Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Etc. Announce Summer Tour

Breaking Benjamin announce their summer headlining tour with Chevelle as direct support act. Three Days Grace, Dorothy and Diamante will also join the trek. See for all dates below:

July 21 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 23 Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
July 24 Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre (no Three Days Grace/Diamante)
July 26 Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion (no Three Days Grace)
July 27 Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
July 30 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 31 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center (no Three Days Grace)
08/02 Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre (no Chevelle/Diamante)
08/04 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater (no Three Days Grace)
08/06 Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
08/07 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
08/09 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
08/10 Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
08/15 Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
08/17 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
08/18 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
08/21 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
08/22 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
08/24 Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
08/25 Boston, MA – Xfinity Center (no Three Days Grace)
08/28 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
08/30 Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
08/31 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (no Three Days Grace)
09/02 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage (no Three Days Grace/Chevelle)
09/04 Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (no Three Days Grace)
09/06 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
09/09 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater (no Dorothy)
09/10 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
09/13 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
09/15 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
09/16 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
09/18 Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
09/21 Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
09/22 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
09/25 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre

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Archspire To Headline Tech Trek IV In May

Canadian tech-death metal masters Archspire have announced a full North American tour in which they will be supported by label-mates Virvum as well as Inferi and Wormhole. Tech Trek IV, which is presented by Kiesel Guitars, will kick off on May 9th in Seattle, WA and will conclude on June 4th in Boise, ID. The full itinerary can be found below.

Speaking about the run, Archspire commented: “We’ll be heading across the U.S.A. with Tech Trek IV, presented by Kiesel Guitars. You can expect a crazy set from us and we’ll be joined by some insane bands – Wormhole is some intense slamming brutal death metal from Baltimore, the extreme progressive death metal of Virvum, and our good pals in Inferi who shred like no one else! We’ll also be announcing additional dates and some giveaways in the coming weeks, so stay tuned and Stay Tech!”

The tour dates are as follows:

May 9 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
May 11 – Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
May 12 – West Hollywood, CA – Whiskey-A-Go-Go
May 13 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
May 14 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
May 15 – El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
May 16 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
May 17 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live!
May 18 – Corpus Christi, TX – Boozers Rock Bar
May 20 – Orlando, FL – The Haven
May 21 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Purgatory)
May 22 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
May 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
May 24 – Brooklyn, NY – The Kingsland
May 25 – Boston, MA – Once Ballroom
May 26 – Erie, PA – Basement Transmissions
May 27 – Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
May 28 – Louiseville, KY – The Tiger Room
May 29 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
May 30 – St,Louis, MO – Firebird
May 31 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
June 1 – Denver, CO – Roxy Theater
June 3 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
June 4 – Boise, ID – The Shredder

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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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Battle Beast Discusses “No More Hollywood Endings” Recording Process

Finnish heavy metallers Battle Beast recently announced that their new album No More Hollywood Endings will be unleashed on March 22nd via Nuclear Blast. Today sees the release of the first album trailer for the new album, in which the band discuss recording their new offering. You can check it out below.

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Battle Beast Posts “No More Hollywood Endings” Album Trailer Online

Finnish heavy metallers, Battle Beast, will release their album, “No More Hollywood Endings,” on March 22nd via Nuclear Blast Records. The band have launched a behind-the scenes-trailer about the album recording process. You can check it out below.

The eleven featured songs on No More Hollywood Endings were recorded by keyboardist Janne Björkroth, Viktor Gullichsen and guitarist Joona Björkroth at JKB Studio; the record was also produced and mixed by Janne. Last but no least, the cover artwork was created by Jan Yrlund (Korpiklaani, Manowar), who already took care of the Bringer Of Pain design.

Janne stated about the forthcoming record, “The heavy songs are heavier, pop-delights brighter, rock vibes stronger, and sounds richer than before. The emotional scale is wider, and everything is bigger. Stay tuned for 2019!”

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Ashen Horde Posts New Lyric Video “Profound Darkness” Online

Hailing from the cold, unforgiving wastelands of Hollywood, California, Ashen Horde is a two-piece band that strives to embrace a multitude of extreme metal sub-genres, without being bound to any one of them. Drawing influence from metal’s crème de le extreme, from Enslaved and Devin Townsend to Ihsahn and Opeth, Ashen Horde (aka Trevor Portz and Stevie Boiser (Vale of Phath, Inferi)), may have a sound rooted in death and black metal, but can’t truly be called either.

Originally launched as a one-man project in 2013 by writer and multi-instrumentalist Trevor Portz, Ashen Horde has released two albums, as well as several EPs, over the past three years. Beginning with the ambitious Sanguinum Vindicta trilogy, Portz has worked tirelessly to develop a sound that is both challenging and unique.

The band has just completed its third album, Fallen Cathedrals and has signed with Extreme Metal Music/Rockshots Records for its release on CD and vinyl in Europe and North America on March 22nd.

The duo has unleashed the concept album’s first single and video “Profound Darkness”.

The band explains the track:

“We slow things down a bit for this one, it is a song that is much grimmer and dark. The power has gone out across the entire poor part of the city, and the inhabitants—wary and distrusting of their wealthy neighbors—have decided that it must surely be the fault of the rich. Thus, they determine that the peace between the two sides is over and that they must get revenge.”

A concept album in the vein of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel High Rise, Fallen Cathedrals explores class warfare and a society’s descent into primitive, warring tribes. Musically, the album expands further on the complexities of the band’s earlier releases, but with even more emphasis on progressive and melodic elements, even incorporating clean vocals for the first time. It will appeal to fans of the more progressive side of extreme metal, from Ihsahn and Borknagar to Opeth and Enslaved.

Portz states: “The forthcoming album, Fallen Cathedrals, is the perfect illustration of what Ashen Horde is all about. Musically, it draws influence from across the metal spectrum. There is hyper speed, blast-beat-fueled black metal that runs alongside pummeling death metal riffs; clean-sung melodic passages juxtaposed against face-melting screams, and headbanging beats intermixed with progressive odd-time signatures.”

Tracklisting:

1. Parity Lost
2. Profound Darkness
3. Retaliation-Regret
4. The Vanishing
5. Atavism
6. Cages
7. Final Ascent
8. Face Of The Enmity
9. Primal (bonus track on CD only)

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Battle Beast Posts New Music Video “No More Hollywood Endings” Online

When recently announcing their fifth studio album “No More Hollywood Endings,” which will be unleashed on March 22nd via Nuclear Blast, Finnish heavy metallers Battle Beast promised fans a taster of their new offering at the beginning of 2019 – and the group has kept true to their word! Packed with extravagant melodies, the official music video for the new album’s title track provides the perfect visuals for the song’s meaningful message. Directed by Markus Nieminen and produced by Oy Routafilmi AB / Tuotantoyhtiö Legenda, the official video for ‘No More Hollywood Endings’ can be viewed below.

Keyboardist Janne Björkroth comments on the track, “The song tells a story about living up to other people’s expectations and becoming a kind of a sidekick in one’s own life. Hollywood conventions and media set unrealistic expectations and narrow ideals about such things as beauty and happiness, and it’s easy to get lost while trying to fit the mould. The song claims that there isn’t a universal pattern for happiness, but everyone has a right to be respected as they are and live a life that suits for themselves. It’s a hymn to individuality.”

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Witherfall To Release New EP “Vintage” In March

In November 2018, US dark melodic metal act Witherfall released their second studio album, A Prelude To Sorrow. Never resting on its laurels, the group led by the creative duo comprised of vocalist Joseph Michael (Sanctuary) and Jake Dreyer (Iced Earth) now announces the Vintage EP, with the CD, LP, and digital release to be available during the upcoming acoustic tour with Sonata Arctica and released via Century Media Records on March 22nd.

Witherfall reveals: “During the sessions for A Prelude To Sorrow, two cover songs were recorded that showed a different side of Witherfall, originally intended to be bonus tracks. A dark and somber version of Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ with vocals recorded with Michael Wagener (Metallica, Skid Row) and an epic version of the Helloween classic ‘A Tale That Wasn’t Right’. With the announcement of the Sonata Arctica Acoustic Adventures tour, it was decided to release these covers along with a few acoustic renditions of favorite Witherfall tracks.

“Along with new keyboardist Alex Nasla and session percussionist James “Timbali” Cornwell (Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind & Fire ), Joseph Michael, Jake Dreyer and Anthony Crawford retreated to Harmony Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA (Adele, Miley Cyrus) armed with acoustic guitars and bottles of wine to start working on acoustic arrangements for the tour. The sessions were fruitful and two acoustic versions of past Witherfall songs were recorded: a medley of ‘Vintage’ and ‘Nobody Sleeps Here…’ (originally on “Nocturnes and Requiems”) and an alternate arrangement of ‘Ode to Despair’. Instead of keeping these as secrets and finally making the rare ‘The Long Walk Home (December)’ also available to an audience outside of Japan, the Vintage EP offers a collection of music that shows another dimension of the Witherfall sound.”

Mixed and mastered by Christopher “Zeuss” Harris and again featuring artwork by Kristian Wåhlin, Vintage will be released as strictly limited, hand-numbered CD digipak, on black and limited coloured vinyl as well as on all digital platforms.

Tracklisting:

1. Vintage Medley: “Vintage I”, “Nobody Sleeps Here…”, “Vintage II”
2. A Tale That Wasn’t Right (Helloween cover)
3. Ode To Despair (acoustic)
4. The Long Walk Home (December)
5. I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty cover)
6. Vintage (album version)

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Mushroomhead, Hellzapoppin, VentanA, Etc. U.S. Tour Announced

Mushroomhead announce their ‘Madness & Mayhem Tour with the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revuew, VentanA and Worldwide Panic also on the bill. See for all dates below:

02/15 Detroit, MI – Harpos Concert Theatre
02/16 Sturtevant, WI – Route 20
02/17 Belvidere, IL – The Apollo Theatre AC
02/18 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
02/19 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room Lounge
02/20 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
02/21 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
02/22 Salt Lake City, UT. – The Royal
02/23 Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
02/24 Everett, WA – Tony Vs Garage
02/27 Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go-Go
02/28 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
03/02 Mesa, AZ – Club Club Red Mesa
03/03 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
03/06 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
03/07 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
03/08 New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall Live Music & Party Hall
03/09 Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
03/10 Orlando, FL – Shovelhead
03/12 Spartanburg, SC – GroundZero
03/13 Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
03/14 Erie, PA – Basement Transmissions
03/15 Harrison, OH – Blue Note Harrison
03/16 TBA – TBA
03/17 Battle Creek, MI – The Music Factory

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The Browning, Betraying The Martyrs, Etc. U.S. Tour Announced

The Browning announce the dates for a spring U.S. tour with Betraying The Martyrs and Extortionist as support acts. That run will hit the below cities:

03/15 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
03/16 Denver, CO – Moe’s
03/17 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
03/18 Spokane, WA – The Pin!
03/19 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
03/20 Portland, OR – Paris Theatre
03/21 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
03/22 Fresno, CA – Full Circle Brewery
03/23 San Diego, CA – SOMA
03/24 Hollywood, CA – The Whisky a Go Go
03/26 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
03/28 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
03/29 Dallas, TX – 2513 Deep Ellum
03/30 Houston, TX – The Secret Group
04/02 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
04/03 Margate, FL – O’Malley’s
04/04 Orlando, FL – Soundbar
04/05 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Purgatory)
04/06 Greenville, SC – The Firmament
04/07 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
04/09 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
04/10 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar
04/11 Manchester, NH – Bungalow
04/12 Erie, PA – Basement Transmission
04/13 Kent, OH – The Outpost
04/14 Joliet, IL – The Forge

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