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Formed: 1998
From: Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Taproot News

Below is our complete Taproot news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Taproot Premiere Five More Songs From “Besides”

Five more tracks from Taproot‘s rarities set “Besides“, which compiles 130 songs from the group's early days as well as b-sides can be streamed below:

“Day By Day” & demo version of “Smile” (“Gift” era)
“Strive” (“Welcome” era)
full version of “Blue-Sky Research” (Blue-Sky Research era)
“Wake Up” (“Our Long Road Home” era)

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Taproot Premiere 3 New B-Side Tracks

Taproot debut three new tracks, “Contradiction“, “Remain” and "Stay Away", from their upcoming 8-CD b-sides and rarities collection “Besides“.

Check them all out below:


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Crucible (We Came As Romans) New Video Posted

Detroit-based Crucible (We Came As Romans, Assassins, Taproot) premieres a new song entitled "Slave To The Dime".

The Plot In You frontman Landon Tewers guests on the track saying of it: "We released a new video for Slave to the Dime yesterday. No matter your political preference, we hope you all can appreciate the significance of the lyrics to this song and the message behind it. We’re still slaves to their games, which is why we need to band together instead of ripping each other apart."

Check out now "Slave To The Dime" below.

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Taproot To Play Dirt Fest

Hitting the stage for the first time in 2 years, Michigan’s own Taproot will perform alongside Down & Pop Evil at this year’s installment of Dirt Fest.

Fans can expect a set full of the favorites spanning the course of Taproot’s 15+ year career. Having sold over 1.5 million records worldwide, Taproot helped pioneer the nu-metal sound and has toured worldwide with bands such as Slipknot, Linkin Park, and Deftones as well as Ozzfest 2001.

The fest will take place at the Birch Run Expo Center at 11600 N. Beyer Rd Birch Run, MI on August 7th - 8th. For more information, head over to the Dirt Fest website. More...

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Taproot Announces More Tour Dates

Michigan's Taproot has announced a new string of tour dates to wrap up the band's headlining "Gift" tour. The three-week run, which will see the band perform the "Gift" album in its entirety, will kick off June 21st in Toledo, Ohio. A full list of confirmed dates can be seen below.

"We are extremely excited to get back on the road and play Gift in its entirety one final time for this last leg of the Gift tour," said vocalist/guitarist Stephen Richards. "This has been a treat for us and our fans, a journey back in time we've been told, and we're looking forward to seeing some new and familiar faces out East."

Taproot also plans to release its seventh studio album in early 2014. Catch the band live on the following dates: More...

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Taproot Announces U.S. Tour

2012 was a roller coaster year for Taproot. From constant touring and the release of new album, "The Episodes," to frontman Stephen Richards’ confronting his ongoing battle with seizures, the band is back and ready to rock in 2013.

Taproot announced the band will begin the first full U.S. tour of the year with support from Boy Hits Car. Starting March 29th in Jackson, Michigan, Taproot will blaze through over thirty-six cities; see the full listing of tour dates below. More...

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New Metal Added To The Rock Band Network

The gaming public's love/obsession for music games has unquestionably died down in the last couple of years, and the output on the Rock Band Network has been steadily decreasing over the previous months.

For those out there who still can't wait for Friday night to take shots and badly scream into a microphone, you've got a few new tracks coming your way (although Xbox players will be disappointed to learn they actually get less new music than PS3 gamers for once). Xbox 360 fans now have access to this new track:

War of Ages - “Silent Night” (80 MSP)

PS3 players instead will get these songs on 1/29/2013 (North America) and 1/30/2013 (Europe):

The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Gold Teeth on a Bum" ($1.99)
Taproot - "No Surrender" ($1.99)
God Forbid - "Don't Tell Me What to Dream" ($1.99)

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Victory Records Streaming Free 20 Song Sampler

Victory Records has posted a new 20 song sampler online for streaming, which can be found below. The label also commented:

"Check out our new 20 song music sampler available now on Soundcloud. It features songs from Emmure, A Day To Remember, God Forbid, first listens to brand new tracks from Dr. Acula, A Hero A Fake and These Hearts plus 14 other Victory artists.

"Listen and subscribe now at the Victory Records Soundcloud page or visit our Facebook profile and click on the 'Soundcloud Sampler' Tab." More...

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Taproot Premieres "No Surrender" Video

Taproot has just released a new music video for the single “No Surrender” off the band's soon to be released album, "The Episodes," due out April 10th. Check out the video clip through Vevo or in the player available below.

Using Chicago as the backdrop, “No Surrender” was filmed by Eric Richter and crew at Victory Records. Vocalist Stephen Richards commented, “The video follows the story of the song [No Surrender], in which our main character is in dire need of escaping his dark and mysterious hotel room (not knowing what'd happened there, but feels something bad). He is running away, unsure towards what, but longing for a sense of security and safety…Do or die, No Surrender!” More...

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Taproot Posts "No Surrender" Teaser

Taproot has just released a video teaser for “No Surrender” off the band's soon to be released album "The Episodes," due out April 10th, 2012. You can view the teaser below.

The music video for “No Surrender” will be released on April 4th via VEVO. Taproot will play a series of dates starting April 10th to support "The Episodes," and will also be playing WJRR’s Earthday Birthday in Orlando along with KPNT Pointfest in Missouri. Check out tour dates here.

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Taproot To Release New Album

Taproot will release a sixth full-length album, "The Episodes," on April 10th, 2012. The forthcoming effort is produced by Tim Palatan, who previously worked with the band on 2010’s "Plead the Fifth.:

The Episodes, nearly six years in the making, is a complexly developed concept album. Bassist Phil Lipscomb spoke on the band’s creative process for this record, “I think our fans have come to expect the unexpected from us. Having written the story for this album before the music, this record sounds more like a soundtrack than a typical album, with the songs flowing together and taking you on a journey.”

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the group, with Lipscomb commenting on the longevity of the band, “I’ve spent almost half of my life in Taproot traveling the world and I would sum up the whole experience as: I love my job!”

Watch Taproot’s entire statement as the band talks about its 15th year together in this new video here. More...

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The Rock Band Network Gets New Metal Tracks

This Friday sees a few new rock and metal tracks hitting the Rock Band Network just in time for the weekend. The Xbox 360 version gets kicked into high gear with more Amberian Dawn, Andromeda, and Nightshade. On April 26th the PS3 also gets new music from Taproot, Wretched, and Sister Sin.

The new songs coming to the Rock Band Network on the Xbox 360 today, including the non-metal tracks, are as follows:

"Hair Trigger" - The Acro-Brats
"The Curse" - Amberian Dawn
"Chameleon Carneval" - Andromeda
"Veil of Illumination (Part 1)" - Andromeda
"Veil of Illumination (Part 2)" - Andromeda
"(pin)Ballz" - Insomniac Games
"Everyone" - Madlife
"The Depths of Memory" - NightShade
"The Depths of Memory (2x Bass Pedal)" - NightShade
"Zig Zag Talk" - Steven Fister

Coming to the Rock Band Network on PlayStation 3 on April 26th (May 4th in Europe):

"Fractured (Everything I Said Was True)" - Taproot
"The Way You Move" - The Audition
"The Body" - Close Your Eyes
"Do Yourself a Favor" - Comeback Kid
"Cimmerian Shamballa" - Wretched
"Anybody Else" - Audible Mainframe
"Ice Cold" - Audible Mainframe
"Radioland" - Audible Mainframe
"On Parole" - Sister Sin
"Model Ships" - Rosaline

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Taproot Reveals 2011 Touring Plans

Taproot have announced the following dates for its 2011 tour. Support on the tour will come from 12 Stones, on select dates. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

01/12 Fort Wayne, IN – Broadripple
01/13 Cincinnati, OH – Rhino’s Eastgate
01/15 Salina, KS – The Muse Ballroom
01/16 Wichita, KS – America’s Pub*
01/18 Dallas, TX – Prophet Bar*
01/19 Waco, TX – Whiskey River*
01/20 College Station, TX – Hurricane Harry’s*
01/21 Houston, TX – Scout Bar*
01/22 Austin, TX – The Dirty Dog Bar*
01/24 Odessa, TX – Graham Central Station*
01/27 Albany, GA – The Crow Bar*
01/29 Tampa, FL – Whiskey Dicks*
01/30 Orlando, FL – The Haven*
02/03 Fayetteville, NC – The Rock Shop
02/04 Providence, RI – The Ruins At The Colosseum
02/05 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
02/06 Manchester, NH – The Armory (PFG Fest)
02/09 Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar
02/10 Bristol, CT – Bleachers
02/11 Pennellville, NY – Monerrays
02/12 Geneva On The Lake, OH – The Cove Nightclub
02/16 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
02/18 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
02/19 Baltimore, MD – Bourbon Street
02/20 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
02/22 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
03/12 Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room

* = with 12 Stones

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Gilbert Gottfried Hosts New VicTorV Episode

Gilbert Gottfried is the next guest host in the VicTorV webisode series. Episode 63 features an interview with Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember, a new music video from Taproot, a live performance from The Sleeping, a promo clip from Close Your Eyes and a behind the scenes look at the upcoming Ill Nino music video for "Against The Wall" all the while with Gilbert Gottfried adding in his own personal commentary.

You can view the video below:

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Taproot Announces U.S. Tour Dates

American alternative metal act Taproot has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of the United States. No support acts have been announced but the dates, cities and venues can be found below:

11/24 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
11/26 Lima, OH – Ohio Theater
11/27 Battle Creek, MI – Planet Rock
12/02 South Bend, IN – Club Fever
12/03 Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Brewing Company
12/04 Glendale Heights, IL – Shark City
12/05 Steger, IL – Another Hole in the Wall
12/07 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
12/09 Louisville, OH – The Carriage House
12/10 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
12/11 Watertown, NY – Exhibition Hall
12/12 Albany, NY – Bogie’s
12/13 New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall
12/15 Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
12/16 Bristol, CT – Bleachers
12/17 Reading, PA – Silo
12/18 Dayton, OH – McGuffy’s House of Rock

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Victory Records Offering Free Metal Sampler

Victory Records has issued the following statement about offering a free sampler for download over Memorial Day weekend:

"In honor of Memorial Day weekend, Victory Records and VictoryMetal.com are releasing the perfect soundtrack to your backyard BBQ; a free Memorial Day Metal digital Sampler! A fist full of metal from Victory’s heaviest artists will be available for download throughout the entire weekend.

"Leading the sampler’s illustrious mix, metal rockers, Sister Sin leak their rock anthem 'Outrage' from the new, never-before-heard album True Sound Of The Underground, hitting the streets June 22nd. Metal superstars, and freshly-signed Ill Nino debut an unreleased track from their upcoming Victory Records debut. This sampler will also include first-listen opportunities from the upcoming releases of All Out War, Corpus Christi, Grave Maker, Pathology, and Wretched, but not forgetting label-favorites Otep, Between the Buried and Me, Taproot, Emmure, Carnifex, Destropy, and more!

"The newly re-designed and completely updated VictoryMetal, Victory Records' premiere metal outlet, will host this Memorial Day sampler through the weekend only. Download the first half of the sampler now, and check in again tomorrow to access the rest of the tracks. Kick off your day by head-banging and air guitar-ing to the heaviest and grittiest metal you’ll ever find, for free."

Here's the complete tracklisting for part 1:

Sister Sin "Outrage"
Pathology "Code Injection"
Beneath The Sky "Terror Starts At Home"
Destrophy "Rise Of The Overman"
OTEP "Run For Cover"
Taproot "Game Over"
Emmure "I Thought You Met Telly And Turned Me Into Casper"
Carnifex "Hell Chose Me"
Corpus Christi "Blood In The Water"

Update: Part two is now online as well, available at the same location.

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Taproot Track To Be Used As TNA Theme Song

Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling continues their partnership with Victory Records, announcing the selection of Taproot’s single, “Fractured (Everything I Said Was True)” as the theme song for the TNA Pay-Per-View summer event, “Slammiversary." Live from Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, “Slammiversary” will broadcast on Sunday, June 13th. In celebration of TNA Wrestling’s 8th anniversary, this three-hour event will feature Hulk Hogan, Rob Can Dam, AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, Desmond Wolfe, The Pope, Ric Flair, Sting, Jeff Jarrett, and more.

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Taproot to Debut New Music Video on Yahoo

TAPROOT is set to team up with Yahoo! Music for the premiere of their new music video “Fractured (Everything I Said Was True)” off their new album, "Plead The Fifth." The music video will be made available at this location.

In addition to the video premiere, VicTorV has released an “In the Studio” exclusive video with TAPROOT. The footage includes interviews with each band member and debuts new music, giving an inside look at the band’s album, "Plead The Fifth," before it hits stores on May 11th. The video can be seen below:


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Taproot Announces More Winter Tour Dates

Taproot will head out on a North American tour this winter with the following dates confirmed:

December 13 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters
December 14 - Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
December 16 - Baltimore, MD @ Fletcher’s
December 17 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
December 18 - West Chester, PA @ The Note
December 19 - Lima, OH @ Harry’s Hideaway
December 20 - Jackson, MI @ The Hog’s Palace
December 27 - Ft. Myers, FL @ Ricochet w/ Sevendust
December 28 - Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor w/ Sevendust
December 29 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
December 30 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution w/ Sevendust
December 31 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues w/ Sevendust
January 2 - Hattiesburg, MS @ Hooligans
January 3 - Tupelo, MS @ Good Time Charlies
January 31 - Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock

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Taproot Posts "Wherever I Stand" Video Online

Taproot has uploaded their latest music video online for the song, "Wherever I Stand." You can check it out below. The song is from the bands latest album, "Our Long Road Home" which entered the Billboard charts at number 65 after selling 7,700 copies. More...

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