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More dates have been released for the tour next year featuring THROWDOWN, SOILWORK, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, and WAR OF AGES:
March 3 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
March 5 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
March 8 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
March 20 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
March 25 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes
March 27 - Boise, ID @ Big Easy
The first date has been released for the tour next year featuring THROWDOWN, SOILWORK, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, and WAR OF AGES:
March 20 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
I remember being at an Articles of Faith show back in the early 1980s in Chicago and thinking, "This is where I belong, these are my people." It's not 1982 anymore and you can't expect things to sound the same. The lines have blurred and you can nearly start a riot on some corners trying to define who and what is hardcore. Much of what is called hardcore these days has strong metal influences and sounds much different from what was called hardcore back in the day.
I'm a fan of lots of the old school stuff which came out of the punk scene but I also like a some of the newer 'metalcore' stuff. That being said, here are some of the recordings that are in my player or in the car on a regular basis: More...
Headbanger's Blog has uploaded THROWDOWN's video for the song "Holy Roller". The clip, which was directed by Andy Reale, can be viewed here. (Note: Video stream is **NOT** available to non-U.S. residents.)
According to a press release, the video is full of performance footage combined with images of snakes and torture, and the band was pleased with Reale's interpretation of the song. Vocalist Dave Peters says, "Andy did an exceptional job of reading in between the lines of the lyrics and meaning of the song and translating it into visuals centered around a really imaginative storyline. 'Holy Roller', in particular, is a song that we don't want taken for face value, so it was very important to us that the images for it were just as accurate as they were powerful. The song speaks to the nature of hypocrites and their proclivity toward punishing the rest of the world for their own skeletons and insecurities. It's a hostile song with a lot of energy; Andy's shots and editing lended itself real well to that." Drummer Ben Dussault added, "Even though snakes are pretty cliché right now... they just look so brutal in the right video! PS. no animals/insects/critters were harmed during this process, just band dudes! Enjoy." More...
NEVER ENOUGH, featuring ex-members of 18 VISIONS and LYLAH, have posted a free Mp3 download of the track “To The Bottom” online through the Corporate Punishment Podcast at the following location.
The track comes from NEVER ENOUGH’s debut, self-titled album which will be available digitally through iTunes and other major digital retailers on November 20th and in stores on December 4th.
Tonight's (September 27) Black Tyranny Tour date in Buffalo, New York at the Showplace Theatre has been cancelled "due to serious illness" on the part of MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn, according to show promoters ESI Events. "We wish Robb Flynn a speedy and safe recovery, and apologize for the inconvenience," the promoters write on their web site. "Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase."
Other bands appearing on the Black Tyranny Tour are ARCH ENEMY, THROWDOWN and SANCTITY.
MACHINE HEAD has recruited Brandon Sigmund (photo) from fellow San Francisco Bay Area metal band HOSTILITY to handle the bass parts on the group's current North American tour.
Sigmund is the temporary replacement for regular MACHINE HEAD bassist Adam Duce, who was forced to sit out the trek after suffering a broken leg while dirt biking in Redding, CA. Also joining the band onstage to reproduce Adam's backing vocals is Jared MacEachern of tourmates SANCTITY.
Duce's leg is healing normally and he's currently on track to rejoin the band for the rest of their 2007 tour schedule, starting with their Loudpark 07 (Japan) date in late October.
The new ARCH ENEMY album, "Rise Of The Tyrant," is now available. The effort marks the reunion of the heralded Amott brothers guitar tandem.
A new E-Card is now available, which features a trailer for their new video 'Revolution Begins', a photo gallery, downloadable wallpaper and MySpace banner and the 'Blood On Your Hands' MP3 track. Click here to check it out.
The group are currently in the midst of The Black Tyranny Tour, a massive co-headlining North American trek with MACHINE HEAD, which also features THROWDOWN and SANCTITY in the support slots.
The latest episode of "Talking Metal" features an interview hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy conducted with LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler. Topics include tattoo artist Paul Booth, the Download festival, Modern Drummer magazine, and being a vegetarian. The episode also features an interview Strigl conducted with THROWDOWN vocalist Dave Peters. The podcast can be downloaded at this location. iTunes users can also subscribe to "Talking Metal" for free at this location.
LAMB OF GOD's "Killadelphia" DVD was recently certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales in excess of 100,000 copies.
Released in June 2005 via Epic, "Killadelphia" consists primarily of footage filmed during the band's two performances at Philadelphia's Trocadero on October 16-17, 2004. Directing the shoot was Doug Spangenberg of High Roller Studios. Extras include hours of uncensored behind-the-scenes footage taken throughout the "Ashes of Wake" touring cycle.
LAMB OF GOD was nominated in the the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 49th annual Grammy Awards, which was held February 11 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
LAMB OF GOD's latest album, "Sacrament", has sold more than 200,000 copies in the United States since its August 21, 2006 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD was produced by Machine (CLUTCH, KING CRIMSON, PITCHSHIFTER, EIGHTEEN VISIONS, EVERY TIME I DIE).
Greg Burk of the Los Angeles Times reports that five heavy-metal concerts scheduled at House of Blues clubs on Walt Disney Co. property in Anaheim, California and Orlando, Florida have been hastily shifted to other venues or canceled recently, according to House of Blues web site calendars.
A Sept. 7 show featuring MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, THROWDOWN and SANCTITY, booked two months earlier, was moved on two days' notice from the House of Blues in Anaheim's Downtown Disney entertainment complex to the Glass House in Pomona. Thursday's concert with CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, THE RED CHORD and THE ABSENCE, originally slated for the Anaheim House of Blues, was moved to the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana. A Sept. 26 Anaheim House of Blues concert featuring OBITUARY, ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY, FULL BLOWN CHAOS and HEMLOCK has been canceled outright.
At the House of Blues in Orlando, Fla., on Disney World property, a Sept. 17 concert of the MACHINE HEAD lineup has been moved to Club Firestone in downtown Orlando. The same action has been taken with the Oct. 11 CANNIBAL CORPSE package.
Asked about the scheduling changes, John Vlautin, vice president of communications for Live Nation (formerly Clear Channel), the concert-promotion organization that owns the nationwide House of Blues chain, issued a statement Thursday that said only: "House of Blues offers a range of entertainment to match the audience at our venues. It was determined that the mix of entertainment at our two Disney locations should be different from our other venues."
Vlautin declined to comment on why metal bands have been singled out after years of similar bookings or whether other metal events already scheduled, including SUFFOCATION, EDGUY and STATIC-X, will be affected.
Rob Doughty, communications vice president for Disneyland Resorts, declined to comment, referring inquiries to Vlautin. Paul McGuigan, concert promoter at the Anaheim House of Blues, also declined to comment through a club spokeswoman.
The Walt Disney Co., through Vlautin, issued a short statement Thursday that included no specifics about the shifts of the metal concerts: "In consultation with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the House of Blues will provide a mix of entertainment for guests visiting Disney Resorts."
The following message has been posted via the official Machine Head myspace:
"In a stunning last-minute move, Walt Disney Properties have pressured promoter Live Nation into canceling Machine Head's performance tomorrow night at the House of Blues venue in Anaheim (on their Disneyland property). Citing violent imagery, undesirable fans and inflammatory lyrics as the reason, the diversity-impaired corporation began pressuring the promoter on Saturday to cancel all upcoming heavy metal concerts, placing Machine Head under an internal "review process" that took 5 days before bothering to convey their alarming decision to the band late yesterday - less than 48 hours before their Black Tyranny Tour was to kick off at House of Blues Anaheim on Friday night.
While the enactment of this new blanket rule applies to all upcoming heavy metal shows at the House Of Blues Anaheim (with some metal bands having been banned from performing on name alone), Machine Head is the first band to actually have tickets go on sale, and remain on sale for 2 months, before intense pressure and vague threats of liability from the Corporation left the promoter with no choice but to remove the show from the venue.
As a result, Live Nation's Paul McGuigan did the honorable thing and incredibly, on one days notice, managed to salvage the tour's opening night by moving the first date of The Black Tyranny tour (featuring Machine Head, Arch Enemy, Throwdown, and Sanctity) to The Glass House in Pomona, CA (located at 200 W. Second Street). All existing tickets will be redeemable for entry at The Glass House, and all Will Call pickups will now be available for pickup at the new venue. Any fans unable to make the 70-mile trip to The Glass House as a result of this ridiculous turn of events will be able to have their money refunded in full. Strangely, all other Black Tyranny dates at House Of Blues venues on Disney property will remain unaffected.
On behalf of all four bands on the bill, Machine Head wish to extend their gratitude to promoter Paul McGuigan and Live Nation for finding an alternate venue for tomorrow night's show on such short notice."
In an unfortunate turn of events, Machine Head bassist Adam Duce will miss this Fall's highly-anticipated Black Tyranny Tour in the U.S. due to a broken leg suffered while dirt biking in Redding, CA. Initially thought to be nothing more than a bad sprain, x-rays later confirmed the break, which required surgery to attach a steel plate and two screws to the broken bone.
A disappointed Duce laments, "It sucks to be in this position, because we have such a killer tour set up for the end of the summer and now we'll have to find a replacement for me. I've never missed one show that this band has ever played up to this point and I never thought I would see the day when Machine Head would be playing and I wouldn't be on stage."
The band are currently rehearsing with temporary bassist candidates and are in the final stages of selecting Duce's replacement, the details of which will be announced as soon as they are determined. All Black Tyranny dates in the U.S. will go on as scheduled, and Duce will be returning for the Australian and European legs of The Black Crusade Tour, beginning with the band's Loudpark date in Japan.
The latest North American “The Black Tyranny Tour” tour dates featuring MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, THROWDOWN, and SANCTITY are as follows: More...
THROWDOWN's new album, "Venom & Tears", is available for streaming in its entirety via the group's official MySpace page. Due on August 7 via Trustkill Records, the CD was produced by Mudrock, who has done seminal work with such bands as AVENGED SEVENFOLD and CHIMAIRA.
THROWDOWN frontman Dave Peters previously stated about the new CD, "We kinda went back to our roots as far as what got us into playing music, rather than sticking to what got us into hardcore. When I saw my first hardcore band live in 1992 I remember thinking, 'Whoa, this is like PANTERA without the guitar solos.' We weren't trying to consciously add metal or other elements into our songs. When we wrote 'Haymaker' (2003) that's about as bare bones and raw as it gets. Add four years later of playing and touring together to that and we've developed quite a ways with influences, execution, and fuck it, we'll play a solo if we want to too."
In a posting on their official website, MACHINE HEAD have just announced they will be performing a warm-up show for "The Black Tyranny Tour" on September 5 at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA.
Here are the confirmed dates for "The Black Tyranny Tour" with ARCH ENEMY, THROWDOWN and SANCTITY:
Sept. 7 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
Sept. 8 - Las Vegas, NV - Jillian's Las Vegas
Sept. 9 - San Diego, CA - Soma
Sept. 11 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto The-re
Sept. 13 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
Sept. 14 - Houston, TX - Meridian
Sept. 15 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
Sept. 17 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of Blues
Sept. 18 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Sept. 19 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
Sept. 21 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Sept. 22 - New York, NY - Nokia Theatre
Sept. 23 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Sept. 24 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
Sept. 26 - Philly, PA - Trocadero
Sept. 27 - Buffalo, NY - Evolution
Sept. 28 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Sept. 29 - Montreal, QC - Medley
Oct. 1 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Oct. 2 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Oct. 3 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave.
Oct. 5 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
Oct. 6 - Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
Oct. 7 - St. Louis, MO - Pops
Oct. 9 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
Oct. 10 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
Oct. 12 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
Oct. 13 - Hollywood, CA - Avalon
Chris Chasse Leaves Rise Against, Enlists Punk Veteran Brett Rasmussen of Ignite, forms Last of The Believers and Signs to New Age Records
After parting ways with Rise Against, Chris Chasse had no intentions of wasting any time; Instead he got creative and enlisted Brett Rasmussen of So Cal punk staples, Ignite. He also roped Dave Peters, vocalist of hardcore-favorites Throwdown, into jumping on board for a few tracks and it didn’t take much to convince Steve Jennings and Nik Piscitello, members of Californian-based Spark of Life, to fill-out the line-up.
"From the second I heard them, I was really hooked" says label owner Mike Hartsfield. "When you look at those involved, it would be impossible for Last of the Believers to be anything but awesome"!
Launching their MySpace profile on June 26th, it has been less then four weeks later that the bands page exploded with over 39,000 views; closing in on 50,000 song plays and 7,000 friends. They are already ranked number 38 out of 119,000+ hardcore bands on Myspace music, which is no small feat. PureVolume.com have already featured the band twice after Last of the Believers rocketed into number one on the sites Unsigned Artists Charts, while Alternative Press Music Editor, Scott Heisel has said, “This shit rules. Can't wait to hear more!” This reaction seems to be the general consensus of American fans who on pre-order alone have pushed their self released EP into the top 9 albums available through interpunk.com.
"The artists and bands that have come out through New Age Records have not only changed my life, and help define who I am, but have also stood for something that means the world to me" states lead vocalist Steve Jennings. "They stand for something that is bigger than music and bigger than a scene. They stand for honesty, staying true to yourself and trying to make this world a better place. New Age to me is so much more then music and bands, it's an ethic, and that ethic lives inside me today. I am forever grateful to New Age Records and Mike Hartsfield for being a piller in the hardcore community that has not swayed with terrible trends and flash in the pan ideas. Having a record on New Age Records is nothing short of a dream come true and all I wanted since I started screaming into a microphone".
Plans are being finalized for a 3 song 7" coming out this Fall/early Winter.
Throwdown's new release "Venom & Tears" is set to release on August 7th, but fans can get a preview on Thursday night (8/2) by heading over to the band's MySpace page for their online listening party. If you decide you really like it, you will want to pre-order the CD at Newbury Comics in order to get your limited edition autographed CD booklet. Click here for more info on that.
You can catch Throwdown on the road for the Van's Warped Tour starting today in Cincinnati, and beginning Sept 7 in Anaheim in support of Arch Enemy and Machine Head.
Aug 1 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug 2 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Tower City Ampitheatre Cleveland, Ohio
Aug 3 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Tweeter Center at the Waterfront Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aug 4 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Nassau Coliseum New York, New York
Aug 5 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Raceway Park Englishtown, New Jersey
Aug 7 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis, Indiana
Aug 8 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Post Gazzette Pavilion Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aug 9 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Tweeter Center Boston, Massachusetts
Aug 10 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Darien Lakes Fields Buffalo, New York
Aug 11 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Venue TBA Barrie, Ontario
Aug 12 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Parc Jean-Drapeau Montreal, Quebec
Aug 14 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - UMB Bank Pavilion St. Louis, Missouri
Aug 15 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre Kansas City, Missouri
Aug 17 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Idaho Center Boise, Idaho
Aug 18 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - The Gorge Ampitheatre Seattle, Washington
Aug 19 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Columbia Meadows Portland, Oregon
Aug 20 2007 7:00P
The Boulevard - THROWDOWN HEADLINES w/ STILL REMAINS Spokane, Washington
Aug 22 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Selland Arena Fresno, California
Aug 23 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Sleep Train Ampitheatre Sacramento, California
Aug 24 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Coors Ampitheatre San Diego, California
Aug 25 2007 11:00A
WARPED TOUR - Home Depot Center Los Angeles, California
For a complete tour schedule, click here.
Machine Head's frontman, Robert Flynn has posted the following update on the band's site:
"Man, it's just an endless stream of good news here in Machine Head-land, we are so fucking stoked to be going out with some of our favorite bands, here in the U.S., on what is sure to be THE most brutal metal tour of the Fall! Machine Head, Arch Enemy, Throwdown and Sanctity are going to bring the pain to you motherfuckers, and carnage will have no rules on this tour. Beware The Black Tyranny!!!"
Arch Enemy’s Angela Gossow adds, "Arch Enemy teaming up with Machine Head in the U.S. is a big FUCK YOU to everybody who dwells in the past! We certainly aren't! Instead we’re looking forward to crushing the U.S. together and leaving nothing but a tangled wreck of molten metal in our wake!"
Gossow continues, "As an added bonus for Arch Enemy fans, this will be the first time in three years that the (recently reunited) Amott brothers will be bringing their insane dual-guitar shredding to American soil! I am very excited to get back on stage and celebrate the sheer power of extreme music, all wrapped up in this fantastic tour package!"
"Let freedom ring with a METAL blast!!!"
As previously announced, Machine Head will be headlining their "Black Tyranny Tour" which will feature Arch Enemy who will also perform a headlining set and Throwdown and Sanctity as supporting bands. The tour begins September 7th and runs until October, all confirmed dates are as follows:
9.7 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
9.8 - Las Vegas, NV - Jillian's
9.9 - San Diego, CA - Soma
9.11 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
9.13 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
9.14 - Houston, TX - Meridian
9.15 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
9.17 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
9.18 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
9.19 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
9.21 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
9.22 - New York, NY - Nokia Theatre
9.23 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
9.24 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
9.26 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
9.27 - Buffalo, NY - Evolution
9.28 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
9.29 - Montreal, QU - The Medley
10.1 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
10.2 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
10.3 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
10.5 - Detroit, MI - Harpos
10.6 - Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
10.7 - St. Louis, MO - Pops
10.9 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
10.10 - Albequerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
10.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
10.13 - Hollywood, CA - Avalon
Self proclaimed "death rap" artist Necro has issued the follwing statement from his official Myspace:
"I decided to leave the tour collectively with my manager and booking agent (both tour organizers) because we felt the tour’s demographic was not receiving hip hop well. I was facing hostile, disrespectful crowds and was returning the same energy back ten-fold by being more aggressive than them.
It was making a lot of people in the tour crew nervous and there was concern someone might get hurt (NOT ME). It was also being suggested that maybe I tone down my live show and not antagonize the already antagonistic crowd. I couldn’t roll with that as it’s not my style. I was holding back enough as it is but there is a line. All the bands on the tour loved us and everyone behind the scenes knew we displayed major heart and never once got phased by the hostility. We finished every show with middle fingers up and a big "Fuck You" to the crowd.
I will make one thing clear for the haters: we NEVER got booed OFF the stage. Not once. Yes a ton of emo kids booed us at every show, but we had a twenty-five minute set every night and we stayed on stage for every minute of it, and we represented. Every show had at least 100 to 200 Necro fans in the pit tearing it up, and our meet and greets were incredible!
It’s just a shame these little kids are so close-minded. The majority of the hate was coming from mop top emo sixteen-year olds who have no clue who the originators of metal are, and didn’t respect my rest in peace chant to metal legends (Dime, Cliff, Chuck, Piggy, SOB).
As far as the tour organizers and I are concerned, you are my people so it’s all love and I’m thankful for the opportunity to prove I can murder it in the worst of situations. This actually did a lot for me and is just one move in many my team will make to blow Necro up"
More dates have been released for the upcoming North American “The Black Tyranny Tour” featuring MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, THROWDOWN, and SANCTITY:
September 7 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
September 8 - Las Vegas, NV @ Jillian’s
September 9 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
September 11 - Tuscon, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
September 13 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
September 14 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
September 15 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
September 17 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
September 18 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
September 19 - Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
September 21 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
September 22 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
September 23 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
September 24 - Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
September 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
September 27 - Buffalo, NY @ Evolution
September 28 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
September 29 - Montreal, QC @ The Medley
October 1 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
October 2 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
October 3 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
October 5 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
October 6 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
October 7 - St. Louis, MO @ Pops
October 9 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
October 10 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
October 12 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
October 13 - Hollywood, CA @ Avalon
Machine Head and Arch Enemy will team up for a North American tour beginning in early September. Also scheduled to appear on the bill are hardcore band Throwdown and thrashers Sanctity. The following dates have been released so far:
Sep. 07 - Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
Sep. 08 - Las Vegas, NV @ Jillian's Las Vegas
Sep. 09 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
Sep. 11 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
Sep. 23 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
Underground Video Television (UVTV) has posted the Ozzfest 2007 Kickoff Special TV show at their website. The episode features live videos filmed throughout the Northeast of Ozzfest bands past and present including In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Mastodon, The Showdown, In This Moment, Throwdown, Hatebreed, Unearth, Strapping Young Lad, Bleeding Through, Devildriver, Shadows Fall, Trivium and Walls Of Jericho. The show can also be seen on i-Tunes by subscribing to the UVTV Podcast.
Ozzfest begins it’s tour July 12 in Seattle WA continuing through July & August.