Canadian Stoner Metal Festival 420 Music & Arts Open To Band Submissions

Big Rock Brewery & Metalheads United are proud to announce they will be presenting a 2018 edition of the 420 Music & Arts Festival in Calgary, AB after a successful inaugural expo and concert series this past April.

Submissions for bands to perform at the 2018 420 Music & Arts Festival on April 19th, 20th, and 21st are now open and will close on August 31st, 2017. Applications can be submitted here.

This year’s festival will also be expanding its line up from stoner rock/stoner metal, doom, psychedelic and heavy blues to also include reggae, ska, blues, R&B and hip-hop.

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EarsplitCompound now on Instagram

Hey there Metalheads… There is so much amazing heavy music being dropped on me from Earsplit, that I decided (yes, speaking in first person) that it was necessary to drop this on you… That way you can pick and choose for yourself, minute by minute, hour by hour, day after day, for days to come!! Listen […]

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EarsplitCompound now on Instagram

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Lost Empires Splits With Vocalist And Guitarist, Working On Album

Oklahoma’s Lost Empires has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes and working on a new album:

“Hey, Metalheads! We’ve been taking some time off after tour to enjoy the summer, but we’re hard at work writing our next album.

“We’ve made some changes to our lineup that will be forthcoming. We’d like to thank both Brandon and Brad for bringing their insight, talent, and brotherhood to Lost Empires over the past few years, but we are excited about the direction the band is going, and looking forward to adding some new blood to the band.

“Jeremy will also be making the switch from drums to guitar, because he’s fucking sick and tired of lugging around 10000 drums. We are currently holding try-outs for drummers and vocalists, so if for some crazy reason you’ve always wanted to sing or play drums in a metal band, now is your chance.

“We are also currently in the process of upgrading our touring gear, and so it is with a heavy heart that we are putting the Big Blue Bitch on the market. If you or anyone you know is looking for a HUGE kickass blue van in good condition, send them our way.

“We’ll see you soon, Metalheads!”

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Emergency Gate Offering “Moshpit” Track For Free Download

Germany’s Emergency Gate has issued the following announcement about offering a song as a free download:

“Hello Metalheads, the band Emergency Gate and their label Golden Core/ZYX Music decided to make the Emergency Gate festival hymn ‘Moshpit’ available for free download on Amazon.de here.

“Everybody who has an Amazon account can download the song for free to prepare for the festival season in 2013. In Legion We Stand & Let’s Get The Moshpit Started!”

“Moshpit” comes off the band’s new album “You,” which is out now in Europe. You can also check out Emergency Gate’s music video for “Mindfuck” in the player below.

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Iced Earth Cancels Bangalore Open Air Performance Due To Visa Issues

U.S. power metal band Iced Earth announced that it was forced to cancel the band’s performance at the Bangalore Open Air Festival in India on June 16, 2012 due to visa issues. The band is continuing to tour in support of the latest release “Dystopia” (see Metal Underground’s review here).

The announcement reads:

“Dear fans, friends and fellow metalheads in India.

“It is with a heavy heart and deep regret to announce that we will not be performing at the Bangalore Open Air festival on the 16th of June 2012.

“Unfortunately, we have been a victim of terminal visa issues for our American band and crew members, despite having followed every step given to us and retaining one of the top immigration firms in the world to do the job. It turns out some of the regulations have changed without this being made known to us and we are now no longer in a position to get the necessary paperwork in place. This has come as a huge disappointment since we were looking forward to performing for and meeting all of you for the very first time in your wonderful country.

“We would like to thank the team of BOA for all their help and support along the way. Unfortunately things are now beyond the control of the band and the organizers but we sincerely hope all the metalheads in India will continue to support Bangalore Open Air and all the fantastic bands scheduled to play there.

“Finally, a huge thank you to all the Indian metalheads for your kind words and wonderful support. We promise to make every effort to make it to India as soon as humanly possible and bang heads with each and every one of you.

In metal,

Iced Earth Management Team”

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Arthemis Announces New Drummer, Plans To New LP Record Soon

Italian power metal band Arthemis announced the band’s new drummer Paolo Caridi (Killing Touch) on its official Facebook Page. The announcement reads:

“ARTHEMIS are proud to introduce you to our new a-m-a-z-i-n-g drummer Paul Grinder ( Paolo Caridi )! The new killer line-up will be on stage tonight at “Woodstock Live Club”! Get ready to bang your head Metalheads, ARTHEMIS will be on tour in Spain and UK soon and in between the two legs of the tour the band will hit the recording studio to start recording 11 songs of their brand new face-melting album! We feel so powerful and can’t wait to tour and record with Paul who is such a fantastic musician and above all a brother in METAAAAL!”

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