Animals As Leaders 10th Anniversary Tour w/ The Contortionist Announced

Animals As Leaders announce their 10th anniversary tour with The Contortionist joining them as opener. Below’s where the trek will hit:

05/01 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
05/02 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
05/06 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
05/07 Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan
05/08 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
05/10 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
05/11 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/14 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
05/15 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
05/16 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
05/17 Mckees Rocks, PA – Roxian Theater
05/18 Toronto, ON – Opera House
05/19 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
05/20 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
05/21 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
05/23 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
05/24 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
05/25 Columbus, OH – Newport Hall

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The Contortionist Tap Fill-In Drummer For Immediate Touring

The Contortionist drummer Joey Baca will be sitting out the band’s immediate touring plans due to personal matters. Johnny Concannon has been tapped in his place. States the group:

“Due to some personal matters that require his attention at home, Joey Baca will be sitting out on the upcoming tours. In is place, we’ve brought in one of his early percussion mentors, Johnny Concannon. We’ve been rehearsing with Johnny for the past couple of weeks and can’t wait for you to hear his take on the tracks. See you on the road! –The Contortionist“

The band’s immediate touring plans include this tour supporting Nothing More:

02/05 Richmond, VA – Broadberry
02/06 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
02/07 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
02/09 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of The Living Arts
02/10 Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls
02/11 St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
02/12 Racine, WI – Route 20
02/14 Madison, WI – Majestic Theater
02/15 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
02/16 Minneapolis, MN – Music Hall Of Minneapolis
02/17 Sioux City, IA – Hard Rock
02/19 Wichita, KS – The Cotillion
02/20 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
02/22 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
02/23 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
02/24 Corpus Christi, TX – Brewster St.
03/01 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
03/02 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
03/03 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades

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Nova Collective reveals details for debut album, ‘The Further Side’

– January 31st, 2017 –

Featuring members of Between the Buried and Me, Haken, Trioscapes, Cynic; launches first single, “Dancing Machines”

On March 10th, Nova Collective (featuring members of Between the Buried and Me, Haken, Trioscapes, Cynic) will release their debut album, The Further Side, via Metal Blade Records. Nova Collective‘s music can be described as fusion, weaving progressive rock influences with world music, jazz and classical, to create something entirely new that is pure aural candy for prog/jazz fans. For a preview of The Further Side, the first single, “Dancing Machines”, can be heard at: – where the album can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:
–Black 180g LP
–Clear-red marble LP (limited to 200 copies!)
*digital options are also available!

Nova Collective began in 2014 when bassist Dan Briggs (Between the Buried and Me, Trioscapes) and guitarist Richard Henshall (Haken) began exchanging emails about music; before long, a few demos were fleshed out into full arrangements. Drummer Matt Lynch (Trioscapes, Cynic) and keyboardist Pete Jones (ex-Haken) came on board shortly after to finish writing the album. The Further Side was written on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, with Briggs and Lynch in America and Henshall and Jones in England, sharing session files until the group could get together at the beginning of 2015 to record with engineer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist). Mixed by Rich Mouser (Neal Morse, Transatlantic), it is immediately clear that The Further Side is a labor of love for all involved, and that enthusiasm shines throughout.

Nova Collective line-up:
Dan Briggs – Bass
Matt Lynch – Drums
Pete Jones – Keyboards
Richard Henshall – Guitar

Nova Collective online:


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Invoking The Abstract Posts “The Summit” Music Video

Earlier this fall, South Carolina-based instrumental tech metal sorcerers Invoking The Abstract unleashed debut full-length “Aural Kaleidoscopes” upon the masses via Unique Leader Records.

Tracked at The Basement Recording Studios with Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist, Scale The Summit), the confounding record utilizes various approaches to rhythm, phrasing, and playing techniques to convey a sound that transcends genres. Listen in right here.

Today a visual accompaniment to mind-bending track “The Summit” comes online, with the band commenting: “‘The Summit’ is Invoking The Abstract at its most progressive. It features a broad dynamic pallet constantly shifting meters, and abrasive modulations. It begins with an eerie chord progression and shifts into an ever-changing riff salad, which ultimately returns to the original theme, lending the piece a sort of radial symmetry.”

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Boreworm Recruits Ex-The Contortionist Vocalist & Premieres Guitar Playthrough Video “Synapse” From Upcoming New EP “Entomophobia”

Michigan-based progressive death metal band Boreworm premieres a pre-production guitar playthrough video for the song “Synapse”, taken from the upcoming new EP “Entomophobia”, which will be out in stores later this year. The band has gone through several lineup changes and former The Contortionist keyboardist/vocalist Dave Hoffman is the new frontman for the band.

Check out now “Synapse” below.

States guitarist Mike Bielenda:

“I think Synapse really shows the kind of aggression and scary vibes they can expect from our upcoming release Entomophobia, especially with the palpable rage that comes through in what Dave will be bringing to the vocals on this. It boils a lot of the musical directions down into one succinct piece. From touring with Dave in his previous band (The Contortionist) it was clear that there’s something about his delivery that just sounds angrier to me in the most natural way, the perfect fit I think for where we are taking Boreworm with the follow up to Black Path.”

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Binary Code Streaming Full “Moonsblood” Album

Today marks the release of “Moonsblood,” the new full-length offering from New Jersey / New York-based progressive metal outfit Binary Code. The full album has also come online for streaming and can be heard below.

Binary Code will support “Moonsblood” with rigorous touring, to be announced shotrly. But first, the band will perform on June 15th at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ to play “Moonsblood” in its entirety.

Engineered and mixed by Eyal Levi (August Burns Red, The Contortionist, Monuments) at Audiohammer Studios and mastered by Alan Douches (Suicide Silence, Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge) at West West Side Music, the members of Binary Code poured everything they had into delivering an album that would ultimately be a game-changer. “Moonsblood” features new vocalist Oded Weinstock and offers up a completely different sound from what fans might previously expect from the band.

Moonsblood by Binary Code

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Binary Code Posts “Moonsblood” Lyric Video

New Jersey progressive metal group Binary Code recently announced the May 24th release “Moonsblood,” the full-length follow-up to 2009 release, “Suspension of Disbelief.”

With a month to go before release, Binary Code just dropped a brand new lyric video for the title track “Moonsblood.”

Guitarist Jesse Zuretti states: “On my end, the music was written during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We had no power for two weeks, the place I lived in was in total post-apocalyptic dismay. I wrote the song on acoustic guitar, oddly enough. I had just watched the movie ‘Melancholia’ by Lars Von Triers, which was about a planet colliding with Earth. I just tried to tie in a score of sorts to what I was surrounded by, coupled with the atmosphere of the movie. Oded’s lyrics are certainly complimentary to the tone.”

Engineered and mixed by Eyal Levi (August Burns Red, The Contortionist, Monuments) at Audiohammer Studios and mastered by Alan Douches (Suicide Silence, Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge) at West West Side Music, the album is up for pre-order here. The “Moonsblood” track listing is as follows:

1. Immersion
2. Trees 100ft Underwater
3. Dark Meditations
4. Moonsblood
5. Knell
6. Push
7. Cetacean
8. 707
9. Unexist

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Greaver Releasing New Album “The Faun”

The post-hardcore band Greaver has announced that debut full-length “The Faun” will see release via Cardigan Records on April 29th, 2016.

Check out the album’s first single “A Poisoned Well” below. The record was engineered and mixed by Al Jacob at Warrior Sound (He Is Legend, A Skylit Drive) and mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording (Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist).

“We’re incredibly excited to share these 10 new songs with the world and usher in a new era for Greaver,” says drummer Travis Hall. “We’ve never been prouder of material we composed together and feel this record pulls from all the unique influences of our 5 members more so than everything we’ve previously released.”

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Monuments Performing Tour Without Vocalist Chris Barretto

Monuments has issued the following statement about performing as an instrumental unit on upcoming tour dates:

“Due to some very serious personal issues, our man Chris will not be making it out with us on The Contortionist tour. He needs some time to get these issues taken care of – and we respect that and want to give him the time to get his head straight.

“We will be moving forward with the tour anyways and will be doing it INSTRUMENTAL! Something we’ve had to do a few times already – so we are confident that we will smash it and make you all proud. To make it a little more awesome for our friends out there, and to make up for the lack of vocals, we will play some lesser performed tracks from ‘Gnosis/The Amanuensis albums, AND we will also be playing TWO new tracks from album #3…

“Unfortunately in order to do this right we need to rehearse some more – so sadly we will miss our shows at South By South Death tonight and Corpus Christi on the 18th, but we will be playing So What Music Festival and then smashing it with The Contortionist, Entheos, and sleepmakeswaves across North America until May … see you on the road!”

(3/24-4/28 – Monuments & Entheos)
(4/1, 4/4, 4/8, & 4/9 – Monuments, Entheos, Sleepmakeswaves)

3/20 Grand Prairie, TX – So What?! Music Festival
3/21 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
3/23 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
3/24 Ventura, CA – Ventura Music Hall
3/25 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
3/26 San Diego, CA SOMA
3/27 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
3/29 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
3/30 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
4/01 Salt Lake City, UT – The Loading Dock
4/04 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
4/08 Cleveland, OH – The Agora Ballroom
4/09 Cincinnati, OH – The Mad Frog
4/10 Rochester, NY – Waterstreet Music Hall
4/02 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
4/03 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
4/05 Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
4/06 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
4/07 Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache at Intersection
4/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
4/12 Toronto, ON – The Hard Luck
4/13 Montreal, QC – Le Foufounes Electriques
4/14 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
4/15 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
4/16 Philadelphia, – PA Voltage Lounge
4/18 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage
4/19 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
4/20 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street Club
4/21 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Hell
4/22 Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
4/23 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
4/24 Orlando, FL – BackBooth
4/26 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
4/27 San Antonio, – TX Korova
4/28 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective
4/29 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
4/30 Indianapolis, IN -The Emerson Theater
5/01 Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew’s Hall – The Shelter

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Invoking The Abstract Signs Deal With Unique Leader

The instrumental tech metal architects Invoking The Abstract are pleased to announce their union with Unique Leader Records for the release of their debut full-length entitled “Aural Kaleidoscopes.”

Issues the band: “By becoming part of the Unique Leader Records family, we know, this once dream of spreading our music and influence to a broader more diverse audience, and playing alongside our musical heroes, is now a reality.”

Invoking The Abstract is a four-piece unit hailing from Columbia, South Carolina. Formed in 2010, guitarists Tyler Ivey and Evan Garner started composing music for their new project. After the release of a first EP in 2012, they joined forces with percussionist Ryan Meadows and bassist Joseph Carrabotta.

The band recently recorded a forthcoming long player at The Basement Recording Studios with Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist, Scale The Summit), which will see release via Unique Leader later this year. Further info on “Aural Kaleidoscopes” is to be unveiled in the not-so-distant future. Stand by.

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