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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 24

To the army of haters in response to last week’s episode: the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast thanks you for helping keep things exciting! We understand, however, that it wouldn’t be fair to routinely discuss the likes of Babymetal for such a broo-tal crowd. So to make it up to you, this week we bring you some good old Swedish death metal.

Deathstars.

Just kidding. Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) gives a first reaction to “Back To The Front,” the new album from The Artist Formerly Known As Entombed, or “Entombed A.D.” in legalese. Recent name ownership disputes forced the current lineup - including longtime vocalist L.G. Petrov - to make the slight alteration, but thankfully, the music itself sounds like good old Entombed. Listen in to check out Mike’s full thoughts on the matter.

Next, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) reviews - big incoming shocker here - another “prog-djent-core” album. Indeed, he has no shame, and makes no apologies. This week it’s “No Sleep,” the recent sophomore effort from Southern Californian five-piece Volumes. Regarding the band’s creativity, Kevin offers an insightful take on the “good artists borrow; great artists steal” maxim. Listen in to hear more!

“Djent-core” is one general arena in which Kevin and Mike differ greatly, and Mike has the nerve to utter some less-than-flattering remarks about a recent After The Burial performance he witnessed (you can’t see it, but Kevin was wearing the band’s shirt during this discussion). Their disagreement ends as Mike moves on to the real reason he was attending: Killswitch Engage. A full report and lively discussion of the influential band ensues.

Listen in here and offer us your feedback if you wish. You can subscribe via iTunes or RSS. Enjoy!

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Roadrunner Records Releases Summer Sampler

The Roadrunner Records Summer Sampler is now online: head over to Noisetrade here to download your free copy. The track listing is as follows:

1. Stone Sour - 'House of Gold & Bones'
2. Killswitch Engage - 'A Tribute To The Fallen'
3. Trivium - 'Through Blood And Dirt And Bone'
4. Gojira - 'The Axe'
5. King 810 - 'Fat Around The Heart'
6. The Amity Affliction - 'Pittsburgh'
7. Theory Of A Deadman 'Drown'
8. WeAreHarlot - 'Denial'
9. Black Stone Cherry - 'Me and Mary Jane'
10. Marmozets - 'Why Do You Hate Me'
11. Dream Theater - 'The Enemy Inside'
12. The Devil Wears Prada - 'Sailor’s Prayer'
13. Heartist - 'Pressure Point'
14. Kvelertak - 'Kvelertak'
15. Opeth - 'Cusp of Eternity' More...

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Killswitch Engage To Headline Dirt Fest

Killswitch Engage will return to Michigan to headline Dirt Fest 2014. Coming off of a Rock On The Range appearance and a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance for “In Due Time” from latest Roadrunner Records release "Disarm the Descent," Killswitch closes the band's 2013-2014 World Tour at Dirt Fest 2014.

The 2014 Dirt Fest lineup includes: Killswitch Engage, Sid Wilson of Slipknot, Powerman 5000, Hed Pe, Nonpoint, Chimaira, Battlecross, Gemini Syndrome, Tantric, Smile Empty Soul, Local H, Redlight King, Like A Storm, Nothing More, Eyes Set To Kill, Gift Giver, Blue Felix, Psychostick, and a special mystery co-headliner to be announced on July 19th.

The town of Birch Run, MI will once again get turned on its head at Dirt Fest 2014 on Saturday, August 9th. The festival celebrates its 16th year and is hosted by Matt and Andy Dalton of Dalton Brothers Entertainment, along with Banana 101.5 FM. More...

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Jesse Leach Answers Fan Questions

Killswitch Engage front man Jesse Leach has been answering fan's questions via his personal website (you can submit questions to jesseleach.com@gmail.com) and the second installment in this ongoing video series is now available online.

In this clip, he talks about musical "guilty pleasures," what he'd be doing if he wasn't a full-time musician, vocal warm-ups, living life in fear of mistakes, the relationship between music and ideology, the future of Times of Grace, and more. Check it out below.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 7

Last week on Metalunderground.com's Official Podcast, we brought you two young and very special Canadian bands, The Kindred and Hollow. And sure enough on this week's episode, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) continues indulging in his love for progressive (and, coincidentally, Canadian) bands.

Toronto, Ontario's Intervals, formed in 2011 and until late last year a strictly instrumental band, have just debuted with the full-length "A Voice Within," within which you'll indeed find a voice: frontman Mike Semesky. Kevin considers some of the musical developments this shift in focus has spurred.

Next, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) makes a painful, heavy-hearted effort to dissect his conflicted feelings about the latest Iced Earth release "Plagues Of Babylon" (reviewed here). It is the veteran metal band's tenth studio album, and so far to Mike's ears, falls tragically short of the dazzling comeback that was 2011's "Dystopia."

Finally ensues a discussion of singer Howard Jones, the positives and negatives of his contributions to the mighty Killswitch Engage, and his brand new group dubbed Devil You Know.

Take a listen here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.

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Killswitch Engage Announces New Shows

Killswitch Engage will be playing more North American shows in support of the 2013 album "Disarm the Descent," beginning March 29th and picking up again throughout the month of May.

These will be a mix of radio shows, rock festivals, and headlining shows, including several with Trivium. Dates are as follows:

3.29 Las Vegas, NV Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival
5.1 Huntington, NY The Paramount (with Into Another, Battlecross, My Ticket Home)
5.2 Virginia Beach, VA Lunatic Luau
5.3 Concord, NC Carolina Rebellion (Charlotte Motor Speedway)
5.4 Reading, PA Reverb (with Into Another, Battlecross, My Ticket Home)
5.15 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live (w/Trivium, Battlecross, Nothing More)
5.16 Columbus, OH Rock On The Range (Columbus Crew Stadium)
5.17 London, ON London Music Hall (with Trivium, Battlecross)
5.18 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom (with Battlecross, Nothing More)
5.20 Birmingham, AL Iron City Bham (with Trivium, Battlecross, Nothing More)
5.22 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall (with Trivium, Battlecross, Nothing More)
5.23 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma (Catch The Fever Festival Grounds)
5.24 San Antonio, TX River City Rockfest (AT&T Center)
5.27 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater (with Battlecross, Nothing More)
5.28 Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater and Club (with Battlecross, Nothing More)
5.30 Council Bluffs, IA Rockfest (Westair Amphiteater)

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Rocklahoma Band Lineup Revealed

Rocklahoma will rock the Midwest with a lineup featuring Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Twisted Sister, Deftones, Motörhead, and many more from May 23rd - 25th at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. The three-day camping festival is presented by Bud Light.

The current band lineup for the 8th Rocklahoma is as follows: Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Twisted Sister, Deftones, Seether, Motörhead, Jackyl, Filter, Black Label Society, Theory of a Deadman, Killswitch Engage, Skid Row, All That Remains, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Hellyeah, Kix, Down, Pop Evil, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Trivium, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Pretty Reckless, Thousand Foot Krutch, Redlight King, Skindred, KYNG, We As Human, Nothing More, Devour the Day, Heaven’s Basement, Gemini Syndrome, Butcher Babies, Eve to Adam, Truckfighters, Killer Dwarfs, Bai Bang, Lynam, ASKA, Black Tora, Firstryke, Mystery, Nasty Habit, Sleepy Hollow, Wicked, Down & Dirty, Loveblast, Ruff Justice, Ratchet Dolls, Ragdoll, Dellacoma, Chaotic Resemblance, Scattered Hamlet, Siren, Mach22, Tempt, London's Dungeon, Mine Enemies Fall, The Chimpz, Sleepwalking Home, Well Hung Heart, Framing The Red, Blackwater Rebellion, Dryver, and Dirty Crush.

“I initially questioned whether or not we would be able to top last year’s Rocklahoma lineup this time around,” says Joe Litvag, Rocklahoma’s co-executive producer for AEG Live. “But with some of the biggest names in the rock world today like Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Seether and Deftones playing alongside Rocklahoma legends like Twisted Sister, Jackyl, Tom Kiefer of Cinderella and Kix, there is not a doubt in my mind that we just raised the bar! Memorial Day Weekend will never be the same!”

Dee Snider of Twisted Sister explains: "I view this festival as sort of a ‘Royal Rumble’ of rock; it's every band for itself, each trying to claim the belt. When Twisted Sister is done that night, the promoters are going to need to change the name of the event to 'I Wanna Rocklahoma'!"

Staind’s Mike Mushok also says, "Totally stoked to play Rocklahoma again! I'm looking forward to a great day of music shared with some amazing fans!”

Full details and ticket information can be found online at this location.

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Dio Tribute Album To See Release

Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, or leading Dio. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, but his towering voice and legacy live on.

To celebrate one of rock’s most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album that will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Anthrax, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.

"This Is Your Life" will be available from Rhino on April 1st, 2014. The track listing is as follows:

1. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
2. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
3. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
4. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
5. “Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
6. “Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff Byford*
7. “The Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
8. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
9. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
10. “Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
11. “I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
13. “Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)” – Metallica*
14. “This Is Your Life” – Dio

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 2

In the second official episode of the Metalunderground.com podcast (and third installment overall), hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) discuss two major current topics, one of excitement, and one of general dismay. In case you can’t wade through the whole shebang, we’ve provided timestamps as signposts to help you along the way.

Ever since British extreme pioneers Carcass knocked it out of the park last fall with their long-awaited return “Surgical Steel,” speculation has run rampant regarding a similar comeback effort from a group of contemporaries: Gothenburg metal fathers At The Gates.

Disbanded in 1996 and reformed in 2008 for the specific purpose of touring, At The Gates in January 2014 began teasing fans with cryptic hints of something brewing in the studio. To little surprise but great delight, Century Media Records recently confirmed the band’s signing for a new album titled “At War With Reality,” the first since 1995’s influential “Slaughter Of The Soul.” [00:01:07] Check out your hosts’ wealth of opinions on this anticipated momentous occasion.

On a drearier note, Kevin and Mike next take aim at the embarrassing spectacle of the recent Grammy Awards [00:15:13] and its decidedly out-of-touch grasp on metal culture. From the Best Rock [00:16:10] and Best Metal [00:19:27] Performance categories, to Metallica’s bizarre rendition of “One,” [00:24:47] to the botched broadcasting of a joint performance by Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age, [00:30:43] to the posthumous snubbing of Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman, [00:45:14] fan reactions to the ceremony ranged from the puzzled to the disappointed to the downright insulted. This conversation tackles all three – and then some.

Listen or download the podcast here, and enjoy.

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Headline News

Black Sabbath Wins Grammy Award

Back in December the Grammy nominees for "best metal performance" were announced, and if you've forgotten the lineup was as follows:

"T.N.T." - Anthrax
"God Is Dead?" - Black Sabbath
"The Enemy Inside" - Dream Theater
"In Due Time" - Killswitch Engage
"Room 24" - Volbeat Featuring King Diamond

While many put their money down on Volbeat, it turns out Black Sabbath actually took home the win for "God Is Dead?"

The track was also nominated for "best rock song" and the new album "13" (reviewed here) was up for "best rock album," although Sabbath didn't actually snag a win in either of those categories. Here were the nominations for best rock song and best rock album: More...

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Exodus Playing Rock On The Range

The Rock On The Range festival will bring the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock and many more to Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH on May 16, 17 & 18.

To guarantee that festival-goers will experience true, blistering heavy metal during this monumental weekend, Bay Area thrash legends Exodus are also confirmed to bring on the brutality, Saturday, May 17th!

Gary Holt states, “Exodus is super fired up to announce our participation in the year’s Rock On The Range! It’s our honor to share the stage with so many amazing artists and we will do our best to see to it that shit hits the proverbial fan when we take the stage!”

The full lineup consists of: More...

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"Sleeping Dogs" Free For Xbox Live Gold Members

If you haven't been paying attention to your Xbox dashboard over the last six months or so, Microsoft is now offering two free games a month for Xbox Gold members: one on the 1st, and another on the 16th of each month.

This month, the first free game is "Sleeping Dogs," a Grand Theft Auto style game in which an undercover cop takes on Chinese triads. Why does this matter to metalheads? Because the game features the ability to flip through radio stations while driving, and one such channel is dedicated entirely to Roadrunner Records. The station features this soundtrack:

Black Stone Cherry, “Rain Wizard” and “Change”
DevilDriver, “Dead To Rights” and “Bring The Fight (To The Floor)”
Dream Theater, “On the Backs of Angels”
Fear Factory, “Edgecrusher (Urban Assault Mix)”
Killswitch Engage, “My Curse”
Machine Head, “Be Still and Know” and “Locust”
Opeth, “The Grand Conjuration” and “The Devil’s Orchard”
The Parlor Mob, “After All” and “Take What’s Mine”
Soulfly, “World Scum”
Trivium, “Anthem (We Are The Fire)”

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2013 Metal Grammy Nominees Revealed

The 2013 Grammy nominees in the "Best Metal Performance" category have now been revealed, and are as follows:

"T.N.T." - Anthrax
"God Is Dead?" - Black Sabbath
"The Enemy Inside" - Dream Theater
"In Due Time" - Killswitch Engage
"Room 24" - Volbeat Featuring King Diamond

As usual, there's nothing on the extreme side to be found, but at least actual metal bands have made the list. Anyone want to bet which performance wins?

Keep in mind, last year Halestorm somehow won best metal performance in a lineup that featured Lamb of God, Megadeth, and Iron Maiden, so it seems likely voting for the most rock-focused and least metallic band may be the way to go.

And when you're done with that, let us know what the REAL best metal performance of 2013 should have been - Grammy's be damned!

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Battlecross To Tour With Killswitch Engage

Battlecross has announced the band will join Killswitch Engage, Trivium, and Miss May I on a run through the U.K. and Ireland, which kicks off in Dublin on January 29th, 2013.

It will be the Detroit outfit's first outing there and the band is looking forward to it:

"Battlecross is so stoked to hit the UK with Killswitch Engage, Trivium and Miss May I as our first overseas tour ever and thank them for having us on this awesome tour!

"What an honor it is to share our first UK experience with these bands and we're ready to thrash with you, our new friends! Thank you all who have been waiting so patiently for Battlecross to come overseas, and we promise that it will be worth the wait!

"Expect nothing less than swift hard kick in the arse from our live show and hope you like us enough to have us back very soon. Can't wait to rage and have a pint or four with our UK fans! Until then, please hit up our website and send us a message with your email address so we can stay in touch and meet up before, during and after the show AND We'll write you back! Please keep checking the Metal Blade UK page for updates and giveaways until then!!"

01/29 DUBLIN – The Academy
01/30 BELFAST – The Limelight
02/01 MANCHESTER – Academy
02/02 LONDON – Brixton O2 Academy
02/03 NEWCASTLE – O2 Academy
02/04 GLASGOW – O2 Academy
02/06 BIRMINGHAM – O2 Academy
02/07 SOUTHAMPTON - Guildhall

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Killswitch Engage Releases "Always" Video

Killswitch Engage has released a video clip for the song "Always," which can be viewed below, and front man Jesse Leach comments:

"We’ve just release a special short film created by our friends McFarland & Pecci for our song 'Always.' This song is a unique one on the record and I wanted the video to really stand out, to mean something. My hope is when people watch this video, it impacts them enough to cause them to stop and contemplate their own lives."

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Killswitch Engage Announces Special Show

The Merciless Book of Metal Lists presents a very special show for the 2013 CBGB Festival in NYC. This intimate affair features Massachusetts metal giants Killswitch Engage at the 400 capacity Santos Party House on Saturday October 12th.

“This was originally going to be a secret show for our book release back in the Spring, but schedules didn't allow for it, so we stayed on it, and decided to do it for CBGB Fest,” states "The Merciless Book of Metal Lists" author Howie Abrams. He adds, “Killswitch Engage is one of my favorite bands; one which has reinvigorated metal in recent years, and we’re proud to be working with them to make this great night happen.”

Killswitch Engage is about to head out on tour in the U.S. with the mighty Lamb of God, with support from Testament and Huntress, and also wanted to offer up this unique event to its most loyal fans. NYC and tri-state area fans can catch KsE on this upcoming tour at Roseland Ballroom in NYC (Oct-25) and at Starland Ballroom in NJ (Nov-22).

Additionally, proceeds from the show will be donated to The FC Foundation, an organization whose mission is to fight cancer by raising awareness and to educate about early cancer detection, in an attempt to put an end to late-stage cancer diagnoses.

Support for KsE will come from NYC's heaviest ladies (and two gentlemen) Eye Ra Haze, whose atmospheric brand of metal compliments the evening perfectly. KsE encourage fans attending the Santos show to bring proof of their purchased Roseland or Starland ticket to the merch area to claim a special KsE autographed item. Tickets will be on sale Tuesday October 8th at 10 AM via this location. All tickets are $25. Doors will open at 6:00 PM - show time is 7:15.

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Roadrunner Records To Release Box Set

Roadrunner Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a retrospective box set:

"On October 1, we'll be releasing 'XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records,' a four-disc box set that chronicles our first thirty years in existence.

"Each disc in the set will reflect a period in our history, with artists such Mercyful Fate, Deicide, Brujeria, Suffocation, Type O Negative, Slipknot, Machine Head, Sepultura, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Dream Theater, Opeth, Gojira, Airbourne, Black Stone Cherry, and Rush being represented.

"Furthermore, the set will feature liner notes written by Decibel contributor Chris Dick in addition to quotes from founder Cees Wessels; legendary A&R guru Monte Conner; and artists such as King Diamond, Sepultura/Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy mastermind Max Cavalera, Trivium frontman Matt Heafy, Opeth leader Mikael Åkerfeldt, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, and more."

Further details can be found at this location. More...

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Killswitch Engage Drummer Breaks Collarbone

Killswitch Engage has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a fill-in drummer for upcoming tour dates:

"We have some not so good news to announce. Our drummer Justin Foley recently had a bicycle accident and broke his collarbone. So he will not be able to do this upcoming Asia/Europe tour that begins later this week. Luckily we were able to find a replacement drummer on short notice, so we will not be canceling any dates.

"The replacement drummer will be our longtime friend Jordan Mancino from As I Lay Dying. Barring any unforeseen issues, Justin should be back on track in time for our upcoming North American tour with Lamb of God, which starts in late October. Killswitch would like to thank our Asia and Europe fans in advance for understanding. As always, thank you so much for the support." More...

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Lamb Of God To Tour With Testament, Killswitch

Long-time friends Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage have joined forces for a can't miss tour in the fall of 2013. The tour launches October 22nd in Toronto and canvases much of the U.S and Canada.

The two bands will combine for 28 North American shows in total. Support for all shows except Los Angeles will be provided by thrash legends Testament, with Huntress opening all shows.

Lamb of God will end the North American portion of the "Resolution" record cycle with this tour. It will include a coast to coast visit to all major Canadian cities which will be Lamb of God’s first visit to Canada on this cycle other than a festival play in June in Montebello and a show in Toronto in January 2012. Lamb of God will then finish the Resolution cycle completely with a visit to Europe and South Africa in January 2014. Details on that tour will be released late August. More...

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Roadrunner Records Offering Free Sampler

Roadrunner Records is currently offering a 10 track digital sampler album as a free download. You can get the tracks over at Amazon.co.uk here. The track listing is:

1. Absolute Zero Stone Sour
2. Black Tongue Mastodon
3. Bruane Brenn Kvelertak
4. Witchtripper Down
5. Live It Up Airbourne
6. Anastasia Slash
7. White Trash Millionaire Black Stone Cherry
8. In Due Time Killswitch Engage
9. Ghost Walking Lamb Of God
10. Chaos Lives In Everything (feat. Skrillex) Korn More...

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