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Last updated on February 19, 2017 at 5:19 PM ET
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The Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled by Monster Energy, will be hosted by Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack - more recently recognized by his solo moniker Andy Black.
Biersack states, "I am so honored to be hosting this year's fourth annual APMAs. I've attended every APMAs, and I've been fortunate to have a favorite moment every year. As host, I want to make people feel happy and create favorite moments for them, too. I want them to be stoked, whether they are attending the event or watching it from their homes."
Alternative Press CEO Mike Shea adds, "Andy is one of the most dynamic and engaging musicians I think I've ever met. Besides being an amazing frontman on the rock stage, he's also one of the funniest off-stage. Over the past year, he's been bringing his comedic side to fans while touring with his Andy Black project, and when we heard that he was interested in hosting the APMAs, we thought that there could be some real magic here in the making. Even before we got down into the details he had already dissected other hosts' successes and failures on other award shows and came to us with an entire analysis of what he could bring to the APMAs. We are really excited about his enthusiasm and dedication to the show and we know that music fans worldwide are going to be happily surprised to see the results!"
This year's event will return to Alternative Press' home city of Cleveland, Ohio on July 17th. Details regarding 2017 tickets and VIP packages, nominees,attending/performing artists, red carpet appearances, surrounding events and more will be announced soon via this location. More...
Seeker has announced new headlining dates, with special guests Inanimate Existence and Aethere, starting April 29th in Hays, KS and wrapping up May 11th in Manchester, NH.
These dates run between the band's current tour with Cognitive, Wvrm and The Grindmother, and the previously announced “Devastation On The Nation Tour,” presented by MetalSucks. A full list of upcoming Seeker 2017 tour dates follows:
w/ THE GRINDMOTHER (2/24-3/7), COGNITIVE (2/12-3/4), WVRM (2/20-3/6)
2/19 Columbus, GA @ The Estate
2/20 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
2/21 Greenville, SC @ Radio Room
2/22 Chapel Hill, NC @ The Local 506
2/23 Chesapeake, VA @ Riffhouse Pub
2/24 Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar
2/25 Washington, DC @ The Pinch
2/26 Amityville, NY @ Revolution
2/28 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
3/1 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
3/2 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
3/3 Ottawa, ON @ House of Targ
3/4 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
3/5 Ypsilanti, MI @ Crossroads
3/6 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's More...
Facedown Records has inked a new deal with Nothing Left for a new EP release this spring. The label comments:
"We are so excited to welcome Nothing Left, featuring Ryan and Brandon Leitru, formerly of metalcore juggernaut For Today to the Facedown family! The band will release its debut EP 'Destroy and Rebuild' on April 21 via Facedown. The EP is available for pre-order at Merch Now in both CD and LP format, along with digital and merch bundles."
Ryan Leitru further states: "In the current state of a lot of heavy music circles, there is a lot of music that is made by bands (or their producers) just to cater to a specific audience. It leads to a lot of safe and sometimes not very genuine music. It’s easy to get jaded when you're too close to that type of world. One way to fight that and keep your passion for what you do is to go back to what first made you love music.
"With the Destroy and Rebuild EP, we tried to do that and as a result you can hear some of the influences from stuff that was happening when we were growing up in this music scene. Both in life and in music, a great way to move forward is to look back first, and learn from it."
Born out the hell storm of Edmonton, AB, the black and doom metal festival Black Mourning Light presented by Crown of Viserys and GigFly.ca will unleash the most brutal line up to date for the 2017 edition hosted on October 13th and 14th at the Starlite Room.
This year's infernal ritual features legends from Canada's black metal scene with headliners Revenge, Blasphemy Rites Of Thy Degringolade, and Antichrist. Joining the line up from the United States is Montana's blackened death crew Fortress, Los Angeles black / death legends Gravehill, and Ohio's nefarious Funeral of God. From the surrounding Western Canadian metal scene, the carnage is intensified with Xul, Ares Infernus, Sorguinazia, Scythra, and Goathammer.
BML organizer Dustin Ekman comments: "This year we are taking extreme to a new level for Black Mourning Light, and I couldn't be more honoured to have true legends in black metal on the festival. Revenge and Blasphemy are two of the biggest names in black metal, and with them are some of the best bands in the world to create an absolutely killer lineup. This is a year to not be missed, that's for sure." More...
Three years following the release of debut full-length effort "Moloko Velloce," French group Charlie's Frontier Fun Town just announced the release of a second album to be titled "In Dust We Trust" and coming out on March 11 through KNT Music and Bambane's Crew.
In addition to this news, the band unleashed the first single from the upcoming album via YouTube. Check out "Bottle's Curse" below. If you missed it, the previous album can still be streamed in full at Bandcamp here.
Following the "Moloch" album last year, Ancst toured relentlessly and now the Berlin-based blackened crust collective returns with the "Furnace" EP.
"Furnace" is seeing release on CD by Vendetta Records and Yehonala Tapes, with a vinyl edition to following this summer. You can stream all the tracks below, and also catch Ancst live on these tour dates:
24.02.2017 D-Berlin, Kastanienkeller
25.02.2017 D-Leipzig, Atari
26.02.2017 D-Weimar, Gerber
27.02.2017 CZ-Plzen, Divadlo pod Lampou
28.02.2017 D-München, Kafe Kult
01.03.2017 D-Freiburg, KTS
02.03.2017 D-Frankfurt am Main, K********d
03.03.2017 D-Köln, AZ
04.03.2017 D-Göttingen, JUZ
05.03.2017 D-Braunschweig, Klaue More...
Blacktop Mojo has released "Pyromaniac," the debut single off upcoming "Burn The Ships" LP, which is due out March 10th, 2017.
"Burn the Ships," produced by Philip Mosley and mixed and mastered by Austin Deptula, is available to pre-order here. The band comments:
"It has been one long ass journey to get this point, so we’re very excited to premiere the first track 'Pyromaniac' off our new album 'Burn the Ships.' The song holds a special place in our hearts and, not to mention, it kicks ass when we play it live. Hope you all enjoy the song as much as we love playing it..." More...
Recently a co-headlining Latin American tour was announced with Kirisun and Nervochaos, due to kick off March 9th. Now several new dates have been added to the run, with the updated routing as follows:
March 9th – Assungao, Paraguay @ Absoluto Rock
March 10th – Montevideo, Uruguay @ Bluzz Live
March 11th – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Museo Rock
March 12th – Santa Cruz De la Sierra, Bolivia @ Ex-Discoteca Skala
March 14th – Cochabamba, Bolivia @ Ex-Carnivale
March 15th - La Paz, Bolivia @ Salon De Oro
March 16th – Quito, Equador @ La Capital Deportiva
March 17th – Bogota, Colombia @ Auditorio Lumiere
March 18th – Medellin, Colombia @Accion Impro
March 19th – Armenia, Colombia @Discoteca Mistica
March 21st – Tegucigalpa, Honduras @ Gimnasio 3
March 22nd - San José, Costa Rica @ Fenix Rock Sport Bar
March 23rd – Monterrey, Mexico @ Cafè Iguana
March 24th – Guadalajara, Mexico @ C3 Stage
March 25th – Mexico City, Mexico @ Cosa Nostra Mx
March 26th – Merida, Mexico @ Live Stage More...
"Through Ages of Sleep" is Siberian's second theme-based album in the Age trilogy, set to be released on the 24th of February. The Swedish three-piece mixes influences from American sludge and Scandinavian metal for a unique wall of sound.
The album was written and based on dreams by band members Gus Ring, Linus Marron, and Daniel Eklöw during a 2 years period. Returning to Joona Hassinen and his Studio Underjord to record “Through Ages of Sleep” was the obvious choice for the band, keeping the trilogy true to its core.
Angus 'Angst' Norder (Witchery, Nekrokraft) recorded bass on all songs. Mastering was done by Brad Boatright at AudioSiege (YOB, Skeletonwitch, Converge) while Mattias Frisk (Ghost, Vanhelgd, Miasmal) illustrated the album on oil panel with no guidance other than the dreams that were written down. More...
Southern California's industrial metal group Society 1 has inked a deal with DSN Music to release upcoming album "Rise From The Dead," scheduled for release this March.
Society 1, which was founded in 1996 by the infamous Lord Zane on lead vocals, also features veteran guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle, bassist Dirt Von Karloff, and drummer Iorden Mitev.
"It feels good to be back at it again, like an old lover who fucked you better than anyone before or after" said Zane during a decadent signing party at the DSN Music complex in Malibu, CA. "Everyone has those moments when you resurrect and reinvent. This album 'Rise From The Dead' is one of those moments."
The comeback for Zane follows a hiatus during which he established a successful Hollywood career as a music video director, working on projects with such acts as Zakk Wylde, John 5, DMC, Wayne Static, and Orgy. "For me this isn't so much of a return for the band but more a return of
my understanding of how necessary musical exploration is to my existence," said Zane. More...
If there's one place that springs to mind when one thinks of black metal, it's Norway. The Scandinavian country may not have invented the genre, but they certainly shaped it into what we know today. Many of the most famous names in black metal were formed in Norway, including Immortal, Darkthrone and Dimmu Borgir, but there were also plenty of cult (or should that be kvlt?) favourites, including today's featured band, Thorns.
The roots of Thorns dates back to 1989 in the city of Trondheim, when guitarist Snorre W. Ruch and vocalist/bassist Marius Vold formed the band, Stigma Diabolicum, with whom they recorded one demo, "Luna De Nocturnus," as well as releasing a rehearsal tape and a live recording, "Live in Stjørdal." They soon added to their ranks, bringing in a bassist named Harald Eilertsen, allowing Vold to concentrate on vocals, as well as drummer Bård G. Eithun, better known to black metal fans as "Faust," who would later join Emperor. The quartet changed their moniker to Thorns around 1991 when the use of Latin was becoming more prominent in black metal. More...
The largest and longest-running sea travel of its kind this year headed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Labadee, Haiti and back, featuring 61 bands playing 123 live shows on 4 stages to fans from 74 different countries. For most fans on board it’s "the" annual metal highlight. Below you can see George's personal extensive photo-recap of the events, scenery, and shows of his favourite bands taking place on "The Independence Of The Seas" metal-battleship:
Day 3: Labadee - Overkill - Marduk
Day 4: Unleashed - DevilDriver - Annihilator - Arch Enemy
If you missed the recap of day 1 and 2 you can watch it HERE.