March 7, 2014
Tech metal assassins GIGAN will take to the streets this May for another rash of live rituals.
Scheduled to initiate on May 2nd in Wisconsin, the “Ceremonies And Hallucinations” tour will wind through twenty metropolises. As a bonus, the Chicago show will feature a full liquid light show and Super 8 visual accompaniment, manifesting the ultimate live Gigan experience.
Additionally, the tour will include special guests on both coasts, specifically Transylvanian eclectic metal sorcerers, Negura Bunget, in both Santa Ana and Las Vegas, as well as Mike Browning’s iconic Nocturnus A.D. in Tampa.
Relays guitarist Eric Hersemann: “Gigan is excited to start our 2014 with the Ceremonies And Hallucinations US Tour as we will be hitting many of the cities we missed last year and we are looking forward to seeing all of you! The Ritualistic Projection Tour 2013 was a stellar time and this tour will be even better! Come out and transcend the norm!”
Gigan released the “Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery And Super Science” full-length last year via Willowtip Records.
5/02/2014 The Bottom End – Appleton, WI
5/03/2014 The Wisco – Madison, WI
5/04/2014 The House Of Rock – Eau Claire, WI
5/05/2014 The Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
5/06/2014 The Brass Rail – Fort Wayne, IN
5/07/2014 The Haymarket – Louisville, KY
5/09/2014 The Haven – Orlando, FL
5/10/2014 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL w/ Nocturnus A.D.
5/11/2014 Atticus Bar – Jacksonville, FL
5/14/2014 White Swan – Houston, TX
5/15/2014 Reno’s – Dallas, TX
5/16/2014 Beerland – Austin, TX
5/17/2014 Zombie’s – San Antonio, TX
5/18/2014 The Weather Balloon – Roswell, NM
5/20/2014 The District – Tucson, AZ
5/21/2014 Tempe Tavern – Tempe, AZ
5/22/2014 The Boncroft – San Diego, CA
5/23/2014 The Handbag Factory – Los Angeles, CA
5/24/2014 Malone’s – Santa Ana, CA w/ Negura Bunget
5/25/2014 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV w/ Negura Bunget
March 7, 2014
Polish death metal veterans VADER have just finished recording the follow up to their highly acclaimed 2011 album, “Welcome To The Morbid Reich”. The new album is titled “Tibi Et Igni” and is set to be released on May 30th (in Europe) via Nuclear Blast Records. The band recorded the album at Hertz Studio in Bialystok (Poland) and it was produced by Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski.
Vader commented: “The Fire was released!! The word made flesh and new Vader album – Tibi Et Igni – is done! We were working four weeks in Hertz Studio between December and February. 10 brand new songs plus 4 bonus tracks are recorded and ready for YOU. Two songs in special mix versions shall be released as 7” yet in April. The whole album at the end of May. In April and May Vader and Nuclear Blast are preparing some videos to close up the process of work and the album itself. Be ready for interviews and other surprise until “Tibi et Igni” will be in your hands. The absolute heaviest Vader album in the history!!!! Demons are knocking to your door now \m/”
March 7, 2014
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A good music publicist is not cheap. You can expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 per month or more for an “experienced” music publicist… and most of them have campaigns starting at a four-month minimum.
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March 6, 2014
HATEBREED’s world touring plans have made some additions. The band have now released the following world tour schedule for the coming months:
3/28 Richmond, VA – United Blood Fest
4/11 Copenhagen, DEN – Lille Vega
4/12 Aarhus, DEN – Voxhall
4/13 Goteborg, SWE – Brewhouse
4/14 Malmo, SWE – KB
4/15 Stockholm, SWE – Tyrol
4/17 Helsinki, FIN – Nosturi
4/18 Oslo, NOR – Inferno Festival
4/19 Leipzig, GER – Impericon Fest
4/20 Schijndel, NET – Paaspop
4/26 Manila, PHI – Pulp Summer Slam
4/27 Jakarta, IND – Hammersonic Festival
4/29 Honolulu, HI – Hawaiian Brian’s
6/22 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
6/27 Spalene Porici, CZE – Basinfire Fest
6/28 Monabaur, GER – Mair1 Festival
6/29 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
7/04 Roitzschjora, GER – With Full Force
7/05 Munster, GER – Vainstream Rockfest
8/02 Wacken, GER – Wacken Open Air
8/08 Derybshire, UK – Bloodstock Festival
8/09-10 Montreal, QC – Parc Jean Drapeau (‘Heavy Montreal‘)
Source: The PRP
March 6, 2014
After nine years, drummer Paolo Crimi has left veteran Italian metallers EXTREMA and has been replaced by Francesco “Frullo” La Rosa.
Paolo’s decision to leave EXTREMA is strictly personal and he remains close friends with his former bandmates. He had expressed a wish to leave the group shortly before the last November/December’s European tour due to problems with his goal of becoming a full-time drum teacher.
Francesco made his live debut with EXTREMA on February 7 at the Extenzia Rock Club in the town of Prato.
In other news, EXTREMA has been confirmed for this year’s Rock In Idro festival in Bologna, Italy. They will perform on June 1 alongside IRON MAIDEN, ALTER BRIDGE, BLACK STONE and HAWK EYE.
Comments EXTREMA guitarist Tommy Massara: “It’s like a dream become reality to finally perform on the same stage as IRON MAIDEN, who we have met a few times over the years but always ended up performing either the day before or the day after; for example, Gods Of Metal 2005 or at the Heineken Festival 2007 where we played on the same day but on a different stage, only this time our amps will be linked with theirs. It’s also a true honor to be the only Italian band on that day’s lineup.”
EXTREMA’s latest album, “The Seed Of Foolishness”, was released on May 21, 2013 via Scarlet Records.
March 6, 2014
MEGADETH is set to embark on a world tour in over 25 countries across four continents starting in April. The tour follows a first-ever performance at Copley Symphony Hall on April 12, where Dave Mustaine will collaborate with the San Diego Symphony, demonstrating his classically-influenced technique as a featured soloist in “Symphony Interrupted.”
Beginning at 8:00 PM, Mustaine and the Symphony will perform renditions of the “Summer” and “Winter” movements from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”, and Bach’s “Air” (on the G string), in a completely original way. Richard Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” and Antonin Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” will also be performed by the symphony during the concert.
When asked about “Symphony Interrupted”, Mustaine said “I love the challenge. I really admire this genre of music because of the level of skill required and there are great dark undertones in these incredible pieces. The marriage of two such distinctly different genres is one thing, but cross-pollinating different societies is a whole new level of badass! I’m used to them being before me, but it’s a bit unnerving to know so many talented eyes will be on my back. It’s a bit intimidating, and to be given the opportunity to interpret these melodies – to meld what I am best at with what they incredibly present, it is a great honor.”
4/12 San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall
4/17 Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater
4/19 Tuscon, AZ @ Pima County Fair
4/22 Quito, Ecuador @ Agros Casa de Cultura
4/24 Montevideo, Uruguay @ Teatro de Verano
4/26 Santiago, Chile @ Movistar Arena
4/29 Córdoba, Argentina @ Plaza de la Música
5/01 Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Estadio Cubierto Malvinas
5/04 Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Espaco Das Americas
5/06 Bogota, Colombia @ Royal Center
6/06 Solvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock Festival
6/10 Paris, France @ Le Palais Des Sports
6/11 Utrecht, Netherlands @ TivoliVredenburg
6/13 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Copenhell Festival
6/15 Nickelsdorf, Austria @ Nova Rock
6/16 Budapest, Hungary @ Aerodrome Festival
6/17 Prague, Czech Republic @ Aerodrome Festival
6/22 Clisson, France @ Hellfest
6/23 Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Rockhal
6/26 Rome, Italy @ Rock In Roma @ Ippodromo Capannelle
6/27 Milan, Italy @ City Sound @ Ippodromo Del Galoppo
6/28 Winterthur, Switzerland @ Eishalle Deutweg
7/24 Tolmin, Slovenia @ Metaldays Festival
7/26 Oulu, Finland @ Qstock
8/01 Rejmyre, Sweden @ Skogsrojet Festival
8/02 Wacken, Germany @ Wacken Open Air Festival
8/04 Istanbul, Turkey @ Rock Off Festival
8/09 Leeuwarden, Netherlands @ Into The Grave
8/10 Derbyshire, England @ Catton Park
March 5, 2014
Recording sessions for the new ALLEGAEON album have wrapped up. Producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage) was once again called upon to oversee the tracking, with the band offering:
“The new record is officially done….Greg just finished tracking his breathing/panting over the classical bs…and there was much rejoicing… yay… Get ready to enjoy coaster number 4.”
Source: The PRP
March 5, 2014
THE HAUNTED have started recording their eighth studio album at Antfarm Studio in Denmark with their newly revamped band lineup, featuring founding members Jonas Björler (bass) and Jensen (guitars), returning members Adrian Erlandsson (drums) and Marco Aro (vocals), and the newest member Ola Englund (guitars). This currently untitled full-length will be produced by Tue Madsen, who has already worked with the band on their latest albums, in addition to heavyweights such as DARK TRANQUILLITY, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, and SICK OF IT ALL.
March 5, 2014
WAR MESSIAH has released a new track online for streaming, which can be heard HERE. The track comes off the “Graveyard Feeding” EP recorded at Metal Sound Studio & Monroe Sound Studio. The track listing is:
1. Kill Your Priest
2. War Messiah
4. Graveyard Feeding
March 4, 2014
Swedish/German/American extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY have started mixing their ninth studio album, “War Eternal”, with Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR) at Fascination Street in Örebro, Sweden for a June release via Century Media REcords.
Comments ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott: “We’ve been producing ourselves, as we did on [2011's] ‘Khaos Legions’.
“We have a clear vision of what we want ARCH ENEMY to sound like, and we can actually achieve it without the help of outside producers. We also have the advantage of having two talented sound engineers among our ranks in Daniel Erlandsson (drums) and Nick Cordle (guitar).
“We’ve been tracking at a few different studios here in Sweden — the drums at Fascination Street Studio and guitars and bass in another room. We just finished vocals in a third studio with engineer Staffan Karlsson (‘Khaos Legions’) and the mix and mastering will done by Jens Bogren at his Fascination Street mixing facility.
“Musically, this album is going a few places we haven’t visited before. As our fans have come expect, our albums have all had their own vibe and ‘War Eternal’ will leave its own mark. Lyrically, it’s a much more personal record, and I feel the songs have more dynamics and depth than ever before. The songs are loaded with strong and vicious metal, drenched in tons of melody and emotion. All the trademarks of ARCH ENEMY are present, just more in your face and turned up to 11.”.
Regarding the new CD title, Michael says: “A lot of times life is a struggle, a war against what I like to call ‘mental chains’ in society that try to prevent you from living life the way you want, that try to stop you from making your dreams come true. I have always resented that and I always will. The title sums up our collective attitude a band as well; stages will be destroyed, eardrums will bleed. There will be no choice. This, ladies and gentlemen, is ‘War Eternal’…”
ARCH ENEMY will debut new material on a short eastern European tour before the album is released; this trek will then be followed by an extensive run of European summer festivals, including Sweden Rock Festival, Wacken Open Air and many more. A full headlining tour in North America and Europe will take place in fall/winter 2014.