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Early Man, the traditional heavy metal band founded in 2003, is asking for pledges to help fund a new album through IndieGogo. The band is currently without a record label and is hoping with fan support for the release of the album. On the subject, Mike Conte, vocalist/guitarist of Early Man says:
"After many years spent recording full-length records on larger labels we’ve decided to take a DIY approach with this record. We have all of the tools at our disposal necessary to make an amazing record, including songs that are already written. We want to make that record free of any outside involvement from labels, managers, producers, etc."
Check out the funding campaign at this location. What do you get for pledging money towards the new record? Early Man has set up a series of perks through IndieGoGo that make supporting the group more like a pre-order rather than a donation. The perks vary wildly depending on how much you pledge and some of those include: A CD/signed poster bundle, writing lyrics for your own personalized song, autographed vinyl records, attending the listening party, recording a solo for the album, guitar lessons, and even having Early Man record an acoustic cover of any song you can think of.
Mike Conte goes on to say, "Our first record 'Closing In' put us in the hole about $150,000 BEFORE it even came out and the second one 'Death Potion,' about $50,000 BEFORE it was out. We still haven't recouped on tens of thousands of dollars on both of those records. This record, however, will be a refreshing change of pace." More...
See what I did there? Clever stuff, eh? Anyway, Death Angel is out doing a club tour across North America to support their newest studio full length, “Relentless Retribution,” supported by Lazarus A.D., Bonded by Blood, Early Man and Hexen. They stopped by Chicago on February 9, and already had a couple strikes against them before they even took the stage. But more on that later. Lazarus A.D. was supposed to be second on the bill but had van problems and didn’t make it to Chicago; an obvious bummer all around for obvious reasons, and it especially sucked for your correspondent, since I love me some Lazarus A.D. Hexen and Early Man were also replaced by a couple local Chicago bands. Enough preamble, let’s talk about what actually happened. More...
Mike Conte, frontman and founding member of Early Man, has issued the following statement after the departure of drummer Adam Bennati.
"I haven't had a chance to get to a computer until now so here's a much-needed update for you.
"It's been a crazy few weeks, to say the least.
"About five days before this tour started, I made the decision to part ways with Adam, our drummer of the past seven years. A plethora of things were taken into consideration before making this difficult decision, but as the leader and founding member of the band, it is my responsibility to make decisions based on what I feel is best for myself and the band in both the short term and long term.
"I wish Adam the best in the future and have some fond memories of his time spent in the band. That being said, my number one interest as always is to take EARLY MAN to the next level, and that process continues.
"EARLY MAN has been my musical creative outlet for nearly 15 years, the band is essentially an extension of me. As always, the creative vision and everything that the band has been about since its inception continues to be steered by me and remains unchanged. There have been numerous musicians involved with the band over the years and there will be more in the future and I appreciate the time spent with all of them. For me, the beat goes on. I've already recently turned my attention to writing songs for the next EARLY MAN record and am eagerly looking towards the future with newfound interest.
"Speaking of time, I realize parting ways with a bandmember five days before the start of a U.S. tour is far from ideal, but it is what it is. We'll soon have another permanent drummer. In the meantime and in order to salvage this tour, I found a drummer through a good friend by the name of Jabari Parker in Los Angeles who learned six of our songs in one day, something that I would've thought was impossible when I started spreading the word that I was looking for a fill in for this tour. Rather than cancelling any dates, I practiced with Pete (our other guitarist) and the new drummer for about five hours and then we got into a van and drove 24 straight hours to Tulsa, Oklahoma to start our current tour. We played four shows without a bass player and then we picked up an old friend of mine in Austin, Texas who is the guitarist and singer of a band called LIONS OF TSAVO to play bass.
"Although it's been a whirlwind of insanity, we are having a fucking blast! I honesty haven't laughed this much in years. I can't remember a time in the recent past where I was having this much fun on a tour, something that has been missing in the band at least for me for many years now. Everyone from the fans to the bands have been such a huge support and they've made it easy to keep the fire burning.
"So if we're hitting your city over the next few weeks, come out and say hello, share a drink and bang your head.
"I apologize for the fact that we are playing an abbreviated set (6-8 songs a night) but the important thing is we're making it happen, and to be honest, it sounds pretty goddamn amazing given the circumstances, which attests to the talent and ability of the the fill-in drummer and bassist."
British thrashers EVILE, are currently preparing for a North American tour, which kicks off at the end of September and runs through until just before Christmas.
EVILE vocalist and guitarist MATT DRAKE comments on the tour, "For the second time this year, Evile are proud to be able to say we're coming across the pond to play some more shows throughout America and Canada. Last time we were there for two months, this time we're staying for three, playing at loads of places we never went to last time, but also revisiting many places we played at with the mighty Overkill and Kreator earlier in the year. We just can't get enough of it!"
"This time we're joining up with Overkill, Forbidden, Early Man, Gama Bomb and Bonded By Blood for many different tours, also some headline shows of our own, so if you saw us play last time, make sure you come and see us again and bring everyone you know for some metal madness!" More...
San Francisco Bay Area thrash act Death Angel has uploaded the tracks “Truce” and “River of Rapture” to the band's Myspace page. The songs comes off Death Angel's latest record, "Relentless Retribution," which is available now in North America. Death Angel will also embark on a North American headlining tour, and will be joined by Lazarus A.D., Early Man, Bonded By Blood, and Hexen. The dates are as follows:
01/30/11 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
01/31/11 The Cabsbah – Charlotte, NC
02/01/11 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
02/02/11 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
02/03/11 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
02/04/11 Club Hell – Providence, RI
02/05/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
02/06/11 Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
02/07/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
02/08/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
02/09/11 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
02/10/11 Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
02/11/11 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
02/12/11 Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
02/13/11 Numbers – Houston, TX (+ D.R.I.)
02/14/11 Emo’s – Austin, TX (+ D.R.I.)
02/15/11 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (+ D.R.I.)
02/16/11 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
02/18/11 Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
02/19/11 Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
02/20/11 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
02/21/11 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
02/22/11 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
02/23/11 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
02/24/11 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
02/25/11 Lost on Main – Chico, CA
02/26/11 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Bay Area thrash metallers Death Angel have announced the dates for it's first ever headlining tour of North America. The tour will be in support of the band's latest studio album "Relentless Retribution" which is planned for release in early 2011. Support on the tour will come from Early Man and Lazarus A.D.
Death Angel tour dates:
Jan. 30 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
Jan. 31 - The Cabsbah - Charlotte, NC
Feb. 01 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
Feb. 02 - Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
Feb. 03 - Rocko's - Manchester, NH
Feb. 04 - Club Hell - Providence, RI
Feb. 05 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
Feb. 06 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON - CANADA
Feb. 07 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Feb. 08 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
Feb. 09 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Feb. 10 - Phoenix Hill Tavern - Louisville, KY
Feb. 11 - Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
Feb. 12 - Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 13 - Numbers - Houston, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 14 - Emo's - Austin, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 15 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 16 - Rail Club - Ft. Worth, TX
Feb. 18 - Club DV8 - Tucson, AZ
Feb. 19 - Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
Feb. 20 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
Feb. 21 - Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 22 - The Key Club - Hollywood, CA
Feb. 23 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
Feb. 24 - The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
Feb. 25 - Lost on Main - Chico, CA
Feb. 26 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA
Bonded By Blood continue to add more tour dates to an already busy schedule as they announce an additional tour with Early Man and Evile for the fall. The trek kicks off in Tulsa, OK on September 30th and will make stops all across the country. The currently announced dates are as follows:
9/30 - Marquee - Tulsa OK
10/1 - Walter's - Houston TX
10/2 - White Rabbit - San Antonio TX
10/3 - Emo's - Austin TX
10/4 - Ridglea Theater - Ft Worth TX
10/5 - The Muse- Nashville TN
10/6 - Budda's Place - Newport News VA
10/7 - Sonar - Baltimore MD
10/8 - Championship Bar and Grill - Trenton NJ
10/9 - Rocko's Rock Club - Manchester NH
10/10 - Europa - Brooklyn NY
10/12 - Sneaky Dee's - Toronto ON
10/13 - Broadway Joe's - Buffalo NY
10/16 - Mad Planet - Milwaukee, WI
10/17 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago IL
10/18 - The Riot Room - Kansas City MO
10/19 - Larimer Lounge - Denver CO
10/20 - Club Vegas - Salt lake City UT
10/22 - Dante's - Portland OR
10/23 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon (w/GAMA BOMB)
Toward the end of 2009, The End Records released a 99 cent 17 track sampler on iTunes. Now, in celebration of March Metal Month, the label has released a 20 track sampler for free download on Amazon.com! (May be only available to visitors in the U.S.)
1. The 69 Eyes "Dead Girls Are Easy" (3:53)
2. Dir En Grey "Dozing Green (Live)" (3:57)
3. Creature With the Atom Brain "Transylvania" (5:59)
4. Autumn "Liar Emilie" (6:01)
5. Cable "Running Out Of Roads To Ride" (4:55)
6. Goes Cube "Grinding The Knife Blade" (3:15)
7. Early Man "Someone Else's Nightmare" (3:52)
8. Shining "Fisheye" (5:07)
9. Karl Sanders "Rapture Of The Empty Spaces" (4:23)
10. Novembers Doom "A Eulogy For The Living Lost" (6:30)
11. Suicide City "The Best Way" (4:11)
12. Die Apokalyptischen Reiter "Der Weg (Live)" (3:56)
13. Sigh "L'art De Mourir" (4:55)
14. Borknagar "Havoc" (6:41)
15. Laethora "A.S.K.E." (3:39)
16. Hull "Architect" (6:54)
17. These Are They "The Indweller" (6:38)
18. Vreid "Milorg" (6:21)
19. Sarke "Old" (2:06)
20. Red Planet;Nattefrost "Sin Goddammit" Fenriz' (4:10)
You can download the free compilation here.
The End Records is thrilled to offer AMALGAMATE, a seventeen track sampler on iTunes for only $0.99. Featuring an exclusive track from Dir En Grey, plus unreleased songs from upcoming albums by Creature With the Atom Brain, Sigh and Early Man, AMALGAMATE showcases The End's heavier artists conveniently on one album. See the link and track listing below.
Kicking things off in 2010 will be Sigh with their classically infused orchestral metal on "Scenes From Hell," and the video game inspired electro indie rock from Super 8-bit Brothers on "Brawl," both out January 19th. The highly anticipated album from Creature With the Atom Brain entitled "Transylvania" will be released on February 2nd, which combines 60s inspired rock with dark and hypnotic psychedelic grooves. Norway’s Shining will also release their hard hitting hybrid of jazz and metal entitled "Blackjazz" on February 2nd. Laethora, which features Niklas Sundin of Dark Tranquillity, are set to release "The Light In Which We All Burn" on April 27th and consists of thirteen epic tracks of violent and powerful death/grind metal performed with intense passion and ferocity. More albums will be announced shortly.
Here is the "Amalgamate" track listing:
1. Dead Girls Are Easy – The 69 Eyes
2. Dozing Green (Live) – Dir En Grey
3. Transylvania – Creature With the Atom Brain
4. Liar – Emilie Autumn
5. Running Out of Roads to Ride – Cable
6. Grinding the Knife Blade – Goes Cube
7. Someone Else’s Nightmare – Early Man
8. Rapture of the Empty Spaces – Karl Sanders
9. A Eulogy for the Living Lost – November’s Doom
10. The Best Way – Suicide City
11. Der Weg (Live) – Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
12. L’art de Mourir – Sigh
13. Architect – Hull
14. The Indweller – These Are They
15. Milorg – Vreid
16. Old – Sarke
17. Sin Goddammit – Fenriz Red Planet & Nattefrost
In conjunction with the digital release of two new tracks from the split 7" "Friendship Adventure Music," Trigger Effect is doing a cross-Canada tour in with Priestess and Early Man.
Here are the tour dates:
November 18th // Quebec, QC // @ Chez Dagobert w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 19th // Montreal, QC // @ Le National Cabaret w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 20th // Ottawa, QC // @ Mavericks Bar w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 21st // Toronto, ON // @ Lee’s Palace w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 22nd // Hamilton, ON // @ Rok Bar w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 24th // Thunder Bay, ON // @ Black Pirates’ Pub w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 25th // Winnipeg, MB // @ Pyramid Cabaret w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 26th // Regina, SK // @ The Disrikt w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 27th // Calgary, AB // @ The Distillery w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 28th // Edmonton, AB // @ The Starlite Room w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 30th // Whistler, BC // @ Garibaldi Lift Company w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
December 1st // Victoria, BC // @ Sugar Nightclub w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
December 2nd // Nanaimo, BC // @ The Queens w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
December 3rd // Vancouver, BC // @ The Commodore Ballroom w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
California's High On Fire has announced a run of headline dates in California in August. High On Fire will be supported by Early Man on all dates. The dates are as follows:
August 7th Noctumum Eureka, CA
August 8th Harlows Sacramento, CA
August 10th Starline Fresno, CA
August 11th Fat Cat Modesto, CA
August 12th Alex's Bar Long Beach, CA
August 15th Casbah San Diego, CA - co-headline show with Earthless
Early Man has issued the following update about canceling the upcoming tour alongside Valient Thorr:
"Unfortunately due to an arm/back injury that I suffered after our last tour we have had to cancel all of our tour dates this month with Valient Thorr so I can get some much needed rest. We will hit the road again after this month and all summer long in support of our new full length which will come out this summer. The record is called 'Death Potion', I actually had a chance to hear a couple mastered versions of the new songs earlier today for the first time and they sound amazing. This record is clearly a new level for us as a band and I can't wait to take these songs out on the road. We will see you all soon!"
THE END RECORDS has announced their 2009 South by Southwest Showcase, which will features EARLY MAN, TUB RING, JUNIUS, GOES CUBE, HULL, and THESE ARE THEY. Here's the show details:
Thursday, March 19th
The Ale House Pub
310 E. 6 Old Pecan Street
Austin, TX 78701
Dungeons and Dragons influenced metal band A Band of Orcs has issued the following update about playing with 3 Inches of Blood on January 14th:
Hell, yes! A Band of Orcs finally get a showdown with the brave, some would say foolish, men who wrote the song "Destroy the oRcs!" Do not miss this most awesome of duels!!!!!Until the Domination, oRc on!!!
The show's promotional poster can be viewed below. More...
EARLY MAN is back in the studio, currently working on their sophomore full-length with Jack Endino (High On Fire, Zeke, Valient Thorr, Nirvana). The still-untitled album, the follow-up to the band's 2005 debut, "Closing In (Matador)," will be released by THE END RECORDS in early 2009. EARLY MAN, featuring guitarist/vocalist Mike Conte, drummer Adam Bennati, guitarist Pete Macy, and bassist Tim Ramage, are keeping fans updated on their progress in the studio at this location. More...
3 Inches of Blood has announced January 2009 Northwest tour dates dubbed the "Thrashin' The West Coast" tour. Support will come from Toxic Holocuast and Early Man. Here are the tour dates:
01/10/09 - Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall (w/ Toxic.. Holocaust & Early Man)
01/12/09 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk (w/ Toxic Holocaust & Early Man)
01/13/09 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's (w/ Toxic.. Holocaust & Early Man)
01/14/09 - Santa.. Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst (w/ Toxic Holocaust & Early Man)
01/15/09 - Hollywood, CA @ Key Club (w/ Early Man)
01/16/09 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction (w/ Early Man)
01/17/09 - San Diego, CA @ Soma Side Stage (w/ Early Man)
01/18/09 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Beauty Bar (w/ Toxic Holocaust & Early Man)
01/20/09 - South Lake Tahoe, CA @ Whiskey Dicks (w/ Toxic Holocaust & Early Man)
01/22/09 - Roseburg, OR @ Riversdale Grange (w/ Toxic Holocaust & Early Man)
01/23/09 - to be confirmed...
01/24/09 - Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo (w/ Toxic Holocaust & Early Man)
The air may have been frosty when Iced Earth slid into a wintery Calgary on Monday night, but their reception could hardly have been warmer when the classic metal act performed to a sold out crowd at the MacEwan Hall Ballroom. More...
ICED EARTH and Scrape Records will be conducting an autograph signing at Scrape Records in Vancouver to commemorate the store's 11th Anniversary on Wednesday, November 19. The in-store signing will take place at the store's location on 323 E. Broadway from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm local time. Later that night, the band will be the headlining the annivesary show at the Commodore Ballroom with support from EARLY MAN and OVER THE COALS. For more details, visit the Scrape Records website.
EARLY MAN is back with Beware The Circling Fin, their first release since 2005's acclaimed Closing In. Beware The Circling Fin, the band's first release for THE END RECORDS, was mixed with the help of legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Mudhoney, Dwarves, High On Fire).
In support of the release of Beware The Circling Fin, EARLY MAN will be hitting the road for some dates in North America with Iced Earth and Divine Heresy. More...
EARLY MAN's EP "Beware The Circling Fin," their first release since 2005's acclaimed Closing In, is out today. "Beware The Circling Fin," the band's first release for THE END RECORDS, was mixed with the help of legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Mudhoney, Dwarves, High On Fire).
The lead track from "Beware The Circling Fin," a raging thrasher called "Sinking The Blade," is available for download from MetalSucks.net.
MetalSucks also interviewed EARLY MAN frontman Mike Conte about the downfall of Neanderthals ('they were too intense to last long'), Metalocalypse ('so on point it's sometimes not even funny'), and where metal went wrong ('it didn't'). You can read the entire interview and download an MP3 of "Sinking The Blade" at MetalSucks here.
"Beware The Circling Fin" is available for pre-order from THE OMEGA ORDER. The EP is available in CD, digital, and 10" vinyl formats.