My first tour with Voodoo Kungfu has come to an end, and I can honestly say that this was one of my favorite tours of all time. Getting to work with such talented musicians, and also be part of such an extraordinary live act was an honor beyond words.
Also, getting to tour with Orphaned Land (a band that I have been a fan of for the better part of a decade), and Pain (with the legendary Peter Tägtgren of Hypocrisy) was surreal. If anyone had told me when I was eighteen that I would be sharing a tour bus with these artists in ten years, I would have laughed in their face. Every single person involved with this tour was wonderful, and quickly became dear to my heart.
And to top off the experience, our final show featured a guest appearance from Tina Guo! I can now cross “Perform 'Raining Blood' with a classically trained cellist” off of my bucket list.
Cheers to the future, and looking forward to writing the next adventure!
I am SUPER excited to announce that I am going to be hitting the road once more; this time playing guitar for Voodoo Kungfu! I'm even more excited because we'll be on tour with Orphaned Land!
The past few years have been a lot of fun, and I've had the chance to work with artists that I had previously looked up to. This year is looking to be continuing that trend! Here is to a new adventure, and to getting to see some familiar faces out on the road!
Full tour dates, and event links can be found under the Tour tab.
Greetings! I am super excited, and proud, to share with everyone this play through for “Leap of Faith!” To me, this song represents the embodiment of courage, believing in yourself, and following your heart.
Life is full of twists, turns, bumps, loops, set-backs, side-steps, pot holes, (and any other metaphor you can possibly think of!) but that does not mean that we should be deterred from doing what we want. We are all human; we all of the same potential to do right and wrong, and we all have the same right to do what makes us happy.
Have the courage to believe in yourselves, and achieve your dreams. Along the way, lend a hand and help others if you can. Don't be afraid to take that leap of faith.
There are moments that we experience, that even as they are happening, we can identify them as a significant. Getting to be a part of the Altayon In the Raw benefit show, for me, was one of those moments. For the first time, I used my skills with music to raise money to fight cancer, and directly help others; I got to meet some fantastic musicians, and create new friendships; and I finally got to share the stage with one of my best friends. The feeling I get from moments like this are why I strive so hard, and insist on making music my life. To be able to have such a positive impact on on the world, and also share in something with such personal significance with everyone on stage is wonderful beyond words. Now, I just need to convince Thomas J. Bellezza to do this more often, and with a full metal set up!
Altayon In the Raw: Behind the Scenes
This week I get to spend in New York City rehearsing, and then performing at a charity event to raise funds for cancer research. This is going to be the first time in my entire career that I will have the opportunity to help out in such a way, and the feelings I have are beyond words. I also get to share the stage with one of my best friends for the first time, and on a personal level, this performance means quite a lot to me. I am looking forward to this show on July 15th, and I am proud to be able to do something of this magnitude in my home state. This is going to be EPIC!
As of late, I have had a thought running around in my brain. It seems that most of us (myself included) look for ways to justify things as "right" and "wrong," and most of the time doing so helps us interact happily in society. The only negative that I can find is that doing this tends to lead many of us into a long term habit, and when society evolves around us, we find it difficult to accept changes and adapt.
These changes then get labeled as "Wrong" because we do not want to change our habits. The truth is that these changes initially lie in what we would consider a morally gray area until they are either accepted or denied by society as a whole (a decision that takes a long time, given population sizes and people's willingness to adapt).
I Always try to remind myself to look at things from multiple perspectives; just because I do not practice, or have full knowledge of something does not make it "wrong." Just because something is "wrong" in one social situation does not make it "wrong" in all situations; just because something is "right" in one situation does not make it "right" in all situations.
I just do my best to accept and appreciate everyone, and lend a helping hand when I can. The world is a beautiful place, and full of beautiful experiences.
Thanks to Crazy Cups Coffee for the samples, and for hooking myself and my followers up with this epic discount code! The "#" at the beginning is part of the actual code.
I sat last night watching a memorial day concert, and it finally registered with me that my little brother is going to be sent on his first deployment in the next few weeks.
This seems like such a strange concept for me because, in my mind, he is still (and will forever remain) that little four year old kid with that ridiculous mullet hair cut my mother used to give him; that little kid that chewed my Alien VHS box and carried around his stuffed Sylvester the Cat doll; that little kid who was always way too smart for his own good, and would het easily frustrated when people wouldn't just understand what he so easily understood. That little kid that was, and still is, so full of love (no matter how much of a smartass he is).
I am proud of my brother, and I can think a few people I respect as much as I do him. You'd make Pop very proud, too.
Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, I was fortunate enough to get an internship at Tuffgong World Wide, where I not only learned a lot, but I made friend with these two wonderful human beings. d
It has been roughly about two years since the three of us were in the same room, but when we saw each other at the Ziggy Marley/One Love Event, it was like nothing had changed. I am proud to call these men my friends, and I am honored that they were among the first people I met out here on the West Coast.
Cheers to our days at Tuffgong, boys!
The time is drawing near to take the stage with one of my best friends. This Altayon project has turned out to be one of the most epic endeavours I've participated in, and I am more than glad to have been invited to perfom. There is just ONE more song left to learn; the epic fifteen minute finale "Walk Under the Moon."
I am excited to share these songs live, and hang out with everyone at the Triad Theater! --> Reduced Priced Tickets Here (CLICK)
Greetings, everyone! There has been a bit of radio silence on here, but alas! I have returned.
The past few weeks have been full and productive; making use of my time back home, and a lax tour schedule, to work on a few music and video projects, attend networking events, and try my hand at acting (because why the hell not?).
I am SUPER excited with how things have been rolling lately. Looking forward to the coming months!
Hey everyone! I am excited to announce that there is a date for the "Altayon: In the Raw" charity event! Check out the above video, or the flyer below for details!
Altayon In The Raw - MUSIC
This is an event celebrating one year of being cancer free for Thomas J. Bellezza. He has gathered musicians from all over America to come out and perform music from his musical project "Altayon". The show will consist of Acoustic version of all his songs and be played along side a theatrical performance on stage.
A few surprises will happen on the way while we ask you to explore love, betrayal and the wisdom of sound on this journey of this wildly fun and entertaining adventure.
Altayon In The Raw
Theatrical Acoustic Music
Saturday, July 15th 2017
$20 Advance • $25 at door
9pm Door, 930 show
A Portion of the proceeds will be donated to a cancer foundation. The Triad Theater 158 W 72 St New York, NY 10023
After spending almost an entire month in Tasmania, it is little wonder that I would have found some inspiration in my surroundings. While traversing through the wilderness, and exploring the middle of nowhere, I ended up putting together this acoustic tune, simply called... "Tasmania."
The world is full of adventure and wonder, and no two places leave you feeling the same. I wonder what awaits on my next adventure?
It's been almost a month that I've been "Down Under," surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever come across and some of the best people I could ever hope to meet. I feel like my time in Tasmania has helped me reorganize my thoughts, see life from a slightly different perspective, and let me reset my mind.
Someone once told me that living in different places helped them to see the world with a wider scope. Although I have not moved to Tasmania, spending several weeks here has opened my eyes to that concept; even more so than just frequent traveling and touring has. Life is full of many wonders and experiences, a lot of which lead us to philosophical questions that journey with us throughout life. Exploring the world we live in has helped me, not by answering these questions, but by helping me understand them better so that I may one day recognize the answers.
As my last week on the edge of the world begins, I look forward to the the light and sunshine it may bring (both figuratively and literally). I am also excited to share some of the music that this trip has inspired in me, and to get back to work in Los Angeles with this new frame of mind!
One of the most humbling experiences in life is getting to visit new places. Getting to see every corner of the world first hand lets us see what life is like for others, and lets us understand the variety of life and happiness available to us all.
Seeing Tasmania for the first time has been beyond wonderful. From the forests to the sand dunes, and from the people to the animals. Coming from the United States, and living in a large city such as Los Angeles, it has been a bit of a culture shock to be in such a rural territory such as Tasmania. Scattered with small towns where the locals are welcoming, and it feels like everyone is part of one large extended family. There is beautiful wilderness in every direction, and you can feel the untamed nature of the land radiating from the forest.
I've put together a short video highlighting some of the things I've had a chance to see so far. I hope you all enjoy it!
Taking a moment to reflect on my life's events until this moment, I find myself being drawn towards key moments that have helped shape and guide the pthe I have chosen. Each one of these moments has come graced with the helping hand of someone else, and I come to the conclusion that Inwould not be where I am, nor who I am... if it were not for others.
We often take for granted the companionship we encounter and develope as we journey through the world, learning and experiencing all that there is around us. Relationships are some of the strongest experiences we can have, and some of out most valuable lessons (both good and bad) come from interacting with other people.
I'd like to take a moment to say thank you to everyone that I have come to meet. Each and every one of you has taught me something, and helped me get to where I am. For the good, as well as the bad, I thank you for helping me learn to conquer my battlefield.
It Last week I was able to attend my first NAMM show, and it was amazing! From the moment you walk in it is full sensory overload; with booths for lighting, recording, guitars, basses, pianos, violins, even those little recorders we're all given in third grade!
While there I ran into some friends, and also made a few new ones! I am REALLY excited to see what next year brings!
It is super rewarding to be able to connect with so many people through sharing music; being able to convey a complex and unique emotion in a span of minutes that sometimes cannot be conveyed in the span of an entire novel is BEYOND satisfying. I am grateful for having discovered this medium, and I feel even more grateful to have been able to build close friendships and experience the magic of creating music with like minded people. It was an honor to work with Mr. Jason Alexander and write some of my favorite songs.
The past two weeks have been quite inspiring! Working on these Altayon songs for Thomas J. Bellezza's charity concert has reminded me of my own prior musical projects; taking a moment to revisit some of my favorite riffs, I think I might be resurrecting some of them and reworking them into new tunes! I've also been writing up a storm putting together story treatments for three separate albums! Less than a month in and I feel like this year is going to be one of my best.
So far, 2017 has started off with a focus on learning music for a very special performance that I was invited to be a part of. As some of you may have already seen through my social media, the project is called Altayon. Now, this project is special for two reasons:
The first being that it is a charity event to raise funds for cancer research. A lot of us have been influenced by this deadly disease in some way, whether directly or through a loved one. Being able to lend a hand in raising funds to help end the fight against cancer is a great honor that I will gladly lend a hand to.
The second being that I get to share the stage with my mentor and one of my closest friends, Mr. Thomas J. Bellezza. As a musician, one of the greatest experiences you can have is performing music with others. I was extremely honored when Thomas approached me and invited me to be a part of it.
The event is going to be taking place this summer, the exact date will be announced soonish! Make sure to check back here for further details.
2016 has been QUITE the epic adventure, and quite possibly my busiest year to date. Starting off with a tour in Europe and several other full length tours across the United States with Nekrogoblikon; mixed in with extensive song and story writing, and a ridiculous amount of traveling. I have had the honor of meeting SO many new people, of getting to rekindle old friendships, and even letting love into my heart.
This past year has brought me some of the greatest moments in my life, as well as some of my worst. Looking back at everything, I can say that each event has come to teach me the value of persistence, of love, and of following your heart to the ends of the Earth. I look towards 2017 with a positive mind, and with determination in my heart to bring about the course I wish for myself.
May this New Year bring you all happiness and epic adventures, and may you all continue to conquer your battlefield on the wings of dragons!
With the year coming to a close, it feels right to be ending it with a trip back to New York to visit friends and family. Being surrounded by work and business most of the year it is a nice mental reset to spend time with those that initially helped me get to where I am now.
Long Island, here I come! ~ JD
It's been a little while since I was able to take an international trip for recreational purposes, and this last trip to Australia was a wonderful experience.
This was the first time I had REALLY taken time off after moving out to Los Angeles, and it gave me some time to reflect and examine the course of my life thus far. Having the faith in myself to wholeheartedly pursue a career in music has made me the happiest I have ever been, and has left me feeling entirely free of constraints.
Getting to visit a country that I have had on my bucket list for quite some time, and also spend time with one of the most wonderful person on the planet, has left me feeling even more confident and excited for the future. I cannot wait to move forward from here and see where the next adventure will take me.
After six weeks on the road, performing thirty shows (with only ONE off day), and traveling from coast to coast, the Alestorm/Nekrogoblikon/AEther Realm tour is finally over! It was one hell of an experience getting to tour on a bus for the first time, and getting to hang out with a band that I had been listening to for years. It was also a great way to end an album cycle with some of the greatest people I have had the honor of befriending.
Now that the year is beginning to draw to an end (and the touring schedule has relxed), it is time to pick up the pase by focusing on the home front again, and reconnecting with sunny Los Angeles! It is also the perfect time to plan an adventure to Australia, and take time to visit family and friends in New York.
Looking forward to planning out the first step in the next journey!
JD Had an amazing time being a part of this interview! Thank you Metal Nexus for sitting down with Angels on the Battlefield.
Over the past few months you have been invited to see behind the scenes of the creative process, and now Angels on the Battlefield is excited to share their latest single, Leap of Faith.
It has been a very in depth process, and a special thanks is extended to Travis Richter (From First to Last, The Human Abstract) for producing and recording this song, to Aaron Minich (Nekrogoblikon) for helping put together drum tracks, and to Kayla Hunt Currivan (Horror Party Photography) and Viki Popova (Suicide Girls) for putting together such awesome artwork!
Leap of Faith is available for exclusive download through Patreon.
The recording process continues! Over the past few weeks Angels on the Battlefield has started working with Travis Richter to produce and engineer some new tunes. Travis is best known for his performances with From First to Last, and with The Human Abstract.
After six weeks on the road with Nekrogoblikon, JD and Aaron have started recording again. Being on the road for so long has given them the itch to lay down some new tracks. Work has also begun on some video treatments. Be sure to keep up to date by following on social media!
Over the past few weeks you may have seen Aaron Minich through our social media, but it is at this time that we would like to officially welcome him aboard Angels on the Battlefield! This project has already begun to grow behind the scenes due to his personality and creative input, and we are more than excited to see where the future will take us! Welcome aboard, Aaron!
The last few months have been a whirlwind of adventure! JD spent all of February in Europe with Nekrogoblikon while they toured.
Upon coming back to Los Angeles, Angels on the Battlefield entered the studio to begin working on a brand new project! Things are starting to look even more epic in the studio.
To top things off, JD will be hitting the road AGAIN with Nekro for their six week US headlining tour. If you are in or around one of the following cities, feel free to swing by and hang out!
4/01 - Fresno, CA @ Fulton*
4/02 - Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey*
4/03 - San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick*
4/05 - Las Vegas, NV @ Dive Bar***
4/06 - Phoenix, AZ @ Joes Grotto*
4/08 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
4/09 - Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room (Texas Independence Fest)
4/10 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
4/12 - New Orleans, LA @ Southport Hall
4/13 - Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
4/14 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
4/15 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
4/16 - Clarksville, TN @ The Warehouse
4/17 - Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
4/18 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
4/19 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
4/20 - New York City, NY @ St. Vitus
4/21 - Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
4/22 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
4/23 - Montreal, QC @ Katacombs
4/24 - Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dees
4/26 - Kent, OH @ The Outpost
4/27 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
4/28 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar**
4/29 - Dayton, OH @ Rockstar Pro Arena
4/30 - Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew
5/01 - Chippewa Falls, WI @ Every Buddy's Bar
5/02 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
5/03 - Des Moines, IA @ Lefty's
5/04 - Denver, CO @ Marquis
5/06 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder
5/07 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/08 - Portland, OR @ Panic Room
5/09 - Chico, CA @ Lost on Main
5/10 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
5/11 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
The past year has been a whirlwind of adventure andprogress! In the middle of workingon new material, JD has had the opportunity to hit the road with some greatmusicians, and some awesome bands. 2016 is looking to be a pretty exciting and busy year so far, also!
In a few short weeks, JD will be hitting the road again with Nekrogoblikon and heading to Europe!
December is looking pretty busy for JD; he’s going to be on the road again with Nekrogoblikon! If you are in one of the following cities, swing by! He’d love to hang out!
(Venue locations can be found under the “Tour” page.)
NEKROGOBLIKON DECEMBER TOUR DATES:
12/06 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
12/07 - Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
12/08 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre*
12/09 - St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
12/10 - Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
12/11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo**
12/13 - Dayton, OH @ Rockstar Pro Arena**
12/14 - Rochester, NY @ The Montage Music Hall**
12/15 - Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar & Music Hall**
12/16 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft at The Chance Theater**
12/17 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison**
12/18 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop**
12/19 - Des Moines, IA @ Lefty's Live Music
**with Battlecross, HAVOK, and Black Fast
This past weekend was quite epic! JD had the distinct honor of filling in for Madus at the Sidepony Express Music Festival in Bisbee, Arizona! Three days, six sets, and non-stop music the entire weekend.
It was a great opportunity to visit an awesome town, meet some really great people, and enjoy some amazing homemade food!
There has been some radio silence here on our official website, and we apologize! There has been a lot going on with AOTB in the past year. Relocating the project from Long Island, New York to Los Angeles, California was quite an epic endeavor! Many of you followed the road trip on Instagram and Facebook.
Since our initial update, AOTB has gone through some line up changes. Roby Mulry and Nick DiGregorio parted ways with the band (everyone still being on good terms); leading JD and Frank to team up with a brand new string slinger, Carlos Rendon!
Also since our last update, there have been talks for getting our songs licensed, we’ve had some interviews, some reviews, and we’ve even had some radio play! We’ve also been writing some new material, getting Carlos caught up on the finished material, and we’ve even started planning some videos and merch!
JD and Frank have also joined side projects! If you are looking for some old school thrash, check out Frank’s project .49 GRAIN; and if you are looking for some progressive female fronted heaviness, check out JD’s project STRYFE!
So far, this year has some promise to be even more epic than last year, so keep checking back for more official updates!
- Rock On
And so our move to Los Angeles is beginning. Watch as we will be documenting the roadtrip via Instagram and Facebook.