Meshuggah Posts North American Tour Trailer Online

Swedish extreme tech-metal pioneers, Meshuggah, will perform a handful of special US headlining dates this spring to add to the four US festivals previously announced.

Leading up to the trek, the band will make appearances in South America and Mexico before kicking off their US dates on May 5th in Jacksonville, Florida. The tour will also bring The Black Dahlia Murder as special guests for the headlining shows. The following promotional trailer has just been released and can be seen below.

The tour dates are as follows:

May 5 – Welcome To Rockville – Jacksonville, FL *
May 6 – Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA
May 7 – The Fillmore – New Orleans, LA
May 8 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
May 10 – Epicenter Festival – Charlotte, NC *
May 12 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
May 14 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
May 16 – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, New York
May 17 – Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival – Columbus, OH *
May 18 – Chicago Open Air Festival – Bridgeview, IL *

* – Meshuggah only

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Periphery Reveals New Album “Periphery IV: Hail Stan” Details; Posts New Music Video “Blood Eagle” Online

Periphery will release their fifth album, “Periphery IV: Hail Stan,” on April 5th via their own 3DOT Recordings. A music video for the album’s first single, “Blood Eagle,” directed by Jeremy Danger & Travis Shinn, can be found below.

Guitar player Mark Holcomb said of the six-minute track: “We’ve known since the late stages of P4 writing sessions that ‘Blood Eagle’ would be the first song we released. It’s an unrelenting song that, even while we were writing it, we could say to ourselves: ‘We NEED to play this live.’ The original demo was vastly different, and through the songwriting process, it took on this kind of violent, explosive nature that is always hard to synthesize. That energy excited us and we knew it’d be the first thing we’d let you all hear.”

“Periphery IV: Hail Stan” marks two significant firsts for the band: the first Periphery release on their recently formed label, 3DOT Recordings, as well as a change in the way they approached writing and recording. “We finally spent a year on a record,” explains guitar player/programmer Jake Bowen. “We’ve never been able to do that. The quality and pacing of the work show we took our time with this one. That’s an important note about this. We really got to do everything we wanted to do in the space we had to do it.” Mark adds, “I think you can hear the adventurous intent behind much of this material as a result. We’re all the happiest we’ve ever been with a release, and it’s no coincidence. Can’t wait for you all to hear it.”

“Periphery IV: Hail Stan” is the first release to follow the band’s 2017 Grammy Award nomination in the “Best Metal Performance” category, for “Periphery III: Select Difficulty” album opener “The Price Is Wrong”. The 2016 album tallied 35 million cumulative streams and marked their third consecutive debut in the Top 25 of the Billboard Top 200. It represented the apex of a tireless decade-long grind. In between the touring, endorsements and appearances, they also launched a summer camp of their own, Periphery Summer Jam.

“Periphery IV: Hail Stan” tracklisting:

1. Reptile
2. Blood Eagle
3. CHVRCH BVRNER
4. Garden In The Bones
5. It’s Only Smiles
6. Follow Your Ghost
7. Crush
8. Sentient Glow
9. Satellites

Periphery embarks on a brief tour to coincide with the release, joining Dance Gavin Dance for a 15-date North American trek on March 30th.

Tour dates:

March 30 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove of Anaheim #
March 31 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency
April 2 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
April 3 – Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren
April 5 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall
April 6 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music
April 7 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
April 9 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
April 11 – Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore
April 12 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater (Sold Out)
April 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
April 14 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
April 16 – Cleveland, OH – Agora
April 17 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak
April 18 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues (Sold Out)
April 19 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues (Sold Out)
April 20 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

# – Swan Fest with Dance Gavin Dance, Crown The Empire, Don Broco, Veil of Maya, Intervals, Volumes, Hail The Sun and more

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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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Meshuggah U.S. Tour w/ The Black Dahlia Murder Announced

Meshuggah and The Black Dahlia Murder will be out touring together for a number of U.S. co-headlining shows this spring around their festival dates. Dates for that trek run as follows:

05/05 Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville (festival date)
05/06 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
05/07 New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore
05/07 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
05/10 Charlotte, NC – Epicenter Festival (festival date)
05/12 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
05/14 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
05/16 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
05/17 Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival (festival date)
05/18 Bridgeview, IL – Chicago Open Air Festival (festival date)

In addition to those stops, you can also catch Meshuggah out at the following shows:

04/26 Santiago, CHL – Coliseo Theater
04/27 Santiago, CHL – Coliseo Theater
04/30 Buenos Aires, ARG – El Teatro Flores
05/03 Mexico City, MEX – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
08/01-03 Wacken, GER – Wacken Open Air
08/04 Saint-Maurice-de-Dourdans, FRA – Sylak Open Air
08/07-10 Jaromer, CZE – Brutal Assault Festival
08/09-10 Kortrijk, BEL – Alcatraz Festival
08/04 Leeuwarden, NET – Into The Grave
08/14 Dinkelsbuhl, GER – Summer Breeze Open Air
08/17 Somerset, UK – ArcTanGent Festival

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Saxon Announces 40th Anniversary Shows With Girlschool And Other Special Guests

1979 was a monumentous year for British Hard Rock with the birth of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and the subsequent rise of future giants of the genre. After 40 years and 22 studio album releases SAXON remain as one of those giants of British Heavy Metal and to prove the fact the band are back in 2019 to play 3 iconic shows in iconic venues.

For the first time since the 1980’s Saxon return to headlining London’s legendary Hammersmith “Odeon” and Manchester Apollo, together with their largest Scottish show to date at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena in October 2019, with a mega show featuring staples of Saxon shows past, the castle set in its enormity together with the classic Eagle Lighting rig!

In addition to the announcement of these shows, the band will release another chapter in the classic “The Eagle Has Landed Live” series of albums with The Eagle Has Landed 4 out on general release on August 2nd 2019 via Silver Lining Music. Renamed “The Eagle Has Landed 40” to commemorate the anniversary, the album will be a double CD set (available on other formats including a special box set) containing 40 songs spanning the bands career.

The Tour Dates are as follows:

Friday October 18th – Glasgow, Braehead Arena
Saturday October 19th – London, Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith
Sunday October 20th – Manchester, o2 Apollo

To add to an already exciting spectacle, very special guest acts have been included on all shows to make these events no hard rock fan can bear to miss.

For London and Manchester, a four band bill will include Swiss legends KROKUS who will play their first and only shows in the UK for many years together with friends and NWOBHM icons GIRLSCHOOL & DIAMOND HEAD. Krokus have decided to retire after this year, so these will also be the band’s last ever shows in the UK.

Glasgow will feature special guests BLACK STAR RIDERS, fresh after the release of pending album No 4, together with Girlschool opening the show.

Biff Byford: “We are very happy to be celebrating 40 years of Saxon by playing these great venues – to be back at Hammersmith and Manchester Apollo is fantastic and to see all our Scottish friends at Braehead Arena just tops it off! The show will be the biggest and best since the classic era of the band and the set list will be …. Well let’s say we’ll start with ‘Wheels Of Steel’ – straight into ‘Strong Arm Of The Law’ into ‘Denim & Leather’ … that good enough for you?”

Krokus’ Chris Von Rohr adds “We all have very good memories about the British fans – and Saxon – long stick will go boom! Together we gonna set the damn roof on fire!”

Ricky Warwick from Black Star Riders comments: “We are absolutely delighted to be special guests to our good friends Saxon at their Braehead Arena show. Glasgow is very dear to us and I personally … have a huge history with the City! Can’t wait to see you all. This will be epic!”

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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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Ice Nine Kills Premiere New Video For “Merry Axe-Mas” From Latest Album “The Silver Scream”

Ice Nine Kills debut a new music video for their track “Merry Axe-Mas” off their latest full-length “The Silver Scream“. This song takes inspiration from the 1984 slasher film ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night‘.

States the band’s frontman Spencer Charnas:

“‘Silent Night, Deadly Night‘ is one of my all time favorite slasher flicks. In our song and video for, ‘Merry Axe-Mas,’ I wanted to pay tribute to the film’s brilliant combination of sleaze, holiday cheer, absurdity, and vicious gore. Released in 1984 at the height of the ’80s slasher craze, the film’s axe wielding Santa marketing campaign threw uptight parents and the PC police into an unholy rage.”

“Angered families staged protests in front of theaters and PTA groups across the country petitioned for the film’s banishment. Tri Star Pictures subsequently caved and ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night‘ was pulled from theaters after only one week. However, all the negative publicity only fueled the forbidden fruit factor and the infamous film quickly gained cult status. This story just goes to show you that if you try and suppress something, it’s only more likely to rear its (decapitated) head.”

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Terror Premiere New Music Video For “In Spite Of These Times”/”One More Enemy”

A new official music video from Terror combines the band’s songs “In Spite Of These Times” and “One More Enemy“ – both taken from their latest effort, “Total Retaliation“.

You can catch Terror out now in Europe and the UK with Deez Nuts and more on this run of dates:

12/01 Hasselt, BEL – Muzieodroom (feat. Chain Reaction)
12/02 London, UK – The Underworld (feat. Ironed Out)
12/04 Paris, FRA – Gibus (feat. Worst Doubt)
12/05 Schweinfurt, GER – Alter Statbahnof (feat. Stolen Mind)
12/06 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville (feat. Stolen Mind)
12/07 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg (feat. Cornered)
12/08 Herford, GER – Kick (‘Krampus Festival‘)
12/09 Oberhausen, GER – Kulttempel (feat. Slope)
12/10 Zurich, SWI – Dynamo (feat. Safe State)
12/11 Graz, AUT – Explosiv (feat. Reach)
12/12 Munchen, GER – Backstage Werk (feat. Dagger Threat)
12/13 Gottingen, GER – Uni (feat. Soulground)
12/14 Magdeburg, GER – Factory (feat. Angst)
12/15 Ostrava, CZE – Bricjhouse (feat. Deluminator)
12/16 Berlin, GER – SO36 (feat. Coldburn)

In other news, next spring the band will be touring North American with Hatebreed, Obituary and more. Dates for that trek can be found below:

03/07 San Diego, CA – House of Blues (feat. Bleeding Through, Asesino & Strife)
04/04 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall (no Obituary) (feat. Municipal Waste)
04/05 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
04/06 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
04/08 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
04/09 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
04/10 Detroit, MI – Harpos Concert Theatre
04/11 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
04/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
04/13 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts (no Obituary)
04/15 Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
04/16 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
04/17 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
04/18 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
04/19 New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
04/20 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall

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Hatebreed Announces 25th Anniversary Tour With Obituary, Cro-Mags, Terror And Fit For An Autopsy

Hatebreed remain one of the most relevant and impactful acts in the hard rock and metal scenes. The Connecticut band will celebrate 25 years of ruthless breakdowns, pit-stirring anthems, and poignant lyrics across eight albums and consistently sold-out shows in 2019. The band, which has gone from playing basements and backyards to being a featured worldwide attraction on countless festivals and high-profile tours from OZZFest to Warped Tour to Download, will commemorate two-plus decades by embarking on a 25th anniversary tour.

The first leg of the tour will feature support from Obituary and Cro-Mags, two bands that Hatebreed have covered in their career and who have influenced the signature and instantly recognizable Hatebreed sound. Terror and Fit for an Autopsy will round out this “can’t miss” juggernaut of a lineup. The initial trek will kick off in Philadelphia in April, with an additional leg to be announced shortly. All confirmed dates are below.

“I can’t believe it’s been 25 years already,” said Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta. “We’re excited to bring out this massive tour package with some of our favorite bands. Every band on this bill is a headliner in their own right. The show will be run festival-style with bands you don’t want to miss playing early. Activate the pit!”

“Looking forward to this one – 25 years of Hatebreed, celebrated with not only friends, but a couple bands who influenced us so much that we covered their songs on For the Lions. Come celebrate the entire catalog with us!,” said Hatebreed guitarist Frank Novinec.

“All killer, no filler here,” said Hatebreed drummer Matt Byrne. “This April will be a sick tour for Hatebreed. Celebrating 25 years is a big accomplishment for any band. But it’s that much sweeter when you’re doing it with some of your favorite bands in tow. We love Obituary so much that we covered them on our For the Lions record. We love Cro-Mags so much that we covered them on our For the Lions record. We love Terror and Fit For An Autopsy so much that… 😉 See you all in April!”

“We are excited to be invited to Hatebreed’s 25th anniversary US tour and super honored to be a part such an awesome lineup,” stated Obituary drummer Donald Tardy. “Looking forward to throwing down each night with them and bringing some of our southern swamp metal to this tour. Gonna be sick!”

“Hatebreed’s 25th anniversary tour is gonna be a banger – the Cro-Mags are psyched as f*ck to be part of it,” proclaimed frontman John Joseph.

“The lineup for this tour is insane,” said Terror frontman Scott Vogel, echoing all of those sentiments. “We are very much looking forward to being on this run with some of our favorite bands.”

The tour dates are as follows:

March 7 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues*
April 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall**
April 5 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
April 6 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
April 8 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
April 9 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
April 10 – Detroit, MI – Harpos Concert Theatre
April 11 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
April 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
April 13 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts ^
April 15 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
April 16 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
April 17 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
April 18 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
April 19 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
April 20 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall

* With Bleeding Through, Asesino, + Strife
** Featuring Municipal Waste (No Obituary)
^ No Obituary

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Arch Enemy To Release Compilation Album “Covered In Blood,”; Announces New Single “Reason To Believe”

Arch Enemy will release a strictly limited, hand-numbered 7″ single and a digital single for their song “Reason To Believe” on December 7th via Century Media Records. Both formats, physical and digital, feature the Tears For Fears cover “Shout” as a b-side.

The 7″ single will be available in the following vinyl colors:

– Black vinyl (limited to 300 copies)
– Clear vinyl (limited to 100 copies, only available at CMDistro EU)
– White vinyl (limited to 200 copies)
– Silver vinyl (limited to 200 copies, only available at Nuclear Blast)
– Red vinyl (limited to 200 copies, only available at EMP)

On January 18th, Arch Enemy will release a compilation of all cover songs they have recorded throughout their career, entitled Covered In Blood. More details will follow soon.

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