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Metal News for June 14, 2007

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25 news articles posted on this day.

Devildriver Denied World Record for Circle PIt

With thousands of fans trampling barricades, smashing into each other, and helping Devildriver create one of its best performances ever, the band thought the Guinness Book of World Records would want to certify the circle pit from Download 2007 as the biggest in history. Turns out not so much. Here’s what Guinness said:

"Thank you for sending us the details of your recent record proposal for ‘Largest Circle Pit’. We are afraid to say that we are unable to accept this as a Guinness World Record.

Unfortunately, as there is no way you can physically definie (sic) where any circle/mosh pit starts and ends, we cannot accept this as a category. We receive over 60,000 enquiries a year from which only a small proportion are approved by our experienced researchers to establish new categories. These are not ‘made up’ to suit an individual proposal, but rather ‘evolve’ as a result of international competition in a field, which naturally accommodates superlatives of the sort that we are interested in. We think you will appreciate that we are bound to favour those that reflect the greatest interest.

We realize that this will be disappointing to you. However, we have considered your proposal fully; in the context of the specific subject area and that of records as a whole, and our decision is final in this matter.

Once again thank you for your interest in Guinness World Records."

Devildriver‘s next album, "The Last Kind Words", comes out July 31. Find out why Kerrang! gave the album 4 Ks with a free MP3 of “All Who Wander Are Not Lost" at http://www.roadrunnerrecords.co.uk/devildriver


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Goatwhore Premiere New Video

Goatwhore’s new video for “Forever Consumed Oblivion” will premiere on MTV2’s HeadBanger’s Ball this Saturday, June 16th. The clip was shot during God Forbid's "Chains of Humanity" tour, on which Goatwhore was direct support.

Director David Brodsky (God Forbid, Strapping Young Lad, Gwar) led the production for the eight-camera shoot in addition to handling the directing and editing duties.

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Heaven and Hell to Tour with Rob Zombie

Heaven and Hell will be touring with Rob Zombie and Queensryche beginning in September, dates to be announced.

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Max and Igor Cavalera Writing Together Again

According to Sirius Satellite Radio, brothers Max and Igor Cavalera are writing together again. According to Sirius, the new songs may include guest appearances by members of Napalm Death and Soulfly guitarist Marc Rizzo.

Igor Cavalera has been a free agent since he left Sepultura in June 2006 to work on personal issues. He was replaced by ex-Udora drummer Jean Dolabella.

In December 1996, following the tragic death of Max’s stepson, his bandmates — including his brother — tried to fire his wife and grieving manager Gloria Cavalera because they weren’t happy with the way she was handling the band’s business. Max viewed the move as an act of betrayal, quit the band and cut off contact with Igor until last year. Then on August 17 at the D-Low Memorial Festival in Tempe, Arizona, an event to honor the memory of Max’s late stepson, the guitarist and his brother took the stage to play two Sepultura songs, “Roots Bloody Roots” and “Attitude.”

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3 Mile Scream's "Our Blackened Sun" Video Online

3 Mile Scream have posted their Chad Archibald (Arise and Ruin) directed video for the track "Our Blackened Sun" online on YouTube.

"Shooting the video was such an amazing experience to take part in. The director was very easy going and was open to all of our ideas and input," says 3 Mile frontman Matt McGachy. "The only part which was a bit unpleasant was the after effects of shooting for ten hours straight at full tilt. All of our bodies hated us, and they definitely were not shy about letting us know about it."

"The shoot made us realize just how much work goes into the creating a video. It tested our limits physically having to go full tilt, take after take to get it all on film, says 3 Mile Scream bassist Mike Marino. “It was a great experience, the video looks sick and we look forward sharing it with everyone."

The track is taken from the group’s recently released Corporate Punishment debut album, A Prelude To Our Demise. The album has prompted a plethora of critical acclaim from critics and fans, including Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe who described the band as “Artfully orchestrated brutality” and Chris "OJ" Ojeda of Byzantine who said, "Not since STRAPPING YOUNG LAD has Canada had a band put the M in Metal like 3 Mile Scream. Their live show is unparalleled." More...

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The Minor Times, Engineer To Tour In September

Pennslyvania's THE MINOR TIMES are currently gearing up for the June 26 release of the band's forthcoming album, 'Summer of Wolves,' as well as looking for booking help on a fall tour with the band's good friends Engineer. THE MINOR TIMES says they are in the very early stages of planning the tour, but if you can help out, contact the band at theminortimes@hotmail.com.

Here are the current THE MINOR TIMES tour dates:

6/16 Cheswick, PA – Ches-A-Rena (Sincerity Fest)
6/18 Doylestown, PA – Siren Records (with Tides)
6/22 Brooklyn, NY – The Water Street Lounge (with Rosetta)
6/23 Burlington, VT – 242 Main (with Rosetta)
6/24 Falmouth, ME – Bike Barn (with Rosetta)
6/25 New York, NY - The Lit Lounge (with Rosetta)
7/08 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero (with A Life Once Lost, Starkweather)
8/08 Philadelphia, PA – The Waiting Room (with Trap Them)

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Dropdead Announce Summer Tour Dates

Hardcore band, Dropdead, have posted summer tour dates:

August 8 - Providence, RI @ AS220
August 9 - Boston, MA @ T.B.A.
August 10 - Albany, NY @ Valentines (downstairs)
August 11 - Buffalo, NY @ T.B.A.
August 12 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
August 13 - Madison, WI @ T.B.A.
August 14 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Bedlam Theatre
August 15 - Chicago, IL @ T.B.A.
August 16 - Detroit/Ann Arbor, MI @ T.B.A.
August 17 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Fossil Free Fuel
August 18 - Richmond, VA @ Hadad’s Lake
August 19 - Philladelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church (early show)
August 19 - New York, NY @ T.B.A. (late show)

Check the band out at their myspace: http://www.myspace.com/dropdead

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Manowar Reveals "Gods Of War Live" Track List

MANOWAR has revealed the track list of their upcoming double live album, "Gods Of War Live" to be released on July 6, 2007. It is as follows:

1 - Manowar
2 - Call To Arms
3 - Gloves Of Metal
4 - Each Dawn I Die
5 - Holy War
6 - Mountains
7 - The Oath
8 - Secret Of Steel
9 - Son Of William's Tale
10 - The Gods Made Heavy Metal
11 - Die For Metal
12 - Kings Of Metal
13 - Warriors Of The World United
14 - Black Wind, Fire And Steel
15 - The Blood Of Odin
16 - The Sons Of Odin
17 - Glory Majesty Unity
18 - Gods Of War
19 - Army Of The Dead, Part II
20 - Odin
21 - Hymn Of The Immortal Warriors
22 - The Crown And The Ring

MP3s of "Gods Of War Live" will be available for purchase exclusively through manowar.com very soon.

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Joey Jordison Sets Download Fest Record

The annual Download festival took place on June 8th, 9th and 10th at Donington Park, England. Performing as part of the gargantuan festival, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison accompanied Korn on drums. This record-breaking performance was Jordison’s fifth Download appearance since its inception in 2002, and marks him as the only artist to play the festival multiple times in 4 different high-profile bands. Past Download performances include: Murderdolls (main stage 2002), Slipknot (main stage 2004 & 2005), and a guest appearance with Metallica (main stage 2004).

Jordison has been performing with Korn since the departure of drummer David Silveria and states, “when I first heard Korn they blew me away and I have been a fan ever since…I’m looking forward to playing drums with these guys for the next five months!" Adding to his extensive list of musical accomplishments, Jordison has also been taking on producing duties, most recently working on the forthcoming 3 Inches of Blood release, Fire Up The Blades.

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The Black Crusade Tour To Hit The UK

THE BLACK CRUSADE tour brings together four of the leading lights in metal for a string of UK arena shows. Headed up by MACHINE HEAD and TRIVIUM, the tour will march through the UK with DRAGONFORCE, ARCH ENEMY and a third special guest act (TBA) in tow.

TRIVIUM's Matt Heafy is equally excited: "It's going to be a really amazing show for the fans. Rarely is there a tour where every single band is such a dominating force in the music world. MACHINE HEAD have always been revolutionary in bringing monumental albums every damn time they put one out; DRAGONFORCE are sweeping (literally and guitar-atively) the entire world with their lightning fast precision and incredibly memorable tracks; and ARCH ENEMY are queen and kings of a metal capable of being so brutal and heavy, yet so melodic and catchy. It's great to look at this line-up purely as a music fan and know that us Triviums are gonna have a fantastic time ourselves, being able to watch some of our favourite bands who also happen to be some of our best friends in the metal world."

The Black Crusade Tour dates confirmed so far include:

Tue 20 Nov Glasgow SECC
Wed 21 Nov Manchester MEN Arena
Fri 23 Nov Birmingham NEC
Sat 24 Nov London Brixton Academy
Sun 25 Nov London Brixton Academy
Mon 26 Nov Cardiff CIA Arena

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Candlemass Posts New E-card Online

An e-card for the new CANDLEMASS album, "King of the Grey Islands", can be accessed at this location. The e-card features audio samples of all tracks that are set to appear on the CD, which is due on June 22 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Former CANDLEMASS frontman Messiah Marcolin told Blabbermouth.net on May 12, 2007 that "It has come to my attention that someone pretending to be me has written a fake statement on the official CANDLEMASS forum. I have not written the fake statement and I do not agree with the lies in it. The only official statement I have made was on Blabbermouth April 28, 2006. I then told you I have quit CANDLEMASS and that it's 100 percent definite that I will not return. 'We could not agree on how to do the new album.' That statement was as true then as it is now. I will tell you one more thing though. I have never had a 'severe pre-recording psychosis.' That was a lie told by Leif Edling [CANDLEMASS bassist/songwriter]."

"King of the Grey Islands" features Marcolin's replacement, Robert Lowe of SOLITUDE AETURNUS.

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Necromantia Sign With Dockyard 1

Greek black metal pioneers NECROMANTIA have inked a deal with Dockyard 1. The group is currently working on its new album, "The Sound of Lucifer Blasting Heaven," for a November release.

Says the band: "Be prepared for a mix of harsh black metal, dark orchestrations and ritualistic parts the NECROMANTIA way! You have been warned!"

Formed in 1989, NECROMANTIA was at the forefront of the second wave of black metal alongside DARKTHRONE, EMPEROR, SAMAEL, ENSLAVED, IMPALED NAZARENE, ROTTING CHRIST and BURZUM, among others. Their unique music style and dedication to the "black arts" established them as one of the leading bands from southern Europe along with their countrymates ROTTING CHRIST.

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xBishopx, The Red Baron, Jump The Shark Tour

xBishopx, The Red Baron, and Jump The Shark will tour together extensively this summer. Here are the tour dates:

6/20 San Diego, CA @ TBA
6/21 Palm Springs, CA @ Ignition
6/22 Huntington Park, CA @ The Upper Room
6/23 Palmdale, CA @ Palmdate Veterans Hall
6/24 Victorville, CA @ Trilogy Theater
6/25 Fresno, CA @ Pizzaland
6/26 Stockton, CA @ Torinos
6/27 Reno, NV @ Knights Of Phythias
6/28 Portland, OR @ Satyricon
6/29 Seattle, WA @ TBA
6/30 Edmonton, CAN @ Oliver Hall
7/1 Calgary, CAN @ Scarbor Hall
7/2 Boise, ID @ TBA More...

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Embrace The End Writing, Demoing New Material

Embrace The End has spend the last few months regrouping and writing new material. The band will be demoing new songs throughout the summer, with a sophomore release planned for early-2008 through Abacus Recordings.

As previously reported, after losing three members in November, Embrace The End regrouped with a new line-up earlier this year. The new band members include Daniel (ex-Five Victims Four Graves, Paper City skyline) and Spencer (Cyanide Era).

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Dillinger Escape Plan Drummer Departs?

Although nothing is being officially confirmed, it seems that drummer Chris Pennie has left the Dillinger Escape Plan. Rumour has it that the band are working with Gil Sharone in the studio, as they search for a permanent replacement.

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Intronaut West Coast Summer Tour Dates

Intronaut will be touring the West Coast in July. Here are the tour dates:

7/17 Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy w/ Mayhem, Sigh
7/18 Hollywood, CA @ Key Club w/ Mayhem, Sigh
7/19 Los Angeles, CA @ 6th/Alameda Warehouse w/ Giant, Bruce Lamont
7/20 Berkeley, CA @ Gilman St. w/ Phobia, Book Of Black Earth
7/21 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern w/ Giant Squid, Book Of Black Earth, 100 Suns
7/22 Sacramento, CA @ The Speakeasy w/ Giant Squid, Book Of Black Earth
7/23 Chico, CA @ 1078 Gallery w/ Book Of Black Earth, The Makai
7/24 Medford, OR @ Musichead w/ Book Of Black Earth
7/25 Eugene, OR @ Samurai Duck w/ Book Of Black Earth
7/26 Seattle, WA @ Comet Tavern w/ Book Of Black Earth, Iamthethorn
7/27 Seattle, WA @ Fried Chicken Barge w/ Book Of Black Earth, Iamthethorn
7/28 Portland, OR @ Satyricon w/ Book Of Black Earth, Iamthethorn

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The Amenta Seeking New Vocalist

Aussie extreme industrial/death metallers THE AMENTA have issued the following update:

"Australia's extreme industrial metal collective The Amenta require a new vocalist. An instrumental version of 'Nihil' is available for download here.

Interested parties should record a demo version of the track and email it to the band at auditions@the amenta.com. Please include bio and any other relevant information.

Applicants welcome from anywhere in Australia and overseas. Australian applicants must be prepared to travel to Sydney to rehearse regularly and to relocate to Europe in the near future.

Please note we are not searching for an exact replica of our former vocalist and any new ideas, techniques and sound are encouraged."

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Magic Circle Festival Adds A Second Day

The Magic Circle Festival has now been extended to two days. The festivities will now begin on July 6th, 2007, in addition to the original date of July 7th, 2007. The festival will take place in Bad Arolsen, Germany with the low admission price of 10 Euros for each day. Tickets for the 7th are now available at the official Magic Circle Festival website and tickets for the 6th will be available very soon. "We are very proud that our idea to reward the metal fans around the world with this special event has been received so well that we can give another show to them", says MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio.

Besides different sets of MANOWAR on each day, the Magic Circle Festival on July 6 and 7, 2007 will also feature performances of GAMMA RAY, MAJESTY, HOLYHELL, STORMWARRIOR, MESSIAH'S KISS, DAVID SHANKLE GROUP, LION'S SHARE, HEAVENLY and others.

The festival grounds will be opened on July 5 already with a special "Titty Twister Tent". Sufficient campground and on-site parking areas will be provided as well as a shower-city, supermarket and various vendors.

Furthermore, MANOWAR's new double-live album "GODS OF WAR LIVE" will be released on July 6th and will be available for purchase at the festival. This album will not only feature more than two hours of MANOWAR live music, but will also feature an exclusive 7-minute video of the song "Gods Of War", complete with MANOWAR's trademark explosive stage set including fireworks, a Viking ship and other special effects.

A video teaser has been posted on YouTube.com to give fans an example of the performance they can expect to see at the Magic Circle Festival. More...

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Behold...The Arctopus Axeman Releases Solo Album

Behold… The Arctopus guitarist, Mike Lerner, has released a solo album “Beyond the Lands of Human Existence” under the pseudonym, Direwolf. Direwolf as Mike describes it is a combination of “screams of relentless fervor - delirious celebrations and elemental strength”.

For more information on Direwolf or to purchase “Beyond the Lands of Human Existence” go to myspace.com/direwolfisalive.

In other Behold news, the band has completed work on their new album Skullgrid”. The record is in the final stages of mixing. Track previews will be available mid-summer. As previously reported, "Skullgrid" will contain 7 new tracks and and will feature guest solos by Mick Barr (Orthrelm, Octis, Ocrilim) and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater).

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All That Remains Frontman Discusses Latest Album

Massachusetts' ALL THAT REMAINS recently wrapped up the band's brief stint in Canada with Protest The Hero, where frontman Phil Labonte sat down with Pure Grain Audio.com to discuss the band's latest record, 'The Fall of Ideals,' as well as the singer's musical background, writing styles and more. Here are a few excerpts:

Tell us a little bit about this new record and the progression from This Darkened Heart to The Fall of Ideals.

Phil: When you listen to this record and the last record, you can hear similarities, but it definitely doesn’t sound like we’re just putting out the last record again. I think any artist strives to make music that doesn’t sound like anything else. I’m not saying that we don’t want to have people say, “Well this part reminds me of this,” because I think it’s cool and influences come from everywhere. With this record there is a lot of inspiration but it’s not from your typical sources, because we all listen to a lot of different styles of music. I listen to country music and a lot of garbage pop. I’m not a James Hetfield and want to go ahead and turn our band into a country band and our new album definitely isn’t country, but it’s just there’s a lot of good music out there. That stuff just fits right in.

So you were the headbanger in high school with long hair and a Suffocation t-shirt?

Phil: I did have long hair and I did own more than 1 Suffocation t-shirt. [laughs] In fact when I met Frank Mullen from Suffocation I got a little bit fan boyish. I’ll see him at shows and stuff and he’ll say, “Hey what’s going on?” and I’ll get like “Awww shucks...” I’m a big fan of his and think that he’s a phenomenal death metal vocalist.

You wrote the majority of material on This Darkened Heart yourself. Has the writing process changed any with this release?

Phil: A lot of this record was written by Olie, who probably wrote about 70% of this record. Then he would bring it to us and we’d work the rest of it as a band. It was very much a collaboration when it came to putting everything together. We’d put the songs into a computer and them move them around and chop them up a bit. With this record while we were writing, we had a lot of things happen on the business side where we went and got new management. That’s the stuff that I’ve always had a hand in and on the last record, even though I wrote the majority of the material, but it was still a collaboration. This time it wasn’t that I was relinquishing control, but it was just that I didn’t have as much time to write. A lot of the stuff that was written had been written months previous over the course of touring behind This Darkened Heart.

Currently supporting the band's latest album, 'The Fall of Ideals,' ALL THAT REMAINS announced they will record the band's July 12 show in Maryland for the band's forthcoming debut DVD. The band will also appear on the July 14 Sounds of the Underground date before heading to Mexico for the first time before departing again for Europe, which includes a performance at the prestigious Wacken: Open-Air festival.

Here are the latest ALL THAT REMAINS tour dates: More...

Read the full article at PureGrainAudio.com.

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Within Chaos Signs To Koch Records

KOCH Records has announced the signing of Within Chaos, a hardcore metal act based in Ft. Worth, TX for a worldwide, four-album deal. The band’s first album under this deal is as yet untitled album and will be released this Fall.

Within Chaos has previously released the album, What Doesn’t Kill You, in 2006, and has toured throughout Texas and the Midwest with the likes of Unearth, Walls of Jericho, God Forbid and Trivium. The band is confirmed as one of the headliners for the upcoming Dallas/Ft. Worth Metal Massacre at the Ridglea Theater on June 30th.

KOCH Records President Bob Frank states, “KOCH Records continues to strengthen its base in the metal world with the signing of Within Chaos.”

Within Chaos will embark on a national tour this Fall.

You can find out more about the band and check out some of their music on the band's MySpace.

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Cannae Working On Fourth Album, Seek Drummer

Boston thrashers CANNAE are currently hard at work on the band's fourth album, the follow-up to 2005's Gold Becomes Sacrifice. The band is currently looking for a full-time, permanent drummer. Interested parties should be able to play through the entirety of Gold Becomes Sacrifice and be willing and have the means to tour. Shane, CANNAE's bassist, can be reached directly at cannaedrums @ gmail.com.

Taking a heavier and more thrash-oriented approach on Gold Becomes Sacrifice, the album features guest solos by guitar legend James Murphy and album producer Jason Suecof and saw the band tour with the likes of God Forbid, Sworn Enemy, Hell Withn, I Killed The Prom Queen and Manntis, as well as appear at 2006's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.

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Maryland Deathfest 2008 Initial Bands Announced

Having just executed their 2007 Festival, Maryland Death Fest has confirmed some details and bands for next year's even. DERANGED, IMPALED and DISAVOWED are among the first confirmed bands for next year's Maryland Deathfest. The fest is set to take place May 24-25, 2008 at the Sonar in Baltimore / U.S.A. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

DERANGED (Sweden)
FUCK…I'M DEAD (Australia)
IMPALED (California)
GHOUL (Creepsylvania)
DISAVOWED (Netherlands)
ENGORGED (Oregon)
KALIBAS (New York)

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The_Network Announce Departure of Vocalist

The_Network officially announces that they are seeking a new full-time vocalist. Current vocalist, Scott White, has decided to step down come July 13th. The_Network guitarist, Pete Marr had this comment on the departure of his long-time friend, “with Scott being an original member and good friend this is hard for us, but we are confident that things will work out for the best.” Scott will play a series of local shows with his last show being July 13th at the VFW Post in Manchester, NH.

The_Network will begin taking submissions immediately at endtransmission@hotmail.com. A few things to note when sending an inquiry:

-PLEASE LIST IN THE SUBJECT LINE "VOCALIST INQUIRY"
-THE _NETWORK A TOURING BAND. If you cannot commit to an extensive touring schedule you need not send an inquiry.
-THE _NETWORK IS LEAVING FOR TOUR on August 3rd returning on September 27th. Please take that into consideration before inquiring.
-MUST HAVE PREVIOUS TOURING BAND HISTORY!!!
-Practice takes place in Kingston, NH almost every day that we aren't on tour or don't have a show. We expect you to do the same.
-This is the only thing any of us in the band want to do with our lives. We have set up our lives to be able to leave for months on end. You should be able to do the same.
-Must be able to audition in person, mp3 and/or live video.

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Animosity Head To Europe To Tour With Converge

Animosity will be heading overseas for a month long tour with Converge and Rise and Fall. Starting on June 15th in Germany, the tour will hit some of the summer’s biggest metal festivals including Summer Blast, Never Say Die/Heat Seeker Fest, Pressure Fest and Hellfest.

Animosity vocalist, Leo Miller comments on touring with metal legends, Converge: “In a couple of days we will travel overseas to Europe for the first time as a band. Geographically, this is a huge milestone for our band, but also because we get to tour with one of the most influential bands of our community, Converge. We are extremely excited to have this amazing opportunity to see the world and share our music alongside such an awesome band. I hope Europe is ready for the titty.”

Here are Animosity's tour dates with Converge and Rise and Fall and a few festivals as well: More...

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