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by on Feb.02, 2011, under news

The 2011 Metalliance Tour has just announced the complete line up for their already impressive and highly anticipated tour. The run of dates are now complete and will be supported by metal heavyweights KYLESA, RED FANG, HOWL and ATLAS MOTH. The tour organizers had the honor of having Brian Mercer also provide all of the visuals and artwork for The Metalliance Tour. He is best known for creating artwork for such bands as EYEHATEGOD, ZOROASTER, BLACK TUSK, LAMB of GOD and countless others.

Dates have officially been announced. The tour sponsored by Revolver Magazine,, Brooklyn Vegan, Mosh Potatoes Cookbook and Giddy Up! Sauces is proud to announce HELMET, SAINT VITUS and CROWBAR for its inaugural line up. “We are glad to be part of this tour; I think it’s a great bill. The bands I have heard so far each have a strong musical identity as opposed to so much of the generic, lowest common denominator music out there,” says HELMET front man Page Hamilton.

03/17/11 Dallas, TX @ Southside Music Hall
03/18/11 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog / SXSW
03/19/11 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
03/20/11 St Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
03/21/11 Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
03/22/11 Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
03/23/11 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
03/24/11 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
03/25/11 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
03/26/11 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
03/27/11 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
03/29/11 Denver, CO @ The Summit
03/31/11 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
04/01/11 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
04/03/11 San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
04/05/11 Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues

Legendary alternative metal band HELMET will perform their 1992 platinum-selling release of Meantime in its entirety. The Interscope Records release gave the band mainstream attention with songs like “Unsung” and “In The Meantime”. With the band’s renewed success after getting back together in 2004, this tour will be one of the most anticipated of 2011.

One of the most highly influential Doom Metal bands in America, SAINT VITUS are regarded as one of the first bands of the genre starting out as early as the 1970’s. The band featuring Scott “Wino” Weinrich, bassist Mark Adams, guitarist Dave Chandler and drummer Henry Vasquez have influenced so many bands in Doom and Metal . “Saint Vitus is more than ready to infect The Metalliance Tour! We’ve been wanting to do something like this for some time now…so prepare for destruction!!” says lead guitarist Dave Chandler. The band has done a handful of shows and some European Festivals but this will be their first full US tour in over a decade.

CROWBAR front man Kirk Windstein concludes, “Wow! This tour is gonna rule! I’ve loved Helmet since the beginning and loved St. Vitus even longer. With the new Crowbar record having hit the streets by then, look out! This bill will bring just what we need to crush each city with an avalanche of stylistic thunder!”

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KILLING JOKE to release ‘Absolute Dissent’ September 27th

by on Jul.16, 2010, under news

KILLING JOKE is set to release ‘Absolute Dissent’ on September 27th on Spinefarm Records UK.

The record features 12 tracks produced by the band themselves – iconic frontman Jaz Coleman, guitarist Geordie Walker, bassist Youth and drummer Paul Ferguson – and engineered/mixed by Clive Goddard, who has worked with Youth on a selection of high-profile projects.

Absolute Dissent will be released on a number on formats, including double coloured vinyl and a deluxe 2 CD package; the latter will feature a bonus disc showcasing Killing Joke cover versions from bands such as METALLICA, HELMET, and Spinefarm labelmates DEAD BY APRIL, whose version of ‘Love Like Blood’ was recently released as a digital single.

All of these songs are fresh recordings, marking the 30th Anniversary for Killing Joke – the first time the original lineup has worked together in 28 years.

The full track-listing for the main disc is as follows:
Absolute Dissent
The Great Cull
Fresh Fever
In Excelsis
European Super State
This World Hell
Ghost of Ladbroke Grove
Honour The Fire
The Raven King

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HELMET to release ‘Seeing Eye Dog’ on Sep 7th. Digitally re-releasing ‘Betty’ deluxe version

by on Jun.27, 2010, under news

HELMET will release a new full-length album, “Seeing Eye Dog“, on September 7. The band’s first LP since 2006′s critically acclaimed “Monochrome” and its seventh album overall will be made available on the indie Work Song label. The CD was produced by band leader, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Page Hamilton, with additional production by Toshi Kasai and vocal production by Mark Renk.

On songs that consistently cut deep, Hamilton‘s guitar is on fire as always and his vocals are as wicked as ever. The album’s 10 tracks include the title cut, “Welcome To Algiers“, “White City“, the mostly instrumental “Morphing” and a cover of THE BEATLES‘ “And Your Bird Can Sing“. Hamilton is joined by drummer Kyle Stevenson, guitarist Dan Beeman and bassist Chris Traynor; HELMET‘s live bassist is Dave Case.

The HELMET musical vocabulary is well established at this point, but I continue to work on a variety of musical projects that inevitably influence the HELMET songs,” says Page.

I’ve been working on movies with Elliott Goldenthal and co. for 17 years now and had never really experimented with incorporating these soundscapes (or shit sculpting as I prefer to call it) into HELMET songs.
“We had a much better recording situation in which I felt much less time pressure and was working with an engineer who was patient and very creative (Toshi Kasai) so away we went. I started layering upper parts of the chords and was digging the sound so I went with it.”
He adds: “It’s so important to have great musicians in this band as we track the music with my guitar and the drummer and then overdub the second guitar and bass. I can’t stand the sound and anti-human feel of edited rock music. People have always commented that we sound like our albums live. This has a lot to do with it. Humans playing music will always be better than chop shop rock so one has to find the right players.”

Seeing Eye Dog” — as bracing as anything released by “a band that made important connections between indie-rock and metal…” (New York Times, September 12, 2004), is being issued in five formats (see below), each of which will include a bonus live album recorded in 2006 in San Francisco.

* Digital only (new album plus one live album)
* Two-disc CD (new album plus one live album) + digital
* Limited-edition double 180g vinyl (new album plus one live album) + digital
* Limited-edition deluxe: New album and one live album on two-disc CD, new album and one live album on double 180g vinyl, custom HELMET USB key with four more live albums, signed package + digital of new album + one live album
* Super deluxe: Same as deluxe but includes gold laminate/tour access component

Meanwhile, HELMET has just released a digital-only deluxe version of its third and much beloved 1994 album “Betty“. It includes 14 original album tracks plus five bonus tracks (“Flushing”, “Thick”, “Pariah”, “Biscuits for Smut [Pooch Mix]” and “Biscuits for Smut [Mutt Mix]“), all available through the web site. The additional tracks were originally only available on the 10-inch double gatefold LP and 12-inch single for “Biscuits for Smut“, released by Interscope in 1994.

Says Page of “Betty“: “It was written on the heels of the ‘Meantime’ tour after a Grammy nomination and gold record, which were strange and totally unexpected for a Lower East Side band. The whole thing threw me for a bit of a loop; my life was in total upheaval after a split with my then-fiancée, now ex-wife.” He continues, “It was a fuck-you to the music biz/mainstream that had discovered our indie world of Amphetamine Reptile, Sub Pop, Touch and Go, Discord, SST, etc. etc.

“I never considered myself indier than thou, but I never embraced the crap that grew out of HELMET or NIRVANA or FUGAZI or THE JESUS LIZARD or MELVINS etc.

“Anyway, it was a weird time, but the album holds up musically so it’s being reissued.”

For all things HELMET visit their website here.

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