With the recent exoneration of front man Randy Blythe from all charges in the Czech Republic, Lamb Of God have announced today that they will have another tour of secondary markets, which will run from 16th May right through till 20th June. The tour continues the ever-growing support of the band's latest album "Resolution" and hits 30 markets not yet visited on the current album cycle. Support on all dates comes from Decapitated, with Terror appearing through till 10th June and The Acacia Strain appearing on the remaining shows.
Additionally, the band have announced today that the Metal on the Mountain retreat will be from 15th July right through till the 19th and is to be held at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. The week long retreat, which is limited to 170 fans, will feature activities aimed at musicians and non musicians alike. The curriculum, created by the band, will include guitar and drum clinics with Mark Morton, Willie Adler, and Chris Adler as well as group instruction, songwriting sessions and competitions, nightly jam sessions with the band and fans, band Q & A, the premiere of the Lamb Of God feature film scheduled for a fall theatrical release, and a full band concert the final night of the retreat.
Long time band album designer Ken Adams will discuss the creation of the Lamb Of God albums and t-shirt designs, the bands tour manager and sound man Brian Griffin will instruct fans on the art of mixing a live metal show. Non-musical activities will include motorcycle excursions with bassist John Campbell, a seminar on primitive fire building by Randy Blythe, and a casino night. Also, all of the fans will enjoy all of the amenities available at the Full Moon Resort.
For more information on the Metal on the Mountain retreat, go to metalonthemountain.com
Dates for the May tour are below. All shows are scheduled to go on sale the weekend of March 29th and 30th.
May-16 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
May-17 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
May-18 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
May-19 - Columbus, OH - Rock on the Range
May-20 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note
May-21 - OFF
May-22 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
May-23 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
May-24 - Boise, ID - Revolution Center
May-25 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
May-26 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theater
May-27 - OFF / Memorial Day
May-28 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
May-29 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
May-30 - OFF
May-31 - Chico, CA - Senator Theater
Jun-01 - Portland, OR - Roseland Ballroom
Jun-02 - Kennewick, WA - Toyota Ice Arena
Jun-03 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater
Jun-04 - Billings, MT - Shrine Auditorium
Jun-05 - OFF
Jun-06 - Fargo, ND - The Venue
Jun-07 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theater
Jun-08 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theater
Jun-09 - Wichita, KS - The Cotillion
Jun-10 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
Jun-11 - OFF
Jun-12 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Pierre's
Jun-13 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
Jun-14 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
Jun-15 - Montebello, QC - Montebello Marina / D-Tox Fest
Jun-16 - Portland, ME - State Theater
Jun-17 - OFF
Jun-18 - Worcester, MA - Palladium Ballroom
Jun-19 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head
Jun-20 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
(Clockwise from above, Lordi (Finland), Terasbetoni (Finland), Eldrine (Georgia) and maNga (Turkey).
Is it a strange phenomenon that is occurring or is it simply a new idea by European music industries to promote their metal music scene?
Ever since Lordi graced the stage of the Eurovision song contest back in 2006 and won it emphatically with their song 'Hard Rock Hallelujah', this was to become the first Heavy Metal entry in Eurovision history and consequently the first one to win the competition. Post-Eurovision the band were congratulated from many alike from the Mayor of Helsinki to the President of Finland at the time, even producing Christmas stamps with the band members masks on them as well as coca-cola delivering a Lordi style product. Their winning song 'Hard Rock Hallelujah' was then released on their sensational album 'The Arockalypse'.
Forward a year and as Lordi opened up again with their winning song succeeding a spine-chilling introduction showing the Finnish part of the article circle (in fact the vocalist Mr. Lordi was born in Rovaniemi, the administrative capital of Lapland - could Santa Claus really be a demonic rocker?) and the band playing on an icy and snowy backdrop which features iconic Finnish cultural symbols, such as the pine trees, the wolves, the frozen landscape and of course Finnish Heavy Metal.
It then was the turn of Finnish Power Metal band Teräsbetoni, whom of which currently is on a hiatus as of 2011, signed to Sakara Records (previously signed to Warner Music Finland) the quartet embraced the cold winter storm of Helsinki's Hartwall Areena and the passionate Finnish Metal scene followers that valiantly waved their national flag along to the music, but what possibly made the band end near last position may rest with the choice of song, 'Missä miehet ratsastaa' which in fact progressed the band to the final in the 2008 edition of the Eurovision, even so it is a fabulous song, full of oomph and gusto, even so the final interval act was even more sensational, the Cello Metal legends that are Apocalyptica
Forwarding a few years to 2010 and it was Turkey's turn to enter a metal band, sure it was not as heavy as the previous bands but it still carried enough riff kudos to land maNga a second place finish in the Final, losing out unfortunately to Germany's Lena; to this day most music fans still claim maNga should have been the winners since their song (and themselves consequently) were unheard of relatively in Europe, whereas Lena and her entry was already massive hit on the European music scene, still maNga put up a damn good performance with their song 'We Could Be The Same', which aptly is a good slogan for the global metal community, we are the same as it would seem. maNga in fact had gained popularity through their song 'Bir Kadın Çizeceksin' as it was featured on the 2006 edition of FIFA and came from their debut s/t album, the album was later re-released as 'maNga+' with additional songs and adapted artwork, still keeping maNga's recognizable creature. Then their second album came out 'Şehr-i Hüzün' in 2009, still keeping the band's trademark sound of Anatolian melodies and Nu Metal. Their latest album is 'e-akustik' and was released last year, overall in my opinion they were the real winners.
Consequently 'We Could Be The Same', the Eurovision entry that maNga went with, was the first ever English song they have done, since then they also released the single 'Fly To Stay Alive'.
Forward on a year and the Nu Metal / Alternative Rock trend carries on, this time it is the Georgian band Eldrine to grace the Eurovision song contest and 2011 was to prove to be another humdinger for metal as the winning song was far from rock or metal. But none the less to see a Georgian Metal band in Eurovision is a shock since the scene itself is relatively minute, with only a handful of bands actually getting known in the Caucasian region, but none the less they brought the Nu Metal sound once more, even with costumes that may even represent traditional values in terms of dress style.
Heavy Metal may need that, just 'One More Day' to reshuffle and deliver another lashing on Eurovision to win the title of the most competitive music song contest on the planet.
So where does this leave the relationship between Heavy Metal and the Eurovision Song Contest? Maybe some day a variation of the contest may be made to suit metal music, maybe Sweden or Norway may send a Black Metal band in, who knows. But what happened in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest did not happen in the final of the competition, during the semi-finals and the voting stages to vote acts to the final, from Switzerland the duo act Sinplus of whom play Post-Punk, New Wave and Alternative Rock music sadly did not get through, nor did the Israeli rock band Izabo, sure it is not metal music, but the latter is just an evident sign that rock is still represented, more so another act not to make it to the final was the Slovakian artist Miroslav Šmajda of whom plays Alternative Rock / Heavy Metal. However on a side note, the French entry Anggun is of Indonesian origin and as I found out when interviewing her, she takes influence from Heavy metal music, yet sings pop music, weird eh? So what will 2013 bring....
As Eurovision Song Contest 2013 rolls onto our screens on the following dates (NB for the UK semi-finals will be on BBC Three and the Final on BBC One - commentators Scott Mills and Ana Matronic, Graham Norton respectively):
Semi-final 1 - 14 May 2013
Semi-final 2 - 16 May 2013
Final date - 18 May 2013
There are a number of rock / electronic music entries that should be watched out for.
Representing Albania is the Rock duo Adrian Lulgjuraj and Bledar Sejko
Representing Armenia is the Rock band Dorians
Representing Italy is the Pop Rock artist Marco Mengoni
Representing Lithuania is the Indie Rock artist Andrius Pojavis
Representing Macedonia is the Pop Rock artist Vlatko Lozanoski
Representing Norway is the Electro / Pop Rock artist Margaret Berger
Representing Spain is the Pop Rock / Celtic Rock band El Sueño de Morfeo
Representing The Netherlands is the Alternative Rock / Pop Rock artist Anouk Teeuwe
Representing The United Kingdom is the Pop Rock artist Bonnie Tyler
The closest musically to metal music would be between the Albanian, Armenian and Spanish entries.
Lets start the show.
Wisconsin death metal contenders Jungle Rot are proud to unveil “Terror Regime”, the title track from their forthcoming album, exclusively on Noisecreep. Listen to the song stream here.
“The album is a heavy, soul-taking, fist pounding work of art, that we all built with a 100% confidence”, comments Matrise.
See the band on the 'Despise The World' tour, starting April 4th in Long Island, NY alongside Suffocation and Exhumed. Click here for a full listing of tour dates and prepare for one of the most brutal tours of the year.
Watch “Blood Ties” here. / “Blind Devotion” Music Video
“The quintessential underground band for underground fans… bound to urge both death metal and Hatebreed fans to jump onto the battlefield.” – Terrorizer Magazine
“Never a band to compromise song structure for sheer aggression, JUNGLE ROT offer a different layer to the death metal pallet.” – Rock Sound
4/4- Long Island, NY @ 89 North
4/5- New York, NY @ St. Vitus
4/6- Philadelphia, PA @ The Note
4/7- Detoit, MI @ St. Andrews
4/8- St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/9- Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
4/10- Denver, Co @ Marquis Theater
4/11- Boise, ID @ The Venue
4/12- Spokane, WA @ The Hop
4/13- Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/14- Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
4/15- Oakland, CA @ The Metro Opera House
4/16- Los Angeles, CA @ The Vex
4/17- Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
4/18- Albuquerque, NM @ Hooligans
4/19- Dallas, TX @ Trees
4/20- San Antonio, TX @ Korova
4/21- Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon Room
4/22- Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
4/23- Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
4/24- Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
4/25- Springfield, VA @ Empire
4/26- Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
4/27- Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
4/28- Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
Suicidal Tendencies releases first album in 13 Years (details announced) and upcoming 'Slam City Tour' U.S. tour dates
The time has come, 26th March, 2013, will see legendary punk / thrash icons Suicidal Tendencies release their first new music in over 13 years. The band’s upcoming full-length, entitled "13", will be released via Suicidal Records and is produced by Mike Muir and Paul Northfield (Rush, Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, Ozzy Osbourne, Hole, Marilyn Manson, Infectious Grooves).
The release of "13" marks the 30th anniversary of Suicidal Tendencies.
The brand new music video for the new track ‘Cyco Style’ is available for viewing now on YouTube. Check it out at this link.
1. Shake it Out
2. Smash It! (feat. Larry Linkogle and Jimmy Fitzpatrick of the Metal Mulisha)
3. This Ain't a Celebration
4. God Only Knows…Who I Am
5. Make Your Stand!
6. Who's Afraid?
7. Show Some Love…Tear It Down (feat. Pro skaters Danny Way, Tony Trujillo, et al)
8. Cyco Style
9. Slam City
10. Till My Last Breath
11. Living the Fight
12. Life…(Can't Live With It, Can't Live Without It)
13. This World
"First, thank you for all the people that have patiently waited for this record. Now I will shut up and let the music do the talking." - Mike Muir
In conjunction with the release of "13", Suicidal Tendencies will head out on a full U.S. tour, dubbed the ‘Slam City Tour’. The tour features support from various champions of hardcore music both young and old. Support will range from NYC hardcore heroes Madball and Sick Of It All to Houston greats D.R.I. The tour will include a stop at this year’s New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA on April 21st. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES @ SXSW (Not open to the public, invite only)
3/15 Austin, TX @ Virgin 608 House – Outdoor Stage (W/ ST. LUCIA, ZABRA KATZ, JMSN, WATCH THE ENEMY, LE1F, TJ KONG, ROBERT DELONG)
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and INFECTIOUS GROOVES Cyco Family Weekend
4/5 INFECTIOUS GROOVES @ GARDEN TOKYO
4/6 SUICIDAL TENDENCIES @ GARDEN TOKYO
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Slam City Tour Dates with Various Support:
4/11 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom (W/ MADBALL, WAKING THE DEAD)
4/12 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory (W/ MADBALL, WAKING THE DEAD)
4/13 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue (W/ WAKING THE DEAD, TBA)
4/14 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall (W/ MADBALL, WAKING THE DEAD)
4/16 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights (W/ DRI, WAKING THE DEAD)
4/17 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues (W/ DRI, WAKING THE DEAD)
4/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory (W/ SICK OF IT ALL, DRI, WAKING THE DEAD)
4/20 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater (W/ SICK OF IT ALL, DRI, WAKING THE DEAD)
4/21 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)
4/23 Patchogue, NY @ The Emporium (W/ DRI, WAKING THE DEAD, THIS IS HELL)
4/24 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage (W/ SICK OF IT ALL, DRI, WAKING THE DEAD)
4/26 Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend (W/ DRI, WAKING THE DEAD)
4/27 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (W/ DRI, WAKING THE DEAD)
4/28 Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm (W/ DRI, WAKING THE DEAD)
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Tour Dates with SICK OF IT ALL, WAKING THE DEAD:
4/30 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
5/02 Miami, FL @ Grand Central
5/03 Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
5/06 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
5/07 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
5/09 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
5/10 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
5/11 Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater
5/12 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
The 'core' music genres are perhaps the most scrutinised genres in the metal music world, not only partially due to the fashion sense that comes with it and the associated links to emo's, but also because of its alienation that seems to part itself from the more traditional metal styles. But it may also be the case that fans of these morphed genres have forgotten where the roots lie, ideally from the days of Hardcore Punk, Hardcore in it's prime and also right back to Punk and Hard Rock, which on the same note is where Heavy Metal spawned, not forgetting blues rock, rock 'n' roll, classical music and the pop music days of ABBA, BeeGees and the like all coalescing for a direction into what modern musicians call 'pop rock', nay say BeeGees are more associated with the disco and 60's music wave, even so that is also when rock was on the journey of getting heavier. It was the 70's that saw the firming out of rock and essentially the Heavy Metal movement. In fact it was down to bands like Black Flag, Bad Brains, The Misfits and similar bands who led to the pollination of metal and hardcore punk, thus around 1984 metalcore was forming, it was only really till the 90's when metalcore was in full swing and come 2000, it was to become commercialized and a major player spawning of internationally successful bands from Hatebreed, Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine, Parkway Drive and many, many more.
However, when Deathcore emerged onto the scene in the mid 1990's, bands like Antagony were credited with the birth of the music style, but others have said the stylistic origins derived from Suffocation's breakdowns, the genre kicked into full swing in the late 2000's with bands such as Bring Me The Horizon and Suicide Silence (r.i.p. Mitch Lucker) baring the forefront of leading the genre to further recognition, however it has always been under scrutiny due to its almost anti-Death Metal stance, but this has been debated over by musicians, media and the music industry alike over the past decade or so, come 2003 Deathcore had (like Metalcore) reached saturation point and is still saturated nowadays, and so what does this mean for the genres aforementioned and how do they go about developing a greater presence? Simple, merge with other genres and as the following covers bands who have done that, imagine the possibilities in the future.
Of course genres like Nintendocore, Hardcore, Grindcore and Melodic Hardcore have already been established, even Melodic Metalcore has had its dues with bands like Essex's Tides of Virture imploring a modern style of said music style, but what comes below is perhaps the newest deviations of Metalcore and Deathcore.
Gothic Metalcore, many believe that Motionless In White (above top) were the pioneers behind the Gothic Metalcore (with industrial elements) movement, however at the same time the now defunct band Dreamscar had in fact formed at the same time as Motionless In White and so duly the new style is accredited (or at least should be) to both bands for developing a new style to Metalcore. Motionless In White are currently signed to Fearless Records and have just released their second album 'Infamous' to critical appraisal, whilst on the other hand Dreamscar have split up and leave numerous releases in their discography left to be purchased. This may yet become an increasingly popular deviation from the Metalcore trait.
Thrashcore, an amalgamation of Thrash Metal and Metalcore is simply an awe inspiring style of music that focuses on the heavy beats derived from Metalcore and it's associated breakdowns, but taking the agile speed and sharp riffing of Thrash Metal, for this music style the German band MYRA is the ideal choice, their song 'said and done' (and music video) is perhaps their most idealistic production in this music style, what music fans can expect is brutal breakdowns with slaying speed, in fact imagine Slayer meshed with your favorite Metalcore band, you get the gist. Another prime example is the American-Dutch ensemble Das Oath. Thrashcore may also yet to be proven as a new piece of the 'core' music puzzle.
So the question that remains to be answered is where will this crossing of Metalcore actually end? Answer is simply never, whilst the movement will always be criticized for entering other metal genres and essentially trying to place a negative image over it, the attempt to create new styles will always come around and ideally needs to in order to keep music evolving, however Rapcore bands like Hollywood Undead are essentially rap rock mixed with Hardcore elements, the stated genre may as well become a style that will compete with other crossover styles. Of course, Blackcore would be almost as bad as calling Justin Bieber a pop music god, blasphemous some would say, but with bands like Abigail Williams already been down towards that end of the road, it may become a musical fad. Other prominent styles emerging include electro-metalcore with bands like Enter The Primates, Asking Alexandria and others leading that front-line, whilst bands like The Browning firmly establish dubcore (or as one prefers Dubstep Deathcore), sure Enter Shikari mixed post-hardcore with trance music, the mixing is never ending. It will become interesting when bands mix Folk Metal, Power Metal, Progressive Metal and the never ending myriad of established metal styles with the colossal expansion of Metalcore and Deathcore to create a sound that could be groundbreaking or a sound that could eclipse the last time you passed gas after last night's curry.
So the official Bloodstock promo video is now upon us, featuring commentary by Anthrax's Scott Ian and DevilDriver's Dez Fafara. With a whole host of bands already announced to play, with more to come from the standard route and of course the craziest and most exciting battle of the bands going around: Metal To The Masses, this is sure to heat up further in the next few months. SCOTT? WHERE'S THE ICE? I got metal burn.
Countries represented this year so far:
USA, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Greece, Finland, Canada, England, Austria, Netherlands and Egypt.
"Bloodstock's Line up is looking pretty damn good this year, Slayer and the king, sorted!" -
Dale Linsdell (Merciless Terror)
"Bloodstock is the ultimate thrash attack this year - gonna be a killer!!" -
Olivia Kennett (Dark Theory)
More quotes to come.
While She Waits are a new rising force in hard rock, formed by members of Phoenix-area mainstay bands The Tommy Gibbons Project (Tommy Gibbons - guitar, backing vocals) and Contrary to Reason (James Cole - vocals). The band is pleased to announce their new record deal with Oklahoma City based record label TMG Records. The band is working on new music now to be released with TMG Records later this year.
“We’re excited to be signed with TMG Records, we’ll be working with them on a full distribution and manufacturing deal, so you’ll see us in major music retailers and stores like Walmart, Best Buy and more. TMG Records is seeing great success with many of their current artists, so we’re glad to be part of that great track record and the TMG family as a whole.” states While She Waits vocalist James Cole.
“We expect big things from While She Waits and we’re really happy to have them join us at TMG Records, what stands out to us about While She Waits is their great alternative and classic rock sound, but more than anything, we love their energy. We get hundreds of submissions every week from bands wanting us to check them out, but what’s really unique about While She Waits, beyond what we normally hear and even beyond what’s popular right in hard rock right now, is that their music hits hard and never stops. The music is intelligent, well written and really draws you in with how catchy it is.” states TMG Records A&R representative Luke Johns.
Stay tuned for more information coming soon on the band’s upcoming full-length album.
While She Waits will be performing select shows in the Southwest U.S. this March. See below for all confirmed tour dates:
3/16 – Tempe, AZ @ Club 910 – No Cover Magazine Cancer Benefit
3/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS w/ Smile Empty Soul
3/23 – Glendale, AZ @ Kimmy’z on Greenway
3/30 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky A Go Go w/ Soil
While She Waits brings the influences of Volbeat, Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Blackstone Cherry and more fused with their upbeat Southern rock styles.
While She Waits is endorsed by KranK Amplifiers, Swiss Picks, Jackson Guitars and have performed with bands like Godsmack, Orgy, Smile Empty Soul, Queesnreich, Spineshank, Fuel, Soil, God Forbid, Shadows Fall, Quiet Riot, Bang Tango, The Veer Union and Mike Kerr.
While She Waits is:
James Cole- vocals
Tommy Gibbons- lead guitars, backing vocals
Timothy Rooen- rhythm guitars
Aaron Belk- drums, backing vocals
Blake Jordan- bass
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