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MAYHEM: Norwegian Black Metal Icons Wrap Up North American Tour; Band Readies For European Takeover

Norwegian black metal icons MAYHEM are commemorating the release of their 1994 landmark De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas full-length with a worldwide live takeover performing the monumental record in its entirety. The band is currently wrapping up their critically-lauded Purgatorium Americæ Septentrionalis MMXVII tour with support from Black Anvil and Inquisition, with their final two performances – February 19th at the Gramercy Theater in New York, New York and a very special, intimate MAYHEM-only appearance on February 20th at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York – now sold out.

Following a short break, MAYHEM will return to the road for a near-month-long European jaunt. Set to commence on March 24th in Karlstad, Sweden and run through April 16th in Munich, Germany, the Purgatorium Europæ Septentrionalis MMXVII tour includes stops at the Vienna Metal Meeting and Dark Easter Metal Meeting. Support will be provided by Dragged Into Sunlight on select dates. See all confirmed dates below.

MAYHEM Purgatorium Americæ Septentrionalis MMXVII w/ Black Anvil, Inquisition [remaining dates]:
2/16/2017 Theatre Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA [tickets]
2/17/2017 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY [tickets]
2/18/2017 Royale – Boston, MA [tickets]
2/19/2017 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY SOLD OUT
2/20/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY * MAYHEM Only, SOLD OUT
End Tour
Purgatorium Europæ Septentrionalis MMXVII:
3/24/2017 Nojesfabrieken – Karlstad, SE *
3/25/2017 En Arena – Stockholm, SE *
3/26/2017 Amager Bio – Copenhagen, DK *
3/27/2017 Train – Aarhus, DK *
3/28/2017 Patronaat – Haarlem, NL *
3/29/2017 Electric Ballroom – London, UK *
3/30/2017 Club Academy – Manchester, UK *
3/31/2017 Academy – Dublin, IE *
4/01/2017 Barrowland (Lords Of The Land) – Glasgow, UK*
4/03/2017 L’Empreint – Savigny-le-Temple, FR *
4/04/2017 CCO – Lyon, FR
4/05/2017 Les Docks – Lausanne, CH *
4/06/2017 Live Club – Milan, IT *
4/07/2017 Mostovna – Nova Gorica, SI *
4/08/2017 Arena (Vienna Metal Meeting) – Vienna, AT *
4/09/2017 Vintage Club – Zagreb, HR
4/10/2017 Dom Omladine – Belgrade, RS
4/11/2017 Mixtape 5 – Sofia, BG
4/12/2017 Club Rockstadt – Brasov, RO
4/13/2017 Fuzz Club – Athens, GR
4/15/2017 Durer Kert – Budapest, HU
4/16/2017 Backstage (Dark Easter Metal Meeting) – Munich, DE
* w/ Dragged Into Sunlight

MAYHEM recently self-released De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive. Captured live in Norrköping, Sweden in 2015 during the band’s headlining set at the Black Christmass Festival, the show marked MAYHEM’s first time ever playing De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in full. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Tore Stjerna and NBS Audio and produced by vocalist Attila Csihar and guitarist Teloch with light production by Anne Weckstrom, stage design and production by Jonas Svensson, video recording by Thornfields Production, and video editing by Tamàs Tarczi. The offering is available now on CD, LP, and DVD (the first 1000 copies are numbered),as well as digitally.

“As the stage was lit a deep shade of purple, the eeriness and sinister energy promptly filled the Social Hall. Once all the instrumentalists of MAYHEM were on stage, the crowd rapturously responded with howls of ‘Fucking Mayhem!’ and the sold-out crowd wouldn’t relent even in the end. A known showman, Attila Csihar made a rather chaotic entrance and made it impossible to be distracted during the performance.” – Heathen Harvest

“Frontman Attila Csihar put on amazing performance as frontman, laying down some of most depraved and unique screams I’ve heard in a while… Legendary extreme metal drummer Hellhammer breathed new life into each song, increasing the tempo and adding more chaos and complexity to the original drum parts that he recorded… MAYHEM put their all into it and as ominously as they appeared on stage, they exited off in similar fashion, regressing into the void of the pitch-black stage. Fans wanted more…” – Metal Assault

SCOUR: Extreme Metal Collaboration Uniting Current/Past Members Of Down, Pig Destroyer, Cattle Decapitation, Animosity, And Strong Intention To Play First Official Show Ever This Weekend In New Orleans

SCOUR – the extreme metal collaboration uniting Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint etc.), John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), Chase Fraser (Continuum, former Animosity, Decrepit Birth), and Jesse Schobel (Strong Intention) – will play their first official show ever this weekend at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans!

SCOUR:
2/19/2017 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA w/ Barghest, Witch Burial
6/16/2017 Hellfest – Clisson, FR

SCOUR — who released their six-track, “The Grey” debut EP last year via Anselmo’s own Housecore Records — conjures a harrowing strain of blackened, grind-infused sonic murk; dark, deviant and distinctly unlike any of their root bands. Mixed by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, Cobalt, Khemmis), the EP continues to reap critical accolades from media globally. Loudwire writes, “With no song eclipsing the three-minute mark, SCOUR is a sonic deathblow spanning just fourteen minutes,” the esteemed blog further hailing the band’s, “caustic brand of black metal in the vein of Scandinavian greats like Marduk and Necrophobic.” In a 5/5 review, Skulls ‘N’ Bones gushes, “This short, sweet EP proves that the former Pantera frontman has the ability to take his talents to the black metal genre and fucking destroy all… This album not only shows that this group of musicians can excel in a different genre than what they normally play, but provides that they can own that genre.” In an 8/10 score, Metal Wani celebrates a, “short, sharp offering,” adding of Anselmo’s various side projects, “this one is right up there with the best of them.” No Clean Singing hails an offering that’s “shockingly intense,” adding, “The disc basically starts at apocalyptic and stays there, so the opening songs might actually blow your hair back some.” Stereoboard concurs noting, “This EP is Morbid Angel and Obituary wrestling, with Mayhem and Napalm Death watching from the sidelines with their younger buddies. If this is what SCOUR can knock out in their spare time, imagine what they can accomplish through a full-length? The world shivers with anticipation.” Adds PureGrainAudio, a raw, unholy blast of traditional black metal; no grooves, no mellow bits, just raw, nasty buzzing black metal riffs with Anselmo’s feral screams layered over the top of the six tracks. It doesn’t mess around, it’s got none of that Emperor symphonic nonsense, this is just six short blasts of vicious fury that demonstrate not only the raw, old school brutality of the genre, but also how Anselmo has still got the ability to turn his hand to pretty much any form of extreme music with consummate ease.”

RIVERS OF NIHIL To Begin US Tour With Darkest Hour This Weekend

Pennsylvania progressive death metal unit RIVERS OF NIHIL will begin a month-long US tour tomorrow supporting Darkest Hour. The MetalSucks-sponsored journey will commence February 18th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and run through March 21st in Cincinnati, Ohio. Additional support will be provided by Ringworm as well as Rotten Sound and labelmates Tombs on select dates.

RIVERS OF NIHIL w/ Darkest Hour, Ringworm, Rotten Sound:
2/18/2017 Diesel – Pittsburgh, PA
2/19/2017 Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
2/20/2017 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA *RIVERS OF NIHIL only
2/21/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – New York, NY
2/22/2017 New Dodge Tavern – Detroit, MI
2/23/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL
2/24/2017 The Metal Grill – Milwaukee, WI
2/25/2017 The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
2/26/2017 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
2/29/2017 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
3/01/2017 Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
3/02/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
w/ Darkest Hour, Ringworm, Tombs:
3/04/2017 Jub Jub’s – Reno, NV
3/05/2017 Analog Theater – Portland, OR
3/06/2017 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
3/08/2017 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
3/09/2017 Colonial Theater – Sacramento, CA
3/10/2017 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
3/11/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
3/12/2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
3/13/2017 Club XS – Tucson, AZ
3/14/2017 Blu Phoenix Venue – Albuquerque, NM
3/15/2017 Backstage – Lubbock, TX
3/16/2017 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
3/17/2017 White Oak – Houston, TX
3/18/2017 The Korova – San Antonio, TX
3/19/2017 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
3/21/2017 Northside Yacht Club – Cincinnati, OH

RIVERS OF NIHIL continues to tour in support of their Monarchy full-length, released last year via Metal Blade Records. Monarchy picks up where the seasonal concept that began with Spring on the band’s debut, The Conscious Seed Of Light, left off, this time, welcoming the oppressive Summer heat. Said primary lyricist Adam Biggs, “The Earth has been transformed into a vast desert wasteland, where after aeons of lifelessness, new beings begin to take shape and begin their journey as shepherds of the planet. But after a while, a class system forms from a sun-worshiping religious dictatorship, and these beings start to lose their way. Only the guidance of an ancient earthly force can help them save themselves as well the planet.”

“Monarchy is not only their darkest record to date,” said Outburn of the release, “but their most dynamic, atmospheric, and powerful.” Metal Injection concurred calling it an, “excellent slice of technical death metal… With Monarchy, RIVERS OF NIHIL have evolved into a monster.” Heavy Blog Is Heavy gushed, “Monarchy is the gold standard for extreme, technical, progressive, and passionate death metal right now, and it probably won’t change any time soon,” while No Clean Singing crowned Monarchy, “a pinnacle of the band’s union of atmospheric and progressive aims.” Added The Sludgelord, “It has everything which makes tech death great and offers a total listening experience to the casual or dedicated fan. A musical tour de force.”

WRVTH: Atmospheric Tech Death Wizards Announce US Tour Dates + SXSW Showcase

Atmospheric tech death wizards WRVTH will traverse the US next month on a two-plus-week tour alongside Name [New Approach to Martyrs Expressions]. The journey will make its way through eight states with an included stop at this year’s edition of SXSW for a special showcase on March 16th. See confirmed dates below.

Comments the band: “We really can’t wait to leave for this next tour. We get to share the stage with an awesome band, as well as play an official showcase this year at SXSW. Name puts on a hell of a show and were excited to be doing this alongside them.”

WRVTH w/ Name:
3/06/2017 X Bar – San Jose, CA
3/07/2017 Siren Song Tavern – Eureka, CA
3/08/2017 G- St. Bar And Grill Grants Pass, OR
3/09/2017 Analog – Portland, OR
3/10/2017 Real Art – Tacoma, WA
3/11/2017 The Pin – Spokane, WA
3/12/2017 The Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
3/13/2017 – Moon Room Denver, CO
3/14/2017 The Underground At Evangelos – Santa Fe, NM
3/16/2017 BD Riley’s – Austin, TX WRVTH official SXSW Showcase
3/19/2017 Tomcats West – Ft. Worth, TX
3/20/2017 Boozers – Corpus Christi, TX
3/22/2017 The Unity Center – Roswell, NM
3/23/2017 The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
3/24/2017 Gideon Hall – Upland, CA
3/25/2017 Bullfrogs Bar and Grill – Kingsburg, CA

WRVTH continues to tour in support of their self-titled full-length released via Unique Leader Records. Tracked at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.), Wrvth – commended by Dead Rhetoric for being, “bold and visceral, all while providing depth and feelings” – features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares of Bay Area jazz group, Atta Kid, on saxophone and continues to astound the ears of fans and critics globally for its expert balance of beauty and brutality.

“[WRVTH’s] penchant for dramatic atmospherics under ominous, stormy death metal might garner them ‘on a playlist with Fallujah’ one-liners. And the collective’s technical wizardry certainly makes them right at home on Unique Leader. But damn if the devil isn’t in the details here. WRVTH add to their sonic stew a heavy helping of skronk – think Gorguts, Ulcerate, Artificial Brain, etc. – and a dash of post-hardcore sensibility, both in the harmonic structure of the chords they’re using and the vocal approach, all of which makes for a much more moody and emotional experience.” – MetalSucks

“WRVTH’s long stretches of ambience, combined with a half-billion different guitar riffs and occasional blast-beats, give the band the sense of an auteur, painting a multitude of different, distinctive pictures within their new disc’s run-time.” – No Clean Singing

“WRVTH reemerge with a unique, albeit morose, offering that outshines any previous efforts.” – Sputnik Music

“Wrvth is a triumph in a way that hasn’t really been seen before: by so skillfully blending riffy techdeath with genres that are known for their emotional qualities, WRVTH sees to it that the album is both beautiful and consistently engaging for the listener. This is THE atmospheric techdeath album, and it will be for years to come.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

CATTLE DECAPITATION Readies For Metal Blade 35th Anniversary Tour

This Sunday, San Diego deathgrind unit CATTLE DECAPITATION will return to the road for a near-month-long US jaunt as part of the Metal Blade Records 35th Anniversary Tour with labelmates Whitechapel, Goatwhore, Allegaeon, and Necromancing The Stone. The band will begin their journey this Sunday, February 19th in Wichita, Kansas with Allegaeon before uniting with Goatwhore on February 21st in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The official anniversary tour begins on February 22nd in Boston, Massachusetts and runs through March 18th in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with CATTLE DECAPITATION closing their expedition with a final headlining show on March 19th in Phoenix, Arizona. See confirmed dates below.

CATTLE DECAPITATION:
2/19/2017 Barleycorn’s – Wichita, KS w/ Allegaeon
2/21/2017 Spirit Hall – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Goatwhore, Allegaeon
w/ Whitechapel, Goatwhore, Allegaeon, Necromancing The Stone:
2/22/2017 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
2/23/2017 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA * no Goatwhore
2/24/2017 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
2/25/2017 Irving Plaza – New York, NY * no Goatwhore
2/26/2017 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
2/27/2017 The Stache – Grand Rapids, MI * no Goatwhore
2/28/2017 St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
3/01/2017 Deluxe @ Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
3/02/2017 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
3/03/2017 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY * no Goatwhore
3/04/2017 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
3/05/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
3/06/2017 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO* no Goatwhore
3/07/2017 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV * no Whitechapel
3/08/2017 Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA
3/09/2017 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
3/10/2017 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
3/11/2017 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
3/12/2017 The Rock – Tucson, AZ * no Whitechapel
3/14/2017 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
3/15/2017 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
3/16/2017 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA * no Goatwhore
3/17/2017 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX w/ Allegaeon, Necromancing The Stone
3/18/2017 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM w/ Allegaeon
3/19/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ *CATTLE DECAPITATION only

CATTLE DECAPITATION will be touring in support of their seventh full-length, The Anthropocene Extinction. Hailed as, “another stroke of genius by one of the best heavy bands of all time” by Exclaim, “the best CATTLE DECAPITATION album so far,” by Metal Injection, and, “a furious blast of noise that takes absolutely no prisoners. It not only pounds its listeners into pulp, it also seems to be pounding its own concept of music as well,” by No Clean Singing, The Anthropocene Extinction is the most sonically and thematically engrossing record of CATTLE DECAPITATION’s maniacal discography. For their efforts, the record landed at #41 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, in addition to earning Album Of The Year accolades.

POP EVIL VISIT ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL

Michigan act POP EVIL took time out of their tour schedule to visit with some special fans at St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee recently. The band was invited by the hospital as part of Music Gives to St. Jude Kids, an initiative that mobilizes the music community ? artists, fans, corporate partners and sponsors ? to join in the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, and to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital®.

?Playing for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was a career highlight,? says Pop Evil frontman Leigh Kakaty. ?Whenever you can help bring inspiration and positivity to children in need it makes it all worthwhile. Being able to bring smiles to both the kids and their families was humbling and something we hope we can do more of in the future.?

The band performed some of their biggest hits like ?Footsteps,? and ?Take It All.? Video of each performance can be seen below. Bassist Matt DiRito adds, “It has been such an honor to be able to work hand in hand with the staff and families at St Jude. Those kids have touched our lives in a way that is so incredibly powerful and different from anything we have experienced in our travels across the world.”

To donate to St. Jude, click here.

POP EVIL is currently in the last few weeks on their headlining tour, “ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NOW TOUR: RIGHT NOW,” with support from Badflower. The band recently spoke to LOUDWIRE about the tour, their ten years since their first record contract and plans for a new record.

Pop Evil are enjoying more success at radio. Their current single, “If Only For Now” is currently Top 15 and climbing. Be sure to find drummer Hayley Cramer is also featured in the February 2017 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine.
Remaining Tour Dates:
2/16/2017 Allston, MA Brighton Music Hall
2/17/2017 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
2/18/2017 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
2/19/2017 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
2/22/2017 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe at Old National Centre
2/23/2017 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre
2/24/2017 Detroit, MI Fillmore
2/25/2017 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live
2/26/2017 Marie, MI Dreammakers Theater

GOATWHORE To Take Part In Metal Blade Records’ 35th Anniversary Tour Followed By Spring Trek With Amon Amarth

New Orleans’ GOATWHORE will return to the road later this month as part of Metal Blade Records’ 35th Anniversary Tour alongside labelmates Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Allegaeon, and Necromancing The Stone. The band’s latest trek will stretch from February 21st through March 15thwith various headlining dates scattered throughout. From there, the band will take a short break before joining Amon Amarth for two weeks’ worth of shows from May 1st to May 21st. Due to scheduling conflicts between the two tours, GOATWHORE will not appear on six of the Metal Blade Records’ 35th Anniversary Tour stops. See a full listing of dates below.

GOATWHORE recently completed tracking the follow-to their globally adored Constricting Rage Of The Merciless full-length. Titled Vengeful Ascension, the band’s latest studio offering was captured at
Earth Analog near Champaign, Illinois. Fans will be able to preorder Vengeful Ascension as part of an exclusive bundle only available directly from the band’s merch booth on both tours. The bundle will come with a T-shirt and laminate exclusive to this preorder bundle only. The laminate will contain a special code to input online to have the physical copy of the album ship when released.

GOATWHORE w/ Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Allegaeon, Necromancing The Stone:
2/21/2017 Spirit Hall – Pittsburgh, PA *no Whitechapel, Necromancing The Stone
2/22/2017 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
2/23/2017 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY * GOATWHORE only
2/24/2017 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
2/26/2017 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
2/27/2017 The Frequency – Madison, WI * GOATWHORE only
2/28/2017 St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
3/01/2017 Deluxe @ Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
3/02/2017 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
3/03/2017 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY * GOATWHORE only
3/04/2017 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
3/05/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
3/07/2017 Divebar – Las Vegas, NV * no Whitechapel
3/08/2017 Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA
3/09/2017 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
3/10/2017 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
3/11/2017 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
3/12/2017 The Rock – Tucson, AZ * no Whitechapel
3/14/2017 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
3/15/2017 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
End Tour
w/ Amon Amarth:
5/01/2017 Vinyl – Pensacola, FL
5/02/2017 Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
5/04/2017 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
5/06/2017 The National – Richmond, VA
5/08/2017 TLA – Philadelphia, PA
5/09/2017 College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
5/10/2017 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
5/11/2017 The Garrison – Toronto, ON * GOATWHORE only
5/12/2017 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI
5/13/2017 Three Floyds Brewing – Munster, IN
5/16/2017 The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
5/17/2017 Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO
5/19/2017 Lookout – Omaha, NE * GOATWHORE only
5/19/2017 The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
5/20/2017 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY

ARKAIK: Progressive Death Metal Collective Announces Tech Trek II Tour With Archspire; New Album Underway + Pre-Production Video Posted

Progressive death metal collective ARKAIK will kick off the Tech Trek II tour with Archspire next month. The tour will kick off on March 17th in Tacoma, Washington and coil its way through nearly two dozen cities across the country, coming to a close on April 6th in Boise, Idaho. See all confirmed dates below.

ARKAIK is currently working on the follow-up to their critically-lauded, 2015-issued Lucid Dawn full-length. The as yet-untitled studio offering will again be engineered, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Wrvth, All Shall Perish et al.) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California. Additionally, The Kennedy Veil’s Gabe Seeber will be recording drums while Alex Bent joins Trivium on their European tour. Additional details to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

ARKAIK w/ Archspire:
3/17/2017 Real Art – Tacoma, WA
3/18/2017 Third Street Pub – Bend, OR
3/19/2017 Oakland Metro Sideroom – Oakland, CA
3/20/2017 Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
3/21/2017 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA
3/22/2017 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
3/23/2017 Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX
3/24/2017 Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
3/25/2017 The Gig – Beaumont, TX
3/26/2017 The Varsity – Baton Rouge, LA
3/27/2017 1904 – Jacksonville, FL
3/28/2017 Arizona Pete’s – Greensboro, NC
3/29/2017 Backstage @ Champ’s – Trenton, NJ
3/30/2017 Revolution – Amityville, NY
3/31/2017 Café 611 – Frederick, MD
4/01/2017 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
4/02/2017 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
4/03/2017 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
4/04/2017 The Roxy Theater – Denver, CO
4/05/2017 Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
4/06/2017 The Shredder – Boise, ID

ARKAIK released Lucid Dawn via Unique Leader Records. The second installment in a series of concept albums, Lucid Dawn centers itself around Cyrix, a disillusioned character in a dystopian society. In Cyrix’ realm, dreaming is systematically controlled by a tyrannical ruler named Khaal-Li-Phar and his army of dark shamans, where people are forced to build monuments to the tyrant to stifle their imaginations and inhibit their ability to achieve a multi-dimensional existence. Musically and conceptually, Lucid Dawn is a death metal take on American mythologist, writer and lecturer, Joseph Campbell’s monomyth and the beginning of Cyrix’s “Hero’s Journey,” that seamlessly carries its listeners on a visceral expedition through the depths of evil and beyond the threshold of mundane reality.

Lucid Dawn was engineered, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren.

“ARKAIK manages to imbue fresh life into their brutal technical death metal through the sheer power of their writing.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“Firmly entrenched in the technical death metal sound, ARKAIK show just how appealing the genre can be when approached from the right angles. There’s no gimmicks, no over-the-top guitar wankery, just crushing death metal with enough intricacy to blow your mind yet allow you to whistle that riff that got stuck in your head for the rest of your day.” – Dead Rhetoric

“…a head-spinning display of insectile tech-death frenzy – the kind of performance that somehow feels both machine-tight and berserk.” – No Clean Singing

“ARKAIK merges insane brutality and technicality with a modern death metal sensibility that allows them to reap the benefits of both styles. The combination of complexity and catchiness makes for songs that have both immediate appeal and longevity; the perfect combination…” – Wonderbox Metal

“As profound and groovy as tech gets…” – Sputnik Music

“A tech-death hurricane of musicianship heroics.” – The Sludgelord

Northern Invasion Daily Band Lineups & Single Day Tickets Announced For May 13 & 14 Festival In Somerset, WI With Soundgarden, Kid Rock, Godsmack, The Offspring & Many More

The single day band lineups have been announced for the third annual Northern Invasion–Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI–and single day tickets go on sale next Monday, February 13.

Soundgarden and Kid Rock will headline Northern Invasion 2017, which hosts the biggest rock bands for over twelve hours each day on three stages, and offers a top tier campground experience.

Single day General Admission tickets for Northern Invasion will be available for only $59.50 each beginning Monday, February 13 at Noon Central Time. In addition, a special early bird single day GA ticket will be available for only $50.00, available for purchase beginning today at 5:00 PM Central Time at www.NorthernInvasion.com.

The daily band lineup (subject to change) for Northern Invasion is as follows:

Saturday, May 13: Soundgarden, Godsmack, Bush, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, In Flames, Sum 41, The Struts, Of Mice & Men, Dillinger Escape Plan, Rival Sons, The Story So Far, I Prevail, Volumes, Attila, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Dorothy, Bleeker, As Lions, Citizen Zero, and more

Sunday, May 14: Kid Rock, The Offspring, Papa Roach, Alter Bridge, Amon Amarth, Opeth, Gojira, Motionless In White, Fozzy, Nothing More, Every Time I Die, Starset, Bad Omens, Radkey, Wage War, Sylar, Badflower, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Charm The Fury, and more

Weekend tickets, as well as hotel, camping and VIP packages are also available for purchase. Available camping packages (RV and tent options for 3 nights) include Groupie, Roadie, Star, and Ultimate Package at Float Rite Park. Hotel packages offered for 3 nights are: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. All camping and hotel packages include a $25 festival merchandise voucher for each person. For details on each package, visit NorthernInvasion.com.

As in the past, General Admission ticket discounts are available for active military through Northern Invasion partner GovX.

Northern Invasion is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live and is part of the World’s Loudest Month concert series, which features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct U.S. concert atmospheres in during six consecutive weekends in April, May and June of 2017.

Northern Invasion is supported by our rockin? sponsors: Monster Energy, Zippo, and Pabst Brewing Company. These partners, along with many others, will feature interactive experiences, artist meet & greets, and other unique fan engagement opportunities throughout the festival.

Somerset Amphitheater has been a favorite Midwest music venue since the late ’80s. Located on the Apple River and less than 40 minutes from the Twin Cities, for years it has served as a summer hub for music and camping for those from Minnesota, Wisconsin and beyond.

BERSERKER IV Music Fest Featuring GWAR, Eyehategod, OFF!, Weedeater, The Obsessed, Negative Approach, And More To Commence This April

On April 14-15th 2017, The Crofoot in Pontiac, Michigan will play host to the annual BERSERKER music fest. Now in its fourth year, the all-ages, two-day event is a wholly DIY affair founded and organized by Child Bite frontman Shawn Knight and his wife Veronica. This year’s lineup boasts thirty bands on three stages with appearances by internationally touring acts like GWAR, OFF!, Weedeater, The Obsessed, Negative Approach, Brain Tentacles, Child Bite, and more as well as new and established underground artists inlcuding Immortal Bird, Cemetery Piss, Fuck You Pay Me, SNAFU, Artillery Breath, and others. BERSERKER IV also marks the official return of Eyehategod vocalist Mike IX Williams who will front the band for the first time since undergoing a liver transplant this past December.

Limited Advance Weekend Passes: $50 (an $80 value). These special two-day passes include an 18″x24″ screenprinted poster plus a high-quality enamel pin. Limited to 200, less than 100 remain!

Standard Two-Day Pass: $60 *
Single Day Pass: $40 advance / $50 day-of *
*These options will become available once the limited advance weekend passes are sold-out.

Tickets are available online at the official BERSERKER IV website. They are also available
fee-free in-person at The Crofoot box office (Pontiac, MI) and UHF Records (Royal Oak, MI).

Doors open at 6:00pm both days.

BERSERKER IV
April 14-15th, 2017
The Crofoot: 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac, MI

GWAR
EYEHATEGOD
OFF!
Weedeater
The Obsessed
Negative Approach
Brain Tentacles
Blurring
Child Bite
Immortal Bird
Horrible Earth
Cemetery Piss
Fuck You Pay Me
Nightkin
Nuke
Cotton Museum
Against The Grain
Boreworm
Hollow Earth
SNAFU
Artillery Breath
Euphoria
Sunlight’s Bane
Centenary
Night Vapor
Off-Ox
Fell Ruin
Sweat
Law

INTERNAL BLEEDING: Legendary NYC Death Metallers Announce Strike Of the Empire Tour 2017 With Vader

Legendary New York death metal masters INTERNAL BLEEDING will bring their crushing brutality to stages across the country this spring on the Strike Of The Empire US tour with Vader. Set to commence on May 27th in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and running through June 16th in New York City, New York, the trek will annihilate a total of eighteen venues across the country. Additional support will be provided by Sacrificial Slaughter, Voices of Ruin and Micawber.

INTERNAL BLEEDING w/ Vader, Sacrificial Slaughter, Voices Of Ruin, Micawber: 5/27/2017 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
5/28/2017 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
5/29/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/30/2017 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
5/31/2017 Acadia – Houston, TX
6/01/2017 Curtain Club – Dallas, TX
6/03/2017 Blu Phoenix – Albuquerque, NM
6/04/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
6/05/2017 Malones – Santa Ana, CA
6/06/2017 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
6/07/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
6/08/2017 Las Vegas Death Fest – Las Vegas, NV
6/09/2017 Metro – Salt Lake City, UT
6/10/2017 Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
6/11/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
6/13/2017 High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
6/14/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL
6/16/2017 Webster Music Hall – New York City, NY

INTERNAL BLEEDING will be touring in support of their Imperium full-length released via Unique Leader in 2015.Produced by the band and Joe Cincotta at Full Force Studio (Suffocation, Dehumanized, Mortal Decay) in Ronkonkoma, New York and engineered by Cincotta and Derek Boyer, Imperium serves as INTERNAL BLEEDING’s most enraged output to date delivering ten sonically pulverizing tracks including a trilogy featuring guest appearances by Suffocation’s Terrance Hobbs and Frank Mullen as well as former INTERNAL BLEEDING throat Frank Rini.

“There’s a charisma and personality in an album like Imperium and in a band like INTERNAL BLEEDING that is simply absent in so much of the brutal, technical or slamming death metal that’s put out there these days…This is an album worth going out of your way to hear,” – The Sludgelord

“…a massive slab of slamming death metal, but done with some actual intellect…” – Dead Rhetoric

“The band has taken great care to come back with an album that not only fulfills a gap in the band’s career but also looks back to the reasons why INTERNAL BLEEDING made such a mark in the death metal community to begin with.” – Selective Memory

“Play Imperium at full volume, then quickly get out of its way as it destroys everything nearby.” – Wonderbox Metal

“…a few moments of fun…mixed in with all the Dying Fetus-by-way-of-Cannibal Corpse sounds that you’d expect, delivered with the whiff of originators, not followers, adds up to a solid, and surprisingly fun, slammy USDM experience.” – Brave Words

“Imperium finds the band incorporating new layers into their sound, and features atmospheric passages complete with synths and acoustic guitar work…While maintaining their raw approach, the album is much more polished than their early releases, and the new elements provide an interesting departure from an otherwise predictable sound.” – Exclaim

“It’s inspiring to hear one of the bands that pioneered a genre almost a quarter of a century ago stretch it into new and refreshing territories.” – Angry Metal Guy

FIRESPAWN – new album “The Reprobate”, cover artwork revealed

Swedish devil worshippers FIRESPAWN have announced the release of “The Reprobate”, the follow-up album of 2015’s much lauded debut album “Shadow Realms”. Today the band unveils the cover artwork, as you can see above. It’s an excerpt of a huge painted piece of artwork, done by Mr. Paolo Girardi, who has been responsible for the artwork of FIRESPAWN’s debut album as well as artworks for bands such as Black Breath, Power Trip, Chthe’ilist, Manilla Road and many more.

“The Reprobate” will be descent upon mankind on April 28th. Expect nothing less than a merciless piece of evil, ferocious and blasphemous death metal.

FIRESPAWN is the incarnate abomination of LG Petrov, Victor Brandt (both Entombed AD), Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed, ex-Necrophobic), A. Impaler (Necrophobic, Naglfar) and Matte Modin (Raised Fist, ex-Dark Funeral).

More details on “The Reprobate” to be revealed in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned and meanwhile check out the three video clips for FIRESPAWN’s debut album “Shadow Realms”:

BARREN EARTH – gearing up to hit the studio and track a new album!

Finnish progressive death metal outfit BARREN EARTH is currently preparing to record the follow-up to 2015’s “On Lonely Towers” at Woodshed Studios in March with producer V. Santura.

Vocalist Jón comments, “We are working towards a darker and more aggressive feel, which we attempt to express both experimentally and with a good dose of blunt force!”

Bassist Oppu adds, “The melodic and melancholic side is naturally still there, but spiced with a touch of anger and groove. I’m also looking forward of working with Victor, since we all appreciate his previous work. It also is the first time Barren Earth works with a proper producer, and are very excited about the idea of bringing somebody else into the mix and seeing where that takes us.”

This is how V. Santura comments on the cooperation: “I am really excited about working with Barren Earth! The guys are fantastic musicians and the demo material I’ve heard so far sounds very promising.”

BARREN EARTH recently returned to Finland following a hugely successful European tour with INSOMNIUM to begin finalizing the arrangements for the yet untitled 4th album.

AMON AMARTH Announces US Tour With Goatwhore

After touring the world this past year in support of their latest album, Jomsviking, AMON AMARTH will head back out on the road this spring for a US tour with labelmates Goatwhore! Starting April 30th and running through May 21st, the journey will also see AMON AMARTH making appearances at some of the country’s premier music festivals including: Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Dark Lord Day, Northern Invasion, and Rock On The Range.

AMON AMARTH comments: “United States! We return to your lands this Spring and we will raid and plunder your little cities as we please. For the first time, we will be sailing our longships towards the curious native celebrations called ‘The Loudest Month’ (Welcome To Rockville, Northern Invasion, Carolina Rebellion, and Rock On The Range) where we will sack and burn them to the ground and feast on the spoils. Our good friends in the almighty Goatwhore will be joining us on this voyage on all headlining shows. You have been warned.”

Goatwhore vocalist Ben Falgoust adds: “We are looking forward to hitting the road with AMON AMARTH and playing some raw as fuck metal for you people. Show up with your anger and let’s make some chaos happen. I know you all need to vent some issues. Let’s do it together and crush the opposition.”

AMON AMARTH w/ Goatwhore:
4/30/2017 Welcome To Rockville – Jacksonville, FL *
5/01/2017 Vinyl – Pensacola, FL
5/02/2017 Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
5/04/2017 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
5/05/2017 Carolina Rebellion – Charlotte, NC *
5/06/2017 The National – Richmond, VA
5/08/2017 TLA – Philadelphia, PA
5/09/2017 College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
5/10/2017 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
5/12/2017 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI
5/13/2017 Dark Lord Day – Chicago, IL *
5/14/2017 Northern Invasion – Somerset, WI *
5/16/2017 The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
5/17/2017 Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO
5/19/2017 The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
5/20/2017 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
5/21/2017 Rock On The Range – Columbus, OH *
* AMON AMARTH only

As the band’s first concept record in their storied career, Jomsviking tells a tragic, original tale of conflict and revenge, backed by the Swedes’ trademark melodic, anthemic metal – which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept). For their efforts, AMON AMARTH landed on the global charts this past year including a #11 spot on the USA Current Album Billboard Chart. To purchase and preview Jomsviking, please visit amonamarth.com.

“Jomsviking is sure to satisfy AMON AMARTH fans old and new and sure to rip the face off of any who are not ready. 4.5/5” – MetalSucks

“This latest venture through Norse mythology and barbaric fantasy is likely to go down as an instant fan favorite.8.5/10” – Blabbermouth

“…the Swedish outfit has returned with a concept record of epic proportions.” – PopMatters

“After all the best axes are still being forged by the master!” – Metal Hammer Germany

“…you are left with no doubt that AMON AMARTH are at the top of their game right now. This is splendid. 9/10” – Powerplay

“…this is killer business as usual…” – Metal Hammer UK

“This album is a genuinely impressive piece of work. Whether you like Vikings or not, this is a brilliant death metal record from a brilliant death metal band. 8/10” – Musicology

EYEHATEGOD: For The Sick Benefit To Take Place In NOLA This Weekend; Guest Vocalists Announced + Mike IX Williams To Return To The Stage For Berserker IV This Spring

EYEHATEGOD frontman Mike IX Williams successfully underwent a liver transplant last month and continues a slow road to recovery. The IX Lives IX Lives Benefit, set to commence in Williams’ hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana this coming weekend, was organized to help with his mounting medical expenses. The three-day event will take place at Siberia and Poor Boys venues and includes appearances by Crowbar, Superjoint, Goatwhore, Thou, Classhole, Mountain Of Wizard, and many more acts bound together for the cause. EYEHATEGOD will close Saturday night’s show with a host of guest singers including Philip H. Anselmo (Superjoint, Down), Ben Falgoust (Goatwhore, Soilent Green), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Brain Tentacles, Corrections House), Hollise Murphy (Fat Stupid Ugly People), Shawn Knight (Child Bite), and more! See the day-to-day lineup below.

Though weekend passes are no longer available, the shows are not sold out. Remaining tickets will be available at the door for each show. Orange amplification has donated a Micro Dark amp with O headphones that will be raffled off along with EYEHATEGOD test presses and other Mike IX memorabilia. Raffle tickets will be sold Friday and Saturday night with winners announced Saturday night before EYEHATEGOD’s set. And don’t miss the crawfish boil on Sunday, courtesy of Billy Bones Seafood Catering!

In related news, Williams will make his return to the stage with EYEHATEGOD for their performance at this year’s Berserker IV Music Fest in Pontiac, Michigan!

Comments Williams: “These past few years have been somewhat of a rough ride for me health wise, but thanks to my super supportive fans, friends, and family, I am finally on the mend and looking forward to the future.”

Cleveland-based merchandising company, IndieMerch has set up a webpage where the official For The Sick Benefit poster, designed by Nate Burns of Revolting Worship, and benefit T-shirt can be purchased, again with all proceeds going directly to Williams. The poster and shirts can be purchased HERE.

IX Lives IX Lives For The Sick Benefit:

Friday – February 3rd, 2017
Siberia (Doors: 8:00pm; $20)
Crowbar
Goatwhore
Flesh Parade
Somethings Burning
Gristnam

Saturday – February 4th, 2017
Poor Boys (Day Show – Doors 2:00pm; $10)
Thou
Weather Warlock
Mountain Of Wizard
Dummy Dumpster
Siberia (Doors: 8:00pm; $20)
Eyehategod
Superjoint
Child Bite
Bower
Bruce Lamont
Fat Stupid Ugly People

Sunday – February 5th, 2017
Poor Boys (Doors: 3:00pm; $10)
Suplecs
Pallbearers
Die Rottz
Classhole
Lethal Aggression
Recluse

LAS RAGEOUS: NEW TWO-DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL SET FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 21 & SATURDAY, APRIL 22 IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS

This year marks the debut of Las Rageous, a two-day music festival taking over two square blocks in downtown Las Vegas on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. Created by Live Nation, Las Rageous will feature performances from Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Anthrax, Coheed and Cambria, Killswitch Engage, Breaking Benjamin, and more with two stages in the heart of iconic downtown Las Vegas.

Charlie Benante of Anthrax stated, ?We are looking forward to playing the Las Rageous festival, planning on making this first-time festival memorable.?

Benjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin said, ?We?re really excited to be a part of Las Rageous in April. We love playing Vegas and are looking forward to being a part of this new festival.?

Amanda Moore of Live Nation explained, ?Bringing an annual rock festival to this city has been a dream ever since we opened the Live Nation Las Vegas office. Rock and metal music have a rich history here in Sin City; from the bands it has fostered, to its wild and loyal fans, to KOMP – one of the oldest and most respected rock stations in the country.?

The lineup for Las Rageous is as follows:

Friday, April 21: Godsmack, Anthrax, Coheed and Cambria, Killswitch Engage, Of Mice & Men, The Devil Wears Prada, with more announcements to come.

Saturday, April 22: Avenged Sevenfold, Breaking Benjamin, Mastodon, Eagles Of Death Metal, All That Remains, Escape The Fate, with more announcements to come.

With only 10,000 tickets available for purchase, Las Rageous offers the rare opportunity for fans to enjoy a festival experience in an intimate outdoor setting. Located just off Las Vegas Boulevard at Third and Carson Streets, Las Rageous will take over two city blocks of the historic downtown area.

All ages are welcome and doors open at 4 p.m., with headliners taking the stage at approximately 10 p.m. The festival will also feature a collection of wandering freak show performers, a KOMP-sponsored showcase of local rock and metal bands, and a Vegas scene foodie-focused Food Truck Village.

Pre-sale tickets will be available Thursday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. PT. Pre-sale passwords can be obtained by signing up for the Las Rageous email list at LasRageous.com or from radio partner KOMP-FM.

All tickets available for purchase are two-day festival tickets for both Friday and Saturday.

An initial allotment of two-day festival tickets will be available for $99 each, for a limited time only. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early, as the specially-priced $99 tickets are expected to sell out quickly. VIP tickets are also available and include private viewing from a platform and onsite parking.

ROCK SUPERGROUP CHICKENFOOT TO RELEASE “BEST + LIVE” ON MARCH 10, 2017

Supergroup Chickenfoot will release ?Divine Termination,? its first new tune in 5 years on BEST + LIVE, the group?s first ever best of collection, on March 10, 2017. Chickenfoot features front man Sammy Hagar, guitar god Joe Satriani, bassist Michael Anthony (Van Halen), and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

In addition to ?Divine Termination,? BEST + LIVE includes over 90 minutes of live music ? for the first time released on CD. Sammy Hagar says, ?Listening to this collection of songs from the ?Foot brings back memories of some of the most fun I’ve ever had in a band. The chemistry between Chad, Joe, Mike and me is very special. It’s almost like visual music — you can see us having fun when you listen to these songs.?
In May 2016, Chickenfoot reunited for two highly-anticipated one-time shows at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, and played their first complete set in more than six years, along with a special unveiling of the new tune “Divine Termination.” Joe Satriani describes the track as ?bone crunching, hell raising rock, dripping with attitude and vibe. Just the way Chickenfoot likes it!?

Both the extra CD ?LIVE? and the bonus tracks on the best of feature a 13 song strong set list including almost every song from Chickenfoot?s debut album as well as Sammy Hagar?s old Montrose classic ?Bad Motor Scooter,? The Who?s ?My Generation? and Joe Satriani?s interpretation of ?The Star Spangled Banner” ? all recorded live in Phoenix 2009 and available for the first time on CD (previously only available as video on the DVD/Blu-ray ?Get Your Buzz On.

The group?s last album, Chickenfoot III, debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 when it was released in 2011.

Tracklist ?BEST+LIVE?
CD1 ? BEST OF
01. Divine Termination (BRAND NEW SONG)
02. Soap On A Rope
03. Sexy Little Thing
04. Oh Yeah
05. Get It Up
06. Future In The Past
07. Big Foot
08. Different Devil
09. Lighten Up
10. Dubai Blues
11. Something Going Wrong

Bonus LIVE TRACKS:
12. Highway Star
13. Bad Motor Scooter
14. My Generation

CD2 ? LIVE
01. Avenida Revolution
02. Sexy Little Thing
03. Soap On A Rope
04. My Kinda Girl
05. Down The Drain
06. Bitten By The Wolf
07. Oh Yeah
08. Learning To Fall
09. Get It Up
10. Turnin? Left
11. Future In The Past

SWEDISH ROCK BAND IMMINENCE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, ‘THIS IS GOODBYE,’ ON MARCH 31ST; WATCH THE TITLE TRACKS NEW VIDEO NOW!

Swedish alternative rock/metal band Imminence will release their hotly anticipated new album, This Is Goodbye, on March 31st via SharpTone Records. The band has debuted a powerful new video for the record?s title track ?This Is Goodbye,? which has created a firestorm of buzz for it?s release.

Eddie Berg, singer of IMMINENCE, comments: “The new album is about the prowess of leaving something behind in order to make room for something else. It can be anything from relationships, pride, reason, fears or faiths, a use or abuse. It symbolizes the sacrifices we make for our ambitions and emotions. For Imminence, it is also a direct reference to the changes we’ve gone through as a band and lifting the restrictions of genre definitions to create something out of pure passion and inspiration. The lyrical themes spring from my soul, my most inner thoughts and struggles and the emotive prison I built for myself.”

Fronted by vocalist and video director Eddie Berg, guitarist Harald Barrett, drummer Peter Hanström and bass player Max Holmberg; Imminence was formed in Trelleborg/Malmö in 2010 and has over the years become one of Sweden’s most promising acts with a diverse sound and universe, embracing everything from metalcore to acoustic music. Founded by Eddie and Harald when they were just teenagers, the band grew organically with a constantly expanding fan-base from all over the world while being a highly active touring band in Europe since 2014.

After almost two years of writing, Imminence took a huge leap forward. Emerging from their previous ?post-metalcore? sound, the band fears no boundaries or limits, valiantly breaking new ground and taking the alternative scene to the next level with their new album This Is Goodbye.

BLACK STAR RIDERS RELEASE FIFTH TRAILER FOR ‘HEAVY FIRE’

BLACK STAR RIDERS are set to release their forthcoming album Heavy Fire on the 3rd of February via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Today, the band unveil the fifth video trailer in which Damon Johnson, Ricky Warwick and Scott Gorham discuss some of their early influences and favourite bands and artists

Damon Johnson remembers, ?I grew up in a very musical household. My mom sang in church and played a little piano, my dad played some guitar and he was always buying records. The radio was on constantly too. My earliest memory was of music in the house.”

?It really kicked off with The Beatles. The first time I heard ‘She Loves You’ I thought, holy crap, who are these guys?” Adds Scott Gorham.

The band recently premiered the new video for second single, ‘Testify Or Say Goodbye’ here:

From the immediate riffs of album opener Heavy Fire to the instant hooks of first single ?When The Night Comes In,? from the dirty bass groove of ?Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed? to the familiar and trademark dual guitars of Gorham and Johnson on ?Testify Or Say Goodbye,? Heavy Fire is an album that will further cement BSR¹s reputation as one of the world premiere rock acts.

Following on from their critically acclaimed albums All Hell Breaks Loose and The Killer Instinct which have paved the way for Black Star Riders to be recognised as a power force in the modern day of Rock n? Roll, Heavy Fire will be once again released by Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The band have also brought in PledgeMusic, one of the most innovative and successful platforms of the modern music world, to give fans extra special product and experiences to go along with the album?s release.

Heavy Fire Tracklisting:
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
6. Testify Or Say Goodbye
7. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
8. True Blue Kid
9. Ticket To Rise
10. Letting Go Of Me

The Limited Edition Digibook CD will have above Tracklisting plus
Bonus Track
11. Fade

Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl
Limited Edition Picture Disc
Side One
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
Side Two
1. Testify Or Say Goodbye
2. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
3. True Blue Kid
4. Ticket To Rise
5. Letting Go Of Me

After a full year off the road, Black Star Riders (Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robert Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso) are back with a 16 date UK & Ireland run, joined on the first five dates by Scottish rockers Gun and The Amorettes and then Sweden¹s own Backyard Babies with Gun on the remaining 11 shows.

KROQ PRESENTS: TRAVIS BARKER’S MUSINK

America?s largest tattoo and music festival, Travis Barker?s MUSINK, presented by KROQ, is coming to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA where it will celebrate its 10th year on March 17, 18, and 19, 2017. The three-day tattoo convention, car show and concert will feature hundreds of world-renowned tattoo artists, Famous Stars and Straps presents the Low ?N? Slow Car Show, a vendor village and music from headliners NOFX, The Used, Bad Religion, Pennywise, and more.

An impressive initial list of tattoo artists can be seen below, with a number of them flying in from around the world to partake in this year?s festival. Participants include: Jack Rudy, Robert Atkinson, Shamrock Social Club, Nikko Hurtado, Juan Puente, Small Paul, Holie Glory Tattoo, Franco Vescovi, Baba, Corey Miller, Vic Back, Eddie Tana, Elm Street Tattoo, Britton McFetridge, Alex Trufant, Spotlight Tattoo, Chuey Quintanar, Eric Gonzalez, True Tattoo, Little Frank, Lynn King, Yushi Tattoo, Rich Pineda, Shawn Barber, Kim Saigh, Royal Peacock Tattoo Parlor, Big Gus, Bob Tyrrell, Goethe and many more…

Oliver Peck, judge on the hit television show Ink Master on Spike TV, MUSINK alumni, acclaimed tattoo artist and owner of Elm Street Tattoo and True Tattoo says, “MUSINK is one of my faves. Always busy, always fun, always has great music and of course, a lot of the best tattooers in the world.?

Famous Stars And Straps and Tribal Streetwear have announced the return of The Low ?N? Slow Car Show at this year?s MUSINK. The show will display the best selection of custom rides, American classics and lowriders in Southern California, handpicked by Travis Barker and Bobby Tribal.

The full music lineup for MUSINK is as follows:

Friday, March 17: NOFX, The Vandals, Lagwagon, A Wilhelm Scream

Saturday, March 18: The Used, Glassjaw, Goldfinger, Story of the Year, Hell or Highwater

Sunday, March 19: Bad Religion, Pennywise, Swingin? Utters

A number of general and VIP ticketing options are available for purchase at http://www.MusinkFest.com.

All ages are welcome, and kids 7 years old and under get in free.

MUSINK hours are 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM on Friday, March 17, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM on Saturday, March 18, and 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Sunday, March 19.

MUSINK 2017 is produced by Bill Hardie, Travis Barker, John Reese, and Sean Akhavan. MUSINK partners include: Rockstar Energy Drink, DIXXON Flannel Company, Cosmic Fog, Golden Crown Barber Shop, Famous Stars and Straps, Johnny?s Saloon, and more.

The OC Fair & Event Center is centrally located in Southern California, just off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. The venue is convenient to all in Orange County, as well as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. John Wayne Airport in Irvine, CA is also easily accessible for those traveling from other parts of the U.S. and the world.

POWER TRIP Unveils New Single And Extends North American Tour

POWER TRIP strikes again with the second single from their upcoming Nightmare Logic LP, “Executioner’s Tax (Swing Of The Axe),” as additional tour dates and preorders for the album are issued.

Lyricist/vocalist Riley Gale explains that “Executioner’s Tax (Swing Of The Axe)” was written in relation to, “Christian European countries where it was common for the person sentenced to death to have a chance to repent. If they did, they were given a bag of coins, silver or alike. For if they were particularly vile or the executioner felt lazy, it may take more than one swing of that axe to get that person’s head off and that kind of death is certainly one you’d want to be as painless as possible. Hence, the Executioner’s Tax to ensure a strong, lights-out kind of death. It’s more subtly an allegory about that being the motive for a lot of people these days and how the people that feed and heal us (The Executioner and The Priest). They love to get us addicted, fat, sick – so they can feed us, medicate us and nearly quite literally kill many of us. We pay for pleasure of making it taste good or being numb to it all. We are all slowly paying our way out and our lives are built around the Executioner’s Tax – hopefully going out quick and easy. We subconsciously crave for our end, a spoiled one.”

POWER TRIP proclaims “The Executioner’s Tax (Swing Of The Axe)” is the catchiest song they’ve ever written. The song hails from the band’s highly-awaited sophomore release Nightmare Logic, which was produced by Arthur Rizk, engineered by Arthur Rizk and Matthew Barnhart, and mastered by Joel Grind.

Nightmare Logic is out February 24th on Southern Lord.

POWER TRIP hits the road again next month in support of the album. In addition to an East Coast run with Iron Reagan and others, the band has extended the tour up and down the West Coast with Destruction Unit and many more.

POWER TRIP:
2/24/2017 Walter’s – Houston, TX w/ Iron Reagan
2/25/2017 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ Iron Reagan
2/26/2017 Saturn – Birmingham, AL w/ Iron Reagan
2/27/2017 Kings – Raleigh, NC w/ Iron Reagan, Genocide Pact
2/28/2017 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Iron Reagan, Genocide Pact, Concealed Blade
3/01/2017 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD w/ Iron Reagan, Genocide Pact, Concealed Blade
3/02/2017 Marlin Room @ Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ Iron Reagan, Concealed Blade, Krimewatch
3/03/2017 Spirit – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Iron Reagan, Concealed Blade, Protestor
3/04/2017 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH w/ Iron Reagan, Concealed Blade, Protestor
3/05/2017 The Studio @ Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
3/07/2017 ONCE Ballroom – Somerville, MA w/ Iron Reagan
3/08/2017 Les Foufounes Électriques – Montreal, QC w/ Iron Reagan
3/09/2017 Brass Monkey – Ottawa, ON w/ Iron Reagan
3/10/2017 Velvet Underground – Toronto, ON w/ Iron Reagan
3/11/2017 Marble Bar – Detroit, MI w/ Iron Reagan
3/12/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL w/ Iron Reagan, Call Of The Void
3/13/2017 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN w/ Iron Reagan, Call Of The Void
3/14/2017 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA w/ Iron Reagan, Call Of The Void
3/16/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO w/ Iron Reagan
3/17/2017 89th Street Collective – Oklahoma City, OK w/ Iron Reagan
3/25/2017 The Mohawk – Austin, TX w/ Iron Age, Glue, The Real Cost
3/26/2017 South by So What? – Dallas, TX
3/27/2017 Sister – Albuquerque, NM w/ Destruction Unit, Primal Rite
3/28/2017 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO w/ Destruction Unit, Call Of The Void, Primal Rite
3/29/2017 Beehive Social Club – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Destruction Unit, Primal Rite
3/30/2017 WavePOP House – Boise, ID w/ Destruction Unit, Primal Rite
3/31/2017 Real Art Tacoma-The Deal – Tacoma, WA w/ Destruction Unit, Primal Rite. Gag
4/01/2017 Astoria – Vancouver, BC w/ Destruction Unit, Primal Rite, Gag
4/02/2017 Analog Theater – Portland, OR w/ Destruction Unit, Gag
4/04/2017 Arlene Francis Center – Santa Rosa, CA w/ Destruction Unit, Mizery
4/06/2017 The New Parish – Oakland, CA w/ Destruction Unit, Primal Rite, Mizery
4/07/2017 The Ritz – San Jose, CA w/ Destruction Unit, Mizery,
4/08/2017 Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA w/ Destruction Unit, Mizery
4/10/2017 The Casbah – San Diego, CA w/ Destruction Unit, Mizery
4/11/2017 Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AS w/ Destruction Unit, Mizery, Gatecreeper
4/12/2017 Club Congress – Tucson, AZ w/ Destruction Unit, Mizery, Gatecreepr

POWER TRIP executes music with raw energy. They’ve trimmed the fat on every reference they pull from — whether that’s Hardcore, metal, or punk — to make music that actually cuts in 2017. Hailing from Dallas, the band has toured the world relentlessly for years. Their musical proficiency, perfect song structure, rich tones, fierce riffs, delivery, and collective attitude has seeded them as one of today’s most prolific acts in any astute or heavy genre. POWER TRIP boldly surprises their broad fan base by performing alongside less obvious artists — closing the gap that in 2017’s social climate desperately needs to be filled. One month you can catch them playing with Title Fight, Merchandise, or Big Freedia, the next you can catch them on a long tour with Napalm Death or Anthrax. They’re a powerful storm of aggression, gaining more and more momentum with true, honest spirit.

Nightmare Logic has taken POWER TRIP’s classic Exodus-meets-Cro-Mags sound to new places. With hooks and tightness rivaling greats like Pantera or Pentagram and production by the esteemed Arthur Rizk, Nightmare Logic punishes fans not only sonically but with pure songwriting skill. The sophomore release and second on Southern Lord Records, raises the bar and pushes POWER TRIP to new extremes. Since 2013’s Manifest Decimation, the band admits they’ve not only gotten better at their instruments, but have also reinvented their songwriting process into a more nuanced and clever system. The shift shows on this record and does so without losing any of the aggression so essential to the band.

Riley Gale’s lyrics reflect that aggression by honing in on the devaluation of human life by those who’ve gained power through money and politics. By creating a broad dissection of human suffering above reproach from personal agendas, the lyrics attempt to unify and inspire listeners. Coming from the hardcore world, where every band vaguely fights “the man”, wants to live free and break down the walls, POWER TRIP noticeably stands out. Instead of skirting around the fetishization of fighting back, Nightmare Logic focuses in on real oppression felt by many all over the world, whether that’s fighting addiction and the pharmaceutical industry (“Waiting Around To Die”) or right-wing religious conservatives (“Crucifixation”). Taking cues from Discharge and Crass in Margaret Thatcher’s UK, Nightmare Logic delivers poignant social information directly into those homes engulfed in the sour turn of global politics towards right-wing agendas. Touring the world on Nightmare Logic, Power Trip will play to scenes much further outside the bubble of contemporary underground punk music than any other current band, all while pushing the envelope of the modern punk ethos.

“possesses a certain monolithic quality Lemmy would admire: a massive rawness and a sludgy, heavy hopelessness that thrashes with punk immediacy and metal intricacy…it’s a track preparing for war.” -NPR

“Their approach to metal and hardcore is no-nonsense – no gimmicks… just intense riffing and songwriting” – Clrvynt

“Power Trip has lost absolutely none of its vicious bite” – Metal Injection

“equal parts righteous bloodletting and revenge fantasy… Power Trip have always found their sweet spot in the reverb-heavy fog of 80’s metal” – Pitchfork

BLACK ANVIL Kick Off North American Tour With Mayhem And Inquisition

New York City’s BLACK ANVIL will kick off their North America tour later this week supporting black metal legends Mayhem and Inquisition. The trek will commence on January 20th and march its way through over two dozen cities, coming to a close on February 19th on their home turf.

BLACK ANVIL will be touring in support of their As Was full-length, unleashed last week via Relapse Records. Reaping critical accolades globally, in a recent investigation of the record, Pitchfork hails, “Like Celtic Frost before them, BLACK ANVIL find ways to summon profound darkness without tapping into black-metal clichés. Their latest ebbs and flows with effortless grace.” Clrvynt crowns As Was BLACK ANVIL’s, “most ambitious effort yet,” while Noisey lauds the record’s “evil riffs, vicious grooves, and an uncharacteristic abundance of soaring clean vocals.” Decibel observes, “While maintaining their familiar scorched palette, they also employ breezy prog excursions, sunbaked steel guitar, and white hot Priestian trad metal,” while Bandcamp, in their Album Of The Day honors, notes, “Thematically, the album tends toward a cerebral interpretation of the Satanic; rather than focusing on the demonic mythos, BLACK ANVIL are more concerned with internal struggles, and the necessary balance between darkness and light (See: ‘As An Elder Learned Anew’ and ‘Two Keys: Here’s The Lock’). And indeed, BLACK ANVIL prove themselves here as masters of equilibrium – the fluidity of stylistic and thematic tensions results in an album that is creative and challenging, the next step in their quest to push USBM forward, with hearty hails to the dark energies of the recent past.”

As Was is out now on Relapse Records on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats. Physical orders and bundles are available via Relapse and digital downloads can be preordered via Bandcamp.

BLACK ANVIL w/ Mayhem, Inquisition:
1/20/2017 Club Solda – Montreal, QC
1/21/2017 Phoenix Theater – Toronto, ON
1/22/2017 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
1/23/2017 Metro – Chicago, IL
1/24/2017 Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
1/25/2017 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
1/27/2017 Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
1/28/2017 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
1/30/2017 Marquee – Calgary, AB
1/31/2017 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
2/02/2017 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/03/2017 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
2/04/2017 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
2/06/2017 Social Hall SF – San Francisco, CA
2/07/2017 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
2/08/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
2/10/2017 Alamo Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
2/11/2017 Trees – Dallas, TX
2/13/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/14/2017 Throne Theater – Wilmington, NC
2/15/2017 The Howard Theater – Washington, DC
2/16/2017 Theatre Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
2/17/2017 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
2/18/2017 Royale – Boston, MA
2/19/2017 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

Atmospheric and melodic without relenting any of the ferocity BLACK ANVIL has always been known for, As Was seamlessly weaves through eight monumental passages of extreme metal art. More diverse, complex, and thought-provoking than anything they’ve released previously, As Was is a stellar representation of modern black metal, and of BLACK ANVIL’s continuous progression and songcraft. As Was was recorded at Menegroth by Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts, Panopticon) with mixing and mastering done by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio (Tribulation, Funeral Mist, Watain), and features cover art by Metastazis (Behemoth, Watain, Morbid Angel).

IRON MAIDEN “THE BOOK OF SOULS” TOUR RETURNS TO NORTH AMERICA IN 2017!

IRON MAIDEN’s hugely successful “The Book Of Souls” world tour will return to North America for an extensive series of arena and amphitheater shows in summer 2017. The mammoth tour opened in Florida last February playing fourteen sold-out shows in the U.S.A and Canada along with a further 58 concerts in 34 other countries around the globe.

First night reviews from Ft. Lauderdale called it “a full-throttle, devil-may-care performance that thrilled a sold-out BB&T Center” (Sun Sentinel) with Revolver magazine reporting how the band’s legendary mascot Eddie dominated the Maya-themed stage: “From a walking zombie towering over band members during the set, to being featured on a host of back-drops and huge blow-up figures ? the quintessential symbol was omnipresent for the entire show? including Eddie having his heart literally ripped out of his chest and hurled into the crowd by singer Bruce Dickinson!”

Support on the trek will come from GHOST. There will also be some further bands added to the show at San Bernardino.

Tour dates:

Jun. 03 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube
Jun. 04 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Jun. 07 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Jun. 09 – Charlotte, NC – Pnc Music Pavilion
Jun. 11 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Jun. 13 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Jun. 15 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Jun. 16 – Minneapolis, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Jun. 19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Arena
Jun. 21 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Jun. 23 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Jun. 24 – San Antonio, TX – ATT&T Center
Jun. 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Jun. 28 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Jul. 01 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
Jul. 03 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Center
Jul. 05 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Jul. 07 – Salt Lake City, UT – Usana Amphitheater
Jul. 09 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
Jul. 11 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Jul. 12 – St Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Jul. 15 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Jul. 16 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
Jul. 19 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Jul. 21 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Arena

IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris commented: “We are really looking forward to returning to North America for a full tour. We had always planned to go back there and to the U.K. as last year, due to the global nature of the tour and the period it took, we just didn’t have time to cover them properly and we do still like to get to fans in as many places as possible!

“So this year we’re able to reach many more cities in America, including a return to places MAIDEN haven’t played for many, many years like Lincoln Nebraska, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Oakland, California. We also welcome playing in Brooklyn for the first time.

“We will, of course, be bringing the full production with us, including all the Eddies and the Maya-themed stage sets. There’s been a great reaction from everyone to this tour’s theme, people really seem to love it. We’re still deciding on the final setlist and we’ll work that out once we get into rehearsals. Most of our North American fans haven’t seen the show yet so as we want to give them the same ‘Book Of Souls’ live experience that we took around the world, it’s unlikely we’ll change much. And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, so we will continue to do that!”

Tickets start going on sale Friday, January 27 ? check IronMaiden.com for market specific info. As usual, there will be an exclusive pre-sale for IRON MAIDEN fan club members, details of which can also be found on IronMaiden.com along with information on how fan club members can participate in the draw to be “First To The Barrier”.

After great feedback to last year’s North American trial of the concept, Maiden fans will again be able to enjoy a Trooper VIP Upgrade package that will allow them early access to the venue, a pile of Trooper goodies and MAIDEN swag, Trooper beers, food and a designated area to meet with other fans, plus the opportunity to win some great prizes. The upgrade packages are available at US$199 from TrooperVIP.com. The concert ticket must be purchased separately.

For the 2017 shows, MAIDEN will once again, in conjunction with the Promoters, be implementing a partial paperless ticketing system in as many venues as possible, which they have been successfully doing since 2010 and has worked well in lessening the ticketing scalping and drain of the prime tickets into the Secondary Ticketing sites.

“The Book Of Souls” is MAIDEN’s first ever double studio album and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the No. 1 spot in over 40 countries around the world and No. 4 in the U.S.A.

OZZY OSBOURNE, KISS, KORN, ROB ZOMBIE, SLAYER Set For CHICAGO OPEN AIR

The second annual Chicago Open Air will bring together an all-star lineup of rock?s top artists on Friday, July 14, Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago. The three-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival will feature over 40 performances, including legendary rock artists Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count, and many more.

In addition to three days of nonstop rock, Chicago Open Air?s celebration of everything loud will also include Gourmet Man Food featuring local and regional cuisine, the Headbangers Bier Hall highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by SiriusXM?s Jose Mangin. The weekend gets started with The Chicago Open Air Kick Off Fiesta (details to be announced in February) and the official Chicago Open Air Pre-Party at Concord Music Hall on Thursday, July 13.

The daily band lineup (subject to change) is as follows:

Friday, July 14: KISS, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Anthrax, Meshuggah, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Falling In Reverse, Vimic, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Crobot, Code Orange, Hell or Highwater, Failure Anthem

Saturday, July 15: Korn, Godsmack, Seether, Clutch, Steel Panther, Body Count, Avatar, Mushroomhead, Metal Church, Pig Destroyer, Dragonforce, Cane Hill, Night Verses, Black Map

Sunday, July 16: Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Stone Sour, Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Hellyeah, Demon Hunter, DevilDriver, KYNG, Norma Jean, Whores., DED

Here?s what some of Chicago Open Air?s top artists have to say about playing the festival:

Corey Taylor, Stone Sour: “We are beyond stoked to be a part of Chicago Open Air this year. If you’ve never seen Stone Sour before, you’re in for a goddamn treat. If you HAVE seen Stone Sour before, forget what you’re expecting. It’s a whole new ballgame. See you all soon!”

Dave Mustaine, Megadeth: ?This year?s Chicago Open Air festival is going to kick so much ass! I mean, KISS, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Rob Zombie?! If I wasn?t playing, I would want to go just to be part of the party!!

Randy Blythe, Lamb Of God: ?Wassup Chicago! We’re stoked to be playing the Chicago Open Air this year. It’ll be nice to be outside in Illinois for a change, especially since it won’t be 10 below, haha. So come on out and bring your baggies, bikinis and suntan lotion, and surfboards (ok, so you can leave the surfboards at home). See ya there!?

Danny Wimmer, Founder of Danny Wimmer Presents said, “Walking through the site last year, I saw people from all over the world. Different ages, different races ? people celebrating rock culture. When curating the 2017 version of Chicago Open Air, we wanted to find that balance for everyone who attends the festival. From iconic artists like Ozzy, KISS, Korn and Slayer to Rob Zombie, Godsmack and Stone Sour to Amon Amarth, Meshuggah and Behemoth. If you are a rock fan, this is a must see experience.?

Dropkick Murphys 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory Out Now

 

The Dropkick Murphys? 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory was the second-best selling current album last week according to Billboard. The band?s ninth album bowed in at #8 on the all-inclusive Billboard Top 200. Additionally the album — released through the band?s own Born & Bred Records — was the #1 Independently released album, #1 Rock Album, #1 Physical Release, #1 Vinyl, and #1 Internet. It falls only 5,000 units behind the #1 album, the soundtrack for La La Land, which won 7 Golden Globes last week.

After nine albums, Dropkick Murphys are attracting some of the best reviews in their illustrious career. Stereogum named 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory their album of the week, writing ?The Dropkick Murphys are still capable of making me feel alive the way few bands do.? UK blog Drowned in Sound wrote, ?11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory makes for a pleasingly valuable addition to their ever-increasing discography.? New York?s Newsday hailed the album as, ?Its most potent album in years.?

There?s a feeling of purpose throughout the album, influenced by the band?s work with The Claddagh Fund, a charity the band established in 2009 to help support addiction recovery as well as children?s and veterans? organizations. The band is hands-on in raising funds, mentoring, and lending a helping hand with veterans, youth sports, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Many of the songs reflect these experiences, and the band?s sadness, anger and dismay at the opiate epidemic ravaging the country ? in particular, Boston and New England ? and also their feeling of pride and optimism at the sight of those who have turned their lives around.

Today, the band-owned label Born & Bred also announces an exclusive relationship with the LA-based Dualtone Licensing; the company will represent its masters, including the band?s signature sing (a co-write with Woody Gurthie), ?I?m Shipping Up To Boston,? in the film/television/advertising fields.

Tickets are on sale now for Dropkick Murphys?11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory tour, which kicks off with a sold out show February 21 at Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA, and culminates with the band?s annual hometown run of Boston shows St. Patrick’s Day Week (March 15-19), which includes Agganis Arena and three nights at House of Blues.

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