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The Esoteric

Formed: 1996
From: Lawrence, KS, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest The Esoteric News

Below is our complete The Esoteric news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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The Esoteric Plan More Tour Dates, New Video

Lawrence Kansas’ THE ESOTERIC will be hitting the road next month in support of the highly-regarded With The Sureness of Sleepwalking alongside From Autumn To Ashes, Boysetsfire, and Biology, continuing the band’s relentless road work for a 12-date trek. The tour will then be followed up with dates alongside Bear Vs Shark.

In January, the band will shoot a video for “Your New Burden,” the second track from With The Sureness of Sleepwalking (Prosthetic Records) to receive the video treatment. The video for “Ram-Faced Boy,” directed by Matt Bass (Time In Malta, Rasputina), is currently available on video outlets like MTV2 and Fuse, as well as online at Prosthetic Records.

THE ESOTERIC with From Autumn To Ashes, Boy Sets Fire, Biology tour dates are as follows:

11/02 West Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
11/03 Tampa, FL – Masquerade
11/04 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
11/05 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
11/07 Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
11/08 Richmond, VA – Alley Katz
11/09 Norfolk, Va – The Norva
11/10 Baltimore, MD - Sonar Lounge
11/11 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
11/12 Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
11/13 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club

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Mediaskare Records Plans Slayer Tribute

Mediaskare Records is looking to Slayer's fans to name our upcoming tribute compilation to Slayer. A MySpace page has been set up here where fans are encouraged to send their album title suggestions. In addition, video clips of New Dead Radio recording "South Of Heaven" and The Burning Room recording "Mandatory Suicide" have been posted on the MySpace page. Videos are set to be added weekly to the page to document the making of this unique compilation.

Set for an early 2006 release, the compilation is set to have song contributions from the following artists: Death By Stereo, On Broken Wings, Asesino, Scars Of Tomorrow, The Esoteric, Cold War, The Taste Of Blood, New Dead Radio, Silent Civilian, Contra, The Human Abstract, The Burning Room, In This Moment, Suicide Silence, A Different Self, plus more T.B.A.

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Reflux Update On European Tour, In Writing Mode

Reflux has issued an update about the recently wrapped European tour:

"The tour was nothing short of the coolest fucking tour we have ever done in our lives. While the overnight/all day drives through European hell was some of the most brutal transporting of our bodies we have ever done, the shows w/ Darkest Hour and Beecher made everything worth it and then some. Not to mention travelling through so many amazing countries and seeing things thousands of years old added to the overall experience that was the Undoing Ruin 2005 Tour. We will definitely be headed back to Europe as soon as we can in 2006. For now, we are taking some time off from the road to write for our next record. Our next tour for certain is a Prosthetic Records Tour in the states w/ All That Remains and The Esoteric starting Nov 18 that will take us out to Cali and back. There will also be a Toronto and Montreal show for all you awesome Canadian people. We will be posting some pics and other stuff we promised that are long overdue soon. And if you ordered merch from our webstore and haven't gotten it, we're on it!! Thanks for caring. You Rule, <3 the flux"

As previously reported, Reflux have announced three tour dates in the States so far:

10/28 Lynchburg, VA - CVCC
10/29 Fredericksburg, VA - KC's
11/05 St. Louis, MO - The Creepy Crawl (Calico System)

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A Life Once Lost Tour Schedule

A Life Once Lost will be on the road much of the fall. Here's their latest tour schedule:

dates w/ Unearth
9/16 Erie, PA @ Forward Hall w/ Nora, Since the Flood
9/17 Lexington, KY @ Short Street Lounge w/ Nora, The Classic Struggle
9/18 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre w/ Zao, The Classic Struggle More...

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Hellfest 2005 Schedule Released

The entire schedule for Hellfest has finally been released. HELLFEST 2K5 takes place on August 19-21 at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. Tickets are available at hellfest.com or you can purchase tickets at the Sovereign Bank Arena box office or charge by phone at 1-888-SBA-TIXX or online at sovereignbankarena.com.

The complete schedule follows, including stages, times and bands playing: More...

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The Esoteric To Join Warped Tour, Every Time I Die

Lawrence, KS' THE ESOTERIC continue their non-stop touring in support of the critically acclaimed With The Sureness Of Sleepwalking with a stint on the east coast run of the Van's Warped Tour. The band will be appearing on the East Coast Independent Stage starting August 4th in Jacksonville, FL. The dates will be followed by an appearance on this years edition of Hellfest and a round of dates supporting Every Time I Die when they will be replacing The Chariot. Their video for Ram-Faced Boy continues to receive solid support from Fuse Metal Asylum and MTV2's Headbanger's Ball programs.

Here are the tour dates: More...

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Dirty Black Summer Tour Report, Springfield, VA

Having not gone to a show in too long, I decided to check out the Dirty Black Summer Tour at Jaxx in Springfield, VA on Saturday, July 9. It was on a Saturday, a good price and a good location for a weekend show (no metro and no beltway traffic to speak of), so I figured why the hell not. Besides, I had heard a lot about all of these bands in the news, but never listened to any of their music (except for The Agony Scene, who I streamed a few songs only a week before in preparation for my interview with drummer Brent Masters). I am not big into the metalcore scene and generally I dislike pure hardcore, but I do enjoy quite a few metalcore bands such as Unearth, As I Lay Dying, Bloodsimple, and My Bitter End to name a few. The Dirty Black Summer tour featured The Esoteric, Scars of Tomorrow, Full Blown Chaos, The Agony Scene, and Himsa. Apparently Scars of Tomorrow split some dates with Full Blown Chaos, because the former were not on this stop. There were two local openers as well, for a total of six bands. More...

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God Forbid Completes New Album, Embark On Tour

Ozzfest 2004 alumni God Forbid recently completed the recording process for their highly anticipated new album "IV:Constitution Of Treason," set for a September 20th release. The group tracked the new offering with Jason Suecof (Trivium) at Audiohammer Studios in Florida and with Eric Rachel (Atreyu, Dillinger Escape Plan) at Trax East in New Jersey. The mixing duties are currently being handled by Rachel and should be completed the end of the week.

Dallas Coyle (guitars, vocals) checks in with the following studio report:

Dallas here checking in from the studio where we're just about to put the final touches on the new album IV: Constitution Of Treason. Eric Rachel, Doc and I have been here mixing all the songs for the record and I'd have to say this is the most amazing stuff we've put to tape. For the first time I'd say this is exactly what God Forbid should sound like. Our friends who have heard the record say we sound like an entirely new band. This new material is many steps above Gone Forever and a new pinnacle us as a whole. Our evolution is complete.

God Forbid will also embark on a slew of headlining shows in July with Full Blown Chaos and Himsa, among others; the complete list of dates are below.

Jul. 01 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom - Rescheduled date w/ Full Blown Chaos
Jul. 02 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection - w/ Full Blown Chaos
Jul. 03 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground - w/ Full Blown Chaos
Jul. 04 Des Moines, IA @ Sleepy Hollow Sports Park - Iowa Metal Fest w/ Full Blown Chaos and others
Jul. 08 Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners - w/ Himsa, Full Blown Chaos, The Agony Scene, and The Esoteric
Jul. 17 Sayreville, NJ @ The Starland Ballroom

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More Dates For "Dirty Black Summer Tour"

Another handful of dates have been booked for Himsa's "Dirty Black Summer Tour", which features Scars Of Tomorrow, Full Blown Chaos, The Agony Scene and The Esoteric on select stops, here's the latest:

June 17th Jun San Diego, CA - Epicenter
June 22nd Jun El Paso, TX - T-Lounge
June 23rd Jun Dallas, TX - Galaxy Club
June 30th Jun Grand Rapids, MI - Ten Bells

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Himsa Summer Tour Dates

Himsa has confirmed dates for their summer tour being billed as the "Dirty Black Summer" tour. The tour also features Full Blown Chaos, Scars of Tomorrow, The Agony Scene, and The Esoteric. Dates are as follows:

June 13 - Sacramento, CA @ Boardwalk
June 16 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go-Go
June 17 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
June 18 - Tucson, AZ @ Skrappys
June 19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Brickhouse
July 5 - Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon
July 6 - Farmingdale, NY @ Downtown
July 7 - New York, NY @ CBGBs
July 8 - Albany, NY @ Saratoga Winners
July 9 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
July 12 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jackrabbits
July 16 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
July 17 - Springfield, MO @ Rockwell
July 18 - Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
July 20 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Lo-Fi Café

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NEHMF 2005 Live Report

It’s that time of year again- birds are chirping, trees are blossoming, the city’s Crowne Plaza Hotel is bombarded with numerous metal parties. And, of course, the local businesses in Worcester, MA hand out flyers that read “Dear metalheads (!!!), if you’re wondering where to get drunk tonight, come to our pub”.

It’s the New England Metal Fest weekend, which was held on April 22-24 and welcomed fans from all corners of the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and even UK. Probably the biggest and best festival on this side of the Atlantic. At least this year’s. I was giddy with excitement about this event since January and I lived to share my observations and opinions. More...

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Watch Himsa's "Cherum" Video Online

HIMSA's video for "Cherum" from their latest album 'Courting Tragedy and Disaster" is now streaming online here.

In other news, FULL BLOWN CHAOS has been added to the "Dirty Black Summer Tour". Here is the billing for that tour:

HIMSA - headlining
SCARS OF TOMORROW - direct support
FULL BLOWN CHAOS - last opener
THE AGONY SCENE - second opener
THE ESOTERIC - opener

The tour will kick off June 12 in Portland, OR and end July 24 in Seattle. The only confirmed date as of now is for June 16 in Hollywood, CA at the Whisky A Go-Go.

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Himsa Plan First US Headlining Tour

Himsa are to do their first US headlining tour this summer with Scars of Tomorrow, The Agony Scene, and The Esoteric. The tour is being called the "Dirty Black Summer" tour. The tour starts June 12th in Portland, OR and ends July 24th in Seattle, WA.

Himsa will be doing a benefit show with Owen Hart, Killing the Dream, and The Answer June 11th in Seattle, WA at The Paradox.

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The Esoteric Tour Dates

The Esoteric will be hitting the road with Lovehatehero, Still Life Projector, and Secret Lives in May. Here are the tour dates:

5/10 Houston TX Club @ Fat Cat
5/12 San Antonio TX @ The Sanctuary
5/13 El Paso TX @ House Of Rock and Roll
5/14 Tempe AZ @ Big Fish Pub
5/16 Hollywood CA @ The Whisky
5/17 San Diego CA @ The Epicentre
5/18 Corona CA @ Showcase
5/19 San Francisco CA @ The Pound
5/20 Sacramento CA @ The Boardwalk
5/22 Tacoma WA @ Hell's Kitchen
5/23 Salt Lake City UT @ Lo-Fi
5/25 Lawrence KS @ The Bottleneck
5/26 Wichita KS The Game w/ Roses Are Red
5/29 Grand Rapids MI @ Ten Bells
5/31 Binghamton NY @ East Coast Terminal

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The Esoteric Complete New Video

Work has been complete on The Esoteric's video for "Ram-faced Boy," a track from their upcoming Prosthetic Records debut. The video was directed by Matt Bass (Time In Malta) and filmed in March near Los Angeles. You can check it out here.

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Schedule For NEMHF 2005 Announced

The 7th Annual New England Metal And Hardcore Festival is set to take place April 22-24 in Worcester, MA. As previously announced, this year's festival features stellar headlining acts such as KING DIAMOND, HATEBREED, DANZIG, OBITUARY, NILE, HYPOCRISY, DARK TRANQUILLITY and BEHEMOTH among others.

The following set times have been posted ( subject to change):

Main Stage Friday, April 22:

3:00 - 3:20- Winter Solstice
3:30 - 3:50- Kylesa
4:00 - 4:20- The Esoteric
4:30 - 4:50- Nora
5:00 - 5:20- Since the flood
5:30 - 5:50- Haste The Day
6:00 - 6:20- Premonitions Of War
6:30 - 7:00- All That Remains
7:15 - 7:45- Throwdown
8:00 - 8:30- As I lay dying
9:00 - 10:00- Obituary
10:30 - 11:30- Unearth
12:00 - 1:00- Hatebreed

Second Stage, Friday:

3:10 - 3:30- Ion Disonanance
3:40 - 4:00- Catastrophic
4:10 - 4:30- Scurvy
4:40 - 5:00- T.B.A.
5:10 - 5:30- The Minor Times
5:40 - 6:10- With Honor More...

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Danzig Confirmed To Headline NEMHF

Danzig and special guest Doyle have been confirmed as the Saturday headliner for the seventh annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.

In addition to the regular Danzig set, Doyle with join the band for a blistering 30-minute set of classic Misfits material. Danzig and Doyle have performed together just three times during Danzig’s recent tour – their first performances together in over 21 years.

Hatebreed, Unearth and Obituary will headline Friday night.

Saturday’s other headliners will include Chimaira and Cryptopsy.

Sunday’s headliners are King Diamond, Nile and Soilwork.

Also appearing are A Life Once Lost, All Shall Perish, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, Blood Has Been Shed, Bury Your Dead, Dark Tranquility, Darkest Hour, Evergreen Terrace, Full Blown Chaos, Glass Casket, Hypocrisy, If Hope Dies, Internal Bleeding, Ion Dissonance, It Dies Today, Kylesa, Maroon, Misery Signals, Mnemic, Premonitions Of War, Pro-Pain, Red Chord, Reflux, Remembering Never, Scurvy, Sonata Arctica, Stemm, Strapping Young Lad, The Acacia Strain, The Agony Scene, The Esoteric, The Killing, The Minor Times, Throwdown, Trivium, Winter Solstice, and many more to be added.

Single day tickets are $35 per day. Three-day passes are $99. Tickets are on sale at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.

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The Esoteric Lose Everything In Fire

Lawrence, KS band The Esoteric have lost all of their equipment, merchandise, cash and recording gear to an early morning fire at their studio and practice space. Here's a statement from the group:

"This morning around 3 AM, The Esoteric's home, studio and practice space went up in flames and burned to the ground, leaving three members of the band homeless without food or clothes and destroying all of the band's equipment, merchandise, cash box and recording gear. Fortunately, no one was injured in the fire. So far the cause of the blaze is unknown although Lawrence Fire Department Investigators suspect faulty electrical wiring. As of now, The Esoteric plan on continuing with all tour plans for March, April and May."

If you would like to donate money to the band, they are accepting donations via PayPal at info@the-esoteric.com.

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The Esoteric, Paria, et al Tour Dates

The Esoteric, Paria, Nodes Of Ranvier, and The Burning Season will be hooking up for a handful of dates in March. Here are the tour dates:

3/12 Midvale UT @ The Circuit
3/13 Boise ID @ The Venue
3/14 Portland OR @ Davey Jones Locker
3/15 Reno NV @ Stoney's
3/16 Orangevale CA @The Boardwalk
3/17 Hollywood CA @The Whisky A Go-Go
3/18 Lancaster CA @El Dorado
3/20 Lake Havasu AZ @ The Underground
3/21 Tempe AZ @ Neck Beard's
3/22 Window Rock AZ @ Navajo Education Center
3/26 Wichita KS @The Eagles Lodge

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Over 40 Bands Confirmed For NEMHF

The organizers of the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival have announced most of the bands that will perform at this year's event, set to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2005 at The Palladium in Worcester. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:

Friday, April 22, 2005 (doors open at 3:00 p.m.): More...

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