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TMW 2019 photo gallery: 21 explosive showcases across 10 venues


The number of live acts at TMW 2019 was close to 200 artists

Though Tallinn Music Week gathered less musicians than last year this time, all ten show venues were packed with locals and foreigners, craving to refresh their playlist with new tunes and voices.

The fact that each venue was within short walking distance from one another made it easy to “nagivate” in Telliskivi Creative Hub and catch as much of 21 showcases as possible over these three nights. See our gallery and comments:

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The shocks and rocks of Tallinn Music Week 2019: photo gallery

Sado Opera TMW 2019

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But what happens at TMW, spreads all around Europe!

Among hundreds of artists performing every spring in the heart of Estonia, there is always a couple of rule-breaking, jaw-dropping gems flying to perform at Tallinn Music Week. And when they do, the word spreads very quickly, and you just cannot believe you hadn’t heard of these daring and visually arresting acts before.

Such were the shows by a St. Petersburg shock dance gurus (now Berlin-based), boldly titled Sado Opera, and by British punk-rock imps Tokyo Taboo, whose upcoming album was successfully funded by a successful Pledge Campaign.

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More: TMW 2019 – “Things can go wrong on tour, “but don’t be a dick!”


NEW YEARS DAY drop heavy song ‘Come For Me’, say: “Never EVER doubt us again”

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Just when some fans were worried the band’s recent singles sounded too soft…

April 5, 2019

New Years Day’s red-and-black-haired diva Ash Costello doesn’t like labeled as “too soft”, so today she managed to prove doubting fans wrong. Following the softer singles ‘Skeletons’ and ‘Shut Up’ from the upcoming album, NYD have just released a really dark, hard-hitting new track ‘Come For Me’.

If you flicked through your social media yesterday, you couldn’t have missed a captivating teaser from Costello, hinting at new intense stuff coming up. The teaser was a snippet of ‘Come For Me’ along with the singer’s photo of her covered in blood.

More: Check out Ash Costello as Daddy’s Little Monster

As AltPress has pointed out, Costello couldn’t wait to share her heavy, “crazy side” to fans and now that the new headbanger is out, she’s asking fans: “This heavy enough for ya ????”

“You guys asked for heavy, I told you to be patient. This heavy enough for ya ???? And you were all worried we left out the face melting heavy rifts on this album, never EVER doubt us again,” she says.

The band calls the new track a “fight song” and talking about its message on Twitter, explains that ‘Come For Me’ is “a call to rally everyone who wants to get together and stand against anyone and everyone who’s got something negative to say.” Hear the riff-filled song below:

‘Come For Me’ is featured on New Years Day’s upcoming album Unbreakable, which will be out April 26. The previous two new singles from the band were ‘Skeletons’ and recorded-in-one-day ‘Shut Up’. If you haven’t heard them yet, give them a listen below and get surprised by the contrast.

The month New Year’s Day are on the road with Ice Nine Kills and From Ashes To New, being special guests on Falling In Reverse’s headlining tour. See the dates below, because the new stuff is really something and is worth checking out live!

New Year’s Day Tour Dates 2019:

04/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
04/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
04/23 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre
04/24 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
04/26 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
04/27 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm*
04/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre

04/29 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
05/01 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
05/03 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
05/04 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
05/05 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
05/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
05/08 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva

05/09 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
05/10 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
05/11 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
05/12 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
05/14 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
05/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
05/17 – Boise, ID @ Revolution

05/18 – Portland, OR @ The Hawthorne Theatre
05/19 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
05/21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
05/22 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
05/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

ANDY BIERSACK says he should be on his feet in no time after appendix surgery

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Biersack rushed to calm down his fans, who were alarmed when they heard about the surgery

April 2, 2019

It seems like “the ghost of Ohio’s” path is not only hard in the comics or on a CD but is full of challenges in real life, too. Just after he released the third single from his upcoming album The Ghost Of Ohio, ‘The Promise’, Andy Biersack had to quickly undergo a surgery.

On Friday, Black Veil Brides’ frontman Andy Biersack, a.k.a. Andy Black, took to Twitter to update his listeners on how his recovery was going after they had removed his ruptured appendix.

“Just got out of surgery to remove my ruptured appendix, happy to report the procedure went very well and I should be back up on my feet in no time,” Biersack tweeted. “Thanks for all of your kindness & support. P.S., seeing all of the love you guys are showing for ‘The Promise’ means the world to me!”

The singer has a tour coming up in just a few days. But is he going to make it in such a short time? Check out his latest update:

“For those asking for updates regarding the tour & my health: I am doing everything as instructed by my doctors post surgery and I’m going to attempt to run the show this week in rehearsals. I will let everyone know how the process is going. I don’t want to risk further injury by jumping in to the full show before my body is healed enough to withstand it, but I also plan to get on the road as soon as I am cleared to do so. I will keep everyone up to date on my progress! Seeya soon”.


More: ANDY BLACK becomes the “ghost of Ohio” in the philosophical new video

Biersack’s latest album single ‘The Promise’ can be heard below. The singer also shared a lyric video for it, so go ahead and give it a look below. Describing the birth of the song, the vocalist wrote:

“’The Promise’ was inspired by my days spent driving up and down 50 west coming from my neighborhood on the west side of Cincinnati and heading towards downtown and into northern Kentucky where I spent almost all of my teenage years in bands, working on a dream. Every day I would use that drive as a chance to plan and think and hope and wish that one day I would be able to make music and tour the world.

Over the years that dream has remained but like all of us as we grow up often our interests and methods change over time. This song is about trying to remain true to what you wanted the most when you had nothing and keeping that very same passion and drive close to your heart.”


Andy Black’s second solo album will be out on April 12, accompanied by The Ghost Of Ohio comic book. To get a copy of The Ghost Of Ohio album, go to this location.

As Biersack shall be back up on his feet “in no time”, remember to grab your ticket to catch him live. A run of shows is scheduled for the Black Veil Brides singer for this and next month. Go here for the tickets and tell us which show you’re going to in the comments.

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TALLINN MUSIC WEEK 2019: Contemporary music market in Russia

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The discussion that closed the two-day Tallinn Music Week conference was devoted to the contemporary music market in Russia, and it turned out really informative and fact-filled…

As hip-hop is enjoying its unprecedented popularity in Russia over the last couple of years, a lot of curious trends were unveiled by the panelists. Like never before, young artists believe that they have a shot to succeed – through streaming, social media and what not. But they still need promoters, agents, bookers, managers to make it happen, which they often aren’t ready to pay for, only relying on their own efforts, the experts reveal.

A shocking tendency in Russia lately sees new artists hiring their innovative and ambitious peers to manage them, instead of older established professionals:

“Right now I can see that there’re a lot of upcoming hip-hop artists who have really cool management teams who are like [at the age of] 16-20,” says Diana Pashkovskaya, a music editor at Yandex music. “They know a couple of languages, which is very important, so they read a lot in English about foreign industry. […] You’re going to see that they’re going to make it because they learn fast, because they connect on a very cool human level, which is so different from the old generation in Russia.”


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Tallinn Music Week music experts gathered to share their thoughts on ongoing trends in music industry.

These young artists and managers aren’t as experienced but are brave and fearless, so they are breaking the rules. And often it works for them. However, with new rappers and R’n’B artists popping up like mushrooms in rainy season, many of these new artists won’t last for more than one tour. So today more and more musicians look ahead as to what can make them more than a one-hit wonder and dare to cross hip-hop with jazz, electronic and other music genres.

The experts agree that becoming a noticeable name in Russian music and getting tours abroad is still not easy, or quoting Tatyana Makarova, “it’s still a window, not a proper door”, but it’s a land of opportunities, and with the right effort and time invested into your music and believing in yourself, the potential is immense.

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TALLINN MUSIC WEEK 2019: Things can go wrong on tour, “but don’t be a dick!”

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PART II: Live Music Scene in Estonia

The discussion of live music scene in Estonia had local promoters, festival managers and bar owners talk about organizing tours and one-off shows across the country. And like Estonia itself, the talk was unrefined and shockingly straightforward. With plenty of young, aspiring artists in small-sized Estonia and sometimes not that smooth promotion, it’s important for musicians not to lose face when things don’t go according to plan, says Luke Teetsov-Faulkner, co-owner of Sveta Bar in Tallinn:

“When you have a show, you need to be ready that something can go not the way you expected. But don’t be a dick!” says Tallinn Music Week panelist. “Because next time nobody will want to do a tour with you.”



A major topic raised had to do with state funding, as many of popular music clubs and bars in Estonia and Finland don’t get any sort of funding, or it’s a tiny portion of expenses, so they focus on selling a lot of alcohol instead, or have to run several businesses to keep afloat.

More: Tallinn Music Week 2018 rock moments with comments + photo gallery

Tallinn Music Week 2019 Estonian Academy of Arts Eesti KunstiakadeemiaThe panelists has also unveiled that, as a rule, that new artists are rarely booked if local promoters and managers haven’t had a chance to see them live already, and see how the crowd responds to their music. “You sometimes like the studio record but then you meet the artist, and he does alcohol, drugs and sounds totally different on stage,” the panelists explain. This live-feedback-first approach makes it especially challenging for up-and-coming artists from other countries end up on Estonian stage.

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TALLINN MUSIC WEEK 2019: How can musicians use music platforms’ data?

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With spring slowly arriving in the Baltics, hundreds of artists and music delegates arrived to the annual Tallinn Music Week festival in Estonia. On top of countless showcases, on March 29-30, music experts gathered to share their thoughts on ongoing trends in music industry at TMW conference. A new location, Estonian Academy of Arts, welcomed all curious minds.

Can I really make data work for my music?

Whether you have your videos on YouTube or upload your music to streaming services, you get access to loads of various statistics and data such as age, demographics and geolocation of your viewers/listeners. But how not to drown in all this information and use it to arrive to viable decisions? That’s what was on Tallinn Music Week’s agenda this day.

More: Photo report: 250 artists played at Tallinn Music Week 2018

Kristin Grant, President of Westcott Multimedia, revealed that today’s artists’ and managers’ goal is not just to make the user click on a YouTube video or listen to some song on Spotify or Apple Music but to keep him engaged with the music.

“It’s important that the person doesn’t just listen to the song once and goes away, but likes it, adds it to his playlist, buys an album, a T-shirt or a concert ticket,” she explains. “You need to keep the listener engaged.”


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The new venue of Tallinn Music Week 2019 – Estonian Academy of Arts (Eesti Kunstiakadeemia)

A huge issue Tallinn Music Week panel brought to light is that music-related data is very fragmented, and it’s often hard or impossible to track and put together this various data. When the listener clicks the artist’s interview on one site and then streams the same artist’s music on another platform, there’s lack of data communication between all these media. Unlike the smart approach by Netflix, for example, as the experts pointed out. The strategy Netflix uses is all-encompassing: production, distribution and feedback are congregated in one place and go back to Netflix.

So maybe music streaming platforms of the future will remind Netflix’s approach? What do you think? Be the first to leave your comments and stay tuned with Alterock Facebook and Twitter to never miss on the news about your favorite alternative music!

SLIPKNOT share cryptic, heavily distorted audio teaser of new album – listen

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No wonder Slipknot fans are going crazy, trying to figure out what’s hiding behind the screechy teasers

March 28, 2019
Slipknot continue teasing their upcoming sixth album, and this time there’s a cryptic new audio/video, which the band has posted on Twitter. The blurry video footage might not be of much interest but the heavily distorted Corey Taylor vocals made fans scratch their heads as to what sound to expect on the upcoming record. One Reddit user, u/Raptorposse, shared a sped-up version of the audio teaser on Slipknot’s subreddit, so fans have a chance to decipher Taylor’s vocals a bit better. Check out the clearer version of the teaser:
This is the last post sped up, seems to be a beauty of a scream by Corey from r/Slipknot
Some listeners still tend to believe that the vocals aren’t from the upcoming album but from Slipknot’s previous songs. They point out, for example, the similarity between the new teaser and “(515),” the intro on the group’s 2001 album, Iowa. And the heavy continuation of Iowa album is what many fans hope to hear from Corey Taylor & Co. Taylor himself had previously mentioned the album contains the band’s heaviest track to this date. “The way we’ve been describing it is, ‘What if the guys who made Iowa matured? What if the kids who made Iowa grew up?’,” Taylor says of the new songs. “That’s kind of the way we’re looking at it because some of this shit is so heavy — but there’s melody, there’s really cool melancholic melody going on.” “At a time when most bands are slowing down, I think we’ve written our heaviest song—one of them anyway — on this new album,” he says. “It’s going to be f—king crazy. People are going to sh*t their pants when they hear it.” The new Slipknot album, which still doesn’t have a name, is scheduled for release on August 9. To Slipknot live news, the band has recently announced their summer Knotfest Roadshow North America tour, kicking off in late July. Slipknot will be accompanied by Volbeat, Gojira and Behemoth. Get your tickets here and check out the upcoming tour dates below.

Knotfest Roadshow North America Tour Dates:

07/26 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre 07/27 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater 08/01 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre 08/03 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater 08/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion 08/06 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center 08/08 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena 08/10 – Des Moines, IA @ Iowa State Fairgrounds* 08/11 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 08/12 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre 08/14 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 08/16 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 08/17 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater 08/18 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 08/20 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage 08/21 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center 08/23 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion 08/24 – Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain 08/25 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater 08/27 – Mansfield, MA @ The Xfinity Center 08/28 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater 08/30 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center 08/31 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion 09/01 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live 09/03 – Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre 09/04 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre 09/06 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas 09/07 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion 09/08 – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman *Iowa State Fair – Slipknot and Gojira only

MARILYN MANSON’s drummer leaves band, says: “It’s been a blast”

Drummer Gil Sharone Marilyn Manson live

Manson’s drummer Gil Sharone thanked his “homies” for “five amazing years”

March 27, 2019

Drummer Gil Sharone, who has been part of Marilyn Manson band for five years, has announced he is leaving the group. Sharone posted a few photos from their shows along with his statement on Facebook today, saying “it’s been a blast”. Check out his message to fans:

“After five amazing years playing drums for [Marilyn Manson], I’ve decided to leave the band. It’s been one of the highlights of my career but it’s time for me to pursue other current and future projects. Much love to [Marilyn Manson] and the homies I shared the stage with; [Twiggy Ramirez], [Tyler Bates], [Paul Wiley], [Juan Alderete] and to the fans. It’s been a blast.”

Watch: MARILYN MANSON embarrasses fan onstage, asks him to take off AVENGED SEVENFOLD shirt

If you’ve seen Manson’s shows during their 2015’s The Pale Emperor and 2017’s Heaven Upside Down tour, it was Gil Sharone hitting hard at the back. The drummer had previously drummed for The Dillinger Escape Plan and Puscifer.

In case you’re craving to see Marilyn Manson no matter with the old drummer or a new one, you’ve got plenty of chances to do so. Manson has recently announced another co-headlining run with his good old mate Rob Zombie. The tour titled Twins Of Evil: Hell Never Dies sets off this summer. Tickets are available here, and you can see all the dates below.


Twins Of Evil: Hell Never Dies Tour Dates:

07/09 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
07/10 – Allentown, PA @ PPL Center
07/12 – Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena
07/13 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
07/14 – Evansville, IN @ Ford Center
07/16 – Rockford, IL @ BMO Harris Bank Center
07/17 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
07/19 – Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA (Festival)
07/20 – Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest (Festival)
07/21 – Council Bluffs, IA @ WestFair Amphitheatre
07/23 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
07/24 – Bismarck, ND @ Bismarck Event Center
07/25 – Billings, MT @ Rimrock Auto Arena
08/04 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
08/06 – Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Center
08/07 – Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place
08/09 – Fargo, ND @ Fargodome
08/10 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ US Cellular Center
08/11 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Allen County Coliseum
08/13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
08/14 – London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
08/16 – Ottawa, ON @ Richcraft Live at Canadian Tire Centre
08/17 – Quebec, QC @ Videotron Centre
08/18 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

20 Fun Facts about DISTURBED frontman David Draiman


Triple degree, rebellious behavior at school like throwing a kid out of a second-storey window or setting fire to the rabbi’s van… There’s plenty of stuff you didn’t know about David Draiman. Let’s go!

  1. The vocalist’s full name is David Michael Draiman.
  2. He was born in Brooklyn, New York.
  3. He attended Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Chicago and spent the 1991-1992 academic year in Jerusalem.
  4. During his freshman year at Wisconsin Institute Draiman was asked to leave after they’d found GQ magazine under his pillow. The actual pressing reason was his rebellious behavior, including “chucking a kid (who hit him) out of a second-storey window” and “blowing up the rabbi’s van” (via Loudwire).
  5. Draiman triple majored in Business Administration, Philosophy, and Political Science at Loyola University Chicago.
  6. Before singing for Disturbed, he also considered going to law school but “couldn’t come to terms with defending people that I knew were guilty”.
  7. During his university years, Draiman also worked in phone sales, as a bank teller and as assistant administrator in a nursery home.
  8. The singer auditioned for the band called Brawl, after their last singer quit. Since 1993 we know Brawl as Disturbed. (A smart name change, isn’t it?)
  9. Disturbed’ second studio album Believe Draiman sings about the death of his grandfather, who was a Holocaust survivor. (By the way, when Draiman became a metal musician, his grandfather cut off contact.)
  10. When Draiman was 16, his girlfriend committed a suicide. The song ‘Inside the Fire’ is dedicated to her.
  11. The first record he bought was KISS’s ‘Destroyer’.
  12. Draiman sang on the Queen of and the Damned soundtrack, a 2002′ adaptation of Anne Rice’s series The Vampire Chronicles. The album includes ‘Down With the Sickness’ and Draiman’s solo track ‘Forsaken’, as well as soundtracks by the singers of Korn, Static-X, Orgy, Linkin Park and Marilyn Manson.
  13. In 2011, Draiman’s father Yj Draiman was running for Mayor of Los Angeles.
  14. He had a surgery to repair the damaged valve causing acid spill on his vocal cords. Unfortunately, during the Asylum record cycle the repair job raptured.
  15. Disturbed spent half a million dollars on ‘Prayer’ video, which companies then banned, claiming it was reminding September 11 too much. The band refused to edit the video.
  16. Draiman tends to conservative side but is socially and culturally liberal. He says: “I don’t agree with the fiscal policies of the Democrats, but I certainly don’t agree with the right-wing craziness of the Republicans.”
  17. The vocalist’s wife is Lena Yada-Draiman, an American model, actress and professional wrestler known for WWE.
  18. On September 12, 2013, David and Lena’s son, Samuel Bear Isamu Draiman, was born, following 23 hours of labor.
  19. Draiman quit Twitter, saying social media “was taking away from my marriage, it was taking away from my time with my kid… I’m done being anybody’s punching bag.” He had been continuously trolled regarding his views on Israel and its conflict with the Palestinians.
  20. Disturbed’ fans are some of the most loyal, and for a reason. Draiman calls his audience at concerts ‘my brothers, my sisters, my blood’.

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