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Brad Kirkland, bass player from Metal Blade recording artists THE DESTRO, reportedly disappeared before the band's show on Tuesday, October 27 at Fubar in St. Louis, MO. The band called the venue and cancelled the show minutes before they were due on stage. The band will reschedule the date sometime in the near future after they locate their bassist. Also on the bill co-headlining for the night were Saint Louis' own metallers DIVIDE THE PAST and DRAG THE DEAD.
We've been talking to bands to hear their best pit stories. This week, we've got a tale from Jono, drummer for The Destro:
"All too often on the road, the words "I'll never forget this" are uttered out of my mouth. A stop in Wichita Kansas was the perfect opportunity. The night goes as typical as any given show night, a set full of intense headbanging, plenty of booze to counter the side effects, and just enough pointless conversation with strangers to entertain yourself. In the middle of one of those conversations, i was asked to do something i simply couldn't refuse, pick up and assist this dude in the pit....that was completely wasted....and missing a leg. i picked up and spun the guy fast enough to inflict some serious hurt on anyone in the way of his roundhouse kick. No one was safe from our crippling violence, including us. We were eventually ganged up on and taken to the ground. Turns out picking up a guy with one leg is way harder than it sounds. Watching my inebriated attempts had to be agonizing for everyone paying attention. I finally got him up. He pounded my fist, showed some horns, and hopped off. I’ll never forget that; dude was a rager."
In the next installment of "Tales From The Pit" we'll hear from Matt Fox of Shai Hulud.
Texas metallers The Destro have just entered the studio with Unearth's Ken Susi to record their yet-to-be-titled sophomore album on Ironclad Recordings. Says the press release from The Destro,
"The last 6 months have been filled with personal loss and other life changing experiences in many of our lives. We were able to direct all of our energy from anger, stress, sadness and frustration focus it into a very personal record. After many ups and downs in the last 2 years through touring, our perception has solidified our determination to deliver an indestructible sound that is our own."
The album is slated to come out sometime this August.
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will introduce an additional stage this year dedicated to up and coming bands.
The third stage, sponsored by Deathcote Records, will be located at Chasers Nightclub, located behind the Palladium on the corner of Martin Luther King and Commercial streets. The main festival will be taking place at the Palladium.
“There are so many great bands and not enough time to get all of them on during the course of two days,” said festival co-organizer Sott Lee. “Adding a third stage is a great way for us to showcase some of the developing bands and it’s a terrific opportunity for these bands to play alongside some of today’s top metal and hardcore bands.”
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will take place on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, with the Atticus pre-party on Thursday, April 16. This year’s event is presented by Randall Amplifiers, Washburn Guitars and Eden Electronics. Metal Blade Records will present the main stage. Prosthetic Records will present the second stage.
The Atticus-sponsored pre-party will be a unique event that will be combining film and music, kicking off with a screening of official film sponsor Anchor Bay's film "Crowley," co-written by none other than Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson. The provocative supernatural thriller is the tale of a virtual reality experiment gone wrong, sending the soul of the British occultist Aleister Crowley into the body of a shy university professor. But even as Crowley creates all-new orgies of depraved pleasures and black magic, he is now preparing to unleash the ultimate occult event upon the world. Also showing is "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," a sometimes revealing, sometimes hilarious documentary about the legendary Canadian metal band. The movie follows best friends Robb Reiner and Lips as they make a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the "demi-gods of Canadian metal, " influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, despite never hitting the big time. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams. The film will be followed by a performance by the band itself. The pre-party will also be held at the Palladium. Admission is free with a weekend pass or $15 for non-ticket holders.
Prices this year are $40 for Friday, $45 for Saturday or $79 for a 2-day ticket that also includes free admission to the kick off party on Thursday. Tickets are available at all Strawberries, FYE Stores, online at tickets.com or by calling (800) 477-6849. Tickets are available now.
Bands scheduled to perform this year include: More...
The second day of Indianapolis Metal Fest II has been cancelled. Here's a statement from show organizers:
"Due to issues entirely beyond our control, the Saturday show at 5100 W. 38th Street, Indianapolis has been cancelled. More details will be available on our website soon.
"We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Make-up dates are being considered, and we are certain to file legal action against the parties responsible for this situation.
"Thanks to all who came out to the show on Friday night -- it was a GREAT crowd and the bands were amazing. Though we were unable to give you the show we wanted to give you due to problems and code violations within the venue, I think we all pulled together as best we could and made the Friday night show one hell of a good show.
"Special thanks to Morgan and Mercedes Lander from Kittie for being so exceptionally cool. Extra special thanks to Dino Cazares for invaluable advice and support during the show.
"A major announcement and statement will be made concerning this issue in a day or so."
Monolith Entertainment and the Indianapolis Metal Fest II have announced a change in venue for the two day event to be held September 26th and 27th, 2008. The festival, dubbed "the Midwest's fastest growing celebration of all things metal," will move to the Marquee Convention and Event Center located at 5100 W. 38th Street in Indianapolis, IN 46254.
The Festival was originally scheduled to be held at the Madame C.J. Walker Theatre but the organizers moved the event to the new venue to accommodate the comfort of additional fans to move inside in case of inclement weather.
Monolith Entertainment is working through all media outlets to inform all fans who have already purchased tickets that these tickets are remain valid at the new venue. All other details remain the same with regards to the show and ticket booking info.
The Indianapolis Metal Fest II is featuring acts from all over the world and from all genres of metal including: Dew-Scented, Kittie, Divine Heresy, Into Eternity, Arsis, Mustasch, Ekotren, Demiricous, Shadowside, The Absence, Woe of Tyrants, Psyopus, Wykked Wytch, Obszon Geschopf, Threat Signal, Green Jelly, Into Eternity, Daylight Dies, Bleed The Sky, Destrophy, Skeletonwitch, The Destro, Gates Of Slumber and more.
Nuclear Blast USA Recording artist and death metal act Arsis is confirmed to appear at the Indianapolis Metal Fest II on September 26th and 27.
Arsis joins label mates Dew-Scented, Threat Signal, and Bleed the Sky for their first-ever appearance at what's being touted as the "fastest growing celebration of all things metal." In its second year, the Indianapolis Metal Fest is setting itself apart from other metal festivals by highlighting diverse bands from all metal genres.
2008 has proved to be busy and successful for the Virginia-based Arsis, which is arriving in Indianapolis fresh off their summer "Trash and Burn Tour" with Misery Signal, Darkest Hour, and Parkway Drive and will hit the road again in November on the "European MetalFest Tour" with Morbid Angel and Kataklysm through the end of the year. Arsis is performing and touring with material from their latest Nuclear Blast Release, "We are the Nightmare."
Joining Arsis, Dew-Scented, Threat Signal, and Bleed the Sky at the Indianapolis Metal Fest II will be national bands Kittie, Divine Heresy, Mustasch, The Absence, Ekotren, Woe of Tyrants, Demiricous, Shadowside (Brazil), Level-C, Wykked Wytch, Obszon Geschopf (France), Green Jelly, Into Eternity, Daylight Dies, Destrophy, Skeletonwitch, The Destro, Gates of Slumber, Gigan, Black Chapel, and a number of hand-picked artists and regional favorites.
The show will take place at Madame Walker Theater, located at 617 Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis. Two-day tickets are $30 in advance/$40 at the door. Tickets are available at indianapolismetalfest.com, www.myspace.com/indymetalfest or by phone at (888) 690-9875.
Tickets are also available locally at select retails locations listed below. More...
Billboard.com reports: Ozzfest 2008, with Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne as headliners, grossed nearly $3.5 million and drew close to 30,000 people to Dallas' Pizza Hut Park, according to producers Sharon Osbourne and AEG Live.
Sponsored by Affliction Clothing, this year's Ozzfest marked the return of the 13-year-old hard music brand after a free run at amphitheaters last year. This year's one-off event did "fantastically well," Sharon Osbourne told Billboard.com. "The one thing is you want for the kids to go away and keep talking about what a great show it was, and that's what they're doing."
In addition to Metallica and Osbourne, mainstage acts were Serj Tankian, Hellyeah, Johnathan Davis, Cavalera Conspiracy, Shadows Fall, Apocalyptica, and In This Moment. The second stage featured Sevendust, Devildriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goatwhore. On the third stage were the Sword, Drowning Pool, Rigor Mortis, Within Chaos, The Destro and "battle of the bands" winners Debris and Black Tooth.
Osbourne says plans are for Ozzfest to return to Dallas again next summer, likely as a two-day festival, and other cities are also being considered. "Ozzfest ain't going anywhere," she says. "We do try and shake things up and experiment. We're not the old donkey that plods on doing the same sh*t."
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
The single-day Ozzfest 2008 destination event is fast approaching. The festival will be held this Saturday, August 9 in Dallas, Texas. The set times have been released and are as follows (listed mostly in reverse order):
Metallica 9:45 - 11:15 pm
Ozzy Osbourne 8:00 - 9:15 pm
Serj Tankian 6:45 - 7:45 pm
HellYeah/Dime tribute 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Johnathan Davis 4:25 - 5:15 pm
Cavalera Conspiracy 3:35 - 4:15 pm
Shadows Fall 2:50 - 3:25 pm
Apocalyptica 2:10 - 2:40 pm
In This Moment 1:30 - 2:00 pm
Sevendust 4:30 - 5:00 pm
Devildriver 3:30 - 4:00 pm
Kingdom of Sorrow 2:30 - 3:00 pm
Soilent Green 1:30 - 2:00 pm
Witchcraft 12:30 - 1:00 pm
Goatwhore 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Sword 4:00 - 4:30 pm
Drowning Pool 3:00 - 3:30 pm
Rigor Mortis 2:00 - 2:30 pm
Within Chaos 1:00 - 1:30 pm
The Destro 12:00 - 12:30 pm
1st place battle of bands 11:00 - 11:30 am
2nd place battle of bands 10:30 - 10:40 am
Doors open at 10:00 am.
Following a successful 2007 debut, the Indianapolis Metal Fest is returning this September 26 and 27 to prove itself as the Midwest's premiere metal festival.
The festival includes an assortment of headliner-status and personally-chosen unsigned artists, including three bands that will be making their U.S. debuts. Bands already confirmed are: Dew Scented, Kittie, Divine Heresy, Mustasch, Daylight Dies, Bleed The Sky, Into Eternity, Ekotren, Skeletonwitch, The Destro, Gigan (ex-Hate Eternal), Psyopus, Level-C, Obszon Geschopf, Black Chapel, Demiricous, Gates of Slumber, Threat Signal, and The Absence. In all, the festival will host 60 bands over the two days. More...
The "Fresh Meat Tour," featuring The Absence, Epicurean, The Destro, and Rose Funeral has officially been cancelled. The Absence has released the following statement:
"First, let us say that we absolutely hate to cancel tours and shows. We love our fans and try so hard to make it to everyone that wants to see us. Alright, so here's the deal everyone... Yes, we have once again had to cancel a tour. BUT, We are quite sick of candy coating everything and making it seem like it's really our fault. First, Rose Funeral had to drop off due to some personal reasons, we wish them the best. As well as, Epicurean having to drop off. After all said and done, The Absence and The Destro decided it wouldn't be worth the 7-8 sometimes 10-12 hour drives between shows for very small amounts of money. These small amounts of money would not even cover gas to get to the next show. Everyone knows how high gas prices are at this time so we need not go into that any further.
"This month-long tour was eventually turned into a 13 day tour after shows and venues were cancelling left and right due to the fact that some booking agents can't do their jobs correctly and end up dealing with 15 year old promoters who are not yet experienced enough with putting on shows that include 4 national acts and have the show be a success. It just doesnt happen. No, we are not 'rockstars.' But we do expect our guaranteed amount of money and decent meals every show. We sometimes drive all night and play shows exhausted as hell to make sure all of our fans are happy. And when our fans are happy we know we've done our job and have no room to complain. But when we can't even afford to get to the first show and probably cant afford to make it home, there's a problem.
"We just can't stay quiet and say we had to drop off for reasons that aren't true. It's all the 'behind the scenes' politics that fans don't realize happen or see. Booking agents dropped the ball. Not the bands. Bottom line. We hope you all understand and still support us and the other bands that were supposed to be apart of this tour as well.
"So, we're sorry to all of you that wont be able to see us this time around but we promise you we'll be back around in the end of 2008 with a full US/Canadian tour."
As previously reported, Ozzfest will be a one day even this year, taking place on August 9th in Dallas, Texas. Two more acts have been added to the "Texas Stage", namely The Destro and Within Chaos.
The lineup so far is as follows:
Main Stage: OZZY OSBOURNE, METALLICA, SERJ TANKIAN, HELLYEAH, JONATHAN DAVIS, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SHADOWS FALL, APOCALYPTICA, IN THIS MOMENT, All-Star Tribute To "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.
Second Stage: SEVENDUST, DEVILDRIVER, KINGDOM OF SORROW, SOILENT GREEN, WITCHCRAFT, GOATWHORE.
Texas Stage: THE SWORD, DROWNING POOL, RIGOR MORTIS, WITHIN CHAOS, THE DESTRO.
The Autumn Offering, The Destro, and Straight Line Stitch will team up for a handful of May tour dates. The following shows have been announced so far:
5/9 Louisville, KY @ Bulldog Cafe
5/10 Bowling Green, OH @ Howard's Club
5/11 Sandusky, OH @ The Underground
5/15 Detroit, MI @ The Ritz
5/16 Cincinnati, OH @ The Blue Note
5/17 Rockford, IL @ LT's
5/18 Green Bay, WI @ Club Toxic
5/20 Peoria, IL @ Tops 'N Tails
Unearth frontman Trevor Phipps has posted the following post-tour update to the band's MySpace blog:
"Thanks to everyone who made our recent "Alive from the Apocalypse" tour such a good time. Every show was a rager, all the fans brought the ruckus and every band were great dudes and fun to party with. Thanks to the fans, Bury Your Dead, As Blood Runs Black, My Children My Bride, The Destro, all the crew for their help and hard work and thanks to everyone involved in this tour for making it happen.
"This short time away from writing the next album gave us the platform to go out and have fun playing on tour again, support our new DVD and give a little taste of some new material to the fans. We are fired up as all hell and looking forward to finishing up writing this next album and getting it out there for all to hear by October. Without going into too much detail about the new tunes, it is harder hitting with more groove than any previous Unearth material. If you were in the crowd at one of our shows on this last tour, you got a glimpse of what to expect. Working with Derek Kerswill as our drummer for this album has given us the chance to let the songs grow as they should, the parts build up how they should and have the tunes hit as hard as they should. We are beyond amped about the new stuff and we look forward to giving everyone some new tunes to thrash to real fucking soon.
"till next time...
Unearth has teamed up with Myspace to bring you two exclusives. One is a trailer for their upcoming double disc DVD, "Alive From The Apocalypse", which will be released in Australia on 3/15, US & Canada on 3/18, and the UK & Europe on 3/20. You can view the trailer on MySpace or below.
The other exclusive is for a brand new video for our song "March Of The Mutes" from our last album, III: In The Eyes Of Fire.
Also, be sure to come and hang out with us on our upcoming tour in support of the DVD...
Here UNEARTH's Spring Tour dates with Bury Your Dead, As Blood Runs Black, My Children My Bride, and The Destro: More...
Germany’s THE OCEAN have announced the following North American tour dates:
May 21 - Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room w/ Catamenia
May 22 - St Catharines, ON @ L3 Nightclub
May 23 - Montreal, QC @ Lambi
with Kylesa, Lair of the Minotaur, Withered:
May 24 - Boston, MA @ Church of Boston
May 25 - Wallingford, CT @ Cherry Street Station
May 26 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
May 27 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
May 28 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
May 29 - Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
May 30 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
May 31 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
with Kylesa, Lair of the Minotaur:
June 1 - Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
June 2 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
June 3 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
with Lair of the Minotaur:
June 4 - Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
with The Destro, Lair of the Minotaur
June 5 - Houston, TX @ T.B.A.
June 6 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
June 7 - Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
June 8 - San Antonio, TX @ Rock Bottom
with Lair of the Minotaur:
June 10 - El Paso, TX @ Chic’s
June 11 - Farmington, NM @ Gator’s
with Lair of the Minotaur, Intronaut
June 12 - Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
June 13 - Fresno, CA @ Audie’s Olympic
June 14 - San Francisco, CA @ Annie’s Social Club
June 15 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
June 16 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brew
June 17 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
UNEARTH will be marching out on tour this spring, bringing with them BURY YOUR DEAD, AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK, MY CHILDREN MY BRIDE, THE DESTRO. Dates are as follows:
March 27 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
March 28 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
March 29 - Toledo, OH @ Headliners
March 30 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
March 31 - Des Moines, IA @ People’s Court
April 1 - Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
April 2 - Columbus, IL @ TBA
April 3 - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
April 4 - Knoxville, TN @ TBA
April 5 - Cordova, TN @ Skatepark of Memphis
April 6 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
April 8 - Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
April 9 - Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox Laundrolounge
April 10 - Richmond, VA @ TBA
Unearth are set to hit the road for a two week run of dates in support of their upcoming, first-ever, double disc DVD release "Alive from the Apocalypse" starting in Burlington, VT on March 27th. Supporting Unearth on this upcoming string of dates is fellow Massachusetts metalheads Bury Your Dead, Los Angeles' As Blood Runs Black, Madison, Alabama's My Children My Bride, and Texas metalers The Destro.
"We are hitting the road this spring for a short two week run to support the release of our new DVD "Alive from the Apocalypse." At the same time this will allow us to sit with some of the new songs we have been working on for our next record and really let the writing process breathe a bit. We are also playing some cities for the first time in two or more years and a couple others for the very first time in our career. We've put together a package we feel our fans will really dig with Bury Your Dead, As Blood Runs Black, My Children My Bride and The Destro. It's going to be good to get out there to support the DVD, blow off some steam and rage with friends and fans all at the same time" comments Trevor Phipps, vocalist of Unearth.
Here are the tour dates so far:
3/27 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
3/28 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
3/29 - Toledo, OH @ Headliners
3/30 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
3/31 - Des Moines, IA @ People's Court
4/1 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
4/2 - TBC
4/3 - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
4/4 - TBC
4/5 - Cordova, TN @ Skatepark of Memphis
4/6 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner's Music Hall
4/8 - Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
4/9 - Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox Laundrolounge
4/10 - TBC
Unearth's "Alive from the Apocalypse" will be available everywhere March 18th, 2008!
Here is the complete track listing for "Alive from the Apocalypse": More...
As Eden Burns, Harlots, and The Destro will be touring this winter. If you’re interested in booking one of the open dates below, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The routing is as follows:
12/27 Beaumont, TX @The Vortex
12/28 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
12/29 Houma, LA @ Mainstream
12/30 MS/AL @ TBA
12/31 Florida @ TBA
1/1 Tampa, FL @ Transitions Art Gallery w/ Khann
1/2 Florida @ TBA w/ Khann
1/3 Florida @ TBA w/ Khann
1/4 Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit w/ Khann
1/5 Valodsta, GA @ Vitos Rock & Roll Pizzeria
1/6 Georgia @ TBA
1/7 South Carolina @ TBA
1/8 North Carolina @ TBA
1/9 Tennessee @ TBA
1/10 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
1/11 Little Rock, AR @ Knuckfest
1/12 Claremore, OK @ The Tree
As previously reported, Harlots will be teaming up with Destroyer Destroyer immediately after this for a tour through February 1, 2008.
You can check out THE DESTRO’s new video for the song “Beast Burden” online here. The track comes off the band’s latest album, As The Coil Unwinds.