Swarm of the Lotus
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Baltimore extreme metal act Swarm of the Lotus has issued the following band update, provided in the statement below:
"We wanted to make an official announcement that Swarm of the Lotus is on indefinite hiatus. I guess we felt that we got everything we could out of the reunion for now. It was fun to get together again and play some shows.
"Jon-John [Michaud, drums] joined another band back in the summer and is keeping busy with that, so be on the lookout for him with that project. We wish him well. As for the remaining three members (bassist/vocalist Chris Csar, guitarist Bob Brockmeyer and guitarist/vocalist Peter Maturi), we wish to continue with the path that the new Swarm of the Lotus material was heading and have subsequently resituated and are going to keep playing and have since late summer. However, we are not going on as 'Swarm of the Lotus.' We didn't want to make the mistake the band made in the past with continuing under the same name despite different personnel. And being this was basically the original lineup, we feel it would be doing the band and Jon a disservice to keep using that name.
"If we ever decide to reunite as 'Swarm again to play a show here or there in the future, we will let you know!
"So, like we said, the three of us that remain are starting a brand new band, with new material, playing none of the recorded catalogue of Swarm of the Lotus. As of today, we have no name and won't until we have the other people we need to complete the band and name it as a collective, rather then anybody feeling they are joining something already established. This is where you may come in.
"We are looking for a bass player and a vocalist!
"The band's configuration so far is Chris on drums and Pete and Bob on guitar.
"It took us a few months to get readjusted but we have been practicing and writing and have even made a recording which we are launching online today, along with this announcement."
EYEHATEGOD have lined up the following upcoming East Coast tour dates with GOATWHORE and STRONG INTENTION:
October 23 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar w/ Pig Destroyer, Swarm of the Lotus, Triac
October 24 – New York, NY @ The Temptress (boat cruise) w/ Pig Destroyer
October 25 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East w/ Anal Cunt, Howl, Rampant Decay
Baltimore metal band Swarm of the Lotus are officially breaking up. The band will play their final show on November 1st at Ottobar with Goatwhore and a few other bands to be announced later.
Here's the official statement from the band:
"So, it has reached its end. After 8 years, I have decided to put the monster, the rolling ball of chaos that it is, to rest for the long hall.
I never thought I'd reach that point with this project. But after years of mostly struggle to even exist, I have come to the realization that it has always been somewhat of a broken project trying desparately to push forward. With all the line-up changes, relearning processes, constant bad luck on the road, and the general one-step-forward, two-steps-back blackhole that the band sank into, it has been hard to even recognize who and what exactly we are. And to try and maintain constant motivation and confidence that in the end everything will work out just fine, can be taxing and has only and finally started to affect me very recently. Now I'm not saying it was all bad, I don't want to paint it with that brush.
I feel nothing but grateful and fortunate for all of the things the band has managed to accomplish over our time and have enjoyed playing with everyone that I've had the pleasure of doing so with. And to any of you who appreciated what we had to bring to the table, thank you. Mountains of thanks to all the people that might have had a hand in helping or supporting the band in any and all ways. I could never say enough.
This also doesn't mean that I personally will be giving up playing, no way. I could never do that and neither will anybody who is currently in the band. So be on the lookout for those guys in future projects that they may do. As for me, I feel that this is all a good thing and that by putting this gargantuan project to rest, I can start fresh with new music, in a new project, with renewed enthusiasm. Until then, thank you once again for everything, to all of you who cared and became part of the history of the band.
Pete/Swarm of the Lotus"
Intronaut has solidified their upcoming touring plans, including stints with Misery Index and Yakuza. Here's the schedule:
10/22 San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
10/24 Reno, NV @ The Fourteenth Ward
10/26 Denver, CO @ Lions Lair
10/29 Milwaukee, WI @ Points East Pub
10/30 Detroit, MI @ The Belmont
10/31 Jamestown, NY@ Reg Lenna Studio Theater More...
Tentative dates for Misery Index's November run with Swarm Of The Lotus and Intronaut have been announced. Here are the tour dates so far:
11/2 Chicopee, MA @ Cabot Street Pub
11/3 Saratoga Springs, NY @ The SSCC
11/4 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Fireproof w/ Biolich
11/6 New York, NY @ Lit Lounge
11/9 Detroit, MI @ Modern Exchange w/ Arsis, All Shall Perish, The Faceless
11/10 Chicago, IL @ Champs
11/14 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
11/15 Fargo, ND @ Fargo VFW
11/16 Rapid City, SD @ TBA
11/17 Denver, CO @ Hubba's
11/18 Tulsa, OK @ The Pink Eye
11/20 Fayetteville, AR @ The Dart Room
11/21 St. Louis, MO @ Just Bills
11/22 Toledo, OH @ Club Bijou
11/23 Columbus, OH @ High Five
11/24 Akron, OH @ Daily Double
Swarm Of The Lotus, ASG and Sourvein have booked the following shows together:
October 06th Wilmington, NC - Soapbox Laundro-Lounge
October 07th Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
October 08th Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
October 09th Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
October 10th Orlando, FL - Back Booth
October 11th Savannah, GA - The Jinx
October 14th Little Rock, AR - Downtown Music
October 17th Milwaukee, WI - Vnuks
October 18th Chicago, IL - Big Horse Lounge
October 19th Detroit, MI - The Belmont
October 21st New York, NY - Lit Lounge
Emetic Records have announced the release of 'For The Sick – A Tribute To Eyehategod', set for the fall of 2006.
All the artists involved in the release are friends or fans of the sludge legends. Below is a list of most of the bands involved:
Swarm Of The Lotus and Bloodjinn will be touring together next month. Here's the schedule:
9/4 New York, NY @ Sin-e'
9/5 Albany, NY @ Westcott Community Center
9/6 Buffalo, NY @ Xtreme Wheels
9/7 Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA
9/8 Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar
9/9 Chicago, IL @ TBA
9/10 Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
9/11 Fargo, ND @ Billboards on Broadway
9/12 Aberdeen, SD @ TBA
9/13 Denver, CO @ TBA
9/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Boom
9/16 Seattle, WA @ The Catwalk
9/17 Portland, OR @ Food Hole
9/18 San Francisco, CA @ TBA
9/19 Sacramento, CA @ TBA
9/20 Corona, CA @ TBA
9/21 Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory w/ Trephine
9/22 Phoenix, AZ @ Metal Devastation
9/23 New Mexico @ TBA
9/24 El Paso, TX @ TBA
9/25 Dallas, TX @ Red Blood Club
9/26 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
9/27 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
9/28 Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
9/29 Marietta, GA @ Swayze's Venue
9/30 Augusta, GA @ Lokal Loudness Live
The entire schedule for Hellfest has finally been released. HELLFEST 2K5 takes place on August 19-21 at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. Tickets are available at hellfest.com or you can purchase tickets at the Sovereign Bank Arena box office or charge by phone at 1-888-SBA-TIXX or online at sovereignbankarena.com.
The complete schedule follows, including stages, times and bands playing: More...
Psyopus have dropped of their tour with Swarm Of The Lotus, Ion Dissonance, and Strong Intention. According to the band, their drummer is "MIA." Here's a statement from the group:
"It is deeply upsetting to us but, for those in the band who were dedicated to this tour, our control over other people is imaginary. We would be out there if we could be. We'll still be playing Hellfest this year with our original drummer Greg Herman and we'll be aiming to get a couple extra shows in too so we don't lose our asses financially. We are in a bind right now as you could imagine. Sorry."
The band is in debt to the tune of $2000 for the month, so be a good sport and buy some of their merch.
Canada's Ion Dissonance have released the following update:
First of, Solace is now entirely recorded and mastered, and well, lets just say that we are all very anxious to release the first mp3 so that people will know why we are so proud of that album. We are waiting for Abacus to know when the song "Cleansed by Silence" will be uploaded on the net as first single (which should be anytime soon).
Both Canadian (last April) and American (June) tour were awesome thanks to all of you who showed to the shows and had a good time, i know we did. And thanks to all of our mates, in Despised Icon, From a Second Story Window, Reflux, and On Broken Wings, 'cause of them we had an even better time. You guys have no ideas how grateful we are...
The band will also be touring with Psyopus, Swarm of the Lotus, All Shall Perish, and Strong Intention:
July 28 - Columbus, OH @ High Fives
July 29 - Saginaw, MI @ Old Jamestowne Hall (w/ DEAD TO FALL)
July 30 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Orchard Inn
July 31 - Port Huron, MI @ TBA
August 1 - Chicago, IL @ The Studio
August 2 - Des Moines, IA @ Hairy Marys
August 3 - Madison, WI @ The Annex
August 4 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 44
August 5 - Fargo, ND @ Billards on Broadway
August 6 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
August 7 - Fayetteville, AR @ Music Hall
August 8 - Little Rock, AR @ Downtown
August 9 - Tulsa, OK @ The Pinkeye
August 10 - Dallas, TX @ Red Blood Club
August 11 - Corpus Chrsiti, TX @ The Ballroom
August 12 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
August 13 - Houston, TX @ Mary Janes
August 14 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Darkroom
August 15 - Tallahassee, FL @ Big Daddys
August 16 - Clearwater, FL @ 688 skatepark
August 17 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
August 18 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Social
August 19 - Greensboro, NC @ Aces Basement
August 20 - Trenton, NJ @ HellFest
The band will also be playing the following Canadian show with DEAD TO FALL:
August 29 - Montreal, QC @ El Salon
Swarm of the Lotus have schedueld their new album, "Sirens of Silence", for July 12th. "Sirens of Silence" was recorded by Kurt Ballou (Converge), and mastered by Allan Douches (Burnt by the Sun, A Life Once Lost). Swarm of the Lotus have also annouced tour dates, they are as follows:
6/8 Baltimore, MD - Talking Head
With Psyopus, Ion Dissonance, All Shall Perish and Strong Intention:
7/29 Detroit, MI - The Shelter
8/4 ST Paul, MN' - Station 4
8/6 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground
8/8 Santa Fe, NM - Warehouse 21
8/11 Corpus Chrsiti, TX - The Ballroom
8/13 Houston, TX - Fat Cats
8/14 New Orleans, LA - Dixie Tavern
8/15 Tallahassee, FL - Big Daddys
8/17 Orlando, FL - Backbooth
8/18 Myrtle Beach , SC - The Social
8/19 Charlotte,NC - Milestone
Details regarding Robot Mosh Fest 3 have been announced. The event will take place on Saturday, July 30th at the Old Orchard Inn in Milwaukee, WI. The show starts at 5pm and admission is $12. The following bands are slated to perform:
All Shall Perish
Premonitions of War
Swarm of the Lotus
Wings of Scarlet
Swarm Of The Lotus will be filming their first-ever video from June 15th until June 20th in Hollywood, CA for the track "Hookworm." Directing will be Carlos Batts (Dog Fashion Disco) and the video should debut this summer.
After commencing negotiations many months ago, Swarm Of The Lotus have officially signed with Abacus Recordings. The Baltimore band has previously released material with At A Loss Recordings and Reptilian Records. Their new record, "The Sirens Of Silence," was recorded with Kurt Ballou at Godcity studios and should hit stores this summer. Extensive touring is being planned to support the release. You can download a track from the new album here.
Swarm Of The Lotus and drummer Jon-John have now parted ways. Jon-John will play his final show with the group on February 20th in Allentown, PA. Here's a statement from the band:
"It's a mutual and amicable split that we all agree is best for everyone's interest. This is something he feels he needs to do and we have something we feel we need to do and those are two different things. We wish him well and feel grateful for the time we've played together. As for the rest of us, we wish to continue."
Consequently, bassist Chris Csar, a drummer by trade, has moved to drums. Meanwhile, the band is close to announcing a new bassist.
The set times have been revealed for this years Maryland Death Fest, scheduled to take place at the Thunderdome in Baltimore, MD on May 29th and 30th. Times are: More...