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Scum of the Earth

Formed: 2003
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Scum of the Earth News

Below is our complete Scum of the Earth 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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Scum Of The Earth Releases New Video

Scum of the Earth's third album, "The Devil Made Me Do It," hits stores today through the Chicago-based Goomba Music, Inc. label. Produced by horror-rocker Riggs and Volkstoker, it was recorded at “Scum HQ” in Branson, MO and is the follow-up to 2007’s "Sleaze Freak" (Eclipse Records). A music video for the track "The Devil Made Me Do It III" has now been released and can be viewed below.

As Riggs states, “Being that this is 2012 and the end of the world and all, I thought the Scum of the Earth sound has ran its course, so I re invented the sound with the help of a producer/programmer by the name Volkstroker. We worked on the songs for eight months and this was the end result. Check it out before you turn into a zombie. Cheers!”

The vile and despicable mob of macabre is fronted by former Rob Zombie guitarist Riggs, whose artistry and musical vision birthed Scum of the Earth's debut in 2003, which hit hard on topics of lust, carnage, and debauchery strewn across a sanguinary soundscape, with cranium-cracking power and infectious rhythms. More...

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Scum of the Earth Signs to Goomba Music

Goomba music has announced the signing of Scum Of The Earth, the brainchild band of former Rob Zombie guitarist/song writer Riggs. The new album (title to be determined) is set for a 2012 release and is a follow up to 2007's highly acclaimed "Sleaze Freak." Riggs is currently writing material for the album and plans to be in the studio by the end of the year. "The new material is like classic SOTE material being possessed by demons with a modern twist " states RIGGS "I'm excited to get into the studio and start recording. There will be some crazy tracks on this one!"

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Septicflesh And More Added To Rock Band Network

Metal fans looking looking for new songs to try out on the Rock Band Network this weekend can look forward to new tunes from Septicflesh, All Shall Perish, Amberian Dawn, and Halcyon Way. PS3 users also get new music from Asking Alexandria and Tesseract starting on September 6th.

The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 tracks, including the non-metal songs, is as follows:

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All Shall Perish - "Spineless" (160 MSP)
All Shall Perish - "Stabbing to Purge Dissimulation (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "War in Heaven (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Chaotrope - "Fading Sacrifice" (80 MSP)
Conflicted - "Victor(ia)" (160 MSP)
Eminence - "Devil's Boulevard (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "The Age of Betrayal" (80 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "The Age of Betrayal (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Scum of the Earth - "Bombshell From Hell" (80 MSP)
Septicflesh - "Anubis" (160 MSP)
Septicflesh - "Anubis (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Without Mercy - "Slit" (160 MSP) More...

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The Autumn Offering Post Lyrics from New Album

Metalcore band The Autumn Offering have posted the lyrics to the song "Born Dead," which is off the band's upcoming self-titled full-length. You can check out "Born Dead" on the band's MySpace music player. The album hits stores August 31 through Victory Records and features two new members: guitarist Jesse Nunn (Silent Civilian, Scum of the Earth) who replaced Matt Johnson, and bassist Carl Bensley who replaced Mike Poggione.

"Born Dead" Lyrics:
Cold silence grips me
The life-giving womb a grave
Breathe embryonic poison
Takes my breath away
Shadows engulf this day in black
For one such as I born to his death
My blood of life the venom
Forever wear it's stain More...

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Cyanotic's Sean Payne Featured In 16volt's Album

16volt makes a triumphant return with their latest album, American Porn Songs featuring the band's trademark layering of heavy, aggressive guitars over pummeling electronics and beats. This album includes guests Steve White (KMFDM), Joseph Bishara (Rasputina, Danzig), Bildeaux Sarver (OHN, Scum of the Earth), Sean Payne (Cyanotic), Jason Bazinet (Chemlab, SMP), Tim Skold (Marilyn Manson, KMFDM), Jeremy Inkel (Front Line Assembly, Left Spine Down), Scott Robison (Drøne), and 16volt mainstay and Mike Peoples (Skrew, Daniel Ash Band).

More details and ordering can be found here.

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Kingdom Of Sorrow Announces More Tour Dates

KINGDOM OF SORROW has announced more U.S. tour dates in support of their debut, self-titled album.

KINGDOM OF SORROW will be performing a number of shows throughout August as they join the Rockstar Mayhem Tour in the northeast, in addition to off-dates with SCUM OF THE EARTH in the mid-west. KINGDOM OF SORROW has also been confirmed for Ozzfest ’08 alongside OZZY OSBOURNE, METALLICA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOILENT GREEN, and more. This year’s Ozzfest will be a one day event set to take place on August 9th in Dallas, TX. A listing of confirmed KINGDOM OF SORROW tour dates can be found below with more to be announced shortly.

KINGDOM OF SORROW has also posted exclusive interview footage with members Jamey Jasta and Kirk Windstein and album producer Zeuss about the recording of the KINGDOM OF SORROW album. This candid footage can be viewed online now at this location and below.

Here are newly added KINGDOM OF SORROW tour dates: More...

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Scum Of The Earth, Ekotren Team Up For US Tour

SCUM OF THE EARTH, the band featuring former ROB ZOMBIE guitarist Riggs, will join forces with EKOTREN and RIKETS for the first leg of The Chemical Alliance tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:

May 02 - SOP'S - Peoria, Illinois
May 03 - LT’s - Rockford, Illinois
May 04 - Club Toxic - Green Bay, Wisconsin
May 05 - Double Door - Chicago, Illinois
May 08 - The Ritz - Detroit, Michigan
May 12 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown, Pennsylvania
May 16 - Chasers - Keansburg, New Jersey
May 19 - Main Stage - Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
May 26 - Masquerade - Atlanta, Georgia
Jun. 11 - Lizard Lounge - Witchita, Kansas
Jun. 14 - Boom Slang Fest - Danville, Illinois

Video footage of Riggs playing the song "13 Freaks" on a skin guitar can be viewed below at this location (courtesy of FPE-TV).

SCUM OF THE EARTH's latest CD, "Sleaze Freak", was released on October 23, 2007. The explicit (PA) version of the album was made available at most retailers containing an added DVD video. The DVD consists of footage filmed while recording and mixing the album documenting the recording and mixing process and many hijinks of the band around town, in the studio, and on the road.

SCUM OF THE EARTH's first studio album of all-new material since the critically-acclaimed debut "Blah…Blah…Blah…Love Songs For The New Millennium" (2004), "Sleaze Freak" contains 13 brand new songs described by Riggs as "heavy-as-hell grinding, stripper-rock." "It's a much more intense collection of material than 'Blah…Blah…Blah…'" said Riggs. "We did everything we wanted to do this time around, which allowed us to really embody the whole red-light-district sleazy vibe into the material."

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Scum of the Earth Seek Bass Player

SCUM OF THE EARTH vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Riggs (formerly of ROB ZOMBIE) has issued the following invitation:

"Get ready to chug the Jager and destroy! Scum Of The Earth is looking for a bass player..."

"We own our own tour bus so the living conditions and travel are cush..."

"We will be on the road from around February untill the end of time... If you are interested, post a comment here and we will review your profile. If you have any video or audio of you playing bass, post it on your profile and we will check it out... If you are someone we know, give us a call!"

"You need a passport and must be able to leave the USA."

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Scum Of The Earth Post New Video Online

SCUM OF THE EARTH, the band featuring former longtime ROB ZOMBIE guitarist Riggs, has completed filming the music video for its first single from the upcoming "Sleaze Freak" album, entitled "Bombshell from Hell". The clip, which was produced and directed by Ron Najor of The Buzz, can be viewed below.

SCUM OF THE EARTH'd first studio album of all-new material since the critically-acclaimed debut "Blah…Blah…Blah…Love Songs For The New Millennium" (2004), "Sleaze Freak" will contain 13 brand new songs described by Riggs as "heavy-as-hell grinding, stripper-rock." "It's a much more intense collection of material than 'Blah…Blah…Blah…'" said Riggs. "We did everything we wanted to do this time around, which allowed us to really embody the whole red-light-district sleazy vibe into the material."

"Sleaze Freak" is scheduled to be released nationwide at retail stores throughout the U.S. on October 23, 2007. The explicit (PA) version of the album will be available at most retailers containing an added DVD video. The DVD will consist of footage filmed while recording and mixing the album documenting the recording and mixing process and many hijinks of the band around town, in the studio, and on the road. There will also be a clean version for those accounts who are afraid of scary comic-monsters, offensive language, etc.

"Sleaze Freak" track listing:

01. Bombshell from Hell
02. Hate X 13
03. Sleaze Freak
04. Devilscum
05. Death Stomp
06. I Am Monster
07. Love Pig
08. Macabro Expectaculo
09. Corpse Grinders
10. The Devil Made Me Do It 2
11. Scum-O-Rama
12. 13 Freaks
13. Just Like Me More...

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Scum of the Earth Reveals "Sleaze Freak" Details

SCUM OF THE EARTH, fronted by former Rob Zombie guitarist, Riggs, is gearing up for another explosive assault with SLEAZE FREAK, the follow up to 2004's critically acclaimed BLAH...BLAH...BLAH...LOVE SONGS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM, which spawned the band’s first hit single, “Get Your Dead On.”

A long time in the making, SLEAZE FREAK will be released October 23 on Eclipse Records, just in time for Halloween. Riggs' comrades in Scumdom are Brandon (bass, background vocals), Skylar (guitar), and Adrian Ost (drums).

“Bombshell From Hell” is SLEAZE FREAK’s first single, which is going for radio adds October 15. A performance video for the track—directed by Ron Najor (Angels & Airwaves)--was recently shot in Los Angeles and should invade TV and Internet airwaves within the next couple of weeks.

SLEAZE FREAK—which was written and produced by Riggs--contains 13 new songs (including “I Am Monster,” “Macabro Expectaculo” and “Corpse Grinders”), a cover and 28-page full-color booklet with exclusive artwork by self-proclaimed “Freakazoid” artist Paul Garner, plus a bonus 30-minute DVD packed with unbridled, no-holds-barred confessions by Riggs, featuring behind-the-scenes footage of Riggs and the band. Myspace.com diva and metal goddess, Metal Sanaz, also appears on the DVD, recording her vocals on “Love Pig.” She’s been posting video blogs of the band from recording sessions shot at Studio 2100 in Springfield, MO since June.

Most of the songs on the new album were recorded with Riggs' one-of-a-kind "Skin" guitar. It's a custom Fernandes Vertigo guitar wrapped in real pigskin that’s been sewn together. Riggs is planning to have various artists tattoo the pigskin in the future. Two tattoos currently decorate the guitar: one of a skull and crossbones and one with the words “fuck you” along the top which only Riggs can see when he’s playing the guitar.

“I wanted it to look like ‘Leatherface’ from ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ except on a guitar,” explains Riggs. “I’ll have it forever, so I’m planning on having a bunch of artists put tattoos on it. Hopefully it’ll be a few years before it starts to fall apart, although it’s already starting to smell and rot a little. But it’s still cool. It also kind of looks like Freddy Kruger’s face.”

He is also the owner and creator of another one-of-a-kind guitar made by Fernandes--a lucite one filled with fake blood, which can be seen in the “Bombshell From Hell” video. “I put it together with the president of Fernandes years ago,” says Riggs. “We messed around with water to make sure it wouldn’t spill out when I played it. It sounds amazing.”

The new music, 13 tracks of searing stripper-metal, capitalizes on the same formula which worked perfectly on BLAH...BLAH...BLAH..., but with more guitar solos, slick, percussive bass lines and Riggs' trademark blood-steeped lyrics. The first single, “Bombshell From Hell,” flaunts a hard-driving, instrumentally lacerating sound, which screams out to the world, letting us know that SCUM OF THE EARTH are unleashed and getting their dead on once again.

For Riggs, making music with SCUM OF THE EARTH is like bringing things full circle, many times over. As he explains, “It’s hard starting over again, because I’ve been in bands for 17 years. I started off as a teenager in the band Screw in 1990. We even got to do our first record with Ministry, who were recording in the same studio as us. Then I was in Prong for about a year before meeting Rob Zombie and joining his band. I went from sleeping in a van to a huge tour bus, back to a van and now I own my own tour bus! After I left Rob’s band I knew I had to start over again. I’m excited to have SCUM OF THE EARTH as my very own and I’m anxious to get out there and promote the hell out of our music. It’s such a good feeling to know that I don’t have to answer to anyone anymore except myself.”

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Scum of the Earth Announce New Album Release Date

SCUM OF THE EARTH, featuring former long-time Rob Zombie guitarist Riggs, just recently finished mixing their new album entitled Sleaze Freak on Eclipse Records. The album follows-up the critically-acclaimed debut Blah…Blah…Blah…Love Songs For The New Millennium released in 2004. Riggs recently described the album as:“heavy-as-hell grinding, stripper-rock. It’s a much more intense collection of material than Blah…Blah…Blah. We did everything we wanted to do this time around, which allowed us to really embody the whole red-light-district sleazy vibe into the material."

In addition, MySpace music icon Metal Sanaz makes her recording debut performing guest backing vocals on the track 'Love Pig'. More...

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Scum of the Earth Reveal New Album Cover Art

Scum of the Earth (featuring former Rob Zombie guitarist RIGGS) have revealed the cover art for their upcoming Sleaze Freak album to be released by Eclipse Records, this Summer. The cover image is one of seventeen original acrylic works done by renowned horror-caricature artist Paul Garner, exclusively for Scum of the Earth's follow-up album to their 2004 debut "Blah...Blah...Blah...Love Songs for The New Millennium". Each of the different images illustrate the album's "Red Light District" concept, with the booklet featuring one image for each song, plus a few extras.

The new cover art can be viewed at the following location.

When asked where the ideas for the art came from, Garner replied "As I recall, Riggs and I started with a kind of freakshow idea which mutated into the sleazy Amsterdam red light district concept which worked out much better. With the booklet art we've created a mini Sleaze Freak arcade... I love how the girls on display in the windows have turned out. They're a really cool 'n' trashy cast of characters. Riggs and Brandon make appearances as the creepy clients skulking around the arcade looking for action.". Riggs also chimed in, "For the cover art specifically, there were a lot of revisions we had to go through. I remember a few times where we'd come up with a version, then our label would run it by their distributor and come back to us saying it was too explicit, or the chick didn't have enough clothes on, whatever... stupid censorship crap but finally we got to a point where the label and distro were happy. You know, some stores don't want the right-wing religious folks organizing protests and all that shit."

The band is currently finishing up the Sleaze Freak album at Studio 2100 in Springfield, MO and they expect to be finished mixing by June 1st.

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Scum Of The Earth Studio Update, Tracklisting

Scum of the Earth (featuring x Rob Zombie guitarist Riggs) is currently wrapping up recording sessions for the band's second album entitled SLEAZE FREAK, to be released by Eclipse Records later this year. "We decided to write 2 more songs for the album, so after wrapping up preliminary tracking at Belt of Orion studios in Los Angeles, we took a little break to write some more material", said Riggs. "I also needed to take care of a few things back home so we postponed recording for sessions for 2 months and now we have resumed, it's great to be back to working on getting Sleaze Freak wrapped up and into the hands of the fans, we've got some great new shit to record."

The band is currently at Studio 2100 in Springfield, MO to finish tracking and mixing the new album, and expect to be finished by June 1st. When asked about a street date, Riggs replied "Eclipse hasn't set one yet. Everybody's been asking, but it makes sense what they're doing, not setting the street date until we hand over the finished masters. Plus it's allowing us to be a lot more creative, taking our time and not having a deadline looming over our heads... up until now."

"Sleaze Freak" tentative track listing (not in order):

01. Bombshell From Hell
02. Devilscum
03. Love Pig
04. Hate X 13
05. Macabro Expectaculo
06. I Am Monster
07. Sleaze Freak
08. Corpsegrinder
09. Deathstomp
10. Just Like Me
11. Scum-O-Rama
12. Devil Made Me Do It Again
13. 13 Freaks

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White Zombie Drummer Joins Scum of the Earth

Scum of the Earth (featuring former Rob Zombie guitarist RIGGS) have announced that Ivan DePrume has joined the band. When asked about his decision to join the band, the original White Zombie drummer explained "when Riggs approached me about joining the band, I was like "when do we start touring?". Then he explained that the new album "Sleaze Freak" was just about to be recorded and he wanted me to learn the songs, meet up in LA and lay down drum tracks, so I had all these songs I had to learn in just a few weeks, record my ideas and send em back to Riggs, it all happened so fast...". Riggs continued, "I got Ivan's ideas and loved them, told him he's in and when/where we'd be recording and the rest is history (in the making). He's a perfect fit for the vibe of the band, especially musically. He's an amazing drummer and we're all looking forward to having him on board as a part of the team."

The band will begin recording "Sleaze Freak" on February 13th at Belt of Orion Studios in Los Angeles, CA. sleaze Freak is scheduled for release sometime in Spring/Summer of 2007 through Eclipse Records.

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Scum of the Earth Post New Demo Samples Online

SCUM OF THE EARTH, the band featuring former ROB ZOMBIE guitarist Riggs, has posted four new demo samples without vocals on its official MySpace page.

SCUM OF THE EARTH recently tapped renowned U.K. concept artist Paul Garner to create the cover art for the band's upcoming second release, tentatively entitled "Sleaze Freak". Paul's probably best known for his work on everything from tattoo and t-shirt design to movie/music magazine illustration to giant murals and sideshow banners, and co-designing, producing and directing the Gawkagogo Bizarre Cabaret and Theatre shows throughout London and the U.K. He's also worked with Richard O' Brien ("Rocky Horror Picture Show") and Clive Barker. Paul's style peers behind the curtain of a sinister sideshow underworld where cartoon geeks, zombie kids, and unspeakable things from the slab mingle menacingly with the ones that the Scooby Doo gang let get away. More...

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Scum Of The Earth Selects Paul Garner For Cover

Renowned U.K. concept artist Paul Garner has been selected to create the cover art for SCUM OF THE EARTH's upcoming second release, tentatively entitled "SLEAZE FREAK". Paul's probably best known for his work on everything from tattoo & t-shirt design to movie/music magazine illustration to giant murals & sideshow banners, and co-designing, producing and directing the Gawkagogo Bizarre Cabaret & Theatre shows throughout London and the UK. He's also worked with Richard O' Brien (Rocky Horror Picture Show) and Clive Barker. Paul's style peers behind the curtain of a sinister sideshow underworld where cartoon geeks, zombie kids, and unspeakable things from the slab mingle menacingly with the ones that the Scooby Doo gang let get away.

When Riggs was asked about his decision to work with Paul, he said "He's an amazing artist, I thought his artwork looked real sleazy, trashy and basically seemed like a visual embodyment of what this album's all about... sleaze, filth, depraivety, and the dark perversion of the world. The red light district in Amsterdam, has this vibe... in my opinion, it's like the Disneyland of the Universe, and Sleaze Freak will be our attempt to bring that vibe to the fans, through the music and the art. There might be some other artists as well..."

Scum of the Earth is the brainchild of former longtime Rob Zombie guitarist, Riggs. The debut album, "Blah...Blah...Blah...Love Songs" received critical acclaim in the US and sales out-performed more than 88% of all other albums released last year, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The band is currently in pre-production, and scheduled to begin recording sessions in January, 2007.

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Scum of the Earth Begin Preproduction On New Album

Scum of the Earth, featuring x-Rob Zombie guitarist RIGGS have begun pre-production on their follow-up to the successful debut album, "Blah...Blah...Blah... Love Songs for the New Millennium." The new album is planned to be released by Eclipse Records in late 2006. The band states on their official website that "We have started pre-production for the new scum CD. There are 8 songs finished so far, and it's turning out to be a bone-crushing, stripper extravaganza... We have a temp title of SLEAZE FREAK, among others. Check back soon for more updates...".

Label president Chris Poland says, "I have heard some demo tracks of 3-4 tunes that Riggs emailed me on mp3 and i have to say I haven't stopped playing them on my PC. They are the sickest guitar grinds and go-go beats I have heard yet from this amazing musician who's creativity seems to know no boundaries. While some are heavy and pulse-oriented as you might expect, others are quite eerie and almost surreal in nature, a true contrast from song to song, and I just can't wait to hear the finished product. I know the legions of fans will be pleased with the end result."

You can download an MP3 of "Murder Song" from the band's debut release here.

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Scum of the Earth, Dead By Wednesday Tour

DEAD BY WEDNESDAY, the band founded by former Gargantua Soul drummer OPUS, have announced Jägermeister's 'Biggest, Sickest, Meanest...Drink, Fight, Fuck Tour." After recently releasing their debut CD 'Democracy is Dead' on Mindsnap Music, a new division of Jamey Jasta's Stillborn Records which is out now and in stores everywhere, Dead By Wednesday will be hittin' the road this week for a 2 month / 40 date US tour as direct support for Scum Of The Earth, also on the bill on select dates will be openers Till We Die.

Jägermeister and Lucky 13 will be sponsoring & supporting this tour with tons of cool custom swag give away's and even hooked up a Jäger keg for stage every night. Lucky 13 clothing will be holding a SCUM OF THE EARTH / DBW 'Devil Girl contest' at all the tour dates, bringing those who think they've got what it takes to be the next Lucky 13 Devil Girl, and let the crowd decide who the hottest Devil Girl is in each city. The winner gets a Lucky 13 gift Bag containing some custom Lucky 13 clothing. Free Jägermeister items will also be available at all shows (to those 21+).

DEAD BY WEDNESDAY / SCUM OF THE EARTH tour dates: More...

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Scum of the Earth To Go On Tour Again

SCUM OF THE EARTH will head out on their "Drink, Fight, Fuck And Tour Amerika 2005" tour in late October with DEAD BY WEDNESDAY and TILL WE DIE. Dates will be announced shortly.

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Scum of the Earth, Brand New Sin US Tour

SCUM OF THE EARTH, the band founded by former ROB ZOMBIE guitarist Riggs, will be teaming up with BRAND NEW SIN and SOCIETY 1 for a U.S. tour beginning in June. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Jun. 17 - Chicago IL @ Metro
Jun. 18 – Freeport, IL @ Convention Center
Jun. 19 - Omaha, NE @ Ranch Bowl

More dates will be announced soon.

SCUM OF THE EARTH had originally planned on touring the U.S. last fall but were forced to cancel the trek due to "contractual discrepancies along the route."

SCUM OF THE EARTH's debut album, "Blah…Blah…Blah…Love Songs for the New Millennium" (Eclipse), features Riggs alongside an all-star cast of friends, including drummer John Tempesta (HELMET, WHITE ZOMBIE, ROB ZOMBIE, TESTAMENT, EXODUS) and his brother Mike Tempesta (guitar, ex-POWERMAN 5000) — marking the first time the brothers have played together on record — plus SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan.

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