Summer is here…

WHAT:            VANS WARPED TOUR 2012 PRESS CONFERENCE AND KICK-OFF PARTY. Press conference will be followed by performances from FALLING IN REVERSE, MATT TOKA, DEAD SARA and TWO iconic VANS WARPED TOUR veteran surprise guests performances, to be revealed the night of the show. The night will include a screening of the documentary film No Room For Rockstars (from Stacy Peralta and the producers of Dogtown & Z-boys) before the concert begins. The live music will be kicked off by a set from FOREVER CAME CALLING–the group featured in the documentary–which is available on iTunes April 2 and on DVD May 15: visit:

WHO:              KEVIN LYMAN–producer and founder of the VANS WARPED TOUR–will address the media and be on hand for a group photo op and one-on-one interviews at the press conference. Joining KEVIN will be members of bands from this summer’s tour and artists from the tour’s past including: FALLING IN REVERSE, MATT TOKA, DEAD SARA, TWO iconic VANS WARPED TOUR surprise guests (which will perform later that night), plus THE VANDALS, UNWRITTEN LAW, EYES SET TO KILL, MIKE POSNER, NEO GEO, THE FABULOUS RUDIES, VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE!, IT BOYS, THE FUNERAL PARTY, GOOD GUYS IN BLACK, THE BRIGGS, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE, JUSTINA, THE SILVER COMET, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS, BRIAN MARQUIS, ACOUSTIC BASEMENT, THE DARLINGS, CHERRY BOMB and more veteran artists from the tour’s past and present. Plus, Agi Orsi and Parris Patton directors/producers of the film No Room For Rock Stars.


800 West Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

WHEN:            THURSDAY, MARCH 29

4:30 PM: Press arrival and check in (main entrance, up escalator).

5:00 PM Press conference: Club Nokia VIP Room 2nd Floor.

-Photo opp with Kevin Lyman and Vans Warped Tour artists.

-One-on-one interviews with Kevin and VWT artists.

6:00 PM Doors

6:30 PM No Room For Rockstars film screening (main floor).

Live Performances begin: 8:30 PM

Watch the full Kick off Party LIVE BROADCAST on Vans starting at 8:15pm PST here:

MEDIA:          Writers, TV news crews and photographers are invited to shoot the press conference, do one-on-one interviews with KEVIN LYMAN and the VANS WARPED TOUR artists (past & present) that will be in attendance. Photographers and TV crews may shoot a portion of the live performances. All media are encouraged to stay and watch the film and enjoy the party.

WHY: The VANS WARPED TOUR® is well established as America’s premier music and lifestyle festival of the summer, breaking up-and-coming indie talent as well as both creating and showcasing major established artists since 1995.  The nationally-renowned festival is the most eclectic traveling tour and features a diverse array of artists–with hotly tipped acts in every genre from punk, metal and indie to rock, hip-hop, rap, electronic, reggae and pop; as well as a variety of lifestyle attractions for its traditionally low ticket price. The tour has cemented its place in history by bringing punk rock/skate/action sports culture from the underground to the forefront of global youth culture, while at the same time helping those in need and being the first tour to consistently use groundbreaking environmental concepts every year on the road. The Warped Eco Initiatives (WEI) range from biodiesel fuel for touring trucks and buses, to environmentally friendly catering for the artists and crew courtesy of Tada! Catering. There’s even a solar-powered sound system on the Kevin Says Stage and showcases public transportation options for every tour date and carpool social media apps as well as exotic eco travel contests. For more information on the tour that Alternative Press readers voted the “Best Tour/Festival” of 2009/2010 and Rolling Stone called “America’s most successful festival” (2005) go to:



Trapped in Limbo

Black metal may not be the first thing on your mind when you think of Portugal, but GAEREA is here to change that. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt sat down with GAEREA to discuss the band’s music, their mysterious name and image, and how office work can be art.


Full Feature
Atreyu- 2021

Atreyu's Baptism

At their core, Atreyu is a hard rock band with metal riffs and pop choruses. Now, after more than 20 years, the band has stepped boldly into their next chapter with a change in lineup and an album that proves the lifeblood of Atreyu is stronger than ever.


Photo by Ashley Osborn

Full Feature
Imperial Triumphant - 2021

Alphaville’s Metal Renaissance

With influences that span Miles Davis and Stravinsky to Geddy Lee and Les Claypool, jazz metal force Imperial Triumphant is the epitome of genre-bending. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt spoke with the band about their unique style, the massive bass presence in their music, and the rise and fall of civilization.


Photo by Alex Krauss

Full Feature
Heaven's Metal: An Oral History of the Genesis of Christian Metal

Heaven's Metal

When rock emerged from blues and 'heavy metal' began to surface, faith-based metal acts also rose to start their own journeys. Initially shunned by both believers and non-believers, they were fighting for their spot at the table, ultimately building a legacy that would go on to change the genre forever. HM presents an oral history of the beginning of Christian metal music, featuring Guardian, Tourniquet, Holy Soldier, Whitecross, and, of course, Stryper.


Full Feature
All Features