House of Blues Entertainment, Decibel Magazine, Metal Blade Records, IndieMerch, and Red/’stache Media team up for Metal, Arise! Tour
Bill Features Up And Coming Metal Artists
Debut Trek Will Include Stops In Los Angeles, New York And Other Major Cities
(LOS ANGELES – JUNE 21, 2011) – House of Blues Entertainment, Decibel Magazine, Metal Blade Records, IndieMerch and RED/’stache Media have joined forces to present the first ever Metal, Arise! Tour for developing metal artists, it was announced by Kelly Kapp, vice president, House of Blues Entertainment. The debut tour will feature Metal Blade Recording Artists Allegaeon, Earache Recording Artists The Browning and Century Media Recording Artists The Devastated.
“We are really proud and excited to team up with Decibel, Metal Blade, IndieMerch & RED,” Kapp said. “This is a tour that will pair developing metal bands and great local artists. We feel we can create a circuit that benefits metal artists throughout the country. We hope to grow Metal, Arise! into a quarterly tour so we can continue to cultivate great heavy metal talent.”
Kelli Malella, vice president, publicity & advertising, Metal Blade Records, said, “When Kelly first brought up the idea of a tour to help develop new metal bands in the states, I immediately wanted to be involved. And not just for the sake of my own bands trying to launch their careers, but for all the bands out there just trying to get a break and land a U.S. tour. The Metal, Arise! Tour has been created by people who truly love our scene and want to give new bands the chance to tour the U.S. and prove themselves to metalheads across the states. The Metal, Arise! Tour also gives local bands the chance to showcase their talents while giving them a shot at getting noticed by labels who are constantly keeping an ear to the ground for up-and-coming local acts to sign. We’re keeping ticket costs as low as possible in hopes that you, the fans, will give these bands a chance and check them out.”
Here’s what the bands have to say about their involvement on the inaugural Metal, Arise! Tour:
“We’re all really excited for the announcement of the Metal, Arise! Tour. The majority of the dates are in cities we haven’t yet had the pleasure of playing. With all the venues being as reputable as they are and it being a tour with companies such as Live Nation, IndieMerchCo and the labels backing it, there couldn’t be a better tour for us to be a part of at the moment.” Allegaeon
“I think a lot of kids are going to be excited about seeing us and the other bands on the tour. We’re three new bands who all bring something to the table that’s going to make for a killer show. It’s going to be the sort of tour where kids can discover new bands and proudly say: ‘I saw them back then!’” The Devastated
“It’s a pleasure and an honor for The Browning to be featured on The Metal, Arise! Tour! What a great opportunity for us to be performing alongside such amazing talent and working with some awesome companies in the industry. We can’t wait to get out there and show the metal community what we’re made of, meet some new people, and broaden our fan base. We’re coming for you!” The Browning
About the Groups Formed in early-summer 2008, Allegaeon have come to the table with a dynamic, memorable and focused take on extreme melodic metal. There are just as many slow grooves and hook-laden riffs as blast beats. This is a band that focuses on song writing and less on making music into an athletic speed competition. Their music is rounded with an intellectual edge that’s forged by the band’s collective musical prowess and polished by Ezra Haynes’ thought provoking lyrics. Outburn Magazine gave the band a 9 out of 10 rating and claims; “Fragments of Form and Function has it all: memorable songs, brutal delivery, stone cold groove, and accomplished playing. It is a good bet that the critics will dub Fragments of Form and Function one of the best modern metal albums of the year.” While Metal Hammer Magazine calls Allegaeon “the new face of ruthless modern death metal… sheer, psychotic zeal.” Allegaeon’s debut full-length Fragments of Form and Function was released July 20th, 2010.
In what could be described as nothing short of “adventurous,’” The Browning’s music takes influences from all across the metal spectrum and heavily fuses them with hardstyle, trance and other areas of electronic music in a way that most metal acts would not dare attempt. The band pushes boundaries and pushes buttons. In short, when it comes to The Browning, TheNewReview.net put it best when they said “the soundtrack to the apocalypse has arrived.”
The Browning’s debut full-length entitled Burn This World will be out on Earache Records this fall. The Browning currently have two digital EPs available on iTunes.
Featuring former members of Impending Doom, Bleeding Through and Oblige, The Devastated have grown up in the same “Inland Empire” area of Southern California that’s spawned the likes of Suicide Silence, Winds of Plague and a host of others. However, their musical mission has been to carve out their own niche with their brand of catchy yet absurdly heavy music they term “grimy and gross.” Now with the band’s Century Media debut Devil’s Messenger, they went for a sound that’s not only “real” – like you’re standing in the same room with the them– but also “really ugly.” Produced by the band with Chris Eck with co-production and mix by Daniel Castleman (best known for his work with As I Lay Dying), Devil’s Messenger Digital Single will be available August 2.
Tickets go on sale Friday, June 24. More information on tickets may be found at HouseofBlues.com.
The Metal, Arise! Tour Dates:
Tuesday – 8/09 Dallas, TX Cambridge Room @ House of Blues
Wednesday – 8/10 Houston, TX Bronze Peacock @ House of Blues
Thursday – 8/11 New Orleans, LA The Parish @ House of Blues
Friday – 8/12 Jacksonville, FL Unit Six
Saturday – 8/13 West Palm Beach, FL Propaganda
Tuesday – 8/16 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
Wednesday – 8/17 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
Thursday – 8/18 Cleveland, OH Cambridge Room @ House of Blues
Friday – 8/19 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s Front Room
Saturday – 8/20 Detroit, MI Shelter
Sunday – 8/21 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
Tuesday – 8/23 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Thursday – 8/25 Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues
Friday – 8/26 San Diego, CA Delta Room @ House of Blues
About House of Blues
Founded in 1992, The 13 House of Blues are located throughout the United States and form the country’s pre-eminent collection of intimate music venues. Each features state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom designed environments aimed to bring fans as close as possible to the artists. Every location’s restaurant and bar is adorned with signature original folk-art – part of the world’s largest collection – combined with the House of Blues legendary hospitality and tantalizing cuisine.
About Decibel Magazine
Decibel is North America’s only monthly heavy metal/hard rock magazine. It has a monthly circulation of 50,000, and distribution in all of the major booksellers and record stores in the U.S. and Canada, including Barnes & Noble, Borders, Hastings and Books-a-Million stores as well as many FYE locations. Decibel is also distributed in the UK, Germany, Sweden and Finland.
IndieMerchstore.com is an online store powered by IndieMerch that carries the best in bands, brands, labels and artists such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Between the Buried and Me, and The Faceless. In collaboration with IndieMerchandising, IndieMerch also handles webstores, retail, and tour merch for artists to be the ultimate one-stop, merch-spot for metal bands and fans.
About RED/’stache Media RED, the award-winning division of Sony Music Entertainment, headquartered in New York City, is widely recognized as the industry leader in music distribution and artist development. RED specializes in digital and physical sales, marketing, D2C, radio promotion and product development for more than 60 independent record labels, as well as select artists from Sony owned labels. RED’s marketing outreach is unsurpassed in generating consumer awareness for artists, labels and brand partners. In 2009, RED launched ‘stache Media, an in-house marketing and brand partnership agency. ‘stache’s expert staff provides marketing services in online publicity, lifestyle/college marketing, consumer advertising & research, social media & fan engagement, creative services and brand/partnership marketing. Sony Music Entertainment’s recent acquisition of IODA, the premiere independent digital distributor, has expanded RED’s reach into international as well as domestic markets.