Inaugural Megacruise to feature Megadeth & Anthrax, Testament, Armored Saint & Metal Church

The cruise will depart Los Angeles on October 13th, 2019, and make stops at San Diego, California, and Ensenada, Mexico, before returning to L.A. on October 18th.

Also on board the Norwegian Jewel ship will be Armored Saint, DevilDriver, Doro, Rob Zombie guitarist John 5, Beastö Blancö, Metal Church and the metal mariachi group Metalachi, as revealed on the Megacruise Facebook page.

In addition to performances from the above acts, the cruise will also feature Q&A’s with the artists, music clinics, theme nights, and all the typical luxuries of a cruise, including meals, swimming pools, jacuzzis, casinos and more.

Prices range from $800 to $4899, depending on number of people and type of cabin, with the full list of rates available here. For more information, visit Megacruise.com .

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Krokus Announces “Adios Amigos” Farewell Tour

Swiss heavy metal legends Krokus has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining world tour, dubbed “Adios Amigos.” The band has stressed that they will not be reuniting once the tour is done and have posted the following statement:

“Since 1975, Krokus stands for honest, handmade, quality power rock. No other Swiss Rock Band sells their albums and their back catalogue worldwide like Krokus. More than 15 million records sold, worldwide tours, gold and platinum in the US and Canada. Our Rock milestones can still be found today all across the globe from Australia to the USA, Mexico, Russia, even Japan and China. Krokus video clips are viewed millions of times on YouTube.

“In 1980, the triumphal march began throughout America, Canada and England. The band cemented their reputation and name as a strong, no-frills live band. Unforgettable headlining tours and on the same bills with great bands like AC / DC, Van Halen, Rush, Ted Nugent, Judas Priest, Motörhead, just to name a few. Wild times, big adventures, which brought the band, among other things, the honorary citizenship of Memphis Tennessee. Krokus were also the first Swiss band to sell-out the Hallenstadion, Zurich in 1982.

“But there was also death, illness and internal disputes that drove the band to the brink of destruction. Then, in 2008 the big comeback. The story of Krokus is unique. Marked by ups and downs. From grandiose stadium concerts to sweaty club gigs. We overcame trends, insidious US managers, harsh splits, bad deals, shady lawyers, drugs, lousy fast food, endless bus trips, disco, grunge, grotesque record companies, and hypocritical advisors.

“During our remarkable career, Krokus rocked more than 2000 shows on five continents – different cities, unique locations, crazy gigs and loyal fans. This long journey ends with our Adios Amigo Tour.

“Krokus shows have always been special and should stay that way. That’s why we decided to stop when it’s still really good. That’s how the fans should remember us. Unlike other bands that are on their eternal ‘farewell tour’, we will keep our word and pull the plug at the end of 2019, handing over the Rock Magic Wand to the youngsters.”

In addition, the band members have issued personal statements.

Marc Storace: “We look forward to a grandiose 2019 Adios Amigos World Tour with the final highlight in Switzerland.”

Fernando von Arb: “We have signed reciprocally contracts with each other that it really is over. We will stick to that. Every party has to end eventually.”

Chris von Rohr: “It was an unparalleled journey with all the ups and downs rock life has to offer. Now we are looking forward to the final lap of honor and will give it our all once more. We owe that to ourselves and our fans. The 7th of December, 2019 will be unforgettable as it was on the 27th of March 1982. “

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In Flames Announce Trio Of October U.S. Headlining Shows

In Flames announce a trio of U.S. headlining shows. The recently announced U.S. shows include:

10/29 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
10/30 Phoenix, AZ – The Press Room
10/31 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues

In Flames head down south to Mexico afterwards and then return back up north to cacth up with Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Bad Wolves etc. on this North American tour:

11/29 Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
12/01 North Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
12/03 Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
12/07 Fayetteville, NC – Crown Coliseum
12/08 Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Superstore Arena
12/10 Albany, NY – Times Union Center
12/11 Portland, ME – Cross Insurance Arena

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Marty Friedman Debuts Live Video For “Whiteworm” – To Release Live Album In October

Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) will be releasing a new live set titled “One Bad M.F. Live!!” on October 19th via Prosthetic. The outing was recorded during his April 14th, 2018 live show in Mexico City. A live music video for the track “Whiteworm” from it is now available for streaming below.

Friedman had the following to say of the album:

“This live album is a tip of the hat to the live albums that blew my mind when I was a kid. The musical content itself is modern and atomic-powered, but the presentation is decidedly old school. The pacing of the show, the audience participation stuff, the special live arrangements of the songs, these are the things that got me all jacked up as a kid.

I like to give the audience the feeling that they are really getting something unique, something that only happens at THEIR show, not just a recital of the songs exactly as they know them. There are lots of happy accidents, once in a lifetime ad libs, things that could have only happened because we were high on that particular audience’s energy.”

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Thy Antichrist Announce U.S. Tour Dates and Mexican Festival Appearance

Following the release of their Napalm Records debut “Wrath of the Beast”, THY ANTICHRIST devastated North America on tour alongside Septic Flesh and Dark Funeral. Now the band is ready to return state side, for a handful of U.S. shows, and festival appearances including Full Terror Assault Open Air in Cave In Rock, Illinois and Force Fest in Mexico. Headline shows will see support provided by Nevalra. All dates are listed below:

9/6: St. Louis. MO @ Fubar (Full Terror Assault Pre-Party
9/7: Cave-In-Rock, IL @ Full Terror Assault Festival*
9/8: Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall
9/9: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Roomie
10/6 – 10/7: Teotihuacan, Mexico @ Forcefest

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Two Native American Metalheads Pulled From Campus Tour After Nervous Mother Calls 911

Two Native American brothers from the Mohawk tribe, Thomas Kanewakeron Gray, 19, and his younger brother Lloyd Skanahwati Gray, 17, were pulled from a campus tour at Colorado State University this past Monday after an “overcautious” parent on the tour called 911, concerned they looked suspicious, in an outrageous incident of metalhead profiling.

The two boys, who were wearing Cattle Decapitation and Archspire tees, had saved up their money to make the seven-hour drive to the campus tour for prospective students only to be taken aside, patted down and questioned by police.

Thomas Kanewakeron Gray said police stopped him and his brother while the tour group was inside a gymnasium. He described the officers’ questioning as aggressive.

The video footage streaming below shows the brothers walking in a group and down a set of stairs when an officer approaches them and directs them to step aside, saying he and another officer are going to check the teens’ pockets.

The younger of the two brothers has his hands in his pockets, and police officers ask them to take them out.

At first, the officer visible in the video asks the Grays short, focused questions, including whether the brothers were part of the tour group and why they didn’t “cooperate” when others asked them their names.

“The reason we stopped you and talked to you is because someone from the group called and said you guys just kind of came into the group,” the officer said. “They also said they tried to ask you guys questions and you didn’t want to answer questions.”

The older teen quickly responds, explaining that they had arrived late for the tour and that his younger brother is shy. The younger teen offers to retrieve the email confirming their reservations on the tour.

“Yeah, yeah, do that, and then we’ll get you out of here,” the officer shown in the video said.

The “concerned” parent who called the police, reported that the two boys’ quiet behavior and clothing stood out. She said they were “definitely not” a part of the tour, described their behavior as “odd” and said they were wearing “dark stuff.”

The woman also repeatedly told the dispatcher that her concern could be “completely paranoid” and apologized “if it’s nothing.”

“I think it’s pretty discriminatory,” said Thomas Kanewakeron Gray, the older brother, is currently a student at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola and hoped to transfer. “Me and my brother just stayed to ourselves the whole time. I guess that was scaring people – that we were just quiet.”

The university’s president, Dr. Tony Frank, issued a lengthy statement on that matter, stating:

“Two young men, through no fault of their own, wound up frightened and humiliated because another campus visitor was concerned about their clothes and overall demeanor, which appears to have simply been shyness. The very idea that someone — anyone — might ‘look’ like they don’t belong on a C.S.U. admissions tour is anathema.”

Dr. Frank said efforts to contact the Gray family to make right have so far been not successful, and that the university would be reviewing its policies for how they manage campus tours.

Cattle Decapitation responded to the incident yesterday on Facebook by promising the brothers free admission to their shows for life.

You can watch one of the officers’ body-cam footage of the incident below. There is no audio for the first 30 seconds:

The Gray brothers play in a death metal band called Snot Goblin. Stream their latest release below:

The Path Of The Shrunken Heads by Snot Goblin

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Killswitch Engage Vocalist Jesse Leach To Undergo Vocal Chord Surgery, Band Cancels Shows

Killswitch Engage has announced that they have had to cancel a number of shows due to vocalist Jesse Leach needed vocal chord surgery. A statement from the band reads thusly:

“Earlier today we found out Jesse needs to have surgery to repair an issue with his vocal chords. He is expected to make a full recovery and be fine for any future touring, but to avoid any future risk we unfortunately have to pull off these dates now. Our intention is to postpone the headline shows in Sayreville, Louisville, Cleveland & Poughkeepsie and get back to our fans as soon as possible. New dates for those cities will be announced soon, so please hold onto your tickets.

“In the meantime our friends in Hatebreed, Candiria and The Word Alive still plan on continuing forward with these shows. Show them your support.

“Below are all the shows impacted by this. Tickets will be available for refund at your original price of purchase for the headline shows as noted below ***.

“Thanks for your endless support and understanding. We’ll be doing all we can to get back to these places to see you all again soon.”

April 28 Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville Fest
April 29 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Fort Rock Fest
May 1 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom***
May 2 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre***
May 3 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance***
May 5 Mexico City, Mexico – Hell and Heaven Fest

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Cannibal Corpse & Napalm Death Latin American Tour Announced

Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death will team up for a Latin American run taking place in September/October.

09/09 Limeira, BRA – Mirage
09/11 Asuncion, PAR – Sala Garcia Lorca
09/13 Montevideo, URU – Sala Del Museo
09/14 Rio de Janeiro, BRA – Circo Volador
09/15 Sao Paulo, BRA – Carioca Club
09/19 Belo Horizonte, BRA – Music Hall BH
09/21 Manaus, BRA – Teatro Manuara
09/22 Fortazlez, BRA – Espaco Jangada
09/23 Recife, BRA – Baile Perfumado
09/25 Buenos Aires, ARG – Teatro Vorterix
09/26 Santiago, CHL – Teatro Caupolican
09/27 Lima, PER – CC Festiva
09/29 Bogota, COL – Auditorio Mayor
09/30 San Jose, CR – Club Peppers
10/03 San Salvador, ELS – Cifco
10/04 Mexico City, MEX – Pabellon Cuervo
10/06 Queretero, MEX – Auditorio Arteaga
10/07 Guadalaja, MEX – C3 Stage

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Ripped To Shreds Premiere New Song “Craven Blood” From Upcoming Debut Album “Mai-zang”

California One-man death metal band RIPPED TO SHREDS, featuring mult-tasker Andrew Lee (ex-DISINCARNATION), will release its debut album Mai-zang on Malaysia’s Necrolatry Records (cassette) and Mexico’s Craneo Negro Records (CD). Reamping/mixing/mastering was handled by Damian Herring at Subterranean Watchtower Studios. The album artwork was created by Skaðvaldur. One track from it titled “Craven Blood” is now streaming below:

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Aetranok Premiere New Song “Ov Precipice and Bestial Purity” From Upcoming New Album “Signum Eios Barathrum”

New Mexico black metal band Aetranok premiere a new song entitled “Ov Precipice and Bestial Purity”, taken from their upcoming new album “Signum Eios Barathrum”, which is set for release on April 26th by Symbol of Domination (Belarus) and Death Portal Studio (U.S.).

Check out now “Ov Precipice and Bestial Purity” below.

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