The Agony Scene
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The first dates have been announced for the 2005 "Blackest of the Black" tour, which will kick off in San Diego at the end of September and end on the West Coast on Halloween. Joining headliners DANZIG will be the crème de la crème of the hardcore/dark/black metal bands — CHIMAIRA, BEHEMOTH, HIMSA, MORTIIS and THE AGONY SCENE.
DANZIG's performance on all dates of the "Blackest of the Black" tour will feature former MISFITS' guitarist Doyle Von Frankenstein for a special 30-minute set of MISFITS classics. Doyle joined DANZIG on a handful of tour dates last winter (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) for "the closest thing to a MISFITS reunion you're going to see."
"'The Blackest of the Black' tour is for extreme bands that sell out venues across the country, that sell records, but don't get radio play or get on MTV," said Glenn Danzig. "It's anti the corporate crap nu-rap-metal that gets shoved down fans' throats at other concerts." The "Blackest of the Black" festival was organized by Danzig and debuted in the summer of 2003 with DANZIG, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, OPETH, NILE, LACUNA COIL and BEHEMOTH on the bill. "I'd like to see this being an on-going event," Danzig added.
More dates have been booked for Throwdown's "To Die For Tour" with Remembering Never, The Agony Scene and Sinai Beach, here's the latest to be announced:
August 14th Colorado Springs, CO - The Darkside
August 17th Sauget, IL - Pop's
August 28th Providence, RI - The Living Room
August 30th Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar
August 31st Winston-Salem, NC - Brew Ha Ha's
September 01st Nashville, TN - Rockettown
September 02nd Little Rock, AR - Vinos
September 03rd Oklahoma City, OK - The Green Door
September 07th San Antonio, TX - The Sanctuary
September 08th El Paso, TX - T Lounge
Throwdown will headline the first ever "To Die For" tour this fall, sponsored by the popular Orange County To Die For clothing line and the crucial PureVolume website.
Remembering Never (Ferret), The Agony Scene (Roadrunner) and Sinai Beach (Victory) will join Throwdown, whose new album on Trustkill, "Vendetta," debuted at #156 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on the Heatseekers chart.
"We're very excited about this tour and we're even more stoked about all the bands that we are taking out," said Throwdown guitarist Matt Mentley. "To Die For is a great company we have worked with for a very long time and we're proud to have their name, along with Pure Volume's, associated with our first headlining tour for 'Vendetta.'"
Throwdown - rounded out by singer Dave Peters, bassist Dom Macaluso, drummer Ben Dussault and new guitarist Mark Choiniere - has spent this summer on the inaugural "Sounds Of The Underground" tour alongside Unearth, Chimaira and more.
To Die For is a clothing company based in Throwdown's native Orange County. The "To Die For" tour will be Throwdown's first headlining run in support of "Vendetta." The album's first single, "Burn," was just added by MTV2 and Fuse TV.
The past year has seen Throwdown take part in Ozzfest 2004 and tours with Lamb Of God, Fear Factory, As I Lay Dying and Norma Jean and treks to Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, where "Vendetta" was released by Trustkill/ Roadrunner. The album was recorded in February with producer Zeuss (Hatebreed) and released in the US last month through Trustkill. The first 50,000 copies include a bonus DVD.
Remembering Never is touring in support of their breakthrough Ferret album, "Women and Children Die First." Midwestern metal merchants the Agony Scene's "The Darkest Red" features killer production from Rob Caggiano (Cradle Of Filth, Bleeding Through) and Sinai Beach's "Immersed" debuted at #198 on the Billboard charts.
Here is how the dates for the PureVolume sponsored "To Die For" tour, which kicks off August 10, are shaping up: More...
Having not gone to a show in too long, I decided to check out the Dirty Black Summer Tour at Jaxx in Springfield, VA on Saturday, July 9. It was on a Saturday, a good price and a good location for a weekend show (no metro and no beltway traffic to speak of), so I figured why the hell not. Besides, I had heard a lot about all of these bands in the news, but never listened to any of their music (except for The Agony Scene, who I streamed a few songs only a week before in preparation for my interview with drummer Brent Masters). I am not big into the metalcore scene and generally I dislike pure hardcore, but I do enjoy quite a few metalcore bands such as Unearth, As I Lay Dying, Bloodsimple, and My Bitter End to name a few. The Dirty Black Summer tour featured The Esoteric, Scars of Tomorrow, Full Blown Chaos, The Agony Scene, and Himsa. Apparently Scars of Tomorrow split some dates with Full Blown Chaos, because the former were not on this stop. There were two local openers as well, for a total of six bands. More...
With the recent announcement of the second Blackest of teh Black Tour, including Danzig, Chimaira, Behemoth, Himsa, Mortiis and The Agony Scene, BEHEMOTH mainman Nergal has posted his reaction to the tour and announcement:
"We were honored to be a part of the first edition of 'Blackest of the Black' festivals in 2003. But back then we opened for the whole festival package and this time we will play a 30 minute long set right before Chimaira and Danzig. It's very exciting to be back to US again, I can tell you. But what thrills me the most is the fact that BEHEMOTH is going to share the stage with one of my all time favorite artists, Glenn Danzig. This tour is going to be HUGE, I can assure you!"
Shortly before joining the "Blackest of the Black" in the U.S., BEHEMOTH will start the fall leg of their European Demigod tour. The madness starts on the 2nd of September in Milton Keynes, England and will be spreading through most of Europe. Released in January of 2005, Demigod quickly surpassed what its predecessor did in two years in just two months. Heralded as "metal's best live band" by BW&BK, BEHEMOTH have toured with the likes of heavyweights Suffocation, Nile, King Diamond, Black Dahlia Murder, Halford, Testament, Opeth, Superjoint Ritual and Danzig. The band has been featured on the covers of BW&BK, Pit, Metal Bite, Metal Hammer and Metal Maniacs and has received regular airplay of "Conquer All" on "Headbangers Ball."
Initial stops have been revealed for Throwdown's run with Remembering Never, The Agony Scene and Sinai Beach, here's the schedule so far:
August 05th Memphis, TN - The Complex
August 15th Kansas City, MO - El Torreon
August 16th Springfield, MO - Rockwell
August 18th Rockford, IL - Forest Hills Lodge
August 19th Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theatre
August 23rd Erie, PA - Forward Hall
August 24th Syracuse, NY - Club Tundra
August 25th Latham, NY - Saratoga Winners
August 26th Hamden, CT - Elks Lodge
August 27th Farmingdale, NY - Downtown
August 29th Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
September 04th Lubbock, TX - Jake's Sports Cafe
Glenn Danzig, at the forefront of the hardcore/dark metal movement for more than 25 years, announces that the 2005 "Blackest of the Black" tour will kick off in San Diego at the end of September and end on the west coast on Halloween. For the sophomore year of this Fall traveling festival, Danzig has assembled a line-up of the crème de la crème of the hardcore/dark/black metal bands - Chimaira, Behemoth, Himsa, Mortiis (ex-Emperor), and The Agony Scene. Danzig will headline, of course.
Danzig's performance on all dates of the "Blackest of the Black" tour will feature former Misfits' guitarist Doyle Von Frankenstein for a special 30-minute set of Misfits classics. Doyle joined Danzig on a handful of tour dates last winter (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) for "the closest thing to a Misfits reunion you're going to see."
"'The Blackest of the Black' tour is for extreme bands that sell out venues across the country, that sell records, but don't get radio play or get on MTV," said Danzig. "It's anti the corporate crap nu-rap-metal that gets shoved down fans' throats at other concerts." The "Blackest of the Black" festival was organized by Danzig and debuted in the Summer of 2003 with Danzig, Superjoint Ritual, Opeth, Nile, Lacuna Coil and Behemoth on the
bill. "I'd like to see this being an on-going event," Danzig added.
In addition to organizing and headlining the "Blackest of the Black" tour, Glenn Danzig will see the release of the DVD "Il Demonio Nera" (evilive) on July 12. "Il Demonio Nera" is a collection of videos, video outtakes, alternative versions and previously unreleased music videos from the band's "Danzig 4" and "Danzig 5" CDs. His new CD, "Black Aria II," the follow up to 1993's "Black Aria," has been completed and will be released later this year, and Glenn is in the process of shooting his first feature film, "Gerouge," which he has written and will direct. "Gerouge" is based on one of the comic book titles distributed by his Verotik publishing company, and concerns Turn of the Century New Orleans Voodoo.
Confirmed dates for the "Blackest of the Black" will be announced shortly.
Ozzfest 2004 alumni God Forbid recently completed the recording process for their highly anticipated new album "IV:Constitution Of Treason," set for a September 20th release. The group tracked the new offering with Jason Suecof (Trivium) at Audiohammer Studios in Florida and with Eric Rachel (Atreyu, Dillinger Escape Plan) at Trax East in New Jersey. The mixing duties are currently being handled by Rachel and should be completed the end of the week.
Dallas Coyle (guitars, vocals) checks in with the following studio report:
Dallas here checking in from the studio where we're just about to put the final touches on the new album IV: Constitution Of Treason. Eric Rachel, Doc and I have been here mixing all the songs for the record and I'd have to say this is the most amazing stuff we've put to tape. For the first time I'd say this is exactly what God Forbid should sound like. Our friends who have heard the record say we sound like an entirely new band. This new material is many steps above Gone Forever and a new pinnacle us as a whole. Our evolution is complete.
God Forbid will also embark on a slew of headlining shows in July with Full Blown Chaos and Himsa, among others; the complete list of dates are below.
Jul. 01 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom - Rescheduled date w/ Full Blown Chaos
Jul. 02 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection - w/ Full Blown Chaos
Jul. 03 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground - w/ Full Blown Chaos
Jul. 04 Des Moines, IA @ Sleepy Hollow Sports Park - Iowa Metal Fest w/ Full Blown Chaos and others
Jul. 08 Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners - w/ Himsa, Full Blown Chaos, The Agony Scene, and The Esoteric
Jul. 17 Sayreville, NJ @ The Starland Ballroom
More bands have been announced for this year's Hellfest, taking place August 19th to the 21st in Trenton, NJ. Confirmed bands are as follows:
A HERO FROM A THOUSAND PACES
A LOVE FOR ENEMIES
A MURDER OF CROWS
A WILHELM SCREAM
THE ACACIA STRAIN
THE AGONY SCENE
ARMOR FOR SLEEP
AS CITIES BURN
BEDLIGHT FOR BLUE EYES
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
CURL UP AND DIE
DEAD TO FALL
DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR
THE EARLY NOVEMBER
FIRE WHEN READY
FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW
GHOST OF THE SALTWATER MACHINES
GHOSTS OF WAR
GOOD CLEAN FUN
GYM CLASS HEROES
HASTE THE DAY
HE IS LEGEND
HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW
HORSE THE BAND
I AM IDAHO
IF HOPE DIES
LIFE IN PICTURES
LONG SINCE FORGOTTEN
THE LOVED ONES
THE MINOR TIMES
MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD
NODES OF RANVIER
NORTH SIDE KINGS
THE RECEIVING END OF SIRENS
THE RED CHORD
THE RED DEATH
ROSES ARE RED
SICK OF IT ALL
SINCE BY MAN
SINCE THE FLOOD
SYMPHONY IN PERIL
THIS DAY & AGE
TODAY IS THE DAY
WALK THE LINE
YOUTH OF TODAY
Another batch of stops have been announced for the second leg of Himsa's "Dirty Black Summer Tour", which features Full Blown Chaos, The Agony Scene and The Estoteric, here's the latest:
July 01st Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small
July 03rd Cleveland, OH - Agora Front Room
July 10th Virginia Beach, VA - Club Live
July 21st Boise, ID - Impart Store
Three live performances from The Agony Scene have made their way online, you can check all of them out here. The bands Roadrunner debut "The Darkest Red" is in stores now.
Another handful of dates have been booked for Himsa's "Dirty Black Summer Tour", which features Scars Of Tomorrow, Full Blown Chaos, The Agony Scene and The Esoteric on select stops, here's the latest:
June 17th Jun San Diego, CA - Epicenter
June 22nd Jun El Paso, TX - T-Lounge
June 23rd Jun Dallas, TX - Galaxy Club
June 30th Jun Grand Rapids, MI - Ten Bells
The Agony Scene's new track "Scars Of Your Disease" has been posted online and can be heard here. The song is taken from the bands new album "The Darkest Red", which arrives in stores today, May 24th
Himsa has confirmed dates for their summer tour being billed as the "Dirty Black Summer" tour. The tour also features Full Blown Chaos, Scars of Tomorrow, The Agony Scene, and The Esoteric. Dates are as follows:
June 13 - Sacramento, CA @ Boardwalk
June 16 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go-Go
June 17 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
June 18 - Tucson, AZ @ Skrappys
June 19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Brickhouse
July 5 - Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon
July 6 - Farmingdale, NY @ Downtown
July 7 - New York, NY @ CBGBs
July 8 - Albany, NY @ Saratoga Winners
July 9 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
July 12 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jackrabbits
July 16 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
July 17 - Springfield, MO @ Rockwell
July 18 - Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
July 20 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Lo-Fi Café
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following Gigantour update in the "Forums" sections of the band's official web site:
OK, now here is some dirt on the first and second stage: I wanted to have the first stage be powerful and the second stage be a glimpse into the future bands that are either influenced, fans, or friends of mine and Megadeth. I did say that I had 'this band' or 'that band' in my sights, but I have seriously narrowed down the list.
I am still interested in Dry Kill Logic, Overkill, Dead New Day, Re:Ignition, Life Of Agony, Children Of Bodom, The Agony Scene, Diecast, Symphony X, Otep, and believe it or not, Anthrax and Testament. There are a lot more bands still trying to get onboard, but I think I will just have to make a list for next year.
My dilemma is this; the West Coast run will not have The Dillinger Escape Plan on for the first several shows. I am still deciding to either fill that slot or just go on as a four band show for the main stage. I would love to have Anthrax or Overkill on the main stage with us all, but I don't want to offend Anthrax by offering them that slot unless they really want to take it, and I don't know if Overkill are available yet.
After that, there will be more shows at the end of the tour where Dream Theater will have finished and I need to fill that slot (If I do) at that time.
This tour will run from mid-July to mid-September and will also include Texas, Georgia, and Florida this time, as well as another stint across Canada at the end of the tour.
We have been made offers to go to Mexico City and Monterey, Mexico on the Gigantour run; and Santiago, Chile; and Sao Paolo, Brazil in October on our own. I will not go down to South America without playing Argentina or Columbia too, so don't worry. We just have to work out the details.
Please stay tuned so that I can give you more of the official news real soon.
Meanwhile, the first two dates have been announced for Gigantour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
08/23 - Wantagh, NY @ Tommy Hilfiger At Jones Beach Theater
08/24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
HIMSA's video for "Cherum" from their latest album 'Courting Tragedy and Disaster" is now streaming online here.
In other news, FULL BLOWN CHAOS has been added to the "Dirty Black Summer Tour". Here is the billing for that tour:
HIMSA - headlining
SCARS OF TOMORROW - direct support
FULL BLOWN CHAOS - last opener
THE AGONY SCENE - second opener
THE ESOTERIC - opener
The tour will kick off June 12 in Portland, OR and end July 24 in Seattle. The only confirmed date as of now is for June 16 in Hollywood, CA at the Whisky A Go-Go.
The Agony Scene's video for "Prey" has been made available at the following links:
The Agony Scene The Darkest Red in stores May 24th.
Himsa are to do their first US headlining tour this summer with Scars of Tomorrow, The Agony Scene, and The Esoteric. The tour is being called the "Dirty Black Summer" tour. The tour starts June 12th in Portland, OR and ends July 24th in Seattle, WA.
Himsa will be doing a benefit show with Owen Hart, Killing the Dream, and The Answer June 11th in Seattle, WA at The Paradox.
On March 10th I had the chance to attend the RoadRage Tour when it made its stop in Philadelphia. I was able to take a bunch of photo’s which are now up in the gallery section and was able to also do a round-table interview. To all that don’t know, that’s an interview with one member of every band on the tour. That will be up in the next coming days. More...
The Agony Scene's "The Darkest Red" coming May 24th.