Metal Church Announces Co-Headlining U.S. Tour With Doro

West Coast metal veterans Metal Church has announced that they will be teaming up with German metal icon Doro Pesch for a co-headlining tour of the United States this Spring. Joining them on the trek will be Images Of Eden.

Says Doro: “We are doing a double headliner tour with our long time friends Metal Church. What a superb power package for all metal fans. I am so exited to hit the stage together with Metal Church and I am very sure that the fans in the United States will be as thrilled as we are.“

Metal Church frontman Mike Howe added, “I am excited to get out on the road and embrace our faithful fans again, and any new fans are welcome into the fold! I’m also looking forward to joining forces with legendary metal singer Doro Pesch!!”

The tour dates are as follows:

April 17 – Las Vegas, NV – Counts Vamp’d
April 18 – Anaheim, CA – The Parish @ House Of Blues
April 19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
April 20 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
April 23 – Lubbock, TX – Venue TBA (Metal Church, Images Of Eden only)
April 24 – Austin, TX – Venue TBA (Metal Church, Images Of Eden only)
April 25 – Houston, TX – Venue TBA (Metal Church, Images Of Eden only)
April 26 – San Antonio, TX – Venue TBA (Metal Church, Images Of Eden only)
April 27 – Dallas, TX – Venue TBA (Metal Church, Images Of Eden only)
April 28 – Oklahoma City, OK – Venue TBA (Metal Church, Images Of Eden only)
April 29 – St. Louis, MO – Venue TBA (Metal Church, Images Of Eden only)
May 1 – Indiainapolis, IN – Venue TBA (Metal Church, Images Of Eden only)
May 2 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
May 3 – Racine, WI – Route 20
May 4 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
May 5 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
May 7 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
May 8 – Reading, PA – Reverb
May 9 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
May 10 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
May 11 – New Bedford, MA – The Vault @ Greasy Luck

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Light The Torch July Headlining Dates Announced

Light The Torch announced a handful headlining dates to follow-up their summer tour with Gwar. Below’s where they will perform:

07/21 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub Concert Hall
07/23 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
07/24 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
07/26 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue

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Taake’s Entire U.S Tour Cancelled? – Appears This Tour Is Done…

Soon after learning that the San Diego, CA and Portland, OR dates of Taake’s planned North American tour have been cancelled Metal Insider took a closer look into every remaining show of the tour, and what was found out is this: all but two of the venue websites have either updated the show status to “cancelled” or removed the date completely. In other words: The results look as if the tour is a no-go.

See all details below:

3/24 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge – Cancelled

3/25 Boston, MA @ Middle East – moved to Once Ballroom, which now doesn’t appear on the venue’s calendar and songkick listed the event as cancelled.

3/26 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts – Removed from venue’s calendar.

3/27 Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage – Removed from venue’s calendar.

3/28 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater – Removed from venue’s calendar.

3/29 Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s – Removed from venue’s calendar

3/30 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge – Removed from venue’s calendar

3/31 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room – Removed from venue’s calendar.

4/01 Denver, CO @ Globe Hall – Removed from venue’s calendar.

4/03 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music (no King Dude) – Listed as cancelled.

4/05 Mesa, AZ @ Club Red – Removed from venue’s calendar.

4/06 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick – Listed as cancelled.

4/07 Los Angeles, CA @ 1720 – Not on venue’s calendar.

4/08 Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater – Listed as cancelled

4/09 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater – Listed as cancelled.

4/10 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon – Listed as “Off Sale”

4/11 Vancouver, BC @ Red Room – Removed from venue’s website.

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Amaranthe Announces North American “Maximalism” Tour Dates

Amaranthe is bringing new album “Maximalism” (reviewed here) to North America, just announcing a U.S. headline tour for 2017 with support from Failure Anthem, Citizen Zero, Cypher 16, and Smash Into Pieces.

Of the upcoming U.S. trek, guitarist Olof Mörck said: “It is with great excitement that we can now confirm the next leg of our Maximalism World Tour: North America! A year has passed since our last visit and we have been looking forward greatly to return!”

He continued, “Joining us on this trek will be very special guests Failure Anthem, along with special guests Citizen Zero, Cypher 16 and Smash Into Pieces for a full evening’s worth of cutting edge metal from both sides of the Atlantic! Prepare yourself as the juggernaut known as the Maximalism World Tour prepares to lay siege to YOUR city in early 2017. All shall march to the sound of Maximalism!”

2/10: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
2/11: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
2/12: San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
2/14: Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
2/15: Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
2/16: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
3/1: Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
3/2: Arlington Heights, IL @ Home Bar
3/3: Ft. Wayne, IN @ The Hub
3/4: Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
3/5: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
3/8: New York, NY @ Webster Hall – Marlin Room
3/9: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage

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Escape The Fate “Hate Me Tour 2015” Aftershock Live Music Venue Merriam, Ks

A line of all ages fans waited patiently outside the venue for a few hours of seeing Escape the Fate live on a warm Autumn day in Kansas. This post hardcore rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada were there to give their mostly young energetic audience a reason to go wild! Introducing new material from […]

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Cannibal Corpse Joined Onstage By Travis Ryan Of Cattle Decapitation At Orlando, FL Show

Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan joined Cannibal Corpse for the band’s all-time classic “A Skull Full Of Maggots” during the closing date of their recent tour at Venue 578, Orlando, FL.

Check it out now below.

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Extinction A.D. Releasing “Faithkiller” Album

Extinction A.D.’s debut full-length, “Faithkiller,” is set for an August 21st release on Good Fight Music. The Long Island, New York band features four ex-members of This Is Hell.

The sound is relentless, razor-sharp thrash metal, as evidenced in new song “Instruments of Death,” which can be heard in the video below. Extinction A.D. hits the road next week with From Autumn to Ashes, Hawthorne Heights, and Sleepwave. Dates are as follows:

6/18 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
6/20 – Kitchener, ON @ Wax
6/21 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
6/23 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s
6/24 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
6/26 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
6/27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
6/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
7/10 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
7/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
7/13 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
7/15 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
7/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
7/17 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
7/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre

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Pit Stories: Anything To Be At The Front Of The Show

The pit is where the action is, and that’s why every week we check in with metal bands from across the entire planet to get their most memorable Pit Stories.

Today Myles Yang from Metal Blade Records outfit Native Construct shares this story of showing up to a Between The Buried and Me show early, only to have another show goer try to pry him away from the front of the crowd:

About five years ago, I was at a Between the Buried and Me concert in North Carolina with some friends. We were huge fans, so we made sure to arrive at the venue several hours before the doors opened in order to secure spots at the very front row of the main floor, right up against the barricade between the stage and the audience.

The show was going great at first, and the crowd was becoming increasingly rowdy, as expected with music like BTBAM’s. There was the usual light pushing and scuffling, and people trying to weasel their way to the front of the crowd. One girl who was standing directly behind us, however, was absolutely hell-bent on getting our spot in the front.

This girl – I’ll just call her Lisa for now – started off with some unremarkable tugging on my arms and clothes in an attempt to pry me off the barricade. I did my best to ignore it and enjoy the show. As BTBAM’s set went on, Lisa became more and more determined, and her tactics escalated to clawing, pulling, and shoving with all her might to remove me from the front row. I wasn’t having it.

Eventually, Lisa’s boyfriend got involved. I was still trying to just focus on the show as much as possible at this point, but all of the sudden, I felt a sharp pain in the back of my left shoulder. I immediately turned my head to see what was happening behind me, and found myself staring directly into the crazed face of Lisa’s boyfriend, whose mouth was currently clamped down on my shoulder. He had bitten me. He was still biting me. It was as difficult to believe in that moment as it is now. As the reality of the magnitude of savagery I was dealing with in these people was sinking in, I managed to struggle out of the clutches of his blood-soaked jaw.

By this time, surrounding audience members had noticed that something abnormal was going on, and many people intervened and pulled Lisa and her boyfriend off of us. The venue security also got involved. Of course, they had no information about the nature of the conflict, and their job is to simply end any conflicts as swiftly as possible in order to keep everyone safe. So they understandably rounded up Lisa, her boyfriend, and myself, and began escorting us all the way back across the main floor and through the crowd, in order to eject us all from the venue. Needless to say, though, I was rather unhappy about having to miss the rest of the show due to the behavior of a couple of strangers.

But, to my great fortune, as I was passing through the center of the crowd with my respective security guard escort, Between the Buried and Me began their next song, “Augment of Rebirth.” If you’ve heard this tune, you know that it has a fairly intense start. The crowd instantly erupted into a rambunctious hurricane, and I was quickly separated from the security guard and lost in the dense and chaotic sea of people. There was no chance of security finding me again, and so I was able to see the rest of the show after all – from the pit.

Let us know if you’ve ever had to deal with overly aggressive fans at the front of the show through the comments section.

Native Construct signed to Metal Blade Records earlier this year and will release debut album “Quiet World” on April 21st. Check out a video playthrough off the album below.

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Cannibal Corpse Comments On Cancelled Russian Tour Dates

Cannibal Corpse recently completed a tour of Russia, a country the band has played previously many times with no issues. Unfortunately, as many Russian fans are already aware, this tour did not go as planned. Cannibal Corpse has released a statement, which can be read below.

“As you all are certainly aware by now, our concerts in Ufa, Moscow, and St. Petersburg were cancelled. We were present in these cities and ready to perform each of these shows but were not permitted to.

“In Ufa the power was turned off shortly before the show (we were told because the venue was late on rent), and in Moscow and St. Petersburg we were told that we did not have the correct visas and that if we attempted to perform the concert would be stopped by police and we would be detained and deported (prior to the tour we had been told that we did have the correct visas and that all of our paperwork was in order).

“Our show in Nizhny Novgorod also had problems. In that city we performed half of our set before being stopped by police. We were told the police needed to search the venue for drugs and that the show had to be terminated.

“These are the reasons for the cancellations as far as we have been told. On the brighter side, we had a fantastic time performing in Krasnodar, Samara, Chelyabinsk, and Yekaterinburg. We were able to play our full set in all four of those cities.

“We came to Russia excited and prepared to play all of the scheduled concerts, and we apologize that we were not able to do so. It was beyond our control. We are extremely disappointed. We have played in Russia many times and we love our Russian fans. Hopefully someday the situation for us in Russia will be different and we will be able to return.”

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Wolves At The Gate Announces “The Rise Up Tour” With For All Those Sleeping

Wolves at the Gate will be hitting the road with A Skylit Drive, For All Those Sleeping, I the Mighty, and PVRIS this coming September on “The Rise Up Tour.” Dates are as follows:

Sep 20 Boardwalk Sacramento, CA
Sep 21 Chain Reaction Anaheim, CA
Sep 22 The Roxy Los Angeles, CA
Sep 23 Basement Phoenix, AZ
Sep 24 Blackwater Music Albuquerque, NM
Sep 26 Aftershock Merriam, KS
Sep 27 The Garage Minneapolis, MN
Sep 28 Reggies Chicago, IL
Sep 29 Thompson House Newport, KY
Sep 30 Peabodys Cleveland, OH
Oct 02 The Palladium Worcester, MA
Oct 08 The Social Orlando, FL
Oct 09 Roc Bar Jacksonville, FL
Oct 10 American Legion Pensacola, FL
Oct 12 House of Rock Corpus Christi, TX
Oct 17 Marquis Theatre Denver, CO
Oct 18 In the Venue Salt Lake City, UT

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