NOLA Sludge/Doom titans Crowbar have dropped a spoopy new video for ‘Symmetry in White’, the title track to their newest album of crushingly heavy swamp sludge, which is mercifully free of fat naked dudes or twerkers. It does have a nun with bleeding eyes though. The song is also 4:20 long. Blaze it. In related news, the band has also announced that they plan to team up with veteran metalcore act Unearth and rising prog-death stars Black Crown Initiate for a string of dates at the end of the year fittingly titled the Symmetry in Winter tour. Check out the full dates and video after the jump!
Category: Tours and Rumors of Tours
The Decibel Magazine Tour is fast becoming one of the most anticipated and highest quality annual treks, given their knack for picking up “legendary” status acts as headliners. The previous three iterations featured the likes of Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, and Carcass, all incredibly influential acts that helped spawn and/or popularize a subgenre of death metal.
2015’s iteration is no different, and will capitalize on the recently successful return of melodic death metal progenitors At The Gates with support from Converge and Vallenfyre! Get dates below.
Since the release of their debut album, Infinitas, and maiden tour of Europe in the second half of last year, things have been quiet Circles. However, as 2014 draws to a close, the band appears to be reactivating, and have just a released a video for the song, ‘On My Way’. Check it out after the jump!
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 »
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.