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The time is fast approaching for DevilDriver at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale on June 18th, and we at the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast are offering a free ticket giveaway to South Florida residents or anyone else able and willing to attend. Anyone interested should email email@example.com with the subject "DEVILDRIVER," and provide your name (matching your ID).
This week: vocalist Paul "Ablaze" Zinay (Blackguard) and bassist Xavier St Laurent (ex-Ion Dissonance) of Montreal, Quebec have formed a new group known as Ages. The two tracks so far released are titled "Heinous Nemesis" and "Resounding Negation," featuring members of Epica and HateSphere as guests. Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) offers his opinion on the band's sound and potential appeal.
Next: Mike and co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) react to two freshly released singles: "Chimes At Midnight" from Atlanta's Mastodon and "Cusp Of Eternity" from Sweden's Opeth. Both songs are taken from the eagerly anticipated upcoming albums "Once More 'Round The Sun" and "Pale Communion," respectively.
New Montreal act Ages has issued the following press release:
"We are AGES, welcome.
"Created by Xavier St Laurent (ex-Ion Dissonance) and Alexander Hebert, with a lineup that now includes Andre Thibault, Paul “Ablaze” Zinay (Blackguard), and Francois Archambault.
"We are excited to present to everyone our first of two singles entitled 'Heinous Nemesis' featuring Mark Jansen of EPICA and MAYAN."
"Heinous Nemesis" can be downloaded for free here. Ages will be releasing songs continuously throughout the coming months, all of which will available for free download.
The trolls of Nordic folklore are believed to be dirty creatures of enormous strength and appetite. Their grotesque physique grants them a comic element, although the humor tends to be on the grim side as these nocturne beings hunger for human flesh. Unsurprisingly, this has earned them a rather bad reputation.
All things considered, Finntroll are the perfect embodiment of all aforementioned sentiments - although one might want to replace the hunger for human meat with an unquenchable thirst for booze. Catch the trolls on tour in November/December with Blackguard & Metsatoll:
11/4/2013 West Springfield VA US Empire
11/5/2013 New York City NY US Stage 48
11/6/2013 Montreal QC CA Club Soda
11/7/2013 Quebec City QC CA Imperial de Quebec
11/8/2013 Ottawa ON CA Mavericks
11/9/2013 Worcester MA US The Palladium
11/10/2013 Pittsburgh PA US Altar Bar
11/11/2013 Cleveland OH US Peabody's
11/12/2013 London ON CA Rum Runners
11/13/2013 Joliet IL US Mojoes
11/14/2013 Saint Paul MN US Station 4
11/15/2013 Winnipeg MB CA The Zoo
11/16/2013 Regina SK CA The Exchange
11/17/2013 Calgary AL CA The Republik
11/18/2013 Edmonton AL CA Pawn Shop
11/20/2013 Vancouver BC CA Red Room
11/21/2013 Seattle WA US El Corazon
11/22/2013 Portland OR US Hawthorne Theatre
11/23/2013 San Francisco CA US Slim's
11/24/2013 Anaheim CA US The Grove
11/26/2013 Las Vegas NV US LVCS
11/27/2013 Tempe AZ US Rocky Point Cantina
11/29/2013 Salt Lake City UT US In the Venue
11/30/2013 Denver CO US Bluebird Theater
12/1/2013 Lawrence KS US Granada
12/2/2013 Dallas TX US Trees
12/3/2013 San Antonio TX US Backstage Live
12/4/2013 Houston TX US Scout Bar
12/6/2013 Tampa FL US Orpheum
12/7/2013 Atlanta GA US The Masquerade
12/8/2013 Louisville KY US Diamand Pub and Billiards
12/9/2013 Baltimore MD US Soundstage More...
On March 12, 2013 Swedish melodic metal act Soilwork will kick off its world tour in North America, marking the band's first time headlining in this territory in almost three years.
The extensive trek through the U.S. and Canada, "North American Infinity Tour 2013," will feature support from Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, and Wretched. An updated list of tour dates can be seen below.
Contrary to the tour poster featured below, The Browning will not be on the trek. Check out the band's statement on dropping off the run right here.
"All of us in Soilwork are excited to announce the first of many killer tours to come," said drummer Dirk Verbeuren. "We can't wait to take some of our new songs to the stage, and with two CDs worth of material, picking a set list is gonna be interesting to say the least... We look forward to once again bringing you metal the Soilwork way!" More...
Victory Records has checked in with the following statement about upcoming releases in the new year:
"After a successful 2012, Victory Records has summoned their army, with the drive and conviction to make 2013 rock harder than ever before. Pushing boundaries and coloring outside of the lines is to be expected, with a new year, comes a renewed sense of brutality and vengeance; an opportunity to unite fans of all music genres across the world.
"Never one to disappoint, Victory fan favorite Otep plans to deliver her final studio album; an awe-inspiring tale of a girl who has been cast aside, heart set on revenge against the cold world in Hydra, to be released January 22nd.
"The label debut albums of Fall City Fall's Victus and Continents’ Idle Hands, will also be unleashed on January 22nd; already being called some of the most dynamic, raw hardcore collections in a longtime by Outburn. More...
Victory Records has posted a video clip online featuring holiday messages to the fans from members of Blackguard, Continents, A Hero A Fake, God Forbid, Emmure, and more. Check out the clip below, and Victory Records also commented:
"2012 has been a year filled with noteworthy releases and killer tours from Victory Records and their artists. Watch the holiday video below and get ready for a mind-blowing New Year!
"Stay tuned for the release of brand new albums from Otep, Fall City Fall, and Continents out January 22nd. Pre-order packages are available at the Victory Records’ webstore."
Xandria has checked in with the following update about upcoming European shows with Kamelot and Blackguard:
"Xandria will hit the road again this week to play another full European tour. After a phenomenal co-headline slot at last week's MetalFemaleVoices Festival in Belgium, Xandria will play 20 shows as special guest of US metal kings Kamelot - along with two more support acts, Canada's Blackguard and Triosphere from Norway.
"At the same time we are happy to announce the re-launch of the all renewed band web site. Swing by and follow the band in its newsletter, forums, social media platforms and always on Xandria.de. The new homepage is relaunched just now!
"But – for the time being, come out and join Xandriaon their tour with Kamelot, Blackguard and Triosphere.
"On bass guitar, US-born and German resident Lance Christensen will fill in on this tour after yearlong four stringer Nils Middelhauve departed from the band a few months ago. Please give Lance a warm welcome on these shows!"
The dates are as follows: More...
On March 12th, 2013, Swedish melodic metal maestros Soilwork will kick-off their world tour in North America – their first time headlining in this territory in almost three years. The 54-show trek through the U.S. and Canada will feature support from Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, The Browning, and Wretched.
“With [the new album] The Living Infinite nearing completion, all of us in Soilwork are excited to announce the first of many killer tours to come!” states drummer Dirk Verbeuren. “We can’t wait to take some of our new songs to the stage and with two CDs worth of material, picking a set list is gonna be interesting to say the least… We look forward to once again bringing you metal the Soilwork way!”
Soilwork has been toiling away and burning the midnight oil in the studio with producer Jens Bogren recording "The Living Infinite," the follow-up to 2010 release "The Panic Broadcast." The Soilworkers are planning not just one CD , but two, as "The Living Infinite" will be a double album and will mark the recording debut of long-time touring guitarist David Andersson.
North American headlining tour dates for Soilwork are: More...
It's officially time to start annoying the shit out of your neighbors with drunken 2 A.M. screaming and a whole lotta headbanging, as the Rock Band Network again has a load of new metal tracks for your downloading pleasure. This week, the following tracks have been made available for the Xbox 360 edition:
Buried in Black – “One By One” (80 MSP)
Buried in Black – “One By One (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)
Internal Corrosion – “Legacy of Blood” (160 MSP)
Nightrage – “Hate Turns Black” (160 MSP)
Nightrage – “Hate Turns Black (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
Revocation – “Chaos of Forms” (160 MSP)
Soma Dark – “Resolute (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)
Strikken – “Closer (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)
Strikken – “Re-Live” (80 MSP)
War of Ages – “Redeemer” (80 MSP)
War of Ages – “Redeemer (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)
Pickings are a bit slimmer for the PS3 players, but you still get the following two songs on October 2nd (October 3rd in Europe):
ETHS – “Adonaï” ($1.99) [This stellar female-fronted act unfortunately split with its vocalist last week]
Blackguard – “This Round’s On Me” ($1.99)
Canadian band Blackguard is proud to announce a return to Europe, supporting Kamelot on an upcoming European tour beginning November 2nd in Eindhoven, Netherlands. See a full list of tour dates below.
Vocalist Paul Zinay comments “We had a blast conquering North America with Kamelot and now it's time to conquer some new territories. We are very honored that we were asked to join them on this tour and we'd like to give our deepest thanks and gratitude to Thomas and all of the Kamelot crew for extending us this invitation. This will be the last tour supporting our latest album Firefight and we can't imagine ending on a higher note than this.”
Blackguard is currently in the studio completing forthcoming album "Storm," due out Spring 2013. The band will begin a month long headlining tour starting October 7th in New York City before joining Epica on tour starting October 23rd. More...
Kamelot is pleased to announce the support bands for an upcoming European headliner tour on the heels of new album "Silverthorn." Kamelot will be joined by German symphonic metallers Xandria, Norways's own powerful progressive heavy metal band Triosphere, and from Montreal Canada, the melodic death metallers Blackguard will complete the package.
Blackguard recently toured with Kamelot on the 2011 Pandemonium Tour in North America and have proved to be a great addition to the billing. "Every tour we work to bring the fans a diverse and unique support band experience, this year is no exception, the guys are all great people and they will kick serious ass for the fans" states Kamelot's Founder Thomas Youngblood.
Kamelot will be touring in support of upcoming album "Silverthorn," to be released at the end of October via Steamhammer/SPV (N.A./EU) and King Records (Japan). More...
Blackguard is hard at work on pre-production for the band's fourth album "Storm." Vocalist Paul Zinay comments:
"Hey everyone! We are currently hard at work and pre-production is coming along very nice. Everyone here is ecstatic over the material we have. Our new guitarist Louis is a riff machine and working his ass off to help make this the best Blackguard album to date. The writing process this time around is unlike anything we’ve done before. In the past, one or two people would make up the vast majority of material for the album. This time, however, everyone is contributing ideas and music and the results are beyond my expectations.
"We will be heading into studio in September to start tracking and we’re hoping to have the record out in early 2013. Lyrically, I’m taking a step into new territory by trying my hand at writing a concept album. This won’t be as intricate or vast as 'The Emerald Sword saga' or 'The Metal Opera,' but this will be an exciting and new challenge for me nonetheless.
"That’s it for now. We’ll try to update everyone as often as possible. In the meantime, keep your eyes open for some exciting tour news that will be announced in the coming weeks. Cheers!" More...
This week's lineup of new metal tracks hitting the Rock Band Network features the likes of Dirge Within and All Shall Perish, with the PS3 version of the game later seeing new releases from Blackguard and Asking Alexandria.
These tracks are now available on the Xbox 360 Rock Band Network:
All Shall Perish – “The Death Plague (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
Dirge Within – “Absolution (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
Not Above Evil – “The Duel” (80 MSP)
My Ruin – “Walk of Shame” (80 MSP)
Additionaly, the following two songs land on the PS3 on 7/24 (North America) and 7/25 (Europe):
Blackguard – “A Blinding Light” ($1.99)
Asking Alexandria – “Dear Insanity” ($1.99)
Montreal's Blackguard has stated the following via the band's Facebook page:
"Unfortunately we must officially announce the departure of lead guitarist Kim Gosselin from Blackguard.
"For those of you who have seen us play during our last few tours, this will not come as a shock, seeing as Kim has been absent from the live lineup for quite some time.
"Kim has decided not to continue with the band, and we'd like to thank him for his invaluable contribution to this group over the years.
"As hard as it is seeing a brother go, this is truly the best thing for both parties as Kim’s interest in touring and writing have been waning over the last year.
"We wanted to wait until we had found a suitable replacement before making any official announcement and we’re very happy to finally be able to let everyone in on what’s going on.
"Blackguard is very happy to welcome Mr. Louis Jacques of the band Kemilon to the family as new lead guitarist.
"Louis made his live debut with Blackguard yesterday at the D-tox Rockfest in Montebello, QC . This was an amazing show and a great way to kick off our journey together.
"From Louis: 'I’m very glad to be joining the mighty Blackguard! Together we'll get to a new level. Expect more violence, originality and shred...!'
"Here’s a small taste of what Louis will be bringing to the team.
"We’re hard at work on our followup to last year’s 'Firefight' record [read Metalunderground.com's review here]. We already have songs demoed and we expect an early 2013 release through Victory records.
"The next few months are going to be very busy for us. We do have a few shows planned so keep your eyes on our tour section of our Facebook and come welcome Louis in style.
See you all on the road!!
The Halifax based Spread The Metal Festival, with a goal to raise $100,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, is proud to announce headliners Morbid Angel, along with Blackguard, Cryptopsy and Last Call Chernobyl as the next batch of bands added to the line up to support the festival charity fundraiser.
Matt Day, STM owner and festival organizer, commented: "Spread the Metal Records has lofty ambitions for this festival and as it grows each year, I want to prove that the label is as committed to philanthropy as we are to releasing phenomenal records. We take on the responsibility to help those who cannot help themselves, and this festival has the power to help a lot of people, year after year."
The lineup is as follows:
Answer With Metal - 12pm
Last Call Chernobyl - 1pm
Dischord - 2pm
Hallows Die - 3:15pm
Descend - 4:30pm
Fallen Joy - 6pm
Blackguard - 7:30pm
Kataklysm - 9:15pm More...
Bonded by Blood is due to kick off a North American tour tonight with Canadian all-girl metal band Kittie. Bonded By Blood - which recently finished recording new album, "The Aftermath" - will also be joined by Blackguard and The Agonist on the six-week trek, which starts in Poughkeepsie, New York.
View the tour flyer at this location.
Apr. 10 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft
Apr. 11 - Albany, NY - Bogie's
Apr. 12 - Reading, PA - Reverb
Apr. 13 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
Apr. 14 - Portage, IN - Camelot Hall
Apr. 15 - Waterloo, IA - Spicoli's
Apr. 16 - Peoria, IL - Brass Rail
Apr. 17 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave
Apr. 18 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Apr. 19 - Winnipeg, MB - Park Theatre
Apr. 20 - Regina, SK - The Exchange
Apr. 21 - Edmonton, AL - Pawn Shop
Apr. 22 - Prince George, BC - The Generator
Apr. 23 - Vancouver, BC - Red Room
Apr. 24 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Apr. 25 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Apr. 26 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom
Apr. 27 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
Apr. 28 - Bakersfield, CA - Jerry's
Apr. 29 - Las Vegas, NV - Cheyenne Saloon
Apr. 30 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vertigo
May 01 - Englewood, CO - Moe's
May 02 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
May 03 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
May 04 - Dallas, TX - Trees
May 05 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
May 06 - Tyler, TX - Click's
May 07 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Roxy
May 08 - Tulsa, OK - Marquee
May 09 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
May 10 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
May 11 - Libertyville, IL - Austin's
May 12 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
May 13 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
May 14 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
May 15 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
May 16 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
May 17 - Hampton Beach, NH - Wally's Pub
May 18 - Worcester, MA - Tammany Hall
May 19 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
May 20 - Auburn, ME - Club Texas
May 21 - Montreal, QC - Club Foufounnes
May 22 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
May 23 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
May 24 - Trenton, NJ - Championship
May 25 - Providence, RI - The Ruins
System Divide will return to the U.S. once again for Killfest 2, supporting the mighty Overkill in 2012. Also on the tour are Belphegor, Aborted, Blackguard, and Diamond Plate. After the Overkill dates finish on May 12th, System Divide will journey north of the border to Canada for a string of dates.
Vocalist Sven DeCaluwe adds, "We couldn’t be more excited to be on this run with Overkill, we just finished a few dates in Europe which was a blast and are currently busy writing new material which we will display on the Overkill run. We had a killer time touring the states this year with Eluveitie and later the Hottest Chicks in hard rock tour with In This Moment and simply can’t want to get back out there, I hope all the people that got to check us out on previous tours will come out and rock out again because frankly, we got quite some surprises for you!! We are truly honored to go out on the road with such legends as Overkill and the rest of the bill is going to blow some minds!"
System Divide's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
Apr. 20 - Trocadero Theater - Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 22 - Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY
Apr. 23 - Screamin WIllie's - Columbus, OH
Apr. 24 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
Apr. 25 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
Apr. 26 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO
Apr. 27 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
Apr. 28 - The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
Apr. 30 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
May 01 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
May 02 - The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
May 03 - Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA
May 05 - Emo's East - Austin, TX
May 06 - Trees - Dallas, TX
May 08 - The Club at Firestone - Orlando, FL
May 09 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 10 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
May 11 - Jaxx Nightclub - West Springfield, VA
May 12 - Best Buy Theater - New York, NY
Paul "Paul Ablaze" Zinay, frontman of Canada's Blackguard checked in with an extensive post-tour report from the band's rigorous touring in 2011 for the band's sophomore release "Firefight."
Zinay reported the following on the band's official Facebook Page:
"It’s been a while since the last time we’ve done a post-tour report and given the extensive year we’ve had and the time off we’ll be taking this feels like a good time to do one.
"2011 has been our busiest year to date. A new label home at Victory Records, our first music video (thank you Victory for the awesome production), a new record, Firefight, which came out in March, and 6 tours to support it (5 North American and 1 European). It’s safe to say we’ve had our hands full (I don’t have the official count but since January we’ve done close to 200 shows).
"It’s been an honour and a privilege to tour with so many amazing bands, many of which we never thought we would have the opportunity to share the stage with.
"So cheers to Deicide , Belphegor , Neuraxis , Pathology , Gigan Symphony X , Powerglove, Otep , Destrophy , Sister Sin , One Eyed Doll , Kamelot , Alestorm , The Agonist , Evergrey, Sabaton, The Absence, and all their crew for being amazing tour mates and we hope to one day tour with each one of them again. Also a special shout out to Overkill, D.R.I, Bonded By Blood , Ensiferum, Moonspell, and Finntroll for the awesome shows in Mexico City .
"For me it’s become less and less appropriate to judge a tour by attendance or merch sales. Yes those things are still important but a crappy show or poor merch night feels less significant when you’re surrounded by good people and get to watch great bands every night.
"This year we were fortunate enough to have been given many touring opportunities (which as you can see we took every advantage of) and has seen us on some of the most diverse touring line-ups we’ve ever been a part of. We’d like to extend our deepest thanks to all the fans of the bands we were out with for every circle pit, stage dive, head bang, and good time had even though you might not have known who the heck we were.
"And of course to our own loyal fans who have come out time and time again to see us play. I’m constantly in shock when I hear people telling me they’ve come to see us 3, 4 even 5 times in the last year. We can’t thank you enough for your ongoing support. We are incredibly fortunate to have each and every one of you on our side, pushing us on.
"These last two months on the road were some of the best and most challenging in our careers. Finally having a second shot at touring with Kamelot after last year’s cancelled tour was something we had been looking forward to for quite some time, and it was only made better with the inclusion of our new friends in Alestorm and old ones in The Agonist. However, the last minute absence of our brother and lead guitarist Kim proved a unique challenge. Calls went out, E-mails were sent (thank you Terry and Justine), and finally prayers were answered. I can’t stress enough how lucky we are to have so many amazing friends in this business who helped us out in our time of need, especially at such short notice (to everyone who made calls on our behalf, we owe you big!) More...
American thrash metal legends Overkill have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of the United States in April of next year, in what is being dubbed Killfest 2. The veterans will be joined on the trek by Belphegor, Aborted, Blackguard, System Divide and Diamond Plate.
The tour dates are as follows:
April 20 - Trocadero Theater - Philadelphia PA
April 22 - Lost Horizon - Syracuse NY
April 23 - Screamin WIllie's - Columbus OH
April 24 - Blondie's - Detroit MI
April 25 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago IL
April 26 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City MO
April 27 - Bluebird Theater - Denver CO
April 28 - The Complex - Salt Lake City UT
April 30 - El Corazon - Seattle WA
May 1 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland OR
May 2 - The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco CA
May 3 - Club Nokia - Los Angeles CA
May 5 - Emo's East - Austin TX
May 6 - Trees - Dallas TX
May 8 - The Club at Firestone - Orlando FL
May 9 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale FL
May 10 - The Masquerade - Atlanta GA
May 11 - Jaxx Nightclub - West Springfield VA
May 12 - Best Buy Theater - New York, NY
Victory Records is offering a free Labor Day sampler compilation for download on its Facebook Page. You need to "Like" the page to make the download accessible. The tracklisting for the sampler is listed in the image below.