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Formed: 1999
From: Boston, MA, United States
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The Devil Wears Prada Joining Anthrax Tour

The Devil Wears Prada will hit the road early in the New Year for a 27-date North American tour as special support to co-headliners Anthrax and Killswitch Engage. The trek, presented by SiriusXM, kicks off at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on March 29 and will zig-zag the continent, culminating in Boston on May 7.

This tour won't be the first time that TDWP - Mike Hranica (vocals), Jeremy DePoyster (rhythm guitar, vocals), Andy Trick (bass), and Kyle Sipress (lead guitar) - has crossed paths with either band.

Prada toured the U.S. with KsE in 2010, and played with Anthrax on the 2012 Mayhem tour. Additionally, Adam D., KsE's lead guitarist, produced two of Prada's albums - "Dead Throne" (2011) and "8:18" (2013).

"This tour will be a real treat," said Prada's Hranica. "We have an awesome relationship with Adam, he's one of the craziest, most fun dudes we know, and when it comes to thrash and metal, you don't get much bigger names than Anthrax and Killswitch."

The Devil Wears Prada will be putting together a special set for this tour. "I love the idea of going to a show and seeing bands whose music is in the same ballpark, but still different from each others'," Hranica added. "We have our own personal style on the side of metal, so we'll do some of our dark, heavy, noisey songs, but probably stay away from interludes inbetween. We'll have our own footprint on stage each night."

These dates will be in support of Prada's new and sixth full-lenth album, the 11-track "Transit Blues" (Rise Records). More...

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Anthrax Announces Tour With Killswitch Engage

Thrash legends Anthrax and metalcore forefathers Killswitch Engage announce today that they will hit the road this spring to co-headline a 27-date North American tour, presented by SiriusXM.

The itinerary will also include an April 15th appearance at the Texas Independence Festival in Austin as well as each band headlining two solo shows separate from the double bill. With KSE and Anthrax rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will hit the ground on March 29th in Montclair, NJ and then criss-cross the continent, wrapping up in Boston on May 7th. The Devil Wears Prada will provide direct support on all dates.

"Anthrax and Killswitch will be a really good blend for fans," said Anthrax's Charlie Benante. "We both play metal, but we play two different forms of the genre. I think fans of both bands are in for a 'Total Explosion of the Senses.'"

Added the band's Frank Bello, "This Anthrax/KsE tour is a powerful ball of energy ready to unleash the metal in the U.S." More...

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Killswitch Engage Teases Record Store Day Release

Today, Killswitch Engage officially drops "Beyond the Flames: Home Video Part II."

The release is a two-disc, Blu-ray and CD package exclusive to Record Store Day on 11/25/16.

Find a store near you carrying the set right here and check out a teaser trailer below.

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Killswitch Engage Debuts New Video "Cut Me Loose"

Massachusetts metal outfit Killswitch Engage debuts a new video for "Cut Me Loose", taken from the band's latest album "Incarnate", which was released in March 2016 via Roadrunner Records. Directed by Jeremy Danger and Travis Shinn, the clip was filmed on September 8 in Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats.

Check out now "Cut Me Loose" below.

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Revolution Rock Festival Lineup Announced

Band performance times, onsite experiences, and the Friday night pre-party have been revealed for Revolution Rock Festival that is fueled by Monster Energy and set for Saturday, September 17th outdoors at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.

Produced by AEG Live, Revolution Rock Festival will feature a powerful rock lineup with Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Volbeat, Chevelle, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax, Ghost, Killswitch Engage, Sevendust, and more.

For those with Revolution Rock festival hotel packages, the weekend kicks off with the Friday pre-party at the Grand Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino, featuring performances from Thunderstruck and Strutter.

On Saturday, festival doors open at 11:00 AM. The current performance schedule for Revolution Rock Festival is as follows (subject to change): More...

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Chicago Open Air Day Three

Day 3: Sunday 7/17/2016

The best part of being Cuban/Irish is that I'm tan year round but still shrivel up like bacon when exposed to too much sunlight. I had the nastiest sunburn ever which even days later had my forehead covered in acne and the skin on my nose flaking off. And after looking at myself in the mirror, the first two words that came to mind were, “worth it.” As somebody too perpetually broke to wear sunscreen and already shelling out ungodly amounts of money just to stay fed and hydrated, a sunburn was a rather small price to pay to continue to have a really great time.

Since my arctic camo shorts were completely drenched in beer, I decided that now was the time to break out an even more egregious pair of camo shorts. Neon green and black are a pattern that can't blend into any environment which is why I bought them in the first place. Just the most outrageous thing I could possibly own... and now I had an excuse!

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I missed the first three acts since I got there late. I kept waking up later each morning due to the sheer quantity of alcohol I was drinking as my car needed engine repairs and that meant that I wasn't driving. That fact that the gates opened earlier with each passing day didn't help either since Gemini Syndrome started playing a full half hour earlier than Through Fire did on Friday. So I ultimately have no opinions on Gemini Syndrome, Upon a Burning Body or We Came As Romans and I'm not going to fabricate a story just for the sake of comprehensiveness. There are some videos on Youtube and I watched them but I still lack anything resembling an opinion since bootlegs can never compare to the real thing. More...

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OpEd

Metal Must Evolve

My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.

Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.

Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...

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Killswitch Engage Premieres New Guitar Playthrough

Killswitch Engage premieres a new guitar playthrough video for "Strength Of The Mind" featuring guitarists Joel Stroetzel and Adam Dutkiewicz. The song is from the band's new album, "Incarnate", which debuted at #6 on The Billboard 200.

Check out now the guitar playthrough for "Strength Of The Mind" below.

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South By Southwest 2016 Schedule

Chuck Loesch of 101 X, No Control Radio posted information on the metal bands appearing at South By South West 2016 (SXSW).

Monday 3/14/16

Wicked Bad Concerts/ at the Swan Dive FREE w/ RSVP

STAGE
7:00pm - Smoky Mirror
8:00pm - The Dirty Seeds
9:00pm - Summit
10:00pm - Oddfellows
11:00pm - White Dog
12:00am - Black Tabs

FLOOR
7:30pm - Mountain Rag
8:30pm - Ladykiller
9:30pm - Foxmoor Express
10:30pm - Thunderkief
11:30pm - Orcanaut

PATIO
7:15pm - Amplified Heat
8:15pm - Greenbeard
9:15pm - R.I.P.
10:15pm - Crypt Trip
11:15pm - Glitter Wizard
12:15am - The Great Electric Quest More...

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OpEd

1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.

Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...

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Toothgrinder Joining Killswitch Engage Tour

New Jersey's Toothgrinder released "Nocturnal Masquerade" earlier this year and now the band will embark on the biggest tour of its career so far, opening for Killswitch Engage, Memphis May Fire, and label mates 36 Crazyfists through March and April.

Needless to say, the band is stoked about the opportunity to join this trek. "Being massive fans of Killswitch Engage since their inception, it is completely mind-blowing that we have the opportunity to travel the country with them and our good friends in 36 Crazyfists," singer Justin Matthews enthused.

He goes on to say, "If you were to tell any of us a few years - or even months ago - that we would be on this tour, we would have laughed in your face. We have something cool to offer everyone coming to see the tour. Our style is melodic, technical, and simple all wrapped in one, something that seems to encompass this entire package. It's going to be a wild ride and we cannot wait to get the festivities started." More...

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Killswitch Engage Premieres New Song & Music Video

Killswitch Engage premieres a new song and music video titled "Cut Me Loose", taken from the upcoming new album "Incarnate", which will be out in stores March 11th via Roadrunner.

Check out now "Cut Me Loose" below.

Explains frontman Jesse Leach: More...

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Killswitch Engage Releasing New Album

Killswitch Engage will release new album "Incarnate" this coming March, with pre-order bundles now available at this location.

A video for the track "Hate By Design" can be seen at this location, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Alone I Stand
2. Hate By Design
3. Cut Me Loose
4. Strength of the Mind
5. Just Let Go
6. Embrace The Journey ...Upraised
7. Quiet Distress
8. Until The Day
9. It Falls On Me
10. The Great Deceit
11. We Carry On
12. Ascension
Special Edition bonus tracks
13. Reignite
14. Triumph Through Tragedy
15. Loyalty More...

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Killswitch Engage Premieres "Hate By Design" Clip

Killswitch Engage premieres a new song and music video titled "Hate By Design", taken from the upcoming new album "Incarnate", which will be out in stores March 11 via Roadrunner Records.

Check out now "Hate By Design" below.

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Killswitch Engage Premieres New Song & Music Video

Killswitch Engage premieres a new song and music video titled "Strength Of The Mind", taken from the upcoming new album, which will be out in stores coming spring via Roadrunner Records.

Check out now "Strength Of The Mind" below.

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Act Of Defiance Announces Holiday Shows

Heavy metal outfit Act Of Defiance will close out 2015 supporting Killswitch Engage on a handful of holiday shows at the end of December. This will wrap up what has been a landmark year for the band which saw the release of debut album, "Birth And The Burial."

"If you invited fans of all kinds of metal - from thrash to Scandinavian metal to modern American metal - and had them all in a mosh pit, Act Of Defiance would be their soundtrack," asserts guitarist Chris Broderick. With a hefty resumé that chronicles time spent riffing and shredding in Jag Panzer, Nevermore, and a seven-year stint in Megadeth, his pedigree speaks for itself.

Furthermore, joined by powerhouse drummer - and fellow Megadeth alumnus - Shawn Drover, bassist Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall/Times Of Grace) and vocalist Henry Derek (Scar The Martyr) the band is a truly formidable metallic behemoth. See Act Of Defiance live on these dates:

Headlining shows w/Allegaeon
12/2/15 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
12/4/15 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
12/5/15 Pomona, CA @ Glass House

Holiday shows w/Killswitch Engage
12/27/15 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
12/28/15 Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
12/29/15 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom More...

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Headline News

Metal Bands React To Paris Terrorist Attacks

Members of Metallica, Pantera, In Flames, Testament, AC/DC, Kiss, Slipknot, Mötley Crüe, Slash, Warbringer, Aborted, Periphery, Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red, Raising The Veil, Born Of Osiris, All Shall Perish, Carnifex, Textures and Anthrax etc. are among the musicians who have (so far) reacted with shock and pledges of solidarity for France following the killing of scores of people in attacks in Paris on Friday night. Some of their views can be seen below.


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Killswitch Engage Performs New Song Live

Killswitch Engage have premiered a new song titled "Strength Of The Mind" while on tour with Rise Against and Letlive. Check out now the fan-filmed footage of the band performing the new track in Toronto, Canada July 19th 2015.


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Killswitch Engage Posts New Live Video

Killswith Engage is streaming a new video clip for the song "No End In Sight" shot at the Halloween concert on October 31, 2014 at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. The song will be included on the band's next 2015 DVD release.

Check it out now below.

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Killswitch Engage Posts Game Of Thrones Teaser

Killswitch Engage has unleashed a 40 second teaser of a brand new song titled "Loyalty."

The song will be featured on Game Of Thrones' new "Catch The Throne: The Mixtape, Vol.2" compilation, which also includes songs from Anthrax, Method Man, and Snoop Dogg.

Listen in below, courtesy of Loudwire.com. The fifth season of Game Of Thrones will officially kick off on April 12th, 2015.

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