Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Hot on the heels of last week’s premiere of the first single, “Decay,” from their forthcoming album, BLACK OUT THE SUN, SEVENDUST has added a slew of new tour dates to their previously-announced headlining trek with Lacuna Coil that starts February 2 in Winston-Salem, NC at Ziggy’s.

SEVENDUST--Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals) and John Connolly (guitar/vocals)—will team up with Coal Chamber for a co-headlining tour starting March 28 in Tempe, AZ at The Marquee and concluding April 28 in Dallas, TX at The Palladium Ballroom. In addition, a handful of shows with Candlelight Red (whose latest DEMONS EP was produced by SEVENDUST drummer Morgan Rose) will start March 15 in New Orleans, LA at the House of Blues. The SEVENDUST/Coal Chamber run will include stops at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA on March 29 and at the Best Buy Theater in New York, NY on April 17.

The Atlanta band has created the SEVENDUST "Black Out The Sun" Pre-Sale Package, which will be available beginning THIS Wednesday, January 16 at It will offer opportunities for fans to pre-purchase their new album and ticket to the show.

All this touring comes in support of SEVENDUST’s highly anticipated release of their ninth studio album, BLACK OUT THE SUN, March 26 on their 7Bros. Records label (through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group). Now that it officially had its online premiere, “Decay” will soon be heard on terrestrial radio stations nationwide and available for download at online retail outlets January 22.

As drummer Morgan Rose recently explained to, “Decay” was actually one of the final songs tracked for BLACK OUT THE SUN, which started as a riff left over from the COLD RAY MEMORY recording sessions. "We were starting to get burnt and we didn't want to push it," he says. "So we had this riff, and we said, 'Let's jam it and see if anything comes of it.' And before you know it, it became a song that ends up on the record, and everybody listens to it and they end up picking that as the single, which was pretty cool."

In a review of “Decay,” raved: “The first single from their forthcoming ninth studio album, BLACK OUT THE SUN, seesaws between tight and tough pummeling from guitar-slingers Clint Lowery and John Connolly, pounding rhythms from Morgan Rose and bassist Vinnie Hornsby, and Lajon Witherspoon's unmistakable scream from the soul. After a groan of feedback, eerie clean guitar builds with a hum before steamrolling into a chugging verse. It's as potent as the band's early fare, but simultaneously the melodies rise elegantly with seasoned songwriting chops....This band remains one of the most crushingly consistent of the past 20 years. They've never wavered in their infectiousness or intensity, and that's why they're nine albums deep. For fans, rest assured. SEVENDUST hit harder and heavier than ever with their best offering since SEASONS and one of the best hard rock records of 2013.”

Check out SEVENDUST at any of the following stops. Fans should check their local ticket outlets for purchase info.


Co-Headlining shows with Lacuna Coil:

Sat 2/2 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s
Sat 2/3 Jacksonville, NC Hooligans
Tue 2/5 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
Wed 2/6 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
Thu 2/7 Portland, ME The Asylum
Fri 2/8 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
Sat 2/9 Lynchburg, VA Phase 2
Sun 2/10 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
Tue 2/12 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
Thu 2/14 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Fri 2/15 Broussard, LA The Station
Sat 2/16 Beaumont, TX Dixie Dance Hall
Sun 2/17 Little Rock, AR Revolution! Music Room
Tue 2/19 Springfield, IL Boondocks
Thu 2/21 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre
Fri 2/22 South Bend, IN Club Fever
Sat 2/23 Cedar Rapids, IA Pepsi Pavilion

With Candlelight Red:

Fri 3/15 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
Sat 3/16 Broussard, LA The Station

With Lacuna Coil and Candlelight Red:

Sun 3/17 Abilene, TX The Lucky Mule
Tue 3/19 Farmington, NM Top Deck
Thu 3/21 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
Fri 3/22 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
Sat 3/23 Las Vegas, NV The Railhead @ Boulder Station Hotel & Casino
Wed 3/27 El Cajon, CA Sycuan Casino

With Lacuna Coil, Coal Chamber and Candlelight Red:

Thu 3/28 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
Fri 3/29 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
Sat 3/30 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
Sun 3/31 Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
Tue 4/2 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
Wed 4/3 Wichita, KS The Cotillion
Thu 4/4 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
Fri 4/5 Sauget, IL Pop’s
Sat 4/6 Milwaukee, WI The Rave II
Mon 4/8 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
Tue 4/9 Joliet, IL Mojoes
Thu 4/11 Ft. Wayne, IN Piere’s
Fri 4/12 Detroit, MI Harpo’s
Sat 4/13 Toronto, ONT Sound Academy
Sun 4/14 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
Tue 4/16 Worcester, MA The Palladium
Wed 4/17 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
Thu 4/18 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Fri 4/19 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino
Sat 4/20 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Mon 4/22 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live!
Tue 4/23 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
Wed 4/24 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
Fri 4/26 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
Sat 4/27 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheater
Sun 4/28 Dallas, TX The Palladium Ballroom

Friday, January 11, 2013


Grammy-nominated rockers Anthrax - Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello and Joey Belladonna - have announced that Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donais will step in for the departing Rob Caggiano. Donais will temporarily fill in for Anthrax's upcoming tour dates in India, the series of Soundwave Festival shows in Australia, and the North American Metal Alliance Tour (dates below).

"Jon is a bro and he's also a total f**king ripper," said Scott Ian. "I've worked with him twice before on side projects and he tears it up. I'm excited to have him on my right burning up the stage with Anthrax. 13's gonna be a good year."

"I grew up on Anthrax, they're the thrash scene, they're one of The Big Four, I'd be crazy to not want to play with them," said Donais. "Initially, Rob called and told me he was leaving the band, and asked if I'd be interested in filling in. Then Scott called me and everything fell into place. Rob and I are using Skype to work on solos and other guitar parts, so he's being great. I also have to give special thanks to my band - Brian, Matt, Jason and Ed - who have been incredibly supportive and encouraged me to do this."

Dates for Anthrax's upcoming concerts with Jon Donais on guitar are as follows:


16 Fly Festival, Delhi (with Limp Bizkit, Mastodon)
17 Fly Festival, Bangalore (with Limp Bizkit, Mastodon)

(Australia - all dates with Metallica, Slayer, Linkin Park, more)

23 Soundwave Festival 2013, Brisbane
24 Soundwave Festival 2013, Sydney

 1 Soundwave Festival 2013, Melbourne
 2 Soundwave Festival 2013, Adelaide
 4 Soundwave Festival 2013, Perth

(Metal Alliance Tour/North America - all dates with Exodus, High on Fire, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail)

22 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
23 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
24 Marquee, Tempe, AZ
25 House of Blues, San Diego, CA
27 House of Blues, Los Angeles, CA
28 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
29 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
30 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC CANADA
31 Showbox SODO, Seattle, WA

 2 Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
 4 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
 5 House of Blues, Chicago, IL
 6 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
 7 Bogart's, Cincinnati, OH
 9 House of Blues, Dallas, TX
10 House of Blues, Houston, TX
12 House of Blues, Orlando, FL
13 Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, NC
14 Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
16 House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
18 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
20 Irving Plaza, New York, NY

LONG DISTANCE CALLING Releases New Song as Free Download

LONG DISTANCE CALLING has released a free download of their new song, "Ductus." This is the first track to be revealed from their upcoming album, THE FLOOD INSIDE. To download the track, all fans have to do is go here and enter their email address. While half of the album features new vocalist Martin "Marsen" Fischer (Pigeon Toe, ex-Fear My Thoughts), "Ductus" is a full instrumental track that showcases the epic feel for which LONG DISTANCE CALLING is known for. Fans should stay tuned as the band will be releasing the first new track with vocals in the very near future.

THE FLOOD INSIDE will be released on March 5, 2013 in North America as a digital only release via Superball Music. The album will be out March 1, 2013 in Germany/Austria/Switzerland and March 4, 2013 in Europe.

In support of the album, LONG DISTANCE CALLING will embark on the European "The Flood Inside" Tour 2013. A list of dates can be seen below.

An evening with LONG DISTANCE CALLING Dates:
15.02.2013 (D) Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
16.02.2013 (NL) Helmond - Poppodium Lakei

01.03.2013 (D) Münster - Sputnikhalle
02.03.2013 (D) Hamburg - Klubsen
03.03.2013 (D) Berlin - Festsaal Kreuzberg
04.03.2013 (D) München - Backstage
05.03.2013 (D) Karlsruhe - Substage
06.03.2013 (D) Köln - Essigfabrik
07.03.2013 (D) Leipzig - Conne Island
08.03.2013 (CZ) Prague - Hoodoo
09.03.2013 (HU) Budapest - Dürer Kert
10.03.2013 (AT) Wien - Arena
11.03.2013 (I) Milan - Lo Fi Club
12.03.2013 (CH) Aarau - Kiff
13.03.2013 (CH) Geneve - L'usine (Kab)
14.03.2013 (LU) Esch/Alzette - Kulturfabrik
15.03.2013 (F) Paris - Nouveau Casino
17.03.2013 (B) Brussels - Magasin 4
19.03.2013 (UK) Nottingham - Rock City Basement
20.03.2013 (UK) Glasgow - Ivory Blacks
21.03.2013 (UK) Manchester - NQ Live
22.03.2013 (UK) London - Underworld
23.03.2013 (NL) Rotterdam - Baroeg

ABORTED posts new lyric video for "Vermicular, Obscene, Obese" online; kicks off European tour next week

Goremasters ABORTED are heading out on tour with VADER this month, and fans can expect the band to play a ton of old and new classics! To celebrate this upcoming European tour, ABORTED has now launched a new lyric video for "Vermicular, Obscene, Obese" on (UK). ABORTED vocalist and leading force, Sven De Caluwe, explains the meaning of the track: "Eating carbs is bad mmmkay? So yeah we have this new lyric video up for 'Vermicular, Obscene, Obese'...Which isn't really about carbs, unless you count corpses as carbs, or grannies, or trannies, or something...It's also absolutely not about mass consumerism and other social points of view since we are as brain dead as our music, so go check out the funky stuff from the funky bunch, and enjoy!"

Check out the new clip here:

ABORTED will be touring in support of their latest album, Global Flatline, which can be purchased on iTunes and CM Distro. See below for all upcoming tour dates.

ABORTED tour dates feat. VADER

17.01.2013 (GER) Berlin / K17
18.01.2013 (GER) Jena / F-Haus
19.01.2013 (GER) Essen / Turock
20.01.2013 (HOL) Groningen / Vera
21.01.3013 (GER) Hamburg / Markthalle
22.01.2013 (HOL) Helmond / Lakei
23.01.2013 (GER) Kassel / The Fiasko
24.01.2013 (BEL) Leffinge / Devil's Corner
25.01.2013 (FR) Reims / La Cartonnerie
26.01.2013 (CH) Zurich / Alte Kaserne
27.01.2013 (ITA) Travagliato/Brescia / Circolo Colony
29.01.2013 (SLO) Ljubljana / Gala Hala
30.01.2013 (A )Vienna / Escape Metalcorner
31.01.2013 (GER) Ingolstadt / Eventhalle Wespark
01.02.2013 (CH) Lausanne / Les Docks
02.02.2013 (FR) Paris-Vaurel / Le Forum
03.02.2013 (UK) Plymouth / White Rabbit
04.02.2013 (UK) Bristol / The Fleece
05.02.2013 (UK) Glasgow / Ivory Blacks
06.02.2013 (IRE) Dublin / Button Factory
07.02.2013 (UK) Manchester / NQ Live
08.02.2013 (UK) London / Underworld
09.02.2013 (HOL) Rotterdam / Baroeg
10.02.2013 (HOL) Alkmaar / Victorie

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by the renowned Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, PESTILENCE, HATESPHERE) at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark, ABORTED's recently released Global Flatline has received rave reviews from the press since it was unleashed upon North America last year.

DARK TRANQUILLITY to release new album, 'Construct,' in May 2013

The guardians of the Gothenburg sound, DARK TRANQUILLITY, released their first album 20 years ago and are still one of the most exciting bands in melodic death metal. New and old fans will be happy to hear that they are ready to announce their 10th album.

The band comments: "Greetings, Darklings! After having played over 200 shows in every corner of the world in support of the 'We Are The Void' album, it's time to focus inwards and lock ourselves up in the studio. Months and months of hard songwriting work has paid off, and the recording sessions will start early this year. Further details will be announced in due time, but for now we can reveal that the album will be entitled 'Construct' and that we're very excited to have Jens Bogren (PARADISE LOST, OPETH, KATATONIA) taking care of the mix. The release date is set for May 28 in North America."

Fans can expect nothing but greatness with Construct, plus worldwide touring in support of the album in 2013 and beyond. The next chance to see DARK TRANQUILLITY live will be in Dubai, where the band has never played before. Some European summer festival appearances have also been announced, and the band is currently working on a US tour for this upcoming September. Stay tuned for more tour dates coming soon!

12.04.2013 -- Dubai Rock Fest -- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
30.05.2013 -- Beastival Festival -- Geiselwind, Germany
28.06.2013 -- Basinfire Festival -- Spalene Porici, Czech Republic

Thursday, January 10, 2013

DYING FETUS to Premiere New Video Next Week!

Death Metal powerhouse DYING FETUS have completed work on a new video for the song "Second Skin". The video will be exclusively premiered by Bloody Disgusting this coming Tuesday January 15th. In the meantime, the band has released a trailer for the video, which can be viewed HERE.

DYING FETUS will be hitting the road in in January of 2013 alongside Hatebreed, Shadows Fall and The Contortionist as part of "The Divinity of Purpose Tour". The tour will kick off January 26th in Flint, MI and will wrap up February 17th in Amityville, NY.

DYING FETUS released their latest album Reign Supreme in 2011 on Relapse Records. The album is streaming in its entirety on their Bandcamp Page.

Reign Supreme is available for purchase from the Relapse store HERE and digitally on iTunes.

For updates on DYING FETUS visit their Facebook page.

DYING FETUS with Hatebreed and Shadows Fall
1/26/13: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
1/27/13: Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
1/28/13: Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
1/30/13: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
1/31/13: Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
2/1/13: West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy
2/2/13: Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
2/3/13: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
2/5/13: Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
2/6/13: Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
2/7/13: Sauget, IL @ Pop's
2/8/13: Lexington, KY @ Buster's
2/9/13: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
2/11/13: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
2/12/13: Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Live
2/13/13: Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan's
2/14/13: West Springfield, VA @ Empire
2/15/13: Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
2/16/13: Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater
2/17/13: Amityville, NY @ Revolution


Los Angeles-based heavy metallers HOLY GRAIL have teamed with NOISECREEP to premiere the lyric video for the title track of their upcoming album, "Ride The Void." You can view the video directly on their site HERE or by watching the video below. The album, which will be released on Jan. 22 through PROSTHETIC RECORDS in U.S., Jan. 16 via Universal in Japan, and via Nuclear Blast on Jan. 18 in Europe and Jan. 21 in the UK, is currently available for pre-order through Pre-order bundles include "Ride The Void" on CD or LP along with either a t-shirt, long-sleeve, or pullover hoodie featuring the album’s artwork (featured above).

"Ride The Void," produced by Grammy award winner Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children of Bodom), was hailed by Decibel magazine, who claimed "You'd have to go back 20 years to find a metal record that achieves this level of instant infectiousness," while receiving a 9/10 from Outburn magazine and (who praised its "jaw-to-the-floor, wrist-spraining moments"). The band will kick off an extensive tour cycle on the upcoming Metal Alliance tour, which will see them play alongside Anthrax, Exodus, High on Fire, and Municipal Waste. Dates & tickets can be found on

UPON WINGS to Release Afterlife EP Featuring Brett Hestla (Ex-Creed, Dark New Day)

UPON WINGS is proud to announce the release of their new EP, Afterlife, featuring guest vocals and production from Brett Hestla (Ex-Creed, Dark New Day). Afterlife is scheduled for a March 5th release on Sword of the Spirit Records LLC.

The EP's debut single and title track is set to hit alternative and rock radio and digital outlets on Jan. 15, but you can hear it first today courtesy of Noisecreep. Head HERE to check out an exclusive stream of the title track "Afterlife".

Rock and metal fans will recognize plenty of names on "Afterlife." Kid Rock recording engineer and Grammy-nominated mixing engineer Glenn Brown mastered the single, while Brett Hestla (ex-Creed, Dark New Day) provided guest vocals and production talents. More metal assistance for the upcoming EP came from producer and guitarist Kevin Jardine, best known as the guitarist of Canadian nu metal giants Slaves on Dope, formerly on Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's Divine Recordings label. Drummer Peter Tzaferis also contributed to the EP.

Recording sessions for "Afterlife" took place at Johnny K's legendary Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, where Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Staind and countless other heavy music-makers have laid down tracks.

UPON WINGS combines operatic, female-fronted goth-pop with rousing rock and metal in a unique, ethereal fashion. Frontwoman Anne Autumn Erickson is a classically-trained dramatic mezzo-soprano, and her lyrics take listeners down a path of heartfelt introspection, pain, joy and faith.

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Flyleaf launch collaborative art project on Facebook / tour dates with Drowning Pool

Flyleaf recently launched a collaborative art project on their Facebook page. The band is asking fans to bring the "New Horizons" track artwork (which was created by bassist Pat Seals) to life by coloring it by hand or on photoshop, and then posting the finished piece on Instagram using #flyleaffanart. One hand picked winner will receive an original print framed and signed by Pat. To download the artwork and add your own personal touch visit the contest page here.

The band will be kicking 2013 off with a bang as they will be hitting the road with fellow rockers Drowning Pool on a nationwide tour.

Tour dates are as follows:

Feb. 21 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
Feb. 22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
Feb. 23 - Hartford, CT - Webster
Feb. 24 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Feb. 27 - Huntington, NY - Paramount
Feb. 28 - New York, NY - Irving
Mar. 01 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Park
Mar. 02 - Silver Spring, MD - Fillmore
Mar. 04 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon
Mar. 05 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
Mar. 06 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Mar. 08 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
Mar. 09 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
Mar. 10 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Mar. 12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Mar. 14 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
Mar. 15 - Salt Lake City, UT - ITV
Mar. 16 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
Mar. 17 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
Mar. 19 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
Mar. 21 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
Mar. 22 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip
Mar. 23 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
Mar. 24 - Tucson, AZ - Rock

Flyleaf released their third studio album, New Horizons, in 2012. New Horizons was the band's final album with long time singer Lacey Sturm. New Horizons is available on iTunes.

To stay up to speed on all things Flyleaf follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Statement from Anthrax about Rob Caggiano's Departure From the Band

"Rob has been an integral part of Anthrax for so many years, as our lead guitarist, in a production capacity, but most of all, as our close friend. His contributions to the band have been enormous. While we are sad that he is leaving, we wish him nothing but great success going forward, and hope to share the stage with him again sometime down the road.

"With the Metal Alliance Tour on the horizon, we have been considering several lead guitarist options, and will be making an announcement on that shortly."

ANTHRAX - Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna

Rob Caggiano Leaves Anthrax

After a long and successful run as guitarist for the legendary thrash metal act Anthrax, Rob Caggiano has decided that it's time to move on and focus on his other passion: producing records for the time being. Already an acclaimed rock and metal producer, Rob has amassed a long list of production credits working with acts such as Cradle of Filth (on their Grammy-nominated classic Nymphetamine), The Damned Things, and Jesse Malin to name a few. Rob's production work on the most recent Anthrax studio album Worship Music received high recognition, as the track "I'm Alive" received a Grammy Nomination for Best Rock + Metal Performance.

Being a member of the mighty Anthrax for the better part of the last 12 years is something that Caggiano is of course very proud of. This was not an easy decision to make.

"I'm extremely proud of my time in Anthrax. Actually, that's an understatement! We accomplished so many great things together over the years and I shared some of the best times of my life with these guys. As a band, we also weathered quite a few storms along the way. It's been a wild ride (to say the least) from Day One and I wouldn't change one single thing about the last 12 years. This is an extremely difficult and emotional decision for me to make but my heart is just steering me in a different direction right now. I've always been one to follow my heart in everything that I do and while this might be one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, it feels like the right one for me at this time. Scott, Charlie, Joey, Frankie (and John Bush) will always be part of my family and this decision doesn't change the way I feel about that in the slightest. I would also like to say thanks to all the amazing fans I've met and hung out with worldwide over the years. You guys always were and always will be the reason why I make music! In this day and age, being a musician isn't always easy -also an understatement- but the fans truly make it worthwhile for me. I hope to see each and every one of you again really soon. The fact that Anthrax is at the top of their game right now and totally 'out for blood' after all these years is a testament to this band's longevity and conviction! I'm truly honored to have been a part of their brilliant legacy."

With this new direction, Caggiano very much looks forward to getting back to producing/recording/writing again in the immediate future.

"I can't wait to get back in the recording studio again! Over the years, I've been blessed with the privilege of working with a wide range of great bands/artists from Anthrax and Cradle of Filth all the way to Bruce Springsteen, and I look forward to a hopeful continuation of that side of my career while I figure out my next move as an artist. BTW in case anyone was wondering after reading all of this, I do FULLY intend to get back out there on the road very soon in some way shape or's in my blood! Please feel free to follow me on Twitter @RobCaggiano for any and all updates on what I am up to."

BUTCHER BABIES to Tour with Marilyn Manson; Band Added to Hell & Heaven Metal Fest 2013

With heavy metal and horror-inspired theatrics fascinating crowds worldwide, the BUTCHER BABIES has emerged as one of the biggest draws on the Sunset Strip in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA. Within a few short weeks BUTCHER BABIES has made two huge announcements: a record deal with metal label CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS and a 2013 North American tour with shock-rock icon MARILYN MANSON. A list of confirmed dates can be seen below.

In addition, BUTCHER BABIES is proud to announce that they have been confirmed to play Hell & Heaven Metal Fest 2013. The festival is on May 18th and 19th in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. MOTӦRHEAD, ANTHRAX, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, and MOONSPELL are already confirmed for the festival along with a number of other key acts. Additional details on Hell & Heaven Metal Fest 2013 will be released and more information on the event can be found here:

Fronted by Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd - named two of the year's 'Hottest Women in Rock' by Revolver Magazine - BUTCHER BABIES has brought their show worldwide wowing UK fans at this year's Download Festival and as support for ANTHRAX in Cardiff. Following their UK appearances, the band returned to America as direct support for OTEP and just wrapped up their first headlining tour.

Butcher Babies' track "Axe Wound" (listen here) is currently in rotation on Sirius XM Liquid Metal, and their short movie/video for the track "Mr. Slowdeath" can be seen here: The band - vocalists Harvey and Shepherd, guitarist Henry Flury, bassist Jason Klein and drummer Chris Warner - is currently working on their full-length debut, slated for a worldwide release in Summer 2013 via Century Media Records.

Dates with Marilyn Manson:

01/18/13 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagle's Ballroom

01/19/13 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's

01/20/13 - Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion

01/22/13 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore

01/23/13 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

01/25/13 - Wallingford, CT @ The Dome

01/26/13 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues

01/28/13 - Montreal, QC, CA @ Metropolis

01/29/13 - Oshawa, ON, CA @ General Motors Centre

01/30/13 - Hamilton, ON, CA @ Hamilton Place Theatre

02/01/13 - Sudbury, ON, CA @ Sudbury Arena

02/04/13 - Winnipeg, MB, CA @ MTS Centre

02/05/13 - Moose Jaw, SK, CA @ Mosiac Place

02/06/13 - Saskatoon, SK, CA @ TCU Place

02/08/13 - Calgary, AB, CA @ Stampede Corral

02/09/13 - Edmonton, AB, CA @ Shaw Conference Centre

02/11/13 - Vancouver, BC, CA @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre

02/13/13 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre

02/19/13 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre

02/20/13 - Anaheim, CA @ The Grove of Anaheim

02/21/13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia

02/23/13 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

Hell & Heaven Metal Fest 2013:
*Butcher Babies performance date TBA. The festival is 05/18/13 and 05/19/13.

Friday, January 4, 2013


Canadian progressive metallists HEAVEN'S CRY will be premiering the song "Komma" from the upcoming reissue of their second album, "Primal Power Addiction", exclusively on LAMBGOAT.COM HERE.

HEAVEN'S CRY's first two releases, "Food For Thought Substitute", along with the follow-up,"Primal Power Addiction", will be reissued by PROSTHETIC RECORDS on January 8th, following the success of the band's recently released comeback album "Wheels of Impermanence". Both of the reissues feature revamped artwork as well as being newly remixed by Yannick St-Amand (Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre, Kataklysm) and remastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Symphony X) in addition to "Primal Power Addiction" being re-sequenced. You can pre-order both albums on the PROSTHETIC IndieMerch store HERE (

"Wheels of Impermanence" marked the first new music from the band (who were originally formed in the early 90's) in the past seven years. The band currently consists of Pierre St-Jean (Vocals/guitar), Sylvain Auclair (Vocals/bass), Eric Jarrin (Guitar,ex-Despised Icon), and René Lacharité (drums). They were most recently seen headlining the prestigious Prog-Power Festival Europe in the Netherlands and have since been announced to appear at the 2013 ProgPower USA Festival.


Thrash-infused doom act CASTLE will embark on their first-ever headlining tour tomorrow (4) in Oakland, Calif. at Eli's Mile High Club. The band's updated itinerary now includes several new show dates in Florida, North Carolina and Texas. A complete list of dates can be found below.

CASTLE will be supporting their PROSTHETIC debut "Blacklands," which is currently available on iTunes
HERE. The album, produced by Billy Anderson (Cathedral, Sleep, Eyehategod, Neurosis), earned a 9/10 rating from Outburn and was described by Metal Hammer UK as being "charged with arcane mysticism." The band recently released a music video for the song "Storm Below The Mountain," which was directed by Jaan Silmberg of Pistoltrixx and can be viewed below.

CASTLE were recently seen supporting doom act Witch Mountain on a Scion A/V-sponsored national tour and have also performed with the likes of Blood Ceremony, Hammers of Misfortune and Gates of Slumber. The band will also take part in the upcoming Roadburn Festival alongside the likes of High On Fire, Intronaut, Royal Thunder, Pallbearer and many more.

Thanks to Heavy Metal Home TV, you now can experience the intensity of a live CASTLE show by watching the complete video coverage of their recent performance at Turbinehalle in Oberhausen, Germany

Come see CASTLE and grab a copy of "Blacklands" on one of the dates below:
1/4 Oakland, CA - Eli’s Mile High Club
1/5 Ventura, CA - Billy O’s
1/6 Los Angeles,CA - Los Globos
1/7 Long Beach, CA - Que Sera
1/8 San Diego,CA - Soda Bar
1/9 Tempe,AZ - Yucca Tap Room
1/10 El Paso,TX - Gallery 127
1/11 San Antonio,TX - 1011
1/12 Corpus Christi,TX - Zero’s
1/13 New Orleans,LA - The Circle Bar
1/15 Orlando,FL - Backbooth
1/16 Jacksonville,FL - Phoenix Taproom
1/17 Wilmington, NC - Ortons
1/18 Greensboro, NC - Somewhere Else Tavern
1/19 Richmond,VA - Strange Matter
1/21 Martinsburg, WV - MJ’s Pub
1/22 Columbus, OH - Kobo Live
1/23 Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge
1/24 Lansing, MI - Mac’s Bar
1/25 Cleveland,OH - Now That’s Class
1/26 York,PA - The Depot
1/27 Hartford,CT - Webster Underground
1/28 Boston, MA - O’Briens
1/29 Worcester,MA - Ralph’s Rock Diner
1/30 Brooklyn,NY - The Acheron
1/31 Knoxville, MD - Lallo’s
2/1 Savannah, GA - The Jinx
2/2 Atlanta,GA - The Earl
2/3 Johnson City, TN - Hideaway
2/5 Austin, TX - Red Seven
2/6 Dallas,TX - Club Dada
2/8 Lubbock, TX - Jake’s Sports Cafe
2/10 Las Vegas, NV - Bunkhouse

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GIANT X Release Third Song Sample From Debut Album I

GIANT X is the spectacular new band founded by Running Wild`s Rolf Kasparek and Peter J. Jordan has released another song snippet from their debut. Check out a preview of the song "Don't Quit Till Tomorrow" HERE.

The first snippet from the song "On a Blind Flight" can be heard HERE.

The second snippet from the song "Rough Ride" can be heard HERE.

GIANT X' s debut album I will be out on Steamhammer/SPV as a super jewel case and download on January 18th in Germany, January 21st in Europe and January 29th in USA/Canada and is set to delight particularly fans of traditional hard rock.

A video trailer for the album is available for viewing HERE. In addition to the video trailer, GIANT X has released an EPK for I. Check out part one HERE and part two HERE.

Royal Thunder Premiere "Blue" Video via Pitchfork; Announce North American and European Tour Dates

Royal Thunder, the Atlanta-based co-ed quartet whose debut album (CVI) landed on Best of 2012 lists from Decibel, Pitchfork, Spin, Revolver and the Village Voice, premiere their video for "Blue" via Pitchfork (

The clip comes as news of the band's first European tour is confirmed. Royal Thunder will perform a handful of mid-April dates with Pallbearer including a stop at Roadburn on Apr. 18. The band also kick off a month of North American dates, joining Enslaved and Pallbearer for a trek that launches on Jan. 30 at Underground Arts in Philadelphia.

"This is a long awaited tour for both Royal Thunder and the many European fans who have reached out to us over the past couple of years," said singer/guitar player Mlny Parsonz of the band's first European tour. "Roadburn is a wild dream come true. Anyone I have talked to that has played Roadburn always has exciting and positive feedback on the festival. Europe or Bust! Here we come!"

Royal Thunder 2013 tour dates:

dates w/Enslaved and Pallbearer
Jan. 30 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
Jan. 31 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
Feb. 1 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small's Theatre
Feb. 2 Detroit, MI The Magic Stick
Feb. 3 Chicago, IL Reggie's Rock Club
Feb. 4 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
Feb. 6 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Feb. 8 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Feb. 9 San Francisco, CA Slim's
Feb. 10 Portland, OR Branx
Feb. 11 Seattle, WA Highline Bar
Feb. 12 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
Feb. 14 Edmonton, AB Pawn Shop
Feb. 15 Calgary, AB Dickens Pub
Feb. 16 Regina, SK The Exchange
Feb. 17 Winnipeg, MB The Osborne Village Inn
Feb. 19 Toronto, ON Opera House
Feb. 20 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Electriques
Feb. 21 Boston, MA The Sinclair
Feb. 22 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

dates with Pallbearer (except Roadburn)
Apr. 10 London, UK Borderline
Apr. 11 Antwerp, Belgium Trix
Apr. 12 Leipzig, Germany Connewitz
Apr. 13 Berlin, Germany Bi Nuu
Apr. 14 Linz, Austria Posthof
Apr. 15 Bologna, Italy Freakout Club
Apr. 16 Aarau, Switzerland K.i.F.F.
Apr. 17 Germany TBA
Apr. 18 Tilburg, Netherlands Roadburn