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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.
Blackguard is set to release the new album "Firefight" on March 29th, 2011. The band has now posted a music video online for the title track, which can be viewed below.
Kamelot has issued the following announcement about an upcoming North American tour in support of the band's latest album:
"In the ongoing Kamelot campaign for the band's newest release, 'Poetry for the Poisoned,' we are extremely pleased to announce that Kamelot have confirmed a full North American Tour! The long awaited North American Tour, to support the Billboard Charting Epic 'Poetry for the Poisoned' (Peaking @ number 74 in the US on Billboard’s Top 200!), has been solidified. Along for the ride, are folk/power metalers Alestorm, who are happy to bring their brand of 'Pirate Infused Metal' to the Kamelot Legions. Also, aboard are Canada’s ferocious Blackguard and The Agonist.
"Due to continuing medical and personal issues, Roy Khan will not be able to finish the remaining touring in support of 'Poetry for the Poisoned.' With the news of Roy’s continued absence, we are pleased to announce that metal icon Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire) will be joining the tour and handling the lead vocal duties.
"Fabio Lione is eager to get on the road, stating 'I am excited and pleased to be part of the next Kamelot tour. I always loved the sound of the band and I think this will be a great experience for me, the band, and for all the fans of great music and Kamelot. See you soon on tour and let’s rock!!!'
"In addition to Fabio, throughout these shows there will also be special guest and vocal appearances from top artists in the scene, this is a special and rare tour, and one not to be missed! In addition, Kamelot’s 'Pandemonium Over Europe 2011' is building, adding Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons of Seasons to the already announced European tour schedule!"
The currently announced dates are as follows: More...
Powerglove has announced new 2011 tour dates with Symphony X, Nevermore, Soilwork, and Blackguard as well as a couple of festival dates. Tour dates follow.
The band has also posted a North American tour diary from their tours with Arsis, Sonata Arctica, Hammerfall and more. The video is comprised of band-shot and fan footage. Check it out below:
Here are the latest Powerglove tour dates: More...
Blackguard has posted a new brief teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album "Firefight," which is set for release on March 29th, 2011. You can check out the trailer below.
Blackguard will be heading overseas as the band hits the road for the “Firefight Over Europe” tour. The tour is set to span the UK, Belgium, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Blackguard commented, "After so many years, we are finally making it overseas for our debut European tour in support of Firefight. We cannot wait to see all the places, perform for the fans, and make our lasting mark in Europe. Once again, without the help from our label Victory Records and the team behind us, this would never have been possible. We’re coming!"
"Firefight," the band’s debut album on Victory Records will be released March 29th, 2011 in North America and April 1st for the rest of the world. Blackguard has unveiled a clip of the title track from the upcoming album, which can be viewed here.
The currently announced tour dates are as follows:
Fri 25.03.11 Hamptons, Southampton, UK
Sat 26.03.11 Area81 Rock Club, Bristol, UK
Sun 27.03.11 Academy 3, Birmingham, UK
Mon 28.03.11 Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, UK
Tue 29.03.11 Corporation, Sheffield, UK
Wed 30.03.11 Satan's Hollow, Manchester, UK
Thu 31.03.11 Old Bell, Derby, UK
Fri 01.04.11 Haymakers, Cambridge, UK
Sat 02.04.11 Academy 2, London, UK
Sun 03.04.11 Luxor, Cologne, Germany
Mon 04.04.11 Nachtleben, Frankfurt, Germany
Tue 05.04.11 Sägewerk, Neukirchen, Germany
Wed 06.04.11 Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
Thu 07.04.11 Comet, Berlin, Germany
Fri 08.04.11 TBC, Stuttgart, Germany
Sat 09.04.11 Gildenzaal, Diest (Schaffen), Belgium
Sun 10.04.11 Modrá Vopice, Prague, Czech Republic
Mon 11.04.11 59:1, Munich, Germany