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HIGH ON FIRE to tour North America with Torche and Kylesa

by on Aug.10, 2010, under news

HIGH ON FIRE have announced a North American headlining tour. The massive fall expedition – dubbed the Sanctioned Annihilation Tour - will feature support from TORCHE and KYLESA and is set to launch on September 27th at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA.

As part of the tour, High On Fire will perform amongst the featured acts at a host of high profile music festivals including Chicago’s Riot Fest, Nova Scotia’s Halifax Pop Explosion, Florida’s Ye Old Fest and Austin, TX’s Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Additionally, High On Fire has been chosen to participate as part of the 2011 Soundwave Festival. Billed as Australia’s “biggest metal and rock festival” and set to take place in late February and early March of next year, Soundwave will feature High On Fire alongside such names as IRON MAIDEN, SLAYER, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, SOCIAL DISTORTION, MONSTER MAGNET, ROB ZOMBIE and more.

High On Fire continues to tour in support of its critically lauded new album, Snakes For The Divine. The band’s debut release for E1 Music, and fifth full length album overall, Snakes For The Divine debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hard Music Core Stores Chart and at #62 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart in its first week of release this past February. The band has already headlined North America once this year to rousing response and toured Europe as hand-picked support for Hall of Fame metal band METALLICA.

High On Fire features guitarist / vocalist Matt Pike, drummer Des Kensel and bassist Jeff Matz.

High On Fire tour dates:
September
29 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
30 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
October
1 – Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theatre
2 – Albuquerque, NM – The Launchpad
3 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
5 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre
6 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
8 – Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Brewing Company
9 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
10 – Chicago, IL – Metro (as part of Riot Festival)
11 – Bloomington, IN – Bluebird
13 – Covington, KY – Historic Southgate House
14 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
15 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
16 – Rochester, NY – Water Street
17 – Northampton, MA – Pearl Street
19 – Halifax, NS – The Paragon Theatre (as part of the Halifax Pop Explosion)
21 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
22 – Providence, RI – Club Hell
23 – Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
24 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
26 – Philadelphia, PA – Starlite Ballroom
27 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
29 – Gainesville, FL – Common Ground (as part of Ye Old Fest)
November
7 – Austin, TX – Waterloo Park (as part of Fun Fun Fun Fest)

For more HIGH ON FIRE click here.

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Reunited SLEEP announce fall tour

by on Jun.21, 2010, under news

Legendary stoner rock band SLEEP split in 1997 after two hugely influential albums. Members went on to form underground heroes OM and HIGH ON FIRE, and more recently metal supergroup SHRINEBUILDER. This fall, original members Al Cisneros and Matt Pike will be joined by drummer Jason Roeder of NEUROSIS to perform the seminal “Holy Mountain” album as well as selections from “Dopesmoker” and more.
SLEEP debuted with 1991′s “Volume One” album, recorded for San Francisco label Tupelo. Earache Records received the band’s next recordings in the mail as a demo. The label — impressed by SLEEP‘s single-mindedness and unique vision — immediately signed the band and released the tape exactly as it was received. Record stores worldwide stocked SLEEP‘s “Holy Mountain” from November 1992 to this day.
After signing with London Records, SLEEP‘s major-label debut took the form of one mammoth 63-minute leviathan of a track entitled “Jerusalem“. The band resisted the label’s attempts at radio edits and bringing in their own engineer to remix the album in view of “marketability.” London balked at the prospect of promoting what is probably the most extreme music ever recorded for a major label, then shelved the recording and dropped the band.

SLEEP 2010 U.S. tour dates:
Sep. 03 – All Tomorrow’s Parties – Monticello, NY
Sep. 07 – Starlight Ballroom – Philadelphia, PA
Sep. 08 – Brooklyn Masonic Temple – New York, NY (w/ LICHENS)
Sep. 09 – Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL (w/ LICHENS)
Sep. 10 – Mohawk – Austin, TX (w/ SUB OSLO)
Sep. 11 – Roseland Theater/Music Fest NW – Portland, OR (w/ SCOTT KELLY, YOB)
Sep. 12 – Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

For more information on SLEEP visit their MySpace page here.

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