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Sworn In – Edinboro University 12/13/2013 [Photos]

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, News, Photos, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2013 by Randy

When ‘Sworn In’ and ‘Like Moths to Flames’ got together to do a little four city run, everyone knew it was bound to be an intense, fun filled couple days. Students of Edinboro University displayed just that: a semester ending, angst ridden adrenaline release. No one can truly forget the opening bands that actually made a night like that possible, with ‘Melrose’ and ‘Bail Easy’ (Erie Pennsylvania locals) bringing waves of friends along, packing the house. Other openers included Tuesday’s Too Late and Motives, each holding their own and playing amazing sets that almost remind me of something you’d witness if you were at a Letlive performance.

Hats off to the headliners…Like Moths to Flames and the Erie/Edinboro area are fairly familiar with each other since this was second time they’ve played there in about nine months. Sworn In on the other hand had many faces in the crowd that I’m sure they had never seen before, but regardless of it being a new crowd or old friends, the band always delivers a hard hitting show. Taking place on Friday the 13th, it makes you wonder if it gave Sworn In even more reason to come out and pummel the crowd, showcasing sadistic vibes like they do at all other concerts they play.

Needless to say, if you didn’t make it to this show or any of the other shows these two bands played, then it sucks to be you. Don’t fear, because they are both far from being done and will surely be playing in a town near you before you know it. DON’T MISS IT.

-Logan Rendulic, © The Rock Tribune

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EU_PA, a set on Flickr.

SUICIDE SILENCE set to release ENDING IS THE BEGINNING: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, News, Photos, Previews, Releases, Reviews, Shows, Uncategorized, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2013 by Randy

SUICIDE SILENCE set to release ENDING IS THE BEGINNING: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show   

 (CD/DVD and CD/BLU-RAY)

February 18 via CENTURY MEDIA in North America, March 17 in Europe

On December 21, 2012, the metal community came together in an amazing way to celebrate the life of Mitch Lucker & raise money for his daughter’s future education with an unforgettable evening of collaborative performances between past/present Suicide Silence members and elite heavy vocalists that created a defining emotional event forever captured on video and audio.

Suicide Silence – Ending Is The Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show will be released on February 18, 2014 in North American and March 17th 2014 In Europe as a CD/DVD digipack & CD/Blu-ray combo pack. Directed by Jeremy Schott of MentalSuplex Productions & Zafer Ulkucu of Backseat Conceptions, the concert’s first official trailer can be seen here:

http://youtu.be/omEXkGZaZD8

Throughout the historic event, Suicide Silence band members played as guest vocalists covered their songs. The official track listing and performers is as follows:

Track listing:

1.       Destruction of a Statue with Jonny Davy

2.       Distorted Thought of Addiction with Greg Wilburn

3.       Ending is the Beginning with Brook Reeves

4.       Bludgeoned to Death with Ricky Hoover

5.       Unanswered with Phil Bozeman

6.       Girl of Glass with Myke Terry

7.       Price of Beauty with Danny Worsnop

8.       No Pity For A Coward with Johnny Plague

9.       Disengage with Cameron “Big Chocolate” Argon

10.     No Time To Bleed with Burke VanRaalte

11.     Smoke with Anthony Notarmaso

12.     Wake Up with Tim Lambesis

13.     March To The Black Crown

14.     Slaves to Substance with Eddie Hermida

15.     OCD with Austin Carlile

16.     Fuck Everything with Chad Gray

17.     Die Young with Robb Flynn

18.     Roots Bloody Roots with Max Cavalera

19.     Engine #9 with Mitch Lucker

20.     You Only Live Once with Randy Blythe

LAMB OF GOD Partners with Specticast for Worldwide Distribution of “As The Palaces Burn” Feature Film

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, News, Photos, Previews, Releases, Reviews, Shows, Uncategorized, Videos with tags , , , , on December 13, 2013 by Randy

LAMB OF GOD is pleased to announce that they have entered in to a worldwide distribution deal with Specticast (Led Zeppelin Celebration Day, Paul McCartney Rock Show) for their Don Argott (Last Days Here, Art of the Steal, School of Rock) directed feature film “As The Palaces Burn”. Filming for the feature began in 2012 and concluded in March of 2013.

“As The Palaces Burn”, not to be confused with the making-of documentary packaged with the recent re-release of the 2003 LAMB OF GODalbum of the same name, was conceived to be a documentary focused on the power of music and its impact on cultures around the world and its ability to bring together people of all nationalities regardless of religious or political differences. After a worldwide casting call, filming took place in Colombia, Venezuela, Israel, India, and the United States. As filming reached its conclusion, the documentary was forced to take a major turn when the band’s lead singer, Randy Blythe, was arrested in the Czech Republic and charged with the murder of a fan in June 2012. Granted unique access to Blythe’s continuing saga, Argott’s filming covered Blythe’s 38 day imprisonment in Prague, his release and the band’s return to live performances, and finally Blythe’s trial for murder in Prague in February 2013.

“As The Palaces Burn” will debut worldwide on February 27th. Following the film, a 30 minute Q&A with the entire band and director Don Argott will be shown. The Q&A was conducted by VH1 Classics Eddie Trunk and filmed at the final show of the band’s North American tour in support of their most recent release, Resolution.

The trailer for the film can be found at www.asthepalacesburn.com.

NEW YEARS DAY announce tour with COMBICHRIST Recurring feature on Warped Roadies Season 2!

Posted in Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, Previews, Releases, Reviews, Shows, Uncategorized, Videos with tags , , , , on December 13, 2013 by Randy

After a summer on the Warped Tour and most of the Fall on tour with OTEP, L.A. locals NEW YEARS DAY will hit the road with COMBICHRIST on their “The We Love” Tour. The band can also be heard on several episodes of the FUSE Channel’s “Warped Roadies.” Check out the show on Wednesday nights!

Combichrist “The We Love” Tour

w/ William Control & New Years Day…

4/3 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall

4/4 West Springfield, VA @ Empire

4/5 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA

4/6 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

4/8 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

4/9 Montreal, QC @ Le National

4/10 Toronto, ON @ Opera House

4/11 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

4/12 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater

4/13 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

4/15 Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater

4/16 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

4/17 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater

4/18 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater

4/19 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue

4/21 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

4/22 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

4/24 San Francisco, CA @ Slims

4/25 Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS

4/28 Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red

5/2 Austin, TX @ Elysium

5/3 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

5/4 Dallas, TX @ Trees

5/6 Pensacola, FL @Vinyl Music Hall

5/8 Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar

5/9 West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectables

5/10 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth

5/11 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

 

NEW YEARS DAY released VICTIM TO VILLAIN earlier this year on Century Media.  Check out their video for the song “Angel Eyes” featuring guest appearance in both the video and on the recorded track, from Chris from Motionless In White…

New Years Day “Angel Eyes” video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHmSF-_6xlo

NEW YEARS DAY online:

www.facebook.com/nydrock

www.twitter.com/NYDrock

COMEBACK KID Announce Headlining Tour and New Album Title

Posted in Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, News, Previews, Releases, Reviews, Shows, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2013 by Randy

2014 is off to a killer start as Victory Records is excited to announce thatCOMEBACK KID will embark on a headlining tour this February and March. The ‘Die Knowing’ tour pulls its name from the title of the upcoming new studio album from COMEBACK KID, which is tentatively scheduled for a March release date that will be announced later! Support on the trek comes from BACKTRACK, XIBALBA, DOWNPRESSER and TO THE WIND!

Tour Dates:
2/19 – Burnsville, MN @ The Garage

2/20 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen

2/21 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme

2/22 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room

2/23 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater

2/25 – Boston, MA @ Middle East

2/26 – New York, NY @ Santos Party Haus

2/27 – West Springfield, VA @ Empire

2/28 – Reading, PA @ Reverb

3/01 – Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah

3/02 – Nashville, TN @ Rockettown

3/04 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

3/05 – Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem

3/06 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth

3/07 – Lake Worth, FL @ Speakeasy

3/08 – Jacksonville, FL @ Atticus Bar

3/09 – Birmingham, AL @ The Forge

3/10 – Tupelo, MS @ Goodtime Charlie

3/12 – McAllen, TX @ Never Say Never Festival

3/14 – Austin, TX @ SXSW (TBA)

3/15 – Houston, TX @ Walters

3/16 – Dallas, TX @ South By So What

3/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock

3/20 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

3/21 – Lancaster, CA @ Industry Theater

3/22 – Oakland, CA @ The Metro

3/23 – Ventura, CA @ Rock City Studios

VOIVOD release Kluskap O’Kom Video 7″ single and BEER

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Canadian Artist News, Featured, New Music, News, Photos, Previews, Releases, Reviews with tags , , , on December 6, 2013 by Randy

Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD recently released a video for the song, “Kluskap O’Kom”. The video was directed by Syl Disjonk, known for his short horror film, Ethereal Chrysalis. The director of photography was JP Bernier (Despised Icon). The video originally premiered at Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror FilmFestival in October in Austin, TX and can be viewed here…

Kluskap O’Kom (Official Video):

http://youtu.be/SyvR6kOy5p4

When asked about the meaning of Kluskap O’Kom, vocalist Denis “Snake ” Bélanger had this to say:

Sometimes described as a giant coming out of the woods, sometimes a monster in a lake or sometimes a powerful being that came from the sky, Kluskap is the name for this strange character and O’Kom is the place where he lives. Kluskap is inspired by a legend from a Canadian native tribe called the Micmacs. He once came to earth to kill all the Dinosaurs in order to help the humans to take over the planet. One day Kluskap will come back with another mission to the humans. There are many similarities between the Kluskap story and other legends from tribes all around the globe; stories told of encounters with beings from other worlds. This one is very unique I thought. So here it is; Hear the thunder, it is me, coming back!!!! KlusKap O’Kom!

 

Voivod also released a 7″ for the song, taken from their Target Earth, LP, the 7″ features artwork from Voivod drummer Michael “Away” Langevin, is limited to 1000 copies worldwide. The b-side features a live version of Kluskap O’Kom recorded in Berlin on the band’s last European headlining tour. The single comes in black, grey and black and white swirl colored vinyl and can be purchased here (http://www.cmdistro.com/Search/kluskap)

In related news, the band recently partnered with a local Montreal brewery to produce a limited batch of “Kluskap O’Kom” beer. Guitarist, Dan “Chewy” Mongrain elaborates:

 

Frederic Cormier , the brewer and owner of Hopfenstark Micro-Brewery, and I had this Idea for a couple years of crafting a Voivod beer. This year, with the new album, Target Earth, and our 30th Anniversary, the timing was perfect to celebrate and brew! So I asked the guys if they were into it and everybody thought it was a great Idea! We sampled different types of ale, lager, stout, IPA, season, wheat etc to come up with the type of beer we wanted to do. We also talked about the concept and decided to associate the Voivod beer not only with the band’s name but with a song from the latest opus. We choose Kluskap O’Kom, which is inspired by American-Indian legends and modern reality. We wanted the beer to have a taste from the woods, the terroir, so to speak. So Frederic had this idea of crafting the beer with Mugwort and Balsam Fir which we ended up picking up in the woods. The beer is made with fresh ingredients; it’s easy to drink yet with complex well balanced flavors. We just invited friends and fans to the release party in Montreal at Station Ho.st (bar owned by the brewer) and it was a complete success! Lots of people celebrating the 30th anniversary of Voivod, making toasts with a Kluskap O`Kom beer listening to some Voivod, watching a 2 hours “making of” the beer, plus we had a surprise when our director friend showed up with a DVD to play the promo video of Kluskap O’ Kom!! It was a perfect magical evening…I ended up going to bed at 6am…smiling, how could life be better than that?

VOIVOD line-up:

Michel Langevin (Away) – drums
Denis Bélanger (Snake) – vocals
Jean-Yves Thériault (Blacky) – bass
Daniel Mongrain (Chewy) – guitar

IN THIS MOMENT Premiere “WHORE” Music Video

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, News, Photos, Previews, Releases, Reviews, Shows, Uncategorized, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2013 by Randy

THE HELLPOP II Tour To Launch January 2, 2014 With

BUTCHER BABIES, DEVOUR THE DAY & ALL HAIL THE YETI

‘BLOOD’ Album Sales Surge Past 200,000

 

“WHORE” Single #17 At Active Rock Radio 

 

Band To Set Sail On SHIPROCKED Cruise In January 2014

 

You’ve heard the song, now it’s time to see the video – IN THIS MOMENT are proud to unveil “Whore” in its full cinematic splendor, and have released the song’s official music video today across Clear Channel’s nationwide network of websites. You can watch the video on your favorite Clear Channel Active Rock radio station website or Facebook page, or CLICK HERE to view the video at iHeartRadio.com.

The video has a stark voyeuristic feel, combining the theatrical aplomb that marks IN THIS MOMENT’s live performances with visuals that are as compelling as they are disturbing. Directed by Robert Kley, who was also at the helm for the band’s “Adrenalize” and “Blood” videos, “Whore” co-stars MOTIONLESS IN WHITE frontman Chris Motionless. “His look is so perfect for the dirty vintage feel of the video, and he was a perfect gentleman while being violated by me,” says IN THIS MOMENT frontwoman Maria Brink.

“I knew how amazing placing the visual arts to ‘Whore’ would be when we wrote it, and I have been waiting to release this video since we recorded the song,” Brink continues of the band’s new video. “I am so passionate about the concepts and every single detail that goes into shooting a music video, and I created my own stimulating visual metaphor to make this – I am grateful to have worked with Robert Kley again, he always seems to help me bring what I see in my mind to life. ‘Whore’ is a song that pushes boundaries, and I needed the video to do the same. The song is about taking back control. It is about rising above and finding the power within ourselves. I hope everyone enjoys it!”

 

Adds IN THIS MOMENT guitarist Chris Howorth: “‘Whore’ is one of my favorite songs on ‘Blood’ and the video is the best we have created to date – it’s just as creepy and sexy as our live show, with a bunch of extra surprises. Maria really outdid herself on this one… this is her twisted vision brought to life, enjoy!”

“Whore” continues to climb at radio, where the track currently sits at #17 with a bullet on the Active Rock charts. The song is the third single from IN THIS MOMENT’s breakthrough album ‘Blood’ – released in August 2012 on Century Media Records, it marked the highest debut of the band’s career, entering the Billboard Top 200 at No. 15 and selling more than 20,000 units first week. The record has emerged as one of the best selling rock albums of the past year, recently surpassing 200,000 in sales according to SoundScan.

IN THIS MOMENT are kicking off 2014 with THE HELLPOP TOUR II. Set to launch January 2 in Portland, OR, the 16-city tour wraps January 25 in Cape Coral, FL, where the band will then make a return engagement on the SHIPROCKED cruise January 26-30, which sets sail out of Miami, FL, to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. For more information, visit www.shiprocked.com. Joining IN THIS MOMENT on HELLPOP II are BUTCHER BABIES in direct support, DEVOUR THE DAY and ALL HAIL THE YETI. The band wrapped the first leg of their headlining HELLPOP extravaganza November 27 in Los Angeles.

Two Crowd Surge fan packages are available for the January run, one with a ticket and pre-show meet-and-greet, and the other including a ticket, t-shirt and meet-and-greet. For more details on fan club packages, please visit the official In This Moment Facebook page. Tickets for all shows are available now, and complete dates are listed below.

 

Maria Brink had this to say about her provocative photo shoot to promote “Whore”: “I decided to pose nude for the visual art for ‘Whore’ to evoke a raw vulnerable emotion. The word WHORE written down my back and the dunce cap symbolize me placing myself on the stake for those who are suffering, and I can only hope to encourage at least one person to find the self worth and love they deserve to transcend out of a painful situation into a beautiful one. It is about finding our power and taking a stand. We are resilient beings and need to realize our incredible strengths. I will not bow down to others perceptions of me. I will only rise in the name of art, love and music.”

IN THIS MOMENT HELLPOP TOUR

(BUTCHER BABIES, DEVOUR THE DAY & ALL HAIL THE YETI in support):

JANUARY

02: Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

03: Seattle, WA – Showbox At The Market

04: Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory

05: Missoula, MT – Wilma Theater

07: Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium

08: Kansas City, MO – The Midland By AMC

10: Arlington Heights, IL – HOME Bar

11: Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s

12: Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

14: Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre

15: Pittsburgh, PA – Club Zoo

17: Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero

18: Hartford, CT – Webster Theater

19: Huntington, NY – The Paramount

21: Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
22: Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
24: Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
25: Cape Coral, FL – Dixie Roadhouse

SHIPROCKED

(featuring FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, PAPA ROACH, THREE DAYS GRACE, SEVENDUST, LACUNA COIL, BUTCHER BABIES, CANDLEBOX and more)

JANUARY

26-30: Miami, FL to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas

IN THIS MOMENT online:

www.inthismomentofficial.com

facebook.com/officialinthismoment

twitter.com/OfficialITM

IN THIS MOMENT is:

MARIA BRINK – vocals

CHRIS HOWORTH – lead guitar

TRAVIS JOHNSON – bass

RANDY WEITZEL – rhythm guitar

TOM HANE – drums

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