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Killswitch Engage to Embark on Alive or Just Breathing 10th Anniversary Tour :: Tour Launches November 24 in San Bernardino :: Band to Play Alive or Just Breathing in Full

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music, News, Releases with tags , , , , , , , on October 1, 2012 by Randy
(New York, NY): On May 21, 2002, Killswitch Engage released their second album and Roadrunner Records debut, Alive or Just Breathing. The album went on to become definitive of the critic-created New Wave of American Heavy Metal genre, thanks to its explosive choruses, intensely personal, spiritual and provocative lyrics and ability to vacillate between extremely brutal and melodically beautifully. It was, in a word, a benchmark release.
 
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the album, the band will be embarking on an intimate, crowd-pleasing Alive or Just Breathing 10th Anniversary Tour in the U.S, which launches on November 24 in San Bernardino and wraps on December 20 in Portland, Maine. KsE will be headlining the annual California Metalfest in San Bernardino, CA on November 24 to kick off the tour.
 
With original frontman Jesse Leach, who left the band shortly after AOJB’s release, back in the fold since early 2012, the time was more than perfect for the band to celebrate the album with a tour during which they will play the entire album from start to finish. They will also play other more recent hits.
 
It’s only appropriate that longtime Massachusetts cohorts Shadows Fall, who came up in the same scene as KsE, will serve as main support. Opening act Acaro also hail from Massachusetts, making it somewhat of a hometown affair.
 
“I honestly never thought I would have the opportunity to sing these songs on stage with Killswitch again,” Leach said. “Now here I am back in the band and celebrating 10 years of the release of this record. I am absolutely thrilled for this tour. I can’t wait to sing ‘Rise inside’ and ‘Just Barely Breathing’ among others. On top of it all, we have our good friends in Shadows Fall and Acaro joining us. This tour will be one we will all remember! “
 
Guitarist Joel Stroetzel echoed those sentiments, saying, “We’re all looking forward to this tour! It’s going to be a great time on all levels. Playing songs we haven’t played in many years, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Alive or Just Breathing with Jesse now back in the band, and just hanging out with some great old friends — we’re psyched.”
 
Advance tickets for all shows will be $20.02, in honor of the year the album was released. The band will also be making a limited number of tickets available per show for the price of $5.21, in honor of the date the album was released, to military personnel with the help of VetTix.org. Vet Tix pre-sale begins on October 2, while public onsales start October 5.
 
Alive or Just Breathing was also recently elected to Decibel’s esteemed and elite Hall of Fame. The album’s extensive Hall of Fame profile will be featured in the December issue of the magazine, arriving just in time for the tour.
 
Killswitch Engage Alive or Just Breathing Tenth Anniversary Tour Dates:
 
November 25      San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
November 27      Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
November 28     Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
November 30     Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
December 1       Kansas City, MO – The Beaumont Club
December 2        Dallas, TX – Trees
December 4        St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre
December 5        Pensacola, FL  – Vinyl Music Hall
December 7        Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
December 8        Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
December 10      Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
December 11      Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
December 12      Toronto, ON – Opera House
December 14       Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
December 15      Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
December 16      Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
December 18      So. Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
December 19     Northampton, MA – Pearl Street
December 20      Portland, ME – State Theatre

DRAGONFORCE REVEAL DETAILS OF NEW ALBUM :: THE POWER WITHIN TO BE RELEASED APRIL 17 :: IT’S THE FIRST ALBUM TO FEATURE NEW SINGER MARC HUDSON

Posted in Artist Watch, New Music, News, Releases with tags , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2012 by Randy

(New York): London-based metal superstars DragonForce have revealed details of their forthcoming new album. Entitled The Power Within, this 10-track monster marks the band’s fifth studio album and its first with new singer Marc Hudson behind the microphone. It will be released April 17 by Roadrunner Records in the U.S.

DragonForce guitarist Herman Li said, “The last two years have been the most fun we ever had making an album. Through writing, jamming and touring together, we have built this incredible energy and it has been fully captured on the new album.”

Li also claims the album boasts the fastest song the band has ever recorded. He continued, “This time around we’ve really brought our metal side to the surface and made some of the best music of our career. From the fastest song we’ve ever recorded to the slower songs, and some things you would never expect from us, this is by far the most diverse DragonForce album yet.”

The full track listing for The Power Within is as follows:

1. Holding On

2. Fallen World

3. Cry Thunder

4. Give Me the Night

5. Wings of Liberty

6. Seasons

7. Heart of the Storm

8. Die By the Sword

9. Last Man Stands

10. Seasons (Acoustic Version)

There will also be a digital special edition featuring the bonus tracks “Cry Thunder (Live Rehearsal),”  “Heart of the Storm (Alternative Chorus Version)” and “Avant La Tempête (Instrumental).”
Look for exciting US tour announcements coming soon.

http://www.dragonforce.com

ROADRUNNER RECORDS ANNOUNCES THE SIGNING OF GOJIRA

Posted in Artist Watch, News, Releases with tags , , , , on November 8, 2011 by Randy

New York, NY:  Roadrunner Records announced today the addition of French metal behemoths Gojira to the label. The band is universally recognized as one of the most talented and extreme art-metal acts on the scene today. Gojira is one of those rare bands that comes along every couple of years and takes everything you know about metal, twists it, reimagines it and comes up with something wholly unique. It’s doubtful you’ve heard anything like Gojira before. The band makes that much of an impact with its music and approach.

Gojira are comprised of vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier, who has a previous relationship with Roadrunner, having played bass on Cavalera Conspiracy’s debut Inflikted, along with guitarist Christian Andreu, bassist Jean-Michel Labadie and drummer Mario Duplantier, who is also Joe’s brother!

“We are so stoked to walk with the legendary Roadrunner,” Joe said about the new partnership. “We discovered Sepultura, Machine Head, Death, Fear Factory and so many other great bands thanks to these guys. Roadrunner has been a great source of inspiration for us as metal fans. It’s an honor to be part of this family today as a band. We feel we’ll get the right support at the right moment in our career.  We cannot wait to release our new record and get back on the road.”

The band’s Roadrunner debut will be its fifth album overall. It was 2005’s From Mars to Sirius and 2008’s The Way of All Flesh which established Gojira as a metal force of nature and a key player in the scene. The band will record in New York City, also the label’s headquarters, in November 2011, with a spring 2012 release date being eyed. Joe Duplantier will serve in a co-producer capacity along Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God).

“I’ve been a huge Gojira fan ever since their monumental From Mars to Sirius album and have been actively pursuing them ever since,” Roadrunner Senior VP of A&R Monte Conner said. “I am thrilled to finally be welcoming them to the Roadrunner family. Gojira are one of the best bands in metal today, with a sound and style all their own.  Their live shows are unreal, from the level of playing, to the intensity, to the Godzilla like stomp that hits you in the chest.”

Gojira have kept busy in between albums. They recently recorded the four-song Sea Shepherd EP, with all proceeds from the EP benefiting the Sea Shepherd charity. Sea Shepherd is a Washington-state based non-profit marine conservation organization which employs direct action tactics to protect sea life. One of the songs, “Blood And Salt,” recently surfaced on a Metal Hammer UK sampler CD. Release details on that EP, which is loaded with A-list metal guests like Mastodon’s Brent Hinds, Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe, Soulfly’s Max Cavalera and Strapping Young Lad’s Devin Townsend to name a few, are yet to be determined.

In other Gojira news, the band will perform as part of Australia’s Soundwave Festival, which is slated for February 2012.

http://gojira-music.com/

ROADRUNNER TO RELEASE TYPE O NEGATIVE’S LABEL CATALOG AS VINYL BOX SET :::: IT WILL BE SOLD EXCLUSIVELY AT INDEPENDENT RETAIL OUTLETS ON BLACK FRIDAY

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

New York, NY: What better way to celebrate Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the calendar year, with the black-humored, doom ‘n’ gloom goth of Type O Negative? Fans can inject a little fun into the drudgery that is holiday shopping, courtesy of Type O!

Roadrunner Records will release a special vinyl box set exclusively via independent retailers on Black Friday, which lands on November 25th this year. Go here for more information on who is selling this incredibly limited piece.

As the first band to achieve platinum status on the Roadrunner Records roster, Type O Negative didn’t rewrite the rules. They simply tore the rule book up, burned what was left of it and did whatever the hell they wanted with the smoldering ash. The result was nothing short of brilliant, as they combined dirge-like doom with head down, gothy grooves, all the while retaining the sort of signature melody that made their songs utterly memorable, infesting your brain like a virus.

Of the box set, Type O’s Johnny Kelly said, “This looks great but we’re disappointed that Roadrunner couldn’t get it together to do the scratch ‘n’ sniff cover we wanted for The Origin of the Feces.”

The vinyl box includes all Roadrunner released Type O Negative material contained within one collector’s box. Each album will be issued on double green vinyl, with the album art recreated, including the controversial, rarely seen original cover of The Origin of the Feces. Type O fans know all about that cover and the anatomy which it features.

Each album will also have new, branded liner notes documenting the genesis and completion of each album.

An exclusive sticker sheet with six mini bumper stickers will also be included in this “must own” set for Type O Negative diehards. It’s an instant collector’s item.

This set includes the following releases:

Slow, Deep and Hard
The Origin of the Feces
Bloody Kisses

October Rust

World Coming Down

Life Is Killing Me

SLIPKNOT TO RELEASE TENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF IOWA ON NOVEMBER 1, 2011 DOUBLE CD/DVD SET WILL FEATURE ALL NEW ARTWORK AND MORE

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

Disasterpiece

My Plague

Everything Ends

The Heretic Anthem

Gently

Left Behind

The Shape

I Am Hated

Skin Ticket

New Abortion

Metabolic

Iowa

My Plague (New Abuse Mix)

Disc 2: Disasterpieces  – Live In London 2002

People = Shit

Liberate

Left Behind

Eeyore

Disasterpiece

Purity

Gently

Eyeless

Drum Solo

My Plague

New Abortion

The Heretic Anthem

Spit It Out

Wait And Bleed

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Surfacing

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.

KORN TO RELEASE GROUNDBREAKING ALBUM THE PATH OF TOTALITY ON DECEMBER 6

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

ALBUM AND BALLROOM TOUR TO FEATURE UNIQUE MIX OF ROCK AND DUBSTEP

(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 korn.com.

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

ROADRUNNER RECORDS WELCOMES THE AMITY AFFLICTION

Posted in Artist Watch, News, Releases with tags , , , , on September 21, 2011 by Randy

 AUSTRALIAN BAND TO RELEASE YOUNGBLOODS on OCTOBER 25

BAND TO TOUR THIS FALL

 New York, NY: Roadrunner Records is pleased to announce the signing of The Amity Affliction, easily one of the most head-turning and exciting hard rock bands to come barreling out of Australia. The band has scorched a trail Down Under and is now poised to stake its claim in the U.S. Roadrunner will release Youngbloods digitally on Oct. 25 and the band will head back  into the studio in early 2012 to record the follow up with Youngbloods producer Machine (Lamb of God, Cobra Starship, Suicide Silence.)

The Amity Affliction’s humble origins date back six years ago in a small town in Queensland, Australia.  With an industrial sized bucket of elbow grease, the band became a fixture on the local touring circuit.  The Amity Affliction quickly ascended the ranks and became one of the best-loved bands in Oz. Armed with cheeky song titles, a party attitude and the type of aggressive and forward- thinking metal that will simultaneously make you think while putting hair on your chest, The Amity Affliction deliver a poignant message encased in mosh-worthy anthems.

“Ever since I can remember in Amity we’ve been dreaming big: big tours, big shows, big crowds, but never in our wildest dreams did we ever think something this big would come around,” frontman Joel Birch said. “Signing to Roadrunner worldwide is almost beyond a dream come true, because there’s no way any of us would have ever dreamed of being able to achieve something this monumental.”

Birch continued, “We’re proud to be added to such an incredible roster of bands, and having already spent time with some of the team at the label, we’re excited to become a part of the larger Roadrunner family. This is a massive step forward for us as a band, and one we’re going to be pouring all our energy into in the future.”

The band’s most recent album Youngbloods debuted at No. 6 on the Album Charts in Australia and went on to get unprecedented nominations for Best Hard Rock Performance at both the ARIA and IMA Awards.  Following extensive touring overseas and an early evening slot on Soundwave 2011, the band returned to headline Australian in late May, selling 15,000+ tickets over the course of eight shows, including 4500 tickets at their Brisbane homecoming at the outdoor Riverstage arena. Youngbloods was voted Best Album of 2011 on Triple J’s Short Fast Loud program and in Blunt Magazine, where they notched for their third cover in 18 months. That issue lands this coming October.

Clearly, The Amity Affliction have canvassed their native land. Now it’s time for the rest of the world to catch on.

Below are the band’s Fall tour dates. The band will be a part of the “No Guts, No Glory” tour featuring Miss May I, Pierce The Veil, Woe, Is Me and Letlive.

11/8/2011 San Fran CA Grand
11/9/2011 Sacramento CA Ace of Spades
11/10/2011 LA CA HOB
11/11/2011 Pomona CA Glasshouse
11/12/2011 San Diego CA Soman
11/13/2011 Las Vegas NS Hard Rock
11/14/2011 Phoenix AZ Nile Theatre
11/16/2011 Tulsa OK Cains
11/18/2011 Dallas TX The Door
11/19/2011 San Antonio White Rabbit
11/20/2011 Houston TX Warehouse Live
11/21/2011 New Orleans LA HOB
11/23/2011 Tampa FL State Theatre
11/25/2011 Ft. Lauderdale FL Culture
11/26/2011 Orlando FL Firestone
11/27/2011 Atlanta GA Masquerade
11/28/2011 Raleigh NY Lincoln Theatre
11/29/2011 Norfolk VA Norva
11/30/2011 Baltimore MD Recher
12/1/2011 Philadelphia PA TLA
12/2/2011 Worcester MA Palladium
12/3/2011 NYC NY Irving Plaza
12/4/2011 Allentown PA Crock Rock
12/6/2011 Columbus OH Newport Music Hall
12/7/2011 Cleveland OH Peabodys
12/8/2011 Detroit MI St Andrews
12/9/2011 Chicago IL Bottom Lounge
12/10/2011 Minneapolis MZ Cabooz
12/12/2011 Denver CO Summit
12/13/2011 SLC UT In The Venue
12/15/2011 Seattle WA El Corazon
12/16/2011 Portland OR Hawthorne
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