GIVEAWAY: Riot Fest Announces Single Day Band Lineup, Shuttle Service to RiotLand and the Community Band Contest

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Riot Fest, the iconic annual punk rock and alternative music festival, is excited to announce its 2024 daily lineup, shuttle service, a community band contest in the Lawndale & Little Village neighborhoods and more! This year’s festival will take place at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois, from September 20-22nd, featuring 90+ bands over 3-days, and will feature RiotLand, an immersive “Choose Your Own Adventure” world that promises to elevate the festival experience to new heights. Riot Fest, while reluctant to leave its longtime home in Chicago, made the difficult decision to relocate due to issues with the Park District, which paved the way for RiotLand, a 3-day version of which will be explorable on the Riot Fest website starting tomorrow. Fans can double tap their way through the various locations in this punk rock town.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Bloodcross – Gravebound


Have to come clean on this one: just haven’t been feeling the Black Metal love like I used to. Don’t know, something about the genre just seemed steadfast on refusing change, aesthetically or musically. The mandate seemed to be that everyone still must slap on the corpse paint and record something with the production and mix of a VHS bootleg. That’s without mentioning certain artists and labels being complete knobs on Twitter if you dare mildly critique them in a review. Continue reading


Super7 Toys to Release a New Danzig, Misfits, and Samhain Reaction Figures


Super7 Toys is wrapping up an epic run of Rock, Metal, Punk, Hip-Hop figure by releasing ReAction Figures of Danzig and Samhain along with vintage Misfits figures too. Pre-orders are live at the link below. In addition to the ReAction figures, Super7 has released a Slayer Live Undead playset as well as figures based on other music, movies, toy lines, and other pop culture icons. Other reaction figures in the line include Ozzy Osbourne, Cliff Burton of Metallica, Johnny Cash, Misfits, Alice Cooper, several versions of Papa Emeritus and Nameless Ghouls, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Agnostic Front, Anthrax, Lemmy of Motörhead, Beastie Boys, Venom, Circle Jerks, Gorilla Biscuits, King Diamond, Megadeth, Rancid, Judas Priest, Napalm Death, The Sex Pistols, Discharge, Alice Cooper, Run DMC, Doctor Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, Paul Baloff of Exodus, Jimi Hendrix, MF Doom, Blondie, Ramones, My Chemical Romance and many more! Order right now since these usually sell out.Continue reading


Funko to Release a New POP! Rocks Vinyl Figure of Ozzy Osbourne from The Late Eighties


Funko, the global sensation of popular vinyl collectible toys company will soon release a new POP! Rocks! Vinyl Collectable figure of recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Heavy Metal singer for Black Sabbath, and solo artist – Ozzy Osbourne! The latest Ozzy figure, styled from 1989, joins the list of other artists who have gotten the Pop! Rocks treatment includes Slipknot, N.W.A., Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Prince, Rob Zombie, FFDP, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Green Day, PanterA, Dee Snider, Frank Zappa, Judas Priest, a set of the guys in Twizted, Glow in The Dark Iron Maiden figures, and many more. The Funko brand, which sells other figures and licensed merchandise, went public with an IPO in 2018.  

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PODCAST: The Weekly Ritual Rock and Metal News Show Live 6-14-24


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Riot Fest 2024 Books Fall Out Boy, Beck, Slayer, Pavement, St. Vincent, NOFX, Rob Zombie, Bright Eyes, Sublime, The Offspring, GWAR, Dr. Dog, Mastodon, Suicidal Tendencies, Laura Jane Grace, and More


Riot Fest, the iconic annual punk rock and alternative music festival, is excited to announce its 2024 lineup, along with the introduction of an innovative new world, and a venue change, now with parking! This year’s festival will take place at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois, from September 20-22nd, featuring 90+ bands over 3-days, and will feature RiotLand, an immersive “Choose Your Own Adventure” world that promises to elevate the festival experience to new heights.Continue reading


Today is the 18th Annual International Day of Slayer


 

On this day eighteen years ago, on 6/6/06, Jeff Tandy launched the National Day of Slayer site, which recognized and celebrated the uncompromising, loud, and defiant music of the iconic thrash/punk/metal band Slayer. The site became so popular it was renamed the International Day of Slayer. Today, we honor the IDOS’s 18th year and the band named for it. 2024 has been a monumental year in the history of Slayer as the band will reunite for three (so far) exclusive festival performances at Riot Fest, Louder Than Life, and Aftershock. In addition to the excitement over the Slayer reunion, Kerry King just released his excellent debut album From Hell I Rise (Reigning Phoenixc Music) and kicked off his debut headline tour and festival dates with his killer band. Not only is the 6th Day the 6th month Slayer Day, but examine some of the facts that make today even more perfect: two members of Slayer were born in June – Kerry King and Tom Araya (Happy Birthday today, Tom, born on Slayer Day. So the month is meaningful to the band for a variety of reasons. Of course, we always carry with us the memory of Jeff Haneman, gone too soon! We had covered the band dozens of times, documented their final moments as a band, and our Chief Editor Keefy personally saw Slayer 32 timesn! We wrote not one, but two retrospective pieces about the band calling it quits which you can read here and here. We have also been digging the Talking Slayer Podcast by DX Ferris a lot this year too! Throw the Devil horns for Slayer today! Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Holycide – Towards Idiocracy


Having passed away during the nineties, the once thriving Thrash Metal scene didn’t stay dead for long and the early aughts saw a gradual, but noticeable shift back to life. By 2004, the genre’s overdue re-animation was in full swing and a slew of new acts crawled out of the crypt, desperate to make an impression on the next generation of thrashers.Continue reading