Devin Townsend Announces “Empath Europe – Volume 1” Tour Dates

Canadian heavy music artist, Devin Townsend, recently announced the release of his forthcoming new album, Empath, for March 29th, and today he reveals the dates for the Empath Europe – Volume 1 tour, starting in November.

Devin comments: “After a year of intensive recording, mixing, and reflection, I have decided where I want to take the next level of my career as a live performer. I have had success and great memories from both the Devin Townsend Project as well as Strapping Young Lad, but now I am fortunate enough to be able to follow the muse where it currently leads. I am proud to announce that for the first ‘band’ tour of the Empath cycle, I am going to stretch my wings in ways I have not had the opportunity to do before and tour with a ‘backing band’ that can shift and morph as the music dictates instead of adhering to a click track. ‘Empath Europe Volume 1’ will be the first example of this, and the first tour will be in Europe (other territories to follow).

“I have spent considerable effort think about the things I wanted to do for these shows, and one thing I came out of DTP with was the awareness that I wanted to incorporate a more improvisational element to what I do. With the best players I can find, my plan is to interpret my back catalogue, as well as the Empath material, in ways that may change nightly. less computers, and less of a rigid structure. I want to use Volume 1 as a way to bring my music to people in a potentially new way. People playing music…

“I hope you will consider joining me at these concerts. As a performer, it’s important to be able to be willing to react, and my hope is that each of these shows will be a unique experience.

“Thank you for allowing me to do what I do. See you there?”

The tour dates are as follows:

December 2 – Simm City, Vienna, Austria
December 3 – X Tra, Zurich, Switzerland
December 6 – Academy, Dublin, Ireland
December 7 – Limelight, Belfast, UK
December 9 – SWG3 Galvanisers, Glasgow, UK
December 10 – Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
December 12 – Roundhouse, London, UK
December 13 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK

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Athanasia Posts Debut Album “The Order Of The Silver Compass” Teaser Trailer

Los Angeles-based metal trio Athanasia – featuring former members of Five Finger Death Punch, Sebastian Bach and Murderdolls – will release its upcoming full-length album, “The Order Of The Silver Compass,” on March 15th via Seeing Red Records and Rock Of Angels Records. This one-minute teaser showcases clips of several tracks from the band’s scorching debut and can be seen below.

One might not expect the former members of such bands to be rooted in the fabric of extreme metal, but Athanasia is more than your average power trio. Questioning the moral fabric of man amidst complex narratives tackling power, corruption and greed, the band’s unique amalgamation of melodic metal is enough to satisfy the desires of casual listeners and extreme metal fans alike.

Recorded and produced by Bingham at Nightmare Sound, The Order Of The Silver Compass embodies all things heavy, dark and stylish. The album’s eight tracks were mixed by Chris Collier (Prong, Flotsam And Jetsam, Metal Church) at Mission:Black Studios and mastered by Joe Bozzi (Mastodon, L.A. Guns) at Bernie Grundman Mastering, while Jorden Haley (Dååth, Deicide, Mindless Self Indulgence) handled the cover art and design.

Athanasia was founded in California by guitarist Caleb Bingham under the band’s original name Ascension. As a result of passing the band’s early demos around LA’s Sunset Strip, the young guitarist landed a gig with newly-formed Five Finger Death Punch in 2005. Upon being released from the group in 2007 due to his age, Bingham continued to write under the name Ascension, recording several more unreleased demos (and one EP) at the behest of veteran Roadrunner Records A&R Monte Conner. Largely due to the label’s merger with WMG, negotiations broke down and the band was once again shelved while Bingham played with Swedish death metal act Zonaria from 2010-2014. After parting ways with Zonaria due to a leg injury sustained while playing with the group, Bingham decided to put all his efforts back into what he worked so hard to create…

Joined by bassist Brandon Miller and veteran drummer Jason West (Murderdolls, Wednesday 13, Sebastian Bach), Caleb Bingham resurrected the project under a new moniker, Athanasia, diligently recording its first full-length release over the span of several years.

“I’m very proud to announce that after years of literal blood, sweat, tears and countless hours of hard work, Athanasia’s debut LP The Order Of The Silver Compass is finally about to see the light of day,” says frontman Caleb Bingham. “Blast it in the car and you’ll notice your gas pedal hitting the floor in a matter of seconds! m/”

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Athanasia To Release Debut Album “The Order Of The Silver Compass” In March

Los Angeles-based metal trio Athanasia – featuring former members of Five Finger Death Punch, Sebastian Bach and Murderdolls – will release its upcoming full-length album, “The Order Of The Silver Compass,” on March 15th via Seeing Red Records and Rock Of Angels Records.

One might not expect the former members of such bands to be rooted in the fabric of extreme metal, but Athanasia is more than your average power trio. Questioning the moral fabric of man amidst complex narratives tackling power, corruption and greed, the band’s unique amalgamation of melodic metal is enough to satisfy the desires of casual listeners and extreme metal fans alike.

Recorded and produced by Bingham at Nightmare Sound, “The Order Of The Silver Compass” embodies all things heavy, dark and stylish. The album’s eight tracks were mixed by Chris Collier (Prong, Flotsam And Jetsam, Metal Church) at Mission:Black Studios and mastered by Joe Bozzi (Mastodon, L.A. Guns) at Bernie Grundman Mastering, while Jorden Haley (Dååth, Deicide, Mindless Self Indulgence) handled the cover art and design.

Athanasia was founded in California by guitarist Caleb Bingham under the band’s original name Ascension. As a result of passing the band’s early demos around LA’s Sunset Strip, the young guitarist landed a gig with newly-formed Five Finger Death Punch in 2005. Upon being released from the group in 2007 due to his age, Bingham continued to write under the name Ascension, recording several more unreleased demos (and one EP) at the behest of veteran Roadrunner Records A&R Monte Conner. Largely due to the label’s merger with WMG, negotiations broke down and the band was once again shelved while Bingham played with Swedish death metal act Zonaria from 2010-2014. After parting ways with Zonaria due to a leg injury sustained while playing with the group, Bingham decided to put all his efforts back into what he worked so hard to create…

Joined by bassist Brandon Miller and veteran drummer Jason West (Murderdolls, Wednesday 13, Sebastian Bach), Caleb Bingham resurrected the project under a new moniker, Athanasia, diligently recording its first full-length release over the span of several years.

“I’m very proud to announce that after years of literal blood, sweat, tears and countless hours of hard work, Athanasia’s debut LP The Order Of The Silver Compass is finally about to see the light of day,” says frontman Caleb Bingham. “Blast it in the car and you’ll notice your gas pedal hitting the floor in a matter of seconds! m/”

“The Order Of The Silver Compass” tracklisting:

1. Read Between The Lines
2. Spoils Of War
3. The Order Of The Silver Compass
4. Cyclops Lord (My Will Is Done)
5. The Bohemian
6. Mechanized Assault
7. Nightmare Sound
8. White Horse

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George “Misanthrope” Wilfinger Shares Evidence That Proves Him Being The Inventor Of The Monument Of Misanthropy Band Name & Moniker

George “Misanthrope” Wilfinger shares evidence that shows that he is the inventor of the Monument Of Misanthropy band name and moniker. The band is currently looking for new guitarists and bassist.

Explains Wilfinger:

“Hey guys,

I’m sorry about the following cos this will probably bore the hell out the most you. But due to the fact I got notice that a former guitarist of Monument Of Misanthropy [Monsieur Battesti] is running around telling lies and also trying to steal the name and moniker of “Monument Of Misanthropy” I am forced to put some things straight here:

Well as some of you might know, I started the project Monument Of Misanthropy in 2010, soon after I left Destination Void, a death metal band here in Vienna/Austria. A time long before Mr. Battesti even knew me. In the same year I also launched a Myspace-page for Monument Of Misanthropy, and somewhat later also a FB-page.

Only 2 years later [!!!], in July 2012 I came across Mr. Battesti, with whom I started to work on a few songs. We soon agreed upon doing this for MY project Monument Of Misanthropy, as I had already a great fan-base on MySpace, FB, Reverbnation and Twitter [as also Mr. Battesti admitted at that time already – see also screen-shots].

I included some more screenshots from our email-conversations from that time which proves all the above. It clearly shows, that I already had a mail signature with the “Monument Of Misanthropy” moniker in my mail-signature, long before Mr. Battesti and I started to record music for the later to be band-name “Monument Of Misanthropy”. It also shows that we decided between two band-names, Monument Of Misanthropy [my idea] and Textures Of Chaos [Mr. Battesti’s idea]. Also Mr. Battesti’s questions about the “Monument Of Misanthropy” name-origin, clearly show that the name was of course NOT HIS idea BUT MY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY and is for a long time also my protected trademark.

I informed my lawyers about Mr. Battesti’s actions. Any current and future copyright infringements of the name “Monument Of Misanthropy” are and will be prosecuted.

George “Monument Of Misanthropy” Wilfinger”

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Abbath To Begin Recording Second Album In December

In a short statement on Facebook, former Immortal frontman Abbath revealed that he will begin work on a new album next month. The post read simply:

“Recordings for second full length album will start on December 3rd with ENDRE KIRKESOLA at “DUB STUDIOS” in Kristiansand (N).

“Cheers and stay tuned!
-Abbath-“

Abbath’s self titled debut album was released on January 22, 2016 through Season of Mist, where he was joined by former Gorgoroth bassist King Ov Hell and Benighted drummer Creature, though the former has since left the project.

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Hellnite Premiere New Song “Midnight Terrors”

Thrash metal band HELLNITE will be unleashing “Midnight Terrors” upon the masses with their debut album slated for release February 12, 2019 on Sliptrick Records.

HELLNITE’s also premieres the album’s title track, which can be streamed below:

The band explain:

“It’s basically an open door to the next stage of this project that I began in Mexico. I have been working on ‘Midnight Terrors’ since 2014 and I think it will be well received from people who are into oldies and classic metal. I want to provoke curiosity with this album; my purpose is to catch people’s attention so they can follow the next movements of the band, which are going to be a little bit twisted in comparison with ‘Midnight Terrors’ and can’t wait to share the next release after this one.”

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Triptykon to perform three-part “Requiem” with orchestral accompaniment at Roadburn Festival 2019

Roadburn has announced the first of three specially commissioned pieces to be performed at the festival in 2019 (April 11-14, Tilburg, The Netherlands). Tom G. Warrior, who was a Roadburn guest curator in 2010 and also performed there in 2014, will be presenting the full three-part “Requiem” with Triptykon, with orchestral accompaniment by the world-renowned Dutch Metropole Orkest.

The first part of the piece appeared on Celtic Frost’s “Into The Pandemonium” in 1987, titled “Rex Irae”. The third part, “Winter”, was included on “Monotheist” in 2006. The missing middle part is now being composed by Warrior for this special commission.

Warrior explains:

The intention to finish the full Requiem remained with me. I was going to do it one distant day with Triptykon, the group I formed to continue to pursue the path I began in Hellhammer and Celtic Frost. It was 2018, yet again 16 years after I last worked on the Requiem, when Walter Hoeijmakers, founder of the legendary Roadburn Festival and one of my most beloved friends, contacted me to propose Roadburn as the venue to perform, at long last, the finished Requiem.

Walter and his team very kindly provided for the resources necessary for such a substantial undertaking, and so, at 54 by now, I found myself commencing work on the second and thus final part of the Requiem this year.

The three parts of the Requiem will therefore be performed by Triptykon at Roadburn 2019, with full classical orchestration, congregated specifically for this occasion by Florian Magnus Maier, who is our esteemed classical collaborator and arranger in this project, and whose patience with me appears to be limitless. We feel very proud and deeply honoured to be joined in this endeavour by the renowned Dutch Metropole Orkest.

More details about the commission can be found on the Roadburn web site.

Listen to part 3 of the piece, “Winter”:

The Roadburn lineup as announced so far:

A.A.Williams
Agrimonia
Anna von Hausswolff
At The Gates
Birds In Row
Black Bombain & Peter Brötzman
Bliss Signal
Bossk
Cave In
Conjurer
Crypt Trip
Curator: Tomas Lindberg
Daughters
Deaf Kids
Deaf Kids x Petbrick
Drab Majesty
Gold
Gore
Gösta Berlings Saga
Have A Nice Life
Heilung
Henrik Palm
Imperial Triumphant
Louise Lemón
Malokarpatan
Marissa Nadler
Messa
Midnight
Mono & the Jo Quail Quartet
Mord’a’Stigmata
Morne
Myrkur: Folkesange
Mythic Sunship
Old Man Gloom
Orchestra of Constant Distress
Petbrick
Pijn
Rakta
Secret Cutter
Seven That Spells
Sleep
Stuck In Motion
Svalbard
Territoire
The End
Thou
Triptykon/Metropole Orkest: Requiem
Ulcerate
Vile Creature
Wolvennest

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Triptykon to perform three-part “Requiem” with orchestral accompaniment at Roadburn Festival 2019

Roadburn has announced the first of three specially commissioned pieces to be performed at the festival in 2019 (April 11-14, Tilburg, The Netherlands). Tom G. Warrior, who was a Roadburn guest curator in 2010 and also performed there in 2014, will be presenting the full three-part “Requiem” with Triptykon, with orchestral accompaniment by the world-renowned Dutch Metropole Orkest.

The first part of the piece appeared on Celtic Frost’s “Into The Pandemonium” in 1987, titled “Rex Irae”. The third part, “Winter”, was included on “Monotheist” in 2006. The missing middle part is now being composed by Warrior for this special commission.

Warrior explains:

The intention to finish the full Requiem remained with me. I was going to do it one distant day with Triptykon, the group I formed to continue to pursue the path I began in Hellhammer and Celtic Frost. It was 2018, yet again 16 years after I last worked on the Requiem, when Walter Hoeijmakers, founder of the legendary Roadburn Festival and one of my most beloved friends, contacted me to propose Roadburn as the venue to perform, at long last, the finished Requiem.

Walter and his team very kindly provided for the resources necessary for such a substantial undertaking, and so, at 54 by now, I found myself commencing work on the second and thus final part of the Requiem this year.

The three parts of the Requiem will therefore be performed by Triptykon at Roadburn 2019, with full classical orchestration, congregated specifically for this occasion by Florian Magnus Maier, who is our esteemed classical collaborator and arranger in this project, and whose patience with me appears to be limitless. We feel very proud and deeply honoured to be joined in this endeavour by the renowned Dutch Metropole Orkest.

More details about the commission can be found on the Roadburn web site.

Listen to part 3 of the piece, “Winter”:

The Roadburn lineup as announced so far:

A.A.Williams
Agrimonia
Anna von Hausswolff
At The Gates
Birds In Row
Black Bombain & Peter Brötzman
Bliss Signal
Bossk
Cave In
Conjurer
Crypt Trip
Curator: Tomas Lindberg
Daughters
Deaf Kids
Deaf Kids x Petbrick
Drab Majesty
Gold
Gore
Gösta Berlings Saga
Have A Nice Life
Heilung
Henrik Palm
Imperial Triumphant
Louise Lemón
Malokarpatan
Marissa Nadler
Messa
Midnight
Mono & the Jo Quail Quartet
Mord’a’Stigmata
Morne
Myrkur: Folkesange
Mythic Sunship
Old Man Gloom
Orchestra of Constant Distress
Petbrick
Pijn
Rakta
Secret Cutter
Seven That Spells
Sleep
Stuck In Motion
Svalbard
Territoire
The End
Thou
Triptykon/Metropole Orkest: Requiem
Ulcerate
Vile Creature
Wolvennest

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Static X Announces Reformation With Original Lineup

Static-X is back! Featuring the band’s original lineup introduced on their 1999 platinum-selling debut full-length album, Wisconsin Death Trip, bassist Tony Campos, guitarist Koichi Fukuda and drummer Ken Jay have joined forces once again to release a new album, “Project Regeneration.”

The album, set for release in spring 2019, will be released in conjunction with a world tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip. The band plans to perform the majority of their debut album at each show. Headline dates will serve as memorial events to honor late frontman Wayne Static, who passed away on November 1st, 2014. More information on the world tour and other dates will be coming soon.

The band has cultivated a treasure chest of vocal performances and musical compositions left behind by Wayne. Along with the help of Static-X’s long-time producer Ulrich Wild, the band is in the process of completing their seventh studio album, which will feature between 12 and 15 brand new Static-X tracks.

“With the 20th anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip quickly approaching, it feels like the right time to pay our respects to the band, to Wayne, and to all the fans who have been with us right from the start,” says bassist Tony Campos. “We had a lot of material to work with… several demos that Wayne left behind, as well as some really great isolated vocal performances from some nearly finished songs. Together, we have been writing and crafting something very special!”

Check out a new teaser featuring clips from a brand new music video, as well as five new Static-X tracks – “Road To Hell”, “Something Of My Own”, “Terminator Oscillator”, “Hollow” and “Disco Otsego” – along with a personal message from bassist Tony Campos about the inspiration behind Project Regeneration:

For the unfinished tracks, the band is inviting several of their friends to lend their voices for the completion of this very personal project.

“We have confirmed interest from our friends David Draiman, Ivan Moody, Al Jorgensen, Dez Fafara, Edsel Dope, Burton C Bell, and a few others,” says Campos. “Unfortunately, due to everyone’s crazy schedules, it is a little early to know how things will shake out. We are more than confident that the album will have some incredible guest vocalists, but it should be noted that it is still too early to count anyone in 100%.”

The guest vocalist curation process is being led by none other than SiriusXM programming pioneer Jose Mangin, who is working alongside the band as one of the executive producers for Project Regeneration.

Static-X has created a pre-order campaign allowing fans who purchase Project Regeneration in advance to have their name appear in the liner notes of the new album. Additional special pre-order package options are also available, including Project Regeneration merch bundles and several old school Static-X merch items to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip. Pre-orders are available here.

“This is a celebration of Static-X, Wisconsin Death Trip, Wayne Static, and all of our fans,” adds Campos. “We are very excited about what we have created, so we wanted to involve the fans early, and in a campaign sort of way, so that they can participate with us and help to dictate some of the things that we do.”

“Reuniting with the guys has been an amazing experience,” says drummer Ken Jay. “It’s been so much fun sharing stories and working on new music together. Obviously, it is bittersweet because we all miss Wayne and we wish that he was here with us, doing what he did best… Evil Disco…”

“I am so excited to play Static-X songs live again,” says guitarist Koichi Fukuda. “The Static-X sound is so big and powerful live! I can’t wait to play songs like ‘Bled For Days’, ‘Push It’ and ‘I’m With Stupid’ again.”

Static-X plans to do multiple video updates and a series of Facebook Live chats over the next few months in order to keep the fans involved as the process continues to unfold.

“We feel very grateful that we have such a loyal fan base that misses the band, and misses Wayne, and I know that Wayne would appreciate all the heart and effort that we are putting into this,” says Tony Campos. “I’ve had some very heartfelt discussions with Wayne’s family about doing this. They were very touched by the amount of love and effort that we have put into this new album and they have given us their full support. Having the blessing of Wayne’s family means the world to us! I know in my heart that Wayne would be very proud!”

Stay tuned for more Project Regeneration and world tour details coming soon.

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Cane Hill Share “Too Far Gone” From New Live Album

Cane Hill share the below live version of their track “Too Far Gone“. The track is taken from the group’s new live effort, “Cane Hill: Live From The Bible Belt“.

Said live album can be purchased as part of ticket bundles for the band’s fall headlining run with Sharptooth and Afterlife which begins later this month.

09/21 Orlando, FL – Soundbar
09/22 Margate, FL – O’Malleys
09/23 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
09/24 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
09/25 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
09/27 Charleston, WV – The Bakery
09/28 Nashville, TN – The End
09/29 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival (Cane Hill only)
09/30 Columbus, OH – The A&R Music Bar
10/01 Baltimore, MD – Raven Inn
10/02 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
10/03 Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
10/04 Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar
10/05 Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
10/06 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
10/08 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck
10/09 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
10/10 Millvale, PA – Funhouse Mr. Smalls
10/11 Cleveland, OH – The Foundry
10/12 Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room
10/13 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
10/14 Burnsville, MN – The Garage
10/15 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville
10/17 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounger
10/18 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
10/19 Boise, ID – The Shredder
10/21 Seattle, WA – Vera Project
10/22 Portland, OR – Paris Theatre
10/23 San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
10/24 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
10/25 Los Angeles, CA – Hi Hat
10/26 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
10/27 Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock
10/28 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
10/31 Dallas, TX – RBC
11/01 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
11/02 Houston, TX – Secret Group
11/03 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa

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