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Sons of Zeus, Slayers of Gorgons: PerseuS Brings the Thunder


A late June Saturday night doesn’t necessarily conjure thoughts of machine gun kicks, chunky riffage with the tastiest of finger-licks or vocal pipes that make you wonder, if just for a moment, you’ve inadvertently stepped behind a Boeing jet engine, but if you were at The Blue Note in downtown Oklahoma City on the 30th, the last paragraph probably hit you like a Woodstock acid flashback.

In case you’re out of the loop, OKC has a new group of homegrown heroes; PerseuS hit the local metalcore scene in 2008 and, barring a brief hiatus, has been plowing their way to the big time. By all accounts, June 30th, 2019 was the best outing thus far, and let me tell you, it was a face-melter.

Another Round (the opener) got the room warmed up in top fashion, with a sound that reminded me of The Toadies and Alter Bridge (you’re welcome for that thought). Then, as if M. Night Shyamalan made the schedule, the headliners played the middle spot! Mind….. blown…. But I guess you can do what you want when you bring the furious thunder!

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Upon first glance, PerseuS seems like a ragtag band of misfits, admittedly, but don’t let your eyes fool you! Jordan Gorath (drums) may be quiet and unassuming off stage, but his timing and energy behind the kit blow those misconceptions away quick.

Jordan Gorath

And no, that’s not Toki Wartooth on the bass, that’s Gage Wayland! Together with Chris Gomez (rhythm guitar) the trio rhythm section is not to be trifled with!

Gage Wayland
Chris Gomez
Rhythm Guitar

Oh, you wanna know who the guy off to the left of stage is? It’s only Gabe Mark, lead guitar and composer! With an attitude that says “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” Gabe seems content to ride the edge of the spotlight, but when you’re the brains of the operation, you can rock out wherever you damn well please. And with blistering sweeps and awesomely technical solos, rocking out is an understatement.

Gabe Mark
Lead Guitar/Composer

And last but certainly not least, the frontman, on lead vocals, Jeremy Knight. Jeremy has a way of connecting with the crowd, of drawing out energy, that one only gets with true passion for performing. He had the entire bar on their feet by the second song, and kept them there till he was done with them. A fireball of energy, PerseuS is bringing their tight, heavy stampede of fury to ever greater heights.

Jeremy Knight

Our boys are opening for Fit For A King with Norma Jean on July 31st @ Diamond Ballroom in OKC. Get your tickets here!! Check them out on Facebook and watch for more shows, I promise you won’t regret it.


As always, I’ll leave you with a quote:

Shake for me, girl. I wanna be your backdoor man.” –Richard Milhous Nixon

Is Nickleback… Cool Now?!

Okay, so, the short story is, no, not really (Sorry Chad). But, (and that’s a sizable “but”) I happened across the title track off their 2017 album Feed The Machine, and I had to look twice at who’s song it was! Chunky riffs, machine-gun kick-drums, and a rather guttural vocal track, at least compared to songs like ‘Photograph‘ and ‘How You Remind Me‘. I’ll admit I was impressed enough to skim through the rest of the album, and here’s what I came away with. Give it a listen and tell us what you think in the comments section!

First, I’m going to ask you to forget everything you know about Nickleback; the schlocky mom-rock singles from the early 2000’s, the attempt at reinvention with All The Right Reasons (2005) which gave us the rage-inducing D-side ‘Rockstar‘, a self-felating tribute to their pre-fame days, released well into their international touring career. I guess they don’t have irony in Canada…

See how easy it can be to slip into a prejudiced attitude?

Happens to the best of us.

Now that that’s out of our system, I’ll get down to nuts and bolts. The first and last tracks are strong. Solid drums and rhythm guitar riffs throughout, and I’d take those vocals any day of the week. There’s several more decent ones peppered in the middle as well, with varying degrees of awesomeness. Now, full disclosure, there ARE cheesy, archetypal “fillers” in there, which you’ll recognize about 15 seconds in, so keep your finger near the skip button. Audio to ‘Feed The Machine’ and ‘The Betrayal (Act III)’ are below for you to enjoy at your convenience.

Nickleback on Spotify
Nickleback on Spotify

I think the reason this was on my heart today is because, despite general distaste for middle-of-the-road, flavorless music and the tendency of mainstream radio to play the ever-loving FUCK out of the 20 songs in their rotation, regardless of quality, I’ve come to this conclusion: If this was NB’s first album, I highly doubt they would’ve ended up as the industry’s proverbial whipping-boy.

While it’s far from the likes of Master of Puppets or Reign in Blood, I absolutely respect the course-correction that is Feed The Machine. And, admittedly, I have a soft spot for redemption stories

Metal-Show Etiquette

We all know “THAT guy”, don’t we? The dude that has too many overpriced beers, hollers “Freebird!!” after every song, and generally does his best to ruin the night for everyone in his immediate proximity? Yeah, THAT guy.

Well, I sat down and thought about some of the things that he should focus on before attending any more shows. In fact, I bet all of us have broken at least ONE of these at some point. So check out this list of rock-show do’s and don’ts, and maybe we’ll all have a little better if a time at the next one.

1. Look Out For Kids!

Now, I believe that if a parent decides to bring their 4-10 year-old to a metal show, they do so with the understanding that there’s probably going to be some grown-up shit being said and done, and they can’t expect the rest of the crowd to sensor themselves. That said, if you see a small child around you, try not to trample them in the pit. They are metal’s next generation, after all!


2. Be a Door, Not a Wall.

Believe me, I’ve been at the back of the crowd before. I know how righteous it feels to set a pick on some yuppie trying to reclaim his spot at the front after a pee break. But guys, yuppies gotta pee, too! Plus you’re more likely to get beer spilled on you if you pull a Snorlax. If you wanna be up front, show up earlier!!

3. Heckling

This should go without saying, but no one payed money to hear you call the lead singer a douche-bag. You’re here for the headliner, we get it, now sit down, shut up and pretend to be a normal human being, as hard as that may be!

4. Getting too messed up/fighting

Ok, it’s hot, you’re thirsty, probably have to pee and you’ve been standing in the same spot for 2 hours waiting for your guys to hit the stage. I can see how someone bumping your elbow while passing you could break the camel’s back, I guess. Stop. Think. If you get booted for fighting, you just suffered all that discomfort for nothing. Let it go, man. Let. It. Go…..

5. Crowd surfers

Here’s another one that shouldn’t need to be brought up, but please, PLEASE, if a fellow ranger is being passed forward, do your part and help out. Don’t throw. Don’t drop. Be cool. And if it’s a female, NO GROPING!! C’mon, guys, that’s stage 4 creeper shit, and you deserve more than an ass-whoopin’ for it.


6. Be nice to the staff/security/Respect the Facility

We’re all here to have a good time, right? Well these people make it happen for us. FOR A LIVING! Try to put your authority issues aside for the evening and remember that when we leave, they’re staying back cleaning up after our sloppy asses. So make their job a little easier and throw your trash away, shake the bouncer’s hand and smile at the box office lady. Don’t cost nuthin’, so why not?

7. Moshing

Not a lot to say with this one, except READ THE ROOM. There are mosh bands, and there are no-mosh bands. No one at a Dave Matthews show wants a stray fist to the forehead! Use your best judgement, fellas.

8. If You’re in the Front Row, BANG YOUR FUCKING HEAD!!!

Here we are, the entire reason I thought to write this. I can’t stand to see people, chests to the barricade, last song of the set, eyes half shut and jaws on the floor looking like damn zombies. As much as the band is here to perform for you, as the only audience members they can see, you owe it to them to throw that energy back. If you can’t or don’t want to, get out the way! There are literally hundreds of people behind you that would be glad to take your spot. I mean, you paid for the tickets, so get excited for fuck’s sake!!


Look, I’m not trying to be preachy or anything, and please feel free to leave a comment, or an amendment, for that matter, if I’ve left something out or whatever. I just feel like concerts exist to give us a chance to be a community, one mass of like-minded individuals with one goal: to show support and admiration for the music we love. So I’ll leave you with a quote, and take it to heart…

Be excellent to each other.”

Bill S. Preston, Esq. & x Theodore Logan

__All That Remains + Attila 2019 Tour Schedule__


Feb. 28 — Reading, Pa. @ Reverb


March 1 — Halethorpe, Md. @ Fish Head Cantina

March 2 — Worcester, Mass. @ The Palladium

March 3 — Hartford, Ct. @ The Webster

March 5 — Clifton Park, N.Y. @ Upstate Concert Hall

March 6 — Syracuse, N.Y. @ Westcott Theater

March 8 — Indianapolis, Ind. @ The Citadel

March 9 — Ringle, Wis. @ Q and Z Expo Center

March 10 — Belvidere, Ill. @ The Apollo Theatre

March 12 — Minneapolis, Minn. @ Cabooze

March 13 — Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Rave

March 14 — Des Moines, Iowa @ Wooly’s

March 15 — St. Louis, Mo. @ Delmar Hall

March 16 — Sioux City, Iowa @ Anthem @ Hard Rock Hotel

March 17 — Lincoln, Neb. @ Bourbon Theatre

March 18 — Denver, Colo. @ The Oriental Theater

March 20Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Depot

March 21 — Billings, Mont. @ Pub Station Ballroom

March 22 — Spokane, Wash. @ Knitting Factory

March 23 — Boise, Idaho @ Revolution Music Hall

bfMarch 24 — Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom

March 26 — Sacramento, Calif. @ Ace of Spades

March 27 — Santa Ana, Calif. @ The Observatory

March 28 — Ventura, Calif. @ Ventura Theater

March 29 — Mesa, Ariz. @ Club Red

March 30 — Albuquerque, N.M. @ El Rey


April 1 — Austin, Texas @  Come and Take It Live

April 2 — Dallas, Texas @  Gas Monkey

April 3 — Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Diamond Ballroom

April 5 — Lafayette, La. @ The District

April 6 — Destin, Fla. @ Club L.A.

April 7 — Orlando, Fla. @ Hard Rock Live



|PARA ❌B£LLUM| March. 2019

Kat Freeman : Vocals|Dakota Rice : Guitar|Manny Herrada : Bass|Kevin Mason : Drums

From the city of Houston, Texas.

We introduce to you this month, an independent Hard Rock/Alternative band. And also, one of the Collective’s personal favorites.

Para Bellum
April 7, 2017

Members: from left to right.
Kevin Mason – Kat Freeman – Manny Herrada – Dakota Rice

Rich, sultry vocals that flow with dark, yet vibrant tones. Crunchy riffs from the strings, the keen, resonant sound of the drums, and the biting lyrics, just raw with emotion, straight down to the core. With meaning and attitude.

This Houston band serves up one tasty, kick-ass dish of head banging fuel… and we just can’t seem to get enough of that deliciousness. After one bite, the taste lingers and you crave more. Powerful, heavy, angelic and melodic.

Featuring their latest single – “Early Grave” now available ⬇️ on I-Tunes, Spotify and AppleMusic. ⬇️

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