Of the many and vast bands who have come about in the past few years and are taking instrumental metal in fascinating directions, there are very few that top Australia’s Tangled Thoughts of Leaving in my book. Their debut full-length, 2011’s Deaden the Fields, was easily among my favorite releases of the year for its brilliant interplay of jazz fusion, noise and electronic elements, and sprawling post-metal compositions. It’s fair to say that many of us here have been greatly anticipating news of a follow-up, so it’s with great excitement that we finally have some information to share! View Full Article »
Category: Tours and Rumors of Tours
Some of you may remember that earlier in the week, we briefly ran a story regarding the recent cancellation of a yet to be announced tour of Australia by The Ocean in January of next year, and the online shit fight that ensued between the band and Robert MacManus, a well known Australian tour promoter. Following our publication of the story, it was brought to my attention that despite appearances, MacManus was not actually involved with promoting this particular tour, and thus we pulled the story in order to dig a bit deeper into this intriguing drama.
It is with the most selfish of smirks that I am writing this news. Our beloved maestro of majestic musical extravaganza Devin Townsend is taking his Devin Townsend Project and Ziltoid across mainland Europe and the UK. With him are the ever polarizing Periphery and the hands down batshit SHINING. While you fine people residing in the US do get more tours and are spoiled by local acts, us Euros do luck out sometimes and this is definitely one of those occasions. Get the tour dates after the jump. View Full Article »
Today, September 12th, 2014, Monuments embark on their first ever US headlining tour, and they’re bringing in tow progressive upstarts Polyphia as well as Villains and Lionfight. In support of the group’s recent stints touring stateside for the first time ever and the release of their celebrated sophomore album The Amanuensis, Monuments mastermind John Browne opened up about finding new vocalist Chris Barretto, the conceptual story behind The Amanuensis, and more. Photo by Maclyn Bean Photography.
The Amanuensis by no means is a victim of the sophomore slump, and in our opinion, it trumps the debut. How do you feel going into its release compared to Gnosis?
I feel a lot more confident for sure. We sat on the Gnosis material for over 2 years, we’d been playing it live with other singers and generally the overall consensus from the fans that it was past it’s time. Although saying that, I still think that album is a great debut.
How did you come into bringing Chris Barretto into the fold?
We were having problems with our old singer, personally and on stage. We never really felt his live performance was consistent enough for where we wanted to go. On a personal level none of us really moulded with him. We were on tour with The Haarp Machine — Chris Barretto was filling in for them. Every night he was killing it and quite honestly, making us look bad. After the tour the guys asked him if he’d be interested in auditioning for the band, his audition ruled and we figured that overall, even though the cost of flights is another expense, being a flawless live band should come at no expense. We hired him immediately.
That’s right, everyone. It’s all going to be okay. No more tears now. Only dreams.
The criminally underrated yet wildly influential rock band Faith No More have confirmed that they are indeed working on a new album, with a single titled ‘Motherfucker‘ due out later this year. Not only that, but the band are promising a tour for their oft-neglected US fanbase.
Check the full press release after the jump.
When this tour was announced and tickets were put on sale, they all sold out within a few weeks. Basement had just returned from a two year hiatus, and were more popular than ever before. Ovlov started out the night with their shoegaze/punk/indie vibes, and the crowd reacted very well to them. Superheaven, formerly Daylight, (who had to change their name due to a legal dispute with another Spanish band with the same name), have been one of my favorite bands for a while, and I included their record Jar in my year end list for 2013, and funnily enough, mentioned Basement in my short blurb about that record. Superheaven got the crowd moving and crowd surfing, and their heavy grunge/alternative rock sounds came through extremely well. Basement finally came on, and the crowd surged to the front, almost breaking the barrier at Webster Hall in the process. Throes of crowd surfers came over the barrier throughout the entire set, while the crowd sang along to every lyric. Every band on this bill absolutely killed it, and this tour really showcased Basement’s triumphant return to the United States.
Catch photos of the gig after the jump.
Got some piping-hot live videos to serve up to you fine folks! Brooklyn post-metal experimentalists Tombs may have released their widely-acclaimed sophomore effort Savage Gold back in June, but they decided to celebrate its release in full a month later at Saint Vitus. Supporting them were several other local acts, including a band you may have heard of called Pyrrhon. We’ve got cuts from each after the jump, courtesy of Nicolas Cusworth Media.
After a long and tedious string of teasers, Slipknot have finally revealed details surrounding their forthcoming album. The album will be titled .5: The Gray Chapter, and it now has a release date of Oct. 21 through the band’s longtime label Roadrunner Records. Additionally, the band has released the first official single from the album. Listen to “The Devil In I” after the jump.
Steve Brooks has had quite a year. It’s only been a few months since a reunited Floor released a very solid comeback album of poppy sludge, along with the expected touring and press cycles that come with it. Lest his other projects begin to feel neglected though, it appears Torche is back in full swing as well. The band had already announced a smattering of Australian tour dates for October, but via the band’s Facebook page yesterday they also announced a string of US dates for late September. Check out the dates for both tours after the jump.
Hats (and helmets) off to GWAR for remaining silly and resilient through tremendous loss. While this past weekend saw an epic viking funeral absolutely appropriate enough for retiring Dave Brockie’s character Oderus Urungus, the group are wasting no time in riding the high spirits into an announcement of a highly extensive three-month trek across North America featuring supporting acts Decapitated, Corrosion of Conformity, and American Sharks.