Impale To Split With Drummer Phil Messina

Evergreen Park, IL based act Impale has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Phil Messina:

“Hey guys this is Phil. The band and I have been talking for the past few weeks, and I want to announce my intentions. I plan on playing the remaining shows for till the end of the year, possibly recording a few songs, and as of 2012 I will no longer be the drummer for Impale. I’ve decided I want to move on and try new things in my life, but that does not mean the band is finished.

“They are wanting to start auditioning new drummers as soon as possible, and continue to dominate the Chicago metal scene. I love all these guys, all of them are still my best friends, and I am not done supporting them. I am also by far NOT done with playing music or metal. I just want to see where life takes me, and try new things.

“Thank you to everyone who came and checked me out with this awesome and amazing band for the past 10ish years (yup that long!). Thank you to my best friends, the band, for making me grow as a musician and giving me opportunities that will stay with me forever. IF IT WASN’T FOR IMPALE, I WOULD NOT BE PLAYING MUSIC! Please still support them, support the scene, and audition for them. See you at the last few shows!

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Diamond Plate Announces Tour Dates With Full Blown Chaos

Chicago act Diamond Plate, which is currently on the road in North America with fellow thrashers Warbringer, has confirmed new dates for a tour with Full Blown Chaos.

Diamond Plate will be joining Full Blown Chaos, as well as Rose Funeral and Battlecross, for the new tour which kicks off on Friday, November 11th in Trenton, New Jersey, just days after Diamond Plate returns home from its current tour. Details on the band’s upcoming shows are as follows:

Oct. 21 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Oct. 22 – Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joe’s
Oct. 23 – Toronto, ON – Wreck Room
Oct. 24 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
Oct. 25 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
Oct. 26 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4
Oct. 27 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
Oct. 28 – Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
Oct. 29 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
Oct. 30 – Kansas City, MO – The Beaumont Club
Oct. 31 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
Nov. 01 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Nov. 02 – Sparks, NV – The Alley
Nov. 04 – Vancouver, BC – Funky Weatherbeans
Nov. 05 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Nov. 06 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Nov. 07 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside

Nov. 11 – Trenton, NJ – Championships
Nov. 12 – Towson, MD – The Recher Theater
Nov. 13 – Fayetteville, NC – The Rock Shop
Nov. 15 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
Nov. 16 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Nov. 17 – Nashville, TN – The Muse
Nov. 20 – Fort Worth, TX – Tomcats
Nov. 22 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
Nov. 23 – Topeka, KS – The Boobie Trap Bar
Nov. 24 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Nov. 25 – Des Moines, IA – House of Bricks
Nov. 26 – Chicago, IL – Reggies Rock Club
Nov. 27 – La Crosse, WI – The Warehouse
Nov. 28 – Joliet, IL – Mojoes
Nov. 30 – Whitesburg, KY – County Tourism Building
Dec. 01 – Wheeling, WV – Yesterdays Pub
Dec. 02 – Greensburg, PA – 42nd Street Rockclub
Dec. 03 – Buffalo, NY – Sonic Indian
Dec. 04 – Albany, NY – Bogies

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Twelfth Gate Writing New Songs And Reunion Show Scheduled

Chicago-based progressive thrash band Twelfth Gate has reunited with original singer Scott Huffman and guitarist Rich Knight, and has scheduled a reunion show to take place on Saturday, Dec 10th at Reggie’s Rock Club (17+ event) in Chicago, IL. Rounding out the live lineup will be original bass player Rob Such, original live rhythm guitarist Gabe DeLaurie, and drummer Sean Scala. The band is planning on playing it’s debut album “Summoning” in it’s entirety, with maybe a select track or two off their sophomore album “Threshold of Revelation.” Also performing will be some up-and-comers from the local Chicago metal scene – Trials, Clad In Darkness and Deadnight.

Rob also commented: “Jamming with Rich & Scott again has made me realize how much I really missed the old Twelfth Gate lineup…the chemistry we have, both musically and as friends, just makes jamming that much more fun! Also, bringing Gabe back into the fold, with his flawless execution of our songs, and adding the monster of a drummer in Sean, has brought a new life back into the band. I believe that without all these players, the reunion would not have been possible. Rich and I have also always been a great writing team, and the material we’re already coming up with is proof positive of that fact! I can’t wait to finish some of these new ideas and have Scott add his unquestionable creativity into the mix. Once everything gets rolling again, there will be nothing stopping us…Twelfth Gate is back!”

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The Sword Reveals New Drummer Santiago "Jimmy" Vela

American heavy metal outfit The Sword has revealed that Santiago “Jimmy” Vela will be their permanent drummer from now on. Vela will be performing with the group on their forthcoming tour dates, which will be their last in support of their most recent album, “Warp Riders.”

The tour dates are as follows:

November 8 – Eskimo Joe’s – Stillwater, OK
November 15 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
November 16 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ
November 17 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
November 18 – Wiltern Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
November 19 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
November 21 – Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR (with YOB)
November 22 – Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA (with YOB)
November 23 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
November 26 – Flames Central – Calgary, AB
November 27 – Edmonton Event Centre – Edmonton, AB
November 29 – Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB
November 30 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
December 1 – Turner Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
December 2 – Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
December 3 – Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
December 5 – The Palace Theater – Greensburg, PA
December 6 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
December 7 – Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
December 8 – Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
December 9 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY
December 10 – Wellmont Theatre – Montclair, NJ

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Heartless Streaming New Song "Late" Online

Heartless today has released another new track from the band’s forthcoming debut full-length, “Hell Is Other People,” set for release via Southern Lord on November 8th. MetalSucks has posted a stream of “Late,” the fourth track from the upcoming release, right here.

Heartless has also confirmed details for an upcoming assault alongside Full of Hell in support of “Hell Is Other People,” now confirmed to begin on November 25th and raiding twenty-five cities through mid-December. Dates are as follows:

11/25/2011 Rt. 47 Building – Parkersburg, WV
11/26/2011 Tower 2012 – Cleveland, OH
11/27/2011 Roboto Project – Pittsburgh, PA
11/28/2011 Carabar – Columbus, OH
11/29/2011 TBA – Chicago, IL
11/30/2011 Scheme City – Milwaukee, WI
12/01/2011 1108 House – Cedar Falls, IA
12/02/2011 Blast O Mat – Denver, CO
12/03/2011 Raunch Records – Salt Lake City, UT
12/04/2011 The Shredder – Boise, ID
12/05/2011 TBA – Seattle, WA
12/06/2011 The Know – Portland, OR
12/07/2011 Axewave Manor – Sacramento, CA
12/08/2011 105 Pioneer – Santa Cruz, CA
12/09/2011 Vacation Vinyl – Los Angeles, CA
12/09/2011 *house party – Los Angeles, CA (secret late show)
12/10/2011 Aladdin Jr. – Pomona, CA
12/11/2011 Revolver Records – Phoenix, AZ
12/12/2011 The Trainyard – Las Cruces, NM
12/13/2011 1919 Hemphill – Fort Worth, TX
12/14/2011 The Korova – San Antonio, TX
12/15/2011 Mudlark Theatre – New Orleans, LA
12/16/2011 The Firehouse – Birmingham, AL
12/17/2011 TBA – Atlanta, GA
12/18/2011 Sewercide Mansion – Charlotte, NC
12/19/2011 Galaxy Hut – Arlington, VA

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Alesana Streaming New Album "A Place Where The Sun Is Silent" Online

Alesana is set to release the new album “A Place Where The Sun Is Silent” this October 18th on Epitaph Records. The album is a sonic interpretation of the 14th century poem “Dante’s Inferno,” a dramatic account of one man’s decent into hell.

“A Place Where The Sun Is Silent” is now previewing care of Alternative Press where it is streaming in it’s entirety. To listen, head over to this location.

Alesana will be performing in support of the new record, taking the band’s live show to audiences throughout North America. The group will be joined on tour by California outfit A Skylit Drive, Florida’s Sleeping With Sirens, Attila, and Memphis May Fire. Dates are as follows:

10/13/11 Worcester, MA, The Palladium
10/14/11 Philadelphia, PA , Theatre of the Living Arts
10/15/11 New York, NY, Irving Plaza
10/16/11 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
10/17/11 Buffalo NY, Xtreme Wheels Skatepark
10/18/11 Millvale, PA. Mr. Smalls
10/19/11 Cleveland, OH. Peabody’s Downunder
10/20/11 Pontiac, MI. The Crofoot
10/21/11 Chicago, IL. Metro
10/22/11 Sauget, IL. Pop’s Denver . .
10/24/11 Denver, CO. The Summit Music Hall
10/25/11 Salt Lake City, UT. The Complex
10/27/11 Seattle, WA. El Corazon
10/28/11 Portland, OR. Hawthorne Theater
10/29/11 Sacramento, CA. Ace of Spades
10/30/11 San Francisco, CA. The Regency Ballroom
11/01/11 Lancaster, CA. Allied Arts Cedar Center
11/03/11 West Hollywood, CA. House of Blues
11/04/11 Pomona, CA. Glasshouse
11/05/11 San Diego, CA. Soma
11/06/11 Tempe, AZ. Marquee Theatre
11/07/11 Tucson, AZ. Rialto Theatre
11/08/11 Albuquerque, NM. Sunshine Theater
11/09/11 El Paso TX. Club 101
11/10/11 Dallas TX. The Door
11/11/11 Houston TX. Warehouse
11/12/11 San Antonio TX, White Rabbit
11/13/11 New Orleans, LA. House Of Blues
11/14/11 Birmingham. AL. Zydeco
11/16/11 St. Petersburg FL. State Theatre
11/17/11Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Revolution
11/18/11 Orlando, FL. The Club at Firestone
11/19/11 Atlanta, GA. The Masquerade
11/20/11 Raleigh, NC. Lincoln Theatre

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Rival Sons Kick off North American Tour with Evanescence

Earache Recording artist Rival Sons kick began its North American tour with Evanescence yesterday at the Fox Theater in Oakland California.

The California blue-rock group will spend three weeks on the road, and then return to Europe for a headlining tour.

“We’re stoked to be touring across America and into Canada this October with Evanescence,” remarks Rival Sons guitarist Scott Holiday. Holiday continues, “Very happy to be invited by them. Between Evanescence, Pretty Reckless and us, the bill is pretty well diversified and will definitely give us the chance to play to a new demographic of rock fans, which we’re always thriving for. We’ve also been so busy in Europe for most of this year, this tour will give us the opportunity to bring our rock ‘n’ roll back to fans we’ve been missing here in the States.”

“We will return to Europe immediately at the end of this tour, so if you want to catch us in the USA, this will probably be your last chance in 2011! Rest assured, we will definitely be back in 2012… Super duper, mega full-force!”

Rival Sons’ tour dates are as follows:

w/ Evanescence
Oct. 10 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Oct. 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium
Oct. 14 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theater
Oct. 15 – Tucson, AZ – AVA Amphitheater
Oct. 18 – San Antonio, TX – Sunken Gardens
Oct. 19 – Dallas, TX – Palladium
Oct. 21 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
Oct. 22 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
Oct. 24 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theater
Oct. 25 – Toronto, ON – The Sound Academy
Oct. 27 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Oct. 28 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
Oct. 30 – Atlantic City, NJ – Showboat, House of Blues
Nov. 01 – New York, NY – Terminal 5

Headline Tour:
Nov. 04 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
Nov. 05 – Glasgow, UK – King Tut’s
Nov. 06 – Manchester, UK – Academy 3
Nov. 07 – Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms
Nov. 10 – London, UK – Islington Academy
Nov. 11 – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
Nov. 12 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Nov. 14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
Nov. 15 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumphuset
Nov. 16 – Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
Nov. 17 – Stockholm, Sweden – Strand
Nov. 19 – Turku, Finland – Vegas Night Club
Nov. 20 – Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia
Nov. 21 – Tampere, Finland – Klubi
Nov. 22 – Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
Nov. 24 – Warsaw, Poland – Powieksenie
Nov. 25 – Berlin, Germany – Lido
Nov. 26 – Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan
Nov. 27 – Cologne, Germany – Underground
Nov. 29 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche
Nov. 30 – Munich, Germany – Backstage Halle
Dec. 01 – Vienna, Austria – Arena
Dec. 02 – Lucerne, Switzerland – Schuur
Dec. 03 – Reggio Emilia, Italy – Corallo
Dec. 05 – Solothurn, Switzerland – Kofmehl

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Fair To Midland Announces Winter U.S. Tour Dates

Fair to Midland has announced a winter tour in continued support of the band’s newest record “Arrows and Anchors.” The dates will stretch throughout the midwest and west coast this December with special guests Dead Letter Circus and Aficionado. Dates are as follows:

12/1 Mesa, AZ – The Underground
12/2 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
12/3 Bakersfield, CA – B Ryders
12/4 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
12/6 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
12/7 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
12/9 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
12/10 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
12/12 Cedar Falls, IA – The Wheelhouse
12/13 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
12/15 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
12/16 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
12/17 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
12/19 Akron, OH – Musica
12/21 St Louis, MO – Firebird
12/22 Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music
12/23 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater

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Impiety Announces "Vomit Chaos Upong North America" Tour Dates

Singaporean blackened death metal horde Impiety is ready to wage audio destruction upon unsuspecting ears on the upcoming Vomit Chaos Upon North America Tour 2011. Set to begin on October 13th in New Jersey and to punish a total of 24 cities, the stretch will include a performance at the Goregrowler’s Ball in San Antonio and the Destroying Texas Fest in Houston. Confirmed dates are as follows:

10/13/2011 The Irish – Secaucus, NJ
10/14/2011 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
10/15/2011 Talking Head Club – Baltimore, MD
10/16/2011 Hot Shots Club – Westville, NJ
10/22/2011 Les Katacombes – Montreal , QC
10/26/2011 Blackened Moon Hall – Lansing, MI
10/27/2011 Phantasy Night Club – Cleveland, OH
10/28/2011 Treasure Town – Chicago , IL
10/29/2011 Borg Ward – Milwaukee, WI
11/01/2011 Vern’s Tavern – Calgary, AB
11/03/2011 Red Room – Vancouver, BC
11/04/2011 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
11/05/2011 Plan B – Portland, OR
11/06/2011 Sub-Mission – San Francisco, CA
11/10/2011 Boomers – Las Vegas, NV
11/11/2011 The Black Castle – Los Angeles, CA
11/12/2011 The Metaphor Cafe – San Diego, CA
11/18/2011 The Korova / Goregrowler’s Ball – San Antonio, TX
11/19/2011 The White Swan/Destroying Texas Fest – Houston, TX
11/20/2011 Mybar – Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
11/23/2011 Huerta del S.T.I.C – San Luis, San Luis Potosi
11/24/2011 La Borrasca – Guadalajara, Jalisco
11/25/2011 TBA -Queretaro, Queretaro
11/26/2011 Blue Factor – Mexico City, DF

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As I Lay Dying Streaming "Electric Eye" Song Online

Starting today fans can head over to AOL’s Noisecreep to check out the track “Electric Eye” (Judas Priest cover) off As I Lay Dying’s upcoming release “Decas.”

The band recently shot a music video for the same track out at El Mirage (Dry Lake Bed) in the Mojave Desert with director Paul Brown. Photos giving a sneak peak of what’s to come can be seen here.

“Decas,” which contains 12 tracks, celebrates the band’s accomplishments by offering three brand new songs, cover songs that pay homage to a few of the bands that have influenced As I Lay Dying, and remixes by INNERPARTYSYSTEM (Katy Perry, Ladyhawke, Thursday, Good Charlotte and many others), Benjamin Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Kelly “Carnage” Cairns (Austrian Death Machine, War of Ages), and Big Chocolate (Asking Alexandria, iwrestledabearonce, Suicide Silence). “Decas” will be available November 8th in North America, November 7th in the U.K. & Europe, and November 4th in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

As I Lay Dying also has the following upcoming tour dates:

Nov 30, 2011 – Long Island, NY (US) @ The Paramount Theater
Dec 1, 2011 – Philadelphia, PA (US) @ Trocadero Theatre/The Balcony
Dec 2, 2011 – Sayreville, NJ (US) @ Starland Ballroom
Dec 3, 2011 – Worcester, MA (US) @ The Palladium
Dec 4, 2011 – Washington, DC (US) @ 9:30 Club
Dec 5, 2011 – Nashville, TN (US) @ Rocketown
Dec 6, 2011 – Chicago, IL (US) @ House of Blues Chicago
Dec 7, 2011 – Minneapolis, MN (US) @ First Avenue
Dec 8, 2011 – Kansas City, MO (US) @ Beaumont Club
Dec 9, 2011 – Dallas, TX (US) @ The Door
Dec 10, 2011 – San Antonio, TX (US) @ Backstage Live
Dec 11, 2011 – Lubbock, TX (US) @ Lonestar Amphitheater
Dec 13, 2011 – Albuquerque, NM (US) @ Sunshine Theater
Dec 14, 2011 – Scottsdale, AZ (US) @ Venue Of Scottsdale
Dec 15, 2011 – Las Vegas, NV (US) @ House of Blues Las Vegas
Dec 16, 2011 – San Diego, CA (US) @ SOMA

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