BLACKGUARD GIVE ALBUM UPDATE AND ANNOUNCE SYMPHONY X DATES

November 22nd, 2010
by EvilG

Since their announcement of joining the Victory Records family, Blackguard has been touring non-stop and gearing up for their next record.

“This is going to be our most dynamic release to date. We’re going to have a few slower songs on this album; more head banging tunes. We’re also going to be introducing some new elements to our song to mix things up a bit. Not to sound too cliché but we definitely don’t want to write the same record over and over again and this record is going to be a great step forward for us.” Says vocalist Paul Ablaze.

Set for an early Spring 2011 release date, Blackguard have been, and will be on tour, keeping their name and their music familiar, ensuring not to disappoint. Currently, the band is on tour with Epica, Scar Symmetry and the Agonist. They have ecently announced their involvement in the Symphony X tour slated to kick off April 21st in Philadelphia, immediately after their return from yet-to-be-announced European dates.

“It is a dream tour. Our band has spent the better part of the last 2 years on tour to get to this point. We very much look forward to seeing old friends, making new friends and being a part of what will be the supreme springtime event. We want to thank everyone involved for giving us this opportunity and we will not disappoint.”

Tour dates below:

w/ Epica (*) , Scar Symmetry (^), The Agonist (#)

11/16/2010

Jaxx *^#

West Springfield

VA

11/17/2010

THE TROCADERO*^#

Philadelphia

PA

11/18/2010

MONTAGE MUSIC HALL^#

Rochester

NY

11/19/2010

GRAMERCY THEATRE*^#

New York

NY

11/20/2010

The Palladium*^#

Worcester

MA

11/21/2010

Club Soda*^#

Montreal

QC

11/22/2010

Sneaky Dee’s^#

Toronto

ON

11/23/2010

London Music Hall*^#

London

ON

11/24/2010

Peabody’s*^#

Cleveland

OH

11/25/2010

Reggie’s Rock Club^#

Chicago

IL

11/26/2010

Blondie’s*^#

Detroit

MI

11/27/2010

Headliner’s Music Hall*^#

Louisville

KY

11/28/2010

The Rave*^#

Milwaukee

WI

11/30/2010

BLUEBIRD THEATER*^#

Denver

CO

12/2/2010

El Corazon*^#

Seattle

WA

12/3/2010

Rickshaw Theater*^#

Vancouver

12/4/2010

Hawthorne Theater*^#

Portland

OR

12/5/2010

DNA LOUNGE*^#

San Francisco

CA

12/6/2010

CHEYENNE SALOON^#

Las Vegas

NV

12/7/2010

Key Club*^#

Los Angeles

CA

12/8/2010

RAMONA MAINSTAGE*^#

Ramona

CA

12/9/2010

The Clubhouse*^#

Tempe

AZ

12/11/2010

TREES*^#

Dallas

TX

12/12/2010

Emo’s*^#

Austin

TX

12/14/2010

The Club at Firestone*^#

Orlando

FL

12/15/2010

Culture Room*^#

Ft. Lauderdale

FL

12/17/2010

Masquerade*^#

Atlanta

GA

12/18/2010

Volume 11*^#

Raleigh

NC

Headlining

12/19/2010

Championships

Trenton

NJ

w/Finntroll, Ensiferum, moonspell

1/22/2011

CIRCO VOLADOR

Mexico City

1/24/2011

70000 Tons of Metal

Miami

FL

1/25/2011

70000 Tons of Metal

Miami

FL

1/26/2011

70000 Tons of Metal

Miami

FL

1/27/2011

70000 Tons of Metal

Miami

FL

w/Deicide (*), Belphegor(^), Neuraxis (#), Pathology (+), Gigan (!)

2/10/2011

Mavericks #

Ottawa

ON

2/11/2011

BROADWAY JOE’S #

Buffalo

NY

2/12/2011

PIRATE’S COVE #

Cleveland

OH

2/13/2011

The Muse #

Nashville

TN

2/15/2011

Masquerade *^#+

Atlanta

GA

2/16/2011

Tremont Music Hall*^#+

Charlotte

NC

2/17/2011

Volume 11*^#+

Raleigh

NC

2/18/2011

The Trocadero*^#+

Philadelphia

PA

2/19/2011

MONTAGE MUSIC HALL*^#+

Rochester

NY

2/20/2011

The Palladium*^#+

Worcester

MA

2/21/2011

GRAMERCY THEATRE*^#+

New York

NY

2/22/2011

Imperial*^#+

Quebec City

QC

2/23/2011

Cafe Campus*^#+

Montreal

QC

2/24/2011

Music Hall*^#+

London

ON

2/25/2011

Opera House*^#+

Toronto

ON

2/26/2011

Reggie’s Rock Club*^#+

Chicago

IL

2/27/2011

Blondie’s*^#+

Detroit

MI

2/28/2011

Headliner’s Music Hall*^#+

Louisville

KY

3/1/2011

Marquee Theatre*^#+

Tulsa

OK

3/2/2011

BLUEBIRD THEATER*^#+

Denver

CO

3/4/2011

El Corazon*^#+

Seattle

WA

3/5/2011

Hawthorne Theater*^#+

Portland

OR

3/6/2011

Thee Parkside^#+

San Francisco

CA

3/7/2011

CHEYENNE SALOON*^#+

Las Vegas

NV

3/8/2011

Key Club*^#+

Los Angeles

CA

3/9/2011

BRICK BY BRICK*^#+

San Diego

CA

3/10/2011

The Clubhouse*^#+

Tempe

AZ

3/11/2011

War Legion Underground^#+!

Amarillo

TX

3/12/2011

Rail Club^#+!

Ft. Worth

TX

3/13/2011

NUMBERS^#+!

Houston

TX

3/15/2011

Brass Mug^#+!

Tampa

FL

3/16/2011

The Muse #!

Nashville

TN

3/17/2011

Buddha’s Place #!

Newport News

VA

3/18/2011

Championships #!

Trenton

NJ

3/19/2011

Rocko’s #!

Manchester

NH

w/ Symphony X

4/21/11

The Trocadero

Philadelphia

PA

4/23/11

The Palladium

Worcester

MA

4/25/11

METROPOLIS

Montreal

QC

4/26/11

Salle Albert Rousseau

Quebec City

QC

4/27/11

Opera House

Toronto

ON

4/29/11

Peabody’s

Cleveland

OH

4/30/11

Blondie’s

Detroit

MI

5/1/11

BOTTOM LOUNGE

Chicago

IL

5/2/11

Station 4

St. Paul

MN

5/4/11

OGDEN THEATRE

Denver

CO

5/6/11

SHOWBOX

Seattle

WA

5/7/11

Hawthorne Theater

Portland

OR

5/8/11

The Grand Ballroom At The Regency

San Francisco

CA

5/10/11

The Wiltern

Los Angeles

CA

5/11/11

Marquee Theatre

Tempe

AZ

5/13/11

TREES

Dallas

TX

5/14/11

Scout Bar

Houston

TX

5/15/11

Back Stage Live

San Antonio

TX

5/17/11

Club Firestone

Orlando

FL

5/18/11

Culture Room

Ft. Lauderdale

FL

5/19/11

Masquerade

Atlanta

GA

5/20/11

Volume 11

Raleigh

NC

5/21/11

Tremont Music Hall

Charlotte

NC

5/22/11

Jaxx

West Springfield

VA

About the band:

If ever there was a test case proving that hard work, tenacity, a healthy amount suffering, and word of mouth pays off, BLACKGUARD is it. Formed in 2001 by guitarist Terry Roadcase and drummer Justine “Juice” Éthier as a straight ahead black metal outfit, the Montreal-based sextet – who clawed their way into the public eye under the name Profugus Mortis – has fought a pitched battle to stand out amongst their international metal brethren, going through numerous line-up changes and much needed sonic tweaking to get to where they were in 2008. BLACKGUARD as a viable entity was officially born with the addition of vocalist and born frontman Paul Ablaze in October 2004 to Profugus Mortis’ ranks, followed a month later by bassist Étienne Mailloux, with both bringing the necessary additions to the band’s sound and clarity to the group’s collective vision. Staying true to their black metal roots, the new Profugus Mortis turned their sights on a brutal new interpretation of Scandinavian folk metal. Wasting no time, they issued a four song self-produced demo in March 2005, passing them out for free at metal shows in Montreal. In July that same year Profugus Mortis played the Xtreme Distortion Fest in Montreal with KATAKLYSM and UNEXPECT, winning the coveted slot as Best Unsigned Band at the event. This translated into a support slot with SODOM and FINNTROLL, which in turn, earned Profugus Mortis the opportunity to open for YNGWIE MALMSTEEN at the request of Quebec’s Capital du Metal. Since then Blackguard (still known as Profugus Mortis at the time) has supported and toured with numerous acts equally respected the world over, including Lacuna Coil, Warbringer, Behemoth, and Voivod. Profugus Mortis’ first official foray as professional recording artists came in the form of the aptly titled …So It Begins in March 2007. More a collection of songs showcasing the band’s past and their new direction, the album became the best and fastest-selling album in their former label Prodisk’s history. The album also signaled the beginning of the end of what was considered by many fans and press people alike to be the one element that made Profugus Mortis unique; in January 2008 violinist Emilie Livernois was given the boot, leaving a hole in the band’s sound. Rather than listen to the naysayers, the band raised its middle finger and brought in former GOTHERFALL guitarist Kim Gosselin. It was a perfect match made in hell. “It’s absolutely fantastic having Kim in the band now, because he beefs up the songs like crazy. The first time we jammed…we sounded like a frickin’ beast.”

The newest addition to the VICTORY RECORDS family was welcomed with open arms. It only made sense for two of the hardest working entities to pair up and become a dynamic duo. With touring plans well into 2011, as well as their spring 2011 release in the works, BLACKGUARD will be a band you won’t be able to ignore.

For more Information on BLACKGUARD, visit these sites:

www.myspace.com/blackguard
http://www.victoryrecords.com/artists/blackguard
www.victorypresscenter.com/blackguard
www.victoryrecords.com

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