Wacken Metal Battle USA Announce 2018 Band Submissions – One Champion To Play At Wacken Open Air

For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the world along with winning multiple prizes. For the second year, Wacken Metal Battle USA is returning to America and will be hosting qualifying rounds in select cities across the nation. The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2018 festival taking place from August 2nd – 4th in Wacken, Germany.

American bands interested in participating in the 2018 edition of Metal Battle USA, please apply at the following link:

Wacken Metal Battle USA 2018 Band Submissions
(Submissions open from Nov 20th to Dec 31st, 2017 – 11:59pm EST)

Current cities confirmed:

Philadelphia, New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego. More to be announced.

Last year’s battle saw the best from the Philadelphia and Boston areas, Corpse Hoarder, Goblet, Power Theory, and Upheaval perform in the national final. Crowned champions were Philadelphia’s Corpse Hoarder whom performed a furious set at the 2017 Wacken Open Air.

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Jesus Piece Announce North American Tour With Knocked Loose, Terror, And Stone

This week, Jesus Piece announces that they’ll join Knocked Loose, Terror, and Stone on an extensive North American tour in early 2018. The newly-announced tour begins February 28th in Nashville, then circling through the US and Canada through all of March, the tour ending on April 1st in Jesus Piece’s hometown of Philadelphia.

Additional tour dates for Jesus Piece will be announced in the coming weeks and throughout next year as the band records their debut LP for Southern Lord for release mid-year.

JESUS PIECE w/ Knocked Loose, Terror, Stone:
2/28/2018 The End – Nashville, TN
3/01/2018 Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC
3/02/2018 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/03/2018 Crowbar – Ybor City, FL
3/04/2018 1904 – Jacksonville, FL
3/06/2018 Walters Downtown – Houston, TX
3/07/2018 Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
3/08/2018 RBC – Dallas, TX
3/09/2018 Davey’s Uptown – Kansas City, MO
3/10/2018 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
3/11/2018 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
3/13/2018 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
3/14/2018 Analog Theater – Portland, OR
3/16/2018 924 Gilman – Berkeley, CA
3/17/2018 Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA
3/18/2018 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
3/19/2018 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
3/21/2018 89th Street – Oklahoma City, OK
3/22/2018 Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
3/23/2018 Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St. Paul, MN
3/24/2018 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
3/25/2018 Skully’s Music Diner – Columbus, OH
3/26/2018 The Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
3/27/2018 Velvet Underground – Toronto, ON
3/28/2018 Theatre Fairmount – Montreal, QC
3/29/2018 California Brew Haus – Rochester, NY
3/30/2018 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
3/31/2018 Brooklyn Bazaar – Brooklyn, NY
4/01/2018 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA

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Good Tiger releases new video, “Grip Shoes”, online

– November 15th, 2017 –

Today, rock quintet Good Tiger is thrilled to share their brand new video, “Grip Shoes”, which can be viewed now at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSleQSJyaWY. The track comes from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, We Will All Be Gone, which is set to be released on February 9th via Metal Blade Records. Pre-orders are available now at metalblade.com/goodtiger

On the new track, vocalist Elliot Coleman shares: “‘Grip Shoes’ tells the tale of wasted potential; I’m sure we all find times in our life that are trivial, and not spent capitalizing on every moment. I’m very excited to share another track from our album, especially ‘Grip Shoes,’ as it’s one of my favourites.”

Good Tiger is currently on tour with I the Mighty and Hail The Sun, with shows in Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and more. For a full list of remaining dates, please see below or visit: bandsintown.com/goodtiger

Blending their influences in a manner that defies lazy classification sets Good Tiger apart from their contemporaries, imbuing everything they do with a distinctive sound and feel, and with We Will All Be Gone, Good Tiger have dramatically built upon their stunning debut, 2015′s A Head Full Of Moonlight.

Comprised of guitarists Derya “Dez” Nagle and Joaquin Ardiles, bassist Morgan Sinclair, drummer Alex Rudinger, and vocalist Elliot Coleman, Good Tiger has raised the stakes across the board – every track on We Will All Be Gone has a definitive character of its own, and none stay in a single gear, all of them dynamic and textured as they evoke various tones and moods. Tracking at Middle Farm Studios in southwest England, the band recruited producer Forrester Savell (Karnivool/Dead Letter Circus), and engineer/mixer Adam “Nolly” Getgood (Periphery/Animals As Leaders). “We worked with Nolly on the last album, we had a great working relationship, and wanted to explore that further in a more developed situation,” Dez explains. “Forrester has made some of our favorite albums, and is someone we could trust steering the ship. Having self-produced for so long it can be at times quite difficult to let go, so it was important we found people we could fully entrust to help create the album we wanted to make.”


We Will All Be Gone track-listing:
1. The Devil Thinks I’m Sinking
2. Float On
3. Such a Kind Stranger
4. Blueshift
5. Salt of the Earth
6. Grip Shoes
7. Just Shy
8. Nineteen Grams
9. Cherry Lemon
10. I’ll Finish This Book Later

Good Tiger tour dates
w/I the Mighty & Hail The Sun:
Nov. 15 – Houston, TX @ The Studio @ Warehouse Live
Nov. 17 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
Nov. 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
Nov. 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge

Good Tiger online:
http://goodtiger.co
https://www.facebook.com/GoodTigerOfficial
https://twitter.com/goodtiger
https://www.instagram.com/goodtigerofficial

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Unsane To Begin North American Tour Supporting “Sterilize” LP This Week

New York City’s Unsane begin a new North American tour in support of their eighth studio full-length album, “Sterilize”, released in September through Southern Lord.

With their intense month-long European tour ending only one week ago, Unsane begins another massive trek which sees them out for over a month on North American soil. The new tour begins this Thursday, December 16th with two consecutive shows in Brooklyn, after which they’ll run a clockwise path of smoldering demolition throughout the US and lower Canada through December 19th, the tour ending in Philadelphia.

Unsane Tour Dates:

11/16/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Cherubs, Buildings [info]
11/17/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Cherubs, Plaque Marks [info]
11/18/2017 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Plaque Marks
11/19/2017 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Plaque Marks
11/20/2017 The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ Plaque Marks
11/21/2017 Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, LA w/ Plaque Marks
11/25/2017 Lost Well – Austin, TX w/ Plaque Marks
11/26/2017 Ridglea Lounge – Ft. Worth, TX w/ Plaque Marks
11/28/2017 Club Congress – Tucson, AZ w/ Plaque Marks
11/29/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV w/ Plaque Marks
11/30/2017 Jewel Room at Union – Los Angeles, CA w/ Plaque Marks
12/02/2017 Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA w/ Plaque Marks
12/04/2017 Old Nick’s – Eugene, OR w/ Plaque Marks
12/05/2017 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Plaque Marks
12/06/2017 Cobalt – Vancouver, BC w/ Plaque Marks
12/07/2017 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR w/ Plaque Marks
12/08/2017 Neurolux – Boise, ID w/ Plaque Marks
12/10/2017 Hi Dive – Denver, CO w/ Plaque Marks
12/12/2017 7th St Entry – Minneapolis, MN w/ Big|Brave, Child Bite
12/13/2017 Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI w/ Big|Brave, Child Bite
12/14/2017 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH w/ Big|Brave, Child Bite
12/15/2017 Loving Touch – Detroit, MI w/ Big|Brave, Child Bite
12/16/2017 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON w/ Big|Brave, Child Bite
12/17/2017 L’Astral – Montreal, QC w/ Child Bite
12/18/2017 Great Scott – Boston, MA w/ Big|Brave, Child Bite
12/19/2017 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Big|Brave, Child Bite

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Wvrm To Embark On December Tour Supporting “Can You Hear The Wind Howl” EP

Greenville, South Carolina-based outfit Wvrm has announced a run of North American December tour dates supporting their newly unleashed EP, “Can You Hear The Wind Howl”.

Deploying six track­s in barely nine minutes, Wvrm’s “Can You Hear The Wind Howl” is a brutally-charged and volatile display of metallic grindcore unrest. Wvrm’s caustic tones, belittling percussion, and searing vocals coalesce into an onslaught fans of Dead In The Dirt, The Drip, Torch Runner, and similar acts should not pass by. Can You Hear The Wind Howl was recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks, engineered and mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Black Breath, Sect), mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, All Pigs Must Die, Nails), completed with artwork by Searing Limb, and released in late September through To Live A Lie Records.

Wvrm’s “Can You Hear The Wind Howl” can be streamed in its entirety below:

Can You Hear The Wind Howl by WVRM

Check out all dates below:

WVRM w/ Funeral Chic:
12/02/2017 The Milestone – Charlotte, NC
12/03/2017 That 70s House – Nashville, TN
12/04/2017 Poor Boys – New Orleans, LA
12/05/2017 The Lost Well – Austin, TX
12/06/2017 Rockhouse Bar – El Paso, TX
12/07/2017 The Rogue Bar – Scottsdale, AZ
12/08/2017 Til Two – San Diego, CA
12/09/2017 Mi Pueblito Bar – Tijuana, MX
12/10/2017 For The Children 2017 – Los Angeles, CA [info]
12/11/2017 Blacklight District Lounge – Long Beach, CA
12/13/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
12/14/2017 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Albuquerque, NM
12/15/2017 Reno’s Chop Shop – Dallas, TX
12/16/2017 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
12/17/2017 Rockhouse Live Midtown – Memphis, TN
12/18/2017 The Earl – Atlanta, GA

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Whitechapel To Begin North American Tour With Carnifex, Rings Of Saturn, Entheos, And So This Is Suffering This Week

Whitechapel will kick off their North American headlining tour this Friday. Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the band’s The Somatic Defilement release, the A Decade Of Defilement tour will run from November 10th through December 16th and find Whitechapel performing select tracks from The Somatic Defilement, some of which have not been played since the album’s release.

Support will be provided by Carnifex, Rings Of Saturn, Entheos, and So This Is Suffering. See below for all confirmed dates.

Whitechapel – A Decade Of Defilement Tour w/ Carnifex, Rings Of Saturn, Entheos, So This Is Suffering:

11/10/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/11/2017 State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL
11/12/2017 The Ground – Miami, FL
11/14/2017 The Underground – Charlotte, NC
11/15/2017 Shaka’s – Virginia Beach, VA
11/16/2017 SoundStage- Baltimore, MD
11/17/2017 The Chance Theater – Poughkeepsie, NY
11/18/2017 Reverb – Reading, PA
11/19/2017 Fete Ballroom – Providence, RI
11/21/2017 Crofoot Ballroom – Detroit, MI
11/22/2017 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
11/23/2017 Opera House – Toronto, ON
11/24/2017 Outpost Concert Club – Kent, OH
11/25/2017 OddBody’s – Dayton, OH
11/26/2017 The Forge – Joliet, IL
11/28/2017 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/29/2017 Apollo Theater – Belvidere, IL
11/30/2017 Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
12/01/2017 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
12/02/2017 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
12/03/2017 Top Deck – Farmington, NM
12/05/2017 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA
12/06/2017 Glasshouse – Pomona, CA
12/07/2017 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
12/08/2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
12/09/2017 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
12/10/2017 Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
12/11/2017 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
12/12/2017 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
12/13/2017 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
12/14/2017 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
12/15/2017 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
12/16/2017 The International – Knoxville, TN

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The Last Of Lucy Premieres New Song “Odyssey” From Upcoming New Album “Ashvattha”

Based in Orange County/Los Angeles, California, The Last Of Lucy are back with a new offering of chaotic and memorable technical death metal on their upcoming full-length, Ashvattha. Which is set for release on November 17th. The Last Of Lucy has been active since 2007 and incorporates various elements of Grind, Jazz, Ambient, & Classical music into their own unique style of tech-death.

The group is best described as a mix between the chaotic and experimental take on technical death metal employed by groups like Cephalic Carnage, Ion Dissonance, and Psyopus merged with the groovier and more modern sound of groups such as Rivers Of Nihil and The Schoenberg Automaton. Today the band launches the album’s second single, “Odyssey”.

You can check it out now below:

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Mayhem Kicking Off North American Tour With Immolation & Black Anvil

Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem will descend upon North America for a month-long live takeover from November 3rd to December 2nd. Support will be provided by Immolation and Black Anvil, the latter of which appeared with the band on their last stateside expedition.

The tour follows the band’s recent Purgatorium Europæ – Pars Duorum trek. Additionally, Mayhem will take part in the latest edition of the Decibel Metal And Beer Fest set to take place on March 31st-April 1st, 2018 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mayhem will perform on April 1st alongside Carcass, Repulsion, Dream Death, and more.

See all confirmed dates below.

Mayhem – Purgatorium Americæ Septentrionalis Pars Duorum w/ Immolation, Black Anvil:

11/03/2017 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
11/04/2017 Elements – Kitchener, ON
11/05/2017 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
11/06/2017 Skully’s Music Diner – Columbus, OH
11/07/2017 The Majestic – Madison, WI
11/09/2017 The Forge – Joliet, IL
11/10/2017 The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
11/11/2017 The Granada – Lawrence, KS

11/12/2017 The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
11/14/2017 El Rey Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
11/16/2017 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
11/17/2017 The Observatory Northpark – San Diego, CA
11/18/2017 The Fonda – Los Angeles, CA
11/19/2017 The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
11/21/2017 Mohawk – Austin, TX
11/22/2017 White Oak – Houston, TX
11/24/2017 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
11/25/2017 Mavericks – Jacksonville, FL
11/26/2017 Saturn – Birmingham, AL
11/27/2017 Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
11/28/2017 Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
11/30/2017 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
12/01/2017 Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
12/02/2017 Irving Plaza – New York, NY

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Allegaeon Kicks Off North American Tour With Ne Obliviscaris

Allegaeon kicks off a month-long North American tour supporting Ne Obliviscaris in San Francisco, California. The journey will run through December 4th in Anaheim, California. See all confirmed dates below.

Allegaeon w/ Ne Obliviscaris:

11/02/2017 Whisky A Go Go – Los Angeles, CA
11/03/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
11/04/2017 Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
11/05/2017 Globe Hall – Denver, CO
11/07/2017 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
11/08/2017 Dante’s – Portland, OR
11/09/2017 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
11/11/2017 Dickens – Calgary, AB
11/13/2017 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
11/14/2017 Amsterdam – St. Paul, MN
11/16/2017 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
11/17/2017 Foundry – Cleveland, OH
11/18/2017 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
11/19/2017 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
11/20/2017 Sonia – Boston, MA
11/22/2017 Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY
11/24/2017 Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC
11/25/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/26/2017 Haven – Orlando, FL
11/28/2017 Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, LA
11/29/2017 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
11/30/2017 Acadia Live – Houston, TX
12/01/2017 Come & Take It Live – Austin, TX
12/03/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
12/04/2017 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA

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Strife Announces New Live DVD/Album “Live At The Troubadour” On Record Store Day

Strife has a new live DVD/album titled “Live At The Troubadour” set for release on the Black Friday ‘Record Store Day ‘, November 24th via WAR Records. The outing features a live set which was recorded at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA on February 05th, 2005.

The ‘Record Store Day‘ edition of the release will be limited to 500 copies, featuring the DVD packaged along with a red vinyl pressing. Pre-orders can be found at war-rec.com. Songs performed on the effort include:

01 – “Waiting”
02 – “Grey”
03 – “Will To Die”
04 – “Untitled”
05 – “Rise Again”
06 – “Angel Wings”
07 – “Blistered”
08 – “Lift”
09 – “Through And Through”
10 – “Force Of Change”
11 – “What Will Remain”

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