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After parting ways with Kelly Smith last month, Flotsam and Jetsam today announces the recruitment of Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall).
"In my opinion, Jason in one of only a couple of men on my short list for the job," states Kelly.
"Jason's an amazing all-around drummer, a true professional, good friend, and solid stand-up guy. I was humbled to hear, after first meeting Jason in 1988 in Boston, that I had inspired him as a drummer."
Jason Bittner comments: "I have been a Flotsam and Jetsam fan for decades, following the band around the East Coast in the eighties and nineties. I've been lucky enough to be in the background of the Flotsam and Jetsam camp as a fan, supporter, and gear leader to my dear friend, Kelly David Smith.
"I am hard at work relearning all the classic Flotz material and can't wait to record and tour with the band in 2015. This will become my focus after the completion of the 2015 U.S. Shadows Fall hiatus tour, which will happen spring/summer 2015.
"As they say… 'Flotz 'till death!' See you in Europe, in April."
Stay tuned for details on an upcoming album and new tour dates from Flotsam and Jetsam.
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Now, on to this week’s topics. Co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) discuss some disappointing news: the impending hiatus of long-running Massachusetts metal crew Shadows Fall. After seven albums and over a full decade of worldwide touring, various factors have compelled the guys to hang up the spurs indefinitely.
Next, a happier subject, if murder, cruelty, and icepick lobotomies are your idea of a good time. If not, then you can always ignore the outrageous lyrics and enjoy the musical brutality, because death metal classics Cannibal Corpse are returning with a new album, “A Skeletal Domain,” the band’s thirteenth. Mike received an early promo and is eager to tell you all about it.
Finally - and you probably knew this was coming, so shut your trap and listen if you don’t like it; you might learn something - we discuss the latest Slipknot news (actual news, not gossip). The Iowan progenitors of the “American New Wave” of heavy metal have at long last revealed all pertinent details of their upcoming album “5: The Gray Chapter,” as well as unleashed a new single, “The Devil In I.” Stay tuned for our variety of personal reactions to these developments.
Massachusetts metal band Shadows Fall will embark on the group's "final" European tour in less than a week. The “Hell on Earth” tour will begin in Frankfurt, Germany on Aug. 29 and runs until Sept. 14. The tour also features Unearth, The Acacia Strain and War of Ages.
The band has been touring non-stop for over a decade and has decided that it’s time to “take a hiatus” from future extensive touring. In addition to this upcoming European run, Shadows Fall is planning a final North American tour and will possibly visit a few other territories some time over the next year.
"There are many factors that are behind this difficult decision that the band has been dealing with for some time now," the band said in its update. "In a nutshell it comes down to families, member availability, and finances. Further impacting our decision is the fact that we have two members with young children. Plain and simple, they want to be with their families to watch their kids grow. Touring full time in a band these days has never been more difficult financially. When you have to ensure the future comfort of your family, difficult decisions have to be made.
"Another reason is the fact that our lead guitarist (Jon Donais) is now in Anthrax, which makes it hard for us to do any extensive touring with our full lineup. Due to his obligations with Anthrax, he will not be able to join us on this European tour. Felipe Roa will once again fill Jon’s position and we are thankful to him for joining us on this run. Also returning for this tour is original bassist Paul Romanko who has sat out from touring for the last two years to raise his son. More...
Connecticut’s own Dead By Wednesday is pleased to announce an upcoming U.S. tour with fellow New England outfit Shadows Fall.
The band will join the tour on June 20th in Chicopee, MA and will trek throughout the Midwest and Eastern U.S. before the tour comes to a close on July 6th in Binghamton, NY. See below for a full listing of current dates.
Dead By Wednesday will release "Death Of A Rockstar" on June 24th. The album, produced by Nicholas T. Rage of Toxic Holocaust (Hatebreed, Kingdom of Sorrow, Jasta), will be available online for download via iTunes, Amazon, & more. You can pre-order a bundle or a limited edition digipack right here. More...
Shadows Fall has announced a string of Summer tour dates set to kick off June 18th in Brooklyn. The festivities will crisscross the country before returning to New York to finish up the trek on July 6th, 2014.
Dates and venue information are available in the tour poster below. Shadows Fall will be touring in support of latest album "Fire From The Sky" (reviewed here).
Jun 18 Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY
Jun 19 Revolution Bar & Music Hall Amityville, NY
Jun 20 Maximum Capacity Chicopee, MA
Jun 21 City Limits Waterbury, CT
Jun 22 SIMONS 677 Providence, RI
Jun 24 Ziggy's Winston Salem, NC
Jun 25 Southland Ballroom Raleigh, NC
Jun 26 Sky City Augusta, GA
Jun 27 The International Knoxville, TN
Jun 28 Fubar St Louis, MO
Jun 29 Diamond Pub and Billiards Louisville, KY
Jun 30 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI
Jul 01 The Loft Lansing Lansing, MI
Jul 02 Mojoes Joliet, IL
Jul 03 Center Stage Kokomo, IN
Jul 04 Alrosa Villa Columbus, OH
Jul 05 Broadway Joe's Buffalo, NY
Jul 06 Legion Post 80 Binghamton, NY More...
The organizers of the East Coast Tsunami festival have checked in with the following announcement about confirming the lineup:
"The East Coast Tsunami Fest 2013 is coming quickly! The lineup is set, the venue is ready to go, and people are getting excited. Every year we raise the bar a little bit on the lineup, location, vendors, and overall quality of the end user experience, so expect a lot from this year's Tsunami Fest.
"The shows will occur on Friday September 27th, Saturday September 28th and Sunday September 29th, at Reverb in Reading PA.
"The headliners are: Friday - The Bouncing Souls, Street Dogs, Man Overboard, The Menzingers and Saturday - Hatebreed, Terror, Wisdom in Chains, Breakdown, Shadows Fall, Cro Mags, Comeback Kid, Indecision, Acacia Strain and Sunday - E Town Concrete, Knuckledust (London), Strife, Figure Four, One Life Crew, Death Threat, Strength For A Reason, and a ton of other talent. The opening bands and the day by day breakdown can all be found on the lineup page." More...
Hatebreed will be hitting the road with Shadows Fall, The Acacia Strain, and Battlecross this Fall. Dates for the trek are as follows:
September 26 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
September 27 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
September 30 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
October 1 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
October 2 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
October 3 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
October 4 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
October 5 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
October 6 – Greensboro, NC – Greene Street Club
October 7 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVA
October 9 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder
October 10 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
October 11 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre More...
The fifteenth annual edition of the The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is now just one week away, set to overthrow Worcester, Massachusetts from Thursday, April 18th through Sunday, April 21st.
With the most expansive installment of this mass gathering near, the organizers of the long-running event have today posted a brand new documentary on the festival, available below.
The clip is packed full live footage, exclusive photos, fan interaction, interviews with MassConcerts promoters on how organizing a massive festival of this caliber comes together, as well as interviews with many notable performers of festivals past including members of Shadows Fall, Bury Your Dead, Death Threat, All That Remains, Skeletonwitch, Palehorse, The Acacia Strain, and more.
The lineup for the 2013 edition is available after the jump. More...
Latin metal force Ill Nino is preparing to spread an "epidemia over Europe." On the upcoming tour, in support of latest studio album “Epidemia” which was released in October, the band will be supported by Ektomorf and Shadows Fall. Dates are as follows:
March 14 - Barcelona, SPAIN – Salamandra (Ill Nino & openers)
March 15 - Madrid, SPAIN – But (Ill Nino & openers)
March 16 - Barakaldo, SPAIN – Rockstar (Ill Nino & openers)
March 18 - Munich, Germany – Backstage Werk (feat. Ektomorf)
March 19 - Vienna, Austria – Szene Wien (feat. Shadows Fall & Ektomorf)
March 20 - Karlsruhe, Germany – Substage (feat.Ektomorf)
March 22 - Winterthur, Switzerland – Salzhaus (feat.Ektomorf)
March 23 - Romagnano, Italy – Rock N Roll Club (feat.Ektomorf)
March 24 - Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm (feat. Shadows Fall & Ektomorf)
March 25 - Berlin, Germany – SO36 (feat. Ektomorf)
March 26 - Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle (feat.Ektomorf)
March 27 - Essen, Germany – Turock (feat. Ektomorf)
March 29 - Paris, France – La Maroquinerie (feat.Ektomorf)
March 31 - Cologne, Germany – Underground (feat.Ektomorf)
April 2 - Southampton, England – Talking Heads (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 3 - Stoke, England – Underground (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 4 - Nottingham, England – Rescue Rooms (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 5 - Birmingham, England – Academy 2 (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 6 - London, England – The Garage (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 7 - Manchester, England – NQ Live (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 9 - Cardiff, Wales – Bogiez (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 10 - Plymouth, England – White Rabbit (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 11 - Brighton, England – Concorde 2 (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 13 - Minsk, BELARUS – Club Republic (Ill Nino & openers)
April 14 - Moscow, Russia – Milk (Ill Nino & openers) More...
The latest round of bands confirmed to storm the stage at New England Metal and Hardcore Festival XV has today been announced. The fresh additions to the brutal three-day event include Alleageon, Alpha & Omega, Born Low, MurderDeathKill and Dark Sermon, as well as Baltimore hardcore squad Trapped Under Ice and New Jersey’s renowned explosive tech metal practitioners The Dillinger Escape Plan.
A tour based around the fest has also been created by MassConcerts, something they’ve done for the past four years. Dubbed Mission Quest to Metal Fest, the trek was formed in order to help a few of the bands get to and from NEMHF this year. This year the tour unifies Expire, Alpha & Omega, Power Trip, Twitching Tongues, and Antagonist A.D. on a ten-date assault leading up to their individual performances at the festival.
Stated promoter Scott Lee on the formation of this built-in tour: “We are really proud of this year’s lineup, and to bring these bands together leading up to it. The tour includes Expire who played last year, California powerhouse Alpha & Omega, Power Trip who is an up-and-coming hardcore band from Texas, and Twitching Tongues. We're also very excited to have Antagonist A.D. from New Zealand; they are the band coming from the farthest away for the fest. Pretty happy to have them; we love putting foreign bands on the bill!” More...
After splitting with guitarist Rob Caggiano, Anthrax has announced that Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donais will step in for upcoming shows. Donais will temporarily fill in for Anthrax's upcoming tour dates in India, the series of Soundwave Festival shows in Australia, and the North American Metal Alliance Tour (dates below).
"Jon is a bro and he's also a total fucking ripper," said Scott Ian. "I've worked with him twice before on side projects and he tears it up. I'm excited to have him on my right burning up the stage with Anthrax. 13's gonna be a good year."
"I grew up on Anthrax, they're the thrash scene, they're one of The Big Four, I'd be crazy to not want to play with them," said Donais. "Initially, Rob called and told me he was leaving the band, and asked if I'd be interested in filling in. Then Scott called me and everything fell into place. Rob and I are using Skype to work on solos and other guitar parts, so he's being great. I also have to give special thanks to my band - Brian, Matt, Jason and Ed - who have been incredibly supportive and encouraged me to do this." More...
Promoter MassConcerts detailed the 2013 edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival's annual event at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass. The three day festival commences on Friday April 19, 2013, with a kick off event on Thursday, April 18th. The press release reads as follows:
"For the 2013 installment, the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL will once again overthrow the historic venue, The Palladium, in Worcester, Massachusetts, this year marking the 15th anniversary of the iconic weekend-long gathering! The festivities will commence with a pre-party on April 18th, 2013 and the three official days of the fest following on the 19th, 20th, and 21st.
"Commented the festival’s founder Scott Lee of MassConcerts: 'I am excited with how far we have come and am ecstatic for this to be on our 15th year! It has been a long, interesting journey. We always try to make it a memorable event and we really hope you all enjoy the festival this year.'
"With more than forty acts from all realms of the extreme music world already set to storm the two stages of NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL XV -- and with many more to be announced in the coming weeks -- the confirmed headliners for the event will include Hatebreed, Opeth and Suicidal Tendencies, as well as legendary thrash titans Anthrax performing their Among The Living album in its entirety, as part of their headlining spot on the Metal Alliance Tour.
"View the full list of bands set to confirm this year below. Tickets for the event will go on sale next Wednesday, January 16th."
The lineup includes: More...
In the wake of Killswitch Engage’s second self-titled album – fifth overall – in 2009, I heard the trajectory of the band’s career summed thusly:
“If Killswitch Engage were a transsexual, ‘The End Of Heartache’  would be the cross-dressing phase, ‘As Daylight Dies’  would be the transition phase, and ‘KsE II’ would be the full transformation into a woman.” More...
Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall has been replaced by fill-in drummers for recent shows, and now he has checked in with the following update about his condition:
"Well I'm happy to say that I'm feeling much better, back to playing, and almost feel 100% - too bad my insides are still not 100% but they're healing nicely primarily due to me staying off the road and resting.
"I have another round of bloodwork next week, in which the docs think I should be back to all normal internal functions by then, but they still are prohibiting me from leaving until after my endoscope on Dec. 18th (they need to hopefully find the cause of the Pancreatitis, and whether or not anything else is going on as well - but I feel pretty confident that I'll be ok).
"So what does this mean to Shadows Fall - it means that I, sadly, will not be able to return until after the 18th. In the meantime please go continue to support the band on the KSE tour with my boy Willis covering for me - he's got a tough job and he's handling it like a pro from what I've seen and heard.....I'm really missing the band, and the fans and tour, but I promise that I WILL be on the last dates of the tour after xmas:
12/29 Clifton Park
"Well, unless the apocalypse actually comes on the 21st!"
Death Metal powerhouse Dying Fetus will be hitting the road in in January of 2013 alongside Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, and The Contortionist as part of "The Divinity of Purpose Tour." The tour will kick off January 26th in Flint, MI and will wrap up February 17th in Amityville, NY.
The band is currently out on "The Blood of Power Tour" which is the band's first headlining trek on the "Reign Supreme" album cycle. The first leg of the tour is underway now with support coming from Cattle Decapitation and Cerebral Bore. The second leg begins December 15th in Denver, CO, wrapping up December 23rd in Trenton, NJ. Support on this leg will come from Malignancy and Cerebral Bore. A complete list of dates is available below.
Dying Fetus recently completed shooting a video for the song "Second Skin." Look for the video to debut in the coming weeks. More...
Hatebreed has issued the following announcement about upcoming U.S. tour dates starting in January, 2013:
"We are pleased to announce that we'll be hitting the road again in the United States next year on The Divinity Of Purpose Tour! Joining us on tour are Shadows Fall, Dying Fetus, and The Contortionist. VIP meet n’ greet packages and pre-sale tickets will be available Thursday, November 29th (tomorrow) at 10 AM PST at this location."
The band's new album "The Divinity of Purpose" is due for release on January 25th in the UK/Europe and January 29th in the US/Canada. Upcoming tour dates are as follows:
Jan 26 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
Jan 27 - Joilet, IL - Mojoes
Jan 28 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
Jan 30 - Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theater
Jan 31 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theater
Feb 1 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy
Feb 2 –Chico, CA–Senator Theater
Feb 3 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
Feb 5 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
Feb 6 - Wichita, KS - Cotillion
Feb 7 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
Feb 8 - Lexington, KY - Busters
Feb 9 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
Feb 11 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
Feb 12 - Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live
Feb 13 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
Feb 14 - West Springfield, VA - Empire
Feb 15 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Feb 16 - Syracuse, NY - Westcott Theater
Feb 17 - Amityville, NY - Revolution
Shadows Fall's Jason Bittner has checked in with the following statement about missing upcoming tour dates on the Party to the Apocalypse tour:
"As of last week I was told to rest for one more week and then as long as I'm feeling better, I can resume starting to play again in order to recoup and rejoin the tour - at this present time it's hard to say exactly when I will be 110%, maybe a week, maybe 2, maybe even longer, but rest assured I will be doing my best to get back as soon as humanly possible without chancing a relapse.
"I appreciate all the well-wishing and support, so in my absence please still go and support my other bandmates and the Party to the Apocalypse tour! I shall return."
Brandon Lundeen from Trumpet The Harlot and Jay Waterman from Thy Will Be Done will be handling drum duties for Shadows Fall on these upcoming shows.
Massachusetts face-melters Acaro have been added to the Killswitch Engage Tenth Anniversary "Alive or Just Breathing" Tour with Shadows Fall. The band will fill the opening slot for one of 2012's most anticipated tours that will see a Jesse Leach-fronted Killswitch Engage performing their classic "Alive or Just Breathing" in its entirety.
Acaro is touring in support of its debut, "The Disease of Fear," which was released on October 2nd through Goomba Music. If you missed the official video for the track "Becoming the Process," it has been posted below. The tour kicks off on November 24 at the California Metal Fest 6 and wraps up on December 29 in Clifton Park, NJ. See below for all of the tour dates:
11/24 San Bernardino, CA - NOS Event Center (California Metalfest VI)
11/25 San Francisco, CA - Slims
11/27 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
11/28 Portland, OR - Hawthorne
11/30 Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
12/01 Kansas City, KS - Beaumont Club
12/02 Dallas, TX - Trees
12/04 Tampa, FL - State Theater
12/05 Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
12/07 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
12/08 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
12/10 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
12/11 Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa
12/12 Toronto, ON - Opera House
12/14 Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
12/16 Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
12/17 Brooklyn, NY - Willamsburg Music Hall
12/18 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
12/19 Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
12/20 Portland, ME - State Theater
12/27 Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
12/28 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
12/29 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall More...
Beefy funny man, Billy Milano once said “Skinheads and bangers and punks stand as one Crossover to a final scene.” This insight he offered on S.O.D.’s 1985 release “Speak English or Die” would serve as a rallying cry for hardcore punks and metal heads to come together. Not only did this song help create a mindset for bringing together two scenes; it also constructed a formula for the two styles to merge. Known simply as metalcore or crossover, the term came to describe how hardcore bands added metal’s solos and heft to their arrangements, while thrash absorbed the speed, attitude and brevity of hardcore to their compositions.
Milano also claimed “It’s not the way you wear your hair, it’s what’s inside of you.” Even though these words ring true twenty-seven years after publication, and so often we see the two lines blurring together, hair styles have pretty much remained the same (minus poodle hair and mullets). Short hair, often bald or spiky, is still relegated to punks, while long hair is a feature of head bangers. Regardless of attitude and opposition to the mainstream, many punks and metal heads prefer to segregate.
After hearing an inspiring hardcore/crossover album from "The Casualties" and attending festivals such as Fun Fun Fun Fest and Chaos in Tejas that mesh metal and hardcore in the last year, I felt the need to research and write an article on the history of this topic. Through the usual resource of the Internet, Ian Christe’s book “Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal” and a first person source, I hope to shed light on this phenomenon. In the following article, we will look at the interchangeable qualities of punk and metal, as well as delving into each style’s social constraints. We will look at the bands that started this movement and analyze how the art form has evolved. Ready yourself for a crash course on punk-thrash crossover movement. More...
Shadows Fall and more have been featured on the new Boston Phoenix metal compilation put together by Born Of Fire Records. The full compilation is available for streaming or free download via bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is:
1. Shadows Fall - Weight Of The World 03:56
2. Doomriders - Girl You Want (Devo cover) 02:42
3. Finisher - Survivalists Fade 01:42
4. Phantom Glue - Perils 03:48
5. Sexcrement - Trucker Bombed 03:32
6. Lunglust - Broken Idol 02:04
7. Obsidian Tongue - Hyper-Dimensional Blood Lotus 04:41
8. Abnormality - Schismatic 05:02
9. Morne - My Return 08:35
10. LIVVER - Black Winds 01:46
11. Rule - Das Brute 05:00
12. Soul Remnants - Chopwork 02:28
13. Tenebrae - Black Mass 01:41
14. Wormwood - Hollow Black Eyes 03:59
15. Nachzerher - Storm Of Fuck 03:22
16. Black Pyramid - Aphelion 06:46
17. Jack Burton Vs David Lo Pan - Based On The Evidence 02:43 More...