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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 21, 2011 by Randy



 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


Posted in Artist Watch, News with tags , , , , , on August 18, 2011 by Randy


New York, NY: Times of Grace are streaming the video for the uplifting song “Live in Love” on their Facebook page. But this isn’t your average hard rock video. Rather, Times of Grace use this medium to shed light on the Rise Above Foundation and that organization’s important cause. The Rise Above Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to providing Massachusetts children in foster care with enriching activities, opportunities and experiences.  Given the hopeful message encased in the lyrics, the song is a perfect complement to the efforts of the Rise Above Foundation.

The clip shows the band walking through the streets of Massachusetts, singing the song and splicing footage of those in need throughout. The striking, heart wrenching images further demonstrate the point that the band is trying to make about help and hope.

In addition to close up shots of worn faces and hands, which serve to make the plight of those in need incredibly real and tangible, the video also displays statistics about people in foster care, rehab and on the streets.  The video opens its arms to the homeless, the elderly and the children who are at risk.

Times of Grace singer Jesse leach commented on the video, saying, ” I am excited for this video to come out. I feel like we did a different approach to the typical performance video. I enjoyed the shoot and the day we spent driving around to different locations. I feel strongly about the message of compassion and love. I hope we are able to help change a child’s life through or at the very least inspire others to reach outside themselves and make a difference. I want nothing more than for our music to have a positive impact in this world. One love to all !”

Director Tim Dennesen also weighed in, saying, “‘Live in Love’ sends  a powerful message.  Anthony Jarvis, the director of photography,  and I wanted to give raw visuals to this message to help spread awareness.  It was a mystical quest, and a lot of fun to work with Times of Grace.”

We Rise Above was equally thrilled about partnering with the band to spread their message and their mission, saying, “We’re honored that Times of Grace identified Rise Above as the Massachusetts charity to spotlight in this video. Working with a band with strong roots in Massachusetts is a great way to advocate for the youth in foster care that we serve. We are proud to be part of such a powerful effort to bring critical social issues to the surface.”

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