Brimstone Coven leaves Beachland Ballroom Tavern in awe with performance

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Schindorff








BRIMSTONE COVEN – show review Beachland Ballroom (Cleveland)

Show review by:

Jeremy Schindorff

(“NWO METAL Militia”)

BRIMSTONE COVEN is yet another perfect example of why LIVE music cannot be topped.

I went to the Beachland Ballroom in East Cleveland to see one band in particular and walked out of the show with more ear sex than one person should be able to enjoy! Anyone that knows me and my affection for metal also knows that of all sub-genres, slow, riff loaded “DOOM/SLUDGE” is my proverbial “Jam.”

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Schindorff

Well to get to my point, Brimstone Coven added another dimension to what I had already considered a perfect genre. Three part harmony over top of some REAL basement dwelling DOOOOOM with a definite pinch of blues sprinkled here and there. That’s what they brought…….and that’s what I ate up like it was the last musical supper!

“Big John” Williams is out front of this quartet with truly great vocal control and crowd interaction that one should look for if you’re out to be entertained. (And he sports a pretty cool NES game controller tattoo on his left forearm)

To his left is a Les Paul being commanded by the skilled riff heavy hands of Corey Roth. This dude completely understands that less is more in music. (I totally mean this affectionately) He lets each note smack you in the grill and allows for them to develop in your ears before giving you another to taste. (This is an art that not all possess)

Photo courtesy by Jeremy Schindorff

On the opposite side of the stage is the man that lets you know “HEY, YOU’RE AT A ROCK SHOW!” Andrew D’Cagna defines showmanship! (Seriously….look that shit up) He slaps, plucks and just plain beats the tar out of what appeared to be a Rickenbacker, but I couldn’t get a good look at it, Andrew NEVER stops moving! AND THEN……..he adds the third part of the harmonious excellence to what John and Corey have already thrown down.

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Schindorff

In the back producing all the thunder is the stick wielding beard of Justin Wood. He is a huge compliment to Corey’s style as well. He lets the auditory system savor minute breaks and doesn’t feel the need to oversaturate you with continuous triplets and constant double kick. When he does add them, they seem SOOO powerful and necessary.
If you dig doom (and really…who doesn’t) these cats are a fucking must. Go to a show, buy some merch, like there steller self-titled album or one of their killer 70’s vibe t-shirts. If you do so…… will officially be one of the cool kids… me! Bravo you talented bastards!!


Brimstone Coven

“Big John” Williams – vocals
Corey Roth – guitar
Andrew D’Cagna – bass
Justin Wood – drums

Brimstone Coven – FB
Brimstone Coven Live in Cleveland at the Beachland Ballroom Tavern

Brimstone Coven is a retro-hard rock / doom band from Wheeling WV. They created their personal blend of “Dark Occult Rock” in the early months of 2011.

Corey Roth (Guitar) wrote the first five songs, which would later become the bands self titled album, and hand picked three seasoned musicians from the area’s scene… Andrew D’Cagna (Bass), Justin Wood (Drums), and “Big John” Williams (Vocals) to carry out his plan for sonic domination.

Echoing the eerie reverberations of hard rock heayweights such as Black Sabbath and Pentagram, mixed with the Classic Rock style of Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd, Brimstone Coven has created a Vintage sound and style all their own.

Recently, with many shows, two albums, and a third album in the works (III) the band strives to reach a wider audience and secure a spot among rocks greatest. Look for Brimstone Coven to make a name for themselves in the near future!

Bret Michaels swings through Cleveland area on Oct 9

Bret Michaels and Dom

That’s right. former Poison frontman Bret Michaels will be performing with his great cast of musician at the Hard Rock Rocsino on Friday Oct 9th.


Friday, October 9, 2015
Hard Rock Rocksino
10777 Northfield Road, Northfield, OH 44067 (United States) – Map
(330) 908-7625
Set: 8:00 PM
Doors: 6:30 PM
Tickets: $42.50 – $82
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“Time to pull the blankets over your heads, GHOST is back!” – Dom R. Maximum Threshold Radio

“Ghost is back cracking skulls” –NOISEY

LINKÖPING, SWEDEN – JULY 17, 2015 – Ghost today announced the arrival of “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” from their forthcoming third sacred psalm, Meliora. The song is available to stream HERE and will be available for instant download for those who pre-order the album, along with the previously released track “Cirice”. Meliora is due out on August 21st on Loma Vista Recordings and is the follow up to 2013’s heralded INFESTISSUMAM.

“We always have had a craving for a truly stomping riff-­based song, Led Zeppelin style. Something that would sound great coming out of a car stereo standing at an American high school parking lot” – A nameless ghoul, regarding “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”

Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls will return to North American to deliver their satanic melodies to audiences across the continent this fall for their ‘Black To The Future’ headlining tour. The procession begins at The Fillmore in Washington, DC on September 22nd. See below for a complete itinerary.

Ghost released their second album INFESTISSUMAM on April 16th, 2013 via Loma Vista Recordings. The 10-song offering was produced by Grammy® Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains) in Nashville, TN and debuted at #1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart. SPIN called the album, “one of the most anticipated heavy metal albums of 2013” and Pitchfork praised its “addictive as sin” hooks. Rolling Stone described their sound as “somewhere between Mastodon and Metallica, with a heavy dose of Swedish synth mixed in.” In November of 2013, the band released If You Have Ghost, a five track EP recorded and produced by Dave Grohl, including cover versions of songs by Roky Erickson, ABBA, Army of Lovers, and Depeche Mode. Ghost have toured the U.S. Extensively and appeared at various music festivals across the country, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Rock on the Range.

Early praise for Meliora…

“A perfect occult Metal mass” 7 out of 7 – Metal Hammer

“This is how you make a masterpiece!”Maximum Threshold Radio

“The record is yet another creative giant leap forward for the group, mixing up in various and fascinating ways ’70s-era psychedelic and prog rock, unhinged doom metal and classic AOR balladry – all of it informed by a pronounced, sophisticated pop consciousness that yields ear candy-like hooks that last for days.” – Music Radar

Live Dates

September 22 – The Fillmore – Washington, DC

September 23 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

September 25 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA

September 26 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

September 27 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY

September 28 – House of Blues – Boston, MA

September 30 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC

October 1 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON

October 2 – The Majestic Theater – Detroit, MI

October 3 – The Riviera – Chicago, IL

October 5 – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS

October 6 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO

October 8 – The Civic Auditorium – New Orleans, LA

October 9 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

October 10 – Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL

October 11 – The Ritz – Tampa, FL

October 13 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX

October 14 – Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX

October 16 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

October 17 – Sumitt Music Hall – Denver, CO

October 19 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID

October 20 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA

October 21 – Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR

October 23 – Warfield – San Francisco, CA

October 26 – The Mayan Theater – Los Angeles, CA

October 27 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV

October 28 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT

October 30 – Northside Park Theater – San Diego, CA

October 31 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

November 1 – Monster Mash Festival – Phoenix, AZ ghost

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS announce Autumn Tour

Abigail Williams

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS today announce an autumn tour with Today Is The Day. Set to begin September 11 at Metro Bar in Salt Lake City, the tour will visit 30 cities before it concludes October 16 in San Francisco. Vocalist/guitarist Sorceron recently noted, “after a year off from touring, we are looking forward to getting in the van again”

Currently finishing up a run of headline dates, Abigail Williams has now completed their forthcoming new album; release date expected for announcement in the coming weeks. Candlelight Records recently released a special 4-disc collection, From Legend To Becoming, available now in stores nationwide. The limited edition collection includes the band’s three full-length albums, 2008’s In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns, 2010’s In The Absence Of Light, 2012’s Becoming, plus their debut ep Legend.

Sorceron has been keeping busy the last year working on the new album plus participating in other recording projects – Lord Mantis, Missing – and serving as producer and engineer on other recordings. He premiered early versions of two songs expected to appear on the new album via No Clean Singing last winter. “Musically this album is very diverse,” he said. “the overall vibe is way more negative compared to our last album. Artistically this is the best line-up I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years.”

The complete listing of Abigail Williams/Today Is The Day dates are:
9/11 – Metro Bar, Salt Lake City UT
9/12 – Roxy Theater, Denver CO
9/13 – Fubar, St. Louis MO
9/15 – The Social Room, Columbia MO
9/16 – Hideout Bar, Milwaukee WI
9/17 – Red Line Tap, Chicago IL
9/18 – The Pike Room, Detroit MI
9/19 – Iggy’s, Toledo OH
9/20 – The Foundry, Lakewood OH
9/22 – Mohawk Place, Buffalo NY
9/23 – Hard Luck, Toronto ON
9/24 – Maverick’s, Ottawa QC
9/26 – Brighton Bar, Long Branch NJ
9/27 – Bowery Electric, Brooklyn NY
9/28 – Club Orpheus, Baltimore MD
9/30 – Southland Ballroom, Raleigh NC
10/01 – Ground Zero, Spartanburg SC
10/02 – Epic Problem, Tampa FL
10/03 – O’Malley’s, Margate FL
10/04 – The Masquerade, Atlanta GA
10/05 – Handlebar, Pensacola FL
10/07 – Korova, San Antonio TX
10/08 – Rail Club, Ft. Worth TX
10/09 – Dirty Dog Bar, Austin TX
10/10 – Rose Park Activity Bldg., Abilene TX
10/11 – Blu Phoneix Venue, Albuquerque NM
10/13 – Joe’s Grotto, Phoenix AZ
10/14 – The Whiskey, W. Hollywood CA
10/15 – Dive Bar, Las Vegas NV
10/16 – DNA Lounge, San Francisco CA

A Spotify playlist featuring songs from across Abigail Williams history is available HERE.

DOWNFALL 2012 – Tour continues with Otep and ReAktion

DOWNFALL 2012 (photo by Timothy M. Rader)


July 11, 2015 marked the invasion by the band DOWNFALL 2012. Headlining the bill was Otep, supporting bands included ReAktion and Silo. This was one intense show. The power stricken band Silo riled the audience up and left a trail of destruction. Olathia, the new metal band from Cleveland which has strong veteran roots delivered a performance that is still being talked about. Olathia is one of those bands whom you should really check out and give them a chance to soak into your soul. ReAktion did not leave the stage without everyone knowing who the hell they were. A great international touring band that has the opportunity to be a headliner. Their music is infectious and will having you singing along with them along with destroying the venue you are at.

(photo by Timothy M. Rader)
(photo by Timothy M. Rader)

Downfall 2012 is one of those bands that you know that when you go to check them out they will no doubt get the blood pumping. Severe and intense driven these guys suck you into them. Such a great band with so much potential and opportunity to get to the next level. Armed with a powerful frontman and precise performers this band set out to annihilate the Cleveland Agora and that they indeed do. A 5 star performance from a band that everyone should know about or at least have on their radar.

(photo by Timothy M. Rader)

Should DOWNFALL 2012 hit your town please make time to check this band out as they will definitely slide into your should they be hitting your town.

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