Due to overwhelming demand, Clutch have added a second Rocks off Boat Cruise on July 21st in New York City. The original cruise which sold out in minutes will board at 7:00 PM and run from 8:00 – 10:45 PM. Tickets for the newly added cruise which will board at 11:30 PM and run from Midnight – 2:30 AM go on sale for fan club members on Tuesday June 7th and the general on sale is set for this Friday June 10th.

On February 24th I went to see Parkway Drive and Set Your Goals perform at the Opera House in Toronto, Canada. The show was sold out, and the entire venue was packed. The main floor and the balconies were all filled with excited concertgoers. I’ve seen countless shows at The Opera House, and I’ve only witnessed it that crowded once – in 2008 when Bring Me The Horizon played there. As soon as I saw the size of the crowd, I knew it was going to be a good night.

Going to an Underoath show reminded me of my early days listening to metalcore and screamo. They were one of the first bands I got into that was part of that genre of music and their release They’re Only Chasing Safety had a big impact on my musical taste which was altered from then on. Over the years Underoath have gone through some member changes and just recently lost their last founding member, Aaron Gillespie, who with his signature drumming style and vocals was the band’s backbone.

One of the most successful rock groups of the 2000s has been Papa Roach. From their early days of nu-metal to the more recent near complete remodelling of their sound, the group has certainly changed with the times. Believe it or not, P. Roach has already released seven albums, the latest being 2010’s Time for Annihilation…On the Record and On the Road.

Few artists are rarely ever able to break away from successful bands and go solo. We’ve seen it done so many times before, from Chris Cornell’s less than stellar solo career (did anyone even hear “Scream”?) to the Scott Weiland solo releases (who even knew he released solo stuff?), it’s hard to break away from a popular band. Ed Kowalczyk of the massively successful ’90s alt rock band Live is the latest to take the solo plunge with the July, 2010 release of his debut solo record Alive.

Attention metalcore fans all around the globe; The Acacia Strain have released their live DVD, which includes two live shows, and a tonne of extra goodies. When it comes to tearing apart the stage, or getting a massive circle pit going, nobody does it better than TAS. So when my boss sent me an email asking if anybody wanted to cover it, I nearly shat myself and jumped at the chance. Here you go, kiddies!

From Wikipedia: Full Fathom Five is a live album by the band Clutch. The full name of the album is Full Fathom Five: Audio Field Recordings, differentiating from the accompanying DVD release Full Fathom Five: Video Field Recordings. The album was released on September 9, 2008. All tracks were recorded in late 2007 and early 2008 in four cities: Pittsburgh, PA; Sayreville, NJ; Boulder, CO; and Sydney, Australia.

I have never been a huge Foo Fighters fan. I honestly felt Dave Grohl was a bit of a hack. I have always felt that the very essence of some rock groups is in their acoustic abilities. It can be easy to go out and play with loud and barely tuned guitars and sound fairly good. It’s another thing to go out and strip your songs down to finely tuned acoustical instruments.