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Lead shredder and singer Dave Mustaine of Megadeth is considering several new additions for an upcoming North American tour; including Diecast, Dry Kill Logic, Otep, Overkill, Pain of Salvation, Taproot, and Symphony X.
Megadeth's "Gigantour" is set to begin in late July with Dream Theatre, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. Dillinger Escape Plan will join the tour late, according to Mustaine's forum announcement, and the slot is as-of-yet still open. "There are still many more bands to review, and now I am waiting for their music to be sent."
The band also reports a possible Australia visit. Mustaine said, "It may not be with any of the current line-up of other bands, but at least we are starting the preliminary footwork."
A website for the tour -- named after a 1960's cartoon "Gigantor" -- will be launched next month. This six-week trek will likely be the band's final tour under the Megadeth name.
The thrash metal band were founded in 1983 by former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine.
Canadian madman Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad) has booked off half of August and all of September to record the new Devin Townsend Band album. It is tentatively called "Sychestra" (changed from from the previously announced "Human"). The Devin Townsend Band DVD will likely be released as a bonus disc with the album and not independently. Like in 2003, Devin thinks that the two records will artistically complement as well as contradict one another.
In related news, Strapping Young Ladbassist Byron Stroud will be back with Fear Factory for the Gigantour in the USA, featuring Megadeth, Dream Theater, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. Meanwhile, Will Campagna has returned as Strapping Young Lad's keyboard player and will be joining them on the upcoming Sounds of the Underground tour beginning in late June. This tour is different in that it starts in the morning and the bands are separated into three tiers, rotating order within each tier for each performance. SYL are in Tier 2 and are scheduled to play somewhere between 3 and 6 p.m. each date. Somewhere between Tier 2 and 3, there will be a special "half-time show" performance by GWAR.
Century Media report that NEVERMORE recently completed the recording process for their new album, This Godless Endeavor, at Backstage Studios in England with legendary producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, OPETH). The new offering is currently set for a summer release. This will mark the group’s first recording with guitarist Steve Smyth (ex-TESTAMENT).
Nevermore will embark on massive six-week summer festival tour, dubbed the Gigantour, alongside MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN in late July.
Warrel Dane (vocals) further describes his thoughts on the new album and upcoming tour: “We have completed the recording process for This Godless Endeavor and Andy Sneap will finish mixing and mastering the record this week. It was a great experience working with Sneap again and he has really outdone himself on this record. We are also really psyched up for Gigantour. It's great to part of a tour that is focused on musicianship instead of current trends. This summer is going to be great.”
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the group's official web site:
"I thought I would start to inform you of what you can expect from the Gigantour Festival this summer.
"First off the set times on the main stage will be approximately 90 minutes for MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER each, 45 minutes for FEAR FACTORY, and 30 minutes each for DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE.
"We are hoping to have a second stage of talent and as of now there is a list of fourty bands that want to be part of this wonderful summer excursion. Each one of those bands would play approximately 20 minutes, excluding the headlining band for the second stage, which would be around 30 minutes.
"We are going to play in many cities that we may have missed last trek, and so far the dates total 32, but that may grow depending on the demand from you, the fans, and from the promoters who believe. More...
It's called Gigantour, and it's the brainchild of MEGADETH frontman/guitarist Dave Mustaine.
Set to launch in late July, Gigantour is a six-week festival trek co-headlined by MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER, who'll be accompanied by other main-stage acts FEAR FACTORY, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE. Artists for the second stage will be announced in the coming weeks.
Gigantour follows MEGADETH's sold-out 2004 "Blackmail The Universe" tour in support of 2004's "The System Has Failed" — MEGADETH's tenth studio album — which debuted on the charts at #18 and was critically hailed as a brilliant return to form. Bandmates Glen Drover (guitar), James MacDonough (bass) and Shawn Drover (drums) will once again join Mustaine on the road.
Gigantour — whose moniker was inspired by the classic 1960s cartoon "Gigantor" — will criss-cross North America, with stops in amphitheatres and arenas in cities including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, Denver and Minneapolis, among others. The tour is implementing the "fan-friendly" ticket price of approximately $35 each. Mustaine notes: "I think people may want an affordable alternative to the choices out there — along the lines of a pure music festival — like Monsters of Rock or Clash of the Titans."
Mustaine handpicked the bands for Gigantour, with a focus on musicianship. "There are few very successful tours out each summer and in order to be significant, I knew the first Gigantour had to make an impact with top bands like DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE." Mustaine wanted to "put together a festival that consisted of positive bands that play heavy music in a high energy environment."
Mustaine comments on the other bands he's chosen for the Gigantour main stage. "I think that the variety of playing styles and the credibility of the different players is really exciting. I'm looking forward to spending time with DREAM THEATER — including my friend Mike Portnoy — while on the road. I think DREAM THEATER is unbelievably talented. I can't wait to see what their set list is going to be for this festival."
Mike Portnoy from DREAM THEATER comments on the band's perspective on the tour: "I think we probably bring some diversity to the bill, because we're kind of like chameleons — we can fit into a lot of different situations. We've done shows in the past with IRON MAIDEN, SLAYER and PANTERA, and then we've also done shows with ELTON JOHN, YES and DEEP PURPLE. I think our fan base is very diverse like that too." Portnoy sees Gigantour as a "kind of a meeting of musicians and metal-heads." He adds: "I've been listening to MEGADETH since day one and always admired them and Dave as an artist — he constantly stuck to his guns and stuck by the music he believes in. MEGADETH are one of the pioneers of the genre." Gigantour marks the first U.S. leg of DREAM THEATER dates in support of their forthcoming release "Octavarium", due out June 7 on Atlantic Records.
Mustaine first toured with FEAR FACTORY in 1994. "I think FEAR FACTORY and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN are really going to add something different to the tour and bring some new people in." He continues, "The frontman of NEVERMORE [Warrel Dane] used to be in a band called SANCTUARY and I produced their first record."
Mustaine is excited to hit the road and has a positive outlook for Gigantour. "I look forward to watching this develop over the years and seeing how we can turn this into something that's going to stand the test of time. And if this works, and it really works, maybe we'll take it elsewhere."
Stay tuned for tour dates, venues and information about the second-stage bands to be announced soon.
After returning from a successful show at Japan’s Independence-D Festival in Tokyo, Heaven Shall Burn just got confirmed as support for The Dillinger Escape Plan in Cologne, Underground on April 3rd (next Sunday). It will be right after their gig at Easterbash in Kortrijk, Belgium.
“We just played with The Dillinger Escape Plan in Japan and they just tore the whole place up, so we are looking forward to shred Cologne with them! Thanks to the Japanese for their super-nice welcome at Independence-D Festival last week. People went nuts – and our album “Antigone” isn’t even out in Japan yet. We’re definitely looking forward to our next visit to Nippon”, says guitarist Maik Weichert.
Burst will be in the studio in May and June recording a new album. Tracking will take place at Music-a-matic Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the record should hit stores in September via Relapse Records. Meanwhile, the band will touring Scandinavia briefly with Dillinger Escape Plan in April. Here are the tour dates:
4/6 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
4/7 Malmö, Sweden @ KB
4/8 Gothenburg, Sweden @ Sticky Fingers
4/9 Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben
Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato is to provide vocals for Spylacopa, a solo project started by one-time Candiria guitarist John LaMacchia. No further details are yet available.
Denmark's futuristic metallers Mnemic will head on their first trip to Japan in March. They will be part of a three day festival/convention called "Independence-D", set to take place March 11-13 at Studio Coast Shinkiba in Tokyo, Japan.
Also appearing on the bill are The Dillinger Escape Plan, Heaven Shall Burn, Loudness, Misfits, Visions of Atlantis among others.
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have been nominated for 'Live Act Of The Year' and 'Metal Album Of The Year' for the 2004 edition of the PLUG Independent Music Awards.
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN will be closing out the night performing a full-set at this year's PLUG Awards ceremony, Wednesday February 9th at Webster Hall in New York City along with fellow nominees SAUL WILLIAMS, RJD2 + AESOP ROCK, TED LEO + THE PHARMACISTS.
Additionally DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN are up for 'Metal Album Of The Year' for Miss Machine. Sharing the ballot are label-mates MASTODON (for Leviathan), ISIS, MELVINS / LUSTMORD, COMETS ON FIRE and many more.
Even more new dates have been rolled out for Slipknot, Lamb Of God and Shadows Fall' "Subliminal Verses Tour", the latest are as follows:
April 22nd Kansas City, MO - City Market (Feat. The Dillinger Escape Plan)
April 23rd Ames, IA - Hilton Coliseum (Feat. The Dillinger Escape Plan)
April 24th St. Paul, MN - X-Cel Energy Center (Feat. The Dillinger Escape Plan)
April 26th Green Bay, WI - Resch Arena (Feat. American Head Charge)
Japan's 1st annual Independence D Festival, a 3 day event set to take place at Studio Coast Shinkiba in Tokyo. Is kicking off from March 11th through the 13th, a host of artists from all over the world will be taking part in this prestigious event. Lineup's for the festival are below:
Day 2 - March 12
BOWLING FOR SOUP
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
THE RED CHORD
BRUCE LEE BAND
BURY YOUR DEAD
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW
NOT BY CHOICE
Day 3 - March 13
EDGE OF SPIRIT
THE KILLER BARBIES
THINE EYES BLEED
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
WHEEL OF DOOM
More acts are set to be announced daily!
On Thursday, January 20th, the Dillinger Escape Plan is set to appear at the Virgin Mega Store in NYC as part of the "100 Acts of Support - The Concerts for Banda Aceh," event that is being staged to raise money for the Music For Relief Fund, in conjunction with the American Red Cross. Accross the country at every Virgin Megastore, bands will be playing that day as part of this event. Those who attend the event will be offered the chance to purchase a wrist band/bracelet showing their suport of the event, and donation boxes will be in place.
Auctions will also take place on the same day at each store This is an event not to be missed for reasons not just music related. There will be other bands playing on this night as well. DEP is to hit the stage between 8 and 9pm that night.
Emok, the hard-hitting, precedent breaking three piece will be touring Japan with Dillinger Escape Plan and Candiria.
March 07 Osaka, JAP - Club Quattro
March 08 Nagoya, JAP - Club Quattro
March 09 Tokyo, JAP - Club Quattro
March 10 Tokyo, JAP - Club Loft
Emok’s members all originally hail from Israel, and currently reside in Brooklyn. Their debut album "Shove Your Head into the Ground and Feed It to the Earth" will be released on Wrong Records Feburary 22, 2005.
"Shove Your Head into the Ground and Feed It to the Earth," on Wrong Records is a collision of composition and cacophony; intellect and emotion; heritage and progression.
The album was recorded, produced, and designed entirely by the band. Emok’s music has a pronounced Middle Eastern influence stemming from their Israeli upbringing, but restated as an explosive, intense, thoroughly modern – even futuristic – style uniquely their own. The songs on "Shove Your Head into the Ground and Feed It to the Earth" are whirling storm systems sonic hurricane force colored with vivid distortion and crackling slipstreams of harsh electronic samples. Throughout the sound is potent and relentless, utterly engulfing the listener in its dark fury, sonic tendrils probing the powerful, hidden places deep inside the psyche. The words are torn and conflicted, attempting to reconcile the ideal with the real – influenced by the circumstances of their homeland. Lyrics evince both fear and hope: they address global hate, unification by fear, distrust in political systems, divided empathy, and frustration with all that, then alternate that with idylls of exotic lands, the trust bred through friendship, hope, and escape.
The End will be hitting the road this month for dates in both the U.S. and Canada, including stints with Dead To Fall and Dillinger Escape Plan. Here's the latest:
1/20 Windsor ONT @ The Space w/ Closed Casket Funeral, Blood Shot Eye
1/21 Grand Rapids MI @ 10 Bells More...
Dillinger Escape Plan will once again be heading overseas in the new year, dates include:
March 07th Osaka, JAP - Club Quattro (Feat. Candiria, Emok)
March 08th Nagoya, JAP - Club Quattro (Feat. Candiria, Emok)
March 09th Tokyo, JAP - Club Quattro(Feat. Candiria, Emok)
March 10th Tokyo, JAP - Club Loft (Feat. Candiria, Emok)
March 14th Paris, FRA - La Locomotive (Feat. Fishbone)
March 15th Tourcoing, FRA - Le Grand Mix (Feat. Fishbone)
March 16th Poitiers, FRA - Le Confort Moderne (Feat. Fishbone)
March 17th Orleans, FRA - L'Astrolabe (Feat. Fishbone)
March 18th Clermond Ferrand, FRA - Festival Les Volcaniques de Mars (Feat. Fishbone)
March 19th St. Nazaire, FRA - Le Vip (Feat. Fishbone)
March 21st Bordeaux, FRA - Rock School Barbey (Feat. Fishbone)
March 23rd Evreux, FRA - L'Abordage (Feat. Fishbone)
March 24th Reims, FRA - La Cartonnerie (Feat. Fishbone)
March 25th Mulhouse, FRA - Le Noumatrouff (Feat. Fishbone)
March 26th Macon, FRA - La Cave a Musiques (Feat. Fishbone)
Nuclear Blast has announced the tracklisting of "Alone in the Dark," the original motion picture soundtrack inspired and from the movie. "Alone in the Dark" is based on the best-selling Atari video game series of the same name. The soundtrack will feature some of today’s best Metal bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, Fear Factory, Machine Head amongst others, and it will be featured on a double disc format. This is the first time a Hollywood production receives an all Extreme Metal soundtrack. The release date for the soundtrack has been set for January 25, 2005.
Edward Carnby (Christian Slater) is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the world, searching for truth in the occult remnants of the ancient civilizations. Now, the greatest mystery of his past is about to become the most dangerous case he has ever faced. With the help of his ex-flame, archeologist Aline Cedrac (Tara Reid), and his bitter rival, government agent Richard Burke (Stephen Dorff), Edward Carnby is about to learn that just because you don’t believe in something, that doesn’t mean it can’t kill you. More info can be found here.
There will be two different version of the soundtrack, one for European territories and the American version. Here are both tracklists: More...
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have been named one of MTV's December 2004 "Advance Warning" artists based on the strength of their new video. The video, for the song "Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants", made its world premiere on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" this past weekend and comes from DILLINGER's critically acclaimed new release, "Miss Machine".
"Advance Warning" brings MTV and MTV2 viewers artists on the verge of breaking big. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN appear amongst current network "Advance Warning" artists TV ON THE RADIO, RIDDLIN' KIDS and NICOLE WRAY. DILLINGER's "Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants" video and information on this month's "Advance Warning" artists can be found on MTV.com at this location. Past "Advance Warning" artists include FRANZ FERDINAND, MODEST MOUSE, A.F.I., LOSTPROPHETS, TAKING BACK SUNDAY and THE VON BONDIES.
DILLINGER's "Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants" video was filmed on location in Union City, NJ with director Dale Resteghini (FALL OUT BOY, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL) and features THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN performing as a part of an evolving story line, also starring Jose Mangin, rock programmer at Sirius Satellite radio and host of the network's "Hard Attack" program.
The Dillinger Escape Plan has been Nominated as Best Live Act and Best Metal Album in the 2004 edition of the Plug Awards. You can vote for them at the Plug website. The band will be playing the Plug Awards at Webster Hall in New York in February.
DEP's new video for "Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants" has been posted on MTV.com.
DEP will be playing a show at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on December 27th 2004 with Thursday. The band plans to head on tour again to Canada, America, Japan and Australia.
Dillinger Escape Plan, Meshuggah, High On Fire, Strapping Young Lad, Keelhaul, Dog Fashion Disco and Abdullah are among those bands featured on the Melvins tribute album 'We Reach: The Music Of The Melvins'. This should be released next May by Fractured Transmitter Record Co.