Avatar Announces North American Tour With Devin Townsend

From the Royal Court of Avatar Country on February 5th in the Year of the King (2019).

In the midst of a mostly sold out European trek, Avatar has announced their return to North America on the aptly named Avatar Country World Tour 2019 Presented by Revolver Magazine. Dates begin on May 16th in Buffalo, NY and stretch coast to coast before wrapping up in Las Vegas, NV on June 15th exactly thirty days later.

These dates include three prestigious North American rock festivals including Sonic Temple in Columbus, OH on May 17th, Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK on May 26th, and Domination 2019 taking place in Mexico City on May 3rd.

“As we’ve stated in the past, we are reaching the end of the road for the Avatar Country saga,” says vocalist Johannes Eckerström. “And if you want to see us in all our Royal Glory in tribute to the King, this might very well be your last chance. We will make sure to go out with a bang!”

The band is thrilled to announce that the legendary singer/songwriter and producer Devin Townsend will serve as direct support performing a full acoustic set. Southern California’s Dance With The Dead and Atlanta mainstays 68’ will open the show.

“This tour is extra special to us and me personally as we’ve not only amazing hand-picked openers to showcase what we think deserves more eyes and ears in ’68 and Dance with the Dead, but we also have the extreme pleasure and privilege to share the stage with Devin Townsend at an exciting phase of his career.”

“I am a lifelong fan, and I genuinely feel that people who appreciate our willingness to experiment and walk that extra mile to be true to our vision and integrity have Mr. Townsend to thank for a lot. It will be a bucket list experience for me, and I hope we get to share it with as many people as possible.”

The 2019 trek across the U.S. will be the first time the band has toured in America since they went out with Trivium on the The Sin and the Sentence World Tour last October.

General on-sale will be available this Friday, February 8th, 2019.

May 3 – Mexico City, MX – Domination 2019
May 16 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
May 17 – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple
May 18 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
May 19 – Portland, ME – Aura
May 21 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
May 22 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
May 23 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
May 24 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
May 25 – Sioux City, IA – Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel
May 26 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
May 28 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 29 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
May 30 – Saskatoon, SK – Coors Event Centre
May 31 – Edmonton, AB – The Ranch Roadhouse
June 1 – Calgary, AB – The Palace
June 3 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
June 4 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
June 6 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
June 7 – Reno, NV – Cargo
June 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex – Grand
June 9 – Grand ction, CO – Mesa Theater
June 10 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
June 11 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
June 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theatre
June 14 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
June 15 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

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Avatar Announces North American Tour With Devin Townsend

From the Royal Court of Avatar Country on February 5th in the Year of the King (2019).

In the midst of a mostly sold out European trek, Avatar has announced their return to North America on the aptly named Avatar Country World Tour 2019 Presented by Revolver Magazine. Dates begin on May 16th in Buffalo, NY and stretch coast to coast before wrapping up in Las Vegas, NV on June 15th exactly thirty days later.

These dates include three prestigious North American rock festivals including Sonic Temple in Columbus, OH on May 17th, Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK on May 26th, and Domination 2019 taking place in Mexico City on May 3rd.

“As we’ve stated in the past, we are reaching the end of the road for the Avatar Country saga,” says vocalist Johannes Eckerström. “And if you want to see us in all our Royal Glory in tribute to the King, this might very well be your last chance. We will make sure to go out with a bang!”

The band is thrilled to announce that the legendary singer/songwriter and producer Devin Townsend will serve as direct support performing a full acoustic set. Southern California’s Dance With The Dead and Atlanta mainstays 68’ will open the show.

“This tour is extra special to us and me personally as we’ve not only amazing hand-picked openers to showcase what we think deserves more eyes and ears in ’68 and Dance with the Dead, but we also have the extreme pleasure and privilege to share the stage with Devin Townsend at an exciting phase of his career.”

“I am a lifelong fan, and I genuinely feel that people who appreciate our willingness to experiment and walk that extra mile to be true to our vision and integrity have Mr. Townsend to thank for a lot. It will be a bucket list experience for me, and I hope we get to share it with as many people as possible.”

The 2019 trek across the U.S. will be the first time the band has toured in America since they went out with Trivium on the The Sin and the Sentence World Tour last October.

General on-sale will be available this Friday, February 8th, 2019.

May 3 – Mexico City, MX – Domination 2019
May 16 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
May 17 – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple
May 18 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
May 19 – Portland, ME – Aura
May 21 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
May 22 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
May 23 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
May 24 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
May 25 – Sioux City, IA – Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel
May 26 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
May 28 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 29 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
May 30 – Saskatoon, SK – Coors Event Centre
May 31 – Edmonton, AB – The Ranch Roadhouse
June 1 – Calgary, AB – The Palace
June 3 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
June 4 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
June 6 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
June 7 – Reno, NV – Cargo
June 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex – Grand
June 9 – Grand ction, CO – Mesa Theater
June 10 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
June 11 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
June 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theatre
June 14 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
June 15 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

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Alter Bridge Premiere “The End Is Here’ Live Video From Upcoming New Blu-ray

Alter Bridge debut a live clip of “The End Is Here” from their forthcoming “Live At The Royal Albert Hall” Blu-ray/DVD/CD, etc. set. That release finds the band backed by the Parallax Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England back in October of 2017. It will arrive in stores on September 07th.

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Metallica Shares “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” & “The Call Of Ktulu” Live Footage From Show At Royal Arena Copenhagen, Denmark

Metallica has shared new official footage performing “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” and “The Call Of Ktulu” during the band’s February 09th show at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Check out now “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” below and “The Call Of Ktulu” after the jump.

“The Call Of Ktulu”:

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Ship Of The Line Arrives To Challenge Pirate Metal With “The Downfall Of Piracy”

There is a new force in the world of metal! Ship Of The Line just released debut single, “The Downfall of Piracy,” hearkening a new era of epic music.

Adapted from a poem attributed to Benjamin Franklin, the hook laden track celebrates the defeat of the famed pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, who after a furious battle was apprehended and beheaded by Lt. Robert Maynard of the Royal Navy on November 22nd, 1718, precisely 298 years to the day from the single’s release.

Headed by the brave Captain Hobbs, Ship Of The Line stands ready to defend the cause of epic music worldwide. The admiralty released the following statement:

“For too long have the nefarious forces of piracy held sway over the airwaves. We will no longer stand for such knavery. Ship Of The Line is here to challenge all so-called ‘Pirate Metal’ bands for supremacy of the high seas! GOD SAVE THE KING!”

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The Royal Posts “Defender” Music Video

The Royal just released a brand new music video for “Defender.” This song is off the debut album “DreamCatchers,” which was released last year in August.

The video clip for “Defender” was recorded last year during the Impericon Festival in Oberhausen, where The Royal played such as The Ghost Inside, Suicide Silence and Stick To Your Guns. If you want to hear more, you can stream the full “DreamCatchers” album right here.

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New Album “Devil’s Dozen” Announced By Royal Hunt

Baroque Danish metal stars Royal Hunt, featuring vocalist D.C. Cooper (ex-Silent Force), Narnia bassist Andreas Passmark and ex-Witch Cross guitarist André Andersen, return with brand new album “Devil’s Dozen,” which is out on August 21st in Europe and North America via Frontiers Music srl.

With keyboardist and songwriter Andersen still at the helm, Royal Hunt has once again created an album that combines the basic sound and core values of classic rock with progressive rock and more current musical elements.

Andersen commented: “We´re very pleased to be able to present our new, thirteenth studio album. While staying on course with all traditional Royal Hunt´s musical values this one contains quite a bit of variety – from an up-tempo, double kick driven ‘May You Never (Walk Alone)’ to the bluesy ‘Heart On A Platter’ and probably our best ballad to date – ‘Until The Day.’ Counting in Royal Hunt’s usual attention to details – playing wise as well as production wise – I´m sure that any fan of symphonic/melodic yet hard rocking music will be pleased with our latest offering.”

The new recording stays true to the original, larger-than-life Royal Hunt sound, with imaginative instrumentation, intricate arrangements, soaring vocals and catchy, massive choruses. Yet, the addition of classical musicians/instruments and contemporary, modern day production elements move to twist the outcome into a unique sonic palette. The album is chock full of carefully crafted songs, recorded and mixed by a team who combined crystal clear sonics with a weighty punch.

The track list is as follows

1. So Right So Wrong
2. May You Never (Walk Alone)
3. Heart On A Platter
4. A Tear In The Rain
5. Until The Day
6. Riches To Rags
7. Way Too Late
8. How Do You Know? (Bonus Track)

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New Track “Forget You” Streaming From Royal Thunder

Atlanta’s Royal Thunder is streaming the new track “Forget you.” The song appears on the upcoming new release “Crooked Doors,” which is set for an April 7th drop date via Relapse Records.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Time Machine
2. Forget You
3. Wake Up
4. Floor
5. The Line
6. Forgive Me, Karma
7. Glow
8. Ear On The Fool
9. One Day
10. The Bear I
11. The Bear II

Check out “Forget You” here:

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Corey Taylor Covers “Them Bones” By Alice In Chains

Footage has been posted online of Corey Taylor (Slipknot) performing a cover of the Alice In Chains track “Them Bones” with Royal Machines.

Check out the clip below, courtesy of YouTube user “whereisjerry,” and shot during a live show on December 20th, 2014.

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Steel Panther Posts “The Stocking Song” Lyric Video

Steel Panther is getting in on the Christmas spirit this year with a new holiday single.

Check out the lyric video for “The Stocking Song” in the player below.

You can also pick up a digital copy of the single over at this location. Catch the band live on these dates:

Fri Dec 12 2014 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
Sat Dec 13 2014 Northfield, OH Northfield Park Hard Rock Live
Sun Dec 14 2014 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Tue Dec 16 2014 Chicago, IL House of Blues – Chicago

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