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US hardcore/punk icons HELMET have updated their live schedule as follows:
13 - Red Seven - Austin, Texas
14 - Viper Room - Austin, Texas
15 - The Playground - Park City, Utah
17 - Canes Bar and Grill - San Diego, California
18 - Key Club - Hollywood, California
24 - Coolangata Hotel - Gold Coast
25 - Great Northern Hotel - Byron Bay
26 - Hoey & Moey - Coffs Harbour, Australia
30 - Gaelic Club - Sydney, Australia
1 - Uni Bar - Wollongong, Australia
2 - Anu Bar - Canberra, Australia
3 - Hi Fi Bar - Melbourne, Australia
4 - Fowler’s - Adelaide, Australia
HELMET have confirmed the following US tour dates:
29 - Mon TX Austin, TX - Red 7
30 - Corpus Christi, TX - House of Rock
31 - Houston, TX - Meridian
2 - St. Petersburg, FL - The State Theatre
3 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
4 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
6 - Orlando, FL - The Backbooth
8 - Wilmington, NC -The Soapbox Laundrolounge
9 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
10 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
13 - Knoxville, TN - Blue Cats
14 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
16 - Little Rock, AR - Juanita's
17 - Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theatre
19 - Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
21 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
HELMET will be hitting the road for a Fall U.S. tour with Brooklyn’s DUB TRIO. The following tour dates have been announced:
September 15th in Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
September 17th in Reno, NV @ Club Underground
September 19th in Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theatre
September 20th in Boise, ID @ The Big Easy
September 21st in Spokane, WA @ The Boulevard
September 22nd in Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
September 24th in Vancouver, BC @ The Red Room
September 25th in Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
September 26th in Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
September 28th in Chico, CA @ The Senator Theater
September 29th in Sacramento, CA @ The Kennal Club
September 30th in San Francisco, CA @ Independent
October 2nd in Fresno, CA @ Club Fred
October 3rd in Bakersfield, CA @ The Dome
October 4th in Long Beach, CA @ The Vault 350
October 5th in Malibu, CA @ Malibu Inn
HELMET will be hitting the road for a Fall U.S. tour with Brooklyn’s DUB TRIO. The first date to be released is as follows:
September 30 - San Francisco, CA @ Independent
You can check out a new song from HELMET entitled “Revenge Destroys Everything” online over at the band’s official MySpace page. The song will be featured in the upcoming new film “Tatua.”
Helmet frontman Page Hamilton spoke with Australia's Time Off magazine about the bands return in 2005 after disbanding in 1997, and how tensions between himself and former bassist Henry Bogdan and drummer John Stanier prevented the original line-up staying in tact. "That was just a matter of there being a lot of water under the bridge," Hamilton admitted. "We'd been together for ten years, and we never really worked on our personal relationships at all. Communication is huge in a band, and you can't really underestimate the importance of it. People often accuse me of being a control freak, which I think isn't fair. It's just that I'm better than they are [mocking seriousness]! There are always issues, life is constantly throwing things at you. But I think now I'm better at dealing with things right when something happens."
Read the full article at Time Off.
San Francisco's Totimoshi has signed a deal with Volcom Entertainment for the re-release of their 2006 album, Ladron. The re-release is due out in March 2007 and the band will be playing a series of dates with Helmet this winter to support it. Here are the tour dates:
1/7 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
1/9 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
1/16 Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
1/17 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
1/20 San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brew
1/31 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
2/1 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
Helmet have been added to Guns N' Roses' current tour after The Eagles of Death Metal were kicked off the tour earlier this week, referring to them as "The Pigeons Of Shit Metal" when he took the stage that same night.
The current reigning champ of all of the horror film franchises – Saw – will have the third and most psychologically intense installment of the series – Saw III hit theaters on October 27th. Fans of the series will be excited to hear that the Saw III Soundtrack (Artists' Addiction Records) will feature twenty tracks from of some of the hardest, bone crushing rock bands on the planet including: Blue October, Slayer, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Ministry, and many others. Brand new exclusive tracks from Static X "No Submission," and Drowning Pool "No More," are stand out songs on the Saw III Soundtrack.
Saw III (Twisted Pictures & Lionsgate) stars Shawnee Smith and Tobin Bell. Jigsaw has disappeared. With his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detectives scramble to locate him, Doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) and Jeff (Angus Macfayden) are unaware that they are about to become the latest pawns on his vicious chessboard.
Saw star Shawnee Smith makes a cameo singing backup vocals on Hydrovibe's track "Killer Inside" on the Saw III Soundtrack.
"I've am a huge fan of this band Hydrovibe!," commented Shawnee. "Heather St. Marie has a breathtakingly beautiful voice as powerful as my character in the Saw films: Amanda. I'm thrilled our female fan base has a movie and a soundtrack to sink our patent leather stilettos into."
Here is the final track listing for the Saw III soundtrack (as well as a couple of audio streams): More...
HELMET mainman Page Hamilton is currently producing an album for a band from North Carolina called CLASSIC CASE. "After I finish, I'm playing some more guitar on the movie 'Across the Universe' and getting ready to do some HELMET shows in a month or so," Hamilton says in a posting on the band's web site. "The first round of shows start October 17th somewhere near New York. The Warcon folks and people involved with the movie 'Saw III' are putting the tour together and planning another HELMET video for the song 'Monochrome'."
In other HELMET-related news, guitarist Chris Traynor has announced that he has left the band after nearly a decade of working with Hamilton. A few days later, drummer Mike Jost also exited the group in order to attend to his duties as a new father. It is not presently clear if bassist Jeremy Chatelain will continue playing with HELMET. Hamilton is reportedly already auditioning new members.
HELMET is tentatively scheduled to tour Europe in November and Australia in December.
Warcon Enterprises has set an October 24 release date for the "Saw III" soundtrack. The tentative list of tracks that are set to appear on the effort is as follows:
SLAYER - "Eyes Of The Insane" (exclusive remix)
EIGHTEEN VISIONS - "Victim"
MASTODON - "The Wolf Is Loose"
LAMB OF GOD - "Walk With Me In Hell"
HELMET - "Monochrome"
ALL THAT REMAINS - "This Calling"
DRAGONFORCE - "Fury Of The Storm"
CHARLIE CLOUSER - "Score Suite" (exclusive)
AS I LAY DYING - "Empty Hearts"
EVERY TIME I DIE - "Guitared & Feathered"
HYDROVIBE - "Killer Inside"
BLUE OCTOBER - "Drilled A Wire Through My Cheek"
OPIATE FOR THE MASSES - "Naked" (unreleased track)
DRY KILL LOGIC - "My Dying Heart" (unreleased track)
In anticipation of the opening of Saw III, which hits theaters October 27th, the Saw franchise teams up with Warcon Records to begin "pulling out all the stops" with a show at Webster Hall in New York City, October 19th. The show focuses on the musical side of Saw.
The evening combines appearances by bands featured on the Saw III soundtrack, to be released October 24th, via Artist Addiction, Warcon Enterprises and Fontana Distribution. The night will be headlined by the infamous Helmet, The Smashup and Hydrovibe. The show will be hosted by Shawnee Smith (who stars as "Amanda" in all three Saw films). Special guests from the Saw franchise will also make appearances.
The show will also feature a Saw museum that includes: torture devices, headgear, set pieces and even Jigsaw’s infamous puppet "Billie" as well as other authentic props from the Saw franchise. All on exhibition for the first and only time ever. As an added bonus, true Saw devotees will be able to join the "Circle of Blood." Circle of Blood participants will gain early access to the venue for a private meet and greet autograph session with Shawnee Smith, the bands, and members of the cast and will take home a commemorative bag of Saw merchandise.
In anticipation of the opening of the upcoming horror film "Saw III", which hits theaters October 27, the "Saw" franchise will team up with Warcon Records to begin "pulling out all the stops" with a show on October 19 at Webster Hall in New York City. The show focuses on the musical side of "Saw".
The evening combines appearances by bands featured on the "Saw III" soundtrack, to be released October 24 via Artist Addiction, Warcon Enterprises and Fontana Distribution. The night will be headlined by the infamous HELMET, THE SMASHUP and HYDROVIBE. The show will be hosted by Shawnee Smith (who stars as "Amanda" in all three "Saw" films). Special guests from the "Saw" franchise will also make appearances.
The show will also feature a "Saw" museum that includes: torture devices, headgear, set pieces and even Jigsaw's infamous puppet "Billie," as well as other authentic props from the "Saw" franchise — all on exhibition for the first and only time ever. As an added bonus, true "Saw" devotees will be able to join the "Circle of Blood." Circle of Blood participants will gain early access to the venue for a private meet-and-greet autograph session with Shawnee Smith, the bands, and members of the cast and will take home a commemorative bag of "Saw" merchandise.
For ticket information to participate in this special event, and to find out how to take part in the "Circle of Blood," click here.
Read the full article at Blabbermouth.net.
Eighteen Visions new self-titled album debuted at No. 74 with 11,000 units, Black Stone Cherry's self-titled debut sold 10,000 units giving them the No. 90 slot. Helmet's 'Monochrome' sold a disappointing 5,500 units giving it the No. 159 slot.
HELMET will return July 18 with MONOCHROME, marking their first release on Warcon Records. This summer, the band--founding vocalist/guitarist PAGE HAMILTON, guitarist CHRIS TRAYNOR and new members, drummer MIKE JOST and bassist JEREMY CHATELAIN--will play to thousands of music lovers across North America as a main stage-headlining act on the Vans Warped Tour from June 15 through August 13. The album's first single "Gone" will arrive at radio in late June.
For MONOCHROME, PAGE enlisted Strap It On and Meantime collaborator Wharton Tiers to co-produce and return to the organic sound the band is known for. Tiers recorded the band's first two releases Strap It On and Meantime, the latter of which sold over a million copies and defined the brusque element of American's underground rock scene. The HELMET sound sparked a new brand of metal, crossing all traditional music boundaries, paving the way for bands like Chevelle, Deftones, Killswitch Engage, Norma Jean and Silverchair, among many others. The New York Times called HELMET "a band that made important connections between indie-rock and metal…" (September 12, 2004).
"Wharton was my only choice to co-produce this project with me," notes HAMILTON. "Apart from the sounds he can get in his studio, he was also a major influence in terms of helping me shape my guitar playing."
HELMET's catalog also includes Betty (1994) and Aftertaste (1996), after which they broke up in 1998. In 2004, HAMILTON rejoined with TRAYNOR and two other established players to release and tour in support of the critically acclaimed Size Matters. Jim Farber at New York Daily News praised the album, noting: "Helmet's smart rock has returned at just the right time."
The complete track list for HELMET's MONOCHROME is: "Swallowing Everything," "Brand New," "Bury Me," "Monochrome," "On Your Way Down," "Money Shot," "Gone," "Almost Out Of Sight," "Howl," "410" and "Goodbye."
Here is Helmet's current touring schedule: More...
While certainly not a metal tour, the 2006 Vans Warped Tour does feature a handful of relevant bands including Bullet For My Valentine, Underoath, From Autumn To Ashes and headliners Helmet.
Billboard.com reports: The 2006 Vans Warped Tour will feature performances by AFI, Saves The Day, Against Me, Helmet, Less Than Jake, Say Anything, Senses Fail, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Academy Is, Underoath, the Living End and, as previously reported, Rise Against, Thursday, Motion City Soundtrack, From First To Last and NOFX.
The 12th edition of the tour will kick off June 15 in Columbia, Md., and run through Aug. 13 in Montreal. Tickets for some shows begin going on sale Wednesday (March 15). During this pre-sale, tickets will be sold for just over $20 (including a double-disc tour compilation CD); the ticket price will rise to about $25 afterward.
Among the other artists that will perform on at least a portion of the tour are the Buzzcocks, Anti-Flag, the Germs, Bouncing Souls, From Autumn To Ashes, Mute Math, Reggie & the Full Effect, Bullet For My Valentine, Silverstein and the Sounds.
The 2005 edition of the trek featured the Offspring, My Chemical Romance, Thrice and Hawthorne Heights, among others.
Here are the Vans Warped Tour 2006 dates: More...
As one of the leading post-hardcore/punk labels in the industry today, WARCON Enterprises has announced that it has signed the forefathers of the genre themselves Helmet. Under the deal, Helmet will release a new album which is slated for early summer 2006 and has confirmed that they will headline this year's Warped Tour.
According to Page Hamilton, founder, songwriter and guitarist for Helmet, several of the album's songs have already been written and Wharton Tiers has been confirmed as the project's co-producer. Tiers recorded the band's first two releases 'Strap It On' and 'Meantime', which sold over a million copies and defined the brusque element of American's underground rock scene.
"Wharton was my only choice to co-produce this project with me," said Hamilton. "I want to get back to my roots with this release and what's really cool is that we are actually using the same tape machine that we recorded our first two albums with. The whole thing is also going to be done in all analog to give it that classic Helmet sound. We're very excited about it."
"I really like what Warcon stands for," he said. "In today's music climate, it's more intriguing to be involved in every aspect of the project. The structure of this deal makes me more of a partner rather than the traditionally signed artist / record deal approach, which for me personally has little value anymore."
Taking a six-year hiatus after releasing their fourth album 'Aftertaste', the band returned in 2004 to release 'Size Matters' and a "best of" CD but it's not until now that Hamilton has decided to go back to the organic sound that they are known for. The sound that actually sparked a new brand of metal that crossed all traditional music boundaries and paved the way for such bands as Chevelle, The Deftones, Silverchair and Norma Jean.
"The first song I ever learned to play on the guitar was a helmet song. I pretty much just tried to figure the songs out and that's how I learned to play basically. Helmet is a band that I have listened to for years and will always enjoy them because they have the sweetest riffs I have ever heard. I love to air drum to them in the car also! I wouldn't be the same without Helmet in my life," said Chris Day, guitarist for Norma Jean. Chi Cheng, bass player for the Deftones, says that he was also influenced by Helmet. "Every band should wish to aspire to the originality and genius of Helmet. An inspitation to fans and musicians-alike."
Helmet's first appearance under the Warcon label will be at this year's SXSW festival where they will perform with fellow label mates Opiate for the Masses, My American Heart, Street Drum Corps and Dir en Grey at the PETA documentary party and the WARCON showcase.
Sitting behind the drums for some of the upcoming shows will be SADUS drummer Jon Allen, who will be filling in for original TESTAMENT drummer Louie Clemente while Louie is busy taking care of other matters. However, both guitarist Alex Skolnick and bassist Greg Christian have signed on for the forthcoming dates, TESTAMENT's manager - Phil Arnold of the Thrill Entertainment Group - told blabbermouth. "We'll do more shows this year, some with Louie some with Johnny Tempesta [HELMET, ex-ROB ZOMBIE, EXODUS]," Arnold said.
On October 11, IRON MAIDEN fans the world over will have something new to get excited about as the newly re-launched Restless Records releases "Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden", a tribute to the legendary band. The album, which features MAIDEN's own Paul Di'Anno and marks Restless' return to its metal and punk roots, is produced by Grammy award winner and tribute album pioneer Bob Kulick (KISS, METALLICA, AEROSMITH), along with Brett Chassen, and features appearances from current or former members of IRON MAIDEN, KISS, AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, DIO, JUDAS PRIEST, TESTAMENT, TWISTED SISTER, EXTREME, WHITESNAKE, SLAUGHTER, HELMET, DOKKEN and many others.
"It's a fitting salute to an awesome band and may be the best tribute I've ever produced. I really like what we've done to these amazing songs, and more importantly, the band approves," says Kulick of the album.
"Numbers from the Beast" features 11 classic IRON MAIDEN tunes revamped in honor of the band's 25th anniversary. The final track listing is as follows:
01. Run to the Hills
02. Wasted Years
04. Flight of Icarus
05. Fear of the Dark
06. The Trooper
07. Aces High
08. 2 Minutes to Midnight
09. Can I Play With Madness?
10. The Evil That Men Do
11. The Wickerman
The cover of every official IRON MAIDEN album has featured a zombie called "Eddie." Eddie has been painted by artist Derek Riggs for 20 years. "Numbers from the Beast" cover art was naturally painted by Riggs and is a must-have for any MAIDEN fan.
"Numbers from the Beast" marks the first release on the newly revamped Restless Records. William Hein, current president of Rykodisc and former head of Enigma Records, co-founded Restless in 1985 as a punk and metal sub-label of Enigma. Restless became a stand-alone label after Capitol-EMI acquired Enigma, and was subsequently acquired by Rykodisc in 2003. Now, back with a new sound and logo, Restless returns to its roots with the MAIDEN salute, as well as an upcoming reissue from California punk outfit 45 GRAVE.
Helmet has announced the following dates for their upcoming tour and the band, Fight of Your Life, will be opening:
September 21 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's
September 22 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's
September 23 - Boston, MA @ Axis
September 25 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
September 26 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
September 27 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
September 28 - New York, NY @ CBGB's
September 30 - Asbury Park, NJ @Stone Pony
October 1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
October 2 - Baltimore, MD @ Recher Theater
October 3 - Falls Church, VA @ State Theatre