Killswitch Engage signs with Metal Blade Records and Columbia/Sony Music Germany

– June 4th, 2018 –

Kicks off European tour with Iron Maiden

Photo credit: John McMurtrie

Metal Blade Records is proud to welcome Killswitch Engage to its roster! Partnering with Sony Music Entertainment outside of North America, the band will be releasing their upcoming album in 2019 worldwide.

Metal Blade’s CEO/founder Brian Slagel comments: “I have been a huge fan and friend of Killswitch for a long time, so it is truly an honor to be able to work with them. So happy to welcome them to the Metal Blade family.”

Jesse Leach (vocals): “I’m beyond stoked to sign with the legendary Metal Blade Records and Columbia/Sony Music. It’s clear they truly understand and believe in what we do as a band, and we’re psyched to have them on our side. It’s an exciting new chapter for KSE and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

Adam Dutkiewicz (guitar): “I’m very excited to say that Killswitch Engage will be joining forces with Metal Blade Records and Columbia/Sony Music! Super stoked to join the ranks with a long list of many epic metal acts, as well as a team of excellent human beings who truly have a genuine love for metal music. Here’s to an awesome future with awesome labels!”

Benjamin Voss, Senior A&R Manager Columbia/Sony Music Germany: “I am very happy and proud to work with such an amazing band like Killswitch Engage in the future. We are absolutely excited about releasing their new album on Sony Music outside North America.”

Currently finishing work on their upcoming album, Killswitch Engage have taken a break from recording to embark on a summer European tour with Iron Maiden. The trek will also see the band appear at various premier festivals (Sweden Rock, Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest, etc.), along with a few special headlining shows. Then in the fall, the band will be touring across Australia with Parkway Drive. See below for all dates!

Killswitch Engage tour dates
w/ Iron Maiden

May 26 – Saku Arena – Tallinn, Estonia
May 28 – Hartwall Arena – Helsinki, Finland
May 29 – Hartwall Arena – Helsinki, Finland
May 31 – Pustervik – Goteborg, Sweden ***
June 1 – Tele2 Arena – Stockholm, Sweden
June 2 – Rockefeller Music Hall – Oslo, Norway ***
June 3 – Trondheim Rocks @ Dahls Arena – Trondheim, Norway **
June 5 – Royal Arena – Copenhagen, Denmark
June 7 – Sweden Rock Festival – Solvesborg, Sweden **
June 9 – Rockavaria – Munich, Germany **
June 10 – Expo Plaza – Hannover, Germany
June 11 – Live Music Hall – Cologne, Germany ***
June 13 – Waldbuhne – Berlin, Germany
June 14 – Kwadrat – Krakow, Poland ***
June 16 – Akvarium Klub – Budapest, Hungary ***
June 17 – Novarock Festival – Nickelsdorf, Austria **
June 19 – Proxima – Warsaw, Poland ***
June 20 – Letnany Airport – Prague, Czech Republic
June 22 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, Belgium **
June 24 – Hellfest – Clisson, France **
June 25 – Den Atelier – Luxembourg, Luxembourg ***
June 26 – Geneva Arena – Geneva, Switzerland
June 28 – Rock in Rome @ Ippodromo Capanelle – Rome, Italy *
June 29 – Rock the Castle @ Villafranca Castle – Verona, Italy **
June 30 – Messe Freiburg – Freiburg, Germany
July 1 – GelreDome – Arnhem, Netherlands
July 31 – Metro Radio Arena – Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Aug. 1 – The Academy Dublin – Dublin, Ireland ***
Aug. 2 – SSE Arena – Belfast, UK
Aug. 4 – Aberdeen Exhibition & Conf. Centre – Aberdeen, UK
Aug. 6 – Manchester Arena – Manchester, UK
Aug. 7 – Genting Arena – Birmingham, UK
Aug. 10 – 02 Arena – London, UK
Aug. 11 – 02 Arena – London, UK
*=w/ Megadeth (no Iron Maiden)
**=festival off-date
***=Killswitch Engage headlining off-date

Killswitch Engage tour dates
w/ Parkway Drive

Oct. 25 – UC Refectory – Canberra, Australia
Oct. 26 – Hordern Pavilion – Sydney, Australia
Oct. 27 – Nex – Newcastle, Australia
Oct. 28 – Riverstage – Brisbane, Australia
Nov. 02 – Margaret Court Arena – Melbourne, Australia
Nov. 03 – Entertainment Centre – Adelaide, Australia
Nov. 06 – HBF Stadium – Perth, Australia

Formed in 1999 out of western Massachusetts, Killswitch Engage is often credited as one of the most influential metal acts in the last 20 years. Spending much of their career on the road, the band has enjoyed premium slots on major USA tours, including Ozzfest, Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest, Music As a Weapon, and Trespass America, as well as countless international festivals around the globe. Having shared the stage with acts ranging from Rise Against to Slayer, the diversity and versatility of their touring is unparalleled. Their songs have been featured on Guitar Hero III, Rock Band, John Madden, the Resident Evil III soundtrack, and as entrance music for WWE wrestling champ CM Punk.

Twice Grammy-nominated, Killswitch Engage has sold over 3 million records worldwide, with The End of Heartache and As Daylight Dies both certified Gold in the U.S and Silver in the UK. The band’s latest album – 2016′s Incarnate – landed at #6 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on the Current Rock Albums chart, and debuted at #1 overall in Canada, #5 in Australia, and #10 in both the UK and Germany – a testament to their international reach.

2018 will mark the end of the Incarnate album cycle, which saw the group reach new heights with its collection of anthems that set the heavy music world ablaze. Co-founders of Killswitch Engage – guitarist/backing vocalist Adam Dutkiewicz, guitarist Joel Stroetzel, bassist Mike D’Antonio, and lead vocalist Jesse Leach (who returned six years ago after a decade-long absence) – plus longtime drummer Justin Foley, are currently working on a new album, with Adam Dutkiewicz handling producer duties once again. Employing their usual unrelenting determination to continually release powerfully potent work, Killswitch Engage plans to deliver another trend-resistant, timeless record that feeds the soul, touches the heart, and strengthens the mind. Stay tuned for more news about this new album coming soon!

Killswitch Engage line-up:
Jesse Leach – Vocals
Adam Dutkiewicz – Guitar
Joel Stroetzel – Guitar
Justin Foley – Drums
Mike D’Antonio – Bass

Killswitch Engage online:
http://www.killswitchengage.com
https://www.facebook.com/killswitchengage
https://twitter.com/kseofficial
https://www.instagram.com/killswitchengage

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Superjoint Gearing Up For U.S. Headline Tour Dates

The third leg of Superjoint’s U.S. live invasion will begin on September 22nd in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band will pillage through over two-dozen venues across the country including a stop at this year’s edition of Rock ‘N’ Shock in Worcester, Massachusetts, the trek coming to a close on October 20th in Orlando, Florida.

Superjoint will be joined by DevilDriver with additional support provided by Housecore labelmates Child Bite and King Parrot as well as Cane Hill. Superjoint frontman Philip H. Anselmo comments:

“Do your pushups, take your vitamins, and start some light jogging now, because this is gonna be a hell-of-a-shitload of shows this fall. Olde School rules only. Leave your fashion statement at home or at the door. Individuals unite for one night only at a place near you, and then disperse like wildfire to dry pages. Bring it on, sisters and brothers. Always championing the underdogs of this world and The Underground since 1988! Yours truly, PHA.”

w/ King Parrot, Child Bite:
9/22/2017 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA

w/ DevilDriver, King Parrot, Cane Hill, Child Bite:
9/23/2017 Come & Take It Live – Austin, TX
9/24/2017 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
9/25/2017 Rialto Theater – Tucson, AZ
9/27/2017 The Whisky – Los Angeles, CA
9/28/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/29/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/30/2017 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
10/01/2017 Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
10/03/2017 Top Deck – Farmington, NM
10/04/2017 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
10/06/2017 Q & Z Expo Center – Ringle, WI
10/07/2017 Diesel – Chesterfield, MI
10/08/2017 Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
10/09/2017 The Forge – Joliet, IL
10/11/2017 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
10/12/2017 Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
10/13/2017 Reverb – Reading, PA
10/14/2017 Rock ‘N’ Shock @ Palladium – Worcester, MA @ Rock N Shock
10/15/2017 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
10/17/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/18/2017 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
10/19/2017 State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL
10/20/2017 Plaza Live! – Orlando, FL

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The Offering Signs Record Deal With Century Media

Century Media Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of The Offering. The group’s self-titled debut EP was produced by guitarist Nishad George, with engineering help from Grammy award-winning engineer Mark Fuller, and mixed and mastered by Andre Alvinzi and Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios.

Check out the EP’s opening track “Rat King” below, and stay tuned for the five track release to officially drop November 10th digitally. The Offering’s first full-length studio album is scheduled to drop in summer/autumn 2018.

Century Media Records comments: “Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts the five players behind The Offering first came together in Tampa, Florida to invent their signature version of progressive, furious, and technical power metal with a strong death and thrash approach.

“The wild mixture of elements from many metal genres puts The Offering G in a class of its own: deep musical compositions, extreme, adept vocal performances, a powerful modern sound, and profound song arrangement separate The Offering from the metal pack. This is modern heavy metal for open-minded listeners who can imagine a hybrid of Nevermore, Death, At The Gates, Psychotic Waltz, Control Denied and Iced Earth.”

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Upheaval Wins Wacken Metal USA Boston Round

Wacken Metal Battle USA is proud to announce Boston round 3 winner Upheaval. The band will now join previous round 1 and 2 winners Coffin Birth and Goblet at the city final being held on April 19th at Once Somerville.

Boston round 3 was held on Tuesday, March 29th along with other competing bands Lung Leather, Birnam Wood, Concilium. The winners of the Boston final will join Philadelphia round winners Power Theory and Corpse Hoarder at the national final (city and date to be determined). Remaining rounds are as follows:

Boston, MA
Final – Wednesday, April 19 @ Once Somerville (156 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts)
Round 1 Winner – Coffin Birth
Round 2 Winner – Goblet
Round 3 Winner – Upheaval
+ Wild Card Band To Be Determined

National Final (city and date to be determined):
Power Theory (Philadelphia Winner)
Corpse Hoarder (Philadelphia Winner)

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Power Theory And Corpse Hoarder Win Wacken Battle Philadelphia Round

Wacken Metal Battle USA is proud to announce the first ever Philadelphia round winners as Power Theory and Corpse Hoarder. The bands will now move on to the national final in New York City.

This round was held on Saturday, March 18th at Whiskey Tango along with other competing bands In The Presence of Wolves, Fatal Aggression, Assayer, and Malphas. Remaining qualifying rounds listed below.

For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the world along with winning multiple prizes.

For the first time ever, Wacken Metal Battle has arrive din America for its inaugural year and will be hosting qualifying rounds in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2017 festival taking place from August 3rd – 5th. Remaining rounds are as follows:

Boston, MA

Round 2 – Tuesday, March 21 @ Once Somerville (156 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts)
Pathogenic
Carnivora
Ravage
Goblet

Round 3 – Wednesday, March 29 @ Once Somerville (156 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts)
Upheaval –
Leather Lung
Birnam Wood
Concilium

Final – Wednesday, April 19 @ Once Somerville (156 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts)
Round 1 Winner – Coffin Birth
TBA

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1476 Releasing New Album “Our Season Draws Near”

Salem, Massachusetts’ 1476 creates isolationist sound stories, heavy in atmosphere, that draw upon elements of many genres including metal, punk, neofolk and ambient. 1476 will release new album, “Our Season Draws Near,” on March 31st via Prophecy Productions.

Today new album track “Winter of Winds” comes online in the form of a lyric video featuring art from 19th century Norwegian painter Theodor Kittelsen. Check it out below.

The band’s fourth LP (and first full-length for Prophecy) strips away the dense layers and production from past albums and delivers the most raw, intimate and urgent record 1476 record to date. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Our Silver Age
2. Ettins
3. Winter of Winds
4. Solitude (Exterior)
5. Odessa
6. Sorgen (Sunwheels)
7. Solitude (Interior)
8. By Torchlight
9. Winter of Wolves
10. Our Ice Age

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Whitechapel Kicking Off Metal Blade 35th Anniversary Tour

Tonight, Whitechapel will kick off Metal Blade Records’ 35th anniversary tour with a warm-up show in Lamoyne, Pennsylvania. From there, the band will join label mates Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, Allegaeon, and Necromancing The Stone.

The journey will stretch from February 22nd in Boston, Massachusetts through March 16th in New Orleans, Louisiana followed by a Whitechapel-only show March 17th in Birmingham, Alabama to close out the tour.

The band will play additional shows in May including an appearance at this year’s Rock On The Range on Columbus, Ohio. See below for all confirmed dates.

2/21/2017 The Champ – Lemoyne, PA

w/ Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, Allegaeon, Necromancing The Stone:
2/22/2017 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
2/23/2017 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA * No Goatwhore
2/24/2017 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
2/25/2017 Irving Plaza – New York, NY * No Goatwhore
2/26/2017 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
2/28/2017 St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI * No Goatwhore
3/01/2017 Deluxe @ Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
3/02/2017 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
3/03/2017 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY * No Goatwhore
3/04/2017 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
3/05/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
3/06/2017 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO * No Goatwhore
3/08/2017 Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA
3/09/2017 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
3/10/2017 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
3/11/2017 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
3/14/2017 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
3/15/2017 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
3/16/2017 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA * No Goatwhore
End Tour

3/17/2017 The Syndicate – Birmingham, AL
5/19/2017 The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN
5/20/2017 Rock On The Range @ Mapfre Stadium – Columbus, OH

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Cattle Decapitation Gearing Up For U.S. Tour Dates

This Sunday, San Diego deathgrind unit Cattle Decapitation will return to the road for a near-month-long U.S. jaunt as part of the Metal Blade Records 35th anniversary tour with labelmates Whitechapel, Goatwhore, Allegaeon, and Necromancing The Stone.

The band will begin this new journey on Sunday, February 19th in Wichita, Kansas with Allegaeon before uniting with Goatwhore on February 21st in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The official anniversary tour begins on February 22nd in Boston, Massachusetts and runs through March 18th in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after which Cattle Decapitation will close the expedition with a final headlining show on March 19th in Phoenix, Arizona.

2/19/2017 Barleycorn’s – Wichita, KS w/ Allegaeon
2/21/2017 Spirit Hall – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Goatwhore, Allegaeon
w/ Whitechapel, Goatwhore, Allegaeon, Necromancing The Stone:
2/22/2017 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
2/23/2017 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA * no Goatwhore
2/24/2017 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
2/25/2017 Irving Plaza – New York, NY * no Goatwhore
2/26/2017 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
2/27/2017 The Stache – Grand Rapids, MI * no Goatwhore
2/28/2017 St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
3/01/2017 Deluxe @ Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
3/02/2017 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
3/03/2017 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY * no Goatwhore
3/04/2017 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
3/05/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
3/06/2017 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO* no Goatwhore
3/07/2017 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV * no Whitechapel
3/08/2017 Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA
3/09/2017 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
3/10/2017 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
3/11/2017 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
3/12/2017 The Rock – Tucson, AZ * no Whitechapel
3/14/2017 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
3/15/2017 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
3/16/2017 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA * no Goatwhore
3/17/2017 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX w/ Allegaeon, Necromancing The Stone
3/18/2017 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM w/ Allegaeon
3/19/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ *CATTLE DECAPITATION only

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Barishi Posts “The Great Ennead” Music Video

Barishi just released a new music video for the track “The Great Ennead,” directed by Bobby Csehak and showcasing a live performance by the band. “The Great Ennead” appears on “Blood from the Lion’s Mouth,” which released last year via Season Of Mist.

Additionally, Barishi just announced several live dates across New England, beginning on February 25th and seeing the band performing in Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine before concluding on April 28th, with more dates to be announced soon.

Feb. 25 Revere, MA @ Sammy’s Patio
Mar. 31 Stratton, VT @ Grizzly’s Nightclub
Apr. 28 Portland, ME @ SPACE

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WHITECHAPEL, CATTLE DECAPITATION, GOATWHORE, And ALLEGAEON To Tour The US This Spring

To commemorate Metal Blade Records? 35th anniversary in 2017, four bands from the label?s much-celebrated roster will come together for a special US tour this March: WHITECHAPEL, CATTLE DECAPITATION, GOATWHORE, and ALLEGAEON. The tour will run from February 22nd in Boston, Massachusetts through March 16th in New Orleans, Louisiana.  See below for all confirmed dates. […]

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