won’t want to get off of. Consisting of Mr. Grey and ClockworC, Gorilla Voltage were originally known as the Damn Dirty Apes. Their music is a fusion of hip hop, metal, and even some electronica. No matter the genre, they know how to take over with their soundwaves of excellence. Whenever one of their tracks start, you know you’re in for a ride. They played through a plethora of songs during their set, including both new and old. The duo even dropped a few of my favorite tracks including the self-titled “Gorilla Voltage” and an older DDA track, “Ape Shit”. These guys have quickly solidified themselves as one of my favorite musical groups. Please, if you take anything from this write up, it’s that these guys are dope!

As the set wound down I made my way to the merch booth to give the two some props. After a word or two I was back in the pit for MNE’s most controversial artist Young Wicked. Like I said, I’m not getting into any drama. I’ve always enjoyed Young Wicked, aka Otis. His chopper flow mixed with catchy, emotional choruses have always been a delight. Regardless of how you feel about him he’s always been real in his music. YW came out not giving a damn. He played through a plethora of tracks off of his Psychopathic release “Slaughter”, his MNE EP “Vengeance”, and even a new track or two off of the forthcoming “The Return of the Prodigal Son”. I don’t understand how anyone can deny this guy’s musical talents. The rapper/producer has killed it on all aspects of his art. I look forward to seeing where he goes from here.

I knew that the next act was sure to be the most live of the night. G-Mo Skee has been making his way through the hip hop scene since 2010. His lyrics have always been a fantastic blend of “geek culture”, horror, and overall DGAF wordplay. This guy is not afraid to speak his mind because he knows that he has the skill to back up everything he says. After signing to MNE in 2016 he dropped the excellent “My Filthy Spirit Bomb”; one of my favorite hip hop albums that brings back memories of the Slim Shady LP. G-Mo is one of the greatest lyricists on the scene and he’s finally getting his much deserved props. His set consisted mostly of tracks off of the aforementioned MNE release while working in earlier tracks like “Wombo Combo”. Members of the crowd were begging for the artist to perform his latest Violent J diss, “Pull His Resume”. Not one to shy away from controversy, G-Mo stated that the only reason he wasn’t performing it was because he didn’t have it memorized yet…but he’s getting there. Mark my words, you’re gonna be hearing a lot more from G-Mo Skee, and the INF Gang collective, in the near future. They’re all oozing with talent, keep your eyes peeled.

It was time for the main event. Having been a youngin’ during the early days of my fandom, I never had a chance to see Twiztid live. This was over a decade in the making…and they didn’t disappoint. The Demented Duo, along with drummer Drayven Davidson, killed it! The setlist consisted of mostly tracks off of the newer album, with others sprinkled in every so often. Most of the tracks came off of the newest album or W.I.C.K.E.D. They kicked off the set with their latest single “Kill Somebody”, and from that point forward they had the crowd in the palm of their hands. Every single person in that room knew every word to every single song. The crowd became one and it was almost a euphoric experience. If I remember correctly, the earliest track played was Juggalo anthem, “We Don’t Die”. This track had everyone vibin’ along, which is no surprise; even the crew and merch people were getting into it. Twiztid is a classic act that continues to evolve with every release. The new album, “The Continuous Evilution of Life’s Question Marks” has a bit of a rap/rock sound, reminiscent of the 2005 release, “Mutant”. I can’t say a negative word about these guys and I feel like those who do are shrouded by a mental blindfold. The set ended with the “Abominations” track, “LDLHA”. Having to be up early for work the following day, I made my way towards the door and began my trek home.

If this tour is coming to your town, go! Whether you’re a fan or not, you’re going to have a good time. Each artist brings something different to the table, and each of them know how to put on a killer show. If you’re looking to hear some old school Twiztid tracks this may not be for you but screw it, come on out anyway. The newer tracks are fantastic! Head on over to MajikNinjaEntertainment.com and DeadMediaMarket.com to learn more about all of the artists mentioned here.

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles

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SOUNDS OF THE SEASON: The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles’ Favorite October Albums!

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON: The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles’ Favorite October Albums!

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It’s that time of year again boils and ghouls! Can you feel it in the air? Well if you’re where we are then probably not. It’s been in the 80s all week and it feels more like August rather than the middle of October. I’ve been doing my best to stay in the Halloween spirt, and it has not been easy. However, to help with this I always listen to my favorite albums that just seem to put me in the mood for frights! In doing this, I’ve put together a list for you guys of my 10 favorite albums to listen to during this time of the year. Also, as a bonus, I’ve included a few notable artists that I like to listen to randomly as well to get me into the season. There are some cliché albums on here as well as a few you may not expect. Hopefully you find something new to bring you into the season of scares. So buckle up kiddies, and pour yourself a nice bowl of Boo-berries. Enjoy, my friends!

10 Favorite Halloween Albums



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10. ‘White Pony’ by Deftones

Deftones his hands down one of my favorite bands of all time. Each album holds a special place in my heart. The original release, without the “Back to School” bonus intro track, is one of my favorite albums to kick off the fall season with. Only Chino can pull off vocals that are both equally aggressive and haunting. It might also help that a few of these songs were used in various early 2000’s horror films like “RX Queen” in Valentine or “Digital Bath” being used in Soul Survivors. Don’t let the infamous nu-metal label this band’s early work receives deter you. This is a fantastic album that can certainly put you into that dark mood. You haven’t experienced life until you’ve sped down a back road with the windows down blasting “Passenger” on a cool October evening.

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9. ‘October Rust’ by Type O Negative

There’s not much to really say about this album as it needs to be experienced and not read about. I had listened to Type O sporadically before but I never got really into them until after Steele’s death six years ago. His vocals are spine chilling and if you ask me, Hollywood really missed out on remaking Dracula and putting him in the star role. I was torn between this and their “Bloody Kisses” release. This etched it out due to the name alone. If you’ve never heard either of these albums, go listen to them………after you’ve finished reading this of course!

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8. ‘Walk Among Us’ by Misfits

You can’t have a list like this and not have at least one Misfits record on it! For that I’m going with their debut full-length record, “Walk Among Us”. This record is fast paced, hard hitting, and filled with classic Misfits horror references. Whenever I listen to this I like to picture myself in a circle pit where everyone is dressed in a costume. What an amazing site that would be! In 2016 we’ve seen the original lineup of the Misfits reunite for amazing two shows and we had hoped to see more. Sadly, according to Danzig the reunion shows are the official close of that chapter in his life. Regardless, this is an amazing album to listen to, start to finish, when you’re gearing up for some epic “trick or treating”! Clocking in at only about 25 minutes, you need to dedicate a block of time to listen to this record every day in October!

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7. ‘Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666’ by HIM

Next to Peter Steele of “Type O Negative” no one has a voice that sets the tone of the season quite like Ville Valo of “HIM”. From the opening guitar lick you know that you’re in for an emotional gothic journey. The best way I can put this is the band got together and decided to write love songs for the graveyard. Also included in this release are two fantastic cover songs. The first of which is a cover of “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak. This song is, hands down, one of my favorite tracks to listen to as I start an October day. The original is haunting enough but HIM takes it to that next level of gothic metal! The second cover, often confused with Gus’s cover of the same song, “Don’t Fear the Reaper” is just as great, substituting the classic guitar riffs for a more synthy sound. My favorite HIM album and a great album to get you into a darker spirit!

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6. ‘Hellbilly Deluxe’ by Rob Zombie

I know, this is a very cliché choice, however, we’re getting down to the albums that not only put me into the October mood but the albums that put me into that oh so sweet Halloween Spirit! Largely regarded as Rob Zombie’s greatest solo effort, “Hellbilly Deluxe” is a solid horror metal album from beginning to end. Remember, this was Zombie before all of the movies. He had to place those grotesque images in our mind through the music, and he did just that. Of course you have the fantastic singles like “Living Dead Girl” and “Dragula” but there are also great overlooked songs like “Return of the Phantom Stranger”. Each song is like its own extreme fast paced horror film, it is exactly what you’d expect from Rob Zombie. If you’re reading this list I’m sure you’ve listened to this album before. I don’t care, go listen to it again!

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5. ‘Creatures’ by Motionless In White

If you’re familiar with Motionless in White you probably think of them as a Marilyn Manson/Breaking Benjamin industrial metal knock off, and you wouldn’t be wrong technically. MIW didn’t start out this way, they branched off from an oversaturated metalcore scene in which they were one of the few unique voices. This album, their first signed full length, encompasses that metalcore sound but mixes in more horror film references than you can handle. There’s an entire song dedicated to G Tom Mac’s “Cry Little Sister” from the Halloween classic, “Lost Boys”. If you like heavy industrial tunes, horror film references, and metalcore then this is essential listening. Sadly, this is their last release that played off their influence of fun horror and they moved into the Hot Topic/Manson sound. My fingers are still crossed for a special October tour where they play this album in full.

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4. ‘Calling All Corpses’ by Wednesday 13

Having been in the horror-punk game for 2 and a half decades there are multiple albums that could’ve been on this list that 13 contributed to. From his early work with Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13 to his work with former Slipknot drummer, Joey Jordison, in Murderdolls, Wednesday 13 specializes in fast paced, circle pit tunes centered around the macabre. However, where some of Wednesday’s work focuses on gore and scares, “Corpses” focuses on the fun, light hearted side of horror. It’s danceable, it’s catchy, and it’s a scary good time. One of my all-time favorite Halloween tracks is on this album, entitled “Silver Bullet”. Wednesday 13 is warning his lover that he was bitten the other night and when she comes to see him she should be equipped with silver bullets………just in case. It’s a sweet, unique take on the werewolf genre…..in song form! Please, I can’t encourage you enough, listen to this album!

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3. ‘Monsters of Drumstep 6.66’ by Figure

Here we go guys, getting down to the nitty gritty, my top 3 albums to listen to in the Halloween season. We begin with………sort of a cop-out. Figure is a Drumstep DJ, which mixes dubstep with drum and bass, who releases are horror themed album every year. He takes samples from different horror films and mixes them with his crazy beats that are sure to get even the grumpiest of ghouls up and dancing. So why is this a cop-out? Well, last year was the 6th year of his annual series and as a gift Figure shared a BitTorrent file labeled “Monsters Vol. 6.66”. The “album” contains 66 tracks. Most of the tracks are the greatest hits from the last few volumes with a few new songs sprinkled in. Now, although this isn’t an “album” per se, I must recommend you seek it out now. This is perfect for a night time drive or even a Halloween party. While you’re at it, check out Monsters 7, Figure just put it out a couple of weeks ago.

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2. ‘Hallowicked Compilation’ by Insane Clown Posse

I’m fully prepared for the hate I may receive for this album making the list.

Insane Clown Posse is a group that gets unwarranted hate from a lot of people who’ve never even heard a song of theirs. I will fully admit that from the years 2003-2007 I was a full blown “Juggalo” and “down with the clown”. Since that time I’ve distanced myself from this scene, but it’s more because of the fans than the music itself. That being said, this is a Halloween compilation that I’ve listened to every year since 2005. It’s an album that contains every one of the annual Halloween tracks the clowns put out up to its release. It’s funny, it’s scary, and it’s just a good time overall. Almost nothing gets me into the Halloween spirit as quickly as Violent J crooning, “life is so cold, life is so mean, just let me sleep until next Halloween”. Even if you’re avidly against ICP as a whole, this compilation deserves at least one listen.

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1. ‘Rob Zombie Presents Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures’

When you think of beloved Halloween Classics I’m almost certain that Rob Zombie’s “H2” is not on the list. I can’t blame people for hating it. The plot was completely convoluted, characters are unnecessarily over the top, and…..the white horse thing…..yeah. All of that being said, “H2” is a movie that I must watch every year. Even for that Halloween party scene alone, this is a movie filled with the good October feelings. You just need to find them. Now, in that party scene was an excellent psychobilly band fronted by Jesse Dayton named “Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures”. In conjunction with the film, that band put out a 10 track album sure to get your spooky hips shaken! Just take a look at some of the track titles and you can guess what you’re getting here. “Honky Tonk Halloween” is my quintessential Halloween song. The group knows it’s a novelty act and owns the hell out of it. It’s a primetime Halloween special in the form of a rockabilly album. What’s not to love?! If there is one album you listen to on this list, make sure it’s this one!

Other Notable Artists



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Birthday Massacre
Synth Wave Goth Rock from Canada. They’ve been around for almost 2 decades and, with their diehard fans support, have shown no signs of slowing down!

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Jonathan Davis
Frontman for Korn but also a very talented solo artist. He wrote a few very haunting songs for the lackluster film “Queen of the Damned”. Also, has a fantastic live solo album that was released in 2007. Check it out!

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Twiztid
The best thing to come out of and leave Psychopathic Records. These dudes are incredibly talented. Check them out if you like your spooky tunes mixed with fantastic hip hop.

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Calabrese
If someone were to ask me what the true modern day Misfits would sound like I would point them directly to this band right here!

GHOST
If you’re not familiar with Ghost, then what rock are you living under? Go! Listen to them now!

And that’s that! I hope you’ve discovered some new tunes. If not, I hope you were able to kill a couple of minutes with this read. I hope you all have a very very Happy Halloween! Now go listen to some tunes and watch some movies!

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles

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Insane Clown Posse Unveils Epic Infomercial For The 17th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos!

Insane Clown Posse Unveils Epic Infomercial For The 17th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos!

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It’s that time of year!  Detroit horrorcore rap legends Insane Clown Posse have unleashed their informercial revealing the full lineup for the 17th annual Gathering of the Juggalos!  The announcement of The Gathering and the informercials showcasing the event have become a much beloved internet tradition as we prepare to kick off the summer.

The infomercial, a homage and send up of the great infomercials of the ‘70s and ‘80s, depicts Gathering 17 as the only music festival in these United States where a person can be cured of Staleness, which affects people all over the world due to constant exposure to banal entertainment.

Gathering 17 assembles the best underground performers of hip-hop and rock-n-roll, including pop culture icons INSANE CLOWN POSSE, as well as TECH N9NE, TWIZTID, and the undisputed champion of rap storytelling…SLICK RICK!

Other performers scheduled to perform over the three-day include deathcore legends SUICIDE SILENCE, as well as EMMURE, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, and the depraved comedic antics of the iconic GWAR, not to mention, ‘90s legend…GREEN JELLY!

The 26-minute infomercial for Gathering 17 can be viewed on Psychopathic Records’ YouTube channel or check it out below!

For more information and a full lineup and schedule, visit www.juggalogathering.com.

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Insane Clown Posse’s 17th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos: Tickets and Passes Now On Sale

Insane Clown Posse’s 17th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos: Tickets and Passes Now On Sale

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Tickets and passes for the 17th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos, one of the nation’s biggest and most unique music events, are now on sale via www.juggalogathering.com.

An event you will never forget!

An event you will never forget!

The Gathering of the Juggalos, which has been heralded by Rolling Stone as one of the best summer festivals in North America, will celebrate its 17th year from July 20 – 23 at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio.

Created and headlined each year by the Insane Clown Posse, the Gathering of the Juggalos has grown each year to become a true summer tradition for thousands of music enthusiasts who come from all over the globe to experience a festival like none other.

Headliners and performers for the 17th Gathering of the Juggalos will be regularly announced in the forthcoming months. Currently booked performers include Twiztid, Dark Lotus, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Anybody Killa, Big Hoodoo, Axe Murder Boyz, Young Wicked, and of course … Platinum-selling recording artists and underground legends, the Insane Clown Posse.

The preview commercial for Gathering 17 can be viewed below.

More information is available at www.juggalogathering.com and www.insaneclownposse.com

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Insane Clown Posse Unleash Infomercial For 15th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos

Insane Clown Posse Unleash Infomercial For 15th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos

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It’s that time of year! The legendary Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records have released their infomercial announcing the artist lineup and details for the 15thAnnual Gathering of the Juggalos, which will be held at Legend Valley Concert Venue in Thornville, Ohio from July 23 – 27, 2014.

Now in its 15th year, the Gathering of the Juggalos has become one of America’s most exciting and talked-about underground music festivals. The Gathering has become a summer tradition for Juggalos (fans of Insane Clown Posse) and each year draws thousands of participants from all over the world.

This year’s lineup includes Cypress Hill, Biohazard, Cannibal Corpse, Tech N9ne, Dark Lotus, Twiztid, Three 6 Mafia offshoot Da Mafia 6ix, Dizzy Wright, Hopsin, Kottonmouth Kings, Yelawolf, La Coka Nostra, HED PE, Wayne Static, plus comedian Gilbert Gottfried and professional wrestler and Wife Swap participant Mick Foley.

Infomercials for the Gathering of the Juggalos have been parodied on “Saturday Night Live” and always provide plenty of irreverent entertainment for Juggalos and non-Juggalos alike.

The 23-minutes 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos infomercial is a tour de force and can be viewed below!

For more information, please visit www.juggalogathering.com

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Twiztid Set To Release New Documentary ‘The Long & Crooked Road’ On December 17

Twiztid Set To Release New Documentary ‘The Long & Crooked Road’ On December 17

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Twiztid have announced the details on their brand new DVD tour documentary “The Long & Crooked Road”, which is set for a December 17th release date through www.Twiztid-Shop.com. The documentary will chronicle the group’s recently completed Abominationz Tour with live footage, exclusive behind the scenes clips, and feature footage from the demented duo’s first ever Canadian tour.

Twiztid have also announced they will be holding a Christmas auction on December 9th through their website www.Twiztid.com, with all the proceeds going to the Humane Society, Toys for Tots and St. Judes Children’s Hospital in their hometown of Detroit, MI. The auction will have exclusive merchandise and Twiztid memorabilia that has never been available to the public.

Theatrical, outrageous, and wildly inventive, Twiztid’s infectious blend of hip-hop has been stalking the hip-hop scene for years. Now after lurking in the shadows, Twiztid are striking again with the release of their new album, “A New Nightmare”. Unapologetic, and lyrically ferocious, Twiztid are out to prove to hip-hop fans everywhere that their terrifying brand of dark, sinister hip-hop is sharper than a razor blade.

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Gathering of the Juggalos: P.O.D., Kottenmouth Kings And More To Stream Live!

Gathering of the Juggalos: P.O.D., Kottenmouth Kings And More To Stream Live!

The biggest event of the concert season!

With the infamous Gathering of the Juggalos creeping up quickly, the duo of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, better known as Insane Clown Posse, have announced that fans who can’t make it to Cave-In-Rock, IL can watch three days of madness go down, live from their very own living room, via Internet Pay Per View.

Pay for one day, or pay for all three, the choice is yours but you won’t be disappointed with acts like P.O.D, Kottonmouth Kings, Twiztid, Insane Clown Posse and more gracing the Main Stage. The outrageousness won’t stop there as JCW wrestlers take to the ring for Juggalo Bloodymania on tap for Sunday!

For more information on the Gathering of the Juggalos and to buy Internet Pay Per View tickets, visit:http://www.psychopathiclive.com/psylive/events/upcoming.

Also, be on the lookout for Insane Clown Posse’s new album, The Mighty Death Pop!, available in three tasty flavors starting August 14th! Make sure to pre-order all three albums of The Mighty Death Pop! including Black Pop!White Pop!and Red Pop! on iTunes now.

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