Royal Blood Makes a stop at Ace Of Spades

Royal Blood

Mike Kerr, Vocalist and Bass for the England band Royal Blood, playing bass next the bands drum set at Ace of Spades in Sacrament Calif. Photo by: Bryce Fraser

Bryce Fraser
Shiftsync Media

Sacramento was sold out last Sunday by England band Royal Blood. It was impressive how popular they are being that they just released their first self-titled Album and already have a sold out crowd. The band will also be touring with Foo Fighters this summer.

The band started the night with “Come On Over”, “Cruel”, then Mike Kerr talked to the crowd and said “in England we have an old saying” and then began to play Figure It Out. During Little Monster the crowd amped up and the first moshing of the night started once the song began. The crowd cheered loudly afterward. The crowd then started chanting for the song “Blood Hands” and got what they asked for.

Fans started bobbing their heads up and down during the song “Ten Tonne Skeleton”. It was one of my favorite songs of the night, it was really a sight to see it performed live. Half way through the song Kerr raised his glass to the crowd and took a drink, then continued on. They picked up their energy during the song “Loose Change” they really started to move across the stage. After the song Kerr wished everyone a Merry Christmas this was an ironic joke by the front man because it was in the middle of April.

Kerr moved to the right side of the stage and played the first cords of “Out of the Black” then moved to the left side and played some cords to work up the audience. Kerr had fans raise their hands right before they went full blown into their song. The crowd went wild. Both Kerr and Drummer, Ben Thathcher, gave the most energy all night for “Out of the Black”. During the song Thathcher touched some hands of the audience right before he himself went crowd surfing. After this, fans stared to crowd surf as well and the audience went crazy. Kerr himself walked down into the crowd while playing.

Kerr raised his guitar to fans, threw his pick and even showed off a T shirt that a fan had thrown up on stage earlier then walked off. Thathcher came up and bowed and shot a kiss to fans.

The crowd shouted for an encore but the venue light came on and it was time to leave. Royal Blood left Sacramento with fans loving them and wanting all they can get from the band.



New York, NY) – Sons of Texas debut studio album, Baptized in The Rio Grande (Razor & Tie), has landed at #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #143 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart with 2273 units sold in its first week at retail.  The new album also debuts on a series of other Billboard charts including #10 on Hard Rock and #36 on Rock. Baptized in The Rio Grande is available now at iTunes HERE ( or Amazon HERE.
The band’s debut single, “Baptized in the Rio Grande,” is currently #32 and climbing at rock radio.  The video for the song can be watched here:
Baptized In The Rio Grande was produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, All That Remains, Gojira). The band will be hitting the road playing a few major festivals such as Welcome to Rockville, Rocklahoma and Carolina Rebellion with more tour dates to be announced soon (tour dates below).
Press Raves
“Drawing liberally from the power-metal grooves dug by fellow Texans Pantera — and making absolutely no apologies for it — the upcoming album of the same name is muscular in just about every aspect, from Mike Morales’ vocals to Jes de Hoyos’ guitar work and the fraternal rhythm section of Mike and Nick Villarreal.”
Houston Press
Sons of Texas set power-riff metal on fire.” – Crave Online
“Sons Of Texas combine filthy southern metal grooves with a modern rock flair that is dangerously infectious.”
Pure Grain Audio
Sons Of Texas was spawned in McAllen, Texas, a valley town without the music legacy of Austin or Arlington. The scene vibes “music for music’s sake” with metalcore bands, blues-rock bands, and straight up rock n’ roll bands swapping members and sharing bills. Sons Of Texas solidified in 2013 around a lineup of local all-stars. The young quintet’s debut, Baptized In The Rio Grande is a Texas-sized portion of power metal grooves, dazzling guitar solos, strip joint/tailgate sing-along choruses, and soulfully charred vocal melodies. The group is Mark Morales, vocals, Mike Villarreal, drums, Nick Villarreal, bass, Jon Olivarez, rhythm guitar, and Jes De Hoyos, lead guitar.
Sons of Texas new album is the latest success for Razor & Tie, which finished 2014 as the #2 overall label at Rock Radio and the #1 indie label.
Sons of Texas Tour Dates
April 22 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
April 25 – Jacksonville, FL – Rockville Festival
May 2 – Concord, NC – Carolina Rebellion
May 23 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
May 31 – Dallas, TX – KEGL Festival

SHATTERED SUN Join “Dark Roots of Thrash II” Tour Alongside Testament and Exodus New Album Hope Within Hatred Available April 21


File Photo Credit: Bryce Fraser Chuck Billy lead singer of Testament preforming at the Aftershock Fest in 2012.


Texas metal assailants SHATTERED SUN will be joining the “Dark Roots Of Thrash II Tour”, undoubtedly the most crushing heavy metal tour to hit North America this spring, as direct support to legendary thrash titans TESTAMENT and EXODUS.  SHATTERED SUN took the roots of their Southern backdrop, infusing state-of-the-art metal and created Hope Within Hatred, the debut album to be released April 21, 2015 via Victory Records.


“We are ecstatic to announce this tour with TESTAMENT and EXODUS,” offers SHATTERED SUN frontman Marcos Leal. “This will be our first national tour and we couldn’t be more ready to represent and show the world what we are all about!  We have been anticipating getting out there and playing our new album “Hope Within Hatred” to the fans, so the moment we have been fighting for has finally arrived!  Thank you to TESTAMENT for having us out, this is a huge honor for us and we look forward to wreaking havoc with our brothers in metal EXODUS.”


EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt adds, “EXODUS are very excited in the most violent of fashion to announce our part in the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour with our old friends and label mates TESTAMENT, as well as soon to be new friends SHATTERED SUN!


TESTAMENT, EXODUS and SHATTERED SUN “Dark Roots of Thrash II” Dates:

4/01/15   Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

4/02/15   House Of Blues – Hollywood, CA

4/03/15   Livewire – Scottsdale, AZ

4/04/15   Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

4/06/15   Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX

4/07/15   House Of Blues – Houston, TX

4/08/15   House Of Blues – Dallas, TX

4/10/15   Pop’s – Sauget, IL

4/11/15   Mojoes – Joliet, IL

4/12/15   Harpo’s – Detroit, MI

4/13/15   The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI

4/15/15   Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON – CANADA

4/16/15   Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY

4/17/15   Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

4/18/15   The Palladium – Worcester, MA, New England Metal & Hardcore Festival

4/19/15   The Paramount – Huntington, NY

4/21/15   Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY

4/22/15   Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN

4/23/15   Masquerade – Atlanta, GA



Aftershock 2014 Hits Discovery Park once again


Rob Zombie preforming for the on the Aftershock festival on the north stage at Discovery park, in Sacramento, CA

Aaron Smirl, writer
Shiftsync Media


The Offspring’s Dexter Holland preforming for the on the Aftershock

The Aftershock Music Festival took place for its third year in a row at Discovery Park in Sacramento. Over thirty thousand fans showed up  to see their favorite bands preform. Despite high temperatures and a blazing sun, many epic bands and even some local ones gave all that they they had to preform for 2 days.

Hell Yeah: While waiting for the band to enter the stage, the audience started to chant Hell Yeah until they came out on  stage. They had a lot of energy, jumping around on stage playing an insane show and even as the set came to a close the fans wanted more of Hell Yeah screaming their name. They played a mixture of high energetic songs including Sangre Por Sangre (blood for blood), You Wouldn’t Know, Drink Drank Drunk and more.

The Offspring: They were energetic and interactive with the crowd, along with playing a lot of there classic fan favorites such as Pretty Fly (For a White Guy), The Kids Aren’t Alright, Self Esteem. They also including some of the newer songs from their latest record: You’re Gonna Go Far Kid, ect.


Jonny Hawkins preforming for the on the Aftershock

Memphis May Fire: They put on a great show, that felt very lively and captured the audience captured the emotions of the songs, and it was nonstop action from the band. The lead singers voice projected very well, and there was a big difference between the vocalist voice from then to now  showed in their live performance, and  the audience was blown away from their sound giving fans a mixture of new and old material, and sounded exactly right off the record.

Nothing More: Nothing More played all songs from their new self titled album. The band gave it their all on stage. Their song This is The Time really got fans into a frenzy and gave way to the ones that followed such as Jenny, Mr. MTV, and Christ Copyright. Nearing the end of their set they played an instrumental where vocalist Jonny Hawkins showed off some percussion skills and we saw the guitarists together on a custom stand that held both instruments and played simultaneously.

DAY 2 of Aftershock consisted of another group of amazing Bands and Artists


Rob Zombie’s bass guitarist Piggy D. preforming for the on the Aftershock

Rob Zombie:Rob Zombie came out, for many fans it was a long wait for this moment, the band had a lot of great visual effects. The mic stand for Zombie was made of  chrome shaped into the likeness of a horned  demon. Zombie came out with an American flag and a cowboy hat. They showed off a barrage of different colored lights and even Zombies guitarist, John 5, brought out a guitar with LED lights making it glow. Rob Zombie played a song from his previous band White Zombie also covering James Brown Sex Machine and made a tribute to a dear friend that was part of the band the Ramones and also followed at the end with an encore song . The encore song was Rob Zombies Dracula.


We Are Harlot’s Danny Warsnop preforming for the on the Aftershock

Five Finger Death Punch:Five finger Death Punch started their set with their single Under And Over It. The band had one of the biggest crowds I have seen in a long time. The heavy metal band showed off the acoustic side as well with their live preference of Remember Everything. They even pulled up a family of small children and made sure their parents came up as well. Ironically, they played Burn MF with the kids, that contains swear words, lead singer Ivan Moody told to kids to enjoy singing the song for they might be grounded after for the words.

We Are Harlot:Opening with their first single denial and waiting on the arrival of their debut album,so hearing the new material was astonishing with good energy and finally hearing some of their new songs, fans got very excited. The lead singer Danny (Asking Alexandria) showed off some different vocal styles with new band We Are Harlot going towards a modern 80’s Rock and personally I can not wait until the new album comes out and they bring back something in music that has been missed.

Seether: Playing early in the day Seether still managed to gather a big crowd, opening with Gasoline to get the crowd pumped and a few old and new songs  a good change of pace but still driving the fans, even having mosh pits on the softer pieces and throughout the whole set shows how revved up the fans were to see them and also for the band itself because it had  been awhile since they have been on tour and in Sacramento.

Burn Halo Ignites Passion Among Fans At Orangevale’s Boardwalk


Photo Credit: Bryce Fraser
James Stephen Hart, lead singer and front man of Burn Halo singing to the bands audience at the Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA

Lester Robancho, writer
Shiftsync Media


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Joey Roxx Lead Guitarist of Burn Halo preforming at the Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA

As I parked my car on the gravel parking lot across the street from The Boardwalk, I didn’t really know what to expect from Burn Halo, who had a show there that night. They attracted a pretty good sized crowd, all varying in age and background. The moment Burn Halo took the stage the atmosphere instantly changed. Compared to the local bands that played before them, things became really different really fast. They came out strong with their first song “Save Me.” They immediately followed with “Up From the Ashes.” The crowd  was already rocking out and moving to the music.
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Nonpoint with, Candlelight Red, and Digital Summer rocks Sacramento


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Elias Soriano lead singer and Front-man to Nonpoint shakes his dreadlocks while head banging on stage of the Ace of spades venue in Sacramento, CA

Lance Gawthrop, writer

Nonpoint's Adam Wolosyzn the Bass player in front, while Dave Lizzio Guitar player for the band is in the background on stage at the Ace of Spades venue in Sacramento, CA

Photo Credit: Bryce Fraser
Nonpoint’s Adam Wolosyzn the Bass player in front, while Dave Lizzio Guitar player for the band is in the background on stage at the Ace of Spades venue in Sacramento, CA

Febuary 5, 2013
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Elias Soriano lead singer and Front-man to Nonpoint on stage of the Ace of spades venue in Sacramento, Ca

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Elias Soriano lead singer and Front-man to Nonpoint on stage of the Ace of spades venue in
Sacramento, Ca

Nonpoint – straight to the point – Nonpoint has nonstop energy that resembles P.O.D.’s way of screaming and distorted guitar riffs with every head swaying – even grannies heads can be found rocking back and forth –  at Ace of Spades in Sacramento.

The jam “Wake up the World” was kicking out with Elias Soriano on a platform growling lyrics from behind lengthy dreads.  After Nonpoint blasted the track they could have walked off stage at that moment and called it a night, but Nonpoint’s front man Soriano, original drummer Robb Rivera, three new guitarists – Dave Lizzio and Rasheed on leads, and Adam Wolosyzen slapping the bass, wasn’t playing a one hit wonder leaving a bad taste in the back of a dry throat with dry rot.  Instead, the newly developed group revealed that their band has great chemistry.

Soriano was able to bounce from the front of the stage to the side of the stage; while bellowing his god given grunts without ramming into Thomas or Lizzio.  Wolosyzen was slamming bass chords in his own little bass land world without bumping into his mates either, and Rivera’s drumming is heaven sent for percussion heads.

Right before Nonpoint performed “That Day”, Soriano sang a break from Tupac’s “California Love” letting the audience know California knows how to party.  Then, the remake with nearly 4 million views on YouTube, “Air Tonight”, was recognized by the crowd, but not nearly as identifiable as “Bullet with a Name on It”.  The band was able to stop playing all of their instruments simultaneously as the mass sang the rest of the lyrics – totally awesome.
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Fallrise brings one of the biggest local shows to Ace Of Spades


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Bryce Fraser, writer

January 26, 2013

Fallrise took the stage at Ace of Spades Saturday night on January 27th, and brought one of the biggest and best local shows to hit the stage of the venue.  Opening bands included Madison Avenue, Misamore, White Minorities, Prylosis, and Dimidium.
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