Trailer Clip For Debut Self-Titled Release Available From Grieved

Swedish darkened hardcore quintet Grieved will release the self-titled debut (previously named “Samaritans”) via Prosthetic Records on January 22, 2016. A preview clip for the album can be heard in the player below.

The quintet spent the past summer at The Ranch studio recording with acclaimed producer Lewis John (Funeral For A Friend, Gnarwolves) to capture the irrepressible riffs and hostile vocals. With a nod to fellow countrymen Raised Fist, Grieved presents an emotionally driven, well-crafted, and aggressive proclamation of self-contemption.

Check out the preview here:

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Ghost Performs Live On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

This past Friday on the eve of Halloween, Swedish band Ghost made its late night television debut on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert with a rousing performance of the song “Cirice.”

“Cirice” reached the Top 10 at radio at Active Rock and Mainstream Rock and is featured on the band’s third album “Meliora,” which debuted in the Top 10 (#8) on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Charts.

Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls have spent the past two months in North America delivering satanic melodies to audiences across the continent as part of the “Black To The Future” headlining tour. One stop of the trek was even nixed when Papa unfortunately lost a pope vs. pope battle against our friend Frankie.

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Insomnium Cancels European Tour Dates

After recently having to replace two members for live shows, Insomnium has now issued the following statement about cancelling upcoming European tour dates:

“First of all, we like to start thanking all of you for your continued support during these dark times. You have welcomed Mike Bear and Nick Cordle with open arms and because of you and headstrong Markus’s the U.S. tour is still going as strong as ever. For this we are eternally grateful.

“However due to unfortunate circumstances, we have no choice but to cancel the planned Eastern European tour. We hope we can rebook this tour in the future and come and play our hearts out for you as soon as possible. We are truly sorry for this but the current situation is beyond us.

“In other note, we will be playing three-gig tour in Belarus and Russia in November (5-7.11) and all the booked one-off shows including Metal Hammer awards gig in Berlin (18.9), Geiselwind Christmas Bash (11.12) and 70000Tons of metal cruise in next February. We’ll be back in full strength before you know it.”

Niilo comments: “I’ve spent the past weeks in a hospital with my family. We’ve had some positive news but it’s not yet clear how much time we need to spend here during the coming months. It’s obvious that I can’t do any longer tours at least for the rest of the year. I hope that I can get back to touring as soon as possible and we’ll be able to play in all these countries in the future.”

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Coathanger Abortion Issuing “Observations Of Humanity”

Tennessee death grinders Coathanger Abortion are back with an all new oozing discharge of southern styled brutality. “Observations of Humanity” will drop on June 2nd via Comatose Music, with the label having this to say about Coathanger Abortion:

“Formed in 2000, they have been very active over the years, creating wide spread disorder and blazing a moonshine fueled path of destruction on the road with five US tours, one Canadian tour, plus many festival appearances.

“Coathanger Abortion spent the past six years building up to ‘Observations of Humanity’, the impressive follow up to 2009’s ‘Dying Breed’. This new album stays true to their time tested formula of catchy songs with a raw and old school vibe reminiscent of the 1990’s.”

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I.C.O.N Signs Deal With Metalbox Recordings

Since the release of debut album “New Born Lie,” British heavy metal band I.C.O.N has consistently toured and promoted the album, hammering its sound into various corners of the UK.

As well as headline shows, I.C.O.N has supported Breed77, Blaze Bayley, Warrior Soul, and Diamond Head to name a few, and the band also spent the past few months writing and recording the follow-up to “New Born Lie.”

I.C.O.N’s second album will be released via Metalbox Recordings this Summer, with full release details coming soon.

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Fozzy Streaming New Song “Lights Go Out”

Fozzy has been a constant force in the music scene and worldwide touring circuit since 2000. The band is the brainchild of Rich Ward and Chris Jericho, two larger-than-life, trailblazing personalities that have spent the past decade shaping their own brand of sonic splendor.

Now with a brand new song, Fozzy is ready rock your face off! Turn up your speakers and check out “Lights Go Out” below, courtesy of Loudwire.com.

The band is also doing a run of shows including 98Rockfest, Welcome to Rockville, and Carolina Rebellion. Dates are as follows:

04/25 Tampa Bay, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum (98 Rockfest)
04/26 Jacksonville, FL @ Metropolitan Park (Welcome To Rockville, w/ Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat)
05/03 Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
05/05 Springfield, VA @ Empire with Raven
05/06 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar (with Buckcherry)
05/07 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club (with Rev Theory, Gemini Syndrome, Eyes Set To Kill)
05/08 Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory (with Buckcherry)
05/09 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance (with Kyng and Jasta)
05/10 Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino (with Buckcherry)
05/11 Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
05/13 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza (with Buckcherry)
05/15 Arlington Heights, IL @ Home Bare (with Heaven’s Basement)
05/16 Pontiac, IL @ Freaksters Roadhouse
05/17 Columbus, OH @ Columbus Crew Stadium (Rock on the Range)
05/20 Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon room
05/21 Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s
05/22 Birmingham, AL @ Iron City (with Buckcherry)
05/23 Duluth, GA @ Wild Bill’s (with Buckcherry)
05/25 Beckley, WV @ Muncheez
05/26 Conneaut Lake, PA @ The Beach Club (with Buckcherry)
05/27 Oneonta, NY @ Oneonta Theater (with Buckcherry)
05/30 Huntington, NY @ Paramount (with Buckcherry)
05/31 Philadelphia, PA @XFinity Live (with Buckcherry)

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Vektor Frontman Comments On Arrest For Splashing Protester With Beer

Vocalist David DiSanto of Philadelphia sci-fi thrash act Vektor has posted the following message online about being arrested after splashing beer on a religious protester:

“Hey everybody, David here. I’ve spent the past few days settling into ‘normal’ life and enjoying being home, so even though the coals may have cooled a bit since this weekend, I wanted to give my side of the story.

“A lot has been said about what happened, and I just want to clarify a few things. I did not haul out and throw a beer bottle at someone. I was around someone who I felt was antagonizing an event and people I cared about. I was annoyed, and I had a beer in my hand. (Something I’m sure many of you can relate to.) What I did was a momentary lapse in judgment, nothing more, nothing less.

“I’m not some meathead or asshole who would pick on someone for their beliefs. I don’t give a shit what anyone’s personal beliefs are (unless their beliefs include hatred towards a specific gender, race, or sexual orientation – those people are assholes). What the protester was doing wasn’t right – but now that I look back on it, what I did wasn’t right either. I do believe that people have the right to protest, but I guess I draw the line when it borders on insanity. People who show up at a public gathering spouting their extremist beliefs would better serve society in a mental institution.

“What I learned from this was that nobody should try to spread their message by antagonizing other people. I didn’t change his mind, and he didn’t change mine. Vektor has always been about spreading the truth of science, the errors of mankind, and thinking for yourself. Organized religion doesn’t always mesh with what we stand for. In a way, I hope that this at least gets people thinking about the problem we have with communicating with each other. There are a lot of things that I feel strongly about. That’s why I write the lyrics I do – and I’m stoked when fans (like all of you) find that message and support it. However, I’m not going to go to a church and start blasting ‘Dark Creations, Dead Creators’ at the people there, haha.

“And, for the record, being in jail FUCKING SUCKS, especially when you’re the only longhair in the joint, haha. I was arrested at 10pm on Saturday, and wasn’t released until 5am Tuesday morning. I got seriously lucky with the judge and the public attorney assigned to my case (hence my charges getting dropped), and I escaped unharmed (no horror stories here). I made a stand for what I believe in, and there were consequences. It happens.

“Anyway, I guess I’ve said enough. I do want to thank everybody out there for having my back (all the ‘FREE DAVE!’ posts have been cracking me up, haha). Honestly, I had no idea word would spread like it did. I also want to thank my kick-ass wife Katy for supporting me while I was cut off from the outside world, and going ape-shit on everyone at the jail in order to expedite my release.

“ALRIGHT THEN! That’s that. I look forward to seeing all you humanoids the next time VEKTOR invades your town, and in three weeks we will be making our debut in Europe at HELLFEST! FUCK YEAH!!

“SCI FI OR DIE!”

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Lacuna Coil Announces U.S. Tour Dates With Sevendust

Italy’s Lacuna Coil is proud to announce that the band will visit the U.S. in early 2013. Lacuna Coil will head out with Sevendust on a 17-date run throughout the month of February. The tour kicks off on February 2nd, 2013 in Winston-Salem, NC and tickets for the tour go on-sale Friday, November 30th, 2012. Fans should check their local ticketing outlets for information on how to purchase tickets.

Lacuna Coil has spent the past year touring the world in support of new album “Dark Adrenaline” (reviewed here). The music video for their single “Trip The Darkness” can be seen at YouTube here. The band’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:

02/02/13 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s
02/03/13 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
02/05/13 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
02/06/13 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
02/07/13 – Portland, ME @ The Asylum
02/08/13 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
02/09/13 – Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
02/10/13 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
02/12/13 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge
02/14/13 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
02/15/13 – Broussard, LA @ The Station
02/16/13 – Beaumont, TX @ Dixie Dance Hall
02/17/13 – Little Rock, AR @ Revolution! Music Room
02/19/13 – Springfield, IL @ Boondocks
02/21/13 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre
02/22/13 – South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
02/23/13 – Cedar Falls, IA @ Pepsi Pavilion

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