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As the mammoth lineup of audio obliteration continues to expand, the organizers of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are pleased to bring Massachusetts metalcore merchants/NEM&HF alumni, Unearth, as well as German psychedelic space rock perpetrators, Kadavar, to the stages!
Additionally, the sorcerers behind the NEM&HF are eager to officially welcome the first annual Best In Brutality Tour to its maniacal three-day ambush. The punishing five-band tour package will level Worcester on Thursday, April 17th and features the co-headlining assault of esteemed deathcore brutalizers, Oceano, and legendary death metal titans, Broken Hope, alongside the combined sonic destruction of Fallujah, Rivers Of Nihil, and Kublai Khan.
Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, the iconic New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will commence on April 17th and run through April 19th. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
The latest round of additions to the continually-expanding lineup for 2014's installment of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival has been disclosed, including Massachusetts' own '90s hardcore punk act, Sam Black Church.
Confirmed as one of the main headliners of the event's third night, Saturday, April 19th, Sam Black Church's set at NEMHF 2014 will mark only the third performance since the group initially disbanded at the turn of the century, and first in Central Massachusetts since the late '90s.
Stated the band upon being asked to take part in the massive event this Spring: "It is amazing what the man we used to know as Ogre has done with the New England Metalfest! We are fucking excited to be a part of it once again!"
The organizers of the fest comment: "Formed in Boston, in June of 1988 by Jesse "Jet" Crandall (vocals), Ben Crandall (guitar), Richard G. Lewis (bass), and J.R. Roach (drums), Sam Black Church was known for their energetic live performances, playing a frenetic blend of hardcore, metal, and thrash. Over the years sharing bills with bands as diverse as Bad Brains, Clutch, Motörhead, Cro-Mags, Fear, and Helmet, they were one of the most popular hardcore bands in the Northeast United States during the 1990s. After releasing three full-lengths on Taang! Records, they left to join Wonderdrug where they remained until they retired in 2000 after releasing a total of seven albums. Since disbanding, Sam Black Church reunited for a sold-out show on September 22, 2007, at The Roxy in Boston, and played a another sold-out performance at Hometown Throwdown #16 with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at House of Blues in Boston on December 29th, 2013. A documentary of their career by Duncan Wilder Johnson entitled Leave Behind a Groove in the Earth is scheduled for release in 2014."
Also now confirmed to invade this year's festival are Oceano, Scars of Tomorrow, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, InDirections, and Julius Seizure on Thursday, April 17th, and Reflections on Friday, April 18th. The setup for Saturday, April 19th has also been lengthened with Texas In July, Obey The Brave and the aforementioned Sam Black Church performance. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
As was announced yesterday, Detroit, Michigan-based metallers Battlecross will be joining Canada's Protest The Hero as direct support on the band's spring U.S. tour, set to commence March 1st in Buffalo. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 24th.
Guitarist Tony Asta comments: "Battlecross is very excited to hit the road with Protest The Hero! They seem like a very successful, humble group of guys who don't take things too seriously yet are serious about the business -- a good role model for all modern bands and we can't wait to get to know them on the road. Oh yeah and they're shredders! Being direct support is a huge honor and we won't let anyone down. This is a very unique tour package and we can't wait to play to new crowds as well as expose some of our fans to bands they may not have seen yet. See you all in the road this spring!"
The latest Battlecross effort, "War Of Will," saw the band on the road as a part of 2013's Rockstar Mayhem Festival and debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the Top Current Albums chart, #2 on the Heatseeker chart, #15 on the Current Hard Music chart, #16 on the Hard Music Overall chart, and #32 on the Independent Albums chart. See the band live: More...
Battlecross will hit the road supporting Protest The Hero, The Safety Fire, Intervals, and Night Verses. Dates for the trek are as follows:
Sat/Mar-01 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
Sun/Mar-02 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Mon/Mar-03 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Tue/Mar-04 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
Wed/Mar-05 Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
Fri/Mar-07 Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Hall
Sat/Mar-08 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
Sun/Mar-09 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
Mon/Mar-10 Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
Tue/Mar-11 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre & Club
Wed/Mar-12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Fri/Mar-14 Spokane, WA @ The Hop
Sat/Mar-15 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Sun/Mar-16 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
Mon/Mar-17 Sacramento, CA @ Assembly
Tue/Mar-18 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Wed/Mar-19 Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
Fri/Mar-21 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's Backroom
Sat/Mar-22 Austin, TX @ Red 7
Sun/Mar-23 Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's
Mon/Mar-24 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theatre
Wed/Mar-26 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
Thu/Mar-27 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Fri/Mar-28 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
Sat/Mar-29 Wilmington, NC @ Ziggys By The Sea
Sun/Mar-30 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Tue/Apr-01 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Wed/Apr-02 Washington, DC @ The Rock and Roll Hotel
Thu/Apr-03 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
Fri/Apr-04 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Sat/Apr-05 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs
Sun/Apr-06 Amityville, NY @ Revolution More...
The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is pleased to officially welcome The Metal Alliance Tour to its already punishing three-day assault.
The illustrious tour package will make a stop in Worcester on Saturday April 18th and features headliners Behemoth, alongside Metal Blade labelmates Goatwhore, with additional support from 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate.
Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, this year's edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will take place on April 17th, 18th, and 19th. The currently announced lineup is as follows (not the final running order): More...
The lineup of this year's New England Metal & Hardcore Festival continues to expand with the newest additions of: 1349, Battlecross, Black Crown Initiate, Carnifex, Erra, Fallujah, Goatwhore, I Declare War, Inquisition, Rivers of Nihil, Sworn In, Broken Hope and The Acacia Strain.
Slated to take place April 17th, 18th, and 19th, the sixteenth edition of the iconic two-staged event takes place at the Worcester Palladium. Tickets for the festival are on sale now and available for purchase at this location. The currently confirmed lineup is as follows:
1349, The Acacia Strain, All Out War, All That Remains, Alpha & Omega, Barrier, Battlecross, Bent Life, Bleeding Through "Final East Coast Appearance," Black Crown Initiate, Born Low, Broken Hope, Carnifax, Colin of Arabia, Counterparts, Cruel Hand, Discourse, Emmure, Erra, Fallujah, Fire and Ice, Fit For An Autopsy, Gideon, Goatwhore, Harm's Way, I Declare War, Iced Earth, InDirections, Inquisition, King Nine, Kublai Khan, Lionheart, Loyal To The Grave, Malfunction, Nails, Naysayer, Nile, Ramallah, Reign Supreme, Revamp, Rivers Of Nihil, Sabaton, Scale The Summit, Scars of Tomorrow, Slapshot, Suburban Scum, Sworn In, Sylar, The Mongoloids, Thy Art Is Murder, Twitching Tongues, Warhound, Whitechapel, Will To Die, Within The Ruins.
Canadian outfit Crimson Shadows has announced the band's first ever U.S. tour dates, supporting Battlecross later this month with stops in Pittsburgh (1/22), Cleveland (1/23), Toronto (1/24) and Detroit (1/25).
Crimson Shadows drummer Cory Hofing comments: "We are really excited to be making our way south of the border, its something we have wanted to do for a while now and to be sharing the stage with our friends in Battlecross makes it that much better! We have also decided to unleash a couple brand new tracks we have wrote for our next album on this mini tour so everyone will get a taste of whats to come."
Winners of the 2013 International Battle for Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany, Crimson Shadows beat out Canadian underground metal bands such as Vesperia, Hollow, Dissension, Adrenechrome and more.
1/22 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
1/23 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
1/24 Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
1/25 Westland, MI @ Token Lounge
Battlecross has announced the band will join Killswitch Engage, Trivium, and Miss May I on a run through the U.K. and Ireland, which kicks off in Dublin on January 29th, 2013.
It will be the Detroit outfit's first outing there and the band is looking forward to it:
"Battlecross is so stoked to hit the UK with Killswitch Engage, Trivium and Miss May I as our first overseas tour ever and thank them for having us on this awesome tour!
"What an honor it is to share our first UK experience with these bands and we're ready to thrash with you, our new friends! Thank you all who have been waiting so patiently for Battlecross to come overseas, and we promise that it will be worth the wait!
"Expect nothing less than swift hard kick in the arse from our live show and hope you like us enough to have us back very soon. Can't wait to rage and have a pint or four with our UK fans! Until then, please hit up our website and send us a message with your email address so we can stay in touch and meet up before, during and after the show AND We'll write you back! Please keep checking the Metal Blade UK page for updates and giveaways until then!!"
01/29 DUBLIN – The Academy
01/30 BELFAST – The Limelight
02/01 MANCHESTER – Academy
02/02 LONDON – Brixton O2 Academy
02/03 NEWCASTLE – O2 Academy
02/04 GLASGOW – O2 Academy
02/06 BIRMINGHAM – O2 Academy
02/07 SOUTHAMPTON - Guildhall
As was previously announced, Chicago's Diamond Plate will head out on a North American tour supporting Bay Area thrashers Death Angel.
Diamond Plate will join Death Angel, 3 Inches of Blood, Battlecross, and Revocation on October 19th at the world-famous Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood. Diamond Plate guitarist Konrad Kupiec comments:
"This lineup speaks for itself, and we couldn't be more pumped to announce this tour. After months of writing and recording the new album, we've become totally roadsick and can't wait to be back playing live!"
Today, Konrad Kupiec will play the band's new album, "Pulse," in its entirety during an official listening event at Exit Chicago. "Pulse" is due out August 20th in North America via Century Media Records/Earache Records. More...
The night of August 8th was to mark the first appearance of Amon Amarth and Children of Bodom in Nashville, TN at Marathon Music Works. In what was to be a night packed with unfortunate surprises, the venue ended up being changed (and subsequently downsized) to a smaller venue known as the Exit/In, which sold out completely. Adding to that, it was announced shortly before the first set of the night that Children of Bodom would not play their set, due to the hospitalization of Bodom front man Alexi Laiho.
Some of the attendees decided to take a refund and leave after the announcement had been made, clearly Bodom loyalists. Most of the audience stayed for the duration of the show, as it was also announced that Battlecross, Huntress, and Amon Amarth would be playing longer sets to make up for the absence of the co-headliners. Those who stayed were at least treated to a blistering few sets, easily making up for the price of admission. Amon Amarth prepared an especially powerful set that turned the packed venue's air into a murky soup of hot sweat. More...
Battlecross is about to return home from a summer of touring as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, but won't be idle for long. The Michigan-based upstarts will be performing at the GWAR-BQ next weekend, then will head out on a short tour in September-October with Hatebreed.
To cap off 2013, Battlecross has announced the band will be supporting Death Angel this fall. Battlecross will join the tour's other supporting acts 3 Inches of Blood, Revocation, and Diamond Plate for a tour that begins on October 18th in San Francisco and wraps on November 10th in Santa Ana, CA.
Jägermeister has been a proud sponsor of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival since its inception and this year is no different.
This year the festival stage is being headlined by Machine Head, a legendary JagerWorld experience, The Metal of Honor Award, the brand’s first-ever Guitar Shred-Meister competition, Celebrity Chef signings, and daily artist signings for those of legal drinking age.
Chef Chris Santos will join the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival for the remainder of the summer, where he will be taking part in signings at the Jägermeister booth, co-hosting the Shred-Meister competition, cooking Jägermeister-infused recipes at the official after-parties and for artists, and whipping up private meals for the headlining artists.
“I'm beyond excited to be joining the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on behalf of Jagermeister and to spread the word about the Jägermeister 'Charred' BBQ Contest happening this summer,” states Santos. “I'll be doing signings daily and roaming the festival all day so if you see me grab me and say hello and we'll chat about Jäger or hit the pit!”
The chef's appearances are all a part of the “Charred, Earn your Place at the Pit” BBQ Competition, a search for the best grill recipes incorporating Jägermeister. The challenge, which kicked off in June, is divided into three categories: Cow, Bird, and Hog, from which Santos selects one winner per category. More...
Battlecross is now streaming brand new album "War of Will" at MetalBlade.com here, or you can check it out in the player below.
This stream will be up for a limited time only, from noon pacific time today, through noon pacific on Tuesday, July 9th. "War of Will" hits stores on July 9th, 2013.
The band is on tour now as part of the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour with Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Machine Head, Mastodon and more. Dates are available after the jump. More...
Battlecross has unveiled a brand new video for "Never Coming Back," taken from the album "War of Will."
The Roy Warner directed clip can be streamed below. Kevin Talley - who performed with the band at Orion Music and More, and who is drumming for the band all summer on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival - also appears in the video.
Beginning on July 5th and lasting throughout the weekend, fans will be able to stream "War of Will." Stay tuned for further details.
Battlecross has released a brand new lyric video for "Flesh & Bone," which includes live footage from the band's performance at Orion Music and More in Detroit MI. Check it out at Revolvermag.com or in the player below. Additionally, a brand new music video for "Never Coming Back" was recently finished and will be available soon.
Battlecross has launched a new contest at Facebook here. Fans who pre-order "War of Will" via Metal Blade, Benchmark, or IndieGoGo will get a double entry to win an ESP LTD MH-350NT.
"War of Will" will be in stores and online on July 9th, 2013 just after the band heads out on the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour. Full tour dates are available after the jump. More...
Hatebreed will be hitting the road with Shadows Fall, The Acacia Strain, and Battlecross this Fall. Dates for the trek are as follows:
September 26 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
September 27 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
September 30 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
October 1 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
October 2 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
October 3 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
October 4 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
October 5 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
October 6 – Greensboro, NC – Greene Street Club
October 7 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVA
October 9 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder
October 10 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
October 11 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre More...
Detroit, MI's Battlecross performed at the Orion Music and More fest on June 8th, and the band was joined by metal drummer, Kevin Talley, who has previously performed with Six Feet Under, Chimaira, The Red Chord, Dying Fetus, and more.
With less than two weeks to go before the beginning of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest, Battlecross is excited to announce that Kevin Talley will also be performing with the group all summer long.
Check out a video of Kevin Talley performing "War Ensemble" live at Orion Music and More in the player below.
The band's new album "War of Will" releases July 9th, 2013 just as the band heads out for the summer on the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour. A new song from the album is also available for streaming online. Check out "Flesh and Bone" at this location. More...
Detroit, MI's Battlecross - less than a month away from the release of "War of Will" - has unveiled a brand new song. Fans can stream "Flesh and Bone" online now at Metalsucks.net here or in the player below.
"War of Will" releases July 9th, 2013 just as the band heads out for the summer on the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour. Footage from the recording studio can be found at this location, while upcoming tour dates are available after the jump. More...
Last week, Detroit, MI's Battlecross unveiled the title, cover art, and first single from upcoming new album, "War of Will."
This week, the guys have posted the first of two studio videos. The clips were filmed entirely by the band while holed-up at Audio Hammer Studios in Florida. In this first installment, fans will be treated to raw video of session drummer Shannon Lucas tracking songs for the album, as well as other candid clips from throughout the studio time.
"War of Will" releases July 9th, 2013 just as the band heads out for the summer on the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour. Dates are available below. More...
Detroit, MI's Battlecross has unveiled the title, cover art, and first single from the band's upcoming new album. Stream "Force Fed Lies" and pre-order your copy of War of Will now at this location, or check out the track below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"Battlecross triumphantly return as one of the true champions of American Heavy Metal with their devastating sophomore release, War of Will. Co-produced at Audio Hammer Studios with famed producers Mark Lewis and Eyal Levi, the sophomore effort from Detroit's newest soldiers of steel will soon prove as one of the most impressive follow-up releases, destined to become a heavy metal classic for fans of all sub-genres. 'War of Will triggers a strange Déjà Vu while feeling completely brand new' says Levi.
"After a fist-pumping debut, impressive breakout tours in 2012, Battlecross will continue their climb as one of metal's most impressive new bands with appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, Orion Music + More with Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones and Suicidal Tendencies in the band's hometown of Detroit and the 4th Annual GwarBQ with Municipal Waste and Corrosion of Conformity."
"War of Will" releases July 9th, 2013 just as the band heads out for the summer on the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour. Tour dates are available below. More...