FORGOTTEN TOMB putting final touches on new album

forgot1Italy’s notorious black/doom metallers FORGOTTEN TOMB are on the final lap of the recording process of their next installment, having recently completed mixing duties in Sound Suite Studios (Marseille, France) with producer Terje Refsnes (Carpathian Forest, Novembre, Gehenna, Destroyer 666).

forgot2FORGOTTEN TOMB’s leader Ferdinando “Herr Morbid” Marchisio commented: “We are extremely proud of how this new album came out. We worked really hard, like never before. Terje Refsnes is a really experienced producer and he managed to get the best out of us. We kept the sound very organic and natural, kinda old-fashioned but still very fresh. The new songs are heavy as fuck and they feature our classic trademark plus some new elements. It’s a good mix of melancholy, groove and pure malignancy. I can’t wait for people to listen to it, ’cause it’s a really special album for us and probably the most extreme we did in quite a while, both musically and conceptually”.

The band’s eight studio album will be mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege Studio (Corrosion Of Conformity, Nails, Vallenfyre, Beastmilk, High On Fire) in Portland (Oregon, USA). A spring release date via Agonia Records is expected. Further details will be announced shortly.

FORGOTTEN TOMB online:
https://www.facebook.com/Official.Forgotten.Tomb

Agonia Records:
http://agoniarecords.com
https://facebook.com/agoniarecords
https://twitter.com/agoniarecords
https://soundcloud.com/agoniarecords
http://youtube.com/AgoniaRec

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The Iron Maidens: Raging with a Three Guitar Assault at Paladinos

theironmaidens2014Since their inception in 2001, The Iron Maidens have become not only the World’s Only Female Tribute to Iron Maiden, but one of the most popular tribute bands ever to perform on stage. Co-founded by drummer Linda McDonald (formerly of Phantom Blue), and currently consisting of bassist Wanda Ortiz, guitarists Courtney Cox and Nikki Stringfield, and vocalist Kirsten Rosenberg, The Iron Maidens recently surpassed one million fans on their Facebook page.  Decemeber 2014 would find The Iron Maidens launching a three guitar assault at Paladino’s in the San Fernando Valley for their annual Christmas show, featuring special guest Nita Strauss of The Alice Cooper Band.  Prior to the full capacity hard rocking extravaganza, we caught up with the Maidens at sound check for an exclusive interview!  Read on…

maidens1Introduce yourselves, tell me what you do in The Iron Maidens and how long you’ve been in the band.
Kirsten: I’m Kirsten Rosenberg I’m Bruce Chickinson and that means I’m the singer and i’ve been in the band since 2009.

Wanda: I’m Wanda Ortiz, I play bass as Steph Harris and wow, I’ve been in the band a little over 13 years.

Linda: The beginning, minus 13 shows.

Courtney: My name is Courtney Cox and I play guitar as Adriana Smith and I’ve been in the band since 2009.

Linda: I’m Linda McDonald and I play Nikki McBurrain [laughs] on drums and I’m the fossil of the band.  I’ve been here since day one.

Nikki: I’m Nikki Stringfield and I play guitar as Davina Murray and I’ve been in the band since April 2012.

nitawithmaidens1What is your favorite Iron Maiden song to play live and why?
Nikki: I like “Revelations” because there’s changes and I like “Fear of the Dark” too because it’s got a good solo. Those are my two right now.

Linda: Of the one’s we’re playing tonight, my favorite is “Phantom of the Opera” and “Sea of Madness.”

Courtney: “Sea of Madness” for me.

Wanda: As a bass player, what is there in Maiden that is not to like if you’re a bass player? I have a lot of favorites. Some of them are “Phantom of the Opera,” “Powerslave” and “Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.”

Kirsten: I’m gonna say “Ghost of the Navigator.”

When did each of you hear of Iron Maiden and how many shows have you gone to?
Kirsten: I remember discovering Iron Maiden when Powerslave came out. So I was obviously an infant before I can speak. I’m kidding. (Much laughter) I can’t even count how many Maiden shows I’ve been to.

Wanda: I got into Maiden probably when I was 13 or so. I haven’t been counting. Ive been to a lot though.

Courtney: I always liked Maiden but I didn’t really latch onto them and O’m gonna date myself here until I was in High School and Dance of Death came out [laughs]. I’ve been to 5 shows now.

Linda: And on the other end of that scale, I got into Maiden in 1982. I don’t know between 10-14 shows maybe.

Nikki: Back to the other end of that history spectrum, I don’t know how far back – my dad always played them so I was listening to Maiden from a very young age so, I’ve always liked them. I had all the posters. I don’t even want to say how many shows I’ve been to because it’s zero. I haven’t gotten to see them at all. Every time they come around I miss them.

maidens2What do you think of the Los Angeles music scene and how do the Iron Maidens fit into the scheme of things here in LA?
Kirsten: Is there a Los Angeles music scene?

Courtney: The LA Music scene with House of Blues going under, Whiskey is probably going under with all the main clubs gone. Key Club gone, exactly. Where is the music scene? Everything is disappearing.

Linda: Let’s put it this way. We are going to be going to Europe in March of 2015 so I don’t know what that says about the LA music scene, but we’re heading to Europe next year [laughs]. But we do love Los Angeles.  It’s our stomping grounds, home sweet home.

maidens4How excited or nervous are you to do three guitars tonight with special guess Nita Strauss?
Linda: I’m super excited because every time we play these songs with two guitar player it sounds so amazing in my monitor, but I always hear that third part and I want to make sure I don’t sing it in the microphone.  So, it’s really exciting. It’s going to be a refreshing change for us as well as the people that see us regularly here.

Courtney: Bring your earplugs! It’s gonna be flippin’ loud.

What other bands are you all involved with besides The Iron Maidens?
Wanda: I’m in a real heavy band called South Coast Symphony, just kidding. I play in an orchestra. I usually play upright in orchestras, that’s what i’ve been doing besides this.

I was reading about that. How does your other project compare?
Wanda: [laughs] it’s a different culture. With an orchestra, you can’t show up five minutes. You have to show up half an hour early. If you’re late, everyone notices.   It’s different but it’s still a lot of fun.

Courtney: Me and Nikki we dabble on Femme Fatale from the 80s.

How are you becoming involved with Femme Fatale?
Courtney: She contacted me through Myspace, going back, maybe it was Facebook. I joined the Maidens through Myspace and Femme Fatale through Facebook.

maidens3How surprised are you to see that The Iron Maidens has nearly a million followers on Facebook?
Courtney: For music scene, back in the day, it went from flyering to posting up everything on telephone poles, passing out flyers. Facebook reaches the entire world now. It’s why you get a million likes, because it’s not just LA seeing it, it’s everyone from around the world. Facebook is a great way to get yourself out there.

Linda: Social media is – look, I was around the music scene in the 80s and everything was so analog. Everything was by hand, lick the stamp, manually write letters and send cassettes to people across the US. It was all underground stuff. Now, it’s a click of the mouse away. It’s absolutely amazing. So, almost a million hits. We need to hit 5 million.

Kirsten: I joined the band after they were well underway with all their popularity, it just makes me that much more grateful to be involved in a project that has that many followers and supporters. Yay!

So you have a couple of recordings out under the Iron Maidens name. Is there any chance of doing an album with this lineup?
ALL: Yes.

Linda: Go to our website, theironmaidens.com and sign up on our emailling list on the homepage and you’ll be the first to know.

lindamaidens1When you look back on your days with Phantom Blue what do you think of your work now and how the music industry was at that time?
Linda: The music industry at that time sucked ass. It still sucks ass but honestly Geffen did not know how to market us and they just put us on the shelf. The European partner, Roadrunner Records did so much for us and it was amazing, the response we got in Europe. Here in the US, they didn’t have a clue what to do with us and they pretty much admitted that to us. It kind of sucked, but we were so proud of what we did and we had a great time doing it.  We just consider our Geffen album the world’s most expensive demo, [laughs].

Would you ever want to do a Phantom Blue reunion?
Linda: I’d love that. We actually were going to do that several years ago when Michelle passed away, unfortunately. It kind of put a damper on things. It was a horrific thing to happen, but that kind of stopped talks about that for a time. But we’ve been kicking it around again, we have all the players involved at our disposal here. We’ve been talking it. Monsters of rock Cruise, come on!

What do you think has kept the Iron Maidens going since 2001?
Wanda: The people. The audiences. As long as people want to come, have some fun with us, as long as there’s an audience we’ll stick around.

What’s up next for the Iron Maidens in the new year?
Linda: Hopefully we can get our butts in the studio and get a new recording out with the current lineup with everybody. That’d be fun.

Kirsten: I think we have to make that happen.

maidensencore1Has Iron Maiden ever heard or commented on your band?
Wanda: Actually we played the Hard Rock Cafe with Steve Harris’s daughter, Lauren Harris. We were on the same bill. He stuck around for her show, of course because it’s her dad but he stayed for our whole set and at the end of the show he came up to us backstage and let us know he enjoyed our show and things can’t get better than that.

Did you know he was in the audience?
Wanda: Oh yeah.  Front row! With Bruce Dickinson!  We saw his hat bouncing around, it was Bruce Dickinson dancing.

Was that intimidating to say the least?
Wanda: We were a little nervous seeing them right there in the audience, but I think we pulled it off.

Courtney: The keyboard player, Michael Kenny is coming to the show tonight, which is cool.

Do you have any messages for your fans who are reading this right now?
Linda: Thank you so much for taking time to read this interview and for the support. We hope to see you out on the road.

Kirsten: We just really appreciate all the support. We’re big Iron Maiden fans ourselves, so we’ll just keep sharing the love of Iron Maiden together and up the irons. Thank you so much!

Courtney: Insert high obnoxious metal scream here.

Nikki: We love you guys, see you on the road next year.

Wanda: More of the same, thank you for the support. See you soon. Up the irons.

(Interview by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)

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Taking A Bite out of Tinseltown with Red Fang

redfangbackstage1During the final weeks of 2014, Red Fang found themselves on the road, supporting Opeth and In Flames on the Communion of Sirens Tour.  One of the stops would be at The Hollywood Palladium, deep in the heart of Tinseltown – and Red Fang certainly left a lasting impression on all of the early arrivals.  Just right after their exhilarating set, bassist / vocalist Aaron Beam sat down backstage with Highwire Daze to discuss the cross country tour, their thoroughly creative videos, news on their next album, fishing in the wilds of Oregon, and other biting topics.  Read on…

How’s this tour with Opeth and In Flames been going and what are some of the highlights?
Tonight was a highlight, it’s been going really well so far. We’re a week in, we’ve done six shows and last night in San Francisco and tonight were the two highlights so far. It took us a while to get rolling with the 30 minute set because we haven’t done such a short set in a long time.

redfangint4With Whales and Leeches coming out a little over a year ago, how close are you to writing all new material?
As soon as we get done with this tour and get back to Portland, we’re going to spend three and a half months at home working on a next record. We don’t have a recording date set, because we want to do it pressure free. Just writing on our own time, then we’ll set a date when we have enough songs.

Have you written anything yet?
AB: Yeah, we’ve got a bunch of pieces of songs and a few things are shaping up pretty good.

Roger Joseph Manning, Jr.  from Jellyfish was involved in your album. How did that come about?
He’s dating our manager and she was out visiting the studio in Nashville where they were mixing their record. He was with her, so they were just talking about what to add to that song and I had been talking about putting organ on it for a while and Chris Funk, who produced the record – he can play organ, so we were talking about him doing it and then Laurel was like, well why don’t we have Roger do it? He’s sitting right here. So, he ended up mixing in the studio, laid on some organ and it turned out perfect.

redfangint2Have you been familiar with Jellyfish before?
I know the band, I would not be intimately familiar with them. But, he also plays with Beck now so, that’s the connection that resonates with me a little better. He came out and played with us at the Troubadour the last time we played here. Someone yelled “Jellyfish” when he walked out so they recognized him from that, which is great.

The Crows in Swine video, who did the animation and how much input did you have on that?
Adam Avilla – he’s based out of San Francisco. He gave us a few treatments and we picked the one we liked the best. It was our idea to add the superpowers that we ended up having. We each chose, or at least offered guidance for what we would at least like to have as our superpower. The rest of it was all him.

You’re famous for your various videos. How did Fred Armisen become involved with the Blood Like Cream video? What was it like working with him?
He had just wrapped Portlandia the day before and I think (director) Whitey McConnaughy just contacted him and asked him and he said sure. Portland is a small town, he’s familiar with our band. He played in bands a long time ago, his old band played with my wife’s old band in the early 90s or something. Mutual acquaintances, or whatever. As far as working with him, it was basically just – he is so good, that it just made me hyper aware of how bad of an actor I am and how bad we all are. It’s pretty remarkable what a professional can do compared to – I feel like I kind of knew what I was doing, making faces but it’s nothing compared to what he can do.

readfangint1During your set, you said one of your songs was about fishing.
Yeah.

Portland and surrounding areas, there is a lot of fishing. Do you fish?
I haven’t really been fishing since I was a teenager. I grew up in Colorado and we used to – my parents have a cabin up there and we’d go trout fishing in the ponds and creeks there. I haven’t been in years. That is a lie, one time for this – my parents came out for a visit to Oregon and we went out and hired a charter boat and were fishing for salmon. We all caught a fish, my dad and my brother and I each caught a couple. But my brother is the only one on the whole boat, actually, who got one that was a keeper. So that was cool. So we got to bring it home and eat it that night, which is pretty amazing.

What is the Portland music scene like these days?
That’s impossible for me to answer. I’m not there enough and it’s so expansive and there are so many bands in so many different styles that I just can’t keep up with it at all. It’s pretty impressive. I like it, I just can’t stay on top of it.

redfangint3The places you’ve been out to, Russia and Ukraine. What’s the experience like touring in those countries?
It’s not that much different from other places. Being in Russia has a feeling of oh my god we’re on the other side, growing up in the cold war it definitely has it’s feeling of a lot of that old cold war architecture that’s pretty stark. They have these giant communist inspired statues that are really impressive and intimidating. For me, Moscow, the first time we played there was one of my favorite shows ever because I didn’t think anyone in Russia had any idea who we were and it’s a little bit more challenging to get there. You have to get visas and just the process of getting into the country is a little bit harder than most other countries. Then we got there and one of the most rabid crowds we’ve ever played for – there was people chanting for us as we walked into the front door, they were lined up outside the venue all cheering and high fiving us. It was a pretty overwhelming experience. It’s a memory that will stick with me for the rest of my life.

If Red Fang could open for any band, now or from the past, who and why?
I’d say Soundgarden because that’s the band all four of us locked in on when we first started playing together as being a common, strong influence for all of us. We don’t really sound like them at all, but it seems like a perfect match and they were just a hugely influential band in my life and my music career. I’d love to be able to do that.

Do you have any messages for people reading this?
I have an invisible message. You have to put lemon on it in order to hear it. Here it is…

Red Fang is:
Bryan Giles – Guitar/Vocals
Aaron Beam – Bass/Vocals
David Sullivan – Guitar
John Sherman – Drums

(Review and Candid Photo by Ken Morton – Live Photos by Jack Lue)

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Enter Shikari

entershik1The Mindsweep by Enter Shikari (Hopeless Records)

On January 20th, Enter Shikari made their official Hopeless Records debut with The Mindsweep – a very defining move in sound establishment by the English foursome.

There seems to be an underlying concept to this record. Close your eyes and lay down with it in your ears and you’re flying through the cosmos, enjoying a digitally ambient selection of tunes intersparsed with passionate poetry. Yes, I mean poetry.

Front man Rou Reynolds is and has been truly poetic in some of his deliveries during his tenure in Enter Shikari. The introductory track of this album, The Appeal and the Mindsweep Pt. 1 melts like butter, moving spoken word along a beautifully controlled crescendo. When it drops, it’s super powerful and in much the same way, it’s very different. Try not to think too hard about picking your jaw up off the ground…you might as well leave it there; The Mindsweep is a journey that will surprise even the most avid Enter Shikari listener.

entershik2I say this because the band seems to have found an equilibrium of control in the writing and production of their songs. Everything runs together so tightly. There’s something really raw about the screams, yells and even the accompaniment. I commend Enter Shikari and their production team for being able to create this feeling in a genre otherwise muddled by accusations of being completely generic — particularly because of their electronic elements.

This record really kicks in with The One True Color — You can feel the profundity that Rou Reynolds conveys in this ambient jam. This song serves as a true demonstration of Enter Shikari’s ability to mesh the synths with powerfully progressive instrumentals without creating any dissonance.

Even general EDM listeners will get a kick out of tracks like The Last Garrison and Torn Apart. These songs give the electronic aspect of this record a well-deserved opportunity to shine. In contrast to prevalent thought about electronic elements in post-hardcore music, there is a real individuality to what Enter Shikari is producing. The connection between each of the musicians and their craft in this record is refreshing — perhaps revolutionary. The truth about The Mindsweep is that you really haven’t heard anything else that sounds like it.

Even earlier Enter Shikari albums don’t really hold a candle to this one in my mind. There’s something more melodic and consonant about Reynolds’ voice in the choruses of these tracks. Since the band released the very lengthy A Flash Flood of Color in early 2012, it’s evident that they’ve been working on their togetherness and instrumental implementation. Rather than a cacophonous mixture of wobbling saws and bass with exceedingly progressive drums, we hear what can only be the result of creative maturity. Give The Bank of England a careful listen if you want to know exactly what I’m talking about.

The instrumental team of Rob Rolfe (drums), Chris Batten (Bass) and Rory Clewlow (guitar) really couldn’t have come together in a more resonant way. Rolfe seems to have more control in contrast to their last record, and the guitars, as previously mentioned, mesh beautifully with the synths.

Something worth discussing is the six and a half minute cool-down that is Dear Future Historians…. This track directly follows the powerful There’s a Price on Your Head (which, in a strange way, reminds this reviewer of Hypnotize era System of a Down). If you really want to hear Reynolds demonstrate his vocal maturity, give both of these tracks a thorough listen. You’ll hear a different man on each track. It’s kind of difficult to come to terms with the fact that the same man is singing, but when you wrap your head around it…it makes this record all the more impressive.

Can your emotions handle a pretty difficult coming of age story? Not to say that Reynolds is coming of age, or anyone else in the band for that matter…but rather, Enter Shikari as an entity and as a whole has grown and found an extremely definitive sound. In this reviewer’s opinion, they’ve found a sound that they need to absolutely stick with. I’m going to give this a solid 4.5/5 — I genuinely hope we do not have to wait another 3 years for a new Enter Shikari record.

(Review by Zachary S. Valladon)

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Gang Of Four

gangfour_whatnextlpWhat Happens Next by Gang Of Four (Metropolis Records)

A Gang of Four album without their original vocalist Jon King is a strange proposition. For the first album led by sole original member guitarist Andy Gill, What Happens Next features four vocalists over the course of ten songs.

Photo by Leo Cackett

On the first track Where the Nightingale Sings The Big Pink‘s Robbie Furze contributes some dour vocals to a downbeat song. What should have been the lead track Broken Talk opens with a pumping beat, scratchy guitars and features The Kills‘ Alison Mosshart’s sassy and bold voice, the song giving hope to jaded and wary ears that the Gill-led band can keep the fire burning for the dance-rock sound they pioneered decades ago.    Herbert Gronemeyer sings on The Dying Rays,  a slow and contemplative song with just the lightest of guitar accompaniment but with some haunting piano. The singer has a soulful voice and creates a mournful mood. An interesting choice but considering Gronemeyer has the first and third best-selling albums ever in Germany, not a bad one: he has gravitas.

On First World Citizen John “Gaoler” Sterry takes the mic and he’s not too shabby, surrounded by menacing and funky bass and vigorous percussion and Gill’s textured and varied guitar approaches.  On Stranded the strident beat and vocal back and forth between Gill and Sterry is fun and a little nostalgic yet Gill’s forays into atmosphere and slower sections show the man attempting a new and darker sound.  Dead Souls follows, a true Gang of Four song if there ever was, with bombastic bass, in the pocket drums, itchy and angry guitars tearing through and punching your guts, Sterry going for different vocal approaches to make for an enjoyable listen.

Photo by Tom Sheehan

Photo by Tom Sheehan

Embrace the new Gang of Four or don’t.  Andy Gill doesn’t care, he’ll still be doing his thing as long as he can hold a guitar pick and strum six strings.  There are a few songs on What Happens Next that contain the template of his band’s earlier sound, but time will tell how the band evolves and finds their voice without Jon King. See them on tour in the States this May.

Gang of Four is Andy Gill (guitar), John “Gaoler” Sterry (vocals), Thomas McNiece (bass) and Jonny Finnegan (drums)

(by Bret Miller)

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I THE MIGHTY ADDED AS SUPPORT ON ENTER SHIKARI’S FULL US SPRING TOUR

ES_NAmerica_MarApr2015_copy-WEBIN THE STUDIO NOW RECORDING SOPHOMORE FULL-LENGTH WITH MIKE GREEN

JAN 22 - I the Mighty has just been announced as the newly added opener on the entirety of Enter Shikari’s Spring headline tour with support from Stray From The Path and A Lot Like Birds. Hundredth will also perform on select dates.

Vocalist Brent Walsh shares, “We’ve been big fans of Enter Shikari, ever since we saw them play nearly three years ago at South By So What Festival in Texas. Their originality was inspiring and the political nature of their lyrics really resonated with us. We’re very excited for all the energy that these shows are sure to create!”

I the Mighty is currently in the studio with producer Mike Green (Paramore, Pierce The Veil, All Time Low), recording their highly anticipated sophomore full-length, which will be released later this year.

“We’re having a great time making the new record with Mike Green! It’s been a very different process than any prior recording experience we’ve had and we’re all writing a lot of our parts off the cuff, here in studio. It’s been nerve-wracking at times, but also very freeing and fluid,” says Walsh. “Lyrically, it’s going to be a departure from Satori, simply because that was a break up record of sorts for me. Although I still have much of the lyrics for this record to write, I’ve been finding myself writing in more of a story format, like in much of our earlier work. Musically, we’ve been having a little more fun with synths and programming this time around and the record overall is probably a bit more ‘pop’ than our last couple of releases – but definitely won’t lack our usual tempo/time signature changes or our brand of ‘heavy’. I can’t wait to see how the rest of it develops and we certainly won’t waste any time getting some music out for our fans and friends to jam!”

Prior to entering the studio, I the Mighty revealed a three-song digital release, featuring a new song – “Love Your Sin” and two studio recordings of full-band acoustic renditions of “The Dreamer” and “Speak To Me“, which originally appeared on the band’s Karma Never Sleeps EP and recent debut full-length album, Satori, respectively. The digital-only release was produced by Erik Ron (Panic! at the Disco, Foxy Shazam, I the Mighty), is available now through iTunes and AmazonMP3, and can also be streamed at Youtube.com/equalvision.

Walsh also recently released a solo full-length album of his own, 7, which premiered via Pandora and is out now on Equal Vision Records. The album was recorded with producer Jon Devoto of The Matches. His new music video for “Default World” from 7, can be seen HERE.

I the Mighty has toured with the diverse likes of Say Anything, Eisley, Coheed & Cambria, letlive., and Balance & Composure. All upcoming I the Mighty tour dates can be found below, along with tour dates for Brent Walsh who will be heading out on a short west coast solo run in February.

Enter Shikari w/Stray From The Path, A Lot Like Birds and I the Mighty
Mar 23 Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds*
Mar 24 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues*
Mar 26 Orlando, FL @ The Social*
Mar 27 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre*
Mar 28 Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly*
Mar 30 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade*
Mar 31 Greensboro, NC @ CDEC*
Apr 01 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar+
Apr 03 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Apr 04 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Apr 06 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Apr 07 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Apr 08 Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club
Apr 09 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
Apr 10 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
Apr 11 Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
Apr 12 Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theatre
Apr 14 Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
Apr 16 Murray, UT @ Murray Theatre
Apr 17 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Apr 18 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Apr 19 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Apr 21 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Apr 23 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
Apr 24 San Diego, CA @ Soma Sidestage
Apr 25 Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater
Apr 26 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad^
Apr 28 San Antonio, TX @ Korova^

* Enter Shikari w/Stray From The Path, Hundredth and I the Mighty (no ALLB)
+Enter Shikari w/Stray From The Path, Hundredth, A Lot Like Birds and I the Mighty
^Enter Shikari w/A Lot Like Birds and I the Mighty only
Hail The Sun w/The Ongoing Concept and Brent Walsh (solo)
Feb 17 Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
Feb 18 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Feb 19 Boise ID @ The Crux
Feb 20 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Music Garage
Feb 21 Denver, CO @ The Moon Room
Feb 22 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
Feb 23 Dallas, TX @ Sons of Herman Hall*
Feb 24 Houston, TX @ Walters
Feb 25 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
Feb 26 El Paso, TX @ Sector 7
Feb 27 Tempe, AZ @ 51 West
Feb 28 Las Vegas, NV @ OMD
*Hail The Sun w/Brent Walsh only

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ABYSMAL DAWN Confirm New Headline Dates

12 Jacket (3mm Spine) [GDOB-30H3-007}Tour With 1349, Origin and Wolvhammer Kicks Off February 8th

New Album Obsolescence Out Now on Relapse Records

ABYSMAL DAWN released their new album Obsolescence last fall via Relapse Records. Met with critical acclaim and some of the band’s best reviews yet, Obsolescence is a veritable beast of a record and the perfect example of what 21st century death metal should sound like.

In support of Obsolescence, ABYSMAL DAWN will hit the road again this winter. This run starts with a string of headline dates that kick off February 1st in Las Vegas, NV and run through February 6th in Panama Beach, FL. Following those dates, ABYSMAL DAWN will join up with 1349, Origin and Wolvhammer on February 8th in Tampa, FL and will run through February 23rd in New York, NY. ABYSMAL DAWN will also return to Europe this March as part of The Death to All Tour. A complete list of dates can be found below.

During the process of recording the album the band shot performance videos for the song “Perfecting Slavery“. Head HERE to see the band perform the song together. The song also features a guest guitar solo from Christian Muenzner (ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist, Spawn of Possession, Alkaloid)

Obsolescence is available to order from Relapse Records HERE and digitally via Bandcamp HERE. The album can be purchased on iTunes HERE. The album is available in CD/LP/Digital/Deluxe Digital formats.

Recently the band completed work on a video for the song “Inanimate“. The video can be watched HERE.

ABYSMAL DAWN strikes the perfect balance between extreme songwriting and exceptional skill with an infectious blend of technical yet memorable riffs, throat shredding vocals, and crushing rhythms delivered with machine gun precision.

ABYSMAL DAWN:
Feb 02 Farmington, NM Studio 18
Feb 03 Amarillo, TX The Wreck Room
Feb 04 Tulsa, OK Downtown Lounge
Feb 05 Birmingham, AL The Syndicate Lounge
Feb 06 Panama City, FL A&M Theater

***All dates w/ 1349, Origin and Wolvhammer***
Feb 08 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
Feb 10 Austin, TX Dirty Dog
Feb 11 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
Feb 12 Phoenix, AZ Joe’s Grotto
Feb 14 Los Angeles, CA The Complex
Feb 15 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Feb 16 Reno, NV Jub Jub’s
Feb 17 Salt Lake City, UT Area 51
Feb 18 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Feb 19 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
Feb 20 Joliet, IL Mojoe’s
Feb 21 Cleveland, OH Roc Bar
Feb 22 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar
Feb 23 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre

***Feb 27 to March 22 dates w/ Death DTA Tours and Loudblast***
Feb 27 Bocum, DE Matrix
Feb 28 Endohoven, NL Dynamo
Mar 01 Antwerp, BE Trix
Mar 02 London, UK Electric Ballroom
Mar 03 Dublin, IR Academy
Mar 04 Manchester, UK Club Academy
Mar 05 Paris, FR Trabendo
Mar 06 Zurich, CH Alte Kaserne
Mar 07 Munich, DE Theaterfabrik
Mar 08 Ludwisburg, DE Rockfabrik
Mar 09 Romagnano Sesia, IT RnR Arena
Mar 11 Salzburg, AT Rockhouse
Mar 12 Wien, AT Szene
Mar 13 Cracov, PL Fabryka
Mar 14 Gdansk, PL B 90
Mar 15 Warsaw, PL Progresja
Mar 16 Berlin, DE K 17
Mar 17 Wurzburg, DE Posthalle
Mar 18 Hamburg, DE Markthalle
Mar 19 Gothenburg, SE Sticky Fingers
Mar 20 Stockholm, SE Klubben
Mar 21 Oslo, NO Vulkan
Mar 22 Copenhagen, DK Amager Bio

***All dates with Enfold Darkness***
Mar 25 Baltimore, MD Sidebar Tavern
Mar 26 Fairfax, VA Fat Tuesday’s
Mar 27 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Mar 28 Murfreesboro, TN Wall Street

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WRATH OF VESUVIUS: West Coast Technical Death Metal Collective Joins Unique Leader Records

9491a9a9-8c7e-4b65-a008-046de9226b7eLive Actions With Inanimate Existence Confirmed

California technical death metal collective, WRATH OF VESUVIUS, now more commonly known as WRVTH, recently joined forces with extreme metal powerhouse, Unique Leader Records, for the release of their third full-length this Spring.

Established in 2007, WRVTH self-financed their 2009 A World In Peril EP followed by their 2010 debut long player, Portals Through Ophiuchus, before piquing the interest of Mediaskare Records who released sophomore rager, Revelation, in 2013. Following two years of maniacal tour schedules, personnel shifts, and a wholly matured approach to their sound, WRATH OF VESUVIUS will drop their self-titled third offering this Spring.

Comments the band of their union with Unique Leader, “We are beyond excited to be working with Unique Leader Records. They have always had cutting edge heavy bands that stand out among the modern metal scene. They’re a solid label which means a lot these days, and we couldn’t have asked for a better partner in taking our next step. We took a fresh approach to writing this record and its really starting to come together. This band has changed a lot over the last few years, and we think this record will display the distinctive character and eclectic personality that we bring to each song.”

In related WRATH OF VESUVIUS missives, the band will level stages alongside tech death behemoths/labelmates Inanimate Existence on a two-plus week takeover. The Enter Into Atonement Tour 2015 is scheduled for liftoff on February 26th in Stockton, California and will wind through eighteen cities with additional onstage demolitions will be announced in the coming months.

WRVTH w/ Inanimate Existence:
2/26/2015 The 207 – Stockton, CA
2/27/2015 EPEK Print Shop – Salinas, CA
2/28/2015 Musichead – Medford, OR
3/01/2015 The Third Street Pub – Bend, OR
3/02/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
3/03/2015 The Palace Lounge – Missoula, MT
3/04/2015 Machinery Row – Great Falls, MT
3/05/2015 Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
3/06/2015 Bushwackers Saloon – Denver, CO
3/07/2015 The Blu Phoenix – Albuquerque, NM
3/08/2015 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
3/09/2015 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA
3/10/2015 Boondocks Tavern – Banning, CA
3/11/2015 White Oak Music – Van Nuys, CA
3/12/2015 Strummer’s – Fresno, CA FREE Show!
3/13/2015 The Divebar – Las Vegas, NV
3/14/2015 Arlene Francis Center – Santa Rosa, CA
3/15/2015 On the Y – Sacramento, CA

Further WRATH OF VESUVIUS news to be announced as it becomes available. Stay tuned.

http://www.facebook.com/WrathofVesuvius
http://www.uniqueleader.com
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KEEP OF KALESSIN: Norwegian Black Metal Legion To Release New Full-Length In North America Via Indie Recordings

283b9be9-d832-4e42-9599-8e858d1ea504Two-time Norwegian Grammy nominees, KEEP OF KALESSIN, will unleash their long-anticipated new full-length in North America next month via Indie Recordings.

Titled Epistemology, the eight-track offering, and first KEEP OF KALESSIN studio output in five years, finds the acclaimed black metal unit now conjuring their sonic wrath as a trio. Make no mistake, however. The indisputable power of these three musical craftsmen translates perfectly on the band’s most diverse recording to date. As grandiose as a Peter Jackson battle scene bedecked with fire-breathing dragons and treacherous mountains draped in guitars and drums of doom, Epistemology highlights the true guitar virtuosity of vocalist/guitarist Obsidian C. From bone-scraping riffs and sweeping solos, to smooth, melodic passages swathed in warm, poignant tones backed by the military precision of bassist Wizziac and drummer Vyl, KEEP OF KALESSIN anno 2015 is heading out for greatness!

Simply and accurately crowned a, “flawless release from KEEP OF KALESSIN,” by Metal Wani in an early review of the record, Epistemology — a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge — fuses the prime qualities of traditional ’80s heavy metal, thrash, death and black metal into a smouldering album that is at once epic and extreme; brutal and elegant; engaging and empowering!

Epistemology Track Listing:
1. Cosmic Revelation (Intro)
2. The Spiritual Relief
3. Dark Divinity
4. The Grand Design
5. Necropolis
6. Universal Core
7. Introspection
8. Epistemology

KEEP OF KALESSIN’s Epistemology will be available in North America digitally and on CD on February 24th, 2015 via Indie Recordings with track teasers to be unveiled in the weeks to come.

http://www.facebook.com/keepofkalessin
http://www.indierecordings.no
http://www.merchnow.com/catalogs/indie-recordings

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Vital Signs

vitalssignssmoke1Smoke and Mirrors by Vital Signs (Imminence Records)

The explosive Vital Signs is already showing signs of an astounding pulse, even at this stage of their career. Featuring ex-members of Ace Augustine, An Early Ending and I Am History, Vital Signs is destined to break out of the Pennsylvania music scene – especially if their new EP Smoke and Mirrors is indicative of greater glories ahead. Imminence Records has unleashed a winner with this one, kicking off the New Year with a bang!

vitalsignspic1Smokes and Mirrors commences with Sound Of The End, an impressive cut that should instantly hook the listener in with its vibrant intensity. Dear Death is a stunning highlight with its devastating “there must be something more than this God forsaken world” lyrical content and crushing melodies. After a brief instrumental Interlude, The Chosen smashes into your psyche with its heavier than hell inflections and thunderous breakdowns. And then closing out the recording way too soon is the spiraling title cut Smoke and Mirrors, ambitious in scope, leaving the listener wanting to hear a whole lot more.

The musicians contributing to the stirring heartbeat of Vital Signs include Alex Runk on vocals, Alex Bolton on guitar, Bryan Merriman on guitar, Frankie Donaldson on bass, and Patrick Sherman on drums.  If you are a fan of Memphis May Fire and The Color Morale, expect your pulse to race into the stratosphere when encountering the exhilarating sounds of Vital Signs.

(Review by Ken Morton)

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