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VADER: “WHERE ANGELS WEEP” LYRIC VIDEO

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The official lyric video for the song “Where Angels Weep” by Polish extreme metallers VADER, is now available for viewing. The track comes off the band’s twelfth studio album, TIBI ET IGNI, be released in North America on June 10th.

1349 premiere “Slaves”‏

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Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349have released the first track from their forthcoming Season of Mist album. The track, titled “Slaves” is streaming below.

1349 have begun the 2014 Metal Alliance tour alongside BEHEMOTH, GOATWHORE, and label-mates INQUISITION. The band will also join GOATWHORE for a series of Metal Alliance off-date shows.  A full list of tour dates can be found below.

Metal Alliance Tour Dates 1349 with BEHEMOTH, GOATWHORE, INQUISITION, and BLACK CROWN INITIATE
*4/10 Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
4/11 Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
4/12 Austin, TX @ Emo?s East (Texas Independence Fest)
4/13 Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
4/15 Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
4/16 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
4/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater Of The Living Arts
4/18 Worcester, MA @ Palladium (The New England Metal Festival)
4/19 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
*4/20 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
*4/21 Albany, NY @ Bogie’s
4/22 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
4/23 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
4/24 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
4/25 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
4/26 Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
4/27 Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Center
*4/28 Saskatoon, SK @ Louis’ Pub
4/29 Calgary, AB @ Mac Hall
4/30 Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
*5/1 Prince George, BC @ The Generator
5/2 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
5/3 Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
*5/4 Portland, OR @ Rotture
* Indicates 1349 and GOATWHORE headlining dates

SEPTICFLESH REVEALS FIRST SINGLE FROM NEW ALBUM

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The time has come to unveil the first single from “Titan,” the long-awaited new album by Greek metal virtuosos SEPTICFLESH! Take a listen to “Order of Dracul” below.

In addition to the new music, SEPTICFLESH have also revealed the striking cover artwork for “Titan,” completed by vocalist/bassist Seth Siro Anton (as featured above). The album — the band’s Prosthetic Records debut — is scheduled for release in North America on June 24.

SKELETONWITCH ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR; BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR FOOTAGE UNVEILED

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SKELETONWITCH will continue to support “Serpents Unleashed” on their upcoming European tour. In addition to appearing alongside extreme metal legends Suffocation and thrashers Havok, the band has announced appearances at several of the summers’ largest festivals including Summer Breeze, Brutal Assault and Party.San. A full list of dates can be found below.

SKELETONWITCH were most recently seen at mostly sold-out dates supporting Amon Amarth and Enslaved throughout the U.S. The band has posted an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at life on the road recapping this adventure.

Serpents Unleashed” is SKELETONWITCH’s best-selling and most critically acclaimed release to date. The group choose to give back by releasing a limited-edition, hand-screened vinyl variant of the release, proceeds from which were donated to two local animal shelters in the band’s home state of Ohio (Athens County Humane Society & Columbus’ Pets Without Parents). Members of the band recently stopped by each shelter to present the donations and, of course, spend some time with the animals. Guitarist Scott Hedrick couldn’t help but make an addition to his family with one of the cats!

SKELETONWITCH TOUR DATES
7/26     Munchen, DE – Free & Easy Fest
7/27     Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof *
7/28     Hannover, DE – Chez Heinz *
7/29     Essen, DE – Turock *
7/30     Paris, FR – Le Divan Du Monde *
8/1       Viveiro, ES – Resurrection Fest
8/3       Luynes, FR – Le Korigan *
8/4       Zurich,CH – Alte Kaserne *
8/5       Pinarella di Cervia, IT – Rock Planet *
8/6       Innsbruck, AT – p.m.k *.
8/7       Schlotheim, DE – Scholtheim Party.San Open Air
8/8       Jaromer, CZ – Brutal Assault
8/9       Chemnitz, DE – Rock Im Betonwerk
8/11      Manchester, UK – Sound Control #
8/12      Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks #
8/13      London, UK – Barfly #
8/14      Dinkelsbuhl, DE – Summer Breeze
8/16      Rasnov, Romania – Rockstadt Extreme
* w/ Suffocation & Havok
# w/ Havok

MOTÖRHEAD is BACK – First Performances Since August 2013 Kick Off to an Electrifying Start!‏

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MOTÖRHEAD kicked off their first live performances since August 2013 with an electrifying bang this past weekend – performing to completely packed, sold out crowds on Friday at Club Nokia in Los Angeles and on Sunday at Coachella. MOTÖRHEAD performed 15 songs on Friday, including top tracks Ace of Spades and Overkill, with Slash joining in. The exciting set included tracks encompassing the band’s entire career; including a track from the new album Aftershock.

MOTÖRHEAD will continue to perform throughout April, including another Coachella performance on April 20th. Other stops include Chandler, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and San Francisco, CA.

MOTÖRHEAD Spring Performance Dates
4/15 Chandler, AZ @ Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
4/17 Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater
4/18 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
4/20 Indio, CA @ Coachella

MOTÖRHEAD is also taking part in Record Store Day 2014 in a big way – offering a must-have collectible item! The band is releasing a limited and numbered special edition Aftershock picture disc vinyl, exclusively for Record Store Day on April 19th. The 180-gram picture discs are limited to 4,500 units worldwide and are individually numbered. Go to www.recordstoreday.com to find a participating Record Store Day store near you.

Catch MOTÖRHEAD performing with Megadeth and Anthrax on the first annual MOTÖRHEAD’s Motörboat cruise onboard the Carnival Ecstasy from September 22-26, 2014. In addition to these three rock giants, “The Loudest Boat In The World” will also feature performances from Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson, and some big surprises. More bands are set to be announced soon.

WHITECHAPEL Premiere Lyric Video For ‘Our Endless War’

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The anticipation continues to build as the release date of WHITECHAPEL’s new album Our Endless War draws nearer. April 29th will see the release of the band’s fifth full-length record and fourth for Metal Blade Records. Today WHITECHAPEL are unleashing the lyric video for the album’s title track “Our Endless War“.

WHITECHAPEL will hit the road this Friday, April 16th as part of a string of shows leading up to the release of Our Endless War. The shows run through April 27th in Birmingham, AL with support coming from Carnifex, Within the Ruins, and Cruelhand.   This run also includes an appearance at this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival.

Following those shows, WHITECHAPEL will take part in a co-headline tour DevilDriver.  Support on the tour will come from Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For an Autopsy.  The tour runs from May 17th in Denver, CO through June 23rd in Austin, TX.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

WHITECHAPEL w/ Carnifex, Within The Ruins and Cruelhand
4/16: Columbus, OH @ The Basement
4/17: Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
4/18: Worcester, MA @ Palladium – New England Metal and Hardcore Fest
4/19: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
4/20: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
4/22: Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
4/23: Columbia, SC @ New Brooklyn Tavern
4/24: Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar
4/25: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
4/27: Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco

WHITECHAPEL in Mexico
5/3: Zapopan, Jalosco, MX @ Calle 2 Pabellon B
5/4: Monterey NL, MZ @ Café Iguana
5/5: Mexico City, MX @ Plaza Condesa

WHITECHAPEL w/ Revocations and Rivers of Nihil
5/14: St Louis, MO @ Fubar
5/15: Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar

WHITECHAPEL w/ DevilDriver, Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For An Autopsy
5/17: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
5/18: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
5/19: Tempe, AZ @ Marquis Theater
5/20: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
5/21: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
5/22: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
5/23: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spade
5/24: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
5/25: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factor
5/26: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factor
5/27: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/29: Calgary, AB @ Marquee Beer & Market Stag
5/30: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
5/31: Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre
6/1: Fargo, ND @ The Venue
6/2: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
6/3: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
6/4: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
6/5: Kokomo, IN @ CenterStage Bar and Grill
6/7: Knoxville, TN @ The International
6/8: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
6/10: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
6/11: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
6/12: New York, NY @ Stage 48
6/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
6/14: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
6/15: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
6/16: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
6/17: Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
6/18: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
6/20: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
6/21: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
6/22: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar ‘N Grill (Outside)
6/23: Austin, TX @ Mohwak

ARENA ROCKERS NIGHT RANGER’S NEW STUDIO ALBUM

ARENA ROCKERS NIGHT RANGER'S NEW STUDIO ALBUM

ARENA ROCKERS NIGHT RANGER’S NEW STUDIO ALBUM

Iconic arena-rockers Night Ranger are set to release their new studio album, HIGH ROAD, on June 10th in North America via label home Frontiers Records. Produced by the band itself, HIGH ROAD will be available in two formats – a standard CD version and a deluxe version which includes two bonus tracks and a DVD featuring a background look at the making of the album along with video clips.

Check out an EPK on the making of the album;

HIGH ROAD can be pre-ordered now at Amazon. The album’s full track listing can be seen below. Look for the band to tour North America and around the globe this year in support of HIGH ROAD.

Of the new album, frontman/bassist/songwriter Jack Blades commented, “It’s almost summer and a great time to take a trip down the HIGH ROAD! Our new record features classic Night Ranger feel-good, high-energy kick-ass rock n’ roll. We can’t wait for our fans to hear.” Drummer/singer Kelly Keagy added, “We’re so proud of this new record and excited to get back on the road to bring the new music to our fans.”

Night Ranger’s legendary hits “Sister Christian,” “(You Can Still) Rock in America,” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fanbase since the band’s inception thirty years ago. Over the years, the band’s music has made notable contributions to and been featured in many different areas of media and popular culture. Night Ranger’s songs can be heard in the Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games; Rock of Ages hit Broadway musical and film; the Oscar-nominated film Boogie Nights; FOX’s hit TV Show American Dad; JBL’s “Hear The Truth” campaign; and many more! To date, Night Ranger has sold 17 million units worldwide and boasts several platinum- and gold-certified albums. Night Ranger is Jack Blades (bass guitar, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Joel Hoekstra (lead & rhythm guitars) and Eric Levy (keyboards).

Night Ranger HIGH ROAD track listing:
1. High Road
2. Knock Knock Never Stop
3. Rollin’ On
4. Don’t Live Here Any More
5. I’m Coming Home
6. X Generation
7. Only For You Only
8. Hang On
9. St. Bartholomew
10. Brothers
11. L.A. No Name
12. The Mountain Song*
*only available on deluxe edition

GHOUL: Cloaked Cult Premieres Hang Ten EP

GHOUL: Cloaked Cult Premieres Hang Ten EP

GHOUL: Cloaked Cult Premieres Hang Ten EP

Today the cloaked criminals in GHOUL, in conjunction with the horror hustlers at Bloody Disgusting, heave forth the luscious sounds of their forthcoming Hang Ten EP in its entirety.

Recordedby Salvador Raya at Earhammer Studios in Oakland (birthing home of previous GHOUL masterwerks Splatterhash, Splatterthrash and Transmission Zero), mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering with cover art by Sean Aaberg of Pork Magazine, Hang Ten is pus-encrusted sonic surf metal celebration, boasting guest vocals from Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste, Iron Reagan) as Henchman #1 and the inimitable R.A. MacLean (ex-Deadbolt) as Kreeg, alongside Digestor, Cremator, Fermentor, Dissector and The Moron Cavern-Shackled Choir. Picking upwhere Transmission Zero left off, the limited edition six-song (mostly) instrumental 10″ relays the tale of a Creepsylvania in ruins, and the terrible power struggle that ensues between two vicious motorcycle gangs.

Bellows Digestor, “Break out your booger board, put on your woolen bathing uniform, and turn your hi-fi up to 100! We are back with the ginchiest collection of totally tubular tunes we’ve ever… done… Look, I’m not doing this. If you don’t buy our new EP, Hang Ten, I’m going to strangle you with your own entrails while your children watch and cry. So, surf’s up, numbskulls!”

In their ongoing effort to terminate the weak, team GHOUL today kicks off a week-long West Coast jaunt of live abrasions as part of the Weapons Of Mosh Destruction II Tour. The band will be joined by their hardcore thrash accomplices in Iron Reagan as well as experimental punk/hardcore miscreants, Occultist. Following the obliteration, the band will wage war on Oakland headlining the first night of this year’s edition of Brainsqueeze Fest, alongside Municipal Waste, Final Conflict, Negative Approach, Fucked Up Cannabis Corpse and more! Be there or be square.

GHOUL on the Weapons Of Mosh Destruction Tour II
w/ Iron Reagan, Occultist:
4/09/2014 Club Red – Tempe, AZ
4/10/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
4/11/2014 Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
4/12/2014 Rock City – Camarillo CA
4/13/2014 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
4/14/2014 Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
4/15/2014 Branx – Portland, OR
4/18/2014 Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze Fest – Oakland, CA

GWAR Releases Video Statement and Announces Creation of Dave Brockie Foundation

GWAR Releases Video Statement and Announces Creation of  Dave Brockie Foundation

GWAR Releases Video Statement and Announces Creation of Dave Brockie Foundation

GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. would like to thank the fans and friends for the outpouring of love after the passing of our dear friend Dave Brockie. Our intention is to honor Dave, preserve his legacy and continue to share his brilliant works with the world. With that being said, GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. are proud to announce the creation of The Dave Brockie Foundation.

A video message from GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. addressing the fans can be viewed below;

“The Dave Brockie Foundation is a charity fund with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts. It will endeavor to encourage promising talents, as well as preserving the legacy of Dave’s body of works. It intends to be a support system to those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of creativity. The Dave Brockie Foundation will be a resource for artists in the fields of music, film, literature and all visual arts who cannot find funding through mainstream channels. The DBF will also strive to catalog and preserve Dave’s vast collection of original images, recordings and written words, and make them available for the world to appreciate. The foundation’s first goal is to finance the creation of a memorial monument in Richmond, Virginia to provide the world with a place to pay respects to the memory of a very cherished man.”

Donations can be made to The Dave Brockie Foundation at http://www.gwar.net/dave-brockie-foundation

EYEHATEGOD Announces Mammoth US Headlining Assault With Ringworm And Enabler

EYEHATEGOD Announces Mammoth US Headlining Assault

EYEHATEGOD Announces Mammoth US Headlining Assault

Today, New Orleans’ favorite musical miscreants, EYEHATEGOD, announce their most extensive US tour in years. Scheduled to commence in Atlanta, Georgia on May 28th, the day after the official North American release of their long-awaited new full-length, the trek will punish twenty-six cities, coming to a close on June 22nd in Tampa, Florida. Support will come from metallic hardcore legends, Ringworm, and morose punk metal perpetrators, Enabler. The mammoth roadside takeover follows EYEHATEGOD’s previously announced string of live incursions later this month which includes an appearance at Three Floyds Beer’s annual Dark Lord Day Festival and a special performance in Baltimore, Maryland with High On Fire and Corrosion Of Conformity.

EYEHATEGOD’s forthcoming self-titled long player was assembled and financed entirely by the band along with US label partners, Housecore Records, and will be released on May 27th, 2014. Called, “the record that EHG fans have been waiting for; a stomping and venomous set of eleven tracks that reignite the band’s amazing propensity for down-trodden, electric blues and with their late drummer LaCaze behind the kit,” by Vice Magazine’s music portal, Noisey, Eyehategod features vocals recorded and produced by Housecore president Philip H. Anselmo at his own Nodferatu’s Lair and serves as the band’s first proper release in over a decade. The domestic version of the release will come in a CD digipack, while the LP will be housed in a gatefold jacket. The first pressing will be limited to 1600 copies and made available in the following color variations: black (600 copies), purple (300 copies), clear (400 copies), purple and grey (300 copies).

EYEHATEGOD Live Assaults 2014: (more…)

HOUR OF PENANCE POSTS PLAYTHROUGH FOOTAGE OF NEW TRACK

'Regicide' coming in May; pre-order packages available now

‘Regicide’ coming in May; pre-order packages available now

“Regicide,” which revolves around the themes of destruction, rebirth and the killing of the king, will be released in North America on May 13 via Prosthetic Records (May 12 – UK/EU, May 16 – G/A/S and Australia). Filled with “ridiculous bursts of speed (and) downright heavy riffs” (Dead Rhetoric), the album was lauded by the band as  ”a bone-crushing feast for old and new fans?more varied and brutal than everything we?ve done so far.”

“Regicide” will be offered on limited-edition digipak CD featuring three bonus tracks, which will also be available via download card to anyone who orders the album on vinyl, cassette or deluxe-edition digital download. Watch as Italian death metal regiment HOUR OF PENANCE play through their ferocious new song “Desecrated Souls” from their forthcoming release “Regicide” below:

“Regicide” track listing (more…)

Alex Wade (Guitars) – Whitechapel

WHITECHAPEL is a band whose climb to their level of success was legitimate. Hard-working, solid songs with excellent musicianship and a lyrical message that the masses can understand has built them a solid career. With their newest offering (OUR ENDLESS WAR) dropping on April 29th, guitarist ALEX WADE took a few moments to chat….here we go.

Q: How are you?

A: Hey man, doin good! How are you?

Q: Good! Jon Freeman set up this interview today, do you have some time to talk?

A: Yeah, I’m ready to go!

Q: You’re a busy man today I take it?

A: Yeah! We got a full day of press set up!

Q: How is life in Tennessee?

A: Good! We’ve had a quite a bit of time off right now. The last tour we did was with GWAR last November. It’ll be about five months between shows so I’m ready to get out there and play some.

Q: What do you do in your down time?

A: Just hang around the house! We’re always writing and stuff like that. I’ve got this little studio set up in here so I’m always out here recording ideas. Whenever it warms up I like to fish a lot.

Q: What do you fish for?

A: Bass and Catfish mostly, that’s pretty much all that’s around here.

Q: Are you the Chef that cooks it as well?

A: (laughs) No No! I tried cooking it one time. But the lake the we fish out of is pretty dirty so it didn’t turn out tasting too well. (laughs)

Q: So, in the down time you do a lot of the writing, is that the story for the whole writing process within the band?

A: Pretty much! Me, Ben [Savage - guitars] and Zach [Householder - guitars] all have little recording setups so we can all track things individually. Usually we will convene at one place, normally my place, and we’ll all put together the ideas we came up with individually. Sometimes a person will write a whole song and we’ll use it and sometimes we’ll take riffs from each person and create the song.

Q: Once you’ve done that do you then bring in everybody else or do you present it to them on tape? How does that work?

A: Usually with the ideas we use programmed drums just to write to show everybody rough structures. Then we’ll share the idea to our drummer [Ben Harclerode] and he’ll usually change up the programmed drums just to put down his ideas before we actually record the real thing. Sometimes Phil [Bozeman - vocals] will listen to the song and if he needs a bridge or something somewhere to put some lyrics, he’ll have some constructive criticisms for the song structures too.

Q: Is it a smooth process, is there a dictator in the writing process, or is it pretty open forum?

A: It’s pretty open forum. Everybody has their own input on it; it’s a democracy I guess as everybody has their vote and opinion on it. It’s not like one or two people doing everything. I think that’s what gives our albums the variety that they have.

Q: The band is not like America as Whitechapel is actually a democracy?

A: Yeah! (laughs) Definitely!

Q: Sonically, Our Endless War sounds more organic to me, more natural.

A: I feel as we get older, we mature all around musically, lyrically, and even sonically like you said. I still like the mixes that we have now, but we don’t sound like an older band, but more mature that knows what they’re doing whereas with The Somatic Defilement that’s just real punchy and a bunch of low end with just chuggy riffs with no song structure. You can definitely tell now, with Our Endless War, that we’ve learned a thing or two along the way and applied it.

Q: When you guys first came about, there were a lot of bands in that genre, to what do you attribute your success and sustain at that level?

A: A lot of bands have a lot of inner turmoil and stuff like that and the don’t get along or there’s one member that thinks they’re better than everyone else then everyone else gets mad at that member. Thankfully we’ve never had that and we’re not just band members and business partners. We’re also friends at the end of the day so I attribute our keeping it together and we all have the same vision and same drive of what we want for the band and I feel that it helps keeping the machine moving. Apart from our influences, we just want to make music that’s not only heavy, but interesting. We like writing music that evokes emotion.

Q: As a guitar player, where’s your key influences come from?

A: All over really! One of my favorite guitarists is Stephen Carpenter (DEFTONES). They’re a band that has a heavy use of layering and that’s a big factor in why we use a lot of layering. MESHUGGAH! They’re a very progressive band, definitely not Death Metal by any means. They use a lot of layering as well.

Q: If you could be in any other band today, who would it be?

A: Meshuggah!

Q: When do you get back on the road?

A: April 16 is our first show back! We’re doing a 10-date run with CARNIFEX, WITHIN THE RUINS, and CRUEL HANDS. We’ve had some time off so I’m ready to get back out there and play some shows. Then we have a Co-Headliner with DEVILDRIVER that will go all over the US.

Q: I appreciate the time today and playing 20 questions today!

A: Awesome man!

THE HARDROCKCORE

Crowbar debut new song, album art and track listing

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CROWBAR will release an all new full length album entitled Symmetry in Black on May 27, 2014. The album will be released in Europe on May 26, 2014 via Century Media Records. In the meantime check out an all new track titled “Walk With Knowledge Wisely.”

CROWBAR is currently touring in Europe and will stay there until the end of April. The band is confirmed for this year’s MARYLAND DEATHFEST with more tour dates in the U.S. being inevitable. The band continues to confirm summer festival dates throughout Europe including ROADBURN, BLOODSTOCK and HELLFEST.

MACHINE HEAD Announce “Killers & Kings Tour”

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MACHINE HEAD are proud to announce their first round of tour dates in 2014 for North America. The 11 date “Killers & Kings Tour” will serve as an album primer for more dates in the U.S., but more importantly will hit numerous cities that MACHINE HEAD  hasn’t headlined in for over a decade, or in several cases, never headlined, or even played, at all.

Says vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn, “When we played the Mayhem festival last year, we decided to do some warm up dates beforehand to shake off the rust. We decided to book them into extremely small, intimate venues where we could put on a really intense show without our usual bells and whistles. These venues were in (what is known in the touring industry as) ‘B and C markets’, (basically, not NY, LA, Chicago, Detroit, etc…). We played in Spokane, Portland, and Fresno, and the shows were so fucking amazing, so fucking hot and sweaty, so fucking life affirming, and just so much god damn FUN, as soon as we were done, we vowed that we had to do it again and go on tour in America hitting all the places that we rarely ever get to.”

This summer Nuclear Blast Entertainment will have the privilege of releasing MACHINE HEAD’s next full-length album, the band’s debut for the label. In anticipation and to celebrate Record Store Day (April 19, 2014), we’re excited to release a limited edition 10″ featuring a demo version of a brand new track entitled “Killers & Kings“. Side B of the release will also feature MACHINE HEAD covering two tracks by the southern CA hardcore outfit, IGNITE. This limited edition 10″ will also feature four alternate covers with two specific colors, each limited to 1,000 copies each.

MACHINE HEAD “KILLERS & KINGS” TOUR
05/11/14    Boone, IA @ Central Iowa Expo **(LazerFest)
05/17/14    Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater **(Scion Music Fest)
07/08/14    Fresno, CA @ Strummers
07/10/14    Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
07/11/14    Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
07/13/14    Billings, MT @ The Carlin
07/15/14    Fargo, ND @ The Venue
07/17/14    Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
07/19/14    Oshkosh, WI @ Ford Festival Park **(Rock USA Fest)
07/21/14    Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
07/23/14    Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s
07/24/14    Oklahoma City, OK  @ Diamond Ballroom
07/25/14    Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: New Album Details Revealed‏

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Candlelight Records today confirms June 24th as the North American release date of IX, the new album from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. Having recently returned from a successful European tour, the band is gearing up for the album’s release and a year full of nonstop touring.

Quiet for nearly five years after the release of 2005′s In The Arms Of God, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY regrouped in 2010. These original jam sessions quickly gave way to the trio’s participation at late summer’s The Power Of The Riff Festival and later 2011′s Maryland Death Fest.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY released their self-titled album via Candlelight Records to high praise late February 2012. It was the first new material by the North Carolina trio since 2005. The label reissued the band’s Eye For An Eye (including previously unavailable EP Six Song With Mike Singing) early November 2012. It was followed by the free release of Scion A/V’s Megalodon EP. Writing for IX started in the early months of 2013 with demoing and recording starting by summer’s end. Completed in January, IX clocks in at nearly 45 minutes. Preorders for both CD and vinyl formats will be available shortly via Candlelight’s official web stores.  Watch for special bundles via the band in the coming weeks.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY has confirmed a number of limited performances on the east coast this month beginning this Friday at The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh.  The band will perform at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on April 26th, the Ottobar (with High on Fire and Eyehategod) in Baltimore on April 27th, and wrap the month up with a show at Café 611 in Frederick (MD) on April 28th.

INTERNAL BLEEDING: New York Death Metal Legion Joins Unique Leader Records; Video Teaser Posted‏

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Unique Leader Records is pleased to welcome long-running New York-based death metal legion, INTERNAL BLEEDING, to their expanding roster of audio severity.

For over twenty years, INTERNAL BLEEDING has been at the forefront of the underground death metal scene, boasting a relentless DIY work ethic, consistently intense live performances and a commitment to composing some of the heaviest music possible, their breakdown-laden approach directly responsible for the establishment of an entire subgenre of death metal, aptly titled “slam” (a term they began using as early as 1992). Founded in 1991 by guitarist Chris Pervelis following the demise of original band, it all began with a case of 300 blank tapes reportedly “found” at a local university. The tapes provided the inspiration to set up a four-track to capture The One Dollar Demo. The following year, INTERNAL BLEEDING recorded their Invocation Of Evil demo, which went on to sell an impressive 5500+ copies through now-defunct Wild Rags Records. The band returned to the studio to track another demo in early 1994. The resulting Perpetual Degradation remains a certified classic in the annals of death metal.

Maniacal self-promotion combined with a tireless dedication to their craft, the band eventually made their way to 1994′s Milwaukee Metal fest, where their captivating live show possessed the eyes and ears of Pavement Music, who released their Voracious Contempt debut in 1995. Following a slew of tours both stateside and abroad, label and lineup shifts and four more works of sonic brutality with 1997′s The Extinction Of Benevolence, 1999′s Driven To Conquer, 2000′s Alien Breed compilation and 2002′s Onward To Mecca, it seemed the band had virtually disappeared without warning.

In early 2011 however, Pervelis decided to pick up the proverbial pieces and contacted original members Bill Tolley and Brian Hobbie. The three agreed to reunite and began re-learning INTERNAL BLEEDING’s classic back catalog. With the addition of Jason Liff on bass and legendary frontman Keith DeVito (ex Suffocation, Catastrophic, Pyrexia) handling vocals, the band is again poised to level all in its path. Last month, the band officially signed a two-record deal with Unique Leader Records. Their fifth studio album, Imperium, will be out in the Fall of 2014. In the meantime, check out the Imperium album teaser.

SETH announce European tour‏

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Black innovators SETH have announced a new spring European tour. The tour, which sees SETH play alongside technical death metal legends PESTILENCE, kicks off on April 24 in Drachten, The Netherlands, and will hit various European territories before ending on May 10 in Trier, Germany. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. SETH is touring in support of their latest album ‘The Howling Spirit‘, released in June 2013.

The once-defunct band became reactivated following the 2012 re-release of their critically acclaimed 1998 debut ‘Les Blessures de I’Ame‘. The reissue is remastered and includes two bonus tracks and brand new artwork.

SETH Tour Dates
4/24 Drachten (NL) @ Iduna
4/25 Essen (DE) @ Turock
4/26 Aalen (DE) @ Rock It
4/27 Brescia (IT) @ Colony
4/28 Ljubljana (SI) @ Gala Hala
4/29 Zagreb (HR) @ Tvornika Kulture
4/30 Beograd (RS) @ Dom Omladine
5/01 Nitra (SK) @ Nova Pekaren
5/02 München (DE) @ Backstage
5/03 Dresden (DE) @ Skullcrusher
5/04 TBA (NL) @ TBA
5/05 Paris (FR) @ Glazart
5/06 Colmar (FR) @ Grillen
5/07 Nantes (FR) @ Ferrailleur
5/08 Matignicourt Goncourt (FR) @ Château de Goncourt (Lezard’Os Metal Fest)
5/09 Winterthur (CH) @ Gaswerk
5/10 Trier (DE) @ Exhaus

BLACK ANVIL Unleashes New Track, “Eventide”

New York black metallers, BLACK ANVIL, today unveil “Eventide” the first taste of their forthcoming album, Hail Death.

Hail Death, which comes adorned in the sinister cover art of Metastazis (Behemoth, Alcest, Black Dahlia Murder) will be released via Relapse Records in North America/UK/World on May 27th, 2014 preceded by Germany/Benelux/Finland on May 24th, 2014.

PILLORY: Boston Technical Death Metal Strategists To Release New Full-Length Via Unique Leader

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Boston technical death metal strategists, PILLORY, will release their sophomore full-length, Evolutionary Miscarriage, later this Spring via Unique Leader Records. The follow-up to the pile driving No Lifeguard At The Gene Pool, released in 2005, Evolutionary Miscarriage finds PILLORY expanding upon their signature intricacies. Evolutionary Miscarriage was written, recorded and produced by founding drummer Darren Cesca (Arsis, Burn in Silence, Goratory) at his newly-launched House Of Grind Studios in Connecticut during 2013.

Check out an Evolutionary Miscarriage album teaser as well as a three-track album play-through video from Cesca.

WHITECHAPEL Announces Co-Headline Tour With DevilDriver

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WHITECHAPEL have confirmed that they will be taking part in a co-headline tour DevilDriver.  Support on the tour will come from Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For an Autopsy.  The tour runs from May 17th in Denver, CO through June 23rd in Austin, TX.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

This tour is in addition to the shows WHITECHAPEL have scheduled leading up to the release of Our Endless War from April 16th – April 27th which includes an appearance at this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival.  These dates will begin April 16th in Columbus, OH and run through April 27th in Birmingham, AL.  These shows feature support from Carnifex, Within the Ruins and Cruelhand.

WHITECHAPELw/ Carnifex, Within The Ruins and Cruelhand
4/16: Columbus, OH @ The Basement
4/17: Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
4/18: Worcester, MA @ Palladium – New England Metal and Hardcore Fest*
4/19: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
4/20: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
4/22: Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
4/23: Columbia, SC @ New Brooklyn Tavern
4/24: Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar
4/25: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
4/27: Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
*Festival Date

WHITECHAPEL w/ DevilDriver, Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For An Autopsy
5/17: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
5/18: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
5/19: Tempe, AZ @ Marquis Theater
5/20: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
5/21: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
5/22: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
5/23: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spade
5/24: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theate
5/25: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factor
5/26: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factor
5/27: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/29: Calgary, AB @ Marquee Beer & Market Stag
5/30: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hal
5/31: Regina, SK @ Riddell Centr
6/1: Fargo, ND @ The Venu
6/2: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Night
6/3: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rav
6/4: Joliet, IL @ Mojoe
6/5: Kokomo, IN @ CenterStage Bar and Gril
6/8: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart
6/10: Toronto, ON @ The Opera Hous
6/11: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Ba
6/12: New York, NY @ Stage 4
6/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Art
6/14: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stag
6/15: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hal
6/16: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerad
6/17: Orlando, FL @ Firestone Liv
6/18: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolutio
6/20: Houston, TX @ Scout Ba
6/21: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Roc
6/22: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar ‘N Grill
6/23: Austin, TX @ Mohwak

1349 Signs to Season of Mist‏

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Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 for North America. The band will release their new album in fall of 2014.

Founded in  Norway in 1997, 1349 have remained a constant influence on the Norwegian black metal scene. With a penchant for lightning speed riffing, blazing drums, and apocalyptic lyrics, the band has trail-blazed the underground, surpassing many of their peers through brute musical force. Following a a trio of landmark albums, namely 2003′s Liberation, 2004′s Beyond the Apocalypse, and 2005′s Hellfire, 1349 is set to re-establish their dominance in world-wide extreme metal.

1349 will embark on the 2014 Metal Alliance tour alongside BEHEMOTH, GOATWHORE, and label-mates INQUISITION. The tour kicks off on April 4, and continues through the United States and Canada, making stops at Texas Independence Fest and the New England Metal Festival along the way. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

1349 with BEHEMOTH, GOATWHORE, INQUISITION, and BLACK CROWN INITIATE
4/4 Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
4/5  Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues
4/6  San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
4/8  Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater
*4/9 Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
*4/10 Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
4/10 Oklahoma City, OK @ 1H Chameleon Room
4/11 Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
4/12 Austin, TX @ Emo?s East (Texas Independence Fest)
4/13 Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
4/15 Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
4/16 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
4/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater Of The Living Arts
4/18 Worcester, MA @ Palladium (The New England Metal Festival)
4/19 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
*4/21 Albany, NY @ Bogie’s
4/22 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
4/23 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
4/24 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
4/25 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
4/26 Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
4/27 Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Center
*4/28 Saskatoon, SK @ Louis’ Pub
4/29 Calgary, AB @ Mac Hall
4/30 Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
*5/1 Prince George, BC @ The Generator
5/2 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
5/3 Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
*5/4 Portland, OR @ Rotture
* Indicates 1349 and GOATWHORE headlining dates

NAPALM DEATH Roadburn festival EP and charity Cardiacs cover-download‏

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After a successful run of dates all across Europe including shows with Hatebreed and The Exploited, Grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH are proud to announce 2 very special projects that have been in the works recently.

First of all and as of today, NAPALM DEATH are launching a special cover song of the track “To Go Off And Things” by the Cardiacs via their bandcamp site as charity download.

NAPALM DEATH’s bass-player Shane Embury checked in to comment as follows: “Since I was blessed with being introduced to CARDIACS way back in 1986 they have been one of my favorite bands of all time! Getting to meet and become friends with Tim Smith, the musical genius behind it all, over the years was an added bonus. Tim always struck me as a person with a massive heart, who had a very pure and innocent view of the world in which we live in - something i totally related to, as the world can be a dark place – he radiated happiness. We shared many fun and elaborate conversations after CARDIACS shows in the early 90′s and I loved every minute of every conversation with him. I could go on and on for hours about how amazing his music is and the immense influence it has had on my life but suffice to say this cover of “To Go Off And Things” that we have recorded is in tribute to the brilliance that is Tim Smith – it is the least we can do for a man who has given us so much.

Tim has unfortunately been severely unwell for a few years now and we hope with this recording made available to everyone for download on our bandcamp site for only £1 (you can pay more if your heart so desires!) we can help raise some money to go towards Tim’s rehabilitation! We hope you like our version of the song and find it in your heart to donate something towards such a worthy cause…Thanks for taking the time to read this.

In other news, NAPALM DEATH are pleased to announce the release of a limited and exclusive vinyl 12″ EP entitled “Our Pain Is Their Power” to commemorate their very special Roadburn Festival appearance on April 10th. NAPALM DEATH’sOur Pain Is Their Power” EP collects those slower tracks that drip with sonic anguish from the last few albums onto one EP in a one-time run of 500 copies, to be sold at the Roadburn Festival 2014.

NAPALM DEATH Live 2014
10.04.2014 Tilburg (The Netherlands) – Roadburn Festival
11.04.2014 Pontoise (France) – Observatoire + Hammercult
12.04.2014 Creil (France) – Grange a Musique + Hammercult
13.04.2014 Nantes (France) – Ferrailleur + Hammercult
14.04.2014 Paris (France) – Fleche d’Or + Hammercult
15.04.2014 Lyon (France) – CCO + Hammercult
16.04.2014 Toulouse (France) – Le Metronom + Hammercult
17.04.2014 Angouleme (France) – La Nef + Hammercult
19.04.2014 Chaulnes (France) – Chaulnes Metal Fest
02.05.2014 Leeds (UK) – ‘Kin Hell Fest
09.05.2014 Le Havre (France) – Tetris
10.05.2014 Matignicourt (France) – Lezard’Os Metal Fest
11.05.2014 Dunkerque (France) – 4 Excluse
16.05.2014 New York (USA) – Knockdown Center
18.05.2014 San Juan (Puerto Rico)- La Respuesta
06.06.2014 Weinheim (Germany) – Café Central
07.06.2014 Reichenbach (Germany) – Chronical Moshers Open Air
09.06.2014 Graz (Austria) – P.P.C.
14.06.2014 Protzen (Germany) – Protzen Open Air
21.06.2014 Dokkum (The Netherlands) – Dokk’em Open Air Festival
27.06.2014 Dessel (Belgium) – Graspop
11.07.2014 Wegorzewo (Poland) – Seven Festival
01.08.2014 München (Germany) – Free & Easy Festival
02.08.2014 Marktredwitz (Germany) – Sticky Fingers Festival
30.08.2014 Wörrstadt – NOAFestival (Germany)
09.08.2014 Schlotheim (Germany) – Party.San Open Air
11.08.2014 Martigny (Switzerland) – Les Caves du Manoir
29.08.2014 Wörrstadt (Germany) – NOAFestival
06.09.2014 Loos en Gohelle (France) – Gohelle Fest

Fozzy announce spring tour; new single “Lights Go Out” set for April 29 release

FOZZY – frontman CHRIS JERICHO, guitarists RICH WARD and BILLY GREY, bassist PAUL DILEO and drummer FRANK FONTSERE – will release their new single “LIGHTS GO OUT” April 29 across all digital platforms. The release will coincide with the track’s impact at Active Rock radio, and will be the first single from the band’s upcoming sixth studio album, set to hit stores this summer.

“‘LIGHTS GO OUT’ represents a brand new color in the FOZZY spectrum,” says CHRIS JERICHO of the new single. “Dark, sexy, sleek, dirty, heavy and catchy as f*ck, this song turns a whole new page in hard rock history – it doesn’t matter if you dance to it in a club or mosh to it in a pit, ‘LIGHTS GO OUT’ will make you move!”
When "LIGHTS GO OUT," the new era of FOZZY will officially be upon us.
The band return to the North American tour circuit in late April, where they will be making crowds move on America’s biggest festivals, including appearances alongside AVENGED SEVENFOLD, VOLBEAT, ROB ZOMBIE, SLAYER and more at 98 ROCKFEST, WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE, CAROLINA REBELLION and ROCK ON THE RANGE. FOZZY will also be playing dates between festivals in support of BUCKCHERRY, co-headlining with KYNG, and sharing their stage with GEMINI SYNDROME, REV THEORY, HEAVEN’S BASEMENT and Century Media Records labelmates EYES SET TO KILL. See the band’s current itinerary below. (more…)

GOATWHORE To Kick Off Metal Alliance Tour‏

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GOATWHORE’s forthcoming new full-length, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless, is scheduled for release in North America on July 8th via Metal Blade Records. Fans who catch GOATWHORE live on the road as part of the Metal Alliance tour, set to commence later this week, will get the opportunity to reserve their copy of the CD at the band’s merch booth. Those preorders will include a special limited edition album laminate and exclusive T-shirt. The laminates come with unique preorder codes to be entered online to have the album shipped to the buyer upon release!

Constricting Rage Of The Merciless was recorded with producer Erik Rutan at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida. Their fourth studio outing with Rutan at the helm, all drums, bass, and rhythm guitars were tracked to two-inch tape to achieve an even darker, more ominous and powerful tone than ever before.

In related news, GOATWHORE’s A Haunting Curse and Carving Out The Eyes Of God are being pressed on vinyl for the first time ever! A Haunting Curse has been printed in a double gate fold sleeve on clear gold vinyl while Carving Out The Eyes Of God is in a gatefold sleeve on clear vinyl. Copies will also be available for purchase at the band’s merch booth throughout the Metal Alliance tour.

Set to kick off this Friday in Tempe, Arizona, Metal Alliance will level nearly two-dozen stages throughout North America concluding in Seattle, Washington on May 3rd. GOATWHORE will be supporting headliners Behemoth, along with 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate. As a precursor, GOATWHORE will be playing two headlining shows in San Antonio and El Paso. Following Metal Alliance, they’ll embark upon a short run of headlining shows. See confirmed dates below.

GOATWHORE w/ Black Crown Initiate
4/02/2014 Korova – San Antonio, TX Korova w/ Old and Ill, Aggravator, Plutonium Shore
4/03/2014 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX

The Metal Alliance Tour w/ Behemoth, 1349, Inquisition, Black Crown Initiate
4/04/2014 Club Owl/ Club Red – Tempe, AZ
4/05/2014 House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
4/06/2014 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
4/08/2014 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
4/11/2014 House Of Blues – Cambridge Room – Dallas, TX
4/12/2014 Emo’s East – Austin, TX
4/13/2014 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
4/15/2014 Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL
4/16/2014 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
4/17/2014 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
4/18/2014 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/19/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
4/22/2014 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
4/23/2014 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
4/24/2014 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
4/25/2014 House Of Blues- Chicago, IL
4/26/2014 Skyway Theater – Studio B – Minneapolis, MN
4/27/2014 The Garrick – Winnipeg, MB
4/29/2014 MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
4/30/2014 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
5/02/2014 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, AB
5/03/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

w/ Black Crown Initiate
5/05/2014 The Palace – Missoula, MT
5/06/2014 Gino’s – Salt Lake City, UT
5/07/2014 Ernie November Records – Cheyenne, WY
5/09/2014 Leon’s Lounge @ The Chameleon – Oklahoma City, OK
5/10/2014 Back To Back – Bossier City, LA

MOTÖRHEAD Reveals Limited Special Edition ‘Aftershock’ Picture Disc Vinyl for Record Store Day 2014‏

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When MOTÖRHEAD does anything, they do it big. So naturally, MOTÖRHEAD is taking part in Record Store Day 2014 in a big way – offering a must-have collectible item! The band is releasing a limited and numbered special edition Aftershock picture disc vinyl, exclusively for Record Store Day on April 19th. The 180-gram picture discs are limited to 4,500 units worldwide and are individually numbered. Go to www.recordstoreday.com to find a participating Record Store Day store near you.

Catch MOTÖRHEAD performing with Megadeth and Anthrax on the first annual MOTÖRHEAD’s Motörboat cruise onboard the Carnival Ecstasy from September 22-26, 2014. In addition to these three rock giants, “The Loudest Boat In The World” will also feature performances from Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson, and some big surprises. More bands are set to be announced soon.

MOTÖRHEAD have confirmed select performances this spring, including two stops at Coachella on April 13th and April 20th. Other stops include Los Angeles, CA, Chandler, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and San Francisco, CA. See below for a full listing of dates.

MOTÖRHEAD Spring Performance Dates
4/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
4/13 Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/15 Chandler, AZ @ Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
4/17 Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater
4/18 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
4/20 Indio, CA @ Coachella

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