Megadeth Checks In From Chicago Stop Of Gigantour

David Ellefson of Megadeth has checked in with a new video update from the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago during Gigantour 2012. Check out the video clip below. You can also find a recently posted full report from a Gigantour stop in Massachusetts at this location.

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Kyle Thomas Fills In Chicago Doom Band Trouble’s Vocalist Vacancy

Blabbermouth.net reports Kyle Thomas, former lead singer for Exhorder and Alabama Thunderpussy, has accepted the position as Trouble’s front man. Thomas formerly donned Trouble’s microphone for four live shows between 1997 and 1999.

Thomas will fill the void left by Trouble vocalist, Kory Clarke. Also known for fronting Warrior Soul, Clarke recently announced his exit from the legendary Chicago doom act to pursue a new band, The Bones of Children, with guitarist Russ Strahan of Pentagram.

Trouble co-founder and guitarist, Rick Wartells comments, “We are really excited to be working with Kyle again. The shows we played with him in the past were very well-received by the fans and now we’ll have an opportunity to work with him in the studio on our new record. His vocals are amazing and a perfect fit for the band.”

“The history with Kyle and Trouble really goes back to his teenage years as he told me that he and Jimmy Bower (of Down) would drive around in his old Pinto and listen to Trouble. He’s an excellent, highly energetic singer and it’s great to have him be an official member of the band now,” adds the other Trouble ax man, Bruce Franklin.

Trouble’s current lineup includes Kyle Thomas (vocals), Rick Wartell (guitar), Bruce Franklin (guitar),
Shane Pasqualla (bass) and Mark Lira (drums). The group is currently working on a new studio album and expects a spring release date.

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Deathcult To Release Debut Album Through Razorback

Razorback Recordings has issued the following announcement about the upcoming debut release from Deathcult:

“Razorback Recordings is proud to announce that we will be releasing the debut full-length CD from Chicago’s DEATHCULT! This is some of the best and most exciting Death Metal we’ve heard in a long time.

“Oldschool and extremely catchy without being just another ‘retro’ band. These guys really know how to draw from the right influences without copying and still having their own sound!

“The band has a 2 song promo that you can hear on their Reverbnation page, and they are currently working on their debut CD, which will be released on Razorback later this Summer! Check them out and keep an eye out for this upcoming killer album!”

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Meshuggah Reveals North American Tour Dates With Decapitated and Baroness

Swedish progressive metal icons Meshuggah have revealed that they will be returning to North American shores this coming May in support of its forthcoming new album “Koloss.” Rounding out the bill are Polish death metal veterans Decapitated and American sludge-rockers Baroness. The currently announced dates for “The Ophidian Trek 2012” can be found below. Additional dates are currently pending and not confirmed.

4/29 Houston, TX – House of Blues
4/30 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
5/1 Austin, TX – Emo’s
5/3 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
5/4 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
5/5 Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
5/6 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
5/8 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
5/9 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
5/11 Denver, CO – Odgen Theatre
5/13 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
5/15 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
5/16 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
5/17 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
5/18 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
5/19 Worcester, MA – Palladium
5/20 Montreal, QC – Olympia de Montreal
5/22 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore
5/23 New York, NY – Terminal 5

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Opeth Announces "Heritage Hunter" Tour With Mastodon And Ghost

Sweden’s Opeth has announced the “Heritage Hunter” tour, which will also feature Mastodon and special guest Ghost. Dates are as follows:

04 Apr – Portland, ME @ State Theater**
05 Apr – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater*
06 Apr – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis*
07 Apr – Toronto, ON @ The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts*
09 Apr – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory**
10 Apr – Wallingford, CT @ The Dome**
11 Apr – New York, NY @ Roseland**
13 Apr – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater**
14 Apr – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection**
15 Apr – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE**
16 Apr – Knoxville, TN @ TN Theater*
18 Apr – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom**
19 Apr – Dallas, TX @ Palladium*
20 Apr – San Antonio @ Back Stage Live*
21 Apr – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street*
23 Apr – Denver, CO @ Fillmore*
25 Apr – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues**
26 Apr – Hollywood, CA @ Gibson*
27 Apr – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre*
28 Apr – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort**
30 Apr – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater*
01 May – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum*
03 May – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Ctr*
04 May – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall**
05 May – Saskatoon @ The Odeon**
06 May – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings*
09 May – Washington DC @ The Fillmore*
10 May – Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore**
11 May – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues*
12 May – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Music Park**

* Denotes Opeth closing show
** Denotes Mastodon closing show

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More Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Tour Details Revealed

As I Lay Dying will be spend the summer as part of the fifth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The main stage will be the strongest ever with the headlining slot occupied by multi-platinum Iowa legends Slipknot. Next up will be legendary thrash metal kings Slayer and then a major special guest will be playing in the third slot whom will be announced on March 5th. The main stage will also spotlight a ferocious mix of today’s best artists in a rotation, including The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, and Asking Alexandria.

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival will make a 26 date trek across the U.S. beginning on June 30th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Friday the 6th of April, 2012. Tune in to this location for up-to-date ticketing information.

As I Lay Dying will be entering the studio this Spring to record the band’s fifth full-length album and follow-up to 2010’s “The Powerless Rise,” which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Charts at #10. The band has chosen a producer and will announce more details about the album in the coming weeks. The album’s release date is tentatively scheduled for this summer.

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival dates are as follows:

06/30 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
07/01 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheater
07/03 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheater
07/04 Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheater
07/06 Phoenix, AZ Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion
07/07 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion
07/08 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
07/10 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
07/11 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
07/13 Tampa, FL 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
07/14 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
07/15 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
07/18 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
07/20 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/21 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07/22 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/24 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
07/25 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
07/27 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
07/28 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
07/29 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
07/31 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
08/01 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake PAC
08/03 Boston, MA Comcast Center
08/04 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
08/05 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre

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Black Tusk Updates U.S. Tour Schedule

In support of “Set the Dial,” Savannah Georgia’s Black Tusk has lined up a slew of North American tour dates. This run will feature headlining tour dates with support coming from East of the Wall, label-mates Royal Thunder, and Hull, plus a string of dates supporting Prong and select shows with Intronaut and Skeletonwitch in March. The band hits the road February 4th starting in Durham, NC and runs through April 4th in Little Rock, AR.

In addition to the regular shows, Black Tusk will be taking part in the Scion Relapse Showcase in Hollywood, CA and three appearances at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. These appearances will all take place on March 14th seeing Black Tusk appear at the Pitchfork Showcase, Metal Sucks Showcase, and Converse Showcase.

“Black Tusk” is currently streaming the “Set The Dial” release at this location. The band’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:

HEADLINING
2/4: Durham, NC @ The Casbah
2/11: West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy (SCION RELAPSE SHOWCASE)
2/24: Charleston, SC @ Jimbo’s Rock Lounge
2/25: Augusta, GA @ Sky City
2/26: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

WITH ROYAL THUNDER, EAST OF THE WALL, HULL
3/8: Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
3/9: Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge
3/10: Detroit, MI @ I ROCK
3/11: Portage, IN Camelot Arean
3/12: St Louis, MO @ Fubar
3/13: Fayetteville, AR @ Stone Pony

SXSW
3/14: Austin, TX @ ND Venue (Pitchfork / Show No Mercy SXSW Showcase)
3/14: Austin, TX @ Metalsucks SXSW Showcase
3/14: Austin, TX @ Converse SXSW Showcase

WITH INTRONAUT AND EAST OF THE WALL
3/16: Scottsdale, AZ @ Chaser’s
3/17: Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
3/19: West Hollywood, CA @ The Whiskey

WITH PRONG
3/21: San Diego, CA @ Ruby Room
3/22: West Hollywood, CA @ Viper Room
3/23: Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
3/24: Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
3/25: Fresno, CA @ Starline
3/26: Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar

WITH EAST OF THE WALL
3/27: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
3/28: Portland, OR @ Rotture
3/29: Tacoma, WA @ Hell’s Kitchen
3/30: Seattle, WA @ Highline
3/31: Boise, ID @ The Venue
4/1: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
4/2: Englewood, CO @ Moe’s
4/3: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room

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Bible Of The Devil To Release Sixth Album "For The Love Of Thugs And Fools"

Chicago rockers Bible of the Devil announced the completion of the band’s sixth full-length album “For the Love of Thugs and Fools.” The album is scheduled for release on May 8, 2012 through Italian based label Cruz Del Sur Music. The album marks the follow up to the 2008 release “Freedom Metal” and was recorded at Phantom Manor studios in Chicago with engineer Mike Lust, who has engineered numerous Bible of the Debil recordings in the past.

According to the band’s press release:

“‘For the Love of Thugs and Fools’ is viewed by the band as a document of the many characters they have encountered through the life of the band, whether it be in love, loss, friendship, or hatred. Having toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe since the band’s inception in late 1999 and living in the volatile urban environment Chicago, where encounters with crime, violence, and ‘street justice’ are unavoidable, there has been much subject matter for the band to draw from. Embracing the philosophy that a bottle of whiskey and some loud guitar is often the best cure available for these challenges and ordeals, Bible of the Devil have chosen to document their grievances in the form of one devastating Rock n’ Roll platter.”

Singer/guitarist Mark Hoffmann had the following comments on the album: “The few years since the last full-length have been like a dare. A dare to create a soaring, punishing Rock n’ Roll record of this magnitude. It is a dare that we have been forced to answer ourselves.”

The track list for “For the Love of Thugs and Fools” is as follows:

1. Sexual Overture/While You Were Away
2. Out For Blood
3. Anytime
4. The Parcher
5. (I Know What Is Right) In The Night
6. Raw & Order
7. Can’t Turn Off The Sun
8. Yer Boy
9. Night Street

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Ion Vein Announces Return To The Stage In Support Of Testament

Chicago based power/progressive metal band Ion Vein announced its return to the stage in support of Testament and co-supporters Diamond Plate on February 10, 2012 at The Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL. The band recently released the EP “IV v1.0” as a digital free download.

In a statement released by the band: “We’re very excited to announce that our first show in support of ‘IV v1.0,’ and out debut show with Scott [Featherstone, vocals] and Rob [Such, bass], will be sharing the stage with the mighty Testament and Chicago’s upstart thrashers Diamond Plate. This is the perfect way to kick the ‘IV v.1.0’ release cycle into high gear and we can’t wait to dial everything up live with you once again!”

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Abigail Williams Reveals New North American Tour Dates

In light of the cancelation of Dark Funeral’s North American tour earlier this week, Abigail Williams — which was confirmed as direct support for the entire trek — has extended the band’s current headlining tour. On top of the run of eight headlining dates already announced, kicking off tonight in Las Vegas, thirteen newly-booked shows across the East Coast and all the way through the Midwest were just confirmed this week.

Additional tour dates are likely to be confirmed so stay tuned for further developments. For now check out the band’s full tour itinerary as it stands, including the monstrous twenty-seven city March Of Death this March when death metal legends Deicide will tour the entire continent with support from Abigail Williams, Jungle Rot and Lecherous Nocturne.

Upcoming Abigail Williams tour dates are as follows:

1/20/2012 Aruba – Las Vegas, NV
1/21/2012 Skrappy’s – Tucson, AZ
1/23/2012 Wreckers – Lubbock, TX
1/24/2012 Tomcats – Ft. Worth, TX
1/25/2012 The Muse – Nashville, TN
1/26/2012 Kingdom – Richmond, VA
1/27/2012 Café 611 – Frederick, MD
1/28/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
1/29/2012 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Immolith, Burden
1/30/2012 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Woe, Immolith
1/31/2012 Ralph’s Diner – Worsester, MA
2/01/2012 Champs – Trenton, NJ w/ Woe
2/02/2012 Slim’s Downtown Distillery – Raleigh, NC
2/03/2012 Ground Zero – Spartanburg , SC
2/04/2012 Kopecs – Pittsburgh, PA
2/05/2012 Kobo – Columbus, OH w/ Dismemberment, Tryblith
2/06/2012 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
2/07/2012 Club Anything – Milwaukee, WI
2/09/2012 The Oasis Venue – Casper, WY
2/10/2012 Old Curtis St Bar – Denver, CO
2/11/2012 South Shore Bar and Grill – Salt Lake City, UT

March Of Death 2012
Deicide w/ Abigail Williams, Jungle Rot, Lecherous Nocturne
3/01/2012 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
3/02/2012 Reverb – Reading, PA
3/03/2012 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
3/04/2012 Foufounes – Montreal, QC
3/05/2012 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC
3/06/2012 Opera House – Toronto, ON
3/07/2012 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
3/08/2012 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
3/09/2012 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
3/10/2012 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
3/12/2012 Osbourne Village Inn – Winnipeg, MB
3/13/2012 The Exchange – Regina, SK
3/14/2012 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
3/15/2012 Dickens – Calgary, AB
3/16/2012 Rutland Centennial Hall – Kelowna, BC
3/17/2012 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
3/18/2012 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
3/19/2012 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
3/20/2012 Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
3/21/2012 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
3/22/2012 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
3/23/2012 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
3/24/2012 Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
3/25/2012 Trees – Dallas, TX
3/27/2012 Emo’s East – Austin, TX
3/28/2012 The Hangar – New Orleans, LA
3/29/2012 Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL

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