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The Blackout Argument

Formed: 2006
From: Germany
Last Known Status: Active

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The Blackout Argument Parts Ways With Bassist

Germany's The Blackout Argument has issued the message regarding the departure of bassist Sascha Laumann:

"There's always two sides of a coin and so we are sad and happy at the same time to tell you that Sascha Laumann, bassist, founding member and best dude in the world is leaving THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT whilst Eric Eller is joining the band as bassist and new fulltime member." More...

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The Blackout Argument Uploads Tour Diary

THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT have posted a tour diary from their tour with THIS IS HELL and DEAD SWANS. The diary can be read at this location.

THIS IS HELL, THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT, and DEAD SWANS tour dates are as follows:

03/18 - Germany Hamburg Hafenklang
03/19 - Netherlands Eindhoven Dynamo
03/20 - Germany Essen Cafe Nova
03/21 - Germany Karlsruhe Jubez
03/22 - Germany Trier Exhaus
03/23 - Germany Giessen MUK
03/24 - Germany Braunschweig B 58
03/25 - Germany Zedtwitz Fernverkehr
03/26 - Austria Linz Ann und Pat
03/27 - Italy Pinarella di Cervia Rock Planet
03/28 - Italy Bolzano Pippo Club
03/29 - Slovenia Nova Gorcia Mostovna
03/30 - Hungary Budapest Dürer Kert
03/31 - Austria Wien Arena
04/01 - Slovakia Kosice Khoi Khoi Club
04/02 - Germany München Feierwerk - Orange House
04/03 - Germany Leipzig Conne Island
04/04 - Belgium Ham Riorock
04/05 - UK Wrexham Central Station
04/06 - UK Manchester Music Box
04/07 - UK Glasgow Ivory Blacks
04/08 - UK Leeds Rios
04/09 - UK London Underworld
04/10 - UK Luton UBSU
04/11 - UK Southampton Joiners
04/12 - UK Norwich The Marquee

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The Blackout Argument Announces European Tour

German metallers, The Blackout Argument, have announced the following European tour dates:

01/31 - DE - Rosenheim @ Lokschuppen w/ Silent Decay


03/13 - DE - Wangen @ Tonne
03/14 - DE - Gotha @ Kellercafe
03/15 - DE - Berlin @ Cassiopeia
03/16 - SE - Orebro @ Kulturhuset
03/18 - DE - Hamburg @ Hafenklang
03/19 - NL - Eindhoven @ Dynamo
03/20 - DE - Essen @ Cafe Nova
03/21 - DE - Karlsruhe @ Jubez
03/22 - DE - Trier @ Exhaus
03/23 - DE - Giessen @ MUK
03/24 - DE - Braunschweig @ B58
03/25 - DE - Zedtwitz @ Fernverkehr
03/27 - IT - Pinarella die Cervia @ Rock Planet
03/28 - IT - Bolzano @ Pippo Club
03/29 - SI - Nova Gorcia @ Mostovna
03/30 - HU - Budapest @ Duerer Kert
03/31 - AT - Wien @ Arena
04/01 - SK - Kosice @ Khoi Khoi Club
04/02 - DE - Muenchen @ Feierwerk-Orange House
04/03 - DE - Leipzig @ Conne Island
04/04 - BE - Ham @ Riorock
04/05 - UK - Wrexham @ Central Station
04/06 - UK - Manchester @ Music Box
04/07 - UK - Glasgow @ Ivory Blacks
04/08 - UK - Leeds @ Rios
04/09 - UK - London @ Underworld
04/10 - UK - Luton @ UBSU
04/11 - UK - Southampton @ Joiners
04/12 - UK - Norwich @ The Marquee

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The Blackout Argument Announces New Album Details

THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT's follow up to their 2007 Lifeforce Records debut "Decisions" is currently being mastered at West West Music by Alan Douches. The band's new effort entitled "Remedies" will be released in February 2009.

The album will feature a guest appearance by Travis Reilly from THIS IS HELL and artwork will be done by Sons Of Nero. A limited first edition of "Remedies" will be released and will contain a CD version of the band's self-released "Smile Like A Wolf" EP as bonus.

THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT tour dates are as follows:

11/28 - DE – Stuttgart @ Longhorn LKA
11/29 - AT – Kirchberg/ Pielach @ Gasthof zur Post
12/20 - DE – Ilsenburg @ Cafe am Heizhaus
01/31 - DE – Rosenheim @ Lokschuppen w/ Silent Decay

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The Blackout Argument Posts Free EP Online

The Blackout Argument has posted a new 5-song EP entitled "Smile Like A Wolf" online, entirely for free download. The EP marks the first official recording with their latest singer, Roughael.

The band on commented on the release of "Smile Like A Wolf":

"Dear lovers & fighters,
In times when the music industry is stumbling across its own feet, it is time to break new ground. As a band you have 2 choices, you either play the game by the old rules hoping you're one of the few at the mercy of the old marketing and promotion strategies. Or you can trailblaze your own pathway through the ever-changing music business jungle.

"Sounds a lot like biz-talk, but in the end it's all about you, the fan, the listener, the fuel that keeps The Blackout Argument running. We have toured with Boy Sets Fire, Parkway Drive, This is Hell, just to name a few, played shows all over Europe, we have various releases out on great independent labels, a ongoing record deal with Lifeforce Records, got massive press attention all over the place, worked with some of the most renowned designers and have a long list of partners and supporters. Yet still, this is all about you. It's you who we are trying to reach with our message and music. More...

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The Blackout Argument Announce New Singer

THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT issue the following press release:

"Some of you might have already noticed a new face in the ranks of THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT. Since July 2007 we're headed by Raphael Schmid, our new frontman. He has taken over the microphone-position from Sinan Akilli, who decided to part ways with the band due to private motives. We are extremely happy with the new line-up and the fact that we managed to handle this critical challange. Raphael is one hell of a singer and has been closely connected to the band since day one. His dedication and buzz go hand in hand with a comprehension of how THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT functions. We are looking forward to everything to come."

THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT released their critically acclaimed Lifeforce Records debut "Decisions" in September 2007.
Check the bands Myspace profile for tracks und Youtube for the video clip to "Remain In Silence" taken from "Decisions". More...

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The Blackout Argument "Decisions" Album Details

After the spring MCD-releases “Munich Angst” and “Munich Valor” on Bastardized Recordings and their very successful tour with BOY SETS FIRE in May, THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT have now finished the works on their highly anticipated debut album “Decisions,” to be released September 10th, 2007 on Lifeforce Records.

Here is what guitarrist Christoph Zehetleitner had to say about the album:

"We are totally excited about finally having “Decisions” out in September! Since we started in 2006 everything went so fast and although we already made some amazing experiences with the band, we regard the release of our debut album as the first huge milestone in our history."

"We put in everything we had to make a killer album. The songs on “Decisions” are quite diversified, there’s tough hardcore songs, very catchy rock tunes but also some special tracks that underline the album concept. A good mixture of of all I would say. The final mix/master turned out amazing! Kohlekeller did a great job and gave “Decisions” a brilliant and powerfull sound that underlines both, the melodic and the heavy side of The Blackout Argument."

"To round everything up we asked Aaron / Sons of Nero to create the artwork and the result by far exceeded all our expectations. “Decisions” was always meant to be a concept album about making decisions and dealing with the consequences which is now perfectly displayed by Aaron’s dark and arcane comic-style art."

"We are more than happy with how “Decisions” turned out and can’t wait to hear the people’s reactions on it!"

“Decisions” features guest-appearances by Geert van der Velde (ex-Shai Hulud / Miscreants), Byron Davis (God Forbid) and Benni Buss (Flowing Tears). The Artwork created by infamous US design studio Sons Of Nero (Job For A Cowboy, Madonna, Unearth, etc.).

The album was recorded at Suiseidl Studios, mixed & mastered by Kristian “Kohle” Kohlmannslehner at Kohlekeller Studios.

THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT will be touring on their “Autumn Arrogance Tour 2007” in late September. Tour dates to be announced soon.

Here is the complete tracklisting for THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT's "Decisions":

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The Blackout Argument To Support Boysetsfire

THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT will support BOYSETSFIRE on their final European tour in May.

The band had this to say about the opportunity: "We're extremely thrilled about being granted this honor. Everyone in the band loves Boy Sets Fire and sharing the stage with them on their last European shows ever is the coolest shit."

Here are The Blackout Argument tour dates with BoySetsFire & Dear Tonight:

11.05.2007 – Wiesbaden (D) – Schlachthof *
12.05.2007 – Berlin (D) – Schlagwerk
13.05.2007 – Amsterdam (NL) – Melkweg *
14.05.2007 – Nuernberg (D) – Lowensaal *
15.05.2007 – to be announced
16.05.2007 – Zuerich (CH) – Dynamo *
17.05.2007 – Munich (D) – Backstage w/ Hell is For Heroes
18.05.2007 – Leipzig (D) – Conne Island *
19.05.2007 – Hamburg (D) – Uebel und Gefaehrlich *


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The Blackout Argument Signs To Lifeforce

Lifeforce has announced the signing of one of Germany's most exciting hardcore acts to their ever growing roster, THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT.

The band was formed from the remains of perished underground acts PAINT THE TOWN RED (Join the Teamplayer / Thorp Records) and FLYSWATTER (Eat the Beat / Roadrunner) in early 2006. Their unique version of melodic hardcore delivers a perfect balance of heavy guitar riffing, blaring screams, shouts and excellent singing vocals. Their songs are filled with creative melodic lead-guitars and vary from faster-paced tracks with heavy breakdowns to catchy mid-tempo-style tunes. THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT manage to strengthen this setup with great songwriting skills.

The band commented on their signing to Lifeforce Records: "We are more than happy that we are given the chance to work with an amazing record label that is able to push this band to the next level. Signing to Lifeforce Records reinforces us that all the hard work and dedication was not in vain. We also feel honored to now be a part of such an incredible roster of both, promising new and well established bands from all over the world. We are so much looking forward to releasing our debut album “Decisions” in September.”

In August 2006 the band released their debut EP entitled “Munich Angst” on Engineer Records which is about to be re-released through BASTARDIZED RECORDINGS in April 2007. The same month and label will give birth to THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT’s second release: “Munich Valor”. The new EP has been written and recorded in only 6 weeks. Both EPs will be released in a limited 2xCD-packaging.

September 2007 will see the release of THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT's first full length and Lifeforce Records debut "Decisions". The songs were recorded at Suiseidl Studios in Munich and mixed and mastered by K. Kohlmannslehner at Kohlekeller Studios. The album has guest-appearances by Geert van der Velde (ex-Shai Hulud / The Architect), Byron Davis (God Forbid) and Benni Buss (Flowing Tears). The artwork was once again created by Justin Kamerer (Angry Blue).

You can check out some of The Blackout Argument's material on their MySpace page.

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The Blackout Argument Signs To Engineer Records

Engineer Records has announced the signing of Germany's The Blackout Argument (ex-Paint The Town Red, Flyswatter, For Heaven's Sake) to their expanding roster. They are preparing the band's "Munich Angst" EP for a summer release.

Chris of The Blackout Argument has this to say direct from the band's mouth:

"Big news from Munich Angst City! We are more than happy to let you know that we have found a dedicated and strong ally to push the band to the next level. The Blackout Argument has signed to Engineer Records, who are going to release our 5-song debut EP entitled "Munich Angst" this summer 2006. Engineer Records share our professional yet independent D.I.Y work ethics and we are proud to be a part of their roster. The UK/US-based label has a worldwide reputation for releasing quality hardcore and metal underground records of both, well known and unheard of bands, equally.

The artwork for the Munich Angst EP was created by Angry Blue (Lamb of God, Throwdown, Poison the Well, etc.) and Independent Intensio (Ephen Rian, Side One Dummy, 11pm, etc.). The mixing and mastering was done by Philip Seidl (Flyswatter, Cashless, For Heavens Sake, etc.).

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