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Below is our complete Winter Solstice 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.
Virginia's Fjord (Eulogy Recordings) has parted ways with singer Matt Tarpey (ex-Winter Solstice). The band comments:
"We want to be more of a full-time band. We really want to tour more and get our name out. So we mutually decided that finding another singer was the best way to go. Matt will always be our friend, there is no bad blood. He's talking about going back to school and without a doubt will pop-up later in another band. We appreciate anyone that has shown us support these last couple of years and truly hope we aren't alienating anyone with this decision. We are still booking shows starting in late-July and hope to see you all soon."
The band is seeking a replacement for Tarpey. Interested parties can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tragic Hero Records have signed yet another band this month, Lynchubrg, VA's Ghost of a Fallen Age. The band, which features former members of Winter Solstice and Everything Falls Together, will be releasing their debut EP, Rumors of the Secret War, in February 2007 and should be touring nationwide following its release.
Fjord from Virginia Beach, featuring ex-members of Winter Solstice and To the Grave (formerly known as The Takeover), are the latest edition to the Eulogy Recordings roster.
Unsatisfied with the current direction of heavy music, Virginia Beach quintet Fjord formed in 2005. Constantly challenging themselves creatively, they adhere to a strict "anything goes" policy. The band is in love with the song writing process, and strives to be anything but typical. They will be recording this summer for their full-length debut on Eulogy.
Winter Solstice, who have been plagued by line-up instability in recent months, have officially announced their break-up. The group has released the following statement:
"For those of you who have yet to hear, we at the Winter Solstice camp have decided to call it quits. Each of our members was feeling pulled in different directions and it seemed that it was time for us to go the way of the band and pursue other things. Several members, along with members of Everything Falls Together, have already formed a new band called Ghost of a Fallen Age. You can check out a demo track here. We are grateful for the time we had and are even more grateful to the people that made it possible. Thanks very much to everyone at Metal Blade for working so hard with us. We'd also like to thank Scott and Ian for working with us every step of the way. We are forever grateful to our friends in Twelve Tribes, As I Lay Dying, Throwdown, The Showdown, Evergreen Terrace, As Cities Burn, and Bloodlined Calligraphy for the memories we have with them. More than any of these, we want to thank anyone who came to the shows and gave us the opportunity to share our music with them. We can not thank all of you enough for your support. Be prepared for the brutalness of Ghost of a Fallen Age."
Winter Solstice and Bloodlined Calligraphy will be hitting the road together this fall. Here are the tour dates:
10/12 Altoona, PA @ Classic Attitudes
10/13 Grand Rapids, MI @ Ten Bells
10/14 Dayton, OH @ Gathering Grounds
10/15 Louiville, KY @ Bulldog Cafe
10/16 Arlington Heights, IL @ Arlington Hieghts KOC
10/17 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
10/18 Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
10/19 Denver, CO @ Rock Island
10/20 Idaho Falls, ID @ The Foundation
10/21 Sacramento, CA @ The Underground
10/22 Corona, CA @ The Showcase Theater
10/23 San Diego, CA @ The Epicenter
10/24 Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky a-Go-Go
10/25 Las Vegas, NV @ Rock N' Java
10/26 Phoenix, AZ @ The Phix
10/27 Odessa, TX @ Earls 2
10/28 Houston, TX @ Mary Jane's
10/29 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
10/30 Topelo, MS @ The Rockwell Center
10/31 Tampa, FL @ The Refuge
11/1 Jacksonville, FL @ The Imperial
11/2 Chapin, SC @ The Pointe
11/3 Fredericksburg, VA @ KC's
11/4 Virginia Beach, VA @ Jamestown Campsite
In relation to guitarist JT leaving Winter Solstice recently, here's a statement from vocalist Duke Cuneo: More...
Winter Solstice have parted ways with guitarist JT Turner and are looking for a replacement, those interested can contact wsguitaristSearch@yahoo.com for more info. In the meantime, the band have recruited Jeff Cohn of If The Accident Will to fill in on their upcoming live dates.
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...
Evergreen Terrace have solified the remainder of their summer touring plans, including stints with Silverstein, then Winter Solstice. Here are the tour dates:
dates w/ Silverstein, I Am The Avalanche, Scary Kids Scaring Kids
8/15 Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Icon
8/16 Farmingdale, NY @ Downtown
8/17 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
8/18 Philadelphia, PA @ North Star
8/19 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
8/20 Trenton, NY @ Hellfest
8/22 Detroit, MI @ Alvin's
8/23 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
dates w/ Winter Solstice, As Cities Burn, and The Burning Season
8/27 Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
8/28 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
8/29 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
8/30 Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
8/31 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
9/2 Oklahoma City, OK @ Coservatory
9/3 Dallas, TX @ Club Clearview
9/4 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
9/5 Houston, TX @ Mary Jane’s Fat Cat
9/8 Birmingham, AL @ Cave 9
9/9 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
Sworn Enemy, Winter Solstice, Agents Of Man, and Strength In Numbers will be hooking up for the "Back from the Dead" tour in July and August. Here are the dates:
7/13 Baltimore MD @ Ottobar
7/14 Farmingdale NY @ The Crazy Donkey
7/17 Norfolk VA @ The Spot
7/19 Spartanburg SC @ Ground Zero
7/20 Jacksonville FL @ Thee Imperial
7/21 Ft Lauderdale FL @ Culture Room
7/22 Orlando FL @ Backbooth
7/23 Seminole FL @ Boomerz
7/24 Atlanta GA @ Masquerade
dates w/ Full Blown Chaos
7/27 Houston TX @ Engine Room
7/28 San Antonio TX @ Sanctuary
7/30 Tucson AZ @ Skrappy’s
8/2 Hollywood CA @ The Whisky A GoGo
8/3 Corona CA @ Showcase Theatre
8/4 Las Vegas NV @ Roadhouse Casino
8/6 Orangevale CA @ Boardwalk
8/7 Salt Lake City UT @ Lo-Fi Café
8/8 Englewood CO @ Gothic Theatre
8/9 Lawrence KS @ Bottleneck
8/10 Sauget IL @ Pop’s
8/11 Mokena IL @ The Pearl Room
8/12 Grand Rapids MI @ Ten Bells
8/13 Detroit MI @ Alvin’s
8/16 Buffalo NY @ The Buffalo Icon
Winter Solstice's video for their track "Following Caligula" has made its way online and can be seen here
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.
Tomorrow, Friday March 11th, two members of Winter Solstice (guitarist JT Turner, and drummer Duke Cuneo) will be dropping by 90.1 WECS Radio in Willimantic, CT at 10pm EST for a live interview, to spin some of their favorite metal tracks, to chat to fans via the phones, and to give some swag away on the air.
Most of the schedule has been set for the upcoming As I Lay Dying, Throwdown, and All That Remains tour. Here are the dates:
3/24 San Luis Obispo CA @ Trinity Hall
3/25 Lancaster CA @ Mr. Q's Billiards
3/26 Fresno CA @ Big Game Studios
3/27 Orangevale CA @ The Boardwalk
3/28 Portland OR @ Meow Meow
3/29 Vancouver CA @ Richard's On Richards
4/6 Thunder Bay CA @ Warp 9
dates w/ Winter Solstice
4/8 London CA @ The Embassy Hotel
4/9 Ottawa CA @ Babylon
4/10 Montreal CA @ El Salon
4/12 Latham NY @ Saratoga Winners
4/15 Louisville KY @ Headliners Music Hall
4/16 Huntington WV @ HYAMP
4/17 Richmond VA @ Alley Katz
4/20 Farmingdale NY @ The Downtown
4/21 S. Burlington VT @ Higher Ground
4/23 Lancaster PA @ Chameleon Club
4/24 Erie PA @ Forward Hall
4/25 Grand Rapids MI @ The Intersection
Twelve Tribes will be joining It Dies Today, If Hope Dies, Anterrabae and Winter Solstice on the road between February 10th and March 02nd, before embarking on a run with Since The Flood, The Acacia Strain and Winter Solstice that kicks off on March 18th running through March 29th. Dates and venues for both treks are as follows:
February 10th West Dundee, Illinois Clearwater Theater
February 11th Freeport, Illinois Freeport Convention Center
February 12th Louisville, Kentucky Union Station
February 13th Burns Harbor, Indiana Westport Community Club
February 14th Detroit, Michigan Alvin's
February 15th Johnstown, Pennsylvania Ace's Lounge
February 16th Binghamton, New yYork Club Ranelles
February 17th Portland, Maine The Station
February 18th Poughkeepsie, New York The Chance
February 19th Montclair, New Jersey Bloomfield Avenue Cafe & Stage
February 20th New York City, New York CBGB's
February 21st Farmingdale, New York The Downtown
February 22nd Fredericksburg, Virginia KC's
February 23rd Charlotte, North Carolina The Casbah
February 24th West Columbia, South Carolina New Brookland Tavern
February 25th Atlanta, Georgia The Masquerade
February 26th Jacksonville, Florida Thee Imperial
February 27th Orlando, Florida Back Booth
February 28th Tampa, Florida The Orpheum
March 01st Tallahassee, Florida Big Daddy's
March 02nd Augusta, Georgia Jam's
March 18th Denver, Colorado Climax Lounge
March 19th Midvale, Utah The Circuit
March 21st Orangevale, California Boardwalk (feat. HOODS)
March 22nd San Francisco, California The Pound
March 23rd West Hollywood, California The Whisky
March 24th Corona, California Showcase Theatre
March 26th El Paso, Texas House Of Rock N' Roll (feat. HOODS)
March 27th Austin, Texas The Backroom (feat. HOODS)
March 29th Fayetteville, Arkansas The Music Hall (feat. HOODS)
Winter Solstice have reportedly added Peter Walter (ex-Persephone) to their lineup as vocalist. Walter will be replacing Matt Tarpey, who (rumors suggest) was asked to leave the band. Meanwhile, Tarpey is apparently starting a new project, which should surface this Spring.
Diecast's own Jeremy Wooden checked in to tell everyone what really happened at the Utah club discussed earlier in a post about violent straight-edge kids being banned from the venue.
"First off DIECAST never condoned this press release. Not once did we feel threatened or endangered during our performance. The show was going well until the promoter got extremely unorganized and the band's set times started getting cut in half. Both local band played full sets, while the national acts (Winter Solstice, Hoods and us) were limited to 15 min. Once the crowd found out those bands could only play a few songs they started getting upset. Our set started off great and the hardcore kids were dancing and singing along. It appeared that the security have never worked this type of show before and once kids started coming on stage to sing along to "Disrepair" the security began to violently push them away from the stage."
"Tired of being repeatedly being pushed away, the kids retaliated on the security. This went back and forth through the remainder of the song and ended up getting way out of hand. It appears that having the kids singing along got misconstrued into them attacking Paul (vocals) and none of DIECAST were attacked or harmed during this performance. It was unfortunate that we only got to play two songs for the fans that came out to see us and we can't wait to come back to play a venue in Utah where the security knows how to handle this type of event."
"Due to this press release being issued and the unprofessional actions of promotor Bobby Baugh, DIECAST will never play another event for Solid Entertainment. We thank everyone that came out to support this tour and we will be back soon."
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...
The Boston-based quintet Diecast are set to embark on a headlining U.S. tour alongside The Hoods and Winter Solstice immediately following their stint on the Heavyweights of Hardcore tour. The trek kicks off on Jan. 20th and runs through Feb. 10th. The group's highly acclaimed new album, "Tearing Down Your Blue Skies," is now available. A new video for the track "Rise and Oppose" will be shot by Kevin Leonard (Himsa, Walls of Jericho) on Jan. 19th and look for it to makes it debut in late Feb.
Diecast just wrapped up a highly successful run on the Radiotakeover.com tour alongside E-Town Concrete, Devilinside and Twelve Tribes. Jeremy Wooden (bass) checks in with the follow tour wrap-up:
We just got back from the Radiotakeover tour with E-town Concrete, Twelve Tribes and almost Devilinside. It was amazing and we had a blast with all the bands. It started off slow with smaller shows, but all the kids who went out made us all feel like we were playing in front of thousands of fans. A lot of kids came up to us after the set saying that they were a bit skeptical about our singer change and new material (mostly due to internet gossip) but after seeing us live said we were way better than we've ever been. Stand out shows on the tour were definitely, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York (Albany and NYC) and Pennsylvania (Allentown and Philly).
Thanks to the promoters (minus 2 or 3) who treated us very well, fed us, drank with us, etc. We'd also like to thank everyone who came out to interview us on the road. Except for the two shit-bags who decided to piss all over the sofa and our singers bag (your lucky I'm a pacifist now), you were all great to us. We also got a Monster energy drink sponsorship on the road, so that kept us nice and perky for the long drives.
Well, we are home to spend time with family and enjoy the holidays and then it's back on the road in January with legends Hatebreed and Agnostic Front. I've also been informed that Tony and Mike from Devilinside will be getting something new together so be on the lookout, those guys are amazing musicians and great guys. Have a great holiday and we'll see you on the road soon.
Click here to stream the video for "Medieval" shot by acclaimed director Dale Resteghini (Fear Factory, Hatebreed, Mudvayne).
Diecast w/ Hatebreed, Agnostic Front, Love Is Red and The Autumn Offering: More...
Virginia-based metalcore act Winter Solstice have announced the departure of guitarist Roger Turner. "[Roger] is getting married and will be a grown-up soon," the band writes on their website. "We will definitely miss Roger, but we still have his identical twin JT playing guitar. Roger is being replaced by Caleb Goins, formerly of the amazing Everything Falls Together from Lynchburg, VA. Those guys are awesome friends and we really appreciate them letting us have Caleb."
In other news, Winter Solstice have entered the studio to begin recording their full-length debut, "The Fall of Rome", tentatively due in early 2005 via Metal Blade Records. "Andreas Magnusson of Scarlet is producing the album, and he has us sounding better than ever," the band writes. "We really cannot wait to hit the road in January, and get this record out."
Duke from Winter Solstice posted this message:
The CMJ Showcase was a really good time. We are southerners, so driving through NYC is always treacherous, but we made it there and back just fine. The set went well, including some new stuff that will be on our new CD. Speaking of the new CD, we head in to the studio later this week to start tracking our Metal Blade release, "The Fall of Rome." All of us are really excited to finally be recording the album, and we look forward to seeing all of you on tour soon.