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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.
Not new, but it's never too late to get free music: Like Hails and Horns on Facebook to download their 27-song "Screams of Summer Comp 2011."
The "Screams of Summer Comp 2011" tracklisting is as follows:
1. SUICIDE SILENCE – “You Only Live Once”
2. ARCH ENEMY – “Yesterday Is Dead And Gone”
3. JUNGLE ROT – “Rise And Revolt”
4. RED FANG – “Wires”
5. ROTTEN SOUND – “Self”
6. ALL SHALL PERISH – “Divine Illusion”
7. WARBRINGER – “Living Weapon”
8. AFTER THE BURIAL – “Sleeper”
9. AMORPHIS – “You I Need”
10. BLACKGUARD – “Firefight”
11. PATHOLOGY – “Code Injection”
12. OBSCURA – “Euclidean Elements”
13. RINGS OF SATURN – “Seized And Devoured”
14. THE FRANCESCO ARTUSATO PROJECT – “Gardens Of Yama”
15. PERIPHERY – “Frak The Gods”
16. CYNIC – “Wheels Within Wheels”
17. FINNTROLL – “Solsagan”
18. WORLD UNDER BLOOD – “God Amongst The Waste”
19. LOCK UP – “Life Of Devastation”
20. EXHUMED – “Funereality”
21. TOXIC HOLOCAUST – “Judgment Awaits You”
22. BENIGHTED – “Let The Blood Spill Between My Broken Teeth”
23. SEPTIC FLESH – “The Vampire From Nazareth”
24. DECAPITATED – “Homo Sun”
25. GENERAL SURGERY – “The Succulent Aftermath Of A Subdural”
26. WATAIN – “Reaping Death”
27. HAMMERFALL – “One More Time”
As The Agonist prepares to embark on a North American tour in support of Kamelot, Alestorm and Blakguard, the band will release the EP "The Escape," which will be sold exclusively on the road and at CM Distro.
Century Media released the following announcement:
"The Agonist to kick-off Kamelot Tour with new EP exclusively available on the road and at CM Distro; Launches Official YouTube channel.
"After spending a few months in the studio, melodic death metalers The Agonist are ready to hit the road with Kamelot, Alestorm, and Blackguard on their imminent North American trek. Unfortunately, lead-guitarist Danny Marino will be unable to join the band on tour, but The Agonist will be bringing their friend and ex-The Catalyst guitarist Justin Deguire to handle rhythm guitar duties while Paco takes over lead guitar in his stead.
For fans that have been patiently waiting for new material from The Agonist, this tour will be the first opportunity to get your hands on the band's latest release! Their brand-new "The Escape" EP will be sold exclusively on the road and online at CM Distro for the duration of the tour, and it features two songs from their upcoming full-length album: "Lonely Solipsist" and "The Escape". The only way to get your hands on a physical copy of this limited edition EP is to catch the band on their run with Kamelot or to order via CM Distro. The EP will also be available in a digital format after the tour-click here to see the album artwork!
"Mixed by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Dark Tranquility, Suicide Silence), " The Escape" EP will be fans' first taste of what's to come from The Agonist's upcoming full-length album. Already tracked and currently being mixed, the album is slated for an early 2012 release via Century Media Records, so stay tuned for more new material from The Agonist coming soon!
"For fans that can't wait for the album's release, The Agonist has now launched an official youtube channel that includes a new webisode with behind-the-scenes footage of the band in the studio and on the road! In this first webisode, The Agonist also has a special message for fans regarding their upcoming tour and EP!"
The official The Agonist YouTube channel can be found here
Tour dates for Kamelot, Alestorm, Blackguard and The Agonist:
8/27 West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
8/28 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
8/29 Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe's **Off Date with Alestorm, Blackguard**
8/30 New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
8/31 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
9/1 Ottawa, ON @ Maverick's **Off Date with Alestorm, Blackguard**
9/2 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
9/3 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
9/4 Toronto, ON @ MOD Club
9/5 London, ON @ Music Hall **Off Date with Alestorm, Blackguard**
9/6 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
9/7 Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
9/8 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
9/9 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
9/12 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
9/13 Portland, OR @ Peter's Room
9/14 San Francisco CA @ Slim's
9/15 West Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
9/16 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
9/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
9/18 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
9/19 Tulsa, OK @ Marquee **Off Date with Alestorm, Blackguard**
9/20 Dallas, TX @ Trees
9/21 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
9/23 Orlando, FL @ The Club At Firestone
This week's grouping of new metal tracks added to the Rock Band Network has a little something for everyone, with new tracks coming from The Dillinger Escape Plan, Blackguard, Mastodon, and more.
The complete list of newly added music to the Xbox 360 edition of the game, including all the non-metal songs, is as follows:
"Farewell, Mona Lisa" - The Dillinger Escape Plan (160 MSP)
"Farewell, Mona Lisa (2x Bass Pedal)" - The Dillinger Escape Plan (160 MSP)
"The Sword (2x Bass Pedal)" – Blackguard (160 MSP)
"This Round's On Me (2x Bass Pedal)" – Blackguard (160 MSP)
"The Sword" – Blackguard (160 MSP)
"Betrayed" - Musica Diablo (80 MSP)
"Desecration Day" - Halcyon Way (80 MSP)
"The Nightrager" - Bob Katsionis (160 MSP)
"Inheritors" - Serianna (160 MSP)
"Seahorse Seahell" - Lions! Tigers! Bears! (160 MSP)
"Pendulum" - After the Burial (160 MSP)
"Sinner's Vengeance" - Fallen Angel (160 MSP)
"Megalodon" - Mastodon (160 MSP) More...
Benedictum has issued the following announcement about a live show with Blackguard in San Diego:
"We are excited to announce that we will be playing next Friday on the 8th at Brick By Brick in San Diego with Blackguards! This is 21 and over show, the show starts at 7PM, $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-520-4135 for tickets! We look forward to seeing you there!
"Also, Don't forget to join our mailing list and stay updated! We are currently scheduling more show dates, so we hope to see you all soon! Have a great 4th of July!"
What really attracted me to this show, in addition to the prospect of multiple interviews, was the sheer diversity of the tour package. It was assembled as a promotional tour by Victory Records to showcase some of their big and emerging rock/metal acts, and early on, I’d gathered from a mere glance at the bill that every band would sound substantially different. As it turns out, that wasn’t the half of it.
Happy coincidence placed me in the great state of Virginia, on my annual pilgrimage to my childhood roots, when Otep & Co. stopped at Jaxx in Springfield. I hadn’t been to Jaxx in eight years, so this show was more or less an extension of my nostalgic long-weekend romp through my past. To boot, Saturday, June 18th was beautiful and sunny, and the late afternoon and evening were shaping up to be quite pleasant too. I arrived early with my brother, wingman, and fellow metal fan Will “Fresh Prince” Smith as the line outside the door was beginning to form, and in due time, we’d knocked out a pair of killer interviews with Paul Ablaze and Ari Mihalopoulos – devoted fitness freaks and smiling frontmen for support acts Blackguard and Destrophy, respectively. Unfortunately, Otep herself was battling a sore throat, and her diplomatic tour manager Tristan was forced to cancel my planned interview so she could save her voice for that night’s performance. On the upside, I was promised a chance to make it up via telephone, and our names remained on the guest list.
While Jaxx hosts innumerable high-profile metal acts, it is not a large club – the capacity is considerably less than 1,000. That occasionally makes for a tight squeeze, but the atmosphere is pretty cozy and the layout is comfortably symmetrical. The small box office lobby at the venue’s rear corner leads to an open, dimly lit space with a long bar, flanked by two narrow corridors (along with two pairs of restrooms) that open up into the venue proper. At this point, you’ll find yourself standing on a raised platform that rings the stage in a horseshoe, with another bar in the center rear, and space for merch tables along the sides. Pretty standard, but streamlined and efficient. I enjoyed taking it all in and soaking up the lingering memories from my high school days, back before I could legally order a drink… That reminded me to get my ass to the bar and christen it. More...
After several disappointing weeks with less variety in the metal department, this Friday's roundup of new Rock Band Network tracks includes offerings from Amberian Dawn, Black Guard, Ill Nino, Indestructible Noise Command, and Otep. The PS3 edition will also get music from Andromeda and Tesseract starting on the 21st.
The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 songs, including even the non-metal tracks, is as follows:
Amberian Dawn - "Come Now Follow" (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "Come Now Follow" (2x Bass Pedal) (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "Field of Serpents" (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "Field of Serpents" (2x Bass Pedal) (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "Sampo" (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "Sampo" (2x Bass Pedal) (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "Talisman" (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "Talisman" (2x Bass Pedal) (160 MSP)
Blackguard - "A Blinding Light" (160 MSP)
Blackguard - "A Blinding Light" (2x Bass Pedal) (160 MSP)
Ill Niño - "Against The Wall" (160 MSP)
Indestructible Noise Command - "Rain" (2x Bass Pedal) (160 MSP)
Otep - "Fists Fall" (160 MSP)
Where The Ocean Meets The Sky - "The Mettle of a Man" (160 MSP) More...
The week is nearing its end and the Rock Band Network has got new tracks to help you rock your way through the weekend. On the metal and hardcore front this week, there are more songs from Amberian Dawn, Blackguard, Emmure, No Bragging Rights, and more. The complete list of newly added music, including all the non-metal tracks, is as follows:
Amberian Dawn - "Arctica (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "Blackbird" (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "Blackbird (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Blackguard - "Firefight" (160 MSP)
Blackguard - "Firefight (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Burning Twilight - "The Resolve of Cowards" (160 MSP)
Burning Twilight - "The Resolve of Cowards (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Emmure - "Demons With Ryu" (160 MSP)
Emmure - "Demons With Ryu (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Memphis May Fire - "Be Careful What You Wish For" - 160 MSP
Memphis May Fire - "Be Careful What You Wish For (2x Bass Pedal)" - 160 MSP
No Bragging Rights - "Death of an Era" (160 MSP)
No Bragging Rights - "Death of an Era (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP) More...
This week's round up of metal tracks added to the Rock Band Network include new offerings from Blackguard, Winds of Plague, Amberian Dawn, and Indestructible Noise Command. Due to issues with the Playstation Network in some areas, only select tracks may be available for the PS3 edition.
The complete list of newly added Rock Band Network songs, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:
Amberian Dawn - "My Only Star" (160 MSP)
Blackguard - "This Round's On Me" (160 MSP)
Indestructible Noise Command - "Rain" (160 MSP)
Winds of Plague - "California" (160 MSP)
Killbody Tuning - "Bamberg" (160 MSP)
Killbody Tuning - "Marker of Change" (160 MSP)
Aesthetic Perfection - "The Devil's in the Details" (160 MSP)
Magnus 'SoulEye' Pålsson - "Pressure Cooker" (80 MSP) More...
Death metal veterans Morbid Angel have announced that they will be taking part in the forthcoming edition of the Heavy MTL festival. Heavy MTL 2011 is set to take place on July 23rd and 24th at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can view the entire festival lineup below.
Saturday, July 23:
KINDGOM OF SORROW
ALL SHALL PERISH
STRAIGHT LINE STITCH
DEAD & DIVINE
SLAVES ON DOPE
MASS MURDER MESSIAH
Sunday, July 24:
CHILDREN OF BODOM
AS I LAY DYING
TIMES OF GRACE
It has been announced that Otep and Canada's Blackguard will join forces this summer alongside fellow Victory Records artist Destrophy for a full tour of the United States. You can check out all of the dates, cities and venues in the list below.
05/31 Cedar Falls, IA – Wheelhouse
06/01 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
06/02 Louisville, KY – Phoenix Hill Tavern
06/03 Columbus, OH – Al Rosa
06/04 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
06/05 Muskegon, MI – Club Envy
06/07 Battle Creek, MI – Planet Live
06/08 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
06/10 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
06/11 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
06/12 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
06/14 New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall
06/15 Allentown, PA – Crockodile Rock
06/18 West Springfield, VA – Jaxx
06/19 Baltimore, MD – The Quarter
06/20 Greensboro, NC – Arizona Petes
06/22 Charlotte, NC – The Casbah
06/23 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
06/24 Jacksonville, FL – Brewsters Pit
06/25 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
06/26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
06/28 New Orleans, LA – The Hangar
06/29 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
06/30 Corpus Christi, TX – Theo’s
07/01 Dallas, TX – Trees
07/04 Farmington, NM – Top Deck
07/05 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
07/06 W. Hollywood, CA – Key Club
Century Media Records has issued the following brief announcement about Nevermore pulling out of the band's upcoming North American tour:
"It is with great regret that we notify Nevermore fans that the band has withdrawn from their upcoming North American tour. The tour will continue as planned with Symphony X, Powerglove and Blackguard. An official statement from the band will be issued soon. Thanks, as always, for supporting Nevermore and Century Media."
Additional details on the cancellation will be announced as they are made available.
Here's the tracklisting for the sampler.
1. Goes Cube - “Thunderheads” from In Tides And Drifts”
2. TesseracT - “Nascent” from “One”
3. Trap Them - “The Fact” from “Darker Handcraft”
4. Kvelertak - “Mjød” from “Kvelertak”
5. Napalm Death - “Diktat” from “Time Waits For no Slave”
6. Last Chance To Reason - "Temp Files" from “Level 2”
7. Deicide - “Into the Darkness You Go” from “To Hell With God”
8. Blackguard - “Firefight” from “Firefight”
9. As Blood Runs Black - “Resist” from “Instinct”
10. Thomas Giles - “Sleep Shake” from “Pulse”
11. Arch Enemy - “Beast of Man” from “The Root Of All Evil”
12. Believer - “Lie Awake” from “Transhuman”
13. Within The Ruins - “Red Flagged” from “Invade”
14. Triptykon - “Shatter” from “Shatter”
15. Nachtmystium - “Ruined Life Continuum” from “Addicts”
16. Novembers Doom - “Harvest Scythe” from “Aphotic”
17. Daath - “Deconstruction/Restoration” from “Daath”
18. Nevermore - “Emptiness Unobstructed” from “The Obsidian Conspiracy”
19. Pathology - “Code Injection” from “Legacy Of The Ancients”
20. Wretched - “My Carrion” from “Beyond The Gate”
Victory Records has now posted the newest edition of VicTorV online, which can be viewed below. The label also commented on the new clip:
"VicTorV episode #67 comes to you with footage from A Day To Remember's amazing sold out show in Chicago. This exciting episode also goes behind the scenes with Dr. Acula filming the video for 'Who You Gonna Call?!,' a new music video from Blackguard and an exclusive, sneak peak at new music from Otep. VicTorV is the only in-house, record label produced, monthly video program. Enjoy this killer episode and tell your friends. Best of all, it is still free."
More footage has been posted online featuring Canadian melodic metal act Blackguard performing on The Daily Habit. Blackguard is set to release the new album "Firefight" on March 29th, 2011. You can view the performance clip below.
Blackguard has issued the following statement asking fans to donate to help the people of Japan after the recent disasters:
"Spending as much time as we do driving around the country gives us a lot of time to talk to each other. One of these talks was about how to make a small 'dent' in the pain that is being experienced right now in Japan with the earthquake and tsunami. Adding the fact that one of our managers was caught in the middle of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, this brought it all home for us.
"So we set up this way to make a donation and are asking all of our fans, other bands, promoters we play for and just about anyone else out there to feel free to donate as much as you can for such a special cause. When we return from our European tour the middle of April and before we leave for the Symphony X tour the following week, we will make an announcement of the full donation we are sending and give special name mention to the 10 highest donors. Thanks everybody!"
You can head over to this location to donate to the Japanese disaster relief fund.
Swedish prog metal ensemble Evergrey will travel to North America to promote the band's latest opus, "Glorious Collision." Support will come from Sabaton, Powerglove, Blackguard, and The Absence. The tour starts with an acoustic set at Prog Power Fest in Atlanta, Georgia and ends October 12th in Dallas, Texas.
Evergrey front man Tom Englund commented on the upcoming North American tour:
"Finally Evergrey are touring North America again! We can´t wait to spend some time in the USA and Canada together with our fellow country-men in Sabaton! On top of that we also bring Powerglove and The Absence, and on some shows Blackguard!"
Here are the latest Evergrey tour dates with Sabaton, Powerglove, The Absence and Blackguard:
9/14 - Atlanta, GA @ The Vinyl (Acoustic Set - Prog Power)
9/15 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage (Prog Power Kick Off)
9/16 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx*
9/17 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium*
9/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero*
9/20 - New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theater**
9/21 - Montreal, QUE @ Foufounes Electriques**
9/22 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House**
9/23 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's**
9/24 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's**
9/26 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
9/27 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
9/28 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Osbourne Village Inn
9/29 - Regina, SK @ Exchange
9/30 - Edmonton, ALB @ Starlite Room
10/2 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/3 - Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
10/5 - San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center
10/6 - Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club
10/7 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
10/8 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/9 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/11 - Houston, TX @ Numbers
10/12 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
*No Sabaton or Blackguard
**No Blackguard More...
Footage has been posted online featuring Canadian melodic metal act Blackguard performing on The Daily Habit. Blackguard is set to release the new album "Firefight" on March 29th, 2011. You can view the performance clip below.