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Formed: 1999
From: Revere, MA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Job For A Cowboy Announces Stand-In Bassist

Job For A Cowboy is currently readying for a month-long Summer Slaughter trek, set to commence next week in Los Angeles. Bassist Nick Schendzielos will be forced to sit out part of the run due to a family emergency, and the band will be joined temporarily by The Red Chord guitarist Mike "Gunface" McKenzie.

Comments Schendzielos: "Hey friends: On June 28, immediately after landing in Boston to rehearse for Puerto Rico/Summer Slaughter, my girlfriend was in a head-on collision on her scooter. She sustained very serious head and bodily injuries. I flew right home, and we've been in the ICU for a week and are still in the hospital to make sure everything is okay. She needs 24/7 supervision for at least two weeks once we get out of here, so I'm very grateful to announce that Gunface from The Red Chord is going to help me out filling in on Summer Slaughter until I can meet back up with it. We love the dude very much and it's going to be really cool for both JFAC and TRC fans to see. Enormous thanks for understanding this difficult situation and I'll be back as soon as possible!"

Adds McKenzie: "I'm excited to be playing with JFAC on this tour. Great dudes in this band as well as in the bands on Summer Slaughter. Playing bass is a little different for me but definitely an interesting challenge. I'm definitely looking forward to getting out on the road again. Nick's bass work is incredible and I'm working hard to get all of his parts down. Sending positive vibes out to him and his lady."

Job For A Cowboy has the following Summer Slaughter shows with Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried and Me, The Faceless, Periphery, Veil of Maya, Goatwhore, Exhumed, and Cerebral Bore: More...

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Lake Bukkake Added To Metal Suckfest

The Metal Suckfest -- the 2-day, 20-band, MetalSucks-curated metal festival being held at NYC's Gramercy Theater on November 4th and 5th -- has made a last minute addition to its Day 1 roster: NYC pornogrind act Lake Bukkake will open the fest, prior to headliners Municipal Waste, God Forbid, Today is the Day, Howl, Black Tusk, and many more. Metalsucks commented:

"After months and months and months of negotiations — and by 'negotiations,' we mean 'us pestering and begging them constantly' — the group has FINALLY agreed to emerge from their shell to play the opening set on Day 1 of The Metal Suckfest, one week from today, Friday, November 4. The band will play both I Left My Heart…and 1996's Shut Up it’s Good for Your Complexion in their entirety. (The combined running time of both albums is less than fifteen minutes.)

"They also PROMISED us to debut at LEAST two songs from Chinese Bukkakacy, which they have, indeed, been working on for awhile (although apparently it may not be called that anymore — 'The idea seemed pretty funny in 2006, not so much anymore,' the band told us by e-mail)."

The full Metal Sucks fest lineup is as follows: More...

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More Bands Added To The Metal Suckfest Lineup

The inaugural Metal Suckfest, a 2-day metal festival set to take place on November 4th and 5th at New York City's Gramercy Theater, has announced four additional bands have been added to the lineup. All Pigs Must Die and This is Hell will appear on Friday, November 4th alongside Municipal Waste, while Three and Last Chance to Reason will open for Cynic on Saturday, November 5th. The lineup is as follows:

Thursday, November 3rd (PRE-GAME)

Mayhem
Keep of Kalessin
Hate
Abigail Williams
Woe

Friday, November 4th More...

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The Red Chord Guitarist Announces Solo Project

The Red Chord guitarist and founder Mike McKenzie is currently finishing work on a solo album under the name Stomach Earth. The sole mastermind behind Stomach Earth, McKenzie wrote all the album’s music and lyrics, as well as sang and played all the instruments. He describes the work as “miserable and crawling doom/death metal with a heavy H.P. Lovecraft influence.”

A rough, unmastered excerpt of “Prolong the Death Watch,” a new song off the Stomach Earth debut, can be streamed now on the band’s Facebook page here.

Stomach Earth’s debut album will be released in 2012 on Black Market Activities. Stand by for more news about the album and live dates. Meanwhile, McKenzie and The Red Chord gear up to play Metal Suckfest, November 4-5 in New York, NY.

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More Bands Announced For Metal Suckfest

MetalSucks has announced the latest batch of bands to appear at The Metal Suckfest, a concert event this fall spanning two days and featuring 20 bands. As previously announced, Municipal Waste will headline the first night, Friday, November 4th, while Cynic will headline the second night, Saturday, November 5th, at NYC's Gramercy Theater.

The lineup so far is shaping up as such:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Municipal Waste
God Forbid
Today is the Day
Howl
Black Tusk
Magrudergrind
Ramming Speed
Prime Evil

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Cynic
Obscura
The Red Chord
A Life Once Lost
Scale the Summit
Fight Amp
Rosetta
Ultrageist

The remaining four bands to play the festival will be announced soon. Tickets for the festival will go on sale this Friday, September 9th, at 10am at LiveNation.com.

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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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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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More Metal Songs Added To The Rock Band Network

The recently announced demise of Guitar Hero may be leaving some metal fans in the lurch, but anyone who wants to rock out to heavy music this weekend can still look forward to new tracks added to the Rock Band Network.

Xbox 360 players get songs from Dying Fetus, This or the Apocalypse, Oceano, Motionless in White, Dirge Within, Cephalic Carnage, Decrepit Birth, and Nightrage. Starting on February 15th, the PS3 edition will receive more music from The Red Chord, A Day To Remember, and Sonata Arctica.

The newly added Xbox 360 tracks, including all non-metal songs, are as follows:

Hellfire Society - "Seed of Discord"
Where the Ocean Meets the Sky - "We Are But Instruments"
Kiev - "Rational Animal/Layered Line"
Bluefusion - "Fighting Spirit (2x Bass Pedal)"
A Wilhelm Scream - "Skid Rock"
Ricky Graham - "Refraction"
Dying Fetus - "Your Treachery Will Die With You"
Dying Fetus - "Your Treachery Will Die With You (2x Bass Pedal)"
This or the Apocalypse - "Lamnidae"
High Voltage - "Supernova"
Majestic - "Voodoo Treasure"
Cosmic Ballroom - "Painprovider"
Jenium - "Tea and Taxes"
Oceano - "District of Misery"
Motionless in White - "Abigail"
Mystakin - "A Fresh Start"
CyLeW - "Crinoline"
Dirge Within - "Forever the Martyr (2x Bass Pedal)"
Maplerun - "For You"
Minutes Like Ours - "Lights Out"
Enemy Remains - "Live for Today"
Chaotrope - "Septilogy"
Cephalic Carnage - "Abraxas of Filth (2x Bass Pedal)"
Decrepit Birth - "The Resonance (2x Bass Pedal)"
Those Among Us - "Disco Ball"
Perfect Hero - "Passion Of My Life"
Nightrage - "Shed the Blood"
With Life in Mind - "The Collapse of Men"
Lost in the Crawlspace - "Spyglass"
Captor - "Burn"
Anybody Who's Anybody - "Come Outside" More...

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More Metal Tracks Headed For The Rock Band Network

This week's roundup of new metal tracks added to the Xbox 360 edition of the Rock Band Network includes The Red Chord, Suicide Silence, and Amberian Dawn. On the 19th of October the PS3 gets more Asking Alexandria and Evergreen Terrace, while the Wii receives new additions from Unearth, All That Remains, and Demon Hunter. The complete list of new Rock Band Network songs, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

The Dangerous Summer - "The Permanent Rain"
Shy Nobleman - "Girlfriend"
Steve Fister - "Old Lady Trouble"
Fang Island - "Daisy"
Zigaboo Modeliste - "Standing in Your Stuff"
The Virginmarys - "Bang Bang Bang"
Boney Mean - "Rotten Cat Halloween Rat"
Nushu - "Spill"
Suicide Silence - "Wake Up"
Of Mice & Men - "Second & Sebring"
Visqueen - "Hand Me Down"
OK Go - "White Knuckles"
Stan Bush - "The Touch"
Amberian Dawn - "Snowmaiden"
Gatling - "Nihilanth"
The Red Chord - "Antman"
Wolfblur - "Frostbite Cavern" More...

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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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The Acacia Strain Announces Headlining Tour Dates

After seeing their latest album "Wormwood" debut at #67 on Billboard's Top 200, Massachusetts' THE ACACIA STRAIN are proud to announce their first headlining tour since the release of "Wormwood," last month.

The "To Catch a Predatour" sees THE ACACIA STRAIN heading out along the East Coast and in Canada with support from THE RED CHORD, TERROR, GAZA, and THE CONTORTIONIST. In typical THE ACACIA STRAIN fashion, the guys plan to bring the fun each night by hanging out at their merch table thirty minutes after doors to meet the fans and socialize. There will be a special t-shirt available for purchase only during this time in addition to all their new tour merchandise.

If you are in the Holyoke, MA area on the 20th of November, be sure to come out to the Waterfront Tavern as this show will be a benefit for a dear friend of the band who recently passed away due to a decade long battle with cancer.

Here are the latest "TO CATCH A PREDATOUR" dates:

10/29 Albany, NY - Northern Lights
10/30 Jermyn, PA - Elanor Rigby's
10/31 Providence, RI - Lupo's
11/1 Pittsburg, PA - Altar Bar
11/2 Springfield, VA - Jaxx
11/ 3 Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox
11/ 4 Spartanburg, SC - GZSC
11/5 Jacksonville, FL - Rain
11/ 6 West Palm Beach, FL - Ground Control
11/7 Tampa, FL - State Theatre
11/9 Birmingham, AL - Zyedeco
11/10 Nashville TN - Rocket Town
11/11 Louisville, KY - Headliners
11/12 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
11/13 Toledo, OH - Headliners
11/14 Windsor, ONT - Blind Dog
11/15 London, ON - Music Hall
11/16 Longeueil, QC - Salle Kekpart
11/17 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
11/18 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
11/19 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
11/20 Holyoke, MA - The Waterfront Tavern More...

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The Acacia Strain To Tour With Terror

The Acacia Strain has announced that they will be heading out on a headlining tour of this October. Joining them on the trek will be hardcore favourites Terror, as well as The Red Chord and The Contortionist. The dates for the run are expected to be revealed shortly.

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Tomorrow's Summer Slaughter Date Changing Venue

The organizers of the Summer Slaughter tour have issued the following update about changing venues for tomorrow's show:

"Summer Slaughter tour in El Paso Tomorrow (Tuesday, July 20th) forced to move to Las Cruces, NM @ Beverly Hills Club due to shady owner of Club 101! Many of you may have noticed that The 4th Annual Summer Slaughter Festival in El Paso was advertised and on sale at Club 101 for quite some time. The owner was recently offered a Buckcherry show on the same day and outright canceled Summer Slaughter to replace it with Buckcherry because 'his bar sales would be much higher.'

"That is the crappiest thing you can do in this business and it really is despicable that he would be willing to screw over 10 touring bands and hundreds of fans out of greed for alcohol sales. Please spread the word to everyone you can about the new venue info for Summer Slaughter in El Paso/Las Cruces."

The tour includes Cephalic Carnage, The Faceless, Decrepit Birth, All Shall Perish, The Red Chord, Veil of Maya, and more.

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The Red Chord Announces Off Dates

Massachusetts tech-metallers The Red Chord have announced a series of shows taking place on days off from their current run on the Summer Slaughter 2010 tour.

The Red Chord off-dates:
July 13 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Sunset Hall
July 14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory
August 25 – Cheyenne, WY @ Atlas Theater

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Pit Stories: Ain't Got Time To Bleed, Part 2

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week The Red Chord drummer Mike Justian shares one from their recent tour of Japan:

March 24, 2010. Tokyo, Japan. The Red Chord was performing the last show of a mini tour with Between The Buried And Me. Anticipation was high as the curtains opened to reveal an excited TRC for a zealous Japanese crowd. The heat was hot and my biorhythm wasn't cooperating with my under-nourished appendages, but the show was nevertheless happening and the crowd's enthusiasm was undeniable. During our third song, a large Caucasian mook of a man appears on the stage, meandering around as though he was looking for his beer. When, from out of nowhere, he runs from behind Greg (Weeks), pushes his bass into his head and dives off of the stage. I thought nothing of it until I saw that Greg was stumbling and bleeding profusely from his eye.

Obviously I was concerned so I gave him my towel and shortly after he exited the stage for a number of minutes. Unsure about whether he would be able to continue, Mike and I jammed for a bit, hoping for his return. Eventually he did come back but had to play most of the set lying down and half blind. It was at this point that my respect for Greg reached an even higher plateau than I thought possible, for his willingness to recognize that the show must go on even if your eye explodes.

The Red Chord hits the road in July with The Summer Slaughter Tour 2010 with Decapitated, The Faceless, All Shall Perish, and more.

Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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More Summer Slaughter Shows Announced

This year's edition of the Summer Slaughter tour has added some more dates for this year's version of the event. The tour features many top names from extreme metal including Polish death metal outfit Decapitated, as well as All Shall Perish, The Red Chord, The Faceless, Carnifex, Cephalic Carnage, Veil Of Maya, Decrepit Birth, Vital Remains and Animals As Leaders.

The tour schedule is now as follows: More...

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The Red Chord Posts Japanese Video Diary

The Red Chord has posted a video tour diary of their live shows in Japan through Metalinjection.net. The footage from the Japanese tour can be viewed below.

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The Red Chord Added To Summer Slaughter 2010

Boston, Mass grinders The Red Chord have been confirmed for this year's Summer Slaughter Tour featuring Decapitated, The Faceless, All Shall Perish, Veil of Maya, Cephalic Carnage, Decrepit Birth, Carnifex, Animals As Leaders, and Vital Remains. The tour kicks off in San Diego, CA on Saturday July 17 and finishes up in San Francisco, CA on Monday August 23.

Here's what bassist Greg Weeks has to say about being out on the tour: "Summer Slaughter! Looking forward to old friends, new friends, borrowed and blue friends, cookouts, dance-offs, smelly people, burgers, long van rides, karate lessons, octopus balls, seedy areas, elastic waistband jeans, laughter and enjoying myself. See you there!"

Vocalist Guy Kozowyk adds: "We are excited to perform on a tour of bands slightly closer to our core style. It has been a while. Hopefully volcanoes and other natural disasters don't piss on our parade this time around. Fingers are crossed!"

The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

7/17-San Diego, CA @ Soma
7/18-Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
7/20-El Paso, TX @ Club 101
7/21-San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
7/22-Austin, TX @ Emo's
7/23-Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
7/24-Houston, TX @ Warsaw Ballroom
7/26-Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
7/27-Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/29-Philadelphia, PA @ TLA (Theatre of Living Arts)
7/30-Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
7/31-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
8/01-New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
8/02-Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
8/03-Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
8/04-Toronto, ON @ Opera House
8/05-Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
8/06-Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
8/07-Detroit, MI @ Harpos
8/08-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/09-Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
8/10-Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
8/11-Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
8/13-Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
8/14-Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
8/16-Calgary, AB @ Republik
8/17-Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
8/19-Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
8/20-Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
8/21-Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
8/23-San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

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Gwar Posts Anti-Dog Fighting Video

Gwar and The Red Chord have teamed up with Peta2 to post a video clip online about dog fighting. The video clip can be viewed below.

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The Red Chord Announces East Coast Shows

Forced to miss its European tour with Rotten Sound and Aborted due to the effects of the recent volcano in Iceland, The Red Chord has lined up two shows for fans on the East Coast. The shows are as follows:

April 24 - New England Metal and Hardcore Fest in Worcester, MA
April 25 - Brooklyn, NY - Public Assembly with Premonitions Of War and Tiger Flowers.

Kozowyk offers this explanation about the European tour, "We did everything we could to make it to this European tour with Rotten Sound and Aborted. Unfortunately, our best efforts couldn't get The Red Chord or Those Who Lie Beneath onto the continent until it was far too late. The remainder of the tour is uncertain, but if Rotten Sound and Aborted continue with the rest of it, we strongly advise and appreciate your support of the remaining shows. We will do our best to make up shows before the end of the year and we thank the bands, agents and fans for their patience and understanding during this ridiculous situation."

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