Metal Church Recruits New Drummer Stet Howland

Fans that have seen Metal Church live at recent shows in the United States and Europe may have noticed a new face on stage. The guy behind the kit has been none other than Stet Howland, and now that transitional process is complete, Metal Church is happy to announce the addition of Stet Howland as the band’s permanent new drummer.

Vocalist Mike Howe commented: “I am overwhelmed and grateful that Stet has found his way into the fold and I look forward to many successful and joyful performances together.”

Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof added: “We are extremely happy to have Stet as our new engine. He is a fantastic drummer and a great guy to work with. But the hazing shall continue relentlessly!”

Stet Howland shares his excitement about joining Metal Church: “After being home for only a few days from possibly the best tour of my life, I received a conference call from Kurdt and Mike, for a split second I thought to myself ‘Oh shit, what did I do?’ But my concern quickly turned to an un-removable smile when they asked if I would be interested in being a permanent member of Metal Church.

“It’s no secret that Metal Church have always been one of my favourite metal bands and that, in my opinion, they are on the strongest ascent of any band in their genre! And given that the band kicks ass live, has an incredible record label, a rabid fan base, relevant new music, recent Billboard chart positions and first week CD sales that rival multi-platinum acts, my answer was an unwavering ‘YES!’

“On my maiden journey I was blown away by Mike Howe’s consistent crowd destruction, Kurdt’s ridiculously heavy riffs, Rick Van Zandt’s refusal to make even one mistake and my glue-like bond with Steve (it’s a well-known fact that Metal Church bass player Steve Unger is one of my closest friends and it was Steve who initially suggested me to the band).

“There is understanding, mutual respect and camaraderie present here that is missing in so many ‘famous’ acts. I am honoured to be a member of such a group of people and will do my best to deliver strong performances both live and in the studio.”

Metal Church – Summer shows 2017:

1st Aug (NO) Oslo – Sentrum Scene (w/ MEGADETH)
2nd Aug (DK) Copenhagen – Store Vega (w/ MEGADETH)
4th Aug (CH) Zurich – Dynamo (w/ GONOREAS, BURNING WITCHES)
5th Aug (FR) Saint-Maurice-De-Gourdans – Sylak Open Air
6th Aug (IT) Cusano Milanino – Blues Rose Fest Open Air
8th Aug (SK) Bratislava – Majestic Music Club
9th Aug (CZ) Jaromer – Brutal Assault
10th Aug (DE) Nuremberg – Hirsch
11th Aug (NL) Leeuwarden – Into the Grave
12th Aug (PL) Vagos – Vagos Metal Fest
7th Sept (USA) Atlanta, GA – ProgPower USA XVIII

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Make Them Suffer Debuts New Song “Vortex (Interdimensional Spiral Hindering Inexplicable Euphoria)” From Upcoming New Album “Worlds Apart”

Make Them Suffer debuts a new song titled “Vortex (Interdimensional Spiral Hindering Inexplicable Euphoria)”, taken from the upcoming new album “Worlds Apart”, which will arrive in stores July 28th release on Rise Records.

Check out now “Vortex (Interdimensional Spiral Hindering Inexplicable Euphoria)” below.

Besides touring North America this summer, the band will now also be touring Europe and the UK this fall with Novelists and Cursed Earth. Check out all dates below:

Make Them Suffer, Enterprise Earth and Spite North American summer tour:

07/26 New York, NY – Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
07/27 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
07/29 Toronto, ON – Mod Club Theatre
07/31 Pontiac, MI – Pike Room at Crofoot
08/02 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
08/03 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
08/04 Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
08/06 Saskatoon, SK – Saskatoon Events Centre
08/07 Edmonton, AB – The Neddle Vinyl Tavern
08/08 Calgary, AB – The Gateway
08/10 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
08/12 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
08/13 Seattle, WA – Neumos
08/15 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
08/17 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
08/18 San Diego, CA – Soma
08/22 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
08/23 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
08/24 Dallas, TX – Dirty 30
08/25 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
08/26 Houston, TX – Walter’s Downtown
08/29 Margate, FL – O’Malley’s Sports Bar
08/30 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
08/31 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
09/01 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
09/02 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge

Make Them Suffer, Novelists and Cursed Earth Europe/UK Tour:

10/20 Frankfurt, GER – 11er
10/21 Hilversum, NET – De Vorstin
10/22 Antwerp, BEL – Kavka
10/23 London, UK – Boston Music Rooms
10/24 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
10/26 Glasgow, UK – The Garage Attic
10/27 Leeds, UK – Key Club
10/28 Brighton, UK – Sticky Mike’s
10/29 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
10/30 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
11/01 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
11/02 Munchen, GER – Feierwerk
11/04 Milan, ITA – Circolo Svolta
11/05 Graz, AUT – Explosiv
11/06 Nurnberg, GER – Z-Bau
11/07 Prague, CZE – 007
11/08 Berlin, GER – Cassiopeia
11/09 Aalborg, DEN – Metal Festival
11/10 Oslo, NET – Revolver
11/12 Gothenburg, SWE – Fangelset
11/13 Hamburg, GER – Hafenklang
11/14 Hannover, GER – Memphisto
11/15 Leipzig, GER – Naumanns
11/16 Oberhausen, GER – Kulttempel

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Make Them Suffer Debuts New Song “Uncharted” From Upcoming New Album “Worlds Apart”

Make Them Suffer debuts a new song titled “Uncharted”, taken from the upcoming new album “Worlds Apart”, which will arrive in stores July 28th release on Rise Records.

Check out now “Uncharted” below.

Besides touring North America this summer, the band will now also be touring Europe and the UK this fall with Novelists and Cursed Earth. Check out all dates below:

Make Them Suffer, Enterprise Earth and Spite North American summer tour:

07/26 New York, NY – Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
07/27 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
07/29 Toronto, ON – Mod Club Theatre
07/31 Pontiac, MI – Pike Room at Crofoot
08/02 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
08/03 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
08/04 Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
08/06 Saskatoon, SK – Saskatoon Events Centre
08/07 Edmonton, AB – The Neddle Vinyl Tavern
08/08 Calgary, AB – The Gateway
08/10 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
08/12 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
08/13 Seattle, WA – Neumos
08/15 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
08/17 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
08/18 San Diego, CA – Soma
08/22 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
08/23 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
08/24 Dallas, TX – Dirty 30
08/25 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
08/26 Houston, TX – Walter’s Downtown
08/29 Margate, FL – O’Malley’s Sports Bar
08/30 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
08/31 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
09/01 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
09/02 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge

Make Them Suffer, Novelists and Cursed Earth Europe/UK Tour:

10/20 Frankfurt, GER – 11er
10/21 Hilversum, NET – De Vorstin
10/22 Antwerp, BEL – Kavka
10/23 London, UK – Boston Music Rooms
10/24 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
10/26 Glasgow, UK – The Garage Attic
10/27 Leeds, UK – Key Club
10/28 Brighton, UK – Sticky Mike’s
10/29 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
10/30 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
11/01 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
11/02 Munchen, GER – Feierwerk
11/04 Milan, ITA – Circolo Svolta
11/05 Graz, AUT – Explosiv
11/06 Nurnberg, GER – Z-Bau
11/07 Prague, CZE – 007
11/08 Berlin, GER – Cassiopeia
11/09 Aalborg, DEN – Metal Festival
11/10 Oslo, NET – Revolver
11/12 Gothenburg, SWE – Fangelset
11/13 Hamburg, GER – Hafenklang
11/14 Hannover, GER – Memphisto
11/15 Leipzig, GER – Naumanns
11/16 Oberhausen, GER – Kulttempel

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Betraying The Martyrs Releases “The Resilient” Music Video

Betraying The Martyrs just launched a new video, available below, and the band also issued this statement to fans:

“We are extremely proud to present our live music video for the title track of our new album ‘The Resilient.’ Filmed at the notorious French festival Hellfest, in front of over 30,000 people, this concert represents a huge milestone for us as a French band and we absolutely wanted to share the experience with our fans!

“‘The Resilient’ is a product of everything we have worked for since day one, this is who we are and what we love to do, this one is a thank you to all who have stood by us over the years. We’re stoked to be back at it smashing stages all summer in the United States, catch us on tour with Born Of Osiris, and also on the Summer Slaughter tour, come say hello and celebrate with us!

“Of course we’ll be back in Europe before the end of the year to be sure we can play for as many of you as possible!”

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Summer Tour Dates Announced By Flotsam And Jetsam

Flotsam And Jetsam announced the 2017 summer tour dates with a handful of shows in the U.S., before traveling to Europe for select club dates centered around the band’s appearances at this year’s Wacken Open Air and Into The Grave Festival, in Leeuwarden, NL.

With the departure of Jason Bittner to Overkill, Flotsam And Jetsam is fortunate to have friend of the band and Phoenix, AZ native Ken Mary (Fifth Angel, Alice Cooper, House Of Lords, TKO, Chastain) step in to handle drum duties for the upcoming dates.

“We’re looking forward to seeing our European friends and fans one last time this year, before we start production work on our upcoming album. And we’re just as excited to get a chance to play a few shows with a drum legend like Ken Mary. Good times ahead,” the band commented.

The band recently posted on Facebook an email address for drummers to request audition songs to send videos into the band, which generated numerous submissions from around the world. The band is working through the audition videos to narrow down and then select a permanent drummer after the summer tour dates are complete. Also, the band begins pre-production tracking for a new album for a Spring 2018 release.

The live dates are:

20.07.2017 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
21.07.2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
22.07.2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
23.07.2017 Malone’s – Santa Ana, CA

02.08.2017 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
05.08.2017 Hypothalamus – Rheine, Germany
06.08.2017 Moonlight Music – Diest, Belgium
10.08.2017 Nueshoorm – Leeuwarden, Netherlands
11.08.2017 Into The Grave Festival – Leeuwarden, Netherlands

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New DVD Clip “Living For Tonite” Issued By Dirkschneider

In addition to the still ongoing successful “Back To The Roots” Tour, Dirkschneider will release “Live – Back To The Roots – Accepted!” on August 4th (EU) and August 18th (USA) via AFM Records as a DVD/2CD, BluRay/2CD and GTF, as well as triple Vinyl in two different colors. Check out a clip of “Living for Tonite” in the player below.

After putting out the live double CD last year (“Back to the Roots”), fans were asking for a visual output, so finally, in December 2016, the show in Brno (Czech Republic) was recorded for that purpose. Besides many classics from Udo Dirkscheider’s Accept era, there’s a cover version of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” as bonus track on the CD and Vinyl.

The singer with the charismatic voice had his musical breakthrough with Accept in the early 80s. “It’s still so much fun to sing these songs live, they are a part of my biography, but nevertheless it’s about time to turn that page. There was so much talking and speculations about me and Accept, so this is kind of a musical statement from my end – which seems to be very interesting for the fans who came to these shows.”

After the triumph all over the world in 2016, including tours in Israel and Japan, summer festivals and live shows in the US, Russia and Europe, Dirkschneider (now with Jon Oliva’s Pain guitarist Bill Hudson) continues touring in 2017 and 2018, including a second more extensive tour of North America. The new dates will feature an almost completely NEW set list. Of course, it will still contain only Accept hits, but this time with many different songs compared to the last tours.

The track listing for the

CD 1:

1. Intro
2. Starlight
3. Living For Tonite
4. Flash Rockin‘ Man
5. London Leatherboys
6. Midnight Mover
7. Breaker
8. Head Over Heels
9. Neon Nights
10. Princess Of The Dawn
11. Winter Dreams
12. Restless And Wild
13. Son Of A Bitch
14. Up To The Limit

CD 2:

1. Wrong Is Right
2. Midnight Highway
3. Screaming For A Love-Bite
4. Monsterman
5. T.V. War
6. Losers And Winners
7. Metal Heart
8. I’m A Rebel
9. Fast As A Shark
10. Balls To The Wall
11. Burning
12. Outro
13. My Way (Bonus)

Check out “Living for Tonite” here:

Confirmed dates for the second leg of the North American tour are:

Feb. 23 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Feb. 24 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
Feb. 25 – Montreal, QC @ Cafe Campus
Feb. 27 – Quebec City, QC @ LeCercle
Feb. 28 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
Mar. 02 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Mar. 03 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
Mar. 04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
Mar. 06 – Westland , MI @ Token Lounge
Mar. 07 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Mar. 09 – Milwaukee, WI @ Route 20
Mar. 10 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Bigs Bar
Mar. 11 – LaCrosse, WI @ Cavalier Theater
Mar. 12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
Mar. 13 – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
Mar. 15 – Calgary , AB @ Marquee
Mar. 16 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
Mar. 18 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw
Mar. 19 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Mar. 22 – West Hollywood , CA @ Whisky A Go Go
Mar. 23 – San Diego,CA @ Brick By Brick
Mar. 24 – Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
Mar. 26 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Mar. 27 – San Antonio , TX @ Vibes Event Center
Mar. 28 – Houston , TX @ Scout Bar
Mar. 30 – Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks
Mar. 31 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Kelsey Theater
Apr. 01 – Tampa , FL @ Orpheum
Apr. 02 – Raleigh, NC @ Cats Cradle
Apr. 03 – Louisville , KY @ Trixie’s
Apr. 05 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
Apr. 06 – Asbury Park NJ @ Stone Pony
Apr. 07 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Apr. 08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero

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U.S. Tour Announced By Castle, “Black Widow” Video Clip Available

Newly relocated to the Mojave Desert where writing for a fifth full-length is currently underway, occult rock alchemists Castle will be taking a break from conjuring the as-of-yet untitled album, to take on another round of live takeovers.

The perpetually road-bound unit will take to the streets later this month on the previously announced “Stormbringer” trek which will run from June 30th in West Hollywood, California through July 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The band will play three more shows the following month before kicking off the “Endless Graveyard” tour set to commence on September 7th in Riverside, California and come to a close on September 30th in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Castle will make some festival stops throughout the upcoming journey, including performances at the Fire In The Mountains in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Tour Of The Doomed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Shadow Woods Metal Fest in White Hall, Maryland, and the Stoned Meadow Of Doom Fest in Omaha, Nebraska. Since the release of the most recent offering, “Welcome To The Graveyard,” issued last summer via Ván Records, Castle’s massive 170-date world takeover has included tours of the US, Europe, Canada, and the band’s first ever tour of Japan last December.

In anticipation of the upcoming shows, CASTLE is pleased to unveil the visual accompaniment to the track “Black Widow,” compiled from footage from their Canadian tour last year and available in the player below the confirmed tour dates:

6/30/2017 Viper Room – West Hollywood, CA
7/01/2017 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA
7/02/2017 High Water Mark Portland, OR
7/03/2017 3rd St. Pub – Bend, OR
7/04/2017 Shredder – Boise, ID
7/05/2017 The Pin – Spokane, WA
7/06/2017 Back Alley Pub – Great Falls, MT
7/07/2017 Railyard – Billings, MT – Railyard
7/08/2017 Fire In The Mountains – Jackson Hole, WY
7/09/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
8/11/2017 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
8/12/2017 Tour Of The Doomed @ The Metal Grill – Milwaukee, WI
8/13/2017 The Frequency – Madison, WI –
9/07/2017 Aurea Vista – Riverside, CA
9/08/2017 Tower Bar – San Diego, CA
9/09/2017 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
9/10/2017 Blue Note – Oklahoma City, OK
9/11/2017 Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN
9/12/2017 The End – Nashville, TN
9/13/2017 Odditorium – Asheville, NC
9/14/2017 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/15/2017 Shadow Woods Metal Fest – White Hall, MD
9/16/2017 O’Brien’s – Boston, MA
9/17/2017 Cherry Street Station – Wallingford, CT
9/18/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – New York, NY
9/19/2017 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
9/20/2017 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
9/21/2017 Maple Grove – Cleveland, OH
9/22/2017 Cattivo – Pittsburgh, PA
9/23/2017 Smalls – Detroit, MI
9/24/2017 Taps Live – Indianapolis, IN
9/25/2017 Northside Yacht Club – Cincinnati, OH
9/27/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
9/29/2017 Stoned Meadow Of Doom Fest – Omaha, NE
9/30/2017 Triple Nickel – Colorado Springs, CO

Check out “Black Widow” here:

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Lyric Video For New Song “Khaos Inc.” Available From Overkhaos

Italian progressive-yet-aggressive metal act Overkhaos issued a new lyric video for the song “Khaos Inc.” The song is taken from the debut album “Beware of Truth,” which recently dropped in Europe (June 16th) and will be issued in the USA via Rockshots Records on September 9, 2017.

In February 2017, the band finished the recordings for “Beware of Truth,” a 10 track concept album, marked lyrically by social protest, which was edited and mixed at Golem Dungeon Studios in Bari.

The album features a guest appearance by Derek Sherinian on “Anna’s Song,” which can also be heard in the player below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Prelude
2. Silent Death
3. Solar Starvation
4. Khaos Inc.
5. The Lie You Need
6. Crumbling
7. White Light
8. Die Catsaw!
9. Anna s Song
10. Deadline

Check out “Khaos Inc.” here:

Check out “Anna’s Song” here:

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Bison Streams Full New Album “You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient”

“You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient” is the imminent new full-length from Vancouver sludge-bringers Bison.

Set for release in Europe on June 23rd, followed by a North American release on July 7th, “You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient: follows Bison’s 2014-issued “1000 Needles” EP and serves as the band’s first full-length to include bassist Shane Clark, former lead guitarist of 3 Inches Of Blood.

In advance of its release, you can stream the entire new record in full via the YouTube player below. “You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient” was captured in the band’s hometown with longtime friend Jesse Gander at Rain City Recorders. The record will be available on CD, vinyl, and digital formats.

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In Flames Announces Tour With Five Finger Death Punch, Of Mice & Men

Despite the fact that Ivan Moody apparently quit the band mid-set, somehow Five Finger Death Punch is still announcing an upcoming tour with In Flames and Of Mice And Men.

Update: Five Finger Death Punch is finishing off the band’s current tour with Bad Wolves vocalist Tommy Vext filling in for Ivan Moody. It’s not confirmed yet whether he will appear on the upcoming In Flames tour.

General tickets will go on sale this Friday, June 16th at this location.

In Flames singer Anders Fridén offers: “We’ve been lucky to play for so many Jesterheads around the world this year and can’t think of a better way to end 2017 than touring Europe with Five Finger Death Punch. We’ll see you soon Jesterheads and Knuckleheads. It’s going to be a tour to remember.”

5FDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory states: “We are currently playing all the European festivals and are having an amazing time. As these massive crowds are singing along every word of the lyrics, it feels like Europe is truly becoming the second home of Five Finger Death Punch. We can’t wait to come back this autumn and especially with In Flames which is one of my favourite bands. This will be something special to see…”

16th Nov – (Sweden), Gothenburg, Scandinavium
17th Nov – (Sweden), Stockholm, Ericsson Globe
21st Nov – (Germany), Hamburg, Sportshalle
22nd Nov – (Germany), Berlin, Velodrome
24th Nov – (Germany), Oberhausen, KP Arena
26th Nov – (Czech Republic), Prague, Forum Karlin*
28th Nov – (Switzerland), Zurich, Hallenstadion*
29th N Nov – (Germany), Munich, Olympiahalle
30th Nov – (Italy), Padova, Geox Theatre*
2nd Dec – (Germany), Stuttgart, HMH Schleyerhalle
4th Dec – (France) Paris, Olympia*
5th Dec – (Luxembourg) Luxembourg, Rockhal*
6th Dec – (Germany) Frankfurt, Festhalle
8th Dec – (Austria) Vienna, Stadthalle*
14th Dec – (Belgium) Antwerp, Lotto*
15th Dec – (Netherlands) Amsterdam, AFAS Live*
17th Dec – (UK) Birmingham, BCA*
18th Dec – (UK) Glasgow, Hydro*
20th Dec – (UK) Leeds, Leeds Arena*
21st Dec – (UK) London, Wembley Arena*
*with Of Mice & Men

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