Guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen Splits with U.D.O.

Guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen (Conquest/ex-Amberian Dawn) has split with U.D.O. for personal reason.

According to the band: “There is no bad blood or drama in this departure! The band and especially Udo wanna thank Kasperi for his great support and many fantastic shows on this planet. All the best Kasperi!”

Heikkinen also posted a statement: “I want to thank everyone, especially the fans, for these great four years I was in the band. I also wish all the best for the band with their future endeavors. From now on I will focus on my other music projects and some different outlets of creativity. You will surely hear from me again when the time is right. Stay metal and tsönk all the way!”

Heikkinen just completed a massive North American trek with Dirkschneider on the “Farewell to Accept” tour.

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Unearth Announces New North American Tour Dates

Unearth just announced the band’s first-ever shows in Halifax, Moncton, and Fredericton with special guests Fit For An Autopsy, Exalt, and Darkness Divided. These additional dates arrives around previously announced North American shows – check out full details in the tour poster. Advance tickets for all three newly announced shows will be on sale now Tuesday, February 21st via this location.

Saturday, April 1st at The Caveau (Moncton, NB – 19+)
Sunday, April 2nd at The Seahorse Tavern (Halifax, NS – 19+)
Monday, April 3rd at The Capital Complex (Fredericton, NB – 19+)

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Gojira Gearing Up For U.S. Spring / Summer Tour Dates

Gojira just announced a run of U.S. headline dates, which will see the acclaimed group joined by Kyng (5/2 – 5/3), followed by dates with Deafheaven and Code Orange (5/16 – 5/18). Tickets for all dates will be available Friday, February 17th at 10:00AM local time. For tickets and more information visit this location.

The announcement follows Gojira’s recent Grammy nominations for Best Metal Performance with the “Silvera” track and Best Rock Album for “Magma” at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

Furthermore, Gojira was recently announced as support for Metallica on a string of North American dates, joining the WorldWired tour along with Avenged Sevenfold on July 29th at Los Angeles, CA’s Rose Bowl and continuing on the road through August 16th.

Additionaly, this coming spring Gojira is set to embark on a string of U.S. dates with Opeth that will kick-off May 4th at Nashville, Tennessee’s War Memorial Auditorium and will also see Gojira performing festival sets at Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion (May 5th) and Rock On The Range (May 19th-21st).

5/2 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues **
5/3 Birmingham, AL Iron City **
5/4 Nashville, TN War Memorial Auditorium*
5/5 Concord, NC Charlotte Motor Speedway – Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion#
5/6 Philadelphia, PA The Electric Factory*
5/7 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom*
5/9 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre*
5/11 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
5/12 Kansas City, MO Arvest bank Theater at The Midland*
5/13 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre*
5/16 Buffalo, NY The Rapids Theatre^^
5/17 Pittsburgh, PA Stage, AE^^
5/18 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live^^
5/19 Columbus, OH Mapfre Stadium – Rock On The Range#
7/29 Los Angeles, CA Rose Bowl ‡
8/4 Phoenix, AZ University of Phoenix Stadium ‡
8/6 San Diego, CA Petco Park ‡
8/9 Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field
8/14 Vancouver, BC BC Place ‡
8/16 Edmonton, AB Commonwealth Stadium ‡

** With Kyng
* With Opeth
^^ With Deafheaven and Code Orange
‡ With Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold
# Festival Date

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All Hell Announces New Album “The Grave Alchemist”

Following last year’s “The Red Sect” LP, North Carolina’s All Hell returns with Prosthetic Records debut, “The Grave Alchemist.” Produced by Kris Hilbert (The Body) and mixed and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust), “The Grave Alchemist” will see a worldwide release on April 14th. Prosthetic Records comments:

“Featuring twelve driving, raucous blackened thrash hymns, the album reveals a marked maturity and growth for these Asheville natives who previously wore their punk rock roots on their proverbial sleeves. The album is a narrative-driven horror concept album that weaves a tale of alchemy, necromancy, and vampirism over the span of three centuries. It is a potent blend of violence, mysticism, psychology, and the occult, distilled into an aural elixir of Blood and Gold.”

1. Grave Alchemy
2. Necrosophia
3. Wed The Night
4. Vampiric Lust
5. The Castle
6. Laid To Unrest
7. Memory Tomb
8. The Madness Out Of Time
9. The Thing in The Ground
10. Return of the Reaper
11. Elixir
12. I Am The Mist

Fans can also catch these upcoming All Hell tour dates:

3/24/2017 Blood Of The Wolf III – Lexington, KY
4/27/2017 The Nick – Birmingham, AL w/ New Masters Of Evil
4/28/2017 529 – Atlanta, GA w/ New Masters of Evil
4/29/2017 drkmttrD – Nashville, TN
4/30/2017 TBA – Knoxville, TN
5/04/2017 Slim’s Downtown – Raleigh, NC
5/05/2017 Raw Ink Live – Gaithersburg, MD
5/06/2017 Kung Fu Necktie (early show) – Philadelphia, PA
5/07/2017 Gallery 5 – Richmond, VA

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Withered Kicking Off North American Tour

Atlanta’s Withered is kicking off the first leg of an extensive North American tour. The band will begin the Metal Injection sponsored winter tour tonight, and play across the Eastern U.S. and Canada alongside Immortal Bird.

A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Withered is touring in support of latest album, “Grief Relic.”

Feb. 14 Columbus, OH Spacebar*
Feb. 15 Knoxville, TN The Pilot Light
Feb. 16 Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
Feb. 17 Raleigh, NC Slim’s
Feb. 18 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
Feb. 19 Baltimore, MD Soundstage
Feb. 20 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
Feb. 21 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus Bar
Feb. 22 Boston, MA O’Brien’s
Feb. 23 Portland, ME Space Gallery
Feb. 24 Montreal, QC TBA
Feb. 25 Toronto, ON Coalition
Feb. 26 Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class
Feb. 27 Detroit, MI UFO Factory
Feb. 28 Chicago, IL The Empty Bottle
Mar. 1 Indianapolis, IN 5th Quarter
Mar. 2 2017 Nashville, TN The End
Mar. 3 Atlanta, GA 529
Mar. 4 Dayton, OH Blind Bob’s*
Apr. 22-23 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore – Decibel Magazine Metal and Beer Fest

*IMMORTAL BIRD only

w/ MORBID ANGEL, SUFFOCATION, REVOCATION
May 23 Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
May 24 Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
May 25 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 28 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
May 29 New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theater
May 31 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
June 1 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
June 2 Detroit, MI @ Crofoot
June 3 Chicago, IL @ Metro
June 4 Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
June 6 Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic
June 7 Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
June 8 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
June 10 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
June 12 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
June 13 Portland, OR @ Dantes
June 15 San Francisco, CA @ The Social Hall
June 16 Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater
June 17 Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
June 18 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
June 20 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
June 21 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
June 23 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
June 24 Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
June 25 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
June 27 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

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Cognitive Embarks On New North American Tour

New Jersey death metal legion Cognitive will kick off a nineteen-date North American live takeover supporting Seeker this weekend.

The band’s latest batch of live incursions will stretch from February 12th to March 4th with additional support provided by The Grindmother and Wvrm on select dates.

Cognitive continues to tour in support of the “Deformity” full-length album released last Fall via Unique Leader. Captured at Full Force Studio by Joe Cincotta and mastered at West West Side Studios by Alan Douches, the nine-track crusher includes a guest appearance by Misery Index’s Mark Kloeppel.

2/12/2017 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
2/13/2017 Center Stage – Lake Charles, LA
2/15/2017 926 Bar – Tallahassee, FL
2/16/2017 Kelly’s Live – Sarasota, FL
2/17/2017 The Haven – Orlando, FL
2/18/2017 RainDogs – Jacksonville, FL
2/19/2017 The Estate – Columbus, GA
2/20/2017 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/21/2017 The Radio Room – Columbia, SC
2/22/2017 The Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
2/23/2017 Riffhouse Pub – Chesapeake, VA
2/24/2017 Championship Bar – Trenton, NJ
2/25/2017 The Pinch – Washington, DC
2/26/2017 Revolution – Amityville, NY
2/28/2017 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
3/01/2017 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
3/02/2017 Foufounes Électrique – Montreal, QC
3/03/2017 House Of Targ – Ottawa, ON
3/04/2017 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA

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DevilDriver Kicking Off North American Tour Dates

DevilDriver today kicks off the “Bound By The Road” North American tour, featuring support from Death Angel, Winds Of Plague, The Agonist and Azreal. Dates and venues for the trek are as follows:

2/8 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
2/9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater
2/10 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz – San Jose
2/12 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
2/14 – Chicago, IL @ Portage Theater
2/15 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
2/16 – Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
2/17 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
2/18 – Reading, PA @ Reverb – w/ Hed PE, Death Angel, Motograter & The Agonist
2/19 – Patchogue, NY @ The Emporium
2/20 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
2/21 – Dayton, OH @ Oddbody’s
2/23 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
2/24 – Mcallen, TX @ Sofie’s Saloon
2/25 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
2/26 – Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
2/28 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
3/1 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
3/3 – San Francisco. CA @ The Regency Ballroom – no Winds of Plague
3/4 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre – no Winds of Plague
3/5 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven – no Winds of Plague

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Craven Idol Reveals “The Shackles Of Mammon” Album Details

After four years of toil, London’s extreme metal force Craven Idol presents “The Shackles Of Mammon,” an uncompromising and unique blend of metal from the early days of horrible hellnoise.

Recorded at Birmingham’s Priority Studios and engineered by Esoteric’s Greg Chandler (and mastered by Dan Lowndes at Resonance Sound), “The Shackles Of Mammon” boasts an old school production as well as Craven Idol’s most fierce and varied songs to date.

The album features artwork by the extraordinarily twisted Daniel Corcuera, with a take on Sascha Schneider’s 1896 wood carving “Mammon und sein Sklave.” Lyrically the album deals with the vices of man, the plagues they unleashed upon themselves, and the rationalization of its own actions – be it in tragedy or ruin – through the creation of deities and cults. Due out April 14th, the track listing is as follows:

01. Pyromancer
02. A Ripping Strike
03. Black Flame Divination
04. The Trudge
05. Dashed to Death
06. Mammon Est
07. Hunger
08. Tottering Cities of Men

You can also catch these upcoming Craven Idol tour dates:

April 8th – London @ Black Heart
April 15th – Glasgow @ North Of The Wall Fest
May 15th – London @ Underworld w/ Nifelheim

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Venenum Posts New Song “Cold Threat”

Metal cult Venenum today releases new track “Cold Threat,” which hails from the band’s debut album, “Trance of Death,” set for North American release on March 17th via The Ajna Offensive. Check out the song below. Artwork and layout were created by Timo Ketola and the full “Trance Of Death” track listing is as follows:

1. Entrance
2. Merging Nebular Drapes
3. The Nature of the Ground
4. Cold Threat
5. Trance of Death Part I – Reflections
6. Trance of Death Part II – Melanoia Journey
7. Trance of Death Part III – There Are Other Worlds…

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He Is Legend Inks Deal With Spinefarm Records

Spinefarm Records is proud to announce that North Carolina’s He Is Legend is the latest addition to the label’s global roster. The band will release a new album through this deal on April 28th.

“We’re very excited to start a new relationship with people who truly understand this band as a whole,” said frontman Schuylar Croom. “It was really important for us to find the proper home for this record after seeing the tremendous response from our fans during the crowdfunding campaign. We truly believe Spinefarm Records is the best possible partner to help us keep that momentum trending in the right direction.”

He goes on to say, “In our eyes, this is the most important He Is Legend record to date and we’re happy that our friends at Spinefarm are going to help us get this album out to the masses.”

The band will embark on a slate of headline tour dates in March and will also support Norma Jean on a separate trek. All upcoming confirmed tour dates are available below.

He Is Legend headling dates
3/01/17 – Nashville, TN – The End
3/02/17 – Athens, AL – El Opry
3/03/17 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
3/04/17 – Little Rock, AK – Vino’s
3/05/15 – Fayetteville, AK – Nomad
3/06/17 – Tulsa, OK – Downtown Lounge
3/08/17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Hangar 18
3/09/17 – Spokane, WA – The Pin

w/Norma Jean
3/10/17 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
3/11/17 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
3/12/17 – Walla Walla – WA
3/14/17 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
3/15/17 – Sacramento, CA – Colonial Theatre
3/16/17 – W. Hollywood, CA – Whiskey A Go Go
3/17/17 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
3/19/17 – Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar & Billiards
3/20/17 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
3/22/17 – Denver, CO – The Marquis Theater
3/23/17 – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
3/24/17 – Austin, TX – Grizzly Hall
3/25/17 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
3/26/17 – Grand Prairie, TX – So What?! Music Festival
3/27/17 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
3/28/17 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s Oasis
3/29/17 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stacie

He Is Legend headling dates
3/30/17 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room
3/31/17 – Lakewood, OH – The Foundry
4/01/17 – Northampton, PA – The Gin Mill
4/02/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
4/04/17 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
4/05/17 – Johnson City, TN – The Hideaway
4/06/17 – Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern

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