January 2016


My Little Pony's Friendship Is Magic television series will be hitting it's sixth season installment this Spring! Thus the plot this time around will revolve Equestria itself, exploring it of course! Going to far away places once more, while re-visiting some old places too! Besides that the Princess and Prince of the Crystal Empire have been expecting a foal and she will be arriving this season! The new foal is Princess Flurry Heart! Check out an exclusive clip and photos right HERE.


Los Angeles rockers VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE have just announced that they will be joining Filter, Orgy, and Death Valley High on an upcoming North American tour.  The “Make America Hate Again” tour kicks off in San Francisco, CA on April 13 and will span across the US, with two Canadian dates, and circle back to the West Coast, wrapping up on May 12 in Los Angeles, CA. A full list of dates can be seen below.

Vocalist Michael Orlando adds, “Excited to be apart of Filter’s continued saga!! They have written some of my favorite jams over the years and excited to see what they have cooked up for this tour. We have also been on the road with Orgy, and was some of my favorite times..  This tour is probably going to be nuts, and I'm stoked to be a part of it!”

TOUR DATES:

4/13 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
4/15- Portland, OR - Dante’s
4/16 - Vancouver, AB - Venue
4/17 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
4/20 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights
4/21 - Arlington Heights, IL - Home Bar
4/22 - Cleveland, OH - Agora
4/23 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
4/24 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
4/26 - Philadelphia, PA - The TLA
4/27 - Boston, MA - The Middle East
4/28 - Amityville, NY - Revolution Music Hall
4/29 - Virginia Beach, VA - Shaka’s (*)
5/1 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Hall
5/3 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
5/4 - Washington, DC - Howard Theater
5/5 - Knoxville, TN - The International
5/7 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theater
5/8 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
5/10 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
5/11 - San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theater
5/12 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
5/13 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
5/14 - Omaha, NE - Bourbon Theatre
5/15 - Denver, CO - Herman’s Hideaway
5/17 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee
5/18 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
5/19 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
5/20 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse
5/12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy

* indicates Filter, Vampires Everywhere, Death Valley High only


Sevendust will be going on their first U.S. headlining tour with support coming from Trivium and Like A Storm. The tour kicks off on April 26th in Baton Rouge, LA and wraps up on May 28th at the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, OK. The tour will make stops in Atlanta, GA; New York, NY; Baltimore, MD; and Reading, PA to name a few. Sevendust will also be making stops at multiple festivals while out on the road including Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock On The Range and Rock Derby.

Sevendust has been known for their amazing live shows as radio personality Lou Brutus recently stated: “The next time you see SEVENDUST perform at a festival, don’t watch them, watch the side of the stage, because you can bet every other band on the bill will be there taking notes & wondering how they got so fucking good.”

“We can’t wait to embark on our first Kill The Flaw headline tour of the States! Looking forward to jamming with our brothers in Trivium and Like A Storm for the first time as well. Can’t wait to see you all on the road!” exclaims Sevendust vocalist Lajon Witherspoon.

TOUR DATES:

Apr. 26 - Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theatre
Apr. 27 - Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
Apr. 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Apr. 30 - Fort Myers, FL @ Fort Rock
May 01 - Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
May 03 - New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
May 05 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
May 07 - Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
May 08 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
May 13 - Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
May 15 - Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion
May 17 - Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
May 18 - Arlington Heights, IL @ Home Bar
May 20 - Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range
May 21 - Reading, PA @ Reverb
May 22 - Albany, NY @ Rock Derby
May 24 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
May 25 - Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
May 27 - Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse
May 28 - Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma


Requiem has announced it's disbandment due to the frontman vocalist Steven Juliano retiring from music, giving the following message upon his personal Facebook page -

"How do I go about writing the toughest post in my entire life?

I knew this day would come. As all things in life, everything must come to an end sometime. Yet, you never really know when that moment will hit you. Sometimes it's like some old ache in your knees, and you feel it coming for years and years, and other times it suddenly just hits you; like being sucker punched in the back of the head.

For me, it was some fat boxer named, "Time".

I would rather not do some profound, long gobbledygook tale of my life. Most of you well know I've been singing since I was eight years old doing musical theater. And for the past twenty years of my life, I have been doing this "band thing". Well, the time has come to close that door for good. Not just spouting rubbish, like I am no longer doing Requiem. No, there is more to it.

I am completely retiring from music.

It feels strange saying that since I'm not "that" old, although old-age is figurative, depending on who you ask. Huh, go figure.

I lived out my dreams. Saw the world. Met so many amazing people that it honestly still blows my noggin. I look back on what I did with what I had, and can't believe it all really happened... and it all flew by like some big, epic blur. Music was life. And I am grateful for the retrospection.

I am now starting a new chapter as a professional writer. As a regular guy with a regular job who looks very regular if you saw him walk past you. You probably wouldn't think twice he is so... regular. But the memories will always be there swirling inside my dome. Oh, you can never forget this kind of stuff... no-sir-reeeee!

And what a wonderful dream it all was. I still pinch myself. Yup, it was real alright.

Holy moly was it real.

Love,
Steven Juliano

Thank you: Monsta Zero, Fall Out, The Silence, I Am Ghost, Requiem for the Dead, and Requiem"


Issues have announced a headlining tour as a part of the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour with support from Crown The Empire, One Ok Rock, and Night Verses. Check out the list of dates below.

TOUR DATES:

MAR 20 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
MAR 22 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
MAR 23 Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel
MAR 24 Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
MAR 26 San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre
MAR 27 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
MAR 28 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
MAR 29 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
MAR 31 Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
APR 01 St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
APR 02 Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National Centre
APR 03 Knoxville, TN @ The International
APR 05 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
APR 06 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
APR 08 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
APR 09 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
APR 11 New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza
APR 12 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
APR 13 Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
APR 15 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
APR 16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
APR 17 Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
APR 18 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues


Luxor Record's metal band Cry Excess has released a new video for their latest single, "Unto Death". The single comes from their 2015 full length release, Ambition Is The Shit which showcases the outfit's new unique metal and rock sound.

"This is our favorite song of the album. We truly believe it fully represents ourselves an it's the visceral connection between us all. We'd like to inspire people to listen to the inward voice and do whatever makes them feel special or unique. Unto Death is a clarion call to those who insist on bettering themselves and their loved ones and their life." - Cry Excess

Check out the video right HERE.


Crunkcore duo, brokeNCYDE has announced that they will be hitting the road on a headlining run called the, "They Hate Us Cuz They Ain't Us" tour alongside Justina Valentine and Challenger.
Beginning March 3rd in Tulsa, Oklahoma, brokeNCYDE and company will travel much of the south and east coast while making it's way to the midwest, ending Lacrosse, Wisconsin on April 2nd.

Mikl Shea commented on the upcoming tour saying, "Brokencyde is finally off of their hiatus & hitting the road while dropping the new full length album! It's going to be Mikl Shea & Seven killing the stage with Justina Valentine & Challenger! It's been many years coming but we are stronger and more ready then ever to give our fans the best show of their lives! Be sure to come out to one of the shows when it hits your city! Brokencyde Will Never Die!"

TOUR DATES:

3/3/16 Tulsa, OK - Vanguard
3/4/16 Dallas, TX - Prophet Bar
3/5/16 San Antonio, TX - Jacks Bar
3/6/16 Houston, TX - Walters
3/7/16 Hattiesburg, MS - Marlins
3/8/16 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
3/9/16 Tampa, FL- Brass Mug
3/10/16 Margate FL- O'Malleys
3/11/16 Orlando, FL- Backbooth
3/12/16 Jacksonville, FL- Jack Rabbits
3/13/16 West Columbia, SC - New Brookland Taver
3/14/16 Murrells Inlet, SC - Rockin Hard Saloon
3/15/16 Virginia Beach, VA - Shakas
3/16/16 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
3/18/16 Philadelphia, PA - Voltage Lounge
3/20/16 Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
3/21/16 Boston, MA - Middle East
3/23/16 Syracuse, NY - Water Street Music
3/24/16 Buffalo, NY - Broadway Joes
3/25/16 Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dees
3/26/16 Kittanning, PA - Club Radioactive
3/27/16 Columbus, OH - Skullys
3/28/16 Kent, OH - The Outpost
3/29/16 St. Louis, MO - Ciceros
3/30/16 Valaparaiso, IN - Big Shots
3/31/16 Chicago, IL - The Wire
4/1/16 Minneapolis, MN - The Pourhouse
4/2/16 Lacrosse, WI - Warehouse


BabyMetal have announced further dates for their world tour taking place for this year 2016! Check out where they will be headed from the list of dates below!

TOUR DATES:

04/02 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena
05/04 – New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
05/05 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
05/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
05/08 – Concord, NC @ Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion
05/10 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
05/11 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
05/13 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
05/14 – Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion Festival
07/12 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
07/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
07/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern


Round 2 Records is proud to announce the inaugural tour of Round 2 Live and Loud featuring "The Veer Union, Bobaflex, Artifas, and Bridge to Grace". The tour kicks off on February 18th in San Diego, California and concludes on March 27th in Crest Hill, Illinois. This marks the first of a series of Round 2 Live and Loud tours brought to you by Round 2 Records.

The tour will be coast to coast with dates listed below. Tickets are now available! Links and further venue information will be added to http://www.round2liveandloud.com.

“Round 2 Live and Loud Tour is a concert series that is launching top notch, hard rock bands across the U.S. and will leave fans with a whole new appreciation and experience of the live music scene” says Scott LeBlanc (Artist Development at Round 2 Records).

TOUR DATES:

2-18 San Diego CA - Brick by Brick
2-19 Phoenix AZ - Last Exit Live
2-20 Flagstaff AZ - The Green Room
2-23 Las Cruces NM - TBA
2-25 San Antonio TX - Fitzgeralds
2-26 Abeline TX - Legends Rock House
2-27 Tyler Tx - Clicks Live
2-28 San Leon Tx - 18th Street Pier
3-2 Slidell LA - The Corner Pub
3-4 Clarksville TN - The Warehouse
3-5 Madison AL - 11th Frame
3-6 JACKSON TN - The Empourium
3-9 Tallahassee FL - Pugs Live
3-10 Charlotte NC - Amos Southend
3-11 Anderson SC - TJ Whispers
3-12 Fayetteville NC - The Rock Shop
3-13 Greensboro NC - Blind Tiger
3-16 Charleston WV - TBA
3-17 Morgantown WV - TBA
3-19 Hagarstown MD - Hard Times Cafe
3-25 Kent OH - The Outpost
3-26 Southbend IN - TBA
3-27 Crest Hill IL - Bada Brew


Sheffield's (UK) rock outfit Inherit The Stars are back with another dose of their trademark sound, that strives to push the boundaries of modern post-hardcore.

Announcing the release of their latest single and video release for 'Fortune Favours The Brave', the track is their first release of 2016 and again guided by the sonic wizardry of esteemed producer Jim Pinder (Rise To Remain/Fightstar/While She Sleeps).

With their acclaimed 2014 sophomore EP release 'Beyond The Beacons' capturing the support of Kerrang! Radio, Rock Sound & Big Cheese Magazine etc in the UK, Inherit The Stars spent a productive 2015 embarking on British tours, festival appearances and opening for heavyweights such as Funeral For A Friend and We Are The Ocean.

Having welcomed new member Marc Wragg (Drums) to the long standing team of Daniel Jeffery (Vox), Chris Brayshaw (Guitar) and Lewis Wild (Bass), Inherit The Stars continue to raise the bands live profile under the wing of City Music Agency. You can purchase the new song HERE.

Check out the new song and video right HERE.







nTTx's debut album 'Objective' set to release on April 8, 2016 on WTII Records LLC,  in both digital and physical formats. The EP contains four original tracks along with remixes by Caustic, Stars Crusaders, and Kiss Is Kill.


nTTx made his debut with the independent release of the single, 'Falls Beautiful' back in May.  The single contained the title track and a Depeche Mode cover as a b-side.  ‘Falls Beautiful’ was an instant hit and a quickly climbed to the top of the German Electronic Webchart (GEWC), spending 4 weeks in the top 15.    The song also received critical acclaim from the press with descriptions like "master work" and "features slightly reminiscent of Nitzer Ebb or Spetsnaz mixed with groups like Depeche Mode".


The metalcore quintet It Lies Within has announced they will be hitting the road next month with Victory Records band Kissing Candice. The "Chillin' and Killin' Tour" presented by I Need Merch.

“We have worked so hard to spread our message to the masses," says vocalist Zachary Scott. "To think we would have this much support to hit the Billboard Charts blows my mind. This is only the beginning for It Lies Within. There is a sense of new life in this group and it’s exciting to see what the future holds. The Chillin and Killin tour will showcase most of our new album PARAMOUNT and we are more than stoked to share the road with Kissing Candice. It’s really cool to see the Victory and Luxor Records bands collaborating since the distro merger.“

TOUR DATES:

2/24/2016 New Albany, IN @ New Albany Production House
2/25/2016 Lansing, MI @ The Loft
2/26/2016 Chesterfield, MI @ Diesel Concert Lounge
2/27/2016 Warren, MI @ The Ritz
2/28/2016 Peoria, IL @ Rail II
2/29/2016 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
3/1/2016 Joliet, IL @ Bada Brew
3/2/2016 Murray, KY @ Main Street Youth Center
3/3/2016 Fayetteville, AR @ Nomads
3/4/2016 Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
3/5/2016 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
3/6/2016 San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
3/9/2016 Panama City, FL @ TBA
3/10/2016 Tallahassee, FL @ Side Bar Theatre
3/11/2016 Augusta, GA @ Iron Heights
3/12/2016 Hickory, NC @ The Wizard
3/13/2016 Columbus, OH @ Somewhere Else Bar


Swedish metal kings Amon Amarth will unleash their 10th studio album, Jomsviking, via Metal Blade Records (North America)/Sony Music (International)! Jomsviking - the band's first concept record in their storied career - tells a tragic tale of love and revenge, backed by the Swedes' trademark melodic, anthemic metal, which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept) and also features special guest session drummer Tobias Gustafsson (Vomitory). The epic original story is set in the world of the Jomsvikings, the legendary order of mercenary Vikings.

As front-man Johan Hegg explains: "The Jomsvikings were a shadowy and legendary sect of Viking mercenaries, as shrouded in myth now as they were when they fought across Europe and the Middle East. Ruthless and deadly warriors who fought for the highest bidder, their code was simple: Show no fear. Never retreat. Defend your brothers, and when called upon, avenge their deaths. I felt we were finally ready to use their story as the jumping off point for an Amon Amarth album. The Jomsvikings and their world is the background for the story of a young man that is in love with a girl but unfortunately she's being married off. He accidentally kills a man when this happens and he has to flee - but he swears to have revenge and win her back. He can't let go of the past. He feels that he's been wronged and his life has been destroyed. The way the story evolves is not a happy story."

By far their most ambitious project to date, Jomsviking is available for pre-order in various formats now at ‪amonamarth.com.

TRACKLISTING:

 1. First Kill
 2. Wanderer
 3. On A Sea Of Blood
 4. One Against All
 5. Raise Your Horns
 6. The Way Of Vikings
 7. At Dawn's First Light
 8. One Thousand Burning Arrows
 9. Vengeance Is My Name (bonus track - for digibook, digital, LP, and viking ship editions)
 10. A Dream That Cannot Be (Featuring Doro Pesch)
 11. Back On Northern Shores

Johan Hegg will be spinning "First Kill" and his own playlist at two public appearances in New York City and Los Angeles: the NYC event will be held at St. Vitus Bar on Feb. 2nd at 9PM, while the LA event will be held at Grill 'Em All on Feb. 9th at 5PM.


Amon Amarth has announced a headlining tour with support coming from Exmortus and Entombed. Check out the list of dates below.

TOUR DATES:

4/7 San Diego, CA - House of Blues #
4/8 Phoenix, AZ - The Pressroom #
4/9 El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls #
4/10 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater #
4/12 Dallas, TX - House of Blues #
4/13 San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theater #
4/15 Houston, TX - House of Blues #
4/16 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues #
4/17 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle #
4/18 Tampa, FL - The Ritz #
4/20 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore #
4/21 Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore #
4/22 New York, NY - PlayStation Theatre #
4/23 Boston, MA - House of Blues #
4/25 Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall #
4/26 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground #
4/28 Quebec City, QC - Imperial #
4/29 Montreal, QC - Metropolis #
4/30 Toronto, ON - The Danforth #
5/1 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues #
5/2 Detroit, MI - St. Andrews #
5/4 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant #
5/5 Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theatre #
5/6 Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theater #
5/7 Denver, CO - The Ogden Theater #
5/9 Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium #
5/10 Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater #
5/12 Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick #
5/13 Saskatoon, SK - O’Brian’s Event Centre #
5/14 Calgary, AB - MacEwan Ballroom #
5/16 Vancouver,BC - The Commodore #
5/17 Seattle, WA - Showbox Market #
5/18 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater #
5/20 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield #
5/21 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern Theater #

#RIDEFORTH


As X JAPAN lay down tracks in a Los Angeles studio for their as-yet-untitled album, Japan’s most iconic rock band have announced that the world premiere of the new documentary film from Passion Pictures--‘WE ARE X’--will take place this week at the Sundance Film Festival. ‘WE ARE X’ explores the evolution, groundbreaking history and hopeful future of the land of the rising sun’s most legendary rock group. X JAPAN have sold 30 million singles and albums combined and continue to tour the world performing sold-out shows to massive arenas in 16 countries throughout the U.S. and Europe.

On Friday, January 22 at 9pm, YOSHIKI--songwriter, drummer, classically-trained pianist and the creative force of X JAPAN--will perform live with a string quartet for the first-ever Sundance Festival Base Camp party, presented by Canada Goose. YOSHIKI will headline the Festival Base Camp, a new outdoor venue located at Swede Alley, behind Main Street. Other artists confirmed to perform include Dan Deacon, Flying Lotus and Neon Indian.

“It’s overwhelming to see the full documentary ‘WE ARE X,’ says Yoshiki of X JAPAN. Stephen Kijak and John Battsek opened doors, which I shut and never intended to re-open.  I didn’t realize that on the other side, dark memories could co-exist with a meaningful future. Audiences will be a witness to our history and future."

Saturday, January 23 will mark the world premiere of ‘WE ARE X’ in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at Prospector Square Theater in Park City at 2:30pm. YOSHIKI and the film team will be on hand for the red carpet at 2:00pm and a Q&A after the premiere. ‘WE ARE X’ was created by the production team behind the Academy Award- winning film Searching For Sugarman: producer John Battsek (Passion Pictures) alongside renowned director Stephen Kijak (Stones In Exile and Scott Walker: 30 Century Man-- (executive produced by David Bowie). From X JAPAN’s massive success (over 30 million albums, singles and videos sold) and sold-out tours worldwide, ‘WE ARE X’ chronicles the triumphs and tragedies of this legendary quintet who will never give up. On Sunday, January 24, YOSHIKI will perform live at the ASCAP CAFÉ at Sundance at 4:00pm. For the full Sundance 2016 schedule for performances and screenings of ‘WE ARE X,’ see the grid below.

X JAPAN initially split up in 1997 after playing their fifth New Year’s Eve show at the 55,000-capacity Tokyo Dome; they have now sold out the Tokyo Dome a record 18 times. The group reformed in 2007 and have released three singles: “I.V.” in 2008, “Jade” in 2011 and “Born To Be Free” in late 2015. They’ve been touring worldwide ever since--and in October 2014, the group performed their debut Madison Square Garden show in New York before announcing the new album and ‘WE ARE X’ film releases slated for 2016.

X JAPAN is: YOSHIKI (drums/piano/composer), TOSHI (vocals), PATA (guitar), HEATH (bass), SUGIZO (violin/guitar) alongside their fallen brothers HIDE (guitars, 1987-1997) and TAIJI (1986-1992).

Catch YOSHIKI of X JAPAN’s performances and the ‘WE ARE X’ screenings at Sundance 2016:

YOSHIKI Performance at Sundance Festival Base Camp
1/22 - Sundance-Park City, UT - Outdoor Venue (Swede Alley, behind Main Street) 9:00PM
We Are X World Premiere
1/23 - Sundance-Park City, UT - Prospector Square Theatre 2:30PM
We Are X Press and Industry Screening
1/24 - Sundance-Park City, UT - Holiday Village Cinema 2 9:00AM
YOSHIKI Performance
1/24 - Sundance-Park City, UT - ASCAP CAFÉ (Rich Haines Gallery) 4:00 PM
We Are X Public Screenings
1/24 - Sundance-Park City, UT - Tower Theatre 6:00PM
1/26 - Sundance-Park City, UT - Redstone Cinema 10:00PM
1/28 - Sundance-Park City, UT - Yarrow Hotel Theatre 9:00AM
1/29 - Sundance-Park City, UT - Holiday Village Cinema 2 9:15PM

Listen, watch and share the “Born To Be Free” video, streaming here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zggyy_qxbrY.

Watch X JAPAN in concert here: https://www.youtube.com/user/XJAPANpodcast.


A new project from members of various projects has come together to form heavy metal act Outerburst. Who have been hard at work writing and recording for their first mini album titled "Phase A: Kaishi" this mini in short an EP captures the essence that is this project. They are a heavy metal act, playing heavy metal music at its most possible fashion. The sound isn't half bad, having the instruments be crafty and creative, while the vocals chime in to bring it together as a whole. Each of the tracks on this release is quite good, for instance "Nightmare" and The Crows", these two song selections are the ones that stand out the most when it comes to this release. The rest of the material isn't that far off but these songs just make it more interesting. In close, Outerburst has something to start off with, that will surly lead into further material, that will be just as interesting as this release ended up being, if not better perhaps?


Fans of all-girl Japanese rock group BAND-MAID showered drummer Akane with piles of drumsticks last month, delivered from several countries around the world in support of her recent injury which stopped her from touring to support the band’s latest CD, New Beginning. After 2 months of reduced activities, Akane posted a photo this week to her Twitter account with some of her favorite sticks, which were autographed with get-well messages from her fans.

Akane serves as BAND-MAID’s leader, and her absence from performing during the release tour took a tough emotional toll on the dedicated performer, who can be seen below practicing drums by covering Maximum The Hormone’s “Benjo Sandal Dance”.

VIDEO:

https://youtu.be/WZMbd7WGVhg

Akane's message to fans: “I took a break from drums for 2 months because of the injury. I received many sticks with warm, encouraging messages from my masters overseas! Your words uplifted me and I was able to push through! Thank you so much!” (Translated from Japanese) https://twitter.com/achi_bandmaid/status/688019609925058560


UNEARTH will soon head out on the "Fury Tour" as their relentless taste for the road never ceases to exist. RINGWORM, CULTURE KILLER will ride along for the full length of the tour while FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY and REFLECTIONS will split the tour. GREAT AMERICAN GHOST and HOLLOW EARTH will also support on select dates. "The Fury line up is one of the most stacked bills we've ever taken out and we are pumped to headline year one of the tour," says vocalist Trevor Phipps. "This is our first coast to coast American run in support of our latest album and we are looking forward to playing some different songs for everyone. See you all out there soon. "

TOUR DATES:

3/18 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
3/19 - Toronto, CAN - Rockpile WEst
3/20 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch
3/21 - Valparaiso, IN - Big Shots
3/22 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
3/23 - Spring Lake Park, MN - POV's
3/24 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground
3/25 - Fort Collins, CO - Hodi's Half Note
3/26 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Bar
3/28 - Reno, NV - PB&J's
3/29 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Club
3/31 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Globos
4/1 - Upland, CA - Grizzly Den
4/2 - Mesa, AZ - Nice Half House
4/3 - Flagstaff, AZ - The Green Room
4/4 - Grand Junction, CO - Independence Ballroom
4/5 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
4/6 - CO Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
4/7 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
4/8 - OK City, OK - 89th Street Collective
4/9 - Austin, TX - Empire Control Room
4/10 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
4/11 - Biloxi, MS - Kress Live
4/12 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
4/13 - Fayetteville, NC - Drunken Horse Pub
4/14 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
4/15 - New York, NY - Santos Party House


Resurgent So Cal metalcore specialists ATREYU have announced a headline tour. These are the first in a slew of tour dates that will keep them on the road for much of 2016. They will embark on a headline trek this winter and spring, with Devil You Know in tow.

TOUR DATES:

3/4: Bakersfield @ The Gate
3/5: San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North
3/6: Costa Mesa, CA @ Orange County Fairgrounds
3/7: Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
3/8: Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
3/10: Ft. Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
3/11: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
3/12: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
3/13: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/14: Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
3/16: San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
3/17: Lubbock, TX @ Depot Patio
3/18: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
3/19: Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Amphitheater - 98KUPD Presents UFEST 2016*

*Festival Date


Nervosa will be coming to the U.S. hitting the West Coast during the months of February through March. In doing this, they have launched a crowd funding campaign by Go Fund Me, to help them pay for touring expenses, international flights, gas and transport costs, etc. They have posted the following message in regards to this campaign;

"This Crowdfunding is to pay for some of the tour expenses. The tour will start at the beginning of February and will continue til mid March.

We are in need of covering the international flights, gas and transport costs, as the promoters can't help us with this part unfortunately.

We set a small goal, which would help us buy a cheap van to travel during these 2 months of tour. Whatever more we can get it will be used to pay for the flights (900 USD per flight), gas, parking, and so on.

We are offering some little perks:

Stickers: $5 + delivery
Photo Signed by all members: $10 + delivery
Poster Signed by all members: $20 + delivery

Special items:
Dinner with the band: $200
Location Davis, CA
Only 6 available

Personalized Video with acknowledgement & greetings: $100

Please get in touch with the receipt of your donation so that we can provide your perk!

To give you a quote of delivery we need your full address including your zip code/postal code.

We can't wait to meet you on the road! Tickets will be on sale soon!"

Check out the crowd funding campaign page right HERE.

TOUR DATES:


2/9: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
2/10: Portland, OR @ The Panic Room
2/11: Ashland, OR @ Club 66
2/12: Bend, OR @ The Shop
2/13: Red Bluff, CA @ Ophidian Studios
2/14: Chico, CA @ TBA
2/15: San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
2/17: San Jose, CA @ Caravan Lounge
2/20: Los Angeles, CA @ American Legion
2/21: Riverside, CA @ Clash City Station
2/22: Long Beach, CA @ Black Light District
2/24: Laguna Niguel, CA @ Karman Bar
2/25: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
2/26: Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
2/27: Las Vegas, NV @ Kracker Boxx
2/28: Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
2/29: Flagstaff, AZ @ Green Room
3/1: Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern
3/2: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
3/3: Las Cruces, NM @ The Warehouse Bar
3/4: San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
3/5: Corpus Christi, TX @ Boozers Bar
3/6: Harlingen, TX @ Hop Shop
3/8: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
3/9: Dallas, TX @ Tomcat's West
3/10: Memphis, TN @ Murphy's

IF (*) is on the date then the band is open for booking!
For booking email mentalizerprod@gmail.com

Promoters interested in adding more gigs please get in touch! info@famenterprises.com
The band is available til mid March.


Metalcore band Trace Your Steps has released a video for their track "Animal (Creature Of Habit)" from their upcoming album Beating Hearts and Uncertainty which is due out this Spring. The video was directed by Anthony Lopardo at Slate Media while the song was produced by Ian Schneider & Andover Studios, and mixed and mastered by Westfall Studios. Check it out right HERE.


France's It Came From Beneath got their start in 2010, releasing their debut EP, first LP and follow-up EP "The Last Sun". It consists of 5-tracks that blends together metalcore, deathcore, and hardcore, all of the core aspects, into one, to create It Came From Beneath's sound and style. Opening things up is the title track "The Last Sun", which brings out their abilities quite well. The next set of tracks does the same including a cover song of Iggy Azalea's song "Work", does the trick, while other tracks done by these guys like "Broken End" recaptures their heaviness with source of styling. Like the instruments and vocal chords, really work well together, having various riffs, breakdowns, just downright heavy duty rawness that keeps the music flowing. Surly these guys follow along the lines of other such acts as Oceano, Thy Art Is Murder and even Fit For An Autopsy.


Just one month after the release of their alternate-future album Showa 90, URBANGARDE members have revealed even more artistic projects for the start of 2016.

URBANGARDE vocalist Yoko Hamasaki will release her first book of prose titled Bara Iro No Jinsei (“Rose-Colored Life”) on February 23, 2016. The book will collect her essays from Tokyo’s Rooftop magazine, with topics of her personal past from her youth leading to her experiences with URBANGARDE.

Yoko speaks candidly in 40 essays, some written specifically for this edition, about her love for classical ballet, her childhood belief in Santa Claus, traumas from her personal life, and her fascination with mysteries and ghosts. Bara Iro No Jinsei will also chronicle the history of URBANGARDE from her unique point of view and a selection of exclusive photos.

URBANGARDE’s co-vocalist Temma Matsunaga recently starred in an episode of NHK BS Premium’s Edogawa Rampo Tanpenshu, an anthology series featuring the works of noted Japanese mystery writer Edogawa Rampo. Temma stars alongside Hikari Mitsushima (Gomen ne Seishun!, Moteki, Woman) in a story about a bookstore murder. Temma recently released his own book, Jisatsushatachi (“Selfie People”), a compilation of short stories, essays, and poems about the dark sides of modern life in Tokyo.

URBANGARDE is currently touring Japan in support of Showa 90, with stops in all major cities planned through May 2016.


Sumerian Records marks its 10 year anniversary with a four week tour, dubbed the Sumerian 10 Year Tour, featuring five of the Los Angeles labels’ bands: Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, After The Burial, ERRA and Bad Omens.

“Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya and After The Burial have all played a crucial role in the new wave of progressive, heavy music and in the pedigree of Sumerian,” said label founder, Ash Avildsen.  “They are some of the most genuine, hard-working and talented musicians I have had the privilege to work with. I vividly remember first seeing all three of them play together at a tiny legion hall in a small Illinois town when Sumerian was less than a year old and they were all unsigned. I can proudly say that without Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya and After The Burial together on the label, Sumerian would not have become the entity it is today. I am honored to have this Midwest menagerie carrying the 10 Year Tour and excited for our newcomers ERRA and Bad Omens.  Thank you to all of the fans who support the bands and the music. Without you, none of this would be possible. See you in the pit.”

TOUR DATES:

February 19  Minneapolis, MN  Skyway Theatre
February 20  Chicago, IL  The Bottom Lounge
February 21  Millvale, PA  Mr. Small’s Theatre
February 22  Indianapolis, IN  The Emerson Theater
February 23  Pontiac, MI  The Crofoot Ballroom
February 24  Cleveland, OH  Agora Theatre
February 25  Philadelphia, PA  Union Transfer
February 26  Worcester, MA  The Palladium
February 27  New York, NY  The Gramercy Theatre
February 28  Baltimore, MD  Baltimore Sound Stage
February 29  Greensboro, NC  Greene Street Club
March 2  Tampa, FL  The Orpheum
March 4  San Antonio, TX  Korova
March 5  Houston, TX  Walters Downtown
March 6  Austin, TX  Dirty Dog Bar
March 7  El Paso, TX  Tricky Falls
March 8  Mesa, AZ  Nile Theater
March 9  Hollywood, CA  The Roxy Theatre
March 10  Sacramento, CA  Ace of Spades
March 12  San Diego, CA  Soma
March 13  Pomona, CA  The Glasshouse
March 16  Denver, CO  The Summit Music Hall
March 17  Lawrence, KS  Granada Theater
March 18  St. Louis, MO  Fubar


Los Angeles rockers VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE have teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting to premiere their newest single, a haunting cover of Hozier’s breakout hit “Take Me To Church,” featuring CHELSEA GRIN’s Alex Koehler.  This is the second piece of new music to be revealed off of the band’s forthcoming full-length, ‘Ritual’ which will see a release date of March 18, 2016.

Vocalist Michael Orlando explains, “The first time I heard Hozier sing ‘Take Me To Church’ I knew I had to cover it! I also knew I needed one of my homies to collab with me. The first person that came to mind was Alex Koehler (Chelsea Grin), he's one of my best friends and his scream is evil as fuck. I've been wanting to collab with him for years and I'm beyond excited with the outcome. The lyrics to this song are amazing and I'm thankful I was able to put my spin on it.”

The forthcoming album ‘Ritual’ was produced by Matt Good [From First To Last, DRUGS], mixed by David Bendeth [Bring Me The Horizon, Paramore], and will serve as the follow up to 2012’s ‘Hellbound and Heartless.’ The full tracklist and artwork for ‘Ritual’ can be seen below.

Listen to the Vampires Everywhere rendition of “Take Me To Church” here: http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3377111/vampires-everywhere-chelsea-grin-cover-hoziers-take-me-to-church-exclusive.

TRACKLISTING:

1. Ritual
2. Perfect Lie
3. Violent World
4. Black Betty
5. Take Me To Church (ft. Alex Koehler of Chelsea Grin)
6. The Ghost Inside My Head
7. Truth In You
8. The Demon Inside Me
9. 9 Lives
10. American Nightmare


Killswitch Engage will embark on a North American headline tour that times up with the release date. KsE will be joined by Memphis May Fire and 36 Crazyfists for the trek, with an opening act to be named shortly. The tour runs from March 16th in San Antonio, TX to April 24th near Charleston, SC.

TOUR DATES:

2/11 Las Vegas, NV | Hard Rock Cafe (Radio Contraband Convention)*
 3/16 San Antonio, TX | The Aztec Theater
 3/18 Dallas, TX | House of Blues
 3/19 Kansas City, MO | Uptown Theater
 3/21 Nashville, TN | Marathon Music Works
 3/23 Indianapolis, IN | Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre
 3/24 Clive, IA | 7 Flags
 3/25 Minneapolis, MN | Skyway Theatre
 3/26 Milwaukee, WI | The Rave
 3/28 Lincoln, NE | Bourbon Theatre
 3/30 Salt Lake City, UT | The Complex
 4/1 Seattle, WA | Showbox SODO
 4/2 Spokane, WA | Knitting Factory Concert House
 4/3 Vancouver, BC | Vogue Theatre
 4/4 Portland, OR | Roseland Theater
 4/6 Boise, ID | Knitting Factory Concert House
 4/7 Sacramento, CA | Ace of Spades
 4/8 Pomona, CA | Fox Theater Pomona
 4/9 Tempe, AZ | The Marquee
 4/11 Oklahoma City, OK | Diamond Ballroom
 4/12 Sauget, IL | Pop's Nightclub
 4/14 Cleveland, OH | House Of Blues
 4/15 Binghamton, NY | Magic City Music Hall
 4/17 Buffalo, NY | Town Ballroom
 4/19 London, ON | London Music Hall
 4/20 Grand Rapids, MI | The Intersection
 4/21 Cincinnati, OH | Bogart's
 4/22 Asheville, NC | The Orange Peel
 4/24 Ladson, SC | Exchange Park (WYBB Rockfest)*
*No Memphis May Fire or 36 Crazyfists


Rob Zombie and Disturbed have announced a co-headlining tour with support coming from Pop Evil. Check out the list of dates below.

TOUR DATES:

05/03 Mississippi Coast Coliseum – Biloxi, MS
05/04 Oak Mountain Amphitheater – Birmingham, AL
05/06 Aaron’s Amphitheater – Atlanta, GA *
05/07 Ascend Amphitheater – Nashville, TN
05/10 Cajundome – Lafayette, LA
05/11 CenturyLink Center – Bossier City, LA
05/17 US Cellular Center – Cedar Rapids, IA
05/22 Hershey Stadium – Hershey, PA
05/24 Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MI
05/25 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum – Fort Wayne, IN
* Pop Evil not performing


Pearl Jam announced today that they will perform a series of North American concert dates between April and August of 2016. Pearl Jam’s 2016 North American dates kick off in Fort Lauderdale on April 8th, include festival headlining slots at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Bonnaroo and wrap in August with two nights each at historic baseball stadiums Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago. Check out the list of dates below.

TOUR DATES:

April 8: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (BB&T Arena)
April 9: Miami, Fla. (American Airlines Arena)
April 11: Tampa, Fla. (Amalie Arena)
April 13: Jacksonville, Fla. (Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena)
April 16: Greenville, S.C. (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)
April 18: Hampton, Va. (Hampton Coliseum)
April 20: Raleigh, N.C. (PNC Arena)
April 21: Columbia, S.C. (Colonia Life Arena)
April 23: New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest)
April 26: Lexington, KY (Rupp Arena)
April 28: Philadelphia, Penn. (Wells Fargo Center)
April 29: Philadelphia, Penn. (Wells Fargo Center)
May 1: New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)
May 2: New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)
May 5: Quebec City, Quebec (Centre Videotron)
May 8: Ottawa, Ontario (Canadian Tire Centre)
May 10: Toronto, Ontario (Air Canada Centre)
June 9-12: Manchester, Tenn. (Bonnaroo)
Aug. 5: Boston, Mass. (Fenway Park)
Aug. 7: Boston, Mass. (Fenway Park)
Aug. 20: Chicago, Ill. (Wrigley Field)
Aug. 22: Chicago, Ill. (Wrigley Field)


Samantha Scarlette has released a new music video for her song "Gothic Queen" which will be the final single from her 2014 album "Violent Delights + Violent Ends". Scarlett just launched a new clothing line called MK-ULTRA 90. The clothing line features occult themed shirts & accessories. Scarlette will also be entering the studio shortly to record a new album tentatively titled "My So-Called Life". Check out the video HERE.

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