Raven Announces North American Tour Dates With Extinction A.D.

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal favourites Raven has announced a string of headlining shows across the United States and Canada this Fall, where they will be joined by Extinction A.D. and on select dates, Mobile Deathcamp.

“We are firing on all cylinders right now in Europe and are looking forward to blasting out a revised headline set with a few surprises!,” says frontman and bassist John Gallagher, who was recently interviewed by Metal Underground (see video below.)

The tour dates are as follows:

November 1 – Houston, TX – Concert Pub North
November 2 – Ft. Worth, TX – The Rail Club
November 3 – El Paso, TX – Joey’s Badcompany*
November 4 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
November 6 – Fullerton, CA – The Slidebar
November 7 – Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
November 8 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
November 9 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Lounge
November 10 – Seattle, WA – Tony V’s
November 11 – Vancouver, BC – The Wise Hall
November 12 – Spokane, WA – The Pin
November 14 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Urban Lounge
November 15 – Denver, CO – Hermans Hideaway
November 16 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
November 17 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews*
November 18 – Sioux Falls, SD – Bigs Bar
November 19 – Minneapolis, MN – Lee’s Liquor Lounge
November 20 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
November 21 – Ft Atkinson, WI – Hijynx
November 23 – Westland, MI – The Token Lounge
November 24 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck
November 25 – Rochester, NY – The Montage
November 26 – Brooklyn, NY – The Kingsland
November 27 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
November 28 – Frederick, MD – Café 611
November 29 – Chesapeaker VA – The Riffhouse
December 1 – Jonesboro, GA – Furnace 41

* no Mobile Deathcamp

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Godflesh Announces North American Tour Dates

British industrial metal legends Godflesh has announced that they will be embarking on a string of shows in the United States and Canada this December. The trek is in support of their latest studio album, “Post Self,” which was released last year through frontman Justin Broadrick’s own, Avalanche Recordings.

The tour dates are as follows:

December 1: Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
December 2: Decibel Metal Festival – Los Angeles, CA
December 3: Oakland Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA
December 5: Dante’s – Portland, OR
December 6: The Venue – Vancouver, BC
December 7: Oriental Theater – Denver, CO

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Excrementory Grindfuckers Announce “Make America Grind Again” North American Tour

German grindcore maniacs EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS will be embarking on a two week tour in The United States and Canada. Below’s where that run will hit:

Sept 1st – Toronto @ Coalition
Sept 2nd – Ottawa @ Mavericks
Sept 4th – Detroit @ The Fireside Inn
Sept 6th – Philadelphia @ Century
Sept 7th – Baltimore @ The Depot
Sept 8th – Boston – O’Brien’s Pub
Sept 9th – Rochester @ Bugjar
Sept 11th – Quebec City @ La Source De La Martiniere
Sept 13th – Sherbrooke @ Le Murdoch
Sept 14th – Montreal @ Piranha Bar

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Cognitive Announce Summer Tour With Wormhole

New Jersey based slamming tech death act COGNITIVE have announced a tour of the northeastern United States and Canada this summer alongside Wormhole. Dubbed “The Summer of Slamchop Tour”, the trek will run from July 3rd – July 14th and see the group continuing to support their pummeling 2016 Unique Leader debut album Deformity.

Guitarist Rob Wharton said of the tour, “Cognitive is super hype to be doing the Summer of Slampchop tour with our good friends in Wormhole. With a hometown show in Philly and northeastern US and Canada dates, this summer is looking to rule. We”ll be playing new material from our new album which details will be announced very soon, so come out and check out the new tunes and the boys in Wormhole”

Dates below:

7/3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (Upstairs)
7/5 – Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s Diner
7/6 – Syracuse, NY @ Spark Art Space
7/7 – Windsor, ON @ Windsor Beer Exchange
7/8 – Guelph, ON @ Dstrct
7/9 – Toronto, ON @ The Coalition
7/10 – TBA
7/11 – Ottawa, ON @ House of Targ
7/12 – Sherbrooke, QC @ Le Murdoch
7/13 – Montreal. QC @ Piranha Bar
7/14 – Albany, NY @ Club Chrome

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Bullet For My Valentine Announces American Tour Dates

Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of the United States this Fall in support of their forthcoming new studio album, “Gravity.” The album is set to be released on June 29th through Search And Destroy/Spinefarm Records, their first release with the companies, as well as their first with drummer Jason Bowld.

September 13 – Kansas City, MO – Harrah’s
September 15 – St. Paul, MN – The Myth
September 18 – St. Louis, MO – The Paegant
September 20 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
September 21 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
September 22 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
September 24 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
September 25 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
September 27 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
September 30 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
October 2 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
October 3 – Syracuse, NY – SI Hall
October 4 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
October 7 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore Detroit
October 9 – Wichita, KS – Cotillion Ballroom
October 10 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
October 12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
October 14 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival*
October 16 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
* Festival

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Judas Priest & Deep Purple Co-Headlining Summer North American Tour Announced

Deep Purple and Judas Priest announce a North American summer co-headlining tour which will see them out across the United States and Canada kickking off in August. Dates for that trek include:

08/21 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
08/22 Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/24 Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
08/25 Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
08/27 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
08/29 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
08/30 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
09/01 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
09/02 Bethel Woods, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
09/05 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
09/06 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
09/08 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
09/09 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
09/11 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
09/12 Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
09/14 Atlanta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre
09/16 Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
09/18 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
09/20 Welch, MN – Treasure Island Casino
09/21 Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Council Bluffs
09/23 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
09/26 San Diego, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
09/27 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
09/29 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/30 Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre

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KISS Bassist Gene Simmons Announces Presidential Candidacy

Gene Simmons, the iconic bassist and vocalist of American rock legends KISS, has announced his intention to run for President of the United States Of America in 2020. Running as an independent candidate under the slogan, “I was made for running you,” the sixty eight year old musician is pledging greater focus on trade, the arts and a “unique” fiscal system, known as “Rockanomics.”

“America is at a crucial point in history,” Simmons stated at a press conference in Detroit, “I still believe it’s fine not to have a career politician in charge, they don’t know jack about the common man, however the image of America needs improving significantly. We need to show the world what kind of fun loving people we are, as well as proving our intelligence and business sense to the rest of the world. I believe I’m the man to do that, having demonstrated my business acumen, literary prowess and rock and roll attitude since the seventies… America, I was made for running you!”

Not much else is known about his policies right now but one issue already being discussed is whether or not Simmons will be eligible to run, as he was born in Israel. This is something also often brought up during the political career of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served to terms as governor of California. Under the proposed, “Demolition Man” legislature though, foreign born American citizens of great upstanding would be able to be elected President of the United States.

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Inquisition Dropped By Record Label, Season Of Mist

Black metal duo Inquisition has been dropped by French record company Season Of Mist, it was announced earlier today. No explanation has been given and the message on the Season Of Mist page simply read:

“Season of Mist are no longer working with Inquisition. There will be no further statement.”

Naturally, rumours are circulating as to why the company has dropped the band, originally from Colombia but now based in the United States of America, though Inquisition are no strangers to controversy, having had several concerts cancelled recently over allegations of Nazism, among other serious accusations. More information will be brought to you as soon as it becomes available.

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Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce Still “Incredibly Proud” Of Latest Album – Despite Considerable Sales Decline

The release of Asking Alexandria‘s new self-titled album this past December saw the band move around 22,000 sold units in the United States during its first week. Those sales were down considerably from that of the band’s previous album, “The Black“, which sold 30,000 units during its first week of availability. The band saw their commercial peak during the cycles of Reckless & Relentless and From Death To Destiny. The former moved 31,000 first-week units and debuted at No. 9, and the latter jumped to 41,000 units first-week and saw a No. 5 debut.

A report by Rockfeed.net predicting “… for Asking Alexandria, this may be the beginning of their downslope” caught the eye of the band’s guitarist Ben Bruce, who responded publicly with the following tweets:

So @BrianStormMusic used the term “disappointing first week sales” in regards to our new album, which I find laughable! When compared to bands on our “level” we actually outsold most! We sold thousands more than expected in a rapidly diminishing musical format!

— Ben Bruce (@benjaminbruce) January 2, 2018

We are beyond proud of our first weeks sales and our streams (how most people listen to music now) are stronger than ever before! We knew we would chart lower on billboard charts than if we waited to release in January due to Christmas sales being dominated by pop/rap

— Ben Bruce (@benjaminbruce) January 2, 2018

We wanted to release our album at the end of the year and end 2017 on a high! So reporting that we are disappointed is a gross inaccuracy! We are beyond excited, beyond proud and ready for the most incredible year of our career so far ????

— Ben Bruce (@benjaminbruce) January 2, 2018

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Melted Space Issues Track Listing And Cover Art For “Darkening Light” – Album Due In February Through Sensory Records

As Sensory Records prepares for the February release of Darkening Light, the latest full-length opus by French metal opera collective, Melted Space, the album’s track listing and cover art has been posted.

Darkening Light Track Listing:

1. The Void Before
2. Newborns
3. The Meaning of this Place
4. From the Beginning to the End
5. The Dawn of Man (I’m Alive!)
6. Trust in Me
7. Regrets
8. Man and Future
9. Missing Creed
10. Fallen World

Melted Space’s Darkening Light features very immersive artwork, perfectly reflecting the atmosphere of this new opus, centered on the creation of the world and the rejection of the gods by Man, created by Adrien Bousson. Darkening Light was recorded and mixed in France by François-Maxime Boutault and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New York, with additional contributions recorded abroad in Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Greece, and the United States between June and September 2017.

Darkening Light will see worldwide release through Laser’s Edge division Sensory Records, on February 16th, 2018. The album will be issued on all digital platforms, on CD, and with an extended double-LP pressing which features exclusive bonus material, which will be disclosed in the days ahead.

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