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Metal News for March 23, 2005

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25 news articles posted on this day.

Ion Dissonance Sign With Abacus Recordings

Montreal's Ion Dissonance have officially signed with Abacus Recordings. Formed in 2001, the band released their debut album with Willowtip Records last fall. In May they will enter the studio with producer Pierre Rémillard (Cryptopsy, The End) to record their Abacus debut, entitled "Solace." In the meantime, you can download a demo track from the new album.

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Obituary Done With Mixing New CD

Obituary has posted the following message on the band's official website:

WE ARE DONE! We are all done with the mixing of the new CD and we are now going to sit on it for about a week and make sure we are totally happy before mastering, which should be sometime next week! It has been so awesome to be back in the studio and we are really pumped about the new songs. Can't wait to get out and play them live!

ALLENTOWN, PA get ready because we are coming! We will be playing at this year Louder-Harder-Faster Festival on June 4th at the Crocodile Rock Cafe. We have not been in PA in sometime and it will be good to see all of you!

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The Absence Sign With Metal Blade Records

Tampa, Florida's the Absence have officially inked a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records. Having previously self-released an EP that received great praise, the Absence will be taking the world by force with their upcoming full-length and live shows; laying waste to all in their path and carving their name in the world of melodic metal. The band will enter Manna Studios on April 10 with producer Erik Rutan (Into the Moat, Soilent Green, Hate Eternal) to record their first Metal Blade release, scheduled to be out in the fall. The Absence will be touring relentlessly both nationally and abroad in support of their debut release.

The band commented, ""We are very excited to be on Metal Blade Records, a label we have all grown up listening to and look forward to joining the ranks of such heavy hitters as Amon Amarth, King Diamond, Cannibal Corpse, the Crown and so many other great metal bands."

Metal Blade president, Mike Faley said, "It is a pleasure to add the Absence to the Metal Blade Records roster. Their aggressive form of metal is fresh and heavy. They must put something in that Florida water, because they follow in the footsteps of SFU, Cannibal Corpse, and our young band Into the Moat in presenting a fresh new sound to metal."

The Absence lineup:

Jamie Stewart - Vocals
Patrick Pintavalle - Guitar
Peter Joseph - Guitars
Nicholas Calaci - Bass
Jeramie Kling - Drums

For more information on the band, check out their official website.

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Vader Signs With Regain Records

Poland's Vader have signed with Regain Records. The first release under the new deal will be the MCD "The Art Of War", which is scheduled to be released in October. The next full length album will be released in autumn, 2006.

The band says, "We would like to thank our previous label Metal Blade for years of cooperation and other labels, who were interested in signing us. Regain Records is a great label so we hope for the best! See you all on the upcoming tour!"

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Slipknot Feels Strangled By Band's "Novelty" Label

The members of Slipknot are known for wearing nefarious masks and matching jumpsuits, but don't think it's all a gimmick. They insist they're artists. Their sound is driving, loud and complex. Members go by numbers 0 to 8, which are sewn onto their black uniforms.

Their gruesome masks are worn to make sure fans listen to the music and not watch the faces. They look so unsettling because, well, that's how the music makes them feel.

Lead singer Corey Taylor (No. 8) recently talked with The Associated Press.

Question: How did you come up with the concept for this band?

Answer: Just looking at not only what was going on at a local level but an international level and just kind of being disgusted. It was all flash and no filling. It was very plastic with no presence. The thing we wanted to do was make a statement. It occurred to us that, if we remove ourselves from the equation and just presented a unified front, it would have a greater impact, a more artistic impact. It's really a physical manifestation of what the music is.

Q: Will you run out of stuff eventually to write about?

A: Just when we stop talking about the past, the present gives us enough stuff to be angry about for the rest of our lives. Just being in this band and seeing the way people interpret us is enough to frustrate even the most ardent artist.

Q: How are you interpreted?

A: I think we're interpreted as a novelty, and that really bothers me because there is so much substance in this band. People get stuck on the aesthetic . . . ..

Q: Do you still live in Iowa?

A: Yeah, a few of us have moved around now and then, but we've all come back. There's something about Iowa that just keeps you there.

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Meshuggah Reveals "Catch 33" Tracklisting

Swedish experimental extreme metallers Meshuggah have posted the following message on their official web site:

Dear friends/fans/accidental metal-browsing drop-ins! Ridiculous long since last, we know! Just wanted to leave some long overdue droppings on the never-shiny plate that is Meshuggah news! We have quite a few European dates set (will be posted shortly in tour section). Among those are both club dates as well as bigger festivals etc. We don't know yet if we'll be coming over to tour the U.S this spring/summer! It's still pending and if we get good offers it might happen! If not, we'll at least look into coming over this fall!

As most of you have probably figured out, "Catch 33" is not really a 'live material' album, but more of an experiment of sorts! So, if we'd come over to the U.S now, we'd be playing pretty much the same set as last time and we'd much rather be coming over with a fresh new set after completion of coming full-length! (no working title yet). Still, as I said — it may very well happen for "Catch 33" as well!

We understand that the album or at least parts of it has leaked out! Not really a big surprise! It always seems to happen to us! Still, we're trusting and hoping that you guys will all still buy it once it's released!

We have a company working on a video for the title 'Shed', but the progress is a bit slow at the moment so we don’t really know how it's turning out! We'll keep you updated on the progress of it!

"Catch 33" is due on May 16 in Europe and May 31 in the U.S. The follow-up to 2002's "Nothing" contains one continuous 47-minute song divided into 13 parts and is said to be "musically the opposite" of the group's 2004 EP, "I."

"Catch 33" (view cover) track listing:

01. Autonomy Lost
02. Imprint Of The Un-Saved
03. Disenchantment
04. The Paradoxical Spiral
05. Re-Inanimate
06. Entrapment
07. Mind's Mirrors
08. In Death - Is Life
09. In Death - Is Death
10. Shed
11. Personae Non Gratae
12. Dehumanization
13. Sum

The artwork, which was designed by Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake, is "a visual compliment of sorts to the album title, i.e the paradoxes/negations/contradictions of life and death (as we see it in our finest moments of unrestrained metaphoric interpretation) that the lyrics deal with!" according to Haake.

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Trivium's 'Ascendency' Chart Success

Trivium recently released their debut Roadrunner Records album, 'Ascendency' and are having much success with it.

Debuts on teh Billboard Charts:


  • #151 TOP 200 ALBUM CHARTS


Other accolades they've received are:

  • #1 for 5 straight weeks at College and Hard Rock Radio.

  • Critics Pick in The New York Times.

  • One of Alternative Press Magazine’s Top 100 Bands you need to know

  • Breakthrough Artist in Guitar One Magazine

Trivium is currently on the Road Rage tour with 3 Inches of Blood, The Agony Scene and Still Remains through the end of March and will be on the Ozzfest Tour this summer.

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New 3 Inches Of Blood Video Posted Online

Raise your gauntlet and get ready to watch the debut 3 Inches Of Blood video, for "Deadly Sinners." Check it out here.

3 Inches Of Blood "Advance And Vanquish" in stores now.

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Iron Maiden To Play Classic Set At Reading/Leeds

Reading and Leeds Festivals headliners Iron Maiden have announced they are playing classic set at this year’s bash.

Singer Bruce Dickinson declared The Carling Weekend “just genius” before announcing his band’s plans.

“We’re going to be doing a set from just our first four albums, so they’ll be songs we haven’t played in 15 or 20 years,” he explained. “Many of our young fans won’t have heard this songs been played live - it’s great.”

Dickinson added that having not played the Reading site in 23 years, he was keen to get back there.

“It’s brilliant to be back at Reading, it’s flat and it’s the best festival site in the UK,” he said. “It was where I got into festivals going as a punter and it’s also where I got into Iron Maiden. I was there with my band Samson when they asked me join Iron Maiden. I asked the late, great Tommy Vance what I should do and he said ‘Don’t Take it’. It’s the one time I ignored him.”

The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds takes place between August 26 and 28 and features the Pixies and Foo Fighters along with Iron Maiden as headliners.

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New SYL Album Now Available, Embark On US Tour

Once an underground phenomenon, Strapping Young Lad are now on the verge of a major genre-defying breakthrough with "Alien," their highly anticipated fourth studio album. Their critically acclaimed new offering is now available and it is quickly going to redefine the meaning of extreme.

These Canadian extremists will embark on a massive U.S. headlining tour this spring with The Agony Scene, Misery Signals and Reflux in the support slots. The trek kicks off on April 5th and will make a stop at the legendary New England Metal and Hardcore Fest on April 23rd. This tour also marks the first time the group have ever played any of their new material live, and expect nothing less than a balls-out, highly energetic set. The group recently shot a video for “Love?” with acclaimed director Joe Lynch (Devildriver, Kataklysm) and its unique concept is definitely going to catch people’s attention; look for it to make its Headbangers Ball debut on April 2nd.

The final segment of "The Making of Alien" was also just posted online and click here to view the entire series. Strapping Young Lad documented their entire recording process, and the first four parts will provide an in-depth look into Armoury Studios (Kiss, Van Halen) where mastermind Devin Townsend (vocals, guitars) describes how the album was assembled. Also, for the first time, fans can witness how Gene Hoglan (ex-Dark Angel, ex-Testament), Byron Stroud (now also in Fear Factory) and Jed Simon lay their tracks down. The final three parts of this series focus on the more technical aspects (gear, settings, samples, etc.) of the recording.

Click here to download "Love?" from Alien, the group's most maniacal and outlandish offering yet.

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God Forbid Announce Headlining Tour Dates

Early next month God Forbid will begin their final round of touring in support of their critically acclaimed and highly successful "Gone Forever" album. This will be the group’s first national headlining U.S. tour supporting their latest offering and it will feature Caliban, It Dies Today and Full Blown Chaos in the support slots. This trek marks their first U.S. tour since last years Ozzfest. The upcoming four-week run, which kicks off on April 1st, also includes a stop at the esteemed New England Metal And Hardcore Fest.

Doc Coyle (guitars) further conveys his excitement over their upcoming tour:

The headlining tour this April is going to be amazing. This is a sick line-up with our good friends Full Blown Chaos, German metalcore giants Caliban (who we just toured Europe with and are doing their first US tour in almost a year) and Trustkill records breakout band of 2005, It Dies Today. We’re so excited to play a long set that covers both the old and new material that everyone's been asking for. So bring your dancing shoes and get your tickets before these shows start selling out! Peace.

Straight on the heels of a highly successful east-coast run with Soulfly, the group proceeded to enter the studio to begin pre-production on their highly anticipated new album, IV:Constitution Of Treason, with Jason Suecof (Trivium) at Audiohammer Studios. In May, God Forbid will join back up with Suecof and Eric Rachel (Atreyu, Dillinger Escape Plan) at Trax East to begin tracking the new effort. The album is tentatively set for an October release.

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Bloodsimple Announces Final Mudvayne Tour Dates

Bloodsimple have announced the final routing for their forthcoming tour alongside Mudvayne, Life of Agony, and American Head Charge. The tour is set to kick off on March 29th in St. Paul, MN and will conclude on May 15th in St. Louis, MO.

Bloodsimple will be touring in support of their forthcoming album "A Cruel World", which hits stores on March 26th.

Mudvayne will be out supporting their new CD "Lost And Found," which will see a North American release on April 12th.

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Lacuna Coil's "Comalies" Surpasses 200,000

Lacuna Coil's critically acclaimed album, "Comalies," has just surpassed the 200,000 U.S. SoundScan plateau. This marks the first time a Century Family artist has reached this illustrious benchmark. The accomplishment comes on the heels of the Active Rock radio success of the powerful singles “Heaven’s A Lie” and “Swamped,” which also exploded at Fuse and MTV2. The group spent the past two years touring relentlessly with the likes of Anthrax, Opeth, P.O.D. and Type O Negative only to emerge as Ozzfest 2004’s breakout artist after consistently outselling all other second stage acts each week. Led by the undeniably captivating Cristina Scabbia (vocals), the group garnered mainstream acclaim from such publications as Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and Stuff, among others.

Lacuna Coil are currently in the pre-production phase for the highly anticipated follow-up to Comalies with longtime producer Waldemar Sorychta (Sentenced, Moonspell). Cristina checks in with the following report on the band’s songwriting progress: “We are working on the new stuff and I can tell you it is definitely killer! We are really proud of the new songs and we are still composing new material. We plan on presenting some of the new tracks this summer at festivals around Europe; check out the dates at http://www.lacunacoil.it and http://www.emptyspiral.net. Thanks for the great support you've given us since we started. We love you and we are ready to come back to kick some serious ass!”

Lacuna Coil will soon break from the studio to participate in a few major European festivals. The dates are listed below.

May 21 (France) Hirson - Rotonde Festival
Jun. 04 (Germany) Nürnberg - Rock Im Park
Jun. 05 (Germany)Nürburgring/Eifel - Rock Am Ring
Jun. 11 (Italy) Bologna - Gods of Metal
Jun. 12 (England) Donington - Park Download Festival
Jun. 24 (Germany) Le Mans - Fury Festival
Aug. 14 (Germany) Hildesheim - M’era Luna
Aug. 18 - Aug. 20 (Germany) Abtsgmünd - Summerbreeze
Oct. 22 (Belgium) Wieze - Female Voices Festival

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Live Mudvayne Tracks Available For Download

You can download four exclusive full-length footage from Mudvayne's Guerilla Tour and from the studio when you order the "Lost And Found" Ultimate Fan Pack in the Mudvayne store.

- "Silenced" - Recorded February 21, 2005
European Guerilla Tour performance footage from Matrix Club in Bochum, Germany
- "-1" March 2, 2005 European Guerilla soundcheck at King Tut's in Glasgow, Scotland
- "IMN" studio footage of Mudvayne recording "IMN" at The Plant in Sausalito, CA
- "Goodbye" in studio audio recording from the Sausalito album sessions at The Plant

These downloads will be coming down one at a time over the next three weeks so get yours now before they're gone.

Fans who have already pre-ordered the fan pakc will also get the downloads for no additional cost. Stay tuned to your in-boxes for an email with full details.

The fan pack includes:
- The new "Lost and Found" DualDisc
- The Guerilla Tour Poster
- A Mudvayne T-shirt
- And now four live exclusive Mudvayne downloads

Everything is at Mudvayne's online store.

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Danzig Confirmed To Headline NEMHF

Danzig and special guest Doyle have been confirmed as the Saturday headliner for the seventh annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.

In addition to the regular Danzig set, Doyle with join the band for a blistering 30-minute set of classic Misfits material. Danzig and Doyle have performed together just three times during Danzig’s recent tour – their first performances together in over 21 years.

Hatebreed, Unearth and Obituary will headline Friday night.

Saturday’s other headliners will include Chimaira and Cryptopsy.

Sunday’s headliners are King Diamond, Nile and Soilwork.

Also appearing are A Life Once Lost, All Shall Perish, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, Blood Has Been Shed, Bury Your Dead, Dark Tranquility, Darkest Hour, Evergreen Terrace, Full Blown Chaos, Glass Casket, Hypocrisy, If Hope Dies, Internal Bleeding, Ion Dissonance, It Dies Today, Kylesa, Maroon, Misery Signals, Mnemic, Premonitions Of War, Pro-Pain, Red Chord, Reflux, Remembering Never, Scurvy, Sonata Arctica, Stemm, Strapping Young Lad, The Acacia Strain, The Agony Scene, The Esoteric, The Killing, The Minor Times, Throwdown, Trivium, Winter Solstice, and many more to be added.

Single day tickets are $35 per day. Three-day passes are $99. Tickets are on sale at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.

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Staind's Guitarist On New Album

Staind's guitarist, Mike Mushok, on March 1st, posted the following on the band's "Journal" section of their site reguarding the new album:

"hey everyone - what's going on? i know it's been sometime but we've been busy finishing up the record and guess what? it's done! we're all really psyched on it also, it's by far the best thing we've ever done. i think that anyone whose ever been a fan will really enjoy these tunes. i find myself listening to it all the time and am really proud of all the songs. i know we all can't wait for everyone to be able to hear it. we don't have a positive release date yet, we just finished mixing it last week and go to master it next week. we have a photo shoot coming up this week and are in the discussions regarding the artwork. i know im really looking foreword to getting back out on the road and playing these songs live - i can't wait! it's really a record where i don't think we'd have any problem playing all the songs on it. i promise to keep you up to date with any news as it happens - title, release date, touring, and any other cool stuff. stay tuned, im sure we'll have some news quickly. thanks for the support!!"

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Ozzy Osbourne Visits 'Late Night w/ Conan O'Brien'

Ozzy Osbourne was on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' to promote the new season of 'The Osbournes' and his new box set entitled 'Prince Of Darkness'. Ozzy discussed how he's been sober for nearly a year, the recent break-in at his home in England, his son Jack's latest plans on becoming a firefighter, smiley face tattoos on Ozzy's knees that he talks to, and his wife Sharon's obsession with moving into new homes. Rockdirt has posted the complete transcript.

Read the full article at Rockdirt.

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Nikki Sixx: I Feel Very Blessed

Nikki Sixx spoke with Australia's Time Off magazine about Motley Crue overcoming the bad blood between singer Vince Neil and drummer Tommy Lee, and guitarist Mick Mars battling for his life after a chronic, degenerative illness and recovery from hip replacement surgery. "It was as bad as it was going to get when [Mick] was in the hospital and he was inches from death," the bassist said. "He pulled himself together and pulled himself through it and he's onstage shredding every night and starting to put on weight. He's always in a great mood. We're all so happy. I feel very blessed. All the shows are selling out. We were onstage and I looked out and there were 15,000 people and they all had their hands in the air. I looked at Mick and I looked at Tommy and I looked at Vince and I just started smiling. I was like, 'Fu**! I can't believe it! We're still here'!"

Read the full article at Time Off.

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Betrayer Releases EP for Download

Canadian thrash metal band, Betrayer, releases their brand new EP, entitled Shadow Force, on their website.
Dwnload the songs here:
Partaker of Evil
Burden of the Pacifist
Shadow Force

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Dark New Day To Open For Chevelle

DARK NEW DAY, the new "supergroup" featuring Clint Lowery (ex-SEVENDUST) on guitar, Brett Hestla (ex-CREED, VIRGOS MERLOT) on vocals, Will Hunt (ex-SKRAPE, TOMMY LEE) on drums, Clint's brother Corey Lowery (ex-STEREOMUD, STUCK MOJO) on bass, and Troy McLawhorn (ex-DOUBLE DRIVE) on guitar, have been tapped to open for CHEVELLE beginning in early April.

As previously reported, DARK NEW DAY have selected "Brother" as the first single off their debut album, "Twelve Year Silence", due this summer via Warner Bros. Records. The single is scheduled to go for radio adds on April 18.

"Twelve Year Silence" was mixed with producer/mixer Ben Grosse, who has previously worked with FILTER, FUEL, SEVENDUST and ALTER BRIDGE. A MySpace.com page containing three advance cuts from the album — "Taking Me Alive", "Lean" and "Heal In Time" — can be found at this location.

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A Suburban Blood Drive Prepare To Enter Studio

Kentucky's A Suburban Blood Drive will be in the studio with Chris Owens from April 18th through April 25th recording their Martyr Records debut. Entitled "Arma-Get-It-On!," the effort will be mastered by Alan Douches, with Monsters In Disguise handling the artwork/layout. Look for the record to hit stores this summer.

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Latest School Shooter Was Heavy Metal Fan

The 17-year-old student who shot his way through his family and a tribal school in northwest Minnesota Monday (March 21), leaving 10 people dead, including himself, was described by a fellow student as a quiet boy who was into goth culture, listened to heavy metal music, wore "a big old black trench coat" and "talked about death all the time."

The Minneapolis Star Tribune named the suspect as Jeff Weise, a student or former student at the local high school on the Red Lake Indian reservation in remote northern Minnesota. Pat Mills, director of Red Lake's public safety department, said officers were not looking for any other suspects.

It was the worst school shooting in the U.S. since 15 people died in the Columbine massacre in 1999.

Read the full article at Guardian.co.uk.

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John 5 To Play Guitar For Rob Zombie On Ozzfest

Former MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5 has announced that he will be playing guitar for ROB ZOMBIE on the Hot Topic Second stage at this year's Ozzfest.

"I'm totally estatic about having the opportunity to play with Rob on Ozzfest!" John 5 said in a statement. "He has been one of my favorite artists for the longest time. I had the opportunity to play with him a few weeks back, and never thought that I would have the chance to share the stage with him playing the ZOMBIE songs we all know and love!"

When asked what this meant for LOSER, John's new band, he said, "This will not affect LOSER in any way. We are still pressing forward with writing new material for our debut album."

Commented Zombie: "I haven't really officially said this yet but once again I will be hitting the road with Ozzfest. This time I've decided to headline the second stage. Main is a drag, man. It's so uptight that it is almost a bore. I can't wait to get away from the fucking seat and play to all the maniacs that are always trapped up on the lawn. This should be insane.

"There are some lineup changes this time around. John 5 of ex-MARILYN MANSON fame will be handling guitar duties this time out. I'm totally stoked about this because this guy is a fucking shredder. I played 'Thunder Kiss 65' with him at The Arrowhead Pond Arena for a benefit a couple weeks back and it never sounded so fucking good."

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Terror, Comeback Kid, et al Tour Dates

Initial dates for the upcoming Terror, Comeback Kid, Modern Life Is War, and Sinai Beach tour have been annnounced. Here are the tour dates:

5/10 Bucksport ME @ The Kave
5/11 Quebec City CAN @ Anti
5/12 Montreal CAN @ El Salson
5/13 Ottawa CAN @ Babylon
5/14 Toronto CAN @ Kathedral
5/15 Erie PA @ Forward Hall
5/16 Farmingdale NY @ The Downtown
5/17 Philadelphia PA @ First Unitarian Church
5/18 Richmond VA @ Alley Katz
5/19 Greensboro NC @ Ace's Basement
5/21 Jacksonville FL @ Thee Imperial
5/22 West Palm Beach FL @ Spanky's
5/23 Orlando FL @ Back Booth
5/24 Tallahassee FL @ Bid Daddy's
5/25 Marietta GA @ Swayze's
5/26 Birmingham AL @ Cave 9
5/27 Nashville TN @ The Muse
5/28 Memphis TN @ The Complex
5/29 Houston TX @ Maryjane's Fatcat
5/30 San Antonio TX @ Sanctuary
5/31 Lubbock TX @ Tokyo Joe's
6/1 Albuquerque NM @ Launch Pad

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Shattercast Signs To Funeral Verse Records

Funeral Verse Records has signed Milwaukee metalcore band, Shattercast. According to the label, the group's sound is "comparable to Unearth, Bleeding Through, and The Black Dahlia Murder." The band will release an EP entitled "The Autumn Requiem" this summer in addition to a full-length next winter.

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