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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

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