Whitechapel Announce European/UK Summer Tour

Whitechapel will be out touring overseas this summer in support of their latest album, “The Valley“. Dates for that trek can be found below with the records itself scheduled for a March 29th release.

06/15 Paris, FRA – Petit Bain
06/16 Donington, UK – Download Festival
06/17 Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
06/18 London, UK – Islington Academy
06/20 Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell
06/21 Dessel, BEL – Graspop
06/22 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
06/24 Geneva, SWI – Usine
06/25 Kiff, SWI – Aarau
06/26 Stuttgart, GER – Universum
06/28 Ysselsteyn, NET – Jera On Air
06/29 Munster, GER – Vainstream Rockfest
06/30 Ferropolis, GER – With Full Force
07/02 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
07/03 Sofia, BUL – Club Mixtape 5
07/04 Bucharest, ROM – Quantic Club
07/05 Novi Sad, SER – Exit Festival
07/06 Ljubljana, SLO – Gala Hala
07/07 Milan, ITA – Dissonance Festival

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Ozzy Osbourne Cancels Japanese Download Festival Show

The organizers behind the first ever Download Festival in Japan, which will take place on March 21st, have issued the following statement:

“Following Ozzy’s recent postponement of UK and European tours due to ill health, the Download Japan team has been wishing for a speedy recovery in the hope that he would be able to perform at the festival. Unfortunately however, Ozzy has been forced to cancel his appearance at Download Japan 2019 on doctor’s orders. We apologize to his fans, and anyone inconvenienced by this news.

“Ozzy, who has been suffering from pneumonia, has left the hospital, but has been told to continue to receive treatment at home for a period of six weeks. We wish Ozzy all the best for a full and speedy recovery, and a comeback show in Japan.

“We are currently working towards the announcement of additional acts for the festival. Thank you for your patience. We kindly ask for your understanding that refunds will not be issued in the case of lineup changes.”

Late last month, Ozzy issued the following video in which he talks about his memories of Japan and Japanese audiences.

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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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Hatebreed Announces Second Leg Of Anniversary Tour With Obituary, Madball And More

Hatebreed remain one of the most relevant and impactful acts in the hard rock and metal scenes. The Connecticut band will celebrate 25 years of ruthless breakdowns, pit-stirring anthems, and poignant lyrics across eight albums and consistently sold-out shows in 2019.

The band, which has gone from playing basements and backyards to being a featured worldwide attraction on countless festivals and high-profile tours from OZZFest to Warped Tour to Download, will commemorate two-plus decades by embarking on a 25th anniversary tour.

The second leg of dates has just been announced and will hit the midwest and West Coast in May. The second leg will feature support from Obituary, Madball, Prong, and Skeletal Remains from May 7th through May 15th. Agnostic Front will replace Madball on the dates that run from May 17th through May 26th. Tickets for the second leg go on sale on Friday, February 15th at 10 AM, local time. VIP upgrades for select dates go on sale on February 25th.

The first leg of the tour kicks off on April 4th in Philadelphia and runs through April 20th in the band’s home state. It will feature support from Obituary and Cro-Mags, two bands that Hatebreed have covered in their career and who have influenced the signature and instantly recognizable Hatebreed sound. Terror and Fit for an Autopsy will round out this “can’t miss” juggernaut of a lineup.

“I can’t believe it’s been 25 years already,” said Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta. “We’re excited to bring out this massive tour package with some of our favorite bands. Every band on this bill is a headliner in their own right. The show will be run festival-style with bands you don’t want to miss playing early. Activate the pit!”

“There’s something special about being able to take out bands who influenced your own band,” said guitarist Frank Novinec. “This is the kind of stuff you dream about as a kid. We are truly honored to bring this package to everyone as part of our 25-year anniversary.”

All confirmed Hatebreed tour dates are below.

Leg 1: Featuring Obituary, Cro-Mags, Terror, Fit For An Autopsy

March 7 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues*
March 8 – Costa Mesa, CA – MusInk Festival%
April 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall**
April 5 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
April 6 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
April 8 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
April 9 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
April 10 – Detroit, MI – Harpos Concert Theatre
April 11 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
April 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
April 13 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts ^
April 15 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
April 16 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
April 17 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
April 18 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
April 19 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
April 20 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall

* With Bleeding Through, Asesino, + Strife
** Featuring Municipal Waste (No Obituary)
^ No Obituary
% Festival Date; Hatebreed Only

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Aztec Metal Band Cemican Signs To M-Theory Audio; Plans New Album For Spring

The Mexican-based Aztec metal group Cemican – whose unique music incorporates elements of the legends, mysticism and ideologies of ancient Mexican culture – has signed with M-Theory Audio, who plans to release the group’s new album in the late spring/early summer.

Cemican – who combine the modern instrumentation of a metal band with traditional pre-Hispanic instruments – experienced a breakout year in 2018. In addition to their new single/video “Guerreros de Cemican” receiving regular airplay on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal, the six-piece group was invited to perform at the Paris edition of the Download Festival and Germany’s Wacken Open Air, as well as Force Fest – described by Revolver as “Mexico’s premier open-air festival” – in their native country.

The band plans to build on their momentum on 2019, when they will return to Europe in both the winter – when they’ll perform at France’s Cernunnos Pagan Fest and Germany’s Wacken Winter Nights – as well as the summer, when they will make their debut at the French festival Hellfest.

“I was first exposed to the sound of Cemican upon hearing ‘Guerreros de Cemican’ played on Liquid Metal. Finding out more about this exciting new band I saw the captivating promo video and that they were performing on some big shows,” explains M-Theory label head Marco Barbieri. “I was impressed and wanted to buy their record only to find that they were still unsigned and looking for a home. I immediately had to get in touch and share my enthusiasm and belief in the group and their musical and visual concept and here I’m proud to announce the forthcoming album and help further develop the band and spread their appeal.”

“Life is the center of every culture, the mysticism and ancient sounds gathered in the path of the death, warrior blood and glory of an empire,” states Xaman Ek. “The rituals of the Aztecs lead by the war drums thru the red path…TODOS SOMOS GUERREROS.” (We Are All Warriors)

Formed in 2008, Cemican has independently released two albums to date – 2009’s Ometiliztli and 2012’s Ticateh Ipan Miquixtlahuac. More information on the group’s new record – which will include “Guerreros de Cemican” in addition to other new tracks recorded in late 2018 – will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Deadland Ritual Announces First Show In The United States

Deadland Ritual, featuring bassist Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), vocalist Franky Perez (Apocalyptica, Scars On Broadway), drummer Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and guitarist Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), will make their US debut on May 28th at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. Tickets can be purchased from the Troubadour itself or TicketFly.

The band also announced a string of European shows, including festivals, which are as follows:

Deadland Ritual recently announced the following string of European dates in June.

June 4 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
June 5 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
June 6 – Sölvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
June 10 – Berlin, Germany – Kesselhaus
June 11 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
June 14-16 – Donnington, UK – Download Festival
June 17 – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
June 18 – Paris, France – Trianon
June 19 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
June 21-22 – Vitoria, Spain – Azkena Festival
June 21-23 – Clisson, France – Hellfest Festival

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Hatebreed Announces 25th Anniversary Tour With Obituary, Cro-Mags, Terror And Fit For An Autopsy

Hatebreed remain one of the most relevant and impactful acts in the hard rock and metal scenes. The Connecticut band will celebrate 25 years of ruthless breakdowns, pit-stirring anthems, and poignant lyrics across eight albums and consistently sold-out shows in 2019. The band, which has gone from playing basements and backyards to being a featured worldwide attraction on countless festivals and high-profile tours from OZZFest to Warped Tour to Download, will commemorate two-plus decades by embarking on a 25th anniversary tour.

The first leg of the tour will feature support from Obituary and Cro-Mags, two bands that Hatebreed have covered in their career and who have influenced the signature and instantly recognizable Hatebreed sound. Terror and Fit for an Autopsy will round out this “can’t miss” juggernaut of a lineup. The initial trek will kick off in Philadelphia in April, with an additional leg to be announced shortly. All confirmed dates are below.

“I can’t believe it’s been 25 years already,” said Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta. “We’re excited to bring out this massive tour package with some of our favorite bands. Every band on this bill is a headliner in their own right. The show will be run festival-style with bands you don’t want to miss playing early. Activate the pit!”

“Looking forward to this one – 25 years of Hatebreed, celebrated with not only friends, but a couple bands who influenced us so much that we covered their songs on For the Lions. Come celebrate the entire catalog with us!,” said Hatebreed guitarist Frank Novinec.

“All killer, no filler here,” said Hatebreed drummer Matt Byrne. “This April will be a sick tour for Hatebreed. Celebrating 25 years is a big accomplishment for any band. But it’s that much sweeter when you’re doing it with some of your favorite bands in tow. We love Obituary so much that we covered them on our For the Lions record. We love Cro-Mags so much that we covered them on our For the Lions record. We love Terror and Fit For An Autopsy so much that… 😉 See you all in April!”

“We are excited to be invited to Hatebreed’s 25th anniversary US tour and super honored to be a part such an awesome lineup,” stated Obituary drummer Donald Tardy. “Looking forward to throwing down each night with them and bringing some of our southern swamp metal to this tour. Gonna be sick!”

“Hatebreed’s 25th anniversary tour is gonna be a banger – the Cro-Mags are psyched as f*ck to be part of it,” proclaimed frontman John Joseph.

“The lineup for this tour is insane,” said Terror frontman Scott Vogel, echoing all of those sentiments. “We are very much looking forward to being on this run with some of our favorite bands.”

The tour dates are as follows:

March 7 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues*
April 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall**
April 5 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
April 6 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
April 8 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
April 9 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
April 10 – Detroit, MI – Harpos Concert Theatre
April 11 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
April 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
April 13 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts ^
April 15 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
April 16 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
April 17 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
April 18 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
April 19 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
April 20 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall

* With Bleeding Through, Asesino, + Strife
** Featuring Municipal Waste (No Obituary)
^ No Obituary

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The Charm The Fury Announces Decision To Split Up

Dutch metal band The Charm The Fury have announced that the band will cease to exist for the time being.

The band states: “Unfortunately, we have collectively decided that, for the time being, The Charm The Fury has come to an end. Sadly, the band could not be sustained in its current line-up for multiple, complicated reasons. With the departure of our old guitarists Mathijs Parent and Rolf Perdok, many things changed. Also, the financial strain that the band was placing on some of us was becoming too hard to bear. Suffice to say, the current situation could not be maintained and a decision eventually had to be made.”

Over the years the band became well-known in their genre and played on every major festival in 2017, including Download UK, Graspop, Pinkpop and various support slots including Korn, Papa Roach and Marilyn Manson.

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Slayer, Lamb Of God And More Bands Confirmed For Download Festival 2019

The organisers of Britain’s biggest rock festival, Download has announced a further twenty four bands for next year’s edition of the event. Joining headliners Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool will be Slayer, in what will be their final show in the United Kingdom, fellow thrash metal legends Anthrax, Virginia favourites Lamb Of God, grunge legends Smashing Pumpkins and progressive metal titans Dream Theater among others. The festival will take place at Donington Park from June 14th – 16th

The festival lineup is now as follows:

Def Leppard (Headliners)
Slipknot (Headliners)
Tool (Headliners)
Slayer
Die Antwoord
Amon Amarth
Rob Zombie
Anthrax
Lamb Of God
Slash and Myles Kennedy
Opeth
Smashing Pumpkins
Dream Theater
Trivium
Carcass
Delain
Eagles Of Death Metal
Blackberry Smoke
Alien Weaponry
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
Power Trip
Reel Big Fish
Skindred
Tesla
Starset
Underoath
Badflower
Black Futures
I Prevail
The Interrupters
Jinjer
Man With A Mission
Nothing
Nowhere
Our Last Night
Riding The Low
Royal Republic
The Amity Affliction
State Champs
Underside
Whitechapel
Yours Truly
Zebrahead

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