What you see is the most recent print campaign for our Apocalypse Series guitars, a bit different from the normal run of the mill guitar ad, but we intended that.

For nearly a decade we here at Schecter have been working with the Take Me Home foundation, a local Los Angeles rescue, and thought there has to be a creative and clever way to bring focus and attention to dogs in dire situations that need homes.
So we figured, why not feature adoptable pets in one of our campaigns with the hopes of reaching a bigger audience that could possibly help?

"Schecter Guitars had the brilliant idea of intertwining the worlds of Rock and Rescue," says Take Me Home founder Haze Lynn. "They have helped us (over the years) to raise thousands of dollars to fund medical assistance for animals in desperate need. Janice and Hendrix, which were ironically their given names, have been in an animal shelter for over a year. Vice President of Schecter Guitars, Marc LaCorte, was determined to give this bonded senior pair national exposure to help them find their forever family. Take Me Home Rescue is overwhelmed by their continued support."

If interested in donating to the cause or giving this lovable duo the rockstar life they deserve, please contact any of the following: or 


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Kaspar Boye Larson is not new to the scene. With an extensive background in the metal scene playing for bands like Withering Surface, The Kandidate and Thrium, Kaspar was an easy pick to join up with Volbeat. Volbeat coming from Denmark and playing a fusion of metal, rockabilly and thrash, they have pushed the limits on the cookie cutter metal scene.

We sat down with Kaspar during their U.S. tour supporting Avenged Sevenfold and Metallica to pick his brain on music, touring and his thunderous bass sound.

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What is the music scene in Denmark like?

 There's a lot of different things going on, but I'm quite excited about some of the more aggressive bands, check out Piss Vortex, UxDxS, Halshug  ao.

 What is your history with Volbeat, how did you come to play bass for them?

 I've known Michael (Poulsen) from the death metal days in the mid-nineties, so when they were in need of a stand in bass player for a European  tour back  in 2006 I jumped right in. I've played in The Kandidate and The Hitchcocks and we were fortunate enough to get some support gigs for  Volbeat, so I've  known the band for a long time.

 Your background seems to be more from the extreme metal side was it a hard jump to move into playing with Volbeat?

 No, not at all. Even though I have mostly played in kind of aggressive bands, and still do, my taste in music goes beyond heavy music. So it was  quite  exciting for me to finally get to play some different music, more focused on songwriting than riffs.

 What is some of your favorite bands and main influences as a bass player?

 For me everything started with The Cure, they changed my life, they got me into punk and new wave. 
volbeatbass3 Simon Gallup is a great inspiration, I love his sound and his very melodic basslines. Geezer Butler  is  another of my heroes, his bluesy playing is so inspirational.

 What brought you to working with Schecter Guitars?

 When I first started in Volbeat we needed instruments, since I only had a few myself and didn't  feel they  were the right choice, we tried
 out a lot of different basses, and ended up with Schecter since they had everything I was looking for.

How has the relationship been with Schecter seeing they are an American company and you being in Denmark?
It's been amazing really. We are often in the US so the distance hasn't been a problem.

You play a modified Nikki Sixx Signature model. What led you to that model over others?

I've used a Thunderbird before and loved the shape of that, so the Sixx model suited me perfect. It's really good when you like to hang the bass low.

If you could design your own bass how would you make it?
Well maybe a mix between the Sixx and a traditional P shape. That question needs a lot more thought.

How do your Schecter basses hold up on such a rigorous tour schedule it seems you have been touring nonstop all over the world?

They are really reliable, never had any problem with them and we have even played in pouring rain, they always work.

This tour with Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold seems to be a huge tour, what were some of the highlights and what is your relationship with those bands been like?

The tour is not even half through and it's been some amazing shows. Volbeat has toured with Metallica before, but for me it's the first time so naturally it's a major thing for me, a thing I never thought I would experience. Last year we toured with Avenged Sevenfold, so we know them and they are awesome people, I love to hang out with them when we got the time.

What is next in line for you and Volbeat after this tour?

When this tour with Metallica is over we are playing Wacken and then starts the European shows, which will run thru fall.


]]> (anthony)NewsThu, 15 Jun 2017 23:39:09 +0000

Tommy Bolan has joined Doro Pesch at Sweden Rock Festival and is planning to tour U.S.A.



Warlock - Triumph and Agony

Tommy Bolan of Warlock recently rejoined Doro Pesch at the Sweden Rock Festival to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their most successful album, "Triumph and Agony". Now they've decided to take the show on the road for a U.S. tour. Schecter sat down with Tommy Bolan to get his take on this huge reunion.

 How did this first come about?
Doro had called me towards the end of last year asking if I would be interested in playing live with her to celebrate the anniversary of the Warlock "Triumph and Agony" cd, which we had recorded together.

Have you and Doro kept in contact all these years?
Actually yes - we have always remained great friends and I have even jammed some Warlock tunes with her and her band a few times at her recent shows here in L.A.

Was this something you've been waiting for?
I have always been very proud of my work with Warlock and I have always had a great chemistry with Doro, so it's just really cool that this has all lined up.

Do you think this could turn into a world tour?
We have already played Sweden Rock and Norway Rock Festival and the USA are next. We (Doro and her band and I) are playing the entire "Triumph and Agony" cd live, which has never been done before. There are a lot of opportunities being presented ;)

How was it getting back on stage with everyone after all these years and on such huge festivals with so many people in the audience?
Doro and her band and crew are awesome, and made me feel very welcome. It was like coming home :) and there is always an awesome/unique vibe and feel for me when I play with Doro.

Do you think these performances are going to lead to some new Warlock music, or are these shows only a "one-time thing"?
There is a lot of "cool" talk and discussion going on and I think the future will be very rockin'!


These are the confirmed USA dates:
Sep. 08 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Sep. 10 - New York, NY  - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Sep. 12 - Westland, MI  -The Token Lounge
Sep. 14 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
Sep. 16 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go

Watch the "fan shot video" from the Sweden Rock Festival below:
*photos were provided by t.bolan and hold their own credit to the individual photographers


]]> (anthony)NewsThu, 15 Jun 2017 18:06:21 +0000

Watch the video from the title track "Condolences"


"Condolences" is the title of WEDNESDAY 13's seventh studio album. The album is available everywhere today via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Watch the the new video below.



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Here is the new music video for the song “Inadequate,” from the new Rings of Saturn album Ultu Ulla (Time Immemorial)!

Ultu Ulla releases on July 28th, 2017 on Nuclear Blast Records! World wide pre-orders are available now here!



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Mark Gemini Thwaite (or just 'MGT') has been a top tier guitarist in the Alternative, goth, and industrial rock world for over two decades. He has played guitar with some of the genres most influential and ground breaking bands such as The Mission, Tricky and Peter Murphy. He has also hit the strings on stage and in the studio for such elite artists as P.J. Harvey, Alanis Morrissette, Al Jourgensen and Gary Numan.
Between recording and touring with some of his heroes he found the time to write and record his own music. Starting with Mob research (with Paul Raven of Killing Joke), Primitive Race and his solo album 'Volumes' with special guests vocalists Ville Valo of Him, Wayne Hussey of The Mission and Ashton Nyte of the Awakening.


1. Let's start from the beginning, how did you come to play guitar for The Mission?
MGT: Its an Interesting story... The Mission advertised in the UK music magazines NME, Melody Maker and Sounds in 1992, announcing that they were looking for a guitarist and bassist. Original guitarist Simon Hinkler had left the band back in 1990, and the band had carried on as a three piece with Wayne Hussey on guitar. Bassist Craig Adams had been dismissed in 1991. My wife at the time suggested I apply as she felt I was perfect for the role, I assumed a thousand guitarists would apply so didn't think much of it but sent in a photo and demo cassette as requested... yes this was before mp3's! Amazingly I got shortlisted, auditioned and got the gig. So I suppose the moral of that story is dare to dream big.

2. Did this seem like a dream come true to play and write with such an influential musician like Wayne Hussey and The Mission?
MGT: Yes, definitely. The Mission were a pretty huge band in the UK at the time, they had been headlining arenas just a couple of years before, then they took two years off touring after Simon left and it was a case of rebuilding the brand. I think Wayne realized he needed the rock guitar foil that Simon had provided and I seemed to fit the bill. Ironically I didn't own any Mission records at that time – I was a big Cult fan however and my Duffy inspired guitar playing fitted well. I was well aware of many of the Mission's singles having received mainstream radio airplay in the UK back then. Wayne was a pleasure to work with, we really bounced well of each other at the auditions and we went on to write a few albums together.


3. Even before this you were already playing in a few bands and living in other countries. Tell me how you seem to have started your career by jumping right into the deep end of rock?
MGT: At the time of joining the Mission I was living in London UK, I'd moved down from Birmingham back in 1988 and ended up joining Spear Of Destiny after doing a brief stint in a band called 'The Children', an offshoot of Sex Gang Children formed by original bassist Dave Roberts. I got that gig after applying to an ad in the music press. I played some shows with Spear and also a 10th anniversary UK tour with Theatre Of Hate in 1991 – also fronted by Kirk Brandon who formed both bands - I was in place of original TOH guitarist Billy Duffy, who was busy with The Cult. I think this set me up to a degree with a decent resume for The Mission gig, plus musically I was a good fit. Prior to moving to London I had lived briefly in Toronto Canada back in 1985 at the age of 21 – where my Dad had moved a few years before from the UK – and I joined an up and coming unsigned Toronto band called National Velvet. We recorded some cool demos and I probably should have stuck around but I got homesick and ended up going back to the UK in 1986. Velvet ended up signing to a major label and releasing two great albums, one produced by Zeus B Held who went on to produce the 'SOD's Law' Spear of Destiny album I recorded with the band a few years later in 1992. It's a small world...

4. You seem to go from one Goth Icon to the next. How did you end up playing with Peter Murphy?
MGT: I got the gig with Peter Murphy in 2005 after hearing through the grapevine that he was doing a US tour and might need a guitarist, another 'cold call' so to speak. I was married to an American at that time, we were living in London. Wayne had disbanded the Mission back in 1996 after we did two albums and I ended up joining Tricky's live band in 1998 to promote his 'Angels With Dirty Faces' tour. I was approached by a UK session agency to audition for Tricky, they said he was 'looking for someone who can play like Anthrax'. This seemed pretty strange as I owned Tricky's first album Maxinquaye, considered a Trip Hop classic with very little rock guitar on it. I auditioned and got the gig. It transpired that Scott Ian of Anthrax had recorded a bunch of riffs on the 'Dirty Faces' album so they needed someone who could pull it off live. I ended up recording on the 'Mission Accomplished' EP in '99, the 'Blowback' album in 2001 (including a US arena tour as special guests with TOOL) and the 'Vulnerable' album in 2003 with Tricky before he was dropped from his label Epitaph. I had previously parted ways with The Mission after we reformed in 1999 and recorded the 'Aura' album as my touring commitments with Tricky clashed. So in 2005, not doing anything with those bands at the time, I moved from London to Los Angeles with my American wife to try something new, nothing musical on my calendar. This coincided with Peter's US tour to promote his current album 'Unshattered'. I approached his manager at the time and because of my varied resume with both The Mission and several albums with Tricky, I got the gig without being auditioned which was cool. This began a ten-year career playing for Peter's band, and two albums.


5. Can you tell us about recording the DVD with Peter Murphy playing a whole Bauhaus set?
MGT: Touring the all Bauhaus set in 2013 was a big deal for me. I'd been a huge Bauhaus fan back in the '80s and Danny Ash was a big inspiration as a guitarist. When I joined Peter's band in 2005 he wasn't playing any Bauhaus in his set at all, in fact Bauhaus had reformed that year and headlined at Coachella. I saw him as separating the two bodies of work. The Coachella gig was weird as during rehearsals at Swinghouse Peter went off and played the show at Coachella, I never got to see it as we were left to rehearse in his absence in LA for the PM tour! I used to amuse – or bemuse - Peter and the band with Bauhaus riffs in soundchecks and one day he suggested we throw one in the set, this was probably around 2007-2008.I guess Peter felt comfortable I could pull off Danny's riffs and more and more Bauhaus crept into our set over time, especially after Bauhaus had another falling out around 2007 whilst recording the final 'Go Away White' album. By the time of the 'Mr. Moonlight tour in 2013 we had played many Bauhaus songs scattered through Peters live set so a 100% Bauhaus set wasn't as big a stretch as it seemed, however I was quite nervous as I didn't want all the Bauhaus trainspotters dissecting my guitar work ha ha. We toured the Mr. Moonlight Bauhaus set around the world (it was one of the top 50 Pollstar tours of that year) and decided to capture it on film at the Henry Fonda venue in Hollywood in July of 2013. I think we did a good job. I'm my own worst critic at playing those songs correctly, there's only one Daniel Ash...there's only one Bauhaus.

6. What do you think you added to his already groundbreaking music?
MGT: My main objective on playing the 'classics' was to get the spirit of the original in my playing, but I would usually inject a bit of my own personality and rock n roll swagger to the songs, both new and old... I think that's a question better aimed at the fans, hard for me to say!

7. What are some other projects you've done that you are proud to have been a part of?
MGT: Well the recording session my Dad was most impressed by was when I recorded guitars with Roger Daltrey of The Who back in 1991, for a BBC radio musical radio play. Roger was playing the lead in the musical and sang the songs. He's such a legend and I really enjoyed what I came up with there. Recording with Ministry front man Al Jourgensen was also a blast, we released a single together on his label back in 2009. Getting to play live with Gary Numan a few years ago was also a dream come true, I used to play along to Tubeway Army songs when I was a spotty faced 13 year old on my Bontempi organ. Recording with former Killing Joke bassist Paul Raven on the Mob Research album was a blast as well, as such a big fan of Killing Joke. Also enjoyed working with KJ drummer Big Paul Ferguson recently on both his solo recordings and on the new MGT album with Ashton Nyte.


8. Every time I hear your name you are onto another project. You don't only play guitar but you do production and remixing. Are you handy around the Studio?
MGT: I don't really see myself as a 'studio' guy, I've had to learn how to use music software such as Logic studio so I could better record my own demos, migrating from a Tascam 4 track portastudio back in the 90s... and over the years I guess my experience and ability to produce good recordings has improved enough that they are releasable quality. Having done some remixes as well for various artists including Revolting Cocks, Aesthetic Perfection, Prong, The Wonder Stuff, Pop Will Eat Itself (PWEI), Skumlove and my old band The Mission... However, it's all mixed 'in the box', so I imagine if you threw me in a proper studio with outboard gear and a proper mixing desk I'd be out of my element!

9. Did your work with the late great Paul Raven (Killing Joke/Prong/Ministry) and Mob Research open the door to doing studio stuff with Al Jorgensen and some of his projects?
MGT: Yes, it was through Paul and his untimely passing in 2007 that I was introduced to Al and Angie Jourgensen. In fact, Al was originally planning to release the Mob Research album through his label Thirteenth Planet', then Paul died and the whole project lost direction for a couple of years. I bonded with Al and Angie as we consoled ourselves over Raven's death – died of a heart attack at the tender age of 46 – and this led to an invite to record some guitars on some new Rev Co material in 2009, and the collaboration on our Christmas single, plus we recorded some other songs as well with the late Mike Scaccia and Tony Campos of that Ministry era lineup. It was intended for an Alien Jorgensen 'solo' album...


10. In the last couple years you released Primitive Race and your own "MGT" Solo Project. Was this just something to pass the time or was this a long time coming?
MGT: I'm always up for working on new musical projects if I have the time. I'd left Peter Murphy's band in 2013 so I had some time on my hands, and the Primitive Race guys approached me to see if I was interested in adding some guitars to a pool of ideas and to maybe submit some of my own ideas. I ended up playing on most of the album and mixing over half of it in my home studio... quite a fun experience, and the approach of working with numerous singers was actually the inspiration to finally release my own solo album as 'MGT'.

I'd never had the desire to release a solo album as I'm not a singer. I see myself more as the 'Jimmy Page' of the operation, writing the riffs and avoiding the mic. I saw guitarist solo albums as self indulgent affairs, with lots of widdly lead guitar such as solo albums by Steve Vai, Joe Satriani etc. Amazing players but not my cup of tea. Working with different singers and hearing how the Primitive Race album hung together as a body of work despite the variety of vocalists and styles made me decide to put together my first -and possibly only- solo album and ask all of my singer friends to sing on my demos. I've never written lyrics usually, I always left the vocals to Wayne or Peter or Al Jourgensen etc., so I got my new and old demos together (musical arrangements all needing a vocal and lyrics) and started sending them to singers I knew and had worked with. I'm very pleased with the results, it's a great body of work but I have to give credit to the amazing singers I worked with, without them its just a bunch of riffs and lead guitars! In my defense I did compose and play almost all the instrumentation on 'Volumes', including bass, drum programming, some synths and keyboards, so that it was mostly an 'MGT' affair besides the vocals..

11. We've yet to see any touring from either of those projects is there anything in the works?
MGT: It was hard to tour the first Primitive Race album due to the logistics and availability of all the singers and musicians based all over the world, and was a similar issue with the MGT album and touring that live. We're currently recording Primitive Race PR2 with Chuck Mosley of Faith No More singing on the whole album this time, Dale Crover of Melvins on all drums, myself on all guitars etc. So there is talk of playing some club shows to coincide with that albums release in the Fall. This year I've been invited to perform the MGT album material at Wave Gotik Treffen Festival in Germany, arguably the worlds biggest gothic and darkwave festival, so I've put a band together – we're called 'MGT & Friends' - and will be performing a selection of songs from 'Volumes' as well as some other tracks from my career, including some Mission compositions. We're playing a London UK show as well and if it goes well will expand to more shows, including the USA.

12. With so many Special guests at the palm of your hands who would be in the live band if you took MGT out on the road?
MGT: A very good question... actually the reality is the logistics of a tour and the various locations and work schedules of each singer, so this limits our options. I've put a lineup together for my forthcoming European shows, and it will be exciting to see how it goes down. One thing is for sure, I've also written an entire new 'MGT' album with Ashton Nyte, the singer from The Awakening who sang two songs on 'Volumes', and we plan to play several of those new songs on the forthcoming MGT shows so Ashton is definitely playing a major part. The new album 'Gemini Nyte' sounds amazing and will be coming out in the Fall.

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13. How did your Endorsement with Schecter Guitars come about?
MGT: Once again I have Paul Raven to thank for turning me onto Schecter. We were working on the Mob Research album back in 2007 and he was raving about Schecter and what great basses and guitars they made and how well they looked after him, so he recommended I look at trying their guitars. After Paul died I went to see a band in LA and the guitarist was playing this beautiful white guitar and on closer inspection it was a Schecter Tempest. I reached out to Michael Ciravolo at Schecter (Paul had given me the info before he died) and Michael welcomed me with open arms. I was very impressed that acts such as The Cure and Ministry were Schecter artists, I felt in great company. And still do nearly ten years later.

14. What other Schecter models were you playing before you finally got your own Signature model?
MGT: Well the first model I got was that white Tempest I had seen on the gig, in fact it's the guitar I shot my first Schecter promo pic with in 2008. I also got a Corsair, as I'm a sucker for hollow body guitars. Then the Solo-6 debuted in 2009 and being a big long time Les Paul aficionado I asked for a Solo-6 custom in dark metallic blue, with bigsby and gold hardware and mirrored pickguard, and this became my unofficial signature Schecter for many years... also my black PT Fastback custom which was a mainstay on the Peter Murphy tours as well. My white Corsair custom with Duncan Phat Cats also became a go-to guitar on my shows with Peter.

15. Can you tell us how you designed your Signature model?
MGT: I have my old friend Wayne Hussey of the Mission to partly thank for sowing the seed for my official signature model. I'd introduced Wayne to Schecter a few years ago much like Paul Raven did for me, and I was glad to see Wayne take the Schecter models on tour and make them a mainstay of his live rig the last few years. Inevitably a Wayne Hussey signature model hit the stores last year, and I suggested to the guys that we create an MGT signature model based on the newer Solo-II model that had become my main guitar on tours last year with Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts. Using my previous customized Solo-6 as the template for the look, we went for all gold hardware, a B7 Bigsby instead of a B5 this time, once again the gold mirrored pickguard, Seymour Duncan JB4 bridge and Alnico Pro 2 neck coil tapping buckers, block inlays, rosewood fingerboard for warmth instead of the usual Ebony fingerboard, and a red stained mahogany back, neck, and sides to contrast against the ultraviolet top paint I chose. Schecter hadn't used ultraviolet on any of their Solo-II custom designs until now. So it was a revamped upgraded version of my 2010 Solo-6 model, but next level. My personal inspiration for the vibe was Neil Young's 'Old Black' customized LP with Bigsby, and Jimmy Page's legendary black LP custom with Bigsby that was stolen in the late 60s. I love the look of a guitar with a Bigsby, instantly retro.

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16. When most people hear the name Schecter Guitars they think Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach and Jeff Loomis. But there is a whole other side to Schecter instruments that many don't see. Musicians like yourself bring this retro side to life. How has Schecter played a part in shaping your style and sound?
MGT: Schecter has allowed me to explore their solid body and retro hollow body guitar options and truly discover what works best for myself and the sound. I have a pretty varied palate of sounds and tones and there's always a Schecter guitar in my rig that will nail the sound I am looking for. The ultimate realization of this is in my new MGT Signature model Solo-II which is a super versatile guitar.

17. You, being a well-rounded influential guitarist, what are some of your influences?
MGT: I grew up in the UK in the '70's so my first love was British punk and metal, so players like Stuart Adamson of The Skids, Steve Jones of the Pistols and Bob Andrews of Generation X were big early influences. So was Danny Ash and hard rock players such as Alex Lifeson, Gary Moore, and Michael Schenker of UFO. Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd was also a massive early influence, as was Robert Fripp and Mick Ronson with Bowie, and later Prince, Jimmy Page, Andy Summers, Geordie Walker of Killing Joke, John McGeoch of the Banshees and P.i.L , Steve Stevens and Brian Setzer. The list is endless...

18. What can we expect from you in the future?
MGT: The new Primitive Race album 'PR2' drops in the Fall. Fans of early FNM and Chuck Mosley will want to check this album out, it's a hard rocking mofo with some of my best hard rocking guitar work in years. Also, the forthcoming MGT album with Ashton Nyte will also drop this fall, entitled 'Gemini Nyte'... looking forward to performing live again in June! I'm also working on some new Ascension of the Watchers recordings with Burton C Bell of Fear Factory that is also sounding really cool. I also got Burton to add a guest vocal to my new album! Watch this space.



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Jeff and Keith are together again to play songs from their highly acclaimed Conquering Dystopia project and to talk guitar with fans. This will be the only chance to see them this year in Europe!

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June 6th - The Palm Studio PARIS France 05:00 PM

June 7th - The Abyss rockclub Gothenburg, Sweden 7:30 pm

June 8th - Delux music Oslo, Norway Thorvald Meyersgate 33a 6:00 pm

June 9th - 4sound Söder Folkungagatan 54 Stockholm, Sweden 5:00 pm

June 10th - Cris Music MILANO, Italy 04:00 PM

June 11th - Guitar Tortona TORTONA (AL), Italy – Clinic 04:00 PM – Meet & Greet 06:00 PM

June 12 - Dragon Music FORLI' (FC), Italy - Clinic 04:00 PM – Meet & Greet 06:00 PM

June 13 - Vieri Niccolini AREZZO, Italy -  Clinic 05:00 PM – Meet & Greet 06:30 PM

June 14th - Your Music ROMA, Italy Clinic 05:00 PM – Meet & Greet 06:30 PM

June 16th - "The Zone" Tel Aviv, Israel Clinic 2:00pm

]]> (anthony)NewsWed, 17 May 2017 18:11:14 +0000

In This Moment "Oh Lord" Official Video off the upcoming album 'Ritual', available July 21st on Roadrunner Records/Atlantic Records.

Pre-order our new album RITUAL and instantly receive a download of the new single "Oh Lord" here -

Tour dates are as follows:

Jun 19 Soaring Eagle Casino ResortMount Pleasant, MI
Jun 20 LimelightPeoria, IL
Jun 21 Mingiewood HallMemphis, TN
Jun 23 Judson F Williams Convention CenterEl Paso, TX
Jun 24 Lonestar PavillionLubbock, TX
Jun 25 Abilene Civic CenterAbilene, TX
Jun 27 The Diamond BallroomOklahoma City, OK
Jun 28 The PageantSaint Louis, MO
Jun 30 The FillmoreCharlotte, NC
Jul 01 House of BluesNorth Myrtle Beach, SC
Jul 02 The NorVaNorfolk, VA
Jul 03 Freedom HallLancaster, PA
Jul 05 State TheatrePortland, ME
Jul 07 Asbury Park Convention HallAsbury Park, NJ
Jul 08 Main Street ArmoryRochester, NY
Jul 09 Packard Music HallWarren, OH
Jul 11 Coronado TheatreRockford, IL
Jul 12 McGrath AmphitheaterCedar Rapids, IA
Jul 14 Ink in the ClinkMansfield, OH
Jul 15 Shiley Acres FarmInwood, WV
Jul 16 The RitzRaleigh, NC
Jul 19 MetroplexLittle Rock, AR
Jul 21 Concrete Street AmphitheatreCorpus Christi, TX
Jul 22 South Side BallroomDallas, TX
Jul 23 La Hacienda CenterMidland, TX
Jul 25 The CotillionWichita, KS
Jul 26 7 Flags Event CenterDes Moines, IA
Jul 28 Orpheum TheaterMadison, WI
Jul 29 Mayo Civic AuditoriumRochester, MN
Jul 30 Fargo Civic AuditoriumFargo, ND
Aug 01 Bismarck Event CenterBismarck, ND
Aug 03 Shrine AuditoriumBillings, MT
Aug 04 Ironhorse SaloonSturgis, SD
Aug 05 Centennial Mall & M StreetLincoln, NE
Sep 22 High Elevation FestivalDenver, CO

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Doll Skin has been enjoying an unbelievable wild ride with Megadeth's David Ellefson at the wheel. When discovered by the Megadeth bassist at a local school talent show, Doll Skin showed such talent and potential that Ellefson offered to manage and produce the band. He was so impressed with their music that he started EMP Label Group to release their debut album "In Your Face." The album took off like a bat out of hell and they were soon on tour with Otep, Hell Yeah!, and many others. Fast forward to now and their new album, "Manic Pixie Dream Girl", is scheduled for release on June 16. They'll hit the road with the Warped Tour, followed by a full USA tour in July. We caught up with guitarist Alex Snowden, vocalist Sydney Dolezal, and bassist Nicole Rich to find out more about Doll Skin's remarkable journey.


1. It seems your lives have exploded into a dream come true scenario. When you started the band a few years ago did you ever think this was going to happen so fast?

Nicole: When we started out we expected this to be a one-time thing, just playing together for fun. We had no idea David Ellefson would be watching us and later deciding to manage us, and we had no idea we would have so many people believing in us. I don't think any of us ever thought we would be in the position we are today. It's a complete dream come true for all of us. It feels like only yesterday we were daydreaming of being on the Warped Tour, and this summer we're playing it! It's been a lot of hard work up until this point, but we truly are living what we've all wished for years.

2. It seems you've been touring constantly since the album came out. What was your favorite tour?

Alex: I would have to say our second run with Otep was a personal favorite! We had become good friends with the Otep crew after our first tour with them, and we started to feel very at home on the road. Our mini-tour with Hell Yeah! and Escape the Fate has definitely been a favorite as well. All of the shows and crowds were crazy energetic, and the ETF and HY! guys could not have been more welcoming.          

3. How did your Schecter Guitars hold up to the constant touring?

Nicole: Mine has been amazing! I never had an issue with it on the road. It's been so sturdy and has sounded amazing all throughout the nonstop touring we did last year. I've banged it around for sure, and never has it failed me!

Sydney: I am thoroughly impressed with how both of my guitars held up. I have to admit, I can be rough with my guitars, and I still haven't had any issues with them! I've had issues on the road with other equipment, but never with my guitars. They've always been reliable tools of my trade.

Alex: Mine have held up extremely well. I would always worry about my guitars and how they would react to changes in temperature and humidity - on top of being stored underneath our RV and tossed around all day long, but my Schecters are tough as nails. Of anything that could go wrong with gear, guitar issues were rare.

                                                                           ALEXDS    SYDDS     NICDS

4. Which guitar is your work horse, your favorite?

Nicole: My Schecter Diamond Series Jazz Bass has been by my side since I moved to Schecter. It's never let me down and has an amazing tone live and for recording. It's my baby.

Sydney: I've used my baby blue Ultra III almost every day of every tour ever since I got it. Having three pickups on it makes it super easy to get different tones and sounds out of one guitar. I use my PT Special mostly as a backup, because I know that if I need it, it will be ready.

Alex: My Tempest Classic is definitely my work horse. I've had it for a little over three years and it's been to every single show since I got it. She has just recently gotten a break when I got my Tempest Hellraiser Hybrid.

5. What can we expect from this new album "Manic Pixie Dream Girl"?

Nicole: Our new album takes a completely different direction than our previous album in a good way. We put ourselves into these songs 300 per cent, and are putting out music we all feel completely proud of. We can't wait for everyone to hear it all. This album has been over a year in the making and shows how we've matured and progressed musically in so many ways. We wrote around the concept of the 'manic pixie dream girl' and let ourselves be influenced by so much going on around us that it really tells a story.


6. How will it be different from the debut album?

Alex: This new album is much more defined and collected than our first one. We have all grown as musicians and writers since our first attempt on "In Your Face!", and it shows in the intricacies of the new tracks. MPDG brings a super eclectic, energetic vibe to the world of Doll Skin.

7. David Ellefson seems to really believe in your band, even starting a label to bring your music out to the world. How is it working with him?

Sydney: David is such a helpful ally for us to have at such an early stage of our career. Not only is he helping us get a leg up on the game with all of these amazing opportunities, he's a really important friend to all of us. He gives us amazing advice as well as helping us get to all the places we have gotten. He constantly encourages and pushes us to do and be everything we can be. One of my favorite things David always says is, "I open the doors for you ladies and you do the rest". He has faith in us that no matter what, we will always be our best in any opportunity he helps us get.

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Alluvial is a collaboration between guitarists, Keith Merrow and Wes Hauch. They teamed up to craft a dark and heavy instrumental album comprised of 10 emotionally-driven songs. Musically, this album confronts battles with depression, anxiety, crippling self-doubt, raw anger, and introversion. The mood of this music is very personal and will send you deep into the minds of these artists, allowing you to identify with it in your own way, without the need for lyrics to guide you.

Alluvial is hitting the road this week with Animals as Leaders and Veil of Maya.
The tour will start today, May 2nd in Salt Lake City Utah and end June 3rd in San Diego, Ca.


Tue/May-02 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Wed/May-03 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
Thu/May-04 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Fri/May-05 Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellies
Sat/May-06 Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre
Sun/May-07 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
Fri/May-12 Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
Sat/May-13 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
Sun/May-14 Greensboro, NC @ Pete's
Fri/May-19 Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks
Sat/May-20 Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
Sun/May-21 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Tue/May-23 Richmond, VA @ The BroadBerry
Wed/May-24 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Thu/May-25 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Fri/May-26 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Sat/May-27 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Mon/May-29 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
Tue/May-30 St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
Thu/Jun-01 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Fri/Jun-02 Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
Sat/Jun-03 San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park



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