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San Francisco violin, cello and drums trio Judgement Day will be playing as main support for Pinback on a nationwide tour starting on Wednesday in Phoenix. "We're pulling out all of the stops for this one and we have a great show planned," comments the band.
Here are the latest Judgement Day tour dates:
Thursday, April 14th - Santa Rosa, CA - Arelene Francis Center
Saturday, April 16th (2pm) - San Jose, CA - Streetlight Records
Saturday, April 16th (9pm) - Stockton, CA - Plea for Peace Center
Wednesday, April 20 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse - w/ Pinback
Thursday, April 21 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot - w/ Pinback
Friday, April 22 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre - w/ Pinback
Saturday, April 23 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre - w/ Pinback
Sunday, April 24 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge - w/ Pinback
Tuesday, April 26 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls - w/ Pinback
Wednesday, April 27 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop - w/ Pinback
Thursday, April 28 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub - w/ Pinback
Friday, April 29 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom - w/ Pinback
Saturday, April 30 - Philadelphia, PA - The Starlight Ballroom - w/ Pinback
Sunday, May 1 - Washington DC - Black Cat - w/ Pinback
Monday, May 2 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle - w/ Pinback
Wednesday, May 4 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade - w/ Pinback
Thursday, May 5 - Baton Rouge, LA - Chelsea's Cafe - w/ Pinback
Friday, May 6 - Dallas, TX - Loft @ Palladium Ballroom - w/ Pinback
Saturday, May 7 - Austin, TX - Emo's Alternative - w/ Pinback
Monday, May 9 - Tucson, AZ - Plush - w/ Pinback
Friday, May 13 - Oakland, CA - The Uptown - MEGA HOMECOMING EXTRAVAGANZA
Judgement Day has posted a couple of updates. The first is a video from their sidewalk acoustic performance at SXSW 2011:
Next up, the band recorded an improvised album on March 28th, 2011 in a living room in Madison, WI with some friends and posted it for free download. Be warned, that this recording is not Judgement Day's typical heavy recordings but rather some improvised jams with friends.
After my struggles to stay awake the previous night, I slept in late so I wouldn’t be exhausted for the rest of SXSW.
I made it out to an afternoon session “Website? Get Real. You Need A Web Empire.” It was a decent talk about not only the band’s website as a central hub, but all of the social media and mobile presence that bands should work on to build their audience. There were some tips given on marketing and SEO and various related topics as well, but overall, I felt the title was a little misleading. They discussed some services such as cashmusic, bandcamp, and Topspin as well. It was an ok discussion overall, but I only learned a few tidbits here and there that I didn’t know already.
From there, I was headed over to Emo’s once again. On the way, I ran into San Francisco violin, cello and drums trio Judgement Day playing acoustically at a street corner. I stopped to shoot a few photos and hear a song, bought a CD and then was on my way. I hoped to catch them amped the following night at a proper show. More...
Judgement Day has updated the band's tour dates, adding Milwaukee and Omaha in the process. Here are the latest Judgement Day tour dates:
Monday, March 21 - Tulsa, OK - Soundpony Lounge
Tuesday, March 22 - Fayetteville, AR - George's Majestic Lounge
Thursday, March 24 - Indianapolis, IN - Big Car Gallery
Friday, March 25 - Chicago, IL - House Show
Saturday, March 26 - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar
Sunday, March 27th - Milwaukee, WI - BTW Lounge
Tuesday, March 29 - Omaha, NE - Barley St. Tavern
Wednesday, March 30 - Englewood, CO - Moe's BBQ
Thursday, March 31 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
Friday, April 1 - San Francisco, CA - The Rockit Room
Thursday, April 14 - Santa Rosa, CA - Arelene Francis Center
Saturday, April 16 - San Jose, CA - Streetlight Records
Judgement Day is current in the studio recording their new, acoustic album, which follows up their latest release, "Peacocks/Pink Monsters." Here's an update from the band:
"Greetings from Sea Ranch,
DAY ONE of work on our new acoustic record went excitingly well. We got the studio all set up and running at The Barn and had some epic fireside jams on some of the new material as well as some oldtime blues standards. Jon has been experimenting with deadening his regular drum kit as well as playing buckets and other pieces of percussion. He seems to be really inspired. We all are!
"We’re super lucky to have Riki Feldmann with us. Not only did he fix the house electrical power and assemble the entire studio, he has also been shooting a ton of photos and videos which, like all of his work, look incredible. This week will be well-documented for sure.
"If you’re interested in following the recording process, you can do so on Twitter at http://twitter.com/stringmetal. We’ll be posting stuff there all week in addition to our daily Facebook posts."
Judgement Day has announced that their next album will be an acoustic experimental affair. Read their update below for details and their latest live dates:
"Judgement Day has always been a bit of an experiment. On Dark Opus we experimented with running the violin and cello through giant Mesa stacks. On Peacocks/Pink Monsters we tried running them through as many different crazy effects pedals as we could get our hands on. On the Out of the Abyss 7? we experimented with recording live. Every time that we try something new we end up learning a ton, not just about the new technique, but about playing together and being musicians. So now it’s time to make some more music and again we’re going to try something new.
"Our next record is going to be totally acoustic, but way different from our previous acoustic EP’s, because Jon going to play percussion. Instead of a playing his traditional drum kit, he’s working on putting together a super-sweet acoustic kit and with paint buckets and other percussive items. We’ve already written about 4 new songs and we’re hoping to write 10 or 15 more in the next couple of months. Of the songs that we have so far two are super-fast metal shredders, one is kind of punk-country and the other one is more slow-grooving and reserved. Our plan is to do all of the recording in a week at the end of January in a barn up on the northern coast of California. We’ve already booked The Barn so we’re pretty committed to keeping this on schedule. More...
Judgement Day has just headed out on a run of live dates. The band comments from the road:
"We're on tour! It's been great so far. In Portland, we played with our good friends in Cull for their Welcome-Home-From-Tour show, which was very special. In Seattle we had a great time playing and hanging out with Gladiators Eat Fire and we also had some awesome sneak attacks on the street outside of PAX 2010, a gigantic video game expo which our friend who told us about it called 'the biggest nerd convention in the United States.' They loved us! In Corvallis we played an extra long set complete with prizes and fire dancers. In Olympia we played a house show to an extremely interesting and diverse crowd which included a handful of anarchist punks, two clean-cut Iraq war veterans and two Judgement Day fans who hitchhiked to the show from California!"
Here is the schedule for the rest of the tour:
Fri. 9/10 – Omaha, NE @ Barley Street Tavern
Sat. 9/11 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabes
Sun. 9/12 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Wed. 9/15 – Santa Fe, NM @ Warehouse 21
Thurs. 9/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
Fri. 9/17 – San Diego, CA @ The Soda Bar
Sat. 9/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wndrwrks –RSVP HERE FOR INFO
Sun. 9/19 (7pm) – Los Angeles, CA @ Origami Records (acoustic)
Sun. 9/19 (10pm) – Los Angeles, CA @ Cinespace
Wed. 9/29 – San Francisco, CA – Evolution of Strings @ The Independent
"Our San Francisco homecoming show is going to be extra crazy," states the band. "First of all, we're totally excited to be headlining the Independent. The rest of the bill is really cool too. The show is called Evolution of Strings and it's three of the Bay Area's top string-rock bands in one night: Judgement Day, Tornado Rider and The Definite Articles.
The band has even put together a "theatrical trailer" for that homecoming show, showing off their fun sense of humor, as in their "Violin Hero" music video for the track "Cobra Strike." Check out the trailer below:
Judgement Day has announced three free show in California for the month of July. They've released a short video to promote the free shows as well:
Here are the show details:
7/2 – The Uptown
Free First Friday Show!
On stage around 11.
7/24 – Samapalooza
Outdoor festival with Audrye Sessions and more!
All day. Plays last around 7:30pm.
7/25 – LastSundaysFest On Telegraph
Headlining this huge festival on the street where we used to play for tips!
Also playing: The Phenomenauts, Space Monkey Gangstas and more
12 pm – 7 pm (plays at 6) / Free
The band has also released a short song/theme entitled "T-Shirt Monster Attack" for free download here.
Judgement Day has released their new album, "Peacocks/Pink Monsters" worldwide through a number of digital stores including the official Judgement Day Store (use code "ihavethepower" to get 20% off the instant download). In doing so, they've also posted a number of new songs online for streaming in addition to their previously released "Cobra Strike." The new songs available for streaming in full are:
Zombie Rodeo Clown
Peacocks / Pink Monsters
You can check them out here.
Judgement Day has issued a lengthy post-SXSW update. Here's an excerpt of it:
"In the end, did our dreams come true? I’d say the jury is still out. I dream of the day when a band can find its audience without going through the lawyers and record executives. I definitely doubt that we will come away from this year’s SXSW with the ability to sell out The Fillmore, but I do know this:
"We played on the streets of Austin all day long for three days straight and during that time there were not 5 minutes that went by without someone filming us. We may have been filmed over a thousand times. So far only one group has posted their video: NPR’s All Songs Considered. What will happen when everyone else posts?"
Read the full article at Judgement Day's blog.
Anton of Judgement Day has posted a blog update from yesterday at SXSW:
"Man, I am exhausted. We played for at least 5 hours today and walked around for another 3. It actually was pretty awesome.
"When we first arrived at around 2 pm there were already quite a few festival-goers out. We set up on a street corner in front of the Coyote Ugly bar and started playing. Our new battery-powered amplifier and bucket drum kit make for a pretty sweet guerrilla metal setup: within one minute we were surrounded by a large crowd of green-clothed music fans (it was also St. Patricks day today,) and by the second song there were multiple giant video cameras pointed at us. I have no idea what any of these camera people were filming for but they all seemed to be into it. All the while Brandon (our new drum tech / metal expert) was passing out fliers for our Saturday show, selling cd’s and generally hyping us up to every single person who stopped to listen. The response was great and for the rest of the day people kept coming up to me telling me that they liked it.
"One thing that we found out which was slightly disappointing is that our big Saturday show is kind of far away from the rest of the festival. It turns out that South Congress is not the same as Congress. If you go to 515 Congress, which is right in the middle of the festival, you will be at a bank. That’s not where we are playing. We’re playing at 515 South Congress, which is about a mile away on the other side of the bridge. The place is really cool, but it is definitely a little bit of a hike. There were quite a few people today who were excited to come see the show, so I hope the distance doesn’t deter them. I guess distance is a good reason to do an “official” SXSW show. All of those ones are really easy to walk to. On the plus side, the bridge that you cross to get to our show also happens to be home to over 1.5 million bats and you’ll see them all flying out to hunt as you cross back over to the festival after our set. I have seen it before and it’s quite a site."
In 1996, Apocalyptica released their debut studio album, "Plays Metallica by Four Cellos," and the metal world would never again view cellos the same way. Apocalptica was no one-trick pony, however. They upped the ante and quality massively on "Inquisition Symphony" and branched out to cover other metal bands plus three original compositions. By their third album, the band was producing primarily original material, still heavy and still on four cellos.
While Apocalyptica has since broken out of the underground, it took them years to do so even while piggybacking on the success of metal gods like Metallica, finally securing a decent North American record deal and touring the U.S. after they had four albums under their belt. Yet, their success has opened doors to more classically trained musicians to explore the heavier side of their instruments and contribute to the heavy metal community in their own ways. If Apocalyptica did not start by covering Metallica, one might wonder how heavy a band of celloists could possibly sound. Not only do they pull it off in the studio, but they put on a live performance that rivals that of their idols.
Today I will introduce you to three underground bands that employ extensive use of bowed instruments, primarily the cello and violin. Not only does the inclusion of these instruments give the music a unique feel, but the musicians themselves being more classically trained has its own impact on the compositions as well. Let's get started: More...
Violin, cello, and drums metal trio Judgement Day has released a Violin Hero spoof video for their new song, "Cobra Strike." The song is the first single off their new album, "Peacocks/Pink Monsters." The video is pretty funny, so check it out below.
You can read more about the making of this video here.
Cello and Violin metal trio Judgement Day will be releasing their new record, entitled "Peacocks / Pink Monsters," on Tuesday, April 13th on itunes, Rhapsody, and every other digital music service they can. It will also be coming out as a special Collectors Book and CD, which will be available at the band's shows. "We are extremely proud of the record and very excited to share it with you guys," the band comments.
Judgement Day has issued the second report from their European tour with Dredg, with a humorous anecdote as well:
"As soon as we hit Germany, our casual European vacation turned into a full-on, epic rock tour. Dredg are heroes in Germany, and every night we played to over 1000 people. This was definitely the biggest week in Judgement Day’s life so far, and it went incredibly well. For all of the German shows we were also joined by another cool band called The Parlor Mob, from New Jersey. They fit perfectly into the bill with excellent musicianship and a sound vaguely reminiscent of classic Led Zeppelin. They seemed to be excited about our band as well. Their sound engineer Tony liked us so much that he ended up doing our sound for free, which made a huge difference for us.
"A few days before our show in Berlin, Dredg got a memo from the Berlin police department saying that they were looking for 'Dradg' for questioning about some 'property damage.' Everyone in the band got really paranoid, so Drew Roulette (bass player) came up with a brilliant prank:
"On the night of the Berlin show, he hired 2 actors to dress up like German police, come on stage in the middle of the set and arrest Gavin and Dino (singer and drummer)! It worked perfectly: Gavin and Dino were scared shitless!
"Drew wanted all of the fans to think that the arrest was real for the first few days, so after the show we posted this video, which cuts off just before the prank is revealed:
Three days later we posted the full, uncut version: More...
Read the full article at Judgement Day's blog.
Judgement Day has issued a European tour report from their tour with Dredg. Here are some excerpts, which are interesting to contrast the European hospitality the bands receive:
"This tour has been quite luxurious. The main reason is that we are splitting a tour bus with Dredg. Riding on a bus makes everything so much easier. We party, watch movies and sleep during the drives, and then wake up every morning exactly where we need to be. Riding with Dredg has been incredibly fun. There are eleven of us total riding on the bus and everyone hangs out and has a good time. It’s much easier to be traveling with a larger group of people because you don’t get sick of everyone. It also helps that everyone on our bus is chill and fun.
"In addition to the luxury of the bus, the hospitality in Europe is absolutely amazing. Almost every day we find our dressing room stocked with gourmet cheese, meats, vegetables and sweets. Almost every night we have an amazing catered dinner with wine. They sure know how to treat musicians over here.
"It hasn’t been all fun and games though. To help offset the enormous bill that we are going to get at the end of the tour we have been hustling extra hard to sell cds. We have been playing on street corners in the day and sometimes outside of the clubs when the shows get out:
"We made a special European tour cd that we are only selling on this trip called Excerpts. It includes three songs off of our upcoming record Peacocks /Pink Monsters as well as all of Opus 3: Acoustic."
Read the full article at Judgement Day's blog.
Two of the members of violin and cello metal trio Judgement Day recently had the honors of recording with Slash for his solo record. Here's an excerpt of the band recounting the story:
"A couple of weeks ago Lewis and I went down to LA for a recording gig with Eric Valentine, a producer who we work with often. Sessions for Eric are always great, so we didn’t even ask who the artist would be this time. When I got to the studio Lewis was already set up in the live room and Eric was hard at work getting tones. He started playing the song that we were working on. It was a pretty pop ballad and the singer kind of sounded like of Maroon 5. Was this a Maroon 5 session? As the song smoothly progressed, my eyes began to scan of the room for clues. I noticed a handful of unusual black guitar picks strewn across the desk and couch. I leaned over to pick one up. Just then, the song hit the bridge and the tone totally changed. A ripping, monster guitar entered, shredding like a demon out of hell. The logo inscribed on the guitar pick was of crossed bones and a skull wearing a top hat. This could mean only one thing…"
Read the full article at Judgement Day's blog.
Judgement Day will be doing a week-long record release tour to celebrate their new 7?. Here are the latest tour dates:
SUNDAY 7/19 – SAN FRANCISCO
Bottom of the Hill
1233 17th st
with Triclops! and The Definite Articles
9 pm / $10 advance, $12 @ the door / All Ages
MONDAY, 7/20 – SACRAMENTO
Club Pow (The Press Club)
2030 P Street
9 pm/ $4 / 21+
TUESDAY, 7/21 – SANTA CRUZ
The Crepe Place
1134 Soquel Ave.
with The Secret Stolen and Room for a Ghost
9 pm / $8 / All Ages
THURSDAY, 7/23 – LOS ANGELES
2220 Beverly Blvd.
with Ninja Academy
10pm / $8 or $10 (under 21) / 18+
FRIDAY 7/24 – LONG BEACH
5205 E Pacific Coast Hwy
w/ Ninja Academy
10 pm / $7 / 18+
SATURDAY 7/25 – OCEANSIDE
2403 Industry St
w/ The Burning of Rome and more
7pm / $5 / All Ages
MONDAY 7/27 – SAN JOSE
Nickel City Arcade
1711 Branham Ln
with Mika Miko, Audacity and more
7pm / $10 / All Ages
Metal violin and cello trio Judgement Day's Anton Patzner participated in a collaboration with other musicians, which resulted is a couple of songs being recorded and now released for free download. Here's the background from Judgement Day:
"Recorded in Sacramento in September of 2006, Huge Black Man’s 'Hugh Jackman EP' was in many ways a musical experiment. The rules: 4 musicians from very different bands would meet in a practice space for one day, without any prior rehearsal, and record an entire album.
"Those musicians were:
Anton Patzner of Judgement Day - Violin
Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos – Guitar, Knobs
Sam Phelps of 4 Guys from Reno – Bass
Noah Clark of Brilliant Red Lights – Drums and Producer
"The result is a highly unique blend of musical styles and an intriguing study of spontaneity and creativity under the pressure of time constraint. It’s also pretty fun to listen to."
Metal chello and violin trio Judgement Day has posted a rarity track, "Noae Kaedae" (electric version), for free download. Here's what the band had to say about the song and offer:
"This is the happiest song that Judgement Day ever wrote. If you have heard Opus 3: Acoustic then you know the acoustic version of Noae Kaedae but we also have an electric version. We originally recorded it during the Dark Opus sessions but we decided it was just a little bit too sunny (and sloppy…) to fit on that disc. It ended up on the 2005 Norcal Compilation which was put out by Agent Records and featured other bands like Tera Melos, Desa, Audrye Sessions and Overview. We still have a few copies of it lying around. We might be able to sell you one if you want but you could also just download Noae Kaedae, Electric for free here."