Whitechapel announces “Ten Years of Exile” USA tour with Chelsea Grin, Oceano, Slaughter To Prevail

– August 14th, 2018 –

After recently completing their massive summer co-headliner with The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel will head out on the road again this November/December, to embark on their “Ten Years of Exile” USA tour, commemorating the 10th anniversary of This Is Exile. Featuring Chelsea Grin, Oceano, and Slaughter To Prevail as support, this trek will also see Whitechapel perform This Is Exile in its entirety, plus a selection of other songs – and will be the last run of shows before the band returns to the studio to finish recording their upcoming album, due out spring 2019 via Metal Blade Records. See below for all dates!

Whitechapel tour dates
w/ Chelsea Grin, Oceano, Slaughter To Prevail

Nov. 1 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
Nov. 2 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
Nov. 3 – Easton, PA – One Centre Square
Nov. 4 – Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom
Nov. 5 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Nov. 7 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
Nov. 8 – Huntington, WV – V Club
Nov. 9 – Dayton, OH – Oddbodys
Nov. 10 – Greenville, SC – The Firmament
Nov. 12 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theater
Nov. 13 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey
Nov. 16 – Toledo, OH – Civic Music Hall
Nov. 17 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
Nov. 18 – Ft Wayne, IN – Piere’s
Nov. 20 – St Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
Nov. 21 – Lincoln, NE – Royal Grove
Nov. 23 – Wichita, KS – Wave
Nov. 24 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
Nov. 25 – Ft Collins, CO – Aggie Theater
Nov. 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Nov. 28 – Spokane, WA – The Pin
Nov. 29 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
Nov. 30 – Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
Dec. 1 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
Dec. 2 – Bend, OR – Domino Room
Dec. 4 – Chico, CA – Senator Theater
Dec. 5 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
Dec. 6 – Bakersfield, CA – Bryder’s
Dec. 7 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theater
Dec. 8 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Dec. 9 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock
Dec. 12 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
Dec. 13 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Dec. 14 – Memphis, TN – Growler’s
Dec. 15 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Dec. 16 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine

Whitechapel‘s latest album, Mark of the Blade (2016), sees the band redefine who they are and what they are capable of with 11 tracks that leave a distinct impression on every listener. To view the crushing, emotional video for “Bring Me Home” – and to purchase the record in various formats – please visit: http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel

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Karl Schubach Breaks His Silence On Being Fired From Misery Signals

With Misery Signals‘ 2008 release having recently hit its tenth anniversary, the group’s ex-vocalist Karl Schubach breaks his silence on his 2014 firing from the band to make way for the return of his predecessor frontman Jesse Zaraska:

“This year marked the 10th anniversary of what, by definition, should have been one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. Misery Signals third studio album, Controller, was released July 22, 2008. I still receive floods of messages from fans explaining how much that album means to them.

To this day, I’ve maintained my silence in regards to my departure from the band which, in retrospect, might be part of the reason I find myself struggling with my mental health to this day.

Over the past few years, I’ve felt growing resentment, and increasing negativity towards my experience as a member of Misery Signals. Removal from the band has left me fighting increasing battles with depression, anxiety, and a complete loss of self-confidence that has severely affected my personal relationships, and has hindered the way I interact with people.

In order to grow, move forward, and begin the healing process I feel there’s no better time than this 10 year milestone to shed some light:

I received a phone call from Ryan in early October, 2015. It was only a week or so after I had made the drive two hours north to link up with Kyle and Stu at a Comeback Kid show in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It had been a while since I had any communication with the guys, as no touring plans were in the immediate future.

After the formalities and courteous catching up on life, Ryan’s tone shifted. I already knew what was coming, I could feel it in his voice. He proceeded to inform me that the band collectively had decided to continue on with the original vocalist Jesse, which whom they had re-established their relationship with through performing together on the Malice X tour a few years prior.

Pause here.

For those who don’t know how I came to join the band, I submitted an audition via Myspace of myself singing over an instrumental track off their first record. At that point, they asked me to come down to Madison, WI in order to do an in-person audition, and to pack like I wouldn’t be coming home for a while. After a week of auditions and rehearsals, it was official: This random kid from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada became the vocalist of his favorite band.

Everything was great in the honeymoon phase. Being on tour, in a different city every night, playing music to hundreds of people, sharing a stage with my idols…every….single….night. I was in no position to call any shots, nor did I want to. I was the new kid, and a literal stranger thrown into a world that was completely unknown to me. These guys had been touring together for years. They clearly had everything figured out. I was content in just being along for the wild ride.

Communication had never been the band’s strong suit. Although tempers never flared, feelings were rarely expressed. It felt like we would rather just bite our tongues, rather than butt heads in an effort to avoid confrontation. Quite simply, it was easier this way. I was guilty of it just the same.

Towards the end of an Australian tour, Stu and Kyle both announced their intentions to leave the band upon our return home. I remember Ryan and I having a conversation about the future of the band, and how he thought it should play out. Eventually he ended up recruiting Greg Thomas, who we had met while he was filling in on guitar for Shai Hulud. With Greg in the mix, it came time to start the writing process for what would become Absent Light.

Something changed in me during the writing of Absent Light. I felt like every decision was being made without my consideration. As if my opinion didn’t count for anything. Seven years, hundreds of shows, thousands of miles, and here I was still feeling like the new kid as I perceived to watch Greg waltz in and immediately get to start calling the shots alongside Ryan as to how things should sound, the recording process, the mix, etc.

That was the first time I could pinpoint that something wasn’t right. I found my mind constantly taking me to a dark place where I only had the ability to feel like a victim, and like everyone was out to get me. Every set of thoughts was illogical, and irrational.

Nothing made sense, but I still tried to justify my sporadic thought patterns. Rather than seek help, or make anyone aware, I shut down. I became distant, passive, and secluded. I had trouble sleeping, and staying focused. All motivation, creativity and passion seemed to vanish. I felt numb…..empty.

I contributed almost nothing to the lyrical content of Absent Light, as I simply couldn’t find the inspiration anymore. That same inspiration, which at one point flourished, had simply evaporated. I removed myself from the recording process of Absent Light and returned home to Regina, where I tracked the vocals in my home studio to the lyrics and vocal patterns that Ryan provided.

The album released a few months later, and a very light touring schedule was set up to support it. The runs were much shorter than what we were typically used to, but that didn’t seem to change anything. I was miserable on the road, completely disengaged from everyone.

I was content in being in a bubble 23 hours of the day, playing the show, and then returning to isolation. This wasn’t a healthy existence for me, or for the rest of the band members. I knew it. They knew it.

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Flash forward to a day after that phone call: I was angry. I felt used, discarded like a piece of trash tossed to the roadside out of a moving vehicle. “How dare they?!” For them to simply tell me my services were no longer required after essentially putting “real life” on hold, and investing 9 years into helping them to continue living out their dream.

No severance package, no two weeks notice, just simply: “welp…See ya later”. It’s taken a lot of time and self-reflection to realize their decision to remove me from the equation wasn’t out of malice (bad reference, I know), but as a necessity for both parties to be able to continue a healthy existence.

Up until recently, I hadn’t listened to a Misery Signals song since that phone call. The countless framed tour posters, magazine articles, vinyls had been collecting dust in a dark corner of my basement for years, rather than being out on display. It pained me to look at them, because I collectively associated them with the result of that conversation, and not the incredible memories and friendships that each of them represented.

In an attempt to heal, I’m letting go of the resentment. I’m taking ownership of the role I played, and the end result. I’m dusting off those posters, and hanging them on the wall, as I feel like I can finally show how proud I am of what I accomplished in that time.

To Ryan, Branden, Kyle, Stu & Greg: I haven’t had the opportunity to tell you I’m sorry. I’m not proud of what I let myself become, and ask that you forgive me for not having the strength to get the help I needed back then. Part of me wishes things could have been different, but most of me also thanks you for doing the right thing. I wish you nothing but the best of luck with Jesse and the new album. I’ll be one of the first to pre-order it.

To everyone else: I hope that by reading this, I haven’t let any of you down. If any of you are struggling with depression or anxiety, please make getting help a priority. Don’t let it go untreated. If you feel alone or like you have no one to talk to, please message me. I’d be happy to help in any way I can.

Writing this all out has actually been very therapeutic. To the point where I now feel the need to rephrase the very first sentence I wrote:

‘This year marks the 10th anniversary of what, by definition, is one of the greatest accomplishments of my life.’”

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Skálmold To Release New Album, “Sorgir,” This Fall

Icelandic Viking metal band SKÁLMÖLD will release their fifth full length album this fall, entitled “Sorgir.” The album title (which translates to “sorrows”) is appropriate for this concept album that is divided in two parts: The first four songs tell four short stories about tragedies and death. It is called Sagnir (tales). The second chapter called Svipir (ghosts) thickens the plot by telling the same four stories from a different perspective.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Ljósið
2. Sverðið
3. Brúnin
4. Barnið
5. Skotta
6. Gangári
7. Móri
8. Mara

“Sorgir” is available in the following formats:

1 CD Digipak + Bonus Track
2 LP Gatefold in different colors

You can pre-order the album here.

From August 22nd til August 25th SKÁLMÖLD will play four special shows together with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra in their hometown of Reykjavik. Three shows are already completely sold out.

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Obscura Posts Third Making Of “Diluvium” Video Online

German progressive death metal band Obscura has posted the third episode in their series of videos online chronicling the making of their most recent studio album,”Diluvium.” You can check it out below. The album was released last month through Relapse Records and was produced by Triptykon/Dark Fortress guitarist V. Santura in the group’s hometown of Landshut. It is also their first album to feature guitarist Rafael Trujillo, who joined in 2015.

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Korpiklaani Posts New Video, “Henkselipoika” Online

Finnish folk metal superstars Korpiklaani are due to release their new studio album Kulkija (“Wanderer”), on September 7th through Nuclear Blast. Today the band presents their 3rd single, a happier song compared to the previous songs entitled ‘Henkselipoika’. To support the new track, Korpiklaani have recorded a nostalgic video with director Markku Kirves, who has previously worked with the band for their “Rauta,” “Vodka” and “Tequila” music videos. You can check it out below,.

Jonne commented, “‘Henkselipoika’ pretty much wrote itself. The first thing to come to my head was the verse riff, on top of which the melody wrote itself. The song was a very easy piece to write and it was finished in one day. As far as I can remember, this was the first finished song for the new album Kulkija.”

“I wrote this one to a finished text that I got from Tuomas Keskimäki back when I was making the latest Jonne album ‘Kallohonka.’ That album had the song ‘Hulivili’, and this text is about the same young rascal who is still very much into partying and having fun but is at the same time already longing for a woman by his side.”

“It is quite interesting that these songs got connected in this way, even though they are on different albums and are even by different bands,” adds Mr. Keskimäki.

Jonne continues: “The video was shot in Kuhmoinen around the Huhtala torp, which is also portrayed on the cover of the album Kulkija. It is a bit exceptional with a slightly home-made feel to it. Many of the actors are actually family members of other contributors. These include Cane’s father with his wife, my daughter Tinja and her friend Sanni, the director’s sons Konsta and Otto and so on.”

“The video also shows Finnish nature and the idyllic countryside at its best. This might also seem rather exotic for Korpiklaani fans from outside of the Nordic countries.”

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Moonspell Premieres New, “Herr Spiegelmann” Live Video

A unique and solemn spell seems to shroud every spot as soon as Portuguese alchemists Moonspell enters the stage – and it was a very special evening indeed when the band played an exceptional show at the Campo Pequeno arena in their hometown Lissabon on February 4th, 2017. That inimitable bond between the gothic metal act and 4,000 of their fans in the sold-out venue is pure electricity, captured for all eternity on the massive Live DVD/Blu-Ray/3CD package Lisboa Under The Spell which will be released on August 17th via Napalm Records.

Watch “Herr Spiegelmann” from the upcoming release below.

The band on the video: “‘Herr Spiegelmann’, or Mr. Mirrorman, is a song inspired by the amazing book of Patrick Suskind, The Perfume. I guess everybody knows that book, if not shame on you. I wrote the lyrics to the “execution scene” where people start seeing on the tortured, beaten down man on the stake, everything wonderful they want to see. Like a mirror man, reflecting their fears and ambitions and most secret wishes. I really love this song and the visual part of it was specially designed for this show, with the laser gloves and the mirror jacket, in a tentative to convey the eerie and psychedelic atmosphere of the song. I hope you guys enjoy this advance from Lisboa Under the Spell, as it does reflect the struggle for an original and emotional cut of the songs, just like a Moonspell show should be, add magic.”

The band on the new live epos: “We are thrilled to announce the release of our brand new Live DVD/Blu-Ray/3CD, Live album, entitled Lisboa Under The Spell! It was recorded live on our breathtaking capitol city of Lisbon and it’s nothing short of an epic trek of more than three action packed hours! We have played Wolfheart, Irreligiosuplus Extinct in full, invited a bunch of guests, summoned our biggest strength to be up to the task, and it feels awesome to unleash a long awaited live release from Moonspell. This edition will be full packed with amazing material, bonus CDs from the shows, a in depth documentary about the band, top sound, dramatic flair and a human picture of thousands of Portuguese witches and wolves under the spell. A great document of what we are on and off stage. Don’t miss out and visit Lisbon through the eyes of Moonspell fans and the genius work of director Victor Castro.”

It was definitely about time, since Moonspell aficionados have been thirsting for a new live release ever since Lusitanian Metal (2008). Thus, Lisboa Under The Spell is not simply a visual testimony to the success of Portugal`s biggest metal band – it is a celebration of the unbound creativity and pure magic that is Moonspell.

Lisboa Under The Spell will be available in the following formats:

– BD/DVD/3-CD DVDPac (6 pages Digipack, 28 pages booklet, 29 tracks + Rockumentary, 3 full length filmed shows, behind the scenes & making of videos, Gallery)

– 3LP Gatefold (29 tracks) Black/Gold/Blue Vinyl

– LTD Deluxe Fanbox incl.

* BD/DVD/3-CD DVD Pac
* Coverflag
* Lanyard & Pass
* Pendant
* Patch

Pre Order Lisboa Under The Spell here.

Tracklisting:

I – Rockumentary – band documentary by Victor Castro

II – Wolfheart Show – full album played live

1. Wolfshade (A Werewolf Masquerade)
2. Love Crimes
3. Of Dream And Drama
4. Lua D’inverno
5. Trebaruna
6. Ataegina
7. Vampiria
8. An Erotic Alchemy
9. Alma Mater

III – Irreligious Show – full album played live

1. Perverse Almost Religious
2. Opium
3. Awake!
4. For A Taste Of Eternity
5. Ruin & Misery
6. A Poisoned Gift
7. Raven Claws (Feat. Mariangela Demurtas)
8. Mephisto
9. Herr Spiegelmann
10. Fullmoon Madness

IV – Extinct Show – full album played live

1. All Gone From The Wild (Intro)
2. Breathe (Until We Are No More)
3. Extinct (Feat. Carolina Torres)
4. Medusalem
5. Domina
6. The Last Of Us
7. Malignia
8. Funeral Bloom
9. A Dying Breed
10. The Future Is Dark

V – Making Of – show day

VI – Gallery – live and backstage pics

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Skindred Announces North American Tour With Sumo Cyco

Welsh ragga metal veterans Skindred has announced that they will be heading out on a headlining tour of North America this Fall, with support on the trek coming from Sumo Cyco and Raven Black.

The band are eagerly anticipating their return: “We are blown away by the success ‘That’s My Jam’is currently having in America. It’s heartwarming that our once second home is once again opening its arms to Skindred. This North American tour is so exciting for us, we can’t wait to spread Big Tings across the land and so say all of us, Let’s Dred into America!”

The tour dates are as follows:

September 26 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904*
September 27 – Ft. Myers, FL – The Buddha Bar
September 28 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum*
September 29 – Longwood, FL – Shovelhead
October 2 – Baltimore, MD – Fish Head Cantina
October 3 – Harrisburg, PA – Chameleon Club
October 4 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
October 5 – Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation – Intersection
October 6 – West Dundee, IL – Rockhaus
October 7 – Racine, WI – Route 20 Outhouse
October 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club
October 9 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
October 10 – Madison, WI – The Annex
October 11 – Ringle, WI – Q & Z Expo Center
October 12 – Tempe, AZ – Tempe Marketplace*

* support will not appear

Metal Underground recently caught up with Skindred frontman Benji Webbe on the band’s headlining tour of the UK. You can watch the chat below.

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Obituary Drummer Donald Tardy To Miss European Tour, Monstrosity’s Lee Harrison To Fill In

Obituary drummer Donald Tardy, who has been unable to perform at four of the band’s European shows thus far, will not be flying out to complete the trek. A post from Monstrosity/former Malevolent Creation drummer Lee Harrison, who has been filling in for Tardy, reads as follows:

“So tonight will be my 4th show (temporarily) playing drums for the mighty Obituary. Donald had some things going on at home that he needed to be there for. I’m honoured he called me to fill in but it was also pretty stressful having to learn the set in such a short time (3 days notice).

“Wishing Donald all the best and he will be back to his spot after this run so don’t worry. I’m just glad I could be there for him and somewhat pull this off. I’ve got 3 more shows to do and things will be back to normal for me. lol. Tonight we rock Krakow Poland! Come out if you can!!”

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Obituary Drummer Donald Tardy To Miss European Tour, Monstrosity’s Lee Harrison To Fill In

Obituary drummer Donald Tardy, who has been unable to perform at four of the band’s European shows thus far, will not be flying out to complete the trek. A post from Monstrosity/former Malevolent Creation drummer Lee Harrison, who has been filling in for Tardy, reads as follows:

“So tonight will be my 4th show (temporarily) playing drums for the mighty Obituary. Donald had some things going on at home that he needed to be there for. I’m honoured he called me to fill in but it was also pretty stressful having to learn the set in such a short time (3 days notice).

“Wishing Donald all the best and he will be back to his spot after this run so don’t worry. I’m just glad I could be there for him and somewhat pull this off. I’ve got 3 more shows to do and things will be back to normal for me. lol. Tonight we rock Krakow Poland! Come out if you can!!”

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Manilla Road Founder And Guitarist Mark “The Shark” Shelton Passes Away

Manilla Road has announced that their founder and guitarist Mark “The Shark” Shelton, has sadly passed away. He was sixty years old. A message from the band reads as follows:

“It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of Mark “The Shark” Shelton, founder and guitarist of Manilla Road. We are asking for help from our worldwide group of brothers and sisters to bring Mark’s body back to his family in Wichita, KS in the USA and to pay his hospital expenses which must be done before we can bring him home.

“Mark died in Germany following the Headbangers Open Air Festival. The cost of bringing him home and his hospital bills are more than the band or his family has ready. Please donate to help Mark’s family, any amount will help. Any funds raised beyond our goal will be given directly to his family to help with the additional expenses which will arise from Mark’s death.

“Thank you for your generosity and May the Lords of Light be with you!”

Find the GoFundMe page here, or you can donate through the band’s PayPal account: booking@manillaroad.net.

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