From Ashes to New brought The Blackout Tour, Part 1, to Big Night Live in Boston last week. Along for the ride were The Word Alive, Catch Your Breath, and Ekoh. This made for an interesting lineup that turned out to be a really good mix for a great night!
Rapper Ekoh began the night with a rap set for the masses. Ekoh played with DJ Kode and a drummer on the stage. They played songs like “Ted Talk,” “Wayside,” “Freestyle 3,” and “Hello Loneliness.” If you like rappers like NF and Chris Webby, then Ekoh is one to look into next. Ekoh also has many features with different artists of many styles of music. I originally found Ekoh through his song “Hello Loneliness,” which he does with Lo Spirit.
Up next was Catch Your Breath. They played seven songs, including popular songs like “Dying on the Inside,” “Cycles,” and “21 Gun Salute.” Ekoh appeared for their third song, “Mirrors,” which he does a feature on. Hearing them do the song live made me appreciate the song more. Their closer was “Dial Tone,” which has been a song on repeat for me over the last few months.
The Word Alive is always a pleasure to see live. I’ve been watching the band progress over the past decade, and it’s been a fun journey. Opening with “Strange Love,” they mostly played their newer material. “Trapped” and “Play the Victim” were the oldest songs on their setlist. Vocalist Telle puts on a stellar performance with lots of energy and engagement with the crowd and photographers. They also played “Slow Burn” and ended with “New Reality.”
From Ashes to New came on the stage after their big screens played a PlayStation-like game for their intro. They then vaulted into “Armageddon” and “Dead to Me.” Most of their songs were from their new album Blackout, including “Monster in Me,” “Hate Me Too,” and “Heartache.” They also played “Scars That I’m Hiding.” “Panic.” and “Broken.”
During the band’s encore, they closed with three songs: their cover of “All I Want for Christmas is You,” “Crazy,” and “Through it All.” It was fun to shoot From Ashes to New again since I got to see and shoot them back in August. Overall, this was a stellar night of live rock n’ roll, featuring four musical acts that have really hit their stride.
Max & Iggor Cavalera’s Blood Brothers Coffee Available Soon
Legendary metal brothers Max & Iggor Cavalera bring you a taste of home from the coffee bloodline buried deep within the sacrificial soil.
The Tribe has spoken! Arise from the grave and drink from the lifeblood! Legendary metal brothers Max & Iggor Cavalera have gone back to their roots to bring you a taste of home from the bloodline buried deep within the sacrificial soil. Dubbed the world’s “bloodiest” coffee, this coffee lives up to its reputation as the heaviest of the Brazilian Legenders, with its deep, rich notes that will thump and chug your heart right out of your chest!
This bone-breaking brew was handpicked by the Cavalera Tribe themselves to inspire generations of headbangers to come. So, take your place on the totem around the tribal fires, and drink from the sacrificial lifeblood today, and experience an intense, immersive coffee experience like no other!
Concept Cafes tell us:
“Collaborating with the Tribe, we wanted to accomplish two things with ‘Blood Brothers’…: 1) further push the initiative that Metal has a place in the coffee world beyond the burnt leftovers from the factory floor & 2) share the often overlooked, yet some of the best coffee in the world, that comes out of Brazil. The collective challenge was how do you package 40 years of legacy from such an influential & integral part of Metal history into a bag/can of coffee…? Furthermore, how do you represent Brazilian culture, and most importantly, how do you humbly present the best offering to metalheads around the world? But Max & Iggor, and the rest of the Cavalera Tribe, actually made it pretty easy for us once we started working with them. When you see the level of passion & devotion they have for the music and touring for the fans, it really is awe-inspiring; so everything kinda just started to come together on this project ‘organically’. Marina (Concept’s head artist) & I had the initial idea that if we could make everything organic enough to pay tribute to Max’s love for camo, we might just pull this off. How’d we do…? LOL”
Max & Iggor’s “Blood Brothers” coffee was a semifinalist in the coffee industry’s prestigious 2023 Sprudgie Awards (the equivalent of the Grammys in the coffee world).
You can pre-order Max & Iggor Cavalera’s Official ‘Blood Brothers’ Coffee Cold Nitro Brew Cans available in espresso, non-dairy latte & flavoured latte versions here.
Cassetta Release Their New Single “Give Them Nothing”
Cassetta, a metal supergroup composed of members of Suicide Silence, Scars of Tomorrow, have released their single “Give Them Nothing.”
Brace yourselves for the sonic onslaught from Cassetta, a greater Los Angeles hardcore group that has released their latest sonic juggernaut, “Give Them Nothing.” This blistering single has permeated streaming services, hitting platforms including Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, and all major DSPs.
Drawing from the deepest, most primal recesses of musical intensity, Cassetta masterfully melds influences from past and present hardcore/metal favourites, forging a relentless, bone-crushing wall of sound that will leave listeners breathless. The accompanying live performance video of “Give Them Nothing” is slated for release on the band’s official YouTube channel in the coming weeks.
“Give Them Nothing” stands as a testament to the band’s uncompromising vision, self-produced and mixed by Jeff Dunne, known for his work with heavyweights such as Knocked Loose, Make Them Suffer, Veil Of Maya, and Emmure. Cassetta’s ethos is one of raw power, eschewing frills in favour of unadulterated hardcore energy, with vocalist Conor Eaton’s introspective lyrics guiding listeners through a dark, deeply personal journey.
Comprised of vocalist Conor Eaton (The Keeper), guitarist/songwriter Kevin Fifield (Pressure Cracks/Scars of Tomorrow), Marc Motley (The Arson Choir), Bob Bradley (Fake Figures/Scars of Tomorrow), and Alex Lopez (Suicide Silence), Cassetta is a powerhouse collective poised to dominate the hardcore scene.
In addition to the forthcoming single, Cassetta has also unveiled a limited edition two-song cassette featuring their previous hits, “Swallow the Sun” and “Thin Blue Crime.” This exclusive cassette, accompanied by enamel pins and two distinct shirt designs, is available now via the band’s official Bandcamp store.
Bullet for My Valentine & Trivium Reveal “The Poisoned Ascendancy” UK Tour
Following much speculation online, Bullet for My Valentine and Trivium have revealed details of a huge, joint arena tour.
Following much speculation online, Bullet for my Valentine and Trivium have revealed details of a huge, joint arena tour at a press conference which was streamed live from London’s Sanctum Hotel. The Poisoned Ascendancy UK Tour 2025 will see both bands celebrating the 20th anniversary of these respective iconic albums, playing them in full.
Bullet for my Valentine frontman Matt Tuck says:
“I honestly can’t believe it’s been 20 years since the release of The Poison, and what an incredible 20 years it’s been. I feel so proud of what we’ve achieved as a band in the last two decades and it all started with that debut album. The Poison is such an important part of our lives musically and personally and we know the massive impact it had on the metal world on a global level. This tour will be made even more special as our brothers in Trivium are also joining us on the road to celebrate and play in its entirety their stunning album Ascendancy.”
Matt Heafy of Trivium adds:
“Bullet For My Valentine’s The Poison and Trivium’s Ascendancy are two records whose influence can be heard to this day – in the DNA of modern metal. It’s incredible to think of the impact the albums had when they came out in 2005. They were both like bolts of lightning. Both bands grew up independently of each other in different countries and separately from any movement or scene but both shared a common love of melodic heavy metal at the core; and both had similar meteoric rises right out of the gate.
Trivium and BFMV were in such whirlwinds when our respective albums came out that we each never truly got to play together or sit back and celebrate during the maelstrom of constant touring, recording and globetrotting. But that’s what this anniversary tour is. It’s a celebration by the bands to the fans of an important era, and most importantly it’s an invitation to fans come and have an epic night with us and sing and rage and celebrate the awesome power of the music.”
“This is going to be the metal tour of 2025. Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium The Poisoned Ascendancy World Tour 2025. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of both albums and playing them in their entirety. Get excited people, it’s going to be special and we can’t wait to celebrate with you all.”
You can read our review of Bullet for my Valentine’s Massachusetts show on October 10 here.
You can also read our review of Trivium’s previous UK show in Leeds on September 3 here.
26.01.25 – Utilita Arena, Cardiff
28.01.25 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
30.01.25 – Co-op Live, Manchester
31.01.25 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
01.02.25 – The O2, London
Tickets go on sale Friday 1st March at 10am (GMT) here: http://myticket.co.uk/artists/bullet-for-my-valentine-trivium.
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