Archive for January, 2016

Sevendust

Sevendust

Sevendust has announced its first U.S. headline tour in support of its latest album, Kill the Flaw. The tour will kick off April 26 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and wrap up May 28 at the Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, Oklahoma. The headline dates will feature special guests Trivium and Like a Storm as show openers. The tour will include stops in Atlanta, Georgia; New York City; Baltimore, Maryland; and Reading, Pennsylvania. Sevendust also will make stops at several festivals, including Fort Rock, Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock on the Range and Rock Derby.

Tickets for all headline shows go on sale Friday, Jan. 29; go to www.sevendust.com for more information and to buy tickets. (more…)

Richard Patrick of Filter

Richard Patrick of Filter

Filter has announced the dates of its “Make America Hate Again” U.S. tour. The trek will kick off April 13 and run through May 21, with stops at festivals Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, Florida, and Carolina Rebellion in Concord, North Carolina, included. Support on most dates will come from Orgy, Vampires Everywhere and Death Valley High.

The tour is in support of Filter’s upcoming album, Crazy Eyes, set for release April 8 via Wind-up Records. The album’s first single, “Take Me to Heaven,” is streaming online now. (more…)

David Gunn of KING 810, performing live on Nov. 19, 2014, at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

David Gunn of KING 810, performing live on Nov. 19, 2014, at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

KING 810 has released a new track titled “We Gotta Help Ourselves,” which takes aim at the current water crisis in its hometown of Flint, Michigan. The band also has partnered with local Flint outlet Savage Village to create a unique T-shirt design to be sold in support of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s Flint Child Health & Development Fund. One hundred percent of the proceeds from T-shirt sales will go directly to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. To buy a shirt in support, visit http://savagevillage.bigcartel.com/product/king-810-we-gotta-help-ourselves-t-shirt. (more…)

Sumerian
Sumerian Records marks its 10 year anniversary with a four week tour, dubbed the Sumerian 10 Year Tour, featuring five of the Los Angeles labels’ bands: Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, After The Burial, ERRA and Bad Omens.

“Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya and After The Burial have all played a crucial role in the new wave of progressive, heavy music and in the pedigree of Sumerian,” said label founder, Ash Avildsen. “They are some of the most genuine, hard-working and talented musicians I have had the privilege to work with. I vividly remember first seeing all three of them play together at a tiny legion hall in a small Illinois town when Sumerian was less than a year old and they were all unsigned. I can proudly say that without Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya and After The Burial together on the label, Sumerian would not have become the entity it is today. I am honored to have this Midwest menagerie carrying the 10 Year Tour and excited for our newcomers ERRA and Bad Omens. Thank you to all of the fans who support the bands and the music. Without you, none of this would be possible. See you in the pit.” View tour dates inside. (more…)

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Amon Amarth

Swedish metal kings, Amon Amarth, today confirm the details of their North American headlining tour this Spring. Set to run from April 7th through May 21st, the lengthy trek will find the band joined by fellow Swedes Entombed A.D and young USA metal upstarts Exmortus! Presale tickets are available now at AmonAmarth.com. Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 29th at 10AM local time at AmonAmarth.com. View more details and tour dates inside!

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In This Moment’s debut album, Beautiful Tragedy, will be released on vinyl for the first time in February.

The album, released in 2007, reached No. 35 on Billboard’s Independent charts. In This Moment has gone to sell nearly half a million albums and, in 2014, released its major label debut, Black Widow, for Atlantic.

Though the band has risen to prominence on an electronic/industrial-tinged sound and an elaborate stage show, Beautiful Tragedy is a blend of metalcore and hard rock. From the lineup that recorded it, only vocalist Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth remain in the band today. Read Live Metal’s review, originally published in March 2007, here. (more…)

Megadeth-Dystopiaby Jeff Maki
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There’s been a huge buildup to Dystopia, the 15th album from the legendary Megadeth. Another Megadeth album means another round of mainman Dave Mustaine in the press, and while I quite enjoy his ramblings and his controversial remarks, he’s a constant target on the Internet. (The latest developments are not crediting Dave Ellefson as being a founding member of the band and, most recently, the possibility of a Mustaine-family reality show.) Fans were ecstatic about the near-reunion of the Rust in Peace-era lineup, only to see it fall apart. (Drummer Nick Menza said it was over financial negotiations.) Of course, Mustaine was to blame. He made amends with fans by adding Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler for the recording of Dystopiaand hiring Angra’s Kiko Loureiro as Megadeth’s new full-time guitarist.

So that brings us to Dystopia. I don’t really agree with the things I’ve read about the album being a “return to form.” When did Megadethlose it’s form? Aside from taking a few “risks” and going a little commercial over the years, Megadeth has been about as rock-solid of a thrash metal band as there ever was. (For the record, I happen to like that album.) Rather, Dystopia is hopefully the beginning of a new era for Mustaine, Dave Ellefson, Loureiro, and Adler or whoever ends up becoming the full-time drummer. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki

The hottest ticket in metal this winter undoubtedly is Lamb of God’s first U.S. headlining tour in support of its latest album, VII: Sturm und Drang, released last summer. The Richmond, Virginia-based band has grown steadily through the years to a point where it could fill the venues it’s playing on this tour on its own. But on this run, it chose to repay an old debt, bringing out Anthrax, which, as vocalist Randy Blythe said onstage, took Lamb of God on tour 12 years ago, becoming the first of the “big four” to take a chance on them. It was a near perfect match, and on this frigid January night, fans of both bands packed the sold-out Fillmore to take in some of the very best in American metal today. (more…)

Devour the Day

Devour the Day will release its sophomore album, S.O.A.R., on April 1 via Razor & Tie. The album was produced by Dan Korneff (Paramore, Lamb of God, My Chemical Romance).

Watch the pseudo video for the band’s first single ”Lightning in the Sky” below and buy the song on iTunes now. (more…)

Richard Patrick of Filter

Richard Patrick of Filter

Filter has set an April 8 release date for its seventh album, Crazy Eyes, via Wind-Up Records.

“Filter is the mind,” said Richard Patrick, the band’s founder, singer, guitarist and producer. “It’s your interpretation or my interpretation. Our thing is to look at people’s unexplainable behavior and assess it, using sound. It’s a way to approximate the insanity of the human condition. The reason this record is so fucking heavy and strange is it’s exactly the opposite of what’s popular. It’s not pretty. It’s not cute. It’s real.” (more…)

Disturbed

Disturbed

Disturbed and Rob Zombie have announced a May co-headlining tour of the United States. Ahead of that, Disturbed is gearing up to kick off its first tour following a four-year hiatus, starting in the U.S. in Fargo, North Dakota, on Feb. 10 and taking the bandon an almost entirely sold-out run through North America to headlining slots at major festivals across the U.S., U.K. and Europe. Tickets for the Disturbed and Rob Zombie tour officially go on sale Friday, Jan. 22. Exclusive meet-and-greet and VIP ticket packages will be available. Visit Ticketmaster for details, and head to Disturbed1.com for more information and tickets for all upcoming Disturbed dates. (more…)

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Zakk Wylde performing on ‘The Unblackened Tour’ at Rams Head Live in Baltimore MD, April 8, 2015.

Guitar icon Zakk Wylde will release Book Of Shadows II on April 8th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), his first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite. Book Of Shadows II was recently named as one of the ““Most Anticipated Metal Releases of 2016” via Rollingstone.com..

Wylde has been feverishly working on new material since he wrapped up Black Label Society’s “Unblackened” spring tour last year (read live recap and view live photos here). All songs on Book of Shadows II were recorded and produced at Wylde’s legendary home studio, The Black Vatican, which produced several of Wylde’s recent releases. The new effort will be followed by a wave of tour dates in support to be announced soon. (more…)