Pop Evil and Escape The Fate brought their co-headlining tour to The Stone Pony for a night of high energy rock n’ roll. And with them, they brought Avatar along for the ride!

Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Pop Evil has had a very successful past couple of years. Their recent album, Onyx, charted at #3 on the U.S. Rock Albums Chart. They won the 2013 Radio Contraband Rock Radio Award for Song Of The Year for Trenches which also went on to becoming their first national #1 single on U.S. Rock Radio. Their second single, Deal With The Devil, also went to #1 on the U.S. Rock Radio and it seems Torn To Pieces just might do the same. Nor are they pop, nor are they evil, they are a killer hard rock band writing catchy tunes that is becoming loved the world over!

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Hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada, Escape The Fate have also been heating up the charts with their post-hardcore masterpiece, Ungrateful. The album charted #2 on U.S. Top Hard Rock Albums while reaching #27 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The band has released four singles off the album, Ungrateful, You’re Insane, One For The Money, and Picture Perfect.

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National Rock Review has covered Escape The Fate previously. Escape the fate played the Fillmore Detroit with Five Finger Death Punch, Gemini Syndrome, and Miss May I on 08-Oct-2013. You can read that review and see the pics here.

Coming to us all the way from Gothenburg, Sweden, Avatar have been heating things up with their darker, more groove oriented brand of death metal. The band unleashed their newest masterpiece, Hail The Apocalypse, to the unsuspecting world while out on this tour. The album’s first single, the title track, was released to very positive reviews as was the video the band made to go along with it. Lead singer Johannes Eckerstrom stated of the new record, “This batch has been brewing for quite some time now, and were really excited about finally unleashing the apocalypse upon you all. We are opening the flood gates and damage will be done.”

National Rock Review recently reviewed the band’s appearance at the Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan. The review can be read here. Our writer, Erik Heemsoth, also did a one-on-one interview with Johannes Eckerstrom. That interview can be read here.


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It started when Jeff’s son came across his Kiss CD's grew into something that his son would listen to day and night. Kiss just happened to be playing at a local venue that summer, so he decided to take him to his first show as a father son bonding activity. Jeff found out about another local club that had shows of every genre and style on a more regular basis so he started going to a couple of shows a week becoming locals in the industry. Jeff has always loved photography, he would take pictures at all the shows with his point n’ shoot camera from the crowd. People enjoyed Jeff’s pictures and that became the focus of going to shows. Jeff landed a spot as staff photographer for Amp and Hails and Horns magazine.

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