BEAUTY IN THE SUFFERING Producer DIETRICH THRALL To Join MADLIFE For European Tour

BEAUTY IN THE SUFFERING Producer DIETRICH THRALL To Join MADLIFE For European Tour FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2017 – Beauty In The Suffering producer DieTrich Thrall will join Los Angeles based Madlife on their upcoming European 15 Years Of Revolution Tour tour with Ill Nino. The tour, which originally launched March 22nd in Utrecht, […]

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BEAUTY IN THE SUFFERING Producer DIETRICH THRALL To Join MADLIFE For European Tour

BEAUTY IN THE SUFFERING Producer DIETRICH THRALL To Join MADLIFE For European Tour FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2017 – Beauty In The Suffering producer DieTrich Thrall will join Los Angeles based Madlife on their upcoming European 15 Years Of Revolution Tour tour with Ill Nino. The tour, which originally launched March 22nd in Utrecht, […]

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Nuclear Announces New Tour Dates With Conflicted

Chilean thrashers Nuclear today announce a new European tour slated for June and July 2017. For nearly half of the dates, Nuclear will be accompanied by Conflicted, a young promising thrash metal band also from Chile.

This tour will mark the end of the promotion of Nuclear’s most recent release “Formula For Anarchy” (Candlelight Records, 2015) as it is expected that the follow-up album will see the light in early 2018.

The band comments: “It is always a pleasure to come back to the EU to show our music. Metal heads there have always received the band with enthusiasm and energy – we are sure this time won’t be any different.”

This Eurotour will also be the very first for Conflicted, promoting 2015 album “Under Bio-Lence” (Sick Bangers). “We are extremely happy to do this for the first time. We have played a lot of shows with Nuclear and the combination is lethal. We cannot wait to start this and show the people in Europe what the band is all about.”

09/06 – B52 Music Club – Eernegem Belgium
10/06 – Loco Loco Festival – Opwijk Belgium
11/06 – Ebrietas Metal Bar – Zurich Switzerland
13/06 – S8 Under Club – Budapest Hungary
14/06 – Escape Metalcorner – Vienna Austria
15/06 – Metalgate Czech Death Fest – Czech Republic
16/06 – Mise Open Air Festival – Germany
17/06 – Rage Against Racism Fest – Germany
18/06 – Tba – Holland
19/06 – Tba – Holland
20/06 – Tba – Holland
22/06 – Bar 227 – Hamburg Germany*
23/06 – Zuckerfabrik – Rostock Germany*
24/06 – Mtc Club – Cologne Germany*
25/06 – Tommy Haus – Berlin Germany*
26/06 – Protokultura – Gdansk Poland*
27/06 – Tba – Poland*
28/06 – Tba – Poland*
29/06 – Tba – Poland*
30/06 – Estrada Stagebar – Bydgoszcz Poland*
01/07 – Rudeboy Club – Bielsko Biala Poland*
*nuclear+conflicted

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Woe And Ultha Booted From Festival For Performing With Inquisition

The Antifa crowd strikes again… despite being a liberal slanted band with specifically anti-fascist songs, U.S. black metal band Woe has been booted from performaning at the Hamburg ist Droneburg fest due to sharing the stage with Inquisition – a band frequently cited as being fascist. Chris Grig from Woe issued this statement to the fans:

“Woe and Ultha were just kicked off of a show because we are performing with Inquisition. We learned this via SMS, before our booker was informed, after driving four hours across Germany, and with no opportunity to appeal the decision.

“The absurdity of this situation is profound. For years, we have been exceptionally vocal about our political and social stances but still careful to not let them define us as a band. We never backed down from an opportunity to discuss it in interviews, we never shrank from it online, we covered a classic anti-fascist punk song to extremely apolitical black metal crowds, and we doubled down with songs like ‘No Blood Has Honor’ on our new album. Along the way, we introduced countless black metal fans who had never considered politics that it is possible to take an anti-fascist stance without sacrificing the harsh, abrasive stance of a black metal band.

“Our politics have made us the subject of ridicule by some people in the extreme metal scene, but we do not care. Even our detractors typically understand that black metal is full of conflict and diversity. Those who hate us for our liberal views are free to do so, and, ironically, those are the people who are least willing to tell us what we should or shouldn’t do, what shows we should and shouldn’t play. We’d find this funny if it wasn’t so poignant right now.

“The worldwide extreme metal scene is a diverse, complicated thing full of people with different backgrounds and experiences. Many bands and fans have never once thought about politics, many of them do not care about politics and object to the idea that they should have to care about them to appreciate music. To these people, riffs are riffs, songs are songs, imagery exists to build mood, and message is secondary to feeling. Even within Woe, we have varying levels of political involvement. Regardless of whether you agree with the apolitical metal fan’s perspective, recognizing it is crucial to understanding why bands with questionable backgrounds can operate on an international level and why a band like Woe might choose to put ourselves in close proximity to people with whom we may not agree.

“Woe and our tourmates Ultha exist to create and perform art, not proselytize, but we are also adamant that performing at explicitly apolitical events with diverse lineups is crucial for the representation of our social and political beliefs. Black metal encourages questioning systems, offending those in power, and evolving beyond outdated beliefs.

“If we were to only play to crowds who were squeaky clean, nothing would change, nobody would grow. Similarly, if you think that a band has committed such intense crimes that they should be barred from participating in the international scene, that is between you and the band, not your allies who choose a different approach to engagement. If we choose to participate in an event, it is because we are confident that it does not compromise who we are.

“To have a show canceled now, after years of unflinching willingness to stick our necks out to crowds who might be unreceptive, goes beyond being a slap in the face. Hamburg ist Droneburg and the venue Hafenklang decided how two openly anti-fascist bands, one of whom is primarily comprised of people of Jewish background, should engage with extremism in a music scene that is only now starting to become politically aware. We and those alongside us deserve the trust and respect to effect change as we see fit. Every adult must be responsible for themselves and choose a level of involvement that is right for them. It is not appropriate for others to decide how we should or should not engage.

“This is why the right thinks that the left is full of fools and reactionary children who have never stepped out into the real world. Rather than targeting the actual fascists or supporting allies within the scene, they eat their own. Hamburg ist Droneburg and Hafenklang have today acted as agents of the right by silencing us and, once again, promoting the right’s message that anti-fascism is the enemy of black metal.

“Despite this, we are resolute in our position. We played an antifa benefit in Brooklyn for J20 protestors barely a week before leaving for this tour, and we will continue to support the greater mission. Those responsible for today’s cancellation, as with all similar events, are people from outside of the scene who have decided that they know how to handle our problems better than those of us actively participating in the metal scene. To those who would deprive of us our voice and strip us of our agency, we urge you to improve this situation by making bridges with people within the metal scene. Wars like this are won through discussion and understanding, not force.”

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Cadaveria And Node To Play Padova Metal Fest 2017

Alpha Omega Management has a pleasure to announce that two roster bands – the horror metallers from Cadaveria and death / thrash group Node – are now confirmed for Padova Metal Fest,

The fest takes place one August 5th, with Cadaveria booked as the headliner of the evening. Get more information about festival over here or via the tour poster below.

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All Hail The Yeti Announces “Screaming Black Curse” Tour Dates

Whiskey-soaked hardcore metal hybrid All Hail The Yeti is thrilled to announce an upcoming headline tour, the Screaming Black Curse tour, featuring support from Invidia and Broken Rail.

The tour will begin on May 17th in All Hail The Yeti’s native city, Los Angeles, CA, and will hit several western and central U.S. markets including Las Vegas, Seattle and Dallas, coming to a close on June 4th in Fullerton, CA. More dates are scheduled to be added, so stay tuned to see if the tour will visit your town.

Frontman Connor Garritty says: “We are very excited about the ‘Screaming Black Curse tour’! We’ve teamed up with Invidia and Broken Rail to bring you a really diverse musical party. This time of year is always really great to get on the road and play shows because weather is nice and fans are excited to get out of hibernation! Schecter Guitars and Black Hope Curse Clothing have jumped on board as the main sponsors and will be doing some fun stuff on tour too. We hope to see all of our tried and true fans, friends and family. This is all about you! HAIL!”

4/22 – Lake Tahoe, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino w/ Ghoul, Skinlab, Alter Beast and more

Screaming Black Curse Tour Dates w/ Invidia & Broken Rail:
5/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
5/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
5/19 – Kingsburg, CA @ Bullfrogs
5/22 – Seattle, WA @El Corazon
5/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joes
5/25 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
5/26 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
5/27- Oklahoma City, OK @ Thunder Alley
5/28 – Houston, TX @ BFE Rock Club
5/30 – Dallas, TX @ The Rail Club
6/2 – El Paso, TX @ The Rock House
6/3 – Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
6/4 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar

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All Hail The Yeti Announces “Screaming Black Curse” Tour Dates

Whiskey-soaked hardcore metal hybrid All Hail The Yeti is thrilled to announce an upcoming headline tour, the Screaming Black Curse tour, featuring support from Invidia and Broken Rail.

The tour will begin on May 17th in All Hail The Yeti’s native city, Los Angeles, CA, and will hit several western and central U.S. markets including Las Vegas, Seattle and Dallas, coming to a close on June 4th in Fullerton, CA. More dates are scheduled to be added, so stay tuned to see if the tour will visit your town.

Frontman Connor Garritty says: “We are very excited about the ‘Screaming Black Curse tour’! We’ve teamed up with Invidia and Broken Rail to bring you a really diverse musical party. This time of year is always really great to get on the road and play shows because weather is nice and fans are excited to get out of hibernation! Schecter Guitars and Black Hope Curse Clothing have jumped on board as the main sponsors and will be doing some fun stuff on tour too. We hope to see all of our tried and true fans, friends and family. This is all about you! HAIL!”

4/22 – Lake Tahoe, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino w/ Ghoul, Skinlab, Alter Beast and more

Screaming Black Curse Tour Dates w/ Invidia & Broken Rail:
5/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
5/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
5/19 – Kingsburg, CA @ Bullfrogs
5/22 – Seattle, WA @El Corazon
5/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joes
5/25 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
5/26 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
5/27- Oklahoma City, OK @ Thunder Alley
5/28 – Houston, TX @ BFE Rock Club
5/30 – Dallas, TX @ The Rail Club
6/2 – El Paso, TX @ The Rock House
6/3 – Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
6/4 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar

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Infernal Tenebra Joins Growing Roster Of Bands Denied Entry To U.S.

Like with Wormrot and several others before, you can add Infernal Tenebra to the growing list of foreign bands unable to enter the U.S. for touring due to tightening travel restrictions. The band just issued this statement about canceling a previously scheduled trek alongside Testament and Sepultura due to kick off today:

“Can’t win them all! Unfortunately, we were denied visas and can’t enter USA territory at this moment, so we had to cancel our support tour with Testament.

“This past few months were really a nerve wrecking experience. We tried our best to get the proper documents; lawyers in US were contacted, a shit ton of e-mails sent, we went to the US Embassy twice, but it’s just funny how it wasn’t meant to be this time. And it seems this current situation is not affecting only us.

“To make the long story short, just check a few links and you’ll get the picture:

– Metal Sucks: Trump’s Probing Visa Measures Could Cause the U.S. to Lose Foreign Tours
– NPR: Three More SXSW Bands Denied Entry To The U.S.
– Spin: Multiple Bands Denied Entry Into the U.S. While Traveling to Play SXSW
– Vulture: All Of These Musicians Were Denied U.S. Entry to Perform At South By Southwest

“Having said that, we’re working on new material and trying to re-schedule the tour. See you on the road asap and thank you all for the understanding and support!”

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Ex-Ghost Guitarist Simon Söderberg Comments On Lawsuit

Recently it was reveled that several Nameless Ghouls from the past lineup of Ghost are suing front man Papa Emeritus (Tobias Forge). Now one of those Ghouls has unmasked himself and several others as well. Former Ghost guitarist Simon Söderberg issued this statement via Facebook:

“As of yesterday we, four signatories from the band Ghost, have filed a lawsuit with the Linköping District Court. We are suing Tobias Forge (”Papa Emeritus”) – the band’s lead singer who has also been responsible for the finances of the band since its founding.

“As of the filing of this lawsuit we are requesting that the court, under penalty, oblige Tobias Forge to declare the incomes as well as expenses of the band concerning the years between 2011 and 2016.

“Throughout all the years we have been on tour with Ghost (between 2011-2016 some of us have performed something like 500 shows with the band) and throughout the band’s album recordings, we have neither been allowed to share in the profits of the band, nor have we seen any of the incomes accounted for.

“The only thing we have received have been minimal advance payments to allow the band to keep going. This despite the fact that we had an agreement that any profits should be shared fairly between the members of the band.

“When we have attempted to raise the issue of the band’s finances with Tobias Forge his sole response has been that there are so far no profits to be share, but that everyone will be generously compensated once the band turns a profit.

“The reason that this lawsuit is now being filed is a contract dispute that has escalated during the previous year (2016). Over the last year we have received multiple proposed contracts from Tobias Forge in which he seeks to redefine his role in the band.

“Since the conception of Ghost our common understanding and agreement has been that we are a band on equal terms, but that Tobias will act as band leader and manage the band’s finances through his own companies.

“Through contracts received from Tobias and his lawyers during 2016, Tobias has attempted to make us sign an agreement that implies we are merely consultants working for his company, an agreement also stating that we would receive less that a minimal wage for our contributions to the band. According to this proposal, furthermore we would renounce any and all rights to music royalties.

“All above despite the fact that some of us have been members of the band since its foundation, investing all of our time in the band during the past five years, with as much right to the recordings and trademark of the band Ghost as that of Tobias Forge.

“Out vocalist and former friend is now attempting to, in a underhand and shameless way, transform Ghost from a band into a solo project with hired musicians. Naturally this is not something we can accept.

“When, in connection with the 2016 United States tour, approached a lawyer in order to sort out the situation of the contracts, we were informed that Tobias Forge no longer wanted us to participate in upcoming tours. Thus, Tobias Forge is now going ahead with the tour, which started March 24 2017 and is set to end in the UK on August 12, on his own together with rented musicians who have replaced all other band members. Tobias Forge has chosen this path of action without any permission from us to carry out the tour on his own. This under the name Ghost, which we regard as our commonly owned trademark.

“The actions of Tobias Forge amount to nothing less than unabashed dishonesty, greed, and darkness. Not the darkness of which Ghost sings, but a darkness that pushes a person to betray his best friends when fame and fortune appear within reach.

“We are terribly sorry that this afflicts the fans of the band as well, and that they too should suffer because of this betrayal and greed. We who are suing Tobias Forge are:

Simon Söderberg (Alpha) – member of Ghost since 2010.
Mauro Rubino (Air) – member of Ghost since 2011.
Henrik Palm (Eather) – member of Ghost since 2015
Martin Hjertstedt (Earth) – member of Ghost since 2014

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Equilibrium Posts Asian Tour Video Diary

German epic metal band Equilibrium released current studio album “Armageddon” last year on August 12th, 2016 through Nuclear Blast. Once more, the band entered the European charts on high positions (#5 Germany, #11 Switzerland, #20 Austria).

Equilibrium and support act Suidakra subsequently went on a tour journey to Asia, and even though most of the band’s lyrics are in German, Equilbirum succeeded in enthusing hundreds of fans and to provide a remarkabe atmosphere in several cities of China (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong), Taiwan (Taipei) and Japan (Tokyo and Osaka).

Check out a tour diary below showcasing some of the best moments from this trek. René (guitars) comments: “Our first tour in Asia was one of the most impressing experiences we’ve ever had with Equilibrium. This video is a small collection of footage we’ve made with our smartphones at the tour. We really hope to see Asia again soon!”

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