Alice Cooper Announces UK Tour Dates With The Stranglers

Shock rock icon Alice Cooper has announced that he will embark on a headlining tour of the United Kingdom this October, where he will be joined by punk/new wave veterans, The Stranglers. The tour, which is being called, “Ol’ Black Is Eyes Is Back,” will stretch across seven dates and will also include support from MC50, the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the MC5.

Speaking to the NME, Cooper stated: “The great thing about the tour coming to the UK is we’ve done this last show for the last two and a half years so we’re ready to retire this show. The next show, all the elements are out there – it’s going to be a pure Alice Cooper show. It’s going to have all the stuff that everybody wants to see and new stuff and for the songs, we dip into a bunch of albums that people probably are not going to expect us to go to. So it’s going to be a total Alice extravaganza.”

The tour dates are as follows:

October 4 – Manchester Arena – Manchester, England
October 5 – The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) – Aberdeen, Scotland
October 7 – First Direct Arena – Leeds, England
October 8 – Brighton Centre – Brighton, England
October 10 – The O2 – London, England
October 11 – Resorts World Arena – Birmingham, England
October 12 – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff – Cardiff, Wales

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The Raven Age Posts New Song “The Day The World Stood Still” Online

This March, UK heavy rockers The Raven Age will release their highly anticipated second album Conspiracy through Corvid Records. Ahead of the release, the band have shared the fourth installment from the record ‘The Day The World Stood Still’.

A melodic metal monster that is as brilliantly catchy as it is artfully heavy, it’s equipped with epic guitar solos and powerful vocal lines that have the ferocity and theatrics of the likes of metal heavyweights Avenged Sevenfold. It follows the tracks ‘Surrogate’, ‘Betrayal of the Mind’ and the previous single ‘Fleur De Lis’, which has now reached over 1million streams on Spotify.

Named after a collective of ravens, Conspiracy is a cryptic soundtrack to the immersive fantasy world that the combined minds of bandmates Matt James (vocals), George Harris (guitar), Tony Maue (guitar), Matt Cox (bass) and Jai Patel (drums) have created. A world that delves into history’s myths and legends, with the stories re-told through their music and imagery. Clues left within their artwork and lyrics connect everything together to be part of a bigger story, pointing to what may later come to pass for The Raven Age.

Conspiracy is an inventive, mature and thrilling body of work that’s full of twists and tangents that carry the excitement from start to finish.

Having already built a solid live presence after touring the globe with the likes of Tremonti, Killswitch Engage, Shinedown, Mastodon to name a few and appearing at a number of festivals including Waken Open Air, Bloodstock and Download, they will be supporting this release with their biggest headline run to date across the UK and Europe throughout March and April with support from Defences.

They will then continue the year as support to Iron Maiden on their North and South American leg of the ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ tour from July to October.

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The Raven Age Posts New Song “The Day The World Stood Still” Online

This March, UK heavy rockers The Raven Age will release their highly anticipated second album Conspiracy through Corvid Records. Ahead of the release, the band have shared the fourth installment from the record ‘The Day The World Stood Still’.

A melodic metal monster that is as brilliantly catchy as it is artfully heavy, it’s equipped with epic guitar solos and powerful vocal lines that have the ferocity and theatrics of the likes of metal heavyweights Avenged Sevenfold. It follows the tracks ‘Surrogate’, ‘Betrayal of the Mind’ and the previous single ‘Fleur De Lis’, which has now reached over 1million streams on Spotify.

Named after a collective of ravens, Conspiracy is a cryptic soundtrack to the immersive fantasy world that the combined minds of bandmates Matt James (vocals), George Harris (guitar), Tony Maue (guitar), Matt Cox (bass) and Jai Patel (drums) have created. A world that delves into history’s myths and legends, with the stories re-told through their music and imagery. Clues left within their artwork and lyrics connect everything together to be part of a bigger story, pointing to what may later come to pass for The Raven Age.

Conspiracy is an inventive, mature and thrilling body of work that’s full of twists and tangents that carry the excitement from start to finish.

Having already built a solid live presence after touring the globe with the likes of Tremonti, Killswitch Engage, Shinedown, Mastodon to name a few and appearing at a number of festivals including Waken Open Air, Bloodstock and Download, they will be supporting this release with their biggest headline run to date across the UK and Europe throughout March and April with support from Defences.

They will then continue the year as support to Iron Maiden on their North and South American leg of the ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ tour from July to October.

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Kittie To Release “Live At The London Music Hall” 20th Anniversary Concert Film

Canadian alternative metal outfit Kittie has announced that they will be releasing a 20th anniversary concert film entitled, “Live At The London Music Hall.” A short statement from the band reads as follows:

“We are excited to announce on March 26th we’ll be releasing Kittie: Live At The London Music Hall! This is the long awaited concert video of our 20th anniversary reunion show! Pre-order now here.”

On October 27th, 2017 Kittie celebrated the premiere of their career-spanning documentary Kittie: Origins/Evolutions by bringing a One Night Only unprecedented afterparty concert event like no other to Rum Runners in their home town of London, Ontario.

The show was an anthology set featuring past and present band members: I’ve Failed You / In The Black era, the Oracle / Until The End era, and the Spit era.

Kittie: Live at the London Music Hall from RobMcCallumFilms on Vimeo.

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Sacred Reich Announces European Tour; Posts Studio Update

Legendary American thrash metallers, Sacred Reich, are currently in the studio recording their new studio album – a first in 23 years – entitled Awakening, and have just announced a full European tour beginning November of 2019. The Awakening European Tour will cover all of Europe.

Phil Rind comments: “Recording is in full swing with producer Arthur Rizk at The Platinum Underground in Arizona. We are so excited to be back in the studio after 23 years. Dave is currently killing it on the drums. Sounds sick! Our new record ‘Awakening’ is due this summer. Stay tuned! Tour dates across the planet coming your way!”

Additionally, Sacred Reich has also announced their first string of dates in North America alongside Iron Reagan, Leeway and Enforced for May, plus European visits for festivals in July and August. See below for an overview of all upcoming Sacred Reich dates announced so far.

(May dates with Iron Reagan, Leeway, Enforced)
May 9 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents
May 10 – Pittsburgh, PA Cattivo
May 11 – Baltimore, MD – Metro
May 12 – Boston, MA – Once Ballroom
May 14 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
May 15 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
May 16 – Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
May 17 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
July 6 – Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona Rock Fest
July 7 – Verona, Italy – Rock The Castle Festival
August 8 – Josefov, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault Festival
August 10 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands – Into The Grave Festival
August 11 – Kortrijk, Belgium – Alcatraz Metal Festival
August 12 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Garage (w/Testament)
August 14 – Regensburg, Germany – Airport Obertraubling (w/Testament)
August 18 – Saint-Nolff, France – Motocultor Festival
October 13 – Los Angeles, USA – MegaCruise

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High on Fire Wins Grammy Award For Best Metal Performance

HIGH ON FIRE was honored with a Grammy in the “Best Metal Performance” category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 61st annual Grammy Awards, which is being held tonight (Sunday, February 10) at Staples Center in Los Angeles. HIGH ON FIRE was nominated for “Electric Messiah”, the title track of its 2018 album.

When HIGH ON FIRE was first nominated, guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike said in a statement: “We are so honored to be appreciated by our peers. We love and live our art.” Drummer Des Kensel added: “It doesn’t matter whether we win or not. It’s just an honor to be recognized for our hard work and sacrifice after devoting our whole lives to music.” Bassist Jeff Matz concurred, saying: “This is pretty mind-blowing. We’re beyond thrilled about the nomination. We all put a lot of sweat and sleepless nights into writing and recording this album. It’s amazing that our efforts are being recognized in this way.”

The nominees in the “Best Metal Performance” category were as follows:

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME – “Condemned To The Gallows”
DEAFHEAVEN – “Honeycomb”
HIGH ON FIRE – “Electric Messiah”
TRIVIUM – “Betrayer”
UNDEROATH – “On My Teeth”

The majority of the awards in the 84 Grammy categories spread across 30 fields are being handed out in a non-televised event, the Premiere Ceremony, this afternoon. The televised portion of the Grammys will begin on CBS at 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET.

Last year, the Recording Academy announced several changes to the awards process, most notably to the “General Field” categories — record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artist — where the number of nominations was increased from five to eight. The Recording Academy also claims to have made greater efforts this year to diversify its voting body, reaching out to women and people of color specifically about becoming new members while requiring longtime members to re-qualify based on recent work.

The Grammys are voted on by approximately 13,000 Recording Academy members, who are comprised of artists, songwriters, producers and engineers. More than 21,000 recordings were submitted for Grammys consideration this year. For 2019 awards, music must have been released between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 in order to be eligible.

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High on Fire Wins Grammy Award For Best Metal Performance

HIGH ON FIRE was honored with a Grammy in the “Best Metal Performance” category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 61st annual Grammy Awards, which is being held tonight (Sunday, February 10) at Staples Center in Los Angeles. HIGH ON FIRE was nominated for “Electric Messiah”, the title track of its 2018 album.

When HIGH ON FIRE was first nominated, guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike said in a statement: “We are so honored to be appreciated by our peers. We love and live our art.” Drummer Des Kensel added: “It doesn’t matter whether we win or not. It’s just an honor to be recognized for our hard work and sacrifice after devoting our whole lives to music.” Bassist Jeff Matz concurred, saying: “This is pretty mind-blowing. We’re beyond thrilled about the nomination. We all put a lot of sweat and sleepless nights into writing and recording this album. It’s amazing that our efforts are being recognized in this way.”

The nominees in the “Best Metal Performance” category were as follows:

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME – “Condemned To The Gallows”
DEAFHEAVEN – “Honeycomb”
HIGH ON FIRE – “Electric Messiah”
TRIVIUM – “Betrayer”
UNDEROATH – “On My Teeth”

The majority of the awards in the 84 Grammy categories spread across 30 fields are being handed out in a non-televised event, the Premiere Ceremony, this afternoon. The televised portion of the Grammys will begin on CBS at 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET.

Last year, the Recording Academy announced several changes to the awards process, most notably to the “General Field” categories — record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artist — where the number of nominations was increased from five to eight. The Recording Academy also claims to have made greater efforts this year to diversify its voting body, reaching out to women and people of color specifically about becoming new members while requiring longtime members to re-qualify based on recent work.

The Grammys are voted on by approximately 13,000 Recording Academy members, who are comprised of artists, songwriters, producers and engineers. More than 21,000 recordings were submitted for Grammys consideration this year. For 2019 awards, music must have been released between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 in order to be eligible.

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High on Fire Wins Grammy Award For Best Metal Performance

HIGH ON FIRE was honored with a Grammy in the “Best Metal Performance” category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 61st annual Grammy Awards, which is being held tonight (Sunday, February 10) at Staples Center in Los Angeles. HIGH ON FIRE was nominated for “Electric Messiah”, the title track of its 2018 album.

When HIGH ON FIRE was first nominated, guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike said in a statement: “We are so honored to be appreciated by our peers. We love and live our art.” Drummer Des Kensel added: “It doesn’t matter whether we win or not. It’s just an honor to be recognized for our hard work and sacrifice after devoting our whole lives to music.” Bassist Jeff Matz concurred, saying: “This is pretty mind-blowing. We’re beyond thrilled about the nomination. We all put a lot of sweat and sleepless nights into writing and recording this album. It’s amazing that our efforts are being recognized in this way.”

The nominees in the “Best Metal Performance” category were as follows:

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME – “Condemned To The Gallows”
DEAFHEAVEN – “Honeycomb”
HIGH ON FIRE – “Electric Messiah”
TRIVIUM – “Betrayer”
UNDEROATH – “On My Teeth”

The majority of the awards in the 84 Grammy categories spread across 30 fields are being handed out in a non-televised event, the Premiere Ceremony, this afternoon. The televised portion of the Grammys will begin on CBS at 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET.

Last year, the Recording Academy announced several changes to the awards process, most notably to the “General Field” categories — record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artist — where the number of nominations was increased from five to eight. The Recording Academy also claims to have made greater efforts this year to diversify its voting body, reaching out to women and people of color specifically about becoming new members while requiring longtime members to re-qualify based on recent work.

The Grammys are voted on by approximately 13,000 Recording Academy members, who are comprised of artists, songwriters, producers and engineers. More than 21,000 recordings were submitted for Grammys consideration this year. For 2019 awards, music must have been released between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 in order to be eligible.

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Avatar Announces North American Tour With Devin Townsend

From the Royal Court of Avatar Country on February 5th in the Year of the King (2019).

In the midst of a mostly sold out European trek, Avatar has announced their return to North America on the aptly named Avatar Country World Tour 2019 Presented by Revolver Magazine. Dates begin on May 16th in Buffalo, NY and stretch coast to coast before wrapping up in Las Vegas, NV on June 15th exactly thirty days later.

These dates include three prestigious North American rock festivals including Sonic Temple in Columbus, OH on May 17th, Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK on May 26th, and Domination 2019 taking place in Mexico City on May 3rd.

“As we’ve stated in the past, we are reaching the end of the road for the Avatar Country saga,” says vocalist Johannes Eckerström. “And if you want to see us in all our Royal Glory in tribute to the King, this might very well be your last chance. We will make sure to go out with a bang!”

The band is thrilled to announce that the legendary singer/songwriter and producer Devin Townsend will serve as direct support performing a full acoustic set. Southern California’s Dance With The Dead and Atlanta mainstays 68’ will open the show.

“This tour is extra special to us and me personally as we’ve not only amazing hand-picked openers to showcase what we think deserves more eyes and ears in ’68 and Dance with the Dead, but we also have the extreme pleasure and privilege to share the stage with Devin Townsend at an exciting phase of his career.”

“I am a lifelong fan, and I genuinely feel that people who appreciate our willingness to experiment and walk that extra mile to be true to our vision and integrity have Mr. Townsend to thank for a lot. It will be a bucket list experience for me, and I hope we get to share it with as many people as possible.”

The 2019 trek across the U.S. will be the first time the band has toured in America since they went out with Trivium on the The Sin and the Sentence World Tour last October.

General on-sale will be available this Friday, February 8th, 2019.

May 3 – Mexico City, MX – Domination 2019
May 16 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
May 17 – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple
May 18 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
May 19 – Portland, ME – Aura
May 21 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
May 22 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
May 23 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
May 24 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
May 25 – Sioux City, IA – Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel
May 26 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
May 28 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 29 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
May 30 – Saskatoon, SK – Coors Event Centre
May 31 – Edmonton, AB – The Ranch Roadhouse
June 1 – Calgary, AB – The Palace
June 3 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
June 4 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
June 6 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
June 7 – Reno, NV – Cargo
June 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex – Grand
June 9 – Grand ction, CO – Mesa Theater
June 10 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
June 11 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
June 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theatre
June 14 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
June 15 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

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Avatar Announces North American Tour With Devin Townsend

From the Royal Court of Avatar Country on February 5th in the Year of the King (2019).

In the midst of a mostly sold out European trek, Avatar has announced their return to North America on the aptly named Avatar Country World Tour 2019 Presented by Revolver Magazine. Dates begin on May 16th in Buffalo, NY and stretch coast to coast before wrapping up in Las Vegas, NV on June 15th exactly thirty days later.

These dates include three prestigious North American rock festivals including Sonic Temple in Columbus, OH on May 17th, Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK on May 26th, and Domination 2019 taking place in Mexico City on May 3rd.

“As we’ve stated in the past, we are reaching the end of the road for the Avatar Country saga,” says vocalist Johannes Eckerström. “And if you want to see us in all our Royal Glory in tribute to the King, this might very well be your last chance. We will make sure to go out with a bang!”

The band is thrilled to announce that the legendary singer/songwriter and producer Devin Townsend will serve as direct support performing a full acoustic set. Southern California’s Dance With The Dead and Atlanta mainstays 68’ will open the show.

“This tour is extra special to us and me personally as we’ve not only amazing hand-picked openers to showcase what we think deserves more eyes and ears in ’68 and Dance with the Dead, but we also have the extreme pleasure and privilege to share the stage with Devin Townsend at an exciting phase of his career.”

“I am a lifelong fan, and I genuinely feel that people who appreciate our willingness to experiment and walk that extra mile to be true to our vision and integrity have Mr. Townsend to thank for a lot. It will be a bucket list experience for me, and I hope we get to share it with as many people as possible.”

The 2019 trek across the U.S. will be the first time the band has toured in America since they went out with Trivium on the The Sin and the Sentence World Tour last October.

General on-sale will be available this Friday, February 8th, 2019.

May 3 – Mexico City, MX – Domination 2019
May 16 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
May 17 – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple
May 18 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
May 19 – Portland, ME – Aura
May 21 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
May 22 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
May 23 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
May 24 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
May 25 – Sioux City, IA – Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel
May 26 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
May 28 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 29 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
May 30 – Saskatoon, SK – Coors Event Centre
May 31 – Edmonton, AB – The Ranch Roadhouse
June 1 – Calgary, AB – The Palace
June 3 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
June 4 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
June 6 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
June 7 – Reno, NV – Cargo
June 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex – Grand
June 9 – Grand ction, CO – Mesa Theater
June 10 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
June 11 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
June 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theatre
June 14 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
June 15 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

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