Archive for September, 2011


Posted in Artist Watch, News with tags , , , on September 30, 2011 by Randy

British clothing brand ED STONE ROCKWEAR™ and Dutch progressive technical metal band TEXTURES are proud to announce the launch of an exclusive t-shirt line based on song titles from the band’s new album Dualism, out now in North America, Europe, South America, Australia, and Asia.

The 100% cotton t-shirts have a strictly limited run of 100 pieces per design.  Once the first design sells out, the next design in the series will be revealed. The inaugural design, based on the TEXTURES song “Arms of the Sea,” was created by Jeremy Packer at ZombieYeti Studios and can be pre-ordered through October 14th here.  (NOTE: Pre-order only accepts English pounds.)

States the band on this new venture: “It’s really cool to be able to expand our collaboration with Ed Stone even more, with the release of the TEXTURES / Ed Stone clothing line!  Oh yeah!

The Dualism CD can be purchased physically at Nuclear Blast,  Amazon.comFYE,  Metal Club Stores, or your favorite local / national music retailer.  Dualism can also be purchased digitally at MP3 and iTunes.

View the “Reaching Home” video on the band’s YouTube page. recently teamed up with the band to bring you an exclusive full album stream of Dualism. The exclusive also features a special video introduction recently filmed at the Guitar World studios in New York City. Head to now to listen!

TEXTURES are currently on their first ever North American tour with Periphery, The Human Abstract and The Contortionist.  Remaining “Frak The Gods” tour dates are:

29-09-2011                 Mojoe’s                                   Joliet, IL                       United States

30-09-2011                 Rave Bar                                  Milwaukee, WI            United States

01-10-2011                 MXTP                                     Grand Rapids, MI        United States

02-10-2011                 Wreck Room                           Toronto, ON                CANADA

03-10-2011                 La Tulipe                                  Montreal, QC               CANADA

05-10-2011                 The Palladium                           Worcester, MA            United States

06-10-2011                 Gramercy Theatre                     New York, NY            United States

07-10-2011                 First Unitarian Church               Philadelphia, PA           United States

08-10-2011                 The Kingdom                           Richmond,VA              United States

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased via the online links on the band’s Facebook page.

Upcoming European shows for TEXTURES include:

German Release show

22-10-2011     Euroblast                                  Koln                             Germany

Dutch Release show with TesseracT supporting

23-10-2011     Mezz                                        Breda                           Netherlands

Face Tomorrow and Steak Number Eight supporting

17-11-2011     Vera                                         Groningen                     Netherlands

18-11-2011     Tivoli de Helling                        Utrecht                         Netherlands

20-11-2011     LVC                                        Leiden                          Netherlands

U.K. Co-Headline tour with The Ocean & opener Aliases

24-11-2011         Joiners                                  Southampton                United Kingdom
25-11-2011        Garage                                  London                        United Kingdom
26-11-2011        Rescue Rooms                      Nottingham                   United Kingdom
27-11-2011        Academy  3                           Manchester                  United Kingdom
28-11-2011        Cathouse                               Glasgow                       United Kingdom
29-11-2011        02 Academy  2                      Newcastle                    United Kingdom
01-12-2011        02 Academy  2                      Birmingham                 United Kingdom
02-12-2011        The Haunt                             Brighton                       United Kingdom

The Ocean supporting

03-12-2011     La Scene Bastille                      Paris                             France

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Dan Chandler of Evans Blue: The Interview

Posted in 2011 Interviews, Artist Watch, News with tags , , , , , on September 29, 2011 by Randy

While taking a break from Sounds+Sights Studios, Dan Chandler of Evans Blue dialed up Randy of The Rock Tribune.  Listen below as he goes over recording the new album (due out December 20th),  the Keeping Chase Foundation, and what Evans Blue fans mean to the band.

Keeping Chase Foundation

A sneak preview of “This Time It’s Different” is available on EvansBlueTube here:


Posted in Artist Watch, News, Releases with tags , , , , on September 28, 2011 by Randy

New York, NY: It’s been 10 years since Slipknot unleashed its second album, Iowa, on the world. Slipknot had impacted the music scene in revolutionary, unpredictable ways, and established themselves as a way of life for their fans with their 1999-released, self-titled debut. But Iowa was the album that further proved the band had fully arrived and had no intentions of leaving. It was the band’s statement that that they would continue to make music their way, according to their rules and always for their fans, with their middle fingers raised to the rest of the world.

To celebrate the album’s decade of existence, the band is releasing a special, tenth anniversary edition of this landmark release, which will drop on November 1, 2011.

The anniversary edition will include plenty of extras for the maggots and beyond to feast upon. It will be issued as a two-disc, one-DVD digipak with brand new artwork, including photography by M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan of the band.  The first disc will comprise the originalIowa album, along with a remix of “My Plague” as an added bonus track. The second will include the full, live audio from the legendaryDisasterpieces DVDwhere the band’s 2002 show at the London Arena was captured by 30 cameras and released as a concert film. The DVD will include Goat, a new film directed by Crahan, featuring never-before-seen interviews and footage showing the madness that surrounded the Iowa-era, plus four music videos.

The official track listings are as follows:

Disc 1: Iowa

People = Shit


My Plague

Everything Ends

The Heretic Anthem


Left Behind

The Shape

I Am Hated

Skin Ticket

New Abortion



My Plague (New Abuse Mix)

Disc 2: Disasterpieces  – Live In London 2002

People = Shit


Left Behind






Drum Solo

My Plague

New Abortion

The Heretic Anthem

Spit It Out

Wait And Bleed




Disc 3: Goat

Hour-long film capturing the insanity of Iowa – directed by M. Shawn Crahan.

Music Videos:

My Plague
Left Behind
The Heretic Anthem (Live)

People = Shit (Live)

In other Slipknot news, the band is bringing four tracks spanning its career to the Rock Band video game. Fans can download and play along to “Wait and Bleed,” “Left Behind,” “Pulse of the Maggots” and “Snuff” in Rock Band 3, available now.


Posted in Artist Watch, News, Releases with tags , , , , , , , on September 28, 2011 by Randy


(New York, NY): Korn announced today that they will release their tenth studio album, The Path of Totality on December 6. But this is unlike any Korn record.  It’s even unlike any record released before.

The Path of Totality is an experimental album which finds Korn shifting gears and exploring new territory. That should hardly come as a shock to the band’s diehard fans, as Korn exploded onto the scene in the’90s and established themselves as hard rock game changers from that point on.

For The Path of Totality, the band collaborated with some of the leading dubstep and electronic producers in the world, including Skrillex, Excision, Datsik, Noisia, Kill the Noise, and 12th Planet. The result is something completely new, yet utterly and definitively Korn.  Leave it to a band like Korn to continue to reinvent itself two decades deep into its career.

“The title The Path of Totality refers to the fact that in order to see the sun in a full solar eclipse, you must be in the exact right place in the exact right time,” Korn frontman Jonathan Davis explained. “That’s how this album came together. I think all the producers feel the same way. I’m not sure it could ever happen again.”

The band’s recent (and much lauded) collaboration with dubstep’s hottest producer, Skrillex, titled “Get Up!,” was the surprise rock hit of the summer, the buzz of which started in Coachella’s dance tent in April 2011, when Jonathan and Munky joined Skrillex on stage for a show stealing unannounced performance of the song.

That performance generated the start of a deafening buzz. The track  has sold over 150,000 downloads, while the lyric video has generated nearly two million views and counting. The song was a top 10 rock radio hit.

Added James “Munky” Shaffer: “Get Up” started as a bit of an experiment, but we had such an amazing response from our fans and had such a great time collaborating that a full album of tracks came together in a couple of months. We couldn’t wait to get to the studio every day to finish the next song.”

Some of the song titles from The Path of Totality are: “Narcissistic Cannibal,” “Burn the Obedient,” “Illuminati,” “Kill Mercy Within” and “Chaos Lives In Everything.”

The album will be released in two configurations: as a standard 11-song CD and a special edition CD that will include bonus tracks as well as a DVD of The Encounter, a full-length video concert of Korn’s mind-blowing, once-in-a-lifetime performance in the middle of a 900-foot long crop circle in a wheat field in Bakersfield.  The complete concert, previously seen last year on TV and online in an abbreviated form, will be offered in its entirety to those who purchase the deluxe version.

Additionally, today Korn announced that the first leg of their “Path of Totality (P.O.T.)” tour will play key ballrooms and feature  dubstep DJ’s Datsik and Downlink, as well as young upstart Dutch Dub-rockers Dope D.O.D.  Expect a groundbreaking experience unlike any other Korn tour.

Tickets to some of the shows go on sale this weekend to the general public, but pre-sale and brand new VIP packages are available starting Wednesday at noon ET exclusively at

Nov. 3 Boston

Nov. 4 New York City

Nov. 5 Philadelphia, PA

Nov. 6  Huntington, NY

Nov. 9 Miami FL

Nov.10 Orland, FL

Nov. 11 Tampa, FL

Nov. 12 Atlanta, GA
Nov. 16 Tulsa, OKA

Nov. 18 San Antonio,  TX

Nov. 19 Houston, TX

Nov. 20 Dallas, TX

*More dates and specific venue information to be announced shortly


Posted in Artist Watch, News, Releases with tags , , , , on September 28, 2011 by Randy

Traverse City MI (28 September 2011) – Rock band EVANS BLUE is back in the Sounds+Sights Studios in Traverse City, Michigan, working on their 4th studio album with long-time producer Trevor Kustiak.  By popular demand from their fans, the band will release “This Time It’s Different,” the first song from the new album, on Tuesday, October 4th, in honor of bass player Joe Pitter’s birthday.  They will follow up the release with a Main Stage performance at BuzzFest 27 in Houston, TX on October 22nd, guitarist Parker Lauzon’s birthday.

When asked about the new album, singer Dan Chandler said, “With the last record, we were writing songs before I even met the guys in person, really fast.  Since then, we’ve grown a ton as a band: the chemistry between each member, the relationships, and the trust we have developed with each other.”  He continues, “I think people will hear a big difference between this record and the last one; the album has a lot to say this time around, and it comes from every one of us in the band.”

Evans Blue plans to have the new album completed and ready to release in time for Christmas with a radio push for “This Time It’s Different” at the top of 2012.


Evans Blue debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in 2006 with The Melody and the Energetic Nature of Volume, which spawned the Top 5 single “Cold (But I’m Still Here).”  They were nominated for a 2006 Juno Award for Best New Group.  Their second album, THE PURSUIT BEGINS WHEN THIS portrayal OF LIFE ENDS, was released in July 2007 and debuted at #44* on the Billboard Top 200.  Album 3, the self-titled evans|blue, was released independently in June 2009, and “Erase My Scars” went to #23* on the Billboard rock charts in 2010.  Evans Blue has sold 1 million units worldwide.

COAL CHAMBER Announces Plans to Reform for Australian SOUNDWAVE Shows

Posted in Artist Watch, News with tags , , , , on September 26, 2011 by Randy

Dez Fafara, co-founder and vocalist of 90’s alt-metal (or “spooky-core” as coined by devout fans) band COAL CHAMBER and current vocalist for Devil Driver, is announcing an upcoming reformation of the band specifically for SOUNDWAVE shows. COAL CHAMBER is highly-regarded for their countless high-energy performances with several of today’s biggest names and selling millions of albums worldwide.

Dez affirms, “COAL CHAMBER is playing SOUNDWAVE Down Under! These reunion shows are for the fans that want to see us again as well as all the people that never got to see COAL CHAMBER. It is and always will be a very special part of my life, so these few shows are for those people and for us. If you’re not from Australia, better get a ticket now to come see this event!”

“Australia has never seen us, nor have we seen them,” adds guitarist Meegs Rascón. “It will be an extraordinary exchange of energy and adrenaline. Hello Aussies, nice to meet you!”

Formed in 1993 by Dez and Meegs, COAL CHAMBER was busy selling out venues like The Roxy in West Hollywood, bringing out bands like System of a Downand Static X, and launching a new genre of metal in Los Angeles before they were even signed to Roadrunner Records in 1995. After what seemed like endless touring, the band recorded and released their debut self-titled album in February 1997. The album went RIAA Certified Gold in the United States. The band went on to tour several times with PanteraBlack Sabbath, and soon broke out in the UK while on tour with Machine Head and Napalm Death. During the first album cycle, Sharon Osbourne began managing the band.

Following the band’s headline run with Machine Head as direct support and Slipknot as opener (whom the band also helped bring to the masses), COAL CHAMBERreleased their next album, Chamber Music, in 1999. The album charted at #28 on the Billboard Top 100 chart and yielded a hit track, ‘Shock The Monkey’, featuringOzzy Osbourne.

In 2002, the band followed-up with their third and final album, Dark Dayswhich landed at #34 on the Billboard Top 100 chart. COAL CHAMBER released a compilation of several demo tracks and alternate studio recordings in 2003, entitled Giving The Devil His Due, and shortly after broke up due to personal reasons. Vocalist Dez Fafara went on to form his current band, DevilDriver.

“This reunion will mark a decade since we last played together, so staring at my brothers on stage face to face will be an emotional rollercoaster for me,” says Meegs. “Tears of joy would be an understatement to say the least. You know, all of us have gone through our separate journeys in life, but we’re coming back to rekindle this and throw the past in the past and put the future in our hands.”

Drummer Mike Cox adds, “Of all the great achievements COAL CHAMBER made in the past, getting back together after all we’ve been through will be the greatest achievement to date.”

“We’ve all grown up and put the personal past behind us now and are moving forward with these few shows in a spirit of friendship through music,” states Dez. “You must remember where you came from in order to know where you are going.”

For more information on COAL CHAMBER, please visit

REIMAGINE MUSIC PRESENTS: Come As You Are: A 20th Anniversary Tribute To Nirvana’s Nevermind

Posted in News, Releases with tags , , , , , on September 25, 2011 by Randy

Featuring Homages to Nirvana from The Album Leaf, Maps & Atlases, Murder By Death, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, mewithoutYou and Many More!

 Out October 25th

September 24th marks the 20 year anniversary of the original release date ofNirvana’s Nevermind which hit store shelves and changed music on the same date in 1991. Reimagine Music is proud to help celebrate the twentieth anniversary of such an important album by releasing Come As You Are: A 20th Anniversary Tribute To Nirvana’s Nevermind. This special tribute album features contributions from some of today’s best alternative and indie rock artists and will be available on October 25th. Bands that have contributed their unique takes on Nirvana classics includeHawthorne Heights, Story Of The Year, Anthony Raneri (of Bayside), Finger Eleven, The Album Leaf, Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s, mewithoutYou, Maps & Atlases, Murder By Death and Pitty.Promotional Stream: “On A Plain” as performed by The Album Leaf 

Come As You Are: A 20th Anniversary Tribute To Nirvana’s Nevermind 1. The Dutch Masters (featuring Brent and Courtney of The Dandy Warhols) “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

2. mewithoutYou “In Bloom”

3. Civil Twilight “Come As You Are”

4. Story Of The Year “Breed”

5. Hawthorne Heights “Lithium”

6. Finger Eleven “Polly”

7. Will Dailey “Territorial P*****gs”

8. Maps & Atlases “Drain You”

9. Murder By Death “Lounge Act”

10. Pitty “Stay Away”

11. The Album Leaf “On A Plain”

12. Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s “Something In the Way”

13. Anthony Raneri (of Bayside) “About A Girl”

“On A Plain” performed by The Album Leaf is the first single off of the compilation and will be available on iTunes Saturday, September 24th, the actual anniversary of original release date of NevermindCome As You Are: A 20th Anniversary Tribute To Nirvana’s Nevermind will be available for pre-order on iTunes on Tuesday, September 27th.

The dark songs that make up Nevermind so eloquently personified teenage angst that it took FM radio and, subsequently, MTV by storm effectively ushering ‘alternative rock’ to a mainstream audience. Nirvana’s place in rock history would be secured by creating the most influential album of their generation. Kurt Cobain’s poetic, self deprecating, deeply introspective lyrics, and the stunning musical energy of Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic continues to attract countless listeners the world over, pulled into its orbit, and furthering Nevermind‘s status as one of the most celebrated albums of all time.

Come As You Are is produced by the acclaimed Jim Sampas whose other tributes to seminal albums such as Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska w/ Johnny Cash, Aimee Mann, Ben Harper and others and The Beatles’ Rubber Soul w/ Sufjan Stevens, Ted Leo, Low, and others, as well as the Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard album One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: Music From Kerouac’s Big Sur, are regarded as touchstones of the genre. Each reimagining is a unique experience because Sampas comes at the music from a fresh perspective, combining the right artists with the perfect track, all with an eye toward producing insightful performances that capture the original intent of the tracks.

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