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Last updated on December 19, 2014 at 12:33 PM ET
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13 news articles posted today (and counting...)
Machine Head has completed routing on the most comprehensive U.S. tour in the band's 20 year history, a 42-city jaunt across America and Canada for the launch of new album “Bloodstone & Diamonds” that will be performed as “An Evening With.” As a bonus, since the band is no longer working on the album, it's significantly less likely this one will get cancelled!
Starting January 16th in Mesa, AZ Machine Head will perform over 2 hours of bone-crunching metal anthems. The sets will change a bit night-to-night and and the band guarantees to play songs from every album in the catalog. Dates are as follows:
1/16 Mesa - Club Red Theatres
1/18 Farmington - Top Deck
1/20 Austin - Red 7
1/21 Dallas - Gas Monkey Live
1/22 Houston - Fitzgeralds
1/23 New Orleans - House of Blue
1/24 Orlando - The Beacham
1/25 Atlanta - Masquerade
1/27 Asheville - Orange Peel
1/28 Baltimore - Baltimore Sound Stage
1/29 Philadelphia - Underground Arts
1/30 New York - Irving Plaza
1/31 Allston - Brighton Music Hall More...
The Norwegian black metal tyrants from 1349 have announced a headlining U.S. tour. The trek, which starts on February 8th in Tampa, FL sees the band travel throughout the month before concluding in Spartanburg, SC.
Support on this tour comes from Origin, Abysmal Dawn, and Wolvhammer. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
In addition to the full U.S. tour, 1349 has also announced an exclusive performance as part of next year's "70000 Tons of Metal" cruise. The cruise departs from Miami, FL on January 22nd, and will travel for 4 days before returning.
1/22-26 Miami, FL @ 70000 tons of Metal Cruise (1349 Only)
2/8 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
2/10 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
2/11 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
2/12 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
2/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Complex
2/15 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
2/16 Reno, NV @ Jub Jub's
2/18 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
2/19 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
2/20 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
2/21 Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
2/22 Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar
2/23 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
2/24 Springfield, VA @ Empire
2/25 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero More...
The Cyon Project's debut album "Tales of Pain" will be out on January 27th, 2015 via Pavement Entertainment. The album will be distribuited by Sony-RED and PHD.
A February tour is also in the works to support "Tales Of Pain," with full details forthcoming. You can also check out the band's music video for "Mr. Creosote" below.
Just For Fun
Just in time for the holiday woes, the Wagoner Brothers have launched a lyric video for their hysterical parody using the Ghost song "A Year Zero." The original song appears on the 2013 release "Infestissumam."
This parody is sure to lift your spirits just in time with a little yuletide cheer. Check it out here:
UMC - the promoters for the World's Original and Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced two additions to the 2015 roster, Norweigian black metal act 1349, supporting the latest album "Massive Cauldron of Chaos" and countrymates and folk metal heroes Trollfest, in support of some chaos of its own "Kaptein Kaos."
70,000 Tons of Metal casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.
All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.
1349 and Trollfest join previously announced bands below, with 24 bands still to be announced:
Germany's Blind Guardian posted the third in a series of behind the scenes studio preview clips showcasing the upcoming new release "Beyond the Red Mirror." The album is set to drop bia Nuclear Blast Records on January 30th (EU), February 2nd (UK) and February 3rd (North America). Check out a review for the album at this location.
The track list for the album is:
1. The Ninth Wave
2. Twilight of the Gods (see lyric video here)
4. At the Edge of Time
5. Ashes of Eternity
6. The Holy Grail
7. The Throne
8. Sacred Mind
9. Miracle Machine
10. The Grand Parade
Check out part three here: More...
Brussels heavy rock/metal act Diablo Blvd released a music video for the new track "Follow the Deadlights," the title track for the upcoming new album. The video is the third for the release. The album is set for release via Nuclear Blast Records on January 23, 2015.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Beyond The Veil
2. Rise Like Lions (see music video here)
3. Get Up 9
4. Follow The Deadlights
5. Son Of Cain (see music video)
6. Come With Me (Battle Call)
7. Fear Is For The Enemy
8. Peace Won By War
9. End Of Time
11. Saint Of Killers
Check out "Follow the Deadlights" here: More...
Jorn Lande & Trond Holter's Dracula released a preview clip for an upcoming music video for the new track "Walking on Water." The song appears on the debut release "Swing of Death," which is expected for release on January 23rd (EU) and January 27th (North America) via Frontiers Music Srl.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Hands of Your God
2. Walking On Water
3. Swing of Death
4. Masquerade Ball
5. Save Me
6. River Of Tears
7. Queen of the Dead
8. Into the Dark
9. True Love Through Blood (Instrumental)
10. Under The Gun
The video is expected to be released on January 9th. Check out the preview clip here: More...
Israeli metal act Melechesh posted a lyric video for the new track "Multiple Truths." The song appears on the upcoming new album "Enki," which is set for release on February 27th (EU), March 2nd (UK) and March 10th (US).
The track list is:
1. Tempest Temper Enlil Enraged
2. The Pendulum Speaks
3. Lost Tribes
4. Multiple Truths
5. Enki - Divine Nature Awoken
6. Metatron And Man
7. The Palm The Eye And Lapis Lazuli
8. Doorways To Irkala
9. The Outsiders
Check out "Multiple Truths" here: More...
Finsterforst posted an interactive preview, which features clips from the entire new album "Mach Dich Frei." The album drops via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:
Jan. 23rd: G/A/S
Jan. 30th: EUROPE/AUS
Feb. 2nd: UK/NO/FR/IT/DK
Feb. 4th: SE/ESP
Feb. 10th: US/CAN
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Schicksals End'
3. Zeit für Hass
4. Im Auge des Sturms
5. Mach Dich Frei! (see music video here)
6. Mann gegen Mensch
7. Reise zum..
Check out the preview clip here: More...
Archaic Decapitator, a Connecticut-based death metal outfit, is streaming a new song titled "Ethereal Aspects" which serves as an early teaser to the band’s upcoming EP called "The Catherine Wheel".
The Catherine Wheel will drop as a "pay what you want" download on January 6th available on their Bandcamp page.
Check out "Ethereal Aspects" below (courtesy of NCS).
Veil of Maya posts a new teaser that could hint at an early 2015 album or song release on January 1, 2015.
States the band cryptically: "#VEILHASRISEN - 1.1.15. NEW ALBUM COMING SOON..."
As reported earlier this year Veil of Maya will be on tour with Upon A Burning Body coming January 2015. More...
Ex-Rings of Saturn Guitarist Joel Omans outlines in a vitriolic rant on his Facebook timeline the real reasons why he left the band after their recent tour:
"So there's been quite a bit of vagueness to the real reason why I quit Rings of Saturn and It's been eating away at me keeping it to myself so here it goes. The deciding factor in me leaving the band was Lucas. I had enough of biting my tongue and going along for the ride. When I first joined the band we got along great and had the same common goals as musicians but that changed more and more over the years. To summarize he simply doesn't care about playing guitar or being a musician anymore. Word for word he told me "I don't give a shit about playing guitar or getting better at guitar, I just want to write music and get the band as big as possible in the shortest amount of time." So with that kind of attitude it hindered the band from playing any of the new songs from Lugal Ki En that we were suppose to be playing live for the last 6 months. Ian, Aaron, and myself were all capable of playing the new songs we prepared for the set but we had to make up excuses such as "the label won't let us play songs until the music video is out or we didn't have time to practice as a band so we aren't playing any songs on the album release tour." And his reason for not learning the songs was that he was too busy managing the band. I was also told to get off his back for it since he "Does more in life in general than I do." All in all what it comes down to is Lucas Mann is a hack of a musician and I will never work with him ever again. He stresses the band into recording songs note by note, releases them, doesn't learn them and then makes as much money as he can from the merch while sitting in the comfort of his parents' house. On top of that he is a self centered asshole to his band mates and fans which is not acceptable to me in anyway. I admit he is very smart with managing and promoting a band. Maybe he'd do better helping other bands since he doesn't have the desire to play instruments himself. I've learned a lot from being in ROS and met some amazing people but Ive had enough of the bullshit. I'm not going to sacrifice time with my family, my musicianship, or my integrity for some childish wanna be musician. I couldn't be happier with my choice to leave. I now have time with the people I care about and I've regained that burning passion for my instrument. Thanks to all who have supported the band, I'm excited to start releasing albums that are REAL all the way through for the remaining listeners of mine to enjoy. No longer will I stand for someone to record bullshit parts with my music and not even learn it. Fuck that."
Below you can check out the latest official "Rings of Saturn" video.