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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Southern California's Throwdown will be entering the studio next week to begin working on a new full-length record, with Zeuss mixing.
The new, currently untitled effort is the follow up to “Deathless,” which came out four years ago. Vocalist Dave Peters offers a statement on the current state of the band and the mindset behind making this next record:
"It's really exciting, if not a little nerve-wracking to be recording again. It has been almost 4 years since 'Deathless' came out, which is about twice as long as the time between albums before it. While that has probably been annoying for fans that have been waiting and expecting a new record, it has also been the best thing for the writing process for the new album.
"I'm really meticulous when writing and arranging even the simplest riffs and songs, so I like to take my time. It has been strange and nice having the freedom to come back to a song or part several weeks later with a different perspective after hitting a wall with it.
"We're taking a very minimalist approach with these songs, more like Vendetta and (the first half of) Haymaker. I avoid putting the cart before the horse, but I see the songs on the record coming out stripped down and yet still refined. A two-minute song can arrive at the same place as one that fucks around for six, and while it’s more challenging to get there in less time, it is a lot cooler when you do. I’ve been going back to that when I find myself maybe adding parts or lines that are at risk of being superfluous.
"I’m very proud of 'Deathless' and all the work that went into it, but it wasn't a record that Throwdown fans expected. It was really polarizing on account of that. I’m simply not looking to continue down that stylistic road with these songs. This is going to be a hard record. I look forward to making it as much for myself as for longtime fans of the band."
Throwdown has revealed a slew of new details surrounding the band's upcoming "Brawloween" tour happening later this month. The band has announced the following touring lineup which is comprised of both familiar faces as well as some guests:
DAVE PETERS (vocals) (Throwdown 2000 - present)
MARK MITCHELL (bass) (Throwdown 2007 - present)
DAVE NASSIE (guitar) (Bleeding Through / ex-No Use For A Name)
TIM "YOGI" WATTS (drums) (Demon Hunter, ex-The Showdown)
Front man Dave Peters comments, "I can't say I love having a chronically fragmented lineup for Throwdown, but it does leave the door open for cool opportunities like this. I'm VERY happy to be playing these shows with Yogi and Nassie as 'special guests' or whatever you want to call them under the circumstances. They're great guys and equally great musicians. It will be a cool thing for fans of the three bands too, as it's hard to say if or when we'd share a stage in the future. The only drawback is running the risk of them setting the sound bar too high for the next time we play in our backyard."
Throwdown will headline the first annual "Brawloween," a brand new tour event which will stretch across the West Coast with support from Carnifex, First Blood, and Suffokate. Details are as follows:
10/21 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
10/22 - Bakersfield, CA @ Jerrys Pizza
10/23 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
10/24 - Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy's
10/25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Underground
10/26 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe
10/27 - Reno, NV @ The Alley
10/28 - Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
10/29 - Temecula, CA @ The Vault
10/30 - Long Beach, CA @ Shore Ultra Lounge
10/31 - Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe
90s heavy metal band Frozen Doberman has announced that the band has reformed and is set to play a reunion show at Sydney’s Manning Bar on March 13th alongside bands such as Hellmen, Nunbait, The Celibate Rifles and more in an event titled the "Monster Sessions."
Formed in late 1989, Frozen Doberman burst onto the Sydney Metal Scene in the 90’s. Releasing two EP’s and an album, the trash metal quartet played support to some of the world’s biggest metal bands including Sepultura and Motorhead as well as touring nationally up until the bands split sometime around 1996/7.
In December 2009, the band released a nine track collection on iTunes and currently hold plans to re-release both their 1991 EP Dying Phase and the 1994 debut album "Bonsai" in 2010.
Here are the show details:
13th March 2010
MONSTER SESSIONS @ The Manning Bar, Sydney
w/ Frozen Doberman, The Celibate Rifles, Tweezer, Throwdown, Depression, Daredevil, Lunarcide, Happy Hate Me Nots, Hellmenn, Lime Spiders, The Hard Ons and Nunbait.
Tickets available from Moshtix, proceeds will be donated towards Multiple Sclerosis research.
You can check out some of the band's music on their MySpace page.
Shadows Fall has issued the following statement about planning a 2010 winter tour alongside Five Finger Death Punch, Throwdown, and 2 Cents:
"Today, Shadows Fall is pleased to announce their upcoming 2010 US Winter tour. Shadows Fall will be on the road January 21 through February 20, 2010 with Five Finger Death Punch, Throwdown, and 2 Cents. This tour will be everything you expect and more out of a hard hitting metal show and as an added bonus for the ladies, the first 100 women to line up at each show will get in absolutely free. Tickets will be going on sale this weekend.
"Shadows Fall tour this past fall was one of the most successful hard rock tours of the season and they have another amazing run scheduled for this winter as they are going out with Five Finger Death Punch and 2 Cents for a second time. In addition one of metal’s most exciting melodic bands, Throwdown, has been added into the mix. Make sure to catch what is going to be on the hottest tours this winter!"
The currently confirmed dates are as follows, with more to be added soon: More...
British thrashers EVILE recently recorded a PANTERA track for the upcoming Dimebag Darrell tribute album, which will be released on the cover of the 200th issue of the UK's Metal Hammer magazine.
The special CD and magazine are being released to coincide with the five-year anniversary of Dimebag's passing, and will be available in shops on December 16th.
Alongside various other well-known bands such as MACHINE HEAD, EVILE were asked to record a song as a tribute to the late guitarist. EVILE recorded a cover of the track "Cemetary Gates," and this tragically turned out to be the band's last recording before the untimely death of their own bassist, Mike Alexander, who passed away on October 5th while on tour in Sweden.
A behind-the-scenes video - the last video filmed with Mike - of EVILE recording the track at Parlour Studios with producer Russ Russell can be viewed below.
EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake comments:
"The day we got the call from our manager, Julie Weir, saying Metal Hammer have asked us to pay tribute to Dimebag Darrell by covering a Pantera song, we couldn't have been more excited and honoured. I mean, how many more bands are there more worthy of paying tribute to the man? With us all being fans of Pantera, we swiftly said yes. Mike though was the biggest Pantera fan. He'd seen them years ago and absolutely worshipped Dimebag.
"After Dime got killed, Mike couldn't listen to 'Cemetary Gates' anymore. He'd always ask us to skip the track in the car/van/bus because it was too much for him. So when we chose to do the track it was tough for Mike, but I'm glad he did it. It turned out to be the last song he recorded, which to me is a strangely 'appropriate' tribute to him and Dimebag. I remember him nearing the verge of tears whilst I was doing the tremolo bends at the end of the track.
"We hope Pantera/Dimebag fans find this a fitting tribute from us, as we're simply fans ourselves who've been given this rare honour."
Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas comments:
"I was genuinely over the moon when Evile volunteered to produce a track for our upcoming Dimebag tribute, a stunningly rendered cover of Pantera's classic 'Cemetary Gates'. So when the truly tragic news of Mike Alexander's all-too-premature departure from this world hit the office, the tragic irony wasn't lost on me or anyone here that Mike Alexander's tribute to the immortal legacy of Dimebag would also be a final testament to his own impeccable musicianship and commitment to the music we love.
"To understate the case slightly, it's a very special track indeed, and we're honoured that it's a part of our upcoming tribute collection. Rest in peace Dimebag, and rest in peace Mike Alexander."
The Dimebag Darrell tribute album contains the following tracks:
01. ZAKK WYLDE - "Suicide Note Pt. 1"
02. MACHINE HEAD - "Fucking Hostile"
03. MALEFICE - "I'm Broken"
04. AVENGED SEVENFOLD - "Walk"
05. EVILE - "Cemetery Gates"
06. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - "A New Level"
07. BIOHAZARD - "Mouth For War"
08. SYLOSIS - "Strength Beyond Strength"
09. CHIMAIRA - "Slaughtered"
10. UNEARTH - "Sandblasted Skin"
11. THROWDOWN - "Becoming"
12. KIUAS - "This Love"
13. THIS IS HELL - "Rise"
The World We Knew has been confirmed to tour with Throwdown and Bury Your Dead on The Deathless Tour I. The confirmed tour dates are as follows, with more to be announced.
THROWDOWN w/ Bury Your Dead, For Today, Abacabb and The World We Knew
11/13 Reno, NV @ Vixens
11/14 Boise, ID @ The Venue
11/15 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/16 Spokane, WA @ The Blvd
11/17 Pocatello, ID @ Studio 208
11/18 Layton, UT @ V2
11/19 Denver, CO @ Marquis
11/20 Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
11/21 Ft. Worth, @ TX Ridglea Theatre
11/22 Houston, TX @ Meridian
11/24 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
11/25 Fayetteville, NC @ Jester's Pub
11/27 Richmond, VA @ The Hat Factory (Toad’s Place)
11/28 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
11/29 Reading, PA @ The Silo
11/30 Manchester, NH @ Rocko's
12/01 Vineland, NJ @ Hangar 84
12/02 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
12/03 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
12/04 Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa
12/05 Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
12/06 Covington, KY @ Madhatter
12/07 Little Rock, AR @ The Village (TD/BYD ONLY)
12/08 Wichita, KS @ Club Oz
12/09 Austin, TX @ Emo's
12/10 El Paso, TX @ Chics
Throwdown has issued the following statement about their upcoming "Deathless Tour I:"
"Prepare for an event you don’t want to miss as THROWDOWN headlines The Deathless Tour I! The tour will be presented by HATEWEAR..... THROWDOWN will be joined by Bury Your Dead, For Today, Abacabb and The World We Knew, following THROWDOWN’s current European tour with Chimaira and Unearth.....
"The Deathless Tour 1 is the first U.S. tour in over a year for THROWDOWN and the first tour in support of the band’s new album, DEATHLESS which will be released on November 10th, 2009. DEATHLESS was produced by Mudrock (Godsmack) and mixed by Zeuss (Hatebreed)....."
Throwdown's currently confirmed tour dates are as follows: More...
Christian metal outfit Demon Hunter has announced several shows for later on in the year on what has been dubbed the "DemonHuntour." The shows will see a variety of special guests.
The tour dates are as follows:
August 12 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon (with 7 Horns 7 Eyes, Heiress)
August 14 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse (with Throwdown, Living Sacrifice, The Crucified, and more)
August 15 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse (with Focused, Living Sacrifice, and more)
September 11 – Anchorage, AK @ Venue TBA (with Bleeding Through)
The Atlanta based quintet DÅÅTH recently unleashed a straight shot of pure, unfiltered American metal upon the masses with their new full-length album, The Concealers, which is garnering numerous rave reviews (see below). The group just completed a very successful month-long North American trek alongside Dragonforce and continues their touring onslaught throughout the summer touring the U.S. with Goatwhore, Abigail Williams, SWWAATS and Abysmal Dawn. Be sure to visit the bands official Myspace Page to view their complete touring itinerary.
DÅÅTH shot a video for the scathing new track, “Day Of Endless Light,” with director Robin Fuller (Ghost of a Thousand, Shaped By Fate) last month and click on the link below to for a sneak peak into the madness that awaits.
Eyal Levi (guitars) further comments: “DÅÅTH is definitely back. We just wrapped up our North American tour with Dragonfoce and Cynic. Now that the dust has settled we have, with proof and via memories, come to the conclusion that this was our best tour ever. On all fronts: crowd reaction, merch sales and new friendships. And any memories we’re too blacked out to remember were caught on film anyways! We have tons of amazing footage from this tour that we’ll be sharing with you guys for a while. Both bands are incredibly easy to tour with because they are composed of such great individuals. Like Kevin Talley was perplexed about, ‘Man, there are no douchebags on this tour! Usually there’s at least one.’ I couldn’t ask for a better tour to come back on after our seemingly centuries long break.
“Coming up in the world of DÅÅTH are quite a few badass and exciting things. First we have a video we’re about to release for ‘Day Of Endless Light.’ I’ve said in the past that I didn’t want us to create just another metal video with five dudes jamming in an abandoned building or warehouse. We wanted a video that was more of a visual work that just carried a dark and slick vibe and could be considered an animated work of art. Well, so far I personally have only seen 10 seconds of it and holy shit! It is definitely on the way to achieving the goal. Director Robin Fuller and art director Jorden Haley are the kind of people I need to always be working with.
“Also, there are some exciting tours in the works. In June and July we’ll be doing the ‘Conquer and Curse’ tour which features our brothers from Goathwore. I can’t say enough how much I admire and love this band. Headlining will be Abigail Williams and the first two bands will be Abysmal Dawn and Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky. This tour is going to be a 180 from the Dragonforce tour and I’m excited for the different experience. We also just confirmed that we’re touring Europe with Chimaira, Unearth, and Throwdown this fall! I don’t need to explain why this is such an amazing tour but let me tell you, we are fucking STOKED to be a part of it! This also will be our second time through Europe with Unearth and can’t wait to share the road with those model human beings.”
The Concealers was produced and mixed by Jason Suecof and Mark Lewis (Trivium, All That Remains, Devildriver) and features unparalleled musicianship along with the extraordinary vocals of Sean Z.
Check out the teaser clip of the new DAATH music video here
Cleveland groove metallers CHIMAIRA have just announced a European tour alongside their old friends from Boston, UNEARTH, as well as California's straight-edge outfit THROWDOWN. After a highly successful US tour supporting the likes of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and DISTURBED, CHIMAIRA is finally going to hit Europe and spread the infection.
Commented CHIMAIRA singer Mark Hunter: “We’re very excited to get back to Europe and headline. We’ll be playing a bunch of new countries we’ve never been to, including Russia. We plan to play a great mixture of old and new songs, and we’re bringing some of the best bands our genre has to offer with us.“
CHIMAIRA recently released their new album, "The Infection," which entered the German album chart on #86 and landed at #28 on the UK's official Indie charts. The album was their second on Nuclear Blast after 2007's critically-acclaimed "Resurrection," and the tour marks their first European visit since a hugely successful headlining run back in March 2008.
Here are the European tour dates featuring Chimaira, Unearth, Throwdown, and Daath: More...
Throwdown has issued the following update about the recording of their new album:
"Tracking for "Deathless"... begins this Wednesday! We're pretty stoked to say the least. We hope you're ready for these songs. Barring anything catastrophic occurring like my left hand catching on fire or the Skittles factory ceasing production and thus killing Mark, you should be able to find the new album sometime toward the end of the Summer/beginning of Fall. But first thing's first, let's record the shit and melt faces."
New York hardcore legends Madball has announced that former Throwdown drummer Ben Dussault will be their new man behind the kit, following the departure of drummer Mackie Jayson, who previously worked with Cro-Mags and Bad Brains. The band are expected to be releasing a brand new studio album later this year through Ferret Records.
California act Throwdown has signed a record deal with Koch Records and is set to record a new album titled "Deathless." Koch issued the following statement about the deal:
THROWDOWN and KOCH Records have joined forces.
The band will begin recording Deathless, their first album under this new deal, in early 2009.
"Signing with KOCH Records is a breath of fresh air for us," said Throwdown frontman Dave Peters. "KOCH looks at their artists in a progressive way and can see that what we've given a decade of our lives to build is still far from completion. It's no mystery that the music industry is caught in quite the shit-storm right now. We're confident in the mutual autonomy of KOCH and Throwdown to come together and not only weather the storm, but thrive in it."
"I am thrilled to add Throwdown to the growing KOCH Metal roster and am looking forward to putting out what is surely one of the most anticipated releases of 2009," says KOCH Records VP of Metal Scott Givens. "The band is poised to claim a major stake in the American metal scene and we are thrilled that they have chosen KOCH to be their partners." More...
Keith Barney, formerly of Eighteen Visions and Throwdown, among others, is now part of a new Orange County, California hardcore band called Monument to Thieves. The group also features David Richardson (As Hope Dies, Force Of Change) on vocals and Matt Horwitz (The Agony Scene, Adamantium) on drums.
The group has posted two newly recorded demo tracks on their MySpace page and will play their first show on October 26th at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA.
Trustkill has posted a free music sampler for August, sponsored by ALTERNATIVE PRESS Magazine. The sampler is completely FREE, downloadable, and comes with printable artwork so you can create your own CD. You can also sign up for a free two-issue trial subscription to Alternative Press Magazine.
The free sampler contains twelve tracks in all, including a new and unreleased BLEEDING THROUGH song off their upcoming album due out everywhere September 30, 2008.
Here is the tracklisting of the sampler: More...
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN is on tour now as part of the annual Warped Tour. The traveling festival-like tour is currently working its way up the Eastern seaboard. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN will break away from the Warped Tour this Thursday, July 17th, as they meet up with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, THROWDOWN, BURY YOUR DEAD, and more for a nationwide tour.
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN will also be performing as part of the Monsters Of Rock Festival in Calgary along with OZZY OSBOURNE, JUDAS PRIEST, HATEBREED, VOIVOD, and more.
Additionally, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN guitarist Benjamin Weinman will be making a guest appearance on the new EPHEL DUATH album, "Through My Dog's Eyes." Weinman will be composing electronics on the track "Bark Loud". "Through My Dog's Eyes" is expected to see an October release via Earache Records.
Weinman will also be performing a solo set at John Zorn's New York performance space, The Stone, in August. You can get more information on this event here.
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's latest video "Black Bubblegum", the second video from their acclaimed new album Ire Works, is also up for fan-nominated play on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball. Voting is taking place now at Headbanger's Blog.
Here are the latest THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN tour dates: More...
SOULFLY's website has posted the following message:
"The day has come for the announcement of the annual D-Low Memorial Show - the Cavalera familiy's yearly Arizona-based festival held in memory of Max's slain stepson, Dana Wells.
"On August 7th, 2008, the 12th Annual D-Low Memorial Festival will be held at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona. So far, the bands scheduled to perform include SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SACRED REICH, THROWDOWN, BURY YOUR DEAD and INCITE.
"D-Low will be Soulfly's first performance following the release of their new album Conquer, which will be in stores on July 29th. Every year this celebration of the Soulfly tribe has proven to be the host to some of the most memorable events for Soulfly. Plan your trip now and come to pay respect to the ones who have already passed on, party with the tribe, and be the first to jam out to CONQUER! Ticket information will be coming soon.
See you at D-LOW!"
Soulfly are also planning to shoot their first video for the new album "Conquer" soon. The track chosen to film is called "Unleash".
Cavalera Conspiracy have added some more shows in the U.S. which can be seen below. Also joining them will be Dillinger Escape Plan, Throwdown, Bury Your Dead and Incite.
July 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
July 18 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
July 19 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
July 20 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
July 21 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
July 23 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
July 25 - Toronto, ON @ Toronto Island Wakefest
July 26 - Calgary, AB @ Monsters of Rock
August 3 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Earlier this month Southern California metal/hardcore outfit Love Thyne added former Eighteen Visions and Throwdown member Keith Barney to their line-up on guitar. The group recently recorded some new demo material, which can be found online on the band's MySpace page.
Cavalera Conspiracy have announced the first North American dates in support of their debut album "Inflikted." Joining them on the trek will be Dillinger Escape Plan, Throwdown, Bury Your Dead and Incite. Check out the dates below:
July 17 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 18 - Palladium - Worcester, Massachusetts
July 19 - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza - New York, New York
July 20 - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza - New York, New York
July 21 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, Massachusetts
July 25 - Toronto Island - Wakefest Toronto, Ontario
July 26 - Ozzy Osbourne's Monsters Of Rock - Calgary, Alberta