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Winds Of Plague

Formed: 2002
From: Upland, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Winds of Plague Announces 2010 US Tour Dates

California metal band WINDS OF PLAGUE continue their extensive worldwide touring schedule in support of the highly acclaimed "The Great Stone War" in 2010 with another headliner dubbed the "Never Say Die! Tour." This massive, month-long trek, which kicks off on Jan. 23rd, also features labelmates Despised Icon alongside For Today, Stray From The Path and The World We Knew.

Johnny (vocals) further states: “We have just passed the halfway mark on ‘The California Love’ tour and already the tour has proven to be a massive success, as well as a very memorable moment in WINDS OF PLAGUE history. This has been our first sole headliner, which is nerve racking in itself, but the WOP Soldiers have been strong in numbers and have been some of the most insane shows we have played to date. It’s been awesome to get back into some smaller clubs that we have played while we were coming up and re-visit our roots. This tour also marks the debut of keyboardist Alana Potocnik to the band. Alana's positive attitude and hungry work ethic is a breath of fresh air, with her talent and creative writing abilities new material will be nothing short of epic. With our return to Southern California for the December Decimation Fest still on the horizon, ‘The California Love’ tour will go down in our history as some of the best times of our lives and we thank our fans for making it all possible. More...

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Winds Of Plague Keyboardist Departs

Los Angeles based keyboardist Kristen Randall has parted with Winds of Plague after two years with the band. Randall commented:

"I have decided to leave my current position as keyboardist with Winds of Plague and I’d like to personally thank each member of the band, as well as all of our fans. These experiences we shared have been such a huge part of my life the past couple years and I will cherish that forever. I wish the band the best of luck in their future endeavors. As for myself, music is my deepest passion and I look forward to working with musicians who have the same work ethic and honorable disposition.”

Upcoming events featuring Kristen Randall include TLC’s tatoo documentary LA Ink with Kat Von D, which will be aired in February 2010. Kristen Randall is also featured on the upcoming cover of Rebel Ink as well as an extensive spread in the Dec/Jan issue of Inked Magazine. The issue hits streets on December 15th.

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Winds of Plague Announces Perth Sideshows

Winds of Plague has announced two Perth sideshows (or off-dates if you prefer) in addition to the rest of the band's Australian supporting tour with Arch Enemy and Suffocation. The band will headline an all ages event at HQ in Leederville on November 3rd, along with a show at Amplifier Bar on November 4th. Support bands will be announced soon.

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Blackguard Checks In with Tour Recap, Album Update

Blackguard vocalist Paul Ablaze has checked in with the following Summer Slaughter Tour recap and new album update:

"Hey everyone! Paul Ablaze here. I'm very sorry for the lack of updates, these things slip my mind sometimes . But here it is finally (better late than never i suppose) a little something to let you all know what's gone down and what's in the works!

"Summer Slaughter Re-cap (i started writing this a while ago)

"This years summer slaughter has come and gone. Beers were drunk, blood was shed, vomit covered jeans, didn't see anyone cry but who knows? Point is no one came out the other end of this beast unchanged in some way, and we are without a doubt stronger than we've ever been as a band because of it.
This being only our second full north american tour we had everything to prove to both the fans and our peers, and i believe we won the respect of both along the way. I had said early on in the tour how amazed i was on how social everyone was and how much we as a tour came together and pulled for one another. I truly believe that the only reason this tour finished when it was suppose to and not 4 weeks earlier was because of the strength in character everyone displayed and how devoid everyone was of any kind of "ego" or "rock star" mentality.

"There are certain memories that surly stick out amongst the never ending (sometimes fuzzy) memories of good times that happened over the past month and a half. a few note worthy ones include: More...

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Dawn of Azazel Announces New Shows in New Zealand

New Zealand metal band Dawn of Azazel has announced the following shows in New Zealand:

Oct 5 - Logan Campbell Center, Auckland With Slayer And Megadeth
Oct 30 - Transmission Room, Auckland With Suffocation, Winds of Plague, Human, Saving Grace, Akaname, Vixen Execution, Bloodletting, The Dauntless, Our Fallen, Anabyss, and Septicide
Jan 20 - The Studio, Auckland With Chimaira and Tainted More...

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The Decimation of the Nation Destroys Lafayette

In the heart of Cajun Country in Louisiana is a small town called Lafayette. The town is not only famous for being the place of my birth and raising, but occasionally, it has some kick-ass concerts (I guess in honor of me.) But anyway, the latest in the series of great shows was a visit from the Decimation of the Nation Tour featuring an amazing lineup of Toxic Holocaust, Dying Fetus, Winds of Plague, Chimaira and Hatebreed. Anyone lucky enough to be in the vicinity of this tour could not help but go to the local bar and witness their town being decimated with some of the best metal musicians of our day. More...

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Toxic Holocaust Announces Extensive Tour

Toxic Holocaust announced that in addition to their supporting tour with The Black Dahlia Murder they will be playing extensively through September and October with Dying Fetus, Winds of Plague, Bleeding Through, and Hatebreed. The latest Toxic Holocaust tour dates are as follows: More...

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Hatebreed Bassist Speaks On Upcoming Tour

Hatebreed bass player Chris Beattie has posted a message regarding the bands upcoming tour with Chimaira. The message reads as follows:

"The Hatebreed tour machine is back on the road this summer with our good friends in Chimaira to bring you the first leg of the Decimation Of The Nation Tour. You're not going to find anything heavier than this tour in 2009, unless we're on that too! Get there early and check out all the bands. There is enough mosh to go around! Bring your ass to the show and you will not be disappointed!"

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Winds Of Plague Posts New Song Online

Southern California metal band, WINDS OF PLAGUE, has posted a new track, “Forged In Fire,” on their MySpace page.

Johnny (vocals) comments on their upcoming tour dates, “Wow, what a summer it has been thus far and we feel so lucky as it’s been an honor and privilege to play for so many new faces on the Summer Slaughter tour. It was an amazing opportunity for us and we were simply blown away by the unanimously positive crowd reactions each night to our new material. We want to thank everyone for coming out, raging with us and supporting us. We wouldn’t be able to do this without the fans and we can’t wait to unleash The Great Stone War to the world in a few short weeks." More...

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Winds Of Plague Posts New Song Online

California metal band, Winds Of Plague, has posted a new song, entitled "Soldiers Of Doomsday," on their MySpace page. The song comes off their upcoming album, "The Great Stone War."

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Summer Slaughter Murders New Orleans

The Summer Slaughter Fest is correctly named. When the tour arrives in your town, prepare for a bloodbath of immense proportions. Decibel, Affliction and Fangoria bring you a huge tour consisting of Blackguard, Decrepit Birth, After the Burial, Beneath the Massacre, Origin, Born of Osiris, Dying Fetus, Winds of Plague, Darkest Hour, Ensiferum, Suffocation, and Necrophagist with Behemoth joining the show on some dates. Impressed? Did I also mention that the ticket prices are extremely affordable to fit into your budget during this economic downturn? That’s a deal you can’t beat. So if you’re lucky enough to have a Slaughter in your town this summer, I suggest you don’t miss it.

In the sweltering, higher-than-average heat of New Orleans, the Summer Slaughter Tour stops to do a little killing. It wasn’t an official stop, but I would like to thank all of the bands for taking their day off to rock our town. The madness began at three o’clock. All of the bands kicked ass for about half an hour each. Blackgaurd, After the Burial, Origin, Beneath the Massacre and Darkest Hour were all incredible. Their merchandise was also very interesting, but with so many bands, I couldn’t afford it all. Music was blaring from the small tunnel-shaped hall that could be heard blocks away. Band members, roadies and helpful fans were constantly moving equipment in and out to accommodate the large number of bands. Yes, it was a bit hectic. But it all added to the excitement and fun nature of the show. More...

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Behemoth Added To 3 Summer Slaughter Dates

Behemoth has been added to three Summer Slaughter dates in early July, playing alongside bands such as Necrophagist, Ensiferum, Darkest Hour, Winds of Plague, and more:

7/5 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
7/6 - Calgary, AB @ The Whiskey
7/7 - Spokane, WA @ The Knitting Factory

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Chimaira Announces Summer Headlining Dates

Chimaira has announced a short run of summer headlining tour dates in July, most of which also feature Winds of Plague and Born of Osiris. Here are Chimaira's latest headlining tour dates:

7/22 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall (Winds of Plague, Born of Osiris)
7/23 Madison, WI @ The Majestic Theatre (Winds of Plague, Born of Osiris)
7/24 Toledo, OH @ Toledo Metal Fest / The Zodiac formerly Club Bijou
7/25 Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
7/26 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel (Winds of Plague, Born of Osiris)
7/27 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre (Winds of Plague, Born of Osiris)
7/28 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club (Winds of Plague, Born of Osiris)
7/29 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance (Winds of Plague, Born of Osiris)

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Fallen Martyr On Opening Date Of Summer Slaughter

Fallen Martyr has announced that the'll be playing the main stage of the Summer Slaughter festival on June 5th. Fallen Martyr will be playing alongside legends Necrophagist, Suffocation, Darkest Hour, Winds of Plague and many more on the main stage of this summer festival, marking the biggest show the band has played.

The show starts at 2pm on Friday, June 5th at SONAR in Baltimore, MD. Tickets are $25 @ the door.

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Dying Fetus Joins Hatebreed Tour

DYING FETUS has announced that they will join HATEBREED and CHIMAIRA for the “Decimation Of A Nation Tour” this summer. This month-long tour will also include DYING FETUS label-mates TOXIC HOLOCAUST as well as WINDS OF PLAGUE. More...

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Winds of Plague Preparing For Summer Slaughter

In February of last year, WINDS OF PLAGUE exploded onto the metal scene as the frontrunner of the new generation of heavy music. With their innovative and high energy style, the band captivated audiences across the US and sold upwards of 50,000 units of their Century Media debut album, "Decimate the Weak." WINDS OF PLAGUE is now heading back in the studio with the goal being to redefine extreme all over again.

WINDS OF PLAGUE has now entered Sound Temple Studios in Ranch Cucamonga, CA with producer extraordinaire Daniel Castleman, who worked with the band on Decimate the Weak, to record The Great Stone War. WINDS OF PLAGUE is also extremely excited to be on board as part of the summer’s most extreme package tour, SUMMER SLAUGHTER, alongside Suffocation, Necrophagist, Darkest Hour and others. Dates for the trek are posted below and available at the band’s MySpace page (below). More blockbuster touring is in the works that will see the band through the rest of 2009!

Vocalist Johnny Plague comments: “This week we lock ourselves inside Sound Temple Studios in Rancho Cucamonga, CA with the up and coming recording wizard Daniel Castleman. We will leave a month later drained and beat but with a new 12 track full length named The Great Stone War. This is the first time we have had to create an album from scratch so we took advantage of the situation and built a themed, well constructed album compared to Decimate The Weak which I feel was more of a collection of songs.”

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Summer Slaughter w/ Suffocation, Necrophagist, Darkest Hour, Dying Fetus, etc.
06/05 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
06/06 The National - Richmond, VA
06/07 Theater of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
06/08 Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
06/10 Amos Southend - Charlotte, NC
06/12 Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY
06/13 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
06/14 Jannus Landing - St. Petersburg, FL
06/15 Plush - Jacksonville, FL
06/16 Club Firestone - Orlando, FL
06/18 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
06/19 Java Jazz - Houston, TX
06/20 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
06/21 House of Blues - Dallas, TX
06/23 Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO
06/24 Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
06/26 Marquee Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
06/27 Soma - San Diego, CA
06/28 The Grove - Anaheim, CA
06/29 House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
06/30 House of Blues - Hollywood, CA
07/01 The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
07/02 Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
07/03 King Cat Theater - Seattle, WA

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Winds Of Plague Enters the Studio

WINDS OF PLAGUE have now entered Sound Temple Studios in Ranch Cucamonga, CA with producer Daniel Castleman, who worked with the band on “Decimate the Weak,” to record “The Great Stone War.” WINDS OF PLAGUE is also part of the summer’s most extreme package tour, SUMMER SLAUGHTER, alongside Suffocation, Necrophagist, Darkest Hour and others.

Vocalist Johnny Plague comments, “This week we lock ourselves inside Sound Temple Studios in Rancho Cucamonga, CA with the up and coming recording wizard Daniel Castleman. We will leave a month later drained and beat but with a new 12 track full length named The Great Stone War. This is the first time we have had to create an album from scratch so we took advantage of the situation and built a themed, well constructed album compared to Decimate The Weak which I feel was more of a collection of songs.” More...

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NEMHF 2009 Adds Third Stage

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will introduce an additional stage this year dedicated to up and coming bands.

The third stage, sponsored by Deathcote Records, will be located at Chasers Nightclub, located behind the Palladium on the corner of Martin Luther King and Commercial streets. The main festival will be taking place at the Palladium.

“There are so many great bands and not enough time to get all of them on during the course of two days,” said festival co-organizer Sott Lee. “Adding a third stage is a great way for us to showcase some of the developing bands and it’s a terrific opportunity for these bands to play alongside some of today’s top metal and hardcore bands.”

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will take place on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, with the Atticus pre-party on Thursday, April 16. This year’s event is presented by Randall Amplifiers, Washburn Guitars and Eden Electronics. Metal Blade Records will present the main stage. Prosthetic Records will present the second stage.

The Atticus-sponsored pre-party will be a unique event that will be combining film and music, kicking off with a screening of official film sponsor Anchor Bay's film "Crowley," co-written by none other than Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson. The provocative supernatural thriller is the tale of a virtual reality experiment gone wrong, sending the soul of the British occultist Aleister Crowley into the body of a shy university professor. But even as Crowley creates all-new orgies of depraved pleasures and black magic, he is now preparing to unleash the ultimate occult event upon the world. Also showing is "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," a sometimes revealing, sometimes hilarious documentary about the legendary Canadian metal band. The movie follows best friends Robb Reiner and Lips as they make a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the "demi-gods of Canadian metal, " influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, despite never hitting the big time. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams. The film will be followed by a performance by the band itself. The pre-party will also be held at the Palladium. Admission is free with a weekend pass or $15 for non-ticket holders.

Prices this year are $40 for Friday, $45 for Saturday or $79 for a 2-day ticket that also includes free admission to the kick off party on Thursday. Tickets are available at all Strawberries, FYE Stores, online at tickets.com or by calling (800) 477-6849. Tickets are available now.

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Bands Announced For Summer Slaughter 2009

This year's edition of the Summer Slaughter tour will be headlined by death metal legends Necrophagist and will also feature fellow death metal favourites Suffocation, along with Darkest Hour, Dying Fetus, Origin, Born Of Osiris, After The Burial and Winds Of Plague. Beneath The Massacre and Decrepit Birth will also be performing on the first half of the tour, with Ensiferum and Blackguard replacing them afterwards. Stay tuned for details.

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Lineup Announced For NE Metal And Hardcore Fest

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will enter its second decade this April with an eclectic mixture of bands from the metal and hardcore genres. Returning to the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., the event will take place on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, with a an extra special pre-party on Thursday, April 16.

Headlining Friday will be All That Remains, one of the many bands that got its start at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. Saturday will be headlined by metal giants Lamb of God as part of their No Fear Energy Music Tour along with As I Lay Dying, Children Of Bodom, God Forbid and Municipal Waste. Metal Blade Records will present the main stage.

Other bands schedule to perform on Friday are: August Burns Red, Suffocation, The Acacia Strain, The Haunted, Napalm Death, WhiteChapel, Kataklysm, Cattle Decapitation, Veil of Maya, Abigail Williams, Decrepit Birth, Psycroptic, Intronaut, Withered, Left to Vanish, Lazarus A.D., Kylesa, XAFBX, Trap Them, Aggressive Dogs, Toxic Holocaust, XWarX, Psyopus, Woe of Tyrants, Rose Funeral and more to be announced. Doors open at 12 noon. More...

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