Tristania Announces "Out Of The Dark" Tour Dates With Van Canto And Amberian Dawn

Norwegian gothic metal act Tristania, which recently announced it will be performing at the upcoming second 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise, has now issued the following update about the “Out of the Dark” tour:

“Tristania will be back on the road in Europe for the Out of the Dark Festival Tour 2011. The 14 gigs from September 30th until October 15th will include eight different countries in Europe, and the tour live package contain the following bands: Tristania, Van Canto, Revamp, Xandria, and Amberian Dawn. More live shows to be announced soon…..”

The promotional poster can be viewed after the jump, and the currently announced dates are as follows:

30.09.2011 (D) KARLSRUHE / Substage
01.10.2011 (CZ) PRAGUE / Abaton
02.10.2011 (H) BUDAPEST / Club 202
04.10.2011 (I) MILAN / Alcatraz
05.10.2011 (CH) PRATTELN / Z7
06.10.2011 (F) PARIS / Le Bataclan
07.10.2011 (NL) HAARLEM / Patronaat
08.10.2011 (B) VOSSELAAR / Biebob
09.10.2011 (GB) LONDON / O2 Academy Islington
11.10.2011 (D) COLOGNE / Live Music Hall
12.10.2011 (D) MUNICH / Backstage
13.10.2011 (D) NEU-ISENBURG / Hugenottenhalle
14.10.2011 (D) HAMBURG / Markthalle
15.10.2011 (D) DORTMUND / FZW

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Oligarquia Reveals New Album "Distilling Hatred" Details; Posts Teaser Trailer

Brazilian metal act Oligarquia recorded the new album “Distilling Hatred” at Top Noise studio, and the band also commented on the recording process:

“The highlight is that the mastering was done by legendary producer Ciero in his equally legendary Da Tribo studio. We wanted an extreme sound to this album and nobody knows how to make a sound just as good as Ciero.

“Another highlight is the controversial cover, created by artist Felipe Eregion from Mysterian of Art. With the search for an extreme sound, wanted a strong cover to complete the theme of the album, I believe we have achieved this aim!”

The band also commented on the album’s delay: “The release was postponed several times due to sponsorship problems and changes in the line-up at the time of recording, this time is about to leave in fact! Our largest sponsorship is the company Frigocenter we only have to be giving thanks on this great force for the band. Oligarquia has always been a totally independent band, with its ideology and views on the music market, which is prostituted. Because several absurd proposals that the band received from record companies, we decided to wait a little longer to get sponsorship and then run the CD independently.”

A teaser trailer for the album can be viewed below, with the track listing available after the jump.

1. MMXII
2. When The Hate Dominate
3. Bloody Ideals
4. Ignorance Prevails
5. Consumed By Greed
6. L.O.V.E.
7. World In Convulsion
8. Until The Next Day
9. Here Comes The Pain
10. Cerebral Atrophy
11. Owner Of The World
12. Abyss Of Hatred

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Egypt Central Announce Dates With Abused Romance

Egypt Central will begin a new tour with Abused Romance and Candlelight Red in June, current dates include: June 1st in Augusta, GA @ Sky City June 4th in Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd’s Music Store June 11th in Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop June 16th in Pascougla, MS @ Thunders Tavern June 17th in Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom

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The Gathering Offering Free Download Of "Heroes For Ghosts"

The Gathering has issued the following announcement about offering a song titled “Heroes For Ghosts” as a free download:

“You can download a brand new The Gathering track called ‘Heroes For Ghosts’ right now at our Bandcamp page. For free! Go click here.

“You can choose various formats, such as mp3 320k or VBR, FLAC, ACC, ALAC and Ogg Vobis. ‘Heroes For Ghost’ is a song which will appear on our new album, title and release date t.b.a. We will play this song live in the Netherlands (may/june) and during our South American Ghost Ride Tour. We thought it would be nice if you people already know the song a bit so you can sing with us.

“We hope you will like it as much as we do. We think we made something really special. On top of this, our friend Marcus Moonen is also busy with a videoclip (or short movie). We let you know when it’s finished. In the mean time, enjoy! (and yes, it’s totally for free! 🙂 ) If you like our music and want to support the band, check out other TG songs/albums on bandcamp or physical products at our webshop. Cheers!”

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Shadows Fall’s Matt Bachand to Play Bass on Times of Grace Tour

Shadows Fall guitarist Matt Bachand will be the bassist for Times of Grace’s upcoming U.S. tour with Underoath, the band’s label, Roadrunner Records, announced.

Bachand, a longtime friend of TOG/Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and vocalist Jesse Leach, takes over for bassist Daniel Struble, who has left the band to tend to “personal matters.” Struble also plays in Five Pointe O. The rest of the band will be rounded out by Dutkiewicz’ KsE guitar partner Joel Stroetzel and drummer Dan Gluszak.

“Losing Daniel was a blow to the Times of Grace camp, but we knew he had to do what was best for him and his family,” said Leach. “Having Matt show interest in joining the touring lineup could not have been a better fit! I have been a fan of Matt’s voice and guitar work for many years. I am honored and very stoked to have him join us on tour to play bass and sing backup vocals. Matt is a great guy, and someone Adam, Joel and I have all known for years. Personality-wise and as a musician, it clicks so well. I am certain Matt will add a great vibe and bring his own style to the live show!”

Bachand said: “I am very excited to be a part of Times of Grace. Not only will it be great to get onstage with some old friends, but I am looking forward to something new musically as this role as bassist will be a very different experience from my role as guitarist of Shadows Fall.”

Dutkiewicz, who formed the band last year with Leach, former vocalist for KsE, said of Bachand joining the tour: “I’ll miss the crap out of Dan, but I’m so stoked to be bro-ing down with our longtime beer-swilling bassist bud Bachand. Come out to the shows and prepare to flex!”

Here are the dates of the Illuminato(U)r featuring Underoath, Times of Grace, Stray From the Path, and Letlive:

7/05 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
7/06 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
7/07 Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey
7/08 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
7/10 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
7/11 Portland, ME @ State Theater
7/12 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
7/13 Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street Ballroom
7/15 Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
7/16 Sauget, IL @ Pops
7/17 Tulsa, OK @ Brady Village (Headline Show)
7/18 Little Rock, AR @ Riverfront Pavilion
7/20 Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater
7/21 Toledo, OH @ Headliners
7/22 Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater
7/23 Toronto, ONT @ Downsview Park
7/24 Montreal, QUE A@ Paterre Parc Jean Drapeau (Heavy MTL)
7/26 Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
7/27 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
7/28 Cedar Falls, IA @ Wheelhouse
7/29 Lawrence, KS @ Granada
7/30 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
8/01 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
8/02 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Sports Cafe (Headline Show)
8/03 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
8/04 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio (Headline Show)
8/05 Whitehouse, TX @ The Warehouse
8/06 Tupelo, MS @ Ballard Park/Minerva Music Fest
8/07 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
8/09 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
8/10 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
8/11 Richmond, VA @ The National
8/12 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
8/13 Flint, MI @ Birch Run Expo Centre

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Pearl Jam Announce Labor Day Weekend Concert; Canadian Dates

Pearl Jam will perform their only U.S. concert at their Labor Day (September 3rd and 4th) anniversary weekend concert at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI. In addition to Pearl Jam , The Strokes , Queens of the Stone Age , Mudhoney , John Doe , Joseph Arthur , Glen Hansard and Liam Finn will also perform

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Earth Crisis: COMPLETE WORK ON NEW ALBUM; ‘NEUTRALIZE THE THREAT’ SCHEDULED FOR JULY 12TH RELEASE

EARTH CRISIS COMPLETE WORK ON NEW ALBUM; ‘NEUTRALIZE THE THREAT’ SCHEDULED FOR JULY 12TH RELEASE EARTH CRISIS is the most controversial band in hardcore. Their music has become the soundtrack to a movement of kids searching for an alternative lifestyle and has landed the band on the covers of magazines and even on national news networks to talk about their music and motives

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Electro Quarterstaff Complete New Album

Canada’s ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF have completed work on their new album, entitled Aykroyd. Guitarist Drew Johnston offers his comments:

It may take us three years to write a record, but better late than never, right ? Our Aykroyd album is a 40 minute extract of musical punchlines that have been cracking us up in our jam space for the last three years as a supercharged quintet since the addition of our bassosaurus, Marty Thiessen. A guru of jazz funk hipcheck beatdowns, Marty furnishes the band with a luxurious layer of global warming which allows the trinity of rusty corkscrewed guitars to explore serpent coiled passageways and renegade escape routes through the dark halls of bittersweet harmony and dissonance.

The greatest difference between Aykroyd and Gretzky is the emphasis we’ve placed on blackened comedy in the attitude of our music. Strategic blast beat proton bombardment punctuates chipmunk cheeks full of hangnail shaped riffs which spontaneously arrange themselves into cosmic pentagrams of circus peanuts upon deployment. In other words, big laughs and bad vibes all around. Usually I’m sick of my own records by the time they’re mixed and mastered, but Aykroyd still eats off the floor and lifts up my skirt like a deprived predator out on parole. The harmonies are still thick and tangled like peanut butter in shag carpet, and the delivery is dolphin meat in shark’s teeth. Party’s over.

Aykroyd was recorded by John Paul Peters at Private Ear Recording and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. The recording will be released early Spring 2011 on Willowtip Records (CD) and War On Music Records (LP).

A preview track taken from Aykroyd can currently be streamed from the band’s MySpace site at www.myspace.com/electroquarterstaff

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