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Gaza

From: Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Gaza News

Below is our complete Gaza news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Gaza Members Form New Band Cult Leader

After calling it quits earlier this year, Gaza has now posted the following message online about the members forming a new band:

"Some of us continue to make music together. The new band is Cult Leader. Our first show is with Full of Hell, Seven Sisters of Sleep, and Rile at the The Shred Shed SLC. Thank you, and kindly continue to fuck yourselves."

Details on the first Cult Leader show can be found at Facebook here.

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Gaza Calling It Quits

Salt Lake City, Utah based act Gaza has decided to officially call it a day. The band only issued the following brief statement online:

"Gaza is no longer a band. A big thank you to anyone that has supported us. Some of us will continue to make music together."

Gaza's third album "No Absolutes in Human Suffering" was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (Torche, Today Is the Day) and released last year on Black Market Activities. Further details on upcoming projects from the members of Gaza will be announced as they are made available. You can also still hear the band's music via Facebook.

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Gaza Live Footage Available

Metal Injection has posted a new Gaza video that compiles live footage from the band's North American touring earlier this year.

Shot on the road between May - July 2012 as Gaza ripped it up alongside Corrosion of Conformity, Torche, and Black Cobra, the video edits together clips from various performances of the song "Not with All the Hope in the World," off Gaza's latest album, "No Absolutes in Human Suffering."

Check out the video through Metal Injection here or in the player available below. More...

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Gaza Announces Headlining Tour

With the band's third album "No Absolutes in Human Suffering" out now on Black Market Activities, Gaza is gearing up to return to the road for a headlining U.S. tour with support from Code Orange Kids and Full of Hell. The full listing of tour dates is available below. More...

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Gaza Posts New Track, "The Vipers"

Pitchfork today presents the premiere of Gaza's new song "The Vipers," taken off the band's third album "No Absolutes in Human Suffering." Check out the track at this location.

"No Absolutes in Human Suffering" was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (Torche, Today Is the Day). The CD release is set for August 28th on Black Market Activities, with a vinyl release to follow, and the album is now available digitally via iTunes. The track listing is as follows:

1) Mostly Hair and Bones Now
2) This We Celebrate
3) The Truth Weighs Nothing
4) Not With All the Hope in the World
5) The Vipers
6) No Absolutes in Human Suffering
7) The Crown
8) When They Beg
9) Winter in Her Blood
10) Skull Trophy
11) Routine and Then Death

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Gaza Streaming New Track Online

NPR.org is presenting the exclusive premiere of "Not with All the Hope in the World," a song off Gaza's upcoming third album, "No Absolutes in Human Suffering." Check out the song at this location.

NPR's Lars Gotrich calls Gaza, "the musical equivalent of a panther rattling a barbed-wire cage" and goes on to praise the new album's incorporation of melody by saying "the band's blast-beaten hooks lure as much as they devastate."

"No Absolutes in Human Suffering" was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (Torche, Today Is the Day). The album is now available digitally via iTunes and the CD release is set for August 28th on Black Market Activities, with a vinyl release to follow.

Gaza hits the road tomorrow for a headlining West Coast tour with Eagle Twin, including a stop at the Power of the Riff Festival in LA.

Aug 1 - Idaho Falls, ID @ The Wax House
Aug 2 - Boise, ID @ The Boise Venue
Aug 3 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Aug 4 - Portland, OR @ Backspace Cafe
Aug 5 - Chico, CA @ Origami Recording Lounge
Aug 6 - Reno, NV @ Ryan's Saloon & Broiler
Aug 7 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
Aug 8 - Fresno, CA @ Chinatown Youth Center
Aug 10 - San Diego, CA @ Kensington Club
Aug 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex (Power of the Riff Festival)
Aug 12 - Phoenix, CA @ Chaser's Nightclub

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Gaza Announces New Album Release Date

Gaza has revealed that the band's new album "No Absolutes in Human Suffering" is due for a physical CD release on August 28th, with a vinyl release to follow and a digital release on July 31st Black Market Aactivies president Guy Kozowyk offers this detailed statement:

"Gaza's new album, No Absolutes in Human Suffering will be digitally released on Tuesday, July 31. The official CD release has been moved back to August 28. CD pre-orders will be posted via the band's official online merch store next week. The band will have limited copies of the CD for sale on their upcoming headlining run with Eagle Twin that passes through the Power of the Riff Festival.

"Distribution for this album will be handled by our friends from Deathwish Inc and MRI/RED. Look to the Deathwish Inc web store shortly for an exclusive 'transparent red' color vinyl; copies through the band and BMA will be on white vinyl. Gaza's prior release, He Is Never Coming Back, is also at the vinyl manufacturing plant now for a fall release. These two albums signify the the first time Gaza's music will be released on vinyl."

Gaza also has the following upcoming tour dates:

Aug 1 - Idaho Falls, ID @ The Wax House
Aug 2 - Boise, ID @ The Boise Venue
Aug 3 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Aug 4 - Portland, OR @ Backspace Cafe
Aug 5 - Chico, CA @ Origami Recording Lounge
Aug 6 - Reno, NV @ Ryan's Saloon & Broiler
Aug 7 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
Aug 8 - Fresno, CA @ Chinatown Youth Center
Aug 10 - San Diego, CA @ Kensington Club
Aug 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex (Power of the Riff Festival)
Aug 12 - Phoenix, AZ @ Chaser's Nightclub

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Gaza Streaming New Song

Fresh off a U.S. tour with Corrosion of Conformity, Torche and Black Cobra, Gaza has unleashed another new track from forthcoming third album, "No Absolutes in Human Suffering." The song, "The Truth Weighs Nothing," is available for streaming via Decibel Magazine, right here.

"No Absolutes in Human Suffering" sees a summer release on Black Market Activities. The album was produced by Converge's Kurt Ballou and mastered by Alan Douches. The lead track, "Mostly Hair and Bones Now," was premiered via BrooklynVegan in May.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1) Mostly Hair and Bones Now
2) This We Celebrate
3) The Truth Weighs Nothing
4) Not With All the Hope in the World
5) The Vipers
6) No Absolutes in Human Suffering
7) The Crown
8) When They Beg
9) Winter in Her Blood
10) Skull Trophy
11) Routine and Then Death

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More Bands Added To Power Of The Riff Fest

The lineup for this year's installment of The Power Of The Riff West -- confirmed to take place at Los Angeles' Echo/Echoplex on August 11th -- expands yet again, adding six additional bands to the already pulverizing roster. Sunn 0))), Nausea (CA), Despise You, Hoax, Bio-Crisis and Xaphan have all been confirmed to join the party, making for a lineup of twenty-two crushing sets for the day.

The finalized lineup for the all-day The Power Of The Riff West now stands as: SUNN 0))), Off!, Dr. Know, Repulsion, Noothgrusth, Xibalba, Despise You, Eagle Twin, Nausea, Power Trip, Ancestors, Alpha & Omega, Bio-Crisis, Hoax, Gaza, DNF, Retox, The Love Below, Avon Ladies, Cops, Hordes, and Xaphan. The following press release was issued about the event:

"Continuing to bring you a tradition of heavy music from slow drones to aggressive crust ridden darkness, The Power Of The Riff will burn down LA on August 11th, marking the gathering's third annual installment. Co-curated and organized by Southern Lord, TPOTR is an event that honors extreme music fans and musicians of all ages, tapping into a lineup that represents the forefathers, milestones and current national touring acts, while shedding light on up-and-coming and local acts. The all-day fest also includes a record swap-meet of local stores and pop-up stores by indie record labels, DJ sets in between band performances and a gourmet food truck court featuring Los Angeles' best purveyors of street food dining."

Tickets for The Power Of The Riff West are on sale now at this location. Tickets for the recently announced maiden voyage of The Power Of The Riff East, a two-day event to be held in Brooklyn, New York on September 1st and 2nd, can be purchased right here.

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The Power Of The Riff Fest Details Revealed

This week the return of the annual day-long invasion of Los Angeles has been confirmed via the 2012 installment of the massive The Power Of The Riff Festival. The following press release was issued:

"Continuing to bring you a tradition of heavy music from slow drones to aggressive crust ridden darkness, The Power Of The Riff will burn down LA on August 11th, marking the gathering's third annual installment. Co-curated and organized by Southern Lord, TPOTR is an event that honors extreme music fans and musicians of all ages, tapping into a lineup that represents the forefathers, milestones and current national touring acts, while shedding light on up-and-coming and local acts. The all-day fest also includes a record swap-meet of local stores and pop-up stores by indie record labels, DJ sets in between band performances and a gourmet food truck court featuring Los Angeles' best purveyors of street food dining.

"Set to take place at the Echo/Echoplex, the initial lineup for The Power Of The Riff 2012 at press time includes Of!, Dr. Know, Repulsion, Noothgrush, Xibalba, Eagle Twin, Power Trip, Ancestors, Alpha & Omega, Gaza, DNF, Retox, The Love Below, Avon Ladies, Cops, and Hordes, with even MORE acts to be announced in the coming weeks."

Tickets for the event go on sale this weekend at this location. Stay tuned for the LA lineup to be expanded upon, in addition to other regional The Power Of The Riff actions to be announced in the weeks ahead.

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Gaza Streaming New Song Online

Black Market Activities proudly announces "No Absolutes in Human Suffering," the third full-length album by Gaza. "No Absolutes in Human Suffering" is set for a July 31st release on BMA. Brooklyn Vegan has posted an exclusive stream of the album's lead track, "Mostly Hair and Bones Now," which can be heard here. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"From Salt Lake City, Gaza have carved out their own unique place in the underground with a sound so suffocatingly heavy, so honest and raw, it can only be described with extreme words. Decibel Magazine has hailed Gaza as 'pure face-fucking noise-grind,' while Revolver Magazine has named it 'sick and twisted sludgy grindcore - like someone threw The Red Chord and Eyehategod into a wood chipper, then used the results to fertilize an Indian burial ground.' As notorious for their message as for their music, Gaza remain staunch realists in the face of fantasy, confronting society's hypocrisies with scientific precision.

"The new masterpiece, No Absolutes in Human Suffering, pulls the listener down to new depths - the sound is smothering and inescapable, every note delivered with pure conviction. Yet above all, it is entrancing and anthemic - through the brutality, glorious melodic passages shine and haunt the mind long after the album ends."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1) Mostly Hair and Bones Now
2) This We Celebrate
3) The Truth Weighs Nothing
4) Not With All the Hope in the World
5) The Vipers
6) No Absolutes in Human Suffering
7) The Crown
8) When They Beg
9) Winter in Her Blood
10) Skull Trophy
11) Routine and Then Death

"No Absolutes in Human Suffering" was recorded and mixed by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (Torche, Today Is the Day) and mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan). Gaza will hit the road this month for a six-week US tour with Black Cobra, including many dates with Corrosion of Conformity and Torche. More...

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Black Cobra Announces New Tour Dates

The planet's most dynamically wicked duo, Black Cobra, has been confirmed as one of the support acts for crossover kings Corrosion Of Conformity's June tour, the diverse lineup also including Torche and Gaza. The rampage will begin June 1st and surge clockwise through North America with 18 dates confirmed through June 23rd as of now.

This stateside trek will follow Black Cobra's scheduled European tour also supporting COC along with Zoroaster, the fun to begin on April 4th and leading up to the band's performance at the annual Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland.

Before that mayhem goes down, Black Cobra is already confirmed for some massive action at SXSW next week. Wednesday will see the 'Cobra coiled on stage at the ToneDeaf Touring showcase, sharing the stage with Saviours, Rwake, A Storm of Light, Zoroaster, and headliners Corrosion Of Conformity. Then on Friday they take the stage at the massive "Death Match" event -- hosted by Thrasher Magazine and Converse, curated by The Power of the Riff, Southern Lord and Brooklyn Vegan -- the monolithic day show featuring OFF!, Trash Talk, Ceremony, Heartless, Code Orange Kids, Deafheaven, Full Of Hell, Balaclava, Dead In The Dirt and headliners High On Fire, of course in addition to Black Cobra's devastating mid-lineup appearance. More...

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Rotten Sound Updates European Tour

Rotten Sound kicked off the band's "Cursed To Tour" headlining European tour this weekend in Germany. This month-long tour, in support of the group's brand new album "Cursed," also includes Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, and Haust. Following this tour, Rotten Sound will head to Japan for the Kabuto Metal Fest alongside Morbid Angel and The Haunted.

"Cursed" debuted at #25 on the official Finnish album charts and at #7 on the Rumba Magazine chart. The music video for "Hollow" can also be viewed here, or you can catch the band live on the following dates:

04/04/11 Prague, Czech Republic Exit Chmelnice w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/05/11 Bratislava, Slovenia Randal Club w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/06/11 Munchen, Germany Feierwerk w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/07/11 Salzburg, Austria Rockhouse w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/08/11 Mezzago, Italy Bloom w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/09/11 Rome, Italy Init w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/10/11 Zurich, Switzerland Dynamo Werk 21 w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/11/11 Paris, France Le Glaz’Art w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/12/11 London, United Kingdom Underworld w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/13/11 Plymouth, United Kingdom The White Rabbit w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate
04/14/11 Colchester, United Kingdom Arts Center w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate
04/15/11 Antwerp, Belgium Trix Club w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/16/11 Sneek, Netherlands Bolwerk
04/17/11 Hamburg, Germany Hafenklang w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/18/11 Lyngby, Denmark Templet w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/19/11 Gothenburg, Sweden Henriksberg w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/21/11 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/22/11 Turku, Finland Klubi w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
04/23/11 Jyvaskyla, Finland Lutakko
04/24/11 Helsinki, Finland Nosturi w/ Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, Haust
05/21/11 Osaka/Namba, Japan Hatch w/ Morbid Angel, The Haunted, etc as part of Kabuto Metal Fest

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Band Lineup Announced For SXSW Showcases

The lineups have been announced for the upcoming SXSW music showcases that will be occurring between March 16th - March 19th. Details are as follows:

Wednesday, March 16th

Brooklyn Vegan Day Party
Venue: Emo's
12:20 The Roller
1:10 Deafheaven
1:55 The Secret
2:40 Ken Mode
3:30 Dax Riggs
4:20 Trash Talk
5:10 Kylesa

Thursday, March 17th

Thrasher/Impose Day Party
Venue: Scoot Inn [Outside Stage]
5:00pm - Trash Talk
4:00pm - Weedeater
3:00pm - Zoroaster
2:00pm - Liturgy
1:00pm - The Body

Full Metal Texas / BrooklynVegan Stage
Venue: Emo's [Inside Stage]
5:00pm - YOB
4:05pm - Trap Them
3:10pm - Hull
2:20pm - Kverlertak
1:35pm - Rwake
12:50pm - All Pigs Must Die
12:05pm - Goes Cube More...

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BrooklynVegan Announces Four Day Shows During SXSW

BrooklynVegan has announced four free shows over two venues with 32 bands in total. The details are as follows:

3/16 Emo's (603 Red River Street Austin, TX 78701)
BROOKLYNVEGAN DAY PARTY
12:20 The Roller
1:10 Deafheaven
1:55 The Secret
2:40 KEN Mode
3:30 Dax Riggs
4:20 Trash Talk
5:10 Kylesa

3/17 Emo's (603 Red River Street Austin, TX 78701)
BROOKLYNVEGAN/1000KNIVES STAGE at FULL METAL TEXAS
12:05 Goes Cube
12:50 All Pigs Must Die
1:35 Kvelertak
2:20 Rwake
3:10 Hull
4:05 Trap Them
5:00 Yob

3/18 Lovejoys (604 Neches St, btw 6th & 7th, Austin, TX 78701)
BROOKLYNVEGAN/1000KNIVES DAY PARTY
12:15 Owen Hart
1:00 Salvation
1:45 Kill The Client
2:30 KEN Mode
3:15 Cough
4:00 Magrudergrind
4:45 Gaza
5:30 Wormrot
6:15 Ringworm

3/19 Lovejoys (604 Neches St, btw 6th & 7th, Austin, TX 78701)
BROOKLYNVEGAN/1000KNIVES DAY PARTY
12:20 Altaar
1:00 Castevet
1:45 Wolvhammer
2:30 Batillus
3:15 Grayceon
4:00 Deafheaven
4:45 The Body
5:30 Dark Castle
6:15 Tombs

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The Red Chord Parts Ways With Drummer

Boston, Massachusetts based metal outfit The Red Chord has announced that the band has parted ways with drummer Mike Justian, one of the original members of the group. A message from the band reads as follows:

"We've parted ways with our old friend and original drummer, Mike Justian. It was awesome jamming with him as always and our split is totally mutual. We wish Mike the best!

"We're excited to announce that Jon Rice (Charn) of Job For A Cowboy will be playing drums for us on the upcoming Trap Them/Gaza tour. Jon is an exceptional drummer and we're excited to play some shows with him."

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The Kandidate Comments On Tour With Rotten Sound

Denmark's The Kandidate has issued the following statement about joining Rotten Sound, Gaza, Haust, and Trap Them on tour in April:

"Rotten Sound has decided to bring us along on their Cursed to Tour tour in April 2011, and of course we gladly accepted the offer! We will be joined by Gaza, Haust and last – but definitely not least – long time favorites Trap Them. See you on the road, we can't wait to get out touring again!"

The dates are as follows:

April 1 Karlsruhe, Germany Stadtmitte
April 2 Koln, Germany Underground
April 3 Rosswein, Germany Juha
April 4 Prague, Czech Rep. Exit Chmelnice
April 5 Bratislava, Slovakia Randal
April 6 Munchen, Germany Feierwerk Kranhalle
April 7 Salzburg, Austria Rockhouse
April 8 Mezzago, Italy Bloom
April 9 Rome, Italy Init
April 10 Zurich, Switzerland Dynamo Werk 21
April 11 Paris, France Glazart
April 12 London, UK Underworld
April 13 Plymouth, UK White Rabbit
April 14 Colchester, UK Arts Centre
April 15 Antwerpen, Belgium Trix
April 16 Venlo, Holland Perron 55
April 17 Hamburg, Germany Hafenklang
April 18 Lyngby, Denmark Templet
April 19 Gothenburg, Sweden Henriksberg
April 21 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Slussen
April 22 Turku, Finland Klubi
April 23 Jyvaskyla, Finland Lutakko
April 24 Helsinki, Finland Nosturi

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Rotten Sound Announces New Album Release

Rotten Sound's new full-length album "Cursed" will see its worldwide (excluding Finland) release on March 15th via Relapse Records. The album will see its Finnish release on March 16th courtesy of Fullsteam Records. "Cursed," the follow-up to 2008's Cycles, was recorded at Nordic Audio Labs. Lyrically, the 16-track album will be themed around the six curses of mankind.

Rotten Sound, which will be touring in North America early next year, has also announced a headlining European tour in support of "Cursed." This four week tour will kick-off in early April and also include Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, and Haust. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Rotten Sound Announces European Headline Tour

Finnish extreme metal act Rotten Sound has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. Support on the trek will come from Trap Them, Gaza, Kandidate and Haust. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues for the "Cursed To Tour" European run below:

04/01 Karlsruhe, GER – Stadtmitte
04/02 Koln, GER – Underground
04/02 Rosswein, GER – Juha
04/04 Prague, CZE – Exit Chmelnice
04/05 Bratislava, SLO – Randal
04/06 Munchen, GER – Feierwerk
04/07 Salzburg, AUT – Rockhouse
04/08 Mezzago, ITA – Bloom
04/09 Rome, ITA – Init
04/10 Zurich, SWI – Dynamo Werk21
04/11 Paris, FRA – Glazart
04/12 London, UK – Underworld
04/13 Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit
04/14 Colchester, UK – Arts Centre
04/15 Antwerpen, BEL – Trix
04/16 Venlo, NET – Perron55
04/17 Hamburg, GER – Hafenklang
04/18 Lyngby, DEN – Templet
04/19 Gothenburg, SWE – Henriksberg
04/21 Stockholm, SWE – Debaser Slussen
04/22 Turku, FIN – Klubi
04/23 Jyvaskyla, FIN – Lutakko
04/24 Helsinki, FIN – Nosturi

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The Contortionist Updates Tour Schedule

Indianapolis, Indiana’s The Contortionist has made several changes to the band's upcoming fall touring season. The Contortionist will hit the road with War of Ages, The Color Morale, The Great Commission, and Legend from October 8th through October 22nd, and will continue across the states with The Acacia Strain, Terror, The Red Chord, and Gaza from October 29th through November 20th. The complete list of tour dates is as follows:

10/08 - Edinboro, PA @ The Hangout
10/09 - Kettering, OH @ The Attic
10/10 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
10/11 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
10/12 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/13 – La Crosse, WI @ WAREHOUSE
10/14 – St Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/15 - South Bend, IN @ Church of The Heartland
10/16 - St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
10/17 – Little Rock, AR @ The Village
10/19 - Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
10/20 – Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
10/21 - Lynchburg, VA @ Crosspoint Venue
10/22 - Fredericksburg, VA @ The Refuge
W/ only THE GREAT COMMISSION, LEGEND
10/23 – Crofton, MD @ MACC
10/24 – Holyoke, MA @ Water Front Tavern
10/25 – Manchester, NH @ Rocko’s
10/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Europa
10/27 – Vineland, NJ @ Hangar 84
10/28 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock More...

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