Loathe Announces Headlining Tour Dates

Liverpool’s heavy experimental collective of 5, Loathe, is very pleased to announce a U.K. headline tour for August/September. Loathe will be touring in celebration of debut record “The Cold Sun,” which was released via SharpTone Records only a handful of days ago.

Support on the tour will be coming from London based tech death metallers Harbinger. Loathe’s Kadeem France stated: “We are excited to bring Harbinger along with us this August and September around the UK for a special headline run. It’s been a long time coming and this Autumn the United Kingdom gets colder…”

Loathe only:
11th May – London, Hellfest Pre-Party @ New Cross Inn, London
12th May – Celtic Mosh @ Ebbw Vale Institute, Ebbw Vale, Wales
23rd July – Slovenia, Metal Days Festival
17th Aug – Germany, Destruction Derby

w/Harbinger:
23rd Aug – Northampton, The Lab
24th Aug – Hull, O’Rileys
25th Aug – Newcastle, Jumpin’ Jacks
26th Aug – Glasgow, Audio
28th Aug – Nottingham, Maze
29th Aug – Birmingham, The Flapper
30th Aug – Bristol, The Exchange
31st Aug – Swansea , The Scene
1st Sept – Plymouth, Underground
2nd Sept – Bournemouth, Anvil
3rd Sept – Basingstoke, Sanctuary
4th Sept, London, The Black Heart
5th Sept – Brighton, Hope and Ruin

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Omen Releasing Vinyl Split With Battleroar

Omen And Battleroar are releasing a 7″ split single via Cruz Del Sur Music, with pre-orders online at this location. The label also comments:

“When it comes to epic metal, Omen and Battleroar are two names that do not need introduction. Omen (USA) was formed by guitarist Kenny Powell in 1983, and since the release of the debut album entitled ‘Battle Cry’ (on Metal Blade Records) have set the standards for the genre, while Greek Battleroar, founded in 2000, are one of the most-valued and long-lasting active bands, and released 4 albums in 17 years of activity.

“Omen’s ‘Up From The Deep’ sounds as if it was taken directly from ‘Battle Cry’ – war cries introduce the legendary OMEN sound, with Kenny Powell painting a majestic tapestry of guitar notes above which Kevin Goocher delivers a brazen complimentary vocal performance.

“Battleroar’s ‘Stronghold’ is in the same style as the fastest and heaviest songs on their last album ‘Blood Of Legends’ (released on Cruz Del Sur in 2014). It shows a massive rhythmic session, great leads, and Gerrit’s classic, epic and melodic vocals.

“The single has been mastered by Bart Gabriel, and will have its official premiere at the Keep It True Festival on April 28th, where Omen will share the stage with acts such as Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol, Atlantean Kodex, and others. The release will be available in only 500 copies on black vinyl.”

After the Keep It True festival, OMen will embark on an European tour with the following confirmed dates:

April 29 – Escape Club, Vienna, Austria
May 1 – Le Klub, Paris, France
May 3 – Cave 45, Oporto, Portugal
May 4 – RCA Club, Lisbon, Portugal
May 5 – Estudio 27, Burgos, Spain
May 6 – Rockfesthal, Hamme, Belgium
May 7 – Little Devil, Tilburg, Holland
May 11 – Turock, Essen, Germany
May 12 – Metalheadz Open Air, Oberndorf Am Lech, Germany
May 13 – 8 Ball, Thessaloniki, Greece
May 14 – An Club, Athens, Greece
May 18 – Jailbreak, Rome, Italy
May 19 – Blue Rose, Milan, Italy
May 20 – Circus, Florence, Italy

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Soilwork Announces Bastian Thusgaard As Full-Time Member

Soilwork is pleased to officially announce the inclusion of permanent drummer, 25-year-old Bastian Thusgaard. Thusgaard has been blazing the kit for the band for the past 10 months, but will make his official debut as a permanent member of the band at upcoming summer festival performances. See below for a full listing of dates.

Bastian Thusgaard originally joined the Soilwork machine as touring drummer after former full-time member Dirk Verbeuren’s departure. Thusgaard began his journey as Verbeuren’s understudy, eventually taking over touring duties for the band in the summer of 2016.

In a band statement, Soilwork says: “We are super stoked to announce Bastian Thusgaard as our permanent drummer. He’s been touring with us for quite a while and has been nothing short of amazing to work with, both on a musical level and on a personal level. Taking over after Dirk must have been pretty hard, but he has proven, time and time again, through our tours through North America, South America and Europe, that he is the perfect man for the job.

“Bastian is only 25 years old and already possesses such great groove and fantastic technique. We can’t wait to see, how his ability will take us to the next level while we write our next album. It will be a beast, there’s no doubt about it. We have so much left to say musically and Bastian will be the perfect drummer, to help the band evolve on our constant musical journey. Give Bastian a warm welcome everyone!”

Bastian Thusgaard adds: “First and foremost, I would like to thank Björn, Sven, David, Sylvain, Markus and everyone else involved in the Soilwork team for their very warm welcome. I want to thank Dirk for his guidance, support and ability to inspire young drummers like myself, to put in the hours needed in order to make it to this level. He is the reason that I’ve had my life’s best musical experiences during these past ten months. To the fans that I’ve already met around the world and all the wonderful people surrounding me, thank you for your great support and positive feedback. It has truly been overwhelming.

“I am truly honoured to be given the opportunity to continuously work with SOILWORK, a band that I grew up listening to and one of the key elements of my musical education. I am 100% committed to Soilwork and am looking forward to create music with my childhood heroes and to see what the future will bring. See you all on the road.”

May 21-22 Radio Rock Risteily Cruise from Helsinki to Tallinn
Jun 10 Brétigny-Sur-Orge, France @ Download FR
Jun 17 Clisson, France @ Hellfest
Jun 23 Gräfenhainichen, Germany @ With Full Force
Jul 01 Helsinki, Finland @ Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Aug 05 Wacken, Germany @ Wacken Open Air
Aug 11 Catton on Hall, United Kingdom @ Bloodstock Open Air
Aug 25 Woerrstadt, Germany @ Neuborn Open Air Festival

Additional confirmed dates:
Nov 10 Malmö, Sweden @ KB
Nov 11 Gårda, Sweden @ Brewhouse
Nov 12 Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
Nov 13 Linkoping, Sweden @ Pitchers/The Crypt
Nov 14 Uppsala, Sweden @ Katalin

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High Elevation Rock Festival: Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, A Day To Remember, Stone Sour, Halestorm & More

High Elevation Rock Festival, fueled by Monster Energy, returns to Fiddler?s Green Amphitheatre presented by Subaru just outside Denver, Colorado, with an extra night of music ? Friday night, September 22 and Saturday, September 23. After its one-day debut in 2016, High Elevation comes back bigger and better in 2017 with a lineup of more […]

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High Elevation Rock Festival: Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, A Day To Remember, Stone Sour, Halestorm & More

High Elevation Rock Festival, fueled by Monster Energy, returns to Fiddler?s Green Amphitheatre presented by Subaru just outside Denver, Colorado, with an extra night of music ? Friday night, September 22 and Saturday, September 23. After its one-day debut in 2016, High Elevation comes back bigger and better in 2017 with a lineup of more […]

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High Elevation Rock Festival: Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, A Day To Remember, Stone Sour, Halestorm & More

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Avenged Sevenfold Posts Behind The Scenes “God Damn” Footage

Avenged Sevenfold just released a behind-the-scenes clip for the “God Damn” video, which can be seen below, and the band also comments:

“The ‘God Damn’ music video was charged with energy from our fans. Before it arrives, we’re taking you on set to see how it was made. Go behind the scenes below.

“Want to be the first to see this kind of content? Join Deathbat Nation to get exclusive first looks, specially designed merchandise, tour pre-sales and more! Don’t miss Avenged Sevenfold on tour this summer!”

A full listing of upcoming Avenged Sevenfold 2017 tour dates can be found after the video clip.

APR 22 – Las Vegas, NV (Las Rageous Festival)
MAY 05 – Virginia Beach, VA (Lunatic Luau Festival)
MAY 07 – Concord, NC (Carolina Rebellion Festival)
MAY 9 – Hershey, PA (w/ Metallica, Volbeat)
MAY 10 – Baltimore, MD (w/ Metallica, Volbeat)
MAY 12 – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Metallica, Volbeat)
MAY 14 – East Rutherford, NJ (w/ Metallica, Volbeat)
JUN 07 – Denver, CO (w/ Metallica, Volbeat)
JUN 11 – Houston, TX (w/ Metallica, Volbeat)
JUN 14 – San Antonio, TX (w/ Metallica)
JUN 16 – Dallas, TX (w/ Metallica)
JUN 18 – Chicago, IL (w/ Metallica)
JUN 19 – Mt. Pleasant, MI (w/ In This Moment)
JUL 05 – Orlando, FL (w/ Metallica, Volbeat)
JUL 07 – Miami, FL (w/ Metallica, Volbeat)
JUL 09 – Atlanta, GA (w/ Metallica, Volbeat)
JUL 10 – Cincinnati, OH (w/ A Day To Remember)
JUL 12 – Detroit, MI (w/ Metallica, Volbeat)
JUL 13 – Oshkosh, WI (Rock USA Festival)
JUL 14 – Cadott, WI (Rockfest)
JUL 16 – Toronto, Canada (w/ Metallica, Volbeat)
JUL 18 – Gilford, NH (w/ Volbeat)
JUL 19 – Montreal, Canada (w/ Metallica, Volbeat)
JUL 28 – Mountain View, CA (w/ A Day To Remember)
JUL 29 – Los Angeles, CA (w/ Metallica, Gojira)
JUL 31 – Sacramento, CA (w/ A Day To Remember)
AUG 03 – Albuquerque, NM (w/ A Day To Remember)
AUG 04 – Phoenix, AZ (w/ Metallica, Gojira)
AUG 06 – San Diego, CA (w/ Metallica, Gojira)
AUG 09 – Seattle, WA (w/ Metallica, Gojira)
AUG 11 – Salt Lake City, UT (w/ A Day To Remember)
AUG 12 – Nampa (Boise), ID (w/ A Day To Remember)
AUG 14 – Vancouver, Canada (w/ Metallica, Gojira)
AUG 16 – Edmonton, Canada (w/ Metallica, Gojira)

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Abbath Walks Off Stage 30 Minutes Into Inferno Fest Set

Apparently there was an issue at the Inferno Fest this weekend with front man Abbath walking off the stage a few songs into the band’s set. The organizers of the festival issued this comment:

“We are very sorry that Abbath left the stage after 30 minutes into their show. Of course this has nothing to do with the festival and an official statement will come from the band. We hope you all had a great festival even that the night was cut a bit shorter than expected. Thanks for your understanding!”

Nothing official has arrived from Abbath yet, but we’ll update when it does. In the mean time, where’s what a few festival attendees commented via Facebook:

Martin Undfors: He played 4 songs and it sounded Super-great! Awesome energy on stage and everything was good. But then he suddenly throws his guitar in the floor hard as fuck and walks of stage. Then drumsolo for some minutes before they close the gig.

J-p Kneip: Can confirm, 4 songs in, everything seemed ok, then he leaves the stage. We thought it was a technical issue and the drummer played an improvised solo, I think he didn’t know what was going on either. After that, he went backstage too and 10 minutes later, one of the Inferno guys came on stage and said that they (the band?) had asked him to tell people they wouldn’t finish the show and that they would issue a statement later. It’s very unprofessional, even if there were technical problems or problems within the band, the show must go on.

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Abbath Walks Off Stage 30 Minutes Into Inferno Fest Set

Apparently there was an issue at the Inferno Fest this weekend with front man Abbath walking off the stage a few songs into the band’s set. The organizers of the festival issued this comment:

“We are very sorry that Abbath left the stage after 30 minutes into their show. Of course this has nothing to do with the festival and an official statement will come from the band. We hope you all had a great festival even that the night was cut a bit shorter than expected. Thanks for your understanding!”

Nothing official has arrived from Abbath yet, but we’ll update when it does. In the mean time, where’s what a few festival attendees commented via Facebook:

Martin Undfors: He played 4 songs and it sounded Super-great! Awesome energy on stage and everything was good. But then he suddenly throws his guitar in the floor hard as fuck and walks of stage. Then drumsolo for some minutes before they close the gig.

J-p Kneip: Can confirm, 4 songs in, everything seemed ok, then he leaves the stage. We thought it was a technical issue and the drummer played an improvised solo, I think he didn’t know what was going on either. After that, he went backstage too and 10 minutes later, one of the Inferno guys came on stage and said that they (the band?) had asked him to tell people they wouldn’t finish the show and that they would issue a statement later. It’s very unprofessional, even if there were technical problems or problems within the band, the show must go on.

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Nuclear Announces New Tour Dates With Conflicted

Chilean thrashers Nuclear today announce a new European tour slated for June and July 2017. For nearly half of the dates, Nuclear will be accompanied by Conflicted, a young promising thrash metal band also from Chile.

This tour will mark the end of the promotion of Nuclear’s most recent release “Formula For Anarchy” (Candlelight Records, 2015) as it is expected that the follow-up album will see the light in early 2018.

The band comments: “It is always a pleasure to come back to the EU to show our music. Metal heads there have always received the band with enthusiasm and energy – we are sure this time won’t be any different.”

This Eurotour will also be the very first for Conflicted, promoting 2015 album “Under Bio-Lence” (Sick Bangers). “We are extremely happy to do this for the first time. We have played a lot of shows with Nuclear and the combination is lethal. We cannot wait to start this and show the people in Europe what the band is all about.”

09/06 – B52 Music Club – Eernegem Belgium
10/06 – Loco Loco Festival – Opwijk Belgium
11/06 – Ebrietas Metal Bar – Zurich Switzerland
13/06 – S8 Under Club – Budapest Hungary
14/06 – Escape Metalcorner – Vienna Austria
15/06 – Metalgate Czech Death Fest – Czech Republic
16/06 – Mise Open Air Festival – Germany
17/06 – Rage Against Racism Fest – Germany
18/06 – Tba – Holland
19/06 – Tba – Holland
20/06 – Tba – Holland
22/06 – Bar 227 – Hamburg Germany*
23/06 – Zuckerfabrik – Rostock Germany*
24/06 – Mtc Club – Cologne Germany*
25/06 – Tommy Haus – Berlin Germany*
26/06 – Protokultura – Gdansk Poland*
27/06 – Tba – Poland*
28/06 – Tba – Poland*
29/06 – Tba – Poland*
30/06 – Estrada Stagebar – Bydgoszcz Poland*
01/07 – Rudeboy Club – Bielsko Biala Poland*
*nuclear+conflicted

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Igorrr Reveals “Savage Sinusoid” Album Details

On June 16th, Igorrr – the brainchild of French musician and composer Gautier Serre – will release new album, “Savage Sinusoid,” via Metal Blade Records. On this record electronic manipulations, accordion, saxophone, sitar, harpsichord, mandolin, and strings sit comfortably alongside ruthless blastbeats, chunky riffs, death grunts and soaring operatic vocals.

For a preview of “Savage Sinusoid,” a video for the first single “ieuD” can be viewed below. To realize “Savage Sinusoid” as a completely sample-free record, Serre reunited with vocalists Laurent Lunoir and Laure Le Prunenec, along with drummer Sylvain Bouvier, and collaborated with more musicians than on any of his previous releases – one of those guests being Cattle Decapitation’s Travis Ryan, who lends his vocals on “Cheval.” “Apopathodiaphulatophobie” and “Robert.”

1. Viande
2. ieuD
3. Houmous
4. Opus Brain
5. Probleme d’emotion
6. Spaghetti Forever
7. Cheval
8. Apopathodiaphulatophobie
9. Va te foutre
10. Robert
11. Au Revoir

Igorrr will give European fans a first taste of new songs this spring/summer, with more shows to be announced soon. See below for all dates:

Apr. 29 – Opera National Du Rhin – Strasbourg, France
May 5 – Circasismic Festival – Besancon, France
June 17 – Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, France
Jul. 7 – What The Fest?!#2 – Vendargues, France
Jul. 9 – UK Tech Fest – Winthorpe, United Kingdom
Jul. 15 – Dour Festival – Dour, Belgium
Aug. 11 – Brutal Assault – Jaromer, Czech Republic
Oct. 17 – l’Aeronef – Lille, France
Nov. 15 – La Maroquinerie – Paris, France

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