Blacktop Mojo | Second Leg of U.S Tour

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About Black Top Mojo

A hard-driving Southern rock unit based out of Palestine, Texas, Blacktop Mojo's fiery blend of post-grunge, classic rock, and metal falls somewhere between SoundgardenBlack Stone Cherry, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Founded in 2012 by front-man Matt James and drummer Nathan Gillis, the band eventually morphed into a five-piece with the additions of bass player Matt Curtis and guitarists Ryan Kiefer and Kenneth Irwin. They released their debut album, I Am, in 2014, followed by a heavy bout of touring that saw the group sharing the stage with a wide array of heavy hitters, including Bon JoviSammy HagarCandleboxDarryl “DMC” McDanielsShaman’s HarvestPop EvilPuddle of Mudd, and Drowning Pool.

In 2017, the band teamed up with Muscle Shoals producer Jimmy Johnsonfor their highly anticipated sophomore outing Burn the Ships. The album was released via the band’s label, Cuhmon Records, in March of that year to critical acclaim, and it’s first single, “Where The Wind Blows” reached #27 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, while the band was on its first U.S. tour that fall. Through that tour, they landed a slot on 2018’s Rock Fest, featuring headliners DisturbedIncubus, and Godsmack, among many other industry leading hard rock acts.

At the beginning of 2018, the band has started work on its third full length release, as well as touring to support the second radio single from, Burn The Ships.

Click below to get your copy! 

Click below to get your copy! 

The record is also available on google play and amazon prime!

Burn The Ships Track Listing: 
1. Where The Wind Blows
2. End Of Days
3. Burn The Ships
4. Prodigal
5. Shadows On The Wall
6. Sweat
7. Pyromaniac
8. 8000 Lines
9. Dog On A Leash
10. Make A Difference
11. Chains
12. Dream On
13. Underneath

We are beyond excited to be heading back out on tour and rocking out with the Mojo Nation. Not to mention, we will be sharing the stage on select dates with Gemini Syndrome, Shaman’s Harvest, and Black Stone Cherry.
— Blacktop Mojo

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Tour Dates
07/12 @ Rock Fest - Cadott, WI
07/13 @ Nikki's - Sturgis
07/14 @ Machine Shop - Flint, MI
07/15 @ The Outpost - Kent, OH
07/18 @ Hooligan's - Jacksonville, NC
07/19 @ Purple Buffalo - Charleston, SC
07/20 @ Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
07/21 @ Soundbar - Orlando, FL
07/22 @ Kelly's Live - Sarasota, FL
07/26 @ Rusty's - Cape Coral, FL
07/27 @ Crowbar - Tampa, FL
07/28 @ Southport Hall - New Orleans, LA
07/31 @ El Rey - Albuquerque, NM
08/01 @ Globe Hall - Denver, CO
08/03 @ Iron Horse Saloon - Sturgis, SD
08/04 @ Icon Lounge - Sioux Falls, SD
08/05 @ What's Up Lounge - Mankato, MN
08/07 @ The Annex - Madison, WI
08/08 @ Subterranean - Chicago, IL
08/09 @ The Monarch - Peoria, IL
08/10 @ The Landing - Topeka, KS
08/11 @ Pierre’s - Ft Wayne, IN

Kobra & The Lotus | New Video for "Velvet Roses"

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CHECK OUT THE NEW VIDEO BELOW!!! 

Kobra And The Lotus kept their word and delivered the second part of their opus magnum one year after the successful release of rock juggernaut Prevail IPrevail II is the proverbial yang to the ying and continues right where Kobra And The Lotus left off in 2017. 
Last week the band released a new music video for their new song "Velvet Roses".  In less than a week the video has over 60,000 views and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.  Video shows around the country have been adding and featuring 'Velvet Roses' heavily as well!

“Our new music vid for ’Velvet Roses’ is out and we couldn’t be more stoked! This is, across the board, one of the band’s most favorite vids we’ve ever made. High impact, pure rock adrenaline packed with our sense of humor. In a world so full of sh*t, it feels great to not take everything so seriously and let the moment run wild. I hope we inflict some serious smilage!”
— Kobra & The Lotus

In more "Velvet Roses" news, the single is currently climbing the charts, recently debuting at #38 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator Chart!  HardDrive, the nationally syndicated show hosted by Lou Brutus, recently featured "Velvet Roses"on their Smash OR Crash feature, winning it hands down. Kobra wants to remind the fans: "Grab it, stream it, jam it, and don't forget to request 'Velvet Roses' on your local radio station."

Watch a special acoustic performance from Kobra and the Lotus taken from their recent appearance on Calgary's CTV.  Watch the special performance of "Let Me Love You" HERE

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

In support of Prevail II,the band will be doing a Co-headlining tour through Europe with the BUTCHER BABIES; make sure to catch them live on the following dates:

04.10.18 CH - Solothurn / Kulturfabrik
05.10.18 FR - Marseille / Jas Rod
06.10.18 ES - Barcelona / Salamandra
07.10.18 ES - Madrid / Caracol
09.10.18 FR - Lyon / O Totem
10.10.18 IT  - Brescia / Circolo Colony
11.10.18 AT - Vienna / Viper Room
12.10.18 DE - Ingolstadt / Eventhall Westpark

13.10.18 CH - Sachseln / Metal Scar Fest
14.10.18 DE - Mannheim / MS Connexion
16.10.18 DK - Aarhaus / Voxhall
17.10.18 DE - Hamburg / Headcrash
18.10.18 DE - Oberhausen / Kulttempel
19.10.18 DE - Siegburg / Kubana
20.10.18 NL - Arnhem / Willemeen
21.10.18 BE - Vosselaar / Biebob

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS are:

  • Kobra Paige - Vocals
  • Jasio Kulakowski - Guitars
  • Ronny Gutierrez - Guitars
  • Brad Kennedy - Bass
  • Marcus Lee - Drums

More Info on KOBRA AND THE LOTUS:
www.facebook.com/KobraAndTheLotus
www.kobraandthelotus.com
www.napalmrecords.com

Photographing Behemoth

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BEHEMOTH

Behemoth is a Polish extreme metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.

Until the late 1990s, the band played a traditional black metal style with heathen lyrical content, but soon changed to that of occult and thelemic themes written by their lead vocalist Nergal and Krzysztof Azarewicz. With the 1999 release of Satanica, the band demonstrated their presence in the death metal scene, while retaining their own signature style characterized by the drum work of Inferno, multi-layered vocals and Middle-Eastern influences. Despite Behemoth having been labeled as death metal or thrash metal-influenced, Nergal has mentioned that he does not like the band to be labeled.

Bands Current Lineup

  1. Adam "Nergal" Darski – lead vocals, guitars (1991–present)
  2. Zbigniew "Inferno" Promiński – drums (1997–1999, 2000–present)
  3. Tomasz "Orion" Wróblewski – bass, backing vocals (2003–present)
  4. Patryk "Seth" Sztyber – guitars, backing vocals (2004–present)
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If you want to see what the band looks and plays like live, watch the video below.  

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Photographing Lamb of God

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LAMB OF GOD

Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994 as Burn the Priest, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler. The band is considered a significant member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement.

Since their formation, Lamb of God has released eight studio albums, one live album, one compilation album and three DVDs. The band's cumulative sales equal almost two million in the United States, including one album certified Gold by the RIAA. In 2010 and 2011 the band received Grammy nominations for songs from their 2009 album Wrath. They also received a nomination in 2016 for their song "512". Lamb of God has toured with the Ozzfest twice. Other appearances include Download Festival and Sonisphere Festival in the UK, Soundwave Festival, Mayhem Festival 2010 and Gigantour. From 2008 to 2010 they toured as part of Metallica's World Magnetic Tour.

Current Bands Lineup

  1. John Campbell – bass (1994–present)
  2. Chris Adler – drums (1994–present)
  3. Randy Blythe – vocals (1995–present)
  4. Mark Morton – lead guitar (1994, 1997–present)
  5. Willie Adler – rhythm guitar (1999–present)
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Photographing Kobra and the Lotus

Kobra Paige - Lead Vocals for Kobra and the Lotus

Kobra Paige - Lead Vocals for Kobra and the Lotus

I got the chance to photograph Canada's own metal band Kobra and the Lotus.  Kobra and the Lotus formed in 2009 by lead vocals Kobra Paige.  The band has grown in the past few years and also got signed to Napalm Records.  There band has gone through a few changes in the lineup over the years but Kobra Paige has remained the main stay and the beating heart of the band.  The bands sound is just as kiss ass as a metal fan would imagine.  Kobra's vocals are melodic with a vocal range that keeps in momentum with the hard hitting guitar riffs.  She brings and enthusiasm to the stage which for me is always nice to see.  Watching an artists enjoy there creation in front of a crowd makes the show and experience more enjoyable.  The band does not falter with energy when on stage.  Each band member using their instrument of metal to create a fluid and dynamic connection with the crowd.   So basically, the band is fucking really good!  They are currently on tour to support there new release off of Napalm records.  You can click the links below to find out more information about the band.  Don't miss the opportunity to see this band live, you will leave wanting more. 

 Pictures below are copyrighted by Chris Sturk and the pictures cannot be modified for any reason without written permission from the photographer.  

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CLICK PICTURE TO ENTER THE KOBRA LOTUS STORE TO GET YOUR ALBUM!!!

CLICK PICTURE TO ENTER THE KOBRA LOTUS STORE TO GET YOUR ALBUM!!!

You can check out there interview on my fellow photographer friends magazine.  It is a great interview.  Click on the link to enter.  
http://www.immusicmag.com/2018/05/interview-kobra-paige-of-kobra-and-the-lotus-3/