Plenty of chance to see The Protest

If you’re looking for a Christian metal band to get into, can’t go wrong with The Protest. The guys are teasing a new album on their website and are currently on a long tour that is likely coming near you.

The quartet delivers melodic metal with unapologetically Christian messages. Here are a couple of videos: “Welcome to the Freakshow” and the song that got me into the band, “Throw the Roses.”

Papa Roach back with vengance

Papa Roach is back May 19 with “Crooked Teeth.” The band has leaked out sneal peaks, “Help” in heavy rotation on SiriusXM and you can see the title track video here.

Both singles reveal the high-energy we love from Jacoby and the boys. Catch them this weekend at Rockville and at all the big upcoming festivals. See a full tour schedule at


Inching closer to new Seether

Seether will release its new record, “Poison the Parish” on May 12. I’m excited to hear the heavier side of the South African rockers again.

Here is a look back at a recent AP article with the “Let You Down” video, as well as tour dates below from Loudwire.

4/29 — Ft. Meyers, Fla. @ Monster Energy Fort Rock at JetBlue Park*
4/30 — Jacksonville, Fla. @ Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville at Metropolitan Park*
5/02 — Lancaster, Pa. @ Chameleon Club**
5/03 — Lancaster, Pa. @ Chameleon Club**
5/05 —Tuscaloosa, Ala. @ Druid City Music Hall**
5/06 — Nashville, Tenn. @ War Memorial Auditorium
5/07 — Concord, N.C. @ Carolina Rebellion 2017 at Charlotte Motor Speedway*
5/09 — Asbury Park, N.J. @ Stone Pony**
5/10 — Asbury Park, N.J. @ Stone Pony**
5/11 — Wallingford, Ct. @ The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale **
5/14 — Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues**
5/16 — Clifton Park, N.Y. @ Upstate Concert Hall**
5/17 — Niagara Falls, N.Y. @ Rapids Theatre**
5/19 — Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE**
5/20 — Columbus, Ohio @ Rock on the Range 2017 at Mapfre Stadium*
5/22 — Grand Rapids, Mich. @ 20 Monroe Live**
5/24 — Detroit, Mich. @ St. Andrew’s Hall**
5/25 — Detroit, Mich. @ St. Andrew’s Hall**
5/27 — Omaha, Neb. @ Sokol Auditorium**
5/28 — Pryor, Okla. @ Rocklahoma*
6/01 — Boise, Idaho @ Knitting Factory Concert House***
6/02 — Portland, Ore. @ RoZone Waterfront Stage — KFBW Radio Show*
6/03 — Seattle, Wash. @ 2nd Annual Crazy Beverage Bash at Showbox SoDo*
6/05 — San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore***
6/06 — Anaheim, Calif. @ House of Blues***
6/07 — Tempe, Ariz. @ Marquee Theatre***
6/10 — Saint Louis, Mo. @The Pageant***
6/11 — South Bend, Ind. @ The Bear’s Big Growl Six*
7/15 — Bridgeview, Ill. @ Chicago Open Air at Toyota Park*
7/16 — Indianapolis, Ind. @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre^
7/18 — Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogart’s^
7/19 — Cleveland, Ohio @ House of Blues ^
7/22 — Bangor, Maine @ Rise Above Fest at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion*
7/24 — Baltimore, Md. @ Baltimore Soundstage^
7/25 — Baltimore, Md. @ Baltimore Soundstage^
7/27 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Fillmore^
7/29 — North Myrtle Beach, S.C. @ House of Blues^
8/01 — Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Diamond Ballroom^
8/02 — Springfield, Mo. @ Gillioz Theatre^
8/04 — Saint Paul, Minn. @ The Myth^
8/05 — Milwaukee, Wis. @ Eagles Ballroom^
8/06 — Peoria, Ill. @ Limelight Eventplex^
8/08 — Kansas City, Mo. @ Uptown Theater^
8/09 — Sioux Falls, S.D. @ The District^
8/11 — Glendive Mont. @ Dawson County Fairgrounds ^
8/14 — Boulder, Colo. @ Boulder Theater^
8/16 — Wichita, Kan. @ The Cotillion Ballroom^
8/17 — Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues^
8/19 — San Antonio, Texas @ The Aztec Theatre^
8/20 — Houston, Texas @ House of Blues^
*Festival Date
**Featuring Letters From the Fire + Kaleido
***Featuring Through Fire + Kaleido
^Featuring Letters From the Fire + Big Story

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As We Ascend debuts a strong offering

Still a shame We As Human had to call it quits. The band name is gone but former members Jake Jones and Justin Forshaw have done their best to keep the rock going, just under a different name.

Jones and Forshaw teamed with Robert Venable to form As We Ascend. The Nashville-area band released “Farewell to Midnight” in March, a solid rock offering you need to pick up. The lyrics are unapologetically faith-laced and the guitars are as heavy as you loved from WAS. It features a couple of big rock name cameos.

“Hatchet” is up for interpretation but circles around breaking loose from someone who has “hands around my neck, you’re killing me.”

“Tell Me” is a rock radio single waiting to happen.

“When the Gun Goes” reminds me of early WAS and has a steady build into each chorus, a heavy vocal tip-toeing a hardcore line.

“End of Me” features Shinedown guitarist Zach Myers and has a very heavy RED-like chorus balanced with bouncy verses. Myers’s work is clear and a great addition to the album.

Heavy guitars are back to boss on “”Watch the World Burn” and “We Fight” and if there were ever a contemporary Christian song on a hard rock album, it’s “At My Door.” It sounds like the last song on an album (that’s a compliment) and features 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold.

Keep up the with band and get a signed disc here from their site. Looking forward to a tour soon.

DanTDM is touring the US

If you don’t know who DanTDM is, then you either don’t play Minecraft or you don’t have a gaming son.

DanTDM is one of the world’s most famous Youtubers, with nearly 15 million subscribers and nearly a million Twitter followers.

His spending the spring across the pond in the US with several dates, that are selling out. I’ll be at the New Orleans show on April 30 and will review the show. dantdmtour_hero