The surprisingly so-so All Stars Tour now has tour dates! The trek — featuring Every Time I Die, Veil of Maya, iwrestledabearonce, and more — will run through July and August. Special guests Volumes will be performing July 26th-August 11th and Structures will appear July 19th-25th and August 12th-17th. Here are the dates:
I tend to think of these yearly summer package tours that Sumerian Records and the Pantheon Agency put on as falling on a certain spectrum. One one end you have Summer Slaughter, meant for fans of more extreme music which has now branched out to appeal to prog fans. On the other end All Stars Tour appeals to more hardcore/scene fans — think a selection of bands that you could see on the heavier end of Warped. I tend to align myself with Summer Slaughter Tour and avoid All Stars like the plague, but this year’s All Stars tour has at least three bands I’d LOVE to see!
A couple of years ago, right about the time djent started to catch on but wasn’t really a “thing” yet, an instrumental band by the name of RXYZYXR made their name known online through a couple of singles and an EP. You may remember their rehearsal video for ‘Orgasmic Ceiling’ being featured both here and on Metalsucks at the time. Now two years later with a lineup rounded out by vocalist Tommy Wills and having shared stages with the likes of Protest the Hero, Veil of Maya, Vildhjarta, and Volumes, RXYZYXR have finally released their debut album LMNTS. We’re excited to share with you guys the official stream for the record, which can be heard via the SoundCloud player below:
It’s no secret that I’m a guy who loves the DIY aesthetic when it comes to bands. Nothing makes me smile wider than knowing an awesome record came from some awesome dudes in an awesome basement somewhere in an awesome upper-middle class neighborhood… Especially when those dudes have sick mosh riffment!
Ogden/SLC local homies Consumed By Silence are just the types of DIY, breakdown-loving bros that the self-release scene needs (let’s face it, it’s oversaturated with a bedroom djent project for every plural noun in the dictionary). Earlier this year they released the sick ‘Systematic Collapse.’ A brutal single reminiscent of older Whitechapel.
So with all this sick moshing going on, you may be worried you’ll have to wait until next year for your next favorite mosh-friendly record, but not quite so. The full-length The Tyranny of Tradition drops doomsday 12/21/12, and you can be assured when it drops, it’ll be doom for any weenies in the pit.
MAN this show started early. And on a weekday. For shame!
Cutting to the chase, I was unable to make doors, which opened at 5pm, on a workday. As a result, I missed both Struc/tures and Volumes, much to my chagrin. I was interested to hear these guys for myself after a few months of dancing around other stuff (curse you, time!), but alas, that will have to wait for another day.
I was pleased to find myself coming in at the beginning of Swedish thallsters Vildjharta‘s set, who were the familiar draw of the evening for me. From tentatively not expecting a great deal from their Century Media debut Måsstaden last year, I was pleasantly impressed with the release, and was more pleased to find their dark brand of deathcore-spliced djent stylings translated well to the stage. The main floor was packed with people, all moving at one time or another, and showing a good amount of enthusiasm for a band that was probably the most eclectic on the bill that night. Definitely a band that I’d make the effort to see again.
02. Process of Drowning
03. Invictus, Unconquered
04. In Trenches
05. Lost at Sea
07. Gamorrah Reborn
08. Lagrange Pointe
09. The Wandering
10. Polaris Breach
To put it simply: Oxnard, California’s Bermuda are one of the heaviest bands you will hear this year. Their debut album, The Wandering, is the sonic equivalent of a war, like bombs going off in your ears. The songs resonate with a level of controlled chaos that will have you wanting to fight anyone in the vicinity. Vocalist Corey Bennett belts out every song with such intensity that you can almost feel the anger that the lyrics of songs such as ‘In Trenches’ and ‘Polaris Breach’ hope to convey. Corey’s delivery itself is something to mention, easily setting himself apart from other vocalists in the hardcore/deathcore scene.
This weekend, our very own and very talented Chris Collins attended Dallas, TX’s Winter Jamboree Fest and managed to snap pics of Whitechapel, Volumes, Structures, Stray From The Path, In Search of Sight, and The Plagued, as well as a group shot of Volumes, Structures, and Counterparts.
After the jump, browse Chris’ shots from the fest!
We’re barely a month into the new year and things are already looking like 2012 might just beat out 2011′s glorious year for metal. The Faceless (select dates), Dying Fetus, Job For A Cowboy (select dates) Goatwhore, Volumes, and Last Chance To Reason are touring this March out in the Eastern United States. I can’t speak on the whole lineup and how they deliver live, but you can guarantee that The Faceless and Last Chance To Reason are worth the trip out and the ticket price alone. Everything else is just a bonus.
Here are the dates featuring Dying Fetus as sole headliner, featuring Job For A Cowboy:
2/26 — Keene, NH @ Railroad Tavern
2/28 — Providence, RI @ PVD Social Club
2/29 — Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
3/2 — Albany, NY @ Bogie’s
3/3 — Buffalo, NY @ Club Infinity
Here are the dates featuring The Faceless as co-headliners:
03/04 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
03/06 Lansing, MI – The Loft
03/07 Toledo, OH – Omni
03/08 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
03/09 Peoria, IL – Brass Rail
03/10 Covington, KY – Bangarang’s
03/12 Evansville, IN – Boney June’s
03/13 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
03/14 Fayetteville, AR – The Rogue
Anyone going to make it out to Covington on the 10th? If so, leave a comment so we can meet up!
Volumes‘ notoriety seems to be going from strength to strength, and on the back of releasing their debut album Via last week, they’ve come up with this video for the track “Wormholes“. It was rather childish of me to insinuate they actually had worms in their holes. I should know better and I’m sorry.
Alkahest reckoned the album wasn’t too bad when he reviewed it last Monday, but I’m not really down with the fronting style – too tough guy for me. Still, some of you dudes seem to be enjoying them, so more power to ya.
01. Paid in Full
06. The Colombian Faction
07. Affirmation of Ascension
09. Behind the Curtain
11. Edge of the Earth
Volumes sure did see a rapid jump to success. Before even releasing their debut album, they toured alongside the biggest bands in the entire scene and gaining a sizable fanbase. I could never really see it at the time of their EP, though. It seemed that almost everyone was raving about The Concept of Dreaming (this site’s official review included), and I just couldn’t get what all the fuss was about. Now the LA-based sextet released their highly anticipated full-length album Via to a reasonable and unignorable amount of fanfare, I felt obligated to give it another spin. I think I’m starting to see it.