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Last updated on December 26, 2014 at 5:25 PM ET

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Pastor Calls Pantera, Black Sabbath "Satanic"

Apparently nobody sent Pastor Steven Anderson from the Faithful Word Baptist Church the news that the Satanic panic ended a couple of decades ago, because he's decided to take aim at metal bands.

In an amusingly ludicrous hour long video titled "The Jews and Their Lies (Part 1 of 2)," Anderson argues that the bands Pantera, Black Sabbath, and Judas Priest are all Satanic... somehow because of the Talmud.

If you haven't bashed your head against a wall repeatedly in awhile, you could always watch the video below (the references to Pantera start at the 21:48 mark).

For those who may have seen the story trending on Facebook some time back, yes, Anderson is the same pastor who said the act of being gay should be illegal and punishable by death, stating "Here's what the Bible says, Leviticus 20:13, 'If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.' And that, my friend, is the cure for AIDS. It was right there in the Bible all along. Because if you executed the homos, like God recommends, you wouldn't have all this AIDS running rampant."

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Lich King Streaming "Do-Over" EP

Lich King is streaming the band's "Do-Over" EP online, which can be heard below, and the group also comments:

"Our new EP 'Do-Over: Songs We Didn't Get Right The First Time' is now available worldwide. After months of working on everything leading up to the release, it's pretty awesome seeing all the pictures of the goodies finally in your guys' hands. Huge thanks goes out to all of you who pre-ordered or have already picked up your copy - we hope you've had the best Lichmas yet."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Mascot War 04:59
2. Thrashssacre 04:06
3. Predator 05:43
4. Toxic Zombie Onslaught 04:39
5. Hot For Teacher (Van Halen Cover) 04:54
6. Black Metal Sucks 03:09
7. Crossover Songs Are Too Damn Short (Demo) 01:13 More...

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Tim "Ripper" Owens Performs "One On One"

Footage is available online, courtesy of YouTube user "bigpopapop," of Tim "Ripper" Owens (Charred Walls Of The Damned, ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth) covering the track "One On One" by Judas Priest.

Check out the performance from a Panama show that took place back in November via the YouTube player below.

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Sexcrement Releases Music Video

Sexcrement has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a music video online:

"Have you seen our new video for 'Salt Peter' yet? Check it out below. It's off of our brand spanking new FREE EP that you can download at this location. Did we mention it's free? Finding yourself aroused enough to the point of wanting to actually buy something from us? Pick up some merch at this location."

The "XXX Bargin Bin Vol?. ?2" track listing is as follows:

1. Salt Peter 04:05
2. We Die Young 02:25
3. Streetwalker 02:46
4. Heartbreaker 03:15

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SoulMotor Working On Album

Brian Wheat (Tesla) has checked in with the following announcement about a forthcoming SoulMotor album:

"I have to say the new SoulMotor record is sounding fucking fantastic. I've written 16 new songs. Dave rude is playing the guitars and he truly is a fucking bad ass..... But we all already knew that!!!

"Derik Diesen is slamming on the drums. I'm branching out into new territory for SoulMotor on this one. Darin is solid as a rock as usual My main man and partner in crime.

"I feel this could be the best SoulMotor record yet! See you all in the Fall of 2015 with a new album and a tour. Rock on."

This forthcoming album will follow the 2011-released disc "Wrong Place at the Right Time."

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Alexi Laiho Performs "Not My Funeral"

Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom came to the EMGtv studio to play an instrumental version of "Not My Funeral," which can be seen below.

The "Not My Funeral" track is taken from Children Of Bodom's 2011 album "Relentless Reckless Forever" (reviewed here).

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Hackneyed Releases New Video

Germany's Hackneyed will be releasing a new album in 2015, and to whet the appetites of fans, today the band drops a music video for new track "The Flaw Of Flesh."

Check it out below, and stay tuned for more details on the upcoming album release. The video was shot by Philipp Uhlmann, with the track produced & recorded by Nikita Kamprad & Staffan Karlsson.

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Stratovarius Announces Festival Appearances

Stratovarius has announced several upcoming 2015 festival appearances. More dates are expected to be announced soon, and the currently revealed dates are as follows:

2/7 - Hullu Porock - Levi, Finland
6/28 - Tuska Open Air - Helsinki, Finland
7/11 - Sotkamon Syke 2015 - Vuokatti, Finland
7/30 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany
8/1 - Ostrava - Ostrava, Czech Republic

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Epica Posts Year-End Message

Epica has checked in with the following year-end recap message to fans:

"Oh what a year it's been! 2014 is coming to an end and there seems so much to look back upon. Let me take you through a couple of highlights...

"While we were wrapping up the recording of what would be our new album, we raised over €2000 for the good cause at the beginning of this year. In these times it's great to see that people still want to make the world a better place and care for the underprivileged.

"We released 'The Quantum Enigma' in May 2014. During the sold out release show we integrally played our 6th studio album, and did some. We also played some exclusive acoustic sessions for a select audience. Good fun and a great way to get closer to our die-hard fans! Breaking our old chart records, we knew that 'The Quantum Enigma' would become what we aimed for: a revised Epica, a fresh start, a new chapter in the history of the band.

"During the festival season we saw how the new songs turned many metalheads into Epica fans and how we -as a band- stormed those stages with passion and dedication. All of us were so happy with the new album, and more than ever before we wanted 'our voice' to be heard.

"We were ready to go back to our beloved club shows and play for our fans worldwide again. So there we went, on a plane to Latin America, to pay a visit to some of our most dedicated fan bases we have in the entire world. And yep, they were loud, they were numerous, they banged their heads from the first second till the last! More people came to see us, lots of younger fans, new faces, and familiar faces. Things that put smiles on our faces.

"A little bummed about the cancellation of the North American support tour we were about to start, we returned home, charged the batteries, released the video for 'Victims of Contingency' and went on our most successful European tour we've ever done. Sold out shows, wild crowds, anything we could wish for really!

"So here we are now, enumerating the things that made 2014 memorable. Trying to put into words how blessed we feel, how great it is to be able to do what we do. More...

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Stryper Performance Footage Posted Online

Side stage footage has been posted online, courtesy of YouTube user Simone Mendes, of Stryper performing "Winter Wonderland" live on December 14th.

The clip can be seen below and was shot at the Circo Voador stage during the "No More Hell To Pay" Latin America tour 2014.

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Toxik Streaming Unreleased Tracks

Toxik has checked in with the following announcement about streaming two new songs online:

"2014 WAS AN AMAZING YEAR FOR TOXIK!!!! And there's big news coming for 2015 but as a token of our appreciation and also as a gesture of how much we appreciated all the support, friendship, and love we've been lucky enough to receive... we are offering up two previously unreleased songs.

"'Too Late' and 'Crooked Crosses' both feature Mike Sanders on vocals, Josh Christian on guitars, Jason Bittner on drums, and William Bodily on bass. These tracks were mixed and mastered by Tom Morris of Morrisound.

"Share these and help keep the scene strong by coming to shows and buying the albums when they come out!!!! SEE YOU IN 2015." More...

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Celestial Immunity Posts Full Album Online

Greek metal band Celestial Immunity has made the full "Beyond Oblivion" album online for streaming, which features guest guitarist Marios Iliopoulos (Nightrage). The full-length release can be picked up at Bandcamp here, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Beyond Oblivion 05:17
2. Spit the Death 04:03
3. Hatred 03:50
4. Illusive Images 02:43
5. Starless Horizons (instrumental) 01:32
6. Suicidal Generation 04:02
7. War in the Shade 04:31
8. The End of Human Domination 05:19
9. Nyx (born by Chaos) 05:03 More...

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Corey Taylor Covers Alice In Chains

Footage has been posted online of Corey Taylor (Slipknot) performing a cover of the Alice In Chains track "Them Bones" with Royal Machines.

Check out the clip below, courtesy of YouTube user "whereisjerry," and shot during a live show on December 20th, 2014.

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Shawn Drover Comments On New Band

Last month Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick both departed Megadeth and rumors began to swirl they were working on a new group together. Several days ago Drover posted this brief message online via Facebook:

"To answer many who have inquired, YES, myself and Chris Broderick have a new BAND (Not a 'project') TONS of info coming your way real soon, believe me!!!! #100%PUREMETAL!!!!!!!!!!!"

Now Drover has issued a lengthier statement online via Bravewords announcing further details about the project, which will also feature Henry Derek Bonner (ex-Scar The Martyr). Drover comments: More...

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Carnage Carnival Streaming Full Album

Groove/thrash metal outfit Carnage Carnival from South Africa is currently streaming the band's entire self-titled album online.

The album was produced, mixed, and mastered by Ryan Marais and bears artwork by Katharina Richter. The track listing is as follows:

1. Valhalla's Sending 05:51
2. Cosmic Bleeding 03:43
3. Nightmare 04:45
4. The Meeting 05:27
5. Dybbuk 05:23
6. Caught In A Fire 04:28
7. Fountain Of Youth 03:42
8. The Hunt 05:31 More...

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Split Heaven Recruits New Vocalist

Mexican band Split Heaven has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:

"We’re delighted to announce Jason Conde-Houston as our new singer and front man!! As soon as Jason told us he was interested on being part of Split Heaven, we knew it was him.

"Of course, we have heard him with his band Skelator before, but when he sent the audition and we listened what he did with 'Danger Zone,' we immediately stopped hearing other vocalists.

"We want to thank all singers who sent their demos, we got auditions from México, Spain and U.S.A and now, finally, we decided to have Jason as a part of the Split Heaven dynasty."

Jason says: “It is an honor to announce that I am joining Split Heaven as their new singer. I have been a fan since 2010 when I heard their first album 'Psycho Samurai.' This does not mean the end of Skelator, I think this will make me a better musician and give both bands more connections around the globe.” More...

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Sincypher Posts Full Album Online

Polish black metal outfit Sincypher has made the entire new album "Protodarkness" available online for streaming.

Digital copies of the album are available at this location, or you can hear it all in the player below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Intro 00:36
2. Moonborn 05:31
3. The Omega World 06:44
4. Novanight Euphoria 03:46
5. Animus Domain 06:47
6. Extremist of Infinity 07:08
7. Sincipher 05:11
8. Protodarkness 05:37
9. From Rutination to Illumination 05:32 More...

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Samael To Play Full "Ceremony Of Opposites" Album

Swiss band Samael will play the classic black metal album "Ceremony of Opposites" in its entirely at Wacken Open Air 2015. The following press release was also issued about the vent:

"Innovation is a key word when it comes to Swiss metal experimentalists Samael. What started out with pure and raw black metal ('Worship Him,' 1991 and 'Blood Ritual' in 1992) soon evolved into a whole different beast: with their landmark release 'Passage' (1996), Samael turned towards groove-laden dark metal, and afterwards they started incorporating electronic, oriental or world music parts on highly successful albums such as 'Solar Soul' (2007).

"After a brief romance with the brutal sound of their early days on 'Above' in 2009, the band returned to the essence and core of Samael with the 2011 album 'Lux Mundi,' an album which may be compared to 'Passage' when it comes to catchiness and songwriting skills, but this 'Light of the world' can draw from whole decades of experience and experiments! The result was a pitch black monster boasting epic melodies, cutting riffs and grooves second to none.

"The band is working on their next sonic adventure, but in 2015 the band will play some selected festivals, and in Wacken they will focus the main part of the performance on the 1994 masterpiece 'Ceremony Of Opposites.'" More...

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Year Of No Light Live Set Posted Online

Footage has been posted online of Year Of No Light's full one hour and 13 minute set at Saint Vitus Bar on November 14th, 2014.

Check out the entire set below, courtesy of Pit Full Of Shit. Year Of No Light's latest full-length album "Tocsin" was released in late 2013 via Debemur Morti Productions.

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In The Woods... Working On Album

Norwegian experimental metal band In The Woods... hasn't released a proper studio album since 1999, and now the group is working on new material.

Check out rehearsal room footage of new music being prepared over at Facebook here. In The Woods... also comments:

"Merry Christmas everyone.. A teaser, this is only the core basics of what is going to be a concept of 9 songs (far from what will be a final result). High-pro camerawork by Hugo Isacsen on his precious iPhone."

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Hemelbestormer Signs Record Deal

Debemur Morti Productions has announced the signing of Hemelbestormer, and the label had this to say:

"This incredible young band will give you the opportunity to experience a new approach to instrumental extreme music, the finest incarnation of post-metal wisely mixed with sludge, doom, and black metal. But sometimes words are not enough and the sound is necessary to understand its imperial grandeur. So, enjoy." More...

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Trollfest Digitally Releasing Anniversary Album

Trollfest has checked in with the following update about digitally releasing the band's 10th anniversary album:

"The new year has not yet arrived, but there is also some reason to party: We will release our anniversary album 'A Decade Of Drekkadence - 10 year anniversary' digitally on January 15th.

"The album is a self-released LP we brought out in 2013. Its a compilation album including some cover songs, b-tracks, early demos and acoustic songs. So far it has been available as a limited picture LPs, but this picture disc is now more or less sold out, so we will make the album available digitally.

"It will be the first time this album is officially released on a digital way. So make yourself ready and visit iTunes, Musicload or whatever from mid January on!

"If you are old school like us and love vinyl, make sure to get your hands on the picture disc before its to late at this location." More...

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Nemdis Posts Lyric Video Online

Nemdis has a lyric video online for the track "The Lament," which can be seen below. The band also comments:

"War is cruel. Every moment someone dies in combat. Even though it stays away from many, its cold breath is felt.

"Death and destruction it sows bring forth disaster and suffering for the human throughout the world, especially for the innocent people. Neither knows what to expect. This grim game steadily involves someone who turns into the next unit of sorrowful statistics. There is no salvation in the war!

"This topic of the day we cannot but touch. We put our grave emotional attitude to war in the song and bring it to your attention. Its name is self-explanatory - The Lament. This song is aggression and moaning, cruelty and lamentation, statement and appeal as well."

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Of Mice & Men Posts Live Video

Of Mice & Men today releases a new live video for "Identity Disorder," which can be seen in the player below.

The past year has been a pretty wild ride for the band, with latest album "Restoring Force" catapulted to success and leading to an opening spot on the upcoming Linkin Park European tour.

"Restoring Force" debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 album chart, scanning over 50,000 copies in the first week (making the band's best opening sales week and the highest charting album of the group's career). The album also debuted #1 on the Hard Rock album chart, Independent Album charts, LP Vinyl, and Top internet charts.

You can pre-order the double disc deluxe edition of "Restoring Force: Full Circle" at this location. More...

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DivahaR Streaming Track With Guest Vocalist Atilla

All-female black metal outfit DivahaR is streaming the song "Blindness" online, which features guest vocals from Attila Csihar (Mayhem). "Blindess" comes off the "Divarise" album, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Insane Silence
2. Areakan
3. Into the Heights
4. Ravenstone
5. Alien
6. Call of the Fire
7. Blindness (feat. Attila) More...

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Facelifter Plays Surprise Show At Train Station

Dutch metal band Facelifter performed a secret guerrilla-style show earlier this year at a train station in Eindhoven - where no one knew the band was about to setup and perform! Check out footage of the unexpected metal shenanigans below.

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The Curse Within Announces New EP

Toronto outfit The Curse Within, which just parted ways with guitarist Spencer Andrews, has checked in with the following brief update about a new EP coming out early next year:

"Happy holidays from The Curse Within! Thank you to everyone for your continued support of our band. See you all in 2015 with our NEW LINE-UP and BRAND-NEW EP!"

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Baby Dollz Releasing EP

All-female five piece outfit Baby Dollz is releasing a new EP titled "Voodoo," which has the following track listing:

1. Midnight Dreams (Intro)
2. The Awakening
3. Voodoo
4. Uncontrolled
5. Through Our Darkness
6. The Ruins
7. Last Dawn (Outro)

A lyric video for "Through Our Darkness" can be seen below. Baby Dollz consists of:

Effe Ele Dollz – Drums
Karina Clowes – Vocals
R Dailor Dollz – Bass
Flor Dollz – Lead guitar
Dulce Hale – Guitar More...

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Ululate Signs With Xtreem Music

Xtreem Music has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal with Ululate and releasing a new album in February:

"2014 had been a very productive year for Xtreem Music!! 27 releases in 12 months with bands from places like Iran and Nepal, but now we can announce the signing of a quite veteran band from... China!! They're Ululate, a one-man band that started back in 2001 as a black metal outfit and now has mutated into a solid death metal act.

"Ululuate released a debut album back in 2002 and then some EP's and splits until in 2014, Spectre, the only man behind the band, who plays all instruments, recorded a new album entitled 'Back to Cannibal World' displaying a very personal vision of horror themed death metal incorporating weird and twisted elements in it. To give you an idea of Ululate's sound, it comes as a blend of influences from bands like very early Carbonized, Autopsy, Immolation demo days, and even the Japanese Necrophile."

Due out February 1st, the album's track listing is as follows:

1. Not Always Be Silent
2. Red Wine
3. Decease and Sadness
4. Anxiety of Mortality
5. Enchantment
6. Mrs. Cobra
7. Real Catastrophe
8. Song Dan Ping More...

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Traitors Unveils Album Artwork

Traitors today reveals the artwork for upcoming album "The Hate Campaign," which was created by Point Blank Graphics and can be seen below.

Full details on the release date and track listing for "The Hate Campaign" will arrive shortly, and the album's first single is set to drop online on December 29th, 2014.

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Bloodscribe Premieres New Music Video

Bloodscribe today teams up with us at Metalunderground.com to release an official video for the song "Enslaved By Deceptions," taken from upcoming new onslaught of an album "Prologue to the Apocalypse."

Check out the video below, and the album is scheduled for release on February 9th in the U.K. and February 10th in the U.S. via Gore House Productions on CD and digital formats. You can also stream the track over at the Bloodscribe Bandcamp page.

"'Prologue to the Apocalypse' is our long awaited first full length album. It embodies Bloodscribe as a whole and showcases the sound we have long been evolving into," states vocalist Jasan Perez.

The band adds: "'Prologue to the Apocalypse' is not just another death metal album, but rather a statement of self-reliance that goes against social standards that have weakened our society."

Featuring album art by Indonesian illustrator Mondo Borneo, "Prologue to the Apocalypse" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Chris Garcia at the Morgue Music Studio (Stages of Decomposition) in Los Angeles CA. More...

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Pryapisme Posts Classical Version Of New Track

For Christmas, Pryapisme decided to unveiled the classical re-orchestration of the gigantic 23 minute track "Petit traité de futurologie sur l'homo cretinus trampolinis (et son annexe sur les nageoires caudales)."

The schizophrenic, space cat-worshiping band's upcoming EP "Futurologie" will be released on February 9th in the EU and the 10th in the USA, via Apathia Records. The EP will feature both the standard edition of the track and the classical re-worked version.

Pre-orders are available through Apathia Records and Season Of Mist.

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The Passion Of Our Souls Posts EP Teaser

Finnish female fronted band The Passion Of Our Souls just released a new teaser trailer for upcoming EP "Soulmates."

The band consists of Julia Mattila - harsh and clean vocals (Seele, Julia) and Samuli Tuomas Mäkelä - all instruments (Kara Darahu, Snovonne).

The group was born when Julia and Samuli met each other and began to carry out together a passion for music. The couple has composed, recorded, and written everything related to the project together, commenting:

"The Passion Of Our Souls music has low female growls and clean voice and having a heavy sounds connecting melodic death metal with pop-style choruses which makes it recognizable. This teaser gives a little idea about upcoming material in the EP which will be called 'Soulmate.'" More...

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The Shape Streaming Full Album

The Shape has released sophomore album "The Masque of the Red Death" through Monolithic Music, available worldwide on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and more.

Recorded by Nicholas T. Rage (of Toxic Holocaust) at Dexter’s Lab (Hatebreed, Revocation) and mastered by Brad Boatright of Audioseige (Sleep, Corrosion of Conformity, Nails, Obituary), "Masque" is a textured aural assault of genre-bending song writing that defines The Shape’s distinct approach to metal.

The Shape had a busy year in 2014, playing with national acts such as The Misfits, Shadows Fall, Jasta, Dead By Wednesday, We The Machine, and Mobile Death Camp. In January The Shape will be playing Hothfest alongside headliners Within The Ruins, Full Blown Chaos, and Dehumanized, before hitting the road for a new national tour for the spring. More...

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Butcher Babies Kicking Off North American Tour

After completing a headlining North American tour this past Fall, Los Angeles breakthrough metal act Butcher Babies is now heading back on the road again, this time with Black Label Society and Hatebreed. See below for all upcoming dates.

Butcher Babies also just completed recording for the follow-up to the band's debut full-length, "Goliath." Due out summer 2015, this currently untitled album was produced by Logan Mader.

12/27/2014--Studio Seven--Seattle, WA
12/28/2014--Knitting Factory Concert--House Spokane, WA
12/29/2014--Commodore Ballroom--Vancouver, BC
12/30/2014--Kelowna Community Theatre--Kelowna, BC
12/31/2014--Flames Central--Calgary, AB
1/2/2015--Shaw Conference Centre--Edmonton, AB
1/3/2015--Convention Hall--Arts Centre--Regina, SK
1/4/2015--Burton Cummins Theatre--Winnipeg, MB
1/5/2015--The Community Auditorium--Thunder Bay, ON
1/7/2015--London Music Hall--London, ON
1/8/2015--Kool Haus--Toronto, ON
1/9/2015--Metroplis--Montreal, QC
1/10/2015--F Shed At The Market--Syracuse, NY
1/12/2015--Reverb--Reading, PA
1/13/2015--State Theatre--Portland, ME
1/14/2015--Webster Theater--Hartford, CT
1/16/2015--Royal Oak Music Theater--Royal Oak, MI
1/17/2015--The LC Pavillion--Columbus, OH
1/18/2015--The Fillmore Charlotte--Charlotte, NC
1/20/2015--Diamond Ballroom--Oklahoma City, OK
1/21/2015--Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland--Kansas City, MO
1/22/2015--Sokol Auditorium--Omaha, NE

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