Uproarious! The Bassists of the Uproar Festival

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THE ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK UPROAR FESTIVAL, THE TOURING HARD rock/heavy metal music and lifestyle event produced by the same folks who brought us Mayhem and Taste of Chaos, began hitting U.S. and Canadian stages on August 26 (the tour continues through October 15). The caravan of hard rock and heavy metal includes a cadre of suitably heavy bass players, including Dale Stewart of Seether, Jay James of Bullet from My Valentine, Brad Walst of Three Days Grace, and Art of Dying’s Cale Gontier.

Avenged Sevenfold, who co-headlined last year’s inaugural Uproar Festival with Disturbed, returned to rule the 2011 tour. Bassist Johnny Christ, left, was joined by Max Green of Escape the Fate (top right), Vince Hornsby of Sevendust, Zakk Sandler of Black Tide, and Joey Bradford of Hell or Highwater.


Liam Wilson of The Dillinger Escape Plan

 I’ve always loved to cop the Jaco punk-jazz stuff or like, you know, fusion-metal or something like that. I really abhor the whole sub-categorizing thing, but I definitely feel like my band is a mix of like really fusion-y stuff, really metal stuff, thrashier metal stuff, and a little bit of melodic pop, poppier sensibility, [with a] kind of punk attitude? I don’t know.

2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

YOU CAN COUNT ON THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL to serve generous helpings of authentic regional flavors, rather than the flavor of the month; artists such as Papa Grows Funk, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, and Astral Project found themselves gracing grand stages before oceans of “Fess Heads,” rather than jammed onto diminutive stages at local watering holes.

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Dan Briggs of Between The Buried and Me

As far as when we’re writing, we approach every song differently, but it's always just starting somewhere and not knowing exactly where the song is gonna go. Someone might have a part pre-written that is some sort of down tempo, boom-chuck-type thing, or a piano thing, and we'll be like “oh, that's cool” and it'll spark ideas for how to get there and how to get out of it.

The New Golden Age Of Metal, The Complete Interviews

Yes, there really is a cartoon character on the cover of the April 2010 issue of Bass Player. But that’s no ordinary animated dude; it’s William Murderface of the quantruple- platinum, über-brutal metal band Dethklok, an act so big that their record sales can affect the economies of major Western countries for good or ill.