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MASTODON and OPETH to Co-Headline Heritage Hunter Tour with guest GHOST

by on Feb.02, 2012, under news

Grammy nominees MASTODON have announced that they will hit the road for a spring North American tour in support of their current album, The Hunter, which was released by Reprise Records in September. The tour kicks off on April 4th in Portland, ME, and visits more than 30 cities in the US and Canada before wrapping up with a hometown show at Atlanta’s Masquerade Music Park on May 12th.

These shows will feature an amazing night of powerful music featuring a dream bill with Swedish metal band OPETH as co-headliners, with special guest GHOST providing support on all dates.

Tour dates:
(M) Indicates Mastodon closes the show
(O) Indicates Opeth closes the show

4 – Portland, ME – State Theater (M)
5 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theater (O)
6 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis (O)
7 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre (O)
9 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory (M)
10 – Wallingford, CT – The Dome (M)
11 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom (M)
13 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre (M)
14 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection (M)
15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE (M)
16 – Knoxville, TN – TN Theater (O)
18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom (M)
19 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom (O)
20 – San Antonio, TX – Back Stage Live (O)
21 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street (O)
23 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium (O)
25 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues (M)
26 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre (O)
27 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre (O)
28 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort (M)
30 – Seattle, WA – The Paramount (O)
1 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre (O)
3 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Center (O)
4 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall (M)
5 – Saskatoon, SK – The Odeon (O)
6 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre (O)
9 – Washington, DC – The Fillmore (O)
10 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore (M)
11 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues (M)
12 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park (M)

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by on Nov.03, 2011, under news

GIGANTOUR—the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by esteemed metal titans MEGADETH–will make its highly anticipated return for the first time since 2008. The multi-artist bill–with metal heavyweights MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and LACUNA COIL all personally picked by MEGADETH frontman DAVE MUSTAINE–will kick off January 26 in Camden, NJ. Before wrapping February 28 in Denver, CO, the tour will make stops all across the U.S. and Canada including a January 28 show in New York and February 24 in Los Angeles. Tickets are on-sale beginning November 4. For more information visit: MEGADETH has also teamed up with to provide fans with Ultimate VIP packages including premium tickets, meet and greets, exclusive gifts and more. Go to for all the details.

GIGANTOUR is a chance to, as MUSTAINE says, tour with like-minded artists “that play heavy music in a high-energy environment,” with a fan-friendly ticket price. He founded the tour in 2005 and invited such artists as Anthrax, Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Lamb of God, Opeth, Static-X and In Flames to join MEGADETH.

Lemmy, frontman of the legendary MOTÖRHEAD, looks forward to performing at this year’s GIGANTOUR amongst all the other talented musicians. “We’ve done festivals in Europe with Lacuna Coil and they’re workaholics as well! Volbeat are great too; the whole bill is pretty diverse and I advise everyone who likes being deaf, and/or can lip-read already, to come out and see what the stuff that doesn’t get any MTV Video Awards sounds like! Gigantour is just that!

He goes on to say, “Megadeth are one of the greatest bands to tread a stage anywhere and me and Dave have been promising each other we’d tour together ever since we met! Volbeat and Lacuna Coil are interesting choices and I think it’s gonna be incredible trying to understand each other backstage! Come and see what eclectic means! (look THAT up in your Funk & Wagnall‘s)! See you!

VOLBEAT vocalist and guitarist Michael Poulsensaid the band couldn’t refuse MUSTAINE‘s offer to join the tour. “This is something you don’t think twice about; it’s a must and a blessing. They [Megadeth and Motörhead] are two of the world’s biggest/best and most important bands in heavy rock history. Since the beginning, Megadeth and Motörhead have been a huge inspiration of my/our musical careers. To have the opportunity to go on the road and share the stage with these two legendary rock bands, is another dream come true in the Volbeat adventure. We are very thankful and cannot wait to play in front of these two legendary bands’ audience for some intense minutes of Volbeat rock!

LACUNA COIL is eager to return for their second GIGANTOUR; they first performed as part of the 2007 tour. “When we were invited to join Gigantour once again, we were really happy as it seems like the perfect way to start the Dark Adrenaline album cycle in the US,” says co-vocalist Andrea Ferro. “Our new album will be released during the tour and it’s gonna be great. We will be playing alongside metal legends like Megadeth and Motörhead and it’s gonna be awesome. It’s a great touring package with two classic bands and two younger bands who each have a unique sound like Lacuna Coil and Volbeat. I Can’t wait!

Co-vocalist Cristina Scabbia agrees. “WOW! Gigantour! I am super excited!! I mean are you kidding me? A tour with Megadeth, Motörhead, Vollbeat and us? This is going to be so crushing that I think the walls are gonna fall down in some of the venues!! Are you guys ready? I definitely am!

GIGANTOUR 2012 Tour Dates:
Thu 1/26 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Fri 1/27 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Sat 1/28 New York, NY Theater at Madison Square Garden
Sun 1/29 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena
Wed 2/1 Glens Falls, NY Glens Falls Civic Center
Thu 2/2 Quebec City, QC Colisee Pepsi Arena
Fri 2/3 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Sun 2/5 Kingston, ON K-Rock Centre
Tue 2/7 Oshawa, ON General Motors Centre
Wed 2/8 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
Thu 2/9 Auburn Hills, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
Fri 2/10 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
Sun 2/12 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
Tue 2/14 St. Paul, MN Myth
Thu 2/16 Saskatoon, SK Prairieland
Fri 2/17 Edmonton, AB Shaw Conference Centre
Sat 2/18 Calgary, AB Big 4 Building
Mon 2/20 Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Ent & Sports Centre
Tue 2/21 Kent, WA Showare Center
Thu 2/23 San Jose, CA Events Center
Fri 2/24 Universal City, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
Sat 2/25 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Sun 2/26 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum
Tue 2/28 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium

For more GIGANTOUR click here.

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OPETH release video for The Devil’s Orchard

by on Sep.23, 2011, under news

Opeth has released a video for The Devil’s Orchard off their new CD Heritage.

Opeth – “The Devil’s Orchard” from Phil Mucci on Vimeo.

For more OPETH click here.

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OPETH announce new North American tour with KATATONIA

by on Jun.14, 2011, under news

OPETH have announced the dates for their upcoming North American tour with KATATONIA.

OPETH is set to release Heritage on September 20th via Roadrunner Records.

Heritage will be released in several configurations: as a standard version; as a special edition loaded with extras; as a box set exclusive to the Roadrunner and the bands own official Omerch webstore; and as a double LP.

HERITAGE tracklisting:
The Devil’s Orchard
I Feel the Dark
The Lines in My Hand
Marrow of the Earth

OPETH & KATATONIA tour dates:
19 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
20 – Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
21 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
22 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
23 – Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
26 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
27 – Expo Five – Louisville, KY
28 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
29 – Amos’ Southend – Charlotte, NC
30 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
1 – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
3 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
4 – – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX
5 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
6 – The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
7 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
8 – Burton Cummings – Winnipeg, MB
10 – Edmonton Events Centre – Edmonton, AB
11 – MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB
13 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
14 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA
15 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
16 – Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR
18 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
19 – Mayan Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
20 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
21 – The Fox Theater – Pomona, CA
22 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
24 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
25 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
27 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
28 – Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
29 – St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
30 – Guelph Concert Theatre – Guelph, ON
31 – Mr Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
1 – Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD

For more OPETH click here.

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TURISAS release their digital only single of BLACK SABBATH’s Supernaut

by on Oct.06, 2010, under news

While TURISAS is busy mixing their upcoming, yet untitled album with Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA) in Sweden, Finland’s battle metal warriors from TURISAS are releasing their digital only single of BLACK SABBATH‘s ‘Supernaut‘.

Since the feedback to their version of the BLACK SABBATH classic on Metal Hammer UK’s Black Sabbath Tribute covermount CD was so positive, the band and Century Media Records decided to make an extended version of ‘Supernaut‘ that is about 1 minute longer available.

Supernaut‘ is available now on all digital European and North American platforms. An Australian release will follow October 8th.

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DREAM THEATER’s vocalist James Labrie announces headlining North American tour

by on Oct.04, 2010, under news

On the heels of the release of his latest opus, ‘Static Impulse’, JAMES LABRIE has finally announced his return to the stage as a solo artist and will embark on a North American tour this winter! The DREAM THEATER vocalist has released two releases in a side project dubbed MULLMUZZLER and two solo releases including 2005’s ‘Elements of Persuasion’ and the latest masterpiece ‘Static Impulse’ which was released last week via InsideOut Music.

LABRIE comments: “Hello Everyone, Matt, Marco, Peter, Ray and I are extremely psyched to announce a tour in support of the new album ‘Static Impulse’. Everyone that played on the disc will be on stage. This is going to be a very powerful and memorable evening. Just us and the fans doing what we both love doing. You will hear songs from MullMuzzler, EOP and of course the latest, Static Impulse. Come out and support this US/ Canada tour and let’s have a blast. We will hit you like a sledgehammer, but I promise it won’t hurt… See you out there. Goooooooooo!!!!! James.”

Tickets for the trek go on sale today exclusively via where fans can purchase both regular and VIP tickets for the trek. VIP packages include entrance to the venue 1-hour early, a meet-and-greet with JAMES LABRIE and a signed tour poster!

Longtime collaborator MATT GUILLORY added: “James, Marco, Ray, Peter, and myself are all really excited about touring the US and Canada in support of our new album Static Impulse. The response we’ve been getting since the album was released has been so amazing. We can’t wait to play this stuff live. This is going to be a lot of fun. We look forward to seeing everybody on the road!

Static Impulse’ was produced by LABRIE and GUILLORY with mixing and mastering being handled by the mighty JENS BOGREN (OPETH, KATATONIA). Fans can download a free MP3 of the song “Mislead” as well as purchase the album at the following location.

JAMES LABRIE tour dates:
Nov 26 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Nov 27 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
Nov 29 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
Nov 30 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
Dec 02 – Montreal, QUE – Club Soda
Dec 03 – Toronto, ONT – Opera House
Dec 04 – Detroit, MI – Blondies
Dec 06 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
Dec 07 – Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club
Dec 08 – Minneapolis, MN – Station 4
Dec 10 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Dec 11 – Portland, OR – Berbati’s Pen
Dec 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Key Club
Dec 15 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
Dec 16 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
Dec 18 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
Dec 19 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Dec 20 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar

For more JAMES LABRIE click here.

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ACCEPT’s ‘Blood Of The Nations’ mail order digi-pak details released

by on Aug.05, 2010, under news

Nuclear Blast USA’s Webshop is now taking pre-orders for the exclusive North American mail-order digi-pak edition of ACCEPT’s Blood Of The Nations album. This exclusive release features the bonus track “Time Machine.”

The pre-order bundle includes an ACCEPTTeutonic Terror” t-shirt and can be ordered here.

Tracklisting for the Blood Of The Nations digi-pak is:
01. Beat the Bastards
02. Teutonic Terror
03. The Abyss
04. Blood of the Nations
05. Shades of Death
06. Locked and Loaded
07. Time Machine (North American Bonus Track)
08. Kill the Pain
09. Rollin’ Thunder
10. Pandemic
11. New World Comin’
12. No Shelter
13. Bucketful of Hate

Blood Of The Nations, ACCEPT’s twelfth full-length studio album recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy), will be released in North America on September 14th.

ACCEPT’s 2010 line-up (which features three on-going members) is: Wolf Hoffmann, guitar; Peter Baltes, bass; Stefan Schwarzmann, drums; Herman Frank, guitar; and Mark Tornillo on vocals.

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS set to release ‘Return To Zero’ on August 30th

by on Jun.29, 2010, under news

Sweden’s SPIRITUAL BEGGARS - featuring guitarist Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY, CARCASS) and bassist Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy, WITCHERY) – started working with Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND) as a new singer after parting ways with JB (GRAND MAGUS) and finished the recordings of their 7th studio-album at Sweetspot Studio with producer Rickard Bengtsson, who already produced the On Fire (2002) and Demons (2005) albums, and is also known for his work with Arch Enemy, OPETH, etc.

The new Spiritual Beggars album is to my ears some of best stuff I’ve ever done with this band and I’m very much looking forward to releasing the seventh Spiritual Beggars studio album, Return To Zero, with the help and expertise of the InsideOut team! At the end of the day it was a no-brainer to do a new licensing deal with the InsideOut label, they did a great job on the Demons album and the Live Fire! DVD (2006). Since then, they have merged with the Century Media company whom I have a long and successful history with. I already know a lot of the people that will be involved in this release, and that feels good.” says founding member Michael Amott. “I respect InsideOut label boss Thomas Waber for being a true music fan and for his undying enthusiasm and efforts in making this deal happen.”

Also Thomas Waber (IOM) is really happy about re-signing a deal with Spiritual Beggars and welcomes the band again to the InsideOut roster. “We had a great experience with the Demons album and are looking forward to working the new one as well. After all the turmoil last year, things are back on top and better than ever and Spiritual Beggars will no doubt benefit from this!

The new album, Return To Zero, will be released on August 30th in Europe. In an interview with the Japanese Burrn! Magazine Michael Amott talks about the new singer Apollo and the new album and gives a short impression of how the album sounds like “Apollo‘s influences are very much rooted in the classic rock and metal of the 70s and 80s. He is the same age as the rest of us in Spiritual Beggars so we instantly shared a lot of common ground musically, and he really connected with the songs and delivered emotional vocals that really impressed us all. I was always aware of the fact that he is great singer. However, even I was surprised how well his voice fit Spiritual Beggars, in the new and the old songs. Apollo is showing a range and depth on this album that I believe will both surprise and please the Spiritual Beggars fans! The new album has a lot of the typical Spiritual Beggars trademarks, it’s heavy rock with a 70s atmosphere – but I also hear a definite progression and a deeper sense of melody in the songwriting and performances. It’s exactly the kind of record I wanted to make with Spiritual Beggars in 2010!”

For more information on SPIRITUAL BEGGARS visit their MySpace page here.

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SOILWORK streaming new track ‘Deliverance Is Mine’

by on Jun.28, 2010, under news

The Godfathers of Swedish modern metal, SOILWORK, have uploaded the track “Deliverance is Mine” to their MySpace page. The song comes off their new album The Panic Broadcast, which is set to be released on July 2 (EUROPE) and July 13 (N. America) via Nuclear Blast!

GUITAR WORLD magazine recently posted an interview and lesson with guitarist Peter Wichers at the following location. In the video Wichers breaks down riffs from their new album The Panic Broadcast and talks about his gear and influences as a guitar player.
SOILWORK, are currently working on a music video for the song “Deliverance Is Mine” to be directed by Ivan Colic (EX DEO, TYPE O NEGATIVE, UNLEASHED) and produced by Stanimir Lucik.
The Panic Broadcast is the first album to feature original guitarist, songwriter & producer Peter Wichers since his return to the band in 2008. Produced by Wichers and mixed by Jen Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SYMPHONY X), this is the record long time SOILWORK fans have been waiting for! Pre-order the regular or deluxe edition with or without an exclusive shirt design at the following location. First 500 orders will receive an autographed poster while supplies last.

The Panic Broadcast Deluxe Edition Tracklist:
1. Late for the Kill, Early for the Slaughter
2. Two Lives Worth of Reckoning
3. The Thrill
4. Deliverance is Mine
5. Night Comes Clean
6. King of the Threshold
7. Let This River Flow
8. Epitome
9. The Akuma Afterglow
10. Enter Dog Of Pavlov
11. Sweet Demise (Bonus Track)

• Extended Studio Footage
• High-Definition Drum Video
• Photo Gallery
Approx. 30 min. running time

Catch SOILWORK on their North American headlining tour this Summer with San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL! Joining them will be Quebec’s tech-death masters AUGURY, Roadrunner Records recording artists MUTINY WITHIN, and pirate themed thrashers SWASHBUCKLE.

SOILWORK and DEATH ANGEL have now added a special event VIP ticket for a pre-show meet-and-greet to take place one hour before doors. Each night, fans will get to meet and greet SOILWORK and DEATH ANGEL for a special event that is being offered. Fans will also receive a customized poster to get signed by both bands. These special VIP tickets are on sale now at .

07/14/10 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
07/15/10 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
07/16/10 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
07/17/10 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
07/18/10 FouFounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA
07/19/10 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
07/20/10 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
07/21/10 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
07/22/10 Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
07/23/10 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI ç + THE CRINN
07/24/10 The Rock – Maplewood, MN ç + THE CRINN
07/27/10 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
07/28/10 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
07/29/10 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
07/30/10 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
07/31/10 The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
08/01/10 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
08/02/10 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
08/03/10 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
08/05/10 Emo’s – Austin, TX
08/06/10 Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX
08/07/10 The Warsaw – Houston, TX
08/08/10 The Parish – New Orleans, LA ç NO SOILWORK
08/09/10 The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
08/10/10 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
08/11/10 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
08/12/10 Gil’s Bar and Grill – Virginia Beach, VA
08/13/10 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
08/14/10 Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA
08/15/10 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
08/16/10 The Dagobert – Quebec City, QC – CANADA SOILWORK ONLY
08/17/10 Music Hall – London, ON – CANADA SOILWORK ONLY
08/18/10 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN SOILWORK ONLY

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Late METALLICA bassist CLIFF BURTON: more unheard of interview released

by on Jun.17, 2010, under news

A longer, never-before-heard edit of an interview with late METALLICA bassist Cliff Burton, conducted by Ken Kitt of Metal Fanzine on January 31, 1984 in Cortland, New York (after METALLICA‘s show at the Riverboat in Rochester, New York) can be streamed in the Vimeo clip here.

On September 27, 1986, METALLICA bassist Cliff Burton lost his life at the age of 24 in a coach crash near Ljungby, Sweden.

Burton‘s huge talent and achievements were chronicled in book form with the 2009 global publication of “To Live Is To Die: The Life And Death Of Metallica’s Cliff Burton“, written by U.K.-based author Joel McIver and published by Jawbone Press. The foreword has been provided by Cliff‘s close friend in METALLICA, Kirk Hammett. Other interviewees who spoke to McIver for this book, many for the first time on the public record, include Cliff‘s bass teacher Steve Doherty; legendary reporter and photographer Brian Lew; Bay Area headbanger Harald Oimoen, the subject of “The Ballad Of Harald O” by the infamous SPASTIK CHILDREN, in which Cliff played; that band’s frontman Fred Cotton; EXODUS founder Gary Holt; the Metal Blade label founder Brian Slagel; photographer Ross Halfin; Cliff‘s first guitar tech Chuck Martin; METALLICA‘s first fanclub manager KJ Doughton; “Ride The Lightning” and “Master Of Puppets” producer Flemming Rasmussen; the last reporter to interview Cliff, Jörgen Holmstedt; roadie and ex-METAL CHURCH guitarist John Marshall, who was also in the bus crash which killed Burton; Lennart Wennberg, the photographer at the scene of the crash; and Cliff‘s girlfriend for the last year of his life, Corinne Lynn.

After Kirk Hammett‘s foreword, separate introductions are provided by a range of musicians influenced by Burton, including Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH), Alex Webster (CANNIBAL CORPSE), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), Dave Ellefson (F5, MEGADETH) and a host of other musicians and writers.


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