The Apex Kicking Off Canadian Tour Dates

Windsor, ON ghetto tech metal band The Apex will be hitting the road for an Eastern Canadian tour across Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes supporting Erimha and Killitorous from November 18 to December 7, 2015.

The Apex drummer Tyson Taylor comments: “We look forward to hitting the road again! Touring is our favourite part of being in a band and it’s going to be awesome to make new friends and fans plus share the stage with Erimha and Killitorous!”

Nov 18 – Grinning Gator – London, ON
Nov 19 – Venue Music Hall – Windsor, ON
Nov 20 – Dstrct – Guelph, ON
Nov 21 – The Underground – Hamilton, ON
Nov 22 – Nocturne – Toronto, ON
Nov 24 – The Belle Pub – Belleville, ON
Nov 25 – The Atria – Oshawa, ON
Nov 26 – House of Targ – Ottawa, ON
Nov 27 – Katacombes – Montreal, QC
Nov 28 – Pub Heriot – Drummmondville, QC
Dec 2 – L’Anti Bar – Quebec City, QC
Dec 4 – Gus’ Pub – Halifax, NS
Dec 5 – Esquire Tavern – Moncton, NB
Dec 7 – The Capital Complex – Fredericton, NB

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Destrage launches guitar play-through for “Host, Rifles And Coke”

– November 12th, 2015 –

Currently in writing and recording mode for their upcoming album, Italy’s Destrage has launched a new guitar play-through for the track, “Host, Rifles And Coke“, taken from their latest release, Are You Kidding Me? No. (2014). To watch Ralph Salati’s guitar tutorial, head over to: youtube.com/watch?v=Y2vTLBGYe7c

Ralph Salati comments: “It has been pretty fun and challenging to propose again one of my favourite tunes from ‘AYKM?N‘ in the most detailed and meticulous way possible, still preserving the taste of a live performance.”

“Channeling the unbridled insanity of SikTh and making music that sounds like PsyOpus pulled through the Van Halen back catalogue” (HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com), Destrage is known for their animated live show and three full-lengths of “zany metal”, which are “just straight up bonkers in the best way possible” (MetalInjection.net). To preview and purchase their latest album, Are You Kidding Me? No. please visit: metalblade.com/destrage

Destrage line-up:
Paolo Colavolpe – vocals
Matteo Di Gioia – guitar
Federico Paulovich – drums
Ralph Guido Salati – guitar
Gabriel Pignata – bass

Destrage online:
http://www.destrage.com
http://www.facebook.com/destrage
http://www.youtube.com/destrage
http://twitter.com/destrage
http://instagram.com/destrage_official
http://www.soundcloud.com/destrage

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The Fifth Alliance Announces “Death Poems” Release

Following 2013 debut album “Unrevealed Secrets Of Ruin,” Dutch five-piece The Fifth Alliance now returns with second album “Death Poems,” due out October 31, 2015. Consouling Sounds Records comments:

“Powerful and dark, ‘Death Poems’ consists of four new tracks that masterfully blend gritty and harsh sludge with emotive, gloomy post-metal moments. With this record, The Fifth Alliance has taken a significant step forward and developed a more powerful and emotionally intense sound, especially in the vocal delivery of Silvia Berger.

“There is something deeply disturbing and touching about the singer’s performance as if she is lamenting the loss of a loved one. If you are a fan of doomy, harsh and emotive post-metal, then ‘Death Poems’ is going to be one of your favourite releases of 2015.”

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Be’lakor Guitarist To Miss Tour Dates, Matt Dodds Stepping In

Be’lakor has revealed that guitarist Shaun Sykes will be sitting out upcoming tour dates throughout the rest of 2015 for medical reasons. Shaun comments:

“To the fans,

“Over the past 12 months I have been battling with a medical condition that will render me unable to play on the upcoming European tour. This has been a very difficult decision to make, and no one is more disappointed than I am to be missing these upcoming shows in Europe. Matt Dodds (guitarist from one of my favourite bands, Arbrynth) will be filling in for me during my absence, and will no doubt do a stellar job.

“My number one focus at this point in time is to complete the album and recover to a point where I can return to my regular duties in the band. Despite my setbacks, everything is going well in my recovery and I expect to be back soon. I want you all to know I am fully committed to getting back out there and playing shows for you guys.

“My sincerest apologies to you all.”

Be’lakor also adds: “Despite this, preparations for the upcoming shows are going really well – after an extended period finalising our new music away from the stage, we can’t wait to play live again. Cheers, and see you on the road soon!”

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Arrival Of Autumn Announces Canadian Tour Dates

Arrival of Autumn is proud to announce the band will be supporting Cancer Bats in Grande Prairie, AB on June 27th at Better Than Fred’s along with performing other Alberta dates in support of latest album “Shadows.”

“We are extremely excited to be sharing the stage with one of our favourite bands, it’s going to be an insane show,” comments drummer Ty Fox.

May 15 – Calgary, AB – Nite Owl w/ Screaming at Shadows, Misused, Maimed Wolf
May 16 – Lethbridge, AB – Inferno Night Club w/ Leave the Living, The Avulsion, Crease, Sengage
June 27 – Grande Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s w/ Cancer Bats
July 12 – Edmonton, AB – YEG Event Centre / Flow Lounge @ Mule Fest w/ Brothers Grim

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European Tour Announced By Epica, Eluvietie To Co-Headline

Epica has announced a co-headlining tour of Europe with Switzerland’s Eluveitie this fall. In support is modern metal masters Scar Symmetry.

Guitar player Isaac Delahaye says the following about the tour: “Oh boy, I’m super stoked for this! What better way to end our The Quantum Enigma world tour than to team up with a band who’s – just like us – mixing 2 different genres into something special; a great metal band with a catchy folk topping. Yummie! Add some delicious riffing from our favourite Swedes, and you can expect a lot of coolio and 3 bands on top of their game. You wanna hear an orchestra? You wanna see a fiddler? You wanna steal tasty soloing ideas? Or do you just wanna have a great metal night in the pit? We’ve got it all.”

Epica is supporting its latest album “The Quantum Enigma” (see review here), Eluveitie is still supporting its latest “Origins” (see review here and Scar Symmetry is supporting “The Singularity (Phase I: Neohumanity)” (see review here).

Dates are as follows:

EPICA/ELUVEITIE co-headline dates with opener SCAR SYMMETRY:’

OCT 27 + Oberhausen + Turbinenhalle, DE
OCT 28 + Hugenottenhalle + Neu-Isenburg, DE
OCT 30 + Hala Euronic + Zlín, CZ
OCT 31 + Lazia Nowa Theater + Krakow, PL
NOV 01 + Huxleys + Berlin, DE
NOV 03 + Löwensaal + Nürnberg, DE

EPICA supported by ELUVEITIE and opener SCAR SYMMETRY:

NOV 04 + Live Club + Milan, IT
NOV 05 + Estragon + Bologna, IT
NOV 07 + Belle Electrique + Grenoble, FR
NOV 08 + L’Etage + Rennes, FR
NOV 09 + Aeronef + Lille, FR
NOV 11 + Academy + Bristol, UK
NOV 12 + Ritz + Manchester, UK
NOV 14 + Garage + Glasgow, UK
NOV 15 + Forum + London, UK

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Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2015 Lineup Announced

If you are planning your Summer vacation and are looking for a place where your favourite bands might have a show, where the beer is outrageously cheap, and the landscape is awesome, you might want to try the lands of Transylvania.

We’re talking about a particular place from this region: Rasnov city, placed in the heart of Romania, near the legendary Castle of Dracula.

Here, an international extreme metal festival is to be held August 12th – 15th 2015: the Rockstadt Extreme Fest. The full ineup includes 45 bands with names such as Moonspell, At The Gates, Marduk, Combichrist, Ensiferum, Kataklysm, Carnifex, Taake, Cattle Decapitation, White Walls, Krisiun, Be’lakor, Suicidal Angels, and many more confirmed.

Besides good music, you’ll be able to enjoy urban sports in a special area inside the festival site, see movies in the dedicated outdoor cinema (set-up in collaboration with the Dracula Film Fest), and more. For further details, head over to this location.

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Feed Her To The Sharks Streams New Track “Chasing Glory”

“Chasing Glory,” the new track from Australia’s Feed Her To The Sharks, can be heard below, courtesy of a stream hosted by Hysteria Magazine.

This second single comes from upcoming album “Fortitude,” available February 10th. As the song professes, “It’s never too late to chase the glory…always searching.”

Drummer Andrew Cotterell tells us: “’Chasing Glory’ is about following your dreams and striving towards what you are passionate about. Even when other people are doubtful, stay true to yourself and never give up!”

Kim Choo, guitar/synth, continues, “’Chasing Glory’ is my favourite track from Fortitude. I believe it really captures the direction we are taking our music, and I can’t wait for the fans to hear it!”

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Fans Re-Record Metallica’s “St. Anger”

Re-recorded in it’s entirety, #STANGER2015 is a project from Daryl G. and Chris D. (from Grace The Skies) and Dave C. (of Adust), and is a brand new version of Metallica’s 2003 album “St. Anger.”

You can stream the full re-recorded version below. Give it a listen and let us know if you think this one is better. The following press release was also issued:

“Recorded during a turbulent time in the bands career, St. Anger has always divided opinion. Some longtime fans were turned off by the drop tuned riffs and raw production, whilst some listeners embraced it, myself included. #STANGER2015 is for the listeners who weren’t so fond on the record back when it was released in 2003.

“Recorded from the ground up, the album has been shortened by 15 minutes, yet every riff and lyric is intact, resulting in a more concise and focused record.

“The production is also more conventional, and we hope that Metallica fans appreciate this new version of an album that is always looked at as an anomaly in the incredible career of the world’s biggest metal band, Metallica.

“Absolutely no money has been made from this project, and it has been created out of love for one of our favourite bands of all time. There will be no download links or alternative streaming options aside from this singular youtube video.”

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Polar Releases “Bloodlines” Music Video

Post-hardcore troupe Polar – currently amidst a European jaunt alongside Texan hardcore group Close Your Eyes – has unveiled a new music video for rallying single “Bloodlines” while the band is stuck in Nice, France awaiting repairs on the tour van.

“‘Bloodlines’ really means a lot to me,” proclaims vocalist Adam “Woody” Woodford. “Lyrically, it comes from a hard time for me and my family. I won’t name names, but it turns out that one of the family members was stealing from another and then they became very hostile towards my side of the family and that’s where the line ‘living with a death wish’ comes from. On a more positive note, it’s one of my favourite tunes to play live, so come down and party with us on the BWP tour in December – we can’t wait!”

Catch the band live on these dates:

11/12 Dessau, DE – Beat Club*
11/14 Chemnitz, DE – AJZ Talschock*
11/15 Saarbrucken, DE – The Garage*
11/16 Goes, NL – Cafe de Pompe*
12/15 Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach %
12/16 Norwich, UK – Epic Studios %
12/17 London, UK – Borderline %
12/18 Sheffield, UK – Corporation %
12/19 Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks %
12/20 Manchester, UK – Sound Control %
12/21 Southampton, UK – Joiners %
* w/ Close Your Eyes
% w/ Brutality Will Prevail

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