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The buzz surrounding LA thrashers Warbringer is simply astounding following a slew of high-profile shows alongside the legendary Exodus and overwhelmingly positive reactions to the group's self-released EP. Upon signing a worldwide deal with Century Media Records, the quintet entered the studio with acclaimed producer Bill Metoyer, who helped shape legendary albums from the likes of Slayer, D.R.I. and Sacred Reich, among a slew of others.
John Kevill (vocals) states: "So far the recording's gone very well. Everything is now tracked, and mixing is currently in full swing. Everyone's pretty happy with how it's shaping up, and we all feel it's a huge step up for us. Working with Bill has been awesome. It's been very laid back, and we've received a lot of good feedback and input from him. Counting bonus material and everything, we did a total of 14 tracks. The cover art is also looking pretty bad-ass. The whole thing will be done in a couple of weeks, and we can't wait to unleash it upon the masses."
While Warbringer has built a rabid local fan base playing with others in the LA thrash revival scene, they're set to join Exodus, Arsis and Goatwhore on a national tour in January. This tour will be preceded by a number of warm-up dates opening for Suffocation/Immolation and Prong throughout the CA area this month. Having already completed a West Coast tour with Daath, in addition to the several shows with Exodus, these young thrash warriors (4 out of the 5 aren't even of legal drinking age) are prepared to bring their definitive brand of violent combat thrash to audiences nationwide.
Arsis has nearly completed the tracking process for the Nuclear Blast Records debut. The group is currently at Planet Z Recording in Massachusetts recording the effort. Bassist Noah Martin has issued the following update:
"Well, we're nearing the end of our time here at Planet Z studios. The album, to us, so far is a real treat and we hope the same for everyone else. It fuckin' rips from start to finish. James' vocals are raw and catcby. We've pretty delivered with this one.
All we have left are some clean guitar parts and some leads. We'll be done tracking tomorrow, so it'll be ready to mix on Friday. After that, mastering.
We'll also be shooting a video for one of the songs next month. More details on that to follow."
Virginia's ARSIS has announced the departure of vocalist Mike Parks, who had been filling in for guitarist/singer James Malone on vocals.
Commented ARSIS bassist Noah Martin: "When James' voice went out a couple tours ago, Mike did us the biggest favor by filling in for as long as he did. I know I speak for everyone in ARSIS when I say we couldn't imagine anyone else doing a better job. However, we felt that with the new album right around the corner, we needed to move on with ARSIS in the ARSIS way — with James back on vocals. We wish him nothing but the best, as we'll always be friends."
ARSIS will enter the studio on September 3 to begin recording the band's third full-length album, "We Are the Nightmare", due in early 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The band will hit the road in November with ENSLAVED and in January with EXODUS. More...
Guitarist/vocalist James Malone of Virginia's ARSIS has issued the following update:
"Despite the numerous headaches caused by our van's breakdown this summer, we spent time working on perfecting pre-production for our debut release for Nuclear Blast Records, tentatively titled 'We Are The Nightmare'. We will begin recording the album on September 3, 2007 at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts with Zeuss (who has worked with SHADOWS FALL and HATEBREED) handling the production. I feel that this will be the most exciting ARSIS album to date. We are now a full band and every member has contributed to the writing process for this album. While it is more varied than anything we have ever written, I feel the result is a much more focused product."
ARSIS drummer Darren Cesca added: "This is an album any fan of ARSIS or heavy music in general should get excited about. We've really captured the band's sound and improved it in all aspects. It's dark, melodic, and very technical at times, but we wrote songs you can pump your fists to. I've definitely pushed my drumming very far for this record and I know the rest of the band will be pushing themselves as well. One thing's for sure: this is going to be one fun album to listen to. As soon as we finish recording, we plan on shooting a video for 'We Are the Nightmare' in October, then we’ll be hitting the road with ENSLAVED in November and EXODUS in January. The album should be stores sometime in early 2008 and I am sure more touring will ensue after that. 2008 should be a busy year for us and we're looking forward to it!"
Exodus, Arsis, Goatwhore, and Warbringer will team up for a U.S. tour this winter, starting in 2008, and have released more tour dates. Here are the tour dates:
1/21 West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
1/22 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
1/22 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
1/23 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
1/24 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
1/25 Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
1/26 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
1/27 Houston, TX @ Meridian
1/29 Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
1/30 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
1/31 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
2/1 Fayetteville, NC @ Jester's Pub
2/2 West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx Nightclub
2/4 New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
2/5 Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
2/6 Reading, PA @ The Silo
2/7 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
2/8 Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
2/9 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
2/10 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
2/11 Huntington, WV @ Huntington Music Hall
2/12 Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
2/13 Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuk's Lounge
2/14 Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
2/15 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
2/16 Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
2/17 Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
2/18 Winnipeg, MB, CAN @ Garrick Centre
2/19 Regina, SK, CAN @ Exchange
2/20 Calgary, AL, CAN @ Warehouse
2/22 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
2/23 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
2/24 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Canadian experimental metallers UNEXPECT have lined up the following upcoming North American tour dates:
August 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Metal Bar
September 9 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
September 14 - Oshawa, ON @ Royal Canadian Legion
September 30 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Sonata Arctica
October 13 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Rock and Shock Festival)
October 14 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
October 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
October 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House w/ After Forever
October 17 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks w/ After Forever
October 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft w/ Prong
October 27 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Place w/ Prong
November 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Enslaved, Arsis
The band will also be taking part in the previously announced North American tour featuring TRAIL OF TEARS, CELLADOR, and ECHOES OF ETERNITY. You can check out the dates for that tour online here.
Guitarist & vocalist James Malone regretfully explains why ARSIS had to drop off the Revolver Magazine-sponsored Summer Slaughter Tour while supporting their latest release, United In Regret:
"Due to circumstances beyond our control, we've been forced to drop off the Summer Slaughter Tour. I do apologize to ALL the fans that missed seeing us. To make a long story short, everything was going great for us until we reached Sacramento, California. After that show, our van began to give us trouble - which surprised us since the van had just been in for repairs twice before the tour even started and we were sure the problem had been fixed. So we took the van in to the nearest dealership, were told the problem could be resolved in 3 days, and decided to wait in Sacramento until the van was fixed. It's now over 2 WEEKS LATER and the van STILL hasn't been repaired. Unfortunately, it's already too late for us to rent a vehicle. We've gone broke paying for hotels. Van rental fees + the cost of gas would have cost us a fortune to catch up to the tour. Please understand that we made the best decision we could with the information we were given. Unfortunately, it turns out we made the wrong decision."
Offers to assist with lodging, gas card gift donation pledges, and general well-wishes for the band can be left at www.myspace.com/ARSIS
EXODUS will be teaming up for a North American tour with GOATWHORE, ARSIS, and WARBRINGER early next year. The first dates to be released are as follows:
February 4 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
February 12 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
Arsis will hit the road with Enslaved, The Faceless and The Agonist late this year, dates include:
November 10th Bedford, NH - Mark's Place
November 11th Montreal, QC - Club Soda
November 12th Quebec City, QC - Imperial de Quebec
November 13th Toronto, ON - The Opera House
November 14th Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
November 15th Detroit, MI - I-Rock
November 16th Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
November 17th St. Paul. MN - Station 4
November 20th Portland, OR - Roseland Grill
November 21st Seattle, WA - El Corazon
November 23rd San Francisco, CA - Slim's
November 24th Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
November 25th Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
November 26th Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
November 27th Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
November 28th Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
November 30th San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
December 01st Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
December 02nd Houston, TX - Meridian
December 04th Nashville, TN - The Muse
Details regarding Infest 2007 have been announced. The event will take place on June 2nd at the Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA. Doors open at 12pm and tickest are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. You can get the latest information here. The following bands have been confirmed:
Bury Your Dead
A Life Once Lost
Full Blown Chaos
As Blood Runs Black
Beneath the Massacre
Since the Flood
Stick to Your Guns
More dates have been announced for ENSLAVED's upcoming North American headlining tour, which is scheduled to take place in November/December. The tour will go on sale exclusively through EnterTheVault.com on May 11. Tickets will become available through regular ticketing channels on June 1.
The lineup for the trek is as follows:
ENSLAVED, ARSIS, THE AGONIST:
Nov. 03 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub *
Nov. 04 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall *
Nov. 06 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
Nov. 07 - Hartford CT @ Webster Theatre
Nov. 08 - New York City NY @ B.B. Kings Blues
Nov. 09 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
ENSLAVED, THE FACELESS, ARSIS, THE AGONIST:
Nov. 10 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
Nov. 11 - Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda
Nov. 12 - Quebec City, QUE @ Imperial de Quebec
Nov. 13 - Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
Nov. 14 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's DownUnder
Nov. 15 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
Nov. 16 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Nov. 17 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
Nov. 20 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
Nov. 21 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Nov. 23 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Nov. 24 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Nov. 25 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
Nov. 26 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
Nov. 27 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
Nov. 28 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Nov. 30 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Dec. 01 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater *
Dec. 02 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
Dec. 04 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
* New dates
The fifth annual Robot Mosh Fest will take place on Friday, June 29th and Saturday, June 30th at Skate World in Hartland, WI. Below are all the bands confirmed for the fest. More information can be found online, and tickets can be purchased here.
Friday, June 29th - 3pm
The Black Dahlia Murder
A Life Once Lost
Dead To Fall
From A Second Story Window
Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
After The Burial
Tower Of Rome
Lye By Mistake
Shit Outta Luck
Saturday, June 30th - 1pm
Beneath The Massacre
As Blood Runs Black
Veil Of Maya
An End To Flesh
With Dead Hands Rising
Winds Of Plague
Beneath The Sky
Born Of Osiris
Ibanez, Tama, and Revolver will be presenting the first annual Summer Slaughter Tour with NECROPHAGIST headlining and support from DECAPITATED, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, THE FACELESS, AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK, ARSIS, ION DISSONANCE, and BENEATH THE MASSACRE. Founder Ash Avildsen has dubbed it “The Most Extreme Tour of the Year,” which will have select dates featuring special regional guests DAATH for June 4-10 and others TBA.
This will be NECROPHAGIST’s only North American Tour of 2007 and rumor has it they will be performing their latest album Epitaph in its entireity.
More information can be found over at the tour’s official MySpace page. Confirmed dates are as follows:
June 1 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
June 2 - New Jersey @ INFEST
June 3 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
June 4 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
June 5 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s
June 6 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
June 8 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
June 9 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
June 10 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
June 11 - Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos Outdoors
June 13 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
June 14 - Las Vegas, NV
June 15 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
June 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
June 17 - Northern California
June 19 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
June 20 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
June 22 - Ogden, UT @ Country Club Theatre
June 23 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes
June 24 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
June 26 - St. Paul, MN
June 27 - Chicago, IL
June 28 - Cincinnati, OH
June 29 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
June 30 - Milwaukee, WI @ Robot Mosh Fest V
July 1 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
July 2 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
July 3 - Montreal, QC @ Foufones
July 4 - Montreal, QC @ Le Studio
July 5 - Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
July 6 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
July 7 - Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom
July 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
Montreal-based quintet ION DISSONANCE are getting ready to record their 3rd album and follow-up to the ABACUS Release "Solace" that left reviewers raving in 2005. ION DISSONANCE's new album is going to be entitled "Minus The Herd" and will be recorded with Zeuss. Singer Kevin McCaughey says of the album: "This is by far some of the best stuff we have ever written. There are some changes in direction with this new release, but I definitely think the die hard Ion followers will still be into the new stuff. I guess the only word to describe this new album would have to be brutal. Just straight and plain heaviness."
ION DISSONANCE will be hitting the road in the United States with Arsis and Beneath The Massacre with a stop at the California Metal Fest. They will also be touring Europe with Dead To Fall and Through The Eyes Of The Dead in May. "As for the upcoming tour dates I have to say that I, myself and the rest of the band are really looking forward to heading out with our good friends in Beneath the Massacre for their first strand of US shows. I have never been out to the west coast and I am really excited about it. We have also just confirmed our first ever European tour with our good friends in Dead to Fall and Through The Eyes Of The Dead. We are all really excited about this, and I can't wait to hit the road with these new songs once the recording process is finished."
Here are the currently confirmed Ion Dissonance tour dates: More...
On the eve of the release of the band's full-length debut, 'Mechanics of Dysfunction,' Canada's BENEATH THE MASSACRE has been confirmed for the band's first appearances in the United States later this spring alongside Arsis and Ion Dissonance. The upcoming jaunt also includes an appearance at the second annual California Metalfest with labelmates LIGHT THIS CITY and THE FUNERAL PYRE.
The 10 new tracks on 'Mechanics of Dysfunction' were recorded and produced by Yannick St-Ammand (Despised Icon, Neuraxis), mixed by Pierre Rémillard (Cryptopsy, Krisiun) and mastered by Alan Douches (Dillinger Escape Plan, Shadows Fall) and is the band's first new offering since the well-received five track debut EP, 'Evidence of Inequity' released in 2005.
BENEATH THE MASSACRE on tour: More...
Checking in from their current tour with God Forbid, Mnemic, and Goatwhore, founding member/guitarist/lead vocalist and former Berklee College of Music student James Malone has this to say about the newly-inked worldwide collaboration with Nuclear Blast Records:
"Since the conception of ARSIS, I hoped to see the band as a part of the Nuclear Blast roster. Four years later, this is now a reality. I expect great things this coming year; the band is now a four piece, solid tours are on the way, and we have a fantastic label behind us 100%. I am more excited now about the potential of the band than I have ever been."
All of the ARSIS recordings (which include two demos, one EP, and two full-length albums) have won the band many rabid fans among the metal underground, the metal press, and metal musicians themselves. Their 2004 debut, A Celebration Of Guilt, was praised to hell and back by Revolver Magazine as "the best in the genre since At The Gates' legendary swan song [Slaughter Of The Soul]."
Given their current momentum in support of their latest album, United In Regret, and with, as Malone states, "our most brutal release coming in 2008," ARSIS are well on their way to making their discography absolutely essential for any fan with an extreme music library.
Arsis drummer Michael Van Dyne, a founding member of the group, has left the band for personal reasons. He has tentatively been replaced by Darren Cesca (Burn In Silence, Goratory).
BYZANTINE will tentatively enter the studio December 8 to record the follow-up to 2005's '...And They Shall Take Up Serpents' before taking a break from the recording process to support God Forbid for two weeks on a tour package also boasting Goatwhore, Mnemic and Arsis. Upon completion of the tour, BYZANTINE will return to the studio to finish recording. Production this time around will again be handled by Aaron Fisher and BYZANTINE for the yet-untitled full-length, due for a 2007 release through Prosthetic Records.
"We have so far 11 songs in the bag and most likely will have 15 penned by the time pre-production starts," vocalist/guitarist OJ Ojeda previously stated. "Normally we write 10 and use 10, but riffs are flowing like mad and all four of us are writing material this time, which has been very interesting. All I can say is if this album doesn't kick our first two albums' asses, something is wrong! Some songs are pure thrash, some songs are off time as hell and some songs are depressing and dark. This album WILL be our finest effort."
In other news, Byzantine will appear on the upcoming EyeHateGod tribute record, 'For The Sick: A Tribute to Eyehategod,' performing the track "Shoplift." The record is currently slated for a Feb. 20 release through Season Mist America.
Here are the BYZANTINE tour dates: More...
Southern black metal/sludge masters GOATWHORE will be heading over to the MTV studios in New York City on Wednesday November 29th to tape their segment which will air on Saturday, December 2nd. The band’s video for 'Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult' will air this Saturday, November 11th.
As previously reported, Goatwhore are confirmed for the Seattle Metal Festival which will be held on January 20th, 2007, at The Showbox in Seattle, Washington. More...
Returning after a three-year hiatus, the Seattle Metal Festival will be on Jan 20, 2007, at The Showbox in Seattle, Washington.
This year’s lineup – a mixture of metal veterans from the US and abroad, as well as up and coming national acts - will be: Overkill, God Forbid, Destruction, Into Eternity, Ghoatwhore, The Human Abstract, Mnemic, and Arsis.
The festival is promoted by Frank Hetzel of Howitzer Productions and the main sponsor is Dragon Monkey Media. Hetzel is the creator of the Seattle Metal Festival and the Northwest Deathfest, as well as the promoter of many metal shows in the Seattle area.
“I put the Seattle Metal Fest on the back burner for a while because I felt that it should become a stronger festival- a show with great national metal acts that people would travel from all over the Pacific Northwest to see,” said Hetzel. “It took some time to work out the logistics for a festival of this size and with the help of Dragon Monkey Media; the show is coming together smoothly.”
Dragon Monkey Media LLC is a Northwest-based media company promoting local musicians and artists by providing an internet resource to allow them to showcase their artistic works through its associated record label, Hot Monkey Records, and its affiliated production company, Dark Angel Productions.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 11 through Tickets West (www.ticketswest.com) and The Showbox box office, as well as seattlemetalfest.com, Silver Platters in Seattle, and Scrape Records in Vancouver, B.C. The Showbox is located at 1426 1st Ave. in Seattle, WA (www.showboxonline.com, 206-628-3151). Tickets will be $25.00 advance and $30.00 day of show. This is an all ages event with alcohol available for purchase to those at least 21 years old with ID.