Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Paragon Music Magazine Hosting Shinedown "Amaryllis" CD Giveaway Contest!

We at Paragon are hosting a contest on our Facebook page in which readers can win a free copy of Shinedown's latest album, Amaryllis.

Head on over to our FB page, friend us if we're not friends already, and simply answer the following trivia question about the magazine:  "How many times has Paragon Mag interviewed Shinedown, and which members were interviewed?" 

It's a tricky question, but one that long-time readers will hopefully be able to solve.

Those who answer the question correctly will win one of two free copies of Amaryllis!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

FEAR FACTORY Unleash Special Video Preview; Recharger Confirmed As Lead Single

FEAR FACTORY has released a special trailer that is a visual preview into the story behind their forthcoming new album, The Industrialist. Set for release June 5, The Industrialist is the second album written by vocalist Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares since reuniting in 2009 after a seven-year split. An audio snippet for the album’s lead single, “Recharger,” is now available at the band’s official YouTube page; the single is available via iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers beginning April 24.
As previously announced, The Industrialist is a conceptual record based around a short fiction written by Bell; lyrics to the album’s ten songs divulge the narrative as discussed recently by Bell with Decibel Magazine. The album will be available on three formats – standard CD, a limited edition deluxe digi-book (featuring two additional songs), and 180-gram double vinyl. Pre-orders for the album in all formats will be available shortly via Candlelight Records’ official webstore.
Bell notes, “the protagonist (The Industrialist) is the incarnation of all industries in the form of an automaton. The mechanical, technological, and scientific advances through the industrial age led to the creation of The Industrialist. In the story, the automaton becomes sentient as it collects memories with each passing day. Through observation and learning, it gains the will to exist. What was meant to help man, will eventually be man’s demise.”

The Industrialist follows the 2010 release of Mechanize. Widely regarded, the album was the first release from FEAR FACTORY in six years. Mechanize debuted on Billboard’s Top 100 album chart week of release and topped CMJ’s Loud Rock radio chart as programmers embraced the band’s triumphant return. Sirius XM and Headbangers Ball’s host Jose Mangin noted, “after Mechanize dominated 2010 as Liquid Metal’s Album Of The Year, North America is chompin’ at the bit to get an ear full of new Fear Factory. I have no doubt that FEAR FACTORY are going to kick our collective asses in 2012.”
Members of FEAR FACTORY are currently in Los Angeles rehearsing for upcoming performances in South America followed by their first U.S. tour since late 2010. Bell and Cazares presented members of Slipknot the “Comeback Of The Year” award last week at the 4th Annual Revolver Golden God Awards; an award they were nominated for in 2010. Xbox broadcast the program, including pre-ceremony black carpet interviews, to all game console owners; Revolver Magazine streamed the event live via their Facebook page. Rebroadcast information will be announced by Revolver Magazine shortly.
Dates on FEAR FACTORY’s upcoming American tour are noted below:

5/01/2012 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX

5/02/2012 Trees – Dallas, TX

5/03/2012 Scout Bar – Houston, TX

5/05/2012 State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL

5/06/2012 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

5/07/2012 Masquerade – Altanta, GA

5/09/2012 Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC

5/10/2012 Theater of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA

5/11/2012 Wally’s Pub – Hamton Beach, NH

5/12/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD

5/13/2012 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

5/15/2012 McGuffy’s House of Rock – Dayton, OH

5/16/2012 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI

5/17/2012 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

5/19/2012 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

5/21/2012 Ace of Spade – Sacramento, CA

5/22/2012 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

5/23/2012 Yost Theater – Santa Ana, CA

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Swedish heavy metal war historians SABATON are returning to North America for their 2nd headlining tour of the U.S. & Canada in support of their latest studio album, Carolus Rex, due out in North America on May 22nd!

SABATON’s “Swedish Empire” tour dates are:
04/15/12 Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
04/17/12 Wreckers - Lubbock, TX
04/18/12 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
04/19/12 The Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO
04/20/12 Spicoli´s Grill and the Reverb Rock Garden - Waterloo, IA
04/22/12 The Firebird - St Louis , MO
04/23/12 The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
04/25/12 The Casbah - Charlotte, NC
04/27/12 Bogie´s - Albany, NY
04/28/12 Broadway Joe´s - Buffalo, NY
04/29/12 Peabody´s - Cleveland, OH
04/30/12 Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
05/02/12 The Loft - Poughkeepsie, NY
05/03/12 The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
05/04/12 The Gramercy Theatre – New York City, NY
05/05/12 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
05/07/12 Petit Campus - Montreal, QC – CANADA
05/08/12 Imperial de Quebec - Quebec City, QC - CANADA
05/10/12 Wreck Room - Toronto, ON - CANADA
05/11/12 Music Hall - London, ON - CANADA
05/12/12 Alrosa’s Villa - Columbus, OH
05/13/12 Blondie´s - Detroit, MI
05/15/12 Station 4 - St Paul, MN
05/16/12 Reggie Rock Club - Chicago, IL
05/18/12 Vernon Club - Louisville, KY
05/19/12 Kingdom - Richmond, VA
05/20/12 Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
05/21/12 Jaxx - West Springfield, VA
05/23/12 Key Club – Hollywood, CA *OFFICIAL RELEASE PARTY*
05/25/12 Circo Volador - Mexico City, D.F. - MÉXICO

SABATON’s last studio album, Coat Of Arms debuted at #124 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #87 on the Top Hard Music chart and was achieved Gold status in Poland for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. Worldwide first-week chart entries for Coat Of Arms included: Sweden #4; Poland #9; Finland #17; Germany #19; Switzerland #33 and Austria #71. The band‘s first live album, World War Live: Battle of the Baltic Sea, was released in September, 2011.


Oh, we know you’ve heard of them. Trust us, they’re no urban legend; they’re real. Some of you own every album; some are too afraid to own anything. But how many of you have experienced that quake in your bones that MESHUGGAH - those shy, elusive musical geniuses from Umeå, Sweden - leave you with in a live setting?

If you haven’t, now’s your chance

If you have, here’s another chance to get your DNA scrambled with their tightly controlled low-frequency chaos.

Guests on this headlining trek will come from Baroness & labelmates DECAPITATED. Dates are:
4/29/12 House of Blues - Houston, TX
4/30/12 House of Blues - Dallas, TX
5/01/12 Emo’s - Austin, TX
5/03/12 Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
5/04/12 House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
5/05/12 House of Blues - Hollywood, CA
5/06/12 The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
5/08/12 Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
5/09/12 Showbox @ The Market - Seattle, WA
5/11/12 Odgen Theatre - Denver, CO
5/13/12 First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
5/15/12 House of Blues - Chicago, IL
5/16/12 St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI
5/17/12 Sound Academy - Toronto, ON – CANADA
5/18/12 Theatre of the Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
5/19/12 Palladium - Worcester, MA
5/20/12 Olympia de Montreal - Montreal, QUE – CANADA
5/22/12 The Fillmore - Silver Springs, MD
5/23/12 Terminal 5 – New York, NY

Just last week, MESHUGGAH’s latest album, KOLOSS, debuted on the American Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #17 & also secured the #2 position on the Billboard Independent Albums chart. In Canada, KOLOSS debuted at #24 on the Canadian Top 200 chart and #4 slot on the Hard Music chart.

Catch a glimpse of MESHUGGAH’s auditory phenomena with the video for “Break These Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion.”


Victory recording artists Emmure will join the already-stacked lineup of the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Sunday, April 22. 
"We couldn't be more excited and grateful to be a part of this year's NEMHF," said vocalist Frankie Palmeri. "Some of my favorite bands are playing and I think this is the best line up it's had in years."
The Queens, N.Y., based band encompasses all that the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival aims to represent, offering up an emotionally unhinged blend of blistering hardcore and punishing thrash metal.

Emmure has four albums to their credit: 2007's Goodbye To The Gallows, 2008's Respect Issue, 2009's Felony (2009), and Speaker of the Dead, the quintet's latest release.

Emmure will join a lineup of more than 75 bands, from Billboard-charting artists and festival veterans to new acts and future stars of the genre, as the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival takes over the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., the weekend of April 20 through April 22.

A camera crew will be on hand this year to document the show for an upcoming film focusing on the history of the festival, behind the scenes footage and the development of the show. The documentary will be produced by Manny Santiago from Crimson Media and sponsored by Shook Clothing.

The complete lineup for Friday includes The Black Dahlia Murder, The Acacia Strain, Oceano (final show), All Shall Perish, Nile, Skeletonwitch, Carnifex, Death Threat, Lionheart, First Blood, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Molotov Solution, The Contortionist, Conducting From The Grave, Betrayal, Reign Supreme, Fit For An Autopsy, CDC, This Is Hell, Incendiary, Palehorse, Obey The Brave, FocusedXMinds, Legion, Hour of Penance, Rude Awakening, and Longshot.

Saturday's lineup is All That Remains, DragonForce, Overkill, Protest the Hero, Unearth, Iwrestledabearonce, Periphery, Bane, 100 Demons, Cruel Hand, Holy Grail, Shipwreck, God Forbid, Structures, The Mongoloids, Naysayer, Ro­­tting Out, Huntress, Expire, The Greenery, Cockpunch, Hung, Revenge, Diamond Plate, Wrong Answer, Manners, Suidakra, Trumpet The Harlot, and Fire in the Skies.

Sunday will close out the weekend with Killswitch Engage, Every Time I Die, Vanna, For Today, Sleeping Giant, Chelsea Grin, Stick to Your Guns, Attila, MyChildren MyBride, Emmure, For the Fallen Dreams, On Broken Wings, Recon, Texas In July, Betraying the Martyrs, Upon a Burning Body, Like Moths To Flames, Volumes, Hundredth, No Bragging Rights, Glass Cloud, Counterparts, Gideon, and The Air I Breathe.

Download the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival's free mobile app, full of all the latest news on the fest, at the iTunes store.

Tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices are: $40 (Friday), $45 (Saturday), and $40 (Sunday) or $115 (three-day pass). Two special VIP fan packages are also being offered through Sound Rink (

Performers are subject to change.

SEPTICFLESH announce signing to PROSTHETIC RECORDS; Headline “CONQUERORS OF THE WORLD” tour in N. America

PROSTHETIC RECORDS is proud to announce the signing of Greek symphonic death metal quartet , SEPTICFLESH, whose eight albums and performances on tour alongside the likes of Cradle of Filth, Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth, Satyricon, Children of Bodom and more have earned the group international acclaim.

The band commented: "We are very excited to have signed a new North American deal with Prosthetic Records; we feel we have made the right choice with a label that could give us the right attention for the American market, we plan on striking hard with our next album!"

SEPTICFLESH are also excited to announce that they will be coming over to North America later this year to headline what will be the first “CONQUERORS OF THE WORLD” tour. More details on the tour, including dates and the rest of the lineup will be coming shortly!

Until then, the band can be seen taking part in the Metalfest Open Air European festival tour alongside the likes of Megadeth, Kreator, Behemoth and more.

You can see SEPTICFLESH on this year's Metalfest Open Air:
May 31, 2012 - Mining, Austria
June 1, 2012 - Dessau, East Germany
June 2, 2012 - Jaworzno, Poland
June 4,2012 CR - Zadar, Croatia
June 6,2012 IT - Monza, Italy
June 8,2012 DE - St. Goarshausen, West Germany @ Open Air Stage Loreley
June 9,2012 CZ - Plzen, Czech Republic
June 10,2012 CH - Pratteln, Switzerland

SEPTICFLESH’s latest album, the critically acclaimed, “The Great Mass", was released in April 2011 by the French label, Season of Mist and was produced by Peter Tägtgren (Immortal, Hypocrisy). This album, which featured a full orchestra and choir, captured the band much attention including placement on several “Album of the Year” lists from notable publications worldwide. The current lineup consists of Seth Siro Anton (Bass/ Vocals), Sotiris Anunnaki V (Guitars/Clean Vocals), Christos Antoniou (Guitars/Orchestral), and Fotis Benardo (drums).

UNTIMELY DEMISE Denied Entry To The US; Tour Ends At The Border

Canadian thrash trio UNTIMELY DEMISE were denied access to the United States earlier this week, only several dates into their three-week tour of the western half of North America.

Having successfully blazed their way through the first five performances in Canada on their way south, UNTIMELY DEMISE proceeded to the border checkpoint into Washington, and due to a logistical paperwork error involving one member, after multiple attempts, the band were not allowed entry into the country. Frustrated, they turned around and headed home, posting a statement on their Facebook last night explaining the situation in detail and apologizing to their American fans and friends they'd planned on raging with over the next few weeks. Get the full scoop on this unfortunate situation HERE, and stay tuned for future US live actions once this is all cleared up.

In the meantime, the band still have some badass regional gigs confirmed in Saskatchewan and Alberta in May, and will have more to broadcast in the weeks ahead.

UNTIMELY DEMISE Confirmed Live Dates:

5/04/2012 Amigos Cantina - Saskatoon, SK w/ Mares Of Thrace

5/12/2012 The Distillery - Calgary, AB w/ Massacre @ Chuck Schuldiner memorial birthday bash

5/14/2012 The Pawn Shop - Calgary, AB w/ Massacre

Check out UNTIMELY DEMISE live footage and more AT THIS LOCATION.

VALDUR Announce New Member; Band To Headline The Coven: Blood Pact With The Devil Fest This Friday

West Coast blackened death conjurers VALDUR recently added guitarist/vocalist Samuel to their dark legion of wrath. Comments the band in a collective statement: “We are fortunate enough to inject a healthy and brutal dose of diversity into our ongoing journey. The band is hard at work writing a new full-length, and are also setting up a West Coast tour for this summer.”

The band will be setting Baldwin Park, California ablaze headlining The Coven: Blood Pact With The Devil Fest this Friday, April 13, 2012 at The American Legion. Their set will include new songs from their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2010's unsympathetic Raven God Amongst Us full-length. The band will also be playing a local show on April 20, 2012 at Lakanuki in Mammoth Lakes, California. More info available on both shows at THIS LOCATION. In addition, VALDUR will be taking part in this year’s Gathering Of Shadows Festival in Colorado this summer. Further details to come…

Hailing from Mammoth Lakes, California, VALDUR released Raven God Amongst Us in 2010 via Blood Mountain Records. The record proved to be an infernal masterpiece among the underground masses.

Stay tuned for further audio devastation from the VALDUR collective later this year as well as additional live dates.

MINISTRY's New Album Taking Charge Of Charts

Relapse, the thirteenth album from industrial metal dominators MINISTRY, has been going to war with sales and radio numbers since its worldwide release via frontman Al Jourgensen's own Thirteenth Planet Records and AFM Records on March 26th. Having landed at #154 on the US Billboard's Top 200, #32 on Billboard's Independent Record Chart and #19 on Billboard's Top Hard Music Chart, Relapse currently stands at #6 on CMJ's Loud Rock Charts.

In support of Relapse, MINISTRY will perform five major North American concerts this June -- Denver, Los Angeles, New York and two shows in Chicago -- as part of the DeFibRiLlaTouR 2012 World Tour. The band's touring lineup includes Al Jourgensen (Frontman/vox/guitars), Mike Scaccia (Ministry/Rigor Mortis) guitars, Casey Orr (Rigor Mortis) bass, John Bechdel (Ministry/Killing Joke/Fear Factory) keyboards, Aaron Rossi (Ministry/RevCo) drums and Sin Quirin (Ministry/RevCo) guitars. Soulfly bassist Tony Campos will not performing due to scheduling conflicts. Tickets for these first five shows are on sale now; check out the official MINISTRY Facebook for more info on tickets and VIP packages HERE.

MINISTRY 2012 DeFibRilLaTouR US Dates:
6/17/2012 Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO [tickets]
6/21/2012 Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA [
6/23/2012 Best Buy Theater - New York, NY [
6/28/2012 The Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL [tickets]
6/29/2012 The Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL [


Baroness, the Savannah-based quartet whose two prior releases (Red Album and Blue Record) were awarded record of the year honors from both Revolver and Decibel Magazines as well as repeatedly placing on year-end best of lists from Pitchfork and Village Voice, return with a new album titled Yellow & Green on July 17 via Relapse Records.

Yellow & Green reunites Baroness with Blue Record producer John Congleton (Explosions in the Sky, St. Vincent, Xiu Xiu) following both the band's busiest period (multiple worldwide tours including stops at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Soundwave) and most luxurious year, having taken nearly all of 2011 off to freely write and demo for the 2CD/LP album.

"We had been on tour for eight years, and we decided to take a break from our adventure to dig our heels in at home and write a new record," explains John Baizley, front man for the band and the artist responsible for Baroness' now iconic album art (an article profiling Baizley as a graphic artist is in the April edition of Juxtapoz). "We spent the entirety of the past year dedicating ourselves to the new album. Without the break from touring and the time we took to rest and reflect, we would have been entirely unable to write this new record.. We have become re-inspired. Now it's time to get back out on the road."

Baizley also recently spoke with Alternative Press regarding the recording of Yellow & Green, which can be read here.

Baroness embark on their first tour dates since 2010 as they join Meshuggah for a Spring trek across North America, previewing material from Yellow & Green. Tour dates are:

April 25 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups *

April 26 St. Louis, MO Firebird *

April 27 Nashville, TN The End *

April 29 Houston, TX House of Blues

April 30 Dallas, TX House of Blues

May 1 Austin, TX Emo's East

May 3 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre

May 4 Anaheim, CA House of Blues

May 5 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues

May 6 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

May 8 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom

May 9 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market

May 11 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre

May 13 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

May 15 Chicago, IL House of Blues

May 16 Detroit, MI St. Andrew's Hall

May 17 Toronto, ON Sound Academy

May 18 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts

May 19 Worcester, MA The Palladium

May 20 Montreal, QC Olympia de Montreal

May 22 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore Silver Spring

May 23 New York, NY Terminal 5

* = Baroness headlines, Royal Thunder opens

Baroness is John Baizley (guitars, vocals), Pete Adams (guitar, vocals), Allen Blickle (drums) and Matt Maggioni (bass).

Yellow & Green track listing and album art to be revealed soon.

HORNS 7 EYES releases album teaser trailer for "Throes Of Absolution"

Progressive atmospheric death metallers 7 HORNS 7 EYES will be releasing their first full-length album, Throes Of Absolution, in North America on April 24th via Century Media Records! To give fans a preview of this upcoming release, the band has now posted an album teaser trailer that features clips of all the tracks on Throes Of Absolution. To listen to the teaser, head over to Century Media's YouTube here.

7 HORNS 7 EYES recently released an instrumental version of the track "Divine Amnesty", which can be downloaded for free on
SoundCloud. The album version of the track can be heard here.

Featuring a guest appearance by Jeff Loomis (ex-NEVERMORE), Throes Of Absolution is already leaving a media buzz in its wake, with Dom Lawson of Metal Hammer stating: "This takes progressive death metal to a new level of pulverizing grandeur. Love it!" and Metal Sucks declaring it as one of the "Albums That Will Fuck Your Face Off In 2012". To pre-order Throes Of Absolution, head over to
CM Distro for the album, plus a special CD/shirt bundle.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


The ink has finally dried and Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of the Bay Area’s indomitable thrash metal band HEATHEN!

Founding member & guitarist Lee Altus comments on the new alliance: 

“I'm really happy and couldn't think of a better label for HEATHEN. I've known people at Nuclear Blast, some of whom have been fans of the band going as far back as the early demo days, and have been friends with them for many years. It's amazing for me to think that throughout this band’s career, every album we recorded has been released on a different label. I can finally say that we have found home. Nuclear Blast has become a mecca for Bay Area thrash bands and we are happy to join our friends and partners in crime Exodus, Death Angel, Testament and Forbidden. Now it's time to get to work on the new album!

Lead singer David White adds: “I want to thank all the fans for their amazing support; we do not take any of this lightly! Now we move forward with a true Metal record company that really understands what we're all about, 2012 and beyond!!!”

Jaap Wagemaker of the A&R Department at Nuclear Blast Germany shares the following:

It is no secret that the staff of Nuclear Blast has a soft spot for thrash metal. We all grew up here with classics such as Breaking The Silence and Victims Of Deception, and who doesn’t remember that legendary tour from 1991 with SEPULTURA, SACRED REICH and HEATHEN destroying the stages night after night! We are totally stoked to announce that these legendary Bay Area Thrashers have inked a deal with us and are now labelmates with EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL,TESTAMENT, FORBIDDEN, ANTHRAX, SEPULTURA, OVERKILL, KREATOR, DESTRUCTION and TANKARD!!! Since HEATHEN’s reunion for Thrash of the Titans, we had been following the band very closely over the last couple of years with first-hand information from Lee Altus - who is also swinging the axe in EXODUS - and what we heard from him made us very curious! After seeing HEATHEN play an amazing show at Rock Hard and their release of another classic album with The Evolution of Chaos, it was very clear to us that the band needed to become part of the Nuclear family as well. Seeing the band play several times at last year’s Thrashfest Classics, we were finally able to make this work!! With the signing of HEATHEN, another thrash dream has came true!! Welcome home guys!!!

Forged in the fertile breeding ground of the Bay Area’s thrash scene in 1984 and debuting onto the worldwide tape-trading scene in 1986 with their six-song “Pray For Death” demo, HEATHEN went on to create the now classic Breaking The Silence in 1987 (whose opening track “Death By Hanging” quickly became a live staple) and 1991’s Victims Of Deception, which included the nine-and-a-half minute opus “Heathen’s Song.” 

Reunited in 2001 for San Francisco’s Thrash of the Titans benefit for Testament’s Chuck Billy and Death’s Chuck Schuldiner, HEATHEN reemerged in full force after a 19-year absence with stellar reviews for 2010’s The Evolution Of Chaos and will begin recording their fourth studio album later this year.

HEATHEN has performed their brand of guitar-driven, fuel-injected thrash metal in Europe at numerous summer festivals, on the Thrash Fest Classics tour with co-headliners Exodus & Sepultura, and the Killfest tour with Overkill, in North America on last year’s spring tour with Destruction, and most recently at the “Bonded By Baloff: A Decade Of Remembrance” memorial in Oakland in February. Their live sets continually test the endurance of headbanging audiences everywhere.

Check out the video for “Dying Season” from The Evolution Of Chaos on YouTube.

HEATHEN 2012 is David White on vocals; Lee Altus on guitar; Kragen Lum on guitar; Jason Viebrooks on bass; and Darren Minter on drums.

Royal Thunder Share New Song; Pre-Order Details, Cover Art and Tour Dates w/ Baroness

Royal Thunder has a lyric video for "Whispering World," a new song from their forthcoming album, CVI (Relapse, May 22), available on their Facebook page (

The co-ed Atlanta quartet will join label mates Baroness for a trio of dates later this month kicking off on Apr. 25 in Columbus at the Ace of Cups. Royal Thunder will also perform a hometown show on Decibel Magazine's May 2 tour stop at The Masquerade.

CVI is now available for pre-order via

Royal Thunder tour dates:

April 25 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups *

April 26 St. Louis, MO Firebird *

April 27 Nashville, TN The End *

May 2 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade **
* = w/Baroness

** = w/Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood (Decibel Magazine Tour)

CVI follows an incredibly well-received EP debut in late 2010 which won praise from a wide variety of outlets including Paste Magazine ("blues-infused rock'n'roll, wrapped in protective barbed-metal packaging"), NPR ("a revved-up Southern hard-rocker that howls like Led Zeppelin astride a psychedelic unicorn") Brooklyn Vegan ("Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde fronting Black Sabbath") and Terrorizer ("'Royal Thunder' grabs you right from the first listen").

CVI track listing:
1. Parsonz Curse
2. Whispering World
3. Shake and Shift
4. No Good
5. Blue
6. Sleeping Witch
7. South of Somewhere
8. Drown
9. Minus
10. Black Water Vision

VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE! to Release New Album, Hellbound and Heartless, on June 19

VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE! is proud to announce their sophomore album, Hellbound and Heartless, will be available on June 19 via Hollywood Waste Records. This release showcases the darker side of VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE!, focusing on message-driven lyrics and deriving musical influence from industrial rock icons such as Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie. Hellbound and Heartless was co-produced by the band and Mike Sarkisyan and Tommy Decker, both members of Grammy-nominated, alternative-metal act SPINESHANK. Every song on the album presents a fresh, new morsel of Gothic darkness for fans to sink their teeth into.

"I Can't Breathe", the first track to be revealed from the new album, recently premiered with Alternative Press and received an overwhelming positive response. VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE! is eager to get more new tunes out and will be releasing more information on Hellbound and Heartless in the coming weeks, so fans are encouraged to keep their eyes peeled.

In support of the release, VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE! will be on the full Vans Warped Tour. A full list of dates can be seen below. Visit for additional details.

Warped Tour Dates:
6/16/12 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark
6/17/12 - Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field at Mile High
6/20/12 - Las Vegas, NV @ Luxor Festival Lot
6/21/12 - Irvine, CA @ Orange County Great Park
6/22/12 - Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex
6/23/12 - San Francisco, CA @ AT&T Park
6/24/12 - Ventura, CA @ Seaside Park
6/27/12 - Chula Vista, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
6/28/12 - Phoenix, AZ @ Camel Back Park
6/29/12 - Las Cruces, NM @ NMSU Practice Field
6/30/12 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
7/1/12 - Houston, TX @ Reliant Park - Main Street Lot
7/3/12 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/5/12 - Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/6/12 - Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
7/7/12 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/8/12 - Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park
7/9/12 - Bonner Springs , KS @ Sandstone Amphitheatre
7/10/12 - Indianapolis , IN @ Klipsch Music Center
7/11/12 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
7/12/12 - Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
7/13/12 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/14/12 - Montreal, ON @ Parc Jean Drapeau
7/15/12 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Canada Amphitheatre
7/17/12 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC
7/18/12 - Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
7/19/12 - Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
7/20/12 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
7/21/12 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
7/22/12 - Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre
7/24/12 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/25/12 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live
7/26/12 - Atlanta, GA @ Aaron's Amphitheater
7/27/12 - Orlando, FL @ Central Florida Fairgrounds
7/28/12 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
7/29/12 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park
7/30/12 - Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/31/12 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
8/1/12 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
8/4/12 - Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park
8/5/12 - Portland, OR @ Rose Quarter Riverfront

MOONSORROW signs with Century Media Records

Finnish crusaders of epic heathen metal, MOONSORROW, and Century Media Records are proud to announce a worldwide deal! In regards to the signing, the band comments: "MOONSORROW are thrilled to start working with Century Media, a label that is home to many fellow artists already! We never make our music half way or with compromises and we know our art is in good hands with people who have the same mentality in running a record label. Now, after a year since the release of our last album we are ready to begin creating something new. The new chapter in this epic journey of MOONSORROW!"

Jens Prueter, Head Of A&R at Century Media Europe: "I followed MOONSORROW since their early days and I'm very proud to welcome them now to Century Media Records. They'll be in good family along with their countrymen FINNTROLL, TURISAS and INSOMNIUM. Two of the band members already have some history with us: Henri Sorvali is also part of FINNTROLL (even if he rarely plays live with any band) and Marko Tarvonen once moved from drums to guitar in the overlooked Death Metal allstar band CHAOSBREED, who released an album that is as 'brutal' as its title."

"Much has been said about the dark soul of Finnish Metal. A sound that is hard to copy for any non-domestic band. A sound out of endless woods, deepest sorrow and epic majesty. MOONSORROW are probably the most epic of all Finnish bands, not only because most of their songs are over 10 minutes long (sometimes even over 30 minutes), but mainly because they are able to tell stories that are older than written culture. You can follow them even if you don't understand a single Finnish word. MOONSORROW are able to take you on journey through heathen times. I'm guessing I'm not the only one who can't wait for the next chapter."

MOONSORROW was founded in 1995 by the cousins Henri and Ville Sorvali with the goal of creating metal art with a good touch of national romanticism and a distinctively pagan approach. Between 1996 and 2001, MOONSORROW released 4 demos and an album before signing with Spinefarm Records. During this time, the line-up was completed with Marko 'Baron' Tarvonen, Mitja Harvilathi and Markus Eurèn-- a winning team that hasn't changed since then. The 2nd album, Voimasta Ja Kunniasta, was released in 2001, and its follow-up, Kivenkantaja (2003), hit the Finnish album charts at #16. It also took the band to their first shows abroad in 2004. Verisäkeet (2005) reached the charts as well, and MOONSORROW played their 1st show on the other side of the Atlantic, in addition to joining PRIMORDIAL for the band's 1st full European tour, both in 2006. During that year, Janne Perttilä (also in BARREN EARTH) joined as live guitarist for the continuing extensive touring.

Their 5th album, Viides Luku - Hävitetty (2007) included just two songs, both of them checking in at around the 30-minute mark, paving the way to new heights of epic pagan art, which continued on the 68-minute long Tulimyrsky EP with another 30-minute song.

2011 saw the release of the most majestic album of the year, Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa-- a full-fledged concept album about a world after annihilation.

MOONSORROW 2012 line-up:
Ville Sorvali - bass & lead vocals
Henri Sorvali - guitars, keyboards & vocals
Mitja Harvilahti - guitars & vocals
Markus Eurén - keyboards
Janne Perttilä - guitars & vocals
Marko Tarvonen - drums & vocals

Don't miss MOONSORROW on this year's European summer festivals and stay tuned for more tour updates!

MOONSORROW live 2012
14.04.2012 Ragnarök Festival, Lichtenfels Germany
15.06.2012 Hellfest, Clisson, France
13.07.2012 Bang Your Head, Balingen, Germany
14.07.2012 Rockharz, Ballenstedt, Germany
28.07.2012 Fosch Fest, Bagnatica, Italy
11.08.2012 Alliance Metal Festival, Lviv, Ukraine

LIONS LIONS Signs to Hollywood Waste Records

After several DIY years of establishing themselves via three critically acclaimed EPs and thousands of road miles, LIONS LIONS takes the next step of their career and signs with HOLLYWOOD WASTE RECORDS. Adding to Hollywood Waste's already eclectic artist roster, LIONS LIONS brings a new (yet familiar) voice to the label with a post-hardcore sound reminiscent of Story Of The Year, Finch and Thrice.

LIONS LIONS states, "We're proud to be working with a label that supports diverse music. We're excited about our new album and think it shows a side of the band that our current fans haven't had a chance to see yet. And despite our lack of makeup, we know Hollywood Waste will be a great place for us because they feel that regardless of our clothing, good music is good music."

Hollywood Waste's Danielle Fidelity adds, "We are thrilled to announce the signing of LIONS LIONS to the Hollywood Waste roster! We feel the band fits perfectly with our philosophy and are anxious to take on the post-hardcore genre with them. The band has continued to grow since signing, both musically and as people, and we're very excited to be the home of their debut full-length album."

Audiences can check out new music from LIONS LIONS via their re-vamped Facebook page where their track "The Undertow" is now streaming. The track, which can be heard here , displays the band's deft ability to negotiate the sonic tightrope between aggression and melody, with relentless guitar and drums seamlessly transitioning to anthemic vocal choruses. Produced by Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta [Bayside, Four Years Strong, Get Scared, Forever The Sickest Kids], LION LIONS' full length album will be available on HOLLYWOOD WASTE RECORDS in June 2012.

Keeping true to their road warrior mentality, LIONS LIONS will be heading out with COMEBACK KID in May. 

Tour Dates:
4/13/2012 - Wareham, MA @ 3065 Live
4/25/2012 - Toledo, OH @ Frankies Inner-City*
4/26/2012 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre*
4/27/2012 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Ft. Wayne Broadripple
4/28/2012 - Lancaster, PA @ Lancaster County Convention - Launch Music Fest
4/29/2012 - Holyoke, MA @ Water Front Tavern
5/12/2012 - DeKalb, IL @ House Café**
5/13/2012 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre**
5/14/2012 - Nashville , TN @ Rocket Town**
5/16/2012 - Toledo, OH @ Frankies Inner-City**
5/17/2012 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose**
5/18/2012 - Lemoyne, PA @ Champion Ship**
5/22/2012 - Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre**
5/24/2012 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon**
5/25/2012 - Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe's**
5/26/2012 - Howell, MI @ Hartland Performing Arts Ctr - Bled Fest          
*Indicates with A Skylit Drive
**Indicates with Comeback Kid and Rotting Out


Hard rock outfit Buckcherry will be hitting the road this spring on a headlining tour beginning on April 21st in San Antonio, TX. The band will be joined by American Idol alumnus, James Durbin and Redlight King for a North American jaunt throughout over 30 cities. Tickets are on sale now at Please see below for a list of tour dates. The band will also be performing on the main stage at this year's Bamboozle along with Bon Jovi on May 20th.

Buckcherry are currently in the studio working on their new album to be released later in the year. The band has been giving fans a behind the scenes look at their recording process with online webisodes. The first 2 webisodes can be viewed at and the 3rd is set to premiere on AOL Noisecreep in mid April.

Buckcherry's brand new track "Wherever I Go" will appear on the upcoming Avengers Assemble soundtrack. The album is available May 1st, and The Avengers film premieres May 4th. The song was written specifically for the film, and was recorded during the sessions for the band's new album. For more info, please visit: Official Avengers Site and Avengers Facebook.

In their more than decade-long career, multi-platinum artists Buckcherry have established themselves as a definitive hard rock band with a massive presence at both radio and on the road. Hits such as "Lit Up," "Crazy Bitch" and "Sorry" have propelled the band's sales to more than 3 million albums worldwide and have garnered Buckcherry two Grammy Nominations. 2008's Black Butterfly earned the band their first-ever Top Ten Billboard album debut, with the album coming in at #8. Black Butterfly was deemed the "Album of the Year" by Entertainment Weekly and "Best Rock Album" by iTunes. Buckcherry's fifth studio album, All Night Long debuted at #10 on the Top Billboard Top 200 Album chart and was the #1 Rock debut. All Night Long has won rave reviews from fans and critics alike.

Buckcherry dates with James Durbin and Redlight King:

4/24 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos

4/25 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live

4/27 - St. Louis, MO - Pop's

4/28 - Concho, OK - Lucky Star

5/1 - Louisville, KY - Phoenix Hill (Buckcherry and Redlight King Only)

5/3 - Panama City, FL - Club Lavela

5/4 - Bossier City, LA - Horseshoe Casino (Buckcherry and Redlight James Durbin)

5/5 - Miami, OK - Buffalo Run Casino (Buckcherry and Redlight James Durbin)

5/11 - Clearlake, IA - Surf Ballroom

5/16 - Winston Salem, NC - Ziggy's

5/17 - Baltimore, MD - The Plaza

5/18 - Huntington, NY - Paramount

5/21 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights

5/23 - Knoxville, TN - Valarium

5/24 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Live (Buckcherry and Redlight James Durbin)

5/27 - Carlsbad, NM - Walter Gerells (Buckcherry and Redlight James Durbin)

6/1 - Chicago, IL - Full Throttle Saloon Rally

Additional Buckcherry tour dates:

4/21 - San Antonio, TX - Oyster Bake

4/22 - Wichita Falls, TX - Radio Show

5/9 - Sioux Falls, SD - KRRO Fest

5/13 - Des Moines, IA - KAZR Lazerfest

5/20 - Asbury Park, NJ - Bamboozle

5/26 - El Paso, TX - Ballonfest

6/2 - Franklin, OH - JD Legends

6/29 - Warren, MI - Stars and Stripes Fest

7/1 - Gibbons, AB - Boonstock

7/4 - Sakstatoon, SK - Odeon

7/7 - Regina, SK - Wake Board Fest

7/8 - Calgary, AL - Calgary Stampede

7/14 - Franklin, OH - JD Legends

7/19 - Cadott, WI - Rockfest